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FBI Reviewing New Emails Linked to Clinton
Based on newly discovered emails, FBI Director James Comey is re-opening the investigation into Secretary Clinton’s email server. In a letter to Congress, Director Comey could not spell out exactly what is contained in the new documents without further investigation. However, in a statement to FBI employees, the director explained his reasoning in releasing news to the public via Congress....
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October 31, 2016
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Deal with the Devil
While there is no photographic evidence, Paul Ryan continues to suffer the results of his deal with the devil. Once the House Speaker walked onto the stage of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, his fate was sealed. “Democracy is a series of choices,” Ryan told the GOP faithful. “We Republicans have made our choice. Have we had our arguments...
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October 28, 2016
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Miss Congeniality
This is what passes for “gotcha” journalism. WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange has delivered on his promise and released thousands of e-mails, hacked from Clinton campaign Chairman John Podesta, everyday in October. The Clinton campaign will neither confirm nor deny their authenticity. So, this brings up two questions: are the e-mails authentic; and what do they reveal? On October 23, PolitiFact...
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October 26, 2016
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Gettysburg Distress
The weather was a breezy sixty-five degrees that day. Amidst a raging war, the featured speaker took his place near the front of a crowd of hundreds who had gathered to hear the solemn words. Looking at his carefully prepared notes, a hushed silence came over the crowd. “President Lincoln,” he began, “served in a time of division like we’ve...
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October 24, 2016
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How/Why/What is the Appeal of Donald Trump?
These are, without a doubt, the Holy Grail of cultural and political questions of the moment: How does Trump appeal to his supporters? Why do supporters continue to stand by him when he lies – even when confronted with the facts – more than any candidate in modern history? What is it about this man that continues to attract both...
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October 21, 2016
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Citizen Kane follows the life and political campaign of an arrogant, populist millionaire who runs for governor on promises to help the “the working man,” only to be defeated by a sex scandal. Is art reflecting reality or is reality affecting art? Director Orson Wells took his inspiration from real-life newspaper publisher and “yellow journalist” William Randolph Hearst. Like his...
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October 19, 2016
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Clinton’s Latest E-Mail Battle
On October 4, The New York Times reported a new war. The combatants are WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange on one side and Google, mass surveillance, war, oil, the United States election and Hillary Clinton, on the other. Speaking from his Berlin bunker (aka, the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, where he’s been living since 2012. Assange sought refuge after Sweden said...
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October 17, 2016
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The Willfully Ignorant Led by the Willfully Blind
The political earth has had a few seismic shifts over the past 7 days. First, the discovery of a video exposing Donald Trump’s penchant for trash-talking women, and the requisite 24/7 news coverage of that; followed by the Sunday debate where Trump paced around behind Hillary Clinton like an alpha-male lion. The week ended with another round of Republicans abandoning...
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October 14, 2016
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The Revenant
“As long as you can still grab a breath, you fight. You breathe… keep breathing.”         – Hugh Glass, “The Revenant” At the second presidential debate, Sunday, Trump sure did a lot of breathing… [fact check, Jim] … okay, actually it was sniffing. Rather than show voters – and people watching all over the world –  » Read more about: The...
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October 12, 2016
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The latest Trump revelation, coming last Friday (Oct. 7), confirms that the Republican nominee is not only a loutish, repulsive man, but has been – by his own chirpy admission – a sexual predator. Coming from an 11-year-old conversation between Trump and Access Hollywood host Billy Bush where the reality star is preparing to do a cameo for the soap...
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October 10, 2016