Latest Articles: politics and politicians
A New Report Raises Big Questions About Last Year’s DNC Hack [Full Thread]
Post Date: 2017-08-10 16:21:48 by Tooconservative
It is now a year since the Democratic National Committees mail system was compromiseda year since events in the spring and early summer of 2016 were identified as remote hacks and, in short order, attributed to Russians acting in behalf of Donald Trump. A great edifice has been erected during this time. President Trump, members of his family, and numerous people around him stand accused of various corruptions and extensive collusion with Russians. Half a dozen simultaneous investigations proceed into these matters. Last week news broke that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had convened a grand jury, which issued its first subpoenas on August 3. Allegations of treason are common; ...
Hillary Clinton Considers Becoming a Methodist Preacher
Post Date: 2017-08-10 13:01:42 by Stoner
Failed presidential candidate and former first lady Hillary Clinton now has some interest in becoming a Methodist preacher, according to The Atlantic. Clintons pastor Bill Shillady told The Atlantic that Clinton had expressed interest in preaching when he saw her at a photo shoot for his book Strong for a Moment Like This for which Clinton has written the foreward. The book features daily devotionals he sent her during the 2016 campaign. Clinton is lifting up an intimate, closely guarded part of herself, Emma Green writes. There are no more voters left to lose. In sharing her faith, perhaps Clinton sees something left to win, whether political or personal. ...
Oops, Republicans Did It Again (The GOP predictably fails to deliver on their small government rhetoric.)
Post Date: 2017-08-03 10:19:56 by Deckard
Despite a mountain of historical evidence that the Republican Party doesn't seriously stand for smaller government and individual liberty, I maintained some hope that this time would be different. With the GOP's retaking control of Congress and the White House, I actually thought Obamacare could be repealed and maybe even replaced with free market health care reforms. But though the night is still young in terms of the GOP's latest return to power, Republicans have quickly demonstrated that I should have trusted my usual pessimism, because it's clear that they're not guided by any principled support for limited government. Though a few congressional Republicans sincerely ...
Rand Paul just blocked the defense bill, and John McStain is not happy about it
Post Date: 2017-07-29 17:39:13 by Anthem
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is calling for a debate on rolling back authorizations for the use of military force that began during the George W. Bush administration. Paul objected to a consent request from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to begin defense authorization debate. Paul wants to offer amendments to the defense policy bill. According to a Tweet from Pauls senior strategist, Doug Stafford, one of Pauls amendments would seek to end the Authorization for Use of Military Force. Senator Rand Paul requested two bipartisan amendments, one on ending indefinite detention and one on AUMFs, Stafford said. RELATED: Rand Paul: The failure to repeal ...
Is Trump Entering a Kill Box?
Post Date: 2017-07-28 13:14:20 by Anthem
Given the bravery he showed in stepping out front as the first senator to endorse Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions deserves better from his boss than the Twitter-trashing he has lately received. The attorney general has not only been loyal to Trump and his agenda, he has the respect and affection of ex-colleagues in Congress and, more broadly, of populists and conservatives nationally. Trumps tweets about Sessions are only demoralizing his base. Yet the president is not wrong to be exasperated and enraged. Time to buy old US gold coins A yearlong FBI investigation into Russian hacking has failed to produce a single indictment. Yet the president watches impotently as a special counsel ...
McCain Kills GOP Health Bill in Midnight Vote
Post Date: 2017-07-28 11:17:49 by Anthem
The Senate blocked the latest attempt by the GOP to repeal Obamacare in a midnight vote, stalling one of President Trumps main campaign promises. Who were the three GOP lawmakers who blocked the bill? Never Trumper Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and John McCain of Arizona in a 49-51 vote. After McCain gave his thumbs down and said no, gasps could be heard from the Democrat side of the aisle (McCains friends). CNBC reports: The Senate blocked the latest Republican attempt to repeal Obamacare in a dramatic floor vote early Friday morning, yet again stalling for now the key campaign goal that eludes the GOP six months into the ...
The GOP Is No Longer A Â‘ConservativeÂ’ Party
Post Date: 2017-07-28 09:26:24 by Willie Green
Theyve become radical, and they want to remake America. To most Americans, conservative is interchangeable with Republican Party. After all, the GOP has usually been the more conservative side of a two-party system for a century. We also tend to understand who a conservative is based on the root of the word: someone who is cautious and respects the status quo, or, put more strongly, someone who is resistant to change. But the term has philosophical roots, too, separate from the party. Political parties are fundraising organizations attached to a policy platform. Over time, platforms change. The Republican Party has been around more than 160 years and has ...
Democrats waiting on word from Julian Carroll after calling for him to resign
Post Date: 2017-07-25 10:24:39 by Stoner
FRANKFORT Senate Minority Leader Ray Jones said Monday he still had not heard from state Sen. Julian Carroll on Senate Democrats vote Sunday to remove him from leadership and call for him to resign following a TV report that Carroll made unwanted sexual advances toward another man. We have tried to reach out to him but have been unable to do so, said Jones, D-Pikeville. We cannot force him to resign but we believe that is the correct thing for him to do. The Senate Democratic Caucus action Sunday came after cable TV station Spectrum News Pure Politics reported Saturday night that Carroll, who was governor from 1974 to 1979 and has been a member of the ...
John McCain diagnosed with Brain Cancer
Post Date: 2017-07-19 20:54:27 by 3-Dee
Senator JoBesides releasing the Mayo Clinics statement, Mr. McCains office released its own statement saying he appreciates the outpouring of support he has received over the last few days. He is in good spirits as he continues to recover at home with his family in Arizona.hn McCain, Arizona Republican, has been diagnosed with brain cancer, according to a Mayo Clinic statement released Wednesday evening by his office. According to the Mayo Clinic, the cancer was discovered after some surgery last week to remove a blood clot above his left eye. Subsequent tissue pathology revealed that a primary brain tumor known as a glioblastoma was associated with the blood ...
Macron: My charm may have changed Trump's mind on climate change
Post Date: 2017-07-16 21:08:30 by Anthem
French President Emmanuel Macron says he worked his charm on President Donald Trump during the U.S. leader's visit to Paris so much so that he may have changed Trumps mind on climate change. Trump and Macron -- who said his interaction with Trump was carefully calculated -- discussed their main point of contention: U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement. Macron told French news outlet Le Journal du Dimanche that Trump listened to him when the two discussed climate change, adding: He understood the reason for my position, notably the link between climate change and terrorism. BWAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! [I didn't read any ...
TRUMP COWER Donald Trump begs Theresa May to fix a ‘warm welcome’ for his state visit – and says he won’t set a date for it until he knows he’s going to get ‘a better reception’
Post Date: 2017-07-16 08:44:50 by cranky
US President warns he will not visit until he can guarantee a good reception and pleas with Theresa May to help influence public BRAZEN Donald Trump urged the PM to fix it for him to get a warm welcome in Britain. And he warned he wont set foot here until the public start liking him. The pair renewed Britain the USs special relationship when Theresa May rushed to Washington after Trumps inauguration The US President made his shameless plea in a private conversation with Theresa May to plan his state visit now postponed until next year. Two million people signed a petition calling for Mr Trumps proposed trip to be axed. A ...
These Are The 24 Republicans Who Think The Pentagon Should Pay For Transgender Surgeries
Post Date: 2017-07-15 12:28:58 by Deckard
The House of Representatives voted down a Republican proposal to ban the Pentagon from paying for gender-transition surgeries after 24 GOP congressmen crossed party lines to join the Democratic side. Republican Missouri Rep. Vicky Hartzlers proposal to restrict funding for transgender members of the military was shut down in a close 209-214 vote on the the House floor Thursday after 24 GOP members sided with Democrats. Former President Barack Obama initiated the social policy changes that the Pentagon enacted in 2015. The Obama transgender policy, which was implemented without input from members of Congress, is ill-conceived and contrary to our goals of increasing troop ...
Why Republicans Exempted Their Own Insurance From Obamacare Rollback
Post Date: 2017-07-15 07:25:50 by cranky
The unusual nature of staff and member health benefits Sen. Ted Cruz has written a bill that would strike an exemption for senators health care.Senate budget rules are giving opponents of the rollback of the 2010 health care law an easy way to attack Republicans for hypocrisy. The Senate GOP may not really want to immunize their own member and staff health plans from their health care policy changes, but because they are seeking to bring their bill to the floor under the expedited budget reconciliation process, they have little choice. Sen. Ted Cruz has already unveiled a fix to nullify the exemption, but that bill would take 60 votes to overcome any filibuster attempts. ...
Science: Power Causes Brain Damage (Studies raise questions about what authority does to the mind)
Post Date: 2017-07-14 23:10:24 by Deckard
A spate of recent articles corroborate what I already suspected, that holding elected office is the neurological equivalent of getting kicked in the head by a donkey. "Subjects under the influence of power," Dacher Keltner, a professor at University of California, Berkeley found, "acted as if they had suffered a traumatic brain injurybecoming more impulsive, less risk-aware, and, crucially, less adept at seeing things from other people's point of view." In other words, power turns people into sociopaths. This isn't a huge surprise to the vast majority of us who rant about power on election day and every day afterward. Republicans and Democrats want power ...
When I Found Out How Members Of Congress Really Spend Their Time, I Just About Threw Up
Post Date: 2017-07-13 08:44:23 by Deckard
Did you know that many members of Congress spend three or four hours a day dialing for dollars in cramped call centers that both parties have set up in Washington? I promised that I would keep all of you updated on what I am learning as I run for Congress, and what I learned the other day just about had me losing my lunch. I always imagined members of Congress spending long hours in their offices working on legislation and other important matters, but the truth is that most members of Congress are little more than glorified telemarketers at this point. Winning the next election is everything for most of these Congress critters, and so they spend far more time making cold calls ...
Donald Trump: Vladimir Putin Wanted Hillary Clinton to Win
Post Date: 2017-07-12 20:35:53 by cranky
President Donald Trump said Wednesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted Hillary Clinton to win the 2016 presidential elections, contrary to claims by his critics and opponents. Trump made his comments during an interview by Pat Robertson of the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN): In an effort to debunk claims that Russia wanted to help him win the election, the president argued thats an illogical conclusion. He thinks Putin would actually have been happier with Hillary Clinton in the White House because hes building the U.S. military and working to export U.S. energy, which Russia opposes. We are the most powerful country in the world and we are getting more ...
GOP Rep Steve King: Use Food Stamp, Planned Parenthood Funding to Build Border Wall
Post Date: 2017-07-12 13:04:53 by cranky
Wednesday on CNNs New Day, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) was asked by show co-host Alisyn Camerota if he was comfortable holding up funding for the federal government if it did not include money for the border wall. King said that he was, but suggested taking it a step further by adding money earmarked for food stamps and Planned Parenthood to fund the wall. Partial transcript as follows:CAMEROTA: And its $1.6 billion. I mean, thats what might be holding up, you know, the funding for the government. But are you comfortable, Congressman, with providing $1.6 billion of taxpayer money, not from Mexico, to build that wall? KING: Absolutely yes, and more, and ...
Abnormal Returns from Joining Congress? Evidence from New Members
Post Date: 2017-07-11 11:55:28 by Anthem
Abstract Past research shows that members of Congress are informed traders, i.e., that they earn abnormal returns while in office. This important research does not identify whether being elected leads to informed trading or whether informed traders are selected into office. We try to provide a partial answer to this question by looking at whether new members of Congress were informed traders prior to being elected and how their portfolio performance changes after election and appointment to different types of committees. Due to data limitations our analysis focus on the pre-congressional (i.e., election) and congressional (i.e., post-election) common stock trades made by newly elected ...
'You've been a bully your entire career': Chris Christie gets blasted by constituents while hosting a sports talk radio show
Post Date: 2017-07-11 11:03:26 by Deckard
overnor Chris Christie is filling in this week for sports talk radio host Mike Francesa on New York's WFAN network and it's not going great. Two callers into the famous sports talk show attacked Christie on Monday for his record-low approval rating, support of President Donald Trump, Bridgegate, and his trip to a closed beach during a government shutdown. "Governor, the next time you want to sit on a beach that is closed to the entire world except you, you put your fat a-- in a car and go to one that is open to all your constituents, not just you and yours," said one caller identified as Mike from Montclair, New Jersey. Christie and his family went to a ...
Getting Butthurt in Debates Shouldn’t Prevent Libertarians From Working Together
Post Date: 2017-07-10 05:26:51 by Gatlin
Theres already plenty of articles about how libertarians shouldnt be as divided as we are and how the infighting will prevent us from making progress, but theres a specific item that I wanted to address in regards to this division between different factions of libertarians. It has been highlighted to me most recently by the current dispute between some Anarchyball editor, and Jared Howe, and recent debates between anarchists and minarchists. These debates always seem to be end in hurt feelings, or plain ad hominem attacks. Open borders supporters call closed border supporters fascists, while the latter calls the former communists. Anarchists claim that minarchists need ...
The Libertarian Heritage: The American Revolution and Classical Liberalism
Post Date: 2017-07-09 21:42:31 by Gatlin
.] Americans were not always pragmatic and nonideological. On the contrary, historians now realize that the American Revolution itself was not only ideological but also the result of devotion to the creed and the institutions of libertarianism. The American revolutionaries were steeped in the creed of libertarianism, an ideology which led them to resist with their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor the invasions of their rights and liberties committed by the imperial British government. Historians have long debated the precise causes of the American Revolution: Were they constitutional, economic, political, or ideological? We now realize that, being libertarians, the ...
Republicanism in the United States
Post Date: 2017-07-09 20:49:10 by Gatlin
Republicanism is the guiding political philosophy of the United States. It has been a major part of American civic thought since its founding.  It stresses liberty and unalienable individual rights as central values, making people sovereign as a whole, rejects monarchy, aristocracy and inherited political power, expects citizens to be independent in their performance of civic duties, and vilifies corruption.  American republicanism was founded and first practiced by the Founding Fathers in the 18th century. For them, according to one team of historians, "republicanism represented more than a particular form of government. It was a way of life, a core ideology, an uncompromising ...
What Libertarians Get Wrong About American History
Post Date: 2017-07-08 01:11:19 by Gatlin
American history is not an essentially libertarian story. Understanding history as best we can is important for obvious reasons. Its particularly important for libertarians who want to persuade people to the freedom philosophy. In making their case for individual freedom, mutual aid, social cooperation, foreign nonintervention, and peace, libertarians commonly place great weight on historical examples most often drawn from the early United States. So if they misstate history or draw obviously wrong conclusions, they will discredit their case. Much depends therefore on getting history right. Libertarians naturally sense that their philosophy will be easier to sell to the public if ...
The Libertarian Delusion
Post Date: 2017-07-07 22:45:32 by Gatlin
The stubborn appeal of the libertarian idea persists, despite mountains of evidence that the free market is neither efficient, nor fair, nor free from periodic catastrophe. In an Adam Smith world, the interplay of supply and demand yields a price that signals producers what to make and investors where to put their capital. The more that government interferes with this sublime discipline, the more bureaucrats deflect the market from its true path. But in the world where we actually live, markets do not produce the right price. There are many small examples of this failure, but also three immense ones that should have discredited the libertarian premise by now. Global climate ...
The Big Idea - The End of the Libertarian Dream?
Post Date: 2017-07-06 22:02:19 by Gatlin
Long on the fringes of American politics, small-government conservatives were closer than ever to mainstream acceptance. Then two things happened: Donald Trump and Jihadi John. Justin Amash cant seem to concentrate. His eyes keep drifting toward the TV behind me, mounted on the wall inside his congressional office. The 36-year-old representative from Michigan, who arrived in Washington six years ago as a self- described libertarian Republican, is rattling off a list of concerns about the newly inaugurated president, but he is distracted by C-SPANs programming: Mick Mulvaney, his close friend and colleague from South Carolinaand a similarly libertarian-minded ...
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