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On (The Lack Of) Journalistic Ethics At The Daily Caller

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The Daily Caller crosses a line and doesn’t seem to regret it.

Trump’s New Afghanistan Plan Sounds A Lot Like Obama’s And Bush’s Plan

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Based on initial reports, Trump’s Afghanistan policy looks a lot like what we’ve seen for the past sixteen years.

The Limits of Free Speech

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The dangers of the tyranny of the majority have only magnified.

Trump’s Job Approval Upside Down In The Three States That Gave Him The Presidency

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Three new polls show Trump’s job approval down significantly in the three states that put him over the top in the Electoral College last year.

freddie deboer checking in and checking out

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A public intellectual is getting the help he needs.

Trump’s Word are Solace to White Supremacists

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Solace emboldens and helps to mainstream.

Legendary Comedian Jerry Lewis Dead At 91

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A loss for the world of comedy.

Freedom Of Speech Doesn’t Mean Freedom From The Consequences Of That Speech

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The First Amendment protects the rights even of the people who gathered in Charlottesville to promote hatred and violence, However, it does not shield them from the consequences of that speech.

Who Could Have Seen this Coming? (Trump and Racial Politics Edition)

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Who could have predicted we would be where we are at the moment in terms of racial politics and the White House?

The Problem With The Trump White House is Donald Trump, Not Steve Bannon

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The problem with the Trump White House is the man who sits behind the Resolute Desk.

Veneration Creates Normalcy

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I would recommend the following essay from Rose Sampley:  A Southern Woman Shares Her Story of Statues, Lies, and Listening. A sample: In fourth grade I took a field trip to Stone Mountain to see the faces of Jefferson Davis, Robert E Lee and Stonewall Jackson up close and personal. This is a very fond […]

Restricting Immigration Does Not Lead To More Jobs For Americans

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The fundamental premise at the heart of the immigration bill that President Trump backed earlier this month has no merit whatsoever.

What are we Honoring? (Looking to Statuary Hall)

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Via WaPo:  The U.S. Capitol has at least three times as many statues of Confederate figures as it does of black people Consider this: In the Capitol’s National Statuary Hall Collection there are three times as many statues of Confederate soldiers and politicians as there are statues of black people in the entire Capitol complex, according to records maintained by the Architect […]

On Gorka’s Expertise

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In case you were not aware, via CNN:  Sebastian Gorka’s PhD adviser: “I would not call him an expert in terrorism” “I would not call him an expert on terrorism,” said Stephen Sloan, a retired professor of political science who spent much of his career at the University of Oklahoma. Though he said Gorka is […]

What It Takes To Be A Congressman’s Driver

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Politico has published an eight-page memorandum reportedly given to Congressional office and campaign workers who drive Indiana Republican Congressman Todd Rikta to and from appointments: Empty his trash. Always have hand sanitizer and gum at the ready. And don’t bother with “unnecessary conversation” — the congressman doesn’t have time for your chitchat. Demanding, high-maintenance bosses are notorious […]

Schwarzenegger Provides Speech Trump Should have Given

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Worth a watch:

Marginalization of the Far Right in Trump White House?

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A bit of wishful thinking in the wake of Steve Bannon’s ouster.

A few words about Charlottesville…

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We mourn Charlottesville because Donald J. Trump, the President of the United States, made clear in no uncertain terms that in his mind there was little distinction between those in Charlottesville who pursued the un-American “values” of soil, blood, and racial dominance and those who pursued the ideals of the American Constitution.

Steve Bannon Is Out At The White House

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Another one bites the dust.

Trump’s Arts Council Quits On Him, Sends Hidden Message

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As part of the continuing response to President Trump’s Committee On the Arts and Humanities has been effectively disbanded thanks to the resignation of the vast majority of its members. They did so in the letter set forth below, which appears to contain a hidden message. Here’s the letter (Click To Enlarge): For those who can’t […]

The 82nd Airborne Is Still Fighting Fascists

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The 82nd Airborne Division is calling out a man who was photographed at the Charlottesville rally on Saturday wearing an 82nd Airborne hat: The 82nd Airborne Division fought several campaigns against Nazi Germany during World War II. So after a man in a hat bearing the elite Army paratrooper unit’s insignia was pictured throwing a […]

The Trump Effect? MSNBC Reaches No. 1 In Total Viewers

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A big change appears to have taken place in American cable news viewing habits.

A Photo for Friday: Keys to the Past

“Keys to the Past” August 2, 2016 Pike Road, AL

Mother Of Woman Killed By White Supremacist Doesn’t Want To Hear From Donald Trump

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The mother of the young woman murdered by a white supremacist doesn’t want to hear from the President of the United States: "Have you talked to [Pres. Trump] directly yet?" – @RobinRoberts "I have not and now I will not." – Susan Bro, mother of Heather Heyer pic.twitter.com/TlqplPyi3J — Good Morning America (@GMA) August 18, […]

Once Again, Trump Lies And The Truth Dies

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President Trump’s reaction to the terror attack in Spain included an easily debunked lie about one of America’s most decorated Generals.

At Least Thirteen Dead, Dozens Injured, In Apparent Terror Attack In Spain

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At least thirteen dead in an apparent terrorist attack in Spain.

Republicans Have A Choice: Embrace Trump And The Alt-Right, Or Save Themselves

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Republicans now face a stark choice.

South Koreans Not So Concerned About War From The North

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The people who would most immediately be impacted by a war on the Korean peninsula don’t seem quite so concerned. Perhaps we should take a cue from them.

The ACLU is Right to Defend Free Speech for Awful People

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Yes, even Nazis must have their rights to peaceful speech and assembly protected.

Lee v. Washington: It’s not that Hard

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There is so much to write on the events of the last several days, but here is a quick response to the following from Trump: “So this week, it is Robert E. Lee. I noticed that Stonewall Jackson is coming down. I wonder, is it George Washington next week? And is it Thomas Jefferson the […]

An Unsurprising, yet Disturbing, Headline

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On Trump’s anger.

The Confederate Monuments Are Clearly About Hate, Not Heritage

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Facts are stubborn things.

The Wrong Way to Protest Confederate Statues

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We can not condone vandalism and worse.

Trump Resurrects ‘Both Sides Did It’ Excuse For Charlottesville Violence

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President Trump once again revealed his true self at a press conference yesterday.

Trump Praises ‘Very Good People’ at Nazi Rally

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The president’s begrudging condemnation of evil didn’t last long.

Roy Moore Likely Next Alabama Senator

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The twice-removed Chief Justice is likely getting a promotion.

Presidents Reagan And Obama Teach Trump How To Respond To Racism And Hate

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Some Presidents knew how to respond to racism and hatred. The current President doesn’t.

Charlottesville Reopens The Debate Over Confederate Symbols

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It’s time to stop honoring the symbols of a nation of racist traitors.

Trump Aides Nix Idea Of Going To Charlottesville

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“Why the hell would we do that?” — White House official.

Trump Aide Tried To Set Up Meetings With Russian Officials, Report Says

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A new report indicates that Trump campaign officials were seeking contact with Russian officials earlier than we thought.

Trump Says He’s Considering Pardoning Joe Arpaio

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On the same day that he finally spoke up about the racist-inspired violence in Charlottesville, Donald Trump told a reporter that he is considering pardoning former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was recently convicted of failing to comply with the order of a Federal Judge: President Trump told Fox News he is “seriously considering” issuing […]

Groups Seek To Hold Protest To “Protect” Confederate Monuments In Richmond

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Some of the same groups that were behind this weekend’s protests in Charlottesville over the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee from the town square are now planning on protesting in Virginia’s capital in Richmond: A Confederate heritage organization has asked the state for permission to gather Sept. 16 at Richmond’s Robert E. […]

Trump’s New Statement On Charlottesville: Too Little, Too Late

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After two days, President Trump finally found the words to condemn the parties responsible for the violence in Charlottesville, but his remarks were far too little, far too late.

GoDaddy Boots Racist Website ‘Daily Stormer’

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It couldn’t happen to a nicer domain. But it’s a slippery slope.

The Knives Are Out For Steve Bannon

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White House insiders have renewed efforts to oust Presidential adviser Steve Bannon. Can they succeed?

Did Police Do Too Little to Stop Charlottesville Violence?

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Authorities are being second-guessed over their handling of Saturday’s protests. Virginia gun laws are the more obvious problem.

David Duke on the Rallies and on Trump

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And some comments on Trumps’ anemic rhetoric.

Donald Trump’s Words On Charlottesville Were Weak, Inadequate, And Cowardly

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Donald Trump has had harsher things to say about Rosie O’Donnell than he did about the people responsible for yesterday’s violence. That says something about him.

Nazis, Klan Members, Alt-Right Supporters Rally In Virginia Over Removal Of Confederate Statue

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Hatred and violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Trump: North Korean Threats Will Increase Tourism To Guam

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President Trump told the Governor of Guam that the threats from North Korea will boost tourism to the island territory: HAGÅTÑA, Guam — If there’s one thing that Guam does not have to worry about while the tiny island is in the nuclear cross hairs of North Korea, it’s tourism, President Trump told the island’s governor in […]

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