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Quick Observation on the Government Shutdown Vote -- Update

Updating my article from Monday on the "government shutdown" vote. Original article below.  As everyone now knows many of the Senate Democrats and a couple of Republicans have now reversed their previou

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Quick Observation on the Government Shutdown Vote

As of Sunday evening, the federal government has officially been "shutdown," due to Congress's inability to pass any type of budget or spending resolution. Translation: this means that approximately 20

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What's Behind Puerto Rico's Slow Recovery from Hurricane Maria?

Spoiler alert—  the answer is largely Puerto Rico itself. Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico on September 20th of last year and from the beginning, the idea of a quick recovery to any type of norm

Lifestyle
The Medical Kidnapping of Justina Pelletier - Four Years Later

CRTV recently ran a two-part series of "Michelle Malkin Investigates" titled "Medical Kidnapping/Is Your Child the Next Justina?" revisiting the case of Justina Pelletier and the takeover of her care

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Donald Trump Says Something Dumb - Yawn

The big news of the past few days is that Donald Trump called Senator Elizabeth Warren Pocahontas, again. While I haven't kept an official count, I believe it has been somewhere around a dozen times that he'

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Judge Roy Moore - A Differing Opinion

The Senatorial race to fill the seat previously held by now Attorney General, Jeff Sessons, is something that I have been following for a while. With the election now being less than a month away, on December 12th, I'

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Why Is John Boehner Still Here?

The big story from last weekend was... Ha, I bet you thought I was going to write about Paul Manafort and Russia, but frankly, I am finding all the back and forth on that very tedious. Any news that emerges about the Rus

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Politically Homeless

Perusing some my favorite websites I came across an article I very much identified with written by Erick Erickson for the site that he founded, The Resurgent, titled "A Stranger in a Strange Land: "I Feel Out o

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If You Complained about Barack Obama Are You Okay With This From Donald Trump?

Many mornings, in order to get a handle of the outrage du jour, I try to check President Donald Trump's Twitter musings. October 10th was no exception when I saw this Tweet from his account: "Since Congress can&

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Politicizing a Tragedy-- How Predictable

On Sunday night Americans were besieged with the news of the great tragedy of a gunman opening fire at a country music concert in Las Vegas, attended by over 20,000 people, who were just seeking a good time and an escape

Lifestyle
Jimmy Kimmel - Health Care Expert??

Last week I posted the article in Lanterns Buzz: Random Thoughts from a Rambling Mind. In one of my thoughts under the subtitle "How much do you or your friends know about:" Late night talk show host, Jimm

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Random Thoughts from a Rambling Mind

I’m catching up on current events, including the latest news and other erratic thoughts. While I believe in a lot more than just two things, and fearing that I will feel the wrath of CNN's Brooke Baldwin, I

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