Latest Articles: politics and politicians
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 ...
What Happened To Ron Paul Supporters In The Age Of Trump
Post Date: 2017-07-06 19:45:18 by Gatlin
To understand what is currently going on in the minds of Ron Paul enthusiasts in the age of President Donald Trump, we must first understand what Paul represented as both a congressman and a presidential candidate. We must also understand that, at the height of Pauls popularity during the 2012 presidential campaign, Pauls appeal was such that both tea party patriots and young, pot-smoking college students were able to come together to stand for the same candidate. By 2016, dissatisfaction with American politics had become the norm. As the tension built up, the explosive Trump campaign seemed to strike a vein with a great number of Americans by simply remaining on attack mode ...
Why I'm Not A Libertarian Anymore [Full Thread]
Post Date: 2017-07-06 06:29:44 by Gatlin
I am a former libertarian. I was exposed to libertarianism in high school, when I read The Fountainhead, Atlas Shrugged, and We the Living. I admired the rugged individualism of (((Ayn Rands))) protagonists, like Howard Roark, Hank Rearden, and Kira Argounova, and shivered at her all-too-familiar leftist antagonists, from the heartless (Pavel Syerov and Victor Duneva), to the soulless (Ellsworth Toohey), and the brainless (Reardens family and friends). In college, chafing against the dismal science of Keynesian economics, I read F.A. Hayek, which naturally led me to Austrian economics. The systematic quality of Austrian economics appealed to me: everything was deductible from ...
Poll: Roy Moore Leads GOP Field In U.S. Senate Special Election In Alabama
Post Date: 2017-07-05 07:33:58 by Gatlin
A former Alabama supreme court chief justice who was disciplined for his stance on gay marriage is leading the Republican pack ahead of next months primary in the special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a Politico poll reports. Former Chief Justice Roy Moore had the support of 31 percent of those surveyed. Sen. Luther Strange, the states former attorney general and the current occupant of the seat, came in second at 23 percent. Rep. Mo Brooks polled 21 percent support. No other candidate in the Aug. 15 primary had more than 5 percent support.
LOL : Anti-Trump Protest a HUMILIATING FAILURE!
Post Date: 2017-07-05 07:23:48 by Gatlin
The reason the anti-Trump #Resistance is such a massive failure is that its not real. Its not a grass-roots movement started by outraged Americans. Its a paid for, manufactured resistance, and its funded almost exclusively by communist George Soros. Thats why its fizzled. Same ol same ol. People shout for impeachment, call President Trump a Nazi, hold up boring, unclever signs. Yawn. From Washington Times The streets of Los Angeles filled with President Donald Trump protesters, doing what the anti-Trump protesters do best call for impeachment while waving banners with words like illegitimate and trying to come up with ...
SURPRISE! Look Who Mika’s OWN DAUGHTER Supported for President!
Post Date: 2017-07-05 07:17:15 by Gatlin
Well well well
the cat is out of the bag. Photos have surfaced showing Mikas own DAUGHTER wearing MAGA hats. This must have been highly humiliating for Mika who is a of course a die hard Democrat. Sometimes the intelligence gene skips a generation and it looks like it skipped past Mika to her daughter. From SarahPalin.com As Mika Brzezinski finds herself in the midst of an ongoing feud with President Trump, a photo has gone viral of her daughter wearing a MAGA hat. Emilie Hoffer, Mikas daughter, instagrammed a photo of herself with a friend, both of whom are wearing the signature Trump hat. Check it out: Mikas feud with the President took a significant turn ...
Mad Max Goes off the DEEP END, Warns Trump She’s Doing THIS Now
Post Date: 2017-07-05 07:09:54 by Gatlin
Maxine Mad Max Waters has plunged off the cliff and is free-falling into very deep waters. She can no longer scream impeachment over the debunked Trump-Russia probe, so shes come up with a new line of attack. Now, Mad Max is warning President Trump that shes taking off her GLOVES. Were not exactly sure what that means, but it should turn out to be very comical. Watch the video here.
Read Austin Petersen's Goodbye Note to the Libertarian Party
Post Date: 2017-07-04 20:45:09 by Gatlin
Austin Petersen, the third-place finisher for the 2016 Libertarian Party presidential nomination, is running for the U.S. Senate seat in Missouri currently held by Democrat Claire McCaskill. But he's running as a Republican and explains his decision below. For an exclusive, in-depth interview and podcast with Petersen, who also worked as a producer on Judge Andrew Napolitano's Fox Business show, Freedom Watch, go here. Dear friends in the Libertarian Party, For the last eight weeks, I've spent six hours a day calling my supporters to ask them their thoughts on how I might best advance liberty. I took the time to listen to every single persons' opinion about a potential ...
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie Goes To A Beach He Closed To The Public
Post Date: 2017-07-03 09:42:26 by Deckard
If you have ever thought that the government is for the people and by the people, think again. Politicians are continuing to prove that they know they are better than and more equal than the rest of us. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie shut down the Garden states government over the holiday weekend over an inability for the elected politicians to agree on a budget. But Christie didnt really shut down the government. He made sure there are cops extorting people on the roads they were stolen from to pay for, and hes still collecting taxes and sending out welfare checks. All he really did was ruin the holiday weekend for the ...
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