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The demise of the Marion County Democratic Party

The fall of the Marion County Democratic Party

Circle City Politics  |  Region: Indiana |  Subject: Democrats |  8/30/14 |  Views: 5 |  

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CHOOSE to Pay It Forward

Collective Pay It Forward - Now serving at Starbucks

The Last Best Hope |  Region: United States |  Subject: General Interest |  8/28/14 |  Views: 0 |  

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The Last Best Hope |  Region: United States |  Subject: Crime & Law |  8/20/14 |  Views: 21 |  

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Convenient Compassion- BRAVE NEW WORLD

On the emotional hypocrisy over the violence in the Middle-East

The Last Best Hope |  Region: United States |  Subject: Foreign Policy |  8/11/14 |  Views: 23 |  

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Make Them Bake Cake- THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS

The Constitution protects the rights of the individual. A free market imposes its own consequences. On that note: two gay guys walk into a bakery...

The Last Best Hope |  Region: United States |  Subject: General Interest |  8/05/14 |  Views: 31 |  

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Congress at Home

The power to affect the status quo begins at the local level, most importantly at home with the family

The Last Best Hope |  Region: United States |  Subject: General Interest |  7/30/14 |  Views: 81 |  

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The Political Spectrum- Part 2: Musical Chairs

Where to sit? Part 2 offers a reassessment of the traditional approach to the political spectrum

The Last Best Hope |  Region: United States |  Subject: Multi. Political Parties |  7/22/14 |  Views: 62 |  

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The Political Spectrum- Part 1: A Place to Sit

Where to sit among the warring ideologies of our time? Part 1 gives an overview of the traditional political spectrum

The Last Best Hope |  Region: United States |  Subject: Multi. Political Parties |  7/22/14 |  Views: 55 |  

TheSmartVoter

New Obamacare Ruling Today

What's wrong with expanding affordable access to healthcare

BleedBlue |  Region: United States |  Subject: General Interest |  7/22/14 |  Views: 18 |  

TheSmartVoter

The War on Work Revisited

I recently saw a video by the CATO institute called "The War on Work." This is my reaction

DonnsBlog |  Region: United States |  Subject: Family & Children |  7/22/14 |  Views: 23 |  


Political Discussions

Should We Have Stricter Gun Laws?

Stricter gun control laws enter the public debate every time we witness a major gun violence incident but then slowly fizzles out of our daily conversation. How do you feel about the issue? Can these...

By: PoliticalNovice |  Region: United States |  Subject: Gun Rights |  Views: 2,774 |  Replies: 8

Intro Post

This post will be where we introduce ourselves and tell a little about our service. I'll kick it off.

I joined the Navy in 1998 so that I could become a submarine driver. Following college at...

By: dillon.allen |  Region: United States |  Subject: Groups |  Views: 831 |  Replies: 0

Why aren't we using voter ID cards?

Why haven't voters been required to have a voter identification card? This would help to ensure that people are voting for themselves only and that they are register to vote. I do not understand why we...

By: mattc1323 |  Region: United States |  Subject: Elections & Voting |  Views: 1,678 |  Replies: 16

Are "Covered Jurisdictions" Still Needed in the Voting Rights Act?

After the civil war, many states implemented laws and procedures that continued to disenfranchise African Americans. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 outlawed voting qualification requirements that would...

By: PoliticalNovice |  Region: United States |  Subject: Elections & Voting |  Views: 2,497 |  Replies: 0

Lowering The Voter Age

I came across an interesting article from the National Youth Rights Association making the argument for lowering the legal voting age from 18 to 16. After seeing the headline, I was curious about how...

By: PoliticalNovice |  Region: United States |  Subject: Elections & Voting |  Views: 5,811 |  Replies: 8

Personhood Initiatives

As an attempt to ban abortion, embryonic stem cell research and human cloning, several states have either had or will have voter initiatives to define "personhood" at the moment of fertilization. While...

By: PoliticalNovice |  Region: United States |  Subject: Abortion |  Views: 3,536 |  Replies: 8

What To Do About Underfunded PERS

The Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS) is underfunded by more than $12 billion which is about 62% of what is needed to fund its liabilities. This threatens both retiree benefits and costs to taxpayers....

By: PoliticalNovice |  Region: Mississippi |  Subject: Budget, Spending & Taxes |  Views: 2,237 |  Replies: 0

Are There Too Many School Districts?

Mississippi has 82 counties and 149 school districts (plus three agriculture schools). In certain districts, administrative costs account for over half of the money spent which means less than 50% of...

By: PoliticalNovice |  Region: Mississippi |  Subject: Education |  Views: 1,086 |  Replies: 0

What's Next For Personhood In Mississippi?

With 58% of Mississippians voting against Initiative 26 on November 8th, what's next for Personhood in Mississippi? There were a lot of conflicting arguments in the final days leading up to the vote with...

By: PoliticalNovice |  Region: Mississippi |  Subject: Abortion |  Views: 6,429 |  Replies: 3

How Will The Pardons Affect Barbour's Legacy?

In his final days in office, Barbour pardoned an unprecedented 208 convicts after pardoning only 8 during his first seven years in office. Controversy surrounds many of these due to the nature of their...

By: PoliticalNovice |  Region: Mississippi |  Subject: General Interest |  Views: 1,538 |  Replies: 0


Political News

Watch: Surveillance Flights Over Syria Does Not Imply Imminent Airstrikes

ABC Politics |  8/28/14 5:18 PM

ABC News' Martha Raddatz discusses President Obama's remarks on military plans in Ukraine, Syria and Iraq.

Obama: 'We Don't Have a Strategy' to Bomb ISIS in Syria

ABC Politics |  8/28/14 5:12 PM

President Obama admitted today that his administration does not have a strategy yet to combat the militant Islamic group ISIS that has grabbed large chunks of Iraq and Syria.

Hillary Clinton Breaks Her Silence on Ferguson

ABC Politics |  8/28/14 3:58 PM

"Nobody wants to see our streets look like a war zone. Not in America," she says

Canadians Have Helpful Hint for Russian Soldiers

ABC Politics |  8/28/14 3:25 PM

And the Russians fire right back.

Census figures show more than one-third of Americans receiving welfare benefits

Fox News |  8/28/14 2:51 PM

Fifty years after the “war on poverty” was first waged, there are signs a new offensive is needed.

Hitting the Brakes? Obama downplays prospect of imminent strikes in Syria

Fox News |  8/28/14 2:41 PM

President Obama on Thursday downplayed the prospect of any imminent U.S. airstrikes in Syria as he stressed that military advisers are still reviewing options for confronting Islamic State militants in the region.

Immigration Sit-In Outside White House Results in About 100 Arrests

ABC Politics |  8/28/14 2:06 PM

Organizers said the undocumented "would have justice."

VA Scandal Taking Center Role in 2014 Political Ads

ABC Politics |  8/28/14 1:52 PM

Judging by candidates’ ads, the hottest issue in House and Senate midterm elections this year is easily care for America’s veterans. This month alone, 23 House races and 10 Senate races have seen over 13,000 airings of television ads on the topic of veterans’ healthcare...

Does Perry's indictment hold water?

CNN |  8/28/14 1:15 PM

What exactly did Texas Gov. Rick Perry do wrong, if anything, to get indicted? CNN's Drew Griffin investigates.

McConnell pushes back

CNN |  8/28/14 1:11 PM

Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, tells CNN's Dana Bash, "I am the guy that gets us out of shutdowns."

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand Recalls 'Porky' Crack By Male Colleague

ABC Politics |  8/28/14 12:07 PM

Her response was pretty sassy.

Testimony wraps up in former Virginia governor trial

Fox News |  8/28/14 11:19 AM

Testimony has wrapped up in the public corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen. Closing arguments are set for Friday morning.

Prospect of Another Shutdown Looms Over Immigration Showdown

ABC Politics |  8/28/14 10:33 AM

As Obama mulls executive action on immigration, GOP plans to block funding.

ICE employees told to use back door to work, avoid immigration protesters

Fox News |  8/28/14 10:25 AM

Thousands of immigration protesters were planning to converge on Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters in Washington, and the department warned employees to stay out of their way.

Watch: No TV Is Safe In New Alaska Senate Ad

ABC Politics |  8/28/14 10:23 AM

Former Alaska attorney general Dan Sullivan opens fire on a television in his newest ad in Alaska's U.S. Senate race.

Dem senator claims male colleague told her: Don’t get ‘porky’

Fox News |  8/28/14 10:04 AM

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, without naming any names, claimed in a new book that male colleagues made off-color remarks about her appearance – with one even allegedly squeezing her stomach and telling her: “Don't lose too much weight now. I like my girls chubby.”

Republicans sound alarm as White House prepares go-it-alone immigration measures

Fox News |  8/28/14 9:56 AM

Lawmakers are sounding the alarm, as they prepare to return from the August recess, over the possibility that President Obama will take sweeping executive actions on immigration in a matter of days – with some Republicans warning of a renewed budget brawl if he takes that step.

Dems’ last ditch hope: Force a shutdown to save the Senate

Fox News |  8/28/14 9:46 AM

Broad executive action by President Obama to legalize illegal immigrants may be strategy to goad Republicans into pre-elections government shutdown.

Iowa pol admits taking secret payments to switch '12 support from Bachmann to Paul

Fox News |  8/28/14 9:12 AM

A former Iowa state senator who was a key official in Rep. Michele Bachmann's 2012 presidential campaign pleaded guilty Wednesday to illicitly concealing payments he received to switch his support from Bachmann to then-Texas Rep. Ron Paul.

Challenger calls recording McConnell's '47% moment'

CNN |  8/28/14 9:09 AM

Senate Candidate, Alison Lundergan Grimes, calls a private recording of Sen. Mitch McConnell his "47% moment."

McConnell pushes back on shutdown talk

CNN |  8/28/14 9:08 AM

Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, tells CNN's Dana Bash, "I am the guy that gets us out of shutdowns."

McConnell: 'I am the guy that gets us out of shutdowns'

CNN |  8/28/14 9:08 AM

In his strongest words to date, Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, tried to quash talk that he would allow another government shutdown if he becomes Senate majority leader next year.

US economy grew at brisk 4.2 percent in second-quarter

Fox News |  8/28/14 8:47 AM

After a bleak start to the year, the U.S. economy grew at a brisk annual rate of 4.2 percent in the April-June quarter, the government said Thursday, slightly faster than it had first estimated.

2014's Weirdest And Wackiest Campaign Ads So Far

ABC Politics |  8/28/14 8:42 AM

As one campaign ad ironically admits, nobody likes political ads. But we think you’ll get a kick out of these. From castrated hogs to talking dogs, the ads may lack gravitas -- but they seem designed to attract attention.

If They Can Do It: 'Reality' show challenges contestants to balance the budget

Fox News |  8/28/14 8:00 AM

Ever watched “American Idol” and wished the contestants were debating the federal budget instead of belting out tunes?

McConnell, the Democrats and the limits of a secret tape

CNN |  8/28/14 7:56 AM

Democrats say a secret audio recording of their biggest election year target -- Sen. Mitch McConnell -- talking to a donor summit arranged by the Koch brothers -- the Democrats' 2014 bogeymen -- is McConnell's "47%" moment.

Gingrich: What would Reagan do with ISIS?

CNN |  8/28/14 7:01 AM

Newt Gingrich wonders how Ronald Reagan would have led during the current ISIS threat

General disciplined over handling of sex assault allegations

CNN |  8/27/14 3:54 PM

A major general who formerly headed U.S. Army operations in Japan will be forced to retire and do so at a lower rank after the military concluded that he failed to "properly address" sexual assault allegations in his command, the Army said on Wednesday.

Hillary Clinton to court Democratic women in September

CNN |  8/27/14 10:50 AM

As Hillary Clinton eyes a potential 2016 presidential run, she will speak to a key constituency next month: women.

Romney keeps 2016 talk alive with 'Dumb and Dumber' scenario

CNN |  8/27/14 8:54 AM

Mitt Romney says he's not running for president again. Mind's made up. No chance of changing it. Well, except for his "Dumb and Dumber" scenario.


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