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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: 19 |  

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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: 24 |  

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: 14 |  

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: 8 |  

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Sit Before You Stand

How is it that the realm of politics can be the focus of so much animosity in a country where the power is held by we the people?

The Last Best Hope |  Region: United States |  Subject: General Interest |  7/18/14 |  Views: 58 |  

TheSmartVoter

Has the American dream died with millennial's?

90's last true period of unquestioned prosperity

BleedBlue |  Region: United States |  Subject: General Interest |  7/16/14 |  Views: 18 |  

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BleedBlue |  Region: United States |  Subject: General Interest |  7/15/14 |  Views: 5 |  

TheSmartVoter

Drugs are bad for you.

This is just a rant about drugs and how stupid people talk about it way too much.

DonnsBlog |  Region: United States |  Subject: General Interest |  7/13/14 |  Views: 33 |  

TheSmartVoter

The debate over Syrian Rebel Aid

I toy around with why foreign aid to rebel factions has not historically been in our best interest.

DonnsBlog |  Region: United States |  Subject: Foreign Policy |  7/04/14 |  Views: 12 |  

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Wait, Which One was Iran Again?

The neocon pro-war crowd has done a sudden about face on Iran...

The way I see it |  Region: United States |  Subject: Foreign Policy |  6/17/14 |  Views: 79 |  


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: 2,697 |  Replies: 5

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: 755 |  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: 1,493 |  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: 2,442 |  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: 5,708 |  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: 3,471 |  Replies: 6

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: 2,173 |  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: 1,015 |  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: 6,371 |  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: 1,471 |  Replies: 0


Political News

Watch: Why NYC's Top Crisis Manager Says the NYPD Has Changed

ABC Politics |  7/24/14 3:39 PM

In an exclusive interview with ABC News, Anthony Shorris, the first deputy mayor, said the NYPD is different this time around.

White House brings in Clinton aides for strategy session, amid stormy week

Fox News |  7/24/14 3:15 PM

After a brutal week for the White House communications team as President Obama took heat for fundraising amid a series of foreign policy crises, Press Secretary Josh Earnest hosted three of his predecessors from the Clinton administration for a strategy session on Thursday.

Michelle Kwan Stars In Political Ad For Hubby

ABC Politics |  7/24/14 2:46 PM

The former Olympic figure skater is pirouetting into Rhode Island politics.

Obama administration: Russia firing artillery at Ukraine military targets

Fox News |  7/24/14 2:41 PM

Obama administration officials said Thursday that Russia is firing artillery from its own territory into Ukraine to hit Ukrainian military sites, pointing to escalating Russian involvement in the deadly conflict.

Cruz demands answers on FAA flight ban to Israel

Fox News |  7/24/14 2:31 PM

Sen. Ted Cruz vowed Thursday to continue blocking confirmation of a series of ambassadorial and other diplomatic nominees despite the Federal Aviation Administration lifting a ban on U.S. airline flights to Israel. The State Department criticized the Republican lawmaker.

WH weighs sending National Guard to border

CNN |  7/24/14 2:22 PM

The Obama administration, after initially resisting the idea, is weighing whether to deploy National Guard troops to the southern border to help address a surge of migrant youth from Central America, many of them unaccompanied, a White House official told CNN.

Obama weighs sending National Guard to border

CNN |  7/24/14 1:47 PM

The Obama administration, after initially resisting the idea, is weighing whether to deploy National Guard troops to the southern border to help address a surge of migrant youth from Central America, many of them unaccompanied, a White House official told CNN.

The One Issue Bob Dole Is Still Fighting for

ABC Politics |  7/24/14 1:26 PM

Dole just returned to Capitol Hill for what could be his final legislative push.

Watch: Bob Dole Talks 2016: 'I Don't Think We've Seen the Republican Candidate Yet'

ABC Politics |  7/24/14 1:17 PM

"It's easy to criticize...you need to compromise sometimes," Dole, 91, told ABC News' Jeff Zeleny.

House, Senate talks over VA fix in chaos as recess looms

Fox News |  7/24/14 1:12 PM

A massive and costly package meant to address the litany of problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs was getting caught in the congressional grinder Thursday, as House and Senate lawmakers clashed over how to iron out differences in their competing bills.

Five Ways Paul Ryan Thinks He Can End Poverty

ABC Politics |  7/24/14 12:40 PM

Ryan: Start listening to the "boots on the ground," local community leaders.

House committee backs Obama lawsuit bill

Fox News |  7/24/14 11:46 AM

Republicans have cleared legislation for a vote in the House that authorizes the filing of an election-year lawsuit accusing President Barack Obama of failing to implement the 4-year-old health care law.

Glitch crashes global US passport, visa operations

Fox News |  7/24/14 11:21 AM

The State Department's global database for issuing travel documents has crashed, resulting in major delays for potentially millions of people around the world waiting for U.S. passports and visas, officials said Wednesday.

Republican Govs Split With Chris Christie Over New York Candidate

ABC Politics |  7/24/14 11:20 AM

Four high-profile GOP governors are breaking with Christie to promote Astorino.

J Street challenges the Israel lobby

CNN |  7/24/14 11:15 AM

As rockets and missiles traced the skies over Gaza and Israel, every side of the conflict swarmed cable news and social media to stake a claim to the higher moral ground, amplifying the debate over how to resolve the conflict.

Republican Govs Split With Christie Over New York Candidate

ABC Politics |  7/24/14 11:15 AM

ABC’s Shushannah Walshe and Josh Margolin report: Once upon a time, the Republican governors in the country were unified behind New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Not anymore. The unity was fractured this week over Christie’s decision to withhold Republican Governors Association...

Senator admits plagiarism, blames PTSD

CNN |  7/24/14 11:14 AM

John King, Manu Raju and Jonathan Martin on a Dem. Montana Senator admitting plagiarism.

J Street vs Israel lobby

CNN |  7/24/14 11:05 AM

As rockets and missiles traced the skies over Gaza and Israel, every side of the conflict swarmed cable news and social media to stake a claim to the higher moral ground, amplifying the debate over how to resolve the conflict.

Business as usual for Obama?

CNN |  7/24/14 11:05 AM

Kellyanne Conway and Sally Kohn discuss Obama's current fundraising efforts and plummeting approval rating

Senator admits plagiarism

CNN |  7/24/14 11:05 AM

John King, Manu Raju and Jonathan Martin on a Dem. Montana Senator admitting plagiarism.

Fight heats up over EPA sabotage of Alaska gold mine

Fox News |  7/24/14 10:15 AM

The Environmental Protection Agency is under fire for a preemptive strike against a massive copper and gold mine in Alaska, where hundreds of billions of dollars and thousands of jobs are at stake.

'Capital Games': How Congress Saved the Baseball Hall of Fame

ABC Politics |  7/24/14 9:49 AM

ABC News’ Rick Klein (@rickklein) and ESPN’s Andy Katz (@ESPNAndyKatz) report:  A two-time MVP outfielder and a United States senator say the congressional hearings on steroids in baseball nearly a decade ago had a direct impact on preventing players tainted by the baseball’s...

Rubio regains 2016 momentum

Fox News |  7/24/14 9:31 AM

Poll shows Florida Senator Marco Rubio surging among potential 2016 Republican contenders.

Senator admits Plagiarism, blames PTSD

CNN |  7/24/14 9:19 AM

John King, Manu Raju and Jonathan Martin on a Dem. Montana Senator admitting plagiarism.

Watchdog: $34M taxpayer-backed soybean program not sprouting in Afghanistan

Fox News |  7/24/14 9:10 AM

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is forking over millions of dollars for a soybean program in Afghanistan that's running into major problems, with Afghan farmers slow to embrace a product that few Afghans ate before.

Utah legislative candidate charged with assault after allegedly pistol-whipping man

Fox News |  7/24/14 8:59 AM

A Utah legislative candidate was charged with assault and kidnapping this week after police said he forced a man into his home at gunpoint and pistol-whipped him over a prescription drug debt.

How To Turn A National Crisis Into A National Tragedy (The Note)

ABC Politics |  7/24/14 8:03 AM

By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES ANALYSIS — ABC’s RICK KLEIN: Quick – how do you turn a national crisis into a national tragedy? One way is to do nothing at all. On one level, it’s completely unsurprising that Washington is resigned to the fact that...

Obama: Tax avoidance akin to renouncing citizenship

CNN |  7/24/14 5:01 AM

American-based firms that use legal loopholes to avoid paying U.S. taxes have effectively renounced any allegiance to their home country, President Barack Obama will claim during remarks at a community college here on Thursday.

Death tolls mount in week 3 of Gaza conflict

CNN |  7/24/14 1:28 AM

Now well into a third week of fighting between Israel and Hamas, the toll is clear -- and growing.

Soldiers Reunite with Dogs They Served With in Iraq and Afghanistan

ABC Politics |  7/23/14 6:51 PM

They’re the four-legged veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – military war dogs, doing everything from sniffing out explosive devices on the battlefield to providing companionship to soldiers during wartime. Three of these dogs traveled to Washington, D.C., Wednesday...


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