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The Last Best Hope |  Region: United States |  Subject: Crime & Law |  8/20/14 |  Views: 19 |  

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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 |  

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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 |  

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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 |  

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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: 64 |  

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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: 33 |  


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: 2,760 |  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: 822 |  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: 1,631 |  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: 2,486 |  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: 5,800 |  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: 3,528 |  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: 2,227 |  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: 1,075 |  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: 6,417 |  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: 1,524 |  Replies: 0


Political News

Defense official says Pentagon has evidence Russia firing missiles inside Ukraine

Fox News |  8/27/14 4:40 PM

A senior U.S. defense official said Wednesday that Russian troops have fired missiles inside Ukraine at central government military positions, providing further evidence for the Obama administration's charges that Russia is orchestrating new military operations in eastern Ukraine....

Immigration Judge Calls Courts 'Alternate Legal Universe'

ABC Politics |  8/27/14 3:18 PM

There are no bailiffs or Miranda rights here.

West Point report describes Islamic State threat as crisis 4 years in the making

Fox News |  8/27/14 3:04 PM

A new report from the West Point counterterrorism center challenges the notion that the Islamic State only recently became a major terror threat, describing the network's gains in Iraq as a crisis four years in the making.

Iran speeds weapons deliveries to US ally in Iraq

Fox News |  8/27/14 2:42 PM

U.S. officials are taking a wary view of the disclosure this week that Iran – one of four countries the United States accuses of supporting terrorism – has begun arming the Kurdish Regional Government in northern Iraq, as the Kurds scramble to combat the threat posed by ISIS.

Alaska voters reject repeal of 2013 petroleum tax

Fox News |  8/27/14 2:24 PM

Alaska voters have retained a new petroleum production tax system that offers hope of increased investment and jobs but drew criticism as a giveaway to already profitable oil companies.

Obama, Clinton to headline DNC fundraiser

Fox News |  8/27/14 2:20 PM

President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton will be the top draws for a Democratic National Committee fundraising event in September.

California drivers brace for costly new gas tax

Fox News |  8/27/14 1:55 PM

At 68 cents a gallon, Californians already pay the nation's second highest gas tax. It goes up again in January to pay for a first in the nation climate change law that hits motorists where it hurts most: the pocketbook.

Rep. Jordan: US airstrikes in Syria should be ‘fully debated’ with Congress

Fox News |  8/27/14 1:52 PM

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, on Tuesday said President Obama should “certainly” consult Congress for approval before ordering airstrikes against ISIS over Syria.

US Economy Growing Slower Than White House Predicted

ABC Politics |  8/27/14 1:08 PM

Last month, the administration optimistically forecast 2.6 percent GDP growth.

‘New Charlie Crist’ eyes comeback in Florida after controversial party switches

Fox News |  8/27/14 12:40 PM

Charlie Crist, the former Republican governor who later became an independent before switching again to become a Democrat, is setting out on a comeback bid in what promises to be one of the nastiest – and costliest -- gubernatorial races this year.  

Report: FBI official used "poor judgment" in suit

Fox News |  8/27/14 12:23 PM

A former leader of the FBI's Milwaukee field office used "extremely poor judgment" in appearing to try to influence the testimony of a subordinate in a disability discrimination lawsuit, according to a Justice Department inspector general report issued Wednesday.

Watch: Fake Insurance Execs Rock Out In New Campaign Ad

ABC Politics |  8/27/14 12:03 PM

A new ad sponsored by Democratic House candidate Mike Obermueller suggests anti-Obamacare opponent John Kline is being "played by the insurance industry."

New York Times snubs Cuomo, remains neutral for Dem endorsement

Fox News |  8/27/14 11:55 AM

In a stinging snub, the liberal New York Times editorial board on Tuesday refused to endorse Gov. Cuomo’s re-election in next month’s Democratic primary — citing his failure to aggressively crack down on Albany corruption.

Watch: Senate Candidate Rips Opponent Over Ebola

ABC Politics |  8/27/14 11:54 AM

"Tom Cotton voted against preparing America for pandemics like Ebola," warns a new ad paid for by Arkansas Senate candidate Mark Pryor.

Watch: NRCC Ad Blasts Congress for Spending $820,000 on Monkey Research

ABC Politics |  8/27/14 11:54 AM

In an anti-Tom Barrow ad, the National Republican Congressional Committee blasts Dems for "outrageous" spending, including spending $820,000 to study how monkey respond to unfairness and their behavior while on cocaine.

Ebola Outbreak Becomes Issue in Arkansas Senate Race

ABC Politics |  8/27/14 11:01 AM

The deadly disease invades the race between Mark Pryor and Tom Cotton.

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.

The Note: Obama Mulls Options for Airstrikes Over Syria

ABC Politics |  8/27/14 7:30 AM

By JOHN R. PARKINSON (@jparkABC) NOTABLES OBAMA APPROVES ISIS SURVEILLANCE FLIGHTS OVER SYRIA: President Obama has approved U.S military surveillance flights over Syria to track the Islamic militant group ISIS, a group that American warplanes have been attacking in neighboring...

Scathing report slams VA delays

CNN |  8/27/14 6:18 AM

An official investigation into VA health care facilities in Phoenix found that 28 veterans had "clinically significant delays" in care, and six of them died, but investigators couldn't conclusively link their deaths to the delays.

Watch: Obama Approves Surveillance Drones Over Syria

ABC Politics |  8/26/14 5:33 PM

Rear Admiral John Kirby comments on the U.S.'s involvement in Syria.

Delays Didn't Necessarily Cause Deaths, VA Report Finds

ABC Politics |  8/26/14 5:28 PM

When it was revealed in April that Veterans Affairs officials had maintained secret wait lists and covered up wait times for veterans seeking health care, the deaths of at least 40 such veterans stoked national outrage. But those long wait times and cover-ups didn’t cause the...

Montana's 'refreshing' candidate 'needs more time'

CNN |  8/26/14 2:50 PM

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester is famous for his flat-top and middle of the road politics. Amanda Curtis, Tester's fellow Democrat and would-be colleague from Montana, is known for her nose ring and her unabashedly liberal affiliations.

More and more, signs point to U.S. airstrikes in Syria

CNN |  8/26/14 2:39 PM

President Barack Obama has yet to decide whether to authorize air strikes against ISIS targets in Syria, the White House insists.

Obama Approves ISIS Surveillance Flights Over Syria

ABC Politics |  8/26/14 1:15 PM

President Obama has approved U.S military surveillance flights over Syria to track the Islamic militant group ISIS, a group that American warplanes have been attacking in neighboring Iraq, ABC News has confirmed.

Perry goes on offense

CNN |  8/26/14 10:41 AM

Will Rick Perry be able to rehabilitate from his indictment? Our cast takes a look.

VA report: No deaths due to wait times

CNN |  8/26/14 10:41 AM

The soon-to-be-released inspector general's report finds that a waiting list is not the cause of any deaths at the VA facility in Phoenix, a Department of Veterans Affairs official said Tuesday.

Democratic operative joins Rick Perry legal team

CNN |  8/26/14 7:10 AM

Texas Gov. Rick Perry added another high-powered lawyer to his team fighting a felony indictment against him, but this addition is just as much about sending a message than winning the case.

Rick Perry Fast Facts

CNN |  8/26/14 7:09 AM

Here is a look at the life of Texas Governor Rick Perry.

Britain: Sorry for marking 200 years since WH burned

CNN |  8/26/14 7:08 AM

Who knew the War of 1812 could inflame passions in the age of Twitter?


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