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A Week in the Life of Me

by Ronald A. Rowe July 31st, 2014 Winners & Losers
Normally this column is all about the winners and losers from the week's happenings in the political world.  But now and again smaller events can serve to illuminate the broader spectrum.  For whatever reason, this week my personal interactions seemed representative of something far larger.  Here are three stories from the past seven days that are indicative of the larger state of the politicalWinners-Losers realm.

The other day I found myself alone in a lunch room with just one other person.  She was a pierced, tattooed, pink-streak-in-the-hair young woman dressed in all black.  She took offense to my roast beef
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Poli Talk

  • President Obama's leading from behind? Well, it's not leading. It's reacting.
    --Sarah Palin

  • The fact that the third-highest-ranking Republican in the House is refusing to rule out impeachment offers a stunning view of the extreme measures this Republican Congress will take to push their reckless partisan agenda.
    --Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel

  • [I]nertia and apprehension are not legitimate bases for denying same-sex couples due process and equal protection of the laws.
    --U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit

  • Every single time the international community called for a ceasefire, we ceased and Hamas fired.
    --Israel's UN Ambassador, Ron Prosor

We Need to Stop Talking About Hillary

by Jessica B. July 29th, 2014 Democratic Deliberations
Democratic-Deliberations The talk surrounding Hillary Clinton’s potential presidential candidacy has never really dissipated, and she has walked a very thin line of encouraging the chatter while saying absolutely nothing of actual value (a true Clinton skill!). As midterm elections get closer, the chances that Clinton will come up with anything specific about her plans remain slim. It would be foolish for her to do otherwise. So can we just ignore this for now?

Personally, even though I lean far to the left, I’ve never been a huge fan of the Clinton brand of Democratic politics. In fact, I’ve found Bill Clinton’s
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Killing the Goose That Laid the Golden (State) Egg

by Ronald A. Rowe July 24th, 2014 Winners & Losers
Winners-Losers Here we are in the dog days of summer.  While the rest of us just want to find a cool spot of shade in which to relax, the usual gang of politicians and pundits are doing what they do best.  And what they do best is make a mess.  Whether it is one of the nation’s most powerful states attempting electoral self-immolation or a massive government agency trying to get deeper into your personal life, the diverse staff of Camp Campaign has their fingers firmly on the pulse of
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Hollywood Hijinks and Hurrahs

by Eric M. Blake July 28th, 2014 Conservative Considerations
Conservative-Considerations As the late, lamented Breitbart said, "Culture is upstream from politics." As such, I love talking about pop-culture politics whenever I can. SO…

First —

It’s tragic that I have to say it’s "refreshing" whenever a celebrity, for example, actually stands up for Israel. Scarlett Johansson comes to mind, with her calling out BDS on their BS (see what I did, there?), over her daring to be a spokeswoman for a Jewish company doing business in globally-recognized Israeli territory!

This week, the issue's the Hamas-vs.-Israel rocket-fest. Never mind that it’s Hamas who constantly breaks any cease-fire — never mind that it’s Hamas
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Independent Ideas: Mayday PAC, CongressEdits, NSA

by Jason Lightner July 25th, 2014 Independent Ideas
Independent-Ideas It hasn't been a very good week, has it? With the unfortunate airline incidents, the Russia/Ukraine situation becoming ever more ridiculous, and the Israel/Palestine conflict exploding, it's not looking good for those of us seeking good news. Fortunately, there's one bright spot in the week, so we'll start off with that.

Mayday PAC Raises Nearly $8M

Lawrence Lessig's crowd-funded Mayday PAC has managed to raise $7,710,220 in an effort to help get corporate money out of politics.

From their about page:

We need a Congress that will fundamentally change the way elections are funded, and through that change, reduce the stranglehold of

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