Folks, deep breath time. This is not the end of the Obama presidency. It's a bad stretch with an unfortunate confluence of unfortunate events. None of which will make the first paragraph -- not even the first page -- of the account of the Obama administration in the history books.Let's tick through the trifecta of scandals and what they tell us -- about the foibles of this ...
The illegal abortion trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell horrified the nation. Gosnell was found guilty of delivering late-term live babies in abortion attempts and then killing them by snipping their spines. A co-worker said that, after aborting a 30 week fetus, Gosnell joked that the child was so big it could "walk to the ...
In the war of businessmen against the people, the businessmen seem to have won the battle for collecting sales tax on products purchased from out-of-state sellers. A federal law sponsored by state business interests will require the appropriate state sales tax to be collected on Internet purchases. The state governments see this as a windfall because the voluntary sales tax doesn't seem to ...
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Everyone expects the government to step in and help the victims of this most recent tornado as it has in the other recent natural disasters. I applaud the quick response of our government — the purpose of government is to protect its citizens. But according to the ranting and raving of a few, that does not include protecting them when illness occurs. Please explain to me the difference ...
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India and China together account for about 38 percent of the world's 7-billion-plus population. Because these Asian giants share a border, the whole planet holds its breath if they are at each other's throats, as they were again earlier this ...
For a century, the Boy Scouts of America has provided the young men of Utah an unparalleled program of character development through outdoor adventure, leadership training and service. The state's communities have benefited enormously — not just from the untold hours of service — but from the values of the Scout Oath and Law that have been instilled into the hearts of so many. ...
It is time for Michiganians to have a real conversation about both value and values. Do we want to protect corrections officers or produce fatter CEO paychecks? Are we trying to give our kids the cheapest possible education or the best? Do our veterans and the health care workers who care for them deserve more than empty promises? Sometimes you get what you pay for. Unfortunately, it looks like ...
Brittany Loring is certainly one tough Bostonian, after dealing with a skull fracture and two leg wounds ("Marathon bombing victim looks forward to MBA," May 20). She’s a major success already, as she gets her business degree and finishes recovering from her injuries. And now she has her whole life ahead of her. I am just so sorry that she and others had to go through such pain.- ...
Although there’s still a great deal to be learned about the scandals and controversies swirling around the White House like so many ominous dorsal fins in the surf, the nature of President Obama’s bind is becoming clear. The best defenses of his administration require undermining the rationale for his presidency."We’re portrayed by Republicans as either being liars or ...
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Of the forty five U.S. senators who voted down Wednesday's gun reform bill, 42 have received funding from arms manufacturers or their agents.
The London newspaper The Guardian revealed the statistic on Thursday citing a study dating back to 1990.
On Capitol Hill, 45% of the Senate was able to derail a proposal that polls say is supported by roughly 90% of Americans.
"Everyone who voted yesterday knows after reading that bill, in their heart of hearts, that the bill would have made America safer," MSNBC's co-host Mika Brzezinski said on Thursday's Morning Joe. "We are the 90%," his co-host Joe Scarborough added. "And 90% will not be ignored."
Forty one Republicans voted against the bill, as did four Democrats.
"All in all this was a pretty shameful day for Washington," President Barack Obamai, in company with victims of gun violence, told a press conference in the Rose Garden Wednesday.
Seven amendments were put up, covering assault weapons, high-capacity magazines and straw purchases. All 7 amendments were defeated.
The senators who opposed the bills were:
1. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
2. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)
3. Sen. ...
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