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Earthquake Rocks U.S. Politics 0

  What we saw in New Hampshire was a political earthquake.  The headlines were dramatic; fittingly so:  “Sanders, Trump Stun America” CNN declared on their website.  The American Prospect summed it up with a tidy statement: “The Establishment Sinks.”   The Establishment didn’t just sink in New Hampshire — the earth swallowed it whole.  Whether […]

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Posted on: 02-11-2016
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Candidates win when they challenge big money’s role 0

Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton and — much to my surprise — Donald Trump have successfully tapped into a frustration among voters who feel left out of our political process and disillusioned with the growing influence of money in our elections and in shaping policy. Even Ted Cruz railed against the current system in his victory […]

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Posted on: 02-8-2016
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Three Tickets to the Future 0

The future lay in snowy New Hampshire, and so former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was pumping student’s hands at the Nashua Community College when Iowa’s final vote tally straggled in.  In this horse race, Clinton beat Vermont’s Senator Bernie Sanders by a nose, winning herself another ticket to New Hampshire.  Bernie joined her in […]

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Posted on: 02-5-2016
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Iowa caucus or Ikea couch? Choose your ordeal 0

There’s an old saying that there are only three first-class tickets issued out of the Iowa caucus — the rest are exit-row seats. When it comes to the first-in-the-nation contest, I am more of an old school traditionalist who believes that after the candidates complete canvassing across the state, it’s time for registered voters to […]

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Posted on: 02-2-2016
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“I Have a Dream… for the Oscars” 0

It is with good reason that Hollywood is called a “dream factory.” Since the very inception of motion pictures, movies have fed our dreams — especially the dreams of young people. It is vitally important that no child ever feel left out of those dreams on account of their race, creed, sexual orientation or gender. […]

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Posted on: 01-29-2016
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Avoiding a Showdown 0

A few days okay, I remarked on how this election was “a season of volatility,” and added, despite that, in Iowa “both the Republicans and the Democrats will have one more opportunity to make their final arguments before voters head to their local precincts.” Well, scratch that.  Democrats got a last opportunity to hear former […]

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Posted on: 01-28-2016
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Now, the Voters can decide 0

Everywhere I go, people want to know who will win the nomination. And I tell them, wait until the voters caucus in Iowa and start voting in New Hampshire. Though we have seen the polls fluctuate back and forth between the so called outsiders represented by businessman Donald Trump, former neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson and […]

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Posted on: 01-21-2016
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Martin Luther King Jr. Day turns 30: Why we observe it 0

This Monday, we commemorate the 30th anniversary of the federal holiday in honor of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. It’s a holiday that thankfully has been gaining in recognition since Congress passed a bill and President Ronald Reagan signed it in 1983, designating the third Monday in January, starting in 1986, to honor the […]

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Posted on: 01-20-2016
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Looking to the Future with Hope 0

There are historical moments that often slip by both pundits and partisans. President Obama’s final State of the Union address is one of them.   Blake Hounshell is Politico’s Digital Editorial Director, a veteran journalist who is given to wry tweets and light mocking of politicians.  But, humorous, or serious,  I quote his tweet because […]

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Posted on: 01-20-2016
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Obama’s Final Stretch: Advancing Our Dreams 0

President Barack Obama’s last State of the Union Address isn’t an ending, but a beginning. Instead of the usual end-of-second term victory lap, Obama is, as it were, competing in another Olympic gold-winning event. With seven long, challenging and difficult years behind him, President Obama does not consider himself a lame duck. And he isn’t […]

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Posted on: 01-12-2016
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