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NRA-Republican Backed Bill Makes It Easier For Feds To Disarm Citizens

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On Wednesday, the Republican controlled house voted to further federalize gun laws in this country. While Ryan McMaken has noted the danger in further centralizing gun legislation, there is another deeply troubling aspect to this bill: it expands the ability of the Federal government to restrict Americans’ right to bear arms. During the legislative process, the NRA supported merging the bill aimed at nationalizing concealed carry permits with another piece of legislation aimed at “fixing” the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS.) Obviously this legislation was inspired by the failure of the US Air Force to report the criminal record of Devin…

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Flynn’s Sin Was Lying To Liars, Not Colluding With Russians

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Retired US Army Lieutenant General Michael Flynn’s sin was lying to liars, not colluding with Russians. When he spoke to Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, following Donald Trump’s 2016 election, former National Security Advisor Flynn was discharging a perfectly legal and patriotic duty to the electorate. In a fit of pique, then-President Barack Obama had expelled Russian diplomats from the United States. K. T. McFarland, Flynn’s deputy in the Trump transition team, worried that Obama’s expulsion of the diplomats was aimed at “boxing Trump in diplomatically,” making it impossible for the president to “improve relations with Russia,” a promise he ran…

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How Impeachment Will Backfire On Democrats

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Most Democrats describe President Donald Trump with a great deal of hyperbole. We’ve apparently never seen a President like this before, and his unstable behavior is cause for panic. Many want to deal with him by removal, and there is a growing number of lawmakers embracing his impeachment. But even with this plan ongoing, Democratic leaders oppose impeaching the President and believe all ongoing investigations should conclude. With all of this said, there still are some Democratic lawmakers who have gone rogue and will continue to do so because their hatred of Trump. Congressman Al Green (D-TX) moved to force…

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Venezuelan Collapse Is Golden Opportunity To Showcase American Superiority

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Venezuela is not a country with a government, it is a hostage situation. The Maduro regime in Caracas has declared its ransom demands. They are actively robbing their captives, and make no mistake, they are executing many of those captives on a daily basis. Among its top ransom demands, the government in Caracas wants to restructure its enormous and dynamic debt burden. Their state-owned oil apparatus, PDVSA, was once a lucrative slush-fund/money-laundering operation for Maduro and the Cuban proxies in the upper echelons of power in Venezuelan politics. Now, PDVSA is financially underwater and struggling to make good on its…

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Meet The Uber-Rich Progressive Behind The Impeachment Commercials

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The citizens of this country have been inundated by commercials speaking of reasons for the impeachment of President Donald Trump. It appears that the socialists will stop at nothing to throw the duly elected President to the side in order to further their illicit agenda. The corruption and unconstitutional maneuvers of the Obama administration are slowly being pushed back to the benefit of the American people. One of the largest promoters of this attempt to impeach our President is Tom Steyer, a billionaire environmentalist whose own political ambitions include a possible run for the U.S. Senate in California. Speaking to…

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Why Tax Breaks Won’t Stop High-Tech, H-1B Human Trafficking

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The question “If the tax reform bill goes through, do you plan to increase your company’s capital investment?” was posed to a sizable group of corporate chieftains at The Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council, in the presence of White House economic adviser Gary Cohn. A pitiful show of hands failed to wipe the smirk off Mr. Cohn’s face. But at least the knaves were candid. Tax cuts for American big businesses are unlikely to move corporations to deploy that capital to raise the wages of the little guy, the worker. The repatriation deal planned for fat-cat multinationals is particularly sweet. But…

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Contemporary Feminism: A Self-Contradiction

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The entire Harvey Weinstein/Hollywood sex scandal is but the most recent glimpse into the Feminist Brain. And it is not pretty. To explore the Feminist Mind is the equivalent of being inside of Space Mountain while blindfolded, for it is a place racked with all of the turmoil—all of the madness—that one would expect to find in an oasis of irrationality. To put it succinctly, the Feminist Mind is ridden with incoherence. The Feminist’s insistence that women are entitled to treatment equal to that to which men are entitled rests upon the belief that women are every bit as strong…

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Why James Madison Hated Democracy

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Why was James Madison so critical of democracies? Moreover, why was he so concerned about them when, according to the definition he provided, “democracies” basically don’t exist anywhere, either in his time or in our own. Today, many conservatives like to claim that “the Founding Fathers” opposed democracy and supported less majoritarian republics. However, as is nearly always the case whenever “the Founding Fathers” are involved, a more accurate statement would be “some Founding Fathers” condemned democracy. Indeed, many of the Founding Fathers — especially among the Anti-Federalists, openly described themselves as being in favor of “democracy” and “the democratical…

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Instead Of Repealing Obamacare, Republicans Will Now Fund It

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It’s been a difficult year for Republicans. After last year’s stunning upset, the Grand Old Party had secured both chambers of Congress and the White House. Democrats reacted angrily out of fear that all of their major legislative trends would be undone. First and foremost, the target was going to be the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. Enter 2017, Republicans struggled with the one legislative goal they all agreed on. Politics met reality and suddenly everyone was shocked with the reality. Many did not want to actually repeal the law as they pledged, because it…

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Why All Three South-African Presidents Supported Robert Mugabe

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On November 21, after 37 years in power, Zimbabwe’s dictator, Robert Mugabe, resigned in infamy. By contrast, the late South African leader, Nelson Mandela, was revered in the West. His successor, Thabo Mbeki, was well-respected. Yet over the decades, both Mandela and Mbeki lent their unqualified support to Mugabe. When the baton was passed from Mbeki to the populist polygamist Jacob Zuma, the current leader of South Africa’s dominant-party state, little changed in the country’s relationship with Zimbabwe. Why? And what is the significance of the support Zuma and his predecessors, Mandela and Mbeki, have lent the Zimbabwean dictator over…

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Did NBC Oust Matt Lauer To Beat A Bombshell News Report?

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American culture has become overcome with a wave of sexual assault allegations. What started with the fall of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has branched out into allegations against celebrities, politicians and even news anchors. Powerful members of society such as Congressman John Conyers are facing massive backlashes while others such as Charlie Rose have fallen from the top. But many seemed to be hit especially hard this week when NBC announced that Matt Lauer, long-time host of the Today Show, had been fired. The reason for the firing, like in many other cases in recent months, was sexual misconduct. As…

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Is Marvin Goodfriend The Worst Fed Nominee Of All Time?

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Yesterday Donald Trump nominated Marvin Goodfriend to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, one of the numerous vacanciesthat have emerged over the course of the past year. While his prior nominations of Jay Powell as Chairman and Randal Quarles as Vice Chair represented a disappointing commitment to the status quo, his selection of Goodfriend is a dangerous act of outright betrayal to Trump’s core constituency of working class voters. The timing of the decision is ironic. After all, while Trump is busy lobbying Senate Republicans to support his desired tax cuts, he has decided to nominate a would-be central banker who…

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Eliminating The State And Local Tax Deduction Is a Terrible Idea

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The tax “reform” currently being discussed in Washington is mostly a political exercise for politicians who can use the process to extract more campaign contributions from supporters, and punish non-supporters. The actual tax burden imposed on Americans overall will change little.  The proposed elimination of the deduction for state and local taxes (SALT) is an excellent illustration of how the tax reform is really about playing political games. Forever in pursuit of “revenue neutral” tax reform, the GOP is simply turning to the elimination of the SALT deduction so it can raise federal revenues, and this allows for a tax cut…

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Yankees President Randy Levine Slams Trump’s Tax Plan As Swamp Deal

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Randy Levine is a businessman and prominent supporter of President Donald Trump. He also has a large podium, being the President of the New York Yankees. In a recent Newsmax op/ed, he openly called on the President to reconsider his support for the proposed Republican tax plan. The tax plan itself has been sitting on thin ice. Republicans time and time again have struggled to advance legislation, despite having majorities in both chambers and Trump in the White House. Supporters of the President blame the Republicans in Congress for failing his agenda. Count Randy Levine as one of them. In…

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Why The Net Neutrality Alarmists Are Wrong

in Politics/Tech

The Net Neutrality debate has played out like many other instances involving government intervention. The free market is full of dark and evil people who live to prey on the souls of regular people, the big government supporters say. Business people live to exploit the wallets of individuals and swindle the poor in their creative minds. Their entire goal is not to live successfully and build a strong business operation that employs many people, but rather oppress all the helpless people of the world. Then enters valiant government, our mighty knight in shining armor. Our benevolent masters have come to…

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Does The Video Game Industry Require Government Intervention?

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Video game company Electronic Arts set off a massive backlash amid gamer concerns surrounding loot boxes, which can be bought using real life money to help get an advantage in game play. They can contain a wide array of different assets, weapons and other useful additions to help gain an edge. But gamers reacted with concern that the game play would be compromised by a paywall, even after spending the full $60 price tag for a complete game. After a widespread public outcry, EA did pull the microtransaction program temporarily and said they have suspended any paid content. While this…

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Is Cellphone Location Data Protected By The Fourth Amendment?

in Law/Politics

When the Bill of Rights was drafted and ratified, the United States of America was a different time. It was undoubtedly a simpler time. When privacy protections were passed, it was very clear at the time. The government would need a warrant to enter your personal property or search you personally. Any search could not occur without authorization from a judge. Technology poses a new challenge for the courts. Given how close the world has become due to it, security has new concerns. But do these security concerns trump the Fourth Amendment? The Supreme Court is now considering a case…

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Governor Paul LePage Needs To Reconsider Running For U.S. Senate

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In terms of Maine politics, Angus King is easily one of the most popular elected officials. He has won multiple elections without being enrolled in a political party. Despite being labeled as a liberal aligned with the Democratic Party, the Democratic Party has generally not embraced him and at times even openly opposed his candidacies. But despite being hit from both sides, he’s been elected twice as Governor and decades later to United States Senate. While registering as an Independent, he is a left-leaning politician who generally aligns with the liberal cause and caucuses with Democrats. His Independent status adds…

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MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt Apologizes For Celebrating Rand Paul’s Assault, But Is It Enough?

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Over the last year, the mainstream media has taken the reputation of having a liberal bias and cemented it. While it may have just been a conservative cliché to drop the allegation in the past, the trope has become a painfully obvious reality in the last year. For this reason, CNN was labeled the Clinton News Network by many on the right. MSNBC has always held strong as cable’s premiere liberal network, not even attempting to hide their ridiculous bias. With the likes of Rachel Maddow, the network has been firm in its opposition to the right. But things have…

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NSA Surveillance Provision Expiration Is All Theater

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Until a few years ago, concerns over government surveillance were generally limited to conspiracy theories, technology organizations, and limited-government libertarians (these groups sometimes overlapping). It wasn’t a major mainstream concern. The revelations by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden changed everything. It wasn’t just the paranoid delusions of conspiracy theorists anymore. It wasn’t just excessive caution by concerned libertarians, and it wasn’t just technology organizations arguing extreme hypotheticals. It was fact. After Snowden’s numerous revelations dropped, there was a widespread push for reform. Some people were shocked by the revelations, others were largely unsurprised. If there is one thing…

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Disgraced Spook Michael Hayden Only Cares About One Tenth Of The Bill Of Rights

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Time and again, President Donald Trump has triggered people across America with his habitual tweeting. Twitter has continued to offer a direct gateway to the thought process of a President, something Americans have never known before. His tweets are not watered down by his staff, they’re directly from him. Where President Trump encounters trouble is when he fires shots against his political enemies. The hyperbole in response is incredible. Critics label his tweeting habits as dangerous to liberty and the free press. Using his own right to free speech to criticize those who criticize him is apparently contrary to the…

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How The Russians Won In America

in Politics/World

Red-baiting is the new fashionable trend in America. Ever since last year, the Russian government has been accused of meddling in United States politics. While investigations continue into the validity of Russian interference in last year’s election, it’s important to explore how it happened and why they got away with it. If there was a significant interference by a foreign government, why did Americans subscribe to the propaganda? It’s easy to call those who believed questionable sources unpatriotic. Of course, this is wrong and immoral, but such is the nature of partisan politics. Instead of accusing fellow Americans of being…

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Judge Roy Moore: A Courageous Man Standing Strong Against The Forces Of Evil

in Culture/Politics

The people of Alabama and Governor Kay Ivey have known Judge Roy Moore for his entire lifetime. They know that fabrications of the Washington elite, the socialist Democrats, and the GOP establishment are nothing more than a ploy to attempt to derail his victory in the campaign. They realize that these allegations from so long ago are impossible to prove or disprove and being done because the elites think the people of Alabama are gullible enough to just accept what they see on the idiot box. Even with the GOP establishment led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) spending over…

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Why The Fuss Over Makeapp?

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If you follow the memeosphere, the hot trending topics, you’ve probably heard about a little app called, er, MakeApp. It’s a cellphone app designed by Russian Ashot Gabrelyanov that purports to be able to use a filter on a woman’s photograph to remove the makeup and reveal her au naturalle skin. It can also add a filter to photographs, and all in all this filter can be applied to both men and women. Doing a bit of research on the topic, the app uses an algorithm to wash out the color of the photograph, and in particular remove color from…

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Al Franken, John Conyers & The Sexual Assault Double Standard

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The last year has been a turbulent year for the American elite. Everyone from prominent politicians to untouchable media giants have been rocked by allegations of sexual assault from women who now feel empowered to speak up. Outside of the political mainstream, even Hollywood’s big names are being rocked by claims of inappropriate sexual behavior. The careers of Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey, both enormous names in Hollywood, are likely over. Individuals like George H.W. Bush, once held in the highest of esteem, now have multiple allegations counting against their legacy. And for all the right reasons. Sexual assault is…

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