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The Weight of the World, The Wait of the World

March 20, 2014 by Living Liberally

Politics, government, healthcare, news, political news

Russia has annexed Crimea. Ukraine is pulling out its troops. The world knows it has the burden to respond yet everyone waits to see who will go first.    Read more

Will the government shut down of 2013 cost the GOP their House majority in the mid-term elections?

March 20, 2014 by Maureen Andrade

poll, politics, what do you think, poll questions

The government shut down of 2013 was a costly and emotionally draining fabricated crisis. Mostly,the blame is on the GOP in the House majority.    Read more

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Teapartium

March 17, 2014 by George Fripley

Politics, government, healthcare, news, political news, teaparty

eMm3LAfter their success in discovering Dim Matter and its relationship with a new particle, the Positively Energized Moron, in their search for a relationship between dark matter and bureaucracy (    Read more

Mid-term voting

March 14, 2014 by bannerite

Politics, government, healthcare, news, political news

I am sorry, but, I don't get it. Why would Democrats sit out the special election in FL#13 and not elect Alex Sink?    Read more

Obama Time, Overtime or Out Of Time?

March 13, 2014 by Living Liberally

Politics, government, healthcare, news, political news

The Prez pushes overtime pay for more Americans as he realizes he may be running out of time to address growing inequality in our country.    Read more

Russians Rush In. Europe, You're Up.

March 6, 2014 by Living Liberally

Russians, Russia, Europe, Germany, Ukrainian

After upheaval upends Ukrainian government, Putin's put in a new position, Russians rush in and if you think we are jumping to conclusions you can Crimea river...

Kerry carries on talks, Merkel's murky about actions, McCain's manic, Graham's self-aggrandized while Obama's having long talks with Putin about as constructive as conversations with Congress.

And as we wonder what Putin wants, what Obama will do, where the EU will stand, let's hope we remember to ask the Ukrainians how they'd like to see their own country governed.

The Olympics showcased the world coming together in peace, friendship and healthy competition. Now, Russia has taken its ball and gone home…maybe we should have let them win at ice hockey after all.

It's cold out there, but our company is warm, our conversation cozy and our ideas on fire as you share a drink and what you think at your local progressive social club.

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Judicial Review: Usurpation of the Will of the People?

March 4, 2014 by gawilliams14

Politics, government, healthcare, news, political news

I had to shake my head once more this past week when I heard a comment about a court ruling that invalidated a state law.  It was the age old comment that an unelected judge had usurped the will of the people by ruling unconstitutional a popularly voted in state law.  It begs the question of whether or not the people making these comments (sometimes governors and legislators, not just average citizens) understand the role of a court when reviewing legislation.  Sadly, I think many are seriously mistaken.  I would like to take a moment and offer my own view on the subject.    Read more

Will Vladimir Putin pull out of Crimea due to economic pressure from the U.S. and our European allies?

March 3, 2014 by THE POLITICUS

poll, politics, what do you think, poll questions

Crimea is a peninsula on the northern coast of the Black Sea. The Autonomous Republic of Crimea occupies most of the peninsula, while the City of Sevastopol occupies the rest.

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When Definite Meets Defiant

February 27, 2014 by Living Liberally

Politics, government, healthcare, news, political news

One day, the Ukrainian leader definitely stood firm. The next, he was ousted by a defiant nation and is on the run as the world races to react.

Not long ago, same-sex marriage was a certain loser. Now courts in Utah, Oklahoma and Texas challenge bans and the AG says states don't have to defend those laws while AZ's right-wing gov vetoes anti-gay legislation.

Recently, Chris Christie was the GOP's great hope. Polls now remind us how quickly fortunes can change.

When yesterday's assumptions run into today's reality, definite meets defiant…and there's no sure thing.

A lesson worth all of us remembering, whether you're Comcast devouring the media, the GOP licking its lips at the mid-terms or Hillary Clinton reading the latest polls,

Share predictions and predilections over a pint as you share your night with political pals at your local progressive social club.

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Civil Unrest and the Uncivil Rest

February 20, 2014 by Living Liberally

Politics, government, healthcare, news, political news

In Russia, Pussy Riot's post-prison protests lead to arrest under Putin's police power and assault by Cossack militia members.

In Ukraine, anti-government unrest has exploded into clash and confrontation with a death toll dangerously rising.

Syria's Civil War is anything but civil, yet attempts at talks are just as tumultuous while the world fails as good neighbors or negotiators.

Country after country faces upheaval, some democratic, some downright destructive, but government actions and global reactions have inflamed, infuriated and fed the fires.

It's a time of civil unrest and the uncivil rest. If only everyone could take a breath and a rest.

For now take a break to share a beer while sharing ideas with old friends and new at your local progressive social club.

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Bridge Over Troubled Waters

February 13, 2014 by Maureen Andrade

Politics, government, healthcare, news, political news

Around my community of Southwest Washington all eyes are on the Oregon Legislature this week as committees decide the fate of the Columbia River Crossing (CRC). For those in other parts of the country, the CRC is the replacement project for the I5 Bridge that connects Washington and Oregon in Vancouver and Portland. It’s a heavily researched, debated, and berated piece of infrastructure legislation that has come to represent the divisions in our national discourse. The CRC is nothing less than a symbol of political breakdown over common sense use of government.    Read more

They Raised the Ceiling, Now Raise the Floor

February 13, 2014 by Living Liberally

Politics, government, healthcare, news, political news

Boehner's buddies bucked the Tea Party to lower the insanity and raise the debt ceiling. Could they show the same courage to lift up our nation by raising the minimum wage for millions of workers?

McConnell's crew crammed down their crazies to avoid a destructive, dubious debate over debt. Now can they repel their radical right-wing to renew relief for unemployed Americans?

The Democrats avoided a manufactured meltdown to preserve the country's full faith and credit. In addition to the debt ceiling, it is time to raise our standards for what counts as progress.

Kudos to Congress for not creating a crisis. They raised the ceiling - now raise the floor: our basic quality of life, our safety net minimum our low expectations and baseline belief in democracy.

That would be a success worth toasting.

Meanwhile, toast small victories & share small talk as you enjoy a big night with big ideas at your local progressive social club.

Not snow, nor sleet, nor icy rain shall keep us from our appointed rounds!

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