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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

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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

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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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Chris Christie’s loss is [fill in the blank’s] gain:

February 7, 2014 by THE POLITICUS

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In Some Events the US Should Not Go for the Gold

February 6, 2014 by Living Liberally

Politics, government, healthcare, news, political news

As the Olympics begin in a country that is a leader in silencing dissent and imprisoning citizens, it would be a good time for the United States to close Guantanamo and reform policing tactics.

In the world spotlight stands Russia, a champion in spying on its own people, while the US confronts its own NSA excesses and could change course on domestic surveillance.

Putin’s nation is a winner’s circle for oligarchs, but America competes with its growing inequality -- though it would do better to not be a victor in wealth stratification and economic injustice.

Americans may win our share of Olympic medals but in authoritarianism and corporatocracy let’s allow Russia to come in first — there’s no need for America to go for the gold.

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Little Boy Lost

January 29, 2014 by Andrew17

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New York City is one of the safest big cities in the world but that statement does little good for the Oquendo family this week. On Tuesday, January 21, 2014 the Oquendo family found out that their son who had been missing since October was dead.
 
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Republican Michael Grimm Threatens to Break Report in half (Video)

January 29, 2014 by THE POLITICUS

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Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) got in a reporter's face and reportedly threatened him after President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night.

What is the message of the image below? (The image was posted by the Iowa GOP on Facebook)

January 25, 2014 by THE POLITICUS

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The Polar Vortex of US Politics

January 23, 2014 by Living Liberally

Politics, government, healthcare, news, political news

While another deep freeze engulfs the country, a deeper freeze permeates US diplomacy, as critics cast a chill on negotiations with Iran and create slippery conditions for Syria talks.

The weather shut down DC, but even if it hadn't, the GOP has effectively shut down congress closing down work on jobs, immigration, guns through distractions, deceptions and detours.

As icy roads snarl traffic as bad as Christie could, the President is caught in his own series of jams, gummed up over revelations of NSA wrongdoing, and road-raging to ram through a bad trade deal.

Americans know the current Polar Vortex will pass. Yet the Washington Polar Vortex has no end in site.

Warm up your soul, raise up your voice, lift up a pint to toast and talk, share and care, chat and cheers at your local progressive social club.

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