Do you agree with Wendy Davis' stance on open-carry? Read more     What grade letter would you give Obamacare? Read more     An internal review about "Bridge-gate" ordered by Christie is clearing the Republican of any wrongdoing. Do you buy it? Read more     Should Violent Juveniles be Treated as Adults in Court? Read more      ​Should ​​taxpayers fund creationism​ ​in the classroom​?​ Read more     SHOULD NATO CONSIDER MILITARY ACTION AGAINST RUSSIA OVER CRIMEA? Read more     Will the government shut down of 2013 cost the GOP their House majority in the mid-term elections? Read more     Should the Senate withold its consent to a DOJ nominee based on the clients a nominee defended during their legal career? Read more     Do you support the White House’s expansion of Russia-related sanctions? Read more     Do you think Paul Ryan's comments about “inner cities” culture is a thinly veiled racial attack? Read more     
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Mass Evictions in Rio de Janeiro as the 2016 Rio Olympics loom

April 11, 2014 by Andrew17

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As we near the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil starts clearing out the poor from local Shanty towns. Over 5,000 people were evicted from their temporary homes with no apparent solution to find them permanent housing. So where will Brazil hide their poor during the Olympic games? Maybe behind a giant wall like China did in 2008.

Blog Poll: 
Do you find it shameful what Brazil is doing in Rio de Janeiro

Maybe Obama Should Take Up Painting

April 10, 2014 by Living Liberally

Politics, government, healthcare, news, political news

The left criticizes Obama over NSA surveillance, lack of action on climate change and immigration, and being too conciliatory with the big banks.

The right attacks him over expanding healthcare, pushing for fair wages and pay equity, defending contraception and not invading Russia.

A do-nothing Congress says Obama does too little. The media enjoys declaring him a lame duck already. The American public isn't sure what to make of him.

In a time when more Americans have healthcare, we're choosing diplomacy over unnecessary war and our limping economy isn't toppling completely, we are treated to stories of George W Bush's paintings.

A glowing media celebration of the man who recklessly led us into a disastrous war, crashed our economy and tanked our reputation. Maybe Obama should take up painting?

Some ex-Presidents build houses for the needy, some focus on global poverty and climate change. Some just keep misunderestimating their potential.

Much to talk about, to toast and to torpedo so trade tales as you toss back a tumbler or two at your local progressive social club.    Read more

Nook Glowlight User Contest

April 8, 2014 by THE POLITICUS

Politics, government, healthcare, news, political news

Hello Politicrats,

THE POLITICUS would like to announce a new user contest to win a brand new Nook Glowlight; pictured above.

How do I enter?

1. Sign on
2. Submit a Blog, Poll or Comment on the site

This time the person with the most "user points" wins. Contest begins April 15th 2014 and ends May 14th 2014.

User Points Value
Blog post: 100
Poll post: 50
Comments: 5

Happy Posting!

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Advertising Share Program

April 8, 2014 by THE POLITICUS

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Hello Politicrats,

A while back we announced our "Advertising Share Program" and some of you have taken advantage of it. This blog post is just a reminder of the offering. Any user who has accumulated user-points via posting a blog, poll or up/down voting on the site. Can use those points to buy ad space on the site. The amount of ad space you can purchase is based on your user-points. So if you have 30,000 user points you can purchase 30,000 impressions or views. And it's all FREE.....

We have the ability to create very basic ads, but if you would like to create an HTML / Flash ad we can take those Ad formats as well.

If you are interested and want to learn more please email us at ads@thepoliticus(Dot)com. Don't forget to go to your profile page and see what user-points you have.

http://www.thepoliticus.com/user

Punishing Putin

April 7, 2014 by Mounir Ghaly

Politics, government, healthcare, news, political news

Since I wrote my blog on Punishing Putin, I received several phone calls from friends offering suggestion. The response I liked best was : "Ignore Him!" Many will say, but you can't ignore him. He just violated several international laws and created a military confrontation in Europe. Well, I agree, no world power can ignore this behavior nor its consequences. But despite this, there is a way to ignore Putin.

Putin must be on an adrenaline rush right now! Those who are in this state of mind will want to keep it going for as long as possible. So, ignoring Putin is a good tactic that should be part of our overall strategy. You can ignore him by not reacting to his agenda! That means the US and Europe must take coordinated steps to roll out own agenda to integrate Ukraine and the Baltic into the Western sphere of politics / defense / economics. This agenda must be divorced from what Putin says or does, i.e. not a tit for tat. It should be a Western centered plan in isolation. This will change the turf of this battle.     Read more

Do you agree with Wendy Davis' stance on open-carry?

April 5, 2014 by THE POLITICUS

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Choices

Seven Million - Check. Untold Millions - Unchecked.

April 3, 2014 by Living Liberally

Politics, government, healthcare, news, political news

The healthcare push led to 7 million sign-ups, surpassing the Administration's targets, and giving a boost to this new program, while getting more Americans covered.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court struck down limits on individual overall campaign donations, giving a boost to wealthy contributors, letting millions more dollars flood our elections.

Obamacare gets our government working for the many. McCutcheon gets our government working for the few. This week may see Americans get healthier, but also witnesses our democracy get more diseased.

Seven million Americans - check. Untold millions in contributions - unchecked. A few million steps forward,
an unlimited number of steps back.

Share healthcare tales, swap Court gripes as you trade drinks and thoughts through the night at your local progressive social club.

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Party Leadership Message War Via Twitter

April 2, 2014 by Andrew17

Politics, government, healthcare, news, political news

This morning I took a look at the different tweets from the party leadership (Democrats and Republicans). You will notice something very interesting about Mitch Mcconnell's tweet. He doesn't mention Healthcare. Why is that?

Blog Poll: 
Do you think there is a chance Healthcare Reform (ACA aka Obamacare) will be repealed?

How to Punish Putin

March 31, 2014 by Mounir Ghaly

Politics, government, healthcare, news, political news

Over the last two weeks, Western nations have announced a layered sanctions plan to deal with Putin's aggression in the Ukraine. The layering, Western leaders advised, will be commensurate with Putin's future moves. The truth of the matter is that are few tools to deal with the Ukraine crisis. So, sanctions it is! But, sanctions take a very long time to work.

At their heart, sanctions, by increasing general misery such as scarcity of imports, falling currency, and limited exports, aim at generating a negative reaction from the people of the country against their government. With the Russians, this is not likely to work. The Russians have demonstrated they can tolerate decades of political and economic isolation. The tactic, i.e. sanctions, may work, if the majority of the population is already against Putin and his government, or if Western standards of life are already pervasive in the country that the majority would find their lives difficult. But this is not the case!    Read more

Has Israel Poisoned The Peace Process?

March 28, 2014 by gawilliams14

Politics, government, healthcare, news, political news

Recently I have been reading about the situation in the Middle East, specifically the Israel/Palestine impasse, and started to wonder what has happened to create such a divisive atmosphere when there was so much hope at different times since the Oslo Accords were signed in the early 1990′s, and also the agreement entered into between Rabin and Arafat in the mid-1990′s. During my reading I asked myself one very important question when it came to the most recent volatility in the peace process: Has Israel poisoned the process? Sadly, while both sides have caused impasses and problems, Israel, under Netanyahu, has severely damaged the process and weakened the prospects for a peaceful settlement of the issues.    Read more

Cold War, Cool War, Old War, New War?

March 27, 2014 by Living Liberally

Politics, government, healthcare, news, political news

In Russia's recent power plays and provocation, some commentators compare to 1930s Europe, others see the specter of the Soviet spread, but it's really a new challenge to the new world order.

As the US redirects its War on Terror and continues to extricate from Afghanistan, with domestic pressure to reduce the NSA, Putin's push has NATO contemplating the inconceivable.

Aggressive annexation and military moves are met with new tools of sanctions and trade threats. The global gang tries to tame the Russian bear and now the G8 is now, gee, seven.

Is this a Cold War being thawed out, or a non-war nobody's sure how to fight? Whether Cold War, Cool War, Old War or New War,
it's a new year, new fear, or new terror in an unknown era.

Share a night with what you know -- cool beers for a cold war, warm friends & hot topics at your local progressive social club.

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