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Friday, February 10, 2017

[Chicago] Mayor Rahm Emanuel has warned Democrats they need to "take a chill pill" and realize that they are not going to take back national power anytime soon. "It ain't gonna happen in 2018," Emanuel said Monday at Stanford's Graduate School of Business in California. "Take a chill pill, man. You gotta be in this for the long haul." As he did last month at an event in Washington, D.C., the mayor expanded on what he believes is the road map back to power for his party -- putting moderate candidates such as veterans, football players, sheriffs and business people up in Republican districts, picking battles with Republicans, exploiting wedges within the GOP and fighting attempts to redistrict Congress on partisan grounds. But this time he didn't hold back on his frustration with some of his fellow Democrats. read more


Sunday, February 05, 2017

Some East Bay conservatives say they live a secret life. They can never tell anyone what they really feel like in fear of their safety.

Robert Ward is coming out conservative, but in a place he says is risky for those who share his beliefs.

"If you witness what happened in Berkeley, actually they are so violent on top of it. I mean being a conservative in the Bay Area is like being a heretic," says Ward. "You lead a double life. You can never tell your friends and co-workers." read more


Monday, January 23, 2017

President Trump formally abandoned the Trans-Pacific Partnership on Monday, pulling away from Asia and scrapping his predecessor's most significant trade deal on his first full weekday in office, administration officials said. Trump sharply criticized the partnership agreement during last year's campaign, calling it a bad deal for American workers. Although the deal had not been approved by Congress, the decision to withdraw the American signature at the start of Trump's administration is a signal that he plans to follow through on promises to take a more aggressive stance against foreign competitors. read more


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Millions of Californians will click on their TVs Friday and groan. They'll wince as the unthinkable becomes a reality. Can you say President Trump? It's painful.

Yes, he's a terrible choice for all the reasons that need no listing here. He's not California's choice, but he is most states'.

He won because of a convoluted, undemocratic electoral college system created by the Constitution's framers to appease some lightly populated slave states.

OK, enough of the negative. There's something genuinely positive here that illustrates America's greatness with or without Trump. And it's worth celebrating.

It's simply that American democracy performed, although awkwardly, as the founders basically envisioned: Common folk could stand up against the establishment elite and boot them out the door.

Rebelling against the ruling class -- peasants with pitchforks overrunning the castle -- is part of the American DNA. read more


Friday, December 30, 2016

Nearly a decade and a half after the Iraq-WMD faceplant, the American press is again asked to co-sign a dubious intelligence assessment

This dramatic story puts the news media in a jackpot. Absent independent verification, reporters will have to rely upon the secret assessments of intelligence agencies to cover the story at all.

Many reporters I know are quietly freaking out about having to go through that again. We all remember the WMD fiasco.
"It's déjà vu all over again" is how one friend put it.

You can see awkwardness reflected in the headlines that flew around the Internet Thursday. Some news agencies seemed split on whether to unequivocally declare that Russian hacking took place, or whether to hedge bets and put it all on the government to make that declaration, using "Obama says" formulations. read more


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