As with ‘Affordable Housing’, GOP and Dems fail on health insurance


Photo of needle: Deborah Cartagena/CDC

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is facing well-deserved criticism over Republicans’ failure to come up with a solution to the Democrats’ Patient Protection and Affordable Care tax bill commonly called Obamacare.

Democrats deserve an equal share of criticism for creating a new handout program to some populations while gouging middle class workers and employers to pay for their poorly crafted policy.  Continue reading

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Coup saga: Five curious moments, including Nigeria speaker at DNC convention

White House Highsmith

Photo of White House from Carol M. Highsmith’s America; US Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Div.

Who can keep up with the ongoing conspiracy theories involving Russia and the presidential election? The assortment of real news, fake news, and in-between news is enough to confuse anyone.

I cherry-picked five moments in this coup saga that shed some light on the latest kerfuffle over emails Donald Trump, Jr., released.

Did you know foreign dignitaries often attend both major parties’ political conventions? Did Trump, Jr., actually break any laws by listening to someone who was supposed to provide opposition information on Hillary Clinton? Here are five curious moments in the saga of the coup. Continue reading

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Investigations of Ukraine ‘interference’, House IT scandal warranted

Ukraine Supreme Council Bldg

Ukraine Supreme Council Building (Parliament). (CIA World Fact Book)

With the 2018 midterm elections in mind, Democrats continue to keep a narrow focus on alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election despite other potential interference that should definitely be investigated.

Those potentials include Ukraine as well as a domestic scandal within the Republican-controlled Congress.

There’s also a great deal of taxpayer money involved. Continue reading

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Wealthy media investors look to GOP Congress for help with Google, Facebook

A F Branco cartoon July 4

Cartoon by A. F. Branco at

The term “fake news” has become a battle cry for supporters of President Donald Trump, but they aren’t the only team in town expressing concerns. High profile newspapers like The New York Times and The Washington Post are looking to the GOP-controlled Congress in hopes of being able to seek reform as a group instead of individually. Continue reading

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Revisiting book on WWII resistance as Trump visits Poland

Quiet Hero by Rita Cosby

‘Quiet Hero’ by Rita Cosby recounts stories about the Polish Resistance and the author’s father.

With President Donald Trump’s visit to Poland, Americans may rediscover a country few US media pay much attention to. When Trump said, “[T]he West will never, ever be broken,” it resonated with his audience. Poland’s history is one long narrative about a commitment to liberty and freedom.

In 2010 I reviewed the book Quiet Hero by Rita Cosby. Cosby’s book recounts the Polish Resistance during World War II, something many aren’t aware existed. Cosby wrote her book after learning her father had been a Resistance fighter during the war.

Once Germany invaded Poland, Great Britain’s hopes for peace were dashed, and World War II became unavoidable. Germany had colluded with the Soviet Union prior to attacking Poland.

Poland lost approximately 6 million people from its population during the war. After World War II ended, then began the battle for freedom from communist rule.

I though about Cosby’s book when I saw the president speaking on TV this morning.  Continue reading

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Clinton’s promise fails again with N. Korea test months after UN called for more aid

N. Korea map

Map of N. Korea from CIA World Fact Book.

While in the Oval Office, former president Bill Clinton applauded his diplomatic success with North Korea (Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea).

In 1994 Mr. Clinton said, “The entire world will be safer.” Media filmed Clinton’s secretary of state Madeleine Albright sipping wine with North Korea’s dictator, now dead, Kim Jong-il.

Now another in Kim’s dynasty, Kim Jong-un, head of the Workers Party of Korea, is again making news, and both Russia and China have failed to persuade the dictator to stop shaking his sword.  Continue reading

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Celebrating the Fourth? Ditch politics, if your loved ones will let you

Illus. from Puck, v. 35, no. 904, (1894 July 4), centerfold. N.Y. : Published by Keppler & Schwarzmann.

Illus. from Puck, v. 35, no. 904, (1894 July 4), centerfold. N.Y. : Published by Keppler & Schwarzmann.

Is your family, like mine, divided over politics? I think for many Americans, the answer would be yes. My solution for this holiday and others is to ditch politics when your family gathers.

This can be more difficult sometimes than it should be.  Continue reading

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