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A misguided charge of plagiarism

January 29, 2014

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A speechwriter for President George W. Bush claims President Obama used parts of Bush’s 2007 State of the Union speech in his address to the nation last night. But an examination of Pres. Bush’s transcript reveals no clauses were lifted and used by Pres. Obama. Speaking to Megyn Kelly of Fox News, Mark Thiessen read […]

Our polarized discourse is dangerous

January 29, 2014

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It’s not an overstatement to say that rancor and insults have become all too common in the worlds of politics and media. The dilemma is how to make things better. Jeff Wilson of The Southern Illinoisan frames

The right still says Pres. Obama wants income equality

January 22, 2014

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President Obama has never said his goal is income equality. But despite that, conservatives continue to maintain that it is. Bill O’Reilly of Fox News presented that argument tonight

Despite Beck’s history, insulting words are not the answer

January 22, 2014

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We’re not fans of Glenn Beck, the former host on Fox News who founded the conservative website, The Blaze. His history of conspiracy theories and insulting comments is

No Labels steps up effort to fix our government

January 22, 2014

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We wrote about the website, No Labels, recently, supporting its attempt to refocus Washington on being productive, rather than just being partisan. Here’s their latest explanation of their current goal, one that most people should

Disrespectful discourse by Michigan official criticized

January 21, 2014

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An ongoing controversy in Michigan over derogatory comments by a Republican official has prompted a statement from the party’s national chairman. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus issued a statement

Winner’s rant the opposite of good sportsmanship

January 20, 2014

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We wonder what he would have said if he lost the game. Seattle Seahawks’ cornerback Richard Sherman ranted about one of his opponents during a post-game interview with Erin Andrews, the Fox sideline reporter.

Someone is not telling the truth in New Jersey

January 20, 2014

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The charge by the mayor of Hoboken that state officials threatened to hold back funding for Sandy relief if she didn’t go along with a development deal favored by the Christie administration is

Respect for Christie at stake with latest claims

January 19, 2014

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CNN’s “State of the Union” took up the latest charge of wrongdoing by the administration of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie this morning. Host Candy Crowley interviewed the mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey, who

Senator says he wouldn’t take his family to the Olympics in Russia

January 19, 2014

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Much has been said about terrorist threats to the Olympics, which begin February 5h in Sochi, Russia. A new threat was reported just this morning: http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/terror-surprise-sochi-olympics-purported-suicide-bombers-threat/t/story?id=21589469&ref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F

Pundit with poor record of predictions doesn’t see Hillary as president

January 18, 2014

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The editor of the “Weekly Standard,”Bill Kristol, says Hillary Clinton is likely to not win the presidency. Does this mean we should all place bets that she will win in 2016? Based on his history of bad predictions,

A year of civility is a good start

January 17, 2014

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Every attempt to boost respect and limit incivility is welcome and we’ve pointed out that local programs seem to be leading the way. While the federal government struggles to act responsibly, many communities are making meaningful attempts to promote positive public discourse. Here’s a report on one such effort from the Jefferson City News Tribune […]

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