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Polls Are Political Weapons in Midterms

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As we come down the homestretch for the 2018 midterms, people are looking at congressional generic ballots and debating whether or not the Democrats will take back the House. By now, thanks to the Senate Democrats’ Brett Kavanaugh escapade, most rational people are starting to realize that the Senate has probably slipped away from the Democrats. Republicans will likely hold all their toss up seats in Arizona, Nevada, and Tennessee and gain two to four seats with the likely pickups in North Dakota, Missouri, and Florida, and potential outliers in Montana, Indiana, Minnesota, and New Jersey. Strangely (or not!) these…

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America’s Crisis Is Three-Tiered Justice

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Last week brought to the fore a serious problem now threatening to undermine the very foundations of America’s constitutional republic: we no longer have equal application of justice under the law. The rule of law has become trifurcated, with a different application of the law depending upon one’s position in the political hierarchy. First, there’s one application of the law for members of the powerful elite who have the right political connections. Here, the law is more a series of suggestions that might or might not be followed with almost no legal consequences for non-compliance. Read the full op-ed at…

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Unleashing Self Interest Against Self Interest to Reform Healthcare

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It’s rigged, people. Insurance companies and healthcare providers are colluding against you in a systematic way while laughing all the way to the bank. If you don’t believe me, look at the amazing run insurance companies’ stock prices have had over the past 10 years, or the record revenue nonprofit hospital systems are making these days. Doesn’t it strike anyone as odd that the entity sitting on the largest pile of cash in Oregon is not Nike, an international shoe company, but Providence Health and Services, the Oregon-based not-for-profit health system that had nearly twice as much cash on hand…

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The media’s real enemy? Themselves

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With the most recent grandstanding by Jim Acosta at a White House briefing, the issue of fake news and those who push it being enemies of the people came to the forefront of the conversation again. Acosta, the liberal-activist-posing-as-objective-journalist wrapped in sanctimonious hypocrisy, demanded that Sarah Sanders say the press is the not the enemy of the people. Sanders, of course, refused to play Acosta’s game. In this conversation about who is whose enemy, the media needs to understand who their worst enemy actually is: themselves. And while they decry how Trump is endangering them and antagonistic to them, they…

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