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Michael Harris
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Top Down: Why Democrats Aren't Winning
In the aftermath of the latest of this year's string of special elections, the Monday-morning-quarterbacking is, predictably, rolling of every opinionator's tongue.  And it's all over the place. Why are Democrat candidates losing?  Is it money?  Is it energ...

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Broken: What James Comey taught us about us
If you watch television, any television, pretty much the only thing that has happened this week appears to be the congressional testimony of ex-FBI Director James Comey.  Depending on your political leanings, it was either a scathing indictment or a tempest...

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Broken: What James Comes taught us about us
If you watch television, any television, pretty much the only thing that has happened this week appears to be the congressional testimony of ex-FBI Director James Comey.  Depending on your political leanings, it was either a scathing indictment or a tempest...

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Is it okay to make fun of Donald Trump?
This week, comedian Kathy Griffin raised a huge uproar with a photo prank that fell more than flat on its face.  And it got me to thinking: where's the line?  What's the right approach in this climate? Without a doubt, political speech is the most broadly p...

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The "Big Checkout" - How We Justify Disengagement
In modern American discourse, the word "Big" has become a pejorative.  "Big Pharma" "Big Banks" "Big Business" "Big Media" and let's not forget "Big Government".  America is the most affluent and powerful nation in human history; but is the down-side that e...

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How Insurance Works
With the House's recent passage of the American Healthcare Act, drastically revising the provisions and protections of the Affordable Care Act, everybody, of all political persuasions is talking about health insurance.  The cost of it, subsidies, "high risk...

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Lies... Part of this Balanced Breakfast
When I was a kid, I loved me some Cocoa Puffs.  I didn't get them that often, because my parents were not advocates of hyping me up on sugary cereals.  But I was never convinced that they had the right of it.  My Saturday mornings were laden with, between i...

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What you don't know about military veterans (part 2 of 2)
In part one , I raised the issue that the military and our veterans are equally misunderstood by conservatives and liberals alike (and maybe  we could even be considered a marginalized group).  Here, I'd like to share some insights common to most veterans I...

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What you don't know about military veterans (Part 1 of 2)
"Thank you for your service." Conventional wisdom says conservatives are staunch backers and supporters of the military and veterans.  Liberals, not so much.  As a veteran and a liberal, I've got news for you. Neither side seriously considers or understands...

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How do we take big money out of politics? You just did.
The defeat of the American Healthcare Act (aka TrumpCare, RyanCare, or TRyanCare) was a win for people who don't want to see tens of thousands of people left out of a basic need of all citizens.  But it was more than that; it was the culmination of three mo...
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