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kris robinson

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Yes suh thank ya suh for appreciatin' my little diddly (Shuffling noises)

Wtf? LOL!!!
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Complete and utter morons with zero pop culture experience. No idea who or what they're even addressing. Just a chance to blow the whistle...
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Steve Kalman

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The West Wing

Over the past moth I streamed reruns of The West Wing (Netflix). For a show that ran 15-20 years ago, it was remarkably accurate about our future. I'd recommend it in its entirety, but especially the last two seasons (end of one administration, primaries and election to bring in the next.) There are speeches on democracy, back room manipulations, a brokered convention, spin, and debates by candidates (very well played by Jimmy Smits and Alan Alda) and an international crisis that puts tens of thousands of troops on the ground as peace-keepers, with no exit strategy.

It was one of my favorite shows when it was live, and I loved it again in re-run.

Highly recommended for all of us political junkies.
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Atif Fareed

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Rodrigo Duterte sworn in as Philippines president

"Duterte: From 'Punisher' to president"

Rodrigo Duterte has been sworn in as president of the Philippines, after a landslide election victory in May.

The controversial former mayor of Davao City, 71, overthrew the political establishment, promising a "bloody war" on crime and action on corruption.

In his inaugural speech he promised to make sweeping changes to the country's political system.

"I see the erosion of the people's trust in their country's leaders," he said.

"The erosion of faith in our judicial system. The erosion of confidence in the capacity of our public servants to make the people's lives better, safer and healthier."

Mr Duterte, who has barely left Davao in the south since his election win, took his oath at a small ceremony at the Malacanang Palace in Manila. Only state media were permitted to cover the event, but it was streamed live online.

Under the constitution, Mr Duterte and the new vice-president, Leni Robredo, will both serve a single six-year term.

Ms Robredo was sworn in at a separate ceremony in Quezon City.

'A leap into the unknown': Jonah Fisher, BBC News

Rodrigo Duterte revels in his reputation as an outsider and a political maverick.

During 22 years as mayor of Davao, he built a reputation for blunt speaking and for supporting the extrajudicial killing of suspected criminals.

Crime rates fell dramatically but human rights groups estimate that more than 1,000 people were killed with no legal process. Many were executed by shadowy death squads.

Mr Duterte's election campaign was littered with obscenities and populist promises but light on details.

So the country must now wait to see how he delivers on pledges to end corruption, restore the death penalty, and shift to a more federal system of government.

On the international front, despite his having bombastically promised to drive a jet-ski to a contested island in the South China Sea, relations between the Philippines and China could be about to improve.

Mr Duterte has indicated that despite differences, and an upcoming ruling from the Permanent Court of Arbitration, he is ready for a more pragmatic, development-focused relationship with the Chinese.
After a period of stability under Benigno Aquino, the presidency of Rodrigo Duterte marks a leap into the unknown.

The two swearing-in ceremonies were being held separately for the first time in the Philippines, which local media attributed to Mr Duterte's decision to a opt for a relatively small event.

But there is a notable political and personality gulf between the two leaders.

Ms Robredo is from the same Liberal Party as outgoing President Benigno Aquino III, who oversaw big improvements in economic growth and foreign investment.

He had less success tackling endemic corruption and inequality.
Self-styled socialist Mr Duterte has promised to change that, by ending corruption and improving the lot of the roughly quarter of the population said to live below the poverty line, while promising to continue the economic policies which have attracted money from abroad.

Ms Robredo, an anti-poverty campaigner and human rights lawyer, was sworn in by the chairman of the poorest ward of a district in her province, as well as the chairman of the ward in which her new office is located.

She won her new position by a wafer-thin margin against Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos, the son of late former dictator Ferdinand Marcos, whose family has staged a remarkable political comeback since being toppled in 1986.

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Sabeena LoBello
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▶ 2016 Elections  - 
 
"Building a wall is about the illusion that there can be a physical safeguard to prevent intrusion from alien forces," said Bruce Miroff, a professor who teaches on American politics and the presidency at the State University of New York at Albany. "America First was tapping into suspicion of an ominous other who threatened the American way of life. At that time, it was about Jews. With Trump, it's Muslims and fear of terrorism."
 
For students of U.S. history, that slogan harkens back to the tumultuous presidential election of 1940, when hundreds of thousands of Americans joined the anti-war America First Committee.
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Will Brexit impact the views of Americans during this election year? What is Wall Street thinking?


The Brexit Impact on America is the topic on today's WINK News NOW This Morning Show with a one on one with Dr. Bart Rossi, PHD.
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Roger Tillman

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The President rejected the potential pollution spewing XL Pipeline & now, a foreign corp is suing US tax payers for $15B over a decision WE had the right to make! If TPP passes, it gets worse! #stopthetpp
 
The President rejected the potential pollution spewing XL Pipeline & now, a foreign corp is suing US tax payers for $15B over a decision WE had the right to make! If TPP passes, it gets worse! #stopthetpp
On Wednesday, TransCanada Corporation filed a lawsuit in U.S. federal court alleging President Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline exceeded his power under the U.S. Constitution. TransCanada also filed legal action under the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, claiming the pipeline permit denial was "arbitrary and unjustified." It’s seeking $15 billion as part of its NAFTA claim. TransCanada’s lawsuit comes just days before P...
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Valkyrie
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We hear a lot about patriotism, especially around the Fourth of July. But in 2016 we’re hearing about two very different types of patriotism. One is an inclusive patriotism that binds us together. The other is an exclusive patriotism that keeps others out.
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But Donald claims, he didn't say those things..
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Sandeep Chaudhari

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That a total of 132 people, approximately 1 Orlando massacre event every two months.

Here we talk about terror, but compared to the lone wolf variety that is occurring from time to time, what happened in Turkey is well-coordinated and planned. Where the former relies on lax gun laws to be lethal, the latter requires planning and a certain amount of discipline. Nations gripped in a wave of the former need better gun laws, police enforcement, and mental health services; nations gripped in the wave of the latter need better law enforcement, tighter security measures, political action/reconciliation where possible, and military intervention if necessary.

Not all terror attacks are the same. It's time to admit that while there is a growing problem here in the US, it is nowhere near the proportion in other countries. In fact, when looking at the type of attack, Europeans are more under threat from these groups than the US vis a vis the Paris attacks. The two are not the same and we need to stop pretending that they are. So let's stop polluting our politics with unnecessary overstatements about the ISIS threat, especially when they are excuses for making immigration and traveling more of a nuisance. Perhaps those who feel such a direct threat should realize that if they go to places like Turkey, Syria, Iraq, etc., with their ideas they have the greatest possibility of doing the greatest good.

Also, let's stop being so oblivious to the suffering of others. Unlike after the Paris attacks, I have seen very few profile pictures changed - and there have been 6 opportunities to do so in the past six months.

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Kenneth Bishop

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Poll shows Hillary Clinton with battleground leads - CNNPolitics.com Ouch!
Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump across the board in a new poll of battleground states.
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Nice..
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Valkyrie
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▶ Economic Issues  - 
 
 
Like most recent international economic agreements, the TPP only glancingly resembles a classic trade deal, concerned mainly with tariffs and quotas. Rather, like the WTO agreements or NAFTA, it is an attempt to set the rules of the global economy to favor multinational corporations over everything else, trampling on democracy, national sovereignty and the public good. The more than 600 corporate lobbyists who had access to the draft texts used their insider status to shape the deal, while labor unions, environmentalists and others offered testimony from outside, with little impact.

h/t +Mika Ellen Orzech 
It's no wonder the Obama administration tried to keep this secret—the corporate-friendly trade agreement, decoded.
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Valkyrie
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kris robinson

▶ 2016 Elections  - 
 
This needed to be said. Like I've always asked: what has Trump done for you America?

“Now, somebody else who has never shown any regard for workers, has never fought on behalf of social justice issues, or making sure that poor kids are getting a decent shot at life or have health care. In fact, have worked against economic opportunity for workers and ordinary people. They don’t suddenly become a populist because they say something controversial in order to win votes. That’s not the measure of populism. That’s nativism. Or xenophobia. Or worse. Just cynicism.”
The president rejected the idea that Donald Trump is a populist and said Trump has "never shown any regard for workers."
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He should, someone should be putting Trump in prison, or make him disappear..
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Ron Dobbs

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Bendib cartoon!
The GOP has a gambling problem, and they're putting all your chips on the table.
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Josh Marks

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Pretty Scary..
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Kenneth Bishop

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"I'm not going to make a reckless allegation that [they] could have been saved." ~Trey Gowdy 06/28/2016 Exactly, Trey Gowdy was given the task to finally get the goods on the Obama Administration. One might call it a fool's errand, especially since there were 8 previous investigations into this matter. So he stands up at press conference, and is asked did people die as result of anything the Obama administration did. A notion many on the right have pushed for years. Instead of providing a clear and specific answer, he obfuscates and attempts to weasels his way out of answer a straight-forward question by telling everyone to read the report. What!? You mean to tell me with your big chance and the whole world watching, you have nothing substantive or enlightening to say. Don't anyone tell me this was about getting at the truth. I dare someone to tell me again this was about 4 dead Americans. Just watch this absurd press conference. This was all about using the power of the subpoena to forward the GOP's political agenda; plain and simple.
Lately I've disagreed with Cenk of Young Turks, but he nails it his time.
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It's almost Funny, that they still blame her, but have No Evidence..
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Valkyrie
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▶ Intelligent Commentary  - 
 
 
This is a must-read for all progressive voters.

The first irony is associated with who advanced Neoliberalism in this country. Even though Baby Boomers inherited a Progressive America from parents, Boomers were active in dismantling it. Some Boomers were seduced by Neoliberalism, while others were trapped in it. Career opportunities—with benefits unimaginable just a generation before—offered sizable inducement. And people were too busy—and sometimes afraid—to ask: “What are we really doing here?”

Today a generational flip is underway. Millions of younger Americans (Millennials, in particular) question what they consider to be unjust or otherwise problematic enterprises. And they’re impatient, too, not waiting to “get to a new place.” That approach may have been fine decades ago, when the Neoliberal project was young, but it has progressed too far for incremental change to be effective. Many younger people (a number of whom are political Independents) want a society that changes sooner, not later.

Are they naïve? In some ways they are, but in other ways they’re not. They represent hope, pushing America in a new direction—a needed direction—for the public good.
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Sabeena LoBello
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Sabeena LoBello
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▶ 2016 Elections  - 
 
The committee members seem to have their work cut out for them, given that Dobson called Trump “a baby Christian who doesn't have a clue about how believers think, talk and act.”
A prominent evangelical leader is walking back his claim that Donald Trump recently became a born-again Christian, saying he doesn’t know the “details” of the alleged conversion.
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"Only the Lord knows the condition of a person's heart. I can only tell you what I've heard,” Dobson said.

Did you hear it form the Lord? Because that's the only way this sentence makes any sense.
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Valkyrie
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If most Americans want single-payer healthcare why can't we have it? Every other country in the modern world beat us to it long ago.
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+Valkyrie​ Probably not, but the ACA was a positive step and I don't think it will revert to the cluster that we had before. After Hillary, who knows. 
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Hadrian Micciche

▶ 2016 Elections  - 
 
It seems quite extraordinary that Trump would be asking foreign nationals for money; especially people who view his dangerous divisiveness with horror.
 
Donald Trump Spams Foreign Politicians Begging For Cash
In doing so, he is breaking the law.
Donald Trump has decried the corrupting influence of money in politics. None-the-less, his campaign sought and received donations during the primaries, and now the self-proclaimed billionaire is begging for cash from foreign politicians.

"Politicians in both the U.K. and Australia say they have received e-mails from the Trump campaign and signed by both the nominee and his son Donald Trump Jr., asking that they donate cash to his campaign."

This spam from the Trump campaign is clearly illegal.

The Federal Election Campaign Act “prohibits any foreign national from contributing, donating, or spending funds in connection with any federal, state, or local election in the United States, either directly or indirectly. It is also unlawful to help foreign nationals violate that ban or to solicit, receive or accept contributions or donations from them.”

A member of the British Parliament and recipient of the Trump campaign spam says, "“it seems quite extraordinary that [Trump] would be asking foreign nationals for money; especially people who view his dangerous divisiveness with horror.”
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+Robert Nugent That's a perfect description for the Donald, all over!
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