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Gun reform will be up to states — for now

The new energy in the fight for common-sense gun safety laws is being felt nationwide. But given the current makeup of Congress, it’s highly unlikely that anything meaningful will pass in 2018. Some states, however, are looking to succeed where Congress is failing. Laws are starting to be passed, one by one, area by area. […]

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The Obamacare repeal attempt that just won’t die

Just when you thought your health insurance was safe. The Senate failed to pass a plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act—their attempts at “replacements” were too pathetic to even qualify as such. Many Republican senators have seemingly thrown in the towel. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has declared that it’s time to move on from […]

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Democrats honing an economic battle cry for 2018

As Democrats gear up for the midterm elections in 16 months, the party has been working on a new “core message” that they hope will align them with ordinary Americans. Democrats in both the House and Senate will deliver a unified message of populism that they hope will carry them to electoral victory in 2018. […]

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Jason Chaffetz thinks lawmakers need a 17 percent raise

On-his-way-out-the-door GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who just officially signed on as a contributor to Fox News and the Fox Business Network, thinks members of Congress should get a $2,500-a-month housing allowance on top of their $174,000-a-year salaries. Let’s do the math for the Utah Republican: 12 X 2,500 equals 30,000. So he thinks lawmakers need […]

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What will happen to Trumpcare? Leave it for the vultures

House Speaker Paul Ryan has introduced a real vulture of a bill to replace Obamacare. I was going to say “turkey” of a bill, but that’s not fair to turkeys, which many of us enjoy at Thanksgiving. This bill is more like a scavenger that wants to loom over and starve the Affordable Care Act […]

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Donald Trump and Russia: Like Watergate and Iran-Contra — only worse

It took Richard Nixon more than two years to own up to the Watergate scandal. Facing impeachment, he resigned, and top aides spent time in jail. Ronald Reagan’s administration traded arms to Iran for the release of a few American hostages in 1985, using profits from those arms sales to fund a war in Nicaragua, […]

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You want action on climate change? Elect some scientists.

As the nation is forced to deal with an actual President Trump and the climate deniers in his cabinet and in Congress, those opposing him and his party are starting to “grab a clipboard, get some signatures, and run for office yourself,” as President Obama encouraged them to do in his farewell address. But who […]

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Why Democrats need to speak with one voice on Obamacare

You can say all you want about Republican obstructionism, or the fact that getting Democrats to agree is like herding cats. The point is, when one side speaks in unison, the point coming from that side is solidified. When comments from the other side are scattershot, they get lost. Which side has been speaking with […]

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Beware creeping corporate influence on national parks

I recently was lucky enough to travel to several national parks and national monuments in the Southwest, including Grand Canyon, Mesa Verde, and all five parks in Utah. We were awash in nature, beauty, and Native American culture. Everyone loves the national parks. For many, they are central to a beloved memory of a family […]

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Obama’s Supreme Court nomination: Latest round of 3-dimensional chess

President Obama didn’t let Republican intransigence stand in the way of doing his constitutional duty, nominating Judge Merrick Garland for the U.S. Supreme Court. With this action, once again Obama has shown how he’s two steps ahead of the GOP. Garland is chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of […]

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