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Is ‘She’ Really the Winner?

b. traven Facts make me wonder. The Democratic Party in Iowa has yet to release the actual attendance and results of the Caucus votes which “she’ supposedly won. Next the ‘front loading’ of the primaries in the deeply conservative South certainly helped the essentially conservative ‘she’ look like a ‘shoo in.’  Nevada was a bust…

Friends and Enemies? Does US Foreign Policy Know the Difference? Do Citizens Know the Difference?

b. traven We hold Saudi Arabia and Turkey close to our breast while both play a double game in funding, and encouraging transit of arms and fighters for ISIS and other extremist groups in Iraq and Syria. The result?  Mayhem continues and Europe is overwhelmed with desperate refugees fleeing the chaos. At the same time…

Do the Math – Sanders CAN Win!

by John Laurits Bernie Sanders has vowed to fight relentlessly for the 2016 Democratic Party’s nomination up to the convention and, despite the apparent consensus of the media’s talking heads that the campaign is a lost cause, he has held fast to his claim that there is a “narrow path to victory.” I am reminded…

Trump upends Republican calculations; Clinton continues Democratic sell-out

Committing Hara-Kiri… American Political Style

b. traven The two American political parties, Republicans and Democrats seem officially committed to suicide.  Both parties are separating themselves from the mainstream of their fundamental bases. The Republicans have drifted far from their true “conservative” past, and from their moneyed base who always held the primacy of social cohesion over ideology.  At the same…

The Republican Alternate Universe of Paranoia

W.J. Astore I watched last night’s Republican debate so you wouldn’t have to.  Leaving aside the usual mugging by Donald Trump, the usual jousting over side issues like whether Ted Cruz is a natural born citizen, I thought I’d take an impressionistic approach to the debate.  You can read the debate transcript here (if you…

Hillary Clinton to Edward Snowden: Face the Music

W.J. Astore A revealing question and answer came in this week’s presidential debate among the Democratic candidates.  They were asked if Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who revealed illegal spying by the NSA and the U.S. government, should be considered a hero or traitor. Hillary Clinton’s answer was revealing of who she is and what she…