Legal Inefficiency
Aug25

Legal Inefficiency

All three branches of American government, on both the federal and state levels, have built in inefficiencies. The judiciary is not excluded. Some of this is structural due to constitutional guarantees and the proliferation of rules and regulations since the birth of the nation. And some of this is caused by lack of personnel, as the legislative and executive branches of the government do not want to spend the necessary money to hire...

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Wall Street in free fall; all three indexes in correction
Aug24

Wall Street in free fall; all three indexes in correction

By Tanya Agrawal (Reuters) – Wall Street opened sharply lower on Monday with the Dow Jones industrial average losing more than a 1,000 points following a more-than 8 percent drop in Chinese shares and a selloff in oil and other commodities. The Dow has never lost more than 800 points in a day. Futures on the Nasdaq, S&P and Dow indexes were halted briefly before the market opened after hitting a circuit breaker, a step taken...

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(Updates) Two U.S. Troops, ‘Heroes’ in Train Attack, Named
Aug23

(Updates) Two U.S. Troops, ‘Heroes’ in Train Attack, Named

Update III: In continuing updates, the U.K. Telegraph is providing additional details about the foiled attack on the Amsterdam to Paris train on Friday evening. The Telegraph has identified the passenger who was first to attempt to grab the gunman’s AK-47 as Mark Mooligan, an American-born professor at the Sorbonne. The Telegraph: [Mr.Mooligan] tackled the Kalashnikov assault rifle off El-Khazzani, who then drew a sidearm and shot him...

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Trump and Sanders: A Strange Duo
Aug19

Trump and Sanders: A Strange Duo

Campaigns for president often take unexpected twists and turns at this stage of the game, six to eight months before the real contests begin in Iowa and New Hampshire. The polls now represent more of a popularity contest than a true idea of the support a candidate will receive when the votes are more meaningful. At various times in past campaigns, candidates who led the polls vanished into thin air as the nominating date approached....

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After 54 Years, the Stars and Stripes Fly over U.S. Embassy in Cuba Once Again
Aug14

After 54 Years, the Stars and Stripes Fly over U.S. Embassy in Cuba Once Again

On July 1, President Obama announced that the United States had agreed to formally re-establish diplomatic relations with the Republic of Cuba and re-open embassies in our respective countries. Today, more than 54 years after the flag came down, “[w]atched over by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, U.S. Marines raised the American flag at the embassy in Cuba… symbolically ushering in an era of renewed diplomatic relations between the...

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Breaking News: President Carter Has Cancer that Is Spreading
Aug12

Breaking News: President Carter Has Cancer that Is Spreading

Very sad news. The New York Times has just reported that former President Jimmy Carter has been diagnosed with cancer that is spreading. The Times: “Recent liver surgery revealed that I have cancer that is now in other parts of my body,” Mr. Carter, 90, said in a statement. . The Carter Center said on Aug. 3 that doctors at Emory University Hospital had performed an elective procedure on Mr. Carter “to remove a small mass in his...

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(UPDATE) Breaking News: Debris Found on Réunion Island May Be From Lost Malaysia Jetliner
Aug06

(UPDATE) Breaking News: Debris Found on Réunion Island May Be From Lost Malaysia Jetliner

As originally reported, below, although Malaysia’s prime minister declared that the flaperon definitely came from the doomed MH370 aircraft, an official in Paris yesterday stopped short of making such a “definitive” assertion, saying only that there are “very strong presumptions” that the flaperon actually came from the missing Boeing 777, “after experts inspected the object.” The New York Times in additional coverage this morning: A...

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The Prison Dilemma and the War On Drugs
Aug05

The Prison Dilemma and the War On Drugs

It appears that Congress is finally about to take some action to reverse the mistakes of the War On Drugs and the burgeoning prison population. A number of conservatives and liberals seem to agree that something needs to be done to reduce the prison population which is the highest per capita of any developed nation. Republican Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa, the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has announced his intention...

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And the Winner IS…
Aug04

And the Winner IS…

The first of many televised presidential forums occurred last night without The Donald but featured most of the other candidates for the Republican nomination. Most of them held their own and a few of them answered their questions intelligently. According to the Bloomberg Politics National Poll, Trump still trumps the field by 11 points. The stakes at Thursday’s debate for the bottom tier of the field can not be higher. The...

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Texas AG Indicted for Felony
Aug01

Texas AG Indicted for Felony

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Republican, has been indicted on felony securities fraud charges. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Click here to read the AP report....

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Indicted Congressman Recusing Himself From Leadership Positions
Jul29

Indicted Congressman Recusing Himself From Leadership Positions

Indicted Democrat Congressman Chaka Fattah has announced that he will recuse himself from leadership positions on the House Appropriations Committee. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Here is an excerpt from an NBC News story: Fattah spoke to reporters outside his office Wednesday in the Rayburn House Office Building about the federal corruption charges against him. He said he has not yet...

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Ideology Damaging American Businesses
Jul29

Ideology Damaging American Businesses

America is seen by the world as the fount of capitalism, ideologues on both the right and the left are hurting U.S. businesses in their attempts to compete globally. Constraints on companies’ profits, sales, and development are occurring because politicians in legislative bodies and government agencies on the federal, state, and local levels are making policy decisions about how firms should be run and what actions are necessary to...

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From Russia, With Love
Jul22

From Russia, With Love

Two days in St. Petersburg and speaking with a small sample of Russian citizens (who know English) has led me to a few conclusions. Russians love Putin (as the polls suggest) and are pleased that he has made the nation a powerful presence again in world affairs. They agree with his grabbing of the Crimea as they believe it is really Russian territory and should have never been given to the Ukraine in the first place. Russians also...

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Breaking News: Four Killed at Naval Reserve Center (Updates)
Jul18

Breaking News: Four Killed at Naval Reserve Center (Updates)

Even more bad news: The U.S. Navy reports: A male Navy Petty Officer succumbed to wounds received in the July 16 shooting at the Navy Operational Support Center (NOSC) in Chattanooga, Tennessee July 18 at 2:17 a.m. In total, four U.S. Marines and one Sailor were killed in the incident. His name will not be released until 24 hours after the next of kin process is completed. Update 5: Various media outlets have identified the four...

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James Holmes Convicted Of 1st Degree Murder
Jul16

James Holmes Convicted Of 1st Degree Murder

News just breaking. James Holmes, the Colorado movie theater shooter has been found guilty on twelve counts of 1st degree murder. The jury thus has rejected any claims of insanity. There are 165 counts to be read so all the verdicts will take some time but he has been convicted on the main charges and is likely to be convicted on most or all of the remaining charges. Under Colorado law there are two possible sentences: either death or...

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Iran nuclear deal is high risk but seems unavoidable – Part 1 of 2
Jul14

Iran nuclear deal is high risk but seems unavoidable – Part 1 of 2

Today’s nuclear deal with Iran could be inimical for Israel but seems unavoidable, given the growing military and political instability in the Middle East. Secretary of State John Kerry has won a good deal but its critics are also correct when they say that Iran will be free to do whatever it likes after 15 -20 years. Its armament in both nuclear and conventional weapons could be unstoppable. “This deal is not built on trust....

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Iran nuclear deal is high risk but seems unavoidable – Part 2 of 2
Jul14

Iran nuclear deal is high risk but seems unavoidable – Part 2 of 2

At this time of high risk in the region, the deal with Iran even if shaky seems unavoidable. It offers the only available opportunity to improve the terrain for US-led moves to promote regional stability for America’s sake and that of Israel and other allies. Failure to win signatures in Vienna would have sent a resentful Iran sulking into new conspiratorial huddles against American interests. In the event of failure, China and Russia...

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Greece pays dearly while Germany rises as hegemon
Jul13

Greece pays dearly while Germany rises as hegemon

Germany has emerged as the economic hegemon of Europe as 19 Eurozone partners that use the euro currency acquiesced to its demands and imposed an unconditional surrender upon Greece, the zone’s weakest and nearly bankrupt member. Very active diplomacy personally by President Barack Obama and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew failed to prevent Germany’s Angela Merkel from imposing her will. She had good reasons to do so because previous...

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Greek catastrophe and Euro creditor’s rage (Grexit, Part 1/2)
Jul03

Greek catastrophe and Euro creditor’s rage (Grexit, Part 1/2)

Greece is on the edge of economic and social catastrophe which all the kings men may not be able to put together again for decades. Experts and historians will strive for years to apportion blame for the unfolding human tragedy in the cradle of European civilization. It is happening despite Europe’s longest ever era of peace, prosperity and broad-based social uplift. All financial spigots for Greece have been firmly turned off. The...

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Grexit and the stakes for Europe (Grexit, Part 2/2)
Jul03

Grexit and the stakes for Europe (Grexit, Part 2/2)

A Grexit would strike at the heart of public perceptions about Europe’s most inspiring project to finally end wars and build peace through voluntary cooperation among peoples long divided by blood-soaked mistrust. That project was the 28-nation European Union bolstered later by a 19-member Euro currency zone. It is a monument to the political will of peoples to erase enmities that caused the death of at least 70 million in Europe’s...

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