April 30, 2017

Can Pence Solve Trump’s Outsider Problem with Congress?

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Trump won't be the first president who's a Washington outsider. To push his agenda through congress, he'll need his establishment-friendly VP. Will Trump loosen the reins? Read More »

Hillary Clinton: A Hawk in the Wings

Hillary Clinton is being seen by many as a foreign policy hawk. (Photo via video stream)

After a mere eight years in which diplomacy narrowly edged out militarism, the foreign policy elite rallying around Clinton has forgotten the lessons of the George W. Bush era. Read More »

What Does Trump Have to Do with the Hindu Sacred Syllable, Om?

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A recent poster displayed Donald Trump with the Indian spiritual symbol of 'om.' Here is the problem: Read More »

Total Cost of 2016 US Election May Reach $6.6b

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Presidential candidates spent over $1.13 billion, compared to $913 million at this point in 2012. House candidates spent $71 million less this year, and Senate candidates spent $137 million more than this point in 2012, although that number may increase when more Senate filings are processed by the FEC. Read More »

Pence Wins VP Debate

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Tim Kaine may have defended Hillary Clinton forcefully but his spirited Interruptive debating style cost him favorable opinion from debate watchers. It was Mike Pence who emerged not just a winner but a possible presidential candidate for 2020. Read More »

Ahmad Rahami Charged for Bombings in NY, NJ

FBI agents searching First American Fried Chicken and the apartment above it in Elizabeth, NJ, where Ahmad Rahami lived with his family.

The Afghan American charged with conducting and attempting to conduct bombings in New York City and various locations in New Jersey. Charges carry a maximum sentence of life in prison. Read More »

Hate and Discrimination in the Wake of September 11

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The association of Muslims with terrorists in the wake of the 9/11 attacks continues to affect the nation in myriad ways. Read More »

A Short History of Presidents Lying About Their Health

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Avoiding questions about coughs and chronic conditions has a long political history in America. Read More »

Rural America Is Back In Business

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Over the past eight years, the Obama Administration has vigorously invested in the rural way of life, strengthening the small towns and rural communities that so many call home. Read More »

How Trump’s ‘Mormon Problem’ May Cost Him Utah

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Many evangelicals are backing Trump, so why hasn't he caught fire with Mormons? A scholar of Mormons' political beliefs counts the ways. Read More »