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    Trump Ordered Mueller Fired, but Backed Off When White House Counsel Threatened to Quit

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/25/us/politics/trump-mueller-special-counsel-russia.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage "President Trump ordered the firing last June of Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel overseeing the Russia investigation, according to four people...
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    The Infantilization of the President

    https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/10/infantilization-of-a-president/542613/ "Trump’s childish behavior was worrying when it involved belittling his opponents, discussing his genitalia, or taking swipes at former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, but it takes on a new level of danger...
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    Trump Told Russians That Firing ‘Nut Job’ Comey Eased Pressure From Investigation

    "President Trump told Russian officials in the Oval Office this month that firing the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, had relieved “great pressure” on him, according to a document summarizing the meeting. “I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job,” Mr. Trump said...
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    Income and debt disparity creating problems

    Background: She makes $49,000 a year, but has somewhere around $110,000 in student loans, credit card debt, and medical debt. I knew about some of this going in, though I didn't know the whole picture. I make $110,000 a year and have no debt, but I want to be able to work flexible and travel...
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    Trump Seeks Inquiry Into Allegations That Obama Tapped His Phones

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/05/us/politics/trump-seeks-inquiry-into-allegations-that-obama-tapped-his-phones.html?action=Click&contentCollection=BreakingNews&contentID=64988968&pgtype=article Congressional inquiries into conspiracy theories posited only by breitbart and conservative talk...
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    Moderate Party

    If you are like the majority of Americans and don't think either party represents you, what would you like to see in a Moderate party? I'd like to see a party that: Is pragmatic and has willingness to compromise as a fundamental core of its platform Focuses on addressing income inequality...
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    Economists React to the December Jobs Report: ‘Very Close to Full Employment’ WSJ

    Real Time Economics - WSJ creation slowed in December but other details pointed to a tightening labor market. The economy added 156,000 jobs last month, while the jobless rate rose slightly to 4.7% as more Americans entered the labor force. Workers’ hourly wages grew 2.9% over the past 12...
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    Donald Trump in his first week as president elect

    ....Has not been terrible. Did he learn how to act presidential in the last 2 weeks? If he had been acting with this kind of moderation and openly admonishing the hateful elements that supported his campaign, then I think many people would have been much less inclined to despise him. How do the...
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    Trump on Mosul operation not being a surprise attack

    Twice this guy has brought up the Mosul operation being telegraphed for weeks in advance and said it should have been a surprise attack and he doesn't know any reason why you would announce an attack in advance. This has got to be one of the most niave, idiotic things he's said in this...
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    Trump is and mostly always was going to lose

    Trump has had a lead in the national polls twice and been tied twice (according to real clear politics poll average) in 16 months. He has about a 15% chance of winning and I think that's being generous. Going against the most unpopular democratic candidate in recent history, he is set to lose by...
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    Explain your political philosophy or viewpoints without insulting anyone else.

    Goal of the post: Explain briefly your political viewpoints without insulting anyone, be they a politician, public figure, fictional being or belief system (aside from stating a disbelief in the existence of said being), or another commenter on this thread. If you want to debate someone else's...
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    SC House votes to cut funding to public university for homosexul literature

    S.C. college’s production highlights political battle between lawmakers, public universities - The Washington Post My lovely state. The House has passed a bill that cuts $52,000 in funding to the College of Charleston for having a graphic novel about a family dealing with the suicide of a...
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    John Paul Stevens' essay on the 2nd Amendment: Congress should change the wording

    "For more than 200 years following the adoption of that amendment, federal judges uniformly understood that the right protected by that text was limited in two ways: First, it applied only to keeping and bearing arms for military purposes, and second, while it limited the power of the federal...
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    Is the open access to fire arms for the general public a net positive or negative?

    For society as a whole, do you see the open access to firearms as a net positive or negative? I don't feel strongly one way or another about gun control. I think most arguments BOTH for and against gun control are based on emotional rather than rational reasoning. My official opinion would be...
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    The Illusion of Free Will: If true, how does this affect your political ideology

    One of the hot topics in science news these days is the ever mounting amount of research in neuroscience that's leading us to believe that "we" aren't quite as in control of our decisions as "we" think we are. I put "we" in quotations because I'm talking about the notion that we have a conscious...
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    Debt prevents us from realizing either side's vision

    Will America Ever Pay Off Its Debt? | Ronald Cooke | FINANCIAL SENSE I found this article interesting. Curious what others think about it. The main conclusion I got from the explanation of our debt situation is that we are not going to be able to realize either side's ultimate vision for where...
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    Question for people opposed to gay marriage

    Lets say the hypothetical situation occurred where the federal government had never passed DOMA and instead had decide to call any marriage contract that 2 consenting adults entered into a domestic partnership. Domestic partnerships would have conveyed all the federal benefits for marriage that...
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    Opportunities for success and the poor

    I'd like to start a discussion the the following topic: Does the fact that children of the poor are more likely to stay poor as adults mean that they do not have the same opportunity to succeed or does it mean that they are just less likely to take advantage of the opportunity that is available...
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    Do you shop with your pollitical/philosophic ideals in mind?

    For instance, if you are complain about the wealth and power of large corporations, do you not shop at large institutions and instead shop only at small local ones? I choose to not spend any money period at Wal-mart due to their malicious business practices, constant demands for state tax...
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    60 Minutes piece on healthcare fraud last night

    Did anyone see the 60 minutes piece on the health management firm that was being accused of pressuring doctors to admit patients. keep them longer, and do more tests despite medical need so they could make more money mostly from medicare? A friend remarked during it that this kind of thing is...
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