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Finally, Voters Speak

Posted February 1st, 2016 at 3:18 pm (UTC-4)
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We’ve heard the speeches, watched the debates, read the polls. Today, the Iowa caucuses take place and the first votes in the 2016 U.S. presidential election are finally cast. Tonight’s exercise in democracy is not tidy, requiring detailed explanation for even the savviest political junkie. But it is the start of a process to determine who will represent the Democrats and Republicans in the race to be President of the United States. The polls show the race in Iowa tightening. But it’s not just about who finishes first. Exceeding expectations can be just as important, creating momentum for next week’s primary contest in New Hampshire.

The Republican War – Over War Policy

Posted November 13th, 2015 at 11:48 am (UTC-4)
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With the exception of Rand and Trump, the GOP candidates appear to believe the road to the White House lies in resurrecting the attitude and policies of Bush II that cost them the White House.

Revisiting the Patriot Act

Posted May 11th, 2015 at 12:06 pm (UTC-4)
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A federal appeals court in New York ruled last week that the National Security Agency’s mass collection of Americans’ phone records is illegal. The key provision of the Patriot Act, Section 215, is set to expire in at the end of May, and Congress must decide whether to end or amend that program.