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‘Sergeant’ Chuck Hagel Steps Down

When announcing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s departure from the Pentagon, President Obama referred to Chuck Hagel’s enlisted service. “He’s been in the dirt. He’s been in the mud. And that has established a special bond. He sees himself in them. They see themselves in him,” President Obama said about the first enlisted combat veteran to [...]Show More Summary

Obama heightens the contradictions

WASHINGTON — Stay wide awake in the coming weeks. This is a historic moment when all of the divisions, misunderstandings and hatreds of President Obama’s time in office have come to a head. We are in a different place than we were. We are also in a place we were bound to get to eventually. [...] The post Obama heightens the contradictions appeared first on The Moderate Voice.

Politics and Wealth

Thanksgiving week is a time citizens are supposed to remember how fortunate they are to live in freedom in America. Of course, some citizens are more fortunate than others, particularly in regards to wealth and material things (which as everyone knows can’t buy happiness). Particularly fortunate are federal officeholders who are generally wealthier than other [...]Show More Summary

From Richards To Rivers: A Dozen Great Books For Holiday Gift Giving

Your Faithful Reviewer plowed through another 30 or so books in the course of 2014, some new, some not so old and a couple of classics that I had not gotten around to reading. Here are the best dozen of the bunch, actually the best 14 because one offering is a trilogy. All are great [...]Show More Summary

Breaking: Defense Secretary Hagel to Resign

The Washington Post quotes AP sources saying that Chuck Hagel is resigning as Secretary of Defense “following a tenure in which he has struggled to break through the White House’s insular foreign policy team.”: A senior defense official said that Hagel submitted his resignation letter to Obama on Monday morning and the president accepted it. [...]Show More Summary

Tamir Rice Shooting Sparks Toy Gun Bill

An Ohio legislator planned to introduce a bill Monday requiring all toy firearms to have brightly colored strips indicating they’re fake after Cleveland police fatally shot a 12-year-old boy with a BB gun this weekend. Rep. Alicia Reece, D-Cincinnati, wanted airsoft guns, air rifles and gun replicas to have fluorescent strips to “prevent future deadly [...]Show More Summary

Book Review: There’s A House In The Land: (Where A Band Can Take A Stand) by Shaun Mullen

With each passing year, the 70s has taken on a kind of mystical quality. Once upon a time in the 70s, a group of Vietnam vets, non-Vietnam vets, young men, young women, some children and a host of beloved, and exquisitely well-cared for animals made a farm in the Delaware not far from Philly their [...]Show More Summary

Sullivan on Obama and Immigration

Andrew Sullivan drills down into the Immigration dynamic on The Daily Dish. One reason I’ve been somewhat forgiving of Obama’s executive action on immigration deportations is that I see it as a function not of his choice to be an “imperial” president, but as a result of unprecedented Republican obstructionism. It is, for example, jaw-dropping [...]Show More Summary

Top 10 Villains

As far back as I can remember, I’ve always loved villains. It was always the big bad that interested me more in Disney films. More often than not, the villains were the folk that made the lasting impression and to this day I believe the villain is what elevates a film from being good to [...] The post Top 10 Villains appeared first on The Moderate Voice.

Bill Cosby’s Scandal-Filled Week: One Allegation After Another

More women have come forward this week accusing legendary comedian Bill Cosby of sexual abuse and several companies have cut ties with the actor. His attorney has dismissed the claims as “unsubstantiated or fabricated stories” and Cosby, 77, remained silent until recently. “I know people are tired of me not saying anything, but a guy [...]Show More Summary

SNL Cold Open Takes On Executive Orders

Pretty funny regardless of how you feel on the issue Cold Open The post SNL Cold Open Takes On Executive Orders appeared first on The Moderate Voice.


Uppity: We’re talking about the immigration speech. How did that damn man in the White House manage to defy an election outcome in which Republicans liked to think they gave him a whuppin’? Why wasn’t he behaving like a loser, dammit? It was a quiet meeting on the eve of a political explosion. At 4 [...] The post Uppity appeared first on The Moderate Voice.

Obama Immigration Orders Could Drive Latino Vote

WASHINGTON – Nevada welcomed President Barack Obama on Friday as he came to rally support for his executive orders on immigration. It’s no coincidence that he headed to the Silver State, where 27 percent of the state’s population is Latino and helped propel him to victory there in both presidential elections. Democrats are hoping that [...]Show More Summary

Seventh Investigation Debunks Republican Benghazi Conspiracy Theories

Yet another investigation has debunked the Republican claims about Benghazi, this one run by House Republicans. AP reports: House intel panel debunks many Benghazi theories A two-year investigation by the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee has found that the CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound [...]Show More Summary

Remember Benghazi?

Remember the Benghazi tragedy? Of course you do. But do you remember the other tragedy? The one where Republicans attempted to “turn the Benghazi tragedy into a political scandal.” The one where Republicans tried their darndest to discredit — destroy is a better word — the President and, especially, then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. [...]Show More Summary

What is Pizza?

I still like my pizza simple,  The original Italian pizza was marinara sauce on a pizza crust.  There might have been some basil leaves and mozzarella cheese but that was the exception in fine Italian restaurants in Europe.  So what do Italians think Pizza Hut has just started a major rebranding effort. Headlined the “Flavor of [...]Show More Summary

Hillary Clinton And Some Potential Challengers For The Nomination

With the midterm elections behind us, it finally makes sense to talk more about the 2016 presidential election. NBC News has a recent report claiming that Hillary Clinton will be announcing her candidacy in January, but Politico reports that she still has a paid speech scheduled for February 24, which may or may not give [...]Show More Summary

On Pope Francis’ Secret Service: Confronting the ISIS Threat (Corriere Della Sera, Italy)

He rides in an open car amid hundreds of thousands of people from around the world and abhors being seperated from his flock. Imagine the heart-stopping difficulty of protecting one of the most popular pontiffs in a generation from terrorists bent on killing anyone not a Sunni fundamentalist – particularly a man with the title [...]Show More Summary

Chait on Immigration Politics

Jonathan Chait argues immigration will hurt the GOP in New York Magazine. Substantively, Obama’s executive order gives him less than he hoped to gain with a bipartisan law. But politically, he has ceded no advantage. Indeed, he has gained one. Not only does immigration remain a live issue, it is livelier than ever. The GOP [...]Show More Summary

How Americans Came to Oppose Fracking

by Walter Brasch For the first time since high volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as nonconventional fracking, was developed, more Americans oppose it than support it. According to a national survey conducted by the independent non-partisan Pew Research Center, 47 percent of Americans oppose fracking, while 41 percent support it. This is a 7 [...]Show More Summary

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