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A failed pact tells you why Trump is winning

A failed pact tells you why Trump is winning | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Like Stalin and Churchill huddled over a map of Europe in 1944, Ted Cruz and John Kasich began a very odd week by announcing — publicly, for reasons known only to them — that they were divvying up the remaining primary states in order to maintain individual spheres of influence. Cruz would get Indiana
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The question that Donald Trump is really asking: Which is more pathetic, the Republican Party or the American Electorate? Perhaps it is time for a constitutional convention and a rethinking of our national identity. What do you think? 
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In the GOP House, Infant Lives probe accelerates while Zika funding request stalls

In the GOP House, Infant Lives probe accelerates while Zika funding request stalls | Upsetment | Scoop.it
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The implications are clear and disgusting. The GOP is not so much about protecting children or the lives of infants as it is about manipulating the Pro-Life voters. Meanwhile, failure to protect fetuses from teratogenic threats like Zika increases the potential demand for abortions.  
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The Secret Origins of the Tea Party

The Secret Origins of the Tea Party | Upsetment | Scoop.it
How Big Oil and Big Tobacco partnered with the Koch brothers to take over the GOP
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In case you haven't figured it out yet, the corruption of American life and values by the wealthy is not something new. Rather it is a recurring theme in our nation's history. There are always dupes to be played and "villains" like foreigners and government to be blamed. KKK, Know Nothings, TEA Party: they're all the same, filled with anger and ready to be pushed into blaming somebody else. By the way, if you are fascinated by the connection between wealth and corruption, you really should read "Times To Try The Soul of Man." 
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The Hero Muslim Cadet Who Puts Donald Trump and Ted Cruz to Shame

The Hero Muslim Cadet Who Puts Donald Trump and Ted Cruz to Shame | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Salman Hamdani rushed into the burning towers on 9/11—and when he didn’t come out, he was called a terrorist, just as Trump is slandering Muslims today.
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There are many Americans of Islamic faith who serve and protect. Let us not allow the haters and bigots to defame the contributions of such fine men and women. As an American I can never accept my country's going backward into segregating and judging based on race, religion, sexual orientation, or ethnic background. I hope you join me in denouncing the call of those who would divide us. 
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Ted Cruz Says He Would Pardon Anti-Abortion Sting Video Activist (VIDEO)

Ted Cruz Says He Would Pardon Anti-Abortion Sting Video Activist (VIDEO) | Upsetment | Scoop.it
During a town hall with Fox News' Megyn Kelly on Wednesday night, Sen. Ted Cruz said he would pardon David Daleiden, one of the activists who faces a felony charge after creating "sting" videos about Planned Parenthood.

An audience member asked the Texas senator if he would pardon Daleiden if his case became a federal one.

"The answer is yes," Cruz responded.
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Good to know that his values are clear, bearing false witness is alright as long as it serves his goals. Let us not talk about "Christian" or "Godly" concerns but rather playing to your base and being as base in doing so as you can. 

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Gloria Steinem and Madeleine Albright Rebuke Young Women Backing Bernie Sanders

Gloria Steinem and Madeleine Albright Rebuke Young Women Backing Bernie Sanders | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Ms. Steinem and Ms. Albright called on young women who favor Mr. Sanders over Hillary Clinton to essentially grow up and get with the program.
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I can understand the special appeal of Hillary Clinton to feminists, and I agree that we are overdo for a woman in the White House, but the more important questions are: Who is the best candidate? Who will do the best job as POTUS? Whose policies will be the best for America? Sorry Gloria and Madeleine, but this is not a Claire Underwood moment for America. (Sorry, but House of Cards is coming soon.) 

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Democrats are wasting their time obsessing over this Depression-era law

Democrats are wasting their time obsessing over this Depression-era law | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The debate over the Glass-Steagall Act distracts from needed banking reforms.
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The simple reality is that there has to be better oversight of the financial industry, including banking, investing, and insurance. The 2008 debacle was based the result of manipulative and exploitative behavior, especially in the creation of assembled debentures that hid real dangers. It was fueled by unbridled greed and and the profitability of churning markets. None of these would have been different if Glass-Steagall were in place. We need supervision of ethical practices and that takes a society that values ethics. 

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Pentagon Officers: We Quit if Trump Wins

Pentagon Officers: We Quit if Trump Wins | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The plans of the next president are personal to the officers of the Pentagon, who are threatening to retire if The Donald becomes commander-in-chief.
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The Republicans are always saying we should listen to the generals; so let's give some thought to what military leaders think of the GOP contenders. In effect, this article says our military leadership thinks this crop of GOP contenders are clowns. I can go along with that. 

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Carson: A Muslim Shouldn't be President

Carson: A Muslim Shouldn't be President | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Said on "Meet the Press."
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So much for freedom of religion; any other basic rights you want to attack Dr. Carson? It is comments like this that are transforming the GOP from a meaningful political party into a sideshow.

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John Kasich and education reformers’ dirty secret: How his “joke” betrayed their contempt for teachers

John Kasich and education reformers’ dirty secret: How his “joke” betrayed their contempt for teachers | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Presidential candidate's off-the-cuff dig at teachers exposes GOP's anti-union pathology
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Sure the argument is a bit tortured and I do think Kasich is saner and more competent than most of the clown car, but for every uncaring, whining teacher I've met, I have met ten who are dedicated and hard working. The small respite a teachers' lounge offers allows teachers to deal with the stress of the classroom so they can maintain their professionalism class after class. And, yes, I think that the GOP candidates do not understand that groups of people need to have a say in their own destinies. Of course we need teacher unions even if they may at times want too much for their members as do police unions, auto workers unions, and going way back to my grandfather's day cigar makers unions. I keep wondering when engineers and marketing professionals will realize that they, too, need to unionize.

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A dog explains why Phoenix's pet store law is such a big win for shelter animals.

A dog explains why Phoenix's pet store law is such a big win for shelter animals. | Upsetment | Scoop.it
This dog is adorable and so articulate!
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I find this an abhorrent law. While I am all for adopting shelter animals and strongly advocate spaying and neutering programs, this law is a politically motivated restriction on trade. I want to get rid of puppy mills, too; so let's make trafficking in puppy-mill bred dogs illegal. Let's define what that abuse of animals actual constitutes. But there are many good breeders and many pet lovers who want particular breeds. Over the years I have had both shelter and breeder dogs; they were all loved and lovable. It fascinates me that this kind of restrictive law is pushed by the Republican party in a state so committed to its Libertarian past. Is this really about dogs and animal welfare? Nope, it's about the "We're animal lovers," pose of political righties like Joe Arpaio, who know that this will play well with their uninformed base.

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The One Word Each GOP Candidate Wants You To Remember

The One Word Each GOP Candidate Wants You To Remember | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Trump says "evolved," Jeb says "Growth." See each GOP hopeful's favorite word and how he used it.
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An interesting way to look at the GOP debate.

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California Lawmaker: Abortion, Liberal Politicians May Have Caused Drought

California Lawmaker: Abortion, Liberal Politicians May Have Caused Drought | Upsetment | Scoop.it
If Californians would like to see an end to the extreme drought the state is facing, they should consider passing more restrictions on abortion. That, at least, was the suggestion of a California assemblywomen in remarks to anti-abortion activists last week.

"Texas was in a long period of drought until Governor Perry signed the fetal pain bill,” state Assemblywoman Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) said, as reported by RH Reality Check. "It rained that night. Now God has His hold on California."
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Another dodo emerges from the right. How sad it is that idiots like this get elected to legislatures where they can waste potentially productive time trying to grandstand to their looney constituency. Her supporters already know that she is rabid on abortion; doesn't the California legislature have something better to discuss, like designating a state gargoyle.

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Bernie’s greatest legacy: Suddenly, it’s OK to question capitalism!

Bernie’s greatest legacy: Suddenly, it’s OK to question capitalism! | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Sanders will never be president, but he unveiled an explosive political truth: Capitalism has eaten democracy
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The real problem is that we don't have capitalism in America. First and foremost, the capitalist system requires information in the marketplace, and let's be realistic, the American consumers have next to know real information.Second, it requires real competition between producers. Duh, in America? Third it requires easy flow of capital from investment to investment. Not happening here. Fourth, it can only exist when the government willingly takes on the economic tasks that do not lend themselves to profit or from which profit should not be gained, such as building roads, operating police forces, running prisons and courts. Our government has ground to a halt on many of those or is distorting them by outsourcing. The goal of capitalism was never the amassing of wealth but the best system of distribution of goods and services. To that goal, it provides a method of valuation that should be based one real utility. Clearly, in today's skewed economy, capitalism has failed. 
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On Crime Bill and the Clintons, Young Blacks Clash With Parents

On Crime Bill and the Clintons, Young Blacks Clash With Parents | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Young African-Americans are challenging Clinton-era policies on crime, diverging from their elders who enthusiastically support Hillary Clinton and the former president.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
Did the Clinton reforms work to make lives better? Not really. Like much done in Washington, the unintended consequences were seriously harmful. One reason is that laws like the Clinton Crime Bill and Welfare Reform are based on the goal of controlling abuse and misconduct rather than on the goal of inducing better, more positive conduct. Government should be helping those who need better than trying to keep them for reaching for the brass rings they can see before them. When real chances are available then we will see people give up the false promises of drugs, crime, and cheating. That's one reason that older Black Americans should be supporting Sanders even as they give the Clinton's a wave of fond farewell. 
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Trump supporters first pepper spray, then yell “n****r lover” to 15-year-old protester in Paul Ryan’s hometown

Trump supporters first pepper spray, then yell “n****r lover” to 15-year-old protester in Paul Ryan’s hometown | Upsetment | Scoop.it
What's the matter with Janesville? VIDEO
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Congratulations Janesville, Wisconsin, you have shown us all what is worst in America. Hatred, bigotry, sexual abuse, and stupidity: are these what your city represents? Will Paul Ryan find a voice to condemn this disgusting behavior? Will the city's leaders? Pathetic. 
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Bill Clinton Slams 'The Awful Legacy Of The Last Eight Years' (VIDEO)

Bill Clinton Slams 'The Awful Legacy Of The Last Eight Years' (VIDEO) | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Bill Clinton on Monday night took a hit at "the awful legacy of the past eight years," appearing to criticize President Obama, though an aide to the former president said that Clinton was referring to Republican members of Congress.

While pitching Hillary Clinton as the "best change-maker" during a speech in Washington state, Bill Clinton bashed the the last eight years, as well as seven years before then under former President George W. Bush.

"But if you believe we can all rise together, if you believe we’ve finally come to the point where we can put the awful legacy of the last eight years behind us and the seven years before that when we were practicing trickle-down economics and no regulation in Washington, which is what caused the crash, then you should vote for her because she’s the only person who basically has good ideas, will tell you how she’s going to pay for them, can be commander in chief, and is a proven change maker with Republicans and Democrats and independents alike," he said.
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Simply put, Bill Clinton may be the best argument for not electing Hillary. Age has taken a serious toll on him and reminds us that she, too, is no longer at her best. This is terribly sad. 
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South Carolina Republican Mudslinging Reaches New Heights in 2016

South Carolina Republican Mudslinging Reaches New Heights in 2016 | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The state known for sharp elbows is out-doing itself this year, as the campaigns are pitched in nasty brawls ahead of Saturday's GOP vote.
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Of course a part of me is amused; how can I not find this circus amusing? And another part, that wants to see a major Democratic victory, rejoices in the GOP's disarray.  But, the part of me that loves America and the part that grew up a New England Republican are in despair over the deterioration of the GOP. Shame n them and shame on the state of South Carolina that has become the piss-hole of American politics. 

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Hillary has nothing to brag about: Her foreign policy record is a disaster

Hillary has nothing to brag about: Her foreign policy record is a disaster | Upsetment | Scoop.it
She may have a wealth of experience on the international stage, but her judgment has proven wanting time and again
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This is one of my major concerns about Hillary. I look, for example, at how John Kerry has done in the role of Secretary of State and am wowed, but Clinton's tenure was not so impressive. Yes, she did limp along with us through Arab Spring, but she couldn't reach out and talk to people as effectively as Kerry has done. I honestly think that she is nowhere near as prepared for the presidency as she thinks. 

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One governor bucking the bipartisan tradition of passing the buck

One governor bucking the bipartisan tradition of passing the buck | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Rhode Island’s Gina Raimondo, a Democrat, is redefining responsible governance.
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It may be a tiny state, but it has a great governor going for it. Her motto: "“Don’t ignore big problems and don’t try to pretend that problems are smaller than they are.” I guess that means she's actually telling the voters the truth, which is quite a different approach from politics as usual. 

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Ted Cruz Vows to 'Kill the Terrorists' in Ad Timed to Big Football Game

Ted Cruz Vows to 'Kill the Terrorists' in Ad Timed to Big Football Game | Upsetment | Scoop.it

Am I the only one who sees the irSenator Ted Cruz’s new ad seizes on the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino and will debut during Iowa’s biggest football game in years.

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Am I the only one who sees the irony that we as a country are plagued by violence and yet glorify it in sports and politics? The only thing missing from this story is the endorsement of a video-game manufacturer; although Steve King is certainly about as nuanced as a cartoon character. Seriously, please America, can we either stop idolizing violence or stop pretending that mass shootings and crime bother us.

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How Americans actually feel about stronger gun laws

How Americans actually feel about stronger gun laws | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Recent shootings have sparked new calls for stricter gun laws. But how do the American people actually feel about the issue?
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Both controlling gun ownership and protecting gun rights are important. The problem is getting politicians with more concern for the national well-being and awareness of the larger public opinion  than for the attitudes of their vocal constituents. This is just one topic that illustrates why it is so important for voters to take an active part in the process that leads up to the selection of candidates. We need reasonable, centrist candidates, not ideologues.

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Trump’s $1 Land Deal With a Corrupt Mayor

Trump’s $1 Land Deal With a Corrupt Mayor | Upsetment | Scoop.it
When an amusement park Trump promised to Bridgeport, Conn., fell through, he still owed $300,000 a year in taxes—until its mayor bailed him out.
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The bottom line of this is that Mr. Trump is about making money. He doesn't particularly care about how low on the food chain that will take him. If politics is the competition of jackals and hyenas,  he has certainly found his niche.

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How Jeff Flake became the Senate’s most unorthodox Republican

How Jeff Flake became the Senate’s most unorthodox Republican | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Once known as a right-wing firebrand, Jeff Flake tries to be a different kind of modern Republican.
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I voted for Flake, whom I saw as an honest and decent conservative voice for the senate. Although I was piqued by his failure to follow through on what I saw as a commitment to Gabby Gifford to work towards some rational gun control, he has for the most part surprised me by being fare more than I expected; he has become a voice for reason and even amity in the upper house. I don't think the Democrats will find anyone to beat him in 2018, but of course the Arizona GOP may not want him because he is reasonable. Don't get me wrong, it isn't that I agree with him on social issues, it's that I agree with his approach to the process of government and I trust his character.

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Jeb: ‘Women’s Health’ Is Overfunded

Jeb: ‘Women’s Health’ Is Overfunded | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Says he “misspoke.”
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Sure people can make mistakes; I make them, too. But when we're talking about a key issue, something that is in the news every day for weeks and a dumb-dumb says something like this, please explain to me how any woman, any woman at all, can consider voting for him. As a man who cares, I couldn't vote for this turkey after this comment. Sadly, his attitude reflects the entire right wing of the GOP in their disregard for the people of our country, especially women. Can't the Republican Party do better? If not, perhaps it's time for a new political party, one that cares about the real America not just the corporations.

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