Alabama Voters Send Message To Washington And Trump And Democrat Doug Jones With It

by Richard Cameron WASHINGTON, D.C. Democrat Doug Jones won the Alabama Senate race Tuesday night in the special election according to all major media projections. The final count, as of 11:30 Central had not all completely counted, but with 100% of voting precincts reporting, the vote count showed Doug Jones winning: Many things were remarkable about the outcome of this campaign, which between the two candidates spending a combined $40 million dollars, not the least of which seemed to be a repudiation by Alabama Republicans not only of Republican Roy…

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Who Loses And Who Wins When Net Neutrality Rules Are Repealed By The FCC?

by Richard Cameron   To make an accurate assessment of the effects of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plans of reversing the previous safeguards of the common carrier provisions in the Title II Communications Act, it is necessary to unravel not only the claims and counter-claims, but to outline the underlying facts. Net Neutrality – the default condition of the internet for decades, was formalized by the FCC in 2015. There are two competing narratives regarding Net Neutrality. One is that the warnings of what will result from the lifting of…

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Trump’s Executive Order On Bears Ears And Grand Staircase – Political, Practical, Legal?

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by Richard Cameron Donald Trump, on Monday issued an executive order reversing Barack Obama’s designation of protected status of two expansive national monuments in Utah – Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante. Trump visited Salt Lake City, to announce this move – something he promised the Republican party in the state during the election. Trump, trumpeting the order to a select crowd of state politicians, told them, “Your timeless bond with the outdoors should not be replaced with the whims of regulators thousands and thousands of miles away.” It seems bizarre…

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Trickle Down Tax Reform – Engine Of Economic Growth Or Simply A Trick?

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by Richard Cameron This week, Senate Republicans are in a furious scamper to get so called “tax reform” on Donald Trump’s desk, who will assuredly sign it. Trump is desperate to sign anything at this point, so he can boast that his presidency is “winning” – at any price.  Actually, the price is right, from the viewpoint of Trump and his investment class cronies, because no matter what happens with the economy going forward –  he and they will be able to evade even more of their share of the…

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Don’t Say A Bad Word About Trump In Arizona – At Least Not Out Loud Anyway

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by Richard Cameron   I spend the equivalent of about a week and a half a month on average in Arizona, assisting my elderly mother (95) to remain self-sufficient in her home in Sun City.  In doing so, I get what I think is a fairly accurate look at the state from outside the fishbowl. I can’t really argue that when it comes to my views regarding Donald Trump, that I am anymore a fish out of water than I am in the community I live in back in California,…

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Weaponizing Sexual Misconduct For Political Advantage – The Collateral Damage To Victims

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by Richard Cameron As is the pattern with virtually everything that gets caught up in the vortex of national politics, sexual misconduct is being exploited by people who see in it the prospect of gaining partisan advantage against their ideological opponents. When revelations of abhorrent behavior emerge in the news cycle and onto social media – the warring camps line up to either accuse or defend almost strictly on the basis of whether the named offender belongs to one of the national parties or the other. With that, it is…

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The Steele Dossier Continues To Gain Confirmation – And Worry Trump, Inc.

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by Richard Cameron As the investigation being conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller moves forward, it seems apparent that the intelligence report on Donald Trump and the Trump campaign, known as the “Steele Dossier” is gaining in credibility. Experts in the field of investigating criminal operations are widely of the opinion that the Steele Dossier, compiled by former MI6 British intelligence officer, Christopher Steele, is a rough blueprint for much of the focus of Mueller’s investigation. That appears evident by the overall picture that is forming of intrigue between Trump…

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North Korean Soldier Defects To West In Panmunjom Along DMZ – Sustains Critical Injuries

by Richard Cameron SEOUL, South Korea The South Korean Military and the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCOS) are reporting that earlier on Monday, a North Korean soldier thought to have been stationed near the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), defected to South Korea. The soldier was fired upon by North Korean patrols as he attempted to negotiate his way through guard stations (see photo left) and across the DMZ to the South Korean side. The area where the defection took place was in Panmunjom in North Hwanghae Province, where the armistice…

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Trump A.G. Jeff Sessions’ Obsessions With Marijuana And Disdain Of The 10th Amendment

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by Richard Cameron Sessions’ Marijuana  Obsessions Trump’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions has decided to use the legal muscle of the Justice Department to pursue his longstanding personal agenda – some would call it a vendetta, against Marijuana. While this has not been a secret, and he has made numerous statements since settling into his position, nothing illustrates the extent of his determination to bring the hammer down on other’s personal choices regarding the much maligned substance than when the subject came up once again recently during a visit with far…

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Were The Virginia And New Jersey Elections Referendums On The Trump Presidency?

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by Richard Cameron Donald Trump’s presidential approval ratings are down nationally and have been trending downward since he took office. The elections on Tuesday – particularly in Virginia and New Jersey, were being viewed as a test of his potency in the mid-term elections in 2018.  What the results in those states revealed, has the Trump administration deeply concerned, even if Trump himself is attempting to dismiss them. In last night’s gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey, voters rejected Republican candidates for governor of those two states. In New…

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