Why Did Justice Kennedy Retire Now? – The More Or Less Likely Answers

Donald Trump and outgoing Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy at public event

by Tony Wyman For the only perceived swing-vote justice on the United States Supreme Court to suddenly announce his retirement just months before the crucial November elections couldn’t be worse news for Democrats hoping a Blue Wave is going wash away Republican majorities in the House and Senate. Now, thanks to the opening Justice Anthony Kennedy has made, the GOP has an argument to make to get right-wing and center-right voters to the polls in November: turn out to vote so we can get a conservative judge on the Court.…

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Is Roger Stone About To Flip On Trump?

Trump operative Roger Stone striking Nixon pose

by Tony Wyman Last week, President Donald J. Trump issued a presidential pardon for Dinesh D’Souza, the polarizing  maker of films promoting dubiously documented conspiracy theories, for the crime of using a “straw donor” to make a felonious political contribution to the failed 2012 campaign of Republican Senate candidate Wendy Long. “I’ve always felt he was very unfairly treated,” the president said to reporters as he headed to Texas on Air Force One. “And a lot of people did, a lot of people did. What should have been a quick minor…

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Reality Winner’s Case May Determine Who Is A Journalist In The Social Media Age

demonstrators protesting against the prosecution of Reality Winner, government whistleblower that revealed Russian tampering with American election equipment in November 2016 presidential election.

by Tony Wyman By the time Reality Winner, a former intelligence specialist in the United States Air Force, goes to trial, she will have been imprisoned for nearly 18 months – more than twice as long as the sentence served by Dinesh D’Souza, who was recently pardoned by President Trump after being convicted of a felony associated with illegal campaign contributions he made in 2014. Of course, the crime Ms. Winner has been charged with by the U.S. Justice Department is arguably more serious than the one Mr. D’Souza admitted…

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2018’s Mass School Shootings – 29 Deaths That Failed To Move A Nation

Sky cam view of Santa Fe High School with law enforcement and first responder vehicles staging response to Friday's mass shooting on campus

by Tony Wyman No matter what I write, no matter how much I plead with readers that we not allow the deaths in Texas yesterday to be in vain by allowing our discussion of the problem of school shootings to degrade into a pointless, futile shouting match over the Second Amendment, that is likely what will happen. Because we care more about guns – loving them or hating them – than we do about kids. I suppose that isn’t really a fair statement.  Outside of the most deranged and extreme…

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Russian Journalists Should Stay Away From Their Windows

video still of man falling from window in the movie The Exorcist

by Tony Wyman Russian journalists and windows, balconies and staircases According to local police in the Russian city of Yekaterinburg, journalist Maxim Borodin, the reporter who embarrassed the  regime of Russian President Vladimir Putin by breaking the story of the deaths of hundreds of Russian mercenaries killed in Syria by American troops, fell to his death from the fifth-floor balcony of his apartment complex.  The police ruled his death a suicide Mr. Borodin, who was 32 and, according to his friends, excited about plans he was making for his future,  joins…

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Red State Pushes #NeverTrump Writers Overboard – Becomes OrangeState

the Red State logo crossed out and underneath, the real new identity - OrangeState

by Richard Cameron   Red State’s Friday Massacre At this point, many of you have perhaps heard that a significant number of writers at RedState have been cashiered. Even CNN Money has reported on it.  Before I chimed in, I wanted to confer with one of my colleagues – Susan Wright – the writer generating the most site traffic and among the group that was dismissed, to get a sense of what the prevailing motive was behind the firings. As Erick Erickson, who himself was a writer at RedState until…

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Why North Korea Is Now Suddenly Adopting A Conciliatory Nuclear Posture

photo from North Korea news agency, of Kim Jong-Un sitting at desk on the tarmac of a missile launch site witnessing a missile test launch.

by Richard Cameron   The term “Hermit Kingdom” was coined in 1882, by William Elliot Griffis.  It has most frequently been used in reference to North Korea since the partition of Korea at the end of the Korean War – (although technically, there is only an armistice, not an actual peace agreement in place).  Hermit Kingdom, describes, to paraphrase the definition given in Wikipedia – any nation that has been walled off, either by force by a dictatorial regime or by collective assent, from the rest of the community of…

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The Next Trump Toxicity Test – Arizona Congressional District 8

nighttime city scape photo of Maricopa Country and Phoenix at dusk

by Richard Cameron   Arizona Congressional District 8 Special Election The next in the series of temperature readings of the GOP’s national crisis of confidence with American voters, takes place in Arizona on April 24 – tomorrow.  Arizona Congressional District 8 (CD-8), will be the scene of a special election pitting the last (woman) standing from the recent Republican primary, against a non-politician – at least a non-career politician on the Democrat side of the ledger. The GOP candidate is Debbie Lesko – a former state legislator from Arizona’s House…

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North Korea Gets What It Wants From Trump Meeting Before It Even Happens

by Tony Wyman   If you believe the White House – we are on the verge of a historic turn-around in American-North Korean relations, thanks to President Donald Trump‘s “bold” and “unprecedented” offer to meet directly with the communist regime’s dictator. But most seasoned observers call Mr. Trump’s invite to meet with Kim Jong-Un, less complimentary things.  Nicholas Kristof, of The New York Times, said: “President Trump’s decision to meet Kim Jong-un strikes me as a dangerous gamble and a bad idea. I’m afraid that North Korea may be playing Trump,…

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As Long As Assad Remains In Power, The West Is Losing In Syria

photo image of bombed out apartments and buildings in the suburbs of Damascus.

by Tony Wyman Assad will remain in control of Syria – Missile strikes or not   President Trump rightly called Syrian dictator Bashar Al-Assad a monster. That is precisely what the tyrant is, an evil man with no conscience who deserves to meet a bloody end at the hands of his own people. While last night’s strikes degraded his ability, we’ve been told, to use chemical weapons such as Chlorine gas, to murder more helpless children in his country, it did nothing at all to remove Mr. Assad from power. What…

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