Trump’s Battle of Words With Jong Un Escalates into More Division Among Conservatives

By Janice Barlow China has announced it will remain neutral regarding its position with North Korea (DPRK) unless the United States preemptively attacks. This, the culmination of a long week’s battle of words flying back and forth between President Trump and Kim Jong Un over North Korea’s threat to launch missiles with nuclear warheads near Guam, a U.S. territory with approximately 300,000 occupants, both citizens and military. What has changed in recent history regarding the power of North Korea? George W. Bush referred to the relatively small nation as one…

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What Is Donald Trump’s Base Of Support Looking Like In July 2017? The Latest Polling & What It Means

Donald Trump Jr. poses for photo at Trump Campaign rally

by Richard Cameron Trump’s Base of support in July 2017 Here at National Compass, we are frequently tracking how Donald Trump’s presidency is trending, looking for signifiers that may indicate a shift in the national outlook towards him.  So far the baseline numbers are holding steady although not favorably for the President. The latest Washington Post / ABC News poll shows President Donald Trump’s approval ratings remaining at 36 percent as they have been for several months at this point.  As a point of comparison, George W. Bush and Barack…

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Update On Senator John McCain Aggressive Brain Cancer Diagnosis

Official photo of Senator John McCain

by Danielle Pechette-Graham Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) was diagnosed with glioblastomas, an aggressive form of brain cancer after pathology was performed following his recent surgery on July 14 to remove a blood clot which was located above his left eye. Glioblastomas (GBM) are tumors that arise from astrocytes—the star-shaped cells that make up the “glue-like,” or supportive tissue of the brain. These tumors are usually highly malignant (cancerous) because the cells reproduce quickly and they are supported by a large network of blood vessels.  American Brain Tumor Association McCain and…

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Enemy at the Gates – A Second Look At A Movie That Has Current Resonance

by Oletta Branstiter You may have missed this 2001 war movie, as I had until last night. I admit I chose this movie based on the cast of characters. Could Jude Law, Joseph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, Ed Harris, Bob Hoskins and Ron Perlman be associated with a failure? Enemy at the Gates, written and directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud, was not a big hit at the box office. For a British movie produced at a cost of about $68 million, it grossed under $100 million worldwide. But timing is everything. Audiences…

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