The Election Called Because of Climate Change

By Janice Barlow It’s Game Seven of the World Series. Bottom of the 15th inning. Score tied 4-4. Bases loaded. Two men out. The home team has used up all of its pinch hitters and the pitcher is due at the plate. He has a batting average of .042. What should the manager do? It doesn’t matter! Suddenly, a lightning bolt streaks down from the sky, knocking out power to all the lights in the stadium. A violent microburst of wind, hail, and rain lashes from out of nowhere, sending…

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The GOP: All-In on the Wild Card

by Wes Walker via libertyisftw.org If after ten minutes at the poker table you do not know who the patsy is—you are the patsy.” –Poker Proverb The last two years have been a political roller coaster for anyone still in the Republican Party, but, even given all the deep divisions revealed in the last two years, there’s clearly one thing that everyone can agree on. The political landscape is different than it was two years ago and will likely never be the same again. For better or worse, the Republican…

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When Truth Trumps Loyalty: Nixon’s Rapid Loss of Support Could Repeat

By Janice Barlow On August 8, 1974, as I walked into the house following a grueling two hours of driver’s ed training in a non air-conditioned car, President Richard Millhouse Nixon resigned from the presidency. My mother had diligently watched every minute of Watergate on TV and talked about it non-stop over dinner and evening, much to the chagrin of my dad, who only wanted to eat dinner and listen to Tiger baseball later. My mom wasn’t alone. Over 70 percent of America polled by Gallup admitted to watching the…

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