Op/Ed: Bernie’s Jewish Complex

With Senator Bernie Sanders leaping ahead of the pack in the Democratic Party, chances have greatly increased that he will become the first Jewish nominee to reach the general election for President of the United States.

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Op/Ed: Medicare for All - No Care for You

Democrat presidential candidates are sparring over how much to expand Medicare. Should it be Medicare for all, for people over 50, for children, for "all who want it"? Does this include those who entered the country illegally?

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Op/Ed: Halloween’s Over: Take off the Masks

At a graduation of a family friend, out of the blue, one in our group began lamenting that progressives tended to live in cities. She proposed that progressives should move to rural areas and "purge [such areas] of those awful conservatives."

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Op/Ed: Russia, Racists, and Ridiculousness

Now that the Russian collusion story has lost its captivating and enticing glow, the left's narrative du jour is that anyone expressing a contrary opinion is a racist. It is so exhausting! What is a racist, anyway?

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Op/Ed: Money Can’t Buy You Health

"Healthcare" is supposed to be a big election issue: politicians promise universal and equal "healthcare," or prevent it from being taken away. Everyone wants to be healthy, and a $3 trillion industry wants to keep the money flowing.

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Op/Ed - SOTU 2019 and American Medicine

While President Trump called for unity and cooperation in his 2019 State of the Union address, the views of the audience showed a sharp and bitter divide, especially on issues affecting the health and medical care of Americans.

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Op/Ed - Eugenics, Euthanasia, Infanticide, and Religion

New York's Catholic Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo had the World Trade Center in lights to celebrate its recently enacted abortion-on-demand-until-the-day-of-birth law. This law was framed, and sold to legislators, as empowering women through guaranteeing "Reproductive Health."

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Op/Ed - Free, Black and Twenty-one

I ran into a 20-something fellow wearing a T-shirt that said "I love being black." I had a wave of fond nostalgia remembering how my mother began our outings with "I'm free, black, and 21 – let's do it!"

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Op/Ed: The Children, the Caravan, and Health

Recent border clashes produced shocking images that triggered condemnation from many who failed to realized there are three aspects to the caravan: what is shown by the media; what is there to be seen; and what is unseen.

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Op/Ed SCOTUS Hearings: Judge Kavanaugh’s Character Assassins Could Be Controlling Your Medical Care

Our elected legislators have been at their worst during the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. What a shameful display: condescending, arrogant show-boating senators questioning him in a manner reminiscent of the Grand Inquisitor.

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Op/Ed: Create Your Own Healthcare "System"

Kudos to the folks in D.C. who are advancing alternatives to the Affordable Care Act's over-regulated and expensive health insurance policies. Small business association health plans and expanding health savings accounts (HSAs) are among several tools to increase health care choices.

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Op/Ed: The REAL Fake News

Today, the term 'Fake News' is firmly entrenched in our lexicon. It seems everyone from Trumpite retirees, to neo-political millennials, freely toss around the phrase. The term was even recognized as, "The Word of the Year" by UK-based Collins Dictionary.

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Op/Ed: There’s More To Black History Than Slavery

Black History month is a time to celebrate Americans, past and present, whose accomplishments are sometimes overshadowed by the eye-catching negative news stories which contribute to the general dissolution of race relations in contemporary culture.

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The Power of Sports Metaphors in Politics: Trump vs. Clinton as The Main Event

Gender norms influence not just what we think, but how. Consider the presence of sports metaphors in American politics. Metaphors are not merely figures of speech. According to the cognitive scientists and philosophers George Lakoff and Mark Johnson (1980), human thought processes are largely metaphorical.

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Justice Antonin Scalia: The Man, The Myth, The Legend

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The recent death of Justice Antonin Scalia, a historically conservative firebrand on the Supreme Court, sent shockwaves through the political world. In the middle of a hectic and noisy presidential primary, the Republican candidates shared a moment of silence during their ninth debate — and then dove into a conversation about whether President Barack Obama should nominate a successor.

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The Problem with Saying "Merica"

"Merica." No, that's not a misspelling. In recent years, we've all heard someone say the name of our nation in this ironic manner. I'd be lying if I told you I've never uttered it myself jokingly.

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  • Beltway Insider: Counter Terror Tactics; Bridgegate Indictments; Nepal; Baltimore; Sanders

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    The Obama Administration under increasing pressure from the disclosure of a botched counter terror strike that resulted in the death of two citizens has released additional information on blood money ransoms demanded by terror organizations.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Ukraine/Russia; Copenhagen Shootings; Ebola Czar Exits; Media Industry Suffers Loss

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    President Obama acknowledging the U.S. Ebola crisis did not materialize to the extent originally thought has phased out the Ebola Czar Position created at the onset to manage the potential catastrophe and is focusing eradication efforts on West Africa.

     
  • Six Simple Steps to Combat The Seasonal Blah’s and Fall Blues

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    Life is full of seasons, non-more effecting then the natural seasons, and as autumn approaches those who live in regions where they experience traditional seasons know that winter, good and bad, is just around the corner.

     
  • Karl Lagerfeld, Iconic Fashion Designer, Has Died

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    Karl Lagerfeld, House of Chanel and Fendi Creative Director and iconic Fashion Designer who influenced generations with his creations, has passed away one month after his final collection debuted at Paris Fashion Week. He was 85.

     
  • Bound By Flesh Review – Surprisingly Engaging

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    "Bound by Flesh,"  from Mistress, Inc. and Sundance Selects re-introduces the freak show stars, Daisy and Violet Hilton, with this fascinating, intriguing and absorbing historical account of the lives, loves and career of the conjoined Siamese twins.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Obama on Syria; Ryan; Election 2016; Texas Floods; Invictus Games; Fred Thompson Dies

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    The National Republican National Committee (RNC) announced this week they were suspending relationships with NBC News after the third Republican debate according to RNC Chairman Reince Priebus as the news channel failed to deliver the agreed upon promises.

     
  • Trailer Of Belgian Debut 'Coureur' To Premiere At Rotterdam Film Festival's Limelight Programme

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    The Belgian feature film 'Coureur,' the semi-autobiographical debut by Kenneth Mercken, will have its international premiere in the 'Limelight' programme of the 'Voices' section at the 48th International Film Festival of Rotterdam (23 Jan - 3 Feb).

     
  • HL Travel: Beach with Benefits - Fifty Things To Do In Long Beach, California

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    Long Beach, California, a short drive from the bright lights and big city of Hollywood and the maze of streets and highways that make up the greater Los Angeles city limits, has changed its image from 'Where?' to 'Let's go there!'

     
  • San Francisco Family Friendly Art Festival Celebrates Diversity

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    Common Grounds, the free multi-week celebration of the arts celebrating our diverse city, held in the San Francisco Chronicle Parking Lot, and presented by Intersection for the Arts is proud to spotlight FAMILY DAY.

     
  • NY Theater: Jagged Little Pill To Open on Broadway This Fall

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    Producers Vivek J. Tiwary, Arvind Ethan David, and Eva Price are thrilled to announce that, following a record-breaking, sold-out world premiere at American Repertory Theater (A.R.T), the acclaimed new musical Jagged Little Pill will open on Broadway this fall.

     
  • Dining In Tips From Chef Blakely Trettenero the Perfect (and Simple) Gourmet Dinner Guaranteed To Impress (Recipes)

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    It sounds so dreamy, doesn’t it – going out for a romantic dinner on Valentine’s Day? Except it doesn’t always turn out that way. All too often the restaurant is crowded, the servers cranky and the “exclusive” prix fixe menu is limited and expensive.

     
  • Final Portrait Review - A Masterclass Production

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    Final Portrait, from Sony Picture Classics, presents the story of the creative process of Swiss sculptor and painter Alberto Giacometti and art lover James Lord and how the two were brought together in the Paris Art Renaissance.

     
  • Kids On Bridges, With a Stone’s Groove and Gang of Four Riff, Are Heralded as The NuWave British Invasion

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    Kids on Bridges, the Liverpool trio, fresh from a support slot with Grammy Award Winner Beck and shows with The Hot 8 Brass Band, Soulwax and Calvin Harris, are set to unleash a new single "Just Because You Can."  

  • Southern California Rocked With 5.2 Quake

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    Southern California residents were roused early from their sleep as a 5.2 temblor rocked the early morning hours shaking northern San Diego county for an estimated thirty seconds causing limited structural damage and frayed nerves.

     
  • Paris Fashion Week Zaid Nakad Spring Summer Couture 2018 Collection - Provocative, Alluring, Ultra Feminine

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    "I am Demeter, revered by all, the power most useful for gods and men." For his Spring Summer 2018 collection, Ziad Nakad decided to celebrate the "Goddess of wheat" and "Mother of the Earth."