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Loving Guns More Than People

BY MARK Y.A. DAVIES The only people with the power to do something comprehensive about mass shootings are the people we elect to public office, and the majority of the people we elect to public office not only do nothing, but they actively block anything being done and in many cases vote for legislation that...
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The Russians Have Never Been Coming

BY JEREMY KUZMAROV Saturday’s New York Times featured an editorial entitled “The Russians are Coming [Again]” next to a photo of a campaign poster with Vladimir Putin wearing a Make America Great Again hat. The piece discussed Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russian citizens for intending to “sow disorder” in the American political system by...
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Giving Hawks A Bad Name

BY SHARON MARTIN Sales tax. Fees. Property tax. Income tax. Every person in this country pays taxes, even visitors and undocumented workers. In return, we expect certain things – safe roads, clean water, firefighters with working equipment. The deficit hawks get loud and mean when working people need housing subsidies or help buying food. They...
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Gay Rights

BY SUSAN ESTRICH Rep. Barney Frank, the first member of Congress to be re-elected after coming out, is right in telling gays not to abandon the president. As Frank put it, “The notion that if someone doesn’t agree with you 100%, then you shouldn’t be supportive of him – versus someone who disagrees with you...
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The AMA’s Unhealthy Obsession

BY JOE CONASON Campaigning to build the widest possible consensus for reform of the nation’s health care system, Barack Obama told the delegates of the American Medical Association [AMA] that he wants their support, too. Persuasive and always polite, the president did not mention the embarrassing truth about his hosts – namely, that the AMA...
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Timid Obama Succumbs To Old Politics

BY FROMA HARROP This has been a tough week for the hopeful ones who believed President Obama’s vow to break with the old politics. Every day, it seems, the president caved in to another Democratic interest group working against the public weal. Let’s start with the mayors’ conference just ended in Providence, RI. One hundred...

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Jan ’18 Oklahoma Observer Newsmakers

From left, state Rep. Monroe Nichols, Observer Editor Arnold Hamilton and former Gov. David Walters discuss ways to fix Oklahoma’s broken political system, including Nichols’ proposal to repeal or modify anti-tax SQ 640 and Walters’ efforts to end partisan gerrymandering.
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