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    Unemployment Go-Round

Unemployment Go-Round

  Unemployment insurance in the United States has become self-sustaining machine for ensuring the continuation of the problem it is ostensibly combatting. Responsibility on a personal and local level has been eroded by a system which pays people to stay unemployed and rewards apathy from communities. Feeding into the problem is numbers reporting which uses incomplete statistics to justify the program and which creates a false sense of the actual

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    Gaza Strip Impasse Continues

Gaza Strip Impasse Continues

There continues to be a total impasse with the Gaza Strip and the Israelis. The Gaza Strip is an area about two times the size of Washington D. C. where 1.7 million people live. Israel pulled out of the Gaza Strip in 2006. However, Palestinians elected Hamas, an offshoot of the Muslim brotherhood, whose charter calls for the destruction of Israel. There was to have been  an official 72 hour cease

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    NSA Spying Protest on U.S. Embassy Wall in Berlin [Video]

NSA Spying Protest on U.S. Embassy Wall in Berlin [Video]

The idea was a political prank. The German marketing expert turned political protester, Oliver Bienkowski, parked a mini-van about 100 yards away from the U.S. embassy in Berlin and projected a satirical image of a grinning President Barack Obama with a reversed baseball cap and the caption “NSA in da House” onto the distant embassy wall. Wires emerging from a computer mouse form a satirical peace sign. The political light-show

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    Clinton Presidential Run a Good Look for Republicans

Clinton Presidential Run a Good Look for Republicans

Supporters of Hillary Clinton are awaiting a formal announcement from her about whether or not she will run for President in 2016. For most it is a foregone conclusion. A presidential run for Clinton, however, may just be the thing to push the odds in favor of the Republicans. More than any of the potential candidates for the nomination, the look of a Clinton campaign may not be good for

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    Can an Independent Party Really Work?

Can an Independent Party Really Work?

In Massachusetts, the race for Governor has been made more interesting with the introduction of candidate Evan Falchuk and his United Independent Party. It is a story which is both old and new at the same time. Every few years, somebody comes along and tries to buck the system by running as an independent. Those with more complicated political philosophies than the standard “left or right” choices allow for will

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    U.S. Immigration Code Changes Provokes Questions

U.S. Immigration Code Changes Provokes Questions

On February 10, 2014, the United States Administration announced changes in the United States Code, 2012 Edition ALIENS AND NATIONALITY, IMMIGRATION AND NATIONALITY, IMMIGRATION, and Admission Qualifications for Aliens, Travel Control of Citizens and Aliens Inadmissible aliens which is under “Terrorist activity”.  A link to the code as amended is provided below. The amended code roughly translates: the word of the individual is all the immigration officials have in some

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