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Presidential Debate 2020 – Donald Trump vs Joe Biden

By: Todd Smekens Against my better judgment, I watched the media’s presentation of an argument between a no-nothing bully president and a tired old politician. To me, it was symbolic of what this country has become in so many ways. Our ruling class has captured both political parties making one completely fractured between the donors […]

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Elizabeth Warren: Battle Over American Liberalism

Since Barack Obama’s election, Democrats have been united by an increasingly reactionary oppposition. But beneath that veneer of tranquility, longstanding  political and philosophical differences over the role the government should play in our economy…

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Rove Told IRS That Crossroads GPS a “Social Welfare” Nonprofit

Karl Rove’s Dark Money Group Promised IRS It Would Spend ‘Limited’ Money on Elections by Kim Barker, ProPublica In a confidential 2010 filing, Crossroads GPS — the dark money group that spent more than $70 million from anonymous donors on the 2012 election — told the Internal Revenue Service that its efforts would focus on […]

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Was Petraeus Borked?

Was Petraeus Borked? by Peter Maass, ProPublica In 1987, when Judge Robert Bork was enmeshed in a partisan struggle over his Supreme Court nomination, a reporter for an alternative weekly in Washington, D.C., got a tip that the judge was a patron of a local video store. Michael Dolan went to Potomac Video, in the […]

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Banksters say, “Trust Us, It Won’t Happen Again.”

It’s really hard to grasp the size and scope of the global financial crisis we faced just four years ago. Some have estimated the impact as high as $11 trillion. Pension funds were wiped out. Home values devastated. The taxpayer bailout to the financial industry was $700 billion. During three presidential debates, how many questions […]

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Government Modernization – Vote YES/NO

On the general election ballot for citizens of Delaware County, we will be asked the following question: “SHALL DELAWARE COUNTY, INDIANA AND CITY OF MUNCIE, INDIANA, REORGANIZE AS A SINGLE POLITICAL SUBDIVISION?” Are you prepared to answer that question, honestly? We’re guessing that 95% of voters have not read the recommendations made by the bi-partisan […]

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Culture

Let’s Be Honest About Entitlements

(Photo by Melody Stader)  Written by Ty Morton, local Muncie resident. I frequently hear the word “entitlement” thrown around, especially lately, and its repetition has given me an insight.First of all, most people use the word incorrectly. The only actual entitlement programs provided by the government are Social Security and Medicare, and they are aptly […]

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Republicans Vote to Block Transparency on Political Ads

Republicans Vote to Block Transparency on Political Ads by Justin Elliott, ProPublica The opponents of a new rule to post political ad information online have opened up another front in a long-running fight, inserting language into an appropriations bill that would bar the Federal Communications Commission from implementing the transparency measure. The FCC voted in […]

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Big Money Over Health

When we choose our representatives that go to Washington, we expect them to carry out the difficult decisions of negotiating policies that benefit “we the people”. While protecting and creating jobs are important to our economy, nobody can argue that our growth at a global level is imposing forces to change those systems that do […]

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Investing in Our Future

As a political scientist and entrepreneurship professor interested in economic development in this region, I speak with a lot of local and state politicians of both parties.  It may surprise you in this polarized environment that I hear a solid consensus among Democratic and Republican politicians alike when it comes to public spending. Most politicians […]