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David Vines

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The Laboratory of Autocracy

(6) Comments | Posted April 28, 2011 | 8:51 AM

Since mid-February, much of the media's coverage of the working-class backlash against the Republican's radical state-level agenda has focused on Wisconsin's protests of Scott Walker's union-busing legislation. Unfortunately, the draconian policies being enacted by Michigan's newly-elected Governor Rick Snyder make Walker's power grabs seem timid by comparison.

Due to legislation...

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The Least Funny Prank Call Ever

(72) Comments | Posted February 24, 2011 | 10:01 AM

Most of reporter Ian Murphy's prank call to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was fairly innocuous. Governor Walker, who thought he was talking to billionaire Tea Party backer David Koch, laid out some of his strategies for luring the 14 missing Democratic state senators back to Wisconsin. His proposals included an...

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Millionaire Teachers and Bus Drivers Responsible for Wisconsin's Budget Deficit

(134) Comments | Posted February 22, 2011 | 11:17 AM

Protests against Scott Walker's union-busting Budget Repair Bill are entering their second week, and Madison's editorial pages are littered with opinions about both the bill and the protesters themselves. On Monday, The Daily Cardinal--one of the University of Wisconsin's two student dailies--ran this little gem written by junior...

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Protesters Stay Overnight at Wisconsin State Capitol

(114) Comments | Posted February 16, 2011 | 9:21 AM

For the last two days, protestors have been marching on the Wisconsin State Capitol, protesting Governor Scott Walker's new union-busting budget proposal. Last night, a public forum was held and protesters got a chance to speak inside the Capitol to let their voices be heard. As of early Wednesday morning,...

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Wisconsin Republicans Really Don't Want Me to Vote

(82) Comments | Posted February 15, 2011 | 12:36 PM

The Wisconsin State Assembly has been under Republican control for a month now and our representatives have been working relentlessly on the one issue that got them elected: Jobs, jobs, jobs.

Nah, I'm kidding that's not what they've been doing at all.

First, newly elected Governor Scott Walker

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Making Voting Easier for Every American

(15) Comments | Posted November 9, 2010 | 4:21 PM

After the "shellacking" the Democrats received on Tuesday they will most certainly have to rethink their legislative priorities. With Joe Barton, the man who famously apologized to BP after the oil spill, set to be the head of the House Energy Committee, the Democrats will probably have to...

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Barack Rallies the Badgers

(14) Comments | Posted September 29, 2010 | 3:34 PM

MADISON, WISCONSIN -- An estimated 30,000 students and supporters crammed in and around Library Mall on Tuesday to watch President Obama become the first sitting president to speak at the University of Wisconsin-Madison since 1950. Those who weren't lucky enough to get into the mall spread out across Bascom Hill,...

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Incredible Planes From The Future (PHOTOS)

(120) Comments | Posted August 2, 2010 | 8:55 AM

How will flying as we know it look in the future? Imagine a personal plane that fits one person only, or jets that fly by flapping their wings.

According to these incredible concepts for the planes of the future, the next generation of air travel is likely to be more...

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God Underground

(2) Comments | Posted July 16, 2010 | 4:41 PM

"You know, I should really put up a sign here: Information and Salvation," Brother Sam says with a chuckle after a short Indian man stops to ask him where he can catch the E train. Without skipping a beat or looking at a map, Sam tells him...

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Here Lies Willets Point

(0) Comments | Posted February 23, 2010 | 11:15 AM

Daniel Sambucci opened up shop in Willets Point fifty-nine years ago. Across the street from him sat a pond where his kids would skate when it froze over in the winter. Now when Sambucci, 79, looks across the street from 126 36th Avenue, he finds himself under the ominous shadow...

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Upholding the Constitution

(33) Comments | Posted December 24, 2009 | 2:58 PM

'Twas ten nights before Christmas, 1791
the Bill of Rights was ratified, the deed it was done.
The amendments were placed in the Constitution with care,
In hopes a great nation soon would be there.

I'm sorry for the cutesy poem, as this is a serious subject....

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Clemency for Huckabee

(19) Comments | Posted December 13, 2009 | 4:44 PM

Earlier this month, former Arkansas Governor and 2012 presidential hopeful, Mike Huckabee, saw his political career flash before his eyes.

Shortly after four police officers were murdered in Lakewood, Washington, reports surfaced that Maurice Clemmons might be the man responsible. Within hours of the incident, the media ran with...

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If It Were Me, I'd Be Embarrassed

(713) Comments | Posted November 21, 2009 | 12:50 PM

It's nice to see that even after the election, conservatives are still playing the "liberal gotcha media" card every time they expose themselves as being shamefully ignorant regarding the issues they care about most.

Last Wednesday, a media firestorm erupted after a seventeen-year-old girl named Jackie was interviewed by MSNBC's...

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Our Generation's Defining Struggle

(36) Comments | Posted October 13, 2009 | 10:40 AM

Regretfully, for all of its freedom, liberties, and economic opportunities, America's blood has been poisoned by hypocrisy since the time of our nation's conception.

Slavery was our first cancer. It is our original sin. And although slavery was never mentioned directly in the Constitution, the three-fifths compromise sticks out like...

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Hope for a Compromise Is Dead

(2) Comments | Posted September 18, 2009 | 12:54 PM

Earlier this week, Max Baucus, Democrat and chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, released his bipartisan attempt at a health care bill. From the moment it hit the Senate floor, the Baucus Plan was bipartisanly hated.

Baucus is a man who has received millions of dollars from the health care...

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No Excuses

(5) Comments | Posted September 9, 2009 | 2:41 PM

At the end of a brutal month of August, marked by tumultuous town hall meetings, citizens packing heat at presidential events, and virtually no progress on health care, Democrats have understandably become frustrated and cynical. After spending much of my summer in 2008 working to help get then-Senator Obama elected...

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Don't Stoop to Conquer

(8) Comments | Posted August 26, 2009 | 4:23 PM

As a high school student with serious interests in journalism and politics, cable news has fascinated me for quite some time. Some of what we see on the news has merit, but most of it I find far more disturbing than informative.

Now, I am a fairly liberal guy. I...

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The Healthcare Goldfish

(8) Comments | Posted August 11, 2009 | 3:34 PM

For better or for worse (probably the latter) Rush Limbaugh manages to garner a lot of press from the so-called "liberal media" thanks to the hate and incoherent venom he spews every day on his talk radio program. Over the last few days I have made a pledge to spend...

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A Town Hall Meeting, New York Style

(3) Comments | Posted August 7, 2009 | 1:30 PM

It's unfortunate but generally true that most people, even the most informed political junkies, do not know who their state senator is. State senate activities usually fly quietly under the radar until power struggles, and shortly thereafter, weed, emerge and combine to make the kind of news...

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Major League Stress Test

(4) Comments | Posted July 16, 2009 | 4:26 PM

On March 29, I read a snippet of news that I had never seen before. This was a rare piece of baseball-related information that truly shocked me. The headline read:

Dontrelle Willis on DL with Anxiety Disorder


I had never heard of an athlete being deactivated for any type...

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