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Harvey, Houston and Flood Insurance

As I’m watching our neighbor city to the South be inundated by record breaking rains from hurricane Harvey, PBS NewsHour, As Harvey floods Texas, Congress due to debate insurance program that’s underwater, Aug 29, 2017 A vast majority of Texas homeowners in areas under water from Tropical Storm Harvey lack flood insurance, and how to …

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#MAGA: Cutting FEMA to Build a Border Wall

Chicago Tribune Republicans are eyeing deep cuts to disaster relief to pay for Trump’s wall. A proposed $876 billion cut to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which falls under the Department of Homeland Security, would help finance large portions of a wall along the southern border. Congressional Republicans are reportedly considering the idea as part …

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Free State of Jones

Smithsonian We watched Free State of Jones starring one of my favorite Austinites, Matthew McConaughey, Friday night. I really, really wanted to like this movie, which is probably why its meh presentation frustrated and disappointed me so thoroughly. It’s slow in places. The film makes some unexpected turns and time jumps that leave the audience …

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James Comey Gave the Election to Donald Trump

From Robert Reich’s Facebook wall comes this, today, nearly seven months after the election, NPR: Sanders Voters About 12 percent of Bernie Sanders’s supporters in the Democratic primary crossed party lines and voted for Donald Trump in the general election, according to a new analysis.  In several key states — Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan — …

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Best Eclipse Ever, Obama With an Orange Halo

Politico There are now 2 Donald Trumps – Teleprompter Trump and Tantrum Trump. Teleprompter Trump, who almost sounds presidential, isn’t the real Donald. He’s the person reading from a teleprompter words written for him by aides and Cabinet appointees. We saw Teleprompter Trump Monday night talking about Afghanistan and yesterday talking about veterans. Tantrum Trump …

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Turkey Will Never Accept an Independent Kurdistan

PBS Newshour Turkey was always going to oppose the Kurds. The government in Turkey opposed a free Kurdistan in Iraq. Syria is going to be the same. Turkey will not accept Kurdish autonomous region next door. That simply isn’t going to happen. There is bad blood there that goes back almost as long as the …

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Afghanistan Plans?

PBS NewsHour What we need is to embark on nation building as we did after WWII. We destroyed Afghanistan’s government. At least, whatever was left of it after the USSR and the subsequent civil war destroyed most of the rest of that country. We have to make it right or it will just fester again …

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Everything You Need to Know About Ken Paxton

Dallas News Ken Paxton thinks any attempt to accurately represent the will of the full population of the State of Texas is outrageous because he knows that such a vote would not only unseat him and his White Nationalist cronies currently running the state. Attorney General Ken Paxton today asked the 5th U.S. Circuit Court …

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Repossessing Our Culture

Stonekettle “OUR” culture is represented by monuments to the Confederacy, says Trump. The Confederacy, a loosely organized short-lived nation dedicated to the ideal of absolute white supremacy centered around the long defunct Antebellum ideal of agricultural feudalism lorded over by a handful of fabulously wealthy elites. “THEY” are … who? In this scenario, who is …

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Monuments to Traitors

NBC Statues of Confederate figures are coming down all over the country, but the names of generals who fought for the South during the Civil War remain on U.S. military bases.Ten Army posts in the South are named for Confederate officers — including the nation’s largest, Fort Bragg in North Carolina. It’s named for Gen. …

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