Barack obama

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The Forum: Two inaugurations summon two very different emotions

Published Jan. 20, 2017

Last week, President Barack Obama gave his farewell speech to the nation. A few days ago, I watched his last press conference. The era of #44 is officially over. The inauguration of Donald J. Trump is in effect. Everything is different now.

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Why would a man with Obamacare celebrate the end of the ACA?

Published Jan. 17, 2017

Cognitive dissonance is what happens when you have conflicting information streams mingling in your brain. It's also a part of the reason why people with ACA coverage are excited for the repeal of Obamacare and other conflicting political opinions.

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The return of the political whistle swallowers

Published Jan. 11, 2017

Sports may be the birthplace of the phrase "swallowing their whistles," but it's far from the only place where it happens. After an eight year hiatus, critics of presidential politics are beginning to make their triumphant return to the arena.

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The Forum: How Hillary lost Wisconsin

Published Nov. 30, 2016

Welcome to America 2.0, the pre-civil rights redux. The World According to Trump. The worst upset in modern presidential history? Actually, quite the opposite. This election was the simplest of clichƩs.

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A conspiracy theorist's case for Hillary Clinton

Published Oct. 10, 2016

When it comes to conspiracy theorists, I'm not going to try to change your mind with so-called "facts" but rather with reasons why your beliefs actually make Hillary Clinton the better choice - or at least a plausible choice - for your vote.

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Here's a test Newt Gingrich can give Muslims

Published July 19, 2016

Last week, Newt Gingrich said we should test every person of Muslim background here and deport them if they believe in Sharia law. Well, OnMilwaukee's resident school teacher Jay Bullock decided to get to work on writing up that test for him.

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Like president, like passer? Obama says he's like Aaron Rodgers

Published Nov. 17, 2015

This morning, GQ published an interview between former Grantland head and future HBO sports talking head Bill Simmons and President Obama, and one part - concerning what sports figure the current president views himself as - will catch Packer Nation's ear.

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The race for president of the Delusional Party

Published Sept. 23, 2015

It's a truism in American politics that everyone believes the other side is completely nuts. Delusional. Certain about facts that just simply don't exist. This is a simplification, sure, but it's also kind of a meta-statement about a different serious problem in American politics, which is the myth of "balance," an insistence that "both sides do it." But both sides don't do it. The fact is that only one political party right now seems to exist in a world of fantasy and delusion.

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Clarke's ideas about ending gun violence contain some truths

Published April 16, 2015

Sheriff David Clarke is the darling of the far right and he is a favorite of the Fox News Network. But amidst all the bluster there are some truths to be discovered when he talks about the epidemic of black violence in Milwaukee.