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trump cnn2 5“Fake news” has gone by different names since the Industrial Revolution made it possible to print large numbers of papers using rotary presses. At the turn of the 20th century it was called “Yellow Journalism,” (after a partisan yellow cartoon character), and stemmed from a circulation battle between William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer, both newspaper publishers. The conflict helped, in part, to muster public opinion in favor of the Spanish American War as the two press titans fought for readers with sensationalized coverage.

trumptweetmediaThe following is my quick response to a Facebook Post promoting a recently released video pushed by Donald Trump to justify his presidency that the media is the enemy of the people.

tauzin brownWill the Obamacare replacement plans survive?  Should they?

Will Republicans and Democrats ever stop the hostilities?  Should they?

Is Donald Trump helping or hurting the Republican Party?  How have things changed in Congress and in the Louisiana legislature over the years?

fiscal gop cliffTo Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards’ invitation to share in blame for his tax-and-spend agenda, Louisiana’s legislative Republicans should demur.

Edwards recently announced that he might forgo a special session of the Legislature under certain conditions. An additional meeting outside of the 2018 regular session prior to the end of the fiscal year is widely anticipated to address the disappearance of temporary taxes by then, at current spending levels leaving a gap of about $1.2 billion.

bipartby Stephen Waguespack, President and CEO of Louisiana Association of Business and Industry

For generations, Americans have peacefully disagreed amongst themselves about the direction of the country. At times, fights have escalated over some of those disagreements. Thankfully though, our commonalities with our fellow countrymen have usually overruled many of our differences, bringing us back together, in the end, to rally around the greater good of our country.

cassidyby Lou Gehrig Burnett, Publisher of Fax-Net

    The Senate’s repeal of Obamacare, crafted in secret without public input by 11 senators, is in trouble.  Five senators are now saying they cannot support the legislation.
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can afford to lose only two GOP members and still  prevail. The five are U.S. Sens. Ron Johnson of  Wisconsin, Mike Lee of Utah, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ted Cruz of Texas, and Dean Heller of Nevada.

jindal landrieuFor the next year, the citizens of New Orleans will be given the Bobby Jindal treatment. This is what happens when an elected leader takes a national political position and ignores the needs of the voters that elected him to office and instead focuses on his selfish political ambitions. 

capitol dcToday, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards issued this letter to U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy urging them to oppose the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). Below is background information and link to the letter.

gerryDespite a weak attempt to show otherwise, partisan gerrymandering above any minor influence does not exist relative to Congress, although whether it could in Louisiana’s Legislature is difficult to ascertain.


doublespeakCalling it doublespeak is perhaps way too kind in explaining Donald Trump’s latest revelation.

Monday, 26 June 2017 07:57
Obama's silence put Trump in White House
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Tcuomo manafortruth always outs. It was Obama, not the Russians, who put Donald Trump in the White House. The Washington Post, which detailed the ex-President’s plot to elect Trump, just whipped up a perfectly fake alibi to the persistent, scurrilous, allegations that Trump took unfair advantage to secure the Oval Office: “He didn’t care, why should I?”

mitch mcconnellDemocrats have complained about the speed of the Republican Senate healthcare bill set for a vote before the July 4 recess. Minutes after a 140 page draft appeared House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer were at the microphones condemning. It was a very quick read even for the fastest speed-reader.

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mass2On July 4, 1778, George Washington doubled liquor rations for the soldiers quartered in Princeton, NJ, as a way to celebrate Independence Day. It’s fitting, therefore, that the Fourth of July is America's top-selling beer holiday, according to the Beer Institute. It estimated, in 2013, that sales of beer on the 4th could total $1 billion, doubtlessly higher today. “In moderation,” claims a CA brewery investor, Grover McKean, “beer is tasty and healthy.” Who could disagree?

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joe mikaAs Donald Trump faces the top world leaders this week, including a face-time with Vladimir Putin, and as his healthcare proposals face an uphill climb, his poll numbers for how the nation views him could be better.

According to a morning Consult/Politico poll released Wednesday morning, his tweets, including that against MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski, and his personality are not helping him, at all.

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indy dayII know the calendar says we are approaching the 4th of July, but, it just doesn’t feel like Independence Day.

Perhaps it should.  It’s hot as heck.  The airlines have been packed. The hot dogs are ready for grilling.  The umps are saying, "play ball". The patriotic activities are scheduled. The fireworks are ready-for-blasting. 

Yet, it just doesn’t feel like independence day.

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bill rights2To President Thomas Jefferson, July 4th celebrated more than the signing of the Declaration of Independence. He thought it was a link to the future. The message prominent colonists sent to King George III led to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, the initial and most prominent feature of which is the First Amendment that guarantees free speech. It’s part of the country’s fundamental essence that each man and woman can say what they feel about government, or anything else, proving President Donald Trump needs some civics lessons.

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