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“Your Huddled Masses, Yearning to Breathe Free”

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By Dennis Reilly By the time you read this, most of those who comment on things political for a living will have moved on from analyzing the “earthquake” that was the defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the June 10 Republican primary in Virginia’s 7th District. All sorts of explanations for this quite unexpected result have been floated. ... Read More »

Cliven Bundy: Revolutionary or Criminal?

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By Dennis Riley Within minutes of Cliven Bundy’s decision to tell us a few things about “the negro,” he pretty much fell off the national radar screen. The guys dressed in fatigues and carrying assault weapons continued to defend him as a patriot standing up against an oppressive federal government, but most of the rest of us decided that there ... Read More »

Mind the Gap

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By Dennis Riley Remember Lily Ledbetter?  She’s the woman who worked for years at a Mitsubishi plant as a supervisor only to find out when one of her male counterparts retired that she had been being paid much less than those male counterparts ever since she got the job.  She sued and the Supreme Court surprised nearly everybody when it ... Read More »

America the (Diversely) Beautiful

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By Dennis Riley Coca Cola is not normally thought of as a company that sets people’s teeth on edge with bold or provocative commercials.  But Coke’s February 2 Super Bowl ad seemed to have teeth on edge, noses out of joint, and knickers in a twist, all at once.  It is hard to know if frenetic activity on Twitter and ... Read More »

The Pope, the President, and the Progressives

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By Dennis Riley I don’t know if America’s Superrich, Almost Superrich, Regular Run of the Mill Rich, or Merely Aspire to be Rich have been feeling extra nervous the past few weeks, but the two men who hold the arguably most powerful megaphones in the world – the Pope and the President of the United States – have forcefully questioned ... Read More »

Rocky Roller Coaster Rollout

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By Dennis Riley Rocky is probably the kindest word that has been applied to the rollout of the Affordable Care Act during these last two months. The image that comes to my mind is that of a roller coaster, a roller coaster composed of blue cars and red cars. The people in the blue cars are screaming. Their screams sound ... Read More »

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