The political divide between rural and urban America is more cultural than it is economic, rooted in rural residents’ deep misgivings about the nation’s rapidly changing demographics, their sense that Christianity is under siege and their perception that the federal government caters most to the needs of people in big cities, according to a wide-ranging poll that examines cultural attitudes across the United States. The Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation survey of nearly 1,700 Americans — including more than 1,000 adults living in rural areas and small towns — finds deep-seated kinship in rural America, coupled with a stark sense of
James “Tommy” Hodgkinson must not have seen the signs. They were hard to miss in the Alexandria, Virginia, neighborhood known as Del Ray where he gunned down Republicans playing baseball. “Practice Kindness” yard signs are ubiquitous in Del Ray. If he did see the signs, Hodgkinson must not have taken them very seriously. Del Ray prides itself on being a diverse and progressive neighborhood. In 2016, Hillary got 4,549 votes in Del Ray and Trump just 883. Another house (with a United Nations flag and a “Proud Democrat” sign) a few blocks from the baseball diamond has a “Little Free Library,” a birdhouse-shaped
The Illinois official responsible for paying the state´s bills is warning that new court orders mean her office must pay out more each month than Illinois receives in revenue. Comptroller Susana Mendoza must prioritize what gets paid as Illinois nears its third year without a state budget. A mix of state law, court orders and pressure from credit rating agencies requires some items be paid first. Those include debt and pension payments, state worker paychecks and some school funding. Mendoza says a recent court order regarding money owed for Medicaid bills means mandated payments will eat up 100 percent of
Ten earthquakes just north of Harrison, Arkansas, in the past five days? Blame it on nearby Bull Shoals Lake, swollen by spring floods. The lake, which straddles the Missouri-Arkansas border, has risen 42 feet since the first of March, adding more than 6 trillion pounds of water weight to the lake basin. That crushing weight triggered a 3.6-magnitude earthquake north of Harrison on Sunday and at least nine more in the following days, according to David Johnston, earthquake geologist with the Arkansas Geological Survey. Please split headlines more than 6 words long.
ALEXANDRIA, Va.- For three months, James T. Hodgkinson lived out of a white cargo van in a gentrified neighborhood just miles from where U.S. laws are made. Fellow YMCA patrons saw him there most mornings working on his laptop. One bartender said he spent many evenings quietly sipping cans of Budweiser by himself. The Bernie Sanders supporter told his wife he had an interest in tax policy, and he sold his Harley motorcycle and home inspection business before making the trip in March. By Tuesday, he seemed ready to come home, asking a mechanic to make sure his tires would survive
A freeway exit sign for Crooked Hill Road in New York was defaced to read "Crooked Hillary," according to reports. Photos of the sign reportedly appeared on social media on Wednesday showing the green signs bearing President Trump´s token nickname for the 2016 Democratic candidate on Sagtikos Parkway. (Photo/Tweet) The sign was reported on Wednesday morning to the State Department of Transportation on and fixed the same day, a DOT spokesperson told Newsday. The president used the term this past Thursday when he alleged Hillary Clinton covered her tracks of corruption in multiple ways. (Tweet)
A Time Warner shareholder accused CNN of acting like it was the part the “resistance” movement against President Donald Trump. “I’m inquiring about CNN’s bias and our return on investment,” shareholder David Almasi reportedly told Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes during Thursday’s annual shareholders meeting. “Half the American public—which includes potential and current CNN viewers—voted for Trump last November and supports his agenda. CNN acts as if it is part of the anti-Trump resistance.” According to the Hollywood Reporter, “about half of the 300 people” at the annual shareholders meeting “applauded” Almasi while “several others later approached” him to “thank
When the Berlin Wall fell and the Soviet Union collapsed, Americans breathed a sigh of relief that the sun seemed to be setting on communism and its dictatorships. Although Fidel Castro and a few others clung to power, communism and its close sister socialism proved to be failed systems. History demonstrates conclusively that totalitarian governments have a limited shelf-life because they do not work. An alphabet of nations from Afghanistan to Yugoslavia had their fling with communism, only to realize that Marxism is a lie. It is a radical departure from truth and the reality of human nature.
Authorities in London said Saturday that 58 people are missing and presumed dead from this week´s fire disaster at a London high-rise tower. The update from police came as Prime Minster Theresa May met for more than two hours with survivors of the high-rise fire at her office at 10 Downing Street. May has faced a barrage of criticism for the government´s initial response to the tragedy that authorities had initially said left at least 30 dead inside the Grenfell Tower. "The figure of 58 are those who are missing and that we have to presume are dead," said Commander Stuart Cundy, a
A national campaign focusing on tax reform is being launched to urge lawmakers on the Hill to craft reform legislation that would bring jobs back to America. The Job Creators Network and FreedomWorks have come together to host events in 15 cities across the United States to address the issue. "The Job Creators Network and FreedomWorks are partnering to hold events all over the country that are prompting lawmakers to address the tax burden that is levied onto our nation´s small businesses," said Elaine Parker, president of the Job Creators Network Foundation. "By uniting job creators and their employees in
The captain of the stricken USS Fitzgerald was among those injured during the collision of the warship with a 29,000 ton cargo vessel on Friday as the US Navy said that up to seven missing sailors could be trapped in the mangled wreck. (Snip)The guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald suffered severe damage when the container ship ACX Crystal – which is four times the size of the naval vessel – plowed into it at 2.30am local time. Aerial footage shows the crushed exterior of the 9,000 ton $1.5billion destroyer which is commanded by Commander Bryce Benson, who took over in
Democrats looking for new blood to revitalize their party are taking a close look at New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who is suddenly being discussed as a dark-horse presidential nominee. After delivering a powerful speech last month on the removal of Confederate monuments from his city, Landrieu made national headlines and won praise from Democratic strategists looking for ways to ignite hope in their party. (Snip) Landrieu´s family is considered Louisiana royalty. His father, Moon Landrieu, also served as mayor of New Orleans and also as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. His sister, Mary Landrieu (D-La.) served in the
Pop the champagne corks, set off the fireworks, former FBI Director, James Comey nixed the "Russian collusion." (snip)How did we get here? Well, let´s give credit where credit´s due: the left has its ducks in a row. Leftists are carrying out a carefully planned, well executed plot to take control of our government. Oh, it´s not soldiers bursting through the White House gates to forcefully remove the president, or, as the left says, not yet. No, they´re using a form of behavior therapy, systematic desensitization, to numb the American people to their insurgence. Systematic desensitization is a technique used to treat phobias.
Yesterday’s news, aside from the usual Trump obstructing, colluding, and making money on his investments, included a ship collision. As described by ABC, a “Navy destroyer collides with container ship off coast of Japan.” NBC had a similar headline, “Navy destroyer collides with ship off Japan.” (snip)The headlines, by saying the US Navy ship collided with the Japanese container ship, imply that the Navy ship hit the container ship.What do the pictures say? This first photo is of the US Navy destroyer.
The distinguished political scientist Angelo Codevilla coined the ominous term “cold civil war” to describe America’s precarious condition, adding, “Statesmanship’s first task is to prevent it from turning hot.” The attempted massacre June this week June 14 of Republican Congressmen and their staff by a deranged partisan of Sen. Bernie Sanders turned up the heat a notch, but it would be mistaken to attribute much importance to this dreadful outburst of left-wing rage. The augury of American fracture will not be street violence, but a constitutional crisis implicating virtually the whole of America’s governing caste. The shock troops in the
THE CIRCLE and Hammersmith and City Tube lines were closed today over safety fears Grenfell Tower could collapse. London Underground bosses reportedly closed down the Circle and Hammersmith and City lines in the wake of the fire. The Hammersmith and City Line has been suspended between Edgware Road and Hammersmith due to the blaze four days ago, Transport for London said. The devastating fire in North Kensington, West London, is close to both lines which have stations in the area. TFL bosses were prompted to close the tube lines in a bid to ensure public safety. Coupled with planned engineering work, the safety
The Queen has marked her official birthday with the famous Trooping the Colour ceremony, as she acknowledged the "succession of terrible tragedies" in recent weeks. A minute´s silence was held at the beginning of the parade for the victims of the Grenfell Tower block fire. Members of the Royal family watched the centuries-old military spectacle of might and splendour marching on Horse Guard´s Parade. The event is an important day in the Armed Forces´ calendar where the families and friends of the officers and soldiers on parade, proudly watch the ceremony. Along with the Grenfell Tower fire - which has left at
TAMPA — The second coming of the Rev. Henry J. Lyons was not as celebrated or lucrative as his previous life. The one-time leader of the largest black Baptist organization in America — toppled by infidelities and imprisoned on fraud charges — has kept a relatively low profile while running a century-old church in Hillsborough County the last dozen years. Lyons no longer has the ear of the President of the United States, and his empire does not include the same luxuries as during his heyday in St. Petersburg in the 1990s. Yet the final, uncomfortable hours of Lyons´ reign at New
CITIES could begin to start running out of fresh water in less than ten years, experts warn, as fears grow for the global population. Researchers have issued a stark warning that 2024 could spell the end of the absolute necessity that is fresh water for some northern hemisphere cities. Iqaluit, in eastern Canada, is earmarked as the first area which will run dry in just seven years time, a study by York University has found. Increasing demand on the supply coupled with crippling climate change is seeing residents facing a bleak future. Various methods are being suggested in an attempt to address the
WASHINGTON – Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday introduced legislation that would automatically register voters who transmit information to state and federal agencies, potentially adding 50 million new voters around the country. In introducing the legislation on the House Floor, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) discussed Shelby County v. Holder, a 2013 Supreme Court decision that struck down certain aspects of the 1965 Voting Rights Act and eliminated the need for nine states to seek federal approval for altering voting laws. Central to the decision was the debate over racial discrimination through polling laws. Controversial voting laws in Texas and South Carolina went into effect
Fifteen Iraqi men, women and children were rescued from the back of a stifling hot lorry and the driver was arrested on suspicion of facilitating illegal immigration today. Drivers travelling along the A22 this morning/yesterday morning noticed the migrants waving out the back of the lorry and flagged down the driver who then pulled over, police said. A spokesman for Sussex Police said: ´The driver pulled over in a bus stop close to the junction with Dorset Avenue, East Grinstead, Sussex, and emergency services assisted in the release of 13 men, two women and a child, all believed to be Iraqi nationals,
Competition: Consumer groups are challenging Amazon´s buying Whole Foods on antitrust grounds. They have it wrong. This isn´t a case of a monopolist gobbling up a competitor, but an innovator trying to stay one step ahead of the competition. The same day that Amazon announced its plans to acquire the struggling Whole Foods grocery store chain for $13.7 billion, Wal-Mart announced that it was buying online menswear company Bonobos for $310 million. While the prices are wildly different, both acquisitions are equally important. On the one hand, Amazon is making clear that it needs a presence in the real world to keep
Tokyo - Seven US sailors are missing and the commanding officer of a US destroyer is among the injured after the warship collided with a merchant ship off the coast of Japan, the US Navy said.The guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald suffered severe damage to its starboard side."The collision affected Fitzgerald´s forward starboard side above and below the water line, causing significant damage and associated flooding to two berthing spaces, a machinery space, and the radio room," according to a statement from US 7th Fleet. The statement hinted that the missing sailors could be trapped in the damaged area of the
Being rich is more pleasant than not being rich for many reasons, one of which is that the more money you have, the less society´s rules and obligations weigh on you. You slide through life using your wealth and connections to avoid the hassles and complications that occupy ordinary people, seldom having your choices impeded by what others or even the government demand of you. In theory the rules apply to everyone, but in practice there are almost always ways around them that are only available to a few. A wealthy person with a powerful conscience and moral foundation can avoid
In a video earlier this week, Hillary Clinton seemed to compare herself, or at the very least her values, to Wonder Woman — and I’m just not sure what in the fresh hell she could possibly be talking about. “Something tells me that a movie about a strong, powerful woman fighting to save the world from a massive international disaster is right up my alley,” Hillary Clinton said in the 95-second video message at the Women in Film Los Angeles’ Crystal + Lucy Awards on Tuesday night in Beverly Hills. Now, Hillary Clinton certainly did have a pretty high opinion
Despite being the early first quarter, many are calling Team Trump’s game over already. Of course, many booing loudest hope Trump loses and wishes their team were in there. From both sides of the stadium, what these far from unbiased observers miss are the many facets of the game and long time remaining in it. In Washington, politics is sport, and in American sports, football is king. The gridiron therefore makes the perfect metaphor for a president’s performance. For his very vocal critics, Trump has started with a bad game plan and badly executed plays, resulting in a series of unforced