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The perils of trying to accommodate both sides

Manchin in the middle

Senator Manchin sees himself as the man in the middle looking for compromise to solve the problems that perplex the country. His view of Washington puts him between the increasingly conservative Republican Party whose strength in the state has been growing and his own Democratic Party which he sees as out of touch with everyday West . . .

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April 26, 2017

Manchin, Trump and Breitbart (With 4/24 update)

Background checks?

Which is do you think is more likely to happen?

  • A. President Trump relocates his tie factory in West Virginia

  • B. President Trump signs expanded background checks on the public and private sale of guns

I realize that even with Trump's unpredictable record so far, both are longshots. That said, I think a tie . . .

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April 22, 2017

What's Senator Joe been doing?

On the role of Bernie Sanders in the Democratic Party

Manchin wants Sanders to help with protests at town hall meetings

While Republicans have garnered most of the attention with their town hall meetings, some Democrats have also had to deal with protests at their meetings. As the Washington Post reported:

But . . .

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February 25, 2017

Myer lectures us on the Constitution

Yes, this material will be on the next test

Most of today's Mike Myer column, "Celebrate, Defend Constitution," is a Myer civics lesson on the Constitution which he calls "a virtual blueprint for our government." Along the way he knocks liberals (it's required in all Myer columns) for suggesting that the document needs to adapt to a changing world. No, as a . . .

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September 17, 2016

More fact-checking

Trump's "twisted facts" and "false claims"

More and more news sources are fact-checking major policy addresses. Obviously, Donald Trump's acceptance speech meets that criteria and a simple Google search will yield a number of fact-checking sources. Historically one of the better ones for thoroughness and documentation, in my estimation, has been the Annenberg Public Policy . . .

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July 22, 2016

Another contemptible editorial

With no proof, we are told that Hillary Clinton wants to "scrap the Second Amendment"

Here is the key paragraph from this morning's editorial:

Clinton has been accused of wanting to scrap the Second Amendment entirely.

Accused by whom? The NRA? How about just one source as evidence? And couldn't we see just one Clinton quotation that indicates that she wants to "scrap the Second . . .

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July 08, 2016

Manchin and McKinley deal with gun control and due process

Joe Manchin

Last week West Virginia's Senator Joe Manchin took the lead in this year's "dumbest statement by a Democrat" competition. (Donald Trump has already won the award on the Republican side -- the only suspense surrounds which of many possible statements will win it for him.) Manchin was asked about the . . .

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June 25, 2016

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