Dear Mouffe, Stick To Theory

Dear Mouffe, Stick To Theory Mouffe believes that a Liberal Democracy creates a paradox that can be solved by keeping the democratic aspects of society, but getting rid of the political ones. In other words, he advocates for a direct democracy. He calls this “agonistic pluralism.” While I don’t think that a perfect form of … Continue reading Dear Mouffe, Stick To Theory

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Opinion: GOP Should Appease Sen. Flake With Pointless Mueller Bill

Opinion: GOP Should Appease Sen. Flake With Pointless Mueller Bill By Shauli Bar-On Last updated Nov 30, 2018   GOP Sen. Jeff Flake from Arizona has successfully blocked all of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees. Flake said this month that he would oppose all of President Trump’s nominees until a bill to protect special counsel Robert Mueller is passed. An effort to pass … Continue reading Opinion: GOP Should Appease Sen. Flake With Pointless Mueller Bill

Opinion: Shutting Down Government Over Border Wall Funding Would Backfire For GOP

Opinion: Shutting Down Government Over Border Wall Funding Would Backfire For GOP By Shauli Bar-On Last updated Nov 29, 2018   President Donald Trump said Tuesday he would “totally be willing” to shut down the government over border wall funding in an interview with POLITICO. The Department of Homeland Security previously said they would need to allot $5 billion for the border wall. … Continue reading Opinion: Shutting Down Government Over Border Wall Funding Would Backfire For GOP

Sen. Amy Klobuchar ‘Thinking About’ A 2020 Presidential Run

Sen. Amy Klobuchar ‘Thinking About’ A 2020 Presidential Run By Shauli Bar-On Last updated Nov 27, 2018   Minnesota Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar revealed Sunday she is considering a 2020 run for president. “People are talking to me about this I think in part because I worked really hard to go not just where it’s comfortable but where it’s … Continue reading Sen. Amy Klobuchar ‘Thinking About’ A 2020 Presidential Run

Kasich ‘Very Seriously’ Considering Challenging Trump In 2020

Kasich ‘Very Seriously’ Considering Challenging Trump In 2020 By Shauli Bar-On Last updated Nov 26, 2018   Former presidential candidate John Kasich has hinted he might try his luck again in the 2020 election. Appearing on ABC News’ “This Week,” Kasich told George Stephanopoulos he was “very seriously” considering a third run for president in 2020. Kasich previously sought the Republican … Continue reading Kasich ‘Very Seriously’ Considering Challenging Trump In 2020

Dems Offer Trump Deal On Judicial Nominees

Dems Offer Trump Deal On Judicial Nominees By Shauli Bar-On Last updated Nov 21, 2018   Democrats are attempting to broker a deal that will give them more influence in confirming judicial nominees. The two Democratic California Senators, Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, who are both on the Senate Judiciary Committee, revealed Monday they have a proposal for President Donald Trump. … Continue reading Dems Offer Trump Deal On Judicial Nominees

16 Dems Pledge Not To Support Pelosi As Speaker Of The House

16 Dems Pledge Not To Support Pelosi As Speaker Of The House By Shauli Bar-On Last updated Nov 20, 2018   Despite losing control over the House of Representatives, Republicans are sitting back and enjoying the show of Democrats fighting over who the next Speaker of the House will be. Sixteen Democrats signed a letter Monday pledging not to … Continue reading 16 Dems Pledge Not To Support Pelosi As Speaker Of The House

Trump Accuses Democrats Of Collusion With Russia

Trump Accuses Democrats Of Collusion With Russia By Shauli Bar-On Last updated Nov 20, 2018   onservatives are unhappy with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe investigating the Trump administration and looking the other way despite allegations against the Hillary Clinton campaign. They say there are Democrats who worked with the Clinton campaign should be charged with election interference but … Continue reading Trump Accuses Democrats Of Collusion With Russia

Trump: Countries Must Pay The U.S. For Military Protection

Trump: Countries Must Pay The U.S. For Military Protection By Shauli Bar-On Last updated Nov 20, 2018   The Washington Times reports that defense officials and diplomats engaged in talks with South Korea last week, urging the U.S. ally to front more money in support of U.S. troops stationed in South Korea. The negotiations of what has been dubbed the “Special … Continue reading Trump: Countries Must Pay The U.S. For Military Protection

The Bar-On Brief: Free speech rights must extend to all groups, not just agreeable ones

The Bar-On Brief: Free speech rights must extend to all groups, not just agreeable ones By SHAULI BAR-ON November 20, 2018 in Columns, Opinion   This past weekend, USC’s crosstown rival UCLA hosted a national conference for the Students for Justice in Palestine. Established in 2010, the organization advocates for the rights of Palestinians living in Israel, with over … Continue reading The Bar-On Brief: Free speech rights must extend to all groups, not just agreeable ones

Poll: 48 Percent Of Americans Think Media Is Biased Against Trump

Poll: 48 Percent Of Americans Think Media Is Biased Against Trump By Shauli Bar-On Last updated Nov 16, 2018   A new poll reveals just how divided Americans are regarding their opinions of the media’s coverage of President Donald Trump. A McLaughlin & Associates media survey released this week found that about half of Americans believe that the media is being … Continue reading Poll: 48 Percent Of Americans Think Media Is Biased Against Trump

FDA Announces Sweeping Regulations On Tobacco Industry

FDA Announces Sweeping Regulations On Tobacco Industry By Shauli Bar-On Last updated Nov 16, 2018   The Food and Drug Administration announced a proposal for new policies and regulations against the tobacco industry and e-cigarettes on Thursday. Among the regulations will be a ban on menthol cigarettes and a restriction on the sales of flavored e-cigarettes to convenience stores. FDA Commissioner … Continue reading FDA Announces Sweeping Regulations On Tobacco Industry

Judge Calls Florida ‘The Laughingstock Of The World’ Over Recount Troubles

Judge Calls Florida ‘The Laughingstock Of The World’ Over Recount Troubles By Shauli Bar-On Last updated Nov 16, 2018   t has been over a week since ballots were cast, yet Florida residents still do not know who their new senator for the upcoming term will be in the race between Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic incumbent Sen. … Continue reading Judge Calls Florida ‘The Laughingstock Of The World’ Over Recount Troubles

McConnell Denies Request To Vote On Mueller Protection Bill

McConnell Denies Request To Vote On Mueller Protection Bill By Shauli Bar-On Last updated Nov 15, 2018   A bipartisan effort in the Senate to speed up a vote on legislation to protect Robert Mueller from being fired failed Wednesday. The legislation, called The Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act, was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee in April and awaits a … Continue reading McConnell Denies Request To Vote On Mueller Protection Bill

Tucker Carlson Admits He Agrees With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Tucker Carlson Admits He Agrees With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez By Shauli Bar-On Last updated Nov 15, 2018   It looks like Fox News host Tucker Carlson and self-declared Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez actually agree on something. On his Tuesday show, Carlson admitted that Ocasio-Cortez “has a very good point” in criticizing New York for granting Amazon millions of dollars in … Continue reading Tucker Carlson Admits He Agrees With Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Fox News To File Amicus Brief In Support Of CNN Lawsuit Against Trump

Fox News To File Amicus Brief In Support Of CNN Lawsuit Against Trump By Shauli Bar-On Last updated Nov 15, 2018   Fox News said Wednesday it would file an amicus brief in support of CNN and Jim Acosta’s case against President Donald Trump and his administration. “FOX News supports CNN in its legal effort to regain its White House reporter’s … Continue reading Fox News To File Amicus Brief In Support Of CNN Lawsuit Against Trump

Woodward: CNN Took Trump’s Bait By Suing Over Jim Acosta

Woodward: CNN Took Trump’s Bait By Suing Over Jim Acosta By Shauli Bar-On Last updated Nov 14, 2018   CNN announced Tuesday they are suing President Donald Trump’s administration for revoking the press pass of their White House correspondent Jim Acosta. Esteemed Watergate investigative journalist Bob Woodward described CNN’s actions on Tuesday as “taking [Trump’s] bait.” “In the news … Continue reading Woodward: CNN Took Trump’s Bait By Suing Over Jim Acosta

Opinion: The Left Stays Silent When Israel Is Terrorized

Opinion: The Left Stays Silent When Israel Is Terrorized By Shauli Bar-On Last updated Nov 14, 2018   Palestinians in Gaza launched over 400 rockets Monday and Tuesday in an act of terrorism against the State of Israel. But the left-wing media and Democratic lawmakers have barely devoted any time to these acts of clear anti-Semitism. This is because covering the … Continue reading Opinion: The Left Stays Silent When Israel Is Terrorized

Former Clinton Adviser: Hillary Will Run Again

Former Clinton Adviser: Hillary Will Run Again By Shauli Bar-On Last updated Nov 14, 2018   A Wall Street Journal op-ed published on Monday is confident that Hillary Clinton will run for president again, despite her despite her recent claims that she does not want to. “Get ready for Hillary Clinton 4.0,” the op-ed, c-authored by former Clinton senior adviser Mark Penn and Democratic strategist … Continue reading Former Clinton Adviser: Hillary Will Run Again

Karl Rove Warns About GOP Loss In The Suburbs

Karl Rove Warns About GOP Loss In The Suburbs By Shauli Bar-On Last updated Nov 13, 2018   Karl Rove, Republican guru and former chief adviser to President George W. Bush, has some alarming news for Republicans in his analysis of the midterm election results. “We’ve got to be worried about what’s happening in the suburbs. We get wiped … Continue reading Karl Rove Warns About GOP Loss In The Suburbs

Kellyanne Conway: Shutting Down Mueller Investigation Would Be A Mistake

Kellyanne Conway: Shutting Down Mueller Investigation Would Be A Mistake By Shauli Bar-On Last updated Nov 13, 2018   Counselor to President Donald Trump Kellyanne Conway said Sunday that it would be a mistake to shutdown Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian collusion. “It would be a mistake to try to shut down the Mueller investigation in the … Continue reading Kellyanne Conway: Shutting Down Mueller Investigation Would Be A Mistake

Tucker Carlson Protest Witness Says Group Aims To ‘Unsettle And Frighten’

Tucker Carlson Protest Witness Says Group Aims To ‘Unsettle And Frighten’ By Shauli Bar-On Last updated Nov 13, 2018   A witness to the protest who gathered outside Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s house published an article Friday in which he describes the group’s intention. The protest, which was condemned by members of the media on both side of the … Continue reading Tucker Carlson Protest Witness Says Group Aims To ‘Unsettle And Frighten’

Larry King: ‘CNN Stopped Doing News A Long Time Ago’

Larry King: ‘CNN Stopped Doing News A Long Time Ago’ By Shauli Bar-On Last updated Nov 9, 2018   arry King, who hosted CNN’s longest-running program “Larry King Live” for 25 years, has some harsh criticism for the current content of his former employer. “CNN stopped doing news a long time ago,” he said Wednesday on RT America. “They … Continue reading Larry King: ‘CNN Stopped Doing News A Long Time Ago’

Dems Could Target Trump’s Tax Returns Or Threaten Impeachment

Dems Could Target Trump’s Tax Returns Or Threaten Impeachment By Shauli Bar-On Last updated Nov 9, 2018   Now that the Democrats control the House of Representatives, America officially is in a phase of divided government. While some are hopeful the divisions will force bipartisan efforts, others look to Democratic rhetoric to fear otherwise. President Donald Trump will be … Continue reading Dems Could Target Trump’s Tax Returns Or Threaten Impeachment

New Acting Attorney General Will Not Recuse Himself From Mueller Probe

New Acting Attorney General Will Not Recuse Himself From Mueller Probe By Shauli Bar-On Last updated Nov 9, 2018   Following Jeff Sessions’ resignation as attorney general on Wednesday, President Donald Trump has asked Sessions’ chief of staff Matt Whitaker to assume the role as acting AG. President Trump openly criticized Sessions on Twitter repeatedly. A great deal of … Continue reading New Acting Attorney General Will Not Recuse Himself From Mueller Probe

Trump Claims His Endorsement Of Pelosi Is Not ‘Sarcastic’

Trump Claims His Endorsement Of Pelosi Is Not ‘Sarcastic’ By Shauli Bar-On Last updated Nov 8, 2018     Following the Democrats taking control of the House in Tuesday’s election, President Trump took to Twitter to endorse Pelosi for the Speaker of the House role on Wednesday, saying that she “deserves” to be chosen by Democrats. Donald J. Trump … Continue reading Trump Claims His Endorsement Of Pelosi Is Not ‘Sarcastic’

Mitch McConnell: Congress Needs To Fix Healthcare Crisis

Mitch McConnell: Congress Needs To Fix Healthcare Crisis By Shauli Bar-On Last updated Nov 8, 2018   Recognizing the need to resolve the United States’ health care policy, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell indicated Wednesday Republicans will work with Democrats to get something done. “I don’t think anyone wants to stick with the status quo… I think the message is … Continue reading Mitch McConnell: Congress Needs To Fix Healthcare Crisis

Over 3,200 Caravan Migrants Give Up On Entering US

Over 3,200 Caravan Migrants Give Up On Entering US By Shauli Bar-On Last updated Nov 8, 2018   President Trump’s pressure is working. Over 3,200 caravan migrants traveling from Central America through Mexico en route to the United States have given up on their plan to enter the U.S., applying for refugee status in Mexico instead, the Mexican government … Continue reading Over 3,200 Caravan Migrants Give Up On Entering US

Dan Crenshaw, Mocked On ‘SNL,’ Wins House Race In Texas

Dan Crenshaw, Mocked On ‘SNL,’ Wins House Race In Texas By Shauli Bar-On Last updated Nov 7, 2018   Dan Crenshaw, the veteran who lost an eye from an IED blast in Afghanistan and whose appearance was ridiculed on “Saturday Night Live” last weekend, has won his House race for Texas’ 2nd Congressional District. In his victory speech Tuesday night, he … Continue reading Dan Crenshaw, Mocked On ‘SNL,’ Wins House Race In Texas

Ratio Of Unemployed Americans To Available Jobs Hits Record Low

Ratio Of Unemployed Americans To Available Jobs Hits Record Low By Shauli Bar-On Last updated Nov 7, 2018     he ratio of unemployed Americans compared to the number of available jobs has hit a record low, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced Tuesday. The data reported in the Bureau’s Job Opening and Labor Turnover Survey, which boasts the record-low ratio, … Continue reading Ratio Of Unemployed Americans To Available Jobs Hits Record Low

Trudeau Denies Trump’s Tariffs Played A Role In Trade Negotiations

Trudeau Denies Trump’s Tariffs Played A Role In Trade Negotiations By Shauli Bar-On Last updated Nov 7, 2018   Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau denied claims that United States-imposed tariffs contributed to his decision to sign a new North American trade agreement in an interview Monday with CNN’s Poppy Harlow. “Did tariffs force Canada’s hand here?” Harlow asked. “On the contrary, … Continue reading Trudeau Denies Trump’s Tariffs Played A Role In Trade Negotiations

Indiana Senator Campaigns With Obama

Indiana Senator Campaigns With Obama By Shauli Bar-On Last updated Nov 6, 2018   Incumbent Indiana Democrat Sen. Joe Donnelly probably made a mistake in asking former President Obama to campaign alongside him Sunday. Donnelly is seeking re-election in a tough race against GOP candidate Mike Braun. Although he is a Democrat, Donnelly has agreed with many of President Donald Trump’s … Continue reading Indiana Senator Campaigns With Obama

Lindsey Graham: Jeff Sessions Will Probably Resign

Lindsey Graham: Jeff Sessions Will Probably Resign By Shauli Bar-On Last updated Nov 6, 2018   According to Sen. Lindsey Graham, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is likely to resign after the midterm election. “Jeff will probably step down. We’ll have a new attorney general most likely early next year,” Graham (R-S.C.) said on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show Monday. Neither … Continue reading Lindsey Graham: Jeff Sessions Will Probably Resign

Trump Admin Reinstates Pre-Nuclear Deal Sanctions On Iran

Trump Admin Reinstates Pre-Nuclear Deal Sanctions On Iran By Shauli Bar-On Last updated Nov 6, 2018   The Trump administration has reinstated sanctions on Iran, the same sanctions that were in place before President Obama brokered and signed the Iran Nuclear Deal in 2015. The move was announced by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin in an Op-Ed for the Financial … Continue reading Trump Admin Reinstates Pre-Nuclear Deal Sanctions On Iran

The Bar-On Brief: Ad hominem attacks must be avoided in political debates

The Bar-On Brief: Ad hominem attacks must be avoided in political debates By SHAULI BAR-ON November 6, 2018 in Columns, Opinion   President Donald Trump announced last week that he intends to use an executive order to get rid of birthright citizenship in the United States. In other words, he wants to change the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, … Continue reading The Bar-On Brief: Ad hominem attacks must be avoided in political debates

47 Percent Of Americans Feel Like ‘Strangers In Their Own Country’

47 Percent Of Americans Feel Like ‘Strangers In Their Own Country’ By Shauli Bar-On Last updated Nov 2, 2018   According to the 2018 American Values Survey released this week by PRRI, 47 percent of Americans feel as if they are “strangers in their own country.” The survey revealed that Democrats and Republicans have radically different visions of what a better America … Continue reading 47 Percent Of Americans Feel Like ‘Strangers In Their Own Country’

Poll: Voters Disagree On What ‘Medicare For All’ Means

Poll: Voters Disagree On What ‘Medicare For All’ Means By Shauli Bar-On Last updated Nov 1, 2018   “Medicare for All.” It’s a phrase Democrats have been championing Obamacare was passed. But a new pollreleased Wednesday reveals that Americans are not exactly united on what that phrase means. The poll, administered by SurveyMonkey in partnership with Axios, asked voters what … Continue reading Poll: Voters Disagree On What ‘Medicare For All’ Means

Creators Say It’s Okay For White Children To Dress Up As ‘Black Panther’ For Halloween

Creators Say It’s Okay For White Children To Dress Up As ‘Black Panther’ For Halloween By Shauli Bar-On Last updated Nov 1, 2018   Debate about cultural appropriation on Halloween resurfaced this year with an added twist: Is it acceptable for white Americans to dress up as heroes from the popular Marvel movie “Black Panther”? While the debate ensued, the … Continue reading Creators Say It’s Okay For White Children To Dress Up As ‘Black Panther’ For Halloween

Kanye West: ‘I’ve Been Used To Spread Messages I Don’t Believe In’

Kanye West: ‘I’ve Been Used To Spread Messages I Don’t Believe In’ By Shauli Bar-On Last updated Nov 1, 2018   President Donald Trump’s outspoken fan Kanye West is criticizing “Blexit” founder Candace Owens for using his name in the Blexit campaign urging black Democrats to leave the Party. West took to Twitter Tuesday, where he said he has no involvement … Continue reading Kanye West: ‘I’ve Been Used To Spread Messages I Don’t Believe In’