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The U.S. Congress is launching an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, after an anonymous whistleblower filed an “urgent” and “credible” complaint against him. Read more

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Because of President Donald Trump’s actions, the Democrats will have the chance to open an impeachment inquiry. Meanwhile, voting trends show loss of support for Trump in Wisconsin. Read more

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It’s encouraging that the universally recognized corrupt Republican presidencies of Harding and Nixon both ended badly. Perhaps the corrupt Trump presidency will, too. Read more

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Trump’s $12 billion welfare program for farmers facing massive financial losses from his poorly conceived trade war with China is but a brazen political payoff to rural Trump voters. Read more

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Milwaukee native Michael Schumacher’s The Contest is large and filled with facts, telling details and observations about the people and events of its momentous year. Read more

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The Milwaukee County Board voted in favor of a referendum for the November 6 ballot; this will allow county voters to weigh-in on legalizing cannabis for adults. Read more

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Impeachment by the House of Representatives and conviction by the Senate will happen if and only if there is a very clear smoking gun showing anyone other than Trump’s committed base that the president crossed serious criminal lines. Read more

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Former President Richard Nixon’s big lie about welfare going to Cadillac-driving African Americans is still being perpetuated decades later by Republicans like Gov. Scott Walker to draw racist support for their ongoing war on the poor. Read more

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In The American Presidency for Beginners, Justin Slaughter Doty boils down the first 44 presidents and over 200 years of history in 290 pages. Highly opinionated yet generally fair-minded, Doty isn’t afraid to call out presidents captive to... Read more

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When you’re from Wisconsin, you learn not to take everything Republican Congressman Paul Ryan says at face value. It is true Ryan generated positive headlines for himself by going on national television to publicly reverse his previous posi... Read more

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Whether or not the actual Oval Office conversation is accurately echoed by the movie, Elvis & Nixon highlights the real parallels between two seemingly antithetical men who made history in the last century. Read more

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None of Donald Trump’s most brazenly offensive views are all that different from those Paul Ryan and other Republicans regularly employ to attract small-minded, mean-spirited voters to their party. Read more

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Back in 1965, Neil Simon wrote a comedy about a couple of guys forced to move in together. The Odd Couple was a huge hit. Twenty years later, he adapted it to be a couple of women forced to move in together. Not quite as big a hit, but sti.. Read more

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Less than four months after Barack Obama's inauguration, the right-wing propaganda machine is already promoting the only imaginable conclusion to a Democratic administration that dares to achieve a second term Read more

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Why are ideas widely supported in most of the country so often portrayed as controversial, polarizing and divisive once they are taken up by legislatures? Why does the professional political class seem like a wholly separate Read more

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So the three-year John Doe criminal investigation some hoped would terminate the political career of Republican Gov. Scott Walker ends not with a bang, but a whimper. Read more

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The biggest divide in politics in Wisconsin over the past two years hasn’t been between the left and the right. It’s been between the honest and the dishonest.Republicans insist that’s not true Read more

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This may seem like a naïve question coming from someone who lived through Watergate, but when did... Read more

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When Richard Nixon declared to a gathering of editorsin 1973, “I am not a crook,” he was wrong. He was a crook, and columnist Jack Anderson did more than anyone toexpose his manifold... Read more

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Since it debuted over a deceade and a half ago, Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues has secured its place in theatre history. Easily one of the more enduring theatrical contributions of the  1990’s, the Vagina Monologues is regularly performed all .. Read more

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