The 5 Richest Counties in America Surround Washington DC

The US Census Bureau released its American Community Survey data, and once again a striking detail comes into focus. The five counties with the highest median income in all of America are all near Washington DC.

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Although it has come to be expected, this is still an astounding realization. Some of our major cities are built around lucrative industries. New York City is built around Wall Street and the financial sector, a multi-billion dollar industry. Hollywood is built around movies and entertainment, a multi-billion dollar industry. Silicon Valley is built around the technology boom, an unprecedented event that is creating billionaires left and right.

Washington DC is built around the Federal Government, a trillion dollar industry.

It seems like this is discussed each time the new survey inevitably puts several counties surrounding DC at the top of the list. But I think many people are drawing the slightly wrong conclusion from this data.

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Trump Makes the Same Mistake as Obama

US national security was hit with a double whammy on Thursday. Against the advice of practically his entire military counsel, including Secretary of Defense General Mattis and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, President Trump announced he is pulling half of US forces out of Afghanistan in the coming months, hours after declaring premature victory over ISIS and the rapid withdrawal of all American troops from Syria.

These are mistakes. They are so bad that General Mattis, widely considered Trump’s best cabinet Secretary, has resigned in protest.

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How to Survive Thanksgiving with your Left-Wing Niece

As Thanksgiving approaches each year, the internet fills up with articles and videos advising people how to survive their family gathering with the ubiquitous crazy right-wing uncle.

You can find “How to survive your family’s Thanksgiving arguments,” “What to do about your racist AF uncle at Thanksgiving,” “7 ways to talk to your racist uncle at Thanksgiving,” and “This Thanksgiving: fight the racist uncle.”

There is an “angry uncle bot” you can train against, and if you get desperate, there is even a hotline you can text to get arguments to use against that crazy right-wing relative.

But all of this leaves an underserved market for conservatives looking to survive Thanksgiving with their left-wing niece. I am here to fill that void.

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We Need Civics Classes for Reporters

Elections are often times for parents to teach their young children about the American government and how our democracy functions. It’s a great time to explain the Constitution, two houses of Congress, Federalism, and other aspects of the American system that make us unique.

Unfortunately, it seems many reporters and pundits never learned that lesson and need remedial classes.

For the best in political ignorance, I recommend Twitter. That’s where we find the first example from my favorite know-it-all who’s website is best known for it’s ludicrous mistakes.

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Go See Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer

I recently saw the new movie about abortionist Kermit Gosnell. It is a powerful film and I recommend everyone see it. When you do watch this movie, keep in mind it is about real events. It is about a real woman who was killed due to medical malpractice. It is about real babies who were born alive and then callously murdered. It is about a real monster who viewed himself as a hero as he butchered the most innocent.

There is a reason the full name of the movie is Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer.

Here’s something else to keep in mind while watching the movie. When trying the case, the prosecutor says a version of a line spoken over and over by pro-choice activists: the Gosnell trial was about one man’s crimes, not abortion itself. This is wrong, and not something the left-wing activists repeating it even believed.

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Democrats’ Power Play

It seems like we can’t go very long into a discussion on the Kavanaugh scandal without someone on the left bringing up Merrick Garland.

Here’s the thing – not voting on Garland was a power play by Senate Republicans. Let’s admit that. Republicans had the power so they got their way.

But the Kavanaugh scandal is supposed to be about justice for a victim of sexual assault. If so, why even mention Garland? Why, unless to Democrats this isn’t about a woman they believe was assaulted but is instead a power play of their own?

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How to Argue the Kavanaugh Scandal – and How Not To

Last week, Brett Kavanaugh’s ascension to the Supreme Court seemed all but certain. Then Sen. Feinstein threw a grenade into the mix by releasing a letter from Christine Blasey Ford accusing Kavanaugh of attempted rape some 30 odd years ago. This has led to a flurry of accusations, denials, defenses, and counter-accusations.

Instead of confirming Kavanaugh this week as planned, the Senate will reopen the hearing next week to investigate the accusation. If your social media feed is like mine, you have engaged in or seen numerous arguments about the scandal. Here are some helpful do’s and don’t’s for debating the accusation against Kavanaugh.

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