By Will Weatherly on July 28, 2018
I had time to ask Sean Spicer, the former press secretary under President Trump for six months last year, exactly one question during his book signing at a Middletown Barnes and Noble on Friday. I asked: “This week, reports were released saying that Michael Cohen testifies that Donald Trump knew about a meeting of campaign […]
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By Steve Ahlquist on February 7, 2017
“We’re in this fight because we are called by the faith that we have, whatever it might be, to fight for justice.”
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By Steve Ahlquist on January 28, 2017
“So does that make torture okay?” interrupted a constituent.
“No, of course not…” replied Whitehouse, caught off guard.
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By Steve Ahlquist on January 26, 2017
Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed voted to confirm Mike Pompeo as director of the CIA.
Mike Pompeo supports torture.
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By Bob Plain on November 9, 2016
Rhode Island certainly isn’t Trump Country, but contrary to popular belief it doesn’t appear to be Clinton Country either. While Donald Trump shocked the world by pulling off an upset for the ages against Hillary Clinton last night, he lost badly here in Rhode Island taking only 40 percent of the vote compared to Clinton’s […]
By Religious Coalition for a Violence-Free Rhode Island on January 7, 2016
We applaud President Obama for engaging in serious, reasonable conversation about gun violence. He is doing this on the heels of issuing an Executive Order to expand background checks for gun sales, something that Americans overwhelmingly support.
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By RICAGV on January 5, 2016
None of what the President ordered adversely affects the rights of Americans to firearms except for criminals or people with mental health issues that are prohibited from possession of a gun.
By Steve Ahlquist on October 10, 2015
RIAC notes that President Barack Obama is now the first Nobel Peace laureate to bomb another Nobel Peace laureate.
By Steve Ahlquist on April 27, 2015
According to Perez, Seattle “has had the highest minimum wage in the country over the last twelve years, and they have no tipped credit… If the opponents were correct, then every time you fly to Seattle, you ought to bring a bagged lunch, because all the restaurants should be going out of business.”
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By Samuel G. Howard on August 9, 2012
“We are part of an Anglo-Saxon heritage, and he feels that the special relationship is special… The White House didn’t fully appreciate the shared history we have,” said an anonymous adviser to Mitt Romney, about the candidate to The Telegraph of Britain. When this quote appeared ahead of Mitt Romney’s disastrous foreign policy outing, it […]
By Samuel G. Howard on July 18, 2012
Just over a week ago, the British and American governments announced the largest fine in history levied against Barclays PLC, just under half a billion dollars. The fine agreed to ignore criminal charges against Barclays itself, but current and past employees were not exempt. Well, after a letter from Democratic lawmakers (including Rhode Island’s Sen. […]
By Tom Sgouros on June 1, 2012
One of the great things about sophistry is that in any argument there is always enough dust around to throw in people’s eyes. Whatever the argument, the dirt at your feet is always at hand. One of the great things about intellectual honesty is that you don’t take positions without multiple sources of support. It […]
By Tom Sgouros on May 25, 2012
Recently, I did something I shouldn’t have done, and I’d like to confess here. Someone I don’t know wrote me a nice note about some things I have written and some banking issues I’m working on (more on this someday). In the process of the note, he described himself as moderate Republican, “fiscally conservative and […]
By Tom Sgouros on May 11, 2012
On Wednesday President Obama remarked that he supports allowing same-sex couples to marry. That’s great, but it is just words. What’s more, the president doesn’t really have much to say on the issue anyway, since (a) marriage is a state-by-state thing, (b) in state votes, same-sex marriage keeps losing, (c) Obama isn’t a Supreme Court […]
By Samuel G. Howard on April 25, 2012
Thousands of Rhode Islanders went to work today (or looked for work) instead of to the polls. Maybe they were going to vote, but then decided they just wanted to go home. Or maybe they didn’t like the candidates. Or maybe they just didn’t know where their local polling place was. They’ll all be counted […]
By Reza Rites on April 11, 2012
There is room at every election for new voices – including the ideas of former communists and those of modern-day socialists. That’s my premise and I’m sticking to it. Well actually, I’m doing more than that this Friday at a panel discussion I’m facilitating at RI College called “Race, Politics and Music: A Look at […]
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By Samuel G. Howard on March 16, 2012
The recent news out of Afghanistan is grim. On the heels of a burning of Qurans (along with other Islamic literature) that sparked mass protests in the country, the massacre of 16 civilians, nine of whom were children and three of whom were women, by a lone U.S. gunman; now Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai has demanded […]
By Reza Rites on March 12, 2012
Heard of South by Southwest, but can’t be in Austin yourself? Pop in daily to “Take 5 with Reza Rites” on RIFuture.org for photos and live updates about her adventures at the annual festival – or follow her on Twitter and Facebook @rezaclif. Besides blogging for RI Future, Reza will be recording interviews and footage […]
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By Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse on January 30, 2012
The last few years have been tough for our great Ocean State. Across Rhode Island, I’ve organized community dinners, main street tours, and coffee hours where I’ve heard firsthand from so many people struggling to find work, seniors worried about their Social Security and Medicare, families being crushed by unfair credit card rates, and students […]
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By Obama For America - Rhode Island on January 19, 2012
Scores of Rhode Islanders are getting together next Tuesday night in homes, restaurants and college campuses across the state to watch President Obama’s State of the Union address. And it’s not too late for you to join them! “This is an important speech—one you, your friends and your family can’t miss,” says Devin Driscoll, Rhode […]