Brian Swift

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Obama's Going to Get Paid

Today President Barack Obama will leave the White House after two terms in office. In spite of the toll that the stress of being the POTUS takes on one—their hair usually turns gray while in office—I’m sure there will be some sadness on Obama's...

Would Bradley Manning’s Sentence Have Been Commuted?

President Obama defied the advice of his secretary of defense on Tuesday, opting to commute the 35-year prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, the former U.S. Army soldier. Manning, once known as Bradley Manning, was convicted on 20 charges in 2013...

Could This Assassination Be the Beginning of World War 3?

Today’s assassination of Andrey Karlov, Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, is already drawing some ominous comparisons.   Karlov was gunned down on Monday evening in Turkey’s capital of Ankara as he delivered a speech at an art exhibit. In...

The Story Behind Charles Dickens' ‘A Christmas Carol’

Charles Dickens was mad. He was angry at his father, who was sent to debtors' prison, forcing young Charles to pawn his belongings, drop out of school and work in a shoe-polish factory. He was also angered by the conditions in which England's...

This Dude Just Kicked A** in Women’s Cycling

In Saturday’s 106-mile El Tour de Tucson cycling race, Jillian Bearden beat out the other female competitors with a time of 4:36.07. One important detail: Jillian Bearden is a biological male. The Arizona Daily Star reports: “Bearden, who...

Is Another Civil War Really Possible?

The past few presidential elections—and the partisan divisions they highlight—have had the effect of raising talk of “America’s next civil war.” There has been chatter in California and Oregon about the possibility of secession.  Just...

Would Sanders Have Beaten Trump?

One of the questions beings asked this morning by many Democrats, and also a fair share of Republicans: Would Bernie Sanders have defeated Donald Trump in the presidential election if he had been the Democratic candidate? Way back in February...

Scholar: Jihadists Trying to ‘Destroy Europe through civil war’

It has been often remarked that ISIS and other radical Muslim groups are very shrewd in their use of Western media. According to Gilles Kepel of the Paris Institute of Political Studies, a growing “Jihad Generation” in Europe wants media coverage...

Study: Students Learn Better from Hot Teachers

When it comes to America’s educational woes, maybe the problem isn’t a ​“dumbed-down” curriculum or a lack of student effort… Maybe the problem is that there are too many ugly teachers? Okay, that’s just a bit of an exaggeration. However, a...