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JOHN BRUMMETT: Bullies and pawns on air April 7, 2018 at 5:51 p.m.

Local or National, “fair and balanced news” (town-criers, print, television and internet) has been rare (a pipe dream) since each of those forms of media began.

Only verifiable facts constitute “real news”. Facts are not biased; they are a form of “truth”.

Opinion is NOT “news”, is neither true nor false, and is usually biased in one way or another.

Everything else: distorted facts, innuendo, rumor, gossip, fantasy and outright lies constitute “fake news”.

It is EVERYONE’s responsibility to determine whether “news” is “real”, “fake” or merely an opinion.

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4 weeks after he opened campaign, evangelist running for U.S. House added to Arkansas' voter rolls March 23, 2018 at 1:23 p.m.

Paperwork glitch. Could be a sign from God.

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Trump keeps up attacks on escalating Russia investigation March 23, 2018 at 1:12 p.m.

Again: drip - Drip - DRIP! Go Bob go!

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Trump signs $1.3 trillion budget after threatening veto March 23, 2018 at 1:08 p.m.

Wait, you mean Mexico WON'T pay for the wall? So the Donald lied??? Well that totally surprises the majority of voters.

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Lead Trump lawyer in Russia probe leaves team March 23, 2018 at 12:45 p.m.

drip ... Drip ... DRIP ... Go Bob go!

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Trump: 'Crazy' Biden would go down crying if he assaulted me March 23, 2018 at 12:29 p.m.

Time for a cage match.

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Restaurant Inspections 3/22 March 23, 2018 at 12:25 p.m.

Corky's Ribs & BBQ on Westhaven needs inspection. I keep finding pieces of burnt charcoal tasting grill-turds inside the chicken quesadillas.

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Trump lauds tax bill as middle-class boon December 18, 2017 at 4:40 p.m.

Education: The bill, by limiting the deduction for state and local taxes, will make it harder for the localities to raise money for education. The burden will fall heaviest on cities with poor students, making it harder for millions of children to escape from poverty — and leaving more and more businesses with fewer qualified job applicants.

Infrastructure: Restricting state and local tax deductions will also mean less local investment for infrastructure, and by raising deficits, the bill will constrain federal infrastructure spending. Our airports, railways and roads are in desperate need of modernization, and our energy grids are vulnerable and inefficient. Yet spending on those and other needs, which acts as a catalyst for private investment, will become more difficult.

Inequality: If Congress wanted to raise real wages and reward work, there is a simple and proven way to do it: expand the earned income tax credit. Instead, it seems to believe that lower corporate tax rates will magically lead to higher wages, which fundamentally misunderstands how labor markets work.

In addition, by eliminating the requirement that individuals buy health insurance, many young and healthy people will drop out of the marketplace, causing health insurance premiums to rise for everyone else. This is nothing more than a backdoor tax increase on health care for millions of middle-class families that will leave them with less disposable income for savings, investment and spending.

Deficits: The bill's cost — $1 trillion to $1.5 trillion — makes it more difficult for taxpayers to afford Medicare and Social Security for the baby boom generation, which is now hitting retirement. Republicans didn't grapple with those costs. Instead, they kicked the can down the road. Ignoring the bill's price tag, or pretending we needn't worry about deficits, is like ignoring climate change or pretending we needn't worry about its effects. I'll say one thing for Republicans in Congress: They're consistent.

In effect, the tax bill achieves four main things:

It takes money away from schools and students. It restricts our ability to invest in infrastructure. It does nothing to boost real wages while making health insurance more expensive. It makes it harder to control the costs of Medicare and Social Security without cutting defense and other spending — or further exploding the deficit.

To what end? To hand corporations big tax cuts they don't need, while lowering the tax rate paid by those of us in the top bracket, and allowing the wealthy to shelter more of their estates.

It's time call your U.S. Senator and Representative and let them know how you feel about all this.

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Woman gets away unharmed after train rolls over her October 18, 2017 at 4:22 p.m.

Forest Gump was right: Stupid Is As Stupid Does.

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Young immigrants no longer eligible for nursing licenses at some Arkansas colleges October 7, 2017 at 4:02 p.m.

There is still a shortage of nurses in Arkansas and the state legislature needs to step and do the right thing. But they probably won't. Most of them are too busy serving the interests of their corporate masters, proposing unconstitutional legislation that hurts women, the elderly, the poor and minorities, or working to get re-elected.

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