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The Dr. DigiPol Show has been digging into how Breitbart and Steve Bannon have been deeply involved in shaping politics in Britain, the US and now across Europe. First, Alan and Suzanne explored how Breitbart.com provides a good signal to see where the Trump Administration is going: Then Alan interviews Criminal Justice Professor Paul Leighton about the rise of hate crimes and the Director of HOPE not hate, Nick Lowles, on Breibart’s plans to shape Europe’s future. To watch more episodes of The Dr. DigiPol show and to get notifications of upcoming shows, visit and like DrDigiPolisIN on Facebook.

There’s plenty of evidence that Congress isn’t doing its job.  Instead of conducting responsible oversight of government spending, it has wasted nearly $7 million on a Benghazi investigation discredited as little more than a partisan sham.  The House has voted more than 40 times to repeal Obamacare, unsuccessfully, but refuses to schedule a vote on gun control.  The last three Congresses have been among the least productive in recent times, and a shrinking percentage of the laws passed can be deemed “significant.”  Capitol Hill has dithered on providing funds to address the Zika outbreak and has failed to authorize, expand or constrain the U.S. intervention in Syria. In spite of the growing partisan divide and shrinking appetite for compromise, there are three recent examples of successful cross-party cooperation in the foreign policy arena.  In February, the Electrify Africa Act – designed to promote first-time access to power services for at least 50 million people in sub-Saharan Africa by 2020, building on an Obama Administration initiative – was passed by both houses and signed into law.  Last week, the House completed action on the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act (FATAA), requiring public reporting and consistent evaluations of foreign assistance spending,…

“It could have been us.” I kept hearing that today from friends at the Capital Pride Festival and on Facebook. “It could have been us.” We know that when we identify as LGBT, we become targets. Whether it’s bullies in schools, politicians who use us to score political points, or those who will go to violent extremes, we know that there are those out there who hate us and are willing to make their hate known. And we deal with that. We keep in in the backs of our minds at all times. We all know people who have been harassed or the victims of violence – or we’ve experienced it directly ourselves. We surround ourselves with friends and then we watch out for each other. We live in neighborhoods and cities where we feel safe. And we gather at places with other LGBT people to feel that sense of community and safety. That’s why this event has shaken my community to its core today. It struck at a place that had become a place where they felt secure and safe and could be themselves. It sets off all of our fears of what could happen to us just because…

Did you hear that? That was the sound of a bomb being dropped on the LGBT citizens of North Carolina. This week, the legislature called a special session – the first in North Carolina in 35 years – for the sole reason of overturning a non-discrimination law against LGBT people in Charlotte. That was it. No other reason. They spent $42,000 a day of taxpayer money to try to overturn that law – and every law like it in cities, counties, and jurisdictions all over North Carolina. And they succeeded. The conservative majorities passed – and the conservative governor signed – one of the most sweeping anti-LGBT laws in the nation. North Carolina is not alone. Georgia’s legislature passed a so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act or RFRA that allows the denial of services to LGBT people based on religious objections. Georgia’s governor has not yet signed the law and is facing immense pressure from major companies to veto it. LGBT people in Kansas weren’t so lucky. The RFRA there has become law. And now, Kansas is considering a “transgender bounty” bill that would PAY students for each report of a transgender person in the “wrong” bathroom or locker room. This…

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