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Stories by Steven Lopez

Originally from Los Angeles, Steven M. Lopez has been in the news business for more than thirty years. He made his way around the country: Arizona, the Bay Area and now resides in South Florida.

Nancy Pelosi’s fight to save ‘civilization as we know it’

WASHINGTON, September 14, 2014 — The intellectual powerhouse of the Democratic Party, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, told comedian Bill Maher that traditional Democratic voters are shiftless, ungrateful schmucks. “Nobody comes out to vote to say ‘thank you,’” Pelosi said, “The people who get health care now – they’re the people least likely to vote. The ...

Obama Administration blocks inspectors general, independent oversight

WASHINGTON, September 10, 2014 — In an August fundraiser at the Bel-Air home of Alan Horn, chairman of Walt Disney Studios, President Obama bemoaned the growing mistrust of government in America. “And so you’ve got a self-fulfilling prophesy: People who have the most at stake in a government that works opt out of the system. Those ...

Senate Democrats abandon Bill of Rights, Reid will make America ‘sane’

WASHINGTON, September 9, 2014 — Vulnerable Democrats face severe obstacles in maintaining their control of the U.S. Senate this election cycle: Public support for Obamacare stands at 35 percent, down three points from a Kaiser Health Foundation survey released last May; a new Washington Post/ABC News poll finds that 52 percent of Americans, including one-in-four Democrats, call ...

Obama has seen the enemy, and it’s us

WASHINGTON, September 6, 2014 — Democrats are good at getting elected and bad at governing. They took as gospel the statement by Benjamin Franklin, “When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.” The national debt has doubled, unemployment remains high, American businesses rush to reincorporate overseas to ...

Jihadi Cool: Hip hop earns its bad rap

WASHINGTON, August 26, 2014 — This has not been a good week for the rap music industry. Hip Hop mogul Marion “Suge” Knight was shot six times at a West Hollywood, California nightclub hours before he was to attend MTV’s Video Music Awards. A day earlier, the British press reported that the man suspected of beheading American ...

Islamic State: A binary problem

WASHINGTON, August 21, 2014 — American photojournalist James Foley may have felt what war correspondent Ernie Pyle called the “unnatural terror of dying on the battlefield” before he was beheaded by his Islamic State captors. However, it’s doubtful he saw himself as a warrior in the struggle between the timid West and the East’s bold jihadists, especially the ...

James Risen vs. the security state

WASHINGTON, August 20, 2014 — New York Times reporter James Risen gets a little jumpy when the doorbell rings. His legal appeals to avoid revealing the identity of a source in open court have been rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court. It’s only a matter of time before the FBI comes to fetch him. He is, to repeat a ...

Going postal: Our heavily-armed government handlers

WASHINGTON, August 16, 2014 — The images of the riots in Ferguson, Missouri, might be mistaken for images of a violent Middle East demonstration. The outrage over the shooting death of an unarmed African-American man, Michael Brown, was met by a police force that resembled our fighting men overseas. They bore military protective gear, military weapons, and ...

Tea Party unpopularity and the gloom and doom of Mussolini’s status quo

WASHINGTON, August 14, 2014 — The Washington Post says President Obama’s unpopularity won’t factor large this November. More importantly, they take comfort that Obama’s harshest critics, the Tea Party, are out of favor with the political party expected to win big in November’s midterm elections. “A majority of … Republicans who don’t support the Tea Party ...

Remember the “Global War on Terror”?

WASHINGTON, August 11, 2014 — For many Americans, the “war on terror” was a figment of Vice President Dick Cheney’s fevered imagination and that of his affable marionette, President George W. Bush. Lumping al Qaeda and other international Islamic extremists into one neat group, critics said, closed off a more nuanced approach to achieving U.S. ...

Jonestown: The heavy price of personality cults

WASHINGTON, August, 9, 2014 — A chilling story recently flashed across the Associated Press news wire. Cremated remains of nine victims of the November 1978 mass suicide at Jonestown, Guyana, were found in the former Minus Funeral Home in Dover, Delaware. They were among more than 900 followers ordered to commit “revolutionary suicide” by their leader (called ...

Magical thinking Americans

WASHINGTON, August 6, 2014 —  A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found 60% of respondents think the United States is in decline, while 71% believe Washington is directly responsible for the nation’s economic woes. President Obama receives a 40% approval rating, a new low, while Congress stands at a meager 14%. The poll also found that ...