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CONTACT YOUR SENATOR, CONGRESSMAN, AND THE PRESIDENT
https://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop Email, tweet or post a facebook message to the office of the President of the United States.
http://www.house.gov/ Look up your Representative by zip code to Email or call.
http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/ Contact point online
to email, call or write your Senator.
NEWS AND FACT CHECKERS
The sites below represent major news media many are unbiased and objective in their reporting, while some are decidedly liberal or conservative in tone. We have posted them for you to review as needed when a story just seems too good or too bizarre to believe. One of the single most reliable fact checking services SNOPES.COM is a great place to start, however sometimes snopes is on a learning curve so not al of the latest news is available. When in doubt, check it out with at least two reliable sources before posting anything. With luck we can stem the tide of negative information which seems to flow so freely in the big surf that is the internet.
Public Service Channels
C-SPAN.org (Cable Satellite Public Affairs) An American cable network created in 1979 by the cable television industry. C-SPAN proceedings of the United States federal government, and public affairs programming. The C-SPAN network includes three television channels (C-SPAN, C-SPAN2 and C-SPAN3), one radio station (WCSP-FM) and websites provide streaming media. C-SPAN is available to 100 million cable customers in the United States,
NPR (National Public Radio) National Public Radio (usually shortened to NPR, stylized as npr) is an American non-profit media organization serving to syndicate 900 public radio stations in the United States of America. NPR produces news and cultural programming.
Broadcast News on TV and Online
MSNBC is an American basic cable and satellite television network that provides news coverage and political commentary from NBC News on current events. The network also carries a nightly 'opinion' programming block during prime time hours. It is owned by the NBCUniversal News Group,
ABC The fifth-oldest major broadcasting network in the world and the youngest of the Big Three television networks, Owned by the Disney–ABC Television Group, Since 2007, ABC has reduced its broadcasting operations almost exclusively to television.
CNN- describes itself as a news network and at least one CNN executive has called it a '24 hour multi-platform global network'
The Cable News Network (CNN) is an American cable channel that is owned Time Warner. founded in 1980 by Ted Turner as a 24-hour cable news channel;. As of 2015, CNN was available to 96,289,000 cable, and satellite households 82.7% in the United States.
Major Legacy Newspapers
WASHINGTON POST American daily newspaper. The most widely circulated newspaper published in Washington, D.C.,, founded on December 6, 1877, Located in the capital city of the Washington D.C the newspaper emphasizes national politics. Daily editions are printed for the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. In 2013, longtime owners the Graham family sold the newspaper to Jeff Bezos, for $250 million in cash. The newspaper is owned by Nash Holdings LLC, holding company Bezos created for the acquisition.
NEW YORK TIMES is no longer available as an independent online news source but you can subscribe at this link. (sometimes abbreviated to NYT) is an American daily newspaper, founded and continuously published in New York City since September 18, 1851, by The New York Times Company. The paper's print version has the second-largest circulation,second to the The Wall Street Journal, the largest circulation among metro newspapers in the United States. The paper's motto, "All the News That's Fit to Print",
The Wall Street Journal - business-focused, English-language newspaper based in New York City published six days a week by Dow Jones & Company, a division of News Corp. The Wall Street Journal has the largest subscriber base of any newspaper in the United States with over 2 million copies distributed daily and almost a million digital subscribers online. The Wall Street Journal has been printed continuously since July 8, 1889,
News Magazines Online and In Print
THE NATION the oldest continuously published weekly magazine in the United States founded on July 6, 1865, mission to "make an earnest effort to bring to the discussion of political and social questions a really critical spirit, and to wage war upon the vices of violence, exaggeration, and misrepresentation..."
THE ATLANTIC The Atlantic is an American magazine, founded in 1857 as The Atlantic Monthly in Boston, Massachusetts. Since 2006, the magazine is based in Washington, D.C. Created as a literary and cultural commentary magazine, it has grown to achieve a national reputation as a high-quality review organ with a moderate worldview.
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR The Christian Science Monitor (CSM) is an international news organization that delivers global coverage via its website, weekly magazine, daily news briefing, email newsletters, Amazon Kindle subscription, and mobile site. It was started in 1908 by Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of the Church of Christ, Scientist. As of 2011, the print circulation was 75,052
SLATE is a n English-language current affairs, politics and culture magazine in the United States. It was created in 1996 by former New Republic editor Michael Kinsley, initially under the ownership of Microsoft as part of MSN. On 21 December 2004, it was purchased by The Washington Post Company, later renamed the Graham Holdings Company. Slate has been managed by The Slate Group, Slate is based in New York City, with an additional office in Washington DC.
Online Market Media
THE HUFFINGTON POST- American online news aggregator and blog with national and international editions that founded by Arianna Huffington, The site offers news, satire, blogs, covering politics, business,and entertainment,The Huffington Post launched on May 9, 2005 as an overtly liberal/left commentary outlet and alternative to news aggregators.
RYOT - Is an immersive media company founded in 2012 based in Los Angeles. As humanitarian aid workers, first responders and filmmakers, creating innovative 360° and virtual reality experiences for viewers. RYOT profiles countries in need, As of 2016, it a unit of Huffington Post, a subsidiary of AOL.
GOOGLE NEWS-A free news aggregator provided and operated by Google, selecting news from thousands of news websites.Google News monitors more than 4500 news sources worldwide. As of 2015, the service is offered in 35 languages:
FACEBOOK- An American online social media and social based in Menlo Park, California, United States. The Facebook website was launched on February 4, 2004, by Mark Zuckerberg, Initially the website's membership was Harvard students;later expanded to higher education institutions in the Boston. Ivy League schools, and Stanford University. and eventually to high school students as well. Since 2006, anyone age 13 and older has been allowed to become a registered user of Facebook, The Facebook name comes from the face book directories often given to United States university students.As of April 2016, Facebook was the most popular social networking site in the world with over 2 billion users.
TWITTER-is an online news and social networking service where users post and read short 140-character messages called "tweets". Registered users can post and read tweets unregistereed users can only read them. Users access Twitter through the website interface, SMS or mobile device. Twitter was launched in July,2006, and gained rapid popularity in social media. In 2012, more than 100 million users posted 340 million tweets a day,by March of 2016 there were more than 300 million users. During the U.S. presidential election, Twitter was the largest source of breaking news, with 40 million tweets sent by 10 p.m.Election Day.
FUN CHRISTMAS LINKS
Perhaps you prefer turning into an animated dancing elf at Christmas Elf Yourself from Jibjab, or from the original elf yourself from Office Max launched in 2006. Just upload your own photos and become an elf for the day.
Since 1955, N.O.R.A.D (North American Aerospace Defense Command) has tracked Santa Claus and his trip around the world. This of course is now a phone application available for android users from Google Play and in a Microsoft Windows format of Santa Tracker.
How to write Santa a letter-the best links from trusted sources. http://www.aletter4santa.com/-no email or address is necessary. Or if you are feeling secure email Santa.
Write a letter using Elf on the Shelf who saved Christmas.
Wednesday December 7, 2016 A national Patriotic observance under United States Code, Title 36 section 129 by Presidential Proclamation. Always observed December 7, commemorating the anniversary of the attack by Japan on Pearl Harbor Hawaii December 7, 1941....read more.
Sunday December 17, 2017 A National Patriotic observance under United States Code, title 36, section 143 WRIGHT BROTHERS DAY
Sunday December 25, 2016 CHRISTMAS DAY is a FEDERAL NATIONAL PUBLIC HOLIDAY by law under the ACT of 1870 and re-affirmed under Title 5 publication 6103 of the US Code; celebrated the 25th of December each year.
http://www.boundarystones.org/ Effort to Restore the original boundary stones of Washington DC
https://www.loc.gov/ Library of Congess
https://www.archives.gov/ National Archives home of the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constistution
https://www.nps.gov/index.htm National Park Service
https://supremecourt United States Supreme Court