Joseph Murray

Articles by Joseph Murray

Ryan Lochte and the Myth of the ‘Ugly American’

Swimmer Ryan Lochte left the Olympics winning more mockery than medals. After an intense but confusing gas station stop in Rio, Lochte’s legacy went from swimming elite to Ugly American.

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Social Media Society, Not Daily Beast, Should be Shamed

A straight reporter who trolled the Olympic Village trying to get hook-ups from gay dating apps is under fire for engaging in what some charge is unethical, if not yellow, journalism. Using apps like Bumble, Grindr, Jack’d and Tinder, Daily Beast reporter Nico Hines arranged numerous hook-ups with closeted gay Olympians and shared the details – with pretty transparent identifiers – in his published article.

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Hypocritical Hillary Clinton Fails to Repudiate Seddique Mateen

When Hillary Clinton spoke to an Orlando crowd, she was also speaking to a cheering Seddique Mateen. Mateen, father of Orlando shooter Omar Mateen, was sitting directly behind the Democratic nominee and sported a grin from ear to ear.

A man identified as Seddique Mateen (C-red ball cap), whose son shot and killed 49 people

Trump Endorses Paul Ryan Now, Deal With Him Later

“I support and endorse our Speaker of the House Paul Ryan,” Donald Trump told a crowd of supporters in Green Bay. The fact that the Republican nominee had endorsed a Republican Speaker of the House was newsworthy was just another reminder that 2016 is anything but conventional.


Lingering Anti-Trump Republicans Worse than Hillary

After facing their Waterloo in Indiana, establishment Republicans and Cruz conservatives refuse to face reality. Like a petulant child who is denied a Happy Meal, self-interest and pride have taken the place of the duty owed to their party, their country. This, however, cannot be tolerated.

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DNC WikiLeaks Email Flap Proves Trump Is Right on Russia

Though the egg on Debbie Wasserman Shultz’s face is still dripping from the DNC WikiLeaks email scandal, Hillary Clinton’s campaign is addressing the recent WikiLeaks email crisis the only way it knows how – shifting blame. But rather than the butler, this time Hillary is pointing her finger at the Bolsheviks.

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Donald Trump’s Saddam Hussein Comments Highlight Bush Doctrine Failures

Republican President George W. Bush led America into a war to topple Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, but the GOP’s presumptive nominee continues to buck his party by refusing to support that decision. Speaking in North Carolina on Tuesday, Donald Trump exposed the folly of an Iraq war that turned Iraq into a breeding ground for radical Islam.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop at the First

Donald Trump’s Support for N.C. Bathroom Law Is Pro-Everybody

The excuse for this preposterous theater is that Trump says the state’s voters have the right to balance their own disputes over bathroom privacy, the two sexes and accommodations for transgender people’s sometimes-indeterminate sexuality.


GOP Elite is More Hostile to Donald Trump Than to Hillary Clinton

No matter what Donald Trump does, he can’t win over the GOP’s establishment — precisely because his revival of Abe Lincoln’ and Teddy Roosevelt’s economic nati0nalism is energy for the party’s voters and also poison for the establishment’s donors.


Trump’s Economic Nationalism Exposes Hillary’s Achilles Heel

Quoting Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, and Abraham Lincoln, presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump became the first major party candidate in decades to embrace economic nationalism. Trump, in a policy speech delivered in the key swing state of Pennsylvania, proclaimed “it’s time to declare our economic independence once again.”

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Obama’s Ineptitude Enables Terror; Donald Trump Correct to Call Him Out

Talking on Fox & Friends Monday, presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump said that “we’re led by a man that either is not tough, not smart, or he’s got something else in mind.” Trump was chastising President Barack Obama for policies that invite acts of terror like the recent attack in Orlando.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to guests during a campaign stop at

Orlando Highlights Democrats Unwillingness to Call a Spade a Spade

“It is with great sadness that I share we have not 20, but 50 casualties,” Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said Sunday. Dyer was addressing a dazed nation that was learning a gay night club called Pulse was ground zero for what the media called the deadliest “mass shooting” in U.S. history.

Friends and family members embrace outside the Orlando Police Headquarters during the inve