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Seven years after making their debut, everyone’s favorite cave family returns in an all-new adventure that reinforces the theme of “family.” DreamWorks Animation — the studio responsible for the “Madagascar” and “How to Train Your Dragon” franchises — once again delivers a dazzling prehistor…

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The 2020 Victoria Texas Independent Film Festival has come and gone. This year’s event featured a slew of quality films, but it lacked the pizzazz that usually accompanies the fest —attendees would mingle with filmmakers, spirits and good food was had by all, and roaming from one venue to an…

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By this time in 48 hours we should have the results of the most contentious election since, well, four years ago. Campaigning has never been this ugly since, okay, four years ago. But if you want some genuine bile, go back to 1804 when John Adams faced Thomas Jefferson for his second term. T…

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Regardless of the good national and battleground polls, I will be a jittery Democrat for the next five days.  It’s not that the president will pull out a Biden scandal, the economy will suddenly bounce back or that the coronavirus is on its way out. I’m afraid of the repeat of the 2000 Bush …

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I enjoyed last night’s debate because it gave my candidate another chance to distinguish himself from Donald Trump. The debate moderator did an outstanding (I didn’t expect perfection) job of making it more like debates we have seen in previous years. Presidential debates have never been a b…

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The first political book I have ever read was “The Agenda” by Bob Woodward. The book described how George Stephanopoulos, James Carville, and Paul Begala set up a war room to answer all the criticism in real-time. A tactic of getting ahead of the story by debunking the lies and spinning the …

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Last night’s vice president’s debate was everything I expected except for the fly and Pence’s eye. Mike Pence was a toned-down Donald Trump who was evasive and rude to the moderator and Kamala Harris. On the other side, Kamala Harris also evaded some questions but more on that later. Kamala …

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