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A Bowl Of Confusion

Posted by GregB on February 24, 2017 at 2:23 PM

That's what we can say about the Trump administration. No one in the known universe can figure out what is going on and Trump is probably more confused than the public, press, and government. Trump has upended so many apple carts in the first few weeks of his administration that no one knows what is going on nor what he'll do next. He's signed dozens of executive orders and gone off after previous laws, enacted his anti immigration policies and is now embroiled in a scandal involving he Russians. His daughter lost top endorsements to main manufacturers of her clothing lines because of the manufacturer's protests of Trump's policies. Numerous press and politicians have been insulted by Trump, there are still riots in the streets and chaotic protests. All this while North Korea is firing off new solid propulsion missiles. It all seems like one could go dizzy just reading or watching the evening news.

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Russians, Russians, Who's Got The Russians?

Posted by GregB on February 22, 2017 at 1:27 PM

The Russians are the bad guys again! That's right, once our most mortal enemies, the Russians are now back in place having been accused of everything from spying to altering the 2016 Presidential election. We all remember when the cries of Russian hacking came to the fore. While the news was smothering the public with any and all news about Hillary Clinton's emails, the Russian hacking debacle slowly began to grow legs and erupted into a major scandal, some saying the Russians were responsible for Trump's wins. » Continue reading "Russians, Russians, Who's Got The Russians?"...

When it Comes to Antisemitism, the Third Time is the Charm

Posted by Warren Porter on February 21, 2017 at 5:26 PM

Donald Trump's family is tightly interwoven with Judaism. His daughter, Ivanka, converted in order to marry Jared Kushner, a scion of a prominent Orthodox Jewish family. In the ensuing years, the young couple has birthed several Jewish grandchildren for Donald. Controversies remain regarding Ivanka and Jared's roles in both the White House and in the management of their private businesses. But in either case, this is without a doubt the closest Jews have ever reached to getting their hands on the levers of American power.

It is for this reason that Jewish Americans are shocked and appalled not by what the Trump administration has done, but what it hasn't done over the first month of its reign.

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The Donald's Gift Of Diversion

Posted by GregB on February 20, 2017 at 10:33 PM

No one has done it better than US President Donald Trump when it comes to diverting the press and others, when it comes to his answering the tough questions.

His surprise news conference on Thursday, Feb. 16, is going to go down in history as a prime example of how to keep the wolves off your hide even when you've invited them into the kitchen. Trump had this press conference to address issues of late and he knew the press would be asking the tough questions and instead of answering them directly, he just bounced the press around the room with diversions and excuses that cause many to wonder why he'd held the conference in the first place.

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What Are the Possible Setbacks for Mental Healthcare If the Affordable Care Act Is Repealed?

Posted by DanikaK on February 15, 2017 at 11:22 AM

In January, the U.S. Senate began the first of many steps necessary to dismantle the Affordable Care Act--acting in accordance with one of President Donald Trump's many campaign promises. After two weeks of sweeping executive orders that have caused controversy across party lines, it appears as though repealing the law quickly may not be in the cards.

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Michael Flynn Resigns

Posted by Warren Porter on February 13, 2017 at 11:18 PM

In a cloud of betrayal and distrust, National Security Advisor Michael Flynn resigned his post today. This came on the heels of revelations that Flynn flagrantly violated the Logan Act with his communications with Russian government officials between November's elections and January's inauguration. More damning was Flynn's attempt to cover up his criminal behavior by lying to the Vice President.

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Somebody Slept Through Their Own Revolution.

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on February 11, 2017 at 3:28 PM

Really? Jason, you and your buddies might have short memories, but my generation grew up long enough after the decline in leaded gasoline not to forget what happened just seven years ago.

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Both your President and your Precedent

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on February 2, 2017 at 2:19 PM

Look, Mitch, I know you hate it, and quite frankly, you should. But you know what? You set these rules yourself. You set this precedent yourself. Why let you set one standard for Democrats, and another for Republicans?

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The Monday Night Massacre

Posted by Warren Porter on January 30, 2017 at 9:56 PM

Throwing concepts such as law & order by the wayside, President Donald Trump has expressed a preference for ruling by imperial decree. Tonight, Acting Attorney General Sally Yates has been relieved of her duties. Her crime? Defending the US Constitution.

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DAESH celebrates propaganda coup

Posted by Warren Porter on January 28, 2017 at 9:07 AM

Seuss

Yesterday, Donald Trump decided to recognize Holocaust Remembrance Day by repeating some of the disastrous policies that led to the murder of approximately 6 million Jews seventy five years ago.

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Will The Russian Hacking Scandal Ever Cease?

Posted by GregB on January 24, 2017 at 12:48 PM

Months and months ago on this blog I'd predicted the 2016 presidential election would be a 'hacking election' with hackers disrupting the process. Many laughed at me but I was proven right.

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The Trump Tsunami: The Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword

Posted by GregB on January 23, 2017 at 6:43 PM

I want to be Donald J. Trump when I grow up.

I want his power and position and wealth, but I want my own superhero 'Batman' like man cave too.

The reason being, it's going to take super powers to undo the damage the world is in. Trump is a manager. He may be dramatic but he gets things done and when the dust settles, things smooth out. Now that he's taken the Oath of Office, and is our 45th president, he's showing how powerful he is by using a president's best weapon: The executive order signing.

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The Inauguration of Donald Trump, the Biggest Show on Earth

Posted by GregB on January 20, 2017 at 4:40 PM

It used to be said that the 'Biggest Show On Earth' was that of the now folding Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus. For over 150 years, this three ring venue has marveled audiences the world over with acts of wonder and death defying feats. Now, the biggest show is that of the 45th President of the United States Of America, Donald Trump.

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Congratulations Joe Biden!

Posted by Warren Porter on January 12, 2017 at 4:22 PM

In a surprise move, Barack Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Joseph R. Biden Jr. for his lifetime of public service.

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Higher Education Dilemmas to Continue under a Trump Presidency

Posted by DanikaK on December 19, 2016 at 6:10 PM

The state of higher education has been in flux for many years. The introduction of new technologies, coupled with increased cost of tuition, and economic financial strain have rapidly changed the university climate. Not only have teachers, staff, and administration had to navigate these new changes, but in years to come, they will also have a new battles to fight under president elect Donald Trump.

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The Resistance Pleads the Twenty Fifth

Posted by AllardK on February 21, 2017 at 12:34 PM

As an approximate equivalent of Godwin's Law (the longer any online chat, the more likely an analogy/accusation involving Hitler will come up), political conspiracy theory could provide, say, a Dealey Plaza Maxim:

The longer you attack your opponent, whether as fascist or not, the more likely he/she will somehow be linked to JFK's assassination.

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Flynn Got Too Close to the Iran Deal, not to Russia

Posted by AllardK on February 15, 2017 at 4:19 PM

What is Ben Rhodes up to? Obama's former deputy National Security Adviser is still hard at work, according to a very troubling story in the Washington Free Beacon. Mr. Echo Chamber himself has not yet unplugged his evil genius machine and seems to have been one of the organizing forces behind the intel community's character assassination of Mike Flynn. And if you believe some commentators, Flynn was just the appetizer. They're trying to bring down far bigger game.

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Flynn Was Wrong to Deny - but Who Leaked?

Posted by AllardK on February 14, 2017 at 5:20 PM

The cover up is usually worse than the original offense. That's the old adage they're slapping on Mike Flynn's apparent sending out of Vice President Pence to cover for him. Based on Flynn's denials over a phone call with the Russian ambassador a short while after Obama slapped sanctions on Russia. And yes, if Flynn is gone by the time you read this, it will be because of what he did to the Vice President. Not because of the phone call itself.

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President Trump's Moral Relativism on Putin Is Wrong

Posted by AllardK on February 8, 2017 at 5:45 PM

There is an enormous amount of conventional wisdom, dear to the elites in Washington and in major urban centers on both coasts, that President Trump is, and will be, battling against. Good for him.

Putin's lack of character and integrity is not, and should not be, one of those things.

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Senators Collins and Murkowski Betray Betsy DeVos

Posted by AllardK on February 3, 2017 at 4:25 PM

This Friday, before the dawn's early light, the Senate voted to end debate and move to a final vote, scheduled for next week, on Betsy DeVos, the nominee for Secretary of Education. She is far from clear, however, on the path to obtaining a well deserved Cabinet position.

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President Trump Vs. the Gang on the Hill

Posted by AllardK on January 27, 2017 at 7:31 PM

Now that President Trump has come barreling out of the gate, and has profoundly dismayed and shocked the Washington elite and the media, by actually doing what he said he would do, who are his most dangerous opponents? How about proceeding by elimination.

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Pipelines and Jobs Are So 80's

Posted by AllardK on January 25, 2017 at 4:24 PM

If you're Tiernan Sittenfeld - the chief lobbyist at the League of Conservation Voters - then you're really mad at President Trump this Tuesday for signing two executive orders that put the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipeline projects back on track to be approved. For Tiernan, pipelines are dirty and dangerous and the stuff they move should, of course, be left in the ground.

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Weaponizing Special Needs Kids Against Betsy DeVos

Posted by AllardK on January 19, 2017 at 7:17 PM

It's not just that Betsy DeVos has not been a card-carrying member of the teacher's union, nor a long-entrenched education bureaucrat. It's not just that, yes, she is wealthy - and a philanthropist for causes the left oppose. It's not just that she does not hide her faith under a bushel.

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Can Civil Rights Icons Suffer From TDS?

Posted by AllardK on January 17, 2017 at 11:02 PM

Who carries the legacy of Martin Luther King? His own wife and son? Or John Lewis? As this year's MLK Day comes and goes, the question is not just topical. It's not just about the peaceful transition of power, but whether Donald Trump will be accepted as the freely elected President of the United States of America, by those on the left who still cannot come to terms with his victory last November.

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The Trump Revolution Is Ramping Up

Posted by Roy Ellis on January 11, 2017 at 8:19 PM

I mean, how much better can this thing get.? I may end up taking my wife on a 2nd honeymoon or something biggly like that.

The little man standing in front of a tsunami throwing barbs at Rex Tillerson. Trump cutting CNN off at the knees x x x - - - the neck, at todays press conf. Obama's political whores being called out for what they are - - - zippity do dah, zippity e a

IMO, Trump has far exceeded the accomplishment of all presidents since Ike and, he won't be president for another week. .Mexico, I've heard China is offering good rates to those looking to build a wall and so on - - -

The Real Reasons Senator Sessions Is Being Attacked

Posted by AllardK on January 11, 2017 at 11:51 AM

Senator Ted Cruz was brisk and biting in his rhetoric at the confirmation hearings for nominee for Attorney General Senator Jeff Sessions. But the point of his swipes at Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee was that they had remained silent while the Obama administration, over the past 8 years, had tried to do countless end runs around the law. And that administration included the Department of Justice under AG's Holder and then the now-outgoing AG Lynch.

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Tijuana Tsunami

Posted by GregB on January 10, 2017 at 2:58 PM

Well, with newly elected President Donald Trump on the scene, and is promise to end illegal immigration especially from the Mexico/American border, the rush is on to get into America by any means necessary.

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The Smorgasbord Inauguration

Posted by GregB on January 9, 2017 at 3:49 PM

Get ready for the inauguration of the century.

When Donald J. Trump takes the oath to the oval office, it will be a gala that America won't soon forget. The amount of catering and partying prepared for the event will be nationwide. Trump's victory means the Right Wing can now get back to business of starting wars and allowing sociopaths to run roughshod all over American rights. It's all about making big money the caveman way. They're too intellectually challenged to succeed any other way.

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President Obama's Legacy

Posted by Roy Ellis on January 6, 2017 at 12:53 PM

Thinking back on President Obama's accomplishments, I know of none that are noteworthy

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Trump Doesn't Trust Intelligence

Posted by GregB on January 5, 2017 at 9:43 PM

Well, that's something many people would agree with giving his public antics, but Donald Trump is once again bucking the system by not agreeing with the intelligence communities regarding the hacking that's been going on.

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Obama's Shadow DNC Infuriates Democrats

Posted by Keeley on February 17, 2017 at 5:24 PM

While one of the toughest dudes on the planet says: gracias no hombre, I'll pass on being National Security adviser, there's a long-brewing story playing out in states across the country. And it may be coming to a boil soon.

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The 9th Circuit Shackles America's Ability to Defend Itself

Posted by Keeley on February 10, 2017 at 3:10 PM

The 9th circuit court of appeals practically wants a seat at the National Security Council. In Thursday's decision, they justified their refusal to lift Judge Robart's halt to the executive order on immigration by stating:

Rather than present evidence to explain the need for the Executive Order, the Government has taken the position that we must not review its decision at all.

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Jeff Sessions Survives Democrat Lynch Mob

Posted by Keeley on February 9, 2017 at 5:36 PM

Jeff Sessions, now duly confirmed as the nation's Attorney General, is white, conservative and from Alabama. If you're a Democratic Senator, (save one or arguably two exceptions), or any kind of progressive/left-wing activist, that's all you need to know. Guilty until proven innocent. And how could Jeff Sessions be innocent? He's white and he's from Alabama. Rise History and write your shame! Let John Lewis cry forth about a man who would never link arms with him in the march for justice.

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Super Bowl LI Judge Robart and That Executive Order

Posted by Keeley on February 7, 2017 at 3:36 PM

Even the Super Bowl Ads are now being parsed. For example, in the Washington Post's Daily 202, courtesy of James Hohmann, a good percentage of the main ads are analyzed and found to be both political and, either subtly or blatantly, critical of President Trump's executive order on immigration. Aside from the fact that most of these ads have been planned a fair time in advance, it is clear that you can see the current divisions in America wherever you choose to look.

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Liberals

Posted by Christine & John on February 2, 2017 at 11:31 AM

What we call things helps determine our attitudes towards them. We need a rethink of fundamental political terms, specifically the term liberal in politics.

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A Great Choice for Justice - Now Things Get Ugly

Posted by Keeley on February 1, 2017 at 11:26 PM

Senator Jeff Merkley, Oregon's junior (do we even have to say Democrat?) senator, now has his task in hand: block Neil Gorsuch's nomination to the Supreme Court. Filibustering, sit-in's in the senate. Whatever it takes, surely the hard left politician from Portland is up for the job.

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Trump's Immigration Order and McCain's Revenge

Posted by Keeley on January 30, 2017 at 6:27 PM

Revenge in Washington D.C. is indeed a dish that gets served up well after the heat of the initial confrontation has drained away. But to be successful in the beltway and especially on the Hill, you need a long memory, and the willingness to use it effectively when the opportune moment arrives.

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Don't Follow the Law - Mexico Might Get Mad

Posted by Keeley on January 26, 2017 at 1:35 PM

Even The Daily Beast has to admit that Mexico is a mess. The Daily Beast's Andrea Noel in a series of chilling reports from Mexico just this past December outlined how cartel violence is a constant destabilizing evil that Mexico's politicians, policemen, and generals have been unable - and unwilling, more disturbingly - to contain. Much less solve. Poverty, corruption, inequality. Protesting students piled into a truck after having been beaten or shot and them dumped in a mass grave, back in 2014, in Iguala.

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The Inaugural Speech - Does It Truly Matter What Trump Says?

Posted by Keeley on January 20, 2017 at 10:22 AM

Friday January 20, President Trump will address the nation, and the world. But his inaugural address is for America. Not the world. As much as the world will be watching, indeed many around the world watching uneasily because they sense their privileges and prosperity may be affected by Trump's presidency.

What will he say?

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Treason Does not Depend on Gender Identity

Posted by Keeley on January 18, 2017 at 6:02 PM

Bradley Manning was a traitor to his country: a member of the armed forces that deliberately aided and abetted the enemy through the hundreds of thousands of stolen documents that he handed to Wikileaks. He was lucky to have his life spared in the ensuing court martial.

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What Putin Has Always Been Up To

Posted by Keeley on January 13, 2017 at 4:43 PM

In a troubling yet fascinating article in National Review, David Satter makes the case that Putin's real goal has always been to degrade America's institutions, rather than favor any one candidate. In other words, going after Hillary and perhaps holding back attacks on Trump during the election campaign were tactics by the Russian regime. The strategic outcome they seek is a weakened America - in the world's eyes, and more devastatingly, in the eyes of voters and citizens themselves.

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The Trump Dossier? How About the Coming Intel Community Review?

Posted by Keeley on January 12, 2017 at 2:27 PM

The Trump Dossier started as opposition research - by GOP opponents of Trump who put money down to hire a retired British spy. After circulating like a bag full of offals no one wanted to touch, it finally was leaked by Buzzfeed and reported on by CNN.

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Imagine Huma Foregoing Her Salary - Like Jared Will Do

Posted by Keeley on January 10, 2017 at 3:11 PM

In a profile of Jared Kushner late last year, Trump's son-in-law and key advisor mentioned that some of the best work in the campaign was done pro bono. Free. Without charge. He was referring specifically to the data operation that he helped lead, and that drove Trump to speak at rallies in the now-infamous Democrat Blue States, which caused a lot of skepticism and groans about how Donald Trump just liked big crowds and had no sense of how to win a general election.

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Hate Crimes

Posted by Christine & John on January 6, 2017 at 12:11 AM

Four thugs tortured a mentally challenged young man, laughed about it and cast it on Facebook. They taunted him with racist slogans and anti Trump insults. The perps were black and the victim was white. Blacks clearly can be racist too and this crime is one of the most textbook examples of a hate crime. But should we have hate crimes at all?

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Blame Putin ... and Obama

Posted by Christine & John on January 3, 2017 at 1:12 PM

If reports are correct, the Russians made serious breaches into our cyber system. They compromised government sites and private servers. The DNC was evidently easily breached because of rookie mistakes, ignorance & arrogance. We should blame Putin. He is an evil man. But we blame Putin in the same way we blame a burglar who has robbed our house because we failed to close the front door and blame Putin in way we blame a burglar for revealing dirty secrets he discovered while robbing our place.

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