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From Russia with love…

From Russia With Love switchblade shoeI will readily admit that I was never under the impression that Donald Trump personally coordinated with Russian counterparts to influence the 2016 presidential election and hand him the White House. However, I am convinced of the following three key points: (1) it is likely that certain members of the Trump campaign did, indeed, do just that, (2) Trump does have definite financial ties to Russian entities that go back decades and are problematic for various reasons, and (3) to prevent both items one and two above from being exposed for all to see, Trump did attempt to impede and obstruct the investigations underway to determine the levels of Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election. Further, by doing so he continually obstructs a critical step in preventing the recurrence of this influence in future elections.

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Dear young American little girl

Charottlesville 2Dear America,
What a beautiful name for, I am sure, a beautiful young lady. I received your letter asking me why I thought there is so much hatred and violence in our country.
It was a very thoughtful letter and I will attempt to provide you with an equally thoughtful response.
In my opinion the person most responsible for the very visible and blatant instances of hatred in America is none other than former President Barack H. Obama.
It seems to me that when this nation elected its very first African-American president there was a rather large segment of our society that just could not bring itself to have an African American in the White House as our president.
This segment of society sought a leader to lead them and their hatred out of the shadows and into the mainstream. They found that leader in none other than game show host Donald J. Trump. Mr. Trump, you may recall, was the leader of what is now known as the birther movement which questioned President Obama's birthplace and, in so doing, questioned his legitimacy to the presidency.

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Casting Call for “Trump: The Movie”

child movie director3There is absolutely no doubt that after the current national disaster that is the Trump presidency mercifully comes to an end, and it will, there will be a movie made about this embarrassing episode in American history. I am not talking about a Michael Moore documentary of which there certainly will be one. I am talking big Hollywood production by a Scorsese or Coppola or Spielberg with a star-studded cast.

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The enlightenment of the Charlottesville riot

Lee Park Charlottesville VACharlottesville, Virginia is a beautiful city. I recall quite vividly taking my children there to visit Monticello, the home of President Thomas Jefferson, a true Renaissance man. It was quite an “enlightening” experience for us to say the least.
The word “enlightening” can also be used to describe the events in Charlottesville on Saturday, August 12th which resulted in an innocent protester allegedly having her life snuffed out by a white supremacist.
The history of heinous acts inflicted on this country by white supremacists can be traced back decades if not centuries and includes lynchings and goes all the way through such events as the Charleston Church massacre and now Charlottesville.
The enlightenment to which I am referring is the hopeful enlightenment of the portion of the electorate that placed Trump in the presidency. It is enlightenment to his clear leanings toward white supremacy as evidenced by so many of his policy positions including Muslim bans and Mexican wall building.

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Propaganda is not news

Bundesarchiv Bild 102 17049 Joseph Goebbels sprichtThe definition of propaganda is “information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.” Propaganda is not news. It is spin. Propaganda is what viewers of cable's Fox News ordinarily receive. Fox News is a propaganda outlet for the simple reason that it is very selective in what issues it covers and how it chooses to cover those issues almost entirely focused doing so in a manner that places its own political cause or point of view in a positive light without any regard to the other side's argument or position.
To say that Fox News is the personal political media outlet of one Donald J. Trump is an understatement. Michelle Obama going sleeveless: inappropriate. Melania going clothes-less: no big deal. President Obama playing golf: why isn't he doing his job? Trump weekly golf outings: he needs his time off.
All this said, the fact of the matter is people in this country have the right to listen to Fox News as much as they want. Their choice. When they tune into Sean Hannity they have every right to buy his hypocrisy and inconsistency and absurd spin to whatever extent they choose. This is the relatively new world of cable news. However, this is NOT supposed to be the way it is with regard to local network news over the airwaves.

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Rebuilding Dem-Labor alliance in Trump world

Damon silversDamon Silvers of the AFL-CIO.     COURTESY PHOTO  An hour does not likely go by that someone, especially a Democrat, doesn't wonder: “How could this have happened? How could this country have placed someone as ill-prepared, unfit and self-serving as Donald J. Trump in the White House?” I attended a presentation by Damon Silvers of the AFL-CIO on this very topic. Mr. Silvers attempted to explain not just what went wrong but what needs to be done to prevent a similar disaster from recurring in the future.

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Raskin shines the light on government darkness

 

Jamie Raskin Paul Schwartz 0370I recently had the opportunity to listen to Congressman Jamie Raskin address the Women's Democratic Club of Montgomery County and provide some insight into the current political climate.
If you are one of the many Democrats who wake up each morning wondering how a Trump presidency could have happened, how a man so unfit for office could be living in the White House, whether there is any reason for hope, then hearing Raskin's presentation would have provided you with some level of comfort, maybe even inspiration.
Congressman Raskin made it clear that we are living in troubling times with the administration of one Donald J. Trump. However, the congressman also made it clear that it is the Constitution that gives us hope that our democratic ideals will ultimately win out and protect American values.

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Delaney tries to tackle crumbling infrastructure

 

220px John Delaney 113th Congress official photoWhen it comes to corporate tax breaks one ordinarily thinks Republican and one would ordinarily be correct in doing so.
However, what if the corporate tax break was not part of the usual “trickle-down economics” substanceless rhetoric but was actually applied directly to a specific undertaking that clearly benefited a particular community or communities?
That brings us to Democrat Congressman John Delaney of Maryland's 6th Congressional District.

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Starve the funding and kill the health coverage

Aluminum Winged Caduceus Silver Spring MDHealthcare premiums are on the rise and that is problematic. Of course healthcare premiums have been on the rise for more than 50 years, well before the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a.Obamacare, but that fact does little to address the current problem of rising costs. Something clearly needs to be done.
What to do? What to do? What to do?

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Pee-wee Herman and today's political scene

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“I know you are, but what am I?” are the famous words of man-child Pee-wee Herman when caught in a heated argument. Should there really be any surprise that this is the same reaction of the other famous man-child, Donald J. Trump, when he reacts to those who question his fitness for the presidency or the actions he takes as president?

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