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Taking an “oaf” of loyalty

donaldtrumpThe primary reason Donald J. Trump fired F.B.I. Director James Comey was, simply, because he could. It is his firing of people that somehow satisfies his rather insatiable thirst for power. It was, as you will remember, the key component of his television show, the Apprentice. “You're fired!” was the signature line of that show and it served to demonstrate for all to see who, exactly, held the power. Donald J. Trump.

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Trump's budget would force state, county to 'pick up pieces'

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President Trump proposed a detailed budget May 23 that kept the themes of his March budget blueprint: steep cuts to science-based agencies, many headquartered in Montgomery County, and to programs to aid lower-income people, offset by sizable increases for defense and Homeland Security.

Compared with the 80-page budget released in March, the new spending plan for Fiscal Year 2018 (October 1, 2017-September 30, 2018) is a vast, eight-volume document with details on Trump’s proposals for every agency. Other subjects newly addressed include how the deficit would be affected, the major changes from previous budgets, revenue forecasts, and economic growth assumptions.

Given the size of the new document, reactions to it this week are only preliminary, with the meanings of many provisions yet to be unearthed by congressional review over the coming months.

If the proposed major cuts are enacted to Medicaid, food stamps (called Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or “SNAP”), elderly and school nutrition, “It would be up to the County or state government or both to pick up the pieces,” said Joy Nurmi, special assistant to County Executive Ike Leggett. For instance, she predicted, if SNAP cutbacks are adopted, many people would go to food pantries such as Manna Food Center in Gaithersburg. Manna is partially funded by the County and the cities of Rockville and Gaithersburg.

“A budget is a moral document,” reflecting a community’s values, Nurmi asserted. She called the Trump budget “completely morally corrupt.”

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One Little Tweet gave us this?

IMG 0454It was a very simple tweet.
“POTUS says GOP is coming together. Jovial as he cheers vote.”
I tweeted it from the Rose Garden as President Trump exclaimed how happy he was the House passed his healthcare reform legislation.
Because of that one tweet – which automatically feeds to my FB page, I got 13 private messages within a matter of about 10 minutes. Six of them accused me of being a secret “Trump loving fascist,” or “Hate-mongering racist” while six of them accused me of making fun of the president. “What do you mean by jovial? Are you calling the president stupid?” One guy asked.

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Maybe it's merely the longest 100 days - yet

trump thumbs up low resMore than 100 days or so into this administration and I must admit I have not grown tired of winning. I am just waiting for it to begin unless you consider Trump's firing the individual ultimately responsible for the F.B.I. investigation into his administration regarding the Russian connection a win. Well, I guess he considers that a win, at least for his own self-interest, for the time being. Whatever did happen to Boris Epstyn?

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Rosenstein of Bethesda in national news with his role in the FBI following Comey's sacking

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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is not ignorant of controversy in Washington.

In 2006, Rosenstein was appointed U.S. Attorney for Maryland after then President George W. Bush fired seven U.S. Attorneys including Maryland’s Thomas M. DiBiagio.

Bethesda resident Rosenstein, the newly-appointed Deputy Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice, is now in the middle of one of the biggest stories in the country after President Donald J. Trump fired James Comey as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation last week.

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Local leaders react to federal budget

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ROCKVILLE – Local leaders said they are relieved after Congress passed its budget last week, avoiding the massive cuts that President Donald J. Trump proposed to federal agencies located in the County.

When Trump proposed significant cuts to federal agencies located in the County – such as the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – the almost exclusively Democratic-elected politicians on the local, state and federal levels objected.

“In this deal, Democrats stood strong against terrible proposals advanced by President Trump and secured significant victories for American families, the U.S. economy, and our shared values. I’m proud of the unity and focus in the Democratic Caucus,” said Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-8).

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Meet the new boss - same as the Nixon boss

20170503 100417Before there was the firing, there was the hearing. This column is about the hearing held on May 3rd during which F.B.I. Director James Comey met with the Senate Judiciary Committee. The hearing was part of the annual oversight hearing of the F.B.I. although most of the discussion dealt with the Director's handling of two specific investigations. More specifically, the discussion centered on the differences in the Director's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation and his handling, quite differently, of the ongoing investigation into the current administration's involvement with Russia during the presidential campaign to influence the outcome of the election. Apparently the part about the Russia investigation was enough to frighten the administration into firing Director Comey less than a week later.

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Post hoc ergo propter hoc

20170503 100417President Donald Trump. Saying the name is a joke and an insult all at the same time. Not since Richard Milhous Nixon has the nation faced a more direct and vile threat to its existence.
Of Nixon, upon his passing, Hunter S. Thompson opined, “He was the real thing -- a political monster straight out of Grendel and a very dangerous enemy. He could shake your hand and stab you in the back at the same time. He lied to his friends and betrayed the trust of his family.”
It isn’t a stretch to imagine this as a description of President Donald Trump.

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