Braggadocio hurts

The successful operation of our government assumes a minimally competent Chief Executive that we now lack. So concludes a long analysis of why the news that President Trump revealed classified information to the Russian Foreign Minister and his colleague the Ambassador is critical. The most startling aspect of this (or perhaps not, given Trump’s prior …

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Trump and Mulvaney, Idiocracy LLC

A budget that puts #AmericaFirst must make safety its no. 1 priority—without safety there can be no prosperity: https://t.co/9lxx1iQo7m — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 16, 2017 I’ll be very pleased to know our borders are secure as I die of starvation because you cut funding for Meals On Wheels. Or maybe I’ll die of …

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Let the pogroms begin

If this new Homeland Security agency called Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement were properly staffed it would be a part-time job, given that according to a 2015 Cato Institute study the numbers show that immigrants commit fewer crimes than native-born Americans. But that’s not good enough for Trump’s followers. They firmly believe immigrants make America …

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The Immigration Facts Donald Trump Doesn’t Like

Oust millions of people from the economy and just watch the G.D.P. drop. Source: The Immigration Facts Donald Trump Doesn’t Like – The New York Times I differ slightly with the Times’s headline. I don’t think Trump knows the facts, and I don’t think he’s interested in hearing them. I think he’s fixated on being …

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Master negotiator my (foot)

The subject is the START treaty which caps the number of nuclear weapons held by Russia and the United States. Trump is on the phone with President Putin of Russia. “Hold on, Vlad, I gotta talk to this guy.” (Puts hand over mouthpiece) What’s this deal, now?” (Putin hears muttered unintelligible conversation from Oval Office. …

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Bye bye, Olympics?

“That man in the White House” may have cost Los Angeles a chance to host the 2024 Olympics and the United States a chance to host the 2026 World Cup in soccer. How? By banning Muslims from entering the country. “But wait,” you say. “It’s only for ninety days and only for seven countries and …

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Aloha, Mr. President

We are really going to miss this man. Even if you disagreed with every policy he espoused you knew it was going to be well thought out. You knew he wasn’t going to overreact to events and do something without consultations with his staff, and you knew he wasn’t going to embarrass our country in …

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Matt Lauer should never be allowed to interview people in prime time

What part of national security do Secretary Clinton’s emails constitute, and what part of national security is letting Trump skate by asking him repeatedly if he thinks he’s qualified to be Commander in Chief? Matt Lauer is no more a tough-minded journalist than my dog Abby is. NBC has half-a-dozen more qualified reporters who could …

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