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My two stories on Daily Kos:
Ivanka Trump as acting UN ambassador
Trump and my high blood pressure
All of my Daily Kos stories.
Oct. 8, 2018
Right-winger Hugh Hewitt has a WaPo column praising Trump's accomplishments. It is not worth reading. My comment to it is:
Replaced NAFTA with, what, a renamed NAFTA?
Made us an outlaw nation on climate change
Deregulated life-saving industry regulations.
Took credit for the turnaround in the economy started by Obama
Aligned with right-wing Netanyahu and made enemies of the Palestinian
Turned a potential partner, Iran, into an enemy
Made friends with the world's most repressive and despotic leaders
Enriched himself by the shameless violation of the emoluments clause
Proved that you don't have to read and comprehend complex information to be president
Demonstrated that the many people accept that few Fox News loudmouths are acceptable presidential advisors
Proved that there's no need for a president to be presidential
Became a role model for men who exploit and abuse women
Oct. 7, 2018
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Do you think Michael Avenatti's fight "fire with fire" approach helps us or hurts us? POLL Read (at last count) over 130 comments on Daily Kos.
Oct. 6, 2018
Local news goes national: Oregon's unlikely abortion fight hinges on taxes, in Politico
Oct. 5, 2018
Is Trump's problem (one of many at least) that he can't laugh? - a historian on the subject.
My story from Daily Kos today:
Another opinion has just been published in Medscape. It is by Nassir Ghaemi, MD, MPH ,
Another moment of zen, watch the Rachel Maddow video here:
Oct. 4, 2018
How amazing s this? First, the American Bar Association, and now the National Council of Churches calls for a Supreme Court nomination to be withdrawn.
A possible explanation for alcoholic memory loss by Dr. Brian Reid
Another morning --
on the bright side, read some good news in my Daily Kos story.
Oct. 3, 2018
Five things you didn’t know about psychopaths -The Conversation
Oct. 2, 2018
Oct. 1, 2018
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Sept. 30, 2018
Best Tweet of the Day:
Sept. 29, 2018
The American Bar Association had concerns about Kavanaugh 12 years ago. Republicans dismissed those, too. WaPo
... in May 2006, as Republicans hoped to finally push Kavanaugh’s nomination across the finish line (for the DC court), the ABA downgraded its endorsement.
The group’s judicial investigator had recently interviewed dozens of lawyers, judges and others who had worked with Kavanaugh, the ABA announced at the time, and some of them raised red flags about “his professional experience and the question of his freedom from bias and open-mindedness.”
“One interviewee remained concerned about the nominee’s ability to be balanced and fair should he assume a federal judgeship,” the ABA committee chairman wrote to senators in 2006. “Another interviewee echoed essentially the same thoughts: ‘(He is) immovable and very stubborn and frustrating to deal with on some issues.’”
A particular judge had told the ABA that Kavanaugh had been “sanctimonious” during an oral argument in court. Several lawyers considered him inexperienced, and one said he “dissembled” in the courtroom.
The reviews weren’t all bad.
In the end, the ABA committee weighed Kavanaugh’s “solid reputation for integrity, intellectual capacity, and writing and analytical ability” against “concern over whether this nominee is so insulated that he will be unable to judge fairly in the future.” In a split vote, it downgraded the rating of the nominee to simply “qualified” — meaning he met the ABA’s standards to become a judge but was not necessarily an outstanding candidate
A sour-grapes story:
“If you can listen to accusations like this, how can you not have listened to me back then?” Bill Clinton’s accuser says of the Brett Kavanaugh allegation.
Vice President Mike Pence tried to kiss his wife, Karen Pence, in the minutes after Donald Trump won the presidential election in November 2016, but she reportedly turned away from him and said: "You got what you wanted, Mike. Now leave me alone."
Meanwhile, Karen Pence "wouldn't so much as say hello to Trump," Michael Lewis, the author of "Moneyball" and "The Big Short," wrote in a Guardian long read based on several interviews with Trump insiders and published Thursday.
In an account of Trump's unexpected win and chaotic transition into the White House, Lewis wrote that after clinching Pennsylvania's electoral votes at 1:35 a.m. on November 9, thereby winning the election, Trump "just stared at the TV without saying anything, like a man with a pair of twos whose bluff has been
Fox News anchor Chris Wallace says Kavanaugh case prompted his own daughters to reveal their stories
Rubin Bolling: Cartoon: Young Brett Kavanaugh: The Yale years
Under the radar:
Sept. 26, 2018
Trump may blink on Kavanaugh now that a fourth accuser has been revealed. Will he blink on Rosenstein? Trump: I’d ‘prefer’ to keep Rosenstein, may delay meeting
But when it comes to who he is as a human being, Fonda urged Americans to express “radical kinship” for the president and his supporters. “I feel that I understand a little bit — this is a man who was traumatized as a child by his father, who had a mother that didn’t protect him,” she said. “And the behavior is the language of the wounded.”
“You never want to criticize Trump, and you don’t want to criticize Fox [News]. You want to tell people things they don’t know,” Fonda said on the podcast. “Just like what changed and saved my life was being told things I didn’t know by American soldiers. We have to reach out and listen and then respond in a way that’s meaningful.”
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