Writer’s Lounge – A.G. Barr’s Damage Control And Trump’s Out Of Control Golfing

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    Reports out of the nation’s capitol are indicating that Trump’s Attorney General, William P. Barr, is not pleased with the work product of the Justice Department’s Inspector General, Michael Horowitz. Although, I.G. Horowitz’ does not report to Barr in a subordinate role, Barr is said to be critical of Horowitz’ conclusions regarding the question of whether the FBI acted improperly in launching its initial investigation on the Trump campaign in 2016, shortly after the November election.  The official release of the report is not expected until next week,…

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Writer’s Lounge – Trump To 911, Thanksgiving Retail Workers, National Debt

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  “I would like you to find out what happened with this whole situation with Ukraine,” Trump said in July.  “They say CrowdStrike … I guess you have one of your wealthy people … the server, they say Ukraine has it.”   This is typical Trump. Whenever Trump fastens on to some fictitious notion, it always takes the form of an abstraction. Therefore, you will never be told by him who “they” are. “They”, without exception, are some nameless, faceless entity. I have always wondered why reporters assigned to the…

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Kindness – Why Aren’t We Nice Anymore?

  by Tony Wyman When I was young and needed a male role model, someone to whom I could look for guidance about how to be a man, about how to live life without making too big of a mess of things, I looked to two men: novelist Kurt Vonnegut and television personality Fred McFeely Rogers, who we all knew simply as “Mr. Rogers.” At a time in my life when I was full of anger, testosterone and resentment, Mr. Vonnegut and Mr. Rogers taught me critical lessons that helped…

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Winners And Losers In The Impeachment Inquiry Hearings – Who And Why

  by Keith Mines   Winners and Losers   Time to take stock of the winners and losers in the impeachment inquiry hearings.  Here is my take: Winners: Donald J. Trump: Despite clear and compelling evidence of attempted use of security assistance and the cachet of a presidential meeting as a tool for personal political gain, there is no evidence that Republicans in the Senate, themselves watching public opinion closely, will vote against the President. So, impeachment – yes, removal from office – likely not.  The President survives, battered to…

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Writer’s Lounge – Russian Discontent, Ukrainegate And Trump’s Off The Hook

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  Editor’s Note: Our staff journalist on Russian affairs and Eastern Europe, Kseniya Kirillova, has penned an analysis of the domestic political atmosphere in the Russian Federation, an overall growing disapproval of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his party, and the formation of a nascent resistance movement. She discusses the protests that have manifested increasingly since summer, most notably those between July and August and how they are incrementally influencing public opinion, which is moving away from Putin’s authoritarian regime.  One takeaway from Ms. Kirillova’s reporting, is the sort of…

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Trump’s Attack On Yovanovitch – An Attack On Strong, Independent Women

Former Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch raising right hand to swear to provide, under oath, truthful testimony in the Impeachment Inquiry hearings open session in the U.S. Capitol.

  by Tony Wyman   If it is possible for a man to more thoroughly demonstrate contempt for accomplished and independent women than the tweet sent from Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz the day former ambassador Marie Yovanovitch testified before Congress about President Trump’s misconduct in Ukraine, I am not sure how. I mean, of course, other than bragging about being such a “star” you “can do anything,” you can even “grab them by the pussy.“ About the graduate of Princeton, Moscow’s Pushkin Institute, and the National Defense University’s National…

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Writer’s Lounge – Ambassador Taylor, President Zelenskyy, Taco Bell And “Chalupa”

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  Impeachment Inquiry features faulty GOP counter narratives   Everyone that is paying attention, is following the open hearings at the Capitol, where committee witnesses are being interviewed by Democrats and Republicans. As such, we won’t get too far into that, other than sharing just a few observations. The main argument GOP House members seem to be advancing – and this will be consistent going forward, is that the testimony of Ambassador Taylor and  Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, George Kent, is “hearsay” and that as such,…

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Writer’s Lounge: Fiona Hill, Rudy Giuliani, Gordon Sondland, Donald Trump, ERA

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  If Jim Jordan is leading the team, you might want to bet against that team.   In perusing the transcript of the Fiona Hill deposition before the joint House Impeachment Inquiry committee, presided over by Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA), I happened across this gem, which gives us a bit of a preview how ineffective House Oversight Committee member Jim Jordan (R-OH) is going to prove to be when he is moved over to the House Intelligence Committee as replacement for Devin Nunes (R-CA), who has become a self caricature. …

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Writer’s Lounge – Virginia, Pennsylvania, Matt Bevin, Monday Night Football Cat

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Writer’s Lounge 11/7/2019   Considerable hay has been made about the capture by Democrats in Virginia of both state houses in the Virginia General Assembly for the first time since 1994 – and there is plenty of hay to be made of that. Then there is the more than likely win of Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear over incumbent Republican Matt Bevin, of whose re-election, Donald Trump, the night before the election, told supporters “You got to get your friends, you got to vote. Because if you lose, it sends…

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The Man Box: How an Obese, Draft Dodging, Misogynist Became the Masculine Role Model For Men

by Tony Wyman There is a young man I know named Jack who lives in a small town in Ohio. He’s the longtime boyfriend of one of my favorite kids, Morgan, a tiny, perpetually-tanned, explosion of smiles and energy who seems to be one of the happiest people on the planet.  And Jack is a large reason why. Beyond the fact that he’s movie star good-looking, Jack is pretty much everything a young women should look for in a man.  He’s considerate, gentlemanly, protective without being overbearing or controlling, and,…

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