Ongoing Fallout From Trump’s Press Conference And Helsinki Summit With Putin

by Richard Cameron Helsinki Summit – A Disaster and a bigly clean up job Donald Trump, after approximately 24 hours of furious reactions to his abominable actions in Helsinki, relented to administration political advisors and agreed to stage what amounted to a transparently insincere damage control dog and pony show. What caused the firestorm to begin with?  Let’s put those on the table first, so we can examine the validity of Trump’s gainsaying of his behavior on foreign soil. Trump’s statements at the post private meeting press conference were standard…

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The GOP Congress’ Disgraceful And Desperate Peter Strzok Hearing

by Richard Cameron   It’s indisputable that much of what takes place in congressional hearings have a partisan edge to them. It is essentially baked in the cake. That is to be expected. Seldom, however, will you see a hearing like the one conducted yesterday on Capitol Hill, in which a witness is subjected to scurrilous and indecent character attacks, the likes of which Donald Trump engages in on a daily basis and which the self same legislative thugs alternately excuse, deflect and remain silent on as frequently.  Spanning close…

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U.S. Growers, Ag Industry In Crosshairs Of Trump Trade War

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By Lynda Bryant-Work “As we learned after President Herbert Hoover signed the Smoot-Hawley tariff at the outset of the Great Depression, vibrant international trade is a key component to economic recovery; hindering trade is a recipe for disaster.” Asa Hutchinson   Farmers across the United States expect to lose billions of dollars this year if the Trump trade war with China and other countries continues to escalate. The trade war comes at a tough time for farmers when prices for soybeans and corn have been stubbornly low. A February USDA report…

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Why Did Justice Kennedy Retire Now? – The More Or Less Likely Answers

Donald Trump and outgoing Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy at public event

by Tony Wyman For the only perceived swing-vote justice on the United States Supreme Court to suddenly announce his retirement just months before the crucial November elections couldn’t be worse news for Democrats hoping a Blue Wave is going wash away Republican majorities in the House and Senate. Now, thanks to the opening Justice Anthony Kennedy has made, the GOP has an argument to make to get right-wing and center-right voters to the polls in November: turn out to vote so we can get a conservative judge on the Court.…

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Democracies Don’t Disappear With A Bang, They Go Out With A Whimper

cartoon style image in which professor asks student "What's Democracy" and student answers, "Democracy is the freedom to elect your own dictators"

by Tony Wyman To learn all we need to know about the death of a democracy, all we need to do is look at what dictator Daniel Ortega did to Nicaraguan democracy after his election as president in 2006 with just 37.99% of the vote. His party, the Sandanista National Liberation Front (FSLN), failed to gain a majority in the legislature, but allied with the Liberal Constitutionalist Party (PLC) to form a coalition that held more than two-thirds of the seats in the National Assembly.  With allies in the legislature, Mr.…

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Casualties Of Trump’s Trade War Begin To Emerge

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By Lynda Bryant-Work Trade War casualties pile up … “As we learned after President Herbert Hoover signed the Smoot-Hawley tariff at the     outset of the Great Depression, vibrant international trade is a key component to  economic recovery; hindering trade is a recipe for disaster.” -Asa Hutchinson Trump tariff casualties attributable to Donald Trump’s insistence on amping up the trade war he promised his voters, are beginning to surface as the economy bleeds jobs and prices begin rising. Industries that use steel and lumber are being hit with higher costs effecting…

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Don’t Want Immigrants Crossing The Border? Then Stop Buying Cheap Stuff

by Tony Wyman Can we be honest about immigration for a change? I know we want to blame the issue on politicians and business leaders, but they aren’t the real reason immigrants are coming to the United States.  You are. You, the consumer constantly demanding better goods and services at steadily declining costs, are the primary reason more low-skill immigrant laborers are coming to America.  You are creating a demand for them, a demand that grows year-after-year. And that is a good thing!  Because consumer demand for affordable goods is…

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Superhero Or Supervillian: Is There Really A Difference?

Save the Rat White House meme featuring Superman with a banner reading "Save The Rat"

by Lynda Bryant-Work “It’s the superhero problem. Superpowers make everything personal. Batman versus Joker. Fantastic Four versus Galactus. The Big G might be the Devourer of Worlds, but in the end he’s just a dude. Beat him and the problem goes away. But the real problems aren’t like that. You can’t solve them by hitting them. The real supervillains were people in suits who met in rooms and decided things. Destroy one and another would take their place.”  Ian McDonald It is called “Superhero Politics.” Convince a fan base that someone is…

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The Price To Be Paid For Standing With Israel

Image of Theodor Herzl, founder of Zionism, with quote from indigenous rights activist Ryan Bellerose

By Dena Leichnitz Israel – there’s a price that comes with allegiance  {Editor’s Note: The featured image is of Theodor Herzl, the founder of Zionism, who did not live long enough to see Israel become a nation. The quote is by Ryan Bellarose.}  I was recently called a White supremacist, a Zionist and fascist all because I stood by Israel.  I took a wealth of classes on Israel while attending UCLA.  Israel was examined from its religious beginnings, its formation as a nation and its literature.  All that didn’t simply make me…

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Trump And Kim’s Singapore Handshake Deal – Why You’d Use A Hand Sanitizer

image of Trump giving military salute to top ranking North Korean military official

by Richard Cameron Singapore Handshake Deal Donald Trump arrived in Singapore on Monday, leaving the wreckage of our relations with America’s closest and most important allies in his wake. Going into the meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong un, there was no shortage of extravagant and perfunctory reporting that emphasized the ‘historic’ nature of the stage managed encounter – which, ironically, pre-empted ABC’s regularly scheduled broadcast of “The Bachelorette”. The focus was on the pomp and circumstance as if this was some sort of event of general curiosity like…

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