Are U.S. Farmers Done With Trump Yet? Rumblings Of A Pushback Against His Trade Wars

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by Richard Cameron   It’s clear that the most prominent aspect of Donald Trump’s high stakes casino game – known to us as his trade war with China, is the economic impact it is having and continues to have on American farmers. We know that Trump’s history with casinos was a colossal failure, so Trump’s gambit on trade, not only looks like a bad bet, but he might also be gambling his presidency on it.  To illustrate the reality of the “successful Trade battle” Trump refers to in the tweet,…

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The Electoral College, Faithless Electors and 2020 – What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

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by Richard Cameron   The Electoral College, “Faithless Electors” and the 2020 US Presidential Election   As if the uncertainties that loom over the 2020 Presidential election are not severe and sobering enough, mainly featuring the ongoing efforts of the Russian regime of Vladimir Putin to subvert America’s most vital democratic process – another contingency has emerged which might be added to the mix, “faithless electors”. Now – faithless electors, might at first blush, seem like a term of scorn, a badge of disgrace, a political Scarlet Letter, but once…

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The I.G. Jim Comey Report: Another Limb From The “Investigate The Investigators” Zombie Amputated

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  by Richard Cameron     The results of an investigation by the Department Of Justice’s Inspector General focused on the actions of former FBI Director, James B. Comey, fired by Donald Trump, has been released. Despite the expected hyperventilating from Trump and his congressional and media surrogates while the investigation was underway and now that it is complete, the conclusions of the report add up to a nothingburger for them. Most of the investigation concerned Comey’s having passed on some internal memos he authored, through a friend, Daniel Richman, …

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Eric Garner’s Killer, Daniel Pantaleo Fired From NYPD – But Justice Is Far From Served

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  by Richard Cameron   Within the last 36 hours, there has been widespread reaction to the decision by NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill , to order the firing of Officer Daniel Pantaleo on grounds of violating department rules against employing a chokehold which led directly to the death of Eric Garner in 2014.  To recap that event.  On July 17, 2014, a large contingent of NYPD officers from the 120th Precinct approached a man on Bay Street– a business district in the Tompkinsville neighborhood of the borough of Staten Island. The call was in…

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Trump Blames Media On Mass Shootings, Takes No Personal Responsibility

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  by Richard Cameron   After having been mostly invisible during the 24 hours since 31 people were murdered in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, along with dozens more wounded – Donald Trump has emerged from the cocoon of his Golf resort in New Jersey, to comment on the on the mass shootings. Trump did intermittently tweet during that space of time, issuing some hollow notes about “God Bless Dayton” and “God Bless El Paso”, but these were less than consequential, not only because for Trump to invoke the…

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Is Donald Trump a Fascist?

by Tony Wyman The playbook that Donald Trump used to get elected and to maintain a passionate base of support is nothing of his own creation.  Instead, it was borrowed from authoritarian politicians just like him who divided their people into two groups, the virtuous “us” and the corrupt “them,” to take over their countries and reshape them to their liking. The tactics they used were consistent and predictable: evoke a glorious past when their nations were great; use arguments based on emotion, not fact, reason or truth, to inflame…

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2020 Democrat Presidential Candidate Tulsi Gabbard – Correcting The Record

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  by Richard Cameron   Among the ranks of second tier Democrat candidates in the 2020 Presidential nomination race, one of that group has attracted a substantial amount of attention from debate viewers. The individual in question is Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), especially after she very pointedly confronted fellow Democrat, California Senator Kamala Harris on Harris’ record of presiding over a state department of justice, that continued the existing practices of overincarceration and the needless imprisonment of low level drug offenders (read, Marijuana busts). Here is that episode with a…

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Donald Trump Moves To Replace Respected Intel Chief With Political Hack John Ratcliffe

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by Richard Cameron   Donald Trump is intent on putting forth a partisan flunky as a replacement for a respected, accomplished, credible man – Dan Coats, who has resigned in frustration and will be leaving the post the middle of August. Trump is planning to submit to the Senate, the nomination of Congressman John Ratcliffe (R-TX) as Director of National Intelligence. What’s behind this move? For many observers of America’s intelligence operations, the pushing out of Coats, has chiefly to do with Coats refusing to advance a sequence of stories…

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Trumpism is Another Step in the Evolution of Conservatism, a Misstep

by Tony Wyman They are foreigners! That’s what they are!  And we want them out by the millions!  And Trump supporters are willing to go to civil war if that’s what it takes to get it done!  – Pro-Trump caller on the Republican line on POTUS Radio, 21 July 2019 Let’s be clear about what is happening to the Republican Party, shall we? The mainstream establishment wing of the GOP that ran the party since its inception is dead.  And with its death goes the principles and values that made…

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Farmers Face Bleak Future Due To Trade War, Weak Commodities And Labor Shortages

By Lynda Bryant Work   “Farming is a profession of hope.” Brian Brett   Farmers live on hope from year to year, but it doesn’t pay the bills. And money is getting scarce. Despite claims from the White House that the economy is doing great, many Farm Belt states would disagree. The U.S. farm economy is challenged this year like at no other time in recent history, due to trade concerns, depressed commodity prices and a lack of immigrant labor. Farm Belt states are great for business. Iowa, Illinois and Indiana,…

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