Shootout At The Oval Office – Nancy Pelosi Hits Target, Trump Shoots Off Mouth

still image from C-Span coverage of the Oval Office meeting between President Donald Trump, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, with Vice President Mike Pence in attendance.

by Richard Cameron   The White House meeting in the Oval Office involving President Trump, House Minority leader (soon to be Majority leader and Speaker once again) Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer, unraveled in short order into something neither Trump nor White House staff had anticipated.  Mike Pence did sit in on the little get together, but was a seat warmer and made Justice Clarence Thomas seem like a chatterbox in comparison. In other words, not a syllable escaped the Vice President’s mouth before or after Trump’s…

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Consequences Of The GOP’s “Meatballs” Kavanaugh Confirmation

still from Ivan Reitman's classic summer camp comedy starring Bill Murray - "Meatballs"

by Richard Cameron   Though not on the magnitude of Harold Ramis’ iconic comedy, “Caddyshack” – close to that on the list of America’s favorite movies starring Bill Murray – in his first marquee appearance, is Ivan Reitman’s classic frolic, “Meatballs” Meatballs featured Murray as a senior camp counselor, Tripper Harrison, at Camp Northstar. In one of the most memorable and oft cited episodes in the movie, Harrison improvises a chant intended to stir the competitive spirit of his demoralized camp basketball team against their dominant tournament opponents, Camp Mohawk.…

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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 Civil War Donald Trump Supporters Want To Fight

Trump tweet berating FBI official Peter S

by Tony Wyman Professional hysteric Alex Jones, host of the conspiracy-promoting website Infowars, was roundly mocked in social media this past Independence Day for claiming Democrats were planning to launch a second Civil War on the 4th of July. “Father: Our troops fought bravely but were captured, proving that they aren’t heroes. Today, I wonder if there are good people on both sides. I can go no further. The bone spurs are just too severe. They said this war would be easy to win. Sad!” wrote GOP media adviser and The…

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My Trip To The Voting Station – A Fool’s Errand, And So Much More, Or Less …

North London polling station

by Richard Cameron   So, earlier this week, I went to the polling place with my California mail in ballot already filled out and tucked into the envelope. Our Jewish friends in the local community were kind enough to host the polling station at their temple – so now I can, without lying, state that I have been in a temple, though not for services. That’s always a possibility as well, though. I hand delivered it, together with my wife’s ballot, who (please don’t share this with anyone) considered it…

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The Next Trump Toxicity Test – Arizona Congressional District 8

nighttime city scape photo of Maricopa Country and Phoenix at dusk

by Richard Cameron   Arizona Congressional District 8 Special Election The next in the series of temperature readings of the GOP’s national crisis of confidence with American voters, takes place in Arizona on April 24 – tomorrow.  Arizona Congressional District 8 (CD-8), will be the scene of a special election pitting the last (woman) standing from the recent Republican primary, against a non-politician – at least a non-career politician on the Democrat side of the ledger. The GOP candidate is Debbie Lesko – a former state legislator from Arizona’s House…

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Conor Lamb Wins 18th CD Pennsylvania – Trump And GOP Continue Losing Streak

by Richard Cameron   It is now official – barring the possibility that a recount of the election is granted and the result indicates other than the final tally – Conor Lamb, Democrat candidate in Pennsylvania’s special election in the 18th Congressional District, has been declared the winner over GOP opponent, Rick Saccone – a Trump acolyte. Election observers were keenly intrigued about what the overall effect of Donald Trump’s visit to Pennsylvania to stump for Saccone would be. The election was widely seen as the latest in a series of…

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Salvaging the Conservative Movement

by Wes Walker via libertyisftw.org If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.” –Will Rogers It goes without saying that the Republican Party has a credibility problem heading into the 2018 mid-terms. Even if Donald Trump is ultimately exonerated (fat chance) of all of the shady dealings and questionable collaborations with foreign powers, he’ll still already be responsible for reversing almost a decade of modest but steady economic gains, for polluting long standing foreign relationships, for what promises to be massive deficits coming in 2018, for an indefensible reversal on gun…

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The GOP: All-In on the Wild Card

by Wes Walker via libertyisftw.org If after ten minutes at the poker table you do not know who the patsy is—you are the patsy.” –Poker Proverb The last two years have been a political roller coaster for anyone still in the Republican Party, but, even given all the deep divisions revealed in the last two years, there’s clearly one thing that everyone can agree on. The political landscape is different than it was two years ago and will likely never be the same again. For better or worse, the Republican…

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Fallacies, Foolishness, Fails And Fictions Of Trump’s New York Times Interview

by Richard Cameron   The New York Times Michael Schmidt’s impromptu interview with President Donald Trump at his Trump International golf club in West Palm Beach was evidence that Trump has not developed any new habits of embracing facts, grasping reality or curbing his instinct to loiter around absurd and unfounded pretensions. The audience that the unscripted interview was intended for, as all of them are – is Trump’s continuously shrinking political base. Schmidt apparently was of the view that employing open ended questions colloquially known as “softballs”, would cause…

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