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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Power Of Impeachment And The Trump Presidency

illustration of the Andrew Johnson impeachment proceedings in Congress

by Paul Hamlin Impeachment talk is on the rise in national politics.  Our nation is divided deeply by the words, actions and policies of the current administration.  We recently had a group of (58) from the House of Representatives bring forward articles of impeachment against President Trump and it was quickly tabled. The division in the nation has many scrambling to simply vote for the candidates that are most likely to bring forward articles of impeachment. Maybe, we should slow down and look a little deeper into impeachment before we base our entire…

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New Book On Donald Trump’s Presidency Unleashes Trump’s “Fire And Fury”

photo of Melania Trump sitting behind her husband during the inauguration

by Richard Cameron   A new book, “Fire and Fury” by Michael Wolff, set for imminent release, has been previewed by the BBC, is an inside look at the first few months of the Trump presidency and contains a series of bombshells and embarrassing anecdotes that have Donald Trump and the White House already on the defensive. We’ll discuss a small sample of the excerpts, which include Trump’s description of an administration official as a “cunt”, his daughter Ivanka’s presidential ambitions and Rupert Murdoch’s personal assessment of Trump. Donald the…

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The Manafort Indictment Is Ominous News For Trump Inc., But So Is George Papadapoulos

photo collage of Donald Trump and recently indicted former campaign chief Paul Manafort

by Richard Cameron   Now that the official news is that former Trump campaign boss Paul Manafort and his associate Rick Gates have been charged in a sealed indictment, we take a look at all this from 30,000 feet. What are the implications? If you ask President Trump – there aren’t any: At face value, you would think Trump believes today’s announcement from the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller is the end of the matter. He doesn’t believe that and no one with any sense believes that. The tweets…

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Trump’s Serial Bad Hires And Fires – Is It Staff, Or Does The Boss Need To Be Let Go?

photo of Trump speaking in Nashua, NH

by Richard Cameron Yesterday, Tom Price tendered his resignation as Secretary of the department of Health and Human Services (HHS). It is the most recent departure of a member of the Trump administration, but is only the most recent and will, by no means be the last.  In fact, this article, which details at length, the ineptitude of Trump’s hirings and dismissals, will never truly be complete, because more chaos and disarray will always be on the near horizon. Trump’s Hire / Fire Hall of Shame Beginning with his presidential…

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Communication Breakdown – The Trump Administration’s Policy Messaging Disconnect

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by Richard Cameron Communication Breakdown – it’s always the same… Since Trump’s swearing in as president, he has consistently issued public messages, mostly through social media avenues that contradict those of his cabinet officials and even the men and women  in the White House communications office, whose task it is to disseminate orderly and consonant information to the public through the press, radio and television. This week has been remarkable in that respect. Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson reported that he had embarked on a diplomatic initiative involving private talks…

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North Korea Dictator Kim Jong Un Ignoring Trump’s Reality TV Trash Talk And Bellicose Rhetoric

split image photo of President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un

by Richard Cameron On August 9th, President Trump, during a visit to his Trump National Golf Club at Bedminster, NJ, made the statement that: “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen… he has been very threatening beyond a normal state. They will be met with fire, fury and frankly power the likes of which this world has never seen before.” Things were quiet for about a week and half, from the…

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Trump’s Pardon Of Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio – Ethical Or Raw Political Corruption?

Arpaio speaking to crowd at a Trump campaign rally in Prescott, AZ

by Richard Cameron   Former Sheriff of Maricopa Country Arizona – Joe Arpaio, is – depending upon who you speak to in Arizona, either loved or hated.  He’s seen as either “America’s Toughest Sheriff”, a racist – or a public official who came to believe the office was less about protect and serve than about serving his ego. Then there are those who are of the belief that the Judge’s order that he disregarded and disobeyed, was unreasonable and improper and that Joe was in his rights to decide not…

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Trump Deputy National Security Advisor Sebastian Gorka Follows Steve Bannon Out The Door

Photo of dismissed assistant National Security Adviser Sebastian Gorka speaking at counter terrorism conference

by Richard Cameron Sebastian Gorka – Fired or Resigned? Trump administration assistant National Security Adviser, Sebastian Gorka – has, depending on conflicting accounts, either resigned or been fired from his position at the White House. This coming on the same day that the White House announced Trump’s pardon of former Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his decision to order the Pentagon to ban transgender individuals from military service. It’s being called the mother of all Friday news dumps.  While a written statement from Gorka positions his leaving the…

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Donald Trump Urges Mexican President Peña Nieto To Help Him Politically Navigate The Wall

Trump speaking at an event

by Richard Cameron   A transcript of a phone call between newly sworn in President Donald J. Trump and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto obtained by the Washington Post, reveals that Trump pleaded on January 27th, with Peña Nieto to provide him political cover for the hyperventilated rhetoric Trump was slinging around to his base voters during the campaign about Mexico paying for the border wall. During the conversation between the two, in which Trump did most of the talking in monologue fashion, Trump explained to the President of Mexico, the political…

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