It Is Time We Start Electing the U.S. Attorney-General

by Tony Wyman The United States Attorney-General is supposed to work for you and me, the people of this country, not anyone else, including the president of the United States, to insure that justice is served across the nation.  But as Bill Barr just demonstrated, that doesn’t seem to be the way the current AG’s understands his job description. “I suspect that the president was pretty pleased with the performance of Bill Barr today and particularly on the issue of obstruction,” said Fox News commentator Chris Wallace about the Attorney-General’s…

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2020 Presidential Election Power Rankings

by Tony Wyman As of 7 February, there were 517 people and one pig who have filed as candidates for president with the Federal Election Commision.  Assuming that Refino Pig doesn’t unseat President Trump during the Republican primaries, who are the top candidates with the best chance of being president in 2020? National Compass will rank the top 10 candidates and list some others to keep an eye upon over the next 632 days before the election is held 3 November 2020.  We will update the rankings as more candidates…

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Trump Cabinet Clown Show Demonstrates Accelerating Mental Disintegration

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by Richard Cameron   Periodically, we at National Compass, take an inventory of the random, nonsensical, juvenile, puerile ramblings of Donald Trump. We do it periodically, because even though Trump spouts off daily and sometimes hourly – it is not possible to publish updates that frequently with all of the other issues to deal with that arise from Trump’s radioactive presidency. Beyond that, the intervals between these examinations makes them somewhat a barometer of Trump’s mental health state. Given the fact, however, that Trump’s mental state was acutely troubled before…

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Farmers Are Casualties In Trump’s Trade War

Farmers Trade War

By Lynda Bryant-Work “As history has repeatedly proven, one trade tariff begets another, then another – until you’ve got a full-blown trade war. No one ever wins, and consumers always get screwed.” Mark McKinnon Strong support from the agriculture sector helped elect President Donald Trump to the White House in 2016. But two years later, concerns about the trade war and trade disputes have many farmers backing away from Trump. Tariffs are expected to raise the price of production for agriculture and make U.S. crops less competitive in China. When it…

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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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Power Of Impeachment And The Trump Presidency

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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”

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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?

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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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