Winners And Losers In The Impeachment Inquiry Hearings – Who And Why

  by Keith Mines   Winners and Losers   Time to take stock of the winners and losers in the impeachment inquiry hearings.  Here is my take: Winners: Donald J. Trump: Despite clear and compelling evidence of attempted use of security assistance and the cachet of a presidential meeting as a tool for personal political gain, there is no evidence that Republicans in the Senate, themselves watching public opinion closely, will vote against the President. So, impeachment – yes, removal from office – likely not.  The President survives, battered to…

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Republicans Target Iraq War Veteran Alexander Vindman For Character Assassination

video still of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, heading to Congressional meeting room to testify to House Impeachment Inquiry committee.

  by Richard Cameron   For a party that paid so much lip service to caring about the military, veterans and “patriotism”, the GOP sure doesn’t walk the walk. If a dispute involving the rule of law, comes down to an allegiance with men that honorably served their country in combat and leadership roles as versus a coward who evaded military service 5 times and the only thing tough on him is his mouth – they choose the mouth that roared. Today, another distinguished veteran is being targeted by the…

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

video still image of recently fired NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo, terminated by New York City authorities for his role in the 2014 death of Eric Garner, in which he applied a chokehold that had been banned by the department since 1994.

  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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Independent Candidates: Please Run For Office, Just Plan On “Failing”

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by Paul Hamlin   For the naïve and uninitiated, the campaign trail is full of heartache and pain.  The apathy, the dismay and the contempt that the voter has about the election process and all people who dare run a campaign is astounding, and not necessarily misplaced. PERSONAL JOURNEY When I struck out to run for the US House of Representatives the intent was noble, and I can only assure people that it did not come from a desire to have power.  I am a firm believer that the people…

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Arizona State Representative Is Latest Casualty In The Hypocrisy Of G.O.P. Family Values

video screen shot of local Phoenix coverage of former Arizona State Representative David Stringer and the campaign to force his resignation based on sexual crimes against children

by Richard Cameron   Arizona State Representative David Henry Stringer (R-Prescott), resigned his office this week, just hours before a police report obtained by legislative leaders was set to be made public in the hearings calling for his removal from the Arizona House. Stringer was, by both national and Arizona standards, an “ultra-conservative”, alt-right, far right political figure and legislator. A man whose racial and anti-immigrant view are on par with and in some instances even exceed that of Iowa Congressman Steve King and another House member from his own…

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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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The Mechanics Of Donald Trump And Vladimir Putin’s Disinformation Operations

photo of well known graffiti of Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump kissing on wall of business in Vilnius, Lithuania

by Kseniya Kirillova While analyzing all that is happening today in the United States, I’ve often noticed the striking similarity between the behavior and propaganda of President Trump with his entourage and President Putin’s Russia. The similarities are so obvious that sometimes it seems that Trump and his team’s methodologies were written in Moscow. Renown Russian opposition politician and former world chess champion Garry Kasparov recently last year the typical game plan that an autocratic leader follows when he gets caught “red-handed.” This is what it looks like: Deny, lie, slander. Claim that it was a misunderstanding.…

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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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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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