Donald Trump – The First Post Truth President And The Tragedy Of The Commons

Trump Swearing In Ceremony during Inauguration

By GLEB TSIPURSKY  Donald Trump is our first post-truth president. And he may well be the first of many. The Oxford Dictionaries website chose “post-truth” as its 2016 word of the year, in large part due to Trump’s success in the presidential election. It defined post-truth as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” (Incidentally, the 2015 word of the year wasn’t a word at all but the “face with tears of joy” emoji.) Trump’s…

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Former Trump advisors, Paul Manafort and Rick Gates charged with Conspiracy; Papadopolous Admits Lying

By Dani Graham President Trump‘s former campaign manager and chief strategist, Paul Manafort, turned himself into federal authorities this morning. In addition, Rick Gates, longtime business partner of Manafort and another former Trump campaign official has been urged to turn himself in. The charges filed against Manafort and Gates include conspiracy against the United States, foreign lobbying, money laundering, and tax evasion are shown here: News that the first charges were approved by a federal grand jury broke on Friday, while rumors swirled that the first indictments would be issued…

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The “Covfefe” Deflection

Photo credit: Bill Blood By Janice Barlow In the short time that has passed in the Trump presidency, there seems to never be a dull moment. Of recent viral interest was his mysterious tweet, “Despite the constant negative press covfefe“. Several articles have been written about the possible meaning of the word, “covfefe“. Just this morning, MSN news said that the word doesn’t seem to exist in any human language. That appears to be the case when viewing the “word” in its exact spelling. However, in Samoan, the syllables, “ko…

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Understanding the First Amendment and the Protection of the Bill of Rights

by Dena Leichnitz What people do not understand about the First Amendment could fill up the Grand Canyon and what the current administration doesn’t understand about it could fill up to infinity and beyond, as Buzz Lightyear used to say. I wrote this statement about a Bill of Rights I wrote for my school, but it holds even more truth for the actual Bill of Rights: No one fights for words on a page, they fight for ideals, they fight for what is right, it has to mean something. So…

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