Danger Ahead! The Runaway Tractor Trailer Rig – Trump’s Presidency

by Richard Cameron Trump’s Runaway Presidency The standard metaphor for anything that is going “south”, that is to say, badly wrong, is a speeding train hopping the rails – an impending train wreck. Since it is so overworked and such a cliché, perhaps we should opt for another analogy to the Donald Trump presidency – the runaway semi-tractor trailer. In this one, the president is the owner-operator of the bigly rig and the rig is the Office of the Presidency and the contents of the trailer is the stability and…

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Credible News Sources Versus Incredible Sensationalism: Getting at the Truth

By Janice Barlow In recent days, America has been deluged with seemingly endless tragedies, both individual and massive. Hurricanes, earthquakes, a mass shooting in Las Vegas, raging fires in California, and the deaths of celebrities have and are bombarding our newsfeeds.  (I do say, America, because Puerto Rico is a Territory of the U.S. and Mexico is part of the American continent). All sources want to be first. But who gets it right? Although we should never become jaded, inured to the horrors that seem to be occurring with increased frequency and magnitude,…

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Communication Breakdown – The Trump Administration’s Policy Messaging Disconnect

the eponymous photo taken at the moment of the historic Hindenburg disaster - the explosion of the Hindenburg dirigible, so well known as the visual representation of the British hard rock supergroup Led Zeppelin

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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Trump’s Disordered & Opportunistic DACA Messaging & The Scapegoating Of Dreamers

photo of DACA participant ("dreamer") who is a teacher's assistant in her office

by Richard Cameron Trump’s DACA Messaging I’m seeing a lot of heated discussions about the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) program and Trump’s handling of it.  If you’re following DACA at all, you are aware that it came into existence through an executive order signed by President Barack Obama in 2012.   The program provided for the children of illegal migrants that were brought to the US as children, to register with immigration authorities and remain for 2 year periods, then apply again at the end of the term…

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A Reality Check On The Trump Phoenix Rally (Worship Service)

Trump at his speaking podium during rally in Phoenix, Arizona

by Richard Cameron The National Clown Gangsta made an appearance in Phoenix yesterday to flatulate.  It was not necessary, was disruptive and had nothing to do with governance.  Drumpf the Clown just needed a worship service.  He’s addicted to them now.  Trump essentially announced without actually doing so, a presidential pardon for a former law enforcement official (convicted Maricopa County Sheriff, Joe Arpaio), that callously and deliberately disobeyed the clear and unambiguous order of a federal court. Because it is the right thing to do? No – because his shriveling…

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What Is Donald Trump’s Base Of Support Looking Like In July 2017? The Latest Polling & What It Means

Donald Trump Jr. poses for photo at Trump Campaign rally

by Richard Cameron Trump’s Base of support in July 2017 Here at National Compass, we are frequently tracking how Donald Trump’s presidency is trending, looking for signifiers that may indicate a shift in the national outlook towards him.  So far the baseline numbers are holding steady although not favorably for the President. The latest Washington Post / ABC News poll shows President Donald Trump’s approval ratings remaining at 36 percent as they have been for several months at this point.  As a point of comparison, George W. Bush and Barack…

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As The Trump Tweets Continue – The Challenges From A Parent’s Perspective

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by Danielle Pechette-Graham Trump Tweets – There’s No End To Them The Trump Tweets continue unabated.  Ever since the President of the United States of America took to Twitter to personally attack the hosts, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, of MSNBC’s show “Morning Joe” it has dominated the news and social media. Outside of the small core group of rabid Trump supporters, the majority of the country who has spoken out has come out against the Presidents behavior. However, far too many in the GOP, the party of “principles and…

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To Russia With Love: Deciphering Trump’s Tweetheart Messages

By Janice Barlow I began storing up some of President Trump’s tweets before he became president. Unlike President Obama, the only other president who tweeted as president, (since Twitter was born in 2006), Trump was able to maintain his private Twitter account, @realdonaldtrump, in addition to the standard and secure, @POTUS account assigned when a president takes office.  The reasons that Trump was allowed to keep it and not close it down while serving as POTUS are unknown. Obama tweeted his final tweets in a humble manner from the @POTUS account. George…

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Fast Food News: The Burger Joint You Need to Follow on Twitter

By Michael Murillo If you’re going to follow a fast food chain on Twitter (not saying you should, but if you do), there’s only one account worth following. They’re not the biggest company, and they’re not the best-known company. But Wendy’s has — by far — the most hilarious Twitter account out of any fast food chain. Sometimes they respond to random fans: Sometimes they get into arguments with people trying to trash their food, and it usually doesn’t go well for the amateur critic. And frequently, they end up…

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