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Posted in: Henry Kissinger, American diplomat and Nobel winner, dead at 100 See in context

Apparently he advised former President Trump on more than one occasion. I don't recall whether Trump ever mentioned these meetings or what advice he was given.

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Posted in: GOP considers holding formal vote to authorize Biden impeachment as White House questions legitimacy See in context

I wonder whether Johnson's comments were meant to distract the media about George Santos's impending expulsion from the House.

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Posted in: Trump compares himself to Mandela and rails against Biden after filing for New Hampshire primary See in context

After the interview that Anthony Pratt gave to 60 Minutes Australia, Mr. Trump might not want to take his winning the New Hampshire primary for granite.

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Posted in: U.S. House ousts Kevin McCarthy as leader in historic vote See in context

If Gaetz was working with the Democrats and Trump was working with Gaetz...

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Posted in: Trump argues First Amendment protects him from 'insurrection' cases aimed at keeping him off ballot See in context

From the 1713 ‘Works of Thomas Chalkley:

“There are none so blind as those who will not see. The most deluded people are those who choose to ignore what they already know.”

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Posted in: Trump waives right to speedy trial as Georgia prosecutor seeks to try him with 18 others next month See in context

This is what the former President and Republican members of the House and Senate may need to worry about:

Fourteenth Amendment  Equal Protection and Other Rights

Section 3 Disqualification from Holding Office

No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.

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Posted in: Speaker McCarthy directs House panel to open impeachment inquiry into President Biden See in context

Actually, McCarthy and the rest should be more worried about about Trump will be barred from being on the ballots of some, if not all, states. If successful, perhaps members and candidates running for a House or a Senate seat may be next.


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Posted in: What to stream this week: 'Barbie,' Dan & Shay, 'The Morning Show' and 'Welcome to Wrexham' See in context

In "The Swarm" paragraph, "mussels" rather than "muscles"?

Moderator: Thanks for pointing that out.

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Posted in: Georgia charges Trump, former advisers with illegally trying to overturn 2020 loss See in context

A suggestion for Donald Trump's new campaign song: "I Fought the Law and the Law Won". Perhaps by The Bobby Fuller Four or by The Clash. Perhaps not.

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Posted in: 'Idiots,' 'criminals' and 'scum' -- nasty politics highest in U.S. since Civil War See in context

Be careful what you wish for: In January 2018 signed into law a Republican bill that increased the penalty of mishandling classified material from one year--a misdemeanor to five years--a felony.


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Posted in: Trump faces unprecedented legal peril, but will it hurt his standing with Republican voters? See in context

The article doe not quote any of the Senate Republican leadership. Perhaps they are less willing to defend the former President?

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Posted in: DeSantis hits Trump from the right while the ex-president looks ahead to the general election See in context

An Orwellian moment: when entertaining Sergei Lavrov in the Oval Office, talking Putin's word over that of America's intelligence services, and praising Kim Jong-un. Before Trump, that was so far left that it would have been off the cliff. But now? And black is white and war is peace, eh?

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Posted in: DeSantis hits Trump from the right while the ex-president looks ahead to the general election See in context

From a Truth Social post on Friday: “Congratulations to Kim Jung [sic] Un!”. North Korea was elected to the executive board of the World Health Organization. The quote was from Donald Trump.


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Posted in: 'Woke' fried chicken? Fast food chain at center of U.S. culture wars See in context

But the tables have turned, as right-wing influencers complain on social media about a statement from its vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion who says the company is committed "to ensuring mutual respect, understanding and dignity everywhere we do business."

Though that position has already been filled for a few years, angry social media commentators seem to have only just noticed this week.

There are more than enough residents of the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico for whom a chicken sandwich from a fast food restaurant is a luxury. A bit of gratitude from those of us who can afford it stirred with a dash of sharing -- start with that.

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Posted in: Biden and GOP rush to finalize debt ceiling deal; shore up support to prevent default See in context

Perhaps there was a side agreement struck that would see the House Democrats support Speaker McCarthy in case the Freedom Caucus forced a vote.

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Posted in: Writer tells jury in lawsuit trial: 'Donald Trump raped me' See in context

And then we wonder why women hesitate reporting that they were raped.

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Posted in: Disney-DeSantis war of words heats up at annual meeting See in context

DeSantis appears to be running his campaign to the right of Trump. Running right off the cliff, perhaps?

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Posted in: Trump indicted on criminal charges; appeals to supporters for legal defense funds See in context

Two out of three ain't bad.

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Posted in: Pence says Trump 'endangered my family' on Jan 6 See in context

Former Vice-Presidents Mike Pence and Dan Quayle saved American democracy. Period.

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Posted in: GOP in disarray as McCarthy fails again in bid for House speakership See in context

On the 3rd it was over for the Dems.

No storming of the Capitol Building? No Nancy Pelosi screaming about stolen elections, No nooses to be found anywhere? No Antifa?

The peaceful transfer of power---that is democracy!

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Posted in: McCarthy fails in marathon votes for speaker See in context

The vote for Speaker requires a majority of the members present, no necessarily of all members of the House.

One possibility is for some members of the Freedom Caucus deciding that doing constituency work on Wednesday is more important than voting for the Speaker.

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Posted in: U.S. funding bill targets online sites amid retail theft concerns See in context

Unfortunately, eBay should be added to the Amazon and Facebook marketplaces.

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Posted in: What are some of your favorite Christmas songs or carols? See in context

Christmas Wrapping by The Waitresses

Father Christmas by The Kinks

Run, Run Rudolph by Chuck Berry

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Posted in: Biden hosts congressional leaders to discuss his agenda See in context

Perhaps the reason for the meeting was for President Biden to lay out his agenda for the next several weeks. Perhaps raise the debt ceiling? Perhaps end filibusters in the Senate?

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Posted in: Democrats defy 'red wave' forecasts to keep Senate control; eye Georgia See in context

Should the Republicans take the House, I wonder what promises McCarthy will make with the Democrats to become Speaker of the House. Especially if he runs for Speaker against Trump.

One does not have to be an elected Representative to be elected Speaker.

America, what a country!

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Posted in: Democrats keep Senate majority as GOP push falters in Nevada See in context

Senator Rick Scott as Minority Leader in the Senate?

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Posted in: Future of American democracy loomed large in voters' minds See in context

For what it's worth, many Republicans have been riding a tiger these past few years.Think back to 2010. Alas they may not be able to get off any time soon. Tigers get hungry. (To paraphrase 54/40's Casual Viewing.)

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Posted in: A nation waits: U.S. election workers toil to count thousands of votes See in context

Perhaps Arizona did not hire enough people to count the ballots?

One of the things to remember, there are more than just one or two races on a ballot in many (all?) states. For example, there might also be voting for races for state offices, changes to the state's constitution, as well as propositions. And don't forget voting on whether to raise sales and other taxes

Then there are in-person ballots, absentee ballots, and mail-in ballots.

Counting ballots takes time.

Digital voting may speed up in-person voting either at the polls or at the county election office, but I still see a delay as a result of counting mail-in ballots and some absentee ballots.

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Posted in: Jan 6 panel subpoenas Trump for testimony on Capitol attack See in context

Should the Republicans take over the House next year, I suspect that they will be so busy tearing each other apart that they will not even have the energy left to try to impeach President Biden.

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Posted in: Migrant buses dropped off by Texas near VP Harris' residence See in context

The Southern White Citizens Councils did very much the same thing in the early 1960s. One group of Black Americans was dropped off at Hyannis, Massachusetts, the home of the Kennedys.

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