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Saturday, February 16, 2019

From Admiral Bill McRaven to General Michael Hayden and General Martin Dempsey, some of President Donald Trump's more visible critics of late have been retired military officers. And a provision of federal law little known outside the military makes it a crime, triable by court-martial, for those individuals (and any other commissioned military officer) to use "contemptuous words against the President, the Vice President, Congress, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of a military department, [or] the Secretary of Homeland Security." But does the Constitution really allow the government to subject to military trial those who have retired from active duty -- in some cases, long ago -- even for offenses committed while they are retired?

Friday, February 15, 2019

[I can't make this stuff up department] It's not the strangest headline you've ever read with regards to the current Commander-in-Chief, but it's up there. President Trump loves the game of golf so much that he's installed a virtual course in the White House. The room-sized golf simulator allows the president to play without leaving the comfort of the White House. This means fewer trips to Mar A Lago, but not at the expense of his golf game. Interestingly, President Trump is not the first president to install a golf video game in the White House. He's simply replacing one that President Barrack Obama put in during his term.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Amazon on Thursday canceled its plans to build an expansive corporate campus in New York City after facing an unexpectedly fierce backlash from some lawmakers and union leaders, who contended that a tech giant did not deserve nearly $3 billion in government incentives.

The U.S. and China have made little progress so far during trade talks in Beijing, leaving much work to be done before President Donald Trump and his counterpart Xi Jinping look to seal a deal at a yet-to-be scheduled summit, according to people familiar with discussions.

In closed-door sessions, the sides have failed to narrow the gap around structural reforms to China's economy that the U.S. has requested, even as both seek to avoid an increase in tariffs after March 1, according to three U.S. and Chinese officials who asked not to be identified because the talks were private.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

One of the most successful and enduring feats of interplanetary exploration, NASA's Opportunity rover mission is at an end after almost 15 years exploring the surface of Mars and helping lay the groundwork for NASA's return to the Red Planet. The Opportunity rover stopped communicating with Earth when a severe Mars-wide dust storm blanketed its location in June 2018. After more than a thousand commands to restore contact, engineers in the Space Flight Operations Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) made their last attempt to revive Opportunity Tuesday, to no avail. The solar-powered rover's final communication was received June 10. "It is because of trailblazing missions such as Opportunity that there will come a day when our brave astronauts walk on the surface of Mars," said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. "And when that day arrives, some portion of that first footprint will be owned by the men and women of Opportunity, and a little rover that defied the odds and did so much in the name of exploration." read more


At the risk of being repetitious...

Sinking Cities

Miami and NYC are definitely worth the time to watch.

(and Miami's problem is not that it has been built on a sandbar as some here have asserted....)


Whether you view the reporting as friendly towards Pres rump or not, my concern rests is Pres Trump's ultimate concern for "A Deal" regardless of the ultimate cost to Americans.

As I posted previously ( www.drudge.com ) how Pres Trump announces a deal may not be what the actual deal is.

It will take some journalism to find out the confidential details of what Pres Trump actually agreed to before we can ascertain whether or not we've been sold down the river for a Trump Hotel in Beijing.

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