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Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Donald Trump Sr., president of the United States, tweeted on Monday, April Fool's Day 2019, that the U.S. Census report "would be meaningless and a waste of the $Billions (ridiculous) that it costs to put together" if it doesn't ask about citizenship. read more


Thursday, February 28, 2019

More than two-thirds of Republican questioning time at the Cohen hearing was spent attacking Cohen, not investigating charges. read more


Sunday, February 17, 2019

Addressing U.S. allies at the Munich Security Conference on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence told the audience: "I bring greetings from the 45th president of the United States of America, President Donald Trump." After five seconds of total silence, Pence soldiered on. read more


Monday, February 11, 2019

This is well worth another listen. It stunned American journalists when it was first broadcast in July 2017 for its non-hyperbolic, straight-from-the-shoulder assessment. It still amazes me that it was rendered less than six months into Trump's presidency and yet concisely summarizes what thinking commentators now universally conclude. Daring and accurate at the time; still as accurate today.

Of the many reports on Uhlmann's piece, I chose the link to the Daily KOS report because the Daily KOS added no comment or characterization to it and because it included a verbatim transcript.

Uhlman's penultimate sentence: "Some will cheer the decline of America, but I think we'll miss it when it's gone." read more


Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Intelligence officials briefing Trump daily are frustrated by Trump's ignorance and uninquisitiveness regarding world affairs and his indifference to the national security information they try to relate to him. read more


Comments

Sniper, you need a few lessons:

No. 1: It takes the votes of 75% of the states to dump the Electoral College by Constitutional amendment, not 2/3 of the states.

No. 2: The Electoral College is no longer working as it was intended. Hamilton explained in Federalist Paper No. 68 that the Electoral College was intended to prevent men like Trump from ever being elected president: Hamilton wrote: "The process of election affords a moral certainty, that the office of President will never fall to the lot of any man who is not in an eminent degree endowed with the requisite qualifications. Talents for low intrigue, and the little arts of popularity, may alone suffice to elevate a man to the first honors in a single State; but it will require other talents, and a different kind of merit, to establish him in the esteem and confidence of the whole Union, or of so considerable a portion of it as would be necessary to make him a successful candidate for the distinguished office of President of the United States. It will not be too strong to say, that there will be a constant probability of seeing the station filled by characters pre-eminent for ability and virtue."

No. 3: The Electoral College can be defeated by the way states choose their electors, which, under the Constitution, is entirely up to each state. Currently the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact is attempting to use the Constitution to defeat the Electoral College. The NPVIC is an agreement among a group of U.S. states and the District of Columbia to award all their electoral votes to whichever presidential candidate wins the overall popular vote in the 50 states and the DC. Currently, it has been adopted by eleven states and the District of Columbia, which together have 172 electoral votes, which is 32.0% of the Electoral College and 63.7% of the votes needed for the compact to go into legal effect.

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