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The Washington Post points out there is no precise medical or legal definition of “late-term,” and “many doctors and scientists avoid that language, calling it imprecise and misleading.”

The Daily Beast also notes that only 1.3 percent of abortions are performed after 21 weeks of gestation, and the idea that a woman can get an abortion moments before giving birth is “not how medical care works.”

The use of “dog whistles” aka “coded” labels has been common for many years but until recently has been out of the mainstream of conversation. The current administration aided by a neer do well Congress has brought these “coded” statements and words to common use. Along with this common usage the administration has trashed agreements put in place to prevent war and improve trade. Tariffs (taxes) put in place to offset the “tax” policy that was supposed to benefit everyday Americans and threats to bad actors who were in a state of containment with the approval of our now alienated allies. The administration has in a few years undermined our economy, foreign affairs and put us on an isolation footing all because of “dog whistles”.

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The recent statements by TOTUS using the dog whistle ” go back to where you came from” has created possibly the exact reaction he (and his administration) wanted. Captain chaos has used most of his time in office to do what he has done in his business life and that is to create a situation then retract it as a solution. TOTUS has sprung the trap that got him elected. The trap is to create a stir that will keep his name in the headlines and getting attention. So many of his supporters who believe that he has made progress do not understand that the economic progress started before his election and came into fruition during his tenure and he has taken credit for it. What he has done during this term will become evident later on and possibly leave bigger problems. The Immigration issue will be one of the biggest factors for the next administration coupled with the ill-conceived foreign policy and alienation of long time allies. Once out of office TOTUS will be free to say whatever he wants (as he has done all of his life) and garner attention for his own elevation as he has always done. The major parties, the candidates running for office and the media have all fallen into the TRUMP TRAP, giving him the attention and platform he thrives on.

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This opinion while from a Republican is not limited to Republicans but crosses the line between the Major parties and several subsets of those parties, we should not be lulled into a false narrative by either party as to their uprightness or honesty. MA

Daniel Drezner 4 hrs ago
Editor’s note: The opinions in this article are the author’s, as published by our content partner, and do not necessarily represent the views of MSN or Microsoft.
I was a Republican in my youth. Back in the 1980s that seemed a pretty easy call. Republicans under Ronald Reagan were optimistic. They believed in the power of the free market compared with the power of the federal government. They were confident that America’s technological dynamism would outlast the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War. They believed in America as a land of opportunity for immigrants across the world. And despite the GOP’s complicated history with racism, Reagan adhered to official rhetoric that depicted the Grand Old Party as an inclusive tent.
I am now well into my middle age, and to put it bluntly, the modern GOP looks a bit different. What does the GOP stand for in the Age of Trump?
Donald Trump has proffered his answer to that question. On Monday he made an effort to follow up on his racist tweetstorm, in which he told four members of Congress, three of whom were born in the United States, that they should “go back” to their countries of origin. The president made it pretty clear he thinks that he has found a winning message:
The Associated Press’s Zeke Miller, Jill Colvin and Jonathan Lemire offer additional color, making it clear that Trump’s statement was not accidental: “The president has told aides that he was giving voice what many of his supporters believe — that they are tired of people, including immigrants, disrespecting their country, according to three Republicans close to the White House who were not authorized to speak publicly about private conversations.” Or, as Trump put it, “if you’re complaining all the time, very simply, you can leave.”
That last sentence is breathtaking if you think about it for any length of time. First of all, Trump does nothing but complain. Just scanning his tweets in the past week, Trump has complained about 2020 polling, congressional Democrats, the Mueller probe, Paul Ryan, Andrew McCabe, CNN, bitcoin, Facebook and the Supreme Court. Trump is the first president to constantly carp about his victory. Seriously, if Trump went into exile, the aggregate amount of complaining in the United States would fall by an appreciable amount.
Second, Trump fails to understand how democracy works. The opposition party’s job is to criticize the president for policy and political shortcomings. That’s how the system works — politicians complain. The GOP did nothing but complain during the Obama years — Trump included. Imagine the GOP’s reaction if Barack Obama had suggested that complaining Republicans should just leave the country. Trump cannot abide the notion that the members of Congress he disparaged were elected to check his power. Trump’s inability to understand the loyal opposition is part of a continuing series of Trump failing to understand the building block of the American creed. Last week, at his social media summit, the president offered up his definition of free speech: “To me free speech is not when you see something good and then you purposefully write bad,” Trump said. “To me that’s very dangerous speech and you become angry at it. But that’s not free speech.” Needless to say, this is not what free speech means.
Trump has increasingly relied upon Fox News’s Tucker Carlson as his go-to political pundit. This is interesting — not because of Carlson’s nativism but because of the other views he recently espoused. Speaking Monday at the National Conservatism Conference, Carlson told the audience that the principal threat to their individual freedoms “comes not from the government but from the private sector.” This sounds rather different from the GOP rhetoric of my youth.
Political parties have to change with the times. Inevitably the GOP would need to find new ideas beyond Reagan. Still, an aversion to democratic debate, an illiberal definition of free speech and a hostility to free enterprise sound — how to put this — un-American. Or a corporatist, white nationalist America that is a century out of date.
Some GOP members of Congress have begun to criticize the president for his remarks. Still, what is disturbing is just how little pushback there has been from the GOP political class compared to his Charlottesville comments from two years ago. As my Post colleague Toluse Olorunnipa notes, Trump “has learned over the past three years that there is little consequence within his party or from aligned corporate and religious leaders for embracing incendiary rhetoric and pugilistic attacks.” Similarly, the New York Times’s Annie Karni writes, “Administration veterans said they had long ago become immune to thinking anything Mr. Trump said would stick to him for more than one news cycle.”
With the rest of the GOP’s complicity or acquiescence, it seems hard to escape the conclusion that to be a Republican in 2019 is not just to be a racist but rather to be one who is proud of that designation. My colleague Greg Sargent puts it best: “Central to Trump’s racism … is not just the content of the racism itself. It’s also that he’s asserting the right to engage in public displays of racism without it being called out for what it is. A crucial ingredient here is Trump’s declaration of the ability to flaunt his racism with impunity.”
I was a Republican in my youth. But none of the values that attracted me to the party then are present in Trump’s version of the GOP. The party of Reagan is dead. What has emerged in its place is something unspeakable.

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While TOTUS or OS Calcaribus (“bone spurs”) has some similarities we have an opportunity to replace TOTUS with the vote, not an assassination or  Impeachment  This Comparison is purely for the rhetorical aspect.MA

Caligula emperor of the Roman Empire
Reign16 March 37 – 24 January 41 AD,(3 years and 10 months)
Predecessor, Tiberius-Successor, Claudius

Born: Gaius Julius Caesar
31 August 12 AD, Antium, Italia
Died: 24 January 41 AD (aged 28), Palatine Hill, Rome
Burial: Mausoleum of Augustus, Rome
Caligula (/kəˈlɪɡjʊlə/;[1] Latin: Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus; 31 August 12 – 24 January 41 AD) was Roman emperor from 37 to 41 AD. The son of the popular Roman general Germanicus and Augustus’s granddaughter Agrippina the Elder, Caligula was born into the first ruling family of the Roman Empire, conventionally known as the Julio-Claudian dynasty. Germanicus’s uncle and adoptive father, Tiberius, succeeded Augustus as emperor of Rome in 14.
Although he was born Gaius Caesar, after Julius Caesar, he acquired the nickname “Caligula” (meaning “little [soldier’s] boot”, the diminutive form of caliga) from his father’s soldiers during their campaign in Germania. When Germanicus died at Antioch in 19, Agrippina returned with her six children to Rome, where she became entangled in a bitter feud with Tiberius. The conflict eventually led to the destruction of her family, with Caligula as the sole male survivor. Untouched by the deadly intrigues, Caligula accepted an invitation in 31 to join the emperor on the island of Capri, where Tiberius had withdrawn five years earlier. Following the death of Tiberius, Caligula succeeded his adoptive grandfather as emperor in 37.
There are few surviving sources about the reign of Caligula, although he is described as a noble and moderate emperor during the first six months of his rule. After this, the sources focus upon his cruelty, sadism, extravagance, and sexual perversion, presenting him as an insane tyrant. While the reliability of these sources is questionable, it is known that during his brief reign, Caligula worked to increase the unconstrained personal power of the emperor, as opposed to countervailing powers within the principate. He directed much of his attention to ambitious construction projects and luxurious dwellings for himself and initiated the construction of two aqueducts in Rome: the Aqua Claudia and the Anio Novus. During his reign, the empire annexed the client kingdom of Mauretania as a province.
In early 41, Caligula was assassinated as a result of a conspiracy by officers of the Praetorian Guard, senators, and courtiers. The conspirators’ attempt to use the opportunity to restore the Roman Republic was thwarted, however. On the day of the assassination of Caligula, the Praetorians declared Caligula’s uncle, Claudius, the next Roman emperor. Although the Julio-Claudian dynasty continued to rule the empire until the fall of his nephew Nero in 68, Caligula’s death marked the official end of the Julii Caesares in the male line.

 

Donald John Trump-45th President of the United States
Assumed office, January 20, 2017
Preceded by Barack Obama
Personal details
Born Donald John Trump, June 14, 1946 (age 73)
Queens, New York City
Political party
Republican (1987–1999, 2009–2011, 2012–present)
Other political
affiliations
Democratic (until 1987, 2001–2009),Reform (1999–2001),Independent (2011–2012

Policies
Economy: tax cuts tariffsChina trade war, Environment: Paris withdrawal, Foreign policy: Iran deal, Jerusalem Golan Hts, Immigration: travel ban, wall, family separation, national emergency. Social issues: cannabis, Space

Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946) (aka:  OS Calcaribus (“bone spurs”)  is the 45th and current president of the United States. Before entering politics, he was a businessman and television personality.
Trump was born and raised in the New York City borough of Queens and received an economics degree from the Wharton School. He took charge of his family’s real estate business in 1971, renamed it The Trump Organization, and expanded it from Queens and Brooklyn into Manhattan. The company built or renovated skyscrapers, hotels, casinos, and golf courses. Trump later started various side ventures, mostly by licensing his name. He managed the company until his 2017 inauguration. He co-authored several books, including The Art of the Deal. He owned the Miss Universe and Miss USA beauty pageants from 1996 to 2015, and he produced and hosted The Apprentice, a reality television show, from 2003 to 2015. Forbes estimates his net worth to be $3.1 billion.
Trump entered the 2016 presidential race as a Republican and defeated sixteen candidates in the primaries. Commentators described his political positions as populist, protectionist, and nationalist. He was elected president in a surprise victory over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, although he lost the popular vote.[b] He became the oldest first-term U.S. president,[c] and the first one without prior military or government service. His election and policies have sparked numerous protests. Trump has made many false or misleading statements during his campaign and presidency. The statements have been documented by fact-checkers, and the media have widely described the phenomenon as unprecedented in American politics. Many of his comments and actions have been characterized as racially charged or racist.
During his presidency, Trump ordered a travel ban on citizens from several Muslim-majority countries, citing security concerns; after legal challenges, the Supreme Court upheld the policy’s third revision. He enacted a tax cut package for individuals and businesses, which also rescinded the individual health insurance mandate and allowed oil drilling in the Arctic Refuge. He appointed Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. In foreign policy, Trump pursued his America First agenda, withdrawing the U.S. from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade negotiations, the Paris Agreement on climate change, and the Iran nuclear deal. He recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, imposed import tariffs on various goods (triggering a trade war with China), and started negotiations with North Korea seeking denuclearization.

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Let’s start with the idea or fact that politicians and aspirants lie and spin the truth. With this in mind what ever comes across your favorite device should be held suspect until you can verify it yourself. The modern day political aspirants and professional pols all use the same methods to get their agendas out to the public via mass media of all sorts. The real issue is how knowledgeable is the public. We have seen the reliability of some of most well known social media distributors become suspect yet we still religiously follow them. This election season will be possibly the worst for information since we have experienced the rise of  “opinion news” offered as fact. Our titular national leader aka TOTUS has lead the conversation with statements that are at once inflammatory and false statements that get a rise from his supporters while inserting himself in minor issues that are beneath his station. What we seemingly have is a leader whose sole objective is the disruption of norms no matter what the consequences. It is sad that we have a Congress that has allowed a miscreant to dictate the fate of our country while they build the tunnel that could undermine our freedoms while enhancing their own standards of living.

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It appears that TOTUS is nearing a breakdown of sorts, his wide-ranging, mostly erroneous July 4th speech was a boosting of himself, now he is attacking his friends at FOX. The census question kicked out by the high court and Iran’s challenge is quite a load for a would be dictator to handle, question is “How will he?” MA

Chris Mills Rodrigo 12 hrs ago

President Trump slammed Fox News and its reporting in a series of tweets Sunday evening, claiming the conservative network is “changing fast” and being staffed with Democrats.
“Watching @FoxNews weekend anchors is worse than watching low ratings Fake News @CNN, or Lyin’ Brian Williams,” the president said.
“But @FoxNews, who failed in getting the very BORING Dem debates, is now loading up with Democrats & even using Fake unsourced @nytimes as a ‘source’ of information (ask the Times what they paid for the Boston Globe, & what they sold it for (lost 1.5 Billion Dollars), or their old headquarters building disaster, or their unfunded liability? @FoxNews is changing fast, but they forgot the people who got them there!”

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Watching @FoxNews weekend anchors is worse than watching low ratings Fake News @CNN, or Lyin’ Brian Williams (remember when he totally fabricated a War Story trying to make himself into a hero, & got fired. A very dishonest journalist!) and the crew of degenerate……

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…..Comcast (NBC/MSNBC) Trump haters, who do whatever Brian & Steve tell them to do. Like CNN, NBC is also way down in the ratings. But @FoxNews, who failed in getting the very BORING Dem debates, is now loading up with Democrats & even using Fake unsourced @nytimes as….

Donald J. Trump
✔ @realDonaldTrump

…a “source” of information (ask the Times what they paid for the Boston Globe, & what they sold it for (lost 1.5 Billion Dollars), or their old headquarters building disaster, or their unfunded liability? @FoxNews is changing fast, but they forgot the people who got them there!

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Earlier on Sunday, Trump called out The New York Times for reporting on a migrant detention center in Clint, Texas.
“The Fake News Media, in particular the Failing @nytimes, is writing phony and exaggerated accounts of the Border Detention Centers,” he tweeted.
The article in the Times revealed rampant disease, overcrowding and deficient facilities.
Fox News did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Trump’s tweet.
Trump is known to have a close relationship with many Fox News personalities. He has appeared on the network more than any other and frequently tweets segments from shows.
However, he has increasingly criticized it over its campaign coverage, particularly when the network chooses to cover 2020 Democrats.

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Is it a far stretch to think that TOTUS could be a sex offender, given several of his closest friends have been indicted on sex charges and he has previously and recently defended them? MA

Mary Papenfuss, HuffPost• July 7, 2019
Biographer Tweets Embarrassing Trump Quote About Epstein Liking Women ‘On Younger Side’
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Donald Trump biographer Tim O’Brien picked an awkward moment for the president Saturday to raise an old quote from Trump about his pal Jeffrey Epstein, whom he called a “terrific guy” and “fun.”
It’s “even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side,” Trump told New York Magazine in 2002 for a profile on Epstein.

Tim O’Brien
✔ @TimOBrien

“I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy. He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.” – Donald Trump, 2002 https://twitter.com/timobrien/status/1147681218714095616

Tim O’Brien
✔ @TimOBrien
Jeffrey Epstein, the New York financier long accused of molesting dozens of young girls, has been charged by federal prosecutors with sex trafficking. Via ⁦@WRashbaum⁩ https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/06/nyregion/jeffrey-epstein-arrested-sex-trafficking.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share
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Epstein was arrested in New York Saturday on federal charges of allegedly sex trafficking minors, according to The New York Times, The Miami Herald and The Daily Beast, which first reported the story.
The 66-year-old billionaire money manager is accused of trafficking dozens of minors in New York and Florida between 2002 and 2005, according to The Daily Beast, which cited three unnamed law enforcement sources. He allegedly paid the underage victims for massages, and molested and sexually abused them.
Epstein avoided federal criminal charges in 2007 and 2008 in a widely criticized plea deal on earlier accusations that he molested underage girls. The deal was negotiated by Trump’s Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta when he was a top federal prosecutor in Miami.
Epstein, a registered sex offender, is expected to appear in court in Manhattan on Monday.

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This explains the peril in this administration’s continuance and the GOP’s reluctance to rein it in. MA

Michael Morell 13 hrs ago

Editor’s note: The opinions in this article are the author’s, as published by our content partner, and do not necessarily represent the views of MSN or Microsoft.
Michael Morell was the deputy director of the CIA from 2010 to 2013 and twice its acting director. He is a contributing columnist for The Post.

From his very first day in office, President Trump has had a strange and, at times, strained relationship with the U.S. intelligence community. The president and his political aides have often challenged the honesty and integrity of the community, damaging morale, undercutting its mission and making the already difficult challenge of uncovering threats to our nation even harder.
But, by putting the CIA’s analytic judgment (that one of Russia’s objectives in interfering in the 2016 election was to help then-candidate Trump) into the crosshairs of the Justice Department, as reported by several news organizations , the president and Attorney General William P. Barr are crossing another line.
I see no problem with a Justice Department review of whether the CIA and other intelligence agencies lived up to their legal and regulatory responsibilities as to how they handled any information related to U.S. persons — U.S. citizens and U.S. nationals. There are strict rules in this regard — the most important promulgated by multiple attorneys general over time — and, in our divisive political environment, it would be beneficial to our democracy for the country to know whether the rules were followed or not.
Nor am I arguing that CIA analytic judgments should be beyond review, but that has already happened in this case. Both the Senate and the House intelligence committees have done reviews of the analysis, with the bipartisan Senate committee calling the overall analysis a “sound intelligence product.” The partisan House committee split on the question of the specific judgment about Russian President Vladi­mir Putin’s intent to help Trump.
What I am arguing is that the Justice Department has no standing to review the CIA’s analytic judgment. The whole idea is inappropriate and dangerous. It is certainly unprecedented, and there are good reasons it has never been done before.
I have great respect for John H. Durham , the U.S. attorney for the District of Connecticut tapped by Barr to do the review. But, while Durham is familiar with the CIA from previous investigations, he and his team have no experience with, or knowledge of, the process of intelligence analysis itself. He and his team could well impose a hard-to-meet law enforcement standard on the analysts’ conclusions. That would create a burden of proof that might be right in a court of law but would be risky and unwise in the assessment of intelligence for real-time decision-making.
A similarly dangerous consequence of a Justice Department review of analysis is the chilling effect it may have on analysts and analysis. Out of prudence, any analyst asked to submit to an interview with Durham’s investigators will want to have a personal lawyer nearby — likely a first for many, if not all, of the analysts. This will all be watched closely inside the intelligence community: The prospect that Justice Department prosecutors could ask questions about how an analyst came to a specific conclusion — along with the thought that there may be legal consequences for having done so — could lead analysts to withhold their judgments or even decide that this profession is not for them. We lose as a nation with either outcome.
If the shoe were on the other foot — if a senior intelligence community official were asked to review decisions made by the FBI and career prosecutors — how do we think the attorney general, or career prosecutors, would react? With loud protests, no doubt.
There seems to be an erroneous belief among some that if the analysts had not come to the conclusion that Putin was trying to help Trump, there would not have been an FBI counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign. This belief is misplaced; there was likely never a link between a judgment by the intelligence community analysts and a decision by the FBI on whether to open a counterintelligence case. The two were most likely completely separate. And, further, it seems that the analytic judgment about Russian intent came after the opening of the counterintelligence investigation. If so, it could not have been a predicate for the investigation.
A Justice-led review of the quality of intelligence analysis represents yet another weakening of the intelligence community as an institution. The country could be paying for these kinds of decisions for years to come.

Read more:
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Harry Litman: William Barr is making Trump’s obsession his own
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The Post’s View: William Barr torched his reputation. His testimony compounded the damage.
E.J. Dionne Jr.: William Barr has shamelessly corrupted the debate over the Mueller report

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Blathering idiot who tells the truth among his lies. MA
Antonia Blumberg, HuffPost 14 hours ago
President Donald Trump may have just undermined the effort to get a citizenship question added to the 2020 census by identifying his administration’s real motives behind the effort.
Responding to reporters outside the White House on Friday, the president said the question was necessary “for many reasons.”
“Number one, you need it for Congress — you need it for Congress for districting,” Trump said. “You need it for appropriations — where are the funds going? How many people are there? Are they citizens? Are they not citizens? You need it for many reasons.”
But the reasons Trump named don’t exactly line up with his administration’s official talking points.
Since Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who oversees the U.S. Census Bureau, moved to add the citizenship question to the 2020 census in 2018, the Trump administration has claimed the query is necessary to better enforce the Voting Rights Act.
Those challenging the question said there’s a partisan motive behind the effort. Congressional districts are apportioned based on total population, regardless of citizenship. But with a citizenship question added to the census, experts and activists say it could discourage people of color from participating and privilege conservative and rural areas with smaller noncitizen populations.
By its own analysis, the Census Bureau has estimated millions of people could be left out of the census count if a citizenship question is added to the survey. Republican consultant Thomas Hofeller, who ghostwrote portions of what would later become the Justice Department’s formal request to add the citizenship question to the census, wrote that adding the question would pave the way for redistricting that would increase the political power of “Republicans and Non-Hispanic Whites,” according to documents revealed in federal court in May.
Trump’s comment on Friday that the question is needed for “districting” appears to give weight to that argument.
The president’s remarks come the same day his administration missed a deadline to provide an adequate justification for adding the citizenship question.
The Supreme Court temporarily blocked the administration from adding the question, ruling last week that the Department of Commerce had not provided an adequate explanation for its decision to do so. On Wednesday, a federal judge gave the administration a deadline of 2 p.m. on Friday to provide that explanation, which it did not meet.
Justice Department lawyers said in a court filing on Friday they would continue to look for ways to add the question to the census.
“The Departments of Commerce and Justice have been instructed to examine whether there is a path forward, consistent with the Supreme Court’s decision, that would allow for the inclusion of the citizenship question on the census,” the lawyers wrote.
Later on Friday, a Maryland federal judge denied the administration’s request for a delay in discovery pertaining to the claims of the plaintiffs challenging the question in court.

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The large number of candidates seeking the nomination to run for President and other offices is at best confusing as the messages are so varied that it is difficult to get a general theme. There appears to be ” the chicken in every pot” statement by every aspirant which promises prosperity with no substantial background information about the how of it. It appears that election season has become more of a “dog & pony” show than debates about facts. How do we decide who is the most qualified or acceptable? With the current administration as a template, it appears to me that anyone with reasonable grasp of world affairs and how government works is a better choice. The bigger issue is term limiting Congress  by the vote as we cannot expect these seat fillers to regulate themselves. Essentially being a member of Congress is the proverbial “free lunch”. The question becomes” who is acceptable”? Our politics have become more entertainment than substance since the truth becomes unrecognizable on air due to mass media coverage and outlet management policies and politics. Acceptability is as in beauty, is in the eyes of the beholder. There is no greater task than voting and it is serious enough that time is required to get the facts about candidates and a decent understanding of how the government is supposed to work compared to how it is currently working. The working thought should be that there was an opportunity missed by the existing  Congress to address the migrant crisis but that was subverted by the “Tea Party” and TOTUS has in his inimitable fashion ignored history while trying to make his own self serving version. The question is: “who is acceptable?”. The answer is anyone who is more moderate and has a firm grasp on the issues regardless of the entertainment value or lack of. Campaigning is different from serving and the two never meet without a bridge.

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The Draft Dodger wants a military parade to celebrate himself, no matter what it costs the taxpayers and the damage that will be done to the streets and the national mall.MA

Minyvonne Burke 17 mins ago
President Donald Trump took to Twitter to tout his military-style July 4th event, which he said will be “one of the biggest celebrations” in U.S. history.
“Be there early,” the president said in a tweet Thursday morning.
His “Salute to America” event is set for Thursday evening, with Trump scheduled to speak at 6:30 p.m.
He tweeted that the event at the Lincoln Memorial will include “large scale flyovers of the most modern and advanced aircraft anywhere in the World.”

Trump also teased that attendees may get a glimpse of Air Force One doing a “low & loud sprint over the crowd.”
“People are coming from far and wide to join us today and tonight for what is turning out to be one of the biggest celebrations in the history of our Country, SALUTE TO AMERICA,” he said.
The president’s military display will also include performances by The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, the U.S. Army Band, the Armed Forces Chorus, the U.S. Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon and the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. Tanks will be on display.
The event has drawn concerns from Democrats and critics who say the president is inserting himself into a national holiday and could make the celebration a political event.
But the communications director for Trump’s re-election campaign, Tim Murtaugh, dismissed complaints that the president is using the Independence Day event for political purposes.
“President Trump loves this country. He’s not going to apologize for that,” he said. Officials also stressed the event is open to the general public and tickets are not required to attend.
Washington, D.C.’s delegate to Congress, Eleanor Holmes Norton, told NBC News this week, “The people should resent having any politician co-opt the nation’s birthday. That’s for them — the American people — and them alone.”
She added: “Mr. President, how about a hot dog and a hamburger rather than an extravaganza that divides the country?”
The Washington, D.C., City Council tweeted, “tanks, but no tanks.”
There have also been concerns about the cost. According to The Washington Post, the National Park Service is diverting roughly $2.5 million in entrance and recreation fees from parks around the country to cover the tab for Trump’s event.
The diverted fees, however, represent just a fraction of the total cost, which remains unclear. In a tweet on Wednesday, Trump downplayed the cost, writing: “The cost of our great Salute to America tomorrow will be very little compared to what it is worth.
“We own the planes, we have the pilots, the airport is right next door (Andrews), all we need is the fuel. We own the tanks and all. Fireworks are donated by two of the greats. Nice!”

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