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N’dea Yancy Bragg

USA Today

 

No fact checking just Shoot from the lip and Tweet. MA

President Trump called for a new law barring immigrants from receiving welfare for at least five years at a rally on Wednesday. But neither Trump nor nearly 6,000 of his die-hard supporters seemed to realize that the law has already existed for more than 20 years.
Trump received a standing ovation and pledged his administration would put the legislation into effect “very shortly.”
“I believe the time has come for new immigration rules which say that those seeking admission into our country must be able to support themselves financially and should not use welfare for a period of at least five years,” Trump told the crowd in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
As The Hill reported, President Bill Clinton signed the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act in 1996. The law prevents immigrants from receiving federal benefits, such as food stamps, Medicaid, and Social Security for five years after entering the country.
There are some exceptions, however, for children and pregnant women, refugees, and active duty military or veterans. It’s possible Trump could introduce tougher limitations and regulations on top of the existing law.
Trump also came under fire for telling the rally crowd in Cedar Rapids that he doesn’t want a poor person to run the economy. He was defending his selections of billionaire Wilbur Ross and multimillionaire Gary Cohn as parts of his economic team.
In addition to the cheering crowds, Trump’s rally also drew about 250 protesters who voiced their dissent from about a block away.

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These past election years has brought the most vicious elements of politics to the front. Most of us do not harbor the seemingly deep hatred of one another over Race, gender, politics or any other differences. These appear to be points used by Radicals on all sides to get our attention. These are the same tactics used to excite Germany’s people to rise up against the Jews and other “non Aryans”, then go against the rest of the world in a mad man’s quest for World domination. We all know the result of that. There have been the same types of actions in many other countries over the past 10 to 15 years which have created mini wars and strife all over Europe and Asia. If we as Americans do not pay attention to what our elected officials are saying and doing (or not) we could have the negative forces assuming power and putting us on a “CIVIL War” footing. It is our duty to monitor these activities and reject them as “against the interest of the country”. This uncivil discourse among parties and by extension the party faithful amounts to a minor civil war right now. Each side has convinced their followers that someone else is responsible for their problems-this is not the case! The issue is that we as voters are not happy with our government yet we are the reason it is so dysfunctional. We have demanded actions that do nothing to improve the lives of all and accepted actions that benefit everyone above  the middle class including the people we elected to take care of us. All of the 535 members of Congress are covered under the affordable care act yet their plan is not affected by changes like the ones proposed in the upcoming plan (which we still have no idea what it will provide for us). Our anger has brought us a demi god as Commander In chief with dubious abilities to govern. This inability to command  has allowed the Majority party to do what  ever they want in our names and continue the lies they have fostered for the past 15 years. Neither side is winning me over and they should not be winning you either. What we as voters need to do is stop looking to be entertained by the news and look at the facts, this requires broadening our scope of information in all available sources- comfortable and uncomfortable. Forget the labels assigned by the media and become a voter who is informed.

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A valedictorian went rogue in his final speech. His school tried to shut him down.

By Avi Selk

June 20 at 3:47 PM

Peter Butera veered off the preapproved speech at his graduation ceremony on June 16, to criticize Pennsylvania’s Wyoming Area School District for its handling of the student government. (Wymoning Area School Distrcit)
Peter Butera, class president for the entirety of his life as a high school student — all four often-frustrating years of it — took the stage at Friday’s graduation ceremony after the recital of the class poem, which had offended no one.
When the principal of Wyoming Area Secondary Center in Exeter, Pa., had finished applauding the poem, Butera walked up and laid his speech on the podium: the lines he’d dutifully cleared with administrators, and those he had not.
Butera was 18, bound for Villanova University in a few months. He was his class valedictorian, and he was beginning to get nervous about his plan to go rogue at the last possible minute.
“Good evening everyone,” Butera began, innocuously enough. “The past four years at Wyoming Area have been very interesting, to say the least.”
Across the field, by the running track, Butera’s family watched with his girlfriend, who was taking video. In front of the stage sat nearly 200 classmates, nearly all of whom Butera said he knew well, for he had lived here his whole life.

On the chair to Butera’s left sat the principal, Jon Pollard, who barely looked up at him.
“To everyone here today, we cannot thank you enough for everything you’ve done for us,” Butera said.
Pollard scratched his face. So far so good. Butera kept thanking people for a while: Teachers he was close to, “a couple great administrators as well.”
He did not name Pollard among them — an omission not lost on one of the few people there who knew exactly how his speech would end.
“It was always Dr. Pollard,” Albert Sciandra, Butera’s friend and vice president in the student government, told The Washington Post. “He was the one who kept shooting everything Peter wanted to do down.”
The day before the ceremony, Sciandra said, the school had put on a talent show. Butera wanted to do a comedy skit: poke fun at the only teacher who ate the cafeteria lunch, stuff like that.
But such jokes were deemed too extreme, Sciandra said. “Peter rewrote them so many times. Pollard said, ‘You’re not doing it because I said so.’ ”

[A teacher’s decision to be ‘visibly queer’ in his photo with President Trump]
All of high school had been like that, Sciandra told The Post. No matter that they’d both been in student government every single year, he said — any idea that went beyond decorations for some school-approved event got shot down.
So when, a week or so before the ceremony, Butera told his friend that he’d written a secret end to the approved speech — that he planned to expose a system he saw as a sham — Sciandra understood it had to be done.
Though as he sat on the field Friday, Sciandra still doubted his class president would go through with it.
Butera’s speech was now nearing its end. “I have pursued every leadership opportunity available to me,” he told the crowd. He’d been repeatedly elected class president. An honor each time.
“I would like to thank you all for that one final time,” he said. “It really means a lot.”
But it hadn’t meant much to the school, he was thinking, Butera later told The Washington Post. He was remembering the past summer, when he and Sciandra organized protests of a proposed dress code.

“Me and Peter, we went to every council meeting and school-board meeting,” Sciandra said. They packed the seats with students and parents and made speeches, and filled a petition with signatures.
And none of it mattered, the students said: The dress code passed anyway.
“It really means a lot,” Butera continued from the stage.
“However …”
Pollard still was not looking at him, but Sciandra braced in his seat.
“At our school, the title of class president can more accurately be class party planner,” Butera said. “Student council’s main obligation is to paint signs every week.”
At that moment, from his chair, Pollard made what may have been a grimace and finally turned to watch the valedictorian as he hit the climax of his speech.
“Despite some of the outstanding people in our school,” Butera went on, “a lack of a real student government combined with the authoritative attitude that a few teachers, administrators and board members have …”
The principal mouthed something to someone offstage.
” … prevented students from truly developing as true leaders …”

A mechanical bang interrupted his words as the microphone shut down. When Butera spoke his next line, his voice was naked. He had not expected that.
“Hopefully this will change,” he said, speaking louder, trying to be heard.
“Hopefully, for the sake of future students, more people in this school — ”
Butera would have said more. He would have said he hoped future classes would have more educators who valued empowering students as much as they valued educating them. That leadership is a hard thing to learn within the strictures of a public school system.
“It is not what we have done as Wyoming Area students or athletes that will define our lives,” he had written on the paper his principal had not seen, “but what we will go on to do as Wyoming Area Alumni.”
[A congressman said making a man get maternity insurance was ‘crazy.’ A woman’s reply went viral.]
Butera didn’t get to say the last lines. Now Pollard was on his feet, tapping the student’s elbow, mouthing something above a dead microphone.
“He said, ‘Alright Peter. You’re done,’ ” Butera told The Post.
But neither man could be heard now. The field was erupting with cheers, boos and screams: “Let him speak! Let him speak! Let him speak!”
In the back, by Butera’s mother, father, girlfriend, grandma, aunt and uncle, someone said: “I’m so proud.”
The rest of the ceremony would go more or less as officials had planned. The faculty would take turns making speeches. Pollard would give the Class of 2017 his advice: “Read good books and watch bad movies,” and “Clean your room and learn to do you own laundry. And “watch what you put on social media.”
Irony. A few days after the ceremony, a grainy video of Butera’s speech spread wildly across the Internet — more than 75,000 endorsements on Reddit alone. Then came the news stories. While Pollard didn’t immediately respond to The Post, superintendent Janet Serino defended his silencing.
“The young man submitted his graduation speech to his principal and delivered a speech different than the speech that was submitted,” she wrote. But she had since reached out to Butera, requesting a meeting to discuss his concerns.
Wyoming Area Secondary Center’s valedictorian for 2017 had not called out his principal or superintendent or anyone else in his speech — not the approved version, or the rogue ending, or even the part he didn’t get to read.
And Butera declined to criticize any school authority by name when he spoke to The Post. He said that hadn’t been the point of his final act as class president.
“I’m supposed to represent the students,” he said.
And on his last day of high school, when the principal cut off his microphone and waved him off the stage and he walked back to his seat through a standing ovation, he felt that he finally had.

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Is football any better?, No but we as a nation are, Many high profile celebrities worry  about future profits over truth.MA

Dan Wetzel,
Yahoo Sports 16 hours ago

Colin Kaepernick wears a T-shirt depicting the late Huey Newton, co-founder of the Black Panthers and a proponent of African-American militancy in the 1960s. (Getty)
In a flurry of tweets and retweets Monday night, Colin Kaepernick used his sizable social media platform (1.1 million-plus followers) to comment and promote issues concerning police violence involving minorities and the prison-industrial complex, notably the use of inmate labor.
This isn’t new. His Twitter feed is a near daily display of activist messages and arguments. Last weekend he retweeted a couple images that compared modern police officers to slave catchers of the past. To some it was a history lesson. To others who see the many honest and fair members of law enforcement that are trying to build a better future, it was an insult.

Maybe you agree with his posts or maybe you don’t. Maybe they cause you to think about the issue for a second. Maybe you’re bored with anything Kaepernick has to say.
This column isn’t about changing any opinions. You can take it up with Kaepernick. He doesn’t seem to mind the debate.
What Kaepernick hasn’t been tweeting about, or speaking about, or granting interviews about is that he remains an unsigned free agent as NFL training camps creep closer and available jobs are being filled. Kaepernick, who once started in a Super Bowl but is most famous for taking a knee during the national anthem last year, is unemployed.
No one says he should replace Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers or even be slotted in as a starter. He is undoubtedly better, however, than some of these third-stringers with camp invites.
As team after team passes him by, the obvious conclusion is that his high-profile political stances have made him, in the minds of NFL decision-makers, a liability greater than the perceived value he would bring to the team. Make no mistake, if Kaepernick completed 69.9 percent of his passes for 38 touchdowns against just 7 interceptions last season (MVP Matt Ryan numbers), he could tweet whatever he wanted.
After all, there are plenty of other players who joined him on one knee during the anthem who will be suiting up next season.
When your perceived-negatives outweigh your perceived-positives though, you’re done. This is pretty much how it works in every profession, let alone one as cutthroat as the NFL. Kaepernick completed just 59.2 percent of his passes while starting for a 2-14 team. He’s a back-up at this point. So here we are.
Yet he doesn’t seem to care … or at least care enough to change his behavior in an effort to ease fears from clearly skittish teams who tend to like quiet, compliant back-ups. The simplest advice for Kaepernick if he wants to play in the NFL next season is to just be quiet.
He won’t be quiet. He won’t back down.
Whether you agree with his stances, disagree with his stances or find some reasonable and some not, it’s worth offering at least a nod of respect for a guy willing to risk so much for what he believes in.
On this, he is putting his money where his mouth is.
(This is in addition to what his website claims is already $700,000 in donations – out of a pledged $1 million – to “organizations in oppressed communities.” Each donation, most to grassroots organizations, is carefully noted.)
If you look at the website kaepernick7.com, other than the jersey number in the domain name, there is very little acknowledgement that he is even a football player – it’s all about his foundation and its “Know Your Rights” campaign. There are links to pro-Kaepernick sports columns under “media,” but that’s about it.
And he’s yet to come out and complain or even comment about how his NFL job hunt is going.
“He is a starter in this league and I can’t imagine somebody won’t give him a chance to play,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said earlier this offseason.
Carroll is wrong; it’s pretty easy to imagine that no team will give Kaepernick a chance to play. NFL coaches dread so-called “distractions” and Kaepernick is clearly considered one of those. For different reasons, so are Tim Tebow or Johnny Manziel, although neither of them ever led a team to the Super Bowl.
In Seattle’s case, Carroll said he didn’t sign Kaepernick because his contract demands were more than Seattle could handle for a back-up position … which is also a major factor here.
To say politics isn’t a factor here for at least some teams, though, is disingenuous. You can blame the teams for this or you can agree with it. That’s reality, and Kaepernick is very well aware of that fact.
When he chose to make a political statement by sitting, and later kneeling for the national anthem, he knew that he was creating a major stir. His handling of the attention wasn’t always smooth – he was willing to speak at length and with great passion about his positions and how it did or didn’t effect the San Francisco locker room, but he also struggled with details at times and famously decided to skip out on voting (even for ballot initiatives) last November. Becoming a national activist isn’t easy.
Whatever, he decided to try and so he tried. He decided this was important to him, so he made it important to him. He decided that he couldn’t be silent about what he believes, so he spoke out, presumably well aware of the potential repercussions, like being out of the league at age 29.
And now, faced with reality, he hasn’t changed his course at all. He’s Colin Kaepernick, take him or leave him.

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This article from Esquire explains a lot.MA

By Charles P. Pierce
Jun 19, 2017
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One day, when this is all behind us, and Canada has done us the supreme sacrifice of friendship by annexing us for a spell until we’ve regained our sanity, I predict that the primary delivery device for the virus that drove us mad in 2017 will not be reckoned to have been Donald Trump but, rather, Mitch McConnell, a carrier of the creeping death. It was McConnell who best saw the opportunity inherent in the process of installing an arrogant dingbat at the head of the executive branch, and it is McConnell whose personal politics were as cruel and venal as they had to be to take advantage of it.

What he’s trying to do to the healthcare of millions of Americans should be enough to send him to hell on a bus ticket. And, as we see from The Hill on Monday, it’s actually getting worse.
The proposal would start out the growth rate for a new cap on Medicaid spending at the same levels as the House bill, but then drop to a lower growth rate that would cut spending more, known as CPI-U, starting in 2025, the sources said. That proposal has been sent to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) for analysis, a Senate GOP aide said…The aide said that plan has been described as a “consensus option that has been sent to CBO,” though no final decision has been made yet. Another aide said there are still other options in the mix. Democrats and some more moderate Republicans were already warning about Medicaid cuts in the House-passed bill, which reduces Medicaid spending by more than $800 billion over 10 years.
Almost as bad as McConnell are these so-called moderate Republicans who are so terribly troubled about it all, but who can’t seem to do anything but wring their hands. Doesn’t one of them have the guts to leak the secret plan to fight good health? Three of them could stop the whole train, especially now that Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer has called the majority’s bluff.
Almost surely, McConnell—and his Freedom Caucus gunsels—don’t care about the damage they’re preparing to do, in secret, and are full of the confidence of knowing that there isn’t a big enough vestige of a conscience left anywhere in their party to stop them short of doing as much damage as they can. The real barbarians—not the gold-plated ones—are at the gate.

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Newt Gingrich has inserted himself into the election and everything afterwards, he has been proven to be a poor legislator and a biased on air commentator, he appears to be  cut of the same cloth as our Current White House occupant and Senate Leader. MA
June 16, 2017, 11:35 a.m.
Newt Gingrich says a president ‘cannot obstruct justice.’ That’s not what he said in 1998

Colleen Shalby

In a recent interview at the National Press Club in Washington, Newt Gingrich appeared to contradict his past statements about obstruction of justice.
While discussing the ongoing Russia investigation involving President Trump and his campaign, the former GOP House speaker said the president can’t obstruct justice.
“Technically, the president of the United States cannot obstruct justice,'” he said, adding, “If he wants to fire the FBI director, all he has to do is fire him.”
But as House speaker in 1998, Gingrich argued the opposite point. As reported by the The Times and other news outlets at the time, when referring to the investigation into President Clinton after his repeated denials of having an affair with Monica Lewinsky, Gingrich described Clinton’s actions as “obstruction of justice.”
“What you have lived through for 2.5 long years is the most systematic, deliberate obstruction-of-justice cover-up and effort to avoid the truth we have ever seen in American history,” he said. Video of that statement was resurfaced in a 2011 CNN profile on him after he announced the launch of his presidential exploratory committee.
Ultimately, Gingrich’s House charged Clinton with obstruction of justice, as stated in Article III of the House Judiciary Committee’s report that urged his impeachment: “Although, the actions of President Clinton do not have to rise to the level of violating the the federal statute regarding obstruction of justice in order to justify impeachment, some if not all of his actions clearly do.”

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The article below while definitely anti Trump says a lot about how some previous supporters feel, I have included the comment section unedited. The comments say as much as the article. MA

June 20, 2017 / Welcome to the Oldest Political News Web Site on The Internet.

Former Trump supporters walk away in disgust
June 19, 2017 9:23 am | by DOUG THOMPSON – Opinion

Less love, more hate now for Trump.
Donald Trump — under investigation, under suspicion and underwhelming in his failing presidency continues to drop in approval ratings as the number of his supporters and once-faithful continue to diminish.
A new poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center of Public Affairs now finds that 64 percent of American disapprove of his job as President.  Only 35 percent approve.
Reports Jenna Johnson of The Washington Post:
Trump is struggling to keep his viewers engaged. Governing turns out to be less entertaining than the spectacle of a political horse race — especially when complicated by conflict-of-interest scandals, a widening criminal inquiry and a policy agenda bogged down by infighting and partisanship.
“He has an arrogance to him that I think sometimes makes it difficult for people to receive his message the way he wished they would receive it,” Stacey Cotton, whose mother was a die-hard supporter of Trump, tells the Post.
Amber Resnik says she voted for Trump “because he was the least of the worst” of the Presidential offerings in 2016.  “He turned out to be the worst.  I regret my vote.”
Same for Caroline DePell, who lives near Collinsville, Illinois, not far from Belleville, where James T.  Hodgkinson, who shot a Congressman and four others in Northern Virginia last week, lived .
“I fell for his con,” he says.  “He lured me in with his promises and his words.  His promises and his words are lies.  He’s a duplicitous bastard.”
Sam Rollins wondered why his fundamentalist, evangelical minister endorsed Trump:
Trump is a self-admitted adulterer, an abuser of women, a thrice-married sexual sadist who bragged about his affairs while married and a man who let Howard Stern call is daughter a ‘great piece of ass’ and agreed with that assessment.  How does someone like that get the endorsement of a preacher?
Audrey Galloway says her dislike of Hillary Clinton made Trump “the only option.”
“I should have voted for Hillary,” she says now.  “I now see her as the better choice.  I see it too late, unfortunately.”
“Donald Trump dropped an emotional anchor,” Tania Vojvoic, who founded one of his first volunteer campaign networks, tells Politico.  “He captured how Americans feel.  We expect him to keep his word, and right now he’s not keep his word.”
“I expected to be back producing coal by now,” says Annie Bivens of Wise County, VA, home of coal country in Southwestern Virginia.  “I’m not.  Things are getting worse. Like all the others, Donald Trump lied to us. To hell with him.”
Earlier this year, more than 60 percent of white Americans who lack college degrees strongly supported Trump.  Now, polls show that base has dropped to 46 percent and is going down.
“The next guy with an AK who comes to Washington won’t be going to a baseball practice,” says Carden Compton of West Virginia.  “He’ll be looking for Trump. It won’t be me because I won’t go to jail for the likes of him but it someone else may try to do it.”
Trump aides used to say that his supporters would “walk over glass” to support the President.
Now, more and more of them are sweeping the glass aside as they walk away in disgust.
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Ivan June 20, 2017 at 3:49 am
Trump has taken our great and beautiful country and made it in the likeness of him Our guiding principles. Values and core beliefs are now destroyed much like in ” Animial Farm”. A very sad day to be an American who loves his/ her country. Please stand up and say “But the Emperor has no Clothes!”
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We Lost, Trump didn’t win June 19, 2017 at 9:51 pm
The truly conned ones were those who would “normally” vote Dem and should have voted in the first woman president, but fell for all lies about her. They either didn’t vote or voted against Hillary. Their baseless hatred for Hillary gave us this potatohead. Now enjoy the ride and pray every moment that Pence is not at ‘the Desk’.
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James Madison June 19, 2017 at 11:25 pm
Between the states of Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, Trump won the electoral college count. All told, it was those 77,000 votes that had Hillary received, we wouldn’t have Trump.
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Timothy Mueller June 20, 2017 at 1:28 am
Gerrymandering and voter suppression worked great in Wisconsin
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Tom June 19, 2017 at 9:28 pm
If former supporters are disgusted how do you think the “never did” supporters fee?
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Rudy Candelaria June 19, 2017 at 6:37 pm
Watching the Trump administration dog and pony show is like reliving Watergate all over again. Same cover up, same obstruction of justice, same results will follow, impeachment with resignation. Make America great again, impeach Trump and the Trump 5. Let’s drain Trumps swamp once and for all.
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mark foster June 19, 2017 at 5:47 pm
how stupid can we americans be? this this man had not paid any taxes, and said he was smart , he never did anything for this country, he teamed up with a country who’s leader promised to bury us; no one in his family has served in the military protecting this country ,he never made a contribution as a volunteer for anything yet he was elected to office with help from those who promise to bury us, we the people has loss our minds.
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Alexander Bevil June 19, 2017 at 8:54 pm
Nikita Khrushchev said that the Soviet Union would “bury us,” not Vladimir Putin. Do some research, for pity sake.
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Tom June 19, 2017 at 5:36 pm
The old adage fits here ……… If the claims seem to good to be true they ain’t. His whole dog and pony show fit that description. Once a con man always a con man!
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Myrna June 19, 2017 at 8:32 pm
Trump is destroying our country with hate of the immigrants. His whole I am going to build a wall seriously? fix the immigration system and make a path for people who are working here to have work permits. Deporting men and women and separating them from their kids is not the answer. Empty our prisons and deport people that are there back to their countries who are here illegally and committing crimes. that are effecting the American people. This country needs a leader that is an example to others and one that is not running the country like it’s a reality show. This is a great nation and we need a leader that is going to be looking at the well being of it’s citizens.
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Frank June 19, 2017 at 5:33 pm
I agree with the author! I voted for Trump although I am a registered democrat. I echo what you read and hear so many times that we thought it would be the better of the two!
Wow! What a rude awakening… Trump is destroying this country piece by piece each day. And yes I believe the world is laughing at the U.S.A. with this freak leading our nation. So many friendly countries that supported us for many, many years and now looking elsewhere to make new bonds with and so scared of the damage he is going to us and grandchildren.
Come the midterm election, I will vote Democrat and urge everyone out there to do the same before there is no point of return!
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Don June 19, 2017 at 5:19 pm
Trump reminds me of another leader that my grandparents believed to be the greatest. His name was Adolf Hitler.
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Jeff Brown June 19, 2017 at 5:05 pm
This journalist is so full of spite it blares outward in your face. It is not hard for a journalist to dig out the type of persons they want to get a certain type of pre-disposed response. If I had access to interview enough persons, I could dig out anything I want to help me write whatever story I have devised in my mind. Leftist media beats the drum and liberals dance to it. They cannot connect the dots for themselves, the media think tanks pull their strings. Like throwing food to a roost of chickens they think they can toss the talking points on the ground for them to peck at. Lol, they are so childish and so
full of immaturity.
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Lee June 19, 2017 at 6:33 pm
Wake up and truly listen to news programs that discuss what your dumbass president is doing. He knows he has just so much time in office and is doing everything he can to cover his lying ass and cater to the wealthy while making money himself. Russia is still his friend and that is fcking obvious. You supporters only want to believe your man won and you don’t care what he does.
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Blaine Cash June 19, 2017 at 8:26 pm
Just read every comment on this article and was AMAZED by the level of stupidity of a few. Gay education? Seriously? You don’t think there are GAY masons and contractors? Me thinks thou does protest too much! Higher support for Trump now than on election day? so how long have you had the head injury? There are specialized clinics that can fix that now. You can blame the media for reporting whatever, but even settling for a happy medium between right and left, there is too much evidence to at least not raise suspicion. Trump himself has made comments to do so. Do I think he personally colluded with Russia? No. do I think his people did? yes. Do I think he will last full term? No. And no one to blame but himself. Wont be Russia, but it WILL be his failure to divulge where his money is coming from. He is doing to the American people just what he has done to contractors (even the straight ones) and not pay us our due. We pay taxes for a government, not for a spoiled billionaire to appoint all his cronies to offices they have no knowledge to be in. Case in point, Housing and urban development run by a millionaire physician? So, is our surgeon General a real estate tycoon? Okay, rant over.
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grey June 19, 2017 at 8:39 pm
If your only facts are with who you agree with than maybe you’re not getting ful picture. Work with the facts -live with truth! It’s a learning experience! Don’t be afraid of information even it does,NT fit your comfort zone.
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bryan June 19, 2017 at 8:39 pm
Just like how Trump keeps trump keeps championing Rasmussen because he found one poll that puts his approval rating at 50% which is still sad to be bragging about a poll that shows half the country hates you. It is very hypocritical of you to criticize the author for cheery picking interviewees when you cherry pick polls like Rasmussen.
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john June 20, 2017 at 1:31 am
i’m sorry mr. brown. you are so wrong. trump is not the man. he is not the god. he is so wrong for this country. i don’t care if the man or woman is a dem or a rep. it’s the individual. trump is not fit to run this country. he is not fit to run any company. he only knows lies and bankruptcy. those are not exactly the main traits a president should have. you think what you want to think. trump is the wrong man. help save this country. not your ego. trump has got to go.
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Jeff Ritchie June 19, 2017 at 4:52 pm
More of the left inventing lies and spreading false rumors and creating conspiracies where none exist. All in an effort to create a coup against a legally democratically elected president. The left in this country have fire bombed Republican campaign offices. Attempted to assassinate Republican leaders. These acts are nothing more than treason against our Republic. If you are a conservative and or a Republican in this country you are viscously physically attacked or verbally abused in public. Many times such actions are the direct result
of Non-government organizations (NGO’s) groups funded buy individuals who have motives to seed discourse and to take actions to undermine our republic. These are the actions of Fascists, and Terrorists. and should be treated as such.
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Janet Beagle June 19, 2017 at 6:22 pm
Holy moly, are you delusional.
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lisa June 19, 2017 at 8:30 pm
Im sorry all I can do is laugh because I really want to cry for people like you but Ill stop myself and keep it to just a laugh…. a sad sad laughable laugh.
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John Elson June 19, 2017 at 8:45 pm
tin foil hat a bit too tight? go for a walk around the trailer park, then breathe deeply.
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K. W June 19, 2017 at 4:29 pm
Timken,
Were you hit with friendly fire or something. Trump’s support is gone. Even his staff doesn’t support him. His best support is with Putin the Commie. Wake up.
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Steve June 19, 2017 at 4:24 pm
Drumpf is the Face and the Voice of the Fascist Republican Party, you wanted a Dictator now you have one.
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dick AND pat randlett June 19, 2017 at 4:23 pm
GET RID OF THE ‘IDIOT’ !!!!!!!!!!!!***********
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Bob Hunt June 19, 2017 at 4:20 pm
I’m a Trump supporter and I don’t feel that I made a mistake. No one in their right mind could expect President Trump to deliver on his promises while besieged by a bunch of maligned, crazy people throwing all kinds of ridiculous lies at him at every turn! And I will vote for him in 2020 if I’m still around!
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Lee June 19, 2017 at 6:41 pm
What about Bob? You don’t even have a clue what is going on with your ignorant leader but at least you relate. Most of Trump’s base has your mentality. Your man makes it obvious with his tweets and speeches that he is an egotistical asshole. You hang onto your dreams that he will be a great president. The dumbass truly needs your support.
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James Madison June 19, 2017 at 9:37 pm
Now you know how Obama felt…….whom I miss terribly right now.
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Sally June 19, 2017 at 9:56 pm
Ridiculous lies? I guarantee you DJT would be filing libel suits if they were ridiculous lies. Since they are not ridiculous lies, DJT cannot file libel suits. DJT knows he has no grounds to file libel suits……so he tweets his lame bs hoping you’ll fall for it. Oops! Looks like you did!!!!!!!
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Lucy June 19, 2017 at 3:53 pm
Obama told all you all he was a con. Obama said ” this is a 70yr old man who has never done anything for anyone throughout his life what makes you all think he’s going to make your lives better”. You were all warned.
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Nick June 19, 2017 at 3:43 pm
Matt Timken
What planet are you from? you of all people should want a traitor to our country taken out.
you swore to protect this country from foreign and domestic enemies. you’re failing that oath.
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Eldubb June 19, 2017 at 3:41 pm
He’$ not for all American$ and until his $upporter$ under$tand that fully (most does) he’ll alway$ be de$pi$ed by the other 65% of America! We hate Donald Trump! He divide our great country and i$ attempting to pander to a $mall raci$t element of our $ociety and we’re re$i$ting that until he’$ hi$tory!
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William Wilson June 19, 2017 at 3:38 pm
With every scientific organization in the world that studies man made climate change saying it is real and needs urgent attention instead we had right wing talk hosts and Trump denying it or the ramifications. With the 1’st duty of government to protect it’s citizens to see the Trump cabinet of, by, and for fossil fuel multinationals is a pure betrayal of America. Getting many times the dollars they spend on Washington now it is a huge gushers as our government becomes a branch office for their operations. Selling out all future generations and the damages are already seen as massive at what point do the rest of the American people realize we are betrayed and attacked by our own government?
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Raymond Huynh June 19, 2017 at 3:15 pm
I can’t wait to see the Mexican paid great beautiful border wall !
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Steve June 19, 2017 at 3:15 pm
While it is good to see that some people are finally waking up to the idea that they have been conned, they should never again be allowed to vote because they have proven themselves unworthy of the responsibility.
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SHAWN June 19, 2017 at 3:09 pm
I love reading these biased articles. Trump has been in office all of 5 months as he fights 100% of Dems and 25% of Republicans to get anything done.
If Trump never does anything, if he gives up after one term, I don’t care because it was all worth watching the expression on Liberals face as Trump won the Presidency. And, reading articles like this I simply laugh out loud as I picture the hatred behind every word by the author, and imagine the look on the face of those who slam Trump in these message boards……PRICELESS!!
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Stephen Phillips June 19, 2017 at 5:40 pm
What have you seen him do? I have heard nothing but talk, tweeting, talk, tweeting. He hasn’t proposed a single piece of legislation. He hasn’t proposed a budget. He hasn’t selected staff for more than 500 positions that need to be passed by Congress. He has handed off responsibility for Afghanistan to the Generals–which will mean more bloodshed. His two sons, son-in-law and daughter are mired in conflicts of interest. He’s a walking disaster, and people won’t even realize they have been conned.
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Rocklyn Faher June 19, 2017 at 10:04 pm
I find it informative that the Trump Trolls are taking the time to visit so many Left Wing websites and comment on nearly every story and reply to nearly every Liberal comment, attacking Trump’s detractors, staunchly defending ‘their’ man. This indicates a very high level of anxiety on the part of the Trump camp. As the escalation of commitment ramps up, the need for evidence supporting the adherent’s position grows greater. Increasing desperation will drive supporters to ever greater lengths in search of validation. The desire for validation also drives supporters to ‘circle the wagons’ – draw together for mutual support, and self-validate within the shared community by attacking as a community. This is basic psychology / human behavior. It is completely normal for the subject individual to deny error when it impacts so powerfully on such a closely held belief system. Its part of the fight or flight response. Modern civilization has cut humans off from the historical threat norms. We no longer fear being eaten by a wild animal, killed by a ‘tribal’ enemy or random act of Human evil. Even the fear of the supernatural has been supplanted by the collective safety found in modern civilization. So the instinct morphs into a response to the social anxiety fears that have come to supplant the old fears in our new environment. And ultimately, it is a hopeless endevour. Trump is doomed. The social body has identifed an infection, a dangerous pathogen named Donald Trump that must be attacked and destroyed. Physical violence is not the answer of course and is not required. Physical violence in modern society is the province of the mentally unbalanced. Republicans knew full well that when Trump won the election he would come under direct and sustained attack. They are creatures of the system. They know how it works. They swim in the same sewer. It could be assumed even, that they were hoping for Trump to be destoyed. They had Pence in place as their fall-back guy. They could rightly anticipate that while Liberals would despise Pense, they would at least view him as a socially acceptable alternative to Trump and, exhausted by the concerted, month’s long, and hopefully successful, attack on Trump, would acquiesce to a Pense Presidency. Everybody goes home happy–except Trump and his children. They will be destroyed, utterly. You won’t find a lot of tears being shed for them. The social gestalt will punish them as they so richly deserve. They earned their punishment by foisting themselves off on the social body as something they never were; qualified to do anything involving governing. In fact, just about anyone dragged in off the street or shanghied from a municiple jail cell would be better qualified to run this country than the withless clowns we got stuck with, possessing absolutely no understanding of their own incompetence or lack of apptitude for the job ahead. Electing a businessman like Trump to run America, is exactly like picking a child molester to run an orphanage.
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William P. Homans June 20, 2017 at 4:23 am
Yes. The sheer incompetence in anything having to do with governing, uh, trumps his and his children’s greed and venality.
I’ve never heard any mention of grandchildren of Donald Jr. or Eric Trump. Are they married? Do they have children? I’m sure sorry for those kids if they do.
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Rayd June 19, 2017 at 3:05 pm
No matter, who you voted for, It’s clear that he won’t survive as president. The two ways out of the office are impeachment or resignation.
I predict that he will resign so that he can leave on “his terms”. He’ll blame everyone in the world for causing him to fail. It “won’t be his fault.
When? When a major event occurs such as one of the following: His son in law indicted, or Trumps direct communication with Russians, or his profiteering from his business holdings (the new Trump Hotel in DC made $200M in 6 months) or all of the above.
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Chloe June 19, 2017 at 2:55 pm
TRUMP IS EVIL.. HE MUST BE IMPEACHED ASAP!!!!
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James Madison June 19, 2017 at 5:20 pm
Be careful Chloe. If Trump is impeached, then we get Pence. Remember what he did in Indiana. Even the Hoosiers are glad to get rid of him. And it’ll have to start all over again.
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TERRY JOHNSON June 19, 2017 at 2:52 pm
LOCK HIM UP, LOCK HIM UP, LOCK HIM UP KARMA HAS COME BACK AROUND TO HIM, At no time in history other than watergate has there been such an bad light on the white house, and you can say this, say that, and try to blame whomever you want, but the bottom line is that trump himself allowed russia and his love of putin, who has dirt on him to bring down his presidency, and its so sad because the world sees us and wonders, what were voters thinking when they elected this guy and all these amateurs around him in our govt. forget what party you belong to, this is our country and we dont need a bunch of people who know nothing about how to govern running it.
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Werewolf0101 June 19, 2017 at 2:42 pm
This does not surprise me at all, I saw this long before voting was ever started, as He is a Freaking Business man, (ever seen a Rich person get rich by giving money away or by helping others, or by not thinking of themselves in every possible way? Like what did everyone think was going to happen!… it is sad and disgusting that he was ever elected as President. The Electoral College Should be Ashamed of themselves for overriding the Poll Results in the 1st place. because without that, Trump would have been trumped by Hillery (Another Bad choice) the media Fed Everyone what they wanted them to know, Blocked all other Info in the Debates and hardly anyone Voted for anyone but those 2 as result, (When faced with 2 choices do your own research and make a 3rd choice. it is not that hard to do.”not that doing so would have mattered so all you Human Beings out there who did vote for Trump who are now Regretting that vote, do not beat yourselves up over it, your vote did not win, if you look at the poll Results you will find that Hillery Won, the Electoral College Overrode the Majority Vote Results and Placed Trump into Office Despite him getting fewer Votes… so it is the Electoral College that should be placed under Investigation, Right along with Trump…Seriously people, Wake the heck Up and open your Eyes and Ears!
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Michael Minor June 19, 2017 at 2:35 pm
Trump’s truly hard core supporters will be the last to realize they have been conned. I’m guessing they are potentially the most dangerous.
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Kilroy June 19, 2017 at 3:59 pm
Hillary is winning by double digits… Bush still at blame!
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George S June 19, 2017 at 4:23 pm
Trumpanzees are complete imbeciles. Just look at them.
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BARBARA June 19, 2017 at 4:56 pm
TRUMP’showing his TRUE COLORS’!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Bob Whateva June 19, 2017 at 5:13 pm
I didn’t vote for Trump or Hillary, but if the election was held again I’d vote for Trump. Trump is not God, he’s just a man trying to help make America great again, but these somebody want-a- bees are people that not even God Himself could please, I hope Trump continue to do his job and IGNORE all this worthless CRAP!! He’s getting rid of ILLEGAL crooks and he’s going to build the wall, SO I’m sticking with the Donald!! People didn’t like Jesus when He walked the Earth, because He didn’t do things the way they thought He should and if they did it with a green tree you can bet they’re going to do it with a dry one!!
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Bijan Zanubi June 19, 2017 at 6:21 pm
Barbara’don’t worry’he will get you by the P before mid night.
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Harry Caine June 19, 2017 at 2:35 pm
… again, you want to point a finger of blame—there are a lot more important places to start than with Trump; who most saw as a lesser-of-two-evils candidate.
Hilary couldn’t beat this guy? The dems couldn’t find a better candidate to roll out there than Pantsuit? The republicans are a joke, too—unable to offer up a better option than Trump and then bending over and taking it for the sake of the party.
At day’s end, an arrogate billionaire decided on a whim to run for POTUS and managed to win the electoral college en route to the presidency.
Trump isn’t the issue—this broken two-party system, the inability to roll out qualified candidates and society’s general stupidity are the culprit. Never should’ve come down to this.
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nana52 June 19, 2017 at 3:07 pm
All one has to do is listen to Trump’s nonsensical meanderings to know that he is over his head. He doesn’t understand how the government even works. Ask him a question and his pat answer is that he is making America great again . . . no substance to his responses.
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A. Betts June 19, 2017 at 3:24 pm
Who in their right mind would want the job? It’s turned into a nasty, scandal-ridden office. Anyone who is a real statesman shuns it like the plague. We are a broken country and our politicians are to blame. They aren’t interested in serving their country, it’s only the money and power they crave. So much nastiness and greed. Watch out, America…we are on a downward spiral with no “fix” in sight!
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FlywithoutWings June 19, 2017 at 3:42 pm
This is one of the most absolute no nonsense comment that has been made today June 19, 2017.
Regardless of your political party, we have to be totally honest about how did we get here. But now
that we are here what can we do to make it better, because if we keep on the path we are on…….
destruction will be our outcome. We now have a temperamental child leading this already great country.
The divide that has been created can not persist…..if we are to exist.
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Gerald McCarty June 19, 2017 at 3:44 pm
Harry, you are so right. The Republicans could not counter Donald’s trump appeal to the radical base and the Democrats did everything they could to keep the popular candidate (Bernie Sanders) from winning. The country got what they asked for, but not what they deserved. Of course this all happened due to the outdated electoral college, which is another debate in itself.
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Ametrina Mazzio June 19, 2017 at 4:07 pm
“Trump isn’t the issue—this broken two-party system, the inability to roll out qualified candidates and society’s general stupidity are the culprit. Never should’ve come down to this.”
I AGREE and disagree…Trump is the issue and so are most of his voters who deny reality, who hate, who stay in ignorance, who are greedy beyond comprehension, who are craven power freaks and control addicts, those who are women haters, those who blame the one consistent factor we all must face….change is always going to happen sooner or later and we must adapt or die just like the dinosaurs.
A friend of mine who voted for Trump said she had always been “entertained by him”….well, of course, we vote for the president because, in our DENIAL, we need entertainment and not leadership, right? Well, how entertained is the average Trump voter? They would rather risk the fate of their kids and the planet than face the truth. Remember Jack Nicholson in “A Few Good Men?” YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH, you are ignorant beyond words, you are ill informed, you are frightened little kids hiding your hate in the bushes.
No one questioned Trump’s mental health…no one thought past was prelude with his being fined because of money laundering, no one was concerned about his real estate dealings, his views towards women alarmed no one when he stated his daughter was a nice piece of azz on Howard Stern’s show, right? That’s normal? No one was alarmed when he called Rosie O’Donald a fat pig? No one was concerned in view of his 3 bankruptcies? No one was concerned with his myriad law suits? Tax evasion bothered no one? No one was terrified of his wanton greed? Etc etc etc.
Trump voters, take a look at your selves in a mirror…this is your mess, this is where your ignorance has lead,
grow the &^%$ up, grow a pair and, most of all, invest in self awareness…your resentment of others, anyone different than you and as stupid as you scares the living %$#@ out of you.
I am no Hillary supporter but she was better than this pox on humanity and the whole world except Trump voters seems to get this except for the entertainment craving Trump voters who have now turned America into a classless white trash nation with a reality show host’s finger on the nuclear button.
Get yourself into therapy, read something beyond the National Enquirer, watch educational TV rather than sports and Dancing with the Stars and all of us will be better off for it unless Trump’s finger on the launch button ends life on this planet first.
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William P. Homans June 20, 2017 at 4:28 am
Monstrous good rant. Molto bene parlato, ma dama!
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Doug Whiner June 19, 2017 at 4:36 pm
Why couldn’t Clinton win? Last week a NSA employee was arrested for leaking a document which showed the Russians had access to voting systems in the very states polls showed Trump shouldn’t win, but did. Go figure… When you run against a corrupt Putin puppet who is rigging the election, stealing data, lying, ginning up anger about false stories, under the protection of a corrupt party willing to hide espionage to get a win, it is impossible to win.
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Doug Whiner June 19, 2017 at 4:37 pm
Harry Caine – you should really try to get in touch with reality….
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Tom Morofski June 19, 2017 at 2:26 pm
So now the state of Maine is rejecting the LIBERAL HATE CROWD? Won’t that pretty much empty out that state?
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Mike June 19, 2017 at 2:26 pm
I don’t know who the person in the 19th century was would said this. But I remember it from middle school (a long while back), It went something like this: “You can fool some of the people all of the time, most of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.”
May have misquoted the person who originated that saying. But it was made in a political context, so I think it’s still apt.
I didn’t vote for Donald Trump for president simply because I didn’t trust him. Why in the world would a “billionaire” try to screw the workers he contracted with to have work done on his properties? Was it because he thought he was “smart”, could screw people and still win?
It seems to me this has been Donald’s way of dealing with others for as long as he has been “doing deals”.
JMO
Mike
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Joe June 19, 2017 at 2:46 pm
It’s the same man that said…”if the press was right, that I am two faced, why in the world would I have chosen this one?” Abe Lincoln
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H Dennis Allen June 19, 2017 at 4:52 pm
I believe it was Lincoln that said that. And it went, ” You can fool some of the people all the time, All the people some of the time. But you can’t fool all the people all the time”.
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Brad June 19, 2017 at 5:13 pm
I guess the ones you can fool all of the time are the ones who still support Trump.
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Shelley.nadel@yahoo.com June 20, 2017 at 2:15 am
Love your post…so true!
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Erlinda Roque-Tonel June 19, 2017 at 2:25 pm
Hopefully more people will realize their voting mistakes and hopefully Senate and House will do the right thing to remove Trump from office so the rest of citizens can move on and pray for a better leadership!
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Joe June 19, 2017 at 2:31 pm
Not really a voting mistake, Trump is still better then that horrible woman. But we do attract bad candidates as they have to grovel to the party and not raise up America
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Michael Nelson June 19, 2017 at 2:56 pm
hillary was certainly not the worse candidate! the only reason trump won was because comey came out with some non information about the email thing right before the election! thats a fact!
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Joe June 19, 2017 at 2:08 pm
Hillary was the worse possible candidate and Trump the second worse. We have done nothing to encourage the best candidates to actually run as the media will roast them alive for anything they ever have done or said…who would put themselves through that for such low pay? Even blessed Mother Theresa had/has her issues with the vast wealth the group had/has on hand to build hospitals and such that go unbuilt. The WH is a terrible job now and only cockles will want it not those truly talented. In the WH now we have the best of the worst.
BUT simply wait until the Democrats take back the WH…they will be on the receiving end of all this hate they have spilled onto Trump.
Until we insist on term limits, until we curb “unnamed sources” passing for news and until we kill off the parties we are doomed.We no longer think of ourselves as Americans we think of ourselves as Repubs or Dems.
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Jonea Hams June 19, 2017 at 4:49 pm
So, so, SAD, WHERE FROM HERE THOUGH???
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tacitustalks June 19, 2017 at 2:07 pm
Without college degrees – These are men and women who have trade skills and training. It is arrogant and obnoxious to think a journalist, or a graduate of gay studies to be “smarter” than a carpenter, plumber, auto mechanic, or a mason.
Let’s think of this. A journalist does not have to study higher mathematics to get a journalism degree. A mason does. A journalist admitted to me once that she studied journalism because she didn’t want to take college algebra.
The rest about “leaving in droves” is a bunch of lazy people sitting at their desks guessing and spinning tales.
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Doug Whiner June 19, 2017 at 4:48 pm
You really should get in touch with reality. US Law Enforcement does not lie, period. Anyone who attacks US Law Enforcement is to be condemned, period. Donald Trump and his staff bragged about their connections with Wikileaks until the FBI outed the group as a Russian front, period. Trump is a traitor.
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Marion Delgado June 19, 2017 at 1:57 pm
This is media retaliation for being called “enemy of the people” You got nothing.
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rhowar1 June 19, 2017 at 3:52 pm
Wow…You are really REALLY hanging on tight to the bitter end, aren’t you?
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Ellis C. Drewery June 19, 2017 at 1:53 pm
Trump, no doubt, has some very irritating personality characteristics. I wish he was more of a team player, but that is difficult because of the high number of leakers and Obama sympathizers that remained in the government when he stepped up to the plate. Congress is still highly partisan to a paralyzing degree and many are still p.o.’d that Hillary didn’t win the presidency, and refuse to cooperate with his agenda. Blind, diversity crazed, federal judges continue to obstruct his efforts at keeping dangerous immigrants out of the country, the media is totally liberalized against him, Hollywood and the Twitter audience are out to try and belittle and minimize him at every opportunity….many have even issued veiled, or not so veiled, death threats against him. His demeanor continues to invite criticism and insult, I wish he would act more reserved and show a more serious and authoritative persona. I still believe that Hillary would have been ten times worse, not so much on a personality level, but on her self serving, lying, treacherous, Muslim and queer loving tendencies. Take a look at what the Muslims are doing in Europe and tell me how much better off we would have been if Hillary had taken office and began to import hundreds of thousands more of these miscreants into our society. Her carelessness with top secret information, the questionable deaths and disappearances of political and personal enemies, shady charitable donations, hobknobbing with the likes of George Soros and other globalists, etc., etc., etc. Face it, with Hillary or Trump……we didn’t have much of a winner, either way.
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Werewolf0101 June 19, 2017 at 3:13 pm
Ellis C. Drewery, How is he Helping Remove Dangerous Immigrants, by blocking trade, or by Deporting immigrants who are of the Christian Faith, back to a country that KILLS Christians? (Though Shalt Not Kill) Sending people off to a country that you know Will kill them for their Christianity, is still Killing them, and does nothing to help safeguard our Country… Bypassing, or undoing laws that Are meant to Protect our oceans, coast-lines, Air, ECT. helps our Next generation how? in the case of the Oil Industry vs. the Native Americans, The natives had won and the pipeline had to be either given up on or re-routed around Their Tribal Land and Away from the River, yet Trump has undone that, just another Lie Told to The Native Americans. but what is One more Lie right? every word that comes forth from The Mouth Of (Trump) is another Lie, or merely Half Truth and Half Lie. This (Business-Man “Trump” may not be able to do anything that he can benefit off of during the Presidency but that does not mean he cant do what hes doing and set it up in a way as to make benefiting from it after hes no longer President. He is A Business Man after all.
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James Madison June 19, 2017 at 3:21 pm
Sorry Ellis, but you’re merely parroting biases Republican media & individual talking points. You claim that the Dems don’t want to work with Trump’s agenda. Well, of course they don’t want to. Because everything on his agenda will put the screws to millions of people. Cut SS of future beneficiaries? How about Medicare? You do realize of course that the new “healthcare” bill passed by the House Repubs reflected a $600 billion taxcut for the rich don’t you? And we among the 98% will be making up some of that. I hope that there isn’t a Dem who’ll vote for what Trump wants to do regarding infrastructure (putting more $ in the hands of private companies in construction projects), the Repub plan for “healthcare” because the CBO has seen that their plan would throw 23 million people out of the system unless they can afford more costs. Regarding the “left” media, I have news for you. ALL of the large media organizations are owned by conservatives. But you don’t hear that from the Fox “news” so it can’t be true. I find it amazing you bring up the right media’s BS about George Soros, and you don’t bring up the Koch Bros. Why? The Koch’s have a hell of a lot more money for campaign contributions than Soros. To the tune of donating $900 million to further their causes this past election. Privately funding and setting up right wing organizations in every state to fight for their interests and the interests of the rich and their corporations. And of course, every Muslim out there is evil and want to kill all non-believers. Really? May I suggest that you get your information from a less tainted source? FYI, I used to vote Republican and even donated to a few of their causes. But that was before Bush invaded Iraq on lies. And we’ve been there ever since. And what the current Republican party stands for, I won’t vote for a Republican until the party is less radical and will introduce and support legislation that will improve the lives of all Americans, not just their corporate interests.
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Brad June 19, 2017 at 5:19 pm
Well said James
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Sue June 19, 2017 at 4:18 pm
Well said Ellis.
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robertbayardRobert Beard June 19, 2017 at 4:35 pm
Ellis, My mother used to tell me “there was something not quite right with you” , I always knew you were a Fool.
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tom scott June 19, 2017 at 1:47 pm
don’t blame THE DONALD. he told every one that he was too INCOMPETENT to be President.
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Jo Ligenza June 19, 2017 at 1:43 pm
We tried to warn you…
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florenciio fernandez jr June 19, 2017 at 1:36 pm
trump is a misfit and a disgrace for the presidency , mr majority leader and speaker of the house wake up we citizens are being misrepresented, by your leadership ,you should also be removed from office, you also have outlived your usefulness .
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Trump June 19, 2017 at 2:35 pm
Snow flakes still ranting. “Whaa, whaa, whaa” You lost! quit crying. Not one of you would pay an extra $25 a month to end global warming…. even if you could.
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Commander, United States Navy (retired) June 19, 2017 at 3:42 pm
As a “Snow Flake” my $25 per month is proudly going to the ACLU to actively fight Little Hands Donny in the forum he is ironically most familiar with — the courts — and actually knows the least about — Constitutional Law. Soon, VERY soon, when that task is complete, my $25 per month will go towards other important issues. Remember, Snow Flakes need one VERY IMPORTANT thing to exist — WINTER IS COMING!
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Doug Niday June 19, 2017 at 6:18 pm
So you can be proudly outed as one of the whiny, cry baby liberals who lost the election. You are so upset and hurt that your criminal, money laundering, security breaching candidate lost that you are personally proud of the fact that you are hurting millions of people in this country by doing everything within you arrogance and pride to stop any progress. Rather than allow the president a chance you decided to not even allow him one day to make a start that could possibly do some good. That is a typical liberal. All about yourself and no one else matters. As a military veteran, I am ashamed of your actions. You may have been deserving of my respect years ago, but now I am looking at a self centered, un-American, traitor.
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rivers June 19, 2017 at 4:12 pm
did you read the article? It was about how trump supporters are abandoning him, not about us snowflakes. Jesus stay on topic
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Gregory Brown June 19, 2017 at 1:20 pm
Republican President Pud! What a Dud! GOP owns him! Never let them forget!
GB
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Matt Timken June 19, 2017 at 1:15 pm
Support for Trump is greater now than it was on election night. I know that’s not what leftist media outlets like to hear, but it’s something they’re going to have to deal with until his presidency is over.
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Richard Cole June 19, 2017 at 2:48 pm
Could you please provide the evidence for your comment. Please provide me what 2 reputable sources are reporting that “support is greater now that on election night”. I have spent that past 30 minutes trying to fine evidence of this. Thank you
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bobcat666 June 19, 2017 at 4:28 pm
Only in his imagination Matt.
He told us his approval rating was higher than Obama’s, just like his inaugural crowd, and was wrong again, Obama’s rating at this point in 09, was 59%, to Trump’s 50%.
See how he operates yet? He just says what he wants you to think, and you obligingly do as he wants, regardless of the facts.
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Gary Glade June 19, 2017 at 4:43 pm
Which may be sooner than you think. This fool is set on self destruct.
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Dave June 19, 2017 at 4:48 pm
one and 1/2 years and he’ll be in jail. It’s over snowflake!
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H Dennis Allen June 19, 2017 at 4:57 pm
It seems your education is sorely lacking. Is this what our military has become ? What a shame.
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Jimnsal2 June 19, 2017 at 5:40 pm
Right,Matt,we’re still here cheering him on! We know better than to believe those liberal crooked poles.The stock market loves him too!
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Joe June 19, 2017 at 8:04 pm
What fake polls are you refering to ?
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Wynona June 19, 2017 at 8:34 pm
Yeah! You keep teling yourself that. If you say it enough you might even start to believe it, but that won’t make it true. You just repeat that lie over and over.
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Uproar over Trump-themed ‘Julius Caesar,’ but none for Obama version at Guthrie 5 years ago

By Rohan Preston June 12, 2017 — 1:25pm

While Delta Air Lines and Bank of America have dropped their sponsorships of New York’s Public Theater over a President Trump-inspired staging of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar,” corporate sponsors at the Guthrie Theater had no public reaction to a 2012 staging that featured a black actor in the role of Caesar.

That production, part of a national tour done in collaboration with the Acting Company of New York, starred Bjorn DuPaty, a tall basketball aficionado who resembles then-President Barack Obama (pictured above).
Caesar is stabbed to death in the middle of the play.
The New York production, staged by Twin Cities-born director Oskar Eustis, was questioned in a tweet by the president’s son, Donald J. Trump, Jr.
“I wonder how much of this ‘art’ is funded by taxpayers?” he asked. “Serious question, when does ‘art’ become political speech & does that change things?”
The reaction from corporate sponsors was swift.
“No matter what your political stance may be, the graphic staging of ‘Julius Caesar’ at this summer’s free Shakespeare in the Park does not reflect Delta Air Lines’ values,” Delta said Sunday in a statement.
Delta and, before it, Twin Cities-based Northwest Airlines, which merged with Delta in 2009,  is a longstanding supporter of the Guthrie. It is the theater’s official airline, and the title sponsor of the Guthrie’s summer musical, “Sunday in the Park with George.”
“I haven’t seen the Public’s production of the play, but I know the conversation is not about whether it’s a good production or not, or whether Caesar is a hero or villain,” said Guthrie artistic director Joseph Haj. “I feel for Oskar [Eustis] and the Public, because it’s complicated. Corporate sponsors have been vitally important to the health of the American theater — they’ve been extraordinary partners over many decades. But there’s also been a firewall there. I’ve never had a conversation with a sponsor that has been around the art-making itself.”
Haj worries that the retreat of the sponsors in the face of a tweet by the president’s namesake son will have a chilling effect on the field.
“The idea of supporting a theater can’t be limited to an idea that I only support he work I like most,” said Haj. “It has been based on that organization’s values, commitment, vision and mission as we serve our community.”
Advertisers sometimes abandon hot-potato TV programs, as evidenced recently with Fox shows hosted by Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly. But it’s unusual for a corporate sponsor, let alone two, to bail on a performing arts institution over a show.
Haj recently directed Shakespeare’s “King Lear” in modern dress. That tragedy, about a mad ruler surrounded by fawning sycophants, did not make any overt nods to contemporary American politics although audiences reacted audibly at lines that spoke to the moment.
But Full Circle Theater’s recent Twin Cities production of Suzan-Lori Parks’ “365 Days/365 Plays” did feature an insecure character in a blond wig who spoke like Trump and wanted to be famous just to be famous. His mother yells at him to get off the stage, drawing approving laughter from the audience.
“The job of art is to speak truth to power and stand up to authoritarianism,” said director and theater scholar Stephanie Lein Walseth, who staged the Parks playlet, written 15 years ago.” In this moment, things are happening on so many fronts, it’s overwhelming. Doing something through art to preserve our democracy — that’s what I’m called to do.”
Haj said that he’s not sure if there will be a residual effect for this episode. But he hopes that artists will continue to be brave and courageous.
“Arts funding is always, in one way or another, under assault,” he said. “It’s the easiest political football in the world. When Donald Trump called for the defunding of the NEA and the NEH, that’s not a budget decision. The funding is pennies per every American every year. But we don’t get to line-item veto things we don’t like or don’t use. I don’t get to say, ‘I don’t want to fund schools or roads we don’t use.’ We, as a nation, value art and culture. We value the protected space, the freedom of thought and expression.”

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Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean that scammers are taking a break. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued a warning about a new telephone scam

In the scam, callers posing as IRS representatives advise potential victims that two certified letters were sent to the taxpayer in the mail but were returned as undeliverable. The callers then threaten to arrest the potential victim if a payment is not immediately made through a prepaid debit card. The scammer also tells the victim that the purchase of the card is linked to the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) system: it is not.
To ensure that the potential victim doesn’t back out, the caller warns the taxpayer not to contact their tax preparer, an attorney or their local IRS office until after the tax payment is made. This should be a red flag. You should always have the opportunity to contact your tax professional before resolving a tax dispute. Additionally, if you’re not sure that you owe taxes, you always have the opportunity to hang up and call the IRS directly (1.800.829.1040) for more information. Don’t be pressured into making a spur of the moment decision.

The scammers are hoping that you’ll recognize the EFTPS: it’s a real government system used for paying your federal taxes electronically. Paying taxes through EFTPS is free through the U.S. Department of Treasury and does not require the purchase of a prepaid debit card, so don’t be fooled. Also, the EFTPS is an automated system, which means that you won’t receive a phone call from the IRS. It’s one of a number of ways that you can pay what you owe (you can find out more about how to pay your taxes here).
If all of this sounds familiar, it is. Scammers have been targeting taxpayers by phone for years. In the most popular version of the scam, IRS impersonators call and demand payments on iTunes and other gift cards.
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said about the latest scam, “This is a new twist to an old scam. Just because tax season is over, scams and schemes do not take the summer off. People should stay vigilant against IRS impersonation scams. People should remember that the first contact they receive from IRS will not be through a random, threatening phone call.”
Other IRS and tax-related scams involve the nonexistent “Federal Student Tax” and scams targeting tax professionals.

As a reminder, the IRS will never:
– Call to demand immediate payment over the phone, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill (this is true even with the use of private debt collectors).
– Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
– Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
– Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer.
– Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
Don’t engage or respond with scammers. Here’s what to do if you receive a suspicious phone call or message:
– If you receive a call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, and you do not owe tax, or if you are immediately aware that it’s a scam, don’t engage with the scammer and do not give out any information. Just hang up.
– If you receive a telephone message from someone claiming to be from the IRS, and you do not owe tax, or if you are immediately aware that it’s a scam, don’t call them back.
– If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be with the IRS, and you owe tax or think you may owe tax, do not give out any information. Call the IRS back at 1.800.829.1040 to find out more information.
– You can also contact TIGTA to report scam calls by calling 1.800.366.4484 or by using the “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” form on their website. You may also want to report the scam to the Federal Trade Commission by using the “FTC Complaint Assistant” to report persons pretending to be from the government; please add “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.
Don’t fall for the tricks. Keep your personal information safe by remaining alert. For tips on protecting yourself from identity theft related tax

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Prior to my reposting this article a disgruntled and troubled  individual opened fired on Legislators on a baseball field in Virginia. This resulted in injury and death including the gunman. Since then several “activists” of meanest sort have publicly announced their decision to stop using Racist and mean spirited language (why now?). What changed? Is it fear, regret or something else? The change in tone of these high profile individuals hopefully will affect some of the others and perhaps all of us.MA.

Dhruv Khullar JUNE 8,
Long before the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King declared health inequity the most shocking and inhumane form of injustice, W.E.B. Du Bois wrote that “the Negro death rate and sickness are largely matters of condition and not due to racial traits and tendencies.” Before Du Bois made his case, James McCune Smith — the nation’s first black doctor — carefully detailed the health consequences of freedom and oppression. W.E.B. Du Bois wrote that “the Negro death rate and sickness are largely matters of condition and not due to racial traits and tendencies.” These men grasped an insight that modern researchers and policy makers often fail to make explicit: Discrimination, especially when chronic, harms the body and the mind. How we treat one another, and how our institutions treat us, affects how long and how well we live.
We tend to think of discrimination as a moral or legal issue, and perhaps, in the case of immigration, an economic one. But it’s also a medical issue with important public health consequences. A growing body of evidence suggests that racial and sexual discrimination is toxic to the cells, organs and minds of those who experience it.
Research suggests that discrimination is internalized over a lifetime, and linked to a variety of poor health markers and outcomes: more inflammation and worse sleep; smaller babies and higher infant death rates; a greater risk of cancer, depression and substance use. The cumulative burden of discrimination is linked to higher rates of hypertension and more severe narrowing of important arteries in the heart and neck. Even the telomeres at the end of our chromosomes, which act as a sort of timer for aging cells, can shorten.
Discrimination, of course, is only part of the health equation. Individuals are not doomed to disease because of their circumstances. Health and illness are the result of a complex interplay between genetics, behavior and environmental conditions. But experiencing persistent bias can tip the scale. In one study, researchers asked black women to complete questionnaires on how often they experienced minor “everyday” discrimination, as well as major instances of unfair treatment in housing, employment or with the police. They then followed the women for six years, and found that those who had reported more frequent discrimination were more likely to develop breast cancer. The more pervasive the reported discrimination, the higher their risk.
This remained true even after adjusting for more than a dozen other factors like family history, education level, physical activity and use of hormonal supplements or oral contraceptives. Similar work has found that discrimination is a strong predictor of lower back pain in black patients — but not in white patients, who were less likely to report discrimination and for whom discrimination was unrelated to pain. Those who endure chronic discrimination not only experience more stress, but may also process it differently. To test this theory, researchers used surveys to assess the extent of lifetime discrimination that black and white patients had experienced. They then injected patients with phenylephrine (a chemical similar to adrenaline) and found that black patients had a larger temporary increase in blood pressure than white patients. Those who had experienced more discrimination had the largest rise of all. There may also be something particularly sinister about racial stress: People have a bigger spike in blood pressure when talking about racial stressors (being accused of shoplifting) compared with nonracial stressors (experiencing delays at the airport).These effects start early. By fifth grade, black and Hispanic children are already more than twice as likely as white students to say they’ve experienced discrimination at school. (About 7 percent of white children also reported discrimination, and online bullying is a growing problem for students of all backgrounds.)Children who experience discrimination have higher rates of depression, A.D.H.D. and other behavioral problems. And teenagers who endure more discrimination — racial slurs, physical threats, disrespectful behavior, false accusations — are more likely to have disrupted cortisol levels, elevated blood pressure and higher body mass index years later.

Most important, even for students who experience similar levels of discrimination, there is considerable variability in whether or not they go on to develop health problems. Many negative health effects seem to be mitigated — and in some cases eliminated — for those who have robust emotional support from family and friends. And some research even suggests that low levels of adversity can promote resilience.
Most studies have focused on the health effects of what researchers call interpersonal discrimination, including harassment, “micro-aggressions” or even just the anticipation of prejudice. But an emerging literature is also exploring the role of structural discrimination — the social and economic policies that systematically put certain groups at a disadvantage.
Researchers have tried to calculate structural bias by using racial differences in four domains — political participation, educational achievement, employment and incarceration. Blacks, for example, are 12 times more likely to be imprisoned than whites in Wisconsin, but only twice as likely in Hawaii. In Arkansas, the unemployment rate for blacks is 3.6 times higher than for whites; in Delaware, they’re employed at similar rates.
These unequal social conditions foster unequal health outcomes. Blacks in states high in structural discrimination are more likely to have heart attacks than blacks in low-discrimination states, and black women are more likely to give birth to babies too small for their gestational age. (Data is mixed on whether whites in these states do better or worse.)
In a revealing study of historical data, researchers found that before the abolition of Jim Crow laws, the black infant death rate was nearly 20 percent higher in Jim Crow states versus non-Jim Crow states. This disparity declined sharply after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, such that the gap had essentially closed a decade later. Still, the caustic effects of segregation persist: Blacks in segregated neighborhoods remain at higher risk for hypertension, chronic disease, violence and exposure to environmental pollutants.
Research is also identifying harmful inequities for white Americans along geographic and socioeconomic lines. Whites living in rural areas, compared with those in metropolitan centers, now contend with many of the same structural challenges that worsen health: less education, lower incomes, higher unemployment rates and poorer access to medical care. They increasingly feel that they, too, face significant discrimination. In some counties in the Midwest and South, the death rate for white women in their 40s has doubled since 2000.
Other work has found that gays and bisexuals living in states that institute policies restricting their rights — like same-sex marriage bans or lack of workplace protections — are more likely to develop depression, anxiety and substance use disorders. And a recent study suggests that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, conferred large mental health benefits to eligible Hispanic adults, who were nearly 50 percent less likely to report symptoms of major depression compared with noneligible people at risk of being deported.
As important as specific policies may be, the general social and political climate probably has broader and longer-lasting effects. Even if they haven’t experienced bias themselves, members of minority groups may develop a hyperawareness for cues of mistreatment, and this sustained vigilance can lead to chronic stress, mood problems and poorer health outcomes. For example, amid a sharp rise in anti-Arab sentiment after the Sept. 11 attacks, women with Arabic names — but not other women — had an increased risk of preterm birth and low-birth weight babies.
If Dr. King’s moral arc does in fact bend toward justice, it still has a long way to go. When people are marginalized, even unintentionally, it inflicts a toll. Discrimination raises many moral concerns — but also, it seems, many medical ones.

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