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Tulsi Gabbard: Democrat Says She Will Run For President In 2020

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      Houston we have a problem. Damn! I have decided on either of two people to choose in 2020 for the Democrat presidential contender. Now both of them are running. I like both of them equally but for different reasons so who to choose, Warren or Gabbard, is not going to be an easy choice. I guess it will come down to the wire and what each is bringing to the table. How each funds their campaign is going to be a big factor as well as how they stand on the various issues.

      https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jan/11/tu...

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      F.B.I. Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Working On Behalf Of Russia

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          WTF! If the FBI had ANY reason to believe a candidate or a president was acting on behalf of Russia, why in the Hell did our government allow the candidate to assume the office of the presidency or IMMEDIATELY remove him from that office?

          Section 4 of The 25th Amendment needs to be evoked IMMEDIATELY!


          By Adam Goldman, Michael S. Schmidt and Nicholas Fandos

          Jan. 11, 2019

          https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/11/us/politics/fbi-trump-russia-inquiry.html

          WASHINGTON — In the days after President Trump fired James B. Comey as F.B.I. director, law enforcement officials became so concerned by the president’s behavior that they began investigating whether he had been working on behalf of Russia against American interests, according to former law enforcement officials and others familiar with the investigation.

          The inquiry carried explosive implications. Counterintelligence investigators had to consider whether the president’s own actions constituted a possible threat to national security. Agents also sought to determine whether Mr. Trump was knowingly working for Russia or had unwittingly fallen under Moscow’s influence.

          The investigation the F.B.I. opened into Mr. Trump also had a criminal aspect, which has long been publicly known: whether his firing of Mr. Comey constituted obstruction of justice.

          Agents and senior F.B.I. officials had grown suspicious of Mr. Trump’s ties to Russia during the 2016 campaign but held off on opening an investigation into him, the people said, in part because they were uncertain how to proceed with an inquiry of such sensitivity and magnitude. But the president’s activities before and after Mr. Comey’s firing in May 2017, particularly two instances in which Mr. Trump tied the Comey dismissal to the Russia investigation, helped prompt the counterintelligence aspect of the inquiry, the people said.

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          America Becoming Dangerous For Politicians. Good! It's About Time!

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              Mismanagement of America leading to -------

              Is the U.S. Paying for Mexico's Border Security?

              [MN note: Excuse me? Whose border security? What a difference a little change in wording can make. Wow!]
              Why Walls Won't Secure The U.S.–Mexico Border
              Coast Guard wife: "Build the wall, don't build the wall. But pay our husbands"
              McConnell blocks Democratic motion to reopen government
              ‘Do Your Damn Job!’
              ‘It’s not a game’
              'Stop playing politics with our lives'
              Air traffic controller: Border security isn't going to pay my mortgage

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              TRUTH CAN SUCK. TRUTH CAN HURT. BUT IT'S STILL TRUTH. DEAL WITH IT!

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                  Oh so holy and innocent, entitled, supposedly embattled, willfully ignorant, Americans, the inconvenient truth so eloquently expressed by Rev. Wright speaking on the eve of the election of B. Obama applies to our current, bad-beyond-words, situation:

                  Jeremiah Wright Chickens Coming Home To Roost

                  How U.S. Involvement In Central America Led To a Border Crisis
                  Why Walls Won't Secure The U.S.–Mexico Border
                  The Border Patrol's Corruption Problem
                  U.S. Elections Look A Lot Like 'Third-World' Elections
                  Air traffic controller: Border security isn't going to pay my mortgage


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                  ​Media Culpability For Trump

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                      A piece from 2017 that seemed worth re-visiting...

                      Media Culpability For Trump

                      The CBS Example



                      By Ray Cunneff

                      1-5-2017


                      As some of you already know, I spent fourteen years at CBS, starting as a Program Coordinator in New York and ending as as Executive Producer at TV City Hollywood. What I don't think I've ever mentioned was that at one time I was very interested in joining the CBS News Division, something I never got the chance to do but instead bounced back and forth between the Program Department and the Program Practices Department (twice), something analogous to alternately being a prosecutor and a defense attorney.

                      But in 1966, I was one of two or three candidates for the job of Production Manager for a new CBS News program called "60 Minutes". No one really knew exactly how the show would work, but it was clearly a top-tier team led by veteran Cronkite producer Don Hewitt and hosted by Mike Wallace and Harry Reasoner.

                      In those days, if CBS was "the Tiffany of Networks", CBS News was the jewel in the crown. Evening news anchor Walter Cronkite was "the most trusted man in America" and the news division was generally regarded as the best in broadcasting (although NBC was a close second). CBS News was not yet considered a profit center, more like a "loss leader" and blessed with a protective buffer from the pressures of advertisers, affiliates and government in the towering presence of chairman Bill Paley and president Dr. Frank Stanton.

                      One can only speculate what a news organization like that would have made of a candidate like Donald Trump. But it's doubtful that they would have granted him disproportionate free airtime or considered him anything more than a carnival sideshow. More likely, they would have investigated such a candidate thoroughly and ultimately castigated him for his hateful and reckless rhetoric much in the way CBS's Edward R. Morrow had dismembered red-baiting Senator Joe McCarthy a decade earlier.

                      I'll never know if I would have gotten the job, I was drafted into the U.S. Army and my friend (the late) Tony Sturniolo * got the job and stayed with the show for over thirty years.

                      FLASH FORWARD:


                      In a February 29, 2016 article in the Hollywood Reporter, CBS CEO Les Moonves famously remarked about the candidacy of Donald Trump, "It may not be good for America, but it's damn good for CBS".

                      But there was a good deal more to the article. Moonves was euphoric about the ratings and ad dollars Trump's candidacy was delivering for the network. He called his campaign for president a "circus" full of "bomb throwing"and hoped it would continue.

                      He said, "Most of the ads are not about issues. They're sort of like the debates. Man, who would have expected the ride we're all having right now? ... The money's rolling in and this is fun," he said.

                      "I've never seen anything like this, and this going to be a very good year for us. Sorry. It's a terrible thing to say. But, bring it on, Donald. Keep going," said Moonves.

                      Days earlier, he told the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference in San Francisco, "Donald's place in this election is a good thing. There's a lot of money in the marketplace," the exec said of political advertising so far the presidential election season.

                      Beyond politics, Moonves said ad sales in general were strong because there's not a lot of places beyond "The Big Bang Theory" where advertisers can reach 20 million people all at once.

                      This was by no means unique to CBS. In fact, the cable news networks with their 24/7 news cycles bear even more responsibility than the major broadcast networks for the rise of Donald J. Trump, president for all the wrong reasons.

                      * I only found out earlier today that Tony had died in 2016. A bit of a shock since we're almost exactly the same age.

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