Weekend Protests And Riots

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The weekend kicked off Friday evening with the release of the criminal complaint against Derek Chauvin, which included the horrifying detail that Chauvin kept his knee on George Floyd’s neck for nearly three minutes after Floyd was unresponsive. The weekend ended with the lights out at the White House and the news that at one point, with protesters outside the White House, Donald … Read More

Trump Chickens Out In Press Conference And Opts For More Distraction

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Amid a literal plague and widespread unrest over racial injustice in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Louisville, Kentucky, Donald Trump held a press conference Friday to address the nation. It was supposed to be about Minneapolis, but he had gotten himself in hot water by quoting a white supremacist “When the looting starts, the shooting starts”. So he pivoted. “We will be today terminating our … Read More

Declassified Flynn Transcripts Show Him Discussing Sanctions Despite Denials

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Newly declassified transcripts, released by the incoming Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe, show that President-Elect Donald Trump’s designated National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, did, in fact, discuss Obama administration sanctions with the Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. During those conversations, Flynn at several points urged Kislyak to tamp down or limit to “reciprocal” any official Russian response to the newly-emplaced sanctions the Obama White House … Read More

Unhinged Trump

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In the past few days Donald Trump has: Cranked up the volume on his pointless cold wars with China and Iran Turned mask wearing into a culture war campaign issue Accused a TV host of murdering an intern Declared war on voting by mail and accusing children of committing voter fraud Insisted that James Comey and a variety of others … Read More

Society Coming Apart At The Seems

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The brutal manslaughter of George Floyd by Minneapolis policemen has become a touchstone for so many societal hot spots. The most notable, of course, is the continued racial injustice by police in communities throughout the country. This is not new of course. We have seen it repeatedly over the years. I’m not sure anything I can say will add to … Read More

Trump Doubles Down On Exploiting A Family’s Grief

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Trump doesn’t give a rat’s ass about a very real family, whose members have already mourned and grieved the loss of their loved one and find themselves grieving all over again because, in an effort to smear MSNBC on-air host Joe Scarbarough, our deranged president has insinuated in a series of indefensible tweets that foul play was involved in the death of Lori Klausutis, … Read More

COVID-19 Update: Approaching 100K Deaths In US

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World: United States: NC and local: Even as the number of deaths in North Carolina trends down, the head of the state’s Department of Health and Human Services on Saturday reported “a notable and concerning increase” in novel coronavirus cases. The state recorded the “highest one-day COVID-19 cases reported with 1,107 additional cases” just as the state opened its restaurants … Read More

COVID-19 Update: CDC Ignored

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World: U.S. NC and local: As you probably know, a small number of people who have recovered from COVID-19 later test positive for the virus. The latest example of this was some sailors on the USS Theodore Roosevelt. Today, however, we got some good news on that front: Scientists from the Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention studied 285 Covid-19 survivors … Read More

Trump Organization Grift Coming To Light

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There are many reasons why Donald Trump is panicking as he faces the election but the disintegration of the Trump Organization grift has to be a big one. It’s possible that he’ll attempt to build a new media empire but I would bet money that it will implode in about a tenth of the time Glenn Beck’s did. If Trump’s … Read More

Why Was The State Department IG Fired By Trump?

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Steve Linick, the State Department inspector general Trump fired last week, was investigating whether Pompeo made a staffer perform a variety of personal errands, including walking his dog, picking up dry cleaning and making a dinner reservation for him and his wife. A senior State Department official previously confirmed to CNN that Pompeo recommended Linick be removed, but they did not … Read More

COVID-19 Update: A Local Spike

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World: US: The US is over 90,000 now, but here’s my concern…. NC and local: This… Yikes. In spite of warnings by Dr. Fauci, and in spite of *FDA safety warnings issued in April, President Trump announced today that he has been taking hydroxychloroquine as a preventative medicine against the coronavirus. Apparently, the potential side effects on a 73-year old, overweight man with high … Read More

Obamagate and the Unmasking “Scandal”

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The buzzword of the week is “Obamagate”. Trump has tweeted that word several times this week. OBAMAGATE! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 14, 2020 What IS Obamagate? Well, Trump was asked that himself. .@PhilipRucker: You appeared to accuse Obama of a crime yesterday. What did he do? TRUMP: "Obamagate." RUCKER: What is the crime? TRUMP: "You know what the … Read More