GOP Senators Start Distancing Themselves from President -- President Donald Trump is starting to lose the blind loyalty of some members of the GOP in the US Senate. First, a few of them shot down his tax-cut bill that posed as a health care measure. Then, he announced his support for neo-Nazis and the KKK, and more than a few rejected his statements as un-American. Now, a couple of them have taken it a step farther. They have begun to question his competence and suitability for the job he has. [18 August]
Trump's CEO Councils Closed Down in Tantrum -- The infantile behavior of the President of the United States continues to plumb the depths of selfishness. His two business advisory councils faced a rash of resignations by CEOs of some of America's biggest companies following his ham-fisted endorsement of neo-Nazis and the KKK in the wake of the Charlottesville attack. Rather than replace the businessmen who left, President Trump decided to close down both councils, effectively taking his ball and going home to pout. [17 August]
Trump's Defense of Racists Not Really Surprising -- President Trump was supposed to make a few remarks about infrastructure development yesterday. Instead, he fielded questions from the media and wound up defending the neo-Nazis and Confederate sympathizers who disrupted the peace of Charlottesville, Virginia, over the week-end. Many were shocked, but one can't figure out why. Mr. Trump's first public statement as a candidate for the office he now holds was an anti-Mexican diatribe. His dogwhistle politics has turned to a foghorn of hatred and division. Yet, the evidence was there all along. The real question now is what does the nation do about it? [16 August]
North Korea Blinks in Missile Crisis with US -- North Korea's President Kim Jong Un had threatened to launch four missiles at the American Territory of Guam today. It is an hour or so shy of August 16 in Guam's time zone, three hours away in Pyongyang. There will be no missile attack as North Korea is claiming President Kim has decided to hold off to see what the Americans do. It may persuade some that he is giving peace a chance, but the fact is for all his sabre-rattling he isn't about to take his sword from its scabbard. Eyeball to eyeball with the US, he will always blink. [15 August]
Nazi Kills American Citizen on US Soil -- Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old American citizen, was peacefully protesting in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday, when a Nazi who won't be named here drove his car into a crowd and killed her. He is under arrest, and local authorities have charged him with second-degree murder. The Feds need to charge him under America's anti-terrorism laws and seek the death penalty. His actions represent an attack on the American Republic as surely as the 9/11 attack and the Oklahoma City bombing. Yet, Mr. Trump has failed the test of presidential leadership here. [14 August]
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