We know of numerous secret communications between members of the Trump campaign and Russia, and favors asked for and received. The reports that the FBI is investigating whether Russian money went to the NRA to help Trump is the most significant hint of a money trail.
Even though they now control the White House as well as Congress, Republicans are still in the doomsday-machine business – and what they’re currently threatening to blow up is health care for nearly 9 million children.
The assumption seems to be that as long as there’s consent between adults, everything else is kosher. Surely that’s setting the bar amazingly low. Everything we know about touch suggests that even with full consent, the emotional quality of an encounter can have profound positive or negative effects.
No one should feel sorry for those who choose to aid and abet this travesty of an administration. But the larger impact is something we all must worry about: One year into the Trump presidency, we effectively do not have a presidency at all.
Here’s a thought experiment: Would the United States have been better off if it had banned Jewish immigration sometime in the late 19th century? Many of the same arguments made against African, Latin-American and Muslim immigrants today might have easily been applied to Jews just over a century ago.
Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson was so effusive in extolling the totally amazing, surpassingly marvelous, superbly stupendous and extremely awesome health of the president that the doctor sounded almost Trumpian.
Trump took something called the Montreal Cognitive Assessment and got a perfect score. Not perhaps the highest bar possible, but the test can be useful if there is, for some reason, concern that the subject is suffering from … um, dementia.
It has become increasingly clear that the chief of staff was instrumental in influencing Trump to flip from a stance of openness and compromise back to a celestial alignment with immigration hard-liners.
South Africa bans discrimination based on gender and disability. Someday all the world will be so enlightened. And while African leaders have worked very hard to raise vaccination rates and save lives, America has a president who has repeatedly cast doubt on vaccines.