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USA: Why won’t Democrats vote to authorise impeachment?…. It may backfire – BBC News

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Image captionDonald Trump’s Republicans have called for a full vote on impeachment, which top Democrat Nancy Pelosi says is unnecessary

Democratic Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi has refused to hold a chamber-wide vote to authorise the impeachment inquiry, despite vehement pushback from the White House and Republicans. Why not?

What’s the debate about?            Continue reading

US Politics: TEACH!  REACH!  or  IMPEACH? – By Yvonne Sam

TEACH!    REACH!   or   IMPEACH?

By Yvonne Sam

Impeaching is politically risky at best.  America should avoid such a test.

On November 8, 2016 Americans were taught a lesson that would not easily be forgotten by all and sundry—- the seemingly unexpected victory of the least likely to be elected candidate- Donald Trump. Yes, when all eyes were focused, all hearts abeat, and minds fully convinced that the White House would be once more white with the anticipated re-occupancy of Hilary Clinton, in stepped billionaire, real estate mogul and former reality television personality Donald J Trump to become the 45th President of the United States in one of the most staggering upsets in the history of western democracy.     Continue reading

To the Media: Words Matter. Stop Normalizing Trump – By Robert Reich

To the Media: Words Matter. Stop Normalizing Trump.

Robert Reich

Robert Reich | truthdig: digging beneath the headlines

Now that Donald Trump has been president for almost a year, it’s time the media called his behavior for what it is rather than try to normalize it. Here are the six most misleading media euphemisms for conduct unbecoming a president:

1. Calling Trump’s tweets “presidential statements” or “press releases.” “The President is the President of the United States, so they’re considered official statements by the President of the United States,” Trump’s first press secretary, Sean Spicer, said last June when asked during his daily briefing how his tweets should be characterized.

Wrong. Trump’s tweets are mostly rants off the top of his head – many of them wild, inconsistent, rude, crude, and bizarre.    Continue reading

Canada’s ‘Welcome’ to immigrants has some unintended consequences

Canada’s ‘Welcome’ to immigrants has some unintended consequences

October 29, 2017-  NPR – Lulu Garcia-Navarro

Right after the U.S. election last year, Mike Tippett saw an opportunity. He’d been talking to his friends in Silicon Valley and they were nervous about the newly elected president’s attitude toward immigration.

“Many of the start-ups and technology companies in the States and across the globe are made up of people who are not necessarily from that country,” Tippett says.

Almost half of all American start-ups were actually founded by immigrants.

When Donald Trump took office, American tech companies worried that getting international employees work visas in the U.S. would get a lot harder. But Tippett had a solution to offer them: move to Vancouver.    Read more

http://www.npr.org/2017/10/29/560467747/canadas-balancing-act-on-immigration

Steve Bannon blasts George Bush and calls for Republican ‘revolt’ – videos

Steve Bannon

Steve Bannon blasts George Bush and calls for Republican ‘revolt’

  • Former White House adviser slams former president at California event
  • Bush ‘embarrassed himself’ in speech decrying ‘bullying and prejudice’

The former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has launched a scathing attack on George W Bush, portraying him as a buffoon whose presidency was as “destructive” as any in American history.

Bannon was responding to a speech this week in which the 43rd president denounced bigotry in the Donald Trump era and warned that the rise of “nativism”, isolationism and conspiracy theories have clouded the nation’s true identity.   Read more:

Who was Robert E. Lee, the Confederate hero at heart of Charlottesville unrest

Who was Robert E. Lee, the Confederate hero at heart of Charlottesville unrest, and which other statues could be removed?

White supremacists at statue of Robert E. Lee at rally in Charlottesville.Virginia

Confederate Army General Robert E. Lee was vilified in the North during the Civil War only to be transformed in the decades afterward into a heroic icon of “The Lost Cause,” admired by many on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line.

Today, many view him as a symbol of racism and America’s slave-holding history. His transformation – at the centre of the recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia – reflects the changing moods in the United States around race, mythology and national reconciliation.  Continue reading

Nations rise, dominate, then fall – By Freddie Kissoon

Nations rise, dominate, then fall – By Freddie Kissoon

The End of the Age of America

I did two columns before on the similarities between the rise of Trump and Hitler. Please see the following; Saturday, April, 8, 2017, “Hitler and now Trump shows how nonexistent is the human mind,” and Sunday, September 13, 2015, “A new book on Hitler that reminds one vividly of Donald Trump.” With the bizarre emanations of President Trump on the violence created by white supremacists last week, it is time again to look back at Trump and that uncanny similarity with the rise of Adolf Hitler.

There is nothing this columnist can add to a huge ocean of literature on the reason why great nations fall. “The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers” by Paul Kennedy, is perhaps required reading in an advanced course in International Relations in most universities. Kennedy’s book may be breathtaking, but he is not alone in predicting why great countries rise up to dominate the world then become ordinary lands.      Continue reading

The Timing of Trump’s Most White Nationalist Week Yet – Ian Reifowitz | Daily Kos

The Timing of Trump’s Most White Nationalist Week Yet

Ian Reifowitz | Daily Kos

The bait and switch: it’s one of the oldest tricks in politics — one of the oldest tricks in life. It’s a fundamentally dishonest ploy, and typically appeals to vulnerable people’s most base instincts in order to get them to, as the term suggests, take the bait. Donald Trump is a master at it.

Trump’s Electoral College victory relied heavily on support from white working-class voters.

According to data from the Voter Study Group analyzed by Lee Drutman, Trump won 27 percent of the “populists” — people who are economically left-of-center, i.e. supporters of social spending in general, but conservative on racial and cultural identity issues — who had voted for Barack Obama four years earlier.    Continue reading

The Policies of White Resentment – By Carol Andersonaug – NYTimes

The Policies of White Resentment

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Say Hello to a Post-American World – By Fareed Zakaria

By Fareed Zakaria – Thursday, July 27, 2017

In London last week, I met a Nigerian man who succinctly expressed the reaction of much of the world to the United States these days. “Your country has gone crazy,” he said, with a mixture of outrage and amusement. “I’m from Africa. I know crazy, but I didn’t ever think I would see this in America.”

A sadder sentiment came from a young Irish woman I met in Dublin who went to Columbia University, founded a social enterprise and has lived in New York for nine years. “I’ve come to recognize that, as a European, I have very different values than America these days,” she said. “I realized that I have to come back to Europe, somewhere in Europe, to live and raise a family.”   [READ MORE}

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