TPAC-President Trump Returns to CPAC

In 2016, then presidential candidate Donald Trump elected to skip the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) when his campaign team learned that some Republicans attending the largest annual gathering of conservatives were actively protesting his candidacy. What a difference a year makes! On Friday February 24, Mr. Trump returned to CPAC as President Trump. His […]

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Mika Brzezinski- It is the Media’s Job to Control What people Think

According to MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski, it is the media’s job to “control exactly what people think”. The co-host of Morning Joe made this shocking statement Wednesday February 22 in an exchange with the show’s host Joe Scarborough about President Donald Trump. In response to Scarborough commenting that as president Trump is “doing exactly what he said […]

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Who is Craig Deare?

Who is Craig Deare? People who don’t follow politics are probably googling these words.  Deare was a senior adviser with the  National Security Council’s Western Hemisphere division who according to sources including Politico, CNN and others, just became famous because President Donald Trump reportedly fired him for speaking against the Trump Administration’s  Latin American policies […]

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Senate Confirms Scott Pruitt to Lead EPA

The Senate voted today 52-46 to confirm Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as the Environmental Protection Agency Administrator. The vote was largely on party lines with Republican Susan Collins of Maine voting “no” and two Democrats from coal producing states Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota voting “yes”. Pruitt, has […]

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Trump Names Former Assistant Attorney General R. Alexander Acosta Labor Secretary

President Donald Trump named R. Alexander Acosta as Labor Secretary earlier today,  following yesterday’s announcement that his original nominee CKE Restaurant CEO Andrew Puzder had withdrawn himself from consideration in the wake of an assortment of scandals. Acosta, 51, who  is currently Dean of Florida International University College of Law and chairman of U.S. Century […]

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Who Will Trump Pick for Labor Secretary?

Andrew Puzder, the CEO of CKE Restaurants, withdrew his nomination for Labor Secretary in the wake of bipartisan opposition to his candidacy. Democrats opposed Trump’s selection of Puzder to lead the Labor Department for a variety of reasons including his opposition to minimum wage, allegations of sexual harassment within the food chains and also what […]

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Trump’s National Security Adviser General Mike Flynn Resigns

We now have the first casualty of the Trump Administration. Trump’s National Security Adviser General Mike Flynn resigned. His resignation came after the revelation that the general had misled Vice President Mike Pence about his communications with Sergey Kislyak, Russia’s ambassador to the United States. Apparently, General Flynn had told the administration that he did […]

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Senate Confirms Steve Mnuchin for Treasury Secretary & David Shulkin for VA Secretary

On Monday February 13,  the senate confirmed former Goldman Sachs executive Steve Mnuchin as Treasury Secretary. The 53-47 vote was largely on party lines. Mnuchin, a billionaire came under criticism from democrats for his purchase  of the failing California bank IndyMac from the FDIC in 2008. Mnuchin, who changed the name of the bank to […]

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Remembering Justice Antonin Scalia

It is hard to believe that a whole year has passed since the unexpected death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia which happened on February 13, 2016. In this time, much has changed in our country. We have elected a new President Donald J. Trump, who campaigned on the promise that he would appoint supreme […]

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SNL Stoops to New Low with “Fatal Attraction” Skit

Saturday Night Live (SNL) just stooped to a new low with a February 11th  sketch depicting President Donald Trump’s senior adviser Kellyanne Conway as the Alex Forrest character from the film  “Fatal Attraction” with her stalking CNN’s Jake Tapper in much the same way that Glenn Close stalked Dan, the Michael Douglas character in the […]

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While You Were Sleeping- Tom Price Confirmed as HHS Secretary

While you were sleeping the Senate confirmed Dr. Tom Price as the 23rd Secretary of Health and Human Services.  The vote was 52-47 based on party lines without a single Democrat casting a vote for Price,  an orthopedic surgeon who has served in the House of Representatives in Georgia’s Sixth District since 2005.  Price is […]

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Appeals Court Refuses to Reinstate Trump’s Travel Order

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled 3-0 not to reinstate President Donald Trump’s executive order which bars entrance of individuals from seven predominantly Muslim countries for 90 days. The order also included a 120 day ban on the entrance of refugees.  The ruling of the San Francisco based appeals court effectively upholds the […]

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Now in Session – Jeff Sessions Confirmed as Attorney General

Senator Jeff Sessions,70 years old and  a 20 year veteran of the Senate,  was confirmed as the 84th Attorney General of the United States 52-47 on February 8. The vote was on party lines with only one Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia casting a vote for the Republican from Alabama. Sessions’s confirmation follows weeks […]

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Senator Elizabeth Warren Is Sent Back to Her Seat

In his classic 1934 novel “Tender Is the Night”, a tale of ex-patriots living abroad, F.S. Scott Fitzgerald included a secondary character, Elizabeth “Baby” Warren, the sister-in law of the novel’s  protagonist. Baby Warren was depicted as someone who believed that her wealth and place in society exempted her from following the rules to which […]

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Heavens to Betsy-VP Pence Casts the Tie Breaking Vote for DeVos as Secretary of Education

On Tuesday February 7, 2017, Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie breaking vote to confirm Betsy DeVos as the next Secretary of Education. Pence’s vote which broke the 50/50 tie in the Senate marks the first time in US history that the Vice President was called upon to serve as the deciding vote for […]

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The Fine Line between Funny and Frightful

Saturday Night Live (SNL) is famous for its political sketches which have become a staple of the show which is now in its 42nd year. Every president from Gerald Ford to Donald Trump has been parodied as have many presidential candidates and presidential advisers. Over the course of the past four decades, these SNL political […]

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What a Game-Super Bowl 51 Makes History!

Over the weekend we learned that President Donald Trump’s executive order restricting the entrance of individuals from seven predominantly Muslim countries for 90 days landed in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals  San Francisco following a federal judge from Seattle James Robart filing an order blocking the aforementioned executive order. The administration has until 6 […]

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Trump Signs Executive Order to Undo Dodd-Frank

In addition to firing warning tweets to Iran saying ” Iran is playing with fire – they don’t appreciate how “kind” President Obama was to them. Not me!”, President Donald Trump has been busy signing executive actions and orders on a near daily basis. On Friday February 3, President Trump signed an executive order that […]

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Rex Tillerson Confirmed as Secretary of State

On Wednesday February 1, former Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson was sworn as the 69th Secretary of State. The Senate vote of 56-43 represents the highest level of opposition for a Secretary of State in recent history.  The opposition against Tillerson breaks the record held by Henry Clay who in 1825 was confirmed 27-14 for […]

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Donald Trump Nominates Neil Gorsuch for The Supreme Court

Many political analysts believe that the appointment of the Supreme Court justice to replace Associate Justice Antonin Scalia who passed away on February 13, 2016 is one of the most important actions of President Donald Trump’s administration. After all, since Scalia’s passing, the Supreme Court has been operating with only eight justices for close to […]

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You’re Fired!-Trump Fires Acting Attorney General Sally Yates

President Donald Trump fired Acting Attorney General Sally Yates on Monday January 30 after she refused to support the President’s executive order placing a 90 day ban on the entry of individuals from seven predominantly Muslim countries. “At present, I am not convinced that the defense of the executive order is consistent with these responsibilities, nor […]

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Donald Trump Signs Executive Order Limiting Regulations

On Monday January 30, President Donald Trump signed an executive order which reduces federal regulations by requiring federal agencies to eliminate two existing regulations for every new regulation implemented. Regulation categories concerning national security or the military will be exempt from the executive order. The executive order does not require that the repeal of the […]

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Donald Trump’s First Week

It is hard to believe that it has been just one week since Donald Trump became the 45th President of the United States. Even Trump’s opponents have to admit that the former real estate magnate and reality television star has gotten a lot accomplished in such a short time frame. Trump’s high level of productivity […]

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Mr. Trump Builds His Wall

On Wednesday January 25, President Donald Trump signed two additional executive orders concerning immigration including directing the construction of a wall around the southern border,  fulfilling his much touted campaign promise. The President also beefed up border security by authorizing the deployment of 5,000 additional border patrol agents and 10,000 additional customs enforcement officers, contingent […]

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Nikki Haley Sworn in as U.N. Ambassador

On Wednesday January 25, 2017 South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations by Vice President Mike Pence. Haley who was viewed as a consensus candidate was confirmed  by the Senate 96-4. “Our new ambassador is living proof of the promise of America,” Pence said  “The daughter of immigrants, […]

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Trump Signs Executive Orders to Greenlight Keystone and Dakota Access Pipelines

President Donald Trump had another busy day of signing executive orders including those which restarted the process for developing the Keystone XL and the Dakota Access oil pipelines. He also signed another executive order which called for accelerating the environmental reviews for infrastructure projects. President Trump’s executive order for the Keystone XL pipeline invites TransCanada, the […]

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Mike Pompeo Confirmed as CIA Director

On Monday January 23, 2017 Mike Pompeo, a US congressman from Kansas’s 4th district was confirmed as President Donald Trump’s CIA Director. The Senate vote was 66-32 to in favor of confirmation. The only Republican to oppose Pompeo was former presidential primary candidate Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky. Due to poor weather conditions in the […]

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President Trump’s Busy Monday

President Donald Trump hit the ground running on his first Monday in office as America’s 45th President. As he said in his inauguration speech, “The time for empty talk is over. Now arrives the hour of action.” And he certainly has been active, signing six executive orders since Friday including three new ones this morning. […]

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Glamour Returns to The White House

There is no getting around it. The new first lady former super model Melania Trump can stop traffic. While they say that looks don’t matter and that fashion is superficial, there is something special about a pretty first lady with a great sense of style who speaks multiple languages. After all, over fifty years ago […]

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Sean’s Spicy Press Briefing

Newly minted White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer delivered an unofficial press briefing on January 21 which essentially threw the media for a loop. Spicer came into the press room and before delivering his rundown of  President Donald Trump’s activities of the day and upcoming agenda, he chastised the media for falsely reporting that the […]

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Donald J. Trump Is Sworn in as the 45th President of the United States

It is official. At a little over noon EST today January 20, 2017, Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. The unlikely campaign of the ultimate outsider candidate, the plain talking real estate billionaire and reality television star has now achieved the ultimate outcome. The “Donald” is now […]

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Inauguration Day Is Here!

In less than four hours, Donald J. Trump will become the 45th president of the United States. At approximately noon EST, the life of the billionaire real estate magnate will be changed forever when he becomes the leader of the free world.  Trump’s campaign slogans “Make America Great Again” and “The Forgotten Man and the […]

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It’s Inauguration Eve!

  In less than 24 hours, the United States will inaugurate its 45th president, Donald J. Trump. Trump will be the first US president without either government or military experience. Starting from the announcement of his candidacy for the Republican presidential primary nomination back in June 2015, Trump has been surrounded by both excitement and […]

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Senate Grills Trump’s Picks for AG and Secretary of State

The Senate confirmation hearings for President-elect Donald Trump’s nominees for Attorney General, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions and Secretary of State, Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson began the week of January 9. As expected, Sessions and Tillerson were respectfully subjected to a grilling from the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The confirmation […]

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The Liberal War against Jeff Sessions

Democrats have been up in arms ever since President-elect Donald Trump announced that he had selected Jeff Sessions for Attorney General.  Sessions, 70 years old, was the first U.S. Senator to endorse Donald Trump for President back in February. The liberals are accusing the Republican senator from the state of Alabama whose given name is […]

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115th Congress Opens

The 115th Congress opened on Tuesday January 3, 2017. Republicans control the House with a majority of 241 to 194 and the Senate with a majority of 52 to 48. Opening day included some turmoil as members of the Republican Party endeavored to  eliminate its independent Congressional Ethics Office despite opposition from House Speaker Paul Ryan. […]

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Chuck Schumer Targets 8 Trump Cabinet Picks for More Scrutiny

Incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) announced on Sunday January 1 that he plans to apply greater scrutiny to the confirmation process for eight of President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees.  “President-elect Trump is attempting to fill his rigged cabinet with nominees that would break key campaign promises and have made billions off the […]

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A Favorite New Year’s Eve Movie- When Harry Met Sally

While there are many memorable Christmas movies, relatively speaking there are not a lot of well known New Year’s Eve movies.  There’s of course the 2011 Gary Marshall film titled “New Year’s Eve” which I am sure many people may watch this year perhaps in tribute to the director who passed away in 2016. “New […]

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Farewell to Tammy and Princess Leia

They say that the worst experience for a parent is to witness the death of their child. On Tuesday December 27th, actress and writer Carrie Fisher died at age 60 following a cardiac arrest last week. Fisher was best known for the playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars films, a role she originated in […]

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It’s a Wonderful Life Turns 70!

It’s a Wonderful Life turns 70.  The Frank Capra film which was based on a short story  “The Greatest Gift” by Philip Van Doren Stern premiered on December 20, 1946.  The film plays homage to Stern when the angel Clarence, played by Henry Travers, is given the opportunity to earn his wings by saving Bedford […]

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Trump Selects Kellyanne Conway as Presidential Counselor

President-elect Donald Trump named Kellyanne Conway as Counselor to the President on December 22. Conway who served as Trump’s third campaign manager holds the distinction of being the first female manager of a successful presidential campaign. The former pollster who holds a law degree has also been credited with helping Trump to nuance his communication […]

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Baby It’s Cold Outside- Here Come the PC Police

Every year, I write an article showcasing examples of what has become known in recent years as the annual war on Christmas. My pet peeve this year is the Frank Loesser classic Christmas song “Baby It Is Cold Outside”. The song which was written circa 1944 was used in the 1949 film “Neptune’s Daughter” starring […]

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Holiday Horror: Terrorism in Germany, Switzerland andTurkey

On Monday December 19 six days before Christmas, three separate terrorist incidents took place in Berlin Germany, Zurich Switzerland and Ankara Turkey reminding us that we live in a world which is not safe. In Berlin, a man drove a truck into the Christmas market located near the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church killing 12 and […]

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Trump Selects Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke for Interior Secretary

President-elect Donald Trump selects Montana congressman Ryan Zinke for Interior Secretary. The announcement of the Zinke pick comes a week after media speculation that Trump was selecting Washington  State congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers for the role. The U.S. Department of the Interior is responsible for the management and conservation of  the country’s federal land and […]

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Trump Taps Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State

Donald Trump taps Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State following weeks of speculation as to who the president-elect will select for the top diplomatic job. Tillerson is an unusual choice for Secretary of State. He has spent his entire career at Exxon Mobil starting as a production engineer in 1975 and working […]

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Trump Sets the Tone for His Oval Office

It has been just a month since Donald Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States.  The former real estate magnate and reality television star has used this time period to select his key cabinet and other high level appointments and to establish the communication tone and framework for his presidency. First of […]

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Trump Taps RNC Chair Reince Priebus for Chief of Staff

President-elect Donald Trump has tapped Republican National Committee Chairperson Reince Priebus as his Chief of Staff.  The selection of Priebus for the chief of staff post comes as no surprise as Priebus’s name has been floating as being on the short list since Trump’s Election Day victory. Political analysts took note of Trump’s thoughtful praise […]

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Trump and Obama Meet for the First Time

On Thursday November 10, President-elect Donald Trump and President Barack Obama shook hands for the very first time. The meeting between the current president and his unexpected successor which was originally scheduled for fifteen minutes lasted an hour and a half. While the cameras were present, Trump and Obama were both extremely gracious in their […]

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You’re Hired! Donald J. Trump Wins the Presidency

The people have spoken. Donald J. Trump will become the 45th president of the United States after defeating Hillary Clinton in an historic election upset winning 279 electoral college votes to her 228. The stunning victory took place in the wee hours of the morning when an unexpected win in Pennsylvania put him over the […]

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I Voted Today. Did You?

Political analysts have described the 2016 presidential race between Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton as the most bitter and divisive campaign in recent history. It has also been one of the most interesting given the large than life status  of the two candidates. However, now the debates, the rallies and the […]

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