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Why Trump Is a President Like No Other
American Greatness, by Victor Davis Hanson

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Posted By:garnet, 5/15/2018 11:20:45 AM

Conrad Black’s erudite biography of Donald J. Trump is different from the usual in mediis rebus accounts of first-year presidents. He avoids the Bob Woodward fly-on-the-wall unattributed anecdote, and “they say” gossip mongering. Nor is the book a rush-to-publish product from former insiders of the Trump campaign or administration. Instead, Black, a prolific and insightful historian, adopts the annalistic method in carefully tracing Trump’s earliest years in business through his various commercial misadventures, financial recoveries, and sometimes wild antics. Black’s aim is to illustrate how much of what Trump has done since announcing his presidential candidacy in summer 2015 is

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: earlybird, 5/15/2018 11:49:59 AM     (No. 11633101)

The best book review imaginable from a renowned historian who praises Black as being a “prolific and insightful historian”. Wow!

The book sounds like a must read. Conrad Black always is. Victor Davis Hanson always is.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Dodge Boy, 5/15/2018 11:57:48 AM     (No. 11633108)

While always appreciating VDH´s writing, he misses the prospect that America may be blessed after all and the President may be a modern day Moses.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: highlander, 5/15/2018 11:58:57 AM     (No. 11633111)

I refer to Trump as a wrecking ball against liberal orthodoxy. It´s messy, but it works.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: earlybird, 5/15/2018 12:11:36 PM     (No. 11633116)

Do read this amazing essay. Too many good parts to pick out and quote here, though I did like this:

The result is an argument that the first president to have neither prior political nor military service nevertheless has his own demonstrable skill sets that are making his presidency far more dynamic than either his critics or supporters quite imagined. Black’s unspoken assumption is that it is more difficult to build a skyscraper in Manhattan than to be a career politician or an evening news reader.

VDH is such a terrific read, I’ll go back and read this again and send it on to friends and relatives. This ending revealed more about VDH than we usually see:

In the modern world, few in English write (or can write) any more like Edward Gibbon or Winston Churchill, but Black does so effortlessly and with precision. So it is often a treat to read an Isocrates or Cicero in modern English.

Most readers, like myself, have never met either Conrad Black nor Donald J. Trump. But after reading this engaging biography, those of any political persuasion would wish to do both.


Praise from one very impressive man to another. And about his biography of yet another...



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Reply 5 - Posted by: Mackrand, 5/15/2018 12:39:10 PM     (No. 11633139)

Every day is a delight here. Having our OP´s select such jewels for us to read and ponder over is a blessing.

This one is going to be one of the high points of my day. I suggest the reader go read this one as I just did. A profound few minutes well spent....

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Clinger, 5/15/2018 12:42:30 PM     (No. 11633142)

I can´t help but reflect on how obvious Trump´s negatives are and were when we elected him and how the people he beat from both parties don´t seem to accept that as a call to reflect on how distant they have become from we the people.

As for me one person I would love to meet is none other than Mr. Hanson himself.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Lucky5, 5/15/2018 12:50:30 PM     (No. 11633150)

Great article. The book sounds very good too.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: jeffkinnh, 5/15/2018 12:52:31 PM     (No. 11633152)

Nice review however I don´t see Trump´s behavior as "comeuppance". I see it as absolutely necessary. The corruption in government, politics, and media is deeply entrenched and secretive. Only now, after enormous provocation, dogged investigation, and liberal insanity and stupidity is the full picture beginning to emerge. None of this would have come out if Trump had been a polite guy. He provoked them into their actions and they decided it was necessary to destroy him. They felt protected because once Hillary won, all their actions would be buried and forgotten. When Hillary lost, they doubled down to cover themselves. If Trump could be impeached, he would be too busy to go after them. Trump kept prodding them, turning over rocks and exposing them. He made them look foolish and that his them in their vulnerable spot, their enormous egos and the arrogance that results from it.

It is NOT sufficient to simply win policy issues. Liberals would regroup and do it again. The liberals attack PERSONALLY because once the people are undone, they cannot come back with any more attempts even if they have good ideas. Trump is letting and nudging the liberals into being inept suicide bombers and blowing only themselves up. The media has no credibility and is pathetic in their whiny,powerless behavior. Dem politicians are becoming an endangered species. The Deep State are being hauled from underneath their rocks into the sunlight and going the way of vampires in the sun. Leftist icons are being #MeToo-ed into oblivion. With Trump´s successes, almost all the Left´s identity groups are starting to question the dem party´s value.

Meanwhile, Trump continues to stir the pot and the Left continues not only to lose but to become undone. In the end, that may be Trump´s greatest success and his behavior is an essential part of it.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: NYbob, 5/15/2018 1:08:21 PM     (No. 11633165)

Good article. Too bad many who are stuck with one view of President Trump won´t read it. It would really educate them.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Timber Queen, 5/15/2018 1:12:02 PM     (No. 11633173)

I believe Donald Trump will be one of our greatest presidents, right up there with the founders. He reminds us what Americans used to be; confident, energetic and goal oriented individuals who did it their way. He is teaching the younger generations the value of focused hard work towards producing something that lasts. He is not afraid to be himself, eccentricities and all, and celebrates the foibles of being human.

The Donald broke the progressive socialist spell when Trump Tower fell on Hillary!´s head and set the Mnuchins free. Her evil sister, personified by the enemedia and Deep State operatives, are vainly trying to snatch back the ruby slippers but Melania had them upgraded to killer stilettos that glide above every surface from lawn to swamp mud.

The paradigm has shifted. The Uniparty, Deep State and their minions of the enemedia are of the defensive and losing ground daily.

MAGA - Through prayer, patience and strength.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: mc squared, 5/15/2018 2:39:08 PM     (No. 11633267)

Wow


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Reply 12 - Posted by: Vaquero45, 5/15/2018 3:10:09 PM     (No. 11633307)

If you want to get right to the point of something in a well-written, concise manner, put Dr. Hanson on the job.

Good read, as is always the case from VDH.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: KarenJ1, 5/15/2018 3:16:46 PM     (No. 11633322)

What a wonderful article! #4 is right. There are way too many great quotes in the article to post. The two below were my favorites:

FTA: "Black’s unspoken assumption is that it is more difficult to build a skyscraper in Manhattan than to be a career politician or an evening news reader."

FTA: "Trump’s friends and critics assure us that his incessant twittering and carnival rally-barking are suicidal.....Instead, Black sees much of Trump’s targeting as comeuppance and long overdue—given a sanctimonious, corrupt media, and a gatekeeping political class that weakened the country over the last two decades of fiscal, social, cultural, and military irresponsibility."

This article should be distributed to every newsroom in this country. I know that´s a pure fantasy. But if they truly wanted to see a fantastic, unbiased analysis of Trump this is it. I´m saving this one.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: sagman, 5/15/2018 4:01:11 PM     (No. 11633349)

I am impressed that VDH is impressed.

Well said, #8 and #10.

One thing I still can´t get my head around: yes, Trump is driving the left crazy and has accomplished more than I dreamed possible. But PC continues to have a stranglehold on our culture, and I can´t detect any signs it´s easing up.

A sobering thought: perhaps it doesn´t matter any more who wins elections; PC is so baked in, it will be with us forever.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: jallmon, 5/15/2018 4:08:23 PM     (No. 11633357)

Can´t wait to read Black´s book. VDH is such a treat to read.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: JoniTx, 5/15/2018 4:30:22 PM     (No. 11633375)

Great read. Thanks for posting.

Here´s a link to the National Review excerpt, from May 10, 2018:

"Rebranding for Profit and Elections"

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/05/book-excerpt-donald-trump-a-president-like-no-other-conrad-black/

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Lana720, 5/15/2018 4:54:34 PM     (No. 11633392)

#s 8 and 10, wonderful, thanks!
Now, let´s all go,out and buy the book. It is lovely to read such a talent heap,coals on the head of another great waiter.
Donald J. Trump is his own person and is exactly the wrecking ball to our political "system" (more focused on self enrichment) which has sadly melded into one horrific, gelatinous ball of goo.
When one party cannot be distinguished from the another, it´s time! Remember the power of your voice and vote! Pray for our First .family for Protection and Health.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Lana720, 5/15/2018 4:55:50 PM     (No. 11633394)

Please excuse typos!

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Reply 19 - Posted by: rocco49, 5/15/2018 6:12:15 PM     (No. 11633457)

Required reading in every Social Science 101 class in America!

(And then I woke up)...

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Folsomguy, 5/15/2018 6:15:29 PM     (No. 11633459)

Many of the most successful businessmen have a "history" of how they got to where they got. Many virtually identical to Trump´s; should we say, womanizing ways. There have been many who would have made great presidents too but were unwilling to subject their families to the media scrutiny. The fact that he has been willing to face and demean the media, has made him one of; if not, the best president in modern times.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: chance_232, 5/15/2018 7:02:53 PM     (No. 11633491)

RE#3 .... Nah....Not a wrecking ball.

It may look that way, but Trump is more like a "controlled demolition expert".

He carefully places his explosives, often several months in advance before pushing the button or goads the opposition to stumble into the trip wires.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 5/15/2018 8:14:46 PM     (No. 11633532)

I now see that the Lord could not find one man in the GOP who could do to this country what someone with the personality and dynamism of Donald J. Trump can do. Can you imagine how a sniveling little Marco, or a Ted Cruz, or a Lindseed Grahamnesty would have weathered the brutal persecution from the FBI/DOJ/MSM over a customized fabrication of "collusion" for them, had any of them been nominated? The thing punk Comey and malevolent Mueller never counted on was the well-practiced ability of DJT to fight back HARD art anything negative to him in the media. The persecutors in DC figured he´d buckle like a cheap ladder under the weight of the three-letter-acronyms, but they didn´t know Trump. He´s the first one EVER to be able to BEAT them dogs at their own game, handily.

The irony of it all was that the Dems launched this "Trump-Russia" thing and ran full steam on it until the Strzok-Page texts came out, and with Congress not giving up on the probe of FBI/DOJ corruption, the Dems are going to pay in November, bigtime. All their caterwauling about Russia has given POTUS a chance to make some momentous anti-Obama changes which will undermine the plans of Dems.

I´m predicting that this December there will be a massive number of Democrats (blue wave) retiring from Congress for good. They know the FBI/DOJ corruption will hit very near to home on all of the crooks.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: thelmalou, 5/16/2018 6:57:29 AM     (No. 11633746)

RE: #14 - OR, perhaps it´s like a burning house that stays standing and holds its original profile...until it doesn´t. May the collapse of the PC culture be soon and complete.

Agree with the rest of y´all...a great man writing a review of a great book about another great man.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: thelmalou, 5/16/2018 7:03:46 AM     (No. 11633749)

RE: my post at #23 - I don´t really want a giant protest or revolt against PC...I think it´d be great if people just stopped caring and stopped rewarding PCness so that PC shovelers don´t find it profitable anymore. Like the popularity of Roseanne and the return of Last Man Standing.

Perhaps enough people pay attention to Mike Rowe and stop sending their kids to overpriced universities and they choose to become plumbers instead. Or when somebody complains in the media about some lame PC assault against their snowflake senses, people just giggle and move on.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: thelmalou, 5/16/2018 7:08:22 AM     (No. 11633753)

Please pardon my third post (I promise I´ll hush). RE: #23, #24 - It does occur to me that we do need to consciously pass down or values to the next generation, including the truth about PC.

Look for teachable moment. I´m a big fan of critical thinking...when something PC pops up, have your kid think it through to its (il)logical conclusion. They´ll get it...

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Rinktum, 5/16/2018 7:09:21 AM     (No. 11633755)

Great article and looks like a best selling book is coming our way. What is amazing to me is that the average Joe and Jane understood exactly what Donald J. Trump was all about when the wizards of smart could not wrap their brains around his appeal. When you have been so discouraged by what is going on in your government you recognize a problem solver and solution giver when you see one.

The fact that this guy had the nerve to say what most Americans were thinking was liberating to those of us who had grown tired of the almost religious comity that so many politicians had worshipped. This deference had done nothing to move the government along on behalf of the people. Their corruption, however, was fast moving and in your face and the American people had had enough.

Donald J. Trump may be a billionaire but he respects people who do honest work. He like most of us understands the importance of respect for those who protect us. Most importantly he loves this country and it is evident in everything he does. We can rest easy knowing that he will have our best interests at heart and for those reasons he will be a great success in spite of the slings and arrows from his detractors. He truly is the People’s President. He is the right man for the right job at the right time.


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Reply 27 - Posted by: BillW., 5/16/2018 8:24:36 AM     (No. 11633811)

I´ll have to head back up through all these comments. Gotta be good ones.

But this purposeful hatred of President Trump by Dem pols and voters is sickening. They´ve ALL sided with Soros-Obama-Clinton anti-American Marxists! Wonder how many of them even realize what that means?

MAGA / KAG

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Me_Opinionated_Nah, 5/16/2018 9:04:01 AM     (No. 11633844)

What!?!? You were expecting maybe another Obama?






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Reply 29 - Posted by: congar, 5/16/2018 9:27:56 AM     (No. 11633867)

Bought Black’s book immediately after reading this very interesting article. Trump is shaking up the entire group of self appointed geniuses that have run things into the ground for years.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: happywarrior, 5/16/2018 9:55:02 AM     (No. 11633902)

I´ve purchased the book and have to recommend Mr. Black´s books on Roosevelt and Nixon. And anything by VDH is a good read.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: NotaBene, 5/16/2018 10:59:25 AM     (No. 11633935)

Donald Trump is on track to become the best American President ever if he keeps working with the current intensity. He is a political genius that had long prepared for this role. Yes, building skyscrapers in Manhattan is excellent training. I will never forget his first speech on June 16, 2015 when he said China is ripping US off and Mexico is not sending their best people. These topics were new to our political discourse and are still the leitmotif. Trump has even touched on birth citenship. Lord Black brings not only great writing skills but life experience by incarceration on false accusations.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: NotaBene, 5/16/2018 11:09:19 AM     (No. 11633943)

From VDH, national treasure: “Finally, Black is a singular prose stylist of what in the ancient world would be called the Asiatic, or florid and decorative, style—multisyllabic and sometime near archaic vocabulary, ornate imagery, melodic prose rhythms, diverse syntax, and classical tropes of deliberate understatement, juxtapositions of Latinate and Anglo-Saxon words, and plentiful metaphors and similes. In the modern world, few in English write (or can write) any more like Edward Gibbon or Winston Churchill, but Black does so effortlessly and with precision. So it is often a treat to read an Isocrates or Cicero in modern English.“

I need to read this book.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: federale, 5/16/2018 12:35:00 PM     (No. 11634030)

Plain and simple: Trump loves the working man.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Tianne, 5/16/2018 4:34:12 PM     (No. 11634255)

Wonderful review and comments - what a pleasure it is to be exposed to, and to acquire knowledge about, three extraordinary men all in the same article. Thank you, OP.

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Former President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, have signed a multi-year deal with Netflix, the company announced on Monday, the latest high-profile hire by the streaming media giant. The Obamas will produce a mix of content that includes the potential for scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries and features, which will be available to Netflix customers, the company, which boasts 125 million members in more than 190 countries, said. (Tweet) “We hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories with

John Brennan Fires Warning Shot to Paul
Ryan and Mitch McConnell After Trump Orders
DOJ to Investigate FBI’s Campaign Infiltration

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Gateway Pundit, by Christina Laila    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 5/20/2018 9:09:25 PM     Post Reply
Former CIA Director-turned-Twitter troll, John Brennan lashed out at Trump on Sunday evening after the President ordered the DOJ to investigate the FBI’s infiltration of his campaign.Brennan also fired a warning shot to House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that they will ‘bear the majority of the responsibility of the harm done to our democracy’ if they don’t stop Trump. As previously reported by TGP’s Kristinn Taylor, President Trump tweeted Sunday afternoon he is ordering the Justice Department to investigate whether the Obama administration spied on his 2016 presidential

Hillary Clinton says she´s not over the
2016 election, pulls out Russian hat
during Yale speech

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Washington Examiner, by Naomi Lim    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 5/20/2018 4:55:10 PM     Post Reply
Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton told graduating students at Yale University on Sunday she was still grappling with the results of the 2016 election. "No, I’m not over it, I still think about the 2016 election, I still regret the mistakes I made,” Clinton said during an address as part of Yale University’s Class Day. “Today, as a person, I’m Okay. As an American, I’m concerned." “This is a moment to reach across divides of race, class, and politics to try to see the world through the eyes of people very different from ourselves and to return to rational

Pope´s reported comment to a gay man may
indicate a new level of acceptance of homosexuality

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Los Angeles Times, by Tom Kington    Original Article
Posted By: M2- 5/21/2018 10:12:32 AM     Post Reply
Pope Francis has reportedly told a gay man that "God made you that way and loves you as you are," apparently pushing the pontiff´s acceptance of homosexuality to a new level. Francis made the comments to Juan Carlos Cruz, a Chilean victim of priestly sexual abuse who recently spent days with the pope at the Vatican to discuss his ordeal as the pontiff moves to tackle decades of coverups and ostracism of victims in the Chilean church, according to the Spanish newspaper El Pais. Cruz was quoted as having discussed his homosexuality with Francis. "He told me: ´Juan Carlos, I

John Kerry Spits In Trump’s Face—
We Will Not Go ‘America First’

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Daily Caller, by Robert Donachie    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 5/21/2018 7:31:42 AM     Post Reply
Former Secretary of State John Kerry warned President Donald Trump Sunday that Democrats are not afraid to go against his “America First” policies. “We won’t win, any of us, ultimately, by retreating within our borders, by focusing on our own nations only, or by going it alone,” Kerry told those gathered at New York University’s Abu Dhabi’s commencement ceremony Sunday — a direct reference to the president’s “America First” trade and immigration policies. Kerry served as the secretary of state for former President Barack Obama. He also, notably, was one of the key negotiators for the administration when it was

New Jersey principal apologizes for
´insensitive´ prom tickets that tell
students to ´party like it´s 1776´

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Daily Mail [UK], by Staff    Original Article
Posted By: Ribicon- 5/21/2018 2:07:14 PM     Post Reply
A New Jersey high school is under fire after it released prom tickets that encouraged students to ´party like it´s 1776´. Cherry Hill High School East designed the prom tickets to commemorate that the dance was being held at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. But the ´insensitive´ language offended members of the student body, prompting an immediate apology from principal Dennis Perry. ´I am writing to apologize for the hurt feelings this reference caused for members of our school family,´ Perry wrote in a letter posted to Twitter on Friday. (Snip) ´I especially apologize to our African American students, who I have

Goodbye, Netflix
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American Thinker, by William Sullivan    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 5/22/2018 8:31:38 AM     Post Reply
After about thirteen years of being a loyal customer of Netflix, the time has come for me to say goodbye. (Snip) Given that I’m a conservative, one might be inclined to believe my choice to leave Netflix is predicated upon the company’s most recent decision to partner with Barack and Michelle Obama’s new company, called “Higher Ground Productions,” to produce loads of new content. And in a way, I guess that’s correct. But this choice by Netflix has not alone led me to this decision. Rather, this was the straw that finally broke the camel’s back -- the latest in a series of indicators that the network has become little more than a

What Obama and his political Choom
Gang did is far worse than Watergate

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Washington Times, by Charles Hurt    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 5/21/2018 4:45:39 AM     Post Reply
At the end of all the scandal and drama, all of the breathlessly reported lies and false accusations, at the end of all the money wasted on some zany kabuki swamp dance choreographed to the thrumming of giant bullfrogs and yipping of excited coyotes — at the end of all of this — it comes down to precisely what we said it was a year and a half ago. The Obama administration — with or without the knowledge and direction of President Obama himself — perverted one of the most powerful, clandestine spying operations in the world and used it at the very height of a presidential campaign to spy on political opponents,

NRA boss Oliver North blames Ritalin,
‘culture of violence’ for school shootings

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New York Daily News, by TERENCE CULLEN    Original Article
Posted By: FlyRight- 5/20/2018 1:58:48 PM     Post Reply
Incoming NRA President Oliver North tried to blame the rash of school shootings across the U.S., including the massacre at a Texas high school Friday, on video games and ADHD medication instead of access to firearms.The gun lobby´s newest spokesman said the wave of killings were carried out by "young boys" who "have been on Ritalin since they were in kindergarten."

Holder: DOJ, FBI should
reject Trump´s requests

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The Hill [Washington, DC], by Brett Samuels    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 5/21/2018 9:57:49 PM     Post Reply
Former Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday urged Department of Justice (DOJ) and FBI officials to "simply say no" to President Trump´s demand for an expanded investigation into his claims of FBI wrongdoing as it relates to his campaign. "More DOJ norms being eroded. Trump-a SUBJECT of the investigation-wants access to material related to the inquiry," Holder tweeted. (Snip) His latest criticism of the president came as Trump and his allies have claimed, without evidence, that an FBI informant spied on his campaign for political purposes. On Sunday, Trump said he would demand the DOJ investigate the matter.


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