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Friday, April 28, 2017

Senator Sycophant: Lindsey Graham Goes Full Donald

Reprinted with permission from Alternet.

Some thought Sen. Lindsey Graham was a rare point of light in the darkness of the Republican Party; a principled conservative who would stand up to Donald Trump. He embodied the waning hopes of “bipartisan” opposition to an impulsive and ill-informed president.

After all, the South Carolina Republican had denounced Trump during the 2016 presidential primaries.

On Election Day, Graham let it be known that he didn’t vote for Trump.…

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Trump’s Empty Bluster And Bombing

Reprinted with permission from Creators.

When terrorism raises its head, governments often take steps that are supposed to make us safer — banning tiny knives from airplanes, putting metal detectors at stadium entrances, issuing “orange” alerts. Skeptics dismiss these measures as “security theater.” They’re a show, not a genuine obstacle to terrorists.

The Trump administration, obsessed with imagery, has adapted this approach to national security. The president tweets bellicose warnings to North Korea. The vice president goes to South Korea to don a bomber jacket and stare implacably across the Demilitarized Zone. An aircraft carrier steams toward the Sea of Japan — or rather, Trump claims it’s doing so even as it heads the opposite direction, thousands of miles away.…

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