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Can We All Agree™ – 10/28/17 edition

October 28, 2017

Can we all agree, the chances of the Spanish government allowing the Catalonia region to become independent are about the same this week as they were last week: zero?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump declared an opioid emergency, but did the least amount possible to fight the epidemic?

Can we all agree, Republicans still have few clues about what will be in their tax cut package, but they still want to give the 1% a nice Christmas present?

Can we all agree, PGE, the utility that many blame for the recent fires in Northern California, may be slow to maintain their equipment, but they are pretty fast at lobbying to make sure ratepayers, and not stockholders,  pay for their mistakes?

Can we all agree, the immigration service may have the law on their side, but when they arrest disabled 10-year-olds after surgery, they look like uncaring thugs?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump may think he is a beloved figure in the GOP, but the all-out civil war taking place in his party tells a whole different story?

Can we all agree, the FCC’s decision to loosen ownership rules on media outlets, means there will be fewer local news programs and more homogenized and probably biased news sources?

Can we all agree, the administrations mixed signals of California Governor Jerry Brown’s water tunnel project, is just one more example of a dysfunctional and poorly run, White House?

Can we all agree, having a national organization, such as the NAACP, warning an entire ethnic group about using your company, American Airlines,  is bad news and even worse PR?

Can we all agree, retiring Senators Jeff Flake and Robert Corker could now be the deciding votes on the Republicans tax cut plan, so maybe it would be good to stop insulting them?

Can we all agree, everyone has a favorite Fats Domino song?

Can we all agree, after listening to 8 years of conservatives warning about a budget deficit, their silence now is pretty deafening?

Can we all agree, there may be one call for jurors that everyone in Chicago might want to attend, since President Obama plans to answer the call?

Can we all agree, it’s getting tough to figure out  if no one or everyone wants credit for financing the dossier on Donald Trump’s activity in Russia?

Can we all agree, if big business wants an edge against consumers, Republicans will vote for it, no questions asked?

Can we all agree, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, has some explaining to do about the two-man firm from his home town, which ‘won’ a $300 million contract to restore some electrical service in Puerto Rico?

Can we all agree, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos knows she will not be welcomed at the nation’s public schools, so she is avoiding them?

Can we all agree, going to CVS to get health insurance will take some getting used to?

Can we all agree, conspiracy theorists will have at least another 6 months  to offer more half baked theories about the facts surrounding the Kennedy assassination?

Can we all agree, there needs to be a serious investigation into the deaths of four US solders in Niger, now that we know they were apparently alive when French helicopters rescued their comrades?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump doesn’t seem to complain too much about government figures showing good news for the economy? So why do we need a tax cut?

Can we all agree, the courts did not have much choice but to allow an undocumented teen in detention to have an abortion?

Can we all agree, the decision by Republicans to open investigations into 7-year old decisions of the Obama administration makes them look like political tools of the administration?

Can we all agree, it’s fair to say Chinese President Xi Jingling may be the most important world leader now that Mr. Trump has abdicated the position?

Can we all agree, all 238 communities bidding for the new Amazon headquarters think they have the best proposal?

Can we all agree Melania Trump’s statement on bullying, annotated with tweets  from her husband, was just embarrassing?

and finally:

A rescue story: After five months adrift in the Pacific.

 

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CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 7/15/17 edition

July 15, 2017

Can we all agree, there are many Americans (about 65%) who agree with JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon’s assessment of the current political climate?

Can we all agree, expanding the powers  of the Department of Homeland Security to speed up deportations, will not make our country safer?

Can we all agree, it appears Republican governors may have the final say on the fate of the GOP healthcare bill?Photos from 2017 roses

Can we all agree, a Federal judge in Hawaii made the right choice when he expanded the President’s  immigration order to include grandparents and other family members?

Can we all agree, the inclusion of a suspected Russian spy in the meeting with Donald Trump, Jr. makes a mockery of the  excuses he wants us to believe?

Can we all agree it’s Ok for a father to defend his son, but when neither of them have a moral compass it really doesn’t have much impact? Especially since political operatives on both sides of the aisle say that even taking the meeting with wrong.

Can we all agree, the only reason Mr. Trump went to France was to see a military parade?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump’s off-the-record then on-the-record comments aboard Air Force One on his way to Europe, prove once again how ill-informed he is on a wide range of issues?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump doesn’t even realize when he’s being sexist – like when he commented on the figure of France’s Frst Lady Brigitte Macron?

Can we all agree, this administration has no concept of basic privacy norms – the actions of the bogus election commission just proves the point?

Can we all agree, it looks doubtful the Republicans can pass their healthcare bill – but many pundits  said that about the same measure when it was being considered by the House?

Can we all agree, 37-year old Venus Williams is just remarkable despite her loss today?

Can we all agree, if statistical analysis is correct, there were three planes full of passengers who were 11 seconds from disaster at San Francisco Airport this week?

Can we all agree, Chistopher Wray said all the right things at his Senate confirmation hearing, but he didn’t really face the same issues as his predecessor – FBI chief James Comey?

Can we all agree, very few Republicans fear Mr. Trump’s wrath if they do not pass a healthcare bill?

Can we all agree, President Obama would have faced merciless crticism if pastors were seen “laying on of hands” while in the Oval Office, but for Mr. Trump it just generates shrugs?

Can we all agree, we’ve entered a new medical era if the FDA approves gene therapy?

Can we all agree, when Joe Scarborough announced he was leaving the GOP, it sounded a lot like President Lyndon Johnson’s alleged comments when Walter Cronkite voiced disapproval of the Vietnam War?

Can we all agree, the International Olympic Committee really didn’t have too much choice in awarding the next two Olympics to Paris and Los Angeles,  since no one else wanted them?

Can we all agree, Idaho’s new law, which strengthens enforcement of non-compete clauses,  will make it harder for them to attract new tech workers to the state?

Can we all agree, stories of Mr. Trump fuming as his administration crumbles are becoming all too common?

Can we all agree, Senate President Mitch McConnell’s decision to delay the annual recess by two weeks, is an admission that the GOP simply cannot govern?

Can we all agree, we’re all getting used to Mr. Trump’s shifting position on a wide range of issues, but his latest admission that his wall with Mexico can be shorter and transparent is  a non-starter?

Can we all agree the Articles of Impeachment filed by a California Congressman, are a pretty good publicity stunt?

Can we all agree, ISIS may have been pushed out of Mosul but it will be decades before the city returns to anything approaching normal?

Can we all agree, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau deserve credit for at least temporarily trying to reinstate class action lawsuits, to level the playing field between big banks and the average consumer?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump’s plan to form a cyber-security task force with the Russians was the dumbest idea any president has proposed since World War II? It just shows how easy our President is to manipulate.

and:

If you want a look at how the rest of the world sees our President, take a look at this Australian reporter’s take on Mr. Trump?

or:

If you want your faith in humanity restored read this story about the rescue of 6 swimmers from a Florida riptide.

and finally:

As you sit home in your pajamas contemplating another pastry, take a look at what some folks go through in the name of sport.

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