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#CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 5/27/18 edition

May 27, 2018

Can we all agree, the on-again, off-again talks with North Korea suggest Mr. Trump is desperate for a foreign policy ‘win’ to get the focus off Robert Mueller’s investigation?

Can we all agree, Ireland’s vote, repealing a ban on abortion is a recognition of modern realities?

Can we all agree, many Americans, see some kind of sinister plot to silence Melania Trump, since the First Lady has now been out of sight for over 2 weeks, after criticizing her husband with her new anti-bullying initiative?

Hillary and her Russian hat at not so subtle poke at the President.

Hillary and her Russian hat, a not-so=subtle poke at the President.

Can we all agree, it would be hard to find anyone in Washington who understands why the administration felt obligated to save the Chinese firm ZTE?

Can we all agree, Iran’s willingness to rescue their nuclear deal with the EU, will, once again, leave the US on the outside looking in, with no opportunity to affect change.

Can we all agree, now that the head of the federal prison system has resigned in frustration, it’s only a matter of time before the head of the DHS tires of being Mr. Trump’s punching bag?

Can we all agree, the European Union is now setting the standards for internet privacy? That’s why your email has been flooded with new privacy notices this week.

Can we all agree, when Hillary Clinton showed up at Yale Class Day with a Russian-style hat and jacket everyone knew who she was trolling?

Can we all agree, the resignation of the president of USC was long overdue? Accusations that a school gynecologist abused patients is the second major scandal at the school in less than a year.

Can we all agree, it looks like PGE stockholders will be facing a pretty hefty charge, now that Calfire has blamed the utility for causing the devastating wildfires in Northern CA last fall?

Can we all agree, Michael Cohen’s attempts to profit off his relationship to Donald Trump seem to get worse every week, but is he really any different than anyone else in Washington selling influence?

Can we all agree, while former Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein has been arrested, the impact of his case will be felt for years?

Can we all agree, Jack Johnson deserved to be pardoned, but there are probably many more, less well-known folks who deserve the same treatment?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump’s letter. withdrawing from the summit with North Korea is stunning for its tortured style, egotism and attempts at flattery?

Can we all agree, the administration’s proposed 25% tax on ‘imported’ cars is one more example of a poorly thought out negotiation strategy? It will hurt more American workers than it helps.

Can we all agree, the families of the Sandy Hook elementary school, faced a double-edged sword in deciding to sue conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, but his claims are just too ourtrageous to ignore?

Can we all agree, now that Mr. Trump will be forced to allow his critics to access his twitter account, he’s probably a lot less likely to actually read his social media feed?

Can we all agree, by caving in to Trump’s demands, the NFL owners showed they have no backbone, and do not care about the players as actual human beings?

Can we all agree, Jared Kushner’s classmates at Harvard don’t seem to have much use for the President’s son-in-law?

Can we all agree, the soon-to-be-indicted Mr. Kushner, could find his new security clearance, short lived?

Can we all agree, California Democrats are panicked that a 2% improvement in Mr. Trump’s approval rating, could doom their plan to retake the House?

Can we all agree, the week’s election results revealed a fresh slate of unknown candidates who just might change the face of US politics?

Can we all agree, if gas prices and mortgage rates continue their climb, it won’t be long before everyone starts to realize, Mr. Trump’s policies are costing them real money?

Can we all agree, both the Russian and Venezuelan elections were corrupt?

Can we all agree, there is something wrong with a system that allows two US citizens to be detained just because they were speaking Spanish?

Can we all agree, Deputy AG Ron Rosenstein, made the right choice in acceding to Trump’s demand for a probe if FBI intelligence gathering? While  Mr. Trump is way out of line, the inquiry will turn up nothing and it will keep the President quiet.

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump’s attempt to create an FBI conspiracy might help his ratings but will have little impact on the Mueller investigation?

and finally:

My Bucknell family remembers one of our most distinguished alums, author Phillip Roth, who died this week.

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#CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 5/13/18 edition

May 13, 2018

Can we all agree, moms deserve more than just one day with breakfast in bed?

Can we all agree, the world is not a safer place now that the President has abandoned the Iran nuclear deal with nothing to replace it?

From my garden to moms everywhere: the rose 'Lasting Love'

From my garden to moms everywhere: The rose ‘Lasting Love’

Can we all agree, at some point an Iranian missile will reach an Israeli target and the Middle East will erupt in a full war?

Can we all agree, speechless would be the only way to describe public reaction to Mr. Trump’s vow to save jobs in China, endangered by his own actions?

Can we all agree, making fun of a senator, John McCain,  who is battling cancer is not acceptable between friends and certainly should not be tolerated in the White House?

Can we all agree, as long as white people see minorities as people to be feared, racism will continue to flourish in America?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump’s new plan to lower drug prices will do nothing to save the average American anything when they get their next prescription?

Can we all agree, one solution would be to get off the drugs and their damaging side effects?

Can we all agree, California has already won the battle to retain higher emission standards for new cars and trucks?

Can we all agree, it’s too bad California Governor Jerry Brown, isn’t interested in running for President now: he would have a better shot than he did in 1996?

Can we all agree, Rudy Giuliani needs to work for Mr. Trump full-time, just to undo the mess he made in his first few part-time weeks on the job?

Can we all agree, no-one seems to know why anyone would have paid Mr. Trump’s lawyer to do anything, given his sketchy past?

Can we all agree, anyone who uses Facebook will probably recognize at least one ad used by the Russians during the last campaign?

Can we all agree, Senator McCain’s opposition to Gina Haspel, to lead the CIA, probably will not derail the nomination?

Can we all agree, it is sad when the President of the United States, is not able to attend funerals for respected citizens?

Can we all agree, it would be easier to credit Mr. Trump for the release of three Americans from North Korea, if he didn’t insist on taking so much credit himself?

Can we all agree, our new ambassador to Germany is off to a bad start, but he just reflects the administration’s view?

Can we all agree, the longer the GOP  ignores the results of early primary returns, the closer they get to a blue wave in November?

Can we all agree, it was great to see the heads of major drug companies taking some responsibility for the nation’s opioid crises, but none of them offered solutions?

Can we all agree, California’s mandate that all new homes built after 2020 include solar panels, is the kind of leadership the nation needs?

Can we all agree, Oliver North leading the NRA, is just what that organization needed to further damage its reputation?

Can we all agree, the fall of NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, was just astounding?

Can we all agree, immigration officials’ plan to separate parents and children if they cross the border together, is just one more cruel and unnecessary tactic ICE agents will use as they gleefully persecute immigrants to the United States?

Can we all agree, EPA Secretary Scott Pruitt, just cannot make it through a full week without another scandal?

Can we all agree, Melania Trump’s implicit criticism of her husband’s policies and demeanor could not have been more obvious, than in her choice of topics to focus on in her next few years in the White House?

Can we all agree, after years of progress against smoking, the cigarette companies have found a new way to encourage addiction?

Can we all agree, by the end of Nick Mulvaney’s tenure, as acting head of the consumer protection agency, there will be no consumers protected from any industry?

Can we all agree, new leaders in Armenia and Malaysia seem to suggest that Democracy can work?

and finally:

Those of you who thought only bone-jarring concussions suffered by football players were a problem, now have more evidence to consider, on the impact of even minor blows to the head.

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CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 10/7/17 edition

October 7, 2017

Can we all agree, the NRA has given Republicans permission to consider gun restrictions? I guess we should all feel grateful.

Can we all agree, the response from a majority of Americans is closer to  that of late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel?

Can we all agree, while most politicians only feel pressure to act when there is a mass shooting the real issue is guns and suicide?

Les Vegas memorial (LV Review Journal photo)

Les Vegas memorial
(LV Review Journal photo)

Can we all agree, Rex Tillerson will not be our Secretary of State much longer?

Can we all agree, now that Mr. Trump has apparently decided to abrogate the nuclear deal with Iran we will have to rely on European leaders to make the world safer?

Can we all agree Lin-Manuel Miranda has a way with words?

Can we all agree the Narcissist in Chief must have been feeling ignored, so he reached out to Democrats, seeking a new health care compromise? Will Chuck and Nancy give him another victory?

Can we all agree, between their lies about their own tax plan and the Bannon revolt, the GOP has some serious issues to confront in the coming year?

Can we all agree, it’s heartening to know that the courts are fighting back against Mr, Trump, his EPA chief Scott Pruitt and the rest of the lobbyists who run the department?

Can we all agree, the battle over birth control and the ACA has nothing to do with religion or abortion?

Can we all agree, no one really understands all the fuss about Harvey Weinstein’s bad behavior? I’m neither shocked nor surprised.

Can we all agree, The House of Representative budget bill is totally irrelevant except that it allows the Senate to possibly pass the measure and the tax plan with majority votes – which they don’t have yet?

Can we all agree, now that California will be a Sanctuary State in 2018, a lot more folks will encounter ICE agents at their front door?

Can we all agree, Americans, and Donald Trump , won’t figure out how much Hurricane Maria has destroyed in Puerto Rico, until we start to have drug shortages on the mainland?

Can we all agree, no-one seems to care that a Senate report confirms that the Russians hacked the 2016 election and continues to disrupt our electoral process?

Can we all agree, we all knew politicians were hypocritical but it was nice that Rep. Tim Murphy reminded us how duplicitous they really are?

Can we all agree, The Captains of American industry muster have been very proud when a former member of their club (Equifax)  was able to blame all his problems on a single employee?

Can we all agree, we’re glad the death rate from breast cancer is declining, but it would be even better is they could figure out the cause of the disease?

Can we all agree, Both Democrats and Republicans are to blame for gerrymandering but leaving it up the the Supreme Court will leave both sides unhappy?

Can we all agree, the aviation industry should be embarrassed by the Australian government’s final report on the fate of Malaysian Airlines flight 370?

Can we all agree, Tom Petty left us way too soon?

Can we all agree, It’s about time that a major US car maker realized electric cars are here to stay?

Can we all agree, we’re wondering if Monte Hall is offering someone a deal, right now?

Can we all agree, the only reason Mr. Trump hasn’t made a comment about the Catalonia independence vote, is that he has no idea where it is?

Can we all agree, we’ve all become immune to news of new data breaches and who has access to our personal information?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump has been surprisingly silent on the death of 4 soldiers in Niger?

and finally:

This week’s good read: The death of a man wrongly convicted and betrayed by the system

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CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 5/20/17 edition

May 20, 2017

Can we all agree if there’s one person who should be able to recognize,  a nut job it’s Donald Trump? Unfortunately, James Comey is not one.

Can we all agree revelations that the probe into Russian influence in our election, has now reached the White House, is only a surprise to one person?

The President and Melania Trump arrive in Saudi Arabia. (NYT photo)

The President and Melania Trump arrive in Saudi Arabia. (NYT photo)

Can we all agree Mr. Trump’s Thursday characterization of the investigation as a ‘witch hunt’ ring a bit hollow this weekend? Especially since it appears he knew Michael Flynn was under investigation before he was appointed to a top White House post.

Can we all agree Robert Mueller’s appointment to lead the Russian influence investigation seems to have bi-partisan support, but is worrying to observers who are more concerned with fact finding than criminal prosecution?

Can we all agree, many Baby Boomers will have a sense of deja vu when Mr. Comey testifies before Congress, as we remember the start of the Watergate hearings, which began this past week in 1973?

Can we all agree Mr. Trump’s arrival in Saudi Arabia has the nation on edge, as we wait to see how he will embarrass us on the world stage?

Can we all agree, only Mr. Trump can ban Muslims from entering the US and then flip-flop by claiming to be their strongest supporters when he visits their countries?

Can we all agree the victory by ‘moderates’ in the Iranian election proves there may be some semblance of Democracy in that ancient civilization?

Can we all agree Trump has managed, once again, to prove President Obama  right, when he signed the nuclear deal with Iran?

Can we all agree instability in Brazil, destabilizes all of South America?

Can we all agree the removal of Confederate statues in New Orleans may mark the end of an era for some, but it’s really only another step along the long road to racial equality?

Can we all agree as soon as the GOP figures out the Trump Presidency cannot be saved they will push to have him removed as soon as possible  to avert the disaster that will be the 2018 elections?

Can we all agree the fact that security guards working for a foreign country can attack US citizens exercising their rights to free speech, without a word of condemnation for our own government is unbelievable?

Can we all agree Mr. Comey and Hillary Clinton appear to have at least one thing in common – a desire to avoid a Trump hug?

Can we all agree, news that foreign diplomats are providing special favors to Ivanka Trump in an attempt to reach her father, are exactly why she should not be an advisor?

Can we all agree. internet providers are reacting cautiously to the FCC’s decision to relax net neutrality regulations because they know the rules can be overturned by the next administration?

Can we all agree Emmanuel Macron is disappointing those on the left with his conservative cabinet appointments in France?

Can we all agree the choreographed praise for the late Roger Ailes cannot overcome the more popular characterization of him as a sexual predator responsible for perverting US journalism and giving us Donald Trump?

Can we all agree one response to changes Education Secretary Betsy Devoss seeks, might be to make every public school a charter school?

Can we all agree, news that at least one high-level GOP congressman thinks Trump and one other politician may be on the Putin payroll, should be a major story, but these days its barely a ripple?’

Can we all agree it’s easy to see why Mr. Trump finds such comfort in meeting with foreign dictators since he longs for the kind of power they wield – such as arresting journalists?

Can we all agree, It would be nice to think the EPA will pay attention to the outpouring of public support for enviromentail regulations, but it’s doubtful Scott Pruitt will even care?

Can we all agree the most entertaining story of the week was either Mr. Putin’s offer to supply his own account of the Russian Foreign Minister’s meeting with Mr. Trump or the details of how the session was arranged?

Can we all agree when they write the eventual history of the Trump administration, the last two weeks will be a major focus?

Can we all agree, you know health care is an issue when it reaches the Miss USA Pageant?

Can we all agree the world is eager to believe this week’s cyber- attack on the world’s computers, came from North Korea?

Can we all agree Mr. Trump’s incompetence is making it possible for North Korea to continue nuclear and missile testing?

And finally:

Can we all agree New York Times writer David Brooks had a great week of columns, including this quote:

“We’ve got this perverse situation in which the vast analytic powers of the entire world are being spent trying to understand a guy whose thoughts are often just six fireflies beeping randomly in a jar.”

 

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