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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™ – 3/3/18 edition

March 3, 2018

Can we all agree, we’d love to be among the 2600 commoners invited to Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding?

Can we all agree, we’re all starting to get a bit tired of Donald Trump’s management by chaos?

Can we all agree, no one believes Communications Director Hope Hicks, the latest departure, left the administration of her own volition? It was because she admitted she lied for the President.

Can we all agree, it is remarkable that a Presidential press secretary needs to clarify her boss’s remarks by saying “he said a lot of stuff this week that he really didn’t mean.”

Students in Parkland Florida, return to class this week. (NYTimes photo)

Students in Parkland Florida, return to class this week. (NYTimes photo)

Can we all agree, everyone knew Mr. Trump had no intention of pushing Congress to enact any serious gun-ownership reform?

Can we all agree,  Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf was right to fight back against ICE. which resembles the  Nazi SS as they ’round up’ law-abiding immigrants?

Can we all agree, trade wars are not good, and there are no winners, only losers?

Can we all agree, if a Democratic President had made the same statements that Mr. Trump made about seizing guns, conservatives would be calling for impeachment?

Can we all agree, everyone suspects Mr. Trump submitted his own fake nomination for a Nobel Prize?

Can we all agree, Jared Kushner’s business dealings in the White House have compromised our government and his role?

Can we all agree, the Trump brand continues to take a beating overseas?

Can we all agree, since it’s clear Congress will take no action on gun control, it’s good, businesses such as Walmart, Dicks, REI and Kroger will reflect public opinion? But will it make a difference?

Can we all agree, the US Park Service is bowing to political pressure in preventing the “March for Our Lives’ from using the National Mall for its march?

Can we all agree, since Vladimir Putin is guaranteed re-election you have to wonder who he  is trying to impress  by announcing a new weapons systrem, just before his own election?

Can we all agree, most of the increased profits generated by the GOP tax bill, are going to share buy-backs to benefit shareholders and are not trickling down to employees?

Can we all agree, it’s hard to predict who will be the next top administration official to leave, since Mr. Trump  apparently has no use for his Attorney General, Chief of Staff, National Security Advisor or chief economic advisor?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump’s dispute with with AG Jeff sessions, may be the most significant, since it’s caught the attention of Special Counsel Robert Mueller?

Can we all agree, it’s clear the only people who will work for this President are racists, who cannot find work elsewhere?

Can we all agree, the head of the US Olympic Committee should have resigned years ago?

Can we all agree, the disappearance of the Atlantic right whale is an uncovered disaster?

Can we all agree, HUD Secretary Ben Carson will have a tough time ‘canceling’ his order for a custom-made $31,000 dining room set?

Can we all agree, Delta Airlines should be applauded for standing up to the blackmail tactics of the state of Georgia?

Can we all agree, EPA chief Scott Pruitt is going to be traveling a lot less, now that he has to face coach passengers when he leaves Washington?

Can we all agree, very few people knew anything about pharmacy ‘gag orders’ – preventing pharmacists from telling consumer about cheaper drug options – until now?

Can we all agree, nuns at the Vatican have a right to be upset at the way they are being treated

Can we all agree, while Democrats have made some state elections gains, this month’s Congressional race in Pennsylvania, will be the next real test of how the electorate feels about the job Mr. Trump and the GOP are doing?

Can we all agree, trying to prevent the release of a video of your public speaking engagement, only guarantees the public will find out – just ask Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin?

Can we all agree, the President of Mexico never should have planned to visit the White House?

Can we all agree Mr. Trump’s pilot should not be running the FAA?

Can we all agree, there is no way Melania Trump earned the so called “Einstein visa’ designed for people of exceptional ability?

Can we all agree, the tough talk of Donald Trump running in to a school to confront a gunman is ludicrous, coming from a man who avoided the draft by claiming he had bone spurs?

Can we all agree, President Trump’s  “hallucination tour” visit to California later this month will be  be a real circus?

Can we all agree, Representative Don Young, should not be serving in Congress?

Can we all agree, Oklahoma is paying the price for believing the oil and gas industry assurances that fracking is perfectly safe?

Can we all agree, Russia has already succeeded in sowing doubt about the security of our election system?

Can we all agree, young immigrants may be happy they will not be deported starting Monday, but what they really want is some definitive action by Congress and Mr. Trump?

and finally:

If you want to hear an exceptional athlete who will be famous well beyond his playing days, read this item about former Cal student Jaylen Brown.

or

You can read what President Obama had to say about sports in America, at the same conference this week at Harvard.

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