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#CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 6/3/18 edition

June 2, 2018

Can we all agree, lawyers are paid to tell the opposition, their client can’t be prosecuted, it’s up to the courts to decide, even if the client is The President?

Can we all agree, despite the headlines, most us of are skeptical that Mr. Trump’s meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un will take place – especially if we have to pay his hotel bill?

Can we all agree, EPA chief Scott Pruitt  may be the most ethically challenged cabinet secretary this country has ever seen?

Why does anyone need a personal flame thrower?

Why does anyone need a personal flame thrower?

Can we all agree, with his pardon this week, The President is making it clear a criminal conviction will be erased as long as you support him?

Can we all agree, supporting aging and inefficient power plants is not the way to help the economy or the environment?

Can we all agree, only time will tell if our robust economy can survive the administration’s new trade war with countries that used to be our strongest allies?

Can we all agree, Kim Kardashian visiting the White House to discuss prison reform, should be a contradiction in so many ways, but in the Trump world, it’s just normal?

Can we all agree, the world does not need Elon Musk’s personal flame throwers?

Can we all agree, when any group, like the congregation at this church in Oakland, CA.,  decides they are safer not calling police for help, it supports the thesis that our system is  racist?

Can we all agree, most of us already assume that our phone calls and texts are being monitored, so if spies are also listening in, it doesn’t make much difference?

Can we all agree, Virginia’s decision to expand medicare, after the GOP almost lost control of their state legislature, shows that at least some politicians pay attention to voters?

Can we all agree, Roseanne Barr and Samantha Bee both had bad weeks, but equating their transgressions is your typical apples and oranges: one was vulgar, the other was racist?

Can we all agree, the best quote of the week came from the makers on Ambien, after Ms Barr blamed her tweet on the medication?

Can we all agree, the resignation of Missouri Governor Eric Greitens, shows that the “Trump strategy”  or continual denials, despite the facts, will only go so far?

Can we all agree, the documentary featuring Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, should be seen by everyone?

Can we all agree, the real death toll in Puerto Rico  from Hurricane Maria (well over 4,500) should be an embarrassment to every American, including Mr. Trump?

Can we all agree, if the administration refuses to consider immigration reform, and reign in the efforts of ICE, the issue will continue to spur Democratic voters in the November elections?

Can we all agree, most of us don’t even recognize some of the words used in this year’s national spelling bee?

Can we all agree, 3251 false claims or outright lies  by the President in 500 days is a record we hope will never be broken?

Can we all agree, we barely blinked this week when the Federal Reserve suggested rolling back some of the rules designed to prevent a repeat of the banking crises of 2008?

Can we all agree, a video game which features gunmen shooting up a school, should never have made it past the initial pitch stage?

Can we all agree, House Republicans, deserve credit for their inventive rationales, in deciding not to seek re-election?

Can we all agree, an immigrant in France, who won his own citizenship for scaling a building to rescue a child, seems to fly in the face of what the anti-immigration forces want us all to believe

Can we all agree, Republican Senator John McCain and Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff seem to have a lot in common?

Can we all agree, it’s incredible that Italy seems to think Trumpism is working so well here they should give it a try and  the EU?

Can we all agree, if you can’t convince a GOP Congressman that your attacks on the special counsel are warranted, you should probably give up?

Can we all agree,  this video by the the alleged Parkland, FL shooter is chilling?

Can we all agree, It seems  pretty clear the administration never really wanted a new NAFTA agreement?

Can we all agree, $16.7million to clean the Trump swamp and send him back to Mar-a-lago is a small price to pay?

and finally:

For the last 18 months, every writer, English teacher and journalist has wanted to red-line a Trump letter, like this teacher did.

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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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