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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™ – 5/20/18 edition

May 20, 2018

Can we all agree, the muted moral outrage at the shootings in a Texas school, guarantees the NRA doesn’t have to worry about any new gun control legislation – even though this year more students have died in schools than soldiers on the battlefield?

Can we all agree, even a Texas school that was prepared was no match for one determined student with a gun?

The new Duke and Duchess - a welcome respite from politics. (BBC photo)

The new Duke and Duchess – a welcome respite from politics. (BBC photo)

Can we all agree, yesterday’s royal wedding was great escapist entertainment?

Can we all agree, the new Duchess’s half family makes our own families seem almost normal?

Can we all agree, China’s commitment to ‘buy American’ with no specifics, is not a win for the administration?

Can we all agree, the latest theories about the fate of Malaysian Airlines flight 370, make a lot of sense?

Can we all agree, sports gambling has always been present, but it will now become accepted, thanks to the Supreme Court?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump seems to have agreed to help the Chinese tech firm ZTE, but has gotten little in return?

Can we all agree, one way or another, there will be more women in government after the midterm elections?

Can we all agree, the real news, after the tragic Cuban plane crash, is that 3 people actually survived?

Can we all agree, the Special Counsel’s investigation has really become a PR battle to wear down the American public?

Can we all agree, 400 consecutive months of warming temperatures is more than a trend – it’s a fact?

Can we all agree, with so much news this week, few have noticed that Congress has rejected Mr. Trump’s farm bill, his net neutrality plan, his budget blueprint and his House  committee’s bogus report on Russian interference in the 2016 election? The list doesn’t include the primary results on Tuesday)

Can we all agree, Nobel Peace Prize and Trump, should not appear in the same sentence?

Can we all agree, this week’s failure of the farm bill, just proves that the immigration debate will continue right up to the 2018 mid-term elections?

Can we all agree, the new director of the Veterans Administration will not last much longer than the last, unless he bends to the will of the President’s henchmen?

Can we all agree, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos would love to end his contract with the USPS and Mr. Trump is giving him the excuse he needs?

Can we all agree, the fact that the EPA is running its San Francisco regional office from Santa Barbara, speaks volumes about the department’s policies?

Can we all agree, after this video went viral, Mr. Trump probably wishes he never met Bill Gates?

Can we all agree, if the US birth rate continues to decline, we’ll be forced to open our borders?

Can we all agree, Gina Haspel, the new director of the CIA, will probably, do a good job, but that won’t please Mr. Trump?

Can we all agree, the deaths of hundreds of Palestinians is just another sad chapter in the intractable story of the Mideast and will not change anything?

Can we all agree, EPA secretary Scott Pruitt, showed, once again, that he has no problem lying to Congress?

Can we all agree, the EPA continues to do more damage to the planet than any other White House policy?

Can we all agree, White House advisor John Bolton, probably should not have used the phrase ‘the Libya model’ in referring to North Korea since 8 years after US intervention Libya is now a failed state with no central administrative functions?

Can we all agree, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, had a pretty good response to Mr. Trump’s suggestion that she be charged with obstruction of justice? (Do we need to point out that he’s an expert in the topic)

Just for fun: write your own caption.

Just for fun: write your own caption.

Can we all agree, The New Yorker story on presidential Lawyer Michael Cohen,  paints a vivid portrait of someone with no scruples, trying to profit  from near-celebrity?

Can we all agree, if former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, was so upset about the Trump Administration, he should not have stayed so long?

Can we all agree, if US health spending is rising faster than any other Western Country, shouldn’t our life expectancy be increasing at the same rate? (hint: It’s not.)

Can we all agree, Tom Wolfe was a great writer, who loved being controversial?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump didn’t have much choice about admitting that he paid to buy the silence of an adult film star?

Can we all agree, we’re all wondering what Mr. Trump said, if anything, to welcome Melania home from the hospital?

Can we all agree, the $500 million settlement Michigan State University signed with victims of Larry Nassar, will do little to rebuild the emotional damage he inflicted?

Can we all agree, the same can be said for the gynecologist at University of Southern California who is now suspected of inappropriate behavior?

and finally:

A heartwarming story about a baby rescued at birth and how he met his savior 20 years later.

 

 

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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™ – 5/6/18 edition

May 6, 2018

Can we all agree, everything you need to know about this week at the White House can be found in last night’s opening sequence for Saturday Night Live?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump is so desperate for approval, he doesn’t mind insulting two of our top allies to get applause at the NRA convention?

Stormy Daniels on SNL

Stormy Daniels on SNL

Can we all agree, Rudy Giuliani, will be out as Mr. Tump’s lawyer, before he can get his ‘facts’ straight?

Can we all agree, any sane leader would want the country to be focused on job growth and the economy, but the White House makes that impossible?

Can we all agree, all the talk about people fleeing California,seems to be contradicted by the state’s new ranking as the world’s sixth largest economy?

Can we all agree, it will take years before the Swedish Academy regains enough credibility to award another prize for literature?

Can we all agree, Speaker Paul Ryan deserves no credit for reinstating the House Chaplain, who never should have been fired in the first place?

Can we all agree, Governor Scott Walker’s attempts to bribe Wisconsin voters, sounds like the kind of stunt we read about in some ‘shit-hole’ African country?

Can we all agree, John Kelly is only delaying his departure from the White House to make sure it doesn’t seem like the press is correct?

Can we all agree, EPA secretary Scott Pruitt, has created an agency run by lobbyists for the gas and coal industry and he thinks that’s what Americans want?

Can we all agree, the way the Washington Redskins football team treats its cheerleaders, is a microcosm of how women are treated in business?

Can we all agree, Iowa only passed a new abortion ban so that it would  wind up at the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade?

Can we all agree, Israel’s only goal in releasing intelligence on Iran’s nuclear program, is to justify Mr. Trump’s upcoming decision abrogating the treaty?

Can we all agree, conservative attempts to intimidate Special Counsel Robert Mueller, are continually undercut by Trump’s own actions?

Can we all agree, House conservatives who drew up articles of impeachment against Rod Rosenstein don’t realize how out of step they are?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump will never sit for a voluntary interview with Mr. Mueller and the legal battle over the upcoming subpoena will drag the investigation well past the midterm elections?

Can we all agree, since it appears clear that Mr. Trump’s own attorney leaked the questions the president might be asked by the special counsel, it’s tough to figure out why Mr. Trump is upset?

Can we all agree, the best story of the week was the settlement between two black entrepreneurs and Starbucks. They sought nothing for themselves, but secured funding for a business development program.

Can we all agree, many Democrats would rather see Nancy Pelosi exit center stage, but she doesn’t seem to be hurting the party’s fund raising?

Can we all agree, no one seems to be able to figure out why the government allowed the caravan of asylum seekers to enter the United States, after the administration spent so much time ridiculing the immigrants?

Can we all agree, Texas and 6 other states suing to end the DACA program, will be the biggest losers when they are seen as unfriendly to migrants?

Can we all agree, there is no stranger story than the raid on the offices of Mr. Trump’s former doctor, who now admits the candidate dictated his pre-election report on his own health?

Can we all agree, the NY condo tower that won the right to remove the Trump name from signage, will not be the last building to eliminate any public connection to The President?

Can we all agree, if a sitting Republican senator feels the only way he can win an election is to criticize his party’s lone legislative achievement (the tax cut) what does that say about the legislation?

Can we all agree, the departure of the leader of the department of Immigration and Enforcement will have little impact on the misguided anti-immigrant policies of the administration?

 

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#CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 4/29/18 edition

April 29, 2018

Can we all agree, if the historic meeting between the leaders of North and South Korea solve the major issues on the peninsula, there will be little need for a summit with the United States? Maybe that’s Kim Jong-Un’s end game.

Can we all agree, the annual Correspondents’ Dinner in Washington, is really just one big inside joke, that has little relevance to the average American?

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince Louis. How can she look this good? (AP Photo)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince Louis. How can she look this good? (AP Photo)

Can we all agree, until Mr. Trump decides to end  his 2016 campaign and  actually govern, there is little hope he will help Republicans in the 2018 mid-term elections?

Can we all agree, by using a public genealogy site to track a killer, police in California have given all of us second thoughts about searching our family history?

Can we all agree, Bill Cosby’s conviction, is just the beginning of the impact the #Metoo movement will have on American society?

Can we all agree, ICE agents can claim they are just doing their jobs, but arresting Americans and tearing families apart is not what this country is all about?

Can we all agree, firing the House Chaplain, because he represents the poor and oppressed, exposes Speaker Paul Ryan for who he really is – a cruel ideologue?

Can we all agree, The White House wants us to think, the nomination of Ronny Jackson to head the Veterans Administration, was derailed by a single senator even though it knows the pill-pushing alcoholic sycophant never should have been nominated?

Can we all agree, Kanye West and Donald Trump deserve each other?

Can we all agree, EPA chief Scott Pruitt’s testimony on Capitol Hill comes straight from the Trump playbook – deny everything and claim a conspiracy?

Can we all agree, while there is no chance the bill to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller will ever get a hearing,  the bipartisan committee vote approving the measure, is a warning to The President and a rebuke to Senate Leader Mitch McConnell?

Can we all agree, in a normal news week, say two years ago, Ford’s decision to end production of sedans, would be cause for major headlines and hand-wringing about what’s wrong in Detroit?

Can we all agree, ending public access to complaints filed with the Consumer Protection Bureau undermines the agency’s purpose?

Can we all agree, Housing Secretary Ben Carson’s plan to reduce housing subsidies for the poor, really makes you wonder if he really grew up in a housing project, as he claims?

Can we all agree, French President Emmanuel Macron won the PR battle with Donald Trump, with his pointed criticism of the administration during his speech to Congress?

Can we all agree, German President Angela Merkel wouldn’t put up with the false friendship pantomime of Trump and Macron, so her pointed message barely registered with the public?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump knows that the case against his former lawyer Michael Cohen, could pose the biggest threat to his administration, but he’s having trouble distancing himself from his former ‘fixer’?

Can we all agree, Fox TV has become the PR department for the White House?

Can we all agree, there is probably a Las Vegas betting line on how long it will take before Mr.Trump undermines a statement from new Secretary of State Mike Pompeo?

Can we all agree, the new history of lynching museum will help the nation confront its past?

Can we all agree, Budget Director and Former Congressman Mick Mulvaney, admitted what we all knew – money buys access and power in Washington?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump wants a new deal with Iran, but it’s clear the world will just move on without him?

Can we all agree, Facebook’s new rules, will make no difference to most of us and we’ll continue to let the tech company gather and sell our data?

Can we all agree, the EPA’s ‘transparency rules’ are designed to be just the opposite?

Can we all agree, Armenia’s path to Democracy is heartening, but don’t look for a repetition in other authoritarian countries?

Can we all agree, the GOP may have won an election this week, but  a 5 point margin in a district Mr. Trump won by 20 points 18 months ago,  is not good news for the Republicans?

Can we all agree, we are amazed that a woman who just had a baby can look this good as she leaves the hospital?

Can we all agree we all want to see more heroes who claim they were doing ‘what anyone else would do’?

and finally:

If Latinos are hired as border agents, will it help humanize the department?

 

 

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#CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 3/31/18 edition

March 31, 2018

Can we all agree, despite a ‘major’ policy speech, one cabinet change, heightened tensions with Russia  and a continuing stream of untrue tweets this seemed like a vacation week in the news business?

Can we all agree, it’s unlikely that, if Facebook’s Mark Zuckerburg appears before Congress, he will be able to improve his firm’s image?

Can we all agree, the most useful Facebook related stories have been those explaining how to access your own data and detailing how to delete your account?

Can we all agree, the most frightening story of the week is the ransomware attack that continues to paralyze the city of Atlanta?

Can we all agree, the courts will have the final say on whether citizenship is an appropriate non-political question for the 2020 census?

Can we all agree, the anti-semitism that lives in Europe,  has a strong following in this country?

Can we all agree, we are headed for an educational crises, unless we start to pay teachers a living wage?

Can we all agree, the students from Parkland, Florida have brought out the worst in politicians, such as Rick Santorum, and commentators, such as Laura Ingraham?

Can we all agree, one of the more powerful moments in last weekend’s anti-gun rallies was the more than 6 minutes of silence led by Parkland student Emma Gonzalez?

Can we all agree, Malala Yousafzai’s’s return home to Pakistan, and Slovakia’s rejection of authoritarianism gives the world hope that change is possible?

Can we all agree, TV executives will not be the only ones watching to see if Rosanne’s TV show can maintain it’s appeal after the first few episodes?

Can we all agree, the anti-science approach of the EPA, will not serve them well, when they have to justify to the courts, why they are repealing fuel economy standards?

Can we all agree the EPA ‘talking points’ on climate change have no basis in fact?

Can we all agree, cancer warning labels on coffee are not the big issue being decided in a California courtroom: It’s the potential financial penalties?

Can we all agree, President Trump had no factual basis for his attack on Amazon? He’s just upset at Jeff Bezos, who owns the Washington Post.

Can we all agree, it seems likely that the courts will bail out the politicians and prevent the government from deporting the so called ‘Dreamers.’

Can we all agree, European leaders were probably shocked when Mr. Trump went along with their plan to expel Russian diplomats over the poisoning of a Russian citizen in England?

Can we all agree, it’s pretty clear the President feels rewarding his doctor for lying to the American people, is more important than picking a competent administrator to run the Veterans Administration?

Can we all agree, offering pardons to targets in the Special Counsel’s investigation, is patently illegal, and suggests the President is really having trouble building a competent legal team?

Can we all agree, given Mr. Trump’s pension for tweeting, it is odd that he has said nothing about Stormy Daniels?

Can we all agree, it’s possible Mr. Trump’s businesses will be his undoing?

Can we all agree, the Parkland students have succeeded in putting pressure on GOP politicians and have now gotten a second Republican governor to sign restrictions on gun purchases?

Can we all agree, the secret summit between the leaders of China and North Korea suggests the US can easily be out maneuvered in their upcoming negotiations?

Can we all agree, even science says that something can be done about gun violence?

Can we all agree, EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, doesn’t seem to understand that perception is reality when it comes to ethics?

Can we all agree, American’s reaction to the Parkland, FL shooting, and the death of a black man in Sacramento, CA show the racial divide that continues to exist in this country?

Can we all agree, even Trump supporters are tired of the President’s meandering, off-topic, stream of consciousness speeches?

Can we all agree, rumors that Paul Ryan plans to resign as House Speaker, are just wishful thinking by GOP conservatives?

and finally:

This beer league goalie lived every fan’s dream: 14 minutes (and 1 second) of fame.

 

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CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 1/6/18 edition

January 6, 2018

Can we all agree, anyone who needs to tell the world they are “a very stable genius” is not?

Can we all agree, Democrats think they will finally have a smoking gun to impeach Mr. Trump, if they just adopt the Watergate era mantra and ‘follow the money?’

Can we all agree, $18 billion for a wall no one wants will be tough pill for  Congress to swallow while trying to avoid a government shutdown and allowing “Dreamers” to stay in the country?

The Northeast digs out. (Boston Globe photo)

The Northeast digs out. (Boston Globe photo)

Can we all agree, The GOP is trying to distract the public’s attention from the Mueller investigation by reviving an investigation of the Clinton Foundation and seeking an indictment against the folks who collected the Russian dossier on the President? I doubt it will work.

Can we all agree, residents in the Northeast are more concerned about the snow and cold, than anything going on in Washington?

Can we all agree, Michael Wolf’f’s book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” is just the first of many ‘tell-all’ books about the current administration– given the way they have burned through staffers in their first year?

Can we all agree, Mr. Wolff was quite magnanimous in thanking Mr. Trump for the extra press, but we wonder if his ‘box of chocolates’ comment was a reference to Forrest Gump?

Can we all agree, Mr. Bannon might make up with Mr. Trump, but he may have permanently  lost the support of his right-wing base?

Can we all agree, Attorney General Jeff Sessions badly underestimated the support the marijuana industry has in many states?

Can we all agree, the chances of increased oil drilling off the US coast is slim and none, given the reaction of GOP governors and congressmen?

Can we all agree, Trump has no use for s state’s rights unless they suit his purposes?

Can we all agree, with Silicon Valley aligned against the FCC, it could be a while before ‘net neutrality’ actually ends – if ever?

Can we all agree, despite adding 148,000 new jobs, and Dow Jones closing above 25,000 most Americans have not seen much improvement in their standard of living?

Can we all agree, Intel may face a raft of lawsuits because of the flaw in their computer chips, but most Americans have no idea what they need to do?

Can we all agree,  replacing the  artificial coloring in Dunkin Donuts will not make them healthy?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump thinks that weilding US assistance as a lever to force countries to do what we want is the only way to conduct foreign policy?

Can we all agree, North Korea has won the latest round of verbal sparring by separating the US from South Korea?

Can we all agree, trying to figure out what’s going on in Iran is just impossible?

Can we all agree, the cynical actions taken by the administration and the EPA, while most Americans were celebrating the holidays, are the hallmark of an administration which has no moral compass?

Can we all agree, Orin Hatch’s departure from the Senate might add another Trump critic to the Senate, but it’s doubtful it will change the vote totals? But Doug Jones’ election will force changes.

Can we all agree, Judge Roy Moore’s supporters have taken politics to a new low by setting fire to the home of a woman who accused him of impropriety?

Can we all agree, the more Mr. Trump tweets the more trouble he creates for himself?

Can we all agree, this administration  cannot even organize our annual census without creating controversy?

Can we all agree, the voter fraud panel should never have been created and referring their responsibilities to Homeland Security is absurd?

Can we all agree, appointing the wife of a powerful Congressman to a government job is a bribe? The same could be said by foreign government’s treatment of Trump’s projects around the world.

Can we all agree, talk of controversy with the New England Patriots football organization, may cheer the haters around the country, but it won’t prevent the team from another trip to the Superbowl

and finally:

If you really want an explanation of what might happen in the Mueller investigation, listen to this segment 0f Fresh Air on NPR.

and:

If you’re heading to NYC in the Spring to visit the Metropolitan Museum, be aware that it might cost you $25 per person unless you can prove you live in New York.

 

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CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 7/2/17 edition

July 2, 2017

A day late, but hopefully, not a pound short.

Can we all agree, we should all be nervous about the administration’s request for voter data from the states and appalled that they don’t seem to understand why state officials are declining the demand?

Can we all agree, as the nation’s fertility rate declines any rational person realizes we need to change our attitude toward immigration?

Can we all agree, the GOP’s latest failure to pass a health care reform bill has left many Americans in the worst possible position – unable to plan for the future?

Can we all agree it's hard to understand why these opponents of Mr. trump's health care plan would agree to this picture? (AP photo)

Can we all agree it’s hard to understand why these opponents of Mr. Trump’s health care plan would agree to this picture? (AP photo)

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump has not been any help to Mitch McConnell?

Can we all agree Mr. Trump’s about face on health care shows his desperation and makes passage even more remote?

Can we all agree most voters don’t really understand ‘CBO scores,’ and don’t really care since they know what the impact of the Republican bill would be?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump’s needless fight with two cable TV commentators has revealed the alternative universe inside the White House?

Can we all agree, the National Rifle Association’s latest ad campaign should outrage every American as it incites violence, simply to encourage gun ownership?

Can we all agree, anyone who doesn’t think a grandparent  constitutes a ‘bona fide’ relationship should ask one?

Can we all agree, next week’s G-20 summit should be quite the show for Mr. Trump, Germany’s Angela Merkel and Russia’s Vladimir Putin?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump is oblivious to the fact that most of the world is laughing at him?

Can we all agree, Hong Kong is at pivotal crossroads as it celebrates 20 years since the British relinquished control?

Can we all agree, each week EPA administrator Scott Pruitt is allowed to stay in office we get closer to environmental disaster?

Can we all agree, Paul Manafort never should have been allowed to run any political campaign?

Can we all agree, it’s not the  $2.7 billion fine from the EU that worries Google, but the threat to their business model?

Can we all agree, the NSA, needs to admit they have screwed up and start helping people combat the hacking tools the agency created?

Can we all agree, the newfound friendship between Mr. Trump and Indian Prime Minister Modi will only last as long as Mr. Modi bows to all Mr. Trump’s demands?

Can we all agree, Germany’s rejection of visas for the body-guards/thugs who wanted to accompany Turkey’s dictator on a state visit, suggest the criminal charges brought in the US may have an impact after all?

Can we all agree, the latest report on the rise in sea level caused by increased carbon emissions makes our government’s position on the environment increasingly absurd?

Can we all agree, Mr. Trump has created his own echo chamber to support his egomaniacal positions?

Can we all agree, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has become a non-entity on the world stage?

Can we all agree, Serena Williams had a near perfect return for John Mcenroe’s sexist serve?

Can we all agree, gun control supporters were left a bit confused this week as the Supreme Court allowed a California law on ammunition to stand but a lower court issued an injunction preventing the law from going into effect?

Can we all agree, no one is looking forward to stricter airport security rules ?

Can we all agree,  the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences should be congratulated for their bid to diversify their membership, even if it’s a few years late?

and finally:

A good news story about the heroic actions of a major league umpire.

and

An airline story that might restore your faith in the industry.

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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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CWAA: Can We All Agree™ – 5/6/17 edition

May 6, 2017

Can we all agree our political debate over the next two years will be shaped by this week’s House vote on replacing the Affordable Care Act?

Can we all agree that if your own Senate colleagues have already decided your bill is not worth considering, you might have a problem convincing the public that it was a good piece of legislation? Even, late-night host Jimmy Kimmel tried to warn the GOP.

Can we all agree if the House bill were ever to pass the Senate we should be able to claim stress from the election of Mr. Trump, as a pre-existing condition?

Can we all agree, this might be one time when the money spent by the insurance lobby will have a beneficial impact on public policy?

Can we all agree the weekly drip, drip, drip of stories about the Russian connection to the Trump campaign will make governing difficult for the administration?

Can we all agree we hope the French will learn from our mistakes and ignore the hacks into their election and elect the moderate, Emmanuel Macron?

Can we all agree, the Democrats need to stop blaming FBI director James Comey, for their November defeat? Without their own mistakes, the election would not have been so close that Comey’s action made a difference.

Can we all agree the major news of the week should have been the approval of a 5-month budget plan that rejects almost every principle Trump has put forward and may lead to a government shutdown in September?

Can we all agree free speech is under attack in this country and no-one seems to care?

Can we all agree the happiest community in the country is probably Palm Beach, FL, now that Donald Trump has decided to make his New Jersey golf club his weekend vacation home? Either way the rest of us foot the bill.

Can we all agree there might be something wrong with the White House vetting process as they continue to see nominees withdraw from consideration, because your own party sees them as unqualified?

Can we all agree, gutting the office of the nation’s drug czar, might be a tough sell in states where the opioid epidemic is killing thousands each year?

Can we all agree EPA chief Scott Pruitt made the right move in recusing himself from court battles over climate change, but we’re pretty sure his subordinates will know what he wants them to do?

Can we all agree the new employment numbers only show that it took 10 years to recover from the excesses of the last Republican administration? Although the troubling numbers from the auto industry might suggest some issues ahead.

Can we all agree the debate over immigration was never more obvious than the differences in public policy in California and Texas?

Can we all agree North Korea’s criticism of China might make them feel good, but it will do little to alter the balance of power in the region?

Can we all agree Mr. Trump’s proposed trip to the Mideast has disaster written all over it – particularly his stops in Muslim countries whose residents no longer feel welcome here?

Can we all agree the various descriptions of the phone conversation between Mr. Trump and Russian Leader Vladimir Putin make you wonder if they were on the same call?

Can we all agree that, once again, the government is mishandling the water crises in Flint, MI, and hoping the rest of the nation will not notice?

Can we all agree, Boston Red Sox officials did the right thing in banning a fan for life because of his racial slur directed at an opposing player?

Can we all agree, the Administration’s order allowing religious organizations to venture into politics could be a boon to the Democrats if African-American church leaders support their candidates. Evangelicals seem to be deserting Mr, Trump in droves over his climate change policies.

Can we all agree Prince Philip is entitled to retire from public life – at 95? The Queen will apparently carry on at 91.

Can we all agree it’s about time Facebook and other online services realize that an unedited stream of fake information does not make the world safer?

Can we all agree the change in leadership at the Heritage Foundation will benefit conservatives in the long run?

Can we all agree, speaking of remaking an institution, the changes at Fox News, may have a broader impact on US politics than we realize?

Can we all agree the Trump family, including the President and Ivanka, have proven once again that there is no room for ethics in the White House?

Can we all agree, inviting the Supreme Court Justice to the White House for lunch, could be the dumbest idea the administration has ever floated? And they already have a pretty long record of dumb ideas.

Can we all agree the departure of Sebastian V. Gorka from the White House should be celebrated only if he winds up outside of government entirely?

and finally:

One 7-year-old’s response to a Trump supporter.

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