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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™ – 5/20/18 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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