Politician Direct three-no-trump Three No Trump Politics Slate

Three No Trump

October 20, 2017 Politician Direct 0

On Monday, Sen. John McCain denounced President Trump’s philosophy, agenda, and conduct. On Thursday, former President George W. Bush did the same thing. Neither mentioned Trump by name, but their target was clear. They echoed former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who spoke out against Trump last year. These three indictments, issued by the men who represented…

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“If You’ve Never Been in Combat, You Can’t Even Imagine”

October 20, 2017 Politician Direct 0

Retired Marine Gen. John Kelly gave a remarkable performance at Thursday’s White House press briefing, deploying his record of service and sacrifice to defend President Trump’s clumsy handling of condolences to the families of four U.S. Army soldiers killed in Niger. Any mistakes by Trump, Kelly said, resulted from advice the erstwhile general had given his…

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Grief and Grievance

October 20, 2017 Politician Direct 0

October was supposed to be a month of progress for President Trump, when he and Congress could focus on crafting a budget and clearing a path for tax reform. Instead, it’s been another month of turmoil, from his eruption at the NFL over player protests of police brutality to this week’s clash with a military widow…

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No Bush, No Trump

October 20, 2017 Politician Direct 0

It’s long been an open secret that George W. Bush has little regard for Donald Trump. It’s hard to blame our previous Republican president for that stance, as our current Republican president hasn’t exactly covered himself in glory over the course of his brief political career. Nevertheless, after Bush gave an address in New York City…

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We Need to Humanize Shooters

October 19, 2017 Politician Direct 0

“Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done.” If you are one of the hundreds of thousands of people who read acclaimed civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson’s best-selling book, Just Mercy, that affirmation might sound familiar. …

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The Trump Commandments

October 19, 2017 Politician Direct 0

Last weekend, a dozen socially conservative organizations hosted their annual Values Voter Summit in Washington. The forum claims to advocate “traditional marriage, religious liberty, sanctity of life and limited government.” In 2015, only 5 percent of participants in a Values Voter straw poll picked Donald Trump as their first choice for president, placing him in a…

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Senators Crafted a Bipartisan Deal to Stabilize Obamacare

October 17, 2017 Politician Direct 0

On Tuesday, Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray announced—separately—that they had reached a narrow short-term deal to stabilize individual health insurance markets through 2019. The deal, which Alexander and Murray have been negotiating since the end of the summer, would fund the health care subsidies that President Trump abruptly cut off last week….

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Questionable Calls

October 17, 2017 Politician Direct 0

President Donald Trump has a talent for giving offense. Whether through mangled syntax or malicious statements, the president often finds a way to insult. So it is with Trump’s latest comments about his phone calls (or lack thereof) to the grieving families of four U.S. Army Special Forces soldiers killed in Niger earlier this month. …

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Promises, Promises

October 17, 2017 Politician Direct 0

When it comes to the promises they make, most elected officials hew close to their words. Given the scale and intensity of dishonesty in our politics, that seems counterintuitive. But it’s true. We couldn’t do democracy otherwise. How would one evaluate a leader whose rhetoric is untethered from his governance? How could one make an informed…