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Washington Post (November 28)

2018/ 11/ 30 by jd in Global News

“For once, even Republican senators sounded actually mad and distressed by the Trump administration’s blatant prevarication. They were denied a briefing by CIA director Gina Haspel, reportedly at the White House’s direction, concerning the slaying of Jamal Khashoggi,” the journalist killed in Turkey, most likely with the approval of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who Trump has absolved of wrongdoing.


Washington Post (July 24)

2018/ 07/ 26 by jd in Global News

Somehow Trump’s appeal keeps rising. “His support within the Republican Party has risen and solidified. It now stands at around 90 percent, which is what tin-pot dictators get in rigged elections.” This leaves many befuddled, but his trick is telling people what they already believe. Playing to prejudice is Trump’s appeal. “He validates the thinking—some of it ugly—of many Americans. To them, Helsinki doesn’t matter and even Putin doesn’t matter. Only Trump does. To them, he hates the right people.”


Washington Post (April 9)

2018/ 04/ 11 by jd in Global News

“Monday, April 9, marks Day 444 of the Trump administration. America is being held hostage by a spectacularly unfit narcissist who refuses to grow into the job and a Republican-controlled Congress that refuses to hold him accountable.”


New York Times (November 9)

2017/ 11/ 10 by jd in Global News

“What goes around comes around, and on Tuesday, karma came for President Trump and his Republican acolytes. From Washington to Maine, New Jersey to North Carolina, Trumpist ugliness was met and vanquished.” Diversity overcame division with the Democratic victories. “What welcome inclusiveness at a time when the president stews in a hate-filled bubble, appealing only to the shrinking fraction of Americans unrepulsed by his behavior.”


Bloomberg (October 19)

2016/ 10/ 21 by jd in Global News

Donald Trump entered the third and final debate with Hillary Clinton “far behind in the polls — further than any candidate has been able to make up with this little time before the election. And then the Republican nominee lost the debate, as he lost the previous two.”


USA Today (September 30)

2016/ 10/ 01 by jd in Global News

“In the 34-year history of USA TODAY, the Editorial Board has never taken sides in the presidential race…. We’ve never seen reason to alter our approach. Until now….. This year, one of the candidates—Republican nominee Donald Trump—is, by unanimous consensus of the Editorial Board, unfit for the presidency.”


Washington Post (August 1)

2016/ 08/ 03 by jd in Global News

None positive, headlines focusing on Trump dominate the Opinions section: “There is something very wrong with Donald Trump;” “Is Donald Trump just plain crazy?” “By dishonoring the ultimate sacrifice, Trump has sunk to a new low;” “Dear Republican leaders: It’s not too late to dump Trump;” “The facts behind Donald Trump’s many falsehoods;” and “Will the GOP repudiate Trump’s cruelty to a fallen soldier’s family?”


Washington Post (October 28)

2015/ 10/ 28 by jd in Global News

Ten Republican candidates (Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, Chris Christie, John Kasich and Rand Paul) faced off in the latest debate. They seemed “to be testing a strategy of winning by whining. Certainly, voters are discontented and even angry. But do they want a leader who campaigns by kvetching?”


New York Times (September 27)

2015/ 09/ 28 by jd in Global News

Big money politics is reaching new highs in the U.S. “Top-tier Republican donors will pay $1.34 million per couple for the privilege of being treated as party insiders, while the Democratic Party will charge about $1.6 million.” Make that lows. “More big money can only leave less hope for voters concerned that the richest donors are buying ever more influence over politicians, with favoritism and corruption an inevitable result.”


Chicago Tribune (October 16)

2013/ 10/ 17 by jd in Global News

“Raising the debt limit neither authorizes new spending nor increases our national debt by a single dime…. It simply allows us to pay the bills Congress has already racked up.” As such, the debt ceiling should be repealed. “All it does is make the markets jittery and provide an opportunity for contemptible, hypocritical grandstanding that distracts from serious negotiations about taxes and spending. At worst it crashes the economy. No president, Democrat or Republican, should ever again have to negotiate with Congress with such a threat over his or her head.”


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