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Morning Headlines

New York Times: House Democrats ask Devin Nunes to recuse himself from Russia inquiry CNN Politics: There’s a Russian storm over Trump’s struggling presidency Washington Post: Trump moves decisively to wipe out Obama’s climate-change record Boston Globe: Trump on health … Continue reading

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Listen Here: “Go Your Own Way” – Fleetwood Mac (1977)

Having come of age in the 1970s I’m always thinking about whether the music was as bad then as so many say. There was some bad; there was some good. For those who don’t think the 60s produced a few … Continue reading

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This Day in American History: March 27, 1794 – The U.S. Government establishes a permanent navy

There’s seems to be a bit of a disagreement on this, unless you focus on the word “permanent.” The United States Navy claims 13 October 1775 as the date of its official establishment, when the Second Continental Congress passed a … Continue reading

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Super Boy Jared Kushner to the rescue

Trump son-in-law and senior advisor to the president Jared Kushner has no political or public policy experience, but who cares? He has been tapped to lead the new “American Innovation” office tasked with applying business ideas to solving America’s more … Continue reading

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New York Times: GOP weighs less ambitious tax plan after health care loss Chicago Tribune: Nearly 1 out of every 3 days he has been president, Trump has visited a Trump property Washington Post: Trump taps Kushner to lead overhaul … Continue reading

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Listen Here: “Don’t Be Angry” – Nappy Brown (1955)

“Don’t Be Angry” was written by  Nappy Brown, Rose Marie McCoy, and Fred Mendelsohn and published in 1955. Brown released it that year with it reaching #2 on the Billboard R&B charts and #25 on the US Best Seller list. It … Continue reading

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Disrespecting America’s allies for fun and profit

I’ll bet Trump’s base loves this kind of nonsense. According to the Sunday Times the president handed German Chancellor Angela Merkel “a bill for money supposedly owed to NATO when they met last weekend in Washington DC.” The gesture was … Continue reading

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New York Times: Trump becomes ensnared in fiery G.O.P. civil war ABC News: Tax reform the next big ticket item on Trump’s legislative agenda Washington Post: Two months out of office, Barack Obama is having a post-presidency like no other Los … Continue reading

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Listen here: “Darkness, Darkness” – The Youngbloods (1969)

An intense, perhaps depressing, but beautiful song. “Darkness, Darkness” was written by Jesse Colin Young in 1969, and released by The Youngblood‘s on their 1969 album Elephant Mountain. It has been frequently covered. At the time the group consisted of Young (bass, … Continue reading

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Don’t you hate it when democracy gets in the way of a media plan?

On Friday night basketball fans in several “Republican-adjacent TV markets”  saw a series of ads by the American Action Network PAC “inviting viewers to call their representatives to thank them for repealing Obamacare today.” As we know, Republicans did not … Continue reading

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