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Pulling back the curtain on the Donald of Oz

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The Wizard of Oz came to Duluth last Wednesday and it wasn’t a pretty sight. Hiding behind a curtain of presidential power, he pulled all the usual levers and set his supporters roaring “Build that wall!” and “USA!”

Like the Wizard of Oz, Donald Trump is a small man with a big voice and loud lies. Lots of lies. Continue reading

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The Post and the perfidy of presidents

Pentagon Papers

Photo by Rory Finneren, published under Creative Commons license.

The Post takes us back to the courage of Daniel Ellsberg and the testing of Katherine Graham and the perfidy of presidents as revealed in the Pentagon Papers. i loved the movie last night, but today I’m thinking harder about what it means.  Continue reading


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Elliott Abrams: Contra Wars capo coming back?

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UPDATE 2/13: Abrams is out! Not because he’s an all-around nasty piece of work (see below) but because he didn’t support Trump in the primaries.

Elliott Abrams avoided a felony conviction for his official crimes during the Iran-Contra era by pleading guilty in 1991 to misdemeanor charges of withholding evidence from Congress. Then he returned in the State Department under Bush II. Now he may be coming back for a third act as second-in-command in the Trump State Department. According to the New York Times, Abrams “is described politely in foreign policy circles as a ‘controversial’ figure, but that deeply understates the case.” I think calling him a war criminal would not be overstating the case. Continue reading

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The fox, the henhouse and Trump’s roll-back of financial regulations


Yeah, I know – financial regulations make your eyes glaze over. But really, the Turmp roll-backs are important. Here’s how a Facebook friend explained it:

“You know what Obama did? He shut the fox out of the henhouse. That was just stupid, you see, because the fox is actually good for the hens. And they like the fox. Because he’s a great fox, a magnificent fox, and he does great things for those hens. But I know how to fix this. So I’ll tell you what I’m going to do: I’m going to put the fox back in the henhouse, just like that. I’m going to make you hens pay for it, but you’ll thank me, because it’s going to be great having that fox in there, believe me.”

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Three things Trump forgot on Holocaust Remembrance Day


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January 27 was International Holocaust Remembrance Day. President Donald Trump marked it with a short statement and a long executive order. He forgot a few things: Continue reading

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Alternative facts, parallel universes, and Trumplandia


Parallel universe by Scary Side of Earth, published under Creative Commons license

Trump senior advisor Kellyanne Conway gave us a new category on Meet the Press this morning: “alternative facts.” Alternative facts look like sci-fi’s alternate realities or parallel universes, described in Wikipedia as “a hypothetical self-contained reality co-existing with one’s own…. A universe where the very laws of nature are different …” That seems like a useful description of Trumplandia. Continue reading

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Sex, Russians, and the Affordable Care Act


Sex. Russians. Sex and Donald Trump and the Russians.

Now that I have your attention, consider this: whatever Donald Trump did in a Russian hotel is far less damaging to the United States than what the Republican Congress is doing right now in Washington, D.C. Continue reading

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Saving jobs or “Lying his ass off:” What you need to know

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“Carrier, Trump Reach Deal to Keep Manufacturing Jobs in U.S.” trumpeted the post-Thanksgiving headlines. Then, as any media-savvy observer should expect by now, the story began to unravel. Continue reading

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The mourning after

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(courtesy of Rini Templeton)

Trump’s win – and the magnitude of the Trump vote across the country and in Minnesota – is a triumph for ignorance. And hate. And fear.

But — we go on. So what next?  Continue reading


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