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My $4.40 (opinion)

I have run these websites (440int.com started in 1995) using the same political attitude I always used when I was on the radio, trying very hard to not stray too hard to the left or the right -- aiming right down the middle.

Not anymore. The 2016 election of Donald Trump to POTUS was hard to accept after watching him bully and lie his way to power. His total lack of sympathy for those less fortunate than him, his lack of empathy for any opinion other that his own, his complete lack of respect for women and his willingness to destroy, by any means possible, those who oppose(d) him, has convinced me, like it has so many of my fellow Americans, to speak up. The more our voices are raised, the better our chances become of bringing this would-be despot down and ending this national embarassment.

So, I am shining some light on those sites that I think are getting it said the best. It’s my attempt to help you through the BS (Jon Stewart says bullshit is the New Official Language of the U.S.) to get at the facts -- the real facts about this POTUS and his amateur-hour wrecking crew.

For starters:
trumpdujour11.html, a daily poke at the Bully in Chief.

FactCheck.org Donald Trump page and The Washington Post Trump Fact Checker will help you maintain your sanity. Consult them after any and all Trump statements.

✔How Donald Trump, Julian Assange and Russia are connected, and how they changed the election. salon.com lays it out in frightening detail.

✔What, exactly, is Fake News. Here is an up-to-date list of sites.

✔And if you are ready to act, Do These 10 Things, and Trump Will be Toast: Michael Moore says, “...I’m convinced we’ll succeed in halting the dark force that is Trump. We can tie him up in knots at every turn, and eventually, we can bring him down.”




✔Quote (lie) of the week: “No administration has accomplished more in the first 90 days:” It’s rather silly for any president to suggest that his first 100 days somehow topped Roosevelt’s achievement. And Lyndon B. Johnson, Ronald Reagan and Obama are credited with significant legislative achievements early in their first terms. Trump would be well advised to not make such a big deal about this because the available evidence shows that he in no way comes close to matching their records. (washingtonpost.com)

✔Story of the week: O’Reilly Factor’s awkward final show: The final episode aired without any reference to the sexual harassment allegations against fired host Bill O’Reilly. (cnn.com)

✔Commentary of the week: Instead of threatening North Korea, Trump should try this instead: Now is the time to jump-start a diplomatic initiative that reopens channels, lowers tensions and caps North Korea’s capabilities where they are. By simply inflicting economic pain, threatening military strikes and keeping tensions high, the U.S. is playing into the worst tendencies of the North Korean system. Kim’s nuclear intentions will harden and North Korea’s capabilities will only grow. It’s time to reverse course. (John Delury, associate professor of Chinese studies at the Yonsei University Graduate School of International Studies in Seoul: washingtonpost.com)

✔Billboard of the week month:
More here
Santa Monica artist Karen Fiorito said she has a “real fear” of the direction of the country politically under Trump. She said the dollar signs imitating Nazi swastikas originally were designed by New York artist Hugh Gran for her 2004 Bush presidency billboard, but she believes they were appropriate for use in this piece as well.



Apr 25
Trump’s border-wall fantasy is crumbling: In the annals of pathetic climb-downs, this Sunday-morning tweet from POTUS Trump deserves a special place of honor, or perhaps dishonor: “Eventually, but at a later date so we can get started early, Mexico will be paying, in some form, for the badly needed border wall.” (Eugene Robinson: washingtonpost.com)

Today’s political cartoons

Best of the day:
larger copy at usnews.com



Apr 23
Obama meets with at-risk youth in return to Chicago: The former president spent time at a roundtable with youth from the organization Chicago Create Real Economic Destiny located in the Roseland/Pullman neighborhood in South Side Chicago where Obama started as a community organizer at age 25. (cbsnews.com)

Trump tweets Mexico will ‘eventually’ pay for the wall ‘in some form’ after Democrats also agree to pay for it: Sunday, Donald Trump unveiled a lengthy, well-considered border security plan. Oops, sorry, I meant a few confusing tweets. (mashable.com)

Today’s political cartoons

Best of the day:
larger copy at lasvegassun.com       and larger copy at theadvocatecom



Apr 22
March for Science Demonstrators Say They’re the Real Patriots: Because it was a march, protest signs abounded, from the funny (“I just came for the pi” and “Without science, it's just fiction” ) to the sincere (“Science Saves Lives”). (nbcnews.com)

“Bring it on”: Students sue Trump administration over climate change: Avery McRae has been passionate about the environment for half a lifetime, and she’s been worried about climate change since kindergarten. Now, at 11 years of age, she is really getting serious. She recently signed on to sue POTUS Trump and the U.S. government. “Trump is not doing anything to help stop climate change. He’s a climate change denier, and we’re gonna prove that to the world!” (cbsnews.com)

History tells us that Republicans are taking on too much this week — and that it isn’t likely to end well: The model of strategic chaos — creating many different targets and never taking on much bloodshed — worked well in the campaign, particularly in a sprawling GOP primary when Trump faced 15 or more opponents. But in governance, it doesn’t work. Congress needs focus, not flurry. The volatility has Democrats shaking their heads; they know full well thanks to experiences from when they last controlled Congress and the White House that trying to do too many things all at once is perilous. (washingtonpost.com)

Today’s political cartoons

Best of the day:
larger copy at politicalcartoons.com       and larger copy at tulsaworld.com



Apr 21
Trump accomplished nothing in his first 100 days, but Democrats have been kicking ass: It’s time to celebrate 100 days. Not 100 days of Donald Trump -- there’s nothing about that worthy of celebrating, not even for Trump supporters. (dailykos.com)

The White House reveals what next week’s ‘big announcement’ on taxes will look like: “We’ll be having a big announcement on Wednesday having to do with tax reform,” Trump said Friday while visiting the Treasury Department. Caution: Don’t hold your breath waiting for this one. It’s just more Trump BS. (washingtonpost.com)

Today’s political cartoons

Best of the day:
larger copy at dispatch.com



Apr 20
New details on federal investigation into Fox News: “There is a grand jury investigation that it is being conducted by the securities fraud division of the U.S. Attorney’s office. And I do know that when Fox News talked to settle with Andrea Tanteros they wanted to pay the settlement out as salary. The inference I draw from that is there may have been a studied effort to hide the fact that there were all these settlements being paid out by disguising them as salary.” (Judd Burstein, lawyer representing former Fox News co-host Andrea Tantaros) (cbsnews.com)

Trump adviser Roger Stone repeatedly claimed to know of forthcoming WikiLeaks dumps: Roger Stone’s comments about WikiLeaks have come under increased scrutiny as the FBI and congressional committees investigate whether Trump associates were involved in Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 election. (cnn.com)

Today’s political cartoons

Best of the day:
larger copy at caglecartoons.com       and larger copy at tribunecontentagency.com



Apr 19
Trump is poised to deliver knock-out blow to middle class: Senator Elizabeth Warren talks with Rachel Maddow about following the history of the erosion of the middle class in the United States and the fight to protect the working class from Donald Trump's agenda. (msnbc.com)

Trump and his aides sow confusion by sending mixed signals on foreign affairs: Even when there is unanimity in the messaging — such as Trump’s boast, based on Pentagon statements, that a U.S. Navy “armada” was headed toward the Korean Peninsula — the administration was forced into the embarrassing admission a few days later that the strike group was, in fact, sailing in the opposite direction. (washingtonpost.com)

White House sends press release featuring White House praise for White House: Do you remember the last Republican National Convention, where private citizen after private citizen came up to praise Donald J. Trump and, uncannily, pretty much every one of them turned out to either be on Donald J. Trump's current payroll or was engaged in some financial venture with him? Team Trump has carried that grand tradition into the White House, with a press release praising their latest executive order filled out with quotes from da Team Trump people that wrote it. (dailykos.com)

Today’s political cartoons

Best of the day:
larger copy at editorialcartoonists.com



Apr 18
Trump needs a dose of ‘manly virtues’: How does a politician become more trustworthy? There’s no formula; it must be earned. But Trump would help himself if he exhibited more of the virtues that Truman embodied. Trump should stop blaming others, for starters. He should never again say that Barack Obama is the cause of his difficulties in Syria, or anywhere else. Shifting blame sounds political, but it also sounds weak. Similarly, Trump should never again malign his military commanders, as he did after the death of Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens, when Trump said that “the generals ... lost Ryan.” Such statements are the opposite of leadership. (David Ignatius: washingtonpost.com)

Polls show Trump exhausts supporters and swing voters: Donald Trump has dropped 17 points when it comes to confidence in keeping his promises, according to the latest Gallup poll. (msnbc.com)

FBI used dossier allegations to bolster Trump-Russia investigation: The dossier has also been cited by FBI Director James Comey in some of his briefings to members of Congress in recent weeks, as one of the sources of information the bureau has used to bolster its investigation, according to U.S. officials briefed on the probe. This includes approval from the secret court that oversees the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to monitor the communications of Carter Page, two of the officials said. Last year, Page was identified by the Trump campaign as an adviser on national security. (cnn.com)

Today’s political cartoons

Best of the day:
larger copy at usatoday.com       and larger copy at usnews.com



Apr 17
Schatz talks policy with 500 constituents: Hawaii U.S. Senator Brian Schatz blasted POTUS Donald Trump’s proposed policies, ethical conflicts and picks to lead departments such as the Department of Education and Environmental Protection Agency. At the same time, he struck a cautiously optimistic note when it comes to how little Trump and the Republicans have been able to accomplish so far. (staradvertiser.com)

(More) Democrats Who Could Topple Trump: It’s not too early to think about all this, or for party members to hope that the darkest hour comes right before the dawn: 1. Sherrod Brown; 2. Elizabeth Warren; 3. Bernie Sanders; 4. Andrew Cuomo; 5. Kirsten Gillibrand; 6. Al Franken; and Corey Booker, Amy Klobuchar, Chris Murphy, Jeff Merkeley: Those are all senators. There aren’t many governors, though—Montana’s Steve Bullock, who got reelected in his state while Trump was carrying it by 16 points. Then in this cycle of all cycles, we have to toss some businessmen into the mix: Mark Cuban, the sports owner who takes regular shots at Trump. Howard Schultz, Mr. Starbucks. And this is only a start... (Michael Tomasky: thedailybeast.com)

IN GEORGIA, JON OSSOFF TRIES TO VANQUISH SEVENTEEN CANDIDATES AT ONCE (and Tweeter Donald Trump): “If I had to put money on it, I’d say Democratic candidate Ossoff is headed for a runoff against Republican rival Karen Handel,” Jim Galloway, a longtime political columnist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, told me. She would be poised to become the first female Republican member of Congress from Georgia. “Ossoff is going to look for the support of college-educated women and independents,” Galloway said. “And they’re not going to be turned off by Handel.” Galloway said that he would be “mildly surprised” if Ossoff won outright on Tuesday. (Charles Bethea: newyorker.com)

Trump’s no populist. He’s a swamp monster.: For everybody else who believed Trump’s populist talk about tackling a rigged system, it’s time to recognize you’ve been had. The president of the United States is a swamp monster. (Dana Milbank: washingtonpost.com)

Gallup: Trump sees 17-point plunge in Americans who think he keeps his promises: From 62 percent to 45 percent (or nearly two-thirds to less than half). In other words, people in search of “all the winning” Trump promised don’t see much of anything but a blowhard loser. (dailykos.com)

Today’s political cartoons

Best of the day:
larger copy at usnews.com       and larger copy at tribunecontentagency.com



Apr 16
The Top Democrats Who Could Challenge Trump in 2020: Unlike the previous two Democratic nominating races, the contest will begin with no clear frontrunner and a leaderless party, leveling the playing field and inflaming the imagination of any public figure spoiling for a possible fight against one of the most polarizing presidents in memory. (nbcnews.com)

Today’s political cartoons

Best of the day:
larger copy at editorialcartoonists.com



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