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Here we go.............

But some people without brains do an awful lot of talking... don't they? - Scarecrow, Wizard of Oz.
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Jul 8, 2019 10:56AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Spookie ThumbsUp….

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Jul 8, 2019 11:03AM ruthbru wrote:

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Jul 8, 2019 01:00PM ruthbru wrote:

"Invisible threads are the strongest ties." Friedrich Nietzsche Dx 2/2007, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/11 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jul 8, 2019 01:39PM IllinoisLady wrote:

HappyThumbsUp

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Jul 8, 2019 02:13PM Spookiesmom wrote:

Read an article referred to him as Benedict Donald.

Good description.

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Jul 8, 2019 06:09PM ruthbru wrote:

A few words of wisdom from the Kennedy brothers:

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Jul 8, 2019 06:10PM ruthbru wrote:

And a little fun with the Queen:

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Jul 8, 2019 07:36PM IllinoisLady wrote:

Happy

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jul 9, 2019 11:03AM IllinoisLady wrote:

If you're wondering when you should give to or serve someone else, I believe in doing it spontaneously, perhaps in a shared moment of emotion. Or any time you feel like someone needs your support. Whether you do it all the time, occasionally, or when the opportunity arises, just do it. Reach out and give of yourself and your time. I have seen, time and again, that happiness and enjoyment arise from being of service in simple ways. -Lucinda Bassett

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jul 9, 2019 11:04AM IllinoisLady wrote:

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Jul 9, 2019 07:17PM IllinoisLady wrote:

Come-uppance time, Big Time.

Democratic Rep. Ayanna Pressley Just Destroyed Kellyanne Conway

Kellyanne Conway was trying her best to divide House Democrats when she got her head handed to her by Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA).
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Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jul 9, 2019 08:10PM IllinoisLady wrote:

Embarrassment just keeps hanging around.....


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Jul 9, 2019 08:17PM ruthbru wrote:

Amen!!

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Jul 9, 2019 08:33PM Spookiesmom wrote:

👍👍

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Jul 9, 2019 11:10PM ruthbru wrote:

This is excellent.

The Rational Progressive

June 24 at 12:36 AM ·

A person answered the question, "Why are people so hostile towards President Donald Trump?".

Chris O'Leary:

I'll take a stab at this. Before you pass my answer off as "Another Liberal Snowflake" consider that 1.) I'm an independent centrist who has voted Republican way more often in my life than Democrat, and 2.) if you want to call someone who spent the entire decade of his 20's serving in the Marine Corps a snowflake, I'd be ready to answer the question what did you do with your 20's?

Why Liberals (And not-so liberals) are against President Trump.

A.) He lies. A LOT. Politifact rates 69% of the words he speaks as "Mostly False or worse" Only 17% of the things he says get a "Mostly True" or better rating. That is an absolutely unbelievable number. How he doesn't speak more truth by mistake is beyond me. To put it in context, Obama's rating was 26% mostly false or worse, and I had a problem with that. Many of Trump's former business associates report that he has always been a compulsive liar, but now he's the President of the United States, and that's a problem. And this is a man who expects you to believe him when he points at other people and says "They're lying"

B.) He's an authoritarian populist, not a conservative. He advances regressive social policy while proposing to expand federal spending and federalist authority over states, both of which conservatives are supposed to hate.

C.) He pretends at Christianity to court the Religious Right but fails to live anything resembling a Christ-Like Life.

D.) His nationalist "America First" message effectively alienates us and removes us from our place as leaders in the international community.

E.) His ideas on "Keeping us safe" are all thinly veiled ideas to remove our freedoms, he is, after all, an authoritarian first. They also are simply bad ideas.

F.) He couldn't pass a 3rd-grade civics exam. He doesn't' know what he's doing. He doesn't understand how international relations work, he doesn't understand how federal state or local governments work, and every time someone tries to "Run it like a business" it's a spectacular failure. See Colorado Springs' recent history as an example. The Short, Unhappy Life of a Libertarian Paradise And that was a businessman with a MUCH better business track record than Trump. We are talking about a man who lost money owning a freaking gambling casino.

G.) He behaves unethicaly and always has. As a businessman, he constantly left in his wake unpaid contractors and invoices, litigation, broken promises, whatever he could get away with.

H.) He is damaging our relationships with our best international friends while kissing up to nations that do not have our best interests in mind. To his question "Wouldn't' it be great to have better relations with Russia?" The answer is Yes. But it is RUSSIA who needs to earn that, who must stop doing the things that are damaging to that relationship, or we are simply weaker for it.

I.) He has never seen a shortcut he didn't like, and you can't take shortcuts in government. "Nuclear Option, Remove the Filibuster, I'll change the Constitution by Executive Order…Don…what happens when you remove the filibuster and the other side retakes the majority in the Senate? Suddenly want that filibuster back? What happens if you manage to change the Constitution by Executive Order and an Anti-2A President wins the next election?

J.) He behaves and has always behaved as an unabashed racist. Yes, I've seen your favorite meme that claims he was never accused of racism before the Democrats…Absolutely false. Donald Trump's long history of racism, from the 1970s to 2019 See the Central Park 5, the lawsuits and fines resulting from his refusal to lease to black tenants, the 1992 lost appeal trying to overturn penalties for removing black dealers from tables, his remarks to the house native American affairs subcommittee in 1993. The man sees and treats racial groups of people as monoliths.

K.) He is systematically steamrolling regulations specifically designed to keep a disaster like the 2007 subprime mortgage crisis from happening again.

L.) He speaks and acts like a demagogue. He sees the Legislative and Judicial branches of government as inconveniences, blows up at criticism no matter how deserved and actively tries to countermand constitutional processes, not to mention attempts to blackmail and coerce people who are saying negative things about him

M.) His choices for top positions, with the exception of Gen. Mattis, who is a gem, have been horrendous. A secretary of Education without a resume that would get her hired as a small town grammar school principal, A secretary of Energy who didn't know the Department of Energy was responsible for nuclear reserves, an EPA head whose biggest accomplishments to date had been suing the EPA on multiple occasions, an FCC head who while working for Verizon actively lobbied to kill net neutrality, and an Attorney General who thinks pot is "nearly as bad as heroin" and asked Congress for permission to go after legal pot businesses in states where it is legal. (There goes that great Republican States rights rally cry again, right? *Crickets*) An Interim AG after Firing his First AG who's appointment is probably unconstitutional.

N.) He denies scientific fact. Ever notice that the only people you hear denying climate change are politicians and lobbyists? 99% of actual scientists studying the issue agree that it's real, man-made and caused by greenhouse gasses. Ever notice that every big disaster movie starts with a bunch of politicians in a room ignoring a scientist's warning?

0.) He does not have the temperament to lead this nation. He is Thin Skinned, childish, and a bully, never mind misogynistic, boorish, rude, and incapable of civil discourse.

P.) He still does not understand that the words he speaks, or tweets, are the official position of 1/3 of the US government, and so does not govern his words. He still thinks when he speaks it's good ol' Donald Trump. It's not. It's the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. You have probably spread a meme or two around talking about how no president's every word has ever been dissected before…YES, THEY ALWAYS HAVE. It's just that every other president in our lifetime has understood the importance of his words and took great care to govern his speech. Trump blurts out whatever comes to his mind then complains when people talk about what a dumb thing that was to say.

Q.) He's unqualified. If you owned a small business and were looking for someone to manage it, and an unnamed resume came across your desk and you saw 6 bankruptcies, showing a man who had failed to make money running CASINOS, would you hire him? He is a very poor businessman. This is a man it has been estimated would have been worth $10 BILLION more if he'd just taken what his father had given him, invested it in Index Funds and left it alone.

R.) He is President. But he refuses to take a leadership position and understand that he is everyone's President. Conservatives complain about liberals chanting "Not my President" while Trump himself behaves as if no one but his supporters matter.

S.) He's a blatant hypocrite. He spent 8 years bitching Obama out for his family trips, or golfing, or any time he took for himself, and what does he do? He was already on his 20th golf outing in APRIL of his 1st year in office. He constantly rants about respect for the military, yet can't be bothered to attend the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day because of a little rain. (And that excuse about Marine One not being able to fly in the rain is HILARIOUS.)

T.) He's a misogynist. It's not really ok in this day and age to be a misogynist, but it's not a huge deal if you're a private citizen. It's a pretty big deal if you hate half the people you're elected to lead. The disdain for women seeps out of his …whatever…. and he just can't hide it.

U.) Face it. In any other election "Grab Em' By the Pussy" would have been the end of that candidate's chances. Back in the 90's I used to marvel about how Teflon Bill Clinton was. I no longer do. The fact that he managed to slip by on that is as much a statement about how much people hate Hillary Clinton as it is about what is wrong with politics in this country right now.

V.) He has one response to a differing opinion. Attack. A good leader listens to criticism, to different points of view, is capable of self-reflection, tries to guide people to his point of view, and when necessary stands his ground and defends his convictions. Any of that sound like Trump? His default is not to Lead, its' to attack. Scorched Earth. The Jim Acosta reaction is a good example. There was no defense of his convictions when Acosta was asking him repeated questions about his rhetoric on the caravan. His response was to attack Acosta.

W.) He takes credit for everything positive while deflecting blame for everything negative. Look at him with the Stock Market. He's been bragging about it since day one, and to give credit where credit is due, speculation on coming deregulation early in his presidency did fuel some rapid growth, but to pretend that it's all him, that we're not in the 9th year of the longest bull market in history and THEN, when the standard market volatility that deregulation inevitably brings about starts to show up? Yeah. Look at yesterday. Hey! Stock Markets losing because the Democrats won! Do I need to bring out the Stock market chart for the last 10 Years again?

X.) He emboldens the worst among us. Counter-protesters are slammed into by a car while countering actual Nazi rally, and the response is there's fault on "Both Sides" The media is at fault for a nut job sending them and Donald's favorite targets pipe bombs. The truth is not all Republicans, not all Trump Supporters are racist, fascist lunatics. Many are just taken in by the bombastic personality and are living in an information bubble made worse by the fact that they unfollow anyone and ignore any source of information that makes them feel uncomfortable. People on the left do that too. The Biggest problem the right has right now is that the worst of the Right is the loudest and the most in your face, and the actual right, especially the Freaking PRESIDENT needs to be standing up and saying No. Those are not our values.

Y.) He seems to think the Constitution of The United States, the document that IS who we are, the document he took an oath to support and defend is some sort of inconvenience. He demonstrates a complete lack of understanding of Constitution, from believing he can alter the 14th through executive order, to thinking The free exercise clause in the first amendment somehow supersedes the establishment clause (not that he really understands either) or that the free exercise clause only applies to Christians. Or his attacks on freedom of expression and the press. He repeatedly makes it clear that if he's read them, he does not understand Articles 1–3, and that's something he really should have before he took the job, because they're not going away.

Z.) I'll use Z for something I do blame him for, but the rest of us have to carry the blame too. Polarization. This country is more politically polarized than I can remember in my lifetime. Some of you who are a few years older than I may remember how it was in the late 60's when construction workers in New York were being applauded for beating up hippies, I think it's pretty close to that right now, but that was before my time. And he is the cause of much of the current level polarization, but also the result. It didn't' start with Trump. We've been going down this road I think since the eruption of the Tea Party in the early years of the Obama Administration. I do hope the tide turns before it gets much worse because the thing that scares me more than anything is what if that keeps going the way it has been?

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Jul 10, 2019 10:24AM IllinoisLady wrote:

[The Native American] believes profoundly in silence—the sign of perfect equilibrium. Silence is the absolute poise or balance of body, mind and spirit. The people who preserve their selfhood ever calm and unshaken by the storms of existence—not a leaf, as it were, astir on the tree; not a ripple upon the surface of the shining pool—theirs, in the mind of the unlettered sage, is the ideal attitude and conduct of life. If you ask; "What are the fruits of silence?" he or she will say; "They are self-control, true courage or endurance, patience, dignity, and reverence. Silence is the cornerstone of character." - Ohiyesa (Charles Eastman)

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jul 10, 2019 10:26AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Ruth -- going to have to go back and read again. My eyes are really TIRED this morning as I stayed up way too late cleaning into the wee hrs. then couldn't sleep. Guess it was a lesson I needed to re-learn, but what I read so far was excellent and SPOT on big time.


Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jul 11, 2019 10:34AM IllinoisLady wrote:

It's possible to have too much in life. Too many clothes jade our appreciation for new ones; too much money can put us out of touch with life; too much free time can dull the edge of the soul. We need sometimes to come very near the bone so that we can taste the marrow of life rather than its superfluities. -Joan Chittister

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jul 11, 2019 10:35AM IllinoisLady wrote:

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Jul 11, 2019 02:29PM ruthbru wrote:

I'm in North Carolina visiting my FOX News watching relatives, so would appreciate your "thoughts and prayers" ......actually, we have an armed truce and have not yet discussed the results of the 2016 election.....Loopy

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Jul 11, 2019 03:33PM - edited Jul 11, 2019 03:34PM by ananda8

ruthbu,


"As soon as we abandon our own reason, and are content to rely upon authority, there is no end to our troubles." B. Russell
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Jul 11, 2019 04:14PM Spookiesmom wrote:

with a drawl, y’all.

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Jul 11, 2019 05:05PM ruthbru wrote:

Happyworking already! Happy

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Jul 11, 2019 10:34PM IllinoisLady wrote:

Just what the WH needed.

Trump Invites Right-Wing Extremists to White House

Posted: 11 Jul 2019 06:32 AM PDT

Some of the right-wing media universe's biggest stars are set to descend on the White House Thursday for what has been billed as a "social media summit" and will likely become a forum for airing claims of anti-conservative social media bias.


After Putin's crew this almost seems a bit tame. Still I'd expect Trump to welcome( lots of 'scurvies' to step inside. ( Being used as adjective here ).

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jul 12, 2019 02:14AM - edited Jul 12, 2019 02:20AM by ChiSandy

Win some, lose some. 4th Circuit threw out Maryland's & DC's Emoluments Clause lawsuit against Trump because they "lacked standing" (apparently, even though the trial court let it go forward, the appellate court thought it too much of a stretch to deem the citizenry of a state a collective injured plaintiff). Highly unlikely a conservative SCOTUS would grant cert. So this puts the ball squarely in the House's court.

But Drumpf also backed down and ended his fight to finagle a citizenship question (probably a blow-in insert now that the forms have gone to press) on to the 2020 Census. He tossed some red meat to his base by saying how important it was for the Census to accurately count all citizens (the Constitution saya "persons") and issuing an EO for all Federal agencies to turn over all citizenship data to DOJ & Commerce. That's right: he ordered the Federal gov't to obtain info it already has. Lickspittle Barr of course congratulated his boss on his ingenuity. But it's a show of intimidation--even without the citizenship question, Latino families are now wary of filling out the census forms lest their surnames target them for further investigation, even if they're citizens, just in case it leads to collateral deportations. And it's less important to Trump that Latinos are afraid than that his base knows he is following through for them on his promise to strike fear into the hearts of Latinos--native-born or immigrants, documented or not.

(And that little MAGA Johnny's or Mary's childhood dream of growing up to pick lettuce or clean hotel room toilets can become reality, free from usurpation by immigrants).

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Jul 12, 2019 10:51AM IllinoisLady wrote:

When we are motivated by goals that have deep meaning, by dreams that need completion, by pure love that needs expressing — then we truly live life. -Greg Anderson

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jul 12, 2019 11:04AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Interesting things going on. Alex Acosta has resigned ( as well he should and what took so long ) and he and Trump were out on the south lawn together. Trump did his usual of mainly lying about everything and making sure all heard that he is the best of anyone EVER and if the fake news were out of the way ALL would know this. ln his own mind he is awed himself by how right and perfect he is and so with his usual straight face he just ignores anything said ( which is a generally very truthful question ) and just goes on with the story as it is in his perception.

I'm thinking about that Paul Ryan book -- which is of course, way too late, but better late than never. He is still a Reps. gutless wonder and to me it remains that if you get too near Trump you lose your purpose, calm, peace, dignity and any moral compass or standing you may have possessed at the time. Only a slight few come out partially un-scathed from their brushes against Trump. I don't know what the purpose is for Ryan ( clawing his way to some respect ) but it might be nice if some of his former co-horts thought about the perspective they had at the very beginning and shoved aside. I don't know if it is any longer possible.

The whole thing to me is still tasteless, insensitive, inhumane and destructive and I pray that those involved in this mess will meet their Waterloo big time in 2020 and beyond as each re-election period comes.

Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jul 12, 2019 11:07AM IllinoisLady wrote:

This is just a little bit of that above MESS...

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Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jul 12, 2019 11:09AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, text that says 'Middle Age Riot @middleageriot If you're not ashamed of Donald Trump, you should be ashamed of yourself.'


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Jul 12, 2019 01:30PM IllinoisLady wrote:

Yes, the two people below cannot be trusted one iota.


JULY 12, 2019

Kuttner on TAP

Barr Throws Trump Under the Bus. You might have missed it, but the most important moment at Trump's Thursday joint press conference with Attorney General William Barr was the one where Barr committed Trump to obeying the Supreme Court.

By making an explicit commitment to obey the courts and the rule of law, Barr has boxed in his president. Trump, at various points, has suggested that he might defy or circumvent the courts. But Barr this time left no wiggle room.

In discussing how the administration was dropping its efforts to add a citizenship question, because there was no time to pursue appeals and still comply with the constitutional census deadline and high court ruling, Barr said this (read it slowly and carefully):

Some in the media have been suggesting in the hysterical mode of the day that the administration has been planning to add the citizenship question to the Census by exec fiat without regard to contrary court orders or what the Supreme Court might say. This has been based on rank speculation. As should be obvious, this has never been under consideration. We have always accepted that any new decision to add a citizenship question to the census would be subject to judicial review.

That was, to put it mildly, BS. In fact, Trump has repeatedly threatened to defy the courts, most recently when he abruptly changed the game plan on the Justice Department's efforts to follow the Supreme Court's census ruling.

What is Barr up to? He has been a total sleaze in his efforts to marginalize Robert Mueller and support other extravagant Trump claims of unlimited executive power.

But even Barr, evidently, has his limits. The commitment to obey the courts, sandwiched in between layers of craven flattery, was a message directed squarely at Donald Trump.

Over the past six months, Trump has managed to get rid of minders in favor of enablers. He has also built a record of unceremoniously dumping one official after another when they no longer served his interests (see Acosta, Alex).

But Barr is one of the few officials who would be very hard to dump, because he has been so deft at defending outrageous policies while seeming reasonable. But Barr draws the line at directly flouting the Supreme Court.

So yesterday's victory was doubly sweet. Not only did Trump cave on the census citizenship question, but his attorney general declared unambiguously that the White House would not defy the courts. In the Trump era, that passes for a win for the rule of law.

Let's be clear. I don't trust Barr (or Trump) as far as I can throw them, nor should you. But yesterday's declaration makes it just a little harder for Trump to pretend that he is above the law—and adds one more potent impeachment count should he go back on Barr's pledge. ~ ROBERT KUTTNER
Each day I am thankful for nights that turned into mornings, friends that turned into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love. ~~~Elizabeth Kuebler-Ross Dx 9/27/2007, IDC, 5cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-

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