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Jan 13, 2020 10:38AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest. . . . whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are of good report, think on these things; these things do, and the God of peace shall be with you. - Elizabeth Clinton

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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Jan 13, 2020 10:49AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Was hoping this posting would come early today. Lots of good information about touchy details that could make huge impacts depending on how all this goes down.


Heather Cox Richardson 10 hrs ·

January 12, 2020 (Sunday)

The upcoming week should bring the renewal of the fight over the Senate impeachment trial. There are a few key things to keep in mind.

First of all, all the different players have different interests, and there is also a wildcard. While those of us on the outside are freaking out about a president who seems completely out of control, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who are masters at parliamentary procedure, are likely much more tightly focused, eyeing the 2020 elections and control of the Senate.

The Senate is currently controlled by Republicans, but this is a bad cycle for them: they have 23 vulnerable seats while the Democrats have only 12. (Historical tidbit here: Senate terms are each six years but are staggered—one third of the Senate turns over every two years—and the original terms were determined by drawing straws. Because… the Founders were just regular people, and how else would they do it? And yes, some senators were accused of cheating to get the long straws.)

A standoff between a House and Senate controlled by different parties is not at all unique. But what's unusual now about the struggle between the parties for control of the nation is that today's Republican president is a wild card who cannot be trusted to help his own party. Indeed, the chances are good he will hurt it. That puts McConnell in a tight—and to this political historian, fascinating—spot.

Trump's erratic behavior means that McConnell does not want Senators to be on record either for or against him if he can help it. If senators vote to convict him of the impeachment charges he certainly has committed, they will have to answer to angry base voters, who will turn to farther right Trump loyalists who will lose in a general election to virtually anyone who can fog a mirror. But if they vote to acquit Trump, they will be at the mercy of the news cycle, and it seems pretty clear that the next few months are going to bring bombshells.

Here's what's happening on that front. In the short term, Rudy Giuliani's associate Lev Parnas, who spread around Russian money to GOP leaders, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, has offered the contents of his cell phone to the House Intelligence Committee. We do not yet know what is on that cell phone, but if he is offering it up in hopes of cutting a cooperation deal, it should be something significant. There are rumors out there—still rumors—that what is on his phone is a game changer and that it involves Trump. We'll see.

On February 4, Trump will address the House of Representatives for the annual State of the Union address. Although my own sense is that he will give a carefully scripted, monotone address, there is widespread speculation that he will not be able to contain himself, and will melt down on national television. In any case, it's fair to say no one can predict what he will do. So no one would want to bank on him being a model of propriety for that.

Farther out is that the Supreme Court in March will review whether or not the president actually enjoys immunity from any sort of subpoenas at all. On the table are subpoenas for Trump's financial affairs—investigators are looking at money laundering—and subpoenas for testimony by key witnesses. Precedent says the Supreme Court should decide against Trump, but we do not know what this court will do. Still, the pressure of that should worry Trump… and McConnell. It is my educated guess that the release of Trump's financial records to investigators (it is not yet clear they will be made public) will be so devastating that he might well resign. If Senators have signed on to acquit Trump, and he becomes as overbearingly triumphant as he will upon acquittal, only to have it come out that he has committed obvious financial crimes, Republicans can expect to lose the Senate.

And that takes us only to March. There are eight more months between March and the election.

So, if you are McConnell, you want to steer as clear of Trump himself as you possibly can in order to keep control of the Senate. But McConnell himself has baggage that makes it hard for him to make a clean break from the president. With his shattering of norms to refuse to let President Barack H. Obama appoint a centrist Supreme Court Justice, McConnell showed us that nothing mattered to him but power. He is far too smart a man to support Trump on principle, and I suspect he got on board the Trump train simply to win. But that willingness to do anything to keep his party on top made him vulnerable.

My friend and colleague Michael Green, an expert on the machinations of Senate leadership, pointed out to me something really interesting. Back in September 2016, the Intelligence Community had identified Russian interference in the 2016 election, and the Obama administration wanted to make a joint statement with Republicans that it was happening, and voters should beware. But McConnell refused, making it "clear to the administration that he would consider any effort by the White House to challenge the Russians publicly an act of partisan politics," according to a Washington Post report.

Mike points out that any normal partisan, operating on the normal level of cut-throat politics (politics is a blood sport, after all) would have signed on to the joint declaration, and then immediately gone in front of the cameras to say: "Barack Obama is so weak that the Russians are hacking our elections. Elect Republicans to take America back!" But McConnell did not. He refused to sign onto a joint declaration, and then kept quiet. His behavior suggests he was aware of the 2016 Russian assault on the election in favor of Republicans, and was okay with it. As heinous as that is, it now means he must stay with Trump or be exposed as part of the 2016 plot.

Meanwhile, Pelosi needs simply to keep the story in the news, with the expectation that Trump will continue to get worse, as all indications say he will. In the Washington Post, lawyers George Conway and Neal Katyal, smart men both, from different sides of the aisle, suggested that Pelosi should hand over just one article of impeachment to start: the one about obstruction of Congress. The evidence for that is all public, so it does not need witnesses, and it would mean that the second article would continue to hang over Trump's head. Who knows if this is the angle she will choose, but she certainly continues to have options.

So, as the week starts, and pundits are tying themselves in knots about Pelosi and McConnell, I will be watching for news about Lev Parnas's cell phone.

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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Jan 13, 2020 10:51AM IllinoisLady wrote:

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Jan 13, 2020 11:04AM IllinoisLady wrote:

As usual, I've thought that Nancy Pelosi pretty much had the upper hand in much of the meanderings of the Drumph presidency that is not much of one, save for money-making schemes and the ripping apart of the government. It looks like she has McConnell in a bad situation and it does sound like if need be McConnell would bail on Trump if need be. I think maybe one way or the other -- info will still find its way out and I just hope enough gets out so that things are a bit easier ( a bit less nerve-wracking ) at election time.

OTOH I keep reading things ( I'm not going to include links because I think everyone is seeing the same ) that Trump is daily crumbling more. For instance the Saudi's paying a huge amt. of money ( cashier's ck. was it ) for some of our military to be sent there and Trump owned up to this. He has been telling on himself lately more than ever. Also, he can't seem to operate at all without the teleprompters. As Heather Richardson says, that should make the SOTU speech possibly pretty dicey. Maybe a double -dose of Adderall, hmmm. Well, I think the next weeks ( while Trump is spinning the" I shouldn't even have to be tried since impeachment is a sham by Democrats/House " will be very interesting. If Trump keeps imploding as much as he seems to be ( having it snow at the WH when the temp is 51 degrees ) this week, then he may need a rubber room before the trial is done. Mitch McConnell definitely has his hands full.

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Jan 13, 2020 11:57AM 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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Jan 13, 2020 03:09PM IllinoisLady wrote:

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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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Jan 13, 2020 04:06PM - edited Jan 13, 2020 04:06PM by IllinoisLady

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Jan 13, 2020 06:55PM IllinoisLady wrote:

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Jan 13, 2020 07:19PM IllinoisLady wrote:

NYT: Russian hackers successfully targeted Ukrainian gas company Burisma Joe and Hunter BidenJoe and Hunter Biden. Photo: Teresa Kroeger/Getty Images for World Food Program USA.

Russian hackers from the military intelligence unit known as the GRU successfully targeted Burisma, the Ukrainian gas company that once employed Hunter Biden as a board member, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: President Trump was impeached as a result of his alleged efforts to pressure the government of Ukraine to investigate Burisma and the Bidens over unsubstantiated corruption allegations.

  • "The timing of the Russian campaign mirrors the GRU hacks we saw in 2016 against the DNC and John Podesta," the co-founder of the firm that detected the hack told the Times.
  • The Justice Department indicted seven GRU officers in 2018 for conspiring to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election by hacking and releasing the emails of Democrats.

Our thought bubble, via Axios' Scott Rosenberg: Public awareness of the Burisma hack cuts both ways politically. For former Vice President Joe Biden's campaign, it means document dumps could happen at any time, with accompanying media frenzy and potentially damaging revelations. For the Trump campaign, it means that any such revelations will come pre-tainted with a Russian label.

The big picture: Experts tell the Times the hackers may have been searching for embarrassing information about the Bidens, though it's not yet known what — if anything —they uncovered.

  • The hackers infiltrated Burisma through phishing emails that looked to have come from within to company to steal employees' login information.
  • American officials note that Russian hacking tactics have intensified since the 2016 election.

Go deeper ... Fact check: What Joe and Hunter Biden actually did in Ukraine

This story is breaking news. Please check back for updates.

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Jan 13, 2020 07:24PM IllinoisLady wrote:

With His Impeachment Trial Looming, Trump Says Democrats Are Defending Terrorists

Trump is now claiming that Democrats are defending terrorists as his impeachment trial is getting closer to becoming a reality.
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Only people with Trumpian Reps. mindset could come close to buying such hogwash.

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Jan 13, 2020 07:26PM IllinoisLady wrote:

Top Senate Republican Tells Trump To Keep Jim Jordan Away From Impeachment Trial

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) told Trump to keep Jim Jordan, Devin Nunes, and the rest of the House Republican circus out of the impeachment trial.
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A bit of a hoot in a way.

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Jan 13, 2020 07:36PM IllinoisLady wrote:

This is worth the read. So indicative of what Trump is and why he is one of the VERY worst people who have ever had the privilege ( illegitimate as it is ) to be in the WH. May his time be over soon.

Trump Mocks Cory Booker For Dropping Out Of The Presidential Race

Trump viciously mocked Sen. Cory Booker for dropping out of the race for the Democratic nomination, even though Booker will be a juror at his impeachment trial.
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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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Jan 13, 2020 07:38PM IllinoisLady wrote:

Pelosi Opens The Door To New Articles Of Impeachment Against Trump Speaker Nancy Pelosi made it clear on Sunday that new articles of impeachment could be coming against Donald Trump.
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Jan 13, 2020 07:44PM IllinoisLady wrote:

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Jan 13, 2020 09:20PM ruthbru wrote:

Argh!!!!!!!!!!

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Jan 14, 2020 10:08AM IllinoisLady wrote:

It can be tempting to blame others for our loss of direction. We get lots of information about life but little education in life from parents, teachers, and other authority figures, who should know better from their experience. Information is about facts. Education is about wisdom and the knowledge of how to love and survive. But no matter how much advice you get, you are the one who chooses which train to board. As you pass through life, pay attention to the signs and stations; if you don't like the scenery, pull the emergency cord and get off the train. There is no other conductor in charge. There is no one who needs to give you permission to transfer. This is your life. Your journey. Your trip to conduct.

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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Jan 14, 2020 10:21AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Just wondering what may be on the Lev Parnas phone(s). That may have something to do or a lot to do with why Nancy Pelosi may be looking at more 'articles' for Trump. Today should be a day of dread for Trump, but we will see. I'm reluctant to look too far ahead although it sure seems very iffy for McConnell. Lots or WH pre-planning for he and the WH lawyers, but not sure how much good. It is likely still that Trump will be let off the hook in the end, but just my thought all along that McConnell and his crew just have the smell of rotted fish.

Trump knows how bad it looks since he wants the whole thing dismissed. Putin has done quite the dis-service to McConnell and party and the corner is full of people squeezed in so today maybe starts to set a pace.

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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Jan 14, 2020 10:24AM IllinoisLady wrote:

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Jan 14, 2020 10:29AM IllinoisLady wrote:

So true.


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Jan 14, 2020 10:31AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Mindset of Trump supporters. Just sad.

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Jan 14, 2020 10:38AM IllinoisLady wrote:

Heather Cox Richardson 13 hrs ·

January 13, 2020 (Monday)

Very much in the weeds today, but they are interesting weeds for those of you who don't mind a deep dive.

The administration's rationale for the attack on Qassim Soleimani has now devolved into Trump today tweeting that although the attack was definitely "eminent,"—he withdrew the tweet and corrected the spelling—"it doesn't really matter because of his horrible past." But it does really matter… because of our laws. Under the 1973 War Powers Act, the president must confer with Congress before launching an attack except in cases of an imminent threat.

Trump retweeted an image of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in a turban and a headscarf in front of an Iranian flag with the caption "Democrats 2020," and the message "The corrupted Dem[ocrat]s trying their best to come to the Ayatollah's rescue." Trump then went on to accuse the media and Democrats of "trying to make terrorist Soleimani into a wonderful guy, only because I did what should have been done for 20 years."

In response to the backlash over the images, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham went onto the Fox News Channel to defend the president, saying "I think the president is making clear that Democrats are parroting Iranian talking points and almost taking the side of terrorists and those who were out to kill Americans."

I have written before about that fact that what is at stake over the question of whether or not an attack from General Soleimani was "imminent" is America's rule of law, but I want to add here for people who are just now starting to pay attention to American politics: IT IS NOT NORMAL FOR THE PRESIDENT TO ACCUSE THE LEADERS OF THE OTHER PARTY OF BEING TERRORISTS.

The only other time we have seen this in America was from southern elite slaveholders in 1860, when they accused Lincoln and the Republican Party of backing a race war. They stifled all opposition and fell back on fear-mongering because they knew they were going to lose at the ballot box in a free and fair election.

Today's GOP has gone a long way on voter suppression and disinformation, and Trump and some of his people are still trying to make that work. Trump's unhinged tweets today are an example of such disinformation, and there was also follow-up news on voter suppression from the story I wrote about on December 16, the story of the purge of more than 200,000 voters in Wisconsin, a key state that Trump won in 2016 by less than 23,000 votes.

In December, Judge Paul Malloy ordered a purge of more than 234,000 voters from the rolls in Wisconsin. When the Wisconsin Elections Commission, which is evenly split between the parties, asked Malloy to put the decision on hold until after the 2020 election, he declined. So, as expected, the commission appealed to the state court of appeals, and said it would wait 12 to 24 months before purging the voters who had failed to answer a state letter asking if they still lived at the address the state had on file for them. That made a conservative law firm ask the Wisconsin Supreme Court, which favors Republicans 5-2, to take up the case, and to file a motion with Malloy's court to hold the Wisconsin Elections Commission in contempt of court, asking it to fine five of the six members of the commission up to $6000 a day until they purged the rolls, explicitly stating that they want it done before the next elections.

Today, Malloy found the commission in contempt, and said that if it does not immediately begin the voter purge, three of its six members will be fined $250 day. Those three are the Democrats on the commission.

But some Republican leaders seem to be facing the reality that doubling down on Trump, regardless of what he might have done, is politically dangerous. CBS News today reported that the White House is expecting that there will be Republican defections from the party line on refusing to call witnesses in the Senate impeachment trial. It is not clear to me that this article is anything other than a safeguard in case there are those defections, but it does indicate that not all GOP leaders are comfortable refusing to call witnesses in the Senate trial, especially in the face of polling that shows a strong majority of Americans, including almost 2 out of 3 Republicans, think the president's top aides should testify.

And, as I wrote last night, there will be more news dropping the might well implicate Trump more deeply in the Ukraine scandal. There was big news today about political operative Lev Parnas, an associate of Trump friend (and sometime lawyer) Rudy Giuliani who has been charged with illegal campaign finance schemes as he spread Russian money around to various GOP candidates, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. Since his arrest in October, Parnas has tried to buy good will by offering up his cellphones to the House Intelligence Committee, chaired by Adam Schiff (D-CA), who was the one who broke on the Ukraine Scandal in the first place on September 13. (Sheesh. Just four months ago today. We've lived a lifetime in the past four months.)

Today, Parnas's lawyers turned over the contents of his cellphones to the House Intelligence Committee, and it seems possible, at the very least, that those will shed more light on the firing of U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. But—and here's the interesting part—remember that Parnas, his partner Igor Fruman, and Giuliani wanted Yovanovitch out of her position so they could maneuver a corrupt pro-Russian figure into the leadership of Ukraine's state gas company, Naftogaz.

Parnas and Fruman, we now know, paid Giuliani $500,000. After Parnas and Fruman were arrested and the payment became known, Giuliani said he was confident the money came from "a domestic source," and said in an interview, "I know beyond any doubt the source of the money is not any questionable source…. The money did not come from foreigners. I can rule that out 100%." But that was not true. We now know that the money came from Dimitry Firtash, a Ukranian oligarch currently under federal indictment and fighting extradition from his location in Vienna, Austria.

So I wonder what might be on those cell phones about Russian money, and Naftogaz, and Giuliani... and maybe his chief client. And that is not the only place we might learn more about that arrangement: today, after a lawsuit by an ethics watchdog group, the Energy Department agreed to begin releasing Ukraine-related records, including then-Energy Secretary Rick Perry's communications with high-level Ukranian officials. Perry was named one of the "Three Amigos" in charge of Ukraine affairs by acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney.

So more avenues for presidential exposure keep opening. It is no wonder that the White House is trying to get the Senate to keep open the option of dismissing the impeachment charges right off the bat in a Senate trial, what Trump called in a tweet this weekend "outright dismissal." He tried to argue that even permitting a trial added credence to the Democrats' "witch hunt," but Senate Republicans are showing little interest in killing the trial so abruptly, aware that voters will see that as a cover-up.

And, finally, the economic historian in me cannot let it pass without noting that the Treasury Department announced today that the federal deficit-- not the debt, mind you, but the deficit, the gap between yearly spending and income—surpassed $1 trillion in 2019. That is, in 2019, the government spent a trillion more than it brought in. I hope to get enough space from breaking news to write more about the economy at some point, but this gap is part of what is fueling Trump's economic boom, and it is of concern.

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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Jan 14, 2020 12:18PM MissouriCatLady wrote:

The rich get rich and the poor get....as the song goes.

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Jan 14, 2020 05:57PM IllinoisLady wrote:

You just got to wonder, don't you ???? Just how is he getting this oil ( that is definitely not his to take ) over here to the U.S.


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Jan 14, 2020 06:00PM - edited Jan 14, 2020 06:02PM by IllinoisLady

There is a real mouthful and I don't think anyone else can explain it either.


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Jan 14, 2020 07:40PM ananda8 wrote:

Trump isn't the real villain. It is the Republican Party that is criminal in supporting Trump.

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Jan 14, 2020 10:17PM IllinoisLady wrote:

Yes it is those who are 'supporting' Trump in many ways. My question of long ago was just wo was being president because Trump with his sharpie was only the one sitting in the chair an signing what was put in front of him. So others are guiding him -- but unfortunately he is soooo out of control and it would seem as well his mind, that things are going to have to change.

I'm astounded by much of the nights revelations. All those Parnas documents that came over from the House. Just wow !! There will be more as well. They will need to be redacted to some degree. Then again -- maybe by the time the impeachment actually starts even more. Seems Nancy Pelosi was VERY right in holding on to the articles for a time.

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Jan 14, 2020 10:19PM IllinoisLady wrote:

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Jan 14, 2020 10:21PM IllinoisLady wrote:

Trump definitely has too much time on his hands.


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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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Jan 14, 2020 10:33PM IllinoisLady wrote:

I do recall this.


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Jan 14, 2020 10:45PM IllinoisLady wrote:

Evidence so overwhelming I wouldn't even try.


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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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