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D.
If you’re 25, I’m old. If you’re 45, I’m not. I’ve traveled, experienced, analyzed, and made mischief. I’ve bartended, owned a business, practiced law, taught at a university, and written two non-fiction books. I’ve seen, done, and understood many things. I’ve misunderstood some, too. Getting things wrong is as much a part of The Education as getting them right.
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I appreciate the French: their many contributions to the world, that they helped America gain its independence, that they gave us the Statue of Liberty. . . . French voters: it should frighten you that Marine Le Pen has support from the likes of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2017 at The Straight Up Blog
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Congresswoman Maxine Waters (Calif) is one straight-shooting pistol. In an interview on the Morning Joe show, she clearly explained multiple issues, including: • Sec. of State Rex Tillerson's half-trillion-dollar oil deal with Russia (Kara Sea); • House Intel Committee's failing Trump-Russia investigation.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2017 at The Straight Up Blog
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The Rachel Maddow video below sums up some issues re: Russia and Pres. Trump's campaign staff. Of special interest is Secretary of State Rex Tillerson because Pres. Trump's appointment of Tiillerson just didn't make much sense, given that-- Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2017 at The Straight Up Blog
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On Saturday (April 15th), 125,000+ people across more than 100 U.S. cities participated in the Tax March: a protest calling for fairer tax policies and for Pres. Trump to release his tax returns--as he said he would. . . . Many Americans want to see his tax returns for at least three reasons: Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2017 at The Straight Up Blog
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Ties between Donald Trump's campaign staff and various Russians are confusing because there are so many pieces of information, and it's pretty disjointed at this point. Bill Moyers created a helpful timeline regarding what people on Twitter call #TrumpRussia . . . . Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2017 at The Straight Up Blog
Videos: 1.Careening Incompetence of Trump Admin. Risks Crisis, Kleptocracy, Putin's Daughter (22 min); 2. White House Story on Bannon = Confusing (6 min); 3. Senators Demand Answers about New EPA Policies (3 min) Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at The Straight Up Blog
Videos: 1 Trump Hides Behind Closed Doors to Sign Unpopular Legislation (17 min); 2.Apparent EPA Memos on Plans to Get Rid of Regs (9 min); 3. 3. Scandalized Trump Pushes Distraction & Obama-Blame (6 min). Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at The Straight Up Blog
Videos: 1. Former Trump Adviser Cultivated as Asset by Russian Spy (22 min); 2. Former Trump Adivser Page Previously Targeted by Russians (5 min); 2. Trump Puts National Security Council to Personal Political Use (5 min); Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2017 at The Straight Up Blog
Videos: 1. Russia Seeks Equality with U.S. through Cyber Power (21 min); 2. House Intel Committee Asks FBI & NSA about Trump-Russia Coordination (7 min); 3. Trump's Sec. of State to Skip NATO Meeting but Will Visit Russia (3 min); Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2017 at The Straight Up Blog
Videos: 1. Trump Campaign Adviser Cultivated as Asset by Russian Spy (22 min); 2. Is Trump Administration Interfering with Russia Investigation? (15 min); 2. Clinton Watt Interview: Trump Parroted Russian Fake News During Campaign (6 min); 3. Clinton Watts Comments on Investigations (3 min) Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2017 at The Straight Up Blog
Videos: 1. Gen. Mike Flynn's So-called Request for Immunity (16 min); 2. Trump Scandals Could Normalize Govt. Corruption (9 min); 3. Would Flynn's Testimony Snag Higher-Ups? (7 min); Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2017 at The Straight Up Blog
Videos: 1. Political Strife in West Benefits Putin (20 min); 2. Ex-NATO Official Explains Putin's Aversion to NATO; Concerns about Trump (9 min); Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2017 at The Straight Up Blog
Videos: 1. White House Habit of Giving Fake Facts (13 min); 2. Preet Bharara, Fired U.S. Attorney, at Nexus of Trump Scandals (14 min); 3. Trump Aide Paul Manafort's Money Trail Runs through Cyprus (6 min); 4. Cyprus Helps U.S. in Manafort Probe (3 min). Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2017 at The Straight Up Blog
Videos: 1. Devin Nunes Thwarts House Intel Committee Investigation, Cancels Hearings (12 min); 2. Jared Kushner's Testimony Wanted for Congressional Investigations (17 min); 3. Trump Allowed Tax Rule to Stand that Benfitted Adviser Carl Ichan (3 min); Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2017 at The Straight Up Blog
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I don't know whether Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Richard Burr has a truly objective mindset re: the Russia investigation because my mind-reading machine broke down a few months ago. Yes, Sen. Burr does behave and speak like a dignified adult--unlike some of the simian Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee. Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2017 at The Straight Up Blog
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We've all noticed ads popping up on the Internet for things we just searched for on other websites. Apparently, advertisers are targeting us because they have access to our browsing and app history--whether we want them to or not. Back in October, new Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules would have given you some... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at The Straight Up Blog
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t's hard to tell when Pres. Trump is talking straight or playing at theater because he habitually says things that are strikingly abnormal. Some pundits say Trump's health-care bill failed due to incompetence.... But was passing the bill Trump's aim? Or did he strive only to appear to be aiming to pass it? Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2017 at The Straight Up Blog
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Pres. Trump uses “fake news” to label any news story he doesn’t like—even if true. This 60 Minutes story is about actual “fake news”: stories that are provably false. Among other things, Scott Pelley explains Twitter “bots” and interviews a couple of fake-news creators. Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2017 at The Straight Up Blog
Videos: 1. MUST SEE: Trump's Turmoil, Russia Investigations, Bank of Cyprus, Deutsche Bank, Mike Flynn, Kidnapping... (23 min); 2. Devin Nunes Ruins Bipartisan Nature of Intel Committees (2 min) Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2017 at The Straight Up Blog
Videos: 1. Russia's Split-Screen Scandal: Meddling in Elections Abroad & Murdering Opponents at Home (16 min); 2. Putin Opponent "falls" out of 4-story Window (5 min). Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2017 at The Straight Up Blog
Videos: 1. Devin Nunes Muddies Trump-Russia Probe with Claims about "Evidence" (6 min); 2. Trump-Russia Probe is Lesson in Intelligence Gathering (7 min); 3. Before Trump, Russia Paid Manafort (Trump Campaign Manager) to Help Putin (4 min). Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2017 at The Straight Up Blog
Videos: 1. Russia Info-War Tactics (Bots) in U.S. Continue After Election (21 min); 2. FBI Probing Russian Influence via pro-Trump Websites (7 min). Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at The Straight Up Blog
Videos: 1. Insider's View of Russian Election Hacking (7 min); 2. Russian Hacks were Unprecedented Intrusion (5 min); 1. Coincidences Suggesting Possible Collusion Tween Trump Campaign & Russia (4 min); 2. Danger of Letting Russia's Election Hacking Slide (4 min); Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at The Straight Up Blog
Videos: 1. Mike Flynn Scandal: Documented Payments from Russia (22 min); 2. Russian Hackers Targeted Down-Ticket Races (9 min); 3. Trump's State Dept. Budget Cuts Risky to U.S. (5 min) Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at The Straight Up Blog
Videos: 1. House Intel Committee asks CIA, NSA, FBI for info about Mike Flynn (4 min); 2. Trump's Tax Return: Questions that It Raises & How MSNBC Got it (14 min); Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at The Straight Up Blog