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And yet with globalization, we seem to have developed a strange apprehension about the efficacy of our ability to apply the innovation and hard work necessary to successfully compete in a complex security and economic environment. Further, we have misunderstood interdependence as a weakness rather than recognizing it as a strength. The key to sustaining our competitive edge, at home or on the world stage, is credibility — and credibility is a difficult capital to foster. It cannot be won through intimidation and threat, it cannot be sustained through protectionism or exclusion. Credibility requires engagement, strength, and reliability — imaginatively applied through the national tools of development, diplomacy, and defense.

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Kalima
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TOCB
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After South Carolina, 3% of the delegates will have been allocated. Bernie Sanders is nowhere near winning the Democratic nomination. IF he does win, he will get absolutely ZERO done.

Sanders has been in Congress for over 20 years and he has supported some of the things the Democratic Party has supported for over 40 years. Universal healthcare is not new. A living wage is not new. NOTHING Sanders has proposed is new. He has caucused with Democrats because he supports things that Democrats support. But Sanders has alienated almost all so-called establishment Democrats who have worked with him for over 20 years.

MANY of the things Sanders and other presidential candidates run on, they CANNOT do them by executive orders. Laws have to be originated in Congress, even if a president champions them.

Sanders supporters comprise fewer than 30% of Democrats or lean Democrat, and in a general election, the majority of Americans WILL NOT vote for a self-professed socialist, even though Sanders does not profess to be a communist type socialist. I don’t believe for a second that Sanders is corrupt like trump and republicans, nor would he be the kind of leader communist dictators have been, but good luck trying to convince most Americans of that.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhpVAkBDg5o

Trump will chew Sanders up and spit him out, and there are not enough Bernie Bros to stop trump.

Steppenwolf
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You managed to use the words, “communist dictator” completely without context. Way to go! And you falsely claimed that Americans are that stupid. Have you been taking lessons from Roger Stone?

I see what you people are afraid of. The truth! You know who Sen. Sanders is – just exactly. All we know, really, about Trump is that he is a liar, and a bully. Finally, we get a candidate who is really for us, and that we can be for, and you say that Trump will: “chew him up and spit him out.” Bullshit. Bernie Sanders has the nerve, and the experience. He has the advantage of being a human being. He actually cares about people, something “Ole Blue Eye Shadow” can’t conceive of.

Trump has never really been challenged. No one has the nerve to look the filthy son-of-a-bitch in the eye. Whatcha want to bet? Big Boy. That’s a lot of mouth. The, “spit him out” garbage. I’ll bet Bernie spits in the shitstains eye.

You are transparent. You are afraid of seeing your champion challenged. You know that he is weak. These soulless mafia scum are always weak weak, and cowardly.

I thought that I had done with vain hope; but I hope against hope that there are not many people like you.

TOCB
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Rest assured there are few, if any, people like me. However, if you believe most American voters will support a self-professed socialist, you have been drinking too much Bernie kool-aid. As for finally getting a candidate who is really for us, the Democratic Party has fought for working people for as long as I can remember, even when white southerners were Democrats.

Do you need a context for “communist dictator”? I don’t know what you are drinking, but PLEASE don’t share it with others.

TOCB
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If Sanders wins the Democratic nomination, for the first time since I started voting in 1972, I might sit this one out and let the Bernie Bros and the trump assholes fight this one out. Admittedly, I would be happier if Sanders won than if trump won, but I can’t hold my nose tight enough to actually vote for Sanders. IF the USA survives, and it wants to regain its sanity, give me a call.

Kalima
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Justice Sotomayor writes a devastating rebuke of her conservative colleagues’ callousness and fealty to Trump

https://www.alternet.org/2020/02/justice-sotomayor-writes-a-devastating-rebuke-of-her-conservative-colleagues-callousness-and-fealty-to-trump/

AlphaBitch
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Hey Kalima! I finally have a moment to log in and just say “hey peeps” to those friends from long ago that I love and miss! Told AdLib that I am busy, busy. Kids all great, kitties darling. I think of you so much more than I write you. SO nice to see you on here! And Kes too. You guys were my rock years ago, and the inspiration for what I do now. Just know I miss you……

Kalima
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Hello dear AB, it’s so good to hear from you. Have missed you too and I haven’t been that great at writing either due to botched eye surgery and the problems I now deal with having compromised near vision. Still, I’m happy to know you are alright and send you many hugs for everyone. Take care and please drop in whenever you can so we don’t have to miss you all over again. Mata ne.

TOCB
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Republicans, be they republicans on the court, the Congress or the executive branch, could not care less about right and wrong. They have the majority where it counts, and that is all they care about.

Kalima
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Is this even legal? Crazy bastard.

Scoop: New White House personnel chief tells Cabinet liaisons to target Never Trumpers

https://www.axios.com/scoop-white-house-personnel-chief-targets-never-trumpers-2ee51bfd-03f9-4971-8308-863c81ace5f0.html

William McRaven: If good men like Joe Maguire can’t speak the truth, we should be deeply afraid

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/william-mcraven-if-good-men-like-joe-maguire-cant-speak-the-truth-we-should-be-deeply-afraid/2020/02/21/2068874c-5503-11ea-b119-4faabac6674f_story.html

Don’t mince words. Trump is abetting an attack on our country.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/02/21/dont-mince-words-trump-is-abetting-an-attack-our-country/

TOCB
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The view of republicans is everyone in the executive branch of the government, be they career employees or political appointees, serve at the pleasure of a republican president. They don’t care if what trump does is legal or not. In fact, as for as they are concerned, if trump does it, that makes it legal.

Kalima
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Russia Backs Trump’s Re-election, and He Fears Democrats Will Exploit Its Support

A classified briefing to lawmakers angered the president, who complained that Democrats would “weaponize” the disclosure

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/20/us/politics/russian-interference-trump-democrats.html

TOCB
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WASHINGTON — Intelligence officials warned House lawmakers last week that Russia was interfering in the 2020 campaign to try to get President Trump re-elected, five people familiar with the matter said, a disclosure to Congress that angered Mr. Trump, who complained that Democrats would use it against him.

WHY on Earth would Democrats use intelligence information that Russia is interfering in the 2020 election to help trump, against trump??? Of course I am being facetious. IF trump had ANY integrity, he would welcome scrutiny of Russia interference in an election to help ANYONE, but of course there is no reason to accuse trump or any of his minions of having even a modicum of integrity.

IMHO, it is time for our military to go to the White House and drag trump’s arse out and hang him from the Empire State Building. Again, I am being a little facetious. HOWEVER, trump and anyone who supports him for ANY reason are destroying this country EVERYDAY. I just heard that his “advisors” are telling him to wait until after the election to pardon Stone. Note that they are not telling him not to pardon Stone in order to protect himself, but just to wait until after the election to do so. It is not just trump who is anti-American and indeed even anti-human. It is ALL of these assholes!

Kalima
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He knows nothing about anything. No wonder he went bankrupt four times, and no wonder he creates chaos as he runs the WH like his trump organisation because that is the only thing he knows.

Now Bernie is told that putin is helping his campaign to get trump elected. It’s highly insulting. How can America have confidence in the next election?

It’s insanely corrupt.

Kalima
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That’s what trump said in 2008, “ It should have been me”.

Anyone who thought that Bloomberg was “the one”, should be hanging their heads in shame. His first debate was a huge wrecking ball of unpreparedness and snobby elitism. Ugh!

A confidant of both Bloomberg and Obama told me the tension between them was in part fueled by Bloomberg’s belief that he should be president. “Bloomberg would belittle Obama in private. It was like, That should have been me in the White House. There was jealousy there,” the source said.

“MIKE WOULD HAVE DINNER PARTIES AND PISS ALL OVER OBAMA”: WHY OBAMAWORLD IS MAD ABOUT BLOOMBERG’S OBAMA ADS

Heading toward Super Tuesday, the Bloomberg campaign is trying to grab Obama’s mantle. But many Obamans remember a time when the two weren’t exactly close.

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2020/02/why-obamaworld-is-mad-about-bloombergs-obama-ads

TOCB
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Bloomberg has obviously done a lot to support some causes that are important to progressives, but I don’t think he is the one who should lead the government. The thing about a mega wealthy person leading the government is that they are not accustom to having to share power. Although I would not in any way compare Bloomberg to trump, Bloomberg’s autocratic mentality is not conducive to public service. I suppose it is possible that a wealthy person could have a heart for public service, but I suspect that attitude is not a common character trait for wealthy people.

Kalima
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Then he should have just continued to help progressive causes instead of making a fool of himself and taking away votes from candidates who have been campaigning for over a year. Money can’t buy everything and his superior attitude, lack of current political know-how is not something needed in the WH after trump. He bought his 3rd term as mayor of NY and apart from all the awful other things he did, that’s cheating and America has had 3 years of that already. Trump’s still cheating.

TOCB
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It is more important than ever before that we elect someone whose character and integrity are unimpeachable. The lair-in-chief has demonstrated that the office of the president allows a person to break the government if there are not a strong Congress and a strong court to hold the president accountable.

Since most men are naturally aggressive, any male president is likely to take personal advantage of the new normal trump has forged. In reality, we are no longer operating under the rule of law, because the president has no respect or regard for the law and one chamber of Congress is acting as an accomplish in trump’s crimes. Of the people who are currently running for president, there only two who have unimpeachable characters.

kesmarn
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Whoa! Elizabeth came out swinging! Just tuned in to the Dem debate tonight and only about a minute in, Warren quoted Bloomberg as having referred to women as “fat broads” and “horse-faced lesbians.”
Then Amy Klobuchar jumped in and rubbed a little salt in those fresh wounds. Now Biden’s taking his turn.

This might be a little too much mental caffeine for someone in the Eastern Time zone!

TOCB
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I think Warren came across as the one who can bridge the interests of moderates and progressives. As for most of the policies Democrats and the American people support, it requires a Democratic Congress. We need a president who can lead in the role of a public servant and not an authoritarian who thinks they have the biggest brain in the world. That completely eliminates republicans, especially trump. So which Democrat has a proven history of promoting policies that serve the benefit of most Americans, even the idiots who won’t vote for her?

kesmarn
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Warren really does have a heart for the “common (wo)man” (to use the old phrase. And she’s feisty enough to be able to throw a punch when she needs to! Ditto Bernie. At this point, I’m drawn to both of them for their well-demonstrated integrity.

kesmarn
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On the other hand — America’s “first laboratory-produced” candidate, Mayor Pete, does not impress.

SueInCa
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That is a good analogy of Mayor Pete. His elitist friends are desperatley trying to hide the damage he caused in South Bend. He just sounds like a commercial for whiter teeth.

Kalima
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Trump Offered Assange Pardon if He Covered Up Russian Hack, WikiLeaks Founder’s Lawyer Claims

https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-offered-assange-pardon-if-he-covered-up-russian-hack-court-hears

‘Impeach him again!’ Assange sets off bombshells with Trump pardon claim

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/02/impeach-him-again-assange-sets-off-bombshells-with-trump-pardon-claim/

Kalima
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Kalima
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Hurry up already! It’s probably all smoke and mirrors, he has no integrity to begin with.

Barr has told those close to Trump he is considering quitting over the president’s tweets about Justice Dept. investigations

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-raises-possibility-of-suing-those-involved-in-prosecuting-roger-stone/2020/02/18/238279fc-5250-11ea-9e47-59804be1dcfb_story.html

TOCB
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Why would Barr resign, and why would trump stop committing crimes??? What are the consequences for either one of them doing what they do? They are REWARDED!

There is a lot of talk about the Houston Astros stealing baseball signs to help them win the 2017 World Series, and players and fans have suggested the title should be taken away from them. HELLO??? The Astros is a BASEBALL team in a league where stealing signs is as common as scratching and spitting. There is no rule against either of these actions in major league baseball, and baseball teams have been stealing signs since 1901.

What major league baseball team DOES NOT steal signs? The Astros should be punished for doing what everyone else does, BECAUSE they were better at it than others?

What does the Astros sign stealing have to do with politics and government? In case Americans haven’t noticed, WE HAVE A PRESIDENT WHO STOLE THE PRESIDENCY!!! How many major league baseball players and fans are calling for the presidency to be taken away from trump because he stole it?

SueInCa
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The Houston Astros sign stealing scandal resulted from revelations that members of the Houston Astros organization in Major League Baseball (MLB) illegally stole signs of opposing teams using technology during the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

For years, other MLB teams had suspected the Astros of stealing signs. Details about the team’s activities were first publicly reported by journalists Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich for The Athletic in November 2019. Mike Fiers, a pitcher who played for the Astros in 2017, told The Athletic that the organization used a video camera in center field to film the opposing catchers’ signs to the pitchers. Astros players or team staffers watching the live camera feed behind the dugout would then signal to their batter what kind of pitch was coming. MLB opened an investigation into the allegations and in January 2020 confirmed that the Astros illegally used a camera system to steal signs during the 2017 regular season and postseason, during which they won the World Series, as well as in part of the 2018 season.

TOCB
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Yes, the Astros were CAUGHT stealing signals. My question was which MLB teams DON’T try to steal signals??? So the Astros are being punished because they did it better than others??? When you say the Astros “illegally used a camera system to steal signs”, does that mean there is a MLB rule that teams can steal signs, but they can’t use cameras to do it?

Are you suggesting that the Dodgers don’t steal signs?

Kalima
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That‘s why I said it was smoke and mirrors to cover himself. He won’t resign because he’s in a job he can implement his longtime crazy and unconstitutional fantasy of giving a repub “president” complete power. If he wants a monarchy, move to another country. America already won the war against one tyrant, and the American people must vote against another wannabe in November. Trump is clueless and clinically insane being led on a nose ring by very dangerous men like barr.

Kalima
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Kalima
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Former Justice Dept. Lawyers Press for Barr to Step Down

More than 1,100 former prosecutors and officials who served in Republican and Democratic administrations signed an open letter condemning the president and the attorney general over the Stone case.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/16/us/politics/barr-trump-justice-department.html

In plain sight but documented history will destroy him.

Something has to be done’: Trump’s quest to rewrite history of the Russia probe

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/something-has-to-be-done-trumps-quest-to-rewrite-history-of-the-russia-probe/2020/02/15/ea7a1b06-4f61-11ea-9b5c-eac5b16dafaa_story.html

TOCB
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Bloomberg’s attempt to explain redlining reflects a lack of understanding of how that practice affected black people. It is not a sin to lack understanding and it can be easily overcome if one is willing to learn. Bloomberg is not the only white person who did not or don’t understand redlining. The entire financial industry, ESPECIALLY conservatives blamed a law that banned redlining, The Community Reinvestment Act of 1977, for the financial crisis of 2008.

Maybe is it an honest mistake, but what many people don’t seem to understand is that the 1977 act did not require or even suggest that financial institutions make loans to people who could not afford to pay for them. It simply banned the practice of denying loans to people based on their ethnicity. Redlining did not only deny loans to poor black people, it denied loans to ALL black people.