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Poll shows U.S. tumbling in world’s regard under Trump – The Washington Post

Poll shows U.S. tumbling in world’s regard under Trump

President Trump has alarmed citizens of the nation’s closest allies and others worldwide, diminishing the standing of the United States in their eyes, according to a wide-ranging international study released Monday. But in the survey of 37 countries, Russia is a bright spot for Trump.

Rick Perry loses his cool when confronted by Sen. Franken on climate science | Think Progress

Rick Perry loses his cool when confronted by Sen. Franken on climate science

After a week full of misleading and inaccurate statements, Energy Secretary Rick Perry remained incredulous and defiant when confronted with climate science-related facts in a budget hearing Thursday. Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) informed Perry that scientists have concluded that “humans are entirely the cause” of recent warming, to which Perry responded, “I don’t believe it” and “I don’t buy it.”

Paul Ryan’s Opponent in Wisconsin Is a Union Ironworker Who Just Launched the Campaign Ad of the Year | GQ

Yes, this is the kind of DEMOCRAT and MESSAGE we need more of if we are going to restore that values that made the party great once upon a time.

Paul Ryan’s Opponent Is a Union Ironworker Who Just Launched the Campaign Ad of the Year

Meet Randy Bryce, a union iron worker, Army veteran, and mustache owner. When Speaker of the House and Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan isn’t busy taking your health care away, he’s trying to give rich people tax cuts while screwing over the poor.

I Was Wrong about Trump Voters – Michael Baharaeen – Medium

I Was Wrong about Trump Voters – Michael Baharaeen – Medium

After the November election, one prevailing narrative suggested that the primary reason people voted for Donald Trump had to do with poor economic prospects that stemmed from trade and globalization. The idea was that a rapidly changing global economy was leaving their communities destitute and that the faraway elites did not seem to care about them.

Jon Ossoff’s Loss Should Be a Lesson to Corporate Democrats | The Nation

Jon Ossoff’s Loss Should Be a Lesson to Corporate Democrats

I woke up to news this morning that Jon Ossoff’s failure to flip Georgia’s 6 th Congressional district will ” Ad Policy come as a crushing emotional blow to Democrats.” Well, not this Democrat. And not just because, as I wrote back in April, “an Ossoff victory would represent a repudiation of Trump, but not our broken politics.”

The Illustrated Guide to a PhD: 12 Simple Pictures That Will Put the Daunting Degree into Perspective | Open Culture

The Illustrated Guide to a PhD: 12 Simple Pictures That Will Put the Daunting Degree into Perspective

Matthew Might, a computer science professor at the University of Utah, writes: “Every fall, I explain to a fresh batch of Ph.D. students what a Ph.D. is. It’s hard to describe it in words. So, I use pictures.” In his Illustrated Guide to the PhD, Professor Might creates a visual narrative that puts the daunting degree into perspective.

When the World Is Led by a Child – The New York Times

I keep on thinking I am not supposed to be a David Brooks fan but he is certainly dead on correct in his assessment of Donald Trump. I’ll praise his leadership for being a Republican who won’t sell his soul to the devil and will stand up and criticize Trump for what he really is.

Opinion | When the World Is Led by a Child

His inability to focus his attention makes it hard for him to learn and master facts. He is ill informed about his own policies and tramples his own talking points. It makes it hard to control his mouth. On an impulse, he will promise a tax reform when his staff has done little of the actual work.

The Blathering Superego at the End of History – Los Angeles Review of Books

The Blathering Superego at the End of History – Los Angeles Review of Books

LIBERALISM IS NOT working. Something deep within the mechanism has cracked. All our wonk managers, our expert stewards of the world, have lost their way. They wander desert highways in a daze, wondering why the brakes locked up, why the steering wheel came off, how the engine caught on fire.

CNN White House Reporter Questions Covering ‘Bizarre’ And ‘Pointless’ Briefings | HuffPost

CNN White House Reporter Questions Covering ‘Bizarre’ And ‘Pointless’ Briefings

CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta on Monday questioned why he, and the rest of the press corps, bothered showing up. “I don’t know what world we’re living in right now,” Acosta said on air after White House press secretary Sean Spicer took questions from reporters but didn’t allow video or audio coverage of the exchanges.

The Platinum Patients – The Atlantic

Five Percent of Americans Account For 50 Percent of U.S. Medical Bills

Each year, 1 in every 20 Americans racks up just as much in medical bills as another 19 combined. This critical five percent of the U.S. population is key to solving the nation’s health care spending crisis.Read the rest of our coverage. The Five Percent accounts for the same total expenditures as the rest of the population combined.

Trump’s Obsession with Obama Reached a Sad New Low on Sunday

On FaceBook just yesterday on seeing the satirical article President Trump Orders the Execution of Five Turkeys Pardoned by Obama I wrote:

For several weeks maybe months now I have decided Trump has no real policy ideas and has actually never given policy any kind of real thought and instead just relied on doing the EXACT opposite of what Barack Obama would have done so when I saw this article I had to double check it to see if it was really satire.

My analysis of Trump aligns itself with Allen Clifton’s where he writes:

I’ve gone on record as saying that I believe one of his primary goals as “president” is to try to undo and oppose anything and everything Obama did, not because he necessarily disagrees with some of these policies, but simply because Obama supported them. His neurotic obsession with the former president is so intense that I really do think that he bases a lot of his decisions upon the notion of, “If Obama supported it, I’m against it.”

Trump’s Obsession with Obama Reached a Sad New Low on Sunday

Anyone who knows anything about Donald Trump is likely well aware of his childish, petty obsession with Barack Obama. I’ve gone on record as saying that I believe one of his primary goals as “president” is to try to undo and oppose anything and everything Obama did, not because he necessarily disagrees with some of these policies, but simply because Obama supported them.

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