Sotomayor on the Supreme Court: ‘We have to rise above partisanship’ – The Washington Post

In a week, this is all going to be water under the bridge, but we need to make this count. We need to go out and vote our hearts out and make sure there is truly a Blue Wave. I heard all about how Hillary Clinton was going to win the presidential race and yet she did not. We live in a country gerrymandered to death by the Republicans. We live in a country where voter suppression is part and parcel of the Republican Playbook. We live in a country that is under attack by Russia and its electoral process. We need to be diligent and we need to vote. Donate all the money you can to the Democratic Senate campaign fund, donate all the money you can toucan Chanel candidates across the country and make sure that you vote.

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The American Bar Association had concerns about Kavanaugh 12 years ago. Republicans dismissed those, too. – The Washington Post

Being blinded by ambition and the need to please one’s case is not exclusively a republican problem. I have watched the Democrats fall into the same exact trap. Right now it seems that the grand old party is in quicksand. One by one their nominations turn out to be flawed in so many respects that you wonder who did the vetting. Well the vetting was done by a White House that’s incompetent and 12 years ago we had the same issues. I know everybody looks back to W with nostalgia. I wonder how much Nostalgia those who lost loved ones in unnecessary wars have for his presidency. So yes, the Republicans have had a terrible run the last 16 years and I hope that they will find their way and understand that they need to be a party that opens its doors to everyone. The Democrats in the 60s were the Republicans of today and the Democrats found a way to fix themselves. I hope the Republicans will do the same for the sake of our country.

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Judge Brett Kavanaugh not being all that judicious during his second confirmation Hearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 27th 2018. Photo credit Washington Post

UN leaders laugh at Trump – The Washington Post

I’m a little bit disheartened right now, the leading Twitter hashtag is #AmericaLast. I thought the Tangerine nightmare was going to make America great again, instead he’s made us the laughing stock of the world.

If President Obama had had this kind of reception at the UN Republicans would be calling for his head. But in this world wind of Scandal that is the Trump presidency this has not even made a ripple in the pond.

I’ve used this analogy before but if you watch Nickelodeon award shows when famous people get slimed at first there’s a look of shock on their face and eventually there’s resignation. The American people are in the resignation stage of this presidency. And that’s not a good place to be.

Who do you think is laughing the hardest right now? I am sure it’s Putin and his oligarchs who believe that they have one and have put us down in the view of the rest of the world. It’s time that the American people take charge and make sure that we have controls over this president and his terrible terrible positions Visa V the world.

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‘Winter is coming’: Allies fear Trump isn’t prepared for gathering legal storm – The Washington Post

For those of us who watch the Game of Thrones we know what winter is coming means. Although in the White House case it’s not going to be white walkers but it’s going to be Democrats crawling all over this white house and finding out all of those crimes that have been committed during his presidency. Look I’m the first to admit I thought that Trump did not have a chance against Hillary Clinton, and yet here we are. So this blue wave that is supposed to go across the country electing Democrats to the house and set it seems wonderful but until November 7th I won’t be pleased. We need to volunteer, donate to candidates and most importantly make sure we and all our friends go out and vote on November 6th.

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With White House Counsel Donald McGahn’s impending departure, President Trump’s large and ever-changing legal team is thrown into turmoil once again. (Video: Jenny Starrs/Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

Melania Trump’s parents become naturalized U.S. citizens despite the president’s hostility toward ‘chain migration’ – The Washington Post

First and foremost I want to make one thing clear, this is not chain migration. This is the natural order of how our country has been and will be built. My parents came here in 1947 and I was born in the United States. My dad was naturalized in 1959. My bad had me do the Pledge of Allegiance before my prayers every night. My dad was one of the most patriotic man I’ve ever known, hell he was born on the 4th of July !

So, no this is not chain migration. I applaud Melania Trump’s parents for becoming American citizens. It is the natural Order of Things. Let us not forget that other than Native Americans we are all immigrants, we are all immigrants in this country.

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Viktor and Amalija Knavs listen as their attorney makes a statement in New York on Thursday. First lady Melania Trump’s parents have been sworn in as U.S. citizens. (Seth Wenig/AP)

Red-hot planet: All-time heat records have been set all over the world during the past week – The Washington Post

The Trump regime and its Cadre of collaborators who are in the pocket of big corporations that don’t want to see regulations that will help our planet survive. These companies don’t live on a long-term plan most Executives only last five to seven years in a company all they care about is what they can do now. The future that’s not their problem and it seems they don’t really care about their kids, grandkids or the future of our planet.

we have an EPA administrator who is so deep in a quagmire of scandals it’s amazing that this man still has a job. In any Corporation he would have been fired by now. But he’s following exactly what the Trump regime wants. Do everything to increase the economy on the short-term so that they get reelected. What’s happening though is the price of gas. Has anybody noticed how quickly it’s going up? You can mark the date of when we pulled out of the Iran agreement as the beginning of the rise in fuel prices. You may think the Trump regime would want the fuel prices to remain low, but you are wrong. They want to blame the countries that have the predominance of oil for this increase. Of course they will never ever ever criticize Russia and its giant oil industry.

on this Fourth of July I hope we as a planet will take heat and do something to protect the future of our children and grandchildren if we are to have a planet at all.

There is no Planet B as President Macron has said.

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(University of Maine Climate Reanalyzer)

Mitt Romney’s new campaign: Not exactly a friend of Trump’s but not an enemy, either – The Washington Post

We are building jails for young people some of which are so young that the Administration has come up with a term call Tender age individual. I watched Rachel Maddow start crying when she read the press release about tender age individuals. Mitt Romney is not the enemy of trump then he is his friends because he is backing Trump and his internment of individuals.

Trump told a group of so-called businessmen that the Germans need to be careful because they are letting in too many Middle Easterns and their racial makeup is going to be changing. That sounds very familiar and not in a good way. Weather there Middle Eastern Muslims or Jews where does the line get put into the sand? We have a man in the White House who is a fascist end of discussion. There’s no two ways around this anymore he is a fascist and he is surrounded by fascists and that they are yelled at in restaurants is a small price to pay compared to putting 20,000 children in prisons across our country for doing nothing but asking to come and ask for Asylum from danger and their countries. We are a country built with immigrants. The only ones in this country were not immigrants or the American Indians who we did a really good job of killing off as much as we could. Our history is ladin with terrible moments but this is going to be on the top of the list. We are building internment camps for children and Trump is asking his supporters to attack physically Maxine Waters, a member of Congress. Who does that?

Shame!

Shame!

Shame!

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Mitt Romney, right, running for a U.S. Senate seat in Utah, meets an event attendee during a campaign stop Friday in Draper, Utah. Romney, a former presidential candidate and Massachusetts governor, is facing state lawmaker Mike Kennedy in GOP primary election Tuesday. (Kim Raff/Bloomberg)

Mitt Romney’s new campaign: Not exactly a friend of Trump’s but not an enemy, either – The Washington Post

We are building jails for young people some of which are so young that the Administration has come up with a term call Tender age individual. I watched Rachel Maddow start crying when she read the press release about tender age individuals. Mitt Romney is not the enemy of trump then he is his friends because he is backing Trump and his internment of individuals.

Trump told a group of so-called businessmen that the Germans need to be careful because they are letting in too many Middle Easterns and their racial makeup is going to be changing. That sounds very familiar and not in a good way. Weather there Middle Eastern Muslims or Jews where does the line get put into the sand? We have a man in the White House who is a fascist end of discussion. There’s no two ways around this anymore he is a fascist and he is surrounded by fascists and that they are yelled at in restaurants is a small price to pay compared to putting 20,000 children in prisons across our country for doing nothing but asking to come and ask for Asylum from danger and their countries. We are a country built with immigrants. The only ones in this country were not immigrants or the American Indians who we did a really good job of killing off as much as we could. Our history is ladin with terrible moments but this is going to be on the top of the list. We are building internment camps for children and Trump is asking his supporters to attack physically Maxine Waters, a member of Congress. Who does that?

Shame!

Shame!

Shame!

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Mitt Romney, right, running for a U.S. Senate seat in Utah, meets an event attendee during a campaign stop Friday in Draper, Utah. Romney, a former presidential candidate and Massachusetts governor, is facing state lawmaker Mike Kennedy in GOP primary election Tuesday. (Kim Raff/Bloomberg)

Publix suspends contributions to Adam Putnam amid David Hogg’s anti-NRA ‘die-in’ protests – The Washington Post

Growing up in Florida I saw Publix grow from the quaint Art Deco stores that dotted the landscape to a complete taking over of the grocery ecosystem. Finding other grocery stores like Winn-Dixie or Piggly Wiggly is almost impossible now because Publix has taken over.

After living 10 years in Los Angeles I moved back to Florida. I was very disappointed in how becoming a Monopoly has made Publix not a nice place anymore. Where shopping is a pleasure? The produce was bad and the prices were ridiculously high. And I came for Los Angeles.

Congratulations to David Hogg and those brave kids for mounting pressure against the NRA in every nook and cranny that organization seems to creep into. Enough is enough.

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Republicans whose jobs once seemed safe are struggling for a 2018 survival strategy – The Washington Post

I can listen to political pundits up to a point. And I truly believe that all elections are local. That being said there’s a wave coming, and it’s a giant blue one.

We have witnessed during the special election season the Republican base not coming out to vote and the Democratic bass coming out in numbers that are unprecedented. Trump would have to start a war something the Republicans don’t want for there to be a change in this dynamic. I pray that he does not start a war but I don’t trust this man and his lust for power and vengeance.

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Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-N.C.) takes a photo of Vice President Mike Pence, right, after a tax policy event in Charlotte last month. Pittenger is facing a primary challenge from conservative pastor Mark Harris that has pushed him to the right, which could be a problem in the general election against a Democratic challenger, Dan McCready, who’s outraised him so far. (Chuck Burton/AP)