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My $4.40 (opinion)

I have run these websites (440int.com started in 1995) using the same political attitude I always used when I was on the radio, trying very hard to not stray too hard to the left or the right -- aiming right down the middle.

Not anymore. The 2016 election of Donald Trump to POTUS was hard to accept after watching him bully and lie his way to power. His total lack of sympathy for those less fortunate than him, his lack of empathy for any opinion other that his own, his complete lack of respect for women and his willingness to destroy, by any means possible, those who oppose(d) him, has convinced me, like it has so many of my fellow Americans, to speak up. The more our voices are raised, the better our chances become of bringing this would-be despot down and ending this national embarassment.

So, I am shining some light on those sites that I think are getting it said the best. It’s my attempt to help you through the BS (Jon Stewart says bullshit is the New Official Language of the U.S.) to get at the facts -- the real facts about this POTUS and his amateur-hour wrecking crew.

For starters:
trumpdujour06.html, a daily poke at the Bully in Chief.

FactCheck.org Donald Trump page and The Washington Post Trump Fact Checker will help you maintain your sanity. Consult them after any and all Trump statements.

✔How Donald Trump, Julian Assange and Russia are connected, and how they changed the election. salon.com lays it out in frightening detail.

✔What, exactly, is Fake News. Here is an up-to-date list of sites.

✔And if you are ready to act, Do These 10 Things, and Trump Will be Toast: Michael Moore says, “...I’m convinced we’ll succeed in halting the dark force that is Trump. We can tie him up in knots at every turn, and eventually, we can bring him down.”




✔Quote of the week.2: We’re not on anybody’s side ever. I know that when I make a hard decision, a storm is going to follow. Honestly, I don’t care.: FBI Director James Comey at the Intelligence and National Security Alliance Leadership dinner. (cnn.com)

✔Quote of the week: You have attracted people who are determined that ideology is more important than facts: Veteran broadcast journalist Ted Koppel to Fox News host Sean Hannity (on CBS Sunday Morning). (washingtonpost.com)

✔Story of the week: Schiff, Pelosi call on Nunes to recuse himself from House Russia investigation: “The Chair of the House Intelligence has a serious responsibility to the Congress and to the country,” Pelosi said in a statement to CNN Monday evening. “Chairman Nunes' discredited behavior has tarnished that office. (House) Speaker (Paul) Ryan must insist that Chairman Nunes at least recuse himself from the Trump-Russia investigation immediately. That leadership is long overdue.” (cnn.com)

✔Billboard of the week month:
More here
Santa Monica artist Karen Fiorito said she has a “real fear” of the direction of the country politically under Trump. She said the dollar signs imitating Nazi swastikas originally were designed by New York artist Hugh Gran for her 2004 Bush presidency billboard, but she believes they were appropriate for use in this piece as well.




Mar 29
Matthews: Call me an optimist but we saw heroes today.: Chris Matthews describes the heroism of Senate Richard Burr and Senator Mark Warner who serves as Chairman and ranking Democrat of the Senate Intelligence Committee. (msnbc.com)

Senate Russia investigators’ message: We're the adults here: Republican Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr, and Senator Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the committee, were laughing, smiling and generally collegial as they held a joint news conference Wednesday. “We’re here to assure you and more importantly, the American people who are watching and listening, that we will get to the bottom of this.” (cnn.com)

Post-Trumpcare, Medicaid lives on—even in Kansas!: The Kansas state legislature has voted to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Governor Sam Brownback must now decide whether to sign or veto Medicaid expansion after the Senate passed the bill Tuesday. (dailykos.com)

Today’s political cartoons

Best of the day:
larger copy at dailykos.com.com



Mar 28
Trump claims that killing Obama’s climate legacy will bring back coal jobs. It’s a ruse.: Contrary to the White House spin, Tuesday’s action has little to do with improving the lives of Trump’s working-class base. It will do far more to promote the aims of the monied interests who backed his candidacy and now help shape White House policy. (washingtonpost.com)

Today’s political cartoons

Best of the day:
larger copy at unionleader.com



Mar 27
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse: Trump Admin Nearing Obstruction in Russia Probe: “The difference between misdirection and obstruction of justice is one that I think they’re beginning to trespass pretty close to.” (washingtonpost.com)

A new dynamic may be emerging in the House: A right and left flank within the GOP willing to buck leadership: This new combination, with Ryan’s right and left flanks willing to buck him and the new president, presents deep concern for the long-term effort to take up the more complicated effort to overhaul the corporate and individual tax codes. (msnbc.com)

Trump moves decisively to wipe out Obama’s climate-change record: The sweeping executive order also seeks to lift a moratorium on federal coal leasing and remove the requirement that federal officials consider the impact of climate change when making decisions. (washingtonpost.com)

Today’s political cartoons

Best of the day:
larger copy at gocomics.com       and larger copy at theadvocate.com



Mar 25
Trump supporter thought president would only deport ‘bad hombres.’ Instead, her husband is being deported.: When Helen Beristain told her husband she was voting for Donald Trump last year, he warned her that the Republican nominee planned to “get rid of the Mexicans.” Defending her vote, Helen quoted Trump directly, noting that the tough-talking Republican said he would only kick the “bad hombres” out of the country, according to the South Bend Tribune. Now, Roberto Beristain — a successful businessman, respected member of his Indiana town and father of three American-born children — languishes in a detention facility with hardened criminals as he awaits his deportation back to Mexico, the country he left in 1998 when he entered the United States illegally. (washingtonpost.com)

A new dynamic may be emerging in the House: A right and left flank within the GOP willing to buck leadership: This new combination, with Ryan’s right and left flanks willing to buck him and the new president, presents deep concern for the long-term effort to take up the more complicated effort to overhaul the corporate and individual tax codes. (washingtonpost.com)

Why Republicans were in such a hurry on health care: The GOP didn’t want to let a detail like tens of millions of people losing their health insurance get in the way of two tax cuts for the rich. (washingtonpost.com)

Today’s political cartoons

Best of the day:
kentucky.com



Mar 24
Trump's art of no deal: Find someone to blame: Lacking sufficient support, Republicans were forced to pull their bill to replace Obamacare from the floor of the GOP-controlled House. Speaking soon after accepting defeat, Trump didn’t shoulder the responsibility himself, nor did he pin the blame on House GOP leadership or any of the warring Republican factions' whose competing demands ultimately sunk any chance of a consensus bill. Instead, he blamed Democrats and vowed to let Obamacare "explode". (cnn.com)

President Trump’s false claims about Obamacare, wiretapping and … his own false claims : The latest fact-checking update from The Washington Post. (washingtonpost.com)

Today’s political cartoons

Best of the day:
jimmymargulies.com



Mar 21
This German reporter took on Trump. Now she’s being hailed at home for her harsh question: She asked Trump how can he decry “fake news,” yet at the same time spread apparently false accusations, including that former president Barack Obama had wiretapped him? In the U.S., journalists applauded Dunz, along with a fellow German journalist who followed up with more hard questions, for doing what the Americans hadn’t. “The German press shamed us,” Politico’s Tara Palmeri tweeted. (washingtonpost.com)

The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah: Forget Trump, Fox News Is the ‘Real President’: “Yes, since Fox got rid of the woman who was coming between them and Trump (Megyn Kelly), they’ve since been on a long honeymoon with the president.” Aside from the Golf Strippers Network, he joked that Fox News is the president’s favorite channel. Trump has “been on Fox so much, he’s almost been sexually assaulted by Roger Ailes,” he added. (thedailybeast.com)

Today’s political cartoons

Best of the day:
larger copy at usnews.com       and larger copy at unionleader.com



Mar 20
Trump’s constant vacations are costing Palm Beach County and its businesses, big league: Trump has personally assured the Palm Beach County sheriff that he understands the costs his visits are imposing on the sheriff’s office and that “I’m going to take care of law enforcement,” which is an assurance worth ... absolutely nothing. (dailykos.com)

The Trump-Russia Story Has Only Just Begun (To Explode): Not since Richard Nixon’s Watergate scandal has an investigative hearing made it so clear that a presidency was in serious legal peril. (huffingtonpost.com)

FBI: No wiretap evidence found: Comey delivered an implicit rebuke to President Donald Trump, saying that he had “no information” to support claims by the President that he was wiretapped on the orders of predecessor Barack Obama. (cnn.com)

FBI Director Comey confirms probe of possible coordination between Kremlin and Trump campaign: FBI Director James B. Comey acknowledged that his agency is conducting an investigation into possible coordination between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign in a counterintelligence probe that could reach all the way to the White House and may last for months. (washingtonpost.com)

Today’s political cartoons

Best of the day:
larger copy at usnews.com       and larger copy at usatoday.com

and
larger copy at dailykos.com



Mar 19
Neil DeGrasse Tyson Twitter Bombs Trump: “No, Donald Trump won’t listen. But if enough Trump voters who care about their country and their world opt to step out of ignorance and join the people’s Resistance, we will be that much closer to the end of Trump’s era of greed and hate. And it will end.” That was the message in a series of eight short tweets the renown science communicator sent out on Sunday: The Fastest Way To Make America Sick, Stupid & Weak... (dailykos.com)

Germany rejects Trump’s claim it owes NATO ‘vast sums’: Berlin’s defense budget has long been below NATO’s target of 2 percent of a member’s gross domestic product. German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen said Sunday that “there’s no debtor's account at NATO,” adding: “To tie the 2 percent of defense spending, which we want to achieve in the middle of the next decade, only to NATO, is wrong.” (yahoo.com)

Rep. Schiff: ‘Circumstantial Evidence of Collusion’ Between Trump Campaign, Russia: “There is certainly enough for us to conduct an investigation,” he added. “The American people have a right to know and in order to defend ourselves, we need to know whether the circumstantial evidence of collusion and direct evidence of deception is indicative of more.” (nbcnews.com)

The Story of 2 Families and the Real-life Impact of Obamacare Repeal: Two families live 30 miles apart, and have never met each other. But their stories show how the 2010 health care law has created both “winners” and “losers” ― and what Republican repeal efforts, now underway, would mean for each. (huffingtonpost.com)

Today’s political cartoons

Best of the day:
naplesnews.com       and lasvegassun.com

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