opinion Robert Robb Arizona Republic Published 6:00 AM EST Nov 12, 2018 American politics is stuck on President Donald Trump's Wild Ride. It's time for the rest of us to get off. Trump wants American politics to be all about him, all the time. For the most part, he has succeeded. The exit polls indicate that Trump was the principal factor in how most people voted in the midterms, to express either opposition or support for him. Trump also wants American politics to be played on his terms. He is generally succeeding in that, as well. Trump is a contagious brawler Trump is a political brawler. He has turned all of American politics into a brawl. And everyone else in the game — opponents, supporters and what should be observers — into brawlers as well. After the midterms, Trump held a press conference to proclaim his political dominance. Republicans for whom he campaigned and who “embraced" him won. Republicans who failed to "embrace" him lost. More: … [Read more...] about Donald Trump wants politics to be about him. Don’t take the bait.
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opinion USA TODAY Published 7:00 AM EST Nov 4, 2018 Letter to the editor: I’m thrilled that President Donald Trump is addressing the birthright citizenship abuse that the long outdated 14th Amendment inflicts on our nation. The 14th Amendment was ratified in 1868 to ensure former slaves and their children were granted citizenship. I highly doubt the Reconstruction Era lawmakers of the day had this institutional abuse in mind, which just weakens our sovereignty and makes us a laughingstock around the world. Trump is right on this issue, and every sane American knows it. I fully support him signing an executive order that abolishes this long outdated amendment. If it’s legally challenged, I’d be happy to leave it in the hands of the newly updated Supreme Court to decide. Does anyone wonder why Trump didn’t back down on his pick of Brett Kavanaugh for the highest court? He already had this move lined up on his Make America Great Again agenda. Eugene Dunn; … [Read more...] about Donald Trump finally addresses the birthright injustice: Readers
"FAKE news" was named Collins Dictionary's official Word of the Year for 2017 - and there's a good reason why. The term has become popularised by US President Donald Trump and its usage is said to have risen by 365 per cent since 2016. Who did Donald Trump name in his 'Fake News Awards'? Donald Trump had touted his "Fake News Awards" before the list was published on the Republican Party website. Unfortunately the website crashed within seconds of the president tweeting a link to the results. New York Times columnist Paul Krugman was awarded the number one spot for a tweet saying "on the day of President Trump's historic, landslide victory that the economy would never recover". It also included ABC veteran reporter Brian Ross and networks and publications Newsweek, TIME and the Washington Post. On August 28, 2018, he attacked Google by accusing the search engine giant of prioritising "fake news" in its search results - a claim the company denies. He took to Twitter to claim the results … [Read more...] about What is ‘fake news’, what is Theresa May’s new security unit and what were Donald Trump’s Fake News Awards?
opinion Mitch Albom Detroit Free Press Published 4:27 p.m. UTC Aug 6, 2018 “(The people) have a right, an indisputable, unalienable, indefeasible, divine right, to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge, I mean, of the characters and conduct of their rulers.” — John Adams, 1765 President Donald Trump last week called many media outlets “the enemy of the American people.” His press secretary, when given the chance to retract, deny, or at least clarify that statement, refused to do so, instead listing off times that she herself has felt mistreated by journalists. Presidents come and go. So do press secretaries. Ideas stick around longer. The idea of a free press, for example, as essential to America — protected by the First Amendment of our Constitution — predates this President by nearly 230 years. So when the idea that the press is the “enemy” of America starts to float around, we ought to be concerned. … [Read more...] about Donald Trump’s ‘fake news’ press has exposed government corruption despite its flaws
Michelle Obama has compared Donald Trump to a neglectful parent who lets their children gorge on sweets all day and stay up late. The former first lady used the parenting allegory to compare her husband's presidency to that of his successor. “I think what we see is what happens when we take things for granted. For the eight years Barack was president, it was like having the ‘good parent’ at home,” she said at the Simmons Leadership Conference in Boston. Read more Netflix to produce new TV show with Barack and Michelle Obama Michelle Obama meets with girl pictured looking in awe at her portrait Michelle Obama says she uses social media ‘like a grown-up' Michelle Obama announces memoir will be called Becoming “The responsible parent, the one who told you to eat your carrots and go to bed on time. And now we have the other parent. We thought it’d feel fun, maybe it feels fun for now because we can eat candy … [Read more...] about Michelle Obama compares Donald Trump to neglectful parent who lets children ‘eat candy all day’