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       Friday, June 14, 2019
Elizabeth's Time to Shine The walls of my high-school gym were covered with pithy aphorisms such as: "When the going gets tough, the tough get going." The most memorable was: "Life is a grindstone; whether it wears you down or polishes you up, depends upon what you are made of." Somewhat unexpectedly, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has adapted to the arduous 2020 presidential-campaign grindstone and is beginning to shine.

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       Friday, May 31, 2019
Trump's Road to Armageddon Just when we think that Donald Trump's behavior cannot become more bizarre, it does. On May 22, congressional leaders went to the White House, ostensibly to discuss a plan to rebuild America's crumbling infrastructure; Trump walked out of the meeting, after saying he would not work with Congressional Democrats until they called off all investigations. Where does this leave us? On the road to armageddon.

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       Friday, May 24, 2019
Joe Biden's Presidential Strategy On April 25th, former Vice-President Joe Biden launched his 2020 presidential campaign. On May 18th, Biden gave his first campaign address in Philadelphia, making clear what his strategy will be. His campaign is not policy based, it is personality based. Joe has taken the role of the anti-Trump.

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       Friday, May 10, 2019
Donald Trump and the Measles Epidemic On January 20, 2009, Barack Obama became the 44th President of the United States and many Americans were hopeful. We were in the throes of "the great recession" but we trusted Obama to guide us out of it. We'd elected our first biracial President and many of us hoped that racism would soon be gone. By the way, the U.S. was thought to free of measles -- there were only 131 cases of circulating measles reported in 2008.

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       Friday, May 3, 2019
What About Impeachment? Here on the Left Coast, most voters I talk to are disgusted with Donald Trump and want him impeached. Nonetheless, our leader, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, urges Dems to be cautious and to hold hearings rather than rush into an impeachment process. That's sound advice because a majority of Americans don't want Trump impeached.

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       Friday, April 26, 2019
Five Takeaways from the Mueller Report After waiting almost two years, the report of the Special Counsel charged with investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election -- the "Mueller Report" -- was made made available on April 17th. Although this 448-page report was edited -- "redacted" -- by pro-Trump Attorney General William Barr, enough was uncensored that we can draw general conclusions.

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       Friday, March 22, 2019
Managing Traumatic Trump Disorder Just when it appears that Donald Trump's behavior cannot get any worse, it plunges to a new low. The week of March 11 brought a fresh batch of Trump outrage. For those of us suffering from Traumatic Trump Disorder, it's time to take new action to protect our mental health.

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       Friday, March 8, 2019
Trump and the Economy 600 days before the 2020 presidential election, it looks like the two major issues will be Donald Trump and the U.S. economy. Of course, this could change if Trump leaves office or there is a cataclysmic climate event. Otherwise, the election will be determined by voters' feelings about Trump and, of course, how they view their economic prospects.

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       Friday, February 22, 2019
Costing the Green New Deal It's a remarkable testimony to these times that while Donald Trump has declared a "national emergency" because of politically inspired "border security" concerns, he has chosen to ignore the true national emergency caused by global climate change. The bad news is that Trump is playing to his base. The good news is that because of the "Green New Deal," climate change is going to be a major issue in the 2020 election.

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       Friday, February 15, 2019
Next Steps The same week brought "the Green New Deal," further indications that Donald Trump will be impeached, and scientific evidence that the pace of catastrophic climate change has increased. Over the next two years, given these troubling times, what steps should we take to maintain our sanity?

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       Wednesday, February 6, 2019
State of the Union 2019: Two Visions If you just arrived in the United States and wanted to understand the difference between the Republican and Democratic vision for America, a good place to start would have been Donald Trump's State of the Union address followed by Stacey Abrams' Democratic rejoinder.

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       Friday, February 1, 2019
Imagine that Trump is a Russian Asset At the moment, it appears that Donald Trump's attention is focussed on two subjects: his "wall" and the latest installment of the Mueller probe. Nonetheless, in the background, the Trump Administration continues to engage in acts that jeopardize our security; such as lifting sanctions on Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. Imagine that Trump is, in fact, a Russian asset. Does that explain his treacherous behavior?

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       Friday, January 25, 2019
Top Ten Democratic Presidential Candidates There are 648 days until the 2020 presidential election, but it appears that Donald Trump is headed for defeat by any major candidate Democrats nominate. Nonetheless, the Democratic presidential candidate will have a lot of work to do, repairing the damage that Trump, and his Republican co-conspirators, have done to the United States. Consider the top ten Democratic candidates and discuss who might be the best leader for 2020,

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       Friday, January 11, 2019
Trumpty Dumpty Sat on a Wall On January 8th, Donald Trump made his first "oval office" speech to the nation; a plea for his wall. It didn't work, but we learned ten things:

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       Friday, January 4, 2019
2018: Ten Reasons to be Thankful New Year's Day was clear and sunny on the Left coast and it was easy to imagine that 2019 would be "all green lights and smooth sailing." Nonetheless, while 2018 ended with a government shutdown, and a flurry of ugly Trump Tweets, the year wasn't all bad. Here are ten reasons to be thankful.
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       Friday, December 28, 2018
Trump's Slow-Motion Nervous Breakdown To say the least, Donald Trump is a polarizing figure. For this reason, it's easy for the Left to dismiss his behavior as "crazy." Nonetheless, even by Trump standards, the last few weeks have been unusually bizarre. It's time for Americans to consider that Trump may have crossed the line from congenitally obnoxious to clinically insane.

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       Friday, December 21, 2018
Winter is Coming As we approach the solstice, San Francisco beaches are being hammered by 40-foot waves. It's an apt metaphor for the troubled times we are living in. Borrowing a phrase from Game of Thrones, "winter is coming;" with a vengeance. Here are some predictions for the next three months.

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       Friday, December 14, 2018
Searching for Trump's Tipping Point Twelve months ago, Donald Trump's presidential approval rating averaged 38 percent. Now, the 538 website suggests that Trump's approval rating has improved to 42 percent. Thus, after two chaotic years, a significant segment of the electorate continues to approve of Trump's White House performance. What accounts for this?

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       Friday, December 7, 2018
Turning California Totally Blue In case you missed it, on November 6th, a blue wave washed over California. Democrats took all major statewide offices, elected a second Democratic Senator, and seized 46 of 53 congressional districts. Nonetheless, California Democrats won't be satisfied until the Golden State's congressional delegation is totally blue. What will it take to accomplish this?

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       Friday, November 30, 2018
10 Action Items for Democrats The 2020 presidential campaign began on November 7th, the day after the midterm elections; many Democrats are prepared to work every day for the next two years in order to oust Donald Trump from the White House. For this prolonged effort to be effective, national Democratic leaders should heed these words of friendly advice.

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