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National News » Sadly True » Today 5:13 pm

Just Fred
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Somebody stop the world.  I want to get off.

The Stock Market » The WHIPSAW Market » Today 5:12 pm

tennyson
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The last time we had a Whipsaw Market like we have had this year was in 2008 and THAT did not end very well. 

Anyone tired of all this winning yet ?? 

Politics » He Hires the Best People » Today 5:11 pm

Just Fred
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This is the guy that gave Trump a physical said he was 6'3" and weighed 239 lbs.  Sounds like he would fit right in the Trump administration.

Politics » He Hires the Best People » Today 5:07 pm

tennyson
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Goose wrote:

I have nothing against Dr. Jackson. He was set up to fail and be humiliated by Donald Trump.
The US has been at war for about 17 years.
The VA has 377,000 employees.
In other words, it's a huge organization with a large and important mission.
If you want a guy to lead the VA, you interview, look at qualifications & experience, and vet to look for disqualifying information.
You do NOT just pick a guy because he said nice things about you after your physical.
This President is in way over his head.



Trump paves way for Ronny Jackson to withdraw as VA nominee

President Trump acknowledged Tuesday that his pick to head the Veterans Affairs Department, Dr. Ronny Jackson, has an "experience problem," adding that, if he were Jackson, he would pull his name from the running, but said that it's up to him to decide.

Why it matters: Jackson has come under intense scrutiny ahead of his recently postponed confirmation hearing to lead VA, as allegations of improper conduct and growing concerns about the physician's ability to lead the agency continue to swirl. And while Trump later said he would stand behind Jackson in whatever he decides, his comments have essentially provided Jackson with an easy way out of the nomination.

https://www.axios.com/trump-sets-the-stage-for-ronny-jackson-to-withdraw-from-veterans-affairs-3bc29f43-0788-4ed6-bb7a-9991332edc6a.html

Ronny is the latest person to get thrown under the Trump Bus. 
 

National News » Sadly True » Today 5:05 pm

tennyson
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Maybe SOME DAY rational people will come to power. 

International News » Trump calls Kim 'very honourable' » Today 5:03 pm

tennyson
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Why does ANYONE believe ANYTHING that comes out of his mouth ? 

International News » Trump calls Kim 'very honourable' » Today 4:14 pm

Tarnation
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"....and Brutus is an honorable man"

--Mark Anthony

Economics » Trump Voters Driven by Fear of Losing Status, Not Economic Anxiety » Today 3:44 pm

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Trump Voters Driven by Fear of Losing Status, Not Economic Anxiety, Study Finds


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Ever since Donald J. Trump began his improbable political rise, many pundits have credited his appeal among white, Christian and male voters to “economic anxiety.” Hobbled by unemployment and locked out of the recovery, those voters turned out in force to send Mr. Trump, and a message, to Washington.

Or so that narrative goes.

A study published on Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences questions that explanation, the latest to suggest that Trump voters weren’t driven by anger over the past, but rather fear of what may come. White, Christian and male voters, the study suggests, turned to Mr. Trump because they felt their status was at risk.

“It’s much more of a symbolic threat that people feel,’’ said Diana C. Mutz, the author of the study and a political science and communications professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where she directs the Institute for the Study of Citizens and Politics. “It’s not a threat to their own economic well-being; it’s a threat to their group’s dominance in our country over all.”

The study is not the first to cast doubt on the prevailing economic anxiety theory. Last year, a Public Religion Research Institute survey of more than 3,000 people also found that Mr. Trump’s appeal could better be explained by a fear of cultural displacement.

In her study, Dr. Mutz sought to answer two questions: Is there evidence to support the economic anxiety argument, and did the fear of losing social dominance drive some voters to Mr. Trump? To find answers, she analyzed survey data from a nationally representative group of about 1,200 voters polled in 2012 and 2016.

[b]In both years, participants were asked the same wide-ranging set of questions. Party loyalty overwhelmingly explained h

Goose's Wine and Brie Party » Chef Lidia Bastianich’s immigrant success story » Today 3:32 pm

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Chef Lidia Bastianich’s immigrant success story

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The title of the first chapter of Lidia Bastianich’s new memoir provides the first clue that her memories of childhood are going to include more than idyllic days of climbing fig trees and milking goats. It’s “Giuliana,” for the name she was called the first five years of her life. And the story of how and why it changed involves a baby smuggled in a bag out of a hospital in the middle of the night, a secret baptism — and plenty of risk.

These days, Bastianich is a beloved restaurateur, cookbook author and TV personality with a grandmotherly demeanor and a quiet confidence. But in 1947, she was born into uncertainty, a feeling that followed her for decades. Earlier that year, as part of the Treaty of Paris, the Italian region where her parents and brother lived was given to communist Yugoslavia. And while scores of other ethnic Italians on the Istrian Peninsula headed across the Adriatic Sea while the border was open, her parents hesitated because Lidia was only a month from being born — and after she was, they found themselves stuck when the border slammed shut.

Bastianich’s book is titled “My American Dream,” appropriate for what reads like a quintessential immigrant story, making her another example of figures who came here as outsiders but became beloved and famous for their way with food. (Others include New York chef Marcus Samuelsson, San Francisco’s Charles Phan and Washington’s José Andrés.) And it lands amid anxiety about the potential effects of the Trump administration’s policies on the restaurant industry, which depends so heavily on immigrant labor.

Bastianich stays away from any overt political commentary. But her memory for evocative detail — if she didn’t keep a jou

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