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A highly sobering article. A must read for the average American interested in how US democracy needs to sober up to the WH chaos.

Jdarsie11/Michael VadonI’ve been here at Thought Catalog for just about two years now, and am asked questions all the time from other writers. Most of them are rooted in looking for some sort of advice, career-wise or other, sometimes just inquiring in general about my life, other times it’s something completely random or almost a…

via Donald Trump, Scaramucci, And The Poison In Believing Accountability Is Optional — Thought Catalog

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‘We’ve Always Been Here.’ Transgender Veterans Blindsided by President Trump’s Ban — TIME Can he do this legally? Does he have the support of senior military staff?

When President Donald Trump sent a series of tweets Wednesday morning announcing that transgender people would no longer be able to serve openly in the military, waves of shock and sadness struck the transgender community. Some of those who reacted most intensely were transgender veterans, many of whom had to hide their gender identity while…

via ‘We’ve Always Been Here.’ Transgender Veterans Blindsided by President Trump’s Ban — TIME

Trump’s prejudices rise once again. 

There is NO social science evidence trans-gendered persons cannot serve any better than mainstream soldiers.  Another nail in Trump’s political coffin. 

Will all the King’s horses and all the King’s men (and Family Compact) be able to put Trumpty-Dumpty together again?

(WASHINGTON) — Congressional investigators probing Russia’s meddling in the U.S. election will have their first opportunity this week to hear from someone in President Donald Trump’s innermost circle: son-in-law Jared Kushner. Kushner, who is a senior adviser to the president and is married to Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, will talk to staff on the Senate Intelligence…

via Jared Kushner Heads to Congress in Russia Probe — TIME

Again, time will tell. Just one false move, and “You’re fired!”

In President Donald Trump’s operations, experience often takes a back seat to familiarity, trust, and a keen eye for what pleases the boss. So it made sense that Anthony Scaramucci was brimming with confidence when he took to the White House podium Friday, just hours after being named Trump’s new communications director. Scaramucci, a smooth-talking…

via Why Trump’s New Hire Marks a Turning Point for the White House — TIME

The analysis of rapidly digging a deep hole and throwing oneself into it comes to mind with this current Presidency. One gasping last chance at climbing out is the strange (and undemocratic) idea that ‘pardoning oneself’ as President exonerates all prior blunders. Power can corrupt, and absolute power can corrupt absolutely, to borrow from sociological findings. Running a government as a business controlled within one’s private sandbox, makes a mockery of the national and international demands for fair trade. An spewing out ‘red herrings’ and denials at every turn, for staff incompetence, renders the federal system a joke.

As the special counsel investigation swirls around President Trump, the Washington Post reported that he’s trying to learn about his pardoning powers. But could he actually pardon himself? Probably not. The Constitution says that the president “shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.”…

via Can President Trump Pardon Himself? — TIME

Another prime example of intolerance, ultra-conservatism and lack of body acceptance. The equation of skin exposure = immediate sexuality plagues most of the world. Mostly for deep-seated traditions based ultimately on religion. Making women in other countries swim at the beach wearing a full burkha or clothes to their ankles is another prime example.

Canadian pop darling Justin Bieber and the Dalai Lama now have—can you believ(b)e it—two things in common: Both a solid fanbase of religious devotees and a spot on China’s blacklist of foreigners. The list is particularly strong on musicians. While Western artists are often welcomed in China, Beijing’s Culture Bureau recently issued the following statement…

via Justin Bieber joins the illustrious list of musicians banned from China — Quartz

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