QUICK TAKEAWAYS FROM COHEN’S TESTIMONY IN CONGRESS.

I will put the
disclaimer in front: this is Marie-Anne, and a couple of hours ago I finished
watching the much anticipated hearing in the House Oversight Committee, now
chaired by Maryland’s Elijah Cummings (D). I have not yet had the benefit of
reading much by way of expert opinions, so if there are any factual mistakes in
what I write, they were made in good faith, and I am solely responsible for
them. Please don’t shoot the messenger.

Talking of shooting
the messenger, this was the path chosen by the Republican members …

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Quick random thoughts on Ralph Northam.

As of my writing on Super Bowl Sunday, Ralph Northam is
still governor of Virginia.

To recap: on Friday, an opposition research site made public
a photograph of purportedly Ralph Northam, which appeared on his page in his
1984 medical school yearbook. The photo showed one man in blackface, one man in
a KKK hooded robe.

In 1984 Ralph Northam was 25 years old, old enough to know,
not only that this was unwise for political reasons, but more importantly that
this revealed racism, callousness and a lack of empathy in his psychological
makeup. …

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A few takeaways from the longest federal shutdown in US history.

Contrary to what Trump seemed to think when he proudly decided to shut down several branches of the federal government, federal workers are not all card-carrying Democrats. They do not all live and work in Washington, DC. They do not all eat crumpets at their desk from 9 to 5 every day. Many live paycheck to paycheck and are affected by the shutdown in hideous ways. Some face eviction because they cannot pay their rent or mortgage. Some have to skip medications. Some accumulate credit …

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Sometimes they do answer…..

And when they do, it won’t hurt to take it one step further. I initially signed a petition to Senators Cruz and Cornyn, as well as to Congressman Ratcliffe, asking them to work towards re-opening the parts of the federal government affected by the shutdown.

Senator Cornyn’s office sent a reply which was more than the usual brush-off. The language used, however, rubbed me the wrong way because it was typically glossing over the salient points that: (1) real people are affected by the shutdown, …

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Trump’s Wall and the federal agency shutdown.

  Trump, in order to
be elected, made promises that maybe even he knew would be impossible to keep.
Front and center was the promise to build a Big, Beautiful Wall (that Mexico
would pay for!) in order to hold back what he described as hordes of violent criminal
migrants and drug cartels eager to rush our southern border.

  If you consider
statistical evidence, though, you see that

Most
illegal immigration is due to visa overstays. Most
drugs enter the country through ports of entry, in ships and cars.Criminality
is lower in …

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Diversity in the US

Here is the text of a letter to the editor of the Dallas Morning News that I hoped they would print before election day, but was rejected.

From “No Irish Need Apply” to the internment of Japanese families during WWII, history taught us that joining the American melting pot takes time. Never before, though, has resistance to demographic change been so vile and venomous, and never before has it so clearly had its source in the occupant of the White House.

 

Mr. Trump started his campaign for …

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