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Under Fire: Reporting from the Front Lines of the Trump White House Book Review

I think that it’s pretty safe to say that this current Presidential administration breaks any and all political precedents that have been accepted as the norm for many years.

In her new book, Under Fire: Reporting from the Front Lines of the Trump White House, journalist April Ryan writes about how unlike other Presidential administrations, chaos, misinformation and the revolving door of staff is the new normal as a White House reporter.

Journalists and reporters are not supposed to be the news, their job is to report the news to the public. But with this administration, the spotlight has been turned on said journalists and reporters. Ms. Ryan provides her reader with a first person perspective of how difficult it is to be a journalist whose job it is to cover politics.

I’ve been reading a lot of books over the past years or so about the current state of American politics. But for some reason, this book was not as good as some of the other books about American politics. It was a bit dry, especially toward the end of the book.

Do I recommend it? Maybe.

 

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Yes We (Still) Can: Politics in the Age of Obama, Twitter, and Trump Book Review

In the history of humanity, the game of politics has never been clean. It has been dirtied by ego, money, greed, etc. But even among the dirt, there still a bit of clean optimism that exists.

Dan Pfeiffer was the White House Communications Director under President Barack Obama from 2013-2015. Having an insider’s view of the game of American politics in our modern era gave him a unique perspective. He chronicles his experiences and observations about his boss and you know who into the new book Yes We (Still) Can: Politics in the Age of Obama, Twitter, and Trump.

Pulling no punches, Mr. Pfeiffer gives the reader not only the first person experience of working in The White House, but also gives those who still believe in the American democracy hope that it will survive beyond the orange snake oil salesman who is President.

I recommend it.

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STAND BY YOUR MAN (Donald Trump) – A Randy Rainbow Song Parody

The new normal in America is almost daily controversy coming out of Washington D.C and the White House in particular.

The latest controversy is former aide Rob Porter, who has been accused of domestic violence by both of his ex-wives.

Randy Rainbow’s latest video, a satire of the Patsy Cline song, Stand By Your Man, is just one more reason why Trump should not be in office.  Known for publicly defending powerful men who has been accused of sexual assault and/or sexual harassment (and denying the accusations coming his way about similar acts), it is not surprising that he is defending Rob Porter instead of doing what right for his office and the country.

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The Post Movie Review

Freedom of the press is one of our core freedoms. Without that freedom, our democracy is not a democracy.

The new movie, The Post, takes place in 1971. Kay Graham (Meryl Streep), is the owner/publisher of The Washington Post. The Vietnam War is raging on and the country is split down an ideological divide that looks impossible to cross. Kay is dealing with two equally troubling the issues: the newspaper’s financial issues and the fact that she is not just one of the few women in the newsroom, but one of the few women running a newspaper. The men around her are not exactly pleased to have to deal with on a professional level. Ben Bradlee (Tom Hanks) is her editor who is not afraid to tell the truth. After the New York Times publishes the Pentagon Papers and is called by the government for the printing, the documents get into the hands of the Washington Post. The question is, do Kay and Ben publish the papers and is freedom of the press more important than the security of the nation?

Directed by Steven Spielberg, this movie is a must see for every American citizen. It is a must see because the same arguments that the real life versions of the characters were having 46 years ago, we are still having the same arguments today. Especially with you know who in the White House. It is also a must see because without knowing it, Kay Graham was one of the women who helped to break the glass ceiling.  She is still remembered today for her contributions in the arenas of both supporting the right of a free press and for the thousands of female journalists who have careers because of her.

I absolutely recommend it.

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Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency Book Review

To those who politics are to the left or vote on the Democratic ticket, the one-two punch of Donald Trump and Steve Bannon was unnerving and terrifying. Donald Trump, the political neophyte who somehow won the 2016 Presidential Election was previously known as a reality show star and a real estate business mogul with a big ego, a big mouth and a very thin skin. Steve Bannon was previously known as the executive at Breitbart News who was and is still open and unapologetic in his right-wing and racist beliefs.

How these men came together to create a new era in American politics and history is detailed in Joshua Green’s new book, Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency.Based upon six years of interviews and research, the book details how these came together to take down Hillary Clinton and ensure that they would be in The White House.

This book is a must read for any modern student of politics and history. Exceptionally researched and easily read, this book tells the story of a hijacked Democracy and how two men conspired to use the basic democratic principles to claw their way to the top.

I absolutely recommend it.

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New Randy Rainbow Video- “Yes, We Have No Steve Bannon”

Randy Rainbow (the genius that he is) has done it again.

In the wake of Steve Bannon‘s ouster from the White House last weekend, Randy Rainbow has created the perfect musical satire.

Enjoy!

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Randy Rainbow, Donald Trump & The Day After Tommorow

Once again, Randy Rainbow has released another brilliant video about the man who should not be in The White House, but is.

Speaking of Donald Trump, he announced yesterday that the US would withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement.

I could state the obvious reasons why this a huge mistake, but I think the scene in The Day After Tomorrow when New York City is destroyed by a tsunami says it all.

While many scientists agree that the abrupt climate change depicted in the film is not quite accurate, the nugget of the idea is very much based in reality.

This man needs to get out of The White House, like yesterday.

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Is Donald Trump This Generation’s Richard Nixon?

I was a few years away from entering the world when Richard Nixon was in the The White House.

My guess is that some those who watched as Watergate unfolded and Richard Nixon was booted from The Oval Office, did not think they would ever see honorable seat of the President Of The United States disgraced again.

Enter Donald Trump and Randy Rainbow’s latest video.

Thank you, Randy. You have made this man’s awful tenure in The White House just a little easier to deal with.

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Sean Spicer Should Be Fired

It’s no secret to anyone who has kept their eye on Washington DC since the inauguration in January that it has not been a smooth transition from the Obama administration to the Trump administration. Not that the first few months of any Presidential administration is smooth, but this transition seems to be rougher than the previous administrations.

The latest gaffe coming out of The White House is Sean Spicer’s comments comparing the gassing of innocent Syrian civilians to the murders of Jews and others by the Nazis during World War II.

Sean Spicer should be fired. Not only are his comments rude, insensitive, historically inaccurate, but they were also uttered on Passover, of all days.

While both acts are reprehensible and should force anyone with a heart and a brain to reel in shame, horror and disgust, the fact that Mr. Spicer downplayed the Holocaust and fact that innocent civilians were killed by chemical weapons is more than enough of a reason that he should be fired.

Next time (if there is a next time), I suggest that whomever writes his speeches does their homework before coming to the podium.

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