Category: Quick Takes

Gorsuch Confirmed

Neil Gorsuch was confirmed to the United States Supreme Court today. Let’s look at how we got here. In March 2016, President Obama nominated Appeals Court Judge Merrick Garland, a completely qualified judge, to the Supreme Court seat created by the death of Antonin Scalia. For much of election year 2016, the Republicans in the House and Senate said that “the…

Troubling Events In Trumpland: Wiretapping

There have been some very troubling and concerning events during the last two weeks. For example, on March 15, there was a very high-security, highly classified briefing held by FBI Director James Comey with Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Sen. Chuck Grassley. Grassley is the Republican and Feinstein is the Democrat.  This briefing was held in a specially compartmented facility to…

Trump’s New Deportation Rules — February 21, 2017

Just a couple of things that spring immediately to mind after reading about Trump’s new deportation rules for people in the United States illegally: 1) What will become of the millions of children who have been born in the US to the immigrants here illegally? Since the children — having been born here in the United States — are citizens…

Trump Spreads His Own Fake News

Honestly, we can’t make this stuff up. At his “campaign event” rally in Melbourne, Florida, on February 18, 2017, Trump claimed that something awful had happened the previous day in Sweden. Specifically, he said, “We’ve got to keep our country safe,” Trump said at a rally on Saturday. “You look at what’s happening in Germany, you look at what’s happening last night…

Trump Signs Law Permitting Waste Dumping By Mining Companies

On Feb. 16, Trump signed legislation rolling back a rule established by the Obama administration that prohibited mining companies from dumping their waste into streams and rivers. The Office of Surface Mining’s Stream Protection Rule was designed to protect waterways from coal mining waste. The rule was finalized in December 2016. Apparently, to the GOP members of the legislature and…

Trump’s Anti-Travel And Anti-Immigration Ban Is Absurd In So Many Ways

The anti-travel and anti-immigration Executive Order Trump signed on January 27, 2017, is a violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. Specifically, the clause states, ” Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” Trump and his people have consistently said that Trump’s travel and…