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White House fails to take information security seriously

By Bill McCann

When I was in the Navy 50 years ago, I had to get an enhanced security clearance because my duties required working with highly classified materials. I cannot recall all the details, but I remember a phone conversation with my father who told me somewhat nervously that a government agent had asked hometown neighbors questions about me.

I explained to him that it was most certainly part of a routine background check for a security clearance that I needed for my job. His response was something like: “They sure take security seriously, don’t they?”

Read more: https://www.statesman.com/news/local/commentary-white-house-fails-take-information-security-seriously/Jrr2b5LVu5t2zqS3t99N2N/

Radical Republicans are trying to push Texas further right

By Bill McCann

Republicans have stepped up their efforts to make extremism the norm in Texas. One need only look at the Republican primary ballot propositions or read about the latest antics of Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, or political zealots like Empower Texans and several sister organizations to figure it out.

Democracies in crisis

By Joni Ashbrook

It’s been a year since President Donald Trump’s inauguration, and our country, as well as the world, are critiquing his time in office. How did our democracy fare under his administration?

Millions of us feared the institutions of our democracy wouldn’t be strong enough to withstand Trump’s attacks on them. It seems we were right to worry because democracies worldwide are sliding into authoritarian rule.

Read more: http://www.statesman.com/news/local/commentary-democracies-crisis-worldwide-trump-has-damaged-ours/tFw7VXIdQJ5cR6y1N6nVjN/

Give a livable planet

By Joni Ashbrook

As soon as I finish recycling wrapping paper from Christmas, it’s my daughter’s birthday, then my grandson’s in January. So, this time of the year I rack my brain for great gift ideas.

My wise old dad used to say: “The best thing you can give someone is your time.” I believe that, but we are living in extraordinary times with our planet facing extreme challenges. So, I decided the best gift I could ever give them is to use my time to help heal Earth.

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Republicans sell tax bill with help from billionaires

By Joni Ashbrook

If you listened closely enough you could hear the cheers from millionaires and billionaires after Republicans passed their historically unpopular “middle class” tax cuts. Some of those cheers were coming from the people who crafted the law like President Donald Trump, his billionaire cabinet members, as well as some Republican members of Congress. For example, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) added a last-minute oil and gas amendment that would enrich his GOP pals like Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

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Naughty political figures deserve some nice holiday gifts

By Bill McCann

During this holiday season, sometimes it’s difficult to find the perfect gift, especially for people who don’t deserve one. Therefore, in the spirit of Christmas – or whatever you celebrate – I am offering the following gift ideas for some not-so-nice people who made headlines in 2017.



Medicare, Social Security to be cut for GOP tax cuts

President Donald Trump recently spoke about the tax bill that the Senate just passed. “This is going to cost me a fortune, this thing, believe me. Believe me, this is not good for me.” PolitiFact rates that claim as “false,” and it says either of the GOP bills would almost certainly give Trump a big windfall.

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Indictments, guilty plea confirm Russia probe isn’t fake news

Forty-four years ago this month, a beleaguered President Richard Nixon told the world: “I am not a crook.” Turns out he was. Nine months later, cornered by the Watergate scandal, Nixon resigned rather than be impeached. Back then, many congressional conservatives disliked Nixon, believing he was too moderate. But they rallied around Nixon when they thought the liberals were out to get him over Watergate. They regularly attacked the news media for “persecuting” Nixon.

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Trump may be the most dangerous person in the world

Who is the most dangerous person on the planet? Is it Kim Jong Un, the rotund North Korean dictator who looks like his hair was trimmed with hedge clippers? Is it stiff-jawed Russian strongman Vladimir Putin who unleashed a war on our national election last year? Or is it serial liar U.S. President Donald Trump, whose administration has been engulfed in self-inflicted chaos since his inauguration in January? My choice is Trump, hands down. Read more through link below


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