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And the Whiner Is…
“Bryan can you give us a sense of what it’s like there?” “Jim, the excitement here in front of Trump International, D.C. is absolutely incredible. And the turnout, unbelievable. Back to you, Jim.” “Bryan, this was a last-minute event. Can you tell us about the size of the crowd?” “I haven’t seen this many Republicans turn out for an event...
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January 22, 2018
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The Truth Needs Allies
Last year I wrote that Trump supporters, in general, fall into two categories: the willfully and woefully ignorant. Let me explain. The willful represent a majority of Republicans in Congress. They realize that Trump is a walking disaster, but they’ll stick with him because he’s a Republican, and many don’t want to face the wrath of his “base.” The woefully...
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January 19, 2018
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Ryan Zinke is No Teddy Roosevelt
Okay, he knows how to ride a horse perhaps as well as conservationist president Teddy Roosevelt.  And he was a Navy SEAL for more than 20 years. Does that qualify him to be the Secretary of the Interior to serve and protect our National Parks? After asking for a meeting with Secretary Zinke for months, ten of the twelve advisory...
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January 17, 2018
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The Silence of the Many
In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. – Martin Luther King, Jr. Last Thursday, during a bipartisan meeting on immigration, President Trump asked lawmakers, “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” He was referring to immigrants coming into the U.S. from Haiti, El Salvador...
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January 15, 2018
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And Now, Another Moral Message from our President
On Thursday, The Washington Post reported (Jan. 11) that during a bipartisan discussion with lawmakers about immigrants coming from African countries, Haiti, and El Salvador, Trump, once again, showed both his ignorance, and racist views when he asked, “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” According to some at the meeting, Trump insisted that the...
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January 12, 2018
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The Day I Cheated
Ethics is not about what we say or what we intend, it’s about what we do. This is the heart of integrity – demonstrating a consistency between ethical principle and practice. While I wrote this commentary more than eight years ago, it’s a story worth repeating and a moral reminder to me. Who we are is never more clearly revealed than...
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January 10, 2018
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Michael Wolff and Me
If there’s anyone out there who hasn’t heard of Michael Wolff before last week, they’ve certainly heard of him now. Wolff is the author of the controversial new tell-all, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. I’m not going to comment on the book. I haven’t read it and don’t intend to. I will tell you about my experience...
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January 8, 2018
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Hanging by a Thread
The last two days have just moved us closer to a nuclear war than at any time since the 1962 Cuban missile crisis. At least Russia’s Khrushchev and the United States’s Kennedy not only had hope but reason working in their favor. At this moment, those two necessary ingredients of sanity are lacking in two leaders who – based on...
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January 4, 2018
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“With a Good Conscience”
“History,” author and historian David McCullough observes, “is a larger way of looking at life. It is a source of strength, of inspiration. It is about who we are and what we stand for and is essential to our understanding of what our own role should be in our time.” Most important of all, McCullough points out, “History is human....
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January 2, 2018

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