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The president could quit to escape federal prosecution

News Analysis

By Steven A Cohen

Look for an embittered President Trump to resign a few days early so that an Acting President Mike Pence can pardon him of any federal crimes he might be prosecuted for.

That has to be Trump’s fallback plan in the likely event that his increasingly brazen attempts to steal the 2020 election fail. Republican state legislators would be fools to let Trump strong-arm them into defying their state’s voters and choosing electors who would vote for Trump over Democrat Joe Biden when the Electoral College meets to finalize the Nov. 3 presidential election next month. …


Campaign reveals Trump’s hypocrisy

By STEVEN A COHEN

News Analysis

President Trump’s blatant hypocrisy must be a result of his narcissistic personality disorder. I can’t think of any other explanation for his criticism of former Vice President Joe Biden for allegedly using his position to enrich his family.

Trump and his children have turned the presidency into a private enterprise, which has netted them many millions of dollars, according to published reports. He also accuses Biden of wanting to stack the Supreme Court by adding justices to dilute the power of the three right wingers that he nominated. He and Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky, have pushed more than 200 judges through the Senate approval process in an effort to remake the federal judiciary into a bastion of right wingers who owe their lifetime sinecure to them. And after refusing to consider an election-year Supreme Court nomination by former President Barack Obama, McConnell is pushing through Trump’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the court just days before the election. That will be his third nomination to the court which, incidentally, has no code of ethics. …


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Joseph Kennedy III seeks election to U.S. Senate

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By STEVEN A COHEN

Massachusetts and the nation could use another Kennedy in the Senate – one who will carry on a tradition that’s in stark contrast to the Kennedy currently serving there.

U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III, D.-Mass., ruffled feathers at home by declaring for the Senate seat held by Democratic Sen. Edward Markey. Kennedy will turn 40 in October. Markey, 74, represented Massachusetts’s 7th Congressional District from 1976 to 2013, when he won a special election to the Senate. He began his political career in the Massachusetts House in 1973.

Kennedy would have immediate clout as a senator in Washington. He is the grandson of the late Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy and the grand nephew of the late President John F. Kennedy and the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, who served in the Senate from 1962 until his death in 2009. Sen. Kennedy’s voice and influence in behalf of the many millions of Americans without influence is needed today. …


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Pandemic illustrates indifference and incompetence

News Analysis

By Steven A Cohen

Considering its response to the coronavirus pandemic, there doesn’t seem any purpose to Donald J. Trump’s administration, other than to enrich him and to stroke his enormous ego. His is an imperial presidency, which America has no use for.

Trump likes to characterize himself as a wartime president, yet he accepts no responsibility for lost battles in the war against the pandemic. He’s clearly developed a taste for power, though, which explains his angry outbursts over developments that threaten his reelection in November. Trump often calls news conferences, and then he explodes over questions from reporters who don’t see the world through the same rose-colored lenses that he evidently wears. …


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President Trump wants credit for stimulus money that is being made available to Americans. Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash

His televised briefings make clear that he’s a charlatan

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By Steven A Cohen

President Trump’s brazen efforts to make it appear that he responded forcefully to the COVID-19 pandemic are nothing more than public relations tactics.

The latest scheme, according to news reports, is a plan to have his name appear on about 76 million checks being sent by the IRS to people who are not having their government stimulus checks direct deposited into their bank accounts. The Washington Post reported this the same evening that Trump opened his nightly self- congratulatory, rambling, prime-time “news” briefing about all he allegedly has done to protect the public with a propaganda video worthy of a Third World dictator. …


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News Analysis

By STEVEN A COHEN

Americans shouldn’t have to put up with a president’s inept and self-serving response to the coronavirus, which experts suggest is costing thousands of lives unnecessarily. Nor should they have to accept a cynical Senate leader who refuses to bring hundreds of House-passed bills to the floor for a vote and turned the president’s impeachment trial into a political charade.

Not only should the Constitution be changed to get rid of the Electoral College, which allowed Donald J. Trump and George W. Bush — arguably the two worst president in the nation’s history — to become president despite having lost the popular vote. It also should be amended to permit voters to correct their mistakes by recalling elected federal officials, as many state constitutions do for state officials. A recall requires politicians to face voters a second time, before their terms end; it enables voters to effectively fire state politicians who are corrupt or inept. People who are frustrated by Trump’s rambling, prime-time, self -congratulatory “news briefings” on the pandemic that fail to acknowledge reality, could do worse with their time while most of the nation is locked down than organizing support online for the constitutional amendments providing recall of a president and senators. …


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‘Animal Farm’ foreshadows Trump regime

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By STEVEN A COHEN

“I couldn’t make this up,” is what some people say about the incompetence, corruption and cynicism of Donald J. Trump and his administration in Washington. But George Orwell was able to, in his 1945 novella, “Animal Farm.” This is a story about a rebellion by animals at a farm in England, based on the Stalinist regime in Russia. Stalin was responsible for more than 14 million deaths, about the same number as Hitler.

The book’s theme applies to authoritarian regimes everywhere, and many characters easily match up with people in Washington today — especially Trump, Attorney General William Barr, and other top officers who use “alternate facts” that distort reality in order to present the president in a favorable light. For example, 100,000 to 200,000 American deaths from COVID-19 are expected as a result of delaying the reopening of the economy by Trump. This is a horrible outcome rather than the victory that the president claims simply because experts say more than 2 million would die if nothing were done. Many of the deaths might have been avoided if Trump had acted sooner and had not downplayed the threat. Yet Trump denies responsilility for anything. Barr’s distortion of the findings by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Trump’s 2016 campaign, allowing the president to say he was exonerated, also speaks to the vices of autocratic regimes. …


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New York City and its suburbs reported about 5 percent of global coronavirus cases March 23, making the region an epicenter of the pandemic. More than 20,000 people in the state tested positive for the virus.

TRUMP SUBSTITUTES ‘NEWS’ BRIEFINGS FOR VIRTUAL RALLIES; HE USES MEDIA AS PROPS

News Analysis

By Steven A Cohen

Why do CNN, MSNBC and other broadcast media permit President Trump to use their airwaves for virtual rallies? That’s what Trump has turned his daily “news” briefings on the Coronavirus pandemic into. …


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Empty Shelves at a store cleaned out by customers fearing isolation due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus may enable him to put off election

News Analysis

By Steven A Cohen

It appears that even President Trump now recognizes the economy won’t be easing him into a second term. That’s why, after dragging his feet for so long, he has come to embrace trillion-dollar plans to keep the country afloat while the Coronavirus sweeps across the landscape. He has been behind the curve, denying reality every step of the way, and he has proved himself incapable of providing the leadership that the world expects of the American president.

I may be opening myself up to a charge of cynicism, but I‘m pretty sure Trump’s main consideration regarding the Coronavirus pandemic is how to use it to extend his time in office. That’s one reason he uses his daily media briefings as a substitute for the rallies he no longer is able to hold. …


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News Analysis

By Steven A Cohen

If they beat him in November, Democrats had better have a plan for getting Donald Trump out of the White House. He won’t go willingly. They also should plan how to deal with Trump’s mischief between the election in November and inauguration day, January 20.

No doubt Trump is hoping Bernie Sanders will be the Democratic nominee, though all the Democratic candidates carry baggage. Sanders may be easy for the incumbent to demonize — as a self-described “democratic socialist” and his long history of activism. His brand of socialism doesn’t seek a public takeover of the means of production, however. …

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Steven A Cohen

Retired editor and political/investigative reporter. Worked for AP, UPI, Cape Cod Times and Brandeis University.

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