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Russ Abbott
Applying CS concepts to questions in philosphy.
Applying CS concepts to questions in philosphy.

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Great to see this.
"I’m a Muslim Veteran in Arizona & will readily stand guard at any Jewish Synagogue or Cemetery at ANY hour. #WeAreOne.”

"I'm a #MuslimMarine in Chicagoland area. If your synagogue or Jewish cemetery needs someone to stand guard, count me in. Islam requires it."

"Houston area Jewish community I spent ten years protecting our country and I will gladly protect Jewish places of worship if you need me!"

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+The Hill has a fairly neutral overview summary of Trump's speech. The 5 takeaways:

o Trump’s speech was conventional — to the GOP’s relief
There were no attacks on the media; no especially flamboyant claims or personal jabs; and few significant digressions from the prepared text of his speech.

o Out with the grim ‘carnage,’ in with the sunny ‘new chapter’
In its early stages, the president insisted that “a new chapter of American greatness is now beginning.” As it neared its conclusion, he encouraged his audience to “think of the marvels we can achieve if we simply set free the dreams of our people.”

o Trump is an American nationalist — love it or hate it
“My job is not to represent the world,” he said at one point. “My job is to represent the United States of America.”

The influence of Trump’s controversial chief strategist, Stephen Bannon, can be heard most clearly at such moments. Bannon is a fierce believer in the importance of the nation-state, in part as a bulwark against the dark forces of corporatism and globalism. Trump, in an apparent reference to institutions such as NATO and the United Nations, said on Tuesday, “We will respect historic institutions, but we will also respect the sovereign rights of nations.”

[I'm waiting for the fight against "the dark forces of corporatism." Haven't seen anything that suggests this is a real concern.]

o He wants healthcare utopia
He insisted it ought to be possible to get new laws that “expand choice, increase access, lower costs and, at the same time, provide better healthcare.” Most experts simply don’t believe such a “best of all worlds” solution is possible — and it seems especially unlikely in a deeply divided Congress.

o He got a better fact-checker
Trump appeared to have avoided the kind of misstep that would give his detractors a cudgel to beat him with. “This speech appears to have been nominally fact-checked,” Glenn Thrush of The New York Times tweeted.

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The amazing Handle from the amazing Boston Dynamics.

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Has nothing to do with Trump!

via +Chris Fink

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Senator Sanders' response to Trump's speech. An excellent statement!

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From Bernie Sanders.

The murder of anyone is a tragedy, and our hearts go out to all families who lose a loved one to violence. But let’s be clear about what Donald Trump is doing tonight in inviting family members who saw a loved one murdered by an undocumented immigrant. He is stirring up fear and hatred against immigrants and trying to divide our nation. That is his political strategy and we must not allow him to get away with it. Why didn't Trump invite the family of Srinvas Kuchibhotla, the immigrant from India, who was recently shot down in cold blood by a white, native born American? Didn't his life count? Why didn't he invite the families of the black parishioners shot down in a church in South Carolina by racist Dylan Roof? Weren't their lives important? President Trump, any murder is a tragedy. Don't use these tragedies to stir up divisions by race and nationality?

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Great picture.

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A lesson in how to say Not my fault

We're going to hear lots of this over the next few years. Let's see how many ways Trump can find to say it's not his fault.

Weeks after a U.S. Navy SEAL was killed in a covert mission in Yemen, Trump has resisted accepting responsibility for authorizing the mission and the subsequent death of Senior Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens.

In an interview with Fox News that aired Tuesday morning, Trump said the mission “was started before I got here.”

He noted that the operation was something his generals “were looking at for a long time doing.”

“This was something that was, you know, just — they wanted to do,” Trump said. “ And they came to see me and they explained what they wanted to do, the generals, who are very respected.”

“And they lost Ryan,” Trump continued.

Facing criticism after the military disclosed that the raid left civilians dead in addition to Owens, the White House has repeatedly stated that the mission had been approved by the Obama administration.

“Not only was it a very, very thought-out process by this administration, and it started back on November 7th in terms of — clearly, well before that, but it was moved forward by Centcom on November 7th,” Spicer said during a White House press briefing Feb. 2.

An Obama administration official disputed the White House's account. “In a nutshell, Trump and his team own the process and the ultimate decision — and the consequences,” said Colin Kahl, a national security official in the Obama administration, on Twitter.

It was Trump's signature on the paper that approved the mission. Or does he now claim that someone made him sign it.

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That's the real story. The only reasons Republicans could criticize Obamacare is that they knew that Obama would veto it. Now they have a chance to show off their improvements. Problem is they don't have any.
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