Donald Trump's Women's Problem Just Got A Lot Worse by marilyn salenger

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The President of the United States has historically served as an ex officio role model for younger generations. Donald Trump is a man who has shown by actions and words that he is unfit to be held in such esteem.

We hopefully try to raise our children to understand right from wrong and be respectful of others, whether you agree with them or not. Donald Trump is a child President who never learned that his perverse use of public profanity and crude remarks about women continue to demean the office he holds. As the leader of our country, Trump's public vulgarity is the antithesis of a role model for children, let along anyone else.

Trump first showed us his ability to publicly take the crude to a new level during the 2016 presidential campaign. His cursing during rallies broke all norms of presidential candidate behavior. And he got away with it.

After the first presidential debate, Trump criticized Megyn Kelly for her questions on his previous misogynistic comments. His criticism of her moved to uncontrollable anger that went on to stun the country with the following words: 

"... she starts asking me all sorts of ridiculous questions, "You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever."

He crossed the line then, and continued to cross it this morning during MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program. He took his punching bag mentality to Twitter to criticize the show's hosts, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski - but especially Ms Brzezinski: His words sink to the lowest level of bullying, and were done in two Tweets:

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump

I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don't watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came..

8:52 AM - 29 Jun 2017 Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year's Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!

8:58 AM - 29 Jun 2017

Donald Trump's obsession with women and blood is beyond comprehension. His mouth is an unfiltered instrument used indiscriminately, especially when it comes to women. His "Access Hollywood" comments about his treatment of women were disgusting, but they took place before he became President. And he got away with it.

On June 29, 2017 Donald Trump opened his mouth as President of the United States and talked in critical terms about a female journalist bleeding. This is not just a boys club remark. This is the leader of the free world speaking, and I feel sorry for all of us.

Unfit for office has taken on a new meaning.








President Trump the Game Player by marilyn salenger


It took President Donald Trump 41 days after posting the Tweet above to let us know what he said in that Tweet was false and misleading. His new Tweet on June 22 comes one day before a congressional deadline for the White House to turn over information about possible recordings of conversations between President Donald Trump and former FBI Director James Comey. 

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Trump's refusal to state fact up front caused over one month of serious and continued speculation as to whether or not there were tape recorded conversations of Trump and Comey. The implications of such tapes, if they existed, were enormous. At its core lay the potential of hearing the truth, something that has been consistentantly hard to ascertain from this President.

The issue of whether President Donald Trump, during a private meeting, told his FBI Director to shut down the investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 investigation goes to an impeachable offense. Obstruction of justice.

Donald Trump has been playing dangerous games with this issue as if there are no consequences. When asked by reporters on June 9, 2017 if the tapes existed, he responded by saying, "Well, I’ll tell you something about that maybe sometime in the very near future."

One can try and be as objective as possible about Donald Trump's behavior as President, but he himself makes that as difficult as possible by continually showing us his true colors. What he was as a private citizen is what he was. But as President, slippery Donald is beginning to rival "tricky Dick" Nixon with his personal manipulation of the truth. 

President Trump is choosing to lead by inuendo and lies. That fact is now directly confirmed by his latest tweets and fabrications about tape recordings.

And then there is Russia's interference with the 2016 election. On Wednesday, June 21, 2017 officials from the FBI and Department of Homeland Security confirmed that Russia hackers targeted 21 states during the 2016 election. As frightening as that information is, President Trump refuses to acknolwege any Russian interference despite statements of fact. The looming large question remains, why?

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Game playing belongs on game shows or table tops, not in the White House emanting from the President of the United States. If Donald Trump doesn't realize it by now, lies and malicious inuendo will come back to haunt him.

Trump Style of Governing: How Much Can I Get Away With? / Reposted from January 12, 2017 by marilyn salenger

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Whether it's Russia, tax returns, conflicts of business interests, Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, his sons, a lack of complete vetting for cabinet nominees or his use of Twitter, Donald Trump is approaching his presidency by pushing the boundries of laws, traditions and norms. We have a President-Elect who remains combative with a clear reluctance to let go of his campaign mode of operation. I won. Therefore I am.

President-Elect Trump will either rise to the occasion of assuming the presidential mantle, or he will sink. There seems to be little middle ground for a man who has come up in the world working hard to get his own way, although not always succeeding.

Interspersed with the glitter that's an integral part of his life, Donald Trump and his team have created a transition period filled with strategic chaos being felt around the world. Surrogates continue to be put out front explaining what Trump really meant to say to those who still might have any questions, knowing that a morning Tweet could undo anything previously said. A rollercoaster ride of ups and downs, no matter what your party, does not a smooth transition make, and the public appears to be feeling its affects.

The majority of Americans, according to the latest Pew Research survey, give President-Elect Trump "low marks for how he is handling the transition process".  There continues to be "widespread concern" about potential conflicts of interest, and his tax returns remain a bigger issue than he lets on. While Trump still refuses to release the tax returns that would provide a factual accounting of his financial interests, 60% of Americans now believe that he has a responsibility to do so. This runs contrary to the President-Elect's repeated comments that the only people interested in his tax returns are the news media. He once again attacked reporter's questions on the subject at his news conference on January 11, 2017, dismissisng them outright. Both the reporters and their questions. 

The level of Donald Trump's continued anger and disrespect for the news media and most anything he doesn't like that they report, sets a dangerous course going forward. A President doesn't have to agree with all that is written or said about him, but freedom of the press acts as a critical check and balance on our government. It stands as the First Amendment to our Constitution for a reason. Not since Richard Nixon have we had a man, soon to become President, continually attack the media with such vitriolic vehemence. It has the ability to signal red flags ahead. 

President-Elect Donald Trump is a man showing intent to govern in a way that reflects a desire and nature to try and get away with as much as he can until he receives insurmountable push back. We have a strong responsiblity to our nation and ourselves to make sure all checks and balances, whether it's Congress or the media, are in strong working order and are held accountable. There's too much at stake.

Amazon Bookstores You've Got Mail by marilyn salenger

The giant who ate everyone else for lunch has cleared the ground for itself as book selling continues to take on new meaning. Amazon's opening of brick and mortar bookstores is one of the most bizarre deja vu business stories of our time. It's the stuff movies are made of - and it's already been made. Rewind to 1998 when a movie called "You've Got Mail" humanized the bookstore wars of that time. Tom Hanks was the big bad large bookseller putting little old bookstore owner Meg Ryan out of business. The big guy fell in love with the little gal and they lived happily ever after with one bookstore.

Jeff Bezos and Amazon don't appear to be interested in the happiliy ever after part as much as they are in empire building. Yes, we all love Amazon, but here's a look at book business reality. The company worked hard to revolutionize or destroy (whichever word works best for you) as much of bookstore business as possible when they began selling books online. They reduced the price customers pay for books while reducing the amount of money their authors make.

With an inability to compete, thousands of small bookstores as well as large chains have gone out of business. Borders, one of the original megastore books sellers, went out of business in 2011. Barnes and Noble, it's early competition, is fighting for survival. With the opening of Amazon bookstores, the behemoth is stepping in to replace what they previously stepped upon. Even in some of the same neighborhoods. What will be missing are the almost intangible and valued feelings of intimacy, community and camaraderie that small book stores can provide. 

The battle of bookstores has become an evolutionary process with a survival of the fittest mentality. "You've Got Mail" actually portrayed the story of what used to be a beloved neighborhood bookstore called Shakespeare & Co. on the upper West Side of New York City. The small shop became enmeshed in a struggle to survive competition from the then reigning giant, Barnes and Noble. The big guy opened a very big store very close by complete with Starbucks, couches and lounge chairs. Shakespere & Co. was finally forced to close its doors after serving the community for 15 years.

In my own New York City days during the '80's and '90's, our treasured neighborhood bookstore was in the Columbus Circle area. It was called Coliseum Books and had a wonderful collection of something for everyone that helped make a busy city more like home. It was there that my young son learned to love shopping for books that became a part of his childhood library. Coliseum Books said good-bye to us in much the same way as Shakespere & Co. did to their neighbors. Barnes and Noble opened yet another big store blocks away near Lincoln Center.

Bigger is better was the overarching premise, and it worked for awhile until it didn't. Take notice Amazon. Barnes and Noble closed it's Lincoln Center location in 2011 adding to their shrinking numbers. The bookstore leader went from 798 stores in 2008 to 640 stores in 2016, losing its top business position.

Coming full circle, Amazon has opened one of its big new bookstores right in the old New York City neighborhood in between the burial grounds of Collseum Books and Barnes and Noble Lincoln Center. If everything old is new again, why did we get rid of the old to begin with?

Trump Presidency Is Dragging Us Down by marilyn salenger

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I now understand why watching dog and cat videos online is so popular. They aren't Tweeting, arguing, writing memos or sharing confidential information. These wonderful critters simply make us feel a little better no matter what, and as a country we sure need something to smile about.

Four months of Donald Trump's time in office have left us reeling. The intensity of the daily dose of stress emanating from the White House is taking a toll greater than I believe most anyone expected. He talks the talk and walks the walk of a man who as I noted months ago is out of his league.  Diplomacy is not run like a business.  Government is not just about brokering deals.  The nuance so badly needed in a President comes with experience and knowledge, neither of which our President has shown interest in accumulating. The stakes were high when we elected a man with no governing experience as President. They have now reached close to a number 9.0 on the Richter Scale.

Our allies are questioning the future sharing of intelligence with the United States after Trump's unfathomable breech of sharing classified information during his White House meeting with the Russian Foreign Minister and Ambassador. One day after firing FBI Director James Comey. Putin apparently called Trump asking for the meeting and now appears emboldened by the move. President Trump is reeling from its fallout. 

Russia and Trump. This is the relationship that stands out above all else in President Donald Trump's administration and will become its historical marker. No matter what Russia is accused of doing to challenge our democracy, the President continues to view them as an ally and treat them as a partner. They have become the diversion extraordinaire.

None of this makes us feel good or tended to. The polls that Trump used to love to tout are blasting out numbers bound to haunt him. The latest poll released by Public Policy Polling shows nearly half (48%) of Americans now say they support impeachment proceedings for Trump. That in itself is astounding but not unexpected. 

We're reaching a limit as to how much we can take. President Trump has become a walking crisis machine, and our country deserves better. We've been floundering in the midst of too many days of crisis and too few days of governance under his so-called leadership.

The appointment of Robert Mueller, a former FBI Director under Presidents George Bush and Barack Obama, as special counsel sets the underlying tone going forward. With investigations into the alleged involvements by Russia in the 2016 presidential election and Trump's campaign as well as the potential presidential obstruction of justice, the Trump White House has been compromised. His presidency has reached a critical turning point, and we can't even be sure that he recognizes it. The incompetence level continues to shock.


"I Am Not A Crook" - Second Generation by marilyn salenger

                    May 10, 2017  President Donald Trump and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak                                                                       Photo from Twitter

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President Trump's extraordinary move firing FBI Director James Comey in the midst of an investigation into potential Russian involvement with Trump aides and the election has ramifications that are only beginning to unfold. The trust of judgement in question after Comey's firing is that of trust in President Trump. His latest action has potentially set up his own downfall. 

As timelines continue to unfold, it's becoming clear that Trump apparently made the decision to fire the FBI Director after learning of Comey's request for increased resources to continue the Russian investigation.  Reports confirm Mr. Comey made that request to Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, the same man who days later wrote the Justice Department’s memo used to justify Comey's firing.

With reports of the investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election heating up, President Trump was aware that Federal prosecutors had recently issued grand jury subpoenas to associates of former NSA Advisor Michael Flynn.  On Monday Trump heard the testimony of two additional people he's fired, former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. They appeared before a Senate Judiciary Committee providing details about Flynn as well as revealing that the intelligence community was looking into Trump's business ties to Russia. 

The plausibility of President Trump's continued denials of Russian involvement in the election or his business dealings has increasingly become more difficult. The man protesteth too much going so far as to use his protest of innocence in the second paragraph of his curtly worded termination letter sent to James Comey:

"May 9, 2017

Dear Director Comey,

I have received the attached letters from the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General of the United States recommending your dismissal as the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, I have accepted their recommendation and you are hereby terminated and removed from office, effective immediately.

While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the Bureau.

It is essential that we find new leadership for the FBI that restores public trust and confidence in its vital law enforcement mission.

I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors,

Donald J. Trump"

President Trump has let his paranoid insecurity show to the world in a historically important action. James Comey is only the second FBI Director to ever be fired.  While the actual Watergate events did not involve firing FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, President Richard Nixon's well documented paranoia took over during the Watergate investigation. The three times that Trump's letter states his thanks to Comey for letting him know that he's not under investigation is as close as you can come to Nixon's now infamous words that preceded his downfall.

On November 18, 1973 President Nixon held a news conferenc edefending his record in the Watergate case and stating he had never profited from his years in public service. Reading the entire reporting of that event by the Washington Post now becomes slightly eerie.  Nixon resigned from office on August 8th, 1974. Here are quotes from the article and a link to the story

“I have earned every cent. And in all of my years of public life I have never obstructed justice,” Mr. Nixon said.
“People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook. Well, I’m not a crook. I’ve earned everything I’ve got.”
Summing up, he declared that the White House tape recordings would prove that he had no prior knowledge of the Watergate break-in, that he never offered executive clemency for the Watergate burglars, and in fact turned it down when it was suggested, and had no knowledge until March 21, 1973, of proposals that blackmail money be paid a convicted Watergate conspirator."

No longer is anything beyond comprehension when it comes to Donald Trump. But his judgement is becoming clouded. The morning after firing former FBI Director Comey, he began his day meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and the Russian Ambassador, Sergei Kislyak, who has been a focal point in our Russian investigation.  And if that wasn't enough mingling with the wrong people at the wrong time, the President held a White House meeting shortly after with Richard Nixon's former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. All within a matter of hours.

The photo op of President Trump sitting next to Henry Kissinger in the Oval Office with investigations swirling around around yet another White House feeds the worst fears of a presidency in danger. 



A Unique Anniversary of Gender Equality by marilyn salenger

Religions have not always been known for equal opportunity practices. They remain the focus of an evolutionary process of defining the growing roles for women in each faith. As a Jewish woman born to parents who believed that girls should have the same opportunities as boys long before it was fashionable, today is an important marker in my personal and spiritual life that creates unique historic perspective. Sixty years ago on May 3, 1957, I became one of the early girls in the country to have a Bas Mitzvah.

It was the first Bas Mitzvah in our small Jewish community in northern Indiana. Don't get carried away thinking it was about the party. In fact there really wasn't one, but instead a very special small reception with four generations of our family surrounded by friends in the downstairs hall of our synagogue. I vivdly recall my cake being like something I had never seen. A beautiful opened Bible. The entire event was considered almost radical at the time with my parents forging brave new terriority as a young couple. I remember them asking me how I felt about having a Bas (spelling eventually changed to Bat) Mitzvah and obviously saying "Yes, I'll study". They then set about having to convince the Rabbi, my father's father who was a founding member of the B'Nai Israel synagogue, the Board (all men), and the Board of Education over which my father presided. My mother pulled in her own clout as head of the synagogue women's organization.

My mother and father were quite a team. They worked hard to assure the traditionalists that tradition would be upheld which meant that it wouldn't be like a traditional boy's Bar Mitzvah that was held on Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath, and I wouldn't read from the sacred Torah in Hebrew as only the men in those years could do. They carefully crafted a scenario that allowed me to have a Bas Mitzvah at the age of 13 to be held on Friday night (the beginning of the Sabbath), read a separate portion of Hebrew scripture, lead some responsive reading and give a speech addressing the entire congregation. For a young girl to be allowed to stand on the Pulpit and lead and participate with such responsibility was indeed standing where no young girl in my hometown had stood before and where few across the country were standing. I was simply very nervous.  

Marking the right of passage into Jewish adulthood had long been a ceremony reserved only for boys. A Bar Mitvazh culminated a period of study after which a 13 year old boy came to the Synagogue and fully participated in the service. He then officially would be counted as part of the adult community and considered a man. Girls received no such community recognition and for many years were segregated into the women's gallery where they could listen and pray, separate from the men. The tradition of a Bar Mitzvah has come down through the ages. Until the 'ages' caught up with tradition.

On this day so many years ago I officially became a woman in the eyes of my religion just like the boys who took on their role. They may have gotten to wear their first suits, but I got to shop for a new dress with my mom. It was appropriately conservative and very pretty. The really big deal was the service.

My parents were smart. They made religion fun for my brother and I as well as an important part of our lives. They led by example fighting for what they believed in, and knowing that equality for everybody is an important part of life. Today I treasure it all as part of my living heritage.  

Have an extra glass of wine tonight and think of me.




The Old Boy's Club: Bill, Roger and Donald by marilyn salenger

Yes, I have met Bill O'Reilly, Roger Ailes and Donald Trump. It was part of my life as a television newswoman in New York City in the '70's and '80's. The three men appear to have changed little since those days except for their increased amounts of power in business and enormous amounts of money earned. Today they are reunited in that special club of men who have been accused of sexually harassing women in their workplaces.

The media business has been a place of rampant sexual harassment for an embarrassing amount of time. And it's not the men who have most been embarrassed, but the women left to deal with the consequences. The choice for any woman has been to either keep it to yourself or speak up and risk losing your job and reputation. I should know. I was a victim of sexual harassment while in television news.

The business of media is not alone in quietly fostering questionable environments for women. It's gotten only slightly better over time while other sectors of business, large and small, too often unofficially allow employees to sexually harass and victimize women. There is no other way to describe how a woman feels when men turn to sexual propositions or innuendo, lewd behavior or the subtlety of inappropriate words and actions. We can research the numbers of actual cases that have been filed by women. According to the EEOC, 15,000 sexual harassment cases are brought to them each year. What we can't research are the numbers of women who didn't file cases and either continued to work as best as they could in toxic situations or quit their jobs.

The old boys club did not go out of existence with the "Madmen" era. It's carried over to the three high profile men who came of age during that time and were recently found to allegedly have sexually harassed women. The first to go down as a result of his apparent behavior was the former head of Fox News and long time Republican consultant, Roger Ailes.  Alies is 76 years old.  Next to be outed for his outrageous behavior boasting about assulting women on an Access Hollywood tape is Donald Trump. Months later he was elected President of the United States. Trump is 70 years old.  Now it's Bill O'Reilly's turn to have his behavior toward women exposed for what it allegedly is. Disgusting.  O'Reilly is 67 years old.  All three men are friends. Trump hired Ailes as a campaign advisor after Ailes was fired by Fox. Trump publicaly came to O'Reilly's defense in an Oval Office interview with the New York Times describing O'Reilly as “a good person” adding, “I don’t think Bill did anything wrong,”

That's how the old boys club operates.  Defend. Distract. Hire.

Millions of dollars have been paid to women who settled their cases with Fox News. $13 million was paid to women who accused O'Reilly of harassment. $20 million was paid to Gretchen Carlson formerly of Fox News. The man who harassed Carlson, her former boss Roger Ailes, received twice that amount. Fox paid Ailes $40 million as part of his 'exit' package when he was fired. And yes, millions more will be paid to Bill O'Reilly as part of his farewell financial reward. As for the third amigo, we'll probably never know how many claims President Donald Trump has quietly settled. It's absolutely worth quoting part of Donald Trump's 2005 recorded conversation with Access Hollywood's Billy Bush describing his actions with women:

“Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything,” he said, as well as “I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything”

Money and power can buy a great deal. But not everything.

Thousands of women in every workplace where harrassment is allowed to thrive receive no payment at all for grievances reported or kept private. It's a national outrage and tragedy that has been allowed to continue for too long. To women today I say ... Speak out. Speak up. Loudly.




Trump's Media Bashing As A Ploy by marilyn salenger

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There are many ways battles are fought in Washington, D.C., but the contentious beginning of the Trump presidency has created a strong platform for continued attacks on the news media. President Trump's complex relationship with them has become inseparable from the news of the day. 

Trump has always been a man who loved the media spotlight while being conflicted about the role it played in his life. He often courted the New York City media going so far as to plant news stories about his personal or professional life when it suited him, and the media played along when it suited them.  A rather cozy affair until it wasn't. Those days are now over.

The White House is a stage not easily played, and freedom of the press is an amendment not taken lightly in Washington, D.C. A substantial group of journalists take their jobs quite seriously. A reporter is charged with being the eyes and ears of our country working to ask questions that produce answers the public has a right to know. I say this humbly having spent many years in that role feeling its enormous responsibility. Politicians may not always like the press, but most understand they have a job to do.

President Trump views that job at a target to be used without discretion whenever it works to his advantage. Media bashing is part of his play of the day. What began on the campaign trail as a way to rev up his troops has translated to a declaration of war on the media from the White House. His overt and very public disdain for journalists reached a peak when he called them "the enemy of the people", a statement generally reserved for tyrants. Trump's rants against reporters assigned to cover his presidency strategically use words designed to plant seeds of distrust. It's a sad and rather pathetic maneuver if it wasn't so dangerous.

Distractions of global conflicts cannot take away from Trump's continued ploy. While investigations into ethics violations and associations with Russia continue to mount, Trump remains committed to distraction and making headlines via Twitter. At a news conference last month with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Trump talked about how he can use Twitter to his advantage saying, "I can get around the media when they don't tell the truth. I like that".    

Secretly I believe the man loves the news media. It's created a big problem for him as well as the rest of us because Trump can't stand criticism or anybody looking into his business. The issue is not fake news.

The "truth" according to Trump is, however, not always the truth. He's no longer operating behind the closed doors of Trump Tower, but in our very public house. And we're not as dumb as some may think us to be. Going to war against the very entity charged with reporting on the President's activities seems to be showing signs of backfiring. According to a newly released report by Pew Research Center, Americans are saying that tensions between Trump and the news media are hindering their access to political news. It's apparently not making us happy or feeling reassured, and these views cross almost every demographic group. The report further states:

Large majorities of both Democrats and Republicans feel the relationship between Trump and the news media is unhealthy and that the ongoing tensions are impeding Americans’ access to important political news. 88% of Democrats say the relationship is unhealthy, as do 78% of Republicans.           

If nobody else in Washington is crossing party lines, it's not unimportant to know the public is, at least for now, taking the lead. That's the most reassuring news I've heard in awhile.

Our System Is Rising Up To Challenge Trump by marilyn salenger

Amidst the chaos Trump's presidency continues to create, one thing appears to be coming out the winner - the checks and balances set up by our democracy. As much as Donald Trump is trying to rule by dictate, the push back has begun.

The Republican party successfully deepened its own party divisions by bungling their promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. What became their battle cry has been defeated. The Freedom Caucus, the same hard line conservative group that pushed John Boehner out of the picture. once again made their voices loudly heard going up against both Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and President Trump. They remained unsatisfied with the proposed healthcare bill wanting more drastic cuts including an end to what is called "essential health benefits". Trump threw down the gauntlet and Republicans threw it back. Obamacare remains the healthcare law of the land. Our President has learned that using "Repeal and Replace" as a campaign slogan is a lot easier that turning it into reality.

We are seeing glimpses of a two party system at work again despite Republican control of the House and Senate. While fractious debate does not always lead to victory nor is it always the right course, Democrats appear determined to challenge the Trump nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to fill the current Supreme Court vacancy.

President Trump's ban restricting travel from Muslim countries has twice been struck down by federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland. Despite a federal judge in Virginia recently backing the travel ban, the previous injunctions are said to remain unaltered. Trump found his use of executive orders was not above the check and balance of our judicial branch of government.

Russia and Trump continue to be made up front and personal despite Republican attempts to counter it. FBI Director James Comey has confirmed the FBI is investigating possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. The House and the Senate Intelligence Committees are conducting their own investigations into Russian involvement in the 2016 election let alone potential collusion. With the House Committee becoming increasingly politicized on the issue, the push for an independant investigation has become even stronger.

President Donald Trump is watching his poll numbers drop to their lowest point, hitting a 37% approval rating. The same poll showed that 60% of Americans believe the President is dishonest. For a man who has a devoted love of poll numbers and ratings, a wake up call should replace his early morning Tweets.