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Trump’s Compromise with the Democrats from a Catholic Perspective

Posted by seumasach on September 16, 2017

The real question here is why the Democrats want a deal with Trump rather than the other way round. After all,  he’s a “Russian agent” who they intend to impeach. Aren’t they somewhat weakening their case? Is the revival of  discussions on a new START treaty with Russia connected with this? Has the focus shifted from what the Democrats have got on Trump to what Trump has got on the Democrats?

Catholic Filter

9th September, 2017

On September 6, President Trump surprised many political observers when he agreed to compromise with Congressional Democratic leaders Senator Chuck Schumer and Representative Nancy Pelosi and make a three-part deal that provided hurricane relief to Texas, raised the national debt ceiling, and funded government operations until December. Trump justified his decision to strike a bargain with Democratic Congressional leaders rather than work with those of his own Republican Party by saying it was “very good” for the country.

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McMaster solidifies power at NSC

Posted by seumasach on August 8, 2017

We here see a playing out of the chickenhawk versus realist dilemma which  surfaced dramatically during the Iraq War. The realists won the first round with the destitution of Rumsfeld. Now they are going head-to-head again with the neocon “chickenhawks” dominating Congress and the realists closely linked to the military in control of the White House. The chickenhawks are on a high after voting through sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea and will be pushing on to destabilize Europe working in tandem with their Brexit allies in the UK. But Trump is far from done and one has the impression by the way he is playing his cards that he is far from the fool he is so often made out to be.

and supports Iran deal, sees Israel as occupier


Last night President Trump issued a statement affirming his support for National Security adviser H.R. McMaster in the face of a storm of criticism from rightwing outlets. The statement is a sign that Trump and his new chief of staff are taking the realist side of the debate inside his administration over foreign policy.

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Trump rallies his base against Russia investigation

Posted by seumasach on August 4, 2017


4th August, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump used a campaign-style rally Thursday night to level a sustained attack on the investigation into Russian meddling in last year’s election, just hours after news broke that special counsel Robert Mueller had tapped a grand jury as part of the wide-ranging probe.

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Trump sidesteps impeachment trap in sanctions law and prepares challenge to Supreme Court

Posted by seumasach on August 3, 2017

Alexander Mercuris

The Duran

3rd August, 2017

Yesterday I wrote an article for The Duran in which I expressed the view that the Presidential Statement published in connection with US President Trump’s signing of the new sanctions law passed against his wishes by the US Congress clearly pointed to an intention to bring a future challenge against the sanctions law to the US Supreme Court.

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