Donald Trump

11/21/2019
From 1987–1991 I was a National Cancer Institute Epidemiology Fellow at Columbia University School of Public Health in a research group that is now the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health, studying how air pollutants cause cancer. Our research group looked at various biological markers of the earliest causes of cancer, including mutations, oncogenes, and DNA adducts (organic pollutants bonded to DNA leading to mutations that may cause cancer).  Our principal investigator, Frederica Perera, has been doing ground-breaking research for 40 years to understand the interaction...
10/17/2019
Trump’s decision to withdraw American troops in northern Syria — which allowed Turkey to execute a planned invasion across the Turkey-Syria border into an area protected in part by Kurdish rebels who have fought with American forces to contain ISIS — has led to another crisis of confidence in America’s foreign policy. Foreign leaders can no longer trust America’s word or its political or military support, a fact that undermines beneficial alliances America has had since before WWII. Meanwhile, Trump has once again supported a dictator in Turkey, aided Syria’s ruthless leadership, handed...
10/14/2019
In accusing the intelligence community whistleblower of partisanship and treason, President Trump has redefined whistleblowing to serve his private interests rather than the rule of law. In the American tradition, whistleblowers expose illegal or unconstitutional acts that the powerful want to keep secret. That the current game-changing official intelligence community whistleblower complaint has reached the American people is a miracle for which we should be grateful. Americans must focus on the content of the whistleblower complaint, which the White House has not denied. The president has...
10/10/2019
President Trump’s words and actions about immigration and refugee policy represent a significant departure from American history, traditions and values. For example, the White House announced last month that the ceiling on refugees admitted to the United States in 2020 would be set at 18,000 people. Four years ago, in the last year of Barack Obama’s presidency, the ceiling was 85,000. In the early 1980s, when Ronald Reagan was in the White House, the annual refugee admissions ceiling was over 200,000. While the United States has reduced the refugee admissions ceiling by more than 90 percent...
09/23/2019
The guest editorial by former CIA station chief Haviland Smith was excellent (Addison Independent, Sept. 9). In straightforward terms, it highlighted Trump’s relationship (or infatuation) with Putin, and his foreign policy activities. As the author said, this is outside the left-right arguments about which way to move the country. This is a leader who is completely flipping the relationships that have been in place for years. Trump’s preference for dictators is obvious on multiple fronts. Trump must go. He has damaged democracy by his dictatorial style of leadership. The chaos and the...
08/26/2019
The wonder of the Trump presidency is how he has been able to screw up so many things so quickly and still maintain the core of his party’s support. The aftermath of his presidency, we wager, will be the party faithful reflecting on why they didn’t speak up more forcefully against his ruinous policies and that they gave credence to the idiocy of his whacked-out ideas. Buying Greenland is just the latest example. It’s not that buying Greenland would be a bad investment, it’s that the very idea is repugnant in today’s world. In the 21st Century, one nation doesn’t just buy another’s land and...
08/01/2019
Last week, Rep. Peter Welch held an open meeting in Montpelier to explain why he has decided to support the impeachment of President Trump. Welch said that Trump’s actions have put “the guardrails of our democracy under attack,” and that impeaching Trump is necessary to hold him accountable for those actions. After Robert Mueller’s congressional testimony later in the week, some other House Democrats, most of them from solidly blue states, also came out in support of impeachment. However, the total number of House members in favor of starting impeachment proceedings currently stands at about...
08/01/2019
Trump keeps telling reporters that he is not racist in his typical style — by doubling down on the fact; that is, by saying, “Not only am I not a racist, but I’m the least racist person in the world.” Surely, not even the most Trumpish of Trump supporters would believe that statement as fact, though many of his supporters blow off the criticism by rationalizing that all of us are a bit racist, and Trump’s no worse than most. (He is, but like Hitler’s supporters of the day, they choose to ignore reality.) Interestingly, a recent poll shows that most Americans disagree with Trump’s assessment. ...
08/01/2019
When something offensive to the President appears on the news, his reaction is simple. Take the point and turn it around. Make whatever it was apply to the critic. The original point, reportedly “fake,” when redirected, is squarely on target. Meanwhile, the duck gets used and abused. If it flies like a duck, swims like a duck, appears to be a duck, it is on an evolutionary level clearly a duck. Could be a Mallard or a Loon. But it’s no doubt a duck. Donald defenders are consistently declaring a duck to be more like a turtle with feathers, a turuck. It’s only racist or a duck when they allow...
07/25/2019
The key take away from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony in front of the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday was Mueller’s emphasis on his report’s key finding: that the Russians had interfered in the 2016 election in an effort to help Trump get elected “in sweeping, systematic fashion” and that it was not an isolated instance. “They’re doing it (now) as we sit here.” And when answering a question from Rep. Peter Welch about whether the use of foreign help in future elections was likely, Mueller replied: “I hope this is not the new normal, but I fear it is.”  Mueller also...

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