Even though Romney paid for this Florida win on his debit card -- outspending Newt by millions -- he still couldn't nail down the rank-and-file vote.
Worth the read and has good insight into the current state of the GOP with this nut:
Almost two years after energy from the Tea Party swept Republicans back into congressional power, a politician who embodies the antithesis of that spirit stands on the verge of victory. This is regress, not progress, and the GOP will pay a severe price for the Faustian bargain of "electability" that it entails. A party that chooses power over principle will lose both.
For 10 years, he laid cables for service companies doing seismic testing in the search for the next big gusher. Then, powerful computer hardware and software replaced cables with wireless data collection, and he lost his job. He found new work connecting pipes on rigs, but lost that job, too, when plunging oil prices in 2015 forced the driller he worked for to replace rig hands with cheaper, more reliable automated tools.“I don’t see a future,” Mr. Velazquez, 44, said. “Pretty soon every rig will have one worker and a robot.”
Donald Trump rode into the White House on a promise that he’d be a strong leader who could run the government with the efficiency of a CEO.
The reality has been much different.
Management experts view Trump’s tumultuous style as unlikely to produce the type of helpful internal debate that can solve difficult problems. And the president’s impulsiveness and reliance on his own gut reactions don’t appear to have any real check within the system he’s created.
Given the limitations of a newspaper column, It's hard to imagine a clearer or more comprehensive explanation of our current modernist predicament - one that we have been confronting for several centuries now.
Dostoyevsky grasped the conflict . . . during a visit to Paris . . . [he] caustically concluded that "liberte" was just for millionaires, "egalite" did not exist for the poor in French justice and "fraternite" was a joke in an atomized, isolationist society.
What the removal of Flynn as the national-security adviser reveals about Donald Trump’s White House.
Paragraph after paragraph after paragraph of gobsmacking stuff; the mind reels trying to go from one paragraph to the next. Way more bizarro than Dr. Strangelove. As difficult as it is to read, it quickly rocketed to #1 on their "most popular" list of articles.
The Pakistani army on Friday arrested or killed dozens of suspected militants and launched artillery rounds at targets in neighboring Afghanistan a day after a suicide bombing at a Sufi shrine killed at least 88 people.
Residents in Pakistan’s Khyber tribal district said security forces fired barrages into Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province, where militants loyal to Islamic State have often found sanctuary.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has reassigned a majority of the staff meant to work most closely with the top US diplomat in what career officials at the State Department fear is the start of a major reorganization.
Cambridge Analytica touted its ability to target voters through psychological profiling — a service for which Trump’s presidential campaign paid millions of dollars. Now, its parent company is pitching its services to the Pentagon and other national security agencies.
During a speech at the Munich Security Conference in Germany, the Republican senator from Arizona delivered a pointed and striking point-by-point takedown of Trump's worldview and brand of nationalism. McCain didn't mention Trump's name once, but he didn't have to [....]
Via the email copied below from Frontline@pbs.org, Feb. 16, 2017, advertising their part of series "How the Deck is Stacked" project done in collaboration with Marketplace & PBS Newshour. The links below are not all videos but include articles (I don't watch long videos online,) and I recommend the articles:
During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump promised to bring water to California’s drought-stricken Central Valley. He promised to revitalize coal mining in West Virginia.
[....] The handful of government agencies that bear the brunt of the expenses, including the Defense and Homeland Security departments, have not responded to Washington Post requests for data laying out the costs since Trump took office.
But some figures have dribbled out, while others can be gleaned from government documents.