'I fix things,' boasts Trump at National Prayer Breakfast. Not necessarily, according to the following Brookings Institution stories. https://www.brookings.edu

Trump’s immigration policy could increase terrorism. Emphasizing the fact that zero Syrian refugees have been linked to terrorist attacks in the United States, Daniel Byman argues that Trump’s travel ban sends a troubling message to the world, and could ultimately lead to increased terrorist attacks on U.S. soil. Why Trump’s policies will increase terrorism—and why Trump might benefit as a result http://brook.gs/2jKRUfI

Justice Sessions


US Senator Jeff Sessions has moved one big step closer to the Justice Department. Is it one larger step away from voting rights? His voting rights history, which the Leadership Conference described as a record of hostility has over the course of 30 years, shown a skepticism toward the Voting Rights Act while being quick to inflame concerns over alleged election fraud. Jeff Sessions’ 1986 Confirmation Hearing | Flashback | NBC News https://youtu.be/tuxBiTwHNhU via @YouTube

Washington State councilwoman arrested for outburst at Sessions hearing http://usat.ly/2jXZMrT via @usatoday



Since being offered the post of Grade B Reporter by the BBC in 1964, Martin Bell has spent more than half a century in the unquiet corners of the world, including four years in the surrogate war zone of the House of Commons. It has been a period of rapid change in the way that wars have been fought and perceived, and of equally rapid change in the way that news has been gathered and presented. From Vietnam to Bosnia and beyond, the former BBC correspondent has been in the thick of it.

Listen and Learn


Everyone should work to master the art of listening. If you tend to zone out when someone else is speaking, or you notice that people don't often choose you as a confidant, it's time to start practicing the skill of listening.

Taking an active, engaged approach to listening improves your relationships and enrich your personal and professional experiences. Learn how to listen with undivided attention and respond in a way which indicates that you were actually listening. This will undoubtedly engage others.

February Fight?


Filling the seat left open by the death of Anthony Scalia has now turned into a partisan fight. Judge Neil Gorsuch was officially nominated to the US Supreme Court last night with GOP delight, but over 10 months after the Democrats were blocked and failed to fill the seat with Judge Merrick Garland.

Senators say they have doubts about President Donald Trump's nominee and the legal process will just have to wait and see.

President Trump nominates Federal Appeals Court Judge Neil Gorsuch to Supreme Court http://nbcnews.to/2koze6w



A Monday massacre appears to be only the beginning. Watch this file video of Sally Yates answer the question that got her fired by President Trump http://wapo.st/2kNmI1i

US House Speaker Paul Ryan "It's regrettable that there was some confusion on the rollout of this. No one wanted to see people with green cards" be affected by President Trump's executive order.

As we approach luck 13 with 6 executive orders and about ten memos, Trump's orders have so far alienated many people is this great nation and around the world.




The chief White House strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, has told the press to “keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while.” The press should listen and maybe will listen---to History.

The battle between Bannon and the press may have an interesting parallel from 283 years ago. Back in January 1734, John Peter Zenger was accused of seditious libel for printing in his weekly newspaper, the New York Journal, strong criticisms of the British governor of New York, William Cosby.

Media Move Ease?


If Carl Rowe was known as Bush's brain, are President Trump's strings being pulled by Stephen Bannon?

In the 1990s, Stephen K Bannon became an executive producer in the Hollywood film and media industry. Bannon then produced multiple films. The 1992 Sean Penn drama The Indian Runner. https://youtu.be/iEU3RsJdWGY

Bannon served as executive producer of Julie Taymor's 1999 film Titus. https://youtu.be/OvZRvKf78yY

Bannon then became a partner with entertainment industry executive Jeff Kwatinetz at The Firm, Inc., a film and television management company.

Canada Carnage


A Quebec City's mosque shooting during evening prayers has killed six people and injured eight. It is being investigated as an act of terrorism.

Officials say gunmen opened fire during the attack which the mosque's president, Mohamed Yangui, described as "barbaric".

'People who were praying lost their lives': 6 killed in Quebec City mosque shooting http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/montreal/quebec-city-mosque-gun-shots-1.39...
Six dead in 'barbaric' mosque shooting in Canada http://news.sky.com/story/gunshots-fired-inside-mosque-in-canada-reports...

Ballet Intensive


I usually don’t tend to promote specific arts programs in my writing to try and avoid favoritisms, but I do want to highlight this exceptional summer intensive program through the Bolshoi Ballet Company. Bolshoi ballet is known for it “Colorful and bold” styles accompanied by traditional and Russian techniques. Some of the few dancers to come out of and work for their company include Maria Alexandrova, Ekaterina Krysanova, Dmitry Gudanov, and David Hallberg.

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