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Is there a particular reason for why some presidents officially include a middle initial in their names when running for office (ex. James K. Polk, Lyndon B. Johnson)?
No, there’s not really any specific reason. I think some of them probably feel like it makes them sound more distinguished (like, you know, how a certain current President uses “Donald J. Trump” in press statements), but that’s just a guess.
There are also a few Presidents who have actively tried to induct themselves into that small group of Presidents or political leaders who are referred to by their initials. Lyndon B. Johnson very much wanted to be known as “LBJ” because his career took off during the FDR years. Throughout the early years of his career, Johnson urged his staff to refer to him as “LBJ” in order to make it stick. Richard Nixon also wanted to be known by his initials – as “RN” – because of his hero, Theodore Roosevelt. When Nixon talked about Theodore Roosevelt he almost always called him “TR”, and he made a point of using “RN” in memos and got a lot of his staff to go along with doing so as well. Nixon even called his much-anticipated 1978 autobiography, RN: The Memoirs of Richard Nixon (BOOK | KINDLE), as part of his effort to establish himself as one of those Presidents instantly known by their initials. However, LBJ was, of course, far more successful in getting his initials over as part of his identity than RN.
Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) is already drafting articles of
impeachment related to Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, believing
there’s enough evidence of Trump’s obstruction of justice to begin an
impeachment inquiry (not to mention Trump’s blatant violation of the
Constitutions emoluments clause by profiting off his presidency, and much else).
But Democratic leaders are pushing back,
warning there aren’t enough facts to justify an impeachment inquiry at this point, and, in any event, such
an inquiry would politicize ongoing
the three previous impeachment inquiries in the House (involving presidents
Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Bill Clinton) rested on less evidence of
obstruction of justice than is already publicly known about Trump.
Comey’s testimony to
Congress is itself more than enough – confirming that Trump demanded Comey’s loyalty, asked Comey to stop investigating Michael Flynn, repeatedly told Comey the FBI investigation was a “cloud” on his presidency, and asked
Comey to declare publicly that Trump wasn’t an object of the investigation
In addition, we have Trump’s interview
with Lester Holt on NBC and Trump’s subsequent meeting with Russian officials
in the Oval Office. In both instances, Trump connected his firing
of Comey with the Russian investigation.
Also bear in mind the
obstructions of justice that caused the House to impeach previous presidents concerned
issues far less serious than Trump’s possible collusion with a foreign power to
Democratic leaders say they don’t want to talk about impeachment now because they’re worried about politicizing the current
congressional investigations, which aren’t impeachment inquiries. Hello? Republicans have already politicized them.
The real reason Democratic leaders don’t want to seek an impeachment now is they know there’s zero
chance that Republicans, who now control both houses of Congress, would support such a move. So why engage in a purely symbolic gesture?
Democratic leaders figure that between now and the
midterm elections there will be even more revelations from non-partisan sources – future testimony by Trump operatives like Michael Flynn and
Roger Stone, early reports from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation,
and leaks to the press – that will build the case, and fuel more public outrage.
That outrage will give Democrats a strong chance of taking back the House and maybe even the Senate. Then they’ll really impeach Trump.
I can’t argue with the
political logic of Democratic leaders. And if their strategy will lead to
Trump’s ouster sooner than any other way, I’m all for it.
But here’s the problem. It’s not clear America can wait for the midterm elections, followed by what’s likely to be a long and drawn-out impeachment investigation, followed by a trial in the Senate. (Note that none of the presidents listed above was ever convicted by the Senate and thrown out of office.)
With each passing day, Donald Trump becomes a greater danger to America and the world. We don’t have time.
The advantage of introducing a bill of impeachment now – even attempting to do so – is that such an action might itself galvanize the vast majority of Americans who want Trump out of office. It could mobilize and energize people around the most important immediate issue facing the country.
Never underestimate the power of a public aroused to action. It is worth recalling that Nixon resigned of his own accord before the House had even voted out an impeachment resolution. The American public demanded it.
According to the Washington Post, Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating the business dealings of Jared Kushner, a former New York real estate developer who currently serves as special adviser to his father-in-law, President Donald Trump.
“We do not know what this report refers to,” Jamie Gorelick, a lawyer for Kushner, told the Post, “It would be standard practice for the Special Counsel to examine financial records to look for anything related to Russia. Read more (6/15/17)
Jarrod Agen, a spokesman for Mike Pence, confirmed to CNN Thursday that Pence has hired Richard Cullen, former attorney general of Virginia, to represent his interests as they pertain to special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia.
“I can confirm that the vice president has retained Richard Cullen of McGuire Woods to assist him in responding to inquiries by the special counsel,” Agen said in a statement. Read more (6/16/17)
Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev and United States Vice President Richard Nixon debate the merits of communism versus capitalism in a model American kitchen at the American National Exhibition in Moscow.
Almost immediately after news broke that Comey was out of a job, social media users began comparing it to President Richard Nixon’s “Saturday Night Massacre,” where he too fired the man investigating his administration.
In 1973, Nixon was being investigated by a special prosecutor named Archibald Cox as part of an ongoing probe into the Watergate scandal, the Washington Post reported earlier this year.
On Saturday, October 20 of that year, Nixon fired Cox and later accepted the resignations of his Attorney General Elliot L. Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William D. Ruckelshaus, in what thePost at the time called “the most traumatic government upheaval of the Watergate crisis.” Read more (5/9/17)
President Donald Trump will meet with Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday — less than 24 hours after he fired FBI Director James Comey, who was investigating the Trump campaign’s much-rumored ties to the Russian government.
According to a White House release, Lavrov and Trump will be convening in the Oval Office at 10:30 a.m. for a closed-door meeting. Read more (5/9/17)
Context: Our party of four has only one chef, a warlock named Leo, who has made our rogue cry numerous times through the good food for reference. At some point, our paladin has to help rescue the son of a guild president, Richard. The task is completed easily, but dealing with Richard himself has been exasperating at times. After reuniting him with his family, they decide to travel with us to their next location. Unfortunately, the guild president is terrible at cooking, and Leo shares the hashbrowns that he made with Richard and his sister.
Richard: “These are… really good.”
Leo: “Oh, thank you!”
Richard: “Didn’t you make these before back in that castle though? You’re really good at making these, but don’t you know any other recipes?”
Leo proceeds to stand up. “We are,” he begins, and by the words of his player, raises his hands out in the Jesus pose while giving a little twirl, motioning out to the snowy wastelands the whole group is traveling, “In the middle of absolutely fucking no-where.”
I’ve been working on a portrait series of characters from The West Wing, all done in Mischief software on my Wacom Cintiq Companion 2. There will be a few more before I’m done, and I’m going to work on some kind of poster with them all in it.
sometimes asked why I’m so passionate about environmentalism, and my
answer is always pretty straightforward. As a Los Angeles native, clean
air to breathe and water to drink are two things I don’t take for
granted. I’m 17, but I grew up hearing the horror stories
about what the city used to be like: Downtown Los Angeles smothered in a
cloud of smog so toxic that students had to wear masks outdoors and
drink water from wells contaminated with industrial pollution.
still have a long way to go before everyone gets the clean water and
air we deserve. But I’m proud of the progress my city has made. And that
progress didn’t magically happen — it came, in part, because of the
Environmental Protection Agency.
lot of people, and young people in particular, might not know much
about the EPA, so here’s quick history lesson: In 1970, President
Richard Nixon – a Republican — signed into law legislation
that established the EPA. Back then, there was overwhelming support to
protect our environment (and considering just how awful environmental
pollution was back then, it’s easy to see why.) Republicans and
Democrats came together to pass some of the most ambitious environmental legislation ever. The Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, for example, are just two of the many important laws that EPA enforces to protect human health and the environment.
many people my age might assume it was always like this: that clean air
and water have always been seen as a right, essential for everyone. We
never saw rivers literally on fire,
because they were so full of highly flammable pollution. We never saw
smog so thick it billowed over cities like a fog. That is what the
United States was like when my mom and dad were kids.
the progress EPA is making to clean up our country is common sense. But
you may have heard not everyone in Washington feels the same way. There
are some elected representatives who claim that protecting the
environment must come at the expense of prosperity.
this could not be further from the truth. There are now more Americans
employed in the solar industry than there are in the coal, oil and
natural gas industries combined — and in 41 states plus Washington, D.C., clean jobs outnumber
those in the fossil fuel industry. The clean energy revolution will
continue and its benefits will be felt beyond those who are securing
President Donald Trump is following through on his pledge to reverse
much of the progress made under President Barack Obama. Through
executive orders, the Trump administration has started to dismantle many protections that are designed to cut dangerous emissions from power plants, cars and trucks and the oil and gas sector.
To make matters worse, Trump also proposed to eliminate the
EPA office responsible for coordinating environmental justice programs
in its entirety. Vulnerable communities from Flint, Michigan, to Spartanburg, South Carolina, have much to lose if these unconscionable cuts become reality. Mustafa Ali, who recently resigned as head of EPA’s Environmental Justice office, said it best: that to protect public health and the environment is to “make the American dream a reality for all.”
know many young people question whether they can have an impact on the
direction of our country. Believe me, I understand as well. But I know
that even in these uncertain times, we can rise up and make our voices
heard to our elected leaders. With the March on Science
and the People’s Climate March happening on consecutive Saturdays,
young people around the world are letting us know that they want to be
It’s a personal mission of mine to make sure the old days never come back — it’s why I work with Defend Our Future,
a campaign empowering millennials to take action to protect the
environment. Defend Our Future is making it as easy as possible for you
to get in touch with your elected representatives. Please take a few
minutes to send your senators and representatives a message. Let them
know that you want them to protect EPA and our health. Even though I
can’t vote yet, I have already reached out to my local representatives,
and encourage you to do so as well, because together, we can and must
defend our future.
— Marcus Scribner. Marcus Scribner plays Andre Jr. on ABC’s
“blackish.” He is an honor student and has been honored with the Peabody
Award, multiple NAACP Image Awards and several Emmy nominations.
First 100 Days: Trump and the Degradation of the Presidency
Trump’s failure to accomplish little or any of his agenda during his
first 100 days shouldn’t blind us to the vast harm he has done in this comparatively short time to our system of government, especially
his degradation of the presidency.
From early in the Republic,
we have looked at the office of the president as a focal point for the
nation’s values. Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and the two Roosevelts exemplified for generations of Americans the
moral authority of the highest office in the land. It is not merely what these men
accomplished, but how they did it; not just their policies but their positive effects on the institutions of democratic governance.
True, many of our presidents
have fallen short of those ideals. But our disappointments in those individuals reflected the high expectations we have had for those who hold that office.
Yet under Trump, the moral authority of the presidency has all but disappeared.
I’m old enough to recall when John F. Kennedy invited the world’s great
artists, writers, and philosophers to dine at the White House. The
nation felt ennobled.
Donald Trump invites Sarah Palin and Ted Nugent,
who once called President Obama a “mongrel,” and we feel sullied.
But it has not just been Trump’s vulgarity.
There have also been Trump’s lies – blatant, continuous,
and unsubstantiated even after the lack of evidence has been pointed out
They are not just any lies, but lies that deepen Americans’ suspicion of one
another and undermine our confidence in our system of government – such
as his repeated contention that “three to five million” people voted
illegally in the last election, or that Obama spied on him during the
Prior presidents have embellished the truth and on occasion have lied about a particular important thing, such as the
existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. But never before Trump have we had a president who chronically lies, whose lies have become an
integral part of his presidency even in the first 100 days.
There is also Trump’s vast family business, from which he
continues to benefit even though the decisions he makes in office
affect what he earns, and the almost certain decisions by foreign governments to curry favor with him by bestowing benefits on his business.
Trump shrugs off such conflicts – even
refusing to release his tax returns, even inviting his daughter and
son-in-law, each with their own businesses and conflicts of interest, to
join him at the highest reaches of the White House.
presidents have profited from their presidencies after they leave
office through large speaking fees and book contracts. But never before Trump have we had a
president for whom conflicts of financial interest during his
presidency are so flagrant yet ignored.
The first 100 days has
also been marked by Trump’s divisiveness – turning Americans against
each other, legitimizing hatefulness toward Mexican-Americans and
Muslim-Americans and African-Americans, fueling violence between his
supporters and his opponents.
We have had divisive elections
before. But after them, other presidents have sought to heal the wounds. Even after the horrors of the Civil War, Lincoln famously
asked us to come together without malice.
Trump, by contrast, has fomented the warring camps – calling his opponents “enemies,” suggesting they are plotting against his administration,
and staging rallies to encourage and fuel his bedrock supporters.
We have also seen Trump’s cruelty – toward refugees, undocumented
immigrants, and the poor among us. He has issued a budget that would
deeply harm the least advantaged Americans, and supported a repeal of
the Affordable Care Act that would also hurt those most in need.
has refused asylum to refugees at a time when the world faces the
largest refugee crisis since World War II, and unleashed immigration
enforcers on 11 million residents of the United States, many of whom have been productive members of their communities for
years. He has even deported people who have been here since childhood
and know know no other nation.
Other presidents have on occasion
been cruel. But Trump’s cruelty has defied reason. It is utterly unnecessary.
There has also been Trump’s affect on the rest of the world – legitimizing
crude nationalism and hateful xenophobia. He has promoted France’s Marine
Le Pen and encouraged authoritarians such as Turkey’s
Tayyip Erdogan, while at the same time confusing our democratic allies and friends.
is Donald Trump himself – who in the first 100 days as president has
shown himself to be narcissistic, xenophobic, paranoid,
vindictive, and thin-skinned; who takes credit for the work of others
and blames others for his own failings; who lashes out at the press and
journalists when they criticize him, and who demonizes judges who
disagree with him.
We have before had presidents whose personality defects harmed
their presidencies and tainted the office of the president, such as Richard Nixon. But Donald
Trump is in a different league altogether. He exhibits the opposite of
every civic virtue ever encouraged in our school rooms, town halls, and
The first 100 days is an artificial landmark for
presidents. But it does offer an opportunity to pause and assess what they have done. Too often, though, we think in the narrow gauge of
policies and legislation.
With Trump, it’s important to think
more broadly. Among the most significant legacies of his first 100 days is his
degrading of the moral authority of the office of the president, and,
thereby, of America.