Author: George J. Pilibosian

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Delivers Deadly Zika Virus Sting To Weeks-Old Baby

Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call One of our most-read editorials is about the idea that Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, is the biggest welfare recipient of the United States, because he receives a paycheck from the U.S. Government of over $193,000 per year while he has stated publicly he intends to do as little work as possible. Now, if you are a partisan Republican, you may agree with McConnell’s concept of blocking all the opposition wishes to accomplish, however, it you truly care about the health and well-being of the American public, you may just cringe at this news from Fortune magazine: A Texas Baby Just Became the First Known Person to Die From Zika in the U.S. The baby was born a few weeks ago with microcephaly. The Zika virus outbreak claimed its first known life in the United States when a baby who tested positive for the virus and developed birth defects died in Texas, health officials said Tuesday. The baby was born in a Houston-area Harris County hospital several weeks ago and exhibited birth defects including microcephaly, or an abnormally small head, that are associated with the virus. The child’s mother is believed to have contracted Zika while traveling abroad in El Salvador and wasn’t aware she had it. As of August 3, there were 1,818 travel-reported cases of Zika virus in U.S. states. But the number of infections...

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The GOP’s ‘Moral Compass’ Provides No Direction

IMAGE CREDIT: bsnews.info For decades, the Republican Party has claimed ownership of America’s moral standing. Everything from family values, to the insistence that marriage is only between a man and a woman, to the idea that each of us must create our own success, to the belief that lawsuits are simply an excuse for not taking personal responsibility for our actions. It is interesting then, that so many prominent Republican leaders who have publicly expressed disgust at some of the words and actions of Donald Trump, still say they support his candidacy for president. The Huffington Post has put together a list these individuals, and as you read through it, you will likely be shaking your head, wondering where the moral compass of the Republican Party really is pointing. It’s unusual to see so many party leaders and high-profile Republicans struggle openly with their opinion of the presumptive nominee. The biggest crack in his foundation of Republican support came when the reality star said that an American judge of Mexican descent would be biased against him in court. Trump also touted that the Orlando nightclub shooting last month justified his proposed ban on Muslims entering the country. Here’s a rundown of some notable Republicans who’ve stuck by Trump despite faulting him for intolerant statements and behavior: Mitch McConnell IMAGE CREDIT: Reuters/AP Appearing on ABC’s “This Week” on June 26, McConnell twice declined to answer...

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Could Sarah Palin Replace Donald Trump as the Republican Nominee for President?

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Donald Trump in New York in 2011. ANDREW BURTON / GETTY IMAGES Just yesterday, nobody was really talking about the idea that Donald Trump might pull out of the race for President of the United States. Wow, what a difference a day makes, as today, the topic was discussed on every major network and on all of the major political news blogs and websites. This has prompted the editorial staff at Kwotable to think deeply about who could replace Donald Trump, were he to withdraw his candidacy, and still be in keeping with the qualities that appeal to Trump voters. fivethirtyeight.com compiled a list of similarities we think you should review and consider: 1. They’re not all that conservative Palin has a reputation for being very conservative, but she’s not. OnTheIssues.org, which grades public statements, rates her as a “moderate conservative.” Palin supported a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. She has described herself as a feminist. Palin is far less conservative than other Republican bigwigs, such as Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio; both rate as “hard-core conservatives.” Palin’s ideology lines up much better with Trump’s. When you convert Palin’s and Trump’s OnTheIssues grades to a -100 (most liberal) to 100 (most conservative) scale,1 Palin and Trump have nearly identical scores (47.4 for Palin and 47.5 for Trump). Trump has strayed from conservative...

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So What Would Happen If Donald Trump Pulled Out of the Presidential Race?

GOP Officials Exploring Options if Trump Drops Out Republican officials are exploring how to handle a scenario that would be unthinkable in a normal election year: What would happen if the party’s presidential nominee dropped out? ABC News has learned that senior party officials are so frustrated — and confused by Donald Trump’s erratic behavior… Just a few weeks ago, the idea that Donald Trump might pull out of the presidential race would have been met with uncontrollable laughter. Unfortunately, for the sake of Trump’s supporters and Trump himself, an almost non-stop series of incredibly damaging statements and gaffes – most of which have been unneccessarily offered by the candidate himself – has forced many party insiders and fellow billionaires to drop their support for Trump and fuel the idea that Trump may be forced to drop his candidacy altogether. We have documented many of these gaffes, as has the media in general. The question now becomes, though, what are the mechanics of such a situation, if it were to occur? As we researched this issue, we found this protocol, as reported by The Fiscal Times: According to Rule 9 – Filling Vacancies in Nominations” — of the Rules of the Party on the GOP website: “(a) The Republican National Committee is hereby authorized and empowered to fill any and all vacancies which may occur by reason of death, declination, or...

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Donald Trump’s Tiny Mind and the Politics of Personal Vengeance

IMAGE CREDIT: PBS.org Before the 2016 presidential election officially began, most Americans already knew that Donald Trump had an affinity for exaggeration. That wasn’t really a problem – we understood the success of his businesses has been in no small part a function of his promotional abilities. And let’s face it, anyone who can create a gleaming, 58-story glass tower on New York City’s Fifth Avenue out of a site previously occupied by homeless Polish immigrants certainly knows a thing or two about flash and bling. A year later, however, it’s fair to say the average American is shaking their head at the level of shameless promotion and self-importance displayed by the presidential candidate, Donald J. Trump. It’s not just that he brags about how rich he is (although that has been called into question by his fellow billionaires, no less), it is the unprecedented level of mean-spirited, personally-directed venom that seems to run through his entire being. Here are the Top Ten Most Outrageous Statements made by Trump, according to Marie Claire magazine: 1. “An ‘extremely credible source’ has called my office and told me that Barack Obama’s birth certificate is a fraud” 2. “Robert Pattinson should not take back Kristen Stewart. She cheated on him like a dog & will do it again – just watch. He can do much better!” 3. “Ariana Huffington is unattractive, both...

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Why it Doesn’t Matter Whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump Is The Next President

PHOTO CREDIT: University Avenue, Atlanta Georgia, July 31, 2016 I live in a major U.S. city, and as I walked down the sidewalk in front of my house on the way to the convenience store today, I noticed a lot of trash alongside the road. My first thought was a question: “How can people so disrespect their surroundings that they would throw a Wendy’s bag out of their car window?” And by the way, we are talking many Wendy’s bags, along with a lot of other things that contained stuff people consumed on the road and then threw out their car windows because they didn’t want to deal with it until they got home to dispose of it responsibly. I shook my head in disgust, but then I connected this unfortunate trend to the current presidential race. Let’s be honest, while big money has been proven to poison our beloved democracy, our current culture of immediate gratification and disdain for helping others has done much more damage to the American ideal of happiness and prosperity than anything else. Because, you see, it’s not really about how one person, whether it is Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump – or anyone else for that matter – can ‘fix’ everything that is wrong with America, it starts with us. And when I say ‘us,’ I mean you and me. JFK asked what we can all do for our country, and he...

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