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Colin Powell just called all Republicans in Congress



Colin Powell: Trump lies 'all the time'

But, the other thing Powell said about Republicans in Congress – and their relationship with Trump – was what caught my attention (and ears). This is it (bold is mine):

“When we watch (Trump), we need to watch our Congress.

“I watched the senators go to the room a few days ago after all this went bankrupt, with reporters saying, what do you have to say, what do you say?

“They have nothing to say. They will not react.

“Etc we are not a country just a president. We have a Congress. We have the Supreme Court. But, most importantly, we have people in the United States, people who vote, people who vote for him and people who vote for him. “

Make no mistake what Powell is doing here: He is calling for – and leaving – Republican lawmakers to give up on Trump’s every move. He tried to remind them that the country’s founders imagined three equal parts of government – not the legislative branch that lived in fear of the executive and did whatever he said.

That’s what Republicans have done in Washington for the past three years. While Trump was an almost absent choice from the main Republican leaders in Washington during the 2016 campaign, it became clear after the march to the GOP nomination and the amazing victory over Hillary Clinton that he would force them into a very clear choice: Are you with me or against me ?

Trump’s political worldview does not allow for nuances or differences. Either you agree with him – in public, at least – 100% of the time or you are his enemy – and, therefore, someone he is trying to destroy. (And yes, this is a very simple way to see politics and the world.)

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So, very early in Trump’s presidency, Republican leaders must make a choice: Do you really ally with Trump (and get some of your top priorities like more conservative judges, tax breaks, etc.) or do you assert your independence as a legislative body and risking tense relations with the chief executive who could jeopardize those priorities?

They chose the previous option. And that has paid the main policy dividends. Massive tax cuts. Two justices were confirmed by the Supreme Court. Almost 200 federal judges confirmed in lower courts.
But the victory of that policy also came at a high political price. The 2018 midterm elections, in which Democrats regain control of the DPR, are largely driven by a rebellion among suburban women against Trump’s party. The political landscape entering the 2020 elections looks increasingly dangerous for Republicans – in the House and Senate – as Trump’s numbers continue to falter; His approval rating in the CNN poll released Monday morning was 38%, the lowest ebb and flow for him since January 2019.

Even amid the alarming signs, very few Republicans might respond to Powell’s call to defend themselves – and against the President.

After former Defense Secretary James Mattis’s criticism of the President last weekend, mother was said among the Republican congresses, with some notable exceptions, such as Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah).

“That is General Mattis’ opinion, he is free to disclose it,” Wisconsin Republican Senator Ron Johnson told CNN.

“Politically it’s just fashionable to blame Trump for everything – and I don’t buy it,” said South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham.

When Trump gave a speech in response to the growing protest after the death of George Floyd – and then a group of demonstrators cleared up so that he could get out of the White House and do a photo-op at St. Church. John – Republican The leaders, once again, said nothing.
“I will not criticize the appearance of others,” offered Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky).

“I’m not following, I’m sorry,” Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy said.

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That silence (or sticking his head to the sand) is what Trump has bought with the policy proposal he is pushing for. The unspoken agreement made by the congressional Republicans is that they will use Trump to get the long-desired conservative priority in return for unwavering political loyalty to a man, who until a few years before he decided to run for president in 2016, not even a Republican and who, on a variety of issues ranging from trade to deficits, had a direct view that was at odds with that adopted by the founding of the GOP just a few years ago.

No one knows how much the price of lonely loyalty will return in early 2017. As of today, it could lead to a Democratic president and a Democratic-controlled Congress coming January 2021. And even more than that, Trump’s full embrace and unwillingness to offer criticism evident policies and statements that go far beyond the traditional definition of “conservative” can properly restore the GOP brand for more than one election.

The question every Republican has to ask themselves, maybe sooner than later, is this: Is it worth it?

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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