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posticon Editorial - Did Trump Say This?

Opinions | Friday, September 25, 2020 | By Dan Veaner Print
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There is a graphic claiming to be a screenshot of a April 2016 Donald Trump tweet going viral at the moment that says, "Obama should wait until he leaves office to pick another Justice!  If he doesn't he should be fired!" At least five people I know have shared it, I believe, in good faith. But there's a problem: in reality there is no evidence that Trump actually sent this tweet.  Around that time he apparently said in a television interview that he thought the next president should get to choose Justice Antonin Scalia's Supreme Court successor, but Trump did not use his famous reality show line "You're fired!" or a version of it in that case.

Here's the thing.  President Trump has said so many horrid things, many of them outright lies. And he frequently contradicts himself.  So why the heck do his opponents think they need to make stuff up to make that point?

Sure, the fake quote pithily references the fact that Trump is a reality show host (as if being in national politics is somehow more respected than being on reality TV).  And it certainly appears to contradict what he is saying now (that he should get his own pick into the Supreme Court as soon as possible, just in case the next president's last name starts with a 'B'.  But let's face it -- when Democrats want something in the moment they ignore whatever they said in the past  to get the opposite in that past moment.  Republicans aren't the only ones.  And they all think we're not on to them.  But we are -- except the majority of us who don't fact check before reposting stuff on the Internet -- OK, maybe we're not....

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posticon Thoughts - Middle East Peace

Opinions | Friday, September 25, 2020 | By Casey Stevens Print
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Caseythoughts Imagine the phrase 'peace in the Middle East'. Picture it, let the words and implications roll around your tongue and brain. Even if you’re not politically minded, you have an innate sense of the historical and social breadth of that phrase “peace in the Middle East”.

Last week that phrase was uttered in capital letters on the White House lawn as Israel and the United Arab Emirates shook hands and agreed to recognize, in diplomatic language, each other’s reality and right to exist.

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posticon Letters - Textbook Racket

Opinions | Friday, September 25, 2020 | By Jim Evans Print
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mailmanElizabeth Nichols has an important complaint. The textbook racket is at least as old as I am. Prof.Phogg writes the textbook for his course, and it’s a required purchase at an outrageous price due to limited sales volume and the prof’s boat payment. The following year, he slightly revises one chapter. Now, students must buy the 12th edition, not the 11th. Secondhand copies were a savings; now they’re worthless, and Dr. Phogg’s boat sails on.

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