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I'm in a hotel lobby and Fox and Friends is on TV.

Nobody is watching it but me. The sound is off so all I see are people talking and the chyrons.

Nothing about Trump. Nothing about his rally last night. "Hollywood producer's secret to success" has taken up a lot of airtime. Previously, there were brief mentions that "the whistleblower might not testify in person" and "whistleblower worked with VP Biden" both of which seem like weak sauce to me.

I had a heart attack several years ago. I am perfectly fine.

I'm posting this because I'm reading some things here about how somebody who has a heart attack is automatically too unwell to maintain a rigorous schedule.

I had a heart attack, had a stent placed, and was out of the hospital in a few days. A few days later I went on a business trip. I returned to work full-time and haven't looked back. The cardiac rehab I did was physically strenuous. The doctors and therapists urged all of us in the rehab class - people in their 40s to their 80s - to work out rigorously, working up a sweat, getting our heart rates up. This is the standard of care.

I am physically fine. No permanent damage at all.

My biggest problem has been convincing my bosses and co-workers that I'm well enough to handle a stressful job. I'm at the top of my game in a competitive field. People look for reasons to count out the competition. I've proved them wrong, but there's always a stigma.

I don't agree with Bernie Sanders' policies and I don't like him very much as a person because of his behavior leading up to the 2016 election. But there's no reason to assume that he's not well enough to campaign. That's up to him and his doctors.

I think the promise was to Netanyahu to go to war with Iran.

The Republicans have been itching for a war with Iran. I think Bolton talked Trump into it.

Then, I think Trump changed his mind and backed away from the plan, enraging Bolton, causing him to quit.

Trump is an impulsive fool with the emotional intelligence of a sociopathic two year old. He is easily talked into something, then talked out of it by the next person he sees.

Pure speculation, but looking at what's been going on this summer, I guess the call was to Bibi and involved a promise to go to war with Iran.

STOP the petty attacks on Democratic candidates.

Stop nitpicking about minor issues whole our country and the world are in this much peril.

The mischaracterizations of Joe Biden's minor gaffes remind me of the lies and innuendo spread about Hillary Clinton's health in 2016. Stop it.

The outcome of this will be Trump's re-election. Just stop.

Donald Trump represents the opposite of everything I was taught to value - by Republicans.

When I was growing up in rural Ohio in the 1960s and 70s, most of the institutions in my community - the schools, churches, civic organizations and local government - were controlled by conservative white Christian Republicans.

In school, church, 4-H meetings, scout troops, and meetings of the local Rotary, Lions, etc. the message was consistent: work hard, defend our nation, praise God, perform public service, be honest and respectful and law-abiding.

I didn't agree with a lot of their opinions about the war in Vietnam, civil rights, women's rights, rock music, and the length of people's hair. HOWEVER, the bedrock principles of right and wrong seemed to be universally agreed upon, even when we disagreed vehemently on how to manifest them. In other words, Nixon was not praised for being a crook. His supporters simply insisted that he was misunderstood.

Trump is appalling, but far more appalling is that the Republican Party has embraced him, rejecting EVERY SINGLE VALUE they claimed to hold dear.

The Republican Party needs to be held to account for this. I will never again allow any Republican to lecture me on any Democrat's morals or patriotism.

The Republican Party stands for nothing. Nothing.

I miss the 90s

I've missed the 70s for years and now I realize that I miss the 90s too.

I can release 10 years of my tax returns this afternoon.

My annual tax returns are stacked in a box in my closet. If I needed to release them, all I'd have to do is take them to Kinko's to be copied.

Why hasn't Bernie Sanders released 10 years of tax returns?

Trump is taking billions from defense and giving it to... who?

Who will be the recipient of the contracts to build the wall?

Trump is taking that money from the Department of Defense. It's taxpayer money, being diverted from national defense, to pay who?

Ask your senators and representatives this question.

Trump is weak. The Republicans are even weaker.

Trump is going to have to cave on his "wall" money.

He and the Senate Republicans shut down the government and the American people blamed them for doing it, meaning that a little bit of reality is getting through to a lot of people, and that's the beginning of the end for this gang of criminals.

The Republicans know that they can't shut the government down again this week. They're going to have to accept a deal with the Democrats and Trump is going to have to accept it.

Trump and the Republicans will get less from this deal than from the bipartisan spending bill that Trump rejected in December.

In politics, this is a huge loss. The Republicans bet everything they had and they lost.

Trump is used to losing. All his businesses fail. Losing is familiar territory for Trump. He'll just continue to lie and bluster his way to the next "deal," on his way to his next loss.

The Republican Party is not used to losing something this big. They can't be happy about a fail of this magnitude. And there's nothing bright ahead. It's tax season and the middle class is mad at them. The Democratic-controlled House is poised to investigate...everything.... and at the very least that will keep the Republicans on the defensive.

Watch out for a false flag operation.

Bernie Sanders just sent me an email.

Naturally, I was curious. Would Sanders address why he didn't show up yesterday for a Senate vote to continue sanctions against a Russian criminal?

Or was Sanders writing to tell me what he learned during his hour-long meeting yesterday with more than two dozen former staffers who accuse his campaign of "sexual predation?"

Nope. Sanders' long email to me was a complaint about public education in California. I don't live in California.
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