West Wing Reports

West Wing Reports


Paul Brandus: Keynote speaker: 7 presidential libraries, Fortune 500 cos. Author 3 books. USAToday, DowJones/MarketWatch columnist. Ex Russia NBC pbrandus@gmail

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Truman’s vague handwritten order to drop the first atomic bomb (Photo/WWR)

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Only three countries had atomic weapons in 1963. In the White House this day on that year, representatives signed the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, which banned nuclear tests at sea or in the atmosphere. Here: JFK signs

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(cont.) Trump's lie about kids and Covid-19 also crossed the line with Twitter - which said it will require the President's campaign account to remove the false post - and will ban the account from tweeting until it does so

The first federal income tax began this day in 1861, when Abraham Lincoln signed the Revenue Act. The president and Congress—needing to finance the Civil War—agreed to tax income over $800 at a 3% rate

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This Day, 1965: Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act. It gave Blacks the right to vote, and outlawed restrictions on efforts to deny that right. It was often enforced loosely at the state and local level, particularly in the South and weakened by the Supreme Court in 2013

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This Day, 1981: Ronald Reagan fired 11,359 striking air traffic controllers, saying they were violating federal law. Nearly 13,000 walked off the job two days earlier, after contract talks with the FAA broke down. Reagan ordered them to return to work and fired those who refused

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Oxygen: ...The president can't hold rallies ...Twitter and Facebook are cracking down on what they say is "false information" (aka lies) ...TV nets are cutting away from his briefings

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. is an Orwellian manufacturer of "Fake News." On - of all days - Sept. 11, he posted this photo showing his staff honoring the tragic anniversary. But: 1) It was raining today and 2) it includes the long-departed Hope Hicks and Omarosa (h/t )

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As Coast Guard saves lives in TX, good time to remember that @realDonaldTrump  earlier this year proposed to slash its budget 14%

Approx. 1,067 Americans perished today from coronavirus. President golfed w/NFL hall of fame QB Brett Farve; later hosted a ritzy fundraiser at his NJ golf resort

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Former chairman of RNC Steele told WWR at lunch that Trump will not finish his term; advises clients to bolster ties w/VP Pence

A First Lady has the power to make people think. In 1989 Barbara Bush visited a Washington hospice where abandoned infants with the AIDS virus were being cared for. Some folks were ignorant and thought you could get AIDS from touching someone. Mrs. Bush hugged and kissed the kids

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It sure was devious of CNN's Jim@Acosta  to ask the President a question - quoting the President's very own words verbatim - and asking him politely to comment. Talk about treachery

. claims U.S. is the most taxed country. Actually, it's 28th. Making policy is hard when policymakers don’t know the facts

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@realDonaldTrump  Sir: how can you find time to tweet on Apprentice ratings - but not receive an intelligence briefing?

1. Elephants are nearing extinction in much of the world (yes, really) 2. Trump admin. is nevertheless planning to lift restrictions on importing "African elephant trophies" (i.e. parts of elephants) from parts of Africa

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