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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Today's quote is one of Theodore Roosevelt's gems: “Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president or any other public official.”

Six weeks before Pearl Harbor (Dec. 7, 1941), a German U-boat torpedoed a U.S. destroyer (the Kearney). Franklin D. Roosevelt told Americans “America has been attacked, the shooting has started.” But FDR - this day that year - stopped short of declaring war on Germany (more)

Supreme Court hands Pennsylvania Republicans a defeat: it will NOT expedite a GOP request to stop an extended deadline for receiving mail-in ballots. New Justice Barrett did NOT participate

/2 Another U.S. destroyer, the Reuben James, would be sunk by the Germans three days later, killing some 100 Americans. The U.S. and Germany would declare war on each other in December - after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor

Stocks down sharply last two weeks (left); #covid19  deaths flirting with 1,000 per day on regular basis (right); any new pandemic spending likely to come, if at all, post-election

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"If your vote didn't matter, they wouldn't try so hard to take it from you." -Samuel Jackson

. 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%

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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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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. 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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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

@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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