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Under Attack
By Hank Silverberg                                     

We are under attack!Our freedom is now threatened, and no one seems to notice. I am not talking about the Russians hacking into our election process. That is also an attack and I may have more to write about that when we know more about President Trump's meeting with Russian strongman Vladimir Putin.
The latest skirmish in a two-year-old war that I want to focus on came in London, as Trump held a joint news conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May. Mr. Trump wouldn’t take a question from CNN’s Jim Acosta, calling the network “fake news.” He jumped to John Roberts of Fox News instead. Then later on when Kristen Welker of NBC News asked a question, he attacked her and her network because he didn’t like her well-structured and legitimate question on the Putin meeting.Trump called her question “dishonest reporting.”Check out the video at this link to see the exchange for yourself.
http://www.realclearpolitics.…
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Self-Evident truths  By Hank Silverberg
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness
Anyone who has graduated high school should recognize those words as the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence. But over the last week, it has become clear that much of the Declaration, approved by the Continental Congress over several days in July of 1776, is a mystery to many Americans.
Thomas Jefferson wrote it, borrowing heavily from political philosophers of the time. It was a compromise document with Jefferson changing John Locke’s “life, liberty and property,” to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” to broaden the concept and more likely to delay a continued debate over slavery. That would plague the new country for another 87 years.
To many Americans, the words are sacred. They stand for a revolt against tyrann…
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Death in Annapolis
By Hank Silverberg
This past week was not a good one for America.Five people who worked for the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland were gunned down by a disgruntled reader who thought they had done something to harm him. Editor Gerald Fischman, Assistant Managing Editor Rob Hiaasen, sports reporter John McNamara, reporter Wendi Winters and sales assistant Rebecca Smith, were just doing their jobs, the same kind of job that hundreds of journalists in towns big and small do every day. People who work at small newspapers like the Gazette don’t make a lot of money. They rarely get national recognition. They don’t cover foreign summits, White House briefings or international intrigue.                                                            Most of the stories they write are about their community. What is the school board up to with your child’s education? How is the city council going to vote on a new zoning plan? What’s going on with local road projects?…
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The Civility War
By Hank Silverberg
The United States fought the Civil War between 1861 and 1865. It came after decades of long standing divisions over slavery and attempts at compromise that failed. The United States began fighting the Civility War in 2015. It came after long standing divisions between rich, poor, black, white and brown. The melting pot that created the greatest country in human history began boiling over.                                                                                               It was like Americans had gathered for one big Thanksgiving dinner. The family didn’t always get along, but they tolerated their differences in wealth, religion and politics because that is what the family known as “Americans” do. This year though, the rich, pompous cousin no one really likes, and his kids, were invited for the first time in years and we didn’t know what to expect from them. Some of us said he would come in with some new ideas and bring a big turkey. Others …
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A History Lesson By Hank Silverberg
It is chilling, and one of the most disturbing, episodes in the whole illegal immigration crackdown that has been stepped up by the current administration. 
More than two thousand children, who came into the country illegally with one or both parents between April and May, were separated from their parents. They have been placed in holding centers while the adults are placed in detention centers awaiting deportation proceedings. Most of those parents are seeking political asylum here because of unrest or gang violence in their home country.   Why is this shocking? Many of the parents were told as they were separated that the children were being taken so they could get a bath. No other explanation was provided.

For those who know history, particularly for Jews, that explanation has a chilling echo. It was standard procedure at Nazi concentration camps to tell those about to be murdered that they were going to take a “shower,” as they were herded into the…
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Move along, there’s nothing to see here
By Hank Silverberg                               

What was in the news this week?Let’s see, President Trump ditched our long-standing allies like a hot potato at the G-7 Summit
and went off to meet with North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un, that volcano is reshaping the coast line of Hawaii’s big island, and the Washington Capitals won the Stanley Cup. 
Certainly, those were all news stories. But we also heard a lot from Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani and plenty of speculation about what Bob Mueller is doing or not doing in the Russia investigation. Much of that information was inside politics.
Here are some stories you may have missed. The ones that got lost in all the screaming, pontificating and speculation about the others. There was some reporting on them, but the current government would like you to ignore them while much of the media is distracted by the reality show at the White House. 
Let’s start at the growing disaster area formally known as the …