Yet the gap persists

overreach – “Outlining the “property to be seized” by the more than 30 agents who rummaged through the former president’s Mar-a-Lago mansion, the warrant demanded confiscation of any document Trump ever saw, read, or created for the entirety of his four years as commander-in-chief.” —  Tristan Justice: BREAKING: FBI Demanded Any Record Trump Saw As POTUS

Plenary, can’t you read? – “Everyone who believes that Trump committed a criminal act is wrong.  These claims completely misunderstand the nature of Trump’s (indeed, of every president’s) plenary power and how it plays out with respect to documents and classified information.” —  Andrea Widburg: No, Trump didn’t committ actionable treason or espionage – American Thinker — “the only proof you need that Trump declassified the documents is the fact that, when he was still president, Trump treated them as declassified”

Precedent. Does it matter anymore” – “The president’s defense is rooted in the legal principal that the president and vice president are the ultimate declassifying authority of the U.S. government and through executive orders most recently issued in 2003 by George W. Bush and Barack Obama in 2009 that specifically exempt the president and vice president from having to follow the stringent declassification procedures every other federal agency and official must follow.” —  John Solomon: New twist in FBI raid: Trump had ‘standing order’ to declassify documents taken to residence | Just The News — “Officials said it is likely the FBI will seek to find any officials or witnesses who knew or can confirm there was a “standing order” as described by the Trump statement. But in the end, officials said the president’s declassification powers were sweeping and likely would be viewed as such by the courts.”

Trope time – “I’m disappointed in Fox for feeding me this completely predictable propaganda couched as original material.” … “I’ve begun to hear a plan of escape.  “Well, we have to admit he is emotionally unhinged,” a man from my church told me” —  Susan D. Harris: Don’t abandon Trump because you have a DeSantis in your back pocket – American Thinker — “I believe that if we do not stand up and speak out to defend this one man who has sacrificed so much for our Republic, we’re no longer the kind of people who deserve a Republic.”

The brick wall – “It can be frustrating engaging in a discussion where facts are denied or distorted.  Equally frustrating is dealing with beliefs that are treated as facts and dependent on sound bites” —  Brian Spinosa: Talking Climate Change with Science-Deniers, Distorters, and Sound-Biters – American Thinker — “Pursuing a goal of preventing climate change seems egotistical.  Utilizing the human ability to adapt to the Earth’s ever changing complex climate system seems a better option.”

“Medical education, medical research, and standards of competence have been upended by two related hypotheses: that systemic racism is responsible both for racial disparities in the demographics of the medical profession and for racial disparities in health outcomes” … “medical schools and medical societies are discarding traditional standards of merit in order to alter the demographic characteristics of their profession. That demolition of standards rests on an a priori truth: that there is no academic skills gap between whites and Asians, on the one hand, and blacks and Hispanics, on the other. No proof is needed for this proposition” —  : The Corruption of Medicine | City Journal — “Now, tragically, when it comes to the contention that racism is the defining trait of the medical profession and the source of health disparities, opposing views have been ruled out of bounds and are grounds for being purged. The separation of politics and science is no longer seen as a source of empirical strength; it is instead a racist dodge that risks “reinforcing existing power structures,” according to the editor of Health Affairs. – The guardians of science have turned on science itself.”

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