*Any statements in this issue of the Watch which are not sourced are mine and identified by “WW”.
31% of Americans say the country is headed in the right direction while 64% say it is on the wrong track. [CBS, 10/30/17] Continue reading “State of the Nation”
Democrats had run away victories in the gubernatorial races in New Jersey and Virginia. In New Jersey, Phil Murphy–in his first run for public office–was easily elected governor. In Virginia, Lt. Governor Ralph Northam handily won the governorship. Continue reading “The 2017 Election”
It is Friday afternoon September 29, 2017 and HHS Secretary Tom Price’s resignation is announced. The following are the times that the announcements from various news organizations hit my inbox. Continue reading “This and That”
This particular item is quite different from anything I have written about before in the Washington Watch, so forgive my interjection of this topic. And if you are not curious feel free to move on to the next section which is “Quotes”.
A while back my niece Nicki turned 50. I sent her a financial gift and when she sent me a thank you note she said she had given the money to the St. Louis Diaper Bank. Continue reading “Diapers”
(Courtesy of Simma Leibman; other sources as noted)
“He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary.” – William Faulkner about Ernest Hemingway Continue reading “Quotes”
On November 5, 2017, Gallup found that 37% of Americans approve of President Trump’s job performance and 57% disapprove. Continue reading “President Trump”
It has become increasingly clear that the top of President Trump’s agenda is to repeal or otherwise undercut in any way possible anything that is seen as action taken by President Obama. Continue reading “About President Trump”
The Trump administration has taken a series of steps to cut funding for abortion providers and promote conservative reproductive policies, moving forward what supporters and opponents say could be the most antiabortion presidential agenda in recent memory. Continue reading “Disassembling”
The following is a list of people who have been mentioned as potential candidates in 2020. Folks are on the list whether or not they have claimed or disclaimed any interest in running. Continue reading “2020”
The Congress as a whole remains in a state of substantial disapproval by the folks who elected them and there seems little prospect for that changing any time soon. Going back at least ten years it is not possible to find a time when approval of Congress exceeded disapproval. Continue reading “Congress”
48% of currently employed women in the United States say they have personally experienced an “unwelcome sexual advance or verbal or physical harassment” at work. Continue reading “Women Will Get It Done: Harassment”
Linda, Tevy, Paula, Corey, Debbie and I went to Ghibellina on a week night. Linda was the fifth grade teacher of the owner of the restaurant who was not there this particular evening. Continue reading “Restaurant: Ghibellina”
Debbie and I had two visits to Silver. Overall, the first visit with Bob and Rita was quite good, with the exception of one dish that was a little too spicy. We left there feeling quite good about the service and the food.
Our second visit with Tom put a bit of a damper on our initial impression. Continue reading “Restaurant: Silver”