*Any statements in this issue of the Watch which are not sourced are mine and identified by “WW”.
34% of Americans say the country is headed in the right direction while 59% say it is on the wrong track. This is the highest wrong track number since Trump was elected. Just before the election in October 2016 the wrong track number was 65%. (NBC/WSJ, 4/17) Continue reading “State of the Nation”
Donald Trump has now completed his first 100 days in office. It has been unlike the first 100 days of any presidency in modern memory. Continue reading “President Trump”
72% disapprove of the job being done by Congress while only 20% approve.
The last time the disapproval number was lower was in February of this year when it was 60%, before that it was February 2011 when the disapproval number was 69%. Continue reading “Congress”
Women in the Military
In 2013, then Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta lifted the ban on women serving in combat positions in the United States military. While many saw this as a positive step for women in the military, there are still many issues that need to be addressed to allow women the same opportunities as their male counterparts. Continue reading “Women Women Will Get It Done: Women in the Military and Women Firsts”
We first visited Zannchi with Beth and Sandy and then with Virginia and Tom. Continue reading “Restaurant: Zannchi”
Mirabelle is the newest downtown D.C. high-end restaurant. It opened for lunch on March 20th and for dinner on April 3rd. Continue reading “Restaurant: Mirabelle”
35% of Americans say the country is headed in the right direction while 60% say it is on the wrong track. (CBS News, 2/21/17)
Continue reading “State of the Nation”
The following is data from the 2016, 2012, 2008 and 2004 exit polls relative to the composition of the electorate in these elections. Here are a few reflections on this data.
Continue reading “A Last Look at the 2016 Election”
Two independents ran for president in 2016. Rather than run as independents and face the all but insurmountable task of securing a place on the ballot in every state, they each decided to seek the nomination of political parties that were already assured a place on the ballot in very state.
Continue reading “President Trump”
There is growing racial and ethnic diversity in the House and Senate. In the 107th Congress there were 36 Blacks, 19 Hispanics and 7 Asians. In this 115th Congress there are 49 Blacks, 39 Hispanics, 15 Asians and 2 Native Americans. [Pew Research Center] Continue reading “Congress”
There is an epidemic of violence against women in the United States. Every 9 seconds a woman is assaulted; every day more than three women are murdered by their partners; and one in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime. Continue reading “Women Will Get it Done: Violence against Women and Odds and Ends”
Debbie, Ann, Leslie, Nazan and Yolanda flew to Charleston for a bridge (the card game) getaway. Of course, that included trying out some of Charleston’s top restaurants. Debbie reported the following. Continue reading “Restaurant: F.I.G. (Food Is Good)”
Hunter’s Head was one of the restaurants that we had heard about from Kathleen and others. On the drive back from lunch at Kathleen’s (which was a treat) we passed Hunter’s Hand and on the spur of the moment stopped in to make a reservation for the following evening. That night we had dinner at Field & Main. Continue reading “Restaurant: Hunter’s Head Tavern”
This restaurant is the progeny of the original Tadich Grill in San Francisco which is apparently the oldest restaurant in the city. Continue reading “Restaurant: Tadich Grill”