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Archive for December 2019

The week in review with Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda

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Guest: Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda…….The impeachment vote but what happens to the articles now?……..the politics of impeachment……the 2020 Democrats debate again……and other stories…..click to listen:

Source: The week in review with Bill Katz, the editor of Urgent Agenda 12/22 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics

Merry Christmas and President Lincoln 1864

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In 2004, we started a tradition of posting something historic on holidays.  

Today, we remember President Lincoln and Christmas 1864:  

One hundred fifty years ago, the United States experienced its last holiday season of the Civil War. For the past three Decembers, President Abraham Lincoln had been frustrated by defeats on the battlefield and the continuation of a seemingly endless war. This Christmas of 1864 however, President Lincoln had much to celebrate. He was glad First Lady Mary Lincoln had returned safely from a shopping trip to Philadelphia; on December 21 he had telegraphed her: “Do not come on the night train. It is too cold. Come in the morning.”1
In addition to being elected to a second term in November, President Lincoln had good news from the front indicating the Confederate war effort might be coming to an end. General Philip Sheridan drove the Confederates out of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, and a Confederate effort to capture Nashville, Tennessee resulted in the defeat and near collapse of Confederate forces in the Western Theater. Perhaps the largest victory of all, however, came as an early Christmas gift to Lincoln in the form of a telegram from General William Tecumseh Sherman. The telegram read, “I beg to present you, as a Christmas gift, the city of Savannah, with 150 heavy guns and plenty of ammunition, and also about 25,000 bales of cotton.”2
With Savannah in Northern hands, victory seemed that much closer to President Lincoln. Washington celebrated the news of the fall of Savannah with a 300-gun salute. The same day Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles attended the Lincolns’ Christmas reception for the cabinet at the White House, where he bragged “of the achievements of the South Atlantic Blockading squadron in capturing Savannah, while also being kind enough to acknowledge that the forces under General Sherman had rendered the navy some not inconsiderable help!” After the navy secretary left the room Lincoln and several other military officers observed ruefully that Welles seemed to think the capture of Savannah was a naval victory.3
On Christmas Day 1864, Tad Lincoln, the President’s young son, embraced the spirit of the holidays, inviting several cold and hungry newsboys he had met into the White House for Christmas dinner. Although the unexpected guests were a surprise to the White House cook, the president welcomed them and allowed them to stay for dinner. Thomas Pendel, a bodyguard and doorkeeper appointed during the Lincoln administration, recalled in an interview: “’We didn’t have many doings in those days’ says Mr. Pendel, ‘there were too many grave things to think about. . . Mrs. Lincoln used to buy a great many presents for Tad, but he could amuse himself with the ‘bucktails’ better than with playthings.’”4
As Lincoln celebrated his last Christmas both in the White House and during his life, he probably reflected upon previous loss and a hopeful future. During Lincoln’s last peacetime Christmas in 1860, the Lincoln family was in Springfield, Illinois. Lincoln had been elected president. Although war had not broken out, war clouds loomed over the nation. That Christmas Eve, Lincoln’s close friend Senator Edward Baker visited Lincoln. One year later, Baker was dead, having been killed at the Battle of Ball’s Bluff in October 1861. In February 1862, the President experienced another personal loss when his son Willie suddenly fell ill and died in the White House. The holiday season of 1862 was marred by the Union defeat at the Battle of Fredericksburg only a few weeks before Christmas. On January 1, 1863 President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation redefining the purpose of the war and, by the end of 1863, victories at Gettysburg and Vicksburg had bolstered the Union cause.
Members of Company K of the 150th Pennsylvania Infantry celebrated Christmas in winter quarters on the grounds of the White House in 1863 and 1864. While several years previously they had enjoyed the holiday season with their families in Pennsylvania, they were now celebrating with their fellow comrades protecting the president and his family. The White House functioned as Lincoln’s command hub. Within the War Department, a short walk from the executive residence, Lincoln stayed in constant communication with his generals by telegraph.
The Lincoln White House celebrated the Christmas of 1864 on a more positive note as the end of the war was in sight. While challenges remained, Union victory seemed inevitable that Christmas season. Although Lincoln would not see another Christmas, the decisions he made during his time at the White House to prevent the dissolution of the Union ensured the nation would endure, and through Lincoln’s presidency the White House came to symbolize for all time the trials of the office.

Merry Christmas and Feliz Navidad.

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December 21, 2019 at 3:40 pm

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Merry Christmas and happy new year

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December 20, 2019 at 7:20 pm

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Christmas 2019 with Frank Burke author and businessman

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Guest: Frank Burke, businessman and author……We will talk about Christmas 2019 and Happy New Year 2020……………….

Source: Christmas 2019 with Frank Burke, author & businessman 12/20 by Silvio Canto Jr | Current Events

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December 20, 2019 at 7:00 pm

One liberal columnist has a message for Dems

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We’ve been reporting that impeachment is a losing proposition for Democrats.

Add Chris Cillizza to the list calling on Democrats to cut their losses and change the subject. He cites recent public opinion polls:

But what the trend line in recent weeks suggests is that the intense focus on impeachment has marginally helped, not hurt Trump. 

The change in public opinion is slight, yes. 

And it may well be temporary. But for the moment, it’s the sort of thing that has to make Democrats a little (and maybe more than a little) nervous about the path they have chosen.

Yes, the trend line is not good for Democrats.  President Trump may have been re-elected when the speaker wore a black dress and read the Pledge of Alliance.

Speaker Pelosi made several mistakes here:

1. She bought the nonsense that the Ukraine phone call would crack Republican support.  She would have enjoyed more success with a censure resolution condemning the phone call.

2. The hearings were so one-sided that they did not change the needle.

3. She missed an opportunity to pull the plug on impeachment this week.  She could have pulled it off the schedule until further notice.

Speaker Pelosi is now living the partisan nightmare she warned us about a few months ago.  In other members, no Republicans joined Democrats in voting for impeachment.

I wonder if Speaker Pelosi wishes she’d done this very differently!  My guess is yes.

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December 20, 2019 at 6:10 am

Impeachment and the other stories of the day with Leslie Eastman

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Guest: Leslie Eastman, contributor to Legal Insurrection……. We will be covering the news of today from impeachment to Merry Christmas…. and other stories….click to listen:

Source: Impeachment and the other stories of the day with Leslie Eastman 12/19 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics

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December 19, 2019 at 2:00 pm

Thursday’s video: And now what happens to the articles of impeachment?

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December 19, 2019 at 1:00 pm