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review 2020-07-28 06:53
An "inside the Beltway" account of a party in crisis
American Carnage: On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump - Tim Alberta

Though the title is taken from Donald Trump’s 2017 inaugural address, this book is about more than just the 45th president of the United States and his impact on the Republican Party. Instead what Tim Alberta provides is a Washington-eye view of the evolution of the national GOP from the 2008 election to the midway point of Trump’s presidency. A longtime political reporter, Alberta draws upon a wealth of interviews with many of the key Republicans in Congress, featuring them as they key figures in their party’s evolution from the pro-immigration supporters of free trade and fiscal restraint into the more nativist, protectionist, and xenophobic party they have become since 2016.

 

As Alberta demonstrates, the factors that led to this transformation were present well before Trump announced his candidacy for the presidency. By the end of George W. Bush’s presidency Congressional Republicans faced a lot of internal discontent with their deficit spending habits and the costs of two interminable wars in the Middle East, to which was added the onset of a severe recession. With Barack Obama’s victory over John McCain in 2008, Republican leaders feared they might be politically marginalized for the next generation. Even in the afterglow of Obama’s victory, though, his team recognized that they would likely face a backlash because of the dismal economic conditions and the hard choices before them.

 

That backlash was the Tea Party movement. Its energy translated into Republican victories up and down the ballot in the midterm election. Yet even as Republicans benefited electorally from public dissatisfaction with Obama’s administration, Alberta notes the emerging tension between the party leadership and the new members of the caucus, many of whom rode to victory on the basis of this dissatisfaction. The new House Speaker, John Boehner, bore the brunt of this conflict, as the more radicalized members of his majority often pressed for actions that Boehner (who at one time was considered on the extreme wing of the House Republican caucus) resisted as pointless. Such extremism proved counter-productive in the Senate races that year, as Alberta notes how the selection of the more radical candidates cost the Republicans winnable races that would have given them unified control of Congress.

 

This tension only grew over the next six years, inspiring ambitious Republicans and frustrating legislative achievements. With Obama’s reelection victory in 2012, many within the party worried that they were on an electorally unsustainable course that would prove disastrous. Three years later the Republicans had a primary field notable for its considerable diversity, yet in the end what the base desired most was not ideological extremism or detailed conservative proposals, but someone who tapped into their cultural anxieties. Enter Donald Trump, whose often outrageous rhetoric and media savvy combined to win the nomination over a number of prominent party figures. Though many Republican officeholders blanched at his statements, his unexpected victory cuffed them to a mercurial figure who demanded total loyalty and who was even willing to sacrifice political power to get it.

 

Drawing as he does from conversations with many of the key individuals involved, Alberta offers an insider’s account of a decade’s worth of American politics. As perceptive of much of his analysis is, though, Alberta’s book suffers from some unfortunate limitations. These are a consequence of his “inside the Beltway” focus, with little consideration of developments at the state and the local level. With only a marginal effort made to unpack the dynamics that often drove many of the events he describes, the Congressional maneuvering and political infighting he describes can assume a greater importance than it might otherwise possess. A more expansive coverage might have made for a stronger book, albeit perhaps a less readable one. For with its mixture of reporting and retrospective commentary, Alberta’s book serves as a compulsively readable record of an important moment in the history of the Republican Party, one the consequences of which continue to ripple outward.

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text 2020-06-12 16:21
Best 5 Most Beautiful Towns In The United States for Tourists
  1. what is going on everyone who wants to hear about cute small towns I think we all do I don't care who you are what you do or where you're from we've all at one point in our life seen or visited a small town and thought this place is beautiful I guess unless you're blind then maybe not maybe you had someone tell you about the one I don't know anyway sprinkled throughout the United States we have hundreds of adorable small towns I've had so many comments about these small towns I figure I had to make a list this list is obviously going to be very much opinion from my own experience, so let's take a look at my top 5 most beautiful towns in the United States:

 

Sitka Alaska SiC: Alaska is located on Baranof island on the Sitka sound SiC it has about 8,000 residents this town is number one because it's out of the way it has unparalleled mountain and ocean views at the same time some of the best air quality in the country and the people are really good people it's also big enough that it gets things but far enough to where it doesn't get too many people that sometimes is a problem in Alaska they're too far away they don't get people and they don't get like supplies at all but Sitka is in that perfect medium zone kind of thing the town itself is beautiful my friend Gary's wife Atta grew up there she left for college and then stayed in Portland the job was here she couldn't go back so that's what she did she told me she misses it all the time but yeah she can't go back right now she also said if you want to move to Sitka you better love crab because they have it there all the time if you just want to visit she said taken Alaskan cruise they stop there all the time and people don't hate the tourists they kind of like them because they know that's kind of what you know keeps the town going Sitka Alaska is number one on this list all right so that's my top ten beautiful towns in the United States hope you guys enjoyed it hope you got some information on this obviously this one was very much an opinion.

 

Eureka Springs, Arkansas: Eureka Springs will get a buttload of visitors every single year without fail tourists flock to this small Arkansas town of only 2,000 residents now first of all yes I did say people are flocking to some place in Arkansas I know that's totally foreign to most you and kind of mind-blowing but it's happening they go their ports close proximity to the Ozark National Forest and the Christ of the Ozark statue yeah that's a big thing there however it's staying in town is kind of a trip within itself not only you have the traditional options of like hotel or motels maybe even the air B&B or something like that but you can also rent a treehouse you can stay in a hobbit hole you know like The Hobbit little hole in the ground thing that's all nice it's weird it's nice but it's weird I want to go there soon anyway I have a friend that grew up not too far over there and this is how he described it the place reminds him of an old mining town that's been updated and cleaned up they kept all the traditional architecture for the most part and just kind of built around it and add it on and cleaned it up it's adorable.

 

 

Colorado is a tiny town with a population of only about a thousand residents you know it's tucked into the mountains near the San Juan National Forest this popular destination for tourists who want to take advantage of the town's nonsulfur hot spring so sometimes when you have hot springs that have sulfur in them you just really can't get Mirim these ones don't so it's really really nice now I've never been to this one but I have a couple of friends that have been going every couple years for almost 20 years I want to go there this next year and get some serious drone footage this place is beautiful all tucked away in the mountains there can't beat. (Delta Comfort Plus)

 

Senoia Georgia: Senoia is about an hour outside of Atlanta it's home to 3,000 residents and is famous for being one of the filming locations for the TV show.The Walking Dead because the show's popularity the town is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the area it's also home to Nick and Norman's restaurant which is owned by one of the show stars Norman Reedus who plays Daryl the dude with the crossbow Senoia is a beautiful southern town the downtown area is held on to the old buildings and its history pretty well Main Street is like the all-American Main Street with shops and restaurants up and down the street a nice little grass violin down the middle of the two lanes it's beautiful this place makes me want to eat apple pie and watch baseball here.

 

Midway Utah: Midway is home to a little over 3,000 residents located about an hour east of Salt Lake City during the winter the town turns into a snowy Wonderland the buildings are all that Chalet style architecture loads of people come for swiss days a celebration of the town swiss founders other attractions include the homestead caldera ice castles the homestead crater and more there's a lot of stuff to do around here not just during the winter but during the winter this place looks like a romantic commercial for some jewelry company I kid you not take a look.

 

Also Read: A Descriptive Guide About Delta Comfort Plus To Travel In [2020]

 

 

Source: medium.com/@stevejohnson8285/a-descriptive-guide-about-delta-comfort-plus-to-travel-in-2020-928897d2d8bf
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url 2020-03-21 14:52
Literary Hub: The first lines of 10 classic novels, rewritten for social distancing.

 

Pride and Prejudice
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be hoarding toilet paper.

 

(Midu shared this on LinkedIn the other day; thought I'd pass it on.)

 

And there are a couple of repuposed last lines, too ...

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text 2020-01-31 05:24
Botox: Fast and Very Convenient Way to a Smooth Unwrinkled Skin

 

What is Botox?

 

 

Botox is the most mainstream non-careful restorative treatment. It's made of a protein called botulinum poison, which hinders certain nerves to loosen up the facial muscles. By loosening up muscle action, Botox smoothes crow's feet, grimace lines, and eye/brow wrinkles. Botox can last from three to four months, contingent upon the treatment.

 

Botox is administered as an injectable mainly for purposes of skin rejuvenation, reduction of facial wrinkling, and other cosmetic treatments on the face. Buy Botox Online is essentially a purified protein extracted from botulinum toxin and is used for cosmetic treatment in people from age 18 to 65 years.

 

Low doses of Botox are injected under the skin to relax facial muscles. Botox Cosmetic is a neuromuscular inhibitor that blocks signals to facial muscles preventing them from contracting and forming wrinkles. The effects of Botox are extremely localized and will not affect the ability of an individual to make normal expressions with their face. High doses of Botox will severely impede the function of facial muscles.

 

Botox treatment a short period of time and can be performed anywhere even outside a hospital setting. In fact, Botox treatment is over within a matter of minutes meaning it can be done over a lunch break. Treatment starts off with the initial consultation to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure, the dosage required, and the exact locations of treatment. The procedure is carried out without anesthesia. However, patients can request for topical numbing agents to reduce the levels of discomfort.

 

The use of a tiny syringe to administer Botox into the targeted muscles increases precision and reduces the level of discomfort. From start to finish, the entire process can take 15 minutes. Thereafter, the patient is at liberty to resume normal activities without the need for recovery or medical leave.

 

The effects of Botox treatment are noticeable within a few days of receiving the injections. There will be a reduction of facial lines and wrinkles that were originally visible on your face. You can enjoy the youthful looks from Botox treatment for a period of up to six months.

 

For facial skin rejuvenation through Botox in Ottawa, Botox Ottawa Downtown will provide high-quality treatments for the best results.

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text 2020-01-06 12:59
REVIEW BY DEBBIE - AUDIO - Changing Lines (Harrisburg Railers #1) by R.J. Scott & V.L. Locey, narrated by Sean Crisden
Changing Lines (Harrisburg Railers #1) - V.L. Locey, Sean Crisden,RJ Scott

@SignalBoostPR, @debbiereadsbook, @vllocey, @Rjscott_author, #Contemporary, #M_M, #Sports, #Romance, 4 out of 5 (very good)

 
Can Tennant show Jared that age is just a number, and that love is all that matters?
 
The Rowe Brothers are famous hockey hotshots, but as the youngest of the trio, Tennant has always had to play against his brothers’ reputations. To get out of their shadows, and against their advice, he accepts a trade to the Harrisburg Railers, where he runs into Jared Madsen. Mads is an old family friend and his brother’s one-time teammate. Mads is Tennant’s new coach. And Mads is the sexiest thing he’s ever laid eyes on.
 
Jared Madsen’s hockey career was cut short by a fault in his heart, but coaching keeps him close to the game. When Ten is traded to the team, his carefully organized world is thrown into chaos. Nine years his junior and his best friend’s brother, he knows Ten is strictly off-limits, but as soon as he sees Ten’s moves, on and off the ice, he knows that his heart could get him into trouble again.
Source: archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/post/2020/01/06/changing-lines-harrisburg-railers-1-by-rj-scott-vl-locey
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