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first_imgAPPARENTLY, TRUMP IS A WINNER SURROUNDED BY LOSERSRaging Moderate by Will DurstDonald Trump is a winner. Just ask him. After all, he won the presidential election. They don’t get much bigger than that. And winners find it distasteful to hang with losers. And that is exactly what someone filled his staff with. Big-time losers. Which is why they are getting replaced faster than lead changes in a NASCAR race with staggered starts and the cars outfitted with 12-ounce gas tanks.The Republican Senate similarly failed the president in their gazillionth attempt to undo ObamaCare. And although he can’t fire them, he did intimidate and insult and threaten members of his own party through a series of devastating tweets. You could say, his adept contempt for their inept attempt was to a major extent not exempt of torment. But you probably won’t.After kicking around the idea of how to replace ObamaCare for 7 years, Republicans found themselves bereft of ideas and unraveled to where their mantra of “Repeal and Replace” shrank to a faint echo of “Repeal Now and Then Maybe Replace with Something Else Later On. Maybe Not.” With the emphasis on the “not.”In a rare televised 2 a.m. vote the GOP Senate proved unable to convince three of their own to vote on something called the “Skinny Repeal.” And it all crashed down to the Senate floor with a thud that could have stirred Everett Dirksen out of his slumbering repose.The Skinny Repeal was a last ditch effort after the Fat Repeal was discarded for lacking public support. Neither did the Plump, Portly, Rotund or Tubby Repeal display much appeal amongst people destined to lose coverage. And nobody ever talks about the Pudgy or Obese Repeals, which were mothballed without ever seeing the light of day, presumably gathering dust in Senator Ted Cruz’s closet.The most dramatic moment in the demise of the Skinny Repeal was not the final count, 51 nays to 49 yeas, but the way it went down. Senator John McCain strode briskly forward and cast a decisive thumbs- down, mercifully sending a sleepy Vice President Mike Pence home, who was only hanging around to break a tie. Way past his bedtime.Not surprisingly, McCain’s motivation is now being questioned. Is this a return to his normal irascible renegade self, or is he purposely sticking it to a President he sees as morally vacant, or after being diagnosed with brain cancer, did he find it repugnant to leave a publicly paid hospital stay in his home state of Arizona, to fly on the taxpayer’s dime to throw millions off health care so rich people could have more money? He’s not talking.Since the Skinny Repeal failed, Senator Mitch McConnell reportedly has scuttled attempts to fashion a Scrawny Repeal much less a Slender, Gaunt, Malnourished, Emaciated or Anorexic Repeal. And the Cadaverous Repeal is dead on arrival. The upshot being, the Majority Leader might be forced to actually compromise with Democrats. His worst nightmare come true. Then, next week, locusts.President Trump immediately tweeted his preferred remedy is to let ObamaCare implode. Because having a leader willing sacrifice constituents to prove a point is one sure way to Make America Great Again. And Donald Trump will continue to be a winner. Perhaps the only one.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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first_imgI like convenient food that is simple, plain and easy to eat, without being too messy.For lunch, I make cheese and ham sarnies from soft, white Warburtons buns that are already cut for you or buy Ginsters Simply Chicken sandwiches on malted brown bread from the shop near university. I go to the shop because I can’t be bothered waiting in-line at the canteen. It’s always too long!If I go to the supermarket I pick up white Kingsmill because it’s easy to toast. I always buy a drink when I buy a sarnie, either Coke or Fanta.About once every fortnight I go to Subway and get the meatball Sub with salad, peppers and chilli sauce.When I go on holiday to Portugal, I really like the glazed doughnuts there – they are made fresh in the morning. They are much softer and nicer than the average British doughnut. I’m really not bothered about health concerns and so on.I often buy meat and potato pies and sausage rolls from places like Greggs. I take them home and eat them on a plate with a knife and fork and tomato sauce.I hate to get messy when I’m eating and don’t like stuff, such as baked beans in pasties. I also find that cakes are often too sickly and sweet for me. I really like gingerbread men though!Ben Gabriel is in his second year studying economics at the University of Central Lancashire, PrestonEach month, British Baker will ask a member of the public to give their views on baked goodslast_img read more

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Ex-Real Madrid president in intensive care battling coronavirus

first_img Read Also: Pogba makes coronavirus fund-raising pledge The number of confirmed cases stood at 11,650 on Wednesday morning. Malaga-based youth team football coach Francisco Garcia, 20, died on Sunday after being diagnosed with leukaemia, coronavirus and pneumonia. He was admitted to hospital four days earlier after the onset of what his family and their GP thought at first was a common cold. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted Content10 Completely Unexpected Facts About The US President’s DaughterPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our Future6 Best Movie Cars You Could Own But Probably Can’t AffordThe Most Exciting Cities In The World To Visit10 Of The Best Places Around The World To Go StargazingBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemFascinating Ceilings From Different CountriesA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs12 Stars You Would Never Recognize Without Their Signature LookBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made Former Real Madrid president Lorenzo Sanz is in intensive care in hospital after testing positive for coronavirus. The 76-year-old, who signed players including Brazilian Roberto Carlos and hired Fabio Capello as manager during his five-year tenure, is said to be “serious” at the Jimenez Diaz Foundation in Madrid. Lorenzo Sanz won the Champions League twice as Real Madrd president His son Fernando, a former Real Madrid player, told Spanish media he had tried to treat himself at home so he didn’t put the hospital system under strain before his condition worsened, adding: “We are quite worried. “My dad had a fever for eight days and was taking paracetamol. “He got worse because he couldn’t breathe properly. He was admitted to hospital with a lack of oxygen in his blood. They’ve told my mum he was bad.” His other son Lorenzo added in a social media post on Tuesday night: “Overwhelmed by the displays of affection you’re all sending. “I’m sure my dad is going to get through this. Thank you to everyone.” Diabetic dad-of-five Mr Sanz, who was replaced by current president Florentino Perez in 2005, hired former England boss Capello as manager in his first full season in charge. His big signings included Roberto Carlos, Predrag Mijatovic, Clarence Seedorf and Davor Suker. Real Madrid won the Champions League twice under his reign. One of his two daughters is married to former Real Madrid and Blackburn Rovers player Michel Salgado. More than 500 people with coronavirus have died in the ongoing crisis in Spain.last_img read more