Opinion Opinion | No, Mr. President, you can’t do what you want

17:48  20 april  2017
17:48  20 april  2017 Source:   MSN

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Public opinion in this country runs like a shower bath. We have no temperature between hot and cold —Heywood Broun. The pressure of public opinion is like the pressure of the atmosphere; you can ’ t see it —but, all the same, it is sixteen pounds to the square inch —James R. Lowell, interview with

In general, an opinion is a judgment, viewpoint, or statement that is not conclusive. It may deal with subjective matters in which there is no conclusive finding. What distinguishes fact from opinion is that facts are more likely to be verifiable, i.e. can be agreed to by the consensus of experts.

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Two issues are paramount in American politics. The first is whether President Trump will get away with his arrogant dismissal of the public’s right to a transparent government free of corrupting conflicts of interest. The second is whether those who would hold him to account remain focused, mobilized and determined.

They are related. There are many reasons to stand against Trump, but the one that should take precedence — because it is foundational for decent governance — is his autocratic assumption that he is above the expectations that apply to us normal humans.

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1a : a view, judgment, or appraisal formed in the mind about a particular matter We asked them for their opinions about the new stadium.b : approval, esteem I have no great opinion of his work.

Should Trump separate himself completely from his business interests, as presidents had been doing for more than four decades? His implicit message is always: No, I can do what I want.

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Should he release his income-tax returns so the public can see where conflicts might exist — including whether he will benefit from his own tax proposals? No, he says, I can do what I want.

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The OED entry for opinion reflects this apparent preference, offering one example each for “ opinion on” and “ opinion about,” but 24 for “ opinion of.” All three sound fine to me. Want to make money freelance writing online?

Seeing nothing that can darken or embarrass the question, they expect to find their own opinion universally prevalent, and are inclined to impute uncertainty and hesitation to want of honesty, rather than of knowledge. Samuel Johnson, The Rambler, no. 121 (May 14, 1751).

Should he continue former president Barack Obama’s practice of making the White House visitor logs public so all can know who might be influencing his policies? No, he says, I can do what I want — including shutting down access to those logs and telling citizens to go stuff it if they claim any right to know what’s going on in the building they collectively own.

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In the opinion of Mr . Harrison, this 'is the age of accurate translation. Says he's got some serious problems he'd like old Miguel's opinion on. See the great blessing of an easy faith; opinion cannot err. Yet 'the evolution of opinion is part of the whole evolution'.

George Gallup, the vice president of Young and Rubicon, and numerous other advertising experts, led the way. However, most western democratic nations don' t support the entire prohibition of the publication of pre-election opinion polls; most of them have no regulation and some only prohibit it in

Should he stop turning the presidency into a permanent and profitable vacation by spending one out of every five minutes at Mar-a-Lago or nearby golf courses, as The Post’s Philip Bump reported? Should we know the full cost of his gallivanting and how many of the millions of dollars involved are circulating back to his family through the charges Trump’s resorts impose on the government? No, he says, I can do what I want.

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The desires, wants , and thinking of the majority of the people – or the collective opinion of the people of a society or state on an issue or problem – is called public opinion . The English term "public opinion " dates back to the seventeenth century work by John Locke

Should we know why it is that, according to The Post’s Greg Miller, Trump “appears increasingly isolated within his own administration” in calling for warmer relations with Russia even as almost everyone else in his government issues “blistering critiques of Moscow”? Should he disclose details of his business ties to Russian interests and oligarchs? Should he stop resisting investigations into whether his campaign was complicit in Russia’s interference in the election that made him president? No, he says, I can do what I want.

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NDTV opinion features opinion articles, analysis, discussion on politics, government, economy, current affair, social issues by top columnists in India. For 13 days now, my father has been up on a wall at home, and his memories have haunted me no end.

an opinion of sb/sth Her opinion of Adam changed after he'd helped her with her project. She has a high opinion of his abilities. I have a rather poor opinion of the sales manager. › [ C ] a judgment made by an expert

And then there was Sunday’s referendum in Turkey (whose outcome the opposition says was rigged) that narrowly approved constitutional changes giving President Recep Tayyip Erdogan nearly authoritarian powers. Did Trump express concern about democracy? Nope. He called Erdogan to congratulate him. Why?

Asked about Turkey in a December 2015 interview with, of all people, Stephen K. Bannon — now his chief strategist who back then hosted a radio show on Breitbart — Trump admitted: “I have a little conflict of interest because I have a major, major building in Istanbul.” He also described Erdogan as “a strong leader” and added: “I thrive on complicated.” Should we be able to know how Trump was influenced by his “complicated” Turkish interests, including his “major, major” project? No, he says, I can do what I want.

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A judicial opinion is a form of legal opinion written by a judge or a judicial panel in the course of resolving a legal dispute, providing the decision reached to resolve the dispute, and usually indicating the facts which led to the dispute and an analysis of the law used to arrive at the decision.

And a last question: If Hillary Clinton had done any one of the things described above, is there any doubt about what Republicans in Congress would be saying and doing? As long as all but a few honorable Republicans remain silent, GOP leaders will be miring their party in the muck of Trump’s norm-breaking. No, they are saying, he can do what he wants.

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In the opinion of Mr . Harrison, this 'is the age of accurate translation. The Quarterly Review, Volume 162, No. 324, April, 1886 Various. Says he's got some serious problems he'd like old Miguel's opinion on.

This is why only pressure from an engaged and resolute citizenry can convince Republican politicians of the costs of being Trump enablers. Jon Ossoff, the Democratic hopeful in Tuesday’s special election in a very Republican Georgia congressional district, managed 48.1 percent of the vote, just missing the majority he needed to avoid a June 20 runoff.

Those who rallied to Ossoff (including Republicans and independents deeply offended by Trump’s ways) must remain committed between now and June to send a clear message to the president that transcends the usual partisanship: No, you can’t just do what you want in crushing transparency and blurring all lines between your own interests and the public’s.

It’s said that Trump always skates away. Not true. Those he ripped off in his Trump University scam stuck with the fight and forced Trump to settle a lawsuit he said (in an untruth typical of his approach) he would never settle. The country’s citizens can prevail, too, if we insist on calling out a self-absorbed huckster who treats us all as easily bamboozled fools.

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Manafort-linked lobbying firm registers as foreign agent .
A Washington lobbying firm that worked under the direction of Paul Manafort and another former campaign aide to President Donald Trump registered Friday with the Justice Department as a foreign agent — the same day a spokesman for Manafort backed off his previous statement that Manafort would also register.Jason Maloni, a spokesman for Manafort, said he was wrong when he told The Associated Press earlier this month that Manafort would register with the Justice Department. Maloni said Manafort is still considering his options after receiving guidance from the Justice Department about formally disclosing his efforts to influence U.S.

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