Upcoming Discussion Sessions:
· 9am Monday July 22 at the North Shore Senior Center
· 9:30am Wednesday July 17 at the JCC on Revere Drive
· 10am Thursday July 18 at the Northbrook Library
· 7:15pm Wednesday August 7 at The Lodge
NO DISCUSSION GROUP AT ALL ON JULY 25
Rep. Omar has made anti-Semitic remarks. Trump says “She hates our country, and Israel”. She represents a district in Michigan that apparently feels as she does. How is this any different from districts in the South who send Representatives to Congress who are anti-Black, anti-Muslim and xenophobic? How much do both extremes represent the true moral compass of our country?
Who is likely to receive greater support in today’s Democratic Party: “Mainstream” Moderates, or more Progressive/Activist younger voters?
How much does Social Media affect the political landscape?
Democrat’s highest polled Hopefuls are currently: Biden, Harris, Sanders, Warren. Who do you see possibly breaking out to join them as the Democrats most solid contenders? If Joe Biden candidacy fails, which Moderate is likely to replace him? Or do you believe it’s more likely that Democrats will nominate a Progressive/Activist?
Would America support “Medicare for all” as proposed by Liberal Democrats? Biden supports expanding Obamacare by adding a public option. Which plan might have greater appeal?
ICE began going after thousands of illegal immigrants targeted for deportation. Does action like this slow down the flow of migrants at our border? How will it play out, politically? What is the primary cause of the crisis at our Southern Border? Is separating children from their parents working as a deterrent? How culpable is Congress for not legislating to either temper the influx, or provide the resources to deal with the numbers arriving? What is the President’s responsibility to address it? Does a strong anti-immigration focus help Republicans/Trump now as much as it did for 2016?
How important is the Citizenship Question courts denied being added to the 2020 Census?
Should the Women’s US Soccer Team be compensated the same as the Men’s?
The door opened on an armored truck spilling $175,000 on an Atlanta highway. Less than $5,000 was returned. It was covered by insurance. What would you do if this happened on Willow?
Did the 4th of July military display at the Lincoln Memorial help increase Patriotism or diminish it further? Patriotic? Or “It’s not who we are as a country”? Pride in America has fallen to 45%--lowest level since Gallup started polling in 2001. Did this event help matters?
Despite public outcry, TN Gov. Lee re-signed a proclamation declaring 7/13 as Nathan Bedford Forrest Day, honoring the KKK grand wizard and former Confederate general. Your thoughts.
The Supreme Court say gerrymandering is a political decision not settled by any Federal Court. Roberts: “It might seem unjust, but we just can’t solve this. It’s not our role. It has to be handled by state and national legislatures.” In other words, Roberts expects injustice caused by skewed voting districts must be fixed by these same skewed voting districts. What can be done?
Mueller will honor the Democrat’s subpoena and appear before Congress on July 24. What kind of difference will this make?
What should we make of the Epstein situation, and Acosta’s resignation?
Sanders wants the government to wipe clean student debt held by 45 million Americans - including all private and graduate school debt - as part of a package that makes public universities, community colleges and trade schools tuition-free. He pays with a tax on Wall Street his campaign says will raise more than $2 trillion over 10 years, though some tax experts give lower revenue estimates. Good idea?
Eagle Scout Rapist? A New Jersey judge ruled a 16-year-old boy accused of raping a drunk teenage girl should have leniency because "he comes from a good family," attended an excellent school and was an "Eagle Scout." The judge expressed concern whether the victim's family had considered the "devastating effect" a trial in adult court would have on the boy's life.
Two and a half years into his term, Trump has little to show for breaking with erstwhile Republican Party orthodoxy on trade and budget policy. Far from delivering on his promise to cut America’s trade deficit, Trump has presided over a ballooning deficit that’s on pace to be some 25% higher than when he took office. This is happening at a time when the budget deficit is widening and the country’s public debt is well on its way to exceeding 90% of GDP. What are the consequences?
Why is FOX now being so critical of Trump to the point of his wrath?
Do you believe Donald Trump did rape his latest accuser, or is she lying to sell books? Will America simply move on—because Trump’s “bimbo” issue was “litigated” during the 2016 race…and he won? How much of an election issue is “morality” for Republicans if not for Trump?
A group of Israeli scientists have developed a method that allows gender to be designated at conception. While this could be a game-changer for livestock breeders…in theory the method would work for humans. Your thoughts.
An Alabama woman was charged with manslaughter because she started an argument that led to her being shot in the abdomen killing the fetus. Charges were eventually dropped.
How likely is it that Trump will replace Pence with Nikki Haley to win over more Women? Is it virtually guaranteed if Democrats put a woman on the ticket as the top of the Ticket or VP?
Elizabeth Warren calls for repealing the decades-old law criminalizing unauthorized border crossing ― the law the administration used to systematically split up families. Good idea?
Should felons who have completed their sentence be allowed to vote? An estimated 6.1 million people with a felony conviction are barred from voting in elections - a condition known as disenfranchisement. Each state has its own laws on disenfranchisement.