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George H.W. Bush: a Kind and Compassionate Human Being to the End

The last civic duty undertaken by the late president George Herbert Walker Bush — a man who placed Service Above Self — was to vote in the 2018 midterm elections.

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Houston, TX, United States (4E) – The last civic duty undertaken by the late president George Herbert Walker Bush — a man who placed Service Above Self — was to vote in the 2018 midterm elections.

The photo of the compassionate former president (dubbed “41” since he was the 41st president) slumped in a wheelchair in front of a voting machine accompanied by long-time friend Jim Baker and his service dog Sully, illustrates as no other photo the depth of Bush’s immense love of country over self.

Bush died Nov. 30, age 94, at his home in Houston, Texas from complications from vascular parkinsonism, a form of Parkinson’s disease. This debilitating illnesss forced him to use a motorized scooter or wheelchair for the last six years. He died seven months after his beloved wife, Barbara and 65 years after the death of his eldest child, Pauline Robinson, who died from leukemia in 1953.

Bush has been described as the best qualified candidate for president since Dwight D. Eisenhower by some historians. Before winning the presidency in 1988 against Democrat Michael Dukakis, Bush was a Senator representing Texas; Director of the Central Intelligence Agency; U.S. Ambassador to China; Permanent U.S. Representative to the United Nations and Vice-President from 1980 to 1988 under Ronald Reagan.

His immense foreign policy and intelligence expertise stood America in good stead when the communist Soviet Union quickly collapsed in 1989. His response to this collapse was to build a strong relationship with the leaders of the new Russian Federation and not gloating over the demise of a Cold War adversary Reagan scorned as “The Evil Empire.”

He sent U.S. troops to liberate Kuwait from Saddam Hussein’s Iraq in the 1991 Gulf War, and created a coalition of the willing that defeated the Iraqis. He also authorized the U.S. invasion of Panama that overthrew Gen. Manuel Noriega, who was about to transform the country into a nacro-state.

He was left embittered at the time by losing his re-election bid to the brash but more charismatic Governor of Arkansas, Bill Clinton, in the 1992 presidential election. After this defeat, Bush and his wife threw themselves into helping others, especially the less fortunate.

The Bushes are credited with raising over $1 billion for charity. He later formed a lifelong and very close friendship with Bill Clinton, who once famously said of Bush: “I love this man.”

A champion of bipartisan cooperation, Bush extended his hand to the Democrats who controlled both houses of Congress when he was elected president. Bush, a staunch conservative, campaigned on a pledge never to raise taxes.

His immortal phrase, “Read my lips. No new taxes,” has since become part of American political lore. Bush, however, had to break this promise to resuscitate a deficit-laden economy bankrupted by Reaganomics and its massive tax cuts that only served to make the rich far richer.

Political pundits agree the Bush tax increases were also a factor in his defeat to Clinton. Republican voters deserted him in droves.

Bush the humanitarian, however, will be better remembered in history than Bush the president. He was an avid believer in volunteerism, which he extolled in a famous speech as “a thousand Points of Light.”

“I will keep America moving forward, always forward, for a better America, for an endless enduring dream and a thousand Points of Light. This is my mission, and I will complete it.He also championed,” he said.

He also had a noble vision of America, the kind and gentle nation.

“America is never wholly herself unless she is engaged in high moral principle. We as a people have such a purpose today. It is to make kinder the face of the nation and gentler the face of the world.”

This self-deprecating leader who often wrote letters to people was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian award, by former president Barack Obama in 2011.

Bush was the last combat veteran to become President of the United States.

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North Korea Threatens to Cancel Denuclearization Talks over Latest Sanctions

North Korea angrily blasted the latest United States sanctions, saying this move by the Trump administration could “block the path to denuclearization on the Korean peninsula forever.”

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Pyongyang, North Korea (4E) – North Korea angrily blasted the latest United States sanctions, saying this move by the Trump administration could “block the path to denuclearization on the Korean peninsula forever.”

North Korea denounced the latest U.S. sanctions, which Washington imposed on three top Noorth Korean officials for serious human rights abuses and censorship. It expressed “shock and indignation” at the new U.S. sanctions while accusing Trump of being “bent on bringing… relations back to the status of last year which was marked by exchanges of fire.”

Pyongyang noted Trump’s policy of “maximum pressure” will be his “greatest miscalculation.”It urged Trump to return to the confidence building that was hoped for following the summit in Singapore last June between Trump and Kim Jong-un.

Washington said it imposed the sanctions after a U.S. Department of State report revealed human rights abuses committed by the men. The U.S. Department of Treasury named those sanctioned as Ryong Hae Choe, an aide close to Kim, who leads the Workers’ Party of Korea Organization and Guidance Department. Also sanctioned was State Security Minister Kyong Thaek Jong sand Propaganda and Agitation Department head Kwang Ho Pak.

The sanctions freeze any assets the three North Koreans might have under U.S. jurisdiction. It also generally prevents them from making transactions with anyone in the United States. The sanctions were announced as the State Department released a report on North Korean human rights and other abuses.

The State Department report said human rights abuses in North Korea “remain among the worst in the world and include extrajudicial killings, forced labor, torture, prolonged arbitrary detention, rape, forced abortions, and other sexual violence.

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Chris Matthews Predicts Trump Might Resign “in the Coming Weeks”

Liberal pundit Chris Matthews, who hosts the talk show, “Hardball with Chris Matthews” on MSNBC, told his TV audience about his hunch Donald Trump might resign in the coming weeks as part of a deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

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New York, NY, United States (4E) – Liberal pundit Chris Matthews, who hosts the talk show, “Hardball with Chris Matthews” on MSNBC, told his TV audience about his hunch Donald Trump might resign in the coming weeks as part of a deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Matthews also said Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump could be the “next dominoes to fall” in the Mueller investigation. Trump’s children might face prosecution and possible prison time for their roles related to Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential elections.

“But what if the prosecutor were to offer the president an alternative,” asked Matthews. “What if he were to say he would let the children walk if the old man does the same? That would mean giving up the presidency in exchange for acquittals all around — not just for himself, but for all his kids.”

He said Trump might have to emulate former Vice President Spiro Agnew, who resigned in 1973 as part of a deal with prosecutors to avoid prison time in a tax evasion case.

“Leverage the office while you still have it,” said Matthews in a piece of advice to Trump.

“So let’s watch the probable events of the coming weeks bring all this to a breaking point,” he said. “It is going to be historic.”

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US Senate Passes Criminal Justice Reform

The U.S. Senate on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved legislation to decrease America’s substantial prison population by lowering some mandatory federal sentences, giving inmates added opportunities to earn reductions in jail time, and encouraging prisoners to better themselves so they are less likely to return to crime upon release.

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Washington, DC, United States (VOA) – The U.S. Senate on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved legislation to decrease America’s substantial prison population by lowering some mandatory federal sentences, giving inmates added opportunities to earn reductions in jail time, and encouraging prisoners to better themselves so they are less likely to return to crime upon release.

Passing 87-12, the First Step Act was hailed by proponents as a long-overdue retooling of the federal criminal justice system, an effort that drew resounding support from both Republican and Democratic lawmakers as well as President Donald Trump.

“Congratulations to the Senate on the bipartisan passing of a historic Criminal Justice Reform Bill,” Trump tweeted shortly after the vote. “I look forward to signing this into law!”

“The bill makes smart changes to our criminal justice system in ways that will make it fairer, more humane, and more just,” Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of New York said.

“This legislation is proof that we can be tough on crime and more compassionate to those who deserve a second chance,” Mississippi Republican Roger Wicker said in a statement.

The bill retroactively ends the discrepancy in federal sentences for drug offenses involving crack and the powder form of cocaine, which would reduce jail time for thousands of prisoners convicted of crack offenses.

The legislation also reduces some mandatory sentences, gives federal judges more flexibility to make exceptions to mandatory prison terms, and allow inmates to earn greater sentence reductions through good behavior and vocational training.

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