If journalism is the first draft of history, comments are often the first reactions. Below are a collection of comments over the past year — stories from growing up, calls to action or predictions for what may come next.

January

Donald Trump is sworn in as president, vows to end ‘American carnage’

“I can't help but suspect that people who are on either end of the spectrum on Trump's presidency — either terrified, or overjoyed — don't appreciate how completely boxed-in presidential powers are. ... It is, indeed, a lot of power, but not so much that one should be worried about the country being taken over, nor so much that one should expect that Trump will just snap his fingers and fix everything. Our system is much more conservatively architected than that, as I'm sure Donald J. Trump will shortly learn.”

— dmarney

“This was a stunning achievement.

A private individual with no political experience won the Republican nomination and the presidency. That is an incredible, historic accomplishment, which we have never seen before in our nation's history. At the same time, this same private individual has managed to single-handedly re-align the Republican Party. That is leadership on a scale that our nation has not witnessed since FDR.”

— Snarky Pants

“The one good thing that will come out of today's ‘festivities’ is that Trump will now be accountable to the American people. Whether he likes it or not he will have nobody else to blame, although I am sure he will try.”

— Paul H

Mary Tyler Moore, TV star who became symbol of women’s liberation, dies at 80

“I recall one night in 1976. I had just finished my last college exam and wanted to celebrate. My roommate was still studying for hers so I bravely visited a local bar alone. As I sipped a frosty beer, a guy came over and rebuked me for not having an escort. My simple reply was, ‘Have you ever heard of Mary Tyler Moore?’

As he walked away scratching his head, I felt more empowered than I had in my life. I'll never forget that moment. The next fall I entered law school and graduated 3 years later. Thank you, Mary.”

— Catalogical

February

Trump picks Colo. appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court

“Judge Gorsuch is eminently qualified, more so in terms of his vitae than most of the current justices, and he would be a welcome addition to the Supreme Court. His commitment to elevating the interpretation of the U.S. Constitution above politics benefits all Americans. Other than some predictable partisan opposition which seeks to inject politics into the process, this nominee who was earlier confirmed by the U.S. Senate 100 - 0, should be easily confirmed for the nation's highest court.”

— Wesley of Annandale

“I have a dream that Mr. Gorsuch's merits are debated based on past rulings and facts and not on rhetoric. I tend to lean left of center but the Dems have got to stop using Merrick Garland as an excuse for payback. Why take this horrible example of obstructionism and use it as your baseline? Certainly we can rise above this and move Mr. Gorsuch's nomination along with the appropriate urgency. As I said, I have a dream”

— Clifford Brown

“So Gorsuch is all about the ‘originalist’ interpretation of the Constitution? I wonder if he thinks it was consistent with the original intent of the Constitution for Republicans to stonewall sitting President Obama's nomination of Judge [Garland] for a year so they could appoint Gorsuch instead?”

— Jennifer28

Michael Flynn resigns as national security adviser

“The larger question is this. The Justice Department informed the White House of the susceptibility of retired General Michael Flynn being blackmailed by Russia yet he was still named National Security Adviser to the President. When did the President know this? Why did he remain in that sensitive post? How did he gain the requisite clearances for that position if the Justice Department knew he was a security risk? What intelligence was shared with him between the time he assumed the post and when he retired? What confidential information did he have access to, and accessed while in this post?”

— ItsANewDay

Trump taps Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his new national security adviser

“Credit where credit is due, H.R. McMaster is a great choice, and anyone who knows him will know he is very much his own man and not afraid to speak truth to power. Look at his career and you not only find courage in battle but also a willingness to risk his career to argue for bold thinking and fresh approaches — to the point that he was lucky to make general. This will probably be the toughest test of his career, but it's hard to think of a better man to take it on.”

— Perranuthnoe

Trump gives his hard-line campaign promises a more moderate tone in address to Congress

“I found both hope and a message of unity in President Trump's speech tonight. I hope he follows through on his promise to lead by example through peace, and that his policies will bring prosperity to those like my brother who are suffering economic hardship due to policies that President Trump has promised to address. I hope that we can all get behind the policies that we agree with even if we disagree with other policies. We can all find common ground.”

— PattyfromTx

“The delivery was different. The speech was essentially the same one he gave at his inauguration. Trump still painted an incredibly dark picture of current America. The problem is that most of the problems Trump described aren’t real. By any measure, the economy has been growing for years, net illegal immigration is low, violent crime is down significantly and terrorism kills almost no one.”

— ItStillMatters

“Though a progressive Democrat, I found the speech generally laudable, in a style much in contrast to his usual earthy banter. Many worthy goals were outlined, though it's hard to see how very many can be funded simply by the economic 'growth" and reductions of government fraud, waste, and abuse that he expects. Anyway, the GOP Congress won't like the "nitty-gritty" of implementations. Let's hope that the "Resist" movement is selective, rational, and fair. It would be childish to pout and repeat the previous abuse by the party of "NO". We needed a change, and BOY! did we get one.”

— dlcooper52

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March

Surgeons were told to stop prescribing so many painkillers. The results were remarkable.

“Well and good, but let's not forget those who deal with long-term chronic pain. That's 24/7 pain in my case ranging from a 5 to a near-ten. Opioids — hydrocodone — allow me to function more-or-less normally, and sleep at night. I am not an addict, nor am I inclined to give heroin a try. There are, it appears, a goodly number of us, and we're almost-all dealing with the problem of finding a doctor who will prescribe. My doctor keeps me on a tight leash: 30-day supply, monthly check-ins, random urine tests, no telephone refills. I'm fine with the inconvenience. So: tighten the rules if you must, but please keep those with genuine need in mind.”

— mossbloomstudio

Affordable Care Act revision would reduce insured numbers by 24 million, CBO projects

“Do we as a nation want to make sure all Americans have real access to healthcare? If we do, it will cost a lot of money. If we don't, a lot of Americans will get sick and die. For me, I find it hard for America to be the ‘Leader of the Free World’ if we do not lead by example. And that means, making sure all Americans have access to healthcare.”

— MoralProtagonist

Snow forces two congressmen on a bipartisan road trip from Texas to D.C. — singing along the way

“Any suggestions on other Democrats and Republicans who can be paired and go for road trips? Maybe each state could rent vans, put equal number of Republicans and Democrats in them and make them stay together for a week? Doing that might get more policy done than they do in Washington.”

— Sheldon5656

April

Don Rickles, lightning-fast launcher of comic insults, dies at 90

“My father told me a funny story about Rickles. My dad was a federal narcotics agent, and he was working undercover in New York, following a heroin dealer. He trailed him into a bar, spotted the table where the guy was sitting, and walked over to the bar. My father ordered a drink and, to blend in, he started chatting with the guy next to him. They talked for awhile, about this and that, my dad keeping an eye on the drug dealer across the room.

Then the lights to a small stage went on, and they called up a comedian my dad had ever heard of, Don Rickles. He was startled when the guy he'd been talking with left the bar and walked up to the stage. For the next twenty minutes, Rickles ridiculed my father, taunting him about his lousy haircut and his cheap Sears suit, about his habit of not even looking at you when he talked, Everyone in the bar, including the drug dealer, was staring at my father, laughing. His cover blown, my dad waited for Rickles to talk about something else, then paid his tab and tried to slip out, but Rickles spotted him leaving and started mocking his every step. It wasn't until years later my dad saw Rickles on TV and remembered him from that bar.”

— Mimbres

UC-Berkeley readies police, concerned Ann Coulter plans to speak in public plaza on campus

“It's fascinating to me that I am taking her side, 100%. She's the last person I would have thought would have the guts to put this front and center. Respect to her for that. Not her ideas. I'm tired of this dangerous game of censorship. Ideas stand on their own legs, they don't need silencing or violence to intimidate them.”

— Point Break Hotel

May

Jon Tester could teach Democrats a lot about rural America — if he can keep his Senate seat

“I grew up on a farm. But my family valued education and the library on wheels came to our land every Saturday and I would exchange about 6 books each time. Did my obligation in the military and then college. I never once heard my father say we were a ‘Republican family’ or a ‘Democratic family’ despite the fact we talked politics a LOT at the dinner table. I supported Carter and later Reagan, Bush Sr and Obama.

For me it has always been about who is the wisest, most mature, selfless person for the position. I feel like a dying breed.”

— MaconBoy

An emotional Jimmy Kimmel discusses newborn son’s heart disease, makes passionate health-care plea

“America was once regarded as the greatest nation in the world — now look at us? It is a shame that a celebrity parent has to bring attention to a matter that the once greatest nation on the world should have solved in a New York minute. My prayers go out to Jimmy and his family as well as every other parent in his shoes. Your healthcare should give you no worries — instead for most it is another fear to add on to the horror of illness. Paul Ryan and company — really?”

— HONOR VERITY

Inside Trump’s anger and impatience — and his sudden decision to fire Comey

“I was always under the assumption that law enforcement, including the director of the FBI was loyal to the U.S. Constitution and the laws of the nation, not loyal to any boss, including a president. There must be full independence in appearance and actuality.”

— Giantsmax

“It was incredibly disrespectful for the president to send his bodyguard to the FBI with a letter, when they didn't even bother to find out if Comey was even there. To allow this dedicated and honorable public servant to learn of his termination via a TV news report was inexcusably rude and insulting. I did not agree with Comey's unnecessary and unwarranted statement about the Clinton investigation last July and believed he was completely in error in releasing the letter in late October. However, I didn't question his integrity (but his judgment) and he didn't deserve this treatment.”

— kram1943

Deputy attorney general appoints special counsel to oversee probe of Russian interference in election

“No one can predict what Mueller's investigation will find. I'm a Democrat and I'm not going to prejudge the outcome of an investigation led by the former director of the FBI. He served under two presidents, one a Democrat and one Republican. He recommended Comey for the FBI director's job. I think that Mueller will probably go where the evidence takes him. I have no such confidence that the Senate or the House intelligence committees will do the same.”

— pogo1951

“Maybe the answer is as [Trump] said, maybe it isn't, but the appointment of a special prosecutor means that finally we will be able to trust that this is handled correctly, without interference, and will be given the nonpartisan consideration and investigation that it deserves. The results? We shall see.”

— DivaSmartMouth

“The major potential benefit of Mueller's appointment is to dramatically reduce the politicization of these issues until thorough, non-partisan, investigative work is complete. Most prudent Americans are tired of being misled by the game of political gotcha going on among those who oppose the last election results. They don't like the taste of anarchy and mayhem that today's demagogue dominated civic discourse presents. Mueller is more likely to improve the people's confidence in American institutions than continuing our present course. I wouldn't count on Mueller to tolerate much in the way of speculation, irresponsible leaks, and public trial in the press based on rumor, innuendo and spin. Trump should support this step in order to establish order in his administration. We'll see.”

— RTDP

British prime minister raises nation’s threat level, saying another attack ‘may be imminent’

“I feel like I'm watching a re-run of a bad TV show. The bombs go off, and everyone follows the script. Politicians condemn, celebrities tweet their thoughts and prayers, folks lay down flowers and teddy bears, and sports teams hold moments of silence before games. I'm not criticizing any of them. But in days this story will be gone from the front pages and we'll all have moved on to wait for the next one. And it will happen, and it will prompt politicians to condemn, celebrities to tweet, more flowers and teddy bears, and more moments of silence. I don't have all the answers, but somehow we have to get us off this carousel, by any means necessary.”

— Dirigo25

June

Adam West, the actor forever known as TV’s Batman, dies at 88

“I almost killed my younger brother after one Batman episode in the '60s.

We were so excited by the most recent show — and our guardians were away shopping —that we decided to chase each other and land fake blows while uttering things like ‘Kapow!’ But then my younger brother hopped on a sofa near the plate-glass window that faced the street in Baltimore. One of us jumped up on the sofa too and gave him a playful shove. But he lost his balance and fell backward. Though he broke the glass, he managed to grab on to the window frame. Otherwise, it would've been a five-foot drop to the concrete below. R.I.P. Adam West. Like everything else in life, we have to say goodbye to happy memories. Thanks for helping young kids smile and have fun. See you down the road to eternity. Same Bat-time; same Bat-channel.”

— gelezinis vilkas

Trump announces U.S. will exit Paris climate deal, sparking criticism at home and abroad

“The Paris agreement is/was a sign. It was a symbol, that the whole of humanity was capable to agree on something. Yes, it is not perfect. No, it is not going far enough. But that wasn't the point. The point was, that everybody agreed on one common goal. That we as a human race, be it North Korea, Russia, Australia, Germany, France, Brazil and the U.S. can agree to one common goal.

Just ignore Nicaragua, you know there's always someone like Nicaragua. But the U.S.? Paris is not that bad of an agreement that you have to leave it. Trump won't be on target anyway. But to destroy the symbol. Well that's a symbol in itself. The U.S. is alone. America First comes true, well, when you are alone, you are always first.”

— AngryGermans

“I do not believe the alarm being expressed by leaders worldwide is primarily based on the effect this will have on the emission of greenhouse gases. That effect is likely to be minimal — coal is NOT coming back — cheaper, more efficient alternatives are already abundant — and international trade dictates that our manufacture of goods continues to reduce its overall carbon footprint at an ever-increasing pace.

What alarms world leaders is, I believe, the abdication of American leadership toward a better, more secure future. Since WWII, we have been the chief power driving the prosperity and stability of the western world and improvements in conditions in emerging nations. That Trump is turning his back on our influence in these areas is something any sane, intelligent, conscientious world leader would find alarming.”

— FergusonFoont

“The Paris Agreement is not the Kyoto Accords, though Trump (and the GOP) seem to be treating them interchangeably. The Paris Agreement is non-binding, so there is no issue with infringement on national sovereignty. We set our own goals and if we miss them, nothing at all happens. The only two countries who have opted out of the agreement are Syria, which is barely a country at the moment, and Nicaragua who believed the agreement was too *weak*. Trump thinks a voluntary agreement with no penalties is too strong, and wants to negotiate a better deal?”

— Moose Speaks

After shooting, investigators probe trail of political anger left by attacker

“I have been pointing out that the civility in political discussions has been eroding for as long as I can remember now. I have used every idea I can think of in stating how good it used to feel after a long political debate. I have written some really funny stories about situations I remember coming up in past debates that many people read and enjoyed. Nevertheless, the situation has continued to spiral downward.

Somehow we have forgotten that talking freely about politics is one of the top advantages of a free nation. A political debate is a privilege to be honored and enjoyed, not a battle of opposites. No one is all left or all right. No one agrees a hundred percent with their party of choice. Most of all no issue is ever laminated in place forever in a democracy. Things can always change using proper protocol. A discussion is the root of change and development. Political discussion is a privilege and needs to be treated that way. If you ever lived under a communist dictatorship you would know the joy of free political discussion!”

— Fischer65

July

Coal no longer fuels America. But the legacy — and the myth — remain.

“My grandfather was Polish and a coal miner in the Shamokin, PA., area back in the teens and twenties (1920s). Some of my fondest memories as a southern boy was to go to Pennsylvania in the summer. There were blueberries and blackberries and ethnic food and family fun but there was always dirty, leftover coal piled along every highway and byway. My cousin and I used to go exploring these coal pits, drained decades earlier. There was never any cleanup in the 60s and 70s. It devastated the environment.

I understand the siren song of coal but it dirty filthy stuff. We need a clean future. Coal will never provide that.”

— Cooper River Daze

“If coal came roaring back, the effect for the miners would be diminished by what most of today's industries have experienced: automation. The miners would be unneeded. Our government needs to help these people with training for positions in today's industries.”

— Ruth Spradlin

Steel Valley’s Youngstown is much more complicated than Trump portrays

“I grew up in Warren, near Youngstown. My grandparents generation worked in the mills and had a wonderful, middle-class, mid-America life with health care and good schools. That started to die for my parent's generation in the 1970s. By the time I graduated high school in 1982, it was in freefall. All the family in my generation left to pursue college and better opportunities. Although I wish that my kids could have grown up with the mid-America, smaller town with band concerts and Greek festivals, I realize that holding onto that past is not productive. I don't know the solution for the area, but it is not going to be the mills. Even if they come back, they will employ fewer people because of automation. And the middle-class life they used to provide for the whole area will not be coming back. People need to find new solutions or move to other areas. It is a tough but true reality.”

— religious left

August

The Democrat running for Va. governor wants Confederate monuments to come down. Republicans said he has turned his back on ‘heritage.’

“Virginia. I live here, was born here, and my ancestors were here before the Revolutionary War. Some owned slaves, some fought for independence from England, and some fought for the Confederacy. Charlottesville made me reflect on my heritage, and acknowledge my family who fought for the Confederacy were on the wrong side of history. I do not want to forget or demonize them. The Civil War should be studied and there should be museums [that] share/learn from the history. However, we should not put Confederate leaders on pedestals in public places. They lost the war 100 years before I was born, and the memorials bring out the worst of us in the 21st century.”

— Beabike

Wet, so wet, with little hope of getting dry

“After having gone through a flood that caused our whole city to evacuate, it is not something [I] would wish on anybody. It takes a lot to see everything from our life being thrown out to the berm and seeing piles of this trash going on for block after block and having to deal with that smell of old water, wet wood and sheetrock. That smell stays with a person ... My parents died a few years later and I think it was brought on by having their home for their whole marriage damaged. A flood destroys mental stability like nothing I have seen.”

— ReggieJJS

September

Yes, America, PBS’s ‘The Vietnam War’ is required viewing — all 18 hours of it

“Vietnam is still an open sore with me. As a young man I protested the war, believing that we were intervening in a civil war we didn't belong in.

I was drafted in 1970, but managed to escape going to 'Nam by tacking another year on my enlistment. Today I still believe the war was wrong, but almost paradoxically feel a sort of 'survivors' guilt' about the members of my generation who did go and died there. I work with several younger veterans, all of whom chose to go into the service. We go to lunch on Veterans' day and I feel totally out of place. I also look at the way our society venerates the military now and feel a little disgusted because I see how easily we send troops to places we have no strategic interest in — like Syria. Yes, I think Vietnam touched most of the members of my generation.”

— gregdn

Football is life in Texas. Then along came Trump vs. the NFL

“No one burned the flag, no one spat on the flag, no one stepped on it, no one damaged the flag in any fashion, and, unlike Trump, no one showed any disrespect for military veterans and their families. Typically, NFL players have been there to help those who served in the military, Trump has done nothing to help veterans, he's disrespected former POWs and Gold Star families. All the players did was exercise their First Amendment right and took a knee during the national anthem, that's it. They have as much right to do it as you do to complain about it.”

— Pirate58

Google uncovers Russian-bought ads on YouTube, Gmail and other platforms

“This problem is nothing new. Every nation has, for its own advantage, tried to mislead the public of other nations. This has been the practice of factions within the targeted nations, too. What is new is that the internet has made this so much easier. There is a simple remedy — One that doesn't endanger free speech and doesn’t involve possibly suspect government involvement. Google, Facebook and Twitter are highly profitable firms. They can afford to run their own Snopes-like and FactCheck-like operations, adding their findings to each published advertisement and posted comment.”

— Joel_A_Levitt

October

In Las Vegas, going back to where they thought they would die

“I was hurt to hear of another massacre but not as shocked, dismayed or angry at this one. And, I've noticed there's less alarm and shock for this among neighbors, people at work. Yes we all hurt, have fear and sympathy for the victims and their families, especially the promising young people who did not get the chance to live their lives. Is this what this is coming to? It seems 'acceptance' is setting in. ... I am fearful, disheartened and ashamed that this land is becoming a wasteland for its citizens.”

— cch1

Wave of addiction linked to fentanyl worsens as drugs, distribution, evolve

“My son is an addict. We are an upper class family. He is (or was) in graduate school. In college, he injured his back working out with weights and his doctor prescribed opiates to ease the pain. Now, seven years later, he has been in and out of rehab twice, was asked to take a medical leave from school and moved home to ‘get his life back together’. Well, that hasn't worked out too well. A knock on the door with a neighbor telling me that he thinks it is our son who is lying behind an apartment building. I rush over to see him lying near death. The police and EMTs are asking me questions, which I readily answer. Then they administer Narcan and he is revived and taken to the hospital. The dealers are some low life thugs who live in the next city, which I discover on my own. I alert the police and am told that there are an average on 25 overdose a week here and that there are so many ‘pop up’ dealers that it is nearly impossible to stop them all or catch them in the act.

I am making it my life's mission to help rid the streets of this scum, even though they did not force my son to buy and use. But as a father, it is my job to do whatever I can to protect my children. And THAT is what I will do.”

— FmrMoCoGuy

Gold Star widow Myeshia Johnson said Trump stumbled recalling her husband’s name

“The most alarming thing is how incapable Trump is of just doing the right thing. It doesn't matter if what he said was with the best intentions or not. He upset the widow with his words and tone and the human thing to do is to simply apologize for offending and hurting her, expressing it was not his intention to be callous and disrespectful and extend your sympathy and empathy after the fact. A teachable moment if you will.

But no, he has to get in the mud and drag everyone in with him.”

— opulidopac

Caught in a deadly ambush, U.S. troops in Niger waited an hour for French air power to arrive

“My hope is that there is a honest factual investigation as devoid of politics as possible. The Benghazi political football is a fine example of the wrong way to conduct an investigation and correct mistakes. I want this investigation to be different and when mistakes happen in the future, when a Democratic administration is in place the investigation should be conducted the same way. Saving future lives should be the objective not scoring political points. Will this happen? I doubt it. There is no longer any trust between the two parties or between the people that support them.”

— salvador44

Upstairs at home, with the TV on, Trump fumes over Russia indictments

“You know, I've had trouble sleeping since this person was elected. I'm worried about my finances, worried about health insurance, worried that our civil liberties are being eroded. I'm worried about the debt the GOP wants us to take on, worried about our standing in the world, worried about the environment — and really worried that this war-monger is going to take unneeded military action.”

— jjtwo

Fiery exchanges on Capitol Hill as lawmakers scold Facebook, Google and Twitter

“Like Twain said: ‘a lie travels halfway around the world before the Truth can get its pants on…’ That was in the 1800s. With today's social media, you have an exponential increase in the velocity of a lie relative to the truth. Again, the fundamental irony of the ‘Information Age’ is that its technologies primarily serve to disseminate 'disinformation'.”

— jtssigman

November

Texas church gunman, able to buy guns due to Air Force mistake, was having ‘domestic dispute’ with family

“We will continue to have these homegrown massacres every few months until it starts to sink into enough people's heads that it's an assault rifle issue. There is no way that the U.S. is going to be able to remove all weapons from every desperate, troubled male in our society. But there just is no place for assault weapons on the streets anywhere in the country.

And too many males are falling through the cracks of mental health care, especially those who have had military involvement. Politicians will continue to ignore, dismiss, or minimize the issue, but this thing is going to happen more and more frequently, with more and more deaths of the innocent.”

— Birdfeeder

In Zimbabwe, an anxious wait to see if Mugabe will return after military takeover

“In the late 80s, on my last day in Zimbabwe, I walked the streets of Harare with the Jacaranda trees in full bloom. The beauty of it all brought tears to my eyes. In the three decades since then, a lot of tears have flowed in Zimbabwe; but for tragically different reasons. It's good to see Mugabe go, even if it is 30 years too late. May the people of Zimbabwe have a brighter future.”

— FloydFreedom

‘Al Franken kissed and groped me without my consent,’ Leeann Tweeden says. The senator apologized.

“Stop making excuses for Al's conduct, just because he is a member of our party. If he did that to your wives or daughters you all would be outraged and demand that he step down. We have to be consistent about the horrible way women have and are being treated as mere sexual play things for powerful men. We can't just engage in selective condemnations, just because the offender belongs to whichever party we belong to.”

— liam-still

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December

Matt Lauer breaks silence: ‘To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry’

“Every star system, every large organization that puts a few heroes on a pedestal, has the same problem.

It's about excessive power concentrated in a few individuals, and the rush that comes from a rules-don't-apply-to-me atmosphere. Jack Donaghy could explain this better. Large corporations, the military, the media, the entertainment industry, the big-money NCAA and professional sports industries....it's the same story. Excuses and immunity on grounds of star power. Blame and retribution against anyone who dares to challenge them. All of these revelations have to ultimately come around to process. Culture. How we decide to remake our habits so that nobody feels OK acting like they're above the law. Sounds difficult, but just look at how we turned smoking from something that used to be socially acceptable to do even at non-smokers' houses, to something that requires permission and must often be taken outdoors. We can do this.”

— coast2

North Korea’s latest missile launch appears to put U.S. capital in range

“First, let me state outright that I despise North Korea and all it stands for. Its treatment of student Otto Warmbier still angers me every day. That said, North Korea is not going to fire a nuclear missile at us, because that would insure the total destruction of North Korea. Don't we have sophisticated anti-missile protections? ... Let South Korea and Japan deal with their neighbor, along with China. We should get out of South Korea and I believe that would ease tensions.”

— nexttsar

Trump recognizes Jerusalem as capital of Israel in reversal of longtime U.S. policy

“I am Jewish and support Israel, but this move is harmful. This is another push to a one-state solution, which is actually the end of Israel. The two-state solution, with a shared Jerusalem, is the only way for Israel to obtain anything resembling real security. And if the Palestinians are not yet ready to accept two states with a shared capital, then just leave the status quo in place until they are (and for that matter, until the right-wing Israelis also are). The status quo is far from perfect, but it seems stable for the moment. ... There is nothing to be gained from following Netanyahu down the dead end he seems determined to follow.”

— deacon4

In Alabama, a lousy night for Republicans and a resounding defeat for Trump

“The outcome of the election in Alabama shows that diversity of opinion among voters is alive and well. Voter turnout for Jones was telling. Perhaps labeling it a ‘red’ state is specious shorthand. It is a state whose people are sophisticated, discerning, and willing to change their minds about political candidates. This may be a harbinger of good things to come in the 2018 congressional and gubernatorial elections as more Americans engage in political debates. People vote their pocketbooks and also their moral values. These values are not monolithic and can change.

We can already see strong reactions to the Tea Party Republicans in states like Kansas where Gov. Brownback and his tax-cutting cronies have all but destroyed the state's fiscal security and pushed its public education system into steep decline. Alabamians have chosen a different path, one that will attract more investment, more tax revenues, and greater fiscal security. Politics in our country can turn on a dime, sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. Despite all of the hype and exaggerated rhetoric elections are still the best way for us to register our approval or rejection of political ideas and people.”

— bkbing2

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