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The Donald's deceptions

The news out of Washington is a tangled web of prevarication

My high school typing teacher, Sister Alexia, used to tell her students, "Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive." Reading the April 5 print edition of The Baltimore Sun, I could not miss the deceitful mess created by President Donald Trump and his minions.

It starts on the front page with the article, "Leaders stand by reform of police." It was obvious that Attorney General Jeff Sessions would be disastrous for justice. It is obvious that the Baltimore Police Department needs reform, yet Mr. Sessions is trying to curtail the consent decree.

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Then there was "Immigrant gets to stay in U.S. for a year" and "Courts check Trump, at least so far" as well as "DHS [Department of Homeland Security] won't rule out arresting victims of, witnesses to crimes." President Trump's Immigration and Customs Enforcement and other federal agencies are on a rampage, so we must celebrate any modest victories including stopping the unconstitutional travel ban.

Then there was the news about the nominee for the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch, who, in my opinion, will side with the corporation rather than the worker — "McConnell: GOP has votes to break Gorsuch filibuster" and "'Proceed with deliberate purpose' regarding the U.S. Supreme Court." I graciously thank Maryland's U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen for pledging to vote against Judge Gorsuch.

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Other examples are "Park Service deserves a bigger check," as Trump wants to cut the budget for the Department of Interior. And "Rice denies use of intel to spy on Trump team," which is designed to divert attention from the Trump campaign colluding with Russian officials. What a tangled web. If only we had President Bernie Sanders.

Max Obuszewski, Baltimore

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