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World Peace or a World in Pieces?

The Korean leaders take a historic step
on the road toward peace & diplomacy,
but Trump's assembled a war cabinet
that could scuttle talks & shatter the chance.

Pompeo, Trump & Netanyahu
take steps to shred the Iran nuclear deal,
raising tensions across the Middle East
& making clear what this administration
thinks about respect for diplomacy.

Meanwhile, Trump shuffles legal teams,
gets aggressive with Mueller's investigation,
threatens the deputy attorney general
& if his desperation turns to recklessness,
he could look to Weapons of Mass Distraction.

There are real opportunities to pursue
peace around the world --
and very real threats that this White House
could further shatter the world in pieces.

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A Cabinet in Trump's Own Image

The anti-environment EPA head
is mired in corruption scandals,
preparing to blame his staff,
while dismantling environmental laws.

The anti-protection director
of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
advised bank lobbyists to donate more,
while dismantling the agency he runs.

And the unjust head of the DOJ,
a perjurer who recused from Russia probe,
refuses to recuse from the Michael Cohen case,
just to muddy the already filthy waters
in which the Trump team swims.

An anti-housing HUD head,
an anti-education Ed secretary,
& at Energy, a man who once campaigned
on abolishing the Department of Energy.

Welcome to the Trump Cabinet.
Corruption. Ignorance. Recklessness. Absurdity.
It really is a Cabinet in Trump's own image.

And that's before the new secretary of state
who believes in torture but not diplomacy,
and the nominee to head the VA,
mired in scandals of prescription abuse,
toxic workplaces & drunk driving.

The new Cabinet seems ready
to fit right in with the old.

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Mass Destruction and Mass Distraction

Trump illegally fires missiles at Syria
helping no Syrians, making us no safer,
as part of no broader strategy,
and wishes he could have fired more.

He's pushing a secretary of state
who doesn't believe in diplomacy,
& sent him to liaise with North Korea
for talks it's not clear he takes seriously.

And he may be launching missiles & trade wars
to distract from legal & lascivious scandals
that are catching up to his closest cronies.

He fired missiles instead of Mueller,
but it's still unconstitutional, harmful, reckless,
as he uses mass destruction for mass distraction.

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Will Mueller, Missiles or the GOP Be Fired First

Trump's lawyer gets raided by the FBI,
Trump talks of firing Mueller or Rosenstein,
and Republicans are forced to consider
siding with democracy or a demagogue.

Syrian atrocities need less war, not more,
yet Trump tweets of missiles & Russia threats
& pushes an anti-diplomat for secretary of state
unless Dems stand up to pro-torture warmonger.

The Constitution & the world face crises
while the GOP faces a crises of it's own
as it's own Speaker Paul Ryan
decides it's time to flee the sinking ship.

Will Mueller or missiles be the first fired?
Or neither if we can get the GOP fired first.

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Spring Fever or the Trump Flu?

We marked Easter, a holiday of rebirth,
while Trump assembles a cabinet of war,
the embattled EPA head poisons the Earth,
& GOP sides with the NRA over students.

We mark Passover, a holiday of liberation,
while Trump escalates anti-immigrant tactics,
readying National Guard for border patrol
& issuing quotas for immigration judges.

We kick off baseball season, a team sport,
with Pruitt under an ethics cloud,
Carson over his head, DeVos a trainwreck,
and those are the Trump team members
has hasn't fired & who haven't yet quit.

The rest of the world is welcoming spring,
but Trump seems to be readying for a fall.

The Trump team is sick, mad & ailing --
like they're all suffering a Trump-induced flu.
Maybe they're just taking "Spring Fever"
a little too literally.

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March for Our Lives. What's April for?

The March for Our Lives inspired the nation
& students across the country keep going,
calling for townhalls, walk-outs & action.
Yet the GOP Congress does nothing,
and the NRA sees a surge in donations.

Trump picks warmongers as his advisers,
itching for war with Iran, North Korea or both,
and seeks to reward pro-torture, anti-dipolamts
in his latest administration shake-ups.

Mueller seems to connect dots among
Trump advisers, vendors, staffers, relatives
--making leaders of both parties nervous
that Trump could try to fire him any day.

In March, we saw electoral victories,
emboldened progressives & inspired activism.
But ends with an unhinged White House
& an uncertain road ahead.

March for Our Lives -- What's April for?
April for our wins? Or April for Trump's wars?

April, as always, for fools - and DC is full of them.
But if we keep marching, registering, fighting,
maybe April showers will bring May flowers.

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Lawyers, Liars, Lovers & Losers

One of Trump's lawyers quits the team,
after Trump launched attacks on Mueller,
days after forcing Sessions to fire McCabe
who may have authorized a probe of Sessions.

Cambridge Analytica's dark arts for Trump
have gotten it into deep trouble
and pulled Facebook into the deep end
of a debate about democracy & deception.

And yet another former lover
challenges another NDA
causing Trump another legal headache.

Mueller mulls the case against Trump,
but it might be a porn star or two
who burst the Trumpian bubble.

The liar is losing his lawyers,
laid low by his lovers,
and again proves he's the biggest loser.

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In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb

Hundreds of thousands of students
walk out to stand up to gun violence,
while GOP politicians give in to the NRA
and sit down it utter silence.

Conor Lamb's victory in Pennsylvania
shows Trump's a liability,
an electoral wave could be coming,
and if you want to win, you have to run.

And days after a historic announcement
of high-stakes talks with North Korea,
Trump starts shuffling his team
to empower divisive, dangerous warmongers.

There's an old saying that
March goes in like a lion, out like a lamb.

The White House may be a bit of a jungle,
but as the students roar, voters soar,
maybe in the end we'll all come out
as surprisingly victorious as a Lamb.

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