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Commentary > China Post > Daniel J. Bauer
I continue to need a bit more time to adjust to what a professional pundit I follow is calling an "earthquake of an event." The event, of course, being the amazing presidential victory of Donald J. Trump.
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Whatever our passport or culture may be, we will all be very happy to see the ending of the 2016 United States presidential campaign. Enough already.
 
This week my eyes have been riveted on the ongoing tussle that former President Ma Ying-jeou appears to have gotten himself into with Hung Hsiu-chu, chair of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT).
 
By now we are all familiar with what a news-maker Donald J. Trump (Mr. T) is. For the past 18 months, he has proven adept at shocking and dismaying the public approximately every 24 hours. It is Friday morning as I write these words for possible publication on Sunday.
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A student at Taoyuan Sinwu Junior High School has recently surprised observers (and one of his teachers) by unconventional, even "strange" behavior. His strange actions do not fall into the category of "strange" as negative or irritating, but rather "strange for the good," we might say. For the past half a year, this student has been writing poems for his daily communication homework for his teacher.
 
Several of my reader-friends, including a native speaker of English, have saddened me recently by telling me that my words on page 4 here sometimes confuse them.
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A reader recently told me on a postcard that he found my columns entertaining. This of course pleased me greatly. One way to entertain readers, I think, is to appeal to their sense of variety.
 
In a moment I'll try to say something worth our time about the photogenic Hollywood couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, who announced this past week their impending divorce. I'll also offer a view on the decision of a couple much closer to home that is also attracting headlines these days.
 
Welcome to a continuation of a discussion about what I call "tricky words or expressions" in the use of English. We are here for Part II, which builds on Part I, my column of Sept. 4.
 
Republic of China Vice-President Chen Chien-jen attended the canonization ceremony for Mother Teresa last weekend. His visit to Rome carried significance beyond the celebrations for the new saint. Rumors are flying that the Vatican is near an historic breakthrough on understandings with officials in Beijing. Any large change in that particular status quo would surely affect Taiwan.
 
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