Tuesday, May 1, 2018

McCain torches Trump in new book: He prioritizes appearance of toughness over American values

McCain torches Trump in new book: He prioritizes appearance of toughness over American values
The Hill
Jacqueline Thomsen
Monday, April 30, 2018
Quoted Excerpts
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) lashes out at President Trump in a new book, saying the president seems to care more about "the appearance of toughness" than American values.
"He has declined to distinguish the actions of our government from the crimes of despotic ones," McCain writes of Trump in a newly released excerpt from his new book, "The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations."
"The appearance of toughness, or a reality show facsimile of toughness, seems to matter more than any of our values," he continues.
McCain, 81, also writes that this will be his last term in the Senate, a fact he said a brain cancer diagnosis forced him to admit last year.
He also pushes Americans to seek presidential candidates who promise to create relationships across political parties and are willing to compromise to address national issues, saying that "their humility and honesty commend them for the job."
"Before I leave I'd like to see our politics begin to return to the purposes and practices that distinguish our history from the history of other nations. I would like to see us recover our sense that we are more alike than different," McCain writes at the end of the excerpt.
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My Comment:
My nickname for Trump is the "corrupt swamp."

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

As Trump fumes, senators craft a bill to protect Mueller

As Trump fumes, senators craft a bill to protect Mueller
Associated Press
By MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

Quoted Excerpts
WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of four senators is moving to protect special counsel Robert Mueller's job as President Donald Trump publicly muses about firing him.
Republican Sens. Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Democratic Sens. Chris Coons of Delaware and Cory Booker of New Jersey are introducing legislation Wednesday that would give any special counsel a 10-day window in which he or she could seek expedited judicial review of a firing, the four senators said in a statement.
In addition to investigating potential ties between Russia and the Trump campaign, Mueller is also examining whether the president's actions constitute obstruction of justice. As the investigation has worn on, Trump has repeatedly called it a "witch hunt." On Monday, after the Cohen raid, he said it was "an attack on our country." The raid was overseen by the U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan and was based in part on a referral from Mueller, said Cohen's lawyer, Stephen Ryan.
Graham said in the statement that the purpose of the bill is to ensure a special counsel isn't fired for political reasons.
It's unclear if it could ever become law. Such legislation is unlikely to move through the House, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has so far shown little interest.
"I don't think he's going to be removed," said McConnell said Tuesday. "I think he'll be allowed to finish his job."
Still, senators have publicly and privately let the White House know that firing Mueller would be a mistake, said the No. 2 Republican, Sen. John Cornyn of Texas.
Democratic leaders have pushed for Republicans to move the legislation to protect Mueller.
"Stand up and say what the president is doing is wrong," said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. "Make it clear that firing Mueller or interfering in his investigation crosses a red line."
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My Opinions:
Trump dislikes that he got caught selecting people that did wrong doings.
How much of the illegal wrong doings did Trump know about?
Yes. There has been collusion a k a deceit.
Do not allow Trump to fire Mueller.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Blizzard of ethics complaints filed against Trump administration

Blizzard of ethics complaints filed against Trump administration
NBC News
Adam Edelman
Quoted Excerpts
A prominent government watchdog group has filed 30 ethics complaints with various federal agencies — including the White House — alleging that employees are working in violation of President Donald Trump's executive order intended to "drain the swamp" and keep government free of former lobbyists.
The group, Public Citizen, filed the complaints in recent days, charging possible violations of ethics rules that Trump announced just days into his presidency.
The complaints, obtained by NBC News, cite Executive Order No. 13770, which effectively barred former lobbyists from being appointed, without a waiver, to governmental positions in which they would manage issues they'd lobbied on within the past two years.
Last summer, Public Citizen identified 36 lobbyists who'd been tapped for government jobs dealing with issues they'd lobbied on, and only six of those appointees have received waivers since then, the group said.
"These 30 apparent violations of Trump's own ethics rules are only the tip of the iceberg," said Craig Holman, co-author of the June 2017 report and lobbyist for Public Citizen's Congress Watch division.
Holman added that the Trump administration had issued the waivers only to appointees whose apparent violations had received attention and scrutiny through media reports.
One individual cited by Public Citizen was Byron Anderson, a special assistant to the Secretary of Labor, who the group said "appears to be working on the same specific issue areas he had lobbied on within the last two years, and has not received a waiver from the ethics rules." According to Anderson's LinkedIn profile, he worked as a vice president, federal affairs at a firm called Transamerican until January 2017.
Another individual cited for the same reason was Andrew Wheeler, who worked as a lobbyist for the coal industry as recently as May 2017, according to Bloomberg News.
The group also filed complaints citing employees at the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Transportation, Health and Human Services, Commerce, Interior, Energy, Education, Agriculture, as well as the Environmental Protection Agency and the White House Office of Management and Budget.
"The bottom line is that neither Trump nor his administration take conflicts of interest and ethics seriously," said Lisa Gilbert, vice president of legislative affairs for Public Citizen. "'Drain the swamp' was far more campaign rhetoric than a commitment to ethics, and the widespread lack of compliance and enforcement of Trump's ethics executive order shows that ethics do not matter in the Trump administration."
Many of the president's Cabinet heads and aides have routinely raised legal and ethical questions. For example, former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price resigned after just eight months on the job amid a public outcry over his use of private jets to conduct government business, which cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin have also come under scrutiny for paying for the use of private jets with taxpayer money.
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My Opinions:
Upon entering the White House Trump and family had violated laws and or ethics.
Example: Our Constitution has laws and ethics regarding appointing family to staff and cabinet positions.Then there is the matter of Trump's and his family personal finances and money making businesses.
Currently Trump is the only president that I know of, that is allowed to violate laws, ethics and have business conflicts of interests.Trump has appointed unqualified people with questionable backgrounds to agencies or staff positions.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Iran deal won't survive beyond May 2018, sanctions expert says

Iran deal won't survive beyond May 2018, sanctions expert says
•Policy experts warn the Iran nuclear deal may not survive past May 2018, with U.S. President Donald Trump demanding European allies and Congress alter it
•Trump waived sanctions on the Iran in mid-January as part of the 2015 nuclear pact, but pledged that this time it was the country's "last chance"
•While the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has verified Iran's compliance, Trump continues to call for more sanctions on the Islamic Republic
Natasha Turak | @NatashaTurak
Published 8:15 AM ET Fri, 19 Jan 2018 CNBC.com

The Iran nuclear deal is on life support and on a trajectory for collapse, many policy experts believe, despite U.S. President Donald Trump's current continuation of sanctions relief.
Trump agreed to waive sanctions on the Islamic Republic in mid-January as part of the 2015 nuclear pact, but pledged that this time it was the country's "last chance", threatening a U.S. walkout.
"I am very concerned that it will not survive May 2018. Mr. Trump has set an unreasonable list of demands out that I do not think any realistic European or Congressional agreement could satisfy," Richard Nephew, program director at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University, told CNBC. Nephew served as the lead sanctions expert for the U.S. State Department negotiating with Iran from 2013 to 2014.
The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), signed by all five United Nations Security Council members and Germany in 2015, allowed the lifting of international sanctions on Iran in exchange for compliance with restrictions on its nuclear program. The U.S. president is required to recertify it every 90 days or leave its fate to Congress.
While the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has verified Iran's compliance, Trump continues to deride the agreement, calling for more sanctions on the Islamic Republic particularly for its ballistic missile program and human rights abuses, which were not part of the JCPOA. Trump announced on January 12 that if Congress and the deal's European signatories did not fix the deal's "disastrous flaws", the U.S. would withdraw.
"The simple reality is that Trump hates the JCPOA even as he doesn't understand it," Nephew said. "And though his advisors are attempting to get him to think about it more pragmatically, their perennial struggles don't auger well for its survival."
Trump's demands would require altering the original parameters of the deal. They include adding punitive measures for missile tests and regional activity, and amending "sunset clauses" that currently allow certain conditions to expire after a number of years. EU leaders and Russia have urged the U.S. to respect the integrity of the original arrangement.
However the president may not like the deal, however, he cannot legally end it without consensus from its other signatories, notes Pat Thaker, regional director for the Middle East and Africa at the Economist Intelligence Unit. "None of [them] have shown real appetite for a renegotiation of its terms, and have instead lobbied Trump to keep it," she told CNBC. "This will not change."
National security community vs. Trump
Much of the diplomatic and national security community in Washington breathed a sigh of relief when Trump agreed to extend the deal on January 12. "It is the national security bureaucracy that ought to be credited," Nephew said, naming National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis as key figures who emphasized to Trump the risks inherent in dropping the JCPOA. "It addressed a very real problem in a very real and verifiable way, when we were looking in the face of either an Iranian nuclear weapon or war."
Critics of the deal disagree, arguing that continued economic relief only empowers the country's nuclear weapons pursuits and reward a regime that has ramped up its missile testing in recent months.
Newly-imposed U.S. sanctions unrelated to the deal target 14 individuals and groups in Iran's military and judiciary, and have little effect on the country's economy. But any moves to curtail economic relief for the country will kill the deal for the Iranians and prompt a comeback for hardline anti-western forces in government, analysts say. Nephew notes that any externally-imposed nuclear requirements, like a cap on the number of permitted uranium centrifuges or enriched uranium, could do this.
"If they challenge Iranian economic access, then I think they could very well contribute to hardline aggressiveness toward Rouhani, of which the JCPOA would be just an example."
Not all policy wonks have handed down such a negative prognosis. James Jeffrey, a former deputy national security adviser during the second Bush administration, told Politico the JCPOA can continue under Trump's new demands.
"Trump is leaving the door open to staying in the agreement if France, Germany and the UK work with Washington," he told the magazine.
Iran may also choose to stay in an effort to diplomatically isolate the U.S., said Ryan Turner, senior risk analyst at Protection Group International. But practically, he told CNBC, "the deal may collapse after that regardless." The current uncertainty alone will likely see many investors rethink their interest in Iran.
In mid-January, European leaders issued statements in defense of the agreement, with the EU's top diplomat saying it "made the world safer and prevented a potential nuclear arms race in the region."
Robert Litwak, director of international security studies at the Wilson Center and a member of Bill Clinton's National Security Council, said whether the deal would live or die past May is hard to say, but that the choice will be difficult and walking away has serious downsides.
"If the United States unilaterally withdraws from the nuclear deal it would isolate Washington," Liwak told CNBC. "It would change the dynamic from the United States and the world versus Iran to Iran and the world versus the United States."
Natasha Turak Correspondent, CNBC
Link To Article https://www.cnbc.com/2018/01/19/iran-deal-wont-survive-beyond-may-2018-sanctions-expert-says.html
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My Opinions:
The USA and Iran have a shaky relationship.
Our history with Iran is not the greatest.

Trump has proven his inability to diplomatically say why he thinks the deal is bad.
Trump has not been able to create a better deal.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Trump's impulses put White House credibility on the line

Trump's impulses put White House credibility on the line
Associated Press
Saturday, March 24, 2018

WASHINGTON — What's the White House's word worth?
Days of conflicting and misleading statements from President Donald Trump and his top aides have fueled new questions about the White House's credibility, sowing mistrust and instability within the West Wing and leaving some congressional Republicans wondering if they have a good faith negotiating partner in the president.
One former congressional GOP leadership aide said it was becoming impossible for Republicans to negotiate anything with White House officials, given the president's willingness to undermine his own team's public and private assurances. In turn, White House officials have found themselves in the bizarre position of urging lawmakers to ignore some of the president's own statements.
That was the case on Friday, when Trump blasted out a morning tweet threatening to veto a massive government spending bill that the White House had guaranteed lawmakers and the public that he would sign. White House officials privately insisted the president was simply venting after watching news coverage that cast the deal as a defeat for several of his priorities. After hours of uncertainty, Trump's veto threat crumbled, and he ultimately signed the legislation.
Still, it left some Republicans rattled.
"The spontaneity and lack of impulse control are areas of concern for lots of members on both sides of the aisle," said Rep. Charlie Dent, a Pennsylvania Republican who has been critical of the president. "Disorder, chaos, instability, uncertainty, intemperate statements are not conservative virtues in my opinion."
Trent Lott, the former Republican Senate majority leader from Mississippi, said GOP lawmakers "feel a good deal of consternation" about the White House-induced whiplash. But he added: "I assume there was method in what the president did."
Members of both parties said they were troubled that Trump seems oblivious to how he has undermined his own clout and agenda by staking out positions and then brazenly abandoning them. Where legislators once might have attributed such missteps to the president's newness to Washington and its ways, not anymore.
Trump's vacillating on the spending bill was just one in a series of recent instances that put the credibility of the White House's words under a microscope. Earlier this month, Trump bragged at a private fundraiser about having made up facts on trade during a conversation with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. And in recent days, he and his staff have issued stern denials about the prospects of national security adviser H.R. McMaster departing the White House and a potential shake-up on the legal team that handles Trump's role in the special counsel investigation into Russian election interference and obstruction of justice. Beyond public statements, White House chief of staff John Kelly had privately assured his staff that no shakeup was on the horizon.
By week's end, McMaster was out. And the legal team had lost one attorney and appeared to be looking for another one.
Trump's trouble with the truth is hardly new. He frequently mangles the facts on everything from the size of his inauguration crowd to the scope of the tax bill he signed late last year. And as his boasting about his interaction with Trudeau underscored, the president rarely appears to be embarrassed or ashamed about repeating statements that have been proven false.
"There's a fundamental difference between this White House and those of the modern era that preceded it," said Timothy Naftali, a historian and the former director of Richard Nixon's presidential library. "It doesn't care about its credibility outside of a narrow swath of the American people."
Numerous polls show a majority of Americans don't believe Trump is truthful, including a recent Quinnipiac survey in which 57 percent said the president was not honest. Trump's backers sometimes point to the fact that he was elected even though polls during the campaign showed similar results.
Trump's willingness to skirt the truth has frequently put his advisers in the awkward position of issuing strong statements in public that are quickly undermined by the president. Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders repeatedly batted down reports about McMaster's ouster in the days leading up to Trump's announcement that he was bringing in a new national security adviser.
And on the eve of Trump's spending bill veto threat, budget director Mick Mulvaney left no ambiguity about the president's plans to validate the measure.
"Let's cut right to the chase. Is the president going to sign the bill? Yes. Why? Because it funds his priorities," Mulvaney said.
White House officials privately contend that they are often left in an impossible situation given Trump's willingness to change his mind. Even if their statements are true at the time, they say, there's no guarantee the president's position will hold.
Peter Wehner, who served in the administrations of Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, said Trump ultimately has no one to blame but himself.
"He doesn't even know what his own stance is," said Wehner, a frequent Trump critic. "It just devalues his word and his threats and promises and his presidency."
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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Walmart employee turns in man charged with possessing weapons cache

Walmart employee turns in man charged with possessing weapons cache
By MARK OSBORNE DOMINICK PROTO Saturday, March 17, 2018, 5:08 AM ET
Quoted Excerpts
A Walmart employee's tip has led to a large weapons bust near a college campus in upstate New York.
Federal authorities filed charges against Maximilien Reynolds, 19, on Friday for two counts of possession of an unregistered destructive device and a silencer, false statement in acquisition of a firearm and a false statement in required firearm record.
According to the criminal complaint, a Walmart employee in Ithaca, New York, called police after Reynolds allegedly purchased ammunition, camping gear, drill bits, tools, hacksaw blades and knives with a gift card.
Ithaca police and two FBI agents responded to Reynolds' apartment, where they encountered his girlfriend, who allowed them inside. The complaint alleges the small apartment was "in severe disarray" with random piles of clothes, food, laboratory glassware and math formulas written on the windows. The authorities also found a bulletproof vest, gas mask and saw knives lying out in the open before the woman alleged to be Reynolds' girlfriend ushered them out.
The FBI found a bullet-resistant vest, military-style clothing, knives, military-style gas mask, MSR-15 Patrol rifle, ammunition, a homemade silencer and bomb-making materials, including fireworks rigged with shrapnel.
The suspect was previously known to authorities, as Reynolds had previously been detained by Ithaca police in June 2016 under Section 941 of the New York Mental Hygiene Law, the complaint shows. The law allows police officers to take a person into custody and take them to a hospital if they appear mentally ill.
Link To Article http://abcnews.go.com/US/walmart-employee-turns-man-charged-possessing-weapons-cache/story?id=53816017

My Opinions:
That brave Walmart employee did the right thing.
When will our politicians update and revise Amendment Two?

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Barron Trump’s School Signs Open Letter Asking His Dad to Act on Gun Violence, Oppose Arming Teachers

Barron Trump’s School Signs Open Letter Asking His Dad to Act on Gun Violence, Oppose Arming Teachers
By Jason Le Miere On 3/14/18 at 3:12 PM

The school attended by President Donald Trump’s youngest son has signed an open letter calling on his father and Congress to do more to tackle the epidemic of gun violence and to prevent the arming of teachers with firearms.
St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac, Maryland, which Barron Trump began attending last fall, is one of more than 100 schools in the Greater Washington, D.C., and Maryland area whose heads signed the letter published in The Baltimore Sun Wednesday.
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“We urge our president, our Congress, and our state leaders to enact specific, rigorous measures to reduce gun violence in our society, particularly in our schools,” read the letter, which was signed by St. Andrew’s Episcopal School head Robert Kosasky.
“We need a robust system of registration and background checks, with a particular eye toward weapons capable of rapidly firing a vast number of deadly shots. We need stronger mental health services and more effective communication among agencies responsible for the well-being of children, adults and families. What we do not need is to arm our teachers with guns, which is dangerous and antithetical to our profession as educators.”
The letter comes at a time of nationwide debate about how to prevent school shootings in the wake of the killing of 17 people at a Florida high school last month. Student survivors of the shooting have led calls for greater gun control legislation, and on Wednesday they joined tens of thousands of students across the United States in protest by walking out of school.
Trump at times has signaled a willingness to help push for modest gun control measures, including expanding background checks and raising the minimum age to buy a semi-automatic rifle to 21. But, in proposals announced Sunday by the White House, there was no mention of the age-limit change. What was included, though, were plans to arm teachers, something that was loudly rejected by the Baltimore Teachers Union in a letter to the state’s governor on Tuesday.

Barron Trump’s School Signs Open Letter Asking His Dad to Act on Gun Violence, Oppose Arming Teachers

Wednesday, 3/14/18 at 3:12 PM
Link To Article  http://www.newsweek.com/barron-trump-school-donald-gun-violence-845404

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

House Democrats cite 'evidence' of Trump-Russia collusion

House Democrats cite 'evidence' of Trump-Russia collusion
Associated Press
By MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press
Quoted Excerpts
WASHINGTON — Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee are sharply disagreeing with Republicans on the panel who say they don't see any evidence of collusion or coordination between President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign and Russia.
California Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the panel, said Tuesday that he believes there is "significant evidence" of collusion between Trump's campaign and Russia, though he couldn't say if there was criminal wrongdoing.
Democrats have said for some time that they believed Republicans weren't conducting a serious investigation. Schiff on Tuesday released a 22-page report detailing threads that Democrats still believe the committee should pursue and witnesses they still want to hear from. Those include White House officials, campaign officials and people in the intelligence community.
As examples of evidence of coordination, Schiff cited multiple contacts between Trump's campaign and Russia, including a meeting in Trump Tower in June 2016 and information passed on to an Australian diplomat by a former Trump campaign aide, George Papadopolous, that the Russians had dirt on Hillary Clinton.
Schiff said Democrats would try to release all committee interview transcripts in their report. He also signaled that he would reopen or begin certain lines of inquiry if Democrats retake the majority of the House this November.
Texas Rep. Mike Conaway, the Republican leading the Russia probe, previewed some of the GOP report's findings on Monday, but said the public will not see the full document until Democrats have reviewed it and the intelligence community has decided what information can be released, a process that could take weeks.
In addition to the statement on coordination with Russians, Republicans said the draft challenges an assessment by U.S. intelligence agencies that the Russian government, at the direction of President Vladimir Putin, waged a covert influence campaign to interfere in the election with the goal of hurting Clinton's candidacy and helping Trump's campaign.
House Intelligence Committee officials said they spent hundreds of hours reviewing raw source material used by the intelligence services in the assessment and that it did not meet the appropriate standards to make the claim about helping Trump. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the intelligence material.
According to Conaway, the GOP report will agree with the intelligence assessment on most other details, including that Russians did meddle in the election. It will detail Russian cyberattacks on U.S. institutions during the election and the use of social media to sow discord. It will also show a pattern of Russian attacks on European allies — information that could be redacted in the final report. It will blame officials in former President Barack Obama's administration for a "lackluster" response and look at leaks from the intelligence community to the media.
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My Opinions:
I do not doubt that some of the people that Trump connected himself to are guilty of different types of collusions.
I do not doubt that Trump has some knowledge of and or some involvement with the various types of collusions.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Oprah Winfrey says the Parkland activists remind her of civil rights icons

My Comment:
I thank Oprah Winfrey for her advice.

Oprah Winfrey says the Parkland activists remind her of civil rights icons
By Alexandra King, CNN
Updated 1:54 PM ET, Sat March 10, 2018
(CNN)Oprah Winfrey says she was inspired to help the survivors of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting as they fight for stronger gun control because their dedication reminded her of the civil rights movement.
"The fact that they were creating this national march to say, 'enough' ... what it takes to risk that on a national level is what I responded to," Winfrey tells CNN's Van Jones on "The Van Jones Show," which airs at 8 p.m. ET Sunday on CNN.
Winfrey announced last month she was donating $500,000 to the March for Our Lives, the March 24 demonstration in Washington planned by survivors of last month's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 people dead.
Winfrey told Jones that it was the Parkland activists' strength and confidence in taking their cause public that reminded her of those who fought against racial injustice in the 1950s and '60s. The teenagers' bravery, she said, resonated with her, given some of the sacrifices her family made during the civil rights era.
"My grandfather took in people from the Freedom Riders in Mississippi and risked his whole family and home. Because if people found out that he was keeping the Freedom Riders in his house? You know, he would have been gone," she told Jones.
Like the Florida students, Winfrey noted that young people also played a role in the civil rights movement such US Rep. John Lewis. The future Democratic congressman from Georgia was beaten by police in the 1965 march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama.
"There hasn't been a darker time, I believe, for our people, other than slavery, than what was going on in the civil rights movement. And the young people, like the John Lewises of the world, said, 'No more. Enough. Find another way,' " she said.
Winfrey said she has advised the young activists pushing for gun control to think about their long-term strategy to achieve their goals.
"You can't just go out there and march," she said. "There has to be a very clear intention behind what you're doing and why you're doing it."
As an example, Winfrey pointed out that by the time Rosa Parks "sat down on that bus, they had been planning that for a very long time," referring to the civil rights activist's arrest when she refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on a Montgomery, Alabama, bus in 1955.
As for anyone today aspiring to have an impact like Parks or Lewis, Winfrey said she made her donation to ensure that young activists without financial means would still be able to attend the March for Our Lives in Washington.
"I wanted to be able to bring kids from all over the country who wouldn't be able to afford to get to the march. That's what I wanted to do," she said.
Link To Article https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/10/us/oprah-on-parkland-cnntv/index.html

Sunday, March 4, 2018

‘Pure madness’: Dark days inside the White House as Trump shocks and rages

‘Pure madness’: Dark days inside the White House as Trump shocks and rages
The Washington Post
By Philip Rucker, Ashley Parker and Josh Dawsey Saturday, March 3,2018 at 4:26 PM

Inside the White House, aides over the past week have described an air of anxiety and volatility — with an uncontrollable commander in chief at its center.
These are the darkest days in at least half a year, they say, and they worry just how much farther President Trump and his administration may plunge into unrest and malaise before they start to recover. As one official put it: “We haven’t bottomed out.”
Trump is now a president in transition, at times angry and increasingly isolated. He fumes in private that just about every time he looks up at a television screen, the cable news headlines are trumpeting yet another scandal. He voices frustration that son-in-law Jared Kushner has few on-air defenders. He revives old grudges. And he confides to friends that he is uncertain about whom to trust.
Trump’s closest West Wing confidante, Hope Hicks — the communications director who often acted as a de facto Oval Office therapist — announced her resignation last week, leaving behind a team the president views more as paid staff than surrogate family. So concerned are those around Trump that some of the president’s oldest friends have been urging one another to be in touch — the sort of familiar contacts that often lift his spirits.
In an unorthodox presidency in which emotion, impulse and ego often drive events, Trump’s ominous moods manifested themselves last week in his zigzagging positions on gun control; his shock trade war that jolted markets and was opposed by Republican leaders and many in his own administration; and his roiling feud of playground insults with Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Some of Trump’s advisers say the president is not all doom and gloom, however. He has been pleased with the news coverage of his role in the gun debate and lighthearted moments have leavened his days, such as a recent huddle with staff to prepare his comedic routine for the Gridiron, a Saturday night dinner with Washington officials and journalists.
Still, Trump’s friends are increasingly concerned about his well-being, worried that the president’s obsession with cable commentary and perceived slights is taking a toll on the 71-year-old. “Pure madness,” lamented one exasperated ally.
Retired four-star Army general Barry McCaffrey said the American people — and Congress especially — should be alarmed.
“I think the president is starting to wobble in his emotional stability and this is not going to end well,” McCaffrey said. “Trump’s judgment is fundamentally flawed, and the more pressure put on him and the more isolated he becomes, I think, his ability to do harm is going to increase.”
This portrait of Trump at a moment of crisis just over a year after taking office is based on interviews with 22 White House officials, friends and advisers to the president and other administration allies, most of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity to candidly discuss Trump’s state of mind.
The tumult comes as special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation of Russia’s 2016 election interference and the president’s possible obstruction of justice has intensified. Meanwhile, Kushner, a White House senior adviser, was stripped last week of his access to the nation’s top secrets amid increasing public scrutiny of his foreign contacts and of his mixing of business and government work.
Trump has been asking people close to him whether they think Kushner or his company has done anything wrong, according to a senior administration official. Two advisers said the president repeatedly tells aides that the Russia investigation will not ensnare him — even as it ensnares others around him — and that he thinks the American people are finally starting to conclude that the Democrats, as opposed to his campaign, colluded with the Russians.
Still, the developments have delivered one negative headline after another, leading Trump to lose his cool — especially in the evenings and early mornings, when he often is most isolated, according to advisers.
For instance, aides said, Trump seethed with anger last Wednesday night over cable news coverage of a photo, obtained by Axios, showing Sessions at dinner with Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, who oversees the Russia investigation, and another top Justice Department prosecutor. The outing was described in news reports as amounting to an act of solidarity after Trump had attacked Sessions in a tweet that morning.
The next morning, Trump was still raging about the photo, venting to friends and allies about a dinner he viewed as an intentional show of disloyalty.
Trump has long been furious with Sessions for recusing himself from oversight of the Russia probe, and privately mocks him as “Mr. Magoo,” an elderly and bumbling cartoon character. But this past week the president was irate that his attorney general had asked the Justice Department’s inspector general — as opposed to criminal prosecutors — to investigate alleged misdeeds by the FBI in obtaining surveillance warrants.
On Friday morning, Trump targeted his ire elsewhere. About an hour after Fox News Channel aired a segment about comedian Alec Baldwin saying he had tired of impersonating Trump on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” Trump lit into Baldwin on Twitter, initially misspelling his first name. “It was agony for those who were forced to watch,” the president wrote at 5:42 a.m.
“Trump’s fundamentally distorted personality — which at its core is chaotic, volatile and transgressive — when combined with the powers of the presidency had to end poorly,” said Peter Wehner, a veteran of the three previous Republican administrations and a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. “What we’re now seeing is the radiating effects of that, and it’s enveloped him, his White House, his family and his friends.”
Trump jetted Friday to his favorite refuge, his private Mar-a-Lago Club in South Florida, where he dined on the gilded patio with old friends — former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani and wife Judith and Blackstone Group chairman Stephen A. Schwarzman, among others. Trump tried to convince his companions that trade tariffs were more popular than they think, according to someone with knowledge of their conversation.
Shortly after 8 a.m. Saturday, he rolled up to the Trump International Golf Course for a sunny, 70-degree morning on the greens. Rather than firing off a flurry of angry messages as on other recent weekend mornings, the president tweeted only, “Happy National Anthem Day!” But then shortly after noon, once he returned to Mar-a-Lago from the golf course, Trump tweeted that the mainstream media has “gone CRAZY!”
Christopher Ruddy, the chief executive of Newsmax and a Trump friend, said, “I’m bewildered when I see these reports that he’s in turmoil. Every time I speak to him he seems more relaxed and in control than ever. He seems pretty optimistic about how things are shaping up.”
Trump is testing the patience of his own staff, some of whom think he is not listening to their advice. White House counsel Donald McGahn and national economic council director Gary Cohn have been especially frustrated, according to other advisers.
The situation seems to be grating as well on White House chief of staff John F. Kelly, who had been on the ropes over his handling of domestic-abuse allegations against former staff secretary Rob Porter but who now appears on firmer footing. Talking last week about his move from being homeland security secretary to the West Wing, Kelly quipped, “God punished me.”
Last Friday, Kelly tried to explain anew the timeline of Porter’s dismissal with a group of reporters — an unprompted move that annoyed and confused some White House staffers, who thought they were finally moving past the controversy that had consumed much of February.
“Morale is the worst it’s ever been,” said a Republican strategist in frequent contact with White House staff. “Nobody knows what to expect.”
Since Trump entered presidential politics three years ago, Hicks has been his stabilizing constant, tending his moods and whims in addition to managing his image. Within the president’s orbit, many wonder whether Trump has fully absorbed the impact of Hicks’s upcoming departure.
Trump told one friend that Hicks was a great young woman, who, after three intense years, was ready to do her own thing. He told this friend that he recognized the White House was full of “tough hombres,” according to someone briefed on the conversation.
But other confidants said the president feels abandoned and alone — not angry with Hicks, but frustrated by the circumstance. Coupled with last fall’s departure of longtime bodyguard Keith Schiller, Trump will have few pure loyalists remaining.
“Losing people is too much of a story for the president,” said oil investor Dan K. Eberhart, a Trump supporter and a Republican National Committee fundraiser. “It just seems like it’s imploding . . . Trump had momentum with tax reform, the State of the Union speech. He should try to keep that going.”
On Capitol Hill, lawmakers were left in varying states of consternation by Trump’s whipsaw on guns. He suggested publicly last Wednesday that he favored tougher background checks and would forgo due process in taking away guns from the mentally ill, but then sent opposite signals after huddling with National Rifle Association lobbyists the next night.
Trump’s aides said his vacillation was a function of the controlled chaos the president likes to sow. Trump recently has come to favor opening his meetings to the media — “It’s like his own TV show,” said one adviser — where he often chews over outlandish ideas, plays to the assembled press and talks up bipartisan consensus, even if it never leads to actual policy.
Trump doesn’t see guns through the traditional prism of left vs. right, but rather as a Manhattan business developer, said one senior administration official, adding that he has told staff that he doesn’t understand why people need assault rifles.
The president’s decision last Thursday to announce steep new tariffs on aluminum and steel — and gleefully tout a possible trade war — caught almost his entire team, including some of his top trade advisers, by surprise.
Earlier in the week, Cohn was telling people he was going to continue stalling Trump on tariffs. He described the tariffs as “obviously stupid,” in the recollection of one person who spoke to him.
“Gary said to him, you can’t do this, you can’t do that,” a senior administration official said. “The more you tell him that, the more he is going to do what he wants to do.”
Trump’s allies say that in his past ventures he has thrived in chaotic environments, and he has replicated that atmosphere in the White House. Rep. Peter T. King (R-N.Y.) recalled visiting Trump in the Oval Office for a bill-signing photo opportunity a few weeks into his presidency that was scheduled to last just a few minutes.
“We were in there over an hour, and every White House character was in there at one point or another. . . . It was like Grand Central station,” King said. “He has a way of getting things done. He had the worst campaign ever. On election night, he was the guy smiling and had won.”
Link To Article  https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/‘pure-madness’-dark-days-inside-the-white-house-as-trump-shocks-and-rages/ar-BBJPjqc?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartandhp

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Trump was angry and ‘unglued’ when he started a trade war, officials say

Link To  https://www.nbcnews.com/
Link To Article https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/trump-was-angry-unglued-when-he-started-trade-war-officials-n852641

Saturday, March 3 2018, 7:35 am ET
Stephanie Ruhle
Peter Alexander
Topics Politics, White House
First Published Friday, March 2 2018, 1:15 pm ET

Trump was angry and ‘unglued’ when he started a trade war, officials say
by Stephanie Ruhle and Peter Alexander

WASHINGTON — With global markets shaken by President Donald Trump's surprise decision to impose strict tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, the president went into battle mode on Friday: "Trade wars are good, and easy to win," he wrote on Twitter.
But the public show of confidence belies the fact that Trump's policy maneuver, which may ultimately harm U.S. companies and American consumers, was announced without any internal review by government lawyers or his own staff, according to a review of an internal White House document.
According to two officials, Trump's decision to launch a potential trade war was born out of anger at other simmering issues and the result of a broken internal process that has failed to deliver him consensus views that represent the best advice of his team.
On Wednesday evening, the president became "unglued," in the words of one official familiar with the president's state of mind.
A trifecta of events had set him off in a way that two officials said they had not seen before: Hope Hicks' testimony to lawmakers investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 election, conduct by his embattled attorney general and the treatment of his son-in-law by his chief of staff.
Trump, the two officials said, was angry and gunning for a fight, and he chose a trade war, spurred on by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Peter Navarro, the White House director for trade — and against longstanding advice from his economic chair Gary Cohn and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.
Ross had already invited steel and aluminum executives to the White House for an 11 a.m. meeting on Thursday. But Ross, according to a person with direct knowledge, hadn't told the White House who the executives were. As a result, White House officials were unable to conduct a background check on the executives to make sure they were appropriate for the president to meet with and they were not able to be cleared for entry by secret service. According to a person with direct knowledge, even White House chief of staff John Kelly was unaware of their names.
By midnight Wednesday, less than 12 hours before the executives were expected to arrive, no one on the president's team had prepared any position paper for an announcement on tariff policy, the official said. In fact, according to the official, the White House counsel's office had advised that they were as much as two weeks away from being able to complete a legal review on steel tariffs.
In response to NBC News, another White House official said that the communications team "was well-prepared to support the president's announcement" and that "many of the attendees had been in the White House before and had already been vetted for attendance at a presidential event." A different official said of the decision, "everyone in the world has known where the president's head was on this issue since the beginning of his administration."
There were no prepared, approved remarks for the president to give at the planned meeting, there was no diplomatic strategy for how to alert foreign trade partners, there was no legislative strategy in place for informing Congress and no agreed upon communications plan beyond an email cobbled together by Ross's team at the Commerce Department late Wednesday that had not been approved by the White House.
No one at the State Department, the Treasury Department or the Defense Department had been told that a new policy was about to be announced or given an opportunity to weigh in in advance.
The Thursday morning meeting did not originally appear on the president's public schedule. Shortly after it began, reporters were told that Ross had convened a "listening" session at the White House with 15 executives from the steel and aluminum industry.
Then, an hour later, in an another unexpected move, reporters were invited to the Cabinet room. Without warning, Trump announced on the spot that he was imposing new strict tariffs on imports.
By Thursday afternoon, the U.S. stock market had fallen and Trump, surrounded by his senior advisers in the Oval Office, was said to be furious.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

PETA Wishes They Could Have Talked Barbra Streisand Out of Cloning Her Dog

PETA Wishes They Could Have Talked Barbra Streisand Out of Cloning Her Dog
Vanity Fair
Hilary Weaver
Quoted Excerpts
In an interview with Variety on Tuesday, Barbra Streisand revealed that she had cloned her beloved Coton de Tulear dog, Samantha, who died last year. PETA, the organization with an uncanny knack for knowing when a famous person is behaving questionably around animals, has caught wind of the whole thing. On Tuesday, PETA president Ingrid Newkirk released a statement to Page Six on why it adamantly stands against Streisand’s decision to clone Samantha.
“We all want our beloved dogs to live forever, but while it may sound like a good idea, cloning doesn’t achieve that—instead, it creates a new and different dog who has only the physical characteristics of the original. Animals’ personalities, quirks, and very ‘essence’ simply cannot be replicated, and when you consider that millions of wonderful adoptable dogs are languishing in animal shelters every year or dying in terrifying ways when abandoned, you realize that cloning adds to the homeless-animal population crisis. And because cloning has a high failure rate, many dogs are caged and tormented for every birth that actually occurs—so that’s not fair to them, despite the best intentions. We feel Barbra’s grief at losing her beloved dog but would also love to have talked her out of cloning.”
Link To Article

Friday, February 16, 2018

How Donald Trump's Views on Guns Shifted Over Time

My Comments and My Opinions:
Trump and his administration have repealed and loosened President Obama's legislation regarding guns and gun background checks.
Trump and his administration have also made it easier to allow people to conceal guns.

How Donald Trump's Views on Guns Shifted Over Time
By Meghan Keneally
May 20, 2016, 5:49 AM ET
Quoted Excerpts
Donald Trump's stance on guns has been consistent during his presidential campaign, but it has shifted over the past two decades.
Here's how his view shifted over time, based in part on two of his policy-oriented books.
In a page-long explanation of his stance on guns, Trump assessed the differences between the two main political parties' gun policies. He called what he said was the Democratic party's desire to "confiscate" guns "a dumb idea" and said Republicans "refuse even limited restrictions," noting that they "walk the NRA line."
"I generally oppose gun control, but I support the ban on assault weapons and I also support a slightly longer waiting period to purchase a gun," he wrote.
In "Crippled America," Trump argues that background checks "accomplished very little" as they effectively just brought "more government regulation into the situation."
In his 2015 book, Trump wrote that he "owns guns. Fortunately, I have never had to use."
According to publicly accessible records, Trump has had a concealed weapons permit since 2010.
He has also cited gun control as being partly to blame for mass shootings like those in Paris and San Bernardino, arguing that the attackers could have been stopped more quickly if more bystanders had guns.
"Somebody attacks me, oh, they’re gonna be shocked," he said in October after mentioning his concealed weapons license.
"Can you imagine? Somebody says 'Oh there's Trump, he's easy pickings,' 'What'd you say?'" he said while holding his fingers like a drawn gun.
Read More  http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/donald-trumps-views-guns-shifted-time/story?id=39234442
Link To  http://abcnews.go.com/

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Burned by the budget, right warns Ryan on immigration

My Question: Has anyone ever thought about first reviewing and updating our existing immigration laws and policies, and then seeing if new ones are needed?

Burned by the budget, right warns Ryan on immigration
The Hill
Melanie Zanona
Tuesday, 2/13/2018
Several Quoted Excerpts
Ryan helped muscle a sweeping, bipartisan budget deal through Congress last week that sets the stage for $300 billion more in federal spending over the next two years. The measure also raises the debt ceiling for one year, knocking two major to-do items off lawmakers' plate.
In the end, a total of 167 Republicans backed the package. The previous two-year budget deal garnered just 79 GOP votes.
The deal was negotiated by leaders on both sides of the Capitol, but was announced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.).
Trump is rescinding the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. He has given Congress until March 5 to come up with a permanent legal solution for the program, which protects certain immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children.
Ryan last week said he's serious about passing legislation to help people who have been enrolled in DACA.
"I know that there is a real commitment to solving the DACA challenge in both political parties. That's a commitment that I share. To anyone who doubts my intention to solve this problem and bring up a DACA and immigration reform bill, do not," Ryan said.
"We will bring a solution to the floor - one that the president will sign," he said.
Despite the rumblings of discontent, conservatives aren't throwing out the threat of offering a "motion to vacate the chair" - which would force a vote on whether to strip Ryan of his Speaker's gavel - if Ryan doesn't follow through on his promise to only put an immigration bill on the floor if it has a majority of the GOP's support.
Ryan is trying to thread the needle by promising to solve DACA in a way that does not upset members of his own conference.
The Goodlatte bill is further to the right than the proposals being considered in the Senate or the framework outlined by the White House.
The legislation would offer a renewable, three-year legal status for DACA recipients in exchange for authorizing border wall funding, ending family-based immigration and eliminating the diversity visa lottery program.
It also would crack down on so-called sanctuary cities, increase criminal penalties for deported criminals who try to return to the U.S. and require employers to use an electronic verification system to ensure they only hire legal workers.
But it's unclear whether the Goodlatte bill can get a majority in the House, with some Republicans representing the agricultural industry concerned about the E-Verify language. There could also be concern that putting the bill on the floor could upset the high-level, bipartisan DACA negotiations that are currently taking place among the leadership.
While many Republicans are expecting to see some version of the Goodlatte measure pass the House, others aren't quite as confident.
"Here is what worries me: The Speaker, just a few years ago, was a leader in our party in fiscal responsibility and yet we got a [budget] bill like we did last week," Jordan said. "And now we are heading into an immigration debate where we know the Speaker historically has not been where the country is, or the Republican Party is, on immigration."
Ryan may have less to risk in the debate, however, if he doesn't plan on sticking around in Congress next year. He said he would make a final decision with his wife this spring on running for reelection.
But Ryan has insisted that his political future will not impact how he moves forward in the DACA debate.
"It doesn't," Ryan said last week when pressed on how his personal future might play into his immigration decisions. "I don't think about it at all."
Link to Article   https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/burned-by-the-budget-right-warns-ryan-on-immigration/ar-BBJ4eKY?li=AA5a8k&ocid=spartandhp

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Pelosi Protests Stalled Immigration Talks With Marathon House Speech

Pelosi Protests Stalled Immigration Talks With Marathon House Speech
Wednesday, February 7, 20184:19 PM ET
Quoted Excerpts
While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has promised Senate debate on immigration, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has made no such commitment. On Tuesday, Ryan said, "We're not going to bring immigration legislation through that the president doesn't support."
Throughout the speech, Pelosi asked Ryan to change his mind and promise floor debate.
Read The Article  https://www.npr.org/2018/02/07/584053350/pelosi-protests-stalled-immigration-talks-with-marathon-house-speech

My Comments and My Opinions:
The article states that McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan will not support DACA because Trump will not support DACA.
Trump is one reason why there are no improvements in immigration laws and in DACA.
Read The Article https://www.npr.org/2018/02/07/584053350/pelosi-protests-stalled-immigration-talks-with-marathon-house-speech

Friday, January 26, 2018

Symptoms of deadly flu strain spreading across US tend to 'escalate rapidly,' doctor says

Symptoms of deadly flu strain spreading across US tend to 'escalate rapidly,' doctor says
FOX News
Melanie Dadourian Thursday,1/26/2018
Last Friday, the CDC reported that 30 children have died so far this season from flu-related illness compared to eight at this time last year.
It started with a cold, and then it turned deadly.
The grieving family of Dylan Winnik of West Palm Beach, Fla. is in shock after their 12-year old son died Tuesday from complications related to the flu.
Dylan’s family said cold symptoms developed just a day after the seventh-grader was playing at a birthday party on Sunday, according to a report from Local10 News. By Tuesday, his condition worsened and a neighbor called 911. When sheriff's deputies arrived at the home, Dylan already had died.
Family member Mike Medwi told the Palm Beach Post that the boy had not gotten a flu shot.
Last Friday, the CDC reported that 30 children have died so far this season from flu-related illness compared to eight at this time last year. Those numbers are expected to rise at Friday’s weekly briefing, with more kids’ flu-related deaths having been reported in the past days.
Dr. Margarita Rohr from NYU Langone Health told Fox News the most common form of flu being reported this season, Influenza A (H3N2), "is particularly worrisome as symptoms tend to escalate rapidly, especially in children and older adults."
"The short duration time, from the diagnosis of flu with onset of symptoms leading rapidly to death may be attributed to the particular strain of virus we are currently facing," she said.
CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald told Reuters that 85 percent of the children who die from the flu likely have not been vaccinated. While the vaccine does not guarantee a patient won't get influenza, experts say data suggests the vaccinations can make the flu milder.
Meanwhile people across the country are reacting to the daily drip of new stories of children and apparently healthy adults dying from the flu.
Little 6-year-old Emily Muth from Cary, N.C. was diagnosed with the flu last Tuesday and died just three days later.
Family and friends were shocked by the news of 36-year-old single mom in Oregon, Tandy Harmon, who died just two days after being diagnosed.
And Lily Kershaw, 5, died of flu-related complications on Jan. 21, the first child to die from the flu in Nebraska this year, according to health officials.
While the spate of sudden deaths is frightening and tragic, there could be relief on the horizon. Fitzgerald said the CDC’s “surveillance systems show that nationally the flu season may be peaking now,” but cautioned “we know from past experience that it will take many more weeks for flu activity to truly slow down.“
To protect yourself, wash your hands frequently, cover your mouth when you cough, and limit contact with others who may be sick.
And if you haven’t gotten the flu shot yet, physicians are urging people to get them.
A total of 110 children died during the 2016-2017 season. The CDC estimates since 2010, the average range of hospitalizations from influenza has been between 140,000 and 710,000 cases. The flu has caused between 12,000 and 56,000 deaths in a typical year.
Link To Article

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

3 Alcatraz inmates survived 1962 escape, swim to land, letter suggests

3 Alcatraz inmates survived 1962 escape, swim to land, letter suggests
FOX News
Edmund DeMarche Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Quoted Excerpts
The three prisoners were serving sentences for bank robbery when they pulled off the escape with stolen spoons, dummy heads and a raincoat raft. Their exploits were turned into the 1979 movie “Escape from Alcatraz,” starring Clint Eastwood as Morris.
U.S. Marshal Michael Dyke, who inherited the unsolved case in 2003, told the Associated Press in 2012 that he didn’t know whether any of the trio was still alive. But he had seen enough evidence to make him wonder.
That evidence included credible reports that the Anglins’ mother, for several years, received flowers delivered without a card and that the brothers attended her 1973 funeral disguised in women’s clothes despite a heavy FBI presence.
The report pointed out that today Morris would be 90 and John and Clarence, the brothers, would be 86 and 87.
The federal government closed Alcatraz as a prison in 1963, just a year after the men's escape.
John Cantwell, National Park Service ranger, told the station that the Federal Bureau of Prisons said they drowned “once they got off” the island and their bodies were swept out to the Pacific.
“End of story,” he said.
Link To Article

My Opinion:
I doubt they survived.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Senate breaks budget impasse, paving way for government to reopen

My Opinions:
I would like long term solutions.
I am hoping that the Republican Senators will create legislation for DACA.
It is good news that the short term solution did not include Trump's wall.

Senate breaks budget impasse, paving way for government to reopen
The Washington Post
Robert Costa, Erica Werner, Ed O'Keefe, Elise Viebeck
Several Quoted Excerpts
Roughly 60 hours after the federal government first shut down, a bipartisan group of negotiators in the Senate reached a breakthrough to reopen the government by uniting Republican and Democratic leaders in an agreement on immigration and spending.
The Senate headed toward overwhelming passage of a short-term spending bill later in the day Monday after voting to end debate by a vote of 81-18. The House was then expected to pass the measure and send it to President Trump for his signature, laying the groundwork for the government to reopen by Monday evening.
The spending bill would fund the government through Feb. 8 and reauthorize the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years.
A majority of Democrats had forced the shutdown with demands for a vote on legislation to protect young undocumented immigrants known as "dreamers" from deportation. The final agreement did not include these protections, nor any specific guarantee of a vote.
"So long as the government remains open, it would be my intention to take up legislation here in the Senate that would address DACA, border security and related issues," McConnell said on the Senate floor Monday morning.
"This immigration debate will have a level playing field at the outset and an amendment process that is fair to all sides," he said.
Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) warned McConnell to keep his word.
"I expect the majority leader to fulfill his commitment to the Senate, to me and to the bipartisan group, and abide by this agreement. If he does not ... he will have breached the trust of not only the Democratic senators, but members of his own party as well," Schumer said before the vote to end debate.
Democratic and independent senators who relented in the standoff said they trusted the bipartisan group of negotiators, including Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.), to force McConnell to abide by his commitments.
But a group of liberal senators, some of whom are weighing runs for the presidency in 2020, said they did not hear anything new from McConnell that would give them confidence he would hold an immigration vote.
"I believe it's been a false choice that's been presented" between keeping the government open and resolving the DACA issue, said Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), who voted no. "I believe we can do both."
Senators who voted against the bill included Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), all considered possible White House contenders.
The Senate still must pass the final spending bill before sending it to the House.
Trump wrote that if the "stalemate continues," then Republicans should use the "Nuclear Option" to rewrite Senate rules and try to pass a long-term spending bill with a simple majority rather than the 60 votes needed to pass most legislation — a notion Trump has previously floated to McConnell's repeated dismissal.
The president otherwise remained uncharacteristically quiet, heeding the advice of senior advisers who argued that he has the upper hand over Schumer and the Democrats and that they would soon be forced to capitulate.
On the Senate floor, Schumer showed no signs of caving and kept pressure on Republicans.
"Not only do they not consult us, but they can't even get on the same page with their own president," he said.
Link To Article https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/senate-breaks-budget-impasse-paving-way-for-government-to-reopen/ar-AAv1qSW?li=BBnb7Kz

My Diary/MyOpinions: The Government Shutdown

I am not an expert on government shutdowns.
I have posted my opinions regarding this government shutdown.

The Government Shutdown Late Friday Evening:1/19/2018.
One big problem for the Republicans and the Democrats is that Trump does not know how to do his job.
Trump is making it difficult for both parties to work together.

The government remains shutdown.
Normally the Republicans and the Democrats are able to make decisions.
Trump the deal maker will not sign legislation unless he gets his brick wall and the right to throw immigrants out, and the right to continue dismantling the USA.

The government remains shutdown: Monday,(Morning) 1/22/2018.
In my opinion the Republicans are puppets on strings.
They know that this government shutdown is also about Trump not being qualified and not fit for the job.
It is time they think of the USA and work with the Democrats.

Senate breaks budget impasse, paving way for government to reopen
The Washington Post
Robert Costa, Erica Werner, Ed O'Keefe, Elise Viebeck

Link To Article https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/senate-breaks-budget-impasse-paving-way-for-government-to-reopen/ar-AAv1qSW?li=BBnb7Kz
My Opinions:
I would like long term solutions.
I am hoping that the Republican Senators will create legislation for DACA.
It is good news that the short term solution did not include Trump's wall.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Government shuts down after Senate bill collapses, negotiations fail

Government shuts down after Senate bill collapses, negotiations fail
The Washington Post
Mike DeBonis, Ed O'Keefe, Erica Werner, Elise Viebeck

Link To Article  https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/government-shuts-down-after-senate-bill-collapses-negotiations-fail/ar-AAuTlMT?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartandhp

Quoted Excerpts
But the White House drew a hard line immediately after midnight, saying they would not negotiate over a central issue — immigration — until government funding is restored.
“We will not negotiate the status of unlawful immigrants while Democrats hold our lawful citizens hostage over their reckless demands,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. “This is the behavior of obstructionist losers, not legislators. When Democrats start paying our armed forces and first responders we will reopen negotiations on immigration reform.”
Both parties confronted major political risks with 10 months to go until the midterm elections. Republicans resolved not to submit to the minority party’s demands to negotiate, while Democrats largely unified to use the shutdown deadline to force concessions on numerous issues — including protections for hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants.
A government shutdown causing employee furloughs has never occurred under unified party control of Congress and the White House. Some furloughs of White House employees began immediately early Saturday.
Flake had previously gotten a similar commitment from McConnell, but the majority leader insisted in recent days that any dreamer bill would have to be one Trump supported. Flake said he had urged him, and McConnell had agreed, not to wait on the president.
“At this point, we agree we can’t wait for the White House anymore,” Flake said.
Earlier in the night, around 150 protesters gathered outside the Capitol to hear Democrats promise not to back any spending deal that did not grant legal status to DACA recipients.
“This is a movement,” said Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.). “We’re going to have some good days, and we’re going to have some bad days. And like every movement that has allowed our country to progress, we are going to have to fight.”

My Comments:
In 2016 candidate Trump did not have an immigration policy.
In 2018 Trump still wants to throw immigrants out.
It is time for Trump to get a legal immigration policy.