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           Melania Trump changes into another pair of Louboutin pumps in Belgium       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The first lady, 48, was first seen in Washington, D.C. in the morning, wearing beige and red shoes by the French designer. She went for black pumps as she landed in Melsbroek, Belgium.
          À la une ce mercredi 11 juillet...      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
L'Angleterre affronte la Croatie en demi-finale du Mondial, Trump est attendu au sommet de l'Otan et Place comparait pour violences... Toute l'actu du jour.
          Otan : Trump bouscule ses alliés avant un sommet qui s'annonce tendu      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Le president americain a estime que sa rencontre avec Vladimir Poutine, le 16 juillet, pourrait etre plus facile que le sommet de l'Otan a Bruxelles.
          Where Does Brett Kavanaugh Stand on Key Issues?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Summary: President Trump’s pick to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy has expressed consistently conservative ideals throughout his career.  On Monday, President Donald Trump announced that he had chosen Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is set to retire at the end of the month. “In keeping with President Reagan’s legacy, I do not ask […]
           Trump touches down in Belgium for NATO summit after warning NATO he won't 'happily defend' EU allies       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Trump launched the latest salvo in the dispute between the United States and Europe as he landed in Belgium for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's leader's summit.
          US-Präsident reist nach Brüssel - Warum Trump mit seiner Nato-Kritik Recht hat – und warum nicht      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Es ist das heikelste Thema für Angela Merkel beim Nato-Gipfel: Die vergleichsweise niedrigen deutschen Verteidigungsausgaben bringen US-Präsident Donald Trump in Rage. Er wirft Deutschland und anderen Nato-Verbündeten vor, sich trotz florierender Wirtschaft auf Kosten der USA beschützen zu lassen. Warum Trump Recht hat - und auch wieder nicht.
           A cimeira que só acaba depois do último tweet de Trump      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A NATO preparou uma narrativa positiva, de reafirmação da união transatlântica, para a cimeira de líderes que arranca em Bruxelas. Antes de deixar os EUA, Trump voltou a atirar-se aos aliados e deitou tudo a perder.
          Brett Kavanaugh, um juiz criado pelos conservadores para chegar ao Supremo      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A escolha do Presidente Trump para substituir o juiz Anthony Kennedy empurra o tribunal para uma maioria de direita. E tem um bónus: Kavanaugh é contra as investigações a Presidentes em exercício.
          Trump Is Training His Base to Hate NATO and Like Putin      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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Heading into the NATO summit, Trump is making an agreement with his allies impossible, and ramping up pro-Putin talk.
          Trump Pardons Arsonists That Inspired 2016 Bundy Standoff      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
FILE - In this Jan. 2, 2016, file photo, rancher Dwight Hammond Jr. greets protesters outside his home in Burns, Ore. President Donald Trump has pardoned Dwight and Steven Hammond, two ranchers whose case sparked the armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon. The Hammonds were convicted in 2012 of intentionally and maliciously setting fires on public lands. (Les Zaitz/The Oregonian via AP, File)
The president sends a message that it’s okay to defy federal authority, if you’re a very specific kind of person.
          In Kavanaugh, Trump Found Another Judge Who Will Kiss the Ring      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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He proved it within minutes of being nominated.
          Kavanaugh’s SCOTUS Confirmation Is in the GOP’s Hands      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
President Trump Announces His Supreme Court Justice Replacement
There are three Republican senators to watch. If they stay in line, nothing else matters.
          Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s SCOTUS pick, could be the final nail in net neutrality's coffin      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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Since President Donald Trump took office, net neutrality – the principle that internet service providers should treat all content equally and keep it accessible to all – has been under constant attack. 

Brett Kavanaugh is the president's latest blow to a future with a free and open internet. And we know this because Kavanaugh, a DC Circuit Court of Appeals judge whom Trump has picked to replace a retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy, has tackled the issue before. 

In his dissent following a ruling that upheld net neutrality in the face of a legal attack by ISPs, Kavanaugh leveled a multi-faceted assault against an open internet. Read more...

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          The next SCOTUS judge: Brett Kavanaugh      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
I’m just now getting around to it because of stuff. But last night, Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to replace Kennedy. The bought and paid for astroturf protesters were ready to go with pre-printed signs with various names on them. And ABC and the women’s march folks had their opposition pre-printed with the judge’s name spelled […]
          Sen. Tom Cotton: Democrats' Opposition To Kavanaugh A "Laughable Political Game"       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
On Tuesday's 'Hugh Hewitt Show', Sen. Tom Cotton reacted to Senate Democratic opposition to Brett Kavanaugh's SCOTUS noinations, callign their concerns a "somewhat laughable political game." HUGH HEWITT: So tell me about your reaction last night when Brett Kavanaugh, the President probably called you beforehand, but what was your reaction? SEN. TOM COTTON: The President did throughout this process what he promised to do on the campaign trail, what he did in his first opportunity to nominate a Supreme Court justice, is work from a list that he gave to the American people in advance of very distinguished jurists of all stripes. He selected Judge Kavanaugh who has a long and very impressive record from the D.C. Circuit, and before that as a very capable appellate lawyer in Washington, D.C. I've got now a stack of opinions on my desk that I'll be reading through, which is one of the reasons why I left the law and became a soldier, but it's part of the job. And then I'll look forward to meeting with Judge Kavanaugh very soon. HEWITT: Now there is a story this morning that this was prearranged, a deal that was made with Justice Kennedy to entice him to retire, that it would be Judge Kavanaugh. I don't know if it's true. It's widely reported. If it is true, does that change your assessment of this? COTTON: Hugh, no, that's the first I've heard of such a deal. And I'll evaluate this nomination on its merits, on Judge Kavanaugh's record and his character and his jurisprudence. Justice Kennedy served our country for a very long time, and we should thank him for that service. But he's going to take senior status now, and what we have to do as senators is evaluate Judge Kavanaugh's record, and Judge Kavanaugh's jurisprudence when we vote on his nomination. The relationship between the President and Justice Kennedy, in my opinion, is really not relevant to that consideration. HEWITT: And I want to urge everyone to consult history. Often, justices talk to the White House about when they're going to leave, so that's not a scandal. I talked earlier with Todd Young, with Raj Shah, Senator Cotton, about the Kavanaugh papers at the Bush White House library, the Bush library down in Texas, and about the Independent Counsel papers, urging rapid disclosure, because they will eventually come out, those that are not classified. Those that are classified will end up in a SCIF for senators to review. Do you agree with me, or do you think that there's any doubt that those papers have to be produced? COTTON: Well, I have no doubt that the Senate will receive the documents we need to consider Judge Kavanaugh's nomination. In fact, George W. Bush just committed to President Trump already that his library and archives would work in an efficient manner to make sure that all documents are produced, and to the extent that there are any privileges or classification issues, they work in a cooperative manner to try to get senators the information they need. Now that said, we certainly can't let the Democrats slow roll this nomination, making endless and needless requests for documents in which Judge Kavanaugh played no part. For three years, Judge Kavanaugh was President Bush's staff secretary. That's the person who controls the flow of papers in and out of the West Wing. It's a very important role, but that doesn't mean that he wrote hundreds of thousands or millions of pieces of paper that crossed the President's desk. And we shouldn't let the Democrats use the facts like that to draw out needlessly the meetings and then the hearings that we'll have on Judge Kavanaugh's nomination. I expect they'll do that. The Democrats in the Senate have kind of gone around the bend already on Judge Kavanaugh's nomination if you look at some of the extreme rhetoric, or my favorite part was some of the senators standing out in front of the Supreme Court last night protesting the nomination. And you could see in the background they had signs premade not just for stopping Kavanaugh, but stop Barrett and stop Hardiman and stop Kethledge as well. So it's clear they're just playing a somewhat laughable political game, and they would have opposed for partisan reasons anyone that President Trump nominated.
          Trump On NATO Summit, London Visit: "Vladimir Putin May Be The Easiest" Meeting       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Before leaving for his trip to Europe, President Donald Trump spoke with reporters about his UK visit and upcoming meetings with NATO members and later Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki.
          Schumer: Judge Kavanaugh Has Argued The State Can Detain A Young Girl To Prevent Her From Having Abortion       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) calls for the Senate put a stop to the nomination of Donald Trump's Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who Schumer says will "strip women's reproductive rights," undermine the Affordable Care Act, and curb environmental regulations. "Judge Kavanaugh's own writings make clear that he would rule against reproductive rights and freedoms," Schumer said. "He wouldn't have been approved by the Federalist Society if Leonard Leo weren't certain that he'd repeal Roe v. Wade." "Judge Kavanaugh has argued that the Trump administration could keep a young girl in federal custody to prevent her from obtaining constitutionally protected health care. And he has argued that employers should be able to deny their employees access to affordable contraceptive coverage. If Judge Kavanaugh feels that way about contraceptive rights, imagine how he feels on a woman's right to choose." SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER: Now, Madam President, last night, President Trump selected Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee for the upcoming vacancy on the Supreme Court. In selecting Judge Kavanaugh, President Trump did exactly what he said he would do on the campaign trail -- nominate someone who will overturn women's reproductive rights and freedoms and strike down health care protections for millions of Americans, including those with pre-existing conditions. He's put at risk civil rights, labor rights, environmental rights, and LGBTQ rights. How do we know? Because President Trump repeatedly promised to nominate justices who will overturn Roe v. Wade, and who will undermine our health care laws. This didn't come out of the clear blue. President Trump promised it. Here's what he said: he would only pick "pro-life" judges who would "automatically" reverse Roe v. Wade. President Trump actually went so far as to say that women should be "punished" for their health care choices. President Trump also said quote his "judicial appointments would do the right thing, unlike Judge Roberts on health care." That is President Trump's litmus test, and it couldn't be clearer. And during the campaign, President Trump commissioned a list of 25 people who would meet that litmus test, that were vetted and approved by two organizations that represent the hard-right: the Federalist Society -- led by a man named Leonard Leo, whose goal in life has been to overturn Roe v. Wade -- and the Heritage Foundation, whose goal is to strike down health care law because they don't want the government to help people out when they have pre-existing conditions, or other health care needs. Here's what Edward Whelan, a prominent conservative activist, said about Leonard Leo, the man who put together the list that Trump promised to pick from: "no one has been more dedicated to the enterprise of building a Supreme Court that will overturn Roe v. Wade than the Federalist Society's Leonard Leo." If anyone believes that Judge Kavanaugh or anyone else on the list would uphold Roe v. Wade, then I have a bridge to sell them. Leonard Leo's goal in life is to repeal Roe. He comes up with the list, do you think he put any slackers, in his opinion, on that list? No. Judge Kavanaugh got the nomination, not because he'll be an impartial judge on behalf of all Americans, but because he passed President Trump's litmus tests: repeal women's freedom for their reproductive rights, and repeal people's health care, including the protections for pre-existing conditions. If Judge Kavanaugh was to be confirmed, women's reproductive rights would be in the hands of five men on the Supreme Court. That's not what the women -- or the men -- of America want. Judge Kavanaugh's own writings make clear that he would rule against reproductive rights and freedoms, and that he would welcome challenges to the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. Judge Kavanaugh has argued that the Supreme Court should question the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. He openly criticized the Supreme Court when they upheld the law. He's no neutral arbiter, he's already made up his mind, and he wouldn't have been approved by the Heritage Foundation if they weren't certain that he'd repeal the ACA. He wouldn't have been approved by the Federalist Society if Leonard Leo weren't certain that he'd repeal Roe v. Wade. Judge Kavanaugh has argued that the Trump administration could keep a young girl in federal custody to prevent her from obtaining constitutionally protected health care. And he has argued that employers should be able to deny their employees access to affordable contraceptive coverage. If Judge Kavanaugh feels that way about contraceptive rights, imagine how he feels on a woman's right to choose. And I'd make one other point about Judge Kavanaugh: he's a deeply, deeply conservative justice, way out of the mainstream. He has written troubling decisions rejecting something ninety percent of Americans want: common-sense gun laws. He has undone environmental protections, he's challenged them, and our Clean Air and Clean Water Acts would be at risk. He would make it far more difficult for regulations to exist to enforce those laws. And here's the most amazing thing: he has gone so far as to say that a president doesn't need to follow the law if he "deems" it unconstitutional. Folks, here we have a president, President Trump, who cares less about rule of law, less about the restraints that every other president has felt put in place by the Constitution and the norms that have blessed this great country for 200 years, and we're going to put someone on the bench that says 'if this president, President Trump, deems some law unconstitutional he doesn't have to follow it? How many Americans think that the president would be judicious and limited in doing that? It's not the president I've seen over the past year and a half, oh no. An analysis by Professor Lee Epstein of Washington University of St. Louis found that Judge Kavanaugh would be the second-most conservative Justice on the Court -- to the right of Judge Gorsuch, second only to Justice Thomas, and this is the most conservative court we've had in eighty, ninety years, since the thirties at the very minimum. To those who say that President Trump has made a moderate selection from the judicial mainstream in the form of Judge Kavanaugh -- think again, and look at his record. He is a deeply conservative jurist. And his judicial philosophy appears to spring from his history. Judge Kavanaugh was embedded in the partisan fights of the past few decades: the notorious Starr report, the Florida recount, President Bush's secrecy and privilege claims once in office, and ideological judicial nomination fights throughout the Bush Era. The hard-right has had a goal. They can't achieve their philosophy through the elected two branches of government, try as they might: the Congress, the president. But if they get control of the one non-elected branch, the judiciary, they can turn the clock back in America decades, maybe centuries. That has been their goal, and Judge Kavanaugh when he worked in the White House helped them achieve that goal. Judge Kavanaugh's background as a partisan political operative seems exactly like the kind of man President Trump would want on the Supreme Court if legal issues from the Mueller probe arise: deferential to a fault to executive authority, and with a long track record of partisan politics. Judge Kavanaugh's long track record of partisan politics comes with a long paper trail. The Senate must now be able to have access and time to adequately review all documents, e-mails, and other paperwork associated with Judge Kavanaugh before the process moves forward. Judge Kavanaugh's papers may be critical to helping the American people understand the kind of jurist that Judge Kavanaugh would be on the Supreme Court. And if that makes us take a little more time, so be it. As the president himself has said, this is one of the most consequential nominations we have had in a generation. To get the full record before any of us vote is absolutely necessary, important, essential, and fair. Judge Kavanaugh's papers may give the Senate the best and only chance of understanding Judge Kavanaugh's personal views because there's no doubt he will be schooled, as his most recent predecessor was, to reveal as little about his philosophy and personal views in his confirmation hearing. No doubt he will employ practiced evasions that have become a farcical tradition of the nomination process: "I will respect precedent"; "I will follow settled law and strive to uphold stare decisis"; "Gee Senator, I cannot comment lest I bias myself on a future case." Well, we have seen what happened when now-Justice Roberts, now-Justice Gorsuch, and now-Justice Alito had said that. Once they got on the bench, they overturned precedent with alacrity to achieve their political goals. Probably the worst: Citizens United, where Chief Justice Roberts undid close to a century of tradition, and allowed wealthy people to send millions of dollars, undisclosed, into our politics, making the swamp so much worse. And most recently, Justice Gorsuch, Justice Roberts, and the rest dramatically overturning precedent in the Janus case, on a whim. As the dissent noted, they just pulled a theory out of the hat, a First Amendment ruling that the First Amendment prohibited unions from organizing. My oh my, how can anyone believe that Judge Kavanaugh will stick to precedent when Justice Roberts, Justice Gorsuch, and Justice Alito ignore precedent, and make their own political rulings regularly. So we need to review the record: Judge Kavanaugh's written history, where the best clues to his jurisprudence may lie. It is no less than the standard my Republican colleagues demanded of Justice Kagan during her confirmation process. They asked for her entire records, a hundred seventy thousand documents were sent here. We need those documents, now more than ever because this new justice will be so pivotal in determining the future of our nation for so long. Madam President, the Senate has come together on a bipartisan basis to protect women's reproductive rights and to protect health care for millions of Americans before -- including those with preexisting conditions. We need to do it again. I will oppose Judge Kavanaugh's nomination, and I hope a bipartisan majority will ultimately do the same. This nomination could alter the balance of the court in favor of powerful special interests and against working families for a generation. The pro-hard-right business Heritage Foundation wants only nominees that will side with the big boys against the average person, and in Judge Kavanaugh they've gotten someone who will do just that. We cannot let that happen. If the Senate blocks this nomination, it will lead to a more independent, moderate selection that both parties could support.
          Sen. Warren: President Trump's SCOTUS Nominee Is "A Political Animal," Will "Help" Trump If He Gets Into Trouble       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
In her first reaction to Trump Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Sen. Elizabeth Warren told MSNBc's Lawrence O'Donnell he is the "trifecta" for Trump, "someone who will be committed to overturning Roe v. Wade, someone who will be committed to rolling back health care for millions of Americans, and someone who, it looks pretty likely, will help Donald Trump if he gets into serious criminal trouble."
          Chuck Schumer: Leonard Leo And The Heritage Foundation Have Dedicated Their Lives To Repealing Roe v. Wade       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-NY, weighs in on the president's nominee of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, saying the man who prepared the list of potential picks, Leonard Leo of the Federalist Society, has "dedicated his life to repealing" Roe v. Wade. "I sure wouldn't take a bet on Leonard Leo's hand-picked list to keep Roe, for sure," Schumer said. JOE SCARBOROUGH: Here's a pitch straight over the plate that David Price might pitch to you, which is, what do you think about pick? What do you think about Judge Kavanaugh? SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER: Well look, President Trump is fulfilling his campaign promises with the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh. He said in his campaign he would repeal Roe. He would send it back to the states and he said in his campaign he would repeal ACA with things very precious to the American people like pre -- maintaining preexisting conditions and he has now accomplished that. He's had two groups vet these nominees. One is the Federalist Society run by Leonard Leo. SCARBOROUGH: Right. SCHUMER: Leonard Leo has dedicated his life to repealing Roe and it is a certainty that anyone on that list will vote to repeal Roe. We have the Heritage Foundation, which have dedicated their existence … SCARBOROUGH: Well, can I just stop you on that point? SCHUMER: Well, I'd like to finish my -- okay, sure. SCARBOROUGH: Well, I know, but I just to … SCHUMER: Go ahead. SCARBOROUGH: … go point by point. You can't really say it's a certainty can you, that Brent Kavanaugh will overturn Roe, when certainly most of us would have said it was a certainty that Justice Roberts would overturn the Affordable Care Act. You never know exactly how those … SCHUMER: Well … SCARBOROUGH: … we Republicans or as a former Republican, you never know which direction they're going go. SCHUMER: Well look, I sure wouldn't take a bet on Leonard Leo's hand picked list to keep Roe, for sure. And the other one is the Heritage Foundation; they have dedicated their existence to repealing ACA, pulling the government out of healthcare. The president promised that in his campaign as well. So, these are two issues broadly popular with the American people. Women's reproductive rights, keeping healthcare, particularity preexisting conditions, I will oppose this nominee with everything I've got. And I'd make one other point, particularly for you guys, which is this, you are worried about President Trump's overreach, so am I. This nominee has stood more, both -- certainly before he became a judge, for presidential overreach. He has said the president shouldn't be investigated. He's gone so far as to say, a president, if he declares a law unconstitutional, doesn't have to obey it. How is he going to react if Mueller needs a subpoena, if Mueller needs some other action? So, for all these reasons, this man should not be on the bench and I believe if we can prove these two points to the American people, that he will repeal Roe and women's reproductive freedom. That he will repeal ACA and the right to preexisting conditions, or the right to protect preexisting conditions that we will get a majority in the Senate to vote against him. I know it's an uphill fight, but they said we couldn't do it with healthcare and we did. BRZEZINSKI: I understand that and isn't it also fair to say, Senator, that this nominee is here because Democrats lost the election? Voters, in 2016, there were looking for conservative judges and they worked toward this, the Republicans got what they want, they won, and here we are. I guess my question is, what fight do you really fight. Do we look toward the mid-terms and try and find a message and try and find a unifying set of leaders or are we going to fight and impossible fight right now because Democrats lost? SCHUMER: I don't believe it's an impossible fight. They said that with ACA. I believe that if the American people rise up and we've seen lots of that in the last few days, we can win this fight. And I make one other point, the number one issue for our party, from the red states to the purple states to the blue states, is healthcare, and particularly preexisting conditions, protecting them. Which is wildly popular and necessary in the reddest of states, this court battle highlights that and so this actually helps us in the mid-terms. Anytime healthcare is highlighted, Democrats win. SCARBOROUGH: Senator, your task right now seems to be centered around trying to defeat this nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to the court. So, how do you balance that fight with the idea of keeping Tester, Manchin, Donnelly, Heitkamp, in the United States Senate? How do you balance that? SCHUMER: Well, as I said, in those states healthcare is a important issue, as it is in Maine, as it is in Alaska. Obviously we can't win this fight unless we get a Republican. But, I do believe if the American people come to believe this court would overturn women's reproductive freedom and the ACA, we will get a majority of votes. Obviously it would have to be from both parties.
          Former Bush Speechwriter: Brett Kavanaugh Is "Intellectually And Morally Outstanding," Opposite Of Trump       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
President Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh as the next Supreme Court Justice. Stephanie Ruhle is joined by Former Deputy Director of Speechwriting under President George W. Bush Peter Wehner, Editor-at-Large of Reason Magazine Matt Welch, American University law professor Jennifer Daskal, and New York Times op-ed columnist Bret Stephens to discuss what this means for the future of the Supreme Court.
          Santorum: Trump "Bowed To The Elite In Washington" With Kavanaugh Nomination       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Penn.) told CNN's Chris Cuomo that President Donald Trump "bowed to the elite in Washington" by picking Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his Supreme Court nominee. Santorum supported Third Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Thomas Hardiman, also a Bush nominee, for the nomination. "Donald Trump said he was going to energize the base with this pick. I don't think he did that. I think a lot of the folks in the base were really turned off to Brett Kavanaugh," he said. "He is from Washington. He is the establishment pick. He was the Bush pick," the former Senator lamented. Santorum also said the nomination of Kavanaugh won't excite people and will actually "rub a lot of people the wrong way." "It just seems like Trump bowed to the elite in Washington, and I think that's going to rub a lot of people the wrong way," he said Monday night. "I don't think it's going to be a game changer, but I think it's not a 'Yeah, let's go get 'em!' moment for Trump."
          Booker: Trump Picked Only Judge Who Has Written A President Should Not Be Subject Of Criminal Investigation       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Sen. Cory Booker responds to President Trump's pick of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the Supreme Court vacancy on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow show. "He picked the one guy who has specifically written that a president should not be the subject of a criminal investigation, which the president is right now," Booker said of Kavanaugh, saying the choice was the most self-serving Trump could have made.
          Here’s where Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh lands on big science issues      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Here’s where Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh lands on big science issues#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000 Science

His rulings in six previous cases can give us some idea.

Last night, President Trump announced his pick of Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. Here's where Kavanaugh stands on science. Reported by Popular Science 3 minutes ago.
          Sanders: We Have "Right-Wing Extremists" In Charge Of White House, Senate, House, Supreme Court       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) says that he has very serious concerns about justice in the US if Trump chooses a Supreme Court justice nominee from his list of 25 conservative candidates. ERIN BURNETT: Up front now, independent senator, Bernie Sanders. Senator Sanders, I appreciate your time. Look, we understand the president made is choice, and when you talk about just the logistics of getting someone there and forming them, making it at 3 o'clock Eastern is pretty darn late for a 9:00 PM announcement, but that's what we understand. Senator, is there anyone this president could realistically pick that would be acceptable to you? SEN. BERNIE SANDERS: Oh, there are many people he could realistically pick, people who respected the rights of works, people who respected women's rights, people who are concerned about the environment and climate change, people who believed in justice. If President Trump were to nominate somebody who held those beliefs, of course I could support that person. Do I realistically think that that is going to be the nominee? No I don't. As you know, Trump has indicated that he's working off a list of 25 right-wing legal people, and that, during the campaign he said pretty publically that his nominee would be somebody to overturn Roe v. Wade. BURNETT: Yes, he did. SANDERS: If that is one of his nominees, no, I certainly will not support him or her. BURNETT: All right, so, out of the list of 25 that you're not amenable to one of the judges that we understand – I don't know if you just heard or Jeff Zeleny, but he's saying it could obviously be anyone on that list of 25, but we do believe at this point he had whittled it down possibly to Judge Thomas Hardiman and Judge Brett Kavanaugh. I want to ask you Thomas Hardiman. Obviously, he's in – on the Third Circuit Court of Appeals right now, and part of the reason he's there is because of you. You voted to confirm him as a Circuit Court judge, so – SANDERS: Well, wait a minute. Let's – who else voted for him on that one? In fact, everybody voted for him, right? BURNETT: Well Democrats did. My point is, you're saying you're now putting him a conservative you couldn't support, but obviously a decade ago you didn't feel the same way? SANDERS: Well, there's – yes, but there is a difference between voting for somebody in a lower-court and somebody floating – voting for somebody in the highest court of the land. There's fundamental difference, and if he – BURNETT: Which is what? I mean, principles would matter in either case, right? SANDERS: Well, the principle is that the Supreme Court makes the law of the land and determines what happens in our country, in virtually every area. So, yes, there is a fundamental difference. Look, what we are talking about here is in a moment in American history where we have right-wing extremists controlling the House, the Senate and the White House. If we appoint another right-wing extremist to the Supreme Court I have very serious concerns about justice in this country and what will happen to the – BURNETT: So – SANDERS: – men, women and children and the future of our nation. So we will – BURNETT: But just to understand (ph), would Thomas Hardiman be a right-wing extremist now, as you define it? SANDERS: Yes. So if he is on a list of the 25 that were presented to the president, yes, he would be somebody that I would feel impossible to support. BURNETT: Your colleague, the Democratic senator, Bob Casey from Pennsylvania, he said he'd oppose anybody on the list, which I – I – I believe is similar to what you're saying to me now, right? SANDERS: Yes, yes, yes. BURNETT: OK. The White House deputy press secretary, Rod Shaw, responded, and his response was, "Unfortunately, though not surprising that even before his or her qualifications can be evaluated, Senator Casey is refusing to even consider the president's nominee." Doesn't he have a point? I mean – SANDERS: Not really. It depends. I think what Bob said is that if it were part of the list of 25, and that list of 25 is not just an arbitrary list, these are people who have been assembled by right-winged jurists, and they have views on role versus wage. They have views on workers rights. BURNETT: Yes. SANDERS: They have views on the environment, which in many cases are well done, so this is not just any old person. I – I would not say that, you know, any person should be summarily rejected, but if they're a member of that list they shouldn't (ph). Look – BURNETT: Do – do you regret – do you regret, then, voting for Thomas Hardiman on that lower-court because I know you're saying it's different, but the reality is he wouldn't be up for this if he hadn't gotten that (ph), so? SANDERS: Look, I voted for – when you vote for lower-court judges sometimes they get blue slips, and there's a process that goes by. When you – I think that vote was 95 to nothing, was that correct? BURNETT: Yes. SANDERS: 95 to nothing, and there are a number of votes like that, but let's be clear, voting for a Supreme Court justice is very different than voting for anybody in a lower-court. Look, what we're talking about is a right-wing agenda of which, not only wants to end role versus wage (ph) despite the fact that 70 percent of the American people support the maintenance of role versus wage (ph), not only wants to overturn decisions regarding gay marriage and gay rights despite strong support from the American people. The right-wing agenda goes so far is – is to really side, time and time again, with large corporations who are attacking workers rights, even the concept of the minimum wage, which now is now a starvation wage of $7.25 an hour. There are people, right-wing people, saying, "Oh, no, that's unconstitutional." We're talking about healthcare. We're talking about issues of women's health, in general. BURNETT: Senator? SANDERS: Yes? BURNETT: I want to ask you before – before we go, but while I have your time, about the deadline tomorrow, which you know, of course, is the government's deadline to reunite children under-5 who were separated at the border from their parents. Half of the children are going to be reunited by that deadline. The Trump Administration isn't sure about the rest. Now the federal judge, though, who set this deadline for reunification said he's quote, "Very encouraged, thus far." Again, I've said half of those children will be reunited by the deadline, half will not. Are you encouraged? SANDERS: Am I encouraged by a president who ripped children out of the arms of their mother and a situation in which the authorities did not even know where these kids were, am I encouraged, no. I am outraged by what Trump and his administration have done. Obviously, I would hope and expect that every person in this country, every person in the world, believes and expect these children should be united with their parents. We will see what happens, but I have – if you want to know what I've been impressed by it's by the incompetence of the Trump Administration to even (ph) the simplest things in this area. BURNETT: ICE has become a lighting-rod in this, and the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell was followed out a restaurant this weekend. Protesters yelling personal insults at him, chanting abolish ICE and vote him out. I wanted to play a clip for you, Senator Sanders. BURNETT: Senator, among the protesters were members of the local chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America. Do you think their behavior was acceptable? SANDERS: I – look, people getting back to this very issue of immigration. There are people all over this country who are outraged that little kids have been separated from their parents, which, no doubt, will cause, I guess, permanent psychological damage when you separate a kid from his or her parents. So people are outraged, and I understand, but I happen to believe that if we want to deal with real immigration reform, if we want to deal with real criminal justice reform, if we want to deal the environment, the area that we should be focusing or energy on is ending republican control over the House and over the Senate. And I am going to do everything I can, and millions of people are going to do everything they can, putting together a grass-roots which demands that we have a government that represents all of us and not just wealthy campaign contributors. So I think our focus of energy should be on bringing change to the House and the Senate and supporting a progressive agenda.
          Sen. Chris Murphy: Trump Started "Fight Of His Life" When He Put "Right-Wing Organizations" In Charge Of Picking Supreme Court Justice       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut joins MSNBC's Chris Matthews and his 'Hardball' panel, including Ruth Marcus, Robert Costa, and Michael Steele to discuss the president's impending Supreme Court nomination.
          Schumer: Freedom For Women Is At Stake With Supreme Court       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Hours away from President Donald Trump revealing his Supreme Court Justice pick, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer speaks out against President Trump's list of possible nominees. "The president has gone to two hard right groups, the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society, and asked them, not the Senate, to advise and consent on a Supreme Court nomination," Schumer said. The Democratic leader also suggested that Trump should nominate Merrick Garland, whom then-President Barack Obama nominated to the court in 2016
          Sen. Hatch: Trump Wants Supreme Court To Uphold Constitution, Stop Playing Politics       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Sen, Orrin Hatch, ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee discusses what he thinks the president is looking for in his selection of a new Supreme Court Justice. "The Democrats now are so upset that the Republicans have this opportunity to appoint nominees to the court that they make every doggone appointment a cause celebre, tht's the way they do it," he said. "I think the president really wants somebody who is going to uphold the constitution and stand behind those laws and quit playing politics with the Supreme Court. And I think, I think when he gets through this evening most people will be very pleased with his choice." "I think any of those four will get through the process," he said about the top four nominees reported in the press. "One or more of them may have a more difficult time, but I think that the Republican party is going to be behind whoever it is and I hope there will be some honest Democrats who will go beyond politics and recognize the achievements of whoever the president picks."
          Full Replay: President Trump Introduces Brett Kavanaugh, Nominee For Supreme Court       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
President Donald Trump announced Monday evening that Judge Brett Kavanaugh is his nominee for the Supreme Court vacancy left by Justice Anthony Kennedy, a swing vote on the deeply divided court. Kavanaugh, 53, has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit since 2006. PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: My fellow Americans, tonight I speak to you from the East Room of the White House regarding one of the most profound responsibilities of the President of the United States, and that is the selection of a Supreme Court Justice. I've often heard that, other than matters of war and peace, this is the most important decision a President will make. The Supreme Court is entrusted with the safeguarding of the crown jewel of our Republic, the Constitution of the United States. Twelve days ago, Justice Anthony Kennedy informed me of his decision to take senior status on the Supreme Court, opening a new vacancy. For more than four decades, Justice Kennedy served our nation with incredible passion and devotion. I'd like to thank Justice Kennedy for a lifetime of distinguished service. (Applause.) In a few moments, I will announce my selection for Justice Kennedy's replacement. This is the second time I have been faced with this task. Last year, I nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to replace the late, great Justice Antonin Scalia. (Applause.) I chose Justice Gorsuch because I knew that he, just like Justice Scalia, would be a faithful servant of our Constitution. We are honored to be joined tonight by Justice Scalia's beloved wife, Maureen. Maureen. (Applause.) Thank you, Maureen. Both Justice Kennedy and Justice Scalia were appointed by a President who understood that the best defense of our liberty and a judicial branch immune from political prejudice where judges that apply the Constitution as written. That President happened to be Ronald Reagan. For this evening's announcement, we are joined by Ronald Reagan's Attorney General, Edwin Meese. Ed. (Applause.) And, Ed, I speak for everyone: Thank you for everything you've done to protect our nation's great legal heritage. In keeping with President Reagan's legacy, I do not ask about a nominee's personal opinions. What matters is not a judge's political views, but whether they can set aside those views to do what the law and the Constitution require. I am pleased to say that I have found, without doubt, such a person. Tonight, it is my honor and privilege to announce that I will nominate Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court. (Applause.) I know the people in this room very well. They do not stand and give applause like that very often, so they have some respect. (Laughter.) And Brett's wife, Ashley, and their two daughters, Margaret and Liza, have joined us on the podium. And thank you and congratulations to you as a family. Thank you. (Applause.) Judge Kavanaugh has impeccable credentials, unsurpassed qualifications, and a proven commitment to equal justice under the law. A graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School, Judge Kavanaugh currently teaches at Harvard, Yale, and Georgetown. Throughout legal circles, he is considered a judge's judge — a true thought leader among his peers. He is a brilliant jurist, with a clear and effective writing style, universally regarded as one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time. And just like Justice Gorsuch, he excelled as a clerk for Justice Kennedy. That's great. Thank you. (Applause.) Judge Kavanaugh has devoted his life to public service. For the last 12 years, he has served as a judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals — with great distinction — authoring over 300 opinions, which have been widely admired for their skill, insight, and rigorous adherence to the law. Among those opinions are more than a dozen that the Supreme Court has adopted as the law of the land. Beyond his great renown as a judge, he is active in his community. He coaches CYO Basketball, serves meals to needy families, and — having learned from his mom who was a schoolteacher in D.C. — tutors children at local elementary schools. There is no one in America more qualified for this position, and no one more deserving. I want to thank the senators on both sides of the aisle, Republican and Democrat, for their consultation and advice during the selection process. This incredibly qualified nominee deserves a swift confirmation and robust bipartisan support. The Rule of Law is our nation's proud heritage. It is the cornerstone of our freedom. It is what guarantees equal justice. And the Senate now has the chance to protect this glorious heritage by sending Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court.
          Dershowitz: If I Were Defending Clinton People Would Be "Loving Me," I'd Be "Hero" Of Martha's Vineyard       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Alan Dershowitz called out the ACLU for not being concerned about President Trump's civil liberties in an interview with Kasie Hunt on the Sunday broadcast of her MSNBC program. The legal eagle called the organization "dead in the water" and "a campaign aide for the Democratic party." He also said that deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, like Attorney General Jeff Sessions, should recuse himself from the Trump probe. Dershowitz also gave an update on his Martha's Vineyard social status and the shunning he has received for being an "objective, neutral person." On Saturday, the day prior, the Harvard professor emeritus said he was "winning the battle." Dershowitz called the summer inhabitants "hypocrites" for ostracizing him and said if he were making the "same arguments" on behalf of a President Hillary Clinton he would the "hero of the Vineyard." "Hypothetically, if Hillary Clinton had been elected, which I was hoping... and she were being subject to an impeachment investigation, I'd be making the same arguments and I'd be the 'hero of the Vineyard,' the very same arguments I've been making, people would be applauding me and cheering me and loving me," he said. "These are hypocrites who don't understand that you make the same arguments, no matter who the person is," Dershowitz said of the island's denizens. "If you're a neutral civil libertarian you make these arguments." "There isn't one rule for Hillary Clinton and one rule for Donald Trump. There's one rule that applies to all Americans. That's the point I've been trying to make to blind responses, deaf responses and an unwillingness to listen," he continued "If the ACLU were making these arguments I could be enjoying myself at Martha's Vineyard, but the ACLU is dead in the water," Dershowitz said. "They've now became a campaign aide for the Democratic party. They don't get involved in these issues." Dershowitz said his role is not in deciding guilt or innocence but to make sure that the civil liberties and constitutional rights of all Americans, Bill Clinton and Donald Trump included. "My role is not to decide guilt or innocence. My role is to make sure that the civil liberties of all Americans, the constitutional rights of all Americans are protected. I argued against special counsel when Bill Clinton was investigated. I've been making that argument now for many years. I've been making an argument against expansion of the criminal law for many years. And I've been arguing that a president can't commit a crime, the actus reas of the crime. The act cannot be a constitutionally authorized act under Article II of the constitution whatever his motive may be," he said. Dershowitz told his opponents to debate him and to beat him in argument, to come up with better arguments, don't just ignore and shutdown debate. "These are controversial arguments. Read my book. You read the arguments, there may be counter-arguments. I end the book by saying debate me, beat me in argument. Come up with better arguments, but don't ignore and don't shutdown debate. That's not the American way," he said. "The case is based on the facts as we now know them. Of course those facts could change. This is not an argument against impeaching the person Donald Trump; it's a case against impeaching anyone who was not accused of one of the specified crimes in the constitution."
          Dem Sen. Doug Jones: Will Take "Independent Look" At Trump SCOTUS Nominee, Open To Voting Yes       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
DANA BASH, CNN 'STATE OF THE UNION' GUEST HOST: Let's start with the president's impending announcement to replace Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. The president said he has narrowed the field down to four and will announce tomorrow night. Now, the question for you, sir, is, as you represent an incredibly red state, Donald Trump won 62 percent of the vote in Alabama, do you feel a responsibility to give your constituents what they voted for? SEN. DOUG JONES (D-AL): Well, I feel a responsibility to my constituents, but I also feel a responsibility to the Constitution. You know, the Constitution gives the Senate a shared responsibility with the president to confirm nominees. And our founders, you know, put that in there for a reason, because judges have life tenure. And so that shared responsibility is important. And I take that very seriously. So we're going to give -- whoever the nominee is going to be, we're going to give them a very, very good, hard and fair look to determine what I believe to be the best interest of my constituents, but also the country. BASH: So, to be clear, you are open to voting yes for whomever the president nominates? JONES: Oh, I'm open to voting yes. I'm open to voting no. We don't know who this nominee is going to be yet. I don't think my role is a rubber stamp for the president, but it's also not an automatic, knee-jerk no either. My job is to exercise that independent voice. I want to look for a judge that has the intellect and capacity to do the right thing, to follow the rule of law, to adhere to precedents, and move the country forward. And I think that that's the best role. BASH: And just to put some context around this, Neil Gorsuch, the president's first nominee for the Supreme Court, got three Democratic votes. You weren't in the Senate then. But you come from a more Republican state than those Democratic senators. Hard to imagine you voting no. Fair? JONES: Well, no, I don't think that that's fair one way or another, Dana. I think that I have got to look at this nominee. I'm going to make an independent judgment. I -- that's my job. I come from a place with a former senator in Howell Heflin, former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. He understood the role of the Senate as -- with that shared responsibility. And I'm going to look. I'm going to make an independent judgment and a view. I don't think anyone should expect me to simply vote yes for this nominee just simply because my state may be more conservative than others. I want to make an independent look at this, because I think, you know, even the people of Alabama like to make sure they have judges that adhere to the rule of law. BASH: And, at the same time, just the fact that you're open to voting yes sets you apart from the vast majority of your Democratic colleagues in the Senate. Listen to how some of them have described the implication of this decision. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN (D), MASSACHUSETTS: He's looking for a nominee who will criminalize abortion and try to punish women. SEN. BERNIE SANDERS (I), VERMONT: All of the advances that we have made over the years are now increasingly in danger. SEN. KAMALA HARRIS (D), CALIFORNIA: We're looking at a destruction of the Constitution of the United States. (END VIDEO CLIP) BASH: Destruction of the Constitution, do you agree that that's what's going on here? JONES: Look, I think that this is a very important nominee, for sure. And I am concerned about this nomination. And I'm concerned about the direction that the court will take. And I don't want to see things change radically. And I think there are some legitimate concerns. That's what I'm going to look at. That doesn't mean I'm going to vote yes. It doesn't mean I'm going to vote no. I think it's premature to say automatically -- I'm not going to say automatically that I'm going to vote against any nominee that Donald Trump put out there. That's just not my role. But I'm not going to automatically vote for them either. I want to take a good, long look. We're -- we have got a long way to go with whoever this nominee is going to be. BASH: Is it appropriate for your Democratic colleagues to be doing just that, saying no before the nominee is out there? JONES: Well, I would -- you know, Dana, I would prefer that they don't do that. I would prefer that Republicans don't say they're going to automatically vote for someone. The problem that we have got in this country right now is that we have such a partisan divide, and particularly on Supreme Court nominees. It has become so political. I was watching this morning. They're already running TV ads in favor of a nominee that's not being selected. This has become a political issue, as opposed to an independent judiciary. And that's not a good thing. BASH: And it's become political. And on the politics, it's a question of fairness for a lot of your fellow Democrats. Your leader, Chuck Schumer, says there shouldn't be a vote this year in 2019 because Republicans refused to confirm Merrick Garland during an election -- or that was a presidential election year. This is a midterm election year. But is that the right strategy? JONES: I don't think that that strategy is going to work regardless, whether it's the right or the wrong strategy. I think that the -- Senator McConnell is going to proceed with this nomination. As he proceeds, there is very little that Democrats can do procedurally. But it's also going to depend on the nominee. If this nominee requires a greater, deep dive into their background, it's going to take some time. So, I think it's going to be really dependent on the nominee and the investigation that is going to go on by both a majority and minority in the Senate Judiciary Committee, and then for individual senators to meet. I want to make sure that I get a chance to meet with this nominee before I pass judgment on them.
          Trump takes shots at NATO, May but praises Putin as he prepares to meet with alliance leaders      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

President Donald Trump signaled he was ready for a transatlantic brawl Tuesday as he embarked on a consequential week of international diplomacy, taking aim at vulnerable British Prime Minister Theresa May and suggesting that meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin might be easier than talking...


          Trump offers 'a solution' for separated migrant families: 'Don't come to our country illegally'      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Asked Tuesday about his administration missing a court-imposed deadline to reunite migrant children under age 5 with their parents, President Trump said he had "a solution."

"Tell people not to come to our country illegally," Trump told reporters. "That's the solution. Don't come to our country...


          Trump pardons ranchers in case that inspired 2016 occupation of wildlife refuge in Oregon      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Two imprisoned ranchers who were convicted in 2012 of intentionally setting fires on public land in Oregon will be freed after President Donald Trump pardoned them on Tuesday.

The move by Trump raised concerns that others would be encouraged to actively oppose federal control of public land.

The...


          Immigrant children scooped into parents' arms as government scrambles to meet reunion deadline      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Clutching little backpacks, smiling immigrant children were scooped up into their parents' arms Tuesday as the Trump administration rushed to meet the deadline for reuniting dozens of youngsters forcibly separated from their families at the border.

In Grand Rapids, Mich., two girls and a boy who...


          5 things to know about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Brett Kavanaugh, the federal appellate judge nominated by President Trump on Monday to the Supreme Court, has endorsed robust views of the powers of the president, consistently siding with arguments in favor of broad executive authority during his 12 years on the bench in Washington, D.C.

Here...


          'I will vote for him again': Evangelicals rejoice as Trump picks Kavanaugh for Supreme Court      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

For millions of evangelical Christians, President Donald Trump's announcement Monday night was the vision they held in their heads as they stepped into the polling booth almost two years ago: a Republican president, filling the Supreme Court with more conservative justices who might drastically...


          Lawyer for Jailbird Cohen Drops OUTRAGEOUS Threat for Giuliani, POTUS      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Believe it or not, we are still in the midst of this absurd #RussiaGate investigation, helmed by the one and only Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his merry band of anti-Trump twits.

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          Lib Meltdown on SCOTUS Hits Treacherous New Heights: DICTATORSHIP?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Hollywood, the mainstream media, and the liberal democrats are all reeling today after President Trump announced that Brett Kavanaugh would be his choice for the vacant Supreme Court seat become available due to the retirement of Justice Kennedy.

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          Trump Stumps The Left with Slick SCOTUS Pick, Protests Happen Anyway      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

In the early evening last night, the President of the United States made one of his most important announcements, and one that the left was hoping beyond all hope he wouldn't be called on to make.

The post Trump Stumps The Left with Slick SCOTUS Pick, Protests Happen Anyway appeared first on The Constitution.


          In der Nato wächst die Angst vor einem Gipfeldesaster      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Beim anstehenden Nato-Gipfel liegt das Arbeitsprogramm für die nächsten Jahre auf dem Tisch. Es geht also um viel. Vor der Ankunft von US-Präsident Donald Trump herrscht Nervosität. Dieser reist aufgebracht nach Brüssel.
          Comment on The Trump Regime, Fascism, and You by dean      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Probably even simpler than that. Since reagan weaponized racism and the demeaning of the working class the right's leadership has been pushing the line that opportunity, rights, and comfort are only for the well-off whites in society , and working hard to dismantle all of the social structures earlier generations put in place, and they they themselves used, so that: a) They could claim they made it on their own so everyone else should, and b) Make sure none of the icky non-whites or women could use them. Swallow the philosophy of the modern right and you become, as rickA, mikeN, etc., demonstrate terrible people.
          Comment on The Trump Regime, Fascism, and You by Tyvor Winn      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Re Bernard J.: "the rabid right has studied history and the power of dictators like Hitler to rouse the masses." I think you may be giving them too much credit. I think it more likely that they are just typical authoritarians who long for an authority figure who will satisfy their need for someone to tell them what to do while also pandering to their need to feel superior and entitled relative to all groups other than their own. It's more like: "First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out – Because Socialists are like Communists and hateful to all true Americans like me" and so forth.
          Comment on The Trump Regime, Fascism, and You by SteveP      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
So the right wing smears Obama for eight years, periodically calling him a nazi without even any tangible evidence that remotely linked him nazism, fascism, or authoritarianism. But if one today reads the things that Trump says and does, for example, saying that there were good people on both sides of the Charlottesville white supremacist rally, or calling Mexicans rapists and murderers, or ripping infants from their mothers' breasts, one is able to make some legitimate comparisons between Trump and Hitler. Weird. Weirder still that some right wing bloviator like Rich Lowry will say you are being tawdry and dumb for making that comparison. Again, the right wing is the one playing dumb. There is a legitimate comparison to be made between Trump and Hitler. Just for a start, both are racist ultranationalists playing to a base that seems to be growing more intolerant of minorities by the day.
          “Kavanaugh’s Papers Don’t Help Trump Avoid Indictment; Opponents of the Supreme Court nominee are reading him all wrong”      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
“Kavanaugh’s Papers Don’t Help Trump Avoid Indictment; Opponents of the Supreme Court nominee are reading him all wrong”: Law professor Noah Feldman has this essay online at Bloomberg View.
          Green Day's "American Idiot" Soaring Up UK Charts in Anticipation of Trump Visit      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
by Sean Nelson

This album is nearly 14 years old, the same age as its ideal listenership
This album is nearly 14 years old, the same age as its ideal listenership

One good thing about the United Kingdom, aside from its surprisingly strong showing at this year's World Cup, is that they still care about pop charts there. Every so often, a percentage of the British population bands together to ensure that some album or song gets to number one by a particular date. The last one I remember was in 2008, when a campaign to make a cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" number one the week of Christmas resulted in three versions of the song landing in the top 40 (including the numbers one and two slots).

The latest iteration of this culture jamming impulse has a slightly more caustic aim. A Facebook group is campaigning to make Green Day's 2014 single "American Idiot" number one in the charts during the time when US President Donald Trump is in the country for a "working visit." According to CNN, the effort is working, and it's only one of several art-based anti-Trump protests gaining momentum.

The nearly 14-year-old song is currently sitting at number 18 with just over a week to go. And here I thought life under George W. Bush was the only condition stultifying enough to make that song and album feel like bold political gestures...

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          Tuesday round-up      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Yesterday President Donald Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to the Supreme Court. Amy Howe has this blog’s coverage; Mark Walsh provides a “view” from the East Room. Additional coverage comes from Nina Totenberg on NPR’s Morning Edition (podcast), Tony Mauro of The National Law Journal and David Jackson and Richard Wolf of USA Today. Commentary comes from Jessica Mason Pieklo of Rewire.News, who writes that “as in all reality TV, there was a clear winner in Trump’s selection process. But unlike on The Bachelorette, the rest of us are the ones who were always going to lose.” Reporting on Kavanaugh as Washington insider comes from Richard Wolf of USA Today and Joan Biskupic of CNN. Writing for The Economist, Steven Mazie calls Kavanaugh “an unremarkable choice for a Republican president,” notwithstanding that for Trump, “who has departed from so…
          Kavanaugh's Papers Don't Help Trump Avoid Indictment (Noah Feldman/Bloomberg)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Noah Feldman / Bloomberg:
Kavanaugh's Papers Don't Help Trump Avoid Indictment  —  Opponents of the Supreme Court nominee are reading him all wrong.  —  Some Democrats and advocacy groups are saying President Donald Trump picked Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his second nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court because of Kavanaugh's view …


          He's to the right of, and much more political than, his peers on the federal bench. (Washington Post)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Washington Post:
He's to the right of, and much more political than, his peers on the federal bench.  —  Judges, particularly those on the Supreme Court, are expected to sit above the partisan fray.  But Brett Kavanaugh, whom President Trump nominated to succeed Anthony M. Kennedy on Monday night …


          Trump Says Seeing Putin Easier Than Meeting Theresa May (Bloomberg)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Bloomberg:
Trump Says Seeing Putin Easier Than Meeting Theresa May  — U.S. President remarks on eve of visit to Nato meeting, U.K.  — Trump says he ‘likes’ Boris Johnson, who resigned over Brexit  —  Donald Trump hasn't even arrived in Europe, but he's already making life difficult …


          Trump Is Training His Base to Hate NATO and Like Putin (Jonathan Chait/New York Magazine)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Is Training His Base to Hate NATO and Like Putin  —  President Trump tweeted today that America's NATO allies have been “delinquent for many years in payments” and should “reimburse the U.S.” That is not how NATO works.  It is not a protection scheme where the allies pay the United States.


          Trump picked the wrong judge (David French/Washington Post)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

David French / Washington Post:
Trump picked the wrong judge  —  David French is a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.  —  There was a moment, in the early afternoon of July 9, when conservatives contemplated the delightful possibility that they might witness the best possible version of President Trump …


          "Trump Is Too Chickenshit to Fire Kelly Himself": With Bill Shine Producing His West Wing Reality ... (Gabriel Sherman/Vanity Fair)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“Trump Is Too Chickenshit to Fire Kelly Himself”: With Bill Shine Producing His West Wing Reality Show, Trump Prepares to Dump His Chief of Staff  —  Now that Shine is in the saddle, it's Mooch 2.0: Kelly is being humiliated, Sarah Sanders has been deemed low energy, and the biggest winner of all is, naturally, Sean Hannity.


          Gustavo Loyola: Fim da calmaria      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
- Valor Econômico

O quadro eleitoral está longe da dar aos investidores garantia de responsabilidade macroeconômica

O humor dos mercados globais em relação às economias emergentes tem piorado nos últimos meses em razão principalmente da normalização da política monetária nos Estados Unidos e do receio das consequências negativas das medidas protecionistas da administração Trump. Ocorre que o fim do chamado "interregno benigno" do cenário externo pega o Brasil de calças curtas, notadamente em razão da fragilidade fiscal e do alto grau incerteza em relação às eleições presidenciais de outubro próximo. Este cenário, agravado pelos erros grosseiros do governo Temer na administração da crise dos caminhoneiros, já prejudica o desempenho da economia brasileira em 2018.

As mudanças no contexto global trazidas pela ação do Fed eram de se esperar. Afinal de contas, cedo ou tarde, a autoridade monetária dos EUA teria que lidar com o fato de que a permanência dos juros em níveis muito baixos traria riscos inflacionários. A necessidade da elevação dos juros acentuou-se pela política fiscal mais expansionista que passou a ser praticada pela administração Trump. Nesse contexto, o debate sobre a política monetária do Fed sempre foi muito mais sobre o "timing" e amplitude da alta de juros, pouca gente acreditando na permanência das taxas em níveis próximos a zero como uma situação sustentável no médio prazo. O próprio Fed, em seus comunicados e em declarações de membros de seu "board", já vinha sinalizando explicitamente na direção da alta de juros.

Os ciclos de expansão e contração da política monetária nos EUA são eventos normais e fazem parte do cenário em que as economias emergentes sempre operam. No passado, o Brasil esteve muito exposto a tais ciclos em razão de seu elevado endividamento externo e do regime de taxas de câmbio fixas, como ocorreu na crise da dívida de 1982. Hoje, com reservas internacionais de US$ 380 bilhões e um regime de flutuação da moeda, o risco de crise cambial causada por mudanças nos juros dos Estados Unidos é praticamente zero. Entretanto, a posição externa mais sólida não imuniza o país das ondas de choque causadas pelos ciclos monetários que afetam o dólar norte-americano, como a situação atual atesta bem.

Contudo, o aspecto mais grave e preocupante do atual cenário externo são as incertezas provocadas pelas iniciativas protecionistas patrocinadas pelo governo Trump que já deflagraram medidas retaliatórias por parte da China, União Europeia e mesmo do Canadá, país tradicionalmente aliado dos EUA e integrante do Nafta. Ninguém aposta quando e como a guerra comercial iniciada por Trump acabará. O que se sabe com certeza é que a economia e o comércio mundial sofrerão impactos negativos, o que é uma péssima notícia para os países emergentes. No caso do Brasil, os mais imediatos impactos são sofridos pelo aumento da aversão de risco entre os investidores globais que fogem em busca de ativos menos arriscados.

Esse cenário internacional crescentemente desfavorável coincide com o agravamento da conjuntura doméstica, tanto em seus aspectos políticos quanto econômicos. Após a delação premiada de Joesley Batista, o consequente enfraquecimento político do governo Temer afastou qualquer possibilidade da adoção de medidas de ajuste estrutural das contas públicas antes das eleições de outubro próximo. Esse fato colocou mais relevo ainda no processo eleitoral, já que não há como procrastinar para além de 2019 a realização de reformas que levem à reversão da trajetória não sustentável de crescimento da dívida pública. Em particular, a reforma da previdência social - que exige elevado capital político - é de fundamental relevo, tendo em vista a tendência de crescimento das despesas com o pagamento de benefícios por razões principalmente demográficas. Cabe ressaltar que se tal tendência não for revertida urgentemente não haverá como sustentar o teto de crescimento da despesa pública fixado por Emenda Constitucional.

Infelizmente, o quadro eleitoral está longe da dar aos investidores alguma garantia mínima de responsabilidade macroeconômica e de iniciativas de reformas no próximo governo. De um lado, as pesquisas eleitorais apontam até aqui alto grau de indefinição, com a maioria dos eleitores não manifestando qualquer preferência entre os pré-candidatos. De outro, alguns dos principais contendores têm posições públicas, atuais ou pretéritas, francamente contrárias às reformas e à responsabilidade macroeconômica.

Com o início da campanha eleitoral, é possível que as incertezas diminuam um pouco, mas a eventual cristalização do favoritismo de candidatos com discursos que flertam com o populismo econômico pode azedar ainda mais o humor dos mercados. Num quadro como este, a economia se desacelera ainda mais e as pressões cambiais se avolumam. Para o Banco Central, é o pior dos mundos para a gestão monetária, pois pode haver o descolamento para cima das expectativas futuras de inflação numa conjuntura de fraca atividade econômica. Neste caso, subir ou não subir os juros será uma escolha de Sofia.
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Gustavo Loyola, doutor em Economia pela EPGE/FGV, é ex-presidente do BC e sócio-diretor da Tendências Consultoria Integrada, em São Paulo.


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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, July 10, 2018  – Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb (R-Oklahoma) released the following statement regarding President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court.

“I believe Judge Kavanaugh will be an outstanding justice, and I applaud President Trump for his nomination.  Judge Kavanaugh’s resume is extremely impressive, and he is exceptionally qualified to serve on the nation’s highest court.  He will be a fair and impartial judge who will base his opinions strictly on the rule of law while protecting the separation of powers that is paramount to our democracy. It is my hope the United States Senate will confirm Judge Kavanaugh in a timely and fair fashion.”


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WASHINGTON – On Monday night, President Donald Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court created by the pending retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy. Kavanaugh, 53, has a long record as a judge on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, writing approximately 300 opinions in his 12 years on the […]

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President Donald Trump on Monday nominated DC Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court justice to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy. Read Full Story


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President Trump on Monday night nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the seat on the U.S. Supreme Court that Justice Anthony Kennedy will vacate at the end of the month. Kavanaugh is a judge on the powerful U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Below, we’ve gathered some of the best reporting on Kavanaugh.

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Potential Nominee Profile: Brett Kavanaugh

SCOTUSblog, June 2018

SCOTUSblog’s profile of Kavanaugh provides a comprehensive summary of the judge’s background, from his upbringing in the Washington area to his college and law school years at Yale to his prestigious positions in various parts of the federal government. As the profile notes, Kavanaugh was a law clerk for Kennedy, whom he has been nominated to replace. The piece offers a highlight reel of Kavanaugh’s time on the federal appeals court in Washington. Ultimately, the article concludes, Kavanaugh “brings a pragmatic approach to judging,” albeit with a serious conservative bent.

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Brett Kavanaugh, a Conservative Stalwart in Political Fights and on the Bench

New York Times, July 2018

The New York Times’ Adam Liptak examines Kavanaugh’s personal and professional history. The profile depicts Kavanaugh as a decidedly conservative Washington insider but hardly a rank partisan. He’s known as a nuanced and careful thinker, and although his judicial opinions are often lauded by voices on the right, he has shied away from absolutist positions, at times to the chagrin of conservatives. He has “formed lifelong friendships with liberals, many of whom praise his intellect and civility,” and those who worked with him before he became a judge described him as “often a moderating force.”

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Kavanaugh Paper Chase Threatens to Draw Out Confirmation Battle

Politico, July 2018

Kavanaugh’s nomination “presents a band of government archivists and White House officials with a herculean task: wading through what could be millions of pages of records” ahead of his confirmation hearings. The paper trail leads back to the two years Kavanaugh spent in Bush’s White House Counsel’s Office and another three years he spent as Bush’s staff secretary. Politico’s Josh Gerstein takes a look at how the extensive documentation of Kavanaugh’s executive branch career could slow the judge’s confirmation process.

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Trump’s Supreme Court Frontrunner Is the “Forrest Gump of Republican Politics”

Mother Jones, June 2018

This Mother Jones profile casts Kavanaugh as a consummate insider of the D.C. conservative establishment who “frequently inserted himself into high-profile political battles.” Kavanaugh worked on the team of Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel who investigated President Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky. He represented the Miami relatives of Elian Gonzalez in a high-profile immigration dispute in 2000, in which they sought to keep the Cuban boy in the United States. He worked on George W. Bush’s legal team during the contentious 2000 presidential election recount in Florida — and went on to oversee judicial nominations in Bush’s White House Counsel’s Office. His ubiquity earned him the nickname the “Forrest Gump of Republican politics.”

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How Four Potential Nominees Would Change the Supreme Court

FiveThirtyEight, July 2018

FiveThirtyEight draws on a tool to measure judicial ideology developed by legal scholars and political scientists to assess Kavanaugh’s potential effect on the Supreme Court’s jurisprudential makeup. The conclusion: a Justice Kavanaugh “would likely represent a reliably conservative voice and vote on the high court”—“to the right of Gorsuch and Justice Samuel Alito, and just to the left of the arch conservative Justice Clarence Thomas.” That would leave Chief Justice John Roberts as the “new median justice.” FiveThirtyEight adds a caveat, however, about the metric it’s relying on: it’s based on the ideology of the politicians who nominated a judge—in this case, Bush—rather than the judge’s rulings.

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Brett Kavanaugh, Supreme Court Front-Runner, Once Argued Broad Grounds for Impeachment

The New York Times, July 2018

The Times’ Mark Landler and Matt Apuzzo take a look at Kavanaugh’s time on Starr’s team — and its implications for Trump. Starr’s report as independent counsel, which Kavanaugh co-wrote, argues that lying to staff members and misleading the public are grounds to impeach a president for obstruction of justice. That “broad definition of obstruction of justice,” Landler and Apuzzo write, “would be damaging if applied to President Trump in the Russia investigation.”

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Top Supreme Court Prospect Has Argued Presidents Should Not Be Distracted by Investigations and Lawsuits

The Washington Post, June 2018

The Washington Post examines a 2009 law review article in which Kavanaugh argued that a sitting president shouldn’t have to deal with “time-consuming and distracting” lawsuits and investigations. The distraction “would ill serve the public interest, especially in times of financial or national security crisis,” Kavanaugh wrote. That, the Post notes, “puts him on the record regarding a topic of intense interest to Trump — and could be a central focus of his confirmation hearing.”

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Holding Court

The New Yorker, March 2012

In this comment, Jeffrey Toobin describes Kavanaugh as a judge in thrall to partisan politics. Toobin characterizes Kavanaugh’s work as an appeals judge as “startling.” He accuses Kavanaugh of “pandering to the base” in a dissenting opinion he wrote in a case challenging Obamacare. Kavanaugh “appeared to offer some advice to the Republicans who are challenging Obama in the election,” Toobin wrote — whatever courts hold, a Republican president could simply decline to enforce the health-care law because he deems it unconstitutional.

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Leading Contender to Be Trump’s Supreme Court Pick Faces Questions from Social Conservatives

The Washington Post, July 2018

The Washington Post’s Robert Acosta and Josh Dawsey survey conservative misgivings about Kavanaugh’s record on the federal appeals court in Washington. Where Toobin saw Kavanaugh as a right-wing partisan, many social conservatives fear he’s not enough of a hardliner. The conservative response to the White House floating Kavanaugh’s name included “a clamor from those who see him as out of step on health care and abortion, or too tied to George W. Bush’s White House.” The concerns arise from opinions Kavanaugh wrote in cases challenging the Affordable Care Act and in a recent case over the right of an immigrant teenager in federal custody to have an abortion. The judge dissented in those cases, but did not go as far as “ideological purists” would have liked.

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Federal Judge Downplayed Role in Detainee Cases

NPR, June 2007

NPR’s Ari Shapiro reported on what some Democratic senators saw as misleading testimony Kavanaugh provided during his 2006 confirmation hearing to become a federal appeals judge in Washington. Kavanaugh had told Sen. Richard Durbin, D.-Illinois, that during his time in the Bush White House he was not involved in conversations about the rules governing the handling of detainees captured in the War on Terror. In fact, he had been involved in 2002 discussions about whether detainees had a right to an attorney. Durbin told NPR he felt “perilously close to being lied to.” (Kavanaugh, through a court spokesman, called his testimony accurate.)

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          Svagt uppåt på Wall Street inför Nato-toppmötet      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
De ledande USA-börserna höll sig en bit ovanför nollstrecket på tisdagen. Den stundande rapportsäsongen har ökat riskaptiten hos investerare medan handelsoron har avtagit något. USA:s president Donald Trump träffar EU-ledare vid Nato-toppmötet i Bryssel onsdag-torsdag.
          How Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh could influence the court for decades to come      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
President Donald Trump named judge Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee for the Supreme Court on Monday night, and the Senate is gearing up for his confirmation. Troy Covington...
          Schumer: Trump picked Kavanaugh for protection from Mueller      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer said President Donald Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court because he was “worried” about special counsel Robert Mueller's probe...
          Trump touts poll that found six in 10 Hispanics say they´re financially better off now that he´s in charge      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Daily Mail (UK), by Emily Goodin Posted By: JoniTx- Tue, 10 48 2018 09:48:16 GMT President Donald Trump is bragging Hispanics are better off under him than they were under President Barack Obama although the poll he referred to had a few caveats. The president touted a Monday poll fromEmerson College that indicated Hispanics are better off under the his presidency but the minority voting bloc was only referring to their finances. ´A recent Emerson College ePoll said that most Americans, especially Hispanics, feel that they are better off under President Trump than they were under President Obama,´ he wrote on Twitter Tuesday afternoon. (Photo/Tweet) But the poll question was specifically about finances and not
          Even Before Nominee Named, Left Turns to Court-Packing to Save ‘Democracy’      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
On 07.09.18 01:41 PM posted by Jarrett Stepman Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement sent many on the left over the edge. Even before President Donald Trump announced his nominee to replace Kennedy, progressives were lining up in fierce opposition. While it’s understandable that those on the left would be aggressively opposed to adding another advocate of the Constitution to the Supreme Court, some of the proposed counter moves to Trump’s pick range from silly to reckless. A Campus Reform video (https://www.campusreform.org/?ID=11100) showed students at New York University denouncing the Supreme Court pick as “extremist” and “racist” before Trump even made his selection.
          Podcast: What to Expect After Trump Names Supreme Court Nominee      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
On 07.09.18 01:54 PM posted by Katrina Trinko What will happen after President Trump reveals his Supreme Court pick? The Heritage Foundation’s Tom Jipping, a veteran of several Supreme Court nomination campaigns, shares insight into the process. Plus: Boston is considering allowing non-citizens to vote. The post Podcast: What to Expect After Trump Names Supreme Court Nominee (https://www.dailysignal.com/2018/07/09/podcast-what-to-expect-after-trump-names-supreme-court-nominee/) appeared first on The Daily Signal (https://www.dailysignal.com/).
          Trump Hits Another Home Run With Supreme Court Pick Brett Kavanaugh      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
On 07.09.18 05:06 PM posted by John G. Malcolm President Donald Trump announced on Monday night his nomination of D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh to succeed Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh, who was included in The Heritage Foundation’s original list (https://www.dailysignal.com/2016/03/30/the-next-supreme-court-justice/) of potential Supreme Court nominees, is a very promising choice. The battle lines were already drawn before Trump made his announcement, with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., declaring he would not vote for any of the individuals on Trump’s short list. Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., promised the confirmation vote would happen this fall. Now, the Senate Judiciary Committee will begin the process of reviewing Kavanaugh’s judicial record and background, with a hearing coming later this summer. Let’s take a closer look at Kavanaugh.
          The Right Choice for America      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
On 07.09.18 05:13 PM posted by Kay Coles James On Saturday, my family and I attended a performance of “Hamilton: An American Musical.” *To say we were excited would be a massive understatement: critics call “Hamilton” one of the decade’s biggest stage hits, and friends who’d already seen it told us we just had to go. They were right!* It’s a fantastic production and a wonderful, modern tribute to one of America’s Founding Fathers. As I sat in the theater, though, I was distracted by something even more timeless than the artistry on stage.* Now, I don’t mean to take anything away from the actors, musicians, set designers, or production staff – they were fabulous and deserve all the praise they are receiving.* But my mind kept thinking ahead to this evening, when I knew President Donald Trump would be announcing his Supreme Court nominee. After all, Alexander Hamilton played a central role in creating and supporting our Constitution.
          8 Things to Know About Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
On 07.09.18 06:55 PM posted by Fred Lucas President Donald Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court in a prime-time announcement Monday night. If confirmed by the Senate, Kavanaugh would replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy to give the court a likely solid 5-4 conservative majority. “Throughout legal circles, he is considered a judge’s judge, a true thought leader among his peers,” Trump said in announcing his choice at the East Room of the White House. President George W. Bush nominated Kavanaugh to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in 2003, but he wasn’t confirmed until 2006, by a Senate vote of 57-36. The D.C. Circuit is considered a stepping stone (https://www.cadc.uscourts.gov/internet/home.nsf/Content/VL+-+Judges+-+BMK) to the high court. “My judicial philosophy is straightforward,” Kavanaugh, 53, said after Trump introduced him at the White House event. “A judge must be independent and must interpret the law and not make the law. A judge...
          What to Know Ahead of the Trump-Putin Summit      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
On 07.10.18 11:34 AM posted by Alexis Mrachek On July 16, President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet (https://www.rferl.org/a/white-house-kremlin-jointly-announce-putin-trump-summit/29324935.html) for their first formal bilateral summit in Helsinki, Finland. Expectations should be kept at a minimum. The U.S. and Russia have conflicting interests when it comes to many of the major geopolitical issues of the day, and this is unlikely to change anytime soon. Trump should use this meeting to address some serious issues with his Russian counterpart. For one, he must make clear to Putin that U.S. policy remains that Crimea is part of Ukraine, not Russia. Crimea legally belongs to Ukraine and since 2014 Russia has been occupying the peninsula unlawfully.
          AFP-FL Applauds Nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to Supreme Court and Urges a Swift Conf      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
07.09.18 05:10 PM Grassroots group pledges support for nominee, looks to mobilize activists to aid in a swift approval Tallahassee, FL – Americans for Prosperity-Florida (AFP-FL) released a statement Monday applauding President Trump for nominating Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States and urged his swift confirmation. AFP has pledged seven-figures in advertisement and grassroots engagement to mobilize activists in support of Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation, who would replace the recently retired justice, Anthony M. Kennedy. “We commend President Trump for nominating Judge Kavanaugh and keeping his promise to select a jurist with a sterling record of judicial restraint and a commitment to the Constitution, both of which are vital to serving on the highest court.” “Sen. Nelson put politics above country when he stated before a nominee was even announced that he was likely to oppose the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh. But Judge Kavanaugh’s record deserves...
          Trump Told German Chancellor She Owes Him ONE TRILLION Dollars      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

During Donald Trump’s first conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel he allegedly told her that she (her country) owed him one trillion dollars because the US has been paying too much for NATO. Not only is that figure inaccurate, but it shows that Trump has no idea how the NATO payments and protections work – […]

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          Michael Cohen’s Lawyer Trolls Trump & Giuliani With Ominous Tweet      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Michael Cohen has hired a new lawyer – Lanny Davis – and Davis already appears tired of the games being played by Trump and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Davis took to Twitter in response to Giuliani’s recent media parade to warn him that he and Trump have no idea what “truth” even means, and that […]

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          Trump Sells Access To Air Force One To Wealthy Mar-A-Lago Members      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

According to a new report, Donald Trump has been allowing wealthy members of Mar-a-Lago tour Air Force One. To get the invite, you have to be paid up, which means you have to shell out roughly $200,000 to Trump’s business. This is a massive ethics violation as the President is using property of the federal […]

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          Kellyanne Conway’s Husband Says He Criticizes Her More Than Protestors Do      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Trump administration officials are having a tough time living their lives right now, and the heckling that they are receiving is fully justified. But perhaps no one is having a harder time with the heckling than Kellyanne Conway, because according to her own husband, he’s giving her more grief about her job than protestors ever […]

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          Trump Admits His Staff Is STUPID During Talk With Putin      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

According to new reports, Donald Trump told Vladimir Putin that his own staff was “stupid” for not wanting the two men to engage in conversations. This all came about from Trump’s phone call where he congratulated Putin for his recent re-election, in spite of the fact that his staff specifically warned him “DO NOT CONGRATULATE” […]

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          [COMMENT] A Comment -- General Comments From an Expert (A Commentary)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Trump is preparing a new list of tariffs against China: Not the best news, obviously. Market reaction is muted. Meanwhile, corporate profits are starting to report strong Q2. Both the Canadian and U.S. economies are strong. He looks at the long-term, but in the short term anything can happen, sparked by the unknown. But you can't invest based on a looming trade war. TSX hit new highs today with oil as part of the catalyst. But over the past 10 years, the TSX has paid 3% compounded average returns, which is poor compared to the States. FAANG stocks continue to gush profits, drive the U.S. markets, but valuations are still reasonable.
          Trump’s Supreme Court Pick Could Spell a Fresh Hell for Workers’ Rights      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

On Monday, President Donald Trump announced his nomination of conservative Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court. If Kavanaugh is confirmed, Chief Justice John Roberts, a fellow conservative, will become the ideological and political center of the Supreme Court, and protections for women, minorities, voting rights, civil liberties and more could come under threat. Workers and labor unions should be particularly concerned about Judge Kavanaugh’s history of siding with businesses against workers and for pushing a deregulatory agenda.


          With Anti-China Protectionism, the Left Is Aiding Trump’s Xenophobic Agenda      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Because China is increasingly seen as a threat to U.S. global hegemony, anti-China nationalism is on the rise in American politics. Late last summer, Steve Bannon spoke at the Council on Foreign Relations and discovered—much to his surprise—that his hawkish approach to China had gone mainstream. Early this year, Defense Secretary James Mattis, who is in what passes as the moderate faction in the Donald Trump White House, released the 2018 National Defense Strategy, stating that “Inter-state strategic competition, not terrorism, is now the primary concern in U.S. national security.” China leads the list of “strategic competitors” cited by the Department of Defense. In May, Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei warned at Axios that “China is the greatest, growing threat to America” and suggested that “a smart politician could turn China into a unifying villain on virtually every topic.” Earlier this month, the pundit Matt Yglesias appeared to agree, tweeting, “I’m sort of coming around to the view that anti-China politics could be the unifying national project we need.”


          Yiddish's Favorite Disease      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Even if one finds alleged comedian Michelle Wolf to be whiny, obnoxious, insufferable, vile, revolting and positively emetic, she must be given credit for one thing: inspiring a Yiddish column, the one you are presently reading.

Among the sophomore insults Ms. Wolf recently spewed at members of the First Family and various administration officials and lawmakers–her tried-and-true method for evoking snorts from mean-spirited simpletons–was a recent oh-so-funny comparison of Ivanka Trump to a venereal disease.

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          Trump's Supreme Court nominee viewed as pro-business      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
President Donald Trump has nominated Brett Kavanaugh, a judge at the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit -More

          Trump continues to be a disappointment      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Trump continues to be a disappointment
- It is emblazoned with these words: “Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free.” It symbolizes to foreigners that America ...

          President Trump nominates Catholic Brett Kavanaugh for US Supreme Court Justice...      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
President Donald Trump announced Monday night he is nominating Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court to fill the vacancy created when Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement June 27. In a brief speech after the announcement, Kavanaugh spoke about the importance of his Catholic upbringing and how it has affected his career...
          ‘Less conservative than Gorsuch’: Where Kavanaugh, Trump’s nominee, might fit on the Supreme Court...      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
In choosing Brett M. Kavanaugh, 53, to replace Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, President Trump opted for a Washington insider who, according to at least one measure, may be less conservative than Mr. Trump’s first Supreme Court nominee, Neil M. Gorsuch.
          The Trump Hater vs A Trump Friend      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Wow, can you tell the little dude was a successful lawyer? Once you let them in and they start hatching new ones in your homeland you're doomed.
          National Review takes a closer look at Judge Brett Kavanaugh...      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Congratulations to President Trump on his decision to nominate D.C. Circuit judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. I very much look forward to Justice Kavanaugh. Judge Kavanaugh, 53 years old, has compiled an outstanding record during his twelve years on the federal court of appeals in D.C. On what is commonly regarded as the second-most-important court in the country...
          Nader: Trump is a Freeloading, Pontificating Empty Suit Who Has Cheated on Everything He's Done      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          Jimmy Kimmel Explains How A Story Trump Told About Him At A Rally Was Actually A Blatant, Bizarre Lie      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Jimmy Kimmel told a wild tale about Trump while refuting a story Trump told about him.
          Folks Reacted As You’d Expect To President Trump’s Latest Supreme Court Choice      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Donald Trump got a chance to choose his second Supreme Court justice on Monday night, riling up his critics and supporters once again.
          California AG requests injunction against feds for withholding grant money from sanctuary cities      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra moved for summary judgment and requested a nationwide injunction against the Trump administration for withholding federal grant money from so-called…
          IN-Sen: Donnelly could be swing vote on SCOTUS pick as he and Braun are in ‘practical dead heat’      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), who is running for re-election, has been brought into the spotlight once again after President Donald Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to…
          Putin meet will be easiest stop on European tour: Trump      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Washington, July 11 (IANS) US President Donald Trump has said the July 16 meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Helsinki could be the easiest stop on his European tour, during which he will also meet America's historic allies.

"So I have NATO, I have the UK, which is in somewhat turmoil, and I have Putin. Frankly, Putin may be the easiest of them all. Who would think? Who would think?" Trump said on Tuesday just before boarding the presidential aircraft Air Force One for his flight to Brussels, Efe news reported.

Trump arrives on Tuesday night in Brussels to take part in a two-day NATO summit before heading to the UK, and will wrap up his trip on July 16 when he meets with the Russian President in Helsinki.

Asked whether Putin is a friend or enemy, Trump replied the Russian President is "a competitor".

The meeting in Helsinki will be the first bilateral summit of the leaders of the two great powers, and will take place amid tensions between Moscow and Washington.

"I think that getting along with Russia, getting along with China, getting along with others is a good thing, not a bad thing," Trump added before leaving for Europe.

On his trip, Trump must strike a balance between promoting a thaw with Russia and not undermining relations with America's NATO allies, in an atmosphere of US-EU tension over trade.

He will also visit the UK at a time when the government of Prime Minister Theresa May faces another political crisis following the resignation of two of her principal ministers, both critics of her Brexit plan to negotiate a smooth withdrawal from the European Union.

In that regard, Trump spoke about one of the ministers who resigned, and who until this Monday was the UK's Foreign Minister, Boris Johnson, whom he called "a friend".

"Boris Johnson is a friend of mine. He's been very, very nice to me and very supportive. And maybe we'll speak to him when I get over there," he said.

"It's going to be an interesting time in the UK, and it's certainly going to be an interesting time with NATO. But we will work it out, and all countries will be happy," Trump said.

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          Trump Preparing Tariffs on Additional $200 Billion in Chinese Goods: Report      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   


          Trump lashes NATO allies as he lands for tense summit      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
US President Donald Trump's repeated insults of Europe's defence spending has caused transatlantic tension ahead of the meeting with NATO leaders.
          In honour of Trump visit, Brits try to lift 'American Idiot' to top of the charts      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
President Donald Trump loved seeing American Idiot, the Green Day Broadway musical, on its opening night in 2010, calling it "an amazing theatrical experience!" on Twitter. That night, he posed on the red carpet with his wife, Melania, wearing his signature long red tie, and even managed to sit in the theatre under the same roof as Rosie O'Donnell "without incident," Playbill reported at the time.
          Mexico president-elect strikes upbeat tone on Trump ahead of talks      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Mexico's incoming president on Tuesday thanked U.S. President Donald Trump for his "respectful attitude" toward the next Mexican administration and held out hope for joint progress on tackling illegal migration ahead of a major meeting this week.
          Britain to almost double troops in Afghanistan after U.S. request      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The British government is planning to almost double the number of its troops in Afghanistan after a request from U.S. President Donald Trump for reinforcements to help tackle the fragile security situation there.
          Exclusive: After discouraging year, U.S. officials expect review of Afghan strategy      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The United States is preparing to undertake a review of its strategy in Afghanistan, U.S. officials told Reuters, a year after President Donald Trump begrudgingly agreed to extend America's involvement in the 17-year-old war.
          EU council chief's riposte to Trump: Respect the allies you have      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
European Council President Donald Tusk told U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday to stop berating NATO allies over military investment levels ahead of what is expected to be a fraught alliance summit.
          Trump says he can't say if Putin is friend or foe      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he could not say if Vladimir Putin is a friend or foe, and that a meeting with the Russian president could be the easiest part of a tour of Europe that includes a NATO meeting and a visit to Britain.
          President Trump Nominates Brett Kavanaugh To Supreme Court      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A nominee for the seat of swing voter Anthony Kennedy. We'll unpack President Trump's pick for the next Supreme Court Justice.
          Analysis: Emin Agalarov remembers chat that eludes Trump Jr.      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
When a full transcript of that testimony was released in May, we learned more specifics: That Agalarov had called Trump Jr., that Trump Jr. then received a call from a blocked number and that he then called Agalarov back. All of this between when Goldstone was trying to set up the call and when Trump Jr. emailed to thank him.
          US Embassy in London issues warning of possible Trump protest violence      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The US Embassy in London has warned protests during Donald Trump’s visit this week could turn violent. Issuing a demonstration alert ahead of the presidential trip, the embassy urged people to keep a low profile as protests span three days. Gatherings and rallies are planned across the UK from Thursday, when Mr Trump is expected to touch down in Britain. The embassy warned people to be aware of their surroundings, to “exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings that may become violent”, keep a low profile and keep abreast of police guidance. Gatherings are also due to take place elsewhere in the UK in cities including Bristol, Newcastle, Leeds, Cambridge and Cardiff on Thursday evening. A large baby blimp caricature of Mr Trump is set to be flown at Parliament Square on Friday morning, ahead of a series of further gatherings including an anti-Trump and anti-Tory 12-hour “DJ marathon party” in Soho, and a march at Cavendish Square Gardens by the Friends of Al Aqsa and Muslim Association of Britain on Friday afternoon. As Mr Trump enjoys a working lunch with Theresa May at her country residence Chequers, demonstrators have been encouraged to bring a “suitably pithy placard” to a child-friendly protest near the Buckinghamshire property. Busloads of protesters will come from across the UK to London for an early-evening rally at Trafalgar Square on Friday, organisers from umbrella group Together Against Trump said.

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          Trump says it is up to the British people whether Theresa May stays as PM      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Donald Trump has said that the UK is in “turmoil” and it is “up to the people” whether or not Theresa May remains Prime Minister. Speaking as he prepared to depart for a European trip in which he will meet the Prime Minister at the Nato summit in Brussels and then make his first visit to the UK as US president, Mr Trump insisted he got along with Mrs May “very well”. But he suggested that he might take time during his UK visit to speak with former foreign secretary Boris Johnson, who he described as “a friend of mine”. Answering questions from reporters on the lawn of the White House as he and his wife Melania prepared to board the Marine One presidential helicopter, Mr Trump said that the UK “certainly has a lot of things going on”. “It’s going to be an interesting time in the UK and an interesting time at Nato,” he said. “We will work it out and all countries will be happy. “So I have Nato, I have the UK – that’s a situation with turmoil.” Referring to Monday’s planned summit with Russian president Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Mr Trump added: “And I have Putin. Frankly, Putin may be the easiest of all.” Asked whether Mrs May should be replaced as Prime Minister, the US president replied: “Well that’s up to the people. I get along with her very well, I have a very good relationship. That’s certainly up to the people, not up to me.” Mr Trump said he had not spoken with Mrs May, adding: “Boris Johnson is a friend of mine. He’s been very, very nice to me, very supportive. Maybe I’ll speak to him when I get over there. “I like Boris Johnson, I’ve always liked him.” Mr Trump repeated his demands for the EU to lower barriers to US imports and for America’s Nato allies to pay more towards their own defence. “We do have a lot of allies, but we can’t be taken advantage of,” he said. “We are being taken advantage of by the EU. “We lost 151 billion (US) dollars last year on trade and on top of that, we spend at least 70% to Nato and frankly it helps them a lot more than it helps us. “So we will see what happens, we have a long, beautiful week.”

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          The Swamp Opened Case File on Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke After He Posted Photo of Trump Socks on Twitter      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, Twitter avatar The Office of Special Counsel (not to be confused with Mueller’s Special Counsel) opened a case file on President Trump’s Interior Secretary, Ryan Zinke for a possible violation of the Hatch Act because he posted a photo of Trump socks on Twitter. Yes, that is correct. A […]

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          Judge says U.S. must reunite migrant families or face penalties       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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The U.S. government must reunite 63 children under the age of five who were separated by immigration officials after crossing into the United States from Mexico as soon as Tuesday or face penalties, a federal judge says.


          Americans told to 'keep a low profile' if anti-Trump protests break out in Britain      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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The U.S. Embassy in London issued an alert on Tuesday to Americans in the British capital, warning them to keep a low profile during President Donald Trump's visit later this week in case protests against him turn violent.


          DISGUSTING. Chelsea Handler Says Sarah Sanders, Kellyanne Conway Could “Benefit From Being Held in Cages”      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Chelsea Handler celebrated the abuse of Trump officials this week. Handler is happy Sarah Huckabee Sanders was kicked out of the Red Hen restaurant and Kellyanne Conway was yelled at by unhinged leftists at the grocery store. The 43-year-old ‘comedian’ took it a step further and said the Trump officials could “benefit from being held […]

The post DISGUSTING. Chelsea Handler Says Sarah Sanders, Kellyanne Conway Could “Benefit From Being Held in Cages” appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.


          Trump pardons Oregon ranchers convicted of arson on federal land      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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President Donald Trump has pardoned two ranchers whose case sparked the armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon.


          Fake News Launches Attack on SCOTUS Nominee – Claim Justice Kennedy Retired After Receiving Assurances Kavanaugh Would Be Replacement      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

President Trump announced Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his second pick for the Supreme Court of the United States Monday evening. Judge Kavanaugh will replace Justice Kennedy on the Supreme Court. The fake news media is already in smear mode after leftists completely melted down Monday night. NBC White House reporter, Geoff Bennett claimed Tuesday morning, […]

The post Fake News Launches Attack on SCOTUS Nominee – Claim Justice Kennedy Retired After Receiving Assurances Kavanaugh Would Be Replacement appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.


          President Trump Issues Full Pardons For Oregon Ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

On Tuesday, President Trump issued full pardons to Oregon ranchers Dwight Hammond, 76, and his son Steven Hammond, 49, who were embroiled in the Bundy Ranch dispute of 2014. The White House blasted the Obama administration for its “overzealous” appeal that resulted in the Hammonds being sentenced to five years in prison. “This was unjust,” […]

The post President Trump Issues Full Pardons For Oregon Ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.


          President Trump BLASTS FBI Lovebirds From Air Force One Over Rumors They May Not Testify      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The President unleashed on FBI lovebirds Peter Strzok and Lisa page from Air Force One Tuesday morning over rumors they may be a no show for their testimonies this week. The House Judiciary Committee subpoenaed Lisa Page to appear in a closed-door interview Wednesday. Peter Strzok is set to testify Thursday to joint House Oversight […]

The post President Trump BLASTS FBI Lovebirds From Air Force One Over Rumors They May Not Testify appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.


          This Is Not America: Paul Manafort is Being Tortured in Solitary Confinement by Dirty Cop Mueller and His Corrupt Gang      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Guest post by Joe Hoft The corrupt and criminal Mueller team worked with Obama Appointed Judge Amy Berman Jackson to place President Trump’s former Campaign Manager Paul Manafort in solitary confinement.  This was a conscious action to literally torture Manafort for working with Trump during the campaign.  Bernard Kerik at Newsmax wrote an excellent post […]

The post This Is Not America: Paul Manafort is Being Tortured in Solitary Confinement by Dirty Cop Mueller and His Corrupt Gang appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.


          AWFUL! EU Council President Donald Tusk Insults President Trump Before His Trip to Europe (VIDEO)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

President Trump left the White House for Brussels on Tuesday morning with his lovely wife and First Lady Melania Trump for a meeting with NATO allies. The president said he’s expected to press European leaders to pay their share of the group’s defense spending. European Council President Donald Tusk took the opportunity to attack President […]

The post AWFUL! EU Council President Donald Tusk Insults President Trump Before His Trip to Europe (VIDEO) appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.


          “Would You Endorse Flying a Black Baby Obama in a Nappy?” – Piers Morgan Obliterates Hypocrite Mayor Sadiq Khan Over Trump Balloon (VIDEO)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Piers Morgan called out London Mayor Sadiq Khan over his hypocrisy and hatred against US President Donald Trump. The London mayor went on Good Morning Britain to discuss the murder spree in London and the Baby Trump balloon controversy. Piers demolished the London Mayor for his poor taste and hypocrisy. Morgan grilled the mayor over […]

The post “Would You Endorse Flying a Black Baby Obama in a Nappy?” – Piers Morgan Obliterates Hypocrite Mayor Sadiq Khan Over Trump Balloon (VIDEO) appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.


          Nancy Pelosi Uses Trump’s SCOTUS Pick to Raise Money and Reason to “Avenge President Obama”      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

On Monday President Donald Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh as Supreme Court Justice. Democrats protested, threatened reporters and were arrested following the announcement. Nancy Pelosi used the nomination to fundraise and “avenge President Obama.” FOX News reported: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi sent out a dramatic, no-holds-barred fundraising email on Monday saying she is “determined […]

The post Nancy Pelosi Uses Trump’s SCOTUS Pick to Raise Money and Reason to “Avenge President Obama” appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.


          Lukasz Dusza for The Gateway Pundit Wrap: Trump-Hating Texas Thug Gets his Comeuppance      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

A violent liberal abused a teen Trump supporter at a Whataburger restaurant in Texas on the 4th of July. The scumbag progressive hurled a full drink on the boy and his friends and stole his MAGA hat. The thug Kino Jimenez was later arrested and fired. This week Lukasz Dusza reports on the growing threats […]

The post Lukasz Dusza for The Gateway Pundit Wrap: Trump-Hating Texas Thug Gets his Comeuppance appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.


          Oops! Women’s March Send Out Press Release Before SCOTUS Announcement with Embarrassing Omission      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

President Trump announced his Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his second pick for the Supreme Court of the United States. Judge Cavanaugh will replace Justice Kennedy on the Supreme Court. ABC’s Nightline announced at 6:23 PM that they will report on President Trump’s “controversial Supreme Court Justice pick” on their show tonight… a couple hours before […]

The post Oops! Women’s March Send Out Press Release Before SCOTUS Announcement with Embarrassing Omission appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.


          Outraged Far Left Activists BLOCK STREET-ARRESTED Outside Trump Tower in NYC — Protesting Trump’s SCOTUS Pick (VIDEO)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

President Trump announced Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his second pick for the Supreme Court of the United States. Judge Cavanaugh will replace Justice Kennedy on the Supreme Court. Within minutes of the President’s announcement, leftists melted down. Protests erupted in front of the Supreme Court and Trump Tower New York Monday evening. The rent-a-mobs are […]

The post Outraged Far Left Activists BLOCK STREET-ARRESTED Outside Trump Tower in NYC — Protesting Trump’s SCOTUS Pick (VIDEO) appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.


          Nightline Says They Will Cover Trump’s “Controversial” SCOTUS Pick in Tonight’s Show… Before Trump Announces Pick      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

What media bias? ABC’s Nightline announced at 6:23 PM that they will report on President Trump’s “controversial Supreme Court Justice pick” on their show tonight. The tweet went out at 6:23 PM. The President announced his SCOTUS pick Monday night at 9 PM Eastern. So liberal Nightline was already describing President Trump’s SCOTUS pick as […]

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          LEFTIST FREAK-OUT=> Schumer, Leftists Melt Down Over Trump’s SCOTUS Pick ‘Kavanaugh Will Lead to the Deaths of Countless Women’      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

President Trump announced Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his second pick for the Supreme Court of the United States. Judge Kavanaugh will replace Justice Kennedy on the Supreme Court. Within minutes of the President’s announcement, leftists melted down. It’s doomsday, it’s the end of the world. Jim Dean, the Chair for ‘Democracy for America‘ immediately came […]

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          BREAKING: PRESIDENT TRUMP Announces BRETT KAVANAUGH as Second Supreme Court Pick (VIDEO)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

President Trump announced Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his second pick for the Supreme Court of the United States. Judge Kavanaugh will replace Justice Kennedy on the Supreme Court. President Trump opened his remarks by thanking Justice Kennedy for a lifetime of service. IT’S KAVANAUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (CNN & everyone else reporting) — Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) July 10, […]

The post BREAKING: PRESIDENT TRUMP Announces BRETT KAVANAUGH as Second Supreme Court Pick (VIDEO) appeared first on The Gateway Pundit.


          Deregulation: When to wash a pig      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
You could be prosecuted on the federal level if you “make any incision” on hog carcasses before all “hair, scurf and dirt, including all hoofs and claws, (is) removed from hog carcasses and the carcasses thoroughly washed and cleaned.” In January, President Donald Trump issued Executive Order 13771, pledging to reduce regulation, which initiated the recall of the Hog Carcass Cleaning Rule. Continue Reading...
          Presidentti Trump on saapunut Brysseliin Nato-kokousta varten      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          'American Idiot' by Green Day tops UK charts ahead of Trump visit      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          Trump administration delays special ed rule      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Trump administration is officially postponing implementation of an Obama-era rule designed to prevent kids from certain backgrounds from being wrongly placed in special education. In a final rule published July 3 in the Federal Register, the U.S. Department of Education halted the so-called "significant disproportionality" rule, which was supposed to take effect this month, for two years.
          U.S. Ambassador To NATO Discusses President Trump And The Alliance      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Kay Bailey Hutchison, the U.S. ambassador to NATO, about the upcoming NATO summit and President Trump's commitment to the alliance.
          President Trump Pardons Oregon Ranchers Convicted In 2012 Arson Case      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
President Trump signed full pardons on Tuesday for Oregon ranchers Dwight Hammond Jr. and his son, Steven, whose imprisonment inspired an anti-government takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
          Senate Democrats Have Few Options To Stop Confirmation Of Supreme Court Nominee      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
President Trump and his Republican allies sound confident about the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, but Democrats have moved quickly to object to his nomination.
          Head Of EU Council Issues A Warning As President Trump Criticizes NATO      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
President Trump arrives in Brussels Tuesday for the NATO summit amid tensions with European allies. Trump has continually pressed allies to pay more for their national defense.
          Trump Thanks Brave Thai SEALs for Daring Cave Rescue      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
'Such a beautiful moment – all freed, great job!'
          Important Messages from Raices Texas and Congressman Joaquin Castro: Restoring Oversight for Members of Congress Act       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

FROM @RAICESTEXAS, READ THEIR PINNED TWEET ON TWITTER CLOSELY:

"We're in D.C. with a $20m check to pay bail bonds for over 2,000 mothers still detained. More than 1 million people donated over $20m and their message is clear: reunite the families. Trump says he's a deal-maker, here's his chance to cut a deal.
Congressman Joaquin Castro
I also just made a contribution to Congressman Joaquin Castro and urge others to do so, as well, as he is exhibiting powerful leadership. Congressman @JoaquinCastrotx is calling for a special master to take over the reunification process if the government fails to meet today's deadline. You can see his press conference from this morning on Twitter. Today, he also "introduced the Restoring Oversight for Members of Congress Act with @RonWyden which would allow Members of Congress immediate access to federal facilities including those under contract or lease.




          USA Today: “Family separation combines cruelty, incompetence”      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
In full agreement:Family reunification is a true test of competency for the Trump administration. Failure is not an option." -Angela  

USA Today: “Family separation combines cruelty, incompetence”

 
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USA Today is out with a scathing editorial condemning the Trump administration’s cruelty and incompetence with respect to the separation of families, stating that with respect to their speedy reunification, failure is not an option.
As the editorial notes:
It turns out that the number of separated children is closer to 3,000 than the 2,000 originally cited by administration officials. Among them are about 100 under the age of 5. In dozens of those cases, parents have been deported minus their children, or HHS has apparently lost track of them.
The results are abominations, like what happened Friday when a 1-year-old boy, sipping from a bottle of milk and playing with a blue ball, appeared as an immigration defendant before a judge in Phoenix. The child’s father had been shipped off to Honduras.
Small wonder that two out of three Americans abhor what Trump has done with these children. In their frontal assault on illegal immigration, which has actually become less of a problem than it was several years ago, Trump and his lieutenants argue that when parents illegally enter the U.S. with their children, the adults cannot be simply freed pending immigration court proceedings.
But that’s disingenuous. There are established means of ensuring that parents show up for court and not disappear. A family case management effort vetted by the Department of Homeland Security in 2015 and an ankle-bracelet monitoring program are two alternatives to incarceration, that have both shown 99 percent success rates in guaranteeing court appearances. These alternatives are cheaper, too.
Cost considerations aside, reunifying children with their parents needs to be a top priority from a humanitarian standpoint. Leading experts on child behavior say children could suffer serious psychological damage with each passing day, week or month apart from a parent.
Sabraw was right to order that the American Civil Liberties Union, which is representing parents harmed by Trump’s separation tactic, be provided a list of the 100 youngest children. Maybe the ACLU can help locate their parents.
The reunification process should be transparent. The American public should know the numbers daily: how many children remain detained; how many parents have been deported without their children; and how many reunifications have occurred. Precise numbers, not vague or rounded ones, are needed to generate confidence that children aren’t slipping through the cracks.
Family reunification is a true test of competency for the Trump administration. Failure is not an option.

          Democrats can't stop Brett Kavanaugh      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

President Trump nominates Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, and liberals are predictably hysterical. And I have to admit, it’s for good reason.


          Mỹ cấm China Mobile hoạt động vì lo ngại gián điệp       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

(PLO)- Sau khi cấm cửa công ty công nghệ Trung Quốc ZTE, chính quyền Trump đã chuyển sang ngăn chặn nhà mạng China Mobile của chính phủ Trung Quốc với lý do an ninh quốc gia.

Theo đó, China Mobile từ lâu đã muốn cung cấp điện thoại di động và các dịch vụ liên lạc giữa Mỹ và các quốc gia khác. Nhà mạng đã nộp đơn xin giấy phép cho các cơ quan quản lý của Mỹ vào năm 2011. Tuy nhiên, mới đây, Cục Viễn Thông và Thông tin Quốc gia, một nhánh của Bộ Thương mại Mỹ đề nghị Ủy ban Truyền thông Liên bang (FCC) từ chối yêu cầu. 
China Mobile có hơn 900 triệu người dùng. Ảnh: Internet


 
Động thái ngăn chặn China Mobile hoạt động tại Mỹ được xem là đòn trả đũa sau khi Trung Quốc cấm tập đoàn sản xuất chip Micron của Mỹ bán sản phẩm tại quốc gia này. Cuộc chiến về công nghệ, thương mại giữa Washington và Bắc Kinh đang ngày càng trở nên căng thẳng khi ZTE, China Mobile, Huawei… đã được đem lên bàn cân.

Ủy ban Truyền thông Liên bang cho biết China Mobile chịu sự khai thác, ảnh hưởng và kiểm soát của chính phủ Trung Quốc, do đó việc cấp phép cho công ty này có thể sẽ tạo ra những rủi ro về an ninh,  rò rỉ các thông tin quan trọng khi người dùng hoặc cơ quan quản lý thực hiện cuộc gọi, liên lạc thông qua nhà mạng China Mobile. 

Hiện tại, nhà mạng China Mobile không đưa ra bình luận nào liên quan đến vấn đề trên. Sự từ chối của Mỹ dự kiến sẽ không tác động nhiều đến tình hình kinh doanh của công ty. Theo Ramakrishna Maruvada, nhà phân tích của Daiwa Capital Markets, doanh nghiệp gọi điện thoại quốc tế chỉ chiếm một phần nhỏ doanh thu của China Mobile.

Đề xuất chống lại China Mobile xuất hiện tại thời điểm căng thẳng về thương mại và an ninh quốc gia giữa Mỹ và Trung Quốc. Chính quyền Trump đang cố gắng chống lại tham vọng “made in China” của Trung Quốc, cáo buộc các công ty của nước này gây áp lực và ăn cắp tài sản trí tuệ để trở thành đầu tàu công nghệ trên thế giới, tuy nhiên, phía Bắc Kinh đã bác bỏ cáo buộc.

Trước đó, chính quyền Trump đã chặn nhà sản xuất chip Broadcom mua lại công ty Qualcomm với mức giá 117 tỉ USD. Việc này cũng không có gì khó hiểu bởi thỏa thuận mua bán có thể khiến Mỹ bị tụt lại trong công cuộc phát triển 5G. Không lâu sau, đến lượt ZTE bị Mỹ cấm vận trong vòng bảy năm vì đã cố tình bán thiết bị cho Iran và Triều Tiên.

ZTE từng lên kế hoạch ra mắt hai mẫu smartphone bình dân Blade V9 và Blade V9 Vita tại Mỹ trong năm nay nhưng buộc phải hủy bỏ. Ảnh: Internet


Sau cuộc gặp gỡ giữa Tổng thống Donald Trump và Chủ tịch Tập Cận Bình, Mỹ đã đồng ý thu hồi lệnh cấm và đổi lấy một khoản tiền phạt. Tuy nhiên, ZTE vẫn phải đối mặt với tương lai đen tối vì một số thành viên Quốc hội đang tìm cách giữ nguyên lệnh cấm. 

Mới đây, công ty chế tạo vi mạch Fujian Jinhua Integrated Circuit Co (FJICC) thuộc sở hữu nhà nước Trung Quốc đã kiện công ty sản xuất chip Micron của Mỹ và yêu cầu ngừng bán hơn 12 loại ổ lưu trữ bán dẫn, thẻ nhớ và vi mạch tại Trung Quốc. Vụ việc xảy ra trong bối cảnh căng thẳng thương mại giữa Washington và Bắc Kinh với hàng tỉ USD tiền thuế sẽ có hiệu lực vào ngày 6-7. 

Theo đó, Micron là nhà cung cấp sản phẩm bán dẫn lớn thứ tư thế giới về doanh thu, chỉ đứng sau Samsung, SK Hynix (Hàn Quốc) và Intel (Mỹ) với hơn một nửa doanh thu thực trong năm 2017 đến từ thị trường Trung Quốc. Trung Quốc thành lập FJICC tháng 2-2016 nhằm chế tạo các vi mạch của riêng mình với khoản đầu tư 37 tỉ nhân dân tệ (tương đương 5,55 tỉ USD) để xây dựng dây chuyển sản xuất riêng mà không phụ thuộc vào các sản phẩm nhập khẩu.

Chính quyền Mỹ từ lâu đã cảnh giác cao với các công ty Trung Quốc có quyền truy cập vào mạng viễn thông của Mỹ. Một báo cáo hồi năm 2012 cho thấy ZTE và Huawei từng được xem là mối đe dọa an ninh quốc gia, dù không có bằng chứng rõ ràng như Mỹ vẫn hạn chế phần lớn các hoạt động kinh doanh của hai công ty này tại Mỹ.

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          Trump Pardons Oregon Ranchers Whose Convictions Triggered Malheur Occupation      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
“The Hammonds are devoted family men, respected contributors to their local community, and have widespread support from their neighbors, local law enforcement, and farmers and ranchers across the West.” On Tuesday, July 10, President Donald Trump pardoned two Oregon ranchers whose convictions of torching public lands triggered an armed occupation at an eastern Oregon wildlife refuge in 2016.  Dwight Hammond, 76, and his son Steven, 49, had a long history of conflict with the U.S. government which culminated in their convictions for setting fires, one in 2001 and another in 2006, on federal lands. They were each sentenced to five-year prison terms, which attracted the attention of other anti-government protesters, including Ammon and Cliven Bundy. In January, 2016, an armed group of sympathizers, including Ammon Bundy, took over the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon. Nearly a month later, a total of 26 people, including Bundy, were arrested on federal charges of conspiracy. The charges were ultimately dropped against Bundy and nearly all of the other militants. The New York Times reports that during Tuesday morning's media briefing, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced that Trump had pardoned the Hammonds. “The Hammonds are multi-generation cattle ranchers in Oregon imprisoned in connection with a fire that leaked onto a small portion of neighboring public grazing land,” said  Sanders. “The Hammonds are devoted family men, respected contributors to their local community, and have widespread support from their neighbors, local law enforcement, and farmers and ranchers across the West.” Reporters Eileen Sullivan and Julie Turkewitz of the Times write, "The pardons appear to represent the Trump administration’s support of ranchers in the battle over federal lands and also undo an Obama administration appeal to impose longer sentences for the Hammonds." …
          Airing Trump Rallies Enables Fox To Let Him Lie Without Fact Checking      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple noted a less obvious benefit that Fox News confers on Trump when it airs his rallies: He can lie and smear with abandon.


          Dateline DeQueen: Cockfighting and immigrants      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
David Hill writes for The Ringer about Latino-majority DeQueen and a cockfighting raid that continues to reverberate there.

There's a little bit of everything, from the illegal pastime to ICE to young Victory Rojas' rce for Quorum Court to the local sheriff's changing view on the immigrant community — more benevolent until the Trump administration stepped up the pressure and instilled fear in the local population.
          'Trump Really Can’t Stand Kelly': The President Reportedly Wants to Fire His Chief of Staff — But He's 'Too Chickens**t' to Do It       Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The newest hire in the White House may help push Kelly out.

Former Fox News President Bill Shine has already generated bad press as a new hire at the White House for his alleged complicity in years of sexual misconduct and abuse at the conservative network. But according to a new Vanity Fair report, President Trump is thrilled to have him on board.

Reporter Gabriel Sherman found that Trump was impressed with the way his new deputy chief of staff for communications produced the spectacle of the announcement of Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination for the Supreme Court Tuesday night. One source told Sherman that Shine specifically chose the lighting to make Trump look younger.

But Shine's role may involve more than improving appearances. According to Sherman, Shine could help push out chief of staff John Kelly, who Trump is "too chickenshit" to fire on his own, one person told Vanity Fair.

For months, reports have suggested that Kelly was on his way out at the White House. His strict management of the White House and rigid style apparently chafe with Trump's freewheeling preferences. Many assumed that Kelly was a goner when it was revealed that he had kept staff secretary Rob Porter on board despite allegations of abuse from his ex-wives — but he has soldiered on.

Yet according to Sherman's reporting, Trump is frustrated by the former general. 

“[Sean] Hannity said Trump really can’t stand Kelly,” one source told Sherman. “He’s fed up.”

 

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          Here's Why Right-Wingers Are So Threatened by Hearing Foreign Languages in the Trump Era      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Xenophobia runs deep among the far-right.

In many countries, studying foreign languages in public school systems is not only encouraged—it is mandatory, which is why so many Swedish, German, Norwegian and Dutch high school students have learned to speak English fluently even though it isn’t their native language. But among many right-wing Republicans in the U.S., being monolingual is considered a badge of honor. And in the Trump era, some ugly racial incidents demonstrate that speaking a language other than English in public can be met with verbal abuse.

In May, New York City-based attorney and strong Trump supporter Aaron Schlossberg went into a xenophobic anti-immigrant tirade in a Mid-town Manhattan restaurant, the Fresh Kitchen, when he overheard an employee speaking Spanish with two of the customers. Angrily, Schlossberg ranted, “My guess is they’re not documented; so, my next call is to ICE to have each one of them kicked out of my country. If they have the balls to come here and live off of my money—I pay for their welfare, I pay for their ability to be here—the least they can do is speak English.”

More recently on July 4, a Petaluma, California man named Larry Lappin showed his ignorance when he heard the family of his neighbor, Ivette Celedon—a third-generation U.S. citizen of Mexican descent—enjoying some Latin music in their backyard. Lappin was furious; as he saw it, listening to music that was performed in Spanish on the 4th of July was disrespectful and unpatriotic. And he angrily confronted them, insisting they had no right to “disrespect my fucking country” by listening to Spanish-language music on America’s Independence Day.

Lappin later apologized after a smartphone video of his rant went viral. But he certainly wasn’t the first American xenophobe to feel threatened by the use of Spanish in public, and he won’t be the last. To some racists, using any language other than English in the U.S.—even as a secondary or tertiary language—is akin to burning the flag.

Democrat Barack Obama found out that out during his first presidential campaign in 2008, when Bill Bennett and other knuckle-dragging Republicans were deeply offended because he asserted that foreign-language study should be a much higher priority in American schools. Obama stressed that although immigrants to the U.S. should be able to speak English as well as possible, he believed that Americans would be much better off from an education standpoint if they could achieve fluency in Spanish, French and other languages.

Obama asserted, “I agree that immigrants should learn English. But instead of worrying about whether immigrants can learn English—they’ll learn English—you need to make sure your child can speak Spanish. You should be thinking about how can your child become bilingual. We should have every child speaking more than one language.”

The president-to-be also asserted, “It’s embarrassing when Europeans come over here. They all speak English, they speak French, they speak German. And then, we go over to Europe—and all we can say is ‘Merci beaucoup.’”

Nothing Obama said was even remotely offensive. In fact, Obama was spot on: achieving fluency in two or more foreign languages would be great for American students from an educational standpoint just as Dutch students benefit when they’ve achieved fluency in English and German.

But xenophobia runs deep among far-right wingnuts, who see the use of Spanish, Mandarin and other foreign languages in public as a threat to the English language. In 2012’s Republican presidential primary, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich ran an attack ad in South Carolina that lambasted Mitt Romney for being proficient in French.  According to Gingrich’s ad, Romney’s French-speaking skills meant that he didn’t deserve the GOP’s nomination (which, of course, Romney received anyway before losing to President Obama in the general election).

Fear of foreign languages is one thing that Republicans often have in common with fascist dictators like Italy’s Benito Mussolini in Italy and Spain’s Francisco Franco. In Spain, Franco was bitterly opposed to Spaniards learning any language other than Spanish; speaking Catalan in the streets of Barcelona was illegal under the Franco regime. Mussolini, similarly, wanted Italians to speak Italian exclusively—and this type of hyper-nationalism is alive and well among right-wing Americans like Schlossberg and Lappin who become enraged when they hear a language other than English spoken in public.

Although Trump is married to a Slovenian woman, his supporters love the aggressive hyper-nationalism he has championed. And when Latinos are harassed or abused merely for having private conversations in Spanish in New York City or Petaluma, California, it is a symptom of Trumpism and the type of fearful xenophobia he has helped create.

Ideally, foreign-language study in the U.S. should be mandatory and start as early as kindergarten just as studying English from an early age is mandatory in parts of Europe. Spanish should be a requirement, given the language’s importance—with studying German, French and other languages encouraged as well. There is no reason why, as Obama suggested, American students shouldn’t be able to graduate from high school fluent in two, three or more languages.

The U.S. is in no danger whatsoever of losing its status as a predominantly English-speaking country. But encouraging American students to achieve fluency in Spanish and other foreign languages would certainly benefit them from an educational and employment standpoint—even it does trouble some conservatives quite deeply.

 

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          The Trump Administration's Human Cages Aren't New — They Have a Long and Shameful American History      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Our forebears once flocked in staggering numbers to “human zoos,” where thousands of kidnapped natives from various countries were displayed.

When Donald Trump recently accused “illegal immigrants” of wanting to “pour into and infest our country,” there was an immediate outcry. After all, that verb, infest, had been used by the Nazis as a way of dehumanizing Jews and communists as rats, vermin, or insects that needed to be eradicated.

Nobody, however, should have been surprised. The president has a long history of excoriating people of color as animal-like. In 1989, for instance, reacting to the rape of a white woman in New York’s Central Park, he took out full-page ads in four of the city’s major papers (total cost: $85,000) calling for the reinstatement of the death penalty and decrying “roving bands of wild criminals roaming our streets.” He was, of course, referring to the five black and Latino youngsters accused of that crime for which they were convicted -- and, 10 years late, exonerated when a serial rapist and murderer finally confessed.

Trump never apologized for his rush to judgment or his hate-filled opinions, which eventually became the template for his attacks on immigrants during the 2016 election campaign and for his presidency. He has declared many times that some people aren’t actually human beings at all but animals, pointing, in particular, to MS-13 gang members. At a rally in Tennessee at the end of May, he doubled down on this sort of invective, goading a frenzied crowd to enthusiastically shout that word -- “Animals!” -- back. In that way, he made those present accomplices to his bigotry. Nor are his insults and racial tirades mere rhetorical flourishes. They’ve had quite real consequences. It’s enough to look at the cages where undocumented children separated from their families at or near the U.S.-Mexico border have been held as if they were indeed animals -- reporters and others regularly described one of those detention areas as being like a “zoo” or a “kennel” -- not to mention their parents who are also trapped behind wire barriers, even if arousing far less attention and protest.

A History of Caged Humans

All the president’s furious contemporary rants and rallies, along with those cages and detainee centers, have certainly brought Nazism to mind for some, but it might be more illuminating to think of them as echoing an earlier moment in history when comparing dark-skinned humans to animals would hardly have caused a stir.  It would have been considered part of normal discourse, in both Europe and the United States.

Indeed, in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, millions of Europeans and Americans considered it perfectly natural to treat certain members of our species quite literally as if they were beasts. They were unfazed, so the historical record suggests, by the idea of seeing such “animals,” such oddities, displayed in literal zoo cages at boisterous public events. It may now be hard to believe, but our forebears once flocked in staggering numbers to “human zoos,” where thousands of natives kidnapped from Asia, Africa, and Latin America were exposed to scrutiny, curiosity, and derision, as well as, sometimes, undergoing scientific experimentation.

Today, such mindboggling violations of human rights have almost entirely vanished from public memory. I had only vaguely heard of human zoos myself, before I became obsessed with them when research for my latest novel, Darwin’s Ghosts, led me into the world of human menageries. I discovered that the phenomenon had been launched in the most modest of ways.

One hundred and seventy years ago -- 1848, a year of revolutions across the globe -- a Hamburg fishmonger, Claus Hagenbeck, decided to charge customers to take a peek at some Arctic seals swimming in a large tub in the backyard of his house. Soon enough, that first timid entrepreneurial step developed into a highly lucrative family business exhibiting wild animals, while feeding growing demands for wondrous beasts to populate circuses and fill the private collections of monarchs and other wealthy individuals.

In the end, animals were not enough. By the early 1870s, in conjunction with the Jardin d’Acclimatation in Paris and American impresarios like P.T. Barnum, the Hagenbeck family started dabbling in displaying “savages” from the farthest corners of the planet. The first victims of this desire to bring exemplars from the rest of humanity to viewers in the West were Laplanders, displayed in a setting meant to look like one of their villages. (A similar urge gave birth to the dioramas that soon began to flourish at museums of natural history.)

That first exhibition in Hamburg of “the little men and women” of Lapland proved so sensational -- tours were organized to Berlin, Leipzig, and other German cities -- that the desire to see more “primitive” humans soon became insatiable. Scavengers who had previously specialized in locating and bringing African and Asian wildlife to Europe and the United States were now instructed to be on the lookout for similarly exotic human wildlife. They should not be, it was quickly stipulated, so monstrous as to disgust audiences, but neither should they be so beautiful as to cease to be bizarre.

The Laplanders were followed by a multitude of indigenous inhabitants of the planet forcibly removed from their habitats: Eskimos, Cingalese, Kalmuks, Somalis, Ethiopians, Bedouins, Nubians from the Upper Nile, aboriginal Australians, Zulu warriors, Mapuche Indians, Andaman Islanders from the South Pacific, head-hunters from Borneo. The list went on and on, as those human zoos spread from Germany to France, England, Belgium, Spain, Italy, and the United States, all of which -- what a coincidence! -- just happened to be the globe’s imperial powers of that era.

Representatives of ethnic groups from all over the planet soon became an expectable feature of then-popular World’s Fair pavilions. Besides providing entertainment for the whole family -- they might be thought of as that moment’s equivalents of reality TV shows -- those exhibitions were proclaimed “educational” experiences by the enterprises cashing in on them. Such tableaus of “prehistoric” people offered a way for affluent visitors to gawk at and be amazed by the bizarre habits of the bizarre inhabitants of the faraway lands that their countries were incorporating with great violence into “civilization” via colonial dominion. In fact, that violence was such that some of the native populations on display, like diverse groups of Patagons from Tierra del Fuego at the southern tip of Latin America, were already then on the verge of becoming extinct. One of the draws of seeing living specimens of those strange men, women, and children was to do so before their last remnants, along with their languages and their cultures, disappeared from the face of the Earth.

Even if you were among the millions of Americans and Europeans who couldn’t personally visit such folk displays, ethnic villages, and human zoos, you could still inexpensively and vicariously experience those exotic others. The images of the captives -- who, of course, had been photographed without their consent -- were commercialized on an industrial scale. The postcards upon which their faces and bodies were flaunted soon became an everyday feature of domestic life, one more way that the human zoo was normalized, whitewashed, and sent into the home with barely a thought about the horrors, the suffering being visited on those captives or how their children, husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, relatives, and friends, left behind, were dealing with the trauma of having their loved ones torn from their midst.

Nor were such acts repudiated by the most illustrious members of those “advanced” societies. Quite the opposite, many of the abductions had been financed by scientific institutions eager to discover how such specimens might fit into Darwin’s theory of evolution. Their research, in turn, was backed by government officials more than ready to show their respect and support for scholars looking into the origins of humanity. Were those Africans and South Americans entirely human or did they constitute missing links in the great chain of beings that became our species? Eminent naturalists and doctors debated just such matters, gave lectures on them, wrote treatises about them, and (in what then passed for scientific experimentation) poked at or into the bodies of those who had made the mistake of being born far from the so-called civilized world.

The Ota Bengas of Today

Today, of course, human zoos and the medical experiments on live human beings that went with them are inconceivable. The consciousness of humanity, enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the U.N. 70 years ago, has made such practices disgraceful and intolerable. Who today could stomach the fate of Ota Benga, a pygmy from the Congo who was housed with the primates at New York’s Bronx Zoo in 1906 and committed suicide a decade later when he realized that he would never be able to return to his native land? Who among us would bring their children to gape at “missing links” like Thai dwarfs, Amazonian Indians, or Sudanese villagers as if they were freaks of nature, not human beings?

Unfortunately, congratulations are not (yet) in order, given how often the same racist impulses resurface today, and not only in the president’s intemperate diatribes equating humans and animals (none of which have so far provoked indignation in most of his followers). A similar dehumanization of strangers with darker faces and skins appears to animate current anti-immigrant sentiments in many lands, a desire to escape “infestation” from abroad and maintain mythical versions of racial purity and national identity. Are we really that removed from the spectators who watched their fellow humans abused in zoo-like conditions a century or so ago without blinking or being disturbed?

In retrospect, what’s most sobering about the human zoos of an earlier time is how oblivious those who participated in such degrading spectacles were to the crimes being committed before their eyes. Many of them would have judged themselves decent, enlightened citizens, shining advocates of progress, science, and freedom. And yet, in Berlin in 1882, the police had to be called in to quell a riot by visitors to an exhibition of 11 Kaweshkar natives abducted from Tierra del Fuego. Thousands of customers, having imbibed copious gallons of beer, began to stone the hostages, demanding that they mate in public. Or consider the fate of two female Kaweshkar whose sexual organs, after they died in captivity, were carved from their dead bodies and sent to be examined by a prominent German researcher interested in discovering how such creatures might be distinct from European women.

So many decades later, it’s easy enough to condemn such offenses. More difficult and painful is to ask what injustices are happening now that we take to be as normal as human zoos (or the disempowerment of women and child slavery) were just a few generations ago. Is it the thoughtless annihilation of immeasurable species, the plundering of nature, the loss of wisdom stored for millennia by ethnic groups that are fast disappearing? Is it the punitive incarceration of millions, so many lives wasted? Is it our incredibly counterproductive “war on drugs” that unnecessarily ravages cities, nations, and lives? Or our inability to rid ourselves of the plague of nuclear proliferation, the brutality of widespread hunger, America’s endless wars, the detention centers for immigrants and their children in this country, the spectacle of undocumented minors shut up in cages and crying for their parents, or the overflowing refugee camps elsewhere in the world? And what of so many children displaced in their war-torn lands or incarcerated in poverty? Where is the indignation about them? Who marches to have them released from their structural captivity? And who even noticed the 10,000 children murdered or maimed in armed conflicts in 2017 alone, deaths invisible to us if you didn’t happen to catch a brief news item quickly forgotten?

In reality, those human zoos of the not-so-distant past pose a terrifying question for us: What everyday horrors of our world will our descendants look back on with disgust in the future? How, they will wonder, could their ancestors have been so blind as to condone such transgressions against humaneness and humanity?

 
 

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          Life After Roe v. Wade: Here’s What a Post-Roe America Would Look Like      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Overturning Roe v. Wade would most definitely give individual states the right to outlaw abortion at the state level.

Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts hit the nail on the head last night when—after learning that Judge Brett Kavanaugh would be President Donald Trump’s second nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court—she asserted, in an e-mail, “Make no mistake: Brett Kavanaugh was chosen because conservatives are confident that he would overturn Roe v. Wade.” Bingo.

There are many right-to-privacy Supreme Court decisions that the Christian Right would love to see overturned, from 1965’s Griswold v. Connecticut (which struck down a Connecticut law forbidding the sale or use of contraceptives among married couples) to 2003’s Lawrence v. Texas (which declared a Texas sodomy law unconstitutional and was a major victory for gay rights). And with Kavanaugh likely to be confirmed by U.S. Senate, it is quite possible that the High Court will overturn Roe v. Wade—the landmark Supreme Court ruling of 1973 that, in effect, legalized abortion nationwide.   

The end of Roe v. Wade would not automatically mean the end of legal abortion throughout the United States; in order for the Christian Right to achieve that goal, the overturning of Roe v. Wade would have to be followed by both houses of Congress—the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives—passing a nationwide abortion ban and President Trump signing it into law. Such a federal law would be needed to outlaw abortion in all 50 states, and as it stands now, some states have laws that explicitly protect abortion rights at the state level. Overturning Roe v. Wade would not invalidate those pro-choice state laws.

However, overturning Roe v. Wade would most definitely give individual states the right to outlaw abortion at the state level. And Kavanaugh, a severe social conservative with a “strict constructionist” view of jurisprudence, would likely argue—along with Clarence Thomas, Trump appointee Neil Gorsuch and other social conservatives on the High Court—that Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided because it was a violation of states’ rights and that individual states should be able to decide whether they do or don’t want legal abortion.

So post-Roe v. Wade, it’s entirely possible that one would see abortion outlawed at the state level in Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Oklahoma, Kansas and Utah while remaining legal in New Jersey, California, Oregon, Massachusetts and Vermont. Some Republican-dominated states, including Louisiana and the Dakotas, have “trigger laws” that would automatically ban abortion statewide if Roe v. Wade were overturned. 

The Center for Reproductive Rights has published, on its website, an informative page called “What If Roe Fell?”—which offers a state-by-state analysis of where abortion likely would and wouldn’t be legal if Roe v. Wade were overturned. The Center breaks all 50 states down into three categories: a high risk of abortion being outlawed at the state level post-Roe, a low risk or a medium risk. And some of the swing states in presidential races—such as Pennsylvania and Colorado—fall into the medium risk category.

According to the Center’s post-Roe scenario, legal abortion “appears safe” in 20 states, is likely to be “banned outright” in 22 and faces a medium risk in the others. The end of Roe would likely make abortion a major litmus test for politicians at the state level, and given that the majority of Americans are pro-choice, it isn’t hard to imagine a lot of Republicans being voted out of office in swing states when horror stories over botched back-alley abortions started coming out of Texas, Kansas and Mississippi and voters blamed the GOP.

Pennsylvania, for example, could become a major abortion rights battleground in a post-Roe scenario. Philadelphia is a very Democrat-dominated city—Philly hasn’t had a Republican mayor since Bernard Samuel left office in January 1952, and Republicans are seldom elected to Philly’s city council—and Pittsburgh is very Democratic as well. But the center of Pennsylvania (where Trump benefitted from a high voter turnout in 2016) has a lot more Republicans, and if enough Republicans in Pennsylvania’s state legislature voted to outlaw abortion post-Roe, it’s quite possible that women living in Philly would be seeking abortions in New Jersey.  

Or, if abortion were outlawed in Arizona post-Roe but remained legal in California and Nevada, women living in Phoenix or Tucson might be seeking legal abortions in San Diego or Las Vegas—that is, if they had the funds to travel long distances. Low-income women would be hit especially hard by the end of Roe v. Wade, as they would have less money to travel from anti-choice states to pro-choice states. In many Latin American countries where abortion is illegal, it is poorer women who typically die from dangerous back-alley abortions—not unlike the U.S. before Roe v. Wade—while more affluent Mexican, Salvadoran or Guatemalan women seeking abortions can afford the airfare to Havana, Cuba, where abortion is legal.

Post-Roe, pro-choice activists—from Planned Parenthood, NARAL and the National Organization for Women (NOW) to Emily’s List—could do a lot of recruiting at the state level. The end of Roe v. Wade, if it comes about, could seriously galvanize pro-choice voters in individual states, especially if Kavanaugh and other social conservatives on the Supreme Court overturned Griswold v. Connecticut as well and allowed individual states to outlaw birth control.  

According to the Pew Research Center, almost seven in ten Americans—69%, to be exact—remain pro-choice and oppose overturning Roe v. Wade. But public opinion matters little to today’s overtly authoritarian Republican Party, which is why President Trump has shown so little humility despite the fact that he lost the popular vote to Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016. Authoritarians govern by force or coercion, not consensus. And if Roe v. Wade is overturned despite being broadly popular, abortion rights activists will need to be as vocal and proactive as possible at the state level. 

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          European Official Slams Trump with Reminder to 'Appreciate' Allies: 'You Don't Have All that Many'      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
“America does not have and will not have a better ally than Europe today.”

European Council President Donald Tusk slammed President Donald Trump Tuesday ahead of the week's NATO summit, warning the president that the United States' relationships with its allies are on thin ice.

“Dear America, appreciate your allies, after all you don’t have all that many,” Tusk said, according to the Associated Press.

In the run-up to the meeting, Trump has been antagonizing American allies while placating Russia's authoritarian President Vladimir Putin.

"Many countries in NATO, which we are expected to defend, are not only short of their current commitment of 2% (which is low), but are also delinquent for many years in payments that have not been made," Trump tweeted Tuesday. "Will they reimburse the U.S.?""

The tweet continued Trump's bizarre idea that NATO is some kind of protection racket, and that American military spending — which Trump has repeatedly advocated increasing — is some kind of charitable donation to American allies, rather than an assertion of U.S. power abroad.

Later, he attacked the European Union as a whole, using a wildly misleading trade deficit figure: "The European Union makes it impossible for our farmers and workers and companies to do business in Europe (U.S. has a $151 Billion trade deficit), and then they want us to happily defend them through NATO, and nicely pay for it. Just doesn’t work!"

But Tusk insisted that Trump should remember who his true allies are.

“America does not have and will not have a better ally than Europe today,” Tusk said. “Europeans spend on defense many times more than Russia and as much as China, and I think you can have no doubt, Mr. President, that this is an investment in common American and European defense and security, which cannot be said with confidence about Russian or Chinese spending.”

He added: “Mr. President, please remember about this tomorrow when we meet at the NATO summit. But above all, when you meet President Putin in Helsinki.”

 

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          'Bad for Europe, Good for Putin': Foreign Policy Expert Predicts Trump's Meeting with Allies Will Be Disastrous      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
'This meeting will go badly."

As President Donald Trump travels to meet with NATO allies in Europe, observers and experts in diplomacy expect fireworks.

Ian Bremmer, the head of the Eurasia Group, explained Tuesday on MSNBC that the summit might have had a chance at bolstering relationships with U.S. allies if Trump had sent Vice President Mike Pence to go in his place. But with the president in attendance, Bremmer argued, it's bound to end in animus, just like the recent G-7 meeting.

"This meeting will go badly," Bremmer told MSNBC's Katy Tur. While Trump seems hostile toward American allies, however, he seems positively enthusiastic to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

And right on cue, Trump tweeted an attack on American allies before Bremmer's MSNBC segment was over: "The European Union makes it impossible for our farmers and workers and companies to do business in Europe (U.S. has a $151 Billion trade deficit), and then they want us to happily defend them through NATO, and nicely pay for it. Just doesn’t work!"

Bremmer noted that the trade deficit Trump tweeted was a misleading attack on Europe because it only counts the trade in goods, not the trade in services where the U.S. is dominant.

The tweet from Trump only confirmed Bremmer's view of the summit: "Bad for Europe, good for Putin," he said.

Watch the clip below:

 

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          'Disaster for Internet Freedom': Trump Supreme Court Pick Kavanaugh Despises Net Neutrality and Loves Mass Surveillance      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Advocacy groups are warning about the 53-year-old judge's already-established record

In addition to the mountain of much-discussed reasons the American public should be alarmed by President Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh—from his anti-abortion views to his past opinions favoring the interests of big polluters—advocacy groups are warning that the 53-year-old judge's established record of hostility to net neutrality and support for mass surveillance shows that his confirmation would spell "disaster for internet freedom."

"Trump's SCOTUS pick Brett Kavanaugh is an enemy of net neutrality and has sided with big cable companies in the lower courts," noted Demand Progress on Twitter following Trump's official selection of Kavanaugh Monday night, citing his previous argument that net neutrality rules violate the free speech of internet service providers.

In an analysis of Kavanaugh's past opinions late Monday—which include his assertion that net neutrality rules are "unlawful and must be vacated"—Slate's April Glaser notes  how the record of Trump's pick for the court reveals a judge who is vastly more "sympathetic to the handful of companies that control the internet...than to the hundreds of millions of Americans who use it."

While the net neutrality protections established in 2015 were officially rolled back by FCC chair and former Verizon lawyer Ajit Pai last month, this telecom-backed move is facing a slew of legal challenges from advocacy groups and state attorneys general that could ultimately make it to the nation's highest court.

"If any of those cases do make it to the Supreme Court, Kavanaugh probably feels that net neutrality isn't something the federal government should take strides to preserve," Glaser writes.

While Kavanaugh's past rulings as a federal appeals court judge demonstrate his concern for the rights of giant corporations, they also lay bare his apparent contempt for the privacy rights of Americans.

As Politico reported ahead of his nomination, Kavanaugh "has a history of embracing warrantless surveillance and rejecting Fourth Amendment challenges to it."

In a concurring opinion in 2015, Kavanaugh argued that the National Security Agency's warrentless metadata collection program—which was exposed by whistleblower Edward Snowden in 2013—is "consistent with the Fourth Amendment" and insisted that "critical national security need outweighs the impact on privacy occasioned by this program."

Glaser of Slate argued that, if confirmed by the Senate, Kavanaugh will "cement a conservative majority that is likely to agree that the government should be allowed to make broad requests to access the data that companies collect on us without a warrant."

"Many of the major problems we have on the internet today—dragnet corporate and government surveillance, a handful of powerful companies that are allowed to control how we use the internet—could be deepened by a Supreme Court justice who could well be there for decades," Glaser concluded.

 

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          BENJAMIN FULFORD - "PRISÕES EM AGOSTO, ANÚNCIO SOBRE O 11/09 EM SETEMBRO E JUBILEU EM OUTUBRO?" - 09.07.2018      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   


Os mocinhos continuam vencendo a batalha secreta pelo planeta Terra em grande estilo, confirmam várias fontes. Do jeito que as coisas estão agora, haverá uma nova onda de prisões em massa em Agosto, a divulgação oficial do governo sobre o 11/09 em setembro e algum tipo de “grande anúncio econômico em Outubro”, afirmam fontes do Pentágono.

Nos bastidores, reuniões envolvendo os Cavaleiros de Malta, agentes russos do FSB, sociedades secretas asiáticas e outros, estão preparando o caminho para um anúncio econômico, que muito bem poderia ser um genuíno Jubileu acompanhado de um novo sistema financeiro, de acordo com fontes envolvidas nas negociações. Uma vez que as negociações estão em andamento, os detalhes ainda precisam ser discutidos, embora já exista um consenso geral, dizem as fontes.

A chave pode ser a iminente tomada da Suprema Corte pelo Presidente dos EUA, Donald Trump, que abriria caminho para julgamentos de crimes de guerra e o reconhecimento jurídico de um novo sistema financeiro. quando for convocado em Outubro, disseram fontes do Pentágono.

Nessa frente, a "batalha se intensifica, na medida em que a super elite de Trump deteve Brett Kavanaugh, agente de Bush e pode ter sucesso na nomeação de uma mulher ou de um indígena [nativo americano]", disseram as fontes.

A situação chegou ao ponto do New York Times realmente ter anunciado de táticas de “Poderoso Chefão” e rebelião armada, pelo fato de Trump e seus apoiadores estarem preparados para assumirem o controle da Suprema Corte.

https://www.breitbart.com/big-journalism/2018/07/07/new-york-times-calls-godfather-tactics-stop-trumps-scotus-nominee/

Não se surpreendam se em breve a polícia militar ocupar os oficiais desse jornal de traição, uma vez que eles tem de forma consistente e criminosa suprimido a verdade sobre o assassinato de 3.000 nova-iorquinos, em 11 de Setembro de 2001, movimento esse que já  estaria muito atrasado.

Também, temos o ex-secretário de Defesa dos Estados Unidos (e traidor) Leon Panetta, dizendo que os líderes europeus "estão morrendo de medo" de que as tropas americanas sejam retiradas da Europa.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/trump-us-troops-europe-leaders-scared-eu-panetta-germany-uk-france-baltic-a8437111.html?utm_source=reddit.com

Realmente, devem estar morrendo de medo, já que em sua maioria são criminosos de guerra que já deveria ter sido presos e possivelmente executados se os militares americanos não estivessem a protegê-los.

Agora, a imprensa corporativa, também, está seguindo este boletim informativo (lembre-se de que leram aqui primeiro), ao relatar que a OTAN/NATO e o sistema do pós-guerra estão em perigo mortal, quando temos a Bloomberg informando que a chanceler alemã Angela Merkel está decidida a "lutar pela sobrevivência das instituições globais pós-Segunda Guerra Mundial".

http://www.bakersfield.com/ap/national/merkel-warns-of-worldwide-financial-crisis/article_2dff7b52-12a8-5a67-86b0-e4b9324607aa.html

Também, temos a prostituta khazariana, o bardo da corte, o roqueiro irlandês Bono, alertando centenas de funcionários da ONU que as Nações Unidas, a União Européia, a OTAN e o Grupo dos Sete estão “sob ataque”.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/prime-minister-honors-87-irish-un-peacekeepers-died-175547438.html

Estão sob ataque, porque sua liderança  está conspirando para matar 90% da humanidade, e sua incompetência está levando à maior destruição da vida no planeta, desde que os dinossauros foram extintos, há 65 milhões de anos.

É claro que, como sempre, a máfia khazariana está tentando matar, mentir e subornar para permanecer no poder. Sua mais recente vítima foi o presidente do grupo chinês HNA, Wang Jian que, na semana passada, notícias afirmam que "caiu para a morte ao posar para uma foto na França".

https://www.rt.com/news/431745-hna-chairman-dead-france-wang-jian/

Fontes do Mossad dizem que "não foi um acidente" e que ele foi "afastado, porque estava prestes a testemunhar numa audiência fechada sobre as impropriedades ainda a serem reveladas do Deutsche Bank, possivelmente suficiente para liquidar com o banco. Em certos círculos, sabe-se que a rede  de Hotéis Hilton é um serviço global de lavagem de  dinheiro escuro e que  a família de Wang recebeu uma ordem de mordaça.

“Como sabem, o Deutsche Bank é um estabelecimento George H.W. Bush-Sherff Quarto Reich”, explicou uma fonte da CIA.

É provável que a morte de Wang esteja ligada à execução no Japão, na semana passada, do mandante do ataque com gás Sarin ao metrô de Tóquio e guru do culto Aum, Shoum Asahara e seis de seus principais tenentes, segundo fontes japonesas de extrema direita, próximas ao Imperador.

O governo escravo japonês de Shinzo Abe teme que as verdades sobre o ataque de gás ao metrô, bem como o o assassinato em massa, o evento nuclear e tsunami de Fukushima, sejam divulgados em breve, agora que a Coréia do Norte está cortando suas ligações com os mafiosos khazarianos, dizem as fontes. A execução da liderança da Aum os impede de que sejam questionados por terceiros sobre o que realmente aconteceu.

A conexão com o Deutsche Bank, provavelmente, teria a ver com a lavagem de dinheiro de drogas. Vários jornalistas japoneses foram assassinados depois de informar que o culto de Aum Shinrikyo - aquele do ataque ao metrô - estava vendendo anfetaminas norte-coreanas para gângsteres japoneses, como confirmam fontes do sindicato Yamaguchi Gumi. Além disso, todos os depoimentos e provas sobre o negócio de drogas ilegais, foram retirados do processo de julgamento relacionado à Aum, há décadas.

Esse escritor já foi abordado por um ex-escravo sexual relacionado com a Aum, que disse que a principal hierarquia do culto envolvida nos ataques de gás eram os gângsteres norte-coreanos e que acima deles havia "judeus do tipo Al Qaeda". Aum era a fachada da Igreja de Unificação do Reverendo Moon, que há muito trabalhou no negócio internacional de narcóticos e de armas com os nazistas sob o comando do Fuhrer Bush, disseram as fontes da direita japonesa.

Além disso, no dia do ataque com gás ao metrô, em 20 de Março de 1995, balões da Coréia do Norte carregando um “líquido não identificado” aterrissaram em todo o Japão, levando a mensagem de que esse ataque era “vingança pelo centésimo aniversário do assassinato da Imperatriz Myung Sung”. Myung Sung desejava estreitas relações com a Rússia, a fim de combater as tentativas japonesas de colonizar a Coréia e, por isso os japoneses a assassinaram e começaram a colonizar a Coréia. Também, vale a pena notar que o culto Aum possuía dezenas de milhares de seguidores russos.

Em geral, a situação é muito complicada e envolve muitas pessoas, muitas delas ainda no cargo que, somente, a criação de uma comissão da verdade pode ser a única maneira da opinião pública mundial descobrir o que realmente aconteceu.


Nessa frente, coreanos e japoneses devem notar que o recém-eleito presidente mexicano López Obrador, está contemplando a criação de comissões da verdade para resolver a guerra às drogas naquele país. Legalizar e regular as drogas, ao mesmo tempo em que oferece anistia aos chefões das drogas, seria um grande golpe para a máfia das drogas de Bush. O México, agora, é o mais recente dominó a cair, na medida em que a máfia khazariana perde o controle de país após país.

O próximo dominó a cair bem que poderia ser o Brasil. Lá, a governança cleptocrática do presidente Michel Temer está cambaleando sob o peso de uma greve de caminhoneiros de dez dias que está sendo apoiada agora pelos trabalhadores do petróleo. Por sua vez, os militares não seguiram ordens para acabar com a greve. A raiva pelo saque do Brasil em nome de mestres estrangeiros (erroneamente rotulado como “privatização”) é a principal razão para essa greve.

“A luta continua para retomada de poder da direita e reverter a liberalização econômica, abrindo as portas para a possibilidade de um tipo diferente de sociedade”, foi como Alistair Farrow, do Socialist Worker News, descreveu a situação.

https://socialistworker.co.uk/art/46690/Truckers+in+Brazil+show+the+power+of+workers+after+strikes+humiliate+Temer

Com a queda do regime criminoso brasileiro, a resistência khazariana remanescente seria o regime alemão de Angela Merkel, o regime escravo francês do presidente Emmanuel Macron, o regime escravo de Shinzo Abe no Japão e, claro, o arqui criminoso e nazista Benjamin Netanyahu, de Israel. Uma vez que eles sejam removidos, será o fim de jogo.

Nesta frente, precisamos lembrar aos leitores que, durante seus anos como empresário, toda vez que Donald Trump ia à falência, eram os Rothschilds que o resgatava. Na semana passada, um agente do Mossad enviou a seguinte mensagem ao escritor: “Diga ao seu amigo que ele está 100% correto com sua analogia de Trump com ‘A Família'. Eles o apoiaram, não apenas financeiramente, mas também abrindo portas difíceis, permitindo que ele se misturasse com as elites, desde os dias de Roy Cohn. 

Todavia, os agentes do Mossad não são todos maus. Dentro dele, existem aqueles que estão manobrando eventos em favor de Trump e ajudando-o a drenar o pântano. ”

Eles também enviaram a seguinte foto mostrando Trump em Teerã, no Irã, em 1979, onde ele planejava abrir um cassino, antes que a revolução iraniana interrompesse seus planos.

O que isto significa é que, enquanto a oligarquia khazariana foi dividida entre nazistas (“guerra ao terror” somado ao dinheiro das drogas) e os aquecedores globais (fraude do comércio de carbono), parece que uma terceira facção para “drenar o pântano” está emergindo. Teremos que esperar e ver se estes, realmente são "os mocinhos". Suas ações dirão.

Do jeito que as coisas estão agora, de acordo com fontes do Pentágono, “o sistema financeiro quântico, apoiado por ativos, está pronto, mas que, no entanto aguarda a cúpula de Trump-Putin, a redefinição global das moedas, prisões em massa e soluções geopolíticas”.

As fontes também estão dizendo que a quarentena no planeta Terra pode ser levantada e que, em breve, “a força espacial de Trump poderá ter uma guarda espacial para policiar as viagens espaciais civis”. Parece ótimo, todavia, só acredite quando puderem comprar uma passagem para outro planeta em sua agência de viagens local.

Numa nota final não relacionada, a seguinte notícia sobre aranhas voando “milhares de quilômetros usando eletricidade” chamou nossa atenção.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5918477/Electric-fields-atmosphere-secret-spiders-FLY-thousands-miles.html

Anos atrás, um pesquisador russo me disse que descobriram que os insetos usavam a antigravidade. É por isso que os zangões podem voar, embora a teoria aerodinâmica atual diga que eles não possam. Se os insetos podem usar a antigravidade, também, poderemos fazer isso. Mais uma vez, porém, só acredite quando você pode comprar um tapete voador ou uma scooter antigravidade em sua loja local.

Concluindo, tudo o que, com certeza, podemos dizer é que a humanidade está entrando em território desconhecido. 


Auxilie curtindo e compartilhando essa publicação no rodapé da postagem, para que ela possa alcançar cada vez mais Sementes! Gratidão! ❤

Autor: Benjamin Fulford 
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Tradução: Sementes das Estrelas / Candido Pedro Jorge
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  • The reality of Tesla's business is far more modest than the war over its stock price and market cap would suggest.
  • Tesla is ultimately a small car company operating in a small market for electric vehicles.
  • It's possible that business boredom is driving the up-and-down Tesla story.

In over a decade of covering both Tesla and the auto industry, I've never seen anything like the past 12 months. 

The feeding frenzy around Tesla has been unreal: Wall Street longs and shorts fighting it out; an intense focus on the 15-year-old company's ability to execute on the fundamentals of making cars; CEO Elon Musk flipping out on earnings call and taking to Twitter to engage in extended fracas with anybody and everybody.

At times like this, it's worth it to step back and consider some actual numbers. 

For example, Tesla delivered about 41,000 vehicles worldwide in the second quarter. I'm not even going to worry about whether they were Model S's, Model X's, or the much-vaunted and obsessively scrutinized Model 3. At this rate. Tesla should post a somewhat better year in 2018 than it did in 2017.

Tesla has also added about $200 million in revenue growth every quarter, although it shifts around; in the first quarter, the topline was $3.4 billion. There have rarely been quarterly profits, but the trendline is obvious and should continue to ascend until Tesla maxes out its existing production design (at its single assembly plant in California). If you build more cars and sell more cars, it follows that more money will flow in.

In the same period, an established automaker — General Motors — sold 760,000 vehicles in the US alone and globally brought in $36 billion in revenue. And that's just GM. The rest of the industry also moved a staggering amount of product and raked in billions in cash. 

One more data point: electric-vehicle sales increased by 50% in early 2018, bringing the EV share of the market up to a still thoroughly unimpressive 1.6%.

The numbers don't add up to what Tesla is worth

Tesla Detroit sales vs market cap

Now let's add it all up. Tesla's global sales in the second quarter were 5% of GM's sales in the US alone and a tiny fraction of overall US sales. Tesla had a nice quarter by its standards, but in the US it's moved only around 200,000 vehicles in a decade and a half (once it sells vehicle number 200,000 in the US, a $7,500 federal tax credit will begin to phase out).

On the revenue side, as long as Tesla continues to make more cars than it did in the previous quarter and sell them, it will continue to see revenue growth. The ceiling is limited only by sustainable demand for its vehicles and Tesla's production capacity.

And as far as market share goes, Tesla holds something like 30% of that quite small pie. 

You'll note that I haven't addressed the profit challenge or the cash-burn, the former being zero and the latter being in the billions. These are distractions for the more important numbers because they're givens: if you're selling 100,000 Model S and Model X luxury vehicles for an average price of $100,000, then you should be able to find a path to a margin above 10%. 

But if you aim to add something north of 200,000 in new annual production and charge less for those Model 3's, it's going to degrade the net margins and, in the short term and probably the medium term, consume billions in capital. If Toyota wanted to roll out a new affordable SUV and manufacture it at a new plant, it would be up against the same math.

OK, let's now consider Tesla's market capitalization: $53 billion. GM's is $55 billion. For what it's worth, Ferrari, which sells less than 10,000 cars a year, has a market cap of about $25 billion. If you follow my numbers, then you would logically conclude that Tesla's market cap is completely ridiculous: minuscule production plus tiny overall market doesn't compute. 

Cutting Tesla down to size

Tesla Model 3

Now for the really big BUT: revenues don't look bad at all. This is all very back-of-the-envelope, but Tesla could start to see some acceleration there and get $20 billion in the yearly take in its sights by 2019. The trick would then be to flip the massive losses to at least periodic profits, but the topline expansion could be achieved without spending a lot on additional factories. 

What we're left with is a company that, by this analysis, doesn't look to be in awful shape (although I also haven't deeply considered some balance-sheet issues, such as debt and the burdens of developing the solar and energy-storage businesses). But we're also left with a company whose stock price, although a delight for early investors, doesn't make any sense at all.

It does make sense if Tesla could somehow capture a titanic share of the existing car market. But Tesla just can't build enough vehicles to do that, and the market that it has captured a large share of could require decades to scale to a level at which EVs displace internal-combustion-powered cars. 

At root, the evident disconnect between Tesla's business, which is decent, and its stock valuation, which is silly, is simply a sign of the times. Since the financial crisis, too much easy money has been chasing too few market-beating returns. Tesla conveniently staged an IPO in 2010 and has ridden this wave. 

Bullish investors see Tesla as the next Apple (or perhaps even more) and bears think the company is a doomed quasi-Ponzi scheme that's headed for liquidation (oddly, the bankruptcy predictors never talk about Tesla going bust and then restructuring). But both camps are trapped in investor land and aren't really considering Tesla in terms of the right analogies. 

Tesla looks a lot like Saturn

Saturn Sedan

As a company, Tesla actually reminds me of Saturn, a GM division launched in the mid-1980s that sold cars via an innovative dealership channel. Saturn delivered between 200,000 and 300,000 vehicles annually from about 1993 until the years just before the GM bankruptcy.

GM's notorious, ill-fated, yet much-beloved electric car, the EV-1, was leased through Saturn stores. In the beginning, Saturn attracted a cheerfully cultlike following and minted loyal, happy owners who forged an identity not unlike what we now see among Tesla customers, minus the Musk factor.

Saturn also never made any money for GM. But for much of its existence, while it lost money it didn't lose anywhere near as mush as Tesla. Nobody ever scrupulously parsed Saturn production, either. The brand had its own factory in Tennessee and controlled between 1%-2% of US market share up until 2007.

For Tesla to live up to financial expectations, it needs to get much bigger than it now is, in terms of production and sales. This could happen if it achieves massive scale in China, where the auto market could conceivably double in size, from 20 million to 40 million in annual sales, by the middle of the century.

The rest of the world is dicier because in developed markets, sales growth is already tapped out — Tesla would have to displace numerous established players, a costly undertaking that would require even more capital spending than Tesla is already up against to expand its manufacturing capacity. 

Never say never, but I don't think this is going to happen. So somewhere between absolute failure and taking over the world, we have the Tesla reality. A small carmaker, a small market, but with the kind of historic access to capital that's created a highly fraught, financial reality-distortion field. (Musk's new pay package, more than the elevated stock price, is Exhibit A: it proposes a market cap of $650 billion, making Tesla eventually more valuable than the Detroit Big Three, Toyota, and Volkswagen combined, by a wide margin.)

Tesla madness

tesla fremont factory

So there: I've lightly crunched some numbers and offered an automotive history lesson. It wasn't necessary to muster spectacular industry flame outs, such as Preston Tucker or John DeLorean. So why the Tesla feeding frenzy? 

A big part of it is that no new car company has come along in decades, so nobody knows what's the wild, wild early days look like (although back to Saturn, which was pretty low drama by contrast). But business boredom is also a factor. The auto industry is doing great, with record sales and profits. The banking system is stable. The giants of Silicon Valley are more giant than ever. Unemployment is low. Corporations just got a huge tax cut. Tesla is the only crazy thing in this landscape, the equivalent of the Trump story in politics. 

For most people these days, automakers are also black boxes. Folks buy and lease cars all the time, but unlike with older generations, they don't much interact with vehicles outside of driving them (cars aren't designed to be tinkered with in the ways they once were, either — car companies would almost rather than owners avoid getting under the hood).

I won't say we're beset with manufacturing illiteracy because that would be too extreme, but as the car business has become more technologically advanced, a broader understanding of how the industry works has eroded. And this has happened at the same time that Tesla arrived on the scene. That, in turn, has distorted expectations for the company because being a new player and going from zero cars built to over 100,000 every year is incredibly difficult. 

Basically, nearly everybody who has tried to do what Tesla is doing has failed. So it's understandable that the debate and discussion around the company has become unreal. Tesla's ongoing existence, to put it bluntly, defies reality. 

But that isn't an excuse for allowing Tesla to become a subject of fantasy or baseless speculation. There is actually a middle ground, and that's where Tesla should rightly be.

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  • The debate over rebates tearing apart Wall Street has gotten even more heated. 
  • In a new letter, NYSE is blasting IEX's accusations that it is misleading listed companies. 


Just when we thought the war tearing apart Wall Street couldn't get any more heated, it just did.

The New York Stock Exchange has submitted a brutal letter to the US Securities and Exchange Commission, responding to accusations made by IEX in its own comment letter about a pilot that would shake up US stock trading.

The so-called transaction fee pilot would ban exchanges in certain instances from using rebates, which are incentives to lure traders to their venues. Upstart exchange IEX has long-called for the elimination of rebates, but most recently it blasted rival NYSE for calling on its listed companies to urge the SEC to pump the brakes on the pilot.

IEX criticized NYSE's actions, noting that many of NYSE's listed companies have shareholders that publicly support the pilot. IEX says this is tantamount to NYSE urging listed companies to act against the interest of shareholders. Notably, a string of large asset managers and pension firms from Fidelity to the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan have sided with IEX on the pilot. 

"We believe that issuers and investors should be able to trust that exchanges will deal with them in an honest and transparent way, especially on matters of market structure," IEX said. 

Now, NYSE has responded. And the exchange venue didn't mince its words, starting off with a frank criticism of IEX, which was granted approval by regulators to operate as an exchange in 2016. 

"By any objective measure, IEX has failed to have a meaningful impact as an exchange," NYSE said in a letter dated July 10. "So how does it try to cling to relevance when its high-cost, low-volume business model is jeopardized? By blaming others and disparaging NYSE’s name to attract attention."

As for whether NYSE is acting against the interest of its listed companies, the exchange operator said IEX's claims were "untrue and offensive."

NYSE said, "Most issues have two or more sides, and reasonable people can disagree. NYSE Group understands that many professional investment managers strongly dislike maker-taker pricing."

The letter reaffirmed the NYSE's position that the pilot would widen-spreads, which would adversely impact investors. 

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  • President Donald Trump's administration is nearing the release of a list of $200 billion worth of Chinese exports to the US that could be subject to a new 10% tariffs.
  • The release of the list would trigger the official process to implement the new tariffs.
  • A tariff on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods would be a massive escalation of Trump's trade war with China.

President Donald Trump is nearing the release of another gargantuan round of tariffs on China according to a new report, kicking a burgeoning trade war into high gear.

According to Bloomberg, the Trump administration is set to release a list of Chinese exports to the US worth around $200 billion that could be subject to a new 10% tariff in the coming months. Trump first threatened the round of tariffs last month.

According to Bloomberg, the new list of goods could come as soon as Tuesday and will likely be released by the end of the week.

The tariffs would come in addition to Trump's 25% tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods, tariffs on the first $34 billion worth of goods went into place on Friday. The second round, which will apply to around $16 billion worth of Chinese goods, is set to be imposed in the coming weeks. That second round will be derived from a list already released by the US Trade Representative.

The newest list's release would trigger the formal process to implement the tariffs. The next step would be a comment period, during which businesses and consumers can raise issues with the inclusion of certain goods on the list.

If Trump goes through with his latest threat, roughly half of all Chinese imports to the US would be subject to increased duties.

In addition, Trump said that if the Chinese decided to counter the tariffs on $200 billion worth of goods, a fourth round of restrictions would hit another $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. In the event all threats are realized, Trump would have hit just over 80% of all Chinese exports to the US with tariffs.

The release of the $200 billion list would likely shift the trade conflict with Chia into an all-out trade war.

So far, Chinese officials have not backed off their promises to retaliate to any Trump tariff move. On Friday, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce said Trump started the "largest trade war in economic history."

Economists warn that the back-and-forth tariffs will increase costs for consumers and discourage investment by businesses into new hiring and equipment. These decisions in turn will slow down the US economy.

Following the release of the news, futures for all three major US stock indexes tumbled into negative territory.

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  • Morgan Stanley analysts think Wall Street is still underestimating how much Facebook can grow.
  • In a research note, analysts at the investment bank set the stock a new price target of $215.
  • It's an abrupt turnaround from just a few months ago, when Facebook's share price was getting pummeled in the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. And it may be largely due to Instagram.

 

Facebook's reputation has been battered by the Cambridge Analytica scandal, but Facebook's business is humming. One big reason: Instagram. 

The photo-sharing app is turning into an increasingly important money-maker for Facebook.

According to the estimates of  Morgan Stanley analyst Brian Nowak, Instagram will account for 36% of Facebook total ad revenue growth in the second quarter. In a research note published on Tuesday, Nowak reckons that ads on Instagram will bring in $3.8 billion in revenue in Q2, and as much as $4.5 billion in Q4. 

That's especially important as Facebook's flagship social media service continues to experience a slowdown in the growth of its "ad load" — the number of ads that Facebook inserts into the newsfeed. 

The ad load slowdown within Facebook is very deliberate; the company is wary of turning consumers off by barraging them with too many ads. Luckily, Facebook has Instagram and its relatively un-monetized fields of content to pick up the slack. 

 

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And whatever reputational damage Facebook's brand may be suffering, Instagram is more popular than ever with consumers.  The service recently crossed the 1 billion user milestone, and Morgan Stanley notes that the app's active user growth "inflected" in Q2, as Instagram added 750,000 users per day. 

The upshot: The investment bank is pegging its price target for Facebook's stock, which is currently floating around $203, at $215 — and suggests in a best-case scenario it could go as high as $245.

"We believe the Street is still underestimating FB's ability to grow even as ad load slows," Nowak writes. 

Facebook doesn't (yet) break out financial results for Instagram, so it's tough to know precisely how big of a contributor it is. But we'll get a sense about how it's doing by assessing the results of Facebook's overall business when it reports its Q2 earnings on July 25. 

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FILE PHOTO: Traders react at the closing bell on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, (NYSE)  in New York, U.S., November 30, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo

Stocks inched higher Tuesday, with the Dow Jones industrial average gaining for a fourth straight session, as markets brushed off mounting trade tensions and eyed the start of earnings season. The dollar and Treasury yields rose. 

Here is the scoreboard:

Dow Jones industrial average: 24,918.58 +141.99 (+0.57%)

S&P 500: 2,793.51 +9.34 (+0.34%)

  1. In a win for US corporations, President Donald Trump tapped Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the open Supreme Court seat left by retiring Justice Anthony KennedyKavanaugh's record suggests he'll bring pro-business views to the high court. The nomination still has to be confirmed by the Senate, which could be an uphill battle.
  2. Americans are quitting their jobs at a rate not seen in 17 years. The jobs quits rate rose to 2.4% in May, the Labor Department said, another sign of a tightening US labor market. 
  3. The trade fight between the US and China shows no signs of letting up. In the most recent blow between the world's largest economies, China's commerce ministry said it would hit some US optical fiber products with tariffs of up to 78.2%
  4. Tesla is planning to build a plant in China, which the company said it expects to produce 500,000 cars a year. Shares rallied after Tesla announced it had signed an agreement on the deal with Shanghai's municipal government. 

And a look at the upcoming economic calendar:

  • NATO leaders meet for an annual summit in Brussels. 
  • US inflation readings are out.
  • The Allen & Co. Sun Valley conference continues.

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          A Pfizer executive explains why she sees a group of 90,000 people as the most important stakeholders in the drugmaker      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Sally Susman

  • Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer employs 90,000 people, a group Pfizer executive vice president of corporate affairs Sally Susman sees as the most important stakeholder in the company.
  • To support employees, Pfizer matches charitable donations and sends its employees out on fellowships around the globe.
  • When Puerto Rico was hit by hurricanes last fall, Pfizer gave a generator to each of its employees located on the island.
  • This article is part of Business Insider's ongoing series on Better Capitalism.

Sally Susman, the executive vice president of corporate affairs at Pfizer, wants employers to do better by their employees.

When it comes to major drugmakers like Pfizer, there are a lot of stakeholders to keep happy. There are shareholders who have invested in the company, there are the patients who use Pfizer's products, and there's the global community holding it accountable. And there's also the 90,000 people Pfizer employs around the world.

"The shareholders are important, sure, but so too are a lot of other groups and to me none more important than the 90,000 people that work for Pfizer," Susman told Business Insider.

In her role at Pfizer, Susman oversees communications and government relations and vice-chairs the Pfizer Foundation. The way she sees it, society has a big opportunity to tap into employees, because they want to find purpose in the work they're doing day-to-day. She said that's especially the case at a pharmaceutical industry because of the company-wide imperative to develop new medications. 

"Society has a big opportunity. The question is will they rise to the opportunity?" she said.

Through her work at the Pfizer Foundation, Susman has the chance to tap into that purpose, by matching employees' charitable donations through the foundation's funding. Last year, Pfizer contributed $34 million to 12,000 organizations through its matching program. 

Pfizer is also in its 15th year of sending employees out for six or 12-month stints to work as global health fellows. Through the program, Pfizer employees are matched up to non-governmental organizations where they can contribute the skills they've been using within Pfizer in a different setting. For example, a finance employee might help people in a village in Cambodia set up record-keeping for vaccines, or a manufacturing employee might help set up a supply shed in Ethiopia.

"They're just lit up," Susman said, of visiting some of the Pfizer fellows on the job. 

In moments of crisis as well, Pfizer looks to support its employees.  As part of the company's response to storms in Puerto Rico in 2017 and the resulting power outages, Pfizer provided each employee on the island with a power generator.

"We wanted to establish a feeling of family," Susman said.

The reputations of drugmakers have taken a hit over the past few years as the public and politicians called out the industry for high prescription drug prices. On Monday, President Donald Trump singled out Pfizer for raising the list prices on some of its prescriptions.

That doesn't deter Susman, who spent much of her career in other industries before joining Pfizer in 2007, from staying focused.

"We do our best to explain ourselves and to try to inform people as to what it is we're doing, but at the end of the day, we look ourselves in the mirror and we decide what it is we're actually going to do," Susman said. "I think it's one of the things that bonds us colleague to colleague in the company."

SEE ALSO: 'Waiting for its Uber moment': America's biggest companies are shaking up the healthcare system

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          An unintended consequence of Trump's trade war is coming for one of the industries that will be hit hardest, and it could give him a big win      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

soybean farmer

  • US soybean farmers are expected to be a major loser in President Donald Trump's trade war with China.
  • US soybean exports surged over the past two months because of distortions from Trump's trade battles with China.
  • This is likely to boost US second-quarter gross domestic product, helping to give Trump a big public-relations win on the economy. 

US soybean farmers are expected to get whacked by President Donald Trump's trade war with China, but not before helping hand the president a potentially significant economic victory.

While many farmers and experts expect the industry to take a significant hit because of the trade war, dramatic changes in soybean shipments ahead of the tariffs could help lift upcoming US gross-domestic-product numbers, giving Trump a big economic talking point.

Soybeans were hit with a new tariff by the Chinese government last week as part of the retaliation for Trump's tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods. The decision to apply duties to soybeans was a big one — the crop is the largest US agricultural export, and China was the destination for $14.2 billion worth of US soybeans in 2016.

But the move was a long time coming. China threatened to impose restrictions on soybeans as far back as March. This gave US soybean farmers an opportunity to rush the product out of the country before the trade war kicked off in earnest, but it also seriously shifted trade patterns for the crop.

According to The Wall Street Journal, China began to shift its purchases away from US farmers and toward Brazilian soybeans in the spring. With China soaking up much of the Brazilian supply, other countries like Egypt, Thailand, and the Netherlands increased their purchases of US soybeans. This led to a surge in US exports, but also a steep drop in shipments to China that increased longer-term concerns.

But for 2018's second quarter, the outlook for soybean farmers is solid. Based on data from Ian Shepherdson, the chief economist at Pantheon Macroeconomics, soybean exports will clock their two best months since mid-2016 in May and June.

In turn, the soybean mad dash is likely to provide a huge boost to second-quarter US GDP, Shepherdson said.

"Weekly data show that soybean exports rose again in June, but we're then expecting to see a steep fall in July," Shepherdson wrote in a note to clients. "In the second quarter, though, we estimate that soybean exports will contribute some 0.6 percentage points to GDP growth, at an annualized rate."

The Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank's GDP Now, a tracker used to predict quarterly GDP, predicts second-quarter GDP will hit 3.8% annualized growth.

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The sudden uptick in soybean exports mirrors the surge during the summer of 2016, when crop yields from South America — the typical soybean suppliers over those months — fell well short of expectations and allowed US farmers to step in. That quarter, the boosted trade component, mostly due to the soybean surge, added 0.83 percentage points to GDP.

Trump has long set a target of 3% to 4% annual GDP growth for his administration. The soybean exports should provide a boost for one quarter, but the Trump administration hasn't been shy about pointing to single-quarter data to show that the country is meeting Trump's goals.

A boost would come amid significant price pressure for soybean farmers. Soybean futures contracts have fallen to their lowest level since 2009, leaving many farmers scrambling.

And the soybean support in second-quarter GDP data may not last long, according to Shepherdson, who said the economic boost from soybean exports "probably will reverse in full in the third quarter."

The first estimate for third-quarter GDP is scheduled for release on October 26, 11 days before the 2018 midterm elections.

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          After Trump taps textualist Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court, the confirmation fight ahead and potential impact on midterm elections      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Vice President Mike Pence pose for photographs before a meeting in McConnell's office in the U.S. Capitol July 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. U.S.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Vice President Mike Pence pose for photographs before a meeting in McConnell's office in the U.S. Capitol July 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. U.S. ; Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

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President Trump has nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court to fill the vacancy left by retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.

If confirmed, Trump's choice would solidify the high court's conservative majority and continue the president's push to shift the federal bench to the right.

Trump announced his choice with a prime-time address from the White House East Room. Since 2006, Kavanaugh has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, often called the nation's second most powerful court. He was appointed to that post by President George W. Bush, after serving as Bush's White House staff secretary.

Kavanaugh graduated from Yale Law School and clerked for Kennedy in the mid-1990s. Kavanaugh later worked with independent counsel Kenneth Starr during the investigation of President Bill Clinton.

With files from the Assocated Pres

Guests:

Richard Re, associate professor of law at UCLA who clerked for Brett Kavanaugh on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit from 2008-2009 

Margaret Russell, associate professor of Law at Santa Clara University

Adam White, Hoover Institution and director of the Center for the Study of the Administrative State at George Mason University; he is also on the executive committee of the Federalist Society’s Administrative Law Practice Group; he tweets @adamjwhitedc

Julie Nice, professor of law at the University of San Francisco, where her areas of expertise include constitutional law  

Amanda Hollis-Brusky, professor of politics at Pomona College and author of “Ideas with Consequences: The Federalist Society and The Conservative Counterrevolution” (Oxford University Press, 2015)

Jody Armour, professor of law at USC

John Eastman, constitutional law professor at Chapman University; senior fellow at the think tank The Claremont Institute

Ilya Shapiro, senior fellow in constitutional studies at Cato Institute and editor-in-chief of the Cato Supreme Court Review; he tweets @ishapiro

William P. Marshall, professor of law at the University of North Carolina, specializing in federal courts, presidential power and judicial selection matters; former deputy White House counsel and deputy assistant to President Clinton

This content is from Southern California Public Radio. View the original story at SCPR.org.


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— Honey (@blograffiti) 2018年7月10日 - 08:10

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          Did The U.S. Threaten Ecuador Over A Breastfeeding Resolution?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
U.S. officials made threats to Ecuador in an attempt to water down a resolution in support of breastfeeding, according to a report in The New York Times . The news report has garnered strong reaction from the U.S. government. President Trump tweeted that it is a "Fake News story" that "must be called out." A State Department official told NPR that "media reports suggesting the United States threatened a partner nation related to a World Health Assembly resolution are false." The tension over the breastfeeding resolution came to a head in Geneva in May, when the decision-making body of the World Health Organization held its annual meeting for government officials and other stakeholders to discuss a range of health policy issues. The Times story, from reporter Andrew Jacobs, details how what was initially thought to be a noncontroversial resolution, aimed at promoting breastfeeding, allegedly resulted in the U.S. making threats to cut trade and withdraw some military aid from Ecuador.
          Washington Reacts As Trump Nominates Brett Kavanaugh To Supreme Court      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          If High Court Reverses Roe v. Wade, 22 States Likely To Ban Abortion      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
What would the U.S. look like without Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case that legalized abortion nationwide? That's the question now that President Trump has chosen conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. Reversing the landmark case would not automatically make abortion illegal across the country. Instead, it would return the decision about abortion legality to the states, where a patchwork of laws already in place render abortion more or less available, largely depending on individual states' political leanings. "We think there are 22 states likely to ban abortion without Roe " because of a combination of factors including existing laws and regulations on the books and the positions of the governors and state legislatures, says Amy Myrick , staff attorney at the Center for Reproductive Rights, which represents abortion-rights advocates in court. "The threat level is very high now," Myrick says. Kavanaugh never opined on Roe
          'No One Wants To Look Like Trump's Poodle': NATO Allies Gear Up For Brussels Summit      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
President Trump arrives in Brussels Tuesday for a summit at NATO, the latest pillar of the international order left wobbling by his adversarial approach to allies. With his escalating complaints that the United States contributes more than its fair share to defense, and vague threats to countries that do not spend more, Trump is diluting the alliance's appearance of unity, say diplomats and analysts. And, the prospect of a less-than-committed U.S. has thrown some of Europe's military weaknesses into plain view. The main idea behind the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, formed in 1949 in the first frost of the Cold War, is that an attack against one member state is considered an attack on the entire bloc, which should respond with actions. The alliance invoked that concept after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the U.S. and deploys international forces alongside U.S. troops in Afghanistan and other parts of the world. But Trump has called into question whether the U.S. should continue
          Judge Rejects Trump Administration's Bid To Detain Migrant Children Indefinitely      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
When President Trump signed the executive order last month that ended the separation of migrant families, he effectively swapped one controversial practice for another — in this case, the indefinite detention of whole families. And the questions weren't long in coming from some observers, who pointed out that the order appeared to violate a 1997 legal settlement that has been interpreted as barring such indefinite detentions. At the signing last month, Trump acknowledged the likely legal battles on the horizon: "There may be some litigation," he conceded, instructing Attorney General Jeff Sessions to request modifications to that settlement. Now, events in court are bearing out those predictions of legal trouble. On Monday, U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee rejected the request for "limited relief" from the settlement, often known as the Flores agreement , that served as the basis for a 2015 court order preventing the federal detention of migrant children for more than 20 days. The
          Why President Trump Hates Canadian Dairy — And Canada Insists On Protecting It      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
President Trump has railed against Canada for taking advantage of the U.S. when it comes to trade. A particular point of criticism is the dairy industry. Canada slaps steep tariffs on imports of milk, cheese and butter from the U.S., something Trump has called a "disgrace." Trump may not like it, but those tariffs are part of a politically sensitive, decades-old policy to protect Canada's dairy farmers. The system is called "supply management" and it sets production quotas for the country's dairy, poultry products and eggs. Murray Sherk, the owner of the family-run Pinehill Dairy in Plattsville, Ontario, says supply management helps keep prices stable, gives farmers a steady income and has succeeded in avoiding a milk surplus in Canada. "The stability of our system is of great benefit to not only farmers, but also all kinds of other businesses," he says — like restaurants and trucking. But other countries, including the U.S., see the system as protectionist, in large part because of
          Trump Pardons Ranchers Dwight And Steven Hammond Over 2012 Arson Conviction      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Updated at 12:05 p.m. ET President Trump signed full pardons on Tuesday for Oregon cattle ranchers Dwight Hammond Jr. and son Steven Hammond, whose long-running dispute with the federal government ended with prison sentences for arson — and later inspired the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation. In its statement announcing the pardon, the White House said, "The Hammonds are devoted family men, respected contributors to their local community, and have widespread support from their neighbors, local law enforcement, and farmers and ranchers across the West." It added: "Dwight Hammond is now 76 years old and has served approximately three years in prison. Steven Hammond is 49 and has served approximately four years in prison. They have also paid $400,000 to the United States to settle a related civil suit." As for when the pair might be freed from federal prison, that event seems imminent: Larry Matasar, a Portland, Ore., attorney who represents the Hammonds, tells NPR that he
          Does Scott Pruitt's Slow Ouster Mean Ethics Laws Are Getting Weaker?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
By the time Scott Pruitt resigned, his conduct as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency had become the subject of 12 to 18 investigations, audits and inquiries. It's hard to know the precise number, as only some of the cases are public, but Pruitt may have set some kind of ethics-in-government record. Ethics advocates are asking how he stayed long enough to trigger that many probes. "I think we really do have a dysfunctional ethics system," Washington ethics lawyer Larry Noble told NPR. He said Pruitt was enabled by President Trump, who is committed to reining in the EPA but cares little about ethics. None of the cases involve Pruitt's policy decisions, which aim to halt or reverse many EPA programs. Rather, the problems lie in allegations that over many months, he misused federal funds and federal employees, had undisclosed and improper contacts with lobbyists, and retaliated against whistleblowers. Noble said Trump has mostly ignored the federal ethics system, which
          Judge puts blame on Trump, Congress for immigration crisis      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The Trump administration's effort to detain migrant families together for long terms collided with a formidable obstacle in a Los Angeles judge

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          Trump, allies set for face-off during first day of NATO      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
US President Donald Trump appeared ready to maintain his sparring stance ahead of his first day of NATO meetings and the traditional "family photo" op, appearing to taunt European Union allies just as he touched down Tuesday.

          Donald Trump is in for the trolling of a lifetime      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The sky-borne baby orange blimp flying over London will be only the start as my countrymates train their famous sense of irreverent satire on the American President, writes Rob Crilly. There will be no escape.

          Nancy Pelosi doesn't sound like she's going anywhere      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
If House Democrats can claw back a majority this fall, their first order of business -- before launching the expected raft of probes into the Trump administration -- will be to vote in a replacement for Speaker Paul Ryan.

          Australian dollar smacked as Trump readies $200bn tariffs for China      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Via Bloomie: President Donald Trump is preparing to release a list of an additional $200 billion in Chinese products to be hit with tariffs, according to two people familiar with the matter. The list could be released as soon as Tuesday, and likely this week, according to the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity

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          Tài xế lâu năm kiện tập đoàn Trump không trả đủ lương      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Ông Trump trên một chiếc limousine ở New York năm 2015.  Ảnh: Reuters Noel Cintron, 59 tuổi, cho biết Trump Organization đã không trả ông tiền lương làm thêm 3.300 giờ trong 6 năm và tăng lương cho ông không đáng kể trong 12 năm qua, Reuters hôm nay đưa tin. Số tiền Cintron đòi bồi thường có thể […]
          Kavanaugh’s views on presidential powers could be flashpoint      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s past writings that a president should not be distracted by lawsuits and investigations could become a flashpoint in what’s already shaping up to be a contentious confirmation battle. With special counsel Robert Mueller investigating whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice, questions about whether a chief executive can […]
          How China Could Hurt US Once It Ran Out of Imports to Tax      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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In his trade war with China, President Donald Trump wields one seeming advantage: The United States could ultimately slap tariffs on more than $500 billion in imported Chinese goods.
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          Trump's Economic Gamble: Solid Job Gains vs. Risky Trade War      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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From the safety of a resilient U.S. economy, President Donald Trump lit the fuse Friday on a high-risk trade war with China.
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Josh Boak, AP Economics
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          EPA's New Boss Unlikely to Change Trump Environmental Policy      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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Different administrator, same policies.
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          The Opiate Of The Idiots      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
That’s fame. The turning point was reality television, most specifically “The Real World,” suddenly you could be famous for nothing. You could trump up your personality, argue, and the edgier you were, the more attention you gained, can you say PUCK? Concomitant with this was the era of the afternoon talk show. Where the more […]
          Trump nominates David Hale to be under secretary of state for political affairs      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

President Donald Trump on Tuesday nominated David Hale, currently the U.S. ambassador to Pakistan, to be under secretary of state for political affairs, the White House said. Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Leslie Adler...

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          How Much Do the NATO Members Spend on National Defense?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
How Much Do the NATO Members Spend on National Defense? Josh Marshall provides a nice discussion of the difference between how NATO is funded versus how much each of its members spends on national defense, which begins with: As we move toward the NATO Summit and the Putin-Trump summit, I thought it made sense to review […]
          With Kavanaugh’s Nomination, Trump Again Privileges Conservative Christians      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Progressive Christians fear that a right-tilting Supreme Court could cause slow progress on ensuring equality for all.
          Only Around Half Of 'Tender Age' Children Will Be Reunited With Parents By Deadline      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: The U.S. government says it needs more time to reunite about 100 of the youngest migrant children it separated from their parents at the southern border. These are the so-called tender-age children under the age of 5. They were taken to youth shelters across the country while their parents were detained. Only about half of them will be reunited by tomorrow's court-imposed deadline. John Burnett is on the line with us from Austin. Hi, John. JOHN BURNETT, BYLINE: Hey, Ari. SHAPIRO: So a federal judge in California ordered the Trump administration to reunify these families by tomorrow. The government says it won't happen. What's the latest? BURNETT: Well, a Justice Department lawyer, Sarah Fabian, said the government would be able to reunify at least 54 of these 100 very small kids by tomorrow's deadline and maybe as many as 59. What's slowing them down is they haven't been able to find some of the parents. Some have already been
          Manafort asks judge to rescind order moving him to Alexandria      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The former Trump campaign chairman had complained that his jailing in Northern Neck, Virginia was too far from his D.C.-area lawyers

          Glenn Greenwald: USA betrachten Russland als Feind, vergleichbar mit Al-Kaida (Video)      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Preview Gegenüber RT spricht der durch den Snowden-Skandal bekannt gewordene Journalist Glenn Greenwald über die antirussische Hysterie in den USA, über die Unterschiede zwischen Obama und Trump sowie über den Wandel, der das linke und rechte Spektrum erfasst habe.
          After North Korea's swipe, Pompeo must focus on pace and structure if nuclear talks are to succeed      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Now that he has gotten a bitter taste of diplomatic reality in North Korea, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo must focus on the pace and structure of proposed talks if the Trump administration is to make progress toward nuclear disarmament on the Korean peninsula, analysts say.

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          Here are 5 Things to Know about Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

President Donald Trump has announced his nominee to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Here is what you should know about the latest nominee for associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States: Brett Kavanaugh, including his religion and Christian faith.

Photo: U.S. Circuit Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh looks on as U.S. President Donald Trump introduces him as his nominee to the United States Supreme Court during an event in the East Room of the White House July 9, 2018 in Washington, DC. Pending confirmation by the U.S. Senate, Judge Kavanaugh would succeed Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, 81, who is retiring after 30 years of service on the high court.

Photo courtesy: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images


          Comment on Knicks Morning News (2018.07.10) by Cock Jowles, #1 Purveyor of Wanton Chuckery      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
<blockquote>I don’t know, I guess this evidence that Trump colluded with “the Russians” to fix an election will come out any day now. </blockquote> Wow, hell of an indictment of the Mueller investigation. I guess since it didn't wrap up in 2 months, nothing has been found. No collusion!!!!
          Comment on Knicks Morning News (2018.07.10) by 2FOR18, understands math      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
I don't know, I guess this evidence that Trump colluded with "the Russians" to fix an election will come out any day now. It looks to me that Mueller has given up on the Russian thing and is now going after Trump over his finances. If that works and Trump gets impeached then you have Pres Pence so congrats. The only election that was proven to be fixed was Hillary's win over the poor old crazy commie. Hillary even hired the head of the DNC after she was canned for Christ's sake.
          EU’s Donald Tusk Warns Trump To Appreciate America’s Allies      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Donald Tusk

BBC reported Tuesday that European Council President Donald Tusk advised President Trump to appreciate the European allies of The United States.

Mr. Tusk tweeted at the U.S. President early Tuesday morning, warning, “US doesn’t have and won’t have a better ally than European Union. We spend on defense much more than Russia and as much as China. I hope you have no doubt this is an investment in our security, which cannot be said with confidence about Russian & Chinese spending.”

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          Putin talks will be easiest of my meetings, says Trump as he begins Europe trip      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The US president said he ‘can’t say right now’ if Mr Putin is a friend or foe, but called him a ‘competitor’.
          Spojené státy vyhrožovaly Ekvádoru, aby stáhl rezoluci o výhodách kojení      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Zdánlivě nevinná rezoluce o prospěšnosti mateřského mléka způsobila podle amerického deníku The New York Times poprask na jarní schůzi Světové zdravotnické organizace v Ženevě. Text, který předložila delegace z Ekvádoru, se totiž nelíbil Spojeným státům. „Pokud rezoluci nepředěláte, přestaneme vám posílat zbraně,“ vyslechli si údajně Ekvádorci.
          Gérant de boutique - Calvin Klein - Calvin Klein - Québec City, QC      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          Associé aux ventes - CALVIN KLEIN - Calvin Klein - Québec City, QC      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          Assistant gérant - CALVIN KLEIN - Calvin Klein - Québec City, QC      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          Assistant(e) gérant(e) - CALVIN KLEIN - Calvin Klein - Mirabel, QC      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          Associé aux ventes - Calvin Klein - Calvin Klein - Montréal, QC      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          Assistant Store Manager - Calvin Klein - Calvin Klein - Ottawa, ON      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          U.S. Ambassador To NATO Discusses President Trump And The Alliance      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          President Trump Pardons Oregon Ranchers Convicted In 2012 Arson Case      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          Did The U.S. Threaten Ecuador Over A Breastfeeding Resolution?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
U.S. officials made threats to Ecuador in an attempt to water down a resolution in support of breastfeeding, according to a report in The New York Times . The news report has garnered strong reaction from the U.S. government. President Trump tweeted that it is a "Fake News story" that "must be called out." A State Department official told NPR that "media reports suggesting the United States threatened a partner nation related to a World Health Assembly resolution are false." The tension over the breastfeeding resolution came to a head in Geneva in May, when the decision-making body of the World Health Organization held its annual meeting for government officials and other stakeholders to discuss a range of health policy issues. The Times story, from reporter Andrew Jacobs, details how what was initially thought to be a noncontroversial resolution, aimed at promoting breastfeeding, allegedly resulted in the U.S. making threats to cut trade and withdraw some military aid from Ecuador.
          Head Of EU Council Issues A Warning As President Trump Criticizes NATO      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          Lead Cashier Associate - Calvin Klein - Calvin Klein - North York, ON      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          If High Court Reverses Roe v. Wade, 22 States Likely To Ban Abortion      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
What would the U.S. look like without Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case that legalized abortion nationwide? That's the question now that President Trump has chosen conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. Reversing the landmark case would not automatically make abortion illegal across the country. Instead, it would return the decision about abortion legality to the states, where a patchwork of laws already in place render abortion more or less available, largely depending on individual states' political leanings. "We think there are 22 states likely to ban abortion without Roe " because of a combination of factors including existing laws and regulations on the books and the positions of the governors and state legislatures, says Amy Myrick , staff attorney at the Center for Reproductive Rights, which represents abortion-rights advocates in court. "The threat level is very high now," Myrick says. Kavanaugh never opined on Roe
          Visita de Trump recoloca 'American Idiot' entre mais ouvidas no Reino Unido      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A visita do presidente dos EUA, Donald Trump, ao Reino Unido nesta semana recolocou a banda americana Green Day, que teve seu auge nos anos 1990 e 2000, de volta às listas das músicas mais ouvidas pelos britânicos. Leia mais (07/10/2018 - 17h49)
          Trump takes off for Europe facing game-changing summits with NATO, Putin      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump left the White House Tuesday morning— with the First Lady in tow— for one of the most important trips of his presidency so far. He was jetting off to Europe for the NATO Summit in Brussels, a stop-over in the UK, and then off to Finland for a face-to-face summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. “Frankly, Putin may be the easiest of them all. Who would think?” the president quipped to reporters on the White […]
           WP: n timp ce Trump i critică pe aliaţii NATO pe tema cheltuielilor pentru apărare, planificatorii militari sunt ngrijoraţi de obsesia lui pentru cele 2 procente      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Preşedintele Trump se îndreaptă spre summitul NATO care va avea loc miercuri la Bruxelles, având un punct de discuţii crucial: aliaţii trebuie să-şi onoreze angajamentele privind cheltuielile pentru apărare. În acelaşi timp, voci din toate zonele NATO se întreabă dacă focalizarea unică a lui Trump asupra acestei ţinte nu face mai mult rău decât bine alianţei, potrivit Washington Post, citat de Rador.
          NFL players union files grievance over anthem policy      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

NEW YORK – The NFL Players Association filed a grievance with the league on Tuesday challenging its national anthem policy.

The union says that the new policy, which the league imposed without consultation with the NFLPA, is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement and infringes on players’ rights. The filing met a statute of limitations deadline and will be heard by an independent arbitrator, an NFLPA spokesman said.

In May, the NFL approved its national anthem policy at its owners meetings in Atlanta. The policy allows players to protest during the national anthem by staying in the locker room, but forbids them from sitting or taking a knee if they’re on the field or the sidelines.

Teams will be subject to fines if players don’t comply and will have the option of punishing players.

When the league announced the policy, Commissioner Roger Goodell called it a compromise aimed at putting the focus back on football after a tumultuous year in which television ratings dipped nearly 10 percent; some blamed the protests for such a drop. The union said at that time that it would file a grievance against any change in the collective bargaining agreement.

The union said Tuesday it has proposed having its executive committee talking to the NFL instead of proceeding with litigation. The union said the NFL has agreed to those discussions.

The NFL declined to comment about the union’s action.

In 2016, then-49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick began protesting police brutality and social injustice by kneeling during the national anthem, and the demonstration spread to other players and teams. It became one of the most controversial and sensitive issues in the NFL, with players saying their messages last year were being misconstrued, while others – including President Donald Trump – called them unpatriotic. Trump even said NFL owners should fire any player who refused to stand during the anthem.

Following those comments, more than 200 players protested during the anthem that weekend before the number of protesters dwindled as the season progressed.

“We’re here for a bigger platform,” Raiders tight end Jared Cook said during the spring. “We’re not just athletes. We’re people that live this. It’s people in our neighborhood, it’s people that we grew up with, it’s people that we know who are actually living through these circumstances. So when we speak on it, it’s not like we’re just speaking out of the side of our neck. It’s things that actually touch home and things that we can actually relate to.

“All I have to say is, I just think it’s sad that it’s veered from something that stood for good and the whole narrative has changed into something that’s negative when that was not what it was initially about in the first place.”

The NFL started requiring players to be on the field for the anthem in 2009 – the year it signed a marketing deal with the military.

“We want people to be respectful of the national anthem. We want people to stand,” Goodell said at the May meetings, when he dismissed concerns about the lack of union involvement by contending the league met with countless players over the past year.

“We’ve been very sensitive on making sure that we give players choices,” the commissioner added, “but we do believe that moment is an important moment and one that we are going to focus on.”

The league and the Players Coalition have been working in tandem on efforts to support player initiatives in the community and for a variety of social issues. The NFL is committing $90 million over the next seven years to social justice causes in a three-segment plan that involves league players.


          Ranchers Whose Case Inspired 2016 Occupation Receive Pardons      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has pardoned two ranchers whose case sparked the armed occupation of a national wildlife refuge in Oreg...
          Do trade wars really put America first?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
President Trump has placed retaliatory tariffs on the U.S.’s closest allies. His justification for this policy is national security and the protection of America’s businesses. But history has shown us that trade wars don’t put America first.

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          Who is Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s Supreme Court nominee?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
President Donald Trump on Monday nominated 53-year-old Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s seat on the Supreme Court, a pick that could establish a solid conservative majority in the court for years to come.

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          7/10/2018: WORLD: Trump picks Kavanaugh for Supreme Court      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
WASHINGTON • After days of frenzied lobbying and speculation, President Donald Trump decided on federal appeals Judge Brett Kavanaugh for his second nominee to the Supreme Court, setting up a ferocious confirmation battle with Democrats as he seeks to...
          7/10/2018: WORLD: U.S. WILL MISS REUNION DEADLINE: ACLU      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

SAN DIEGO The American Civil Liberties Union said it appears the Trump administration will miss a courtordered deadline to reunite young children who were separated at the border with their parents in more than half of the cases. The ACLU said late...
          7/10/2018: SPORTS: TRUMP AT WIMBLEDON? MAYBE      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Serena Williams and John Isner expressed different levels of enthusiasm over a hypothetical visit to Wimbledon by President Donald Trump. On Monday, Williams and Isner advanced to the Wimbledon quarter-finals, leaving them as the only American singles...
          Trump odkryl další pokrytectví sluníčkářů. OSN se podobá mafii. Měla by se zrušit      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
USA udělaly první krok. Měly by udělat i další, a to vystoupit z OSN jako celku a po nich by to měly udělat další země. OSN se totiž stává zájmovou organizací určitých států ne nepodobnou americké Cosa Nostra. Jenom s tím rozdílem, že americká mafie působila proti zákonům a společenským normám, tedy ilegálně, tak OSN si pravidla tvoří legálně. Mnohdy za potlesku těch, kteří OSN sponzorují a po kterých OSN vyžaduje „výpalné“, v moderním slangu, finanční pomoc.
          After North Korea's swipe, Pompeo must focus on pace and structure if nuclear talks are to succeed      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Now that he has gotten a bitter taste of diplomatic reality in North Korea, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo must focus on the pace and structure of proposed talks if the Trump administration is to make progress toward nuclear disarmament on the Korean peninsula, analysts say.

Pompeo’s third...


          Here’s What the Key Senators Think About Brett Kavanaugh Right Now      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Senators who could cast the deciding votes on the fate of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh gave little indication of where their heads were on the matter on Tuesday, hours after President Donald Trump announced his nomination. Kavanaugh, a conservative federal judge who previously served in the administration of George W. Bush, has been tapped…
          Europe Worries as President Trump Heads to NATO Summit      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
President Donald Trump is the wild card heading into this week’s NATO summit, as allies worry about his priorities for the meeting, leadership style and upcoming sit-down with Vladimir Putin on the heels of a rocky G7 summit with some of the same countries last month. While there’s much on the agenda for the meeting…
          Judge refuses to unseal ex-Playboy model’s suit against Trump fundraiser      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

A state judge rejected a request Tuesday by the Los Angeles Times and seven other news organizations that he unseal a lawsuit a former Playboy model filed against one of President Trump’s top fundraisers.

Shera Bechard, who was Playmate of the Month in November 2010, sued Republican fundraiser...


          El gobierno de Trump parece retroceder en la política de "tolerancia cero"      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

La administración Trump pareció el martes alejarse significativamente de su política migratoria de "tolerancia cero" cuando acudió a un proceso de reunificación de familias para cumplir una orden judicial, y aseguro que se liberará a las familias y que se les colocara un monitor en el tobillo,...


          7/10/2018: FEATURES: ACES ON BRIDGE      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
“Fairy tales are more than true — not because they tell us dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten.” — Neil Gaiman In today’s deal, the Three Little Pigs were all declarers in three notrump on broadly similar auctions, but with...
          Ahead Of U.K. Visit, Trump Made The Subject Of 'American Idiot' Campaign      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The U.K. has made something of a sport out of sending cheeky songs to the top of its pop charts. Now, ahead of his visit to the country, President Trump is the butt of one of those jokes.
          The Price of A Hyundai in Iran      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
President Trump recently announced strict economic sanctions in Iran. Today on the show, we talked to a young Iranian man about what it's like to live in the Iranian economy right now.
          U.S. Ambassador To NATO Discusses President Trump And The Alliance      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Kay Bailey Hutchison, the U.S. ambassador to NATO, about the upcoming NATO summit and President Trump's commitment to the alliance.
          President Trump Pardons Oregon Ranchers Convicted In 2012 Arson Case      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
President Trump signed full pardons on Tuesday for Oregon ranchers Dwight Hammond Jr. and his son, Steven, whose imprisonment inspired an anti-government takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
          Putin talks will be easiest of my meetings, says Trump as he begins Europe trip      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The US president said he ‘can’t say right now’ if Mr Putin is a friend or foe, but called him a ‘competitor’.
          Comment on Birth Control by dhlii      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
This is from the libertarian vindicator - which is NOT a pro Trump site. It is specifically on Trade. Mostly it is a evaluation of an interveiw by Kudlow. It is a pretty good reflection of why I am on the fence about Trump and Trade. I am absolutely four square opposed to Tarrifs and Trade Barriers. Which Trump often gets behind. Kudlow, could be lying - I highly doubt that he has a decades long reputation as a free trader, or he could be being duped by Trump, So is the goal really absolutely free trade ? And are Trump's offensive tactics going to accomplish that ? I do not know. To those in the anti-Trump crowd. Trade could completely blow up in Trump's face. I do not like the game he is playing. But I can not cast final judgement, because we are not at the end, we may not be at the end of the begining/ https://libertarianvindicator.com/2018/06/29/is-totally-free-trade-on-the-horizon/
          Comment on Birth Control by dhlii      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The odds of the senate flipping are near zero. Trump would have to be caught in bed with Putin and there would have to be pictures. Republicans have zero spare votes right now. McCain is unlikely to return - and is doing the country a disservice by not resigning because of his health. Maybe Republicans can pick up a red state democrat. Regardless, Kavanaugh is going to be a significant election issue. Republicans are far more likely to be motivated by a SCOTUS nominee than Democrats. There is conflicting polling information coming out. Purportedly since 2016 Republicans have gained 10 points among millenials - currently the largest voting cohort. 17 points among white male millenials who are not majority republican. Trumps support among blacks and hispanics has risen 10 pts in each group. Those things can not easily be concurrently true with the polling supporting a blue wave. As I understand it overall Trump support is higher than on election day 2016. But "enthusiasm" is much higher among democrats - hence the blue wave. In otherwords if democrats vote in large numbers as predicted, and republicans don't there will be a blue wave. While if either of those is not true there will not. Scott is leading Nelson in FL. Currently Republicans are losing in AZ - but the primary is not over. Heller is a tiny bit behind in CO. Manchin is up in WV Baldwin is up in WI Cramer is beating Hietkamp in ND Brown is up in OH Braun us up in IA McKascil is up in MO But almost all these are in the margin of error.
          Comment on Birth Control by dhlii      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Are we recycling ? this is old news. It was written before Trump secured the nomination.
          Comment on Birth Control by dhlii      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
You are not free unless you are free to make choices that others do not like. I do not see how this is the business of government, the UN or WHO. If you are a women with an infant - make your own choice. This battle has been going on for decades. One of the things loons forget is there is not a one size fits all best answer. Formula did not appear from thin air and women do not buy it rather than breast feed because women are stupid - or is that what you think ? This is more of the "Oh My God the Russian's flipped the election" garbage. You seem to think that advertising is magical. There is a truism in advertising - people do not buy something they do not want. You can get them to buy sooner. You can get them to buy your product rather than another, you can maybe get them to bump from not quite wanting your product enough to buy to wanting it enough to buy. But you can not get somebody to buy something they do not want. You can not get voters who do not want Trump to vote for him - no matter how many social media adds you run. You can not get women to buy formula unless they actually want it. You and these scientists claim that breast milk is better - by what criteria ? Clearly not that of the mother's who are buying formula. Rather than trying to pretend that there is some absolute criteria that is the same for all that produces a single answer, maybe you should consider that women are buying formula because they have determined that for them it is the best choice - possibly because they have factored in reasons that WHO has not. Like convenience - as just one possibility. Regardless, if formula producers are actually lying about their products - that is fraud, The women who are deceived can sue. Beyond that why is this your business ? If you are a women breast feeding an infant - then you get to choose for yourself I am pretty sure you are not.
          How the Trump tariffs are affecting US homebuyers      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Trump administration’s trade policy is putting greater strains on an already inventory-starved real estate market and driving up home prices, according to a trio of real estate economists.
          Yorum: Sıkı durun! Trump geliyor      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
DW editörlerinden Bernd Riegert, ABD Başkanı Donald Trump’ın NATO zirvesine katılması ile ilgili yorumunda, NATO’nun beklentisinin İttifak’ın en önemli üyesinin “fazla zarar vermemesi” olduğunu belirtiyor.
          What You Can Do About Trump’s Escalating Lies      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
As the political season heats up, Trump is ramping up his lies through his three amplifiers: Fox...
          Trump pardon of Oregon ranchers sparks concern, jubilation      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          The US is using an expanded fingerprint database to review the citizenship of thousands of Americans      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Revoking someone’s US citizenship is rare. But the Trump administration is making it a priority to investigate thousands of records of naturalized citizens in order to find fraudulent cases.
          U.S. Ambassador To NATO Discusses President Trump And The Alliance      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Kay Bailey Hutchison, the U.S. ambassador to NATO, about the upcoming NATO summit and President Trump's commitment to the alliance.
          President Trump Pardons Oregon Ranchers Convicted In 2012 Arson Case      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
President Trump signed full pardons on Tuesday for Oregon ranchers Dwight Hammond Jr. and his son, Steven, whose imprisonment inspired an anti-government takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
          Senate Democrats Have Few Options To Stop Confirmation Of Supreme Court Nominee      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
President Trump and his Republican allies sound confident about the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, but Democrats have moved quickly to object to his nomination.
          Head Of EU Council Issues A Warning As President Trump Criticizes NATO      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
President Trump arrives in Brussels Tuesday for the NATO summit amid tensions with European allies. Trump has continually pressed allies to pay more for their national defense.
          Trump’s Devastating Trade War Weapons      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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Trump holds all the ace cards when it comes to trade war with China – and the globalists cannot stop him...

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          Trump says solution to family separation crisis is for immigrants not to come into US illegally      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the solution to the current crisis of thousands of undocumented children being separated from their parents at the border is for them to not come into the country illegally.

          Hear emotional calls from parents separated from their kids      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
As a result of the Trump administration's zero tolerance policy, some parents have been separated from their kids for more than 30 days. Parents are forced to comfort their frightened children over the phone.

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The British government is in crisis, the Prime Minister losing ministers on what feels like a daily basis and the country riven by arguments about how -- or even whether -- to leave the European Union.

          A Look At Some Of The Most Likely Picks To Replace Justice Anthony Kennedy      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: The White House says tonight at 9 p.m. Eastern, President Trump will introduce the world to the person he wants to serve a lifetime appointment on the Supreme Court. Democrats and Republicans have mobilized for a fight that will cost millions of dollars and perhaps impact the midterm elections in November. Whoever replaces retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy will likely influence the court for decades. NPR's Nina Totenberg has covered the confirmation fight for every current Supreme Court justice, and she is here with us to discuss the latest. Hi, Nina. NINA TOTENBERG, BYLINE: Hello, Ari. SHAPIRO: So what's going to happen tonight? TOTENBERG: I haven't really a clue. SHAPIRO: (Laughter). TOTENBERG: And I am astonished that even top people very closely connected to this process both inside the administration and outside the administration do not appear to know. I mean, I'm sure somebody knows. A couple of them know because they have
          The EPA Is Hiding Proof That a Widely Used Chemical [Formaldehyde] Causes Leukemia: Report      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Trump appointees are (reportedly) refusing to release a blockbuster EPA report — because industry lobbyists asked them not to. By Eric Levitz. Continue reading… More great content like this @ Science & Space Front Page or you can Request Invite
          Trump Picks Conservative Judge For Supreme Court Opening      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          Brett Kavanaugh Supported Broad Leeway For Presidents Under Investigation      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Over a dozen years as a judge on the federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., Brett Kavanaugh has weighed in on controversial cases involving guns, abortion, health care and religious liberty. But after Kavanaugh emerged on President Trump's shortlist for the Supreme Court, a suggestion the judge made in a 2009 law review article swiftly took center stage: "Provide sitting presidents with a temporary deferral of civil suits and of criminal prosecutions and investigations," Kavanaugh proposed. The judge emphasized that no one is above the law, but he pointed out that the Constitution already provides a solution if there's a scoundrel in the White House. "If the president does something dastardly, the impeachment process is available," he wrote. That matters now — especially to Democrats mulling whether to oppose Kavanaugh's nomination to the highest court in the nation — because Trump is facing a special counsel probe into Russian election interference in 2016 and whether anyone in
          Medical Clinics That Treat Refugees Help Determine The Case For Asylum      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Dr. Nick Nelson walks through busy Highland Hospital in Oakland, Calif., to a sixth-floor exam room, where he sees patients from around the world who say they have fled torture and violence. Nelson, who practices internal medicine, is the medical director of the Highland Human Rights Clinic , part of the Alameda County health system. A few times each week, he and his team conduct medical evaluations of people who are seeking asylum in the United States. The doctors listen to the patients' stories. They search for signs of trauma. They scrutinize injuries, including electrocution scars, bullet wounds and unset broken bones. As the Trump administration looks to reduce the number of applicants for asylum, citing loopholes and fraudulent claims, this clinic — and others like it in San Diego, Los Angeles, New York and Chicago — seeks evidence that can help determine whether someone should gain asylum in the U.S. The Highland clinic opened in 2001 as a place for asylum-seekers and refugees
          Trump To Meet With NATO Allies In Brussels      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          Meeting With Kennedy Helped Trump Make His Pick      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The White House had floated a list of four finalists, but multiple stories Tuesday suggest that President Trump's pick of Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court was a...
          Trump begnadigt Viehzüchter - Auslöser für bewaffnete Besetzung      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
US-Präsident Donald Trump hat zwei wegen Brandstiftung verurteilte Viehzüchter begnadigt. Ihre Inhaftierung führte einst zur bewaffneten Besetzung eines Nationalparks.
          Trump bringt "Rückerstattung" von US-Ausgaben ins Spiel      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Eigentlich wollen die Bündnispartner auf ihrem Nato-Gipfel Stärke und Geschlossenheit demonstrieren. Neue Trump-Äußerungen deuten aber das Gegenteil an.
          Putin talks will be easiest of my meetings, says Trump as he begins Europe trip      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The US president said he ‘can’t say right now’ if Mr Putin is a friend or foe, but called him a ‘competitor’.
          [Top Hats and Champagne (uploads) on YouTube] Trump to remove race-based university admissions, many REEEEEEEEEEEEE's were had.      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          From one constitutional crisis to the next, it’s all the left has      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Remember just a few short weeks ago, when the left declared a constitutional — or humanitarian, or immigration power of the president or Trump is, of course, evil — crisis on our border that had to be foremost after the last crisis in Washington, D.C.? Well, I don’t recall the one before, either. But I […]
          President Trump Pardons Cattle Ranchers Dwight and Steven Hammond      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
President Donald Trump granted executive clemency on Tuesday to multi-generation cattle ranchers Dwight Lincoln Hammond Jr. and son, Steven Hammond.
          Brits Launch Campaign to Make Anti-Bush Song #1 to Spite Trump      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
British anti-Trump activists launched a campaign to push Green Day's hit 2004 rock song "American Idiot" to the top of the charts, despite the fact that the song was inspired by former president George W. Bush and the Iraq War.
          Trump: ‘Total Disgrace’ Strzok and Page Getting Testimony Cold Feet      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
President Donald Trump slammed Peter Strzok and Lisa Page from aboard Air Force One Tuesday, calling it a “total disgrace” that they may not testify this week as expected.
          EKONOMIKA: Trumpova válka s čínským drakem      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Donald Trump stiskl své velké obchodní tlačítko a odpálil salvu cel na čínské zboží. Vybrané výrobky z Číny, kterých se ročně doveze do Spojených států za 34 miliard dolarů, zasáhl 25procentním celním tarifem. Čína útok vzápětí opětovala ve stejném rozsahu.
          Trump ve más fácil entenderse con Putin antes de una tensa cumbre de la OTAN      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
REUTERS El presidente estadounidense, Donald Trump, aumentó este martes la presión sobre los miembros de la OTAN al considerar que es más fácil entenderse con el principal enemigo de la Alianza, el líder ruso Vladimir Putin, la víspera de una cumbre de los aliados. AFP “Francamente, Putin puede ser el más fácil de todos. ¿Quién […]
          U.S. Ambassador To NATO Discusses President Trump And The Alliance      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Kay Bailey Hutchison, the U.S. ambassador to NATO, about the upcoming NATO summit and President Trump's commitment to the alliance.
          President Trump Pardons Oregon Ranchers Convicted In 2012 Arson Case      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
President Trump signed full pardons on Tuesday for Oregon ranchers Dwight Hammond Jr. and his son, Steven, whose imprisonment inspired an anti-government takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
          Senate Democrats Have Few Options To Stop Confirmation Of Supreme Court Nominee      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
President Trump and his Republican allies sound confident about the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, but Democrats have moved quickly to object to his nomination.
          Head Of EU Council Issues A Warning As President Trump Criticizes NATO      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
President Trump arrives in Brussels Tuesday for the NATO summit amid tensions with European allies. Trump has continually pressed allies to pay more for their national defense.
          Comment on It’s Justice Kavanaugh by H      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
JoeFour: you can go way back further, Eisenhower realized that appointing Warren was a big mistake, reputedly his biggest, Nixon was bad as well, and Ford's only appointment was John Paul Stevens. <i>Normal</i> Republican Presidents have perhaps a 50/50 record in Supreme Court appointments ... but Trump is anything but a normal Republican President.
          Cât pierde România din suprataxele lui Trump la oțel și aluminiu      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Cele mai afectate ar fi exporturile de oțel, potrivit oficialilor din industria metalurgică.
          „Doamna de Fier” a SUA îi spune lui Trump să nu cadă în capcana lui Putin: „Este foarte inteligent și foarte disciplinat”      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Fostul secretar de stat al SUA Madeleine Albright şi alţi 15 foşti miniştri de externe din întreaga lume i-au cerut preşedintelui american Donald Trump să-şi consolideze "relaţia pe cale de deteriorare" cu aliaţii occidentali.
          Trump, dat în judecată de propriul său șofer. Ce salariu avea acesta, deși președintele SUA e milionar în dolari      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Șoferul lui Donald Trump îl dă în judecată pe președintele american și îl acuză pe acesta că, în cei 25 de ani de când lucrează pentru el, acesta nu i-a plătit orele suplimentare. El susține că Trump îi datorează aproximativ 200.000 de euro pentru munca depusă, scrie The Telegraph.
          Trump, allies set for face-off during first day of NATO - CNN      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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Trump, allies set for face-off during first day of NATO
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Brussels (CNN) US President Donald Trump appeared ready to maintain his sparring stance ahead of his first day of NATO meetings and the traditional "family photo" op, appearing to taunt European Union allies just as he touched down Tuesday.
Help, Vladimir! The Europeans are killing us!Washington Post
Russia appears to be building up its military bases near a weak point in the NATO allianceBusiness Insider
Europe Worries as President Trump Heads to NATO SummitTIME
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          TRUMP CONFÍA QUE KIM JONG-UN CUMPLIRÁ CON LA DESNUCLEARIZACIÓN      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Trump confía en que Kim Jong-un honrará el compromiso de desnuclearización Kim y Trump durante su histórica cumbre. (EFE) Agencias | Washington | 9 de Julio de 2018 El presidente de EEUU, Donald Trump, expresó este lunes su "confianza" http://angelicamorabeals.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default Go to article
          Stocks have rallied since China trade war officially began as investors bet it won't escalate further - CNBC      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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Stocks have rallied since China trade war officially began as investors bet it won't escalate further
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One of the stock market's worst fears has been a trade war, yet U.S. large cap stocks have tagged on nearly 3 percent in the five sessions just before and after Friday's trade actions, where the U.S. and China each slapped tariffs on $34 billion in ...
The Finance 202: Stock market shrugs off Trump's trade warWashington Post
Trump is about to kick the trade war with China into high gearBusiness Insider
US Poised to Publish $200 Billion China Tariff ListBloomberg
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          Thousands set to protest Trump's visit to London, but he may not see them - USA TODAY      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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LONDON — The U.S. Embassy in Britain issued a warning Tuesday for Americans in London to keep a low profile in case protests planned this week against President Donald Trump's visit turn violent. The embassy noted that numerous demonstrations will ...
'Trump Baby': Meet the Mind Behind the Inflatable Infant Set to Greet Trump on London TripNewsweek
US embassy in London warns Americans: 'Keep a low profile' during Trump visitSFGate
Americans in UK warned to keep 'low profile' during Trump visitRaw Story
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          European trip puts Melania Trump back on the world stage - CNN      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

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Brussels, Belgium (CNN) The first couple departed the White House for a week in Europe early Tuesday morning, walking hand in hand across the South Lawn to Marine One. "Well, it's going to be an interesting time," President Donald Trump told reporters ...

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          Donald Trump llegó a Bruselas para participar de una cumbre de la OTAN marcada por el debate sobre el financiamiento de la alianza      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
El mandatario estadounidense inicia su gira europea, en la que también visitará Inglaterra, Escocia y se reunirá con Vladimir Putin en Finlandia
          SD Chamber: Trump Killing Biz Confidence and Investment      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce used to holler bloody murder about all the uncertainty über-rational President Barack Obama supposedly introduced into the marketplace. Their far more unpredictable demon child Donald Trump has introduced far more real uncertainty into the domestic and global economy, but the U.S. Chamber seems to have butt-dialed Mute on its remote: […]
          El congresista republicano por la Florida Ron DeSanti insiste en la urgencia de llevar ante la Justicia a Raúl Castro      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
El pasado 20 de junio, pidió a la Administración Trump en el Congreso el encausamiento del dictador cubano por el asesinato de los cuatro pilotos de Hermanos al Rescate
          Morning Minute: Trump Is Saving His Butt      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh is Donald Trump’s pick for Supreme Court. He’s a conservative but, more interestingly, he has previously said that he’s totally against convicting a sitting president. Chris Paul says this move was to save his own butt, because he definitely needs to be convicted. READ MORE STORIES ON BLACKAMERICAWEB.COM: SIGN UP FOR […]
          Dow Jones, Apple, Boeing, Tesla Slip; Trump Readies $200 Billion China Tariffs List      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          Trump pardons ranchers in case that inspired 2016 occupation      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Dwight and Steven Hammond were convicted in 2012 of intentionally and maliciously setting fires on public lands.
          Wild West Days Over For Tech Giants      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
By Bryan Rich June 26, 5:00 pm EST While the media continues to be stuck on the global jawboning about trade. We’ve been talking about the continued domestic “leveling of the playing field.” We’ve seen the verbal and Twitter shots taken by Trump at the tech giants since he’s been in office.  And the threats have slowly […]
          Trump is ALSO focused on domestic ‘leveling of the playing field’      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
By Bryan Rich June 25, 5:00 pm EST Last Thursday we talked about the important Supreme Court ruling, which would subject internet sales to state tax.  As I said, this was another “level the playing field” step for the Trump administration.  And another shot across the bow of the tech giants — the near monopolies that […]
          OPEC Won’t Fold To Trump Threats      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
By Bryan Rich June 22, 5:00 pm EST We’ve talked about the big OPEC decision this week, and the prospects for oil prices. When we get a market that thinks they know the outcome, we get a market that begins leaning too hard in one direction.  And that creates an market outcome that can be asymmetric (i.e. lopsided).  That’s […]
          Die Angst vor dem Eklat      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Heute reist Donald Trump zum Nato-Gipfel in Brüssel an. Die Bündnispartner befürchten, dass er ihnen die Leviten lesen und die austarierte Schlusserklärung boykottieren wird.
          Otan : Trump bouscule ses alliés avant un sommet qui s'annonce tendu      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Le president americain a estime que sa rencontre avec Vladimir Poutine, le 16 juillet, pourrait etre plus facile que le sommet de l'Otan a Bruxelles.
          Trump nominerer Brett Kavanaugh til Højesteret      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
53-årige Brett Kavanaugh er natten til tirsdag blevet nomineret til den ledige plads i USA's Højesteret.
          US to impose new tariffs on additional $200B worth of Chinese imports, official says      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The Trump administration has begun the process of imposing $200 billion in new tariffs on imported Chinese goods, senior administration officials told Fox Business Network Tuesday.
          Kavanaugh      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Click here to view original web page at mrdilettante.blogspot.comBrett Kavanaugh is a good pick for the Supreme Court. I would have personally preferred Amy Coney Barrett, but at this moment a guy like Kavanaugh, with a gold-plated resume and a substantial history on the D.C. Court of Appeals, is the smarter choice. If President Trump has more Republican senators next time, and I suspect he will have as many as three more bites of this apple, he can go with someone like Barrett. Kavanaugh is the wise pick this time for a simple reason -- his record and his history, especially working for Justice Elena Kagan, makes it obvious that Democratic Party opposition is strictly about partisanship and not about principle, hardly a surprising observation to regular readers of this feature but others might learn something. It also puts a number of incumbent Dem senators in the box; do you […]
          Trump SCOTUS pick: Brett Kavanaugh      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Click here to view original web page at bradley1969.blogspot.comPresident Donald Trump made it official Monday evening by selecting a potential replacement for retiring U.S. Supreme Court justice Anthony Kennedy. President Trump on Monday selected Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, a politically connected member of Washington’s conservative legal establishment, to fill Justice Anthony M. Kennedy’s seat on the Supreme Court, setting up an epic confirmation battle and potentially cementing the court’s rightward tilt for a generation. The nomination of Judge Kavanaugh, 53, a federal appeals court judge, former aide to President George W. Bush and onetime investigator of President Bill Clinton, was not a huge surprise, given his conservative record, elite credentials and deep ties among the Republican legal groups that have advanced conservatives for the federal bench. Given that Kavanaugh was rumored to be on a short list of the three most likely nominees, leftist groups no doubt had panicked prepared […]
          Donald Trump visit: Police officers from West Mercia will help keep US president safe      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
POLICE officers from West Mercia will be in London to help police the visit of the US president.
          Chad Griffin participates in UnidosUS conference forum      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

ABOVE: Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin on July 9, 2018, was among those who took part in a forum at UnidosUS’ annual conference that focused on civil rights during the Trump administration. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key) Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin participated in a forum on civil rights under the Trump administration that took […]

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          U.S. Ambassador To NATO Discusses President Trump And The Alliance      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Kay Bailey Hutchison, the U.S. ambassador to NATO, about the upcoming NATO summit and President Trump's commitment to the alliance.
          President Trump Pardons Oregon Ranchers Convicted In 2012 Arson Case      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
President Trump signed full pardons on Tuesday for Oregon ranchers Dwight Hammond Jr. and his son, Steven, whose imprisonment inspired an anti-government takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
          Senate Democrats Have Few Options To Stop Confirmation Of Supreme Court Nominee      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
President Trump and his Republican allies sound confident about the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, but Democrats have moved quickly to object to his nomination.
          Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh: Trump’s Get Out Of Jail Card      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Trump is using Brett Kavanaugh to get out of jail. Kavanaugh is on record in saying a sitting President cannot be indicted. Trump is under FBI investigation for obstruction of justice. No Supreme Court nominee should be confirmed until the Russia … Continue reading
          Head Of EU Council Issues A Warning As President Trump Criticizes NATO      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
President Trump arrives in Brussels Tuesday for the NATO summit amid tensions with European allies. Trump has continually pressed allies to pay more for their national defense.
          The Latest: Ratings down for Trump’s 2nd Supreme Court pick      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh (all times local): 5:30 p.m. An estimated 25.6 million people watched President Trump announce that Brett Kavanaugh will be his second Supreme Court nominee. That’s down from the 32.4 million people who saw Trump’s similar prime-time announcement of Neil Gorsuch’s nomination last year, the [&hellip
          Judge who denied Trump policy known for immigration rulings      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Trump administration’s effort to detain migrant families together for long terms collided with a formidable obstacle in a Los Angeles judge. Federal Judge Dolly Gee ruled against the administration’s efforts Monday to modify a settlement in which she previously decided that immigrant children should be released as quickly as possible [&hellip
          Kavanaugh: A brilliant nomination      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
With his second conservative nomination to the Supreme Court, President Trump has already exceeded Ronald Reagan. Brett Kavanaugh is stellar on immigration and sovereignty, the life issue and the Second Amendment. Trump made this look easy, but liberals did everything they could to dissuade him from selecting Brett Kavanaugh to fill the vacancy left by […]
          Trump goes full establishment with Kavanaugh      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
(NBC News) — BRUSSELS — Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court affirms a peculiar streak in President Donald Trump’s approach to the judiciary: He’s not so anti-establishment when it comes to the nation’s highest court. Typically, Trump creates and courts crisis — such as launching trade wars with U.S. allies and rescinding protections for […]
          Donald Trump says Britain is in ‘turmoil’ ahead of his visit this week      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Theresa May said she is 'looking forward' to the visit - but Trump might meet up with Boris Johnson.
          I hate to say it, but Trump is right about Canada’s military spending      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Canada is a welsher state. (Hold your outrage, that adjective has nothing to do with the Welsh.) I am speaking specifically about this country’s financial contribution to NATO, the international alliance formed after World War II, constructed around the principle of collective defence. Article 5 of the establishing charter declares that “an attack on one is an attack on all.” Originally and for four decades the thrust of NATO’s raison d’être was deterring Soviet aggression. With the end of the Cold War, NATO shifted toward helping former Soviet-bloc countries embrace democracy and the market economy. But now it’s come full...
          Letter: Trump deserves our thanks for prospect of Korean peace      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
It has taken almost 70 years to heal the breach in the Koreas and the threat it represents. But Donald Trump has succeeded where all the others presidents have failed. Strong sanctions laid the groundwork, but a prospect for peace is almost entirely due to the personal vision of President Trump. Trump’s triumph comes from skilled negotiation. In effect Trump gave North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a choice of isolation and poverty or denuclearization and prosperity. Trump has shown the North Korean leader the economic advantage of ending his isolation. Trump has introduced him to the global world of...
          Dems mull whether Warren is the one to take on Trump      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Can Elizabeth Warren win back blue-collar Democrats from President Trump in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania? It’s a question many Democrats are pondering as Warren — one of the leading contenders for her party’s presidential nomination, if she chooses to run in 2020 — goes back and forth with the president over immigration and other issues. Warren (D-Mass.) has shown an ability to rally and excite progressives, she’s a proven fundraiser and she has policy bona fides from her work in the Senate. Yet there are creeping doubts among some Democrats that she’s the best candidate to take on Trump. Some...
          The Numbers Are In, And It’s Looking Pretty Bad For Senate Dems In November      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Democrats are in for an uphill battle in November’s midterm elections as they struggle to overtake the GOP-led Senate, according to an Axios and SurveyMonkey poll of key states released Tuesday. Although Democrats only need to pick up two seats to gain the majority in the Senate, they are struggling to control 10 states already held by Democratic senators. These states are now predominantly red states with voters who are strong supporters of President Donald Trump. They include Indiana, Missouri, Montana and North Dakota, all of which Trump won in 2016, while his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton couldn’t even win...
          Blame the Left for Making the Supreme Court Too Political      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
When President Donald Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court on Monday, Democrat chicken littles erupted in paroxysms of rage. "Civil rights, women's rights, LGBT rights, healthcare are all under attack," the NAACP warned. NAACP ✔ @NAACP Civil rights, women’s rights, LGBT rights, health care are all under attack. We’ve seen Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s record and we demand no new SCOTUS justice until after a new Senate is seated in 2019. – @PeopleFor #StandUpFightBack #ScotusPick #SaveSCOTUS 8:57 PM - Jul 9, 2018 300 309 people are talking about this House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Kavanaugh would be...
          Flynn joins consulting firm      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Embattled former Trump White House national security adviser Michael Flynn is joining a new consulting firm, Stonington Global, which offers lobbying, public affairs and investment advisory services. The hire comes as Flynn is looking at potential jail time stemming from the special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Last December, the former lieutenant general pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. He is currently cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller. On the same day of the announcement, Flynn faced another sentencing hearing where his lawyers pushed to speed up the process, saying Flynn is “ready to...
          This Is Not America: Paul Manafort is Being Tortured in Solitary Confinement by Mueller      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Shortened title. Full title: his Is Not America: Paul Manafort is Being Tortured in Solitary Confinement by Dirty Cop Mueller and His Corrupt Gang The corrupt and criminal Mueller team worked with Obama Appointed Judge Amy Berman Jackson to place President Trump’s former Campaign Manager Paul Manafort in solitary confinement. This was a conscious action to literally torture Manafort for working with Trump during the campaign. Bernard Kerik at Newsmax wrote an excellent post on why Manafort was placed in solitary confinement. According to Kerik In a very small regional jail in Warsaw, Virginia, sits Bob Mueller’s big fish, Paul...
          Family of young cancer survivor bombarded with abuse by Twitter trolls because they thanked Eric...      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A cancer-suffering boy's family was bombarded with abuse after thanking Donald Trump's son Eric for donating $16.3 million to his hospital. Zach, from Memphis, was diagnosed with cancer aged four and years later is in remission after treatment at St Jude's Hospital. His aunt Sherrie Hopper discovered that Mr Trump donated millions to the hospital and thanked him on Twitter for helping save Zach's life.
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Larry Hogan’s BaltimoreLink Hasn’t Delivered on Promises (Baltimore Sun) Is Atlanta Bus Rapid Transit Being Set Up for Failure? (Saporta Report) Trump Will Never Be the Infrastructure President (New Republic) How Will Trump’s Tariffs Affect Chinese E-Bike Imports? (Mobility Lab) Cities Struggling With Dockless Bike-Share Look to Seattle (Seattle Times) Driver Kills Baton Rouge Council […]
          Did FBI get bamboozled by multiple versions of Trump dossier?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Like dandelions in an untreated lawn, the now infamous Russian dossier apparently multiplied in numbers — and emissaries delivering it to the FBI — the closer Donald Trump got to the White House. We know from public testimony that dossier author and former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele shared his findings with the FBI in summer and fall 2016 before he was terminated as a confidential source for inappropriate media contacts. And we learned that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) provided a copy to the FBI after the November 2016 election — out of a sense of duty, his office says....
          US Embassy in Haiti requests more Marines, security personnel amid violence      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti has requested additional security personnel including Marines as the Haitian capital has been gripped by days of protests over a government plan to raise fuel prices and cut food subsidies, according to multiple reports. A request made by the embassy includes a Marine Security Guard Augmentation Unit consisting of about 13 Marines and other personnel to reinforce existing embassy security, CNN reported Tuesday. The request has been approved by Trump administration officials, the network added. Staff at the embassy have been instructed to shelter in place by State Department officials, and a travel advisory...
          Trump pardons ranchers Dwight And Steven Hammond over 2012 arson conviction      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The president signed full pardons for the Oregon cattle ranchers whose prison terms inspired the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation in 2016.
          Trump visit will see biggest police mobilisation since 2011 riots      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Nearly every force in England and Wales will contribute officers to help police the visit.
          Buffeted By Trump Criticism, NATO Leaders Meet For Summit      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
NATO leaders were set to meet for a major summit that is shaping up to be one of the most uncertain, and tumultuous, gatherings of the North Atlantic alliance in years.
          How One Beauty Brand Is Using Lipstick to Fight Trump's Border Policy      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Update: According to Lipslut, this campaign has earned over $100,000 to fight the Zero Tolerance policy. There is still time to contribute; until July 19, all proceeds for the brand's F*ck Trump Lipstick go towards organizations such as Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), Kids in Need of Defense, Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center, Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights, and Al Otro Lado. All of these charities advocate for the youngest and most vulnerable immigrants stranded at the border.

Original post: Since the beginning of May, more than 2,300 children have been separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border, per President Donald's Trump's "Zero Tolerance" immigration policy. Heartbreaking stories of babies torn away from their mothers while they breastfed and border agents detaining children in cages have drawn massive outrage from many Americans.

On June 20, President Trump said that he would sign an executive order ending the separation, but it's easy to feel helpless in the face of this policy - especially until the papers have been signed. Luckily, there are many ways you can help the affected children. If you love lipstick, you should know that there is one company that's currently donating all of its proceeds to various organizations with efforts to keep families together.

Last year, a student named Katie Sones founded Lipslut, a beauty brand dedicated to fighting the patriarchy one lipstick at a time. The brand's sole shade upon launch came immediately after Trump took office, which was a chestnut pink named F*ck Trump ($20), and the company later added a F*ck Hollywood power red in the wake of #MeToo. From now until July 19, all of the proceeds from F*ck Trump will go toward organizations such as Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), Kids in Need of Defense, Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center, Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights, and Al Otro Lado. All of these charities advocate for the youngest and most vulnerable immigrants stranded at the border.

As Sones told POPSUGAR, the brand was born on January 20, 2017, the first day of the current administration. "I was literally watching Trump's inauguration and decided I had to take action," Sones said. "I created Lipslut after recognizing my passion for cosmetics could be used as a vehicle to inspire social activism. It's meant to be a middle finger to the current socio-political landscape." Along with budding brands like Lipstick Lobby, which donates its profits to of-the-moment causes such as gun violence prevention, and Fluide, a nonbinary label that donates to LGBTQ+ organizations, F*ck Trump is yet another example that one of 2018's best beauty trends isn't a color or style, but rather a means of social and political movements - in one fell swoop, you can change the world and look great doing it.


          Libertarian Party Urges Trump to Pardon Silk Board Founder Ross Ulbricht      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

The Libertarian Party has requested President Trump grant a full pardon to Ross Ulbricht, who is serving a life sentence with no parole possibility for his role in launching and operating the Silk Road website, which facilitated illegal drug trading. T...

The post Libertarian Party Urges Trump to Pardon Silk Board Founder Ross Ulbricht appeared first on Blockchain ICO News Bitcoin-Altcoin.


          Enquête anti-trust sur Android : l’Europe donne un court répit à Google      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
L’annonce était initialement prévue cette semaine, mais finalement, la Commission européenne aurait repoussé de quelques jours la conférence de presse qui clôturera l’enquête anti-trust sur Android. La raison de ce report est simple : Donald Trump est en visite à Bruxelles, et la Commission souhaite éviter toute forme d’interférence …

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          Pelosi Statement on Trump’s Massive Cuts to Health Care Navigators      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

“Yet again, the Trump Administration is trying to trick Americans into buying junk health insurance plans and making it harder for families to enroll in real affordable, quality health coverage. 

The post Pelosi Statement on Trump’s Massive Cuts to Health Care Navigators appeared first on Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.


          With Trump’s SCOTUS Pick, Women’s Rights & Access to Health Care Under Attack      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Last night, President Trump chose to fill the most consequential Supreme Court vacancy in a generation with a nominee boasting a proven, decades-long and active hostility to women’s reproductive freedoms and to the health care law of the land.

The post With Trump’s SCOTUS Pick, Women’s Rights & Access to Health Care Under Attack appeared first on Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.


          Did The U.S. Threaten Ecuador Over A Breastfeeding Resolution?      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
U.S. officials made threats to Ecuador in an attempt to water down a resolution in support of breastfeeding, according to a report in The New York Times . The news report has garnered strong reaction from the U.S. government. President Trump tweeted that it is a "Fake News story" that "must be called out." A State Department official told NPR that "media reports suggesting the United States threatened a partner nation related to a World Health Assembly resolution are false." The tension over the breastfeeding resolution came to a head in Geneva in May, when the decision-making body of the World Health Organization held its annual meeting for government officials and other stakeholders to discuss a range of health policy issues. The Times story, from reporter Andrew Jacobs, details how what was initially thought to be a noncontroversial resolution, aimed at promoting breastfeeding, allegedly resulted in the U.S. making threats to cut trade and withdraw some military aid from Ecuador.
          Spare Capacity: The Biggest Mystery In Oil Markets      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
With around 2.5 million barrels per day (mb/d) of Iranian supply targeted by the Trump administration, how will the oil market cope with the losses? Is there enough supply capacity to make up for the shortfall? There is a great deal of debate about the true extent of the world’s spare ... Reported by OilPrice.com 3 minutes ago.
          Trump says Pfizer CEO agreed to drop drug price hikes      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Reported by MarketWatch 6 minutes ago.
          How Russia Undermined American Democracy      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
With Ben Brock Johnson .  The depth of Russian interference in U.S. elections is deeper and darker than you know. A top reporter who has covered it all, reveals the chilling facts. Guests Jeff Pegues , Justice and Homeland Security correspondent for CBS News. Author of Kompromat: How Russia Undermined American Democracy . ( @jeffpeguescbs ) Matt Dietrich , Spokesman for the Illinois State Board of Elections. From The Reading List The Los Angeles Times:   Senate Panel Backs Up Intelligence Agencies, Says Russia Aimed To Help Trump In Election  — The committee’s statement is not a surprise — Burr and the panel’s Democratic vice chairman, Sen. Mark R. Warner of Virginia — have both made previous statements supporting the intelligence community’s assessment. But the strong endorsement nonetheless marks a significant milestone in the continued debate over Russia’s role in the 2016 campaign. The New York Times:  Trump and Putin Will Meet One-on-One in Finland, Officials Say  — There is no
          U.S. may list tariffs on $200 billion more Chinese products - official      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
U.S. President Donald Trump is likely to publish this week a list of $200 billion (£150.6 billion) in additional Chinese products to be hit with tariffs, possibly as early as later on Tuesday, an administration official said.

          If High Court Reverses Roe v. Wade, 22 States Likely To Ban Abortion      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
What would the U.S. look like without Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case that legalized abortion nationwide? That's the question now that President Trump has chosen conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his nominee to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. Reversing the landmark case would not automatically make abortion illegal across the country. Instead, it would return the decision about abortion legality to the states, where a patchwork of laws already in place render abortion more or less available, largely depending on individual states' political leanings. "We think there are 22 states likely to ban abortion without Roe " because of a combination of factors including existing laws and regulations on the books and the positions of the governors and state legislatures, says Amy Myrick , staff attorney at the Center for Reproductive Rights, which represents abortion-rights advocates in court. "The threat level is very high now," Myrick says. Kavanaugh never opined on Roe
          'No One Wants To Look Like Trump's Poodle': NATO Allies Gear Up For Brussels Summit      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
President Trump arrives in Brussels Tuesday for a summit at NATO, the latest pillar of the international order left wobbling by his adversarial approach to allies. With his escalating complaints that the United States contributes more than its fair share to defense, and vague threats to countries that do not spend more, Trump is diluting the alliance's appearance of unity, say diplomats and analysts. And, the prospect of a less-than-committed U.S. has thrown some of Europe's military weaknesses into plain view. The main idea behind the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, formed in 1949 in the first frost of the Cold War, is that an attack against one member state is considered an attack on the entire bloc, which should respond with actions. The alliance invoked that concept after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the U.S. and deploys international forces alongside U.S. troops in Afghanistan and other parts of the world. But Trump has called into question whether the U.S. should continue
          Judge Rejects Trump Administration's Bid To Detain Migrant Children Indefinitely      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
When President Trump signed the executive order last month that ended the separation of migrant families, he effectively swapped one controversial practice for another — in this case, the indefinite detention of whole families. And the questions weren't long in coming from some observers, who pointed out that the order appeared to violate a 1997 legal settlement that has been interpreted as barring such indefinite detentions. At the signing last month, Trump acknowledged the likely legal battles on the horizon: "There may be some litigation," he conceded, instructing Attorney General Jeff Sessions to request modifications to that settlement. Now, events in court are bearing out those predictions of legal trouble. On Monday, U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee rejected the request for "limited relief" from the settlement, often known as the Flores agreement , that served as the basis for a 2015 court order preventing the federal detention of migrant children for more than 20 days. The
          NZD/USD: bulls losing grip below the 21-D SMA      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
· *Kiwi toppled, as headlines have come with news whereby the Trump administration is reportedly planning to publish a list of 'new' tariffs that are to be imposed on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods.*
· *NZD/USD Support comes as 0.6770 and resistance comes as 0.6860.*

NZD/USD ... Reported by FXstreet.com 53 minutes ago.
          The UK is Trolling Trump with Green Day      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
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          Trump Is Said Poised to Release $200 Billion China Tariff List      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Jul.10 -- President Donald Trump is preparing to release a list of an additional $200 billion in Chinese products to be hit with tariffs, according to two people familiar with the matter. Bloomberg's Greg Sullivan reports on 'Bloomberg Daybreak: Australia.'
          European Union President Donald Tusk Gives A Message To Donald Trump      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
President Donald Trump has criticized NATO since the beginning of his campaign. Trump thinks that Europe is not contributing enough to common defense capabilities. According to Business Insider, European Union President Donald Tusk has given Trump a message. Tusk told Trump: 'Appreciate your allies. After all, you don't have that many.' He said that money may be important but that solidarity is even more important.
          Supreme Court Nominee Meets Top Senate Republican      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
According to Reuters, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh visited top Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill a day after his nomination. President Donald Trump selected Kavanaugh to succeed Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is retiring at the end of the month. Republican leader Mitch McConnell stated Senate Republicans look forward to his confirmation process, which will occur in the coming weeks.
          US Embassy In London Is Warning Americans Prior To Trump's Visit      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
The US embassy in London is warning Americans in the UK to keep a 'low profile' as President Donald Trump visits in the coming days. Business Insider reports that the embassy's website states: 'Numerous demonstrations are being planned for July 12 to 14, 2018, surrounding the visit of the President of the United States to the United Kingdom.' The embassy said these demonstrations were expected to attract large crowds and cause road closures.
          Tusk's EU Tells Trump to Respect the Allies You Have      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
According to Reuters, European Council President Donald Tusk told U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday, to stop berating NATO allies over military investment levels. Before taking off for Brussels, Trump again chided fellow NATO members for not contributing enough to the alliance while maintaining a trade surplus with the United States. After a signing, Tusk said “Dear America, appreciate your allies, after all you don’t have that many.
          As Courts Rule, Trump Says Migrants Should Not Come to U.S. Illegally      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
According to Reuters on Tuesday, U.S. President Donald Trump pushed back against court rulings against his administration’s migrant detention policies, saying immigrants should not come to the United States illegally. Trump told reporters at the White House that “We have laws. We have borders. Don’t come to our country illegally. It’s not a good thing.' The Trump administration is struggling to unite immigrant families that it separated at the U.S.
          Why President Trump is Bearish on NATO      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
For decades, the United States has been a staunch and steadfast supporter of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, an organization it helped found to counter the USSR's influence and military power. President Trump has a far less positive view of the alliance than previous presidents, we take a look at why.
          Spokesman For Theresa May Responds To Trump's Opinion Of Britain      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
According to a report by Reuters, a spokesman for Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday that the UK remains hopeful that US President Donald Trump will have a positive image of Britain following his visit this week. Before departing on a trip to Europe, which includes a stop in the UK, Trump said, 'I have NATO, I have the UK, which is in somewhat turmoil, and I have (Russian President Vladimir) Putin. Frankly, Putin may be the easiest of them all.
          Court's Rejection Of Detention Policies Brings On A Trump Tweet Storm      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Reuters reports that U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday pushed back against court rulings against his administration’s migrant detention policies. He reiterated his platform that immigrants should not come to the United States illegally. A day after a U.S. federal judge rejected long-term detention of illegal immigrant children, Trump told reporters at the White House, “I have a solution: Tell people not to come to our county illegally. That’s the solution. Come legally.
          Trump Says Putin Meeting Will Be Easy      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
President Donald Trump has a foreign trip to Europe planned for the next week. CNN reports the president says his easiest meeting will be with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The NATO summit in Brussels will be the first stop on Trump's trip. He will then travel to the U.K. to speak with Prime Minister Theresa May and Queen Elizabeth II. Trump will have his first standalone summit with Putin in Helsinki, Finland, Monday. 'I have NATO. I have the UK, which is in somewhat turmoil.
          Trump Says 'Up to the People' Whether to Back Prime Minister May      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
On Tuesday, Reuters reported that US President Donald Trump acknowledged that his upcoming visit with British Prime Minister Theresa May comes during a time of “turmoil” in her country. Trump also added that it was up to the British people to decide whether May remains in power. May is grappling with a political crisis in London after Brexit Secretary David Davis and her foreign minister, Boris Johnson, resigned over her proposals for a “business friendly” Brexit.
          EU Coucil Chief Tusk Urges Trump To Stop Berating NATO Allies      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
According to a report by Reuters, European Council President Donald Tusk sent US President Donald Trump a message on Tuesday, urging him to stop berating NATO allies over military investment levels ahead of what is already expected to be a tense alliance summit. On Tuesday, NATO reportedly released new estimates for allied defense spending in 2018, showing that Lavia and Lithuania are on track to meet the target of spending 2 percent of economic output on the military.
          Trump Pardons Oregon Ranchers Whose Case Sparked Wildlife Refuge Occupation      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
According to a report by Reuters, US President Donald Trump has pardoned Oregon cattle ranchers Dwight Hammond and his son, Steven, after both were convicted of arson, which sparked the 2016 occupation of a wildlife refuge. The Hammond's case led to an armed 41-day occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, reportedly the latest flare-up in a long-running conflict over federal control of millions of acres of public land in the Western United States.
          Chuck Schumer Promises To Fight Supreme Court Pick      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Chuck Schumer has vowed to fight President Trump's Supreme Court nominee. Reuters reports Trump named Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his pick on Monday. “I will oppose this nominee with everything that I’ve got.' Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer Schumer says he worries about the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision and the Affordable Care Act. “If we can prove these two points to the American people - that he will repeal Roe and women’s reproduction freedom, that he will repeal ACA and ...
          7/11/2018: FRONT PAGE: Trump lauds pivotal nominee      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump selected Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court, a pivotal choice that could move the court in a more conservative direction for decades. At a White House ceremony announcing the...
          7/11/2018: FRONT PAGE: Trump blasts NATO allies for low spending on defense      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
President Donald Trump on Monday rebuked European allies on the eve of a NATO summit, complaining that the United States spends more on collective defense than its 28 North Atlantic partners. “The United States is spending far more on NATO than any...
          7/11/2018: NEWS: Trump team will miss deadline for migrant family reunification      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

A government lawyer acknowledged Monday that the Trump administration would miss its first courtimposed deadline to reunite about 100 immigrant children under age 5 with their parents. Justice Department attorney Sarah Fabian said during a court...
          Cour suprême : le candidat de Trump inquiète les défenseurs du Web libre      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Nommé par Donald Trump pour siéger à la Cour suprême, Brett Kavanaugh a souvent pris des positions controversées sur les questions liées au numérique.
          A demokrata párti politikusok bírálják Trump konzervatív főbírójelöltjét      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
A demokrata párti politikusok bírálják Trump konzervatív főbírójelöltjétBrett Kavanaugh bírót jelöli Donald Trump amerikai elnök az alkotmánybíróság szerepét betöltő szövetségi legfelsőbb bíróság új tagjának.
          Trump-tiraden som sjokkerte Nato      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Talen som skulle berolige Nato-familien, kastet han. I stedet fyrte Trump av en kraftsalve mot sine Nato-allierte. I dag møtes de igjen.
          El día que Melania Trump se convirtió en la Primera Dama de los zapatos de papel      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Si ya nos habíamos acostumbrado a los zapatos transparentes de vinilo y PVC, gracias a personas tan dispares como la reina Letizia o Kim Kardashian, ahora, parece que la vuelta de tuerca...
          After North Korea's swipe, Pompeo must focus on pace and structure if nuclear talks are to succeed      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Now that he has gotten a bitter taste of diplomatic reality in North Korea, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo must focus on the pace and structure of proposed talks if the Trump administration is to make progress toward nuclear disarmament on the Korean peninsula, analysts say.

Pompeo’s third...


          Trump pardons cattle ranchers whose arson convictions sparked 41-day armed police standoff with infamous Bundy clan      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Trump pardons cattle ranchers whose arson convictions sparked 41-day armed police standoff with infamous Bundy clan. Too bad he can’t pardon LaVoy Finicum, who was killed by the FBI.
          President Erdogan takes tips from Putin in targeting dissidents abroad      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
What happened?

On 14 March 2018, Prime Minister Theresa May announced the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats after Russia refused to explain how a Russian-made nerve agent was used in the poisoning of ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal, in Salisbury, England on 4 March 2018. Britain, the US, Germany and France have released a joint statement deploring the Salisbury poisoning as an “assault on UK sovereignty” and emphasised that such intervention is a “breach of international law”.

Russia is notorious for targeting those who have fallen afoul of the Kremlin. There is a long list of cases where Russia’s dissidents and renegade spies have fallen ill or died under suspicious circumstances. Similarly, Turkey’s Erdogan regime has been systematically targeting dissidents abroad through criminal activities.

On 4 March 2018, Reuters reported that Switzerland is investigating a plot in which Turkish diplomats planned to drug and kidnap a Swiss-Turkish businessman, believed to be affiliated with the Hizmet Movement. The Office of the Attorney General in Switzerland confirmed a criminal case is being conducted into political intelligence gathering and prohibited acts towards a foreign state.

This latest plot joins the long list of Hizmet participants who have been illegally targeted by the Erdogan regime in the aftermath of the July 15 coup attempt.

What does this mean?
  • The Turkish government has been systematically using a variety of methods to target Hizmet participants outside Turkey.
  • After the July 15 coup attempt, the Turkish government set up a telephone hotline so that people can report Hizmet participants.Text messages and social media posts were used to incite people to inform on Hizmet participants and others deemed critical of the Erdogan regime.
  • On 4 August 2016, Turkey’s state-run news agency published an infographic targeting Hizmet inspired people and foundations in the UK, linking them to terrorism.
  • On 13 March 2018, Germany launched an investigation into the controversial group called Osmanen Germania BC on the grounds that the group is reportedly involved in violent crime and has ties to the Turkish government and Turkish National Intelligence (MIT).
  • Stockholm Center for Freedom documented an increasing number of cases of abductions and enforced disappearances by the Turkish government of the Erdogan regime’s critics. Most of the victims are believed to be Hizmet participants.
  • The Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (DITIB), Germany’s largest Islamic organisation, has admitted that some of its imams have acted as informants for the Turkish government.
  • A pro-government Turkish journalist, Cem Küçük, said that the Turkish intelligence (MIT) has the authorisation to conduct operations abroad and many overseas Turks are willing to carry out assassinations on behalf of MIT.
  • In March 2017, Switzerland had launched a criminal investigation into foreign spying on the country’s Turkish community by Ankara.
  • In May 2017, a Turkish-origin school principal and two businessmen of Turkish origin were abducted in Malaysia, to be forcefully taken to Turkey.
  • In November 2017, in the US, an investigation was instigated into the activities of ex-Trump aide Michael Flynn for an alleged plan to kidnap Fethullah Gülen in return for $15m.
  • In a report on the diaspora politics of Turkey in the UK, the Turkey Institute, a London-based research centre, concluded that “there are illegal activities conducted by the Turkish state which target dissidents of the regime abroad often through means of labelling people by creating lists, sometimes kidnapping individuals, and even assassinating Turkish-/Kurdish-origin political dissidents living abroad, resulting in a generation of fear among the diaspora.”
  • In its latest report published on 20 March 2018, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights suggested that Turkey should ‘promptly end the state of emergency and restore the normal functioning of institutions and the rule of law’, and ‘rescind passport cancellation orders and deprivation of citizenship procedures, and enable full freedom of movement’.

Dr Ismail Mesut Sezgin, Director of the Centre for Hizmet Studies, said:
Turkey has been aggressively transferring its domestic politics abroad and mobilising the Turkish diaspora in direct and indirect forms via diplomatic agents, religious officials, and politically driven NGOs. Unfortunately, such practices have led to an increasing number of cases of abductions, attacks, incidents of hate speech, abuses, threats and profiling of dissident groups, including the Hizmet Movement. The gradual erosion of fundamental human rights, President Erdogan’s authoritarian practices, and his aggressive foreign policy choices are often likened to the Putin regime. However, it appears that President Erdogan also takes tips from the Putin regime in targeting its critics abroad to send a message to those who dare to dissent.

Published on Centre for Hizmet Studies, 21 March 2018, Wednesday
          Report: Flynn Had Way More Potential Conflicts Than We Previously Knew      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   
Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser who subsequently pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and is now cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller, had a slew of previously unreported conflicts of interest, Bloomberg reported Monday.

Flynn’s previously reported conflicts were already damning: He lied to investigators about his contacts with Russia’s ambassador before Trump took office. He and his firm failed to register as foreign agents doing work that, Flynn’s attorney later admitted, “could be construed to have principally benefited the republic of Turkey.” Part of that work included an effort to smear — and possibly kidnap, though Flynn’s lawyer has denied that — Fethullah Gulen, a Muslim cleric living in Pennsylvania who Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused of orchestrating the failed 2016 coup against him.

Flynn reportedly put on hold a plan to arm Kurdish forces in the fight against the Islamic State — a move beneficial to the Turkish government — 10 days before before Trump took office, when no one knew Flynn was working as an agent of the Turkish government. He also reportedly promoted a plan to build nuclear power plants across the Middle East in a June 2015 trip he failed to disclose.

Bloomberg on Monday reported on conflicts related to Iranian-born businessman Bijan Kian, who was a close business partner of Flynn’s until recently. Flynn’s relationship with Kian goes back to 2008, according to Bloomberg’s report. TPM has previously reported on the pair’s connection via the Nowruz Commission, which promotes and celebrates the Persian New Year. The commission also listed former CIA director Jim Woolsey as an ambassador.

In 2013, when Flynn was leading the Defense Intelligence Agency, Kian got Woolsey to set up a meeting between him and Flynn to promote his computer chip company, per the report. Afterward, Flynn tasked the DIA’s chief scientist to “help the chip maker pass military certification standards,” Bloomberg reported, citing unnamed sources Kian briefed.

After President Barack Obama fired Flynn in 2014, according to Bloomberg, Kian brought Flynn onto the board of his company, GreenZone Systems Inc. In 2015, GreenZone won a $1.1 million contract from the Defense Department’s Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office, which works with the DIA (but does not report to it, as Bloomberg noted).

Later that year, on a previously-reported trip to Saudi Arabia where Flynn promoted nuclear reactors, he also attempted to sell Kian’s computer chip, according to Bloomberg. Flynn then lied about the trip on federal disclosure forms, according to the report.

A year after that trip, according to Bloomberg, Kian met with staffers from the House Homeland Security Committee in late 2016 to once again promote GreenZone products. He then changed topics suddenly, according to the report, and “abruptly ushered in another group with an entirely separate and unexpected agenda” — the demonization of Gulen, the Muslim cleric.

Finally, Bloomberg reported, citing unnamed sources who worked on the 2016 presidential transition, that Kian and Flynn worked on a proposal to create an intelligence force of private contractors that would report directly to the national security adviser, circumventing the CIA. According to the report, Flynn was fired in February 2017 before he could “shepherd those plans into action.”

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), the ranking member of the House Oversight Committee and perhaps the legislator most attentive to Flynn’s various business dealings and ethics violations, told Bloomberg News that the newly reported conflicts indicate “that General Flynn’s use of public positions for profit was far more wide-ranging than previously known.”

“We have been raising red flags and requesting documents about these issues for the past year,” Cummings told Bloomberg. “But the White House continues to stonewall us, and Republicans in Congress continue to wall off the White House from serious oversight.”

Published on TPM, 19 March 2018, Monday
          Fake News Is A Meaningless Term, And Our Obsession Over It Continues To Harm Actual News      Cache   Translate Page   Web Page Cache   

Many people forget now, but in the wake of the 2016 election, it was mainly those opposed to Donald Trump who were screaming about "fake news." They wanted an explanation for what they believed was impossible -- and one thing that many, especially in the journalism field focused on, were the made up stories that got shared wildly on Facebook. At the time, we warned that nothing good would come from so many people blaming "fake news" for the election, and I think it's fair to say we were correct on that. President Trump quickly co-opted the phrase and turned it into a mantra directed at any news story about him or his administration that he didn't like.

And, of course, the term was always meaningless. It encompassed such a broad spectrum of things -- from completely made up stories, to stories with bad sourcing or an error, to stories that were spun in a way people didn't like or found misleading, to stories with a minor mistake, to just stories someone didn't like. But each of those is very, very different, and the way that different news organizations respond to these issues can be very different as well. For example, professional publications that make mistakes will publish corrections when they discover they've made an error. Sometimes they don't do so well, and they don't always do a very good job of publicizing the correction -- but they do strive to get things right. That's different than publications that simply put up purely fake stuff, just for the hell of it. And there really aren't that many such sites. But by lumping them all in as fake news, people start to blur the distinctions, and think that basically everyone is just making shit up all the time.

That culminates in a new report claiming (though I question the methodology on this...) that 72% of Americans surveyed believe that traditional news sources "report news they know to be fake, false, or purposely misleading." The breakdown by political affiliation is that 53% of Democrats think this happens "a lot" or "sometimes," 79% of Independents, and 92% of Republicans. Of course, if you dug into the numbers, I'm guessing that the Democrats would point to Fox News as their proof, while the Republicans would point to MSNBC, CNN and maybe the NY Times/Washington Post.

Of course, most of this is silly. Some of it is the fact that the vast majority of news consumers don't know the difference between the hard news divisions of these news organizations and the "commentary" side of these organizations, with the latter being more in the entertainment, bomb throwing side of things, and who stake out ridiculous positions because that's what they're paid to do. The actual news orgs all do actually tend to want to do good reporting. They aren't always good at that -- in fact, they're often bad at it. But that's very, very different than deliberately spreading "fakes, false or purposely misleading" news.

However, simply lumping mistakes or a spin you dislike on coverage as "fake news" doesn't help. It just makes things more ridiculous and gets people up in arms more. And, again, just as we predicted, with the push to clamp down on "fake news," the end result is actually suppressing news. Facebook -- which was the main target of the whining from the anti-Trump world on "fake news" -- basically threw up its hands and said it would decrease all the news that people saw. And that means that every publication that was heavily relying on Facebook for traffic (i.e., nearly every publications except for us at Techdirt who ignored Facebook), is now getting slammed.

Slate tried to get news orgs to talk about how much their Facebook traffic dropped and no one would talk, so it revealed its own traffic decline from Facebook, dropping from 28 million clicks in January 2017 (about 1/3 of its total traffic) down to less than 4 million in May 2018 (now representing 11% of its traffic) -- a drop of 87%. The site claims Facebook traffic has dropped 55% alone in 2018. Again, we deliberately avoided "playing the Facebook game" over the last decade, so the site has never been a significant source of traffic. However, for comparison purposes, I checked, and Facebook represented 2.7% of our own traffic in January of 2017, and 2.4% of our traffic in May of 2018 -- basically no different, but also close to a rounding error.

But really, what this comes down to is that the whole "fake news" claim has always been silly and the calls to "do something" about fake news have really only served to make things worse. Using such a non-descriptive term has given lots and lots of people an excuse to mock or ignore any news or news organizations they dislike. And it's given an excuse to Facebook to step back from the news business altogether. None of that makes the public better news consumers or more media literate. All it does is keep people in their silos getting angry at each other.



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@author, my comments on the trade war in other SA articles that you may find interesting.
(It doesnt take much to deduce that I'm not American, and resent US current trade policy)]

"When the Lehman moment struck and the US was on its knees on the verge of vertical recession, China picked up the baton of global growth, AND financed the twin US deficits.
NOW that the US thinks they have recovered, they want to sever the links of trade by which your economy didnt collapse. Mercantilism is a two way street, remember.
Hypocrisy at its highest point"

response to a rather naive and uninformed argument about self-sufficiency, averse to global trade:

"Gandhi thought that Indian workers should not have to compete with American and European workers who have the benefit of modern machines. As a result, India adopted protectionism."
sorry wrong
The British Empire (UK) the pre-eminent mercantilist before US, bought Indian cotton off the toil of Indian peasants, processed it into cloth and clothes in Lancashire Mills and sold it back to India at exorbitant prices. Gandhi did NOT impose Tariffs!! to prevent that trade but urged India to be self sustaining, by promoting local textile mills, which BOUGHT the machines at fair UK prices. (you might remember the Gandhi symbolic picture of his spinning thread on his hand operated machine: 'Swadeshi' or self sufficiency.
Swadeshi:
www.google.co.za/...
Swadeshi literally means ‘of one’s own country.’
Swadeshi is defined as that spirit within us which restricts us to use the service of our immediate surrounding to the exclusion of the more remote. It aims at the removal of unemployment and poverty. It doesn’t advocate rejection of foreign trade, in fact it advocate a healthy and non-exploitative form of trade. According to Bapuji, Swadeshi is not just good, it do comprise of our culture, tradition and values. Bapu wanted that people in India should have sufficient demand for their produce and therefore, he pleaded for the use of Swadeshi goods. However, its wrong to assume that Bapuji was altogether against foreign goods. Its clear from his word that says, “It is criminally foolish to produce the goods which are not profitable to be produced in our country, instead of producing them we should import them.”
And Now India can make the most advanced intricate textiles at 25% of the UK cost, is the UK suddenly hiking tariffs? That is precisely what Trump is doing with China today. Rather than urging US workers to move higher up the value-added chain. Alas, flipping burgers and spending 6 hrs/day on facebook aint quite cutting it. The US has lost its edge, the sun has set, and there aint anything you can do about it, at least until your labourforce is internationally competitive again at its current wage.
As for the current paradigm, China FUNDS your twin deficits, along with other trade-surplus generating countries. The only thing you have going is the Hegemony of the US $, and like every other nation in history, you are abusing that privilege to oblivion. There's a paradigm shift happening as we speak, the only nation that hasnt cottoned on is the one whose leader has the most arrogance and bluster. No matter, it will just accelerate the $ demise
Try and get your facts straight.
Just where do you get your skewed stories from? Certainly not history."
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Nworb Werdna writes: According to the Economist, women in India are more likely to have been beaten by their husbands than they are to have a paid job. This statistic made me wonder whether it was capitalism or feminism which was responsible for the great change that makes this statistic seem so shocking to us. (Of course, the whole world must have been like that before WW1). In particular, are Indian mothers, who don't work outside the home and have no choice in the matter, worse off than poor American mothers who must work outsi