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  1. CNN: US stocks plummet on coronavirus fears: March 9, 2020... And in response, CNN: Trump pushes payroll tax cut and assistance for hourly workers in coronavirus economic response "President Donald Trump said Monday he would press lawmakers to enact a payroll tax cut and ensure assistance is available to hourly workers amid a roiling coronavirus pandemic that's caused deep economic concerns and stock market shock. >>> "We are going to be asking tomorrow, we're seeing the Senate. We're going to be meeting with House Republicans, Mitch McConnell, everybody discussing a possible payroll tax cut or relief, substantial relief," Trump said, surrounded by officials he'd tasked to respond to the issue. "We're also going to be talking about hourly wage earners getting help so that they can be in a position where they're not going to ever miss a paycheck," he added. The White House has also weighed an expansion of paid sick leave — a major focus for some White House officials, who fear the virus could spread further if service workers go to work sick. The president and his advisers have put it on the table and now it's Congresses turn to act - or not. Will the Democrats attempt to rebuff the administration's plan just because Trump proposed it? We shall see ~
  2. It's unfortunate, I've respected CNN's Don Lemon for a lot of years but his latest TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome) on air tantrum when the guest he invited onto his show refused to slam president Trump for his message to the nation regarding the Coronavirus, just wiped out any remaining positive opinion that remained for me of the CNN personality... Lemon asked his on air guest, former Republican Ohio Governor and one time presidential hopeful John Kasich, what he thought of president Trump's announcement regarding the Coronavirus. To which Kasich, no fan and often critic of the 45th president said "It was fine". The former governor went on to say he feels the administration has continued to get better in its address of the spreading virus. Kasich’s comments sparked anger from Lemon, who then began to heatedly yell over his guest for several minutes. News personalities are supposed to "report the news", not insert themselves into the middle of the discussion and attempt to become a feature of the news they are reporting, and certainly not attempt to slam, talk over and deride a program guest for a simple difference of opinion - after first asking the guest to express their opinion. As I watched this all I could think of is "Lemon's lost it... He's gone full blown TDS" Kasich asked if he could “finish now,” as Lemon had interrupted his response. Lemon quickly shut his guest down. “No, you can’t John, because we are here to talk about the president’s…” Lemon said as Kasich asked, looking shocked, “I can’t talk?” “We are here — I don’t want you to go on and deflect and talk about something else because we are here to talk about the president’s address. And — and you said that someone else wrote it. He’s the president! Even if someone else wrote it, it should be right!” Lemon continued. The disagreement continued, with Lemon repeatedly cutting Kasich off. The former governor stood his ground and repeated his belief that Trump’s address “was fine.” As interview from Lemon continued, he asked if Kasich believed that “inaccurate information that you have to clarify two or three times” is “fine.” “Look. I thought he did fine. That’s what I thought. I thought he had the right tone…” Kasich replied. “Now the fact that they clarify, it isn’t unusual in a speech for somebody to clarify something. Okay? But I don’t think that the tone he showed tonight takes away from some clarification. I think he set a serious tone. That’s what I wanted out of him for a long time. And I think we got it.” Don Lemon's had his say... and now I've had mine.
  3. Trump haters never seem to pass up on opportunity to hate on the president... even when what they claim is obviously something fictitious... And who would know more about fiction than famous fiction writer, Stephen King ~ FOX: Stephen King panned for claiming coronavirus task force is 'all male ... all white'
  4. Winchester VA - The Winchester Star: Local Democrats seek best candidate to defeat Trump Bangor ME - Bangor Daily News: Beating Trump top of Democrats’ minds at Maine doors ahead of presidential primary Detroit MI - Click on Detroit: Many Michigan voters who will be casting a ballot for a Democratic candidate in the primary election next week are concerned with electing someone who will beat President Donald Trump, a new WDIV/Detroit News poll found. CNN: New Hampshire Democrats want to beat Trump but can't agree on how, exit polls show NBC: Iowa entrance poll: Most Dems care more about beating Trump than issues LA Times: Column: Californians will soon have to decide: Do they care more about ousting Trump or the issues?
  5. After a challenge from a House Republican: "I double dog dare you", The House Judiciary Committee approved a resolution defining the rules of the panel's impeachment investigation against president Donald Trump. No more speculation, unsupported allegations or 'wink, wink - nudge, nudge' veiled threats. The ground work has been set. The Democrats have a house majority, so let the impeachment investigation begin! If the Democrats can come up with sufficient grounds to impeach president Trump let it be done... However if this too turns out - like the Muller investigation - to be just another Anti-Trump red herring costing the taxpayers millions of dollars only to reveal there isn't really anything there, in all likelihood I figure the Democrats will be handing the 2020 presidential election to Donald Trump, or at least a GOP nominee and every 2020 Democrat candidate will be trying to distance themselves from the decision to pursue impeachment charges. CNN: House panel approves impeachment inquiry parameters as Democrats try to clarify their strategy
  6. FOX News: Border apprehensions dropped in November for 6th consecutive month, per DHS data Law enforcement apprehended or turned away 42,649 migrants at the southern border in November, according to preliminary data reviewed by Fox News -- a sixth month of declines that the administration is hailing as proof that the set of policies and initiatives to combat the border crisis is working. The numbers (33,510 apprehended and 9,139 deemed inadmissible) represented a decline of roughly six percent since October, and a drop of over 70 percent since the height of the crisis in May, when more than 144,000 migrants were encountered. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) data showed that the number of apprehensions of Central American family units has decreased by approximately 85 percent since May. The numbers were lower compared to the last fiscal year (FY) as well. So far in FY 2020, enforcement actions have been 29 percent lower than FY 2019 at this time. WSJ: In a Reversal, Fewer Migrants Are Arrested at the Border As shelters empty, experts credit Trump administration’s controversial ‘Remain in Mexico’ program and increased Mexican security
  7. NPR: American Student Xiyue Wang Freed In U.S.-Iran Prisoner Swap Iran freed an American held prisoner for the past three years, the White House said Saturday, while Iran confirmed the U.S. was freeing an Iranian scientist held in America in return. The prisoner swap involves Xiyue Wang, a naturalized U.S. citizen and graduate student at Princeton University, who had been in an Iranian prison on espionage charges. Meanwhile, the U.S. released an Iranian scientist named Massoud Soleimani, who had been accused by American officials of violating trade sanctions. The White House confirmed Wang's release in a statement Saturday, saying "freeing Americans held captive is of vital importance." The administration added: "After more than three years of being held prisoner in Iran, Xiyue Wang is returning to the United States. A Princeton University graduate student, Mr. Wang had been held under the pretense of espionage since August 2016." The White House also praised "our Swiss partners" for help brokering the release with the Iranian government. I've been watching CNN's online 'front page' and "breaking news" banner all day in case there was a late update... Zilch, Nada, Nothing, Zero. Readers have to go to the CNN "Politics" section to read anything about the Trump administration orchestrating the release of an American student who has been held for more than three years in an Iranian prison and the story isn't even one of the stories "above the fold"... but there are plenty of "impeachment" and "Yea Democrats!" articles in large, bold type at the top of the page. I'm not even going to comment on what to me appears to be clear evidence of CNN's (formerly self-touted as "the most trusted name in news") anti-Trump, pro-Democrat bias. Oh yeah for anyone who's going to try to pretend to be offended by my calling former Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl a "deserter", Just in case you forgot... WP: Bowe Bergdahl, the former hostage who pleaded guilty to desertion, avoids prison
  8. CNN: - Trump makes student loan cancellation automatic for disabled vets ABC: - Trump signs student debt forgiveness for disabled veterans NBC: - Trump signs order to eliminate student loan debt for disabled vets FOX News: Trump signs executive order cancelling student loan debt for disabled veterans President Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday that forgives all student loan debt for any permanently disabled U.S. military veterans. The order, which Trump signed following a speech at the American Veterans National Convention in Louisville, Ky., also clears those eligible veterans from having to pay any federal income tax on the loans. Trump added that he is pressuring individual states to follow suit. “The debt of these disabled veterans will be completely erased,” Trump said. “That’s hundreds of millions of dollars of student loans debt for our disabled veterans that will be completely erased.” The memo Trump signed directs the government to develop an "expedited" process so veterans can have their federal student loan debt discharged "with minimal burdens." Currently, just half of the roughly 50,000 disabled veterans who are qualified to have their federal student loan debt forgiven have received the benefit because of a burdensome application process.
  9. After Donald Trump was elected, in keeping with one of his campaign promises he attempted to fix America's broken immigration program... In doing so he announced he would be reascending the temporary Obama era DACA and DAPA protections in an attempt to enact real and permanent immigration reform - which lead to the first government shutdown of the Trump presidency with Democrats vowing to keep the government shut down until DREAMERS are protected. Politico: Dems threaten December shutdown if Dreamers aren't protected “We will shut it down or let Republicans keep it open with their own votes,” Rep. Luis Gutiérrez told Dreamers on Friday/AP Washington Post: If Trump doesn’t deal on DACA, some Democrats threaten a government shutdown House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), seen here in a file photo, said President Trump’s immigration proposals are “a complete non-starter.” Facing a tight deadline — work permits for DACA recipients will begin expiring in March — Pelosi said her conference remains unified in opposition to Trump's ideas. But comments from Democrats Monday showed they do not have consensus on how to respond. Following the temporary resolution of the first Trump era government shutdown crisis the president gave Congress a generous 6 months to fix the immigration situation USA Today: Trump winds down DACA program for undocumented immigrants, gives Congress 6 months to act In 2018 a A federal appeals court ruled President Donald Trump cannot end an Obama administration program that protects undocumented immigrants brought to the USA as children, which in my mind is unprecedented... a federal court ruling that a Presidential Executive Action - not legislation from the United States Congress, the Obama era "immigration reform by fiat" protection for DREAMERS, cannot be overturned by a successor President attempting to repeal his predecessor's Executive Action. NBC News: Federal judge refuses to shut down DACA program But his 117-page opinion agreed with the state of Texas that the Obama administration did not have authority to impose DACA. After the decision of the federal appeals court unfavorable to president Trump's roll back of DREAMER protections and unless or until the Supreme Court decides to consider what to do with DACA the Democrats no longer used DACA as a Congressional roadblock their new battle cry seemed to be "No Wall!"... But all of that is History just a review of the recent past and on going debate about immigration - Meanwhile - WPLG Miami, Fort Lauderdale News: ICE to begin deporting families with court-ordered removals in 10 cities, including Miami ABC News - San Francisco: President Trump delays ICE Raids at request of Majority House Speaker Nancy Pelosi NPR: Trump Delays Immigration Raids, Giving Democrats 'Two Weeks' To Change Asylum Laws FOX News: House Republican says Democrats stalling on immigration bill after Trump's delayed ICE raids And while all of this is playing out... AGAIN!...
  10. CNN: Pelosi on Trump-Mexico agreement: 'Threats and temper tantrums are no way to negotiate' And yet according to every major news outlet, including CNN - It Works! "Threats and temper tantrums are no way to negotiate foreign policy," Pelosi said in a statement Saturday, a day after the President announced he'd rescinded tariff threats to Mexico after reaching an immigration enforcement deal. {*added emphasis mine} CNN: Trump drops his Mexico tariff threat after reaching immigration enforcement deal President Donald Trump said tariffs on Mexican goods are "indefinitely suspended" after negotiators from the US and Mexico were able to reach a deal on immigration enforcement. "I am pleased to inform you that The United States of America has reached a signed agreement with Mexico," Trump tweeted Friday. "The Tariffs scheduled to be implemented by the U.S. on Monday, against Mexico, are hereby indefinitely suspended." The announcement was a dramatic reversal of a sudden tariff threat that Trump himself announced last week in an attempt to put more pressure on the Mexican government to stem the flow of migrants into the US. President Trump said Mexico "has agreed to take strong measures to stem the tide of Migration through Mexico, and to our Southern Border" to avoid the implementation of tariffs and according to some news sources the Mexican government has also agreed to house more migrants awaiting hearings after they apply for asylum.
  11. May 2017, special counsel Robert S. Mueller III was appointed to launch a probe into charges of collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russian contacts, it appears from breaking news reports that investigation is done... After more than two years (the investigation into Trump began before Muller was appointed), and a modest estimate of the cost to American taxpayers of more than $16.7 million Democrats and Republicans, progressives and conservatives as well as the generic (non defined) public are all anxiously awaiting the release of the report - not to mention most news outlets for their own reasons. Count me just glad it's all over regardless of the outcome... So far as everything released so far it doesn't appear there have been any findings to coinside with the supposed origional intent of the investigation, that being to uncover evidence off Donald Trump "colluding with Russia" to turn the 2016 election in his favor and later charges Donald Trump was guilty of "obstruction of justice" as it pertains to the Russian probe. Not to say there haven't been criminality uncovered during the Muller Russian probe, several foreign Russian entitites and people, who will likely never face justice were named in the Muller probe. Several former members of the Trump administration were charged and found guilty of criminal activity that seems to have little or nothing to do with the origional premise of the Muller Russian probe. But the big question remains... what if any charges are likely to be levied against Donald Trump, now president Trump, pertaining to the charges of "collusion" or "obstruction of justice" from the Muller probe? MSNBC: 'The Mueller investigation is over, it’s concluded' Deadline: Robert Mueller Investigation Is Over After 675 Days CNN: Special counsel Robert Mueller has finished his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and turned over his final report to Attorney General William Barr NPR: Robert Mueller Submits Report On Russia Investigation To Attorney General Barr USA Today: Special counsel Robert Mueller delivers report marking end of investigation into Trump's campaign, Russia Reuters: Mueller submits Trump-Russia report, clamor grows for its quick release FOX News: Mueller not recommending ‘any further indictments’ after report turnover
  12. NBC News: House passes measure blocking Trump's national emergency declaration The measure, aimed at preventing the president from using billions to fund to the wall, will be taken up in the Senate in coming days. Even though the president has said he would veto any Congressional opposition to his emergency declaration to fund the Southern border "wall" the Democrat controlled House of Representatives moved on a measure to nullify the president's declaration with all Democrats and 13 Republicans voting to oppose the measure. Now the bill moves to the Senate where if it is approved there barring any modification, it will go to president Trump's desk. The House of Representatives didn't have the needed majority to override a presidential veto, but if the Senate changes the measure substantially it can be sent back to the House for another vote. To be clear I am in favor of just about any measure that would seem to stem the flow of illegal aliens from easily entering the U.S. through our more porous national borders… aside from an actual Berlin style wall and/or a presidential emergency declaration to circumvent Congress. I’ve always held the view for the federal government to spend such an exorbitant amount of money (initially estimated to be nearly $20-70 billion) for a 30ft tall concrete wall; “from sea to shining sea” would not only be cost prohibitive but counterproductive and doing it by presidential declaration instead of through Congress is not the way to go – but the new plan for steel border barriers across well known and well used foot paths, along with the other border security measures the president has asked for makes a bit more sense, especially in light of statements from Border Patrol officials who have said they: "Overwhelmingly support a "wall system" along the border with Mexico, according to a new survey from the National Border Patrol Council."
  13. Seems to me this is what compromise looks like: President Trump initially asked for $25 billion for border security including $5.7 billion for the complete funding of a Southern border "wall"... The Democrats offered $1.3 billion for the border wall and the president said that's not good enough... Now it is rumored that the president is willing to consider an initial $2.1 billion for the border wall project plus an additional $400 million Democrats call a "slush fund" for the president's other immigration priorities. CBS News: Trump lowers demand for border wall funding On the seventh day of the partial government shutdown, President Trump on Friday threatened to shut down the U.S.-Mexico border if Democrats refuse his monetary demands to build his long-promised wall. Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said he expected the shutdown to go on for a while, but revealed the president has come down from his initial demand of $5 billion to build the wall. "We sat down with (Chuck) Schumer and gave him a number below five. I am not going to tell you what it is," Mulvaney said. Mr. Trump canceled his plans to travel for the holiday and is doubling down on using whatever means necessary to get funding for a wall, tweeting, "We will be forced to close the Southern Border entirely if the Obstructionist Democrats do not give us the money to finish the Wall & also change the ridiculous immigration laws that our Country is saddled with. "It is estimated that shutting down the border could cost the economy up to $1 billion a day. NBC local: White House: Pres. Trump would accept less money for border wall White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said a counteroffer was presented over the weekend to Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York. Mulvaney would only say the offer was between Trump's $5.7 billion request and $1.3 billion Democrats have offered. "We moved off of the five and we hope they move up from their 1.3," he said Sunday, a day after a senior administration official insisted Congress would have to cave into Trump's spending demand for the shutdown to end. The comments highlighted Trump's unpredictable negotiating style. A Democratic aide granted anonymity to discuss the private talks confirmed the White House offered $2.5 billion, an initial $2.1 billion plus $400 million Democrats called a "slush fund" for the president's other immigration priorities. Mulvaney said he was awaiting a response from Schumer, whose office said the parties remained "very far apart." So as I said, it appears to me in the spirit of compromise president Trump is considering accepting less than half of what he asked for by way of funding for the Southern border wall, he 'blinked', he 'budged', however people want to put it but to me it shows he's willing to work with those who oppose him to try to reach some kind of middle ground - just like he did on the DACA deal president Trump proposed back in January where he agreed to allow a pathway for citizenship for 1.8 million "dreamers" and other Illegal aliens in exchange for working to reform the immigration laws... But personally I suspect now, just like it was back then the Democrats will be unwilling to compromise. Back in January they could have given a secured future for over a million dreamers and other foreign nationals residing in the United States illegally, but they refused. We'll see if the Democrats are willing to compromise this time on their initial offer of $1.3 billion for a Southern border wall or if they decide to stick with their usual demands of 'all or nothing'... After all if the Democrats prove once again they are unwilling to compromise they can again try to blame it all on the president, just like they did back in January.
  14. USA Today: Michael Cohen, Trump's former lawyer, is sentenced to three years in prison for 'dirty deeds' NEW YORK – Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to a series of crimes, including campaign finance violations, tax evasion and lying to Congress. Cohen, known for several years as Trump’s fixer in legal and business matters, has become the first member of the president’s inner circle to be sentenced to prison in a case with potential legal implications for the president. Cohen’s sentencing comes after he pleaded guilty in cases with prosecutors in the Southern District of New York and with special counsel Robert Mueller’s team. Before the sentence was imposed, Cohen said he took "full responsibility" for the crimes, "for each act that I pled guilty to: The personal ones to me and those involving the President of the United States of America."
  15. If as Trump-haters claim; "everything Trump says is a lie", And president Trump is backing Nancy Pelosi for USHOR Majority Speaker... What are we to think of this? FOX News: Obama backs Pelosi as 'one of the most effective legislative leaders' in US history Kind of makes you think twice about some of those Trump-hater statements doesn't it?
  16. Washington Post: Trump endorses bipartisan criminal-justice reform bill At an afternoon event at the White House, Trump officially endorsed the First Step Act, which he said included “reasonable sentencing reforms while keeping dangerous and violent criminals off our streets.” He urged lawmakers to send him a bill, saying: “I’ll be waiting with a pen.” “Today’s announcement shows that true bipartisanship is possible,” Trump said. “This is a big breakthrough for a lot of people. . . . For the most part I too support the new CJ reform bill... With one reservation - would reduce mandatory minimum sentences that go into effect when a firearm is used during a violent crime or drug offense. The latter also would not apply to people already sentenced for these crimes. Sorry committing a crime is one thing, but to bring along a gun and use it during the commission of a crime in my opinion shows extreme malice of forethought, even if the perpetrators later 'claim' they only intended to use it as an intimidation factor. It is my opinion the added sentencing severity for possessing and using a firearm during the commission of a crime should not be lessened... If anything (again in my opinion) it should be made more severe with a manditory 10 to 20-years tacked on to the normal sentencing determination, for any criminal act which involves the criminals using a firearm - particularly in the commission of a "violent crime" or drug deal and I don't care what political affiliation is tied to the perpetrator. What really galls me though is, Democrats are screaming for "gun reform", "tougher gun laws"... Unless it involves criminals using a firearm in the commission of a crime apparently ~
  17. Either I am seriously "misrembering" my Civics, Social Studies and History classes or our president may be mistaken thinking he can change the Constitution of the United States with an presidential executive order... As I understand it Article 5 of the U.S. Constitution provides that an amendment can be proposed either by a two-thirds majority in both the House and the Senate or by a convention of the states where three-fourths of the states or Congress agrees to pass any proposed Constitutional Amendment. U.S. Constitution - Article 5 Article 5 - Amendment The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress; Provided that no Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article; and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate. Of course certain things within the Constitution can be tweaked or fine tuned, such as the HP explosive weapons and full-auto weapons ban in regards to the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution, but to amend a Constitutional clause by a simple presidential order... I don't see how it can be done. Now like various "tweaks and fine tuning" as they apply to other Constitutional Amendments, the president may get Congress to amend the 14th Amendment, just to where it does not apply to the children of people who are in the United States illegally - as a matter of fact. that the president may even be able to do on his own, but to de-ratify the entire birthright clause of the 14th Amendment - but I don't thinks so. But then I'm no constitutional scholar either. But for the record I have always been of the opinion that since the 14th Amendment was written and intended as a protection for emancipated slaves and their offspring after the Civil War - and as such no longer applies in our present real world situation, the 14th Amendment should have been amended a long time ago... but of course that is just my opinion.
  18. Rosie O'Donnell is still here, Cher is still here, Whoopi Goldberg is still here, Amy Schumer is still here, Snoop's still here, as is Samuel L Jackson. So are most of the other celebrities who said they'd leave the United States if Donald Trump was elected. Barbara Streisand said she'd leave the country if Trump was elected also - Yup, she's still here too... Before the election: When an Australian reporter asked about her {Barbara Streisand's) travel plans if Trump were to be elected, Streisand answered, "He has no facts. I don't know, I can't believe it. I'm either coming to your country [Australia], if you'll let me in, or Canada." After the election : Despite an email sent out from her rep to the media Tuesday saying that "her reflection on the outcome will be posted on [her] social media sites immediately after the election is decided," she has yet to comment. Now Streisand seems to be doubling down on her threat to leave American behind if the GOP retains the House of Representatives... Or "eat pancakes and get fat" ~ Maggie Haberman - New York Times: Maggie Haberman: "How are you feeling these days?" Barbara Streisand: "I want to sleep nights, if we take the House I’ll be able to sleep a little bit better." Maggie Haberman: "And if they don’t?" Barbara Streisand: "Don’t know. I’ve been thinking about, do I want to move to Canada? I don’t know. I’m just so saddened by this thing happening to our country. It’s making me fat. I hear what he said now, and I have to go eat pancakes now, and pancakes are very fattening."
  19. CNN Politics: Cuomo: Trump about walls, Obama about bridges On the heels of Barack Obama's critique of President Donald Trump in a speech at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign, CNN's Chris Cuomo measures the dueling tactics of the Presidents. Of course what the left leaning bias media probably won't mention is that in 2006, Senators Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton and Chuck Schumer and 23 other Democrats voted for border wall legislation called the Secure Fence Act of 2006. Boston Globe: In 2006, Democrats were saying ‘build that fence!’ "The bill before us will certainly do some good,” Obama said on the Senate floor in October 2006. He praised the legislation, saying it would provide “better fences and better security along our borders” and would “help stem some of the tide of illegal immigration in this country.” Obama was talking about the Secure Fence Act of 2006, legislation authorizing a barrier along the southern border passed into law with the support of 26 Democratic senators including party leaders like Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, and Chuck Schumer. Politifact: The Secure Fence Act of 2006 The Secure Fence Act of 2006, which was passed by a Republican Congress and signed by President George W. Bush, authorized about 700 miles of fencing along certain stretches of land between the border of the United States and Mexico. The act also authorized the use of more vehicle barriers, checkpoints and lighting to curb illegal immigration, and the use of advanced technology such as satellites and unmanned aerial vehicles. At the time the act was being considered, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Chuck Schumer were all members of the Senate. (Schumer of New York is now the Senate minority leader.) Obama, Clinton, Schumer and 23 other Democratic senators voted in favor of the act when it passed in the Senate by a vote of 80 to 19. ... Our ruling Mulvaney said that Obama, Schumer and Clinton voted for a border wall in 2006. They did vote for the Secure Fence Act of 2006, which authorized building a fence along about 700 miles of the border between the United States and Mexico.
  20. In 1980 Jimmy Carter was president and he signed in a new Refugee/Immigration rule called the "Immigrant Self-Sufficiency" rule. "It gives me great pleasure to sign into law S. 643, the Refugee Act of 1980, which revises provisions for refugee admissions and assistance. This legislation is an important contribution to our efforts to strengthen U.S. refugee policies and programs. The Refugee Act reflects our long tradition as a haven for people uprooted by persecution and political turmoil. In recent years, the number of refugees has increased greatly. Their suffering touches all and challenges us to help them, often under difficult circumstances. The Refugee Act improves procedures and coordination to respond to the often massive and rapidly changing refugee problems that have developed recently. It establishes a new admissions policy that will permit fair and equitable treatment of refugees in the United States, regardless of their country of origin. It allows us to change annual admissions levels in response to conditions overseas, policy considerations, and resources available for resettlement. The new procedures will also ensure thorough consideration of admissions questions by both the Congress and the administration. Moreover, the Refugee Act will help refugees in this country become self-sufficient and contributing members of society. Until now, resettlement has been done primarily by private persons and organizations. They have done an admirable job, but the large numbers of refugees arriving now create new strains and problems. Clearly, the Federal Government must play an expanded role in refugee programs. The Refugee Act is the result of close cooperation between the administration and the Congress, with important support from those who work directly with refugees in State and local governments and private groups. Everyone who worked so long on its passage can be proud of this contribution to improved international and domestic refugee programs and to our humanitarian traditions." Under that rule: Title IV, chapter 2- Refugee Assistance, the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) it drastically limited the numbers of immigrants and refugees who were allowed into the U.S. or allowed to remain in the U.S. who would be primarily dependent on cash stipends from the federal government for subsistence. Federal funding was also made available for the purposes of job training and English language courses for refugees and immigrants. In 1999 Rep Smith, Lamar (R-TX), introduced a bill to extend the availability of federal funds from the Immigration and Nationality Act for an additional 2 years the period for admission of an alien as a nonimmigrant under section 101(a)(15)(S) of such Act, and to authorize appropriations for the refugee assistance program under chapter 2 of title IV of the Immigration and Nationality Act. When Carter signed the Immigrant Self-Sufficiency act it was said be with a purpose of limiting the drain on the federal - thus "the nation's economy" and providing refugees and immigrants a path forward to aid in the prosperity of the nation... President Trump has suggested an amendment to Chapter 2 of title IV to call for a reevaluation of refugee admission and immigrant status (green card holders) by those immigrants who are dependent on other public benefits like food assistance and Section 8 housing vouchers, health care subsidies, and Medicare/Medicaid. As Carter said three decades ago, "to limit the drain on the nation's economy". There has been no recommendation from the Trump administration to cut off or decrease funding for refugee or immigrant training programs under the Refugee act immigrant self-sufficiency rule. **Now since president Trump is not attempting to implement new immigration reforms, but merely alter some of the terms of existing immigration laws and rules - I wonder if it will have the same success, or lack of resistance former president Obama had when he altered some of the terms of the Affordable Care Act and Immigration laws and rules during his term... Somehow I kind of doubt it.
  21. I've always been of the opinion that Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) was a few planks shy of an outhouse, her latest declaration seems to cement my opinion for me... CNN: Elizabeth Warren: Time to use 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, seizing on an explosive {New York Times} op-ed from an anonymous administration official, said Thursday that it's time to use constitutional powers to remove President Donald Trump office if top officials don't think he can do the job."If senior administration officials think the President of the United States is not able to do his job, then they should invoke the 25th Amendment," Warren told CNN.... "Article II, Section 1, Clause 6 of the Constitution states that in “case of the removal of the President from office, or of his death, resignation, or inability to discharge the powers and duties of the said office, the same shall devolve on the Vice President.” [*1] Well it's rather evident that president Trump hasn't been removed from office, neither is he dead... As for his "inability to discharge the powers and duties of the office" as president of the United States, at least some in Washington and the rest of the nation seem to believe he's doing just fine. "Article II, Section 1, Clause 6 provided for the Vice President to step in when the President had an “inability to discharge [his] powers and duties,” but it provided no decision-maker, no procedures, and no definition of “inability.” Nor did it make clear whether the Vice President would act as President only until the President recovered, or instead would become President for the duration of the term." [*1] We've already had a finding from the president's physician that Trump is mentally competent and aside from behavior some profess to find "offensive", he hasn't really done anything most honest people would consider crazy or harmful to the nation, national security or the economy. During his presidency, Trump has reduced or cut off aid to several countries who oppose the United States and our foreign interests. The president has threatened or has actually withdrawn the nation from international agreements and trade deals he considers lopsided and detrimental to the United States. With a bit of saber rattling and various economic sanctions president Trump has made it known to foreign nations that America will not idly stand by while the mechanizations, policies and military actions of those nations opposed to the U.S. threaten us, our allies or American interests globally. And he has taken certain measures and proposed policies he believes are important for maintaining our national security, economic stability, and supports our existing laws and regulations. Realistically Trump's presidency is still in it's infancy going on two years since he took the oath of office with two years and a few months to go until the end of his first term but ultimately whether president Trump's term(s) in office winds up making the Unites States stronger and more secure - or less is yet to be determined... We can already see the national and personal economic outlook for many (but not all) Americans appears to be improving. A couple of other salient points to consider here as far as I'm concerned... A few times president Trump has made the statement that he believes there are "deep state" operatives in Washington working against him and his policies... The the NY Times piece, entitled "I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration," only seems to prove to me that there is indeed at least one "anonymous" faction, possibly even within the Trump administration, attempting to undermine him. The second thing is just about every member of the Trump administration has denied authoring the anonymous piece... CNN: Here are the administration officials who deny they wrote The New York Times op-ed Politico: Trump officials race to deny they authored 'resistance' op-ed NY Daily News: Top administration officials deny being behind anonymous anti-Trump op-ed First, since the piece was reportedly submitted anonymously and no administration official has so far come forward to claim authorship of the article, is there any actual authenticity to the op-ed, or is it just another attempt by unidentified sources to undermine president Trump? Certainly something to consider I think... [*1]:
  22. **Let's see how this turns out... ABC News: City {West Hollywood} passes proposal to remove Trump's star from Hollywood Walk of Fame The city of West Hollywood approved a proposal to remove President Donald Trump's star from the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, citing recent costly vandalism and recent demonstrations around the star. West Hollywood’s five-member city council passed the measure unanimously on Monday evening, allowing it to move forward with a request to remove the star, which has been vandalized several times since Trump took office last year. It now plans to send a formal letter to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, the Los Angeles City Council and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce for consideration. The Chamber of Commerce would have the final say in removing the star. Brought forth by West Hollywood council members John D'Amico and Lindsey Horvath, the proposal cited the president’s treatment of women and his views on climate change as catalysts. Have any stars been removed from the Hollywood Walk of Fame for convictions or allegations (without a conviction) of misconduct? The answer is no...The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a registered historic landmark. Once a star has been added to the Walk, it is considered a part of the historic fabric of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. ... As of 2018, this has been the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce's only statement regarding the removal of stars. I've looked by several search engines and haven't found a single case where the Hollywood Chamber has agreed to remove a star from the Walk of Fame due to any kind of misconduct including allegations or convictions of murder, rape and pedophilia... But then they weren't Trump. Yahoo Entertainment: (November 2017) Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has no plans to remove Walk of Fame stars amid sexual misconduct scandals Those celebrities accused of multiple counts of sexual harassment can rest assured about one thing: Their stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame aren’t in jeopardy of being removed. Amid the scandals surrounding celebrities like Kevin Spacey and Brett Ratner, both of whom have stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Yahoo reached out to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to find out whether there are plans or internal discussions around potentially removing the stars for anyone who has been accused of sexual misconduct. A rep for the group referred Yahoo to a 2015 statement issued after a petition for the removal of Bill Cosby’s star was circulated, saying it’s still their most recent statement on the subject. “The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has received inquiries asking whether we are planning to remove the stars of Walk of Famers because of alleged misconduct. The answer is no,” said Leron Gubler, Hollywood Chamber of Commerce president and CEO. “The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a registered historic landmark. Once a star has been added to the Walk, it is considered a part of the historic fabric of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Because of this, we have never removed a star from the Walk.” Hollywood Reporter: Bill Cosby's Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Won't Be Removed Despite Charges The honor is a historic landmark and will not be altered, officials say. Bill Cosby's star will remain on the Hollywood Walk of Fame no matter the outcome of his criminal case. The 78-year-old on Wednesday was charged with aggravated indecent assault, a first-degree felony, by the Montgomery County, Pa., District Attorney's Office. Cosby has been accused by numerous women of drugging them in order to perpetrate sexual assault. Although he faces multiple lawsuits over the allegations, Wednesday's charges were the first criminal proceedings in the matter. And while Cosby has been stripped of numerous honors in light of the allegations, his star along the walk of fame will remain in place, according to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. "The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has received inquiries asking whether we are planning to remove the star of Bill Cosby. The answer is no," said Leron Gubler, Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, in an email. Gubler stated: "The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a registered historic landmark. Once a star has been added to the Walk, it is considered a part of the historic fabric of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Because of this, we have never removed a star from the Walk."
  23. I've been saying for years the best and most effective way to improve the American workforce is not to temporarily import, train then allow foreign workers to return to their home countries with better skills - but instead we should be trying to educate, train and hire American workers... From several media accounts president Trump has appeared to do just that, an Executive Order to train and "retrain our workforce and equip students and workers with the skills they need" to be hired by American businesses. FOX: Trump pushing job training as employers search for workers USA Today: Trump looks to shift focus to economy with event, order on workforce White President Donald J. Trump’s Executive Order on Workforce Development President Trump is fighting for America’s forgotten men and women, taking action to help retrain our workforce and equip students and workers with the skills they need to succeed. “The assembly line, energy plant and retail store have changed dramatically in the past 25 years—and the jobs have too. Nearly 1 in 5 working Americans has a job that didn’t exist in 1980, many in technology, the fastest-growing segment across all industries. Such rapid change is one reason 6.6 million U.S. jobs are currently unfilled. Many of these jobs require skills training, but not a college degree. Yet for too long, both the public and the private sectors have failed to develop innovative and effective training programs. With a new initiative we are launching Thursday, that will change.” “By recognizing the full breadth of the ‘skills gap’ challenge and the cost to U.S. workers, the president has helped the nation take strong and positive steps … Another important step in addressing the ‘skills gap’ is the recent formation of the National Council on the American Worker. By leveraging insights from government, industry, and academia, we will find new ways to modernize our nation’s education and job-training system. At Lockheed Martin, we are proud to answer the president’s call for comprehensive workforce development.” So instead of repeatedly expanding the federal foreign worker visa program as was done under the previous president, the current president is attempting to train and retrain American workers to fill much needed American business and labor job openings.
  24. pHoward Dean; Physician, former 6 term Gov. of Vermont. unsuccessfully ran for President in 2004 and is currently the chairman of the Democrat National Committee... Commented on a Twitter post showing neo Nazis burning a swastika during a rally last week in North Carolina. So instead of walking away from Hillary's claim that half of the people supporting candidate Trump were "deplorable" racists, etc., Dean seems to double down on that claim suggesting all of Trump's base voters are racists and Nazis. To quote one of the more sane responses on Dean's Twitter account: Implying all "Trump base voters" are racists & Nazis is really {NOT} going to win over the swing voters in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania that cost Dems the last election! I didn't vote for Trump in '16, but this example of deranged hatred makes it more likely I'd vote for him in '20