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 Post subject: Re: You've been Trumped!
PostPosted: Fri 05 Apr , 2019 2:35 pm 

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https://www.theguardian.com/law/2019/apr/05/us-revokes-visa-of-international-criminal-courts-top-prosecutor
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The US has revoked the visa of the international criminal court’s chief prosecutor in response to her intention to investigate potential war crimes by US soldiers in Afghanistan.

A statement from the office of Fatou Bensouda, a Gambian national, said she would continue to pursue her duties for the court, in The Hague, “without fear or favour”.




https://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/437465-states-sue-trump-admin-over-deregulations-executive-order
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A group of three states filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging President Trump’s 2017 executive order requiring federal agencies to repeal at least two standing regulations for each new regulation added.

...Thursday’s complaint alleges that the order exceeds Trump’s constitutional authority, violates the separation of powers doctrine in the Constitution and goes against the president’s duty to take due care in executing laws.

It also claims that several federal agencies, including the OMB, EPA and Energy Department, “have acted in excess of their statutory jurisdiction” in comply with the order. “As a result, numerous federal regulations addressing matters of public health, safety, welfare, and the environment have been and will continue to be revised, delayed, withdrawn, or repealed by agencies, including the Agency Defendants, to comply with the Order’s arbitrary mandates, and new rules will be delayed or not proposed at all,” the complaint reads.




https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/04/article/why-us-china-trade-deal-is-coming-in-two-charts/?_=3959615
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Why US-China trade deal is coming, in two charts

The tariff battle has left the US bloodied more so than China, a fact that cannot be lost on Trump
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China’s stock market performance continues without taking a breath, and the next round of trade news should keep the momentum going.

There’s no doubt that President Trump is worried about US economic growth. Otherwise, he wouldn’t have sent my friend and former Bear Stearns colleague, Larry Kudlow, to tell CNBC that the Federal Reserve should drop the short-term lending rate by 50 basis points.

And the president is aware that the trade war with China is hurting US output, especially capital investment, which remains low despite the biggest corporate tax cut in US history. I presume he knows that, because everyone knows it. ...Other factors are slowing the US economy, but trade war is one of the big ones...




EDIT:

Trump's other brilliant choice for the Federal Reserve (besides that idiot and sycophant Moore):
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-federal-reserve-fed-herman-cain-fox-news-tea-party-a8856256.html
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Donald Trump plans to nominate a former Fox News commentator and Tea Party activist for a seat on the Federal Reserve Board, where he will help set interest rates for the world's biggest economy.

Herman Cain, a 73-year-old former pizza chain executive who was described by Mr Trump as a "friend of mine", has little direct experience with monetary policy, but has previously expressed a similar outlook to the president's negative view of the Fed's interest rate hikes.

"I have recommended him highly for the Fed," Mr Trump said in a press conference on Thursday. "I've told my folks that's the man."


https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-appoint-herman-cain-federal-reserve-board-2019-4
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Cain was the chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City's Omaha branch from 1989 to 1991 and the chairman of the entire Kansas City Fed in 1995 and 1996. Directors of the Fed's 12 branches are typically businesspeople from the district rather than economists steeped in monetary policy.

Beyond his Fed role, Cain was the CEO of Godfather's Pizza and the National Restaurant Association.

... Cain would also be the second board nomination in the past month: Trump tapped the conservative economist Stephen Moore for a seat on March 22. While Moore's nomination is moving ahead, there have been numerous questions about the economist's repeated attacks on the Fed, his personal life, his track record as a forecaster, and his basic knowledge of monetary policy.



https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/trump-fed-should-cut-interest-rates-2019-4-1028089715
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President Donald Trump blamed the Federal Reserve for slowing growth Friday, saying it should slash interest rates and start injecting money into the economy... He also pushed the Fed to return to a bond-buying process known as quantitative easing, which was launched following the Great Recession.

Trump has repeatedly lashed out at the Fed about higher interest rates, arguing that they hurt growth. In December, when the stock market was down, he spoke privately about the possibility of firing Fed Chairman Jerome Powell.

The economy is expected to slow because of the fading effects from stimulus measures, such as the $1.5 trillion tax cuts passed last year, and ongoing trade tensions.

...Past presidents have generally tried to avoid commenting on Fed policy out of respect for its independence from political influence. But Trump and his administration have continued to pressure the central bank, even as it steps back from hikes.
It's pretty obvious that, by nominating Moore and Cain, Trump hopes to bring the Fed under his personal control.




https://www.businessinsider.com/cohen-says-he-found-hard-drive-with-14-million-files-harmful-to-trump-2019-4
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Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, says he has uncovered millions of files of new evidence that would be of interest to lawmakers investigating the president.

In a statement Thursday night, Cohen's lawyer Lanny Davis said his client's "recent public and closed-door testimony to congressional committees has triggered additional areas for investigation by law enforcement authorities and the Congress." "In fact," Davis continued, "Mr. Cohen has recently obtained a hard drive with 14 million files from his computers and phones over the past 10 years, which we believe has significant value to the various congressional oversight and investigation committees."




https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-edited-tweet-mocks-joe-biden-allegation-apology-video-message-2019-4
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President Donald Trump tweeted out an edited video of former Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday addressing the concerns of women who have come forward alleging he inappropriately touched and kissed them.

The doctored video appears to have been originally posted by the conservative account @CarpeDonktum both on Twitter and on the pro-Trump subreddit forum r/The_Donald also by @CarpeDonktum. The subreddit, which has hundreds of thousands of subscribers, is a notorious venue for racist, misogynistic, anti-Semitic, and Islamophobia content.



https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-border-wall-calexico-new-california-visit-obama-a8857316.html
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When Donald Trump lands in California to view what is being touted as the “first section” of his border wall to be completed, he may be a bit let down if he gets much of a history lesson. That’s because the barrier near the city of Calexico he is visiting is not new at all, even if a plaque there says it is. In fact, the recently completed renovations that have inspired the president’s visit were not thought up during this administration, either — the plans were made back during Barack Obama’s presidency.


https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-border-mexico-sanctions-twitter-wall-tweets-today-a8856696.html
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In a series of tweets, the president took a swipe at The Washington Post, and said that he would penalize Mexico in spite of the trade deal with Mexico and Canada — the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) — that he has made a signature foreign policy goal in the western hemisphere.

..."The Crazed and Dishonest Washington Post again purposely got it wrong. Mexico, for the first time in decades, is meaningfully apprehending illegals at THEIR Southern Border, before the long march up to the U.S. This is great and the way it should be. The big flow will stop," Mr Trump wrote.

He continued: "However, if for any reason Mexico stops apprehending and bringing the illegals back to where they came from, the U.S. will be forced to Tariff at 25% all cars made in Mexico and shipped over the Border to us. If that doesn’t work, which it will, I will close the Border."

"This will supersede USMCA. Likewise I am looking at an economic penalty for the 500 Billion Dollars in illegal DRUGS that are shipped and smuggled through Mexico and across our Southern Border. Over 100,00 Americans die each year, sooo many families destroyed!"
What an idiot. Maybe other governments should now assess penalties on the US government for any Americans who commit crimes in their countries?

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 Post subject: Re: You've been Trumped!
PostPosted: Mon 08 Apr , 2019 1:45 pm 

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https://thehill.com/policy/international/437649-secrecy-behind-saudi-nuclear-talks-infuriates-congress
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Congressional anger is growing over President Trump’s efforts to secure a nuclear energy deal with Saudi Arabia.

Lawmakers first became wary of the plans when the Saudis refused to accept limits preventing them from developing a nuclear weapon. But that skepticism quickly turned to fury when it was revealed that the Trump administration gave approval for companies to share certain nuclear energy technology with the kingdom without a broader nuclear deal in place.


https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/437799-former-cia-officer-gaping-hole-for-foreign-intelligence-at-mar-a-lago
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A former CIA officer on Monday said that President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida is a “gaping hole” for foreign intelligence agents to target.

Former CIA officer Lisa Ruth’s comments on CBS News comes just days after a woman from China was arrested for allegedly entering Mar-a-Lago with two Chinese passports, four cellphones and a thumb drive reportedly containing malicious software.
I guess they wanted more secrets than they can get from Trump talking on his unsecured cell phones.






https://thehill.com/policy/international/middle-east-north-africa/437798-us-planning-to-label-irans-revolutionary-guard
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The Trump administration is planning to step up pressure on Iran by labeling their Revolutionary Guard Corps a "foreign terrorist organization," the Associated Press reported Monday.

...If the Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is designated a terrorist organization they would face additional sanctions... That could complicate U.S. activities in Iraq and Lebanon where several militias and parties have ties to the IRGC, which could lead communication with U.S. troops to be barred.

...More than 200 Iranian lawmakers reportedly signed onto a statement Sunday calling that called plan “inappropriate and idiotic.” “We will answer any action taken against this force with a reciprocal action...


That moron did it: https://thehill.com/policy/defense/437820-trump-labels-irans-revolutionary-guard-a-foreign-terror-group
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Netanyahu thanked Trump for "responding to another important request of mine," adding it "serves the interests of our countries and countries of the region."


https://thehill.com/opinion/national-security/437834-designating-irans-revolutionary-guards-as-terrorists-will-have
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DOD has opposed this idea for a long time. When it was considered in 2007, the representative of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told his civilian counterparts, “The United States has always carefully avoided declaring military officers engaged in activities sanctioned by their governments as terrorists to avoid the same being done to us.” It could be applied to American special forces officers, who frequently operate clandestinely and have provided military assistance and training to insurgents.




People have been speculating whether Mulvaney would do his duty or play a partisan and protect Trump. Now we know.
https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/437729-mulvaney-democrats-will-never-see-trumps-tax-returns
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Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney said Sunday that Democrats will "never" see President Trump's tax returns.

...Last week, House Democrats formally requested Trump's tax returns, with Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) asking IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig to turn over six years of Trump's personal and business tax returns.

...Neal made the request under a provision of the federal tax code that states the Treasury secretary "shall furnish" tax returns upon request from the chairmen of Congress’s tax committees, provided that the documents associated with a particular taxpayer are viewed in a closed session.


https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/437660-mnuchin-losing-two-top-aides-at-treasury-report
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Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin will soon lose two top aides ...Eli Miller, Treasury Department chief of staff and a former Trump campaign official, will leave the agency next week, according to a staffwide email obtained by The Hill....Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Public Affairs Tony Sayegh also intends to leave the Treasury Department by the end of May and is interviewing candidates for his replacement, according to Politico.

Fox News commentator Monica Crowley is reportedly in the mix to replace Sayegh. She was tapped before Trump’s inauguration to serve on the National Security Council, but withdrew her nomination after reports surfaced about instances of plagiarism.





https://thehill.com/latino/437724-justice-department-says-it-could-take-two-years-to-identify-thousands-of-additional
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The Department of Justice (DOJ) is reportedly seeking up to two years to identify thousands of migrant children who were separated from their parents at the southern border before a judge ended the practice.

The Trump administration detailed the proposed timeline in a court filing on Friday, according to The Associated Press, saying that it will take longer than anticipated to review an estimated 47,000 cases of unaccompanied children taken into U.S. custody between July 1, 2017, and June 25, 2018, and to determine which children were separated from their parents.



https://thehill.com/opinion/international/437686-central-american-migrants-trump-attacks-symptoms-ignores-causes-and
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President Donald Trump insists the increasing flow migrants from Central America must stop, but he and his administration’s pronouncements, policies, and actions are only making a bad situation worse, now and in the future.

Trump’s announcement that he will cut all U.S. assistance to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, the sources of most of the migrant flow, is perhaps the most obvious example that he neither understands the problem nor the tools the U.S. has to deal with it.

Central American migrants are a symptom of chronic problems in their region...

U.S. assistance prods local governments to do more in areas the U.S. thinks are important. Little or no U.S. aid goes directly to these governments, but instead supports the work of largely American non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and private contractors. Shutting off U.S. assistance to Central America will almost certainly produce more migrants; it certainly will not stop the flow.


https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/437675-trump-i-dont-need-a-summit-with-mexico-el-salvador-guatemala-and
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President Trump said he does not need to hold a summit with the leaders of Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras as he continues his calls for the countries to do more to prevent migrants from traveling to the U.S.

Trump has ...repeatedly threatened to shutter the border with Mexico... and last week halted foreign assistance to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

"No, no, I don't need a summit. I think we've done very well without the summit. They understand we stopped. We're saving $550 million. And I respectfully told — I thank him very much because for the last four days it's been great...



https://thehill.com/homenews/media/437755-ex-murdoch-executive-says-he-quit-over-fox-newss-relationship-with-facts
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A former News Corp executive said Sunday that he left his job because of Fox News’s “tone” and “relationship with facts.”

...“I’m a big believer in the marketplace of ideas, right?” Azam said. “And I was fine working with and for people who had very different values and opinions than I did, but I noticed a significant shift in the ferociousness and, frankly, in the relationship with facts.".

...“It became very profitable to kind of fall in line with some of the anti-immigrant, anti-refugee, anti-Semitic, anti-Muslim rhetoric...



https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/437520-trump-withdraws-nomination-to-lead-ice
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President Trump on Thursday withdrew his nominee to lead U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The White House sent paperwork to Congress withdrawing Ron Vitiello, the agency's current acting director, as Trump's nominee to permanently lead the agency. "We’re going in a little different direction," President Trump said Friday about the decision. "Ron’s a good man, but we’re going in a tougher direction."



https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/416432-homeland-secretary-nielsen-resigns
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President Trump announced Sunday that Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen will leave her post, ending a rocky run as the top official in charge of implementing the president’s hard-line immigration policies.

The decision, which Trump announced on Twitter...

Edit: Nielsen is apparently out because Trump wants to reinstate family separations. It seems she reminded him that federal court orders would not allow his policy and also that he signed the executive order rescinding the policy. It seems Dear Leader doesn't like that sort of truth.
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/trump-has-months-been-urging-administration-reinstate-child-separation-policy-n992021

https://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-call-kirstjen-nielsen-early-mornings-demanding-she-stop-migrants-1388529
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In a report following on the heels of Nielsen's resignation, The New York Times detailed how Trump would call Nielsen at home early in the morning to demand that she "take action to stop migrants from entering the country."

The news outlet reported that the president would even go so far as to pressure Nielsen to take measures that were illegal to stop asylum seekers from coming to the U.S. border, including "blocking all migrants from seeking asylum."

"She repeatedly noted the limitations imposed on her department by federal laws, court settlements and international obligations," the newspaper reported. Rather than placating the president, however, Nielsen's attempts at explaining why she could not simply shut down the asylum process would only further stoke the flames of the U.S. leader's fury, The Times reported.





https://thehill.com/homenews/437833-labor-department-official-steps-down-amid-ethics-questions
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Associate Deputy Labor Secretary Michael Avakian has resigned less than a month after a brief suspension following an ethics probe, according to Bloomberg Law...His departure also follows a request by House Democrats last month for information about his work for a steel company in a lawsuit against a workers union. He reportedly continued to work for the company three months after joining the Labor Department last year.





https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/apr/08/trump-administration-sabotages-major-conservation-effort-defying-congress
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Scientists and officials around the US have told the Guardian that the Trump administration has withdrawn funding for a large, successful conservation program – in direct contradiction of instructions from Congress.

Unique in scale and ambition, the program comprises 22 research centers that tackle big-picture issues affecting huge swaths of the US, such as climate change, flooding and species extinction. They are known as Landscape Conservation Cooperatives – or were, because 16 of them are now on indefinite hiatus or have dissolved.

“I just haven’t seen anything like this in my almost 30 years of working with the federal government,” said a scientist at the Fish and Wildlife Service who worked for one of the LCCs and wished to remain anonymous, because federal employees were instructed not to speak with the Guardian for this story. “There is this lack of accountability.”...




EDIT:

Trump has gone completely off the rails and is conducting a purge, possibly at the behest of Stephen Miller. CNN says the latest firing is related to the others; the AP says it's unrelated.
https://thehill.com/homenews/437866-trump-fires-secret-service-director-report
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President Trump is removing U.S. Secret Service Director Randolph “Tex” Alles from his position, according to CNN, which cited multiple administration officials.

...Alles reports directly to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen

...An administration official told CNN that Alles’s firing was part of a “purge” at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) following Nielsen’s resignation, saying Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Frances Cissna and the Office of the General Counsel’s John Mitnick would also likely depart soon.

Top Trump adviser Stephen Miller, an immigration hard-liner, has become Trump’s point man on immigration and border policy in recent weeks and is determined to replace DHS leadership with likeminded officials, according to the official.
A government run by Stephen Miller and led by Donald Trump is a nightmare scenario. And it seems it's starting to happen. I have yet to see any comments by Trump's enablers and sycophants in Congress, though the pro-Trump trolls are out in force with comments like "they serve at the pleasure of the president."



King Donald is certainly busy today:
https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/437873-trump-to-announce-new-executive-orders-to-speed-up-green-lighting
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President Trump will travel to Texas Wednesday to announce two new executive orders that aim to make it easier for the oil and gas industry to get permits for pipeline construction
To hell with anyone in the way of the oil and gas executives, I suppose.



Edit 2. Not Trump alone - the period covered in 2013-2017 - but worth knowing about:
https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/437908-watchdog-warns-in-rare-alert-that-epa-data-on-toxic-substance
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The top watchdog overseeing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a rare "management alert" Monday warning that the agency’s public data on toxic substance releases are not accurate. EPA’s Inspector General (IG) Office said the inconsistencies were “of sufficient concern to warrant immediate reporting.”

The emergency letter from EPA’s acting inspector general to the head of the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention warned that certain information the EPA released publicly about its toxic chemical releases did not match with internal EPA data.

“As a result, the public is not receiving complete and timely information about environmental conditions affecting human health,” the letter read.

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 Post subject: Re: You've been Trumped!
PostPosted: Tue 09 Apr , 2019 1:24 pm 

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https://thehill.com/policy/technology/437931-life-in-the-minority-at-the-fcc
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Life in the minority at the FCC
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Since the Trump administration began and Rosenworcel’s Republican colleague Ajit Pai took over as chairman, many of the achievements of the prior FCC have been rolled back and its authority has worn away under an ambitious deregulatory agenda.

The most prominent instance has been Pai’s repeal of net neutrality [which was].. hugely popular among Americans, but ... engendered fierce Republican opposition because it opened the broadband industry up to tougher oversight from the agency.

The Republican majority has also rolled back restrictions on media consolidation at a time when broadcasters and publishers are eagerly chasing mega-deals.

...The day before she spoke with The Hill, Rosenworcel testified alongside Pai before the House Appropriations Committee after the FCC’s leadership requested a budget that would shrink its allocation by nearly $4 million. “So many people think that Washington is rigged against them,” she told Congress. “It saddens me that with this budget, and with the actions of the FCC during the past two years, it appears they are right. That is because too often the FCC has acted at the behest of the corporate forces that surround it, shortchanging the American people and undermining our digital future.”



https://thehill.com/policy/finance/437975-trump-announces-move-to-impose-11b-of-tariffs-on-eu-goods
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President Trump in an early morning tweet on Tuesday touted his administration's tariffs on $11 billion of European Union (EU) products in the wake of a World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling.

"The World Trade Organization finds that the European Union subsidies to Airbus has adversely impacted the United States, which will now put Tariffs on $11 Billion of EU products!" he said.

...Airbus competitor Boeing... praised the move
btw, Boeing is in deep trouble as the investigators start to reveal their findings into the latest Max crash. I'm very glad Indonesia sent the black box to France to be analyzed and not to the US as usual.



https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/437967-several-agencies-refusing-to-take-part-in-trumps-committee-to
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Several federal agencies are reportedly refusing to take part in a White House panel that will reassess and counter the government's previous conclusions on climate change.

...The initiative is considered a modification of NSC senior director and climate change denier William Happer's original plan to create a panel on the effects of climate change and national security.

The Department of Defense, the State Department, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence are among the agencies that have not yet offered experts to the White House for the initiative, according to the Post.
I'm surprised the EPA is currently among them. Science denial has been their modus operandi since Trump took over.



https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/trump-administration-moves-undercut-mlb-s-deal-cuba-n992191
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The Trump administration scuttled a landmark deal enabling Cuban baseball players to play on Major League Baseball teams and declared it illegal, the latest move to roll back the warming of relations between the United States and Cuba that began in the Obama administration.

...The Trump administration has sought to deny the communist-run island revenues that help sustain the government there, which national security adviser John Bolton has deemed part of a “troika of tyranny” along with Venezuela and Nicaragua.
And yet the Trump administration is OK with Saudi Arabia and trying to warm up relations with North Korea, where many people are starving and you can be thrown in a concentration camp or assassinated with an anti-aircraft gun if you offend the ruler. Go figure.



A summary of recent events and our currently dysfunctional federal government:
https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/437947-trump-moves-to-install-loyalists
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President Trump is accelerating his push to appoint loyalists to key administration posts, as he seeks to assert greater control over the federal government and move forward with his agenda.

...Roughly two-thirds of senior White House positions have turned over, according to the Brookings Institution. Trump has ousted nine Cabinet members, and acting officials are now running DHS, the Department of Interior and the Pentagon, in addition to the Office of Management and Budget, Small Business Administration and U.S. mission to the United Nations.

“The metaphor for me is it is like the substitute teacher,” said Max Stier, president and CEO of the nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service, of the acting officials. “They are operating with one hand tied behind their back.”

...With Trump’s selection of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Kevin McAleenan to lead DHS on an interim basis, CBP and Immigration and Customs Enforcement will be without permanent leaders who have the full authority to implement the border policies Trump wants. DHS also lacks a Senate-confirmed deputy secretary.
It's also likely that Trump has discovered that, if he has acting secretaries, he can avoid the normal congressional oversight needed to confirm his appointments and just do as he likes. He has openly said that he likes having acting heads of departments.
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Trump supporters argue the president deserves to surround himself with like-minded people who will carry out his agenda. “It’s less about loyalty and more about finding people who align with his views,” said Andy Surabian, a Republican strategist and former White House official.

What amazes me is how people are trying to normalize this, as if it's just a policy decision to ask people to do illegal things, then fire them when they remind you it's illegal. Or to nominate unqualified people to the Federal Reserve because they will be loyal to you and do whatever you ask (mind you, Trump is the guy who was known for stiffing his contractors and also for a number of failed businesses, from Trump university to casinos to an airline. And we want him directly controlling the economy?)

We're halfway through a bus ride with a drunk driver and careening all over the place, with cliffs nearby. And yet some people are treating every one of Trump's actions as somehow normal and separate from the hundreds of bad and stupid decisions he's made for the last 2 years, instead of screaming "stop! get rid of this clown!"



Oops, forgot this.
https://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/437919-federal-judge-issues-injunction-over-policy-requiring-asylum-seekers
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A federal judge issued a preliminary injunction Monday to stop the Trump administration’s policy of having some asylum seekers wait in Mexico while their case is under consideration. District Judge Richard Seeborg wrote in his ruling that while it’s unclear how much risk asylum seekers are facing under the policy, “there is no real question that it includes the possibility of irreparable injury.” The ruling will go into effect on Friday.

...The administration recently announced that it would begin to expand the policy, informally known as the "Remain in Mexico" program.
btw, I recently saw a Trump supporter arguing that Trump should just ignore judicial rulings and do as he likes. Given the level of coordinated messaging I've seen from the pro-Trump shills on messageboards, I can't help but wonder who's promoting this sort of dangerous thinking.




Edit to add:
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/apr/09/dojs-new-stance-on-foreign-payments-or-gifts-to-trump-blurs-lines-experts
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[I]n a forthcoming article in the Indiana Law Journal, the Washington University Law professor Kathleen Clark reveals justice department filings have recently changed tack.

...Clark’s article notes that in more than 50 legal opinions over some 150 years justice department lawyers have interpreted the clause in a way that barred any foreign payments or gifts except for ones Congress approved. But filings by the department since June 2017 reveal a new interpretation that “… would permit the president – and all federal officials – to accept unlimited amounts of money from foreign governments, as long as the money comes through commercial transactions with an entity owned by the federal official,” the professor writes.

The justice department stance now closely parallels arguments made in a January 2017 position paper by Trump Organization lawyer Sheri Dillon and several of her law partners...


related:
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/17/us/politics/justice-department-trump-emoluments.html
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The Justice Department asked a federal appeals court on Monday to throw out or at least temporarily halt a lawsuit that accuses President Trump of illegally benefiting from his family’s business, seeking to block more than three dozen subpoenas for documents from the Trump Organization, the president’s trust and other entities.

The department acted in response to recent rulings by a federal district judge in a lawsuit brought by the District of Columbia and the State of Maryland. The lawsuit alleges that Mr. Trump has violated the Constitution’s anticorruption clauses, in part by accepting payments from foreign officials who patronize the Trump International Hotel, only blocks from the White House.

...The Justice Department is arguing that the framers of the Constitution sought only to prevent federal officials from acting as paid employees or officers of foreign or domestic governments, not from profiting from businesses that serve them.




And from the "you've got to be kidding me" files, apparently some idiots, including Trump, claim that we're not allowed to call that vile Stephen Miller a white nationalist because he happens to be Jewish.
https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/438037-trump-tweets-quote-condemning-omar-calling-miller-a-white-nationalist
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President Trump on Tuesday hit back at Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) after the congresswoman called his senior adviser Stephen Miller a "white nationalist," sharing a quote from a Fox Business Network guest who condemned Omar’s comments."What's completely unacceptable is for Congresswoman Omar to target Jews. In this case, it's not just Stephen Miller," Jeff Ballabon, who advises the president's campaign, said on "Varney & Co."

...Omar tweeted Monday that it was an "outrage" that Miller has influence on the Trump administration's policies, and called the senior adviser a "white nationalist."

...A number of conservatives slammed Omar over her comments, noting that Miller is Jewish.

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https://thehill.com/policy/defense/438108-pentagon-tells-lawmakers-border-missions-to-cost-at-least-534m
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The Trump administration's deployment of troops to the southern border is expected to cost at least $534 million by the end of the fiscal year in September, the Pentagon told lawmakers in a letter released Tuesday.

That includes $350 million on the National Guard-backed mission called Operation Guardian Support for the current and previous fiscal year, and $184 million for the active-duty supported mission called Operation Secure Line.

The Operation Secure Line amount only accounts for the total through the end of this past January, meaning the cost will almost definitely rise.
No surprise. Anyone who thinks using the military to string razor wire, etc. would be cost-effective is an idiot. And, of course, the National Guard gets paid when they get called in from their civilian jobs.


Another one gone:
https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/438145-dhs-deputy-secretary-resigns-nielsen-says
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Claire Grady, acting deputy secretary at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), offered President Trump her resignation Tuesday as the agency finds its upper ranks thinned after a string of departures.
Grady was the next in line to head DHS, under normal conditions, and I expect she saw the writing on the wall when she was passed over.



EDITS:
https://www.politico.com/story/2019/04/10/us-citizenship-immigration-services-cissna-replacement-1264801
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The White House is considering nominating the former head of an anti-immigration group to lead U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services...Julie Kirchner, the former executive director of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which pushes for lower levels of immigration, is being considered as an option to lead the agency, the sources said. She had also been considered for the deputy director role in recent weeks.

If selected and confirmed by the Senate, she would replace Francis Cissna, who is expected to be ousted by the end of this week, according to three sources familiar with the matter, as President Donald Trump and aide Stephen Miller continue their purge of top Homeland Security officials.


https://www.politico.com/story/2019/04/07/stephen-miller-trump-immigration-1260431
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As President Donald Trump roils the capital over illegal immigration, his influential aide Stephen Miller is playing a more aggressive behind-the-scenes role in a wider administration shakeup.

...Miller has been telephoning mid-level officials at several federal departments and agencies to demand they do more to stem the influx of immigrants, according to two people familiar with the calls.

...“It’s intimidation,” one of the people who was briefed on the calls told POLITICO. ... Under normal circumstances, if you were a deputy in one of these agencies, it would be very unusual.”

...Miller has left some officials feeling as though their positions, too, could be in jeopardy if they don’t pursue a more aggressive approach to border control. His calls to several officials ... have sometimes included discussions about poor work performance among colleagues, according to a source briefed on one such conversation.


https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/04/danger-dhs-myopically-focused-border/586804/
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It’s hard to understand what’s going on at the Department of Homeland Security right now—and that should be deeply unsettling. President Donald Trump is in the midst of a purge of the department’s senior leadership...

It’s unclear why the purge is under way, though it appears to be a mix of policy and personal pique. ..

...But if the causes are unclear, the likely consequences are not. All of these moves underscore Trump’s vision of DHS as an immigration-focused organization. But DHS has a sweeping remit—including not only border and immigration agencies, but also FEMA, the Secret Service, TSA, and the Coast Guard—and neglecting its other important responsibilities to focus solely on immigration entails a major risk to the country....





https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/if-trump-has-his-way-this-major-federal-agency-is-on-the-way-out/2019/04/09/935e2dfe-54c0-11e9-9136-f8e636f1f6df_story.html?noredirect=on
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The White House is moving to ...[dismantle] the Office of Personnel Management, [which] could be a blueprint for shuttering other departments as it tries to shrink government.

The agency would be pulled apart and its functions divided among three other departments. An executive order directing parts of the transition by the fall is in the final stages of review..The experiment will be closely watched not just on Capitol Hill, but also by other agencies that could be next.

...For Democrats and their allies in the labor movement, the effort to abolish the agency and redistribute its functions is a power play in defiance of Congress.

...It’s not easy to wipe out a federal department, especially one that serves 2.1 million employees across the government. The White House is short on details even as it prepares to move employees out of OPM’s headquarters in downtown Washington. Officials were not able to estimate the short- or long-term savings of the closure....

But by starting the process, the administration hopes to claim a win on a major government reorganization plan that has languished without buy-in from Congress.

...The plan has raised suspicions from federal employees, who have watched the administration attempt to freeze their pay, weaken the power of their unions, and move to clear a faster path to discipline and firing.


Some related older articles:
https://www.stripes.com/news/us/trump-replaces-office-of-personnel-management-director-after-just-seven-months-1.550645
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President Donald Trump on Friday abruptly replaced his federal personnel director after just seven months, leaving the agency that oversees 2.1 million civil servants with no permanent leadership at a time when the White House has proposed drastically shrinking its mission.

The White House announced Friday that Margaret Weichert, a senior official of the White House's Office of Management and Budget, is taking over for Jeff Tien Han Pon, the head of the Office of Personnel Management.

...multiple people close to Pon said he was at odds with the administration over its planned revamp of the personnel agency, which would have diminished his role and authority.
Weichert is quoted in the Washington Post article as supportive of Trump's plans to eliminate her agency.


https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-05-25/trump-signs-executive-orders-cracking-down-on-employee-unions
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President Donald Trump signed executive orders restricting the activities of unions that represent many of the U.S. government’s 2.1 million employees, the White House said.

...Trump’s move to curtail the activities of federal unions follows a wave of laws signed by Republican governors over the past decade restricting public-sector collective bargaining and weakening government unions -- moves that conservatives see as helpful in shrinking government and undermining political foes.

https://splinternews.com/court-strikes-down-trump-attempt-to-weaken-federal-empl-1828602075
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U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson struck down most of the provisions of three executive orders President Donald Trump issued last May. The executive orders sought to make it easier to fire federal workers, who total about 2 million across the country, and impede on their right to collective bargaining.

The judge didn’t buy the government’s arguments and reaffirmed Congress’ “clear and unequivocal finding” that “labor organizations and collective bargaining in the civil service are in the public interest,” according to the lengthy ruling.




https://www.politico.com/agenda/story/2019/04/10/trump-federal-regulations-000890
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The Trump administration has taken great pride in dismantling regulations issued during the Obama years, particularly rules designed to protect the environment or consumers. Federal agencies have spent the past two-plus years targeting rules designed to make chemical plants safer, conserve natural gas at oil and mining facilities and improve compliance with fuel economy standards, among many others. But that process has been falling apart in court. By the most recent count, the administration has either lost or given up in 34 out of 36 deregulatory cases, a win rate of just over 5 percent.

Despite that low success rate, the administration is actually winning — at least some of the time. That’s because the administration has learned to use delaying tactics to undermine and even repeal federal regulations it doesn’t like, even when judges rule against it in court...



https://www.citizensforethics.org/12-inspector-general-vacancies/
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Inspectors General (IGs) play a key role as internal agency watchdogs that help the public and Congress promote ethics and accountability in our government. In just the last month, IGs have provided crucial information to the public,... Given the importance of IGs in curbing ethical abuses by the Trump administration, it should come as no surprise that the President has allowed many of these positions to remain vacant and nominated cronies in other cases.

Six months ago, there were 13 IG vacancies across the federal agencies. Since then, that number has only reduced by one...





https://www.politico.com/story/2019/04/10/trump-florida-2020-oil-drilling-1264194
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The Trump administration is considering auctioning off Florida’s coastal waters for oil and gas drilling — and Republicans are warning it could cost the president dearly in Florida in the 2020 election.

An industry lobbying offensive has put it on the cusp of achieving its holy grail: access to the resource-rich eastern Gulf of Mexico. The idea is so politically toxic in Florida that past presidents haven't even entertained it.

...Industry representatives have said a plan has been imminent since last fall, but many expect the Interior Department is waiting for the Senate to confirm acting Secretary David Bernhardt to fill the agency's top slot before formally releasing the draft. ...

Multiple oil and gas industry sources told POLITICO that the eastern Gulf, along with the Atlantic coast, are included in the administration’s current five-year off-shore drilling proposal, which hasn’t yet been released.




https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/04/moore-and-cain-nominations-reach-new-level-cronyism/586831/
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If Herman Cain and Stephen Moore are confirmed to the Federal Reserve, it would hardly be the first time that unqualified people ended up in positions of national importance. It is a fact of political life that all governments, of every kind, are infested with hacks and cronies....

Donald Trump’s administration, however, has transcended cronyism and declared a war on expertise, in which unbiased knowledge is itself somehow politically suspect if it does not accord with President Trump’s beliefs and assertions—and especially if it conflicts with his personal interests. In this administration, complicated issues are not problems to be solved or tasks to be administered for the public good, but threats to be hammered down by alert sycophants. As the Trump economic adviser Peter Navarro once put it: “My function, really, as an economist is to try to provide the underlying analytics that confirm his intuition. And his intuition is always right in these matters.”...

...we are now experiencing the kind of politicization of senior positions normally only seen in authoritarian states, where appointments are kept within tight circles of people whose commitment (or family connection) to the leader is more important than experience or knowledge. Trump’s appointments are more and more obvious attempts to capture the machinery of government not for partisan interest, conservative ideas, or even the passing interest of some beloved donors, but purely for the sake of Donald J. Trump...

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New Education Secretary in Continuing Purge
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The shakeup in the Trump Administration continued on Wednesday as Donald Trump named a fellow television personality, Lori Loughlin, to be the new Secretary of Education.

In making the announcement, Trump praised Loughlin for her “disruptive approach” to college admissions and expressed hope that she could bring the same brand of innovative thinking to the Department of Education.









I actually fell for this, for a second, before I realized who the writer was and why the name Lori Loughlin seemed so familiar. DeVos doesn't seem to be a Trump favorite - I've seen several reports where she opposed what Trump wanted and he just rolled right over her and listened to other people. Even when it concerns her own department. For instance, she and Jeff Sessions were apparently opposed to Trump rolling back protections for transgender students. https://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-essential-education-updates-southern-devos-reportedly-disputes-trump-1487783166-htmlstory.html And Trump really seems to enjoy humiliating DeVos after she loyally defends his policies to Congress. Still, things are crazy when it's this easy to believe a spoof.

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More about Trump's new executive orders:
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/04/trump-sign-orders-making-harder-block-pipelines-190410151631267.html
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Trump's orders direct his Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to change a part of the United States's clean water law that has allowed states, on the basis of environmental reasons, to delay projects such as pipelines to carry natural gas to New England and coal export terminals on the West Coast.

...The orders will direct the EPA to review and update guidance issued during the administration of Democratic President Barack Obama on the so-called 401 provision of the Clean Water Act. The measure required companies to get certifications from states before building interstate pipelines approved by the federal government.

...One of the orders will direct the transportation secretary to propose allowing liquefied natural gas, a liquid form of the fuel, to be shipped in approved rail cars, a change that could increase its flow between terminals and markets.


https://www.sightline.org/2017/03/07/liquefied-natural-gas-coming-to-a-rail-line-near-you/
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For safety reasons, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) does not allow railroads in the US to transport LNG by rail. Or rather, it did not allow this until October 2015, when, with virtually no public knowledge about the development, FRA granted a two-year permit to Alaska Railroad, suddenly making it the very first rail corporation in the US to carry the volatile fuel.

Alaska Rail hauled its first LNG cargo in September 2016 as both an LNG tank car demonstration and a cost experiment. It was a move watched eagerly by railroads in the lower 4... Railroads looking to offset recent losses in coal and oil haulage are looking to LNG, but the challenge is the same one that accompanies all fossil fuel by rail transportation: how to protect public safety...

Alaska’s fossil fuel energy requirements and its relatively small and dispersed population are quite different from those of the Lower 48, making it a poor case study for justifying country-wide shipments. And the stakes are high: in the wrong conditions, LNG can erupt into catastrophic explosions, with blast zones larger and more severe than the conflagrations from oil trains...


The most famous oil train disaster in North America was not that long ago:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-42548824
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Lac-Megantic: The runaway train that destroyed a town






https://thehill.com/policy/finance/438376-report-finds-twice-as-many-companies-will-avoid-paying-taxes-this-year-as-in
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Report finds twice as many companies will pay zero in taxes this year

The US deficit has ballooned since the tax cuts, as many expected.
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The Treasury Department reported this week that the deficit for fiscal 2019 is likely to reach $1.1 trillion by the end of the year, largely due to the tax plan.

Some economists are also warning of signs of a recession. No doubt part of the reason Trump wants to control the Fed, to temporarily defer any economic consequences of his tariffs and other policies until after he's re-elected.



https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/04/trump-praises-sisi-critics-reiterate-concern-human-rights-190409174235453.html
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US President Donald Trump, welcomed Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to the White House on Tuesday, saying a lot of progress had been made with Egypt in terms of "terrorism". Trump, with Sisi at his side, also told reporters that the two had important things to discuss military issues and trade. "I think he is doing a great job," Trump said as he sat down for talks with Sisi in the White House. "We have never had a better relationship between Egypt and United States than we do right now."

...Trump warmly embraced Sisi despite concerns among US politicians and rights advocates over human rights violations....




I wouldn't be surprised if this was another of Netanyahu's requests to Trump:
https://thehill.com/policy/international/middle-east-north-africa/438440-co-founder-of-israel-boycott-movement-denied
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The founder of a movement to boycott Israel has reportedly been denied entry to the United States, despite having necessary travel documents.

Airline staff at Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport told Omar Barghouti on Wednesday that U.S. immigration officials had told the U.S. counsel in Tel Aviv to deny him permission to enter the country for a speaking tour, according to NPR. "Barghouti was not provided an explanation for his denial of entry beyond 'immigration matter,' " the Arab American Institute, which had arranged the trip, said in a statement.

...Barghouti, a Palestinian activist... has a master’s degree from Columbia University and lived in the U.S. for a decade, and has had difficulties traveling between the U.S. and Israel, where he is a permanent resident...issues [that] typically involve the Israeli government rather than Washington.

...The report comes the same week House Republicans launched a discharge petition to force a vote on a Senate bill allowing state and city governments to penalize entities promoting the BDS movement.

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https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-visas-insight/denials-of-u-s-immigrant-visas-skyrocket-after-little-heralded-rule-change-idUSKCN1RR0UX
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Denials of U.S. immigrant visas skyrocket after little-heralded rule change
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More and more aspiring immigrants – especially Mexicans – are being denied visas based on determinations by the U.S. State Department that they might become “public charges,” dependent on the government for support... Lawyers for some immigrants say consular officers are denying visas even when applicants fulfill legal requirements to prove they will be financially independent.

...One reason for the rise in refusals are little-known changes last year in the State Department’s foreign affairs manual that gave diplomats wider discretion in deciding visa denials on public-charge grounds.

The changes occurred in January 2018 as the Department of Homeland Security was preparing a separate, highly controversial proposal to restrict immigration on public-charge grounds. The regulation, officially proposed in October, received more than 200,000 public comments, which will likely take months longer to fully evaluate.

Some critics say the State Department is using a back door, tightening immigration policy without going through a similarly high-profile rulemaking process.
The man they use to illustrate the issue has an $18/ hr job waiting for him in the US, a wife and children who are citizens, and a father-in-law who has legally agreed to support him if it becomes necessary.







https://thehill.com/homenews/house/438839-pelosi-speaks-to-capitol-hill-security-to-ensure-omars-safety-following-trump
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Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Sunday that she spoke with the sergeant-at-arms of the House to ensure the safety of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) after President Trump tweeted a video targeting the congresswoman.

"Following the President’s tweet, I spoke with the Sergeant-at-Arms to ensure that Capitol Police are conducting a security assessment to safeguard Congresswoman Omar, her family and her staff. They will continue to monitor and address the threats she faces," Pelosi said in a statement.

Pelosi also called on Trump to take down the video, which she called "disrespectful and dangerous."



https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/04/ilhan-omar/586993/
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Ilhan Omar Falls Victim to the Outrage Exhibitionists

In attacking the representative over a small, unintentional slight, Donald Trump and the populist right are displaying bad faith.
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Last month, Representative Ilhan Omar attended a banquet hosted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, where she delivered remarks for roughly 20 minutes.

A major theme was prejudice against Muslims. “Here’s the truth,” she said. “For far too long we have lived with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen. Frankly, I’m tired of it. And every single Muslim in this country should be tired of it. CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.”

Omar’s meaning was clear: Many Muslims felt collectively blamed for something that was indisputably perpetrated by a tiny fraction of their co-religionists and marshaled new resources to protect their civil rights in response...Her speech was covered live. It generated no blowback upon delivery. Then, this month, an Australian imam stripped one of her remarks from its context and tweeted, “Ilhan Omar mentions 9/11 and does not consider it a terrorist attack on the USA by terrorists, instead she refers to it as ‘Some people did something,’ then she goes on to justify the establishment of a terrorist organization (CAIR) on US soil.”

...Representative Dan Crenshaw retweeted the imam’s remarks, seizing a chance for a woke callout and the expression of disdainful outrage....

...Then President Trump entered the fray Friday, publishing a demagogic tweet crafted to aggrieve millions of Americans with video footage of the 9/11 attacks interspersed with edited footage of Omar saying “Some people did something.”... This particular callout is deeply irresponsible, especially coming from a president. ...



https://thehill.com/policy/technology/438946-petition-to-suspend-trump-from-social-media-over-omar-video-earns-over-19k
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A petition calling for Twitter and Facebook to suspend President Trump's social media accounts earned over 19,000 signatures over the weekend after the president posted a controversial video featuring freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.).




btw, apparently, our moronic president decided he should be giving the French advice about how to put out the fire that destroyed Notre Dame today - he wanted them to dump flying tankers of water on a fragile, burning structure in the middle of a densely populated part of a city with other structures nearby. Words fail.

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Trump's tweet placed in perspective with those of other world leaders (most of the story summarizes what they know about the Notre Dame fire and its consequences so far). The old fool is so sure he knows better than everyone else, and doesn't have the sense to just extend his sympathies:
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/04/notre-dame-fire-190416062356355.html

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So horrible to watch the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. Must act quickly!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 15, 2019

UN Secretary Antonio Guterres... Horrified by the pictures coming from Paris with the fire engulfing Notre Dame Cathedral - a unique example of world heritage that has stood tall since the 14th century. My thoughts are with the people and government of France. https://t.co/KnLegnlRFH

...EU Council President Donald Tusk... Notre-Dame de Paris est Notre-Dame de toute l’Europe. We are all with Paris today.

...Former US President Barak Obama... Notre Dame is one of the world’s great treasures, and we’re thinking of the people of France in your time of grief. It’s in our nature to mourn when we see history lost – but it’s also in our nature to rebuild for tomorrow, as strong as we can.

...UK Prime Minister Theresa May ... My thoughts are with the people of France tonight and with the emergency services who are fighting the terrible blaze at Notre-Dame cathedral.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif... Saddened that Notre Dame—that iconic monument dedicated to the worship of our one God & that brought all of us closer through Hugo's literary masterpiece—is partially destroyed after standing through wars & revolution for 800 yrs. Our thoughts are w/ the French & all Catholics.




Despite all the Republican National Committee's efforts to protect Trump from a primary challenger, he now has one. Weld seems to be a long shot candidate. We'll see if he can make any headway against the barriers Trump's protectors have put up, or if anyone else makes an appearance now that one Republican has challenged Trump:
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/04/bill-weld-challenges-trump-2020-republican-presidential-race-190416143333856.html
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Former Massachusetts Governor William Weld announced his candidacy on Monday to challenge President Donald Trump for the 2020 Republican presidential nomination.

..."I really think if we have six more years of the same stuff we've had out of the White House the last two years that would be a political tragedy," he said on CNN. "So I would be ashamed of myself if I didn't raise my hand and run." Weld has accused Trump of leaving the nation in "grave peril" and has said his "priorities are skewed towards promotion of himself rather than for the good of the country."

...But ... Trump's campaign has taken extraordinary steps in cementing control over the Republican National Committee (RNC) and the broader nomination process as it seeks to minimise the risk of any potential challenger doing the same to the president. ... "Any effort to challenge the president's nomination is bound to go absolutely nowhere," the RNC said in statement responding to Weld's announcement, noting that its operation and the Republican Party are firmly behind Trump.




Edit:
https://thehill.com/policy/technology/439134-white-house-rejects-house-dems-request-for-documents-on-att-time-warner
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The White House is rejecting a request from top House Democrats for information that would shed light on whether President Trump tried to sway the Justice Department into opposing the AT&T-Time Warner merger.

...Nadler and Cicilline made their request last month after The New Yorker published a story reporting that Trump had pressured Gary Cohn, his former top economic adviser, to press the Justice Department to intervene on the merger. The president was reportedly against the deal out of spite toward CNN, which is owned by Time Warner.
Trump's lawyers are using their all-purpose excuse of confidentiality, i.e., "protected communications between the President and his most senior advisors that are at the very core of the Executive Branch's confidentiality interests.”


https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-04-16/trump-said-to-plan-to-allow-lawsuits-against-companies-in-cuba?srnd=politics-vp
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The Trump administration will allow U.S. citizens to file lawsuits over property confiscated in Cuba during the 1959 revolution, a move that reverses two decades of policy and will create new tensions with allies whose companies do business there.



As the Defense Dept warned, Trump labeling Iran's military a terrorist organization would have consequences, even if it's just to inflame tensions in the Middle East.
https://thehill.com/policy/defense/439151-iranian-lawmakers-approve-measure-labeling-us-forces-in-middle-east-terrorists
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Iranian lawmakers approved a measure Tuesday designating U.S. forces in the Middle East as terrorists, The Associated Press reported.

The bill, which was overwhelmingly approved by the Iranian parliament, comes a day after the U.S.'s terrorism designation for Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) officially took effect... the bill... accuses U.S. forces of “terrorist actions” and demands authorities use “legal, political and diplomatic” measures to neutralize them, according to the AP.

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https://thehill.com/policy/defense/439226-trump-vetoes-resolution-ending-us-support-for-yemen-war
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President Trump on Tuesday vetoed a measure that would have cut off U.S. military support for the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen's civil war, rebuking Congress for a second time this year.

...The resolution, which would have required Trump to withdraw any U.S. troops in or "affecting" Yemen within 30 days unless they are fighting al Qaeda, reached the president's desk after it passed the House in a vote of 247-175 earlier this month. The Senate had passed it in a vote of 54-46 last month.




https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/439245-trump-makes-moves-to-resist-congressional-subpoenas-for-financial
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Trump makes moves to resist congressional subpoenas for financial information: report
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His lawyers have reportedly urged some businesses including an accounting firm that handles his finances to not comply with congressional subpoenas, a move that has rankled some lawmakers.

One senior Democratic aide familiar with congressional efforts ...told the Post that it was unlikely that the bank and other firms would ignore a congressional subpoena.

...Deutsche Bank told the Post in a statement that it was complying with all congressional investigations in which it was involved.



https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/439233-first-yellowstone-golden-eagle-fitted-with-tracker-killed-by-lead
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The first golden eagle in Yellowstone to be fitted with a tracking device has reportedly died of lead poisoning. ABC News reports officials with the U.S. Geological Survey confirmed the death of the eagle and attributed the lead poisoning to the bird likely consuming lead bullet fragments while scavenging for food in the fall and winter months.


https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/322058-interior-secretary-repeals-ban-on-lead-ammunition
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Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signed an order Thursday overturning a ... policy implemented by former Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Director Dan Ashe on Jan. 19, the Obama administration’s last full day in office.

Ashe’s policy banned the use of lead ammunition and fishing tackle on all FWS wildlife refuges that allow hunting or fishing, as well as in all other hunting or fishing regulated by the agency elsewhere.

It was meant to help prevent plants and animals from being poisoned by lead left on the ground or in the water.






This should lead to another nice mess. Not to mention excellent profits for the US immigrant detention industry, at taxpayer expense.
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/apr/16/trump-administration-
Quote:
The US attorney general, William Barr, on Tuesday issued guidance overruling a precedent set by George W Bush’s justice department in 2005, which enshrined asylum seekers’ right to bond, irrespective of how they entered the country.

Barr stated in his updated guidance that the 2005 decision was “wrongly decided” and he would move to block immigration judges from offering people who have crossed the border illegally and have established a reasonable claim of torture or persecution the chance of release as their cases are decided in immigration court.

With the immigration court backlog at an all-time high – there are close to 900,000 pending cases – asylum seekers are waiting over 1,000 days on average for their cases to be processed, meaning Barr’s decision could lead to the indefinite detention of thousands of people.

...Children seeking asylum are currently protected by a separate ruling from a federal court in California that ordered they must be released from detention after 20 days. The Trump administration, ...has unsuccessfully tried to reverse this ruling. A justice department official did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether the department would seek to use Barr’s new rules in cases involving families and children

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