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March 27, 2020

Dems Blocked Trump From Giving Himself A Big Chunk of The Coronavirus $500 Bailout


President Trump hinted last weekend he might just hand himself a big, juicy loan from the $500 billion emergency economic stimulus deal finally reached by Congress and the White House last night.

So Democrats added language to the bill that explicitly stops him.

The massive new $2 trillion rescue package contains a prohibition on businesses controlled by Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, members of Congress, and Trump’s cabinet officials from receiving loans or investments from programs run by the Treasury Department, Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced after midnight Wednesday. 

The loans are a desperate measure to keep the American economy from imploding due to the widespread disruption caused by the novel coronavirus, which has shuttered businesses and schools and kept millions of American workers in their homes. 

At a press conference Sunday, Trump refused to promise not to bail out his own troubled hotel businesses once his administration takes control of the crisis fund.

Asked about that possibility, Trump complained that he doesn’t get enough credit for refusing to accept his $450,000 presidential paycheck, and then said, “Let’s just see what happens.”

Trump reported earning over $400 million in income in 2018, but his 11 hotels around the world could face serious problems from the disruption to the hospitality industry caused by the outbreak. 

Six of Trump’s top-seven revenue-generating hotels and resorts have shuttered due to restrictions caused by the spreading virus. Since then, Trump has complained that the economic shutdown caused by the disease is “worse than the problem itself.”

Democrats said they also added other features into the bill aimed at increasing transparency over how the crisis loans will be administered. Lawmakers said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will have to disclose who gets a loan in real time, instead of six months later as Republicans had originally proposed. The bill also creates an inspector general for pandemic recovery to oversee the fund and a panel appointed by Congress to conduct oversight. 

Republicans, who rolled out the original stimulus plan last week, had accused Democrats of holding up desperately-needed stimulus while playing politics and trying to achieve liberal goals like fighting climate change.

February 10, 2020

GOP Senators Tried Stopping Trump From Firing WitnessesThey Gave Him The Senate Keys,Too late

Analysis by Zachary B. Wolf, CNN

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the Soviet-born emigre who testified about his President and told impeachment investigators he wasn't afraid to stand up to authority because he was in the US, not under an authoritarian regime, has been let go from the White House. So has his twin brother, Lt. Col. Yevgeny Vindman, a lawyer for the National Security Council. Another key impeachment witness, US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, also has been ousted.

"Here, right matters," Alexander Vindman had said of the US at the House impeachment hearings, explaining his willingness to stand up, and separating the US from the rest of the world, in the most emotional moment of the hearings. Watch that moment here.
But it is also the least surprising thing in the world.

Vindman knew it was coming. He only learned from news reports of the potential White House plan to fire him late Thursday night, but he'd been steeling himself for this moment since he testified in Trump's impeachment hearing in November, a source familiar with the events told CNN's, Kristen Holmes.

How did he know? It's happened before.
Trump is the President who fired Sally Yates, the acting attorney general who refused to enact his travel ban, just days after being sworn into office.
Trump is the President who fired James Comey, the FBI director who was investigating his campaign's contacts with Russia.

Trump is the President who fired Andrew McCabe, the deputy FBI director who had worked with Comey. And Trump vilified the man's wife for being a Democratic candidate for state office. (McCabe is now a CNN contributor.)
He fired Jeff Sessions, eventually, for allowing a special counsel to be appointed. He fired his secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, for policy reasons, but it didn't help that the man had called him a moron. His first defense secretary, James Mattis, quit in protest. And then wrote a strongly worded letter about it.

We could go on.
There are two ways to leave this White House and this administration: Jump or be pushed.
The point is this: Was Trump going to fire Vindman from his position at the White House and have him escorted out of the complex on a Friday after Trump was acquitted by a Republican majority in the Senate? Absolutely. Vindman, because he had been subpoenaed, became the public face of everyone who raised their hand to complain about Trump's behavior. On Saturday, Trump defended the firing, criticizing Vindman's work performance and accusing Vindman of "incorrectly" reporting the contents of his calls with Ukraine.

Vindman remains in the military, but being reassigned from the White House isn't likely to help his career. His time at the National Security Council was going to be up even though the Pentagon promised he would face no retaliation and even though he spoke only once publicly -- under subpoena, as his attorney pointed out -- about the whole affair, even though he repeatedly raised concerns about Trump's behavior within the White House.
Was Trump going to fire Sondland, his ambassador to the EU?
Of course, he was.

Sondland told the impeachment inquiry that of course there was a quid pro quo between Trump and Ukraine -- security aid and a White House meeting desperately sought by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Sondland told the inquiry he didn't realize at the time that Zelensky investigating Joe Biden was also part of the deal. If he had, he said, he would have raised his own concerns.

But it's still shocking to read that the President, fresh from his impeachment trial, is firing the people who testified, under subpoena, and told the truth about his actions.
Others have left.

Jennifer Williams, an aide to Vice President Mike Pence, has left the White House for a job with the government in Florida.

Tim Morrison had already left the White House when he testified. So had Fiona Hill.
John Bolton never did testify, but he's been gone from the White House for some time. His story will come out before Election Day if his book can be cleared by the White House as not including classified information.

Marie Yovanovitch, the former Ukraine ambassador, recently resigned from the State Department and penned an op-ed in The Washington Post. Bill Taylor, her replacement after Trump reassigned her at the behest of conservative activists and corrupt Ukrainians, has returned to retirement.

"It is the American way to speak up about wrongdoing," Yovanovitch wrote in the Post, adding, "I had always thought that our institutions would forever protect us against individual transgressors. But it turns out that our institutions need us as much as we need them; they need the American people to protect them or they will be hollowed out over time, unable to serve and protect our country."

February 5, 2020

Quick Take Aways of Trump's (MAGA) State of The Union Speech

An impeached President Trump struck a defiant and hyperbolic tone in his third State of the Union address on Tuesday night, a day before he's set to be acquitted by the Senate. 
Inside the room: Tension permeated the House chamber from the outset. Trump snubbed a handshake from Speaker Nancy Pelosi, only to be met with a retaliatory slight of his own when Pelosi failed to apply the honorific language typically used to introduce presidents at joint sessions of Congress.
  • As Trump concluded his speech, Pelosi ripped up the transcript of his remarks. Trump exited the chamber without shaking her hand.


Impeachment: In stark contrast to his daily Twitter tirades, the president did not once mention the storyline that has dominated headlines for the past five months — even as he looked out at the seven House impeachment managers deliberately seated together to his right.
  • At the 2019 State of the Union, with the Mueller investigation still looming over his presidency, Trump famously declared: "If there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation. It just doesn’t work that way!” A year later, the Ukraine scandal has come and gone, with an acquitted and emboldened Trump ready to seek retribution against those who crossed him.
  • The intrigue: Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) was one of the few Democrats who applauded Trump as he touted strong economic data, while Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) chose to sit with his Republican colleagues. The two moderates, along with Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.), could break party lines to vote to acquit the president on the last day of the Senate trial tomorrow.
The made-for-TV presidency: The address was speckled with shoutouts to special guests invited by the White House, including an emotional reunion as Trump announced the attendance of Sergeant First Class Townsend Williams, who surprised his wife Amy and children with an early homecoming from Afghanistan.
  • But perhaps the most outlandish moment of the night came when Trump announced that he was awarding conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, who recently revealed that he has been diagnosed with lung cancer, with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
  • Why it matters: The move visibly and audibly outraged Democrats — a form of revenge on a night when Trump resisted addressing impeachment. Prior GOP presidents would have paid lip service to Limbaugh but mostly avoided him, knowing his toxicity among moderate voters, Axios' Justin Green notes. Trump gave him a medal on national TV.
Socialism: Another one of Trump's surprise guests was Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó, recognized by the U.S. as the country's rightful president. Guaidó was met with a standing ovation by most of the chamber, including many Democrats before Trump pivoted to a theme that is sure to be a key Republican attack line during the 2020 election campaign.
  • "Mr. President, please take this message back to your homeland," Trump said as he addressed Guaidó. "Socialism destroys nations. But always remember, freedom unifies the soul."
  • The big picture: The remarks followed an extensive recitation of economic data in the Trump era, underscoring the importance of the booming economy to the president's re-election efforts.
Health care: In a section that elicited perhaps the loudest Democratic groans of the night, Trump claimed that he will "always protect patients with pre-existing conditions" — a statement that's misleading at best, Axios' Caitlin Owens notes.
  • Pre-existing conditions protections are popular, and both parties are trying to claim credit for them. But only one of the parties has a track record of defending those protections, and it's not the GOP.
  • Trump finished his health care riff with a shot at Medicare for All and the Democrats who have endorsed the policy, which he labeled a "socialist takeover": "To those watching at home tonight, I want you to know:  We will never let socialism destroy American healthcare!"
  • Why it matters: Health care is consistently ranked as the No. 1 issue among voters.

January 11, 2020

As A New Yorker Never Liked Bloomberg, I think I might Love Him Now With His Plan Against Trump

 I will bury you in the stuff I know better than you Trumpie

President Donald Trump has been raising ungodly amounts of money for his reelection campaign, but billionaire Michael Bloomberg is vowing to bleed him dry to assure he’s defeated. 
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 I dint not mean it, I don't have any money but my corporations have billions thanks to US  laws?

Since jumping into the 2020 race in late November, the former New York mayor has elbowed his way into the conversation by pouring huge piles of cash into stunning ad buys. And he says he'll keep it up through November — even if he’s not the nominee.  Bloomberg spokeswoman Galia Slayen confirmed to VICE News that the campaign’s fast-growing field operation and mammoth advertising apparatus would pivot toward defeating Trump in key battleground states in the general election. NBC News first reported the news Friday.
A move like that could effectively zap Trump’s advantage as an incumbent in terms of organizing staff, voter data, and, most of all, cash. Whereas the president’s campaign is seeking to raise $1 billion before the election, Bloomberg’s net worth is pegged somewhere around 55 times that. 
The media mogul has already dominated spending in the Democratic primary, even in the short time since his campaign launch. He’s poured nearly $200 million into an all-out media assault, taking over Facebook News Feeds, swamping key Google keywords, and drowning out everyone else on TV stations in key markets. That spending far outpaces other candidates’ entire fourth-quarter fundraising hauls: Trump’s $46 million, Sen. Bernie Sanders’ $34.5 million, and Pete Buttigieg’s $24.7 million. 
Bloomberg even went so far as to shell out a staggering $10 million for a 60-second spot during the Super Bowl. Trump’s campaign said soon after that it had matched the ad buy for the Feb. 2 mega-event, suggesting a mano-a-mano showdown between the New York billionaires.
“The biggest point is getting under Trump’s skin,” Michael Frazier, a Bloomberg spokesman, told The New York Times.  
It’s helped the socially liberal and fiscally moderate Bloomberg to poll in the mid-single digits, according to the Real Clear Politics polling average, putting him fourth or fifth in the large field of Democrats.
Should Bloomberg lose in the primary yet continue spending as a non-candidate in the general election, he won’t benefit from FCC rules ensuring standardized TV ad rates for candidates. But his gigantic war chest could still drive up ad prices for Trump on digital platforms and for Republican outside groups on TV. That could tilt the scales toward the Democratic nominee as they battle Trump to spread their message. 
“Call it stunning, call it unprecedented, call it insane,” Ian Russell, a Democratic strategist with Beacon Media, previously told VICE News.“There aren’t enough adjectives.”
Cover: Democratic presidential candidate and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at the Bounce Innovation Hub, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, in Akron, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

January 8, 2020

Trump Will Target Cultural Sites Which is Illegal But Did That Stop Him Before?

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 Iran which was Persia{The Nasir al Molk Mosque or Pink Mosque in Shiraz, Iran. Photo: cescassawin/Getty Images}

Iran's cultural heritage is suddenly a topic of urgent global interest after President Trump threatened to strike such sites if the country retaliates for the United States' killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani last week.
In a series of tweets Saturday evening, Trump wrote that "if Iran strikes any Americans or American assets," the U.S. has targeted 52 Iranian sites — "some at a very high level & important to Iran & the Iranian culture, and those targets, and Iran itself, WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD." 
Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, tweeted that targeting Iranian cultural sites would be a war crime. On Monday, Defense Secretary Mark Esper indicated that U.S. forces wouldn't carry out Trump's threat, saying, "We will follow the laws of armed conflict."
On Sunday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had appeared to walk back Trump's statements on ABC's This Week. "We'll behave lawfully. We'll behave inside the system. We always have, and we always will," he said on Sunday morning.
Nonetheless, Trump doubled down on his threat. "They're allowed to kill our people. They're allowed to torture and maim our people. They're allowed to use roadside bombs and blow up our people," he told reporters on Sunday evening. "And we're not allowed to touch their cultural sites? It doesn't work that way."
The targeting of cultural properties by the U.S. is indeed not allowed. The U.S. is a signatory to the 1954 Hague Convention, which requires "refraining from any act of hostility" directed against cultural property. 
The convention covers "movable or immovable property of great importance to the cultural heritage of every people, such as monuments of architecture, art or history, whether religious or secular; archaeological sites; groups of buildings which, as a whole, are of historical or artistic interest; works of art; manuscripts, books and other objects of artistic, historical or archaeological interest; as well as scientific collections and important collections of books or archives or of reproductions of the property defined above," as well as buildings and centers whose main purpose is to house such items. 
It also bars using a cultural site "for purposes which are likely to expose it to destruction or damage in the event of armed conflict." That means signatory nations can't use such sites to house soldiers or weapons with the goal of shielding them from attack.
The convention permits immunity in "exceptional cases of unavoidable military necessity."
U.S. military policy agrees. The Department of Defense's Law of War manual mentions cultural property 625 times, repeatedly citing the Hague Convention. It also addresses the subject of military necessity: "Acts of hostility may be directed against cultural property, its immediate surroundings, or appliances in use for its protection when military necessity imperatively requires such acts."
Accordingly, the U.S. military educates its soldiers about their responsibilities not to target or destroy cultural property, and to help in its preservation, says Nancy Wilkie, president of the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield. The organization is dedicated to the prevention of destruction and theft of cultural heritage.
The Pentagon has even distributed playing cards with photos of cultural sites in Afghanistan and elsewhere to remind troops to safeguard heritage sites and artifacts.
"Cultural sites and cultural objects that can provide sort of a baseline for recovering from strife, whether it's a civil war or war against an external agent," says Wilkie, an archaeologist and the former president of the Archaeological Institute of America. "And so one way to demoralize the population is to destroy its cultural heritage."
As World War II was underway in 1943, then-Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower issued an order to his commanders demanding the protection of historical monuments: The Hague Convention was developed after the war brought the destruction of important cultural sites such as the monastery at Monte Cassino, founded in 529 and bombed by the Allies in 1944.
The Department of Defense's Law of War manual quotes from Eisenhower's order and repeats some of its language in its current policy.  
To aid the U.S. military in its obligations not to destroy important cultural heritage sites, the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield has previously provided "no-strike lists" of such sites in countries including Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya.
The organization has not been able to compile such a list for Iran because it has been difficult for scholars to work there. "Iran is huge," Wilkie says, estimating that such a list would include 5,000 to 10,000 sites.
UNESCO has 22 cultural sites in Iran on its World Heritage list, from the ancient ruins of Persepolis to the historic bazaar complex in Tabriz.
Wilkie hopes that the U.S. military will stand by its policy to protect cultural sites, despite Trump's threats. Such places are important to local people as sites of honor or worship, she says, while others have worldwide significance.
"Culture is what we have," she says. "It reminds us of our past, and it unites us in our desire to preserve our sensibilities and sensitivities to cultural differences, and yet — to the fact that we're all human and we all share human values."
NPR's Jackie Northam contributed to this story.

December 13, 2019

Rich Old Man Mocks 16 Y.O.Greta w/ Similar Disabilities As He Has Except She is Human

President Donald Trump attacked 16-year-old environmental activist Greta Thunberg on Thursday for being named Time magazine's "Person of The Year."
"So ridiculous," Trump said on Twitter. "Greta must work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend! Chill Greta, Chill!"
Thunberg responded swiftly, changing her Twitter profile to read: "A teenager working on her anger management problem. Currently chilling and watching a good old fashioned movie with a friend."
Trump, who was named Person of the Year after winning the 2016 presidential election, has criticized the magazine before for passing him up in the years since.
Trump mocked Thunberg back in September when both were in New York City for meetings at the United Nations.
Citing lines from Thunberg's address to the Climate Action Summit – the teenager said "people are dying" and "we are at the beginning of mass extinction" – Trump issued a late-night snarky tweet.
"She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future," Trump wrote. "So nice to see!"

December 4, 2019

UDon't Want To Be This UkrainePresident:His Main Arm Supplier Demanded Dirty-dancing

Thanks to Trump this middle-class lawyer has been thrown into the world finances. Maybe he found the secret sewage entry to become rich on his government while selling it out (picture credit: Bloomberg)

In a wide-ranging interview with TIME magazine and other European publications, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky publicly pushed back on President Trump for withholding military aid this summer while the country was in the midst of a war with Russia.
Why it matters: The question of whether Trump froze aid in order to pressure Ukraine to announce investigations into his domestic rivals is now at the heart of the impeachment inquiry. Zelensky denied that he ever spoke with Trump about the aid "from the position of a quid pro quo," but criticized the U.S. for its treatment of Ukraine and frequent labeling of the country as corrupt.


On whether Trump wanted to exchange aid for investigating the Bidens
"Look, I never talked to the President from the position of a quid pro quo. That’s not my thing. … I don’t want us to look like beggars. But you have to understand. We’re at war. If you’re our strategic partner, then you can’t go blocking anything for us. I think that’s just about fairness. It’s not about a quid pro quo. It just goes without saying."
On how the U.S. can help Ukraine amid peace talks with Russia
"As for the United States, I would really want – and we feel this, it’s true – for them to help us, to understand us, to see that we are a player in our own right, that they cannot make deals about us with anyone behind our backs."
"When America says, for instance, that Ukraine is a corrupt country, that is the hardest of signals. ... Everyone hears that signal. Investments, banks, stakeholders, companies, American, European, companies that have international capital in Ukraine, it’s a signal to them that says, ‘Be careful, don’t invest.’ Or, ‘Get out of there.’ This is a hard signal." 
"America, first of all, has its direct relations with Russia. To influence Russia, to make everyone see that this [war] is a big tragedy, and that it must end, I think that Mr. Trump can speak directly, and I think they do talk about these things."
On Trump saying Ukraine is a corrupt country
"I don’t need to change his mind. During my meeting with him, I said that I don’t want our country to have this image. For that, all he has to do is come and have a look at what’s happening, how we live, what kinds of people we are. I had the sense that he heard me. I had that sense. At least during the meeting, he said, ‘Yes, I see, you’re young, you’re new, and so on."
Reality check: Trump on Monday falsely tweeted that Zelensky declared during the interview that "President Trump has done nothing wrong with respect to Ukraine and our interactions or calls."
Our thought bubble, via Axios' Dave Lawler: The Trump-Ukraine drama has been viewed in the U.S. mostly through a domestic political lens. But it has major implications for Zelensky, who took office promising to fight corruption and end the war with Russia.
  • The U.S. is easily Ukraine’s most important ally, and Zelensky is clearly concerned that the political firestorm is influencing how his country is perceived not only in Washington but around the world.
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