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I have watched a few videos of AOC during hearings ,the latest at Michael Cohen's grilling. She is excellent,not spending much time asking anything outside her obvious goals. On the fly she made detailed notes that made her questions that much more concise when she was given her limited time.
My own personal opinion is that she does some things very well and should leave the grandiose and world rework philosophy subjects for later and apply the same level of attention to detail she takes on other issues.
I think if the Democratic leadership was smart they would start with death and murder rather than start from something less obvious.
Start asking why if Congress and the American people think killing people is wrong and the President doesn't,get it on record. If NKorea,Saudi, Taliban and Russia can kill wo consequences, create the framework.
And on death start asking team Trump about HIV-AIDS funding reductions while talking out his but about a cure. Ask about opioid death as a part of GDP.where do we see a threat and national emergency?
And w currently underserved domestic veterans and soon to be returning veterans..why are @40% of upper Vetrans Administration positions still unfilled?
Trump is playing a trick on the nation,shrinking government wo a vote. Not filling jobs in key agencies and showing it as less government spending. If someone doesn't fill jobs for FAA,VA, National Parks,ect..the work simply doesn't get done.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=452xc8Sx95k

Who's right? Donald or this kids parents? The more you learn anything other than disgust w Trumps actions and statements is tame
 
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-47434819
A committee of the US House of Representatives is seeking documents alleging obstruction of justice, corruption and abuse of power by President Donald Trump and his aides.

Judiciary committee chairman Jerrold Nadler told ABC news that 60 individuals and entities would be receiving requests from Monday.

Mr Nadler said he believed Mr Trump had obstructed justice.

But any impeachment move would depend on the results of the inquiry
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"Impeachment is a long way down the road, we don't have the facts yet, but we're going to initiate proper investigations," Mr Nadler told This Week.

"Tomorrow [Monday], we will be issuing document requests to over 60 different people and individuals from the White House to the Department of Justice," he said.

Among those receiving the requests would be Donald Trump Junior.
Oh s**t! Trump's Twitter storm in 3 ... 2 ... 1 ...
 
Once again, trump the dummy doesn't get it. This isn't about his silly wall, it's about overeaching presidental powers and ignoring the Constitution.
He characterized a vote for the resolution to block his emergency declaration as a “very dangerous thing” because it would undercut border security.

“I really think that Republicans that vote against border security and the wall, I think you know, I’ve been okay at predicting things, I think they put themselves at great jeopardy,” he told Fox News’s Sean Hannity.
Alexander said Trump should find a way to let Republicans “who want to support him on border security be able to do that” while also “keeping our oath to the Constitution.”
Paul, who joins three other Senate Republicans so far in publicly backing the resolution of disapproval, said he couldn't support giving a president "extra-constitutional powers."

“I can’t vote to give the president the power to spend money that hasn’t been appropriated by Congress. We may want more money for border security, but Congress didn’t authorize it.
If we take away those checks and balances, it’s a dangerous thing,
” he said
 
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-47444361
A US House panel investigating alleged obstruction of justice and abuse of power by the White House has sought documents from 81 people and groups.

The House Judiciary Committee released the names on Monday of aides to Donald Trump and his campaign, members of his family, his business and others.

Among those who received requests from the panel are Mr Trump's sons, the FBI, the Trump Organization and Wikileaks.

It comes as the panel's chairman said it was "clear" Mr Trump broke the law.
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Who received requests?

Trump Organization chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg, longtime Trump personal assistant Rhona Graff and ex-White House counsel Don McGahn are also on the list of names released by the committee.
This is the A grade Super Bowl World Series of circuses coming to town.
 
https://theintercept.com/2019/03/05/the-house-democrats-rebuke-of-rep-ilhan-omar-is-a-fraud-for-many-reasons-including-its-wild-distortion-of-her-comments/
GOP Congressman Steve King has served in the U.S. House of Representatives for sixteen years, yet Democrats – who controlled the House for four of those years and now control it again – never formally rebuked or condemned him until last month (they did so at the same time that Republicans removed him from his Committee assignments due to a long history of white supremacist remarks).

By extremely stark contrast, Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar – the first black Muslim woman ever elected to the Congress – has served in the House for a little more than two months, and House Democratic leaders have already formally condemned her once and are preparing to so again, this time even more harshly and officially, on Wednesday.
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In fact, the irony here is glaring: what is actually bigoted, the real bigots, are those who are exploiting Omar’s status as a black Muslim and Somali immigrant to link her to a series of anti-Semitic sentiments that she has never expressed, and that have nothing whatsoever to do with the critiques she’s voiced about US/Israel policy since entering Congress.

All of this is being accomplished by a deceitful sleight of hand that conflates The Israeli Government and its American supporters (the group that Omar has actually criticized) with Jews (a group that Omar has never criticized). Again, the irony here is glaring: what’s actually anti-Semitic is to conflate the Israel Government and those who support it with Jews: that’s something being done by Democratic House leaders, not by Congresswoman Omar.

“Supporters of Israel” is not synonymous with “Jews.” It’s actually offensive to suggest that’s the case, but that’s the premise of the Democrats’ House resolution, those denouncing Congresswoman Omar and those distorting her comments.
 
The King of Debt, the stable genius etc etc
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-03-06/trump-s-big-tax-cuts-did-little-to-boost-economic-growth?srnd=premium-europe
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 was as close as the real world gets to a laboratory experiment on whether supply-side theory works in practice. More than one year on, we have an answer. It’s “meh.”

The White House and congressional Republicans argued that easing the corporate tax burden would lift business investment out of the doldrums and reinvigorate the U.S. expansion. An analysis by Bloomberg Economics shows that while investment spending did pick up in 2018, the amount attributable to a lighter corporate tax burden is small.

Still, both sides would agree that the U.S.’s latest attempt at tax reform was a boon to corporate profits. The reduction in the top marginal tax rate for corporations, from 35 percent to 21 percent, helped boost profits almost 8 percent in the first three quarters of 2018, from the same period a year earlier. If the pace carried into the fourth quarter (we won’t know until the data are released later this month), that would be the fastest pace of profit growth since 2012.
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While the TCJA hasn’t quite lived up to the supply-side sales pitch from a growth perspective, its effects on government finances have been broadly in line with what its detractors anticipated. Federal tax receipts from corporations plummeted almost 31 percent in the calendar year—the sharpest decline on record (the data only go back to 1982), save for the second year of the Great Recession.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-03-06/u-s-trade-gap-surged-to-621-billion-in-2018-highest-in-decade
The U.S. trade deficit widened in 2018 to a 10-year high of $621 billion, bucking President Donald Trump’s pledges to reduce it, as tax cuts boosted domestic demand for imports while the strong dollar and retaliatory tariffs weighed on exports.

The annual deficit in goods and services increased by $68.8 billion, or 12.5 percent, Commerce Department data showed Wednesday. The December gap jumped from the prior month to $59.8 billion, also a 10-year high and wider than the median estimate of economists. The merchandise-trade deficit with China -- the principal target of Trump’s trade war -- hit a record $419.2 billion in 2018.
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Trump’s trade policy also contributed materially to the growth of the gap in 2018. The tariffs he threatened and then imposed on Chinese imports caused a rush by importers to get ahead of the new duties that fueled an increase in incoming traffic at West Coast ports last year. The retaliatory tariffs Trump provoked from China also hit major U.S. agricultural exports such as soybeans: shipments of that item fell $4 billion last year.

Moreover, his attacks and threats to impose tariffs on trading partners from China to the EU has also contributed to the slowdown in those economies and therefore their demand for American goods.

Wednesday’s figures illustrated how the trade war boosted the trade deficit with China: merchandise exports to the Asian nation fell $9.6 billion last year, while imports rose $34 billion. For the EU, by comparison, exports and imports both surged, though imports posted a larger gain.
 
TPS & Venezuela - the hypocrisy is blinding :D
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/mar/5/donald-trump-immigration-stance-threatened-venezue/
As Venezuela has grown more precarious, millions of its citizens have fled — and tens of thousands of them have headed to the U.S., looking to escape the social collapse.

The vast majority are arriving legally, but many are overstaying their visas and now are looking for humanitarian protections from the Trump administration to prevent them from being deported.

In any other time, they’d be the perfect candidates for Temporary Protected Status, which would give them tentative status, allowing them to work and live in the U.S. without fear of removal while their home country works out its problems.

But these aren’t normal times, and the Trump team is intent on disrupting the business-as-usual approach to immigration, particularly when it comes to TPS, which some in the administration see as a backdoor way to expand legal immigration.

The White House is reportedly divided over the question, with the president looking to show generosity toward those fleeing the Maduro government in Venezuela, but wary of undercutting his own immigration message.

Thus the dilemma of TPS.

“TPS was designed for the exact situation that Venezuelans are facing today,” said Ali Noorani, executive director at the National Immigration Forum. “I’m not sure if it’s a legal question or an ideological question the administration is facing at this point.”

Both the White House and Homeland Security clammed up when asked this week about their decision-making.

The decision belongs to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who may be prodded on her thinking Wednesday when she testifies on Capitol Hill.
Quick, build that wall! Just let in those Venezuelans first ...
 
The part they leave out of the play by play analysis..the people are running towards the INS agents..they are trying to be "caught" .It's legal to walk up and claim asylum..not illegal.
Right or wrong..change the laws the people won't change.
Saying it's "bad hombres" when it's really families is an injustice
 
Greg Palast exposes all the falsehoods the media are propagating on Venezuela:

1. Ever wonder why the media never talk about the evidence that Guaido is the legitimate President? He didn’t even run for President, let alone get elected (which one Democratic Presidential candidate, Kirsten Gillebrand, falsely believes). He just declared himself President.

2. Guaido is basically a puppet of U.S. oil interests, particularly the Koch brothers, who have a refinery in Texas that requires heavy oil (not the kind available in Texas), and thus depend on Venezuelan oil (until the Keystone extension that Trump approved is ready). Guaido has promised to open up the oil fields in Venezuela to American companies. He has also invited the U.S. to invade his country, which is usually considered treason.

3. Jimmy Carter, who has campaigned for decades for democratic elections, has described the Venezuelan system as one of the fairest in the world. Fairer, for example, than the recent election in Carter’s home state of Georgia. Even with irrefutable evidence of fraud in the Venezuelan election, the proper course of action would be to hold a new election, not having someone declare himself President by fiat.

4. The media show the large anti-Maduro protests, which are almost 100% white, in support of Guaido, who is white. They don’t show the far larger protests supporting the dark-skinned Maduro, which are nearly 100% dark-skinned. The media also don't point out that the anti-Maduro protests would never be allowed if Maduro were a dictator--something Debbie Wasserman Schultz is so sure of that she has said that Democratic funds should be withheld from Bernie Sanders if he doesn't agree with this.

5. The CIA’s own reports concede that under Maduro, the poverty rate has been cut in half, literacy has improved, and there is universal health care. Even Venezuelans who are opposed to Maduro admit this.

6. Wonder why Maduro would try to block foreign aid from entering the country? The real problem is that the UK is sitting on $1.3 billion in gold that belongs to Venezuela--revenge for not getting the oil deal they wanted--and the Koch brothers are getting oil from the country without paying for it--because under the sanctions, it's illegal to pay the Venezuelan government. The government has the money to feed its people, but the sanctions prevent it from accessing this money. Offering to send in aid is basically a way of reinforcing the sanctions and making Maduro look incompetent. The UN's independent investigator described this ploy--using starvation as a weapon--as a crime against humanity.

http://integralpostmetaphysicalnonduality.blogspot.com/2019/03/palast-on-us-coup-in-venezuela.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=11&v=EnlEVf7oaVQ
 
Merckx index said:
Greg Palast exposes all the falsehoods the media are propagating on Venezuela:

1. Ever wonder why the media never talk about the evidence that Guaido is the legitimate President? He didn’t even run for President, let alone get elected (which one Democratic Presidential candidate, Kirsten Gillebrand, falsely believes). He just declared himself President.

2. Guaido is basically a puppet of U.S. oil interests, particularly the Koch brothers, who have a refinery in Texas that requires heavy oil (not the kind available in Texas), and thus depend on Venezuelan oil (until the Keystone extension that Trump approved is ready). Guaido has promised to open up the oil fields in Venezuela to American companies. He has also invited the U.S. to invade his country, which is usually considered treason.

3. Jimmy Carter, who has campaigned for decades for democratic elections, has described the Venezuelan system as one of the fairest in the world. Fairer, for example, than the recent election in Carter’s home state of Georgia. Even with irrefutable evidence of fraud in the Venezuelan election, the proper course of action would be to hold a new election, not having someone declare himself President by fiat.

4. The media show the large anti-Maduro protests, which are almost 100% white, in support of Guaido, who is white. They don’t show the far larger protests supporting the dark-skinned Maduro, which are nearly 100% dark-skinned. The media also don't point out that the anti-Maduro protests would never be allowed if Maduro were a dictator--something Debbie Wasserman Schultz is so sure of that she has said that Democratic funds should be withheld from Bernie Sanders if he doesn't agree with this.

5. The CIA’s own reports concede that under Maduro, the poverty rate has been cut in half, literacy has improved, and there is universal health care. Even Venezuelans who are opposed to Maduro admit this.

6. Wonder why Maduro would try to block foreign aid from entering the country? The real problem is that the UK is sitting on $1.3 billion in gold that belongs to Venezuela--revenge for not getting the oil deal they wanted--and the Koch brothers are getting oil from the country without paying for it--because under the sanctions, it's illegal to pay the Venezuelan government. The government has the money to feed its people, but the sanctions prevent it from accessing this money. Offering to send in aid is basically a way of reinforcing the sanctions and making Maduro look incompetent. The UN's independent investigator described this ploy--using starvation as a weapon--as a crime against humanity.

http://integralpostmetaphysicalnonduality.blogspot.com/2019/03/palast-on-us-coup-in-venezuela.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=11&v=EnlEVf7oaVQ

https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/03/05/financial-imperialism-the-case-of-venezuela/

A quick read of this would probably save people having to rehearse these basics over and over

https://global.oup.com/academic/product/a-brief-history-of-neoliberalism-9780199283279?cc=us&lang=en&

But hey, who has time to read?
 
If you want a link I'll go look for one, but have seen it in a couple of places. Students at the University of Mississippi have voted to move a Confederate statue from the main part of their campus to the Civil War cemetery that is located on the campus. I think this makes sense and it's the students decision. Plus they are doing it the correct way.
 
Merckx index said:
Greg Palast exposes all the falsehoods the media are propagating on Venezuela:

1. Ever wonder why the media never talk about the evidence that Guaido is the legitimate President? He didn’t even run for President, let alone get elected (which one Democratic Presidential candidate, Kirsten Gillebrand, falsely believes). He just declared himself President.

2. Guaido is basically a puppet of U.S. oil interests, particularly the Koch brothers, who have a refinery in Texas that requires heavy oil (not the kind available in Texas), and thus depend on Venezuelan oil (until the Keystone extension that Trump approved is ready). Guaido has promised to open up the oil fields in Venezuela to American companies. He has also invited the U.S. to invade his country, which is usually considered treason.

3. Jimmy Carter, who has campaigned for decades for democratic elections, has described the Venezuelan system as one of the fairest in the world. Fairer, for example, than the recent election in Carter’s home state of Georgia. Even with irrefutable evidence of fraud in the Venezuelan election, the proper course of action would be to hold a new election, not having someone declare himself President by fiat.

4. The media show the large anti-Maduro protests, which are almost 100% white, in support of Guaido, who is white. They don’t show the far larger protests supporting the dark-skinned Maduro, which are nearly 100% dark-skinned. The media also don't point out that the anti-Maduro protests would never be allowed if Maduro were a dictator--something Debbie Wasserman Schultz is so sure of that she has said that Democratic funds should be withheld from Bernie Sanders if he doesn't agree with this.

5. The CIA’s own reports concede that under Maduro, the poverty rate has been cut in half, literacy has improved, and there is universal health care. Even Venezuelans who are opposed to Maduro admit this.

6. Wonder why Maduro would try to block foreign aid from entering the country? The real problem is that the UK is sitting on $1.3 billion in gold that belongs to Venezuela--revenge for not getting the oil deal they wanted--and the Koch brothers are getting oil from the country without paying for it--because under the sanctions, it's illegal to pay the Venezuelan government. The government has the money to feed its people, but the sanctions prevent it from accessing this money. Offering to send in aid is basically a way of reinforcing the sanctions and making Maduro look incompetent. The UN's independent investigator described this ploy--using starvation as a weapon--as a crime against humanity.

http://integralpostmetaphysicalnonduality.blogspot.com/2019/03/palast-on-us-coup-in-venezuela.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=11&v=EnlEVf7oaVQ
Good post, thanks.
 
https://www.axios.com/michael-cohen-sues-trump-organization-6abb22b4-9e1d-456b-aa4b-ffc47dddfbe0.html
Michael Cohen is suing the Trump Organization for "failure to meet its indemnification obligations" by not paying his legal fees.

Details: The lawsuit claims that around July 2017, the Trump Organization and Cohen entered into an agreement under which the company would pay for Cohen's representation and defense for various investigations. The organization confirmed its commitment to the deal through at least May 2018, even after Cohen came under heightened investigative scrutiny. In June 2018, shortly after Cohen began telling friends he was willing to cooperate with the Mueller investigation, the suit alleges the organization ceased to pay his law firm's invoices "without notice or justification," causing the firm to withdraw its representation of Cohen.
Oh the irony of years of telling contractors that Trump would not pay or only partly pay for work done, now Cohen knows how they felt. Kharma.
 
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Jagartrott said:
This may have some applicable place in America's future..but currently Israel is never to be criticized for anything by anybody anytime. When UN delegates stand up,show physical and legal data that Israel is breaking international law.America poopooos anything and everything even when the violations are obvious.
 
https://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/the-manafort-sentence
I don’t know if anyone anticipated Paul Manafort receiving such a vast downward revision from the sentencing guidelines – just under four years when federal sentencing guidelines leaned toward more than twenty (19-24 years). But if there was a judge who was going to wrench the scales in Manafort’s favor it was going to be Judge Ellis. During the trial Ellis made no effort to hide his sympathy for Manafort and hostility toward the government’s case. He attacked the government’s lawyering. He attacked the government’s case. He questioned the existence of the Special Counsel’s office itself. It came up again and again. Ellis was even compelled on to rule against his own manifest partiality in at least one instance.

Ellis sang a similar tune at sentencing. He called the recommendation “excessive”. He praised Manafort for being “a generous person” who was “involved in lots of good things” and for living “an otherwise blameless life.” One might be excused for thinking Ellis had been giving Manafort a job recommendation rather than a sentence for a list of felonies.

No one should go to jail for being a sleazy huckster. But saying Paul Manafort had lived a “blameless life” is an almost comical verdict for a man who is widely recognized as one of the creators of the modern influence peddling trade and who worked for some of the shadiest dictators in the world. If anything I think Ellis did us a favor by not only showing his cards but shoving them in our collective faces. He left no doubt that he was on Manafort’s side throughout the trial and down until today. The sentence is rightly seen in that light.

There’s no way this isn’t hitting the sentencing jackpot for Manafort. The problem for him is that he needs to hit the jackpot twice. He gets sentenced next week with a similar sentencing recommendation in Washington, DC. And, unlike Judge Ellis, Judge Amy Berman Jackson wasn’t blowing Manafort kisses at trial.
 
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Unchained said:
Jagartrott said:
This may have some applicable place in America's future..but currently Israel is never to be criticized for anything by anybody anytime. When UN delegates stand up,show physical and legal data that Israel is breaking international law.America poopooos anything and everything even when the violations are obvious.
Plus it gives Israel the weapons to do it, for free.
 

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