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  #2171860 2-Feb-2019 15:37
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The New York Times - U.S. Suspends Nuclear Arms Control Treaty With Russia

 

Feb. 1, 2019

 


WASHINGTON — The Trump administration said on Friday that it was suspending one of the last major nuclear arms control treaties with Russia, following five years of heated conversations over accusations by the United States that Moscow is violating the Reagan-era agreement.

 

The decision has the potential to incite a new arms race - not only with Russia, but also with China, which was never a signatory to the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, widely known as the I.N.F.

 

It also comes as the United States has begun building its first long-range nuclear weapons since 1991, a move that other nations are citing to justify their own nuclear modernization efforts.

 

Taken together, the two moves appear to signal the end of more than a half-century of traditional nuclear arms control, in which the key agreements were negotiated in Washington and Moscow. ...

 

 





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  #2172191 3-Feb-2019 13:20
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The Washington Post - McConnell privately cautions Trump about emergency declaration on border wall

 

February 1 at 7:11 PM

 


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell cautioned President Trump privately this week about the consequences of declaring a national emergency to build his border wall, telling him the move could trigger political blowback and divide the GOP, according to two Republicans with knowledge of the exchange.

 

McConnell (R-Ky.) told Trump that Congress might end up passing a resolution disapproving the emergency declaration, which would force the president to contemplate issuing his first veto ever, in the face of opposition from his own party.

 

McConnell delivered the message during a face-to-face meeting with the president Tuesday at the White House.

 

The two men met alone and conversed with no aides present. Their meeting was not publicly announced.

 

The majority leader’s comments to the president came amid rising GOP concerns over the fallout if Trump were to declare a national emergency that would allow him to circumvent Congress and use the military to build new stretches of wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

 

Trump increasingly appears prepared to take that route, saying Friday that “I think there’s a good chance we’ll have to do that.” ...

 

 

 

There seems to be, during, and especially since the shutdown, a coalition in play. Republicans, and Trump. 

 

The emergency option will happen. Trump now has no choice, as the choice is Wall or No Wall. And he wont choose No Wall. So, assuming he does this, it will go to courts, so no Wall so far. The public don't want a wall anyway. More and more GOP will revolt. 

 

Is there such a thing as a vote of no confidence in a POTUS? If the GOP doesn't want him, how can he remain?

 

 


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  #2172201 3-Feb-2019 13:48
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The Trump administration kidnapped thousands of immigrant children and have no way to ever again join families.

 

This is a shame. This shows complete disregard for basic human rights.

 

"The buck stops here" said President Truman. Trump is not a President. He's a doofus.

 





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  #2172204 3-Feb-2019 14:02
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They’re arguing it would take too long to figure out where those kids are because they have no tracking system.

 

Freaking hell. He employs Police and FBI and so on to solve crimes, but family is too hard. Ok. This is a humanitarian crisis. It's as though family doesn't matter. The evangelists that support him are silent as usual. 


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Quite a few of the religious right-wing that support Trump are a zealot, bigot and racist bunch.





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  #2172213 3-Feb-2019 14:19
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freitasm:Quite a few of the religious right-wing that support Trump are a zealot, bigot and racist bunch.

 

Apart from that, they're very, very fine people.





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  #2172238 3-Feb-2019 14:50
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Wonder who is going to bring up all those children, then? Perhaps, the Donald has several floors of a Trump Tower reserved for them?


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  #2172240 3-Feb-2019 15:01
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geekIT:

 

freitasm:Quite a few of the religious right-wing that support Trump are a zealot, bigot and racist bunch.

 

Apart from that, they're very, very fine people.

 

 





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  #2172422 3-Feb-2019 20:32
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https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/trump-tan-789157/

How Does Trump Maintain His Orange Glow?
Self-tanner? Tanning beds? It’s a mystery


The biggest mystery in Washington—second only to how the Mueller probe will end—is how President Donald Trump manages to maintain his bright fluorescent orange glow regardless of the season. Thankfully, the New York Times dug in on this pressing question, interviewing current and former White House staffers in an attempt to get to the bottom of this important story.

Officially, the White House line is that Trump gets his glow from “good genes,” but like many other explanations from this administration, that seems patently false.

Other theories have been floated to explain Trump’s skin color, including tanning beds, spray tan, and make-up. Tanning beds were immediately ruled out, as sources told the Times there isn’t one in the White House: “according to three people who have spent time in the White House residence, no such bed or spray-tan booth exists in a hidden nook of the residence, a cranny of the East Wing or a closet on Air Force One. Two senior White House officials insisted that no such apparatus exists.”

A tanning bed also would not explain why Trump’s face is a completely different color from the paler skin on his hands. And the only make-up Trump uses is a translucent powder which he applies himself before television appearance. Which brings us to our next theory: self-tanner.

“He looks more orangy than he does tan,” D.C. dermatologist Dr. Tina Alster told the Times, saying that is a classic sign of using self-tanner creams or sprays.

The president is apparently self-conscious of his burnt sienna skin. He has voiced complaints to aides that he appeared too orange on television, which has led to staff dimming the lighting of many White House events. Trump also likes to use natural light, which reduces the orange glow, and has chosen to host press conferences in the sunny Rose Garden, even in weather as cold as 40 degrees. Because if there’s one thing we’ve learned about Trump, appearances are more important to him than substance.

https://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/4i8k9j/trump_with_no_tan_and_no_hair/
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The Washington Post - 'A watershed moment’: Trump faces crossroads amid mounting threats on all sides

 


February 3 at 6:00 AM  (extracts)

 

When President Trump delivers his annual State of the Union address on Tuesday, a Democrat will be seated at the rostrum over his shoulder for the first time.

 

The presence of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will bring into fresh relief not only the power shift in the Capitol, with the opposition party now able to thwart the president’s agenda, but also the converging pressures on Trump that have brought his presidency to a crossroads.

 

Trump dealt himself a political defeat with the 35-day government shutdown.

 

He has secured no funding to construct a border wall and is preparing to declare a national emergency to fulfill his campaign promise.

 

He is newly at odds with the nation’s intelligence chiefs and some senators in his own party.

 

The Russia investigation, which has ensnared several of the president’s allies, appears to be nearing its conclusion.

 

New congressional oversight investigations will start soon. And the race to defeat him at the ballot box has kicked off in earnest.

 

“This is a watershed moment,” said Chris Whipple, author of “The Gatekeepers,” a history of White House chiefs of staff. “Time is running out. This is a last chance to really get things right.”

 

The challenges mount at a moment when Trump is as unencumbered and isolated as ever.

 

Inside the White House, aides describe a chaotic, freewheeling atmosphere reminiscent of the early weeks of Trump’s presidency. ...

 

Trump’s popularity, meanwhile, is at an ebb. Polls show many more Americans blame him for the shutdown than Democrats, and growing majorities disapprove of his job performance - despite Trump’s stewardship of a robust economy and his declared intentions to withdraw U.S. troops from unpopular foreign wars. ...

 

 





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  #2172666 4-Feb-2019 11:03
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The New York Times - Trump Sought a Loan During the 2016 Campaign. Deutsche Bank Said No.

 

Feb. 2, 2019

 


Donald J. Trump was burning through cash.

 

It was early 2016, and he was lending tens of millions of dollars to his presidential campaign and had been spending large sums to expand the Trump Organization’s roster of high-end properties.

 

To finance his business’s growth, Mr. Trump turned to a longtime ally, Deutsche Bank, one of the few banks still willing to lend money to the man who has called himself “The King of Debt.”

 

Mr. Trump’s loan request, which has not been previously reported, set off a fight that reached the top of the German bank, according to three people familiar with the request.

 

In the end, Deutsche Bank did something unexpected. It said no.

 

Senior officials at the bank, including its future chief executive, believed that Mr. Trump’s divisive candidacy made such a loan too risky, the people said.

 

Among their concerns was that if Mr. Trump won the election and then defaulted, Deutsche Bank would have to choose between not collecting on the debt or seizing the assets of the president of the United States. ...

 

 

[A Trump Organization spokesperson states that “This story is absolutely false.”]





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  #2172679 4-Feb-2019 11:45
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tdgeek:

 

They’re arguing it would take too long to figure out where those kids are because they have no tracking system.

 

Freaking hell. He employs Police and FBI and so on to solve crimes, but family is too hard. Ok. This is a humanitarian crisis. It's as though family doesn't matter. The evangelists that support him are silent as usual. 

 

 

Next time you hear one of them whine about eroding family values, remember this. A time to surely stand up in support of protecting families. Who cares if it will be hard, it is the only right and moral choice to do to actually fix things. But no, they will complain about law and order (seeking asylum is not illegal) or the gays or transgendered bathroom use or any other BS issue.


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  #2172923 4-Feb-2019 18:00
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Donald Trump is Right "A WALL is a WALL!"
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  #2173084 4-Feb-2019 20:53
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The Washington Post - Today's WorldView - 04 Feb 2019

 

Trump embraces a new nuclear arms race

 

 

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On Friday, the Trump administration confirmed its intention to scrap a historic nuclear arms-control pact with Moscow. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the United States would suspend its participation in the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, likely to be followed by a formal withdrawal six months down the road.

 

The news is in keeping with President Trump’s penchant for wrecking diplomatic pacts. He axed a landmark Asia-Pacific trade deal during his first week in office and controversially pulled the United States out of Obama-era international agreements on climate change and Iran’s nuclear program.

 

“We will move forward with developing our own military response options and will work with NATO and our other allies and partners to deny Russia any military advantage from its unlawful conduct,” Trump said in a written statement Friday.

 

The INF Treaty prohibited Russia and the United States from possessing, developing or deploying ground-launched cruise or ballistic missiles with ranges between 500 and 5,500 kilometers (311 and 3,418 miles). For several years, U.S. officials have contended that some of Russia’s new ground-launched and cruise missiles violate the terms of the pact. Moscow denies those claims, accusing Washington of deliberately trying to exit the treaty to trigger a new arms race.

 

If the INF Treaty collapses, it will mark the end of a cornerstone agreement in which, for the first time, the two Cold War rivals agreed to destroy portions of their nuclear arsenals. “The treaty has been a central element of Europe’s security strategy for more than three decades and its signing was considered a crucial moment in Cold War arms control, eliminating more than 2,600 missiles and ending a years-long standoff with nuclear missiles in Europe,” wrote my colleagues.

 

More than three decades after its signing, however, the Trump administration says it’s responding to new realities. Beyond the threat posed by Russia, it seeks more options in the face of China’s own military expansion. “China [and] Iran, for that matter, are not bound by the treaty,” a senior administration official said on a phone call with reporters last week. “We cannot be the only country bound by a treaty.”

 

The United States' NATO allies back the administration’s tough approach on the treaty, but critics contend that keeping it alive would rein in Moscow’s bad behavior. “Critics of U.S. withdrawal from the treaty say that, despite Russia’s violation, the best way to keep Russian arms in check would be to negotiate while keeping the treaty intact,” explained Anton Troianovski, The Post’s Moscow bureau chief.

 

“Putin had previously been eager to negotiate with the United States on the matter,” he added, “in part because, analysts say, discussion of nuclear arsenals is one of the only issues on which Moscow can engage on near-equal diplomatic footing with Washington.”

 

On Saturday, the Kremlin mustered a tough response, ordering its military to start developing land-based missiles once prohibited. “Our answer will be symmetrical,” Putin said in a televised meeting with his defense and foreign ministers. “Our American partners declared that they will suspend their participation in the treaty, so we will suspend ours as well. They said they would start research and development, and we will do the same.”

 

Now, questions also hang over the future of the New START, a separate pact brokered in 2011 that limits the number of strategic nuclear warheads deployed by Russia and the United States. That treaty is set to expire in 2021, and the current tensions suggest its collapse may be around the corner.

 

“If the White House and the Kremlin do not agree to extend New START,” reported my colleagues, “the decision would turn the clock back to an era when Washington and Moscow possessed nuclear arms with practically no agreed restrictions and would risk the return of a full Cold War-style arms race.”

 

Congress, especially the Democratic-dominated House, may challenge Trump’s nuclear ambitions, and could try to block funding of missile programs that violate the INF. European officials, meanwhile, raised fears of a perilous escalation.

 

“What we definitely don’t want to see is our continent going back to being a battlefield or a place where other superpowers confront themselves,” Federica Mogherini, the European Union’s foreign policy chief, said to reporters.

 

“We have to think about what the world looks like with absolutely no constraints on these types of missiles at all,” Alexandra Bell, an arms-control expert with the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, told Foreign Policy. “Is the security of the world actually improved by Russia having absolutely zero constraints over the ability to produce intermediate-range nuclear missiles? The answer to that is no.”

 

Experts also fret over the implications of an American missile buildup against China. In a brief for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, former U.S. diplomat Pranay Vaddi warned that U.S. attempts to deploy ground-based missile systems among Asian allies may be rebuffed and may further destabilize the region.

 

“Ultimately, the regional security environment will likely deteriorate quickly following the deployment” of such missiles, he wrote. “It would be prudent for U.S. officials to find other ways to maintain the United States’ competitive edge in managing the military threat posed by China.”

 

Prudence, of course, has not been a watchword of this administration. Critics point to the wrecking-ball agenda of White House national security adviser John Bolton, a hawk with a long track record of undermining arms control deals, whose influence they spy in the current developments.

 

“For Bolton and others like him, these agreements are part of the effort by the global Lilliputians to tie down the American Gulliver,” wrote Joseph Cirincione, president of the Ploughshares Fund, a global security foundation. “In his mind, we must have maximum flexibility and multiple military options to preserve our security and interests around the world. We must protect our nation with military might, not pieces of paper.”

 

But at a time of renewed great power competition, that quest for enduring American primacy may make the world less safe.

 

 

 





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  #2173114 4-Feb-2019 22:22
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With my understanding of things I agree with them pulling out of that pact.

Russia is developing terrifying new weapons, Poseidon doomsday device as one, and China who is not a signatory is different today to what it was when agreement signed.




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