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  # 2240350 18-May-2019 09:31
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Late Night with Seth Meyers

Alabama’s Abortion Ban; Trump’s War on Congress: A Closer Look

Seth takes a closer look at the president arguing in court that Congress can’t investigate him as Republicans wage a war on reproductive rights.


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The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Jared's Immigration Plan Is A 'Complete Whiff'

Jared Kushner's solution for immigration is being described as a 'conversation-starter' and a 'complete whiff.'


 
 
 
 


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  # 2240472 18-May-2019 12:27
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Trump is creating serious debt in the US.

His tax cuts to the rich has reduced incoming revenue.

He's talking about huge subsidies to the farmers, to offset the Chinese retaliation.

He hasn't pulled troops out of the Middle East, because Fox news told him he shouldn't.

And he's talking about deploying 120,000 troops to invade Iran.

Is it any wonder he lost 10 billion dollars in 10 years personally?

Funny how Republicans only want to cut spending when the Democrats are in control.

 

Hate to be picky, especially when I think Trump is lower (and harder to get rid of) than toe fungus, but isn't that graph pre-Trump?





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  # 2240506 18-May-2019 13:41
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The New York Times - Steven Mnuchin Refuses to Comply With Subpoena for Trump’s Tax Returns

 

May 17, 2019

 


WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Friday refused to comply with a congressional subpoena to hand over President Trump’s tax returns ...

 

For more than a month, the Treasury Department and House Democrats have exchanged letters about the request, which was initiated in April by Representative Richard E. Neal, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.

 

Mr. Mnuchin said that lawyers in the department concluded that the original request, made using an obscure provision of the tax code, was not legitimate.

 

Mr. Neal changed course last week and issued a subpoena to try to gain access to six years of Mr. Trump’s personal and business tax returns. ...

 






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  # 2240582 18-May-2019 16:14
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Hate to be picky, especially when I think Trump is lower (and harder to get rid of) than toe fungus, but isn't that graph pre-Trump?



Each "tick" is 5 years, and goes through 2019.

On February 11, the US national debt eclipsed $US22 trillion for the first time.

Since President Donald Trump took office, the US has added over $US2 trillion in new federal debt.

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/president-trump-would-send-the-national-debt-soaring-2016-03-07

"The Republican front-runner’s tax-cut plan would mean that, by the end of his first term in office, the national debt would be about $22 trillion, compared with $14 trillion today. That’s an increase of 57% in four years.

That figure isn’t based on speculation, but on the official budget projections from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and a straightforward mathematical analysis of Trump’s tax cuts by the Tax Policy Center, a non-partisan Washington, D.C., think tank.

(And if you’re a skeptic of those numbers, the Tax Foundation, a venerable anti-tax think tank that you’d imagine would be sympathetic to Trump’s agenda, reached a similar analysis. And yes, that’s including the benefits of the extra economic growth those cuts may generate.)"




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  # 2240587 18-May-2019 16:23
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https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/at-trump-golf-course-undocumented-employees-said-they-were-sometimes-told-to-work-extra-hours-without-pay/2019/04/30/17f6c9be-65eb-11e9-83df-04f4d124151f_story.html

At Trump golf course, undocumented employees said they were sometimes told to work extra hours without pay

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...Allegations that workers were routinely shortchanged on their pay at President Trump’s suburban country club are now the subject of an inquiry by the New York attorney general, whose investigators have interviewed more than two dozen former employees.

The inquiry could raise awkward political questions for Trump, who has made stopping illegal immigration a centerpiece of his presidency and his reelection campaign but faces allegations that his business benefited from low-paid undocumented workers.

In interviews, six former Trump workers told The Washington Post that they felt systematically cheated because they were undocumented. Some told The Post about being denied promotions, vacation days and health insurance, which were offered to legal employees. The same pattern of unpaid labor was also described by a former manager.

Others recounted practices that could violate labor laws. Two told The Post that they had been required to perform unpaid side work. Two others said managers made them work 60-hour weeks without paying them overtime.

A spokesman for the New York attorney general’s office confirmed that it had received complaints from workers about conditions at the club but declined to comment further...

In January, the company said it would start using E-Verify, a federal program that allows employers to check whether new hires are legally eligible to work in the United States.

The inquiry adds to the list of inquiries by New York state investigators and Democrats in Congress scrutinizing aspects of Trump’s life, including the business on which he built his fame and fortune.

Trump has decried unauthorized immigrants as a threat to the country’s safety and social fabric. He also has blamed undocumented workers for driving down wages and taking jobs that American citizens could perform.

But over the years, his company has routinely relied on that same low-wage, illegal labor, and his company has not explained how some employees kept their jobs for years despite lacking proper papers. Since December, The Post has spoken with 36 such people, who worked at four Trump golf courses and country clubs as well as a personal hunting lodge that his two adult sons own in Upstate New York.

Trump still owns his businesses, but he has handed over day-to-day control to his sons Donald Jr. and Eric. The company has said it did not know it employed workers who lacked legal status until this year, when an internal audit discovered that many had presented fraudulent papers.
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These 19 undocumented immigrants worked for Trump.

CNN interviewed 19 undocumented immigrants who say they worked for the Trump Organization and that Donald Trump had to have known they were undocumented during their employment. CNN's Randi Kaye reports.




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  # 2240672 18-May-2019 22:14
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This dodgy looking effort is actually the real thing:

Official Whitehouse Tool: SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS should advance FREEDOM OF SPEECH. Yet too many Americans have seen their accounts suspended, banned, or fraudulently reported for unclear “violations” of user policies. No matter your views, if you suspect political bias caused such an action to be taken against you, share your story with President Trump.

Trump's former golf manager runs social media and is apparently called into meetings to support Trump's view that the number of twitter post views on any particular Trump post means it should be a policy.

 
 
 
 


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  # 2240734 19-May-2019 10:37
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If you want some collectibles, search eBay or TradeMe for "GPK Trump." It's worth more than a Trump University diploma.



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  # 2240758 19-May-2019 11:15
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Trump isn't going to do anything about debt. He's the king of debt. And he doesn't pay it back. Pushing his debt onto someone else is practically his signature move.




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  # 2241187 20-May-2019 09:57
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I see the next season of A Handmaids Tale is going to be a documentary made in Alabama with funding from the Trump organization..


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  # 2241194 20-May-2019 10:22
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SJB:

 

I see the next season of A Handmaids Tale is going to be a documentary made in Alabama with funding from the Trump organization..

 

 

Donald isn't quite that stupid - but close ...

 

The Washington Post - Trump, Republicans distance themselves from Alabama abortion law

 

May 19 at 4:34 PM

 


President Trump has joined a chorus of Republicans distancing themselves from new state laws banning the vast majority of abortions ...

 

Without referring specifically to an Alabama law enacted last week that makes performing abortions a felony unless a pregnancy seriously risks a woman’s health, Trump reiterated his position that abortion should be legal following rape or incest.

 

In a series of tweets shortly before midnight on Saturday, the president wrote that his view is “the same position taken by Ronald Reagan.”

 

In aligning with the memory of the popular GOP figure, Trump disregarded that Reagan had, as California governor, signed a liberal abortion law.

 

And as president, Reagan nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court the first female justice, Sandra Day O’Connor, who voted to uphold Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide, in later challenges to the ruling. ...

 

 

 





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Without referring specifically to an Alabama law enacted last week that makes performing abortions a felony unless a pregnancy seriously risks a woman’s health, Trump reiterated his position that abortion should be legal following rape or incest.

 

 

 

Ugh. No words. Opportunist. Hypocrite.




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The Washington Post - Trump places the Middle East on ‘a knife edge’

 

today

 

 

... on Sunday, possibly goaded by a segment on Fox News, Trump launched another broadside on Twitter, warning that conflict between the two countries would mark “the official end of Iran.”

 

The atmospherics are making many officials in Washington and capitals elsewhere nervous. ...

 





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https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/19/business/deutsche-bank-trump-kushner.html

 


The New York Times
Deutsche Bank Staff Saw Suspicious Activity in Trump and Kushner Accounts

 

Tammy McFadden, a former Deutsche Bank employee, saw potentially suspicious transactions involving the company of Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, she said.

 

By David Enrich

 

Anti-money laundering specialists at Deutsche Bank recommended in 2016 and 2017 that multiple transactions involving legal entities controlled by Donald J. Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, be reported to a federal financial-crimes watchdog.

 

The transactions, some of which involved Mr. Trump’s now-defunct foundation, set off alerts in a computer system designed to detect illicit activity, according to five current and former bank employees. Compliance staff members who then reviewed the transactions prepared so-called suspicious activity reports that they believed should be sent to a unit of the Treasury Department that polices financial crimes.

 

But executives at Deutsche Bank, which has lent billions of dollars to the Trump and Kushner companies, rejected their employees’ advice. The reports were never filed with the government.

 

The nature of the transactions was not clear. At least some of them involved money flowing back and forth with overseas entities or individuals, which bank employees considered suspicious.

 

Real estate developers like Mr. Trump and Mr. Kushner sometimes do large, all-cash deals, including with people outside the United States, any of which can prompt anti-money laundering reviews. The red flags raised by employees do not necessarily mean the transactions were improper. Banks sometimes opt not to file suspicious activity reports if they conclude their employees’ concerns are unwarranted.

 

But former Deutsche Bank employees said the decision not to report the Trump and Kushner transactions reflected the bank’s generally lax approach to money laundering laws. The employees — most of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity to preserve their ability to work in the industry — said it was part of a pattern of the bank’s executives rejecting valid reports to protect relationships with lucrative clients.
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kingdragonfly:

 

 

 

 

and immigration policy ...

 





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