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  #2316911 13-Sep-2019 08:00
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The New York Times - Trump Wants Big Diplomatic Wins. Here Are the Odds.

 

Sept. 12, 2019

 

John R. Bolton has left the Situation Room and has left a series of gambles behind that President Trump must manage between now and Election Day.

 

North Korea

 

Goal: Total, complete and verifiable denuclearization, including an end to North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missile program.

 

Prospects for a win: Next to none.

 

Iran

 

Goal: Prevent Iran from getting within reach of a nuclear weapon.

 

Prospects for a win: Not bad.

 

Afghanistan

 

Goal: Preside over a peace deal in order to withdraw American troops. 

 

Prospects for a win: Fairly high.

 

China

 

Goal: It’s murky. The president constantly mixes his trade goals and his security concerns, often to the detriment of both. 

 

Prospects for a win: Poor.

 

Middle East

 

Goal: Get the region to agree to the Kushner peace plan. 

 

Prospects for a win: On life support.

 

Russia

 

Goal: It’s completely unclear. Surrounded by advisers who argue for containment, Mr. Trump overlooks offenses and argues for reintegrating Russia. 

 

Prospects for a win: Mr. Trump is not playing poker here - he’s playing solitaire.

 

 

 





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  #2316913 13-Sep-2019 08:04
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Iran

 

Goal: Prevent Iran from getting within reach of a nuclear weapon.

 

Prospects for a win: Not bad.Lower than before he arrived and tore up the deal that prevented them from getting within reach of a nuclear weapon.

 

Afghanistan

 

Goal: Preside over a peace deal in order to withdraw American troops. 

 

Prospects for a win: Fairly high.

 

Prospects for the win to last more than a week: Nil.

 





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  #2316914 13-Sep-2019 08:11
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Afghanistan

 

Goal: Preside over a peace deal in order to withdraw American troops. 

 

Prospects for a win: Fairly high.

 

Prospects for the win to last more than a week: Nil.

 

 

 

The full version:  "Prospects for a win: Fairly high. The only people who want American troops out more than Mr. Trump are the Taliban."

 

[It all depends upon how you define "win"]





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  #2317048 13-Sep-2019 10:44
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Trump Administration Rolls Back Clean Water Protections

New York Times, By Coral Davenport and Lisa Friedman

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/12/climate/trump-administration-rolls-back-clean-water-protections.html

The Trump administration on Thursday announced the repeal of a major Obama-era clean water regulation that had placed limits on polluting chemicals that could be used near streams, wetlands and other bodies of water.

The rollback of the 2015 measure, known as the Waters of the United States rule, adds to a lengthy list of environmental rules that the administration has worked to weaken or undo over the past two and a half years. Those efforts have focused heavily on eliminating restrictions on fossil fuel pollution, including coal-fired power plants, automobile tailpipes and oil and gas leaks, but have also touched on asbestos and chemical hazards like pesticides.

An immediate effect of the repeal is that polluters will no longer need a permit to discharge potentially harmful substances into many streams and wetlands. But the measure, which is expected to take effect in a matter of weeks, has implications far beyond the pollution that will now be allowed to flow freely into waterways.

The Obama administration implemented the rule in response to a Supreme Court ruling that opened the door to a more expansive legal definition of “waters of the United States” under the 1972 Clean Water Act. With Thursday’s announcement, the Environmental Protection Agency is aiming to drastically narrow that definition, a move that could be difficult for future administrations to undo.

Patrick Parenteau, a professor of environmental law at the Vermont Law School, said that, for conservative states and leaders who hold the view that the Clean Water Act has been burdensome for farmers and industry, “this is an opportunity to really drive a stake through the heart of federal water protection.”
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“With many of our cities and towns living with unsafe drinking water, now is not the time to cut back on clean water enforcement,” said Laura Rubin, director of the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition.

The Obama rule was designed to limit pollution in about 60 percent of the nation’s bodies of water, protecting sources of drinking water for about one-third of the United States.
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  #2317061 13-Sep-2019 10:50
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It's incredible how this administration moves towards making life hard for everyone... And Trumpsters are so blind to it.





 

 

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  #2317092 13-Sep-2019 11:42
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New York City Is Ending a Ban on Gay Conversion Therapy. Here’s Why.

The City Council fears that if a federal lawsuit challenging the ban were to reach the Supreme Court, the panel could issue a ruling that protected the practice.

Supporters of repealing the conversion therapy ban say that it is a regrettable but necessary step given the Supreme Court’s conservative makeup under the Trump administration.
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“Obviously I didn’t want to repeal this. I don’t want to be someone who is giving in to these right-wing groups,” Mr. Johnson said in an interview. “But the Supreme Court has become conservative; the Second Circuit, which oversees New York, has become more conservative.”
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Medical professional organizations have long denounced the practice of conversion therapy. The American Psychological Association found in a 2009 report that the practice does not work and that “individuals experienced harm” from the therapy. The therapy is also predicated on the false notion that L.G.B.T. sexual orientation is a mental disorder.
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https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/12/nyregion/conversion-therapy-ban-nyc.html

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  #2317132 13-Sep-2019 13:29
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'Ask not what you can do for your country: ask what you can do for me'. Donald J.Trump. US President 2016 - 2020.

 

 

 

 


 
 
 
 


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  #2317234 13-Sep-2019 15:18
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Trump Wants to Ban Vaping to Protect Melania's Son

Jimmy Kimmel Live

Trump tweeted up a storm on the anniversary of 9/11, complained about a poll that has him trailing every major Democratic opponent, held a meeting where he announced his plans to put a stop to vaping, and new details were released about his 'firing' of National Security Advisor John Bolton.


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  #2317705 14-Sep-2019 12:37
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It's A Lot Of Fun To Work For Donald Trump

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Yes, it's tons of fun to work for this President. That's why everyone who leaves his administration immediately writes a tell-all book.


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  #2317708 14-Sep-2019 12:43
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Can you all move aside for some serious Trumps news.  Move along.A bit more. Thanks. Here it is

 

 

 

https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/world/2019/09/donald-trump-says-he-looks-orange-because-of-energy-efficient-bulbs.html

 

Donald Trump says he looks orange because of energy-efficient bulbs

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  #2317759 14-Sep-2019 13:27
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tdgeek:

 

Can you all move aside for some serious Trumps news.  Move along.A bit more. Thanks. Here it is

 

 

 

https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/world/2019/09/donald-trump-says-he-looks-orange-because-of-energy-efficient-bulbs.html

 

Donald Trump says he looks orange because of energy-efficient bulbs

 

 

 

A much more likely senario is that he is so full of $h!t that he has been permanently stained from the inside out.


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  #2317771 14-Sep-2019 13:56
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  #2317821 14-Sep-2019 16:22
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freitasm:

 

It's incredible how this administration moves towards making life hard for everyone... And Trumpsters are so blind to it.

 

 

It's not making life hard for everyone.

 

Some people haven't had it so good since the early 1900s.  White supremacists, misogynists, conmen, Russian oligarchs, the Saudi royals, anti-environmentalists, polluters - "it's like a breath of fresh air".

 

 


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  #2317824 14-Sep-2019 16:28
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The Washington Post - We are Trump’s Republican challengers. Canceling GOP primaries is a critical mistake.

 

By Mark Sanford, Joe Walsh and Bill Weld 

 

September 14, 2019 

 


The three of us are running for the Republican nomination for president in a race that will inevitably highlight differences among us on matters of policy, style and background. 

 

But we are brought together not by what divides us but by what unites us: a shared conviction that the United States needs a strong center-right party guided by basic values that are rooted in the best of the American spirit.

 

A president always defines his or her party, and today the Republican Party has taken a wrong turn, led by a serial self-promoter who has abandoned the bedrock principles of the GOP. 

 

In the Trump era, personal responsibility, fiscal sanity and rule of law have been overtaken by a preference for alienating our allies while embracing terrorists and dictators, attacking the free press and pitting everyday Americans against one another.

 

No surprise, then, that the latest disgrace, courtesy of Team Trump, is an effort to eliminate any threats to the president’s political power in 2020. ...

 

... the Republican parties of four states have canceled their nominating contests. By this design, the incumbent will be crowned winner of these states’ primary delegates ...

 

What does this say about the Republican Party? If a party stands for nothing but reelection, it indeed stands for nothing.  ...

 



Mark Sanford was governor of South Carolina from 2003 to 2011.
Joe Walsh represented Illinois’s 8th Congressional District in the House of Representatives from 2011 to 2013.
Bill Weld was governor of Massachusetts from 1991 to 1997.
All three are seeking the Republican presidential nomination.





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  #2318167 15-Sep-2019 17:29
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A big loss in court for Trump

Washington Post, By Jennifer Rubin

On Friday, a Second Circuit appeals court revived a lawsuit filed by businesses that claim President Trump’s unconstitutional receipt of foreign emoluments negatively impacted their business. This is the second emoluments lawsuit that is back on track, the other brought by more than two hundred members of Congress.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, one of the litigants, released a statement, which read in part: “If President Trump would like to avoid the case going further and curtail the serious harms caused by his unconstitutional conduct, now would be a good time to divest from his businesses and end his violations of the Emoluments Clauses of the Constitution.”

The Second Circuit explained, “Plaintiffs allege that they have been and will be injured because foreign and domestic government entities that patronize Washington, D.C. and New York hotels, restaurants, and event spaces patronize Trump establishments (in preference to Plaintiffs’ establishments) in the hope of enriching the President and earning a reward from him through official Presidential action favorable to their governments, and that such enrichment of the President by foreign and domestic government entities violates the Foreign and Domestic Emoluments Clauses.”

Contrary to the lower court ruling, the appeals court found, “Plaintiffs’ alleged injury meets the well‐established Article III threshold for economic competitors who allege that, because of unlawful conduct, their rivals enjoy a competitive advantage in the marketplace.” Moreover, the court found that the lower court improperly required plaintiffs to prove causation (i.e. Trump’s businesses caused their injury), something that need be proven only after discovery has ferreted out all the facts.

Even more noteworthy, the court accepted the premise that Trump is using his office to enrich himself.

The President’s establishments offer government patrons something that Plaintiffs cannot: the opportunity, by enriching the President, to obtain favorable governmental treatment from the President and the Executive branch. It alleges that the marketplace is thus skewed in favor of Trump businesses because of his unlawful receipt of payments from government patrons.

This is a nice way of saying Trump has set up a giant pay-to-play racket.

...The importance of the ruling is two-fold. First, it sets in motion a second court case in which plaintiffs might gain access to Trump’s financial records, including tax returns.

...Second, the ruling underscores the need for the House of Representatives to refocus impeachment hearings on Trump’s alleged financial improprieties
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https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/09/13/big-court-loss-trump-its-money/

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