Trump's Presidency: Is this the next domino to fall?

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I found this to be a good explanation of the census question -

 

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This is what it’s like working for a madman:

Suppose you’re a lawyer at the Department of Justice.  You’ve worked there for 16 years, serving Democrats and Republicans alike. And, in a contentious lawsuit about the census, you tell the judge that, following last week’s landmark Supreme Court decision, the government has abandoned its plans to change the census to ask about citizenship and is printing the forms without the question now. 

Everyone verifies this is true: the Commerce Department, including Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross himself, the Census Bureau, and your colleagues at the DOJ.

Then, when you’re away for July 4 vacation, the president says that’s fake news.

What do you do?

If you’re Joshua Gardner, special counsel at the Department of Justice, you tell the judge—on the phone, after the judge read the tweet and asked for an impromptu hearing—that “I’ve always endeavored to be as candid as possible with the court.  What I told the Court yesterday was absolutely my best understanding of the state of affairs… The tweet this morning was the first I had heard of the President’s position on this issue…. I am doing my absolute best to figure out what’s going on.”

So are we all.

Meanwhile, Gardner added, “the Census Bureau is continuing with the process of printing the questionnaire without a citizenship question, and that process has not stopped.”

The census controversy has officially degenerated from (averted) tragedy to farce.

The controversy, to briefly review it, centers on the Trump administration’s effort to add a question about citizenship status to the census form.  That may seem innocuous on its surface, but the government itself estimated it would decrease Hispanic participation by more than five percent, leading to fewer government resources and less congressional representation in areas with large Latino populations—most of which just happen to be in predominantly Democratic states and districts.

Last week, the Supreme Court called Trump’s bluff. The court held that a citizenship question could, in theory, be valid, legal, and constitutional.  However, Chief Justice Roberts continued, the government had lied, over and over again, about the real reason for adding the question to the census.  That violated the law.

 

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5 minutes ago, fraufruit said:

I found this to be a good explanation of the census question -

 

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Yup. It's gotten to the point where more and more agencies are simply ignoring him.

 

Commerce Department says Huawei is still blacklisted, despite Pol Pottymouth's tweets to the contrary.

DoD is not enforcing transgender ban

 

Looks like everyone has finally figured out where the Very Stable Genius really belongs:

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And that wall ain't happening:

 

"Appeals court: Trump can't use Pentagon cash for border wall"

 

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — An appeals court on Wednesday upheld a freeze on Pentagon money to build a border wall with Mexico, casting doubt on President Donald Trump’s ability to make good on a signature campaign promise before the 2020 election.

 

A divided three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco agreed with a lower court ruling that prevented the government from tapping Defense Department counterdrug money to build high-priority sections of wall in Arizona, California and New Mexico.

 

The decision is a setback for Trump’s ambitious plans. He ended a 35-day government shutdown in February after Congress gave him far less than he wanted. He then declared a national emergency that the White House said would free billions of dollars from the Pentagon.

 

The case may still be considered, but the administration cannot build during the legal challenge.

 

 

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Hey, if you voted for this idiot, that's on you! Is he literally the dumbest man on the planet? Maybe not. He is surely not that far off from that target, though. Of course, the airports didn't exist at that time, but also Ft. McHenry was not built until 1798 and played a major part in a different war, the War of 1812.

 



 

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President Donald Trump read most of his Independence Day speech from a prepared text, but stumbled on his history at one point: He talked about airports during the American Revolution.

"Our Army manned the air, it rammed the ramparts, it took over airports," Trump said of the fighting force created by the Continental Congress in 1775.

There was no air travel in 18th Century America.

The full riff:

"In June of 1775, the Continental Congress created a unified Army out of the Revolutionary Forces encamped around Boston and New York, and named after the great George Washington, commander in chief. The Continental Army suffered a bitter winter of Valley Forge, found glory across the waters of the Delaware and seized victory from Cornwallis of Yorktown.

"Our Army manned the air, it rammed the ramparts, it took over the airports, it did everything it had to do, and at Fort McHenry"

 

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Just more Fake News from you, Alex - have you forgotten about this lesson we all read in our American History books?

 

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The rationale of a Trump supporter:

 

He didn't say that!
Well, if he did, he didn't mean it.
And if he did, you just didn't understand it.
And if you did, it's not a big deal!
Well, if it is,  others have said worse.

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Donald Trump biographer Tim O’Brien picked an awkward moment for the president Saturday to raise an old quote from Trump about his pal Jeffrey Epstein, whom he called a “terrific guy” and “fun.”

It’s “even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side,” Trump told New York Magazine in 2002 for a profile on Epstein...

 

 

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Epstein's trail of slime has stopped just long enough for him to buy his way out of another one. 

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'Shit for brains' is at it again...

 

US President Donald Trump has introduced tariffs of up to 30 percent on solar panel imports into the country

 

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US President Donald Trump has introduced tariffs of up to 30 percent on solar panel imports into the country. In an announcement on Monday, the government said that these new taxes will slowly decline to 15 percent over a four year period.

The move is seen as political by the Trump administration, which campaigned on a promise to protect American workers and businesses from international competition.

The US solar industry is one of the largest in the world, employing 38,000 people and is heavily reliant on importing equipment in order to do business.

 

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Perhaps because of this.

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From Mike Peterson's blog,  http://www.dailycartoonist.com/index.php/2019/07/07/csotd-goodbye-norma-rae/  -

'In the margin of the Lexington Herald-Leader page where this cartoon appears is a headline for another story: “Paychecks bounce, leaving Kentucky coal miners at bankrupt Blackjewel in a bind”

In which we read

Melissa Cole, a Letcher County woman whose husband worked at a Blackjewel mine near Cumberland, in Harlan County, said she deposited about $1,800 where she banks in Hazard and paid some bills.

On Wednesday, she found the bank had subtracted the money, leaving her overdrawn by $1,088.'

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