Sunday, February 12, 2017

2/11/17 Third week of Trump

It is very hard to keep up, but these are some of the things that happened this week.
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Congressman Bill Pascrell wrote a letter to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) ,  demanding a law which has been on the books since 1924 be used to force Trump to release his taxes. The law says members of Congress can insist on seeing documents to address any potential conflicts of interest, and Trump must adhere to the congressional order. He sited a law which has been on the books since 1924 be used to force Trump to release his taxes. The law says members of Congress can insist on seeing documents to address any potential conflicts of interest, and Trump must adhere to the congressional order. 

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From "The Nation"

A Washington state judge ruled put a stay on the travel ban because of the injuries done to their state.  Travel ban stay is effective on all the the US.

tRump labeled the Washington judge a "so-called judge" alarming experts that felt it was an attack on the fundamental system of checks and balances.

He fought for the travel ban in court and lost.

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He signed 3 tough-on crime executive orders (that don't really do anything other than telling federal agencies to enforce existing laws, share more intell info, create various studies and commissions about crime.  

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Turned around his view of recognizing Taiwan on its own (which had upset China).  The One China policy had been in affect since 1979 in the US.  Even though flawed tRump had called it into question without building any diplomatic groundwork or giving advance warning and doing it before he became president.

He also had tough talk followed by a retreat to routine policy on settlements in Israel and two-state solution, administration actions on Iran following an Iran missile attack, and now relations with China.

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Released a list of terrorist attacks the media supposedly didn't cover.  He is still on a media attack on the "dishonest" media.  It was proved the media had covered all incidents on the list, even where no one had been hurt in a foreign country. He is trying to make people not trust the main stream media.

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Kellyanne Conway gave a "free commercial" for Ivanka's company, violating federal ethics rules.  She has been counseled.

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Melania tRump sued  a British tabloid for publishing she had been an "elite escort" and that it hurt her brand... Her case suggested strongly that she intended to capitalize on being "first lady" to establish "multi-million dollar business relationships for a multi-year term."

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Obamacare "Repeal and Replace" that was to take place the first day he came in  has gone from "immediate" to "its going to take a little longer.
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The Secretary of Education“Individuals with Disabilities Education Act” website has been removed from the Internet Education site. Why? This is unclear, but it has been the doing of the newly confirmed, and woefully unqualified, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos who only got her job because her family has donated over $200 million to Republican candidates.

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