Kremlin Breaks Its Silence Regarding Failed Missile Test That Took Five Russians’ Lives Last Week

Last week, an accident related to the explosion of a missile in northwestern Russia caused the death of five members of Russia’s state-owned atomic energy business, Rosatom. Although reports came from Rosatom and at least one local agency since the accident took place a few days ago, no such reports referencing the accident had been published by the federal government of the Russian Federation, also known as the Kremlin.

Earlier today, on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, the Kremlin carried out a conference call headed by Dmitry Peskov, a spokesperson for the Russian Federation, with reporters from several news agencies. Although Peskov reported that he wasn’t able to speak in detail on the situation, he did make a remark that, unfortunately, accidents take place in the testing of military equipment. Peskov then stated that accidents such as the one that took place last week would not hinder the Russian government’s ability to further advance its military’s capabilities.

Peskov also took the opportunity to brag on the Russian Federation’s high rank on the world’s list of countries with advanced military equipment and weapons, alleging that Russia was “far ahead” of most countries on the third rock from the Sun.

News agencies and military experts from around the world widely believe that the missile that exploded in Nyonoksa, the small town in northwest Russia where the missile was tested by Rosatom, was powered by nuclear technology. However, Peskov declined to speak on the issue, reserving his right to confirm whether the missile was actually utilizing nuclear power or not.

Not too much information regarding the military missile testing or the accident has been released by government agencies on any level of government in Russia. However, based on a few pieces of information that have come out of the following agencies mentioned below, it’s likely that the missile that exploded a few days ago was an intercontinental ballistic missile known as the SSC-X-9 Skyfall by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, or NATO, and the Burevestnik by the Russian government.

Yesterday, on Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, a member of the Russian Federal Nuclear Center said that Rosatom’s scientists were around small sources of energy that utilized “radioactive fissile materials.” Rosatom also claimed that “isotope power sources within a liquid propulsion system” were being tested at the time of the accident. As such, experts have pieced together that the missile being tested was one that Putin first announced back in March 2018, stating it had “unlimited range.”

Civil Suits Against Jeffrey Epstein’s Estate

Civil suits against Jeffrey Epstein’s estate will go full-speed ahead in the wake of his apparent suicide. It is expected that the notorious, 66-year-old, multi-millionaire, sex trafficker’s estate will be pursued for damages by dozens of the abused women, many of whom were underage at the time of the sexual misconduct. This does not, however, mean that the civil suits will be settled in the near future. Because the civil suits involve a huge sum of money, the total value of which is not easy to determine and to be split among so many, it will take years.

New York attorney, Lisa Kaplan, is waiting until Wednesday to file her claims when the “Child Victims Act” takes effect in the state. From August 14, any sexual misconduct claims will have a year to be filed no matter how long ago the abuse took place. After the year is up, victims will have to be 55 or younger to file. In other states, the statutes of limitations may make it impossible for some victims to make claims.

Besides the statutes of limitations, the matter of time is also a factor in determining the outcome because of hazy memories of the facts after so many years. The exact amount of Epstein’s estate is unclear, though it’s been estimated at $559 million. There will be a thorough investigation of his assets to determine any hidden interests, all of which takes time.

Further complicating the matter, when an amount is determined, there is no guarantee that all of those funds will be available to the victims. It’s still unclear who will be administering Epstein’s estate and whether or not Epstein had a will. Los Angeles attorney, Lisa Bloom, currently representing two women in the case, remains undaunted. A court order will most likely be put in place to forfeit any funds to the state, stopping any assets from being sold and allocated otherwise.

Read More: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/ellievhall/jeffrey-epstein-ghislaine-maxwell-lawsuit

Tariffs Against China Delayed Until End Of Year, Some Products Excluded From List Of Affected Goods

For many years, according to businesspeople, financial market experts, and government officials around the world, Chinese manufacturers have forced business owners to divulge trade secrets to them in order to do business with one another. Businesses around the world have adhered to such demands by Chinese businesspeople because China is home to many of the world’s most valuable manufacturing offers.

United States President Donald Trump, a longtime businessman, has also long been aware of allegations against the Chinese government and its businesspeople for requiring foreign business entities, many of which have been and currently are based in the United States, to give up such information.

As a means of protecting the business and financial interests of the United States, President Donald Trump lobbied a litany of tariffs against the People’s Republic of China on March 22, 2018.

Just as President Trump, as well as financial experts around the world, had expected, Chinese government officials moved to place their own tariffs on products imported from the United States just two weeks after the United States made its move, on April 2, 2018. From there, the two countries have levied a ton of tariffs against one another, all of which have been maintained since they were implemented.

According to CNBC, earlier today, on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, the United States Trade Representative office released a report that a line of tariffs that were slated to be enacted in the next few weeks by the Trump administration would be held off until the end of the year. Further, the U.S. Trade Representative office indicated that a handful of the consumer items that have been subject to tariffs for over a year will be excluded from the United States’ list of tariffed products.

The aforementioned tariffs were slated to be written into law in the next few days and be realized on Sept. 1.

As predicted, stock markets around the world have rallied since the outset of the announcement, with the Nasdaq, S&P 500, and Dow Jones Industrial Average rising 1.95 percent, 1.46 percent, and 1.41 percent at the end of trading hours yesterday, respectively.

Bibles were dropped from the list of tariffs, which is substantial relative to the global supply of bibles, as the United States imports more from China than anywhere else. Frozen haddock, salmon, and cod fillets, as well as radioactive compounds and elements, were dropped from the list.

A portion of goods, however, will be faced with a renewed tariff on Sept. 1, including shelled nuts, unworked human hair, and American flags.

Epstein Case Files Unsealed By The United States Attorney’s Office For The Southern District Of New York

Jeffrey Epstein, who was found deceased earlier this morning, on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, was a prominent fund manager who was best known for the foundation and operation of his very own portfolio management firm, J. Epstein & Company.

Epstein hung himself while awaiting trial at New York City’s Metropolitan Correctional Center.

Nearly 15 years ago, in 2005, the Palm Beach Police Department of Palm Beach, Florida, investigated a complaint made by the parent of a 14-year-old girl who alleged that she was molested by Epstein. Three years after the investigation was opened up, in 2008, he was sentenced to an objectively lenient sentence in which he spent 13 months in a Florida state prison.

Although going to prison is exactly that – going to prison – his experience was leaps and bounds different than the overwhelming majority of people who are sentenced to state or federal prison throughout the United States.

Jeffrey Epstein only spent 13 months in prison, a considerably short stay in prison for the molestation of an underage person, where he was given work release for six days per week for a maximum of 12 hours per day. This means he only had to spend little more than half of each week that he was incarcerated on prison grounds.

Further, Epstein was portioned off in a part of the prison in which nobody else was stationed. This allowed him to breeze through prison without having to deal with any of the many political and interpersonal issues that are inherent with incarceration.

Just longer than a month ago, on July 6, 2019, Epstein was arrested yet again for sex charges, though this time it was for sex trafficking. When searched, his residence presented nude photos of underage girls, among other forms of evidence. Two days later, on July 8, Epstein was again arrested, though this time on one count of sex trafficking and one count of conspiracy to commit the sex trafficking of minors.

Yesterday, on Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, a bundle of documents were unsealed by the Southern District of New York’s United States Attorney’s Office. These documents are important because they named a litany of people who were said to engage in sexual intercourse with an underage female, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, such as Prince Andrew, Marvin Minsky, Jean Luc Brunell, and Glenn Dubin, among several others.

Read More: https://www.businessinsider.com/sdny-us-attorneys-office-confirms-epstein-investigation-remains-ongoing-conspiracy-2019-8

Turns Out That The EPA’s Decision To Open Up Alaska Mine Was Influenced Directly By President Trump

One duty of governments around the world is to keep their societies’ natural resources, wildlife, and the environment in good shape. In the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency does just this.

Federal government agencies in the United States such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are operated independently of the President, though that isn’t to say that United States President Donald J. Trump is unable to influence such organizations.

Just yesterday, on Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, unnamed sources working for the EPA shared with popular news agency CNN that Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy told the state’s in-house staff of scientists that mining for both copper and gold at Pebble Mine would once again be legally allowed.

What’s most noteworthy about this move is that U.S. President Donald Trump met with Gov. Dunleavy only one day before changing the EPA’s policy not to mine there due to inflicting imminent danger on several fish species that call the nearby Bristol Bay home.

The Environmental Protection Agency made the decision public some two weeks ago, on July 30, 2019, though the aforementioned staff sources had learned of the EPA’s ruling more than a month ahead of time. This decision came one day after Governor Mike Dunleavy met with President Trump on Air Force One, the President’s personal vehicle for air travel, on June 26. Dunleavy actually didn’t fly on the aircraft when Trump met with him; rather, the two simply had a private discussion on a government aerial facility’s tarmac.

Trump was on his way to the annual G20 summit, which was being held in Tokyo, Japan, led by this year’s Chairman of the G20 summit, Shinzo Abe, who doubles as the Prime Minister of the Land of the Rising Sun – Tokyo.
People who work for the Environmental Protection Agency, according to CNN, are entirely confident that the close proximity between when Trump talked to Mike Dunleavy and when the Alaska Governor handed Trump’s decision down to the proper authorities within The Land of the Midnight Sun’s staff.

The four sources within the Environmental Protection Agency who spoke to CNN held the consensus that the decision that Trump directly handed down to the EPA and Gov. Mike Dunleavy did not match up with the Clean Water Act’s provisions, which outline – among other things – that government scientists like those mentioned above must be consulted as part of the decision-making process.

CDC Says Opioid Overdose Antidote Should Be Given Out More To Reduce The Rates Of Opioid Overdoses

In the early to mid-1990s, pharmaceutical companies created extended-release formulations of opioid painkillers and marketed them as non-addictive, even though they were – and always have been – addictive due to their inherent addicting nature as opioids. Due to several other factors, in addition to strong marketing campaigns carried out by these pharmaceutical companies that urged physicians to begin ramping up how often they prescribed opioids to patients throughout the United States, physicians across the country began prescribing opioids left and right.

In the early to mid-2010s, physicians began rolling back how often they prescribed opioids to patients. This resulted in tons of patients who legitimately needed opioids to curb their moderate to severe chronic pain issues, as well as recreational users of opioids who purchased opioid painkillers that were diverted from legitimate chronic pain patients’ opioid prescriptions, being left without enough legitimate, pharmaceutical opioids to deal with their medical and recreational needs.

This caused opioid users across the United States to turn to street heroin, an opioid that is essentially the same drug as those opioids that were overly prescribed by physicians from the mid-1990s to the mid-2010s, to curb their medical and recreational needs.

Because heroin is sold on a black market, it is not regulated. This means that opioid users have no idea how strong their heroin is. As a result, opioid overdoses have skyrocketed in the past few years. This is what’s known as the opioid epidemic.

Believe it or not, there’s a drug that is able to reverse the effects of opioid overdoses. This drug is known as naloxone, which is also known as Narcan, a name-brand version of naloxone that comes in the form of a nasal spray.

Naloxone has no contraindications, meaning that it doesn’t interfere with any medications. Since naloxone is so safe, many physicians and public health experts believe that naloxone should be sold over the counter at drug stores and anywhere else drugs are sold, including Walmart, Walgreens, CVS Pharmacy, and mom-and-pop pharmacies across the nation.

Some also believe that local and state governments should readily give out naloxone, in addition to training on how to use naloxone, to reduce the rate of opioid overdoses.

According to a report published yesterday, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, naloxone should be both given out more readily and released as an over-the-counter drug to reduce the incidence of opioid overdoses.

United States Issues Formal Travel Warning Telling Americans To Be Cautious About Going To Hong Kong Just Days After Major Political Protest Demonstration Took Place

Over the past few months, protests have waged on throughout Hong Kong, which is a territory owned by China, though it has much more autonomy than any other territory or state throughout mainland China or any other possession of the People’s Republic of China.

For many decades, Hong Kong has remained nearly entirely autonomous of the rest of China. The people who live in Hong Kong greatly value this freedom, especially considering that the People’s Republic of China is one of the most restrictive places on planet Earth. Take, for example, the so-called “great firewall of China,” which refers to the extensive restrictions that the country’s federal government has placed on its citizens’ use of the Internet. Every single day, tens of thousands of “Internet police” prevent Chinese citizens from browsing the World Wide Web how they want to. They also track how people browse the Internet and charge them with crimes – sometimes, they can go to jail for decades if their Internet-browsing-related crimes are serious enough.

Recently, several non-profit humanitarian rights organizations have alleged the federal government of the People’s Republic of China of meddling in the affairs of Hong Kong. Take, for example, the fact that five book vendors operating in Hong Kong have recently disappeared from their places of business in Hong Kong, only to reappear in mainland China under the custody of the federal government. This is one of many manifestations of China meddling in the autonomous legal workings of Hong Kong, something that the Chinese government promised not to engage itself in for years to come.

The main thing that kicked off the series of protests in Hong Kong as of recently is a piece of legislation that would make it possible for the government of the People’s Republic of China to extradite people living in Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan to mainland China. The legislation, formally known as the Fugitive Offenders and Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Legislation Bill, was proposed in Feb. 2019. Hong Kong citizens feared that the legislation would give the government of China the ability to extradite political dissidents, such as any of the many people who are currently protesting and have been since April of this year.

The United States formally issued a warning today, on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019, to the American public, telling them to be extremely cautious about traveling to Hong Kong as a result of the ongoing protests. This warning comes just two days after a major political demonstration carried out by the people of Hong Kong. Many other countries – not just the United States – have published almost identical warnings related to travel, such as Japan, Singapore, Australia, and the United Kingdom.

Lawyer Has $38,000 In Student Loan Debt Forgiven

One of the things that politicians have debated about the most is what to do about the student loan debt crisis. Many people have proposed student loan forgiveness. Jeffrey Morgan is an attorney who knows what it is like to have their student loan debt forgiven. He managed to get his student loan debt discharged by working for the Massachussetts Department of Mental Health.

Jeffrey participated in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. This is a program that allows people who work for a nonprofit or government agency for 10 years to get their student loan debt forgiven. They will also have to make payments on their student loans for 10 years.

Jeffrey had to fight hard to get student loan forgiveness. It is estimated that 95 percent of people who applied for student loan forgiveness got their application rejected. Jeffrey’s life has changed for the better since he got his student loan debt forgiven. He now has an easier time paying his rent. He also has more money to pay his private loans.

Most of Jeffrey’s student loan debt came from law school. He was able to use a scholarship to pay for his undergraduate degree. He also had a work-study job. Additionally, he paid a lot of his undergraduate debt before he went to the law school.

Jeffrey knew that he would have to take out additional loans in order to pay for law school. Even though Jeffrey got all of his federal loans forgiven, he still owes $67,000 in private loans. Jeffrey said that he took out student loans and hoped for the best. He does not know if he could have taken out fewer loans.

Even though Jeffrey has wiped out a lot of his student loan debt, his living expenses have increased. He still spends most of his money on his everyday expenses. He also has a side hustle.

Jeffrey wants to start a family, but his finances will not let him do it. He says that if he had not taken out student loan debt, then he would be able to start a family. However, he does not regret going to school to become an attorney. He finds his work to be rewarding.

Source: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/meet-the-law-student-who-had-38000-in-student-debt-forgiven-and-hes-one-of-just-5-of-applicants-who-managed-it-2019-08-06

Trump Continues To Deny Putin Helped Him Get Elected

North Korea slapped Secretary Mike Pompeo in the face when they didn’t meet with him in Thailand. Kim Jon Un fired short-range missiles into the Sea of Japan instead of talking to Pompeo. Kim doesn’t like Pompeo’s stern negotiating tactics. The Chinese say the same thing about Pompeo. That’s why Pompeo didn’t attend the recent trade talks in Shanghai, according to the Washington Post.

Mr. Kim wants Trump to lift the sanctions, but he also wants Trump to help him bring North Korea into the 21st century. When Trump stood on North Korea soil and shook Kim’s hand, the Korean leader thought Trump was sincere when he said he would let Kim keep some of his nukes.

Ivanka and Jared told Mr. Kim they would help him develop slum-type housing projects, and Ivanka branded retails stores in his country when they sat down with Kim on the South Korean border. But Trump’s special advisors also told Kim he has to wait until the president finishes the trade war he started with China. But Kim misses being on the front page of American news reports, so he fired a few missiles to let Trump know he wants to live up to their secret agreement.

President Trump didn’t like the way the Chinese treated Steve Mnuchin and Bob Lighthizer when they met in Shanghai to force China to sign a trade deal. China’s head negotiator told Trump’s trade henchman they won’t change their laws to appease Mr. Trump. And they won’t sign a deal that doesn’t guarantee the removal of all Trump’s tariffs.

Lighthizer let Trump know China doesn’t care if he adds tariffs on all Chinese products. The Chinese know they can hurt Trump in other ways. They can stop selling rare earth materials to American companies. And they can sell-off U.S. Treasury notes at an accelerated rate. Plus, the Chinese consumer market won’t buy American products anymore. U.S. exports to China continue to drop even though Trump said his tariffs would level the trade playing field. Trump plans to add a 10 percent tariff to all Chinese exports to the U.S. on September 1st. Trump claims that will crush China’s economy, but the U.S. consumers will take a bigger hit, according to the New York Times.

Mr. Trump didn’t talk about Russian election interference during a recent secret phone call with President Putin. Trump claims Putin didn’t help him get elected. And he claims he’ll win the 2020 election without Putin’s help. But according to Bob Mueller and Congressman Adam Schiff, Putin has some kind of election deal with Trump.

Gun Manufacturer Remington Pleads for Sandy Hook Lawsuit To Be Blocked

Gun manufacturer Remington Outdoor Company made its case to the Supreme Court recently after the Connecticut Supreme Court upheld a wrongful death lawsuit in a narrow 4-3 decision. The lawsuit centers around the wrongful deaths of the schoolchildren who lost their lives in 2012 because of the mass shooting that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary using an AR-15.

The AR-15 used by the Sandy Hook shooter was the Remington AR-15 Bushmaster rifle. Remington is now making its plea to the Supreme Court following a wrongful death lawsuit brought by family members of nine of those schoolchildren who lost their lives and one survivor of the horrific school shooting. Remington will most likely be arguing its case in front of the Supreme Court soon in light of the Connecticut Supreme Court’s decision. The Sandy Hook shooting massacre occurred in Newton, Connecticut.

Remington is mounting a fairly predictable legal defense in order to stave off any liability related to the school shooting. Per a piece of 2005 federal legislation known a the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, gun manufacturers have received almost complete immunity from criminal liability vis-a-vis the guns that are ultimately used in these kinds of school shootings. In fact, the law provides broad coverage for gun manufacturers.

Remington has seized on the 2005 Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act in arguing its case, and a spokesman for Remington said that the case under consideration is a classic example of what lawmakers crafting the 2005 gun-rights legislation envisioned. Remington is clearly adamant against opening the floodgates to other lawsuits that might follow from this current wrongful death one should the case that their making with the Supreme Court be seen as unconvincing.

Remington’s concerns aren’t completely groundless either since before the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act was ushered in as law, gun manufacturers were constantly fending off lawsuits from survivors of gun violence. Legal experts point out that both sides have credible arguments and that the victims should at least be given their day in court, so to speak, by having the chance to argue the merits of their case in front of the Supreme Court.

This particular wrongful death case, though, is taking its time to wend through the court system since the surviving family members originally filed the case back in 2014 against Remington and the gun shop that sold the weapon.

United States House Of Representatives Republican Party Loses Sixth Member In A Period Spanning Less Than Two Weeks

In just the past two weeks, a whopping six members of the United States House of Representatives have made publicly clear that they will be resigning from their positions after their current terms of servitude expire. All of these House of Representatives members belong to the Republican Party.

According to an official press release shared across a handful of social media platforms by Will Hurd, a United States House of Representatives member who represents the state of Texas, Mr. Hurd will not be seeking re-election to the position he currently holds upon the expiration of his current term. Texas Republican Party Rep. Will Hurd has maintained this role – that of representing the 23rd congressional district of Texas, which covers a relatively large area of land in the southwestern portion of the state, which is home to San Antonio, one of the largest cities in all of the Lone Star State – since 2015.

Mr. Hurd shared via the aforementioned self-published press release that he is most interested in fixing problems “at the nexus between technology and national security” at both the Texas state government level and the United States at large.

Will Hurd, who most previously worked for the Central Intelligence Agency, better known as the CIA, prior to assuming his role as the federal Congressional representative of the 23rd congressional district of the Lone Star State, made clear that he still is, in fact, interested in working in politics, though just not in the current capacity that he works in.

Hurd is currently the one and only Black member of the Grand Old Party in the federal-level of the House of Representatives. Once Texas Rep. Will Hurd exits Congress, the only other Black member of the Republican Party in Congress will be Tim Scott, a Senator representing the state of South Carolina.

One reason that political experts believe is to blame for so many Republican Party Representatives having recently announced that they wouldn’t seek out re-election to the positions they currently hold is that they feel that President Donald Trump has made a number of inappropriate statements in recent weeks.

Will Hurd was one of just four Republican members of the House of Representatives to vote in support of last month’s resolution proposed in the House that would have formally condemned President Trump for having made allegedly racist remarks against four colored female members of Congress, telling them to go back to where they came from, even though all of them were born right here in the United States.

California State Legislature Passes Law That Will Require Trump To Release Recent Tax Returns

As far back as 2011, Donald Trump offered to release his federal individual tax returns to the American public even though tax returns are a private issue and laypeople are never expected to share their tax returns with others, taking exception only to requests from the Internal Revenue Service, law enforcement agencies, or prospective employers.

Although laypeople don’t reveal their tax returns to others, especially to the public at large, presidential candidates in the United States have long released at least one of their recent tax returns to the American public. As a matter of fact, since 1976, every single major political party candidate has released one or more recent tax return to the public except for Gerald Ford, the nomination for president by the Republican Party in the 1976 United States presidential election.

One of the most important reasons why all major political parties’ presidential candidates release their tax returns dates back to the days of President Richard Nixon. The 37th president, who held office from 1969 to 1975, resigned in the beginning of his second term amid the infamous Watergate scandal.

As part of what unfolded as a result of the Watergate scandal, the American public found out that Richard Nixon had, in fact, manipulated his tax returns to keep from paying some $500,000 in federal taxes to the Internal Revenue Service. Nixon was able to avoid paying so much money to the IRS by reporting a litany of oh-so-questionable deductions on four consecutive years’ worth of tax deductions.

These deductions came in the form of donating upward of 1,000 boxes’ worth of documents to the United States National Archives. The documents weren’t worth anywhere near a half a million dollars, without question.

Since then, people running for presidential office in the United States have openly pumped out their tax returns to the American public.

A brand-spanking-new law passed by the California State Legislature a few weeks ago went into effect today, on Tuesday, July 30, 2019, will force President Trump to submit at least five years’ worth of personal tax returns to the California state government in order to find his way onto the primary presidential ballot in the state of California for the upcoming presidential election. Trump, as well as all other presidential candidates who hope to be on the primary ballot in the state of California for the 2020 presidential election, will have to submit these returns by the end of November.

 

Chairman Nadler Sounds the Alarm for Impeachment on State of the Union

House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler aired his frustration recently when he said that he saw no viable time frame for impeachment. By saying that, Chairman Nadler meant that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi seems less enthused than he does about beginning impeachment proceedings. Moreover, Chairman Nadler worries that in a few months all of the oxygen and media bandwidth will go towards covering the presidential race rather than exploring the possibility of high crimes and misdemeanors via opening impeachment proceedings in the House. There’s certainly an internal fight going on right now with Democrats.

In Chairman Nadler’s opinion, the Constitution needs to be defended no matter who occupies the White House. Illegal deeds should be punished, the thinking among Democrats goes, and no one should be above the law. On CNN’s Sunday talk show State of the Union, Jerrold Nadler said that, “we [the Congress] have to defend the Constitution against these kinds of unconstitutional and illegal deeds.” The Constitution makes the Congress the last check on executive power, and perhaps the only check on executive power thanks to the 1970s DOJ policy that frowns on criminal indictments vis-a-vis a sitting president.

The trouble is that the president, no matter which party s/he comes from, is effectively above the law if the Senate fails to bring forward 67 votes to convict the president once articles of impeachment leave the House and move through a Senate trial. In other words, fewer than 67 senators willing to convict the president for high crimes and misdemeanors drawn up by the House coupled with the 1970s DOJ policy memo that says the president cannot be criminally indicted, or even considered for such, effectively puts the president above the law. Both Chairman Nadler and ethical attorneys from around the country are disturbed by this development.

On Sunday’s State of the Union, Chairman Nadler added that impeachment is necessary so that the kind of behavior that President Trump is displaying (e.g., possible obstruction of justice and a blatant disregard for the Constitution’s emoluments clause) will not be normalized as a ready-made template for future presidents to follow. Chairman Nadler stressed the importance of opening impeachment proceedings immediately so that articles can get drafted as soon as possible and increased oversight can occur in the House. Cynics would argue that Chairman Nadler’s newfound enthusiasm for impeachment has more to do with an upcoming, left-leaning House primary contest.

Trump Scores Legal Victory In Battle To Build Border Wall

The United States Supreme Court sided with President Donald Trump on Friday and ruled the president would be allowed to use $2.5 billion in funds to build his coveted wall along the border the United States shares with Mexico.

The use of the funds was blocked previously by a federal judge in California who ruled the money was approved for the Pentagon by Congress to use for defense spending. The California judge said the president was attempting to circumvent the political process by diverting the funds to build his wall.

The supreme court vote was five to four in favor of blocking the ruling by the judge in California.

Trump took to Twitter just after the ruling from the Supreme Court became known. Trump celebrated the victory with his Twitter followers and expressed joy that his plans to build the wall can now move forward.

In a brief that accompanied the court’s decision, it was explained that the favorable decision for the Trump Administration was due to a finding that the groups that challenged the decision to use the funds to build the wall did not have grounds for a lawsuit.

Gloria Smith is an attorney working for the Sierra Club, an environmental group that was part of the lawsuit. Smith says the decision by the Supreme Court is a tragic one that will isolate and destroy communities in New Mexico, Arizona, and California.

Trump made the unprecedented move on February 15 of declaring a national emergency in order to obtain funding for the wall without the approval of Congress. Democrats complained that the president’s actions exceeded the Executive power given to him.

The Administration announced plans to divert a total of $6.7 billion to fund the wall. The $2.5 billion is money that was originally allotted to the Pentagon. An earlier attempt by the president to obtain $5.7 billion in funding was denied by Congress and resulted in a government shutdown that lasted for more than a month.

The Administration urged the Supreme Court to act quickly because the fiscal year ends in September and the money for the project needed to be available by that time.

The building of the wall is a large part of the get-tough policy regarding immigration the president campaigned on during the 2016 elections. The president is expected to lean heavily on the same policies next year in his bid for a second term in office.

Read More: https://medium.com/citizen-truth/major-supreme-court-ruling-on-border-wall-goes-in-trumps-favor-121fb322bfec

The Supreme Court Gives Trump The Ok To Use Pentagon Funds To Build His Border Wall

The president put the city of Baltimore on notice. According to Mr. Trump, Baltimore is the filthy rat and rodent-infested underbelly of the United States. Trump claims Representative Elijah Cummings is a slacker who couldn’t care less about the people in his Maryland district.

Mr. Trump attacked Congressman Cummings, the chairman of the Oversight Committee, for verbally thrashing the border agents who sat before his committee. The head of the Department of Homeland Security, Kevin McAleenan, told Cummings his department did their best to make immigrants comfortable while they wait for processing in unsanitary detention centers. Cummings let McAleenan know children sitting in their feces while border guards treat them like wild animals is not what he calls humane treatment.

House Speaker Pelosi told the press Trump is a racist after he attacked Cummings. Cummings and his committee also want to talk to Ivanka and Jared about using their private emails to conduct government business. The Oversight Committee plans to subpoena the president two special advisors, but Cummings expects Trump to block the subpoena’s, according to the Washington Post.

Kellyanne Conway, another Trump advisor, told the press Robert Mueller is feeble. Conway said Mueller didn’t know what he wrote in his report. Several Republicans claimed Mueller didn’t write the report. Mueller’s testimony in front of Congress didn’t give the Democrats what they wanted in terms of a “smoking gun” to start impeachment proceedings. But Mueller’s testimony let the American people know Trump willingly cooperated with Russian operatives in order to win the 2016 election.

Mr. Mueller told Congress Russia is in the process of repeating their 2016 election influencing performance. But the day after Mueller made that statement Senate Speaker Mitch McConnell stopped two Congressional bills that would help the states stop Russian election interference in 2020. Mitch knows Trump thinks he won the election without Russia’s help. McConnell also told the press the states are capable of stopping the Russians hackers without federal help.

In a recent report by AP News, the Trumpster scored a win when his Supreme Court nominees and three other conservative justices let Trump’s lawyers know Trump can use the $2.5 billion he wants to steal from the military to build a border wall monument in his honor. The 5-4 unsigned decision claims the private groups suing Trump are not the proper plaintiffs. Trump called the Supreme Court ruling a win in his battle to make America white again.