LawHQ Law Firm Sues Nine States for Right to Use Trade Name

Nine states have banned the use of trade names by law firms, and this is not sitting well with LawHQ, a law firm in Salt Lake City, Utah. As a result, they have taken action by filing lawsuits against bar officials in each of the nine states.

Thomas Alvord, the firm’s Managing Partner and CEO, claims that banning the use of trade names by law firms is unconstitutional, a violation of the First Amendment, specifically in the restriction of commercial speech.

The nine states currently have a requirement for a law firm name to include one or more partner’s names. This requirement is outdated, believes LawHQ, and is a disadvantage to law firms. A trade name can distinguish a specialty, and by restricting law firms in this way, LawHQ states their First Amendment rights are being violated.

In a January 24, 2020 press release, the law firm reveals that after attempts to discuss the issue with authorities in each state met with no success, LawHQ made their decision to sue.

According to ABA Journal, these federal lawsuits have been filed against the state bar associations in New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Ohio, Indiana, Nebraska, Texas, Georgia, and Mississippi. In them, LawHQ argues that the language in the ABA Model Rules of Conduct only bans “false and misleading communications.” which is, according to the firm, not happening here. Instead, they are focused on building something easy for the public to remember and also building a brand.

In addition, the lawsuits include a comparison of the naming of law firms to the naming of large corporations such as Apple and Amazon. Consumer protection, states LawHQ, would not be benefited by requiring such companies to use the names of the company founders, such as Jobs & Wozniak, or Zuckerberg & Associates. Therefore, why should law firms be restricted in such a manner?

Billing itself as a forward-thinking “lawtech” firm, LawHQ provides legal services against alleged spammers and offers their own app, called CallerHQ, where consumers can report spam they receive by way of calls, emails, and text messages. The firm plans to open offices in all 50 states by the end of 2020.

President Donald Trump set for Acquittal as Republicans vote against witnesses

Donald Trump will soon be acquitted from the impeachment charges brought to the Senate. This comes after Republican senators voted to block impeachment witnesses on Friday. Democrats wanted new evidence and witnesses to be presented to bolster their case against the President.

Democrats needed at least four Republican senators to allow more evidence and witnesses. However, after a bitter debate and voting along party-line, it was evident that the Democrats had lost their bid to implicate Trump in the charges leveled against him before the senate.

According to BBC, only two Republicans – Mitt Romney (Utah) and Susan Collins (Maine) supported the Democrats – bringing the vote to 49 against 51. A verdict vote will be conducted on Wednesday.

Democrat senators condemned the witness vote terming it “a miscarriage of justice”. They accused their Republican counterparts of engaging in a cover-up meant to protect President Donald Trump despite the numerous allegations he faces.

“This day will not be forgotten by the American citizens – a day when the Senate failed to live up to its great responsibility of protecting the Presidency and the constitution of this country” lamented the Democratic leader, senator chuck Schumer. If this president is acquitted by the senate with all the overwhelming evidence implicating him, this trial will have failed” he added.

Before the impeachment process had even begun, most Republican senators had expressed their support for President Donald Trump – terming the accusations against the President as “politically motivated”.

Democrats had accused Trump of “gross misconduct” when he tried to have former Vice president Joe Biden’s son, Biden Hunter investigated by the Ukraine government. Donald Trump is accused of withholding close to $400 million of military aid to Ukraine in a bid to pile pressure on the Ukraine government to start the investigations.

On their part, Republicans appeared to sympathize with President Trump and instead accused Democrats of a witch hunt. “If you are convinced that the president is guilty of all these charges, why do you need more witnesses?” said Republican Senator Lamar(Tennessee).

Mr. Trump’s defense team strongly argued against the admission of new witnesses and urged the Senate to dismiss such efforts by the Democrats. They said that the admission of new witnesses would set a bad precedent of a rushed process by the house. They told the senate that they had presented adequate evidence required to dismiss the case against Trump.

It’s now a matter of days before the senate fully acquits the president. The final vote will be held on Wednesday.

John Roberts Tells The Senate He Won’t Reveal The Whistleblower’s Name

The EU Parliament made Brexit official but there was no celebration. Mr. Johnson wants the EU to finish the next step in the Brexit process by the end of the year. But completing a tariff-free trade deal with the EU in a year is a stretch. It took Canada seven years to finalize a trade deal with the EU, and it almost took that long to come up with a fair trade deal with Japan.

Both economies will suffer from the split. The U.K. was a big player in the EU’s trade game. Replacing that kind of buying power seems unrealistic, so 2020 economic growth in Europe will suffer. The U.K. economy isn’t any better. Four years of Brexit took a toll on the Brits.

Business investment dried up, and consumer spending declined even though interest rates hover around zero in the U.K. and Europe. Europe’s President Ursula von der Leyen told Boris if he wants a good trade deal he has to wait until all the small details of the agreement get approved by all 27 EU members. It’s hard to get all 27 members to agree on anything, so a trade deal with the EU may not happen this year.

Steve Mnuchin and Mr. Trump keep pushing Boris to sign a trade deal with the U.S. before the EU trade deal is in the history books. Boris told Mnuchin the U.S. will have to wait, but Mr. Mnuchin kept the pressure on Johnson when he told the press he thinks Boris will sign a trade deal this year.

The U.S. economy is in great shape, according to the president. But Gross Domestic product growth dropped 1% in 2019. The tariff war with China will continue this year. Paying tariff-taxes will hurt consumer spending in 2020. Plus, U.S. Manufacturing continues to erode. Business investment dried up when the trade war went into overdrive. The phase one deal won’t stop the economic bleeding, according to economists who claim a recession is right around the corner.

The impeachment trial continues to boggle the minds of most Americans. Alan Dershowitz claims a crime must be present in order to impeachment a president. Mr. Dershowitz also said Trump’s request for campaign help from Ukraine showed he had the interest of the people in mind.

John Roberts hasn’t said much, but he did tell Rand Paul and other Republican senators to stop asking about the whistleblower. Roberts told the Senate he won’t reveal the Whistleblower’s name, and he won’t read questions that reveal the Whistleblower’s identity.

Pompeo Called NPR’s Kelly A Liar But His Pants Are On Fire

Alan Dershowitz let the senators know there has to be a crime to impeach a president. Alan was the first defense lawyer to mention John Bolton’s name during the second day of arguments. Mr. Dershowitz claims Bolton’s alleged accusations are not strong enough to make a difference in the case.

But several Republican senators didn’t buy Alan’s legal take on Bolton’s claim. Bolton claims the president told him he would withhold aid until Ukraine’s president announced an investigation that would hurt Joe Biden.

Ken Starr’s argument seemed to go against what he tried to do to Bill Clinton in 1998. It sounded like he didn’t drive the impeachment bus back then. But Starr was the guy who spent a lot of time trying to prove Clinton’s sexual escapade in the White House was a crime and what Trump tried to do in Ukraine isn’t an act worthy of impeachment.

John Bolton’s new book is the verbal bomb the Republicans tried to avoid. Mr. Bolton also accused the president of granting special favors to Turkey and China. John said he talked to Bill Barr about the president’s behavior, but Mr. Barr spokesperson told the press that conversation never happened. Mr. Bolton accused Barr of being part of the group who knew about the president’s plan to get dirt on Biden, but Barr denied that claim too.

U.S. investigators want to talk to Prince Andrew about his long-running friendship with Jeffrey Epstein, but the Prince won’t cooperate. Bill Barr opened an investigation, and he thinks Andrew may have information that will help solve the questions surrounding Mr. Epstein’s demise in prison. The two security guards lied about their behavior the night of the incident. They left Epstein unattended, and that raised several red flags.

Boris Johnson plans to use Huawei’s 5G technology despite threats from Mr. Trump and Mike Pompeo. Mr. Johnson told the press he found a way to keep sensitive information out of the hands of the Chinese government if the U.K. uses Huawei to help build its 5G network.

Mike Pompeo called NPR Mary Louise Kelly a liar when she told the press she got clearance from Pompeo’s people to ask about Ukraine and other topics. But Kelly has proof she got clearance to touch on several topics. Pompeo claims he only agreed to answer questions about Iran. Pompeo barred NPR from his upcoming trip to Europe and Asia. And the president wants to defund NPR for disrespecting the Secretary of State.


Harvard Professor Charged in Wuhan University Case

According to the United States Department of Justice News, the chairman of Harvard University’s Chemistry and Biology Department and two other people who are both Chinese Nationals have been charged in connection with attempting to smuggle 21 vials of biological research to China. The educator was charged with making a materially false, fictitious and fraudulent statement. One of the Chinese individuals is in China, and charged with visa fraud, making false statements, conspiracy and acting as an agent of a foreign government. The other individual was taken into custody was arrested at Boston’s Logan Airport. That person has been charged with trying to smuggle the 21 research vials along with another charge of making false, fictitious and fraudulent statements.

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Payment by China
Purportedly without the knowledge of Harvard University, the department chairman became a scientist at Wuhan University of Technology, in the same city that the corona virus is suspected of originating in. He was allegedly paid $50,000 per month plus living expenses of up to $158,000. Another $1.5 million was awarded for purposes of establishing a research lab at the university.

Chinese Military
One of the Chinese citizens who was arrested is an officer in the Chinese Peoples Liberation Army and a member of the Chinese Communist Party. She allegedly lied about her military service and held herself out as a student. The other Chinese national is in the United States on a J-1 research scholar visa. This individual allegedly hid the 21 vials of research material in a sock inside one of his bags. He subsequently admitted that he had stolen the vials from a laboratory at Beth Israel Hospital. He allegedly stated that he intended to use the materials in the vials to conduct his own research in China.

The punishment for making a false, fictitious or fraudulent statement carries a minimum five year prison sentence and a fine of up to $250,000. The other charges carry a minimum 10 year sentence with the same fine.

Supreme Court Enforces Trump’s New Public Charge Immigration Rule

The U.S. Supreme Court just overturned a lower court’s injunction that blocked the implementation of Trump’s new public charge rule. Immigrants who apply for permanent legal status cannot have used any type of public benefits for more than 12 months within a 36-month time period. This includes non-cash aid like housing vouchers, Medicaid, and SNAP benefits. If an immigrant uses two types of aid in a single month, the time will count as two months.

The law is known to target specifically non-white immigrants. The conservative Chief Justices of the U. S. Supreme Court voted in favor of the bill 5 to 4.

The Revised Public Charge Rule

The Trump administration sought to revise portions of the “so-called public charge rule” in August 2019. Previously, only immigrants who had obtained long-term assistance for public benefits were denied the coveted green card, granting them permanent legal status in the United States of America.

However, USCIS only rejected 1% of applicants based on these ground rules.

Court Injunctions

Several organizations have challenged the new rule in courts nationwide. So Far, five trial judges have issued injunctions, effectively blocking any action. And appellate courts have granted stays on some injunctions, which is allowing several of the appeals to proceed.

Justice Gorsuch has spoken out on the growing problems of lower courts issuing injunctions and following their own preferences, instead of enforcing the rule of law. Gorsuch stated that “the routine issuance of universal injunctions is patently unworkable, sowing chaos for litigants, the government, courts, and all those affected by these conflicting decisions.”

Conservative Bench in Favor of Trump’s Policies

The U.S. Supreme Court has voted in favor of several of Trump’s controversial immigration policies such as:

  • Stopping most migrants from Central America from obtaining asylum.
  • Allowing the Trump administration to use $2.5 billion in funds which were allocated for the Pentagon in the building of a wall along the southern border.

However, the U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear opening arguments during the first week of March from groups that provide immigrant services in New York, Connecticut, and Vermont who are challenging the new rule.

Since the “new public charge rule” will discourage many immigrants from seeking any type of public assistance for which they qualify. This, in turn, could become a public health crisis. Professor Rosenbaum from George Washington University said that the new policy has “already had a measurable effect on Medicaid enrollment…. we have documented evidence of people just disappearing off the rolls.”

Worldwide, Elections are at risk. However, there is a solution.

Recently, governments are experiencing challenges regarding electoral integrity. Social media platforms manipulation, online extremism, and misinformation are the leading cause of electoral integrity challenge. However, the report is calling upon international authorities, politicians, and platforms to change the reforms and make policies to tackle the problem.

The incline of social media platforms is causing and will cause more harm to free boards and elector integrity; this is according to a report by the Kofu Annan Commission on Elections and Democracy in the Digital Age. Representatives from lawmakers, tech industries, and academics participated in the making of the report. The report urges the state government to create a global coalition responsible for tackling social media influences on campaigns and elections. Also, it calls the governments to come up with an election vulnerability index that can determine elections prone to misinformation or interference.

Around the planet, election security is becoming a significant concern due to the merging of physical and digital worlds. Starting Wednesday in a Washington state district, voters will be eligible to vote through their smartphones for the first US elections. Past attempts to introduce tech voting in the Seattle area fell into the deep sea. Hackers from the University of Michigan took over the online voting system changing vote tallies in 2010 during trials. Such acts prompted citizens claiming the online voting platform was insecure and was prone to hacking. However, the US government is looking forward to increasing the number of voters by introducing the tech in the Washington DC area.

The commission also claims that in developing states like Kenya, Nigeria, and the Philippian’s things are far from good. Adherent media institutions, distrust among citizens, and pre-existing divergence are the significant causes of vulnerability in electoral integrity. The commission urges such governments to take implement laws that can tackle party dominance on social media platforms. Also, to come up with guidelines that govern the political ads. Google is one of the media platforms working to succumb to the misinformation and manipulation challenge by regulating political ads.

According to the commission, candidates who promised not to use deceptive campaign traditions are the ones entitled to buy ads from social media platforms. However, Facebook is in denial of this rule as it added the number of ads bought by politicians. Kofi Annan, the former UN Sec-General, created the commission, which included members of states, media, and the academy and tech department. Its mandate is to equip policymakers globally with tools to counter the fast-growing tech generation.

House Impeachment Managers Finish Presenting Their Case Against President Trump

Democrats concluded their case in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump late Friday night in the Senate. House impeachment managers, led by Representative Adam Schiff of California, argued that President Trump should be removed from office for his conduct in handling of aid to Ukraine last summer. Representative Schiff portrayed President Trump as a danger to American ideals, saying that the president’s actions with Ukrainian aid is part of a larger pattern of appeasing Russia. Continuing, Mr. Schiff alleges that Trump’s actions are geared toward his own self interests and not the interest of the American people.

As Mr. Schiff’s time came to an end, he encouraged senators to be impartial in their judgment of the president for the sake of the country. Schiff’s words seemingly fell on deaf ears as many Republican senators already hinted that they would not be willing to vote for subpoenaing additional witnesses or documents from the White House. Wyoming Senator John Barrasso told reporters that “We’ve heard plenty,” indicating that he would vote not to hear any further evidence from House impeachment managers. Schiff also made note of reports of senators being warned that the president would “have their head on a pike” if they voted against his agenda. Many senators appeared indignant at Schiff’s words, breaking the silence in the chamber to express that such reports were not true.

In addition to Schiff’s arguments surrounding abuse of power, fellow House impeachment manager Jerry Nadler of New York made the House’s case alleging that Trump obstructed Congress. Representative Nadler argued that in refusing to allow witnesses to testify and not providing House investigators with necessary documents, President Trump undermined the ability of the federal government to correct wrongs. Nadler alleges that Trump’s actions are unprecedented and called the forty-fifth president a dictator.

As Trump’s team begins their defense of the president this weekend, it seems less and less likely that Democrats will be able to sway four Republicans to join their cause and demand that the Senate hear from witnesses. Senator Minority Leader Chuck Schumer encouraged Republicans to join them in subpoenaing witnesses, warning that the American people want to know the truth. Schumer warns that Republicans could face major political consequences in the November election if they do not vote for witnesses after Trump’s defense team makes their case early next week. Democrats have thus far reached out to moderate Republicans who might want to hear witnesses, including Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine, Mitt Romney of Utah, and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee.

Dershowitz Claims His Impeachment Research During Clinton’s Trial Was Sloppy

Hillary Clinton let her party know she wants to be in the press loop during this election year. Hillary made a comment about Bernie Sanders being a grumpy old man. Most Democrats thought telling people nobody likes Sanders was out of line. Clinton still holds a grudge. Bernie took votes away from her in 2016, according to the New York Times.

The impeachment trial won’t disappoint the people who want to see how lawmakers fight. McConnell got the trial started when he threw a few curveballs in the rules. But Adam Schiff let the senators know Mitch’s rules favored the president, and that means the trial is unfair.

Jerry Nadler ended the first day with a bang when he continued to hammer senators about witness testimony and missing documents. Jay Sekulow started a shouting match with Nadler, and Chief Justice John Roberts had to tell the prosecution and the defense to act like adults and respect the Senate.

Mr. Trump told the senators to “read the transcripts” before he departed Davos. The president had dinner with Tim Cook and other big-name CEOs, before heading back to the states. Before he got on Airforce One, he said if John Bolton testifies it would be a security risk. He said the same thing when reporters asked him about Pompeo telling the Senate what he knows.

Senators will vote to hear from witnesses, but if the vote goes the way they went the first day, witness testimony won’t happen. But the defense and the prosecution get three days to present arguments and then senators will ask questions. McConnell hopes the trial will be short, but if four Republicans vote to hear from witnesses, the length of the trial will change.

Ken Starr, another defense attorney, told the press the Obstruction of Congress charge isn’t a real thing. Starr claims the House should go to court to fight to get the documents from the executive branch. Starr claims impeaching the president for obstruction is a phony charge.

Mr. Starr made a name for himself during the Clinton impeachment. Alan Dershowitz also made comments during the Clinton impeachment trial. His old comments don’t jive with his current comments about crime and impeachment. Alan claims there has to be a crime to impeach.

Alan said crime wasn’t a factor in Clinton’s impeachment. But Dershowitz told the press his research during the Clinton trial was sloppy. Some of Alan’s lawyer friends think Dershowitz acted in a way that doesn’t match his legal beliefs when he decided to be part of the president’s defense team.

Mr. Trump’s Party Sticks Together Through Thick And Thin

The president let New York know if sea levels rise enough to flood parts of New York City the city should get mops and buckets ready. New York wants to build flood gates similar to the gates used in the Netherlands and Venice. It’s a 25-year project, and it will need federal support.

New York is not Trump-friendly territory, so he changed his legal residence from New York City to Miami Florida. The state wants to get its hands on Trump’s tax returns. According to several reports, Mr. Trump lowers the value of his company’s assets to avoid paying taxes, and he raises the value of his assets when he needs a bank loan.

The Queen reverse her Harry and Meghan story after she cooled down from being blindsided by her grandson. She knew Harry didn’t like the bad rap his bride got in the British press. Harry told brother William he was crazy for trying to stop his marriage after only one year of dating. William dated Kate for eight years, and Prince Charles had an affair with Camilla for years before they finally got married. Meghan didn’t fit the Royal mold,sccording to the British press. So Meghan told Harry to pack up and move to Canada with her, so she could act again and raise baby Archie as a normal child.

The economy is one of the president’s talking points when he performs at his political rallies. Mr.Trump likes to talk about low inflation and unemployment. But he leaves out the fact Gross Domestic Product growth slipped by more than 1% percent in 2019. And he doesn’t talk about the $1 trillion his free-spending policies add to the national debt every year for the next ten years. The U.S. economy faces challenges in 2020, and most of them come from Trump’s tariff wars.

The Bank of England may lower interest rates to stimulate Britain’s weak economy. Boris plans to leave the EU at the end of this year, but it’s unclear what kind of trade agreement he’ll get from the EU if he does.

The Republican Party continues to stand behind Mr. Trump. Mr. Trump’s voters demand Republican senators respect and protect the president. The Republicans won’t break away from Mr. Trump. According to several reports, 20 senators don’t agree with the president in private, but not in public.

Senators Take The Oath And The Arguments Begin

Meghan Markle may be the Duchess of Sussex, but she’s not a British citizen. She applied to be a British citizen after the royal wedding, but the application is somewhere waiting for the Queen to give her blessing. Meghan will have to spend six months and one day in the U.K. every year if she plans to become a citizen.

But Harry and Meghan have bigger fish to fry now that the Queen told Harry he could live In Canada and she would butt out. William told Harry to calm down and get to know Meghan before they got married. Harry’s love for Meghan hurt his relationship with William.

Lev Parnas took no prisoners when he let Pelosi and Schiff know he’s got the written proof the president wanted Ukraine to help him destroy Joe Biden. Mr.Biden’s son worked for a Ukraine gas company while he was VP. Mr. Trump thinks Biden tried to quid pro quo Ukraine to protect his son from corruption charges. Biden let Hunter take a $50,000 a month board job in Ukraine and he held a $1.1 billion aid check until Ukriane officials fired a corrupt prosecutor.

Parnas claims Mike Pence knew about what went on in Ukraine, but Mike keeps denying he did. When Pence ghosted the Zelensky inauguration, that hurt the new president’s credibility with the United States. Trump knows Ukraine needs his support to fend off the Russians.

When Pence didn’t show for the ceremony, Zelensky knew all banter Rudy Giuliani dished out before the ceremony was true. The president wanted Zelensky to announce he would investigate Hunter Biden’s gas company. Trump didn’t care if the investigation actually happened. The announcement was enough to create doubts about the ghosts in Joe’s VP closet.

Mr. Parnas threw Trump’s legal watchdog Bill Barr under the Ukraine bus along with Mulvaney, and Pompeo. He also told CNBC Trump’s Washington Hotel is a hangout for Congressmen and mobster hoping to make a deal with the president.

John Roberts made all the senators take the jurors’ oath. They all signed it, but Adam Schiff claims claim McConnell violated it, and so did Lindsey Graham, Rand Paul, and the other lawmakers who announced they would vote to acquit Trump no matter what the evidence proved.

One-hundred senators will have to make a choice. Political careers are on the line, and so is the constitution, according to Congressman Schiff.

Parnas Let Bill Barr Know He’s Too Involved In The Ukraine Issue To Get Involved In His Case

Alan Dershowitz plans to explain his version of constitutional law to the Senate when the trial starts. Mr. Dershowitz claims the founding fathers said there has to be a crime in order to impeach a president. Twenty years ago, Alan told the press the exact opposite.

The White House announced eight members of Congress will join the president’s defense team. Doug Collins, Jim Jordan, Mark Meadows, Debbie Lesko, Mike Johnson, Elise Stefanik, John Ratcliffe, and Lee Zeldin will be on the Trump team during the trial, but Mitch McConnell isn’t happy about that move. If the Congressmen try to defend the president during the Senate trial that would be a first. Members of the House don’t usually get involved in the Senate’s business.

Chuck Schumer told the press the Democrats still want to call witnesses. Four Republican senators may be on board to vote to hear witness testimony. But all four Republicans want to hear the opening arguments before they vote on that issue.

The International Monetary Fund thinks the trade wars with China and Europe will hurt the global economy in 2020. Global Gross Domestic Product growth slipped in 2019, and if the trade wars continue, GDP growth may only hit 3.0-3.5% this year. The U.S. economy will struggle to reach 2.0% growth in 2020. Last year’s GDP growth number is not public yet, but Wall Street economists say economic growth in 2019 won’t be more than 2.0%.

Huawei’s CEO Ren Zhengfei let the U.S. know Trump’s quest to take his company down won’t work. Mr. Trump continues to threaten countries who want to use Huawei’s 5G technology, but Ren told the press his company can handle the pressure. Huawei’s smartphone business is on fire, and more than 70 countries want to use Huawei 5G technology this year.

According to Lev Parnas, Bill Barr played a role in Ukraine’s debacle. Parnas wants Bill to recuse himself from his case. Mr. Barr continues to take heat from lawyers around the country who believe Mr. Barr acts like Trump’s attorney.

Democrats say Mr. Barr withheld information from the Mueller report to protect Trump. And Barr trashed the inspector general who found the FBI acted within the law when agents realized Trump’s campaign had a lot of contact with Russians during the 2016 election. Mr. Barr believes presidents are above the law. And he thinks Congress doesn’t have the right to check the president if he crosses legal lines.

Nancy Gives Mitch The Articles While Trump Calls His Impeachment A Hoax

The $95 billion centerpiece of the phase one trade agreement didn’t get the response the president thought it would get from the farmers struggling to make ends meet from his trade war with China. The Chinese agreed to buy tons of American commodities, but the farmers claim the Chinese are famous for changing their minds.

Soybean farmers who backed Trump in 2016 know Brazil just had a record soybean yield. That means American farmers will have to drop their prices to get the Chinese to write new soybean orders. Brazil already has tons of soybean orders from China. American farmers shipped $9 billion worth of soybeans to China in 2019. So getting the Chinese to buy $20 billion worth of soybeans is a stretch, according to the farmers who realize Trump’s tariff screwing made them bend over more than they expected.

Experts at consultancies Eurasia Group and Control Risks say American politics is the biggest threat to the global economy in 2020. Trump’s trade conflicts, as well as political polarization, will continue to make it difficult to solve global challenges. The World Economic Forum will address the financial and economic issues facing the world when the forum begins next week in Davos. Mr. Trump wanted to attend the meeting, but Steve Mnuchin will go in his place. Ivanka and Jared also plan to attend the forum.

The impeachment trial won’t disappoint the people who thrive on Trump’s snake oil and chaos. Nancy Pelosi told the press the notes and documents Rudy Giuliani’s client Lev Parnas gave to Congress prove the Trumpster planned to screw Zelensky before he took the oath of office. Nancy wants Bolton, Mulvaney, and Pompeo to testify. Ted Cruz thinks the Republicans should be able to call witnesses that have no relevant information about Trump’s plan to make Ukraine help him get reelected if the Senate votes to call witnesses.

Rand Paul thinks Trump’s a dick for drone-frying Soleimani, but Paul wants to stop witnesses from testifying. At least three Republican senators want to hear from witnesses and if that happens, the impeachment trial could turn into a political circus.

Mr. Trump thinks the Senate will vindicate him. But the new information from Parnas makes it hard for Republican senators to protect the president. If the Senate exonerates Trump, they may pay a heavy price in November.

Lev Parnas Drops A Ukrainian Stink Bomb On The Trumpster And Mike Pence

Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer set the rules for the impeachment trial before Nancy Pelosi sent the two articles of impeachment over to the Senate. The senators must take the jurors oath, and they can’t talk during the trial. That might be a big ask. Lindsey Graham has a hard time keeping his mouth shut when it comes to defending his golfing partner.

Lindsey told Fox News the Senate will acquit the Trumpster. And when he addresses the nation in February, he will be stronger than ever. That’s not the way all Republicans think will happen. At least three Trumpians would like to hear what Bolton has to say about his “I don’t want to be part of the drug deal Trump and Rudy have on the Ukraine table,” comment.

More than 55 percent of Americans think Trump deserves the impeachment beating even though the president continues to call it a hoax and an attempt to politically assassinate him.

Trump’s loyal voter base continues to support his chaotic fiscal policy and his tariff addiction. But Trump’s loyal voter base keeps getting smaller as more information about the president’s foreign policy and tariff war surfaces.

Global economic growth took a beating in 2019 thanks to Brexit, the Middle East fiasco, and Trump’s trade wars. Europe’s economy is in the toilet, and the Bank of England plans to cut interest rates to keep Boris Johnson afloat during his battle with the EU.

Boris wants a free trade agreement with the EU, and he wants it by the end of 2020. But Ursula von der Leyen told the press the EU can’t promise Boris will get a great trade deal if he leaves at the end of the year.

There’s global economic danger dead ahead, and the central banks don’t have enough interest rate cutting fuel to keep the global economy moving in the right direction. The Economic Forum will address the issues that have a negative impact on the global economy, but a solution to Trump’s tariff addiction is not on the Forum’s agenda.

Lev Parnas, the Giuliani client who helped him put Zelensky on notice, gave all his notes and documents he kept while he helped Rudy get close to the Ukraine president to Congress. Parnas notes show Rudy wanted to get Zelensky to cooperate with Trump’s plan to screw Joe Biden before he took his oath of office. Lev’s notes also indicate Mike Pence knew about the Zelensky and Biden capers, and he participated in the cover-up.

Lev Parnas Gave Congress More Evidence Trump Wanted Zelensky To Screw Biden

Harry and Meghan got the Queen’s blessing, but according to the British press, her blessing was filled with distress. Meghan wants to get away from the royals and start acting again. Bob Iger, the CEO of Disney, gave Meghan a job as a voice actor in his next movie project. Harry and the duchess plan to live in Canada half the year, but some reports claim Meghan wants to live there full time.

Trying to break away from the Queen’s dynasty isn’t easy. Harry wants to be financially independent, but that’s a legal can of worms, according to British officials. He may have to break ties with Buckingham Palace and, that opens the door for security as well as other issues, and Canada is not on board with spending money to protect the couple.

The trade deficit with China dropped in December by eight percent. But the U.S. still buys more Chinese merchandise than China buys from the United States. The total trade deficit at the end of 2019 was $295.8 billion. In December, the deficit was $23.2 billion down from $24.6 billion in 2018. Mr. Trump’s tariff addiction made a dent in the deficit with China, but it cost Americans more than $30 billion in tariff-taxes. Chinese products are a huge part of American life. In China, American products are not as important.

The phase one trade deal is a start, but there are challenges in its DNA. The Chinese will but more farm products from American farmers and China will try to stop the intellectual property thief that is part of Chinese business life. Plus, China will open its domestic market and stop manipulating the yuan in the currency market. But the Chinese have a knack for changing agreements or disregarding them. Phase one is more truce than a solid business deal, but it gives the president the bragging rights he needs to get reelected in November.

The impeachment trial will begin next week. Three Republican senators want to hear from witnesses, but the Democrats need one more Trumpian to break rank and vote to hear from Bolton, Mulvaney, and Pompeo. Mr. Trump said he will block their testimony. If that happens, it will cost him votes in November.

Lev Parnas one of the Rudy Giuliani’s clients gave his Ukraine notes to Congress, and the notes confirm Trump tried to Biden-screw Zelensky. It’s unclear if the Parnas notes will be part of the impeachment trial, but it’s safe to say Congress will try to use them in order to bring Trump down.

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