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“There’s no easy or single answer… using every tool in our toolbox, we are fighting against the onslaught of unwanted calls.”

Ajit Pai, FCC Chairman, on a new study that shows nearly half of the phone calls made to U.S. cell phones in 2019 will be spam. The FCC says it is working with service providers to track robo-callers, but many spam calls go unreported, which makes it difficult.
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“I believe I was fired because I opened a case against the president of the United States.”

Fmr Acting FBI Dir. Andrew McCabe to CBS' '60 Minutes' where he details his role investigating the President, why he did it, discussions w/colleagues about recording conversations or even removing the President from office. McCabe was fired for lying to the FBI. In response, the White House said “...he opened a completely baseless investigation into the president — everyone knows he has no credibility."
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“I love you, I’ve been shot at work.”

Josh Pinkard in a text to his wife Terra on Friday. Josh was one of 5 employees killed at a manufacturing plant in rural Chicago by a fellow co-worker who just learned he was going to be fired. A sixth co-worker was shot, but survived. Five police officers were shot & wounded before police killed the shooter. Police say the shooter possessed the gun illegally.
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“…the European Commission would react in a swift and adequate manner.”

The European Union on an expected decision from the U.S.  Commerce Dep't on whether or not European vehicles or their parts pose a U.S. national security threat. If so, Pres. Trump will have 90 days to decide whether or not to introduce tariffs up to 25%.  Today, the U.S. imposes a 2.5% tariff on imported passenger cars and a 25% tariff on imported trucks from Europe. The EU imposes a 10% tariff on imported cars. 
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“Clark County Public Health is continuing its measles outbreak investigation and has identified two new confirmed cases.”

The latest from Clark County, Washington where a measles outbreak (61 cases by latest count) has afflicted a community with low vaccination rates. While the pace slowed last week, these new cases added public exposure areas: an elementary school & a middle school. Most victims are under age 10.
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“No V4 meeting in Israel is going to happen.”

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis on the now-cancelled V4 (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia) summit in Israel. Poland's prime minister backed out due to comments made by Israeli acting foreign minister about Poland's treatment of Jewish people during the Holocaust - something the two sides have been at odds about for years. Katz said Poland "collaborated with the Nazis" and "sucked anti-Semitism from their mothers' milk."
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Did You Know?

“Presidents Day” Isn’t Even A Federal Holiday

The official federal holiday is:
George Washington’s Birthday

But, “Presidents’ Day”, “President’s Day”, or “Presidents Day” is a state-level holiday in most states

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How Did “Washington’s Birthday” Become Known As “Presidents Day”?

In 1968, Congress moved the holiday from Washington’s birthday to the 3rd Monday in February in order to give federal workers a 3-day wknd & spur economic growth.

Ironically, President Washington was quite a shopper.

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“Mrs. Washington’s slippers and clogs have come safe to hand, the latter, however, are not as she wished to have… and will, by the first convenient opportunity, return the clogs to Mr. Palmer and get a pair of galoshes.”

Pres. Washington, ordering his wife shoes from London, March 15, 1789. He regularly ordered "designer shoes" for his wife from a London broker.
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Facts About The First:

Pres. George Washington

  • Presided over the Constitutional Convention, where document was created, signed and ratified.
  • Unanimously elected president twice (1789 & 1792).
  • His birthday (Feb. 22) was an unofficial holiday celebrated by for many years; not a federal holiday until 80 yrs after his death.
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What About Lincoln?

  • President Lincoln was born on February 12, 1809, but contrary to popular belief, Presidents Day does NOT honor both presidents.
  • Presidents Reagan & Harrison were also born in February.
  • President Washington & MLK Jr. are the ONLY two Americans whose birthdays are *official* federal holidays.
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On This Day

#OTD in 1968
The First 9-1-1 Call

You know the number to dial in an emergency, but it wasn’t always that way.

Why we have Haleyville, Alabama to thank for answering the call.

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Putting It On the Map

  • Safety officials & Congress took 10 years before the FCC & AT&T decided to create a nat’l emergency system.
  • Not all citizens used AT&T; Local phone companies had to agree.
  • Alabama Telephone Co., mad it was excluded from talks, selected Haleyville, designed & built its system in a week, & made the first 9-1-1 call two weeks before AT&T.
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Why 9-1-1?

  • Simple & easy to remember.
  • Dialed quickly in emergency – even on a rotary phone.
  • Never previously used as an area code or service code.
  • U.K.’s 9-9-9, the first universal emergency number in the world, would be too easy to misdial.
  • Canada agreed; adopting America’s 9-1-1 in the 1970s.
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9-1-1 in Modern Times

  • Text to 9-1-1 not available in most of the U.S.; FCC: system needs to be updated.
  • If your cell is charged & can reach a signal, you can call 9-1-1 without a provider contract.
  • State laws differ, but calling 9-1-1 in a non-emergency may result in criminal penalties.
  • Remember: you pay for 9-1-1 service through provider fees.
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By the end of 1976, 9-1-1 emergency system served 17% of the U.S. population. Today, it reaches almost 97% of America. With 80% of those calls from wireless devices, a far cry from the rotary phone used 51 years ago today.

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From The President’s Desk

President Trump Declares Border Emergency

“It’s very simple: We want to stop drugs from coming into our country.  We want to stop criminals and gangs from coming into our country.”

Pres. Trump Friday, Feb. 15th declaring a national emergency at U.S. Southern Border.
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Declaration: The Basics

  • Plan: Take billions of dollars Congress already allocated to different departments (such as military-construction) & “re-assign” it for border security.
  • It would add approx. $6B for 200+ miles of border wall *in addition to* the approx. $1.4B (50+ miles) Congress approved.
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Some Say He Can:

“This is authority given to the president in law already. It’s not as if he just didn’t get what he wanted so he’s waving a magic wand and taking a bunch of money.”

Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney
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Some Say He Can’t

“This is plainly a power grab by a disappointed president, who has gone outside the bounds of the law to try to get what he failed to achieve in the constitutional legislative process.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) & Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY)
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Past nat’l emergency declarations incl. sanctions and/or $$ for emergency disasters
(natural & man-made) such as:

  • President Bush: 2 declarations after 9/11 related to terrorism (continued to this day).
  • President Obama: swine flu outbreak 2009.
  • President Trump: sanctions “in event” of election interference.
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Advocacy groups, landowners, state governments & beyond can legally challenge Pres. Trump's declaration. Federal law doesn’t define an emergency. The President can declare it but Congress can terminate it. Bottom Line: This ain't over folks.

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“Thanks Lieutenant Dan.”

Tom Hanks, joined by other celebrities, like Robert DeNiro, service members, veterans, like SSG Travis Mills, and their families in a video thanking actor Gary Sinise for his foundation's work helping, celebrating, & entertaining our military veterans, first responders, & their families. Sinise played a Vietnam War vet "Lieutenant Dan" in the 1994 movie "Forest Gump" and that inspired his charity work.
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“President Trump will sign the government funding bill, and as he has stated before, he will also take other executive action – including a national emergency – to ensure we stop the national security and humanitarian crisis at the border.”

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on President Trump's plan to both sign the $1.375B funding bill preventing another gov't shutdown and declare a national emergency to obtain additional funding for border security.
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“The one thing that’s predictable about Amazon is that they’re unpredictable.”

Univ. of Washington business professor Jeffrey Shulman on the latest news from Amazon that it cancelled its plan to build a headquarters in NYC. Amazon said despite support from 70% of New Yorkers, "state and local politicians have made it clear that they oppose our presence and will not work with us to build the type of relationships that are required to go forward with the project ..."
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“Today is a great day for the Department of Justice… “

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) reacting to the Senate's 54-45 confirmation of William Barr as Attorney General. Barr also served as the AG during Pres. George H.W. Bush's administration. During his confirmation hearing, Barr said "I will not be bullied into doing anything I think is wrong by anybody whether it be editorial boards or Congress or the president," when asked about his ability to oversee the Special Counsel's investigation.
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“… the President remains in very good health overall.”

Dr. Sean Conley, Pres. Trump's physician on the results of his yearly physical examination. The exam revealed the President is 6'3 & 243 lbs, - Dr. Conley increased Pres. Trump’s cholesterol medication. Follow on reporting suggests the President’s weight qualifies him as “technically obese" as his body max index is 30.4 - anything over "30" is "obese." For context, 40% of Americans qualify technically as obese.
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The Worst of the Worst

He’s escaped twice before so where will convicted drug lord “El Chapo” Guzmán serve time?

Inside America’s only “Supermax” prison and what life is like for its most notorious felons.

 

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“Alcatraz of the Rockies”

  • U.S. Penitentiary Administrative Maximum Facility (Known as “ADX”) in Florence, CO, 90 miles south of Denver.
  • City lobbied for the $60M prison, with residents donating the 600 acres needed.
  • Highest-security prison in U.S.
  • Opened in 1994, designed to be “escape-proof.” To date, no one has ever escaped.
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“This place is not designed for humanity. When it’s 23 hours a day in a room with a slit of a window… It’s not designed for rehabilitation. Period. End of story.”

Robert Hood, ADX warden from 2002 to 2005, on the "stark environment" built explicitly to house men often already serving multiple life sentences with no chance of parole. The goal is to try & release inmates to a less restrictive prison to serve out the rest of their sentence.
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Why Do We Have ADX?

  • In 1983, worst criminals went to Marion, IL federal prison, but 2 inmates killed 2 security guards.
  • Gov’t was convinced to build a new prison to isolate prisoners.

“No way to control a very small subset of the inmate population who show absolutely no concern for human life.”
Norman Carlson, Fmr. Director of Federal Bureau of Prisons

Norman Carlson, Fmr. Director of Federal Bureau of Prisons
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Infamous Inmates:

  • Unabomber Ted Kaczynski
  • Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
  • 9/11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui
  • 1993 World Trade Center bombing mastermind Ramzi Yousef
  • OK City bomber Terry Nichols
  • Underwear bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab
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Life on the Inside

  • 400 all-male prisoners.
  • Most inmates spend 22-24 hours a day in solitary confinement & go days w/o words spoken to them.
  • All meals, bathroom & showers in 7-by-12-foot cell.
  • Most cells have TVs with access to books & magazines.
  • All visits are non-contact.
  • Surrounded by wire fence & armed guards.
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Prison Controversy

  • Several prisoners have filed lawsuits against the Bureau of Prisons over ADX conditions.
  • Concern is over solitary confinement & what it does to inmates mentally & physically.
  • 9/11 conspirator Moussaoui sued, calling it “psychological torture.”
  • Per Bureau of Prisons rules, inmates with a “significant mental disorder” aren’t allowed at ADX.
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Guzmán (59) was extradited from Mexico on the condition U.S. prosecutors wouldn't seek the death penalty. He was found guilty on all 10 counts, but vows to appeal. He'll be sentenced June 25th & we'll learn where he will serve his life sentence - with no chance of parole.

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Quote of the Day

Forget conventionalisms; forget what the world will say, whether you are in your place or out of your place; think your best thoughts, speak your best words, do your best works, looking to your own conscience for approval.”

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#OTD 199 years ago women's rights activist Susan B. Anthony was born. She dedicated her life to securing the vote for women. Although she died 14 years before the 19th Amendment passed, she was honored years later, becoming the 1st woman to appear on a U.S. coin.

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Current Events

A “National Emergency” At The U.S. Southern Border?

 

A president can declare a national emergency – EVERY president since 1976 has done so – *BUT* may President Trump do so in order to fund a border wall?

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Pres. Trump will reportedly sign the $1.375B gov’t funding bill to avoid another gov’t shutdown *AND* declare a national emergency to obtain more $$ for border security.

Democrats, like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), & some Republicans, like Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) have expressed criticism about the Pres’s choice to act unilaterally.

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The 1976 National Emergencies Act allows a president to declare an emergency in order to, among other things:

  • take property & commodities
  • limit travel & prohibit trade
  • invoke martial law & send troops

The Act does NOT define “national emergency.” The president must use existing laws to do so.

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Presidential Power Limits

  • The president must identify an existing law to invoke the emergency power (ex: use the legal definition of an “immigration emergency” to make his case).
  • Emergencies expire after one year UNLESS renewed.
  • Emergencies can be rescinded any time via a joint resolution passed by both houses of Congress.
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BOTTOM LINE: Yes, it is within President Trump's legal authority to declare a national emergency w/o Congress' approval, *HOWEVER* if he does it to build a border wall, he is all but guaranteed to face a legal challenge, which could extend into 2020 campaign season.

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Happy Valentines Day!

February 14, 2019

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Quote of the Day

Love, gratitude, compassion, because sometimes every man or every woman will drive their partner crazy.”

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The iconic Goldie Hawn on how she makes her relationship last. She and partner Kurt Russell have been happily unmarried for 35 years.

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