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Military Spouse Appreciation Day

“Your love, resilience, and courage uplifts our heroes and, indeed, our nation. … America owes a debt of gratitude to our military spouses. We can never repay you for all that you do. …but we can & we will give you the opportunities you deserve.”

Pres. Trump at the May 9 Celebration of Military Mothers & Spouses Event
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America’s 690,000 military spouses (at least 90% of whom are women) face unique obstacles finding & keeping jobs due to:

  • rural base assignments
  • unpredictable schedules
  • limited childcare options
  • frequent moves (every 2-3 years on average)
  • occupational licensing regimes that vary by state
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As result of the employment difficulties they encounter, military spouses are LESS likely than their civilian counterparts to participate in the labor market.

The unemployment rate among military spouses is estimated to be AT LEAST 4X HIGHER than the national average, which was 3.9% in April.

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On May 9, Pres. Trump signed an executive order addressing the labor market disadvantages facing military spouses and directing federal agencies to improve their military spouse employment & recruitment efforts.

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“… flying back are three, what they were calling ‘hostages.’ We call them ‘fine people.’ Three really fine people.”

President Trump, May 9, 2018, speaking about the three American men released from prison in North Korea, ahead of what's expected to be a historic summit between the American and North Korean leaders.
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Released Hostages

  • Kim Dong Chul, South Korean-born U.S. citizen. Former VA resident. Convicted of espionage. Ran a trade/hotel company near North Korea’s border with Russia.
  • Kim Hak Song & Tony Kim both worked at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, or PUST (privately funded university with $$ from Christian groups).
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Something To Consider:

“We are happy they’ve returned, but North Korea shouldn’t gain by taking Americans and then releasing them.”

Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) May 9, 2018 warning more Americans could be taken if that gives North Korea bargaining power.
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It represents something. It represents something very important to this country. People never thought a thing like this could happen and it can. People never thought you were going to have a situation where we’re having serious & positive communication with North Korea and we are. What happens? Who knows? We have a chance at something really great for the world.”

President Trump
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Reminder: Otto Warmbier, an American student, the last American released from North Korea returned to the U.S. with severe brain damage and died days later. That was almost a year ago. See a list of other Americans held overseas:

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“Attorney–client privilege is dead!”

President Trump via Twitter, April 10, 2018

Does the federal raid on Michael Cohen (Trump’s personal lawyer) signify the end of one of our nation’s most sacred legal principles?

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What is the Attorney-Client Privilege?

  • Allows a client to avoid testifying about, or otherwise disclosing, confidential communications with their lawyer relating to legal advice (ex: not financial advice).
  • Also means the attorney *usually* cannot be required to disclose.
  • Meant to encourage clients to communicate freely with their attorneys.
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Is the Attorney-Client Privilege Dead? Nope.

BOTTOM LINE: The attorney-client privilege is alive and well, as are its exceptions, including the crime-fraud exception.

The privilege does NOT apply to communications in furtherance of an ongoing or (intended) future crime or fraud.

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What does this mean for Cohen &/or Pres. Trump?

Cohen has not been charged with a crime & the raid is not proof of one.

The raid, which required multiple levels of authorization by high-level federal officials, IS proof that law enforcement authorities convinced a judge there was probable cause to believe the search would produce evidence of a particular crime.

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NBC legal analyst Danny Cevallos says the fact the FBI opted to execute the raid on Cohen without notice, as opposed to allowing him to produce documents in response to a subpoena suggests something important. Read his article:

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“THE SECOND AMENDMENT WILL NEVER BE REPEALED!”

President Trump via Twitter March 28, 2018

(But can it?)

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Why Now?

  • Pres. Trump reacting to a NYT op-ed by former Supreme Court Justice who said he supports the repeal the 2nd Amendment.
  • This fueled further fear by some Americans that gun confiscation and/or repeal of the 2nd  Amendment is the true intention of “gun control” movement.
Here's the Op-Ed
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2nd Amendment

There’s endless debate as to what the 2A *actually* means, how it should be applied today, and why it was included in the Bill of Rights, but here’s what it says:

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

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Amendment Repeal 101
2 Possibilities: Both Tough

Option 1: Requires approval of a new by two-thirds of the House & Senate AND ratification (approval) by three-fourths of the 50 states.

Option 2: Requires two-thirds of states’ legislatures to hold Constitutional Convention where amendments must be approved by three-fourths of the 50 states.

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In our nation's history, only ONE amendment has ever been repealed. In 1933, the 21st Amendment repealed the 18th Amendment, which prohibited the making, transportation and sale of alcohol, and put an end to Prohibition.

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Hitting Close To Home

President Trump takes on Amazon.

More than 6 out of 10 American households have an Amazon “Prime” Membership.

But is this part of a bigger deal that no one is watching?

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“Only fools, or worse, are saying that our money losing Post Office makes money with Amazon. THEY LOSE A FORTUNE, and this will be changed. Also, our fully tax paying retailers are closing stores all over the country…not a level playing field!”

President Trump via Twitter, April 2, 2018
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Post Office Problem$

  • U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is bleeding money (lost $2.7B last yr, $63B since 2007), mostly due to pension & health care costs.
  • Pkg delivery a source of revenue, but not enough to cover losses.
  • USPS has “deal” with Amazon but we don’t know the specifics (USPS is independently operated and makes deals with retailers outside of gov’t oversight).
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“I have stated my concerns with Amazon long before the Election. Unlike others, they pay little or no taxes to state & local governments, use our Postal System as their Delivery Boy (causing tremendous loss to the U.S.), and are putting many thousands of retailers out of business!”

President Trump via Twitter, March 29, 2018
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Fact Check:
Is Amazon A Tax Cheat?

  • One of largest U.S. companies, but pays nearly $0 in fed’l taxes (by using tax breaks & credits)
  • Amazon paid $957M in income taxes in 2017.
  • Amazon *used* to not collect sales tax (arguably hurting state/local govt), but has since ’17.
  • Amazon uses USPS to deliver pkgs because it’s cheaper. Period.
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Fox Business Anchor & Harvard Business School Grad, Melissa Francis, says the tweets on Amazon are all part of the President's plan to negotiate Amazon DOWN on a completely separate government contract. She says this is a pattern...

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Gov’t Shutdown Looms

Lingering Battle Over Immigration

“The Democrats do not want to help DACA. Would be so easy to make a deal!”

President Trump, Twitter, March 19, 2018 8:38 pm est.
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Refresher: DACA

  • Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals.
  • DACA status can be granted to those who came into America illegally as children – essentially “defers” illegal status & allows eligibility for work permits.
  • Pres. Trump: Offered citizenship for DACA recipients in State of the Union speech as part of broader immigration reform.
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What’s The Drama?

  • White House: Wants $$ for border wall (a campaign promise) A.S.A.P – $$ must come from Congress. Hence, back-and-forth now ahead of spending bill.
  • Report: Dems want more illegal immigrants eligible for a pathway to citizenship – a non-starter for GOP who didn’t like Trump’s offer of citizenship for DACA recipients to begin with.
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Big Picture

  • Immigration Reform *could* be part of broader $pending bill to fund govt through September but it can also be separate. It’s NOT a need – but a want – for some.
  • Congress has until Friday night to pass a spending bill or the gov’t shuts down – for the 3rd time this year.
  • Potentially last big legislative fight before mid-term elections in Nov.
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Immigration reform isn't the only issue of debate. P.S. In 1977, the government shut down 3x under President Carter. in 2018, the government has shut down 2x. Let's see if we make the history books:

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U.S. Sanctions Russia
For “Nefarious Attacks”

White House announces new sanctions against Russia – the FIRST for meddling in the 2016 elections.

But *also* a long list of other Russian “mischief” every American should know about.

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“The Administration is confronting and countering malign Russian cyber activity, including their attempted interference in U.S. elections, destructive cyber-attacks, and intrusions targeting critical infrastructure.”

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Press Release Mar. 15, 2018
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What You Need To Know:
New Sanctions

Who: Targets 5 Russian “entities” & 19 Russian individuals.

Why: Not only meddling in our elections but major cyber attacks targeting everything from American ground, water & sky — our power grid, manufacturing facilities, aviation systems & even our nuclear power plants.

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Timing Matters

  • Wednesday: Prime Minister of UK, Theresa May, blames Russia for using a nerve agent to poison 2 UK citizens – a former Russian spy & his daughter – who survived but remain in critical condition. This nerve agent is an illegal chemical weapon.
  • This Weekend: Russian Presidential Election; Vladimir Putin expected to win.
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“This use of a military-grade nerve agent, of a type developed by Russia, constitutes the first offensive use of a nerve agent in Europe since the Second World War.”

Joint Statement: France, Germany, the United States and the United Kingdom
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Sanctions Also Address:
“NotPeya Attack”

  • WH: “most destructive & costly cyberattack in history” (happened in 2017)
  • $$: Billions in damage worldwide.
  • Disrupted shipping, trade & production of medicines.
  • Several hospitals in U.S. unable to create electronic records.
  • Attributed to Russia military.
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What Do Sanctions Really Do?

 “All property and interests in property of the designated persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction are blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them.”
U.S. Treasury Department

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“The Americans have no grounds for introducing new sanctions. We have moved to prepare our own measures in response.”

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, interview with Interfax News Agency quoted in Wall Street Journal, Mar 15, 2018
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Are sanctions effective? It's debatable. Some say this move by WH is "symbolic" but important. Others say it's not enough. We thought an article by "Wired" provides interesting perspective. Read on:

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President Blocks Biggest Tech Deal

Executive order prohibits Singapore-based Broadcom’s $117B takeover of U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm.

President Trump: “credible evidence” deal is a “national security threat.”

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How Rare Is This?

Only the 5th time in 25 years Prez stopped a foreign takeover of a U.S. firm on national security grounds.

In Sept., Pres. Trump blocked a Chinese co. taking over U.S. based chipmaker Lattice Semiconductor.

In 2016, Pres. Obama blocked another Chinese co. takeover of chipmaker with ties to U.S.

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Why They Want Our Tech

  • Global race for any competitive advantage over the next generation of ultrafast wireless networks known as “5G.”
  • Underscores growing fears of cyberwar & espionage from foreign powers.

 

 

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Acronym to Know: CFIUS
(Pronounced: SIF-ee-us)

  • Stands for: Committee on Foreign Investment in the US
  • What it really means: Sheriff of Dealtown
  • What it does: Decides whether takeovers of U.S. businesses by foreign companies pose a national security threat
  • CFIUS warned on Broadcom’s takeover last week
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Video Games & Violence

Pres. Trump discusses video game violence with industry execs and watchdog groups at WH.

Conversation in reaction to school shooting in Florida.

Report: school shooter played violent video games.

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“It was kill, kill, kill, blow up something, and kill some more, all day.”

Paul Gold, neighbor to school shooter, who said shooter played violent video games for up to 15 hours a day.
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What Does The Data Say?
Summary:

Studies do NOT show direct link between “gaming” and violence.

Some studies show an increase in emotion or aggression but NOT necessarily acting on it.

Communities with large amount of “gamers”, also can have low levels of gun violence (example: Japan).

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New Study:

“The findings suggest that there is no link between these kinds of realism in games and the kind of effects that video games are commonly thought to have on their players.”

Dr. David Zendle, University of York, Department of Computer Science
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However, recent study by University of York DID NOT test on children; only adults. Researcher said more studies need to be done...

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President Trump Requests
Ban on “Bump Stocks”

What is a “bump stock”?

An accessory that attaches to a rifle enabling rapid fire.

Allows a semi-automatic rifle (legal gun) to function like a fully automatic rifle (illegal gun).

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“Just a few moments ago I signed a memorandum directing the AG to propose regulations to ban all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns. I expect that these critical regulations will be finalized, Jeff, very soon.”

President Trump, Remarks, White House, Feb 20, 2018
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Presidential Memorandum

Today, I am directing the Department of Justice to dedicate all available resources to complete the review of the comments received, and, as expeditiously as possible, to propose for notice and comment a rule banning all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns.

Full Pres. Memo
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What To Know:
Bump Stocks

  • Used in Las Vegas shooting: worst mass shooting in modern American history.
  • President Trump asked for review on “bump stocks” after Las Vegas murders.
  • Reports: not used in recent high school shooting in Florida.
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Bump Stocks:
Who Supports Review

  • Bipartisan support for regulation of bump stocks.
  • NRA after Las Vegas Shooting: “The NRA believes that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations.” 
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To Consider

“…it may be easier to ban modifications that are not very popular among gun owners…these bump-stocks are not popular at all, because they make guns highly inaccurate…”

Dr. Adam Winkler, UCLA Law School to Christian Science Monitor, Oct 17, 2017
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Next Issue? Stay Tuned.

“Whether we are Republican or Democrat, we must now focus on strengthening Background Checks!”

President Trump, Twitter, Feb 20, 2018, 8:18 pm
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“.@MittRomney has announced he is running for the Senate from the wonderful State of Utah. He will make a great Senator and worthy successor to @OrrinHatch, and has my full support and endorsement!”

President Trump, Twitter, Feb. 19, 2018 9:21 pm est
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“Thank you Mr. President for the support. I hope that over the course of the campaign I also earn the support and endorsement of the people of Utah.”

Mitt Romney, Republican candidate for Senate in Utah, Twitter, Feb 19, 2018 9:56 pm est
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Just Under 2 Years Ago…

“Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud. His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University. He’s playing the American public for suckers: He gets a free ride to the White House and all we get is a lousy hat.”

Mitt Romney, Remarks, University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute, March 3, 2016

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Also This…

“The last election should have been won, except Romney choked like a dog. He choked.”

President Trump, then "candidate" during campaign speech Rome, New York, April 12, 2016
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Fast Forward:
Election to Endorsement

  • President Trump & Mitt Romney dined and golfed together shortly after Trump won election.
  • Romney floated as potential cabinet member in Trump administration (didn’t happen).
  • Report: Trump encouraged Romney to run for Utah seat (Salt Lake Tribune).
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Why It Matters

  • President Trump has repeatedly commented on wanting more Republicans in Congress, in part to help the White House agenda.
  • Romney has a strong chance of keeping a Senate seat held by Republican Orin Hatch for 40 years (!) – “Red”.
  • However, it remains a question if Romney would support President Trump’s priorities.
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How Can A Former Gov. of Massachusetts Run for Senate in Utah?

  • Mitt Romney moved to Utah after losing the 2012 Presidential Election.
  • Utah law stipulates a Senate candidate has to be 30-years-old, a Utah resident when elected and a citizen of the U.S. for at least 9 years.
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Presidential Proclamation
Honoring Parkland Shooting Victims

President orders all American flags flown half-staff (at White House, public grounds, military posts, naval vessels & beyond) “until sunset, February 19, 2018” as “a mark of solemn respect for the victims.”

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Nationwide Address

  • President Trump spoke to the nation Thursday mid-morning; did not take questions.
  • Plans to visit Parkland, Florida.
  • Meeting w/governors & attorneys general re: school safety.
  • Reassured America’s children – mentioned mental health; no comment on guns/background checks.
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“My prayers and condolences to the families of the victims of the terrible Florida shooting. No child, teacher or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school.”

President Trump, Twitter, Feb 14, 2018 3:50 pm est (Florida shooting occurred around 230 pm est)
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“On just Monday, Parkland, Florida, was listed as one of the safest cities in the country.

On Wednesday, massive chaos rained down on this leafy community an hour north of Miami when a shooter unloaded bullets at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School right before dismissal.”

Miami Herald

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Snapshot of America

Parkland, Florida

  • Population: Approx 31,000
  • Diversity in community reflects America’s overall demographics (majority White, Black, Hispanic, Asian)
  • Middle Class/Upper Middle Class Community
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Find List For Other "Safest Cities" in America & More

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