Pres. Trump’s Pick for the Supreme Court:
JUDGE BRETT KAVANAUGH
Pres. Trump nominated Justice Anthony Kennedy’s former law clerk to fill his seat.
Pres. Trump nominated Justice Anthony Kennedy’s former law clerk to fill his seat.
Good Example of What’s To Come
During the 2006 confirmation hearing following his appointment to the D.C. Circuit of Appeals, Sen. Schumer grilled Kavanaugh over his involvement in Pres. Clinton’s impeachment and his take on Roe v. Wade.
Republicans control the Senate by a 50-49 majority due to Sen. John McCain’s prolonged absence, limiting the impact of any efforts by the Democrats to thwart Trump’s nominee.
Kavanaugh served as a law clerk for Justice Kennedy alongside Pres. Trump's 2017 Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. Justice Kennedy was appointed by a republican president (Reagan) but was the court's "swing" vote not wedded to one ideology.
The President takes action on immigration as lawmakers struggle to find compromise. But even as Pres. Trump signed the order, he predicted a legal battle ahead – a similar battle confronted by the Obama Admin.
“A federal judge, Dolly M. Gee, scuttled the Obama team’s efforts to jail families together in 2015 when she ruled that doing so violated the agreement and said migrant children couldn’t be held more than 20 days.”
“The past does not have to define the future. Yesterday’s conflict does not have to be tomorrow’s war. And as history has proven over and over again, adversaries can indeed become friends…. Peace is always worth the effort…. Anyone can make war, but only the most courageous can make peace.”
“Chairman Kim and I just signed a joint statement in which he reaffirmed his unwavering commitment to complete denuclearizaton of the Korean Peninsula. We also agreed to vigorous negotiations to implement the agreement as soon as possible. And he wants to do that.”
- Pres. Trump did NOT agree to pull U.S. troops out of SK.
- Pres. Trump did NOT agree to lift sanctions.
- NK’s human rights violations discussed; NO promises made.
“We will be stopping the war games … unless and until we see the future negotiation is not going along like it should.”
“Our unprecedented meeting, the first between an American president and a leader of North Korea, proves that real change is indeed possible. My meeting with Chairman Kim was honest, direct and productive…. We’re prepared to start a new history and we’re ready to write new chapter between our two nations.”
“I think without Otto, this would not have happened…. Otto did not die in vain. He had a lot to do with us being here today.”
The joint statement signed by Pres. Trump & Kim Jong Un is short on details. Pres. Trump said there wasn't enough time, but that more will be worked out in the future, and admitted that "if you don't get the ball over the goal line, it doesn't mean enough." Read it here:
“… thousands of terminally ill Americans will finally have the help, the hope, and the fighting chance … that they will be cured, that they will be helped, that they’ll be able to be with their families for a long time.”
“Right to Try” does NOT guarantee ACCESS or AFFORDABILITY
Under its Expanded Access (Compassionate Use) program, the FDA already authorizes over 99% of expanded access requests it receives. But for some, it's still not fast enough. Read more about the program here:
“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.”
America’s 690,000 military spouses (at least 90% of whom are women) face unique obstacles finding & keeping jobs due to:
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.
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.
“… flying back are three, what they were calling ‘hostages.’ We call them ‘fine people.’ Three really fine people.”
“We are happy they’ve returned, but North Korea shouldn’t gain by taking Americans and then releasing them.”
“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.”
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:
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?
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.
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.
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:
President Trump via Twitter March 28, 2018
(But can it?)
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.”
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.
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.
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?
“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!”
“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!”
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...
“The Democrats do not want to help DACA. Would be so easy to make a deal!”
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:
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.
“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.”
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.
“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.”
“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
“The Americans have no grounds for introducing new sanctions. We have moved to prepare our own measures in response.”
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:
Executive order prohibits Singapore-based Broadcom’s $117B takeover of U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm.
President Trump: “credible evidence” deal is a “national security threat.”
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.