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      Trump's Trade War Push-Back

      Bad for consumers, bad for the economy, bad for jobs


      By Ray Cunneff

      July 22, 2018

      On March 2, 2017, Donald Trump tweeted: "When a country (USA) is losing many billions of dollars on trade with virtually every country it does business with, trade wars are good, and easy to win."

      Ever since, Trump has launched a series of trade battles on several fronts, starting with tariffs on steel and aluminum imports coming into the country, with other nations retaliating with tariffs on $85 billion worth of goods.

      The tariffs Trump has placed on a wide variety of goods are starting to have a negative impact on the US economy, consumer prices, manufacturing costs and jobs. Business Insider has created a series of charts showing how Trump's trade fight is starting to take its toll:


      Allies like Canada, the European Union, and Mexico have strongly objected to the Trump administration having bypassed Congress by invoking "national security" as a means of unilaterally imposing tariffs against them. Those three countries, along with China and several others, have filed a suit against the US with the World Trade Organization arguing these tariffs are illegal.


      Trump has also threatened to hit another $400 billion worth of Chinese goods with tariffs due to their retaliation. China accused the president of starting the "largest trade war in economic history."

      From Business Insider: "The fight with Canada is the second-largest front in the trade battle, with 4.5% of total trade with the US subject to tariffs. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called the tariffs "insulting."

      Just 1.5% of the total trade between the US and EU is subject to tariffs, and 1.1% of trade between the US and Mexico.

      For the EU, Canada, and Mexico, the amount of trade subject to tariffs would increase dramatically if Trump follows through on his threat to place tariffs on imports of cars and auto parts."

      "These cost cuts, price increases, and layoffs will add up, economists say. The ultimate result: A slowdown US GDP growth, and pain for the economy."

      In a 1990 Playboy interview, Trump was asked about his first action if he ever became president.

      "Many things. A toughness of attitude would prevail," Trump said. "I'd throw a tax on every Mercedes-Benz rolling into this country and on all Japanese products, and we'd have wonderful allies again."

      Evan Vucci/AP Photo; Steffi Loos/Getty; Lintao Zhang/Getty; Jochen Zick/Getty; Shayanne Gal/Business Insider

      https://www.politico.com/story/2018/07/22/trump-fo...

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      Voter Purges On The Rise In States With A History Of Racial Discrimination

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          Voters wait in line past the 7 p.m. closing time in a north Atlanta suburb on last day of early voting in Georgia in November 2016.

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          A new report provides information of voters being kicked off of voting rolls in those states which have shown a long history of discrimination. There is speculation that his may be one of the effects of the gutting of the Voting Rights Act.

          Voters are being deleted from the rolls at a significantly higher rate than they were a decade ago, creating the possibility that an increasing number of citizens will be disenfranchised in the 2018 midterm elections and beyond.

          According to a new study from the Brennan Center for Justice, nearly 4 million more names were deleted from the rolls between 2014 and 2016 than in a comparable period between 2006 and 2008—a 33 percent increase that far outpaces the increase in the number of eligible voters.

          The Brennan Report emphasized how states with a history of racial discrimination have purged rolls more aggressively than other states.

          Nine southern states previously had to get approval from the Department of Justice to change voting policies under a provision in the 1965 Voting Rights Act, but the Supreme Court struck down that measure in 2013.

          The center highlighted Texas, Georgia and Virginia as states impacted by the 2013 Supreme Court ruling with higher rates of voter purging.

          While careful purging is a necessary part of election administration, aggressive purges have long been used as a voter suppression tool, and often target poor and minority voters at significantly higher rates.

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          Study: States with racial discrimination history purge voter rolls more aggressively

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          This year's mid-term elections may stymie voters who plan to vote, if when they reach their polls they discover that they are no longer registered.

          Myrna Pérez , an attorney at the Brennan Center and one of the report’s authors wrote in a New York Times op-ed Friday. “These voters may have to cast provisional ballots. Or worse, they could be turned away.”

          Aggressive voter purges are emerging as a new and critical front in battles over voting rights. For several years now, a small group of conservative activists have used the threat of litigation to scare counties into removing more people from the rolls, even filing lawsuits to force counties to use more aggressive purges. And last month, Ohio won a case before the Supreme Court that its aggressive purging program legal nationwide.

          Under the Trump administration, the problem is likely to get worse. Rather than intervening to stop aggressive purges, the Justice Department under Attorney General Jeff Sessions is taking steps to support the conservative activists urging more aggressive ones.

          The Supreme Court gutted the 1965 Voting Rights Act five years ago. Since then, a number of voter suppression actions have occurred in certain states; such as sending notices to Democratic voting precincts that elections were being held on a date other than the authentic one; decreasing voting times and dates in targeted districts, and now high purge rates.

          . . . the Supreme Court gutted the law in Shelby County v. Holder, and states and counties previously under preclearance were free to amend their laws without approval. The result is a long list of new laws and other changes that disproportionately affect minorities.

          This report provides us with one more reason Democrats must fight hard against installing Kavanaugh into the SCOTUS

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          https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2018/07/more-voters-are-being-kicked-off-the-rolls-especially-in-states-with-a-history-of-discrimination/

          https://www.vox.com/2018/7/20/17595024/voter-purge-report-supreme-court-voting-rights-act

          http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/398038-report-states-with-history-of-racial-discrimination-more-aggressively

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          Playmates And Pornstars And Payments.......And Putin

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              I was going to title the piece 'Boobs' but thought better of it, Trump is already a monumental tit and has turned the US presidency into a tabloid mess, where the politics of the global world are in flux, the same global world that America has been a chief architect of and both benefited from and paid a heavy price.

              When people talk about America and what it is in the contemporary there is little thought of sacrifice and a superiority once a give in. Nowadays the world sees a nation that is at war with the truth, those who scream fake news and those who are unrelenting in making sure that despite the lie of alternative facts, the reality of what is going on is never muted nor hidden amongst the massive human flaws and failings of the current lesser presidency and all the noises that come with the madness.

              The madness that has ensued from the Lesser President declaring Russia the winner of the Cold War by looking and behaving like no president has done before in the face of the clear danger and malice of the Russian state.

              His spineless display that was seen in Helsinki and the subsequent walk back of the walk back of the original walk back to the first walk back was utterly shameful. Everything since has only further increased the notion and the growing belief that the lesser president is a tainted one and more terrifyingly for the world in the debt of foreign actors whose intentions towards the US, Europe and further afield are not for the good of mankind, but a dangerous hate filled attempt to redress the scores of old.

              All this time the lesser president keeps his ignorant base hooked on the line of a modern age 1950's America, that despite the realities of the modern global world is nothing but a nostalgic yearning for the unattainable and the lost. Lost to the capitalism that once fuelled the 1950's lost utopia to some, that same capitalism responsible for the profit driven inhuman greed whose greatest victims are those who stand behind a symbol of that greed, a bastard child of greed and unabashed shame laid bare to all in the shape of their lesser president.

              Laid bare the sins of an uncaring new father who had unprotected sex with numerous women weeks after his third wife had given birth to his fifth child, the fifth from three different mothers and wives for whom he cheated on all of them.


              The great lies of evangelical christians exposed as they worship at the feet of their new lord and saviour. Maybe they find comfort in hiding their own hypocrisies behind the most hypocritical of all. Those who claim to have the moral authority of family and marriage and those who live by the fake christianity.

              The lord jesus christ who died for your sins and who wants to have men marrying women and having babies and women in their place.....all standard for those most vocal on morality exposing themselves as lying cretins and false preachers who have no moral authority other than the one they sell - not metaphorically but in actuality.

              Their lying souls sold to the man who sells souls for cover.

              Cover for the crimes of the immorality that is enemy number one in the evangelical ideology. Where before the morality of other leaders was meat for the 'American Jesus Beast' and the fabric 0f moral America cracked and snapped at the spectre of semen stains and a blue dress and the sordid details of the Oval Office and a game of 'hide the cigar' had these good living folks believing the antichrist was in the Oval Office and being fellated by interns.

              It is only stark evidence that these little cretins of cash christ are as rotten as the man they worship and swoon over. The man who right now is using his closet of many skeletons to take away from the mortal danger of dealing with a cold blooded murdering leader in the form of the journalist, political rival, dissenting voice LGBT, wife beating enabler known as Putin.

              The world knows that the lesser president is dirty and corrupted to the point of being a danger to every American man woman and child. Hiding his highly questioned meeting behind the immorality of his unloving uncaring past.

              That immorality evidently not meeting once lofty held standards on the morality scale by those whose deal will allow them to mete out their own brand of morality, the subjugation of women and the LGBT community, black and brown, muslim and other deemed outside the Cretin Christ small tent.

              A drip drip of scandal and crimes committed used to hide the greater crimes yet to be announced is nothing more than the game of a lesser president caught in a mess of his own creation.

              With that constant drip and a base remaining stable despite his surrender to Russia in Helsinki........

              https://www.thedailybeast.com/samantha-bee-trump-h...

              https://www.theroot.com/wait-did-stormy-daniels-la...


              Be comfortable in the fact that coming out from all this evidence there will be payments for his extramarital affairs and these payments will include receipts for abortions. You see the lesser president and his need to use his private misdeeds to hide his political ineptitudes it is only a matter of time before those most loyal and so far very forgiving will be truly tested when they realise payments were made to women for abortion procedures to cover his little man's libido.

              It is only a matter of time.

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              Warning: Why Republicans Are Upbeat About November Elections

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                  At a Republican Conference this week, Republicans were upbeat about the midterm elections in spite of the negative reactions to the Trump-Putin meeting in Helsinki. Naming "pressure from progressives challenging the Democratic old guard" as the main reason, Republicans believe that they can exploit such differences to maintain control of the Senate and the House of Representatives. "They're their own worst enemy, and I'm very comfortable with that," said Terry Lathan, Chair of the Republican party in Alabama.

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                  Delegate Henry Barbour of Mississippi (R) speaks with reporters at the Republican National Committee Spring Meeting at the Diplomat Resort in Hollywood, Florida, April 21, 2016. REUTERS/Joe Skipper/File Photo

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                  However, Democrats are confident that they have the edge in the upcoming midterm elections, citing enthusiasm, organization and energy, which is devoted to taking the needed seats in both chambers in order to defeat the Trump/Pence continuation of policies detrimental to the American people.

                  Tom Perez says: "Everywhere I go I see the [Democratic] troops in action."

                  As long as Democrats band together and vote in huge numbers, (and if states can keep Russian Hackers from changing votes,) I agree with Tom Perez.

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                  Republicans at a conference in Texas this week had reason to feel downcast, even panicky as President Donald Trump’s meeting with Russia’s Vladimir Putin provoked broad outrage and revived talk of a Democratic wave in November’s congressional elections.

                  Instead, party officials voiced optimism about maintaining control of both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives this autumn, saying the Democratic Party’s messaging and internal struggles were helping boost Republican prospects.

                  In interviews with Reuters, attendees at the Republican National Committee meeting in Austin said pressure from progressives challenging the Democratic old guard following Hillary Clinton’s defeat in the 2016 presidential election had forced many Democrats to adopt more left-leaning positions.

                  Republicans hope to exploit such differences.

                  https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-republicans/republicans-upbeat-about-november-elections-despite-trump-putin-uproar-idUSKBN1KA15H

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                  NRA Board Member Ted Nugent Bans Guns From His Concert

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                      Mind you, Nugent isn't banning guns from all concerts, just his. Talk about hypocrisy. Here is Mr. Tough Guy who actually sits on the board of the NRA banning guns because he is scared someone attending his concert might shoot him? Maybe Ted should have his security just allow those people carrying guns into the concert if they show they are NRA members. Why not? Aren't all NRA members good guys with guns?

                      http://addictinginfo.com/2018/07/18/nra-board-memb...

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                      Young People Are Registering To Vote In Huge Numbers, New Study Finds

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                          Student protesters at the March for Our Lives in Detroit, Michigan on March 24, 2018.Chirag Wakaskar/SOPA Images via ZUMA Wire

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                          This is the future. This is the start of our young Americans showing their willingness to care about what happens in their/our country! This study finds, that in some of our most contested states (battleground states) new voting registrations are overwhelmingly those of people between the ages of 18 and 29.

                          This new study evaluated 39 states, that could supply available data since February 14, 2018 (that was the day of the Parkland mass shooting) and found that all across the country, young people's registrations increased by 2.16 percentage points; and in some states increased between 9 and 16 percentage points.

                          The study has confirmed what many of us have been predicting, since today's youth is not only better informed, but have told us that they are fed up with the lack of gun-safety (mass shootings in schools, at concerts and other events) the glut of dark money financing candidates they don't endorse, and the direction our country has taken in the past 2 years.

                          I support these new voters, and I hope Democratic/Social Democratic Candidates pay attention! The future of our country is at stake.

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                          The March for Our Lives teens said they’d #VoteThemOut, and a new study suggests they could be poised to do just that. According to the political data firm TargetSmart, the percentage of newly registered voters who are under the age of 30 has grown significantly in a number of key battleground states since the February school shooting in Parkland, Florida. The surge could have big implications in this fall’s fight for control of Congress.

                          The study evaluated all new voter registrations in the 39 states with available data since February 14, 2018—the day of the Parkland shooting—and calculated the change in the share of new registrants who are 18 to 29 years old. Across the country, the share of youth registrants increased by a modest 2.16 percentage points. But in Indiana, Virginia, and New York—home to some of this year’s marquee House and Senate contests—the share of youth registrants increased by 9.87, 10.49, and 10.7 percentage points, respectively. In Pennsylvania—where voters will decide as many as nine competitive congressional races—the share of new registrants who are younger than 30 jumped by a whopping 16.14 percentage points. The study doesn’t evaluate how many of the new registrants may have been motivated by the #NeverAgain movement.

                          The findings offer an early, measurable indication that youth turnout could be higher than in previous midterm elections, though there’s no guarantee that many of the new registrants will actually vote. Just under half of all 18-to-29-year-olds were registered to vote in 2014, but less than 20 percent of that population group ended up casting ballots that year. It was the lowest rate of of youth registration and turnout recorded in four decades, according to the Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement at Tufts University.

                          https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2018/07/young-people-are-registering-to-vote-in-huge-numbers-new-study-finds/
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                          Dozens Of Babies Forced To Appear In Immigration Court

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                              There's an old saying that a person who represents himself in court has a fool for a client. What about a justice system that requires children to represent themselves in court? Is that justice system foolish? What kind of society would allow that to happen?

                              https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/dozens-of-babies-forced-to-appear-in-immigration-court/ar-AAAinA6?li=BBnb7Kz


                              The Trump administration has reportedly ordered at least 70 children under the age of 1 to appear before immigration judges since last October, with some appearing without any legal representation.

                              Department of Justice data revealed by the Texas Tribune and Kaiser Health News on Wednesday also showed that the number of infants made to appear before immigration judges tripled in 2017 compared to the year before.

                              The newspaper reported that approximately three-fourths of children who have been forced to appear in court have had legal representation to help them make their case that they should be able to remain in the United States

                              The rest have reportedly been left to represent themselves, despite being aged 12 months and under.

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                                  Trump has been a conman all of his life. He lied his way onto the Forbes 400, and with help from Putin, he stole the title as the most powerful man in the world, when in reality he is the most crooked man in the world.

                                  Since the 1990s republicans have created a caricature of a devilish women named Hillary Clinton. They even managed to persuade many Democrats to believe the lies they promoted about Hillary. Their fear was that one day she would run for president. So they sought to develop an industry to demonize her so she would be the most disliked politician in the USA.

                                  They were so successful that by the time Hillary Clinton won the Democratic nomination for president, even a person who was 100 times worse than the caricature republicans had created, was seemingly a better choice for president than the fictitious Hillary Clinton republicans created.

                                  In recent days we have seen how enamored Trump is with dictators, but here is how he became the better of the "binary choice" republicans promoted in 2016. Before we knew about David Dennison, Trump operated as John Baron.

                                  These are excerpts for the article. To read the entire article, click on this link.

                                  https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/trump-lied-to-me-about-his-wealth-to-get-onto-the-forbes-400-here-are-the-tapes/2018/04/20/ac762b08-4287-11e8-8569-26fda6b404c7_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.652a5912d01b

                                  This was a model Trump would use for the rest of his career, telling a lie so cosmic that people believed that some kernel of it had to be real. The tactic landed him a place he hadn’t earned on the Forbes list — and led to future accolades, press coverage and deals. It eventually paved a path toward the presidency.


                                  It would be decades before I learned that Forbes had been conned: In the early 1980s, Trump had zero equity in his father’s company. According to Fred’s will (portions of which appeared in a lawsuit), the father retained legal ownership of his residential empire until his death in 1999, at which point he left it to be divided between his four surviving children and some of his grandchildren. That explains why, after Trump’s companies went bankrupt in the early 1990s, he borrowed $30 million from his siblings, secured by an estimated $35 million share of his future inheritance, according to three sources in Tim O’Brien’s 2005 biography, “TrumpNation.” He could have used his own assets as collateral if he’d had any worth that amount, but he didn’t.


                                  The most revelatory document describing Trump’s true net worth in the early ’80s was a 1981 report from the New Jersey Casino Control Commission. O’Brien obtained a copy for his book. Trump had applied for an Atlantic City casino license, and regulators were able to review his tax returns and personal and corporate debt, giving them the most accurate picture of his finances. They found that he had an income of about $100,000 a year, while his 1979 tax returns showed a $3.4 million taxable loss. Trump’s personal assets consisted of a $1 million trust fund that Fred Trump provided to each of his children and grandchildren, a few checking accounts with about $400,000 in them and a 1977 Mercedes 450SL. Nowhere did the report list an ownership stake in the Trump Organization’s residential apartments. Trump also possessed a few parcels of valuable but highly leveraged real estate, financed with $22.5 million in debt, all of it secured by his father’s assets. He did not own a safe deposit box or stocks in publicly traded companies. In sum, Trump was worth less than $5 million, not the $100 million that I reported in the first Forbes 400.


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                                  Helsinki, 24 Hours Later - Trump Says He Misspoke.

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                                      Hmm - -The hypocrisy is not new, and neither is the lying. Evidently, Trump believes he can have said something more than once, in front of the entire world, and then just brush it off as "I misspoke."

                                      I for one do not believe him for a moment. He has made it perfectly clear that he's with Putin and Russia as opposed to the USA.

                                      He betrayed us all, and he needs to be held accountable. It is tiring seeing him contradict himself and get away with it. He has done it too many times, and this time he's getting called on it!

                                      He NOW claims that he supports our United States Intelligence Community, after thrice stating in Helsinki, on a world wide stage, that he didn't. Who could ever believe him? Well, interestingly, Republicans are already stating that they might believe him. Newt Gingrich gave praise to Trump for making such sad, and insincere, "clarifying" statements.

                                      24 hours later, Trump claims he misspoke in Helsinki, meant to say Russia did have reason to meddle in election

                                      The president also said he backed the U.S. intelligence community's assessment that Moscow interfered in his 2016 race against Hillary Clinton.

                                      President Donald Trump attempted on Tuesday to clarify his widely criticized comments in Helsinki, saying that he had misspoken when he said a day earlier that he did not see why Russia would have meddled in the election. Trump said Tuesday he meant to say he did not see any reason why it wouldn't have been Russia that interfered.

                                      "I thought that I made myself very clear, but having just reviewed the transcript...I realized that there is a need for some clarification," Trump said Tuesday at the White House. "The sentence should have been...'I don't see any reason why it wouldn't be Russia'."

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                                      At the Monday press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump said about election meddling in 2016: "(Putin) just said it's not Russia. I will say this: I don't see any reason why it would be."

                                      Trump also said on Tuesday that he had "full faith and support" for the American intelligence community and supported their assessment that Russian meddled in the election, although the president also claimed that others could also be responsible.

                                      Democrats swiftly seized on the president's attempt to clarify his comments.

                                      Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., accused Trump of trying to "squirm away" from his comments in Helsinki.

                                      "President Trump tried to squirm away from what he said yesterday. It’s 24 hours too late and in the wrong place," Schumer said.

                                      Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., the vice chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said he wasn't buying it.

                                      "I don't accept the president’s comments today," Warner said. "If he wanted to make those comments, he should have had the strength to make them in front of Vladimir Putin."

                                      He added, "This has a strange resemblance to the president's comments after he was so offensive after the disturbances in Charlottesville where he equated the neo-Nazis with the protesters. So, I give these comments about 24 hours before he once again slams the investigation, before he once again sides with authoritarians like Vladimir Putin."

                                      Trump was pilloried from all sides on Monday, even from some staunch loyalists in his own party, for appearing to side with Putin over American intelligence agencies that have concluded that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.

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                                      Referring to the president's news conference with Putin, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said Trump had "one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory."

                                      Former CIA director John Brennan, a frequent Trump critic and a national security analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, called Trump's performance "nothing short of treasonous." And former GOP House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a Trump confidant, called the president's comments "the most serious mistake of his presidency."

                                      Gingrich praised the president for clarifying his comments.

                                      No matter how the GOP tries to twist this one, Trump betrayed our American people every one, and we will remember.

                                      https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/24-hours-later-trump-claims-he-misspoke-helsinki-meant-say-n892166

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                                      MGM Resorts Suing Las Vegas Mass Shooting Victims

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                                          MGM Resorts Suing Las Vegas

                                          Mass Shooting Victims

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                                          By Ray Cunneff

                                          July 17, 2018

                                          MGM Resorts International has filed federal lawsuits against more than 1,000 Las Vegas mass shooting victims in an effort to avoid liability.

                                          The company, which owns Mandalay Bay and the Route 91 Harvest festival venue, argues that it cannot be held liable for October 1, 2017 deaths, injuries or other damages, adding that any claims against MGM and related parties “must be dismissed”.

                                          MGM Resorts International said in federal lawsuits filed Thursday and Friday that it cannot be held liable for casualties from the attack, which left 58 people dead and hundreds of others injured, when Stephen Paddock opened fire from his 32nd-floor Mandalay Bay suite on the crowd at a Route 91 Harvest concert across the street last year.

                                          According to complaints filed in Nevada and California, they argue the “plaintiffs have no liability of any kind to defendants” because Mandalay Bay adhered to a 2002 federal act extending liability protection to venues that employ anti-terrorism services.

                                          The act cited in the new lawsuits was passed little more than a year after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks and intentionally included broad protections, defining terrorism as any unlawful act inside the United States that causes “mass destruction, injury or other loss.”


                                          Richard Brian Las Vegas Review-Journal

                                          The FBI investigates the scene on the 32nd-floor of the Mandalay Bay

                                          on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, in Las Vegas.

                                          The FBI has not called the Las Vegas mass shooting an act of terrorism because the gunman had no clear motive, and the FBI defines terrorism as an act associated with extremist ideologies of a political, religious, social, racial or environmental nature.

                                          Las Vegas attorney Robert Eglet, who has represented several of the October 1st victims, said he viewed the decision to file the complaints in federal court as a “blatant display of judge-shopping” that “quite frankly verges on unethical.”

                                          Eglet added, I’ve never seen a more outrageous thing, where they sue the victims in an effort to find a judge they like,” he said. “It’s just really sad that they would stoop to this level.”

                                          Attempting to put a positive spin on these lawsuits, an MGM Resorts spokesperson said, “Years of drawn out litigation and hearings are not in the best interest of victims, the community and those still healing.”


                                          https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-44859238

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