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Prestigious Study Says Trump's Win Was Cultural, Not Economic

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      A new study bearing the prestigious seal of the National Academy of Sciences disputes the view that Trump was elected by people feeling "left behind" in the changing economy. It says the voters who made the difference in the 2016 election were white, male, Christians who fear that changing demographics will knock them off the podium of privilege, and fear that China's rapid gains will make China No. 1, displacing the USA. They're culturally insecure, not economically insecure. These are the people who say that "reverse discrimination" is the biggest treat to this country.

      Donald Trump apparently understands this, as his Mexico border wall, Muslim travel ban, vaguely disguised support for white supremacists, and China trade war all play directly to these people's fears.

      https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/24/us/politics/tru...

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      Opinion | Mueller Guides Us Through The Swamp

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          Rather than draining the swamp as Trump insisted he would do, he has populated it with liars, crooks, corporatists, con men and frauds.

          Special Counsel, Robert Mueller, who has been guiding us through the swamp, looks to be finishing up his probe into how bad and how many liars and crooks there were during the 2016 election and since; thus the New York Times Editorial Board has written for us their version of Mr. Mueller's slog through the swamp, and how he has helped to get us ready for what is to come.

          It is the opinion of the that Board, that Robert Mueller is showing the people of the USA a better way to deal with white collar crime. The following is their report. The entire report is an eye opening trip through the swampy regions that Mueller has been traversing during the special investigation he has been conducting.

          The special counsel, Robert Mueller, has not yet presented evidence that the Trump campaign conspired with Russian agents to subvert the 2016 election. But he has already provided an instructive guide to the swampy world of corporations, law firms and Washington lobbying shops, and to how a tough prosecutor can bring some measure of justice to bear.

          The bank- and tax-fraud indictment of President Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, for instance, lifted a rock on manipulation that’s usually hidden.

          Alex van der Zwaan, a former lawyer with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, was sentenced to 30 days in jail for lying to Mr. Mueller’s investigators about his conversations with Mr. Manafort’s associate Rick Gates about a Ukrainian businessman believed to be a Russian intelligence operative.

          Wait, you say, Skadden Arps? One of the top law firms in the country? How did they get caught up in this?

          It turns out that the firm was among the beneficiaries of $4 million in largess that Mr. Manafort and Mr. Gates distributed several years ago in their efforts as “lobbyists” to promote the Moscow-backed regime that then controlled Ukraine. No less a luminary than the Skadden Arps partner Gregory Craig — who had been White House counsel for President Barack Obama — oversaw a report the firm commissioned that called the government’s prosecution of a dissident flawed but appropriate.

          The Obama State Department called that report flawed and inappropriate. “Skadden Arps lawyers were obviously not going to find political motivation if they weren’t looking for it,” a department spokeswoman said. Last year the firm returned $567,000 to a new Ukrainian government, now unencumbered by Moscow ties.

          The indictment also revealed that Mr. Manafort enlisted the help of the Democratic superlobbyist Tony Podesta and his firm, the Podesta Group, to promote the corrupt former Ukrainian regime, even though Mr. Podesta did not register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. The ensuing publicity helped destroy Mr. Podesta’s firm.

          One Washington lawyer told The Times that this scrutiny raised concerns about the registration law and “a new emphasis on enforcement that perhaps folks didn’t think was happening or would happen.”

          There’s a novel thought: enforcing laws on white collar crime.

          Take the extensive money laundering Mr. Manafort is accused of undertaking with shell companies that hide ownership. How could he have expected to get away with it?

          Image result for pictures of Manafort and Gates

          Perhaps he saw what happened when one of the world’s largest banks, HSBC, helped launder billions of dollars in drug proceeds for the Sinaloa cartel, for a financier for Al Qaeda and for others over nearly a decade. When they were caught, they only had to forfeit less than five weeks of profit. No bank employee was criminally charged.

          Now consider the potential big fish in the special counsel’s investigation. Three years ago, about three months before Mr. Trump announced his candidacy for president, the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network fined the Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City $10 million for “willful and repeated violations of the Bank Secrecy Act” for failing to report suspicious transactions and failing to properly file currency transaction reports and keep proper records. The officials noted that the casino had “a long history of prior, repeated B.S.A. violations cited by examiners dating back to 2003.” The casino had been fined $477,700 in 1998. In other words, Mr. Trump’s casino helped launder money and no one was charged with a crime.

          One-fifth of the condos owned by Mr. Trump in the United States were sold to shell companies like those Mr. Manafort used, BuzzFeed News found. Since Mr. Trump won the Republican nomination, 70 percent of domestic real estate sales by his companies were to shell companies, USA Today has reported.

          A Times investigation found that this sort of behavior is business as usual for many big developers, as shell companies with untraceable funds — not all with nefarious purposes — buy a disproportionate number of high-end condos in cities like New York. Nor is this simply a problem for global urban centers. A shell company obscured the purchase of a lobbyist’s luxurious home by the beleaguered administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, when he was an Oklahoma state senator in 2003

          The recent attention to Mr. Trump’s “personal attorney” Michael Cohen illuminated another not uncommon practice of the business world. One of Mr. Cohen’s specialties was keeping people quiet. He made hush money payments to the women in Mr. Trump’s life, including arranging for The National Enquirer to make “catch and kill” payments for the rights to salacious stories that were then never published.

          The Associated Press reported that after it found out that The Enquirer paid $30,000 to a doorman who said that Mr. Trump had fathered a child with one of his housekeepers, the paper’s parent company threatened The A.P. with legal action.

          Were those lawyers associates of the louche Mr. Cohen? Nope, they were from the firm of the legal paragon David Boies, who defended same-sex marriage before the Supreme Court and fought for Al Gore in the Florida recount debacle in 2000. Mr. Boies also worked to try to kill a New York Times report on women who accused Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault and, as counsel to the fraudulent blood-testing company Theranos, threatened to sue The Wall Street Journal to prevent a report that showed the company was a complete con. A “good guy” in a bad cause — business as usual. (Mr. Boies’ firm did work for the Times Company until The New Yorker reported that the firm had arranged what Times officials called “a secret spying operation aimed at our reporting and our reporters” on the Weinstein story.)

          Amid all the tawdry allegations in the Cohen affair, the president would have us believe he is holding high the banner of a sacred principle — attorney-client privilege. The United States attorney’s office in Manhattan was able to overcome the privilege and seize documents from Mr. Cohen after persuading a judge that evidence showed he had committed a crime, and was not just giving legal advice.

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          In the world of white-collar crime, though, business as usual has meant that the attorney-client privilege has often been a means to keep the law at bay. Companies have long used the privilege to shield information about misconduct. For some years in the Bush administration federal prosecutors cut deals in which companies waived the privilege. After a lobbying campaign by businesses and an adverse court ruling, though, the Justice Department barred the practice.

          All this is an indictment of a criminal justice system that has fed the swamp in which Mr. Trump and his ilk thrive. Industrial-level fraud by America’s banks nearly brought the world economy to its knees in 2008, and no senior executive was even charged. This past week, with a billion dollars in new federal penalties for Wells Fargo, we were reminded that nobody has been hauled into court over a range of its sleazy practices one would expect from a boiler-room scam, not the nation’s third-largest bank.

          In his book “The Chickenshit Club” — named for how James Comey, then a United States attorney, referred to prosecutors who never lost a case because they avoided ones they might not win — Jesse Eisinger documents how the Department of Justice has “lost the will and indeed the ability to go after the highest-ranking corporate wrongdoers.”

          Mr. Mueller is showing us a better way to deal with white collar crime.

          (Pictures and illustrations in the text have been provided by me.)

          https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/22/opinion/mueller...

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              I say, "Donald John Trump is a sexist, bigoted, ignorant, blowhard, and a poor excuse for President." And I say, "DJT--don't like me saying that?--So, sue me!"

              Well, he might take me up on that, according to a brilliant essay/compilation by Dana Milbank:

              https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trump-call...

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              Trump Reportedly Uses Private Cell Phone More

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                  So Trump is using his personal cell phone to make only personal calls, or is he using it to shield conversations with Putin? Btw, the White House is not subject to the FOIA. However, it is subject to the Presidential Records Act. We all know how upset Trump, republicans and the press were about Hillary Clinton using a private server for emails.

                  https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-personal-cell-phone_us_5adebcbbe4b0b2e81132a499

                  President Donald Trump has reportedly increased his use of a private cell phone to make calls to a stable of friends and advisers outside the White House.

                  CNN cited sources inside the Trump administration who reportedly said the change may reflect growing fractures between the president and his chief of staff, John Kelly. The two have grown increasingly frustrated with each other in recent weeks, and as The Washington Post noted earlier this month, Kelly’s influence has waned.

                  One source speculated to CNN that Trump was using his personal phone because he “doesn’t want Kelly to know who he’s talking to.”

                  “Kelly used to be more clearly the gatekeeper than he is now from a Hill standpoint,” another source told the cable network. “I don’t know that [Trump] even is running it by the chief of staff anymore.”

                  The White House switchboard sends Kelly a log of everyone Trump speaks to, but any calls made on the president’s private line would bypass that system.

                  Trump isn’t the first resident of the White House to have access to a private cell phone. Former President Barack Obama used a Blackberry while in office, but it was outfitted with security measures and specialized encryption. It’s unclear if Trump’s phone has the same protections.

                  Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper called the reports about Trump using a personal cell phone troubling and said that such communications could be targeted by foreign intelligence.

                  “He may be keeping things from his chief of staff, but he will elicit the interest of foreign intelligence services,” Clapper told CNN’s Don Lemon. “This is potentially a gold mine of intelligence for them. Even if he is using some kind of secure app, there’s all kind of inferential things you can derive from the fact he’s doing that ... even if you don’t get the content.”


                  https://www.archives.gov/presidential-libraries/laws/1978-act.html

                  Presidential Records Act (PRA) of 1978

                  The Presidential Records Act (PRA) of 1978, 44 U.S.C. ß2201-2209, governs the official records of Presidents and Vice Presidents created or received after January 20, 1981. The PRA changed the legal ownership of the official records of the President from private to public, and established a new statutory structure under which Presidents must manage their records.

                  Specifically, the Presidential Records Act:

                  • Defines and states public ownership of the records.
                  • Places the responsibility for the custody and management of incumbent Presidential records with the President.
                  • Allows the incumbent President to dispose of records that no longer have administrative, historical, informational, or evidentiary value, once he has obtained the views of the Archivist of the United States on the proposed disposal.
                  • Requires that the President and his staff take all practical steps to file personal records separately from Presidential records.
                  • Establishes a process for restriction and public access to these records. Specifically, the PRA allows for public access to Presidential records through the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) beginning five years after the end of the Administration, but allows the President to invoke as many as six specific restrictions to public access for up to twelve years. The PRA also establishes procedures for Congress, courts, and subsequent Administrations to obtain special access to records that remain closed to the public, following a thirty-day notice period to the former and current Presidents..
                  • Requires that Vice-Presidential records are to be treated in the same way as Presidential records.
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                  Christian TV: THE CHURCH OF THE DONALD

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                      What we are seeing these days, is that although Christian TV does not relate well to all Christians, it has become the voice for those Christians who are in the tank for Donald Trump.

                      Christian Television seems to be taking on a sort of worship of one Donald Trump! Along with FOX so called News, the mouthpiece of the Donald and his regime, we can be assured that if we need a good dose of Trump propaganda, Christian Television will give it to us.

                      One of the leaders of the Church of Donald, is Mike Huckabee, father to Trump's Whitehouse Press Secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders. His weekly show is peppered with politics, which have become a sort of religion for those watching.

                      Networks known as Christian, are now quite comfortable with the political, as Trump has turned these networks into a "pipeline" for his messaging. Pat Roberson, for example, has offered consistently friendly coverage to Trump.

                      Since Trump's campaign first began, he had given eleven interviews to the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN.). Since then, in 2017 , he gave more interviews to CBN than other networks, including CNN, ABC and CBS. That trend continues in 2018.

                      By RUTH GRAHAM, May/June 2018 has written a comprehensive article regarding the way in which Trump has become a savior to the folks that watch Christian Television. Since it is quite long, I have provided only a few selected paragraphs from her article, but it is well worth reading in its entirety.

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                      NEVER MIND FOX, TRUMP'S MEDIA MOUTHPIECE IS NOW CHRISTIAN TELEVISION

                      Today, Christian broadcasters have rewarded Trump not just with airtime for his surrogates, but with uncritical, often defensive coverage of his administration. Appearing as a guest on “The Jim Bakker Show” soon after the racial violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, last summer, Paula White compared Trump to the biblical queen Esther, and told viewers that opposing the president meant “fighting against the hand of God.” CBN’s Brody this year published a hagiographic “spiritual biography” of the president, The Faith of Donald J. Trump, in which he argues that Trump is on a “spiritual voyage” that has landed him surrounded by believers in the Oval Office. The president obligingly sat down for an interview for the book and later promoted it on Twitter as “a very interesting read.”

                      Trump ran his campaign events more like tent revivals than policy symposia. And his books and TV persona dovetailed surprisingly well with the “prosperity gospel” preaching that thrives on Christian TV, the relatively new American theology in which material wealth is seen not only as a reward for good behavior, but a kind of endorsement by God.

                      Trump has always had a particular genius for circumventing normal channels, and he seems to understand the power of Christian television as a medium for directly reaching an important and particularly loyal segment of his base. When Pat Robertson interviewed him last summer, in a period in which Trump had granted no other non-Fox interviews for months, the president put it succinctly. “As long as my people understand,” he told Robertson. “That’s why I do interviews with you. You have a tremendous audience. You have people that I love.”
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                      9 Democrats Sign Up To Help Wall Street Steal Cars

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                          The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) was put into place by Congressional Democrats, and signed into law by Barack Obama. It was designed by Elizabeth Warren, so that Americans would have an agency to protect them from scam operators. Now we see that 9 Democrats are backing a bill to undermine that Bureau, so we are assured that they do not have our interests in mind. These nine are currently aligning with Republicans to support legislation that consumer advocates tell us would take from the CFPB the power that they have to bring cases forward and make them pay for serious infractions, just like the one that was just settled with Wells Fargo.

                          If anything reminds us that we need to constantly remind Democrats who their constituents are and what is expected of them, these nine Democrats remind us, since they are voting to undermine the CFPBs ability to protect us. Perhaps they should be voted out, but short of that, we must let them know what we think about their backing Wall Street's effort to steal.
                          BILL CLARK VIA GETTY IMAGES

                          Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) is one of nine congressional Democrats backing legislation that would undermine the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The bill, authored by one of the bureau’s most ferocious critics, Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.), has the backing of self-styled progressives, such as Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) and Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), along with six more conservative House Democrats.

                          The legislation would deny the CFPB jurisdiction over companies that are subject to state insurance regulation that also engage in “offering or providing a consumer financial product or service.” For such firms, which include essentially every major bank, the bureau would lose its authority “to the extent such [company] is engaged in the business of insurance.” State insurance regulators, which have a much weaker record of consumer protection enforcement, would replace the CFPB.

                          Americans for Financial Reform sent a sharply worded letter to members of Congress warning that the bill ”strikes a major blow against CFPB regulatory authority over large financial services firms” that “would have called into question the CFPB’s ability to investigate and punish the Wells Fargo scheme to sell unnecessary insurance to its auto credit customers.”

                          If an ordinary person committed any of the abuses listed in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s latest complaint against Wells Fargo, other ordinary people might call it “theft,” or “car theft.”

                          Twenty organizations, including the National Fair Housing Alliance, the National Consumer Law Center and the Consumer Federation of America, cited the Wells Fargo case as they brought their concerns to Duffy. Not only do state regulators have a weak record of enforcement, many states simply do not have effective consumer protection laws on the books.

                          The bill passed the House Financial Services Committee in January by a vote of 37 to 18, with seven Democrats voting in favor. It has yet to receive a floor vote in either chamber.

                          The above paragraphs are from a report by Zach Carter. To read the entire report go to

                          https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/democrats-wall-street-steal-cars_us_5ada52d5e4b01c279db45991

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                          When The Veil Comes Off

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                              Once again this weekend the world of twitter was carpet bombed by the pretend president who is slowly but surely imploding as the truth haunts his every thought and between the Mueller investigation and the subsequent evidence handed to Rosenstein and passed to the Southern District of New York to be investigated at state level regarding his once feared attack dog Cohen who now resembles a snivelling rottweiler whose just been castrated.

                              No wonder the twitter and proceeding news feeds were alight with the unhinged scattergun rantings of a man who knows he is in deep and this whole president thing is shedding light on the once dark secrets of a man born of a myth of self enablement and self created wealth, bred by lies told and wrongs aplenty the concept of consequence is becoming a looming reality with every waking hour.


                              (Come with me sir....we'd like to ask you some questions)


                              It isn't a surprise that the world now gets to see the man come unsealed at the hinges, every negative news report one more stinging cut in a death of a presidency that may well not survive to the fatal one thousandth cut.

                              When the reality bites and facts come home to roost this extreme anomaly will come crashing down. With all the talk of probes, pornstars and prison sentences surrounding satellite personalities personally connected to the man who conned a nation's democratic system of government. Those who are seen as his truest allies and acolytes outside and within the White House have their worn out unfounded talking points ready to fire off when the heat of the truth burns.

                              You will hear lines regarding black and hispanic and female employment on the rise and the tax cuts are starting to pay the dividends promised and the wall is being built and Mexico is still paying for it and that he is draining the swamp and of course the recent news from North Korea that their Nuclear development is up for negotiation and there is a new willingness for North Korea to close testing sites and stop testing missiles period.


                              On that.....Of course North Korea are in a position to offer the chance of no more missile tests and test sites closing...........They have no need. They have the missiles they need and the US is being led into negotiations where a US leader and those around him are claiming this is historic, and it is.

                              Because now the North Koreans aren't going into negotiation as lesser but as a Nuclear power with functioning Nuclear Weapons just like the US.

                              There is no chance the North Koreans will simply dismantle their development, testing and ownership of their own weapons of mass destruction. Nor are they going to be happy until the US military apparatus currently in the South of the Korean peninsula.

                              And what about his crusade to rid those white suburbs and communities of their truly horrific drug addiction epidemic spurred on by lethally addictive prescription drugs that lead to the illegal hard stuff that's not actually coming from the southern border where the great wall of Mexico is not being built but through the ports system of America.

                              But make a man desperate.

                              Make him truly angry and frustrated and hate filled and you show his true self.

                              How many times has this current resident in the White House sounded so emotional, so empathetic about the true cost of addiction...

                              How he mentioned his own brother who died as a result of addiction.....

                              How it left an endemic mark upon his life.....

                              We watched as he spoke of those who suffered similar with addicted family members......


                              You'd almost believe him.

                              Almost.

                              As the bad news drops continuously upon the liar he does what he and his surrogates do and peddle the prepared lies out......He unveiled what he truly thinks of those who are resigned to the dark hopeless world of drug addiction in a society that needs education on causes and an adult conversation about those who are in agony.

                              Turns out that when a man is cornered by all his lies and all his wrongs......

                              He exposes his true self and unveils what he really thinks of all those who he once claimed to stand with and stand for......

                              https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/trumps-drun...

                              NYT Reporter Hits Back At Trump, Says She Knows Who The 'Drunk/Drugged-Up Loser' Is

                              All those times he held weeping parents and devastated relatives of dead overdose victims. All those times he looked them in the eye....In his mind he was looking at the families of Drugged Up Losers.


                              But that's what happens when the veil is lifted under the scrutiny of truth and the looming day of reckoning....you turn on those who you conned first.


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                              Trump Considering 'Full Pardon' Of Late Boxing Champion Jack Johnson

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                                  Some people can turn something that would appear to be a good deed into something that is sinister. Jack Johnson was convicted of a crime that was not a crime when he supposedly committed the crime. And the so-called crime was a racist law.

                                  Trump is supposedly thinking of pardoning Johnson, 72 years after his death? Why? Because he is a boxing fan. When Rep. Peter King was asked if a Trump pardon for Johnson was contradictory, considering how Trump has trashed Colin Kaepernick, who protests injustice directed at black people, King said Kaepernick is not protesting injustice against black people, rather he is protesting against policemen.

                                  Is it possible that Trump can EVER do ANYTHING right, for the right reason???

                                  https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-considering-jack-johnson-pardon_us_5adbdcf7e4b075b631e65caa

                                  President Donald Trump is considering pardoning the late heavyweight champion boxer Jack Johnson thanks to actor Sylvester Stallone.

                                  The president tweeted about the potential posthumous pardon on Saturday, saying Stallone called him to tell him the story of the legendary boxer.

                                  Johnson’s “trials and tribulations were great, his life complex and controversial,” Trump said, adding, “Yes, I am considering a Full Pardon!”

                                  The White House did not immediately return HuffPost’s request for comment and representatives for Stallone declined to comment on Trump’s tweet.

                                  Johnson, whose parents were former slaves, made history in the early 20th century as the first black man to earn the title of heavyweight boxing champion of the world. A powerhouse in the ring, Johnson rose in fame and wealth throughout his career ― even at a time when vicious violence against African Americans was the norm.

                                  Officials had initially refused to give Johnson a chance at the heavyweight title (African Americans were not allowed to participate at the time) until 1908, when Johnson faced off with champion Canadian Tommy Burns, according to “The Boxing Register: International Boxing Hall of Fame Official Record Book.”

                                  Johnson won against Burns with a technical knockout in the 14th round, becoming the first black heavyweight champion. His fame, however, still didn’t earn him respect from his white peers.

                                  The boxer’s image was controversially smeared when he was convicted of violating the Mann Act of 1910 for allegedly traveling across state lines with a minor. Johnson fled the country, continuing his boxing career overseas for years before he eventually surrendered to federal authorities and served time in prison.

                                  In 1946, he died in a car crash.

                                  Lawmakers, including Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), have asked past presidents to posthumously pardon Johnson for years. McCain has supported a pardon for Johnson since 2004.

                                  In a 2016 letter to President Barack Obama, McCain, the now-retired Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Rep. Pete King (R-NY) and Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) called Johnson’s conviction “improper and unfair,” claiming that Johnson was “transporting his white girlfriend across state lines.”

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                                      “By definition, spouses have a difference of opinion when adultery is happening,” Conway said. “By definition, spouses have a difference of opinion when one is, I don’t know, draining the joint bank account to support things that maybe the other disagrees with. So this is a fascinating ‘cross the Rubicon’ moment.”

                                      Anyone willing to take a bet on who Kellyanne's husband is porking?

                                      https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/kellyanne-con...

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                                      Smog And Disasters Spurred The Laws Trump Wants To Undo

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                                          A huge oil spill. A river catching fire. Lakes so polluted they were too dangerous for fishing or swimming. Air so thick with smog it was impossible to see the horizon. That was the environmental state of the nation 50 years ago.

                                          But early in the 1970s people demonstrated throughout our nation, and a different kind of Congress than that which we have today, was instrumental in creating the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with important legislation: The Clean Air Act; Clean Water Act; and the Endangered Species Act.

                                          Today, Trump and his miserable Republican Congress have been doing whatever they can to get rid of the Environmental Protection Agency and the very Acts that have helped to keep us in clean air, water and non poisonous food, as well as protecting animal species that are in danger of extinction. The man that heads the EPA - appointed by Trump - is more interested in spending our tax money on himself than he is on keeping us free from pollution.

                                          Livia Albeck and Kendra Pierre-Louis have written an article (which I have edited for length) to remind us af what triggered the creation of the EPA, and why it is so important to keep it and our clean air, water and food acts, as well as our protection of endangered animals.


                                          THIS FOLLOWING IS JUST SOME OF WHAT AMERICA WAS FACING BEFORE THE EPA


                                          The Santa Barbara Oil Spill

                                          On January 28, 1969, an oil rig exploded off the coast of Santa Barbara, Calif., spewing three million gallons of crude oil into the ocean in one of the worst environmental disasters in the history of the United States.

                                          At the time, there were no federal measures in place to regulate offshore drilling.

                                          After the spill local officials pleaded with the federal government to end oil exploration off the California coast. But it was not until 1978 that the first federal regulations were passed.

                                          A Santa Barbara beach in 1969. The oil spill killed thousands of birds, seals and sea lions. CreditVernon Merritt III/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images


                                          The Cuyahoga River Fire

                                          On June 22, 1969, the Cuyahoga River near Cleveland caught fire — both literally and in the public imagination. A few months later the conflagration became a big story in Time magazine, which described the Cuyahoga as a river that “oozes rather than flows.”
                                          The Cuyahoga River in Cleveland in 1952. The river burned at least 13 times before the 1969 fire that was covered by Time magazine. CreditGetty Images


                                          The Love Canal Disaster

                                          In the late 1970s, residents of Love Canal in Niagara Falls, N.Y., began complaining of odd smells, rashes and liquid leaching into the basementsof their homes. Decades earlier, the Hooker Chemical Company had dumped toxic waste in the canal and buried it. Outraged, the residents of Love Canal organized and were eventually relocated from their town.
                                          While the residents of Love Canal were not the first or only community to confront the toxic legacy of industry, their plight caught the attention of national media, and ultimately, helped prompt the creation of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act,


                                          THE SMOG FILLED SKIES

                                          The Philadelphia city center at sunset in 1973.CreditU.S. National Archives

                                          Pittsburghers used to say that if you wore a white shirt to work in the morning, that the shirt would be as gray as the air by lunchtime. In cities and towns throughout the country, Americans didn’t just breathe the air, they could all but touch it. In the nation’s National Parks, air pollution clouded the views.
                                          This was the United States before the 1970s Clean Air Act.

                                          In recent months the Trump administration has signaled its desire to undo some of parts of the act. Mr. Pruitt, the E.P.A. administrator, has said that Obama-era car emissions standards designed to reduce greenhouse gasses and other pollutants linked to respiratory diseases and heart disease are set “too high.”

                                          THE NEAR EXTINCTION OF THE GREY WOLF

                                          In the early 1970s, the gray wolf was teetering on the edge of extinction in the lower 48 states.
                                          In its company were dozens of other species at risk of dying out, with few laws to protect them.
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