White House Will Not Comply with House Democrats’ Requests

The White House has refused to cooperate with the House Democrats’ investigative inquiry into a controversial July 25 phone call that U.S. President Donald Trump made to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The U.S. president is alleged to have compelled the Ukrainian government to investigate corruption allegations against Joe Biden and his son by withholding aid.

Trump Refuses to Cooperate with Impeachment Inquiry, Raises Stakes with Democrats

US President Donald Trump confirmed on Tuesday that he does not plan to cooperate in investigations into his possible impeachment, in a process opened by Congress. White House lawyer Pat Cipollone sent a letter to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), on behalf of President Trump, explaining the stance the president will take in the process of ascertaining whether there was pressure on Ukraine to investigate the former Vice President, Joe Biden.

Trump Urges Ukraine, China to Investigate Bidens

US President Donald Trump is in the midst of a political storm and is risking an impeachment because, in a telephone interview, he allegedly called for— and perhaps even tried to pressure— the President of Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden and his son, but that has not caused Donald Trump to abandon the idea. Trump is also now calling on China to investigate the former Vice President and his son, Hunter’s business.

Pompeo Confirms He was on Call – Impeachment Heating Up

The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed in Rome that he participated in the telephone conversation between the president of the United States, Donald Trump, and the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, on July 25. Pompeo was asked about this call, which is the origin of an impeachment inquiry against Trump by the Democratically-controlled House of Representatives. “I was on the phone call,” he said.

Pelosi Launches Impeachment Inquiry Against Trump

The Democratic Party, which controls the US House of Representatives, is set to start the first phase of an impeachment procedure against President Donald Trump. Democrats accuse Trump of improper dealings with Ukraine. Trump announced Monday he would make public the contested phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. According to Trump, it was a “friendly and totally appropriate conversation.”

Pelosi Formally Launches Impeachment Inquiry Against Trump

The Democratic Party, which holds a majority in the US House of Representatives, has begun official impeachment investigations into President Trump, suggesting that he has asked Ukraine for political help. Speaking Tuesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, “this week the president has admitted to asking the president of Ukraine to take actions which would benefit him politically. The actions of the Trump presidency revealed dishonorable fact [sic.] of the president’s betrayal of his Oath of Office, betrayal of our national security, and betrayal of the integrity of our national elections.”

Report: Trump Repeatedly Urged Ukraine President to Investigate Biden’s Son

In late July, Donald Trump spoke on the phone with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The circumstances of this conversation so alarmed an employee of one of the American intelligence services that they became the subject of an internal investigation. The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives has been requesting details, but the Trump administration has so far refused to provide them. Much of this story is classified, and most of the information is reported by the American media with reference to anonymous sources.

New York Mayor de Blasio Ends Presidential Campaign

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Friday that he would not be a candidate for the 2020 presidential race, and was dropping out of the Democratic Party’s presidential primaries and caucuses. Since announcing his interest in becoming the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee, de Blasio’s candidacy had never been taken seriously and his performance in the opinion polls wasn’t good either.

Sanders Looks to Increase the Scope of his Already Costly Healthcare Plan

Senator Bernie Sanders, the self-described Democratic Socialist, has been constantly and consistently attacking the American medical industry. The Presidential hopeful has long championed Medicare for all and has criticized the healthcare industry as being “insane and cruel.” Many economists fear that the staggering cost of Sanders’ single payer healthcare plan could cripple the economy.

Trump’s Disloyalty Jibe – How It Is Received in Israel

The reaction in Israel to the remarks of President Trump claiming that Jews who vote Democrat are showing disloyalty to Israel was received in Israel very cautiously. Ynet Yediot a major newspaper Israel commented on his remarks: Israel officials prefer to stay quiet and not to comment on his remarks even though it is for support of Israel. Various Jewish groups distanced themselves from his statements.

Gov. Newsom Signs Use of Force Bill, “Changes the Culture of Policing” in California

I’m ready to sign this damn thing.”  That’s what California Governor Gavin Newsom told a crowd gathered at a ceremony Monday in Sacramento.  In so doing, California adopted one of the toughest laws in the country governing the use of force by police officers.  The change, from “objectively reasonable” to “necessary,” amends a standard in California policing dating to 1872, which has often been used to justify officer-involved shootings, and frustrated community activists.  Newsom also said he hopes the law, which will take effect in January, becomes a model for other states.  “As California goes, so goes the rest of the United States of America.”

How to Turn an Ugly Situation Into a Happy Time

I always start my messages with the American Flag. It is a symbol of our freedom and the greatest country in the world. I also write about the good the bad and the ugly in our government. Well, today I want to write about happiness in the news. We can watch the same “you did this and I can do what you do better,” but lets look for any good in their ugly hatred. Tough job, but lets see if it can be done.

Detroit Debates, Night One: Democrats Face their Fears

Round 2 of the regular season for the Democratic presidential nomination kicked off Tuesday.  Ten candidates, who were randomly chosen (and better selected than NBC), took the stage this night in Detroit.  The other half, including presumptive former Vice President Joe Biden, will do so on Wednesday.  Candidates did their best to put some distance between themselves and their rivals, with questions from CNN moderators more designed to generate clicks, views, likes, and retweets than actual substance.  A host of issues were addressed, but the theme of this night was fear.

UN, Liberals Usher End While Bible Prophecy Gains Momentum

The United Nations, (UN), has released a Compendium from the United Nations Office Of Counter-Terrorism, and plans are made to move the entire world unto a dominant state of technology slavery. The Compendium, subtitled, United Nations Compendium of Recommended Practices for the Responsible Use and Sharing of Biometrics in Counter-Terrorism, lends itself to scrutiny because of the biometric screening abilities that are already in place around the globe.

“Oregon’s Eleven” Senator Sues Over Fines, Capitol Access

A month ago, eleven Republican members of the Oregon State Senate walked out of the State Capitol, denying the chamber a quorum and bringing all legislative business to a halt.  At issue was a controversial cap-and-trade bill, which was eventually pulled for insufficient Democratic support.  Now, one of the Oregon 11 is suing the Democratic leadership and legislative officials.  Sen. Brian Boquist (R-Dallas) is challenging a $500-a-day fine imposed by the rump senate, and the requirement he provide at least 12 hours notice for showing up to work.

House Democrats Pass Trump-supported Budget Agreement, Freedom Caucus Objects

In its last act before the summer recess, and with the President’s help, the Democrat-controlled House passed a budget deal Thursday that increases spending, allows for more borrowing, and lifts the nation’s debt ceiling until 2021.  Most Republicans— 132 of them— defied the presidential whip and voted against it.  The Senate will take up the bill next week, and President Trump is expected to sign it.  In once again lifting the debt ceiling, Congress has provided the solution, as only it can, to a problem it created.

Second Quarter Fundraising Separates Democratic Contenders and Pretenders

Following the first debates last month, polling for the Democratic presidential contenders coalesced around five main candidates.  Former Vice President Joe Biden, Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Kamala Harris (D-CA), and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg put some distance between themselves and the rest of the two-dozen strong field.  Monday was Disclosure Day for the field, and sure enough, Biden, Bernie, Buttigieg, Warren, and Harris came out on top of the money race.  Money talks, of course.  Not always on its own, but often in echoes.  With debate requirements tightening in the fall, the second quarter numbers offer the best picture yet as to who will go the furthest and who might be going home the soonest.

Is Elizabeth Warren Taking the Leading in California?

The big prize for Democrats is California and many people thought Sen. Kamala Harris would be favored, especially after her strong debate performance. If not Harris, than possibly former Vice President Joe Biden or even Sen. Bernie Sanders who had good showing in the 2016 primary election, in the State of California. However, the latest poll had Sen. Elizabeth Warren in first place, Harris in second by only a very thin margin, with Biden now down to third. If Harris can’t secure her home state in the Primary, her chances of success are thin.

That Swal, Folks! First Democrat Drops Out, and Others Should Too

Democratic presidential candidate, and four-term Congressman, Eric Swalwell (D-CA), announced the end of his brief campaign on Monday.  The 38 year-old, who called on former Vice President Joe Biden to “pass the torch” during his lone debate performance, never came close to grabbing it, or any traction in the race.  Swalwell becomes the first Democratic candidate— “major” or otherwise— to drop out.  There are several others, polling at 1% or less, who should probably stop wasting their time and follow suit.

Nationalize Healthcare? Sanders, Warren, & Harris (3 of the Top 4 Democrats) Say Yes

According to the Real Clear Politics poll average, the leaders for Demoractic Presidential nomination are (first place) former Vice President Joe Biden (D), (second place) Sen. Bernie Sander (D), (third place) Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D), and (forth place) Sen. Kamala Harris. Three of the top four Democratic candidates are planing on nationalizing our health care system according their latest debate answers.

“Oregon’s Eleven” Flee the State; Stops Cap & Trade in Senate

It’s been kind of a crazy weekend in Oregon.  The flight from the state capitol, of what’s become known as Oregon’s Eleven (all the Oregon Senate Republicans), has attracted national and international news. By Monday night, there was no end in sight to the standoff with the Democratic supermajority trifecta and no sight of the Republican senators’ either.  As for endgames, Gov. Kate Brown is widely expected to call a special session in July, if and when he current session expires on June 30.  One senator told the Wall Street Journal he was prepared to stay away for months.

Former Congressman, Admiral Sestak is in; Is Biden in Trouble?

Just when you thought the field couldn’t get any bigger, the Democratic presidential race was joined, again.  On Sunday, former Pennsylvania Congressman, and three-star admiral, Joe Sestak, threw his cover into an ever-expanding ring. He is the twenty-fifth major candidate to do so.  While Sestak’s relatively late entry into the race may not pose much of a threat to the presumptive frontrunner, Joe Biden, it may signify that certain Democrats think he’s already in trouble.

“Mr. President; We The People Demand Arrests.” Start With Gavin Newsom

Can politicians be arrested?”

The answer is yes, absolutely. Or, the federal government can issue a “Writ of Quo Warranto” and remove the politician from office.

A “Writ of Quo Warranto” is a notice of demand, issued by a demandant to a respondent claiming a delegated power and filed with a court of competent jurisdiction, to hold a hearing within 3 to 20 days (depending on the distance of the respondent to the court) to present proof insufficient, or if the court to hold the hearing, the respondent must cease to exercise the power. If the power is to hold an office, he/she must vacate the office.

Is California Offering Government-provided Healthcare to Illegal Aliens While Refusing the Same Free Services to Seniors?

Is California discriminating?

How do you value someone? One way is to give them more than others. How do you say you don’t value someone? You give them less than others, or better yet charge them for the same services you’re giving away to others.

California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) Source Wikimedia

For American citizens the single largest benefit in the Untied States is healthcare. California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) has supported a bill that, if approved by the Democratic super majority, will soon provide undocumented immigrants access to free Medi-Cal, the State’s low-income healthcare insurance program.

Trump’s Tariffs: Mexican Concessions, Republican Rebellion

President Trump is set to unilaterally levy an escalating 5% tariff on all Mexican goods next week, and just about everybody is working diligently to stop them. The two countries continued talks Thursday, aimed at satisfying Trump’s demands that Mexico do more to stop the flow of migrants from Central America. To that end, Mexico has begun to deploy the National Guard on its southern border with Guatemala. Back in the States, members of the president’s own party have begun to show their own frustrations with Trump’s tariffs. This time, they might be serious.

Democratic Hopefuls Address California’s Convention

A gaggle of presidential hopefuls gathered in suddenly-relevant California this weekend for their first big audition. The better-than-bakers’ dozen served as headliners in San Francisco for the California Democratic Party’s state convention. A crowd of 5,000 delegates heard the pitches and policies, and may be the best look yet at what the national party’s base of activists and partisan primary voters are looking for from their presidential standard-bearer next year.

Democratic Debate Bubble Watch: Who’s In and Out

Spirituality guru, self-help author, and one-time congressional candidate, Marianne Williamson, qualified for a spot in the first series of Democratic debates on Thursday. A friend of Oprah Winfrey, Williamson’s previous experience in electoral politics was in 2014, when she finished fourth in California’s jungle primary, for the congressional seat currently occupied by Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA).

Who Will Be in the Next Democratic Cabinet?

Gov. Steve Bullock (D-MT) announced his run for the presidency on Tuesday. He did so without the endorsement of Montana’s Democratic Senator, Jon Tester, and while struggling to name an accomplishment he was most proud of in his six years as governor. Democrats had hoped he would run against Montana’s other Senator, Steve Daines (R-MT), and are reportedly still pleading with him to change his mind.

Gov. Bullock is now the 22nd candidate to announce a run for the Democratic pennant, with more possibly on the way. Not all of them can be the nominee, and with several potential candidates currently polling at 0%, it’s questionable how many of them really want to be.

Poll: Biden 29.3: Sanders 23: Harris 7.5: What an Simple Person Thinks They Need to Do to Win the Democratic Primary

Vice President Joe Biden has taken a 6 point lead and has been able to hold the press attention during his presidential launch this week. Joe Biden now has to establish that he can:

  1. Establish himself as a top fundraiser for his candidacy. Having polls showing him beating Trump should help.
  2. Keep the high attention of the left wing press, with no major gaffes.
  3. Keep the the others in his party from doing too much damage to him, especially the liberal wing, knowing he has a long track record of being a mainstream politician.

Election Chaos in Florida and Arizona Senate Races as Republican Leads Vanish

Congressman Forges Road for Federal Cannabis

Exciting news may be on the horizon for legal cannabis. It seems the legislative trend making way state by state has found a direct line to federal legality, according to Oregon Congressman, Earl Blumenauer, in a memo sent to House Democratic Leadership.

Using polling statistics to affirm his point that Congress sits behind a forward-moving country, Blumenauer points out that 69% of registered voters support legalizing marijuana, and even more believe previously criminalized consumers deserve expunged records. He urges Democrats to “seize the moment,” should they retake the House of Representatives. The subsequent timeline serves as a map for the Democratic Majority to grab the reins on marijuana and other cannabis products by 2019’s end. If this path forward is enacted by the House, combined with support from senators, such as Cory Gardner who recently took action to eradicate federal interference with states that allow legal consumption, cannabis could descheduled, by 2020.

Let’s take a look at the timeline drafted by Blumenauer:

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