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.
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.
What has happen to America?!? It’s been 2 years since the Las Vegas shootings where 59 people loss their lives and in the past year the number of mass shootings has reached 26. As usual our focus has moved to other issues so the number of new laws restricting the purchase of high power weapons has been minimum.
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.
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.
Three committees in the US House of Representatives subpoenaed US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for all Ukraine-related documents within one week as part of the investigation against President Donald Trump. The House of Representatives Foreign Affairs, Intelligence, and Oversight and Reform Committees sent a jointly signed letter to Pompeo with their requests.
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.”
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.”
Journalist Judd Legum tweeted a link pertaining to a Ukranian troll operation on Facebook. Legum was previously in charge of ThinkProgress.org, which ceased to exist earlier this month. Additionally, he was Hilary Clinton’s campaign manager from 2007-2008.
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 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.
During the last Democratic debate we got two very different takes on what the American healthcare system should look like. The two leading progressive candidates, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, strongly advocated for a universal healthcare system, while Joe Biden, the leading moderate candidate, proposed an expansion and improvement of Obamacare.
Ever since President Obama signed DACA, The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, it has received constant beratement from Republicans and conservative activists. One of the most common criticisms of DACA is that President Obama did not have the legal right to sign it.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) shocked the political establishment when she was elected to the House of Representatives without any major political experience to speak of. Since her election Ocasio-Cortez has championed some of the most liberal and progressive policies ever to be discussed in the halls of the U.S. Congress.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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:
- Establish himself as a top fundraiser for his candidacy. Having polls showing him beating Trump should help.
- Keep the high attention of the left wing press, with no major gaffes.
- 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.
- Former Vice President Joe Biden officially announced his entry in to the 2020 presidential race, with a YouTube video Thursday morning. “Everything that has made America America is at stake,” Biden said. “We have to remember who we are. This is America.”
Why is it that the citizens of the United States have to continually pay for the Democratic Party’s screw-ups? Once again, here they are screaming for vast amounts of money to pay for their behavior and mindset. A number of Democratic presidential hopefuls are pushing the Slavery Reparations agenda. Why?
Fox News which is pro-Republican preparing for the Presidential election in 2020 claims “The Great Democrat Divide – Two sides with nothing in common.” Apparently this is the result of democratic candidates for presidency which has gone far left like the liberal from Indiana and Bernie Sanders.
- “Mid-April” has arrived, and with it, the anticipated release of the Mueller report by the Justice Department. Attorney General William Barr believed he could complete redactions to the report according to this timeline. The AG said he’s also willing to testify before the House and Senate Judiciary Committees in early May.
For those that don’t know what a Debt Jubilee is, let me briefly explain. The word Jubilee is from the Bible. Leviticus. Essentially it means that the whole community’s debt has been forgiven them, everything owned by the community, whether personal or business, is divided up into equal shares and given to the community.
- The House of Representatives voted to condemn “anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, racism and other forms of bigotry” Thursday, in the wake of controversial remarks by freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN). The vote was 407-23.
- Members of the House will vote Tuesday on a resolution to block President Trump’s emergency declaration, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Friday night. If successful, it would be the first time Congress has blocked such an action since the National Emergencies Act came in to force in 1976.
God Bless America. God Bless Israel. God bless humanity.
In the battle with Amalek Exodus 17:12 is says “Moses hands were heavy, and they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it, and Aharon and Hur supported his hands on one side and the other side, and his hands were steady.”
- A Broward judge ordered the county’s elections chief to turn over to Rick Scott’s campaign for the U.S. Senate an accounting of total ballots cast and a breakdown of votes by category — all due by 7 p.m. Friday. The judge also held that Brenda Snipes, Broward’s supervisor of elections, was in violation of Florida public records laws for not fulfilling a request for that information by Scott’s campaign. She also ordered her to provide the number of ballots still to be counted.
- Florida Senator Marco Rubio tweeted: “Not very comforting to #Florida voters that #BrowardCounty supervisor, in whose hands may rest outcome of Senate & cabinet race has in the past: 1. Illegally destroyed ballots 2. Secretly opened mail ballots 3. Sent voters too many ballot pages 4. Left const question off ballot”
- In 2017, Dr. Snipes admitted in court that her office had allowed non-citizens and felons to vote and was particularly vulnerable ahead of major elections.
- Elsewhere in Florida: Breaking from normal practice, the Palm Beach County elections supervisor banned media from filming and photographing the high-profile midterm election ballot review process, prompting an attorney for NBC Universal to object to the meeting, calling it “illegal.”
- In Arizona, four local Republican parties filed a lawsuit Wednesday night challenging the state’s two biggest counties for allowing voters to help resolve problems with their mail-in ballot signatures after Election Day. If the signature on the voter registration doesn’t match that on the sealed envelope, both Maricopa and Pima County allow voters to help them fix, or “cure” it, up to five days after Election Day. Many other counties only allow voters to cure until polls close on Election Day.
- Amy Chan, former state elections director under Republican Secretary of State Ken Bennett, tweeted, “Unfounded allegations of voter fraud are totally irresponsible and should rightly be condemned because they shake voter confidence & can affect future participation. Voter fraud in my experience is almost nonexistent.“
- While Democrat Kyrsten Sinema has taken the lead in Arizona, Martha McSally’s campaign remains confident of victory. “With half a million ballots left to count we remain confident that as votes continue to come in from counties across the state, Martha McSally will be elected Arizona’s next Senator.”
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:
- Nike disappointed Wall Street by not raising its full-year forecast following a sales boost from its Colin Kaepernick ad campaign.
- NFL Football TV Viewership is down 8%. Nike’s decided to promote Colin Kaepernick, the first NFL player to kneel during the national anthem, the face of its new campaign. President Trump linked the controversy surrounding NFL protests to its falling TV viewership. It may not be that simple.
- Nike has been rocked by allegations of bullying and sexual discrimination to women. In response, Nike has shown a number of senior executives and managers the door.
- Is Nike’s retreat into tribalism a sign of Trouble? Veterans feel that the flag, the nation they fought to protect and defend, is under attack by entertainers.
- Nike Hot Product: Odell Beckham Jr. Special Edition.