Trump's Cabinet


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I'd be surprised if there's more than minor noise from the remote minority far left of the Dems on Barr.

The reasons for the pick aside (You'd imagine his strong views on the ability to question/curtail the President plays a big part in it), he's by far the most qualified person Trump has picked for any role. He's literally done the job already, and done it well.

Plus denying him or holding him up just results in more time for Whitaker to set fire to the place as he's trying to eat tide tablets.
 

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While not technically a part of the cabinet, there's some news on Jerome Powell. He's currently speaking in Atlanta and his comments are helping buoy markets in addition to good economic data. Powell has gone on the record and stated that he'll refuse to resign if asked to do so by Trump. It's a good way to assuage markets and defend the Fed's independence from Trump.
 

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Things I learned from Trump's press conference.

1. The public servants not being paid due to the shutdown support the shutdown (No citation of survey provided)
2. Donald could just declare a national emergency, bypass congress and then build the wall (No example of this sort of thing being done in the past, or how he'd get the money, or the law he'd utilise)
3. Mexico is currently paying for the wall. And the wall is actually being built. But he still won't accept the GOP/Dem agreed budget because he wants to build his wall.
4. He could build the wall out of US steel rather than concrete and people would like that.
5. He's very proud of the shutdown
 

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Things I learned from Trump's press conference.

1. The public servants not being paid due to the shutdown support the shutdown (No citation of survey provided)
2. Donald could just declare a national emergency, bypass congress and then build the wall (No example of this sort of thing being done in the past, or how he'd get the money, or the law he'd utilise)
3. Mexico is currently paying for the wall. And the wall is actually being built. But he still won't accept the GOP/Dem agreed budget because he wants to build his wall.
4. He could build the wall out of US steel rather than concrete and people would like that.
5. He's very proud of the shutdown
Agree it was a great press conference performance from Trump.

His base still 100% behind him on this.
 

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Agree it was a great press conference performance from Trump.

His base still 100% behind him on this.
He could do a dump on the Rose Lawn and his base would say it was classy and inspiring.

The other 80% of America are tuning out, especially as the Obama era recovery is now winding down
Gonna a be a long year for the cult and many of gallons of Trumpaid scutter to be consumed.
2018 will look like a picnic for you lot
 

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Things I learned from Trump's press conference.

1. The public servants not being paid due to the shutdown support the shutdown (No citation of survey provided)
2. Donald could just declare a national emergency, bypass congress and then build the wall (No example of this sort of thing being done in the past, or how he'd get the money, or the law he'd utilise)
3. Mexico is currently paying for the wall. And the wall is actually being built. But he still won't accept the GOP/Dem agreed budget because he wants to build his wall.
4. He could build the wall out of US steel rather than concrete and people would like that.
5. He's very proud of the shutdown
Well Abraham Lincoln claimed emergency powers to suspend Habeus Corpus in 1861, and ignored the courts when they ruled against him on this in the Merryman case.

There exists legislation regulating national emergencies, including the National Emergencies Act 1976:

National Emergencies Act wikipedia page said:
Termination of presidential authority
A prior Senate investigation had found 470 provisions of federal law that a President might invoke via a declaration of emergency.[8] The Act repealed several of these provisions and stated that prior emergency declarations would no longer give force to those provisions that remained. Congress did not attempt to revoke any outstanding emergency declarations per se, as these remained the President's prerogative under Article II of the Constitution.[9]

Procedure for new emergencies
The Act authorized the President to activate emergency provisions of law via an emergency declaration on the conditions that the President specifies the provisions so activated and notifies Congress. An activation would expire if the President expressly terminated the emergency, or did not renew the emergency annually, or if each house of Congress passed a resolution terminating the emergency. After presidents objected to this "Congressional termination" provision on separation of powers grounds, it was replaced in 1985 with termination by an enacted joint resolution. The Act also requires the President and executive agencies to maintain records of all orders and regulations that proceed from use of emergency authority, and to regularly report the cost incurred to Congress.

Exceptions
Certain emergency authorities were exempted from the act at the time of its passage:

10 USC 2304(a) (1) (allowing exemption of national defense contracts from competitive bidding)
10 USC 3313, 6386(c) and 8313 (regulating the promotion, retirement and separation of military officers)
12 USC 95(a) (regulating transactions in foreign gold and silver)
40 USC 278(b) (regulating federal property purchases and contracts)
41 USC 15 and 203 (limiting the assignment of claims against the federal government)
50 USC 1431-1435 (enabling the President to make national defense contracts outside of otherwise applicable rules)
The list of exceptions has from time to time been revised. For example, Public Law 95-223 (1977) repealed the emergency clause of 12 USC 95(a) and arranged for its authority to expire according to the normal provisions of the NEA.
 

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Well Abraham Lincoln claimed emergency powers to suspend Habeus Corpus in 1861, and ignored the courts when they ruled against him on this in the Merryman case.
Trump may be as tall as Lincoln, other than that I can't think of any resemblance.
 

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Trump may be as tall as Lincoln, other than that I can't think of any resemblance.
Well I see one parallel. By building the wall he could save millions from labour exploitation and sexual slavery at the hands of the traffickers.
 

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What is her issue? He has done the job before and done it well.

This should be a slam dunk appointment.
IMO, it's just theatre with her 2020 re-election dynamics in mind, and she decided long ago to vote for him. There's nothing IMO to be gained for her politically by voting NO especially after her vote on Kavanaugh and her need to win a GOP primary and get out enough GOP votes in this current environment.

Whilst some concerns exist, I don't think a sufficient case has been made to reject Barr insofar as fears of skulduggery with the Mueller investigation. Yellow flags do exist given a few known things, but if he wishes to ruin his lifelong solid reputation doing so then he's a fool but it shouldn't be presumed absent red flags rather than yellows and he hasn't proven himself a fool in the past. He's also certainly well qualified insofar as his CV as you note.
 
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IMO, it's just theatre with her 2020 re-election dynamics in mind, and she decided long ago to vote for him. There's nothing IMO to be gained for her politically by voting NO especially after her vote on Kavanaugh and her need to win a GOP primary and get out enough GOP votes in this current environment.

Whilst some concerns exist, I don't think a sufficient case has been made to reject Barr insofar as fears of skulduggery with the Mueller investigation. Yellow flags do exist given a few known things, but if he wishes to ruin his lifelong solid reputation doing so then he's a fool but it shouldn't be presumed absent red flags rather than yellows and he hasn't proven himself a fool in the past. He's also certainly well qualified insofar as his CV as you note.
Agreed, Collins is like the old Irish Labour party, wrestling with her conscience, she will win in the end.

In fact, this conscience wrestling makes it more likely she will run again next year.
 

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It is surely a gross exaggeration to glorify the collection of "Acting-*"'s and performing monkeys that Trump has gathered around himself by describing it as a "a Cabinet".
 

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In other news:

House Democrats accused Education Secretary Betsy DeVos of obstructing a probe into her reinstatement of a shady private-sector college accrediting body. An investigation revealed Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao improperly coordinated meetings and funding for Kentucky on behalf of her husband, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’ financial disclosure was rejected by the Office of Government Ethics for misstating his financial transactions. And a federal judge ruled Labor Secretary Alex Acosta broke the law as a U.S. attorney by cutting a secret non-prosecution deal with billionaire and alleged child molester Jeffrey Epstein.

Just another week for Trump’s cabinet.
 

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In other news:

House Democrats accused Education Secretary Betsy DeVos of obstructing a probe into her reinstatement of a shady private-sector college accrediting body. An investigation revealed Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao improperly coordinated meetings and funding for Kentucky on behalf of her husband, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’ financial disclosure was rejected by the Office of Government Ethics for misstating his financial transactions. And a federal judge ruled Labor Secretary Alex Acosta broke the law as a U.S. attorney by cutting a secret non-prosecution deal with billionaire and alleged child molester Jeffrey Epstein.

Just another week for Trump’s cabinet.
Drain the swamp, eh? :roll:
 

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In other news:

House Democrats accused Education Secretary Betsy DeVos of obstructing a probe into her reinstatement of a shady private-sector college accrediting body. An investigation revealed Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao improperly coordinated meetings and funding for Kentucky on behalf of her husband, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’ financial disclosure was rejected by the Office of Government Ethics for misstating his financial transactions. And a federal judge ruled Labor Secretary Alex Acosta broke the law as a U.S. attorney by cutting a secret non-prosecution deal with billionaire and alleged child molester Jeffrey Epstein.

Just another week for Trump’s cabinet.
Of course...
Grand jury examining whether Zinke lied to investigators: Washington Post - Reuters
Drain the swamp, eh? :roll:
The feckin' Everglades....

Birds of a feather flock together after all....
Robert Kraft, the billionaire owner of the New England Patriots and one of the NFL’s most powerful figures, has been charged as part of a prostitution sting in Florida, police said Friday.

Kraft, 77, faces two misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution at Orchids of Asia Day Spa in a strip mall in Jupiter, Fla., which was among 10 locations shut down after a months-long investigation into alleged human trafficking.

During the investigation, Jupiter Police Detective Andrew Sharp said, secret cameras were installed in the massage rooms. As a result, there was video evidence of Kraft engaging in sexual activity during two separate visits “about a month ago” to the spa, which charged on average $59 for half an hour and $79 for an hour, Sharp said at a news conference.
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Stemming from a months-long surveillance of area massage parlors, charges against spa owners and clients include human trafficking, racketeering, and money laundering, but the large majority are for solicitation of prostitution, according to arrest reports provided by the police.

According to Kerr, many of the women working at the spa came from China on temporary work visas, believing there was legitimate employment waiting for them. Instead, they were allegedly forced into becoming prostitutes, forced to perform sex acts for paying clients.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft charged in prostitution sting; Trump calls charges ‘very sad’ - Philadelphia Inquirer

Of course, it's Trump that finds his friend Kraft the unfortunate one because he's going to pick up a minor charge for effing sexually trafficked Chinese girls for chump change....the kind of 'immigrants' these scumbags prefer like the virtual serf labour that Trump stocks his Florida mansion and golf courses with regarding undocumented and H-2B 'temp-perm' workers constrained to work solely for him.

If any good comes from this event, it's well overdue as a siren for revamping prostitution laws. I've no issue with legalised regulated prostitution and that should exist. On the other hand, I'd revamp the laws to charge any 'john' with felony rape charges any time it is discovered that the 'prostitute' was trafficked or otherwise performing under force or undue duress in an illegal street/massage style case.

For 'regular folk' in the US for example, a 'simple assault' misdemeanor is deemed a felony 'aggravated assault' if the victim is a 'protected' law enforcement or essential worker (police, fireman, emergency medical staff, teacher, etc). The statutes often don't require that the offender knew the person was from a protected class, like being an undercover police officer. If you choose to commit the crime, then you take your victims as you find them, and it also serves as further deterrence against the crime of assault itself.

That should be done here to combat the predatory behaviours that create the marketplace for sexually trafficked people and other illegitimate prostitutes. Most times the johns know of the involuntariness issues of trafficking, gangs, pimps, drug addictions, runaways, mental health, etc, and that most of these prostitutes aren't effing and sucking them sleazily for a few bob on the streets and/or roach motels and 'rub-and-tug' joints in a fully consensual and fairly negotiated manner.

Regardless, underworld prostitution is a social menace in many different ways and it's illegal, so the burden should fall on the 'johns' for far harsher accountability when their crimes involve a person under duress. It's rape, and they need to know that before they think of engaging with underworld prostitution.
 
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