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Again “DUDE, It is not about you! The idea that You saved the government $35,000,000 indicates that the several meetings with other leaders held previously did cost the country (voters) money. MA

Allan Smith
7 hrs ago
President Donald Trump on Sunday complained that “very stupid people” were opposed to holding next year’s Group of Seven summit at his Miami golf resort in a tweet that came just weeks after he publicly backed away from the proposal.
“Too bad we didn’t have the G-7 here,” Trump tweeted, noting that Trump National Doral Miami was named Golf.com’s resort of the week. “I offered to pick up the entire cost, would have saved at least $35,000,000 for the USA. Best location. Very stupid people thought I would gain. Wrong! Looking at Camp David. Will announce soon.”
Last month, Trump announced that the Miami resort was no longer under consideration to host the international summit, tweeting he “thought” he “was doing something very good for our Country by using Trump National Doral, in Miami, for hosting the G-7 Leaders.” The president added that Doral had many advantages, including “tremendous ballrooms & meeting rooms,” and that hosting the event would come “at ZERO COST to the USA.”
Trump first floated the idea of holding the G-7 in Miami during this year’s summit in Biarritz, France. The idea came under immediate criticism that he was seeking to personally profit off the presidency, an issue that has come up repeatedly during Trump’s tenure due to his frequent visits to Trump-owned and Trump-branded properties.
Trump is the subject of multiple lawsuits and congressional investigations accusing him of either using his office for financial gain or violating the emoluments clause of the Constitution, which bars any cash or gifts from foreign government officials to the president that are not otherwise approved by Congress. In August, the House Judiciary Committee announced it would probe efforts to hold the G-7 at Doral.
Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told “Fox News Sunday” in October that Trump “still considers himself to be in the hospitality business,” and that the president was “honestly surprised at the level of pushback.”
“At the end of the day he still considers himself to be in the hospitality business and he saw an opportunity to take the biggest leaders from around the world and he wanted to put on the absolute best show, the best visit that he possibly could, and he was very comfortable doing that at Doral,” Mulvaney said. “I think we were all surprised at the level of pushback. I think it’s the right decision to change and we’ll have to find someplace else and my guess is we’ll find someplace else the media won’t like for another reason.

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Again this administration is serving its own interest in the world and at home. The world’s biggest sucker is again being played by other world leaders who recognize the fact that his ego will allow them to use him as a pawn. As we all know pawns are expendable. MA

 
Carlin Becker. The Examiner
11 hrs ago
Sen. Lindsey Graham confirmed that he blocked a resolution that would have formally recognized Turkey’s Armenian genocide at the request of the White House.
After Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with President Trump and a group of Republican senators in the Oval Office on Nov. 13, Graham rushed back to the Senate floor and blocked the resolution. Prior to his return to the Senate, a senior White House official told him that Sen. Bob Menendez was planning to present the resolution and asked if Graham could “please object.”
“After the meeting, we kind of huddled up and talked about what happened,” the South Carolina Republican told Axios on Sunday. “I said, sure. The only reason I did it is because he [Erdogan] was still in town. … That would’ve been poor timing. I’m trying to salvage the relationship if possible.”
When asked if he was uncomfortable with the request, Graham said, “Yeah. Because I like Bob [Menendez]. He’s been working on this for years, but I did think with the president of Turkey in town that was probably more than the market would bear.”
He added, “I’m not going to object next time.”
Erdogan likely would have been infuriated had the resolution passed, but senators got their chance to do just that last week when Menendez and Sen. Ted Cruz introduced the resolution again. This time, the White House asked Republican Sen. David Perdue to block it.
“Senator Perdue objected due to concerns that passage of the resolution would jeopardize the sensitive negotiations going on in the region with Turkey and other allies,” a Perdue representative told Axios.
The Trump administration has been trying to convince Turkey to surrender its Russian-made S-400 air defense system. As the negotiations continue, White House officials are trying to block Congress from condemning Turkey’s human rights atrocities. Despite the delay in the Senate, the resolution passed in the house last month.

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Tom Toles Comic Strip for November 25, 2019


Across the world, we have experienced the rise of dictatorial leaders in many previously tolerant countries. These phenomena have been in the making for at the least 10 years while we have been among the moderating forces as well as leading in some cases, we have also failed to take a leap of faith in others. The current administration in “draining the Swamp” has replaced normal actions with bizarre actions that have exacerbated the exodus of immigrants from countries where we previously provided support for the people and their governments against the baser elements of those countries. We must be reminded that this withdrawal of support with no examination or concern over the effect on those countries and ours appears to be an underthought action. The actions of denying or decreasing the financial and backup military aid has definitely caused an increase in the outflow of immigrants from our “partners” to the south. The several “dictatorial” leaders in the southern continent have taken heart with the actions of the current administration as well as several similar regimes overseas bordering our European allies’ boundaries. TOTUS seemingly has envisioned himself as a “king and Kingmaker”, in reality, he has become a pawn to the more seasoned strongman leaders we (the United States) have opposed and held in check for years. Insults used as retorts are the tools of small minds, not statesmen or leaders. The” dealmaker” has proven his ability to fail is greater than his ability to create.

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November 18, 2019 4:07PM

By Alex Nowrasteh. CATO
Over the weekend, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) updated an earlier report on arrests and apprehensions of illegal immigrants who requested Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The updated report shows that of the 888,818 people who applied for DACA, 118,371 had been arrested at one time or another.
Many of those arrested were not approved for DACA, but some were because many arrests don’t lead to convictions. Those 118,371 people had been arrested a total of 202,025 times for all crimes and civil infractions, including violations of immigration law. Subtracting the number arrested for immigration infractions lowers the number to 95,343 DACA applicants being arrested. The DACA applicant arrest rate was 80 percent below the non-DACA applicant (all others) arrest rate.
The USCIS report does not provide arrest rates for DACA applicants or other populations in the United States. As a result, there is no standard of comparison for the number of arrests mentioned in the USCIS report. However, some data released in the report do allow for a back of the envelope comparison between the arrest rate for DACA applicants and the arrest rate for the population of all others.
Below, I will describe the comparative arrest rates and how I calculated them.
Comparing arrest rates requires making two simple assumptions. First, I assume that the youngest person arrested who was a DACA applicant was 13 years old and that arrest occurred in 1993 (DACA is only available to those born in 1981 or later). This is based on Table 6 of the USCIS report that breaks down arrests by age. Only 5,076 of the arrests were of DACA applicants age 14 or younger. Changing the year does not affect the direction of the outcomes.
Second, I compare the number of arrests and not the number of individual people arrested. This is because FBI crime data record the number of arrests, not the number of people arrested. Third, I don’t exclude any of the arrests counted in the USCIS document even though the FBI’s crime data doesn’t include immigration arrests in its national figures. That second choice biases the results against me because it increases the number of arrests of DACA applicants relative to the citizen population who cannot be arrested for immigration offenses.
From 1993 to 2018, about 344.9 million total criminal arrests were made in the United States. Of those arrests, 202,025 arrests were of DACA applicants. The arrest rate for DACA applicants was 874 per 100,000 DACA applicants per year from 1993 through 2018 (Figure 1). The arrest rate for all others was 4,491 per every 100,000 per year. In other words, the arrest rate for all others was about 5.1 times as great as it was for DACA applicants. DACA applicants had an arrest rate 80 percent below that of all others.
Table 1

Annual Arrest Rates of DACA Applicants and All Others per 100,000, 1993-2018

USCIS Crime 2018_0

Sources: FBI, USCIS, and Author’s Calculations.
Note: Arrests per 100,000 for each subpopulation.
Even if all those arrests of DACA applicants took place from 2012-2018 (DACA was announced in 2012), their arrest rate would be 3,247 per every 100,000 DACA applicants per year. That is still below the arrest rate for all others of 3,429 per year during the same time. Excluding immigration arrests lower the relative arrest rates even more. For instance, excluding immigration arrests from the 1993-2018 period diminishes the DACA applicant arrest rate from 874 per 100,000 DACA applicants per year to 775 per 100,000.
No matter how you compare the arrest rate for DACA applicants to all others, the former group has a lower arrest rate. Since the USCIS report and this post just measure arrest rates, the criminal conviction rate is necessarily lower as there are more arrests than convictions – as I show in Texas. The USCIS report is just further evidence that illegal immigrants have a lower crime rate than native-born Americans.
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The Result of politicians being beholding to the Party rather than the voters is the current proceedings of impeachment. TOTUS was never the best candidate for President yet rather than accepting and training him in Presidential duties, they have allowed he and his miscreants to run roughshod over the Constitution. Meanwhile, they are busily doing their own “shadow” work using the ill-placed President as a cover. It is not inconceivable that this effort towards better government will end up on the cutting floor as it were, while the execution of poor governance practices continues. It is well that a Leader is popular but not popular as a source of entertainment. The office of President is a serious job requiring serious execution yet we have our current situation of “tweet diplomacy” which is aided and abetted by 535 plus seat fillers. While TOTUS  entertains, the country suffers as the Congress, for the most part, continues to hold or push legislation that benefits their big-dollar donors not the voters who elected them to office. This is simply a band of pirates hiding in plain sight under the banner of patriotism. All for the good of the party and not the voters.

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There was a time when the phrase “honest politician” was liberally used to describe candidates for office. Perhaps the phrase was true or a sound bite yet it appears to be laughable today. What is considered “modern” politics along with the advent of National newspapers to now mass media of all types indicates there are no honest politicians per se, merely degrees of honesty. We have become inured to the truth and that plays into the game plan of the political “influencers” as their objective is to cover their true goal with mystical utterances (lies) until they appear to be true. Once a title or label is affixed to someone, an action, activity or something repeatedly, it becomes public domain and ersatz believable. This is the baseline of our current administration and his loyal party and public supporters. The truth is the victim and voters are not far behind.

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If and when modern politics moves out of the realm of schoolyard antics and name-calling we may just have a Congress worthy of the title. It is a given that we have a miscreant as President, that will not change until the next election (if we are lucky). Until that time his dishonest administration aided and abetted by a self-serving GOP will continue to tread heavily on the voters of America. Many who approve or follow TOTUS and his minions fail to realize the essence of the statement” what affects one affects all”. There is no upside to this administration. We are now at a point where we have groups who have a narrow view of what is correct and use that view to inform their actions in electing representatives who follow their line to the detriment of all others. We are slowly losing the real America to single-minded entities reminiscent of the religious extremists we have fought on the Asian continent and entities, not unlike the “oligarchs” we hear about in other parts of the world. We are constantly bombarded by the tweets of an Uninformed leader whose actions and words border on the manic. These activities are supported by a political faction that uses this mania to cover their nefarious deeds in service only to themselves and their allies. In effect, we (VOTERS) are “being handled”. Some actions by this administration and its abettors are proper and correct but the execution is terrible. There is no diplomacy in this administration primarily because TOTUS has the idea that as President he is the smartest person in the room. A quick look at his actions (tweets) tells a different story. The fact that long-serving diplomats are ignored, fired or have resigned presents a different picture. Our Allies have taken a hands off attitude with TOTUS as they fully understand his propensity for rash, unreasoned actions, and outbursts via twitter. All of his actions have a long term influence which will take years to correct whether you believe it or not. It is well to remember that the truth remains the same whereas lies eternally shift.

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In the past 10 to 12 years we have seen the major parties at war over things that we (voters) did not or do not know anything about. The main objective for both sides seems to be the power of numbers. In other words who has the majority of members. These members appear to be in lockstep with the party line no matter the harm done to the voters. The current “impeachment” hearings whether correct or not should not be one-sided yet it is since each side thinks they are completely correct. There was a time when we had Congressional members who no matter their party affiliation recognized that whatever is done should be done for the voters, not the party. Since the election of President Obama, the baser elements of our country have risen to create a pre and post Civil war mentality that caters to the white majority party. These adherents to the party line no matter how wrong it is for the voters can qualify as sycophants or perhaps psychophants. The loyalty of representatives should be to the voters, not the party unless the party is following the guidance of the voters. Apparently, the so-called town hall meeting that were the  “rage” for a while were just photo ops with no real substance. The public is listening to what these representatives say but understanding what they say is different. It is clear to me that most if not all of the currently serving representatives and those aspiring to the office are blowing smoke to some degree and it is our job to take it in, “cum grano salis”*
*https://en.wiktionary.org › wiki › cum_grano_salis. Borrowed from Latin cum grānō salis. AdverbEdit. cum grano salis (not comparable). (idiomatic) With a grain of salt; with a bit of common sense and skepticism.

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How smart are we? These past 10 years in politics have given me pause about who we are as a country. This past 3 years  (if we are lucky) will show us to be smarter yet our elected officials (many of whom have been in the office much too long) keep showing us how naive we are. Since the written word began centuries ago we have been seemingly rushing backward in our thinking. We currently have a cadre of inept at the least or just criminal administrators and legislators. These folks have only their particular parties in mind at all times no matter the consequences for the voters who put them in office. It offers up the question of “how smart are we?”. Mass media has provided us with the truth as well as the lies of the world and politics but we have failed to distinguish between the two in too many cases. The lessons provided in previous administrations and in private industries have given us plain and overt messages about what our “leaders” are doing for and against our interests. As long as we are under and uninformed, the baser side of our elected officials will prevail. Rallies punctuated with “dog whistles and punch lines” do not inform they just excite and overshadow the truth. The media coverage can be decried as “fake news” as they report what comes directly from the mouths of the interviewed and covered but we have become inured to it all. We are suffering from the “folly of ignorance”

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