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Natalie Colarossi  46 mins ago, Newsweek

So it appears that we (voters and Citizens) are being “Madoffed” by the trump Organization


tOver $3.65 Million in PPP Loans Given to Businesses With Ties to Trump Organization, Kushner Properties

An analysis of data released by the Small Business Administration (SBA) shows that properties owned by the Trump Organization and Kushner Companies were given over $3.65 million worth in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans – raising questions about the fairness and distribution of loans intended to aid small businesses during the pandemic.Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: Donald Trump boards an elevator at Trump Tower in New York City on January 16, 2017. According to data released by the SBA, properties owned by Trump's family and the family of Jared Kushner were major beneficiaries from COVID relief loans.© DOMINICK REUTER/AFP/Getty Donald Trump boards an elevator at Trump Tower in New York City on January 16, 2017. According to data released by the SBA, properties owned by Trump’s family and the family of Jared Kushner were major beneficiaries from COVID relief loans.PauseCurrent Time 0:28/Duration 1:00Loaded: 50.95%Unmute0Fullscreen500 Delta staff have tested positive for COVID-19 and 10 have diedClick to expand

Following months of litigation, including lawsuits from 11 news organizations, the SBA released a dataset on Tuesday of every small business that received a PPP or Economic Injury Disaster (EIDL) loan.https://products.gobankingrates.com/r/d9360ea31bf06ea8b9d0ef49288e28fb

An initial review of the data by NBC News found that a number of businesses with ties to President Donald Trump‘s family and the family of Jared Kushner – Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser – were major beneficiaries of the program.

PPP loans were originally meant to support small businesses and allow them access to funds that could help with payroll, rent, utilities and mortgage interest payments. Over $700 billion worth of the forgivable loans were approved by Congress and the Trump administration under the CARES Act, and rolled out in the Spring.

But the SBA data shows that businesses tied to the president received millions of dollars in aid, and many reported that the money did not go to retaining any jobs.

According to NBC News, over 25 PPP loans were given to Trump and Kushner real estate properties, paying rent to those owners. Among those, only fifteen properties self-reported that they only retained one or zero jobs with the money.

One of those loans included a $2,164,543 loan to the Triomphe Restaurant Corp., at the Trump International Hotel & Tower in New York City. The company reported the loan did not go to keeping any jobs, and later it closed altogether.

A Kushner property in New Jersey called LB City Inc, received a loan for $505,552.50 that it used to keep 155 jobs, while four tenants at a Kushner-owned New York City property received more than $204,000 combined, and retained only six jobs.

Furthermore, two tenants at Trump Tower received more than $100,000 and kept only three jobs.

These figures add to a slew of criticisms from government watchdogs and small business owners who feel the loans were not distributed in a fair and equitable way.

“Many months and broken promises later, the court-ordered release of this crucial data while the Trump administration is one foot out the door is a shameful dereliction of duty and flagrant mismanagement of a program that millions of workers and small businesses needed to get through this pandemic,” said Kyle Herrig, president of the government watchdog group, Accountable.US, according to NBC News.

In response, Christopher W Smith, General Counsel for Kushner Companies said that the notion that Kushner Properties improperly benefitted from the loans is “completely untrue and amounts to nothing more than politically motivated nonsense.”

“Exactly two Kushner Companies’ hotel operations affiliates received PPP loans. Every provision of the PPP program has been comprehensively abided with respect to each of the two loans – and every penny of the funds received from the program was utilized to fund employee payroll and benefits costs to maintain jobs imperiled by the COVID pandemic and associated lockdown measures,” Smith said in a statement given to Newsweek.

The SBA data also suggests that over half of the intended PPP funds went to just 5 percent of recipients, with larger businesses benefitting more than their small business counterparts.

Watchdogs have also warned that several billion dollars may have gone to fraudsters and ineligible businesses, while small businesses owned by people without strong banking relationships faced limited access to funds.

Accountability groups have since set up publicly searchable databases like SearchPPP.com so people can see how the loans were used themselves.

But the SBA defended its handling of the pandemic assistance on Tuesday.

“SBA’s historically successful COVID relief loan programs have helped millions of small businesses and tens of millions of American workers when they needed it most,” an SBA spokesman said in a statement.

Newsweek attempted to reach out to the Trump administration and Trump Organization for additional comment, but did not hear back in time for publication.

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Separation of Church and state is what allows a person to worship as they want without Government interference but not to the point of Religion altering the Government for the sake of religious beliefs. That being said the push for the installation of the new High court justice who is a conservative republican and catholic. The hope is to keep the court conservative for years to come. This shift shows how unconcerned the GOP is about the needs of the voters (all of them) and the country. Their aim is to consolidate and maintain their big money donors, many of whom are Conservative Christians whose narrow focus on religion is closing the gap on separation of Church and state. This gap allows for individual worship choices and the medical choices of the individual citizen. The bottom line is that the GOP has shown that they are for sale and will sell out the country as required.

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The table below represents the percentage of the American Population by Race. White alone has the most significant rate and followed by Hispanic or Latinos than Blacks or African Americans.

S/NRacePercentage
1.       White alone,76.6%
2.Black or African American alone, the percentage13.4%
3.*American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percentage1.3%
4.Asian alone5.8%
5.Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone0.2%
6.Two or More Races2.7%
7.Hispanic or Latino,18.1%
*Prior to the arrival of White Europeans the American Indian or Native Americans population was 60 million

By combining all published estimates from populations throughout the Americas, we find a probable Indigenous population of 60 million in 1492. For comparison, Europe’s population at the time was 70 to 88 million spread over less than half the area. Jan 31, 2019

Looking at the numbers on Native Americans at the time that Columbus arrived and the population numbers now, it is 6.79 Million people. this is approximately 1/10th of the original estimated numbers pre Columbus. What happened to all of those people? This decrease was brought on by the crass and dangerous Europeans who took what they wanted as they did in Africa and other countries. There was and unfortunately still is a racial component in all of this but we as people fortunately have become blinded regarding the fate and effects on other ethnic and racial groups. These statistics are a primary reason to elect a new National leader and his abettors in Congress. This is the only way we can become a truly UNITED States. As a nation we have plundered or allowed to be plundered our natural resources (which includes the skills and abilities of the many ethnic groups). Our primary cause for the lessening of our values is the people we elect to represent us. Educating ourselves in what our elected officials do in our names is important and we need to do it to have the kind of Government promised by the Constitution. Remember: the two (2) middle letters in the word “POLITICIAN is “LI”). What affects one affect all.

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Has anyone considered that this push to install a new justice is a cover for the GOP? Using the ego of TOTUS and his quest to be perceived as better than he is, this quick move to put a third conservative justice on the high court is a legacy for McConnell that will haunt him but leaves an out using TOTUS as the scapegoat. El Presidente in his own mind has done a great thing for the country, this is not to say that the new justice will or will not be an asset for the court and the country but the hype has set a high bar for her. The politics of the appointment needs to be considered when voting for the members of Congress next week, these folks are playing with our futures and our ability to have laws that work for ALL of us. The truth is that the labels are a way to separate us. The only label we need and should take on is a ” Citizen of The United States”. All other labels should carry little to no weight in the bigger picture.

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judge is a person who presides over court proceedings, either alone or as a part of a panel of judges. The powers, functions, method of appointment, discipline, and training of judges vary widely across different jurisdictions. The judge is supposed to conduct the trial impartially and, typically, in an open court. The judge hears all the witnesses and any other evidence presented by the barristers or solicitors of the case, assesses the credibility and arguments of the parties, and then issues a ruling on the matter at hand based on their interpretation of the law and their own personal judgment*. In some jurisdictions, the judge’s powers may be shared with a jury. In inquisitorial systems of criminal investigation, a judge might also be an examining magistrate. The presiding judge ensures that all court proceedings are lawful and orderly.

The recent controversy over the appointment of a replacement on the high court has brought to mind that Judges should or are supposed to be Neutral in their decisions (that is as to rule according to the law, not according to their personal beliefs, yet this has been shown to be a factor in some cases and a non factor in others). It has been stated that a new President will “pack” the court meaning a law to enable increasing the number of Justices and or limiting the terms of the Justices. Whether this is true or not, it is clear that appointing Justices according to their personal beliefs is no criteria to elevate them to the high court. The decisions made by the high court affects millions of Americans for better or worse making those selections extremely important. It is unfortunate that our neer do well Congress has seen fit to politicize the high court and potentially making it less effective, all for votes and a political legacy.

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As an aside: The current administration has no issue committing the same crimes on native Americans as the first Europeans did upon landing on the shores of “the new world”. This seizure of sacred lands for an unnecessary and expensive wall is a blatant attack against ALL Americans. This is the time for better angels of this country to oust the current administration for another that we hope will correct the course of this country. MA.

United States Border Patrol agents and Arizona law enforcement officials violently repressed a peaceful action held Monday morning by roughly 30 land and water protectors.

By Kenny Stancil -October 14,

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Twelve people, including at least eight Native Americans, were arrested near an immigration checkpoint in Southern Arizona on Indigenous Peoples’ Day after United States Border Patrol agents and Arizona law enforcement officials violently repressed a peaceful action held Monday morning by roughly 30 land and water protectors.

The O’odham Anti Border Collective—a group of Akimel O’odham, Tohono O’odham, and Hia Ced O’odham tribal members that seeks to promote the cultural practices and protect the homelands of all O’odham nations “through the dismantling of colonial borders”—organized an Indigenous prayer ceremony to voice opposition to the cultural and ecological destruction caused by the construction of President Donald Trump’s border wall. 

According to a statement released by the group, O’odham families “sang traditional songs, prayed, and attempted to discuss the Freedom of Religion Act that decriminalized Native American religions and opened the path towards the protection of sacred sites.”

After telling them to clear the roadway, Border Patrol agents, Arizona state troopers, and officers from the state’s Department of Public Safety attacked participants with tear gas and rubber bullets. 

A video of the incident recorded by a witness and posted online shows the police march towards the protesters and remove several individuals from vehicles to make arrests. Tear gas is visible, and the firing of rubber bullets can be heard. https://player.vimeo.com/video/467449845

The O’odham Anti Border Collective said the police shot at least one O’odham man in the chest with a rubber bullet, an example of what the group called the “violence [and] extensive abuses” that O’odham communities endure as a result of “border militarization.” 

The collective stated that those who were ripped out of vehicles and tear gassed included “children and people with vulnerable health” who were attempting observe the ceremony from the safety of their cars.  

According to the group, the police “grabbed children who had been in vehicles and abducted them from their parents—stealing children from Indigenous parents for practicing their religion is a clear violation of the Freedom of Religion Act and the Indian Child Welfare Act.” 

“It’s obscene and offensive to us that local and state governments move to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day while the federal government blows up our sacred sites, steals our kids, militarily occupies our communities, and shoots at Native Americans praying to protect our land and ancestors from desecration,” said one O’odham tribal member who was present at the ceremony Monday morning. 

The O’odham Anti Border Collective made the following demands:

  • Immediate release of all who were arrested Monday;
  • Immediate release of all minors abducted by the state Monday;
  • Information about and reparations for all who were injured Monday;
  • End the checkpoints and remove all Customs and Border Protection agencies from O’odham lands;
  • Immediate and indefinite discontinuation of border wall construction at Quitobaquito Springs and throughout O’odham territories; 
  • Immediate removal of the white supremacist border wall and restoration of the land;
  • Immediate demilitarization of O’odham lands;
  • Remove the Integrated Fixed Towers;
  • End racial profiling and harassment of Indigenous peoples;
  • End incarceration and deportation of O’odham people from O’odham homelands by border patrol;
  • End sexual and gender violence by border patrol;
  • End white supremacist attacks, incarceration, and deportation of refugees and migrants on Indigenous lands; and
  • Support Indigenous autonomy against colonial borders.

The group said Monday that they are still trying to obtain information about the condition of the man who was shot in the chest as well as others who were shot at. 

The Arizona Daily Star, a Tucson-based newspaper, reported that about 35 supporters gathered outside the Pima County Jail to demand the respectful treatment and release of those arrested during the protest earlier in the day. 

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Donald J. Trump in a quest for notoriety ran for President and to his surprise won. Found out quickly that he was not up to the task, so he did what he was used to doing and that is fake it and lie to the end. He spent the past 3 plus years putting people in his cabinet and on staff who were wealthier (than he is) or loyal to him and some for show. Once staffed he took a hands off stance so he could always blame someone else for any failures. The folks he hired who had expertise and ability quickly (sometimes) exited quickly. The ones who stayed were in in for their own agendas and TOTUS agreed tacitly or openly, while convincing himself or was convinced that what was being done in his name was OK and legal. Once he had approval from Congress (GOP) he essentially became the inept manager he has always been. His choices for his staff were more payoffs for favors and recommendations from cronies and possibly “FAUX” news on air personalities. His knowledge of management is either non existent or taken from comic books, not what would be expected from a college educated(?) person. There is no reason to continue his tenure beyond November 3.

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TOTUS aptly named Senator Ted Cruz: “LYING TED” as shown in the article below. MA

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press 2 days ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators examining Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court heard a wildly inaccurate statement from one of their own Wednesday about how much health insurance premiums have risen since the inception of “Obamacare.”

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas scrambled the statistics on premium costs and took an errant swing at insurance company profits as he inveighed against the “catastrophic failure of Obamacare.”

Republicans are on defense over the Affordable Care Act — or Obamacare — because the Trump administration is asking the Supreme Court to overturn the 2010 law in its entirety. Obamacare provides coverage to more than 20 million people and protects those with preexisting medical conditions from being denied an individual policy, or charged more.

From the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on Barrett’s nomination:

CRUZ: “Obamacare has doubled the profits of the big health insurance companies, doubled them. Obamacare has been great corporate welfare for giant health insurance companies at the same time, according to the Kaiser foundation, premiums — average families’ premiums — have risen more than — have risen $7,967 per year on average. That is catastrophic that millions of Americans can’t afford health care. It is a catastrophic failure of Obamacare.”

THE FACTS: No, family premiums for health insurance have not risen by $7,967 per year, as Cruz asserted. Nowhere close.

That figure comes from the Kaiser Family Foundation but it captures the increase over 11 years — 2009 to 2020 — not per year, as Cruz put it. In addition, the figure applies to the cost of premiums for employer-provided coverage, not for Obamacare or for health insurance overall. Employer coverage is in a totally different health insurance bucket from Obamacare.

Kaiser’s Larry Levitt says the cost of employer coverage wasn’t much affected by the ACA and “the increase in premiums is largely due to changes in underlying health care costs over this period.”

Obamacare premiums for a standard “silver” individual plan purchased by a hypothetical 40-year-old went up from an average of $273 a month nationally in 2014, to $462 this year.

Levitt said there’s not a clear equivalent for a family premium in the ACA marketplaces; what a family pays is the sum of each member’s individual premiums.

Cruz’s take on insurer profits also missed the mark.

Some major insurers lost money for a time selling Obamacare coverage, and several companies exited the health law’s markets. The ACA actually has a provision that in effect limits insurer profits, requiring consumer rebates if companies spent less than 80% of the money they collected from premiums on health care bills and quality improvement.

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EDITOR’S NOTE — A look at the veracity of claims by political figures.

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Dear Donald (TOTUS),

As a voter I am wondering why you have squandered the greatest opportunity given to anyone. The United States has long been held up as a beacon of hope and opportunity in the wider world. You had the opportunity to gift yourself a greater and real reputation as the person you purported to be all of your life.

You gained the office as a drainer of the swamp in Washington and just as quickly became the swamp manager. Instead of listening to the folks you installed as advisors you followed your own life long instincts and make calls that added more muck and mire to the swamp. You had a number of advisors who were (and are) well versed in running government offices yet you listened to a News channel because they sucked up to you. Your cabinet members is populated by possibly the poorest choices made by any Previous Presidents (even accounting for some poor choices made by them). Your “executive orders” are poorly thought out and for the most part unworkable for the majority of voters but a great photo op for you. You could have done great thing had your ego not blocked your way. You have mislead and outright lied unapologetically from day one while continuing to try running the government as you have run your businesses. It is unfortunate that your management skills are not as good as your promotional skills but then having failed in business multiple times perhaps the product of the promotions does not match the hype. You have had several world changing opportunities to make America Great Again by just doing the job you were elected to do instead you became a hectoring sycophant to Populist and dictators who do not have the best interest of your country in mind. You had one last chance to be better but you decided that keeping a pandemic causing illness secret until voters in the thousands died and millions more were infected and affected. So Donald how great have you made America?

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The current hearings on the nomination of a new member of the high court has taken over the real issue, the 2020 vote, the 2020 census and foremost the 2020 “Trump” virus which is a pandemic. Not being an elected official or politician, I just wonder why these seasoned people are spending time on a settled matter rather than getting out the vote. The Dupublicans have already stated their case and we know that this hearing for the high court is just a formality. The bigger issue is the vote to elect new people to govern. Once that is done then the issue of justices and the Census can be addressed. This administration has diddled this country to the point of collapse with aid of a corrupt Congress. If the Scamocrats were anywhere close to smart, the way forward is the vote. Ignore the distractions of the administration, the vote is the way forward. Once there is new leadership, the following important issues need to be addressed:

  1. Pandemic-testing, contact tracing and vaccine
  2. Get economic relief out to the people
  3. Complete the Census or extend it to get a accurate count
  4. Address the immigration issue.

This is simplistic yet more effective than what is happening now. To continue a done deal while letting important issues falter is ludicrous and potentially a failing action. It must be remembered the country is in the hands of a failed businessman with no skills beyond lies and misrepresentation. This with the assistance of a self serving Congress and a cabal of aides masquerading as public servants.

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