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US weekly jobless claims lowest since 1969; unemployment rolls shrink

*The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits fell to more than a 49-1/2-year low last week.
*The data pointed to sustained strength in the economy.
*Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped to 192,000 for the week ended April 13, the lowest level since September 1969, the Labor Department said.
The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits fell to more than a 49-1/2-year low last week, pointing to sustained strength in the economy.

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 5,000 to a seasonally adjusted 192,000 for the week ended April 13, the lowest level since September 1969, the Labor Department said on Thursday. Data for the prior week was revised to show 1,000 more applications received than previously reported.

Claims have now declined for five straight weeks. Economists polled by Reuters had forecast claims would rise to 205,000 in the latest week.

The Labor Department said no states were estimated last week. Claims tend to be volatile around this time of the year because of the different timings of the Easter holiday and spring breaks.
https://www.cnbc.com/2019/04/18/weekly-jobless-claims.html
 

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Mark Penn: Mueller's done, and Dems should be too — because Trump is no Nixon

The walls were not coming down. They were not closing in. There was, at the end of the day, no evidence whatsoever of any collusion — and there was nothing but a president frustrated at being wrongly accused and wrongly investigated over a very effective hoax.

The big difference between today and what happened in 1998 or during the Nixon era is that, at the end of the day, the Mueller investigators found no stained dress, no break-in, no hush money, no enemies list. There never was a crime, and what seemed far-fetched was simply that — this time, a duly elected president was investigated for a crime that never even existed. In fact, evidence is mounting that the investigation itself was launched on phony grounds.

And so, the screaming partisan antics of Democrats in the House are likely to set the Democratic Party back a decade if they do not get a grip on themselves. In partisan unison, with scripted talking points, they keep calling everyone else “partisan.” It simply does not pass the laugh test at this point.

It will take some Democrats of courage to turn this off and stop the abuse of going after the president’s financial records. These are the kinds of things Nixon was doing, and there is no justification for those in Congress to be doing exactly those things for which Nixon resigned from office — going after his political enemies.

As I predicted in earlier columns, the Mueller report was always going to try to paint a picture of obstruction of justice. It was a lot weaker than I thought it would be because the alleged acts of obstruction are nothing more than acts the president could have legally taken or ordered. While talking a tough game publicly and brooding in private, the president and his legal team gave unprecedented access to White House documents and personnel.

In fact, the event that triggered the appointment of the special counsel — the firing of former FBI Director James Comey — didn’t even merit much discussion in the report, raising again the question of why there ever was a Mueller investigation whose focus was Trump and his campaign.

Even if you believe Mueller should have been appointed given the swirl of questions kicked up about Russia, Volume 2 of the Mueller report should not exist at all, once investigators determined there was no collusion and they were not issuing any charges.

Mark Penn served as pollster and adviser to President Clinton from 1995 to 2000, including during Clinton’s impeachment.

UIA

https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/439691-mueller-done-dems-should-be-too-trump-is-no-nixon
 

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Heres a YUGE list of MSM and Shill FAILS:

>MSM LIES
>David Duke …FAIL
>Gold Star family …FAIL
>2 Corinthians…FAIL
>P_Grabbing video…FAIL
>Landslide predictions….FAIL
>Recount attempt…FAIL
>Alt-Right accusations…..FAIL
>Racist accusations..FAIL
>Too many generals appointed…FAIL
>Conflict of interests…FAIL
>Electoral College votes….FAIL
>Russia hack….FAIL
>John McCain-Lindsey Graham dossier leak…FAIL
>Golden showers…FAIL
>Fake Trump and Obama Polling numbers….FAIL
>Fake Crowd Size…FAIL
>Kavanaugh raping lies…FAIL
>MLK bust missing…FAIL
>Refugee Ban EO…FAIL
>Logan Act…FAIL
>Sessions…FAIL
>Trump TowerRussia server link…FAIL
>Trump’s Tax returns…FAIL
>Twitter bug accusation…FAIL
>Assistant AG firing…FAIL
>Comey firing…FAIL
>Emoluments clause…FAIL
>Trump-Comey dinner…FAIL
>CNN’s two scoop-gate…FAIL
>COVFEFE Tweet…FAIL
>Trump exposing top secret info…FAIL
>Trump’s first overseas trip being a disasterFAIL
>Kushner back-channel…FAIL
>Comey Testimony…FAIL
>Sessions Testimony…FAIL
>Mika insults…FAIL
>CNN wrestling meme…FAIL
>Putin punking Trump at the G20…FAIL
>Junior meeting with lawyer…FAIL
>Mysterious Eighth Person…FAIL
>Second Putin Meeting…FAIL
>Scaramucci appointment…FAIL
>Transgender Ban…FAIL
>N Carolina riot statement…FAIL
>Paris Accord…FAIL
>Spicer leaving…FAIL
>Priebus resigning…FAIL
>Manafort Firing…FAIL
>Kelly controlling Trump…FAIL
>Scaramucci Firing…FAIL
>Bannon resigning…FAIL
>Ending DACA…FAIL
>Schumer Dinner Meeting…FAIL
>Fake DACA for Amnesty…FAIL
>Alabama Strange endorsement…FAIL
>NFL kneelers Speech…FAIL
>Inappropriate Texas hurricane visit…FAIL
>Inappropriate Florida hurricane visit…FAIL
>Puerto Rico slow response…FAIL
>Weinstein Connection….FAIL
>Niger Soldier killings…FAIL
>Niger Gold Star wife call…FAIL
>Moore allegations…FAIL
>Rachel Maddow’s Tax return special …FAIL
>Sessions 3rd Testimony…FAIL
>Asia Tour…FAIL
>Asia Tour Fish food toss…FAIL
>Carter Page Indictment…FAIL
>Papadopoulos Indictment…FAIL
>Manafort Indictment…FAIL
>NFL anthem Tweets l…FAIL
>Flake Tweets…FAIL
>Moore allegations silence…FAIL
>Franken Tweets…FAIL
>Moore Support…FAIL
>Tillerson insulting Trump…FAIL
>Flynn indictment tweets…FAIL
>Deutsche Bank records supeona…FAIL
>Megyn Kelly’s Trump accuser special …FAIL
>Brian Ross fake report …FAIL
>Rex Tillerson being fired….FAIL
>Trump received Wikileaks information earlyFAIL
>Trump is going fire Mueller rumors….FAIL
>Iran uprising Tweet….FAIL
>Bigger button Tweet….FAIL
>Bannon betrayal….FAIL
>Wolff book….FAIL
>Trump mental stability….FAIL
>Stable genius Tweet….FAIL
>S–thole country comment…FAIL
>Stormy Daniels payoff…FAIL
>Bannon testimony…FAIL
>DAVOS will be an embarrassment…FAIL
>SOTU Failure…FAIL
>Hope Hicks testimony…FAIL
>WH aide Porter resignation…FAIL
>Dem memo not being released…FAIL
>Security clearances…FAIL
>Palm Beach property sale…FAIL
>Playboy playmate…FAIL
>Kushner Security Clearance…FAIL
>Hope Hicks resigning…FAIL
>Gary Cohn resigning…FAIL
>Tariffs causing trade war…FAIL
>N Korea meeting…FAIL
>McCabe firing…FAIL
>McMaster firing…FAIL
>John Bolton Hiring…FAIL
>Rumors of Mueller being fired lll…FAIL
>Rob Porter firing…FAIL
>John McEntee Firing….FAIL
>John Dowd resignation…FAIL
>Cambridge Analytica…FAIL
>Gun Ban rally…FAIL
>60 Minutes Stormy interview…FAIL
>Rumors of Mueller being fired lV…FAIL
>Michael Cohen office raided….FAIL
>Rumors of Mueller being fired V…FAIL
>Rumors of Rosenstien being fired l…FAIL
>Stormy’s sketch of person who threatenedher…FAIL
>Comey’s Interview…FAIL
>Comey’s book…FAIL
>Comey’s Memos…FAIL
>Obama’s Doctor of 8 years, Admiral Jackson,was unvetted…FAIL
>Mueller Questions leaked…FAIL
>McCain insults…FAIL
>Trump’s financial statement release…FAIL
>Senate Intelligence Report release…FAIL
>Trump calls MS13 animals…FAIL
>Trump cancels NK summit…FAIL
>Trump announces NK summit back on…FAIL
>Trump slaps tariffs on NAFTA partners…FAIL
>Trump pardons D’Souza, Blagojevich, and Martha Stewart…FAIL
>Trump cancels Eagles WH ceremony…FAIL
>Melania is MIA….FAIL
>G7 summit snub…FAIL
>Singapore summit failure…FAIL
>Trump honored Kim…FAIL
>Cohen flipping on Trump…FAIL
>Manafort charged for witness tamperingFAIL
>Trump is putting kids in concentrationcamps….FAIL
>Trump caves to pressure on separating kidsFAIL
>Trumps’ SCOTUS pick will end life as we know it….FAIL
>Trump tariffs prompt fear…FAIL
>Trump Insults NATO by asking for moneyFAIL
>Trump Insults Theresa May…FAIL
>Rosenstein Indicts 12 Russians prior toTrump’s Russia visit…FAIL
>Trump/Putin meeting…FAIL
>Cohen has Playboy payoff tape…FAIL
>Iran ALL CAPS Tweet…FAIL
>Cohen flipping on Trump lV…FAIL
>Trump knew of Tower meeting ll…FAIL
>Omarosa book claims Trump used N word….FAIL
>Cohen has evidence to take down TrumpFAIL
>Manafort Trial….FAIL
>Anonymous White House tell all op-ed…FAIL
>Puerto Rico hurricane response ll…FAIL
>Woodwards has tapes…FAIL
>Manafort reaches plea deal…FAIL
>Rosenstein possible firing….FAIL
>UN Assembly laughs at Trump….FAIL
>ROBERT MUELLER REPORT….FAIL
 

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BREAKING: Florida State House Passes Bill Banning “Sanctuary Cities”

https://newsbreakinglive.com/2019/04/24/breaking-florida-state-house-passes-bill-banning-sanctuary-cities/
 

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Yeah Baby Yeah !! :give finger:Sanc. cities :hunt: "Illegals come back we missed ya last time". :fire:
 

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First Quarter GDP Growth 3.2% Beats All Expectations….
Posted on April 26, 2019by sundance

The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released the first quarter GDP numbers today and far exceeded all forecasts. The rate of growth in the first quarter was measured at 3.2% far above the anticipated 2.5% range; and the annual rate of inflation remains low at 1.7%.


The economy grew at a surprising rate of 3.2% in the first quarter, well above the consensus forecast of 2.5%. Also reported Friday was the latest PCE inflation data for the first quarter, showing core inflation at 1.7% year over year, down from 1.9% in the fourth quarter. (more)​

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Pentagon prepping $22M expansion to southern border mission, eases migrant contact rules

In an effort to expand the U.S. military presence at the southern border, the Pentagon is expected to ease rules that prohibit some service members’ contact with migrants.
Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan is preparing to approve a Department of Homeland Security request on Friday that will authorize contact waivers for lawyers, cooks, and drivers in the military so they can deploy to the border to assist with the migrant crisis, defense officials told The Washington Post.

The waivers would be granted for more than 300 troops, bypassing long-term rules that forbid contact between military personnel and the migrants.
The request is part of a $21.9 million military expansion effort on the southern border for 2019.
Cooks would be tasked with distributing food to migrants held in detention centers and as well as occasionally documenting the care received by migrants.
Drivers would transport migrants to and from detention centers while being in a segregated compartment and accompanied by Customs and Border Protection officials.
Military lawyers would be tasked with deportation hearings for migrants in New Mexico, Louisiana, and New York.

Aside from detailing what the troops would be permitted to do, the documents also stipulate what they cannot do. The documents specifically state that military service members cannot conduct law enforcement activities due to the Posse Comitatus Act.
The act, passed in 1898, prohibits U.S. troops from acting in the role of law enforcement while in U.S. territory. The intent of the law was to prevent federal troops from exercising control over states.

The Pentagon has been careful in crafting language so that military personnel’s duties have not encroached on the act, something they also did in Nov. 2018 when authorizing military personnel to protect border agents.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) apprehended and blocked more than 103,000 illegal immigrants in March alone, an increase of 38 percent from February, or 148 percent from March 2018, the Washington Examiner reported. It’s also the highest number in a decade.

“Our capacity is already severely strained, but these increases will overwhelm the system entirely,” Former DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said in March. “This is not a ‘manufactured’ crisis. This is truly an emergency.”
CBP agents have been pulled from ports of entry on the southern border and reassigned to migrant housing where detention centers are overwhelmed. At least 750 border agents were moved from their southern entry ports, and another 100 agents were expected to be pulled from entry ports on the border with Canada.

https://americanmilitarynews.com/2019/04/pentagon-prepping-22m-expansion-to-southern-border-mission-eases-migrant-contact-rules/
 

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These law breakers are ILLEGAL ALIENS period.
By calling them "migrants" you play into the World Socialists Agenda. "Migrant" has a soft sound and the same effect on mentality.
"Illegal" and "Aliens" are their true identity. Have a more serious connotation as words and in the mental picture they create.
You use the term "migrant" or "undocumented immigrant(s)" you are playing right into a psi-op tactic.
 

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What is ATT, the arms treaty Trump just withdrew the US from?

The ATT was endorsed by the UN General Assembly in April 2013, and entered into force on December 23, 2014. It was joined by 101 countries, and is in effect in 100 of them. Another 29 countries signed the treaty but have not ratified it yet.
According to the Arms Control Association, the ATT aims to “reduce human suffering caused by illegal and irresponsible arms transfers, improve regional security and stability,” and “promote accountability and transparency” in sales of conventional arms by governments. The treaty “does not impact a state’s domestic gun control laws or other firearm ownership policies,” says the association.
However, the ATT requires member nations to “establish and maintain a national control system, including a national control list” and “designate competent national authorities” to regulate the sale of conventional weapons.
Once ratified, international treaties become binding US law and supersede the Constitution, former Pentagon official Michael Maloof told RT. It is possible the ATT could have been used to attack the Second Amendment – but with Trump canceling it, that becomes a moot point.

The treaty applies not just to military hardware like tanks and other armored vehicles, artillery, combat airplanes and helicopters, warships, missiles and missile launchers, but also “small arms and light weapons.”
The ATT also requires signatories to “establish and maintain a national control system to regulate the export of ammunition/munitions fired, launched or delivered by” the weapons listed above, as well as “parts and components…that provide the capability to assemble” them.
“I have never seen a report that says this treaty has been effective in any way, shape or form,” Maloof told RT.
Even if none of these provisions had potentially problematic implications for the internal US trade in arms and ammunition, abiding by the treaty would have put a crimp into the weapons business – and US arms manufacturers dominate that industry globally in terms of sheer volume.

According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), which tracks global weapons sales, the US arms industry accounted for 57 percent of the total Top 100 arms sales in 2017. While Russia is ranked second, its entire output ($37.7 billion) lagged behind just one US company, Lockheed Martin ($44.9 billion).
The ATT also called for heightened scrutiny of arms sales in cases where they “could be used to commit or facilitate serious violations of international humanitarian or human rights law, acts of terrorism, or transnational organized crime” as well as “commit or facilitate serious acts of gender-based violence or violence against women and children.”

https://www.rt.com/usa/457667-trump-arms-trade-treaty-facts/
 

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Transcript and Video of President Trump's NRA Speech Today

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n85kv6H19Co

https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2019/04/26/wow-president-trump-speech-during-nra-convention-indiana-convention-center-video-and-transcript/#more-163012
 

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RULE OF LAW: Florida Bill Banning Sanctuary Cities Passes State Senate

State Senator Joe Gruters’ bill to ban sanctuary cities in Florida and punish any locales that do not comply with federal immigration laws has passed in the Florida Senate 22-18. Gruters, a staunch ally of President Trump, injected common sense during the raucous debate on Friday afternoon that included incessant whining from social justice pandering Democrats.
Governor Ron DeSantis has vowed to sign the bill and to initiate “judicial proceedings” against any Florida official who interferes with federal immigration laws.
One America News Reporter Ryan James Girdursky live tweeted most of the debate on the bill in the Florida Senate, highlighting the ridiculous statements made by Democrats that included parallels to Nazi Germany and other absolutely insane outbursts.

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2019/04/rule-of-law-florida-bill-banning-sanctuary-cities-passes-state-senate/
 

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Once ratified, international treaties become binding US law and supersede the Constitution, former Pentagon official Michael Maloof told RT. It is possible the ATT could have been used to attack the Second Amendment
Well duh, that was the whole point of the dumb thing.
...and good ol' Article 6 being used to destroy the Rights of the People.

It sure seems to me that the Founders did not allow for a Treaty ratification process in Article 6 just so some future POTUS and Senate can use it to destroy parts of the Constitution itself. We're only supposed to join Treaties which are in harmony with our Constitution. Not enter Treaties just so the gov can then say it has the power to do that which the Constitution had previously prohibited.
 

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the US arms industry accounted for 57 percent of the total Top 100 arms sales in 2017. While Russia is ranked second, its entire output ($37.7 billion) lagged behind just one US company, Lockheed Martin ($44.9 billion).
While I do not disagree the U.S. is probably the #1 in the Arms Industry I find the "Stockholm" report as socialist spin.
When they list Lockheed-Martin yet no business entities of Russia. Russia sells war planes too.
So the article jumps from small arms sellers worldwide to U.S. Arms Industry for comparison. Selective inclusion / exclusion IMHO - SPIN
 

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Donald Trump Renegotiates: $40 Billion Japanese Car Plants Coming to U.S.

President Donald Trump revealed at a Saturday night rally in Wisconsin that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told him earlier that Japanese auto manufacturers are investing $40 billion in U.S. manufacturing facilities.

“Prime Minister [Shinzo] Abe, we’re negotiating trade deals because every country has been ripping us off for years, and I really like the prime minister, he’s a friend of mine, but I said, ‘Mr. prime minister, we gotta do something’,” the president told the crowd of thousands. “For so many decades we’ve been losing tens of billions of dollars to China, and Japan, and Indiana, and name any country and we lost, but we’re not losing anymore.”

Abe has been meeting with President Trump this Friday and Saturday.

Trump recounted the conversation with Abe, “I said listen, we gotta do something. $68 billion in trade losses over the last four or five years, a year. So we’re renegotiating and I think he’ll be fair. I think he’ll be fair.”

“By the way, he started by saying he’s putting $40 billion into the United States for new car factories,” President Trump said, summarizing Abe’s commitment. “Toyota is coming in with $14 billion dollars. Many, many companies are coming in. And they’re coming in, frankly, to Michigan. They’re coming back, they want to be back, to Ohio, to Pennsylvania, to North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, and what’s the name of this special place – it’s called Wisconsin.”

“So they’ll be investing shortly and it’s started already, $40 billion with a b, $40 billion dollars, and it’ll be a lot more than that,” Trump said. He added, “The poverty rate for Wisconsin families has reached the lowest rate in 22 years. The unemployment rate for Wisconsin workers has reached historic lows, has never been this low before, ever, ever, ever. Think of that.”
“We’re now the number one economy in the world and it’s not even close.”

The crowd began chanting, “USA, USA, USA.”

The president then asked the crowd if there is any place more fun on a Saturday night than a Trump rally.

Trump later revisited the issue of trade, reiterating previous comments that America has rebuilt China.

“Prime Minister Abe said to me today, ‘Nobody’s ever talked to me this way’ from our country, it’s true. No, he said it friendly,” said Trump, repeating that Abe is a friend of his.

The president commented that in all fairness, the bad trade deals go back further than Barack Obama’s presidency. He said America is the piggy bank that everyone else is robbing from and taking advantage of.

Trump promised that at the end of the next six years, Americans will be left with the strongest country they’ve ever had.
https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/04/27/donald-trump-renegotiates-40-billion-japanese-car-plants-coming-to-u
 

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Trump Sues Deutsche Bank and Capital One to Stop Them From Complying With Congressional Subpoenas

President Trump, his family and the Trump Organization Monday sued Deutsche Bank and Capital One to prevent the companies from complying with Congressional subpoenas.

President Trump, his three children, Ivanka, Don Jr., and Eric; and his business filed a federal lawsuit in New York’s Southern District against the banks Monday.

“The subpoenas were issued to harass President Donald J. Trump, to rummage through every aspect of his personal finances, his businesses, and the private information of the President and his family, and to ferret about for any material that might be used to cause him political damage. No grounds exist to establish any purpose other than a political one,” Trump’s attorneys wrote in the complaint filed late Monday.

Trump’s attorneys said the lawsuit is meant to protect Donald Trump, his children and his family business.

“The subpoenas issued to Deutsche Bank and Capital One by Chairpersons Schiff and Waters are unlawful and illegitimate,” the statement read. “They seek information going back decades from anyone with even a tangential connection to the President, including children, minors and spouses. Every citizen should be concerned about this sweeping, lawless, invasion of privacy. We look forward to vindicating our clients’ rights in this matter.”

Deutsche Bank said it will comply with all Congressional subpoenas.

“We remain committed to providing appropriate information to all authorized investigations and will abide by a court order regarding such investigations,” Deutsche Bank said in a statement.

Two weeks ago, Democrat Adam Schiff, the leaker and head of the House Intelligence, and Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters, subpoenaed the Trump Family bank records with Deutsche Bank… because they can.

The rabid House Democrats also subpoenaed Capital One Financial Services for Trump’s financial data.

New York Attorney General Letitia James, who previously vowed to harass Trump, issued a subpoena to Deutsche Bank for documents related Trump’s attempt to buy NFL team Buffalo Bills.

President Trump recently sued Chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee Elijah Cummings over his panel’s subpoena to Mazars, Trump’s former accounting firm.

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2019/04/breaking-trump-sues-deutsche-bank-and-capital-one-to-stop-them-from-complying-with-congressional-subpoenas/
 

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Burrillville, RI declares itself a "Second Amendment Sanctuary". Democrat Governor calls the move "inappropriate".

As Democratic Governor Gina Raimondo neuters RI's Second Amendment rights, she calls the town's move "inappropriate" as she and her fellow DemocRATS turn RI into a sanctuary state for illegals.

BURRILLVILLE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo calls a resolution passed by a town in response to her gun control proposals inappropriate.

Burrillville declared itself a "Second Amendment sanctuary" last week and passed a resolution stating it supports the police department's right to exercise sound discretion when enforcing Second Amendment-related laws.

Raimondo told WPRO-AM on Monday if new gun laws pass, she expects Burrillville to follow them. The Democrat says if they disagree with her, they should lobby at the state house — but "to secede from … our laws is not an appropriate response."


Councilman Jeremy Bailey said the town doesn't intend to enforce new laws it deems unconstitutional.

Raimondo is calling for a ban on guns in schools and a statewide ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

Burrillville's neighbor, Glocester, will consider a similar measure at a May 16 town council meeting.

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/rhode-island/articles/2019-04-29/raimondo-towns-response-to-gun-bills-inappropriate

Information from: WPRO-AM, http://www.630wpro.com/

https://www.richardcyoung.com/politics/second-amendment/rhode-islands-misguided-gun-safety-task-force/

In following comments and responses on her social media pages, The People are growing more and more fed up with her. Many are questioning how she won her re-election in the November mid-terms, as she is HUGELY unpopular.
 

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Jon Healey: Care about balance of power? Root for Trump’s legal team in financial records fight
By JON HEALEY | April 26, 2019 at 9:47 am

President Donald Trump threw his first counterpunch Monday to the flurry of subpoenas that House Democrats issued in recent weeks, filing a federal lawsuit to block the House Committee on Oversight and Reform’s demand for eight years of financial records from Trump’s businesses.

The complaint argues that the committee’s subpoena is an illegal power grab that usurps authority from the Justice Department. This might strike you as richly ironic, if you happen to be alarmed by the president’s expansive view of executive power and his administration’s tendency to act like a law unto itself.

But if you worry about preserving the balance of powers in government and constitutional limits on elected officials, you should probably be rooting for Trump’s legal team on this one. Even though Trump’s complaint reads more like a campaign ad than a legal document, it is founded on an important principle: Congress’ subpoena power exists to support legitimate legislative functions, not prosecutorial fishing expeditions.

Here’s where Trump critics leap out of their seats and howl that the public has a right to know if the president of the United States is a tax cheat who defrauded lenders and remains financially tied to unsavory elements. And they have a point, to a degree. An impeachment investigation would certainly justify the House demanding documents relevant to the truth or falsity of allegations that the president was violating tax law, bending bank rules or putting his own financial interests ahead of the country’s.

But that’s not what Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) is doing. The records he subpoenaed from Trump’s accountants at Mazars USA are mainly from the years before Trump became president. And the trail he’s following appears to be the one left by Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen, who accused Trump of exaggerating the value of some of his properties to help obtain bank loans.

An April 12 memorandum by Cummings outlined the rationale for the subpoena. According to the complaint, the memorandum cited Cohen’s testimony and said the committee needed to find out “whether the president has been accurate in his financial reporting.”

If the issue is whether Trump’s reported his finances accurately as president, why demand any records from the Trump companies prior to 2017? You could even argue that none of candidate Trump’s commercial ventures are relevant to such an inquiry, given that President-elect Trump supposedly removed himself from the operation of those businesses.

The Oversight and Reform Committee has a broad ambit that allows it to scrutinize seemingly everything done by the executive branch. But as Trump’s lawsuit observes, the committee is not the Justice Department.

“But the power to investigate, broad as it may be, is also subject to recognized limitations,” the Supreme Court held in 1955 in Quinn vs. United States. “It cannot be used to inquire into private affairs unrelated to a valid legislative purpose. Nor does it extend to an area in which Congress is forbidden to legislate. Similarly, the power to investigate must not be confused with any of the powers of law enforcement; those powers are assigned under our Constitution to the Executive and the Judiciary.”

Now, the House Ways and Means Committee may easily find a valid legislative purpose for looking at Trump’s tax returns — for example, to check the effectiveness of IRS enforcement. And the House Judiciary Committee, as the panel responsible for conducting impeachment hearings on federal officials, obviously needs to be able to subpoena records related to suspected “high crimes and misdemeanors.”

And as the Supreme Court noted in Eastland vs. United States Servicemen’s Fund, the only relevant question for courts when examining a congressional subpoena is whether it falls within the “sphere of legitimate legislative activity” — even if there’s some blatant politics involved. Chief Justice Warren Burger put it this way: “Our cases make clear that, in determining the legitimacy of a congressional act, we do not look to the motives alleged to have prompted it.”

Nevertheless, the subpoena dragnet by Democrats does seem to reach beyond the borders of executive-branch oversight, particularly the inquiries into Trump’s conduct as a real estate and branding mogul before he became president. It’s obvious why Democrats want to shine a spotlight on whatever bad Trump behavior they can find. But it should also be obvious why we don’t want Congress to have unlimited power to do that.

Jon Healey is deputy editorial page editor for the Los Angeles Times.
https://www.twincities.com/2019/04/26/jon-healey-care-about-balance-of-power-root-for-trumps-legal-team-in-financial-records-fight/
 

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U.S. Steel Announces $1.2 Billion Investment to Upgrade Pennsylvania Facilities…
Posted on May 2, 2019by sundance

The U.S. Steel and Aluminum industry has been a key focus of President Trump in an effort to reestablish a critical industry for America. Part of the administration strategy was broad-based tariffs aimed at curbing China’s dumping of government subsidized product globally.

The broad global application of the tariffs defeated the Chinese trans-shipment strategy to avoid them.

Despite opposition from Wall Street republicans and democrats purchased by K-Street lobbyists, the administration policy has been exceptionally successful at driving investment into the U.S. manufacturing base. The multinationals are furious.



(U.S. Steel) United States Steel Corporation is investing more than $1 billion in the place where our reputation as a trusted industry leader was first forged more than a century ago: our Mon Valley Works near Pittsburgh.
The investment involves the construction of a cutting-edge, sustainable endless casting and rolling facility at Mon Valley’s Edgar Thomson Plant in Braddock, Pa., – the first of its kind in the United States – and a new cogeneration facility with state-of-the-art emissions control technology at the nearby Clairton Plant in Clairton, Pa. (link)​
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The investment involves the construction of a cutting-edge, sustainable endless casting and rolling facility at Mon Valley’s Edgar Thomson Plant in Braddock, Pa., – the first of its kind in the United States
this is what many miss,

our competitors have newer updated facilities.
the facilities here, whether in detroit or wherever were hodge podged over time as things changed

whereas the japs and chins were able to create new efficient facilities from the ground up at todays standards. Massive difference in flow and productivity.

now sure, steel companies or car companies have certainly upgraded in time, but it is not the same.

when you can develop and create a facility from the ground up, everything ends up exactly where it should be.
whereas using a old building, accommodations must be made. Land size incorrect, columns in the wrong places, etc.

building/land maximization is a science in and of itself to fit each particular user.
 

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this is what many miss,

our competitors have newer updated facilities.
the facilities here, whether in detroit or wherever were hodge podged over time as things changed

whereas the japs and chins were able to create new efficient facilities from the ground up at todays standards. Massive difference in flow and productivity.

now sure, steel companies or car companies have certainly upgraded in time, but it is not the same.

when you can develop and create a facility from the ground up, everything ends up exactly where it should be.
whereas using a old building, accommodations must be made. Land size incorrect, columns in the wrong places, etc.

building/land maximization is a science in and of itself to fit each particular user.
Solid point.

I remember back in the 80's 90's when the japanese and european car companies were just starting to come over here and declare they wanted to build a factory for their cars. The states and counties would fall over each other granting them free land, free infrastructure, 10 year tax free status etc etc.
So they would roll in and build a spanking new facility for next to nothing and staff it with non union grunts and jap/european management.

And there we were weighed down by unions, taxes and regulations out the ass in buildings from the second world war. I'm not making excuses for the big 3, but bullshit is bullshit and that bullshit was far from fair. I was in the middle of it working for a supplier.


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Trump meeting with prime minister of Slovakia says at 4:45 "we've never taken in ten cents from China, now we're taking in billions and billions of dollars"

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CNBC studied the net changes by industry for April jobs based on the data from the Labor Department contained in the jobs report released Friday. The government said the U.S. economy added 263,000 jobs last month, more than the 190,000 increase expected by economists polled by Refinitiv.

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The business and professional services sector alone added 76,000 jobs, with strong hiring in computer systems design, temporary help services, and building and dwelling services like pest extermination, landscaping and housekeeping. The sector also includes lawyers, accountants and consultants.

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CNBC studied the net changes by industry for April jobs based on the data from the Labor Department contained in the jobs report released Friday. The government said the U.S. economy added 263,000 jobs last month, more than the 190,000 increase expected by economists polled by Refinitiv.


The business and professional services sector alone added 76,000 jobs, with strong hiring in computer systems design, temporary help services, and building and dwelling services like pest extermination, landscaping and housekeeping. The sector also includes lawyers, accountants and consultants.


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Where did Women's Studies and History jobs rank? I don't see them in the charts. Could they be in the Professional and Business category?
 

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President Trump Presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Tiger Woods
 

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NYT Editorial Board: ‘Trump Is Right’ About Border Crisis, Congress Should Approve Funds


The New York Times editorial board urged Congress to give the Donald Trump administration requested emergency funds, writing that the president was right about a crisis on the border. "Congress, Give Trump His Border Money," read the headline on the Sunday editorial, which argued that Democrats should approve the $4.5 billion in funds that were requested in a letter from Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget Russell Vought. "We are continuing to experience a humanitarian and security crisis at the southern border of the United States," Vought wrote. "Apprehensions are expected to surpass one million by the end of the year, more than doubling those compared to last year. The number of large-scale groups of family units and unaccompanied alien children (UAC), primarily from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, seeking to enter the country and claim asylum has increased dramatically."

"President Trump is right: There is a crisis at the southern border. Just not the one he rants about," the editors wrote. They argue that while Trump is wrong to demand a wall and to present the border as a natural security issue, there is a very real humanitarian crisis at the border due to the surge in asylum claims and wall funding is not included in the request. "As resources are strained and the system buckles, the misery grows," they write. "Something needs to be done. Soon. Unfortunately, political gamesmanship once again threatens to hold up desperately needed resources." The editorial board urged Democrats to approve the funding, but cautioned that Trump needed to grant some concessions as well. "If the White House is serious about needing the money, it should be prepared to agree to a few conditions — and convey the need for flexibility to Senate Republicans…" they wrote. "Both sides need to dial back the fighting words, resist the temptation to finger-point and find a creative way through this minefield." The admission about a crisis on the border comes after former Obama DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said during an April Fox News appearance that the influx of migrants represented "a crisis by any measure." By contrast, 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro has called the notion of a border crisis "B.S."
 

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Trump administration forces China to sell the Port of Long Beach


The Trump Administration's Department of Homeland Security has forced China's state-owned Costco to sell the Port of Long Beach over security concerns.

China's Costco Shipping Holdings, which bought out its 75 percent–owned Hong Kong–based Orient Overseas International (OOCL), was forced to sell its Port of Long Beach Container Terminal ownership to Macquarie Infrastructure Partners for $1.78 billion.



The Obama administration had no problems with OOCL signing a 40-year lease with the City of Long Beach in 2012 for control of America's second largest and most automated container handling operation. The sweetheart deal was part of the "Middle Harbor Redevelopment Program" to fund a $1.5-billion expansion through 2020.

But one of the first major actions of the Trump administration's Department of Homeland Security in March 2017 was issuing a "Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S." national security hold on Costco's acquisition of a former U.S. Navy port facility.

https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2019/05/trump_administration_forces_china_to_sell_the_port_of_long_beach.html

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Trump administration forces China to sell the Port of Long Beach
that to me is a big thing

when the whole idea of selling off ports, and relinquishing control of those ports by the kenyan came up, the message to me was clear as a bell
 

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[NOT a secret Trump lost Billions]

The Apprentice -Donald Trump -First Episode Clip [1:51]

"I lost Billions about 13yrs ago, but working hard I cam back Bigly."
 

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TRUMP 2020: President Trump Supporters CRASH Green New Deal Rally

Pretty good idea using the escalators like that.

 

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TRUMP 2020: President Trump Supporters CRASH Green New Deal Rally

Pretty good idea using the escalators like that.

She reads like the kid in class who was destined to fail. You'd always squirm and feel bad for the kid. Well I don't feel sorry for this ignorant liberal bitch.
Good job on the escalator cycle