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« Reply #16350 on: March 01, 2018, 01:25:47 PM »

https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/01/politics/jared-kushner-business-loans-white-house-meetings/index.html

sorry if someone posted this already, but this sure does NOT LOOK LIKE a coincidence:

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner's family real estate group obtained business loans after Kushner met with the company heads in his official government capacity, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

According to the Times, Kushner met with Joshua Harris, one of the founders of Apollo Global Management, on multiple occasions while advising the Trump administration on infrastructure policy, three people familiar with the meetings said.

The topic of a job at the White House was also brought up, though never materialized. In November 2017, Apollo's real estate group lent Kushner Companies $184 million to refinance the mortgage of a Chicago skyscraper. The size of the loan, according to the Times, was triple the size of their average property loan.


i think that "javanka's" days are numbered in the white house.

Do the people leaking this stuff from the West Wing realize they are jeopardizing our best chance at peace in the Middle East?

i have no way of knowing, but it seems that javanka has made some serious enemies. of more concern, it would seem, is the risk of being blackmailed or used by a foreign power with UAR and Israel as well as Mexico already being named as possibly among those countries who were seeking to leverage this unfortunate nepotism within the white house.
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« Reply #16351 on: March 01, 2018, 01:28:59 PM »

trade war!
"Our Steel and Aluminum industries (and many others) have been decimated by decades of unfair trade and bad policy with countries from around the world. We must not let our country, companies and workers be taken advantage of any longer. We want free, fair and SMART TRADE!"

But later in the morning, the White House appeared to pull back on making a formal announcement. Trump released the details of the plan in response to shouted questions at the end of a media availability.

Administration officials did not give a reason for the back and forth, but it was likely due to a previously scheduled visit to the White House on Thursday by a high-level emissary of Chinese President Xi Jinping. Announcing punitive actions targeting Chinese steel on the same day that Xi's senior economic advisor, Liu He, is in town will only further rile Beijing and make retaliatory action a certainty.

Some analysts speculated that the confused timing reflected "internal chaos" in the White House, even as Trump and others in the administration are itching to follow through on his campaign promise to get tough on trade and protect American manufacturing.

The president has been weighing various options to limit imported aluminum and steel, which accounts for about one-fourth of American consumption and has left domestic mills running well below capacity. A decision to impose tariffs or quotas would represent one of Trump's strongest actions to overhaul U.S. trade practices that he has sharply criticized for causing industrial decline and loss of jobs.

It was unclear when Trump would ultimately make an announcement. The president has until mid-April to issue his decision on steel and aluminum tariffs under the U.S. trade law under which the administration is pursuing the punitive measures. Officials are invoking a rarely used and controversial provision of the law that grants the president wide discretion to restrict imports on the grounds of national security.

Domestic producers, along with unions and lawmakers in steel-producing states, have been pressuring Trump to act swiftly, but some in the administration have sought to restrain the president, arguing that such action will hurt some American companies and consumers of steel, and possibly the U.S. economy, and is certain to raise the ire of allies and adversaries alike, and worse, triggering a costly trade war with China.

It will open a Pandora's box, said David Loevinger, an analyst for TCW Emerging Markets Group in Los Angeles and a former senior Treasury Department official for China affairs. Other countries also will be tempted to take protectionist actions in the name of national security, he said, and other U.S. industries could seek relief from import competition for that same reason.

"It's a real slippery slope," he said.

In a report submitted to Trump earlier this year, the Commerce Department concluded that steel imports were "in such quantities" and "under such circumstances" that they threatened to harm national security. The Commerce report urged Trump to consider across-the-board tariffs or targeted tariffs on select countries, as well as quotas, or a combination of these.

Analysts and officials from other countries have questioned such a broad reading of "national security," given that U.S. steel makers produce more than what's needed for the Defense Department and its various military programs. Any sweeping new tariffs are expected to be contested at the World Trade Organization.

The Trump administration has argued that the country must ensure it has ample U.S. suppliers of steel to safeguard the nation's economic security, which encompasses infrastructure such as energy generation, water systems and transportation networks. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has said that the United States has just one domestic maker of transformers that are essential for the country's electrical grid.




http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-trump-steel-tariffs-20180301-story.html
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« Reply #16352 on: March 01, 2018, 01:45:03 PM »

Paul Ryan is a traitor to his country:

The House of Representatives has given up the pretense of conducting oversight on the Executive branch, and is instead operating as an organ of it. The ultimate responsibility for this choice rests in the hands of House Speaker Paul Ryan, who runs the institution. In January, officials at the Department of Justice asked Ryan to rein in his attack dog, Devin Nunes, who they saw as threatening to expose important national-security secrets in his quest to discredit the agencies investigating Trump, his de facto client. Ryan refused. And now the New York Times reports Ryan has done it again.

The Senate Intelligence Committee concluded that the House committee had leaked text messages between Senator Mark Warner and a lawyer involved in the Russia probe to Fox News. The result of the leak was more grist for the pseudo-scandal Nunes has been fanning. Warner was “colluding” with someone connected to the dossier. Warner and Senator Richard Burr, the Republican chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, were so disturbed by this breach they met with Ryan to ask him to control Nunes. Ryan again disavowed any responsibility. “In his meeting with the senators,” the Times reports, “Mr. Ryan made clear that he heard their complaints but noted that he did not run the committee himself, the officials briefed on the encounter said.”

The House is running a counter-investigation on Russia, generating a steady stream of allegations, which inevitably disintegrate upon examination, designed to protect Trump. The side effect is to instill in the conservative base paranoid distrust of the deep state, and ultimately to justify any actions Trump has taken or will take to avoid legal accountability. In public, Ryan has kept his distance, mostly talked about fiscal issues, and let Nunes be the face of the counter-investigation. But people inside government know who’s really in charge. The House is helping Trump subvert the rule of law because that’s what Paul Ryan wants.


http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/03/paul-ryan-helps-trump-undermine-rule-of-law-once-again.html

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« Reply #16353 on: March 01, 2018, 02:13:13 PM »

trade war!
"Our Steel and Aluminum industries (and many others) have been decimated by decades of unfair trade and bad policy with countries from around the world. We must not let our country, companies and workers be taken advantage of any longer. We want free, fair and SMART TRADE!"

But later in the morning, the White House appeared to pull back on making a formal announcement. Trump released the details of the plan in response to shouted questions at the end of a media availability.

Administration officials did not give a reason for the back and forth, but it was likely due to a previously scheduled visit to the White House on Thursday by a high-level emissary of Chinese President Xi Jinping. Announcing punitive actions targeting Chinese steel on the same day that Xi's senior economic advisor, Liu He, is in town will only further rile Beijing and make retaliatory action a certainty.

Some analysts speculated that the confused timing reflected "internal chaos" in the White House, even as Trump and others in the administration are itching to follow through on his campaign promise to get tough on trade and protect American manufacturing.

The president has been weighing various options to limit imported aluminum and steel, which accounts for about one-fourth of American consumption and has left domestic mills running well below capacity. A decision to impose tariffs or quotas would represent one of Trump's strongest actions to overhaul U.S. trade practices that he has sharply criticized for causing industrial decline and loss of jobs.

It was unclear when Trump would ultimately make an announcement. The president has until mid-April to issue his decision on steel and aluminum tariffs under the U.S. trade law under which the administration is pursuing the punitive measures. Officials are invoking a rarely used and controversial provision of the law that grants the president wide discretion to restrict imports on the grounds of national security.

Domestic producers, along with unions and lawmakers in steel-producing states, have been pressuring Trump to act swiftly, but some in the administration have sought to restrain the president, arguing that such action will hurt some American companies and consumers of steel, and possibly the U.S. economy, and is certain to raise the ire of allies and adversaries alike, and worse, triggering a costly trade war with China.

It will open a Pandora's box, said David Loevinger, an analyst for TCW Emerging Markets Group in Los Angeles and a former senior Treasury Department official for China affairs. Other countries also will be tempted to take protectionist actions in the name of national security, he said, and other U.S. industries could seek relief from import competition for that same reason.

"It's a real slippery slope," he said.

In a report submitted to Trump earlier this year, the Commerce Department concluded that steel imports were "in such quantities" and "under such circumstances" that they threatened to harm national security. The Commerce report urged Trump to consider across-the-board tariffs or targeted tariffs on select countries, as well as quotas, or a combination of these.

Analysts and officials from other countries have questioned such a broad reading of "national security," given that U.S. steel makers produce more than what's needed for the Defense Department and its various military programs. Any sweeping new tariffs are expected to be contested at the World Trade Organization.

The Trump administration has argued that the country must ensure it has ample U.S. suppliers of steel to safeguard the nation's economic security, which encompasses infrastructure such as energy generation, water systems and transportation networks. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has said that the United States has just one domestic maker of transformers that are essential for the country's electrical grid.




http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-trump-steel-tariffs-20180301-story.html

Brilliant! Right when you want China to put pressure on North Korea...
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« Reply #16354 on: March 01, 2018, 02:35:57 PM »

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Brilliant! Right when you want China to put pressure on North Korea...
But wait…..Didn’t Mr. Art of the Steal spend parts of 2 whole days at Mar-a-lago schmoozing up the Chinese leader? And after all the free golf had been played didn’t he act like the guy was in his pocket? Well, maybe it didn’t work out that way. Those inscrutable Chinese…..what can you do?
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« Reply #16355 on: March 01, 2018, 02:45:47 PM »

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word is that trump calls sessions "mr. magoo". so anything is possible, it would seem.
Ummm….Yes…..Very Presidential. And people on the Right can’t understand why we hate him so much. Best tweet of the last couple of months: The news is real--it’s the President which is fake.
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« Reply #16356 on: March 01, 2018, 03:39:56 PM »

I don't think I've ever believed anything a White House Press Secretary or Communications Director has to say.Going back to the first one, Steve Early, their job has always been to hide the ball and say as little as possible.

This seems overly cynical to me.  There is a difference between casting events in a light that makes the administration look good and bald faced lying and denial of reality.   From day one, with the inauguration crowd stunt, this administration has broken barriers.  And whenever Sanders utters “What the President meant to say was…” .......you know what will follow will be an untruth told with unprecedented bravado.   

I disagree with NYKnicks12 though, that doesn’t make that department a shit-show.  It’s by design.  And why whoever fills the job next will be more loyal than competent.


Bet you can't find one example.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1ekk_z3yCQo&time_continue=9

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« Reply #16357 on: March 01, 2018, 03:58:50 PM »

I don't think I've ever believed anything a White House Press Secretary or Communications Director has to say.Going back to the first one, Steve Early, their job has always been to hide the ball and say as little as possible.

This seems overly cynical to me.  There is a difference between casting events in a light that makes the administration look good and bald faced lying and denial of reality.   From day one, with the inauguration crowd stunt, this administration has broken barriers.  And whenever Sanders utters “What the President meant to say was…” .......you know what will follow will be an untruth told with unprecedented bravado.   

I disagree with NYKnicks12 though, that doesn’t make that department a shit-show.  It’s by design.  And why whoever fills the job next will be more loyal than competent.


Bet you can't find one example.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1ekk_z3yCQo&time_continue=9

FAIL

Yes she most definitely did. She failed as she usually fails, bigly.
What happens when the job is defending the indefensible.
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« Reply #16358 on: March 01, 2018, 04:10:21 PM »

'Male[babies] genital mutilation[circumcision'] is now banned...in Iceland.

Won't be long now until the ban spreads to the whole of the Christian West.
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« Reply #16359 on: March 01, 2018, 04:13:36 PM »

Russia has unveiled its latest nukes...that "can't be intercepted"[ -Putin].
Make NATO's nukes obsolete.

Russia is now the best nuke-armed country on the planet.
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« Reply #16360 on: March 01, 2018, 04:28:29 PM »

Yayyyy

Give em a bowl of cherries
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« Reply #16361 on: March 01, 2018, 06:04:53 PM »

Russia has unveiled its latest nukes...that "can't be intercepted"[ -Putin].
Make NATO's nukes obsolete.

Russia is now the best nuke-armed country on the planet.

Yawn...
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« Reply #16362 on: March 01, 2018, 06:12:50 PM »

Gotta love those "Buying opportunities!"

A global trade war? That's what we want?

Hey kids, here's a tax cut. Now I'm going to shit can the dollar and the price of your comute just went up more than your pay hike. And the cost of everything else is going to go higher as the manufacturers will now have to pay more for raw materials.

Oh, and China can just tell producers, You can't sell to the USA!

Not to mention that tariffs also result in China selling to Indonesia and then they sell to the USA (with a taste of the vig on their lips.)

This has the potential to be a catastrophe!

The ONLY good news is that now there won't be anybody willing to buy bonds to pay for a US war with No Korea. Because you know goddamned well that Trump will be wanting to have a war to cover the colossal fuck up that is his administration.
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« Reply #16363 on: March 01, 2018, 06:24:39 PM »

Putin's nukes-R-us speech is a campaign speech - election is coming right up, mid-March.  So of course he has to conjure a new arms race that he's winning.  All the starch goes out of his pocket rocket if he does not get at least 80% at the polls. 

Doncha just love it when amoral sociopath monsters stock up on machines that turn the world into giant molten radioactive puddles?  If it weren't for their sort, radio astronomers on the SETI project would have someone to talk to. 
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« Reply #16364 on: March 01, 2018, 07:38:53 PM »

I imagine that Dr. Carson's wife is very sad about this. She worked hard to get that new dining set.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/carson-s-hud-working-rescind-pricey-dining-set-order-agency-n852336

And it was only $31,000. I am sure that Dr. Carson must have saved the American people far more than that with programs that he cancelled.
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