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Re: President Trump

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Post by tek » Tue Apr 30, 2019 6:02 am

:yeah:

I'm sure they are well aware of some of the amazing people who have occupied that office in the past.

To be fair, this one is amazing too :sick:
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Re: President Trump

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Post by Lani » Fri May 03, 2019 5:09 am

Trump administration to give Border Patrol agents authority to decide asylum claims on the spot: Sources
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news ... ot-sources
The Department of Homeland Security is racing to implement a plan that would give federal law enforcement on the border the authority to conduct interviews with asylum seekers who fear returning to their home countries, according to two sources with firsthand knowledge of the plan.

Under the pending procedural change, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officers would train Border Patrol agents on the southern border how to conduct "credible fear interviews," which immigrants must pass to go on to claim asylum. Agents would conduct the interviews shortly after apprehending people who have illegally crossed from Mexico to the U.S.

The Trump administration is pushing to start agent training “ASAP,” according to one official.
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Re: President Trump

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Post by Slim Cognito » Fri May 03, 2019 9:12 am

This sounds...problematic.
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Re: President Trump

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Post by Mikedunford » Fri May 03, 2019 9:57 am

Slim Cognito wrote:
Fri May 03, 2019 9:12 am
This sounds...problematic.
Lawsuit in 5...4...3...
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Re: President Trump

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Post by tek » Fri May 03, 2019 10:09 am

As Dave Barry would say: "What could possibly go wrong?"
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Re: President Trump

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Post by Sugar Magnolia » Fri May 03, 2019 11:07 am

Those interviews don't exactly sound like a law enforcement function.

Curious how many hours of training they'll receive before doing those interviews, too.

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Post by Kendra » Fri May 03, 2019 11:17 am

https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status ... 8123810816
The Trump campaign has not paid the city of El Paso the more than $470,000 it was billed for the costs stemming from a rally there two months ago. The bill includes a $380,942 charge from the police department, ABC-7 reports.

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Re: President Trump

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Post by Chilidog » Fri May 03, 2019 11:50 am

Suckers

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Re: President Trump

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Post by Kendra » Fri May 03, 2019 12:12 pm

Chilidog wrote:
Fri May 03, 2019 11:50 am
Suckers
:yeah:

I hope word gets around and more cities take a second thought about the expenses involved.

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Re: President Trump

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Post by Mikedunford » Fri May 03, 2019 12:24 pm

The cities generally don't have much of a choice.
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Post by RTH10260 » Fri May 03, 2019 12:30 pm

Sugar Magnolia wrote:
Fri May 03, 2019 11:07 am
Those interviews don't exactly sound like a law enforcement function.

Curious how many hours of training they'll receive before doing those interviews, too.
Curious how many hours they will need to fill out forms that keep them from patrolling the border. Curious how many hours the agents will be stuck to give evidence in court for the cases that get challenged. Will this lead to even more agents pulled from crossing points and to even larger commerce backups?

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Re: President Trump

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Post by Chilidog » Fri May 03, 2019 1:20 pm

Slim Cognito wrote:
Fri May 03, 2019 9:12 am
This sounds...problematic.
You got to admire the chutzpah.

Rather then hire more caseworkers who have to meet minimum advanced education standards, they can get the already overworked, less well educated field deputy (or whatever they are) to do it.

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Post by Foggy » Fri May 03, 2019 1:36 pm

Training is easy.
  • Ask this list of questions.
  • Tell them to go back to where they came from.
End of training.

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Post by RTH10260 » Sun May 05, 2019 12:27 pm

Analysis article
Because China isn’t ‘Caucasian,’ the U.S. is planning for a ‘clash of civilizations.’ That could be dangerous.
The United States tried that with Japan. It didn’t end well.

President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping walk together at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla., in April 2017. (Alex Brandon/AP)
By Steven Ward May 4
On Tuesday, the Washington Examiner reported the State Department’s policy planning staff, led by Director Kiron Skinner, is “preparing for a clash of civilizations” with China. Skinner’s office is composing what it calls “Letter X” — styled after George Kennan’s “X Article” that laid out an argument for containing the Soviet Union during the first years of the Cold War.

The Examiner’s description of the State Department’s thinking contains remarkable details. Skinner describes great power competition with China as “a fight with a really different civilization and a different ideology, and the United States hasn’t had that before.” China “poses a unique challenge … because the regime in Beijing isn’t a child of Western philosophy and history.” The Cold War constituted “a fight within the Western family,” while the coming conflict with China is “the first time that we will have a great power competitor that is not Caucasian.”

[No, China and the U.S. aren’t locked in an ideological battle. Not even close.]

Skinner is right that “you can’t have a policy without an argument underneath it.” But the argument that seems to be informing U.S. China policy is deeply flawed and dangerous.



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Post by bob » Tue May 07, 2019 11:26 am

FOX: Trump pardons ex-Army lieutenant convicted of killing suspected Al Qaeda terrorist in 2009:
President Trump has pardoned a former Army lieutenant who was convicted in 2009 of killing an Iraqi prisoner suspected of being an Al Qaeda terrorist, the White House announced Monday evening.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders cited "broad support" for Michael Behenna, of Edmond, Okla., "from the military, Oklahoma elected officials, and the public" -- including 37 generals and admirals, along with a former Pentagon inspector general -- as the reason for Trump's clemency grant. Sanders also said Behenna had been a "model prisoner" while serving his sentence.

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A military court originally sentenced Behenna to 25 years for unpremeditated murder in a combat zone. However, the Army's highest appellate court noted concern about how the trial court had handled Behenna's claim of self-defense, Sanders said. The Army Clemency and Parole Board reduced his sentence to 15 years and paroled him in 2014, as soon as he was eligible.

Behenna acknowledged during his 2008 trial that instead of taking prisoner Ali Mansur home as he was ordered, he took the man to a railroad culvert, stripped him, and then questioned him at gunpoint about a roadside bombing that had killed two members of Behenna's platoon.

Behenna, who was 24 at the time, said he acted in self-defense when Mansur threw a chunk of concrete at him and reached for the lieutenant’s handgun. Army prosecutors said the argument didn’t stand up because Behenna was already pointing his weapon at the prisoner.

In 2018, Behenna's parents told Fox News the prosecution failed to disclose that their own expert's analysis supported their son’s version of events. The expert felt so strongly that he reached out to the Behennas about his findings.

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter initially requested a pardon for Behenna in February 2018 and renewed his request last month. Hunter said he believed Behenna's conviction was unjustified because of erroneous jury instructions and the failure of prosecutors to turn over evidence supporting a self-defense claim. The White House statement said that former Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and "numerous members" of Oklahoma's congressional delegation had also expressed support for Behenna.
Pardoning Behenna has been a conservative cause for years.
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Post by Kendra » Tue May 07, 2019 7:33 pm

Still reading: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/201 ... ublBRFJ2sM

By RUSS BUETTNER and SUSANNE CRAIG

May 7, 2019

By the time his master-of-the-universe memoir “Trump: The Art of the Deal” hit bookstores in 1987, Donald J. Trump was already in deep financial distress, losing tens of millions of dollars on troubled business deals, according to previously unrevealed figures from his federal income tax returns.

Mr. Trump was propelled to the presidency, in part, by a self-spun narrative of business success and of setbacks triumphantly overcome. He has attributed his first run of reversals and bankruptcies to the recession that took hold in 1990. But 10 years of tax information obtained by The New York Times paints a different, and far bleaker, picture of his deal-making abilities and financial condition.

The data — printouts from Mr. Trump’s official Internal Revenue Service tax transcripts, with the figures from his federal tax form, the 1040, for the years 1985 to 1994 — represents the fullest and most detailed look to date at the president’s taxes, information he has kept from public view. Though the information does not cover the tax years at the center of an escalating battle between the Trump administration and Congress, it traces the most tumultuous chapter in a long business career — an era of fevered acquisition and spectacular collapse.
?? Does anyone recall when exactly the Trumpists stopped talking about him being under audit?

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Post by MN-Skeptic » Tue May 07, 2019 8:17 pm

:happydance: Tax Returns!!! :happydance:

This is going to SO tick off Trump.

I LOVE it.
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Re: President Trump

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Post by Kendra » Tue May 07, 2019 8:38 pm

MN-Skeptic wrote:
Tue May 07, 2019 8:17 pm
:happydance: Tax Returns!!! :happydance:

This is going to SO tick off Trump.

I LOVE it.
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Post by sad-cafe » Tue May 07, 2019 8:46 pm

which is why we are going to war with Iran :twisted:

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Post by Gregg » Tue May 07, 2019 9:17 pm

I have come to think that Trump's various tax returns and business records will reveal he so egregiously laundered money for Russians and/or other bad things and it will be so obvious that not even the MAGA hat crowd will be able to accept it. He's fighting so hard to keep this stuff from becoming public, I really do think it's his version of a little conversation with John Dean that when it came out caused the whole pile of bricks fell over, in literally a matter of days.
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Post by bob » Tue May 07, 2019 10:13 pm

And I've come to think that if the president did literally shoot someone in the middle of Fifth Avenue, he'd still poll in the mid-20s. The MAGA crowd would scream, "Fake news!", Barr would clear him, and McConnell would declare "case closed."

The only thing I have faith in is Republicans doing anything to remain in power.
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Post by Lani » Wed May 08, 2019 3:09 am

https://mobile.twitter.com/PhilipRucker ... 0419817472

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Mnuchin broke recent precedent for Treasury secretaries and spoke at a Trump campaign fundraiser, addressing a group of top donors that included industry executives his department regulates, @myhlee @damianpaletta & @jdawsey1 report
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A day after blocking House demand for Trump’s tax returns, Mnuchin addressed gathering of his top...
The treasury secretary was not listed on an official agenda for the event, held at the Trump International Hotel in Washington.
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Post by RTH10260 » Wed May 08, 2019 5:06 am

Kendra wrote:
Tue May 07, 2019 7:33 pm
Still reading: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/201 ... taxes.html
Decade in the Red: Trump Tax Figures Show Over $1 Billion in Business Losses
Newly obtained tax information reveals that from 1985 to 1994, Donald J. Trump’s businesses were in far bleaker condition than was previously known.
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?? Does anyone recall when exactly the Trumpists stopped talking about him being under audit?
I guess there is another decade of null taxes paid cause he was carrying forward this accounting. I bet he doesn't like to reveal his tax returns cause it exactly depicts that he has never been paying substantial or any taxes for the years prior to becoming resident of the WH.

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Post by Turtle » Wed May 08, 2019 5:59 am

Could expose him to bank fraud too. Somewhere I read the tax documents he filed are gonna be different from what he showed his creditors.

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Post by fierceredpanda » Wed May 08, 2019 6:52 am

Turtle wrote:
Wed May 08, 2019 5:59 am
Could expose him to bank fraud too. Somewhere I read the tax documents he filed are gonna be different from what he showed his creditors.
Perhaps, but banks are also reluctant to let it become publicly known that they've been hoodwinked.
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