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Donald Trump is on track to kill the World Trade Organization's highest court

Trump causes a problem and knows there will be no Court to try to solve it. damn



https://www.politico.eu/article/donald-trump-trade-war-g7-biarritz/


Trump storm blows into Macron’s G7 seaside summit

US officials rail against French president over agenda as trade tensions rise.



Updated 8/24/19, 5:25 PM CET





..................................The global outlook is also souring quickly because of worsening ties between South Korea and Japan, two powerhouses of high-end manufacturing, which has raised fears that global supply chains will be increasingly disrupted in sectors such as chemicals and semiconductors.

"Trade wars among G7 members will lead to weakening the already eroding trust among us" — Donald Tusk, European Council president

If that weren't enough, the World Trade Organization's appellate body — the highest international court that is meant to stop trade returning to an unsupervised law of the jungle — is close to collapse, largely thanks to Trump's refusal to allow the appointment of judges.


"Time is going to be short because there are so many problems," German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a video message on Saturday ahead of the summit...........................................













World trade returns to the law of the jungle

The coming years are likely to focus more on diplomacy and power rather than legal rights.



Updated 12/31/18, 8:10 AM CET

Global trade is reverting to the most established doctrine of them all: Might is right.



https://www.politico.eu/article/wto-gatt-trade-tariffs-dispute-back-to-gatt-law-of-the-jungle-returns-to-tradeland/

U.S. President Donald Trump is on track to kill the World Trade Organization's highest court next year, which means the world is now poised to take a giant leap backwards to the years before 1995 in terms of resolving trade disputes.



Before the mid-1990s, trade was governed by the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, which allowed something closer to the law of the jungle to prevail. Big countries and trade blocs had a far greater ability to steamroller their will over smaller nations. Conflicts were resolved by diplomatic muscle rather than the strict letter of trade law.

Officials in Geneva, Brussels and Washington said the U.S. administration, led by Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, had made a calculation that GATT rules are in America's strategic interest.

“Lighthizer wants to go back to the days of the GATT, that’s obvious,” said one EU official.

"One former member of the Appellate Body said that the U.S. was asphyxiating the Appellate Body. My own view is: It's more of an assisted suicide" — Alan Wolff


America's tactic to return to GATT is to block the appointment of judges at the Appellate Body, the WTO's top court, that works on everything ranging from the dumping of ultra-cheap Chinese steel, to the eternal subsidy battle between Boeing and Airbus. By December 2019, or earlier, the court will not be able to function because there simply won't be enough judges......................................

Fed Appeals Court Rules Kim Davis Can Be Sued Over Gay Marriage License Refusals

Source: TPM





August 24, 2019 11:58 am


A federal appeals court ruled on Friday that the Kentucky county clerk who gained notoriety for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in 2015 can be sued, Reuters reported.

The 3-0 decision by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati upheld a previous ruling by U.S. District Judge David Bunning in Kentucky that Kim Davis can be sued in her individual capacity for the denial of licenses to same-sex couples after the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage in 2015. The decision will toss the lawsuits from two couples pursuing a lawsuit against Davis back into his court.
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Read more: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/appeals-court-kim-davis-can-be-sued









Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, with son Nathan Davis, a deputy clerk, reads a statement to the press outside the Rowan County Courthouse on Sept. 14, 2015 in Morehead, Ky. Davis did not interfere with marriage licenses issued after she returned to work. (Pablo Alcala/Lexington Herald-Leader/TNS)

G7: "under no condition" will the EU agree to Trump's suggestion to invite Russia back into G7...

I think Donald is having a sad.
too bad





Stephanie Kennedy
@WordswithSteph
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G7 News: Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, announces that “under no condition” will the EU agree to Trump’s suggestion to invite Russia back into the G7. In fact, Ukraine may be invited as a guest to next year’s summit. #G7Biarritz #G7Summit

https://twitter.com/WordswithSteph/status/1165246051437240321?s=20


AND>>>>>>>>>>>>>


Republican Who Compares Gay People to Rapists and Warns They May 'Harm' Kids Running to Unseat Democ







'VERY FINE PEOPLE'
Republican Who Compares Gay People to Rapists and Warns They May ‘Harm’ Kids Running to Unseat Democratic Senator



https://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/2019/08/republican-who-compares-gay-people-to-rapists-and-warns-they-may-harm-kids-running-to-unseat-democratic-senator/

Published on August 23, 2019 at 12:05 PM ET

By David Badash
Trump-Loving Extremist Gets Backing From Trump Team

A former Republican U.S. Congressman who has a long record of anti-LGBTQ comments and positions is running to unseat a Democratic U.S. Senator. Jason Lewis, who has claimed same-sex parents may harm children announced he is running against Minnesota Democratic Senator Tina Smith.


Lewis, a conservative talk radio host for 25 years has lost two of his three congressional campaigns, but served for one term in the U.S. House of Representatives. In 2016 he won his House seat, only to be defeated in 2018 by Angie Craig, a lesbian and the Democrat who was his opponent in the 2016 race.

Politico calls Lewis Trump’s “Minnesota mini-me,” based on his love of President Donald Trump, and reports “two of Trump’s top political lieutenants” are guiding him.

But Lewis’ viability will be a test of just how much Minnesota voters will support a bigoted and extremist candidate who literally supports the right of people to own slaves.

Trump Administration Urges US Supreme Court to Declare Firing a Worker for Being Gay Is Legal

and recall that just a few days ago, the Log Cabin Repugs endorsed Trump!!



Trump Administration Urges US Supreme Court to Declare Firing a Worker for Being Gay Is Legal


https://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/2019/08/trump-administration-urges-us-supreme-court-to-declare-firing-a-worker-for-being-gay-is-legal/

Published on August 23, 2019 at 03:03 PM ET

By David Badash

The Trump administration has just urged the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that firing an employee simply because they are gay is perfectly legal. The request comes in the form of a 34-page amicus brief, which was not required, but voluntary.

The brief, signed by Trump Solicitor General Noel Francisco, tells the Court it is the opinion of the administration’s Dept. of Justice that a “plain text” reading of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 do9es not protect gay people in the workplace from discrimination, including firing for being gay, as The Washington Blade, which was first to report, notes.

“The question here is not whether Title VII should forbid employment discrimination because of sexual orientation, but whether it already does,” the brief says. “The statute’s plain text makes clear that it does not; discrimination because of ‘sex’ forbids treating members of one sex worse than similarly situated members of the other — and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, standing alone, does not result in such treatment.”

President Trump has also stated he will not sign the Equality Act, which would specify that the Civil Rights of Act of 1964 does protect LGBTQ people from discrimination...
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Trump: ....My only question is, who is our bigger enemy, Jay Powel or Chairman Xi?

What an ugly, vile man Trump is!!


Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump
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....My only question is, who is our bigger enemy, Jay Powel or Chairman Xi?

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1164910401584291848?s=20

Nick Inabeanfield @rollingTrump
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Replying to @realDonaldTrump
When everyone around you is the "enemy". Maybe it's a you problem not a them problem.



Jeff Tiedrich
@itsJeffTiedrich
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Replying to
@realDonaldTrump
it's just our very stable president calling an American citizen an enemy. nothing to see here, move along





Donald J. Trump
@realDonaldTrump
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As usual, the Fed did NOTHING! It is incredible that they can “speak” without knowing or asking what I am doing, which will be announced shortly. We have a very strong dollar and a very weak Fed. I will work “brilliantly” with both, and the U.S. will do great...
Show this thread
Donald J. Trump
@realDonaldTrump
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Now the Fed can show their stuff!

The Trump Doctrine Is Sicker and More Terrifying Than Ever: It's whatever oozes out of his brain at

Trump is actually getting rather scary to me.


WTF
The Trump Doctrine Is Sicker and More Terrifying Than Ever

It’s whatever oozes out of his brain at any given moment, and this week may already constitute the most gob-smacking series of oozes in his presidency.


Updated 08.22.19 4:01PM ET / Published 08.21.19 4:57PM ET




You’ve heard of the Truman Doctrine. The Reagan Doctrine. The Bush Doctrine. The Powell Doctrine. The Obama Doctrine. Maybe you liked them, maybe you didn’t. But they existed, and you could roughly define what they were.

But what in the world is the Trump Doctrine? It’s whatever oozes out of his brain at any given moment, and this week may already constitute the most gob-smacking series of oozes in his presidency. I know that’s a big claim, but seriously. We all should, even though it’s shocking and potentially dangerous to the world, savor this moment in a way. It’s not often we get to see any public person, let alone the president of the United States, melt down like this in front of our eyes.


First: Russia back in the G8? Hey, why not! It was Barack Obama’s fault in the first place! Yes, maybe the Russians shot down a commercial airliner, killing 300 people. And maybe they invaded a sovereign country—where they’re still at war, by the way, which they always denied perpetrating. And maybe the entire rest of the G8 agreed that Russia had to go.

But Obama did it, and if Obama did it, it has to be undone. And what better time than right after a mysterious nuclear explosion that Russia says is none of the world’s business?


I love to imagine Vladimir Putin’s reaction when he hears something like this. Do you think this murderer and kleptocrat and enemy of democracy ever dared to imagine that the president of the United States of America would be his biggest idiot apologist? He and his cronies must sit around the Kremlin laughing about it every day.

Oh, and wait. “The Soviet Union became Russia because of Afghanistan”? If Trump has ever heard the words “perestroika” and “glasnost,” he probably thinks they have something to do with Moscow models urinating.

Second, we have the Denmark cancellation. ...................................................






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Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Photos Getty

El Paso hospital forced to call out Trump's lie that surgeons left the operating room to see him

Source: raw story




Published 1 min ago on August 22, 2019


President Donald Trump bragged that he got an overwhelming welcome from Ohio and Texas when he went to visit survivors of the mass shootings before his latest vacation. Now, however, El Paso’s University Medical Center is being forced to dispute the president’s account of events.

“Not only did they meet with me, they were pouring out of the room. The doctors were coming out of the operating rooms. There were hundreds and hundreds of people all over the floor. You couldn’t even walk on it. So, you know, there’s a lot to happen,” Trump told reporters on the White House lawn Wednesday.

“At no time did, or would, physicians or staff leave active operating rooms during the presidential visit. Our priority is always patient care,” UMC spokesman Ryan Mielke told ABC-7.


The only survivor of the mass shooting who met with the president was the baby whose parents shielded her body, dying in the process. No one else wanted to meet with Trump.

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Read more: https://www.rawstory.com/2019/08/el-paso-hospital-forced-to-call-out-trumps-lie-that-surgeons-left-the-operating-room-to-see-him/



trump makes up stuff to feed his Ego as he talks.


https://twitter.com/RawStory/status/1164687318139252736?s=20



Trump's contradictions hit a fever pitchSomething is eating at President Donald Trump.

Maybe this will lead to a breakdown in public???




Trump's contradictions hit a fever pitch


https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/22/politics/donald-trump-economy-guns-republicans-foreign-policy/index.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twCNNp&utm_content=2019-08-22T10%3A52%3A06&utm_term=image



Analysis by Stephen Collinson, CNN

Updated 12:17 AM ET, Thu August 22, 2019


Washington (CNN) Something is eating at President Donald Trump.


Another exhausting day of the indefatigable commander in chief's compulsive seizing of the spotlight showed how what once would have been considered outrageous has become Washington routine.

The President had a tantrum at NATO ally Denmark only because it wouldn't sell him Greenland, doubled down on an anti-Semitic trope, basked in the praise of a right-wing conspiracy theorist, helped advance Russian foreign policy, joked he'd like to award himself a Medal of Honor, endorsed a comparison of him to a King and deified himself as a "chosen one."


And in a half hour encounter with the press he lashed out at his favorite target, his predecessor Barack Obama, who has now been in retirement for two-and-half years, more than 20 times -- an outburst of vitriol impressive even for Trump.

Taken together with a barrage of tweets, Trump's day reflected the sheer oddness of his approach to the presidency and his apparent insecurities nearly three years after being elected.


He could have spoken about historically low unemployment and the election promises he has kept to his loyal supporters on conservative judicial nominations, or sought to ease the summer's mood of fear and discord he has done much to foment.
Or if he had nothing to say, he could have said nothing at all.



Instead, his bullying, erratic performance suggested a state of mind that is unsettled -- and it may be no coincidence that it follows days of talk about the possibility of a recession that could eject him from office and ebbing poll numbers.


Inconsistency on guns and the economy

Trump's careening rhetoric also revealed another characteristic of his presidency -- a lack of policy coherence and consistency from one day to the next on the nation's top political issues.
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His careening back and forth with reporters Wednesday, which weighed in at a whopping 6,000 words when transcribed, helps explain why his White House rarely focuses long enough to get big things done.

At the end, Trump left far more fog about his intentions than had previously existed.
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Will Trump's 'Second Coming of God' Tweet Get His Glassy-Eyed Disciples to See the Light?







Will Trump's 'Second Coming of God' Tweet Get His Glassy-Eyed Disciples to See the Light?



https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/8/21/1880481/-Will-Trump-s-Second-Coming-of-God-Tweet-Get-His-Glassy-Eyed-Disciples-to-See-the-Light


Wednesday August 21, 2019 · 3:14 PM CDT


Many people have been predicting that as the tribulations of Donald Trump intensify, his mental state will become ever more unstable and dangerous. That appears to be the case as he is battered by devastating poll numbers, a weakening economy, and chaos on both domestic and foreign matters that is pulling back the curtains on his incompetence and failure.

But did anyone see this coming? In response to a question about his trade war with China, Trump looked to the heavens and proclaimed to reporters today that "I am the chosen one." Well, maybe if he means chosen by Vladimir Putin. And while some may regard this as typical Trumpian hyperbole, it needs to be viewed in relation to his other recent commentaries.

Trump has long been known to harbor aspirations of dictatorship..........................................

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"President Trump is the greatest President for Jews and for Israel in the history of the world, not just America, he is the best President for Israel in the history of the world...and the Jewish people in Israel love him...."


"....like he’s the King of Israel. They love him like he is the second coming of God...But American Jews don’t know him or like him. They don’t even know what they’re doing or saying anymore. It makes no sense! But that’s OK, if he keeps doing what he’s doing, he’s good for....."

".....all Jews, Blacks, Gays, everyone. And importantly, he’s good for everyone in America who wants a job." Wow! @newsmax @foxandfriends @OANN


So Trump's "America First" mantra is now being set aside to allow him to also be the president of Israel. Even worse, Trump is echoing the blasphemous assertion that he is the "King of Israel" and even the returning Messiah as "the second coming of God." It's also notable that Trump is crediting Fox News and the even more radical right One America News Network for these remarks.

For the record, Jews do not believe in the second coming. But Christians in America do. And are they really comfortable with Trump passing along these flagrantly unholy pronouncements? Is there any sacrilege that Trump can commit that will cause his pious devotees to question his omnipotence? Apparently telling more than 12,000 lies won't do it. Nor will cheating on his three (so far) wives. Although there may be a bit of concern about his potty mouth.

Trump has previously made staggeringly irreligious remarks. For instance, when asked if had ever asked God for forgiveness, he replied that that he didn’t need to because he has never done anything wrong:

“I’m trying to lead a life where I don’t have to ask God for forgiveness. […] Why do I have to repent? Why do I have to ask for forgiveness if you’re not making mistakes?”


That, of course, shows that Trump has a painfully misguided interpretation of the tenets of his own alleged Presbyterian faith, including “original sin,” wherein all are born with sin and require God’s forgiveness for salvation. But he also has a perversely delusional image of himself as infallible, a state that Christians believe only Christ had achieved. Which brings us back to these new comments wherein he regards himself as, at least, Christ-like.

In the past few days Trump has delivered abhorrent, anti-Semitic diatribes aimed at Democratic members of Congress, and Democratic voters in general. He said that they are both stupid and disloyal. That's not only insulting, but it rekindles an old affront to Jews as not being patriotic Americans.
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