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Trump Faults Chuck Schumer for NYC Terror Attack

Source: The Daily Beast

President Trump on Wednesday seemingly blamed Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer for suspected NYC terrorist Sayfullo Saipov’s entry into the United States. “The terrorist came into our country through what is called the ‘Diversity Visa Lottery Program,’ a Chuck Schumer beauty. I want merit based,” the president wrote on Twitter. Saipov is an Uzbekistan national who came to the U.S. in 2010 and reportedly lived in Florida for some time before moving to New Jersey. The 29-year-old allegedly drove a rented truck down a bike path in Lower Manhattan for “nearly a mile,” killing eight people before being apprehended by police. “We are fighting hard for Merit Based immigration, no more Democrat Lottery Systems. We must get MUCH tougher (and smarter),” the president added moments after his initial tweet, tagging Fox & Friends, his favorite right-wing gabfest that had just discussed the visa program moments before his tweets. “[Saipov] came in through the diversity visa program, which, back in 1990, when the 1990 Immigration Act was going through Congress, turns out Chuck Schumer attached his bill, this diversity visa program to this,” host Steve Doocy said.



Read more: https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-blames-schumer-for-nyc-terror-suspects-entry


Trump pulls another stunt of cynical distraction - Washington Post Editorial Board

By Editorial Board October 31 at 7:46 PM

DID HILLARY CLINTON sell the country’s uranium to Russia in return for donations to the Clinton Foundation? Did the Democrats collude with Russian nationals to tip the election against Donald Trump?

No, and no. Which raises a third question: Why is any of this relevant, particularly now? A fair look at the facts suggests only one option. President Trump needs a distraction, and his surrogates, some Republican members of Congress, right-wing media and even some people in mainstream outlets are helping him gin up outrage against a woman who is not, was never and will never be president. It is a measure of the power of partisanship to warp people’s judgment that this bald trickery is getting any traction.

Here are the facts. In 2010 Rosatom , the Russian nuclear authority, bought a piece of Uranium One, a Canadian company that held rights to mine a share of U.S. uranium deposits. The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States approved the deal. The State Department, then run by Ms. Clinton, was one of nine agencies represented on that committee, though the Treasury Department had the lead. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission also had to approve the deal, and President Barack Obama had the final call.

The conspiracy theory is that people related to Uranium One had given money to the Clinton Foundation, mostly before the 2008 election, and therefore Ms. Clinton pressed the deal through. But given the structure of the committee, the separate NRC approval and the president’s role in the process, it was not really Ms. Clinton’s decision to make, even if the Russians had tried to influence her. In fact, a key premise of the conspiracy theory — that the United States gave up a big chunk of its uranium to the Russians — is simply wrong; none of the uranium could legally be exported, anyway.


Trump 'listened with interest' at Papadopolous pitch for campaign meeting with Putin

I stole the headline from RawStory but the extract, below, is from the article published by the NYT. Interesting information about Papadopoulos; little campaign experience, hired by the Ben Carson campaign for $5,500 per week after promising to raise $$$ from the Greek community. Carson's campaign collapsed, Papadopolous went to the Trump campaign. This is a very long article telling the story of how Trump created his foreign policy advisory board. What's below is just a snippet. - Don

Trump Foreign Policy Advisers Were Brought On to Solve a Political Problem. Now They Are One.



At a March 31 meeting in a foreman’s lounge at the Trump Hotel in Washington, which was under construction, with Mr. Trump and the rest of the foreign policy team, Mr. Papadopoulos pitched the idea of a personal meeting between Mr. Trump and Mr. Putin. Mr. Clovis and others immediately expressed doubts about the wisdom of the idea, noting that Russia was under United States sanctions and denouncing the “optics” of a meeting with Mr. Putin, according a former campaign aide who attended the meeting.

But Mr. Trump listened with interest and asked questions of Mr. Papadopoulos. Mr. Trump “didn’t say yes, and he didn’t say no,” said the former aide, who agreed to describe the meeting on the condition of anonymity.

Finally, Mr. Sessions, as the campaign’s top national security official, spoke vehemently against the idea, asking others not to discuss it again. Mr. Trump did not challenge him, the former aide said.

Nonetheless, Mr. Papadopoulos continued to pursue the notion of some sort of meeting for several months, updating Trump campaign officials on his efforts, the court records showed.



Trump to sign legislation overturning arbitration rule

Source: Politico

The rule bans forced arbitration clauses in contracts.

By LORRAINE WOELLERT 10/31/2017 07:33 PM EDT

President Donald Trump will sign legislation overturning the CFPB’s mandatory arbitration rule Wednesday afternoon, according to a White House official.

The president’s decision comes despite a personal appeal from CFPB Director Richard Cordray and veterans’ groups, who opposed a congressional vote to overturn the consumer watchdog's rule using the Congressional Review Act.

The rule bans forced-arbitration clauses in contracts, making it easier for bank and credit card customers to sue to settle disputes. A banking industry representative applauded the news.

“The CFPB’s rule was never about protecting consumers; rather, it was about protecting trial lawyers and their wallets,” said Richard Hunt, chief executive officer of the Consumer Bankers Association. “The bureau’s own study backs that up and proves trial lawyers would have been the real winners.”


Read more: https://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/31/trump-consumer-arbitration-rule-244396

White House wants credit for Papadopoulos arrest

Source: Politico

Sarah Huckabee Sanders claimed that Mueller’s probe brought down Papadopoulos only because of White House cooperation.

By MATTHEW NUSSBAUM and LOUIS NELSON 10/31/2017 09:10 AM EDT Updated 10/31/2017 04:18 PM EDT

The White House on Tuesday sought to take credit for the arrest of a former Trump campaign aide who had repeated contacts with Russia-linked officials offering “dirt” on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton — marking the latest damage control move as the Russia probe intensifies.

President Donald Trump and other White House allies had so far sought to downplay the role of George Papadopoulos, a campaign foreign policy adviser, whose plea deal was made public by special counsel Robert Mueller on Monday, the same day that two top Trump campaign officials were indicted on charges unrelated to the campaign.

Trump derided Papadopoulos on Tuesday morning as a “liar,” while former campaign aide Michael Caputo dismissed him as “the coffee boy.”

Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders went further Tuesday afternoon, claiming the White House and the campaign deserved credit for helping Mueller’s team build its case that Papadopoulos had lied to the FBI about his contacts.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/31/trump-robert-mueller-indictments-response-244361

House GOP delays tax bill rollout as key details have yet to be finalized

Source: Politico

Republicans now plan to unveil the bill Thursday.

By RACHAEL BADE, BERNIE BECKER, BRIAN FALER and AARON LORENZO 10/31/2017 05:43 PM EDT Updated 10/31/2017 07:30 PM EDT

House Republicans are postponing release of their much-anticipated tax bill, as key details have yet to be finalized congressional sources said Tuesday. The rollout is now set to take place Thursday instead of Wednesday.

House Ways and Means Committee members spent all Tuesday holed up in conference rooms trying to iron out last-minute disagreements. Senior committee staff worked through the night Monday and were expected to do the same on Tuesday.

House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) often says Republicans have spent more than half a decade working on their tax bill. But not 24 hours before the bill’s big reveal, lawmakers had yet to settle on one of the most sensitive questions of all: How to pay for their proposed $5.5 trillion in tax cuts, since any major revenue-generator is certain to antagonize some powerful lobby or group of lawmakers who could defeat it.

“Our plan is to release the bill tomorrow,” Brady told reporters Tuesday afternoon, leaving himself some wiggle room. Asked if Wednesday’s release would be legislative text, Brady responded: “When we release the bill, it will be text.”

Read more: https://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/31/house-republican-tax-plan-244385
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