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May 29, 2019

Donald Trump just admitted he's working to overturn Roe v. Wade -- again

This article gives the history of Trump's and the GOP's declared war on abortion rights in the U.S.

Make no mistake: they are working to do away with legal abortion in this country.

It was October 19, 2016. During the third presidential debate Republican nominee Donald Trump emphatically stated he would work to overturn Roe v. Wade.

“Because I am pro-life, and I will be appointing pro-life judges, I would think that that will go back to the individual states,” Trump told moderator Chris Wallace. “If we put another two or perhaps three justice on, that’s really what’s going to be. That’ll happen automatically, in my opinion, because I am putting pro-life justices on the court.”

Some Americans think that maybe Roe might get overturned, few seem to understand that this was the GOP’s plan all along. This is not some strange series of unrelated events, some coincidence. All these new anti-abortion laws flooding the states. Extremist anti-abortion judges flooding the federal courts. Two extremist anti-abortion justices now on the Supreme Court. This is all by design.

link: https://www.alternet.org/2019/05/donald-trump-just-admitted-hes-working-to-overturn-roe-v-wade-again/
May 29, 2019

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is set to make a statement today at the Department of Justice about t

Source: ABC News

JUST IN: Special Counsel Robert Mueller is set to make a statement today at the Department of Justice about the Mueller report at 11:00 a.m. ET.

Read more: https://t.co/5quX6rUEW0

May 29, 2019

Robert Mueller will finally break his silence on Russia investigation Wednesday morning

The Department of Justice has announced that special counsel Robert Mueller will finally break his silence on the two-year investigation he led into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.


Let's hope this is true. We need to hear from him.

May 29, 2019

Bannon: This could bring down Trump's presidency

"Steve Bannon says supporters will turn when tax records reveal Trump’s ‘just another scumbag’: Michael Wolff"

This is a new article that discusses Wolff's book and what Bannon had to say about Trump:

President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist believes a thorough investigation will reveal his family business is a “semi-criminal enterprise” — and ultimately end his presidency.

The president is fighting congressional orders to turn over his tax returns, putting Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin in possible legal peril, and former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon said Trump has every reason to fear their release, according to excerpts from a new book reported by The Guardian.

“Trump was vulnerable because for 40 years he had run what increasingly seemed to resemble a semi-criminal enterprise,” wrote author Michael Wolff in his forthcoming book, “Siege.”

Bannon, who is quoted extensively in this book and Wolff’s previous White House tell-all, “Fire and Fury,” takes that even further.

“I think we can drop the ‘semi’ part,” Bannon told Wolff. Bannon said investigations into Trump’s finances will eventually cause his strongest supporters to turn on the president, when they realize he’s not nearly as wealthy as he claims to be.

In Siege, Wolff quotes Bannon saying investigations into Trump’s finances will cut adrift even his most ardent supporters: “This is where it isn’t a witch hunt,” Bannon said. “Even for the hard core, this is where he turns into just a crooked business guy, and one worth $50 million instead of $10 billion.”

“Not the billionaire he said he was,” Bannon added, “just another scumbag."

Link: https://www.rawstory.com/2019/05/steve-bannon-says-supporters-will-turn-when-tax-records-reveal-trumps-just-another-scumbag-michael-wolff/?utm_source=push_notifications

May 29, 2019

Bernie's Pro-Sandinista Past Is a Problem, and His Response Is Not Good

By Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine.

A week ago, the New York Times reported on Bernie Sanders’s 1980s-vintage foreign-policy stands, which at times crossed over from mere opposition to American policy to outright support for communist governments. Sanders initially refused to speak with the reporters, but after the article appeared, he called one of them and gave an extremely crusty interview. Now he has a video framing the issue, which he says is about “my opposition to war” and refusal to apologize for his opinions.

Any politician is going to frame issues selectively, but Sanders is presenting a spin on the controversy so selective it completely fails to convey any of the points relevant to the controversy.

During the 1980s, the Reagan administration was giving military aid to the Contras, a right-wing guerrilla insurgency attacking the Nicaraguan government. Most Democrats opposed aiding the Contras while still deploring the communist Nicaraguan government.

The Times shows that Sanders went well beyond mere opposition to funding the war. He wrote to Sandinista leaders that American news media had not “reflected fairly the goals and accomplishments of your administration.” On a visit to the country, he attended a Sandinista celebration at which the crowd chanted, “Here, there, everywhere, the Yankee will die,” and complained that American reporters ignored “the truth” about Nicaragua’s government, telling a CBS reporter, “You are worms.”

This is all highly relevant to his presidential campaign. It not only sheds light on his foreign-policy thinking but also illustrates the sorts of attacks Sanders would face in a general election, if nominated. Given that he identifies as a democratic socialist and promises radical change, his defensive comments about a communist regime would help Republicans paint him in the most extreme light.

In his post-publication interview, Sanders largely refused to explain these comments. Instead, he berated the reporter, Sydney Ember, with insinuations that she lacks a basic factual understanding of the issues.

Read More: http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/05/bernie-sanders-pro-sandinista-past-problem.html?

May 29, 2019

Justin Amash Gets Standing Ovation At Town Hall After Supporting Trump Impeachment

If Trump has eyes on primarying and beating Justin Amash in 2020, he may be disappointed. Rep. Amash has beaten back primary challenges before, and what should worry the White House is the reception that Amash received from a district that is Republican and conservative. Amash might be a unique case in that he may be so personally popular in the district that it might not matter if Trump tries to oust him, but the larger point is that when Justin Amash stood before the voters in his district after making the case for impeaching the Republican president, he wasn’t run out of town on a rail, as Trump had hoped.

Read More: https://www.politicususa.com/2019/05/28/justin-amash-town-hall.html
May 28, 2019

Amash doubles down on accusing Barr of 'deliberately' misleading the public on Mueller report

Source: The Hill

Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) on Tuesday doubled down on his accusation that Attorney General William Barr "deliberately misrepresented" the contents of special counsel Robert Mueller's report on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The GOP lawmaker, who has sharply criticized President Trump and last week became the first congressional Republican to call for his impeachment, accused Barr of "selectively" quoting Mueller in the summary he released prior to making public the investigation's full, redacted report.

"As a result of Barr’s March 24 letter, the public and Congress were misled," Amash tweeted on Tuesday. He went on to accuse the attorney general of using "subsequent statements and testimony...to help build the president’s false narrative that the investigation was unjustified."

Read more: https://thehill.com/homenews/house/445786-amash-accuses-barr-of-deliberately-misleading-the-public-on-mueller-report

May 28, 2019

Fox News: Trump Tax Return Strategy Will Backfire

According to a new article on Fox News, recent court cases make it very likely that Donald Trump's strategy to keep his tax returns hidden will not work. What's worse for him, is that his delaying tactics now make it likely that the information he's trying to keep hidden will be revealed in the middle of the 2020 campaign.

The Trump administration is fighting back against the House Democratic push to obtain the president's past tax returns, but two court decisions in recent days indicate it's possible the administration's strategy could backfire.

Recent rulings from two federal courts went against President Trump in his efforts to block subpoenas from financial institutions. If the White House's arguments for withholding Trump's tax returns also fail to convince a judge, an ensuing appeal might only serve to delay the exposure until closer to the 2020 election -- when the president would prefer to talk about other issues.

Michael Stern, a former senior counsel in the House of Representatives' Office of General Counsel, told Politico, "I don't think anyone would say that it's impossible for there to be a final order for him to produce the tax returns by the middle of next year." That would be in the heat of Trump's re-election campaign.

First, Judge Amit Mehta of the D.C. District Court ruled that accounting firm Mazars USA must comply with a House Oversight Committee subpoena for Trump's financial documents. Then Judge Edgardo Ramos of the Southern District of New York ruled similarly regarding the House Financial Services and Intelligence Committees' subpoenas issued to Deutsche Bank and Capital One.

Read More: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/recent-court-decisions-indicate-trump-tax-return-strategy-could-backfire

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