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by Bjinse on Sat Oct 14th, 2017 at 08:02:42 PM EST
communicable disease.

Don't Put Trump Above the Law, Emoluments Challengers Urge

To earn the right to take the president to court, [plaintiff's attorney Deepak] Gupta will have to prove not only that the president's business dealings are illegal, but that his clients have been harmed by them.

The event which has not occurred.
Gupta told the court that he has numerical proof [!] of Trump's competition with another of his clients, New York hotel mogul Eric Goode. Ranked 35th in the area, Trump SoHo's price differs by only $1 from Goode's Bowery Hotel, which outranks its nearby competitor by two points but has an important drawback.

"What our clients can't offer is the ability to curry favor with the president of the United States," Gupta said.

"emoluments magnet"
Since the emoluments clause proscribes certain foreign business transactions only "without the consent of Congress," the Republican-led Legislature presents another variable in the case.

"Your clients would not have a cause of action no matter how severe [their complaints] if [Congress] decided to consent," said [U.S. District Judge George] Daniels.

One significant flaw in the complaint exposes the standing of the gov't.s of MD and the D.C. to dismissal ...
Trump Reveals Flat Revenue at Controversial Washington Hotel
Losses Mount at Trump's Scottish Resorts
Donald Trump's first 100 days have been a moneymaking success story

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Thu Oct 19th, 2017 at 12:46:44 PM EST
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Since leaving the UN General Assembly audibly gasping at the audacity of his "rocket man" declaration, Mr Trump has withdrawn US membership in UNESCO and the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the "Iran Deal". Concerted effort to resist or obey orders of the hegemon have yet to materialize.

whip it good
Mogherini lashes out [?] at Trump, says EU is the `only credible' global power

"It is a deal that prevented a nuclear arms race in the Middle East, next to us. That brought security in the region and to young people in the country. That was the European way and it was thanks to us because we were the mediator," she said.

Why Trump Has Gone Nuclear on Iran
straight out of season 6 of 'Homeland'
US allies will also be "encouraged" to reach what for all practical purposes is a non-denial denial renegotiation. This can be easily interpreted as unilateral extorsion. It's not gonna happen - as the EU, Russia and China have made abundantly clear. Washington then will be de facto pulling out of the JCPOA. Or, in Trump's words, following the advice of the spectacular incompetent rabid neocon US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, the deal "will be terminated".

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Oct 19th, 2017 at 08:29:50 PM EST
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o, dear.
IRGC commander Mohammad Ali Jafari - usually a cordial, soft-spoken man but tough as nails, with combat experience in the Iran-Iraq war - has made it very clear; "If the news is correct about the stupidity of the American government in considering the Revolutionary Guards a terrorist group, then the Revolutionary Guards will consider the American army to be like Islamic State [ISIS] all around the world."

Trump is truly ripping the imperial sieves "a new one."
China, Russia, US, EU{France, Germany} plus "Britain"

"It seems that some have deliberately created a fake atmosphere in order to ignore such a legal process and block the path to assessing the (nuclear) conclusion in a timely and detailed manner and placing it in a legal path in compliance with the Iranian nation's interests," [AlJafari] said.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Oct 19th, 2017 at 08:55:20 PM EST
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The American Conservative
I understand you had a striking exchange in conversation with a senior African diplomat recently. What happened?

The exchange was with a former foreign minister of an East African country. We spoke several months ago while I was in his country to meet with army officers for my research on civil - military relations. Well read and well informed, he expressed distress over what he saw as the Trump Administration's attack on the foundations of American power in the world. He compared Trump to Gorbachev. I was curious about this comparison, given that most Americans generally view Gorbachev in a positive light.

He explained that Russians know Gorbachev as the man who destroyed a superpower. He said that "Trump is your Gorbachev" because he is also destroying his country's global power. He noted that Trump was systematically undermining the architecture of American power, such as NATO and all sorts of other arenas of cooperation that make America essential in the calculations of other countries. He pointed to people like Sebastian Gorka and took the time to find out who he and some of the other advisors actually are. His country, he explained, prefers to get advice from "reality-based professionals" and wondered how others in the American political establishment could tolerate people who are so harmful to American power.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Oct 20th, 2017 at 01:36:09 PM EST
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It's this sort of reasoning which provoked Mr Obama's elevation to Nobel laureate.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Oct 20th, 2017 at 05:11:24 PM EST
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Doesn't Trump deserve it at least as much as Obama?

A physics prof. at the Technion once nominated Begin for the Physics Prize "he deserves at least as much as the Peace Prize".

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Oct 20th, 2017 at 05:15:38 PM EST
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Wait. To what sort of physics was he referring?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Oct 21st, 2017 at 07:11:53 PM EST
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Gorbachev made an afaik sincere effort to reform the superpower and scale back the empire in a controlled manner. It didn't work as he wanted it to, but he tried.

Yeltsin on the other hand, was as far as I can tell only in it for power, money for him and his friends and family, and eventually to avoid jail (or execution).

by fjallstrom on Sat Oct 21st, 2017 at 07:05:23 PM EST
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Trump Likely to Block Release of Some JFK Files - Politico
The 1992 law, the JFK Assassination Records Collection Act, was passed by Congress in response to the furor created by Oliver Stone's conspiracy-laden hit film "JFK," which was released the year before. As a result of the law, millions of pages of documents related to the assassination were made public in the 1990s--but not all.

A relatively small fraction--the 3,100 documents that the public has never seen, as well as the full text of more than 30,000 files previously released only in part--have been held back until now. Most of those documents were created inside the CIA, the FBI and the Justice Department. Under the law, however, everything must be released, in full, by next Thursday unless Trump decides otherwise.

Until now, Trump, himself no stranger to conspiracy theories, including a seemingly bizarre theory offered during last year's presidential campaign that connected JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald to the father of Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, has given no clue in public on his plans for the JFK documents. (Cruz and his father adamantly deny the allegations of a family tie to Oswald.)

by Bernard (bernard) on Sat Oct 21st, 2017 at 06:43:00 PM EST
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Trump says he'll allow Kennedy assassination files to be released

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Oct 22nd, 2017 at 02:03:41 PM EST
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Anything to put on a good show as long as he doesn't have to do any work or produce anything ... like all of the bosses I ever worked for.

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Mon Oct 23rd, 2017 at 04:12:07 AM EST
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Air Force could recall as many as 1,000 retired pilots to address serious shortage
Those extraordinary powers were supposed to be temporary [?!]. But even [!] after 16 years, there's been no congressional [WHO?] oversight of the ["]emergency["].

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sat Oct 21st, 2017 at 07:24:57 PM EST
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