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John Kelly Is 'Barely Tolerating' Donald Trump ? And Lets 'Him Do What He Wants Even If It Leads to Impeachment?


"At least this chapter of American history would come to a close.?


White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and President Donald Trump are said to be ?barely tolerating? each other.

According to Politico, Kelly?s ?status in the White House has changed in recent months? amid recent condemnation of Trump?s policy of separating immigrant children from their parents.

?[H]e and the president are now seen as barely tolerating one another,? Politico notes. ?According to four people close to Kelly, the former Marine general has largely yielded his role as the enforcer in the West Wing as his relationship with Trump has soured.?

The report adds: ?While Kelly himself once believed he stood between Trump and chaos, he has told at least one person close to him that he may as well let the president do what he wants, even if it leads to impeachment ? at least this chapter of American history would come to a close.?


Source: John Kelly Is 'Barely Tolerating' Donald Trump ? And Lets 'Him Do What He Wants Even If It Leads to Impeachment?
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Children in cages. The roots of this vicious, cruel crime.

Children in cages at a US border detention center
Sean O'Torain

Firstly, a personal comment.  I am originally from Ireland. I see that some creature with an Irish name is among the supporters on the Internet defending Trump and Sessions tearing the children from their families' arms and putting them in cages. 

To this person with the Irish name and to all who support the Trump cruelty, child abuse and kidnapping at the border, as a person born in Ireland I say this: Do you think they should have built a wall back in the mid 1800's when hundreds of thousands of starving Irish peasants were landing on US shores? I am confident that the answer to this question would be a resounding ?no?

These people came here because Irish people were dying by the tens of thousands as food was exported to England by English landlords. In Ireland Before and After the Famine, (it is more accurate to call it the starvation), author Cormac O?Grada documents that in 1845, a year of mass starvation in Ireland, 3,251,907 quarters (8 bushels = 1 quarter)) of corn were exported from Ireland to Britain. That same year, 257,257 sheep were exported to Britain. In 1846, another starvation year, 480,827 swine, and 186,483 oxen were exported to Britain. The Great Irish Famine.

Linked to this is the tens of thousands of undocumented people from Ireland in the US today. None of the children of these immigrants are being seized and put in cages, not that they should be, but this shows the racism of what is going on.  

Then there is this the most important and fundamental question.  Any decent human being is disgusted by what is being done by the US capitalist government to the children and the families at the border. These are children; they are our children, the children of the working class, poor rural workers many of them. It is very good that so many people are correctly speaking out and demonstrating against this crime. But that is not enough. To have a chance to stop this brutality, the roots of this brutality must be understood. All the capitalist mass media in the US from right to left, from Fox News to MSNBC, from the New York Times to the Wall Street Journal to the Los Angeles Times, all collude to prevent any discussion on what is at the root of this humanitarian crisis

They collude to prevent any discussion of why it is that Latin America, Central America and Mexico are so violent and so poverty stricken that people risk their lives to try and come to the US. What the US capitalist mass media does is hide the reality that the reason that these areas are so violent and poverty stricken is because of the policies of the US profit-addicted corporations, that is, US capitalism - US imperialism. US capitalism has dominated Latin and Central America and Mexico for centuries and continues to dominate the continent. See the book ?Open Veins of Latin America? by Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano. This was one of only two books Isabel Allende was able to take with her when she was driven out of Chile after the US organized military coup orchestrated by US war criminals Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger.  The coup overthrew the elected socialist government of her husband Salvadore Allende, murdered him and tens of thousands of other Chilean trade unionists and socialists-----people fighting for land reform and a more equal distribution of the wealth of the country. 

See also the review of  ?The century of US capitalism in Latin America" by Thomas O'Brien. The review of this book, neither book or review written by left wingers states: ?Throughout the nineteenth century and up to the 1930s, American corporations stridently resisted local opposition as they secured what they wanted in Latin America, cheap labor, plentiful raw materials, and favorable business conditions.?

 ?Stridently resisted?. These writers, supporters of capitalism, are good with their euphemisms. This euphemism describes what were US organized military coups and mass slaughter in Latin America. There were 200,000, mostly indigenous peasants massacred in Guatemala alone. A central organizing location for these operations is in the US, run by the US capitalist government and cynically called "The School of the Americas".

Consider the statements of Smedley Butler the Major General, in the US Marine Corps and one of the most decorated US soldiers in history.  In his book War is a Racket, he wrote: ?I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. In China I helped to see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested." ?I helped make Mexico, especially Tampico, safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for National City bank to collect revenues.?  "I spent most of my time (in the marines) being a high class muscle man for big business, for Wall Street and the bankers. I was a racketeers for capitalism". From the horses mouth. It is no wonder there are not too many Hollywood epics about Butler as there are about Patton, Washington, and mediocre figures like Custer.

The role of NAFTA, the North American Free  (Free!!!) Trade Agreement is also part of this. NAFTA allowed US capital to go where it liked and do what it liked in Mexico. There it has wiped out 
millions of subsistence farmers driving them from their land and into the cities where they could get no work. Many of these are the people and their children whom today are heading to the border to try and get work and something to eat. On top of that, the US provides the huge market for the drugs that are produced in Mexico and other Latin American countries and from which comes so much of the violence.

Many of these people displaced by market savagery are people in these countries who would be starving and instead get caught up in the drug business and cartels and the violence that accompanies it. It is estimated that 90% of the illegal guns in Mexico come from the US. US gun capitalists are arming the Mexican drug cartels just as they are arming about anybody who wants to be armed in the US.

At the root of all of this and its driving force is the drive for profits of the US corporations.  It is the offensive of the US corporations that is, US capitalism and its government and military machine.  

A friend once asked me why these governments of Latin America did not help themselves. This made me think.  Every time the working peoples of Latin America have tried to help themselves, have elected governments and built movements which tried to bring about land reform, which tried to stop the mostly foreign corporations from looting their resources, which tried to improve the lives of their peoples, US capitalism intervened to overthrow these governments and put these movements down. And when necessary the US did this with extreme violence.  

The nightmare of poverty and violence in Central and Latin America and Mexico is because of the policies of US imperialism and their boot lickers in the region. A few names make this clear:  Mexico, Chile, Grenada, Haiti, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Columbia, Cuba, Panama and on and on. Look them up. See how US imperialism intervened again and again; and all for profit. So much for the whining, lying hypocrisy of US capitalism/US imperialism, and its mouthpieces from its extreme right to its liberal wing about its great support for democracy.

One thing that all the media outlets and politicians of US capitalism have in common, from the Republicans to the Democrats, from Fox News to MSNBC, from Trump to Sanders, is that they always refuse to deal with the responsibility of US capitalism, of the US corporations, of the US profit system, for the monstrous suffering of the peoples of the world, the destruction of the environment and in this case the cruelty against the children and families at the border. 
  
US Imperialism and its drive for profit is responsible for creating the conditions in Latin and Central America which drives people to try and get something to eat and a job in the US. Just like US and European imperialism created the conditions in the Middle East and North Africa which drive the people from these areas to seek something to eat and a job in the more economically wealthy imperialist countries in Europe. Of course, part of the reason these countries are more economically wealthy is that they looted and continue to loot the countries of the Middle East, just as the US is economically more wealthy partly because it looted and continues to loot Latin America. Imperialism impoverishes the countries it dominates. Hence the wars and the people fleeing to get a job and something to eat and to escape the violence that imperialism causes. For every action there is a reaction.  

People in the US who defend the grotesque cruelty on the borders are apologists for creatures like Sessions and Trump and the US corporations which loot Latin and Central America and Mexico and at the same time live off the backs of the US working class and poison the air, the water, the food on which the US people have to live.   

The leaders of the 14 million strong US trade union movement sit quiet as usual; cowed as they are by US capitalism, supporters as they are of US capitalism, living high off the hog as a reward for preventing their members from confronting the US corporations and US capitalism.  These so-called leaders also have responsibility for the barbarous cruelty being suffered by the children and families on the border, they too have blood on their hands.

The big forces that are responsible for this cruelty must be identified and opposed. It is the case that a mass movement must be built but there is also individual responsibility. The cops and border guards and the people who are imprisoning these children should look at what they are doing and refuse to go along. Most of them are organized in some sort of union and they should collectively organize and refuse to seize and imprison the children.  Once more the union leaders, the leaders of the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations disgrace themselves and betray all working people not only in the US but in Latin America. They more than betray. See the role of many of these leaders in the so called American Institute of Free labor Development (AIFLD) Through AIFLD many of these leaders actually cooperated with the US government, corporations and CIA to help put down workers and peasants movements in Latin and Central America over the decades.  Read more about this hereand hereand also in our conference notes here.

There is also the responsibility of church goers. Sessions and Trump and co are quoting the Bible to justify their crimes and cruelty against the children and families. There are tens of thousands of churches in the US. Most of these claim the Bible as the foundation of their belief system. There are tens of millions of members of these churches. These people also have a responsibility, as do members of other religious organizations. They should organize in their churches to stand up, speak out and demand that their churches openly state that their Bible does not justify these crimes. And if their churches do not do this then they should take action. They should fight to change their organizations, their churches, from the inside or if necessary leave those churches that refuse to condemn what its going on in the name of the bible and either join a church that will condemn this or rethink their belief system. Flipping through the channels yesterday I sto
pped at a megachurch service and the preacher was talking about some guy telling his brother something completely irrelevant from a text that cannot be verified in any way at all. And this as children are being ripped from their parents and thrown into jails all around him and this in the name of the bible upon which he bases himself and his church. What sort of religion is this?

The Sessions clan has a long association with Southern racists. What Christian can support what Sessions, Trump and anyone else that doesn?t act, are doing to these families?

US working class people must raise their voices not only against this cruelty at the borders, but against the corporate capitalist system that causes this and which at the same time exploits the US working class. Working people in the US must build a movement against the US corporations and link with working people in Latin America, Central America and Mexico to end capitalism which is a catastrophe for all the working people of the Americas and for the environment of the Americas.

Source: Children in cages. The roots of this vicious, cruel crime.
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Climate Change Will Make Rice Less Nutritious, Putting Millions of the World?s Poor At Risk


As atmospheric carbon dioxide levels rise, rice plants produce fewer vitamins and other key nutrients. This could worsen hunger, malnutrition, child stunting and other diet-related health problems.


 

Rice is the primary food source for more than 3 billion people around the world. Many are unable to afford a diverse and nutritious diet that includes complete protein, grains, fruits and vegetables. They rely heavily on more affordable cereal crops, including rice, for most of their calories.

My research focuses on health risks associated with climate variability and change. In a recently published study, I worked with scientists from China, Japan, Australia and the United States to assess how the rising carbon dioxide concentrations that are fueling climate change could alter the nutritional value of rice. We conducted field studies in Asia for multiple genetically diverse rice lines, analyzing how rising concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere altered levels of protein, micronutrients and B vitamins.

Our data showed for the first time that rice grown at the concentrations of atmospheric carbon dioxide scientists expect the world to reach by 2100 has lower levels of four key B vitamins. These findings also support research from other field studies showing rice grown under such conditions contains less protein, iron and zinc, which are important in fetal and early child development. These changes could have a disproportionate impact on maternal and child health in the poorest rice-dependent countries, including Bangladesh and Cambodia.

Carbon dioxide and plant growth

Plants obtain the carbon they need to grow primarily from carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and draw other required nutrients from the soil. Human activities ? mainly fossil fuel combustion and deforestation ? raised atmospheric CO2 concentrations from about 280 parts per million during pre-industrial times to 410 parts per million today. If global emission rates continue on their current path, atmospheric CO2 concentrations could reach over 1,200 parts per million by 2100 (including methane and other greenhouse gas emissions).

Higher concentrations of CO2 are generally acknowledged to stimulate plant photosynthesis and growth. This effect could make the cereal crops that remain the world?s most important sources of food, such as rice, wheat and corn, more productive, although recent research suggests that predicting impacts on plant growth is complex.

Concentrations of minerals critical for human health, particularly iron and zinc, do not change in unison with CO2 concentrations. Current understanding of plant physiology suggests that major cereal crops ? particularly rice and wheat ? respond to higher CO2 concentrations by synthesizing more carbohydrates (starches and sugars) and less protein, and by reducing the quantity of minerals in their grains.

After steadily declining for over a decade, global hunger appears to be on the rise, affecting 11 percent of the global population. FAO, CC BY-ND

The importance of micronutrients

Worldwide, approximately 815 million people worldwide are food-insecure, meaning that they do not have reliable access to sufficient quantities of safe, nutritious and affordable food. Even more people ? approximately 2 billion ? have deficiencies of important micronutrients such as iron, iodine and zinc.

Insufficient dietary iron can lead to iron deficiency anemia, a condition in which there are too few red blood cells in the body to carry oxygen. This is the most common type of anemia. It can cause fatigue, shortness of breath or chest pain, and can lead to serious complications, such as heart failure and developmental delays in children.

Zinc deficiencies are characterized by loss of appetite and diminished sense of smell, impaired wound healing, and weakened immune function. Zinc also supports growth and development, so sufficient dietary intake is important for pregnant women and growing children.

Higher carbon concentrations in plants reduce nitrogen amounts in plant tissue, which is critical for the formation of B vitamins. Different B vitamins are required for key functions in the body, such as regulating the nervous system, turning food into energy and fighting infections. Folate, a B vitamin, reduces the risk of birth defects when consumed by pregnant women.

Anemia affects one-third of women of reproductive age globally ? or about 613 million women. FAO, CC BY-ND

Significant nutrition losses

We carried out our field studies in China and Japan, where we grew different strains of rice outdoors. To simulate higher atmospheric CO2 concentrations, we used Free-Air CO2 Enrichment, which blows CO2 over fields to maintain concentrations that are expected later in the century. Control fields experience similar conditions except for the higher CO2 concentrations.

On average, the rice that we grew in air with elevated CO2 concentrations contained 17 percent less vitamin B1 (thiamine) than rice grown under current CO2 concentrations; 17 percent less vitamin B2 (riboflavin); 13 percent less vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid); and 30 percent less vitamin B9 (folate). Our study is the first to identify that concentrations of B vitamins in rice are reduced with higher CO2.

We also found average reductions of 10 percent in protein, 8 percent in iron and 5 percent in zinc. We found no change in levels of vitamin B6 or calcium. The only increase we found was in vitamin E levels for most strains.

Rice within the octagon in this field is part of an experiment designed to grow rice under different atmospheric conditions. Rice grown under carbon dioxide concentrations of 568 to 590 parts per million is less nutritious, with lower amounts of protein, vitamins and minerals. Dr. Toshihiro HASEGAWA, National Agriculture and Food Research Organization of Japan, CC BY-ND

Worsening micronutrient deficiencies

At present, about 600 million people ? mostly in Southeast Asia ? get more than half of their daily calories and protein directly from rice. If nothing is done, the declines we found would likely worsen the overall burden of undernutrition. They also could affect early childhood development through impacts that include worsened effects from diarrheal disease and malaria.

The potential health risks associated with CO2-induced nutritional deficits are directly correlated to the lowest overall gross domestic product per capita. This suggests that such changes would have serious potential consequences for countries already struggling with poverty and undernutrition. Few people would associate fossil fuel combustion and deforestation with the nutritional content of rice, but our research clearly shows one way in which emitting fossil fuels could worsen world hunger challenges.

How could climate change affect other key plants?

Unfortunately, today there is no entity at the federal, state or business level that provides long-term funding to evaluate how rising CO2 levels could affect plant chemistry and nutritional quality. But CO2-induced changes have significant implications, ranging from medicinal plants to nutrition, food safety and food allergies. Given the potential impacts, which may already be occurring, there is a clear and urgent need to invest in this research.

The ConversationIt is also critical to identify options for avoiding or lessening these risks, from traditional plant breeding to genetic modification to supplements. Rising CO2 concentrations are driving climate change. What role these emissions will play in altering all aspects of plant biology, including the nutritional quality of the crops that we use for food, feed, fiber and fuel, remains to be determined.

Kristie Ebi, Professor of Global Health and Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.


Source: Climate Change Will Make Rice Less Nutritious, Putting Millions of the World?s Poor At Risk
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Inter Press Service - Labour / Trump is Here to Stay and Change the World
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Trump is Here to Stay and Change the World

Donald John Trump, 45th and current president of the United States, has been seen in many illustrious circles as an anomaly that cannot last. Well, it is time to look at reality. If we put on the glasses of people who have seen their level of income reduced and are afraid of the future, Trump […]

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Arizona Teacher Talks About Education and the Recent Strike.



These comments from an Arizona teacher are from the same forum that I attended on June 10th 2018 that was organized by the Oakland Education Association. On the same panel were teachers from Kentucky and West Virginia, fresh from the recent struggles in what are now known as the Red State struggles.

Click this link for some video of the Kentucky teachers Click this one for video of the West Virginia teacher's comments. They are both good and inspiring.

When you listen to this report from the Arizona teacher it becomes very clear that the problem in that state and what we do not have to fear or waste spending money protecting ourselves against, is murdering hordes of Mexican and Central American workers. The enemy is a domestic one, a rogue state with a violent history led by a violent clique intent on convincing its own people that are suffering under its rule that others are to blame for our predicament. Workers like ourselves who's goals are the same, feed their families, feel secure, live a decent life.


Source: Arizona Teacher Talks About Education and the Recent Strike.
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Even Bill O'Reilly Knows 'Trump Will Not Win' if He Continues Taking Immigrant Kids Hostage



 
 
 



The right-wing talking head knows these blatant human rights abuses are indefensible.


 

Former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly came out against President Donald Trump's policy of separating immigrant families at the border on Monday.

"The government should know how bad this looks and how innocent children are actually suffering," he tweeted. "That kind of scenario is unacceptable to most Americans as exemplified by former First Lady Laura Bush?s withering criticism.



O'Reilly joins a chorus of prominent Republicans, including Laura Bush, in condemning the Trump administration's policy.

The administration is falsely claiming existing law and the Democrats are to blame for the policy it enacted.

 






 

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Source: Even Bill O'Reilly Knows 'Trump Will Not Win' if He Continues Taking Immigrant Kids Hostage
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'You Are Lying. Period': Trump DHS Secretary Blasted for Denying Existence of Family Separation Policy


"This is a policy made solely by this administration, and you can stop it right now. And every second you don't you are directly responsible for unimaginable amounts of misery. Period."


In a "heinous lie" aimed at distorting the historical record and avoiding responsibility for the mass cruelty perpetuated on her watch, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen falsely claimed in a series of tweets late Sunday that the Trump administration does "not have a policy of separating families at the border."

"This misreporting by members [of Congress], press, and advocacy groups must stop. It is irresponsible and unproductive," Nielsen wrote, neglecting to mention data from her own department showing that nearly 2,000 children have been separated from their families in just six weeks due to the Trump adminstration's so-called "zero tolerance" immigration policy.

Lawmakers, activists, and reporters who have persistently highlighted and denouncedthe Trump administration's family separation policy?which was officially unveiled byAttorney General Jeff Sessions in May?were quick to call out Nielsen's blatant lie on Sunday, pointing out that a quick look at her department's website is enough to expose the falsehood.

Prominently featured on the DHS's "fact sheet" for its zero tolerance policy, dated June 15, is the question: "Why Are Parents Being Separated From Their Children?"

DHS "may separate a parent or legal guardian from his or her child for several reasons, including situations where DHS cannot ascertain the parental relationship, when DHS determines that a child may be at risk with the presumed parent or legal guardian, or if a parent or legal guardian is referred for criminal prosecution, including for illegal entry," the website notes.

 

 

Todd Schulte, president of the advocacy group FWD.us, added that the DHS website also contains a flyer outlining "the steps a parent in Border Patrol or ICE custody can take to locate their child, once said child has been separated from them."

"This is a lie," Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) concluded in response to Nielsen's tweet on Sunday. "There is no law. There is no court mandate. This is a policy made solely by this administration, and you can stop it right now. And every second you don't you are directly responsible for unimaginable amounts of misery. Period."

By attempting to deny the very existence of the Trump administration's family separation policy, Nielsen flatly contradicted statements from other White House officials like Chief of Staff John Kelly and senior policy adviser Stephen Miller, who have celebrated the practice of ripping kids from their parents' arms as a strong "deterrent" against border crossings.

And as many were quick to point out following her tweet on Sunday, Nielsen herself acknowledged the policy that she now claims doesn't exist in an interview with NPR just days after Sessions announced the White House's "zero tolerance" plan.

"Operationally what that means is we will have to separate your family," Nielsen said, referring to the Trump administration's decision to refer for criminal prosecution all immigrants who cross the border illegally.

Responding to Nielsen's lie on Sunday, the ACLU explained, "You have a policy of criminally prosecuting any asylum seeker who crosses the border between ports of entry. Period. Parents go into custody and kids are shipped off to facilities?over a misdemeanor."


Source: 'You Are Lying. Period': Trump DHS Secretary Blasted for Denying Existence of Family Separation Policy
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Inter Press Service - Labour / Sahel in the Throes of a Major Humanitarian Crisis
« Last post by Inter Press Service on June 18, 2018, 06:00:04 PM »
Sahel in the Throes of a Major Humanitarian Crisis

Mark Lowcock is UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator

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Source: Sahel in the Throes of a Major Humanitarian Crisis
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Trump's Tariffs Could Hurt Millions of Americans, But Media Focuses Instead on Presidential Drama


News reports and experts say the tariffs will hurt Americans in a number of ways.


On May 31, CBS News reported on retaliatory tariffs from Canada, Mexico, and the European Union, targeting numerous products including American steel and aluminum, playing cards, motorcycles, and tobacco. European Commission president Jean-Paul Juncker said that Trump?s move ?leaves us with no choice but to proceed ? with the imposition of additional duties on a number of imports from the U.S.?

News reports and experts say the tariffs will hurt Americans in a number of ways. Though the steel and aluminum industries stand to benefit, ?almost every US industry? that uses these metals will be faced with higher manufacturing costs, which ?will likely get passed on to consumers.? These higher costs could ?kill hundreds of thousands of jobs? as companies scramble to offset artificially high prices. Retaliatory tariffs levied by other nations are threatening a wide range of businesses, from agriculture to commercial production. According to The New York Times, even Trump?s own Council of Economic Advisers concluded that the tariffs would hamper economic growth.  

But media coverage of U.S. allies? responses to Trump?s economic attack centered on  the sensationalism and drama of the moment. Though CNN interviewed or cited economists in a few segments on the tariffs? effects for American workers and business, the majority of the punditry  focused on the shock value of levying tariffs against U.S. allies. CNN also interviewed Stephen Moore, a Trump campaign economic advisor whom CNN hired as its in-house defender of the president who dodged policy questions to muddy the facts and obsequiously push the Trump agenda (which is how interviews with former or current Trump officials usually go); the network did not interview any workers who could potentially be hurt by the retaliatory tariffs.

Fox News, meanwhile, played up the personal drama Trump incited with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Fox personalities said that ?the public spat between these world leaders [Trump and Trudeau] is something to watch,? argued that Trudeau should ?maybe ? realize it?s not personal,? and generally attacked Trudeau for, among other things, ?trying to out-alpha President Trump.? Lou Dobbs hailed Trump?s defeat of our allies? ?globalist conspiracy,? and on Dobbs? show, sworn Nazi sympathizer Sebastian Gorka denounced Canada?s response to Trump because Canada ?started it.?  When Fox figures tried to analyze the tariffs, they usually didn?t get beyond spouting worn-out taglines such as the electorate wanted the ?disrupter-in-chief? to provide ?a complete change in direction.? Jesse Watters got creative, however, when he positively compared Trump?s tariffs to the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act, a 1930 tariff commonly understood to have ?exacerbated the Great Depression.? (Fox & Friends did feature one dairy farmer who, predictably, supported Trump?s agenda.)

Much of the coverage on MSNBC also focused on the spectacle and/or provided a superficial analysis of Trump?s actions. But anchors Stephanie Ruhle and Ali Velshi, along with correspondent Vaughn Hillyard, did do substantial reporting on how the tariffs might impact American laborers, coverage which often included the workers themselves, during their combined three hours of hosting time., Velshi and Ruhle dedicated segments to explaining the far-reaching nature of the tariffs from U.S. allies (as well as an earlier round of tariffs from China) and how they might affect laborers and consumers alike.

On-site reporting focused on affected farmers, and several reports focused even further on specific industries -- pork products, potatoes, and bourbon among them -- targeted by the tariffs.

 

Ruhle, Velshi, and Hillyard notwithstanding, a common facet of tariff coverage was, as Fox & Friends Weekend co-host Pete Hegseth said, the ?unpredictability? of the situation, because it ?makes for good TV.? With Friday?s White House announcement of another $50 billion in tariffs against Chinese products, media need to move beyond the drama and focus on the substance and the potential devastation to some Americans.

 


Source: Trump's Tariffs Could Hurt Millions of Americans, But Media Focuses Instead on Presidential Drama
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AlterNet / Andrew Cuomo Could Order Criminal Charges Against the Trump Family: But Will He?
« Last post by AlterNet on June 17, 2018, 06:01:33 PM »
Andrew Cuomo Could Order Criminal Charges Against the Trump Family: But Will He?


New York?s attorney general can?t indict the Trump family over misuse of foundation funds ? but Cuomo could


The civil lawsuit filed against Donald Trump, three of his children and the Trump Foundation has brought to light a major shortcoming in New York state law that enables criminal fraud conducted through private foundations to escape state prosecution.

Manhattan is a major center of private foundations.

Under New York state law, the attorney general lacks fundamental legal authority to bring criminal cases. Indictments can be sought only after another state agency makes a referral to the state attorney general. The state charities bureau could make such referrals, but because it is under the attorney general no indictments could be brought.

The state civil lawsuit alleges years ?of illegal conduct by the Foundation and its board members [that] includes improper and extensive political activity, repeated and willful self-dealing transactions, and failure to follow basic fiduciary obligations or to implement even elementary corporate formalities required by law.?

Trump personally used $258,000 of charity money to settle lawsuits, a clear violation of the law. There?s also the $12,000 of charity money Trump spent to buy himself a signed Tim Tebow football helmet, a story the Washington Post broke in July 2016.

Barbara Underwood, who became New York's attorney general after the resignation of Eric Scheiderman, referred criminal matters to the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Elections Commission.

There is one person who can persuade Underwood to indict Trump, his three oldest children and others: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. He could direct the state's Department of Taxation and Finance to refer the matter as a tax crimes offense. Underwood could then seek indictments.

The Trump Foundation case meets every federal standard for criminal prosecution. The behavior is significant in terms of dollars, involved many actions over many years and was flagrant and multi-faceted with explanations that lack credibility. It also meets the Justice Department?s general deterrence standard, which includes bringing cases that will encourage broad compliance because they are high-profile prosecutions.

?There?s almost no way for the state attorney general to bring a criminal case? over the private foundation fraud, said Sean Delaney, executive director of the New York Lawyers Alliance, which serves nonprofits. Delaney is a former head of the State Charities Bureau.

Because that bureau is also part of the state attorney general?s office, when it finds evidence of criminal fraud those findings would not allow the attorney general to bring criminal charges.

Under current New York law, even if police in New York City uncovered the fraud, a prosecution for violating state law could only be initiated by Cyrus Vance Jr., the Manhattan district attorney, who has shown a deep aversion to pursuing anything involving Trump.

Private foundation fraud is likely to go undetected because tax audits of private foundations are rare. This creates a low-risk opportunity for people like Trump to use charitable funds for personal benefit, which is a crime as well as a civil offense.

Contrast this with the audit of the Clinton Foundation, which raised money from despots and billionaires and used it for work that has saved at least 11 million lives. Auditors typically sample records, but in the Clinton Foundation's audit every single check going in and out was reviewed, along with the supporting documentation. The audit report turned up nothing amiss, only the kind sof minor discrepancies anyone will find in their check register.

The last time Congress looked deeply into private foundation abuse, in the late 1960s, it found extensive fraud, including thousands of foundations into which wealthy people made tax-deductible gifts and then traded scholarships between each other?s children.

The investigations by Rep. Wright Patman, a populist Texas Democrat, resulted in major reforms of foundation law. It also spurred foundations eager to protect their reputations to fund the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, which exists to serve as a watchdog to philanthropies, a subject I?ve written about for four decades.

Trump has tweeted that he would fight what he called ?this ridiculous case.? It was a typical Trumpian response, ignoring established facts and attacking law enforcement.

In this case, Trump has little to fear in terms of prosecution at the federal level. Only about 1,600 criminal tax cases are filed each year, most of them connected to drug trafficking and officials who take bribes. That?s roughly one prosecution for every 96,000 individual and corporate tax returns.

Further, Trump claims the power to stop any Justice Department investigation or criminal case, even though the Justice Department has previously prosecuted people for far less egregious conduct, said Marcus Owens, former head of the IRS tax-exempt organizations division.

And of course, if Trump were to become worried about prosecution at the federal level, he claims that the U.S. Constitution gives him the power to pardon himself.


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