Tag Archives: Trump regime

Trump regime makes show of "briefings" to prep Congress for North Korea military misadventure

Source: Politico

"Senators were alarmed by a Trump administration presentation Wednesday at the White House complex about the dangers of North Korea, though lawmakers in both parties said it was unclear what the president’s next action against the combative nation will be. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis, who led the session, did not divulge whether the United States is considering military options against North Korea after recent weapons tests and military activities were conducted by the regime of Kim Jong Un. … The administration briefed House members afterward at the Capitol." (04/26/17)


White House unveils dramatic plan to overhaul tax code in major test for Trump

Source: Washington Post

"President Trump on Wednesday proposed a dramatic overhaul of the tax code, calling for sharply lower rates for individuals and businesses but also eliminating key tax breaks. The proposal is a one-page outline — key details are left incomplete — but it presents an initial offer to begin negotiations with lawmakers, as White House officials think reworking the tax code is one of their biggest priorities to boost economic growth. … The central feature of the White House’s plan would be a big reduction in tax rates for virtually all Americans and businesses." (04/26/17)


How Trump alienated the judiciary

Source: The Atlantic
by Garrett Epps

President Trump’s first 100 days deserve at least one superlative: The Trump administration has managed to alienate the courts to a degree that some administrations take years to achieve. … To a degree unusual in public law litigation, Trump’s legal setbacks flow from his personal flaws: constitutional illiteracy, governmental inexperience, contempt for law and lawyers, lust for executive power, and — most of all — simple inability to keep his mouth shut." (04/26/17)


The bipartisan urge to suppress dissent

Source: Reason
by Jacob Sullum

"The University of California at Berkeley's inhospitality to conservative speakers, the subject of a federal lawsuit filed on Monday, prompted a Twitter rebuke from President Trump a few months ago. Yet his administration seems determined to demonstrate that suppression of opposing views is a bipartisan impulse. … the Justice Department is once again looking for a way to prosecute WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange for sharing classified documents with the public. The Obama administration abandoned that project after concluding that charging Assange with violating the Espionage Act would create a precedent that could be used against any news organization that publishes stories based on 'defense information' from sources who obtained or divulged it illegally — a very common journalistic practice. CIA Director Mike Pompeo says we shouldn't worry about that because Assange is not a real journalist, a debatable and constitutionally irrelevant point. The 'freedom of the press' that is guaranteed by the First Amendment is not the freedom of people who work for officially recognized news outlets; it is the freedom to use technologies of mass communication." (04/26/17)


Federal judge blocks Trump's sanctuary cities order

Source: The Hill

"A San Francisco judge has blocked enforcement of President Trump’s executive order barring federal funds from so-called sanctuary cities. San Francisco and Santa Clara County won preliminary injunctions to block Trump’s January order to withhold federal funds from cities that refuse to comply with federal authorities in enforcing immigration laws, according to multiple reports. According to the judge’s order, the Justice Department can still withhold grants from places that don’t comply with the law, but it cannot enforce the order 'in a way that violates the Constitution,' according to a Washington Post reporter." (04/25/17)


Trump regime: Alles to take over as Secret Service director

Source: CBS News

"The White House has named Randolph 'Tex' Alles as the new director of the Secret Service. … Since 2012, Alles has served as acting deputy commissioner of Customs and Border Protection (CPB) and previously spent 35 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He reached the rank of Major General and received numerous military awards before retiring from the Corps in 2011." [editor's note: I suspect that Trump has appointed more former Marines to executive branch positions than any former president – TLK] (04/25/17)


Candidate Trump: "I love Wikileaks." President Trump: "Arrest Assange!"

Source: LewRockwell.com
by Ron Paul

"There is a word for this sudden about-face on Wikileaks and the transparency it provides us into the operations of the prominent and powerful: hypocrisy. The Trump Administration’s declaration of war on whistleblowers and Wikileaks is one of the greatest disappointments in these first 100 days. Donald Trump rode into the White House with promises that he would 'drain the swamp,' meaning that he would overturn the apple carts of Washington’s vested interests. By unleashing those same vested interests on those who hold them in check — the whistleblowers and those who publish their revelations — he has turned his back on those who elected him." (04/25/17)


Trump launches Canada offensive in his war on the American economy

Source: Bloomberg

"U.S. President Donald Trump intensified a trade dispute with Canada, slapping tariffs of up to 24 percent on imported softwood lumber in a move that drew swift criticism from the Canadian government, which vowed to sue if needed. Trump announced the new tariff at a White House gathering of conservative journalists, shortly before the Commerce Department said it would impose countervailing duties ranging from 3 percent to 24.1 percent on Canadian lumber producers including West Fraser Timber Co." (04/24/17)


Entire US Senate to visit White House for North Korea "briefing"

Source: United Press International

"The entire U.S. Senate will visit the White House on Wednesday to receive a classified briefing on North Korea — a rare move that signals the Trump administration's growing focus on the potential threat from socialist nation. All 100 lawmakers in the upper chamber are set to attend the meeting, along with select other officials involved in the government's decision-making process, such as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis." [editor's note: Well, that sounds rather ominous … – TLK] (04/24/17)


Trump learns the reality of governance

Source: Mises Canada
by Taylor Lewis

"April is the cruellest month, said the poet. And for supporters of the president, no month has been crueler. Donald Trump has not only foregone his skepticism toward foreign military intervention, he’s veered away from the nationalist instincts that made him a stand-out among a crowd of stilted, suited pull-string dolls that was the Republican presidential field. For his moderation in recent days, the press has praised the businessman-cum-commander of the armed forces. But that’s only because the reality of governing has caught up, as it always does, with campaign rhetoric. Trump was never going to be immune to the flow of administrative democracy. He only won the vote of the people by convincing them, and perhaps himself, otherwise. The shock to his fans has to be as big as the shock to himself. The Trump of a year ago would hardly believe the actions of the Trump of today." (04/22/17)