Tag Archives: Trump regime

Paris Agreement does not create litigation risk for Trump’s climate agenda

Source: Niskanen Center
by David Bookbinder

“As the Administration continues to wrestle with whether to stay with or leave the Paris Agreement, one of the key issues is whether staying in creates a legal risk for the Administration’s plans to scrap many of the Obama-era climate regulations. In other words, would the U.S. emissions reductions commitment be a legal barrier to withdrawing any of these regulations? The short answer is ‘no.'” (05/08/17)


Casey blasts Trump regime over abduction, deportation of mother and child

Source: Politico

“Sen. Bob Casey ripped the Trump administration on Wednesday over its immigration policies after frantically tweeting about a case of a mother and son being deported back to Honduras and urging the White House to intervene. ‘This is outrageous. This is the United States of America. We send a 5-year-old back to Honduras? And they call that homeland security? That’s outrageous. Absolutely outrageous,’ Casey, a Pennsylvania Democrat, said in an interview with POLITICO. … ‘They’ve just allowed ICE to run wild. There doesn’t seem to be much in the way of constraint,’ Casey said in the interview. ‘If they are really, with limited resources, gonna focus on 5-year-olds instead of criminals, what kind of homeland security is that?’ Casey’s tweets were an unusual and, it appears, unsuccessful experiment in which a lawmaker tried to hold government officials accountable for their actions in real time. As he tweeted, Casey discovered that federal immigration officers already had put the family on a flight to their home country.” (05/04/17)


The entertainment presidency

Source: The Atlantic
by Rosie Gray

“The conventional wisdom is that Donald Trump didn’t get much done in his first 100 days in office. His signature campaign promises — the Muslim travel ban, the border wall — are no closer to fruition than they were when he took office. He has not figured out a way to work with Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare. Despite an appearance of perpetual activity — a flurry of executive orders, leaks to the media about the inner workings of the West Wing — and a real win in nominating and confirming new Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, this White House hasn’t made much of an impact policy-wise. … But there are ways in which the presidency matters that have little to do with policy or legislation. Where Trump has unquestionably had an impact, both as a candidate and now as president, is in the shifting of culture and the breaking of political norms.” (04/30/17)


Trump invites Philippines’ Duterte to the White House

Source: CNN

“President Donald Trump invited his polarizing Philippines counterpart to the White House during a phone call in which the two leaders discussed North Korea. Trump and President Rodrigo Duterte had a ‘friendly discussion’ Saturday that also addressed regional security in southeast Asia and the Philippines’ drug war, the White House said in a statement. While it did not provide details on when or if Duterte would visit the White House, it said Trump is looking forward to his Philippines trip in November.” (04/30/17)


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)