Tag Archives: Trump regime

Trump declines to express confidence in drug czar nominee in wake of Post/”60 Minutes” probe

Source: Washington Post

“President Trump said Monday he will declare a national emergency next week to address the opioid epidemic and declined to express confidence in Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.), his nominee for drug czar, in the wake of revelations that the lawmaker helped steer legislation making it harder to act against giant drug companies. Trump’s remarks came amid widespread reaction across the political spectrum to a Washington Post/’60 Minutes’ investigation that Marino helped guide legislation that sailed through Congress last year with virtually no opposition. Trump said ‘we’re going to be looking into’ the investigation, while many Democrats and at least one Republican called for either modification or outright repeal of the law. Democrats also called on Trump to drop Marino as his pick to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy.” [editor’s note: Leave the position vacant and furlough all employees! – TLK] (10/16/17)


Trump regime withdraws from UNESCO, saying it’s biased against Israel

Source: Bloomberg

“The Trump administration withdrew the U.S. from the United Nations cultural organization, saying it’s biased against Israel and citing its decision to admit the Palestinian territories as a member state. The decision to quit the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, which the U.S. co-founded in 1945, ‘was not taken lightly,’ State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement Thursday. She cited the need for ‘fundamental reform in the organization, and continuing anti-Israel bias at UNESCO.’ … The U.S. also withdrew from the organization in 1984 but rejoined in 2003.” (10/12/17)


SCOTUS dismisses one of two Muslim ban cases

Source: Seattle Times

“The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed one of two cases over President Donald Trump’s ban on visitors from mostly Muslim countries, suggesting it will step away from the controversy for now. The court got rid of a case that originated in Maryland and involves a ban that has now expired and been replaced by a new version. But the justices took no action on a separate case from Hawaii. That dispute concerns both the travel ban and a separate ban on refugees, which does not expire until Oct. 24.” (10/10/17)


White House wrongly calls for investigation into UNLV professor’s comments

Source: Foundation for Individual Rights in Education
by Joe Cohn

“Video of UNLV history professor Tessa Winkelmann’s in-class comments last Thursday, in which she said that President Donald Trump’s rhetoric was at least partially to blame for the Oct. 1 massacre of concertgoers on the Las Vegas Strip, has drawn the ire of the White House. … Troublingly, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told the [Las Vegas Review-Journal] in a subsequent interview that she agreed with the student, calling for an investigation into the professor’s comments. … Although the White House has the right to respond to criticisms, the professor’s comments clearly constituted protected speech and should never be subjected to investigation. Investigations into protected classroom speech are incompatible with academic freedom.” (10/09/17)


EPA to repeal “Clean Power Plan”

Source: The Hill

“The Trump administration on Tuesday will formally propose repealing Barack Obama’s landmark climate change rule for power plants, a key part of the U.S. commitment to reduce emissions under the Paris accord. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Scott Pruitt told a Kentucky audience on Monday that he will sign paperwork on Tuesday to repeal the rule, which he argued exceeded the previous administration’s authority and treated coal communities unfairly. ‘The Clean Power Plan, it wasn’t about regulating to make things regular,’ Pruitt said Monday at an event with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), to raucous applause. ‘It was truly about regulating to pick winners and losers.’ Pruitt gave his remarks at a Hazard, Ky., mining and construction equipment business, in the heart of Eastern Kentucky’s hard-hit coal country.” (10/09/17)


Trump regime narrows ObamaCare’s contraception mandate

Source: Washington Post

“The Trump administration issued a rule Friday that sharply limits the Affordable Care Act’s contraception coverage mandate, a move that could mean many American women would no longer have access to birth control free of charge [sic]. The new regulation, issued by the Health and Human Services Department, allows a much broader group of employers and insurers to exempt themselves from covering contraceptives such as birth control pills on religious or moral grounds.” [editor’s note: It’s not “free of charge” — someone’s paying for it. And no one should be forced to pay for it (or for anything else) for anyone else – TLK] (10/06/17)


Trump plans to “decertify” Iran nuclear deal next week

Source: CNN

“President Donald Trump plans to ‘decertify’ the Iran nuclear deal next week, declaring the Obama-era pact not in US interests and launching a congressional review period on the accord, according to two senior US officials. Trump is tentatively scheduled to unveil his plan during remarks a week from Thursday, though one official cautioned the timing could shift. Trump said Thursday that Iran has not ‘lived up’ to the spirit of the deal. Speaking ahead of a dinner with military officers, Trump said it was imperative Iran not obtain nuclear weapons.” [editor’s note: There was little if any reason to believe Iran’s regime was trying to obtain nuclear weapons BEFORE the deal, or that it has not held up its end of the deal. Trump’s tantrum is about playing to his jingoist base, not about anything actually going on in Iran – TLK] (10/05/17)


Trump pitches massive tax cuts, seeking win

Source: The Hill

“President Trump and congressional Republicans rolled out a sweeping tax overhaul proposal on Wednesday that won immediate praise from conservatives, uniting a party that had been divided over how to repeal ObamaCare. Business groups and the far-right House Freedom Caucus both backed the GOP blueprint to slash business taxes and trim the number of individual tax rates as Republicans looked to quickly move on from another failure to repeal the health care law. Trump and his congressional allies are salivating for a major legislative win after a year filled with losses and disappointments, most of them related to a failed effort to repeal and replace ObamaCare. Their new hope is tax reform, which on the surface at least offers plenty for Republicans to agree upon.” (09/27/17)


Trump’s tightening legal noose

Source: LewRockwell.com
by Andrew P Napolitano

“The Donald Trump I know is a smart guy who often thinks a few steps ahead of those whose will he is trying to bend. But I lately wonder whether he grasps the gravity of the legal peril that is beginning to show up around him. In the past week, we learned of an unfiltered public confession of frustration and weakness among his lawyers and we learned that his former chief confidant and campaign manager is about to be indicted. This is very bad news for President Trump. Here is the back story.” (09/21/17)


Trump tries to distract from failing domestic agenda with new sanctions on North Korea

Source: CNN

“President Donald Trump announced a new set of sanctions on North Korea Thursday and praised China for taking action to limit financial transactions with the isolated communist nation. The effort to project forward momentum in his bid to isolate Pyongyang came at the end of Trump’s four-day visit to the United Nations General Assembly, where the crisis has taken prominence in rapid-pace meetings with more than a dozen world leaders. … The executive order Trump inked just ahead of the lunch enhances US Treasury Department authorities to target individuals who provide goods, services or technology to North Korea, Trump said.” (09/21/17)