Rep. Adam Schiff (Dem) Lays Out the Facts…

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To Trump or Not to Trump; That is the Question…

The nation is divided. President Trump has won a decisive Electoral College victory, but lost the Popular Vote. Those who support him say “Give him a chance” and those who do not say “He is squandering his chance”.  Which is it? Who are we, as a nation? 

I’m sure that last question is one that many of our listeners are asking. On this show, we will examine who our Founding Fathers intended us to be and compare it to who we are, today and who we seem destined to become. And we ask ourselves is this who we want to become? And make no mistake; under this new Administration, our nation will undergo change, if we allow it. The question is, again, … is this who we want to become? We will let our listeners offer their opinions….

On Sunday, March 5th, at 6:00 pm, E.S.T., just click this link to listen from anywhere in the world or dial (818) 739-8909 to listen by phone, from anywhere. 

Our show is all about regular, down to Earth, everyday people having a voice. Agreement is never required on our show; but courtesy and respect are, so there is never any reason to be silent. “Let’s Change the WORLD”

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Donald Trump’s Campaign Promises

Most presidential candidates are careful to not promise too much on the campaign trail. That’s not at all the case for Republican front-runner Donald Trump. Listed below are 76 things that Trump has said he would do if elected, or has predicted would occur as a result of his election. If he were to win the White House, Trump has promised to:

1. Build a wall along the southern border that’s taller than the arenas where Trump holds his rallies, taller than any ladder and one foot taller than the Great Wall of China. This “artistically beautiful” wall will be constructed out of hardened concrete, rebar and steel, and it will be “the greatest wall that you’ve ever seen” — so great that the nation will likely one day name it “The Trump Wall.”

2. Make Mexico pay for the wall. If Mexico refuses, then the United States will impound all remittance payments taken from the wages of illegal immigrants, cut foreign aid, institute tariffs, cancel visas for Mexican business leaders and diplomats, and increase fees for visas, border-crossing cards and port use.

Trump compares proposed border wall to Great Wall of China


At a campaign event at Liberty University in Lunchburg, Va., Donald Trump compared his proposed border wall to the Great Wall of China. (Reuters)

3. “If I become president, we’re all going to be saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again.”

4. Get rid of Common Core because it’s “a disaster” and a “very bad thing.” Trump says he wants to give local school districts more control and might even eliminate the Department of Education.

5. The Environmental Protection Agency might also disappear.

6. Get rid of Obamacare and replace it with something “terrific” that is “so much better, so much better, so much better.”

7. Knock down the regulatory walls between states for health insurance, making plans available nationally instead of regionally.

8. Rebuild the country’s aging infrastructure — especially bridges and airports that look like they belong in a third-world country — for one-third of what the United States is currently paying for such projects.

10. Defund Planned Parenthood.

11. “I will take care of women, and I have great respect for women. I do cherish women, and I will take care of women.”

12. Frequently use the term “radical Islamic terrorism.”

13. Temporarily ban most foreign Muslims from entering the United States “until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.” Trump would allow exceptions for dignitaries, business people, athletes and others who have “proven” themselves.

Trump calls for ‘total and complete’ shutdown of Muslims entering U.S.


Republican presidential contender Donald Trump said on Dec. 7 that he was in favor of a ‘”total and complete” shutdown of Muslims entering the United States. (C-SPAN)

14. Bar Syrian refugees from entering the country and kick out any who are already living here.Trump says wealthy Persian Gulf nations like Saudi Arabia should pay to set up a heavily guarded “safe zone” in Syria.

15. Heavily surveil mosques in the United States.Trump has said he’s open to the idea of closing some mosques.

16. Create a database of Syrian refugees. Trump hasn’t ruled out creating a database of Muslims in the country.

17. Never take a vacation while serving as president.

18. Prosecute Hillary Clinton for her use of a private e-mail server while serving as secretary of state.

Clinton: Trump is ‘trying to bully and buy his way into the presidency’


Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton accused Donald Trump of “trying to bully and buy his way into the presidency.” (Reuters)

19. Make medical marijuana widely available to patients, and allow states to decide if they want to fully legalize pot or not.

20. Stop spending money on space explorationuntil the United States can fix its potholes. Encourage private space-exploration companies to expand.

21. Pick Supreme Court justices who are “really great legal scholars.”

22. Ensure that Iowa continues to host the nation’s first presidential nominating contest.

23. Strengthen the military so that it’s “so big and so strong and so great” that “nobody’s going to mess with us.”

24. Be unpredictable. “No one is going to touch us, because I’m so unpredictable.”

25. Allow Russia to deal with the Islamic State in Syria and/or work with Russian President Vladimir Putin to wipe out shared enemies.

26. “Bomb the s— out of ISIS.” Also bomb oil fields controlled by the Islamic State, then seize the oil and give the profits to military veterans who were wounded while fighting.

27. Target and kill the relatives of terrorists.

28. Shut down parts of the Internet so that Islamic State terrorists cannot use it to recruit American children.

29. Bring back waterboarding, which the Obama administration considers torture. Trump has said he’s willing to use interrogation techniques that go even further than waterboarding. Even if such tactics don’t work, “they deserve it anyway, for what they’re doing.”

30. Leave troops in Afghanistan because it’s such “a mess.” Protect Israel. And increase U.S. military presence in the East and South China Seas.

31. Find an “out” clause in the Iran deal and then “totally” renegotiate the whole thing.

32. “I promise I will never be in a bicycle race. That I can tell you.” (This promise is connected to criticism of Secretary of State John F. Kerry, who was injured while riding a bicycle amid the Iran negotiations.)

33. Refuse to call Iran’s leader by his preferred title. “I guarantee you I will be never calling him the Supreme Leader… I’ll say, ‘Hey baby, how ya doing?’ I will never call him the Supreme Leader.”

34. Negotiate the release of all U.S. prisoners held in Iran before taking office. (Five hostages were recently released, including Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian; Trump has taken some credit for this.)

35. Oppose the killing of journalists: “I hate some of these people, but I would never kill them.”

36. Find great generals — like the next Gen. Patton or Gen. MacArthur — and do not allow them to go onto television news shows to explain their military strategy: “I don’t want my generals being interviewed, I want my generals kicking a–.” Trump likes generals who are rough, foul-mouthed and beloved by their troops.

37. Drop that “dirty, rotten traitor” Bowe Bergdahl out of an airplane into desolate Afghanistan without a parachute.

Trump says he will review Bergdahl’s case if elected president


Republican presidential contender Donald Trump called Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl a “traitor” and said that he would review his case if elected president. Bergdahl will face a general court-martial in connection with his 2009 disappearance from his base in Afghanistan. (Reuters)

38. Fire “the corrupt and incompetent” leaders of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and dramatically reform the agency. Allow veterans to take their military identification card to any medical facility that accepts Medicaid patients to receive care. Embed satellite VA clinics in rural hospitals and underserved areas, and ensure than every VA hospital is permanently staffed with OBGYN doctors.

39. Invest more heavily in programs that help military veterans transition back to civilian life,including job training and placement services. Also increase funding for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries and mental health issues. Veterans who apply for a job at a VA facility will have five points added to their qualifying scores.

40. Bring back jobs from China — and Mexico, Japan and elsewhere.

41. “I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created.” Trump says cities like Reno, Nev., will “be a big fat beautiful beneficiary” of these new jobs.

42. Students at Wofford College in South Carolina, where Trump attended a town hall, will all have jobs at graduation.

43. Aggressively challenge China’s power in the world by declaring the country a currency manipulator, adopting a “zero tolerance policy on intellectual property theft and forced technology transfer” and cracking down on China’s “lax labor and environmental standards.”

Trump: China’s currency devaluation ‘a disgrace’


During a speech in Michigan, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said, “You have to do something to rein in China,” adding that “they’re making it absolutely impossible for the United States to compete.”(Reuters)

44. Rather than throw the Chinese president a state dinner, buy him “a McDonald’s hamburger and say we’ve got to get down to work.”

45. Replace “free trade” with “fair trade.” Gather together the “smartest negotiators in the world,” assign them each a country and renegotiate all foreign trade deals.

46. Put billionaire hedge fund manager Carl Icahn in charge of trade negotiations with China and Japan, and pick an ambassador to Japan who is “a killer,” unlike the current ambassador, Caroline Kennedy.

47. Tell Ford Motor Co.’s president that unless he cancels plans to build a massive plant in Mexico, the company will face a 35 percent tax on cars imported back into the United States. Trump is confident he can get this done before taking office. (Last year he incorrectly said this had already happened.)

48. Force Nabisco to once again make Oreos in the United States. And bully Apple into making its “damn computers” and other products here.

49. Impose new taxes on many imports into the country. Numbers thrown around have included 32 percent, 34 percent and 35 percent.

50. Grow the nation’s economy by at least 6 percent.

51. Reduce the $18 trillion national debt by “vigorously eliminating waste, fraud and abuse in the federal government, ending redundant government programs and growing the economy to increase tax revenues.”

52. Cut the budget by 20 percent by simply renegotiating.

53. Get rid of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

What you need to know about Donald Trump’s tax plan


Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump released a tax proposal, outlining “major” tax cuts while helping to “balance budgets.” Here’s exactly what’s inside Trump’s tax plan. (The Washington Post)

54. Simplify the U.S. tax code and reduce the number of tax brackets from seven to four. The highest earners would pay a 25-percent tax. The corporate tax rate would fall to 15 percent. Eliminate the “marriage penalty” for taxpayers and get rid of the alternate minimum tax.

55. No longer charge income tax to single individuals earning less than $25,000 per year or couples earning less than $50,000. These people will, however, be required to file a one-page form with the Internal Revenue Service that states: “I win.”

56. Ensure that Americans can still afford to golf.

57. Allow corporations a one-time window to transfer money being held overseas, charging a much-reduced 10 percent tax.

58. Get rid of most corporate tax loopholes or incentives, but continue to allow taxpayers to deduct mortgage interest and charitable donations from their taxes.

59. On his first day in office, Trump would get rid of gun-free zones at military bases and in schools.

60. Use “common sense” to fix the mental health system and prevent mass shootings. Find ways to arm more of the “good guys” like him who can take out the “sickos.” Get rid of bans on certain types of guns and magazines so that “good, honest people” can own the guns of their choice.

Trump: ‘They’re not going to take your guns away’


Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump slammed President Obama’s executive action on gun control, saying “you saw what he did today… it’s no good.” (Reuters)

61. Impose a minimum sentence of five years in federal prison for any violent felon who commits a crime using a gun, with no chance for parole or early release.

62. Fix the background check system used when purchasing guns to ensure states are properly uploading criminal and health records.

63. Allow concealed-carry permits to be recognized in all 50 states.

64. Sign an executive order calling for the death penalty for anyone found guilty of killing a police officer.

65. Provide more funding for police training.

66. And provide more funding for drug treatment, especially for heroin addicts.

Trump: Heroin ‘bigger and tougher’ problem for New Hampshire


Speaking in Manchester, N.H. the morning after Fox Business’s Republican presidential debate, candidate Donald Trump identified ways his administration would battle heroin addiction in the United States. (Reuters)

67. On the first day in office, terminate President Obama’s executive orders related to immigration.This includes getting rid of “sanctuary cities” that Trump says have become refuges for criminals.

68. Deport the almost 11 million immigrants illegally living in the United States.

69. Triple the number of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers.

70. Continue to allow lowly paid foreign workers to come to the United States on temporary works visas because Trump says they are the only ones who want to pick grapes.

71. End birthright citizenship.

72. Say things that are politically incorrect, because the country does not have time to waste with political correctness.

Trump: ‘We can’t worry about being politically correct’


Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said, “We can’t worry about being politically correct,” in remarks to a police association in Portsmouth, N.H. Trump provoked uproar by calling for Muslims to be blocked from entering the country after the recent shootings in California by two Muslims who authorities said were radicalized. (Reuters)

73. Make America great again — and strong again, as it has become too weak.

74. Be a cheerleader for America and bring the country’s spirit back. “Take the brand of the United States and make it great again.”

75. Bring back the American Dream.

76. Start winning again. “We’re going to win so much — win after win after win — that you’re going to be begging me: ‘Please, Mr. President, let us lose once or twice. We can’t stand it any more.’ And I’m going to say: ‘No way. We’re going to keep winning. We’re never going to lose. We’re never, ever going to lose.”

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How Donald Trump has Managed his Time…

February 21, 2017

From the moment Donald Trump was sworn in as president on the steps of the Capitol until noon Monday, precisely one month had passed. A total of 744 hours.

Here’s how he spent each one.

Let’s start at the top.

Trump’s time in D.C.

The president spent a little under three-quarters of his time in and around Washington during his first month in office. A little less than half of that was time during which he was officially working — as measured by the time between when the media was told to show up in the morning (known as “call time”) until the media was dismissed in the evening (known as “the lid”). This is an imprecise measure of when a president is working, of course; he might take meetings after hours or review documents that are pertinent to his job. That difference is impossible to measure, though, so, in our calculus it blends together with obvious downtime, like when the president is asleep. Or when he’s watching TV, which is also impossible to measure.

Much of Trump’s work time fell into a few basic categories. The estimates below are based on pool reports. Most events were assumed to be an hour, unless the schedule made obvious that the length was shorter or longer. (Numbers below and on the chart above are rounded.)

  • Intelligence briefings: 6 hours
  • News conferences: 4 hours
  • Signing bills and executive orders: 6 hours
  • Phone calls and meetings with foreign leaders: 21 hours
  • Listening sessions with various groups: 14 hours

Trump spent 182 hours between call time and the lid with other events that were listed on his public calendar, though not every hour was accounted for during that time. Not captured in those categories are a few special events: the inauguration, the National Prayer Breakfast and the two hours his family spent watching “Finding Dory” in the White House theater. (His press secretary says that Trump didn’t join in.)

Trump’s time on Twitter

The president, as you may be aware, likes to use Twitter. How much time he spends on it can be hard to determine, so here’s how I arrived at my estimate.

On not infrequent occasion, one of two things will happen: Trump will tweet a string of thoughts over multiple tweets or Trump will delete and reissue a thought on Twitter. To figure out how long it took him to draft a tweet, I averaged how much time usually elapsed between those tweets since Jan. 20. On average? Eight minutes and 20 seconds.

Using data from the Trump Twitter Archive, I then looked at each tweet sent from an Android device — the best indicator when it’s Trump himself tweeting — and calculated how much time in total was spent on those tweets, assuming each was given an eight-minute window. Since most of his Android tweets come outside of normal work hours, his tweets were counted in the “other time” period.

In short: Trump spent an estimated 13 hours on tweets in D.C. and another five hours while in Florida. In total, Trump sent 128 tweets from an Android device, of 199 total since he was inaugurated. Some of those other tweets were clearly from him, like the one below, but we only included Android tweets.

Trump’s time in Florida

About a quarter of Trump’s time since he took office has been spent in Florida — mostly at his Mar-a-Lago resort but also on the golf course.

Trump’s team is keenly aware that the president spending a lot of time on the golf course is a bit questionable. That’s not because presidents don’t deserve downtime, mind you — it’s just that Trump was an outspoken critic of Barack Obama’s time on the golf course. “I’m going to be working for you. I’m not going to have time to go play golf,” he said last August.

But he’s found time. Trump’s hit the links at least six times since he took office. On at least five of those occasions, he played a full 18 holes.

Trump, Abe dine after day of golfing in Florida

On Sunday, the administration claimed that he’d only played “a few holes” both days this weekend. That was revealed as untrue thanks to a blog post indicating that Trump was joined by professional golfer Rory McIlroy for 18 holes two days ago. (The administration’s response to the truth coming out? “He intended to play a few holes and decided to play longer.” The White House spokesman then added, “He also had a full day of meetings.”)

Most of the other work that Trump has done in Florida has been meetings or calls with foreign leaders.

Trump’s time everywhere else

Trump’s spent about 16 hours traveling on Air Force One and Marine One, the presidential helicopter. That’s mostly to and from Palm Beach, where Mar-a-Lago is. But it includes trips to Philadelphia (for a Republican retreat); Dover, Del., (to attend the homecoming of a soldier killed in action); and South Carolina (to tour a Boeing factory). Trump spent about 10 hours everywhere except D.C. and Palm Beach.

As someone on Twitter noted, Trump’s a month into his four-year term — the equivalent of one minute having expired in an NBA game. Still plenty of time for these stats to shift.

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The First Illegal Immigrants…

D-Source 02/22/17

What I’m about to ask will not be popular; but you know me… And before I get accused; this question is not intended to be racial. It is about Immigration.

Random thought: What if Native Americans hired a group of Attorneys and filed a Class Action Suit against Americans of European Decent for illegally coming to America, slaughtering their ancestors and stealing their land and demanded they all be deported as Illegal Immigrants?

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President Trump or Campaigner and Chief?


D-Source 0/21/17

Donald Trump had a campaign style ‘Pep Rally’ in Florida Saturday night (02/18/17), where he insulted the Sweeds, causing the former Sweetish President to tweet:

“… What is he (Trump) smoking…?

Would someone please inform Mr. Trump that he has already won the election and he doesn’t have to campaign anymore; it’s actually time to govern, now…

First 30 Day Trump Facts:

* In the first 30 days, Mr. Trump has issued a number of Executive Actions. Executive Actions aren’t laws, but Administrative Orders. Most of Trump’s orders have been to review things and to study things and to remove bureaucratic red tape that would hold up things. Orders aimed at deregulating the Coal and Oil Industries and so on… Mr. Trump believes Climate Change is a hoax.

* There were two notable actions; one of them being to loosen restrictions on which Illegal Immigrants should be the target of Law Enforcement and the second was a Travel Ban on 7 Muslim Nations.

* There has been no notable Trump Backed, Campaign Promised legislation passed in the first 30 days of the Trump Administration.

First 30 Day Obama Facts:

* legislation on children’s health insurance

* The “Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act for women

* The The Recovery Act: A 787 Billion Dollar Law impacting infrastructure improvement, major changes in energy, education and a huge tax cut for average Americans

* Family Medical Leave legislation

* A 75 billion dollar bailout for Home Owners in Foreclosure

* While President Trump signed 18 Executive Orders in his first 12 days in office; Obama signed 19.

What this comparison shows is that motion doesn’t always mean progress. A Rocking Horse is constantly in motion, but goes nowhere….

Come on Mr. Trump; enough with the Pep Rallies…. Let’s get something done!

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The Wall…

D-Source 02/19/17

I’m sorry and mean no disrespect to anybody; but I’m sick and tired of hearing about this stupid wall Trump wants to build! It’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard of!

Many experts are saying that some of the terrain that this wall will have to be built on is nearly impossible to build a wall across in an economically feasible manner. Some experts say cost overruns could be over a hundred of millions, due to unexpected problems with costly fixes. Estimates are approaching a 100 billion dollars on the high end, for a wall that will be completely ineffective and that will not even cover the entire Southern Border. It won’t cover the Florida Border, for example. If it did, it would kill the state’s Tourism, Cruise Line and Shipping Port Businesses, among many others.

Experts say a fence would be more cost efficient and more effective than a wall, because you can’t see through a wall and know when someone is plotting to blow a whole in it. Drug Lords, who are millionaires, will simply blow wholes in it and dig tunnels under it or fly over it or reroute to one of the other 3 open borders to keep their drug trades going and new businesses will be created transporting Illegal Immigrants by ships to other borders, by planes and through underground tunnels. Experts argue that, In due time, this trillion dollar wall will be nothing but an eye soar with pot wholes in it from dynamite and missile blasts.

The United States, who has always been all about tearing down walls, because they never do anything but create miss-trust and lead to war, is suddenly talking about building a wall of our own. How hypocritical is that? And the Mexicans have always been our good friends and one of our biggest trading partners. Their music, food, culture and even the Mexican People are woven into our social fabric. Now, we are going to insult them by building a wall between us and them and to add insult to injury, we are going to try and bully them into paying for it?! GTFOH! We can’t make them pay for that wall! All we are doing is making an enemy out of a once good freind. And in the long run, no matter how powerful you think you are, it is always better to have friends, than enemies; especially if they are right up against your border.

So, why not take half or less of that trillion dollars he wants to build that stupid, ineffective and offensive wall with and focus on working with Mexico to eliminate these Drug Lords and their strongholds, improving living conditions, getting rid of the corruption and to insert some quality education into these communities. It is their country, so they should put forth equal or more investment with us, along with joint intelligence and law enforcement or military operations. Eventually, these people will rise up and demand better from their government, because they will, then, know that their time to rise up has finally come. They will develop hope. And as they see progress, there will be less reasons and less desire to leave their home land, their families, friends, culture and language to take a dangerous and illegal trip to our country, when they have hope and prosperity right where they are. Mexicans love their country. They don’t leave because they hate their country; but out of necessity. They will have no reason to leave, if they have hope for a brighter future, in their own country.

This is just one of possibly other long term strategies that attack the problem at the core vs. throwing good money at a band aid approach that will never stop them from wanting and desiring to come here, because it never addresses the problem, at its core. And where there is a will to come here; there is always a way…. Especially with three more open borders. What are we going to do, build a wall all the way around the United states?

#NonSense #TrumpFoolery #CommonSensevsTrump

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“I am Man…”

D-Source 02/19/17

All I want to do is serve you… I want you to place the full weight of all your problems squarely on my shoulders. I want to absorb all your tears in my shoulder. I will come into your home and your life and I will reduce my free time to half, as I increase yours by half. I will cut my income in half, as I increase yours by half. I will love and care for another man’s children, as though they are my own. I will work three jobs to keep a roof over your head and I will fight King Kong to keep you safe! I will message your heart and pray for the salvation of your soul! You will always be mine, forsaking all others. You are that ‘Vital Rib’, which God extracted from me. Without you, I am incomplete and I can never reach my full potential. Until I find you, I can never fully find myself. I am ‘Man’.


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450 Obama Accomplishments



Altered the Culture of the Executive Branch and the Federal Government

Within his first week, he signed an Executive Order ordering an audit of government contracts, and combating waste and abuse.

Created the post of Chief Performance Officer, whose job it is to make operations more efficient to save the federal government money.

On his first full day, he froze White House salaries for the duration of the Great Recession.

He appointed the first Federal Chief Information Officer to oversee federal IT spending and efficiency.

He committed to phasing out unnecessary and outdated weapons systems and signed the Weapons Systems Acquisition Reform Act, in an attempt to limit waste, fraud and abuse in the defense procurement and contracting systems.

Established the Open Government Directive, which completely changed the government’s approach to technology at all levels.

He created the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.

Signed an Executive Order instructing federal agencies to review all federal regulations and remove any unnecessary and/or burdensome regulations from the books.

Dismantled the Minerals Management Service, thereby cutting ties between energy companies and the government.

Banned gifts from lobbyists to anyone in the Executive Branch.

Banned anyone from working in an agency they had lobbied in previous years and placed strict limits on lobbyists’ access to the White House.

Held the first-ever first online town hall from the White House, and took questions from the public.

Became the first president to stream every White House event, live.

Established a central portal for Americans to find service opportunities.

Restored the 30-day time frame for former presidents to review records and eliminated the right for the vice president or family members of former presidents to do the reviews, giving the public greater access to historic White House documents, and curtails the use of executive privilege to shield them.

Improved the Freedom of Information Act and issued new guidelines to make FOIA more open and transparent when processing FOIA requests.

Streamlined the Department of Education’s procurement policies and made them more transparent.

Provided the first voluntary disclosure of the White House Visitors Log in history.

Signed a law to completely reform NSA Data Collection program and keep phone records in the hands of the phone company.

Improved access and data available to Inspectors General throughout the federal governments and elsewhere, thus improving investigative quality.

Sought to improve project management and accountability throughout the federal government.

Enjoyed a virtually scandal-free Administration for eight solid years.

Prevented a Bush Depression, Improved the Economy

Pushed through and signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, also known as “the stimulus package.” He also launched, a website that allows taxpayers to track spending from the Act.

By the end of his first year, the economy created and sustained 2.1 million jobs and the ARRA stimulated the economy by 3.5%.

He guided the massive TARP financial and banking rescue plan and forced financial organizations to pay back virtually all bailout money.

Established the Making Home Affordable home refinancing plan.

In 2010 alone, more jobs were created than had been created during Bush’s eight years.

He pushed through and implemented an auto industry rescue plan that saved as many as 1 million jobs and possibly the entire auto industry.

Through his investment in GM, returned to the company to its place as the premiere car company in the world.

In February 2016, GM was in such good financial shape, they gave a share of the profit to each worker, with checks up to $11,000.

Doubled funding for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, to improve manufacturing efficiency.

Increased infrastructure spending after years of neglect.

Signed the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act, which helped millions of Americans avoid preventable foreclosures and provided $2.2 billion to combat homelessness and stabilize the housing market.

Signed an Executive Order creating jobs immediately by reducing the time needed for review and permitting of infrastructure projects.

Through the Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009, he and Congressional Democrats provided tax credits to first-time home buyers, which helped the U.S. housing market recovery.

Played a lead role in getting the G-20 Summit to commit to a $1.1 trillion deal to combat the global financial crisis.

Signed new rules making it easier for home buyers to get a loan to buy a condominium.

Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, saved at least 300,000 education jobs, such as teachers, principals, librarians, and counselors that would have otherwise been lost.

Provided funding to states and the Department of Homeland Security to save thousands of police and firefighter jobs from being cut during the recession.

Signed bill to provide extra training for local police forces, especially with regard to active shooter situations.

China’s largest manufacturer, Foxconn, is building a large plant in Pennsylvania

Worked with Apple Computer to get them to build more product here, and the company is building two large plants to manufacture products here; one in Texas and one in Arizona

Created an institute to invest in more manufacturing jobs in the technology fields of the future.

Ordered all federal contractors to pay a minimum wage of $10.10 per hour, leading the way to a national increase.  As a result of this decision, a number of large employers, including Disney and Walmart, have increased their minimums.

Ordered the completion of the International Trade Data System, a digital trade record book, by 2016. This move will streamline and simplify the process through which small- and medium-sized businesses set up the export of US goods.

Signed bill to expand opportunities and to promote greater Native American tourism.

Specific Examples of Economic Improvement

As of December 2016, a record 75 consecutive months of overall job growth, a record.

As of August 2016, Unemployment drops below 5% for the first time in eight years and without a significant bubble, remains below 5% until he leaves office. 4.9%

As of December 2016, there have been 82 consecutive months of private sector job growth, a record.

In April 2016, new unemployment claims hit their lowest level since Nov. 1973.  As of September 2016, they remain at 43-year lows. That means lower than at any time during Saint Reagan’s Administration.

Since February 2010, when unemployment peaked, 16 million non-farm private sector jobs have been created.

Contrary to GOP rhetoric, most of the new jobs created have been full-time, not temporary.

Oversaw a reduction in the federal budget deficit by two-thirds since taking office.

Reduced the federal budget deficit from 9.8% of GDP in Fiscal Year 2009 under Bush, to 2.5% of GDP in FY 2015.

Scolds Congress and gets a $305 billion highways bill passed. This bill has the added benefit of created hundreds of thousands of new jobs and creating incentives for green cars.

Wages have risen more in 2015 and 2016 than at any time in almost 20 years, without the aid of an economic bubble.

For the first time in 15 years, the lowest income demographic is seeing a rise in income.

Addressed Wrongdoing in the Financial Sector

Signed the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act giving the federal government more tools to investigate and prosecute fraud in every corner of the financial system, and create a bipartisan Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission to investigate the financial fraud that led to the economic meltdown.

Ordered 65 executives who took bailout money to cut their own pay until they paid back all bailout money.

Along with Congressional Democrats, pushed through and got passed Dodd-Frank, one of the largest and most comprehensive Wall Street reforms since the Great Depression.

Created and implemented rules to reduce the influence of speculators in the oil market.

Created and implemented rules so banks can no longer use depositors’ money to invest in derivatives and other high-risk financial instruments that work against depositors’ interests.

Supported the concept of allowing stockholders to vote on executive compensation.

Endorsed and supported the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act of 2009 that would close offshore tax avoidance loopholes.

Negotiated a deal with Swiss banks permitting the US government to gain access to bank records of criminals and tax evaders.

Signed the American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act, closing many of the loopholes that allowed companies to send jobs overseas, and avoid paying US taxes by moving money offshore.

Thanks to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, inflation in the healthcare sector dropped to its lowest point in 50 years.

Improved Conditions for Consumers and Small Businesses

Signed the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure (CARD) Act, to protect consumers from unfair and deceptive credit card practices.

Guided the housing market all the way back from total collapse, which led to a rally for housing starts.

Spent unprecedented amounts of money on technology, to move the country well into the 21st Century, after eight years of lag.

Brought airline industry back to their highest profitability since before the recession.

Created an airline passenger bill of rights, preventing airlines from stranding passengers on tarmac for hours, requiring them to return to the gate within three hours or face stiff fines.

Blocked a monopolistic merger of Staples and Office Depot, to preserve at least some competition.

Stock market has reached record highs, restoring most of the economic losses felt during the Bush Recession.

Promoted and signed a bill to established the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and implemented it.

Consumer confidence continues to inch up to its highest level more than a decade.

Initiated a $15 billion plan designed to encourage increased lending to small businesses.

Created, to allow online collaboration between small businesses and experts re managing a business. (The program has since merged with

Through the FCC, Established the Open Internet Order, which established new neutrality as a standard for the future.

Took steps to improve minority access to capital.

Used recovered TARP money to fund programs at local housing finance agencies in California, Florida, Nevada, Arizona and Michigan.

Crafted and signed an executive order establishing the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability to assist in financial education for all Americans.

Oversaw the most sweeping food safety legislation since the Great Depression.

Through the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act, extended the False Claims Act to combat fraud by companies and individuals using money from TARP and Stimulus programs.

Set up rules for banks in handling legal marijuana money.

Added greater protections to consumer financial transactions to reduce identity theft.

Took steps to prevent pirate fishing and protect fish populations, and ordered stricter labeling requirements on labeling of seafood products in stores.

Signed the RAISE Act, which should encourage more people to open small businesses and help improve the economy.

Signed a bill that allows low-volume vehicle manufacturers that will increase entrepreneurship among small car manufacturers, who often build replicas of classics but who often build green vehicles.

Signs an Executive Order to strengthen cooperation with regard to global entrepreneurship.

Signs a law to allow “ordinary investors” to help a company start up through crowdfunding.

Blocks the merger of several health insurers to ensure that competition remains in the health insurance business.

Signs a law to strengthen American economic competitiveness.

Prohibited the elimination of “floating homes” In the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Established new offices at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that are designed to assist small businesses and to reduce unnecessary regulations.

Banned the used of automated “ticket-bots”

Offers greater protection for consumers who post online reviews.

Strengthened the Middle Class and Fought Poverty

Worked to provide affordable, high-quality child care to working families.

Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, cut taxes for 95% of America’s working families.

Tax rates for average working families are the lowest since 1950.

Extended and fully funded the patch for the Alternative Minimum Tax for 10 years.

Extended discounted health coverage under the COBRA health insurance law for the unemployed from 9 months to 15 months, and he’s also extended unemployment benefits more than a few times.

Provided a $20 billion increase for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps).

Signed an Executive Order that established the White House Office of Urban Affairs.

Included the Buffet Rule in his 2014 budget proposal, in order to fulfill a campaign promise to make sure tax rates are fair between the rich and the middle class.

Used the fiscal cliff negotiations to extend for five additional years the American Opportunity Tax Credit, which provides tax credits to families for college-related expenses, thus saving those families up to $10,000.

Increased protections for the unemployed who are seeking a government job.

Updated and modernized overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

Signed and implemented the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, to improve nutrition in schools and make children healthier.

To make college more affordable and accountable, will begin rating colleges with regard to affordability and value.

Initiated a reform of federal job training programs, to make them more relevant to the current economy and the job market.

Under Obama, the bottom 95% of taxpayers pay lower federal income taxes than at any time in the last 50 years, including under Reagan, or either Bush.

Signed a presidential memorandum authorizing six weeks paid leave for all federal employees with a new baby and encouraged Congress to do the same for all workers.

2014 marked the first time since 1984 that unemployment dropped in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Took steps to improve workplace safety by creating an Advisory Board to study workers’ exposure to toxic substances.

Changed overtime rules to make it far more difficult for employers to avoid paying overtime to workers.

Changed rules for federal contractors, guaranteeing that all workers earn paid leave; this should affect about 300,000 workers.

Signed a Hague Convention Agreement to make it easier to collect child support from parents wherever they are in the world.

Negotiated a law to finally replace “No Child Left Behind” and remove much of the onerous government “oversight” that caused children to stagnate, not improve, academically.

Signed executive order to expand charitable giving among federal employees.

Helped to end the “Victory Tax” that caused financial hardship to successful Olympic athletes.

Addressed Civil Rights and Equality

Formed a commission to examine and make recommendations for fixing the broken voting system.

Created a Civil Rights Division in the Justice Department that has become a very strong voice for Black people.

At a press conference August 9, 2013, gave up some executive power, promising to create adversarial process in FISA regarding NSA surveillance.

Proposed rules to enhance Fair Housing Laws, to give HUD and other enforcement agencies more enforcement power.

Ordered a review of capital punishment policies after several botched executions.

Approved $1.2 billion discrimination settlement with black farmers who had proved USDA bias.

Appointed Kareem Dale as the first ever Special Assistant to the President for Disability Policy.

Concentrated immigration enforcement on those who commit crimes, and vowed to stop breaking up families.

Streamlined the visa process, to make it more responsive and humane for those who want to be here legally.

Took steps to tighten the reins when it comes to providing local law enforcement agencies with military-style equipment and exercising more control over the equipment they receive.

Changed fair housing rules to make more affordable housing available to more people.

Helped Democrats in Congress pass and signed the Civil Rights History Act.

Created a Policing Task Force to deal with the problems that led to the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

His Justice Department investigated the Ferguson Police Department twice and slammed them for their racism and exploitive practices.

Established the White House Council of Native American Affairs, to improve government-to-government relations with Native American nations.

Limited local police acquisitions of military-style equipment, to reduce the likelihood of overkill.

Signed Blue Alert Law, which provides police officers with more information when they are threatened.

Blocked the sale of Apache tribal land to foreign mining company, over Republican objections.

Settled with the City of Cleveland over civil rights and excessive force violations.

Reviewed the practices of the Philadelphia Police Department and made 91 recommendations to prevent civil rights and excessive  force violations.

Signed a law to modernize the way the federal government refers to minorities, removing certain archaic terms from the vocabulary.

Took steps to treat opioid addiction as a health issue rather than purely as a law enforcement issue.

Signed a law to better protect children in tribal foster care.

Blocked an oil pipeline in South Dakota that would have devastated sacred Sioux land.

Worked with Congress to pass bill establishing Commission on Native Children, which will examine some of the most pressing problems facing Native American nations.

Signed bill establishing a Sexual Assault Rights Act by working with Democrats in Congress.

Worked with Congress to pass law to make sure there are changing tables in all federal restrooms, including men’s rooms.

Extended religious protection to atheists and agnostics.

Officially scrapped a post-9/11 registry that primarily targeted Muslim men  That makes the proposed Trump registry a lot more difficult to create.

Established a law to allow disabled people to set up their own trusts and tend to their own financial affairs.

Established the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument.

Signed bill to create thousands of outdoor recreation jobs while preserving an important part of the environment.

Improved Workers’ Rights

He issued final rules that require all employers to prominently post employees’ rights where all employees or prospective employees can see it, including all websites and intranets.

Obama’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission clarified and strengthened rules prohibiting discrimination against pregnant workers.

Required companies who bid on federal contracts larger than $500,000 to publicly disclose all previous violations of labor law, including unpaid claims for back wages.

Made it illegal for federal contractors with more than $1 million in contracts to force employees into arbitration in workplace discrimination accusations.

Vetoed Republican bill that would have blocked new NLRB rules that were designed to speed up the time it takes workers to unionize.  He also added a Memorandum of Disagreement to make his reasons for the veto clear and made a major statement in support of unions.

Cracked down on companies that were previously denying sick pay, vacation and health insurance, and Social Security and Medicare tax payments through abuse of the employee classification of independent contractor.

Signed law that bans imports of goods produced through forced labor.

Protected the Rights of LGBT People

Signed and implemented the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which made it a federal crime to assault anyone based on his or her sexual orientation or gender identity.

Oversaw and implemented the repeal of the reprehensible “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy.

Extended benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees.

Appointed more openly gay officials than anyone in history.

Appointed first openly transgender Cabinet Official in History.

Advocated that United Nations adopt a policy supporting gay rights worldwide.

As soon as the Supreme Court invalidated the Defense of Marriage Act, he moved to extend federal benefits to same-sex couples.

Issued an order requiring hospitals to allow visitation by same-sex couples.

Changed HUD rules to prohibit gender and sexual orientation-based discrimination in housing

Changed his mind and publicly expressed support for same-sex marriage.

Issued a Presidential Memorandum reaffirming the rights of gay couples to make medical decisions for each other.

Appointed several prominent gay athletes and others, and plans to show US government’s commitment to gay rights to anti-gay Russia.

Department of Agriculture propagated new rules to better enforce non-discrimination when it comes to USDA investigations and to extend non-discrimination to gender identity.

Banned all federal contractors from discriminating against gay workers.

Persevered with his campaign to turn “gay marriage” into “marriage” and won in the Supreme Court.

Improved Conditions for Women

Establishing the White House Council on Women and Girls to ensure that all Cabinet and Cabinet-level agencies consider the effect of their policies and programs on women and families.

Implemented the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which restored basic protections against pay discrimination for women and other workers.

Eliminated federal funding for abstinence-only education, and rescinded the global gag rule.

Improved the Paycheck Fairness Act, making it possible for employees to talk about their salaries without retaliation, and ordering salary data collection, so as to make it harder for employers to pay women less.

Signed an Executive Order pledging support for efforts to end the global problem of violence against women and girls.

Shattered another glass ceiling by naming Janet Yellen chair of the Federal Reserve beginning Feb. 1, 2014.

Expanded funding for the Violence Against Women Act.

Ordered companies with 100 employees or more to disclose pay data based on race and gender, to address the pay gap.

Signs law restoring Arlington Cemetery burial rights for women pilots in World War II.

Signed a bill to allow for nursing women to bring breastfeeding equipment onto the plane and to protect women who choose to feed children while traveling.

Addressed Criminal Justice Failings and the Gun Culture

Made significant reductions in drug sentencing guidelines for current prisoners.

Oversaw the first drop in the federal prison population in 32 years.

Increased his use of clemency to release thousands of non-violent drug offenders from prison.

Ordered a ban on solitary confinement for juvenile offenders in federal prisons.

Took executive action to promote smart gun technology, to make them safer.

After a failure by Congress to act, proposed executive orders to create more background checks and to fully staff the background check system.

Relaxed HIPAA rules enough to allow for more information to be available to the background check system.

Ordered the tracing of guns as part of criminal investigations to provide data to researchers.

Order the Justice Department to look at the categories of mental health problems prohibited from owning guns to make sure people aren’t falling through the cracks, getting guns.

Expanded the definitions of gun dealers and expanded the information available and required in background checks for firearm purchases.

Set up a task force to figure out what other measures can be taken to limit gun violence in the wake of Congressional inaction.

Signed bill to improve protections for correctional officers and their families.

Changed the playing field on criminal justice reform by commuting sentences of low-level criminals and signaling a more practical footing.

Signaled major shift away from the failed “Drug War” by promising to commit more than $1 billion to combat addiction.

Signed the Emmitt Till Bill, which will reopen cold cases from the civil rights era.

Set a record for granting clemencies or pardons, giving many non-violent offenders a second chance.

Improved Treatment of Soldiers and Veterans

Provided active combat troops with better body armor.

Created a Joint Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record program for military personnel, in order to improve the quality of their medical care.

Put an end to the Bush-era stop-loss policy that kept soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan beyond their enlistment date.

Signed and implemented Veterans Health Care Budget Reform and Transparency Act, making more money available to enable better medical care for veterans.

With Congressional Democrats, oversaw largest spending increase in 30 years for Department of Veterans Affairs, for improved medical and extended care facilities for veterans.

Implemented the Green Vet Initiative, which provides special funding to provide veterans with training in green jobs.

Initiated and signed a recruitment and employment plan to get more veterans into government jobs.

Oversaw a $4.6 billion expansion of the Veterans Administration budget to pay for more mental health professionals.

Signed the Military Spouses Residency Relief Act, which ensures that spouses of military personnel who are forced to move because their spouse is posted for military duty can avoid state taxes in their temporary residence.

Ordered improvements to access to mental health care for veterans, military personnel and their families.

Got Syria to dismantle its chemical weapons without military firing a single shot or dropping a single bomb.

Along with Congressional Democrats, not only reauthorized families of fallen soldiers to be able to visit when the body arrives at Dover AFB, but also provided funding for it.  Ended the media blackout on coverage of the return of fallen soldiers.

Funded Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with an extra $1.4 billion to improve veterans’ services.

Signed into law a bill that provides support, counseling, and breastfeeding supplies to military moms who are covered under TRICARE, the health insurance provided to veterans.

Signed into law a bill that makes it easier for military dogs to retire at home with their handlers.

Signed bill to expand the availability of housing to homeless veterans.

Raised soldiers pay.

Improved America’s Reputation Around the World

Visited more countries and met with more world leaders than any previous president during his first six months in office.

As he promised, he gave a speech at a major Islamic forum in Cairo early in his administration.

Made a speech at a US mosque to demonstrate his commitment to religious rights and send a message to Muslims around the world.

Restored America’s reputation around the world as a global leader.

Re-established and reinforced our partnership with NATO and other allies on strategic international issues.

Closed a number of secret detention facilities.

Improved relations with Middle East countries by appointing special envoys.

Pushed forward the first realistic Middle East peace strategy in more than a decade, without abandoning the two-state solution.

Pushed for military to emphasize greater development of foreign language skills.

Offered $400 million to the people living in Gaza, while calling on both Israel and the Palestinians to stop inciting violence.

Refused to give Israel the green light to attack Iran over their possible nuclear program.

Ordered the closure of the prison at Guantanamo Bay, although blocked by Congress.

Ordered a review of our detention and interrogation policy and prohibited the use of “enhanced interrogation.”

Ordered all secret detention facilities in Eastern Europe and elsewhere to be closed.

Released the Bush torture memos.

On his second day in office, banned torture, reversed all Bush torture policies and brought the US into full compliance with the Geneva Convention.

In response to the emerging “Arab Spring,” he created a Rapid Response fund, to assist emerging democracies with foreign aid, debt relief, technical assistance and investment packages in order to show that the United States stands with them.

Ended the F-22 program, saving $4 billion. Though the 187 aircraft cost $358 million each to build, it had never flown a combat mission.

Passed the Iran Sanctions Act, to prevent war and encourage the Iranian government to give up their nuclear program.

Ended the Iraq War.

Worked to keep our withdrawal from Afghanistan on track, despite GOP opposition. Reiterated that commitment in 2014.

Conducted a secret mission by SEAL Team Six to rescue two hostages held by Somali pirates.

Through United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice, helped negotiate a peaceful split of Sudan into two countries, creating an independent South Sudan.

Helped make donations to Haiti tax deductible in 2009.

Established a new U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue.

Issued Executive Order blocking interference and helping to stabilize Somalia.

Established new, more reasonable policies in our relations with Cuba, such as allowing Cuban-Americans to visit their families and send money to support them.

The new policies in Cuba led to thawed relations and the first US Embassy in Cuba in more than 55 years.

Became the first U.S. President to visit Cuba in more than 80 years.

Negotiated a deal with Iran that will prevent them from getting a nuclear weapon anytime soon, without firing a shot or invading the country.

As a result of the Iran agreement, Iran shipped pretty much all of it nuclear material to Russia.

Became the first US President to visit Jamaica in more than 30 years, worked to restore relations with the country and signed a natural gas distribution agreement with the country.

Signs law extending some privacy protections to US allies, a reversal of the Bush practice of spying on people like Angela Merkel and the like.

With the Global Food Security Act, committed resources to expand food availability worldwide in an attempt to limit the scope of global hunger.

Instituted Power Africa, an initiative to bring electrical generation to greater parts of the African continent.

Signed bill to end Americans’ involvement in international wildlife trafficking.

Signed an executive order to allow up to 110,000 additional refugees into the United States.

Refused to interfere with UN resolution condemning Israeli settlements.

Changed US Approach to “Defense” and National Security

Created a comprehensive new strategy for dealing with the international nuclear threat.

Authorized a $1.4 billion reduction in Star Wars program in 2010.

Restarted nuclear nonproliferation talks and built up the nuclear inspection infrastructure/protocols to where they had been before Bush.

Signed and got ratification of a new SALT Treaty.

Negotiated and signed a new START Treaty that will stay in force until at least 2021.

Committed the US to no permanent military bases in Iraq.

Developed a comprehensive strategy with regard to Afghanistan and Pakistan designed to facilitate the defeat of al Qaeda, the withdrawal of most troops and the rebuilding of Afghanistan.

Re-focused on Afghanistan, stabilized the country, and began the process of withdrawing  troops from the country.

Negotiated a deal with Afghan government, to withdraw troops and military support, while assisting in rebuilding and modernizing of the country.

Took steps to severely weaken al Qaeda and limited their ability to terrorize the world.

Negotiated and signed a nuclear nonproliferation treaty with India.

Worked with NATO to limit the slaughter of innocents in Libya, so that Libyans could topple the despotic Khadaffy government and determine their own fate.

Got Egyptian President/dictator Mubarak to leave the Egyptian government to the people, to determine their own fate.

In 2011, reoriented American focus from the Middle East to the Asian-Pacific region by simultaneously engaging China and crafting new alliances with Asian countries uncomfortable with Chinese behavior.

Restored federal agencies such as FEMA to the point that they have been able to manage a huge number of natural disasters successfully.

Increased border security

Ordered and oversaw the Navy SEALS operation that killed Osama bin Laden.

Established the Homeland Security Partnership Council, to enhance the nation’s ability to “address homeland security priorities, from responding to natural disasters to preventing terrorism, by utilizing diverse perspectives, skills, tools, and resources.”

Signed agreement with Afghanistan to end war, turn security over to Afghans.

Breaking with recent presidential tradition, instead of just attacking Syria in the wake of chemical weapons attacks on Syrians, Obama ordered a full report on the decision-making process.

Instead of holding hearings and creating a political football, he quietly captured a suspect who actually committed the Benghazi terrorist attack.  He is also getting a lot of useful information from the suspect.

Instituted rules to order sanctions against individuals and groups that threaten national cybersecurity.

Instituted tougher new sanctions against North Korea after threats of nuclear attack and several tests.

Got Congress to reauthorize FAA spending and to improve the efficiency of air travel for passengers.

Took concrete steps to improve our counter-terrorism efforts.

Making great strides in defeating the Islamic State without committing hundreds of thousands of troops or carpet bombing civilians, against Republican objections.

Established rules for data-sharing between the NSA and other intelligence agencies to improve the quality of information.

Signed law to better protect the children who live on military bases.

Established program to provide more help for veterans with PTSD

Established a national anti-propaganda center, to go after the fake news epidemic.

Improved Education and Educational Opportunities

Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, invested heavily in elementary, secondary and post-secondary education.

Created the Race to the Top program, which encouraged states to come up with effective school reforms and rewards the best of them.

Oversaw major expansion of broadband availability in K-12 schools nationwide.

Oversaw major expansion in school construction.

Signed an executive order that expanded recognition and funding for historically black colleges and universities.

Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, put $5 billion into early education, including Head Start.

Signed the Democratic-sponsored Post-9/11 GI Bill, also known as GI Bill 2.0, to improve veterans’ access to education.

Oversaw expansion of the Pell Grants program, to expand opportunity for low and middle income students to go to college.

Signed and implemented the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, which provided an extra $12.2 billion in funds.

Took major new steps to protect students from ineffective for-profit colleges through “gainful employment” measures, whereby schools have to demonstrate that its students actually find work to get federal aid.

Repeatedly increased funding for student financial aid, and at the same time cut the banks completely out of the process, thus us creating greater accountability.

Reformed student loan program, to make it possible for students to refinance at a lower rate.

Created a rating system for colleges, so that those applying for student financial aid know better what they’re paying for.

Led a bipartisan effort to reform the federal approach to education and essentially repeal “No Child Left Behind.”

High School graduation rates have soared under Obama

Restored the Adult View on Science and Technology

Created a Presidential Memorandum to restore scientific integrity in government decision-making.

Opened up the process for fast-tracking patent approval for green energy projects.

Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, committed more federal funding, about $18 billion, to support non-defense science and research labs.

Obama EPA reversed research ethics standards which allowed humans to be used as “guinea pigs” in tests of the effects of chemicals, to comply with numerous codes of medical ethics.

Conducted a cyberspace policy review.

Provided financial support for private sector space programs.

Oversaw enhanced earth mapping, to provide valuable data for agricultural, educational, scientific, and government use.

Through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, provided $500 million for Health Professions Training Programs.

Increased funding for community-based prevention programs.

Expanded space exploration and discovery options to include more players.

Through the Connect America Fund, pushed through and received FCC approval for a move of $8 billion in subsidies away from telephone landlines to assist lower-income rural families in accessing broadband.

In the wake of the West Fertilizer tragedy, formed the Chemical Safety and Security Working Group, to work on measures to prevent another such events.

Established a Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center, a recommendation made by the 9/11 Commission, to coordinate efforts to fight cyber-crime and terrorism.

The Obama FCC, with his leadership, adopted strong net neutrality rules, to keep the Internet open and equal for everyone.

Ordered rules to speed up deployment of a more comprehensive broadband infrastructure.

Set up a National Strategic Computing Initiative, to “maximize benefits of high-performance computing (HPC) research, development, and deployment.”

Ordered a federal level change in national earthquake standards.

Signed executive orders designed to strengthen government cybersecurity and prevent hackers from getting in.

Took steps to combat the effects of climate change by committing the U.S. to developing long-term drought resilience measures.

Started the road to greater exploration of space by signing bill to encourage mining on asteroids and clarifying property rights in space.

Officially joined the Paris Climate Accords, thus strengthening the effort and making it a more powerful commitment to climate change.

Signed bill to relieve California drought and to fix Flint’s water crisis.

Signed a bill to improve science and technology research and development.

Signed the WIIN Act, which improves the country’s water infrastructure and which also protects the nation’s water supply to a greater degree.

Improved Our Health and Safety

Eliminated Bush-era restrictions on embryonic stem cell research, and provided increased federal support for biomedical and stem cell research.

Led the enormous expansion of electronic medical records, which improves the availability and quality of care. Currently, 96% of hospitals use electronic health records, up from 9.4% in 2009.

Electronic health records led to greater efficiency, leading to greater healthcare savings.

Signed Democratic-sponsored Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act, the first comprehensive attempt to improve the lives of Americans living with paralysis.

Expanded the Nurse-Family Partnership program, which provides home visits by trained registered nurses to low-income expectant mothers and their families, to cover more first-time mothers.

Ordered that all vehicles be equipped with a rear-view camera by 2018, despite car makers’ complaints about cost.

Along with Democrats in Congress, ushered through and signed a bill authorizing FDA to regulate tobacco and order tobacco companies to disclose their ingredients and to ban cigarettes falsely labeled as “light.”

Has overseen a 50% decrease in cost of prescription drugs for seniors.

Eliminated the Bush-era practice of forbidding Medicare from negotiating with drug companies on price.

Two weeks after taking office, signed Democratic-sponsored Children’s Health Insurance Reauthorization Act, which increased the number of children covered by health insurance by 4 million.

Urged Congress to investigate Anthem Blue Cross for raising premiums 39% without explanation.

Pushed through and signed Affordable Care Act, which expanded health insurance coverage greatly and ended many detrimental insurance company practices.  He also established

Through ACA, allowed children to be covered under their parents’ policy until they turned 26.

Through the ACA, provided tax breaks to allow 3.5 million small businesses to provide health insurance to their employees.

Through the ACA, millions of people receive help in paying their health insurance company premiums.

Through the ACA, expanded Medicaid to those making up to 133% of the federal poverty level. (Note: except for those states whose Republicans refused to take the extra money.)

By 2014, the Affordable Care Act dropped the number of uninsured Americans by 22.3%, which amounts to more than 10.3 million people with insurance who didn’t have it before. Only 13.9% of Americans are uninsured, a drop from 18.9% in 2013.

The Affordable Care Act has increased the life expectancy of Medicare greatly.

Through the ACA, health insurance companies now have to disclose how much of your premium actually goes to pay for patient care.

Medicare costs actually declined slightly, for the first time in decades in 2011, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

Since passage of the ACA, health care inflation is at its lowest level since 1960.

Created the HIV Care Continuum Initiative, to strengthen the government’s ability to respond to the continuing domestic HIV epidemic, after years of Republicans weakening the government’s ability to deal with the crisis.

Signed bill that will provide health insurance premium support to workers who lose their health insurance due to foreign competition.

In response to the confusion triggered by the Hobby Lobby decision, which essentially declared that corporations could have “religious rights” and lord them over employees, created new rules to give all women with insurance the right to free birth control.

Implemented the National HIV/AIDS Strategy for 2015-2020, which is a follow-up to the first such strategy in US history, which he implemented in 2010. 

Took steps to improve the country’s approach to drug addiction and mental health.

Signed and will implement new child safety standards for e-cigarettes.

Put into place the first mandatory rules regarding labeling of products containing genetically modified organisms (GMO)

Set up a White House Cancer Moonshot Task Force, in order to implement ways to develop a cure for cancer.

Took steps to improve detection and treatment of mental health problems.

Signed Trevor’s Law, which will allow for better tracking and study of cancer and disease clusters.

Signed a memorandum of understanding with Cuba to share healthcare information.

Expanded availability of Cuban cigars and Cuban run in the absence of a GOP Congressional bill lifting the Cuban embargo.

Extended an incentive program for Big Pharma that was about to expire, that encouraged them to find cures for pediatric diseases.

Signed a bill designed to improve research into and increase the availability of new treatments and drugs in the healthcare industry.

Made sure that health insurance coverage was guaranteed for eating disorders.

Signed a law enforcement pact with Cuba, to foster greater cooperation between the two countries.

Addressed Environment, Climate Change While Meeting Energy Needs

Doubled federal spending on clean energy research.

Pushed through a tax credit to help people buy plug-in hybrid cars.

Created a program to develop renewable energy projects on the waters of our Outer Continental Shelf that will produce electricity from wind, wave, and ocean currents.

Reengaged in the climate change and greenhouse gas emissions agreements talks, and proposed one himself. He also addressed the U.N. Climate Change Conference, officially reversing the Bush era stance that climate change was a “hoax.”

Fully supported the initial phase of the creation of a legally-binding treaty to reduce mercury emissions worldwide.

Required states to provide incentives to utilities to reduce their energy consumption.

Under Obama, our dependence on foreign oil has dropped to its lowest rate since 1985, and continues to drop. 

Meanwhile, oil consumption is way down because of reduced driving and higher mileage standards.

Improved siting, review and permitting stations for power plants, in an attempt to seriously improve the nation’s electric grid.

Reengaged in a number of treaties and agreements designed to protect the Antarctic.

Created tax write-offs for purchases of hybrid and electric vehicles.

Established a quadrennial review of our energy infrastructure, to encourage a modernization of the grid, and to encourage the transition away from fossil fuel use.

Mandated that federal government fleet purchases be for fuel-efficient American vehicles, and encouraged that federal agencies support experimental, fuel-efficient vehicles.

Encouraged BP to pay $20 billion to establish Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, to reduce the need for taxpayer funds to be used for compensation and clean up. (Note: it took 20 years to get $1.3 billion for the Exxon Valdez spill. )

Oversaw and pushed through an amendment to the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 authorizing advances from Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Actively tried to amend the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 to eliminate the liability limits for those companies responsible for large oil spills.

Became the first President to simply say “Climate Change is a fact,” and set up the first federal government protocols for dealing with the impacts of climate change.

Initiated Criminal and Civil inquiries into the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Asserted federal legal supremacy to bar Texas from authorizing new refinery permits on its own.

Set up new, stricter standards severely limiting power plant emissions, curring them to 68% of 2005 levels by 2030.

Strengthened the Endangered Species Act.

Strengthened protection for wildlife, and expanded enforcement of laws against wildlife trafficking.

Obama EPA improved boiler safety standards to improve air quality, and save 6500 lives per year.

Through the EPA, attempted to take steps to severely limit the use of antibiotics in livestock feed, to increase their efficacy in humans.

Through new EPA regulations, he created a pretext for closing the dirtiest power plants in the country, by limiting emissions of mercury and other toxic gasses.

Increased funding for National Parks and Forests by 10%

Announced greatly improved commercial fuel efficiency standards.

Signed a bill that allowed for increased regulations of a large number of chemicals and other toxic materials, allowing the EPA to make the use of certain toxic materials more transparent.

Announced a huge increase in average fuel economy standards from 27.5mpg in 2010 to 35.5mpg starting in 2016 and 54.5 starting in 2025

Facilitated investment in industrial energy efficiency to create jobs and strengthen US manufacturing while saving businesses $100 billion over a decade.

Set up the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council to oversee Gulf Coast restoration efforts after the 2010 BP oil spill. The money to fund the restoration efforts comes from fines against BP.

Engaged in the most comprehensive plan to combat climate change in a generation.

Ordered energy plants to prepare to produce at least 15% of all energy through renewable resources like wind and solar, by 2021.

Oversaw the creation of an initiative that converts old factories and manufacturing centers into new clean technology centers.

Guided a 418% increase in solar power capacity between 2010 and 2014.

As of May 2015, 74% of new electrical capacity was provided by solar and wind power.

Bypassed Congress and ordered EPA to begin regulating and measuring carbon emissions.

Oversaw a tripling in the use of wind power to generate electricity. The US now leads the world in increased wind power capacity.

Ordered the federal government to incorporate climate resilience and climate science into all international development in which the United States engages.

Fast-tracked regulations to allow states to enact fuel efficiency standards that exceeded federal standards.

Fast-tracked increased fuel economy standards for vehicles beginning with the 2011 model year. It was the first time such standards had been increased in more than a decade.

Oversaw establishment of an Energy Partnership for the Americas, to create more markets for American-made biofuels and green energy technologies.

Obama EPA reversed a Bush-era decision to allow the largest mountaintop removal project in US history.

Ordered the Department of Energy to implement more aggressive efficiency standards for common household appliances.

Obama EPA ruled that excess CO2 is a pollutant.

Closed a deal with China to limit carbon emissions to slow down climate change.

Blocked all oil and gas drilling in Bristol Bay, Alaska, one of the most pristine environments in North America

Signed an Executive Order to improve environmental efforts in the Arctic region and to combat climate change by better coordinating the efforts of the 23 federal agencies operating in the area.

Vetoed a bill to fast track construction of the parallel Keystone XL pipeline.

Expanded clean water regulations to more stringently protect all of the nation’s waterways, even when states fail in their duty.

Signed an Executive Order committing the federal government to lead the way in building a sustainable economy. It’s his fifth doing just that.

Banned the use of antibiotics in food served in US Government-run cafeterias and ordered agencies to only use antibiotic-free meat.

Developed new rules to address climate change and to create a significant boost to clean energy.

Negotiated and signed a virtually Republican-Proof global agreement on climate change, with 190 countries signing on.

Became one of 196 countries that signed onto a UN Framework on Climate Change.

Ordered a moratorium on new coal leasing on federal land, and they will examine the whole leasing process.

Signed a bill to better protect pipelines and to authorize greater oversight.

Signed an order turning more than 87,000 acres of Maine Woods into the North Woods National Monument.

Signed into law a measure directing the Department of Transportation to issue guidelines for minimum standards for underground storage of natural gas.

Established the Northern Bering Sea Climate Resilience Area in an effort to preserve the Bering Sea and to protect the people who live in the area and depend on the sea for their lives.

Permanently banned offshore oil and gas drilling in many areas of the Arctic and North Atlantic, to preserve the environment and stave off climate change.

Infused a lot of extra money to assist Texas in its study of better hurricane protection.

Created national parks in Nevada and Utah to do as much as possible to preserve the environment before the Trump debacle.

Pledged $500 million to United Nations Climate Fund that Trump promised to de-fund.

Signed a pact with Cuba to coordinate resources in cases of oil spills.

There’s So Much More!

Nominated Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. Sotomayor is the first Hispanic Justice in the court’s history, and the women represent only the third and fourth women to serve on the court, out of a total of 112 justices.

Appointed the most diverse Cabinet in history, including more women than any other incoming president.

Loosened the rules and allowed the 14 states that legalized medical marijuana to regulate themselves without federal interference.

Signed national service legislation, increasing funding for national service groups, including triple the size of the Americorps program.

Signed a bill that provided $4.3 billion in additional assistance to 9/11 first responders.

Placed major restrictions on the ivory trade in a bid to prevent the wholesale slaughter of elephants in Africa.

Signed a bill that will seriously curb the use of animal testing and establish alternative testing methods.

Signed the Claims Resolution Act, which provided $4.6 billion in funding for a legal settlement with black and Native American farmers who had been cheated out of government loans and natural resource royalties in the past.

To help those communities devastated by Hurricane Sandy, issued an executive order setting up the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, and asked Congress to approve $60 billion in supplemental assistance to aid in storm recovery.

Produced 23 Executive actions designed to make it easier for law enforcement to identify those who shouldn’t have guns, thus helping them enforce the law.

Expanded trade agreements to include stricter labor and environmental agreements in trade pacts like NAFTA.

Oversaw funding of the design of a new Smithsonian National Museum of African American History, which is scheduled to open on the National Mall in 2015.  He protected the funding during budget negotiations.

Oversaw and passed increased funding for the National Endowment for the Arts.

Expanded the authority of Customs to improve enforcement of trade and customs laws and to better coordinate said enforcement among various agencies.

Was voted most admired man of the year for 2016.

And Did You Know?

Despite the characterizations of some, Obama’s success rate in winning congressional votes on issues was an unprecedented 96.7% for his first year in office.  Though he is often cited as superior to Obama, President Lyndon Johnson’s success rate in 1965 was only 93%.

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United States Refugee Vetting Process

President Donald Trump cited a need for extreme vetting of refugees seeking entrance to the United States when he signed an executive order Friday, Jan. 27, establishing a moratorium on the admission of refugees.

The Anti-Defamation League promised a relentless battle against the directive. American Jewish Committee criticized the blanket suspensions of visas and refugee admissions butbacked the insistence on thorough vetting, The Times of Israel reported.

“Resettlement is considered a durable solution for refugees who cannot return to their countries of origin or integrate into the current country that is hosting them,” the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants says, adding that it is a lifesaving option given to less than 0.5 percent of the world’s refugees.

Here’s the existing 13-step clearance process for people seeking refugee status in the United States, according to the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants:

  • Step 1 — In most cases the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees determines that a person qualifies as a refugee under international law. A refugee has fled from his or her home country and cannot return because of a well-founded fear of persecution based on religion, race, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particu­lar social group.
  • Step 2 — A refugee who meets one of the criteria for resettlement in the United States is referred by the UNHCR, a U.S. Embassy or a trained nongov­ernmental organization.
  • Step 3 — A resettlement support center contracted by the State Departmentcompiles the refugee’s personal data and background information.
  • Step 4 — Security checks are conducted, using the information collected by the resettlement support center. The State Department runs all refugees referred for resettlement through a Consular Lookout and Support System name check. Enhanced interagency security checks have been applied to all refugee applicants since 2010.
  • Step 5 — During those security checks, some refugees go through an additional security review called a security advisory opinion. These refugees require clearance from a number of U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies.
  • Step 6 — Refugees who meet the minimum age requirement have their finger­prints and photographs taken. The fingerprints are checked against various U.S. government databases, and the Department of Homeland Security reviews any matches.
  • Step 7 — An officer from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, part of the Department of Homeland Security, conducts a detailed, face-to-face interview with each applicant, usually in the country of asylum. Based on the information in the case file and on the interview, the officer determines whether the person qualifies as a refugee and is admissible under U.S. law.
  • Step 8 — If the applicant qualifies as a refugee and meets other admission criteria, the officer conditionally approves the application for resettlement and submits it to the State Department for final processing, pending clearance on the security checks in Steps 4, 5 and 6.
  • Step 9 — The International Organization for Migration or a physician designated by the U.S. Embassy conducts a medical screening of each approved applicant.
  • Step 10 — Every refugee is assigned to a voluntary agency in the United States, such as the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, which then places the refu­gee with a local partner agency or office for assistance upon arrival.
  • Step 11 — While awaiting final processing, refugees are offered cultural orienta­tion to prepare them for the journey to and initial resettlement in the United States.
  • Step 12 — For most refugees, a second interagency check is con­ducted for any new information. Refugees must clear this check to depart for the United States.
  • Step 13 — At one of five U.S. airports designated as ports of entry for refugee admissions, a Customs and Border Protection officer reviews the refugee documentation and conducts additional security checks to ensure that the person arriving is the refugees who was screened and approved for admission to the United States.

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Mexicans Have Been a Good Friend to the USA

D-Source 01/30/17

So, this is who we want to insult by building a wall and this is who our President is trying to bully into paying for it.

The Mexicans have always been one of our best friends! The Mexican People are woven into our society and so is their culture. They are our second largest Trading Partner in the world and I’ve never met a Mexican I didn’t like (Truth).

If you have always been my friend; I will never change how I treat you, just for personal or financial gain. That is what I call being ‘Two Faced’. I feel like the US is being ‘Two Faced’ with Mexico and although I love my country; I am not proud of it, right now.

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Executive Order Bans All People from 7 Nations

Story highlights

  • Many of the provisions in the order are consistent with Trump’s campaign pledges
  • Here’s a breakdown of what the executive order does

Washington (CNN)With just a few quick strokes of the pen, President Donald Trump on Friday banned — temporarily, for now — roughly 218 million people from entering the United States.

Trump barred citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US for at least the next 90 days by executive order, which a senior White House official said later Friday is likely just a first step toward establishing a broader ban.
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  • It’s unclear how many more countries will be added to the list, but the official said the administration will be “very aggressive” as it weighs how many more countries to add to the list.
    Asked what criteria the administration will consider as it looks to expand the ban beyond the initial seven countries, the official said simply the “mandate is to keep America safe.”
    “Not going to take any risks,” the official added.
    That’s just one part of the controversial executive order Trump signed Friday dubbed: “Protecting the nation from foreign terrorist entry into the United States.” Many of the provisions in the order are consistent with Trump’s campaign pledges.
    Here’s a breakdown of what the executive order does.

    Bans citizens of 7 countries

    Trump banned citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US for at least the next 90 days.
    The executive order bars all people hailing from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen — or at least 218 million people, based on 2015 data published by the World Bank — from entering the United States. Those countries were named in a 2016 law concerning immigration visas as “countries of concern.”
    But the executive order also makes clear those seven countries are just a starting point for a likely broader ban.
    The order exempts diplomats and members of international organizations from the ban.

    Orders review of countries to be added to the ban

    The order also directs the secretary of Homeland Security to conduct a 30-day review to determine which countries do not provide “adequate information” for its citizens to be issued visas to enter the US.
    During the campaign, Trump talked about these countries as “terror-prone” countries. During the GOP primary campaign, he called for banning all Muslims from the US — a statement he never retracted — before shifting toward calling for banning individuals from countries with terrorist links, though he never specified the countries.

    Suspends the US refugee program

    Trump also stopped the admission of all refugees to the United States for four months.
    During that time, Trump’s secretary of state will review the application and screening process for refugees to be admitted to the US. The process is already highly rigorous and often takes successful refugee applicants at least two years to be admitted into the United States, but Trump has argued the program could still be exploited by terrorists.
    Trump also more than halved the number of refugees who could eventually be admitted in 2017 to 50,000 from the 110,000 cap established under former President Barack Obama.
    Trump also states in the order that refugees should be prioritized for entry on the basis of religious persecution, “provided that the religion of the individual is a minority religion.” That would open the door for Christian refugees from Muslim-majority countries to be accepted in the US while Muslims fleeing those countries would be excluded.

    Bans Syrian refugees

    “I hereby proclaim that the entry of nationals of Syria as refugees is detrimental to the interests of the United States and thus suspend any such entry,” Trump declared in Friday’s executive order.
    While Trump during his campaign called for banning Syrian refugees from the US — decrying their entry as a potential “Trojan horse” — he also called for establishing a safe zone in Syria where Syrians fleeing the war-ravaged country could live peacefully. Trump made no mention of that plan in Friday’s executive order, even though a draft of the executive order circulating in recent days called for beginning to plan for creating such zones.

    Calls for new immigration screening procedures

    The executive order also calls for the secretaries of state and homeland security, the director of national intelligence and the FBI director to develop and implement new immigration screening procedures.
    The ban and its impact:
  • 134 million banned from US
  • What to know about the restrictions
  • Trump during his campaign called for developing new “extreme vetting” screening procedures that would weed out potential terrorists from visa applicants by asking questions about their views on the US and ensuring that individuals support the US’s pluralistic values.
    “In order to protect Americans, the United States must ensure that those admitted to this country do not bear hostile attitudes toward it and its founding principles,” Trump states in the opening section of the executive order.
    “The United States cannot, and should not, admit those who do not support the Constitution, or those who would place violent ideologies over American law. In addition, the United States should not admit those who engage in acts of bigotry or hatred…or those who would oppress Americans of any race, gender, or sexual orientation.”
    Correction: The combined population of the seven countries named in the executive order — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — is roughly 218 million, according to 2015 data published by the World Bank. An earlier version of this story incorrectly used a lower figure.

    Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration and its immediate consequences, explained



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    VIDEO: Trump says America should have had ‘extreme vetting’ for many years (ABC News)

    Actions speak louder than words and after more than a year of inflammatory rhetoric, US President Donald Trump has used executive orders to prove to those who put him in office that he will act on his controversial promises — and there were immediate consequences.

    More than 134 million people are now at least temporarily banned from entering the country under his sweeping executive order signed at 4:42pm on Friday aimed at “Protecting the nation from foreign terrorist entry into the United States”.

    What was Trump’s order and who is affected?

    It bans travel from seven majority Muslim countries — Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Syria, Sudan, Libya and Yemen — for 90 days, suspends all refugee admissions for 120 days with “case-by-case” exceptions and suspends entry of Syrian refugees indefinitely.

    There has been confusion about permanent residents and green card holders due to conflicting advice sent to airlines by the White House. Officially it appears that they can board flights to the US but they may face extra screening or be detained on arrival.

    However, human rights groups say that green card holders trying to return from holidays, business or study are being stopped in foreign airports.

    White House officials briefing reporters have said green card holders who are stranded outside the US will need to meet with a consular officer and seek a case-by-case visa waiver to return home. The requirements to get a waiver remain unclear.

    Dual nationals born in any of the seven banned countries are also covered by the ban even if they hold passports from a US-allied country like Australia.

    What was the response?

    While Brooklyn district Federal Court Judge Ann Donnelly has blocked part of the order in response to a case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), her ruling applies only to those who were already in transit, preventing the Government from deporting them.

    Ms Donnelly says the Government is “restrained from, in any manner and by any means, removing individuals” who are refugees or have valid visas due to risk of harm if they are deported.

    The order does not apply to those who are outside the United States who have not yet commenced their travel. It appears to also mean that those who are being detained at airports could be held until the legal case is complete.

    Another Federal District Court judge in Virginia also issued a seven-day order to prevent green card holders being held at Dulles International Airport, just outside Washington DC, from being removed from the country.

    Mr Trump has shrugged off the sense of chaos and confusion as refugee advocates scramble to respond and security personnel at US entry points grapple with new, hastily made rules.

    Why these countries?

    The New York Times reports that research by the University of North Carolina shows that no terrorist attack has been committed on US soil by anyone who has emigrated from any of the seven countries affected in the past 15 years.

    Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Afghanistan and Pakistan are not included in the ban despite documented terrorist activity and movement of militants from those countries, nor are Indonesia or Turkey where the Trump Organisation does business.

    “It’s not a Muslim ban, but we were totally prepared,” Mr Trump said at the White House.

    “It’s working out very nicely. You see it at the airports. You see it all over.”

    What happens now?

    When refugee entry eventually resumes the number will be capped at 50,000 over the year, halving the number allowed by the Obama administration. Religious minorities and Christians will be given preference.

    Further protests are planned for major airports across the country today after crowds turned out at JFK in New York, O’Hare in Chicago and elsewhere last night in support of detained passengers.

    An official from the Department of Homeland Security told the Washington Post that the order had created only minimal disruption with 109 people denied entry to the country and some turned around, 173 people blocked from boarding aircraft in foreign locations, and 81 green card waivers issued so far.

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    President Elect Trumps Cabinet Pics, to date…

    Secretary of Defense

    Gen. James Mattis

    Retired Marine general


    A key figure in the Iraq war, Gen. James Mattis led troops and ultimately oversaw US Central Command. In Gen. James Mattis, Trump has a candidate who was held in high regard throughout the ranks of the Marine Corps during his 44 years of service. A seasoned combat commander, he led a task force into southern Afghanistan in 2001 and a Marine division at the time of the Iraq invasion in 2003. The retired four-star general, who was known as “Mad Dog,” was lauded for his leadership of Marines in the 2004 Battle of Falluja in Iraq — one of the bloodiest of the war. But he attracted controversy in 2005 when he said “it’s fun to shoot some people” while addressing service members in San Diego. He ultimately rose to oversee US Central Command. Mattis would require a waiver from Congress to be eligible for the position — servicemembers must usually wait seven years before being eligible. With Republicans in control on Capitol Hill and the general praise for the general’s career, a waiver would likely be a formality to obtain.

    Past controversy: “It’s fun to shoot some people,” he once said.

    Key conversation: He may have already changed Trump’s mind about waterboarding.

    Nickname: He got his nickname after the battle of Fallujah and kept it for his plain spoken nature.

    Chief of Staff

    Reince Priebus

    Republican National Committee chairman


    Reince Priebus has served as director of the Republican National Committee since 2011. Previously, he served as the committee’s general counsel. Priebus has the backing of establishment Republicans like House Speaker Paul Ryan, a fellow Wisconsinite, and Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader. He could help Trump negotiate with Congress. His appointment was reported November 13.

    Secretary of the Treasury

    Steven Mnuchin

    Co-chairman and CEO of Dune Capital Management


    Steven Mnuchin, who worked at Goldman Sachs for 17 years, joined the Trump campaign as finance chairman in May. These days Mnuchin is a Hollywood producer, putting out films including this past summer’s “Suicide Squad,” as well as “American Sniper” and “The Lego Movie.” His latest film, due in theaters this month, is called “Rules Don’t Apply.” Mnuchin has contributed to both Republican and Democratic candidates, including Hillary Clinton’s Senate campaigns and 2008 presidential run. He gave to Barack Obama’s Senate and presidential campaigns and to Charles Schumer, the new Democratic leader in the Senate. Mnuchin also worked with George Soros, the billionaire financier who has bankrolled liberal candidates and causes — and who was depicted as a villain in Trump’s last campaign ad. In 2009, during the real estate collapse, Mnuchin led a group that bought failed subprime lender IndyMac for pennies on the dollar.

    Explained: The US economy as explained by GIFs from Steve Mnuchin’s movies

    Promised: Mnuchin pledges biggest tax cuts since Reagan

    Controversy: He made billions off the 2008 housing crisis

    Attorney General

    Jeff Sessions

    US Senator from Alabama


    Sen. Jeff Sessions has represented Alabama in the US Senate since 1997. He was the first sitting senator to endorse Trump’s presidential campaign and was a main surrogate for him on the campaign trail. Sessions was nominated to be a federal judge earlier in his career, but could not get past Senate confirmation after allegations, which he denied, that he had made racist comments. He’s been a key opponent of comprehensive immigration reform on Capitol Hill. Trump offered Sessions the job of attorney general on November 18.

    In-depth: Transcripts, interviews shed light on allegations of racism against Sessions

    Impact: How Jeff Sessions could change the Justice Department

    Secretary of Commerce

    Wilbur Ross



    Wilbur Ross fits the mold of the type of administration officials he pledged to appoint during the campaign: businessmen with long resumes and billions in their bank accounts, sitting at the ready to negotiate for U.S. Interests around the world. Ross, 78, had been a vocal Trump supporter before the election, citing the need for a “more radical, new approach to government” that would help middle class and lower middle class Americans.

    Ross, chairman of WL Ross & Co., has made a career of resurrecting dying companies. Fittingly, some of Ross’s biggest hits have been in the same demoralized industries that Trump wants to revive: steel and coal. For instance, Ross’s firm scored huge returns last decade by cobbling together bankrupt steel makers including Bethlehem Steel to form International Steel Group. Ross then flipped the conglomerate in a $4.5 billion sale two years later.

    Collector: He’s worth an estimated $3 billion and has an impressive art collection worth a reported $150 million.

    Philosophy: Like Trump, who famously called himself the “king of debt,” Ross is not afraid to borrow money and used debt to finance his acquisitions, a trend known as leveraged buyouts.

    Priority: NAFTA re-negotiation could start day one

    Secretary of Labor

    Andrew Puzder

    CEO of CKE Restaurants


    The head of the Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s fast food restaurants, Andrew Puzder, 66, is a vocal critic of government regulation and opposes a $15 minimum wage, broader overtime pay and the Affordable Care Act. The Labor Department oversees America’s job market, regulates the workplace, and produces statistics like the unemployment rate that underpin economic policy. Puzder has been the CEO of CKE Restaurants since 2000. He’s credited with turning around the Hardee’s brand, but his company has been accused of labor violations and fielded complaints about sexist commercials. His nomination comes at a time when restaurants and other low-wage industries are feeling pressure to increase pay. Puzder would likely resist those pressures as Labor secretary.

    Policy: What a Fast Food CEO as Labor Secretary could mean for the minimum wage

    Related: Trump’s labor secretary approves of this racy ad

    Secretary of Education

    Betsy DeVos

    Republican donor, school choice activist


    Betsy DeVos chairs the American Federation for Children, a group that promotes charter school education. She also served on the board of the Foundation for Excellence in Education, a group led by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush — one of Trump’s GOP primary opponents — which promoted both school choice and the Common Core education standards that Trump opposes.

    Related: Read more about Betsy DeVos 


    Secretary of Health and Human Services

    Tom Price

    Chairman, House Budget Committee


    One of Tom Price’s top priorities as health secretary would be to dismantle the sweeping health reform law that his two predecessors spent six years implementing. Price, an orthopedic surgeon who chairs the House Budget Committee, has long decried Obamacare as a threat to quality and affordable health care. Before entering politics, Price spent nearly 20 years in private practice as an orthopedic surgeon. He also served as medical director of the orthopedic clinic at Grady Memorial Hospital and as an assistant professor at Emory University’s School of Medicine. Price then spent four terms in the Georgia State Senate. In 2004, he was elected to the House of Representatives. He was named Budget Committee chair in 2015.

    Price has authored several iterations of an Obamacare replacement plan, which bears many similarities to Trump’s vision for health care reform and to House Speaker Paul Ryan’s overhaul proposal. Price’s most recent bill, the Empowering Patients First Act of 2015, calls for giving refundable tax credits to those who buy policies in the individual market. The credits would be adjusted by age, ranging from $1,200 for those age 18 to 35 to $3,000 for those age 50 and up.

    The plan would also offers more incentives for Americans to use Health Savings Accounts, including a one-time $1,000 tax credit for making contributions. It caps the tax exclusion on employer-sponsored plans at $20,000 for family coverage, and it allows insurers to sell coverage across state lines. Price’s bill also pushes states to create high-risk pools to insure those rejected by carriers on the individual market — usually those who have costly, pre-existing conditions.

    Also, it limits using federal funds to pay for abortions and protects health care providers who don’t want to perform abortions for religious reasons.

    Agenda: How Price could replace Obamacare

    Past: Orthopedic surgeon has written several Obamacare alternative plans

    National Security Advisor

    Michael Flynn

    Retired US Army Lieutenant General


    Michael Flynn served as the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency from 2012-2014. He’s also served as assistant director of National Intelligence and served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Trump offered him the job of National Security Advisor November 17. An area of controversy for Flynn will be his complicated history at the Pentagon, particularly with classified information, and his work with foreigners after leaving the military.

    Past statement: Islamism is a “viscious cancer” that must be excised from the body of Muslims

    Controversies: Flynn’s handling of classified info has been investigated

    Communications Director

    Jason Miller

    Trump campaign senior communications adviser


    Jason Miller has advised the Trump campaign on communications strategy since June. He previously worked on Rudy Giuliani’s 2008 presidential bid.

    Press Secretary

    Jason Miller

    Trump campaign senior communications adviser


    Jason Miller has advised the Trump campaign on communications strategy since June. He previously worked on Rudy Giuliani’s 2008 presidential bid.

    Sean Spicer

    Chief Strategist and Communications Director at the Republican National Committee


    Sean Spicer serves as chief strategist and communications director at the Republican National Committee, where he’s worked since 2011. Previously, he worked as the assistant US trade representative for media.

    Laura Ingraham

    Conservative pundit, radio host


    Luara Ingraham is a provocative voice in conservative circles, although she has also worked as an attorney and clerked for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. She was a Trump supporter and spoke at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

    Secretary of State

    Rex Tillerson

    Exxon CEO


    Trump is reportedly intrigued by the oil man’s view of the world. “He is much more than a business executive. He is a world class player. He is in charge of, I guess, the largest company in the world,” Trump told Fox News’ Chris Wallace of Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson. “And to me, a great advantage is that he knows many of the players. And he knows them well.” How well Tillerson knows some of the players could be an issue, even among Republicans, on Capitol Hill. “He does massive deals in Russia. He does massive deals — for the company, not for himself, for the company,” the Trump has said. As head of the world’s most valuable oil company, Tillerson could be a controversial pick due to concerns about climate change and his ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. In 2011, Exxon signed a deal with Russian oil giant Rosneft to provide access to lucrative oil resources in the Arctic. Rosneft’s largest shareholder is the Russian government. Putin attended the Exxon signing ceremony and later awarded Tillerson the country’s Order of Friendship.

    Friend of Russia: Behind the deep ties between Exxon CEO Tillerson and Russia

    Confirmation battle: Trump could face Capitol Hill showdown over CEO

    Secretary of Homeland Security

    Gen. John Kelly, retired

    Former Marine general


    The former head of U.S. Southern Command, retired Gen. John Kelly was previously responsible for managing security threats posed by criminal drug networks based in south and central America — an issue that Trump highlighted in his campaign. Kelly also oversaw operations at the controversial Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba. The outspoken general clashed with the Obama administration’s push to close the facility, and told the Military Times in an interview that “there are no innocent men down there.”

    Kelly served over 40 years in the Marine Corps, moving steadily through the ranks since enlisting in 1970, and taking over as commander of U.S. Southern Command in 2012. He is also a Gold Star father, having lost his eldest son, Marine 1st Lt. Robert Kelly, in combat in Afghanistan in 2010.

    Kelly — who would likely play a significant role in the planning and implementation of Trump’s proposed border wall as the director of Homeland Security — has publicly discussed potential threats along the southern border of the U.S. In a March 2015 Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, Kelly talked about “the relative ease with which human smugglers moved tens of thousands of people to our nation’s doorstep” and cautioned that “these smuggling routes are a potential vulnerability to our homeland.”

    In the same testimony, Kelly warned against complacency toward the spread of human smugglers and drug traffickers in south and central America. “Unless confronted by an immediate, visible or uncomfortable crisis, our nation’s tendency is to take the security of the Western Hemisphere for granted. I believe this is a mistake,” Kelly told the panel.

    Military theme: Trump interviews generals

    Director of National Intelligence

    Admiral Mike Rogers

    Director, National Security Agency


    As head of the NSA, Admiral Mike Rogers oversees one of the largest and most important pieces of the US national security infrastructure. His tenure there has not been without controversy. The Washington Post reported recently that both the current Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, and Defense Secretary Ash Carter recently recommended that President Obama replace Rogers as head of the NSA. Their issues include a desire to change the leadership structure of the NSA to put more in civilian hands, concerns specifically about his management style and issues of security at the NSA during his tenure. But moving a top military figure from heading the NSA to a civilian intelligence job is not without precedent. Michael Hayden went from the NSA to leadinng the CIA during the George W. Bush Administration.

    Mike Rogers

    CNN National Security Commentator


    A congressman for 14 years, Rogers is also a former FBI agent. He was Chairman of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He was a part of Trump’s transition team, but left November 15. It’s not clear if leaving the transition team meant he was no longer in the running for a post.

    Pete Hoekstra

    Former Congressman


    A former Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Hoekstra represented Michigan for 18 years on Capitol Hill. Since leaving office he has run unsuccessfully for both governor and senator.

    Lt. Gen. Joseph Kellogg, retired

    Reitired Lieutenant General, Defense contractor


    Reitred Lt. General Joseph Kellogg has a distinguished military service record, including command of the 82nd Airborne Division. He retired from the military in 2003 and worked at a number of defense contractors before becoming an adviser to Donald Trump.

    Rudy Giuliani

    Former mayor of New York City


    Rudy Giuliani served as mayor of New York City from 1994-2001 and has acted as an informal adviser to the Trump campaign.

    Secretary of Energy

    Rick Perry

    Former Governor of Texas


    Rick Perry was among the first 2016 Republicans to criticize Trump, but he dropped out of the race early and was also among the first former rivals to endorse him. As longest-serving governor of the oil state of Texas — Perry left office 2015 — he has a natural interest in the Department of Energy. But when he ran for president in 2012, it was one of the three departments Perry said he’d eliminate from the federal government. Actually, in a bit of irony, the Department of Energy was the department he forgot he’d want to eliminate during a fateful 2011 debate performance. “Oops,” he said at the mistake, which likely ended his presidential aspirations.

    Rewind: Rick Perry endorses Trump for President

    Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

    Ben Carson

    Former presidential candidate, retired surgeon


    Ben Carson was a onetime rival turned campaign surrogate for Trump. The retired brain surgeon was also eyed as a potential Health and Education secretary. Like Trump, Carson has never had a government position before and he ran for president largely on his qualifications as a surgeon and his up-from-the-bootstraps life story. A onetime leader in the GOP primary polls, Carson clashed with Trump before ultimately endorsing him.

    Related: Read more about Ben Carson

    Secretary of Transportation

    Elaine Chao

    Former Labor Secretary


    She has a long history in Washington and Elaine Chao made history as the first woman of Asian descent in a presidential Cabinet when she became President George W. Bush’s labor secretary. She has also been CEO of the United Way and director of the Peace Corps. Chao, who comes from a wealthy shipping family, immigrated to the US from Taiwan at 8. Before her work in government, Chao worked at banks in San Francisco and New York. She is also one half of one of the most powerful couples in Washington; her husband is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

    Related: Trump picks Elaine Chao

    Related: Cabinet picks pull from DC establishment

    Secretary of Interior

    Ryan Zinke

    Montana Congressman


    Zinke, a 55-year-old ex-Navy SEAL commander and recipient of two Bronze Stars for combat missions in Iraq, was a Trump supporter. He’s also faced criticism from environmental and conservation groups since joining the House in 2015. In the House, Zinke was a member of the Armed Services and Natural Resources committees.  “President-elect Donald Trump and I had a very positive meeting where we discussed a wide range of Montana priorities,” Zinke told The Billings Gazette in a statement afterward. “We are both very hopeful for the future.” His selection is major political break for Democrats. Zinke was the top Republican prospect to challenge Minnesota Sen. Jon Tester in 2018 — and his removal from the race would substantially improve Democrats’ chances of holding the seat in the midterms.

    Secretary of Agriculture

    Forrest Lucas

    Founder, Lucas Oil Products


    Forrest Lucas founded Lucas Oil and, like Vice President-elect Mike Pence, he hails from Indiana. In addition to being a former long-haul trucker, he’s an anti-animal rights activist — which is to say he founded a non-profit organization to combat the “radical” animal rights movement. The motto of Protect the Harvest is “keeping America free, fed and fun.”

    Senior advisers

    Stephen Bannon

    Donald Trump campaign CEO


    Stephen Bannon went on leave from his position as executive chairman of Breitbart News in August 2016 to helm Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. He’s a controversial figure in the media world since Breitbart has been a key part of the “alt-right” movement that trades in conspriacy theories like questioning Hillary Clinton’s health. They have also been major proponents of Trump’s border wall proposal. Groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League have argued he should not be included in the White House staff.

    Related: Read more about  Steve Bannon

    Related: White Nationalists see advocate in Steve Bannon

    Kellyanne Conway

    Donald Trump campaign manager


    Kellyanne Conway founded The Polling Company in 1995, and has consulted on polling for major corporations and Republican politicians. She served as a senior adviser to New Gingrich’s 2012 presidential bid.

    David Bossie

    Donald Trump deputy campaign manager


    David Bossie became the president and chairman of the conservative advocacy group Citizens United in 2000.

    Hope Hicks

    Donald Trump campaign press secretary


    Hope Hicks served as the press secretary for the Trump campaign. Previously she worked at a PR firm and represented Ivanka Trump’s brands.

    Jared Kushner

    Real estate developer, newspaper owner, husband of Ivanka


    Jared Kushner helped take charge of Trump’s presidential campaign and has been one of his top advisers. He’s also Trump’s son-in-law and has three children with his wife, Ivanka. Kushner is wealthy in his own right and runs his own family’s real estate development business. He also owns the New York Observer, a newspaper. Kushner’s father, Charles, a Democrat, served jailtime for making illegal campaign contributions. It was New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, now a Trump adviser, who prosecuted Kushner’s father. There are federal laws against the employment of family members, so it could be difficult for Kushner to serve in an official capacity.

    Corey Lewandowski

    Former Trump campaign manager


    Trump’s first campaign manager and a true believer from the beginning of the Trump campaign, Lewandowski was fired by the campaign in June over differences about the direction of the campaign. He remained a loyal surrogate for Trump and his message, however, during appearances on CNN during the presidential campaign.

    Director, Office of Management and Budget (OMB)

    Mick Mulvaney

    Congressman from South Carolina


    Mulvaney, if confirmed by the Senate, would manage the White House’s annual proposed budget, program and policies. The director also sets up the federal government’s purchase of goods and services, called procurement, and oversees the performance review for government agencies and federal employees.

    Mulvaney called the appointment a “great honor.”

    “The Trump administration will restore budgetary and fiscal sanity back in Washington after eight years of an out-of-control, tax and spend financial agenda, and will work with Congress to create policies that will be friendly to American workers and businesses,” Mulvaney said in a statement. Mulvaney is a member of the House Financial Services Committee and is a co-founder of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, a group of conservative lawmakers who have clashed with party leadership.

    He didn’t initially support Trump for president — he first endorsed Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul during the primaries. But he endorsed Trump a few hours after House Speaker Paul Ryan did in June, saying at a candidates’ forum in Gaffney, South Carolina, that Trump could advance the Republican agenda. Mulvaney also told reporters in May that the one issue he wants Trump to detail his plans on is federal spending and debt.

    Related: Trump taps conservative Mulvaney to head OMB

    Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency

    Scott Pruitt

    Oklahoma attorney general


    Scott Pruitt is a fierce EPA critic — Pruitt had sued the agency over its regulations of power plants. Pruitt is a prominent denier of climate science, writing in the National Review in May that “the debate is far from settled” over whether human activity has contributed to the warming of the earth.

    CIA Director

    Mike Pompeo

    Congressman from Kansas


    A member of the Tea Party class of 2010, Pompeo also has establishment bona fides; he graduated from West Point and Harvard Law School. He formed an aerospace company, which he since sold. He served ont he special House committee tasked with investigating Hillary Clinton and the attacks on Benghazi. Trump offered Pompeo the position of CIA Director November 18.

    UN Ambassador

    Nikki Haley

    Governor of South Carolina


    She was sharply critical of Trump’s rhetoric during the GOP primary, but Nikki Haley is an important voice in the GOP. She’s one of the few women mentioned as a possible Trump cabinet official and the one of the few ethnic minorities — Haley is of Indian descent, but was born in South Carolina. She’s the first woman governor in South Carolina’s history, but could run into road blocks in this position since she has no foreign policy experience.

    Bygones: Trump looks to critics for top jobs

    Related: Trump appoints three women of color

    Small Business Administration

    Linda McMahon

    former CEO of WWE


    Linda McMahon is co-founder of the professional wrestling franchise WWE along with her husband, Vince McMahon, and twice a former Republican Senate candidate from Connecticut.

    Filed under: Donald Trump, Politicians, Politics | Posted on December 19th, 2016 by DSource4U | No Comments »



    Yuge in China.Photo: GREG BAKER/AFP/Getty Images

    Donald Trump is still more than a month away from assuming the Oval Office, but he’s already managed to inflame diplomatic tensions with the world’s second-greatest power.

    First, the president-elect broke with nearly four decades of precedent byaccepting a phone call from the president of Taiwan. Since 1979, a cornerstone of U.S.-Sino relations has been America’s acceptance of the “One China Policy” — a doctrine that prohibits the recognition of Taiwan as an independent state. By directly communicating with (the pro-independence) president of the island, Trump signaled his disrespect for that policy.

    Which is a big deal. Preventing Taiwan from achieving internationally recognized independence is one of the top priorities of Chinese foreign policy — one that its military is prepared to go to war over.

    Following Trump’s call, China decided to clarify that last point, by flying a nuclear-capable bomber over its disputed islands in the South China Sea — while also preparing to ship new surface-to-air missiles to those islands, according to U.S. officials who spoke with Fox News.

    Trump was not impressed by this display of force. In an interview with Fox News Sunday, the president-elect suggested that he felt no compulsion to honor the “One China” policy — unless China accedes to his demands on trade.

    “I fully understand the ‘One China’ policy,” Trump assured Fox. “But I don’t know why we have to be bound by a ‘One China’ policy unless we make a deal with China having to do with other things, including trade.”

    Of course, honoring the “One China” policy has allowed the United States to make countless “deals” with China, on issues of ranging from environmental policy to international sanctions.

    On Monday, China announced that future acts of cooperation would be jeopardized, should Trump continue down his current path.

    “China expresses serious concern on this subject,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters, including representatives of NBC News. “If the [One China policy] is compromised or interfered with, any sound and steady development in China-U.S. relations and cooperation in various fields is out of the question.”

    The Global Times, a Chinese state-run newspaper, delivered this message less diplomatically, deriding Trump’s behavior as very “childish and impulsive.”

    “China needs to prepare enough ammunition for a roller-coaster ride of the China-U.S. relations with Trump,” the paper wrote in an editorial. “There are many other people in the world that also need to buckle up the seat belts …China and other powers in the world are not going to be bullied.”

    (In March, the Global Times argued that Donald Trump success in the GOP primary testified to the hazards of democracy.)

    Trump spent much of his campaign rattling a saber in Beijing’s direction. “We can’t continue to allow China to rape our country,” he told his supporters in May. “That’s what they’re doing. It’s the greatest theft in the history of the world.”

    Softer versions of this sort of rhetoric are not uncommon in American political campaigns. While few candidates deploy analogies to sexual violence as freely — or enunciate the word China as violently — as the GOP standard-bearer did, some amount of chest-puffing toward the East is a perennial feature of our politics.

    And China generally makes the same assumption about this bellicosity that many liberals made about Donald Trump’s political career — after Election Day, it will all be over.

    But now Trump is president-elect. And China is shipping missiles to the disputed islands that many see as the (potential) cradle of the next world war. And the way Trump says China doesn’t seem so funny anymore.

    Filed under: Donald Trump, Economy, International, Not In The News, Photography, Politicians, Politics, Trade | Posted on December 12th, 2016 by DSource4U | No Comments »

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