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« on: June 17, 2017, 11:14:49 PM »

Let's start keeping a list.

1) The anti-lobbyist EO
2) Rejecting TPP
3) Rollback of Obama's Cuba EO
4) Price reduction on F-35
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« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2017, 11:36:06 AM »

5) MS 13 deportations https://nypost.com/2017/06/14/trumps-pledge-to-wipe-out-ms-13-gang-paying-off-in-ny/
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« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2017, 08:37:16 PM »

6) VA reform law, enabling the incompetent to get fired

C'mon gents, there's plenty more, please help me list them.  All of us should have a handy dandy list for forum/FB battles elsewhere.  This thread is for that.
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« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2017, 08:53:32 PM »

7. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2oZpTzTL9cU

Makes me smile every time. Especially professional journalist Martha Raddatz! Strange, I thought she was supposed to be impartial, being a professional journalist and all...
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« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2017, 10:58:27 PM »

President Trump Has Now Signed 40 Pieces Of Legislation As He Moves To Enact His Agenda

http://dailycaller.com/2017/06/25/president-trump-has-now-signed-40-pieces-of-legislation-as-he-moves-to-enact-his-agenda/
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« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2017, 11:08:53 PM »

8. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/05/09/illegal-border-crossings-drop-immigration-enforcement-trump/101472618/

Si, se puede!
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« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2017, 06:09:46 AM »

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C3%AD_se_puede
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« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2017, 11:18:57 AM »

9. Travel Ban.  

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/supreme-court-allows-limited-version-of-trumps-travel-ban-to-take-effect-will-consider-case-in-fall/2017/06/26/97afa314-573e-11e7-b38e-35fd8e0c288f_story.html

A bit early to call this one an accomplishment , , ,


https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/16pdf/16-1436_l6hc.pdf
 
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« Reply #8 on: June 27, 2017, 07:29:21 AM »

Enforced Chemical Weapon Red Line in Syria.

Does it count if he keeps his predecessor's promises?  )

Edited to add by Marc:
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-mattis-idUSKBN19J1OF
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« Reply #9 on: June 29, 2017, 04:47:15 PM »

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/nato-allies-boost-defense-spending-in-the-wake-of-trump-criticism/2017/06/28/153584de-5a8c-11e7-aa69-3964a7d55207_story.html?tid=ss_tw&utm_term=.28840093c913
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« Reply #10 on: June 30, 2017, 01:38:31 AM »

Looks like Kate's Law bill and the Sanctuary Cities bills are going through.
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« Reply #11 on: June 30, 2017, 01:47:49 AM »

Looks like Kate's Law bill and the Sanctuary Cities bills are going through.


If the dems and the republican wing of the dems doesn't manage to scuttle it.
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« Reply #12 on: July 09, 2017, 07:29:19 PM »

http://www.newsmax.com/US/bob-dole-trump-trip-g20/2017/07/08/id/800587/
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« Reply #13 on: July 20, 2017, 08:48:10 AM »

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/07/president-trumps-first-six-months-are-historical-with-stock-market-on-fire-and-americans-hopeful-that-america-will-be-great-again/
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« Reply #14 on: July 20, 2017, 09:11:30 AM »

Hi Doug,

market up on promises of tax cuts only so far.

we will see if he and the rest of the Repubs can get this done at least.

I am enamored with the whole cast anymore.  if they cannot even get real change in our taxes rather some BS cut here rise there and engineering (except for growth ) that is fair for all tax payers  then to me there is zero win.

losing patience and any optimism in NJ.........

Speaking of NJ I guess you saw Christie make a single bare hand catch of a foul ball at a Mets game.  And everyone booed.......

taxes will go right up next year for sure.  Got to pay off the Dem voters and unions etc.


correction :  " I am NOT enamored with the cast anyomore"

 
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« Reply #15 on: July 20, 2017, 09:33:15 AM »

Hi Doug,

market up on promises of tax cuts only so far.

we will see if he and the rest of the Repubs can get this done at least.

I am enamored with the whole cast anymore.  if they cannot even get real change in our taxes rather some BS cut here rise there and engineering (except for growth ) that is fair for all tax payers  then to me there is zero win.

losing patience and any optimism in NJ.........

Speaking of NJ I guess you saw Christie make a single bare hand catch of a foul ball at a Mets game.  And everyone booed.......

taxes will go right up next year for sure.  Got to pay off the Dem voters and unions etc.

 

I would get out of NJ.
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« Reply #16 on: July 21, 2017, 03:07:30 PM »

http://www.dailywire.com/news/18848/trump-wipes-out-800-more-federal-regulations-joseph-curl?utm_source=dwemail&utm_medium=email&utm_content=072117-news&utm_campaign=position5
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« Reply #17 on: August 02, 2017, 01:41:32 PM »

https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/trumps-real-personnel-victory-more-conservative-judges?mbid=nl_TNY%20Template%20-%20With%20Photo%20%28194%29&CNDID=50142053&spMailingID=11612091&spUserID=MjAxODUyNTc2OTUwS0&spJobID=1220182297&spReportId=MTIyMDE4MjI5NwS2
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« Reply #18 on: August 02, 2017, 02:22:11 PM »

Drug Cartels Fuming at New U.S. Policy Screening 100% of Mexican Cargo Trucks

AUGUST 01, 2017

In a major shift from lax Obama-era regulations, the Trump administration is finally allowing customs officers to screen all cargo trucks entering the U.S. from Mexico and sources on both sides of the border tell Judicial Watch Mexican drug cartels are fuming. U.S. Customs and Border Protection is using X-ray technology and other non-intrusive tools to screen 100% of cargo trucks crossing the southern border after eight years of sporadic or random screening permitted under the Obama administration.

“We felt like we were the welcoming committee and not like we were guarding our borders,” said veteran U.S. Customs agent Patricia Cramer, who also serves as president of the Arizona chapter of the agency’s employee union. “The order was to facilitate traffic, not to stop any illegal drugs from entering the country,” Cramer added. “We want to enforce the law. That’s what we signed up for.” Cramer, a canine handler stationed at the Nogales port of entry in Arizona, said illicit drugs are pouring in through the southern border, especially massive quantities of fentanyl, an opioid painkiller that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) says is more potent than morphine.

Approximately 471,000 trucks pass through the U.S-Mexico border monthly, according to figures published by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The busiest port of entry is in Laredo, Texas where 167,553 trucks enter the U.S. from Mexico monthly, followed by Otay Mesa in California (76,953), El Paso, Texas (58,913), Hidalgo, Texas (45,355) and Nogales with 29,439. Other busy ports include East Calexico, California (29,173), Brownsville, Texas (16,140) and Eagle Pass, Texas (12,952). Trucks bring in everything from auto parts to appliances, produce and livestock. In fact, a veteran Homeland Security official told Judicial Watch that cattle trucks passed without inspection during the Obama administration because Mexican farmers complained that the security screenings frightened their cows. “Our guys were livid that we were not allowed to check cattle,” the federal official said.

Frontline customs agents stationed along the southern border confirm that trucks containing “legitimate” goods are often used by sophisticated drug cartels to move cargo north. This is hardly surprising since most illegal drugs in the United States come from Mexico, according to the DEA, and Mexican traffickers remain the greatest threat to the United States. They’re classified as Transitional Criminal Organizations (TCOs) by the government and for years they’ve smuggled in enormous quantities of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana. Last year the Congressional Research Service (CRS), the nonpartisan agency that provides Congress with policy and legal analysis, published a disturbing report outlining how Mexican cartels move record quantities of drugs into the U.S. Because cartels move the drugs through the Southwest border, western states have become part of what’s known as the “heroin transit zone,” according to the CRS.

Federal law enforcement sources tell Judicial Watch Mexican cartels operate like efficient businesses that resort to “other more treacherous routes” when necessary, but driving through a port of entry in a cargo truck is a preferred method of moving drugs. Cartels station shifts of spotters with binoculars in Mexican hills near border checkpoints to determine the level of security screenings. “They know if we’re on the job, the level of screening that we’re conducting,” Cramer said. “The cartels watch us all the time.” Nogales is a favorite for cartel spotters because the U.S. checkpoint sits in a valley surrounded by hills on the Mexican side, where unobstructed views facilitate surveillance. “They see everything,” Cramer said. For years the cartel spotters saw that much of the cargo passing through the checkpoint was waved through, according to agents contacted by Judicial Watch.
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« Reply #19 on: August 03, 2017, 08:36:01 AM »

https://www.conservativereview.com/articles/mark-levin-praises-trump-backed-raise-act-outstanding

don't let the partisan hacks, the Jim Acostas who are using phony arguments to bring in more Democrat voters.
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« Reply #20 on: August 09, 2017, 11:42:11 AM »

https://patriotpost.us/articles/50681
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« Reply #21 on: August 25, 2017, 08:10:44 PM »

http://news.trust.org/item/20170826001249-riciv
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« Reply #22 on: August 26, 2017, 09:19:37 AM »

Hearing Aid Breakthrough
Congress opens a key device market to more competition.
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Aug. 25, 2017 6:51 p.m. ET
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One reason health care is so expensive is that government rules often distort the price of care. Consider the market for hearing aids, which after decades of regulation will soon be open to competition and innovation that lowers prices for patients.

President Trump recently signed a Food and Drug Administration funding bill that includes a directive for the agency to develop standards for over-the-counter hearing aids. These will be sold like cough medicine or reading glasses, and the new category will cover technology for mild or moderate hearing loss. The idea, put forth by Reps. Joseph Kennedy (D., Mass.), Marsha Blackburn (R., Tenn.) and others enjoyed bipartisan support in both chambers.

Current rules require a prescription for hearing aids, and one result is that many of the more than 30 million Americans with some impairment don’t use the devices. Medicare and most private insurance plans don’t cover the cost, which runs $2,400 on average and often includes fees for adjustment and later evaluations. A patient’s only alternative is to buy a cheap amplifier intended for hearing birds or hunting.

Last year the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine recommended that FDA create a new class of devices that consumers could buy directly, and the bill follows this expert recommendation. The bill repeals an old regulation requiring a medical evaluation before purchasing an aid. FDA will develop standards for safety and quality, as the agency does for all medical devices.

A menagerie of groups on the right say the plan gives the government too much authority over amplifiers, which under current law can’t advertise as products that mitigate hearing loss. But that fear is exaggerated, and in part ginned up. The bill merely directs the government to clarify rules for these devices, and it’s hard to imagine Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price signing off on regulations that come after Uncle Jim’s hunting gear.

The real gripe is that a few hearing-aid manufacturers will lose their current competitive advantage. Six companies, including the Danish company William Demant and the Swiss Sonova , control more than 90% of the market, and Congress’s move allows new firms to jump in and offer lower-cost competition.

All of this will be great for consumers: Medical devices in many cases have lagged behind other electronics. A person can buy a Fitbit , noise canceling headphones from Bose and other sophisticated devices, yet simple products like hearing aids haven’t improved nearly as much, and government interference is one reason. Few will notice this accomplishment by Congress, but it’s a classic example of a market improvement that will expand choice and benefit public health.

Appeared in the August 26, 2017, print edition.
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« Reply #23 on: August 26, 2017, 02:22:28 PM »

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/aug/22/donald-trump-hits-four-countries-with-visa-sanctio/
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« Reply #24 on: August 26, 2017, 02:44:32 PM »


Long overdue.
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« Reply #25 on: August 27, 2017, 10:55:18 AM »

And Dershowitz was right in suggesting that Trump believed Arpaio was the victim of political hit job (of course he was):

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/08/26/trumps-pardon-ex-sheriff-joe-arpaio-was-right-and-courageous-thing-to-do.html

http://www.newsmax.com/Newsmax-Tv/alan-dershowitz-pardon-joe-arpaio-sheriff/2017/08/24/id/809571/
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« Reply #26 on: August 28, 2017, 08:51:14 AM »



https://clarionproject.org/trump-promises-youngstown/
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« Reply #27 on: August 28, 2017, 09:17:33 AM »

I don't know what to make of Tillerson frankly.
when i hear him on TV like the weekend interview with Chris Wallace he sounds very reasonable but then i read very negative things about how he has not really taken over the State Department and just defers to Obama philes
that many positions are simply still not being filled

perhaps he has too much on his plate

I just am not sure .
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« Reply #28 on: September 05, 2017, 09:04:22 PM »

For a nice summary of Trump's ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-out-to-undo-obamas-legacy_us_59aebfe7e4b000a1b65ed2ea?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009

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« Reply #29 on: September 15, 2017, 01:21:06 AM »

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U.S. President Donald Trump has stopped a foreign investment into a U.S. company. On Sept. 13, Trump blocked Canyon Bridge Capital Partners' proposed purchase of Lattice Semiconductor Corporation for $1.3 billion, the fourth time a U.S. president has done so. The reason? The trail of Canyon Bridge Capital Partners' financial backing leads directly to the China Reform Fund Management Co., meaning the fund has substantial backing from the Chinese state. By blocking the purchase, Trump is making clear his opposition to Chinese state-led investment in strategic sectors.

Canyon Bridge Capital Partners' attempted takeover faced intense scrutiny since it was announced in November 2016. The deal was filed three times with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), the interagency committee that reviews potential purchases of U.S. companies by overseas entities. Canyon Bridge Capital Partners made an appeal to Trump to overrule CFIUS. Although Trump's statement explaining his decision mentioned the potential effects to the U.S. defense supply chain, it focused on China's attempt to acquire U.S. technology. Lattice technology has legitimate defense applications, but the U.S. military is not known to be one of the company's customers. By contrast, CFIUS recommended a planned takeover of German semiconductor company Aixtron — whose products are used in certain military applications — by China's Fujian Grand Chip Investment Fund LP be dropped, citing issues of national security.

We may now be seeing an expanded definition of national security from CFIUS and Trump. Under this expanded definition, it isn't just important to keep other states from gaining control over companies directly involved in military applications. Rather, it's also important to keep companies producing technologies with greater prowess than their overseas competitors out of foreign hands. By keeping China, the world's largest semiconductor market, from purchasing U.S. semiconductor companies, the United States is able to protect its place ahead of China in the chip industry.

The deal's death has implications for the future of similar deals. Other technology sector takeovers are still being reviewed, including one led by Chinese magnate-owned Ant Financial and another by Chinese conglomerate HNA Group, which has already pulled out of a deal in the United States this year. Trump's decision to block the purchase by Canyon Bridge Capital Partners casts a shadow over those deals. That shadow, as well as EU opposition to Chinese investments, could force Chinese companies to distance themselves from state backing in specific takeovers.
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« Reply #30 on: September 28, 2017, 05:56:10 AM »

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/352731-trump-slashes-refugee-admissions-to-45000

https://pamelageller.com/2017/09/donald-trump-cuts-obamas-refugee-target-half-takes-christians-muslims.html/
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« Reply #31 on: October 06, 2017, 10:38:10 AM »

http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/354232-trump-administration-eliminates-obamacare-birth-control-mandate
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« Reply #32 on: October 10, 2017, 09:47:51 PM »

Obama's (Un)Clean Power Plan Up in Smoke
By Paul Albaugh
 

Donald Trump's administration is poised to take down another regulation that was hailed by leftists as part of Barack Obama's legacy. Obama's Clean Power Plan (CPP) is the target this time, and when it is repealed in its entirety — and not replaced — it will be another huge win for America.

This isn't just any regulation, either. Recall that the Clean Power Plan was Obama's signature edict — a far-reaching effort to allegedly curb greenhouse gas emissions as part of his war against climate change. This plan directed every state to develop detailed plans to reduce CO2 emissions, primarily from coal-fired plants, with the intended outcome of cutting carbon pollution by one-third from 2005 levels by 2030.

Fortunately, the CPP never made it very far after 27 states vowed to go fight it, which ultimately led to the Supreme Court blocking its implementation. Unfortunately, with Trump's EPA announcing repeal of the CPP, there will likely be more legal challenges ahead — this time from the Left.

Climate alarmists are of course outraged that Trump's EPA would repeal Obama's plan. David Doniger, a senior attorney for climate and clear air at the Natural Resources Defense Council, whined, "We had a Clean Power Plan. What we're getting is a Dirty Power Plan." And former EPA chief Gina McCarthy insisted that the CPP would have brought "major health benefits to families" and that premature deaths would have been reduced by 3,600 per year. It's quite the double standard for leftists to worry about saving lives in the name of climate control when they simultaneously push for the unhampered premature deaths of preborn babies, isn't it?

Aside from the CPP being a very bad deal for American consumers and the energy industry as a whole, Trump's EPA in a statement had this to say: "The EPA proposes to determine that the CPP is not within Congress's grant of authority to the agency under the governing statute. It is not in the interests of the EPA, or in accord with its mission of environmental protection consistent with the rule of law, to expend its resources along the path of implementing a rule, receiving and passing judgment on state plans, or promulgating federal plans in furtherance of a policy that is not within the bounds of our statutory authority."

In other words, Scott Pruitt's EPA determined that the CPP was unconstitutional. The CPP, if implemented, would have enabled the EPA to act outside of its legal limits. What a refreshing statement coming from one of the most burdensome agencies in the country.

The Clean Power Plan was nothing more than a massive power grab by the federal government over the energy industry, primarily coal. It would have imposed rules on all 50 states in violation of the separation of powers.

Aside from being an unconstitutional abuse of power, Obama's Clean Power Play would also impose heavy economic burdens on consumers and would have resulted in many more job losses from the coal industry. The estimated cost of the plan was between $41 billion and $73 billion a year, and all it would have done was purportedly reduce the temperature by an estimated 0.02 degrees. Thus it's certain that the cost of the CPP far outweighed the tenuous benefits. But again, the plan was always about power and control, not saving the planet.

Sure, Trump will be blasted by climate alarmists and their media cohorts. But remember, Trump was a businessman, and he, like most Americans, saw that the Clean Power Plan was not going to be good for America's economy. Further, as Reason's Ronald Bailey notes, "It [CPP] sounds like a big deal but it probably isn't. With or without the CPP, a different force may be pushing the power sector to reduce emissions by nearly that much: low natural gas prices."

Several energy studies have shown that even without the CPP, power sector emissions would drop as much as 26% below 2005 levels. That's if renewable energy subsidies remain in place. Even better, the subsidies should be eliminated because the cost of renewable energy continues to fall, therefore out-competing conventional power production. Low natural gas prices combined with lower renewable energy costs mean less emissions in the future. So, what do leftists have to complain about?

They will of course go on the attack against Trump and accuse him of wanting to destroy the planet. But they will ignore the fact that Obama's plan would have done far more harm than good. Trump's EPA will allow more of the free market to dictate the outcome of energy use and emissions output instead of a top down, government-controlled approach. 

In the end, with Trump's plan to repeal the CPP, America wins.
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« Reply #33 on: October 10, 2017, 09:53:07 PM »

http://www.dailywire.com/news/22122/trump-breaks-nfl-commissioner-goodell-issues-new-ryan-saavedra?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=062316-news&utm_campaign=benshapiro

https://conservativetribune.com/espn-steven-smith-trumps-anthem/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=AE&utm_campaign=can&utm_content=2017-10-09

https://conservativetribune.com/after-loss-cowboys-president-ultimatum/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=AE&utm_campaign=can&utm_content=2017-10-09
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« Reply #34 on: October 12, 2017, 08:54:58 AM »

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/12/us/politics/trump-unesco-withdrawal.html?emc=edit_na_20171012&nl=breaking-news&nlid=49641193&ref=cta&_r=0
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« Reply #35 on: October 12, 2017, 11:26:13 AM »

http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/355123-trump-eases-obamacare-rules-with-executive-order
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« Reply #36 on: October 14, 2017, 07:35:15 AM »

The hits keep coming
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« Reply #37 on: October 18, 2017, 08:24:12 AM »

http://www.investors.com/politics/editorials/raqqa-victory-means-trump-defeated-isis-in-months-after-years-of-excuses-from-obama/
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« Reply #38 on: October 30, 2017, 11:36:44 PM »

Just back in from the DB Euro Gathering in Bern, but while I was gone I noticed that the new crown prince in Saudi Arabia came out strongly for a reasonable Islam in Saudi Arabia.  I will look to dig up the specifics in the next day or so, but it sure read to me like the Saudis have responded to President Trump's Riyadh speech's challenge to "throw them (the Islamo Fascists) out!
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« Reply #39 on: November 05, 2017, 06:25:10 PM »

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MoN4dZHaX6w

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/24/i-will-return-saudi-arabia-moderate-islam-crown-prince


This seems worthy of considerable attention to me.  Well done President Trump.


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« Reply #40 on: November 16, 2017, 08:10:00 AM »

https://pjmedia.com/spengler/trumps-unsung-success-middle-east/
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« Reply #41 on: November 16, 2017, 02:12:27 PM »

http://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/360598-meet-the-powerful-group-behind-trumps-judicial-nominations
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« Reply #42 on: November 16, 2017, 03:17:24 PM »

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-42001038
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« Reply #43 on: November 20, 2017, 10:55:25 AM »

The Important Symbolism, but Probable Futility, of the Taylor Force Act
by A.J. Caschetta
The New English Review
November 17, 2017
http://www.meforum.org/7023/important-symbolism-of-taylor-force-act

 
Taylor Force likely won't be the last American killed as a result of Palestinian terror incitement.

The Taylor Force Act (TFA) passed the House of Representatives' Foreign Affairs Committee unanimously on Wednesday and is expected to pass the full house with wide bipartisan support. The Taylor Force Act marks a noble and long overdue departure from the "anything goes" attitude toward Palestinian terror incitement of previous administrations, but it's unlikely to have a decisive impact on how the PA operates.

The bill is named for US Army veteran Taylor Force, who was murdered while studying in Israel by Palestinian terrorist Bashar Massalh in March 2016. As it does with all other Palestinian terrorists who die carrying out their attacks, the Palestinian Authority (PA) has been making monthly payments to Massalh's family ever since. These funds, from the PA's "Martyr's Fund," are directed through the PLO, which Abbas also controls.

U.S. congressional leaders responded to Force's murder with rare unanimity and determination to put an end to the so-called "pay-to-slay" program and other forms of PA incitement. Sort of.

The Taylor Force Act is designed to trigger a cutoff of US aid to the Palestinians unless the PA takes steps to end terrorism by "individuals under its jurisdictional control," publically condemns and investigates terror attacks, and stops paying monthly stipends to the families of terrorists.

Authority to certify PA compliance with the law's criteria is vested solely in the State Department.

First, authority to certify PA compliance with these three criteria is vested solely in the State Department (in both House and Senate versions), which for years had refused to budge from its traditional depiction of the PA as a force of moderation and peace partner. Fear of the alternatives to PA President Mahmoud Abbas (now in the 12th year of his 4-year term) has led the department to engage in absurd defenses of his regime in the past, and there is no sign of that changing. Indeed, State has already all but certified PA compliance with the first two of the three criteria in its 2016 Country Reports on Terrorism, which commends Abbas's counter-terrorism efforts.

Moreover, the legislation has been watered down to allow some public entities and projects in Palestinian areas to continue receiving US funding on humanitarian grounds regardless of whether the PA is in compliance. Palestinian water projects, childhood vaccination programs and East Jerusalem hospitals are untouchable. "What good is there in punishing women and children for something they did not do?" explained Senate co-sponsor Lindsay Graham in August.

The legislation has been watered down to exempt some public entities and projects from an aid cutoff.

While no one wants Palestinian women and children to go without medical care, vaccinations, or clean water, the history of terrorism funding teaches us that all aid is fungible. With a little imagination, most aid dollars can be construed as benefiting innocent Palestinians somehow or another. The real peril for ordinary Palestinians is a governing apparatus so indifferent to their welfare that it spends over $190 million annually encouraging them to sacrifice their lives.

Like most autocracies, the PA isn't likely to change its ways until its grip on power becomes unsustainable. Nothing short of a total cessation of US funding has much chance of instigating such change.

Palestinian leaders aren't impressed by what they've seen so far. Shortly after the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved TFA in August, the Abbas-led PLO Executive Committee issued a blistering statement pledging to continue providing "aid to the families of the martyrs and prisoners," which it called a "national, moral, and humanitarian responsibility towards the occupation's victims."

The TFA is an important first step in divesting from nearly a half-century of failed PLO leadership.

Others will surely step in to make up for any shortfall of funding in the "pay-to-slay" program. During the Second Intifada, Saddam Hussein sent $10,000 checks (later raised to $25,000) to the families of Palestinian suicide bombers, and the King of Saudi Arabia held telethons to raise money for them. Perhaps this time around, as Daniel Pipes succinctly tweeted: "#Qatar will pay."

But at least it won't be us subsidizing terrorist blood money. If nothing else, the Taylor Force Act marks an important first step in divesting America from nearly a half-century of failed PLO leadership. That alone makes its passage worth celebrating.

A.J. Caschetta is a Shillman-Ginsburg fellow at the Middle East Forum and a senior lecturer at the Rochester Institute of Technology
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« Reply #44 on: November 20, 2017, 11:17:31 AM »

http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2017/11/trump-versus-the-administrative-state.php

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Consider three leading indicators. First, Mr. Trump has appointed regulatory chiefs who are exceptionally well-qualified and are determined reformers. . .  Second, the Trump administration is turning back from unilateral lawmaking. Mr. Obama made several aggressive excursions into this dangerous territory. . .  Each was justified by legal arguments that administration officials conceded to be novel and that many impartial experts (including those who favored the policies on the merits) regarded as risible. Each ran into strong resistance from the courts.

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« Reply #45 on: November 20, 2017, 11:18:00 AM »

second post:

Norks back on Terrorism list.
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« Reply #46 on: November 21, 2017, 08:51:53 AM »

http://reason.com/blog/2017/11/20/is-donald-trump-of-all-presidents-devolv?utm_medium=emailWith
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