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Re: President Trump's accomplishments, 8 million no longer need food stamps
« Reply #250 on: September 25, 2019, 04:33:05 PM »
Thanks to Trump, 7 million have quit food stamps
 September 24, 2019

Source:  NY Times front page headline, just kidding, Washington Examiner opinion section:
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/op-eds/thanks-to-trump-7-million-have-quit-food-stamps

According to recently released government data, exactly 36,029,506 Americans (18,230,968 households) are currently enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as SNAP. Although it may seem as though a rather large number of Americans receive government subsidies for their groceries, the current SNAP figure should be celebrated.

Why? Because in 2016, the last year of the Obama administration, 42,972,692 Americans (21,232,456 households) received SNAP.
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That is roughly a 20% (18.6%) decrease in poverty.

Who knew?  Who cares??

Why doesn't federal social spending decrease proportionally?

Because federal agencies can only grow.

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new trade pact with Japan ; helps US farmers !
« Reply #251 on: September 26, 2019, 08:22:20 AM »

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Pres. Trump's accomplishments, promises kept: New trade deal Japan
« Reply #252 on: September 26, 2019, 08:47:17 AM »
obviously this will not be in the MSM:
https://patriotpost.us/articles/65726-trump-inks-new-trade-deal-with-japan-2019-09-26

I was typing while you posted that.   )

Tues on the forum:
"We need to resolve our trade issues with the rest of the world and have our allies join the fight against China until it is won."

Wed: Trump and Japan Prime Minister Abe announced a new trade deal. 
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https://www.bbc.com/news/business-49834705

US and Japan agree on initial trade deal

Under the deal, over 90% of US food and agricultural products going into Japan will either be free of any duty or receive preferential tariff access, according to the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR).

Japan will reduce tariffs on products such as fresh and frozen beef and pork, and will immediately eliminate them for certain nuts, fruits and vegetables.

In return, the US will either remove or lower duties on some $40 million of agricultural imports from Japan, including cut flowers, green tea and soy sauce.

According a transcript published by the White House., Mr Abe said there would be a "very wonderful, positive impact on the global economy".

The US and Japan have also agreed on preferential treatment for certain digital products.  They will prohibit any duties being imposed on digital products such as videos, music and e-books and will ensure data can be freely transferred across borders.
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This makes completion of a larger deal with Japan more likely and makes completion of a deal with China more likely.

The threat of larger tariffs on Japanese autos is what motivated them to open their market.

I don't like the use of tariffs in this way but no other way has worked.

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Re: President Trump's accomplishments and promises kept
« Reply #253 on: September 26, 2019, 09:00:31 AM »
I was typing while you posted that.   )

great minds think alike.


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Re: President Trump getting China out of Long Beach, CA port
« Reply #255 on: September 28, 2019, 09:35:12 AM »
https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2019/05/trump_administration_forces_china_to_sell_the_port_of_long_beach.html?fbclid=IwAR3YovcatEkFAYJ6mS5fz-Cqx0yC8zzKRnxujhOG2zrH0KF8dg4ezd3-6I0#.XYV4kQtit9Y.facebook

Wow!  Winning.

I heard a friend who is selling his company that imports from China mention that the new tariffs are optional.  Chinese sellers off to declare less than value on the documents and each business has to deal with the moral, legal and practical aspects of that.  Having the ports or Chinese imports Chinese-owned doesn't help enforcement of that.  Trump is one step ahead of them - again.




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Re: President Trump's accomplishments and promises kept
« Reply #259 on: October 02, 2019, 08:36:21 PM »
Yes it is.  We regularly engage with each other on our FB pages and have spoken on the phone.

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Trump woke America to China
« Reply #260 on: October 04, 2019, 07:04:59 AM »
of course we here at DB forum have been woke for over 20 yrs to this but at least now there is even MSM and political notice of the gigantic problem ignored since Herbert Bush:

https://www.richmond.com/opinion/columnists/victor-davis-hanson-column-how-china-woke-america/article_f9b9c8ae-5d0b-5a31-b398-0071f3e4c992.html

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President Trump's accomplishments: wage growth, 42 percent improvement
« Reply #261 on: October 05, 2019, 08:48:14 AM »
The Bureau of Economic Analysis on July 30 published its annual revisions to personal income data. Following meager growth in employee compensation of 2.7 percent in 2016 and 2.9 percent in 2015, the revisions show significant increases of 4.5 percent in 2017 and 5 percent in 2018. To put those numbers in context, in President Donald Trump’s first two years, employee compensation increased by $672 billion more than it did during President Barack Obama’s last two, for a whopping 42 percent improvement.
https://www.timesonline.com/opinion/20190821/andy-puzder-sen-warren-is-real-economic-threat

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Unemployment rate for Hispanics and African Americans Hispanics lowest ever
« Reply #262 on: October 05, 2019, 11:53:26 AM »
Lowest unemployment rate in 50 years!

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/04/jobs-report---september-2019.html

September unemployment rate falls to 3.5%, a 50-year low, as payrolls rise by 136,000

Unemployment rate for Hispanics and African Americans Hispanics is the lowest ever.


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Re: President Trump's economic accomplishments
« Reply #264 on: October 17, 2019, 07:38:50 AM »
Income inequality down.  Income up more for low and middle income workers than during his predecessor.
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Last week’s Census: Worker earnings increased by 3.4% while the poverty rate declined 0.5 percentage points to 11.8%, the lowest level since 2001. Benefit rolls are shrinking as low-income workers earn more.

According to the Census Bureau, the number of full-time, year-round workers increased by 2.3 million in 2018, and employment gains were biggest among minority female-led households. The share of workers in female-led households who worked full-time year-round increased by 4.2 percentage points among blacks and 3.6 percentage points among Hispanics.

As a result, real median earnings for female households with no spouse present jumped 7.6% last year. The poverty rate among female households declined 2.7 percentage points for blacks, four percentage points for Hispanics and 7.1 percentage points for their children.

[Remember this the next time Senator Kamala Harris complains that Mr. Trump’s policies are harming women and minorities.]

The jobless rate for black women last month fell to a historic low of 4.4% and neared a nadir for Hispanic women at 4.2%.

Income gains are being distributed more evenly. The share of households making less than $35,000 in inflation-adjusted dollars has fallen 1.2 percentage points since 2016 while those earning between $50,000 and $150,000 and more than $200,000 have both increased by 0.8 percentage points.

Real median incomes increased in households between the ages of 15 to 24 and 25 to 34 by 9.1% and 5%, respectively.

Faster growth and tight labor markets of the Trump years are finally lifting incomes for folks at the bottom after the slow-growth Obama years.

   - WSJ Editorial, Sept 20, 2019, "The Real Cure for Inequality"


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Re: Morale at State Dept at all time low
« Reply #266 on: October 21, 2019, 09:16:33 AM »
https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/466538-diplomats-describe-all-time-low-in-morale-at-state-under-trump

Morale in the swamp is at all time low. This President has an "unconventional" style, different world view, and a different way of negotiating than any of his predecessors.  That doesn't mean the old way was right; the old way is what got us in this situation in each trouble spot around the  world.  Like what is taught in 'Disruptive Innovation', you probably need new people with a different mindset to carry out a changed mission.  It's very unlikely the existing staff can adapt.  Maybe 75,000 employees aren't all needed if the mission changed and what their doing now, as reported, is complain, resist and wait for leadership to change.


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Re: President Trump's accomplishments and promises kept, 157 judges confirmed
« Reply #268 on: November 05, 2019, 06:44:07 AM »
157 judges confirmed, so far.
Source, Trump, Google, Wikipedia.

It is hard to be conservative and to be neutral on that subject come election day, given the choice of some ultra-liberal taking on that role.
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Re: President Reagan Statue in Berlin
« Reply #270 on: November 07, 2019, 04:53:01 AM »
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/berlin-rejected-reagan-statue-but-trump-administration-found-way-to-make-it-happen

Germany and Obama never thought to put a statue of Reagan in the city where this one American President changed the world?

Good to see you put it under Trump Accomplishments.


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WSJ: Trump releases hospital pricing transparency rules
« Reply #272 on: November 16, 2019, 12:48:46 PM »
Trump Administration Releases Transparency Rule in Hospital Pricing
Plans to propose similar requirement for insurers; legal challenges are likely

Prices charged for health-care procedures such as magnetic-resonance imaging vary widely. PHOTO: KEITH SRAKOCIC/ASSOCIATED PRESS
By Stephanie Armour
Updated Nov. 15, 2019 2:52 pm ET
Hospitals and insurers would be forced to disclose their secret negotiated rates for the first time under a far-reaching plan released Friday by the Trump administration.

Administration officials said the final rule will compel hospitals in 2021 to publicize the rates they negotiate with individual insurers for all services, including drugs, supplies, facility fees and care by doctors who work for the facility.

The administration proposed extending the disclosure requirement to the $670 billion health-insurance industry. Insurance companies and group health plans that cover employees would have to disclose negotiated rates, as well as previously paid rates for out-of-network treatment, in file formats that are computer-searchable, officials said.

The insurers, including Anthem Inc. and Cigna Corp. , would have to provide a transparency tool to give cost information to consumers in advance, senior administration officials said.

The requirements are more far-reaching than many industry leaders had expected and could upend commercial health-care markets, which are rife with complex systems of hidden charges and secret discounts. The price-disclosure initiative has become a cornerstone of the president’s 2020 re-election health strategy, despite threats of legal action from the industry.

“Right now, there is too much arbitrage in the system,” a senior administration official said in an interview Thursday with The Wall Street Journal. “There are a ton of vested interests who will oppose this. We expect to get sued. We’re really goring people’s oxes.”

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Hospitals and insurers typically treat specific prices for medical services as closely held secrets, with contracts between the insurers and hospital systems generally bound by confidentiality agreements. Policy makers, employers and patients are often unable to see clearly which hospital systems and doctor practices are driving high costs.

The proposal covering insurers is the newest part of the price-disclosure initiative, and it would include the private-employer market, where about 158 million people get their health insurance. Insurers and group health plans would have to put the negotiated rates into a file that third-party developers could incorporate into shopping tools.

Insurers would also have to create a web-based tool for beneficiaries that discloses the list price, the negotiated rate, cost sharing and the amount left on a plan deductible, as well as allowable out-of-network rates, officials said. There will be a 60-day public comment period on the proposal.

The requirements for the negotiated-rate file could cost insurers an estimated $200 million to build based on projections in the proposal.

Other costs include an estimated $64 million to $161 million for three years to implement and maintain posting about cost sharing.

The proposal also states that “price transparency may have the opposite effect because in some markets where pricing is very transparent, pricing can narrow and average costs can increase.”

Studies show consumers are often required to pay more out of pocket when they don’t have the price information they need to comparison shop. Employer health-plan deductibles are outpacing wage growth and have risen to an average $1,655 for a single plan, according to a September survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Workers on average pay $6,015 toward the cost of their coverage.

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On the final rule covering hospitals, facilities will have two obligations. First, they will have to provide insurer-specific negotiated rates in a computer-readable file.

Second, hospitals will have to post negotiated charges online for 300 specific services for which patients typically shop around. Seventy of those services, including vaginal birth, colonoscopy and joint-replacement surgery, are stipulated in the rule, according to senior administration officials. Hospitals can select the other 230 services they post online.

Hospitals face fines of up to $300 a day if they don’t comply with sharing negotiated rates.

The requirements would cost hospitals more than $23 million annually in 2016 dollars, according to an estimate in the rule. Annual costs range from $38.7 million to $39.4 million in 2019 dollars.

Taken together, the price-disclosure initiatives could reshape the $3.5 trillion health-care industry.

Prices charged for health care vary widely depending on whether a provider is in or out of the patient’s insurance network and on the insurer’s undisclosed price agreements with hospitals. A magnetic resonance image of the lower back costs $141 at an imaging center in Jefferson, La., but $7,646 at a hospital in Torrance, Calif., according to data from Clear Health Costs, which publishes information on health costs.

Hospitals, insurers and others in the industry have spent the past nine months since the idea was floated by the White House denouncing the proposal and gearing up for a pitched legal battle.

The industry is also likely to argue in any legal challenge that negotiated rates are proprietary and include confidential contractual agreements. Industry groups have also said the proposal runs counter to the First Amendment.

Pharmaceutical companies prevailed with a similar argument when the Trump administration said they had to disclose list prices for drugs in television ads. A federal judge in July ruled that the requirement overstepped regulatory authority.

“It’s actually worse than we expected,” said Tom Nickels, executive vice president of the American Hospital Association. “They have additional requirements. It’s additional data that I don’t know is particularly helpful for consumers.”

If rates are public, health-care companies say, some hospital systems might push for payment rates that match their crosstown rivals’.

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Proponents of the proposal argue it would bring costs down. Out-of-network doctors could try to compete with in-network negotiated rates. Health systems that charge higher negotiated rates could lose business if they don’t match competitors’ rates or justify the reasons for their steeper costs. And employers could press their insurers to include hospitals with lower negotiated rates in their networks.

Employers and patients are often unable to see which hospital systems and doctor’s offices are driving prices upward. Some health-care economists argue that the secrecy is a factor in why the U.S. spends more per resident on health care than any other developed nation.

The administration’s vision is to arm patients with information needed to make health-care decisions much like shopping for other consumer services. Rates potentially could be posted on public websites, where consumers would check the negotiated price of a service before they pick a provider.

The White House push on price disclosure comes as President Trump seeks to close the gap with Democrats, who hold an advantage on health care in public polling.

“You’ll see some results that are incredible in terms of costs coming down,” Mr. Trump said Friday, adding, “We’re taking on the insurance companies and the special interests.”

Mr. Trump has stated that under his health-care plan, Americans will get better care at a lower cost than they currently pay. About three in 10 adults are very or somewhat confident that the president will deliver on his promise, while 62% say they aren’t too confident or not at all confident, according to an October poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

The White House is prepared to defend the rule and the proposal covering insurers from lawsuits, a senior administration official said. Officials said authority for the requirements stems from the Public Health Service Act.

“You’ll be able to negotiate all over the place,” Mr. Trump said in an October speech in Florida. “And you’ll be able to pick everything you want, from the hospital to the doctor. And it’s going to save you a tremendous amount of money.”

Write to Stephanie Armour at stephanie.armour@wsj.com



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Re: President Trump's accomplishments and promises kept
« Reply #275 on: November 17, 2019, 03:54:09 PM »
"Of note, ISIS has been slow to name their third in command."

Heh heh.

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Re: President Trump's accomplishments and promises kept
« Reply #277 on: November 18, 2019, 12:15:23 AM »
"Of note, ISIS has been slow to name their third in command."

Heh heh.

Yeah, but mean tweets. MEAN TWEETS.

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President Trump's accomplishments, illegal immigration levels return to "normal"
« Reply #278 on: November 20, 2019, 06:32:01 AM »
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/washington-secrets/report-illegal-immigration-drops-to-normal-levels-trump-can-take-the-credit
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Now round up and remove the last batch that lied, cheated and stole their way into our once sovereign nation. 


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This has got to be a record
« Reply #279 on: November 20, 2019, 10:03:37 AM »
That no future President will ever break:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/11/02/us/politics/trump-twitter-presidency.html

It is like Cy Young's all time major league baseball win record
will never be broken.



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Re: This has got to be a record
« Reply #281 on: November 21, 2019, 02:09:09 PM »
That no future President will ever break:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/11/02/us/politics/trump-twitter-presidency.html

It is like Cy Young's all time major league baseball win record
will never be broken.

ccp, My favorite baseball trivia question, who is the losingest pitcher in history (most career losses)?    [also Cy Young, also will never be broken]
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Major_League_Baseball_career_losses_leaders




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Pres Trump accomplishments, promises kept, Economics Club NY Speech
« Reply #285 on: November 27, 2019, 11:46:59 AM »
https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/remarks-president-trump-economic-club-new-york-new-york-ny/
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Back in 2016, before I took office, the Congressional Budget Office projected that fewer than 2 million jobs would be created by this time in 2019.  Instead, my administration has created nearly 7 million jobs, and going up rapidly.  We beat predictions — (applause) — thank you.  We beat predictions more than three times the highest estimate that I saw during the campaign.  Nobody thought it was even possible to get close to a 7 million number.  Two million was maxed out, if you were lucky and if you did a great job.

Unemployment has recently achieved the lowest rate in 51 years.  African American unemployment, Hispanic American unemployment, and Asian American unemployment, have all reached the lowest rates in history.  Women’s unemployment, the best numbers in 71 years.  We expect that that number of 71 years — which isn’t good compared to the other numbers, is it?  But women also will soon be “historic,” we think.

Blue-collar jobs are leading the way in our middle class boom.  We’ve added 25,000 mining jobs, 128,000 energy jobs, and 1.2 million manufacturing and construction jobs.  And manufacturing was supposed to be dead in our country.  You would need, according to a past administration representative at the highest level of that past administration — you would need a magic wand to bring back manufacturing jobs.  Well, we brought them back, and we brought them back to over 600,000 manufacturing jobs as of today.  (Applause.)  And those are very important jobs.

Nearly 7 million people have been lifted off, very importantly, food stamps.  Seven million people off of food stamps.  And we’re getting Americans off of welfare and back into the workforce.  Nearly 2.5 million Americans have risen out of poverty.  That’s a record.  The rate of African American and Hispanic American families in poverty has plummeted to the lowest level ever recorded, by far.

Since my election, the S&P 500 is up over 45 percent, the Dow Jones is up over 50 percent, and the NASDAQ is up 60 percent
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we’ve added nearly $10 trillion of new value to our economy.
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Last year, GDP growth matched the fastest rate in more than a decade, and it was the best of the G7 countries by far.  By far.  (Applause.)

Perhaps most importantly — after years of stagnation and decline — American wages, salaries, and incomes are rising very fast.  Median household income is now at the highest level in the history of our country.  (Applause.)

The average median income under President Bush rose only $400 over an eight-year period.  Under President Obama, it rose $975 over an eight-year period.  And under my administration, it rose $5,000 over slightly more than just two and a half years.  That’s a big difference.
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in addition to the $5,000 (wages up), we have to add $2,200 for the tax cuts — average tax cuts — and $2,000 to $3,000 for regulatory and energy cuts.  So that would be a total of almost $10,000 (income gain) versus $400 (Bush) and versus $975 (Obama).
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highest number of people working in our country in the history of our country.  Almost 160 million people.
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If we take back the House in 2020 and retain the Senate and the White House, you will see things that even ... you will be surprised to see.  We have tremendous economic potential.

   - He gets it that these other elections are tied to his success


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one yr from now
« Reply #287 on: December 05, 2019, 06:38:08 AM »
Hopefully Trump will go down in history as the first to be impeached then re elected !

and maybe get 2 more Supremes on the Bench    8-) :wink:

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Re: one yr from now, Impeachment, acquittal, reelection
« Reply #288 on: December 05, 2019, 08:14:16 AM »
Hopefully Trump will go down in history as the first to be impeached then re elected !

and maybe get 2 more Supremes on the Bench    8-) :wink:

Yes.

Pelosi sounded terrible this morning.  Made no new point except that the criminality is "uncontested".  Famous person NOT reading the forum!  As soon as they vote impeachment, this goes to the Senate and Pelosi et al lose control of it. 

I have to think they will stop this at some point but everything they are doing indicates otherwise.  This is a move by Pelosi to further divide the country - and divide the swing districts.  How does that help them?    They take the constitution SO seriously, well except for the second amendment, the electoral college, the 1st  amendment, the 4th, the 9th, the constraints on power, etc.

We basically know the articles of impeachment from the committee report posted here yesterday.  Nothing new has transpired.

Additional comments from yesterday:

Heavy use of the word "infer", "we must infer" , "the inference is ... ".  Infer whatever you want; the trial will focus on evidence.

Prof Pamela Karlan said a couple of things yesterday that expose her derangement [and two others just offered agreement].  One was that since Trump was only a reality show host said [he might not have known any better when he said [joked] that Russia should release the emails if they have them.  [I can't find a complete transcript yet.]
https://www.rev.com/blog/house-judiciary-committee-impeachment-hearing-transcript-day-1

Karlan would be sitting in Kavanaugh's chair on the Supreme Court if not for Trump.  Mark her demise down as a trump accomplishment.

Secondly, she criticized 13 year old Barron Trump's name and later non-apology apologized.  I don't know if she and her partner have children whose names we an rip on national television, but we wouldn't.  Her hatred for Trump was unhidden throughout.

They kept misstating facts to make their case, using partial quotes or non-quotes.  They were answering the question, if what Schiff made up happened, should you impeach.

How many times did they say, “I would like you to do us a favor though..." without saying what followed it, and say it was purely a personal favor?  What did follow that?  "... because our country has been through a lot".  In his own words, Trump was asking a favor for "our country".  All the rest is "inference" of the deranged.

On their side, this testimony of experts gives cover to all kool-aid drinking Democrats to believe that moving forward with impeachment at this time is the right thing to do no matter the consequences.  But since this matter is political, the consequences are paramount.

Prof Jonathon Turley had to declare his own distaste for Trump in order to establish credibility and it was quite effective. 

This process is benefiting candidate Joe Biden, the subject of the corruption investigation.  The candidates have unwritten no-attack agreements, especially the weaker candidates against the eventual nominee.  If a Democrat now attacks Biden for his corruption during this process, they are helping Trump, the ultimate political sin.  That gives him a free pass through Super Tuesday.

The other part helping Biden is that a Senate trial removes half the field from the campaign stump.  The Democratic Party is now stuck in Washington defending this unfair attack on Biden while Biden is free to travel anywhere and say anything he wants.  [What could possibly go wrong with that?]

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Trump's judges
« Reply #297 on: December 12, 2019, 05:18:14 AM »
" .https://www.lifenews.com/2019/12/11/trump-ends-liberal-domination-of-9th-circuit-appeals-court-as-senate-confirms-lawrence-vandyke/"

now I understand why the libs on cable yesterday were wringing their hands about the "damage" . Trump caused to the courts and how it could take a loooong time to "undue"

the fretting libs:

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/12/9/20962980/trump-supreme-court-federal-judges

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Trump a mensch?
« Reply #298 on: December 12, 2019, 05:41:51 AM »

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President Trump's accomplishments, success at NATO
« Reply #299 on: December 12, 2019, 08:00:43 AM »
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/actually-the-nato-summit-was-a-success

First off, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan backed away from a previous threat to block improved NATO support for the Baltic states and Poland. Until Wednesday, Erdogan had been holding out on this unless the alliance recognized the Kurdish YPG group in Syria — an ad hoc ally against the Islamic State in the recent war — as a terrorist organization. Instead, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda observed that the Baltic states and Poland had met with Erdogan and received his support. This is a positive development which suggests that Turkey might reconsider its increasing deference to Vladimir Putin. The Russian leader, after all, will be unhappy with Erdogan for backing NATO's Baltic security strategy.

Moreover, agreement on that security strategy is a big deal in and of itself. The primary threat to NATO's security envelope is a potential Russian blitzkrieg combined arms offensive into the Baltics or through Belarus into Poland. With the 29-member alliance now unified in upgrading its support to those nations — all of which responsibly meet the NATO defense spending target of 2% of GDP — Russia faces a new deterrent. This is not to say a Russian attack is likely, simply that its possibility demands a commensurate counterforce.

Another success is the continued agreement from allies to increase defense spending. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg served as Trump's allies here, pushing other members to meet that 2% target sooner. And in a noteworthy development, the Trump administration took a more conciliatory tone here. The Washington Post reports that Trump "did not threaten other countries in the same way he had done in previous NATO meetings, according to five NATO diplomats and policymakers ..."

This is good news. While Trump is absolutely right to publicly pressure allies to spend more on defense, and has won significant spending increases as a result of this pressure, only Russia benefits where the United States is seen to question NATO's Article Five mutual defense clause. By avoiding that, Trump can leave this summit fairly claiming that he has advanced the need for greater burden sharing, but he has done so in the context of strengthening NATO's unity, not of making threats against allies.