American Politics 101

Re: American Politics 101

Postby no1home on Thu Jan 26, 2017 12:44 pm

I have never heard of this before -

The State Department’s entire senior management team just resigned

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/jos ... 7523669608

Then suddenly on Wednesday afternoon, Kennedy and three of his top officials resigned unexpectedly, four State Department officials confirmed. Assistant Secretary of State for Administration Joyce Anne Barr, Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Michele Bond and Ambassador Gentry O. Smith, director of the Office of Foreign Missions, followed him out the door. All are career foreign service officers who have served under both Republican and Democratic administrations.



In addition, Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security Gregory Starr retired Jan. 20, and the director of the Bureau of Overseas Building Operations, Lydia Muniz, departed the same day. That amounts to a near-complete housecleaning of all the senior officials that deal with managing the State Department, its overseas posts and its people.
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Re: American Politics 101

Postby CielOnTap on Fri Feb 03, 2017 6:40 pm

One week after an executive order caused detainments at US airports, today there was news that Nexus pass travellers
may not be able to use the passes to cross the US border. Another bad news Friday:
"Quite frankly the Americans take away Nexus cards for very discretionary reasons at times," Todgham Cherniak said, adding that she once had a client whose card was revoked because his wife had a muffin in her purse.

But she suspects the reason for these revocations is far less trivial, saying it is likely Trump's executive order is being used to revisit the Nexus vetting process. Meaning individuals from the seven countries will need to go through the screening again or simply won't be approved.

"All this is creating a bottleneck in the system based on nationality," Todgham Cherniak said. "But you won't see much in writing that that was the reason."

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/nexus-cards-revoked-1.3964819

This week, there was information revealed in a Virginia court that 100,000 visas had been revoked. The Trump administration through the State Department countered with a number under 60,000. http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/03/politics/over-100000-visas-revoked-government-lawyer-says-in-virginia-court/
The department clarified that the higher figure used by the Justice Department lawyer included diplomatic and other visas that were exempted by the travel ban, as well as expired visas.

The revocation number was revealed Friday in a court case in Virginia involving two Yemeni brothers denied entry when they arrived at Virginia's Dulles International Airport following Trump’s Jan. 27 order. The executive action barred travelers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Attorneys general from several states, including Massachusetts, Washington, New York, have challenged the order.

http://www.kgw.com/news/politics/reports-trump-travel-order-revokes-100000-visas/396756177

Other news relating to the Trump name in retail: Nordstrom has announced that it will no longer be carrying Ivanka Trump's clothing and accessories as part of a review of lines stocked by the store chain. http://www.forbes.com/sites/maggiemcgrath/2017/02/03/a-grabyourwallet-effect-following-nordstrom-drop-ivanka-trump-line-disappears-from-neiman-marcus-website/#3c2781604baa

There is a #GrabYourWallet social media campaign encouraging women to boycott Trump branded merchandise, golf courses and hotels.
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Re: American Politics 101

Postby CielOnTap on Wed Feb 08, 2017 10:41 pm

#GrabYourWallet campaign continues to gain momentuum. Twitter is alive with tweets that two store chains owned by TJX Companies are directing employees to remove signs for Ivanka Trump products. Millar Coors beer brand met with the Grab Your Wallet organizer to inquire why its brand was on the list. A board member of the company's parent corporation was involved in a fundraising dinner for the Trump campaign.

Imagine my surprise to see a Niagara Region (in Ontario) paper tweet about the possibility of Sarah Palin being a possible US ambassador to Canada. Canadian humourists will have reasons to rejoice, if that becomes reality, in two languages.
The way things works here, Heyman’s successor may not arrive until the summer or fall; Heyman himself waited almost six months for the Senate to confirm him in 2014.

With the Democrats dawdling, this new appointment may take even longer. That leaves lots of time to consider who will represent the United States in Ottawa in what may well be the most volatile period in bilateral relations since the Vietnam War.

One familiar name keeps coming up in conversations around both Washington and Ottawa: Sarah Palin.

http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/2017/02/08/palin-as-us-ambassador-to-canada
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Re: American Politics 101

Postby CielOnTap on Wed Feb 08, 2017 10:47 pm

A selection of images taken of Japanese-Americans prior to and during the internment in the US during the Second World War are being shown now.
The photographer's work was not released for many years. Now there is a book with images that is being sold.
But these quiet images document something sinister: the racially motivated relocation and internment during World War II of more than 110,000 people of Japanese ancestry who lived on the West Coast, more than 60 percent of whom were American citizens.

Anchor Editions recently began selling prints of 20 of Ms. Lange’s Japanese internment photographs. Half of the proceeds are earmarked for the American Civil Liberties Union, which sued to stop the government’s mass incarceration of Japanese-Americans and continues to protect immigrant rights.

https://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2017/02/08/rarely-seen-photos-japanese-internment-dorothea-lange/?action=click&contentCollection=Blogs&pgtype=imageslideshow&module=RelatedArticleList&region=CaptionArea&version=SlideCard-1
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Re: American Politics 101

Postby dreamon on Tue Feb 14, 2017 9:41 am

The look on Japanese PM Abes face after that handshake, did not help Trump at all. Then the news that he was discussing National Security (N. Korea) with Abe at dinner'; at Trumps club in Florida. Not in a private secured room, but in the middle of the clubs dining room surrounded by people that are not cleared by security to even hear any of this. From club members to staff were all in the same room. The conversation was anything, but private.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/10/politics/ ... diplomacy/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/pol ... 11468fc1ce


In steps Canadas PM Justin Trudeau to change the tone and news cycle around, if only for a second.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/trudeau- ... -1.3981244

To be clear: Justin Trudeau, on his way to meet with a president who has hinted at deep, even existential damage to Canada's trading economy and perhaps even its sovereignty on security matters, decided he wanted a showy meeting about the role of women in the workplace.

No matter that even a few days ago, nobody on either side of the visit was saying anything in briefings about women in the workforce. There'd been too much negative coverage about free trade and immigration and border crossing problems. The subject needed changing, big league.

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Re: American Politics 101

Postby CielOnTap on Sun Feb 19, 2017 9:11 pm

What happens to Palm Beach businesses when the President arrives in Florida? Well, actually roads are closed beforehand and there is a ban on flight traffic of any kind within 10miles from Friday into Monday. So some businesses are taking losses or deciding to move out of the area to stay in business.

PALM BEACH, Fla. — For some of the businesses and government agencies that surround President Trump’s “Winter White House,” the effects of his frequent weekend getaways to Mar-a-Lago can best be told in numbers.

■ $200,000 in lost fuel sales at a large local airport in a single four-day visit this month.

■ 75 no-shows at a new restaurant in just one night.

■ $60,000 a day to pay overtime to sheriff’s deputies who guard the many closed roads, a tab that is about $1.5 million over all since the election.

■ 250 private flights grounded every day.

A month into his presidency, Mr. Trump arrived at Mar-a-Lago, his private club here, for a third weekend in a row this Presidents’ Day weekend. For the locals, that’s at least three days of clogged roads and strict security protocols that hurt local businesses and frustrate residents.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/19/us/donald-trump-visits-mar-a-lago-businesses.html?ribbon-ad-idx=3&rref=us&module=Ribbon&version=context&region=Header&action=click&contentCollection=U.S.&pgtype=article
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Re: American Politics 101

Postby burnt fare on Mon Feb 20, 2017 3:05 pm

It's George Washington's birthday today. Holiday has the name of Presidents Day but it's really not about presidents.
Until 1971, both February 12 and February 22 were observed as federal holidays to honor the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln on February 12 and George Washington on February 22. In 1971 President Richard Nixon proclaimed one single federal public holiday, and called it the President’s Day. The Presidents Day is to be observed on the third Monday of February each year and honors all past presidents of the United States of America.

http://usafederalholidays.com/presidents-day/

Though in Florida, there are protests being held against the current president who is in Florida.

http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/story/not-my-presidents-day-protests-erupt-across-florida
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Re: American Politics 101

Postby dreamon on Wed Feb 22, 2017 10:34 pm

The City Council in Richmond, California, unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday calling for Congress to consider impeaching President Trump.

Though largely symbolic, passage of the resolution means the Bay Area city will formally recommend that federal lawmakers in the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee investigate Mr. Trump with respect to whether the president’s international business ties run afoul of the “Emoluments Clause,” a Constitution provision that prohibits members of the U.S. government from profiting off of foreign states.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/201 ... avor-dona/

I do not remember this ever happening before, at least not in the first 100 days of taking office.

Symbolic, but what if it catches on around the country. Is there a number they have to reach so the DC crowd will pay attention?

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Re: American Politics 101

Postby dreamon on Thu Mar 02, 2017 7:00 pm

Russia is that Elephant in the WH that will not go away and keeps growing, and involving more of the Trump Government. Right now it's the AG, Jeff Sessions who is in trouble. He lied and covered up the lie and while he has removed himself from any investigation, it is still raising the heat on the Russia issue. Whether he talked to them as a Senator or a member of Trumps election team, shouldn't matter. He was working for Trump to get him elected when the conversations happened.


http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/sessions-r ... -1.4006500

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Thursday he would recuse himself from any investigations into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election because he was involved with President Donald Trump's campaign.

But Sessions, who was a long-time U.S. senator before becoming the country's top law enforcement official, said he did nothing wrong when he did not disclose during Senate testimony that he had met last year with Russia's ambassador.


Now it has come out that Jared Kushner (Trump Son In Law) attended at least one meeting during the transition with the Russian Ambassador to the US at the Trump Tower. He was with now fired, former National Security Advisor Flynn. How many more will be caught is this web of lies? Time will tell, but it's hard to be positive with a new administration when the lies before Jan. 20 are coming out and people are losing their jobs.


http://thehill.com/homenews/administrat ... dor-before


Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner met with Russia's ambassador to the U.S. at Trump Tower in December, The New York Times reported on Thursday.

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn also attended a meeting between President Trump’s son-in-law and Sergey Kislyak a month before Trump took office. Flynn was ousted last month after the revelation that he misled senior White House officials about separate conversations he had with Kislyak.

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Re: American Politics 101

Postby alohasand on Wed Mar 08, 2017 10:41 pm

Today is International Women's Day and there were women in the US who attended protests with the theme "A Day without Women."
“I hope to stand in solidarity with women who can’t strike today, and I hope to be a voice for women who have seen violence in the past,” Ellenby said. “I am a privileged person, but I hope to use that privilege to stand for others who may not be able to.”

Women who couldn’t join the strike were urged to participate by wearing red — a color that symbolizes “revolutionary love and sacrifice,” organizers said — and spend money at small and female-owned businesses.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) emerged from the Capitol on Wednesday clad in red and waving a sign, showing support for the strike and urging more women to run for office.

“People would say to me, ‘If you ruled the world, what one thing would you do to make the future better?’ That’s an easy answer: The education of girls,” Pelosi said.
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