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Mueller Trump update 9/18/17….Mueller’s boss interviewed….

This case goes places that very few have…..

Robert Mueller’s boss Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein it turns out was given a Q & A back in June or July about the Trump firing of then FBI Director James Comey….

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Rosenstein’s boss Attorney General Sessions will most likely also undergo a Q & A by Mueller’s people, if it hasn’t already happen….

In fact?

Donald Trump HIMSELF might HIMSELF be asked to have a sitdown with Mueller’s people….

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office has interviewed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein about President Donald Trump’s firing of former FBI Director James Comey, according to people familiar with the investigation.

The interview, which occurred in June or July, presents the unusual situation of investigators questioning the person directly overseeing their probe. Mr. Mueller’s office is investigating Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 election, whether any associates of Mr. Trump coordinated with Moscow’s efforts, and related matters.

Mr. Mueller as special counsel has a good deal of independence, but he ultimately answers to Mr. Rosenstein, because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the investigation.

The special counsel’s handling of the interview could be a sign that Mr. Mueller’s team doesn’t view Mr. Rosenstein as a central witness in its probe, as the deputy attorney general hasn’t withdrawn himself from overseeing it since that interview. A key witness would likely have to take such a step.

“It is unusual,” said Peter Zeidenberg, a former federal prosecutor. “But my inference is that they are not viewing him as a potential critical witness, because either the testimony isn’t that critical or there are other people that can say the same thing.”

Ian Prior, a spokesman for the Justice Department, said in a statement, “As the deputy attorney general has said numerous times, if there comes a time when he needs to recuse, he will. However, nothing has changed.”…..

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GOP Sen Alexander gives up bipartisan effort on Obamacare….

Kinda KNEW this was gonna stop in its tracks…..

Lindsey Graham is trying to get a last ditch Senate Repeal bill approved by next weeks deadline to do so with a sinple US Senate majority…

Alexander’s efforts had to be seen as undermining the Republican Repeal effort….And some Dempcrats did NOT want to go along with helping Republicans escape the problems of their Repeal efforts…

The Graham effort still seems a few GOP Senator votes short just like the last effort….

The announcement by [Sen] Alexander, who chairs the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, was the clearest signal yet that the GOP conference is charging forward with the Graham-Cassidy measure to dramatically reshape the U.S. health care system.

“Senator Murray and I had hoped to agree early this week on a limited, bipartisan plan to stabilize 2018 premiums in the individual health insurance market that we could take to Senate leaders by the end of the month. During the last month, we have worked hard and in good faith, but have not found the necessary consensus among Republicans and Democrats to put a bill in the Senate leaders’ hands that could be enacted,” Alexander said in a statement.

There were other signs the effort was in trouble on Tuesday; at the same time Ryan was throwing his support behind the Graham-Cassidy measure, he signaled the House would not take up the Alexander-Murray bill.

That was despite the bipartisan effort picking up support outside of Congress, with a group of 10 governors ranging from Alaska’s independent Gov. Bill Walker to Ohio’s Republican Gov. John Kasich to Colorado’s Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper writing to Senate leaders to say the Graham-Cassidy measure should be set aside and Congress should focus on the Alexander-Murray effort to stabilize the markets.

Alexander — who bucked some in his party to try to find consensus with Murray, the HELP panel’s top Democrat — was facing pressure from both sides of the aisle….

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Trump gets ‘self deportation’ to work…

Mitt Romney was laughed at in trying sell this….

Donald Trump makes it start to work…..

The LA Times does a piece on one family with undocumented heads, but American born children that have no knowledge of Mexico a place their parents are returning to voluntarily, something that was unthinkable a few years ago….And Mexico has having to cope with the increased numbers of people coming back across the border….

There are nearly half a million children who are U.S. citizens enrolled in Mexican schools, the Mexican government said last year. Researchers have found some students struggling to integrate because they cannot read or write in Spanish.

Mexico has not had the long history of immigration like the U.S. and so has not had to grapple with how to accommodate non-Spanish-speaking students in their schools.

“They haven’t thought about creating classes of Spanish as a second language,” said Patricia Gándara, a UCLA professor who heads up education for the UC-Mexico Initiative.

“Without programs to help integrate these kids into the schools and without even the acknowledgment on the part of many teachers that these kids have special needs, they’re not likely to fare really well in the Mexican school system,” Gándara said. “We think it’s a real crisis.”

If large numbers of English-speaking U.S.-born children began heading south, they could swamp the Mexican school system.

There were an estimated 4.5 million U.S.-born children under the age of 18 living with undocumented parents, according to a 2012 Pew Research Center study. A USC analysis found that about 13% of children in Los Angeles County were U.S. citizens with at least one parent without legal status.

An American citizen with a parent who is a Mexican national can become a dual citizen through “registro de nacimiento,” or birth registration.

In 2016, from January through August, the Mexican Consulate in L.A. registered 991 births. This year, over the same months, more than 2,000 were registered.

There have also been increases in birth registrations at the consulates of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, credited in part to the new administration.

“I think in part because of the insecurity that’s come with President Trump and the possible changes to immigration,” said Pablo Ordóñez, Honduras’ consul general in L.A. “I think people are preparing for any possibility.”…..

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US Senate green lights Defense Bill….

The US Senate has agreed on a preliminary $692 billion Defense spending bill joining the US House….

The next step is for members of both legislative bodies to sit down and work out the differences between both bodies bills…..

The spending is above the sequester cap that Congress had set during  President Obama’s terms …..

The Senate sidestepped controversy Monday and overwhelmingly passed a sweeping $692 billion defense policy bill for the new fiscal year.

Scrapped without votes were a handful of contentious proposals to prevent transgender troops from being kicked out of the military, eliminate across-the-board budget cuts, bar indefinite detention of U.S. citizens and launch a new round of military base realignments and closures.

The annual National Defense Authorization Act was passed 89-8, setting up what could be contentious negotiations with the House over a series of key policy differences on the must-pass legislation.

The House passed its version of the bill in July. And the two chambers are expected to soon form a joint conference committee to hammer out their differences and negotiate a final compromise.

Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain, who managed the bill on the Senate floor, while undergoing treatment for brain cancer, had been pushing for votes on four key amendments dealing with defense spending, indefinite detention, Buy America requirements and restrictions on defense medical research. But with the chamber deadlocked on the issue, Senate leaders instead moved to finish the bill quickly……

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Pelosi confronted with a crowd demanding a ‘clean’ Dreamers Bill vote….

Ain’t gonna happen…

Pelosi KNOWS she’s gotta make a deal that will let Republicans take SOMETHING home besides just letting 800,000 to 1.2 Million undocumented persons stay in America, that could in fact be deported….

But the pressuer WILL keep the House MInority Leader from giving up too much for what she wants….

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And YES…..

President Obama DID go ahead and deported a LOT of undocumented people in hopes of getting a deal from Republicans….

No such deal ever occurred….Republicans rolled Obama….

It IS fair to make sure Pelosi doesn’tget rolled like Obama was……

The protesters demanded “a clean bill” — meaning that the Dream Act would get an up-or-down vote on its own without any language regarding border security attached. They “demanded” that Pelosi show a commitment to protecting “all 11 million” undocumented immigrants believed to be in the country.

“We demand accountability. Democrats are not the resistance of Trump. We are!” they shouted.

One male protest leader then started a call and response with the group, addressing Pelosi directly and pointing his finger at her: “Congresswoman Pelosi! You called this press conference in our name to defend the so-called Dream Act,” they said.

“First you said you supported a clean Dream Act. And last week you announced that you had agreed and I quote you, ‘To work out a package of border security.’ Your words. Or were you misquoted? We cannot say, however, that we are surprised,” they added.

They also complained that the Obama administration had systematically deported hundreds of thousands of people.

“Where was your resistance then?” they asked…..

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Last year’s election helped increase Latino lawmakers….

Slowly and surely….

Even as Trump uses Latino’s as a crutch….

Others move ahead in joining the American political system…

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As Trump was celebrating his success with white working-class voters, nine congressional districts and Puerto Rico welcomed new Latino lawmakers. Six of them — all but one of them Democrats — replaced white or African-American incumbents.

“While we lost at the top of the ticket, the untold story of the election was the dramatic increase in Latino participation rates that allowed for a record number of Latinos to be elected to office,” said Cristobal Alex, president of the Latino Victory Project, an outreach group backed by Democratic activists, and the national deputy director of voter outreach and mobilization for Hillary Clinton’s campaign. “There are bright spots.”

In the Senate, Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada became the country’s first Latina senator. Her historic win was heralded as a “silver lining” in an otherwise bleak year for Hispanic liberals. The new members added to a growing number of Latinos in Congress, who are slowly becoming more diverse.

The number of Hispanic members in the 115th Congress — 41 — is more than double than what it was 20 years ago. …

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Mueller Trump probe Update 9/18/17…Manafort was wiretapped…..



My original  headline was INCORRECT…..

Reports are that Manafort was wireTAPED….

There is no report he actually wore a’ wire’

My apologies for my error….

Unfuckingbelieveable!…..

Yes…..

I said Paul Manafort was in deep shit….

He is in deep….


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Who else?

The FBI wiretapped Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, both before and after the election, CNN reports. According to the report, those taps were active during a “period when Manafort was known to talk” to President Trump, but not at the time Manafort attended a meeting with Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer.
  • Three sources told CNN the investigators were concerned Manafort had “encouraged Russians to help with the campaign.”
  • The taps were authorized by a FISA court, per CNN, a step that requires high-level approval and significant documentation. A storage facility belonging to Manafort was also searched…..

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This is REALLY beginning to sound like an ole’ fashion criminal conspiracy and enterprise case that would be pursed against organized crime operations….With an obstruction of justice parallel also running……

Remember….Donald Trump had IRS tax issues BEFORE he won the election….

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Breaking….Hillary Clinton up for CHALLENGING Donald Trump’s Win

YOU READ THAT RIGHT!…..

When asked if she would be up for contesting the Trump win if Special Counsel Mueller is successful in proving that Trump’s win was a result of illegal actions…..

She said  she would NOT RULE OUT contesting his Presidency….

OH SHIT!….

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This has  NEVER happened and has scant to zero chance of ever happening….

But wait until tomorrow morning….

Cause I can’t see how Donald Trump doesn’t take this bait and strike back….(Thus affording Clinton the pleasure of getting a piece of Trump)…..

Wow!!!!

It’s like the 2016 campaign NEVER ended…..

Sanders is pushing his stuff….

Trump is tweeting insults at Hillary Clinton….

And Hillary Clinton is out there knocking Trump……

Here’s the full text of the back-and-forth, courtesy of CNN’s Dan Merica:
Gross: I want to get back to the question, would you completely rule out questioning the legitimacy of this election if we learn that the Russian interference in the election is even deeper than we know now?
Clinton: No. I would not. I would say —
Gross: You’re not going to rule it out?
Clinton: No, I wouldn’t rule it out.
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This a big deal. The 2016 Democratic nominee, who won the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes, is expressly leaving open the possibility that she would pursue legal action to invalidate the last presidential election.
I’ve paid close attention to what Clinton’s been saying since she lost the election and I have never heard her broach the possibility of a formal challenge of the results.
Knowing what we know of Clinton, it seems unlikely to me that she simply spoke off the cuff here, that this was just an unconsidered remark. She doesn’t really do that sort of thing.
Glen Caplin, a spokesman for Clinton, said after the interview aired that the former secretary of state “has said repeatedly the results of the election are over but we have to learn what happened.”
“I would hope anyone in America concerned about the integrity of our democracy would feel the same way if we got there. But we’re not,” Caplin said. “Right now Bob Mueller and several congressional committees are investigating to what extent the Russians impacted our election and who exactly helped them do so.”
And, context matters too. Clinton floated the idea of formally contesting the election after she said this about how she envisions her role in the party going forward: “I expect to be really active, and my voice, I’m going to keep out there. I’m not going to just go slowly and quietly into that good night.”
Given all of that, it’s logical to conclude Clinton knew what she was doing here.
The harder-to-answer questions are a) how she would go about challenging the election and b) what the prospects for such a challenge actually working might be…..
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It’s gotten this bad in the White House….Mueller Trump Probe Update 9/18/17

With Robert Mueller’s people on the case….

CYA…..Trust NO ONE is the word for Trump ‘s staff who have their OWN lawyers …

In addition?

Lawyers on the case MUST cooperate with Mueller’s investigation with NO lawyer-client shield….

….During the 1998 investigation into whether President Bill Clintoncommitted perjury and obstruction of justice to cover up an affair with Ms. Lewinsky, an appeals court ruled that government lawyers do not enjoy the same attorney-client privilege as private lawyers and that prosecutors in some circumstances can compel a White House lawyer to testify….

The uncertainty has grown to the point that White House officials privately express fear that colleagues may be wearing a wire to surreptitiously record conversations for Mr. Mueller…..

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A look at Global Warming/Climate Change and fruits that stop growing….

FiveThirtyEight takes a look at how warm winters are effecting the natural growth of America’s fruit crops…..

Hint…..

Things are NOT good….

And we have people in charge of our government who will NOT deal with what their children ‘s children will have to deal with as the planet goes thru changes that could be addressed NOW for the future…

2017 has been a bad year for peaches in the Peach State. Georgia’s disruptively warm winter caused the loss of an estimated 85 percent of the peach crop. “We had fruit here in Georgia from the middle of May to about probably the first week of July, and after that we didn’t have anything else,” said Dario Chavez, an assistant professor in peach research and extension at the University of Georgia.1

As temperatures rise globally because of climate change, Georgia is not the only part of the country where warm winters are causing trouble for farmers. California’s cherry crop took a hit in 2014 because of a warm, dry winter. And in 2012, after a warm February and March brought early blooms, Michigan’s apple crop was decimated by an April frost. Farmers have always been at the mercy of the environment, but now agricultural catastrophes brought on by warm winters seem likely to occur with greater frequency.

For trees that fruit each year (such as peaches, cherries, blueberries, almonds and other fruits and nuts), cool weather is as important as warm. Cold air and less sunlight trigger the release of chemicals that halt trees’ growth, prepare them to withstand freezing temperatures and enable them to resume growing the following spring. When a tree enters this dormant state, it sets a kind of internal seasonal alarm clock that goes off once the tree has spent enough time in chilly temperatures.2 This countdown is measured in so-called chill hours — the amount of time the temperature is between 32 and 45 degrees Fahrenheit.3 When crops don’t get the chill hours they expect, they can’t properly reset. Buds are delayed, and instead of ripening into juicy, delicious fruit, they remain small and underdeveloped.4……

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Trump aide wipes out kids college money paying his lawyers….

Trump’s early euphoric win has desolved  for his people as they are forced deal with following things their boss ran against and could care less about….back THEN….

They are no longer ‘Masters of the Universe’ ….

A former campaign adviser to President Trump said the ongoing federal probe into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia has taken such a financial toll on him that he’s had to liquidate his children’s college fund to pay for legal counsel.

“It’s very expensive and nobody’s called me and offered to help,” Michael Caputo, who worked in the Trump campaign’s communications department, told The Washington Examiner.

“The problem is, it’s very specialized representation, so it takes a certain type of attorney, and they’re quite competent. And you’ll pay for competency,” he continued. Caputo said he has hired a New York-based attorney.

The former campaign adviser said the probe was politically motivated, and aimed at “destroying” the president’s allies.

Caputo went on to tell the publication he has received death threats, which has also contributed to the financial strain.

“We’ve had to install security. I’ve had to take security precautions at both my home and at my office, and with my children, so these all add up very quickly,” he said…..

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More on the stuff under the hood in the Sanders Single payer Bill….

The New York Times takes a look at some of the fine print in the Sanders Bill written by other Senators in better attempt address the basic question of HOW a move TOWARDS Universal Healthcare could actually begin….

The bill, introduced this week, has attracted the endorsement of 15 Democratic senators, including several of the party’s most ambitious liberals. But many more Democrats this week said they’d like to pursue more limited steps to expand health insurance coverage and the government’s role in the system. It turns out that the Sanders bill also has provisions along those lines. Taken together, the bill encapsulates much of the coming Democratic debate about the direction of health care.

In the statements of the bill’s co-sponsors, one can detect an openness to less transformational approaches to health reform. “This bill is aspirational, and I’m hopeful that it can serve as a starting point for where we need to go as a country,” Senator Al Franken of Minnesota wrote in a Facebook post. He described the bill as a “marker” and “one way to achieve universal coverage.”

Parts of the Sanders bill help establish a road map for what some other strategies might look like.

The provisions are tucked into Title X of the bill and describe the four-year transition between current policy and the Sanders bill’s goal of a Medicare-for-all system. During that interim, some younger Americans would be able to buy access to the traditional Medicare program, which is now mainly for those 65 and up. The provisions would also establish an option for Americans to buy access to a Medicare-like government plan that would be sold on the Obamacare exchanges.

The Medicare buy-in section comes from Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, who has introduced the provision as a stand-alone bill.

“One part of the bill that I worked with my colleagues to put in was the ability for every American to buy into a nonprofit public option as part of a four-year transition to get to single-payer in this country,” she said during the news conference introducing the bill. “This would create affordable, public health care that is available to any American to purchase in the already available exchanges.”

The idea of mixing public and private insurance in a competitive marketplace was a goal of many Democrats during the writing of the Affordable Care Act. The hope was that a public option would provide more choice to consumers and more pricing discipline for insurers. The idea didn’t have enough support to stay in the final bill, but it has been experiencing a bit of a comeback. Before the 2016 election, both President Obama and Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee, endorsed a public option. Mrs. Clinton also endorsed the idea of a Medicare buy-in for older Americans.

Other Democrats are working on similar provisions that would provide more access to public health insurance without upending the existing private system. Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut, who has not endorsed the Sanders bill, has said he’s developing different legislation to allow Americans to buy into the Medicare program, as Ms. Stabenow’s provision in the Sanders bill does for Americans of certain ages. (A group of House Democrats has already offered one piece of legislation to create such a program.)….

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Trump Admin backs away from Not signing Paris Climate Agreement….But?

In a another example of Donald Trump making campaign promises to then back away from in reality…

The Trump Admin has signaled quietly that it want’s a better ‘deal’ on the Climate Accord….(This means LESS strenuous goals for sure)

No surprise here….

White House National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said President Donald Trump could decide to keep the U.S. in the Paris Climate Accord if there is a better agreement that benefits the American people.

ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos asked McMaster in an interview on “This Week” Sunday if it was possible that the U.S. may stay in the international climate accord. The Wall Street Journal on Saturday reported that the Trump administration was seeking to avoid withdrawal from the accord.

“If there’s an agreement that benefits the American people, certainly,” McMaster told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos in an interview on “This Week” Sunday.

In June, the president announced that the U.S. would exit the climate agreement, saying, ““I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.”

Trump’s national security adviser said the president has been clear he is withdrawing the U.S. from the deal because it does not benefit the U.S., but would be open to re-entering the accord if a there is a better deal.

“What the president has said is that we are withdrawing from the Paris Accord. He left the door open to re-entering at some later time if there can be a better deal for the United States,” McMaster said on “This Week.”

“The president’s objection to Paris is not that he’s against the environment or the climate,” McMaster said. “What the president wants is a more effective approach to energy and the climate.”….

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The House waters down Trump Budget cuts…The Senate will water down more…

Conservative’s need to get a reality check….

There WILL be cuts…

But NOT of the magnitude promised by Trump for rightwingnuts….

(This is normal for Republican Presidents actually… Who run on making cuts to programs Democrats support and won’t let go away)

Furthermore more money is gonna have to good to disaster relief for Texas and Florida….

….Many of those proposed cuts were reduced or absent altogether on Thursday as the House passed a $1.2 trillion government-funding package.

The package contains significant cuts to government programs, though not nearly as deep as what the Trump administration had recommended.

“I would say that the bill reflects conservatives’ priorities pretty well, as indicated by the fact that only a small number of Republicans [14] voted against it,” said Molly Reynolds, a governance studies expert at the Brookings Institution.

The funding bills are not expected to become law, but represent a likely starting point for fiscal negotiations between the two parties this fall.

“I see the House omnibus as just the first step in an overall process of coming to an agreement,” Reynolds said.

Trump’s budget, released well before hurricanes Harvey and Irma devastated portions of Texas, Louisiana and Florida, would have cut FEMA’s funding by $876 million. Instead, the House voted to increase FEMA’s funding by $39 million. Trump also requested cutting the National Weather Service budget by $62 million, or roughly 6 percent. The House cut $25 million.

The Community Development Block Grant, which many members of Congress noted helps fund Meals on Wheels, were targeted for elimination in the administration’s blueprint. The House cut $100 million, but left $2.9 billion of the funding intact.

Trump’s budget proposal called for eliminating the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which funded the channel that created “Sesame Street” long before it was sold to HBO. Congress left its funding untouched, and only slashed 3 percent from the National Endowment for the Arts, which Trump had also slated for elimination.

On healthcare research, the House approved a whopping $1.1 billion increase for the National Institute of Health. Trump proposed cutting the agency’s funding by $7.5 billion….

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The final Senate vote needs 60 votes, not a simple majority….

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The Supreme’s conservatives just ensured that Latino votes still won’t count in Texas.

Elections DO MATTER….

On Tuesday evening, the Supreme Court blocked two rulings by a federal district court that would have required Texas to redraw its state and federal congressional districts. The lower court had ruled that the Texas Legislature illegally gerrymandered these districts along racial lines and ordered new maps for the 2018 election. But by a 5–4 vote, the Supreme Court put that order on hold, ensuring that the gerrymander will remain through 2018. The decision may also indicate that the five Republican-appointed justices will eventually reverse the district court’s decisions altogether.

The Supreme Court’s abrupt intervention is a devastating blow to the years-long fight against race-based voter suppression in Texas. Since 2011, federal courts have ruled nine times that Texas intentionally discriminated against minority voters. Before Tuesday, civil rights advocates had good reason to believe that the judiciary would finally put a stop to the Texas GOP’s anti-democratic chicanery. Now it seems that the high court’s conservative bloc may thwart this progress and force Texan minorities to continue suffering under a self-perpetuating and racist system of vote dilution….

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The court has also backed Donald Trump on his Refugee Ban….

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California is on its way to requiring Presidential candidates to relase tax info…

Amen….

It shouldn’t be that just people investigating Donald Trump for possible crimes get s to know what a person leading a country of 300 Million  has as a financial history…

This should be a requirement for EVERY state…

The California State Assembly on Thursday passed a bill that would require all presidential candidates to release their tax returns prior to being placed on the state’s ballot.

The bill, called the Presidential Tax Transparency and Accountability Act, passed the state Assembly on a 42-18 vote and will now head to the state Senate for a concurrence vote before being sent to the governor for his signature.

“President Trump’s blatant disregard for the tradition of releasing tax returns is dangerous to our democracy,” state Sen. Mike McGuire (D), one of the authors of the bill, said in a statement. “For decades, every President has put their personal beliefs aside and put our country first and released their returns. “

“SB 149 helps to reestablish desperately needed transparency in the White House, and we are looking forward to seeing the Governor’s signature on the bill.”

The bill would require all presidential candidates to release the last five years of their tax returns in order to appear on the California ballot.

The tax returns would be made available to the public on the California Secretary of State’s website…..

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