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America’s Anti-Missile System…THAAD…

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With all the current talk about North Korea’s ability to launch ballistic missiles?

One should be aware that the American military has the ability to track and shoot down missiles….

The system IS IN Place in South Korea….

Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), formerly Theater High Altitude Area Defense, is an American anti-ballistic missile defense system designed to shoot down short, medium, and intermediaterange ballistic missiles in their terminal phase (descent or reentry) by intercepting with a hit-to-killapproach.[2][3] THAAD was developed after the experience of Iraq’s Scud missile attacks during the Gulf Warin 1991.[4] The THAAD interceptor carries no warhead, but relies on its kinetic energy of impact to destroy the incoming missile. A kinetic energy hit minimizes the risk of exploding conventional warhead ballistic missiles, and nuclear tipped ballistic missiles will not detonate upon a kinetic energy hit.

Originally a United States Army program, THAAD has come under the umbrella of the Missile Defense Agency. The Navy has a similar program, the sea-based Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System, which now has a land component as well (“Aegis ashore”). THAAD was originally scheduled for deployment in 2012, but initial deployment took place in May 2008.[5][6] THAAD has been deployed in the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, and South Korea….



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FBI agents raided Paul Manafort’s home with search warrants…

Under orders from Robert Mueller’s office, agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation served a search warrant on Donald Trump’s former Presidential campaign  manager it has been revealed…

Manafort is reported to have been in debt to Pro-Russian business interests  ….

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Investigators for the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, recently searched a home of President Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, for tax documents and foreign banking records, according to a person briefed on the matter.

Officials did not disclose where the search warrant was carried out. Mr. Manafort has homes in Virginia, Florida, New York City and the Hamptons.

Mr. Mueller is investigating an array of allegations about Mr. Manafort, including his work for the Ukrainian government and his role in a 2016 meeting between Trump campaign officials and Russians promising to share damaging information on Hillary Clinton.

Mr. Manafort’s spokesman confirmed that an F.B.I. raid had been carried out.

“Mr. Manafort has consistently cooperated with law enforcement and other serious inquiries and did so on this occasion as well,” said Jason Maloni, a spokesman for Mr. Manafort. News of the search warrant was first reported on Tuesday by The Washington Post. The Post said Mr. Manafort’s home in Alexandria, Va., was searched.

The search was carried out shortly after Mr. Manafort met with investigators for the Senate Intelligence Committee on July 25. In that meeting, Mr. Manafort answered questions and provided investigators with notes about that 2016 meeting with the Russians….



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Is Trump’s adopted party out playing him?

Donald Trump spent the whole campaign last year knocking his adopted Grand Ole Party….

He boasted that HE was smarter and better at making deals to make ‘America Great ‘ again….

But 200 days into he stewardship of the country and the party?

He has virtually NOTHING from the party…..

Donald Trump may promise…

But he simply cannot do things on his own like running a private company…There are too many stakeholders that get a vote….

Why has Trump failed to push his own pet causes through, even as conservative Republican policies prosper? Wasn’t this the Trump who had bent the GOP to his will and overcome the fearsome party establishment? One culprit is Trump’s lack of discipline and short attention span, and his manifest lack of interest in the details and mechanics of policymaking. But some of his failures are rooted in the very same party takeover. Because he captured the GOP by blitzkrieg, having little experience in politics, he arrived in Washington not only without his own experience to draw on but also without the benefit of the exterior structures—think-tanks, lobbying concerns, outside-spending groups—upon which most presidents can rely. Though most Oval Office occupants have more experience than Trump, they also don’t usually need to do all the work of pushing policies through Congress.

Building that support structure requires time, capturing existing institutions, or both. The closest Trump had to that was the Heritage Foundation, a venerable conservative think tank that had taken a turn away from providing intellectual heft for the GOP to becoming, under the leadership of former Senator Jim DeMint, a gadfly that pushed Tea Party concepts on the party and punished any renegades. Heritage embraced Trump early on.

But the awkward fit was clear. In response to Trump’s call for a $1 trillion infrastructure package, Heritage produced a plan that downplayed direct federal projects, relying heavily instead on tax credits and public-private partnerships to have private-sector companies do the work, rather than the government. What little detail Trump has offered on his infrastructure plan since the election seems close to the Heritage blueprint, but that means it’s a long way from what he seemed to be promising on the trail, and in any case it’s going nowhere. Meanwhile, Heritage’s board pushed DeMint out and the think tank seems to be reinventing itself.

So it’s not just Trump’s infrastructure plan that has failed to materialize; it’s also the metaphorical infrastructure Trump requires to advance his agenda. The president promised during the campaign that “I alone can fix it,” and despite his struggles so far, he shows no signs of wavering from the insistence on going it alone…..


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Pro Soccer’s appeal grows in America….

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Soccer was always a good sport for kids in that it requires just a ball and and  a field, and its supposed to be a contact sport….Any kid can play…Doesn’t matter what size, shape or even sex….

But as the sport is featured more on TV and cable?

And more people from other places move to America and keep their interest for the sport?

It’s allure moves up in America….

Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber was having a moment.

On a sunny morning in mid-July, Garber arrived in Nashville to meet with politicians, business leaders and sports executives eager to bring an M.L.S. team to the city. The two-day fact-finding mission was part of a 12-city tour being conducted by Garber and his deputy, Mark Abbott, to determine which of the dozen cities will be chosen as home to the two expansion teams M.L.S. plans to approve this year.

Already Garber had been greeted by a marching band in Cincinnati and by fans waving giant cardboard cutouts of his face in Sacramento.

So for Garber, who stood at the lectern in Nashville, the latest warm reception seemed as much a validation as an opportunity. He had taken over a struggling 12-team league in 1999 and contracted it to 10 clubs two years later to stave off its collapse. Now, the league is executing a plan to grow to 28 clubs by 2020, and interest in professional soccer in the United States — in M.L.S. and far beyond it — has surged.

Instead of seeing teams fold or move, the league has investors ready to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on expansion fees and stadium construction. The new stadiums, the new sponsors, the new players emerging from the league’s new academy programs “empower anyone running a sports league,” Garber said.

“But really my favorite part of the job,” he added, “are days like this.”

Days like this have become a big part of Garber’s job in recent years. The pace of M.L.S. expansion has been dizzying; the league added at least one team a year from 2007 to 2012, and with the next round, it will have doubled in size in a decade. The league’s 23rd team, Los Angeles F.C., will begin play next season, and, after years of delays, the former star player David Beckham and a group of investors look set to receive approval for another one in Miami…..



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NFL wives bond to help each other after the crowds are gone…

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The spotlight and marketing of the National Football League action is what we all see…

But the game , that gives fame and fortune exacts its toll on the players and Yes…Their wives and families….

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The wives have begun to use social media to reach out to comfort , support and educated each other…

The women’s hunger for information is a sign of their husbands’ uncertain journey into retirement, when players are left to deal with injuries, depression and a lack of structure.

The conversations may not be easy, but many women on the page are reassured when they find out they are not alone.

“I didn’t even know what was wrong with my husband, and I didn’t know any wives,” said Janet McCoy, whose husband, Mike, played eight seasons with the Green Bay Packers and died in February 2016 after battling dementia. “What is fantastic about this site is that now I have been able to help other wives and validate what they were going through.”

Lately, one of the most frequent topics is the N.F.L. settlement with players who sued the league for concealing the dangers of concussions. Players started registering in February for the settlement, which will pay players with severe cognitive and neurological problems up to $5 million each, and the pace of questions about the deal has quickened with the approach of the registration deadline on Monday.

More than 18,000 of the estimated 21,000 retired N.F.L. players or their representatives have registered, and tens of millions of dollars have been awarded to players so far. Nesbit has posted many notices encouraging women to sign up their husbands, and given the page’s wide access, she may have ultimately prompted hundreds of players to register.

The wives and partners, then, are critical in these cases because they can help players overcome their fears. More broadly, they are a crucial link to players who sometimes vanish as they move to new cities, get busy with their families and start new careers.

“I said if we get the information to the wives, we can get to the husbands,” Nesbit said, as her cellphone pinged with alerts. “It was long, long overdue.”…


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US Farmers aren’t happy with Trump’s foreign trade ‘go it alone’ thing….

US Farmers help feed the world….

With their President talking and possibly moving to ‘go it alone’ to get a better deal and higher prices?

They fear that other countries will step in and take their markets away leaving them standing …..

Donald Trump may be no better with this than he has with his casino businesses…

On a cloud-swept landscape dotted with grain elevators, a meat producer called Prestage Farms is building a 700,000-square-foot processing plant. The gleaming new factory is both the great hope of Wright County, which voted by a 2-1 margin for Donald Trump, and the victim of one of Trump’s first policy moves, his decision to pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

For much of industrial America, the TPP was a suspect deal, the successor to the North American Free Trade Agreement, which some argue led to a massive offshoring of U.S. jobs to Mexico. But for the already struggling agricultural sector, the sprawling 12-nation TPP, covering 40 percent of the world’s economy, was a lifeline. It was a chance to erase punishing tariffs that restricted the United States — the onetime “breadbasket of the world” — from selling its meats, grains and dairy products to massive importers of foodstuffs such as Japan and Vietnam.

The decision to pull out of the trade deal has become a double hit on places like Eagle Grove. The promised bump of $10 billion in agricultural output over 15 years, based on estimates by the U.S. International Trade Commission, won’t materialize. But Trump’s decision to withdraw from the pact also cleared the way for rival exporters such as Australia, New Zealand and the European Union to negotiate even lower tariffs with importing nations, creating potentially greater competitive advantages over U.S. exports.

A POLITICO analysis found that the 11 other TPP countries are now involved in a whopping 27 separate trade negotiations with each other, other major trading powers in the region like China and massive blocs like the EU. Those efforts range from exploratory conversations to deals already signed and awaiting ratification. Seven of the most significant deals for U.S. farmers were either launched or concluded in the five months since the United States withdrew from the TPP.

“I’m scared to death,” said Ron Prestage, whose North Carolina-based family pork and poultry business made its huge investment in the plant near Eagle Grove in part to reap expected gains from the TPP. “I don’t guess I’ve gone beyond the point of no return on the new plant, but we did already start digging our wells and started moving dirt.”

He and other agricultural businesspeople and workers have reason for concern…..


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Mueller has a free rein to go after anything he see’s in Russian probe…

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His boss Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein confirmed that in a press yesterday ….

So much for Trump’s attempt to draw a line in the sand….

Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein said Sunday that the expanding investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election is continuing apace, even as President Trump dismissed the probe as “a total fabrication.”

Rosenstein said special counsel Robert S. Mueller III can investigate any crimes that he might discover within the scope of his probe, but the deputy attorney general would not discuss which individuals are the subject of their inquiry. The interview comes days after Trump said he believes it would be inappropriate for Mueller to dig into Trump family finances.

“The special counsel is subject to the rules and regulations of the Department of Justice, and we don’t engage in fishing expeditions,” Rosenstein said when asked about the probe in an interview on “Fox News Sunday.”…


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What about those Foreign Companies adding jobs in America?…

Everytime Donald Trump starts talking about America on it’s own?

American’s get NERVIOUS….

Could Trump be inadvertently hurting jobs here with his simple view of international trade….

A shiny 2017 Volkswagen Passat is stationed near the entryway and labeled: “Designed in Germany. Built in Chattanooga.”

The American map is dotted with towns drained of jobs after homegrown factories bolted to lower-wage countries. But for many spots throughout the country, the same strategy of moving operations overseas — when practiced by foreign companies — has buoyed local fortunes.

In Chattanooga and the surrounding region, for example, more than two dozen companies from 20 countries have set up shop, generating billions of dollars in investment, employing thousands of workers and helping drive Tennessee’s jobless rate to 3.6 percent in June, a record low for the state.

But political and business leaders here in Hamilton County, a conservative stronghold where Donald J. Trump won a majority of the votes, worry that the president’s attacks on trading partners and exhortations to “Buy American” could set off a protectionist spiral of tariffs and import restrictions, hurting consumers and workers.

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“I’m nervous,” Mayor Andy Berke said over sweet tea and French toast at the Bluegrass Grill on Main Street.


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With Donald Trump floundering?…Several Republicans head out on the 2020 campaign trail….

Donald Trump as the incumbent President just 6 months into his term shouldn’t be worried about the 2020 elections…

He SHOULD be governing….

But THAT isn’t the case…

With no major legislation passed….

With the lowest poll numbers in recent history….

And with a Special Procutor sniffing around his campaign and finances?

A LOT of people join this dog is believing that Trump won’t be strong for the 2020 elections, let alone be in office….

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Several Republicans are hitting the primary trail, despite Trump’s raising money for the 2020 elections that should have him as the Grand Ole Parties choice to keep his office from the jump….

Senators Tom Cotton and Ben Sasse have already been to Iowa this year, Gov. John Kasich is eyeing a return visit to New Hampshire, and Mike Pence’s schedule is so full of political events that Republicans joke that he is acting more like a second-term vice president hoping to clear the field than a No. 2 sworn in a little over six months ago.

President Trump’s first term is ostensibly just warming up, but luminaries in his own party have begun what amounts to a shadow campaign for 2020 — as if the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue weren’t involved.

The would-be candidates are cultivating some of the party’s most prominent donors, courting conservative interest groups and carefully enhancing their profiles. Mr. Trump has given no indication that he will decline to seek a second term.

But the sheer disarray surrounding this presidency— the intensifying investigation by the special counsel Robert S. Mueller III and the plain uncertainty about what Mr. Trump will do in the next week, let alone in the next election—have prompted Republican officeholders to take political steps that are unheard-of so soon into a new administration.

Asked about those Republicans who seem to be eyeing 2020, a White House spokeswoman, Lindsay Walters, fired a warning shot: “The president is as strong as he’s ever been in Iowa, and every potentially ambitious Republican knows that.”

“They see weakness in this president,” said Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona….



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America will be present at next Paris Climate Accord Meeting…

Donald Trump has said he thinks the Accord is a bad deal for America….

He presented his feelings  in a letter to the UN  …

But we are now being told that his view may have been just a push to get attention for  ‘better’ deal for America in the end….

The White House formally notified the United Nations on Friday that it intends to abandon the Paris agreement on climate change but remains open to “re-engaging” on the accord.

The United States will participate in United Nations climate negotiations later this year despite its planned withdrawal, according to the administration’s statement of intent.

The letter has no legal weight and does not set in motion the United States’ departure from the pact of nearly 200 nations to curb planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions. Rather, it is a political document that affirms President Trump’s declaration in June that the Paris agreement is a bad deal for America.

“As the President indicated in his June 1 announcement and subsequently, he is open to re-engaging in the Paris Agreement if the U.S. can identify terms that are more favorable to the United States, its businesses, its workers, its people, and its taxpayers,” the State Department statement says.

When Mr. Trump revealed his decision to withdraw from the accord, he suggested the United States might be willing to stay if he could “make a deal that’s fair.”….


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Donald Trump just won the Presidency…It Shows

Donald Trump was NOT supposed to win the Presidency….

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He LOST the popular vote by almost THREE MILLION votes….

He started off with just 44% of American’s happy with him in the Real Clear Politics average…

THAT number has dropping in the last few days to 38.4%….

In just about ALL polling, independent, democratic and republican leaners?

Trump is BELOW 40%…..

We add these numbers to Trump’s inability to have signed ANY major legislation generated by his adopted parties, (which he ran against) majority led House and Senate….(and locking the Democrats out of things)

And top things off with NUMEROUS personnel changes on the front pages of the news media and Donald Trump’s tweets that highlight his inability to tell people the truth….

All of this is giving America and the World a President that is weak politically and getting weaker by the day….

……while presidents’ parties don’t always march in step with the White House agenda, partisanship can count for a lot. Even within Jimmy Carter’s White House, which was notorious for clashing with Congressional Democrats, party loyalty guaranteed a certain amount of support.

This means that Trump came into the White House at a disadvantage. Although his victory has sparked a lot of interest in why he won, the fact remains that he won fewer votes than Hillary Clinton and a below-average share of the Electoral College for a winning candidate. He also won with much less support from his own party than most newly elected presidents have received. Moreover, he articulated plenty of positions that were at odds with the GOP’s usual stances (and sometimes at odds with his own previous statements). This is especially true on health care: During his campaign, Trump promised to cover more people for less money, but that’s not what the House and Senate bills did, according to Congressional Budget Office estimates of their impacts.

Finally, while the political conditions go a long way toward determining how “strong” a president is, the White House needs a certain amount of organization to take full advantage of them. First, when it comes to policy, the main advantage that the president has over Congress is coordination. While Congress has to balance the ideas and opinions of 535 people, the executive branch can theoretically speak with one voice. Here the problems within Trump’s White House are about more than optics…



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U.S. Attorney Subpoenas Kushner Company over visa selling concerns…


Is Attorney General Sessions gonna get a call from President Trump asking WTF is he looking at his son-in-laws business practice of offer visa for money?

Or is Sessions trying to take the case from Mueller to have some control over it?

New York federal prosecutors subpoenaed Kushner Companies, the real estate development company owned by the family of President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, over its use of a visa program that offers green cards to wealthy foreign investors.

The subpoena was received by Kushner Companies in May, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday, and regards the company’s use of the EB-5 visa program to finance a development in Jersey City, N.J. called One Journal Square.

It isn’t clear what potential violations the Brooklyn U.S. attorney’s office is looking into.

The EB-5 visa program offers green cards to foreigners who invest at least $500,000 in U.S. businesses that would create at least 10 permanent, full-time jobs for American workers.

The company launched a marketing campaign in Beijing and Shanghai in May seeking Chinese investors. That campaign promised green cards for as many as 300 people who invested the requisite $500,000 in One Journal Square…..


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Did Trump just call his home a “DUMP”?

Yea , he DID,…. according to a Golf Magazine  piece on the guy and his Golf game….

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During election season, Bedminster morphed into a kind of permanent campaign rally site. Trump posters and bumper stickers were plastered across the property, and an anti-Hillary shrine was built in a bar in the men’s locker room. The club held a Ryder Cup–style competition in which the teams wore either red or black Make America Great Again hats. At most other golf courses in America the TV is tuned to Golf Channel, on mute, but throughout last summer and fall, the television in Trump Bedminster’s shop was on Fox News, with the sound blaring. As President, Trump has already made four visits to the club. He has his own cottage adjacent to the pool; it was recently given a secure perimeter by the Secret Service, leading to the inevitable joke that it’s the only wall Trump has successfully built. Chatting with some members before a recent round of golf, he explained his frequent appearances: “That White House is a real dump.” (A White House spokesperson denies this occurred.) Trump is often at his most unguarded among the people who pay for their proximity to him. Last November, the President-elect hosted a cocktail reception and dinner at Bedminster on the same weekend that he was holding interviews at the club with candidates for his Cabinet. At the dinner, Trump addressed the members of the club by saying, “This is my real group. You are the special people. I see all of you. I recognize, like, 100% of you, just about.” Then he issued an open invitation to drop in on his Cabinet interviews the next day….



Anytime Donald Trump plays Golf at HIS Golf course?

He makes money from the American taxpayers who pay for his security and support efforts….

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Educ Head DeVos cancel’s Trump Admin Student Loan moves….

The Embattled Federal Education head wanted to give the handling of ALL student loans to one company.

Grumbling from states and members of Congress has forced her to back away from the action….

The Trump administration on Tuesday canceled a contract solicitation that would have handed the management of the federal government’s $1.2 trillion portfolio of education loans to a single company amid growing complaints from industry stakeholders and lawmakers.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said the Office of Federal Student Aid will create a single online platform for use by one or more loan servicers, a move that is largely aligned with the terms of the contract solicitation issued by the Obama administration. DeVos amended that solicitation in May to have one company build the portal and collect all federal student loans on the department’s behalf.

Now, DeVos says the department will devise a new approach to servicing that will require separate acquisitions for database housing, system processing and customer account servicing that will provide the opportunity for many companies to submit proposals for contracts…..


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The Market hits record heights….The Dollar falls….

…from the NY Times….

Six months into the Trump presidency, two symbols of American financial might — the Dow and the dollar — have taken divergent paths, highlighting the complexities that investors face as the global economy hums, while Washington is enmeshed in political turmoil.

The Dow Jones industrial average on Wednesday morning passed the 22,000 milestone for the first time, an 11 percent surge for the year that is being driven of late by increasingly bullish retail investors piling into stocks. Strong corporate earnings reports, bolstered by the news on Tuesday of Apple’s higher-than-expected quarterly profit and revenue, propelled the markets higher.

Over this same period, the United States dollar has lost about 10 percent of its value against a basket of six major currencies.

The near-mirror image fall in the dollar has been especially pronounced in recent weeks, stemming in part from concerns that President Trump’s political problems will hamper his ability to pass a major tax reduction or an infrastructure bill….


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Trump Dept of Justice looking to undo College affirmative action laws…

By memo… The  Trump Department of Justice , Civil Rights unit,  under Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions , seems to be looking to roll back hard fought minority gains over decades , to favor white’s in College Admissions….

The NY Times piece on this seems to point to the operation being a POLITICAL  one,…. NOT run by the departments inside , non-political staff….

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Something like this was always a fear by minorities and Democrats, who fought against Sessions’ past racial history…

The Trump administration is preparing to redirect resources of the Justice Department’s civil rights division toward investigating and suing universities over affirmative action admissions policies deemed to discriminate against white applicants, according to a document obtained by The New York Times.

The document, an internal announcement to the civil rights division, seeks current lawyers interested in working for a new project on “investigations and possible litigation related to intentional race-based discrimination in college and university admissions.”

The announcement suggests that the project will be run out of the division’s front office, where the Trump administration’s political appointees work, rather than its Educational Opportunities Section, which is run by career civil servants and normally handles work involving schools and universities.

The document does not explicitly identify whom the Justice Department considers at risk of discrimination because of affirmative action admissions policies. But the phrasing it uses, “intentional race-based discrimination,” cuts to the heart of programs designed to bring more minority students to university campuses.

Supporters and critics of the project said it was clearly targeting admissions programs that can give members of generally disadvantaged groups, like black and Latino students, an edge over other applicants with comparable or higher test scores…..



Is this a political move by Sessions to lock in Conservative support for himself against Trump?

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