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Democrats (and CNN) Help Trump Re-Election

Filed under: Politics — DRJ @ 6:55 am

[Headlines from DRJ]

The HillDems make U-turn on calling border a ‘manufactured crisis’:

Democrats have done a U-turn on their claim from earlier this year that President Trump’s concern about illegal immigration at the southern border was a “manufactured crisis.”

Democrats now acknowledge there is a genuine humanitarian crisis and are preparing to pass legislation that would provide as much as $4.5 billion in federal aid to address the surge of migrants from Central America.

A surging number of arrests, media reports of smugglers renting children to desperate migrants to help them gain entry into the United States and stories of children dying in U.S. custody have changed the narrative.

This change has come during the rollout of Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign in Florida — coverage from which CNN reportedly “cut away when the crowd starting chanting, ‘CNN sucks’ and the president invoked the ‘fake news’ slur.”

Maybe Trump should report the Democrats’ immigration change and CNN’s consistency as in-kind contributions to his re-election campaign.



Quotable Pete Buttigieg

Filed under: Politics — DRJ @ 3:29 pm

[From DRJ]

Axios InterviewPete Buttigieg says it’s “almost certain” we’ve had gay presidents:

“Axios on HBO:” “You believe that we’ve had a gay commander-in-chief?”

Pete Buttigieg: “I mean, statistically, it’s almost certain.”

“Axios on HBO:” “In your reading of history, do you believe you know who they were?”

Pete Buttigieg: “My gaydar even doesn’t work that well in the present, let alone retroactively. But one can only assume that’s the case.”



Trump Administration Plays the Tariff Game

Filed under: Economics,Politics — DRJ @ 6:11 am

[Headline from DRJ]

ReutersWhy one U.S. can-maker avoids Trump’s tariffs while rivals pay up:

One of the largest U.S. producers of aerosol cans, Colorado-based Ball Metalpack, has laid off 91 of its 500 U.S. workers since President Donald Trump imposed a 25% tariff on imported steel that abruptly hiked the firm’s raw materials costs.

At a chief competitor, DS Containers, the story is different. The subsidiary of Japan’s Daiwa Can Co has added more than 80 workers over 18 months at its two Illinois plants, bringing employment to 232.

Rivals of the Japanese-owned firm say the reason for its success is simple – it’s not paying the tariff, allowing the firm to snatch business from competitors who have been forced to raise prices to cover their higher materials costs. The U.S. Commerce Department granted DS Containers an exemption from the import tax because it uses a raw material, plastic-laminated steel, that isn’t produced by U.S. steelmakers.

Firms that use standard tin-plated steel, including Ball Metalpack and Mauser Packaging Solutions, have seen their exemption applications denied or delayed by Commerce after U.S. steelmakers objected to them, arguing the material is available domestically. Executives from the can makers counter that domestic steelmakers can’t produce nearly enough tinplate to meet their needs – forcing them to keep importing and paying tariffs.

I think Patterico is right about tariffs. Picking winners and losers is what Trump does when he uses tariffs.



Nebraska AG Stands Alone

Filed under: Crime,Law,Politics — DRJ @ 10:59 am

[Headline from DRJ]

AP NewsNebraska’s AG is lone holdout in pursuing opioid cases:

Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson has fought prescription opioid abuse through public education campaigns, worked with lawmakers to tighten prescribing practices and even demanded documents from the maker of OxyContin. He has said the overdose crisis is ravaging families.

What Peterson hasn’t done is pursued a lawsuit seeking to hold any opioid manufacturer, distributor or pharmaceutical company accountable. That leaves him standing alone among state attorneys general.

Every other state has sued, filed administrative charges or promised to sue the companies blamed for the national crisis, which played a role in the deaths of more than 390,000 Americans from 2000 through 2017. Peterson’s decision to stand on the sidelines, at least so far, has frustrated some who want to make sure that Nebraska is in line to receive its fair share of money under any national settlement.

It is governnent’s job to implement good policies to address public problems. In this case, is making someone else pay a good or bad policy?


Follow Up: Trump Looks to Squash Amash

Filed under: Politics — DRJ @ 9:48 am

[Headlines from DRJ]

Politico: Trump Looks to Squash Justin Amash.

Mission Accomplished?

Hot Air: Report: Michigan Poll Shows Justin Amash Trailing Primary Challenger By 16


Flynn Hires New Attorney

Filed under: Law,Politics — DRJ @ 9:15 am

[Headline from DRJ]

The HillMichael Flynn hires Sidney Powell as new counsel:

Former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn has hired attorney Sidney Powell as his new counsel, Hill.TV has learned. 

“I’m honored to be representing General Flynn, who i’ve long considered an American hero. The General and his family want to thank everyone across the country for their cards and contributions to his legal defense fund. He is going to continue to cooperate with the government, pursuant to his plea agreement,” Powell told Hill.TV in a phone call. 

Powell is author of the new book, “Licensed to Lie, Exposing Corruption in the Department of Justice.” The book’s description reads “Licensed to Lie reveals the strong-arm, illegal, and unethical tactics used by headline-grabbing federal prosecutors in their narcissistic pursuit of power to the highest halls of our government” and focuses on the conduct of the DOJ during the Enron investigation in the mid-2000’s. 

Flynn recently fired his attorneys before sentencing.



Amash Quits House Freedom Caucus

Filed under: Politics — DRJ @ 1:27 am

[Headline from DRJ]

The Week:

GOP Rep. Justin Amash quits House Freedom Caucus amid disagreements over Trump



Headline: John Dean goes Back to the Future

Filed under: Politics — DRJ @ 10:30 pm

[Headline from DRJ]

Daily MailJohn Dean testifies on ‘remarkable parallels’ between Russia probe and WATERGATE as Trump calls former Nixon lawyer a ‘sleazebag’ who is a paid CNN contributor:

House Democrats began hearings on Muller investigation this week 
Richard Nixon’s former attorney John Dean testified at Monday’s hearing 
Step is seen by some as part of Rep. Jerrold Nadler’s impeachment push 


Headlines about the Not-Mueller Spying Investigation

Filed under: Politics — DRJ @ 5:20 pm

[Headline from DRJ]

The HillJustice gives Congress new details on ‘spying’ probe:

The Justice Department on Monday offered more details to Congress on the investigation that Attorney General William Barr ordered into the intelligence collection on the Trump campaign ahead of the 2016 election.

In a letter to the House and Senate Judiciary committees, Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd said that the inquiry is being primarily conducted by U.S. attorney John Durham out of Justice Department offices in Washington, D.C.

Boyd wrote that Durham, the U.S. attorney from Connecticut, is receiving assistance from a “number of U.S. Attorney’s Office personnel and other Department employees.”

Breitbart: Meet John Durham, the U.S. Prosecutor Investigating FBI’s 2016 Campaign Spying.

Reminder: NY Daily News: Attorney General Barr says he believes that the Obama Justice Department spied on the 2016 Trump campaign .



Headline/Tweets: More Mexico, Plus Media

Filed under: International,Media Bias,Politics — DRJ @ 11:45 am

[Headline from DRJ]

Politico, quoting Trump’s tweetsTrump says there’s more in Mexico deal but doesn’t say what:

As critics continued to suggest the U.S. deal with Mexico didn’t accomplish much, President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday morning there is more to the agreement than meets the eye.

“Importantly, some things….. …..not mentioned in yesterday press release, one in particular, were agreed upon. That will be announced at the appropriate time,“ the president wrote in a string of four tweets.

Trump was defending his newly announced agreement with Mexico in the face of reporting that much of what was in the deal was not new. In his tweets, he directly attacked the New York Times and CNN, calling them “the Enemy of the People.“

UPDATE: Jose Diaz-Briseno, retweeted by the Mexican Ambassador:

I love the NYT but despite what today’s story says, it was never a secret that Mexican Interior Minister had agreed to tougher measures at Mexico’s Southern border after her meeting w/then DHS Nielsen in March. She even said it on-the-record at the time.

UPDATE 2: The unrevealed deal?

JUST IN: •Mexican FM @m_ebrard says that if US/MX deal doesnt reduce migration in 90 days, MX & US agreed larger dialogue (including Brazil/Panam/CentralAm) to distribute responsabilities on asylum seekers.

•Ebrard says this is “unrevealed part” of deal Trump is referring to.

Right on cue: Mexico says other Latam countries could share burden of tackling migration to U.S.


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