There are too many circumstantial incidents of President Donald Trump’s associates nefariously colluding with the Russian government, for the most obvious reason: to put Donald Trump in the White House. Source: Perspectives: AP EXCLUSIVE: US PROBES BANKING OF EX-TRUMP CAMPAIGN CHIEF


‘This Bill Is Collapsing’: House Hopes To Vote On Health Care Legislation Friday

President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan have been lobbying members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus and also moderate Republicans in an attempt to reach the 216 votes they need to pass the bill.

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Who is Neil Gorsuch by Shannon Lubraggie

Neil Gorsuch, the American Federal Appellate Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit is in the battle of his judicial career as he is before the Senate Confirmation Hearings who will decide if Gorsuch will be the next member of the United States Supreme Court. So, who is Neil Gorsuch?

Gorsuch graduated from Georgetown Preparatory School and earned his Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University, Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School and Doctor of Philosophy in Law from University College, Oxford. As a federal appeals court judge, Gorsuch has not ruled extensively on national security issues. Prior to taking the bench, while he was serving at the Justice Department as the principal deputy attorney general from 2005-2006, he was charged with reviewing and editing legal briefs and developing case strategy on several national security issues. At the time of the original development, the George W. Bush Administration was grappling with several post 9/11 cases and challenges to its detention policies and claims of executive power.

Another rule that Gorsuch has never ruled squarely on is the Second Amendment. Although Gorsuch’s record on the Second Amendment is very sparse, gun control advocates are concerned about his opinions and actions. Adam Winkler, a professor of law at UCLA School of Law said, “Although Gorsuch’s exact views on the Second Amendment remain a mystery, several of his decisions made it harder to keep guns out of the hands of felons.”

One case that has brought attention to the Gorsuch hearings is the TransAm Trucking v. Dept. of Labor. This case has given the Democrats something to go after Gorsuch due to his dissention in the ruling. The case pitted a hard-working trucker, Alphonse Maddin, who sued to save his job after being fired by the trucking company. Maddin’s side of the story is that he broke down on a freezing Illinois road, at night, out of gas. He called TransAm, they told him to wait with his load. He found that the brakes had frozen. The cab of the truck was unheated. He called TransAm again, who told him to wait again. Hours passed. He called TransAm again, explaining that he had symptoms that sound a lot like the early onset of hypothermia. TransAm told him, per court records, “to either drag the trailer with its frozen brakes or stay where he was.”

Maddin left the truck in search for gas and because he left the truck alone was fired from his job. Maddin sued, and an arbitrator ruled that his termination was illegal. That case was appealed to the federal level with the Tenth Circuit ruling in Maddin’s favor 2-1. Gorsuch decision went against Maddin. Gorsuch dissention stated that, “It might be fair to ask whether TransAm’s decision was a wise or kind one. But it’s not our job to answer questions like that. Our only task is to decide whether the decision was an illegal one.” Gorsuch ruled that the company was correct in firing Maddin because Maddin did not follow company policy staying with the truck until help came and abandoned the trailer which broke the rules.

Judge Neil Gorsuch testified at his Supreme Court confirmation hearing that while he is acutely aware of his imperfections as a federal judge, he has spent his career presiding over cases with open-mindedness and tolerance for different opinions with respect to the rule of law. Tuesday, Gorsuch was asked difficult questions by Democrats but he said time and time again as a Judge he may not use his personal feelings about a subject blur the line of his judicial decisions. Gorsuch was asked directly if President Trump asked him if he had been questioned about how he would rule to overturn Roe v. Wade and if there was a litmus test on abortion he had to pass. Gorsuch stated if the President had asked him that he would have been out the door.  Time will certainly tell the character and integrity of Judge Gorsuch. He will need to prove himself to the American people, and show us that he is for the bettering of this country.

Trump’s Proposed Budget Will Hurt Those Who Need it Most by Shannon Lubraggie

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President Donald Trump is facing major criticism for proposing a budget that includes the complete elimination of federal funding for Meals on Wheels programs.

Meals on Wheels is the oldest and largest national organization supporting the more than 5,000 community-based senior nutrition programs across the country that are dedicated to addressing senior hunger and isolation. Meals on Wheels also provide food to the poor, veterans, disabled and others who often cannot leave their homes.

The money for Meals on Wheels is part of the Older American Act, first passed in 1965 by Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society, and has been endorsed by every president until Trump. The total cost, which includes other programs, is about $2 billion a year, which is less than the government hands out in fossil fuel subsidies every year.

Meals on Wheels is sometimes the only human contact the individual may have, which also means this may be the only meal they have for that particular day. It would be completely irrational and frightening if, in fact, President Trump goes through with the budget elimination.

On top of this shocking proposed budget, it also has the potential to drastically reduce the budget of the Food for Peace program. This is a state department program that distributes desperately needed food supplies to areas across the globe that have been hit by famine or natural disaster. Since its creation in 1954 by President Eisenhower, it has helped feed more than 3 billion people.

President Trump’s budget is morally obscene, and it is a bad economic policy overall. It will cause devastating pain to the very people Trump promised to help during his campaign. At a time like now, where there is massive income and wealth inequality dividing our nation, when 43 million Americans are living in poverty and half of our older Americans have no retirement savings, we should not be cutting our programs that senior citizens, children and working people rely on in order to provide a massive increase in spending to the Military.







Dept of Justice, Russian Spies Involved in Yahoo Hacks

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Wednesday morning, the Department of Justice announced that indictments have been made in connection to a massive hack of Yahoo information. Four people including two officers of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) allegedly hacked into and affected at least 500 million Yahoo accounts stealing personal information for users of that web service. The theft of personal information occurred in January of 2014.

According to the Justice Department, in a statement said that the stolen information was used to “obtain unauthorized access to the contents of accounts at Yahoo, Google and other webmail providers, including accounts of Russian journalists, US and Russian government officials and private-sector employees of financial, transportation and other companies.” The DOJ names two officers of the FSB, the spy agency that has taken the place of the KGB, as Anatolyevich Sushchin, 43, and Dmitry Aleksandrovich Dokuchaev, 33.

The DOJ believes that the two Russians spies conspired with Russian national Alexsey Alexseyevich Belan, aka “Magg,” 29, and Karim Baratov, aka “Kay,” “Karim Taloverov” and “Karim Akehmet Tokbergenov,” 22, who is a resident of Canada. Dokuchaev was arrested in a Russian sweep in December and accused of spying for the US.

Assistant Attorney General Mary McCord, at the news conference in Washington Wednesday that, “the criminal conduct at issue — carried out and otherwise facilitated by officers from an FSB unit that serves as the FBI’s point of contact in Moscow on cybercrime matters — is beyond the pale.” McCord stated that the alleged hackers stole Yahoo data which included names, email addresses and passwords but McCord stated that financial information was not stolen. Yahoo EO Marissa Mayer publicly thanked US authorities Wednesday, saying she was “very grateful” to the FBI and DOJ. Yahoo has been breached at least twice, and the company previously said a September 2014 breach was state-sponsored but declined to identify who it believed was responsible.

This alleged hacking by Russian authorities comes at a delicate time between the two countries. There is an investigation into what the Russians knew and did during the 2016 Presidential election. There is also investigations in what the Trump campaign knew or if they were aware of Russian influence in the campaign. The Russians have been proven to have hacked into the Democratic National Committee’s emails including Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta.

“There is No Proof That Trump Was Wiretapped,” House Intel Chief Said

Friday morning, Representative Adam Schiff, ranking member of the Intelligence Committee and Representative Devin Nunes, the Chairman of the Intelligence Committee held a briefing with reporters after a meeting with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, detailing that when President Donald Trump tweeted, “How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!” on March 4th, 2017 he had no proof and there isn’t any proof that President Obama never authorized a “wiretap” of the Trump campaign.

Representative Nunes spoke on the issue and said the President was clearly wrong when the President stated that “Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my “wires tapped” in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!”  The Trump administration has not issued a reply, yet, on what the two Representatives were stating but there is talk that the tweet was not be literally taken. Nunes said at the news conference that, “”We don’t have any evidence that that took place and in fact I don’t believe — just in the last week of time, the people we’ve talked to — I don’t think there was an actual tap of Trump Tower.”

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Sean Spicer, the White House Press Secretary had stated, “I think there’s no question that the Obama administration, that there were actions about surveillance and other activities that occurred in the 2016 election.” Continuing Spicer stated that “the President used the word wiretaps in quotes to mean, broadly, surveillance and other activities.” Also on Tuesday Spicer stated that, “I think there’s no question that the Obama administration, that there were actions about surveillance and other activities that occurred in the 2016 election.” Spicer also stated that “the President used the word wiretaps in quotes to mean, broadly, surveillance and other activities.”  Yet only a week ago, Spicer stated the tweets that Trump sent out “speak for themselves.”

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is expected to announce charges tied to a mega-breach of Yahoo user accounts. Federal officials were expected to make a cyber crime announcement Wednesday morning. Mary McCord, the head of the Justice Department’s National Security Division, was asked at a conference earlier in the morning about a report  that the announcement was connected to a hack of Yahoo user accounts.

She said that while she could not discuss specifics, the case was a good example of cooperation between law enforcement and a company that’s a hacking victim.

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