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  • marc123marc123 Posts: 16,443 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Shizlansky wrote: »
    riddlerap wrote: »
    Trump clarified yesterday or the day before that what he meant is he believes Putin believes that he didnt meddle, but that Trump believes US intel...but lets keep running with that.

    Lol at having to clarify.

    You can’t believe both sides dumbass.

    Yea. I was like WTF?!

    This nigga basically said he believes putin and the us intel? WTF! How the hell?
  • BobOblahBobOblah Posts: 9,147 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 13
  • VIBEVIBE Posts: 54,060 ✭✭✭✭✭
    He believes both sides to appease both sides. He's an idiot, though.
  • Elzo69RenaissanceElzo69Renaissance Never selling dreams, always serving cream SeattlePosts: 50,196 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Police nabbed 3 of the Arab world’s 10 richest men, including investor Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, the billionaire best known for rescuing Citicorp in 1991 and making big bets on Apple Inc. and 21st Century Fox Inc. But was it only a Machiavellian power play? Or is this the start of a dramatic, go-for-broke attempt to transform a country that’s resisted change for decades?

    ive been laughing at this all morning....this would never happen here
    As I look back over a misspent life, I find myself more and more convinced that I had more fun posting on the IC than in any other enterprise. It is really the life of kings.

  • stringer bellstringer bell Posts: 25,477 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Trump At Odds With House, Senate On Giving Steeper Tax Cuts To Wealthy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday barged into congressional Republicans’ carefully calibrated work on revamping the nation’s tax code, calling for a steeper tax cut for wealthy Americans and pressing to add a contentious health care change to the mix.

    In a tweet, Trump commended GOP leaders for getting the tax overhaul legislation closer to passage in recent weeks and said, “Cut top rate to 35% w/all of the rest going to middle income cuts?”

    That puts him at odds with the House legislation that leaves the top rate at 39.6 percent and the Senate bill as written, with the top rate at 38.5 percent.

    Trump also said, “Now how about ending the unfair & highly unpopular individual mandate in (Obama)care and reducing taxes even further?”

    With few votes to spare, Republicans leaders hope to finalize a tax overhaul by Christmas and send the legislation to Trump for his signature. House leaders have compromised with some rank-and-file Republicans in hopes of passing their version of the bill this week. The Senate Finance Committee starts work on its legislation on Monday afternoon.

    Trump’s tweet injects a degree of uncertainty in the process as the GOP tries to deliver on the president’s top legislative priority and hold onto their majorities in next year’s midterm elections.

    Neither bill includes a repeal of the so-called individual mandate of Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, the requirement that Americans get health insurance or face a penalty. Several top Republicans have warned that including the provision would draw opposition and make passage tougher.

    Underscoring the difficulty, the chairman of the House’s tax-writing committee said Sunday he was certain that chamber won’t go along with the Senate’s proposal to eliminate the deduction for property taxes, setting up a major flashpoint.

    Among the biggest differences in the two bills that have emerged: the House bill allows homeowners to deduct up to $10,000 in property taxes while the Senate proposal unveiled by GOP leaders last week eliminates the entire deduction.

    The deduction is particularly important to residents in states with high property values or tax rates, such as New Jersey, Illinois, California and New York. Rep. Kevin Brady, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, said that he worked with lawmakers in those states to ensure the House bill “delivers this relief” and that he was committed to ensuring it stays in the final package.

    “It’s important to make sure that people keep more of what they earn, even in these high-tax states,” Brady, R-Texas, said during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday.”

    The Senate’s tax-writing committee will wade through its newly unveiled measure starting Monday. The legislation in the House and Senate carries high political stakes for President Donald Trump and Republican leaders in Congress, who view passage of tax cuts as critical to the GOP’s success at the polls next year.

    The House is expected to vote on its measure on Thursday. The House Ways and Means Committee approved it last week on a party-line 24-16 vote.

    Democrats are solidly opposed to the GOP revamp, so the Republicans must find agreement among themselves to have any hope of passage.

    Both the House and Senate versions of the legislation would eliminate deductions for state and local income taxes and sales taxes paid. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said in response to Brady’s pledge that Republicans should fully restore what is referred to as the SALT deduction, or millions of middle-class families would end up paying higher federal income taxes, not less.

    “The House’s so-called ‘compromise’ would be saying to the middle class we’ll only chop off four of your fingers instead of all five,” Schumer said in a statement.

    A key feature of both bills is a reduction in the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent. But the Senate version delays the cut for one year. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on CBS’s “Face The Nation” that he was confident the issue would not be a stumbling block to reaching an agreement.

    “Obviously we would prefer if they kicked in sooner rather than later, but we’re going to work with the Senate on that issue,” Mnuchin said.

    Mnuchin also rebuffed projections that the proposed tax cuts would increase the national debt. He said that creating sustained economic growth of 3 percent or higher would generate trillions of dollars in additional revenue to the government. He did not specify over what time frame that would occur.

    “This is all about growth,” Mnuchin said.





    “Every generation has its own evil. But our evil is a different kind of evil — our systems are evil.” - Rev. Nicholas Richards
  • stringer bellstringer bell Posts: 25,477 ✭✭✭✭✭
    White Men Rapidly Dominate Trump’s Picks For ‘Best, Most-Qualified Judges’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is nominating white men to America’s federal courts at a rate not seen in nearly 30 years, threatening to reverse a slow transformation toward a judiciary that reflects the nation’s diversity.

    So far, 91 percent of Trump’s nominees are white, and 81 percent are male, an Associated Press analysis has found. Three of every four are white men, with few African-Americans and Hispanics in the mix. The last president to nominate a similarly homogenous group was George H.W. Bush.

    The shift could prove to be one of Trump’s most enduring legacies. These are lifetime appointments, and Trump has inherited both an unusually high number of vacancies and an aging population of judges. That puts him in position to significantly reshape the courts that decide thousands of civil rights, environmental, criminal justice and other disputes across the country. The White House has been upfront about its plans to quickly fill the seats with conservatives, and has made clear that judicial philosophy tops any concerns about shrinking racial or gender diversity.

    Trump is anything but shy about his plans, calling his imprint on the courts an “untold story” of his presidency.

    “Nobody wants to talk about it,” he says. “But when you think of it … that has consequences 40 years out.” He predicted at a recent Cabinet meeting, “A big percentage of the court will be changed by this administration over a very short period of time.”

    Advocates for putting more women and racial minorities on the bench argue that courts that more closely reflect the demographics of the population ensure a broader range of viewpoints and inspire greater confidence in judicial rulings.

    One court that has become a focus in the debate is the Eastern District of North Carolina, a region that, despite its sizeable black population, has never had a black judge. A seat on that court has been open for more than a decade. George W. Bush named a white man, and Barack Obama at different points nominated two black women, but none of those nominees ever came to a vote in the Senate.

    Trump has renominated Bush’s original choice: Thomas Farr, a private attorney whose work defending North Carolina’s redistricting maps and a voter identification law has raised concerns among civil rights advocates.

    Kyle Barry, senior policy counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, said that when diversity is lacking, “there’s a clear perception where the courts are not a place people can go and vindicate their civil rights.”

    In recent decades, Democrats have consistently named more racial minorities and women on the courts. But even compared to his Republican predecessors, Trump’s nominees stand out. So far, he has nominated the highest percentage of white judges in his first year since Ronald Reagan. If he continues on his trend through his first term, he will be the first Republican since Herbert Hoover to name fewer women and minorities to the court than his GOP predecessor.

    The AP reviewed 58 nominees to lifetime positions on appellate and district courts, as well as the Supreme Court, by the end of October. Fifty-three are white, three are Asian-American, one is Hispanic and one is African-American. There are 47 men and 11 women. Thirteen have won Senate approval.

    The numbers stand in marked contrast to those of Obama, who made diversifying the federal bench a priority. White men represented just 37 percent of judges confirmed during Obama’s two terms; nearly 42 percent of his judges were women.

    Some of Obama’s efforts were thwarted by a Republican-led Senate that blocked all of his nominations he made in the final year of his presidency, handing Trump a backlog of more than 100 open seats and significant sway over the future of the court.

    Trump has moved aggressively to name new judges, getting off to a much quicker start than his predecessors. He has nominated more than twice as many as Obama had at this point in his presidency. While there have been clashes in the Senate over the nomination process, Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has signaled that he is committed to moving judicial nominees through.

    Many of Trump’s white, male nominees would replace white, male judges. But of the Trump nominees currently pending, more than a quarter are white males slated for seats have been held by women or minorities.

    Of the eight seats currently vacant that had non-white judges, only one has a non-white nominee.

    White House spokesman Hogan Gidley says Trump is focused on qualifications and suggests that prioritizing diversity would bring politics to the bench.

    “The president has delivered on his promise to nominate the best, most-qualified judges,” Gidley said. “While past presidents may have chosen to nominate activist judges with a political agenda and a history of legislating from the bench, President Trump has nominated outstanding originalist judges who respect the U.S. Constitution.”

    Trump, who has cited the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch as a key achievement, has focused on judges with conservative resumes. His picks have been welcomed by conservative legal groups.

    Leonard Leo, the executive vice president of the Federalist Society who has advised Trump on judges, said the president’s judicial picks should be evaluated based on his nominations to the Supreme Court and appellate courts, given that home-state senators traditionally offer recommendations for district courts that carry significant weight when the lawmaker and the president are of the same party.

    There have been 19 nominees to those higher courts; more than two-thirds are white men.

    And past presidents also have pushed for diversity at the district courts. The Obama White House would make clear diversity was a priority and “if we found good candidates, we would encourage senators to take a look at them,” said Christopher Kang, who worked on judicial nominations in the Obama administration.

    Alberto Gonzales, who served as attorney general for George W. Bush, says that when considering nominees “sometimes President Bush would look at the list we gave him and he would say, ‘I want more diversity, I want more women, I want more minorities.'”

    In his first year, Obama’s confirmed judicial nominees were 31 percent white men. Bush had 67 percent, Bill Clinton 38 percent, George H.W. Bush 74 percent and Reagan 93 percent.

    For its analysis, The Associated Press looked at all lifetime appointments to federal judgeships — including all seats on the Supreme Court, Courts of Appeals, U.S. District Courts and International Courts of Trade— counting nominations to higher courts as new appointments. For the biographical information of each judge, the AP used data from the Federal Judicial Center.

    In the case of pending Trump nominees, reporters called each nominee or their representative to collect information on race, gender and birthdate. In eight cases where nominees declined to give their race, officials familiar with the information confirmed that all identified themselves as white males.

    But Trump ain’t racist tho...




    “Every generation has its own evil. But our evil is a different kind of evil — our systems are evil.” - Rev. Nicholas Richards
  • infamous114infamous114 Down in Miami where it's warm in the winter. Posts: 51,136 Regulator
  • MarcusGarveyMarcusGarvey Posts: 4,513 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 13

    It’s still the Black man’s fault over at Faux News...

    America suffered once in a lifetime financial crisis, of course he had to spend, now is the time to raise taxes on everyone and cut govt spending. But congress and most americans are never asked to scarfice
  • marc123marc123 Posts: 16,443 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 13

    Its a wrap if true.

    Cuz anything Jr did Trump knew about it. Trump dirty af.
  • Max.Max. Posts: 32,547 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Isnt wikileaks enough to impeach trump?
  • fortyacresfortyacres Posts: 4,175 Regulator

    and this is the bum ya’ll thought was global hero. Fuck Assange i hope he rots in that ecuardorian embassy.


  • HundredEyes HundredEyes Posts: 2,811 ✭✭✭✭✭
    So were just gonna take julia 'never heard of her' loffe word for it? The atlantic? Its wise to take everything coming from any -especially US - journalist regarding this subject with a grain of salt.

    Mofos making claims without backing it up and the average Joe barely reads past the clickbaites/headlines.
  • Mr.LVMr.LV Posts: 13,834 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Sessions considers special counsel to investigate the Clintons

  • HundredEyes HundredEyes Posts: 2,811 ✭✭✭✭✭
    So were just gonna take julia 'never heard of her' loffe word for it? The atlantic? Its wise to take everything coming from any -especially US - journalist regarding this subject with a grain of salt.

    Mofos making claims without backing it up and the average Joe barely reads past the clickbaites/headlines.

    I stand corrected lmao.

    jr. Just shared his contact with wikileaks via twitter lol. Should be game over now for Trump.
  • BroddieBroddie just me and my bitch NYCPosts: 10,931 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Mr.LV wrote: »
    Sessions considers special counsel to investigate the Clintons

    Aww shit. Never forget.


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  • playmaker88playmaker88 Boy, I tell you that's vision Like Tony Romo when he hitting Witten Posts: 67,402 ✭✭✭✭✭
  • Mr.LVMr.LV Posts: 13,834 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Sessions hearing on Capitol Hill has started.

  • VIBEVIBE Posts: 54,060 ✭✭✭✭✭
    "I don't recall" and a bunch of other rambling to pass the time
  • playmaker88playmaker88 Boy, I tell you that's vision Like Tony Romo when he hitting Witten Posts: 67,402 ✭✭✭✭✭
    VIBE wrote: »
    "I don't recall" and a bunch of other rambling to pass the time

    Yea when lee was talkin he was stallin hard as fuck...
  • playmaker88playmaker88 Boy, I tell you that's vision Like Tony Romo when he hitting Witten Posts: 67,402 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited November 14
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