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So What has the house done

 June 11th ---  H.Res.430 - Authorizing the Committee on the Judiciary to initiate or intervene in judicial proceedings to enforce certain subpoenas ...  explained inJune 10th Rules Cmt. Report  H. Rept. 116-108            (House Debate and Vote on C-SPAN video)
          Resolved, … Judiciary of the House of Representatives is authorized, on behalf of such Committee, to initiate or intervene in any judicial proceeding before a Federal court—
(1) to seek declaratory judgments and any and all ancillary relief, including injunctive relief, affirming the duty of—
(A) William P. Barr, Attorney General, to comply with the subpoena that is the subject of the resolution accompanying House Report 116-105; and
(B) Donald F. McGahn, II, former White House Counsel, to comply with the subpoena issued to him on April 22, 2019; and
(2) to petition for disclosure of information regarding any matters identified in or relating to the subpoenas referred to in paragraph (1) or any accompanying report, pursuant to Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 6(e), including Rule 6(e)(3)(E) (providing that the court may authorize disclosure of a grand-jury matter “preliminarily to... a judicial proceeding”).
           Resolved, That the chair of each standing and permanent select committee, when authorized by the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group, retains the ability to initiate or intervene in any judicial proceeding before a Federal court on behalf of such committee, to seek declaratory judgments and any and all ancillary relief, including injunctive relief, affirming the duty of the recipient of any subpoena duly issued by that committee to comply with that subpoena. …[…]…
         H. Rept. 116-62 – DEPT’s. OF LABOR, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, AND EDUCATION, AND RELATED AGENCIES APPROPRIATIONS BILL, 2020 for H.R.2740- (2019-2020 Appropriations Act, 2020 for fiscal year 2020   Rules Cmte. Mark-up Video June10th fwd to 1:09:44   and  Video 2nd part  June 11th
          see details in H. Rept.116-62  Committee on Appropriations report in explanation of H.R.2740  - appropriations for most notable initiatives include:EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION; INVESTING IN PUBLIC EDUCATION; SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING INITIATIVE; SUPPORTING ACCESS TO AND COMPLETION OF POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION; NIH RESEARCH (Yay Science!); PUBLIC HEALTH SYSTEMS; WOMEN’S HEALTH; HIV-INITIATIVE; FIREARM INJURY AND MORTALITY PREVENTION RESEARCH (Yay Science!); PREPARING WORKERS FOR GOOD JOBS WITH FAIR WAGES; PROTECTING AMERICA’S WORKERS; Oversight of the Executive Branch – OVERSIGHT HEARINGS – Administration’s Policies Affecting the Affordable Care Act – Administration’s Unaccompanied Children Program – Protecting Student Borrowers: Loan Servicing Oversight – Public Health Emergency of Gun Violence – Oversight of For-Profit Colleges: Protecting Students and Taxpayer Dollars from Predatory Practices – Combating Wage Theft: The Critical Role of Wage and Hour Enforcement — and a whole lot more is in this bill!   —   No $ for obscene “border wall”!    No unprovoked war on Iran!    No pulling out of Paris Climate agreements!   Prohibits use of any Government funds to withdraw from Paris Climate Agreement!     Increases PELL Grants!     And even more!


       June 11, 2019    House Intelligence Committee Requests Documents and Interviews Regarding White House Efforts to Suppress Climate Change Testimony  Public Reports Indicate White House Tried to Alter Written Testimony Calling Climate Change “Possibly Catastrophic” 
           June 11,2019 Chairman’s Schiff’s letter is here;;   June 8,2019 Washington Post report is here “Officials sought to excise the State Department’s comments on climate science because they did not mesh with the administration’s stance” ;;
         June 5, 2019 Statement for the Record by Dr. Rod Schoonover Senior Analyst, Bureau of Intelligence and Research, State Dept.,
            Related is Jan., 2019 - ODNI - WORLDWIDE THREAT ASSESSMENThere as testimony to Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, DNI Director Dan Coats, witness, Full Report (pdf) based on info available to Jan. 17, 2019.
    C-SPAN video: June 11th   Debate and Vote   --  House Approves Resolution Enforcing Subpoenas, 229-191
        The House debates and votes 229-191 to approve a resolution authorizing the Judiciary Committee to pursue court action on subpoenas issued for current and former Trump administration officials, including Attorney General William Barr and former White House Counsel Don McGahn.
        PURPOSE AND SUMMARY: This resolution authorizes the Committee on the Judiciary to initiate or intervene in judicial proceedings to enforce certain subpoenas, a process commonly referred to as ‘‘civil contempt.’’ 1 The resolution affirms that the chair of each standing and permanent select committee, when authorized by the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group, retains the ability to initiate or intervene in judicial proceedings to seek enforcement of subpoenas issued by the committee. The resolution provides that, in connection with any judicial proceeding brought under the first or second resolving clause, the chair of any standing or permanent select committee exercising the authority there-under has any and all necessary authority under Article I of the Constitution. The resolution requires the chair of any standing or permanent select committee exercising authority as described in the first or second resolving clause to notify the House of Representatives, with respect to the commencement of any judicial proceeding.               ...[…]…
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Russians Are Coming For Your Healthcare

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Russian efforts to sow discord ahead of the 2020 elections appear focused on fear-mongering around health care issues, writes Axios' Sara Fischer.
  • study from George Washington University professor David Broniatowski and his colleagues found that Russian trolls using sophisticated Twitter bot accounts were attempting to fuel the anti-vaccination debate by posting frequently about the phenomenon — from both sides.
 The most effective misinformation often plays into preconceived notions or fears that already exist in society, especially around health, safety and well-being.

Source: Axios.com


Maloney Presides Over House Floor to Pass Historic Equality Act – a Victory for All LGBTQ Americans

 Today, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18), the first and only out member of Congress from the State of New York and Co-Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, presided over the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives during the successful 236-173 passage of H.R. 5, the Equality Act, to ensure that all LGBTQ Americans are granted full protections guaranteed by federal civil rights law. This vote marks the first time a chamber of Congress has approved a comprehensive LGBTQ civil rights bill. The legislation would extend anti-discrimination protections to LGBTQ Americans with regard to employment, education, access to credit, jury service, federal funding, housing and public accommodations.
“Right now in 28 states, my family could be evicted from our home just because I’m gay. My husband, Randy, could be fired from his job because we’re married. It’s crazy – you step across a state line and suddenly you can be legally discriminated against just because of who you are or who you love,” said Rep. Maloney. “That’s plain wrong. We’re more than five decades behind where we should be on fulfilling the promises of the Equality Act, and we’ve still got a long way to go - but today we got one step closer.”
Before this unprecedented vote, Rep. Maloney took to the House floor to speak on behalf of this legislation. The transcript is available below.
Madam Speaker, I rise to support the Equality Act. I will not repeat the many eloquent things my colleagues have said about the importance of the proposed legislation, though I will thank the gentlemen from New York, from Rhode Island for their leadership and others.
Nor will I refute the many foolish and false things said on the other side. This is landmark and essential civil rights protection for those who now don’t have it. It is no more, it is no less than others enjoy.
It respects the first amendment, and the exercise of religion in exactly the same way as we do now for every other civil rights context. It puts the law on the side of those who continue to face insidious discrimination based not on their character, but on who they are.
Many others have said this better than I will, but Madam Speaker I do want to speak to one group of my colleagues. Those who know this is a good bill, and yet today will vote no. To those colleagues, I ask you to consider the score.
In this chamber we are all familiar with scores. A score is what some powerful group usually threatens us with when they fear we’ll vote for something because we believe it is the right thing to do. It often works that way, “We believe a vote is right, but don’t vote that way,” they say, “or we will score it against you.”
That’s how Washington scores. But history scores differently. Conscience has its own rules. Decency sees something beyond such agendas. History records the good, conscience aligns with what is right, decency endures the unfair attacks and protects what truly matters.
This is a good and simple bill of extraordinary historical importance. It sits high above our daily considerations. Each of us in our careers will be lucky if we come to this floor on a single day when history is made, on a day when by our vote we can count ourselves among those who have cared for, who have nurtured the original promise embedded in our founding documents.
Others have done much more than we will do today or any day; on the battlefield, at Seneca Falls, on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, or simply in their daily dignified decision to love their neighbors as themselves. My colleagues I know you, I know you are good and decent people. Let conscience guide us to the right, and please support this bill.


Thanks to Trump New York Times Out Performing Expectations

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NYT's growth story continues

Tom Kludt reports: Digital subscription growth continues to serve as the engine powering The New York Times Company, as evidenced by these better-than-expected earnings posted on Wednesday. The Times reported net income of $30.2 million, beating analysts' expectations and outpacing the $22 million in net income it posted a year ago.

The newspaper continues to benefit from a growing digital sub base. In the first three months of 2019, the Times added 223,000 digital-only subscriptions, bringing the total number of subscribers to 4.5 million. It marks the third straight quarter that the Times has added more than 200,000 digital subscriptions. Moreover, digital ad revenue rose 18.9% to nearly $56 million in Q1. More...

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Executive overprivilege

  • President Donald Trump has asserted blanket executive privilege over the unredacted Mueller report, further escalating the conflict between the White House and House Democrats. [NYT / Nicholas Fandos]
  • This is the first time the president has used his executive privilege in the ever-more-contentious battle over the Mueller report. His order bars lawmakers from seeing not only a full, unredacted version of the Mueller report but any underlying evidence used in the investigation as well. [The Hill / Morgan Chalfant and Jordan Fabian]
  • Trump’s order was issued Wednesday morning, just before the House Judiciary Committee began its vote on holding Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress for failing to meet the deadline to provide a full Mueller report. House Democrats and the Justice Department had been attempting to negotiate a settlement regarding the Mueller report on Tuesday but failed. [Politico / Kyle Cheney and Andrew Desiderio]
  • Although the House passed the contempt resolution, it is unlikely that Barr will pay a fine or go to jail as a result. This, however, will be the first step for Democrats to attempt to charge Barr with a crime. [Vox / Ella Nilsen]
  • House Democrats and the White House are about to enter a long and bitter legal fight as the legislative and executive branches battle for power. [CNN / Stephen Collinson, Laura Jarrett, and Veronica Stracqualursi]
  • This move, however, will not interfere with Mueller testifying to the committee, although it may now restrict the amount of information he can reveal. The committee is still trying to nail down a specific date for his hearing. [Washington Post / Rachael Bade, Carol D. Leonnig, and Matt Zapotosky]


The NYT Got 10 Years Of Trump Tax Figures. He Was A Horrible Businessman.

Donald Trump stands with Eric Trump, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. before he speaks at a press conference at Trump Tower on January 11, 2017 in New York City. (AP)

The New York Times has dropped a bombshell. Today, they published the details of Donald Trump’s tax returns between 1985 to 1994. This is the most comprehensive look we’ve been able to glean of Trump’s tax returns thus far, and it paints a picture of a failed businessman who conned the American people into thinking he was successful.
Over the course of those 10 years, Donald Trump took on $1.17 billion in losses. As The New York Times notes, in some years Trump lost more money than any other American taxpayer and lost so much money he was able to avoid paying income tax:
In fact, year after year, Mr. Trump appears to have lost more money than nearly any other individual American taxpayer, The Times found when it compared his results with detailed information the I.R.S. compiles on an annual sampling of high-income earners. His core business losses in 1990 and 1991 — more than $250 million each year — were more than double those of the nearest taxpayers in the I.R.S. information for those years.
Over all, Mr. Trump lost so much money that he was able to avoid paying income taxes for eight of the 10 years. It is not known whether the I.R.S. later required changes after audits.
There was another noteworthy finding in Trump’s taxes. In 1989, Trump reported $52.9 million in interest income, which is still a mystery who the source was. The full article on these taxes is well worth reading in full.
All of these losses came as Donald Trump published his ghostwritten book the “Art of the Deal” in 1987, which portrayed himself as a brilliant self-made business mogul. As we can see from today’s news, and the fact Trump’s businesses have declared bankruptcy six times, Trump is no mogul, and according to The New York Times‘ previous reporting, Trump is far from self-made.
The same team of reporters who obtained these 10 years of Donald Trump’s tax figures also reported on Fred Trump’s in October of last year. The New York Times outlined the fact Donald Trump received, at least, the equivalent of $413 million from his father’s real estate empire. The Trump family used shady methods, sometimes constituting fraud, to funnel money to one another.Donald Trump was also a millionaire by age 8, racking in $200,000 a year starting at age 3. And that “small $1 million loan” Trump received from his father? It was actually at least $60.7 million ($140 million in today’s dollars). Trump never paid it back. That October report painted an incriminating picture of fraud and definitively proved that Donald Trump is not a self-made billionaire.As we digest the news of Trump’s taxes between 1985-1994, the fight over his most recent tax returns wages on. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin denied House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal’s (D-MA) request for six years of Trump’s tax returns. Mnuchin is violating tax law by doing so. New York Attorney General Letitia James is suing the Treasury Department in an effort to obtain them. Judging by what we’ve seen in his past taxes, it’s clear why Trump is so reluctant to have them made public.


Melania Aide ‘I Was Thrown Under the Bus’

Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a former adviser to first lady Melania Trump who was also involved in the planning of President Donald Trump’s inauguration, has lashed out at the White House and publicly disputed claims that she was fired when she left her role last year. Wolkoff strongly objected to suggestions from White House officials that she was forced to leave because she made money from Trump’s inaugural events. “Was I fired? No,” Wolkoff told The New York Times. “Did I personally receive $26 million or $1.6 million? No. Was I thrown under the bus? Yes.” Wolkoff, a former top aide to Vogue Editor Anna Wintour, was one of Melania’s earliest advisers and a longtime friend. In February 2018, a financial disclosure from the inaugural committee showed her company, WIS Media Partners, was paid roughly $26 million, then a further $1.62 million, which was spread among contractors. Her lawyer says she has been cooperating with federal prosecutors in Manhattan investigating the committee’s spending.
Read it at The New York Times


An "open letter" for the history books...

An "open letter" for the history books...

Cable news commentators are among the "hundreds of former Justice Department officials" who "said in an open letter released Monday that President Donald Trump would be facing multiple felony charges for obstruction of justice stemming from the Russia investigation if he were not president." The DOJ alums "served under presidents from both parties," in many cases for decades. Legal analysts Elie Honig, currently with CNN, and Mimi Rocah, currently with MSNBC, are two of the names I noticed on the LONG list...


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Here is the only path we should impeach Trump-Hint it is the Constitution

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Under the Foreign Missions Act, foreign governments must get permission from the State Department to lease any U.S. property. According to records obtained by Reuters, it appears the State Department granted permission to seven foreign governments to rent or renew luxury condo leases in New York’s Trump World Tower within eight months after Trump’s inauguration. The 13 requests granted during that time was higher than in the previous two years combined. Although the State Department followed the Foreign Missions Act in granting the requests, the Trump administration forgot about the Constitution. Article I, Section 9, Clause 8, commonly known as the emoluments clause, requires U.S. officials to refuse “any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State” unless they have congressional approval.