Donald Trump met with advisors and Cabinet members Tuesday to decide whether to take the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Treaty — a deal that was sold to the public based on the idea it would lessen the threat of global warming. In fact, it´s really nothing more than an attempt by other, less-well-to-do nations to shame the U.S. into dismantling its economy and its standard of living. Walking away from the sham treaty shouldn´t be a hard decision. Trump promised several times to exit the Paris treaty during his presidential campaign. He should keep his promise. It was a bad idea
An earlier article today notes that Sen Schumer won´t permit tax reform measure until President Trump releases his tax return. Suggest that Trump use this Dem obstructionism to state that he will only enforce this agreement* if Obama releases his long hidden college transcripts to show that he took and passed at least one science class. And not political science.
* - Obama crafted this anti-US agreement to avoid making it a treaty, since a treaty requires Senate ratification. Senate has never ratified this deal, so why does the US government treat it as legally binding?
Nuclear Diplomacy: With U.S. anger over North Korea´s burgeoning nuclear weapons program at a full boil, President Trump has announced the first step in what could become a trade war with China. It´s not a coincidence. To say that the U.S. is disappointed with China is an understatement. China loves access to our markets, but until recently played both sides as North Korea developed both a small nuclear bomb and the long-range missile capabilities with which to deliver it, and the U.S. tried to stop it. As we´ve noted before, Trump has explicitly linked improved ties between the U.S. and China to
Civil Society: There is no excuse for murdering innocents, and all terrorist attacks should be roundly condemned. That should be a simple proposition everyone can agree on. What isn´t so simple or agreeable is the immediate attempt to politicize this tragedy. President Trump was getting attacked — and rightly so — for issuing a mealy mouthed statement in the immediate wake of the attack by a white supremacist who plowed his car into a crowd of counter-protestors in Charlottesville, Va., killing one and injuring more than a dozen others. By Monday morning, however, Trump made an impromptu statement at the
A Telegraph reporter over the weekend shared a fake image showing President Donald Trump meeting with one of the alt-right leaders present at a white supremacist rally in Virginia. "Millennial Matt" is one of the leaders of the "Proud Boys," a far-right men´s-rights organization run by former Vice co-founder Gavin McInnes. He was also one of the participants in the pro-Nazi, pro-Confederate rally in Charlottesville, Va. that saw one counter-protester murdered and dozens injured. "Here´s a photo of @Millennial_Matt with Trump and carrying a burning torch in Charlottesville," Telegraph Middle East correspondent Raf Sanchez tweeted Saturday. "This isn´t complicated."
The son of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has threatened to take over the White House with rifles. Nicolás Maduro Guerra made the comment on Saturday following President Donald Trump´s statement that he would not rule out a U.S. military option in the South American country, CNN reports. "Venezuela is not very far away and the people are suffering, and they are dying. We have many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option if necessary," Trump told reporters in New Jersey. Since April, more than 120 people have died in anti-government protests that have turned violent as Venezuela´s socialist economy has collapsed. There
A street artist´s creative handiwork began popping up last week around Venice, Calif., home to a cluster of Google offices. Posters displayed Steve Jobs and Apple´s iconic slogan, "Think Different." Next to him: Google Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai and the words, "Not So Much." Why did Pichai´s firing of software engineer James Damore — over a 10-page internal memo critiquing Google´s diversity practices — subject the tech giant to responses ranging from concern to outright mockery? In the course of 30-plus years in crisis management, I have come to define a "crisis" as an organization´s perceived failure to live up to
There was plenty of reason to get the creeps from a new report from the Miami Herald suggesting that Venezuela´s Chavista thugs are targeting Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida for a death-squad hit. According to the Herald: One of Venezuela´s most powerful leaders may have put out an order to kill Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a fervent critic of the South American country´s government, according to intelligence obtained by the U.S. last month. Though federal authorities couldn´t be sure at the time if the uncorroborated threat was real, they took it seriously enough that Rubio has been guarded by a
Taxes: Hey, here´s a great idea: Let´s tax soda to the hilt, rake in tons of money, and spend it on Pre-K education. What could possibly go wrong? Well, the city of Philadelphia just found out. So-called sin taxes, intended to make people pay extra for their unhealthy or socially undesirable habits, have always been popular. Since people often feel guilty about their bad or unhealthful habits, it´s often easy to tax them more for their "sins." It was in this spirit that Philadelphia raised the tax on soda sky-high. What taxpayers got was a lesson in unintended consequences. A recent study by
Republicans left Washington this month having failed to repeal and replace Obamacare. Many Democrats and their ideological allies are using the congressional recess to crow about the GOP´s defeat — and dream about replacing Obamacare with a bonafide single-payer system. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has promised to introduce a single-payer bill next month. "I have no illusions that . . . suddenly we´re going to see a Medicare-for-all, single-payer passed," he said last week. "Why is the United States the only major country on earth not to guarantee health care to all people?" Several folks within the senator´s sizeable political following have
Economics: Last year, the "Fight for $15" movement was said to have unstoppable momentum, driven by labor unions, left-wing politicians and a sympathetic press. Then reality struck. Too bad it didn´t strike sooner. "This is a trend that cannot be stopped." "The political earth has shifted." "This movement continues to build." "Even economic experts who oppose the increased rate see it gaining momentum." That´s what all the "experts" were saying last year. It was easy to make such assumptions. Protests and strikes were on the rise, hitting 340 last year. In 2015 alone, 14 cities and states approved $15 minimum wage laws.
Media Bias: Like other former bastions of media respectability, the New York Times can´t seem to get out of its own way these days. A big scoop it grandly published Tuesday about a "leaked" devastating report on global warming turns out to have been false. The august Times acted as if the upcoming National Climate Assessment (NCA) was in danger of being cast into the darkness by the anti-warming trolls of the Trump administration. Luckily, or so we were made to think, some brave soul inside the bureaucracy bravely blew the whistle and gave a draft of the report to the
Media Bias: Journalists rushed to the defense of two reporters after President Trump accused them of being "reluctant to cover" the scandalous tarmac meeting between then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton. But a review of the entire cache of email exchanges inside the Justice Department at the time shows that Trump has it right. Trump was referring to email exchanges between Justice public affairs officials and reporters from The New York Times and the Washington Post. The emails were among the 400-plus pages of internal emails that flew around at Justice soon after a local Phoenix reporter happened to
Kim´s Nukes: The threat of a North Korean nuclear weapon that could reach the U.S. is real, a new report suggests. Those who think this is just Trumpian saber-rattling haven´t been paying attention for the last 65 years. Kim Jong-un´s military scientists have figured out how to produce a small enough nuclear warhead to fit on long-distance missiles, such as the ones North Korea has recently tested. Kim will soon have the means for nuclear blackmail of the U.S., Japan and, of course, South Korea. Indeed, he is already threatening Guam with missile attacks, prompting the U.S. Air Force to deploy
Marshawn Lynch, a runningback for the Oakland Raiders, sat and ate a banana during the national anthem on Saturday before the Raiders’ first preseason football game against the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale, Arizona. Lynch did not play during the game, and the Raiders’ coach said Lynch’s actions were a “non-issue.” Although Lynch said he has been doing this for 11 years, photos and videos show he stood on many occasions for the national anthem in recent years. Lynch reportedly was not present in the locker room after the game, according to CBS Sports. However, the Raiders’ coach, Jack Del Rio, said
BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — White House officials, under siege over President Trump’s reluctance to condemn white supremacists for the weekend’s bloody rallies in Charlottesville, Va., tried to clarify his comments on Sunday, as critics in both parties intensified demands that he adopt a stronger, more unifying message. A statement on Sunday — issued more than 36 hours after the protests began — condemned “white supremacists” for the violence that led to one death. It came in an email sent to reporters in the president’s traveling press pool, and was attributed to an unnamed representative. It was not attributed directly to Mr.
FOX News reporter Doug McKelway attended the violent protests Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia. McKelway told FOX News viewers the police pulled out of Lee Park after the violence started. The police told him, “We’re leaving. It’s too dangerous.” (Photo) This was after violent Antifa terrorists launched an attack on the white supremacists. Doug McKelway: We are now beginning to hear criticism bubble up on all sides of this event about the initial slow response by the police. When I got out of my car yesterday in Charlottesville about 10:30 in the morning you knew this was a bad scene and
Saturday was marked by bloodshed in Charlottesville, Virginia after an apparent white nationalist plowed into a crowd of counter-protesters in a blatant attack. And on the morning after, NBC’s Sunday Today put President Trump in their sights as they unloaded on him while appearing to pin the blame for the attack on him. At one point even claiming he “enjoys” the support he gets from the bigots who were rallying in Virginia. “President Trump condemned the violence there on Saturday but he did not specifically speak to the white nationalism that was on display,” complained Anchor Willie Geist as he was
Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett said he plans to sit during the national anthem for the entire season after staying on the bench for the anthem during Seattle’s first preseason game against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday. Bennett said he was motivated by the events in Charlottesville and wanted to speak out on racial injustice. On Sunday, Bennett remained on the bench with a towel around his shoulder pads while the rest of his teammates stood for the anthem. “First of all I want to make sure people understand I love the military — my father was in the military,” Bennett told reporters. “I love hot dogs like any other
Rep. Maxine Waters excoriated President Trump on social media Sunday for his response to the violence in Charlottesville, Va., saying the White House is now the "White Supremacists´ House." "Trump has made it clear - w/ Bannon & Gorka in the WH, & the Klan in the streets, it is now the White Supremacists´ House. #Charlottesviille," Waters wrote on Twitter, referring to White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and deputy assistant to the president Sebastian Gorka. The California Democrat added, "Trump refuses to condemn white supremacists & terrorists who showed up in Charlottesville. Is he sending a signal? Everyone must
President Donald Trump insisted on Monday that he and his administration forcefully denounce the ´evil´ embodied by white supremacists and other bigoted hate groups whose weekend rally in Virginia left one woman dead and 20 others injured. ´Racism is evil. And those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans,´ the president said at the White House. ´We are a nation founded on the truth that all of us are created equal. We are equal in the eyes of our
A day after violence broke out between counter-protesters and white nationalists in his city, Charlottesville Mayor Michael Signer on Sunday said President Trump deserves at least some of the blame. “Look at the campaign he ran,” Mr. Signer told CNN’s “State of the Union.” “Look at the intentional courting, on one hand, of all these white supremacists, white nationalists … and look on the other hand at the repeated failure to step up, condemn, denounce, silence, put to bed all of these different efforts, just like we saw yesterday. This isn’t hard.” Mr. Trump has come under bipartisan fire for failing to explicitly condemn white
Protesters toppled a Confederate monument in Durham, N.C. on Monday night. Video posted to Twitter shows protestors surrounding the statue and chanting "No KKK! No fascists! USA" as several protestors appear to pull down the statue with a rope. WNCN reports the statue was dedicated in Durham in 1924 and was located in front of a local government building. The statue represented a soldier who fought in the Civil War and an inscription on the front read "The Confederate States of America." One organizer of the protest told WNCN that toppling the statue was in response to the violence at a white supremacist
Dear John: You recently criticized the FBI for its investigation of Hillary Clinton’s e-mails. I am a retired FBI agent and extremely proud of my career and service. I feel compelled to write. Former FBI Director James Comey’s statements, testimony and behavior are truly abhorrent. Comey admitted under oath before Congress that the bureau did not utilize a federal grand jury in the Hillary e-mail investigation. Furthermore, he testified that in his experience, when dealing with attorneys, you can obtain information easier and faster than via a federal grand jury. Never, I repeat never, in my 25-year career have I or any FBI agent
‘We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides. On many sides.” Such was President Trump’s statement Saturday on the violence in Charlottesville, Va.Really: That was it.Yet “many sides” didn’t drive a car into a crowd, an evident act of terrorism that killed Heather Heyer, 32, and hospitalized many more, with some still in critical condition. It shouldn’t be that hard to summon up a few Trumpian terms like “losers” and “really, really bad people” to describe the hundreds of neo-Nazis, Klansmen, white supremacists and the like who descended on the
Sunday on MSNBC, former Vermont Governor, and DNC Chair Howard Dean said President Donald Trump didn’t “appear to have a shred of decency in him, not a shred.” Dean’s remarks were in reference to Trump’s reaction to the events in Charlottesville, VA a day earlier. Dean said, “Well, actually, being an incurable optimist, I was hoping — I thought this might be his moment, and it wasn’t. I have concluded the guy is totally incapable of exerting any moral leadership whatsoever. I think you’ll see that in poll numbers quickly. Even hardened Republicans who believe in the Trump program —