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Study: Growth Of Women In The Workforce Has Plateaued | Velshi & Ruhle | MSNBC

Study: Growth Of Women In The Workforce Has Plateaued | Velshi & Ruhle |...

While countries around the world are seeing positive growth with women in the workplace, the United States seems to be at a standstill. Stephanie Ruhle is joined by Financial Times Alphaville U.S. Editor Brendan Greeley to discuss how this slowdown…

16 US states sue over Trump border wall emergency declaration

A coalition of 16 US states led by California has launched legal action against Donald Trump’s administration over his decision to declare a national emergency in order to fund a wall along the Mexico border. The lawsuit was filed on Monday in the US district court for the northern district of California after Trump invoked emergency powers on Friday when Congress declined his request for $5.7bn to help create his signature policy promise. His move aims to let him spend money appropriated by Congress for other purposes. “Today, on Presidents Day, we take President Trump to court to block his misuse of presidential power,” California attorney general Xavier Becerra said in a statement. “We’re suing President Trump to stop him from unilaterally robbing taxpayer funds lawfully set aside by Congress for the people of our states. For most of us, the Office of the Presidency is not a place for theatre,” added Becerra, a Democrat. In a budget deal passed by Congress to avert a second government shutdown, nearly $1.4bn was allocated to border fencing. Earlier, Trump had said he knew that he did not need to declare an emergency to build the wall, a comment that could now undercut the government’s legal argument. “Presidents don’t go in and claim declarations of emergency for the purposes of raiding accounts because they weren’t able to get Congress to fund items,” Becerra said on MSNBC. Play Video 1:43

Rod Rosenstein, key figure behind Mueller inquiry, expected to step down in mid-March

Rod Rosenstein, the US deputy attorney general who appointed a special counsel to investigate possible ties between Russia and President Donald Trump’s campaign, is expected to step down by mid March, a Justice Department official has said. 'So many lies': Trump attacks McCabe over explosive CBS interview Read more Rosenstein, the No. 2 official at the Justice Department, in May 2017 named Special Counsel Robert Mueller to investigate ties between Trump’s 2016 presidential election campaign and Moscow. He and Rod Rosenstein, who was hired by Jeff Sessions (another beauty), look like they were planning a very illegal act, and got caught..... February 18, 2019 In an interview broadcast on Sunday with CBS News 60 Minutes, former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe confirmed the Times account that Rosenstein considered wearing a wire in meetings with Trump. Andrew McCabe says officials discussed removing Trump after Comey firing Read more Earlier on Monday Trump accused both McCabe and Rosenstein of planning a “very illegal act,” which he described in a tweet as “illegal and treasonous.“ Rosenstein ceased overseeing Mueller’s probe on 7 November when Trump named Matt Whittaker acting attorney general. Barr now has oversight of the investigation. Rosenstein had attracted far more attention than is typical for the No. 2 Justice Department official because of his decision to appoint Mueller to lead the investigation eight days after Trump fired James Comey as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The president has denied any collusion and Russia says there was no election meddling, despite findings to the contrary by U.S. intelligence agencies. Mueller’s investigation, which the president has repeatedly called a “witch hunt,” has so far netted 34 individuals and three companies who have pleaded guilty, been indicted or been otherwise swept up in the inquiry.
William Barr May Undo Security Of Mueller From Possible Compromised Trump | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC

William Barr May Undo Security Of Mueller From Possible Compromised Trump | Rachel Maddow...

Rachel Maddow looks at the reasoning of DOJ and intelligence officials that if Donald Trump had been compromised by a foreign power hostile to the United States, he would seek to cover up that fact by attacking the investigations. Though…

A transatlantic (atomic) blast from the past

The Trump administration withdrew from the so-called INF Treaty (Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty) earlier this month after accusing Moscow of years of non-compliance. The Europeans were hoping for some indication of what the U.S.’s next move would be, but went home none the wiser from the annual gathering of leaders, ministers and policymakers from around the world. "We cannot start another nuclear arms race,” Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell said in an interview with POLITICO, urging an immediate effort to build a new treaty that would also include China. What does Mr. Trump want? This is not our view.” Security analysts say the real reason Donald Trump pulled out of the treaty was over concern that China, which is not bound by the INF, could deploy precisely the type of weapons Washington was banned from producing. "It’s a lose-lose situation.” Nunn was part of a group that came to Munich to urge leaders to try to preserve and modernize the INF. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and other leaders took pains in Munich to reassure the public that the U.S. has no intention of stationing mid-range nuclear weapons in Europe in response to the treaty’s collapse. “The answer can’t lie in a blind race to build more weapons.” The U.S. and Russia have six months to resurrect the treaty, but most observers say that’s unlikely. “Frankly, Russia possesses those missiles, they are deployed and they're violating the INF Treaty,” he told POLITICO, arguing that European concerns are more about symbolism than strategic reality. “It looks bad because one of the iconic treaties of the beginning of the end of the Cold War is over, but why do we need a treaty that’s not enforced?” he said.

Money in politics? Ilhan Omar will fly to LA for fundraiser with … terror-tied...

Newly elected Rep. Ilhan Omar will jet off to Los Angeles next month to keynote a fundraiser for the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), a terror-tied organization that was named an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorist financing case in U.S. history. “CAIR-LA is honored to have Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) as the featured speaker for the 4th Annual Valley Banquet,” reads a press release from the Los Angeles chapter of the group that was formed as a Hamas support network in the United States. She will deliver her address alongside CAIR-Florida director Hassan Shibly, according to a CAIR flier promoting the event. Moreover, Shibly regularly takes to social media to demonize the U.S. military as equivalent to the jihadi terrorists that they are fighting. The director of CAIR-Los Angeles is Hussam Ayloush, who, like many CAIR executives, has disturbing Islamist views. Following the tragic San Bernardino terrorist attacks, Ayloush suggested that the United States was “partly responsible” for the ISIS-led attack on innocents in California. “Let’s not forget that some of our own foreign policy, as Americans, as the West, have fueled that extremism,” he added. Though AIPAC does not contribute to political campaigns, CAIR certainly does. CAIR’s fundraiser is just one of the controversial events lined up for Omar’s schedule. HSBC bank has also severed ties with the organization, cautioning that funds delivered to the group could end up in the war chests of terrorist organizations.

El Chapo Says He Is Victim of Phony Witch Hunt

NEW YORK (The Borowitz Report)—In his first interview since being found guilty on all counts in his U.S. trial, the Mexican drug lord Joaquín (El Chapo) Guzmán called himself the victim of a “phony witch hunt.” The former cartel leader made his blistering comments in a phone call to the television program “Fox & Friends,” whose hosts appeared surprised that he had somehow gained access to a phone and was able to get through to them. “It was a phony witch hunt,” El Chapo said, of his trial. “It was a phony, rigged witch hunt, and the charges against me were fake news and a disgrace.” Questioned whether he had worked in concert with other drug lords to bring narcotics into the United States, El Chapo said, “There was no collusion. And there was no evidence of collusion, because there was no collusion.” But the former drug kingpin reserved his harshest words for the F.B.I. and its former director James Comey. “Lying and leaking Jim Comey is a showboat and a disaster,” he said. Asked to give his impression of the American justice system, El Chapo said, “I think it’s very bad when someone like me, who is running a business and creating jobs and helping the economy, is harassed and treated unfairly. I think it’s a disgrace and, frankly, very sad.”

A political ‘bomb’ over drug prices could threaten NAFTA 2.0

U.S. factories that move jobs south of the border. Yet the pact would also give pharmaceutical companies 10 years' protection from cheaper competition in a category of ultra-expensive drugs called biologics, which are made from living cells. The objections of DeLauro and other Democrats suddenly carry greater potency. The need to curb high drug prices has become a rallying cry for voters of all political stripes. Like Trump, many Democrats blamed NAFTA for encouraging U.S. factories to capitalize on lower-wage Mexican labor and then to ship goods back into the U.S., duty-free. North American free trade deal. So the new pact wouldn't change the status quo in the United States, though it would force Mexico to expand biologics' monopoly from five years and Canada from eight years. In fact, supporters of the biologics monopoly argue that the pact might cut prices in the United States because drug companies would no longer face pressure to charge Americans more to compensate for lower prices in Canada and Mexico. For Democrats, higher drug prices are shaping up as a powerful political argument against approving the president's new North American trade deal. They're the kinds of voters Democrats hope to attract in 2020.

President Trump Calls for Rejection of ‘Politics of Revenge’ in State of the Union...

“We must reject the politics of revenge, resistance and retribution,” Trump told Congress near the beginning of his State of the Union address, claiming in his speech that he is putting forward “the agenda of the United States.” Yet it didn’t take long for Trump’s irritation at Democrats to rise to the surface. “An economic miracle is taking place in the United States — and the only thing that can stop it are foolish wars, politics or ridiculous partisan investigations,” the President said to only a smattering of applause. Sections on fairer drug pricing, criminal justice revisions and combating HIV/AIDS have been included in a nod to areas that have garnered bipartisan support. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer accused the President of “blatant hypocrisy” in remarks on the Senate floor Tuesday. ‘I will get it built’ He also made clear he is not wavering on his demand for a $5 billion border wall — which Democrats have declared a nonstarter — even as he pulls out rhetorical flourishes envisioning a post-partisan Washington. After a 35-day government shutdown that resulted in no border wall, Trump vowed to “get it built” during his State of the Union address. It now appears more likely he’ll declare a national emergency on the southern border as a way to secure the wall money without congressional approval. Asked Tuesday whether Trump will directly address the state of divided government in Washington, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway told reporters that he will call for unity with Democrats — which “implicitly” addresses that divisiveness. “He is, in the way that he’s calling for bipartisanship and unity,” she said. “That implicitly addresses the fact that there’s a divided government.” “But that doesn’t mean they can’t work together,” she continued, pointing to bipartisan efforts on criminal justice.

Ilhan Omar Tweets U.S. Politicians’ Support for Israel Is ‘All About the Benjamins’

WASHINGTON – A new controversy involving Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar and Israel erupted on Sunday, when the Minnesota Congresswoman wrote on Twitter that support for Israel in the United States was “all about the Benjamins,” referring to Benjamin Franklin, whose image appears on $100 bills. Bad form, Congresswoman. That's the second anti-Semitic trope you've tweeted.” In reply, Omar wrote: “AIPAC!” The American Israel Public Affairs Committee is the most influential U.S. lobby group supporting the Israeli government. AIPAC responded to the controversy with a short statement: “We are proud that we are engaged in the democratic process to strengthen the U.S.-Israel relationship. Our bipartisan efforts are reflective of American values and interests. We will not be deterred in any way by ill-informed and illegitimate attacks on this important work.” >> Republicans spoke up against Steve King. "Implying that Americans support Israel because of money alone is offensive," he wrote. The American Jewish Committee also criticized Omar, saying she should apologize: “Suggesting that a Jewish organization is buying off American politicians is both demonstrably false and stunningly anti-Semitic. He also accused Omar of “shameful bigoted hate-mongering.” Last month Omar apologized for saying "Israel has hypnotized the world" to carry out "evil" in a 2012 tweet. The tweet was brought up by critics after Omar's election to Congress for its alleged anti-Semitic undertones.
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