Staying Updated …..

Just staying updated on the stories and news of the day:

  • You have heard about the questions of Congressperson’s Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) funding for her campaign. That’s because you watch or read more than the network news (CBS, NBC and ABC), because they have never covered it. That’s right, zero minutes on their morning and evening news.
  • So Mike Bloomberg is out. Why? It wasn’t he said winning the Presidential election in November 2020. It was winning the Democratic nomination.  Think about that. Climate Mike, who wanted to outlaw large drinks in NYC was too conservative for a Democratic primary.
    Just another sign on how far left the party has gone.
  • Now we hear that North Korea is restoring a missile launch site it had claimed to be dismantling. This according to released commercial satellite photos and people briefed on South Korean intelligence.
    The developments concern the Tongchang-ri site, which N. Korea has used to test engines for liquid-fueled rockets and conduct satellite launches.
    This calls into question once again the statements that President Trump makes. After that first meeting he claimed he had a deal, and as has happened before with him, he misinterprets or misreads the situation.
    He hasn’t learned yet that dealing in politics and world leaders is not like real estate deals. Look for Democrats to attack here.
  • All of a sudden we get news and numbers on border activity that tells us there is a crisis. Shouldn’t the President have used these numbers to argue his position and not make it appear he was simply reacting to congress?
    Just look at this information:
    The U.S. set a record in five months for number of migrant families arrested at the southern border in a year. Border Patrol arrested 136,150 people for crossing illegally from October through February. The 12-month record was 107,212. I would think that’s a crisis for our border security and the people themselves.
    What is the Democratic answer? I am so tired of hearing Senators like Blumenthal telling me the President “wants a vanity wall”. Senator, you have been there for over a decade, what did you do about the border that worked?
  • After criticizing the President here is the headline in today’s NYT:
    Border at ‘Breaking Point’ as More than 76,000 Migrants Cross in a Month.
    The number of migrants apprehended on the southwest border is up about 90 percent from levels recorded at the same time last year.

    Welcome to the real world NYT. Now is it a crisis?
  • Yesterday we mentioned watch Venezuela. Bloomberg news today:
    The rhetoric the Trump administration is deploying against Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro risks creating the perception of a trigger-happy superpower, a perception the Maduro regime is happy to use to its benefit.
    I think the administration thought Maduro could be toppled quickly and now has a problem.
  • Another foreign policy issue is quiet but will resurface soon. Members of both parties have castigated the Trump administration’s hesitance to assign blame for journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s  death. They are angry that the administration refuses to blame Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman. This, despite U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded he ordered the killing.
    A Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing this week on the administration’s response has revived legislative efforts to punish Saudi Arabia and rebuke the kingdom for its actions.
    You will hear more on this. What do they want to do? Cut U.S. sales of arms and planes to Saudi Arabia. The problem is we cancel the sales, they buy from Russia. Do we want that? They need to find a different answer.
  • No one is talking about it in either party, but someone better wake up on the deficit. Here’s the report yesterday:
    The U.S. budget gap widened in the first four months of the fiscal year. The government ran a $310 billion deficit from October through January. This is compared to $176 billion during the same period a year earlier. Thus a 77% increase, the Treasury Department said.
    You simply cannot keep doing this and not face a day of reckoning.
  • Okay, is there any good news for the President? Yes, there is. On judges. Read this from Politicio today:
    “President Donald Trump’s stream of judges is about to become a torrent. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his GOP caucus have long prioritized confirming conservative judges to lifetime appointments. But they’re about to accelerate their ability to unilaterally approve many nominees in dramatic fashion.

    “The Senate is on track to confirm the 34th Circuit Court Judge of Trump’s presidency in the next week and the GOP has three more ready for floor action; that would give Trump roughly 20 percent of the Circuit Court seats in the country after just two years in office. At this rate, McConnell and Trump could leave few, if any, vacancies there for a potential Democratic president in 2021.

    “Even more alarming for Democrats, the GOP is also preparing to pull the trigger on the ‘nuclear option’ and change Senate rules once again with a simple majority to allow much quicker confirmation of lower court judges in the coming months.”

 

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