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3 important stories involving Trump you may have missed in all of his bloviating last week!

Credit: “Barry Blitt, portrays three men who have been enormously helpful to President Trump: Lindsey Graham, William Barr, and Mitch McConnell,” The New Yorker, week of June 3, 2019 print edition

“Trump wants to sell BPA transmission system to cut debt. Newhouse, other lawmakers say no”

  • Editor’s note: How do you feel about the Trump Administration’s proposal to sell-off our area’s power source to the highest bidder, resulting in substantially higher power bills in your mailbox?

“A Trump administration plan to sell off the transmission system of the Bonneville Power Administration would lead to higher electricity bills, said Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash.

“He was one of three leaders on a bipartisan letter to the House Committee on the Budget opposing changes to the BPA system. The letter sent last week was signed by 62 members of Congress.

“Any sale of assets to private entities is likely to result in attempts by new owners to charge substantially increased transmission rates for the same service to BPA customers, the letter said.

“The Trump administration has proposed the sell-off in its fiscal 2020 budget request to Congress, after also proposing it in two earlier budget requests. It would be a one-time federal debt-reduction move,” quoting Annette Clary. Read more

“Washington joins West Coast bloc of sanctuary states”

“Washington has become the latest West Coast state to enact broad sanctuary protections that restrict all local authorities from asking about people’s immigration status.

“Gov. Jay Inslee signed the measure Tuesday [May 21] implementing the new rules, which rank among the strongest statewide mandates in the nation. California and Oregon have similar laws.”

“Under the new Washington state law, local law enforcement agencies are broadly prohibited from asking about immigration status or place of birth unless directly connected to a criminal investigation, and both local jails and state prisons are prohibited from complying with voluntary “immigration holds” requested by federal authorities, or from notifying federal authorities when an immigrant is about to be released from their custody.

“‘Our state agencies are not immigration enforcement agencies,’ said Inslee, a Democrat who is also running for president. ‘We will not be complicit in the Trump administration’s depraved efforts to break up hard-working immigrant and refugee families,” quoting Tom James, The Associated Press. Read more

“Trump turns the full force of the government on perceived political enemies”

“Analysis: The president is wielding power in ways not seen in the United States in generations — if ever.”

“President Donald Trump found four former federal officials [former FBI employees James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Stzrok and Lisa Page] guilty of “treason” Thursday [May 23] — and then commissioned his intelligence agencies to help the Department of Justice prove it. [Ed. note: Dictator Trump is judge, jury, and executioner, as treason’s punishment is death, even though Trump does not seem to understand and is misusing the term treason in this case. This devolves the U. S. into a Banana Republic!]

“At the same time, he is blocking Congress from executing its constitutional duty to execute oversight of his administration, not only with regard to his campaign’s ties to Russia and the interference detailed in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation but also on a host of other fronts.”

“‘This is really a feature of petty dictators, where you see the power of investigation abilities being used as a political tool against enemies,’ Claire Finkelstein, the director of the Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law at the University of Pennsylvania’s law school, said in a telephone interview,” by Jonathan Allen, NBC News. Read more

Posted by Steve on May 26, 2019 at 12:01 am | Permalink

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  1. Brilliant cartoon on the New Yorker.
    It has seemed to me for a year or so that Trump has observed the dictators in third world countries around the world, with the greatest envy. Why, if they can be so privileged (get away with it), shouldn’t he?
    Those states that have wisely enshrined compassion towards refugee families in their laws are a “Christian” example to the others & to the Feds.

    Comment by Jo Macdonald on June 16, 2019 at 6:37 pm

  2. For those residents who are relaxed at the prospect of selling off public power transmission, I suggest you search the results in NSW (Australia) – which has been hell-bent upon selling all public services to private enterprise for many years. The result is that this has become a state that is almost impossible to afford to live in – most especially the power. Half of our power supply is solar, & yet the cost of the other half has quadrupled (& that is senior discounted!). Families are sacrificing adequate diets in order to meet their electricity bills.

    Comment by Jo Macdonald on June 16, 2019 at 6:48 pm

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