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While Trump’s influence over the AG and DOJ took centerstage last week,
important stories relegated off the front pages are covered here today!

Credit: Kevin Siers
The Charlotte Observer

“GOP Strategist Says DOJ Is Now Run As the ‘Trump Family Law Firm'”

“Rick Wilson, an author, analyst and long-time Republican operative, argued on Twitter that the president had co-opted the Justice Department to serve his own personal interests,” by David Brennan, Newsweek. Read more

  • Editor’s note: The cartoon and headline above sums up President Trump’s unguarded behavior since his acquittal earlier this month, and especially Trump being allowed by the Attorney General to influence and interfere in Dept. of Justice (DOJ) cases. Those stories have been well covered in all of the media last week, so I will not expound on those issues today.
  • However, there are other headlines that were relegated off the front pages, the first of which is below that underscores what I have said for months – that Trump will not put the U. S. on the Gold Standard:

“Republicans expect Trump to withdraw controversial Fed nominee”

Lawmakers from both parties criticized [Judy Shelton] at the hearing for supporting the gold standard, reversing her views on interest rates after Trump’s election and defending the president’s attacks on the Fed and its chairman, Jerome Powel,” by Alexander Bolton and Sylvan Lane, The Hill. Read more

“Spending spree: Interest on federal debt expected to soar in next decade”

By the Editorial Board of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Read more

“House Uses Trump Impeachment Legal Team’s Arguments in Filing Seeking His Tax Returns”

By Jerry Lambe, Law & Crime. Read more

[Trump sycophant] “Rep. Jim Jordan called ‘coward’ over alleged abuse cover-up”

“The brother of a wrestler who said he was sexual abused at Ohio State—while his then-coach, Jim Jordan, turned a blind eye—has harsh words for the Ohio Congressman,” on All In with Chris Hayes, MSNBC. Read more

“Justice department sues to allow ICE flights from King County Airport [in Seattle]”

By Joel Connelly, Seattle P-I. Read more

CBP Read more,

“Trump to Deploy Heavily Armed Border Patrol Tactical Units to Help With Immigration Arrests in Sanctuary Cities”

“It is unbelievable how much this action will undermine public safety. Unbelievable,” by Eoin Higgins, Common Dreams. Read more

“‘QAnon’ conspiracy theory creeps into mainstream politics”

“A far-right conspiracy theory forged in a dark corner of the internet is creeping into the mainstream political arena,” by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press. Read more

“Pentagon to shift money for fighter planes, ships toward border wall”

By Connor O’Brien and Caitlin Emma, Politico. Read more

“Trump Says His Budget Doesn’t Cut Social Security — But Mnuchin Admits It Does”

“When Steve Mnuchin or any other politician says that a ‘reduction in the rate of increase’ is different than a benefit cut, they are shamelessly lying,” by Jake Johnson, Common Dreams. Read more

“Why must we line President Trump’s pockets while he spends a third of his time at his resorts?”

By Pam Sohn, Chattanooga Times Free Press. Read more

“Border officials destroy Native American burial grounds to build Trump’s wall: report”

“The blasting at sacred burial grounds has already “resulted in the inadvertent discovery of human remains,” by Igor Derysh, Salon Magazine. Read more

Posted by Steve on February 16, 2020 at 12:01 am | Permalink

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