Still with immigration and now a SC judge to deal with

The Republican-led House resoundingly rejected a far-ranging immigration bill despite an eleventh-hour endorsement by Donald Trump, as the gulf between the GOP’s moderate and conservative wings proved too deep for leaders to avert an election-year display of division. The bill was killed 301-121, with nearly half of Republicans opposing the measure. Trump will probably still blame the Democrats. This was a more moderate leaning bill after a harder-right package was defeated last week.

A federal judge in California ordered a halt to most family separations at the US border and the reunification of all families that have been separated in the first major rebuke to the Trump administration during ongoing furor over family separations at the border.

The court order specifically requires federal officials to stop detaining parents apart from their minor children, absent a determination the parent is unfit or the parent declines reunification; reunify all parents with their minor children who are under the age of 5 within 14 days and reunify all parents with their minor children age 5 and older within 30 days.

Anthony Kennedy’s announcement of his retirement from the Supreme Court creates an opening for President Donald Trump to reshape the ideological makeup of the nation’s highest court for decades to come. While brought in by a Republican president he was always more of an “independent” judge who generally was the swing vote. With Trump most likely to try to bring in a Republican leaning judge, it could move the Supreme Court to the right for a long while.

Trump already has about 24 judges and one senator who he could pick from. The Republicans’ goal — as of now — is to hold a confirmation hearing for a new Supreme Court nominee around Labor Day. The goal is to get the nominee in place for the start of the fall term, which begins the first Tuesday in October.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called on Republicans to “follow the rule they set in 2016 — not to consider a Supreme Court justice in an election year.” But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has already announced he intends to hold a vote confirming President Trump’s nominee this fall. So what’s good for the gander isn’t good for the goose.

Now that Trump has the opportunity to appoint a new justice to the Supreme Court, some abortion opponents hope that Roe v. Wade will end up overturned or gutted — and they have already been working towards that moment. That landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision legalized abortion nationwide. Justice Anthony Kennedy, who had voted to uphold Roe in 1992.

House Speaker Paul Ryan is criticizing Trump administration trade policy after Harley-Davidson cited retaliatory tariffs as why it’s shifting some production of motorcycles overseas. Harley-Davidson is based in Wisconsin, Ryan’s state, naturally.

Trump is denying that his trade policy is responsible for Harley-Davidson’s decision to some motorcycle production overseas. The company says it’s doing so because of tariffs it’s facing in a trade dispute between the U.S. and the European Union. But Trump says that’s an excuse. And how does he know? Trump says in tweets that the company had already announced it was closing a Kansas City plant as “that was long before Tariffs were announced”. Union officials have said those jobs are going to Thailand. Harley-Davidson has denied that.

Trump warned Harley-Davidson that any shift in production “will be the beginning of the end.” Is that a threat? He can’t single out Harley-Davidson as that would definitely go to court.

Trump says he’s getting other countries to reduce and eliminate tariffs and trade barriers, and open up closed markets. Which countries? The country of Nambia which doesn’t exist?

Remember how Trump whines that Canada pushes a 275% tariff on dairy? He is forgetting [or on purpose most likely] that US dairy subsidies equal 73 percent of producer returns or around $22.2 billion in direct and indirect subsidies to the dairy sector in 2015. Even then, American dairy farmers lost money every year from 2005 to 2016.

Regarding White House press secretary Sarah “Simpleton” Sanders’ issue with a restaurant, Trump tweeted “The Red Hen Restaurant should focus more on cleaning its filthy canopies, doors and windows (badly needs a paint job) rather than refusing to serve a fine person like Sarah Huckabee Sanders. I always had a rule, if a restaurant is dirty on the outside, it is dirty on the inside!” Did he visit the restaurant? I’ve seen dirty McDonald’s – as chain he likes to go to and he still goes there.

Russia’s puppet prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev, is calling for tariffs on U.S. imports in response to duties that Washington has placed on foreign steel and aluminum but did not specify what goods could fall under the tariffs, but told the Ministry of Economic Development to make proposals. Trump has said previously that any country that imposes tariffs as retaliation will see further tariffs added. We’ll see if he sticks to that plan.

New satellite images show North Korea has made rapid improvements to the infrastructure at its Yongbyon Nuclear Scientific Research Center — a facility used to produce weapons-grade fissile material. It reveals the construction of several support facilities — long-planned upgrades that were already underway before North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Trump met in Singapore in June.

If there is a potential deals why hasn’t the upgrades stopped [saving the government money]. It could show that the summit was all for nothing and it makes Trump look like a fool. Duh. This is still an active site producing plutonium for North Korea.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said “I’m confident what he intended there was we did reduce the threat… I don’t think there’s any doubt about that. We took the tension level down.”

Trump spoke to a crowd during a campaign rally for South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster at Airport High School. Not surprising he rantd about just about everything and said very little about McMaster.

Mitt Romney, a foe to Trump, could once again be a thorn in Trump’s side when he won the Republican primary for senate in Utah. He could unseat John McCain or Jeff Flake as the Republicans who won’t guarantee to give their votes for any Trump legislation going through the senate. Or he could be like Ben Carson, Ted Cruz and others who flip flop.

Sanders is expected to receive Secret Service protection. Is there a threat? Probably not. Maybe she just needs their help to get a seat at a restaurant. More wasted money. Republican strategist Stuart Stevens criticizes White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders’ feud with a Virginia restaurant that asked her to leave saying she is “victim shopping”.

Trump has been privately suggesting that he wants the US to withdraw from the World Trade Organization. Trump has lamented, “We always get f—ed by them. I don’t know why we’re in it. The WTO is designed by the rest of the world to screw the United States.” Or maybe he wants to leave the WTO so no one can challenge his tariffs at the WTO.

When trump said at a speech “We did repeal and replace Obamacare,” Trump falsely said in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin. “Unfortunately, one senator decided to put the thumb down late in the morning….” He was talking about Senator John McCain without naming him. “I don’t think it’s appropriate,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham. “I think it doesn’t help the President.”

The UN migration agency on Friday voted down Ken Isaacs, the Trump administration’s candidate to lead the International Organization for Migration, leaving it without an American at the helm for the first time since 1951.

Stocks of computer chip manufacturers like AMD and NVIDIA have dropped significantly because of Trump’s plans to restrict foreign investment in US tech companies. The US Treasury department initially said on the weekend that it would block companies with at least 25 per cent Chinese ownership from buying businesses involved in industrially significant technology. However, it then expanded the scope of its limitations yesterday to all countries that are quote “trying to steal the US’ technology.”

Trumped commented that Crimea maybe should stay with Russia as they all speak Russian there. Maybe true but that’s because eastern Europe were under the Soviet Union’s influence for 45+ years. They also got Russians to move outside of the Soviet Union to help promote the motherland. All this after, of course, Trump blamed President Obama again. And all this out of the blue.

They started to work on the new Foxconn manufacturing facility in Wisconsin that could eventually employ up to 15,000 people. Now they need to find experienced enough people as Wisconsin has a low unemployment rate. The same state that Trump was whining that Wisconsin farmers are losing their jobs because of Canadian dairy tariffs.

Meanwhile, the federal [and state] governments are helping Foxconn to the tune of at least $4 billion or roughly $267,000 per employee if all 15,000 are hired [unlikely]. Even then these are factory jobs mostly, not $150,000 a year jobs.

A federal judge in Virginia said he won’t dismiss bank fraud and tax evasion charges against Trump’s former campaign chairman based on allegations of leaks to the press.

Lawyers for Paul Manafort — whose trial is due to start in late July — said they may ask for his trial to be moved to another city after US District judge said he wouldn’t throw out the case.

Oh I’m sure Trump is shaking in his shoes: The leader of Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group has blasted Trump as a “wild monster” over the policy of separating children from their parents for migrants caught illegally entering the US. He separates them – he kills their parents.

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