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Trump Has Made U.S. Policy Much More Resistant To Immigration — Without The Wall | FiveThirtyEight
But while understanding his reasoning is important, there’s little dispute about the effects of Trump’s policies. Wall or no, a lot has already happened, and more big changes could be on the way. The wall is a story. But the story is how Trump has already remade U.S. immigration policy.
Immigration  TrumpAdministration  FiveThirtyEight 
2 days ago by HispanicPundit
The Wooing of Jared Kushner: How the Saudis Got a Friend in the White House - The New York Times
“The inner circle is predominantly deal makers who lack familiarity with political customs and deep institutions, and they support Jared Kushner,” the Saudi delegation wrote of the incoming administration in a slide presentation obtained by the Lebanese newspaper Al Akhbar, which provided it to The Times. Several Americans who spoke with the delegation confirmed the slide presentation’s accounts of the discussions.

But Mr. Kushner was clear about his own priorities, the report said. “The Israeli-Palestinian conflict was among the most important issues to draw Kushner’s attention,” the delegation reported, and therefore the best way to win him over.

“The Palestinian issue first: there is still no clear plan for the American administration toward the Middle East,” the delegation wrote, “except that the central interest is finding a historic solution to support the stability of Israel and solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

Another Saudi proposal outlined what the Trump administration later called “an Arab NATO.” In their presentation, the Saudis described it as an Islamic military coalition of tens of thousands of troops “ready when the president-elect wishes to deploy them.”
UAE  Peace_Process  Saudi-Arabia  Kushner  TrumpAdministration  foreign_policy  Israel  MbZ  Palestinian_Authority  dissident  murder  unnamed_official  leak 
4 days ago by elizrael
RT : should seriously consider the points in this column - wise advice here. Now that it has Huawe…
TrumpAdministration  from twitter
7 days ago by edelagrave
Trump Starts to Fix Clinton’s Catastrophic Crime Bill Mess | The American Conservative
“It rolls back some of the provisions of the Clinton crime law that disproportionately harmed the African-American community,” Trump said. “You all saw that, and you all know that—everybody in this room knows that,” he added, as black faith and law enforcement leaders standing behind him nodded in agreement.
Blacks  crime  prison  TrumpAdministration  AmericanConservative 
20 days ago by HispanicPundit - The Wright Show - Mickey Kaus
Wright and Kaus on the election, Trump Administration, immigration, Russia Investigation etc.
Immigration  TrumpAdministration  wright  Kaus  bloggingheads 
5 weeks ago by HispanicPundit
Israel Stands by Saudi Prince Against Iran, Despite Khashoggi - Bloomberg
One senior Israeli official, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter, said his government was lobbying the Trump administration to move on. If necessary, the official said, the U.S. might impose some kind of reprimand on the Saudis, like canceling an arms deal, while keeping alive the core alliance against Iran.
Israel  Saudi-Arabia  murder  dissident  lobby  TrumpAdministration 
5 weeks ago by elizrael
Trump’s Latest Plan to Slash Drug Prices Has Real Teeth - Bloomberg
It would be an unprecedented use of government muscle to bring drug costs down in Part B, where pharmaceutical companies currently have nearly unfettered pricing power. It remains to be seen if it can distract from the GOP’s other health-care woes as U.S. midterm elections approach. But in contrast with other recent drug-pricing efforts, this one has pharma investors scared, and for good reason. 
medicare  pharmaceuticals  TrumpAdministration  bloomberg 
7 weeks ago by HispanicPundit
The White House Says Socialism Is a Threat. It’s Right. - Bloomberg
And though some critics have mocked the point, the idea that, all things considered, consolidated government control is cheaper than a market-based system does in fact come from socialist and communist thinkers. What’s more, implementing that view is likely to stymie innovation for the same reasons that socialism does more broadly. Arguably well-functioning mixed systems produce the greatest innovation, as illustrated by the connections between the military and Silicon Valley, or for that matter the National Institutes of Health. The health-care bills under consideration move much too far in the direction of government control.
healthcare  Socialism  TrumpAdministration  Cowen 
7 weeks ago by HispanicPundit
Israel worried US peace plan will include Jerusalem as Palestinian capital
Israel is worried the American peace plan would include a declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of two states—Israel and Palestine—in an effort to convince Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to return to the negotiating table.
"Trump wants a deal and he's very serious," a senior Israeli official said. "To the Americans, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is relatively easy to resolve and is ripe for the picking."

The official said that if the Republicans lose power in the upcoming midterm elections, Trump might increase his efforts to reach a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict so he could run for his second term with a big foreign policy achievement under his belt.
TrumpAdministration  Peace_Process  Jerusalem  unnamed_official 
7 weeks ago by elizrael
How the Trump Administration Is Remaking the Courts - The New York Times
To be sure, Ho’s was a dissenting opinion, but what so cheered members of the conservative legal movement is that it was likely the first of many, because Ho is only 45. And because there will be more and more judges like Ho on the federal bench, it’s only a matter of time before such opinions will no longer be dissents. Indeed, after just 18 months, Trump has “flipped” two circuits — the Sixth and Seventh — from what Trump’s supporters in the conservative legal movement consider “liberal” to more properly conservative. Two more — the Eighth and the 11th — are on the verge of tipping. Even circuits that are decidedly liberal are undergoing significant changes. “It’ll be really important for the Second and the Ninth Circuits to have between two and four really good, high-octane intellectual conservative jurists,” explains a person close to the judicial-nominations process, “because dissents provide a signaling function to the U.S. Supreme Court, and those are very important circuits.”
SupremeCourt  judges  NewYorkTimes  TrumpAdministration 
8 weeks ago by HispanicPundit
The Trump administration’s deregulation efforts are saving billions of dollars - The Washington Post
Since President Trump took office, farmers can more productively use their land. Small businesses can hire more workers and provide more affordable health care. Innovators are freer to pursue advances in autonomous vehicles, drones and commercial space exploration. Veterans enjoy expanded access to doctors through a telehealth program. And infrastructure can be improved more quickly with streamlined permitting requirements.
TrumpAdministration  regulations 
8 weeks ago by HispanicPundit
Kavanaugh’s appointment isn’t a step backward. It’s a head-first plunge into an ugly past - The Globe and Mail
"His is a lifetime appointment, meaning that barring impeachment, I will live under this cruel, extremist judge for the rest of my life, as I raise a daughter who will have fewer rights than my son, as I raise two white children who will have more rights than their non-white friends." Oof.
supremecourt  opinion  womensrights  racialissues  brettkavanaugh  trumpadministration  globeandmail 
9 weeks ago by UltraNurd
Bob Woodward’s new book, Fear: Trump in the White House, reviewed. - Slate, Sep 9, 2018
Woodward himself seems to suffer one of the same maladies as his sources: namely, the condition of thinking that a better version of Trump might exist out there. He rather solipsistically blames himself for saying some skeptical stuff about the FBI’s handling of the Russia case, which Trump saw and repeated. He even writes, “The episode played a big role in launching Trump’s war with the intelligence world, especially the FBI and Comey,” as if that war could have ever been averted given Trump’s contempt for democratic institutions and obvious corruption (which would inevitably get investigated). And sometimes, his quotes are just simply not believable as told or transcribed, which is a problem in most of his books on the last several presidencies. Of Afghanistan, Trump is reported to have said, “It’s a disaster there. It’s never going to be a functioning democracy.” I’d sooner believe the president sits up late at night reading Martin Luther King Jr. speeches than I would that he uses the phrase “functioning democracy” in casual conversation. I trust Woodward’s ability to decipher whether his sources are being honest more than I do Michael Wolff’s, whose dodgy book on the Trump presidency set a very low bar for works like this, but too much of Woodward’s narrative feels reliant on the firsthand accounts of a group of very untrustworthy people.

Where does all this leave John Kelly, the ultimate adult in the room who is often portrayed in the media as rubbing his temples in frustration with his toddler-like boss? Kelly enters and leaves meetings, gets angry and calms down, rants and raves, all to diminishing returns. He seems to find the president incurious and stupid and potentially dangerous, but nevertheless shares a slightly tamer version of his authoritarian instincts and disdain for immigrants. Despite supposedly exclaiming “We’re in Crazytown,” he also likes to pride himself on being “the only thing protecting the president from the press. … Everyone’s out to get us.” Like the other characters in the book, Kelly is insufficiently concerned about Trump’s contempt for democracy; unable to truly understand—regardless of his strong criticisms—how incapable of restraint Trump is; and compromised by his own sympathy for too much of the president’s agenda, which has a way of dulling any resistance to the worst aspects of it. If Trump won in part because of the bankruptcy of the Republican establishment and the withering of our institutions, it’s no surprise that the figures surrounding him are unequipped—intellectually, practically, and morally—for the current emergency.

TrumpAdministration  Trump  decision_making 
9 weeks ago by elizrael

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