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President Makes Generous Gesture to American Veterans.


Trump Offers Campaign Merchandise Discount Instead Of Honoring The Fallen On Veterans Day

https://www.politicususa.com/2018/11/12/trump-veterans-day-discount.html

Donald Trump blew off an paying respects to the WWI fallen in France. He won’t be visiting Arlington Cemetery, but he is offering veterans a 40% discount on campaign merchandise at his online store.

Sam Stein tweeted:

Trump may not be going to Arlington today. But he is at least offering up a 40%, Veterans Day discount on campaign merch! pic.twitter.com/n12Lev9Psa

— Sam Stein (@samstein) November 12, 2018

Trump refused to go to Aisne-Marne American Cemetery on Saturday because it was raining and he would have to take a car. The president wanted to take Marine One, and when he found out that he couldn’t due to rain, he refused to go, and instead stayed in his hotel room and watched television.

Donald Trump did show up to an event on Sunday, where he whined about World War II veterans being provided shelter from the rain, but he was not.

Trump won’t be going to Arlington to pay his respects, but he has shown where his real priorities are by trying to use Veterans Day to get his fans to buy more made in China Trump junk.

One of the biggest jokes of this administration is a claim that Trump cares about veterans. As of publication time for this piece, the Trump administration is still trying to privatize the VA. Veterans have been waiting for months for their GI Bill benefits, and military families continue to struggle to make ends meet every single day.

Donald Trump showed what he thinks of vets while he was in France, and a 40% discount a campaign store is no substitute for having a president who cares about people.

Confirmed: Hillary Clinton met with Russian agent during 2016 campaign

Ex-Texas Rep. Steve Stockman Gets 10 Years for Conspiracy


Ex-Texas Rep. Steve Stockman Gets 10 Years for Conspiracy
Disgraced ex-Rep. Steve Stockman sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for conspiring to bilk at least $775,000 from conservative foundations.

Nov. 7, 2018, at 2:48 p.m.

Ex-Texas Rep. Steve Stockman Gets 10 Years for Conspiracy

The Associated Press

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/texas/articles/2018-11-07/ex-texas-congressman-steve-stockman-gets-10-years-in-prison


HOUSTON (AP) — Disgraced former Texas Rep. Steve Stockman will serve 10 years in federal prison for conspiring to bilk at least $775,000 from conservative foundations that intended the donations for charities and voter education.

The former Republican congressman was also ordered to pay $1 million in restitution during his sentencing hearing Wednesday in Houston.

Stockman was convicted in April on 23 of 24 counts, including mail and wire fraud, conspiracy and money laundering.

Prosecutors say the 61-year-old misused donations from the foundations for personal and political use. Two aides who pleaded guilty in the scam have yet to be sentenced.

Stockman served in the U.S. House from 1995 until 1997, and from 2013 until 2015. He failed in his 2014 bid for the U.S. Senate.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Pentagon balked at U.S. border troops building detention facilities officials

Pentagon balked at U.S. border troops building detention facilities – officials
November 5, 2018 Huffington News Huffington News

Exclusive: Pentagon balked at U.S. border troops building detention facilities – officials

https://huffington-global.com/exclusive-pentagon-balked-at-u-s-border-troops-building-detention-facilities-officials/

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration discussed using the U.S. military to build facilities to house detained migrants as part of its new mission on the Mexican border but the idea was dropped after the Pentagon expressed doubts about it, U.S. officials said.





The disclosure by U.S. officials, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, illustrates the tension within the administration over using military resources to fortify the border against illegal immigration, a top election issue for President Donald Trump’s base.






By voicing its opposition, the Pentagon helped ensure that its mission was tailored to only providing support to U.S. government personnel on the border, U.S. officials said.

After initial discussions about the issue, there was no mention of troops building migrant housing facilities when the DHS later made a formal request to the Pentagon for help on the border, the officials said.






“We’re going to have tents. They’re going to be very nice. They’re going to wait and if they don’t get asylum, they get out,” Trump told Fox News.

General Terrence O’Shaughnessy, the head of U.S. Northern Command, which is overseeing the deployment, told reporters last week that there were no plans at the moment for the U.S. military to build lodging for migrants.





As of Monday, U.S. officials told Reuters that about 4,800 troops participating in the mission “Operation Faithful Patriot” are near the border. It was unclear how many had taken up missions on the border, which will include support tasks like building housing for Customs and Border Protection personnel and erecting barriers.





Reporting by Phil Stewart; additional reporting by Idrees Ali; Editing by Mary Milliken and Alistair Bell
Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

Source: Reuters World News

NBC and Fox finally stop running Trump's racist ad after it was viewed by millions

NBC and Fox finally stop running Trump's racist ad after it was viewed by millions

By Brian Stelter and Oliver Darcy, CNN Business

Updated 3:06 PM ET, Mon November 5, 2018
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https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/05/media/nbc-trump-immigration-ad/index.html

Trump's racially charged ad makes false claims

(CNN)NBC and Fox News said in separate statements on Monday that their networks will no longer air the Trump campaign's racist anti-immigrant advertisement.
NBC was first to announce the change, doing so after a backlash over its decision to show the 30-second spot during "Sunday Night Football," one of the highest-rated programs on television.
"After further review," NBC said, "we recognize the insensitive nature of the ad and have decided to cease airing it across our properties as soon as possible." Fox soon followed suit.

"Upon further review, Fox News pulled the ad yesterday and it will not appear on either Fox News Channel or Fox Business Network," ad sales president Marianne Gambelli told CNN in a statement.
The ad ran about a dozen times on Fox News and Fox Business, combined, before being pulled.
Facebook also came under scrutiny for letting the Trump campaign run the ad on its platform. On Monday afternoon the company said "this ad violates Facebook's advertising policy against sensational content so we are rejecting it. While the video is allowed to be posted on Facebook, it cannot receive paid distribution."
The ad was released by the Trump campaign late last week. It vilified the thousands of migrants walking toward the US southern border, wrongly portraying them as invaders and criminals. It seemed designed to stoke fear ahead of the midterm elections and increase Republican turnout.

CNN determined that the ad was racist and declined to sell airtime for it. But other networks agreed to sell the time.

Many viewers were stunned when it aired during "Sunday Night Football," which raked in 21 million viewers this week.



"The NFL has no approval rights regarding campaign ads," the spokesman said. "That falls to the network that is selling the advertising and airing the game."

Along with the NBC broadcast network, NBCUniversal allowed the ad to air multiple times on MSNBC before Monday's decision was made.

An NBC source said the ad was cleared by the broadcast network's standards and practices team. "We regret the decision that the ad ran at all," the source said, "and it will not air on any NBCUniversal property, locally or nationally."

Fox News did not explain why it pulled the ad. The 30-second spot was not only racist, it also contained factual inaccuracies, and it is not uncommon for networks to reject advertisements on such grounds.

Fox's decision was particularly surprising given the network's close proximity and friendly relationship with the White House.




When asked about the offensive nature of the ad, Trump said, "Well, a lot of things are offensive. Your questions are offensive a lot of the times."
People familiar with the matter told CNN that the advertisement was not submitted to either CBS or ABC, so those networks didn't have to decide whether to sell the airtime or not.
CNN had to make the decision on Friday when the ad was submitted there.

The next day, Donald Trump Jr. complained on Twitter that CNN "refused to run" the advertisement.
A CNN spokesperson responded in a tweet, saying, "CNN has made it abundantly clear in its editorial coverage that this ad is racist. When presented with an opportunity to be paid to take a version of this ad, we declined. Those are the facts."

Armed Militia Groups Head To The Border, Sparking Military Concerns


Armed Militia Groups Head To The Border, Sparking Military Concerns

Hundreds of armed civilians are already encamped along the border, drawn by President Donald Trump’s hyperbole about a migrant caravan “invasion.”

By Mary Papenfuss

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/american-militias-head-to-the-border-sparking-military-concerns_us_5bdfae33e4b04367a87ddc1f

Armed bands of civilian militia members are traveling to the southern U.S. border, where President Donald Trump has ordered thousands of active-duty troops to rebuff the approaching migrant caravan.

About “200 unregulated armed militia members currently operating along the southwest border,“ says a planning document for Army commanders leading the 5,200 troops Trump has deployed at the border, according to Newsweek. The groups “operate under the guise of citizen patrols supporting” border officials, the document says, pointing out “reported incidents of unregulated militias stealing National Guard equipment during deployments.”






One militia group, the Texas Minutemen, has 100 volunteers heading to the Rio Grande to block migrants now traveling through Mexico, leader Shannon McGauley told The Washington Post. The untrained volunteers plan to dig in along border spots with camouflage clothing, flak jackets, semiautomatic weapons, night-vision goggles and aerial drones with thermal sensing equipment to locate people in darkness, McGauley said. They’ll also come with camping gear and food supplies.

Militia leaders echo Trump’s pre-election, anti-migrant hyperbole that the migrants are “invaders” and that the borders must be protected. Photos and videos of the caravan show large numbers of mothers and children.

“We believe our nation is under attack by foreigners who refuse to accept the rule of law on how to become a citizen in the United States,” Howie Morgan, the political action director of the Minuteman Project militia, told Newsweek. He said he hoped to see “thousands” of civilians join troops to defend the border.

The Minuteman Project — in conjunction with the Texas Minutemen — issued an “urgent” call to action last week on its website urging members to set up camp along the border for 90 days.






The Patriots of the Constitution militia put out a call last month for a “full deployment” to make a “stand to secure our border from a mob of migrating immigrants,” the Albuquerque Journal reported.

Trump said last week that rocks thrown by immigrants should be considered a firearm, and that the military would fight back. He later said he was suggesting that rock-throwing immigrants would be arrested — not shot.

The Nigerian army posted a video of Trump equating rocks with rifles on its Twitter account as an apparent defense of troops shooting some 45 protesters a week ago.

The Head of the Class:

Leaked Documents Show Skepticism of Pentegon to Trump's Hysteria



https://www.newsweek.com/migrant-caravan-terrorists-military-armed-1194456


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In another document marked "UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY//LAW ENFORCEMENT SENSITIVE," U.S. Army North maps out potential paths the caravan could take and potential flashpoints at five border crossings in Texas at Brownsville and McAllen, in Arizona's Nogales and in San Ysidro, near San Diego, California.

"Four large migrant caravans, originating from Honduras and consisting of approximately 7,000 people, are transiting through Mexico in an effort to enter the US. Based on historic trends, it is assessed that only a small percentage of the migrants will likely reach the border," the document reads above a map detailing two potential courses of action.

In the scenario marked "MLCOA" (most likely course of action), the "Caravan dwindles as it nears US; limited TCO exploitation and no terrorist infiltration; balloon effect on smuggling," while in the MDCOA (most dangerous course of action), the "Caravan grows markedly; terrorists or FISS exploit; TCOs upset by DoD efforts."

The closest caravan—which originated in Honduras and was last estimated to contain up to 3,500 migrants—remains more than 900 miles away from the closest U.S. border at McAllen. President Donald Trump has warned that “many gang members” and “unknown Middle Easterners” were among those traveling with it, though neither he nor any of his officials have provided evidence for these claims.

As Newsweek previously reported, the Pentagon’s announced deployment of 5,200 troops to the southern border with Mexico could in actuality be as high as 7,000—including up to 2,000 National Guards already stationed in the region. Meanwhile, a Defense Department official told Newsweek on Monday that an additional 7,000 in reserves would be placed on “24-hour standby,” creating a combined force of up to 14,000 prepared to respond to what Trump has designated a “national emergency.”

Many have fled the so-called “Northern Triangle” of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras because of high homicide rates and deteriorating socioeconomic conditions, which have helped drug cartels thrive. The countries were directly involved in U.S. military-backed efforts in the 1980s to eradicate socialist and communist movements across Central America, resulting in bloody civil wars that ravaged the region. Honduras—which served as a base for U.S.-sponsored actions against left-wing forces in neighboring El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua—underwent a 2009 military coup that went unrecognized by Washington.

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Tips for stopping domestic terroism

Cross border invaders.

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