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Trump farm bailout is already twice the size of the Obama auto industry bailout

“Trump’s $28 Billion Bet That Rural America Will Stick With Him”
“China hawks in Trump’s administration want Beijing to quit subsidizing strategic industries, yet that hasn’t deterred the White House from doling out billions in aid to American farmers, who have become more dependent on government money than they’ve been in years. At $28 billion so far, the farm rescue is more than twice as expensive as the 2009 bailout of Detroit’s Big Three automakers, which cost taxpayers $12 billion. And farmers expect the money to keep flowing: In an August survey by Purdue University and the CME Group, 58% said they anticipate another round of trade aid next year.”

Fox News Poll Presidential Preference

Fox News Poll conducted by Beacon Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R). Sept. 15-17, 2019. N=1,008 registered voters nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.

"If the 2020 presidential election were held today, how would you vote if the candidates were Democrat Joe Biden and Republican Donald Trump?" If unsure: "Well, which way do you lean?" Options rotated
Donald Trump (R): 38%
Joe Biden (D): 52%
Other: 5%
Wouldn't vote: 3%
Unsure: 2%

WOW! Muslims might lead the opposition in the Israeli Parliament

With 91% of the vote counted Bruno Gantz’s Blue and White Party has 32 seats, Netanyahu’s Likud Party has 31 seats, the Joint List of Muslim parties has 13 seats, Yisrael Beiteinu (party leader used to be Netanyahu’s best friend, now they are enemies) has 9 seats, Shas (ultra-orthodox) has 9 seats, United Torah Judaism (ultra-Orthodox) has 8 seats, Yamina (alt.right) has 7 seats, Labor (Social-Democrat) has 6 seats, and Democratic Union (center-left) has 5 seats.
At this point neither Netanyahu or Gantz can get to 61 seats in coalition with other parties to form a government.

Trump zooms up to 51% job approval

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 51% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Forty-eight percent (48%) disapprove.

The latest figures include 36% who Strongly Approve of the job Trump is doing and 37% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -1.

Another Republican Congressman is retiring

Representative Paul Cook (R-CA) will run for county supervisor position in San Bernadino County, California. His suburban-ex-urban district east of Los Angeles is a safe Republican district that President Trump won by 15 points.

“GOP struggles with retirement wave”

A total of 18 House Republicans have left or are leaving Congress this election cycle, compared with just four Democrats. That GOP list includes five seats in Texas, which Democrats view as increasingly competitive. But (House Republican leader Kevin) McCarthy has said that only one of those seats — the one held by Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton carried in 2016 — will be especially difficult for Republicans to hold.

Republican lawmaker arrested on child porn charges

“Pennsylvania lawmaker facing child porn possession charges”

A Pennsylvania state lawmaker is facing child pornography possession charges after authorities say a social media website told them the user had uploaded an image using their service.

The state attorney general's office said Sen. Mike Folmer was arrested and charged Tuesday night. Investigators allegedly found images of child pornography on Folmer's cell phone when they executed a search warrant at his house in Lebanon County.

The investigation began as a result of a CyberTip reporting that an electronic service provider, Tumblr, discovered that a user had uploaded an image of child pornography using their application.

A message left at Folmer's listed home telephone number wasn't immediately returned and it wasn't immediately clear if he has a lawyer.

The 63-year-old Republican was elected to a fourth term in November. Long considered one of the chamber's most conservative members, Folmer was crucial to helping swing Republican votes behind a bill to legalize medical marijuana in 2016.

Rasmussen Reports Trump Job Approval

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 49% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty percent (50%) disapprove.

The latest figures include 35% who Strongly Approve of the job Trump is doing and 40% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -5.

A slow down of building the border wall: cost

“Pentagon puts brakes on 3 border barrier projects because of cost”

The Defense Department is no longer moving forward with three border barrier projects in California and Arizona, according to a court filing Monday.

The move is a reversal of an earlier Pentagon authorization for about 20 miles of fencing, lighting and other border infrastructure that would have used $2.5 billion in funds redirected from a counter-drug fund. That authorization, announced Aug. 27, was based on what was then determined to be "lower-than-expected contract costs." But the Defense Department revealed in the Monday filing that the department would not be able to cover the costs of the project.

The Defense Department initially authorized the funding after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers determined that it would likely be able to afford the projects using the counter-drug funds, but the Army Corps said it would not know the full financial situation until later in the fiscal year.

The Army Corps ultimately advised the department that the funds would not cover the project, prompting its withdrawal on Sept. 13, according to a document attached to the court filing.

The Supreme Court temporarily gave the green light in July for the administration to use $2.5 billion in Pentagon funds to replace already extant border infrastructure in California, Arizona and New Mexico, overturning blocks imposed by lower courts. But the ruling is not a final approval on the move, and the organizations and states challenging the budget shuffle continue their efforts in the courts.

Trump Favorability Rating

ABC News/Washington Post Poll. Sept. 2-5, 2019. N=1,003 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.5.
"Overall, do you have a favorable or unfavorable impression of Donald Trump?"
Favorable: 40%
Unfavorable: 57%
No Opinion: 3%

A message from NOAAs second in command

Looks like he needed to get something off his chest.
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
A Message from Craig McLean: Hurricane Dorian and Exceptional Service

Dear Colleagues,

The fierce storm we know as Hurricane Dorian has concluded its ferocious path through the Bahamas and along the U.S. East Coast. Many of you have contributed to the excellent science that has underpinned the forecasts and current understanding of storms such as this one, which accelerated quite rapidly in intensity. The storm also presented challenges in track which improved with enhanced observations. We know that our collective work, from the scientists in the aircraft penetrating the storm, to the scientists deploying the glider picket line, to the modelers and folks working the physics of the storms, across OAR and in our CI'S, and across all NOAA Lines, we are working the problem in order to give the NWS forecasters the best tools we possibly can to keep America and our neighbors safe. Thank you.

During the course of the storm, as I am sure you are aware, there were routine and exceptional expert forecasts, the best possible, issued by the NWS Forecasters. These are remarkable colleagues of ours, who receive our products, use them well, and provide the benefit of their own experience in announcing accurate forecasts accompanied by the distinction of all credible scientists—they sign their work. As I'm sure you also know, there was a complex issue involving the President commenting on the path of the hurricane. The NWS Forecaster(s) corrected any public misunderstanding in an expert and timely way, as they should. There followed, last Friday, an unsigned press release from "NOAA" that inappropriately and incorrectly contradicted the NWS forecaster. My understanding is that this intervention to contradict the forecaster was not based on science but on external factors including reputation and appearance, or simply put, political. Our NOAA Scientific Integrity Policy and Code of Scientific Conduct make clear that all NOAA employees shall approach all scientific activities with honesty, objectively, and completely, without allegiance to individuals, organizations, or ideology. The content of this press release is very concerning as it compromises the ability of NOAA to convey life-saving information necessary to avoid substantial and specific danger to public health and safety. If the public cannot trust our information, or we debase our forecaster's warnings and products, that specific danger arises.

You know that the value of our science is in the complexity of our understanding, our ability to convey that understanding to a wide audience of users of this information, and to establish and sustain the public trust in the truth and legitimacy of that information. Unfortunately, the press release of last Friday violated this trust and violated NOAA's policies of scientific integrity. In my role as Assistant Administrator for Research, and as I continue to administratively serve as Acting Chief Scientist, I am pursuing the potential violations of our NOAA Administrative Order on Scientific Integrity. Thankfully, we have such policies that are independently cited as among the best in the federal community, if not the best. Your NOAA and OAR management and leadership team believes in these policies and principles. I have a responsibility to pursue these truths. I will.

Thank you for your continued excellent work, and your trust. Carry on.

Craig McLean, NOAA Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Assistant AdministratorCraig N. McLean
Assistant Administrator
Oceanic and Atmospheric Research
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
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