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Post by annemarie on Sun 09 Dec 2018, 16:53

Didn't the White House say there would be no counter? We all knew that was a lie they get paid well to lie for a living .

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Post by annemarie on Tue 11 Dec 2018, 10:51

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6479843/Justices-wont-hear-states-appeal-Planned-Parenthood.html

[size=34]Trump's Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh kills off bid by Republican states to strip Planned Parenthood of Medicaid cash by REFUSING to side with other conservative judges[/size]


  • Brett Kavanaugh made his first vote in a case related to abortion Monday by moving against an appeal over Medicaid funding of Planned Parenthood 

  • Louisiana and Kentucky had been stopped from defunding the group's non-abortion services by an appeals court and wanted the Supreme Court to rule 

  • Three conservative justices voted to hear the case with  ClarenceThomas saying that other justices were being scared of by politics

  • States had tried to stop all Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood over allegations it sold body parts of aborted fetuses


By ASSOCIATED PRESS and REUTERS
PUBLISHED: 09:52 EST, 10 December 2018 | UPDATED: 16:07 EST, 10 December 2018

     


The Supreme Court on Monday avoided a high-profile case by rejecting appeals from Kansas and Louisiana in their effort to strip Medicaid money from Planned Parenthood, over the dissenting votes of three justices.
The court's order reflected a split among its conservative justices and an accusation from Justice Clarence Thomas that his colleagues seemed to be ducking the case for political reasons. 
New Justice Brett Kavanaugh was among the justices who opted not to hear the case.
The case was one of a number of disputes working their way up to the Supreme Court over the legality of state-imposed restrictions involving abortion. 

The two states were appealing lower court rulings that had blocked them from withholding money that is used for health services for low-income women. The money is not used for abortions. 
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Key vote: Brett Kavanaugh (top right) declined to join three other conservative justices - Clarence Thomas (front, second from left), Samuel Alito (front, right) and Neil Gorsuch (top left)  in voting to hear a case about defunding Planned Parenthood of Medicaid cash
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Different sides: Brett Kavanaugh did no vote with the conservative justices, led by Clarence Thomas, to hear the case on whether states can stop giving Medicaid to Planned Parenthood for non-abortion services
Abortion opponents have said Planned Parenthood should not receive any government money because of heavily edited videos that claimed to show the nation's largest abortion provider profiting from sales of fetal tissue for medical research.
Investigations sparked by the videos in several states didn't result in criminal charges.
The dispute at the high court has nothing to do with abortion, as Thomas pointed out in a dissent that was joined by Justices Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch. 
Kavanaugh's decision not to join the three justices was his first discernible vote on the court. 
Had he or Chief Justice John Roberts voted to hear the case, there would have been the four votes necessary to set the case for arguments.
'So what explains the court's refusal to do its job here?' Thomas wrote.
'I suspect it has something to do with the fact that some respondents in these cases are named "Planned Parenthood."
'That makes the Court's decision particularly troubling, as the question presented has nothing to do with abortion.'  
The issue is who has the right to challenge a state's Medicaid funding decisions, private individuals or only the federal government. 
Louisiana and Kansas announced Republican-backed plans to terminate funding for Planned Parenthood through Medicaid after an anti-abortion group released videos in 2015 purporting to show Planned Parenthood executives negotiating the for-profit sale of fetal tissue and body parts. 
Planned Parenthood denied the allegations and called the videos heavily edited and misleading.
The organization's affiliates in each state, as well as several patients, sued in federal court to maintain the funding.
The New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 2016 blocked Louisiana's Medicaid cuts, saying the action would harm patients. The 5th Circuit said no one disputed that Planned Parenthood was actually qualified to provide the medical services it offers and the state was seeking to cut funding 'for reasons unrelated to its qualifications.'
In February, the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Kansas could not block funding because states 'may not terminate providers from their Medicaid program for any reason they see fit.' 

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Many social and religious conservatives in the United States have argued against government funding of Planned Parenthood, and Republican politicians have made efforts at the state and federal level to eliminate public funding for abortion services.
Leana Wen, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, praised the court's action, saying in a statement: 'Every person has a fundamental right to healthcare, no matter who they are, where they live or how much they earn.'
Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer, a Republican, said in a statement: 'We regret today's decision from the U.S. Supreme Court announcing that it fell one vote short of taking our case against Planned Parenthood.' 
Catherine Glenn Foster, president and CEO of the anti-abortion Americans United for Life, said the court should have heard the case. 
'But the good news is that there are other similar cases pending in lower courts, which may give the Supreme Court another opportunity to decide this important issue. In the meantime, AUL will continue to fight to protect states from being forced to use their limited public funds to subsidize abortion businesses,' Foster said. 

Legal battles over other laws from Republican-led states could reach the court in the next year or two. 
Some seek to ban abortions in early pregnancy, including Iowa's prohibition after a fetal heartbeat is detected. 
Others impose difficult-to-meet regulations on abortion providers such as having formal ties, called admitting privileges, at a local hospital.
The cases from Kansas and Louisiana did not challenge the constitutionality of abortion itself

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Post by annemarie on Tue 11 Dec 2018, 11:04

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6482131/Alabama-girl-9-committed-suicide-classmates-taunted-having-white-friend-family-says.html

[size=34]'You think you're white because you ride with that white boy': Bullied black Alabama girl, 9, commits suicide after classmates taunted her for having a white friend and told her to 'kill yourself'[/size]


  • McKenzie Adams was found dead in her Linden, Alabama, home by her grandmother 

  • Jasmine Adams, McKenzie's mother, says classmates would bully her about taking rides to school with her white friend's family

  • They would call her 'black b**ch' and tell her to 'just die' for her friendship


By MICHAEL NAM FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 01:12 EST, 11 December 2018 | UPDATED: 02:09 EST, 11 December 2018

     



A nine-year-old girl has committed suicide after being bullied by her fourth-grade classmates.
McKenzie Adams was found by her grandmother in her Linden, Alabama, home after she hanged herself, the Tuscaloosa News reported. Family members say she had been harassed since the beginning of the school year.
Family members say McKenzie had transferred to U.S. Jones Elementary School in Demopolis, Alabama, because she had been bullied at her school in Linden.
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Jasmine Adams, left, with her daughter McKenzie Adams, who killed herself after relentless bullying from schoolmates
McKenzie's mother, Jasmine Adams, told CBS 42  that much of the bullying came from her friendship with a white boy and how his family would drive her to school.   

'She told me that this one particular child was writing her nasty notes in class,' McKenzie's mother said. 'It was just things you wouldn't think a nine-year-old should know.'


'Part of it could have been because she rode to school with a white family,' she continued. 'And a lot of it was race, some of the student bullies would say to her 'why you riding with white people you're black, you're ugly. You should just die'. ' 
McKenzie's aunt, Eddwina Harris, also told the Tuscaloosa News about the racially-motivated taunting.

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McKenzie's aunt described her as a girl who loved the beach, the zoo and wanted to be a scientist some day
'She was being bullied the entire school year, with words such as 'kill yourself,' 'you think you're white because you ride with that white boy,' 'you ugly,' 'black b-tch,' 'just die',' she echoed.
The grieving family felt the school system failed her daughter.
'I just felt that our trust was in them that they would do the right thing,' Adams told CBS 42, 'And it feels like to me it wasn't it wasn't done'. 
'We are working fully with the Demopolis and Linden police department. They are doing a joint investigation of these allegations,' said schools attorney, Alex Braswell in a statement. 
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McKenzie Adams was targeted because of a friendship with a white boy she would ride with to school
'We are cooperating fully and I can't comment on any of the aspects of the investigation until they conclude it.'
Harris described her niece as a girl who loved the beach, the zoo and wanted to be a scientist some day. She intends to use her platform as a a media personality in Atlanta to speak out for other bullied children.
'God has blessed me to help others with my platform, and now it's time to help. There are so many voiceless kids,' Eddwina Harris said to the News. 'God is opening great doors for justice for my niece.' 
Funeral services are to be held on Saturday at McKenzie's school, U.S. Jones elementary in Demopolis.


  • For confidential help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or click here
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Post by annemarie on Tue 11 Dec 2018, 11:07

This story broke my heart. Racism and jealousy are evil . Every race needs to stop teaching hate this is a tragedy that
should never ever happen again.

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Post by LizzyNY on Tue 11 Dec 2018, 13:26

Another beautiful soul lost. What on earth are we teaching our children that they think this is ok? Heartbreaking.
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Post by Donnamarie on Thu 13 Dec 2018, 04:11

What a horrible story.  I’m sad and disgusted.  This is an American tragedy.  How much pain this little girl must have felt to have killed herself at just nine years old!
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Post by carolhathaway on Thu 13 Dec 2018, 06:19

Simply shocking! And also horrible for her family...
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Post by carolhathaway on Thu 13 Dec 2018, 06:26

What else happened during the last days?

1. Michael Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison.
2. Theresa May didn't lose her job (I wonder who would have replaced her).
3. A terror attacked in Strasbourg haopened. A French man with Algerian roots shouted 'Allahu akbar' and then shot three people and injured several others near the wonderful christmas market. He was injured by the police but isn't caught up to now. The next German town is just across the Rhine, so he might have escaped to Germany as well.

It's not getting bored...
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Post by LizzyNY on Thu 13 Dec 2018, 14:21

carolhathaway wrote:What else happened during the last day?

It's not getting bored...
I wish it would! I wish, just for one day, it would get boring. No killing, no politics, no people doing ugly things to each other. Just one day of peace and respect. I guess it's too much to hope for, but that's what I wish.
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Post by annemarie on Thu 13 Dec 2018, 14:41

Lizzy, I join you in that wish.

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Post by carolhathaway on Thu 13 Dec 2018, 20:12

Imagine we watch the news on tv, and the anchorman says: "Well, today nothing bad happened. Instead, we report about great things people did and amazing things that happened to others!"

That's heaven, I guess...
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Post by annemarie on Sat 15 Dec 2018, 17:05

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6498335/U-S-federal-judge-rules-Obamacare-unconstitutional.html

[size=34]Federal judge rules Obamacare is unconstitutional - and President Trump calls it 'great news for America'[/size]


  • Judge Reed O'Connor in Fort Worth ruled Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional

  • Ruled that a change in tax law last year eliminating a penalty for not having health insurance invalidated the entire law

  • Last year Trump signed a $1.5 trillion tax bill that included a provision eliminating the individual mandate 

  • Trump celebrated the 55-page ruling in two Tweets sent shortly after 9 pm 

  • Obamacare will remain in place pending its expected appeal to Supreme Court 


By DAILYMAIL.COM REPORTER and REUTERS
PUBLISHED: 21:35 EST, 14 December 2018 | UPDATED: 00:28 EST, 15 December 2018


         
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A U.S. federal judge in Texas ruled on Friday that the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, is unconstitutional, a decision that was likely to be appealed to the Supreme Court.
U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor in Fort Worth agreed with a coalition of 20 states that a change in tax law last year eliminating a penalty for not having health insurance invalidated the entire Obamacare law.
President Trump responded to the ruling on Twitter with glee. 
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A federal judge in Texas ruled on Friday that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional, a decision that was likely to be appealed to the Supreme Court. Trump was overjoyed
He first tweeted shortly after 9 pm, 'As I predicted all along, Obamacare has been struck down as an UNCONSTITUTIONAL disaster! Now Congress must pass a STRONG law that provides GREAT healthcare and protects pre-existing conditions. Mitch and Nancy, get it done!'

He followed that up eight minutes later with a second Tweet.
'Wow, but not surprisingly, ObamaCare was just ruled UNCONSTITUTIONAL by a highly respected judge in Texas. Great news for America!' 
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Trump issued two celebratory tweets shortly after the ruling



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O'Connor's decision was issued the day before the end of a 45-day sign-up period for 2019 health coverage under the law.
'The Individual Mandate can no longer be fairly read as an exercise of Congress's Tax Power and is still impermissible under the Interstate Commerce Clause — meaning the Individual Mandate is unconstitutional,' the judge wrote. 'The Individual Mandate is essential to and inseverable from the remainder of the ACA.'
'Without [the individual mandate], Congress and the Supreme Court have stated, the architectural design fails,' according to O'Connor. 'It is like watching a slow game of Jenga, each party poking at a different provision to see if the ACA falls.'
A year ago, Trump signed a $1.5 trillion tax bill that included a provision eliminating the individual mandate. 
In the 55-page opinion, O'Connor ruled Friday that last year's tax cut bill knocked the constitutional foundation from under 'Obamacare' by eliminating a penalty for not having coverage. 
About 11.8 million consumers nationwide enrolled in 2018 Obamacare exchange plans, according to the U.S. government's Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
The coalition of states challenging the law was led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel, both Republicans.
Republicans have opposed the 2010 law, the signature domestic policy achievement of President Donald Trump's Democratic predecessor Barack Obama, since its inception and have repeatedly tried and failed to repeal it.
The White House hailed Friday's ruling, but said the law would remain in place pending its expected appeal to the Supreme Court.
'Once again, the president calls on Congress to replace Obamacare and act to protect people with preexisting conditions and provide Americans with quality affordable healthcare,' White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement.
In June, the Justice Department declared the healthcare law's 'individual mandate' unconstitutional in federal court. 
The decision was a break with a long-standing executive branch practice of defending existing statutes in court.

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 U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor, is no stranger to the conservative resistance to Obama administration policies.
O'Connor, 53, is a former state and federal prosecutor who was nominated to the federal bench in 2007 by President George W. Bush. He has been active in the Federalist Society, which describes itself as 'a group of conservatives and libertarians interested in the current state of the legal order.'
In 2014, the Fort Worth, Texas-based judge upheld the constitutionality of an Arlington, Texas, ordinance that bars people from handing out printed material at busy intersections and roads. The lawsuit had been brought by a gun-rights group called Open Carry Tarrant County. Although he upheld the ordinance, O'Connor ordered the city to pay the group's coordinator $42,251 in damages.
That same year, he sentenced a man to more than 15 years in federal prison for kidnapping and severely beating a gay man he met through an online service, concluding the assailant kidnapped the man because of his sexual orientation.
In 2016, though, he blocked a federal directive that required public schools to let transgender students use bathrooms consistent with their gender identity. He ruled that Title IX, which the Obama administration cited in support of the directive, 'is not ambiguous' about sex being defined as 'the biological and anatomical differences between male and female students as determined at their birth.'
Also in 2016, he struck down new U.S. Health and Human Services regulations that advised that certain forms of transgender discrimination by doctors, hospitals and insurers violated the Affordable Care Act. He declared that the rules placed 'substantial pressure on Plaintiffs to perform and cover (gender) transition and abortion procedures.' A coalition of religious medical organizations said the rules could force doctors to help with gender transition contrary to their religious beliefs or medical judgment.

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Post by annemarie on Sun 16 Dec 2018, 21:13

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6501639/Stephen-Miller-says-government-shut-wall-not-funded-Trump-tweets-new-threat.html

[size=34]'If it comes to it, absolutely': White House adviser Stephen Miller says they WILL shut down government if border wall not funded as Trump tweets new threat to separate migrant children from their parents[/size]


  • White House senior adviser Stephen Miller said the administration will shut down the government if President Trump doesn't get his border wall funded 

  • 'We're going to do whatever is necessary to build the border wall to stop this ongoing crisis of illegal immigration,' Miller said on CBS 

  • Trump took to Twitter to defend his actions on immigration policy and to advocate for tougher measures

  • Friday is the deadline to fund the goverment 


By EMILY GOODIN, U.S. POLITICAL REPORTER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 13:00 EST, 16 December 2018 | UPDATED: 13:49 EST, 16 December 2018

     


White House senior adviser Stephen Miller on Sunday said 'if it comes to it' the administration would 'absolutely' shut down the government to fund a border wall as President Donald Trump defended his immigration policy on twitter.  
'We're going to do whatever is necessary to build the border wall to stop this ongoing crisis of illegal immigration,' Miller said on CBS' 'Face the Nation.'
Asked if that meant a shut down when the government runs out of funding on Friday, he replied: 'If it comes to it, absolutely.'
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White House senior adviser Stephen Miller on Sunday said 'if it comes to it' the administration would 'absolutely' shut down the government to fund a border
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President Trump took to Twitter to defend his actions on immigration policy and to advocate for tougher measures
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Trump is trying to get $5 billion to fund his wall before Democrats take control of the House
As Miller talked tough on TV, Trump took to Twitter to defend his actions on immigration policy and to advocate for tougher measures.

'The Democrats policy of Child Seperation on the Border during the Obama Administration was far worse than the way we handle it now. Remember the 2014 picture of children in cages - the Obama years. However, if you don't separate, FAR more people will come. Smugglers use the kids!,' he wrote.
Trump was heavily criticized for his policy of separating migrant kids from their parents.
During that time, photos went viral of kids behind bars, but they were later revealed to be from 2014, when President Barack Obama was in office. 
The Obama administration did not enforce the separation policy the way the Trump administration has done.
Trump walked back his policy after first lady Melania Trump, his daughter Ivanka Trump and members of his own party said they disagreed with it. 
Sunday's tweet seemed to suggest he was considering reinforcement. 
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said Trump doesn't have the votes for the wall. 
'President Trump should understand. There are not the votes for the wall. In the House or the Senate, he is not going to get the wall in any form,' he said on NBC's 'Meet the Press.'


'However, if you don't separate, FAR more people will come. Smugglers use the kids!,' he wrote. 
Miller said a border wall was necessary for U.S. security. 
'This is a very fundamental issue. At stake is the question of whether or not the United States remains a sovereign country. Whether or not we can establish and enforce rules for entrance into our country. The Democrat Party has a simple choice, they can either choose to fight for America's working class or to promote illegal immigration. You can't do both,' he said.  
The White House and Capitol Hill are in a lock down over funding for the wall, which is estimated to cost $5 billion.
Democrats are willing to cough up $1.3 billion and want additional protections for immigrants like the Dreamers, illegals who were brought to the country by their parents as children.
Friday is the deadline to fund the government. 
Without a new spending bill, about 25 percent of the $1.2 trillion federal budget - including funds for the Department of Homeland Security - will expire after Dec. 21.  
Trump was said on Friday to be shopping a two-week delay in hostilities after declaring on Tuesday that he would 'absolutely' preside over a shutdown until Congress approves $5 billion for his border wall. 
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Aerial view of migrants who form part of the Central American migrant caravan, turning themselves over to a border patrol agent after crossing the US-Mexico border fence
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One of the photos from 2014 that went viral during Trump's separation of kids and families
That would push the fight that could furlough federal workers over the Christmas holiday into early next year. Trump will have lost much of his leverage by then, as Democrats take the majority in the House, but as he made clear in a Thursday tweet he now sees the value of avoiding an expensive and potentially toxic government closure.
'Let's not do a shutdown, Democrats – do what's right for the American people!' Trump had tweeted.
But this could be the president's last chance to fully fund his wall. Democrats take control of the House of Representatives on Jan. 3 and they are not likely to give Trump the money he needs to make his wall a reality. 
Trump, in an extraordinary Oval Office shouting match with Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi last week, said he would shut down the government if he didn't get his funding - and take responsibility for it.  
 'I will shut down the government. Absolutely,' he said.
For twenty minutes, Pelosi and Schumer sparred with Trump on camera, emphasizing their long-stated position that he cannot have his border wall funding. 
Furious, the president said that he would shut down the government if they don't give it to him.
'You want to put that on [me], I'll take it,' he rebutted as Schumer told him that the last government closure was his fault, too. 'You know what I'll say: Yes, if we don't get what we want, one way or the other -- whether it's through you, through a military, through anything you want to call -- I will shut down the government. Absolutely.' 
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Trump engaged in an extraordinary Oval Office shouting match with Nancy Pelosi as Vice President Mike Pence looked on
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Trump told Chuck Schumer he would take responsibility for a government shut down
Schumer was willing to let the argument rest there, but Trump dug in, saying repeatedly that he'd shut the government down and happily take the blame.
'I am proud to shut down the government for border security, Chuck, because the people of this country don't want criminals and people that have lots of problems and drugs pouring into our country. So I will take the mantle,' he said. 'I will be the one to shut it down. I'm not going to blame you for it. The last time you shut it down, it didn't work. I will take the mantle of shutting down.'

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Post by party animal - not! on Sun 16 Dec 2018, 21:35

.........I keep wondering if this guy and his agenda is the one Trump listens to..........

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Post by ladybugcngc on Mon 17 Dec 2018, 05:20

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Israel signalled its displeasure on Sunday with Australia’s recognition of West Jerusalem as its capital.
The country’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu remained silent on Canberra’s move at the weekly Israeli cabinet meeting, which he often uses to hold forth in public on diplomatic developments, but a minister close to him said it was a mistake to contradict the notion of Israeli control over the whole city.
Israel captured Arab East Jerusalem in the six-day war in 1967 and, in a move not recognised internationally, claimed the city as its capital. The Palestinians want East Jerusalem as capital of the state they hope to found in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

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The US president, Donald Trump, outraged Palestinians last year by recognising Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, a designation that did not acknowledge their claim on the east of the city though it left open the question of its final borders.
The Australian prime minister, Scott Morrison, said on Saturday that Canberra formally recognised West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, but also reaffirmed his country’s support for a Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem under a two-state peace deal.
Israel’s foreign ministry responded with a tepid statement that called the Australian move “a step in the right direction”. Netanyahu said on Sunday said he had nothing to add to the statement.
Tzachi Hanegbi, Israel’s minister for regional cooperation and a Netanyahu confidant in the rightwing Likud party, was more openly critical. “To our regret, within this positive news they made a mistake,” he told reporters outside the cabinet room.

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He referred to Canberra as a “deep and intimate friend of many years’ standing”, but added: “There is no division between the east of the city and west of the city. Jerusalem is one whole, united. Israel’s control over it is eternal. Our sovereignty will not be partitioned nor undermined. And we hope Australia will soon find the way to fix the mistake it made.”
Morrison’s move first surfaced in October, when it was viewed cynically in Australia because it came days before a crucial byelection in an electorate with a strong Jewish representation. His party lost the poll.
The Palestinian chief negotiator, Saeb Erekat, said Saturday’s move was born of “petty domestic politics” in Australia. “All of Jerusalem remains a final-status issue for negotiations, while East Jerusalem, under internatio
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Post by annemarie on Mon 17 Dec 2018, 12:20

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6502749/Border-Patrol-head-didnt-tell-Congress-7-year-old-Guatemalan-migrant-girl-died-U-S-custody.html

[size=34]Border Patrol head says he didn't tell Congress that a seven-year-old Guatemalan migrant girl died in U.S. custody because he didn't want to 'politicize her death'[/size]


  • Kevin McAleenan is the commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection

  • He testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee this past Tuesday

  • McAleenan did not mention that three days earlier, a 7-year-old girl died in CBP custody 

  • He said he didn't mention it because he didn't want to 'politicize the death of a child' 

  • Jakeline Caal Maquin died on December 8 in an El Paso hospital after suffering from dehydration 

  • Hours earlier when she was looked over by agents she appeared to have no visible health problems 

  • 280 migrants have died crossing the border so far in fiscal year 2018, with four in December alone 

  • Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Friday blamed the family of the little girl for her death in U.S. custody


By DAILYMAIL.COM REPORTER
PUBLISHED: 00:22 EST, 17 December 2018 | UPDATED: 01:21 EST, 17 December 2018

     


The top U.S. official in charge of patrolling the border said he did not reveal the death of a seven-year-old migrant girl during his testimony last week to Congress so as not to ‘risk politicizing the death of a child.’
Kevin McAleenan, the commissioner of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee this past Tuesday, according to ABC News.
His testimony came three days after the death of Jakelin Caal Maquin, the Guatemalan girl who died in CBP custody after she crossed the U.S.-Mexico border with her father.
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Kevin McAleenan, the commissioner of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee this past Tuesday
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His testimony came three days after the death of Jakelin Caal Maquin, the Guatemalan girl who died in CBP custody after she crossed the U.S.-Mexico border with her father
A photograph was released on Friday of Jakelin, who died hours after she was arrested with her father at the border.

The Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Patrol is refusing to take responsibility for her death. 

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The child died of dehydration two days after being arrested at the border. 
She stopped breathing on a US government bus and was not taken to hospital for more than an hour later. 

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Jakeline Caal Maquin died on December 8th a day after being detained on the border with her father. Her death has sparked humanitarian concerns about the U.S.' treatment of illegal migrants in their custody. Above is an illustration of her final hours 
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The child was airlifted from the Lordsburg Border Patrol Station in New Mexico (shown) at 7.45am on December 7 but she had stopped breathing more than an hour earlier while being transported on a bus from the Antelope Wells Port of Entry where agents say she was checked over, showed no signs of illness and had access to food and water 
Five days after she died of cardiac arrest, news of her death became public, sparking outrage among immigration advocates.

GOVERNMENT TIMELINE OF GIRL'S DEATH


December 6th, 9.15pm: Jackeline is detained at the Antelope Wells Port of Entry 
10pm: She is looked over by border agents who clear her and say she has no signs of ill health 
December 7th, 4.30am: Jackeline is put on a bus with her father to be taken to the Lordsburg Patrol Station 
5am: The child begins vomiting on the bus 
Agents call ahead to the Lordsburg station and keep driving 
6.30am: Jackeline's father tells agents she has stopped breathing 
6.45am: EMTs treat Jackeline at the border patrol station 
7.45am: She is airlifted to Providence Children's Hospital in El Paso, Texas
December 8th: Jackeline dies in the early morning after a CT scan revealed brain swelling, liver failure, dehydration, and septic shock   




McAleenan told a lawmaker that CBP was ‘in the process of solidifying a privacy waiver’ when he testified on the Hill.
He also said he ‘did not have confirmation that the mother had been notified in Guatemala.’
‘[M]ost importantly, I did not want to risk politicizing the death of a child while I was imploring Senators to fix the laws that are inviting families to take this dangerous path,’ McAleenan wrote to Kansas Rep. Kevin Yoder.
McAleen said Jakelin’s death was a ‘tragedy,’ though he defended his agency.
‘All of the available information indicates that our Border Patrol Agents did everything in the power to rescue this little girl, and fought for her life, alongside professional first responders from Hidalgo County, New Mexico,’ he wrote in a December 14 letter.
‘While reasonable concerns on the timelines of notification have been raised, and will be addressed, I am proud of our agents in the field, their efforts to rescue this little girl, and the professionalism and dedication with which they carry out their mission every day.’
Tekandi Paniagua, a Guatemalan diplomat based in the United States, told ABC News that Jakelin’s father, Nery Gilbert Caal Cruz, expressed gratitude to the border patrol officers and doctors who tried to save Jakelin’s life.
‘When I spoke to the father her actually said he was very grateful for the effort of both the Border Patrol agents that assisted his daughter at the station as well as the medical staff at the hospital,’ Paniagua said.
Caal Cruz’s lawyers issued a statement to the press on Saturday in which the father said he was ‘grateful for the many first responders that tried to save young Jakelin’s life in New Mexico and Texas.’
The lawyers demanded an investigation which ‘will assess this incident within nationally recognized standards for the arrest and custody of children.
‘The family intends to assist in such an investigation into the cause and circumstances of Jakelin's death,’ according to the statement.
The lawyers criticized U.S. authorities for making Caal Cruz fill out a form in English even though he has no understanding of the language.
His mother tongue is Q’eqchi, a Mayan language spoken in Guatemala. Spanish is his second language. 
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen blamed the girl's family for her death.
'This family chose to cross illegally. What happened here was that they were about 90 miles away from where we could process them,' said Nielsen.
'It's heart-wrenching, is what it is. And my heart goes out to the family. All of DHS. You know this is just a very sad example of the dangers of this journey.  
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'We'll continue to look into the situation, but again, I cannot stress enough how dangerous this journey when migrants choose to come here illegally,' she said. 
Maquin's death is one of more than 280 migrant deaths recorded by border officials in fiscal year 2018 according to ABC News
50 deaths this year were marked as 'water-related' - presumably people having drowned trying to cross sections of the border marked by rivers.
27 deaths were skeletal remains which were discovered by American authorities. 
Heat exhaustion was the largest cause in the 281 deaths which were logged until the end of fiscal year 2018, which ended on September 30. 
A further 32 people have died since that time with four, so far, in December. 
117 migrants were from Mexico; 116 people were 'unknown'; 19 people came from Guatemala; 14 from Honduras; and eight from El Salvador. 
The figures paint a grim picture for the caravans of migrants making their way to the U.S. border.

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Post by party animal - not! on Mon 17 Dec 2018, 14:14

Two words - this stinks

Thanks so much for posting Annemarie

Nielsen appears to be utterly soulless in her condemnation of the family - and clearly has no idea why they had to leave their own country for a better future for their children. If they did what she said they should do they probably would not have survived that many more miles - and doubtless would have been rejected anyway.

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Post by annemarie on Mon 17 Dec 2018, 14:41

Your welcome pan, and your right this does stink.

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Post by annemarie on Mon 17 Dec 2018, 14:43

The idiot in the White Houses prayer

A Narcissist's Prayer
That didn't happen.
And if it did, it wasn't that bad.
And if it was, that's not a big deal.
And if it is, that's not my fault.
And if it was, I didn't mean it.
And if I did...
You deserved it.

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Post by Way2Old4Dis on Tue 18 Dec 2018, 00:48

December 6th, 9.15pm: Jackeline is detained at the Antelope Wells Port of Entry 
10pm: She is looked over by border agents who clear her and say she has no signs of ill health 
December 7th, 4.30am: Jackeline is put on a bus with her father to be taken to the Lordsburg Patrol Station 
5am: The child begins vomiting on the bus 
Agents call ahead to the Lordsburg station and keep driving 
6.30am: Jackeline's father tells agents she has stopped breathing 
6.45am: EMTs treat Jackeline at the border patrol station 
7.45am: She is airlifted to Providence Children's Hospital in El Paso, Texas
December 8th: Jackeline dies in the early morning after a CT scan revealed brain swelling, liver failure, dehydration, and septic shock 

So...at 10pm she shows "no signs of illness," but seven hours later she's vomiting and going into respiratory arrest. Dead in a little more than 24 hours.



Bullshit. She was sick when she got there, it was obvious, and it doesn't matter if it started before they crossed. People who represent the United States wrote this child's life off like it was nothing, then blamed her death on the family that was trying to find a better life for her.


Any and everybody who supports these sadists should die a slow, painful death and their souls be held to rot in the worst version of any hell that exists.

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Post by What Would He Say on Tue 18 Dec 2018, 02:31

The most vulnerable are the first to suffer....
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Post by annemarie on Tue 18 Dec 2018, 17:28

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6508639/Trump-Foundation-agrees-dissolve-New-York-state-accuses-family-running-slush-fund.htm


[size=34]BREAKING NEWS: Trump Foundation agrees to dissolve under a judge's supervision as New York state accuses family of running slush fund for Trump's business interest and political plans[/size]




  • President Donald Trump will shut down his personal charity 

  • It's the result of a lawsuit by New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood

  • Underwood charged the president with using the Donald J. Trump Foundation for his own personal and political gain 

  • She said the foundation functioned 'as little more than a checkbook to serve Mr. Trump's business and political interests' 

  • The lawsuit continues as she seeks restitution and to ban the president, Donald Jr., Eric and Ivanka from serving on other non profits 



By EMILY GOODIN, U.S. POLITICAL REPORTER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 11:28 EST, 18 December 2018 | UPDATED: 12:16 EST, 18 December 2018


     



President Donald Trump will shut down his personal charity amid allegations he used it for political and personal gain, New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood announced Tuesday.
Her office is pursuing a lawsuit against the Donald J. Trump Foundation, the president and his three eldest children: Donald Jr., Eric, and Ivanka.
The closure is a concession by the president in an investigation he has slammed as 'sleazy' and partisan. It's also one of may probes his Trump organizations have faced during his tenure in the White House. 
In June, when the suit was filed, Trump vowed on Twitter: 'I won't settle.' 
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President Donald Trump will shut down his personal charity
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New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood charged the president with using the Donald J. Trump Foundation for his own personal and political gain
In her lawsuit, Underwood sought to have the charity closed.

The legal action will continue as Underwood seeks $2.8 million in restitution plus additional financial penalties. She also wants the court to ban the Trumps from serving on the boards of other New York charities for a period of one year.
'Our petition detailed a shocking pattern of illegality involving the Trump Foundation - including unlawful coordination with the Trump presidential campaign, repeated and willful self-dealing, and much more,' Underwood said in a statement.
'This amounted to the Trump Foundation functioning as little more than a checkbook to serve Mr. Trump's business and political interests,' she added.
'This is an important victory for the rule of law, making clear that there is one set of rules for everyone,' she noted. 'We'll continue to move our suit forward to ensure that the Trump Foundation and its directors are held to account for their clear and repeated violations of state and federal law.'
Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump were named in the lawsuit because they were official board members of the Donald J. Trump Foundation for years. 
The foundation and its directors could face several million dollars in additional penalties, depending on how the court ultimately rules. 


President Trump's children Eric Trump (left), Donald Trump Jr (right) and Ivanka were all named in the suit
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Ivanka Trump (above) and her two older brothers were on the board of the charity
Prosecutors also want to bar Trump's three eldest children from the boards of nonprofits based in New York or that operate in New York for one year, which could force the children to cut ties with a variety of groups, including charities of their own. 
The elder Trump kids were named, Underwood said at the time of the original filing, because board members are supposed to scrutinize spending for signs that its leader — in this case that was their father — was misusing the funds.
She charged they exercised no such oversight. The board had not met since 1999.
'The Foundation is little more than an empty shell that functions with no oversight by its board of directors,' the lawsuit states. 'In the absence of a functioning board, Mr. Trump ran the Foundation according to his whim, rather than the law.'
The Washington Post reported on how Trump used charity's funds pay off legal settlements for his private business, to purchase art that decorated one of his clubs and to make a prohibited political donation.  
The suit was filled with scathing charges against the president and his management of his self-named non-profit. It includes allegations of violations of campaign finance laws and illegal coordination with Trump's presidential campaign.
Prosecutors charged Trump with repeatedly misusing the nonprofit to pay off his businesses' creditors, to decorate one of his golf clubs and to stage a multimillion dollar giveaway at his 2016 campaign events.
Underwood said that the foundation's remaining $1.75 million would be distributed to nonprofits approved by her office and a state judge.
In June, when the lawsuit was filed, Trump used Twitter to call it a concoction by 'sleazy New York Democrats,' and pledged not to settle.
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Trump tweeted in June, when the lawsuit was filed, that: 'I won’t settle this case!'
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Eric Trump, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. Trump could be barred from sitting on the boards of nonprofits in New York for a year
Trump tweeted in June: 'The sleazy New York Democrats, and their now disgraced (and run out of town) A.G. Eric Schneiderman, are doing everything they can to sue me on a foundation that took in $18,800,000 and gave out to charity more money than it took in, $19,200,000. I won’t settle this case!..
'...Schneiderman, who ran the Clinton campaign in New York, never had the guts to bring this ridiculous case, which lingered in their office for almost 2 years. Now he resigned his office in disgrace, and his disciples brought it when we would not settle.'  
Underwood was promoted to attorney general this past summer, succeeding Schneiderman after he resigned following allegations that he had physically abused some of his romantic partners.
She is a career staffer, not an elected official, who did not seek election for a full term in the job this fall.
Given the two-year length of the investigation, a majority of it was conducted under Schneiderman, who took office in 2011. 
Trump founded his charity to give away some of the royalties from his 1987 book 'The Art of the Deal.' 
But he did not give it any money between 2008 and 2015. Its largest donors are wrestling moguls Vince and Linda McMahon, who gave $5 million total in 2007 and 2009. Linda McMahon was appointed by Trump as head of the Small Business Administration. 
In her June filing, Underwood charged the nonprofit was essentially one of Trump's personal checkbooks — a pool of funds that his clerks knew to use whenever Trump wanted to pay money to a nonprofit. 

Charges Against Trump Foundation


 The New York Attorney General's lawsuit charges the Donald J. Trump Foundation was essentially one of President Trump's personal checkbooks. Here are some of the specific charges: 


  • In 2016, the charity's board knowingly permitted the Trump Foundation to be coopted by Trump's presidential campaign and thereby violated its certificate of incorporation and state and federal law by engaging in political activity



  • On January 28, 2016, Trump attended a fundraiser for veterans in Iowa instead of the GOP presidential debate. The Iowa fundraiser was planned, organized, financed and directed by the campaign instead of the charity. Trump's charity ceded control of the funds it raised to senior Trump campaign staff, who dictated the manner in which the foundation would disburse those proceeds, directing the timing, amounts and recipients of the grants.
  • The foundation permitted the campaign to exhibit and award enlarged copies of those grant checks to recipients at campaign rallies for the political benefit.
  • The Foundation ceded control of the grants for veterans to the campaign, which amounted to an improper in-kind contribution of no less than $2.823 million (the amount donated to the Foundation) to the Trump campaign 
  • Trump's wrongful use of the foundation to benefit his campaign was willful and knowing. Trump repeatedly signed, under penalties of perjury, IRS Forms 990, in which he attested that the foundation did not carry out political activity. Trump also signed, again under penalty of perjury, the Foundation's Certificate of in which he certified that the foundation would not use its assets for the benefit of its directors or officers and that it would not intervene in 'any political campaign on behalf of any candidate.'
  • On September 9, 2013, the foundation issued a check in the amount of $25,000 to 'And Justice for All,' a political organization in Florida established to support the re-election of Pam Bondi to the position of Florida Attorney General. Private foundations such as the Trump foundation are prohibited from making political contributions.
  • On its 2013 IRS tax return, the foundation did not list the Florida contribution but did list a $25,000 contribution to a Kansas-based Section 501(c)(3) organization with a similar name, Justice for All. Contrary to this disclosure, the foundation never made a contribution to the Kansas-based Justice for All. 
  • Trump initialed a printed copy of the email to indicate his approval for the payment. 
  • The foundation claims its donation to Bondi's campaign was an inadvertent mistake by the Trump Organization's accounting staff it was, at a minimum, a result of the foundation's lack of adequate controls and inadequate supervision of and training of staff performing services.
  • The foundation also entered into the following prohibited self-dealing transactions that directly benefitted Trump or entities that he controlled:
  • On September 11, 2007, the foundation made a $100,000 payment to the Fisher House Foundation to settle of Palm Beach claims against Mar-a-Lago.
  • On February 14, 2012, the foundation made a $158,000 payment to the Martin B. Greenberg Foundation to settle legal claims against The Trump National Golf Club.
  • On November 5, 2013, the foundation made a $5,000 payment to the DC Preservation League, a charitable organization, for promotional space featuring Trump International Hotels in charity event programs.
  • On March 20, 2014, the foundation made a $10,000 payment to the Unicorn's Children's Foundation for payment of a painting Trump purchased at a charity auction.
  • On December 14, 2015, the foundation made a $32,000 payment to the North American Land Trust, a charitable organization that preserves natural resources, in connection with a pledge by Seven Springs, LLC to fund the management of conservation easement.





Legally, Trump isn't allowed to buy things for himself using the charity's money, even if he was buying them from nonprofits. 
The suit also listed some of the questionable expenses made by the charity, including a $10,000 on a portrait of Trump that was hung at one of his golf clubs.
And twice Trump used the charity's money to settle legal claims against his businesses.
In 2007, he settled a dispute with the town of Palm Beach, Florida, over code violations at his Mar-a-Lago estate. The town agreed to waive outstanding fines if Mar-a-Lago gave $100,000 to the charity Fisher House.
But the donation came from the foundation and not the estate, prosecutors charged after Trump wrote a note requesting the move.
In 2012, a Trump golf club agreed to pay $158,000 to settle a lawsuit with a man who was denied a $1 million hole-in-one prize during a tournament at the club. The Trump Foundation paid the money instead of the club. 
In March, after the attorney general's investigation was underway, Trump repaid his foundation all $258,000, plus more than $12,000 in interest, the suit notes. 
Underwood said Trump had already repaid amounts spent by the foundation, plus penalty taxes totaling more than $4,000.
In the case of the portrait, she said Trump's golf club paid the foundation the 'fair rental value' of using the foundation-owned painting as decoration. The value: $182. 
IRS rules also prohibit tax-exempt foundations from aiding political campaigns. 
But Underwood cited two instances where Trump's foundation had seemed to do so.
In August 2013, Trump donated $25,000 from his foundation to a Florida political group aiding the reelection of state Attorney General Pam Bondi. Around that time, Bondi's office was considering whether to join an ongoing lawsuit by then-New York AG Schneiderman, alleging Trump had defrauded students at his now-defunct 'Trump University.'
The Trump Foundation omitted any mention of Bondi's political group from its annual report to the IRS and instead said the $25,000 donation had gone to a nonprofit in Kansas with a similar-sounding name.
Underwood said Trump's staff blamed confusion among accounting clerks for spending the foundation's money, instead of Trump's own. As for the incorrect IRS filing, Underwood wrote, 'the Foundation has no credible explanation for the false reporting of grant recipients.' 
Trump repaid the $25,000 and paid a penalty tax of $2,500 for an improper political gift after it came to light in a Washington Post investigative series on the Donald J. Trump Foundation during the 2016 campaign.
However, Underwood charges that the campaign Trump's foundation helped most was his own.
In January 2016, Trump skipped a debate among Republican presidential candidates because he was feuding with debate host Fox News. Instead, he held a televised fundraiser for veterans — bringing in millions from wealthy friends and small-dollar donors, much of which went to his foundation.
Underwood charged 'the Foundation ceded control over the charitable funds it raised to senior Trump Campaign staff.' 
She cited emails in which Corey Lewandowski, then-campaign manager, directed which veterans' charities should receive money.
The Trump Foundation has been in legal limbo since after the election, when the president wanted to dissolve it amid growing controversy about its practices. But the foundation could not legally dissolve while it was under investigation, the New York attorney general ruled. 
New York has jurisdiction over the Trump Foundation because the charity is based at Trump Tower in Manhattan and registered in New York State.
Trump has been president of the foundation since he founded it in 1987.

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[size=34]GoFundMe campaign launched by triple-amputee veteran to build Trump's border wall QUADRUPLES in less than 24 hours to reach $4MILLION in just four days[/size]




  • A GoFundMe page titled We The People Will Fund The Wall was created Sunday

  • In four days it has already raised over $4.2million of its $1 billion goal

  • Liberals troll the campaign while conservatives are furious it is even needed 

  • Comes as Trump gave up on demand for $5billion in wall money from Congress

  • Meanwhile US announced $10.6B aid package for Mexico and Central America 

  • Purple Heart recipient Brian Kolfage, 37, created the campaign and said: 'It's up to Americans to help out and pitch in to get this project rolling'

  • The Florida father-of-two lost both legs and arm in 2004 insurgent attack in Iraq



By LEAH SIMPSON FOR DAILYMAIL.COM and KEITH GRIFFITH and KAYLA BRANTLEY FOR DAILYMAIL.COM 
PUBLISHED: 02:12 EST, 20 December 2018 | UPDATED: 11:24 EST, 20 December 2018


     





The crowdfunding campaign to build a wall on the southern border surpassed the $4million mark by late Thursday morning meaning the total more than quadrupled in less than 24 hours.
The GoFundMe amount surged by $500,000 overnight, bringing the money raised so far to $2.8million of a $1billion goal in just four days. Then a few hours later more than $1million was donated to help President Donald Trump build his wall.
More than 65,500 people had contributed before 11am. Many of the donations ranged from $5 to $250.
It came as an update on the page said it would be soon sharing a PO Box to send in contributions. 

The increase in funds was significant considering the campaign raised $800,000 in the first three days.  
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A crowdfunding campaign to build a wall on the southern border had raised nearly $4.2million in just four days by Thursday morning
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The campaign was launched on Sunday by Air Force veteran Brian Kolfage (above)
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Conservatives exasperated with Trump's never-ending quest to secure funding for the wall were quick to pony up cash for the campaign, which was launched by an Iraq war vet.  
It came as Trump appeared to back down from threats of a government shutdown to secure the $5billion he wants for the wall, signalling he would sign the last spending bill he will get from a Republican-controlled Congress for the rest of his term without the desired wall money.
Border hawks were furious at the perceived betrayal, with arch-conservative pundit Ann Coulter tweeting: 'In fairness to Trump, maybe we misheard him in 2016. Maybe he said the southern border needed a big, beautiful mall.'
The sting for conservatives was deepened by an announcement on Tuesday that the U.S. will increase aid to Mexico and Central America to $10.6billion.
'This GoFundMe should be proof that the wall was not some 'metaphor' for Trump's base; failure to deliver on this promise will have dire consequences in 2020,' wrote Jon Levine, media editor at The Wrap.
Liberals meanwhile mocked the GoFundMe as evidence of Trump supporters' gullibility, gloating that federal funding for Trump's signature proposal is looking increasingly less likely. 
'Hard to imagine something dumber than this but I guess there's still time before the rapture,' wrote Molly Jong-Fast, a columnist for the Jewish publication The Forward.
'We're gonna build the wall and GoFundMe is gonna pay for it,' another Twitter user jeered, mocking Trump's campaign promise that Mexico would pay for the wall. 
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The campaign was launched on Sunday by Air Force veteran Brian Kolfage.
The 37-year-old triple-amputee created the GoFundMe account titled We The People Will Fund The Wall, which quickly began raking in donations. 
'It's up to Americans to help out and pitch in to get this project rolling,' the page reads. 'If the 63 million people who voted for Trump each pledge $80, we can build the wall.'  
The fundraising page says it has contacted the Trump Administration to secure a point of contact where all the funds will go, but adds it has 'many very high level contacts already helping'. 
'As a veteran who has given so much, 3 limbs, I feel deeply invested to this nation to ensure future generations have everything we have today,' the page says, elaborating on Kolfage's history as a Purple Heart Medal recipient. 
The married father-of-two lost both legs and his right arm in a 2004 insurgent attack in Iraq.  
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Purple Heart recipient Brian Kolfage, 37, created the page and said: 'It's up to Americans to help out and pitch in to get this project rolling'


[size=34]Transgender LGBTQ woman creates Ladders to Get Over Trump's Wall GoFundMe[/size]


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[size=14]Charlotte Clymer started an initiative to raise $100million for the Texas non-profit organization Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services

Another army veteran on Thursday started a rival GoFundMe page titled Ladders to Get Over Trump's Wall.
In response to Twitter user The Horse Whisperer's challenge to troll the current crowdfunding efforts, Washington DC-based Charlotte Clymer started an initiative to raise $100million for the Texas non-profit organization Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES).
She posted on the crowdfunding website: 'We saw some folks are raising money for a border wall to keep out our migrant siblings and fellow human beings, who are fleeing violence and persecution and whose tragically-underpaid labor is essential to the U.S. economy. Seems like a bad idea on countless levels for everyone involved. Maybe we should focus on human rights and creating a community that reflects our supposed values.
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Another army veteran on Thursday started a rival GoFundMe page titled Ladders to Get Over Trump's Wall 

'And even though at a rate of $1.7million daily, it would take their fund about 35 years to raise the $21.7billion that Trump's own Dept. of Homeland Security says would be needed to build said wall, we wanna make sure ladders are ready to send over to our undocumented friends and help them.'
The page created by the transgender woman who is a writer for the LGBT advocacy group Human Rights Campaign raised $5,339 in the first eight hours.
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The page created by the transgender woman who is a writer for the LGBT advocacy group Human Rights Campaign raised $5,339 in the first eight hours

 




'Too many Americans have been murdered by illegal aliens and too many illegals are taking advantage of the United States taxpayers with no means of ever contributing to our society,' it continues. 
Kolfage says his grandparents immigrated to the US legally, adding, 'they did it the correct way and it's time we uphold our laws and get this wall BUILT!'
'It's up to Americans to help out and pitch in to get this project rolling,' the page says.
Meanwhile, President Trump on Wednesday claimed the military would build his border wall and Mexico would pay for it - indirectly under the new trade agreement.
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The married Florida father-of-two lost both legs and his arm in 2004 insurgent attack in Iraq
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'Mexico is paying (indirectly) for the Wall through the new USMCA, the replacement for NAFTA! Far more money coming to the U.S. Because of the tremendous dangers at the Border, including large scale criminal and drug inflow, the United States Military will build the Wall!,' he tweeted.
His declaration comes after the White House ditched its demand for $5 billion in funding for the border wall amid negotiations to keep the government open. 

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Trump also vowed on Wednesday he 'will win on the wall' after the White House signaled it was ditching its demand for $5 billion in funding for his signature issue.
'One way or the other, we will win on the Wall!,' Trump tweeted on Wednesday morning as the clock ticked toward Friday's partial government shutdown.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Tuesday the administration's legal team was looking into whether the White House could redirect funds to build the border wall.
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'Too many Americans have been murdered by illegal aliens and too many illegals are taking advantage of the United States taxpayers,' Kolfage said on the GoFundMe page 

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Post by party animal - not! on Thu 20 Dec 2018, 19:38

A golden opportunity for the Trump family to help out!

But which one to go for..........?!

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Post by carolhathaway on Thu 20 Dec 2018, 20:37

A German journalist wrote award-winning articles for reliable news magazines and news sites was called the shooting star of the German journalists. Another journalist was confused about certain details in one of his articles about a vigikante group in the States, did some research, found more inconsistences and went there to talk to some of the vigilantes. Who said that he had contacted them but never showed up to do an interview. Most of the facts were quite accurate thou, but when the news magazine (the most reliable in Germany) checked some other stories, they found out that he had added 'facts' and used old pics he wasn't allowed to use. 
He apologized and explained that he had felt the pressure to write breathtaking articles with new facts no other journalist had written before. The journalist who revealed the fake, said that they've got the pressure to write the truth, especially at the moment.
I'm not sure that he knows which damage he caused...

Besides to other awards, he had been named CNN Reporter of the Year, by the way...
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Post by party animal - not! on Thu 20 Dec 2018, 21:31

It's a worry that the owners of the paper were piling the pressure on the journalists to get stories out - nothing new but when they had deadlines once a day (in the middle of the night usually) at least there was only one. Now we have the 24 hour news cycle, social media - and the likes of a Russian internet company linking up with Facebook - the pressures get silly. And then one asks the question - who owns the paper?

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Post by party animal - not! on Thu 20 Dec 2018, 23:03

And now, Mattis is off........quoting differences.

Hardly surprising really with a President who wants 15,000 troops on the Mexican border, but is desperate to get 2,000 out of potential Daesh hotspots in Syria..........

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Post by annemarie on Fri 21 Dec 2018, 19:26

[size=34]Trump pulled out of Syria after Turkey's hardline president told him in phone call that ISIS was 99 per cent defeated and demanded U.S. stop supporting its 'terrorist' allies - convincing president to order shock withdrawal to horror of aides[/size]


  • Trump held a Friday call with Turkey's president Recep Erdogan 

  • Call was at instigation of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

  • Meant to address Turkey's plan to attack U.S.-backed rebels

  • The president ditched a script drafted by his aides 

  • Turkish leader told him ISIS had been 99 per cent defeated

  • Pentagon approved a $3.5 billion Patriot missile sale to Turkey on Tuesday 


By GEOFF EARLE, DEPUTY U.S. POLITICAL EDITOR FOR DAILYMAIL.COM and ASSOCIATED PRESS
PUBLISHED: 09:41 EST, 21 December 2018 | UPDATED: 13:53 EST, 21 December 2018

     


President Donald Trump's sudden decision to yank U.S. forces out of Syria came after a private call with the hard-line president of Turkey where the president ditched a script crafted by his aides and was told allies fighting alongside the U.S. were terrorists.
The fateful call occurred Friday, according to multiple press accounts, just as Turkey's President Recep Erdogan publicly saber-rattling about a campaign to wipe out U.S.-allied Turkish forces in northeastern Syria.
The U.S. has relied on Kurdish fighters in Iraq and Syria to take out ISIS elements in a multi-year military campaign that Trump cheered on Twitter Friday.
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'Why are you still there?' Turkish President Recep Erdogan asked President Trump during a call where Trump ditched a script and ended up promising a withdrawal from Syria 
Trump's national security aides prepared a script for the call, which the president abandoned during his chat. Rather than pushing Erdogan, a NATO ally, to hold off on military action, the Turkish leader seized control of the phone call and declared the U.S. Syria mission virtually completed, even as he went after the United States' kurdish allies.

He told Trump 'that the U.S. must stop aiding terrorists in the region and do this as soon as possible,' reported the pro-government Turkish paper Daily Sabah. 
According to Turkey's communications directorate, Erdogan was threatening to move military 'at any moment.'
'We talked to Trump. These terrorists have to leave areas east of the Euphrates. If they do not leave, we will dispatch them. Because they are disturbing us,' he said.
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President Donald Trump defended his campaign against ISIS after a Fox News host said he had 're-founded' the group
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'NOT EVEN CLOSE!' Trump defended his anti-ISIS record, as he is under fire for his pullout plan
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A wounded member of the US-allied Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) is carried by comrades outside a field clinic run by the YPG in the Syrian village of Raqa Samra, east of the Islamic State (IS) group bastion of Raqa, on June 21, 2017. The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces began an operation to capture Raqa from fighters of the Islamic State group last year, and finally entered the city earlier this month
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A handout picture released by the Turkish Presidential Palace Press Office shows Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) posing with US President Donald Trump during the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on December 1, 2018
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Syrian Democratic Forces and U.S. troops are seen during a patrol near Turkish border in Hasakah, Syria November 4, 2018
On the call, Erdogan was able to seize control of the conversation by pointing to U.S. military success, saying the U.S. had already defeated 99 per cent of ISIS. 
When he asked Trump 'Why are you still there?', it prompted Trump to pass on the query to his own security advisor, John Bolton, who was monitoring the call.
Sources on the call said Trump 'quickly capitulated' and yielded to Erdogan's withdrawal demand, the Associated Press reported. 
Critical to the U.S.-led anti-ISIS campaign have been Syrian Democratic Forces, or SDF, consisting of arabs and kurds in Syria. The U.S. also backs People's Protection Units, or YPG, which consists mostly of Kurds but who Turkey considers to close to the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, as Military Times reported. 






Adding further intrigue to how the decision came about is the State Department's approval, announced Tuesday, of Turkey's decision to spend $3.5 billion purchasing U.S.-made Patriot missile defense systems.
It came amid U.S. concerns Turkey might go with the Russian-made S-400 system, which in turn could allow the Russians to spy on NATO activities. 
Trump's decision to withdraw American troops from Syria was made hastily, without consulting his national security team or allies, and over strong objections from virtually everyone involved in the fight against the Islamic State group, according to U.S. and Turkish officials.
The Washington Post reported Thursday that the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Joseph Dunford, wasn't present at a Tuesday White House meeting where the final decision ultimately got made. 
'We've been thinking that as the walls close in around Trump, we would have a 'Wag the Dog' scenario where he starts to lash out,' Obama administration Pentagon official Derek Chollet told the New York Times. 'But it won't be getting us into wars — it will be the opposite.'
Adding to the intrigue, Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted that he has spoken to Trump Monday and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday and had been told of the U.S. plan – indicating that two foreign leaders may have been in the know before senior military and civilian officials did. 
"In no uncertain terms, reporting throughout this story is not true,' National Security Council spokesman Garrett Marquis told DailyMail.com, responding to questions about the call and accounts that emerged in AP reporting and Turkish media sources.
'In no uncertain terms, reporting throughout this story is not true. It is clear from the context that this false version of events is from sources who lack authority on the subject, possibly from unnamed sources in Turkey,' he added. 
Trump stunned his Cabinet, lawmakers and much of the world with the move by rejecting the advice of his top aides and agreeing to a withdrawal in a phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last week, two officials briefed on the matter told The Associated Press.
The Dec. 14 call, described by officials who were not authorized to discuss the decision-making process publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity, provides insight into a consequential Trump decision that prompted the resignation of widely respected Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. It also set off a frantic, four-day scramble to convince the president either to reverse or delay the decision.
The White House, State Department and Pentagon all declined to comment on the account of the decision to withdraw the troops, which have been in Syria to fight the Islamic State since 2015.
Despite losing the physical caliphate, thousands of IS fighters remain in Iraq and Syria, and the group continues to carry out insurgent attacks and could easily move back into territory it once held if American forces withdraw.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arranged the Dec. 14 call a day after he had unsuccessfully sought clarity from Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu about Erdogan's threats to launch a military operation against U.S.-backed Kurdish rebels in northeast Syria, where American forces are based.
Pompeo, Mattis and other members of the national security team prepared a list of talking points for Trump to tell Erdogan to back off, the officials said.
But the officials said Trump, who had previously accepted such advice and convinced the Turkish leader not to attack the Kurds and put U.S. troops at risk, ignored the script. Instead, the president sided with Erdogan.
In the following days, Trump remained unmoved by those scrambling to convince him to reverse or at least delay the decision to give the military and Kurdish forces time to prepare for an orderly withdrawal.
'The talking points were very firm,' said one of the officials, explaining that Trump was advised to clearly oppose a Turkish incursion into northern Syria and suggest the U.S. and Turkey work together to address security concerns. 'Everybody said push back and try to offer (Turkey) something that's a small win, possibly holding territory on the border, something like that.'
Erdogan, though, quickly put Trump on the defensive, reminding him that he had repeatedly said the only reason for U.S. troops to be in Syria was to defeat the Islamic State and that the group had been 99 percent defeated. 'Why are you still there?' the second official said Erdogan asked Trump, telling him that the Turks could deal with the remaining IS militants.
With Erdogan on the line, Trump asked national security adviser John Bolton, who was listening in, why American troops remained in Syria if what the Turkish president was saying was true, according to the officials. Erdogan's point, Bolton was forced to admit, had been backed up by Mattis, Pompeo, U.S. special envoy for Syria Jim Jeffrey andspecial envoy for the anti-ISIS coalition Brett McGurk, who have said that IS retains only 1 percent of its territory, the officials said.
Bolton stressed, however, that the entire national security team agreed that victory over IS had to be enduring, which means more than taking away its territory.
Trump was not dissuaded, according to the officials, who said the president quickly capitulated by pledging to withdraw, shocking both Bolton and Erdogan.
Caught off guard, Erdogan cautioned Trump against a hasty withdrawal, according to one official. While Turkey has made incursions into Syria in the past, it does not have the necessary forces mobilized on the border to move in and hold the large swaths of northeastern Syria where U.S. troops are positioned, the official said.
The call ended with Trump repeating to Erdogan that the U.S. would pull out, but offering no specifics on how it would be done, the officials said.
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a business meeting in Istanbul Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, a week after he held a call with President Trump where according to the Turkish government he called U.S. allies terrorists
Over the weekend, the national security team raced to come up with a plan that would reverse, delay or somehow limit effects of the withdrawal, the officials said.
On Monday, Bolton, Mattis and Pompeo met at the White House to try to plot a middle course. But they were told by outgoing chief of staff John Kelly and his soon-to-be successor Mick Mulvaney that Trump was determined to pull out and was not to be delayed or denied, according to the officials. The trio met again on Tuesday morning to try to salvage things, but were again rebuffed, the officials said.
The White House had wanted to announce the decision on Tuesday - and press secretary Sarah Sanders scheduled a rare briefing specifically to announce it. But the Pentagon convinced Trump to hold off because the withdrawal plans weren't complete and allies and Congress had not yet been notified, according to the officials. The first country aside from Turkey to be told of the impending pull-out was Israel, the officials said.
Word of the imminent withdrawal began to seep out early Wednesday after U.S. Central Command chief Gen. Joseph Votel started to inform his commanders on the ground and the Kurds of the decision.
Following the official announcement the White House emphasized that the U.S. will continue to support the fight against IS and remains ready to 're-engage' when needed. But in a tweet, the president said U.S. troops would no longer be fighting IS on behalf of others.

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Post by annemarie on Fri 21 Dec 2018, 20:58

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[size=34]I fully expect a shutdown says Trump as he tries to shift the blame to Democrats - but Chuck Schumer mocks the president and reminds him that HE promised to take the blame during their Oval Office clash

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Post by annemarie on Sat 22 Dec 2018, 11:16

He shutdown government so eight hundred  thousand Federal employees will not be paid and federal services have been shutdown. I hope that the one's who voted for him realize he doesn't care about them or this country all he cares about is his wall which is nothing but an ego booster for him. If he were as rich as he claims he would build it himself then he could gloat over what he did for this country.
Of course the President , Vice President and congress will all be paid just people who do the work won't.

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Post by Donnamarie on Sun 23 Dec 2018, 21:19

Absolutely annemarie.  Just another injustice perpetuated by Trump.
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Post by annemarie on Sat 29 Dec 2018, 02:00

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6536303/Ask-landlord-cut-rent-return-painting-government-tells-furloughed-employees.html

[size=34]Ask your landlord to cut your rent in return for painting and carpentry, government tells furloughed employees hit by the shutdown - and provides begging letter templates to help[/size]


  • The government tweeted out sample letters for workers who can't pay their bills

  • Advice came as shutdown entered its seventh day

  • Counseled  to call and negotiated reduced payments pending the shutdown

  • Told to stress that 'my income has been severely cut'

  • One idea is to offer 'my services to perform maintenance' in lieu of rent 


By GEOFF EARLE, DEPUTY U.S. POLITICAL EDITOR FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 13:37 EST, 28 December 2018 | UPDATED: 13:59 EST, 28 December 2018

     




The federal government is coaching workers furloughed by the government shutdown how to negotiate with creditors and landlords – and advising them to offer bartering services for rent.
The sample letters suggested workers who have been sidelined by the shutdown reveal their situation and offer to pay banks partial mortgage payments – while offering to repaint and do other tasks to fend off landlords.
The Office of Personnel Management sent out the guidance as the partial government shutdown entered its seventh day. As many as 800,000 workers are affected.
With predictions the shutdown could easily run until the new Congress convenes Jan. 3 if not longer, many federal employees are facing the prospect of having to meet their obligations without benefit of a paycheck. 
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The federal Office of Personnel Management provided guidance for federal workers who have trouble paying bills thanks to the shutdown
'Feds, here are sample letters you may use as a guide when working with your creditors during this furlough. If you need legal advice please consult with your personal attorney,' OPM noted.

According to one sample letter, a federal employee might write: 'As we had agreed in our conversation, I will be able to make regular payments in the amount of $_______. I realize that I will be responsible to pay the remainder of the payments and, when I return to work, I will contact you immediately to work out a plan to take care of the reduced payments.'
'I will keep in touch with you to keep you informed about my income status and I would like to discuss with you the possibility of trading my services to perform maintenance (e.g. painting, carpentry work) in exchange for partial rent payments,' according to the sample.
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A sign announcing the closure of the National Archives due to a partial government shutdown is displayed in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018. The partial U.S. government shutdown will continue at least into this weekend, after House Republicans said they didn't plan to schedule any votes for Friday and President Donald Trump said most federal employees losing pay because of the closure were Democrats. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers check and watch airline passengers at Reagan National Airport in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018. TSA employees are working through the partial government shutdown without pay. There is no end in sight to the partial government shutdown
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OPM sent out the guidance on Thursday
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Workers are advised to reference the furlough 'due to a lack of funding'
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Call before you write, the workers are counseled
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Workers can try to negotiate reduced payments
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One idea is to offer to perform maintenance services such as painting and carpentry to a landlord
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Workers who lack savings will soon be unable to make rent or mortgage payments
Workers are advised to call first rather than just sending out the letter.
A sample letter to a creditor stresses: 'As we discussed, I am a Federal employee who has recently been furloughed due to a lack of funding of my agency. Because of this, my income has been severely cut and I am unable to pay the entire cost of my monthly payments, along with my other expenses.'
The samples also point to a soft sell. 'I appreciate your willingness to work with me and your understanding during this difficult time,' is one recommended sign-off.
The government also points out other 'things to consider' in the approach.







'Just sending a letter may not be very effective as it will take a fair amount of time to get to the individual who needs to see it, if at all. Speaking with your creditors will enable you to work out the details of any payment plan that you can later confirm with your letter,' according to the guidance.
'Be sure to send the letter directly to the person to whom you have spoken to confirm your request for a reduced payment plan,' is another pointer. 
'Be sure to keep a copy of the letter. In some situations, you may want to send the letter by certified mail. You may also want to fax the letter to the company,' the government counsels.
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Post by carolhathaway on Sat 29 Dec 2018, 10:38

In Germany, a shutdown would make no sense because employees do have rights here, guaranteed by strong unions. If the employers should decide to shut down offices or factories, they would still need to pay their employees. In case that a factory wants its workers to work short time because it needs to cut its production, there's an agreement between the company, the union and the government which then pays a certain amount of the wages to avoid people losing their jobs. Members of the union are even allowed to go on an organized strike - and still get paid by their employers.

So I often read comments about the shutdown here which miss the point: Employees aren't paid when there's a shutdown in the States. Something we can't imagine...
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Post by LizzyNY on Sat 29 Dec 2018, 21:08

Carolhathaway - Even here in the US there are times when employees are paid during a shutdown. However, when government agencies are shut down the employees don't get paid because the agencies don't get funding. They don't have the money to meet payrolls. Many government employees are unionized, so it's possible their unions may be able to do something on their members' behalf. I'm not sure about how that would work.

The advice given by the OPM to unpaid workers is obscenely offensive and totally worthless. IMO, the most obnoxious piece of advice was to "consult your personal attorney". Really?! Many of these workers live paycheck to paycheck. I doubt that they (unlike the idiots who run our government) can afford to keep an attorney on retainer.
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Post by party animal - not! on Sat 29 Dec 2018, 21:20

We're the same as Germany - the unions are often as strong as the government in power.

It is routine for, say, the railway unions to start a strike for say one day every other week if they are asked to do extra duties not already written into their contract. They are paid very well - undoubtedly more than say a junior doctor - and given that the underground service is the main travel artery that keeps London going, is clean and the drivers always tell you why you might be held up for a minute - and at the weekends it runs all night with every station manned - they know their true economic worth.......

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Post by LizzyNY on Sun 30 Dec 2018, 00:43

PAN- It's interesting that you use the railway unions as an example. Here the subways and buses have always run 24/7. A lot of people work night shifts and need to get around the city late at night. During the day the trains and buses are jam-packed. You would think that the Transit Authority would be well and efficiently run, but that's not the case. It keeps getting more expensive and the service keeps getting worse.

If the Transit Workers Union goes out on strike - which is rare - not only don't they get paid, but they get fined as well. This is true for all municipal unions in NYC. When I first started teaching we went out on strike. The city invoked the Taylor Law and the union was fined for every day we were out - in addition to us not getting a paycheck. How, or whether,  this law is invoked depends on union negotiations with the city.

How things are handled in other states or cities varies. In many respects the US is like 50 separate countries.
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Post by party animal - not! on Sun 30 Dec 2018, 01:27

Yep, I agree Lizzy. I definitely noticed that recently in San Francisco.......but it's not really very surprising given the huge size of the country. I gather that California has opted out of the Federal teaching pension system - but not apparently replaced it - and presumably that applies to all other states and I cannot imagine how difficult it must be to get federal infrastructure projects off the ground

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Post by LizzyNY on Sun 30 Dec 2018, 13:37

PAN - I don't know what California's pension policy is. I know that NYC's teacher's union negotiates a contract that applies to all teachers in the system, whether they are union members or not. In Pennsylvania each teacher has an individual contract, though I believe the basic terms are negotiated by their union. Each state is different.

Most industries have their own work/pension rules that vary from business to business and from state to state. There is an umbrella of federal regulations that applies nationwide, but most labor disputes are handled locally.

Since the federal government holds the purse strings on most major infrastructure projects it should be much easier to get things done. Our politicians are too busy wasting our money on politics to spend any of it on infrastructure.
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Post by party animal - not! on Sun 30 Dec 2018, 15:02

Ah. So does the US do what we do in the UK in terms of pensions?

We receive a 'state'(as UK government) pension when we get to a certain age irrespective of private pensions you might receive via your employers over the years of work.So in effect deductions from your monthly salary by your employer and by the government are saved for your retirement. Of course now as the older population i e the baby boomers live longer there are more of them and less than the next generation in work to contribute so the age you receive your state pension is gradually going up. So the official age you get your UK pension now is 65 for women and 66 for men

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Post by LizzyNY on Sun 30 Dec 2018, 15:59

PAN - It's the same. Here it's called "Social Security". You can begin collecting as early as age 62 or you can wait until 70. There's constant argument about whether funding will have to be cut because the system could run out of money, but  anyone depending on SS as their only income  knows it is barely enough to get by. Reducing benefits could be disastrous for a lot of people. Also, there's supposed to be an annual cost of living increase, but it doesn't really keep up with inflation.

I don't know what the solution is for future retirees, but something needs to be done to guarantee the future of the system.
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Post by annemarie on Wed 02 Jan 2019, 14:44

The food program is going in to affect this year. If you receive more than 90.00 in food stamps they will be cut

to 50.00 and you will receive a food box. No one seems to know what is in the box. You also have to work in order to 

receive food stamps that is if you are able bodied. We all knew that with his tax break for the rich he was going to cut

anything with in reach and of course it would be the things poor and middle class need.

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Post by party animal - not! on Thu 03 Jan 2019, 23:41

Here is today's footage from a BBC reporter behind ISIS lines in Syria with the Kurdish Army who are protecting those still there including Yazidis.

Trump claims that ISIS are 'almost gone'. They have an army there of 8000 and they are using children as young as ten in their frontline who you can see in the film.

The Kurds are totally dependent on American air support which is about to be pulled out and that is why three American generals and Mattis have resigned

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-middle-east-46751962/is-this-the-islamic-state-group-s-last-stand-in-syria

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[size=34]Trump says he will be 'proud' to shut down the government for YEARS if he doesn't get his Mexican wall and says he might declare a NATIONAL EMERGENCY to build it as 'contentious' White House talks end in stalemate[/size]


  • Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate minority leader Chuck Shumer met Trump in the White House but left saying there is no deal to re-open the government

  • Schumer said Trump told them he would shut down the government for 'months or even years' and Pelosi said talks were 'at times contentious' 

  • Trump used lengthy Rose Garden press conference to confirm he would be willing to close the government for years - and added he was 'proud' to do so

  • He said he was considering declaring a national emergency to allow him to build the wall without legislative approval 

  • Vice President Mike Pence suggested that the president could use a program giving legal status to illegal immigrant children as an incentive

  • Pence had said that Trump's stance heading into a Friday morning meeting with congressional leaders is 'no wall, no deal,' but he's willing to negotiate 


By FRANCESCA CHAMBERS, WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 11:09 EST, 4 January 2019 | UPDATED: 17:35 EST, 4 January 2019

     



Donald Trump told Congressional leaders Friday that he will shut down the government for 'months or even years' if he does not get money for his border wall with Mexico — and said he was 'proud' to do it because it's the right thing. 
Trump's threat was first disclosed by Chuck Schumer, the Senate minority leader, during a news conference outside the White House. He accused the president of holding federal workers 'hostage' for the wall and urged him to continue the conversation with the government open. 
The president confirmed the remarks as he addressed reporters in the Rose Garden.
'I did. I did. I did say that. Absolutely, I said that. I don’t think it will, but I am prepared,' Trump said at the beginning of a lengthy news conference.

Trump claimed the meeting was 'very, very productive,' which was a stark contrast to the tone adopted by Democratic leaders, and said that he was setting up a working group led by Mike Pence, the vice president that would meet this weekend to discuss how to move forward on the shutdown.
He headed to the Rose Garden after the meeting for an impromptu press conference flanked by Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, Pence, Republican Minority Whip Steve Scalise and Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
Mitch McConnell, the Republican Senate leader had been present for the talks but was not at the press conference. Trump claimed he was 'busy running the Senate,' even though it had adjourned until Tuesday.
Trump described his wall as a vital national security measure, and in a free-wheeling performance claimed that illegal immigrants were being driven across it away from ports of entries, in some cases with women in the back of their vehicles with their mouths taped over.
The president also disclosed that he had considered declaring a national emergency to build the wall without legislative approval and said: 'I can do it, if I want.' 
'We can call a national emergency because of the security of our country. Absolutely. No, we can do it. I haven’t done it. I may do it,' he said. 'We can call a national emergency and build it very quickly.' 


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'Contentious': New House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the atmosphere at the White House talks had not been positive
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No deal: Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, and their deputies Steny Hoyer (left) and Dick Durbin (second from right) left the White House without any progress towards reopening the government



He said he'd prefer to do it through a 'negotiated process' with lawmakers, and that's what they will be working on over the weekend.
'You can call it whatever you want. You can call it the Schumer, or the Pelosi, or the Trump shutdown. Doesn't make any difference to me,' he told a reporter. 'Just words.' 
He also used the press conference to say that he had asked the Democrats if they would use the shutdown to impeach him.
Schumer, Pelosi, their deputies and their Republican opposites had met with Trump at the White House for two hours of talks with Trump as the shutdown went on for a fourteenth day.
Trump insisted that 'progress' was made — although he wouldn't say what it was — and that both sides were in agreement on reopening the government as quickly as possible.
As Pelosi left the White House she told reporters the talks were 'sometimes contentious. Schumer echoed her comments. 
'It is very hard to see how progress will be made unless the open up the government,' he said in brief remarks.
Schumer said: 'We made a plea to the president once again: don't hold millions of Americans, hundreds of thousands of workers, hostage. Open up the government, and let's continue the discussions.' 
The Democrat said Trump indicated in the meeting that he was willing to ride the shutdown out.
'He said he would keep it closed for a very long period of time, months or even years,' Schumer added.
There was no mention from the Democratic leaders of a possible deal floated by Pence, who had suggested that the president could use a program giving legal status to illegal immigrant children as an incentive for Democrats to give him is border wall.
Pence said that Trump's stance heading into a Friday morning meeting with congressional leaders is 'no wall, no deal,' but he's willing to negotiate other aspects of an agreement to reopen the government.  
'I think the president’s made it very clear -- no wall, no deal,' he told Tucker Carlson after the Fox News host asked about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. 'But look, we really are prepared to negotiate, we’re prepared to talk, we’re prepared to listen,' he added.
Trump claimed at the presser once again that an appeals court squashed a DACA deal last year when it protected the program his administration axed. 
'That's what broke up the DACA deal. Yes, we had a pathway, we had many things, that was getting close to being a deal,' he said. 'The problem was that the money was a very small amount of money.'
The president said that the $25 billion over 10 years that the legislation appropriated only provided $1 billion up front for his wall and he didn't want to have to go back to Congress and ask for the money each year. 
He signaled he wouldn't sign the bill he seemed to be referring to at the time because it provided a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrant children. He smacked it down as amnesty for illegals.
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Pence said that Trump's stance heading into a Friday morning meeting with congressional leaders is 'no wall, no deal,' but he's willing to negotiate other aspects of an agreement to reopen the government



Pelosi has said that DACA alone is not enough for her caucus to give the president his border wall funding, anyway. He's asking for north of $5.6 billion at this point.  
The president didn't say what he offered Democrats, or what they may have agreed to, as he took one last shot at getting the government back on track before the end of the current pay period.
'I don't want to get into that, because I don't want to put them in a position where they have to justify anything to a lot of the people they have to make happy.'
He used the response as an opportunity to say that the nation does not want children dying on the way up from Central America to the United States and traveling in caravans.
Pelosi said Thursday that she'd be willing to give the president a dollar for the wall to get the government back open, but she was only half-seriously responding to a reporter's question about the potential for an agreement.
House Democrats passed bills providing no money for the wall last night that would fund the Department of Homeland Security for a little more than a month.
The White House has said that Trump would not sign the legislation, and the Senate did not bother to put it on the floor. 
As leaders departed the Capitol for their meeting on the other side of town with Trump, the Senate adjourned until Tuesday morning, ensuring that the government shutdown would continue for at least three more days.    
Trump meanwhile sent each Member of Congress a slideshow prepared Nielsen that the White House previously suggested was so sensitive that it could only be viewed in a classified setting.
GOP leaders and the White House also complained that Pelosi and Schumer walked out of the Wednesday briefing early and rudely interrupted the president's Cabinet secretary.  
The White House said in a Friday statement that Trump had sent the slideshow briefing to every member of Congress, as such. It also shared the presentation with the media.



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It was not clear why the presentation needed to take place in the Situation Room of the White House if the information could be distributed far and wide. It is usually used for classified meetings.  
A notice claimed, 'Some of those present did not want to hear the presentation at the time, and so the President decided to make it available to all Members of Congress.' 
It didn't come up at the president's press conference, where a congresswoman's calls for his impeachment and a pay raise his Cabinet members were due to receive were also discussed.
Trump made his first appearance behind the podium in the White House press briefing room on Thursday afternoon to plug his border wall on camera. He left without taking questions ten minutes later to the shock and dismay of assembled press.
He made sure he had the last word on Friday, giving an impromptu press conference in the Rose Garden on an unseasonably warm winter day. 
The temperature was 50 degrees Fahrenheit in Washington during the remarks that Trump wore an overcoat to. His vice president, accompanying lawmakers and DHS secretary signaled toward the end that they were cold. Trump offered his jacket to a shivering Nielsen but she declined and rubbed her hands together, instead, as the president forged on with questions.
He let House McCarthy and Scalise deliver remarks after Pence and had Nielsen take a question on terrorism. 
As they were leaving, Pence turned around to tell DailyMail.com that he'd reject a pay raise coming to him as an unintentional effect of the shutdown.
Democrats also spoke to press from the president's driveway, reiterating in their position that they will give him no money for the wall.
The White House has repeatedly suggested that Pelsoi would loosen her grip on border wall funding once she was formally named speaker. Trump has repeatedly claimed that Democrats are refusing him to have a platform to run on in 2020.
But the California Democrat has continued to be firm in her resolve that wall funding is not coming. 
'We're not doing a wall,' Pelosi said Thursday after she'd taken the gavel in the House. 'It has nothing to do with politics. It has to do with a wall is an immorality between countries. It's an old way of thinking. It isn't cost effective.' 

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Post by LizzyNY on Sat 05 Jan 2019, 00:44

"No wall, no deal"? How about no deal, no funding for the
White House budget? No funding for maintenance, housekeeping or kitchen staff. Close the kitchen and stop picking up after him. No funding for any staff related to him by blood or marriage. No funding for transportation for any of them to go anywhere. No funding for the Secret Service agents who protect his ass. Let him pay for everything himself. He's rich.

And if Congress lets him drag things out beyond a certain point, how about no funding for any of them? Let them feel some of the pain they're inflicting on the people who actually keep the government running. Not nice, but I hope the people who voted for drumpf are the ones who get hurt. Maybe they'll finally realize he doesn't give a damn about anyone but himself.
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Post by annemarie on Sat 05 Jan 2019, 01:13

The people who voted for him will be hurt, but a lot of them want that wall. We know this is simply a monument 
for his ego nothing more. Congress can pass a plan to open government but he has the veto to stop it.

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Post by carolhathaway on Sat 05 Jan 2019, 10:40

If I worked for the government and would be forced to work for weeks without being paid, wouldn't know how to pay the rent and bills, I might think about saying I'm ill and can't go to work...

I've read an article in Germany about the native Americans who rely on the government because the contracts written 200 years ago say that the government provides food, medicare etc for them. Due to the shutdown, this doesn't work anymore which gets the native tribes into trouble...
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Post by LizzyNY on Sat 05 Jan 2019, 15:01

Carolhathaway - A lot of people are already having trouble paying their bills .They don't make that much money to begin with so they don't have much money set aside for emergencies like this.

As for calling in sick, I saw an article yesterday that said the TSA has a lot of staff calling in sick. Here we call it the "blue flu" when government workers call in sick to protest something. (It's called the "blue flu" because it started when our police officers, who wear blue, called in sick instead of going out on strike, which is illegal for municipal unions.)
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Post by annemarie on Sat 05 Jan 2019, 16:43

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6560451/Trump-says-does-NOT-care-Democrat-supporters-hit-hardest-shutdown.html

[size=34]Trump says he does NOT care 'most of the workers not being paid' during the shutdown are Democrats, as he demands his wall be built to stop drugs and MS-13 and tells Pelosi he is waiting in the White House to cut a deal[/size]


  • Trump tweeted on Saturday ahead of planned meeting on shutdown

  • Called on Democrats to make deal and said he is 'waiting in the White House'

  • Pence and other top officials are meeting with congressional Dems on Saturday 


By KEITH GRIFFITH FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 10:52 EST, 5 January 2019 | UPDATED: 11:10 EST, 5 January 2019

     





President Donald Trump has called on Congressional Democrats to make a deal on wall funding to end the partial government shutdown.
'I don't care that most of the workers not getting paid are Democrats, I want to stop the Shutdown as soon as we are in agreement on Strong Border Security!,' Trump tweeted on Saturday morning.
'I am in the White House ready to go, where are the Dems?' he continued, about an hour before a planned meeting between top administration officials and Democrats. 
Trump has designated Vice President Mike Pence, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and advisors Stephen Miller and Jared Kushner to work with a congressional delegation at a meeting set for 11am on Saturday. 
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President Donald Trump has called on Congressional Democrats to make a deal on wall funding to end the partial government shutdown
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Trump continued with an argument that a wall is needed, writing: 'We are working hard at the Border, but we need a WALL! In 2018, 1.7 million pounds of narcotics seized, 17,000 adults arrested with criminal records, and 6000 gang members, including MS-13, apprehended. A big Human Trafficking problem.'
'The Democrats want Billions of Dollars for Foreign Aid, but they don’t want to spend a small fraction of that number on properly securing our Border. Figure that one out!' he continued. 
Earlier on Saturday, Trump said that Democrats could 'solve the Shutdown problem in a very short period of time', a day after threatening to declare a national emergency in order to build the wall without Congressional approval.
'Great support coming from all sides for Border Security (including Wall) on our very dangerous Southern Border. Teams negotiating this weekend!' Trump wrote in a tweet on Saturday morning. 'Washington Post and NBC reporting of events, including Fake sources, has been very inaccurate (to put it mildly)!'
He continued: 'The Democrats could solve the Shutdown problem in a very short period of time. All they have to do is approve REAL Border Security (including a Wall), something which everyone, other than drug dealers, human traffickers and criminals, want very badly! This would be so easy to do!'
Trump is framing the upcoming weekend talks as progress, while Democrats are emphasizing families of government workers unable to pay bills.
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The standoff has prompted economic jitters and anxiety among some in Trump's own party. But he appeared Friday in the Rose Garden to frame the weekend talks as progress, while making clear he would not reopen the government.
'We won't be opening until it's solved,' Trump said. 'I don't call it a shutdown. I call it doing what you have to do for the benefit and the safety of our country.' 
Trump also vowed on Friday that he will shut down the government for 'months or even years' if he does not get money for his border wall with Mexico. 
Trump's threat was first disclosed by Chuck Schumer, the Senate minority leader, during a news conference outside the White House following a meeting between Congressional Democrats and the President. 
He accused the president of holding federal workers 'hostage' for the wall and urged him to continue the conversation with the government open

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[size=48]63-Year-Old Great-Grandma Is Out of Work in the Shutdown and May Not Get Back-Pay: 'People Are Suffering'

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[size=14]DIANE HERBST  
January 08, 2019 11:29 AM

Just a few months ago, Donna Kelly didn’t think that this would be her life: applying for food stamps and returning to Medicaid.
But the 63-year-old single great-grandmother was especially vulnerable to the ongoing federal government shutdown, which affects some 800,000 workers. Kelly, from Washington, D.C., works as a full-time security guard for the now-shuttered Smithsonian, making little more than minimum wage as a contract worker.
She lives paycheck to paycheck — as do the majority of other Americans — and with no savings to speak of to get her through the funding freeze, Kelly has had to turn to welfare this week.
“I’m real concerned,” she tells PEOPLE. “I’m trying not to stress too much, it’s not good for my pressure.”

Yet worry she does. With high blood pressure, pain in her knees and back and acid reflux, she worries about how long her medication will last and about how she will pay for the refills. She worries about not having the $50 for the co-pay to see a doctor and about not having money for her next insurance premium. She worries about not having food.
“I have to work, I need to work,” Kellys says. “If I am not working I can’t provide for myself.”
The partial government shutdown is in its third week with no end in sightfor hundreds of thousands of unpaid government workers.

“As of today, I paid my rent and I paid my childcare and I do not know how I am going to pay the rest of my bills to get through the month,” Kristie Scarazzo a 45-year-old single mom who moved to California in the fall for a dream job with the government, told PEOPLE recently.
“It’s ugly and unfortunate,” she said.
Contract employees face the added uncertainty of possibly never receiving back-pay when the shutdown does resolve. Both Kelly and two of her daughters fall into that category.
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Donna Kelly
Courtesy of Julie Karant, 32BJ SEIU
“For workers who work for contractors, and who don’t work directly for the government, there’s no guarantee that they’ll be paid,” Lenore Friedlaender, assistant to the president of Kelly’s union, told BuzzFeed News. “The increasing reality is that they have to be prepared for the fact that they may never get that money.”

Those workers include the 550 security guards, cleaners and handymen that the union, 32BJ SEIU, represents and who work in federal buildings, a spokeswoman tells PEOPLE.
Kelly expects a paycheck soon for the partial week she worked before the Smithsonian closed on Jan. 2, and she is hopeful that the unemployment benefits she applied for will begin arriving in the next several weeks.
But more bills are always coming due, and she’s nervous about how she’ll pay for gas and electricity at her home, for which she receives subsidized assistance through Section 8.

Kelly has a message for both Congressional lawmakers and Trump.
“I want them to understand the seriousness of this shutdown and how it affects the people, because there are a lot of people who depend on their paycheck and we can’t survive without it,” she says.
“It’s very serious,” she continues. “People are suffering. They need work and need to be able to provide for themselves.”[/size]

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According to the Guardian, Trump's plea for money tonight wil not be for his 'Wall' but wil to his re-election campaign..........

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