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Westlake Legal Group > Posts tagged "r/politics" (Page 534)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Men Behind ‘Heartbeat’ Bills ‘Don’t Know The First Thing About A Woman’s Body Outside Of The Things They Want From It’

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Even more concerning is this bill being considered in Ohio: Some key highlights:

The bill would ban nontherapeutic abortions that include “drugs or devices used to prevent the implantation of a fertilized ovum.”

And Becker says the bill also speaks to coverage of ectopic or tubal pregnancies where the fertilized egg attaches outside of the womb.

“Part of that treatment would be removing that embryo from the fallopian tube and reinserting it in the uterus so that is defined as not an abortion under this bill,” Becker explains.’

This is not a thing! There is no way to take an ectopic pregnancy and reimplant it! And even if there was such a medical treatment, he is proposing invasive surgical procedures on a woman so she won’t be charged with abortion?

The bill would also make illegal any birth control that stops the implantation of a fertilized egg, such as birth control pills or IUDs.

“When you get into the contraception and abortifacients, that’s clearly not my area of expertise but I suppose, if it were true that what we typically known as the pill would be classified as an abortifacient, then I would imagine the drug manufacturers would reformulate it so it’s no longer an abortifacient and is strictly a contraceptive,” Becker says.

20% of Ohio reps have signed on as supporting this absolutely ill-conceived and nonviable bill. Not one has bothered to take the time to speak with a medical doctor to see if it is even remotely realistic.

And here we are, DumDum Misogyny trying to legislate women’s health and reproductive rights. Taking women back 50 years, one red state at a time.

EDIT: Look at this absolute travesty of legislation just signed into law in GA. Georgia Just Criminalized Abortion. Women Who Terminate Their Pregnancies Would Receive Life in Prison.

A woman who seeks out an illegal abortion from a health care provider would be a party to murder, subject to life in prison. And a woman who miscarries because of her own conduct—say, using drugs while pregnant—would be liable for second-degree murder, punishable by 10 to 30 years’ imprisonment. Prosecutors may interrogate women who miscarry to determine whether they can be held responsible; if they find evidence of culpability, they may charge, detain, and try these women for the death of their fetuses.

Prosecutors, not doctors, will determine if a woman should be charged with murder because of a miscarriage.

Even women who seek lawful abortions out of state may not escape punishment. If a Georgia resident plans to travel elsewhere to obtain an abortion, she may be charged with conspiracy to commit murder, punishable by 10 years’ imprisonment. An individual who helps a woman plan her trip to get an out-of-state abortion, or transports her to the clinic,** may also be charged with conspiracy**. These individuals, after all, are “conspiring” to end of the life of a “person” with “full legal recognition” under Georgia law.

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Schiff Introduces Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United

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I hope people understand that campaign finance/election reform is one of the biggest (the biggest in my opinion) issues of our time. If you’ve ever said to they’re all the same or my vote doesn’t matter, and so on, without falling into false-equivalence—you’re partly right, and it’s because of this.

There’s a lot we could do in the realm of campaign finance/election reform, but the most ideal goals are:

  • Reversal of SpeechNow v. FEC (Corporations/Unions can donate) and Citizens United v. FEC (these entities can donate unlimited amounts, effectively crippling the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002, a.k.a McCain-Feingold Act) and redefining Buckley v. Valeo (Set no limit on campaign expenditures, setting a precedent to throw equality of political speech out and equating money to free-speech).

  • Publicly funded elections to level the playing-field and not limit our pool of candidates to those who have deep pockets or friends with deep-pockets.

  • Transition to an alternative voting system (such as IRV or Approval voting—both of which are far superior to FPTP). This allows for (1) independent tickets to run without running the risk of spoiling your vote (splitting tickets and ending up with your least-preferable candidate), (2) the victor has the largest possible majority, and (3) reduces the odds that a Gore v. Bush will repeat and someone without the popular vote will be elected. Countries like France and states like Maine employ this to great success.

  • Abolition of the Electoral College

Finally, there is also the issue of gerrymandering. For addressing Gerrymandering, the most promising solution is a technical one. Computer algorithms can independently re-district locations as fairly as naturally possible under the circumstances, all the while being overseen by an independent bipartisan committee who would intervene in exceptional cases or shortcomings of the software’s redistricting algorithm.

Campaign finance/election reform also has bipartisan appeal among voters. When you look at the problems the right and left both have with government, the common denominator is money and a lack of representation. In fact, this is the easiest topic to bring people on opposite ends of the spectrum together at the same table. No other single issue transcends almost every other national issue in the U.S. Bear in mind that I am referring to the average electorate—not party officials.

Say what you will about former democratic candidate Lawrence Lessig (who? you might ask), but he was right to put his sole weight on this issue. We need more candidates willing to put this issue front & center.

So why is the system so broken and why is it so hard to change?

Big money tends to disproportionately help Republicans. As a result, they favor lax campaign finance laws. Gerrymandering is used by both parties for different reasons, but ultimately to diminish the effective representation of their opponents while artificially bolstering their own. This is counter to the interests of the American people as a whole, and serves to muddy the waters of discourse. For Democrats, it takes more money to offset this disadvantage in the wake of Citizens United and SpeechNow cases.

On the other hand, this is a way Republicans have now increased their natural advantage over Democrats. If you DON’T embrace the unleashed corporate financing of elections, then you are at a disadvantage. But if you want to play by the game in order to change the rules of the game in the end, then you’ll be accused of being a hypocrite. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

If there was a single issue to vote on, Campaign Finance / Election Reform would be it. And if you don’t believe the severity of this issue, first watch this short video, and then watch this short video from represent.us and connect the dots.

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House Judiciary Committee Considers Contempt Resolution Against Attorney General | Discussion Thread

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Reminder. Barr claims Christian nationalist wackjob positions too.

Just last month, Barr joined former attorneys general Edwin Meese III and Michael B. Mukasey in a Washington Post column praising the views of Jeff Sessions, the former attorney general forced out by Trump. The three laud Sessions in part for his October 2017 directive “to all executive departments containing guidance for protecting religious expression.” The Sessions order, Americans United pointed out, is just a blueprint for using religion to discriminate. Americans United criticized the guidance for insisting that religious organizations have a right to take taxpayer money and discriminate against employees and the people they serve. The language, AU said, could give federal government workers the right to use their religious beliefs as a reason to discriminate and deny services to other Americans.

Some older statements by Barr are equally troubling. Barr, who served as attorney general under President George H.W. Bush from November of 1991 until the end of Bush’s presidency early in 1993, gave at least two speeches in 1992 during which he attacked church-state separation and secular government.

Addressing a conference of governors on juvenile crime in Milwaukee on April 1, 1992, Barr blasted public schools for no longer providing moral instruction. He asserted that public schools had undergone a “moral lobotomy” and blamed it on “extremist notions of separation of church and state.”

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Trump explains his businesses lost so much because he was avoiding tax

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Donald Trump, Business Genius, Lost More Than $1 Billion Over 10 Years

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Trump’s Old Tweet About People Who Don’t Pay Taxes Comes Back To Haunt Him

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I had to look it up:

“The state of New York and Donald Trump have decided to kill Trump on the Ocean, The Donald’s massive catering hall and restaurant space on the boardwalk in Jones Beach, Long Island. According to Newsday, Trump and state parks officials agreed that the oceanfront 80,000-square-foot project, and especially its 14,000-square-feet of basement space, was maybe kind of a terrible idea given the danger posed by more storms like Hurricane Sandy.

More than anything, this sounds like the state and The Donald washing their hands of what had been a six-year-long headache. The state shot down Trump’s plans for the massive project four times after he initially proposed back in 2006, leading to lawsuits that the state won. In June, Trump and the state finally reached an agreement on the 400-seat restaurant and enormous events space, four months to the day before Sandy destroyed the boardwalk.”

https://ny.eater.com/2012/12/27/6502751/sandy-officially-kills-trump-on-the-ocean-in-jones-beach

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Trump’s Old Tweet About People Who Don’t Pay Taxes Comes Back To Haunt Him

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I had to look it up:

“The state of New York and Donald Trump have decided to kill Trump on the Ocean, The Donald’s massive catering hall and restaurant space on the boardwalk in Jones Beach, Long Island. According to Newsday, Trump and state parks officials agreed that the oceanfront 80,000-square-foot project, and especially its 14,000-square-feet of basement space, was maybe kind of a terrible idea given the danger posed by more storms like Hurricane Sandy.

More than anything, this sounds like the state and The Donald washing their hands of what had been a six-year-long headache. The state shot down Trump’s plans for the massive project four times after he initially proposed back in 2006, leading to lawsuits that the state won. In June, Trump and the state finally reached an agreement on the 400-seat restaurant and enormous events space, four months to the day before Sandy destroyed the boardwalk.”

https://ny.eater.com/2012/12/27/6502751/sandy-officially-kills-trump-on-the-ocean-in-jones-beach

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Trump Tax Returns Show Over $1 Billion in Losses: NYT

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5 Takeaways From 10 Years of Trump Tax Figures: Newly obtained details from the president’s tax returns reveal a decade in the red, with $1.17 billion in business losses.

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Trump was over a billion in debt and the Russians bailed him out. This is how he made a come back

► Trump was first compromised by the Russians back in the 80s. In 1984, the Russian Mafia began to use Trump real estate to launder money and it continued for decades. In 1987, the Soviet ambassador to the United Nations, Yuri Dubinin, arranged for Trump and his then-wife, Ivana, to enjoy an all-expense-paid trip to Moscow to consider possible business prospects. Only seven weeks after his trip, Trump ran full-page ads in the Boston Globe, the NYT and WaPO calling for, in effect, the dismantling of the postwar Western foreign policy alliance. The whole Trump/Russian connection started out as laundering money for the Russian mob through Trump’s real estate, but evolved into something far bigger.

► In 1984, David Bogatin — a Russian mobster, convicted gasoline bootlegger, and close ally of Semion Mogilevich, a major Russian mob boss — met with Trump in Trump Tower right after it opened. Bogatin bought five condos from Trump at that meeting. Those condos were later seized by the government, which claimed they were used to launder money for the Russian mob. (NY Times, Apr 30, 1992)

► Felix Sater is a Russian-born former mobster, and former managing director of NY real estate conglomerate Bayrock Group LLC located on the 24th floor of Trump Tower. He is a convict who became a govt cooperator for the FBI and other agencies. He grew up with Michael Cohen–Trump’s former “fixer” attorney. Cohen’s family owned El Caribe, which was a mob hangout for the Russian Mafia in Brooklyn. Cohen had ties to Ukrainian oligarchs through his in-laws and his brother’s in-laws. Felix Sater’s father had ties to the Russian mob. This goes back more than 30 years.

► Trump was $4 billion in debt after his Atlantic City casinos went bankrupt. No U.S. bank would touch him. Then foreign money began flowing in through Bayrock (mentioned above). Bayrock was run by two investors: Tevfik Arif, a Kazakhstan-born former Soviet official who drew on bottomless sources of money from the former Soviet republic; and Felix Sater, a Russian-born businessman who had pleaded guilty in the 1990s to a huge stock-fraud scheme involving the Russian mafia. Bayrock partnered with Trump in 2005 and poured money into the Trump organization under the legal guise of licensing his name and property management.

► Semion Mogilevich was the brains behind the Russian Mafia. Mogilevich operatives have been using Trump real estate for decades to launder money. That means Russian Mafia operatives have been part of his fortune for years, that many of them have owned condos in Trump Towers and other properties, that they were running operations out of Trump’s crown jewel. (Mogilevich’s role today is unclear).

► One of the most important things that is often overlooked is that the Russia Mafia is part and parcel of Russian intelligence. Russia is a mafia state. that is not a metaphor. Putin is head of the Mafia. So the fact that they have been operating out of the home of the president of the United States is deeply disturbing.

► From Craig Unger’s AMA: “Early on, a source told me that all this was tied to Semion Mogilevich, the powerful Russian mobster. I had never even heard of him, but I immediately went to a database that listed the owners of all properties in NY state and looked up all the Trump properties. Every time I found a Russian sounding name, I would Google, and add Mogilevich. When you do investigative reporting, you anticipate drilling a number of dry holes, but almost everyone I googled turned out to be a Russian mobster. Again and again. If you know New York you don’t expect Trump Tower to be a high crime neighborhood, but there were far too many Russian mobsters in Trump properties for it to be a coincidence.”

► So many Russians bought Trump apartments at his developments in Florida that the area became known as Little Moscow. The developers of two of his hotels were Russians with significant links to the Russian mob. The late leader of that mob in the United States, Vyacheslav Kirillovich Ivankov, was living at Trump Tower.

► According to a Bloomberg investigation (March 16, 2017) into Trump World Tower, “a third of units sold on floors 76 through 83 by 2004 involved people or limited liability companies connected to Russia and neighboring states.”

► In July 2008, the height of the recession, Donald Trump sold a mansion in Palm Beach for $95 million to Dmitry Rybolovlev, a Russian oligarch. Trump had purchased it four years earlier for $41.35 million. The sale price was nearly $54 million more than Trump had paid for the property. Again, this was the height of the recession when all other property had plummeted in value.

► In 2013, Federal agents busted an “ultraexclusive, high-stakes, illegal poker ring” run by Russian gangsters out of Trump Tower. In addition to card games, they operated illegal gambling websites, ran a global sports book and laundered more than $100 million. A condo directly below one owned by Trump reportedly served as HQ for a “sophisticated money-laundering scheme” connected to Semion Mogilevich.

► Rudy Giuliani famously prosecuted the Italian mob while he was a federal prosecutor, yet the Russian mob was allowed to thrive under his tenure in the Southern District and Mayor. And now he’s deeply entwined in the business of Trump and Russian oligarchs. Giuiani appointed Semyon Kislin to the NYC Economic Development Council in 1990, and the FBI described Kislin as having ties tot he Russian mob. Of course, it made good political sense for Giuliani to get headlines for smashing the Italian mob.

► A lot of Republicans in Washington are implicated. Boatloads of Russian money went to the GOP–often in legal ways. The NRA got as much as $70M from Russia, then funneled it to the GOP. The Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee lead by McConnel got millions from Leonard Blavatnik. In the 90s, the Russians began sending money to top GOP leaders, like Speaker of the House Tom Delay. Unger’s book alleges that most of the GOP leadership has been compromised by RU money.

► At the Cityscape USA’s Bridging US and the Emerging Real Estate Markets Conference held in Manhattan, on September 9, 10, and 11, 2008, Trump Jr. was frank about the tide of Russian money supporting the family business, saying “…And in terms of high-end product influx into the US, Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets.”

► Eric Trump told James Dodson, a golf reporter, in 2014 that the Trump Organization was able to expand during the financial crisis because “We don’t rely on American banks. We have all the funding we need out of Russia.”

Outcomes that show Trump is taking orders from Putin:

► At the end of 2018, Putin and his allies started making a strong push for a resolution that would justify their country’s 1979 invasion of Afghanistan and reverse an 1989 vote backed by Mikhail Gorbachev that condemned it. The Putinists’ goal was to pass the resolution by Feb. There is no one on this side of the Atlantic who thinks the USSR was justified in invading Afghanistan. And out of nowhere, on January 2nd, Trump came out strongly supporting Russia’s 1979 invasion of Afghanistan.

► Trump went against American intelligence on North Korean missiles. He told the FBI he didn’t believe their intelligence because Putin told him otherwise. “I don’t care, I believe Putin”

► Trump met in secret with Putin the G20 summit in November 2018, without note takers. 19 days later, he announced a withdrawal from Syria. As a note, Trump conducted FIVE completely private meetings and conferences with Putin, and has gone to great lengths to prevent literally anyone, even people in his administration, from learning what was discussed.

► Trump refused to enforce sanctions legally codified into law – and in some cases reversed standing sanctions on Russian companies.

► He has denounced his own intelligence agencies in a press conference with Putin on election meddling – and publicly endorsed Putin’s version of events. .

► Trump pulled out of the INF treaty with no explanation, which allows Putin to create long-range hypersonic missiles that threaten Europe with impunity. The US already has all the weaponry that the INF would ban the development of, so this offers us literally nothing, while allowing Russia to develop powerful new weapons to challenge our allies.

► And of course, Trump continues to threaten to pull out of NATO, a move so catastrophically stupid, so inconceivably cosmically myopic, I truly can’t express the profundity of the idiocy. Suffice to say, pulling out of NATO would be like the only guy in a prison yard with a shotgun just throwing it over the fence for absolutely no reason, suddenly giving the people with crude homemade shivs complete power.

► In summation: Trump was $4 billion in debt and the Russians bailed him out.

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Decade in the Red: Trump Tax Figures Show Over $1 Billion in Business Losses

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By the time his master-of-the-universe memoir “Trump: The Art of the Deal” hit bookstores in 1987, Donald J. Trump was already in deep financial distress, losing tens of millions of dollars on troubled business deals, according to previously unrevealed figures from his federal income tax returns.

Mr. Trump was propelled to the presidency, in part, by a self-spun narrative of business success and of setbacks triumphantly overcome. He has attributed his first run of reversals and bankruptcies to the recession that took hold in 1990. But 10 years of tax information obtained by The New York Times paints a different, and far bleaker, picture of his deal-making abilities and financial condition.

The data — printouts from Mr. Trump’s official Internal Revenue Service tax transcripts, with the figures from his federal tax form, the 1040, for the years 1985 to 1994 — represents the fullest and most detailed look to date at the president’s taxes, information he has kept from public view. Though the information does not cover the tax years at the center of an escalating battle between the Trump administration and Congress, it traces the most tumultuous chapter in a long business career — an era of fevered acquisition and spectacular collapse.

The numbers show that in 1985, Mr. Trump reported losses of $46.1 million from his core businesses — largely casinos, hotels and retail space in apartment buildings. They continued to lose money every year, totaling $1.17 billion in losses for the decade.

In fact, year after year, Mr. Trump appears to have lost more money than nearly any other individual American taxpayer, The Times found when it compared his results with detailed information the I.R.S. compiles on an annual sampling of high-income earners. His core business losses in 1990 and 1991 — more than $250 million each year — were more than double those of the nearest taxpayers in the I.R.S. information for those years.

If this trend never changed, except for money coming in from Russia Eric bragged about, that is probably why he didn’t want to release. It would be indisputable evidence he’s a fraud.

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