Putin Says He's Willing To Rejoin The Group Of Seven After Trump's Invite

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday said he welcomed President Donald Trump’s call for allowing his country back into the Group of Seven, even as that proposal was dismissed by most of the leaders of the other nations that comprise the partnership.

Putin, whose country was expelled in 2014 from what was then the Group of Eight major industrial nations over Russia’s annexation of Crimea, also suggested hosting the organization’s next summit in Moscow.

“We did not (choose to) leave it, our colleagues refused to come to Russia due to known reasons at some point,” Putin told reporters at a briefing in the Chinese city of Qingdao, Reuters reported. “Please, we will be glad to see everyone here in Moscow.“

President Donald Trump found himself at odds with U.S. allies over Russia and trade policy during the Group of Seven summit in Quebec over the weekend. (Bloomberg via Getty Images)President Donald Trump found himself at odds with U.S. allies over Russia and trade policy during the Group of Seven summit in Quebec over the weekend. (Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Trump on Friday suggested that Russia should be reinstated to the group, telling reporters that his view “may not be politically correct” but “we should have Russia at the negotiating table.”

Italy’s new prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, seconded Trump’s idea. But other G-7 leaders showed no interest in it.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Saturday the group is not “even remotely” considering readmitting Russia. Aside from the dispute over Russia annexing the Crimea from Ukraine, the Kremlin’s standing within the international community has been eroded by its meddling in elections in other countries. These include the U.S., France, Germany, Norway, Spain and Ukraine, U.S. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said on Friday.

Trump faces his own problems with the G-7′s other members, especially over trade policy.

Trump chatted with Russian President Vladimir Putin last November during a summit in Danang, Vietnam. (Sputnik Photo Agency / Reuters)Trump chatted with Russian President Vladimir Putin last November during a summit in Danang, Vietnam. (Sputnik Photo Agency / Reuters)

Trump on Saturday withdrew support for a joint statement issued by the other G-7 nations ― Canada, the U.K. Germany, France, Italy and Japan ― just hours after expressing support for it. He took the step of disavowing the statement as he and Trudeau exchanged barbs over Trump’s move to impose tariffs on aluminum and steel imports from Canada, Mexico and the European Union

As part of the bickering, Trump threatened to “stop trading” with some of the U.S.′ closest allies and to impose tariffs on foreign automobile imports from Canada.

He left the summit early on Saturday, skipping out on a discussion on global climate change to travel to Singapore ahead of his Tuesday summit there with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un on Monday.

French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday hit back at Trump over trade policy and other matters on which the president with other G-7 nations, saying in a Twitter that “maybe the American president doesn’t care about being isolated today, but we don’t mind being six, if needs be.”

Trump shakes hands with France's President Emmanuel Macron during a bilateral meeting at the G-7 summit on Friday. (Leah Millis / Reuters)Trump shakes hands with France's President Emmanuel Macron during a bilateral meeting at the G-7 summit on Friday. (Leah Millis / Reuters)

The six remaining nations, he said, “represent values” and a “true international market force.”

A photograph capturing Macron and Trump shaking hands on Friday showed the imprint of the French leader’s fingers left on the president’s hand, suggesting he gave Trump a particularly forceful grip.

The imprint of Macron's thumb can be seen across the back of Trump's hand after they shook hands. (Leah Millis / Reuters)The imprint of Macron's thumb can be seen across the back of Trump's hand after they shook hands. (Leah Millis / Reuters)
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Seven Acres And Independence…

TOM CHATHAM–Any size homestead that fulfills your needs is a good size but here are some things to look at when designing one. Different people desire different things and that will determine how much land you need.

I have determined that 7 acres is a good size small homestead that can provide all of the items you need to be self sufficient to a large degree.

Two acres for a wood lot
One acre for buildings, garden, orchard
Two acres for pasture
Two acres for grain crops

Two acres of mature timber will produce about 1.5 to 2 cords of wood per year sustainably. That will provide you with wood for cooking and heating during the winter months.

One acre is enough for a home and out buildings, a large garden and a small orchard. This will provide enough food not only for your family but extra to sell.

Two acres for pasture will provide enough grass for two cows. A milk cow and a beef cow to provide dairy products and meat throughout the year.

Two acres will produce enough grain for your family’s needs and extra to feed hogs or chickens and still have extra to sell.

The amount of acreage you need will depend mainly on the systems you decide to have for food production and how much extra you want to produce for sale but the 7 acres outlined above will satisfy the needs of most people. It is important to understand that different people will have different needs. Some people may not want to produce meat for consumption and elect to rely on a vegan diet. This would require much less land, while others may want to produce excess meat for sale that requires more land.

Whatever you decide your ultimate goal will be, this 7 acre plot is a good starting point to insure you allow room for the production systems you plan to use. A farm of this size is within the ability of just about anybody in terms of cost and work load. The ability to produce food, shelter, products to sell and even a large portion of your energy needs can provide a good nights sleep when the world around you ceases to function as normal.

A homestead of this type can not only provide a means of income but provide a survival position to insure your family has the basics they need if financial difficulties grip the world once again. Having little money on hand becomes less of a problem if your needs are provided for internally. This is something many people never think about until they suddenly find themselves in desperate need of resources.

Most people work for a paycheck to provide enough income to buy the resources they need on a daily basis. The more resources you provide for yourself the less income you will need to produce. Producing a dollars worth of resources for yourself is worth much more than a dollar when you take into account taxes, transportation costs and other assorted expenses associated with making that dollar at an off sight job. Producing most of your resources internally can greatly reduce the income you need to get by which is becoming harder every day for many people.

Something as simple as a small homestead can provide you with many benefits depending on your situation. It can provide relaxation from a fast paced world, a retirement home to reduce expenses, a means to produce extra income or an escape when chaos engulfs the world. Building a small homestead does not have to be expensive or difficult. All it requires is a solid plan and the will to make it happen.

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Israel’s seven decades of plunder

Gilad Atzmon writes:

“I am perhaps the luckiest Jew who ever lived,” bragged Shmuel Rosner in the New York Times. Recently Israel celebrated its 70th anniversary. We witnessed a disturbing display of tribal hubris. I would like to believe that those who are even vaguely familiar with Jewish history know that this level of self-love has been a recipe for disaster. 

“I am the Jew who gets to see Jewish ingenuity unapologetically celebrated,” Rosner wrote. And he is certainly right. The sight of Israeli soldiers shooting Palestinian protesters is certainly a unique celebration of “ingenuity”. Rosner feels “lucky” to see “Jewish material success flourish”. I accept that material wealth is important but wouldn’t it be a bit more clever for Rosner to conceal his affinity for mammon?

“I am the Jew who after 2,000 years gets to witness Jewish political independence.” I am sorry to remind Rosner that this sense of “independence” costs the American taxpayers $6 million dollars a day.

Israel has in fact celebrated seven decades of plunder, oppression and impunity. The voices of peace in Israel, from people like David Grossman, Uri Avnery and Gideon Levi, are fading.

Rosner informs us that “in survey after survey, more Israelis choose “Jewish” over “Israeli” as their main identity. And by this they do not refer to a religion (Judaism) but to a nation (the Jewish people).” Rosner is correct in noting that Israel has become increasingly Jewish. Zionism promised to make the Jews a people like all other peoples. It promised to make Israel into a “home” for the Jews. But Israel is not a home. It is a Jewish ghetto surrounded by walls and its politics are driven by hatred, xenophobia and Pre-Traumatic Stress. Israel is a reincarnation of the European shtetle.

Israeli author David Grossman spoke recently at the joint alternative memorial ceremony for Israelis and Palestinian Arabs in Tel Aviv. This event, inspired by reconciliation and harmony, faced many obstacles from Israeli society and government.

Grossman didn’t feel as lucky as Rosner. “What is a home?” he asked, adding:

Home is a place whose walls – borders – are clear and accepted; whose existence is stable, solid and relaxed; whose inhabitants know its intimate codes; whose relations with its neighbours have been settled. It conveys a sense of the future.

And we Israelis, even after 70 years – no matter how many words dripping with patriotic honey will be uttered in the coming days – we are not yet there. We are not yet home. Israel was established so that the Jewish people, who have nearly never felt at-home-in-the-world, would finally have a home.

And now, 70 years later, strong Israel may be a fortress, but it is not yet a home.

The solution to the great complexity of Israeli-Palestinian relations can be summed up in one short formula: if the Palestinians don’t have a home, the Israelis won’t have a home either.

It is hard to argue with Grossman’s ethical insight.

Israel has in fact celebrated seven decades of plunder, oppression and impunity. The voices of peace in Israel, from people like David Grossman, Uri Avnery and Gideon Levi, are fading. Israel, as Rosner attests, is a Jewish State. Israelis choose to bond with their “Jewish identity”. Peace and reconciliation are not something we should expect to see any time soon.

In his New York Times article, Rosner expressed this as a materialistic precept. “The more we [Jews] have, the more obligated we are to guard it and the more afraid we are to lose it.” This is not exactly a call for sharing the land. Instead, it provides a window into the crudeness inherent in Israeli exceptionalism.

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Understanding The Seven Year Cycle and The Stages of Our Lives

“There is nothing permanent except change.” – Heraclitus

There is no arguing that change is a constant in the world today. Close your eyes for but a moment, and you may find that the entire world has changed around you. It’s not only the world around us that is always shifting and evolving, as we, too, grow through our life experiences. It is this concept of change that fascinated the early twentieth-century philosopher Rudolf Steiner, inspiriting his best-known work – a theory of human development that was based on seven-year cycles, associated with astrology.

Believing that there is a clear link between science and spirituality, Steiner’s work, which he referred to as ‘Spiritual Science,’ effectively combined both schools of thought into one overall way of thinking. While some argued that his work could be classified as a form of ‘mysticism,’ Steiner argued that his approach was different as It was far more specific and defined.

Steiner’s theories in relation to development and human life stages provide an interesting insight for doctors, teachers, and psychiatrists to evaluate the way in which it evolved throughout our lives, and how this evolution impacts who we are at each stage of our lives. These changes may be brought on by internal struggle, outside stimuli or even energies that, in many cases, defy explanation for the average individual.

Interested in better understanding Steiner’s work? Here is a break down of the life stages in the seven-year cycle:

0-7 Years

Arguably the most important and influential of the life stages, the first seven years of a child’s life builds the foundation upon which every other stage will build. Associated with the moon, this is the time in which a child establishes their beliefs, values, and morals that will carry them through life. This includes the large influential powers of culture and religion and continues through to the more individual influences of one’s parents or guardians. As children begin to learn the most basic of skills, including language, problem-solving, and rational thinking, they will also begin to determine their behavioral responses and individual thought processes. It is important to note that anything a child encounters during this time may work to influence their later life.


7-14 Years

Building upon the foundation laid out in the first 7 years, a child now continues their growth and development through this stage, working towards adulthood. Associated with the planet Mercury, the second stage is the time in which a child truly begins to understand their thoughts, feelings, and emotions, including how to express them. With a better understanding of their own mind and inner personality, the child will now start to explore the outside world, and the way that they fit into the bigger picture. They begin to learn how to better interact with one another, as well as starting to realize that each of us has our own purpose and intention in life.


14-21 Years

The third stage, spanning ages 14-21 is associated with Venus. It is during this time that an individual begins to develop a new self-awareness, exploring the emotional and sexual areas of their lives. They will begin to recognize new feelings and thoughts, opening the door to emotional responses that they have never before experienced. Furthermore, it is during this time that they begin to recognize their sexual desires, expanding their understanding of human relationships and the way in which we interact with one another. All of this, combined with the physical changes that occur moving from preteen to adult life, creates a highly emotional and challenging period of time. This often leads to questioning one’s beliefs, especially those relating to religion.


21-28 Years

A time of re-evaluation and refinement, it is during this stage that the individual begins to truly understand who they are. As the individual starts to establish their career, finds lasting adult relationships and starts to experience life-changing events such as marriage and start their own family, their personality and identity slowly become more concrete. As they start to understand their own emotions, they also find their eyes are opened to the struggles of those around them, creating stronger feelings of compassion and empathy in those who are willing to listen to their own heart.


28-35 Years

While the changes during this stage are subtle, they are an important step in the direction of truly understanding and embracing ourselves and all that we have to offer. It is during this stage of our life that we begin to tap into our inner creativity, providing us with improved problem-solving skills and a new outlook on the life that we are living. If one has held onto their religious convictions up to this stage, they will suddenly find themselves experiencing revelations, rediscovering truths and interpretations of their fundamental beliefs.


35-42 Years

Having experienced incredible personal growth and discovery up to this stage in their life, the individual now finds themselves drawn to share this knowledge with anyone that they can assist around them. For some, this desire may run so deep that they suddenly undertake complete changes to their career choices, seeking one that is better suited for the teaching and sharing of knowledge. For others, taking on a volunteer position, or reaching out to a child or two that is already in their lives may allow them to fill this void.


42-49 Years

Associated with the planet Mars, this is often the stage that we see people experiencing a ‘midlife crisis.’ This is due to the fact that this stage is characterized by self-reflection and assessment. Looking back on the life that they have lived up to this point the individual will often find themselves intrigued by a new direction or journey in life. This may result in career changes, new directions in life or even a change of life partner. They will develop a newfound respect for the importance of relationships in their life. Embracing who they fundamentally are, many will find themselves seeking new ways to express this personality ‘before it’s too late.’


49-56 Years

As one starts to experience a decline in their physical abilities, their mental self is sharpened, reaching peak performance. The individual will take the time, at this stage, to look back at their life thus far, taking an inventory of all they have learned and achieved, and where this has taken them in life. This level of self-reflection can be incredibly challenging, leading to depression, anxiety, and moodiness, however, if they are able to work through these emotions, they will discover a new purpose in life.


56-63 Years

Firmly settling into the second half of their life, it is at this stage that the individual will begin to accept and learn to love who they genuinely are. If, up to this point, the individual has been living with a barrier in place, hiding their vulnerable self from the rest of the world, it is during this time that they begin to explore the idea of allowing this to drop, exposing their true thoughts and emotions with the rest of the world in each situation. For those that are in a relationship, this stage of life will tighten that bond immensely.


63-70 Years

As the individual learns to better understand themselves, and all the pieces of their personality that adds up to this incredible whole, they can apply this open mind and understanding to the other people in their lives. This will empower them to better accept any differences, seeking to understanding new ways of thinking and share in new experiences. As society begins to step back, lowering their expectations, the individual is now free to explore what they ‘want’ as opposed to what they ‘should’ do in this life. This is incredibly empowering, allowing them to discover new joys in this life.


70-77 Years

Armed with a new appreciation for the subtleties in life, the individual has now almost stepped free entirely from society’s expectations. This frees them focus solely on their own priorities. For some, this will be a time to re-evaluate their relationships, loving deeper and more sincerely than ever before. For others, they will find themselves drawn to hobbies that have always intrigued them, or always held a place of importance in their lives. Their sense of self-acceptance will grow immensely during this time, gaining strength and traction. Never before have the felt as though they better ‘understood’ who they fundamentally are.


77-84 Years (and beyond)

Taking the lessons that they have learned throughout the course of their life, the individual will take steps to remove all negativity from their lives, focusing their eyes solely on the thing that bring them joy and happiness. They will find that life’s mysteries, which have plagued them throughout the course of their lives, are suddenly made clear. Desiring to leave a legacy behind for generations to come, they will begin to dedicate the time and energy required to make this a reality.


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Israeli Forces Kill Seven Palestinian Protesters on Gaza Border; Hundreds Injured

Israeli Forces Kill Seven Palestinian Protesters on Gaza Border; Hundreds Injured

March 30th, 2018

Via: Reuters:

At least seven Palestinians were killed and hundreds injured by Israeli security forces confronting one of the largest Palestinian demonstrations along the Israel-Gaza border in recent years, Gaza medical officials said.

One of the dead was aged 16 and most of the casualties were struck by gunfire, according to Palestinian medics who estimated the number of wounded at around 500 by mid-afternoon.

The Israeli military said that its troops had used “riot dispersal means and firing towards main instigators� and that some of the demonstrators were “rolling burning tires and hurling stones� at the border fence and at soldiers.

Palestinian health officials said Israeli forces used mostly gunfire against the protesters, in addition to tear gas and rubber bullets. Witnesses said the military had used a drone in at least one location to drop tear gas.




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Video of pit bull lunging at seven-year-old boy and breaking his wrist in savage attack in Taiwan

Money, a pit bull pup, is said to have felt threatened by a seven -year-old boy who was throwing treats in his direction in south-western Taiwan


CCTV footage captured the heart-stopping moment a pit bull pup attacked a young boy who tried to feed it biscuits and broke his wrist.

The months-old pit bull mix named Money is believed to have felt threatened when the seven-year-old child who lives next door threw the snack in its direction.

Security video from the alleyway in Kaohsiung City’s Hunei District in south-western Taiwan shows the boy trying to back away from the pooch, which continues to charge at him.

Money, who according to neighbours is known for being ‘aggressive’, then knocks the child to the ground and begins biting the boy’s arm and shaking its head.

The footage shows the pit bull, despite being a puppy, overpowering the victim. Even the 11-year-old boy whose family owns it is unable to stop the attack.

The older boy, surnamed Hsu, said: ‘I sat on the ground trying to pull it away, but it wouldn’t let go.’

Hsu’s mum, the owner of the pit bull, eventually runs up to separate the dog from the victim, who walks away crying.

According to the seven-year-old’s family, he suffered a broken wrist and required surgery, but they have decided not to press charges against their neighbours, who are close friends.

The victim’s mother said: ‘It was accident, and the owners have been very apologetic about it.’

Money is said to have gone to dog training classes for two months after attacking passing schoolchildren in the past, but they seem not to have worked.

The family has sent Money to a farm, where it will be a guard dog.

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Libya, seven years of misfortune Nato , by Manlio Dinucci

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The flag of the Wahhabite dynasty of the Senoussis has once again become the flag of Libya. Today, slavery has again become current practise, as it was before Mouamar Kadhafi’s coup d’État in 1969. Libya, Saudi Arabia and, in lesser measure, Qatar and the Emirate of Sharjat, are four Wahhabite States which condone this crime.

Seven years ago, on 19 March 2011, the war against Libya began. It was led by the United States first through the Africa Command, then through NATO under US command.

In seven months, about 10,000 air strikes were carried out with tens of thousands of bombs and missiles.

Italy was involved in this war with fighter bombers and air bases, tearing the Treaty of friendship and cooperation between the two countries.

Before the naval and air attack, tribal sectors and Islamic groups hostile to the government had been financed and armed in Libya, and special forces infiltrated, in particular from Qatar.

NATO demolished the State which, on the southern shore of the Mediterranean, had achieved “high levels of economic growth and high indicators of human development” (as the World Bank itself documented in 2010). About two million immigrants, mostly Africans, were employed there.

At the same time, with its sovereign wealth funds, Libya made possible the emergence of independent economic agencies of the African Union: the African Monetary Fund, the African Central Bank, the African Investment Bank.

According to the mails of secretary of state Hillary Clinton, US and France agreed to block Gaddafi’s plan to create an African currency, as an alternative to the dollar and the CFA franc imposed by France to 14 former African colonies.

Once demolished the State and murdered Gaddafi, the spoils to be shared in Libya is enormous: the oil reserves, the largest in Africa, and big natural gas reserves; the immense Nubian water table, the white gold which in perspectite is more precious than theblack gold; the Libyan territory of primary geostrategic importance; sovereign wealth funds, about 150 billion dollars invested abroad by the Libyan state, «frozen» in 2011 by the UN Security Council.

Out of the 16 billion euros of Libyan funds, blocked in the Euroclear Bank in Belgium, 10 have already disappeared without any drawing authorization. The same big robbery takes place in other European and US banks.

In Libya, energy export revenues, which fell from $ 47 billion in 2010 to 14 in 2017, are now shared among power groups and multinationals; the dinar, which previously was worth 3 dollars, is now traded at a rate of 9 dinars per dollar, while consumer goods must be imported by paying them in dollars, resulting in an annual inflation of 30%.

The standard of living of the majority of the population has collapsed due to lack of money and essential services. There is no more security or a real judicial system.

The worst condition is that of African immigrants: with the false accusation (fed by the Western media) of being “mercenaries of Gaddafi”, they were imprisoned by Islamic militias even in zoo cages, tortured and murdered.

Libya has become the main transit route, in the hands of human traffickers, of a chaotic migratory flow to Europe which, each year in the Mediterranean crossing, causes more victims than the NATO bombings in 2011.

The Libyans accused of supporting Gaddafi are also persecuted. In the city of Tawergha the Islamic militias of Misrata supported by NATO (those who murdered Gaddafi) have carried out a real ethnic cleansing, exterminating, torturing and raping.

The survivors, terrified, were compelled to leave the city. Today around 40,000 live in inhumane conditions and can not return to Tawergha.

Why are those members of the left now silent, while seven years ago they called in a loud voice for Italian intervention in Libya on behalf of violated human rights?

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Seven days in Trumpland: Confusion, scandals and indictments

For President Trump, it has been a week to forget.

Even by the standards of a White House beset by multiple investigations, routine allegations of ethical lapses and an agenda that, in and of itself, keeps news organizations struggling to keep pace, the seven-day span from Friday, Feb. 23, through Friday, March 2, stands out.

Friday, Feb. 23

In a speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Trump announced new U.S. sanctions against North Korea, and said that if those don’t work, “we’ll have to go ‘phase 2’ and phase 2 may be a very rough thing, may be very, very unfortunate for the world. But, hopefully, the sanctions will work.”

As the nation continued to grieve for the victims of the Parkland, Fla., high school massacre, Trump reiterated his view that arming teachers would deter shooters, despite news reports confirming that a uniformed sheriff’s deputy on duty at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School failed to take action against the shooter.

“A teacher would have shot the hell out of him before he knew what happened,” Trump said at CPAC.

But Friday’s real bombshell came from special counsel Robert Mueller, who obtained a guilty plea from former Trump aide Rick Gates as part of a deal that ratchets up pressure on former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort. The cooperation of Manafort,  who has been indicted on a variety of bank, tax and conspiracy charges but maintains his innocence,  is considered key to Mueller’s investigation into ties between the campaign and the Russian government.

Saturday, Feb. 24

The House Intelligence Committee released a redacted Democratic memo that rebutted claims made in an earlier Republican memo of FBI surveillance abuses during the campaign.

“The Democratic response memo released today should put to rest any concerns that the American people might have as to the conduct of the FBI, the Justice Department and the FISC,” Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said in a statement.

Indeed, the new memo undercut several of the claims made in the GOP version, including the most significant: that a FISA court granted a warrant to surveil former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page based on the so-called Steele dossier.

With the memo dominating headlines, Trump headed for a safe harbor: An interview with Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro, during which he lashed out at Schiff, calling him a “total phony” and a “bad guy,”  and then blamed his own Attorney General Jeff Sessions for not investigating the Democrats on the committee.

Monday, Feb. 26

During a meeting with many of the nation’s governors at the White House on how to make schools safer from mass shootings, Trump made news with the announcement that he had secretly met with National Rifle Association leaders Wayne LaPierre and Chris Cox over the weekend. The president then summed up his get-together with the NRA officials:

“Don’t worry about the NRA, they’re on our side,” Trump said. “Half of you are so afraid of the NRA, there’s nothing to be afraid of.”

During that same meeting, Trump raised eyebrows when imagining how he would have responded to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

“I really believe I’d run in there, even if I didn’t have a weapon,” Trump said. “I think most of the people in this room would’ve done that too. Because I know most of you. But the way they [the sheriff’s deputies who failed to confront the shooter] performed was really a disgrace.”

Tuesday, Feb. 27

With critics blasting his statements on the Parkland school shooting, another long-simmering potential conflict came to full boil: the status of Jared Kushner’s security clearance, which reportedly was downgraded from “Top Secret” to “Secret” — a virtually useless designation for a top presidential aide — as part of chief of staff John Kelly’s housecleaning of White House staffers who had not cleared their FBI background checks.

The New York Times also reported that Trump’s Department of Housing and Urban Development secretary, Ben Carson, had purchased a dining room set for $31,000 using taxpayer funds.

Also Tuesday, White House communications director and Trump confidante Hope Hicks testified before the House Intelligence Committee that she had, on occasion, been required to tell white lies for the president. Hicks also followed a similar script to that of former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon in citing executive privilege when asked questions about the transition period between Trump’s election and inauguration.

Wednesday, Feb. 28

A mid-September trial date was set for Manafort, meaning that his high-stakes case will officially overlap with the final months of the 2018 midterm elections. The judge also reprimanded Manafort for violating a gag order and speaking about the charges against him publicly. With the investigation gaining steam and Mueller having secured the cooperation of a third aide to Trump’s presidential campaign, the president again took to Twitter to vent his frustrations with Sessions.

The day’s biggest news, however, came at a White House meeting with Congress on the subject of making schools safer. Again and again, Trump confounded lawmakers by appearing to embrace Democratic positions on background checks and raising the legal age for purchasing some weapons. He went so far as to recommend seizing guns from people suspected of dangerous tendencies without a court order — a prima facie violation of the Fourth Amendment that drew the wrath of Trump’s staunchest supporters.

Late Wednesday, the White House suffered another blow, when Hicks surprised political observers in announcing she was stepping down from her role as communications director. Hicks, who was considered one of Trump’s closest confidants, was the fourth person to hold that job since the administration took office.

Thursday, March 1

In a relatively minor Trump administration scandal, EPA head Scott Pruitt announced that he would no longer fly first class on government business. Like Carson’s lavish furniture purchase, Pruitt’s travel budget had come under fire, furthering the perception that the president had not drained the Washington swamp.

Meanwhile, Trump continued to sow confusion about his position on gun control, holding a second meeting with the NRA in a week. Officials of the organization hastened to assure its members that the president did not really believe what he had clearly stated the day before.

Trump himself avoided specific legislative commitments.

Reportedly “unglued” over the flood of negative headlines in recent days, Trump abruptly called a meeting to announce Thursday that he was imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum, catching members of his own administration off-guard. The stock market sagged and many Republicans were nonplussed at the news. Perhaps no rebuke was stronger than that issued by the Wall Street Journal, whose lead editorial began, “Donald Trump made the biggest policy blunder of his Presidency Thursday by announcing that next week he’ll impose tariffs of 25% on imported steel and 10% on aluminum.”

Friday, March 2

The president further alarmed Republicans and Democrats alike Friday with tweets that seemed to bespeak a deep misunderstanding of trade deficits and economic policy.

As predicted, the European Union announced that it would impose retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods, such as Harley-Davidson motorcycles, Levi’s blue jeans and bourbon whiskey in response to Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs. In total, the EU tariffs could total $3.5 billion should the president not change his mind.

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Telemundo: A Whole Seven Seconds’ Worth Of Balance

Our domestic Spanish-language news networks march forward with their anti-Second Amendment biases on the back of the horrendous school shooting at Parkland, Florida. However, Telemundo managed to find a whole seven seconds for a pro-Second Amendment voice…in the spirit of balance.

Here’s NRA TV host and commentator Gabby Franco, weighing in on President Trump’s proposal to arm certain educators and school staff as part of a school-hardening initiative:

GABBY FRANCO, COMMENTATOR, NRATV: We have security at the banks. We have security at the Capitol. We have security at the White House, and we don’t protect the children.

Telemundo simply listed Franco as “supports firearms”. However, according to her NRA TV profile:

Tips & Tactics host and NRA News Commentator Gabby Franco is an NRA certified firearms instructor and former contestant on the History Channel’s Top Shot. At the age of 19, the Venezuelan native was the first female to qualify for the Venezuelan Olympic Shooting Team, representing her country at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. In 2002, Gabby moved to the U.S. and she is passionate about her Second Amendment freedoms — having seen firsthand what happens in a country where the government strips its citizens of their rights.

Franco is uniquely equipped and qualified to clearly communicate the importance of preserving our Second Amendment rights, and to warn against the dangers of civilian disarmament. The most recent such initiative was in Franco’s native Venezuela, where a gun grab in the aftermath of dictator Hugo Chavez’ death paved the way for the abuses and atrocities now unfolding before us.

I’m sure that Franco had a lot more to say in what appears to be a studio interview but Telemundo saw fit only to air this seven-second clip within was a full two-minute report.

Even worse, these seven seconds of Gabby Franco are pretty much the entirety of pro-Second Amendment viewpoints broadcast on our domestic Spanish-language since the Parkland shooting.

Ironically, a vast majority of U.S. Hispanics came from (or descended from those who came from) places where there has long been gun control, with disastrous results- whether it is the PRI’s “perfect dictatorship” in Mexico, the murderous Castro Regime in Cuba, the Castro puppet Maduro in Venezuela, or U.S. territory Puerto Rico, with a high crime rate despite gun laws every bit as onerous, if not more so, than Washington, D.C. or Chicago,

The shameful silencing of pro-Second Amendment vioces on Spanish-language news media continues apace, these seven seconds notwithstanding.






Source Article from https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/latino/jorge-bonilla/2018/02/24/telemundo-whole-seven-seconds-worth-balance