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Well, I hope Mr. Webb is unblemished, unbiased and not prone to influence from certain special individuals and groups.  This case stunk from the beginning and it really stunk when  the charges were dropped. 

I know, I know -- innocent till proven guilty.  But that's just it.  There was no chance for a jury to decide one way or the other.  It was all swept under the rug, probably because Smollett appears to have friends in high places.  We all need to know just what the H happened.
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Politics / Re: Trump announces increased tariffs on Chinese goods
« Last post by Right_in_Virginia on August 23, 2019, 08:32:55 PM »
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Trump's trade war with China will be worth the fight
CNN Business, Aug 23, 2019, James D. Schultz

For years, and through multiple presidential administrations — Clinton, Bush and Obama — the United States has naively looked the other way while China cheated its way to an unfair advantage in the international trade market. It took a long time to get to this point, and it's not going to turn around overnight. But with President Donald Trump's long-term approach to trade policy, the United States is in a good position to make up for the misguided policies of the past, which resulted in millions of lost jobs and thousands of shuttered factories.

A bad day or a bad week on Wall Street is not an indication that Trump's policy is failing. Market volatility is neither a surprise nor a reason to head for the lifeboats. The markets are going to react and fluctuate as the United States and China go back and forth in trade negotiations.

As the US Treasury Department reported in May, there has been, and is, an "exceptionally large and widening" bilateral trade imbalance between China and the United States."

It's not as though China hasn't had a chance to change its ways. It simply chose not to by, among other things, willfully ignoring its G20 commitment to fair trade, dumping products below cost into US markets and stealing intellectual property.

China has also recently been labeled a currency manipulator by the Treasury Department. The Chinese government, not the free market, sets its currency's value against the dollar. When China allows its currency to fall in an attempt to boost its own exporters, American companies and workers pay the price.

[...]

Something had to be done to end China's unfair practices, and rather than capitulate to the predictions of recession and calamity, we need to stay the course and continue to add tariffs to Chinese goods. We as a nation simply cannot allow China to continue to have its way with our economy.

[...]

China appears ready for a long fight, but there are indications it is already feeling the strain. Tech companies — at least 50 to date — are in the process of moving significant portions of their manufacturing operations out of China and back to other countries in an effort to get out from under US tariffs.

It seems that our choice is clear: We stay in this for the long haul to ensure that American businesses can compete on a fair playing field, or we panic and continue to allow China to play with a corked bat.

The former is sound trade policy. The latter is bad for US business, prosperity and security.


More:  https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/15/perspectives/trade-war-trump-triumph/index.html
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This guy is a piece of work...
Funny, I recall telling my dogs to go outside and do their work. Are you and I using the same definition of work?
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Politics / Biden asks voters to imagine if Obama had been assassinated
« Last post by mystery-ak on August 23, 2019, 08:31:37 PM »
Biden asks voters to imagine if Obama had been assassinated
By Tal Axelrod - 08/23/19 08:01 PM EDT

Former Vice President Joe Biden raised eyebrows Friday when he asked attendees at a town hall in New Hampshire to imagine if former President Obama had been assassinated.

The remark at the event, which was billed as focused on health care, came while Biden was talking about his political heroes, Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., according to NBC News’s Mike Memoli, who was in attendance.


"My senior semester, they were both shot and killed," Biden said. "Imagine what would have happened if, God forbid, if Barack Obama had been assassinated after becoming the de facto nominee. What would've happened in America?"

more
https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/458639-biden-asks-voters-to-imagine-if-obama-had-been-assassinated
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   Way too late for that advice @The Ghost
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    Don't be so modest @The Ghost

Don't bogart that joint @corbe
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    Don't be so modest @The Ghost
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Jussie Smollett case gets a new special prosecutor to investigate the alleged hoax
By Gabrielle Fonrouge | New York Post

   A high-profile former U.S. Attorney was appointed special prosecutor Friday morning to re-examine the Jussie Smollett case and why charges were abruptly dropped against him.

Dan Webb was picked to lead the second look at the notorious false report case — including whether new charges should be brought against the “Empire” actor — by Judge Michael Toomin during a hearing in a Chicago criminal court.

Toomin ruled back in June the case was rife with “unprecedented irregularities” and needed a special prosecutor to restore the public’s faith in the justice system.

more
https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/jussie-smollett-case-gets-a-new-special-prosecutor-to-investigate-the-alleged-hoax
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Greta stuff John! 

(You read too much Ayn Rand.)
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Politics / Re: Trump joked to aides: What if we trade Puerto Rico for Greenland?
« Last post by The Ghost on August 23, 2019, 08:27:25 PM »

It’s one, among many other reasons, why he can’t get the EU to fall in line against Iran.


Europe Has Dug In Against Trump’s Iran ‘Maximum Pressure’ Campaign

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/europe-dug-against-trump-iran-080002594.html

LOL   
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