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    It's making the rounds on Twitter too. People are using made up names to respond.
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  2. #13217

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    White House dismisses 6 over failed background checks
    By TARA PALMERI 02/16/17 05:12 PM EST

    Several White House staffers were dismissed Thursday morning after failing FBI background checks, according to sources familiar with the matter.

    Some of the aides were "walked out of the building by security" on Wednesday after not passing the SF86, a Questionnaire for National Security Positions for security clearance.

    Among those who won't be working at the White House was President Donald Trump’s director of scheduling, Caroline Wiles, the daughter of Susan Wiles, Trump’s Florida campaign director and former chief of staff to Governor Rick Scott. Wiles, who resigned Friday before the background check was completed, was appointed deputy assistant secretary before the inauguration in January. Two sources close to Wiles said she will get another job in Treasury.

    She's among others who failed to pass the intensive background check, which includes questions on the applicant's credit score, substance use and other personal subjects.

    A White House spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment.

    Marc Caputo contributed.


    http://www.politico.com/blogs/donald...missals-235112
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    It's making the rounds on Twitter too. People are using made up names to respond.
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  4. #13219

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    Speaking of bowel movements...

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    A friend of Harward's says he was reluctant to take NSA job bc the WH seems so chaotic; says Harward called the offer a "sh*t sandwich."
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  5. #13220

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    A nice story for a change.

    When Rosa Parks was robbed, Little Caesars's founder stepped up
    USA TODAY NETWORK Brian Manzullo, Detroit Free Press Published 10:22 a.m. ET Feb. 16, 2017 | Updated 13 hours ago

    DETROIT — When the founder of Little Caesars and owner of the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Red Wings died Friday, one story about his good deeds may have been overlooked.

    Mike Ilitch reportedly once paid the rent of civil rights activist Rosa Parks when she moved into a Detroit apartment complex in 1994.

    Parks, considered "the first lady of civil rights," had moved to Detroit in 1957 after her famous resistance to racial segregation in 1955. Her refusal to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Ala., bus led to her arrest and then to a 381-day boycott of Montgomery's buses.

    Parks died in October 2005. She was 92.

    As reported by Christopher Botta of Sports Business Journal in 2014:

    On Aug. 31, 1994, Parks, then 81, was robbed and assaulted in her home in central Detroit. (Judge Damon) Keith called real estate developer Alfred Taubman, the owner of Riverfront Apartments, about finding a safer home for Parks. Taubman pledged to find the best home available.

    When Ilitch read about Keith’s plan and Taubman’s promise in the newspaper, he called the judge and said he would pay for Parks’ housing for as long as necessary. (Parks passed away in 2005 at the age of 92). Keith served as the executor of the trust established for Parks’ housing.

    The story also shows a picture of Keith with a copy of a $2,000 check that Ilitch's Little Caesars Enterprises made toward Riverfront Apartments on Nov. 1, 1994.

    “It’s important that people know what Mr. Mike Ilitch did for Ms. Rosa Parks because it’s symbolic of what he has always done for the people of our city," Keith told the Sports Business Journal in 2014.

    t's unknown exactly how long Ilitch paid for Parks' rent. Parks dealt with fiscal woes during the final years of her life in Detroit and faced eviction from her home in 2002 (though her longtime friend and caregiver, Elaine Steele, told the Detroit Free Press in 2004 that those eviction notices were mistakenly filed). Riverfront Associates, owner of Riverfront Apartments, decided in 2004 to allow Parks to live there rent-free until her death.

    Ilitch's payment was another example of the kind of impact he made on the city of Detroit and its people throughout his life.


    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/n...rent/97989230/
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  6. #13221

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    The AP is reporting that 45 and his cronies are considering mobilizing the National Guard to round up undocumented people.
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    BREAKING: Trump administration considers mobilizing as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants.
    That's a distraction from what happened yesterday.
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  7. #13222

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    Details.

    Trump Weighs Mobilizing National Guard for Immigration Roundups
    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS (GARANCE BURKE)
    February 17, 2017, 10:19 AM EST February 17, 2017, 10:23 AM EST

    (AP) -- The Trump administration is considering a proposal to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants, including millions living nowhere near the Mexico border, according to a draft memo obtained by The Associated Press.

    The 11-page document calls for the unprecedented militarization of immigration enforcement as far north as Portland, Oregon, and as far east as New Orleans, Louisiana.

    Four states that border on Mexico are included in the proposal — California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas — but it also encompasses seven states contiguous to those four — Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.

    Governors in the 11 states would have a choice whether to have their guard troops participate, according to the memo, written by U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, a retired four-star Marine general.

    While National Guard personnel have been used to assist with immigration-related missions on the U.S.-Mexico border before, they have never been used as broadly or as far north.

    The memo is addressed to the then-acting heads of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. It would serve as guidance to implement the wide-ranging executive order on immigration and border security that President Donald Trump signed Jan. 25. Such memos are routinely issued to supplement executive orders.

    Also dated Jan. 25, the draft memo says participating troops would be authorized "to perform the functions of an immigration officer in relation to the investigation, apprehension and detention of aliens in the United States." It describes how the troops would be activated under a revived state-federal partnership program, and states that personnel would be authorized to conduct searches and identify and arrest any unauthorized immigrants.

    Requests to the White House and the Department of Homeland Security for comment and a status report on the proposal were not answered.

    The draft document has circulated among DHS staff over the last two weeks. As recently as Friday, staffers in several different offices reported discussions were underway.

    If implemented, the impact could be significant. Nearly one-half of the 11.1 million people residing in the U.S. without authorization live in the 11 states, according to Pew Research Center estimates based on 2014 Census data.

    Use of National Guard troops would greatly increase the number of immigrants targeted in one of Trump's executive orders last month, which expanded the definition of who could be considered a criminal and therefore a potential target for deportation. That order also allows immigration agents to prioritize removing anyone who has "committed acts that constitute a chargeable criminal offense."

    Under current rules, even if the proposal is implemented, there would not be immediate mass deportations. Those with existing deportation orders could be sent back to their countries of origin without additional court proceedings. But deportation orders generally would be needed for most other unauthorized immigrants.

    The troops would not be nationalized, remaining under state control.

    Spokespeople for the governors of Arizona, Utah, Nevada, California, Colorado, Oklahoma, Oregon and New Mexico said they were unaware of the proposal, and either declined to comment or said it was premature to discuss whether they would participate. The other three states did not immediately respond to the AP.

    The proposal would extend the federal-local partnership program that President Barack Obama's administration began scaling back in 2012 to address complaints that it promoted racial profiling.

    The 287(g) program, which Trump included in his immigration executive order, gives local police, sheriff's deputies and state troopers the authority to assist in the detection of immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally as a regular part of their law enforcement duties on the streets and in jails.

    The draft memo also mentions other items included in Trump's executive order, including the hiring of an additional 5,000 border agents, which needs financing from Congress, and his campaign promise to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

    The signed order contained no mention of the possible use of state National Guard troops.

    According to the draft memo, the militarization effort would be proactive, specifically empowering Guard troops to solely carry out immigration enforcement, not as an add-on the way local law enforcement is used in the program.

    Allowing Guard troops to operate inside non-border states also would go far beyond past deployments.

    In addition to responding to natural or man-made disasters or for military protection of the population or critical infrastructure, state Guard forces have been used to assist with immigration-related tasks on the U.S.-Mexico border, including the construction of fences.

    In the mid-2000s, President George W. Bush twice deployed Guard troops on the border to focus on non-law enforcement duties to help augment the Border Patrol as it bolstered its ranks. And in 2010, then-Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer announced a border security plan that included Guard reconnaissance, aerial patrolling and military exercises.

    In July 2014, then-Texas Gov. Rick Perry ordered 1,000 National Guard troops to the border when the surge of migrant children fleeing violence in Central America overwhelmed U.S. officials responsible for their care. The Guard troops' stated role on the border at the time was to provide extra sets of eyes but not make arrests.

    Bush initiated the federal 287(g) program — named for a section of a 1996 immigration law — to allow specially trained local law enforcement officials to participate in immigration enforcement on the streets and check whether people held in local jails were in the country illegally. ICE trained and certified roughly 1,600 officers to carry out those checks from 2006 to 2015.

    The memo describes the program as a "highly successful force multiplier" that identified more than 402,000 "removable aliens."

    But federal watchdogs were critical of how DHS ran the program, saying it was poorly supervised and provided insufficient training to officers, including on civil rights law. Obama phased out all the arrest power agreements in 2013 to instead focus on deporting recent border crossers and immigrants in the country illegally who posed a safety or national security threat.

    Trump's immigration strategy emerges as detentions at the nation's southern border are down significantly from levels seen in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Last year, the arrest tally was the fifth-lowest since 1972. Deportations of people living in the U.S. illegally also increased under the Obama administration, though Republicans criticized Obama for setting prosecution guidelines that spared some groups from the threat of deportation, including those brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

    Last week, ICE officers arrested more than 680 people around the country in what Kelly said were routine, targeted operations; advocates called the actions stepped-up enforcement under Trump.


    https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/a...ation-roundups
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  8. #13223

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    Trump's F-35 Calls Came With a Surprise: Rival CEO Was Listening
    by Anthony Capaccio
    February 16, 2017, 12:01 AM EST February 16, 2017, 12:10 PM EST

    Days before taking office, President-elect Donald Trump made two surprise calls to the Air Force general managing the Pentagon’s largest weapons program, the Lockheed Martin Corp. F-35 jet.

    Listening in on one of those calls was Dennis Muilenburg -- the CEO of Lockheed’s chief rival, Boeing Co.

    Trump, who has repeatedly criticized the $379 billion F-35 program as “out of control,” made the highly unusual calls to Lieutenant General Chris Bogdan on Jan. 9 and Jan. 17. Muilenburg, whose company makes a fighter jet Trump has suggested might be an alternative to the F-35, was in the president-elect’s New York office for a meeting during the second call. He appeared caught off-guard but was able to listen in on the call, according to two people familiar with the calls, who asked to remain anonymous discussing sensitive information.

    "I would consider the calls to be very straightforward. He asked a lot of very, very, very good questions because he was in the learning mode,” Bogdan said of Trump. Speaking to reporters Thursday after a congressional hearing on the F-35, Bogdan said that Muilenburg listening to the call “was not inappropriate. The things I talked about in front of Mr. Muilenburg were clearly publicly releasable information. I understand the rules.”

    After speaking with Trump, Bogdan wrote two three-page memos, titled “phone conversations with President-Elect,” dated Jan. 10 and 18th and stamped “For Official Use Only,” to limit distribution, according to the people. The memos outlined Trump’s questions about the capabilities of Boeing’s Super Hornet fighter and how it might compete against Lockheed’s F-35C. About a dozen Pentagon officials were alerted to the calls after they occurred, the people said.

    ‘It Creates Chaos’

    Since winning election, Trump has emphasized his experience in real estate negotiations as evidence he can get taxpayers a better deal on expensive Pentagon programs. Boeing, too, faced Trump’s wrath when he criticized potential spending on a new version of the Air Force One presidential airplane. But Trump’s calls to a uniformed program manager to discuss a contract that was completed 16 years ago were unprecedented and potentially disruptive, said a defense analyst.

    “When a president ignores the chain of command by going directly to a program manager, it creates chaos in the system,” said Loren Thompson, an analyst with the Lexington Institute in Arlington, Virginia, who’s followed the F-35 program since Lockheed beat Boeing in the winner-take-all contract in October 2001.

    “Behavior that looks decisive in the business world can unhinge a military organization that depends on order and discipline,” said Thompson, who also consults for Lockheed.

    Following his Jan. 17 meeting with Trump, Muilenburg said he “made some great progress” in his talks with the president-elect.

    “We discussed Air Force One, we discussed fighter aircraft,” Muilenburg told reporters at Trump Tower in New York.

    Boeing spokesman Todd Blecher said in an e-mail, “I have nothing to add to what Mr. Muilenburg said to reporters after” his Trump Tower meeting

    Congressional Hearing

    Lockheed declined to comment. The White House didn’t respond to a request for comment. Bogdan’s spokesman, Joe DellaVedova, declined to provide Bogdan’s memos, which Bloomberg News has requested under the Freedom of Information Act.

    (...)

    Trump has shaken the defense industry -- and put all large U.S. companies with government contracts on notice -- with his frequent Twitter posts about business issues ranging from the F-35 to sales of his daughter Ivanka’s brand at Nordstrom Inc. stores. Trump’s phone calls to the Pentagon came after a December tweet: “Based on the tremendous cost and cost overruns of the Lockheed Martin F-35, I have asked Boeing to price-out a comparable F-18 Super Hornet!”

    Different Capabilities

    There’s probably not much Boeing could do to make its jet comparable to the F-35. The two aircraft have different capabilities and mission requirements. Moreover, in an effort to drive the fighter’s costs down, the F-35 has been marketed to allies around the world, with production and maintenance contracts spread from the U.K. to Australia.

    The U.S. Air Force, which plans to buy 1,763 of the F-35A model jets, wouldn’t fly Boeing’s minimally stealthy “fourth-generation” Super Hornet, which is designed for aircraft carrier operations. As a so-called fifth-generation fighter, the F-35 is stealthier and is equipped with more advanced radar, sensors and communications systems.

    The Navy version of the F-35 is easier to target because it’s not scheduled to be operational until August 2018 at the earliest. The service plans to buy only 260 carrier models of the plane; the Marine Corps will buy 80 of the Navy model and 340 of a version capable of short takeoffs and vertical landings, according to the Congressional Research Service. Lockheed has delivered 26 of the Navy jets to date, with four more on order, according to spokesman Mike Rein.

    Pentagon Review

    Aerospace analyst Richard Aboulafia said in an e-mail that “Trump seems to really like interfering in the requirements process” but “hopefully, he realizes that the Super Hornet/F-35 battle only impacts a very small part of the F-35 program.”

    Nevertheless, Trump is not the first person to suggest that the F/A-18E/F could replace some F-35s. The Pentagon’s first Quadrennial Defense Review in May 1997 said that “should Joint Strike Fighter development be delayed additional F/A-18E/Fs” beyond planned quantities “may be added later as appropriate to sustain planned forces.”

    Defense Secretary James Mattis in a memo last month translated Trump’s tweet into action when he asked Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work to oversee a review that “compares F-35C and F/A-18E/F operational capabilities and assesses the extent that F/A-18E/F improvements (an advanced Super Hornet) can be made in order to provide a competitive, cost effective, fighter aircraft alternative.”

    Under current plans, the Pentagon is scheduled to increase overall purchases of the F-35 in the coming fiscal year to 70 from 63 this year. Purchases would grow to 80 aircraft in fiscal 2019, and there’s a pending “block buy” of 450 aircraft after that.


    https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/a...-was-listening
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  9. #13224

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    Melissa McCarthy

    Sorry. Sean Spicer says the AP report isn't true.

    Sean SpicerVerified account
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    Sean Spicer Retweeted The Associated Press
    This is not true. DHS also confirms it is 100% false
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  10. #13225

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    J.M. Berger ‏@intelwire 23m23 minutes ago
    Regarding National Guard story/denial, two problems with this admin: 1) They lie constantly, 2) They've convinced us they might do anything

    This makes a bad environment for reacting, reporting and mobilizing. By design, maybe, but it may eventually hoist them by the same petard.

    Eventually, maybe sooner than later, this administration is going to need us to believe something that is true. But that ship has sailed.

    If this administration warned of an imminent terrorist attack, would any of us believe it?

    The fact that several sober, serious people responded to this question with variations on false-flag fears should really terrify everyone.

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  11. #13226

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    It's 11a in the east. There's a lot of time left in the day.
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  12. #13227

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    A DHS official says memo was "a very early, pre decisional draft... and was never seriously considered by the Department"
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  13. #13228

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    The internets have delivered. Here is the full 11 page memo.

    https://cdn2.vox-cdn.com/uploads/cho...ement....0.pdf
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  14. #13229

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    Latino Democrats Excluded From A Meeting With ICE That They Requested
    The members wanted to learn more about recent deportation efforts.
    By Elise Foley

    WASHINGTON ― Two Democratic representatives say Republicans kicked them out of a meeting with Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Thursday after the agency canceled a planned summit with Latino members earlier this week in favor of a bipartisan gathering that excluded many of them.

    Reps. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) and Norma Torres (D-Calif.) said that Republican leaders told them they had to leave the meeting with ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan about deportation raids because they were not invited. ICE set the invite list for the meeting and initially excluded the entire Congressional Hispanic Caucus, according to aides from both parties, before agreeing to include a small number of members.

    The invite list was striking because the bipartisan meeting was scheduled after Homan backed out of plans to meet with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to discuss members’ concerns about recent deportation efforts that netted more than 680 immigrants across the country.

    Earlier this week, ICE officials said the agency canceled the initial meeting, which reportedly included some members outside the Hispanic Caucus, because the CHC attempted to invite too many people ― an excuse one Democratic member said was “bullshit.” ICE promised that Homan would meet with a bipartisan group of lawmakers instead.

    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said at a press conference on Thursday that ICE officials had picked the attendees. A GOP aide confirmed the list came from ICE. ICE officials said that the speaker’s office set the invite list.

    While initially no members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus were invited, eventually four of them attended the meeting, including Chairwoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.). She told reporters she was “gravely disappointed” and worried about the precedent set when her colleagues were excluded. No members of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus were included.

    Even though they were not invited, Torres and Gutiérrez tried to enter the meeting and several other Hispanic Caucus members stood outside. Members said Gutiérrez was kicked out of the room first, and then Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) asked Torres to leave. Before she left, she asked ICE officials when she could get answers to questions about the raids. She said the officials did not answer; instead, Goodlatte told her that Republican leadership could get information to them.

    “I speak English ― I don’t need a translator,” Torres told reporters afterward. “My constituents elected me to represent them here. I should be able to participate and hear firsthand what ICE is saying and what ICE is doing in my communities.”

    Pelosi said at the meeting she had “never been in a meeting where an agency can designate who can attend” and that it was “highly unusual,” according to a Democratic aide in the room, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

    “What’s going on across the country is not making us any safer, and we want answers,” Pelosi said.

    Goodlatte’s office directed questions to the office of House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis). AshLee Strong, a spokeswoman for Ryan, said “the speaker’s office organized a small bipartisan briefing that was, at the request of DHS, limited to members with jurisdictional interests in immigration enforcement.”

    “Members of the CHC expressed interest in attending, and to accommodate the request, we welcomed the chair of the CHC to join on behalf of the other members,” Strong said in an email. “We are confident that the CHC chair is capable of representing the views of her caucus, and this arrangement was made very clear to the CHC ahead of time.”

    Homan, the ICE acting director, told members at the meeting that arrested individuals were deemed threats to public safety and that their detention was part of target enforcement, although some other individuals were arrested as well, an agency spokeswoman said in a statement.

    Democratic attendees of the meeting said they got the message that all undocumented immigrants were considered a priority for deportation under President Donald Trump’s recent executive order on undocumented immigrants.

    ICE provided lawmakers with additional data on the criminal convictions of immigrants arrested last week ― or lack of criminal records, in the case of 25 percent of individuals. The largest proportion of criminal convictions, about 24 percent, were for driving under the influence. About 10 percent were drug-related offenses. Some were also violent crimes, such as homicide and sexual abuse.

    Democrats said they strongly support finding and deporting serious criminals, but also fear that ICE will indiscriminately arrest people with low-level offenses or none at all.

    “It was hard to not leave that meeting and believe that the Trump administration is going to target as many immigrants as possible,” Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas), who attended the meeting, told reporters.

    This story has been updated to include additional comment from ICE.



    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/...b07602ad52b531
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    Scott Pruitt was confirmed as EPA director.
    RUN to your local hardware store and buy and install a water filter at home. NOT IN THE KITCHEN, the whole house.
    Things like this grow in my garden

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