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    Do you think some of these institutions need to end or they dont matter? especially based on where we are in human history socially and economically also the fact that they are Legacies of terrible histories really Colonialism, Slavery Genocide , Elitism etc

    countris like the UK and some European countries that already have full democracies dont really need these institutions so why do they exist even if its ceremonial...

    What are your opinions of people like Queen Elizabeth still having Dominion and titles in full independent countries ?

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    http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/murder-trial-of-ex-cop-in-st-louis-could-draw/article_ae3a1139-cd68-52be-bda0-af553bf8a1ba.html

    ST. LOUIS • The debate over police shootings of black men focuses on St. Louis this week as a former city police officer stands trial for the alleged premeditated murder of Anthony Lamar Smith nearly six years ago.

    Jason Stockley, 36, is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the Dec. 20, 2011, shooting death of Smith following a police chase stemming from a suspected drug deal. Smith, who lived in the 4800 block of Page Boulevard, was 24 at the time and the father of a 1-year-old daughter.

    The rarity of an ex-cop on trial for murder could draw national attention following recent acquittals elsewhere of white police officers charged with killing black men. Opening statements in Stockley’s two-week trial begin Tuesday in front of St. Louis Circuit Judge Timothy Wilson, who will decide the case because Stockley waived his right to a jury trial.


    Self-defense issue

    The main question for Wilson, a St. Louis circuit judge for 28 years, is whether Stockley feared for his life and justifiably defended himself by fatally shooting Smith.

    “This is not an easy case,” Wilson wrote in his July 24 order granting a bench trial, which prosecutors opposed. “Whatever the ultimate outcome, it likely will be melancholy.”

    Wilson, anticipating heightened public scrutiny of the trial, imposed a gag order on parties, lawyers and witnesses and also barred all cameras and electronics from the courtroom.

    The case, reviewed by state and federal prosecutors in 2012, was dormant until last year when then-Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce charged Stockley, citing new evidence without identifying it but characterizing it as “forensic evidence and witness statements.” Joyce was in her 16th and final year as circuit attorney when she charged Stockley 21 months after the controversial police killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson and amid mounting public pressure from activists and Smith’s supporters. In 2013, the St. Louis police board paid out a $900,000 civil settlement for Smith’s daughter.

    Evidence at trial will include dramatic police dashboard video during a chase and bystander cellphone video moments after the shooting. There will also be DNA evidence from a gun found in Smith’s car, and testimony from police, witnesses and possibly Stockley himself.


    A chase, crash, shooting

    Stockley and his partner, Officer Brian Bianchi, spotted Smith in a suspected drug transaction in a Church’s Chicken parking lot at Thekla Avenue and Riverview Boulevard about 12:30 p.m. Smith led the officers on a mile-long chase at speeds that reached at least 87 mph through city neighborhoods before ending with a crash.

    Police dashboard recordings and two videos from the restaurant show the officers pulled behind Smith’s rented silver Buick. As they got out, Smith backed into the police SUV and sped from the lot past Stockley, nearly knocking an AK-47 rifle from his hands. The rifle was his own, which the department has said he was not authorized to carry on duty. Stockley fired several shots from his duty pistol before he and Bianchi chased Smith with two in-car cameras rolling.

    Stockley reported shots being fired and shouted directions over the police radio. He also says something about shooting Smith, which court records reveal as “Going to kill this (expletive), don’t you know it.”

    At West Florissant and Acme avenues, Stockley was recorded telling Bianchi to ram the back of Smith’s car, which Bianchi does, triggering the Buick’s airbags. Both officers got out; Stockley carried both his AK-47 and department handgun. Stockley fired several pistol shots into the car, then put his rifle back into the police SUV.

    According to police reports, Stockley has told Internal Affairs investigators and his sergeant, Colin Rumpsa, that he believed Smith was reaching for a revolver after being ordered to show him his hands. After shooting Smith, the videos showed Stockley return to the back seat and appear to dig through a duffel bag. He didn’t appear to have anything in his hands when he got out of the SUV and returned to Smith’s car. The video then stopped. Stockley’s lawyer has said Stockley was looking for a “clot pack” to stop Smith’s bleeding.

    The video shows Stockley then climbing into the driver’s seat of the Buick immediately after Smith is pulled out. Police reports say Stockley’s DNA — but not Smith’s — was on the .38-caliber Taurus revolver police said was found in Smith’s car. Stockley told investigators he unloaded the revolver as a safety precaution after the shooting.


    No jurors, one judge

    Stockley served in the police department from Dec. 6, 2007, until he resigned Aug. 16, 2013. His home is in Houston but he has been free on bail and living with relatives in Illinois since shortly after he was charged in May 2016. The St. Louis Police Officers’ Association posted 10 percent of his $1 million bail.

    Bianchi, who has served on the police force since May 6, 2010, has not been accused of a crime in Smith’s death. He initially was granted immunity from prosecution in exchange for his testimony, but later lost immunity. He is a potential witness, but could invoke his Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination. Statements he made to Internal Affairs will be part of the evidence.

    Stockley’s witness list includes Dr. Kris Mohandie, a former Los Angeles Police Department forensic psychologist who has participated in high-profile cases including the O.J. Simpson murder trial, to testify on “the psycho-physiological reactions before and after high stress encounters including the effects of stress on perception and reaction.”

    Legal experts say jury and bench trials are similar except that bench trials tend to move faster because they eliminate the need to pick jurors, explain legal issues to them, escort them to and from court and provide them instructions of law. Bench trials can also eliminate the possibility of a hung jury.

    Peter Joy, a Washington University law professor, said bench trials sometimes provide greater transparency because legal disputes are often argued in open court instead of away from jurors and spectators.

    Bench trials inherently can be riskier for a defendant because the verdict is left for one person to decide. But Joy said Stockley must feel his chances of acquittal are better in the hands of an experienced judge, given the number of police shootings in St. Louis and the public attention given to them.

    “In some parts of the city, the relations between the police and the community not being great,” Joy said, “it may be a little difficult to get a fair hearing with a jury in this case, so a judge might be better” for the defense.

    Also unclear is whether Wilson will issue a verdict immediately at the close of evidence.

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    http://www.stltoday.com/entertainment/books-and-literature/reviews/ex-police-chief-tells-his-own-side-of-ferguson-shooting/article_c3e8e1a3-3d99-54e7-b028-732fc568b95e.html

    On Aug. 9, 2014, Ferguson policeman Darren Wilson killed 18-year-old Michael Brown after a face-off on the streets. Before long, all hell broke loose, with sometimes violent protesters blaming police racism for the killing of Brown, a black man.

    Wilson’s boss at the time was police Chief Thomas Jackson. He tells his side of the events in “Policing Ferguson, Policing America,” subtitled, “What Really Happened — and What the Country Can Learn From It.”

    Jackson has written a book that swerves from anger at what he sees as unfair condemnation of his police force to some well-reasoned thoughts on how police departments and communities can get along better.

    Among his arguments:

    • Many media members “approached me with the assumption that I was hiding something or had an agenda of protecting the officer and department, no matter what.” He also says the national media ignored both positive news about his department and negative footage of especially ugly protests. He’s especially hard on CNN but praises two local outlets — the Post-Dispatch and KFTK-FM (97.1).

    • His department was caught off-guard by the impact of social media, which drew in protesters from across America. “That was the real wild animal in the room” Jackson writes, “and nobody knew how to deal with it. When it comes to social media, there simply are no rules.”


    • Then-Gov. Jay Nixon comes under heavy fire, as do U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), then-Attorney General Eric Holder and then-Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster. Jackson says Nixon’s on-and-off approach to using the National Guard made a bad situation worse.

    • True, the majority-black city of Ferguson had a predominantly white police department. Even so, Jackson says, “I would have given everything to have a pool of black candidates from which I could hire new officers. But guess what: that pool exists mostly in the public’s imagination.”

    Outfitting his police officers in riot gear was a defensive move, not an offensive tactic. “The idea was that police wore riot gear to the scene of a demonstration as an intimidating show of force,” Jackson writes. “To this day, I am amazed that people could believe that some chief or captain thought, ‘We’ll show up in battle dress and scare the hell out of them.’”

    In March 2015, Washington issued its own report on Ferguson. Jackson says that “the damning report on Ferguson from the United States Department of Justice, the final nail in the coffin, was itself a collection of misperceptions, misrepresentations, and outright falsehoods.”

    A week later, Jackson handed in his badge.

    At book’s end, he quotes at length from a detailed report by the FBI (an arm of the Justice Department). The FBI says in effect that Officer Wilson was justified in shooting Brown — and seems to back up Jackson’s side of the story.

    How much interest “Policing Ferguson” will have outside the St. Louis area remains to be seen. But locally, demand should be heavy. After all, Jackson makes a strong case for his view of things. And if he tends every now and then to slide into angry outbursts of profanity — well, as he himself says at book’s end:

    “I feel like the more inconsistencies and falsehoods I point out, the more I sound like an obsessive madman.”



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  • 08/02/17--11:01: Free B.gizzle- king
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    personally I don't think a child under 18 should have a cell phone, alot of kids have them nowadays and for those of you that see nothing wrong with this, I'm interested in reading your take on why it's acceptable

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    Hyperloop One, a company trying to bring Elon Musk's "pipe" dream of high-speed transportation via a super-sized tube to market, is looking for believers.

    The company knows it needs transportation regulators on its side and it's also a crucial time to bend the ear of those looking seriously at a major infrastructure package. So the company's executives talked at a glitzy event in Washington, D.C. on Thursday about why they see their potential product as revolutionary for transportation.

    The dream: The basic concept involves capsules carrying cargo or passengers through a frictionless tube at speeds of roughly 750 miles per hour, connecting 80% of the U.S. population in five hours or less. In Hyperloop One's plan, "pods" would transport 6 to 100 passengers between destinations. There would also be off-ramps so people could be ferried more precisely to their destination. Riding in a "Hyperpod" would be like sitting in a living room or a lounge, the company says. Families can "think of it as a long-distance minivan."

    When: Within five years. "Brass tacks is we've got to make some strategic decisions as to where we think we can place some bets towards the end of this year and into 2018, where we can start the actual construction process in 2018 or [2019] and have a service up and running in 2020 and 2021," CEO Rob Lloyd told Axios.

    Where: The company has discussed bringing the idea to many foreign countries and has designs in the United States. Eleven stateside groups have proposed routes that are among a group of global teams in the running to receive support from the company.

    The shortest, at 64 miles, runs between Providence and Boston, while the longest would cover the Rockies over 1,152 miles. The teams behind the proposals range from a group of University of Washington students to staff members from the Nevada governor's office.

    The reality: This technology has a long way to go. The company just completed a test track in Nevada where it will hold a major test-run this summer. The company is calling that test its "Kitty-Hawk" moment in a not-so-subtle comparison to the Wright Brothers.

    Challenges:

    Addressing safety concerns: Regulators are going to be concerned with whether this ultra-fast transportation method is safe. The company is hoping that it can build it hand-in-hand with regulators. "It's hard to make the safety case when the technology isn't yet fully built," said Lloyd. "So the normal mode is, 'Show us your train and tell us how it's going to be safe."

    Getting political support: Buy-in from local and federal regulators is key. Lloyd said that his goal is lining up Hyperloop with government programs that already exist and "then creating this collaborative co-creation process around the safety certification is required."

    Figuring out technical challenges: CNN's Matt McFarland notes that the company will need to make sure that a vacuum stays constant in the tubes and that it has to figure out how to deal with turns without causing discomfort for its customers.

    Answering questions about integration: Earle noted that people question whether you can put a Hyperloop network underground (the company thinks you can) and whether passengers would need to catch their ride from a central station rather than a station close to their house.

    The bottom line: Despite the outstanding technological and regulatory questions, Hyperloop One executives are optimistic. Lloyd cited how quickly the company was able to get approval for its test facility in Nevada (which took 6 months).

    "That's the kind of mentality that we want to see, and if we can get that at the right level — top-down support — this thing's going to happen," said Lloyd. "What keeps me up at night is that's difficult. What encourages me is that there's a groundswell of support from people and that there is an open channel for top-down support."

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    Procter & Gamble’s Identity-Politics Pandering


    by Michelle Malkin

    August 2, 2017 12:00 AM

    @michellemalkin
    Ads aimed at the ‘social justice’ crowd will do little to advance mutual understanding — or sell soap.

    Once upon a time, brothers-in-law William Procter and James Gamble sold candles and soap. Their 19th-century family business grew into the largest consumer-goods conglomerate in the world — launching the most recognizable brands on our grocery shelves, including Tide, Pampers, Crest, Nyquil, and Old Spice.

    Now, Procter & Gamble want to conquer a new market: identity-politics pandering.

    Industry marketers aren’t satisfied with selling useful products people want and need. They’re hell-bent on transforming successful businesses into social-justice busybodies.

    P&G’s “My Black Is Beautiful” campaign released a new video last week called, “The Talk.” It “depicts the inevitable conversations many Black parents have with their children about racial bias to prepare, protect and encourage them” across the decades. The ad plays as a kinder, gentler version of Black Lives Matter propaganda, but the underlying themes are the same:


    –Little progress has been made since the days of Jim Crow.

    –Racial discrimination against black Americans is inevitable.

    –Police officers are the enemy.


    One especially offensive scene depicts a suburban black mom preparing her bubbly teenage daughter, a new driver, for “when you get pulled over.” Not “if,” you see, but “when.”

    As the daughter laughs her off, the mom gravely warns: “This is not about you getting a ticket. This is about you not coming home.”

    Because racist predator cops lurk on every corner, plotting to kidnap and kill black girls just trying to get to Forever 21? Really, Procter & Gamble?

    Way to alienate the millions of law-enforcement families — of all colors — who purchase your goods.

    Naturally, media virtue signalers lavished praise on the corporate virtue signalers. It’s a veritable virtue-signaling bacchanalia.

    Adweek raved that the video was “powerful.” The Dallas Morning News cooed:

    Media virtue signalers lavished praise on the corporate virtue signalers. It’s a veritable virtue-signaling bacchanalia.
    “The ad is a bold move, and the fact that a Fortune 100 company includes this cultural experience in an ad campaign not only acknowledges that the experience is real, but that it’s important to a mass audience.”

    Michelle Malkin can suck a fat ass dick.

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    http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/344985-poll-57-percent-have-negative-view-of-black-lives-matter-movement

    A majority of Americans has an unfavorable view of Black Lives Matter, although opinions on the protest movement cut sharply along racial and partisan lines, according to a new poll.

    Overall, 43 percent of voters have a positive view of Black Lives Matter, compared with 57 percent who have a negative view of the movement, the latest Harvard-Harris survey found.

    Only 35 percent of whites have a favorable view of the movement, while 83 percent of blacks have a favorable view.

    Twenty-one percent of Republicans have a positive view of the movement. That figure dips to 18 percent among those who voted for President Trump.


    Meanwhile, 65 percent of Democrats and 66 percent of those who voted for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton support the movement, which sprung up during the 2016 election to protest several controversial police shootings of black people and broader frustrations with the criminal justice system and police treatment of minorities.

    “The public is sympathetic to the problem of police using too much force but overall are unsympathetic to the Black Lives Matter movement,” said Harvard-Harris co-director Mark Penn. “As you might expect, white voters are sharply negative to the group while African-Americans give them positive ratings.”

    The Harvard-Harris online survey of 2,051 registered voters was conducted between July 19 and July 24. The partisan breakdown is 37 percent Democrat, 31 percent Republican, 27 percent independent and 4 percent other. Sixty-five percent of respondents were white, 14 percent Hispanic and 12 percent black or African-American.


    The poll found that 50 percent of voters overall believe the criminal justice system is unfair to minorities, and 50 percent believe it’s fair.

    Among black voters, 85 percent said there is bias in the criminal justice system, while 60 percent of white voters said the system is fair to minorities.

    A majority — 56 percent — believes the police are too quick to resort to force in encounters with citizens, including 57 percent of whites.

    And 54 percent say the police are too quick to shoot African-Americans, although here, only 45 percent of whites agree.


    Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has broad support from the law enforcement community, nodded to the tensions between the police and minorities in a Wednesday speech to the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.

    “We all know the cases of the last several years when, in confrontations with police, lives have been cut short,” Sessions said. “Just as I’m committed to defending law enforcement who lawfully have to use deadly force to defend themselves while engaged in their work, I will also use the power of the office I’m entrusted with to hold any officer responsible who violates the law.”

    A majority, 54 percent, said the police are held accountable for misconduct. Among blacks, only 23 percent agreed.

    Seventy-five percent, including two-thirds of African-Americans surveyed, said more attention is paid to police behavior than to gangs or crime. Nearly 90 percent said that scrutiny has triggered more violence against the police.

    And 62 percent said the focus on police behavior has handcuffed law enforcement officials by discouraging them from doing their jobs, although only 44 percent of blacks agreed.

    Seventy percent said black people committing crimes against other black people is a bigger problem in African-American communities than police violence toward blacks.

    African-Americans are split here, with 49 percent saying black crime is a bigger problem and 51 percent saying police violence toward blacks is the bigger problem.

    “There are deep racial divides in attitudes towards police and whether too much attention has been given to cop shootings versus black-on-black crime,” said Penn.


    
The Harvard-Harris Poll is a collaboration of the Harvard Center for American Political Studies and The Harris Poll. The Hill will be working with Harvard-Harris Poll throughout 2017. 
Full poll results will be posted online later this week.


    The Harvard-Harris Poll survey is an online sample drawn from the Harris Panel and weighted to reflect known demographics. As a representative online sample, it does not report a probability confidence interval.

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    So while i was at work bored.. i started day dreaming and thought about how there was time when i got fired from my job...spent all my $$ on rent,bills etc.. and barely had anything left


    So i went to my car and looked under the seat for change (i always dropped change) and than i went to jack n da box n got those 2 tacos for $1.06 and a 99 cent arizona


    You ever had a nap for dinner?

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    One dead and seven hurt when ride called 'The Fireball' started shaking and then broke, throwing people into the air at Ohio State Fair as bystanders screamed at operator to slow it down

    'It started normal, everything started normal, and then it started shaking. It was shaking real bad,' Devray Williams told ABC 6 on Wednesday.

    She said that the girl next to her also started to say her seat was shaking just moments before Devray watched the woman go flying off into the air when the machine snapped.

    An emotional Devray then said through tears: 'And then the dude hit the ground. He wasn't breathing. None of them was, it was like five people. Nobody was breathing and then they came and tried to give him CPR but nothing was happening.'
    ...

    The young man who lost his life at the Ohio State Fair on Wednesday night had just enlisted in the Marines lat week.

    Tyler Jarrell, 18, of Columbus, Ohio has been identified by the State Highway Patrol as the young man who was killed while riding The Fireball.

    He was thrown into the air when part of the amusement ride snapped and came down with such force that he was killed upon impact.

    The tragedy occurred just five days after Tyler posted a photo to his Facebook page which showed him in a Marines Uniform and holding a plaque that read 'United States Navy' and 'Department of the Marine Core.'

    His decision to enlist meanwhile came a little over a month after he graduated from Franklin Heights High School in Columbus.

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    The accident:

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    His girlfriend (also injured but survived)

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    The Kid Who Recorded It:


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    We as don't know everything. But some things we are either too embarrassed to ask or just never think about asking. If that's you, then here's the thread for all of us to get that stupid question off our chest. I'll start.

    What does waiting to exhale mean?

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    A Louisiana man entrusted to protect the people in his community has resigned from his position after sharing a disgusting, threatening meme on Facebook.

    Wayne Welsh, an assistant chief at the Estherwood Police Department, shared a post Sunday depicting a woman holding a young girl’s head under water in a bathtub, with the caption, “When your daughters [sic] first crush is a little negro boy.”

    Social media users grabbed a screenshot of the officer’s post and it quickly went viral.

    Welsh’s community was outraged, and though local media didn’t immediately release his identity, folks on the internet were happy to oblige:

    Estherwood’s police chief, Ernest Villejoin, confirmed to HuffPost Wednesday that Welsh had resigned and said the “situation has been taken care of.” He told local media earlier this week that he was dumfounded when he saw the post.

    “When I found out about it, I couldn’t believe I had to call him. I called him at work and asked him what the hell is going on,” Villejoin told local news outlet KADN. “He done it. He said it and he realized what he had done after he done it and he deleted it but it was too late.”

    Welsh, whose Facebook page is now private, appeared to be surprised at the backlash before he apologized on Monday, according to KATC.

    “It’s not against the law to share something on Facebook. It’s social media. Internet,” he posted, before backpedaling with an apology. “Well, I’m sorry for what happen. Yall have a blessed day.”

    Estherwood City Hall immediately distanced itself from the situation, writing on Facebook Monday that it didn’t have control over employment at the police department.

    Villejoin told HuffPost that he didn’t yet know who would take over Welsh’s position.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/an-assistant-police-chief-shared-this-picture-on-facebook_us_5981ceb8e4b09d24e99438ad

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    Wonder how many lived he fucked over, what compels these dumbs dudes to post this shit like the internet is privacy. They can't hold it in.

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    "Avoid Missouri"



    Missouri's "Jim Crow bill" leads NAACP to issue travel warning

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Americans used to getting warnings about the potential dangers of traveling overseas, but this summer, the NAACP put out an extraordinary warning about travel here at home -- in Missouri.

    The warning advises "extreme caution," saying travelers could be subject to "discrimination and harassment."

    "They're legalizing discrimination in the state of Missouri," says attorney Nimrod Chapel Jr., president of the NAACP in Missouri.

    He says a bill recently signed into law by Republican Gov. Eric Greitens is so dangerous that he has a name for it.

    "The Jim Crow bill," he says, "because in the eyes of the NAACP that's what it was breathing life into."

    Currently, you can file a discrimination claim in the state of Missouri if things like race, religion and gender are a "contributing" factor to discrimination.

    But later this month, alleged victims of discrimination would have to prove it is the "motivating" factor -- and Chapel says that's extremely hard to do.

    "You would think that the best evidence would be, like, a memo. 'We discriminated against so-and-so because of who they are.' Nobody writes memos, or when they do it so rare, and then getting that kind of evidence can be very, very difficult," he says.

    "It is wrong, it is flat out wrong," Pat Rowe Kerr says.

    Kerr, 64, sued the state of Missouri in 2010 for sex and age discrimination. Last year, a jury awarded her nearly $3 million. Now, she's concerned the new law will make lawsuits like hers tougher to file and will send the wrong message.

    "This is just another example of not being progressive, and if we want to be a progressive Missouri, why are we going backwards?" she asks.

    Greitens calls the legislation common sense reform, and says the "motivating standard" is currently used by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Meanwhile, the NAACP says it will continue to raise awareness through its travel advisory.


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    This should be good. Let's not make this all about Dro

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    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/wall-2-0-trump-will-have-congress-pay-for-upgrade-to-border-fence

    Trump 'Wall' To Become Border Fence Upgrade; USA Will Pay

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans and Donald Trump's transition team are exploring whether they can make good on Trump's promise of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border without passing a new bill on the topic, officials said Thursday.

    Under the evolving plan, the Trump administration would rely on existing legislation authorizing fencing and other technology along the southern border. Congress would be asked to ensure that enough money is appropriated to take additional new steps — but would not pass a stand-alone bill authorizing a big new wall. CNN separately reported that Trump would ask Congress to appropriate US tax payer money to pay for the "wall".

    The potential approach was confirmed by two congressional officials and a senior transition official with knowledge of the discussions; all spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly. The officials emphasized that no final decisions had been made.

    The approach could come as a surprise to some but could avoid a legislative fight Trump might lose if he tried to get Congress to pass a stand-alone bill authorizing the kind of border wall he promised during the campaign.

    It's not clear how much could be done along the 2,000-mile border without additional actions by Congress. Lawmakers passed the Secure Fence Act of 2006, but most of those 700 miles have already been built. Some areas are in much better shape than others, though, and long stretches are made up of fencing that stops vehicles but not pedestrians.

    But whatever steps might be taken without Congress' approval would be likely to fall short of the extravagant new wall on the border that Trump repeatedly said Mexico would pay for.
    And despite Congress' involvement in approving any spending, such an approach might also open Trump to charges of going around the House and the Senate to take unilateral actions, something he repeatedly criticized President Barack Obama for doing. A spending bill including money for border construction could also provoke a legislative showdown given potential opposition from Senate Democrats.

    Still, several lawmakers and congressional officials said the administration could have significant flexibility in taking additional steps without Congress' approval.

    "There's a lot of things that can be done within current law," said Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., a longtime proponent of comprehensive immigration reform, though he emphasized that a lasting solution on immigration would take Congress. "You cannot minimize the potential impact of the administration doing what they can do under the law."

    However, some immigration hard-liners have already expressed the desire to see Congress take a vote given how prominent the wall was during Trump's presidential campaign, and their desire to act on the issue.

    Trump's vow to build an impenetrable, concrete wall along the southern border was his signature campaign proposal. "Build the wall!" supporters would chant at his rallies. "Who's going to pay for it?" Trump would ask them. "Mexico!" Trump often promised the wall would be built of hardened concrete, rebar and steel as tall as his venues' ceilings, and would feature a "big, beautiful door" to allow legal immigrants to enter.


    Most experts viewed such promises as unrealistic and impractical, and Trump himself sometimes allowed that the wall would not need to span the entire length of the border, thanks to natural barriers like rivers. After winning the election, he said he'd be open to stretches of fencing.



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  • 05/05/15--11:21: The Travel Thread
  • Post any interesting places that you've been, going or have an interest in visiting.

    Ask any travel related question and hopefully someone who has been will answer with useful tips, etc.

    Happy Travels

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