Trump declares Hispanic Heritage MonthRep. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., left, and Rep. Tom Reed, R-N.Y., right, listen as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with a bipartisan group of lawmakers in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, in Washington. … more > – The Washington Times – Wednesday, September 13, 2017 President Trump on Wednesday declared a National Hispanic Heritage Month, citing the accomplishments of Hispanic Americans and the many contributions that they make to the U.S.“From America’s earliest days, Hispanic Americans have played a prominent and important role in our national heritage, and Hispanic Americans continue to embody the pioneering spirit of America today,” read the proclamation that recognized Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 as National Hispanic Heritage Month.Just days ago, Mr. Trump was being assailed as an anti-Hispanic bigot and racist after he ended an Obama-era amnesty for illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.The president gave Congress six months to address those young adult illegal immigrants, known as Dreamers, and has pleaded to work with Democrats to find a solution.Democratic National Committee spokesman Francisco Pelayo blasted Mr. Trump for making the declaration.“That Trump would pretend to care about Hispanic Americans a week after rescinding DACA is more than hypocritical – it’s downright insulting,” he said, “We won’t be fooled by Trump’s lip service.
Democrats claim deal reached with Trump on young, undocumented immigrantsbENJAMIN SIEGELDemocrats claim deal reached with Trump on young, undocumented immigrants (ABC News)President Trump and congressional Democrats agreed Wednesday night to work together on a legislative package to address the status of young undocumented immigrants.Democrats claimed the agreement would include protections for Dreamers and border security measures short of a border wall, a characterization disputed by the White House following the two-hour dinner.”We had a very productive meeting at the White House with the President,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said in a statement following dinner at the White House with Trump and several White House officials.”The discussion focused on DACA. We agreed to enshrine the protections of DACA into law quickly, and to work out a package of border security, excluding the wall, that’s acceptable to both sides,” Schumer and Pelosi said.White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders disputed the statement in a tweet after the dinner, writing that “excluding the wall was certainly not agreed to” in the larger discussion over DACA and border security. FollowSarah Sanders @PressSecWhile DACA and border security were both discussed, excluding the wall was certainly not agreed to.A White House official called the dinner — at which participants ate Chinese food in the White House’s Blue Room — “constructive,” and said the group discussed tax reform, border security, the DACA program, infrastructure and trade.“This is a positive step toward the President’s strong commitment to bipartisan solutions for the issues most important to all Americans,” the official said. “The Administration looks forward to continuing these conversations with leadership on both sides of the aisle.”According to one person briefed on the meeting, Trump, Schumer and Pelosi agreed to put together a package consisting of the bipartisan Dream Act with border security provisions.That bill would offer a path to citizenship to hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants brought to American as children who graduated high school or obtained a GED and pursued higher education, served in the military or worked lawfully for several years.The meeting comes one week after Trump announced plans to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, and surprised Republicans by cutting a deal with Democratic leaders on hurricane relief, government funding and extending the nation’s debt limit.The dinner also followed a flurry of bipartisan meetings at the White House. Trump, at a meeting with moderate Republicans and Democrats Wednesday afternoon, pushed for action on a legislative fix for DACA, but supported pairing it with border security, according to Rep. Kurt Schrader, D-Oregon.It’s unclear how far any agreement can proceed on Capitol Hill without buy in from Republicans controlling both chambers.In a statement Wednesday following a DACA meeting between Pelosi, House Speaker Paul Ryan and other top lawmakers, Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong said GOP leaders believe “any solution needs to address border security and enforcement, which are the root causes of the problem. Discussions among the Republican conference will continue in the coming weeks.”
Trump vows no tax break for wealthy in deal with Democrats Says conservatives shouldn’t be skeptical of his bipartisan moves LATEST VIDEOSTrump says wealthy might have to accept higher taxes under his tax planReutersPowered by DONALD TRUMPPresident Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with a bipartisan group of lawmakers in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) more > – The Washington Times – Wednesday, September 13, 2017President Trump said Wednesday that the tax reform plan will not give a tax break to the wealthiest Americans and they could even end up paying more in taxes.If Mr. Trump denies a tax cut to the top 1 percent of earners as part of a bipartisan deal on tax reform, it would be a concession to one of the Democrats’ top demands.“The rich will not be gaining at all with this plan,” Mr. Trump said at a meeting with a bipartisan group of lawmakers at the White House. “The wealthy will be pretty much where they are,” he said. “If they have to go higher, they’ll go higher.”The president said the plan for the biggest overhaul of the tax code since Ronald Reagan would focus on the tax cuts for the middle class and creating jobs.It was unclear whether Mr. Trump was promising not to lower the tax rate on the very wealthy or to keep their effective tax rate the same by a combination of lowering rates and eliminating deductions.
A new warning about the ‘Deep State’Some continue to fret about a shadow presence in government. The Judicial Watch recently issued a 64-page report on the phenomenon. (Associated Press) more > – The Washington Times – Wednesday, September 13, 2017Let us recall “shadow government” and “Deep State” — two terms that riveted political observers and journalists earlier this year. Remember? Both terms — along with variants such as “shadow White House” and “shadow presidency” — were bandied about in the media with relish. Dramatic coverage suggested that former members of the Obama administration or entrenched federal employees were still in place, ready to wield power from within the bureaucracy. A potential hazard to the Trump administration lurked, amplified by “fake” news, skewed polls and negative press narratives.Even before President Trump took the presidential oath on Jan. 20, veteran political commentator Bill Moyerssuggested newly defeated Hillary Clinton give her own inaugural address, advising Democrats to “prepare by joining together as a movement and creating the constituency of what will be, in effect, a shadow government.” On Inauguration Day itself, GQ magazine advised,”Barack Obama is preparing for his third term.”Some continue to fret about a shadow presence. Still attuned to the Deep State and the existence of a shadow government, Judicial Watch recently issued a 64-page report on the phenomenon, which includes Freedom of Information Act requests, case studies and other research.“We face a crisis of the Deep State — ‘Alt-government,’ I sometimes call it. The actions of the Deep State constitute a direct challenge to our republican form of government. Working primarily through the intelligence and law-enforcement agencies, the Deep State is actively engaged in subversive measures designed to delegitimize Donald Trump,” Tom Fitton, president of the watchdog group, noted in a statement.“This shadow government is not monolithic. But, it does not have to be. Its operatives share a common mindset and worldview. They travel in the same social circles. And, they walk the same corridors of power,” the study said.Judicial Watch has also organized an “educational panel” to revisit the Deep State which includes Sebastian Gorka, former White House deputy assistant to the Mr. Trump and author of “Defeating Jihad: The Winnable War”; Diana West, a columnist and author of “American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation’s Character,” plus James Peterson, senior attorney for Judicial Watch and Chris Farrell, director of investigations and research. Mr. Fitton serves as moderator.
Hillary Clinton Buys House Next Door To Her Chappaqua Home The Democratic presidential nominee bought a new $1.16 million home despite the fact that she could soon be moving to the White House ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON SEPTEMBER 23, 2016|MANSION GLOBAL|NEW YORKCELEBRITY HOMES Hillary Clinton at the Memorial Day parade in Chappaqua.ERIC THAYER / GETTY IMAGES Hillary Clinton has certainly been busy lately running for president and all (not to mention fighting off claims that she is in poor health), but that hasn’t stopped her from snapping up a new home.The Democratic presidential nominee and her husband, Bill Clinton, paid $1.16 million in August for a three-bedroom, 3,631-square-foot ranch-style home set on 1.51 acres on Old House Lane in Chappaqua in Westchester County, according to the New York Post. They also scored a slight discount from the original $1.18 million listing price.MORE: Trump-Branded Buildings Slightly More Resilient Than Rest of NYC Luxury Real Estate, Report FindsThe home is next door to the Clintons’ primary residence, which they paid $1.7 million for in 1999 when Mr. Clinton was still president. This is the home that Mrs. Clinton used as her base when she ran for the New York Senate.According to the New York Times, the two spend most of their downtime here, watching “The Good Wife” and “Downton Abbey” and hosting Thanksgiving meals with their daughter, Chelsea.MORE: Donald Trump’s Childhood Home is Up for AuctionA source told the Post that the new home could be used as a weekend retreat for Chelsea and her family. It could also be used to house staffers is she wins the upcoming election.MORE FROM MANSION GLOBAL:
Is Trump Ready for Putin’s Invasion of Belarus? Russian Forces Are Gathering Leon Aron,Newsweek 14 hours ago This article first appeared on the American Enterprise Institute site.On September 14 Russia will begin what is likely to be its largest post-Cold War military exercise.Zapad (or West) will take place across the Belarusian border with NATO members Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland.Trending: ‘Power Poses’ Don’t Really Make You More Powerful, Nine More Studies ConfirmAlthough Russian military and civilian authorities insist that there is nothing for the West to worry about, the confluence of Moscow’s past actions, its current foreign policy, the state of Russia-West relations, the domestic political imperatives of the Putin regime, and its relations with Aleksandr Lukashenko’s Belarus warrants careful watching of the drill.To begin with, there is a lack of clarity about the scope of the Zapad maneuvers, which are to last six days and nights.Russia insists the troops deployed will not exceed 13,000, thus effectively closing the drill to on-the-ground observation by Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) members.Yet, as in the previous Zapad exercises held in 2009 and 2013, the exercises are likely to be accompanied by a host of simultaneously held “snap exercises” (there were eleven such drills in 2016).Today, too, the pre-drill deployments point to far larger contingents over a greater territory than those officially announced.Don’t miss: Russia Wants Trump to Think of These Ordinary North Koreans Before Starting a Nuclear WarAccording to Belarusian defense officials, the personnel involved is deployed from the Kola Peninsula near Finland to Kaliningrad, the home of Russia’s most modern Iskander-M short-range missile launching system, which could be armed with both conventional and nuclear warheads. The Baltic and Northern Fleets are expected to participate as well, and so is the 1st Guards Tank Army. As a result, US officials expect the total number of troops to reach anywhere from 70,000–100,000, including non-combat troops deployed far from NATO borders.Facing them, along with Latvian, Lithuanian, and Polish defense forces, are a total of 4,000 troops in four NATO “ tripwire ” battalion-sized battle groups from Britain, Canada, Germany, and the US.The opaqueness surrounding the drills heightens concerns about Russia’s intention.Most popular: Religion in Israel: Politician Who Went To Gay Wedding Forced To ResignOn two occasions in the past seven years Russian military drills turned out to be forward battle deployments: the Kavkaz exercise in 2008, which became a prelude to the brief war on Georgia, and the large-scale “snap” drill along the Ukrainian border in February 2014, which was followed by the occupation of Crimea.Happening as it is at a time of the worst West-Russia relations since the end of the Cold War — in the aftermath of the diplomatic tit-for-tats between Moscow and Washington, the imposition of new sanctions on Russia by the US Congress, and after NATO has doubled the number of times it has scrambled fighters to respond to Russian aircraft along NATO’s borders from just over 400 in 2015 to nearly 800 in 2016 — the use of Zapad to poke at the NATO’s Eastern flank cannot be excluded.Promising a renewal of the patriotic fervor (and thus his personal popularity), such brinksmanship with the West may also be tempting to Putin in the run-up to the presidential re-election campaign at a time of a stagnant economy and widespread revulsion over government corruption.Finally, Moscow’s growing irritation with the foreign policy of the Belarussian president Aleksandr Lukashenko, who has been trying to navigate between Russia and the EU, and even more so, Putin’s fear of a Minsk version of the Kiev pro-Western Maidan revolution, have had Belarus experts worrying about Russia attempting a regime change.Filled with a considerable potential for unpleasant surprises, “West” is yet another test of the West’s readiness to deal with Russia when the strategic initiative is almost entirely of Moscow’s making.Leon Aron is a resident scholar and the director of Russian studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI).
Islamic State’s Rumiyah magazine glosses over losses to boost terrorist moraleAirstrikes targeted Islamic State positions in July after Iraqi prime minister declared “total victory” in Mosul. (Associated Press/File) more > – The Washington Times – Tuesday, September 12, 2017 The Islamic State is trying to buck up terrorist followers with a glowing report on killings around the globe as its home base “caliphate” in Iraq and Syria continues to crumble.In its latest edition, the glossy online magazine Rumiyah, Islamic State’s flagship media production, ignores the shrinking base and focuses instead on the “massacring” the terrorist group is still able to foment.“As the soldiers of the [caliphate] continue waging war on the forces or kufr [nonbelievers], we take a glimpse at a number of recent operations conducted by the mujahedeen of the Islamic State that have succeeded in expanding the territory of the [caliphate] or terrorizing, massacring and humiliating the enemies of Allah,” the magazine states.The propaganda goes on to list what it calls successful attacks, including the Aug. 17 carnage in Barcelona, Spain, and more obscure but deadly operations. These include such targets as the Taliban and allies in Afghanistan and the Philippine military.“These operations are merely a selection of the numerous operations that the Islamic State has conducted on various fronts across many regions over the course of the last few weeks,” says Rumiyah.Launched last year, the magazine is published in various languages, including English, French and German, with the aim of attracting recruits from the U.S., Europe and elsewhere. Rumiyah is putting its best face on a deteriorating situation that has stanched the flow of fighters.