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Trump Announces Temporary Memorial For Victims Of Opioid-abuse

Trump Announces Temporary Memorial For Victims Of Opioid-abuse

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Trump Announces Temporary Memorial For Victims Of Opioid-abuse

On Tuesday President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter that he is "very pleased" that his administration will host a temporary memorial for the victims of opioid abuse next month on the Ellipse just outside the White House.

Below is what Trump had to say...

“I am very pleased to welcome the opioid memorial to the President’s Park in April. I encourage all to visit and remember those who we have lost to this deadly epidemic,” Trump wrote on Twitter, linking to a post from the official White House account. “We will keep fighting until we defeat the opioid crisis!”

The President has put combating opioid abuse at the center of his domestic agenda, traveling to New Hampshire — a state especially hard-hit by opioid abuse — earlier this month and announcing a set of administration proposals for combating addiction. Controversially, Trump has suggested imposing the death penalty for certain drug dealers and preventing the flow of drugs into the U.S. with his long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Other proposals from the Trump administration include making overdose-reversal drugs more readily available, creating a nationwide database to keep track of patients seeking prescriptions for painkillers and expanding Medicaid coverage for inpatient addiction treatment.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Tuesday that the exhibit would be open from April 12 to 18 and feature 22,000 pills, each with the face of a prescription-drug overdose victim carved into it.

“The White House, along with the National Park Service, will host the National Safety Council’s opioid memorial on the Ellipse in President’s Park,” she said. “These stories are tough to hear, and this exhibit will be an intensely emotional and somber experience. But it’s also a reminder that lives are at stake, and we must take action to end the plague of addiction that is ravaging communities all across our nation.”

Democrat Mayor Delayed A Raid That Caught Convicted Violent Criminals Who Are Illegal Immigrants

Democrat Mayor Derailed That Caught Violent Criminals Who Are Illegal Immigrants

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Mayor Schaaf Who Delayed The Raid

A raid by federal immigration officials which was a little delayed by a Democrat mayor in North Carolina, was greatly successful as lots of violent criminals who are illegal immigrants convicted of a variety of serious and violent crimes were caught, the past week. Before the raid was conducted, the mayor of Oakland sounded the alarm which resulted in the raid being delayed for a short while.

Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials announced this week that the four-day raid led to the arrest of 232 illegal immigrants in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Of those 232, 180 “were either convicted criminals, had been issued a final order of removal and failed to depart the United States, or had been previously removed” from the country and had come back illegally.

Another 115 “had prior felony convictions for serious or violent offenses.”

The numbers might have been greater, but for the intervention of Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, who tweeted out a warning of the impending raid, tipping off others who might have been caught.

Acting ICE Director Tom Homan said on "Fox & Friends" that Schaaf’s warning meant that there are roughly 800 illegal immigrants they were unable to locate.

"What she did is no better than a gang lookout yelling 'police' when a police cruiser comes in the neighborhood, except she did it to a whole community. This is beyond the pale," he said.

An ICE spokesperson gave Fox News a list of the types of crimes for which those arrested in the rad had been convicted. They cover a range of bad behavior: aggravated assault, murder, hit-run, lewd acts with a minor, burglary, cruelty toward a child, indecent exposure, domestic violence, drug trafficking, battery, sex offenses and false imprisonment.
ICE pointed, in particular, to the case of Armando Nunez-Salgado, a Mexican gang member who had been deported four times and had convictions including assault with a deadly weapon, burglary, hit-and-run causing injury and evasion of a police officer.
Another deportee was a Mexican gang member with convictions for, among other things, possession of a dangerous weapon, spousal abuse, burglary and battery on a police officer.

Officials were furious with the Oakland mayor's actions to diminish the effectiveness of the raid.

In a statement, ICE also said that recent legislation has hurt the agency’s ability to enforce immigration laws.

“Recent legislation has negatively impacted ICE operations in California by nearly eliminating all cooperation and communication with our law enforcement partners in the state by prohibiting local law enforcement from contracting with the federal government to house detainees,” the statement.

“Ultimately, efforts by local politicians have shielded removable criminal aliens from immigration enforcement and created another magnet for more illegal immigration, all at the expense of the safety and security of the very people it purports to protect,” it said.

The White House called Mayor Schaaf’s actions “outrageous” and said the Department of Justice was conducting a review.

“I think it’s outrageous that a mayor would circumvent federal authorities and certainly put them in danger by making a move such as that,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Thursday

But Schaaf was unapologetic.

"I did what I believe was right for my community as well as to protect public safety," Schaaf said Friday, according to NBC Bay Area. "People should be able to live without fear or panic and know their rights and responsibilities as well as their recourses."

20 States Including Texas Sue Trump Administration To End Obamacare

20 States Including Texas Sue Trump Administration To End Obamacare

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20 States Including Texas Sue Trump Administration To End Obamacare

The state of Texas and 19 other US states sue the Trump led administration to entirely end Obamacare, over the individual mandate in Obamacare that obligates people have health insurance or pay a fine, seeking an end to the entire law.

In the lawsuit filed Monday, states said Congress's decision to repeal the tax penalty as part of the Republican tax bill signed into law by President Trump, invalidates the mandate and all of Obamacare.

The complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Texas.
This is the second lawsuit against the mandate. The first was upheld in 2012 by the Supreme Court, which determined it was allowed because it was a tax, amid arguments by opponents that it was unconstitutional.

'I Think Arming Teachers Is Not A Bad Idea'- Ivanka Trump

'I Think Arming Teachers Is Not A Bad Idea'- Ivanka Trump

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'I Think Arming Teachers Is Not A Bad Idea'- Ivanka Trump

President Donald Trump's daughter and White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump has lend her voice to the popular discussion about arming educators. While Ivanka Trump didn't entirely support the idea of arming teachers, went ahead to say "... it's not a bad idea" and "...it needs to be discussed". This she said on Sunday on an interview with NBC News.

"Obviously, there would have to be an incredibly high standard for who would be able to bear arms in our school," Ivanka Trump said in an interview with NBC News that aired Sunday during her trip to the closing ceremonies at the 2018 Winter Olympics." But I think that there is no one solution to creating safety."

Ivanka didn't break from her father though, and continued to say that qualified educators who are capable of carrying guns "is not a bad idea."
"I think that having a teacher who is armed, who cares deeply about her students or his students and who is capable and qualified to bear arms is not a bad idea, but it is an idea that needs to be discussed," she said.

President Donald Trump last week initially suggested teachers should undergo firearm training and be allowed to carry concealed weapons inside schools — a controversial statement in which several members of his party have broken with, such as Sen. Marco Rubio and Florida Gov. Rick Scott.

His idea was a result of a listening session after meeting with survivors, parents and gun control activists at the White House after former student Nikolas Cruz allegedly killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

The president later clarified that only "gun adept teachers with military or special training experience" should be allowed to carry concealed guns.

Over the weekend, Trump said that armed educators would get annual training and a yearly bonus, but ultimately left the decision "up to the states."

'I'm Not surprised Trump Disses Democratic Memo'- Adam Schiff

'I'm Not surprised Trump Disses Democratic Memo'- Adam Schiff

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'I'm Not surprised Trump Disses Democratic Memo'- Adam Schiff

On Sunday, California 28th congressional representative Rep. Adam Schiff said he's totally not surprised president Donald Trump had to dismiss the newly released Democratic intelligence memo.

"I'm not surprised the president doesn't like it," the ranking Democrat Adam Schiff said regarding the memo. "I'm not surprised, frankly, that the White House tried to bury this memo response as long as they could."

The Democratic intelligence memo was released Saturday as a counterweight to the Republican memo, which president Donald Trump declassified several weeks ago. The GOP memo claimed FBI officials misled a secret surveillance court to obtain a warrant to spy on Carter Page, a former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser.

Also, Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.) countered a key GOP claim Sunday that a special surveillance warrant for Page wouldn't have been granted had it not been for dossier information compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele.

"It's important for the public to see the facts, that the FBI acted appropriately in seeking a warrant on Carter Page," Schiff responded on CNN's "State of the Union."

The FBI, he said, is not part of "some deep state, as the president apparently would like the public to believe.”

Schiff also responded to criticisms lobbed at him Saturday night by the president, who called the congressman a "leaker" and "bad guy."
"I'm proud to be one of the bad hombres, I guess," Schiff said.
Trump told Fox News host Jeanine Pirro that Schiff leaks information to reporters in actions that were "probably not legal."

"You see this Adam Schiff has a meeting and leaves the meeting and calls up reporters and then all of a sudden they'll have news and you're not supposed to do that — it's probably illegal to do it," Trump said. "You know he'll have a committee meeting and he'll leak all sorts of information. You know, he's a bad guy."
Responding Sunday, Schiff said the president was referring to a hearing where Trump's son, Donald Jr., was called to testify.

"I asked him about conversations he had with the president where the president was on that aircraft and they concocted this false statement about that meeting in Trump Tower with the Russians," Schiff said. "And he refused to answer the questions, claiming attorney-client privilege, which clearly doesn't apply to a situation where neither he nor his father are attorney nor client.

"Our position is — and the Republicans have adopted it as well — if witnesses refuse to answer questions and make bogus claims of privilege, as he did, as Steve Bannon did, we call them out on it," Schiff added.
"Well, the president doesn't like that. But that's not a leak. That's a fact."

Democrats In California Refuse Supporting Feinstein

Democrats In California Refuse Supporting Feinstein

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Democrats In California Refuse Supporting Feinstein

California Democrats have declined to endorse state's senior senator Sen. Dianne Feinstein in her bid for reelection in the forthcoming midterm elections.
The party's delegates favored Feinstein’s progressive rival, state Senate leader Kevin de León, over Feinstein by a vote of 54 percent to 37 percent, according to results announced Sunday.

Neither Feinstein nor Kevin de León reached the 60 percent threshold required to receive the party endorsement for 2018. But the snubbing of Feinstein by the party led de León to claim a victory for his struggling campaign.

“The outcome of today’s endorsement vote is an astounding rejection of politics as usual, and it boosts our campaign’s momentum as we all stand shoulder-to-shoulder against a complacent status quo,” de León said in a prepared statement. “California Democrats are hungry for new leadership that will fight for California values from the front lines, not equivocate on the sidelines.”

A centrist Democrat, Feinstein has long maintained an uneasy relationship with activists who dominate state party conventions, and the vote this weekend — while embarrassing — was not unexpected. The result followed two days of lobbying by the candidates in convention speeches and throughout the convention halls.

In an appeal to thousands of delegates Saturday, de León portrayed himself as an agent of change. He cast Feinstein, without mentioning her name, as a Washington power broker out of touch with progressive activists at home.

“I’m running for the U.S. Senate because the days of Democrats biding our time, biting our tongue, and trying to let it work the margins are over," he said to cheers. “I’m running because California’s greatness comes from paths of human audacity, not congressional seniority.”

The non-endorsement appears unlikely to immediately alter the trajectory of a contest Feinstein is leading by a wide margin.
First elected in a 1992 special Senate election, Feinstein is outpolling de León 46 percent to 17 percent among likely California voters, according to the most recent poll by the Public Policy Institute of California. Her financial advantage is even more overwhelming: Feinstein held close to $10 million in cash on hand at the end of last year, while de León reported raising just $500,000.

Addressing the convention Saturday, Feinstein reminded delegates of her experience and what she portrayed as a lifetime of service in the cause of Democratic values. She focused heavily on her advocacy of gun control measures, and she urged Democrats to resist splintering in the face of a Republican-controlled Washington.

California Democrats, she said, have “the largest delegation in the House. You’ve got Kamala Harris and me in the Senate.” She said Democrats can more effectively advance their principles “if we have unified support.”

Feinstein lost the state party endorsement to a rival Democrat, John Van de Kamp, when she ran for California governor in 1990. And though supporters this year waved signs and stopped Feinstein to pose for photographs, she at times appeared out of step working the convention halls.
Interrupted in her convention speech Saturday by music signaling her time to speak had run out, Feinstein said, “I guess my time is up.”

As Feinstein left the stage, de León supporters in the crowd yelled back at the 84-year-old, “Time’s up! Time’s up!”

The state party returned a non-endorsement in California’s other major statewide contest, as well.
In the race for governor, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom led all candidates with 39 percent support, followed by state Treasurer John Chiang and former state schools chief Delaine Eastin with 30 percent and 20 percent, respectively. Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who has drawn close to Newsom at the top of statewide public opinion polls, finished a distant fourth, at 9 percent.

"Trump Should Be Afraid"- Trump Accuser

"Trump Should Be Afraid"- Trump Accuser

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Rachel Crooks one of President Trump's accusers, who claims the President forcibly kissed her back in 2006, on Tuesday told CNN during an interview that "...He should be afraid" of the 'truth' coming out.

Here's what Crooks had told CNN "It is the first time, I guess, he's attacked me personally on Twitter, but his whole approach to this has been to deny the allegation of myself and, like you said, almost 20 women who have come forward. So it's not surprising," she went further to say "But I would think as our president he would have more important things to do than tweet at me and try to discredit my story. I know what's true, he knows what's true and I think he should be afraid of that."

Back in 2016 during the presidential campaigns, 16 women accused Donald Trump of sexually harassing them, Rachel Crooks is one of the 16. Accusations the President has vehemently and repeatedly denied

Rachel Crooks is running this year for a seat in Ohio’s state legislature and her story was featured in a Washington Post story earlier this week with the online headline “Is anyone listening?”

Following Crooks' story that got featured Trump lashed out online with a tweet accusing Rachel Crooks and other of his accusers of being paid.

Below is the President's tweet
“A woman I don’t know and, to the best of my knowledge, never met, is on the FRONT PAGE of the Fake News Washington Post saying I kissed her (for two minutes yet) in the lobby of Trump Tower 12 years ago. Never happened! Who would do this in a public space with live security cameras running,” Trump wrote online. “Another False Accusation. Why doesn’t @washingtonpost report the story of the women taking money to make up stories about me? One had her home mortgage paid off. Only @FoxNews so reported...doesn’t fit the Mainstream Media narrative.”