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TRUMP ON TAXES “CUTS FOR BUSINESS” “REFORM FOR US”; WALL “OFF THE TABLE” AFTER FUNDING STANDOFF; GENERAL FLYNN FACES MORE HEAT; WHO TAKES CARE OF CHILDREN WHOSE PARENTS ARE DEPORTED?; MARCHING FOR SCIENCE; EMPLOYERS PAYING STUDENT LOANS; A FEW COMMENTS ON TAXES; MORE… ELDERUPDATES.COM, NO. 170 APRIL 29, 2017 PRESIDENT Trump’s week in review: AS of Monday afternoon, Trump in standoff with Congress over wall on Mexican border.  Republicans have the votes to pass a budget on their own and prove they can govern.  Government shutdown could have more than normal consequences as collapsing world structure needs a stable U.S. as confrontation with North Korea may be imminent and Europe undergoes Brexit. By Monday evening it was reported Trump had stated to conservative media he would move back to September.  Is he a bully backing down or a politician wisely accepting his goal? President Trump wants to be, and is, unpredictable.  This may work in the private sector where he was the Big Man and the “next deal” with someone else is around the corner.  But in the political world where there is no “next deal”, one must deal with the same governments, and our allies need predictability from the world’s largest economic, political and military power. “IN the long term, however, erratic national leaders often lose allies, who seek more dependable protectors.”  (The WEEK, April 28, 2017.) LAST week President Trump announced he would announce his tax reform proposal on Wednesday.  It was later revealed the proposal would include a reduction of the corporate tax maximum from 35% to 15%.  On Tuesday, Republicans announced opposition to the Trump...

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MORE MILITARY ACTION; FOX FIRES O’REILLY; ESTATE TAX EXEMPTION UP AGAIN; FREE SPEECH NOT SO FREE; L.A. CITY HAS $ FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING BUT NOT LAND; EXXON WANTS TO DRILL IN RUSSIA; NATO GETS TRANSFUSION – NO LONGER “OBSOLETE”; MORE… UPDATED AND REVISED ELDERUPDATES.COM, NO. 169 APRIL 22, 2017 PRESIDENT Trump’s week in review: PRESIDENT Trump gives free reign to military to strike without prior presidential approval.  (KPPC, April 14, 2017.) PRESIDENT Trump stated U.S.S. Vinson group is heading towards N. Korea for possible confrontation, when it was actually heading away from N. Korea and towards Japan.  (Los Angeles Times, April 19, 2017.)  What must Kim Jung Un, leader of N. Korea, be thinking: U.S. is paper tiger?  U.S. doesn’t know what it is doing? VICE-President Pence subsequently warns Kim not to “test” Trump, overlooking Trump already was tested and found wanting when U.S. ships were sailing away from North Korea instead of toward it.  (Los Angeles Times, April 18, 2017.) Hopefully, President Trump will find time to visit military hospitals, watch a documentary or 2 on past wars (not “Band of Brothers” or “Hogan’s Heroes”, but possibly filmmaker Ken Burns’ civil war series), and the horrors of them, before he recommences his bombastic rhetoric. FROM “America First” President comes newfound respect for intervention in Europe “NATO no longer obsolete”, Afghanistan (dropping on 21,000 pound bomb, and verbal attacks on Russia).  It is, however, too optimistic to think Trump will wish to renegotiate the TTP agreement. LIFETIME estate tax exemption will increase from $5.45 B to $5.49 B per person for those dying in 2017.  Meanwhile, maximum deferral to...

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PRESIDENT TRUMP BOMBS SYRIA AND AFGHANISTAN; THREATENS NORTH KOREA AND STATES RELATIONS WITH RUSSIA NEVER WORSE; SILENT AFTER MORE SAN BERNARDINO SHOOTINGS (ALL WITHIN 100 DAYS OF INAUGURATION); TRUMP SEEKS CANCELLATION OF ENERGY STAR PROGRAM; GORSUCH JOINS SUPREME COURT; CALIFORNIA DROUGHT OVER; OBESE HAVE HIGHER LIFETIME MEDICAL COSTS; MORE… ELDERUPDATES.COM, NO. 168 APRIL 15, 2017   PRESIDENT Trump’s week in review: PRESIDENT Trump bombs Syrian base in retaliation for chemical weapons used against civilians, pushing the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. to a breach, not better relations.  On April 11th White House released a 4-page “point-by-point rebuttal” (by the same intelligence services President Trump so recently vilified).  (New York Times, April 11, 2017.) OTHER victims of violence include 20 M people in South Sudan in danger of starving as fighting continues.  (Nightly Business Report, April 4, 2017.) Meanwhile, Trump proposes significant reductions in State Department and foreign aid.  While surveys show many believe foreign aid is significant part of the budget, less than 1% of the national budget is spent on foreign aid. Certainly, seeing babies, infants and other innocents suffering from chemical bombing is horrible; but perhaps not worse than the daily suffering and starvation of Sudanese forced to, and over, the edge of starvation, by war. Now, perhaps if Trump took a trip to Africa he would…what?  Cut off foreign aid or double it?  Nobody can guess.  That’s part of Trump’s plan, but also part of the problem. PRESIDENT Trump states relations with Russia are extremely poor, (maybe he even said “worse than ever” on KPPC radio (April 12, 2017), but promptly implies it Obama’s fault.  Apparently, 70...

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BANNON REMOVED FROM NSA; EPA MORALE S(T)INKS; BATTLE OF PROPOSED SUP. CT. JUSTICE GORSUCH HEATS UP; L.A. CITY CONSIDERS BORROWING BIG MONEY TO SETTLE LAWSUITS; ADMINISTRATION TO REVIEW YUCCA MOUNTAIN FOR NUCLEAR WASTE; 2 CASES ON DISABILITY LAW; MORE…   ELDERUPDATES.COM, No. 167 APRIL 8, 2017   PRESIDENT Trump’s week in review: STEVE Bannon removed from National Security Council (April 5, 2017, KPPC Radio, AOL news).  President Trump wisely appointed intelligence and military personnel to the Council after he had removed them using a re-worked Executive Order from the Bush administration. What makes Bannon, former investment banker and Breitbart editor, tick?  Friends say when Bannon’s father panicked and sold $100,000 of AT&T stock in 2008, with no banking executives being held criminally responsible afterward, cemented his “anti-establishment” view.  Notwithstanding, he speaks to the president of the most powerful country in the world he is still “anti-establishment”? PRESIDENT Trump signs bill reversing internet privacy provisions passed under the Obama administration.  (Various.) TRUMP administration opening way for California to pump more water from aquifers for urban use.  (Los Angeles Times, April 4, 2017.) BATTLE over Neil Gorsuch to become Supreme Court Justice continues, and Senator Markey speaks all night in filibuster effort.  (Various.)  As of April 6th, Republicans later voted to drop the “nuclear option” and get rid of the requirement of 60 votes for a Supreme Court Justice, reducing requirement to a bare minority. Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer stated that by having a justice who did not receive any votes from the other party (actually, Gorsuch will get at least 3), shows the Court itself to be a political institution....

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TROOPS TO IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN; HOUSE INTELLIGENCE CHAIR, SHARES INFORMATION; FLYNN WANTS IMMUNITY FOR HIS INTERESTING STORY; WRITERS GUILD CLOSER TO STRIKE; DEATHS OF DESPAIR INCREASE; MORE… ELDERUPDATES.COM, NO. 166 APRIL 1, 2017 (NOT THE APRIL FOOL’S DAY EDITION) PRESIDENT Trump’s week in review: AOL reports President Trump left the stage at the signing ceremony for 2 Executive Orders before he signed them.  (AOL, April 1, 2017, and not an April Fool’s post). ADDITIONAL troops going to Iraq and Syria but Trump Administration refuses to disclose how many, but known total is at least 700.  (Los Angeles Times, March 31, 2017.) DRAFT of Administration plan to modify NAFTA by giving U.S. companies preference in government purchases but contains none of the punitive measures against Mexico earlier threatened.  (Los Angeles Times, March 31, 2017.) EPA, (for which Trump wishes to reduce funding by approximately 31%), terminates effort to prevent use of chlorpyrifos, a pesticide linked to nervous system disorders in children.  The Obama Administration had proposed a zero tolerance policy.  (Los Angeles Times, March 31, 2017.) HOUSE Intelligence Chair Devin Nunes takes classified information to White House and shares it with President Trump.  Calls for committee to set up a separate committee, such as the 9-11 Commission, increase.  (Los Angeles Times, March 28, 2017.)  Sharing information with one under investigation – even if indirectly – both compromises the investigation and casts ethical shadow on the leaker (the Trump administration has consistently blasted the process of leaking). MICHAEL Flynn, who opposed granting immunity to Clinton aides when he was a Trump adviser, seeks immunity in the Trump-Russian investigation so he can tell his...