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Trump Pardons Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Donald Trump has given control of US foreign policy to the military in exchange for support on domestic matters.

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Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona was infamous for his tough approach to policing. At his prison facilities he gained notoriety for his tough regime of discipline without special privileges.

Recently, Arpaio was convicted of Contempt of Court for refusing to obey a court order designed to force Arpaio’s deputies from specifically targeting illegal aliens in its jurisdiction.

The maximum sentence for such a conviction would have been 6 months behind bars.

Today, Donald Trump announced that he has invoked his power of Presidential pardon to absolve Arpaio of any wrong doing.

Arpaio who was a strong Trump supporter during the campaign stated,

“I’m very appreciative of what the president has done.Right now, I have to thank the president for standing by me and standing by law enforcement. And I’m very humbled”.

As the White House is increasingly staffed by ex-military leaders, it is becoming increasingly clear that while US Foreign Policy is now mostly controlled by the Department of Defence rather than the President’s remaining civilian staff or the State Department, Trump is continuing to exercise his prerogative in domestic affairs through executive orders and special Presidential privileges deriving from the US Constitution.

The public may well be witnessing a kind of Faustian bargain in which Trump has largely surrendering his foreign policy campaign promises, resigning himself to allow the military to largely dictate the trajectory of foreign policy in exchange for military men backing up Trump’s personal decisions in domestic affairs, decisions which generally remain deeply unpopular among the neo-liberal dominated Democratic party and some Republicans.

If this is the case, a new coalition of military hawks and domestic policy makers who are more in line with ‘candidate Trump’ may emerge as the central power brokers of the White House. This would appear especially the case as General John F. Kelly consolidates his new role as Donald Trump’s White House Chief of  Staff.

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seby
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Maybe he can now get a job patrolling the White House, to make sure nobody who doesnt have their lips coated with bush the III’s excrement is allowed in.

charlie
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charlie

They are both degenerate authoritarian nationalistic nazis…pair of thick cunts

ShermanRMcCoy
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ShermanRMcCoy

And you are obviously a moron, which is why I am blocking you in three, two, one. Buh-Bye!

englishvinal
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englishvinal

Lovely verbiage..
… such is always a distinct indication of superior intelligence and of a genteel upbringing!

N. A. R II
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N. A. R II

Neither is socialist so they cant be Nazis. They believe the rule of law which pisses off criminals so if you are pissed….

ShermanRMcCoy
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ShermanRMcCoy

Interesting theory. Although there is no question that America’s failure to enforce her immigration laws has been destroying the country from the inside, failure to reach better relations with Russia could result in the total destruction of the entire world.

Avramijevdan
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Avramijevdan

Mr. Dumb surrounded himself with same kind of people from day one of his campaign. His words were also very clear to anyone knowing how to listen. Feigning surprise about his reign is expected but it will not work outside of Usadistia and in all reality Usadists do not need it since their understanding of reality is already convoluted as much as possible. It is great that Mr. Dumb decided to become the decider and is in charge of himself and his decisions. However it is not surprising he chosen to free that Joe Arpaio character, embodiment of Usadist patriot.… Read more »

englishvinal
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englishvinal

Gee “Avramijevdan”.. you sure have made it clear that you are not “an American Nationalist”.. !!!
With a name like “Avramijevdan”.. you are not a native American either… so what IS your “claim to fame”???
Trump is a lot of nasty things but “dumb” is not one of them. He is sitting in the white house, and he got there using his “connections” and his “skills” (neither of which I admire), but he IS there, and YOU are sitting behind a keyboard in lower class middle US .. (or is it Afghanistan? or…???).. calling Trump “dumb”.

I think the circumstances speak for themselves….

Rastislav Veľká Morava
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Rastislav Veľká Morava

Correct. This so called Serbian Speaking Swede posts the same shite over and over, like a broken record.

Avramijevdan
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Avramijevdan

English, your eloquence, uncanny ability for observation and above all your timeless way of recognizing (non)quality of not only me but of the DOAT himself left me speechless.

Please feel free to provide some more of your wisdom for my reading pleasure.

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

It was the first POTUS. George Washington sent General Sullivan in 1779 to destroy the Iroquois towns. He established a precedent for the American presidency stronger than the two term limit.

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

And turd Trump didn’t have the balls to make the announcement other than during the hurricane hitting Texas, so people’s attention were focused on the natural disaster. Contemptible.

englishvinal
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englishvinal

Does that matter ..??? Really.. ?? I don’t care a fig for Trump.. I certainly did NOT “vote” for him.. “voting is for suckers and mind dead” as far as I am concerned … for many reasons, all valid. That said, Trump has done at least ONE correct act, …. ….. he took Arpaio off the leftest meat hook where they conspired to hang him to bleed out.. an honest sincere man who was protecting the people of Arizona from the onslaught of ILLEGAL ALIENS… who suck the energy / blood right out of the veins of decent working people.… Read more »

Vera Gottlieb
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Vera Gottlieb

Yes, honesty and integrity matter to me – perhaps not to you. The country is being divided more and more, pitting one group against the other. So much for the United States…

Franz Kafka
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Franz Kafka

You nailed it Adam. It is like a really bad US movie with Morgan Freeman and Robert Redford.
A senile octagenarian instead of Trump’s base. He has chosen… badly.

Dennis Morrisseau
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I DON’T think he has or should surrender to anything like an MIC directed
foreign policy…..nor to an Israeli directed one

S.M. De Kuyper
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S.M. De Kuyper

I think that with the US Presidential powers now under the Trump Presidency, the President could take back his powers from the four Military powers surrounding him, easily.

S.M. De Kuyper
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S.M. De Kuyper

“JUST DO IT!”

Simon
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Never heard of Arpaio, and so would not normally care. But my interest was tickled – is this decision divisive, does it cause more passion, both outrage and support in the US, out of all proportion to its real consequence?
A quick review of the news and even the comments on this small site, would suggest – Yes, very much so.
Then great. More of the same please. Fuel for the fire.
Now get us another statue story and pass the popcorn.

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Arpaio is a complete butthead fascist who deserves to be locked in a cell with the inmates he’s tortured for decades. This guy would be happy running Iraq’s infamous Abu Ghraib prison.

Trump becomes doubly a scumbag for pardoning this other scumbag. It’s in line with his favoring torture and killing the families of alleged terrorists, i.e., pretty much any Muslim.

N. A. R II
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N. A. R II

Tortured, Really. If you believe the people in charge think that the families of alleged terrorists are pretty much any Muslims then you are an idiot and you are the islamophobe.

The tax payers of the US are tired of paying for criminals including those who think they have the right to illegally enter this the country.

They believe the rule of law which pisses off criminals so if you are pissed….

richardstevenhack
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richardstevenhack

Obviously someone who approves of torture. Pretty much speaks for itself.

N. A. R II
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N. A. R II

Only after the wusifaction of this country could any of these be deemed as torture. If he was in a rusdian,brazian,Mexican,etc prison he would face torture. You panty waste snowkemflake actually think it is acceptable to”convict” a patriot without a jury by his peers. This man openly ran his force like this and was elected 6 times. He refused to stand down while the “President” told the border patrol to stand down. That is closer to treason than this was to torture. No the whole purpose of this crap is to sell socialism and I’m sick of your idiocy.

richardstevenhack
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The US has rules (more often acknowledged in the breach than the execution, admittedly) against “cruel and unusual punishment.”

He ignored them. He’s a scumbag, You’re a scumbag. ‘Nuff said.

N. A. R II
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Typical “educated” child living in mommies basement with no real world experience or worse just that mentality. Most websites refer to people like you as a snowflake but I will go with pajama boy. I have been in jail, fixed my life after having experienced life as an addict. Crawled back to improve my life through work and education. What you call cruel and unusual is absurd. What Sheriff Joe did was try to make his jail a place people did not repeat visit. If you have ever been jail most jails have people that basically live there. The prisoners… Read more »

richardstevenhack
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I’m far older than you are and more experienced. And I was never an addict (I never even smoked normal cigarettes), but I was in the military for three years during the Vietnam war. Comparing prison to the military is asinine and insulting to the military.

Someday someone is going to remember their time in his jail and put a bullet in his head. Can’t wait to hear it. Hopefully that ex-con will get a medal. and a pardon from whoever is President.

N. A. R II
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N. A. R II

Please not my comparison it was made by never mind …. “Someday someone is going to remember their time in his jail and put a bullet in his head. Can’t wait to hear it. Hopefully that ex-con will get a medal. and a pardon from whoever is President.” You are a whackadoo. After I called you Pajama boy I read some of your other posts you may not be in mommies basement but I am guessing your antisemitic crazy arse has a least a whole role of tin foil wrapped around your head.

richardstevenhack
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richardstevenhack

“antisemitic”

Ah, I suspected you were a Zionist troll…confirmed…

colum
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This could be spun another way. If trump has truly gained directorship of domestic affairs it would be entertaing to see trump corral the like of Antifa and other violent liberals as well as fascists and extreme right under the stewardship of Mr Apraio. Granted this is just whimsy and improbable, but a shock to the system is really need right now to fuck over the establishment. Something short of full blown protest and riot by the hard working (and largely silent) public of America, and probably, the world.

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The Duran Quick Take: Episode 36.

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris take a quick look at French President Macron’s pathetic display of leadership as he offers protestors little in the way of concessions while at the same time promising to crack down hard on any and all citizens who resort to violence.

Meanwhile France’s economy is set for a deep recession as French output and production grinds to a halt.

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As if Brussels didn’t have its hands full already with Italy and the UK, the European Union will soon be forced to rationalize why one of its favorite core members is allowed to pursue populist measures to blow out its budget deficit to ease domestic unrest while another is threatened with fines potentially amounting to billions of euros.

When blaming Russia failed to quell the widespread anger elicited by his policies, French President Emmanuel Macron tried to appease the increasingly violent “yellow vests” protesters who have sacked his capital city by offering massive tax cuts that could blow the French budget out beyond the 3% budget threshold outlined in the bloc’s fiscal rules.

Given the concessions recently offered by Italy’s populists, Macron’s couldn’t have picked a worse time to challenge the bloc’s fiscal conventions. As Bloomberg pointed out, these rules will almost certainly set the Continent’s second largest economy on a collision course with Brussels. To be clear, Macron’s offered cuts come with a price tag of about €11 billion according to Les Echos, and will leave the country with a budget gap of 3.5% of GDP in 2019, with one government official said the deficit may be higher than 3.6%.

By comparison, Italy’s initial projections put its deficit target at 2.4%, a number which Europe has repeatedly refused to consider.

Macron’s promises of fiscal stimulus – which come on top of his government’s decision to delay the planned gas-tax hikes that helped inspire the protests – were part of a broader ‘mea culpa’ offered by Macron in a speech Monday night, where he also planned to hike France’s minimum wage.

Of course, when Brussels inevitably objects, perhaps Macron could just show them this video of French police tossing a wheelchair-bound protester to the ground.

Already, the Italians are complaining.  Speaking on Tuesday, Italian cabinet undersecretary Giancarlo Giorgetti said Italy hasn’t breached the EU deficit limit. “I repeat that from the Italian government there is a reasonable approach, if there is one also from the EU a solution will be found.”

“France has several times breached the 3% deficit. Italy hasn’t done it. They are different situations. There are many indicators to assess.”

Still, as one Guardian columnist pointed out in an op-ed published Tuesday morning, the fact that the gilets jaunes (yellow vest) organizers managed to pressure Macron to cave and grant concessions after just 4 weeks of protests will only embolden them to push for even more radical demands: The collapse of the government of the supremely unpopular Macron.

Then again, with Brussels now facing certain accusations of hypocrisy, the fact that Macron was pressured into the exact same populist measures for which Italy has been slammed, the French fiasco raises the odds that Rome can pass any deficit measure it wants with the EU now forced to quietly look away even as it jawbones all the way from the bank (i.e., the German taxpayers).

“Macron’s spending will encourage Salvini and Di Maio,” said Giovanni Orsina, head of the School of Government at Rome’s Luiss-Guido Carli University. “Macron was supposed to be the spearhead of pro-European forces, if he himself is forced to challenge EU rules, Salvini and Di Maio will jump on that to push their contention that those rules are wrong.”

While we look forward to how Brussels will square this circle, markets are less excited.

Exhausted from lurching from one extreme to another following conflicting headlines, traders are already asking if “France is the new Italy.” The reason: the French OAT curve has bear steepened this morning with 10Y yields rising as much as ~6bp, with the Bund/OAT spread reaching the widest since May 2017 and the French presidential election. Though well below the peaks of last year, further widening would push the gap into levels reserved for heightened political risk.

As Bloomberg macro analyst Michael Read notes this morning, it’s hard to see a specific near-term trigger blowing out the Bund/OAT spread but the trend looks likely to slowly drift higher.

While Macron has to fight on both domestic and European fronts, he’ll need to keep peace at home to stay on top. Remember that we saw the 10Y spread widen to ~80bps around the May ’17 elections as concerns of a move toward the political fringe played out in the markets, and the French President’s popularity ratings already look far from rosy.

And just like that France may have solved the Italian crisis.

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Amazing moment in which the President exhibits “transparency in government” and shows the world who the Democrat leaders really are.

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One of the reasons Donald Trump was elected to the Presidency was because of his pugnacious, “in your face” character he presented – and promised TO present – against Democrat policy decisions and “stupid government” in general.

One of the reasons President Donald Trump is reviled is because of his pugnacious, “in your face” character he presented – and promised TO present – in the American political scene.

In other words, there are two reactions to the same characteristic. On Tuesday, the President did something that probably cheered and delighted a great many Americans who witnessed this.

The Democrats have been unanimous in taking any chance to roast the President, or to call for his impeachment, or to incite violence against him. But Tuesday was President Trump’s turn. He invited the two Democrat leaders, presumptive incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and then, he turned the cameras on:

As Tucker Carlson notes, the body language from Schumer was fury. The old (something)-eating grin covered up humiliation, embarrassment and probably no small amount of fear, as this whole incident was filmed and broadcast openly and transparently to the American public. Nancy Pelosi was similarly agitated, and she expressed it later after this humiliation on camera, saying, “It’s like a manhood thing for him… As if manhood could ever be associated with him.”

She didn’t stop there. According to a report from the New York Daily News, the Queen Bee took the rhetoric a step below even her sense of dignity:

Pelosi stressed she made clear to Trump there isn’t enough support in Congress for a wall and speculated the President is refusing to back down because he’s scared to run away with his tail between his legs.

“I was trying to be the mom. I can’t explain it to you. It was so wild,” Pelosi said of the Oval Office meet, which was also attended by Vice President Pence and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). “It goes to show you: you get into a tinkle contest with a skunk, you get tinkle all over you.”

This represented the first salvo in a major spin-job for the ultra-liberal San Francisco Democrat. The rhetoric spun by Mrs. Pelosi and Chuck Schumer was desperate as they tried to deflect their humiliation and place it back on the President:

With reporters still present, Trump boasted during the Oval meeting he would be “proud” to shutdown the government if Congress doesn’t earmark cash for his wall before a Dec. 21 spending deadline.

Pelosi told Democrats that Trump’s boisterousness will be beneficial for them.

“The fact is we did get him to say, to fully own that the shutdown was his,” Pelosi said. “That was an accomplishment.”

The press tried to characterize this as a “Trump Tantrum”, saying things like this lede:

While “discussing” a budgetary agreement for the government, President Donald Trump crossed his arms and declared: “we will shut down the government if there is no wall.”

While the Democrats and the mainstream media in the US are sure to largely buy these interpretations of the event, the fact that this matter was televised live shows that the matter was entirely different, and this will be discomfiting to all but those Democrats and Trump-dislikers that will not look at reality.

There appears to be a twofold accomplishment for the President in this confrontation:

  1. The President revealed to his support base the real nature of the conversation with the Democrat leadership, because anyone watching this broadcast (and later, video clip) saw it unedited with their own eyes. They witnessed the pettiness of both Democrats and they witnessed a President completely comfortable and confident about the situation.
  2. President Trump probably made many of his supporters cheer with the commitment to shut down the government if he doesn’t get his border wall funding. This cheering is for both the strength shown about getting the wall finished and the promise to shut the government down, and further, Mr. Trump’s assertion that he would be “proud” to shut the government down, taking complete ownership willingly, reflects a sentiment that many of his supporters share.

The usual pattern is for the media, Democrats and even some Republicans to create a “scare” narrative about government shutdowns, about how doing this is a sure-fire path to chaos and suffering for the United States.

But the educated understanding of how shutdowns work reveals something completely different. Vital services never close. However, National Parks can close partly or completely, and some non-essential government agencies are shuttered. While this is an inconvenience for the employees furloughed during the shutdown, they eventually are re-compensated for the time lost, and are likely to receive help during the shutdown period if they need it. The impact on the nation is minimal, aside from the fact that the government stops spending money at the same frenetic pace as usual.

President Trump’s expression of willingness to do this action and his singling out of the Dem leadership gives the Democrats a real problem. Now the entire country sees their nature. As President Trump is a populist, this visceral display of Democrat opposition and pettiness will make at least some impact on the population, even that group of people who are not Trump fans.

The media reaction and that of the Democrats here show, amazingly, that after three years-plus of Donald Trump being a thorn in their side, they still do not understand how he works, and they also cannot match it against their expected “norms” of establishment behavior.

This may be a brilliant masterstroke, and it also may be followed up by more. The President relishes head-to-head conflict. The reactions of these congress members showed who they really are.

Let the games begin.

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French opposition rejects Macron’s concessions to Yellow Vests, some demand ‘citizen revolution’

Mélenchon: “I believe that Act 5 of the citizen revolution in our country will be a moment of great mobilization.”

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Macron’s concessions to the Yellow Vests has failed to appease protesters and opposition politicians, such as Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who called for “citizen’s revolution” to continue until a fair distribution of wealth is achieved.

Immediately after French President Macron declared a “social and economic state of emergency” in response to large-scale protests by members of the Yellow Vest movement, promising a range of concessions to address their grievances, left-wing opposition politician Mélenchon called on the grassroots campaign to continue their revolution next Saturday.

I believe that Act 5 of the citizen revolution in our country will be a moment of great mobilization.

Macron’s promise of a €100 minimum wage increase, tax-free overtime pay and end-of-year bonuses, Mélenchon argued, will not affect any “considerable part” of the French population. Yet the leader of La France Insoumise stressed that the “decision” to rise up rests with “those who are in action.”

“We expect a real redistribution of wealth,” Benoît Hamon, a former presidential candidate and the founder of the Mouvement Génération, told BFM TV, accusing Macron’s package of measures that benefit the rich.

The Socialist Party’s first secretary, Olivier Faure, also slammed Macron’s financial concessions to struggling workers, noting that his general “course has not changed.”

Although welcoming certain tax measures, Marine Le Pen, president of the National Rally (previously National Front), accused the president’s “model” of governance based on “wild globalization, financialization of the economy, unfair competition,” of failing to address the social and cultural consequences of the Yellow Vest movement.

Macron’s speech was a “great comedy,”according to Debout la France chairman, Nicolas Dupont-Aignan, who accused the French President of “hypocrisy.”

Yet many found Melanchon’s calls to rise up against the government unreasonable, accusing the 67-year-old opposition politician of being an “opportunist” and “populist,” who is trying to hijack the social protest movement for his own gain.

Furthermore, some 54 percent of French believe the Yellow Vests achieved their goals and want rallies to stop, OpinionWay survey showed. While half of the survey respondents considered Macron’s anti-crisis measures unconvincing, another 49 percent found the president to be successful in addressing the demands of the protesters. Some 68 percent of those polled following Macron’s speech on Monday especially welcomed the increase in the minimum wage, while 78 percent favored tax cuts.

The Yellow Vest protests against pension cuts and fuel tax hikes last month were organized and kept strong via social media, without help from France’s powerful labor unions or official political parties. Some noted that such a mass mobilization of all levels of society managed to achieve unprecedented concessions from the government, which the unions failed to negotiate over the last three decades.

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