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Trapped in Failing Schools
Patrick Hampton  
Trump Responds After New York Times 
Reveals a Decade of His Tax Returns
by Jack Davis } ~ President Donald Trump lashed out at The New York Times on Wednesday after the newspaper reported that his taxes from the turbulent 1980s and 1990s showed more than $1 billion in losses... The Times report, titled “A Decade in the Red,” said that “10 years of tax information obtained by The New York Times paints a different, and far bleaker, picture of his deal-making abilities and financial condition.” However, in a pair of tweets, Trump said The Times does not know what it is talking about.“Real estate developers in the 1980’s & 1990’s, more than 30 years ago, were entitled to massive write offs and depreciation which would, if one was actively building, show losses and tax losses in almost all cases. Much was non monetary. Sometimes considered “tax shelter,” you would get it by building, or even buying. You always wanted to show losses for tax purposes … almost all real estate developers did – and often re-negotiate with banks, it was sport. Additionally, the very old information put out is a highly inaccurate Fake News hit job!” Trump tweeted. The 1980s and 1990s were a boom-and-bust era in real estate as well as banking, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has noted in a report on its website. Trump’s more recent tax returns have been an issue ever since Trump said that he would not honor the custom of presidents releasing them. House Democrats have claimed that release of the returns is vital to rooting out potential conflicts of interest and are thus trying to secure them. The tax returns The Times reported on date from 1985 to 1994 and are not those Democrats are seeking. In a separate Democrat-led effort, New York State has pushed to obtain and make public Trump’s state tax returns, Time has reported. The Times report on Trump’s taxes from 1985 to 1994 said that it did not obtain Trump’s actual returns. “While The Times did not obtain the president’s actual tax returns, it received the information contained in the returns from someone who had legal access to it. The Times was then able to find matching results in the I.R.S. information on top earners — a publicly available database that each year comprises a one-third sampling of those taxpayers, with identifying details removed. It also confirmed significant findings using other public documents, along with confidential Trump family tax and financial records from the newspaper’s 2018 investigation into the origin of the president’s wealth.”...
DOJ to scumbag liar-Nadler: Threaten Barr 
With Impeachment, You Get Nothing
by sundance } ~ Smart move by DOJ lawyers. The letter below informs Judiciary Chairman scumbag liar-Jerry Nadler the previous report content was provided without assertion of executive privilege... however, if scumbag liar-Nadler follows-through with impeachment plan, executive privilege is now enforced and the totality of the report is withdrawn from congress.The only thing AG Barr was statutorily required to provide was the four-page summary letter he already presented. Asking President Trump to throw the executive privilege blanket over the full work product effectively shields it from congressional review; AND simultaneously blocks congress from proceeding with any impeachment action. The assertion of executive privilege effectively removes any lack of production action ie. the impeachment threat by Chairman scumbag liar-Jerry Nadler. Essentially AG Barr et al is going old school with classic separation of power. POTUS Trump built a bridge from executive to legislative branch with voluntary production; however, if scumbag liar-Nadler wants to be a resistance member then the executive branch will pull back and the customary three-branch separation of power rules will be the standard form of engagement.
NY Times reports it found Trump tax 
documents showing nearly $1.2B in 
losses between 1985 and 1994
by Samuel Chamberlain  
{} ~ President Trump claimed to have lost $1.17 billion from his real estate businesses on his federal income tax returns for the decade between 1985 and 1994... The New York Times reported Tuesday evening. The newspaper said it had obtained printouts of Trump's IRS tax transcripts from a person "who had legal access to it," without elaborating. The transcripts included figures from the future president's federal tax form. The White House had no immediate comment on the report. The Times added that it had compared Trump's information with those of other high-income earners and found that Trump "appears to have lost more money than nearly any other individual American taxpayer." Indeed, the newspaper reported that the losses were so substantial that in eight of the ten years in question, Trump was able to avoid paying income tax. Trump's tax returns have been a subject of speculation since he declined to make them public during his successful 2016 presidential campaign, claiming he was under audit. In October 2018, the Times  reported that Trump received at least $413 million in today’s money from his father’s New York real estate business. That report claimed that Trump helped his father, Fred Trump, claim millions of dollars in improper tax deductions; undervalued his parents' real estate holdings in order to reduce his tax bill when he inherited them; and set up a phony corporation with his siblings in an effort to disguise millions of dollars in gifts from his mother and father. The House Ways and Means Committee has asked the IRS to provide Trump's personal and business returns for 2013 through 2018. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Monday refused to do so, saying the panel's request "lacks a legitimate legislative purpose." Mnuchin's move, which had been expected, is likely to set a legal battle into motion. The chief options available to Democrats are to subpoena the IRS for the returns or to file a lawsuit. Who leaked this information?
Steele's stunning pre-FISA confession:
Informant needed to air Trump
dirt before election
by John Solomon } ~ If ever there were an admission that taints the FBI’s secret warrant to surveil Donald Trump’s campaign, it sat buried for more than 2 1/2 years in the files of a high-ranking State Department official... Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Kathleen Kavalec’s written account of her Oct. 11, 2016, meeting with FBI informant Christopher Steele shows the scumbag/liar-Hillary Clinton campaign-funded British intelligence operative admitted that his research was political and facing an Election Day deadline. And that confession occurred 10 days before the FBI used Steele’s now-discredited dossier to justify securing a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to surveil former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page and the campaign’s ties to Russia. Steele’s client “is keen to see this information come to light prior to November 8,” the date of the 2016 election, Kavalec wrote in a typed summary of her meeting with Steele and Tatyana Duran, a colleague from Steele’s Orbis Security firm. The memos were unearthed a few days ago through open-records litigation by the conservative group Citizens United. Kavalec’s notes do not appear to have been provided to the House Intelligence Committee during its Russia probe, according to former Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.). "They tried to hide a lot of documents from us during our investigation, and it usually turns out there’s a reason for it," Nunes told me. Senate and House Judiciary investigators told me they did not know about them, even though they investigated Steele’s behavior in 2017-18. One member of Congress transmitted the memos this week to the Department of Justice’s inspector general, fearing its investigation of FISA abuses may not have had access to them. Nonetheless, the FBI is doing its best to keep much of Kavalec’s information secret by retroactively claiming it is classified, even though it was originally marked unclassified in 2016. The apparent effort to hide Kavalec's notes from her contact with Steele has persisted for some time...
NICE! Leader McConnell NUKES 
Dems Over Their endless MELTDOWN
by S.Noble } ~ Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday tore into congressional Democrats who are continuing the Trump witch trials, stating clearly that the “case is closed.”... “This investigation went on for two years,” McConnell said in a speech on the Senate floor. “It’s finally over. “Many Americans were waiting to see how their elected officials would respond,” the Kentucky Republican continued. “With an exhaustive investigation complete, would the country finally unify to confront the real challenges before us? Would we finally be able to move on from partisan paralysis and breathless conspiracy theorizing?” “Or would we remain consumed by unhinged partisanship and keep dividing ourselves to the point that Russian President Vladimir Putin and his agents need only stand on the sidelines and watch us as their job is done for them? Regrettably, I think the answer is pretty obvious.”McConnell said Democrats are going through the five stages of grief. His best line was, “The last stage of grief is acceptance. For the country’s sake, I hope my Democratic friends get there sometime soon.” McConnell called on Democrats to “stop endlessly litigating a two-year-old election result” and for an end to what he called a “Groundhog Day spectacle.” “In some corners, special counsel dirty cop-Mueller came to be regarded as a kind of secular saint destined to rescue the country from the inconvenient truth that the American people actually elected Donald Trump,” he said...  
Appeals court allows Trump administration 
to send back asylum seekers to Mexico 
to wait out court process
by Nicole Darrah } ~ The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals late Tuesday granted the Trump administration's request to send asylum seekers back to Mexico to wait out court proceedings temporarily... The court order reversed a decision by a San Francisco judge that would have blocked the policy — giving President Trump a temporary victory on immigration. The case must still be considered on its merits at a lower court in San Francisco and could end up at the Supreme Court. U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg ruled April 8 that the policy should be halted while a lawsuit, filed on behalf of 11 asylum applicants and several other organizations, proceeds. The American Civil Liberties Union, which brought the suit along with the Southern Poverty Law Center, and Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, said that despite the ruling, "there is good reason to believe that ultimately this policy will be put to a halt." “Asylum seekers are being put at serious risk of harm every day that the forced return policy continues," Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, said in a statement. "Notably, two of the three judges that heard this request found that there are serious legal problems with what the government is doing." The lawsuit on behalf of 11 asylum seekers from Central America and legal advocacy groups says the Trump administration is violating U.S. law by failing to adequately evaluate the dangers that migrants face in Mexico... Still they have no legal rights to enter the United States.  
Trapped in Failing Schools
Patrick Hampton:  As a parent, former school administrator, and community activist, the topic of education weighs heavy on my heart, especially when it has to do with students who are not making the grade due to schools that do little to support them.

In Tennessee, city, county, and state legislators and community members have been working tirelessly to pass Educational Savings Accounts (or ESAs), following suit with Arizona’s Empowerment Scholarship Account program and others like it across the U.S.

In short, ESAs are accounts that give parents control over tax dollars. This gives families more power and choice in the kind of education their child receives. Each family receives government funds that can be used only on school expenses for their child, and these funds follow the child wherever he or she goes. If a parent finds that a school is unsatisfactory, they have the option to withdraw their child from public school and transfer them to a charter or private school. The ESA funds follow the student to that new school.

According to the Beacon Center of Tennessee, most studies on ESAs suggest that students who use this option fare better academically. This is due to giving parents power to choose an educational experience that best fits their child’s needs.

Some Tennessee residents worry that this program would only make public schools worse. But research suggests that this will help schools by reducing class sizes in public schools, which can help students achieve more academically there, too.

Passing the ESA would result in an economic impact of nearly $3 billion and thousands more graduates in the next two decades, and there are only more benefits yet to be revealed.

However, certain legislators have decided to pass ESAs in Tennessee so long as Hamilton County — where I reside — is excluded.

This hit hard. Hamilton County has schools that rank significantly worse than many schools in our state, including Davidson and Shelby counties. Having worked in education, I am aware that there are kids graduating high school without knowing how to write a complete sentence or think critically. Yet we have local and state politicians whose votes suggest the system that has failed our children for two whole generations is perfectly fine as is in Hamilton County.

As a former school administrator, I believe passing the ESA for all of Tennessee is our one opportunity to rectify the issues with our education system, to reward schools that are doing well while holding poor-performing schools accountable to put kids first.

But this is a two-pronged issue with an unlikely foe preventing ESAs from reaching families who need it most.

Democrats and progressives are busy wanting to keep the state of our education system the same, as their arguments conflate ESAs with vouchers. The difference? Vouchers are government funds that allow parents to fund tuition at a private school. ESAs are funds set aside for parents to use on educational expenses that may include tutoring, transportation, homeschooling, and also transferring to a private, religious, or charter school.

The latter is much more beneficial when put in the proper context. But a handful of local Republican senators (two of whom I know very well) disagree, leaving Hamilton County families to fight for their right to free their children from failing schools.

Disappointed doesn’t begin to describe it. Vexed seems to fit how I feel about this decision. My question to these legislators is “why?” Why do they believe that a good education is reserved only for some? Why keep kids in these failure mills only to produce more gang members and prison inmates? The ESA is a simple and viable solution to myriad problems within our society — across the nation and right here in my home county in Tennessee.

So to this handful of Republicans voting “nay” on this, you owe us an explanation as to why you’d keep this vicious cycle going. Be sure to speak up so millions of trapped families with struggling students can hear you loud and clear.  ~The Patriot Post  

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Fact Check:   'Joe Biden Claims ‘We Didn’t Lock People Up In Cages’

CLAIM: Former Vice President Joe Biden claimed, on immigration: “We didn’t lock people up in cages.”

VERDICT: FALSE. The “cages” were built by the Obama-Biden administration.

Univision moderator Jorge Ramos asked Biden at the third Democrat debate at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas, why Latinos should trust him after the Obama administration continued deporting “undocumented immigrants.”

Biden claimed that the Obama administration’s policies were more humane than those of President Donald Trump: “We didn’t lock people up in cages,” he said.

In fact, the “cages” were built by the Obama administration to deal with a surge of unaccompanied minors who crossed the border illegally in 2014.

Originally, the Obama administration was “warehousing” children — literally — in overwhelmed Border Patrol facilities. Breitbart News broke the story of the surge, which was partly triggered by Obama’s policy of allowing illegal alien children who entered the country as minors to stay in the country (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA).

Above image credit: AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool, File

The above photo was published by the Associated Press in June 2014, and the photo below is of Obama’s Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, touring a Border Patrol facility with “cages.”

Above: Border Patrol officers escort Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Gov. Jan Brewer through the department’s Nogales processing facility for immigrant children. (Photo courtesy Barry Bahler/Department of Homeland Security)

The “cages” are chain-link enclosures in Border Patrol processing facilities that are meant to protect children from adults in custody. They are not permanent accommodations.

In mid-2018, as the Trump administration began enforcing a “zero tolerance” policy that stopped the “catch-and-release” policy of letting illegal aliens go after they were arrested. Detaining adults and children meant that children had to be processed separately; the enclosures prevented adults from harming children.

As Breitbart News reported at the time, children were not housed in “cages.” They were processed and then taken to shelters, where they were given medical care, toiletries, education, recreation, and counseling, and where staff attempted to find relatives or sponsors to whom they could be released.

Democrats began tweeting images of “kids in cages” to condemn the Trump administration. Journalists, too, shared those images.

One problem: they were taken during the Obama administration.

Public outrage at the images led President Trump to end the policy, and require families to be detained together.

Democrats keep repeating the mistake, however: in July, they had to delete a tweet that used an image from the Obama era and cited the “inhumane treatment” of children by the Trump administration.

Republicans argue that not detaining illegal aliens is actually the cruel policy, because it encourages migrants to undertake a dangerous journey, often guided by cartels and smugglers.

As Breitbart News’ Alana Mastrangelo noted recently:

But what’s worse than “cages,” however, are reports of migrant children also being handed over to human traffickers during the Obama administration — while Biden was vice president — according to the New York Times. Between October 2013 and July 2015 alone, nearly 80,000 unaccompanied children from Central American countries were detained by U.S. authorities.

It remains unclear how many of the tens of thousands of children were handed over to human traffickers — including sex traffickers — during that span of nearly two years, as those cases are reportedly not tracked.

“Others were ransomed by the very smugglers to whom their families paid thousands of dollars to sneak them into the United States,” reported the New York Times in 2015, during Obama’s presidency and Biden’s vice presidency. “Some lost limbs during the journey or found themselves sold into sexual slavery.”

Biden told voters in South Carolina last month that he would close all border detention facilities, guaranteeing that the migrant flow would continue.

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