President Trump has quietly nominated a slate of tough-on-crime former prosecutors to run a powerful agency that writes the sentencing rules for the entire federal prison system.
The U.S. Sentencing Commission is an independent panel of seven members who set guidelines for federal judges to follow when calculating defendants’ prison time, with an emphasis on making sure that sentences are fair and not overly punitive. The commission is required by law to be bipartisan and to represent a diversity of backgrounds.
But Trump has broken from that precedent by proposing to fill the agency’s five empty seats with appointees who are nearly all white male former law enforcement officials.
A German Princess, a Cardinal, and an Anti-LGBT Activist Walk Into the Supreme Court… – Mother Jones
— Read on www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/11/a-german-princess-a-cardinal-and-an-anti-lgbt-activist-walk-into-the-supreme-court/
Lindsey Graham: “Well, do you want me to go get the Kurds to make one about what you’ve done?”
— Read on www.axios.com/erdogan-turkey-kurds-movie-oval-office-trump-gop-senators-b9acd411-19f3-4de6-9003-0525a43114bd.html
Economic warfare and interventionism have not “worked” to keep the U.S. secure and at peace, and they never will.
Senate Republicans realize they need to push back more aggressively on the fast-moving impeachment inquiry in the House, but they have yet to display a unified strategy.
— Read on thehill.com/homenews/senate/465492-republicans-wrestle-with-impeachment-strategy
Has Trump Been Outmaneuvered on Syria Troop Withdrawal? – Consortiumnews
— Read on consortiumnews.com/2019/01/03/has-trump-been-outmaneuvered-on-syria-troop-withdrawal/
If anyone still thinks that Donald Trump has some master plan to kill off his Deep State adversaries they should check themselves into therapy. I know withdrawal is hard, but admitting you have a problem is the first step to curing it.
He doesn’t have a plan. He may fight them but it won’t be with any kind of master plan to trap them in some beautiful bit of political judo.
“If these media reports are true, it will be an Obama-like mistake made by the Trump Administration. While American patience in confronting radical Islam may wane, the radical Islamists’ passion to kill Americans and our allies never wavers.
“After visiting Syria earlier this year, it is abundantly clear the approximately 2,000 American troops stationed there are vital to our national security interests.
“An American withdrawal at this time would be a big win for ISIS, Iran, Bashar al Assad of Syria, and Russia. I fear it will lead to devastating consequences for our nation, the region, and throughout the world.
“Today, we have a small American footprint and limited presence in northeastern Syria in support of our Kurdish allies who were indispensable in the fight against ISIS. Staying there is an insurance policy against the reemergence of ISIS and destruction of our Kurdish allies who fought so bravely against them.
“An American withdrawal will put the Kurds and all those who came to America’s aid in destroying ISIS at tremendous risk. It will make it more difficult to recruit future partners willing to confront radical Islam. It will also be seen by Iran and other bad actors as a sign of American weakness in the efforts to contain Iranian expansion.”
On Sunday, December 30th, 2018, after having dinner with the President, Lindsey Graham announced that the Troops were still leaving Syria, but the withdrawal was on pause while Trump re-evaluated how he would attack ISIS.
**Note that President Trump had earlier said that ISIS was defeated!
What interest does Senator Graham have in this war?
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It’s apparent that Lindsey Graham has donors with monetary interests in the Middle East.