Melania Trump’s Parents Become U.S. Citizens, Using ‘Chain Migration’ Trump Hates

President Trump has repeatedly and vehemently denounced what he calls “chain migration,” in which adult American citizens can obtain residency for their relatives.

On Thursday, his Slovenian in-laws, Viktor and Amalija Knavs, became United States citizens in a private ceremony in Manhattan by taking advantage of that same family-based immigration program.

2018 Is Shaping Up to Be the Fourth-Hottest Year. Yet We’re Still Not Prepared for Global Warming.

It’s hot. But it may not be the new normal yet. Temperatures are still rising.

A Tick Invasion Spreads North

Tick- and mosquito-borne diseases, some potentially lethal, are emerging in places and volumes not previously seen across the U.S. Climate change almost certainly is to blame, according to a 2016 report by 13 federal agencies. 

Yet in Maine, Gov. Paul LePage — a conservative Republican who has questioned global-warming science  — won’t acknowledge the phenomenon. Former government officials say his administration has suppressed state plans and vetoed legislation aimed at limiting the damage.

Savers Alert: Tens of Billions of Higher Interest Dollars are Yours for the Asking

American bank customers are losing billions of dollars in higher interest payments because they’re not being “frugal shoppers” and making a telephone call or sending an email to compare interest rates. If they did, they would find out that the Federal Reserve’s three years of gradual interest rate increases have finally pushed the banks—traditional and online—to make ten times more in interest payments to savers than millions of bank customers are now receiving.

Trump’s Supreme Betrayal

[…] Kavanaugh is, to put it bluntly, an anti-worker radical, opposed to every effort to protect working families from fraud and mistreatment.

Five Years on a Pile of Rocks:  Defending Against an Americus (IN) Quarry

I’d like to you to consider any aspect of your life which has consumed over five years. Chances are you’re considering something major – your education, your career, your marriage, your mortgage, your children.  These are common human experiences to which we can all relate; we expect these milestone events to absorb our efforts and energies. 

I never expected to spend over five years on a pile of rocks. 

SECURING OUR ELECTIONS: VERIFIABLE BALLOTS

Dr. Linda Hanson Board Member, League of Women Voters of Indiana

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SITUATION IN INDIANA

Noam Chomsky: Russia Isn't Influencing US Elections—But Israel Definitely Is

In a recent interview with Amy Goodman of Democracy Now, Noam Chomsky said:

We’re All Endangered By This Administration

Is there a single environmental measure that the Trump Administration isn’t willing to ditch in order to benefit their cronies bottom lines?

Why Not Tell Us Their Names?

In elementary school they taught us the names of inventors. Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin, Robert Fulton the steamboat, Alexander Graham Bell the telephone, and Thomas Alva Edison the electric light bulb. Nowadays we rarely know the names of the inventors of modern technology—think biotechnology, nanotechnology, pharmaceutical technology, safety technology. Not every breakthrough is invented by a single person, but there are still clusters of people inventing new things each year.

Trump Administration Mulls a Unilateral Tax Cut for the Rich

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is considering bypassing Congress to grant a $100 billion tax cut mainly to the wealthy, a legally tenuous maneuver that would cut capital gains taxation and fulfill a long-held ambition of many investors and conservatives.

End War in Afghanistan

To Donald Trump

Berenice A. Carroll - Member of the Lafayette Independent Advisory Board 1932 - 2018 Obituary 

Lafayette - Berenice A. Carroll, an outstanding scholar and activist who worked for world peace and stood up for women, people of color, workers, and victims of injustice everywhere, died on Thursday, May 10, 2018, in Lafayette, Indiana     She was born on December 14, 1932, in New York, the daughter of Margaret and Morris Jacobs. She did her undergraduate work at Queens College in New York and earned her doctorate from Brown University in 1960.

A Plea from James Fallows of The Atlantic, 7/16/18

[...] I am old enough to remember Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon telling lies on TV, about Vietnam in both cases, and Watergate for Nixon. I remember the travails and deceptions of Bill Clinton, and of George W. Bush in the buildup to the disastrous Iraq War.

But never before have I seen an American president consistently, repeatedly, publicly, and shockingly advance the interests of another country over those of his own government and people.

REVISITING "AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM" AGAIN

Continued study and research into the origins of the folk music of various peoples in many parts of the world revealed that there is a world body-a universal body-of folk music based upon a universal pentatonic (five tone) scale.

Fox News Top Former Political Correspondent says that Trump is STILL colluding with the Russians

[...] Former Fox News Channel chief political correspondent Carl Cameron has a warning for America: “The Trump team were colluding with the Russians in 2016 – and they are still colluding.”

Pence family left a $21+ million environmental disaster in Indiana

The entire Trump enterprise is a gigantic environmental disaster, but who knew Vice President Mike Pence and his family were a walking superfund site all on their own.

Sabotage

While the media and the country are being distracted by the daily crazy/sleazy coming from Washington, the Trump Administration is working feverishly behind the scenes to dismantle the rules: rules that protect us from dirty air and water, from discrimination in housing and education, and rules that guarantee us access to health care, among others.

Why Is a Retired Accountant from Texas Risking His Life to Sail to Gaza?

On the heels of the Great March of Return in Gaza, when Israeli soldiers killed 112 Palestinian protesters and wounded thousands more, a four-ship Freedom Flotilla will set sail for Gaza this month from a port in the Mediterranean Sea. Although it is an act of piracy for Israel to confiscate ships in international waters, the Israeli military will most likely do just that. The very first Freedom Flotilla boats traveled to Gaza in 2008, and four managed to get there—the first international boats to do so in over 40 years.

Whose Fake News?

Psychiatrists define “projection” as a defense mechanism employed by people who are having trouble coping with difficult emotions. They project their feelings of inadequacy or remorse over shameful behaviors onto someone else–accusing other people of undesirable or reprehensible actions of which the accuser is actually guilty.

For example, Donald Trump and “fake news.”

The Hispanic–white wage gap has remained wide and relatively steady for decades

[...] Following are just a few of the key findings in this report:

From Bill Blum in Truthdig, 7/2/18, It is Time to Use the ‘F’ Word to Describe Trump

[…] Drawing on the work of Italian novelist and professor Umberto Eco, Cameron Climie, a Canadian economist, listed 14 fluid characteristics of fascism in an essay published last year by the website Medium.com. They are:

Inside the White House’s Quiet Campaign to Create a Supreme Court Opening

WASHINGTON — President Trump singled him out for praise even while attacking other members of the Supreme Court. The White House nominated people close to him to important judicial posts. And members of the Trump family forged personal connections.

Didier and Paulette Anger are the godparents of the French anti-nuclear movement

The couple reside in Normandy, France, in the belly of the French nuclear beast. To the north of them, on the Cherbourg peninsula, sits the biggest blight of nuclear France, the La Hague reprocessing facility.  “The currents there are very strong so I assume they chose the site because it can disperse the liquid radioactive wastes into the sea very quickly,” Didier told Arnold, not without a hint of sarcasm.

The White House Bible Study group that influenced Trump’s family separation policy

"Jeff Sessions [will] go out the same day I teach him something and he’ll do it on camera."

ANDREW L. SEIDEL UPDATED: 

IT IS TIME TO HAVE A CONVERSATION ABOUT HIGHER EDUCATION

There have been dramatic changes occurring in higher education over the last decade. For instance, colleges and universities have expanded online programs to appeal to non-traditional students. Even though these programs have been initiated with little public discussion, it is laudable that they target students who work full time, cannot afford attending a campus, are raising children, or are older than students who enter college directly from high school. In addition to the non-traditional students, appeals are made to youth to pursue degrees at home.

It Can Happen Here

Retention and Recruitment - The Effect of Refugees on Employers

Under U.S. law, a refugee is a person who demonstrates that they were persecuted or fear persecution due to race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular special group.

Black Athletes Were Involved in the Political Struggle from the Beginning

Jackie Robinson's Testimony Before the House Un-American Committee:

In 1947, Jack Roosevelt “Jackie” Robinson would make American history as the first African-American to officially play Major League Baseball in the 20th Century. On July 18 1949, his status as a hero would see Jackie Robinson summoned to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC).

Tough Talk, Delusion And Realpolitik

Tough talk and delusionary braggadocio evidently play well with GOP “true believers,” but people who actually know something about diplomacy and international relations can tell the difference between actually accomplishing something and putting on a reality TV show.

In the wake of the hyped summit between Trump and “little rocket man,” the analysis from knowledgable folks of both parties has been pretty devastating.

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