Monday, July 31, 2017

Ivanka Trump is part of the problem

Foolish optimists expected Ivanka Trump to be a moderating force in the White House. But by now it should be clear that she’s not part of any solution, which by definition means she’s part of the problem.
Can anyone tell me why, other than nepotism, she has an office in the White House and a back-bench seat at meetings of the Cabinet? Washington is full of people who are smart, successful, well-educated — and actually have experience in developing and implementing government policy, which Ivanka completely lacks.
It is true that the president’s daughter was once seen as the socially acceptable face of the Trump brand. She and her husband, Jared Kushner, were identified with the progressive social views of the rarified social circles in which they traveled. No less an authority on daughterhood and the White House than Chelsea Clinton, whom Ivanka describes as a “very good friend,” said before the inauguration that “we have so much more in common than we have disagreement about.”


Ivanka promised to champion issues of concern to women, including paid family leave. And it was hoped that she could hold President Trump to his former live-and-let-live views when it came to issues such as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.
Wrong, apparently.
The president’s sudden decision last week to bar transgender individuals from military service was just the latest example of Ivanka’s lack of influence. She was reportedly taken by surprise when the president announced the ban in an early-morning tweet. So was almost everyone, including the military officials who are supposed to enforce the new policy of discrimination, which they don’t much seem to like. But the mean-spirited decree must have been especially galling for Ivanka, who in June had tweeted that she was “proud to support my LGBTQ friends and the LGBTQ Americans who have made immense contributions to our society and economy.”
Ivanka and Jared reportedly lobbied Trump not to abandon the Paris climate change accord, seen by most scientists and world leaders as the most significant step to date in limiting the heat-trapping carbon emissions that are rapidly warming the planet. The president pulled out of the pact anyway.
She had no discernible influence in the health-care battle, which perhaps should be no surprise. Trump pledged health insurance “for everybody” but became so desperate for a legislative win that he would have settled for health care “for nobody,” which is roughly what was in the bill the Senate rejected last week
Ivanka has continued to advocate a national program of guaranteed paid family leave, similar to those in many other industrialized countries, which she described in a recent letter in the Wall Street Journal as not an entitlement but “an investment in America’s working families.” She did have enough juice to get budget director Mick Mulvaney to allocate some money for such a program — $25 billion over 10 years — but it is unclear whether the funding will survive the appropriations process.
If it does, I’ll congratulate her. If not, she might want to work to help Democrats take control of both the House and the Senate in 2018. I’m sure they would be happy to vote for a much better family leave program, covering not just childbirth but also other family needs such as elder care.
Where Ivanka does apparently have real influence is in matters of personnel. She and Jared are reported to have urged Trump to bring in foul-mouthed Anthony Scaramucci as White House communications director. Seriously, that’s the guy you wanted shaping the administration’s message? Scaramucci was dismissed Monday after just 10 days on the job. 
He had only two things to offer: North Korean-style hosannas to the strength, wisdom and general magnificence of his dear leader, President Trump; and an undeniable talent for imaginative swearing.
Ivanka is also said to have supported the defenestration of Reince Priebus in favor of John F. Kelly as chief of staff. It is true that Priebus didn’t do a very good job, but that’s mostly because he wasn’t allowed to — and Ivanka was one of his headaches, though perhaps not the worst. She is one of many aides who enjoy unfettered access to the president. If Kelly is not allowed to function as a gatekeeper, he, too, will fail.
Meanwhile, Ivanka’s line of shoes, clothing and accessories — conspicuously not Made in America — has come under new scrutiny. And one disillusioned friend of hers told me she and Jared must have “drunk the Kool-Aid.” In her White House role, she’s not helping the nation, and she’s sure not helping herself.

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro shrugged off U.S. sanctions imposed on him Monday, telling supporters,

 "I don't take orders from the empire.

 Keep your sanctions, Donald Trump!" The sanctions are in response to Sunday's election in Venezuela for a new legislative assembly that has the power to rewrite the country's constitution.
 The election has been called a sham by several world leaders and the Venezuelan opposition, and the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control said in a statement the sanctions freeze all of Maduro's assets subjects to U.S.

 jurisdiction and also ban Americans from doing business with him.
 Maduro said the U.S. has "hatred" for his government, and had a pointed message for President Trump.
 "In the United States, it's possible to become president with 3 million votes less than your opponent," he said. "What a tremendous democracy!"



How is a border divided?

With a consensus among neighbors. In general, geographical features mark the  boundary  that appears on maps. The reason  is  practical: mountains, rivers, lakes  and  sea ​​arms serve to divide territories more safely  and  make it difficult to invade. Linear currencies, such  as  those in the United States, Canada,  and  much of Africa, are exceptions established for political and  bureaucratic reasons  Throughout history, no currency has proved definitive. All of them, at some point, have changed, Because until the 20th century the borders between countries and  states were largely ignored - invading a territory rarely caused   crisis. Today this binge  is  more contained, as there are international bodies, such  as  the UN  and  the Hague Tribunal, to solve impasses  and  contain exalted spirits.

Rivers
define a considerable part of the borders. In war, they have a great strategic advantage, since the one that decides to cross a river of currency ends up exposing itself too much  
Examples - The Danube, in Europe, draws borders between ten different countries. The territory of The Gambia is limited to the banks of the homonymous river
Cordillera Mountains form an excellent defense barrier and help set boundaries with ease    
Examples - The Dângrêk mountains are disputed between Cambodia and Thailand. The Cordillera del Condor has already provoked an armed conflict between Peru and Ecuador   
The world's largest lakes separate several countries simultaneously. Disputes occur in navigation and commercial exploitation  
Examples - Khanka marks the currency between China and Russia. And Lake Victoria separates Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya      

  •  The CIA estimates that there are now 189 regions with territorial disputes
  • They form obvious divisions between countries. But peninsulas andcontinuous beach arms may pose diplomatic problems  
    Examples - The Strait of Gibraltar has been disputed for centuries by the United Kingdom (which controls a territory in the region) and Spain. Chile and Peru do not understand each other's maritime boundaries. On the high seas, the Spratly Islands are a tug-of-war between China, Taiwan, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and  Brunei  

Trump dismisses Scaramucci after only 10 days

In his brief term in office, communications director made vulgar comments about the president's advisors


US President Donald Trump has decided to dismiss White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci. The information is from the American newspaper The New York Times .
The decision comes days after Scaramucci made vulgar comments about the president's senior advisers.
Scaramucci is a business owner of SkyBridge Capital and a contributor to Fox News , whose coverage is more favorable to Trump. He is a lawyer graduated from Harvard University and born on Long Island, and was appointed two months after his predecessor, Mike Dubke, stepped down.
Six days after taking office as communications director for US President Donald Trump , Anthony Scaramucci called a New Yorker , Ryan Lizza, to ask who had leaked information about a dinner between Trump's First Lady Melania Trump and some journalists .
The conversation took place the night of Wednesday, the 26th, and was published in a magazine issue the next day.

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