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Bloomberg Registers for 2020 US Presidential Ballot in Arkansas

Michael Bloomberg filed paperwork Tuesday to appear on the ballot in Arkansas’ March 3 presidential primary, the latest indication that the billionaire former New York City mayor may seek the Democratic nomination .Bloomberg sent staffers to Alabama last week to file for the primary there, but filed his paperwork in person in Arkansas two hours before the state’s deadline.”We’re getting closer” to making a decision, Bloomberg told reporters after filing paperwork at Arkansas’ Capitol.He’s moving toward a presidential bid as he warns that the current field of Democratic presidential candidates isn’t equipped to defeat President Donald Trump next year. If he runs, Bloomberg plans to skip campaigning in the traditional early voting states and focus more on Super Tuesday states, including Arkansas and Alabama.Bloomberg has rebuffed criticism from his potential rivals that his candidacy would amount to buying the election, saying self-financing his campaign means he wouldn’t be beholden to anyone.”I’m going to finance the campaign, if there is one, with my own money so I don’t owe anybody anything,” he said. “Other people ask for donations in return for which they’ve got to give favors. But it costs a lot of money, whether you’re doing it with your own money or somebody else’s money, to get a message out.”Bloomberg also promised to support whoever wins the Democratic nomination.”That is a very easy thing to say yes, given who the Republican candidate is going to be,” Bloomberg said.Bloomberg filed to run in a state that had once been a Democratic stronghold in the South, but turned solidly red over the past decade. Republicans hold all of Arkansas’ seats in Washington, its statewide offices and both chambers of the Legislature. Lawmakers this year moved the state’s primary up from May to attract more attention from presidential hopefuls.Bloomberg’s appearance in Little Rock raised hopes from state Democrats that Arkansas will play a greater role in the nominating contest, especially with a crowded field.”I think they realize when we start counting delegates, if this thing is jumbled up going into Super Tuesday, every state’s in play,” state Democratic Party Chairman Michael John Gray said. 

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By Polityk | 13/11/2019 | Повідомлення, Політика

Stone Trial Testimony Ends With Talk of Outreach to Kushner

Testimony in the colorful trial of Roger Stone — featuring talk of dognapping and Godfather references — wrapped up Tuesday with a top Trump campaign official telling jurors that Stone tried to contact Jared Kushner to “debrief” him about hacked emails damaging to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.While Stone’s trial in Washington didn’t produce the bombshells about President Donald Trump that some expected, the testimony over the last week reinforced that those at the highest ranks of the Trump campaign were eager to gather information about WikiLeaks’ plan to release the damaging emails and saw Stone — who had repeatedly inferred he had inside information about those plans — as the best person to gather that intelligence.Stone, a longtime Trump friend and ally, is charged with witness tampering and lying to Congress about his attempts to contact WikiLeaks about the damaging material during the 2016 presidential campaign.Stone, who has denied wrongdoing, did not testify. His attorneys rested after playing a tape of his congressional testimony. Closing arguments are scheduled for Wednesday.Text messages, emailsThroughout the trial, prosecutors used Stone’s own text messages and emails — some of which appeared to contradict his congressional testimony — to lay out their case that he lied to Congress and threatened a witness. FILE – Jared Kushner, senior adviser to President Donald Trump, speaks in New York, Apr. 23, 2019.Rick Gates, who was Trump’s deputy campaign chairman and became a key cooperator in the special counsel’s Russia probe, told jurors he received a text message from Stone on June 15, 2016, asking for Kushner’s contact information. He said Stone wanted to “debrief” Kushner on developments about the hacked emails. Kushner was a senior campaign adviser at the time.Gates did not say if Stone received Kushner’s information. Kushner’s attorney did not respond to a message seeking comment.The prosecution rested its case after recalling a former FBI agent who had previously testified about a series of phone calls between Stone and then-candidate Trump — including three calls on July 14, 2016 — the day that a massive hack of the Democratic National Committee’s servers was reported.The president told special counsel Robert Mueller’s prosecutors in written responses to questions that he had no recollection of any particular conversations about the hacked emails.Stone, whose history in Republican political circles dates back to the Nixon era, was charged as part of Mueller’s investigation into Russia interference in the 2016 presidential election. 
Stone has consistently criticized the case against him as politically motivated and the judge overseeing his case had to issue a gag order in February after he posted a photo on Instagram of the judge with what appeared to be crosshairs of a gun. 
His trial has become somewhat of a spectacle in Washington — even as the world’s eyes were drawn to the House impeachment inquiry. Before the trial even began, a spectator collapsed during jury selection and Stone later fell ill and needed to leave early because of food poisoning. 
On another day, as Stone dined in the courthouse cafeteria with right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos, protesters turned a large inflatable rat that looked like Trump toward the cafeteria windows. ‘Godfather’ references
Jurors also heard from Randy Credico, a New York radio talk show host and comedian who scored an interview with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in 2016, when he was avoiding prosecution by sheltering in the Ecuadoran embassy in London. 
 FILE – Randy Credico, an associate of former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone, walks with his dog as he arrives to testify before the grand jury convened by Special Counsel Robert Mueller at U.S. District in Washington, Sept. 7, 2018.During the 2016 campaign, Stone had mentioned in interviews and public appearances that he was in contact with Assange through a trusted intermediary and hinted at inside knowledge of WikiLeaks’ plans. But he started pressing Credico to broker a contact, and Credico testified that he told Stone to work through his own intermediary.Yet earlier testimony revealed that Stone, while appearing before the House Intelligence Committee, named Credico as his intermediary to Assange and pressured Credico not to contradict him.After Credico was contacted by Congress, he reached out to Stone, who told him he should “stonewall it” and “plead the fifth,” he testified. 
Stone called a Credico a “rat” and a “stoolie” in a threatening April 2018 email. Credico also testified that Stone used repeated references from the movie “The Godfather Part II” to intimidate him into either backing up Stone’s testimony to Congress or refusing to testify.Prosecutors said Stone had also threatened Credico’s therapy dog, a Coton de Tulear named Bianca. 
“I’m going to take that dog away from you,” prosecutors said Stone wrote in the threatening message. Accusations of lying
Stone briefly served on Trump’s campaign but was pushed out amid infighting with campaign manager Corey Lewandowski. Though sidelined, he continued to communicate with Trump and stayed plugged into his circle of advisers.Prosecutors charged that he repeatedly lied to Congress “because the truth looked bad” for the president.Even his lawyer, Bruce Rogow, didn’t deny that Stone had told the House committee things that were untrue. Rogow described his client as a natural braggart whose claims of insider information didn’t match reality.But, he argued, Stone didn’t have any “corrupt intent.”Gates testimonyGates’ appearance on Tuesday came about a week after the Justice Department released documents detailing how he described the campaign’s interest in obtaining stolen emails of Democrats to the FBI. He repeated some of those details in his testimony Tuesday.FILE – Rick Gates, former campaign aide to U.S. President Donald Trump, departs after a bond hearing at U.S. District Court in Washington, Dec. 11, 2017.On the stand, Gates described overhearing a speakerphone conversation in July 2016 between Stone and Paul Manafort, his longtime business associate and the campaign chairman, after WikiLeaks released its first batch of emails, and Stone told Manafort that “additional information would be forthcoming.””Mr. Manafort thought it would be great,” Gates testified.At the end of July, Gates said he was with Trump on a car ride from Trump Tower to LaGuardia Airport when Trump was in the midst of a conversation with Stone, whose voice Gates recognized on the other end of the line.Defense lawyers objected to the question when Gates was asked about it, but he was allowed to testify that Trump indicated after the call concluded that “more information would be coming,” presumably related to WikiLeaks.

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By Polityk | 13/11/2019 | Повідомлення, Політика

Republicans Planning Vigorous Defense Against Trump Impeachment

Republican supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump are planning a vigorous defense of him as public congressional impeachment hearings start Wednesday that target his presidency.Trump administration officials are bracing for hours of testimony from two U.S. State Department officials — William Taylor, the current top American diplomat in Ukraine, and George Kent, who oversees Ukraine affairs.  Both officials have said that Trump pressed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to open investigations of one of Trump’s chief 2020 Democratic challengers, former Vice President Joe Biden, before he would release $391 million in military aid Kyiv wanted to help fight pro-Russian separatists in the eastern part of the country.But Republicans, according to memos circulating to party members Monday night and Tuesday, plan to sharply question the two officials’ understanding of Trump’s intent in dealing with Ukraine and insist that Trump had a “deep-seated, genuine and reasonable skepticism” about corruption in Ukraine and that his withholding aid was “entirely reasonable.”President Donald Trump meets with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy at the InterContinental Barclay New York hotel during the United Nations General Assembly, Sept. 25, 2019, in New York. In a late July call with Zelenskiy, Trump asked the Ukrainian leader for “a favor,” the investigation of Biden, his son Hunter Biden’s work at a Ukrainian natural gas company and a debunked theory that Ukraine had meddled in the 2016 election that Trump won, not Russia, as the U.S. intelligence community concluded.However, a Republican strategy memo circulating at the Capitol building outlined four defenses for Trump: that the July 25 call “shows no conditionality or evidence of pressure,” that both Zelenskiy and Trump have subsequently said there was no pressure during the call, that Kyiv was not aware at the time, only later, that U.S. military aid was being withheld and that Trump eventually released the military aid on September 11 without the investigations of the Bidens being opened.”These four key points undercut the Democrat impeachment narrative that President Trump leveraged U.S. security assistance and a presidential meeting (with Zelenskiy at the White House) to force Ukraine to investigate the president’s political rivals,” the memo said.Trump continued to rail against the impeachment hearings against him, only the fourth such occurrence in the 243-year history of the U.S.”A total Impeachment Scam by the Do Nothing Democrats!” Trump said on Twitter. A total Impeachment Scam by the Do Nothing Democrats! House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., second from right, talks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Nov. 6, 2019, about the House impeachment inquiry.Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee overseeing the impeachment hearing, said that Taylor, Kent and a third witness set to testify Friday, Marie Yovanovitch, a former U.S. ambassador to Kyiv, “bring decades of dedicated and exemplary service to our nation, and I believe it is vitally important that the American people and all members of Congress hear in their own words what they experienced and witnessed.”Republicans claimed in their memo defending Trump, “Democrats want to impeach President Trump because unelected and anonymous bureaucrats disagreed with the president’s decisions and were discomforted by his telephone call with President Zelenskiy. The president works for the American people. And President Trump is doing what Americans elected him to do.”Former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, center, arrives on Capitol Hill, Oct. 11, 2019, in Washington.Taylor, Kent and Yovanovitch are among current and former diplomatic and national security officials who testified behind closed doors in recent weeks.Transcripts of their depositions detailed how Trump and his aides pressed Ukraine to launch investigations of the Bidens and any Ukraine involvement in the 2016 U.S. election.Trump on Monday criticized the investigation as a “totally one sided Witch Hunt” and teased the release of a transcript of his first phone call with Zelenskiy, which took place in April shortly after Zelenskiy was elected.The impeachment inquiry was touched off by a complaint from an anonymous government whistleblower who said he was troubled by Trump’s request to Zelenskiy for the Biden investigations, since it seemed the president was seeking the help of a foreign government in next year’s election. It is illegal under U.S. campaign finance law to solicit help from a foreign government to help a candidate in a U.S. election.Trump says the call was “perfect,” and that he did nothing wrong.Schiff invited Republicans to submit a list of witnesses they want to question, but has rejected the two most prominent figures on the Republican wish list: Hunter Biden and the unnamed whistleblower.Schiff said Trump “has engaged in unprecedented obstruction” with his administration “defying subpoenas for thousands of documents” that House committees have requested.”He’s blocking more than a dozen witnesses from testifying,” Schiff said.  “The American people see through this.”In the previous three impeachment efforts targeting U.S. leaders, two presidents (Andrew Johnson in the mid-19th century and Bill Clinton two decades ago) were impeached but acquitted in Senate trials, while a third president, Richard Nixon, resigned ahead of all-but-certain impeachment in the 1970s.

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By Polityk | 13/11/2019 | Повідомлення, Політика

Former Republican Governor Abandons Trump 2020 Challenge

Mark Sanford, a former governor of South Carolina, abandoned his longshot bid on Tuesday to challenge President Donald Trump for the 2020 Republican presidential nomination.Sanford, 59, announced he was dropping out of the race at an event in New Hampshire, which holds the first Republican presidential primary, his hometown newspaper, The Post and Courier, reported.Sanford’s bid to challenge the sitting president for the Republican nomination failed to gain much traction since he threw his name into the ring two months ago.His departure from the race leaves two other Republicans waging longshot bids to win the Republican nomination — former Massachusetts governor William Weld and former Illinois congressman Joe Walsh.Sanford was governor of South Carolina from 2003 to 2011, and served two separate stints in the House of Representatives, but lost a party primary in 2018 after Trump urged voters to back his challenger.

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By Polityk | 13/11/2019 | Повідомлення, Політика

У Дніпрі історичний «будинок із гномами» вкрився тріщинами через неякісне перепланування

У Дніпрі історичний «будинок із гномами» вкрився тріщинами через неякісний проєкт із перепланування, повідомила Радіо Свобода начальниця управління з питань охорони культурної спадщини Дніпровської міськради Надія Лиштва.

За її словами, будівля в центрі міста, на вулиці Олеся Гончара, 4, що є об’єктом культурної спадщини, почала руйнуватися, коли там розпочався ремонт і самочинне перепланування. Як зазначила посадовець, новий власник кафе на першому поверсі без будь-яких дозволів зносить опорну стіну будівлі.

«На об’єкті відсутня погоджена проєктна документація. Робітники, які здійснюють ремонт, не йдуть на контакт, не представляються. Вони ламають не перегородку, а саме опорну стіну, на яку опирається ще два верхніх поверхи. Внаслідок цього пішли тріщини, є загроза руйнації будівлі взагалі. За ніч людям порвало шпалери, потріскався гіпсокартон на стелі й стінах, одна жінка не змогла вийти зранку з квартири, оскільки пішов перекіс і двері заклинило. Через цей «ремонт» два верхні поверхи можуть просто скластися», – сказала Надія Лиштва.

За словами мешканців будинку, раніше комунальне підприємство «Житлосервіс-2» встановило маячки, наразі вони почали рухатись. Жителі звернулись до поліції й прокуратури. Поліцейські не змогли отримати доступ до приміщення, де тривають роботи, й відмовили у відкритті кримінального провадження.

Як зазначила Надія Лиштва, наразі пам’яткоохоронці розшукують власника приміщення.

«Ми зараз розшукуємо власника приміщення. Телефони, вказані на сайті, переадресовують на іноземні номери й зв’язку немає. Треба, щоб вони зараз відновили цю стіну. Ми з’ясували, що з цим підприємством міська влада вже судилась через самовільно зайняту земельну ділянку», – зауважила начальниця управління з питань охорони культурної спадщини.

Житловий «будинок з гномами» у Дніпрі є об’єктом культурної спадщини, це колишній прибутковий будинок 1901 року спорудження. Ліпнина на фасаді будинку є нетиповою для того часу. Окрім гномів, будівля прикрашена зображеннями левів, драконів, жіночих облич.

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By Gromada | 12/11/2019 | Повідомлення, Суспільство

«Схеми» домоглися скасування ухвали про надмірний доступ до внутрішніх даних редакції слідчими ДБР

Київський апеляційний суд 12 листопада частково задовольнив апеляційну скаргу програми «Схеми» на ухвалу Печерського районного суду і таким чином скасував наданий слідчим ДБР дозвіл на тимчасовий доступ до редакційної комунікації та інших даних журналістів програми, які готували розслідування «Mr. Petro Incognito» – про таємну відпустку Петра Порошенка на Мальдівах, опубліковане у січні 2018 року під авторством Михайла Ткача та Наталки Седлецької. Суд також призначив повторний розгляд клопотання слідчих у суді першої інстанції – Печерському районному суді міста Києва.

«…Тимчасовий доступ до документів з можливістю їхнього вилучення в копіях, які знаходяться у розпорядженні Радіо Свобода, скасувати. Постановити нову ухвалу, якою призначити новий розгляд у суді першої інстанції клопотання слідчого Сегеди про надання слідчому та групі слідчих у кримінальному провадженні … тимчасовий доступ до документів з можливістю їхнього вилучення, які знаходяться у розпорядженні Радіо Свобода. Ухвала оскарженню не підлягає», – таке рішення озвучила суддя Ольга Юрдига на засіданні.

«Я оцінюю рішення (Київського апеляційного суду – ред.) позитивно, оскільки ухвала (Печерського суду про доступ ДБР до редакційної комунікації – ред.) скасована, загрози обшуків для Радіо Свобода наразі немає. А далі – ми будемо свої аргументи надавати суду першої інстанції», – оцінила рішення адвокатка ІРРП Віра Крат. 

Щодо ймовірного ризику, що Печерський суд повторно надасть доступ до документів редакції, юристка заявила: «Я не виключаю (цього – ред.), але я маю надію, що наші аргументи будуть заслухані та прийняті… Це буде інший склад Печерського суду. Я як адвокат не можу говорити про упередженість конкретного суду. Якщо будуть підстави говорити про упередженість конкретного судді – ми це питання будемо розглядати».

На засіданні цього разу також були присутні представники правоохоронних органів – прокурор Генпрокуратури Дмитро Кривов’яз та слідчий ДБР Павло Сегеда. Від коментарів вони категорично відмовились. У залі суду знаходились також представники місії ОБСЄ в Україні.

Адвокати «Схем» зазначили, що хоч в ухвалі Печерського суду і було вказано, що вона не підлягає оскарженню, але юристи звернулися до Київського апеляційного суду з вимогою її скасувати, оскільки вона надає доступ до документів, що містять охоронювану законом таємницю журналістських джерел.

У 2018 році журналісти вже створили прецедент оскарження подібної ухвали. Головна редакторка та ведуча «Схем» Наталка Седлецька подала до Київського апеляційного суду скаргу на ухвалу, якою слідчому Генеральної прокуратури надано доступ до даних з її мобільного телефону за 1,5 року. Тоді юристи журналістки також оскаржили ухвалу через порушення конституційних прав і свобод. Аналогічно вчинив і захист журналістки Крістіни Бердинських, доступ до даних з телефону якої також отримали слідчі ГПУ.

У 2019 році було ще одне рішення апеляційного суду про зупинення надання доступу до електронного листування редактора видання «Новое Время» Івана Верстюка, яке теж винесли на користь журналістів.

Печерський районний суд надав слідчим ДБР дозвіл на тимчасовий доступ до редакційної комунікації та цілої низки інших внутрішньоредакційних даних – графіку роботи журналістів, операторів та водіїв, даних щодо оплати їхньої праці тощо. Таке рішення суд ухвалив 17 жовтня в рамках досудового розслідування кримінального провадження Державного бюро розслідувань щодо «незаконного переправлення осіб» – зокрема, експрезидента – через державний кордон «з використанням завідомо підроблених документів».

Згідно з ухвалою суду, якщо протягом місяця редакція не надасть правоохоронцям зазначену інформацію, то суд за клопотанням слідчих ДБР «має право постановити ухвалу про дозвіл на проведення обшуку з метою відшукання та вилучення зазначених речей та документів».

Редакція програми «Схеми: корупція в деталях» (спільний проєкт Радіо Свобода і каналу «UA:Перший») відреагувала на ухвалу та заявила, що вважає надмірним обсяг даних журналістів, дозвіл на доступ до яких отримало Державне бюро розслідувань через ухвалу Печерського районного суду Києва.

У відповідь на заяву журналістів «Схем» у ДБР зазначили, що затребувана інформація їм необхідна для розслідування провадження щодо ймовірного незаконного переправлення через держкордон експрезидента Порошенка. Водночас у ДБР так і не пояснили, як саме їхньому розслідуванню може допомогти такий широкий перелік внутрішньої інформації редакції програми розслідувань «Схеми».

6 серпня у ДБР повідомили, що розслідують можливі факти організації незаконного переправлення через український державний кордон колишнього президента України. Досудове розслідування проводять за статтями «службове підроблення», «незаконне переправлення осіб через державний кордон України», «використання завідомо підробленого документа».

Імені колишнього президента у повідомленні не вказано, проте Радіо Свобода стало відомо, що йдеться про Петра Порошенка. Справа стосується його відпочинку на Мальдівах у січні 2018 року, про який писали журналісти програми «Схеми» у своєму розслідуванні «Mr. Petro Incognito. Таємна відпустка президента Порошенка».

Згідно з розслідуванням, неафішований президентський відпочинок, що тривав з 1 по 8 січня, разом з перельотом загалом коштував не менше ніж 500 тисяч доларів, або понад 14 мільйонів гривень.

Журналісти програми припустили, що президент України Петро Порошенко зі своїми супутниками міг літати на Мальдівські острови під вигаданими прізвищами і не проходити паспортний і митний контроль.

Водночас Порошенко наголошував, що кордон він перетинав за своїм прізвищем, «по своєму паспорту, з відповідною реєстрацією у прикордонників».


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By VilneSlovo | 12/11/2019 | Повідомлення, Свобода слова

Markets Hope for Positive Signs From Trump Trade Speech

U.S. President Donald Trump is scheduled to discuss the country’s trade policy at the Economic Club of New York on Tuesday, and markets from frothy stocks to jittery bonds are likely to hang on every word.Trump’s address at noon at the club, which has hosted U.S. presidents including Woodrow Wilson and John F. Kennedy, as well as foreign leaders like former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang will be closely watched by investors anxious for any positive news about his administration’s long-running trade war with China.“You can expect the president to highlight how his policies of lower taxes, deregulation, and fair and reciprocal trade have supported the longest economic recovery in U.S. history with record low unemployment, rising wages, and soaring consumer confidence,” White House spokesman Judd Deere said. He declined to give further details.Signals that the White House and Beijing are nearing a trade deal that could go a long way toward dispelling the uncertainty dogging the global economy have helped U.S. stocks to record highs in recent days. The renewed optimism has also undercut the year’s big rally in safe assets like Treasury bonds.Ahead of Trump’s address, the benchmark Standard & Poor’s 500 Index was trading in record territory, a fact Trump often points to as a validation of his economic and trade policies.The index is up more than 36% since Trump took office, though two-thirds of that gain occurred in his first year of office before his focus turned to trade and he began imposing tariffs on Chinese imports. Stocks have found the going far more choppy since the first wave of tariffs came into play in 2018.The latest back-and-forth between Washington and Beijing illustrate the bumpy state of play. Last week, officials from both sides said they had a deal to roll back tariffs, only to have Trump deny any deal was agreed on.“Strap in,” Andrew Brenner from NatAlliance Securities wrote in an email to clients on Tuesday morning. “There is no way to know what the President will say at the NY Economic Club today.”“Hard to judge whether he views today’s speech as a campaign rally or being on the international stage with everyone watching,” Brenner said.A positive speech on U.S.-China trade would likely satisfy market participants even without specific details of the “Phase 1” agreement under negotiation, said Jim Paulsen, chief investment officer at The Leuthold Group in Minneapolis.“It still feels like we’re pretty close to having something done,” Paulsen said on Monday. “Even if it’s meaningless, it will be meaningful.”More than 1,350 people are expected to attend the speech, according to the club’s spokeswoman, Erin Klem.Not everyone thought Trump’s speech to the 112-year-old club, which has served as a venue for major economic policy addresses, would be seen as constructive by investors.Randy Frederick, vice president of trading and derivatives for Charles Schwab in Austin, Texas, had little hope Trump’s speech would mark an end to uncertainty. It remains notoriously hard to predict whether Trump will take a positive or negative tone on trade.“Whatever uncertainty exists today will exist tomorrow also,” he said, adding that if Trump were to say he is not rolling back any tariffs, the market would react negatively.Gregory Daco, chief U.S. economist at Oxford Economics, estimated the trade war had chopped about eight-tenths of a percentage point off U.S. growth. After starting the year with growth running at 3.1%, output throttled back to 1.9% in the third quarter, with weak business investment factoring heavily in the slowdown.Daco questioned whether a limited trade deal with China would be enough to draw businesses back off the sidelines.“Do you as a business make a decision that now the environment is clearer, there are less tariffs, so now you’re more likely to invest? Or, if after the last three years, you’re still more cautious and say ‘let’s wait this one out,’” Daco said. “I’d favor the latter.”

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By Polityk | 12/11/2019 | Повідомлення, Політика

Trump Lashes Out at Some Young Immigrants Obama Let Stay in US

U.S. President Donald Trump contended Tuesday that some of the young immigrants that his predecessor, former President Barack Obama, allowed to stay in the country to avoid deportation are now “hardened criminals.”The U.S. leader, who won the White House in 2016 by taking a tough stance against illegal immigration, unleashed his attack on the immigrants hours before the Supreme Court heard arguments on the legality of Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.The 2012 policy allowed more than 800,000 undocumented immigrants who crossed illegally into the U.S. at a young age with their parents to remain in the United States — for many, the only home country they have known.”Many of the people in DACA, no longer very young, are far from ‘angels,’ Trump said on Twitter. “Some are very tough, hardened criminals. President Obama said he had no legal right to sign order, but would anyway. If Supreme Court remedies with overturn, a deal will be made with Dems for them to stay!”   Many of the people in DACA, no longer very young, are far from “angels.” Some are very tough, hardened criminals. President Obama said he had no legal right to sign order, but would anyway. If Supreme Court remedies with overturn, a deal will be made with Dems for them to stay!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) Martín Batalla Vidal takes an escalator into the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York to take a bus to Washington, Nov. 11, 2019.The DACA program accepted young immigrants if they entered the U.S. before their 16th birthday and if they arrived by 2007. Studies show that more than 90% of the DACA residents are employed and nearly half are in school.While Obama said he could not unilaterally change contentious U.S. immigration policies, he said he could prioritize enforcement, deporting convicted criminals but allowing other immigrants, such as the young immigrants brought to the U.S. by their parents, to stay.The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency says that 2,130 of the more than 800,000 immigrants in the DACA program at one time or another have had their benefits pulled because of criminal activity. A 2017 study by the libertarian CATO Institute said that was a lower rate of incarceration than that for native-born Americans.The Supreme Court is deciding whether Trump acted properly by shutting down DACA by labeling it illegal without offering any analysis of how it would affect immigrants. The Justice Department contends that such an analysis was not necessary, but DACA defenders say a detailed explanation was required. 

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By Polityk | 12/11/2019 | Повідомлення, Політика