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Рэнд Пол
Рэнд Пол
Рэндал Говард "Рэнд" Пол (Randal Howard "Rand" Paul, p. 7 января 1963 года, Питтсбург, Пенсильвания) — американский политик, сторонник либертарианских политических взглядов, сенатор от штата Кентукки, член Республиканской партии, один из активистов движения чаепития. С ...

Рэндал Говард "Рэнд" Пол (Randal Howard "Rand" Paul, p. 7 января 1963 года, Питтсбург, Пенсильвания) — американский политик, сторонник либертарианских политических взглядов, сенатор от штата Кентукки, член Республиканской партии, один из активистов движения чаепития. Сын Рона Пола, первый в истории США действующий сенатор, один из родителей которого является членом Палаты представителей США.

 

Рэндал Говард Пол родился 7 января 1963 года, в Питтсбурге, штат Пенсильвания, в семье Рональда Эрнеста Пола и Кэрол Пол (урожденной Уэллс). В семье третий ребёнок из пяти В подростковом возрасте стал верующим христианином.

В 1968 году, семья Пола переехала в Лейк-Джексон, штат Техас, где он вырос. Когда ему было 13 лет, его отец был избран в Палату представителей США.

В 1988 году поступил в медицинский университет и закончил его в 1993 году.

5 августа 2011 года вступил в должность сенатора США.

7 апреля 2015 года объявил о намерении баллотироваться на пост Президента США в качестве кандидата от Республиканской партии на выборах 2016 года.

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06 декабря, 13:09

Thiel could gain from Trump transition

The Silicon Valley venture capitalist has backed companies that could benefit at least indirectly from his role.

06 декабря, 02:05

Dems vow to turn Tillerson hearing into Exxon referendum

Democrats and their progressive allies see a tiny upside to the possibility that President-elect Donald Trump will nominate Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as secretary of State.They’d finally get their chance to grill the oil executive under oath. Liberal hopes of forcing Tillerson to testify before Congress were dashed Nov. 8 when Republicans maintained control of the Senate and easily held onto the House. But they're already eyeing Tillerson's potential confirmation hearing as an opportunity to quiz him on whether the oil giant suppressed decades-old internal research about the threat of climate change, as the company's critics have charged.Democrats might not have the clout to kill his nomination, but they could use the hearing to spotlight the Trump administration’s denial of climate change — and ambush Tillerson on questions that he and Exxon have managed to avoid until now."Everything is on the table when it comes to [Tillerson] testifying under oath," a Senate Democratic aide told POLITICO, adding that he'd "absolutely get those questions. The fact that they’re not cognizant of that being an issue ... shows a kind of tone deafness to what they’re facing here.”Exxon, one of the biggest companies in the world, is facing a barrage of criticism from progressives related to a series of investigative reports that allege the company has known for decades that fossil fuels exacerbate climate change. Two state attorneys general — New York's Eric Schneiderman and Massachusetts' Maura Healey — have launched fraud investigations into whether Exxon downplayed the threat of climate change to its business. Exxon has aggressively fought the allegations in court, calling the investigations politically motivated and a violation of the company's free speech. An Exxon spokesman declined to comment for this story. Environmental activists believe they could also use the confirmation hearings to rally support for tackling climate change and to bash Tillerson, who has long been their No. 1 enemy in the fight against fossil fuels."[Trump] is handing us campaign opportunities," said Jamie Henn, the co-founder of the environmental group 350.org.And they warn of severe backlash to the pick. "There are plenty of other candidates for secretary of State who don’t bring that kind of baggage to the table and would not engender that kind of firestorm at confirmation hearings," said Peter Frumhoff, director of science and policy at the Union of Concerned Scientists. "Of the candidates I’ve seen, none would fare worse than Rex Tillerson.”Potential confirmation hearings could also make for an awkward contrast between Trump and Exxon, which has sought to highlight its environmental credentials in recent years. The company says it supports a tax on carbon emissions and has praised the Paris climate agreement. Trump, in contrast, has called climate change a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese and has promised to pull out of the Paris deal. Tillerson became Exxon's CEO in 2006 after decades with the company. He is expected to step down in coming months because he'll reach Exxon's mandatory retirement age of 65 in March. Exxon veteran Darren Woods is expected to replace him.He has a long history in the oil industry that Democrats and environmentalists would be certain to mine ahead of any confirmation hearing. Tillerson, for example, has worked extensively in Russia and the company has long done business in that country. But so far, Trump's transition team has barely vetted Tillerson. Oil industry officials said they aren't worried about the prospect of Tillerson being tapped for secretary of State, arguing the massive company would soldier on without him. And many in the industry view his nomination as a long-shot. "Exxon is a machine so I doubt it would create a hole for the industry, or the company," one industry official said.It's unlikely that Tillerson's nomination would face major roadblocks in the Senate. But the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which would approve the nomination, is expected to have 10 Republicans and nine Democrats come January, a breakdown that could complicate Tillerson's nomination if any Republicans announce their opposition.Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), a member of the committee, has flexed his muscle in recent weeks, signaling his opposition to former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and John Bolton, the former U.S. ambassador to the United States. A Paul spokesman did not respond to a request for comment about Tillerson.Democrats on the committee like Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) are expected to focus on Exxon' record on climate change during the potential hearings. Markey and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), who is not on the committee, have made Exxon a regular fixture in floor speeches and press conferences. Markey's spokesman did not respond to a request for comment and Whitehouse's spokesman declined to comment. A spokesman for Sen. Ben Cardin, the top Democrat on the panel, also declined to comment. Tillerson's nomination would likely win approval unless there was a swell of opposition from Republicans, thanks to a 2013 rules change that allows senators to approve most nominations with a simple majority vote. One lobbyist put it this way: "No doubt that Whitehouse and Markey would be in full battle dress for this one but thanks to the rules change they voted for, [there's] not much they could do — even if the nominee was Donald Duck."

02 декабря, 02:40

Senators clamor for Corker as secretary of state

The Foreign Relations Committee chairman would sail through confirmation with Democratic support, interviews with lawmakers show.

02 декабря, 01:15

The One House Republican Who Can't Stop Criticizing Donald Trump

WASHINGTON ― Within the Republican rat race to shift core principles and cozy up to the Trump administration, there’s one Republican in the House who seems totally uninterested in running the maze. When Donald Trump proposed a year of jail or loss of citizenship for burning the flag, this congressman said no president should be allowed to “burn the First Amendment.” When Trump said only the media thinks his potential conflicts of interest are “a big deal,” he quote tweeted the president-elect to say that it was indeed a big deal, affixing Trump’s hashtag, #draintheswamp. And when Trump indicated he would nominate Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) to be attorney general, he said he was “deeply concerned” by the pick. Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) says it’s not difficult for him to criticize Trump. He’s just being consistent. “I’m not here to represent a particular political party; I’m here to represent all of my constituents and to follow the Constitution,” Amash told The Huffington Post earlier this week. Amash, a 36-year-old lawyer entering his fourth term in Congress, has quite a bit of experience in breaking with his party. If there’s a bill that passes on the House floor with one member in opposition, there’s a good chance it’s Amash. He’s perhaps the most hated Republican in some orbits of the GOP conference ― Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) once called Amash “Al Qaeda’s best friend in Congress” ― just as he’s perhaps the most respected lawmaker in Libertarian circles. He’s partnered with Democrats to lead the charge against detention at Guantanamo Bay and the National Security Agency’s blanket collection of telephone metadata, and he’s been an outspoken critic of Trump from the very beginning to the very end, when he wrote in Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on his ballot. I’m not here to represent a particular political party; I’m here to represent all of my constituents and to follow the Constitution. At no point in the 2016 election did Amash ever flirt with supporting Trump ― and not because he thought the real estate mogul couldn’t win. He, in fact, said he wouldn’t support Trump because he feared he could win. And now that Trump has done just that, Amash isn’t letting up with the criticism, even as other Republicans trip over themselves to shift positions they’ve espoused for years. Take, for instance, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). Ryan ― a pro-trade, pro-immigration reform, anti-cronyism Republican ― has gone out of his way to praise Trump whenever he can. On Thursday, Ryan applauded a deal with Carrier that would offer the company tax breaks in exchange for not moving an Indiana furnace plant to Mexico. “I think it’s pretty darn good that people are keeping their jobs in Indiana instead of going to Mexico,” Ryan said, after years of crying out that the government “shouldn’t be in the business of picking winners and losers.” Amash had a different take. More corporate welfare and cronyism. Equal protection is denied when one company receives favors at the expense of everyone else in Indiana. https://t.co/gPVLLyYQOS— Justin Amash (@justinamash) December 1, 2016 Again, Amash believes he’s just being consistent.  “I ran on a set of principles, and it doesn’t really matter which party is in charge or who the president is; I’m going to stick by my principles,” he told HuffPost. He seems unworried by a potential backlash from standing up to Trump. In his congressional district, Amash noted, Mitt Romney did better than Trump  ― and Amash did better than all of them.   As for Trump going after him, Amash is characteristically unflinching. “Let’s see it happen,” he said. “It’s up to him how he takes it. I’m going to stand by my beliefs and stand up for my constituents and stand up for the Constitution.” Amash says his quote tweets criticizing Trump aren’t personal ― “these are critiques on policy” ― and that he’ll continue calling out his disagreements. One of the biggest areas of discord is national security and surveillance. Trump has taken a number of authoritarian positions, going as far as advocating torture and calling for a Muslim registry. And as much as Trump has tried to bring in every corner of the Republican Party into his transition team, one branch of the GOP has systematically been excluded: Libertarians. Nunes ― the member who tied Amash to Al Qaeda ― serves on Trump’s transition national security team, as does another former intelligence committee chairman: Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.), who was instrumental in trying to unseat Amash during a heated 2014 primary. (Amash delivered a scathing victory speech that year where he called Hoekstra a disgrace. “I’m glad we could hand you one more loss before you fade into total obscurity and irrelevance,” he said.) Yet another former intelligence chairman who shares bad blood with Amash, former Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), was also on Trump’s national security transition team, before internal power struggles cost him his spot. Which is all to say it would be difficult to find three Republicans more ideologically split with Amash on national security and surveillance than the last three Republican chairmen of the intelligence committee. Asked if it was alarming that those were the types of people Trump wanted picking a national security team, Amash was Amash. “Those names are consistent with the positions he laid out during the campaign. It’s not alarming in that sense,” he said. Trump “believes strongly in the surveillance state,” Amash noted, saying those names were “not inconsistent with what he said he would do.” I ran on a set of principles, and it doesn’t really matter which party is in charge or who the president is; I’m going to stick by my principles. As for other Trump team selections, Amash has repeatedly expressed concern over Sessions becoming attorney general, citing his Senate voting record on civil rights and surveillance issues. “The attorney general has a lot of independent authority, so it’s a position we need to be really careful about,” Amash said. On Twitter (apparently the preferred method of communication for both Amash and Trump), the congressman said Sessions supports indefinite detention, mass surveillance, and civil asset forfeiture. “If a Dem nominee held these views, [Republicans] would be screaming for Senate to reject him. We should be consistent with our constitutional concerns,” he said. Regarding Trump’s financial conflicts of interest, Amash noted that many Republicans were just sort of waiting to see what Trump does. But he also indicated that the president-elect’s current plans of action don’t seem adequate. “He has to explain better how he’s handling conflicts of interest,” Amash said. “It’s not enough to say, ‘I’m the president, the president can’t have conflicts of interest.’” Of course, as comfortable as Amash seems criticizing Trump, there are some topics where he just won’t go. When asked about the prospect of impeaching Trump, should he not solve his conflicts of interest or increase the surveillance that he already believes is unlawful, the Michigan Republican, who already chooses his words carefully, spent some extra time coming up with a response. He thought about what he wanted say, pausing for a few moments over and over again, and then, three times, said: “I’m not going there.” -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

30 ноября, 22:05

Rand Paul not sold on Romney as secretary of state

Rand Paul isn't sold on Mitt Romney as secretary of state.The Kentucky Republican, who serves as a key swing vote on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that will consider Trump's nominee to head the State Department, said in an interview Wednesday that he needs to hear more from the 2012 presidential nominee before he can commit to supporting him. Paul's main concern? Whether Romney is in line with Trump on opposing the Iraq War and regime change.The libertarian-leaning Paul is one of the most skeptical Republicans in Congress when it comes to military intervention. And while Paul believes that Trump "gets it," he's not sure about Romney. "We need to know more about what Romney's viewpoint is," Paul said. "I haven't heard a lot from him that parallels [Trump], so I want to hear from him that he understands the historical significance of the Iraq war, making us less safe, making the region less safe and emboldening Iran. If people don't understand the unintended consequences of the Iraq War, I don't think they understand what Donald Trump said in the election."Unless Trump's nominee can garner Democratic support on the Foreign Relations Committee, Paul could be the difference-maker in confirming a new secretary of state, since the panel is narrowly divided.Paul has already tried to shoot down a few of the names floated for the job.He called Rudy Giuliani and John Bolton "unrepentant advocates of the Iraq War" who "disagree profoundly with Donald Trump's worldview" and suggested he would vote against them. Paul also criticized Gen. David Petraeus for his mishandling of classified information. The senator, however, has indicated Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) would be an acceptable pick.But much of the buzz on the Republican side is around Romney, a top Trump critic-turned-cheerleader. The two dined on Tuesday night and Romney praised Trump's "message of inclusion" in comments to reporters afterward. Romney, who lacks extensive experience on the world stage, talked little about his foreign policy views. Still, Paul signaled he's keeping an open mind on Romney. "The main thing I'm interested in is trying to promote that we get a secretary of state that is someone who agrees with Donald Trump that regime change is a bad idea, nation building's a bad idea and the Iraq War's a mistake," Paul said. "I just hope he'll get somebody that agrees with his worldview."

30 ноября, 18:43

GOP on Trump's business ties: 'He understands this is a problem'

Donald Trump’s announcement that he will explain his plans to disentangle himself from his business shows that he “understands this is a problem for him,” Sen. Lindsey Graham said in an interview on Wednesday morning.The South Carolina Republican, who is warming to Trump after being a top critic during the election, said that he will give the real estate mogul a pass on the matter until the president-elect explains himself in mid-December. Graham said that he will “wait and see” if the actions taken by Trump and his children are sufficient but indicated he is watching closely. “The fact that he’s going to have a news conference with his family and talk about how to avoid any appearance of conflicts of interest. It’s a good sign," Graham said. "Does it make sense to me? I’m just going to wait ... but I want to applaud him for recognizing the fact that it’s a problem."Trump told the New York Times last week that “the president can’t have a conflict of interest” and said on Wednesday morning he will remove himself "completely" from his business operations and discuss the matter at a news conference with his children. Trump's interactions with British leaders about wind turbines obstructing views at his golf course and the Kingdom of Bahrain booking of Trump’s D.C. hotel for a reception have raised questions — mostly among Democrats thus far — about whether he can truly separate himself from his financial holdings while running the country. Democrats have been agitating for greater oversight of Trump's business dealings, writing letters to GOP committee leaders urging them to investigate and press the incoming administration to the same degree they did with President Barack Obama. But for now, aside from a few rank and file Republicans raising concerns, key lawmakers have avoided speaking publicly about whether they have concerns with Trump's potential conflicts of interest."While Mr. Trump still does not acknowledge the global extent of his massive conflicts of interest, at least now he seems to recognize that there is widespread bipartisan concern and that he must address these unprecedented problems before he takes office," said Rep. Elijah's Cummings (D-Md.), who has repeatedly called for Republicans to investigate ties between Trump's businesses and the presidency.“I think he understands this is a problem for him and he seems to be putting his head around it,” Graham said. “Give him some time, is what I’m saying.”

30 ноября, 15:52

How Trump can keep his company

As conflicts mount, the president-elect hears out alternatives to an outright sale of his business empire.

30 ноября, 13:30

Is Trump Trolling Everybody?

President-elect Donald Trump trolled the mainstream media into unwittingly condemning Hillary Clinton by adopting her position on U.S. flag burning. Senator Rand Paul has joined the chorus of concerned Americans expressing consternation over president-elect Donald Trump’s meeting with retired Gen. David Petraeus with a view to hiring the former CIA head as secretary of State. Help us spread the word about the liberty movement, we're reaching millions help us reach millions more. Share the free live video feed link with your friends & family: http://www.infowars.com/show Follow Alex on TWITTER - https://twitter.com/RealAlexJones Like Alex on FACEBOOK - https://www.facebook.com/AlexanderEmerickJones Infowars on G+ - https://plus.google.com/+infowars/ :Web: http://www.infowars.com/ http://www.prisonplanet.com/ http://www.infowars.net/ :Subscribe and share your login with 20 friends: http://www.prisonplanet.tv http://www.InfowarsNews.com Visit http://www.InfowarsLife.com to get the products Alex Jones and his family trust, while supporting the growth of our expanding media operation. [http://bit.ly/2dhnhbS] Biome Defense™ [http://bit.ly/2bnEj91] Bio-True Selenium™ [http://bit.ly/1WYw8jp] Vitamin Mineral Fusion™ [http://bit.ly/1QYBNBv] Joint Formula™ [http://bit.ly/1nNuR3r] Anthroplex™ [http://bit.ly/1ljfWfJ] Living Defense™ [http://bit.ly/1Iobcj2] Deep Cleanse™ [http://bit.ly/1DsyQ6i] Knockout™ [http://bit.ly/1Kr1yfz] Brain Force™ [http://bit.ly/1R5gsqk] Liver Shield™ [http://bit.ly/1cOwQix] ProstaGuard™ [http://bit.ly/1mnchEz3] Child Ease™ [http://bit.ly/1xs9F6t] WinterSunD3™ [http://bit.ly/1L3gDSO] Ancient Defense™ [http://bit.ly/1EHbA6E] Secret-12™ [http://bit.ly/1txsOge] Oxy Powder™ [http://bit.ly/1s6cphV] Occu Power™ [http://bit.ly/1rGOLsG] DNA Force™ [http://bit.ly/1nIngBb] X2 Survival Shield™ [http://bit.ly/1kaXxKL] Super Female Vitality™ [http://bit.ly/1mhAKCO] Lung Cleanse™ [http://bit.ly/1mGbikx] Silver-Bullet - Colloidal Silver™ [http://bit.ly/1xcoUfo] Super Male Vitality™ [http://bit.ly/1z5BCP9] Survival Shield - Nascent Iodine™ [http://bit.ly/1o4sQtc] Patriot Blend 100% Organic Coffee™ [http://bit.ly/1iVL6HB] Immune Support 100% Organic Coffee™ All available at - http://www.infowarsshop.com/ INFOWARS HEALTH - START GETTING HEALTHY BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE - http://www.infowarshealth.com/ Newsletter Sign up / Infowars Underground Insider : http://www.infowars.com/newsletter

30 ноября, 03:18

GOP falls in line behind Trump Cabinet

Picking established Republicans has eased worries about the kind of administration Trump will build.

29 ноября, 21:09

The Republican Vogue for Stripping Citizenship

Donald Trump suggests it as a penalty for flag-burning, although the Supreme Court has ruled that it’s protected speech.

29 ноября, 04:48

Paul: Petraeus pick a 'potential problem' because of similarities with Clinton

"There's a lot of similarities to Hillary Clinton as far as revealing classified information," the Kentucky senator says.

29 ноября, 03:36

Trump gives Petraeus a pass

The candidate who threatened to lock up Clinton for mishandling classified information considers a retired general who pleaded guilty to leaking secrets to be his top diplomat.

29 ноября, 02:14

Top Rand Paul aide has problems with Petraeus

“Hillary does it -- "lock her up." Gen Petraeus does it -- CABINET POST! No.,” Doug Stafford tweeted.

27 ноября, 15:42

Trump douses White House hopes of Cruz, Rubio and others

The GOP's crowded bench will have to remain seated — possibly for a long time.

26 ноября, 15:44

5 senators essential to Trump's success — or failure

Red-state Democrats and swing-state Republicans hold the keys to legislative success.

25 ноября, 14:49

How Trump, With No Mandate, Could Change Washington More Than Reagan Did

He lost the popular vote and his unfavorables are still high, but conditions are right for a lasting legacy

24 ноября, 17:44

HAPPY TURKEY DAY, what we are thankful for -- SWAMP DRAINING update -- WaPo: TRUMP has gotten just 2 intelligence briefings since election -- B’DAY: Dan Glickman

SWAMP DRAINING UPDATE -- DONALD TRUMP is expected to name Wilbur Ross, a billionaire investor, commerce secretary. He is naming uber wealthy Chicago Cubs co-owner -- and massive political donor -- Todd Ricketts deputy secretary of commerce. He named Betsy DeVos -- a billionaire who gave heavily to politically connected entities -- education secretary. Like we said a few days back, Trump is acting -- mostly -- like a standard-issue politician. He’s putting political insiders and rich millionaires and billionaires into his administration. There’s nothing unusual about that. But it's not a wild departure from what most politicians do. One difference: Trump doesn’t seem to care much about traditional applicable job experience. By all accounts, Ben Carson is a brilliant brain surgeon. But he doesn't have a ton of traditional experience with housing policy. Nikki Haley has gotten high marks as a governor, but she has not dealt with foreign policy, outside of a few trips overseas.ONE MORE THING. Donald Trump will be president. We can’t see any scenario in which a recount hands the White House to Hillary Clinton. **SUBSCRIBE to Playbook: http://politi.co/1M75UbXIF YOU READ ONE THING -- “Trump turning away intelligence briefers since election win,” by WaPo’s Greg Miller and Adam Entous: “President-elect Donald Trump has received two classified intelligence briefings since his surprise election victory earlier this month, a frequency that is notably lower -- at least so far -- than that of his predecessors, current and former U.S. officials said. A team of intelligence analysts has been prepared to deliver daily briefings on global developments and security threats to Trump in the two weeks since he won. Vice President-elect Mike Pence, by contrast, has set aside time for intelligence briefings almost every day since the election, officials said. “Officials involved in the Trump transition team cautioned against assigning any significance to the briefing schedule that the president-elect has set so far, noting that he has been immersed in the work of forming his administration, and has made filling key national security posts his top priority. But others have interpreted Trump’s limited engagement with his briefing team as an additional sign of indifference from a president-elect who has no meaningful experience on national security issues and was dismissive of U.S. intelligence agencies’ capabilities and findings during the campaign ...“‘National security is Donald Trump’s No. 1 priority and I think he’s taking it very seriously,’ [House Intelligence Chairman Devin] Nunes [(R-Calif.)] said in an interview. ‘Look how many leaders he’s met with, how many phone calls he’s done, positions he’s filled. People who are being critical need to get a life.’” http://wapo.st/2faUgUu -- WSJ: "Donald Trump Jr. Held Talks on Syria With Russia Supporters: Disclosure of the Paris meetings in October could heighten focus on the president-elect’s desire to cooperate with the Kremlin," by Jay Solomon. http://on.wsj.com/2gpPYpJ HAPPY THANKSGIVING. We are thankful for so much. But professionally, we are thankful you are reading Playbook. We are thankful that more people are reading us -- and opening us -- than ever before. We’re going to do our best to decode D.C. for you, and bring you behind the scenes of the most exciting political story of our time. As always, feel free to get in touch with us. We do this for you, the Playbook community. Let us know what we can do better, what you like and what you don’t like. And enjoy your family and friends over the next few days. Tune out, if you want to. Politics will be here on Monday. If you’re into live music, watch “The Last Waltz,” The Band’s famous final show, which was in 1976 in San Francisco. http://bit.ly/2fs0pXE LIVE FROM NEW YORK! People were lining the streets of Manhattan early this morning. A photo of Sixth Avenue at 6:10 a.m. http://bit.ly/2fbe9Lb UPDATE FROM PALM BEACH -- NYT A19 “All the Clamor? Trump’s Palm Beach Neighbors See an Upside,” by Frances Robles in Palm Beach: “There will be no skinny-dipping this weekend outside the Borislow family’s oceanfront home here: They live across the street from Mar-a-Lago, President-elect Donald J. Trump’s winter resort, and now a Coast Guard patrol boat is parked right outside their window. ...“Coast Guard boats toured the water that surrounds both sides of the road, while a tent was set up nearby where delivery trucks were searched. News vehicles camped out a few blocks away, for a better shot of Mar-a-Lago’s waterfront view. Shelly Borislow, standing in front of her 7,800-square-foot house, where several Palm Beach County sheriff’s cruisers were parked and officers shooed away pedestrians, had no problem with the excitement. ‘There are so many handfuls of people who would want to live across the street from the president,’ she said. … (At least, she hopes so. Her home is for sale for $27.5 million, and she is thinking now she might have a few takers.)” http://nyti.ms/2gpNyY0 -- “Trump in Palm Beach: Man outside Mar-a-Lago seeks inaugural singing gig,” by the Palm Beach Post’s George Bennett: “Mark Nobel, a Fort Lauderdale resident who works at a Target store, was hanging out along Southern Boulevard near Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club today in a tie-dyed Trump T-shirt and a blue ‘Make America Great Again’ cap, singing ‘God Bless America’ for members of the media in hopes of landing a singing spot at Trump’s inauguration.” http://bit.ly/2gkBLNn INAUGURATION WATCH -- “Trump to Accept Inauguration Funds From Corporations and Big Donors,” by NYT’s Nick Fandos: “Mr. Trump plans to ban money from registered lobbyists, whom he has purged from his transition team and barred from working for his administration. But the restrictions will be lighter on corporations and individuals -- the groups that have traditionally provided a vast majority of funding for the festivities surrounding the transfer of power. ... Officials planning the inauguration said Mr. Trump would solicit corporate donations up to $1 million and allow money to be transferred from political action committees on a case-by-case basis. The inaugural committee has not reached a decision on where to cap gifts from individuals, if at all.” http://nyti.ms/2fuJ9oc THANKS! -- “‘They are taking the bait’: Columnist Michael Wolff on why the media blew it on Trump.” http://bit.ly/2frSj1f VIDEO DU JOUR – DNC is releasing a Thanksgiving video, “Thanks, Obama!” with voices of Obama supporters about why they appreciate him http://bit.ly/2fV6kIC OVERHEARD: Gov. John Kasich talking on the phone yesterday at John Glenn International Airport in Columbus. A second tipster spotted Kasich reading a hard copy of the NYT before takeoff on the Delta flight to LaGuardia (he flew coach). Pic of Kasich on the phone http://bit.ly/2fsCta9DANA PRIEST’s first piece for NewYorker.com, “The Disruptive Career of Michael Flynn, Trump’s National-Security Adviser”: “A lot of reporters and other civilians found Mike, as everyone called him, refreshing. A plucky Irish Catholic kid from Rhode Island, he wasn’t impressed by rank. He told his junior officers to challenge him in briefings. ‘You’d hear them say, “Boss, that’s nuts,”’ one former colleague said. ... ‘When he would walk in a room, they would look up like little dogs. They just loved him.’ ... Flynn broke rules he thought were stupid. He once told me about a period he spent assigned to a C.I.A. station in Iraq, when he would sometimes sneak out of the compound without the ‘insane’ required approval from C.I.A. headquarters, in Langley, Virginia.“He had technicians secretly install an Internet connection in his Pentagon office, even though it was forbidden. There was also the time he gave classified information to NATO allies without approval, an incident which prompted an investigation, and a warning from superiors. During his stint as Mullen’s intelligence chief, Flynn would often write ‘This is bullshit!’ in the margins of classified papers he was obliged to pass on to his boss, someone who saw these papers told me.” http://bit.ly/2fuHY8d WASHINGTON INC. -- “NRA Plans to Push Gun-Friendly Agenda Under Donald Trump’s Administration: With GOP controlling Congress and White House, group prepares a legislative drive that was stymied under Obama,” by WSJ’s Michelle Hackman: “The National Rifle Association, which spent an unprecedented amount to help elect Donald Trump president, is preparing to go on the offense in the friendliest political environment for its causes in at least a decade … At the top of the NRA’s legislative agenda is a law mandating that concealed-carry permits issued in one state be recognized in all 50, similar to a driver’s license … The NRA ultimately favors doing away with permits entirely, believing the ability to carry concealed weapons is a constitutional right—a goal they refer to as ‘constitutional carry.’” http://on.wsj.com/2gjzM8bTURTLE BAY READ -- NYT A1, “Nikki Haley’s Path: From Daughter of Immigrants to Trump’s Pick for U.N.,” by Richard Fausset and Somini Sengupta: “Little is known about how Ms. Haley views America’s role in the world. But an equally important mystery is what her clout might be in the Trump administration. Has Mr. Trump placed her in a post he considers marginal? Or will Ms. Haley — along with a still-to-be-named secretary of state — be able to temper the more radical views of Mr. Trump’s other aides? Despite the unknowns, many diplomats, scholars and rights advocates who have been anxiously awaiting Mr. Trump’s choices were relieved at the announcement. They saw in Ms. Haley, a daughter of Indian immigrants, someone unafraid to express her beliefs even if they differ from Mr. Trump’s.” http://nyti.ms/2g7vcux -- POST AND COURIER: “Gov. Nikki Haley’s nomination for U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. ‘an endorsement of her skills’” by Emma Dumain and Andy Shain. http://bit.ly/2gkKfUu … HALLEY TOOSI and BEN ORESKES on Haley and Russia. http://politi.co/2fuEbrp --ELIANA JOHNSON’s debut for POLITICO, “Haley shocked by Trump’s interest”: “The South Carolina governor’s confidants say she was shocked last week to receive a call from the incoming White House chief of staff, Reince Priebus, asking her to a meeting in New York City to discuss a handful of jobs, including secretary of state and the one she was named to Wednesday, ambassador to the United Nations. Haley isn’t just the first woman, the first minority and the first person under the age of 50 he has nominated to a Cabinet-level post — she’s also the first Republican who wasn’t a steadfast Trump supporter.” http://politi.co/2fVoA4PGRAND RAPIDS PRESS with the evenhanded headline of the day: “Trump pick Betsy DeVos either ‘dangerous’ or ‘exciting’” http://bit.ly/2g7KWxN TOP TWEETS -- @blakehounshell: “This take, from a think tank funded by Dick & Betsy DeVos, might come up at her confirmation hearing” (headline reads: “Bring back child labor: Work is a gift our kids can handle”) http://bit.ly/2frUXUA … @MrWalterShapiro: “For those massively troubled by Ben Carson as HUD Secretary, I challenge you to name the last four HUD Secretaries from memory.”COMING ATTRACTIONS -- “‘King of bankruptcy’ would be complicated choice for Commerce,” by Adam Behsudi: “Admirers praise Wilbur Ross as ‘the king of bankruptcy,’ calling him a savior of failing U.S. industries. But his critics have a different name for the 78-year-old investor said to be Donald Trump’s pick for Commerce secretary. They describe him as a ‘vulture,’ and say his restructuring of ailing industries has sometimes come at the expense of workers’ safety— in one egregious case, contributing to the deaths of 12 miners in Sago, West Virginia. ... Also likely to get attention are his dizzying array of domestic and foreign investments and business dealings. Those include board positions on at least five major public companies and leadership in several private firms.” http://politi.co/2fuLAqzTRUMP’S AMERICA -- “Trump adviser tells House Republicans: You’re no longer Reagan’s party,” by The Hill’s Jonathan Swan: “Donald Trump’s economic adviser Stephen Moore ... surprised some of the Republican lawmakers assembled at their closed-door whip meeting last Tuesday when he told them they should no longer think of themselves as belonging to the conservative party of Ronald Reagan. They now belong to Trump’s populist working-class party, he said. ... [S]everal lawmakers ... were taken aback by the economist’s comments.” http://bit.ly/2g7uxsR -- ON SALE: “Trump is selling [14-karat gold] ‘Make America Great Again’ ornaments for $149,” by N.Y. Post’s Joe Tacopino: “The campaign sent out an email Wednesday hawking the $149 holiday trinket, which is red, shaped like a hat, and bears Trump’s winning ‘Make America Great Again’ slogan. ‘President-elect Trump loves Christmas and makes a point of proudly saying “Merry Christmas” every chance he gets,’ read the email to supporters.” http://nyp.st/2fIMJsf … The Trump email http://slate.me/2gjH0ZW BUT WHO’S COUNTING? -- “Clinton’s lead in the popular vote surpasses 2 million,” by Gabe Debenedetti, Kyle Cheney and Nolan D. McCaskill: “The former secretary of state has garnered 64,223,958 votes, compared to the president-elect’s 62,206,395, according to a count curated by Dave Wasserman of the nonpartisan Cook Political Report. ... [A]n attorney working with anti-Trump electors said he’s preparing to file suit within two weeks ... [as] part of a coordinated legal fight to dismantle the 29 state laws that force electors to support their party’s nominees. ... A court victory taking down or weakening laws that ‘bind’ electors to their states’ popular vote, the attorney said, would signal to electors across the country that they can’t be punished for voting their conscience. The Constitution, he said, should prevent states from forcing electors to cast votes against their will.” http://politi.co/2gDUP9P -- “The numbers are in: Trump wins Michigan by 10,704,” by the Detroit Free Press’s Kathleen Grey: “The Michigan Secretary of State posted results Wednesday that were submitted by the state’s 83 county clerks on Tuesday after the votes were reviewed and certified by each county. Before that compiled count, Trump held a 13,107 lead over Clinton. But after each county certified its results, the lead shrunk to 10,704, with the biggest chunk coming from Wayne County, which showed that Clinton had gotten 565 more votes than originally tallied by the county.” http://on.freep.com/2fs5NKtHISTORY LESSON -- “The Real Legacy in Jeopardy Under the New Congress? LBJ’s: The GOP has plans to take apart many of Johnson’s Great Society reforms. Will Trump let them succeed?” by Josh Zeitz in Politico Magazine: “With majorities in both houses, congressional Republicans under the leadership of House Speaker Paul Ryan have signaled their plans to disassemble not just the Affordable Care Act, but also Medicaid and Medicare; to steer federal education policy away from public schools and toward charters and vouchers; to roll back voting rights and civil rights enforcement; and to make steep cuts to nutritional programs. And, despite the fact that many of these changes could have negative consequences for Trump’s base, the president-elect hasn’t signaled any resistance.” http://politi.co/2fuM7ZR --“American Dreamers”: “The Times Editorial Board has called on the Trump administration to preserve Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, a program that temporarily shields some young immigrants from deportation and allows them to work legally. We’re featuring stories from young immigrants who were spared from deportation and permitted to work during the Obama administration.” http://nyti.ms/2gpz3U6 MEGATRENDS -- “Perils of Climate Change Could Swamp Coastal Real Estate,” by NYT’s Ian Urbina: “Real estate agents looking to sell coastal properties usually focus on one thing: how close the home is to the water’s edge. But buyers are increasingly asking instead how far back it is from the waterline. How many feet above sea level? ... Though demand remains strong and developers continue to build near the water in many coastal cities, homeowners across the nation are slowly growing wary of buying property in areas most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. ... Some analysts say the economic impact of a collapse in the waterfront property market could surpass that of the bursting dot-com and real estate bubbles of 2000 and 2008.” http://nyti.ms/2gky4qM MEDIAWATCH -- “Fox News Sunday Posts Its Highest Rating in the Past Decade,” by Mediaite’s Joe DePaulo: “The weekly news program hosted by Chris Wallace pulled in 1.95 million viewers across all broadcast stations in its first-run airing at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday. That number was undoubtedly helped in part by the appearance of Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who was speaking publicly for the first time since the Hamilton controversy erupted.” http://bit.ly/2gfMNzC DESSERT -- “How Trump roasted Clinton in turkey country,” by Steven Shepard: “If your Thanksgiving turkey could vote, it probably would have cast its ballot for Donald Trump. The Republican president-elect won the nation’s top turkey-producing areas by a landslide, winning nearly all of the top 25 congressional districts ranked by the number of turkeys sold — and typically by large margins.” http://politi.co/2fbd5qESPOTTED: Chris Matthews on yesterday’s 8:30 a.m. DCA flight to SF ... Sen. Rand Paul at Reagan airport on Tuesday.THE PRESIDENT’S WEEK AHEAD -- “On Thursday, the President will celebrate Thanksgiving at the White House. ... On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the President has no public events scheduled. On Monday, the President will attend meetings at the White House. On Tuesday, the President will travel to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland to visit with wounded service members. “On Wednesday, the President will attend meetings at the White House. On Thursday, the President and the First Family will attend the National Christmas Tree Lighting on the Ellipse. On Friday, the President will meet with United Nations Secretary-General-designate Antonio Guterres at the White House.”BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Former Kansas congressman, Agriculture secretary and MPAA chairman Dan Glickman, now at the Aspen Institute and the Bipartisan Policy Center, celebrating with his wife, kids and 4 grandchildren in L.A. Read his Playbook Plus Q&A: http://politi.co/2fVzgjZ BIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): Politico Europe’s Virginie DandoyBIRTHDAYS: Jared Cohen, founder and president of Jigsaw and a CFR senior fellow ... Sally, Susman, EVP for corporate affairs at Pfizer (h/t Hilary Rosen) … Marlin Fitzwater, former press secretary for Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush, is 74 … Politico’s Kelsey Miller, Darius Tahir and Katharine Davis ... Cristina Cox … Mark Steitz, founding principal of TSD Communications and advisor to Catalist ... LCV’s Rachel Kriegsman ... Sherry Ettleson ... NYT’s Marc Santora … Lee Godown, VP of global gov’t relations for GM (h/t Jon Haber) ... Meaghan Smith, VP at SKDKnickerbocker and an HHS alum ... Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at Penn (h/t Michael Rozansky) ... Ginger Stanley ... Ben Burger, partner at SRCPmedia and an NRSC alum ... AP’s Nasser Karimi ... Chris Putala of Putala Strategies ... former Rep. Chet Edwards (D-Tex.) is 65 ... ... former Rep. Ron Dellums (D-Calif.) is 81 … Alejandro Mayorkas, DHS deputy secretary, who was born to a Jewish family in Havana, Cuba, is 57 ... Simcha Lyons, senior advisor to both the Ashcroft Group, LLC and the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs ... Steven Lowy, philanthropist and co-CEO of global shopping center company, Westfield Corporation, is 54 (h/ts Jewish Insider) ... Kavya Balaraman, reporting fellow at E&E Publishing’s ClimateWire (h/t Colby Bermel) ... … Matt Chisholm, Rand Paul alum and the pride of Saginaw ... Jordana Merran ... GOP advance deity Brent Swander, a Romney-Ryan alum now gov’t affairs director at Columbus Realtors and the pride of BGSU … Benjamin Deitchman ... Robin Lyons ... Patrick Burchette, partner at Holland & Knight, is 4-0 ... Hugh Grindstaff ... Frank Ahrens, VP at BGR Public Relations, is 53 ... Suzy DeFrancis ... Richard Metzler of Gold Coast Promotions … NBC News’ Rachel Witkin ... Ron Dellums ... Terry Walsh (friends call him “Czar”), workhorse partner at The Strategy Group … Matt Sauvage … DCCC alum Lindsey Melander Schulte … Susan Lyon, head of content at Bulletproof Digital in Seattle and a CAP alum … Patrick Reimherr … Tim Raftis … John Kamis … Sally Susman … Gordon Fischer … Peter McAvoy … Kathy McGough ... Brooke Jamison … Ned McCann (h/ts Teresa Vilmain) ... Jed Link, comms. manager at International Facility Management Association and a Denny Rehberg alum … Amanda Anderson … Jim Landry ... Dave Rapallo of House OGR ... Andrew Fuentes of Sen. Feinstein’s office … Meghan Graf, press secretary for Rep. Mike Coffman ... Jeremy Pevner ... Jonathan Black of Sen. Udall’s office (h/ts Legistorm) … former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue is 76 … actress Sarah Hyland is 26 (h/ts AP)

23 ноября, 03:46

The 229-year-old sentence liberals hope will sink Trump

An obscure line in the Constitution has become a rallying point for some legal experts and critics of Donald Trump, who fear the president-elect has little intention of making a clean break between his business interests and his new White House role.On his first day in office, they say, Trump could find himself in violation of the seldom-used sentence unless he disentangles himself entirely from his sprawling global empire.There’s just one problem: In all likelihood, it’s up to his fellow Republicans to enforce.Known as the foreign Emoluments Clause, it states that “no person holding any office of profit or trust under them, shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state.” In essence, it bars public officials from taking a gift from a foreign government unless they receive approval from Congress, with the goal of preventing foreign actors from using such a favor to wield influence on American policy. President Barack Obama’s administration looked at the provision before he accepted the Nobel Peace Prize to make sure the award would not violate it.At the time, the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel determined that since the prize came from the Nobel Committee — and not a “king, prince or foreign state” — it was no problem for Obama to accept it without the consent of Congress. That’s a different question, however, than whether a President Trump, through his business, could accept money from a foreign government while serving in the White House.Richard Painter, the former chief ethics lawyer to President George W. Bush, set off an online frenzy over the Emoluments Clause this weekend when he told the liberal blog ThinkProgress that Trump may violate it if foreign officials, like diplomats considering staying at his hotel in Washington to please him, pay his company when he is president.That kind of transaction, Painter elaborated, could be considered a gift from a foreign state under the Emoluments Clause. For a foreign diplomat, the value of staying at a hotel with “Trump” in its name might go up because it involves the president.That would make it a gift, and a potential violation of the Constitution on Day One of Trump’s presidency, Painter said.Liberals have seized on that argument to urge Trump to divest his business empire, rather than simply leave its day-to-day management up to his children, as he has promised.Sen. Ben Cardin, a Democrat from Maryland, said Tuesday that he plans to introduce a resolution calling on Trump to “convert his assets to simple, conflict-free holdings, adopt blind trusts, or take other equivalent measures, in order to ensure compliance with the Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution.”Others have seconded Painter’s reasoning, saying that Trump’s vast web of foreign business entanglements sets him up to violate at least the spirit of the clause. They note, though, that its enforcement mechanism is essentially political.Trump’s determination to cling to his global empire “creates an ongoing risk that foreign individuals and interests will confer commercial benefits on hotels, golf courses, or other businesses” connected to him, argued Laurence Tribe, a constitutional law professor at Harvard University.The greatest worry, according to Tribe, would be that those benefits might induce a President Trump to make or influence decisions “to the disadvantage of national interests” and in favor of his own.“Trump can’t receive any direct payment of any kind from a foreign government, including a fee for services,” argued Noah Feldman, another professor at Harvard and an expert on constitutional law, in a column for Bloomberg View.“I don’t think you can say it’s a clear violation of black-letter law, but it’s a clear violation of the spirit of the Emoluments Clause,” said David Kopel, an adjunct professor of constitutional law at the University of Denver and research director at the Independence Institute, a libertarian think tank.Kopel, who also believes that the Clinton Foundation’s decision to take gifts from foreign interests when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state qualified as a violation of the clause, called the incentive for foreign diplomats to stay at a Trump hotel “the tip of the iceberg” of the president-elect’s problems under the provision. When his company works with businesses abroad, that, too, raises questions, he said.“There are all kinds of ways where foreign governments using private organizations are going to be buying influence in this administration, as they did when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state,” Kopel asserted. There is not total consensus: Seth Barrett Tillman, a lecturer in law at Maynooth University in Ireland, takes a different position, arguing that the Emoluments Clause does not actually apply to the president. Among other points, he cites the precedent of George Washington taking two gifts from French officials without congressional approval.“That doesn’t mean Trump can do anything, but it means we shouldn’t reach to the Constitution to do the heavy lifting,” Tillman said.That appears to be Trump’s preferred interpretation as well. On Tuesday, he told reporters and editors at the New York Times: "The law's totally on my side, the president can't have a conflict of interest.”Painter said that he disagrees with Tillman’s interpretation, but he acknowledged in an interview that there are likely few enforcement mechanisms to stop Trump even if he does violate this clause of the Constitution, given that there are no obvious parties with standing to sue.A rival hotel could theoretically file suit, for instance, but Painter said bringing a case would be difficult. “I don’t think it’s going to get in the courts,” he said.That leaves the political process as the enforcement mechanism, Painter said — and with respect to the president, that mechanism is impeachment, a move to which the Republican Congress would have to sign on.So far, however, only one GOP member has even commented on Trump’s conflicts of interest: Michigan Rep. Justin Amash, who took to Twitter to say that it would be “a big deal” if Trump had contracts with foreign governments. And even Amash, a libertarian-leaning ally of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, doesn’t seem eager to be too vocal: Asked to elaborate on his thoughts on Trump’s foreign business ties, his office declined to comment.“What that leaves is public pressure to enforce the clause,” Feldman wrote. “Trump should take that pressure seriously, and divest himself from any business of any kind with foreign governments.”For now, Trump doesn’t appear to be feeling the heat. In his meeting with the Times, he shrugged off a question about his possible conflicts of interest by lashing out at critics like Painter.“If it were up to some people,” he said, “I would never, ever see my daughter Ivanka again.”Still, Painter predicted, questions about Trump’s overseas assets will continue to dog him throughout his presidency unless he divests himself of the Trump Organization altogether.If a foreign client asked someone working for the company for a favor from the U.S. government, for example, that could lead to political blowback, even if Trump never learned of the request or acted on it.“If he owns it, he’s going to be accountable anytime someone says something stupid,” Painter said. “If he continues to own his businesses, the emolument problems do not go away.”

22 ноября, 20:03

Willing To Oppose Trump, Some Senate Republicans Gain Leverage

WASHINGTON, Nov 22 (Reuters) - It is no surprise that Democrats in the U.S. Congress will oppose Donald Trump but the most important resistance to fulfilling the president-elect’s agenda is beginning to emerge from Republicans on Capitol Hill. A small number of influential Republicans in the Senate are threatening to block appointments to Trump’s administration, derail his thaw with Russia and prevent the planned wall on the border with Mexico. The party held onto control of the Senate at the Nov. 8 election but by only a thin margin, putting powerful swing votes in just a few hands. That empowers Republican Senate mavericks such as Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas. Both were bitter rivals to Trump in the 2016 Republican presidential primary. Paul, a libertarian lone wolf, says he will block Senate confirmations if Trump nominates either former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani or former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton to be secretary of state. South Carolina’s Lindsay Graham has started publicly outlining places he might be willing to oppose Trump. He is against the Mexican border wall and is delivering warnings against Trump’s intention to revoke legal status for undocumented immigrants brought here as children - although that would not require congressional approval. Graham, a traditional Republican foreign policy hawk, strongly disagrees with Trump’s attempt to improve ties with Russia. “I am going to be kind of a hard ass” on Russia, Graham told reporters recently. “We can’t sit on the sidelines” and let cyber attacks blamed on Russia “go unanswered.” The early stirrings of opposition from Senate Republicans are a sign that the New York businessman, who has never held public office, might run into harsh political realities soon after taking office on Jan. 20. Other Senators who might defy Trump are Arizona’s John McCain and Jeff Flake, Nebraska’s Ben Sasse, Florida’s Marco Rubio, Maine’s Susan Collins and Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski, said senior Senate aides and lawmakers. These lawmakers have ruffled feathers in the past and some have a good political reason not to fear Trump: Paul, McCain, Murkowski and Rubio do not have to run for reelection until 2022. Graham, Collins and Sasse will have to face the voters in 2020; Cruz and Flake have an earlier election, in 2018. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, whose job is to keep the Republicans in line, knows the challenges ahead. A senior Republican aide said McConnell is “loathe” to spend time trying to move bills that lack the needed Senate votes. McConnell is aware he will not have the support of some of his own lawmakers on bills that could pass the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, such as appropriating money to build the Mexican wall and further abortion restrictions, the aide said.   DEMOCRATIC STRAYS But Trump has a history of taming what appear to be well-entrenched Republican opponents. He won the party nomination against all the odds and some of his staunchest opponents like Rubio and Cruz ended up endorsing him. And swing votes in the Senate cut two ways. The Democrats have their own potential renegades such as West Virginia’s Joe Manchin, who has already declared his support for Trump’s nomination of Republican Senator Jeff Sessions as attorney general. Such swings by Democrats toward Republicans may be likelier ahead of the 2018 elections, when Democrats must defend more vulnerable Senate seats than Republicans. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer must deal with this. Trump said over the weekend he and Schumer “always had a good relationship.” Republicans are likely to control only 52 seats in the 100-seat Senate, meaning three defections within the party are enough to block cabinet appointments which only require 50 votes. Vice President-elect Mike Pence would break 50-50 ties. The task for McConnell gets more difficult when it comes to passing legislation, which requires 60 votes, known as cloture, to allow a bill to move forward. If Trump plans to sign a bill while in office, perhaps one that will change immigration law or restrict abortions, McConnell will have to keep all Republicans in line and win over an additional eight Democrats. Trump could deliver on campaign promises that do not require legislative approval like blocking the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal or ending the Iran nuclear pact. The repeal of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, enjoys robust Republican support and would be done through a legislative maneuver that does not require any Democratic support. Collins and Murkowski have a history of crossing the aisle to join Democrats and could shy from abortion restrictions. Cruz has never feared disrupting Senate business to prove a point or seek concessions in legislation. Sasse did not waver from his staunch criticism of Trump through the campaign. Flake has said he is “eating crow” after Trump’s win, but he could defect on immigration and border security, issues he has previously joined with Democrats on. Paul was asked last week on MSNBC if he would put a hold on Giuliani or Bolton. In the Senate, a hold allows a single senator to delay a confirmation. He left open the possibility of such a move, saying, “I feel pretty strongly about it.” He said: “We have a 52-48 majority, all it would take is two or three Republicans to say they can’t go along with Giuliani and can’t go along with Bolton.” (Reporting by Ginger Gibson and Richard Cowan; Editing by Kevin Drawbaugh and Alistair Bell) -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

22 ноября, 17:54

Сенаторы-республиканцы обещают голосовать против инициатив Трампа

После победы миллиардера Дональда Трампа на выборах президента США настало время спекуляций о том, как он будет воплощать свою экстравагантную программу в жизнь. Но, несмотря на республиканское большинство в обеих палатах Конгресса, у него могут возникнуть трудности со стороны ряда однопартийцев.

11 апреля 2015, 20:18

В президентскую гонку вступил кандидат, готовый покончить с гегемонией США

Сенатор Рэнд Пол официально объявил о своем выдвижении в президенты США вторым среди республиканцев. Сейчас невозможно предсказать ни исход выборов 2016 года, ни даже фамилию республиканского кандидата, но Пол в любом случае занимает уникальное место в американском политическом истеблишменте, потому что реально бросает ему вызов. Доктор Пол идет ломать вашингтонскую машину и закрывать глобальный проект.52-летний сенатор от Кентукки вступает в кампанию под лозунгом «Разрушить вашингтонскую машину! Дать волю американской мечте!». Тут интересно все: и обещание сломать сложившуюся власть партийно-бюрократической элиты, и невольная перекличка с главным китайским лозунгом последних лет, выдвинутым председателем Си Цзиньпином и обещающим достичь «малого процветания» (важный элемент достижения «китайской мечты») как раз к 2020 году, то есть времени, когда завершится срок полномочий президента США, избранного в 2016-м.Конечно, «мечтой» спекулируют многие американские политики, но практически все из реально претендующих на высшую власть считают, что мировая гегемония Америки является неотъемлемой частью американской миссии. А Рэнд Пол – антиинтервенционист, который видит Америку «достаточно сильной, чтобы отразить любую агрессию, и достаточно мудрой, чтобы не ввязываться в ненужные интервенции». Причем эта позиция Пола совершенно логично вытекает из его консерватизма и либертарианства – он один из вождей и кумиров «чайной партии», движения, апеллирующего к наследию отцов-основателей и занимающего сейчас очень серьезные позиции в среде республиканцев. Далеко не все «чайники» столь миролюбивы во внешней политике, но Рэнд еще и сын своего отца, чья известность сыграла немалую роль в быстром взлете молодого сенатора.79-летний Рон Пол больше двух десятилетий провел в Палате представителей, но был там абсолютной «белой вороной», выступая не только за жесткое ограничение власти федерального правительства и его вмешательства в жизнь граждан и права штатов, за кардинальную реформу американской финансово-банковской системы (настаивая на ликвидации Федеральной резервной системы), но и за отказ США от внешней экспансии. Пол голосовал против войны в Ираке, предлагал выйти из ООН и НАТО, а уже во время украинского кризиса осуждал вмешательство США, говоря, что «без спонсируемой США «смены режима» сотни людей не погибли бы в ходе беспорядков, которые последовали за свержением президента Януковича».«Если наша гиперинтервенционалистская политика с большой вероятностью дает нам такую «отдачу», нужна ли нам такая внешняя политика? Оно реально того стоит? Основной акцент нашей критики, другими словами, состоит в том, что внешняя политика правительства ставит под угрозу американский народ и делает его более уязвимым для атак, чем было бы в других случаях... Внешний интервенционализм не приносит выгод гражданам Америки, а является угрозой нашим свободам», – подчеркивал он.Пытаясь опорочить Пола, его называли расистом, гомофобом и антисемитом. При этом сам Рон не согласен считаться даже изоляционистом:«Любой, кто защищает антиинтервенционистскую внешнюю политику, должен быть готов к тому, что его заклеймят изоляционистом. Но я, например, никогда не был изоляционистом... Настоящие изоляционисты – это те, кто изолируют свою страну, настраивая против нее мировое общественное мнение, проповедуя бессмысленную агрессию и войну, которые не имеют ничего общего с легитимной концепцией национальной безопасности».Именно благодаря своей последовательности и идейности Пол стал очень популярен среди либертарианцев, а позднее и консервативного «движения чаепития». Пол-старший – абсолютная противоположность Бушу-старшему или Клинтонам, и более чем символично, что его сын вступает в борьбу за президентство в кампании, которую многие уже считают обреченной стать битвой двух президентских фамилий и династий.Но если Пол-старший антисистемщик (будучи при этом весьма последовательным сторонником как раз исконных американских ценностей, от которых отошли сами американские элиты), то его сын пытается хоть как-то приспособиться к системе, чтобы изменить ее. Осуждать Рэнда Пола за измену принципам, как это делают некоторые из сторонников его отца, не стоит – в США просто невозможно прийти к власти, минуя одну из двух «партий власти»: сама выборная машина построена так, что независимые кандидаты или представители карликовых партий не имеют никаких шансов (максимум, на что они способны – будучи очень богатыми эксцентриками собрать много голосов, как это сделал Рос Перро в 1992-м). Для победы нужна партийная поддержка, и Рэнд Пол пытается ее получить, учитывая при этом неудачный опыт своего отца, который тоже не раз боролся за выдвижение от республиканцев.В 2008 году Рона Пола игнорировали мейнстримные СМИ, но он был очень популярен среди интернет-аудитории, что проявлялось даже в том, что он получал больше всех пожертвований на свою кампанию (и это были именно переводы от обычных граждан). В 2012 году Пол первое время даже лидировал по популярности в опросах среди республиканских избирателей. Но тогда не помогло ни движение чаепития, ни симпатия избирателей – он проиграл праймериз Миту Ромни, который в свою очередь не смог лишить Барака Обаму второго срока.А политическая карьера его сына началась всего двумя годами ранее – в ноябре 2010 года Рэнд был избран сенатором от Кентукки. До этого Пол-младший никогда не занимался политикой – врач, как и его отец, он 18 лет проработал офтальмологом (так что в случае избрания станет вторым президентом с такой профессией наряду с Башаром Асадом). О его президентских перспективах заговорили почти сразу – впрочем, очень многое зависело от внутренних процессов в Республиканской партии. «Чайники» наступали, и как ни сопротивлялась партийная машина, приобретали все большее влияние в партийных структурах и Конгрессе.«Чаепитие» нельзя назвать чисто антиэлитным движением, это скорее сочетание низового протеста с внутриэлитной борьбой: не говоря уже о том, что большинство американцев выступает за ограничение власти правительства, в США достаточны сильны противоречия и между экспансионистскими элитами побережий, и элитами внутренних штатов, между теми, кто давно уже считает себя частью и ядром мировой наднациональной элиты, и сторонниками самодостаточной Америки. Это и не чистой воды изоляционизм, но это очень важный шаг к нему.Понятно, что сейчас в американской элите преобладает интервенционистская позиция – конечно, в разных ее вариантах, но ключевые фигуры как среди республиканцев, так и среди демократов не ставят под сомнение миссию США по «поддержанию порядка» во всем мире. Рэнд Пол, конечно, не столь жесткий антиинтервенционист, как его отец, но все же его внешнеполитическая концепция однозначно резко отличается что от взглядов Клинтон, что от позиций Джеба Буша или Тэда Круза. Во время своего выдвижения Пол заявил, что внешняя политика США «должна порождать стабильность, а не хаос».При этом в отношении украинского кризиса Пол, сначала, до присоединения Крыма, призывавший «не стремиться ущипнуть Россию», в марте прошлого года изменил позицию, потребовав «принять решительные меры против российской агрессии». Жесткая позиция Пола вызвала недоумение у сторонников его отца, который в те же дни выступал с прямо противоположных позиций.Но поведение Рэнда объясняется достаточно просто – сенатор уже тогда готовился к президентской кампании и понимал, что для успешной борьбы за выдвижение ему необходимо будет существенно увеличить число своих сторонников. Отмолчавшись по Крыму и Путину, в отношении которых тогда в Штатах было абсолютное согласие, Пол рисковал маргинализацией. Для России при этом принципиальны не эти высказывания Рэнда Пола, а его общий настрой на отказ от внешней экспансии США, от которого в случае его победы на президентских выборах он в любом случае не сможет отказаться.#{interviewpolit}Пол, конечно, не сможет свернуть американский проект и отказаться от планов глобализации (президент в США все-таки достаточно зависимая фигура), но он сможет существенно повлиять на их корректировку, а значит, и способствовать хотя бы относительному снижению мировой напряженности и смягчению процесса ухода Америки с позиции мирового гегемона. Пол не Обама в том смысле, что он имеет стройную систему взглядов и не откажется от их воплощения. Он боец. Достаточно вспомнить, как два года назад он пытался заблокировать утверждение Бренана директором ЦРУ, выступив в сенате с 11-часовой речью, или то, сколь упрямо он настаивает на аудите ФРС.К тому же внешнеполитическая концепция Пола является лишь продолжением внутриполитической. А она, ограничивая власть федерального правительства и уменьшая его влияние, как раз очень серьезно бьет по интересам и власти глобалистски настроенной части американского истеблишмента. Меньше государства внутри США автоматически означает и меньше империи вовне. Президент-антиинтервенционист проторит дорогу президенту-изоляционисту, но есть ли сейчас шанс на победу Пола?Пока что по всем опросам Клинтон побеждает любого республиканского кандидата. Но это сейчас – ее известность и влияние не сравнятся ни с одним из республиканских кандидатов. Против Клинтон играет слишком многое – президентство однопартийца Обамы, в целом оцениваемое скорее как неудачное, собственный тяжелый характер, слабая работа в качестве госсекретаря. Кроме того, республиканцы сейчас на подъеме, они, по сути, правящая партия везде, кроме Белого дома. У них большинство в обоих палатах Конгресса, власть в большинстве штатов. У них есть огромное желание отыграться – вопрос только в том, сумеют ли они выбрать сильного кандидата.Сейчас у «слонов» нет явного фаворита, хотя понятно, что республиканская элита выдвинула бы Джеба Буша, сына и брата президентов. Но непонятно, насколько он избирабелен, хотя сейчас его рейтинг выше, чем у остальных претендентов-республиканцев, Клинтон он все равно проиграет. Да и внутри Республиканской партии у бывшего губернатора Флориды не все просто.По опросам Буш пока что немногим опережает губернатора Висконсина Скотта Уокера (консерватор, дважды победивший в либеральном штате). Вслед за ними идет группа преследователей, в которую входит и Пол – опросы пока что дают ему с третьего по пятое место.В этой группе бывший губернатор Арканзаса Майк Хакаби (серьезно боровшийся за выдвижение в 2008-м, но уступивший Маккейну), знаменитый нейрохирург чернокожий Бен Карсон (неожиданно включившийся в гонку), губернатор Нью-Джерси Крис Кристи (пару лет назад считавшийся фаворитом) и сенатор Тэд Круз (близкий к «чайной партии»), в конце прошлого месяца первым объявивший о своем официальном выдвижении.Но эти опросы мало о чем говорят, потому что впереди еще много времени – все будет зависеть от борьбы партийных элит и настроений внутри партии, а также способности победить Клинтон. Второго чернокожего претендента подряд (Карсона) республиканцы стране явно не предложат, баптистский пастор Хакаби не способен сплотить республиканцев и свое уже отыграл. Кристи после скандалов сидит в засаде, Круз слишком молод, а есть спрос на опыт.Самый опытный, конечно, Буш, но у него и множество минусов. Главный из которых – само происхождение. Тот факт, что Америка уже открыто уподобляется так любимому отцами-основателями Риму с его соперничающими за власть патрициями, не нравится очень многим избирателям. И в этом смысле кампания Клинтон–Буш сама по себе может стать серьезным ударом по и так уже очень низкому авторитету центральной власти.На борьбу со сложившейся американской номенклатурой (связки политиков с финансово-промышленной олигархией), которую и называют «вашингтонской машиной», и вышел Рэнд Пол. Подтверждением этому является и то, что из всех республиканских кандидатов Пол пользуется наибольшей симпатией среди неопределившихся и беспартийных, то есть его воспринимают шире, чем просто партийного кандидата. Внутри Республиканской партии пока что Пола будут пытаться остановить Уокером – консерватором, который не имеет антиэлитарных убеждений и вполне приемлем для республиканского истеблишмента, но понятно, что главная борьба ему предстоит с Бушем.Она и станет главной интригой нынешней кампании, причем это будет не обычное американское шоу, в котором разница во взглядах имеет второстепенное значение, а принципиальный спор. Пол представляет собой «другую Америку» – ту, которую давно уже оттерли от ключевых рычагов управления. И которая хочет взять реванш – опираясь на ключевые принципы самоуправления, прийти в Вашингтон, чтобы лишить его большей части власти, незаконно присвоенной им у штатов.По исходу противостояния Буш–Пол можно будет судить о том, насколько ситуация в Штатах созрела для подобных революционных изменений. Которые интересны нам в первую очередь теми последствиями, которые они окажут на поведение США на глобальной арене, ведь именно там мы будем заниматься изолированием «атлантической империи», минимизацией разрушительных последствий ее агрессивного мессианства. Было бы неплохо – и для самих США, и для России – если бы новый президент облегчил нам эту задачу. Даже если Пол станет президентом не в 2016-м, а в 2020 году.источник