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Trump Is Giving Americas Hardest Workers $12 Billion To Ease Their Pain

“more than 456,000 jobs are supported by trade in her state alone”

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Big news out of Washington as the Trump administration announced that they’re approving up to $12 billion for some of America’s hardest workers in the country. The farmers of America will certainly enjoy this provided the funds are spent properly and that it helps the farmers in the need of emergency relief that would protect them from the potential harm of the trade war. This money will likely be used to protect farmers from losing too much money in relation to the current policies going on with the trade issues.

“WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Tuesday announced up to $12 billion in emergency relief for farmers hurt by the president’s trade war, moving to to insulate food producers from looming financial losses that would be a direct result of President Trump’s policies.

The aid to farmers, announced by the United States Department of Agriculture, will come through a direct assistance program, one designed to help with food purchase and distribution and one specifically geared toward promoting trade.

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The move is an indication that Mr. Trump — ignoring the concerns of farmers, their representatives in Congress, and even some of his own aides about the adverse consequences of a trade war he says he relishes — plans to plow forward in escalating his tariff tit-for-tat around the world.

“The actions today are a firm statement that other nations cannot bully our agricultural producers to force the United States to cave in,” Sonny Perdue, the secretary of agriculture, said during a call with reporters to unveil the program. “This administration will not stand by while our hard-working agricultural producers bear the brunt of unfriendly and illegal tariffs.”

The approach could cost American producers billions of dollars and potentially inflict political pain on Republicans in farm states who would be forced to answer for the policies of a president who has shown little regard for the consequences of his trade agenda.

The European Union, Canada, Mexico, China and other countries have responded to Mr. Trump’s tariffs on steel, aluminum and $34 billion worth of Chinese products by imposing taxes of their own. They have often chosen to target farm country, the source of some of America’s biggest exports and an important political base for the president.

American soybeans, pork, sugar, orange juice, cherries and other products now face tariffs in foreign markets that make their products less desirable.

Mr. Trump and his advisers have argued that while American producers may feel short-term pain from his protectionist stance, ultimately they will benefit from it as other countries lower their barriers to American products.

In the meantime, the administration has sought ways for the Agriculture Department to help farmers survive the pain of retaliation. As part of the program announced on Tuesday, the department will draw on the financial resources of a program known as the Commodity Credit Corporation, which helps shore up American farmers by buying their crops.

The initiative, which does not authorize any new money and thus not need approval from Congress, was a way for Mr. Trump to tamp down criticism of his trade policies. But it was also an unmistakable signal that the president has no plans to lift his tariffs any time soon, as Farm Belt senators have pleaded.

The plan, first reported by The Washington Post, was met with swift condemnation from Republicans and trade groups, who said that Mr. Trump had devised an expensive and clunky solution to a crisis of Depression-era proportions.

“This trade war is cutting the legs out from under farmers and White House’s ‘plan’ is to spend $12 billion on gold crutches,” said Senator Ben Sasse, Republican of Nebraska. “This administration’s tariffs and bailouts aren’t going to make America great again, they’re just going to make it 1929 again.”

One trade group leader said farmers need contracts, not aid, for stability.

“The best relief for the president’s trade war would be ending the trade war,” said Brian Kuehl, the executive director of trade group Farmers for Free Trade, adding, “This proposed action would only be a short-term attempt at masking the long-term damage caused by tariffs.”

Farm groups say their members have already suffered under lower global commodity prices and natural disasters. The prospect of retaliation has further upended global markets for soybeans, meat and other American farm exports, and farmers are warning that tariffs are costing them valuable foreign contracts that took years to win.

The White House has argued that the tariffs are a negotiating strategy that will allow the president to secure better trade deals, and that the pain the tariffs is inflicting is small in comparison to the potential economic gains.

In an interview on CNBC last week, Peter Navarro, a White House trade adviser, said that the amount of trade being affected by the tariffs was a “rounding error” compared to the vast size of the Chinese and American economies. “My point is that it’s much less disruptive than these headlines would suggest,” he said.

Senator Joni Ernst, Republican of Iowa, noted that more than 456,000 jobs are supported by trade in her state alone.

“These new tariffs are threatening $977 million in state exports,” Ms. Ernst said. “That is no ‘rounding error.’ Those are real people — Iowans — who are waiting for terms to be negotiated, for new deals to be finalized.”

 

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Ex-Ohio State Coach Busted For Lewd Pics He Took In The White House As Sick Scandal Erupts

The end result was not what he expected

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The White House is known to have some controversy. However, the latest turmoil surrounding it has nothing to do with the people inside or the building itself. Instead, news outlets have been reporting on former Ohio State assistant coach Zach Smith who was caught taking lewd pictures while he visited the White House. The end result was not what he expected, and the hammer is about to come down.

Fox News reported,

“Former Ohio State assistant coach Zach Smith allegedly took lewd photos of himself in a bathroom at a White House, ordered thousands of dollars worth of sex toys sent to his office and had sex with a staffer on the college’s campus, according to a report. Documents and receipts obtained by sports outlet Stadium showed Smith ordered more than $2,200 in erotic toys, camera equipment and clothes. He allegedly had the items shipped to his office at the Ohio State Woody Hayes Athletic Center in 2015. It also reportedly obtained lewd photos of Smith while he was wearing a suit from April 20, 2015, the same day the football team was at the White House for a visit after the team, the Buckeyes, won the national title in 2014. Another photo allegedly showed Smith placing his genitalia next to a White House bathroom towel that had the Seal of the President of the United States.

Smith’s ex-wife Courtney Smith told Stadium that the former coach “took multiple photos of his penis inside the Ohio State coaches’ offices” and he “photographed himself in the coaches’ offices receiving oral sex and having sex with an OSU staffer.” Stadium reached out to Brad Koffel, Smith’s attorney, who said he had “no idea” about the lewd photographs and erotic toys. The lawyer accused the media outlet of “receiving stolen property.” “If anyone of this is published or referenced, we will refer to the county prosecutor,” Koffel told Stadium. “This is a felony.”

Smith was fired by Ohio State last month after a history of domestic violence allegations became public. His ex-wife Courtney Smith alleged Smith was abusive toward her multiple times and the college was aware of the incident. Smith has denied the allegations and the two divorced in 2016. Head Coach Urban Meyer was placed on paid leave as the school investigated if the coach properly handled domestic abuse allegations against Smith. Ohio State announced the probe would wrap up on Sunday and the findings would be given to the school board of trustees, USA Today reported.”

Watch Stadium reported,

“Documents and receipts Stadium has obtained show Zach Smith ordered more than $2,200 in sex toys, male apparel and photography equipment and had the items delivered to him at Ohio State’s Woody Hayes Athletic Center in 2015. The Woody Hayes Athletic Center houses all Buckeye football operations. All of the items were delivered to “Zach Smith, Woody Hayes Athletic Center, 535 Irving Schottenstein Drive, Columbus” between February and May 2015. Copies of some of those documents are listed below. Courtney Smith said Zach Smith took multiple photos of his penis inside the Ohio State coaches’ offices, inside the White House when the Buckeyes visited in 2015 and also photographed himself in the coaches’ offices receiving oral sex and having sex with a OSU staffer.

After winning the 2014 national title, the Buckeyes were honored at the White House on April 20, 2015. One photo of Smith’s penis, taken on April 20, 2015 according to a time stamp, shows Smith in his black suit he wore to the White House event. Another photo of Smith’s penis includes a White House bathroom towel featuring the Seal of the President of the United States. Stadium will not publish the penis photos or the photos of the Ohio State staffer, who is no longer working with the football program. Brad Koffel, Zach Smith’s attorney, said Friday that he had “no idea” about the photos and sex paraphernalia sent to Smith to the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

After providing Koffel with copies of some of the sex orders and photos, I asked Koffel: What was the purpose of Zach Smith taking those photos in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center and the White House, and why were the sex items delivered to him at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center? Did Urban Meyer have knowledge of this information? The following was the entire text exchange between Koffel and myself.

Koffel: Sounds like extortion. Thanks for the texts Brett. I’d get a lawyer if I were you.
McMurphy: Not extortion. I’m not asking for money nor have I received any money. I’m asking for your comment to my original question: what was the purpose of taking these photos and why were the items delivered to the Woody Hayes Center? And did Urban Meyer have knowledge of any of this?
McMurphy: As a courtesy, as you said you would extend, here are my questions: what was the purpose of taking these photos and why were the items delivered to the Woody Hayes Center? And did Urban Meyer have knowledge of any of this? Thx u
Koffel: You know these were accessed illegally. Another felony
McMurphy: I don’t know how they were accessed. Can you answer my questions please
Koffel: You absolutely know or should know these were obtained without my client’s consent. If not, you do know.
Koffel: *now
McMurphy: What are the answers to my questions?
Koffel: You have my answers & my advice. Tread very lightly.
McMurphy: You didn’t answer my questions? So you have nothing further?
Koffel: Not him except with his face. Gag gifts. The oral sex is not him.
McMurphy: Want to double check: White House picture with his tie and wedding ring that are visible from media photos of the event is not him?
Koffel: Nope
McMurphy: Thx u
Koffel: This is receiving stolen property.
Koffel: If any one of this is published or referenced we will refer to the county prosecutor. This is a felony ORC 2913.04
Koffel: Also you are under RC 2913.05

The items that Smith had delivered to him between February and May 2015 included men’s spider enhancer triple c-ring, WildmanT ball lifter red, body wear CS2 metallic erotic c-strap gold and snakeskin, Candyman men’s jock suspenders, as well as PetitQ open slit bikini brief and studio pro product table-top poto lighting kit which arrived at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. The products, while mostly from Amazon, also came from companies such as Gypsy B, Devil’s Wink, and Captain Camo to name a few. Just two days ago Toledo Blade announced that Smith had been arrested on the suspicion that he had been drinking and driving in February of 2013 however he plead guilty and got a lesser charge. Reporters were told by Koffell that Ohio State coach Urban Meter was not aware of the arrest from 2013 and that it has never been previously reported until Tuesday.

In July, Smith was fired after the reporters of unreported domestic violence allegations which included the 2009 arrest while he was a part of Meyer’s coaching staff in Florida. However, while Meyers was asked over nine times about Smith’s domestic violence incidents he denied knowledge of them every single time. Nonetheless, Ohio State University announced they would be starting an investigation. Shortly thereafter, Meyer admitted he had lied about not knowing of the incidents but maintained that followed proper protocol. The result of the investigation is still unknown, however, it will end at the end of the 14-day investigation whereby the OSU Board of Trustees and President Michael V. Drake will be notified first and then the media.

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Federal Judge Drops Crushing Anvil On Mueller Investigation, Delivers Trump Victory

He was appointed by Ronald Reagan

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The jury is currently locked in deliberations in the trial of former Trump campaign executive, 69-year-old Paul Manafort as mainstream media outlets The Washington Post, New York Times, AP, CNN, NBC, Politico, and Buzzfeed all requested the Court release the names and addresses of jurors. Manafort is accused of earning more than $60 million as a political consultant in Ukraine, and that he “failed to report a significant percentage of” on his tax returns, therefore defrauding the IRS. Manafort was targeted as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team of investigators looking into the supposed collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

U.S. Senior District Judge T.S. Ellis appointed by Republican President Ronald Reagan and is among a small, select handful of judges in America that know just how deep down the rabbit hole the deepest secrets of the Russia investigation go. He denied the motion from media organizations to make public the names of the jurors in the trial, saying he personally has faced “criticism and threats” and does not want the same for jurors. Ellis cited the “peace and safety” of the jurors and “the integrity of the process” in denying the motion, then revealed to the packed courtroom that he is now under 24/7 protection from the U.S. Marshals as a result of the threats he is currently facing stemming from this trial.

“I have the Marshals’ protection. I don’t even go to the hotel alone. I’ve received criticism and threats,” Ellis said, “I’d imagine jurors would, too.”

Ellis added – “I had no idea this case excited this emotion. I had no idea how this case would be perceived by the public and the press.”

When Manafort’s team of attorneys asked him, unsuccessfully, to dismiss a slew of charges against their client accusing him of tax evasion and bank fraud, Ellis demanded Mueller’s office hand over, without any redactions, an otherwise highly classified memorandum containing the scope of his authority to investigate Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman and other crimes. Ellis noted his concern of the “unfettered power” seemingly possessed by Mueller in probing ties between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia.

Judge Ellis is having none of it, as Reuters reports

A federal judge said Special Counsel Robert Mueller should not have “unfettered power” in probing ties between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia, and accused Mueller of using criminal cases to pressure Trump’s allies to turn against him.

At a tense hearing in a federal court in Virginia on Friday, U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III sharply questioned whether Mueller exceeded his authority in filing tax and bank fraud charges against Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort.

Ellis said the indictment appeared to be a way for Mueller to leverage Manafort into providing information about Trump.

“The vernacular is to sing,” he said.

“You don’t really care about Mr. Manafort,” the judge said. “You really care about what information Mr. Manafort can give you to lead to Mr. Trump” and his eventual prosecution or impeachment.

“It’s unlikely you’re going to persuade me the special counsel has unfettered power to do whatever he wants,” Ellis, who was appointed by Republican President Ronald Reagan, said at a hearing on Manafort’s motion to dismiss the Virginia charges.”

Like most motions to dismiss, Manafort’s was initially viewed as a long-shot bid to win his freedom and get out from under Mueller’s thumb. Charged with an obscure law in place since the 1930s under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, Manafort is quite literally being tried for criminal charges under an obscure law that has been used only six times before, for a crime of which surely more than half of Washington is currently guilty. Normally such a violation in nearly all cases is treated as a regulatory violation and punished with fines at best.

Of note, Democratic darling and lobbyist, Tony Podesta, brother of Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager John Podesta, was guilty of the same crime, yet not one single federal prosecutor saw fit to bring charges against him, and Mueller himself offered him immunity, while continuing the trial against Manafort for the exact same “crimes.” Yes, there are issues of tax evasion, allegedly hiding income, and depositing money in offshore banks, but not one single bit of those “crimes” relates to anything remotely involving alleged Russian collusion to elect Donald Trump president during the election of 2016.

According to Judge Andrew Napolitano, “The criminal charges themselves clearly don’t match up to the original purpose of the investigation. Both were accused of working as foreign agents and failing to report that status to the federal government, using shell corporations to launder income and obstruction of justice by lying to the federal government. The alleged crimes of Manafort and Gates appear to have nothing to do with Trump, nor have they any facial relationship to the Russians. So why were these two indicted by a grand jury hearing evidence about alleged American assistance to Russian interference with the 2016 presidential campaign?”

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