Federal Reserve chair: Decline in worker share of national economy ‘very troubling’ – The Washington Post

“We want an economy that works for everyone,” said Powell, who was appointed by President Trump last fall to oversee the nation’s central bank. “In the last five years or so, labor share of profits has been sideways. This is very much akin to the flattening out of median incomes over the last few decades.”

via Federal Reserve chair: Decline in worker share of national economy ‘very troubling’ – The Washington Post

High crimes and misdemeanors – Wikipedia

Benjamin Franklin asserted that the power of impeachment and removal was necessary for those times when the Executive “rendered himself obnoxious,” and the Constitution should provide for the “regular punishment of the Executive when his conduct should deserve it, and for his honorable acquittal when he should be unjustly accused.” James Madison said, “…impeachment… was indispensable” to defend the community against “the incapacity, negligence or perfidy of the chief Magistrate.” With a single executive, Madison argued, unlike a legislature whose collective nature provided security, “loss of capacity or corruption was more within the compass of probable events, and either of them might be fatal to the Republic.”

via High crimes and misdemeanors – Wikipedia

Trump Misleads on NATO Spending – The New York Times

THE FACTS

This is misleading.
As a candidate and as president, Mr. Trump has said that NATO member countries have failed to pay their debts to the organization. His claim misrepresents how NATO functions and conflates several different measures of the alliance’s military spending.

via Trump Misleads on NATO Spending – The New York Times

76 Environmental Rules on the Way Out Under Trump – The New York Times

All told, the Trump administration’s environmental rollbacks could lead to at least 80,000 extra deaths per decade and cause respiratory problems for more than one million people, according to a recent analysis conducted by researchers from Harvard University. That number, however, is likely to be “a major underestimate of the global public health impact,” said Francesca Dominici, a professor of biostatistics at the Harvard School of Public Health.

via 76 Environmental Rules on the Way Out Under Trump – The New York Times

Russian Asbestos Company Makes Trump Its Poster Boy

The image was surrounded by a seal reading “APPROVED BY DONALD TRUMP, 45TH PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES,” according to a translation by ADAO and EWG.

“Donald is on our side!” the post accompanying the image began.

Uralasbest also praised the decision of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), under recently-resigned head Scott Pruitt, to limit risk assessments of asbestos and nine other chemicals mandated by a 2016 amendment to the Toxic Substances Control Act.

“He supported the head of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, who stated that his agency would no longer deal with negative effects potentially derived from products containing asbestos. Donald Trump supported a specialist and called asbestos ‘100% safe after application,'” the post read, according to the translation by EWG and ADAO.

The post comes little over six months after Brazil, previ

via Russian Asbestos Company Makes Trump Its Poster Boy

Doug Ford’s first acts as Ontario premier are worrisome | The Star

First, it appears the government will have to pay back the almost $3 billion that businesses invested in the environmental program. And on Wednesday the federal government announced that Ontario may now not be eligible for the $420 million designated for the province under the Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund.

Then, of course, there’s the niggling fact that the Trudeau government has said any province that doesn’t have its own carbon-pricing scheme in place by 2019 will inherit the federal carbon tax. Ford has set aside another $30 million of taxpayer dollars to fight that edict in court.

Killing the program also effectively costs consumers and businesses $1.9 billion in annual “green” programs paid for by cap-and-trade revenues. Among them, were subsidies for retrofitting windows and energy-efficient insulation to help consumers reduce hydro and natural gas bills.

via Doug Ford’s first acts as Ontario premier are worrisome | The Star

Union busters are more prevalent than they seem, and may soon even be at the NLRB | Economic Policy Institute

On April 25, POLITICO reported that the Trump administration is considering Minneapolis attorney Doug Seaton to fill a vacancy on the NLRB. Seaton is a well-known union-avoidance consultant, otherwise known as a “persuader” or, more accurately, a union buster.

When workers seek to organize and bargain collectively, employers often hire so-called “persuaders” to orchestrate and roll out time-tested, anti-union campaigns. Union-avoidance consultants do exactly what their job titles describe: they help employers keep their businesses union-free, by either defeating union organizing campaigns or assisting with decertification efforts to unseat an existing union.

Seaton’s firm describes their services this way: “We partner with non-union employers to develop effective and lawful avoidance strategies for maintaining union-free workplaces and counsel them on how to respond to union organizing campaigns.”

via Union busters are more prevalent than they seem, and may soon even be at the NLRB | Economic Policy Institute

News Media: Opinion

The more I surf the net and come across “News Stories” that I would be interested in reading the more I am presented with “if you would like to read this sign up for a paid subscription.” I have no problem white listing their sites so that I can be bombarded with the advertisements they are paid for, but why should I now have to “subscribe” to their news media to read, or complete reading an article that is being put out for “public information?”

In the days of newsprint I can understand why you would subscribe to a printed publication to have it delivered by a “paperboy/girl” and placed faithfully in a dry place and on time! Those days are all but gone, the advertising continues and is now so well tuned to the sites I have been browsing to “target me specifically” with the latest product I need, I think I should be able to get the news for FREE in this digital age.

Stop offering me a “paid subscription with no ads”  and just take the advertisers money and let me read my articles with ads on the side!

Does anybody think the “NEWS”  is so good they have to hold it for a RANSOM PAYMENT if I want to read it? Hell, I’ll just turn on the TV and get it for free…with ads! And maybe I’ll just go ahead and record it to watch over and over again.

 

President Trump assumes ‘absolute right’ to pardon himself in tweet – The Globe and Mail

U.S. President Donald Trump claimed Monday he has an “absolute right” to pardon himself, part of an extraordinarily expansive vision of executive authority that is mostly untested in court and could portend a drawn-out fight with the prosecutors now investigating him.

No need of a pardon anyway, Trump tweeted, because “I have done nothing wrong.” In fact, his lawyers assert in a memo to special counsel Robert Mueller, it’s impossible for him to have done anything wrong in the area of obstructing justice, an issue Mueller has been investigating. That’s because, as the country’s chief law enforcement officer, Trump himself has ultimate control of the Justice Department and executive branch.

via President Trump assumes ‘absolute right’ to pardon himself in tweet – The Globe and Mail

Donald Trump’s attempt to control the US Justice System is alarmingly similar to Hitler’s strategy in Nazi Germany | The Independent

One of most significant challenges the new Weimar Republic faced was a politicised judicial system — an important element in the weakening of German democracy. One of the key failings of the revolution that toppled the German Empire in 1918 was the failure of the revolutionaries to establish a truly republican judiciary by allowing the judges from the old imperial system to remain on the bench. These were men who’d been trained and established their careers under the old authoritarian system. They had no sympathy for the new liberal, democratic regime. And the verdicts they rendered made this exceedingly clear. Political crimes committed by individuals on the left consistently received longer prison sentences than those committed by people on the right.

via Donald Trump’s attempt to control the US Justice System is alarmingly similar to Hitler’s strategy in Nazi Germany | The Independent