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Chinas economic ties to the North should be the leverage that forces change, not the reason it never comes. First, Washington should make clear to Beijing that it will not re-enter a negotiation as long as China insists on maintaining at least 80% to 85% of North Koreas trade. Second, the U.S. should get China to step up and pay directly for the denuclearization of North Korea. Chinas payments designed to prop up Pyongyang must be tied directly to nuclear inspections, and ultimately to denuclearization and not to Chinas economic interests. If China pays for denuclearization, it will take North Koreas violations more seriously than it does now. Lastly, China must clamp down on domestic Chinese entities doing business with North Korea. Just as with human-rights abusers, the U.S. should name and shame Chinese nationalslike the four named by the Justice Department in September 2016who conspire to evade U.
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This brings up the case of Covington v. the State of North Carolina, where 28 of the state’s 170 legislative districts were found to be unconstitutional. Per the ruling , “After careful consideration of the evidence presented, we conclude that race was the predominant factor motivating the drawing of all challenged districts. Moreover, Defendants have not shown that their use of race to draw any of these districts was narrowly tailored to further a compelling state interest.” North Carolina Senate districts with a black voting age population above 50 percent went from none before 2012 to nine after 2012. This represents a concerted effort nationallystarting in 2010 — to tilt the playing field permanently toward being pro-Republican by making sure that Democratic majorities will be mitigated or negated by Republican-friendly redistricting. (It should be noted that the US Department of Justice precleared this district plan prior to the striking down of Section 5 of the VRA.
Voice Of America
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While President Donald Trump’s second executive order restricting travel is still on court-ordered hold, it continues to work its way through multiple courts. A ruling is expected in a Virginia court after hearings were held Tuesday. And in Hawaii, where a district court issued a temporary restraining order hours before the executive order was to take effect March 15, the state is asking for a more permanent hold. A preliminary injunction would halt implementation of the order while the court reviews its constitutionality. The court has given government lawyers until Friday to respond to the request. Fourth Circuit Rather than appeal the Hawaii decision, the Department of Justice requested that an appeals court review a second stay on the travel order issued by a Maryland court. But the DOJ did not request immediate relief, so the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is taking an unhurried approach to its review.
Politico
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The president owns a dozen U.S. courses and has spent considerable time on his links during his weekends away from the White House. “This is the first time a president of the United States is someone so familiar with private clubs,” said Henry Wallmeyer, president and CEO of the National Club Association, the trade group for private clubs. “That’s a unique circumstance.” Wallmeyer credited Trump for his moves to unravel the Obama water rule and welcomed the White House push to repeal the Affordable Care Act and its employer-sponsored health coverage requirements. “It’s what we’d hoped to see from this administration,” he said. Golf course managers and private club owners are also among the groups watching to see whether the Justice Department will let stand a federal court injunction issued last November halting implementation of an Obama-era Labor Department overtime rule.
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That same order instituted a lifetime ban on outgoing officials representing foreign governments. Ethics pledge Floyd said Flynndidn't have the opportunity to sign” the ethics pledge, “but he is going to abide by the pledge.” Floyd said Flynn has not engaged in any lobbying work since leaving the White House that would have violated the pledge. White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said Wednesday that “all applicable employees have signed the ethics pledge.” She did not answer questions about why Flynn had not. The White House did not immediately respond to a request to review those documents. The Daily Beast first reported on Flynn's failure to sign the pledge. In addition to his RT contacts, Flynn filed paperwork this month with the Justice Department as a foreign agent whose lobbying work between August and November last year may have aided the government of Turkey.
Politico
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Bharara wanted to stay. “He wore his heart on his sleeve about this. He loved that job more anything,” said one former colleague. But when he couldnt get a straight answer from the White House or the Justice Department about where he stood, and then news reports started leaking out that he was refusing to resign—which Bharara assumed were leaking from the White House—he grew angry. Then he became actually defiant. If Trump wanted a showdown, he was going to get a showdown. “The guy is just tough as shit,” said one longtime friend. “He’s thinking, ‘I am the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York. I am not going to be pushed around by Donald Trump or anybody else. I am going to see this thing all the way to the end, and guess what? I can tweet too.’” This is not how a campaign launch would ideally have unfolded. Many people close to Bharara pointed out that if in fact he were on an eight-year grand plan to set himself up to run for higher office, the thing to do would have been to resign on schedule, at the end of Barack Obama’s second term.
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Gorsuch also acknowledged Wednesday for the first time that he knew of no proof that the George W. Bush administration’s aggressive interrogation tactics had produced intelligence successes, despite the fact that he indicated as a Justice Department lawyer in 2005 that there was such evidence. “My recollection of 12 years ago is that that was the position that the clients were telling us. I was a lawyer. My job was as an advocate. And we were dealing with the detainee litigation. That was my involvement,” Gorsuch said, referring to his tenure as principal associate deputy attorney general. “So, you had no personal information?” Feinstein asked. “Oh, no,” Gorsuch replied. Feinstein did not seem entirely satisfied with that answer. “It seems to me that people who advise have an obligation to find the truth in these situations,” she said. “Things happened. It's a closed chapter. But it should never again happen. This is America. And it's not what we stand for.”
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A popular surrogate for her father on the campaign trail, Ivanka Trump moved her young family to Washington at the start of the administration and signaled plans to work on economic issues, like maternity leave and child care. In a statement, she said: I will continue to offer my father my candid advice and counsel, as I have for my entire life. Federal anti-nepotism laws prevent relatives from being appointed to government positions. But the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel recently said the president's special hiring authority allowed him to appoint Kushner to the West Wing staff. Gorelick noted the office also made clear that the president could consult family members as private citizens, arguing that this is what Ivanka Trump will be doing. The first daughter has sought to distance herself from the Trump Organization and her lifestyle brand, which offers shoes, clothing and jewelry.
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Gates said his work was focused on domestic U.S. lobbying and political consulting in Ukraine at the time. He said he stopped working for Manafort's firm in March 2016 when he joined Trump's presidential campaign. Manafort told Deripaska in 2005 that he was pushing policies as part of his work in Ukraine at the highest levels of the U.S. government — the White House, Capitol Hill and the State Department, according to the documents. He also said he had hired a leading international law firm with close ties to President Bush to support our client's interests, but he did not identify the firm. Manafort also said he was employing unidentified legal experts for the effort at leading universities and think tanks, including Duke University, New York University and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Manafort did not disclose details about the lobbying work to the Justice Department during the period the contract was in place.
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Gates said his work was focused on domestic U.S. lobbying and political consulting in Ukraine at the time. He said he stopped working for Manafort's firm in March 2016 when he joined Trump's presidential campaign. Manafort told Deripaska in 2005 that he was pushing policies as part of his work in Ukraine "at the highest levels of the U.S. government - the White House, Capitol Hill and the State Department,'' according to the documents. He also said he had hired a "leading international law firm with close ties to President Bush to support our client's interests,'' but he did not identify the firm. Manafort also said he was employing unidentified legal experts for the effort at leading universities and think tanks, including Duke University, New York University and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Manafort did not disclose details about the lobbying work to the Justice Department during the period the contract was in place.
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The court's insistence on evaluating the health care law on its own -- without deferring to the IRS -- actually has worked to the benefit of supporters of the health care law, said Notre Dame law professor Jeffrey Pojanowski. Had the court relied on the Chevron case, President Donald Trump would have had more freedom to undo parts of the law without Congress weighing in, he said. A court that is less willing to defer to agencies could act as a brake against the Trump administration to the extent it relies on agency action instead of legislation to advance its agenda, Pojanowski said. Still, any short-term gains for liberals during Trump's administration are sure to be outweighed over time, said Pamela Karlan, a Stanford University law professor and former Obama Justice Department official. "Supreme Court justices are on the court for a good long time.
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By Covert Geopolitics Now, it can be made clear as to why the FBI Director James Comey had been flip-flopping with his statements regarding the Clintonsslew of high crimes, i.e. he has multiple conflicts of interest when it comes to investigating the affairs of the latter and the Deep State, at large. He is deeply involved in their shady enterprise. FBI Director Comey was board member of HSBCClinton Foundation & Drug Cartelbank of choice21st Century Wire says… Much has been made recently about the FBI and the Department of Justice letting off favored presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for admittedly mishandling classified information and using her own private email servers to do state business during her time as US Secretary of State. FBI Director James Comey was manning the key choke-point in the decision to not hold Clinton accountable for what so many before her have received convictions for.
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The Department of Justice has taken the rare step of trying to strip a convicted terrorist of his U.S. citizenship in what some critics say could mark a new, tougher line under President Donald Trump