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TRUMP TO TESTIFY – BUT MAYBE NOT; TPP SETS SAIL AS TRUMP SHOWS OPENNESS TO JOINING, TRUMP & PORN STAR YESTERDAY’S NEWS IN TODAY’S NEWS  CYCLE; FEMALE OLYMPIC STARS AVENGED AS TEAM DOCTOR GETS 175 FOR SEXUAL ABUSE; 600,000 WOMEN MARCH IN L.A.; STEVE WYNN OUT AT RNC AFTER SEXUAL ACCUSATIONS; TRUMP PROPOSES IMMIGRATION PROGRAM; MORE..   ELDERUPDATES.COM, No. 194 JANUARY 27, 2018   GOVERNMENT shutdown came and went after 1 working day as Congress reached agreement to have vote on immigration in early February.  CHIP continued 6 years as part of the agreement.   DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), remains on chopping block as Trump proposes $25 B for Wall, $5 B for staff (?), increasing number covered to 1.8 M from 600 K while overlooking many illegals never cross border but fly in and overstay their visas.  Trump also wants to triple the number of deportations.  The power behind the throne on immigration issues seems to be Steven Miller, formerly small time political operative launched into upper echelons of Trump White House.   IN Mexico, government struggles to integrate and educate American children who don’t speak Spanish.  (WK, 1-26-18.)  Sounds like losses all around, though some will view it as “just deserts”.   600,000 women ( and men), march in L.A. alone in support of women’s rights and against Trump (who sends them a congratulatory tweet about the progress they have made in this country).  Women marched all over the country and the world wearing their, (dare this blogger type the word(?), “pussy hats”.   STEVE Wynn forced to resign as head of Republican National Committee...

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                  GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN LOOMS; BITCOIN BUBBLE POPPING?; FLU GETS WORSE ALONG WITH SALINE SHORTAGE; PRESIDENT TRUMP IN “EXCELLENT” MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH; 20 OR MORE KILLED IN MONTECITO MUDSLIDES; NATIONWIDE DEMONSTRATIONS ON THE 20TH; MORE…   ELDERUPDATES.COM, No. 193 JANUARY 19, 2018   GOVERNMENT shutdown looms on Friday as Trump digs in heels against continuance of Child Health Insurance Program and for a Wall.  NBR reports now looking for extension of only 5 days.  61% of Centers for Disease Control will be laid off in shutdown.   If CHIP not funded California must find additional hundreds of millions of dollars.  (Health Access, 1-11-18.)   DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), remains on chopping block as Trump administration plans to reduce spousal work visas, affecting 41,000.  (KL, 1-12-18.)   HOUSE passed Continuing Resolution Thursday night but Senate refuses to agree due to differences over DACA, in part.  (NPR, 1-19-18.)   WOMEN (and men), expected to march and rally throughout the country on Saturday for women’s rights and human rights.  Or, as Hillary Clinton said in China some years ago “women’s rights are human rights”.   Saturday is the 1 year anniversary of the Trump administration.   TRUMP administration adopts Medicare model with “bundled payments”, a structure similar to the Obama administration program included in the Affordable Care Act, and which the Trump administration rejected.  (NYT, 1-10-18.)   CDC reports flu vaccine is 30% effective, but makes flu less severe for those getting it.  36 died of flu in L.A. County and 91 more died in San Diego County.  (LAT, 1-16-18.)   FLU...

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WOMEN WEAR BLACK TO GOLDEN GLOBES; KIDS & PHONES, ELDERS & OPIOIDS; FIRE & FLOOD; DEPORTING 200,000 SALVADORANS; STEVE BANNON GONE; MORE… ELDERUPDATES.COM, No. 192 JANUARY 9, 2018   WOMEN wear black to protest sexual harassment and abuse; $15 M legal fund created to protect blue-collar women.  Oprah Winfrey gives captivating speech leading to calls for her to run for President. 13 die in Mendocino mud and floods after rains, temperature reaches 116 degrees in Australia and eastern U.S. in deep freeze.  Natural disasters cost a record $300 B in 2017.  (Decedents ignored voluntary evacuation warnings, trusting their own feelings over the informed advice of experts.  Disregard of expert opinion widespread in today’s world; see Brexit and above.) FLU kills 33 in Los Angeles County this year.  (Unanswered question: how many got the flu vaccine?) SAN Diego adding public toilets to address outbreak of hepatitis A, which has so far killed 16 and infected 400. PRESIDENT Trump declares has begun sending childhood arrivals back to El Salvador.  91% of these are employed and estimated cost to economy is $500 B.  Federal judge issues temporary injunction against further Administration action. MEANWHILE, farms facing increasing difficulties finding workers even as wages rise and more farm workers come from Central America.  Estimates of number of U.S. residents willing to do farm work proven overly optimistic. OBAMACARE costs to increase after President Trump cuts subsidies; premiums are raised and increased premium assistance will cost Feds $20 B a year over next decade. PRESIDENT Trump may be interviewed by Special Counsel Bob Mueller as early as the next few weeks.  Terms being negotiated. PRESIDENT...

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VIET NAM DOCUMENTARY TO AIR; 2 HURRICANES – FOR NOW; PRESIDENT TRUMP ON DACA WITH DEMS – DEAL/NODEAL?; SUING OVER OPIOID EPIDEMIC; 143 M EQUIFAX ACCOUNTS STOLEN; 860 RULES REVERSED; FREE SPEECH IN BERKELEY; GENOCIDE IN MYANMAR; MOREY ELDERUPDATES.COM, NO. 190 SEPTEMBER 16, 2017 VIET Nam war documentary series of 18 hours spread over 10 programs set to air on PBS, Sunday, September 17th. PRESIDENT Trump’s week in review: PRESIDENT Trump may legalize “dreamers” because he has no political ideology except the pursuit of praise, and if he gets something on the Wall he can claim he made a good deal.  (The WEEK, September 22, 2017.) JUSTICE Department acknowledges it has no evidence to support President Trump’s claim President Obama had wiretapped Trump Tower.  (The WEEK), September 15, 2017.) PRESIDENT Trump has killed or delayed 860 rules in a wide range of areas, with the EPA leading the way.  (The WEEK, September 15, 2017.) DEMOCRATS claim agreement reached with President Trump on DACA and enhancements to border Wall (or “fence”, if you choose).  Trump denies full agreement, acknowledges there were discussions.  (Los Angeles Times, September 14, 2017.) PRESIDENT Trump visited hurricane devastated areas 3 times. FORMER Presidential aide Steve Bannon returns to Breitbart and tells interviewer Charlie Rose Bannon is “going to war” against those Republicans who are not supporting President Trump’s program.  (Los Angeles Times, September 11, 2017.) In other matters: RUSSIAN lawmaker brags on Russian TV that “U.S. intelligence missed it when Russian intelligence stole the Presidency of the United States”.  (The WEEK, September 22, 2017.) KIM Jong-Un continues to fire more powerful rockets with little effective...

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PRESIDENT TRUMP REACHES DEAL WITH DEMS; HURRICANE IRMA THREATENS FLORIDA; DREAMERS DO A LOT MORE THAN DREAM; NORTH KOREA ACTIVE AGAIN; STATES APPEAL TO FEDS TO SAVE ACA; OROVILLE WATER MESS PREVENTABLE;  MORE.. ELDERUPDATES.COM, NO. 189 SEPTEMBER 9, 2017 PRESIDENT Trump’s week in review: As this edition goes to press, so to speak, Hurricane Irma is less than 24 hours from Florida.  At this point one can only hope for the best. PRESIDENT Trump reaches deal with Democrats on 3 month extension of government spending, raising the debt ceiling and providing ($15 B), in aid to Harvey victims is reached.  (Los Angeles Times, September 7, 2017.) Republicans were blindsided at this Trump-Democrat alliance.  After the non-stop attacks on McConnell, this agreement shows the possibility Trump will use his flexibility to make agreements instead of total governmental gridlock. Republicans wanted an 18 month agreement but Trump, apparently anxious for some major agreement, accepted the Democrats’ proposal, allegedly as proposed. NORTH Korea again tests weapons materials as it falls of the media limelight.  Causation or correlation?  Unknown. DREAMERS include people working in society at a greater rate than society as a whole (87% of dreamers who have permits work).  While immigration laws are enforced on the farms, fields crops go unpicked or even unplanted as it turns out Americans really won’t take some of the jobs these Mexicans will do. These 800,000 dreamers have roots in the communities and think of themselves as Americans.  Many have joined the military.  Arguments that immigrants don’t pay taxes are wrong and many of their cultures encourage very strong family ties.  Loyal Americans in all...

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                  PRESIDENT TRUMP WEIGHS DACA AND NEW IMMIGRATION STRUCTURE CONCURRENTLY; TRUMP CONSIDERS TRADE WAR OVER REAL WAR IN N. KOREA; HARVEY MAY COST UPWARDS OF $125 B; N. KOREA EXPLODES ALLEGED HYDROGEN BOMB; DIRECTOR MUELLER WORKING WITH IRS; PERMAFROST LESS PERMANENT; NATIONAL PARKS UNDER ATTACK; MORE… ELDERUPDATES.COM, NO. 188 SEPTEMBER 2, 2017 PRESIDENT Trump’s week in review: JUST BEFORE THIS WAS POSTED TO SOME SITES ON TUESDAY MORNING PRESIDENT TRUMP ANNOUNCED THE PARTIAL TERMINATION OF DACA – THOSE 6 YEAR OLDS APPARENTLY SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER THAN TO SNEAK ACROSS THE BORDER!   PRESIDENT Trump considering halving amount of legal immigration and replace the family-connection criteria with a “merit-based” skills criteria.  (The WEEK, August 25, 2017.)  (Your blogger supports this position.) PRESIDENT Trump must also decide what to do about DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, rule enacted by President Obama.  There is intense pressure on both sides of the issue and again, perhaps the decision will be determined by the last one to have Trump’s ear. Childhood arrivals are the true undocumented immigrants, they came because that is what their parents said to do.  Many have known only the U.S. as their homeland. Technology companies urge Trump to keep DACA.  (Los Angeles Times, September 2, 2017.) HURRICANE Harvey blew into Houston, dropping 52” of rain, a U.S. record.  On his first visit to the city, Trump spoke only of the federal government actions and how the city would be better than ever after the repairs.  Obliviously, Malania wore 4” spike heels as if she were attending a gala event....

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PRESIDENT TRUMP TO SEND 4,000 TROOPS TO AFGHANISTAN, TRUMP ACKNOWLEDGES OPIOID EPIDEMIC AS ALCOHOL CONTINUES TO KILL; TRUMP AT WAR WITH REPUBLICAN LEADERS; HURRICANE HARVEY HITS AS CATEGORY 4; JERRY LEWIS DIES; DEFICIT CEILING DISCUSSIONS; MORE….  WITH APOLOGIES FOR THIS WEEK’S FONT ISSUES-SIZE ELDERUPDATES.COM, NO. 187  AUGUST 27, 2017 PRESIDENT Trump’s week in review:  PRESIDENT Trump unveils plans to send additional 4,000 troops to Afghanistan as situation is “fast-worsening”, plunging the country into “deeper chaos”.  Who knew the chaos could get any deeper?  17 years on, goals remain undefined, media and public have tired of daily coverage, but military has convinced Trump to follow in the desert-baked footsteps of the predecessor he so strongly criticized during his campaign.  Having driven more farmers into poppy seed production we lack a strategy for the “nation-building” President Trump so strongly disavows, but which is perhaps the only alternative for supply disruption.  As he recently said, our goal is killing terrorists, not nation building.  War without end to continue until next presidency? Trump acknowledges things look different from Oval Office.  A perspective he would do well to remember when next asked to subsidize coal mining, the reduction of national parkland, taxes, health and social services for addiction treatment, and the literally 1,000s of issues affected by a president.  Now that he has admitted it once, the next time may be easier for our blunderbuss President. Breitbart, to which Steve Bannon has returned, criticized the change in policy. PRESIDENT Trump challenges Congress to tie raising deficit ceiling to funds for wall at Mexican border.  Remember  “who’s going to pay for the wall?  MEXICO!)  Republican leaders...

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TRUMP AND DECEASED PRESIDENT THOMAS JEFFERSON COMMENT ON DEMONSTRATIONS; BIG BUSINESS AND TRUMP DIVORCE AT 2 PANELS + 1 STILLBORN; CONFEDERACY IS NATIONAL QUESTION OF THE DAY; HOMELESS HOUSING OPPOSED IN POOR L.A. NEIGHBORHOOD; SOLAR TRADE WAR COMING?; “MEDICARE FOR ALL” NO LONGER FIGHTING WORDS?; MORE… ELDERUPDATES.COM, NO. 186 AUGUST 18, 2017 PRESIDENT Trump’s week in review: IN wake of Charlottesville demonstrations Trump unable to decide whether to go full-on racist or temper his remarks. He did both and thus disappointed everyone when he first saw violence on “many” sides, then became somewhat more realistic, then retreated to his initial positions that the Nazis and “alt-left” were equally at fault. COLORADO Senator Cory Gardner said we “should call evil by its name. This were white supremacists and this was domestic terrorism”. (The Economist, August 19, 2017.) [Your blogger posted on Facebook comparing the Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto and their Nazi overseers in WWII to the current White Supremacists with their open carry of weapons, KKK uniforms, Nazi flags vs. the “alt-left” (which your blogger admires for their courage to stand up physically to the Nazi free speech, at the risk of both arrest and beatings, even permanent injury or death. There is the law, and there is the time to stand up yourself and force progress in the law.) Free speech applies to speech in many forms, but did the founders so often cited by conservative jurists mean I can chant ‘Jews Won’t Replace Us” while threatening Jews and others with bats and guns? The lawyer in me says one thing, the human in me says another. My post...

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TRUMP DANCES AT EDGE OF WAR; U.N. AND CONGRESS PASS (DIFFERENT) BUT TOUGHER SANCTIONS; FBI/JUSTICE DEPARTMENT CRACK DOWN ON LEAKING; INFRASTRUCTURE NEXT (DOMINO TO FALL); RIGHT TO TRY LAW PROPOSED; NEW JOBS IN JULY ARE 205,000; TRANSGENDER 8 YEAR OLD SUES PRIVATE SCHOOL; COURT STAYS DEPORTATION; MORE… ELDERUPDATES.COM, No.  185 AUGUST 11, 2017 PRESIDENT Trump’s week in review: “FIRE and fury like the world has never seen” promised by President in adlib response to N. Korea nuclear weapon testing.  (Los Angeles Times, August 9, 2017.)  Promises of great violence and death not expected to reach President’s vacation home, however, giving relief to those overly concerned about man-boys sounding off. One who has never served should consult with those who have before adlibbing words that could lead to the death of tens of thousands, or more. One bluff leading to another leads to one or another misunderstanding in a firestorm of tension, and then leads to the order to … to do what, exactly? Presidents weighing these decisions in the past have been thoughtful about the potential dangers, albeit more so to our own citizens and allies.  One should not cross their arms like an angry dad saying “I’m done and you’re not going, and that’s it”! The stakes are high, the world is holding its collective breath and Trump ups the ante.  Trump doesn’t, but should, read history.  As McCain quoted Teddy Roosevelt “walk softly and carry a big stick”. Though President Trump may think he’s speaking to Kim Jong Un(predictable), in his own language, Trump he may just be adding tinder to the fire. Before starting off for...

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SPECIAL COUNSEL MUELLER GOES TO GRAND JURY; TRUMP CALLS FOR TRANSGENDER BAN IN MILITARY; SERIAL FIRINGS AT WHITE HOUSE; OBAMACARE REPEAL FAILS – ACA PREMIUMS TO RISE 12.5% IN CA; DEPRESSION AND TEEN SUICIDE; L.A. TO HOST OLYMPICS WHILE PRAYING TO PENSION GODS FOR GOOD RETURNS; WELLS FARGO (AGAIN?); MORE… ELDERUPDATES.COM, NO. 184 AUGUST 4, 2017 PRESIDENT Trump’s week in review: RUSSIA sanctions passed by Congress with veto proof majority and signed by Trump.  Putin expels 750 diplomats from Russia; many were Russian locals, not from U.S. PRESIDENT Trump calls for ban on transgenders in military, shortcutting 6 month study by 5 months and surprising Pentagon.  (The WEEK, August 4, 2017.) CHIEF of Staff Rience Priebus fired by Scaramucci even before Scaramucci technically on payroll; Scaramucci had started his own job just 10 days ago. SCARAMUCCI then fired the day Trump appoints John Kelly to Chief of Staff position and after Scaramucci called a magazine to use dirty language to create demeaning visual pictures of Priebus and Bannon. Although Trump continues to rail at Sessions for recusing himself (Sessions) from Russian investigations, conservatives rally to Sessions’ defense stating there will be no hearings on a successor to Sessions, while Georgia (where Sessions was a senator contemplates whether he can simply return to his senate position. New Chief of Staff General Kelly apparently called Sessions to assure Sessions his job is safe.  Widespread hopes Kelly will bring structure and stability to White House. SPECIAL Counsel goes to grand jury – particulars of charges and investigation still unknown.  (NBC/BBC, August 3, 2017.) PRESIDENT Trump states he has all encompassing powers to...