How Two Arcane Clauses In The Constitution Could Expose Trump’s Businesses

By Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux of FiveThirtyEight –

Two years into Donald Trump’s presidency, we still know relatively little about the inner workings of his family business, the Trump Organization. But today, a case that could force the company to reveal some information about its finances faces a big test in a federal appeals court in Virginia. Judges will hear oral arguments over whether a lawsuit alleging that President Trump is violating the Constitution by accepting payments from state officials and foreign diplomats at his Washington, D.C., hotel, which the Trump Organization operates, can go forward.

Legal experts initially predicted that the cases wouldn’t make it very far. But last year, a federal judge in Maryland handed down a series of rulings in favor of one set of challengers — Washington, D.C., and Maryland — allowing them to issue subpoenas for financial information related to the hotel from several branches of the Trump Organization.

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Posted in Constitutional law, Donald Trump, FiveThirtyEight

History has been repeating itself since the dawn of Man; The key is can we see it in real time?

By David Murrin, author of Breaking the Code of History –

At the conclusion of the Third Punic War that finally ended in 146BC with the total destruction of Carthage at the hands of a Roman Army, its leader Scipio Aemilianus and his friend Polybius the Greek historian friend were witnessing the carnage as the smoke and flames rose from the city to the terrible sounds of its dying inhabitants.

Polybius turned to notice that Scipio was crying. When asked if he was crying for the suffering he had unleashed, Scipio denied it was the reason. He  then recited a sentence from Homer’s Odyssey, a prophecy about the destruction of Troy, that could be applied now to Carthage’s end: The day shall come when sacred Troy shall fall, and King Priam and all his warrior people with him. Having seen the once mighty Carthage fall, he feared that although Rome was on the ascendant it too would one day befall the same fate of destruction as Troy and Carthage, a remarkably prescient observation at a time when Rome would have seemed invulnerable.

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Posted in civilization, David Murrin, Thought-Provoking Analysis

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Black man becomes head of neo-Nazi group he intends to destroy

By Jason Kravarik, Sara Sidner and Janet DiGiacomo of CNN –

Call it a clever twist of fate, a shrewd power play, or simply comeuppance for one of the largest neo-Nazi groups in America.

Its new president is a black man — a California pastor and activist — with one goal in mind.

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Posted in African-American, Controversial, Demographics, Discrimination, Racism

The Deadly Dance of the Eagle and the Dragon, Part 3: America’s Strategy

By David Murrin, author of Breaking the Code of History –

Donald Trump is no doubt a strong leader and the majority of his policies are the right ones to reassert American influence. However, domestically Trump – and thus America – are in a precarious position. Trump faces dissension at all levels, and perhaps even more seriously, the on-going potential of impeachment.

This domestic resistance has impeded some of his chosen policies, foremost of which is his Russian policy. This was designed to pull Putin back into the western fold and thereby surround China as in the cold war.

In the Book of The Future I suggested nine key elements to implement a successful America containment policy of China:

  1. Learn To respect and understand Chinese history and Culture.
  2. Stabilize the US Financial system, especially with respect to its debt burden.

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Posted in China, Donald Trump, Finance, Geopolitical, Russia, Thought-Provoking Analysis, United States