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Archive for August 2018

Friday’s show: The Trump and Sanders factors in 2018 plus more

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We will look at the midterms with Labor Day around the corner….Who will win the House? Will the GOP increase its Senate majority? What happens in Texas in November? The Trump vs Sanders factor…..A new Apollo 11 movie without the US flag……Illegal immigration is a major concern for GOP & independents but not Democrats………..Poland 1980…….Happy # 83 Frank Robinson …and more stories………
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August 31, 2018 at 8:00 pm

Friday’s video: Trump vs Sanders

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August 31, 2018 at 3:30 pm

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A new amigo who creates jobs

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We have not seen the details of the U.S.-Mexico trade agreement.  So let’s wait for the text to make a final conclusion.  

Nevertheless, we can say a couple of things.

First, it could be better for U.S. workers than NAFTA, as Vox points out:   

So far, the new United States-Mexico Trade Agreement seems a lot like NAFTA, though Canada has yet to opt in as it continues negotiations. Agricultural products would remain tariff-free under the new deal, and there is still no required renegotiation every five years (which Trump wanted). 

It would be harder, however, for businesses to claim harm from unfair trade practices.

But there is one striking difference from NAFTA: The new pact includes several labor rules meant to benefit workers on both sides of the border. 

For example, Mexico has agreed to pass a law giving workers the right to real union representation, and to adopt other labor laws that meet international standards set forth by the United Nations. 

American auto companies that assemble their cars in Mexico would also need to use more US-made car parts to avoid tariffs, which would help US factory workers. 

And about 40 percent of those cars would need to be made by workers earning at least $16 an hour — three times more than Mexico’s minimum wage.

My translation:  Both sides got to claim victory.  President Trump and incoming Presidente Andrés Lopez-Obrador will both claim that they are protecting their workers.  Please remember that both men ran against NAFTA because it was a lousy deal!  Both men are also strong nationalists.  

Also, what I hear from Mexican businessmen is that everyone south of the border wants President Trump to stick it to China.

My second point is that this deal shows significant pragmatism on the Mexico side.  They may not like President Trump’s style but they love what he is doing for the U.S. economy.  It’s obvious that a U.S. economy growing at 4% or better is “muy bueno” for Mexico.

So what happened?  The Mexicans love their new “amigo” up here or the one who is creating jobs and allowing U.S. citizens to buy more avocados and lots of other things “Hecho en Mexico”.

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August 31, 2018 at 8:18 am

Thursday’s show: Sessions vs Trump, US-Mexico trade deal, Social media, Brazil plus more

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We will look at the politics of the new US-Mexico trade agreement……….the AG Sessions vs President Trump feud…….Social media and partisan politics…….Violence in Brazil…….Ted Williams 1918-2002……….Thurgood Marshall 1967……….and more  stories…..

 

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August 30, 2018 at 7:30 pm

Thursday’s video: Violence in Brazil

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August 30, 2018 at 5:00 pm

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The Sessions-Trump feud: Just a show?

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Maybe I’m too “clever by half,” as the British say.   

Or thinking too much!  (Remember that I was not a Trump supporter in the primaries, and he proved me wrong every time.)

Or maybe I’ve finally figured out how President Trump works.   

We have a family member who is a successful magician.  He once quoted Ben Okri:   

“The magician and the politician have much in common: they both have to draw our attention away from what they are really doing.”

Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen the President attack the attorney general “tweet by tweet”.  They are even talking in the U.S. Senate about replacing Sessions with a tougher Attorney General.

What if the whole thing is a show?  Let me explain.

AG Sessions is the current leader for the Time person of the year, with the headline about “the man who wouldn’t be pushed around by President Trump”.  

The left is suddenly in love with the quiet man from Alabama.  He is going to save us from Trump or something like that.   The AG is now the check on Trump.

So what’s going on?

As President Trump and AG Sessions go back and forth, the DOJ is in fact investigating the Clinton Foundation.  Furthermore, the DOJ is also looking into the FBI and the Clinton emails case. And there are further reports from Inspector General Michael Horowitz.

So what happens if the new candidate for Time person of the year, the new darling of the left, drops a huge nuclear bomb down the road about the Clinton Foundation?  What if there are indictments?  Or what if AG Sessions concludes that the FBI investigation of the Clinton e-mails was a farce and takes corrective action?

How does the left now in love with AG Sessions suddenly claims that his actions were politically motivated?

Again, I don’t have any information, but my instincts tell me that this “Sessions vs. Trump” is just too cute.  

I am confident that President Trump will tweet down the road that “Jeff did a good job after all”!  AG Sessions will tweet back “Thank you Mr. President”.

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August 30, 2018 at 4:59 am

Wednesday’s show: A look at the Cruz-O’Rourke campaign with Sylvia Guzman

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Guest: Sylvia Guzman, North Texas conservative activist……

We will look at the Cruz vs O’Rourke race for the US Senate…….The status of DACA………..and other stories…

 

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August 29, 2018 at 7:00 pm