California joins 15 states taking legal action against Donald Trump over decision to cut ‘Dreamers’ programme

California’s Attorney General says a separate lawsuit he plans to file over the Donald Trump administration’s plan to end protections for young immigrants will mirror the legal arguments made in a suit already filed by 15 states and the District of Columbia.

Source: California joins 15 states taking legal action against Donald Trump over decision to cut ‘Dreamers’ programme | The Independent

Historians: Donald Trump is definitely in violation of the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution

As President Donald Trump’s legal team prepares their argument for a lawsuit by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, they are hoping to prove that the president didn’t violate the Foreign Emoluments Clause because “emolument” doesn’t mean what CREW says it does.

Unfortunately for them, Georgetown law professor has concluded that CREW is more likely to be correct on this than the Trump administration.

Source: Historians: Donald Trump is definitely in violation of the Emoluments Clause – Salon.com

Donald Trump gets millions from golf members, and lobbyists get access

Giving new meaning to the term, ‘Pay to play.’

Dozens of lobbyists, contractors and others who make their living influencing the government pay President Trump’s companies for membership in his private golf clubs, a status that can put them in close contact with the president, a USA TODAY investigation found.

Members of the clubs Trump has visited most often as president — in Florida, New Jersey and Virginia — include at least 50 executives whose companies hold federal contracts and 21 lobbyists and trade group officials. Two-thirds played on one of the 58 days the president was there, according to scores they posted online.

Because membership lists at Trump’s clubs are secret, the public has until now been unable to assess the conflicts they could create. USA TODAY found the names of 4,500 members by reviewing social media and a public website golfers use to track their handicaps, then researched and contacted hundreds to determine whether they had business with the government.

Trump Touts 'American Labor' With Photo Of Melania In Italian-Made Dress

President Donald Trump has been widely criticized for his hypocritical “buy American, hire American” rhetoric, since his and his family’s own products are made mostly abroad.

Now he’s under fire for his Labor Day tweet, which touted American labor by American hands, but included a photo of the first lady wearing a dress made in Italy.

Source: Trump Touts ‘American Labor’ With Photo Of Melania In Italian-Made Dress | HuffPost

Trump Touts ‘American Labor’ With Photo Of Melania In Italian-Made Dress

President Donald Trump has been widely criticized for his hypocritical “buy American, hire American” rhetoric, since his and his family’s own products are made mostly abroad.

Now he’s under fire for his Labor Day tweet, which touted American labor by American hands, but included a photo of the first lady wearing a dress made in Italy.

Source: Trump Touts ‘American Labor’ With Photo Of Melania In Italian-Made Dress | HuffPost

The Trump Administration Removed a Sexual Assault Prevention Report from the White House Website

Just when you think this administration has hit a new low they surprise us:

Donald Trump has a terrible record when it comes to women. Whether you’re talking about his policy (say, a health-care bill that would have gutted women’s access to coverage), his personnel (the White House staff is overwhelmingly male and has a greater gender wage gap than previous administrations), or his personal life (multiple allegations of sexual harassment and assault, plus the Access Hollywood tape that seems to, well, corroborate some of those allegations), the takeaway is the same: Donald Trump is bad for women.

…removing this report without substituting a new policy could indicate where the Trump administration plans to go with sexual-assault policy—particularly when it comes to handling campus assaults. And that’s why it should come as no surprise that BuzzFeed is now reporting that Betsy DeVos is planning to make an announcement this week about Title IX that’s expected to unveil a new policy for handling campus rape.

Way Back Pre-Trump, Republicans Actually Wanted To Do Better With Minorities

If you are Republican this is why you have to remove Trump from Office. He is destroying your party, as well as the country:

Once upon a time, Republicans decided they needed to attract Latinos and Asians and blacks. They created a special committee to figure out why it wasn’t happening and to find ways to fix it. The very future of the party was at stake.

All of that, of course, took place circa 3 BT ― Before Trump.

Now the party’s leader uses the White House bully pulpit to equate neo-Nazis and defenders of Confederate monuments with those who protest them. He is expected Tuesday to announce an end to his predecessor’s policy not to deport people brought into this country unlawfully as children. He has even pardoned a former sheriff convicted of contempt of court for illegally rounding up suspected undocumented immigrants.

“I think it will catch up to them and be disastrous,” said political consultant Stuart Stevens of his fellow Republicans who continue to support Donald Trump. “I don’t think the 2016 election repealed demographics…. It’s like someone who goes to a party and has a few too many drinks and makes it home all right and decides that alcohol makes you drive better. I’m not sure that’s the right conclusion.”

Trump promised to put American workers first. He lied

So when he proclaims that “lower taxes on American business means higher wages for American workers”, the fact that this statement is demonstrably false is beside the point: as a new report from the Institute for Policy Studies shows, the job growth rate for corporations that paid the least amount in taxes over the past eight years was negative 1%, compared to 6% for the private sector as a whole; businesses for the most part spent tax breaks not on job creation but on stock buybacks and executive pay.

It’s also beside the point whether Trump actually believes corporate tax cuts benefit workers. They benefit him, and the people he goes golfing with, and that’s all that matters. This is a president who embodies rent-seeking at its purest.

Consider the Department of Labor, an otherwise low-profile department targeted in Trump’s budget proposal for a 21% funding cut, the largest of any federal agency after the Environmental Protection Agency and State Department.

The Department of Labor is known mostly for enforcing overtime and minimum wage rules under the Fair Labor Standards Act, and probably wouldn’t be on Trump’s radar were it not for the fact that it has hit his businesses with 24 violations for failing to pay workers.

Trump’s original pick to run the department, Carl’s Jr CEO Andy Puzder, shared with Trump a long list of FLSA violations; his fast food business is one of the worst offenders in an industry well known for ripping off workers.

Source: Trump promised to put American workers first. He lied | Michael Paarlberg

Professor of US History: Why Trump Is Doomed to Be an Impotent President

America decided early in its history to have presidents chosen by political parties. When there is little or no support by a party, it becomes difficult for the president to accomplish much. The method of choosing presidential nominees through primaries makes it more likely to have a president who was elected without party support and Trump is in that category. He still could be successful if he wins party support. However, due to his dishonest bombastic nature, his unwillingness to study issues and legislation, and his tolerance of hatred, Trump is unlikely to win his party’s allegiance. Increasingly Republicans are becoming less timid about denouncing him. His presidency is faltering. It will continue to falter unless drastic changes occur. To become an effective president he needs to change.

Source: Professor of US History: Why Trump Is Doomed to Be an Impotent President | Alternet