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We have published this weeks OkieLegacy Ezine/Tabloid. A new issue has been added by the NW Okie. You may now read it and post comments at The Okie Legacy: Volume 19, Issue 5 published on 2017-03-19

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We are in the process of publishing this weeks "OkieLegacy Ezine/Tabloid. A new issue has been added by the NW Okie. You may now read it and post comments at The Okie Legacy: Volume 19, Issue 4 published on 2017-03-04

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We are in the process of publishing this weeks OkieLegacy Ezine/Tabloid. A new issue has been added by the NW Okie. You may now read it and post comments at The Okie Legacy: Volume 19, Issue 3 published on 2017-02-07

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CNN national security correspondent Jim Sciutto called Bannon's placement on the committee "unprecedented."

"You're putting in someone who is not Senate confirmed and taking out the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Director of National Intelligence, who need to be Senate confirmed," Sciutto told CNN's Jake Tapper. "It raises questions about whose voices will be most prominent about key national-security decisions in the country."

Former Secretary of Defense Bob Gates likewise told ABC on Sunday that excluding the DNI and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff was "a big mistake."

"Under law, there are only two statutory advisers to the National Security Council—the DNI, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff," Gates said. "Pushing them out [is] a big mistake. They both bring perspective, judgment, and experience to bear that every president—whether they like it or not—finds useful."

Rep Sam Johnson's plan is to “save” Social Security by gutting it. The congressman’s press release announcing his “reform act” does NOT mention that it’s entirely a scam, based on making workers keep paying the same 12.4 percent tax on their wages, but receiving drastically less paid back to them when they retire. How much less? It would range from about 20 percent less to 69 percent less, adding up to a total cut of 11.6 trillion in promised benefits to America’s workers.

A sermon on the morality of entitlements should never come from a Congress critter’s mouth. Speaker Ryan himself wallows in a mud pit of congressional entitlements that working stiffs couldn’t imagine: A $223,500 annual paycheck, free limousine and chauffeur, a maximum-coverage health plan, a tax-paid PR agent, a lavish expense account, free travel and, of course, a platinum-level congressional retirement program funded by the very taxpayers whose Social Security he’s out to kill.

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As someone whose family member was a victim of terrorism, having lost my father, if we're trying to combat terrorism by banishing people from coming to this country, by really going against the principals of what our country's about and creating fear, it's the wrong way to go about it," Kerr said. "If anything, we could be breeding anger and terror.

"I think it's shocking. I think it's a horrible idea. I feel for all the people who are affected. Families are being torn apart and I worry in the big picture what this means to the security of the world."

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How Trump’s Rush to Enact an Immigration Ban Unleashed Global Chaos

Gen. John F. Kelly, the secretary of homeland security, had dialed in from a Coast Guard plane as he headed back to Washington from Miami. Along with other top officials, he needed guidance from the White House, which had not asked his department for a legal review of the order. Gen. Kelly stunned.

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“Right now, everyone is facing different levels of conflict between what they know would be right, to stand up for American values, versus what they might have to lose,” Ali Partovi, an entrepreneur and early investor in Airbnb, Uber, Dropbox and Facebook, said in an interview. “Leaders of tech companies have been talking for a year about when to take a stand or draw the line, and I think last week was sort of an awakening that the time is now.”

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Speaking on-air on MSNBC on Sunday evening, commentator Steve Clemons revealed that a Senior White House official had told him the rollout of Trump’s Muslim ban as being “Keystone Cops” in nature.

Senior White House official: Donald Trump’s botched Muslim ban is "Keystone Cops" fiasco

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@POTUS @realDonaldTrump's conflicts are showing:

Trump replaced the head of the General Services Administration, the federal agency that effectively serves as the landlord for the new Trump hotel in Washington and has been asked to investigate whether Trump is now in violation of that lease.

Trump signed orders clearing the way for the disputed Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines to proceed. As recently as last summer, the president owned between $15,000 and $50,000 in stock in the company building the Dakota project, and its chief executive donated $100,000 to the Trump Victory Fund, a joint effort between Trump and the Republican Party. (Trump claims to have sold off his stock portfolio before the election, though he has not provided documentation proving he did.)

Trump signaled his intent to sign an order suspending the granting of visas to seven predominantly Muslim countries. Not on the list: Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Indonesia, Turkey, Qatar, Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, and Azerbaijan, aka predominantly Muslim countries where the Trump Organization has existing business interests.

Trump is pushing forward with his plans for a massive, privatization-heavy infrastructure bill that appears tailor-made for cronyism and self-dealing.

The Trump Organization hired a longtime Republican lawyer as its ethics adviser and a longtime Trump executive as its chief compliance counsel. Neither one of those familiar faces is likely to raise a stink in Trump Tower. Furthermore, both have a clear incentive to play nice since they’d put their jobs at risk if their oversight proves too costly to the company signing their paychecks.

The CEO of Trump Hotels is planning a massive domestic expansion, a decision that will significantly compound the conflicts of interests created by its existing portfolio.
The Trump-owned Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, doubled its initiation fee to $200,000 for new members after Trump was elected.

At least two of Trump’s wealthy foreign business partners got the VIP treatment during the inauguration weekend, including plenty of time with the new first family.

The American Chamber of Commerce in Canada, a business lobby focused on North American trade, made a sudden, last-second decision to move a scheduled event from the Vancouver home of a U.S. diplomat to the newest addition to the Trump Hotel family in the same city. (The Trump Organization does not own the Trump International Hotel & Tower Vancouver, but it makes money managing the property and cutting naming-rights deals.)
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