Harry Reid Dies at 82

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  • U.S. Representative (D-NV) from 1982 to 1986
  • Senator (D-NV) from 1987 to 2017
  • Minority whip in 1998
  • In 2003, he persuaded Senator Jim Jeffords (R-VT) to switch parties and become a Democrat, giving Democrats the majority in the Senate.
  • Senate majority leader from 2007 to 2015
  • Majority leader at time of Affordable Care Act (ACA) passage
  • Married for 62 years

Harry Reid, former Democratic Party majority leader, spent the last four years fighting pancreatic cancer. His wife announced in a statement that the fight is over. He died Tuesday December 28, 2021.

Trump’s Presidential Records Case Filed with Supreme Court

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  • Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol requests records from the Archivist of the United States on August 25, 2021
  • Former President Donald J. Trump files with the District Court to stop the release of records on October 18, 2021
  • U.S. District Judge Tanya S. Chutkan rules that records can be released by the National Archives on November 9, 2021.
  • On December 9, 2021, the court of appeals unanimously affirmed the district court’s ruling.

Former President Donald Trump asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to issue an emergency junction to block the House select committee investigating the events of January 6, 2021 from gaining access to some of his presidential documents. In turn, the law firm representing the committee requested expedited consideration.

Trump spokesperson Taylor Budowich files lawsuit

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  • The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot issued a subpoena to Taylor Budowich on November 22, 2021.
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co. was issued a subpoena on November 23, 2021
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co. gave a deadline to Mr. Budowich of 5 p.m. ET on Christmas Eve to show Mr. Budowich legally blocked the subpoena
  • Taylor Budowich filed a lawsuit Christmas Eve in the federal court in the District of Columbia to block release of financial records by JP Morgan.
  • Mr. Budowich claims he previously turned over 1700 documents to the House select committee.
  • The lawsuit includes Nancy Pelosi, citing the committee is illegitimate.

Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich filed a lawsuit on Christmas Eve to block JPMorgan Chase & Co. from releasing financial information to the House committee led by Chairman Bennie Thompson.

Mr. Budowich’s tweet includes his public statement regarding the lawsuit.

Senator Manchin Open To A Billionaire Wealth Tax

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According to the Washington Post, Senator Manchin (D) from West Virginia has stated his support for a billionaire wealth tax in the Build Back Better plan in a letter to the White House. The letter also included a list of spending and revenue proposals that he supports.

Senator Manchin criticized the wealth tax in October. The House version of the legislation did not include a wealth tax on billionaires. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D) from Arizona has stated she has concerns regarding taxation plans.

The article relies on anonymous sources.

The text for the House version is available online. The CBO released a cost estimate based on ten years of spending. There is proposed spending includes $1,270,000,000 for states to help rebuild schools that sunsets in 2025.

Critics site an approximate 2 trillion dollars of spending as excessive. Proponents cite the House and Senate overwhelmingly approved a military budget 4 times the size of this spending bill.

Golfing Presidents

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President Trump has traveled to his own properties at least 22 times in 65 days in office. He golfed at least 12 times.

Candidate Trump constantly jabbed President Obama for golfing and taking vacations. As candidate he stated, “I’m going to be working for you. I’m not going to have time to go play golf.”

Now that candidate Trump is President, he’s off this weekend for his 12th outing in 65 days in office.

It’s ironic that Republicans obsessed over Mr. Obama’s golfing. There is a website devoted to counting his outings, ObamaGolfCounter.com. There is no GOP outrage regarding Trump’s golf time.

Perspective

It’s important to keep everything in perspective. For example, former President Gerald Ford — one of our most athletic presidents — accidentally hit spectators on several occasions. Yet, he hit many hole-in-ones during his outings.

William Howard Taft (the 27th President of the United States) was the first president to openly play golf. In August 1911 he stated, “My advice to the middle-aged and older men, who have never played golf, is to take it up.”

Former President Truman defended critics of Former President Eisenhower playing golf by stating, “To criticize the president because he plays a game of golf is unfair and picayunish. He has the same right to relax from the heavy burdens of office as any man.”

George W. Bush was highly criticized for his speech regarding terror and ending with “Now, watch this drive.”

Interestingly, his great grandfather, George Herbert Walker, was president of the U.S. Golf Association in 1920, his grandfather (Prescott Bush) was also president of USGA, and his dad was an inductee in the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Compare this to Former President Warren G. Harding, who payed twice each week, but is considered one of the worst golf players. Unless you consider Calvin Coolidge, who left his golf clubs at the White House because of his dislike for the sport.

Richard Nixon had his own three-hole course at his California home. Yet, didn’t play during his short second term in office.

A Comparison of Four

Let’s look at President Trump’s number of days on the golf course relative to Obama, Eisenhower, and Wilson.

  • Barack Obama 306 rounds – every 10th day
  • Donald Trump 12 rounds (65 days) – every 5th day
  • Dwight Eisenhower 800 rounds – every 4th day
  • Woodrow Wilson 1,200 rounds – every 3rd day

Conclusion

It turns out former President Obama played the least number of rounds of golf while in office compared to Trump, Eisenhower, or Wilson.

Of course, one could argue that Herbert Hoover, Harry S. Truman, and Jimmy Carter never played golf.

May 23 is Final Day to Register to Vote in California Primary

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The Republican Party nominee is Donald Trump and the major news outlets, DNC, and Mrs. Clinton might want you to think the primary season is over for the Democratic Party, too. However residents of the 475 delegate-rich state of California have not voted.

This is important because unless Mrs. Clinton wins over 75% of the delegates in the remaining contests she will not reach the number of needed pledged delegates before the Democratic National Convention in July.

Most media outlets are adding in superdelegates who supported her campaign before Senator Bernie Sanders entered the race. Superdelegates are free to change their support, and many switched to Mr. Obama in 2008 toward the end of the primary season.

Mr. Sanders has been campaigning hard in California this past week. In contrast, Mrs. Clinton has been silent, including breaking her pledge to debate Mr. Sanders in California.

Nate Silver’s of 538, using weighted polling averages, predicts Mrs. Clinton has a 93% chance of winning the California primary.

Regardless, midnight on Monday, May 23, is the last day to register to vote in the June 7 primary election.

California residents 18 and older can register for the first time or update their current registrations at their county election offices or online at www.registertovote.ca.gov.