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Politics / Huawei Plans Extensive Layoffs in the U.S.
« on: July 14, 2019, 08:14:57 AM »
Huawei Plans Extensive Layoffs in the U.S.

By Dan Strumpf
Updated July 13, 2019 10:27 pm ET
Huawei Technologies Co. is planning extensive layoffs at its U.S. operations, according to people familiar with the matter, as the Chinese technology giant continues to struggle with its American blacklisting.

The layoffs are expected to affect workers at Huawei’s U.S.-based research and development subsidiary, Futurewei Technologies, according to these people. The unit employs about 850 people in research labs across the U.S., including in Texas, California and Washington state.

Huawei declined to comment. The exact number of layoffs couldn't be determined, but one of the people said they were expected to be in the hundreds. Some of Huawei’s Chinese employees in the U.S. were being given the option of returning home and staying with the company, another person said.

Futurewei employees have faced restrictions communicating with colleagues in Huawei’s home offices in China following the May 16 Commerce Department decision to put Huawei on its so-called entity list, which blocked companies from supplying U.S.-sourced technology to Huawei without a license, according to these people.

Several employees have already been notified of their dismissal, while additional planned cuts could be announced soon, these people said.

The blacklisting has limited Huawei’s ability to buy critical U.S. components and software for its products, which include its smartphones and cellular base stations that are popular outside the U.S. Huawei bought $11 billion worth of American technology last year.

A reprieve for Huawei appeared to be in sight after President Trump said at the Group of 20 summit at Osaka, Japan, last month that he would allow some tech exports to the company to resume. Beijing sees an easing of restrictions on Huawei as a precondition for any trade deal with Washington.

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Alleged Russian agent Maria Butina sentenced to 18 months in prison on conspiracy charge

Washington (CNN)A federal judge sentenced Russia national Maria Butina to 18 months in prison on Friday, after she pleaded guilty to trying to infiltrate conservative political circles and promote Russian interests before and after the 2016 presidential election.

She is the first Russian citizen convicted of crimes relating to the 2016 election, though her efforts to infiltrate Republican circles appeared to be separate from the Kremlin's sweeping election-meddling campaign.

The 30-year-old gun rights enthusiast has been incarcerated since her arrest in July and will receive credit for the nine months previously served. She will be deported to Russia after serving her sentence.

"This was no simple misunderstanding by an overeager foreign student," Judge Tanya Chutkan said.

Chutkan said that Butina, who studied at American University in Washington, engaged in work on behalf of a Russian official that was "sophisticated" and "dangerous."

"The conduct was sophisticated and penetrated deep into political organizations," Chutkan said.

Butina spoke for five minutes at Friday's hearing, her voice at times breaking, as she expressed regret for her crime and asked for forgiveness.

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We found 85,000 cops who’ve been investigated for misconduct. Now you can read their records.

John Kelly and Mark Nichols, USA TODAY
Updated 1 hour agoA

At least 85,000 law enforcement officers across the USA have been investigated or disciplined for misconduct over the past decade, an investigation by USA TODAY Network found.

Officers have beaten members of the public, planted evidence and used their badges to harass women. They have lied, stolen, dealt drugs, driven drunk and abused their spouses.

Despite their role as public servants, the men and women who swear an oath to keep communities safe can generally avoid public scrutiny for their misdeeds.

The records of their misconduct are filed away, rarely seen by anyone outside their departments. Police unions and their political allies have worked to put special protections in place ensuring some records are shielded from public view, or even destroyed.

Reporters from USA TODAY, its 100-plus affiliated newsrooms and the nonprofit Invisible Institute in Chicago have spent more than a year creating the biggest collection of police misconduct records.

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We found 85,000 cops who’ve been investigated for misconduct. Now you can read their records.

John Kelly and Mark Nichols, USA TODAY

At least 85,000 law enforcement officers across the USA have been investigated or disciplined for misconduct over the past decade, an investigation by USA TODAY Network found.

Officers have beaten members of the public, planted evidence and used their badges to harass women. They have lied, stolen, dealt drugs, driven drunk and abused their spouses.

Despite their role as public servants, the men and women who swear an oath to keep communities safe can generally avoid public scrutiny for their misdeeds.

The records of their misconduct are filed away, rarely seen by anyone outside their departments. Police unions and their political allies have worked to put special protections in place ensuring some records are shielded from public view, or even destroyed.

Reporters from USA TODAY, its 100-plus affiliated newsrooms and the nonprofit Invisible Institute in Chicago have spent more than a year creating the biggest collection of police misconduct records.

Click the Link at Top for the Full Story and to Search for police discipline records

For the record, I am married to a former Police Officer and have 4 friends that were Police Chiefs in North Charleston SC, Columbia SC, Charlotte NC, and Durham NC...  My household supports law enforcement big time, however we are disgusted by the behavior of "bad cops" and we find their shenanigans despicable...

Politics / Polls show Trump approval rating slipping in Midwest
« on: March 01, 2019, 05:31:55 PM »
Polls show Trump approval rating slipping in Midwest


President Trump's approval rating among his supporters in the Midwest appears to be declining, according to a series of Hill-HarrisX polls since July.

Of those surveyed, 47 percent of Midwest voters said they approved of Trump's job in office last July, with his highest mark among those voters reaching 54 percent in the months of October and December.

In the latest Hill-HarrisX survey in February that number had slipped to only 40 percent of Midwestern voters saying they approved of the president.

The polls also show rising disapproval of Trump among Midwest states, with 53 percent saying they disapproved of Trump in July and 60 percent saying the same in February.

The trend could end up being a problem for Trump, who scored crucial victories in 2016 in Midwest states like Wisconsin and Michigan, helping to propel him to an electoral college victory.

"When it gets down to it, the president is going to get reelected or defeated on a state-by-state basis," Chris Wilson, chief strategist at WPA Intelligence, told Hill.TV'S Krystal Ball on Wednesday.

"So the numbers I'm most concerned about are those in states like Michigan, and Pennsylvania, and Iowa, and Wisconsin. States that he won last time that Republicans hadn't won in a longtime," he continued.

Trump's approval ratings also saw a decline in the south, another political stronghold for him.

Fifty-two percent of southern voters said they approved of him in July and now 46 percent say they approve of him in that region.

There was also a rise in the president's disapproval rating in the south, with 48 percent saying they disapproved of him in July, and 54 percent saying the same in February.

Trump's national approval rating currently sits at 45 percent, according to the latest poll, while his disapproval rating is at 55 percent.

The states included in the Midwest category were Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

The Southern states were Delaware, Washington, D.C., Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas.

The polls were conducted among statistically representative samples of about 1,000 registered voters. Each of them has a sampling margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

— Julia Manchester

Politics / Trump Is Expected to Sign Border-Security Deal
« on: February 13, 2019, 09:17:22 AM »
Trump Is Expected to Sign Border-Security Deal
The bill, which would keep government open past Friday, allocates $1.38 billion for 55 miles of physical barriers, falling short of Trump’s demands

By Rebecca Ballhaus and Peter Nicholas
Updated Feb. 13, 2019 8:45 a.m. ET

WASHINGTON—President Trump is likely to sign the border-security deal lawmakers reached this week that would keep the government open past Friday, according to people familiar with his plans, marking a potential concession by the president on his demands for border-wall funding.

Mr. Trump is expected to sign the deal unless there are any late additions, the people familiar with his plans said. A day earlier, in a cabinet meeting, Mr. Trump said the bill was “not doing the trick” and that he planned to try to amend it. “It’s always nice to negotiate a little bit, right?” he said.

Senior Republican lawmakers said it wasn’t realistic to reopen negotiations at this point, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) urged the president to sign the bill, calling it a “pretty good deal.”

Administration officials cautioned that no final decisions had been made, saying the White House was still reviewing the plan but that Mr. Trump was likely to sign the deal.

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House Democrats roll out massive plan to protect elections, protect voters, and strengthen ethics

Laura Clawson 
Daily Kos Staff
Friday January 04, 2019 · 11:35 AM EST

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 3: Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) holds the gavel during the first session of the 116th Congress at the U.S. Capitol January 3, 2019 in Washington, DC. Under the cloud of a partial federal government shutdown, Pelosi will reclaim her former title as Speaker of the House and her fellow Democrats will take control of the House of Representatives for the second time in eight years.

House Democrats unveiled a bill Friday that would completely remake American politics if it became law. The For the People Act is a reform package that you’ll see described as “sweeping,” but even that doesn’t do it justice. This thing is huge—here’s just part of what it includes across elections reform, campaign finance reform, and ethics and lobbying reform:

- Automatic voter registration and same-day voter registration and online voter registration
- 15 days of early voting
- End gerrymandering by requiring nonpartisan redistricting commissions to draw congressional maps
- Voting rights for post-release felons
- Prevent voter purges by the states
- Public financing for House candidates who don’t take big donations
- Tighten rules on dark money
- Force disclosure on digital campaign ads
- Expand the definition of lobbyist to close a loophole recent members of Congress frequently exploit
- New powers and disclosures for the Office of Government Ethics
- A code of ethics for the Supreme Court

Some features of the package are things we didn’t really know we needed until Donald Trump violated basically every political and ethical norm he could locate:

- Require presidential candidates to disclose 10 years of tax returns
- Apply conflict-of-interest rules to the president and vice president
- Prevent the president and vice president from contracting with the government

This will never get a vote in the Senate while Mitch McConnell is in charge. Trump would veto it and probably spit on it for good measure. But Democrats have made a strong statement about what they would do to clean up government and make our elections more truly democratic.

House Democrats Get Down To Business: But Mitch McConnell is a Puppet 4 Trump

House Democrats hand the Senate a way out of this mess, but Mitch McConnell won't let them take it

Mark Sumner 
Daily Kos Staff
Friday January 04, 2019 · 8:43 AM EST

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 02: (L-R) House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Senate Minority Whip Richard Durbin (D-IL), House Speaker designate Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) talk to journalists following a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and fellow members of Congress about border security at the White House January 02, 2019 in Washington, DC. Trump and House Democrats are no closer to a deal on funding for Trump’s border wall and reopening parts of the federal government that have been shuttered for the past 12 days.
House Democrats didn’t waste any time getting down to work. After taking their seats, they hung around on Thursday night to pass legislation that would reopen the government—legislation that snagged a few Republican votes in the process. And it should. Because the funding that Democrats passed in the House is identical to the funding levels that passed the Senate two weeks ago on a 100-0 vote. The only difference is that Democrats divided the funding into two bills, specifically holding out the funding for Homeland Security so that negotiations can continue over the proper level of funding for border security.

The votes were a testimony to the skill of Nancy Pelosi and Democratic leadership in setting a narrative and sticking to it, as the newly seated, most-diverse Congress in history were solidly united. Every single Democrat voted for the bills. The news was a little less cherry for the new leadership on the Republican side, where minority leader Kevin McCarthy watched seven Republicans sign on to the Democratic bills.

And now that bill goes to Mitch McConnell. Not to the Senate. Just McConnell. Because the Republican Senate leader refuses to even allow a vote on bills that exactly mirror the deal he thought he had with Trump, before Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh goaded Trump into a standoff that is crippling the government, destabilizing the economy, and taking paychecks away from hundreds of thousands of ordinary Americans. In fact, through November, the total reduction in the number of Americans on unemployment through all of 2018 was 641,000. As NBC News reports, Trump’s government-sized pout has already put more than 800,000 people in a financial squeeze.

McConnell is refusing the vote even though, as the Washington Post reports, cracks are developing on the Senate side, as well. Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Susan Collins (R-ME), both of whom are facing uphill runs in 2020 in states that Trump lost in 2016, are begging McConnell to do something to break the impasse, even if it means passing the same bill they already agreed to before Trump decided it was more important to score compliments on Fox than to have a functional nation.

Nancy Pelosi was adamant in her statements on Thursday. In an interview with the New York Times, she was asked if she considered herself Trump’s equal. Pelosi’s reply: “The Constitution does.” But Mitch McConnell isn’t looking at the Constitution. He’s not even looking at Fox News. He’s only looking at Donald Trump, and doing exactly nothing.

While the House was voting to reopen the government, McConnell repeated on Thursday that he will only allow the Senate to vote for things that Trump supports. He’s not only acting as Trump’s puppet, he’s acting as a roadblock for every single senator. Forget challenging Trump on a bill that passed the Senate with a margin that would overcome any veto. Forget even forcing Trump to own the shutdown that he said he was happy to own. McConnell will not allow a vote until Trump has pre-approved the bill they’re voting on.

It’s an unprecedented inversion of the way the government is supposed to work. McConnell is single-handedly attempting to erase an entire branch of government. Maybe he thinks that by doing so, Trump won’t be saddled with blame for the shutdown. And he’s right to some extent—because McConnell definitely shares that blame.

On the other hand, Pelosi’s strategy has carefully crafted a pair of bills that would allow reasonable Republicansif any such existto claim they had acted to prevent damage to the nation while holding open debate on the future of the border. The Senate could easily pass, and Trump could sign, the bill that funded other parts of the government while continuing debate on funding for DHS.

By refusing to vote on either bill, McConnell makes it absolutely clear that Republicans aren’t just kowtowing to Trump over funding his wall, they are holding the entire government hostage to that debate. That’s not just an ugly position to be in, it’s ultimately untenable. In this face-off, Democrats aren’t just in the right, they have crafted a much, much better narrative. The longer this goes on, the worse it will be for the GOP.

The cracks that are already showing in the Republican’s front, in both the House and the Senate, are there for a reason: They own this shutdown, and all its effects, 100 percent. Pelosi and the Democratic House have held out an option that would allow Republicans to reopen the government while continuing to argue on “the wall.” If they refuse, they lose. If they accept, they also lose … but that second loss at least comes with a temporary halt to the damage. Obeying only Trump does not.

Politics / Hello Everyone...
« on: January 01, 2019, 07:42:01 PM »
To All Here on Onnidan that participate in the Political Forum...  Happy New Year to You and Yours!!!


Stocks closed out a bruising 2018 with gains on New Year's Eve but the rally wasn't enough to help the market avoid its biggest annual loss in 10 years.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average, which rallied 265 points in the year's final trading day, finished 2018 with a loss of 5.6 percent, its worst decline since a 33.8 percent plunge in 2008. The broad Standard & Poor's 500 stock index fell 6.2 percent in 2018, its worst performance in a decade.

Despite Monday's rally, which was sparked by signs of progress in trade talks between the U.S. and China, the S&P 500 still posted its biggest December decline since 1931 and narrowly dodged its first bear market since 2009 on its way to its worst annual performance since the financial crisis.

In a tweet over the weekend, President Donald Trump said he spoke with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping about the trade dispute between the world's two biggest economies and that "Big progress was being made!" That news was greeted positively by investors, as slowing economic growth, due in part to tariffs and trade-related uncertainty, has weighed heavily on stocks in 2018.

Wall Street experienced highs and lows in 2018, with the S&P 500 notching its longest bull run in history on its way to a record high in late September. But it morphed into a treacherous year for investors, as the stock market suffered two corrections – or drops of 10 percent or more from prior highs. The benchmark stock gauge on Christmas Eve also came within two tenths of a percentage point of tumbling 20 percent from its peak on a closing basis and into bear market territory.

"That sure felt like a bear," said John Lynch, chief investment strategist at LPL Financial.

That narrow miss kept the bull market, which began in March 2009, intact.

After a 0.9 percent rally in the year’s final trading day, the S&P 500 finished 2018 14.5 percent below its Sept. 20 peak of 2930.75.

The blue chip Dow ended the year 13 percent shy of its recent peak. The Nasdaq composite, home to popular technology stocks that led the market surge early in the year but which suffered massive declines in the year’s final quarter, finished 2018 down 3.9 percent and 18.2 percent below its August all-time high. The small-company Russell 2000 stock index suffered the biggest declines, tumbling 12.2 percent and enters the new year 22.5 percent from its peak and deep in bear market territory.

Investors are bracing for more volatility but hoping for a return to gains in the new year.

"Barring an appearance of a 'black swan' event, or the shock of a bolt from the blue, the worst of the declines experienced by stocks in 2018 are behind us," John Stoltzfus, chief investment strategist at Oppenheimer Asset Management, told clients early Monday in his 2019 outlook report. He predicts the broad U.S. stock market will rebound 20 percent next year from current levels.

Volatility returned to Wall Street with a vengeance in the final three months of the year, with stocks cratering under the weight of fears ranging from a looming recession to the Federal Reserve hiking interest rates too much, and from trade war uncertainties to signs of a global economic slowdown.

Investors who had been bidding up stock prices early in 2018 based on the strongest profit growth for U.S. companies since 2010, tailwinds from sizable tax cuts and a U.S. economy growing at a 3 percent-plus clip, sold stocks off sharply late in the year as they began to price in a less positive backdrop for stocks in coming quarters.

A sense that the best days for corporate profits and the global economy had already occurred resulted in investors repricing stocks at lower valuation levels.

Next year's market returns will hinge on (1) whether the Federal Reserve avoids a policy mistake with its interest rate policy, (2) whether the economy can continue to grow and avoid recession, (3) and whether the U.S. trade fight with China can be resolved.

Politics / Did a Queens Podiatrist Help Donald Trump Avoid Vietnam?
« on: December 26, 2018, 02:02:51 PM »
Did a Queens Podiatrist Help Donald Trump Avoid Vietnam?

By Steve Eder
•   Dec. 26, 2018

In the fall of 1968, Donald J. Trump received a timely diagnosis of bone spurs in his heels that led to his medical exemption from the military during Vietnam.

For 50 years, the details of how the exemption came about, and who made the diagnosis, have remained a mystery, with Mr. Trump himself saying during the presidential campaign that he could not recall who had signed off on the medical documentation.

Now a possible explanation has emerged about the documentation. It involves a foot doctor in Queens who rented his office from Mr. Trump’s father, Fred C. Trump, and a suggestion that the diagnosis was granted as a courtesy to the elder Mr. Trump.

The podiatrist, Dr. Larry Braunstein, died in 2007. But his daughters say their father often told the story of coming to the aid of a young Mr. Trump during the Vietnam War as a favor to his father.

“I know it was a favor,” said one daughter, Dr. Elysa Braunstein, 56, who along with her sister, Sharon Kessel, 53, shared the family’s account for the first time publicly when contacted by The New York Times.

Elysa Braunstein said the implication from her father was that Mr. Trump did not have a disqualifying foot ailment. “But did he examine him? I don’t know,” she said.

For decades, Dr. Braunstein saw patients in a congested ground-floor office below Edgerton Apartments in Jamaica, Queens, one of dozens of buildings owned by the Trumps in the 1960s. The family sold the building in 2004, records show.

“What he got was access to Fred Trump,” Elysa Braunstein said. “If there was anything wrong in the building, my dad would call and Trump would take care of it immediately. That was the small favor that he got.”

No paper evidence has been found to help corroborate the version of events described by the Braunstein family, who also suggested there was some involvement by a second podiatrist, Dr. Manny Weinstein. Dr. Weinstein, who died in 1995, lived in two apartments in Brooklyn owned by Fred Trump; city directories show he moved into the first during the year Donald Trump received his exemption.

Dr. Braunstein’s daughters said their father left no medical records with the family, and a doctor who purchased his practice said he was unaware of any documents related to Mr. Trump. Most detailed government medical records related to the draft no longer exist, according to the National Archives.

In an interview with The Times in 2016, Mr. Trump said that a doctor provided “a very strong letter” about the bone spurs in his heels, which he then presented to draft officials. He said he could not remember the doctor’s name. “You are talking a lot of years,” Mr. Trump said.

But he suggested he still had some paperwork related to the exemption, which he did not provide.

Mr. Trump did not mention in that interview any connection between his father and the doctor. The White House did not make Mr. Trump available for a follow-up interview and did not respond to written questions about his service record.

An investigation by The Times in October showed the extent to which Fred Trump had assisted his son over the years, despite Donald Trump’s insistence to the contrary. The investigation revealed that Mr. Trump received the equivalent today of at least $413 million from his father’s real estate empire, including the equivalent of $200,000 a year by age 3.

In the 1960s, there were numerous ways to avoid military service, especially for the sons of wealthy and connected families, but Mr. Trump has said that no one pulled strings for him.

“I didn’t have power in those days,” Mr. Trump told the biographer Michael D’Antonio in a 2014 interview, according to transcripts shared with The Times. “I had no power. My father was a Brooklyn developer, so it wasn’t like today.”
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Dr. Alec Hochstein, who worked with Dr. Braunstein in the late 1990s, said the podiatrist had recalled over dinner with their wives how the Trumps had treated him well, including backing off from rent increases. Dr. Hochstein did not remember any discussions related to Mr. Trump’s medical exemption.

“He spoke very highly of the Trumps, and they were very open to negotiating with him and letting him stay in the space at a rent he was comfortable with,” Dr. Hochstein said.

Dr. Nicholas Campion, who bought Dr. Braunstein’s practice around the time that the Trumps sold the building, which was less than a mile from the Trump family home in Jamaica Estates, said Donald Trump had had a large presence in the community.

“Everybody recalls the Trump family around Jamaica Estates,” Dr. Campion said.

In recent years, the diagnosis of bone spurs has subjected Mr. Trump to ridicule from critics, who have found it implausible that a healthy and athletic 22-year-old, on the cusp of being declared fit for service, could suddenly be felled by growths in his heels.

Mr. Trump’s own shifting narrative over the years about his Vietnam-era experience has added to the suspicions.

At the time of the diagnosis, Mr. Trump was navigating a tumultuous period for the country after he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. The United States inducted about 300,000 men into the military in 1968. At that time, a year before the draft lottery was instituted, local boards had to meet quotas and called men for service, leaving those without deferments or exemptions vulnerable.

Mr. Trump had been declared available for service two years earlier and undergone a physical exam, Selective Service records show. That exam did not result in a medical exemption, but he did receive an education deferment.

When officials again declared him available for service in July 1968, he had exhausted four education deferments and finished school, so it was the medical exemption that kept him from being eligible.

He has often said it was “ultimately” a high draft lottery number that spared him, but Mr. Trump had been medically exempted for more than a year before the lottery began in December 1969.

Beginning in October 1968, records show, Mr. Trump had a 1-Y classification, a temporary medical exemption, meaning that he could be considered for service only in the event of a national emergency or an official declaration of war, neither of which occurred during the conflict in Vietnam. In 1972, after the 1-Y classification was abolished, his status changed to 4-F, a permanent disqualification.

The Times began looking into Mr. Trump’s draft record anew when an anonymous tipster suggested that a podiatrist who was a commercial tenant of Fred Trump’s had provided the medical documentation.

The tipster offered no names, but The Times used old city directories, held by the New York Public Library, and interviews with Queens podiatrists to identify Dr. Braunstein.

The doctor’s daughters said his role in Mr. Trump’s military exemption had long been the subject of discussions among relatives and friends.

“It was family lore,” said Elysa Braunstein. “It was something we would always discuss.”
She said her father was initially proud that he had helped a “famous guy” in New York real estate.

But later, her father, a lifelong Democrat who had served in the Navy during World War II, grew tired of Donald Trump as he became a fixture in the tabloid gossip pages and a reality television star, she said. The daughters, both Democrats, say they are not fans of Mr. Trump.

Mr. Trump has had a complicated relationship with the military, having quarreled with the likes of Senator John McCain, a prisoner of war during Vietnam; the parents of a slain soldier; and the architect of the Osama bin Laden raid, even while speaking during campaign rallies about his enthusiastic support for veterans and the armed forces.

He has also been critical of people who have been less than forthright about their Vietnam records. Earlier this month, he chided Senator Richard Blumenthal, Democrat of Connecticut, over misleading statements he made years ago about his own Vietnam record, calling him “Da Nang Dick” on Twitter.

Dr. Braunstein’s daughters said that when he discussed Mr. Trump’s medical exemption, he often mentioned Dr. Weinstein, though it was unclear to them what role Dr. Weinstein may have played. He was close to the family, they said, and known as Uncle Manny.

The two men forged a close friendship after meeting in podiatry school in New York, from which they graduated in 1953. Dr. Weinstein was among the oldest students in the class, classmates said, and Dr. Braunstein was remembered for being among the smartest.

One possible explanation that has been raised over the years, the Braunstein sisters said, is that Dr. Weinstein had a connection to the draft, as some private practitioners did. In fact, multiple doctors would have been involved in the final determination.

Before people were inducted into the service, they underwent a physical exam overseen by military doctors, court records from that era show. Men could bring along documentation of medical concerns from private physicians.

That information was presented at their exams and considered by a medical officer. Often, a civilian specialist working with the exam station would be asked to review the case and make a recommendation. A local draft board would finalize the man’s classification.

Dr. Weinstein practiced podiatry in Brooklyn’s Bath Beach neighborhood, maintaining an office near another Trump building, Shore Haven Apartments. In 1968, phone books show, Dr. Weinstein moved into an apartment in Westminster Hall, a Trump-owned building. He lived in that building for many years, and later lived in another owned by the Trumps.

Dr. Weinstein had no children and never married, but some people who knew him were surprised by a possible Trump connection.

When Dr. Weinstein closed his practice in the late 1980s, he referred patients to a nearby podiatrist, Dr. Mark L. Schwartz. When contacted by The Times, Dr. Schwartz said he had never heard about a possible connection between Dr. Weinstein and the Trumps.

Dow's worst week since 2008 financial crisis; Nasdaq closes in bear market

By David Goldman, CNN Business

Updated 4:20 PM ET, Fri December 21, 2018

New York (CNN Business)The Dow just suffered its deepest weekly plunge since 2008 and the Nasdaq is officially in a bear market.


For the week, the Dow lost 1,655 points, or 6.9%. That's the steepest weekly percentage loss since October 2008. The Nasdaq plunged 8.4% on the week, its worst since November 2008. And the S&P 500's 7.1% weekly loss was the worst since August 2011.
All three major indexes are down more than 12% in December. Stocks are on pace for the worst December since the Great Depression,

Oil, the Russell 2000, the Dow transports index, and stock markets in China, Italy, Germany, Japan and South Korea are all in bear markets, too.

Investors are worried about the prospect of a global economic slowdown. Political chaos from Brexit, a looming US government shutdown and the resignation of US Defense Secretary James Mattis are stoking fear, too. And the Federal Reserve added to those concerns this week by signaling that its rate-increase plan will continue into 2019 despite downgrading its economic growth forecast.

Williams acknowledged that the Fed now predicts somewhat slower economic growth than it had in the past, but he said the believes the market's selling is overdone.
CNN Business' Matt Egan contributed to this report


Trump Foundation to Dissolve, N.Y. Attorney General’s Office Says
Agreement to dissolve stems from lawsuit alleging Mr. Trump misused the foundation’s assets

By Corinne Ramey
Updated Dec. 18, 2018 12:20 p.m. ET
President Trump’s family foundation will dissolve under the supervision of a judge, according to the New York attorney general’s office, which had accused the charity of misusing assets.

The agreement stems from a lawsuit, brought by the attorney general’s office in June, alleging that Mr. Trump used the Donald J. Trump Foundation to pay legal settlements, further his 2016 campaign, and promote his businesses.

The deal, which still has to be signed by a judge, requires the attorney general’s office to approve the charities that will receive the foundation’s remaining assets, the state attorney’s office said. The lawsuit remains ongoing, the attorney general’s office said.

“Today’s stipulation accomplishes a key piece of the relief sought in our lawsuit earlier this year,” New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood said in a statement. “Under the terms, the Trump Foundation can only dissolve under judicial supervision – and it can only distribute its remaining charitable assets to reputable organizations approved by my office.”

A lawyer representing the foundation didn’t immediately comment on the agreement.

That suit—filed against Mr. Trump, his three older children and the charity itself—had sought to dissolve the foundation and to ban Mr. Trump from serving on charity boards for 10 years, as well as seeking restitution. It accused the foundation of violating state laws that govern charities.

When it was filed, Mr. Trump called the lawsuit “ridiculous” and his lawyers have said the suit was politically motivated. During a court hearing in October, a lawyer for Mr. Trump said that because all money raised went to charities, there was no tangible benefit to the campaign.

Last month, a New York state court judge allowed the lawsuit against the foundation to move forward. In her ruling, state court Justice Saliann Scarpulla responded to Mr. Trump’s lawyers claims that a sitting president can’t be sued in state court. “I find that I have jurisdiction over Mr. Trump,” Justice Scarpulla wrote.

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