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WHAT THE DEEP STATE’s Fake News IS NOT TELLING YOU ABOUT TRUMP
What PRESIDENT TRUMP and his cabinet accomplished…..

* Trump recently signed 3 bills to benefit Native people. One gives compensation to the Spokane tribe for loss of their lands in the mid-1900s, one funds Native language programs, and the third gives federal recognition to the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians in Montana.
* Trump finalized the creation of Space Force as our 6th Military branch.
* Trump signed a law to make cruelty to animals a federal felony so that animal abusers face tougher consequences.👀👀
* Violent crime has fallen every year he’s been in office after rising during the 2 years before he was elected.
* Trump signed a bill making CBD and Hemp legal.👀👀
* Trump’s EPA gave $100 million to fix the water infrastructure problem in Flint, Michigan.
* Under Trump’s leadership, in 2018 the U.S. surpassed Russia and Saudi Arabia to become the world’s largest producer of crude oil.
* Trump signed a law ending the gag orders on Pharmacists that prevented them from sharing money-saving information.
* Trump signed the “Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act” (FOSTA), which includes the “Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act” (SESTA) which both give law enforcement and victims new tools to fight sex trafficking.👀👀
* Trump signed a bill to require airports to provide spaces for breastfeeding Moms.
* The 25% lowest-paid Americans enjoyed a 4.5% income boost in November 2019, which outpaces a 2.9% gain in earnings for the country’s highest-paid workers.
* Low-wage workers are benefiting from higher minimum wages and from corporations that are increasing entry-level pay.
* Trump signed the biggest wilderness protection & conservation bill in a decade and designated 375,000 acres as protected land.
* Trump signed the Save our Seas Act which funds $10 million per year to clean tons of plastic & garbage from the ocean.👀👀
* He signed a bill this year allowing some drug imports from Canada so that prescription prices would go down.
* Trump signed an executive order this year that forces all healthcare providers to disclose the cost of their services so that Americans can comparison shop and know how much less providers charge insurance companies.
* When signing that bill he said no American should be blindsided by bills for medical services they never agreed to in advance.
* Hospitals will now be required to post their standard charges for services, which include the discounted price a hospital is willing to accept.
* In the eight years prior to President Trump’s inauguration, prescription drug prices increased by an average of 3.6% per year. Under Trump, drug prices have seen year-over-year declines in nine of the last ten months, with a 1.1% drop as of the most recent month.
* He created a White House VA Hotline to help veterans and principally staffed it with veterans and direct family members of veterans.👀👀
* VA employees are being held accountable for poor performance, with more than 4,000 VA employees removed, demoted, and suspended so far.
* Issued an executive order requiring the Secretaries of Defense, Homeland Security, and Veterans Affairs to submit a joint plan to provide veterans access to access to mental health treatment as they transition to civilian life.
* Because of a bill signed and championed by Trump, In 2020, most federal employees will see their pay increase by an average of 3.1% — the largest raise in more than 10 years.
* Trump signed into a law up to 12 weeks of paid parental leave for millions of federal workers.
* Trump administration will provide HIV prevention drugs for free to 200,000 uninsured patients per year for 11 years.👀👀
* All-time record sales during the 2019 holidays.
* Trump signed an order allowing small businesses to group together when buying insurance to get a better price👀👀
* President Trump signed the Preventing Maternal Deaths Act that provides funding for states to develop maternal mortality reviews to better understand maternal complications and identify solutions & largely focuses on reducing the higher mortality rates for Black Americans.
* In 2018, President Trump signed the groundbreaking First Step Act, a criminal justice bill which enacted reforms that make our justice system fairer and help former inmates successfully return to society.
* The First Step Act’s reforms addressed inequities in sentencing laws that disproportionately harmed Black Americans and reformed mandatory minimums that created unfair outcomes.👀👀
* The First Step Act expanded judicial discretion in sentencing of non-violent crimes.
* Over 90% of those benefitting from the retroactive sentencing reductions in the First Step Act are Black Americans.
* The First Step Act provides rehabilitative programs to inmates, helping them successfully rejoin society and not return to crime.
* Trump increased funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) by more than 14%.👀👀
* Trump signed legislation forgiving Hurricane Katrina debt that threatened HBCUs.
* New single-family home sales are up 31.6% in October 2019 compared to just one year ago.
* Made HBCUs a priority by creating the position of executive director of the White House Initiative on HBCUs.
* Trump received the Bipartisan Justice Award at a historically black college for his criminal justice reform accomplishments.
* The poverty rate fell to a 17-year low of 11.8% under the Trump administration as a result of a jobs-rich environment.👀👀
* Poverty rates for African-Americans and Hispanic-Americans have reached their lowest levels since the U.S. began collecting such data.
* President Trump signed a bill that creates five national monuments, expands several national parks, adds 1.3 million acres of wilderness, and permanently reauthorizes the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
* Trump’s USDA committed $124 Million to rebuild rural water infrastructure.👀👀
* Consumer confidence & small business confidence is at an all time high.
* More than 7 million jobs created since election.
* More Americans are now employed than ever recorded before in our history.
* More than 400,000 manufacturing jobs created since his election.
* Trump appointed 5 openly gay ambassadors.👀👀
* Trump ordered Ric Grenell, his openly gay ambassador to Germany, to lead a global initiative to decriminalize homosexuality across the globe.
* Through Trump’s Anti-Trafficking Coordination Team (ACTeam) initiative, Federal law enforcement more than doubled convictions of human traffickers and increased the number of defendants charged by 75% in ACTeam districts.
* In 2018, the Department of Justice (DOJ) dismantled an organization that was the internet’s leading source of prostitution-related advertisements resulting in sex trafficking.
* Trump’s OMB published new anti-trafficking guidance for government procurement officials to more effectively combat human trafficking.
* Trump’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations arrested 1,588 criminals associated with Human Trafficking.
* Trump’s Department of Health and Human Services provided funding to support the National Human Trafficking Hotline to identify perpetrators and give victims the help they need.
* The hotline identified 16,862 potential human trafficking cases.
* Trump’s DOJ provided grants to organizations that support human trafficking victims – serving nearly 9,000 cases from July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018.👀👀
* The Department of Homeland Security has hired more victim assistance specialists, helping victims get resources and support.
* President Trump has called on Congress to pass school choice legislation so that no child is trapped in a failing school because of his or her zip code.👀👀
* The President signed funding legislation in September 2018 that increased funding for school choice by $42 million.
* The tax cuts signed into law by President Trump promote school choice by allowing families to use 529 college savings plans for elementary and secondary education.👀👀
* Under his leadership ISIS has lost most of their territory and been largely dismantled.
* ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi was killed.
* Signed the first Perkins CTE reauthorization since 2006, authorizing more than $1 billion for states each year to fund vocational and career education programs.
* Executive order expanding apprenticeship opportunities for students and workers.
* Trump issued an Executive Order prohibiting the U.S. government from discriminating against Christians or punishing expressions of faith.
* Signed an executive order that allows the government to withhold money from college campuses deemed to be anti-Semitic and who fail to combat anti-Semitism.
* President Trump ordered a halt to U.S. tax money going to international organizations that fund or perform abortions.
* Trump imposed sanctions on the socialists in Venezuela who have killed their citizens.
* Finalized new trade agreement with South Korea.
* Made a deal with the European Union to increase U.S. energy exports to Europe.👀👀
* Withdrew the U.S. from the job killing TPP deal.
* Secured $250 billion in new trade and investment deals in China and $12 billion in Vietnam.
* Okay’d up to $12 billion in aid for farmers affected by unfair trade retaliation.👀👀
* Has had over a dozen US hostages freed, including those Obama could not get freed.
* Trump signed the Music Modernization Act, the biggest change to copyright law in decades.
* Trump secured Billions that will fund the building of a wall at our southern border.
* The Trump Administration is promoting second chance hiring to give former inmates the opportunity to live crime-free lives and find meaningful employment.
* Trump’s DOJ and the Board Of Prisons launched a new “Ready to Work Initiative” to help connect employers directly with former prisoners.👀👀
* President Trump’s historic tax cut legislation included new Opportunity Zone Incentives to promote investment in low-income communities across the country.
* 8,764 communities across the country have been designated as Opportunity Zones.
* Opportunity Zones are expected to spur $100 billion in long-term private capital investment in economically distressed communities across the country.
* Trump directed the Education Secretary to end Common Core.👀👀👀👀👀👀👀👀👀
* Trump signed the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund into law.
* Trump signed measure funding prevention programs for Veteran suicide.👀👀
* Companies have brought back over a TRILLION dollars from overseas because of the TCJA bill that Trump signed.
* Manufacturing jobs are growing at the fastest rate in more than 30 years.
* Stock Market has reached record highs.
* Median household income has hit highest level ever recorded.
* African-American unemployment is at an all time low.
* Hispanic-American unemployment is at an all time low.
* Asian-American unemployment is at an all time low.
* Women’s unemployment rate is at a 65-year low.
* Youth unemployment is at a 50-year low.
* We have the lowest unemployment rate ever recorded.
* The Pledge to America’s Workers has resulted in employers committing to train more than 4 million Americans.
* 95 percent of U.S. manufacturers are optimistic about the future— the highest ever.
* As a result of the Republican tax bill, small businesses will have the lowest top marginal tax rate in more than 80 years.👀👀
* Record number of regulations eliminated that hurt small businesses.
* Signed welfare reform requiring able-bodied adults who don’t have children to work or look for work if they’re on welfare.🙌🙌
* Under Trump, the FDA approved more affordable generic drugs than ever before in history.
* Reformed Medicare program to stop hospitals from overcharging low-income seniors on their drugs—saving seniors 100’s of millions of $$$ this year alone.👀👀
* Signed Right-To-Try legislation allowing terminally ill patients to try experimental treatment that wasn’t allowed before.
* Secured $6 billion in new funding to fight the opioid epidemic.❤️❤️
* Signed VA Choice Act and VA Accountability Act, expanded VA telehealth services, walk-in-clinics, and same-day urgent primary and mental health care.👀👀
* U.S. oil production recently reached all-time high so we are less dependent on oil from the Middle East.
* The U.S. is a net natural gas exporter for the first time since 1957.
* NATO allies increased their defense spending because of his pressure campaign.
* Withdrew the United States from the job-killing Paris Climate Accord in 2017 and that same year the U.S. still led the world by having the largest reduction in Carbon emissions.👀👀
* Has his circuit court judge nominees being confirmed faster than any other new administration.
* Had his Supreme Court Justice’s Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh confirmed.
* Moved U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.👀👀
* Agreed to a new trade deal with Mexico & Canada that will increase jobs here and $$$ coming in.
* Reached a breakthrough agreement with the E.U. to increase U.S. exports.
* Imposed tariffs on China in response to China’s forced technology transfer, intellectual property theft, and their chronically abusive trade practices, has agreed to a Part One trade deal with China.
* Signed legislation to improve the National Suicide Hotline.👀👀
* Signed the most comprehensive childhood cancer legislation ever into law, which will advance childhood cancer research and improve treatments.
* The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed into law by Trump doubled the maximum amount of the child tax credit available to parents and lifted the income limits so more people could claim it.
* It also created a new tax credit for other dependents.
* In 2018, President Trump signed into law a $2.4 billion funding increase for the Child Care and Development Fund, providing a total of $8.1 billion to States to fund child care for low-income families.
* The Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit (CDCTC) signed into law by Trump provides a tax credit equal to 20-35% of child care expenses, $3,000 per child & $6,000 per family + Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) allow you to set aside up to $5,000 in pre-tax $ to use for child care.
* In 2019 President Donald Trump signed the Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education and Support Act (CARES) into law which allocates $1.8 billion in funding over the next five years to help people with autism spectrum disorder and to help their families.👀👀
* In 2019 President Trump signed into law two funding packages providing nearly $19 million in new funding for Lupus specific research and education programs, as well an additional $41.7 billion in funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the most Lupus funding EVER.
* Another upcoming accomplishment to add: In the next week or two Trump will be signing the first major anti-robocall law in decades called the TRACED Act (Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence.) Once it’s thelaw, the TRACED Act will extend the period of time the FCC has to catch & punish those who intentionally break telemarketing restrictions. The bill also requires voice service providers to develop a framework to verify calls are legitimate before they reach your phone.
* US stock market continually hits all-time record highs.
* Because so many people asked for a document with all of this listed in one place, here it is. No links provided to remove bias as Google search is easy.
Print this out for family, friends, neighbors, etc. I encourage you to drop this list off to voters before the 2020 election too!
*Trump did all of this while fighting flagrant abuse and impeachment charges.
——-please explain to me why you have a problem with OUR president? Because he has misspoke a few times? Tell me when you find a perfect person, please….I’ll wait!
I’ll tell you why, because the media has skewed him in such a negative light and unfairly report his accomplishments to undermined those achievements!
Why? Because the media is complicit in every single thing this man is trying to undo! Start thinking for yourself!
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SCOTUS delivers on US promises, at least partly, made to Native Americans after Trail of Tears
By Mark Walsh

July 27, 2020, 2:36 pm CDT
https://www.abajournal.com/web/article/scotus-delivers-on-us-promises-at-least-partly-made-to-native-americans-after-trail-of-tears

The opening words of Justice Neil M. Gorsuch’s opinion for the U.S. Supreme Court in a major case on American Indian law leaped off the page for many advocates for Native Americans.

“On the far end of the Trail of Tears was a promise,” Gorsuch wrote in McGirt v. Oklahoma, referring to the federal government’s 19th century forceful removal of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and other tribes from their territories in the southeastern United States to what is now Oklahoma. “Forced to leave their ancestral lands in Georgia and Alabama, the Creek Nation received assurances that their new lands in the West would be secure forever.”

The court, in a 5-4 decision on July 9, held that the Creek reservation in eastern Oklahoma had never been “disestablished” by Congress, and thus, the promise embedded in a series of treaties meant their territory remains an Indian reservation, at least for purposes of federal criminal law.

“Because Congress has not said otherwise, we hold the government to its word,” Gorsuch wrote in his introduction to the 42-page majority opinion.

“When I saw Justice Gorsuch’s first line, I knew what it meant, and my heart sang,” says Jonodev O. Chaudhuri, a lawyer in Washington, D.C., and the ambassador for the Creek Nation. “I turned to my boys, who are 10 and 13, and said our home has been protected.”

Colette Routel, a professor and the co-director of the Indian law program at Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, Minn., says the opinion “was better than we could have ever imagined. This is something we will be quoting for the next 50 years.”
Potentially half of Oklahoma affected

The decision in McGirt came after the Supreme Court had wrestled for two terms with a legal question that had divided state and federal courts in the region: Whether the state of Oklahoma could prosecute Indians accused of major crimes in Indian Country, or, under an 1885 federal statute known as the Major Crimes Act, such offenses were a matter of federal jurisdiction.

The outcome of the question hinged on whether the Creek Reservation had been withdrawn, or disestablished, by Congress in the lead-up to Oklahoma’s admission to the Union in 1907. The Creek territory covers some 3 million acres in and around Tulsa.

The court’s decision that the Creek reservation was never disestablished may well apply to the four other tribes of eastern Oklahoma—the Seminole, Cherokee, Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations. The five tribes’ total territory covers some 19 million acres where 1.8 million people reside, only 10% to 15% of whom are Native Americans.

The case involved the state’s criminal prosecution of Jimcy McGirt, an enrolled member of the Seminole Nation, for the 1996 rape of a 4-year-old Seminole girl in Broken Arrow, a suburb of Tulsa that is in Creek territory. McGirt was convicted and sentenced to 1,000 years plus life imprisonment.

In 2017, in a separate criminal case from Oklahoma that raised the same issue, the 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that Congress had never disestablished the Creek reservation. The Supreme Court took up review of that case, Sharp v. Murphy, in its 2018-19 term. But with Gorsuch recused from participation in that case, likely because of his service on the 10th Circuit, the high court did not reach a resolution last term.

Meanwhile, in 2018, McGirt, by then in his 70s, filed for post-conviction relief in his case based on the 10th Circuit’s decision in Murphy. McGirt argued that his state prosecution was impermissible under the Major Crimes Act because his offense was committed within the boundaries of the Creek reservation. Oklahoma courts rejected his claim, and he appealed to the Supreme Court.

The justices granted review of McGirt’s case, in which Gorsuch would not have to recuse, and heard a fresh round of arguments on the issue during their historic round of telephone arguments in May, necessitated by the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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A sympathetic vote for Indian rights

Although Gorsuch did not fully tip his hand with his questions during those arguments, Native Americans and their advocates had reason for raised hopes that he might rule on their side.

As a Westerner and a judge on the Denver-based 10th Circuit, Gorsuch had consistently ruled for tribal rights. For the 2018-19 term, Gorsuch hired as a law clerk Tobi Young, an Oklahoma-born enrolled member of the Chickasaw Nation, who was believed to be the first enrolled member of a tribe to serve as a clerk. And the term was pretty significant for Indian law, as Gorsuch joined the majority or the outcome in two 5-4 decisions in which the court upheld the treaty rights of tribes.

“Gorsuch has been a fairly reliable vote for tribal sovereignty,” says Routel, who co-wrote an amicus brief by the National Congress of American Indians in support of the Creek Nation in the McGirt case.

In his McGirt opinion, Gorsuch was joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.

Gorsuch methodically went through the treaties and history that led to his conclusion that the Creek reservation still exists, while rejecting one argument after another from Oklahoma and President Donald Trump’s administration against that view.

“While there can be no question that Congress established a reservation for the Creek Nation, it’s equally clear that Congress has since broken more than a few of its promises to the Tribe,” Gorsuch said.

He added that “many of the arguments before us today follow a sadly familiar pattern. Yes, promises were made, but the price of keeping them has become too great, so now we should just cast a blind eye. We reject that thinking.”

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote the principal dissent, joined by Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel A. Alito Jr. and Brett M. Kavanaugh.

“Today, the court holds that Oklahoma lacked jurisdiction to prosecute McGirt—on the improbable ground that, unbeknownst to anyone for the past century, a huge swathe of Oklahoma is actually a Creek Indian reservation,” Roberts wrote.

Observing that the decision may ultimately lead to the same outcome for the other four Oklahoma tribes’ territories, the chief justice said, “Across this vast area, the state’s ability to prosecute serious crimes will be hobbled and decades of past convictions could well be thrown out. On top of that, the court has profoundly destabilized the governance of eastern Oklahoma.”

Roberts said the decision creates uncertainty for any area of government that touches Indian affairs, including zoning, taxation, family law and environmental law. The state and several of its allies raised similar concerns in their briefs.

On the day of the decision, Oklahoma Attorney General Michael J. Hunter, a Republican, seemed to downplay the potential ramifications. He issued a statement with the five tribes emphasizing that they had made “substantial progress” toward a plan to ask Congress and the U.S. Department of Justice to resolve any criminal and civil jurisdictional issues created by the decision.

Within two weeks, however, the Creek and Seminole tribes had stepped back from that process, and Hunter sounded a bit frustrated in an interview.

“The reality is, I never thought that the court would, in a flash cut fashion, dismantle 113 years of practice,” says Hunter, referring to the year of Oklahoma statehood. “It is in the state’s and the tribes’ best interest to avoid the uncertainty and chaos brought by the decision.”

Hunter says the fact that the decision provided no transition period created a crisis atmosphere for the many practical issues raised. “The opinion is an incredible logistical challenge for the state and the tribes,” he says.

David W. Hill, the principal chief of the Creek Nation, said in a July 17 letter to the tribe’s citizens that “collaboration between federal, state, and tribal governments is critical and necessary” following the McGirt decision, but that collaboration “does not require congressional legislation” and “the Muscogee (Creek) Nation will oppose any legislation that diminishes the Nation’s sovereignty.”

Chaudhuri, the Creek Nation ambassador, a formal tribal position, says the tribe believes that no action in Congress is necessary. “There’s nothing that can’t be done through intergovernmental agreements and cooperation,” he says.
‘Harder to bury historic injustice’

M. Todd Henderson, a University of Chicago law professor who teaches American Indian law, said in an interview and in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal that he found some irony in the tribe’s victory being celebrated by progressives.

Tribes are hardly bastions of liberal thought, he says, and the Five Tribes of the Oklahoma brought enslaved people with them on the Trail of Tears and aligned with the Confederacy during the Civil War, a point emphasized by Roberts in his dissent as well.

Henderson says that while on the surface the court’s decision is a win for tribal sovereignty, the significant role of the federal government under the Major Crimes Act makes matters more complicated.

“The weird thing for the tribe is that this victory doesn’t get them” to exclusive jurisdiction over their affairs, he said. “They have jurisdiction over eastern Oklahoma, but they are hamstrung by this federal law. They have a half-win, and this half-win may be worse.”

Lindsay Robertson, a law professor at the University of Oklahoma and the director of the Center for the Study of American Indian Law and Policy, says he doesn’t doubt there will be some challenges in implementing the decision, but that should not diminish the historic nature of it.

“One of the potential legacies of the McGirt case that may work to the advantage of tribes is that the subsequent history” of developments often cited against the tribes’ interests “may no longer matter,” says Robertson, who joined an amicus brief in support of the Creek. “It will be harder to bury historic injustice by saying, ‘Well, a lot has happened since.’”

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