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Can We Say the I-Word Yet?

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Ever since Trump was inaugurated as president in January, political foes have been waiting for his demise. Resistance rose to a new high, stirred in part by disgruntled Hillary Clinton voters.  The most immediate proof was the thousands of women’s and anti-Trump rallies that took place the day after President No. 45 was sworn in.  Some occurred the day after the election.

 

It didn’t take long, though, for Trump to become his own worst enemy. First there was the failed travel ban on Muslim countries, and hiccups in the healthcare plan.  Now, in office barely 4 months, Trump is at the center of what could be his ultimate undoing—allegations that he asked former FBI Director James Comey to stop the investigation of Michael Flynn.  

 

The former national security advisor misled the public and top White House officials about his communications with a Russian ambassador regarding sanctions

 

Lawmakers—and not just the Democrats—are starting to say the I-Word (impeachment) around Washington.  So far, only one Republican has been bold enough to publicly suggest that impeachment might be in order.  

 

According to The Hill, Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) said on Wednesday if the reports about Trump's pressure on Comey are true, it would merit impeachment.

 

Amash spoke a day after The New York Times reported that Trump tried to pressure Comey.  According to a memo written by Comey after the February meeting, the president said, "I hope you can let this go.”

 

When you put this information together with the fact that last week Trump fired Comey, who was investigating whether Russians interfered with the outcome of the presidential election—the president’s intent raises more than a few eyebrows.  What exactly is the Trump administration up to? 

 

Amash also said he trusts Comey’s word more than Trump’s.  "I think it's pretty clear I have more confidence in Director Comey," he told a reporter.

 

In a CNN interview with Don Lemon, Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) compared Trump allegedly pressuring Comey to drop the Flynn investigation to the obstruction of justice cases that led to impeachment proceedings for former presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton. 

 

With Comey out of the way, most Republicans want the hearings on Russia and the Trump campaign to be conducted by members of Congress. But Dems are calling for an independent commission.

 

Both sides say they want Comey to testify about any private conversations he had with the president.  

 

Seeing how the Trump administration is already unraveling, it’s not hard to predict his future.  All the corruption, collusion and outright lies are about to spontaneously combust.  It’s time to say the I-word.  Yes, it’s just a matter of time.

 

A common complaint that I hear from older people is that younger parents are not taking enough time with their kids.  They point out that Millennials are growing up without a sense of connection to family—that technology has taken over their lives to the point that they lack basic social skills.

 

I agree that this is true to a certain extent, but the question is always, “what are we going to do about it.”  

 

With Mother’s Day weekend upon us, I think this is the perfect time to come together and support our mothers.  Remember, parenting doesn’t come with a manual.  

 

Despite what may appear to be a lack of respect or courtesy from kids today, I’ve met some pretty remarkable young mothers who take parenting very seriously—mothers who teach their kids to be courteous to adults, to say please, excuse me and thank you.

 

I’ve met young mothers and fathers who show up to teacher conferences and make sure their kids do their homework.  So, the next time you find yourself criticizing a young mother, stop and see what you can do to help. Maybe she’s tired or stressed, or feeling overwhelmed by responsibility. Maybe she isn’t aware that her kids are on a slippery slope. If you are an experienced parent, it is easier for you to see the fork in the road, where a child is about to go down the wrong path.

 

This Mother’s Day, you can put a smile on a young mother’s face by praising their effort. Mothering (and fathering) can be a thankless job at times, and every parent needs to hear what they are doing right.  You may want to write them a note, letting them know how great their kids are because of their effort.  This can go a long way on those days when there is fear and uncertainty about their parenting.

 

It truly does take a village to raise a child.  But families are often spread across the country.  Many kids don’t have the personal, face-to-face support of a grandparent.  That’s where an older, wiser, loving parent—blood-related or not—comes in. 

 

Inglewood Today wishes all mothers and mother figures—especially the new and young mothers—a very Happy Mother’s Day. 

 

By Veronica Mackey

 

The Inglewood council meeting on Tuesday was adjourned early after a young man at the podium refused to leave when his time was up.  

 

The man was one of several activists who have been showing up regularly since the one year anniversary of the shooting deaths of Kisha Michael and Marquintan Sandlin by Inglewood police. The group is demanding answers that Mayor James Butts said he cannot give, as his office has no control over the investigation.  

 

Two investigations are being conducted—one internal probe by Inglewood police and another by the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office. The couple was shot and killed on February 21, 2016.

 

A woman was almost ejected at the meeting for disruptive conduct, but the mayor allowed her to stay.  Supporters brought flyers showing photos of the young couple, and demanded justice.  They sat, holding a flyer in each hand.

 

Council members voted in favor of paying the City’s bills, covering expenditures for the police department, real estate and street construction.  Two resolutions were passed, authorizing rewards for information leading to the identification, apprehension, and conviction of the persons responsible for the deaths of Christopher Moreland and Keshone Fredericks.

 

A public hearing was set for May 23 at 2pm to receive input on regulation and control of Backflow and Cross-Connections to the City’s Water System.

 

After the council took care of City business, Treasurer Wanda Brown gave the public news about the world of banking, including the fact that 5 banks have failed so far this year. One has a billion dollars in assets.

 

During open comments, a man asked Brown what she has been doing to help others in the community.  What is she doing to insure the success of future generations being financially literate?

 

Brown mentioned her internship program, which has been in existence for 12 years, financial literacy workshops for the past 4 years, and free tax preparation offered to seniors for the past 3 years.

 

The man continued to speak and the sergeant-of-arms approached him to.  “Don’t touch me!” he yelled.  At this point, the mayor abruptly stood up and announced the meeting was adjourned.  He left the room and other council members followed.  

 

The man and other supporters of Michael and Sandlin stayed in the chambers to discuss the couple and what had just happened. He led others in a chant:  

 

“Say her name.”

 

“Kisha Michael.”

 

He defended his conduct at the podium while others filmed him on their cellphones.

 

Police—eight of them—entered the chamber and formed a human barrier in front of the public seating area.  “I’m not afraid of you,” he told them.  The woman who almost got ejected held up flyers and said, “These are the people you killed.”

 

 

Now that FBI Director James Comey has been fired, Washington politicians are left with a myriad of questions.  Chief among them, is who should continue with the investigation into the Russian interference during the 2016 presidential campaign.

 

Until Tuesday night, Comey was in charge, and had reportedly asked for more funding.  

 

Republican and Democratic lawmakers are asking for an independent special prosecutor to take over.  

 

The firing came unexpectedly.  In fact, Comey was at a meeting in Los Angeles, when news of his firing was broadcast on a large television behind him.  At first, he thought it was a joke.

 

The timing of Comey’s sudden departure from the FBI is suspect, many say.  For the president to fire the man leading an investigation into his ties with Russia, is questionable at best.    

 

"In any normal administration, firing the director of the FBI during an investigation of the administration would be viewed as suicidal," said Robert Deitz, a former top lawyer for the CIA and the National Security Agency who served under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. 

 

"This of course is not a normal administration," he added. "But no matter what, this will create a firestorm that will disturb even Trump loyalists on the Hill." 

 

Trump insists he began to consider firing Comey as far back as January.  In his letter to Comey, the president wrote “While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the Bureau.”

 

The first part of this statement, according to a Washington insider, shows the president’s insecurity and fear that he might be implicated.

 

Almost immediately after the news broke, the Justice Department began fielding calls from both parties, calling for a special prosecutor to oversee the bureau’s Russian investigation.  Others want Comey, now a private citizen, to appear before the appropriate congressional committees to testify about the investigation.

 

Republican Sen. Richard Burr, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said he was "troubled by the timing and reasoning of Director Comey's termination." He added that Comey's firing "further confuses an already difficult investigation by the Committee" into Trump's Russia ties. 

 

Others called for a select, bipartisan congressional commission to further the Trump-Russia investigation. "I call on Speaker Paul Ryan to immediately appoint a bipartisan, non-classified, public and transparent commission to investigate the Trump-Russia relationship," Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen tweeted. "Our democracy is in danger." 

 

Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, said in their statements that they recommended firing Comey because of how he handled the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server. But New York Times reporter Michael Schmidt reported that Sessions had been trying to find an excuse to fire Comey for at least a week.

 

Deitz referred to President Richard Nixon's "Saturday Night Massacre," in which he fired the independent special prosecutor, Archie Cox, who had been appointed by then-Attorney General Elliot Richardson to investigate the events surrounding the Watergate break-in. Nixon initially asked Richardson to dismiss Cox, but Richardson refused to do so and resigned in protest instead, along with then-Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus. 

 

Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer said Tuesday evening that he told Trump in a phone conversation that "you are making a big mistake." Schumer also questioned the timing and wondered whether investigations into the Trump campaign's possible ties to Russia were "getting too close for the president."

 

On Sunday, thousands of advocates for women’s health will converge in Washington, D.C. to draw attention to the growing need for women’s health care, and the GOP-authored American Health Care Act (AHCA), recently passed by the House, which would put maternal health services in jeopardy.   

 

March on Moms will bring together a multi-diverse group of health professionals and consumer groups to draw national attention to maternal health. It will be held from Friday, May 12 through Monday, May 15.  

 

On Friday, the group will visit Capitol Hill and speak to policy makers about the essential need for significant focus and funding on maternal health issues. Saturday will include a day of sight-seeing, followed by the Mother’s Day Rally on Sunday on the lawn of the Jefferson Memorial. On Monday, the group will once again speak with leaders about the importance of increased focus and funding for maternal health issues.

 

The Root writer, Elizabeth Dawes Gay, points out, “The image of a group of white men in suits celebrating the passage of a health care bill that would snatch away affordable access to health care from millions of people—including those living in poverty, people of color, people with disabilities or mental-health issues, and women planning to give birth—is one that will forever be etched into my mind.”

 

Video of the all white, all male group at the White House is a sharp contrast to those who will suffer if the bill is passed as-is by the Senate. And it’s an omen that signals women’s health is not a priority for some lawmakers.  

 

The rate of pregnancy-related deaths among American moms is on the rise, according to the New York Times.  Black women are three times more likely as white women to die from pregnancy and childbirth. Additionally, they experience more pregnancy-related conditions such as pre-eclampsia, have more premature or stillborn babies and higher rates of infant mortality.  

 

Every year, according to Florida midwife Jennie Joseph, there are 60,000 “near-misses,” cases where women almost died from childbirth. Under AHCA, health insurance plans are not required to cover birth control, maternity care and emergency services. Sunday’s Mother’s Day rally will draw attention to serious deficits in the plan and put pressure on the Senate not to pass it. Members of the Senate have already said they will come up with a different bill.

 

March for Moms partners include the March of Dimes, Every Mother Counts and Lamaze International. For more information, visit www.marchformoms.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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