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Mar292017

POLITICS (National): President Donald Trump, former President Bill Clinton, sexual harassment/defamation litigation?: "In Trump's defense against a defamation lawsuit, he cites a case that Bill Clinton lost" ...

***President Donald Trump, former President Bill Clinton, sexual harassment/defamation litigation....

* Los Angeles Times (David Savage)  "In Trump's defense against a defamation lawsuit, he cites a case that Bill Clinton lost" - From the LAT:

President Trump is citing Bill Clinton’s famous sexual harassment battle in his effort to block a California woman’s lawsuit claiming he lied about groping her in the Beverly Hills Hotel in 2007. Problem is, Clinton lost that bid for legal immunity when the Supreme Court ruled unanimously in 1997 that the chief executive is not shielded from responding to a civil suit regarding his private behavior.

Paula Jones, an Arkansas state employee, had sued Clinton for alleged sexual harassment during an encounter in a Little Rock hotel room when he was the state’s governor. The justices said President Clinton could be forced to answer questions under oath. But this week, Trump’s lawyers cited the Clinton vs. Jones case in a legal filing in New York and contended that it “immunizes President Trump from being sued in this action while he is in office.

At issue is a lawsuit ..................

Wednesday
Mar292017

POLITICS/BUSINESS: Wells Fargo Bank, settlement, litigation, fake accounts: "Wells Fargo Reaches $110 Million Class Action Settlement"; "Wells Fargo to pay $110 million to settle lawsuits over unauthorized accounts"; "Wells Fargo customers in $110 million settlement over fake accounts" ....

***Wells Fargo Bank, settlement, litigation, fake accounts....

* Wall Street Journal:  "Wells Fargo Reaches $110 Million Class Action Settlement" - "Complaint tied to illegal sales practices that have plagued the bank"

* Los Angeles Times:  "Wells Fargo to pay $110 million to settle lawsuits over unauthorized accounts"

* CNN:  "Wells Fargo customers in $110 million settlement over fake accounts"

* Reuters:  "Wells Fargo to pay $110 million to settle lawsuit over account abuses"

Wednesday
Mar292017

POLITICS (National): President Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton: "Trump can't stop obsessing about the Clintons" ....

***President Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton....

* POLITICO (Matthew Nussbaum, Lisa Palmeri):  "Trump can't stop obsessing about the Clintons" - "The president's vanquished general election opponent is a convenient tool as Trump battles controversy." - From POLITICO:

When President Donald Trump is backed into a corner, there’s one target he loves to fire at: the Clintons. Whether trying to divert attention from investigations into his campaign’s possible Russia ties, attempting to sell a troubled health care overhaul, or simply looking for an easy mark, the beleaguered president has taken to attacking the family that Republicans have maligned for decades.

“Why isn't the House Intelligence Committee looking into the Bill & Hillary deal that allowed big Uranium to go to Russia, Russian speech.......money to Bill, the Hillary Russian ‘reset,’ praise of Russia by Hillary, or Podesta Russian Company. Trump Russia story is a hoax. #MAGA!” Trump wrote on Twitter Monday night, as questions swirled about whether the White House was trying to undermine the panel’s investigation into possible collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia. “What about all of the contact with the Clinton campaign and the Russians?” Trump asked on Twitter on March 20.

He even accused his general election opponent of rigging the race for Democratic National Committee chair, tweeting on Feb. 26: “The race for DNC Chairman was, of course, totally ‘rigged.’ Bernie's guy, like Bernie himself, never had a chance. Clinton demanded Perez!”

When he hit the road to try to sell Republicans’ since-abandoned Obamacare replacement earlier this month, he couldn’t resist mocking Bill Clinton . . . . . . . .

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While avoiding any head-on clashes with Trump, the Clintons haven’t exactly taken his punches sitting down ..................

Wednesday
Mar292017

POLITICS/ENVIRONMENT (National, State/Nevada): Donald Trump Presidency, U.S. Department of Energy, Nevada desert, Yucca Mountain?: "Decades-old war over Yucca Mountain nuclear dump resumes under Trump budget plan" ....

***Following up on earlier items noted here and here (President Donald Trump, Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump?)....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Decades-old war over Yucca Mountain nuclear dump resumes under Trump budget plan" - From the LAT:

An abandoned tunnel in the desolate Nevada desert, barricaded only by a chain-link fence, is all that remains of the nation’s tortured effort to create a permanent repository for nuclear waste 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

After spending $11 billion, the Energy Department met with unrelenting opposition from Nevada and was forced to shut down the program at Yucca Mountain — the only remotely viable option for storing tons of deadly waste that currently has nowhere to go — in 2010. 

But that was before Nevada’s powerful senior senator, former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, retired in January. It was before the election of President Trump, who is looking for a way to keep nuclear power plants operational. Oblivious to the storm of fury it would arouse in Nevada — which doesn’t have a single commercial nuclear reactor of its own — Trump has proposed spending $120 million to restart licensing Yucca Mountain to take on a massive storehouse of deadly radioactive spent fuel.

The plan to ship waste from reactors all over the nation to Yucca Mountain and bury it deep in volcanic rock has dragged on for 30 years, ranking among the most intractable political, legal and technical issues in modern U.S. history. The prospects for Yucca Mountain have fluctuated so many times that its future is unpredictable. But the Trump initiative could bring closure to dozens of communities desperate to get rid of what they consider a frightening safety threat ....................

Wednesday
Mar292017

POLITICS (National): Donald Trump presidency, GOP, another effort, Obamacare repeal?: "House GOP has high hopes, but not high likelihood, of reviving health-care bill"; "Repeal of Affordable Cable Act Is Back on Agenda, Republicans Say"; "Can Republicans revive their effort to repeal Obamacare?"; "GOP on reviving Obamacare repeal: Lots of talk, no action" .... 

***Donald Trump presidency, GOP, another effort, Obamacare repeal?

* Washington Post (Mike DeBonis):  "House GOP has high hopes, but not high likelihood, of reviving health-care bill"

* New York Times (Robert Pear, Jeremy Peters):  "Repeal of Affordable Care Act Is Back on Agenda, Republicans Say"

* PBS (Lisa Desjardins):  "Can Republicans revive their effort to repeal Obamacare?"

* POLITICO (Rachael Bade, Kyle Cheney, John Bresnehan):  "GOP on reviving Obamacare repeal: Lots of talk, no action" - "Beneath the public pronouncements about not giving up, the party is still deeply divided."