US infant mortality rates down 15%

(CNN)Infant mortality rates have reached new lows, according to a report released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday.

From 2005 to 2014, the infant mortality rate in the US dropped 15%, from 6.86 infant deaths per 1,000 live births to 5.82. Sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, declined by 29%, and there were drops in infant mortality rates across most racial groups.
“It’s good news, but on the other hand, we have so much more to do,” said Dr. Paul Jarris, chief medical officer for the March of Dimes, a nonprofit focused on the health of mothers and babies. “What is concerning, though, is that the inequities between non-Hispanic blacks and American Indians and the Caucasian population have persisted.”
The largest drop among racial groups, 21%, was in Asian and Pacific Islander populations. All race and Hispanic subgroups experienced reductions in infant mortality rates except American Indians or Alaska Natives, among whom there was not a statistically significant change. The report shows significant declines among non-Hispanic black populations as well as women of Cuban descent.
However, those reductions were not broad enough to close the racial gap. Infants born to non-Hispanic black women have a mortality rate more than double that of non-Hispanic white women. Among Hispanic subgroups, the highest rates are seen in Puerto Ricans, 6.68 per 1,000, while the lowest, 3.95, are in populations of Cuban descent.
“I think there was a public health push in the past decade to figure out ways to lower this rate, and it has made an impact,” said report author T.J. Mathews, a demographer at the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. “We know that there have been a lot of efforts across the country in cities and states where they’re trying to figure out ways where they can lower the infant mortality rate.”
Rates for four of the five leading causes of infant death went down. Congenital malformations, the primary cause of infant death, dropped 11%. Deaths from short gestation and low birthweight declined 8%, deaths due to maternal complications fell 7%, and cases of SIDS fell 29%. Deaths caused by unintentional injuries increased 11%, from 26.2 in 2005 to 29.2 in 2014.
One source of the decline, Jarris said, is the push to end medically unnecessary induced labor. “These are when a woman is induced to cause labor when there is no medical indication. They were very common around 2003 to 2005, and we have done a good job as a nation of reducing these dramatically so that women aren’t delivering early when there’s no need.”
Declines in infant mortality rates were observed in two-thirds of all US states and the District of Columbia, and no state reported a statistically significant increase. Infant deaths declined 11% percent or more in Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Maryland, Mississippi, Nebraska, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and the District of Columbia.
“Overall, 33 states and the District of Columbia had significant declines,” Mathews said. “Some states with fairly high rates, such as South Carolina and Mississippi, are in those categories where they had some of the sharpest declines.”
Although the report does not share details on how those states achieved lower rates, in the case of South Carolina, Jarris said the deliberate effort is key. “They have a strong partnership between the state Department of Health, the state Medicaid office, Blue Cross Blue Shield and the hospital association in which they are coordinating their efforts.”
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The decline, Mathews says, is a public health success.
According to the National Institutes of Health, since 1962, infant death rates in the United States have dropped more than 70%. Although rates continue to fall, the United States maintains one of the highest rates of infant death among developed countries.
“In terms of preterm birth and infant mortality, the United States has the highest rates of any of the developed nations,” Jarris said. “Our rates are more similar to that of developing nations. So the message, from my point of view, is that we cannot be complacent.”

Boy who waited 211 days for new heart faces health issues as family is forced to tear down home

Ari Schultz, 5, was born with a congential heart defect.

Ari Schultz, 5, was born with a congential heart defect.  (Ari’s New Heart Medical Fund – Echo of Hope/GoFundMe)


A Boston boy who spent 211 days waiting for a heart transplant is now being treated for acute rejection while his parents deal with a major mold issue that has turned the family’s home into a “sick house.”  Ari Schultz, 5, has been at Boston Children’s Hospital since December, and received his donated heart on March 3.

“Ari is struggling mightily,” Mike Schultz, Ari’s father, wrote in a blog post. “He went downhill, and needed operations and procedures every day this week. On the day of procedures, kids can’t eat. Ari had his food and water taken away every day.”

Ari was born with a serious congenital heart defect and underwent two correctable surgeries in the womb. Since his 2012 birth, he has had three open-heart surgeries and 12 different procedures, Wicked Local reported. He was placed on the transplant list when doctors determined he was suffering from congestive heart failure.

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Schultz wrote that he began to think about being able to take Ari home last week when he had been showing signs of improved health. But, an ultrasound indicated his body was rejecting the new organ, and they began him on a treatment regimen that Schultz described as “horribly uncomfortable.” Additionally, Schultz and his wife, Erica, who had been alternating staying with Ari at the hospital and at home with their other two children, Lexi and Eli, discovered severe mold growing in their home.

“Well, when it rains, it pours. When it pours, little did we know, mold was growing in the walls, floors, and ceilings of our house,” Schultz wrote. “At first we thought we’d remediate the mold, fix the leaks, and put the house back together. Turns out, it’s not that simple.”

Schultz wrote that when they pulled out the mold, more health hazards revealed themselves behind the walls, including mold that now requires the family to tear the house down. He said their contractor called the conditions a “sick house.” A GoFundMe page has been set up for the family to help cover building expenses, while donations for materials, architectural designs and other building necessities are also being accepted.

“Someday, we’ll be able to express our gratitude properly,” Schultz wrote of the overwhelming support. “For now, our sincerest thank you will have to do as we turn our attention back to Ari, keep the family together, and build a new home for Ari to go to when he wins his terrible battle.”

Trump signs NASA bill aimed at sending people to Mars

President Trump just signed a bill authorizing $19.5 billion in funding for NASA — the first such authorization bill for the space agency in seven years.

The bill more or less aligns with the budget blueprint Trump laid out last week. NASA won’t face the same cuts as other science and medical agencies, which stand to lose huge portions of their budget under the president’s proposal. Sending humans to Mars by the 2030s remains NASA’s long-term goal, and Congress will continue to fund the construction of the Space Launch System rocket and Orion crew capsule for that mission.

“I think it’s really more of a vote for stability,” said Scott Pace, director of the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University. He noted that the passage of the last NASA authorization bill in 2010 was fairly chaotic, since it involved ending the Constellation program that would have sent astronauts to the moon.

This year’s bill left NASA’s Earth science budget untouched — for now. Earth science would see a 5 percent cut in the president’s blueprint, and Trump made clear Tuesday that he thinks NASA should be focused on deep space, not Earth.

“It’s been a long time since a bill like this has been signed reaffirming our national commitment to the core mission of NASA, human space exploration, space science and technology,” he said. Later he added, “We support jobs. It’s about jobs.”

The bill, which was passed with bipartisan support, can be read in full here. Here are highlights from the bill signing:

Astronauts will get health care for life

The TREAT Astronauts Act included in the bill will finally mandate that NASA pay for monitoring, diagnosis and treatment of any health problems related to spaceflight for all former astronauts. The space agency has long monitored its astronauts for health problems after their time in space was over — that’s how we know about visual impairment intracranial pressure syndrome, eye damage caused by microgravity. But NASA couldn’t treat any problems that were found; it could only refer astronauts back to their primary-care doctors. In 2010, then-administrator Charles Bolden asked Congress to guarantee lifetime benefits for astronauts. He was opposed by the union that represents many NASA civil servants, according to the Wall Street Journal, because his proposal benefited only a small group of people.

Now, NASA’s retired astronauts will receive lifetime health care for all space flight-related issues. This is good news not just for astronauts, but for scientists studying the health effects of space travel — something that NASA will need to consider as it prepares to send humans on a seven-month journey to Mars.

Trump will relaunch the National Space Council

Vice President Pence said at the bill signing that he will be heading a revamped National Space Council, an advisory board that serves as a go-between for NASA and the White House that hasn’t operated since George H.W. Bush was president. It’s not clear yet when the council will be established, or how it might promote the president’s space policy.

Pace, who served on the space council under Bush, said that the council helps address issues that cut across multiple federal agencies: for example, questions about cooperation on the International Space Station (ISS) that would involve both NASA and the State Department.

The Asteroid Redirect Mission is definitely dead

The authorization bill directs NASA to keep its sights on a human mission to Mars in 2033 (though it doesn’t specify whether that would be a landing or just a visit to Mars orbit). But Congress wants the space agency to come up with an alternative to the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM), which was supposed to send humans to lunar orbit as a steppingstone toward the Red Planet. NASA doesn’t need to be told twice — after the blueprint budget included no funding for ARM, acting administrator Robert Lightfoot announced that NASA will no longer pursue that mission.

But that means NASA is looking for other “intermediate” stops on the path from Earth to Mars. Will the moon be one of them? At the president’s request, NASA is currently studying the feasibility of adding astronauts to the first test flight of the SLS rocket, which is slated to fly around the moon next year.

Trump also referenced the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969 on Tuesday.

“It was a big moment in our history,” he said. “Now, this nation is ready to be the first in space once again.”

NASA could soon be chartering commercial flights to the ISS

The authorization bill mandates that NASA can’t acquire space flight services from a foreign entity unless there are no NASA vehicles or U.S. commercial providers available. It also directs the space agency to look into ways to boost the private space industry.

Trump is not personally interested in a trip to space (though he’s willing to send Congress)

During the bill signing, Trump turned to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) to comment on the difficulty of being an astronaut.

“I don’t know Ted, would you like to do it?” he asked. “I don’t think I would.”

Cruz shook his head, so Trump looked at Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).

“Marco, do you want to do it?”

Rubio also declined. Both senators are co-sponsors of the bill, and their states are home to two major NASA centers: Johnson Space Center in Houston and Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.

“You could send Congress to space,” Cruz suggested, apparently disregarding the fact that he’s a member of Congress.

“We could,” Trump said. “What a great idea that could be.”



The European Union is planning a diplomatic “assault” against Israel by the end of the year once a number of major leadership elections on that continent are over, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said on Tuesday night.

“After this long election period — I understand from talks with friends in Europe and Brussels — we can expect a [diplomatic] assault by the EU against Israel.


“You don’t need any [special] information to know this. You just have to read the official statements and all the debates in the EU Parliament, that you can find on the foreign ministry websites,” he said while attending the Meir Dagan Conference at the Netanya Academic College.

Liberman listed some of the tensions that had already arisen with the EU, such as decision by Germany to delay by a year a special annual government-to-government meeting that occurs with Israel.

There was also an attempt to transform the conclusions of December’s Paris peace summit into the official EU platform, Liberman said.

His remarks come as Israel and the EU prepare to upgrade their diplomatic ties, by holding a meeting of the Israel-EU Association Council, which has not met for the last five years.

A tentative date of February 28 was set for the meeting, but it was not finalized and no new date has been set.

Israel has a relationship with the EU that is almost akin to that of a member state when it comes to economics, education, culture, technology, scientific research and medicine.

But the two governments are sharply divided over the issue of West Bank settlements. In the absence of a peace process, the EU has increasingly turned its frustration over Israel settlement activity into action.

It published guidelines so that its member states could place consumer labels on settlement products indicating that they were not made in Israel.

It has also supported illegal Palestinian construction in Area C of the West Bank, which is under Israeli military and civil rule.

US President Donald Trump is seeking to renew the peace process, which broke down in 2014. His special envoy Jason Greenblatt visited Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian territories last week. An Israeli delegation is in Washington this week, headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s chief of staff Yoav Horowitz. The Israeli officials are talking with the Trump Administration about a common understanding with regard to settlement activity.

“It’s important to find a text that will satisfy both sides. If someone thinks we can do what we want here [with regard to settlement activity], they are mistaken,” Liberman said.

Liberman himself lives in the West Bank settlement of Nokdim and supports settlement activity.

However, he has warned against the drive by right-wing politicians to annex Area C of the West Bank, starting with Ma’aleh Adumim.

He told the audience at the Meir Dagan Conference that he has received phone calls from Washington anting to know about this legislation and he told them that there was zero chance it would pass the Knesset.

Liberman has urged constraint with regard to settlement activity until Israel and the US come to an agreement on the issue.

“We had eight-difficult years with the Obama Administration. Now have a pure Republican government, with a majority in the House and the Senate, and of course a friendly Republican president in the White House,” Liberman said.

He cautioned Israeli politicians to be careful about their statements and legislative initiatives because their words were heard as far away as the White House.

“There are things we can do and things we cannot do unilaterally,” he said.



A European Jewish leader said Monday that the rise of extremist parties in Europe could ultimately lead to an exodus of Jews from countries where antisemitism is becoming increasingly visible.

Speaking at the annual conference of the Rabbinical Center of Europe in Pomezia, Italy, the organization’s director, Rabbi Menachem Margolin, warned that it will not be long before extremist parties which now have a great deal of power become the ruling parties in Europe.


He warned that the “tolerant attitude” of European governments toward extremism in countries where there are many manifestations of antisemitism could lead to a mass exodus of Jews from those countries.

“It is superfluous to say that a country ruled by an antisemitic party is a red line, and if we reach that situation we will call on the Jews of Europe to flee from those countries,” Margolin said.

More than 200 rabbis from across Europe attended the three-day conference, the 16th annual meeting of the group, which gathers in a different country each year.

The rise and prominence of extreme right-wing parties was a matter serious of concern discussed by attendees, along with issues of personal security, protection of community buildings and synagogues, and the preservation of Jewish life.

Other topics included assimilation, maintaining interest in Jewish identity by the young generation, conversion and religious observance in the era of technology.

As part of the conference, the community leaders met with ambassadors and government officials to discuss assistance to Jewish communities and ways to strengthen their status and to increase their security.

Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel Yitzhak Yosef joined the conference on Tuesday.

Iran says it’s ‘completely ready’ to restart nuclear program

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned Monday that Tehran is “completely ready” to restart its nuclear program if the US fails to live up to its commitments under the July 2015 nuclear deal.

“If [the] US creates a situation that continuation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action would damage Tehran’s national interest, then Iran is completely ready to come back to the situation it had prior to the JCPOA even more powerfully than before,” Zarif was quoted by Iranian state media as saying.

The foreign minister spoke to reporters in Isfahan in central Iran.

On the campaign trail during last year’s election, US President Donald Trump and many Republican lawmakers vowed to gut the deal once in office. But since the election, the Trump administration has signaled a gentler approach, though it has not provided details of its new policy.

Earlier this month, IAEA chief Yukiya Amano said “the new administration of the United States just started and they are looking at this issue,” but “it is very early for them to give their assessment.”

The agreement saw Iran scale down substantially its nuclear activities and submit to close inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency in exchange for relief from painful sanctions.

The accord extends the “breakout time” needed for Iran to accumulate enough fissile material for a bomb to at least a year, giving the international community time to react, according to proponents and the administration of former US president Barack Obama, which helped negotiate the agreement.

In his Monday comments in Isfahan, Zarif said Iran was “committed to the promises it has made” and that the regime’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei had stipulated that Iran “is not to break them,” according to the official Islamic Republic News Agency.

But, he warned, it could do so very quickly if the agreement falls through, and the restored nuclear program would be more advanced that the one mostly frozen by the 2015 deal.

“During the past couple of months, with the efforts made by skilled Iranian scientists and experts, we have succeeded [in making] operational the most advanced centrifuges, that were just an idea at the time of approving the JCPOA,” Zarif is quoted as saying.

The Mehr News Agency quoted him saying the new centrifuges “would enrich uranium 20 times faster and more efficiently,” and that “the technical know-how has now been indigenized.”

He accused the US of repeatedly failing to fulfill its commitments under the deal, but said “pursuing the JCPOA is still justifiable for Iran” for economic reasons.

Iran has always denied wanting nuclear weapons, saying its activities are purely peaceful. The international community vehemently disagreed, and placed a strict sanctions regime on Iran for much of the past decade, until Tehran agreed to halting its program in the 2015 deal.

Besides the US and Iran, the other signatories to the JCPOA — Britain, China, France, Russia and Germany — oppose ending the agreement

PUTIN ON ISIS TERROR, “I Swear if they Bomb Russia, in Half an Hour Every Muslim Will Die”

The Russian leader is reportedly mounting an enormous military mission to take control of the terror group’s stronghold of Raqqa.

The city is the self-declared capital of ISIS in Syria and is patrolled by as many as 5,000 jihadi members.

Putin is set to mobilise 150,000 reservists who he conscripted into the military in September.

Following the Paris attacks, Putin hinted he was ready to join forces with the West to tackle Islamic State.

He told David Cameron: “The recent tragic events in France show that we should join efforts in preventing terror,” said Putin. “I swear if they bomb Russia, in half an hour every Muslim will die.”

Republican nominee Donald Trump said on Monday that if elected U.S. president he would weigh an alliance with Russia against Islamic State militants.

He said he had never met Putin. But over the course of his year-long campaign, Trump has praised the Russian leader and one of his top foreign policy advisers, retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, had dinner with Putin last December.

“When you think about it, wouldn’t it be nice if we got along with Russia?” Trump said. “Wouldn’t it be nice if we got together with Russia and knocked the hell out of ISIS?” he added, using another name for Islamic State.

David Rockefeller, ‘One of The Most Evil Men Alive’ Is Finally Dead at 101


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Conspiracy theorists the world over can rejoice! One of the most notoriously evil men in the world is no longer with us.

Former Chase Manhattan Chief Executive David Rockefeller has died at the age of 101.

Rockefeller died in his sleep at home in Pocantico Hills, New York, on Monday morning as a result of congestive heart failure, according to a family spokesperson Fraser P. Seitel.

The businessman, who had an estimated fortune of $3 billion, retired as head of Chase Manhattan in 1981 after a 35-year career.

David Rockefeller: An Immoral Life of Evil and Treason

For every second in David Rockefeller’s long life, he’s been one of the wealthiest human beings on the planet. Like the devil in the song by the Rolling Stones, he has always been a man of wealth and taste. Growing up in a nine story house full of Renaissance treasures doesn’t make a normal child. If he were ever elected President of the United States of America, it would be a demotion.

David Rockefeller is the only surviving grandson of America’s first billionaire, John Davison Rockefeller.

Because of his tremendous fortune and influence, David Rockefeller was at the forefront of the minds of every conspiracy theorist. He’s even got a character on hit cartoon show, The Simpsons, that for all the world seems to be modeled after him (Mr. Burns).

It is impossible to imagine walking a mile in his shoes. But how can we be so quick to judge a life most of us could never begin to comprehend? Read on for more facts that make it exceedingly easy to dislike such a person.

David Rockefeller: Traitor to the US, His Nation of Birth

David Rockefeller: Traitor to the US, His Nation of Birth

How Much Money Does David Rockefeller Have?

What is David Rockefeller worth? You will find many *cough* “official statements” on seemingly reputable websites that cite an obscene number, but you shouldn’t believe it because the real number won’t be found.

Call it a “404 page not found” error if you like, but David’s grandfather was the first billionaire in America, and if you know how “it takes money to make money,” then you know the official numbers are just bunk junk for public consumption. If you were one of the wealthiest men on the planet, then you would surely prefer that people believe that Bill Gates is worth more than you, and you’d only leave a trail for a very small portion of your wealth. This is what David Rockefeller has done.

He’s rumored to be worth over a trillion dollars, but Wikipedia says he’s worth only $2.9 billion, which is a number so ridiculously low one has to wonder if the person who put it there knows how to balance their own bank account. Wikipedia is terrific for facts, but only if they fit the agendas of the global oligarchy.

How much money did John Davison Rockefeller have? Well, according to “politically correct” sources on what is really controlled information on the internet, David Rockefeller’s grandfather had just $1 billion (adjusted for inflation, that amount today would be $318.3 billion). Large sums of his fortune were donated to causes like medical research, but to assume that David Rockefeller inherited less than $3 billion from his grandfather would be rather silly.

Now, let’s try to adjust that total for inflation and add interest accrued… would anyone like to attempt the math? We haven’t discussed how much David made in his lifetime. But still, even conservative estimates are completely, utterly obscene.

How did they obtain so much vast wealth? Well, a lot of it is blood money or money stolen from the poorest of the poor. I shall explain..

Being obscenely rich is one thing, but why do so many people believe David Rockefeller was pure evil?

Did you notice people are happy about his death? That’s because David Rockefeller was a huge part of virtually every secret elite organization on the planet. He had his hands in the military industrial complex, profiting from pretty much all the wars. He has secretly had his hands in the arms industry and was a major player among the banking cartels for decades. He was even rumored to be part of organ trafficking, sex slaves and other black market illegal trading. His work under the guise of ‘philanthropy’ has caused the deaths and needless suffering of millions.

If you know who a person’s friends are, you can then tell what sort of person he is. David Rockefeller and Henry Kissinger have been very close friends since they first met in 1954. Why do people consider Henry Kissinger to be so evil? Answer that one, and you’ll know the same thing is true about Rockefeller. Despite the monumental power and international influence Kissinger has wielded over the past several decades, even more is wielded by David Rockefeller.

In the US, since the false flag attacks upon our own nation by global oligarchy on 9/11, the people of the nation have seen tremendous drops in their personal wealth, and also huge losses in jobs and opportunities. This has all been part of the plan for the banking cartels, and millions now know it. Many people believe Rockefeller was DIRECTLY INVOLVED with the funding and planning of 9/11.

For some it sounds far fetched, but for those who have dug deeper into this subject they know there is a lot of damning evidence to prove it, but there was never anyone powerful enough that was willing to take him to court.

Some whistleblowers have spoken up, with evidence, but they were all murdered. Most notably Aaron Russo. You should hear what he had to say!

So why do people hate David Rockefeller? A terrific answer would be because he hates us, wants global governance, and is actively pursuing whatever evil he thinks needs doing in order to make that happen.

While only purposeful ignorance or stupidity could lead one to be satisfied with the current state of affairs in Washington D.C., most people still very much love this country. Only terrific strain and sorrow would force citizens submit to any outside governance, but David Rockefeller’s life has been dedicated towards such ends. People are right to have and to hold total hatred for Mr. David Rockefeller’s actions on planet Earth, and especially in regards to his nation of birth.

David Rockefeller: Staunch Backer of Global Government

David Rockefeller: Staunch Backer of Global Government | Source
David Rockefeller - A Father of Foulness

David Rockefeller – A Father of Foulness | Source


David Rockefeller – A Life of Deceit and Dishonor


—David Rockefeller in June 5, 1991 at the Bilderberger meeting in Baden Baden, Germany (a meeting also attended by then-Governor Bill Clinton.

If you’ve ever entertained the passing thought that mass media exists to create division and not unity, well, you’re on to something. If you’ve realized that nothing of any value is transmitted to you on television, then you are, in my never humble opinion, a very bright person. If you’ve gone even further and realized that mass media and the flow of misinformation is planned and contrived by global oligarchs,then pat yourself on the back: you are utterly brilliant.

You can pay your dues to David Rockefeller for this, and spit on his very grave when you get the chance. The man has invested far more billions into mass media than the number cited on Wikipedia as his total wealth. Of course he is an international banker with close ties to the worst family on planet Earth, the Rothschild family.

In fact, if you point your finger at anything foul in the USA, somewhere lurking in the unpublished darkness of a monopolized mass media bent on disinformation, there you will find David Rockefeller.

Flood the Jewish Swamp
By The Anti-Media

The duty of a Washington DC lobbyist is to bend the ears of lawmakers and administration officials in the hopes of influencing bills and initiatives that might divvy out taxpayer dollars to corporations or keep regulatory agencies sniffing in other directions. When Trump assumed the presidency, many lobbyists were wringing their hands. His pledge to “drain the swamp” and widely praised policy to discourage revolving doors between the private and public sectors indicated they would fall on hard times. However, President Trump’s choices of appointees to his administration have repeatedly shown that even if Trump appears unswayed by lobbyist influence, D.C.’s love affair with the corporate state is far from over.

Goldman Sachs was, to some extent, ousted from a long-standing seat of power after the recession. Though President Obama invited Wall Street insiders into his administration, he also signed the Dodd-Frank Act into law, a bill that, among other things, established the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection, an agency designated to place a stricter emphasis on evaluating the practices of big banks.

Trump, whose administration is filled with Goldman Sachs affiliates, has repeatedly expressed his eagerness to repeal that bill. Sach’s spent millions on the election cycle alone; the Center for Responsive Politics reported that the Wall Street juggernaut forked over upwards of $5 million. Though the Trump administration did not receive those funds, he has nevertheless appointed a number of Sach’s alumni, including Treasury Secretary Steve Mnunchin and Senior Adviser Anthony Scaramucci. Even Steve Bannon, who is widely regarded as the most influential man in Washington, cut his teeth at the bank. Gary Cohn was working as Goldman’s Chief Operation Officer until Trump appointed him Director of the National Economic Council.

Despite Trump’s strong support among voters who feel ostracized by big industries, corporate America seems to have a seat at the table in the White House. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson faced a blistering confirmation hearing in which his ties to Exxon Mobil, the company he once led, were scrutinized. CNN reported that Tillerson has placed his stocks in that company under a blind trust, and while Exxon was one of the top spenders on lobbying during 2016, many hoped Tillerson’s former employer wouldn’t enjoy any privileges. Yet in a press release, the White House appeared to have plagiarized from the oil giant. Both press releases, one from the company and one from the White house, praised Exxon, reading:

ExxonMobil is strategically investing in new refining and chemical-manufacturing projects in the U.S. Gulf Coast region to expand its manufacturing and export capacity. The company’s Growing the Gulf expansion program, consists of 11 major chemical, refining, lubricant and liquefied natural gas projects at proposed new and existing facilities along the Texas and Louisiana coasts. Investments began in 2013 and are expected to continue through at least 2022.”

Like Goldman Sachs, Exxon did not contribute funds to Trump’s campaign (Exxon employees did contribute over $90,000 to Hillary Clinton’s campaign while Sachs paid big fees to entice the former secretary of state to deliver private speeches at their company). Nevertheless, Exxon is enjoying ties to positions of extreme influence.

Trump continued this trend with his appointment of Patrick Shanahan as deputy defense secretary this week. The move gives another company — this time, Boeing — a voice inside the administration. The Hill notes that “Shanahan has been Boeing’s senior vice president for supply chain and operations since April.” On Boeing’s website, Shanahan enjoys a lengthy bio that states he “was vice president and general manager of Boeing Missile Defense Systems, starting in December 2004.” He held that position, one based out of Washington DC, until 2007, and worked in the company in various positions for years before assuming that role.

Boeing has a longstanding relationship with the government as a leading supplier of military aircraft, and they’ve spent a great deal of money on lobbyists ($17 million in 2016) to ensure that their relationship with the Pentagon is strong, regardless of who is in the White House.

On Twitter, the president previously criticized government deals with Boeing. In December, he wrote, “Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!” However, he has also praised the company. In February, he visited a Boeing plant in South Carolina where he declared, “[W]e are looking seriously at a big order…the problem is that [Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg] is a very, very tough negotiator, but I think we may get it.”

Earlier this week, Trump unveiled his budget, which among other things, proposed a $54 billion increase in military spending. That weighty investment could spell a big payday for industries like Boeing, and while there will likely be plenty of lobbying before the budget is finalized, companies like Boeing, Exxon, and Goldman Sachs each have inside men and are likely to continue to enjoy loud voices in Washington D.C. — without paying the president a dime.

This article originally appeared on The Anti-Media.

Most Young Adults Say Trump Presidency Is Illegitimate

Two months into his presidential term, Donald Trump has failed to convince younger adults that he’s a real leader. That’s according to a new poll that shows the majority of young adults—57 percent of those aged 18 to 30—say they don’t view Trump’s presidency as legitimate. Young adults of color are especially skeptical of Trump as commander-in-chief, with the majority of blacks, Asians and Latino/as reporting that Trump’s presidency is illegitimate. White young adults were the only group polled that overwhelmingly reported they see Trump as a viable leader, but most of them also reported dissatisfaction with the job he’s done so far.

The GenForward survey found that among young adults in the U.S., just 25 percent of African Americans, 36 percent of Asians and 28 percent of Latino/as regard the president as legitimate. Compare that with a majority of young whites, 53 percent, who say that Trump is a bona fide U.S. president. Majority disapproval of Trump’s record in office thus far was true across racial categories, with 72 percent of Latino/as, 71 percent of African Americans, 69 percent of Asian Americans, and 55 percent of young white adults giving the president’s performance a thumbs down.

A few other notable stats from the poll:

  • “Young adults express considerable concern about Donald Trump’s relations with Russia. Young people of color are especially worried. For example, 54% of Asian Americans, 53% of Latino/as, and 49% of African Americans believe that the 2016 election was hampered by the Russians. Only 39% of whites share this view.”
  • “Large numbers of millennials report having been politically active during the first 50 days of the Trump administration. Political engagement has taken place largely online and in opposition to, rather than in support of, President Trump. For example, most contacts with public officials (61% among African Americans, 65% of Asian Americans, 59% of Latino/as, and 62% of whites) have been to express opposition to President Trump and his policies.”
  • “There continue to be large differences across race and ethnicity in perceptions about the most important problems in America. For example, young people of color list racism as one of the three most important problems in the country, but this issue is not one of the top three for young whites.”
  • “Health care and immigration are among the other top issues listed by millennials, suggesting a response to Trump’s current policy agenda.”

A Gallup poll released Monday morning showed that Trump continues to break records across all age groups with his historic unpopularity. The Huffington Post reports that Trump’s job approval has fallen to an abysmal 37 percent, “lower than any other president at this point in his first term since Gallup started tracking the numbers 72 years ago in 1945.”

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