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Trump raises stakes on government shutdown, demands border wall funds in spending bill

The White House said Thursday that it wants to see money for President Trump’s border wall included in the spending bill Congress must pass next week — a demand Democrats said sours negotiations and makes a government shutdown more likely.

The demands mark a reversal for the administration, which had been saying it found enough money to build prototypes this year and wouldn’t need a major infusion of cash until next year.

But White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said in an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday that the wall and the money for more immigration agents are priorities.

“We know there are a lot of people on the Hill, especially in the Democratic Party, who don’t like the wall, but they lost the election. And the president should, I think, at least have the opportunity to fund one of his highest priorities in the first funding bill under his administration,” Mr. Mulvaney said.

The White House issued its demand just days after Democrats insisted that the spending bill include billions of dollars to prop up Obamacare. Democratic aides signaled that they wouldn’t accept a bill without the cost-sharing payments intended to keep insurers invested in the health care law.

With Mr. Mulvaney’s demand, both sides now appear to be entrenching.

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Fed Raises Interest Rates for Third Time Since Financial Crisis

The Federal Reserve, which raised its benchmark rate on Wednesday for the second time in three months, this time to a range between 0.75 percent and 1 percent, is finally moving toward the end of its nine-year-old economic stimulus campaign, which began in the depths of the financial crisis.

But Janet L. Yellen, the Fed’s chairwoman, said at a news conference after the decision was announced that the Fed did not share the optimism of stock market investors and some business executives that economic growth is gaining speed. It still plans to move slowly because the economy continues to grow slowly. She suggested that the Fed would have plenty of time to adjust its plans should President Trump and Congress cut taxes or spend massively on infrastructure.

Her announcement was full of confidence. But it certainly was not ebullient. “The data have not notably strengthened,” Ms. Yellen told reporters. “We haven’t changed the outlook. We think we’re moving on the same course we’ve been on.”

The Fed said that the United States economy continued to chug along, expanding at a “moderate pace.” Employers are hiring, consumers are spending and businesses — the laggards in recent months — are starting to plow a little more money into their operations, too.

The Fed’s sobriety did not appear to make much of an impression on investors. The stock market’s heady march that began after Mr. Trump’s election continued apace. The Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index rose 0.84 percent to close at 2,385.26 Wednesday, moving up sharply after the announcement. Some said the Fed was still a long way from doing anything that might hurt.

“The first four to eight rate hikes are the low-hanging fruit,” said Deron McCoy, the chief investment officer at SEIA, a Los Angeles firm. “The real test will be whether the economy can withstand positive real rates. And that still seems to be a 2019 topic.”

Some analysts said the Fed will want to see an impact from its actions. “Policy makers hike rates to tighten financial conditions,” said Ellen Zentner, the chief United States economist at Morgan Stanley. “If this easing of financial conditions on the back of today’s hike are sustained, that would tell policy makers they need to do more.”

Ms. Zentner said she expected the Fed to raise rates again at its June meeting. The Fed’s policy-making committee next meets on May 2 and 3.

She noted that the Fed’s longer-term outlook is less clear. Ms. Yellen’s term as Fed chairwoman ends in February, and Mr. Trump could then replace her.

The Fed, charged with maximizing employment and moderating inflation, is close to achieving both goals. The unemployment rate fell to 4.7 percent in February, consistent with the normal churn of people moving among jobs. And after several years of concern that prices were not rising fast enough, inflation is reviving. The Fed’s preferred measure rose 1.9 percent over the 12 months ending in January, close to its 2 percent annual target.

“The basis for today’s decision is simply our assessment of the progress of the economy,” Ms. Yellen said at the postmeeting news conference. “And it’s been doing nicely.”

The Fed, which had made more inflation a central objective, said on Wednesday that it was now focused on stabilizing inflation. Ms. Yellen took the opportunity to note that inflation may now rise a bit above 2 percent, just as it has been below 2 percent the last few years. “It’s a reminder 2 percent is not a ceiling on inflation,” she said. “It’s a target.”

The Fed’s increased confidence was reflected in a new round of policy forecasts it also published Wednesday. An increased number of Fed officials are expecting to raise rates at least twice more this year. Only three of the 17 officials who submitted forecasts expect the central bank to move more slowly. There was a similar coalescing around tighter policy for the following two years, marking the first time in recent years that the Fed’s quarterly economic forecasts have shifted toward a prediction of tighter monetary policy.

This is the third time the Fed has raised rates since the financial crisis. The first hike came at the end of 2015 and the second almost exactly one year later. This time the Fed waited just three months. The benchmark rate remains below 1 percent, a very low level.

People with credit card debt are likely to see an immediate increase of about a quarter percentage point in their interest rates. The effect on longer-term loans is less direct, but the average rate on a 30-year mortgage rose by half a percentage point over the last year.

The nation’s largest borrower, the federal government, will also feel the pinch of higher rates. The Congressional Budget Office expects federal interest payments, measured as a share of the economy, to double over the next decade.

Savers are unlikely to benefit immediately. Banks tend to raise interest rates on loans more quickly than they raise rates on deposits. Last week, the average rate on a six-month certificate of deposit was 0.14 percent. Last year at this time: 0.13 percent.

The Fed’s move to raise rates puts it on course for a slow-motion collision with President Trump, who has repeatedly promised to increase economic growth through policies including cuts in taxation and regulation and more spending on infrastructure and defense.

Fed officials have emphasized that the economy is already growing at roughly its maximum sustainable pace; faster growth would therefore lead to faster increases in interest rates.

Some economists and liberal activists argue that the Fed is raising rates too quickly. Narayana Kocherlakota, an economist at the University of Rochester and a former member of the Fed’s policy-making committee, noted that strong economic growth continued to pull people into the job market while wage growth remained relatively weak. That suggests, he said, that the economy has not yet returned to full employment.

“We should be seeing faster wage growth with this level of employment growth if we were close to full employment,” Mr. Kocherlakota said on Twitter before the Fed’s decision.

Mr. Kocherlakota’s successor as president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, Neel Kashkari, cast the sole vote against raising rates on Wednesday.

The Fed’s assessment of economic conditions remained quite measured. The economy expanded by just 1.6 percent in 2016, and there is little sign of an acceleration during the first quarter. Fed officials continue to forecast a Goldilocks economy, with the unemployment rate remaining at 4.5 percent and inflation around 2 percent for the next three years.

Ms. Yellen played down surveys showing a sharp rise in the optimism of consumers and business executives since the presidential election, noting there is little evidence that such surveys predict spending decisions.

She said that Fed officials spoke regularly to business leaders, and that many were undoubtedly in “a much more optimistic frame of mind.” But she added that many of those executives have adopted a wait-and-see attitude — just like the Fed itself.

Steady U.S. Job Growth Sets Stage for Fed to Raise Interest Rates

A wave of hiring in February — President Trump’s first full month in office — pointed to a strong foundation for the nation’s economy, providing further evidence for the Federal Reserve that the moment to raise interest rates has come.

The Labor Department reported a gain of 235,000 jobs and healthy wage growth in a month when even the weather cooperated. It was the last major data release before Fed policy makers meet Tuesday and Wednesday, when they have signaled their intent to increase the benchmark interest rate.

“The economy is riding a wave of bullish sentiment postelection,” said Andrew Chamberlain, chief economist at Glassdoor, a career website. “We’re seeing strong labor demand across the board and no sign of slowing right now.”

Republicans and Democrats quickly jostled for credit.

Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, said Mr. Trump had “jump-started job creation, not only through his executive action but because of the surge in economic confidence and optimism that has been inspired since his election.”

Mr. Trump, who, as a candidate, repeatedly dismissed the official jobs reports as “phony,” reposted a comment on Twitter from the conservative website Drudge Report that said, “GREAT AGAIN: +235,000.” Mr. Spicer later quoted Mr. Trump on his faith in the report, “They may have been phony in the past, but it’s very real now.”

The Labor Department repeated that it had not changed the way it collected and analyzed jobs data since Mr. Trump took office. “It’s business as usual,” said Megan Kindelan, director of public affairs at the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The Republican self-congratulation clearly irked Democrats. Tom Perez, labor secretary in the Obama administration and now chairman of the Democratic National Committee, countered that Mr. Trump had “absolutely nothing” to do with the job gains. “Trump inherited an economy from Barack Obama with the longest streak of private sector job growth in history,” he said.

Although the economic anxiety that helped put Mr. Trump in the White House remains, the official jobless rate is near what the Fed considers full employment — a threshold where, in theory at least, everyone who wants a job at the going rate can find one. The official jobless rate fell to 4.7 percent, from 4.8 percent in January, even as the overall labor force grew.

At the same time, jobless claims are near a 44-year low, and the stock market is surging. Revisions to previous estimates raised the three-month average of monthly job gains to 209,000 and annual wage growth to 2.8 percent, further bolstering the case for those who argue the economy is strong enough to withstand a rate increase.

The overall economic momentum received a push from February’s unusually warm weather, with almost a quarter of the jobs — about 58,000 — coming from construction. Manufacturing and mining rose too.

Also significant was the increase in the labor participation rate to 63 percent, a result of rising employment even among people without a high school diploma. “There’s got to be some optimism that these people are feeling they finally have a chance,” said Diane Swonk, founder and chief executive of DS economics in Chicago.

On the other end are employers who are seeing acute labor shortages. “They’re offering training programs now,” Ms. Swonk said. “They’re complaining about it. But that’s what tight labor markets do. It forces you to invest more to work with less.”

Bigger paychecks are something that most Americans are particularly eager to see, after years of stagnant wage growth. The Fed, too, has been waiting for an increase, but it is also wary of wages rising too fast. Its members want to head off incipient inflation without putting the brakes on hiring, especially because the benefits of the eight-year-old recovery have been so unevenly distributed.

The Labor Picture in February

Balancing those two goals is tricky.

Lauren Griffin, senior vice president at Adecco Staffing USA, said the scarcity of qualified workers had compelled employers to raise wages, strengthen benefits and improve amenities at the office. “We’ve got people in orientation classes,” Ms. Griffin said, “and they get up and leave because they’re contacted about another job that might be more money.”

At the same time, a broader measure of unemployment — which includes the millions of Americans who have given up looking for work or who are working part time but would prefer full-time jobs — dropped to 9.2 percent last month but is still high given how tight the labor market looks otherwise.

Cautioning the Fed against moving too quickly with a rate increase, Elise Gould, an economist at the left-leaning Economic Policy Institute, noted that, “Workers throughout the economy, including young workers, workers of color, and low-wage workers, need a chance to make up lost ground on wage growth.”

Many Americans who live outside urban centers also have been excluded from most of the rewards of the recovery.

Large metropolitan counties have had more than twice the annual wage growth of nonmetropolitan areas, according to the latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“Higher-wage jobs might be following educated, young workers, who are increasingly living in dense, urban neighborhoods as other demographic groups move to the suburbs,” said Jed Kolko, chief economist at Indeed, a job-search site. “Broader economic shifts also favor big cities: The occupations projected to grow tend to be more urban, while shrinking sectors like manufacturing and farming tend to be located outside large metros.”

That is disappointing for people with longstanding ties to smaller, more rural communities. “A lot of this has to do with mobility,” said Steven W. Rick, chief economist at CUNA Mutual Group, an insurance company. “People are going to have to move where the jobs are and not expect the jobs to come where they are.”

Although the Trump administration has had little time to make any substantial policy changes, the expectation of a reduction in taxes and regulations and the possibility of vast infrastructure spending have created optimism among employers and blue-collar workers.

Mr. Trump has promised to expand the economy by 4 percent a year, create 25 million jobs in the next decade, revive manufacturing and reduce the trade deficit.

Achieving all that would be difficult in the best of circumstances, let alone with the potential headwinds facing the White House. Dissension among Republicans and the unpredictability of Mr. Trump’s course in several policy areas could dampen job growth.

The future of the Affordable Care Act and a possible replacement is making hospitals and community health centers cautious about adding workers. A strong dollar and a potential backlash against the White House’s travel ban could slow tourism and hiring in the sector. And Mr. Trump’s across-the-board hiring freeze on federal government jobs, combined with declines at the state level, will probably reduce the total number of public sector employees.

The uncertainty extends to prospects for tax cuts. Some Wall Street analysts, expecting delays, have pared their growth forecasts for 2017, after recently raising them.

Certainly the snapshot of February’s labor market is good. The question is, if the economy does slow, whether Mr. Trump will accept the legitimacy of weak reports as enthusiastically as he does good ones.

Mr. Spicer suggested the president would. “Numbers are going to go up and down,” he said. “We recognize that.”

The Secret KOSHER TAX That Raises Food Prices

Kosher Food Tax THE TRUTH AT LAST – P.O. Box 1211, Marietta, Georgia 30061


The Secret KOSHER TAX That Raises Food Prices

Non-Jews are unaware that all food products marked with the “K” or “U” Symbols have been TAXED by Jewish Rabbis!

Note: Each nation has its own symbol. Check in local Jewish publications, to find out what mark of the beast, is being used in your own country.

On every pantry shelf in America, lay dozens of canned and packaged food products which have a tiny “K” or “U” printed on the label.

This symbol informs Orthodox Jews that the items have been checked by a rabbi, to make sure that they have been prepared in accordance with “Jewish Dietary law”, as set forth in the Jewish Talmud -(the real “bible” of the Jews.)

American food companies are forced to pay multi-billions of dollars to several Orthodox Jewish organizations, just so an estimated 10% to 20% of Jewry, (or 800,000 to no more than 1.2 million Orthodox Jews), will buy their products. Please bear in mind that this is a country of 270 million people, and we are all forced to pay this Kosher Tax, just to appease LESS THAN ONE PERCENT OF THE POPULATION!

This comes out of your pocket!

What does “Kosher” mean?

The word “Kosher” means “fit” to eat. Orthodox Jews are forbidden from eating meat products from any animal that doesn’t have a split hoof and chew its cud. Pigs, (pork), is not kosher because while they do have the split hooves, they don’t chew their cud. Rabbit meat is not kosher because, while they chew their cud, they don’t have split hooves. Jews are not allowed to eat any dairy products along with meat at the same meal. If they eat meat at one meal, they must wait six hours before they can eat any dairy food.

All of this is superstitious nonsense, and has absolutely nothing to do with improving the quality of any food product. Still, this clever scheme of requiring kosher labeling has become a multi-million dollar business today! The Jewish Encyclopedia of 1942 states that the practice of eating rabbi-approved “kosher” foods goes back to ancient times when Jews were forbidden from eating with or having sex with Gentiles. The Encyclopedia says rabbis taught that, “Gentiles are ridden with diseases and death from unclean habits, and that, God wishes to protect his people from being contaminated by the Gentiles. The non-kosher goods of the Gentiles were ruled to have a contaminating effect!”

How Racist!
Falsehoods Used To Entice Christians To Accept Kosher Products.

One of our subscriber’s wrote the “Aunt Jane Foods Co.” in Faison, N.C. asking how much they pay annually for the use of the “U” symbol. Ms. Donna Fonvielle, head of Customer Relations, responded that Jews told them that by submitting to rabbinical supervision they are informing the public that “kosher products are produced under sanitary conditions.”

The Jewish Press of Feb. 26, 1988, quotes Menachem Lubinsky, a major marketer of kosher products as saying, “the industry should tell inquisitive Christians this line, Kosher has become something like the ‘Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval’. It makes a product appear to be healthier and of better quality.”

The Washington Post of Nov. 2, 1987 quotes Rabbi Schulem Rubin, an Orthodox rabbi from the Bronx as declaring:

“Kosher doesn’t taste any better; kosher isn’t healthier; kosher doesn’t have less salmonella. You can eat a Holly Farm chicken which sells for 39 cents a pound on sale, and next taste a Kosher chicken selling for $1.69 a pound, and not tell the difference. There’s a lot of money to be made! Religion is not based on logic!”

The Sun-Sentinel of March 20, 1987, quotes Rabbi Irving Silverman, who organized the recent giant Kosher Foods Exposition in New York City, as stating: “There’s one misconception I would like to clear up. There’s a perception that the Jewish dietary laws are steeped in health considerations. That’s not so at all. It is a commitment to a strict adherence to a tradition, a thread from one generation to another. I’m not kosher because its’ healthier – I’m kosher because my parents were kosher and my grandparents were kosher. Its a commitment!”

Rabbi Bernard Levy, head of the Orthodox, “Committee For The Furtherance of Torah Observance,” demonstrates how he stamps the Kosher symbol which has made him untold millions of dollars. (Tax free)

There would be no objection if the small Orthodox Jewish community made their own kosher products and paid for them, as they did before the kosher business was launched in 1919, for the general public. The problem lies in the fact that the meaning of these kosher labels is a tightly guarded secret of which most Christians have no knowledge.

America’s huge manufacturers of processed food products keep a tight lid on this subject so that no explanation is ever allowed to seep out to the public. They only run ads announcing which products are kosher in Jewish publications, and NEVER in the daily press or on TV. This subject is so sensitive that few daily newspapers dare to carry articles about this controversy. Growing numbers of non-Jews who become aware of the secret kosher tax object to being forced to pay it. This is a clear violation of the U.S. Constitution.

Who Receives The Kosher Food Tax Money?

In 1960 there were only 225 companies paying the kosher food tax. This jumped to 475 in 1966 and 800 by 1975. Jewish promoters of kosher labeling say there now has been a “kosher food explosion” today with over 16,000 products now paying rabbinical organizations for their “stamp of kosher approval.” Kosher products retail sales today amount to $30 billion a year according to “The Chicago Jewish Sentinel” of July 7, 1988.Note: In the year 2000, this is now a trillion dollar racketeering scheme, in which ever nation on Earth pays the KOSHER TAX.

Orthodox Jewish organizations have copyrighted certain symbols which only they can use. The giant in the business is “The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations” which issues the “U” imprint. They service some 1,200 companies or about 80% of the business. They employ nearly 600 rabbis as part-time “checkers.” This is twice as many as ten years ago. The next largest is Rabbi Bernard Levy’s “Committee For The Furtherance of Torah Observance” which uses the “K” symbol.

Canadian Kosher products are stamped with the letters “COR” which stands for “Council of Orthodox Rabbis”. This is a front group for the powerful Canadian Jewish Congress, which actually receives all the money from this tax. The Jews in Canada are so united they do not allow any competition which is not the case in the U.S. Here a number of Orthodox rabbis have split away from the major groups to go into the kosher racket for themselves. (Why split easy money with the higher ups?) Note: This is not Just a problem in the UnitedStates and Canada. All nations with an Orthodox Jewish population are being extorted this way. Any were you have agents of the World Jewish Congress, you have this form of Racketeering. Do to NAFTA, Mexico is flooded with this problem. 100 Million Mexicans, mostly Catholic, have to pay tribute to Jews in this manner.

Rabbi Jack Goldman was formerly with the Orthodox Jewish Congregation but broke away and now runs the “Metropolitan Kashruth Council of Michigan “. He has several rabbis working for him and they issue an “MK” label. Some believe this stands for “Michigan Kosher.” It is said that had he remained in the New York-New Jersey area his life would have been in danger. Note: The symbols differ from country to country, to find out what symbols are use in your nation, check advertisements in Jewish news papers and magazines.

Minnesota has Rabbi Asher Zeilingold who immigrated there in 1953 from England, and today issues his own “K with a shield” to some ISO factories.

This is strictly a religious tax, which millions of non-Jews unknowingly pay each time they buy a basket load of groceries! What would happen if a group of Christian ministers or priests got together, and demanded that all companies pay them a similar tax? They could use a “C,” symbol (for Christian), or a cross, (for Christ), threatening that those who refuse to print such a label on their products would be boycotted by Christians.

If that happened you would hear an enraged outcry from the ACLU, American Jewish Committee, Jewish Anti-Defamation League, etc. They would be filing suits to stop this “violation of the Constitutional provisions providing for the separation of Church and State.” But, because of the Jews’ centuries old claim of being “a poor persecuted people” along with the Christian fear of being accused of “anti-Semitism,” there is a deafening silence on this problem. Note: Modern Jews are not Semites, or the Jews of the Bible.

The Great Kosher Scandal Will One Day Explode!

The New York Times, a Jewish owned daily, in a rare article on this subject back on May 18, 1975, reported that kosher symbols are deliberately printed “unobtrusively on labels” so that they will go unnoticed by Christians. In Jewish publications large ads are run to instruct Jews to buy only kosher marked items. In other words, the Jews are boycotting all products which do not pay the kosher tax! The biggest secret of all is the exact ANNUAL amount these companies pay to Orthodox rabbis. This same “Times” article stated: “Neither kosher group will disclose what gross revenues are, nor, are corporations anxious to make their own payments public.”How often do we hear our congressmen demand that there be “truth in advertising” and that the “consumer must be protected?”

Note: The Jewish Attorney general, of New York State, is going after General Electric, for far less charges of defrauding the public. Will Mr. Spitzer go after the Rabbis? Don’t hold your breath! “The Times” writer, Leonard Sloane, quizzed Rabbi Bernard Levy about this and only received an evasive reply. Levy stated that the average cost to a concern for kosher inspections runs from $1,000 for a “mom and pop” operation to $40,000 per plant for the larger corporations. But, he quickly added, that these charges can go much higher because they are “all keyed to the frequency of inspection which could be on a continuous, daily, weekly, monthly or quarterly basis.” The rabbi decides how often your plant must be inspected. Remember,these are figures from 1975 – HOW MUCH HIGHER ARE THEY TODAY?

Jewish Editor Calls Kosher Labeling A “Racket”!

The Jewish Newsletter is published by William Zukerman. In 1970 he came out with a super-sensational article charging that Orthodox rabbis had turned the kosher labeling business into a multi-million dollar racket. He said that absolutely nothing which does not contain meat or a meat by-product needs a kosher label. He quotes Mrs. Weiss-Rosmarin, “the greatest rabbinical authority,” as testifying that no soft drink, Coca-Cola, nor any other drink needs kosher approval. Again, ONLY MEAT and items containing MEAT by-products need Kosher approval.

Zuckerman charges that “unscrupulous or bogus rabbis” are in back of this “racket” and when eventually exposed, “this will develop into a scandal which will rock organized Jewry to its foundation:”

The (Masonic) B’nai B’rith Messenger in its April 2, 1965 edition warned that “a nationally known rabbi, who had promised to expose the kosher racket was allegedly told to shut-up or else!” Zuckerman has stated that Jews who dare to speak out against the Kosher Food Racket face physical danger. Powerful people do not want any of their own kind to rock the boat by exposing this multi-million dollar fraud.

American food products are already checked by local and federal governmental agencies for purity and edibility. Jewish kosher certification in no way whatsoever makes them any more sanitary or wholesome. Orthodox Jewish organizations send rabbis to all the food companies in America. They tell them that Jews will refuse to buy their products if they are not marked with the “U” or “K” kosher symbol. The truth is that only Orthodox Jews, (less than 1.2 million), follow kosher dietary laws. The rabbis broadly hint thatany refusal to pay for these “kosher inspections” would indicate that they are “unfriendly or insensitive” to Jewry. They would be labeled anti-Semites and all hell breaks loose THIS IS NOTHING SHORT OF A VEILED THREAT OF PURE BLACKMAIL AND IS ILLEGAL! If someone with an Italian last name did this, they would be in prison by now…

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Brief History Of Kosher Labeling.

Special kosher approval by rabbis, down through the centuries, has only been applied to requiring the Jewish ritual slaughter of animals. This includes the killing of unstunned cattle by an approved Jewish “shocktim.” It requires their throat be cut from ear to ear. They slowly bleed to death in a horrible manner because the animals heart must pump out all its blood before death. Jews are not allowed to eat any meat with blood in it. Jewish ritual slaughter of animals has been condemned by humane societies the world over and has been banned in numerous countries in the past for constituting “cruelty to animals.”

The idea of applying kosher regulations to non-meat products was originated by the late Joseph Jacobs. All of this first began in 1919 in New york City when Jacobs sold an advertising idea to a few Jewish-owned food companies if they would print a “K” for kosher on their food products he would advertise them in Jewish publications and also on the Yiddish radio station, WEVD. None of the products were inspected by rabbis. This began as purely an advertising venture. Thus the “Joseph Jacobs Organization,Inc.” was founded and today is run by his relatives. This business prospered but Jacobs was not a rabbi and saw the advantage of linking his kosher approval scheme to the Jewish religion. Then in 1925 he formed a new group with some rabbis and called it “The Committee For the Furtherance of Torah Observance.” A few years later other Orthodox rabbis recognized its money making potential and with the leadership of the far larger “Union of Orthodox Congregations” they begin issuing their own “U” label. Today these two 2 groups control over 90% of the kosher business. This is a clear monopoly and violates anti trust laws.

Companies reply To Our Readers Inquiries.

Our readers have sent us many letters they have received from some of the nation’s largest companies who have silently submitted to this kosher blackmail. In other words, they had rather make the “pay off” when threatened with a Jewish boycott, than stand up for their own rights as well as protect Christian consumers against this gigantic fraud! Why should we be forced to pay ever higher food bills in part caused by this needless secret kosher tax?

Proof that it is indeed secret can be found in the replies printed below in which not one single company would answer the simple question, “How much do you pay annually for the “kosher certification”?

This information should be made public for the simple reason we non-Jews consumers pay a far larger share of this tax than do the Jews!

New York columnist, Dorothy Kilgallen, just before her death wrote that the U.S. Post Office changed the makeup of the glue on the back of the postage stamps at the demand of Orthodox rabbis. It was changed from a pork-fat based glue to a vegetable derivative that had Kosher approval! The rabbis had objected that “no Jew should be forced to lick pork!” Note: Kosher postal stamps? Along this same line we find organized Jewry forcing the federal prison system, and the U.S. Armed Forces into buying kosher food for Jews, who are either in prison or in the military. No politician has raised his voice in protest against this interference by Jews with U.S. government programs! This causes unnecessary extra costs which the taxpayer ends up paying. Note: Jews almost never serve in the U.S. Military! A TYPICAL LETTER COMPANIES USE TRYING TO EXPLAIN AWAY THE SECRET KOSHER FOOD TAX:GENERAL FOODS CORPORATION / 250 North Street, White Plains, N.Y. PUBLIC RELATIONS DEPARTMENT

Dear Mr. __________

This is in response to your recent letter inquiring about the letter “K” on the labels of our Maxwell House coffee.

As I believe you know, the “K” (for Kosher), is carried on the labels of some of our products, including our coffees, as a service to consumers who are of the Jewish faith. The letter certifies that nothing occurs in the processing of the products which would violate Jewish dietary laws. The certification is made by one or more*highly respected rabbis* who actually visit our production plants to observe our manufacturing processes. For this service, *they are paid a nominal fee* which is such a minute fraction of the over-all cost of processing and marketing our products that it has no effect on the selling price. The use of the “K” is a common practice in the packaged food industry today, and we view it as simply providing helpful information to a substantial number ofconsumers. As for the letter “U” that you mentioned, we have heard of it, but are not familiar with its background since we do not use it.

Sincerely yours;

Robert O. Carboni

How Much Do They Pay?
Following are excerpts of replies to our readers’ inquiries about the kosher tax.

General Foods representative Robert O. Carboni wrote that “highly respected rabbis visit the plant….they are paid a nominal fee…” General Foods Kitchens, Katherine C. Egan; “It is not the policy of this corporation to reveal the cost.” General Foods, is the largest food processor in the United States, and exports food to every nation on Earth.

Mueller’s Spaghetti, Mrs. Agnes Stile’s, Director writes; “We pay a nominal fee for periodic inspection. Kosher spaghetti? What in the world do Jews know about spaghetti? They put Ketchup on it, and eat it cold. All those Italian Americans, who sit down at their meals, pay the people, who claim Jesus is in hell, burning in excrement (Talmud). ‘

‘Delmonico Foods, Joseph P. Viviano, “The “U” means we have passed the Rabbinical investigation.”

Hunt-Wesson Foods, Inc.W. R. Kittredge, Manager Technical Services: “We permit inspectionvisits…there is a minor cost associated with this.” Hunts makes the Ketchup, that is used to put on Burgers, made by McDonalds and Burger King. These two giants, have sold over a trillion burger type sandwiches, everyone of them with a Kosher Tax on it. Heinz Ketchup, which is also Kosher, is only used for packets, given out for french fries.Ever Barbecue in America, results in a pay-off to the Jewish Talmudists.

Procter and Gamble Co., W. S. Carter, Public Relations, “this is a way of helping observant Jewish shoppers . . . without adding significantly to cost.” They are also one of the worlds largest produces of diapers. Although the diapers themselves are not labeled Kosher (Yet), money out of the gross income of Proctor and Gamble, goes to anti-Christ Talmudists. Each time mommie changes her baby, she pays the Tax.

Morton Salt Co., Ray W. McDonald, Advertising and promotion manager, “We must have a designated Rabbi inspect our plant and make certain that they meet the requirements for us to receive the symbol.” Morton Salt is the second largest producer of salt in the world. Diamond Crystal is the worlds largest producer. And, although they both make Kosher Salt for the Jewish community, their regular table, and sea salts are also labeled Kosher. All food, processed in the United States and Canada, that contains salt, usurps money from non-Jews. Every time a chef salts food, you pay the Kosher piper.

The Nestle Co., Helen J. Britt, Director Home Economics, “There is no premium price exacted for a product so identified.” Even candy is Kosher. Think of all those goyim children paying tax to the Yiddish robber barons.

Lever Brothers Co., Therese Bergstrom, Consumer Service Dept., “The cost of this certification is minimal and infinitesimal.”

Club House Foods, of Canada, Mrs. D. Kitching head of Consumer Services: “Kosher meat products require a much more involved certification process directly requiring the supervision by a rabbi who usually commands a premium price for this service.” Note: Canadians are being extorted to the tune of millions of dollars a year, by Jewish racketeers of Jewish organizations, like the Canadian Jewish Congress, and who dose Canada’s law enforcement agencies go after? Ernst Zundel, for telling the truth about world war two. The rabbis have nothing to fear from Canada’s bought politicians!

But How Much Do We Pay?

Above you have read the evasive answers that the largest food companies in America have given our readers in answer to a very simple question. All we want to know is – How much money do you pay annually for kosher certification? Non-Jewish consumers have a right to know since actually it is we who pay most of the kosher tax!

Spider-Web Effect Of The Kosher Tax!
Compounding Tax!

Reynolds Aluminum Foil is “kosher” with the “U” imprint, as are Glad Sandwich Bags, Ivory Liquid Detergent, also Glass Plus for window cleaning and Comet Cleanser. Why should any of these companies be forced to pay the “Kosher Food Tax”? You can’t [even] eat these products! Check labels the next time you go shopping, you will be shocked at just how many non-food items are Kosher. There are even Kosher toilet bowl cleaners. Remember that YOU HAVE TO PAY THEIR TAX !!!

Note the article by the Jewish Union on Reynolds Wrap [not featured here]. It states that one food firm had a product with 21 ingredients from 12 other companies. Each of them were also required to pay the kosher tax before the original company could receive kosher certification! Also, a giant company with scores of products can’t pay one fee for all its food products. It must pay a separate kosher tax for each product and each mustbe inspected by the Rabbi on different visits. This can run the total tax up into the millions of dollars! This is also a GRADUATED TAX that increases each year. Note: A great example of this kind of theft, is with McDonalds. They use Kosher Coke A Cola, (Pepsi is also Kosher), Kosher Kraft Cheese, and Secret Mac sauce (Thousand Island salad dressing), Kosher Ketchup, Kosher buns, and Kosher oil for deep frying. Millions of people, world wide, are paying Kosher taxes, from New York, to Moscow, to Tokyo, even if the buy, of all things, a cheeseburger. Hindu India, that uses lamb for their burgers, has to pay this Kosher Tax. Burger King, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pizza Hut, and many other chain restaurants, act like mini tax collection agencies, and steal trillions, world wide, for Jewish interests.

KOSHER FOOD SYMBOL VIOLATES “TRUTH IN ADVERTISING LAWS.” A Dobie Pad ad appeared in “Women’s Day Magazine” – with the “U” symbol has been deliberately painted out. This Dobie Pad ad appeared in Jewish publications nation-wide. – Note: There is an arrow to draw attention to the “U“.

Most advertising agencies paint out Kosher symbols in ads. This violates the (American) federal “Truth in Advertising Law!” No daily paper or TV program has ever explained to the American people how this Kosher food tax costs consumers billions of dollars every year. In Jewish publications they have arrows pointing at the symbol so that Jews will be on the lookout for their product. Note: Were is the U.S. Justice Department on this subject ? If they can burn children alive at WACO, and shot fourteen year old boys in the back, surely they can go after the “Kosher Mafia”.

EVERYONE ON EARTH PAYS THIS “KOSHER MAFIA” TAX!

Most nations import food from the United States and Canada. Wheat, rice, corn, Chicken, beef, Soy, etc. In many cases, the food is “Kosher” before it leaves port. China is the number one importer of Chickens, from the United States. Holy Farms, the biggest exporter, sends them Kosher chickens. Billions of Chinese pay the Kosher tax. Islamic nations of North Africa, and the Middle East, import wheat, rice and lamb, much of which is labeled Kosher. Muslims world wide, sit down to their evening meal, with rice and bread, blessed by a thieving rabbi, with the approval of the World Jewish Congress (They get a cut of the money). They then use that money to lobby Western nations to allow (pay for) pseudo-”Israel” to Attack Islam. Even fundamentalist Algerians sit down and eat their Rabbi blessed couscous; the wheat, that makes most couscous, is mostly American and Canadian. Italians, too, with their pasta, do the same. They pay the followers of the anti-Christ, Talmud.

Muslim campaign raises over $115,000 for vandalized Jewish cemetery

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A crowdfunding campaign launched by two Muslim Americans has raised over $100,000 in less than two days for a vandalized Jewish cemetery outside of St. Louis.

The LaunchGood.com campaign, titled “Muslims Unite to Repair Jewish Cemetery,” has brought in $115,000 as of Thursday morning for repairs to the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in University City, Missouri.

On Monday, over 170 gravestones were found to have been toppled there by vandals.

Vice President Mike Pence and Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, who is Jewish, both stopped by the cemetery on Wednesday to help volunteers in the cleanup effort.

US Vice President Mike Pence visits a Jewish cemetery in St. Louis following an act of vandalism at the site. (YouTube screenshot)

In a speech, Pence condemned the recent bomb threats against Jewish community centers across the country and “this vile act of vandalism and those who perpetrated it in the strongest possible terms.”

No suspects have been identified.

The Muslim fundraiser was started by activists Linda Sarsour and Tarek El-Messidi on Tuesday afternoon. Sarsour has stirred controversy for her support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel. She has called herself “a critic of the State of Israel” and has posted several anti-Israel messages on Twitter in recent years.

El-Messidi, who works at the Muslim charity Celebrate Mercy, told NBC News that approximately two-thirds of the donations have come from Muslims.

“Historically, we did not work together,” he said. “People are putting their politics aside and working to fight bigotry together.”

US raises alarm at UN over Iran missile test

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) — The United States on Tuesday raised alarm at the United Nations over Iran’s test-firing of a medium range missile, calling it “absolutely unacceptable,” after Tehran warned the United States against fueling tensions.

New US Ambassador Nikki Haley had requested the urgent consultations at the UN Security Council — the first action taken by the envoy just days into her mandate.

The row comes against a backdrop of already strained relations between Washington and the Islamic republic over US President Donald Trump’s travel ban on citizens from Iran and six other Muslim-majority countries.

“We have confirmed that Iran did have a medium-size missile launch testing on January 29, on Sunday. This is absolutely unacceptable,” Haley told reporters following a closed-door council meeting.

The ambassador accused Iran of trying to convince the world that “they are being nice” before adding: “I will tell the people across the world that is something we should be alarmed about.”

“The United States is not naive. We are not going to stand by. You will see us call them out,” warned Haley.

“We are committed to making them understand that this is not anything that we will ever accept.”

Tehran has neither confirmed nor denied firing any missiles at the weekend.

Under a council resolution that endorsed the historic nuclear deal with Iran, Tehran is barred from developing missiles designed to carry nuclear warheads.

Any violation of that resolution could trigger a snapback of sanctions that were lifted under the nuclear agreement, opening up the Iranian economy to investment and opportunities.

The US ambassador challenged Iran’s assertion that its missiles are not in violation of the UN resolution because they are for defense purposes and not designed to carry nuclear warheads.

“They know that they are not supposed to be doing ballistic missile testing” of anything that can carry warheads, said Haley.

The missile launched Sunday was capable of carrying a 500-kilogram payload and had a range of 300 kilometers, she said.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif gives a press conference after meeting with his French counterpart in Tehran on January 31, 2017. (AFP PHOTO / ATTA KENARE)

“That is more than enough to be able to deliver a nuclear weapon.”

Earlier, Iran cautioned Washington not to push too hard.

“We hope that Iran’s defense program is not used by the new US administration… as a pretext to create new tensions,” Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told a press conference in Tehran.

“We have always declared that we will never use our weapons against others except in our defense,” Zarif added, with French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault at his side.

He slammed the new US administration’s “shameful act of denying entry to people holding legal visas” for the United States.

The European Union, which helped broker the landmark nuclear deal between major powers and Iran, had appealed to Tehran to refrain from activities such as the missile tests, “which deepen mistrust.”

Ayrault said France had made clear its disquiet over the missile tests, calling them “contrary to the spirit” of the Security Council resolution

Britain maintains that the test is “inconsistent” with UN resolutions, but has not declared the launch to be a violation.

But the diplomatic push by the West quickly ran into trouble as Russia said a missile test would not breach the UN resolution.

Moscow, which is fighting alongside Tehran’s forces in Syria, said the demand for emergency talks at the Security Council was aimed at “heating up the situation.”

“Such actions, if they took place, do not breach the resolution,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told Interfax news agency.

The Security Council requested a report on the missile launch from UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and from a committee set up after the council endorsed the Iran nuclear deal, British Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said.

That report would then allow the council to determine whether the resolution has been violated and whether it should consider re-imposing sanctions.

UN Security Council Resolution 2231, which includes terms of the nuclear accord, was adopted in July 2015.

It states that Iran “is called upon not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology.”

Russia and China have opposed discussion about a return to possible sanctions against Iran, arguing that it would jeopardize the hard-fought nuclear deal.

Trump has sharply criticized the deal between Tehran and world powers, which led to a lifting of international sanctions against Iran, and has vowed to strengthen ties with Israel, which opposes the agreement.

Fed Raises Key Interest Rate, Citing Strengthening Economy

WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve raised its benchmark interest rate Wednesday for just the second time since the financial crisis of 2008, saying the American economy is expanding at a healthy pace and setting itself up as a counterweight to President-elect Donald J. Trump’s push for considerably faster growth.

The Fed cited the steady growth of employment and other economic measures, and signaled that it expects to raise rates more quickly next year to prevent the economy from growing too quickly.

“My colleagues and I are recognizing the considerable progress the economy has made,” Janet L. Yellen, the Fed’s chairwoman, said at a news conference after the announcement. “We expect the economy will continue to perform well.”

The widely expected decision moves the Fed’s benchmark rate to a range of 0.5 percent to 0.75 percent, still very low by historical standards. Low rates support economic growth by encouraging borrowing and risk-taking.

The American economy has expanded by about 2 percent a year over the last six years, and the unemployment rate has fallen to 4.6 percent. The Fed’s assessment that the economy is growing at a healthy pace — not too hot, not too cold — is starkly at odds with Mr. Trump, who has promised 4 percent growth and has described job creation as “terrible” and economic growth as anemic.

Already on Wednesday, one Republican member of the House Financial Services Committee, Representative Roger Williams of Texas, criticized the Fed’s move.

“Today’s decision by the Fed to raise the interest rate is entirely premature and will be burdensome to a nation already struggling to pull itself out of this slow-growth Obama economy,” Mr. Williams said in a statement. “By making rates even higher, the Fed is effectively making our hardships even harder.”

Mr. Williams did not object when the Fed raised rates last December.

In announcing the decision after a two-day meeting of the Fed’s policy-making committee, the central bank gave little indication that Mr. Trump’s election had altered its economic outlook. The Fed said it still expected a slow economic expansion and a steady march toward higher rates. In separate forecasts also published Wednesday, Fed officials predicted three rate increases in 2017.

For the first time in recent years, however, there is a real possibility of significant changes in fiscal policy. Republicans will control the White House and both chambers of Congress, and Mr. Trump has promised to increase economic growth and job creation through tax cuts and infrastructure spending.

Those measures could spur faster growth after a presidential campaign in which Mr. Trump regularly disparaged the economy’s performance under President Obama. But the Fed reiterated Wednesday that the economy is already expanding at roughly the maximum sustainable pace.

Fed officials also see evidence that the labor market is tightening. Several Fed districts reported labor shortages in the central bank’s most recent compilation of economic reports. In the Philadelphia district, construction workers are hard to find. Atlanta reported a shortage of nurses; Kansas City, truck drivers; Dallas, tech workers.

Faster growth, in the Fed’s judgment, would probably lead to higher inflation. As a result, if Republicans succeed in invigorating growth, the Fed is likely to raise rates more quickly. The greater the stimulus, the faster interest rates are likely to rise.

“Your expectation should depend very little on what you think that the F.O.M.C. is thinking and very much on your view of Trump policies and their macro effects,” said Jon Faust, a professor of economics at Johns Hopkins University and a former adviser to Ms. Yellen, referring to the Federal Open Market Committee. “Don’t focus on the Fed. As James Carville regularly reminded the other Clinton on the campaign trail: It’s the economy, stupid.”

Ms. Yellen emphasized that the Fed was not prejudging the likely course of events. She declined several times to comment on the merits of Mr. Trump’s plans or to predict their consequences for the economy.

“We’re operating under a cloud of uncertainty at the moment,” Ms. Yellen said.

Fed officials predicted that they would raise the Fed’s benchmark rate a little more quickly in the coming years, reaching 2.1 percent by the end of 2018. In September, they had predicted that it would reach 1.9 percent by the end of 2018. The new projections, however, reflect a significantly slower pace of increase than last December, when they expected the rate to reach 3.3 percent by 2018.

The combination of steady growth and faster rate increases indicates that some Fed officials expect the central bank to end up offsetting a modest increase in fiscal stimulus. But Ms. Yellen said most Fed officials were reserving judgment.

“Changes in fiscal policy or other economic policies could affect the economic outlook,” she said. “Of course, it is far too early to know how those changes will unfold.”

What Happens When the Fed Raises Rates, in One Rube Goldberg Machine

Exactly seven years ago, the Federal Reserve cut interest rates to almost zero in order to nurse the ailing economy back to health. Recently it changed direction. This is how it works.

The tensions between monetary and fiscal policy will develop slowly. Legislation takes time to write, and any economic impact would generally be felt in coming years. Political pressures, however, may build more quickly.

Mr. Trump has made clear in the past that he likes low interest rates — and some of his plans, like infrastructure investment, will be much easier to fund if rates remain low.

“The Fed is in a tricky place,” said Michael Feroli, chief United States economist at JPMorgan Chase. “They’re trying not to prejudge how Congress and the administration duke it out, but once they see that, I think they will respond.”

There is also uncertainty about the Fed’s leadership. Ms. Yellen’s term as chairwoman ends in February 2018, and Mr. Trump has said he would prefer a Republican.

Ms. Yellen could remain on the board, a possibility she said Wednesday she had not ruled out. But the Fed, under different leadership, might well choose a different path forward. Some conservative economists, notably John Taylor of Stanford University, argue that the bank should already have raised rates above 1 percent.

The economy, for now, keeps plodding along. Steady job growth has reduced the unemployment rate to a level the Fed considers healthy. A little unemployment is natural as people change jobs and businesses close. Ms. Yellen and other Fed officials have said they see some signs of stronger wage growth. Inflation, too, has picked up a little in recent months, although both wages and inflation continue to rise more slowly than the Fed would like to see.

Ms. Yellen described the rate increase as “a vote of confidence in the economy.”

The decision was made by a unanimous vote of the 10 members of the Federal Open Market Committee, the first time in recent months the Fed has acted by consensus.

Some economists argue that the Fed should wait until inflation strengthens before raising rates, to test whether a stronger economy would persuade some people sidelined during the downturn to start looking for jobs. That would expand the labor force. Unemployment remains particularly high among minorities.

That view, however, has found little support among Fed officials, who worry that interest rates will have to be raised more quickly if they wait too long, increasing the chances of pushing the economy into recession.

“Apparently, Fed officials think the economy is growing too quickly,” said Ady Barkan, the director of Fed Up, a coalition of liberal groups that has pressed the Fed to continue its stimulus campaign. “I doubt you can find many other Americans who share that opinion. And it’s a strange conclusion to draw in the wake of an election that was so heavily impacted by voters’ economic discontent.”

Analysis: Why Trump’s Reliance on Debunked Theories Raises Concern

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As a candidate, Trump’s often unsubstantiated attacks on political opponents, foreign governments, election officials, law enforcement, a federal judge, news outlets and Muslims shattered political norms and sowed division. As president, his decisions will carry the full weight of White House policy, raising concerns about where he gets his information and whether he might act on false or flawed reports.

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Trump’s baseless claim that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote with “millions” of illegal voters, for example, appears to have been popularized by Infowars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, who has also claimed the 9/11 attacks were carried out by the government and that the Sandy Hook shootings were faked.

Every president makes difficult decisions on sensitive issues based on incomplete intelligence and competing advisers, making the ability to discern what news is credible critical to the job. This is especially important when it comes to national security, where presidents have broad latitude to order military action and direct negotiations with foreign leaders.

The iconic example is the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, in which President John F. Kennedy pulled the United States from the brink of war by aggressively questioning and ultimately discarding initial calls from military leaders to attack Cuba and navigating mixed messages from Moscow to reach an agreement.

“We hire presidents so they can be calm and level-headed and assess all this information under conditions of great stress and uncertainty in times of crisis,” Elizabeth Saunders, a professor at George Washington University who researches presidential foreign policy decisions, said.

Related: Analysis: Trump’s Lengthy History of Conspiracy Theories and Rumors

While Trump lacks experience running government bureaucracy or engaging in foreign policy, the same has been true of many presidents. What Saunders finds “very worrisome” compared to past leaders is his apparent lack of interest in studying up beforehand, his habit of commenting on disasters or attacks before solid info is available, and his reliance on aides who also spread misinformation from dubious sources.

Trump will need to manage hot spots around the world from his first day in office, often with similarly ambiguous info to work off. He has said in the past that he does not trust the intelligence community and rejected a joint assessment by officials accusing Russia of hacking Democratic leaders in order to influence the election.

When there’s an attempted coup or an unexpected military conflict abroad, facts can be difficult to discern and any public statement by the president could have a major impact on how events unfold. During a crisis at home like an Ebola outbreak or a terrorist attack, false rumors can spread on social media and inflame public opinion, and it will be up to Trump to discern what’s actionable and what’s noise.

Related: Donald Trump Has Attended Only Two Intelligence Briefings

Tevi Troy, a former aide to President George W. Bush and author of “Shall We Wake the President?: Two Centuries of Disaster Management from the Oval Office,” noted that presidents were typically careful to confirm information before addressing the public. After news of the 9/11 attacks broke, Bush’s then-press secretary Ari Fleischer held a sign up warning the president “don’t say anything yet” as officials worked to first assess the situation.

“Unfortunately, presidential decisions cannot always wait until we have perfect information before proceeding,” Troy said in an email. “But before speaking, it’s important for presidents to make sure that what they are saying is accurate.”

Trump’s choice of national security adviser Michael Flynn has generated concern over his own attraction toward fringe information, suggesting he might reinforce Trump’s tendencies. After having served in a top intelligence post under President Obama, Flynn spent the campaign credulously tweeting fake news stories and directing followers to alt-right accounts.

Part of the problem in assessing Trump is that it’s not always clear what his motive is when he directs his followers to phony stories or unsubstantiated conspiracies.

Mark Fenster, a University of Florida law professor who authored a book on the role of conspiracy theories in American culture, found that populists often used them to rally the faithful with talk of elaborate crimes by elites. Critics have accused Trump of knowingly using false claims of election fraud to set the stage for a crackdown on voting rights, to distract from headlines about his business conflicts, or even just to massage his own ego.

“It’s equally pure speculation to say he believes it as to say he doesn’t and it’s merely a ploy or way to distract,” Fenster said. “I don’t think anyone can know that.”

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In Trump’s case, there are hints that some of his more fiery claims are flexible depending on the political moment. After spending the final months of the campaign alleging a vast government conspiracy to protect Hillary Clinton from prosecution that he would expose in office, Trump seemed to lose interest in the matter immediately after winning. He has praised President Obama repeatedly this month after falsely claiming for years he was an illegitimate president who, he hinted at times, might even sympathize with America’s enemies.

At the same time, his selection of Flynn and appointment of former Breitbart president Steve Bannon to a senior adviser position, suggests he values having more conspiracy-minded aides in his inner circle. He has tasked an industry-funded critic of mainstream climate science, which Trump now says he has an “open mind” about after once calling climate change a hoax perpetrated by China, with advising his environmental transition.

Graham Allison, a former defense official and director of Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, said he had trouble judging Trump’s leadership without knowing if his public behavior was for show or an actual blueprint for governing.

“If there’s a direct line from his head to what he said or tweeted, in the complexities of the international arena that would be a big problem,” he said. “On the other hand, this is a person who the press has hugely underrated.”

Oil pipeline: Trump’s stock in company raises concern

WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald Trump holds stock in the company building the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline, and pipeline opponents warn that Trump’s investments could affect any decision he makes on the $3.8 billion project as president.

Concern about Trump’s possible conflicts comes amid protests that unfold daily along the proposed pipeline route. The dispute over the route has intensified in recent weeks, with total arrests since August rising to 528. A recent clash near the main protest camp in North Dakota left a police officer and several protesters injured.

Trump’s most recent federal disclosure forms, filed in May, show he owned between $15,000 and $50,000 in stock in Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners. That’s down from between $500,000 and $1 million a year earlier.

Trump also owns between $100,000 and $250,000 in Phillips 66, which has a one-quarter share of Dakota Access.

While Trump’s stake in the pipeline company is modest compared with his other assets, ethics experts say it’s among dozens of potential conflicts that could be resolved by placing his investments in a blind trust, a step Trump has resisted.

The Obama administration said this month it wants more study and tribal input before deciding whether to allow the partially built pipeline to cross under a Missouri River reservoir in North Dakota.

The 1,200-mile pipeline would carry oil across four states to a shipping point in Illinois. The project has been held up while the Army Corps of Engineers consults with the Standing Rock Sioux, who believe the project could harm the tribe’s drinking water and Native American cultural sites.

The delay raises the likelihood that a final decision will be made by Trump, a pipeline supporter who has vowed to “unleash” unfettered production of oil and gas. He takes office in January.

“Trump’s investments in the pipeline business threaten to undercut faith in this process — which was already frayed — by interjecting his own financial well-being into a much bigger decision,” said Sharon Buccino, director of the land and wildlife program at the Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental group.

“This should be about the interests of the many, rather than giving the appearance of looking at the interests of a few — including Trump,” Buccino said.

Trump, a billionaire who has never held public office, holds ownership stakes in more than 500 companies worldwide. He has said he plans to transfer control of his company to three of his adult children, but ethics experts have said conflicts could engulf the new administration if Trump does not liquidate his business holdings.

Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., senior Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee, called Trump’s investment in the pipeline company “disturbing” and said it fits a pattern evident in Trump’s transition team.

“You have climate (change) deniers, industry lobbyists and energy conglomerates involved in that process,” Grijalva said. “The pipeline companies are gleeful. This is pay-to-play at its rawest.”

A spokeswoman for Trump, Hope Hicks, provided a statement about conflicts of interest to The Associated Press on Friday: “We are in the process of vetting various structures with the goal of the immediate transfer of management of The Trump Organization and its portfolio of businesses to Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric Trump as well as a team of highly skilled executives. This is a top priority at the organization and the structure that is ultimately selected will comply with all applicable rules and regulations.”

Besides Trump, at least two possible candidates for energy secretary also could benefit from the pipeline. Oil billionaire Harold Hamm could ship oil from his company, Continental Resources, through the pipeline, while former Texas Gov. Rick Perry serves on the board of directors of Energy Transfer Partners.

North Dakota Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple, along with GOP Sen. John Hoeven and Rep. Kevin Cramer, called on President Barack Obama to authorize the Army Corps of Engineers to approve the pipeline crossing, the last large segment of the nearly completed pipeline.

Kelcy Warren, CEO of Dallas-based Energy Transfer, told The Associated Press that he expects Trump to make it easier for his company and others to complete infrastructure projects.

“Do I think it’s going to get easier? Of course,” said Warren, who donated $3,000 to Trump’s campaign, plus $100,000 to a committee supporting Trump’s candidacy and $66,800 to the Republican National Committee.

“If you’re in the infrastructure business,” he said, “you need consistency. That’s where this process has gotten off track.”

The company has asked a federal judge to declare it has the right to lay pipe under Lake Oahe, a Missouri River reservoir in southern North Dakota. The judge isn’t likely to issue a decision until January at the earliest.

Breast cancer survivor raises nearly $5G by running over 1K miles

When avid runner and mother-of-two Davina McNaney was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012 at age 40, she was devastated. But after undergoing a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery, the 44-year-old Pinckney, Michigan, resident has taken back her health and is using passion to raise awareness of the disease she beat, People magazine reported.

The lifelong marathon runner has completed 1,357 miles this year alone, raising $4,742 through donations from her supporters.

“My running gives purpose to a cause that is important to me,” McNaney told the magazine. “I didn’t like when people looked at me like I was sick or weak when I was diagnosed, so I decided to do something about it.”

McNaney reportedly began long-distance running at age 30, incorporating runs into her daily routine four to seven times a week. When she was diagnosed with early-stage ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) breast cancer, she thought undergoing surgery was her best option because breast cancer runs in her family. Three months later, she hit the pavement again, running a 5K then completing a half-marathon in Detroit before returning to full marathons.

Seeing McNaney pick up the hobby again, someone suggested she begin running to raise awareness of breast cancer. While McNaney was initially reluctant, she eventually decided she couldn’t sit idly by as other women bypassed preventative mammograms.

“I had a nagging feeling that I could encourage people and inspire people and raise money and I literally woke up one morning and I was like, ‘I have to do something and it’s going to be a really big run,’” she told People.

From there, she set off on longer runs— among them a 470-mile run from her hometown to Sodus Point, New York, raising $23,000 online for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation along the way.

“Cancer really wipes everything out of you and you feel like you’ve been hit with a sledgehammer,” McNaney told People. “So it was important to me to get back to the person I was before and to bring awareness.”

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