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The trade deficit (or surplus) is measured by both goods and services, as well as the combined total. "The overall trade deficit surged 12.5 percent to $621.0 billion in 2018, the largest since 2008."   [caption id="attachment_2766" align="aligncenter" width="445"] SOURCE: bea.gov (See Below Citations)[/caption] [post_title] => 2018 U.S. Trade Deficit In "Goods" Largest In History at $891 Billion; Overall Trade Deficit Largest Since 2008 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => 2018-u-s-trade-deficit-in-merchandise-largest-in-history-at-891-billion-overall-trade-deficit-largest-since-2008 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-03-16 12:27:45 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-03-16 12:27:45 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2765 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [1] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2764 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2019-03-16 11:22:42 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-03-16 11:22:42 [post_content] => "The U.S. Senate on Thursday [February 28, 2019] confirmed Andrew Wheeler, a former coal and oil lobbyist and President Donald Trump’s pick for the Environmental Protection Agency, to lead the nation’s top environmental regulator." Wheeler has "close ties to the coal industry and [has pushed] to deregulate a number of environmental rules and safeguards implemented by the Obama administration." Wheeler, who "began his career at EPA during the 1990s but spent years on Capitol Hill before heading to the private sector, has won praise from Republicans for his deregulatory agenda but criticism from Democrats for his refusal to take action on climate change and several public health priorities. He has been running the agency since Trump’s first administrator, Scott Pruitt, stepped down in July amid multiple scandals surrounding his management and spending practices." See what the EPA has been up to here. [post_title] => Former Coal Lobbyist Andrew Wheeler Appointed Head Of EPA [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => former-coal-lobbyist-andrew-wheeler-appointed-head-of-epa [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-03-16 11:22:42 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-03-16 11:22:42 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2764 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [2] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2763 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2019-03-02 17:01:29 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-03-02 17:01:29 [post_content] => Michael Cohen, Trump's former personal lawyer who had previously pled guilty to 9 federal charges in 2018, testified in front of Congress on February 27, 2019 to describe his relationship with President Trump. He made several claims in his testimony, specifically that Trump knew about collusion with Wikileaks regarding the release of DNC emails, that Trump ordered hush payments to Stormy Daniels to be carried out by Cohen, and that Cohen was personally working on real estate deals in Russia while Trump and his team were publicly stating they had no ongoing business in Russia at the time of the campaign. He also provided documents to support some of the claims in his testimony.  As he described them in his testimony:
  • A copy of a check Mr. Trump wrote from his personal bank account -- after he became president - to reimburse me for the hush money payments I made to cover up his affair with an adult film star and prevent damage to his campaign;
  • Copies of financial statements for 2011 -- 2013 that he gave to such institutions as Deutsche Bank;
  • A copy of an article with Mr. Trump's handwriting on it that reported on the auction of a portrait of himself -- he arranged for the bidder ahead of time and then reimbursed the bidder from the account of his non-profit charitable foundation, with the picture now hanging in one of his country clubs; and
  • Copies of letters I wrote at Mr. Trump's direction that threatened his high school, colleges, and the College Board not to release his grades or SAT scores.
[post_title] => Trump's Former Lawyer Michael Cohen Testifies In Front Of Congress [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => trumps-former-lawyer-michael-cohen-testifies-in-front-of-congress [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-03-02 17:01:29 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-03-02 17:01:29 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2763 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [3] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2762 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2019-03-02 16:48:54 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-03-02 16:48:54 [post_content] => President Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un met in Hanoi, Vietnam on February 27, 2019 to discuss denuclearization of North Korea in exchange for lifting of economic sanctions. The summit ended earlier than expected "with talks collapsing amid slightly differing accounts of why both leaders walked away without an agreement or a clear plan on how to keep the dialogue alive.  The fundamental disagreements rested on the trade-offs between the United States providing relief from sanctions and North Korea’s steps to dismantle its nuclear weapons program." In an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News, Trump called Kim "a real leader" and said "He likes me, I like him." [post_title] => President Trump Meets With North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un Again To Discuss Denuclearization; Talks Fail To Produce Results; Trump Calls Kim "A Real Leader" And Says He Likes Him [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => president-trump-meets-with-north-korean-leader-kim-jong-un-again-to-discuss-denuclearization-talks-fail-to-produce-results-trump-calls-kim-a-real-leader-and-says-he-likes-him [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-03-02 16:48:54 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-03-02 16:48:54 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2762 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [4] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2756 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2019-02-23 15:45:26 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-02-23 15:45:26 [post_content] => "President Donald Trump on Friday [February 15, 2019] declared a national emergency in a bid to fund his promised wall at the U.S.-Mexico border without congressional approval, an action Democrats vowed to challenge as a violation of the U.S. Constitution." "Within hours, the action was challenged in a lawsuit filed on behalf of three Texas landowners, saying that Trump’s declaration violates the U.S. Constitution and that the planned wall would infringe on their property rights." The Trump Administration plans to divert $3.5 billion in defense department funds towards the wall through this national emergency and $8 billion in total funds from a variety of sources. The $8 billion also includes $1.4 billion from the recent budget deal to reopen the government (after the longest shutdown in history) and approximately $600 million from a treasury department asset forfeiture fund. Illegal immigration from Mexico is at a 46 year low and has been steadily declining, and 650 miles of border wall already exist along the U.S. Mexico border, with natural barriers along much of the rest. [post_title] => President Trump Declares National Emergency To Fund New Sections Of Border Wall With Mexico [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => president-trump-declares-national-emergency-to-fund-new-sections-of-border-wall-with-mexico [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-02-23 15:45:26 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-02-23 15:45:26 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2756 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [5] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2751 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2019-02-10 13:31:40 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-02-10 13:31:40 [post_content] => On Monday February 4 2019 President Trump's Inauguration Committee received a subpoena for information related to raising and spending inauguration committee funds. "Prosecutors were [already] looking into whether the committee misspent the $107 million it raised to stage events celebrating Trump's inauguration in January 2017, as well as whether donors made contributions in exchange for political favors." "Federal law prohibits foreign contributions to federal campaigns, political action committees and inaugural funds.”   [post_title] => President Trump's Inauguration Committee Issued Subpoena From Federal Investigators For Information Related To Donations Made To The Committee And Spending Of Inauguration Funds [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => president-trumps-inauguration-committee-issued-subpoena-federal-investigators-information-related-donations-made-committee-spending-inauguration-funds [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-02-10 13:31:40 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-02-10 13:31:40 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2751 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [6] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2744 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2019-02-10 13:12:58 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-02-10 13:12:58 [post_content] => The third government shutdown under President Trump ended on January 25, 2019 after 35 days, making it the longest government shutdown in history. "The U.S. economy lost at least $6 billion during the partial shutdown of the federal government due to lost productivity from furloughed workers and economic activity lost to outside business, S&P Global Ratings said on Friday [January 25, 2019]." The bill to reopen the government only lasts until February 15th, but it does contain provisions for retroactive pay for employees that did not receive paychecks during the shutdown. [post_title] => Third Government Shutdown Under Trump Is Longest Ever, Cost U.S. Economy $6 Billion [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => third-government-shutdown-trump-longest-ever-cost-u-s-economy-6-billion [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-02-10 13:12:58 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-02-10 13:12:58 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2744 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [7] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2748 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2019-02-09 15:03:38 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-02-09 15:03:38 [post_content] => The Congressional Budget Office, a non-partisan group employed by Congress to provide budget and economy forecasts and analysis.  Their 2019 Economic Outlook Report provides a detailed analysis on government spending and economic growth in the United States.  Key points in this report include:
  • "The federal budget deficit is about $900 billion in 2019 and exceeds $1 trillion each year beginning in 2022. Over the coming decade, deficits...fluctuate between 4.1 percent and 4.7 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), well above the average over the past 50 years."
  • "Because of persistently large deficits, federal debt held by the public is projected to grow steadily, reaching 93 percent of GDP in 2029 (its highest level since just after World War II) and about 150 percent of GDP in 2049—far higher than it has ever been."
  • "Federal outlays...are projected to climb from 20.8 percent of GDP in 2019 to 23.0 percent in 2029. The aging of the population and the rising cost of health care contribute significantly to the growth in spending for major benefit programs, such as Social Security and Medicare."
  • After 2019, annual economic growth is projected to slow to between 1.7 and 1.8 percent until 2029, below the potential growth levels projected by the CBO.
  [caption id="attachment_2749" align="aligncenter" width="787"] SOURCE: Congressional Budget Office (See Below Citations)[/caption] [post_title] => Congressional Budget Office 2019 Economic Outlook Report: Budget Deficit Over $1 Trillion Per Year, Well Above Average; Debt Projected To Be 93% Of GDP (Highest Since WWII); Government Spending Increasing; Economic Growth Projected To Slow To 1.7% Through 2023 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => congressional-budget-office-2019-economic-outlook-report-budget-deficit-1-trillion-per-year-well-average-debt-projected-93-gdp-highest-since-wwii-government-spending-increas [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-02-09 15:24:27 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-02-09 15:24:27 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2748 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [8] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2747 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2019-02-09 14:42:56 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-02-09 14:42:56 [post_content] => 1 year after the Republican "Tax Cut And Jobs Act" took effect, "The National Association of Business Economics' quarterly business conditions poll, published on Monday [January 28, 2019], found that while some companies reported accelerating investments because of lower corporate taxes, 84 percent of respondents said they had not changed plans [for capital investments or new hiring]."   "The lower tax rates, however, had an impact in the goods producing sector, with 50 percent of respondents from that sector reporting increased investments at their companies, and 20 percent saying they redirected hiring and investments to the United States from abroad." [post_title] => 84% Of Businesses Report No Change To Capital Investments Or Hiring Because Of Republican Tax Cut Plan, According To National Association Of Business Economics Poll [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => 84-businesses-report-no-change-capital-investments-hiring-republican-tax-cut-plan-according-national-association-business-economics-poll [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-02-09 14:42:56 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-02-09 14:42:56 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2747 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [9] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2745 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2019-02-03 16:05:21 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-02-03 16:05:21 [post_content] => Roger Stone, an adviser to Trump during his Presidential campaign, was indicted and arrested by the FBI for charges related to the FBI investigation into Trump campaign collusion with Russia during the 2016 Presidential election.  Stone "was charged with seven criminal counts including obstruction of an official proceeding, witness tampering and making false statements." "'After the July 22, 2016 release of stolen DNC emails by [wikileaks], a senior Trump Campaign official was directed to contact Stone about any additional releases and what other damaging information [wikileaks] had regarding the Clinton Campaign,' the indictment says." "The indictment also says: 'During the summer of 2016, STONE spoke to senior Trump Campaign officials about [wikileaks] and information it might have had that would be damaging to the Clinton Campaign. STONE was contacted by senior Trump Campaign officials to inquire about future releases by [wikileaks]." [caption id="attachment_2746" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Joe Raedie/Getty Images[/caption]   [post_title] => Trump Adviser Roger Stone Indicted And Arrested By FBI For Charges Related To Russia Investigation [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => trump-adviser-roger-stone-indicted-arrested-fbi [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-02-03 16:05:54 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-02-03 16:05:54 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2745 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) ) [post_count] => 10 [current_post] => -1 [in_the_loop] => [post] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 2765 [post_author] => 1 [post_date] => 2019-03-16 12:09:00 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-03-16 12:09:00 [post_content] => "The Commerce Department said Wednesday [March 6, 2019] that the United States last year posted an $891.2 billion trade deficit in merchandise, the largest in the nation’s 243-year history" and an increase of 12.4% since 2017. The trade deficit (or surplus) is measured by both goods and services, as well as the combined total. "The overall trade deficit surged 12.5 percent to $621.0 billion in 2018, the largest since 2008."   [caption id="attachment_2766" align="aligncenter" width="445"] SOURCE: bea.gov (See Below Citations)[/caption] [post_title] => 2018 U.S. Trade Deficit In "Goods" Largest In History at $891 Billion; Overall Trade Deficit Largest Since 2008 [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => 2018-u-s-trade-deficit-in-merchandise-largest-in-history-at-891-billion-overall-trade-deficit-largest-since-2008 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-03-16 12:27:45 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-03-16 12:27:45 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://factualuprising.com/?p=2765 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [comment_count] => 0 [current_comment] => -1 [found_posts] => 431 [max_num_pages] => 44 [max_num_comment_pages] => 0 [is_single] => [is_preview] => [is_page] => [is_archive] => [is_date] => [is_year] => [is_month] => [is_day] => [is_time] => [is_author] => [is_category] => [is_tag] => [is_tax] => [is_search] => [is_feed] => [is_comment_feed] => [is_trackback] => [is_home] => 1 [is_404] => [is_embed] => [is_paged] => [is_admin] => [is_attachment] => [is_singular] => [is_robots] => [is_posts_page] => [is_post_type_archive] => [query_vars_hash:WP_Query:private] => 0bc8ada9a299134b0f86fedcc1eab05f [query_vars_changed:WP_Query:private] => [thumbnails_cached] => [stopwords:WP_Query:private] => [compat_fields:WP_Query:private] => Array ( [0] => query_vars_hash [1] => query_vars_changed ) [compat_methods:WP_Query:private] => Array ( [0] => init_query_flags [1] => parse_tax_query ) ) [paged] => 1 )

President Trump’s Inauguration Committee Issued Subpoena From Federal Investigators For Information Related To Donations Made To The Committee And Spending Of Inauguration Funds

On Monday February 4 2019 President Trump’s Inauguration Committee received a subpoena for information related to raising and spending inauguration committee funds. “Prosecutors were [...]

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