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White House Petition Demand President Trump’s Tax Return

The U.S. election is over and Donald Trump has assumed the office of President. During the whole of the election cycle, President Trump spent a good part of the election defending his decision not to release his tax returns. His consistent explanation for not doing what many candidates before him had done was he financial records and returns were tied up in IRS audits, and he would gladly release them when issues have been resolved.

Based on a recent petition posted on the White House Website, it would seem the liberal left is still determined to get a look at what’s on those returns. Here is what the petition reads:

“The unprecedented economic conflicts of this administration need to be visible to the American people, including any pertinent documentation which can reveal the foreign influences and financial interests which may put Donald Trump in conflict with the emoluments clause of the Constitution.”

According to a White House source, the petition has already secured close to 400,000 signatures. In a country of 320,000,000 people, that may not sound like a lot of activity. However, the number has shattered the record for a petition posted on the website. Folks will remember that the White House has guaranteed a response to any petition that receives crosses the 100,000 signature threshold.

It may seem that President Trump is in bit of a quandary. With that said, it seems very unlikely he is going to actually release hit tax returns at any time in the near future. That was made clear by Trump representative Kellyanne Conway, who stated: “The White House response is that he’s not going to release his tax returns. We litigated this all through the election. People didn’t care. They voted for him.”

This is sure to be a major issue should President Trump decide to run for reelection in 2020.

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IG Appointed to Investigate FBI’s Handling of Clinton E-mail Investigation

For more than a year, Republican leaders implored President Barack Obama and the Department of Justice to initiate an independent investigation into former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton’s use of a personal server for all of her emails while in office. With just days remaining until President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in as President, an IG has finally been appointed to investigate an aspect of the email controversy. Surprisingly, the IG’s investigation won’t involve Hilary Clinton’s actions.

The Department of Justice has in fact appointed it’s own Inspector General to investigate the FBI Director’s unusual handling of the e-mail controversy heading into the days leading up to the election. The Clinton campaign and the DNC have accused FBI Director James Comey of unduly influencing the election when he submitted a letter to Congress related to reopening an investigation he had essentially closed.

The controversy arose when FBI agents found emails from the Clinton office on the computer of former Congressman Anthony Weiner’s personal laptop. Weiner is in fact married to top Clinton aide Huma Abedin. After Comey had stated back in July of last year that he didn’t believe Clinton’s actions warranted prosecution, he did an about face just prior to the election, making a letter he sent to Congress public.

After receiving a warrant to look at said emails, Comey again concluded that a prosecution wasn’t warranted. For the Clinton campaign, they felt the damage had already been done as Americans again were given cause to doubt Clinton’s integrity.

As part of this new investigation, experts are wondering why some of the DOJ’s actions aren’t also being investigated. Not only did Attorney General Loretta Lynch defer to Comey’s opinion, which is highly unusual, but she was also caught in controversy due to former-President Bill Clinton’s “impromptu” visit to her plane on the tarmac at an Arizona airport just prior to Comey’s initial decision not to prosecute.


Trump Finally Certified as the Next President of the United States

Despite the objection of far-left advocates and a couple of last ditch efforts to stop the certification process in the Senate and House, Congress has finally certified Donald Trump (GOP) as the next President of the United States of America. The certification comes at the end of one of the most bazaar and contentious election cycles in the country’s history.

After Trump surprised Americans and the international community with his victory over Democrat Presidential candidate Hilary Clinton back in November, the nation seemed to have trouble coming to grips with the election process and the results. While Clinton secured the popular vote by almost 3,000,000 votes, it was Trump who carried the all-important electoral college to secure the victory.

In the lead up to the electoral college’s casting of its final votes this week, there was much discussion, angry and otherwise, as to whether or not there should be change in the U.S. election process. Left-wing pundits and political figures tried valiantly to get enough electoral voters to cross lines and cast their votes for Clinton. There were even efforts to “bribe” said voters into changing their votes, see film director Michael Moore.

After several challenges to the voting results in several key swing-states proved baseless, it became clear that nothing really stood in the way of Trump making it to inauguration day where he will be sworn in as President.

The inauguration process is slated for January 20, 2017. Alongside Trump becoming President, Mike Pence will be sworn in as Vice President. The entire process is expected to take place while hundreds of demonstrations take place across the nation. The unwillingness of liberal factions to give Trump an opportunity to see what he can do to help the country only stands to create further divisions within a nation that has struggled to come together as both parties continue to migrate further apart based on ideologies.


Is U.S. President-Elect Trump Reigniting the Arms Race With Russia?

Given the increased level of aggression by Russia in recent years, the entire world has been forced to reconsider peace and arms treaties that were signed as far back as the 1970s. If past issues in Ukraine weren’t enough to indicate Russia’s leader Vladimir Putin has something up his sleeve, the current events in Syria should serve has ample warning that things are changing for the worse.

In 1970, the United States and Russia instituted the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), which played a key role in putting an end to the arms race between military powers. In 2015, the Obama administration reaffirmed its dedication to the treaty through Secretary of State John Kerry when he told the United Nations,

“I am pleased to stand here today representing a president and an administration that is committed to the vision of a world without nuclear weapons and to taking the prudent actions that are necessary to one day make that possible.”

It’s only been seven weeks since President-elect Donald Trump won the U.S. Presidential election. While its been believed he has a strong friendship with Putin, he has been driven in recent days to state the U.S. might need to reverse its position and start ramping up the country’s nuclear arms program. Yes, that could mean reigniting the arms race with Russia. It would also stand to create a desire in other countries to reestablish its own nuclear arms programs.

In a recent interview with Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough of the “Morning Joe” show, Trump had this to say: “Let it be an arms race, because we will outmatch them at every pass and outlast them all.” In a tweet, he added ‘The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.’

It remains to be seen if Trump has merely been posturing, but the world have been strong enough to catch the attention of leaders throughout the world.


President Obama Confronts Putin Over Alleged Hacking

Based on information provided by 17 different government agencies, subsequently confirmed by the FBI, President Barack Obama now strongly supports the notion that the Russians, and maybe Vladimir, are responsible for hacking into the DNC’s computer. This resulted in them wrongfully influencing the Presidential Election in favor of President-elect Donald Trump.

Regarding Putin’s possible involvement, President Obama said to reporters, “Not much happens in Russia without Vladimir Putin,” later adding “I will let you make that determination as to whether there are high-level Russian officials who go off rogue and decide to tamper with the U.S. election process without Vladimir Putin knowing about it.”

While warning the Russians and promising some form of retaliation, the President commented, “The Russians can’t change us or significantly weaken us. They are a smaller country, they are a weaker country, their economy doesn’t produce anything that anyone wants to buy except oil and gas and arms. They don’t innovate. But they can impact us if we lose track of who we are. They can impact us if we abandon our values.”

Without any proof forthcoming, both Donal Trump and the Russians deny any involvement in the hacking that took place in October and at points prior in the election cycle. The situation has become serious enough for some electors to request the opportunity to see some of the evidence, if it exists, prior to casting the final electoral votes, confirming Trump as the U.S.’ next president.

At this point, President Obama wants all Americans to know he will deal with the situation in the harshest way possible. He stated, “Our goal continues to be to send a clear message to Russia or others not to do this to us because we can do stuff to you, but it is also important for us to do that in a thoughtful, methodical way. Some of it we do publicly. Some of it we will do in a way that they know but not everybody will.”


Obama Orders Hacking Investigation

After the 2016 election, an angry Democratic Party turned its ire away from President-elect Donald Trump and pointed directly at Russia for allegedly hacking into computers belonging to members of the Democratic National Committee and other political organizations.

During the election cycle, the FBI said they could find no evidence that the Russians were involved in the hacking that led to the dissemination of information that is being blamed for Democrat Hilary Clinton’s loss in the election. It now appears the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency is convince the Russians were indeed involved.

Now, President Barack Obama has demanded a full investigation into the matter through White House homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco. When asked about the CIA’s high level of confidence that the Russians were the culprits, Monaco replied, “We may have crossed into a new threshold,” later adding about the malicious attacks “And it’s incumbent upon us to take a stock of that, to review, to conduct some after-action, to understand what this means and what has happened and to impart lessons learned.”

Obama’s decision to have all pertinent agencies combine efforts to get to the bottom of these hacking incidences has drawn into question his motivation for doing so. According to Deputy White House press secretary Eric Schultz, its “not an effort to challenge the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.” However, he added, “it’s a huge priority. It’s a major priority for the president.”

For the U.S. and future elections, it’s important to get to the bottom of the issue. U.S. citizens need to know whether or not foreign government are trying to interfere in the country’s political process. While Trump believes it could be anyone, including “some guy in his home in New Jersey,” the country is united in its desire to make it never happens again.


OPEC Agrees to 4.5% Oil Production Cuts

With all eyes on OPEC in anticipation of oil production cuts, the fractured group has finally reached an agreement to cut oil production by about 4.5% off current production levels. That translates to about 1.2 million barrels per day.

The cuts were needed because of the uneasy economical environment that has been plaguing the oil producing countries since the U.S. lifted sanctions on Iran. Despite the signing of the agreement, it will be up to Saudi Arabia’s official to be diligent about policing other cartel members that in the past have been quick to look for ways to circumvent these types of agreements. The ultimate goal is to get oil prices stabilized within a range that allows OPEC members to improve economically while keeping non-OPEC members from increasing output productions levels, trying to capitalize on higher oil prices.

The immediate reaction from commodity traders and analysts has largely been positive. While recent oil prices have been moving between $40 to $55 a barrel, this agreement is expected to stabilize prices above the $50 benchmark into the foreseeable future.

Around the world, regional oil producers, especially in the U.S., are expected to start ramping up exploration and drilling efforts if oil settles above $50 a barrel. For high-cost oil producers, a target amount of $55 to $60 a barrel is where the market would need to go before they would be able to jump into the fray.

These cuts would appear to be temporary by nature due in large part to exemptions given to Libya and Nigeria, allowing them to increase production in order to offset issues related to significant supply outages caused by internal conflicts. Iran has agreed to freeze at current production levels, another concession granted as the country continues to stabilize its economy in the aftermath of the release of U.S. sanctions.


Are the Election Results in the U.S. Resolved?

As contested and ugly as the campaign season was in the recent presidential election in the U.S., it appears that the ugliness has continued in the aftermath of President-elect Donald Trump’s stunning win over Democrat Hilary Clinton. It would seem that many of Clinton’s most adamant supporters are simply unwilling to accept the loss and are willing to invest a significant amount of time and money to try to get the results reversed.

The cause is being led by Green Candidate Jill Stein, who is now working in cooperation with the Clinton campaign to get a vote recount in key states like Wisconsin and Michigan. Keeping in mind that Stein received less than 1% of the overall vote, she appears to be relying on information provided by computer programmers, who claim there were issues related to voter patterns in those states that might indicate manipulation.

In the past couple of days, a formal request for a vote recount has been received in Wisconsin. The request has been approved and the recount has been scheduled to begin next week. In the meantime, president Barack Obama has expressed his concerns about whether or not it is wise to call into question the U.S.’ election process.

For his part, Trump has a few concerns of his own. After spending much time prior to the election showing concern over whether the election process had been rigged, he is now touting the idea that “millions” of illegal votes had been cast in the election. There could be a basis for some concern, recognizing the fact states like California will allow illegal immigrants to get a drivers licensed, which could be used to register and actually vote.

With so many allegations being tossed about, it would appear the election still has a ways to go before final ratification. Until that time, the plot will continue to thicken.