Trump Lied HOW MANY Times in His First Year? (Video)

Trump Lied HOW MANY Times in His First Year as President?

President Trump lied almost TWO THOUSAND times in his first year as president

Posted by NowThis Politics on Tuesday, January 2, 2018

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Downtown Youngstown business owner being deported: ‘This is my town’

“Al” owns the Downtown Circle Convenience and Deli on W. Federal Street in Youngstown
By WKBN Staff Published: January 2, 2018, 10:06 pm Updated: January 2, 2018, 10:24 pm

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A beloved Youngstown business owner, whose staple downtown convenience store is credited with helping revitalize the city, is being deported.

Amer Adi Othman — or “Al,” as everyone calls him — owns the Downtown Circle Convenience and Deli on W. Federal Street.

Al’s story begins in 1979, when he came to the U.S. from Jordan at just 19 years old.

“We were all dreamers. We came to this country to build our lives, feel the freedom and do what we have to do, and we did,” Al said.

He moved to San Diego, married his first wife and received a Green Card.

“We stayed together for more than two and a half years and then we got divorced,” Al said.

Then, he moved to Youngstown and married again. He and his second wife — a U.S. citizen — lived abroad for three years.

When they returned, Al’s Green Card was confiscated based on a claim that his first marriage was fraudulent.

As he fought against his citizenship denial, his life in the U.S. continued to grow. Al became a father of four daughters and owned numerous successful businesses in Youngstown. Downtown Circle Convenience and Deli has seen a rise in business and revenue over the past ten years.

“Even though my ex-wife had filed an affidavit of 14 pages, saying that we were married, nobody listened and it went all the way down to the point I’m at right now,” he said.

Now Al faces deportation under the Trump Administration.

“I am one of almost 800,000 people in the United States that are in this same situation,” he said.

He has received support from Congressman Tim Ryan, who introduced legislation to prevent Al’s deportation and grant him legal status. Ryan released the following statement:

The case of Amer Othman is a tragic illustration of the abject failure of our immigration system and why it must be fixed. Amer has lived in this country since the age of 19, is happily married with four children, and is a successful local business owner. He is contributing mightily to Youngstown and our country. He does not deserve to be deported, and I am proud to have introduced a bill that, for a time, prevented his deportation. It was a long-standing policy at the Department of Homeland Security not to deport people who are the subject of introduced legislation. The Trump Administration’s decision to ignore this policy is what led to Amer’s deportation order. Amer’s wife, his children, and the entire community of people who care about him deserve better. This a disgrace and only worsens our already broken immigration system.”
So far, that bill has not been passed.

“When President Trump took office, he changed a lot of those laws,” Al said. “One of those is if you’re under a private bill, you cannot be protected from deportation. So you can be deported at the same time the bill is pending.”

Al will leave for Jordan on Sunday with his wife by his side. He says he will not give up his fight to return home to Youngstown.

His four daughters will be staying in the U.S. and, with help from other managers, will keep Downtown Circle Convenience and Deli open.

“I invested my money, I invested my work, me and my family built this from scratch,” Al said. “This is my town, my downtown. I am from here and I hope I will be back again, here.”

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Sarah Sanders Defends Trump Bragging for Zero Airplane Deaths: He ‘Raised the Bar For Aviation Safety’

Posted on January 2, 2018 at 3:49pm

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended President Donald Trump’s bizarre tweet taking credit for the safest year of airline travel worldwide.

“Since taking office I have been very strict on Commercial Aviation. Good news – it was just reported that there were Zero deaths in 2017, the best and safest year on record!” Trump tweeted Tuesday.

The record was a global one. The United States has not seen a fatal commercial passenger airplane crash since 2009.

NBC News reporter Peter Alexander pointed out that Trump “seemed to take credit for zero commercial airline deaths in 2017. In fact there hasn’t been a commercial US airline crash since 2009.”

“So does President Obama deserve credit for that long stretch?” Alexander asked.

“Look, the president has raised the bar for our nation’s aviation safety and security,” Sanders replied.

Sanders cited Trump’s plan to “modernize air traffic control,” which has since stalled in Congress, and “enhanced security measures” enacted by the Department of Homeland Security.

“The president is very happy that there were no commercial airline deaths in 2017 and we hope that that trend continues well into 2018 and beyond,” she said.

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APWU Thomas Benson’s Postal Legislation Blast

There has been much discussion about a recent “ tweet” by the President of the United States concerning the USPS not charging enough to Amazon. I have seen many agree and I have seen many disagree. The fact of the matter still is the USPS is losing money and what can be done to fix it?

It is true that the USPS has grossly undercharged businesses and bulk mailers for years. This argument has been made several times by past Union President for the APWU. It does seem idiotic to think we charge a person at the counter 49 cents a stamp yet charge a bulk mailer 10 to 12 cents. Even if the USPS was to raise bulk mail postage buy 5 to 10 cents per piece, they would still be getting an amazing price and the USPS would have more revenue. The big bulk mailing companies all band together and lobby congress not to raise the costs of bulk mailings as it would cut into their already huge profits. UPS, Fedex and the many other package delivery services do the same thing and in the end get huge discounts too.

The USPS in my opinion, has taken former craft employees and placed them to run a multi-billion dollar company. Most of these individuals are not business savvy. Rather than be innovative and business smart, the USPS goes into contracts that cost the business millions , or they try to find ways to “ contract “ out work to other firms like we seen in the now cancelled contract with Staples.
The USPS has the size, the operation and the man-power to be one of the most successful companies in the US. Unfortunately the leadership and higher ups within the USPS were never meant to run a company this size let alone a booth at the local flea market.

In 2016 the USPS had an operating revenue of 71.4 billion dollars with 153.9 billion pieces of mail delivered to over 156 million addresses. The size and scope of the US Postal Service’s operation to many is completely unimaginable. Truly the only ones who can understand the size , the complexity and the importance of the US mail is the craft employees who process and deliver the mail daily.

Over the years I have been to several Post Offices across the country, some small and some large. The first thing I’ve noticed in the larger offices is an abundance of wasted space. Years ago one could walk into the local post office and expect long lines filling the office. Although the post office is still very busy and there are lines ( mainly to management understaffing the from window counter) there still is “ office space “ that is left open with no use.
I’m sure most of you have been through a mall or an airport across the country. These buildings have had plenty of open space through out the building. In recent years there has been a steady increase in retailers utilizing the empty space. Best Buy and Amazon are the 2 most recognizable, but there are plenty more who have found and innovative way to be seen and still sell their products. These companies have rented a small space in the building and placed a self service kiosk where customers can order products on the spot or have delivered to them.
In other places I have seen small Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts kiosks manned by one or 2 employees. These kiosks are inside another retailer such as Target and so on. These big retailers understand that online shopping has hurt the amount of customers that walk through their doors. By bringing a coffee shop or some other company in and rent a small space, they have increased traffic into their own store. Not only do they receive a small rent payment from the kiosk renter but they have also increased customer traffic which in turn boosts sales.

The USPS has over 31,000 post offices across the nation. Now lets imagine for a minute 15,000 of those offices has room for a small self service kiosk or Starbucks type kiosk, at say 100 to 300 a month for rent. 15,000 offices x 100.00 in rent equals 1.5 million dollars a month in extra revenue. So then lets look at 300 dollars a month for rent. Rent for a retailer at 300 a month x 15000 equals 4.5 million dollars a month. That equates to 18 million to 54 million dollars just by utilizing the empty space in a lobby of a Post Office.

That simple idea can make the USPS several millions a year. Will it take some congressional changes on how the service is ran? I’m sure it will but if the USPS upper management put as much effort working with Congress on this simple idea as it did working behind closed doors with executives at Staples, I’m positive we could see more revenue and more customer traffic in offices across the country.

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