THE RED FLAG ASKS IF YOU BUILD THE WALL -- WHO WILL REBUILD HOUSTON -- NEW ORLEANS -- AND THE OTHER PLACES HARVEY WILL VISIT & WILL KARMA KICK TRUMP IN THE ASS?

Karma (Sanskrit): means action, work or deed;[1] it also refers to the spiritual principle of cause and effect where intent and actions of an individual (cause) influence the future of that individual (effect).[2] Good intent and good deed contribute to good karma and future happiness, while bad intent and bad deed contribute to bad karma and future suffering.[3][4] Karma is closely associated with the idea of rebirth in many schools of Asian religions.[5] In these schools, karma in the present affects one's future in the current life, as well as the nature and quality of future lives - one's saṃsāra.[6]

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Immigration Crackdown Stalls Many Harvey Victims From Seeking Help

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With guest host Bob Oakes

Trump in Phoenix. More troops headed to Afghanistan. Threat of government shutdown over border wall funding. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

President Donald Trump gestures to the crowd while speaking at a rally at the Phoenix Convention Center, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, in Phoenix. (Rick Scuteri/AP)President Donald Trump gestures to the crowd while speaking at a rally at the Phoenix Convention Center, Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, in Phoenix. (Rick Scuteri/AP)

From somber on Afghanistan to fiery in Phoenix, President Trump has taken on a range of tones in this week’s speeches. A new strategy for Afghanistan that will send more troops abroad. A border wall at all costs – including shutting down the government. New missile plans out of North Korea, China demands the US withdraw sanctions. And a solar eclipse wows the nation. Up next, On Point: Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines. -- Bob Oakes.

Guests

Jennifer Epstein, White House reporter for Bloomberg News. (@jeneps)

Jonathan Landay, national security correspondent for Reuters. (@JonathanLanday)

Jack Beatty, On Point News Analyst. (@JackBeattyNPR)

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Bloomberg: Trump Hits Media, Angrily Defends Charlottesville Response — "Trump spent more than 20 minutes of a 75-minute speech delivering a selective account of his handling of the violence in Charlottesville, where he overlooked his initial statement blaming “many sides,” as well his subsequent remarks that there were good people marching alongside the white supremacists."

Reuters: Despite Expected U.S. Troop Hike, No End In Sight To Afghan War — "His effective embrace of an open-ended U.S. deployment contrasts with the expectations of his political base that he would extract the United States from a war estimated to have cost more than $700 billion and claimed the lives of more than 2,400 U.S. service members. But Trump, who has railed against the war for years, finds himself boxed in."

NBC News: Trump Team Escalates Threats to Shut Down Government — "The Trump administration official told NBC News that such a showdown with Congress, over funding for construction of the border wall, could come in September when lawmakers return from their August break or after the passage of a short-term spending bill in December. A Sept. 30 deadline is approaching to continue funding the government. If Congress failed to pass a funding resolution, the government would shut down." http://www.wbur.org/onpoint/2017/08/25/trump-afghanistan-border-wall



This program aired on August 25, 2017.


Diplomacy

Mexico Ignores Trump’s Border Wall Shakedown, Offers Aid to Texas

You catch more flies with honey than vinegar.



Two people with slightly differing views on diplomatic relations.
Left, by Cheriss May/NurPhoto; Right, by Yamil Lage/AFP, both from Getty Images.


Hurricane Harvey continues to pummel the east coast of Texas, where at least five people are dead as days of rain have inundated homes, businesses, and highways, cutting off access to hospitals and leaving thousands stranded. “This event is unprecedented & all impacts are unknown & beyond anything experienced,” the National Weather Service tweeted on Sunday, as the flood waters kept rising. Also tweeting on Sunday was a perhaps inappropriately excited Donald Trump. Taking a break from a long stream of tweets heralding the size of the hurricane (“HISTORIC rainfall in Houston”) and comparing it to past disasters (“Wow - Now experts are calling #Harvey a once in 500 year flood!”), he naturally took a few moments to attack Mexico:

The border wall, which was always one of Trump’s signature issues, has recently returned to the forefront of the president’s mind as his approval rating has tumbled. A renewed play to energize his base has also meant fresh attacks on Mexico, which Trump has once again begun demanding pay for its construction. On Sunday night, following Trump’s one-sided Twitter feud, Mexico once again reiterated that it will “under no circumstances” fund the wall, arguing that the U.S. shares responsibility for the drug war, nor will it negotiate NAFTA or “any other aspect of the bilateral relationship, through social media or any other news platform.” Not paying for the wall, Mexico reiterated, is “a principle of national sovereignty and dignity.”

The Mexican government also offered to aid relief efforts in Texas, further underscoring its position as the more adult administration. “The government of Mexico takes this opportunity to express its full solidarity with the people and government of the United States for the damages caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas,” the Mexican Foreign Ministry said in a statement. According to Dallas News, Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray and Texas Governor Greg Abbott spoke by phone while the Mexican consul general in Austin, Carlos Gonzalez Gutierrez, was reportedly in “constant communication with the governor’s office to determine how Mexico can best help.” Ignoring Trump’s threats, Gutierrez said in a statement that “As we have done in the past, Mexico stands with Texas in this difficult moment.” https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/08/mexico-ignores-trumps-borde...

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Comment by mary gravitt on August 29, 2017 at 11:49am

Karma is a bitch!  Trump has no regrets, but Karma, as of this hour has not brought him down.  But then again, he may not be a tragic figure.

Comment by MV Neland on August 30, 2017 at 2:14am

Mary - he's probably coming back as a chintzy, washed up stand-up comedian doing the late night entertainment circuit in front of dwindling crowds of former ICE agents looking for redemption in crossborder towns. His stage name will be Artie The Orange, a color that will follow and haunt him through many lives.

Comment by mary gravitt on August 30, 2017 at 11:41am

Hope so.  My problem with Texas is that is a Red Low tax state.  If Taxes are low, the Infrastructure suffers.  The 1% say that taxes are a burden.  I wonder if George W. is suffering along with his fellow Texans?

Comment by mary gravitt on August 30, 2017 at 11:47am

By the way, Finland used to be part of Russia.  If Trump knew anything about history, he would not make foolish statements.  Texas used to part of Mexico.  And passing back and forth across the border was common until skilled labor started crossing.  Andrew Becevitch America's War For The Greater Middle East that if the U.S. had offered to help Mexico with its drug kingpins by combining with their military, drugs and murders related to these would have been done away with long ago.  This is why I feel the drug trial leads up the line to the American 1%.

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