Saturday, April 8, 2017

Steve Martin, Martin Short live in concert in Sugar Land






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Our seats were great for Steve Martin and Martin Short last night, but my daughter's Hasselblad camera phone make it look like we were much closer.


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"Trump Can Pull Money From His Businesses Whenever He Wants — Without Ever Telling Us"
-- Pro Publica, 4/3/2017
Team,

President Donald Trump promised to "isolate" himself from his businesses. He insisted that he was taking necessary steps to remove conflicts of interest.

He hasn't.

In February, Trump had a clause added to his trust that says it "shall distribute net income or principal to Donald J. Trump at his request." That means Trump can get money from his businesses whenever he wants, and he doesn't have to disclose it to the public.

This is an incredible conflict of interest. Donald Trump still has an interest in helping his businesses make money -- after all, thanks to this clause, it's money he can use personally. You've heard of dark money. This is gray money.

How do we know it's not coming from business dealings in Russia? How do we know Trump's moves as president aren't to help his businesses, not the American people?

Here's the truth: We don't. And we should.

The American people deserve to know their President is working for them, not himself. Demand Trump fully divest from his businesses and release his tax returns to the public.

Thanks!

Team Udall
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Rand Paul Calls For Congress To Demand War Powers Authorization . . . John McCain Says Paul Is “Wrong” and Alone In The Senate

by jonathanturley
I have been discussing how the Congress is again willfully ignoring its constitutional duty on the declaration of war as our intervention in Syria expands.  Democratic leaders like Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have fallen over each other to praise the attacks even though Congress never authorized the action.  Hillary Clinton was calling for attacks in Syria just hours before the attack, as she did in Iraq, Libya and other past conflicts.  The United States just attacked a foreign nation that had not attacked the United States.  It was done with little consultation and no authorization from Congress.  However, as with prior wars, the attacks remain politically popular so Congress is silent with the exception of a few members like Sen. Rand Paul.  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) however has gone further to denounce Paul as simply "wrong" and virtually mock him as a nonentity in calling for such congressional authority.  He is alone in the Senate, McCain insisted, in his demand that Congress fulfill its Article I duties. It is a sad moment for those who believe in a textualist or formalist approach to constitutional powers.  All of those textualists who proudly embraced Neil Gorsuch are now apparently living constitutionalists as the subject turns to yet another war.


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Judge Neil M. Gorsuch during a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee last month.
Neil Gorsuch Confirmed by Senate as Supreme Court Justice

By ADAM LIPTAK and MATT FLEGENHEIMER

He becomes the 113th justice of the Supreme Court, capping a political brawl that lasted for more than a year and tested constitutional norms inside the Capitol's fraying upper chamber.

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Found a new place in Cinco Ranch area



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Sealy's downtown Farmers' Market today



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