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America 2017: Trump vows to ‘remove’ himself from business

by on Nov.30, 2016, under Revival In America

Donald Trump promised Wednesday to ‘remove’ himself from his businesses and said he will announce details in two weeks about how he’ll avoid conflicts of interest when he is president.

Trump used his favorite method of communicating with the public — Twitter — to announce plans for a “major news conference” on Dec. 15 to discuss plans to leave the Trump Organization.

His adult children, whom he has said he will put in charge of the company, will be a part of the news conference.

Trump owns or has a position in more than 500 companies, according to a CNN analysis. That includes about 150 that have done business in at least 25 foreign countries, including Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

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There have been growing questions about the potential conflicts of interest posed by Trump’s continued business interests and his role as president. A poll by CNN found that 6 in 10 Americans believe Trump is not doing enough to address conflicts of interest.

His tweets said he is not mandated to leave his business by law, but that “I feel it is visually important, as President, to in no way have a conflict of interest with my various businesses.”

Trump also said he is doing so “in order to fully focus on running the country in order to make America great again.” Legal documents are being crafted which take him completely out of business operations, he claimed. “The Presidency is a far more important task!”

While details about his planned separation from the business are not yet known, many ethics government experts have questioned whether simply turning his businesses over to his children does enough avoid conflicts of interest.

Related: How President-elect Trump could eliminate conflicts of interest

While details about his planned separation from the business are not yet known, many ethics government experts have questioned whether simply turning his businesses over to his children does enough avoid conflicts of interest.

Ethics lawyers say Trump should follow predecessors Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush and use a blind trust.

A blind trust would mean that Trump would sell his assets and put the proceeds in the hands of a trustee with “no preexisting business relationship” with him, said Richard Painter, the chief White House ethics lawyer for former President George W. Bush. “It certainly can’t be your own family members.”

Painter said that Trump’s family plan won’t solve problems caused by a constitutional prohibition on federal office holders from accepting a “present, emolument, office or title” from a foreign country. “No matter what, they are going to have to unwind the business relationships with any foreign governments or company controlled by foreign governments,” said Painter.

Democrats in Congress have also made clear that they will raise the issue of conflicts of interests, although being in the minority limits their ability to hold hearings. But all of the Democrats on the House Oversight Committee recently signed a letter demanding that its Republican chairman, Jason Chaffetz of Utah, start reviewing Trump’s financial arrangements.

“Mr. Trump has exhibited a shocking level of disdain for legitimate bipartisan concerns about his conflicts of interest,” the letter said.

There have also been calls for the media for Trump to liquidate his business interests, including from the conservative Wall Street Journal editorial page. But Trump told reporters and editors from The New York Times last week that selling his business would be “a really hard thing to do,” complicated by his real estate investments.

The fact that he will hold a news conference is significant in itself. He has gone longer than any other recent president-elect without holding a press conference.

Most did it within the first three days following their election.

While Trump has sat down for interviews with some journalists, including Leslie Stahl from 60 Minutes and the New York Times, he has not held a press conference since July 27, which was shortly after the Republican National Convention.

— CNN’s Jon Sarlin contributed to this report.

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Story Behind the Song: We Will Stand

by on Nov.19, 2016, under 2016 Year, Revival In America

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Shari MacDonald

In the early ’80s, Russ Taff was enjoying a new solo career, having recently left The Imperials. But he found himself troubled by evidence of racism in the church. He was particularly influenced by a story he had heard several years earlier, shared by black gospel singer Archie Dennis, Jr. As Taff remembers the story, Archie had been invited to sing at a church in Alabama, but the church leaders did not realize he was black. On the agreed-upon Sunday, Archie went to the church to set up, where he was met by a very surprised pastor.

The Late Archie Lee Dennis Jr. (1935 - 2001)

The Late Archie Lee Dennis Jr. (1935 – 2001)

Taff recalls, “The pastor came to him and very apologetically said, ‘This is not gonna work here.’” He then explained to Archie that a black gospel singer would not be welcomed at his all-white church and asked him to leave.

“Archie said that as he was walking out, he was crying and he said, ‘You know, Jesus, You saved me. You’ve brought me to You. Why won’t a lot of the churches in America let me in?’ And the Lord spoke to him and said, ‘Archie, they won’t let Me in, either.’”

Late one night, still haunted by this story, Taff found himself sitting at his kitchen table, unable to sleep.

Russ Taff

Russ Taff

“At about two o’clock I just started writing; at four o’clock I pretty much had the first verse and chorus together. I ran in and woke my wife Tori up and said, ‘Honey, look at this!’ And she looked at it and said, ‘That’s really good,’ and rolled over and went back to sleep! I think the next day we got together and finished it, and James Hollihan, my guitar player, put some music to it.”

“You’re my brother, you’re my sister/So take me by the hand/Together we will work until He comes/There’s no foe that can defeat us/When we’re walking side by side/And as long as there is love/We will stand.”

Today “We Will Stand” is a classic, and its message is as vital as it was two decades ago.

“The song accomplished in a degree what I wanted‚” Taff says, “and that is bringing people together and letting go of labels. There’s still this huge line, I feel, between blacks and whites and Hispanics, and every once in awhile you come across a church that has really reached out to the community at large. All I know is, the song had an effect on me, and after all these years it’s still singable and still sung, and the message is still relevant.”

“We can change the world forever,” Taff says confidently, “if we’ll all stand together.”

We Will Stand – Lyrics by Russ Taff

Sometimes it’s hard for me to understand
Why we pull away from each other so easily,
Even though we’re all walking the same road
Yet we build dividing walls between
Our brothers and ourselves.
But I, I don’t care what label you may wear
If you believe in Jesus you belong with me.
The bond we share is all I care to see
And we’ll change the world forever
If you will join with me,
Join and sing, sing,

You’re my brother, you’re my sister,
So take me by the hand
Together we will work until He comes.
There’s no foe that can defeat us
When we’re walking side by side.
So long as there is love,
We will stand.

The day will come when we will be as one,
And with a mighty voice together
we will proclaim that Jesus
Jesus is King.
It will echo through the earth;
It will shake the nations,
And the world will see,
See that you’re my brother, you’re my sister
So take me by the hand
Together we will work until He comes.
There’s no foe that can defeat us
When we’re walking side by side.
So long as there is love,
We will stand.

Take me by the hand,
Join with me.
Join and see – yeah.
You’re my brother, you’re my sister,
So take me by the hand.
Together we will work until He comes.
There’s no foe that can defeat us
When we’re walking side by side.
As long as there is love,
We will stand

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Ben Carson Just Announced His Role In Trump Admin, Obama’s Legacy Is Gone

by on Nov.10, 2016, under 2016 Year, African-American Community, Leadership

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Dr. Ben Carson has become one of the most liked individuals in the Republican party. He’s insanely smart, well-tempered, and is certainly someone America respects in regards to healthcare.

Dr. Carson has just indicated that he will be helping President Trump craft a replacement for Obamacare, which has been one of the cornerstones and promises of Trump’s presidential campaign.

From Politico: Ben Carson says he’s still ironing out his role in the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump, but one thing’s certain: He’ll have a role in helping craft the replacement plan for Obamacare.

“I think the replacement obviously must come first and it must be something that is very appealing and easy to understand. And then, only then, would you dismantle what’s in place,” the retired neurosurgeon said in an interview.

Asked if he intends to be involved in designing that plan, Carson said, “Yes, of course.”

Carson, who ran against Trump in the Republican presidential primary, burst onto the national scene in 2013 when he rebuked Barack Obama’s health care law at the National Prayer breakfast, while the president sat a few feet away. He declined to say whether he was in line for a Cabinet role such as secretary of health and human services, or a broader advisory role.

There’s no other person in America more qualified to know what works and what doesn’t than Dr. Ben Carson. Rest assured, whatever he comes up with will be the best solution possible.

FINALLY, we have someone who has spent their life in healthcare that will be crafting policies and solutions that will actually work for America.

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Hillary Clinton Has Called Donald Trump to Concede

by on Nov.09, 2016, under 2016 Year

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Washington (CNN)Donald Trump is on the verge of winning the presidency, after capturing the Democratic bastion of Wisconsin and moving within two electoral votes of the White House.

Hillary Clinton called Trump to concede the race, according to sources
A Trump win would be a historic victory for outsiders and represent a stunning repudiation of Washington’s political establishment. The GOP nominee picked up crucial battleground states earlier including Florida, North Carolina and Ohio.
Trump has 268 electoral votes compared to 215 electoral votes for Clinton, according to CNN projections.

he victories are stunning for a candidate long seen as unlikely to win the presidency. Hillary Clinton’s campaign was confident it was competitive in places like Florida and North Carolina and even sought to expand the map with recent visits to traditionally Republican states such as Arizona.
Clinton pulled out desperately needed wins in Virginia, Nevada and Colorado. Still, ran into a much stronger than expected challenge from Trump in the Midwest.

The prospect of a Trump win quickly sent global markets tumbling, amid fears his vow to ditch global trade deals and brand China a currency manipulator would spark global economic shocks. Dow futures plummeted Tuesday night. Major indexes in Asia are also down.

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Both candidates argue the election presents an unusually significant choice for a divided nation. Democrats warn that Trump, with his rhetoric on race, gender and immigration, would represent a rejection of core American values. Trump insists his campaign represents America’s last chance to drive out a corrupt political establishment that has turned its back on hard-working Americans.
New York is the center of the political universe this Election Day. This is the first campaign since 1944 in which both candidates are from the Empire State. And their victory parties are being held a mile and a half apart in Manhattan.
At her last rally, past midnight in North Carolina, Clinton capped her campaign with the words “Love trumps hate.”
Trump took to Fox News on Tuesday morning to declare his confidence in the outcome.
“We’re going to win a lot of states. Who knows what happens, ultimately, but we’re going to win,” he said. The GOP nominee also took aim at polls showing that Clinton has the advantage.
“I think a lot of polls are purposely wrong. The media is extremely dishonest and I think a lot of polls are phony. I don’t think they interview people. I think they put out phony numbers,” Trump said on “Fox & Friends.”

The Anointing of Cyrus Article from Nita Johnson and The World For Jesus Ministries

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