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The Emperor Trump Era    •    RECENT EVENTS

The Looming Future?

The decision to split this page arose because the 2011-Present page grew overbig and would for many visitors take too long to load plus the Trump Presidency is a break with democracy and is in opposition to the former Spirit of America context: 2016 was the last year of existence of the U.S. Constitution.

Trump's  Fascist  AmeriKKKa

  • 2016 July 18–21: Republican Party National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio - the result was nominees Donald Trump and Mike Pence.
  • 2016 July 25–28: Democratic Party National Convention in Philadelphia, PA - the result was nominees Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine.
  • 2016 Nov 8: The critical Election 2016: America vs. Fascism: Idiot billionaire Republican Donald J. Trump won the most electoral votes and Republicans retained control of the House and the Senate, while Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by almost 3 million.

    "Donald Trump won, America lost." — G.E. Nordell, November 2016

  • 2017 Jan 8: Four Iranian patrol boats approached within 900 yards of the guided-missile destroyer U.S.S. Mahan which was escorting two other Navy ships northward in the Strait of Hormuz; such behavior is considered harassment, and the U.S.S. Mahan fired three warning shots at the patrol boats, which then withdrew.
  • 2017 Jan 17: President Obama commuted the 35-year sentence of convicted U.S. Army whistleblower Bradley/Chelsea Manning to seven years, which schedules his/her release for May 2017.
  • 2017 Jan 20: Inauguration of Donald Trump as President/Emperor of the United States #45.
  • 2017 Jan 21: Women's March on Washington, DC and elsewhere to protest Trump's plans; marches were held in more than 500 U.S. cities and attended by at least 3.3 million people, and was the single largest one‑day demonstration in U.S. history. {Raw Story video [4:45] at Facebook}

    logo for the 2017 Women's March on Washington, DC in Santa Fe, New Mexico         logo for the 2017 Women's March on Washington, DC in Albuquerque, New Mexico         logo for the 2017 Women's March on Washington, DC
  • 2017 Jan 25 Wednesday: The Dow Jones Industrial Average Index rose above $20,000 for the first time, closing for the day at $19,912.71 and the S&P 500 broke above $2,300 for the first time, which prognosticators view as market confidence in Emperor Trump's policies.
  • 2017 Feb 7: The end of Public Education in America! Billionaire demagogue Betsy Prince DeVos was confirmed by a squeaker vote in the U.S. Senate to become Emperor Trump's Secretary of Education and privatize the entire Education Department.
  • 2017 Saturday Feb 11: As many as 200,000 Californians who live below Oroville Dam - completed in 1968, still tallest in the country - were evacuated as water began over-running damaged spillways. Recent heavy rains filled the reservoir and release of excess water opened a growing crater in an emergency spillway; while the dam itself is secure, the potential breach of the spillway structure could release thirty vertical feet of the water from behind the dam, an event described as an 'uncontrolled deluge'.
  • 2017 Feb 16: 'Day Without Immigrants' protests hit Washington, DC and dozens of other sities in the U.S. in a national campaign to draw attention to the power and plight of immigrants; oppression by governments (permit refusal, arrests) and employers (fired for marching) was rampant.
  • 2017 March 8: 'A Day Without A Woman' protests in U.S.A. organized as part of International Women’s Day [est. 1909].
  • 2017 March 23: The completion of the international Keystone XL pipeline was approved by a letter from the U.S. State Department and confirmed next morning by Emperor Trump (who owns stock in the builders!).
  • 2017 March 23: House Speaker Paul Ryan postponed the vote on the A.H.C.A. 'TrumpCare' bill; Emperor Trump announced his demand that Congress hold an up-or-down vote the next day; on Friday morning of March 24 Speaker Ryan announced cancellation of that vote; the common conclusion is that Ryan could not get enough Republican votes on their terrible health & tax break legislation.
  • 2017 March 24: The stock markets recovered slightly after a week of selloffs, based on the cancellation of the A.H.C.A. vote; the Dow Jones Industrial Average Index closed at $20,596.72, the S&P 500 Index closed at $2,343.98, and the NASDAQ Composite Index closed at $5,828.74 – all were down for the week.
  • 2017 March 28: California Attorney General Xavier Becerra charged anti-abortion activists David Robert Daleiden & Sandra Merritt with "15 felony counts of violating the privacy of health-care providers by recording confidential information without their consent". The duo used manufactured identities and a fictitious bioresearch company to initiate meetings with medical officials, covertly record the private discussions, and then released a series of manipulated videos trying to discredit Planned Parenthood.
  • 2017 April 4-5: Sen. Jeff Merkley [Dem-OR] filibustered the vote on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court for over 15 hours, naming reason after reason to oppose Gorsuch, including the fact that nominator Emperor Trump is under investigation by the F.B.I. for various offenses, including treason.
  • 2017 April 6: Emperor Trump faked a missile attack on Syria's Shayrat airfield as retaliation for the illegal chemical bombing attacks by Syrian military on civilians on April 4th. {See details on the Dateline Chamesa weblog.}
  • 2017 Tuesday April 11: Special election in Kansas to fill the 4th District seat of fringe right-winger Mike Pompeo, just appointed to head Emperor Trump's C.I.A. Republican Party candidate State Treasurer Ron Estes narrowly beat Democratic Party candidate James Thompson with 52.5% of voters vs. 45.7% (a difference of 8,200 votes).
  • 2017 Saturday April 15: Tax March in Washington, DC or in your local community, demanding that Emperor Trump release his tax returns.
  • 2017 April 18: Special election in Georgia to fill the 6th District seat vacated when Tom Price became Trump's Secretary of Health and Human Services; leading Democratic contender Jon Ossoff, age 30, received 48.3% of the votes (among five Democrats) versus former Secretary of State Karen Handel with 19.8% of the votes (among 11 Republican candidates); there will be a runoff election June 20.
  • 2017 April 19: Fox News Network’s biggest star Bill O’Reilly ('The No-Spine Zone') was fired over the multiple recent allegations of sexual harassment against him.
  • 2017 May 1: Traditional International Workers' Day and May Day are being supported this year by the Resistance Movement in America; expanded events include parades in locations around the world, pledges for 'no purchases, no work, no school' that day, and wearing white in solidarity with immigrants and working families.
  • 2017 May 2: Primary election for mayor of Jackson, Mississippi; the leading Democratic contender is Chokwe Antar Lumumba, backed by the local Malcolm X Grassroots Movement; he beat the Democratic incumbent at 55%, so no runoff election; the final election is June 6th.
  • 2017 May 7: National election for president of France had centrist newcomer Emmanuel Macron win by a landslide: 65.5 percent of the vote vs. rightist National Front candidate Marine Le Pen’s 34.5 percent - an embarrassment for backer Donald Trump.
  • 2017 May 17: Convicted whistleblower Bradley/Chelsea Manning, who gave trove of U.S. secrets to WikiLeaks, was released from federal prison; because legal appeals are pending, Manning remains in the Army on unpaid 'excess leave' status (which maintains access to medical care).
  • 2017 May 20-27: First international trip by Emperor Trump, along with First Lady Melania Trump: Riyadh in Saudi Arabia; Jerusalem in Israel; Bethlehem in Palestine; Rome in Italy (met with Pope Francis); Brussels in Belgium (attended the 28th N.A.T.O. summit); and Taormina in Sicily (attended the 43rd G7 summit)
  • 2017 May 22: Shrapnel-laden suicide bombing at the Manchester Arena by independent British-born Islamic terrorist at the end of a music concert; 22 adults & children were killed and 116 were injured, some critically.
  • 2017 May 25: Special election in Montana to fill the at-large [MT-01] Congressional seat vacated by Ryan Zinke when he became Secretary of the Interior. Violence-prone Republican candidate Greg Gianforte received 49.9% of the vote while folk musician Democratic candidate Rob Quist received 43.8%. (While not a win, Democrats coming close in Montana is a major accomplishment.)
  • 2017 June 1: Emperor Trump announced that the United States is withdrawing from the Paris Accords on Climate Change.
  • 2017 June 2: The governors of California, Washington, and New York announced formation of the United States Climate Alliance, which will serve as a way for states and cities to coordinate actions for meeting U.S. goals agreed to in the 2015 Paris Accords on Climate Change. Mayors of 61 cities and governors of seven other states have agreed to participate.
  • 2017 June 3: Street terrorism in London, England at London Bridge and adjacent Borough Market; seven pedestrians were killed by a van on the sidewalk and by stabbings with 'long knives'; police killed the three attackers and carried out raids, arresting a dozen people; at least 48 injured were taken to hospitals. (Death toll later rose to 8 when a body was found in the River Thames.)
  • 2017 June 6: Symbolic election for mayor of Jackson, Mississippi; Democrat Chokwe Antar Lumumba beat the Republican candidate and takes office on July First.
  • 2017 June 8: Former F.B.I. director James Comey testified before Congress.
  • 2017 June 13: Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified before Congress.
  • 2017 June 14: Donald Trump turned 71.
  • 2017 early June 14: A 24-story-tall government-run residential building called Grenfell Tower in North Kensington, London, England caught fire just before 1am and burned for 24 hours; the official death toll a week later stood at 79 residents and visitors. The cause of the disaster is attributed to poor management of fire and safety requirements and to the 2016 renovation which included illegal exterior 'cladding'. (The choice for substandard cladding material saved less than £7,000 on a job budgeted at £8.7 million.)
  • 2017 Wednesday morning June 14: A recentky homeless Sanders supporter from Illinois shot five people at an early-morning practice for the traditional annual Congressional baseball game; Congressman Steve Scalise (R–LA) required immediate surgery, an aide was taken to the hospital, a lobbyist received a leg wound, and two Capitol Police officers were wounded and still fought back, killing the perpetrator.
  • 2017 Wednesday afternoon June 14: The House cancelled a scheduled hearing in which a National Rifle Association leader was to push for the deregulation of gun silencers.
  • 2017 June 20: Runoff election for Georgia Congressional District 6: Republican Karen Handel won with 51.9% of the vote while Democrat Jon Ossoff repeated his amazing accomplishment of 48.1% of voters.
  • 2017 June 22: The Republican majority in the U.S. Senate revealed their written-in-secret 'Trump Doesn't Care' health bill, set for a floor vote next week without hearings or amendments. Former President Barack Obama issued a statement: “The Senate bill, unveiled today, is not a health care bill. It’s a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America. It hands enormous tax cuts to the rich and to the drug and insurance industries, paid for by cutting health care for everybody else. Those with private insurance will experience higher premiums and higher deductibles, with lower tax credits to help working families cover the costs, even as their plans might no longer cover pregnancy, mental health care, or expensive prescriptions. Discrimination based on pre-existing conditions could become the norm again. Millions of families will lose coverage entirely.  ¶Simply put, if there’s a chance [that] you might get sick, get old, or start a family – this bill will do you harm.”
  • 2017 early June 27: A massive cyberattack hit Europe with widespread ransom demands; Ukraine was hit hardest, but computers from Russia to Great Britain were affected.
  • 2017 June 27: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell informed his Republican colleagues that they don't have the votes to pass 'TrumpCare' at the moment, and there will be NO vote on health care cuts before the July 4 recess. {A victory for Democrats!}
  • 2017 July 7–8: G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany.
  • 2017 July 9-11: Details revealed about the 9 July 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner, and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya at Trump Tower in New York City, including texts of a weeklong series of emails.
  • 2017 July 12: Congressman Brad Sherman [Dem-CA30] introduced House Resolution 438, Articles of Impeachment of Donald J. Trump for Obstruction of Justice.
  • 2017 July 20: The NASDAQ Composite Index set an all-time record at $6,390; several other NASDAQ indexes also set new records.
  • 2017 Early August: The deadly 'Lucifer' heat wave hit many countries in Europe with record temperatures higher than 100F° over several days, contributing to deaths in Macedonia, Romania, and Poland, and Italy; farmers lost more than $1 billion worth of crops that were simply scorched in their fields.
  • 2017 Aug 3: Special counsel Robert Mueller initiated a grand jury in Washington, DC in connection with his investigation into Russian efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election.
  • 2017 Aug 12: The rally by white supremicists in Charlottesville, Virginia turned violent, with one protester dead and 19 injured  click here for photograph (in a new window) (two police officers died in a helicopter crash); hundreds of peaceful protesters marched in Oakland, California and then blocked I-580 in both directions. A smaller rally in Los Angeles and candlelight vigils in San Francisco and in San Diego County remained peaceful.

    . . . meanwhile, keep an eye on these planned/expected events

  • 2017 Nov 7: There will be elections for state and territorial governorships, and numerous state and local offices.
  • 2018 Nov 6: There will be elections for 33 U.S. Senate seats, all 435 seats in the House of Representatives, 39 state and territorial governorships, and numerous state and local offices.

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