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Kellyanne Conway’s Ethics Slip Puts a Democrat Spotlight on White House

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President Trump’s Senior Advisor Kellyanne Conway is no stranger to controversy. She’s been in a constant battle with the media since Trump took office, famously coming under fire for her use of “alternative facts” and her “Bowling Green Massacre” example for tightening border security. But while her interviews have come under fire in the past, she’s never crossed any ethical lines – until now. Conway took advantage of a live national news broadcast to go off topic and specifically plug Ivanka Trump’s clothing brand. Is Conway in trouble?

How Does Kellyane Conway’s “Commercial” Affect the Trump Administration?

President Trump has been a lightning rod for controversy. Every executive order he signs and every candidate he nominates regardless of position causes arguments and debate between Republicans and Democrats. So when Donald Trump used his personal account to chastise Nordstrom for dropping Ivanka Trump’s clothing line, and then retweeting that from the POTUS Twitter account, Democrats said he went too far.

But the real fuel for their fire came as Kellyanne Conway stepped in to back Trump in an interview with Fox news. After an interview question came up about Ivanka, Conway responded with “Go buy Ivanka’s stuff, is what I would tell you. It’s a wonderful line. I own some of it. I fully — I’m going to just, I’m going to give a free commercial here: Go buy it today, everybody. You can find it online.”

Democrats went wild as Conway may have crossed a significant ethics boundary. Federal law prohibits public employees from using their positions to endorse any product, service, person, or enterprise. That includes friends, family, or people with whom the employee is affiliated in a nongovernmental capacity.

Democrats say she broke the law, while Republicans say that code doesn’t apply to her since she’s not an elected government official. Press Secretary Sean Spicer says Conway has been “counseled” after plugging Ivanka’s clothing line, but is that enough? The Left is out for blood, and Conway may walk away without so much as a slap on the wrist.

The real significance of the plug is that it gives Democrats a foothold on which to point allegations of impropriety and ethical violations. As a result of her actions, the White House will now have ethics committees and lawyers looking at the administration through a magnifying glass. How will this affect the president? Now more than ever people will be clamoring for his tax returns and to examine a full list of his assets to ensure there is no conflict of interest.

Watch the controversial interview from CBS Los Angeles: 

It will be interesting to see how the White House responds to the latest allegations of impropriety, but regardless of Trump’s response, or the outcome of Conway’s action, the damage is done and now Trump will have even more of a fight defending his actions to critics.

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    tyger13us

    February 10, 2017 at 12:58 PM

    Oh.. lets twist and spin this shit to fit your agenda too….. dont you ever give up… dont you have a life?

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    Ron

    February 10, 2017 at 1:51 PM

    Give me a break! You think Trump hasn’t been under the magnifying glass? The Establishment has been challenging his every word once it became clear that he was a serious candidate. Every word? More like every gesture, every thought, and every motive, even if they had to be made up.

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      The Help

      February 10, 2017 at 6:16 PM

      Trump is the magnifying galss he draws attention to himself. Name another President who after signing executive orders held tham up like a grade school kid that just won an award. Trump lives for the limelight.

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    samswede

    February 10, 2017 at 2:08 PM

    Much ado about nothing. It’s not like anyone died or lied about a video.

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    AnAmericanRight

    February 10, 2017 at 4:02 PM

    If this is all the liberals can complain about then a Trump Government must be doing something right. Frankly I don’t give a damn. Conway has a right to say what she thinks and so does Trump. we have bigger fish to fry. I might go out and buy Ivanka’s clothes and i’m a man. lol

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    RevIdahoSpud3

    February 10, 2017 at 4:14 PM

    Let’s tie this story in with Obama and Solyndra plus the dozens of fake green energy scams that are now defunct but served as payback to Obama doners but with taxpayer dollars, or let’s talk more of pizzagate or the closing of the Clinton foundation. There are other topics that have not been resolved. The capitalist is getting close to being an unsubscribe.

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    Carol Baudat

    February 10, 2017 at 4:15 PM

    How is this any different than the Odummers going on Late night TV, SNL, Ellen and the Oprah shows?
    Or the Golf Courses Odummer played at? Free publicity for each of those…

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    nodemonratfan

    February 10, 2017 at 4:27 PM

    May God bless our nation. It is a cold day in hell when democrats have the high ground on ethics! The DNC is the party of the corrupt and the connected for abusing the American tax payer. There has never been a more ethically challenged group than the Democrats and all with any amount of intelligence know it.

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    The Help

    February 10, 2017 at 6:16 PM

    I do not believe that anything will come from this. It appears judging from all the questionable actions of many of the Trump cabinet appointments that in the past have easily disqualified nominees is no longer relevant hell even the replacement for Sessions seat Luther Strange is highly suspect so why is what Kellyanne Conway did any more of a big deal. Even FLOTUS is sueing the British News Daily Mail for $150 million saying a story they printed has negativly affected her marketability for commercial products.

    It seems right now that ethics, conduct and sound governance has left the building and the News Media could care less as well as the public. What the hell is everyone missing. Our government has truly become a Reality TV Show the news media and public wait for the daily controversy.

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    jimbo

    February 10, 2017 at 11:06 PM

    DEATH SENTENCE FOR KELLY ANNE…I believe that Kelly Anne Conway should get the death penalty for mentioning ivanka’s Trump’s business on national TV. And because it’s a much more serious crime, I believe, that her death sentence should be carried out before the death sentence of Muslim terrorist Nidal Malik Hasan who was convicted of fatally shooting 13 members of our Military and injuring and maiming more than 30 others during the Fort Hood massacre on November 5, 2009….you know the one that the Obama administration called workplace violence even though Hasan had terrorist connections and was yelling Allahu Akbar as he was gunning down our Military heroes. Question is…since The Fort Hood Terrorist attack took place almost 8 years ago…,why is this Muslim terrorist still alive. Even more upsetting is that he likely has better health care than many of our brave Veterans do.

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Pump Prices to Edge up After Attack on Iranian General, but Long-Term Effect Unclear

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By Jeff Ostrowski, The Palm Beach Post, Fla.

Motorists soon will see the effects of President Donald Trump’s decision to kill a prominent Iranian general. Whether pump prices rise a little or a lot depends on how quickly international tensions intensify.

Florida gas prices climbed an average of 7 cents a gallon in the past three days and could increase an additional 5 cents, AAA – The Auto Club Group said Monday.

The 7-cent increase was coming even before the U.S. air strike Thursday that killed Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani. That hike was a result of a rise in the price of crude oil in December.

News of the targeted killing of Soleimani sent crude oil surging nearly $2 per barrel on Friday. An increase of that magnitude typically translates to a 5-cent hike at the pump, AAA said.

The U.S. benchmark for crude oil traded Monday just above $63 per barrel, the highest level since May 2019. The price of oil makes up about half the price of a gallon of gas.

“What happens in the Middle East can have a direct impact on Americans’ daily lives by influencing what they pay at the pump,” said AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins. “Crude prices rise when there’s a threat of war, because of concerns over how the conflict could hamper supply and demand.”

Oil analyst Tom Kloza of energy firm OPIS agreed that pump prices in Florida likely will rise about 5 cents a gallon in the coming days.

“Then I have a hunch that things are going to calm down,” Kloza said Monday. “I don’t think we’re looking at $3 gas.”

The national average pump price Sunday was $2.585, while the Florida average was $2.526, AAA said.

Kloza expects only modest increases in part because of the timing of the attack. January is always a slow month for gas consumption in the United States.

There’s also the reality that sanctions leave Iran unable to export oil. Complicating the calculus is Iraq’s response to the U.S. attack. The drone strike on Soleimani took place in Baghdad, and some Iraqi politicians considered the assault an affront to Iraqi sovereignty.

While there’s no Iranian oil supply to be disrupted by a war, Iraq is an important producer.

Trump keenly watches oil prices and realizes that a price spike might erode his support in this year’s presidential election, Kloza said.

At the same time, Kloza added, “This president has proven to be unpredictable.”

Trump’s response has been typically uneven. Delivering an official statement at the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Trump’s tone was measured. He said the targeted killing was designed to pre-empt Soleimani’s planned attacks on American diplomats and soldiers.

“We took action last night to stop a war,” Trump said Friday. “We did not take action to start a war.”

However, over the weekend, Trump took to Twitter to threaten attacks on Iranian cultural sites.

“The United States just spent Two Trillion Dollars on Military Equipment,” Trump wrote Sunday on Twitter. “We are the biggest and by far the BEST in the World! If Iran attacks an American Base, or any American, we will be sending some of that brand new beautiful equipment their way…and without hesitation!”

##IFRAME_1##Iran has vowed vengeance, but military experts say the nation isn’t powerful enough to wage a direct war against the U.S.

“It’s still far too early to know how much of an impact this conflict will have overall on prices at the pump,” AAA’s Jenkins said.

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Stocks Rally Despite Impeachment News

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Stocks rose on Thursday as investors looked past the news of President Donald Trump’s impeachment as well as mixed U.S. economic data.

The Dow Jones Industrials advanced 53.85 points to begin trading at 28.293.13

The S&P 500 recovered 4.93 points to 3,196.07

The NASDAQ added 19.39 points to Wednesday’s all-time record, at 8,847.12.

The S&P 500 is up nearly 7% since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi launched a formal impeachment inquiry in September.

Cisco Systems was the best-performing Dow component, rising 1.6%. The consumer staples and real estate sectors led the S&P 500 higher, gaining 0.4% each. Micron Technology shares also contributed to Thursday’s move higher. Conagra shares surged more than 14% and were on pace for their biggest one-day gain since Oct. 16, 1989.

Micron shares climbed 3.5% on the back of strong quarterly results. The chipmaker posted earnings per share and revenue that topped analyst expectations.

On the economic data front, weekly jobless claims fell to 234,000 from 252,000 the week before. However, economists expected claims to fall to 225,000.

Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Federal Reserve’s business conditions index fell to 0.3 in December from 10.4 in the previous month. Economists expected the index to slip to 8.

The Democrat-led House of Representatives voted Wednesday to impeach Trump for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Trump became only the third president to be charged with high crimes and misdemeanors and will now face a trial in the Republican-controlled Senate.

Prices for the 10-Year U.S. Treasury were lower, raising yields to 1.94% from Wednesday’s 1.93%. Treasury prices and yields move in opposite directions.

Oil prices gained seven cents to $61.00 U.S. a barrel.

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Senator Rand Paul says you should pay for your student loans with your 401k. Paul’s new legislative proposal, the HELPER Act (Higher Education Loan Payment and Enhanced Retirement), would allow benefits like tax-free money for college, tax-free employer-sponsored plans, no cap on student loan interest deduction, and many others. Essentially, it would allow students and parents to withdraw retirement funds to settle expenses for college.

The act “would allow Americans to take out up to $5,250 from a 401(k) or IRA tax- and penalty-free each year to pay for college or make monthly student loan payments,” explained CNBC.

According to Forbes, “Paul seeks to reshape the way people save and pay for higher education, driven through tax and savings incentives.” He notes that “the current student loan interest rates can be as high as 7% for graduate students and parent borrowers.” Student loan refinancing rates, on the other hand, have dropped to below 2%.

Paul’s critics will likely note objections such as removing money from a retirement account for any purpose that is not related to retirement may not be a wise financial move; many students cannot both save for retirement and pay off student loans; and the annual amount may not be enough to help borrowers make a meaningful impact.

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