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With the one year anniversary of the orange man, and with the 400th (!) page of this thread, it seems like a good moment to recap and reflect on what the Trump phenomenon has actually (maybe even factually) caused/ achieved/ damaged at this point, for the US and the world. I guess we could even recap on all the conspiracy theories that have gone by the by...

How about people giving just some dot points - some pros and cons or whatever - at this historic moment?

I for one like the way he has toyed with the media and won, no matter how biased it is against him. I've liked his treatment of North Korea. I've liked that he diffused tensions with Russia. I've liked his guts to say what he did at the (unreported) March for Life. And apparently his tax cuts are getting some good reviews, as little as I understand that stuff. On the negative side, he's obviously a bit of a one trick pony and has been making it up as he goes along, he uses people as cannon fodder, and his ego makes Oprah look like Mother Teresa.
"She's going through a growth phase." - GW
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''Logistical'' issues Shocked

Seems Melania doesn't like flying with Trump anymore. There's been severe turbulence since things turned ''Stormy''. LOL



Washington (CNN)First lady Melania Trump, in a change of plans, will not be joining President Donald Trump on his trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, later this week.

East Wing communications director Stephanie Grisham confirmed to CNN that the first lady's decision to forgo the trip was based on "scheduling and logistical issues."
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Do you write material for Studio 10, PT?
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What is Studio 10? Confused
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Isn't that the show with Jessica Rowe, Delvene Delaney et al?
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No idea 
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Well there's a career opportunity for you. Look into it.
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This is big. New TPP sans USA




Japan’s Motegi: TPP II will be signed on 8 March

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Japanese Economy Minister Motegi was out on the wires last minutes, via Reuters, making a statement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) II agreement.

Reuters reported Motegi as saying, “eleven countries aiming to forge a new Asia-Pacific trade pact after the United States pulled out of an earlier version will hold a signing ceremony in Chile in March.”

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TPP II will be signed on 8 March.

TPP II articles for signature have been finalized.

Canada also working toward signing off in March.

I believe Canada will follow-through on that.

TPP II will be the engine to overcome protectionism rising in some parts of the world.

Will explain to the US about the importance of TPP and hope they will return to the deal.

Want TPP to expand once it comes into force.

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http://www.straitstimes.com/business/economy/japan-says-trans-pacific-trade-pact-without-us-to-be-signed-in-march

TOKYO – Eleven countries, including Singapore, aiming to enter an ambitious Pacific Rim trade deal after the United States pulled out from an earlier version, have come to an agreement following two days of talks in Tokyo that ended on Tuesday (Jan 23).

The countries will now work towards inking the deal, now known as the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), by early March. 

Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported March 8 as the date being mooted for the signing ceremony to be held in Chile.

Singapore’s Minister for Trade and Industry (Trade) Lim Hng Kiang said in a statement on Tuesday: “Singapore is pleased by the good outcome on the CPTPP. We have made significant efforts to uphold the spirit and substance of the original agreement, while maintaining its high ambition and overall balance.

The deal, when entered into force, will substantially lower tariffs on a wide range of goods. Even without the US, it will be attractive for Singapore companies which will gain access to a market of 500 million people with a combined output of US$10 trillion (S$13.2 trillion).

Mr Lim noted that Singapore companies will stand to gain from the “substantial elimination of tariffs and non-tariff barriers for goods, improved access for service suppliers in a wide range of sectors, greater facilitation of investments, and improved access to government procurement contracts”.

Japan and Australia have been flagbearers of the deal since President Donald Trump pulled the US out of it, with prime ministers Shinzo Abe and Malcolm Turnbull agreeing in Tokyo last week to take the lead in urging countries to ink the deal by March.

The CPTPP supercedes the original TPP, with 20 provisions of the original document suspended, mostly on intellectual property. The other countries to the deal are Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru and Vietnam.

While the 11 nations reached a broad consensus on the deal on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in Da Nang, Vietnam, in November last year, questions arose after Canada – the second largest economy in the bloc after Japan – wavered.

Canada was the holdout, in seeking greater protection of its French-speaking cultural industries such as movies, television and music. It was also unhappy with the rules of origin for cars.

These outstanding issues were among those that were resolved following two days of talks among senior officials from the 11 countries in Tokyo. The officials finalised the list of suspended provisions, and completed the legal verification of the agreement, Singapore’s Ministry for Trade and Industry (MTI) said in a news statement.

The MTI added that the outcome “reaffirms the CPTPP countries’ collective commitment towards greater trade liberalisation and regional integration”.

“The CPTPP continues to be an important, high quality agreement, and is a good example of a plurilateral agreement from which countries each stand to benefit. In this spirit, the agreement will also be open for other willing and like-minded economies to join in future.”

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Originally posted by stayer stayer wrote:

Well there's a career opportunity for you. Look into it.

He's full of Whale stayer - he was defending Jessica when she had a crack at Milo on that show, and she was dismantled as a cancerous feminist ... selective amnesia again!Embarrassed
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Do you really need proof that you are full of Whale?Embarrassed
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Proof that I was defending someone called Jessica re her having a crack at Milo.

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Originally posted by Dr E Dr E wrote:

Originally posted by stayer stayer wrote:

Well there's a career opportunity for you. Look into it.


He's full of Whale stayer - he was defending Jessica when she had a crack at Milo on that show, and she was dismantled as a cancerous feminist ... selective amnesia again!Embarrassed

That would be very dishonest. I refuse to believe it (and so does he.)
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