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D.C. and Maryland File Lawsuit against Trump, alleging violation of the Constitution

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Political Editor-LeNora Millen

Attorneys General for the District of Columbia and the state of Maryland filed a lawsuit on Monday alleging that he violated anti-corruption clauses in the Constitution.

The lawsuit, brought by government entities and notably the first of its kind, centers on President Trump choosing to retain ownership of his company when he became president. In January, Trump told the American people that he was shifting his business assets into a trust managed by his sons to eliminate potential conflicts of interests.

The Attorneys General claims that Trump failing to shed his private business actions undermines public trust and is a violation of constitutional bans against self-dealing.

[See District of Columbia and State of Maryland Lawsuit filed Monday]

Attorneys general for D.C. and Maryland filed a lawsuit against President Trump on June 12, alleging that he violated anti-corruption clauses in the Constitution by retaining ownership of his company as president. Attorneys general for the District of Columbia and the state of Maryland say they will file a lawsuit on June 12 against President Trump. (Video Courtesy of PBS Newshour)

District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine (D) and Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh (D) filed the lawsuit based upon Trump’s many broken promises to keep separate his public duties and private business interests.  One example argued—Trump’ son Eric Trump stating that his father, President Trump would continue to receive regular updates about his company’s financial health.

The complaint treads upon uncharted legal territory. No state has filed a lawsuit or accused a president of violating the emoluments clauses of the Constitution.

Article I, Section 9, Clause 8 of the U.S. Constitution prevents anyone holding an “Office” from accepting presents or emoluments from “any King, Prince or Foreign State.” The Founders’ idea here, of course, is to prevent foreign powers using gifts or money to corrupt the President’s loyalty to the U.S. 

A second clause prohibits the president from accepting economic benefits from the federal or state governments, other than his salary.

Mr. Trump continues to own and profits from his business empire, as cited in the lawsuit: “It’s unclear on whether Trump is making decisions in the country’s best interest or out of “self-interested motivations grounded in the international and domestic business dealings in which President Trump’s personal fortune is at stake.”

One allegation in the lawsuit is that businesses owned by Mr. Trump divert customers away from businesses the District of Columbia and Maryland either own, license or tax, causing those governments direct financial harm. Second, the attorneys argue in their lawsuit that the Trump International Hotel in Washington competes with convention facilities owned by the city’s government, as well as with a resort in Prince George’s County that generates tax revenue for Maryland.

President Trump’s misuse of his position to increase patronage of his family’s hotels and the restaurants by foreign diplomats is but one example of abuse of power, and public trust argued in the lawsuit. Although the businesses pay taxes, State attorney argues that it puts the District of Columbia and Maryland at a competitive disadvantage.

The lawsuit, filed in a Maryland federal court, cites similar arguments in a lawsuit filed earlier in a New York Federal Court this year by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.  The Justice Department at the time asked a federal judge to dismiss the complaint their chief complaint was that the emoluments clauses do not prohibit presidents from owning businesses.

In their 70-page brief filed by the Justice Department on Friday—they argued that while Mr. Trump’s business interests did violate the Constitution, it would be up to Congress, not a federal court, to devise a remedy.

The Justice Department also contended that the plaintiffs in that case, such as the owner of the hotel and restaurant, did not report any revenue loss as a result of Mr. Trump’s businesses.

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DaVita Certified as Freedom-Centered Workplace by WorldBlu.

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This is the 11th Consecutive Year the company has been recognized on the list, formerly known as “most democratic”workplaces.

DaVita Kidney Care a division from DaVita Inc.leading provider of kidney care services in the United States, announced on 12th April that the company has been certified as a Freedom-Centered Workplace by WorldBlu.

It’s very interesting the fact that in every respect, down to long-established financial and benefits-related practices, DaVita operates less as a company and more as a Village, valuing the voice of its teammates in many instances and decision making.

DaVita also emphasizes collaboration and teamwork to deliver optimal patient outcomes.

DaVita has been recognized as a clinical leader in two reports from the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services – CMS – Five-Star Quality Rating Program and the Quality Incentive Program.

WorldBlu’s procedure in electing Organizations is by providing an Assessment to Teammates in the Organization as the first step of the Procedure.

In order to be eligible for a spot on the Worldblu List of Most Freedom-Centered Workplaces™ is after the completion from the Assessment Test by the Teammates, a survey evaluating their practice based on the WorldBlu 10 Principles of Organizational Democracy™ is given to the Teammates.

The Assessment was developed on a decade of research into what makes a successful freedom-centered company.

Organizations from the for-profit and non-profit sectors that have been in operation for at least one full year and have five or more employees can apply for the certification.

As of Dec. 31, 2017, DaVita Kidney Care operated or provided administrative services at 2,510 outpatient dialysis centers located in the United States serving approximately 198,000 patients. The Company also operated 237 Outpatient Dialysis centers located in 11 Countries outside the United States.

DaVita Kidney Care supports numerous programs dedicated to creating positive, sustainable change in communities around the world.

DaVita Kidney Care supports numerous programs dedicated to creating positive, sustainable change in communities around the world.

Visit DaVita at http://davita.com for more information.

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The Old You VS. The New You

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The old you is not qualified to take you to your new destination… 

I remember those nights sleeping in the car and sleeping in the dark hallways of projects buildings. I remember I could’ve gone to my Mom’s house at any point.  I could have knocked on the door and she would have let me in. But I would have had to admit that I had made mistakes.  And I would have had to live by her rules. So because of that, I was out on the streets. I was eating terrible food.  I would eat cups noodles daily, I would cut up Slim-Jims and add them in. That would be my protein. I just didn’t want to follow the rules, and follow the process.

The old me didn’t understand that great processes are what built great empires. The old me didn’t recognize that I was already following a process, a unsuccessful one. I can go on and on about the gaps that were stopping the old me from moving forward. By me taking the time that was needed to understand how these gaps were negatively impacting my life I was able to make the necessary adjustments and give birth to the New Me. This is not something that you only do one time and be done. You will have to create a New You for every new level that you wish to dominate.

Take some time to sit down and identify the gaps in your life that are holding you back from creating the new you and dominating a new level.

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Let’s Be Honest

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You must believe that the person in the mirror controls your future.

 

You’re in the hunt to achieve something, and that’s great! I want you to think about how you felt when you first came up with the idea: you were excited and your body was “on fire” with anticipation! You’ve got to get that feeling back. When that feeling goes away, that means that you’re “fire is going out”. When that happens, you need to find something to rekindle that fire. You have to refuel your body when it feels hungry or tired. You have to refuel your car when the gas tank approaches empty, it’s the same with your goals. When you realize this, you’ll try to keep the (goal) tank as close to full as possible. Find a way to stay self-motivated when chasing your goals. When you find a way to do this, your life accelerates, your goals come closer and you’ll find the energy to overcome obstacles and setbacks.

It is so easy for us to be honest about what other people should be doing with their lives, whether it’s about family, business, or personal matters. We take our time to think it over and give them our two cents whether they want it or not, and we even say, “I’m just being honest.” It’s not so easy to be honest with ourselves, so we just figure out a way to justify every situation in our favor. When I started to be honest with myself about everything in my life—such as being a high school dropout, a drug dealer, homeless, disrespectful to my mother and my community, etc.—I was able to make the necessary changes to keep my fire lit. 

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