John Bailey, White Plains CitizeNetReporter Michael Edelman, Esq., Political Analyst, and Hezi Aris, Yonkers Tribune Editor-at-Large, on Westchester On the Level – Monday, August 19, 2019 @10am EST

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John Bailey, White Plains CitizeNetReporter ( Publisher / Editor opens the broadcast day at 10am and concludes his segment at 10:30am.  

  1. We learn the issues that transfix White Plains’ residents.

Michael Edelman, Esq., Political Analyst, delves into local, national and international news and analysis from 10:30-11am.

  1. The American economy was touted by President Trump as the lynchpin of his presidency. Three central banks: India, New Zealand, and Thailand signaled their being worried of a slowing global conomy. Since their prognostication a week ago, there in now growing angst of a world recession. The Trump Administration is scrambling to quell questions about his stewardship of the economy as the rising odds of a recession pose a dire threat to his reelection campaign. Is it appropriate to blame Trump for the looming recession? If so, why and by what measure?
  2. President Trump wanted Israel to deny Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) entry into the country. Israel had initially denied their request. Upon hearing of Rep. Tlaib’s desire to likely have a last opportunity to visit her 90-year-old grandmother, Aryeh Deri, Aryeh, Minister of the Interior, and a member in the Security Cabinet of Israel, granted her permission on humanitarian grounds. Rep. Tlaib after being first denied, and thereafter being granted permission advised she would decline. Thereafter, Pres. Trump suggested  that Tlaib had only requested permission to see her grandmother as a “setup” to further criticize the U.S. ally.
  3. White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway expressed optimism that Republican senators who have been skeptical about gun control measures would cooperate with Pres. Trump. She said, “Their concerns are al reconcilable. And former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg suggested that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) might allow a vote on gun control measures in the wake of the recent mass shootings to increase his re-election prospects. Is President Trump likewise aligned? How will the NRA lobby view any curtailment?
  4. Judiciary Committee ChairmanJerrold Nadler (D-NY) on Friday announced his panel would return to Capitol Hill before the summer recess to host a hearing on gun violence, which comes after two deadly shootings earlier this month reignited the debate over gun reform. The Judiciary Committee is poised to return to the beltway on Sept. 4, the Wednesday before the lower chamber’s six-week recess is set to end. Nadler says the panel will examine three gun violence prevention bills, and then hold a hearing on military-style assault weapons later in September. “Although we know the issue of gun violence won’t be fixed overnight, there are steps Congress can and must take to address it,” Nadler said in a statement.
  5. 36-year-old Maurice Hill, a multiple-time offender was accused of shooting 6 Philadelphia Police Officers last Wednesday. Hill was charged with attempted murder on Saturday. Hill was prohibited from owning a firearm. There were 4 other co-defendants who face multiple counts of attempted murder, drug gun and assault charges. Are there indication as to what is fomenting the divisive and angry conduct that has seemingly grown over the past 10 years with greater repetitiveness.  
  6. Andrew Yang, a Democratic presidential candidate, who has made the cut to be on the next presidential debate podium promised a “mass pardon” to those imprisoned for nonviolent marijuana convictions. He would pardon those presently incarcerated on April 20, 2021. He further supports the full legalization marijuana at the federal level as well as removing it from the controlled substances list, and he calls to expunge federal convictions of all marijuana-related use or possession offenses. Last week he advocated for a Universal Basic Income guarantee of $1,000 per month.
  7. NYS Medical Examiner Barbara Sampson concluded disgraced financier and accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein committed suicide by allegedly hanging himself with a bedsheet while kneeling
  8. Will Hong Kong demonstrators have their grievances resolved or will their pro-democracy demonstrations be crushed after three months of unrest. Some experts suggest things will be resolved before China’s National Day on October 1. And that if trade talks with China’s economy does not improve, the prospects for intervention grows. Is that a consensus to which you subscribe? How else can the crisis subside? Will Beijing ever forget this affront of their governance and accommodation of Hong Kong?

Thereafter, Hezi Aris, Yonkers Tribune Editor-at-Large delves into hyperlocal, city, county, state, national, and international issues with commensurate analysis. This segment from 11:30am-12Noon. 

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eHeziJohn Bailey, White Plains CitizeNetReporter Michael Edelman, Esq., Political Analyst, and Hezi Aris, Yonkers Tribune Editor-at-Large, on Westchester On the Level – Monday, August 19, 2019 @10am EST

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