Upcoming Discussion Sessions:
· 9am Monday June 25 at the North Shore Senior Center(Note: Ralph Bernstein will conduct this 6/25 session.)
· 10am Thursday July 5 at the Northbrook Library
· 9:30am Wednesday July 18 at the JCC on Revere Drive
· 7:15pm Wednesday July 18 at The Lodge
Note: Ralph Bernstein is leading the 6/25 discussion. Here are Ralph’s topics.
1. President Trump said Monday he's directed his administration to identify $200 billion worth of
Chinese goods that will be subject to additional tariffs, which may escalate the ongoing trade
dispute between the U.S. and China. These tariffs are in addition to the announced tariffs on 50
billon of goods. Is this the onset of a trade war?
2. The United States announced a deal on last week to lift tough American sanctions on the Chinese
telecommunications giant ZTE and ZTE is to pay a $1 Billion fine in the deal to end U.S.
sanctions. Noticeably salient are the reported loans to be made by China to develop a theme park
in another section of the Far East that will be developed by Trump companies with others. On
Monday the senate included a provision in proposed legislation keeping the penalties in place
against ZTE despite a deal reached earlier this month by the Trump administration. What about
this? Are the senate and the administration in sync?
3. Discuss the administration’s separation of children from their parents. Is the action by the
administration an action instituted to prevent future illegal border crossings and is used as a
deterrent or is the separation an inhumane action as alleged by others? Some Repubs are said to
be abandoning the president on this issue. Zero tolerance White House senior advisor, Steven
Miller, called the separation of children from parents a “potent tool” to stop illegal immigration.
The president was quoted as saying that the Dems are responsible for the separation of children at
the border from their parents. Your thoughts.
4. The CEO of Tesla, Musk, has announced his intention to build a tunnel for transportation at a
high speed to and from O’Hare. Good idea?
5. This week a district court judge revoked the bond for Paul Manafort and remanded him to jail pending the trial on his indictment. Some say this jailing will be enough for him to tell all and others say that the president will pardon him thereby keeping him from “talking.” What will happen?
6. Recently the village of Deerfield has announced that it enacted an ordinance banning “assault
type” weapons. In response, two groups have filed lawsuits contesting the ability of Deerfield to
enact such ordinances. Highland Park and other Cities/Villages have enacted similar ordinances
which have been tested by courts, including the 7th circuit court of appeals and the U S Supreme
court. These courts have rendered decisions that such ordinances are constitutional. Now what
7. With all the press reports and talk regarding a possible indictment for Michael Cohen, will he
8. Mayor Emanuel has suggested a program for preschoolers where no charge will be made for
those attending. Your thoughts.
9. The Department of Justice (DOJ) argued in court last week, that key parts of ObamaCare are
unconstitutional, siding in large part with a conservative challenge to the law. The move is a break
from the norm of the DOJ to defend federal laws when they are challenged in court. Under
President Trump, the department has opted not to defend a law that it strongly opposes. The
lawsuit in question was filed in February by Texas and 19 other GOP-led states, arguing that
ObamaCare is unconstitutional and should be overturned. Legal experts are deeply skeptical the
challenge can succeed, and 17 Democratic-led states have already intervened to defend the law in
the absence of DOJ action.