Sunday, April 30, 2017


Reagan Adviser Slams Trump Rally Speech As ‘Most Divisive Ever’ From A President


A former adviser to three Republican presidents called the speech Donald Trump gave before a crowd of supporters Saturday in Pennsylvania the “most divisive” he has ever heard from a president. David Gergen, a CNN political analyst who advised GOP Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan — and Democratic President Bill Clinton — said he found the speech “deeply disturbing” with little change from Trump’s bombastic, divisive campaign messages. Trump slammed the press — again ― as “fake news,” vowed to topple Obamacare and promised to build the border wall between Mexico and the U.S. “Don’t worry, we’re going to have the wall,” Trump said at the rally marking his 100th day as president. “Rest assured. Go home, go to sleep.”

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Trump Goes Haywire & Yells At Injured Americans; Forget Your Hurt Knees! (VIDEO)

Trump Goes Haywire & Yells At Injured Americans; Forget Your Hurt Knees! (VIDEO)

People, especially members of the press, need to stop being so “unfair” to Donald Trump. That’s part of the message he sent on Sunday as part of his Face the Nation interview. That’s also one of the more subdued messages Trump sent.

In its totality, Trump’s segment on Face the Nation was packed full of meltdown after meltdown. He lost it about the media and disrespected John Dickerson to his face, showing absolutely no regard for the need to be tactful and diplomatic. He went full tilt when questioned about his tax returns, and when the issue of health care came up, Trump shifted his stance on North Korea and went on the attack against people with medical issues.




  

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Trump Caught On Camera Heaping Praise On 'Smart' Kim Jong Un (VIDEO)

Trump Caught On Camera Heaping Praise On 'Smart' Kim Jong Un (VIDEO)

People are saying, “Is he sane?” I have no idea.’

‘I can tell you this, and a lot of people don’t like when I say it, but he was a young man of 26 or 27 when he took over from his father, when his father died. He’s dealing with obviously very tough people, in particular the generals and others.’

‘At a very young age, he was able to assume power. A lot of people, I’m sure, tried to take that power away, whether it was his uncle or anybody else.’

‘And he was able to do it. So obviously, he’s a pretty smart cookie.’

  

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

GOP candidate has financial ties to US-sanctioned Russian companies | US news | The Guardian

A Republican congressional candidate has financial ties to a number of Russian companies that have been sanctioned by the US, the Guardian has learned.

Greg Gianforte, who is the GOP standard bearer in the upcoming special election in Montana, owns just under $250,000 in shares in two index funds that are invested in the Russian economy to match its overall performance.
According to a financial disclosure filed with the clerk of the House of Representatives, the Montana tech mogul owns almost $150,000 worth of shares in VanEck Vectors Russia ETF and $92,400 in the IShares MSCF Russia ETF fund. Both are indexed to the Russian equities market and have significant holdings in companies such as Gazprom and Rosneft that came under US sanctions in the aftermath of the Russian invasion of the Crimea.

  

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Bernie Sanders Chides Obama for Accepting a $400,000 Wall Street Speaking Fee


Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) criticized Hillary Clinton throughout the Democratic primary for giving lucrative speeches to Wall Street. Perhaps it's no surprise then that he's deeply disappointed President Barack Obama has accepted a $400,000 check from investment firm Cantor Fitzgerald LP to speak at a health care conference in September. "I think at a time when people are so frustrated with the power of Wall Street and the big money interests... it is unfortunate that President Obama is doing this," Sanders said in an interview on "CBS This Morning" Friday. "Wall Street has incredible power, and I would have hoped that the president would not have given a speech like this," he added.

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After 100 Days of Trump, America's Gotten Corruption Fatigue


The use of public office for private gain is the textbook definition of corruption. In very recent memory, it was generally accepted in America that corruption – even the mere appearance of – was a very bad thing. That's why the U.S. has constitutional prohibitions, laws and norms aimed at eliminating the possibility of government officials using their positions to line their own pockets when they are obligated act in the interest of the public. But the ethical violations of Donald Trump, his family and his administration are so numerous and so flagrant that it's hard to give any particular one the attention it deserves. In only 100 days, Trump has upended the country's anti-corruption norms by numbing everyone with a steady stream of serious improprieties that would have been treated as major scandals – if not impeachable offenses – during any other modern presidency.

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Health Law Repeal Will Miss Trump’s 100-Day Target Date - The New York Times

Health Law Repeal Will Miss Trump’s 100-Day Target Date - The New York Times

WASHINGTON — An 11th-hour White House push to give President Trump a major legislative victory in his first 100 days in office broke down late Thursday as House Republican leaders failed to round up enough votes for their bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Some White House officials had hoped for a vote on Friday on a measure to prove that Mr. Trump was making good on his promise to undo the sweeping health law — President Barack Obama’s signature domestic achievement — in his first 100 days in office.

But seesawing commitments and the reservations from numerous lawmakers throughout Thursday laid bare the difficulty that Republican leaders faced in trying to push through a repeal bill. While revisions to their bill won over conservative hard-liners in the Freedom Caucus this week, those same changes threatened to drive away other members, even some who supported the first version.

  

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Trump says he’s stopping jobs from going abroad. Here’s the truth.

Trump says he’s stopping jobs from going abroad. Here’s the truth.

CTS Corporation factory in Elkhart, Indiana shut down production one afternoon in June of last year.
That “never happens, unless it’s a holiday or something,” Vanacker said. “Even on weekends they don’t shut down all production.”
All of the sensor and actuator plant’s employees were asked to attend a town hall style meeting with a company vice president. It was there that they found out that everyone at the factory would be losing their jobs beginning in January 2017. The work will instead be moved to factories in Mexico, China, and Taiwan.
Employees were blindsided by the announcement. “We had no clue, none at all,” Haines said.
The company knew the news would be difficult to swallow. “They asked us, everyone, to leave the building after the meeting,” Vanacker said. Production was kept idled for the rest of the weekend. “They locked the gates so no one could get in, which they haven’t done in years.” It seemed they were worried about angry employees who had all just learned they were losing their jobs.

  

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Trump's former national security advisor under Pentagon investigation for Russia payments


ormer national security advisor Michael Flynn’s legal troubles worsened Thursday when a House committee disclosed that the Pentagon inspector general is investigating whether the retired Army three-star general violated military rules by accepting foreign payments. Flynn was warned in 2014, when he was retiring from the military, not to accept payments from foreign governments without advance approval from the Pentagon, according to documents released Thursday by a House committee.

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Trump Tax Plan Would Shift Trillions From U.S. Coffers to the Richest


WASHINGTON — President Trump’s proposal to slash individual and business taxes and erase a surtax that funds the Affordable Care Act would amount to a multitrillion-dollar shift from federal coffers to America’s richest families and their heirs, setting up a politically fraught battle over how best to use the government’s already strained resources. The outline that Mr. Trump offered on Wednesday — less a tax overhaul plan than a list of costly cuts with no price tags attached, rushed out by a president staring down his 100-day mark in office — calls for tax reductions for individuals of every income level as well as businesses large and small.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Trump: They Were Supposed to Love Me


Over recent months, I’ve several times noted that President Trump thought that once he won the election, everybody would love him. I base this on various comments he’s made and just my general sense of his personality. But nowhere to date has he said it more clearly, more openly.

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Sessions Is Wrong to Take Science Out of Forensic Science - The New York Times

Sessions Is Wrong to Take Science Out of Forensic Science - The New York Times

Prosecutors applauded the April 10 announcement by Attorney General Jeff Sessions that the Department of Justice was disbanding the nonpartisan National Commission on Forensic Science and returning forensic science to law enforcement control. In the same statement, Mr. Sessions suspended the department’s review of closed cases for inaccurate or unsupported statements by forensic analysts, which regularly occur in fields as diverse as firearm and handwriting identification, and hair, fiber, shoe, bite mark and tire tread matching, and even fingerprinting analysis.

  

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Trump's Threat to Libel Law: How the President Seeks to Silence Critics


One of Donald Trump's biggest attacks on civil liberties comes from his regular threats to sue reporters for libel if he doesn't like what they write. Trump has repeatedly promised to use his power as president to suppress the freedom of the press, saying, "We're going to open up those libel laws...." On March 30, Trump reiterated his promise in a tweet attacking the "failing" New York Times that ended with, "Change libel laws?" Unfortunately, the mainstream media have tended to dismiss Trump's threats as empty rhetoric. Politico reported the view of an ACLU attorney that "there are virtually no steps within the president's power to 'open up libel laws' as Trump has suggested." But in reality, the president has enormous power to change libel laws by appointing Supreme Court judges who can alter constitutional protections.

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Prominent powwow set to begin in wake of pipeline protests


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One of North America's most prominent powwows is set to begin in New Mexico in the wake of pipeline protests in North Dakota that became a historic display of Native American solidarity. The Gathering of Nations is one of the world's largest gatherings of indigenous people. Last year's event attracted about 3,000 dancers from hundreds of tribes in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. It routinely draws at least 80,000 visitors. The event that opens Thursday in Albuquerque is intended to be nonpolitical, but Larry Yazzie, its official announcer, said people will be reminded why they are coming together, and that the "water protectors" — those who joined the pipeline protests — will be acknowledged. "There will be plenty of people there who have been to North Dakota," Yazzie said. "The spirit will be there." The protests were staged after the Standing Rock Sioux and other tribes said the pipeline threatened their sovereignty, religious rights and water supply. The Crow tribe — a traditional foe of the Sioux — joined the demonstrations.

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Why do people believe myths about the Confederacy? Because our textbooks and monuments are wrong.


History is the polemics of the victor, William F. Buckley once said. Not so in the United States, at least not regarding the Civil War. As soon as the Confederates laid down their arms, some picked up their pens and began to distort what they had done and why. The resulting mythology took hold of the nation a generation later and persists — which is why a presidential candidate can suggest, as Michele Bachmann did in 2011, that slavery was somehow pro-family and why the public, per the Pew Research Center, believes that the war was fought mainly over states’ rights. The Confederates won with the pen (and the noose) what they could not win on the battlefield: the cause of white supremacy and the dominant understanding of what the war was all about. We are still digging ourselves out from under the misinformation they spread, which has manifested in our public monuments and our history books.

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Chomsky doubles down on statement that the Republican Party is most dangerous group in human history

Chomsky doubles down on statement that the Republican Party is most dangerous group in human history

This past May, while candidate Donald Trump was running over Republicans and we all were relatively unaware of the impending nightmare that would be November 8, 2016, Noam Chomsky was interviewed on Democracy Now! by Amy Goodman. He made this statement:

If we were honest, we would say something that sounds utterly shocking and no doubt will be taken out of context and lead to hysteria on the part of the usual suspects," Chomsky says, "but the fact of the matter is that today’s Republican Party qualify as candidates for the most dangerous organization in human history. Literally.

  

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Presenting the Trump doctrine: 'forever war'


Call it mission creep on steroids. At the very least, it seems like evidence that the man who, as a presidential candidate, swore he’d “bomb the shit” out of Isis and let the US military win again is doing just that. (As he also said on the campaign trail with appropriately placed air punches: “You gotta knock the hell out of them! Boom! Boom! Boom!”)

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Trump says he may break up 9th Circuit Court after rulings go against him


President Trump is considering breaking up the 9th Circuit Court after a federal district court judge in its jurisdiction blocked his order to withhold funding from "sanctuary cities." In a Wednesday interview with the Washington Examiner, Trump said "there are many people who want to break up the 9th Circuit. It's outrageous." In the interview, Trump accused liberals of "judge-shopping" for a court that would strike down his executive order.

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