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Is Trump A Good Guy? Bad Guy? Political Genius? A Nut?

Discussion in 'Politics Forum (Local/National/World)' started by searcher, Jul 26, 2017.



  1. newmisty

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    Two words. Can you guess? Fake news much?
     
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    Reunited.................

    First couple reunited? Melania flies BACK to the White House after just 28 hours in Palm Beach 'to meet the President' after she stayed in a hotel and skipped Davos summit amid saga over porn star Stormy Daniels
    • Melania Trump has flown back to Washington DC after a very brief trip down to Mar-a-Lago to be back for her husband's return from Davos
    • The First Lady has been spending time away from Trump and the White House since news of his alleged tryst with porn star Stormy Daniels broke
    • She left D.C. for West Palm Beach Thursday afternoon in an unannounced trip, just as her husband was holding court with top European CEOs in Davos
    • Melania had been scheduled to attend the summit with her husband
    • 'It's been upsetting and humiliating; her relationship with President Trump has become strained,' a White House source told DailyMail.com
    • Trump's alleged $130,000 cover up of the relationship was first reported in mid-January
    • Melania's spokesperson Stephanie Grisham said: 'The laundry list of salacious & flat-out false reporting about Mrs. Trump...has seeped into 'main stream media.''
    • She did not say specifically what, if anything, in the DailyMail.com was 'false'


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    It's usually only 1 word that is needed. Deception, division or distraction tactics are not new. We wrote extensively about them at GIM1. I even had a thread I created with just that as the title.

    Now the media comes along and instead of calling it like it is, they have to create a phrase for it that doesn't make sense, "fake news;" how can it be both news and fake at the same time?

    Why didn't they call it a deception or a lie? It's because they don't like to tell things exactly the way they are, they like to make things as complicated as possible, overly complicated with a million tangents, many of which don't make sense or aren't even relevant. We should coin a term for them like "confused news" or something.

    While the media wonders about how the first lady is doing in her relationship with our criminal, woops, I mean commander n chief, Americans are killed in far away lands (I created a thread for the event and it didn't even get 10 views) just last weekend, something that the media will spend 10 seconds on or completely skip over altogether.

    But if the topic is about the past sex life of our criminal,,.. I mean,.. commander n chief, then the discussion goes on for days, and is all over the media and any thread about it is likely to go for pages.
     
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    Just a little food for thought. Take it fwiw and dyodd.


    Donald Trump Is Playing to Lose
    Feb 6, 2018 J. Bradford DeLong

    After a year in office, US President Donald Trump's approach to policymaking has been nothing if not bizarre. Whereas past presidents have sought the middle ground in an effort to develop effective policies and win re-election, Trump seems dead set on antagonizing the majority of Americans who did not vote for him.

    BERKELY – America certainly has a different kind of president than what it is used to. What distinguishes Donald Trump from his predecessors is not just his temperament and generalized ignorance, but also his approach to policymaking.

    First, consider Bill Clinton, who in 1992 was, like Trump, elected without a majority of voters. Once in office, Clinton appealed to the left with fiscal-stimulus and health-care bills (both unsuccessful), but also tacked center with a pro-growth deficit-reduction bill. He appealed to the center right by concluding the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which had been conceived under his Republican predecessors; and by signing a major crime bill. And he reappointed the conservative stalwart Alan Greenspan to chair the US Federal Reserve.

    Clinton hoped to achieve three things with this “triangulation” strategy: to enact policies that would effectively address the country’s problems; to convince voters who hadn’t supported him that he was looking out for their interests, too; and to keep his own base intact.

    In 2008, former President Barack Obama was elected with a popular majority. But, like Clinton, he moderated many of his positions once in office. He tacked to the center with technocratic financial-rescue and fiscal-stimulus plans. And he pushed through a market-oriented health-care bill modeled after legislation that Mitt Romney had enacted while serving as the Republican governor of Massachusetts.

    Obama also appealed directly to the right with an (unsuccessful) attempt at a “grand bargain” to cut deficits and social spending. His market-oriented cap-and-trade plan to regulate greenhouse-gas emissions was almost indistinguishable from that of his Republican opponent in the 2008 presidential election, Arizona Senator John McCain. And he reappointed Ben Bernanke, originally nominated by Republican President George W. Bush, to chair the Fed.

    Obama strove to represent not “red” or “blue” America, but “purple” America. He pursued cautious and technocratic policies that he hoped would attract Republican support. And when his own supporters objected, he reminded them that national unity and mutual respect, not narrow partisanship, would eventually bend the moral arc of the universe toward justice.

    Trump, by contrast, won the presidency while losing the popular vote by a wide margin. Yet, once in office, he promptly appealed to right-wing white nativists by issuing his promised travel ban against Muslims. He tried to destroy the 2010 Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) without having a plan for what would replace it. He again appealed to the nativist right by dismissing police brutality against African-Americans, and by describing white supremacists as “very fine people.” And he finished his first year by signing legislation that cuts taxes for the rich, but does little to win over anyone else.

    This is not normal politics. Trump clearly has no interest in unifying the country or enacting policies that will actually work. He has not given the majority of Americans who oppose him any reason to change their minds, nor has he counseled his base on the need for durable policies rather than evanescent legislative victories. Most importantly, he has done nothing to help himself get re-elected.

    Of course, the same now applies to many Republicans. Here in California last year, we were treated to a remarkable spectacle in which the state’s Republican delegation in the US House of Representatives did not even bother to argue for a tax package that would benefit their constituents. It was as if they had already given up on winning re-election, and were all looking forward to leaving Congress to take high-paying jobs as lobbyists.

    According to the Trump administration, its next legislative priority is infrastructure. That sounds like an issue where Trump could tack left, by devising a plan with egalitarian distributional effects and evidenced-based provisions to boost economic growth.

    But we shouldn’t count on that outcome. The Trump administration doesn’t seem to have any coherent policy-design process. There have been no hearings or white papers to assess the costs and benefits of various infrastructure proposals. Nor have there been any discussions with lawmakers to establish a rough consensus upon which to base legislation. As with the travel ban and the attempt to repeal Obamacare, there has been no public deliberation whatsoever. All we have are the president’s tweets.

    Back in 1776, Adam Smith argued that, in a system founded on “natural liberty,” the government’s three tasks are to provide national defense, ensure public safety and the enforcement of property rights and contracts, and supply infrastructure. According to Smith, the government has the duty to “[erect and maintain] certain public works and certain public institutions, which it can never be for the interest of any individual, or small number of individuals, to erect and maintain.”

    To Smith, the reason why governments must take up the task of building infrastructure was clear: “the profit could never repay the expense to any individual or small number of individuals, though it may frequently do much more than repay it to a great society.” Today, we know that public goods actually can be made profitable, but only by granting monopolies, which comes at a high cost to society.

    Unfortunately, Trump’s staff does not seem to have gotten Smith’s memo about good government. The administration will most likely propose an infrastructure program based on public subsidies for private investors, who will then select projects from which they can profit by charging monopoly prices. The plan will be well-received at Fox News, and possibly even by pundits at The New York Times, who might stroke their chins and lament that the Democrats are rejecting Trump’s open hand on infrastructure.

    But, unlike Clinton and Obama, Trump will have shown yet again that he does not intend to be the president of most, let alone all, Americans. Rather than use the opportunity provided by a debate over infrastructure to advance the cause of national unity, he will instead push the US further toward kleptocracy.

    https://www.project-syndicate.org/c...astructure-plan-by-j--bradford-delong-2018-02
     
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    He gave her a deal she couldn't refuse.
     
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    My take is that he is making policy that will fail to show people we can do fine without policy sometimes. Counter-intuitive, but if he can show how many Gov agencies really aren't needed, then he can justify giving them the Ax. The libs I know are apoplectic with regard to the heads of some of these agencies...why would you put incompetent people in charge of them if you wanted them to succeed? You wouldn't...
     
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    I actually saw the "re-unification," she walked right past him as if he wasn't even there.


    Slashing unproductive and counter-productive agencies by making them even more counter-productive in the short term? Wow, now where have we seen that work?
     
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    Saw that too.

    Today he said he would love a shutdown if the Dems do go along with him on immigration. A day or 2 ago he called senators / congress peeps traitors because they wouldn't clap when he flapped his gums. I'm starting to think some of the stuff you said about him may be dead on.
     
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    Stuff...such as? It wouldn't surprise me one bit if DJT was actually TPTB's selection for POTUS and they installed him (complicitly?) just to destroy the conservative cause in America. I believe I made a post saying such prior to the election or shortly after.
     
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    Trump’s ‘marching orders’ to the Pentagon: Plan a grand military parade

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    President Trump’s vision of soldiers marching and tanks rolling down the boulevards of Washington is moving closer to reality in the Pentagon and White House, where officials say they have begun to plan a grand military parade later this year showcasing the might of America’s armed forces.

    Trump has long mused publicly and privately about wanting such a parade, but a Jan. 18 meeting between Trump and top generals in the Pentagon’s tank — a room reserved for top-secret discussions — marked a tipping point, according to two officials briefed on the planning.

    Surrounded by the military’s highest-ranking officials, including Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., Trump’s seemingly abstract desire for a parade was suddenly heard as a presidential directive, the officials said.

    “The marching orders were: I want a parade like the one in France,” said a military official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the planning discussions are supposed to remain confidential. “This is being worked at the highest levels of the military.”

    Shows of military strength are not typical in the United States — and they don’t come cheap. The cost of shipping Abrams tanks and high-tech hardware to Washington could run in the millions, and military officials said it was unclear how they would pay for it.

    A White House official familiar with the planning described the discussions as “brainstorming” and said nothing was settled. “Right now, there’s really no meat on the bones,” said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe internal discussions.

    After The Washington Post first published this story, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a statement confirming that plans are underway.

    “President Trump is incredibly supportive of America’s great service members who risk their lives every day to keep our country safe,” Sanders said. “He has asked the Department of Defense to explore a celebration at which all Americans can show their appreciation.”

    The Pentagon also confirmed the plans following The Post’s initial report. “We are aware of the request and are in the process of determining specific details. We will share more information throughout the planning process,” Defense Department spokesman Thomas Crosson said in a statement.

    The inspiration for Trump’s push is last year’s Bastille Day celebration in Paris, which the president attended as a guest of French President Emmanuel Macron. Trump was awestruck by the tableau of uniformed French troops marching down Avenue des Champs-Elysees with military tanks, armored vehicles, gun trucks and carriers — complete with fighter jets flying over the Arc de Triomphe and painting the sky with streaks of blue, white and red smoke for the colors of the French flag.

    Aboard Air Force One en route home from Paris in July, aides said Trump told them that he was dazzled by the French display and that he wanted one at home.

    It was still on his mind two months later when he met with Macron on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

    “It was one of the greatest parades I’ve ever seen,” Trump told reporters. “It was two hours on the button, and it was military might, and I think a tremendous thing for France and for the spirit of France.”

    Seated next to Macron, Trump added: “We’re going to have to try to top it.”

    Several administration officials said the parade planning began in recent weeks and involves White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, but they cautioned that it is in the preliminary stages. D.C. officials said they had not been notified of parade plans.

    A date has not been selected, although officials said Trump would like to tie the parade to a patriotic holiday. Officials are weighing weather patterns as well as competing events, such as the massive annual Independence Day celebration on the Mall.

    Trump officials had discussed Memorial Day on May 28, and July 4, but the Pentagon prefers Veterans Day on Nov. 11 — in part because it would coincide with the 100th anniversary of the victorious end of World War I and therefore be less associated with the president and politics. “That’s what everyone is hoping,” said the military official.

    It is unclear what role Trump would play, whether he may perhaps serve as a grand marshal or observe the spectacle from a reviewing stand.

    The location is still being discussed, though Trump has said he would like it to proceed along Pennsylvania Avenue, which links the Capitol and the White House. It would be the same route as Trump’s inaugural parade and pass by his family’s showpiece: Trump International Hotel.

    Even before he was sworn in as president, Trump was dreaming of America’s war machine on display in front of the White House or Capitol.

    “We’re going to show the people as we build up our military,” Trump said in an interview with The Washington Post before his inauguration. “. . . That military may come marching down Pennsylvania Avenue. That military may be flying over New York City and Washington, D.C., for parades. I mean, we’re going to be showing our military.”

    But big military parades — even those launched with the best of intentions — carry risks and troublesome historical echoes.

    With a few exceptions — such as President George H.W. Bush’s 1991 parade down Constitution Avenue celebrating victory in the Persian Gulf War — presidents have avoided displays of military hardware that are more associated in the American mind with the Soviet Union’s Red Square celebrations or, more recently, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s efforts to show off his Taepodong missiles.

    “I don’t think there’s a lack of love and respect for our armed forces in the United States,” said Douglas Brinkley, a presidential historian at Rice University. “What are they going to do, stand there while Donald Trump waves at them? It smacks of something you see in a totalitarian country — unless there’s a genuine, earnest reason to be doing it.”

    The White House official rejected the suggestion that some associate a military parade with strongmen, saying it would be a “celebration of the men and women who give us freedom.”

    “That’s the opposite of a totalitarian government,” the official said.

    Weaponry on the streets of Washington is not unheard of. Presidents Harry S. Truman and John F. Kennedy had military equipment during their inaugural parades, in 1949 and 1961 respectively, during key junctures in the Cold War, said Michael Beschloss, another presidential historian.

    “Set against the backdrop of American history, it does seem to hark back to the harsh days of the Cold War,” Beschloss said. “Those parades were a counterpoint to the parades in front of Lenin’s tomb at Red Square . . . One reason the Soviets had those parades was to distract the world from the fact that the Soviet military was actually much weaker than the Soviets were claiming.”

    But generally, the United States has shied away from parading its military assets, calculating that doing so was not necessary for the world’s preeminent superpower.

    There is no law or regulation preventing Trump from putting on a military parade, but there are plenty of potential complications that military leaders are likely to raise with the president. One worry is practical: that 70-ton tanks built for the battlefield would chew up Pennsylvania Avenue blacktop.

    The military might also want to weigh in on the kind of equipment on parade. One concern is that big displays of missile launchers might evoke Pyongyang-style nationalism more than American patriotism.

    A parade would probably be interpreted as another stroke of nuclear gamesmanship. Tensions between North Korea and the United States have risen over the past year as Trump and Kim have taunted each other with playground nicknames and threats.

    After Kim warned last month that he had a “nuclear button” on his desk, Trump replied: “Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!”

    The White House official said a parade would have nothing to do with Trump’s feuds with Kim but would be designed as a broad show of strength to send a warning to all of America’s adversaries.

    Then there are the domestic pitfalls. At a time when Mattis and his top generals have been complaining about the state of military readiness and lobbying Congress for more money, pulling equipment off line for a costly parade could send the wrong signal.

    There are personal risks for Trump, as well. Although he attended a military high school, Trump did not serve in the armed forces, avoiding the draft during the Vietnam War by claiming bone spurs. Critics have called Trump disingenuous for basking in the military’s glory.

    Honoring the troops without politicizing their service has long been a dilemma for presidents. President Barack Obama’s frequent focus on wounded troops fighting to resume their lives struck the wrong chord with some conservatives.

    One of George W. Bush’s biggest blunders as president came in 2003 when he landed on an aircraft carrier bearing a “Mission Accomplished” banner to claim victory in the Iraq War.

    Former aides say Bush would have loved a big parade, but they recognized a problem: The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan never ended. Such subtleties — the United States is now dropping bombs in seven countries — don’t seem to have factored into Trump’s calculations.

    With the midterm elections approaching and Trump’s approval ratings at historic lows, the lure of honoring the troops is powerful.

    “Who flipped the coin for the Super Bowl on Sunday?” asked Peter Feaver, a former Bush White House official and professor at Duke University. “It was Medal of Honor winners. Why? The military brings us together.”

    But Feaver also issued a warning for Trump, who is known for his excesses.

    “A military parade,” he said, “is the kind of thing that can easily be overdone.”

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    'He's a joke': Biden launches broadside against Trump and says sitting down with Mueller is a bad idea for the president because he has problems with exaggeration and 'precision'
    • Joe Biden spoke about Mueller probe on Tuesday night with CNN's Chris Cuomo
    • Said he would advise president not to speak with special counsel's investigators
    • Warned Trump's 'difficulty with precision' could land the president in hot water
    • Trump says he's willing to be interviewed, but his lawyers have warned him off


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    It's very clear evidence wise that Muellers probe is based on fraudulent Fisa applications and history shows Muellers association with the corrupted FBI agents and those in the DOJ, Trump is a fool if he consents to talk to Mueller, the republicans should shut this farce down, even Manafort is suing
     
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    'We have a Napoleon in the making': Democrats rain on Trump's military parade idea as they claim he only wants to stroke his own ego
    • Trump has asked the Pentagon to plan a grand parade of the U.S. armed forces
    • White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed the request Tuesday
    • Trump was inspired by watching France's Bastille Day military parade when he visited Paris in July
    • He said the two-hour parade was a 'tremendous thing for France and for the spirit of France'
    • Democrats are not amused, calling it a lousy idea and an ego-stroke for Trump


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    lib's won't tolerate anything that gives one pride in their country. They need beat down serf's for their plans to work.

    See it's mike approved
     
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    Amazing , wasn't it? She actually pretended she didn't even know him.

    Believe me searcher, I don't say it because I like to and I really had lot's of hope over the early part of the last 2 administrations. But the doubts I had were always there and they've become worse.

    This is bad for our nation. I'm worried my children end up in the middle of a civil war or an armed revolution. All the while our young men and women in uniform are in harms way in far away places protecting foreign dictators. These young people don't deserve what Bush and Obama did to them and they don't deserve what D.T. and D.C. continue to do to them.
     
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    It's an all voluntary armed forces. There are no victims.
     
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    They are lied to. They are brought up in a society that doesn't show the costs of war, EVER.

    Voluntary my ass! They are brainwashed into believing something that is a lie, the war on terror. Then they go off to foreign places to drop bombs and kill , MURDER people , innocent people in the name of America. By the millions.

    This voluntary service isn't to protect our way of life and it's not to protect the constitution which is what they're told. The service is mercenary service and is for the spoils which go to and further the agenda of the elite.
     
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    I will correct myself for there are victims to our aggressions but the people that sign up for military service do so by there own free will knowing that they will be given a weapon, be trained in how to use it and may actually have to kill.
     
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    Do you mean how we were lied to about Social Security, about Medicaid/Medicare? You mean like when Reagan granted amnesty to illegal aliens and promised that the government would fix illegal immigration?

    Lies are a part of governing. In order to reach as appeal to the largest base people as you can. Politicians know that if they lie that base goes way up! The government lies about everything. That will never change. There's no place for honest men in government. That's why the hate is so strong for Trump. He's stepping on lots of toes!!!
     
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    Yep, Exactly! Lied to about stealing money from honest people to give to other people, some honest, some not.



    But in the case I'm focused on, lied to about WHY we go to WAR, ... lied to that they're in far away places in HARMS way because they are protecting liberty and doing God's work.

    But instead, these brainwashed people are being sent there to do the devil's work.

    Which is the bigger lie, which costs our nation more blood, which costs our nation more wealth, which creates more pain and suffering - that decision you're welcome to make on your own.
     
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    'This is third world bulls***': Trump supporter and Navy SEAL hero who claims to have killed Osama bin Laden turns on the president over his plan for a military parade
    • President Donald Trump’s plan to hold a military parade is being criticized Thursday by the Navy SEAL who claims to have killed Osama bin Laden
    • Robert O’Neill was part of the successful SEAL Team 6 raid on the Pakistani compound used by bin Laden as a hiding spot in 2011
    • He publicly broke with Trump over a plan to hold a procession in the nation’s capital featuring US military hardware
    • ‘A military parade is third world bull****,’ O’Neill tweeted on Thursday


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    The problem is they are duped into believing it is to protect our liberty and freedom but that's not true and this 2 decade long war overseas is against the constitution, and it's wrong morally, legally , and it's counter-productive as well.

    A lot of these people are young when they sign up, they are sold a pack of lies by the media, and whether you think they deserve whatever they get or are fully responsible for signing up or not - that doesn't change the fact that they shouldn't be there, regardless the eventual impacts to the individuals themselves or how they arrived there in the first place.
     
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    Trump DEFENDS accused wife-beater Rob Porter as he says his former right-hand-man insists he's innocent and 'it's obviously a tough time for him' (but he doesn't mention Porter's victims)
    • Rob Porter resigned from his role as White House staff secretary on Wednesday
    • Porter's two ex-wives came forward with allegations that he abused them
    • He was a key conduit to President Trump as White House staff secretary
    • Chief of Staff John Kelly knew in October that Porter's ex-wives were prepared to accuse him of violent spousal abuse
    • White House Communications Director Hope Hicks is dating Porter and assisted in crafting statements defending him Tuesday evening
    • DailyMail.com broke the explosive story; now Trump is wishing Porter well
    • 'He says he's innocent. And I think you have to remember that. He said very strongly yesterday that he's innocent,' Trump said Friday
    • President similarly defended accused child-molester Roy Moore last year: 'He totally denies it. He says it didn’t happen. ... you have to listen to him also'


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    'Hypocrite' Trump cites 'security issues' and refuses to release Democrat rebuttal to GOP Russian election meddling memo which he overruling the FBI's concerns
    • President Donald Trump on Friday blocked the release of a classified memo written by congressional Democrats to rebut a similar Republican document
    • The House of Representatives Intelligence Committee voted unanimously on Monday to release the 10-page document drafted by the panel's Democrats
    • But the committee could not do so unless Trump reclassified the document
    • Trump allowed the release of an earlier memo, made public on February 2, which was written by the committee's Republicans
    • In denying to release the Democratic rebuttal memo, the White House cited 'national security concerns'
    • House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said the White House move is 'part of a dangerous and desperate pattern of cover-up on the part of the president'
    • Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Trump's blocking the memo is 'hypocrisy at its worst'


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    'The truth exists whether the President accepts it or not:' Rob Porter's ex-wife savages Trump for sticking up for former aide and 'dismissing' his abuse accusers
    • Jennie Willoughby, one of Rob Porter's ex-wives, says she was left 'floored' by President Trump's continued support of his former staffer
    • Willoughby and Porter's first wife Colbie Holderness came forward last week and claimed that they had been abused by him during their marriages
    • Trump defended Porter in a tweet on Saturday, saying that 'people's lives are being destroyed' by 'a mere allegation'
    • Willoughby said his tweet implied that both she and Holderness were liars and that abuse was something to be questioned and doubted
    • Porter resigned from his position as staff secretary after the allegations surfaced


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    Central Park Five exoneree skewers Trump for 'due process' hypocrisy
    Central Park 5 exoneree blasts Trump for 'due process' hypocrisy

    BY Nicole Hensley
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
    Monday, February 12, 2018, 12:56 AM



    A member of the Central Park Five on Sunday blasted President Trump for hypocrisy after he demanded “due process,” apparently for powerful men accused of domestic abuse and sexual misconduct.

    Yusef Salaam, who was wrongfully convicted of raping and beating a jogger, said the President acted out of “his own affluenza” to protect White House staffer Rob Porter, who has been accused of domestic abuse by two ex-wives and resigned his post Wednesday as a result.

    Salaam said then-New York businessman Trump failed to give him the same courtesy in 1989, when he paid for a full-page ad calling for the death penalty for the five teens who were at that point only accused in the Manhattan attack.

    “The Central Park Five, their families,” Salaam said in an MSNBC interview. “We were not able to move on with our lives. Our lives were completely destroyed and devastated.

    Trump says 'mere allegation' ruining lives after defending Porter

    “Any kind of dream or idea or goal that we had in life was quickly erased by this accusation,” he said.

    The five black and Latino teens — now middle-aged men — were exonerated in 2002 after the real attacker confessed to the brutal sex assault.

    Salaam applauded his friend Raymond Santana, another member of the Central Park Five, for similarly targeting Trump on Saturday.

    “You should have spoke like that back in 1989,” Santana wrote.

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    I can tell all now says Stormy Daniels after Trump's lawyer admitted $130,000 hush money payment to porn star over sex claims
    • The Blast is reporting that Stormy Daniels' lawyers have contacted President Trump's lawyers and suggested the gag agreement has been breached
    • Daniels' lawyers are arguing that Trump lawyer Michael Cohen's admission that he paid the $130,000 in hush money out of pocket is a violation
    • The contract between Daniels and Cohen called for the parties to keep the deal secret, along with binding them to not speak of Daniels' alleged affair
    • The Wall Street Journal reported on January 12 that Cohen had paid money to Daniels, who has said she had sexual relations with Trump starting in 2006
    • Before yesterday Cohen wouldn't deny the existence of the payment, though told reporters that Trump had denied the affair


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    Trump's military parade could cost $30 MILLION admits White House budget boss - who says they've not put aside a cent for show of power
    • White House budget director Mick Mulvaney tells House Budget Committee that military parade president wants will cost from $10 million to $30 million
    • But he also said that administration has not decided to go ahead with plan to have service personnel and weapons parade down Pennsylvania Avenue
    • Trump was inspired by watching Bastille Day parade in Paris last July with Emmanuel Macron
    • Plan has been criticized by SEAL Team 6 hero Rob O'Neill who said: 'A military parade is third world bull****'


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    Trump's screaming fit at size of his inauguration crowd is revealed as Reince Priebus tells how he ordered proof it was bigger than Obama's
    • President Trump called his chief of staff at 6 am his first full day in office
    • The president unloaded about reports his inaugural crowd was smaller than Obama's
    • He complained that people 'couldn't get in the gates'
    • Priebus decided not to 'go to war' with the president over it, he told author Chris Whipple
    • The inauguration spat instantly cost the Trump White House credibility
    • Trump pushed out Priebus and brought on chief of staff John Kelly, who is now under fire for his handling of the Rob Porter scandal


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    Holding on by a thread? Melania ignores Donald as he tries to grab her THUMB when they arrive in Florida amid Playboy Playmate affair scandal and they head to the hospital to meet shooting victims
    • Karen McDougal says she met Donald Trump at a Playboy Mansion party in 2006
    • At the time, Trump was married to Melania who'd just given birth to Barron
    • She claims the first time they had sex, he had tried to offer her cash
    • The 1998 Playmate of the Year says she would visit him at the famous Beverly Hills Hotel, where he would always ordered steak and mashed potatoes
    • American Media Inc, which owns the National Enquirer, reportedly offered to pay McDougal $150,000 for the story
    • But the company didn't intend to publish McDougal's story, a source said
    • American Media Inc denied hiding damaging stories about GOP nominee The Trump campaign has called affair allegations 'totally untrue'
    • President and first lady are flying this afternoon to Florida; they are spending their three-day weekend in Palm Beach
    • Melania Trump unexpectedly arrived at and boarded Air Force One on Friday without her husband who came along later on Marine One
    • As they deplaned together the Fist Couple appeared icy, as Donald searched for her hand and only manages to grasp her thumb briefly


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    Concern grows within military about Trump's proposed parade
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    By Barbara Starr, CNN Pentagon Correspondent
    2 hrs ago

    There is growing concern within the US military about the costs of President Donald Trump's proposed military parade and the disruption it could cause.

    If Trump insists on a military parade through Washington involving thousands of troops, armored vehicles, missiles and other heavy weapons the event could disrupt crucial military training schedules, according to a defense official directly familiar with the initial planning efforts.

    There are also concerns over the cost of the event, and a second defense official tells CNN that the Pentagon is considering seeking out private donations to offset some of the non-military costs of the event. The donations could not cover military salaries or the cost of moving equipment but they could be used to pay for other aspects of the parade.

    There are no firm cost estimates until President Trump orders the military to stage a specific event, but very preliminary estimates suggest the cost could run between $3 million and $50 million, the first official said, emphasizing that nothing is certain at this point. There is no money currently allocated for a parade in the defense budget. Budget director Mick Mulvaney said Wednesday that he has seen estimates that a military parade could cost $10 million to $30 million.

    On wider concerns about a large scale parade, "we don't have troops and units sitting around waiting to do a parade," the first defense official said. A large parade could require weeks of preparation, including the early shipment of equipment such as tanks, and personnel would need to arrive days ahead to be ready to man the gear during a parade.

    One solution being considered to alleviate that concern is a so-called multimedia option, which could include a concert and large video screens on the National Mall displaying images of military gear rather than bringing large amounts of hardware to Washington, the official said.

    The Army, which is in charge of developing options for a parade or celebratory event, has compiled five preliminary options that have been forwarded to Pentagon leadership.

    The initial options are broadly characterized as "small, medium, heavy, hybrid and a multimedia display." Each could be fine-tuned to meet specific requests by Trump.

    The small and medium options could include varying levels of troops marching from ceremonial units stationed in Washington and some equipment located nearby from the Maryland and Virginia National Guard.

    The so-called heavy option would bring active duty units to Washington. Generally, all active duty units that are not deployed have ongoing and regular stateside training and exercise commitments that may have to be halted if they were involved in a parade.

    According to the official, one indicator of the Pentagon's lack of enthusiasm for the project is that the Defense Department told the Army to include a significant amount of aircraft in the ceremony to mitigate the burden on ground forces.

    The Pentagon is not commenting on potential options. Chief spokesperson Dana White told CNN her previous public comments still stand. On February 8 she told reporters, "We're still in the nascent stages. When we have those options, we will provide that to the White House, and the President will decide. "

    Defense Secretary James Mattis and Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, have publicly said the department will develop options to address the President's request for a parade. Trump brought up the matter after seeing France's Bastille Day celebrations in Paris last year but did not specify what he wanted.

    Pentagon officials have previously indicated they may look to schedule an event on November 11, which is Veterans Day. This year is the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

    Several commemorations are already planned in Europe with US forces participating. One advantage of holding the event Trump wants in November is that with cooler weather, there is less potential for damage to city streets from heavy equipment being driven on them.

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    'You are such a psychopath': Furious congressman slams Trump for 'making the death of 17 children' about himself after President blamed Florida shooting on an FBI too distracted by Russia collusion probe
    • President Trump hit out at the FBI for missing warning signs about the Florida school shooter in a tweet Saturday night
    • He said if the FBI weren't so busy on the Russian collusion investigation they may have seen the warning signs
    • Arizona Congressman Ruben Gallego, a Iraq war vet, called the president a 'psychopath' for 'making the death of 17 children' about himself
    • Gallego added 'America will regret the day you were ever born'


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    From the local rag................


    Gianficaro: Donald Trump has a history of scamming the working class


    By Phil Gianficaro

    Friday
    Posted Feb 16, 2018 at 5:00 AM





    History illustrates in stark detail that Donald Trump cares little or nothing about the working class.

    The fallacy ranks among the greatest of our time, carved on the Mount Rushmore of lies, beside bats are blind, sugar makes kids hyper and Oswald acted alone:

    Donald Trump cares about the working class.

    Such a statement would be true but for one thing: It’s not. During the presidential campaign, the billionaire flim-flam man whipped a segment of the forgotten, downtrodden working class — those weary folks with bloodied fingertips from trying to scrape by — into a seething froth. Told them he understood the Washington establishment had abandoned them, and promised to rescue them, and promised he’d return good-paying jobs to America, and promised he’d drain the swamp. He made those and countless other poisonous, self-serving promises that have essentially and unsurprisingly gone unfulfilled.

    Trump thirsted for that palace on the hill. He viewed the middle/lower class misery as his path, raised his arm and shook those promises at the working class like bottles of snake oil; a two-fisted charlatan in a political medicine show guaranteeing a cure-all in exchange for a vote. Desperate, the blue collar crowd mistakenly opened wide and swallowed.

    The blue collar sect should have known better. Trump’s history of taking advantage of the American working class through economic leveraging in his private businesses is well documented. His pattern of not paying or underpaying waiters, painters, carpenters and other trades workers with whom he was contractually obligated was frustrating in all cases and, in others, financially ruinous.

    In 2016, an investigation by USA Today, and another by The Wall Street Journal, showed Trump had been stiffing blue collar workers for decades.

    One of those blue collar guys ripped off by Trump is a Philly guy, a second-generation cabinet maker named Edward Friel Jr., whose dad founded the family business. Trump hired the company to build bases for slot machines, registration desks, bars and other cabinets at Harrah’s at Trump Plaza in Atlantic City in the 1980s. The contract was for $400,000.

    But when the Friels submitted the final bill, $83,600, Trump balked. Claimed the work was sub-par. Didn’t pay up. The company went bankrupt. Twenty more workers and their families with bloody fingertips.

    The USA Today investigation uncovered at least 60 lawsuits against Trump for non-payment to the workers he professes to love. The investigation also showed not only a pattern of not paying, but also of Trump companies tying up small businesses and individuals in lengthy legal dealings until they settled for dimes on the dollar, gave up or went out of business.


    The examples of businessman Trump scamming blue collar workers for decades are startling yet predictable. Dishwashers and chambermaids, bartenders and waiters, glass workers and carpet layers.

    Trump’s revolting habit of reaching into working class pockets continues as president. In December, his administration proposed allowing restaurant owners to take workers’ tips and distribute them as they see fit — even to management and themselves — as long as the workers are paid minimum wage. Trump took care of the wealthy with a massive corporate tax cut. His plan to plug the deficit created by those cuts? Cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. History bangs on our door and reminds us we shouldn’t be surprised.

    Illegal immigrants? Trump said during the campaign he wanted them all deported. But he wasn’t feeling that way in the past, when he knowingly hired hundreds of undocumented Polish immigrants to demolish a New York City building in 1980 and paid them as little as $4 an hour without providing proper safety equipment to do the job.

    Trump stands before us in his $1,000 suits and pretends to be a blue jeans guy. Nothing could be further from the truth. He’s a con artist who waded neck-deep in New York high society. Someone who wanted to be somebody, even going so far as to phone reporters pretending to be his own publicist to brag about actors and celebrities who wanted to date him.

    As reporter Molly Ball wrote, in part, this week in Time:

    “One year into Trump’s presidency, the factories have not roared back. His accomplishments — a massive corporate tax cut, a strong stock market — have largely rebounded to the benefit of the bankers and fat cats. Trump has taken few of his promised actions on trade and manufacturing. The American steel industry has suffered as the market floods with imports, forcing prices down, all while the administration dithers and delays over tariffs.”

    The frustration of the working class during the presidential campaign was understood. They were drowning and needed someone to reach out a saving hand. They wanted change, something, someone. Trump poured the snake oil on a spoon. They swallowed.

    But given his history, the wonder is why they believed his promises would be anything but poison.

    Phil Gianficaro can be reached at 215-345-3078, @philgianficaro on Twitter.

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    Gallego was born in Chicago[2] and is a first generation American of Colombian and Mexican descent

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