• Same story, different day...........year ie more of the same fiat floods the world
  • There are no markets
  • "Spreading the ideas of freedom loving people on matters regarding high finance, politics, constructionist Constitution, and mental masturbation of all types"

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Melania breaks with Trump: First Lady says LeBron James is 'working to do good things' and offers to visit his school in Ohio after her husband publicly insulted the NBA star's intelligence

  • President Trump taunted Lemon over his interview with the NBA star on Monday
  • He ended the tweet with 'I like Mike' in an apparent reference to Michael Jordan
  • First Lady Melania has gone against him and supported the Lakers star
  • Social media erupted with fury at the dig, in contrast to positive 2013 comments
  • Even Michael Jordan released a statement indicating his support of James
  • Twitter users said Trump was a racist as he has targeted multiple black athletes
  • Others said Trump went against LeBron as he moved from Ohio - a swing state
  • James accused Trump of stoking racial tensions and using sport to divide the US
  • Player also said he would refuse to sit face to face with Trump at the White House
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Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, who is frequently mentioned as a possible 2020 presidential candidate, discusses his thoughts on impeaching President Trump with CNN's Jake Tapper.
 

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After Melania's intervention, now former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad weighs in on the feud between Trump and LeBron James, tweeting that the president should 'love all'

  • The former hardline leader posted about the spat on Twitter Sunday
  • He wrote: 'In my opinion everyone especially a President should love all, and not differentiate between them'
  • The tweet also referenced Muslim NBA player Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf
  • Trump called the NBA star 'dumb' in a tweet on Friday after James criticized the president in a CNN interview
  • Ahmadinejad is one of many high-profile people including the first lady who have condemned Trump's insults
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REVEALED: Trump 'loves to replay his rallies and relish his own brilliance' as his staff have thrown in the towel on any efforts to 'supervise' him during his vacation

  • His favorite moment to rewatch is the October 2016 presidential debate in St. Louis where he told Hillary Clinton 'you'd be in jail' if he was running the country
  • 'He thinks it's the greatest thing that ever happened in the history of presidential debates,' a source said
  • White House staff have given up on scheduling Trump while he's on vacation
  • He will be on 'executive time' - which means he's free to golf, watch cable news, talk with friends and tweet
  • His tweets keep his press and legal teams hopping
  • President Trump will be at his Bedminister golf club until mid-August
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Ex-White House communications boss Anthony Scaramucci says Trump's attacks on the media are 'very bad for the country'

  • Anthony Scaramucci said on Sunday that President Trump's attacks on the media were 'very bad' for the US
  • Ex-White House communications director spoke out after Trump called the media the 'enemy of the people'
  • Scaramucci said he didn't believe the press was the enemy and urged those in the White House to warn Trump about his language
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Trump ducks the media after assault on 'dangerous & sick' journalists and claims about California's wildfires and Democratic collusion with Russians

  • President Trump stayed out of sight on Monday even as he signed an executive order slapping heavy sanctions on Iran
  • Trump's press team sent out a government hand-out of the United States leader signing the document
  • President spent a second day in a row tweeting from his New Jersey estate
  • White House barred press from the president's Bedminster property, where Trump is currently on vacation
  • Trump was last seen in public on Saturday after a rally in Ohio; White House says he golfed Sunday with Sen. Lindsey Graham
  • He'll dine on Monday evening with supporters at Bedminster, but that will take place in private, too
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Trump’s political base is weaker than it seems, our new study finds

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Peter K. Enns, Jonathon P. Schuldt, Adrienne Scott
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© Provided by WP Company LLC d/b/a The Washington Post The percent of partisans who strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove or strongly disapprove of President Trump.

In July, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo faced tough questions from both Democratic and Republican lawmakers over President Trump’s recent summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Republican criticism of the administration’s actions may seem surprising, given that nearly 90 percent of Republicans approve of how Trump is handling his job as president and that a majority of Republicans approve of his handling of the Helsinki summit. Weren’t they worried about angering the president’s base?

There are several possible reasons. It could be that lawmakers believe they have more leeway on foreign policy, where Republican voters may be less engaged than on an issue like immigration. It could be that Putin poses such a significant threat that senators believed it was worth risking blowback from Trump supporters.

Our research suggests another reason: GOP legislators may sense that Trump’s support among voters in his own party may be weaker than it seems and softer than media coverage often suggests.

We looked at sentiment among ordinary Republican voters. While hardcore Republicans are vociferous defenders of the president, a larger number of Republicans who are less attached to their party are much more tepid in their support.

And that may be a problem for some Republican congressional candidates, come November’s midterms.

Here’s how we did our research:

During the first two weeks of July, we fielded a nationally representative survey of 1,379 likely voters. Conducted online and on the phone by the National Opinion Research Center, we included only respondents who reported a high likelihood of voting in this year’s midterms. The survey was funded by Cornell’s Center for the Study of Inequality.

In our survey, Trump’s approval rating was 85 percent among Republicans. That’s consistent with otherpolls. On the surface, the president’s support among his fellow Republicans is overwhelming.

But the key to our analysis was to divide Republicans into three groups: those who say they identify strongly with the Republican Party; those who identify as Republicans but not strongly; and those who call themselves independents but say they lean toward the Republican Party. These distinctions, often obscured in media coverage, are important because research shows that the strength of a voter’s partisan identity has an important effect on their political attitudes.

Among strong Republicans, Trump’s overall approval rating is 93 percent, with 78 percent “strongly” approving of the president. The problem for Trump, however, is that these voters make up less than half of the Republican electorate — and 18 percent of likely voters.

Among the larger number of Republicans who identify less strongly with their party, Trump is much less popular. For example, Trump’s overall approval rating among not-so-strong Republicans is 72 percent, with 38 percent saying they strongly approve. Thirty-four percent say they only “somewhat” approve of Trump. Those numbers are similar among independent-leaning Republicans.

To be sure, having reservations about the president doesn’t mean Republican voters will abandon their party and vote for Democrats in the autumn. But it does raise the question of how much Republican congressional candidates can count on those who “somewhat approve” of Trump.

To go beyond the standard approval question and examine support for Trump in a different way, we also asked respondents how they felt about Trump in comparison with other prominent Republicans: Vice President Pence, former president George W. Bush, Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), former Alaska governor Sarah Palin and the late, former president Ronald Reagan.

We show these assessments as favorability rankings in the figure below. Among strong Republicans, shown on the left side, Trump is the clear winner. He’s even held in higher esteem than Reagan, a party hero. Strong Republicans also dislike McCain, a senator who has repeatedly clashed with Trump.

But the patterns are very different for not-so-strong Republicans (center) and Republican-leaning independents (right). In both groups, Trump’s popularity is not much different than that of Pence or Bush (who has also criticized Trump). These Republicans do not seem to favor Trump substantially more than his Republican predecessor or his own vice president. Notably, Reagan is the clear favorite, with not-so-strong Republicans more likely to favor Reagan over Trump about 80 percent of the time. This is consistent with the finding that “the party of Reagan” still identifies the 40th president as the best in their lifetime. We suspect these results would surprise those discussing Trump’s “almost-unheard-of-level of support from members of his own party.”

Who are these strong Republicans who favor Trump above Reagan and rank McCain last? Some might suspect it would be younger voters, who would be less familiar with the Cold War, Reagan’s presidency and McCain’s history of public service. However, people younger than age 45 make up 23 percent of strong Republicans in our sample.

Trump’s strongest supporters are predominantly white, Southern and older than 60. Many are also well-educated (57 percent attended at least some college) and financially well-off (43 percent reported a household income of at least $75,000).

Being associated with Trump might hurt Republican candidates this fall.

All of this suggests that portraying Trump’s support among Republican voters as unflinching is missing a major piece of the picture. The ongoing controversies about Trump appear to affect a large portion of Republican voters. If Republican politicians fail to sufficiently distance themselves from even Trump’s most controversial actions, the GOP might see reduced turnouton Election Day.

The other concern for Republican congressional candidates is that non-Republicans don’t like Trump. “Pure independents” — voters who say they don’t lean toward the Republicans or Democrats — are twice as likely to rate Trump with strong disapproval as they are with strong approval. Independents also ranked Trump second-to-last, compared with other GOP leaders, above only Palin.

And not surprising, each group of Democrats strongly disapproves of Trump more than their Republican counterparts strongly approve of Trump. That suggests the resistance to Trump may be more intense than support among his base.

Although standing with Trump may pay off in primary contests where strong Republicans are more likely to turn out, GOP congressional candidates may suffer for this alliance in the midterms, when more moderate Republicans and independents could be the difference between victory and defeat.

Peter K. Enns (@pete_enns) is associate professor of government and executive director of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research at Cornell University.

Jonathon P. Schuldt (@JonathonSchuldt) is associate professor of communication and a faculty affiliate at the Roper Center at Cornell University.

Adrienne Scott is a PhD student in government at Cornell University.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/polit...ems-our-new-study-finds/ar-BBLB32E?ocid=ientp
 

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Trump’s political base is weaker than it seems, our new study finds

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Peter K. Enns, Jonathon P. Schuldt, Adrienne Scott
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© Provided by WP Company LLC d/b/a The Washington Post The percent of partisans who strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove or strongly disapprove of President Trump.

In July, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo faced tough questions from both Democratic and Republican lawmakers over President Trump’s recent summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Republican criticism of the administration’s actions may seem surprising, given that nearly 90 percent of Republicans approve of how Trump is handling his job as president and that a majority of Republicans approve of his handling of the Helsinki summit. Weren’t they worried about angering the president’s base?

There are several possible reasons. It could be that lawmakers believe they have more leeway on foreign policy, where Republican voters may be less engaged than on an issue like immigration. It could be that Putin poses such a significant threat that senators believed it was worth risking blowback from Trump supporters.

Our research suggests another reason: GOP legislators may sense that Trump’s support among voters in his own party may be weaker than it seems and softer than media coverage often suggests.

We looked at sentiment among ordinary Republican voters. While hardcore Republicans are vociferous defenders of the president, a larger number of Republicans who are less attached to their party are much more tepid in their support.

And that may be a problem for some Republican congressional candidates, come November’s midterms.

Here’s how we did our research:

During the first two weeks of July, we fielded a nationally representative survey of 1,379 likely voters. Conducted online and on the phone by the National Opinion Research Center, we included only respondents who reported a high likelihood of voting in this year’s midterms. The survey was funded by Cornell’s Center for the Study of Inequality.

In our survey, Trump’s approval rating was 85 percent among Republicans. That’s consistent with otherpolls. On the surface, the president’s support among his fellow Republicans is overwhelming.

But the key to our analysis was to divide Republicans into three groups: those who say they identify strongly with the Republican Party; those who identify as Republicans but not strongly; and those who call themselves independents but say they lean toward the Republican Party. These distinctions, often obscured in media coverage, are important because research shows that the strength of a voter’s partisan identity has an important effect on their political attitudes.

Among strong Republicans, Trump’s overall approval rating is 93 percent, with 78 percent “strongly” approving of the president. The problem for Trump, however, is that these voters make up less than half of the Republican electorate — and 18 percent of likely voters.

Among the larger number of Republicans who identify less strongly with their party, Trump is much less popular. For example, Trump’s overall approval rating among not-so-strong Republicans is 72 percent, with 38 percent saying they strongly approve. Thirty-four percent say they only “somewhat” approve of Trump. Those numbers are similar among independent-leaning Republicans.

To be sure, having reservations about the president doesn’t mean Republican voters will abandon their party and vote for Democrats in the autumn. But it does raise the question of how much Republican congressional candidates can count on those who “somewhat approve” of Trump.

To go beyond the standard approval question and examine support for Trump in a different way, we also asked respondents how they felt about Trump in comparison with other prominent Republicans: Vice President Pence, former president George W. Bush, Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), former Alaska governor Sarah Palin and the late, former president Ronald Reagan.

We show these assessments as favorability rankings in the figure below. Among strong Republicans, shown on the left side, Trump is the clear winner. He’s even held in higher esteem than Reagan, a party hero. Strong Republicans also dislike McCain, a senator who has repeatedly clashed with Trump.

But the patterns are very different for not-so-strong Republicans (center) and Republican-leaning independents (right). In both groups, Trump’s popularity is not much different than that of Pence or Bush (who has also criticized Trump). These Republicans do not seem to favor Trump substantially more than his Republican predecessor or his own vice president. Notably, Reagan is the clear favorite, with not-so-strong Republicans more likely to favor Reagan over Trump about 80 percent of the time. This is consistent with the finding that “the party of Reagan” still identifies the 40th president as the best in their lifetime. We suspect these results would surprise those discussing Trump’s “almost-unheard-of-level of support from members of his own party.”

Who are these strong Republicans who favor Trump above Reagan and rank McCain last? Some might suspect it would be younger voters, who would be less familiar with the Cold War, Reagan’s presidency and McCain’s history of public service. However, people younger than age 45 make up 23 percent of strong Republicans in our sample.

Trump’s strongest supporters are predominantly white, Southern and older than 60. Many are also well-educated (57 percent attended at least some college) and financially well-off (43 percent reported a household income of at least $75,000).

Being associated with Trump might hurt Republican candidates this fall.

All of this suggests that portraying Trump’s support among Republican voters as unflinching is missing a major piece of the picture. The ongoing controversies about Trump appear to affect a large portion of Republican voters. If Republican politicians fail to sufficiently distance themselves from even Trump’s most controversial actions, the GOP might see reduced turnouton Election Day.

The other concern for Republican congressional candidates is that non-Republicans don’t like Trump. “Pure independents” — voters who say they don’t lean toward the Republicans or Democrats — are twice as likely to rate Trump with strong disapproval as they are with strong approval. Independents also ranked Trump second-to-last, compared with other GOP leaders, above only Palin.

And not surprising, each group of Democrats strongly disapproves of Trump more than their Republican counterparts strongly approve of Trump. That suggests the resistance to Trump may be more intense than support among his base.

Although standing with Trump may pay off in primary contests where strong Republicans are more likely to turn out, GOP congressional candidates may suffer for this alliance in the midterms, when more moderate Republicans and independents could be the difference between victory and defeat.

Peter K. Enns (@pete_enns) is associate professor of government and executive director of the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research at Cornell University.

Jonathon P. Schuldt (@JonathonSchuldt) is associate professor of communication and a faculty affiliate at the Roper Center at Cornell University.

Adrienne Scott is a PhD student in government at Cornell University.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump’s-political-base-is-weaker-than-it-seems-our-new-study-finds/ar-BBLB32E?ocid=ientp

"Somewhat approve" = likely will vote for Trump because the Dems will run a crazy loon against him.
 

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Reiner: Truth And Reality Will 'Smack' Trump 'Upside The Head' | The Beat With Ari Melber | MSNBC
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Legendary director Rob Reiner, joins Ari Melber to discuss Trump’s lies. Reiner tells Ari Melber that Trump lies “constantly” and that “everybody" in his administration “is committing crimes and admitting it”. Reiner notes that we have “not as yet gotten to that point” where his lies "become the plot twist that flips and nails him”.
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Karl Rove warns Trump's anti-media rhetoric makes him sound like STALIN and could hurt Republicans at the polls

  • The Republican strategist said the president's words could cost Republicans votes at the ballot box in the November midterm elections
  • Rove: 'I think this is over the top'
  • He disagreed with Trump's calling the press the 'enemy of the people'
  • Rove: 'Calling them the enemy of the people that just grates on me. I grew up during the time of the Cold War. That is a phrase that was used by Stalin'
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War with Iran benefits the average taxpayer how?
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Omarosa secretly recorded Trump in the West Wing and has played the audio to associates ahead of bombshell book 'Unhinged' which will accuse president of mental decline

  • Omarosa Manigualt Newman's blockbuster book Unhinged: An Insider's Account of the Trump White House is set to be published August 14
  • She is said to have secretly recorded President Trump on her smart phone and is using the recordings to shop around her tell-all memoir
  • In an excerpt from the book exclusively obtained by DailyMail.com, the former White House assistant to the president makes the case for his mental decline
  • Hope [Hicks] had gone over the briefing on discussing Comey's firing with him a dozen times, Omarosa says
  • 'Throughout this erratic and contradictory interview, I kept thinking, 'Oh No! Oh No! This is bad!' she writes.
  • The explosive book promises to deliver the juiciest insider scoop yet about Trump and the Trump White House
  • Last week it was reported that Omarosa has been interviewed by federal investigators in the Trump-Cohen probe
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Revealed: Omarosa Secretly Recorded President Donald Trump | The Beat With Ari Melber | MSNBC
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The reporter, Lachlan Markay, who broke the “Omarosa tapes” story joins Ari Melber first on “The Beat”, revealing the former White House aide's secretly recorded conversations with President Trump don’t appear to be “quite so incriminating as the Michael Cohen recordings” but that it points to “a major breach of trust by someone who is very close to the President”.
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CEOs who condemned Trump now dine with him
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CNN's Don Lemon lays out the contradiction of some CEOs who condemned President Trump for his comments on the deadly white-nationalist rally in Charlottesville, but a year later dined with the President privately.
 

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Melania Trump's parents become U.S. citizens as their attorney says they got NO special treatment from the government

  • Viktor and Amalija Knavs took the citizenship oath in New York City on Thursday
  • Their attorney said they followed the regular citizenship process
  • 'The application, the process, the interview was no different from anyone else's other than the security arrangements,' their lawyer said
  • They had been living in the United States on a green card
  • Melania Trump has been in Bedminister, N.J., with her husband
  • Questions have arisen on how the Knavs obtained their green card
  • Some experts have suggested they used 'chain migration,' which President Trump wants to end as part of immigration reform
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EXCLUSIVE: Trump was compromised by Russian spies when he went to Moscow in 1987 and has been used by the Kremlin for DECADES, bombshell new book claims

  • Author Craig Unger was told by a top KGB general that there is no doubt Trump would have been compromised when he was invited to Moscow in 1987
  • He went with his first wife Ivana but Oleg Kalugin, then KGB's head of counterintelligence says he would have had 'many young ladies at his disposal'
  • 'House of Trump, House of Putin', which has been obtained by DailyMail.com, claims that Trump is a 'Russian asset' whose greed made him 'easy prey'
  • It says he has dealings with shady Russians with spy ties as far back as the 1970s and took Russian money for condos from the 1990s on
  • Trump properties were bought through company which Unger says was a front for Russian spies to keep tags on what oligarchs were spending
  • Controversial author Unger was heavily quoted in Michael Moore's 'Fahrenheit 9/11' movie thanks to his book alleging the Bush family had huge Saudi links
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'So many in the FBI have been hurt by these CLOWNS and LOSERS!' Trump hammers Comey, McCabe, Strzok and his 'lovely' lover Lisa for damaging the bureau - but becomes a Twitter laughing stock for referring to their 'text massages'

  • President Donald Trump tweeted on Saturday calling current and former members of the FBI 'clowns and losers' that have hurt others in the bureau
  • He also suggested that the FBI may be hiding something by not releasing former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe's texts
  • In the post, Trump mistakenly wrote 'massages' rather than 'messages'
  • Trump later deleted both tweets and reposted them, correcting the first error
  • Social media users were quick to notice, though, and blasted Trump online
  • His second tweet also contained a typo, where he used the wrong from of 'its,' and wrote the contraction for 'it is' rather than the possessive form of the word
  • He called for McCabe's texts to be sent to a conservative watchdog media outlet
  • What Trump may be referring to in the thread are text messages exchanged between FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page, who had an affair
  • They exchanged a text referencing an 'Andy,' which may have been referring to Andrew McCabe; If Trump meant something else by the tweet, it's unclear
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he used the wrong from of 'its,' and wrote the contraction for 'it is' rather than the possessive form of the word
OMG! He's committed an impeachable offense! lol

Here's some advice for the lunatic left. When your reduced to pointing out you're oppositions grammar and spelling mistake's, its over.
 

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Omarosa book claims Trump wanted to be sworn in using 'Art of the Deal' instead of the Bible

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Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman claims that President Trump wanted to use a copy of his book instead of the Bible during his swearing-in ceremony.

Manigault Newman claims in her upcoming book, "Unhinged: An Insider Account of the Trump White House," that Trump pitched the idea of taking his presidential oath on a copy of "The Art of the Deal," according to an excerpt obtained by Slate Magazine on Saturday.

"He asked me, 'Omarosa, what do you think about me getting sworn in on The Art of the Deal?'" Manigault Newman writes, according to Slate.

When Manigault Newman questioned him about bucking the inauguration tradition, Trump allegedly responded with "Yeah. The Art of the Deal is a bestseller!"

"It's the greatest business book of all time," Trump said, according to Manigault Newman's book. "It's how I'm going to make great deals for the country. Just think how many copies I'd sell - maybe a commemorative inauguration copy?"

The former reality television star reportedly writes that Trump played the comments off as a joke, but she says she believes he was serious, according to the excerpt obtained by Slate.

Trump co-authored the bestselling book in 1987 with Tony Schwartz.

Schwartz has become a fierce critic of Trump's, tweeting earlier this year that Trump was "incapable of reading a book, much less writing one," after the president bragged about his writing skills.

Manigault Newman's new memoir includes several explosive claims about her time working in the Trump White House.

The former aide served as the director of communications for the White House's Office of Public Liaison before being fired by chief of staff John Kelly in December. Manigault Newman accused Kelly of firing her because she was close to getting audio of Trump using a racial slur.

Manigault Newman also reportedly writes in her new book that the Trump campaign offered her a $15,000-a-month hush money contract for her to keep quiet about her time working in the administration.

The president blasted his former aide on Saturday, calling her a "lowlife" while speaking with reporters at his Bedminster, New Jersey golf resort.
The dig was Trump's first public denunciation of Manigault Newman's claims since she kicked off her book tour.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders denied Manigault Newman's claims Friday, slamming her as a "disgruntled former White House employee" who is "trying to profit off of these false attacks."

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On President Donald Trump's Language And His Barack Obama Obsession | Morning Joe | MSNBC
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On Tuesday, the WH defended the president's use of the word 'dog' in reference to former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman. The panel discusses the ways in which Trump refers to African-Americans and other minority groups.
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Is Donald Trump likely to be impeached? - BBC Newsnight
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As the trial of Donald Trump's former campaign chief heats up, is the collusion probe even the biggest legal threat for the president?

Here the US President’s former adviser Sam Nunberg and Elizabeth Holtzman, who helped impeach Nixon, give their thoughts on how likely Donald Trump is to be impeached.

Newsnight is the BBC's flagship news and current affairs TV programme - with analysis, debate, exclusives, and robust interviews.

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Trump and the Politics of Arf
The president: still neurotically insecure after all these years …

By Gail Collins
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Aug. 15, 2018

I am beginning to worry that when I die, the highlight of my obituary will be that I was once called “a dog” by Donald Trump.

Hey, it was long ago, but it still comes up. Particularly now that we’re making lists of all the women our president has ever compared to a canine. Back when I worked for New York Newsday, he sent me a copy of a column I’d written, scrawled with objections, along with an announcement that I was “a dog and a liar” and that my picture was “the face of a pig.” At the time, he was only a flailing real estate developer trying to make a deal with the city, yet it still seemed so weird that at first I wondered if it might be a joke, or some enemy of Trump’s trying to embarrass him. But no, it was a missive from the man himself.

This week, of course, Trump referred to his ex-friend Omarosa in a tweet as “that dog.” I am going to go out on a limb and say that when the president of the United States insults a woman that way in a public statement, it’s a little bit more of an issue.

The blowback was enormous. So intense that the president tried to change the subject by revoking the security clearance of ex-C.I.A. director John Brennan, a frequent critic. And warning that he was considering doing the same to other former officials. All of whom, coincidentally, also seemed to be frequent critics.

One of the worst things about this moment in our national lives is the fear that if Trump gets into trouble for doing something dumb and obnoxious, he’ll respond by doing something huge and maybe dangerous. Have you heard that Stormy Daniels is going to be on the British version of “Celebrity Big Brother”? What happens if she tells that story about a hotel room spanking session to a house full of smirking Europeans? He could declare a war.

Lately, everything seems to start with reality TV. You’ll remember that Omarosa appeared on a U.S. version of “Big Brother” and dished the dirt on her former boss. “The bad tweets happen between 4 and 6 in the morning,” she confided to a fellow contestant. “Ain’t nobody up there but Melania.” But this was pretty small potatoes compared to what Stormy might come up with. (Plus, people, do we really think Melania was up there?)

Omarosa was saving her good stuff for the book tour, and then dribbling out one embarrassing-to-outrageous revelation after another. Trump’s response has been somewhere between hysterical and totally nuts. We’ve been plunged into a discussion of whether his howls of rage at a black woman are racist, particularly since they came at the same time he was calling other black Americans “the dumbest” or “low I.Q.” Actually, we’ve already got so much evidence on the racism front that the tweets are barely a footnote. Just listen to the pained silence when an administration spokeswoman is asked how many African-Americans are working at the White House now that Omarosa’s gone. (“We have a large number of diverse staffers from various backgrounds. …”)

One thing that’s for sure is that the tweets tell us a lot about the president’s own miserable insecurities. He’s been shooting off insults about people’s intellect for years, from Robert De Niro to Arianna Huffington to Lindsey Graham, who not only got called “a total lightweight” and an “idiot” but also, in the cruelest cut of all “not as bright as Rick Perry.” We could go on and on. It’s pretty clearly all coming from a deep, deep fear that everybody else has a better mind than he does. “Trust me, I’m like a smart person,” he pathetically told the country shortly after his inauguration, when the country was already getting a pretty good idea that this wasn’t the case.

During the campaign Trump continually pointed out that he went to the Wharton School of Business. (“It’s like super genius stuff.”) That gave many people the impression he’d gotten the high-prestige Wharton M.B.A., but he was really just a transfer student into the undergraduate program. Skeptics suggested he only edged his way in because of family connections. He graduated without any honors or distinction, and went on to publish a best-selling memoir that was written by somebody else.

No reason to say he’s stupid. Maybe just a little dim by presidential standards.

And about him calling people a “dog.” This all goes back to the fact that Trump hates animals. Particularly friendly animals. (You don’t see him constantly saying an enemy is a “coyote” or “hyena” or “python.”) Trump has never even owned a goldfish, as far as anybody knows. No pets at all, except a poodle named Chappy that belonged to his first wife, and which he tried to evict. (Ivana Trump said in her recent autobiography that Chappy “had an equal dislike of Donald.”)

When he calls someone a “dog,” he’s just reacting to a pathological fear that he’s unlovable. Just as when he calls someone “dumb,” he’s trying to get past the fact that he’s not all that bright.

And whenever I tell the “dog” story, I always enjoy pointing out that Trump misspelled the word “too.”

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Gail Collins is an Op-Ed columnist, a former member of the editorial board and was the first woman to serve as Times editorial page editor, from 2001 to 2007. @GailCollinsFacebook

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she's a creepy looking bitch! Sort of reminds me of this guy
 
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Anyone have any info in the parade cancellation? What reasons were given? All I see here are commie videos and can't get any truth from those.
 

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Here's an interesting look at Trump...…………...

Ex-Fox News analyst: Trump is a danger to the US
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BREAKING NEWS: Trump says hush money payments to porn star and Playboy model were NOT a crime even though Cohen pleaded guilty to them - and says Obama's campaign finance violations were 'easily settled'

  • Trump's ex lawyer Cohen pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations relating to hush money payments to Stormy Daniels and former model Karen McDougal
  • Cohen's attorney, Lanny Davis, says the president is just as guilty because he 'directed' Cohen to make the payments in the run up to the election
  • Federal prosecutors had been investigating Michael Cohen's income from his taxi-medallion business
  • Investigators were probing more than $20 million in loans which were made to taxi companies owned by Cohen and his family
  • He pleaded guilty to eight counts of charges on Tuesday, including crimes that he says were ordered by the president
  • Cohen made his plea within minutes of a Virginia jury convicting former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort on eight counts of fraud following a trial
  • Trump's lawyers were silent on Wednesday and Davis blitzed the news giants
  • President Trump laid out his own defense in tweets that were sympathetic to Manafort and emphasized the perceived stupidity and disloyalty of Cohen
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With Cohen Implicating Trump, a Presidency’s Fate Rests With Congress

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By NICHOLAS FANDOS and JONATHAN MARTIN
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WASHINGTON — As he pleaded guilty in a Manhattan courthouse on Tuesday to violating federal campaign finance laws, Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s longtime fixer, put his future in the hands of the American legal system.

But the fate of Mr. Trump, the man who Mr. Cohen said directed him to break the law by making payments to a pornographic film actress and a former Playboy model, rests, in all likelihood, in the political arena and in the halls of Congress.

At least for now, the Republican Party continues to stand by the president. But with only weeks until the midterm elections, the question will soon be put before voters, who will decide whether to hand Congress — and the power of investigation, subpoenas and, possibly, impeachment — to the Democrats.

After Mr. Cohen’s pleas and a guilty verdict, minutes later, in the bank and tax fraud case against Mr. Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, Democrats wasted no time in demanding a congressional investigation into the Cohen affair and warned of an increasingly dangerous threat to the rule of law.

“This is getting deeper and deeper, and it’s going to get more and more serious,” said Representative Jerrold Nadler of New York, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee. Asked about the potential for an impeachment inquiry, Mr. Nadler said he wanted to see more evidence.

“We need to see what Mueller comes up with,” he said, referring to Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel investigating the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia and whether Mr. Trump obstructed justice. “We may get there.”

Senator Ron Wyden, Democrat of Oregon, broached the charged phrase “high crimes and misdemeanors,” the Constitution’s threshold for impeachment.

But lawmakers in Mr. Trump’s party, who have repeatedly brushed away concerns about Mr. Trump’s own legal exposure, seemed unperturbed.

With the House away from Washington for the month and senators sick of the drama emanating from Mr. Trump’s orbit, few openly rose to Mr. Trump’s defense. Those who did said the threat was elsewhere.

“Campaign finance violations — I don’t know what will come from that, but the thing that will hurt the president the most is if, in fact, his campaign did coordinate with a foreign government like Russia. Anything short of that is probably going to fall into partisan camps,” Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, told reporters. As a House member, Mr. Graham helped prosecute the impeachment of President Bill Clinton two decades ago.

Senator John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Senate Republican, repeatedly stepped around questions from reporters about the implications of Mr. Cohen’s pleas. He observed instead that independent counsel investigations often tended to veer away from their origins.

“I have no idea about what the facts are surrounding his guilty plea other than the fact that none of it has anything to do with the Russia investigation,” Mr. Cornyn said. “I would make the same observation with regard to Mr. Manafort.”

Aides to Speaker Paul D. Ryan, Republican of Wisconsin, said Mr. Ryan was “aware of Mr. Cohen’s guilty plea to these serious charges” but would wait for more information to comment further. Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and the majority leader, said nothing publicly.

In a sign of how cemented both the opposition to and support for Mr. Trump is a year and a half into his presidency, few Republicans believed the double-digit felony count would drastically reshape the political climate. Party strategists largely dismissed Mr. Manafort’s conviction, viewing it as not directly related to Mr. Trump, and said voters had already concluded that the president agreed to pay off the actress, Stephanie Clifford, better known as Stormy Daniels.

“I’d be surprised if it causes anything more than a ripple in the campaign,” said Steven Law, who oversees the Senate Leadership Fund, the “super PAC” aligned with Mr. McConnell.

Part of what the president has going for him is that expectations about his conduct were already low before Tuesday’s split-screen drama, with Democrats believing he is an amoral demagogue and many Republicans seeing him as an unsavory character who has the right policies and, just as important, the right enemies.

“In a normal world, it’s not good,” said Chris Wilson, a Republican pollster. “In today’s political environment, it probably just creates further polarization and political tribalism.”

This is not to say that the president’s approval ratings will not dip slightly or that preferences for a Democratic-controlled Congress will not rise on the news: Many Republicans believe they are already likely to lose control of the House and that such Trump-linked wrongdoing will only further enhance Democrats’ chances for a takeover.

But given the health of the economy and relative stability abroad, Mr. Trump’s approval ratings are already significantly lower than what virtually any other president would be enjoying at this moment of his administration. And if there is one predictable element of this otherwise unpredictable presidency, it is that some new story will detonate in the days or weeks ahead, pushing the last eruption off the home page and television chyron.

That fact was both a tonic to Republicans on Tuesday and a reason for concern. While suggesting that the Manafort and Cohen felonies were merely this week’s version of the Omarosa tapes — the latest ephemeral drama to grip Washington but barely faze voters — Republican officials were also apprehensive about what more Mr. Cohen may reveal on his way to a likely prison sentence.

And even more worrisome to Republicans is what damage Mr. Trump may do to himself. If the president is seen as thwarting Mr. Mueller’s investigation, either by terminating the special counsel or pardoning allies who are implicated, it would create a far more serious upheaval and force Republican lawmakers into a confrontation they have long avoided.

“Of course you can imagine the president doing things that would be counterproductive,” said Senator Bill Cassidy, Republican of Louisiana, before adding with evident hope in his voice, “But you also could imagine the president saying something but never acting on it, just venting.”

Privately, Democrats speculated that the guilty pleas and decisions stacking up around Mr. Trump would fuel a message that Republicans controlling all levers of Washington were woefully corrupt.

Their case got another boost only hours later when a federal grand jury indicted Representative Duncan Hunter of California on charges that he spent tens of thousands of dollars in campaign funds on personal expenses. Mr. Hunter was the second Republican congressman to be federally charged in just three weeks and, taken together with the Cohen and Manafort felonies, some Republicans thought the misdeeds carried a stench reminiscent of the 2006 elections, when Democrats last reclaimed control of Congress.

“Today’s events are a bombshell, and if nothing shakes them loose from their purposeful inertia, the electorate will do so,” Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, one of Mr. Trump’s most outspoken Democratic critics, said of the Republicans.

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