• 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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Kissed and made up? Melania Trump places her hand on Donald's arm in loved-up candid shot taken at a party at Mar-a-Lago just hours after visiting school shooting victims
  • Donald Trump and wife Melania were pictured getting cozy at an event Friday
  • The First Lady was seen placing her hand on his arm, while he reached for her leg
  • It comes after claims of affairs with Karen McDougal, an ex-Playboy Playmate
  • Trump headed to the Palm Beach resort after visiting Florida shooting victims


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'It was a reprieve. We had spent eight days getting pummeled': White House official admits the Florida school shooting 'distracted' the public from the series of scandals engulfing Trump's top team
  • Anonymous White House official said the Florida school shooting was a 'reprieve' after 'seven or eight days of just getting pummeled'
  • DailyMail.com broke story about senior White House aide Rob Porter who allegedly domestically abused his two ex-wives
  • Two cabinet secretaries were using taxpayer dollars to pay for luxury vacations
  • Playboy centerfold Karen McDougal said she had a three-year affair with Trump in 2006, just after he married Melania
  • Stormy Daniels' lawyer said she is now free to speak about her alleged affair with Trump in July 2006 because Trump's lawyer broke a nondisclosure


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Donald Trump Jr arrives in India to wine and dine potential buyers of luxury apartments in $1.5bn development (with taxpayer-funded Secret Service in tow)
  • Donald Trump is in India this week in support of The Trump Organization's four projects in the country, with Secret Service by his side
  • His main focus will be selling units at Trump Tower Delhi, which will feature 254 apartments in two 47-story towers when it is complete in 2023
  • Prices for the units range from $850,000 to $1.7 million, and individuals who make a commitment this week can dine with Don Jr
  • Some are questioning the trip in light of President Trump's very public adoration for India over the past year and close relationship with Prime Minister Modi
  • Ivanka Trump traveled to India in November just before units became available for sale at the development, located outside New Delhi in the city of Guragon
  • The Trump Organization put up no capital for any of the four projects, and instead receives a portion of sales for the usage of their name and services


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Controversies pile up for White House, alarming GOP


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Jonathan Easley
2 hrs ago


President Trump's White House is consumed by controversies on several fronts, putting the administration on the defensive at a time when Republicans are increasingly worried about their electoral prospects.

Republicans would be content to spend every day between now and Election Day focused on the GOP's tax-cut bill and the economy. But those efforts are complicated by the sheer volume of controversies the White House is juggling.

"Every day they are working on another crisis is another day lost for pushing their agenda," said one former White House adviser. "At the same time, they've been doing this since day one, so it's not too unusual that they are engulfed in another crisis."

The growing list of controversies dogging the White House touch on everything from the Russia investigation to allegations that Trump has not been faithful to his wife.

Chief of staff John Kelly is on thin ice for his handling of a senior aide who resigned after his ex-wives accused him of domestic abuse, which has sparked a congressional investigation into the White House's national security clearances process.

The churn has become so extreme that news that the White House fired a fleet of drivers it paid to taxi reporters and aides around Florida because one of them was found to be carrying a gun barely cut through the noise.

The White House has hunkered down amid the storms, going a full week without briefing the press. At Tuesday's terse briefing, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was pelted with a week's worth of pent-up questions from frustrated reporters. Sanders left the lectern after only 20 minutes. Reporters shouted questions and sarcastic remarks at her as she walked away.

The appearance of a White House in a constant state of chaos is frustrating to Republicans, who feel pressure to make the most of their majorities in the House and Senate before the midterm elections in November.

Some credit congressional Republicans for moving Trump's tax agenda through Congress despite the daily din.

"Donald Trump was a 'chaos candidate' and his presidency is no less chaotic - but other Republicans have learned to tune out the noise and focus on the American peoples' priorities," said Michael Steel, a former senior aide to former Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). "That's why we have seen progress on big issues like tax reform, despite the daily distractions from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue."

Those close to the White House say the staff is used to working in the pressure cooker and that it's business as usual whether they're juggling one controversy or many.

"If you don't have the stomach to work inside the eye of the hurricane, then you don't have what it takes to work in this White House," said one GOP operative with close ties to the White House. "Anyone who has been there for any length of time is used to doing this nonstop and knows how to work under pressure and get their job done."

There's also a general belief among Trump's allies that the frenzy in Washington does not cut through to most Americans.

"A lot of this isn't normal, but America didn't vote for normal because they had normal for the last 16 years and it sucked," said one GOP lobbyist.

Still, many Republicans believe the controversies are hurting their party ahead of the midterms.

"Every day where they have another crisis, they're not promoting what they have done," the White House adviser said.

Special counsel Robert Mueller's probe tops the list of White House worries. The investigation is intensifying, with new indictments and revelations about the extent of Russian meddling dropping on a near-daily basis.

Trump has been lashing out on Twitter, casting blame for the meddling on the Obama administration, even as the White House has been forced to reckon with the growing scope of Russian influence on the 2016 election.

Senior officials in the intelligence community testified last week that the U.S. remains vulnerable to Russian interference. Sanders argued that the administration has taken measures to ensure that wouldn't happen in 2018, but critics say they're not doing enough and that Trump is focused on blaming the Obama administration rather than addressing the problem.

The controversy surrounding White House security clearances has drawn the attention of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which announced an investigation after former White House staff secretary Rob Porter resigned because his former wives accused him of physical abuse. Porter had an interim security clearance.

The White House has announced changes to its security clearance process but insisted Tuesday that the changes will not impact Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who has an expansive portfolio of responsibilities but has been operating on a temporary clearance.

"Nothing that has taken place will effect the valuable work that Jared is doing," Sanders said.

The White House is juggling so many controversies that some have fallen to the wayside.

Reporters did not ask Sanders about the women who have accused Trump of inappropriately touching and kissing them. One of those women was spotlighted in a front-page Washington Post story on Tuesday, provoking angry denials from the president over Twitter.

And two members of the president's Cabinet - Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt - are dealing with allegations they have been misusing taxpayer money for personal vacations or to fly first-class for government business.

Sanders said Tuesday that both matters are under review but that the president still has confidence in both men.

Meanwhile, the president is dealing with personal controversy, as two women - one an adult-film star and one a former Playboy model - have said they had affairs with him. Trump's personal attorney has admitted to paying one of the women not to talk about the alleged affair.

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Trump directs Pentagon to schedule military parade for Veterans Day

By ELIANA JOHNSON

02/23/2018 01:55 PM EST

Updated 02/23/2018 03:17 PM EST


President Donald Trump’s plans for a White House-backed military parade are beginning to take shape.

The president has directed the Department of Defense to organize a parade that would take place on Nov. 11 – Veterans Day – according to an unclassified Feb. 20 memo written by National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster.

The memo, which was summarized to POLITICO by a senior administration official, was sent from McMaster to Secretary of Defense James Mattis. It says that Trump wants Mattis to brief him on “concepts of operation for this event.”

The memo also said that the parade route should begin at the White House and end at the Capitol.

Trump, who revels in pageantry, first floated the idea of putting on a military parade after he witnessed France’s Bastille Day parade last summer as a guest of French president Emmanuel Macron.

“It was a tremendous day, and to a large extent because of what I witnessed, we may do something like that on July 4th in Washington,” Trump recalled when Macron visited Washington two months later. “We’re going to have to try to top it."

Earlier this month, Trump asked the Pentagon to begin planning for a 2018 parade, the Washington Post first reported, though some administration officials said the conversation had not gone beyond brainstorming.

McMaster’s memo makes clear the administration, at the president’s direction, is moving forward with plans for the parade, and has potentially settled on a date.

The White House on Friday referred inquiries to the Pentagon, which confirmed it was in receipt of the national security adviser's memo.

Whether the president himself will participate in the event remains unclear. Macron took part in France’s parade, riding in an open-top military vehicle alongside the former chief of the French armed forces and surrounded by hundreds of military men on horseback.

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GIANFICARO: Trump’s scamming of blue collar workers has one GOPer seeing red

By Phil Gianficaro
Friday
Posted Feb 23, 2018 at 5:00 AM

An 81-year-old Doylestown man is angry at Donald Trump and his GOP sycophants. The catch: He’s a lifelong Republican.

There’s the recent knee replacement, and a triple bypass. The pain, quite frankly, is a pain. It lingers and intensifies, and neither apothecary nor prayer has been an elixir.

Tom Rice is in pain, but it has nothing to do with his physical history. No, his pain extends from his soul all the way to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

“Donald Trump is not a leader for the people,” said Rice, 81, by phone from his home in Doylestown the other day. “He’s a leader of what he wants, what he can get. He doesn’t give a crap about DACA people. It irritates me to hear him say he’s for DACA, when we know he only wants to trade that for money for the (border) wall.

“His supporters know they got played, but won’t admit it. I know people who are highly intelligent who voted for him, but won’t admit they got played. They’re ashamed.”

I hear from plenty of the Tom Rices of the world who vent about Trump. What’s different about Rice, a military veteran who was in Germany during the construction of the Berlin Wall, is he’s a dyed-in-the-wool Republican from, to quote Junior Soprano of “The Sopranos” fame, “before Moses wore short pants.”

“This is coming from a guy who’s been a Republican all my life,” said Rice. “I voted for Nixon three times, and for Goldwater, too, when (as the GOP nominee for president in 1964 against eventual winner Lyndon Johnson) he said he’d bomb the crap out of Vietnam.

“I’m definitely not one of those bleeding hearts like people might think because I’m criticizing Trump. I just like to feel I have some common sense, part of my 81 years of learning. It pains me to see what he’s done to my party.”

Rice reached out to me to comment on two of my recent columns: Trump’s history of screwing over blue collar workers in his personal business affairs, and the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students’ movement to address gun control laws, spurred on by the massacre of 17 students and staff at their school last week in Parkland, Florida.

Rice’s first target: The media.


“One thing bothers me about all the things you wrote about how Trump took advantage of small businesses in his private business,” Rice said. “You guys report on it, then you’re right on to the next subject almost immediately. I don’t understand why the media or anyone else isn’t pounding Trump on the airways about the working man getting screwed by him. It’s almost like you’re giving him a free pass. You write, ‘Oh, he screwed the workers, waiters, waitresses, cabinet makers.’ But then you’re right on to the next subject. What he’s done to working people needs to be repeated and repeated and repeated.”

Rice was one of those working class guys. Had a small shop in Peddler’s Village and, later, in New Hope. Bought his first jewelry showcase in 1971 from Edward J. Friel, of Northeast Philly, whose family’s two-generation cabinet making business went bankrupt, due in large part to Trump’s refusal to pay for all work performed at his Atlantic City casino in the 1980s.

Rice cheers the high school students’ marches, protests and activism in a way he is certain the leader of his party would not. He says they are “spot on” in their mission to pressure legislators to change gun laws.

“But the kids need to understand they can’t just be mad today,” he warned. “They need to stay mad today, tomorrow and the next day. And when they can vote, they need to go to the voting booth and stay mad and vote against lawmakers who don’t change those gun laws.

“And two years from now, when that idiot Trump runs for reelection, they need to vote against him, and have their parents vote against them. It all makes me so upset.”

Rice told me it angered him to hear Trump apologists cast the Stoneman Douglas student activists as merely a bunch of kids who will soon stop this and start thinking about the prom, a level of insult that speaks volumes. Watching those impassioned students through 81-year-old GOP eyes that have become red with anger, he disagrees.

“I saw a couple kids and heard the way they spoke,” Rice said. “You know, some of them might make better leaders than the one we have now.”

Not a high bar to surmount.

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

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Robert Mueller 'investigates Donald Trump's business ties to Russia before the 2016 elections
  • Investigators on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team are taking an interest in Donald Trump’s business ties to Russia before he ran for president in 2016
  • Witnesses in the ongoing probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 elections are being asked when Trump decided he would run for president
  • Sources close to the investigation said that Mueller wants to know about any potential compromising information that Russia may have about Trump
  • Trump has steadfastly denied that his presidential campaign colluded with the Russian government to help him defeat Hillary Clinton
  • Trump’s most well-known public appearance in Russia came in 2013, when he served as a judge at the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow
  • During Trump’s stay, it is alleged in a dossier compiled by a former MI6 spy that he watched as prostitutes urinated on one another in a ‘golden showers’ routine


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Trump backs DEATH for drug dealers at opioid summit saying other countries which execute them have 'much less of a problem'
  • Trump said the new policy will be 'very, very strong' at his Thursday summit
  • 'Some countries have a very, very tough penalty -- the ultimate penalty. And, by the way, they have much less of a drug problem than we do,' he said
  • Opioid epidemic claimed more than 64,000 lives in the U.S. in 2016
  • 'You have people that go to the hospital with a broken arm and they come out and they're addicted,' Trump stated in a surprise appearance in the East Room
  • First lady Melania Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions were also there
  • It was Trump's first appearance with Sessions since he attacked him online for his handling of alleged FISA warrant abuse at the Justice Department


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Trump confidant Carl Icahn sold $31 million in stock in steel-dependent company days before Trump said he'll slap 25 per cent tariff on foreign imports
  • Donald Trump regularly praised the billionaire investor during the campaign and said he'd bring him on as an advisor
  • Icahn stepped back before a report on his contacts with EPA over a regulation issue
  • Trump Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross released a report recommending a steel tariff of 24 percent on Feb. 16
  • Trump surprised reporters by calling for a 25 per cent tariff at the White House Thursday
  • Icahn disclosed the sale in $31 million of stock in Manitowoc Company Inc., which manufactures cranes, in a Feb. 22 filing


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Ex-CIA chief: Trump ‘unstable, inept, inexperienced, and also unethical’

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Former CIA chief John Brennan on Friday predicted "rough waters ahead," particularly on international issues, because President Trump is "unstable, inept, inexperienced, and also unethical."

In an interview with MSNBC's "Deadline: White House," Brennan told host Nicole Wallace that the president was "ill prepared" to take on the duties of commander-in-chief, particularly growing military aggression from Russia and North Korea.

"It is no secret to anybody that Donald Trump was very ill prepared and unexperienced in terms of dealing with matters that a head of state needs to deal with, head of government, and I think this is now coming to roost," Brennan said.

"[O]ur country needs to have confidence that we're going to be able to deal with Mr. Putin, who is flexing his muscles once again on the military front, that we can deal with North Korea, that we can deal with these issues. And if we have somebody in the Oval Office who is unstable, inept, inexperienced, and also unethical - we really have rough waters ahead."

The former CIA chief under President Obama went on to hit Trump for tweeting at actor Alec Baldwin over his "Saturday Night Live" impression of Trump rather than responding to Russian President Vladimir Putin, who announced the previous day the development of missiles he claimed would render defense systems "useless."

"When I hear what Vladimir Putin was saying just yesterday about the nuclear capabilities he has, the President of the United States is tweeting about Alec Baldwin this morning, I mean, where is your sense of priorities?" Brennan asked.

"I think a lot of Americans are looking at what's happening with a sense of - this is surreal."

The Russian leader told lawmakers this week that new intercontinental ballistic missiles developed by the country could reach almost any target in the world.

"I want to tell all those who have fueled the arms race over the last 15 years, sought to win unilateral advantages over Russia, introduced unlawful sanctions aimed to contain our country's development ... you have failed to contain Russia," he said.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders dismissed Putin's comments in a statement to CNN.

"President Putin has confirmed what the United States government has known all along, which Russia has denied. Russia has been developing destabilizing weapons systems for over a decade, in direct violation of its treaty obligations."

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'Maybe we'll give that a shot someday': Trump suggests US should do away with term limits after praising China's leader Xi for becoming 'president for life'
  • President Donald Trump suggested on Saturday that the United States ought to do away with term limits just as China recently did
  • Trump spoke before a crowd of Republican donors in his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida on Saturday
  • During his remarks, he praised Chinese President Xi Jinping, who recently enacted reforms that will allow him to rule as president indefinitely
  • 'I think it's great,' Trump said of Xi. 'Maybe we'll give that a shot some day’
  • He also said he wished the Justice Department would launch an investigation against Hillary Clinton over the use of a private email server
  • Trump also slammed former President George W. Bush, saying the Iraq invasion was ‘the single worst decision ever made’


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What swamp? Lobbyists get ethics waivers to work for Trump

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By MICHAEL BIESECKER, JULIET LINDERMAN and RICHARD LARDNER, Associated Press\
2 hrs ago

Porn star's lawyer: WH suggestion Trump knew nothing of settlement 'absurd'


WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and his appointees have stocked federal agencies with ex-lobbyists and corporate lawyers who now help regulate the very industries from which they previously collected paychecks, despite promising as a candidate to drain the swamp in Washington.

A week after his January 2017 inauguration, Trump signed an executive order that bars former lobbyists, lawyers and others from participating in any matter they lobbied or otherwise worked on for private clients within two years before going to work for the government.

But records reviewed by The Associated Press show Trump's top lawyer, White House counsel Don McGahn, has issued at least 24 ethics waivers to key administration officials at the White House and executive branch agencies.

Though the waivers were typically signed by McGahn months ago, the Office of Government Ethics disclosed several more on Wednesday.

One allows FBI Director Chris Wray "to participate in matters involving a confidential former client." The three-sentence waiver gives no indication about what Wray's conflict of interest might be or how it may violate Trump's ethics order.

Asked about the waivers, Lindsay Walters, a White House spokeswoman, said, "In the interests of full transparency and good governance, the posted waivers set forth the policy reasons for granting an exception to the pledge."

Trump's executive order on ethics supplanted a more stringent set of rules put in place by President Barack Obama in 2008. Nearly 70 waivers were issued to executive branch officials during Obama's eight years, though those were generally more narrowly focused and offered a fuller legal explanation for why the waiver was granted.

Craig Holman, who lobbies in Washington for stricter government ethics and lobbying rules on behalf of the advocacy group Public Citizen, said he was initially optimistic when Trump issued his executive order.

"I was very surprised and at the same time very hopeful that he was going to take his pledge to 'drain the swamp' seriously," Holman said Wednesday. "It is now quite evident that the pledge was little more than campaign rhetoric. Not only are key provisions simply ignored and not enforced, when in cases where obvious conflicts of interest are brought into the limelight, the administration readily issues waivers from the ethics rules."

An analysis by the AP shows that nearly half of the political appointees hired at the Environmental Protection Agency under Trump have strong industry ties. Of 59 EPA hires tracked by the AP over the last year, about a third worked as registered lobbyists or lawyers for chemical manufacturers, fossil fuel producers and other corporate clients that raise the very type of revolving-door conflicts of interests that Trump promised voters he would eliminate.

Most of those officials have signed ethics agreements saying they would not participate in actions involving their former clients while working at the EPA. At least three have gotten waivers allowing them to do just that.

Erik Baptist, a top EPA lawyer, worked until 2016, as senior lawyer and registered federal lobbyist for the American Petroleum Institute, the national trade group for the oil and gas industry. According to disclosure reports, he lobbied Congress to pass legislation repealing the Renewable Fuel Standard, a program created more than a decade ago to set minimum production quotas for biofuels to be blended into gasoline, heating oil and jet fuel.

Baptist signed an ethics agreement pledging to recuse himself from any issues involving his former employer, including several lawsuits filed against the agency where he now works. But in August, McGahn granted him approval to advise EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on issues surrounding the renewable fuel law.

McGahn wrote that he was exempting Baptist from the ethics pledge because "his deep understanding of the RFS program and the regulated industry, make him the ideal person to assist the administrator and his senior leadership team to make EPA and its renewable fuel programs more efficient and effective."

Pruitt, a Republican who was closely aligned with the oil and gas industry as an elected official in his home state of Oklahoma, proposed modest cuts last summer to production quotas for biofuels that include ethanol, despite promises from Trump to leave the Renewable Fuel Standard alone.

That triggered bipartisan outrage among members of Congress from major corn-growing states, who threatened last fall to block Senate votes on the administration's environmental nominees unless Pruitt backed down.

Jeffrey M. Sands previously worked as a top lobbyist for Syngenta, a major pesticide manufacturer. Following a request from the EPA, McGahn determined it was "in the public interest" to allow Sands to work as Pruitt's senior adviser for agriculture.

Dennis "Lee" Forsgren, the deputy assistant administrator helping oversee the EPA's enforcement clean water regulations, was allowed to work on the EPA's hurricane response efforts involving the Miccosukee, a Native American tribe in Florida for whom he was a registered lobbyist up until 2016.

"All EPA employees get ethics briefings when they start and continually work with our ethics office regarding any potential conflicts they may encounter while employed here," EPA spokesman Jahan Wilcox said when asked whether the ethics waivers violate the spirt of Trump's executive order.

The Treasury Department asked McGahn for three waivers. Anthony Sayegh, appointed as the assistant secretary for public affairs, previously worked as a Fox News contributor. His waiver allows him to "participate in matters involving his former client."

Brian Callahan, the department's top lawyer at Treasury, was granted a waiver concerning issues involving his former position as general counsel at Cooper and Kirk PLLC. The law firm represents Fairholme Funds, which recently filed a lawsuit against the Treasury Department and the Fair Housing Finance Agency.

McGahn's waiver allows Callahan to participate in discussions about policy decisions pertaining to housing finance reform, even though "some of these discussions could at some point touch upon issues that might impact the litigation."

The State Department got five waivers. The former law firm of Edward T. McMullen, the U.S. ambassador to Switzerland, represented Boeing. The Swiss government recently announced its intent to purchase military equipment and accept bids from American companies.

Another waiver, which was heavily redacted before release, allows communications director Heather Norby to work with employees of Fox News even though she used to work as a broadcast journalist for the network.

At the Pentagon, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs Randall G. Schriver got a waiver allowing him to "participate in any particular matter involving specific parties," including his former client: the Japanese government.

Health and Human Services asked for waivers for senior counselor to the secretary Keagan Lenihan, a registered lobbyist who recently worked for a pharmaceutical and health services company and for chief of staff Lance Leggitt, who recently lobbied on behalf of his law firm's health law practice group.

Agriculture Department policy adviser Kailee Tzacz is allowed to "participate personally and substantially in matters regarding the Dietary Guidelines for Americans," a guide that offers nutritional information and recommendations.

McGahn's waiver didn't offer much detail into the potential conflict Tzacz's appointment would pose. But other records show she most recently served as food policy director for the Corn Refiners Association, a trade organization representing producers of corn starch, corn oil and high fructose corn syrup.

Before that, she lobbied on behalf of SNAC International, a trade association for snack food manufacturers.

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No tanks for Trump: Pentagon planners tell the President that his controversial Veteran's Day military parade through the streets of Washington can't include armored vehicles... but he can have an Air Force flyover
  • A Pentagon planning memo issued Thursday and released Friday says the parade being planned for Nov. 11
  • The memo from the office of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis offers initial planning guidance to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • Trump decided he wanted a military parade in Washington after he attended France's Bastille Day celebration in the center of Paris last July
  • Trump thinks the parade, which some lawmakers in both political parties have criticized, would boost the spirit of America
  • The White House budget director recently told Congress the cost to taxpayers could be between $10 million and $30 million


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Stormy Daniels' lawyer says SIX MORE women have come forward with similar stories about Trump – and she was 'physically threatened to stay silent' over their affair
  • On 'Morning Joe,' Michael Avenatti answered 'Yes' to the question of whether Daniels was 'threatened with physical harm' over her claims of a Trump affair
  • 'The fact is that my client was physically threatened to stay silent about what she knew about Donald Trump,' he explained on CNN
  • The porn star, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, says Trump bedded her in 2006 and 2007; she accepted $130,000 in hush money in late 2016
  • The specter of another half-dozen cases like hers is sure to expand Daniels' one-ring circus to a new level
  • '60 Minutes' is slated to air an interview with her on March 25
  • 'There's the act, and there's the cover-up,' Avenatti said, and the American people are going to learn about both'


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Trump hires Hulk Hogan's lawyer for $20million suit against porn star Stormy Daniels claiming she violated her NDA 20 times
  • President Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen says porn star Stormy Daniels violated her non disclosure agreement 20 times
  • Trump also hired Hulk Hogan's former attorney Charles Harder, who famously won $140 million verdict against Gawker Media, to represent him
  • Michael Avenatti, a lawyer for Daniels, said the addition of Harder was a 'bullying tactic' aimed at 'hiding the truth from the public
  • Cohen filed in federal court that he has the right to seek $20million in damages
  • Federal filing lays out that each time she allegedly violated the NDA, she owes $1million in damages
  • Cohen paid $130,000 to Daniels in a deal that prevents her from speaking about her alleged affair with Trump
  • Friday morning, her attorney said she has received threats of physical harm, but would not expand on if the threats came from anyone connected to Trump
  • Last week she sued Trump in an effort to have the NDA declared invalid, in part, because while she signed it, and Cohen did, Trump did not
  • Daniels taped an interview with 60 Minutes airing March 25 and will in part discuss the threats made against her


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Former CIA director is slammed by Senator Rand Paul for branding President Trump a 'disgraced demagogue' who will be confined to 'the dustbin of history'
  • Kentucky GOP Senator Rand Paul blasted John Brennan for Twitter comments
  • Paul said Brennan spying on Americans while running agency was disgraceful
  • The fiery exchange was triggered by FBI official Andrew McCabe being fired


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Mueller is building obstruction of justice case against Trump as he zeroes in on the firings of James Comey and disgraced national security adviser Mike Flynn
  • Special Cousnel Robert Mueller has been focused on events that have happened since President Trump's swearing-in when talking to the president's lawyers
  • Axios reported Monday that Mueller is looking into the firings of FBI Director James Comey and National Security Advisor Michael Flynn
  • That suggests that Mueller is looking for evidence of obstruction of justice rather than trying to make the case the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians
  • Over the weekend, Trump took on Mueller by name, tweeting that he believed the Russia probe to be politically biased
  • On Sunday night, the president's lawyer gave a statement to reporters saying that the president is not considering firing the special counsel


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‘You Will Not Destroy America’: A Trump Battle Is No Longer One-Sided

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Dem suggests 'Second Amendment' remedy

WASHINGTON — Usually, top intelligence and law enforcement officials withdraw to lives of tight-lipped relative anonymity after their careers end. (Suffice it to say, they are not exactly known for viral Twitter battles.)

But as President Trump has voiced his grievances against the F.B.I. with a series of insult-laden tweets, his targets have responded nearly in kind, turning a conflict that would in the past have stayed behind closed doors into a brawl for all to see.

Throughout the weekend, the president attacked “lying James Comey,” the F.B.I. director he fired last year. He also celebrated the dismissal of Mr. Comey’s onetime deputy, Andrew G. McCabe, calling it on Friday “a great day for Democracy.”

Mr. Comey struck back on the president’s preferred digital soapbox. “Mr. President, the American people will hear my story very soon,” he wrote on Twitter on Saturday, in what was most likely a reference to his coming book. “And they can judge for themselves who is honorable and who is not.”

Mr. McCabe, through his lawyer, tweeted a similar message, though with a biting flourish. “We will not be responding to each childish, defamatory, disgusting & false tweet by the President,” said the lawyer, Michael R. Bromwich. “The whole truth will come out in due course.”

Other former officials who have been the subject of the president’s taunts have also had choice words for him on Twitter. John O. Brennan, a former C.I.A. director who now refers to himself as “a nonpartisan American who is very concerned about our collective future,” attacked the president’s character on Saturday.

“When the full extent of your venality, moral turpitude, and political corruption becomes known, you will take your rightful place as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history,” wrote Mr. Brennan, whom Mr. Trump once called “one of the biggest liars and leakers in Washington.” “You may scapegoat Andy McCabe, but you will not destroy America...America will triumph over you.”

Throughout history, presidents have found themselves in private conflict with members of law enforcement and intelligence agencies. Bill Clinton clashed with Louis J. Freeh, who oversaw the F.B.I. during the Lewinsky scandal. Richard M. Nixon fired the independent special prosecutor in the “Saturday Night Massacre,” and his attorney general and deputy attorney general resigned in protest.

But those tense interactions, experts say, seem almost quaint compared to the public mudslinging unfolding now.

“We’ve never had anybody so blatantly go after a president before,” Gary J. Schmitt, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute who was once an intelligence adviser to President Ronald Reagan, said in an interview. “It’s also unprecedented to have a president so overtly going after various intelligence officials.”

He added, “It’s a race to the bottom.”

The president, who has no qualms about publicly attacking individuals as well as institutions, has grown only more frustrated as the investigation into his campaign’s ties to Russia continues well beyond the timeline given to him by his lawyers. On Saturday, one of them, John Dowd, said that he thought the investigation was baseless and should end.

The president followed up with a pair of tweets singling out the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, for the first time.

“Why does the Mueller team have 13 hardened Democrats, some big Crooked Hillary supporters, and Zero Republicans? Another Dem recently added...does anyone think this is fair? And yet, there is NO COLLUSION!” Mr. Trump wrote.

The White House did not respond to questions about the former officials’ criticism of the president, but Mr. Trump’s outrage spoke for itself. He kept lobbing tweet-size insults until Sunday morning, when he left the White House for a round of golf.

In one, he took aim at news that Mr. McCabe, who was one of the first officials at the F.B.I. to look into possible Russian ties to the Trump team, had kept contemporaneous memos about his interactions with the president. (Mr. Comey also kept memos.)

“Spent very little time with Andrew McCabe, but he never took notes when he was with me,” Mr. Trump wrote. “I don’t believe he made memos except to help his own agenda, probably at a later date. Same with lying James Comey. Can we call them Fake Memos?”

Jeremy Bash, who served as chief of staff to Leon E. Panetta in his roles as C.I.A. director and defense secretary during the Obama administration, said in an interview that current and former officials were alarmed to see a president so intent on eroding the public’s trust in the F.B.I. They are keenly aware, Mr. Bash said, that Mr. Trump’s insults have a way of making it to TV, and vice versa.

“It seems to be a very short distance between the president’s Twitter device and the megaphone of Fox News and other allies on Capitol Hill,” Mr. Bash said. “I think most professionals I speak with think he will ultimately fail, but they worry we are a few Fox News segments away from more and more people in that conspiracy theory echo chamber.”

Some experts question the decision of Mr. Comey and others to publicly hit back at the president. Mike German, a former F.B.I. agent who is now at the Brennan Center, a public policy and law institute, said the public exchanges were further proof of an eroding of trust between the head of the executive branch and its traditionally apolitical civil servants.

He said the former officials’ willingness to speak out against the president could spell problems for Mr. Mueller.

“I would imagine from Bob Mueller’s point of view having potential witnesses tweeting back and forth with the president is the last thing you want,” Mr. German said. “The credibility of everyone involved is being torn to tatters in broad daylight.”

Vicki Divoll, a former general counsel for the Senate Intelligence Committee and a former assistant general counsel for the C.I.A., said remarks by former officials like Mr. Comey and Mr. Brennan reflected a larger frustration that others, including Republican members of Congress, were not speaking out against transgressions that would have felled other politicians.

“Comey and Brennan are perfect examples who do not seek the limelight,” Ms. Divoll said, “who do not do anything but speak publicly and privately in very measured ways. But the gloves are off. That’s not happening anymore.”

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Only EXECUTIONS and my wall will stop the opioid crisis says Trump as he launches full-throated push for drug-dealer death penalty in the state he once called 'a drug infested den'
  • President Trump traveled to Manchester, New Hampshire on Monday to talk about the nation's opioid addiction crisis
  • Trump called for the death penalty to be imposed on drug kingpins during his speech, delivered at a community college
  • First lady Melania Trump introduced her husband, as she's also been vocal on the issue of preventing drug addiction
  • President said that without capital punishment 'for the really bad pushers and abusers, we are going to get nowhere'
  • He dismissed 'blue ribbon committees' and said without the ultimate punishment 'we're wasting our time'
  • Trump also claimed 90 per cent of the heroin in the nation comes across the U.S.-Mexico border
  • 'Eventually the Democrats will agree with us and we'll build the wall to keep the damn drugs out,' he said


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Another foreign deal goes bad for Trump as investment partner in Trump India is sued for 'large scale fraud' as big as $200 million
  • The IREO real estate investment company is accused of defrauding investors of up to $200 million
  • Investors poured in nearly $300 million hoping for a return
  • Donald Trump Jr. visited India last month to tout Trump Organization projects
  • The firms' managing director, Lalit Goyal, is accused of engaging in fraud
  • Investors filed a criminal complaint in New Delhi


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Watergate-era White House counsel says Trump is 'Nixon on steroids and stilts' and deeply involved in Russia cover-up
  • John Dean, President Richard Nixon's White House counsel through the Watergate years, appeared on CNN Monday night
  • He said he thought President Trump had gone farther than Nixon to obstruct justice
  • 'I think Trump is Nixon on steroids and stilts,' Dean said, explaining that Nixon didn't get involved in the investigation until 'things got hotter
  • Dean said he wasn't surprised to see that President Trump was attacking Special Counsel Robert Mueller by name on Twitter over the weekend
  • 'What I think we're witnessing is a very public obstruction of justice,' Dean charged


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'No one is above the law': Judge refuses to toss out defamation suit filed against Trump by former 'Apprentice' contestant who says he groped her in 2007
  • Summer Zervos accused Trump of sexual assault a few weeks before Election Day in 2016 and then sued him in January 2017 after he said she was lying
  • New York judge said Tuesday that Trump can be sued even though he's president, if the actions he allegedly took were before he was a public official
  • Zervos claimed Trump forcibly kissed her a groped her breast
  • During one October 2016 rally, Trump dismissed her story and others like it as 'total fiction' and 'all false stuff'


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Massive character assasination of Trump going on in the press not one Republican coming to his defense. Lesson here is republicans are honorable and they got your back when things get tough.
 

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Stormy Daniels' hyped interview with 60 Minutes will air this Sunday as porn star is set to break her silence about her relationship with Trump
  • Stormy Daniels' interview with 60 Minutes will air this Sunday night, CBS said
  • She sat down for an interview with host Anderson Cooper earlier this month
  • CBS held off on airing the interview for some two weeks
  • Trump denies an affair with Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford
  • President's lawyer paid Daniels $130,000 to buy her silence about relationship
  • Daniels sued, claming nondisclosure agreement is 'null and void'


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You're going to learn about 'thuggish behavior, threats, intimidation and hiding the money trail' says Stormy Daniels' lawyer as 60 Minutes prepares to air her bombshell interview
  • Stormy Daniels' lawyer Michael Avenatti made an argument for why Americans should care about his client, as her 60 Minutes interview is set to air Sunday
  • 'I think this is about engaging in thuggish behavior, threats, intimidation and hiding the money trail,' Avenatti said on CNN Thursday morning
  • Daniels was paid $130,000 in 2016 to sign a non-disclosure agreement saying she would not speak of a decade-old affair with now President Trump


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What I think we're watching is a witch hunt being conducted by idiots.
Tell that to 7000 retirees and real estate mogul wanna-bees who've been waiting 7 years for their class action lawsuit to come to trial.

While some of the retirees and most of the real estate mogul wanna-bees may indeed have been idiots, that doesn't change the fact they were victims of a crime. Or do you think a victim is not really a victim if they were stupid enough to be conned?

Been reading through this thread and it seems to be more full of "smoking guns" than false accusations. When are you going to admit that your leader is not just a Don, he's a Con?
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I campaigned, voted for, and sent money to the man, but I am beginning to think that he is a hard headed loser who can't keep his willy in his pants. No one can tell the man anything.
 

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Tell that to 7000 retirees and real estate mogul wanna-bees who've been waiting 7 years for their class action lawsuit to come to trial.

While some of the retirees and most of the real estate mogul wanna-bees may indeed have been idiots, that doesn't change the fact they were victims of a crime. Or do you think a victim is not really a victim if they were stupid enough to be conned?

Been reading through this thread and it seems to be more full of "smoking guns" than false accusations. When are you going to admit that your leader is not just a Don, he's a Con?
My comment was relative to the "Russia did it", bullcrap. That, is a f'ing witch hunt.


As for any of his personal dealings that happened long before he became POTUS, I just don't have a dog in that fight. You seem to think I'm some dyed in the wool Trump lover. I'm not. I'm just smart enough to realize I and my nation is better off with Trump in office than we would be had anyone else on the ballot won. I'm happy we got a decent SC pick and that is and always was my main reason for liking that Trump is in office.
Ie: any other alternative that were possible would have been much worse for me and my nation. Edited to add:...and by extension, you too are better off, even if you can't admit it.


No one can tell the man anything.
He's a billionaire. Did you really expect him to be someone who is easily told what to do, think, or say? I didn't.
 

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Trump Presidency = Bush and Obama’s 3rd Term


by George Washington
Fri, 03/23/2018 - 13:08


Trump rightly criticized George W. Bush for getting us into the disastrous Iraq war.

But now Trump’s presidency is turning into Bush’s third term …

Trump is appointing John Bolton as his National Security Adviser.

Who’s Bolton?

He’s one of the key architects of the Iraq war, who previously admitted that the Iraq war was about oil, not protecting the United States from weapons of mass destruction. And see this.

He has also openly called for partition of Iraq and Syria into a number of different countries … as Bolton’s beloved Neocons have been planning for over 20 years.

Slate notes:

John Bolton’s appointment as national security adviser—a post that requires no Senate confirmation—puts the United States on a path to war. And it’s fair to say President Donald Trump wants us on that path.​
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Bolton has repeatedly called for launching a first strike on North Korea, scuttling the nuclear arms deal with Iran, and then bombing that country too. He says and writes these things not as part of some clever “madman theory” to bring Kim Jong-un and the mullahs of Tehran to the bargaining table, but rather because he simply wants to destroy them and America’s other enemies too.​
His agenda is not “peace through strength,” the motto of more conventional Republican hawks that Trump included in a tweet on Wednesday, but rather regime change through war. He is a neocon without the moral fervor of some who wear that label—i.e., he is keen to topple oppressive regimes not in order to spread democracy but rather to expand American power.​

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He was hostile to the idea of international law, having once declared, “It is a big mistake for us to grant any validity to international law even when it may seem in our short-term interest to do so—because over the long term, the goal of those who think that international law really means anything are those who want to constrain the United States.”​
Reason notes that Bolton:
  1. Wanted the U.S. to go to war with Cuba over WMDs that didn’t exist
  2. Advised Obama to assassinate Libyan leader Gaddaffi … and then blamed Obama for doing just that
  3. Suggested that Israel should nuke Iran
  4. Helped cover up the Iran-Contra scandal
Trump also appointed Mike Pompeo to head the CIA … and has nominated him to helm the State Department.

And Trump nominated Gina Haspel to replace Pompeo as CIA chief.

Both Pompeo and Haskell are torture-promoting warmongers (and see this and this).

Make no mistake: Trump is gearing up for war.

Postscript: It’s ironic that many Democrats now love Bush and happily endorse Trump’s rush towards war … while getting distracted in a personality-based hatred of Trump based on his being a boor.

As Gaius Publius notes:

Leaders of the ruling bipartisan consensus like most of what Trump is doing; they just want someone else doing it.​
 

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George Washington makes good points and his fear that Trump is pushing things toward war are in line with my thinking. Starting a big war is a way to get re-elected also. It worked well for Bush #2.
 

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Donald Trump "Pulls Out" of Stormy Daniels lawsuit; Removes to Federal Court
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The Trump team has "Removed" the Stormy Daniels lawsuit to Federal Court. Let's use this opportunity to review what Federal Removal is, how it works, and why Trump is "pulling out" of state court.

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Well the Stormy interview on 60 minutes was pretty much a lot about nothing. No real dirt on Trump. Really a waste of time.
 

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Well the Stormy interview on 60 minutes was pretty much a lot about nothing. No real dirt on Trump. Really a waste of time.
My shocked face >:-O

On an unrelated note....

Weren't we told to expect a happening sometime this weekend...for sure this time?? Anyone have any happening sightings to report? The Stormy Daniels story went 'tits up' so that can't be it!:blond: