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  # 2284753 28-Jul-2019 09:55
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Supreme Court lifts funds freeze for border wall

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The ruling, a victory for the Trump administration, allows the Pentagon to reallocate money for the president's border wall.


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  # 2284758 28-Jul-2019 10:04
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  # 2284827 28-Jul-2019 15:16
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BBC News - Trump’s ‘rat-infested’ attack on lawmaker was racist, says Pelosi

 

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Democratic House speaker Nancy Pelosi has accused US President Donald Trump of "racist attacks" in his tweets about an African-American lawmaker, Elijah Cummings, a prolific critic of Mr Trump.

 


 

 





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  # 2284886 28-Jul-2019 17:12
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Who ya gonna call? Trump Busters!

 

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  # 2284887 28-Jul-2019 17:18
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Sorry about that- son-in-law - on my PC - often volunteers for lost causes.

 

 





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  # 2284902 28-Jul-2019 18:03
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A classic Republican "troll in the shadows" move from your son-in-law.

If he has an opinion, share it.

Unless he knows griefing is the limits of his abilities.



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  # 2285146 29-Jul-2019 13:05
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https://www.nytimes.com/

Dan Coats to Step Down as Intelligence Chief After Strife With Trump

WASHINGTON — President Trump announced on Sunday that Dan Coats would step down as director of national intelligence after a fraught tenure marked by tension with the Oval Office, and he tapped one of his staunch defenders, Representative John Ratcliffe, to take over the country’s expansive network of spy agencies.

Mr. Coats, a former senator and longtime pillar of the Republican establishment who angered the president by providing unwelcome assessments of Russia, North Korea and other matters, told Mr. Trump last week that it was time to move on, officials said. His departure removes from the national security team one of the most prominent figures willing to contradict the president.

If Mr. Ratcliffe is confirmed by the Senate, he will offer a starkly different perspective in the Situation Room, one more in line with Mr. Trump’s thinking. Mr. Ratcliffe, a third-term Republican from Texas and former prosecutor, has embraced Mr. Trump’s theories about the origins of the Russia investigation and was among the sharpest questioners of Robert S. Mueller III, the former special counsel, at last week’s hearings.

Mr. Trump met with Mr. Ratcliffe on July 19 to discuss the intelligence post, but the hearings just five days later offered the congressman a chance to audition in effect for the president, who enjoyed watching him grill Mr. Mueller on television, according to people informed about the process.

Some Republicans, however, privately expressed concern, among them Senator Richard M. Burr of North Carolina, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, who cautioned the president’s advisers that he considered Mr. Ratcliffe too political for the post, according to people familiar with the discussions. Mr. Trump disregarded the warning.
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Federal Inquiry of Trump Friend Focused on Foreign Lobbying

As Donald J. Trump was preparing to deliver an address on energy policy in May 2016, Paul Manafort, his campaign chairman, had a question about the speech’s contents for Thomas J. Barrack Jr., a top campaign fund-raiser and close friend of Mr. Trump.

“Are you running this by our friends?” Mr. Manafort asked in a previously undisclosed email to Mr. Barrack, whose real estate and investment firm does extensive business in the Middle East.

Mr. Barrack was, in fact, coordinating the language in a draft of the speech with Persian Gulf contacts including Rashid al-Malik, an Emirati businessman who is close to the rulers of the United Arab Emirates.

The exchanges about Mr. Trump’s energy speech are among a series of interactions that have come under scrutiny by federal prosecutors looking at foreign influence over his campaign, his transition and the early stages of his administration, according to documents and interviews with people familiar with the case.

Investigators have looked in particular at whether Mr. Barrack or others violated the law requiring people who try to influence American policy or opinion at the direction of foreign governments or entities to disclose their activities to the Justice Department, people familiar with the case said.

The inquiry had proceeded far enough last month that Mr. Barrack, who played an influential role in the campaign and acts as an outside adviser to the White House, was interviewed, at his request, by prosecutors in the public integrity unit of the United States attorney’s office in Brooklyn.

Mr. Barrack’s spokesman, Owen Blicksilver, said that in expectation of this article, Mr. Barrack’s lawyer had again contacted the prosecutors’ office and “confirmed they have no further questions for Mr. Barrack.”

Mr. Barrack has not been accused of wrongdoing, and his aides said he never worked on behalf of foreign states or entities. Asked about the status of the inquiry, a representative for the United States attorney’s office in Brooklyn declined to comment.

The relationship between Mr. Barrack, Mr. Manafort and representatives of the U.A.E. and Saudi Arabia, including Mr. al-Malik, has been of interest to federal authorities for at least nine months. The effort to influence Mr. Trump’s energy speech in 2016 was largely unsuccessful.

The special counsel’s two-year investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election has ended and federal prosecutors in Manhattan have signaled that it is unlikely they would file additional charges in a separate hush money investigation that ensnared members of Mr. Trump’s inner circle.

But as the scrutiny of Mr. Barrack indicates, prosecutors continue to pursue questions about foreign influence. Among other lines of inquiry, they have sought to determine whether Mr. Barrack and others tried to sway the Trump campaign or the new administration on behalf of the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, two closely aligned countries with huge stakes in United States policy.

Between Mr. Trump’s nomination and the end of June, Colony Capital, Mr. Barrack’s real estate investment and private equity firm, received about $1.5 billion from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates through investments or other transactions like asset sales, Mr. Barrack’s aides said. That included $474 million in investment from Saudi and Emirati sovereign wealth funds, out of $7 billion that Colony raised in investment worldwide.

An executive familiar with the transactions had provided The New York Times with somewhat different figures last year.

Investigators have also questioned witnesses about Mr. Barrack’s involvement with a proposal from an American group that could give Saudi Arabia access to nuclear power technology.
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kingdragonfly: https://www.nytimes.com/

 

If Mr. Ratcliffe is confirmed by the Senate, he will offer a starkly different perspective in the Situation Room, one more in line with Mr. Trump’s thinking. Mr. Ratcliffe, a third-term Republican from Texas and former prosecutor, has embraced Mr. Trump’s theories about the origins of the Russia investigation and was among the sharpest questioners of Robert S. Mueller III, the former special counsel, at last week’s hearings.
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Does not bode well for any justice coming out of the Mueller investigation.

 


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  # 2285195 29-Jul-2019 14:42
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Barr will already make sure that nothing comes of Mueller's investigation as long as he remains Trump's AG (unless the house actually sanction him for contempt). Ratcliffe sounds more likely to be the guy who will write the intelligence story that gives Trump the green light to go to war with NK, Iran, Venezuela or someone else.





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  # 2285303 29-Jul-2019 17:41
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"Better to have a few rats than to be one." Baltimore Sun, responding to Trump's tweet. Good on them.

 

 





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  # 2285306 29-Jul-2019 17:56
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Here is the full editorial. Choice words. I wish I had said them.

 

 





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  # 2285308 29-Jul-2019 18:03
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Kathy Griffin's new film shows fallout of Trump photo

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"Kathy Griffin says two days into the fallout of her 2017 photo posing with a fake severed head of President Trump, she began filming what was happening.

She was losing jobs and the subject of a government investigation into whether she was a credible threat.

The result is, 'Kathy Griffin: A Hell of a Story' that’s part documentary, part comedy special."



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  # 2285312 29-Jul-2019 18:24
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https://thehill.com/policy/finance/454984-what-to-know-about-the-fight-over-trumps-tax-returns

What to know about the fight over Trump's tax returns

The fight over President Trump’s tax returns has moved to the courts.

In recent weeks, the Democratic-led House Ways and Means Committee has filed a lawsuit in an effort to obtain Trump’s federal tax returns, and Trump has filed a lawsuit to prevent the committee from getting his New York state tax returns.

The court cases are sure to be closely watched. Democrats view obtaining Trump’s tax returns as a key oversight priority. Trump is the first president in decades who refused to voluntarily release any of his tax returns, and he is determined to keep them private.

Here’s what you need to know about the lawsuits concerning Trump’s tax returns.

What are the two different lawsuits?

Two separate cases were filed in federal court in D.C. this month.

In the first lawsuit, filed at the beginning of the month, the Ways and Means Committee is suing the Treasury Department, the IRS and the agencies’ leaders. The committee is asking the court to order the agencies to provide the committee with six years of Trump’s personal and business federal tax returns.
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The second lawsuit, filed this week by Trump in his personal capacity, centers on a New York state law enacted earlier this month that allows Congress’s tax committees to request public officials’ state tax returns from the commissioner of the New York Department of Taxation and Finance. Neal has not yet made a decision about whether he will request Trump’s state tax returns under the law.
What's the latest in the lawsuit over Trump's NY returns?

Most of the recent court developments in the tax return fight relate to the lawsuit over the New York law.

Trump on Wednesday filed an emergency application, asking a judge to enjoin Neal from requesting his New York tax returns until the president has an opportunity to be heard in court. The Ways and Means Committee is objecting to the motion, arguing that courts lack jurisdiction to bar it from utilizing the New York law.
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Who are the judges in the cases?

McFadden, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia judge who is handling the lawsuit over Trump’s federal tax returns, is a Trump appointee who had been randomly assigned to the case shortly after it was filed.
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After McFadden ruled that he should not be handling both of the tax return lawsuits, the lawsuit over the New York tax return law on Friday was randomly assigned to Carl Nichols, a Trump appointee who was just confirmed by the Senate in May.
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Nichols most recently was a partner at the law firm WilmerHale. He previously served as a top lawyer in former President George W. Bush’s Department of Justice (DOJ) and as a clerk for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. While at the DOJ, he was the lead counsel in defending former White House counsel Harriet Miers in a lawsuit brought by the House Judiciary Committee trying to enforce a subpoena
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The New York Times - Trump Lashes Out at Al Sharpton, Saying He ‘Hates Whites’

 

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WASHINGTON — President Trump, after a weekend spent assailing a leading African-American congressman from Baltimore, widened his war on critics of color on Monday morning as he denounced the Rev. Al Sharpton as “a con man” who “Hates Whites & Cops!” ...

 

 

 

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  # 2285602 30-Jul-2019 10:55
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Is Trump spiralling completely out of control or is there something else going on here?

 

 





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