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  # 2150585 25-Dec-2018 22:02
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freitasm: What an idiot:


President Trump, who had not been seen in public since before the government closed Friday, appeared Monday evening with the first lady for an annual photo opportunity tracking Santa Claus on military radar. The couple sat in armchairs in the State Dining Room, where a fire was crackling and presents sat around two Christmas trees, and talked into separate phones to participate in NORAD Santa Tracker calls with children.

Trump risked blowing Santa’s cover when he asked a child named Coleman, “Are you still a believer in Santa? Because at seven it’s marginal, right?”

 

OMG seriously?

 

That line for that situation is better than any screen writer could come up with.


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  # 2150630 26-Dec-2018 09:20
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Yes, and the trade tariffs to hurt China, will hurt the average Joe/Joanne as they pay the tariffs 


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  # 2150631 26-Dec-2018 09:23
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The Guardian - Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull mimics Trump in humorous speech to press ball

 

 

The Australian prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has been recorded mimicking Donald Trump ...

 

Leaked video and audio of Turnbull’s off-the-record speech – which was also self-deprecating about his own poor opinion poll ratings – shows him impersonating the US president’s unique oratorical style.

 

In his speech to the Canberra press gallery’s Midwinter Ball, the Australian equivalent of the White House correspondents’ dinner, Turnbull says:

 

“The Donald and I, we are winning and winning in the polls. We are winning so much, we are winning, we are winning like we have never won before. We are winning in the polls.

 

We are, we are. Not the fake polls. Not the fake polls. They’re the ones we’re not winning in.

 

“We’re winning in the real polls.

 

“You know, the online polls. They are so easy to win. I know that. Did you know that? I kind of know that. They are so easy to win. I have this Russian guy.

 

“Believe me it’s true, it’s true.”

 

 

 

 

EDIT  this item is dated Thu 15 Jun 2017





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  # 2150693 26-Dec-2018 11:57
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When I looked to see where I could buy this patch I found it was created originally for by some very scary right-wingers for Obama's last year.

The same company makes some disturbing patches called "enemy of Islam."

https://military-and-le-patches.myshopify.com/collections/custom-designs/products/enemy-of-islam-no-velcro


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  # 2150787 26-Dec-2018 17:41
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Trump: Saudi to pay 'necessary money' to help rebuild Syria
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Note that Al Jazeera is owned by the government of Qatar; they don't like the Saudis.


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  # 2150790 26-Dec-2018 17:52
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My opinion: Of course Trump is obviously lying when asked for his message to the hundreds of thousands of federal workers either furloughed or working without pay

Many of those workers have said to me and communicated, "stay out until you get the funding for the wall"

These federal workers want the wall.


US government shutdown will last until deal on border wall: Trump

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On Christmas morning, the US president drew a line in the sand: money for his border wall or the shutdown will continue.

The partial US government shutdown took effect after the Senate failed to pass a budget that included the US$5bn he demanded for a wall. Democratic senators are offering US$1.3bn for border security – the same amount that was allocated in 2018.

Now each side blames the other, with no sign of renewed negotiations between lawmakers on Capitol Hill or with the White House








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  # 2150828 26-Dec-2018 20:05
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The New York Times - Trump’s King Minus Touch

 

25 December 2018

 

Whatever the president says, the Fed chairman, Jerome Powell, is not the problem.

 


The Federal Reserve Board has had the temerity to do exactly what it had signaled for months it would do, steadily raise interest rates to prevent the economy from overheating.

 

The Fed is legally mandated to maximize employment and contain inflation, not to prop up the stock market on presidential orders.

 

Mr. Powell also signaled that the Fed would pause in this rate-raising mode if the economy began to slow. Wall Street was not surprised in the least by this pronouncement.

 

What surprised Wall Street - what terrifies Wall Street - was Mr. Trump’s inquiry as to whether he had the power to fire Mr. Powell, whom he appointed in February.

 

That injection of uncertainty was then magnified when Mr. Mnuchin announced from his Mexican vacation spot that he had chatted with six big bank C.E.O.s in an attempt to assure investors that there was adequate liquidity in the financial system.

 

Anyone who experienced the Great Recession might recall that merely raising the idea that there might not be adequate liquidity immediately injects doubt into investors’ minds about adequate liquidity, whatever assurances you attach afterward.

 

The Dow promptly had its worst Christmas Eve trading day ever, disgorging 653 points, or 2.9 percent.

 

Mr. Trump is King Minus. Everything he touches turns to lead. And everyone else is at fault but him. He can’t understand it. ...

 

In Mr. Trump’s snow-globe reality, our days are merry and bright as long as he’s in charge.

 

It’s only when those other fools interfere - the courts, Congress, whoever is chief of staff - that things go wrong.

 

Thus the government shutdown that he bragged he would own he now says belongs to the Democrats. ...

 

 

 

 

 





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  # 2150934 27-Dec-2018 08:38
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He has gone to Iraq to visit troops. That's a desperate move to get some support.


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  # 2150935 27-Dec-2018 08:47
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What about the bone spurs?

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  # 2150937 27-Dec-2018 08:49
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For the first time in years China bought zero soy beans from US producers during a whole month (November 2018), instead buying all from Brazilian producers.

Trade wars are easy to win...




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freitasm: For the first time in years China bought zero soy beans from US producers during a whole month (November 2018), instead buying all from Brazilian producers.

Trade wars are easy to win...

 

And if the US backs down, giving a "special" exemption for soy, you will probably find China will stick to Brazil. Its easier to talk to friends than enemies.....


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  # 2150969 27-Dec-2018 09:48
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The Washington Post - Thank you for calling the White House. We aren’t functioning at the moment.

 

December 25 at 6:02 PM

 


Calls to the White House switchboard during this Christmas holiday are greeted by the following message:

 

“We apologize, but due to the lapse in federal funding we are unable to take your call.
Once funding has been restored, our operations will resume. Please call back at that time.”

 

Click.

 

Is there a better distillation of the Trump administration after year two? You have reached the White House. We are not functioning. Please try again later.

 

 

 





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