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  # 2234813 11-May-2019 08:17
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Trump LOVES Showing Athletes The Lincoln Bedroom

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

The President has an odd fascination with showing off the Lincoln Bedroom to athletes visiting the White House.


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  # 2234843 11-May-2019 09:36
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gzt: Personally don't think it's worth it just a distraction from USA problems. Probably would get Biden elected that way since he seems to have few ideas or policies apart from "I'm not Trump" at the present time.

 

Let's try some whataboutism... It wasn't a distraction when Republicans impeached Bill Clinton. And that was over a blowjob.

 

 

Better still, it was actually over a lie about a blowjob. So that being the precedent, we have Trump a) paying off a porn star, and b) lying about paying off a porn star. Either way, he's got to go.




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  # 2234908 11-May-2019 10:41
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Here's the question really - what is known at the present time that Trump has committed a crime? At this time I believe they have only the Stormy Daniels payments in violations of election law. This one seems to depend entirely on Cohen's testimony.

Which makes anything else dependent on the chance of something else coming up during the expedition and associated testimony and questions.

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  # 2234909 11-May-2019 10:54
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The Coronation ...

 

 

 





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  # 2234921 11-May-2019 11:39
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gzt: Here's the question really - what is known at the present time that Trump has committed a crime?

 

At this time I believe they have only the Stormy Daniels payments in violations of election law. This one seems to depend entirely on Cohen's testimony.

Which makes anything else dependent on the chance of something else coming up during the expedition and associated testimony and questions.

 

 


Remember Al Capone - he was jailed for tax evasion, but was never convicted of any other crime.   😑





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  # 2234937 11-May-2019 12:32
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I expect any tax evasion in Trump's case will look technical to the public. The other perception issue is tax evasion and extra-marital sex payoffs will be common in congress and the senate. Trump's supporters are aware of this kind of thing and don't believe their candidate is much different in this respect.

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  # 2234945 11-May-2019 13:06
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Giuliani travels to Ukraine in search of evidence for an allegation that Hillary Clinton used intelligence from a foreign country during her campaign against Trump. And also looking for something on Biden:

Fox News with Giuliani's view:

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/giuliani-will-travel-to-ukraine-saying-countrys-probes-may-be-very-very-helpful-for-trump

Mostly this doesn't add up with many outlets investigating and finding the timeline is wrong:

http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/05/trump-giuliani-ukraine-smear-biden-russia.html

This is all a preview of Trump's defence strategy and pretty much the same one that contributed significantly to his election win against Clinton.

 
 
 
 


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  # 2235247 12-May-2019 08:50
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The Washington Post - Time works against Democrats in Trump investigations. So does a lack of shame.

 

May 11 at 6:00 AM

 


Democrats are increasingly worried about two elements that are in short supply as they try to compel the Trump administration to cooperate with their investigations: time and shame.

 

Faced with President Trump’s refusal to turn over documents or to allow some former aides to testify, Democrats are worried that the legal clashes ahead could take years to resolve in federal courts.

 

Such delays would leave their investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign, as well as potential conflicts of interest in Trump’s businesses, effectively stalled well beyond the 2020 elections. ...

 

Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va.) - a senior member of the House Oversight Committee - thinks Trump officials will not feel any shame or taint if the House approves contempt charges against them, both because contempt citations are now more common and because this particular president has made fights with Congress such a hallmark of his tenure.

 

From their viewpoint, it’s a badge of honor,” Connolly said of contempt citations. ...

 



 





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  # 2235572 12-May-2019 19:47
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New Rule: The Great Wife Hope

Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)

The last episode of Bill Maher was painful to watch, but the last segment was great. NSFW. Rough language


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  # 2235600 12-May-2019 20:59
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The Washington Post - A guide to 20 inquiries Trump and his allies are working to impede

 

May 11 at 8:11 PM

 

This long list is behind a paywall and is quoted in full ...

 


1. Tax returns

 

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is blocking Congress’s request for Trump’s tax returns, a demand based on a 1924 anti-corruption law. On Friday, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-Mass.) subpoenaed Mnuchin and Charles Rettig, the commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service. Democrats say they are ready to take the matter to court if need be.

 

2. The Mueller report

 

The White House asserted executive privilege over the full report issued by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III on Wednesday after Democrats tried to subpoena the underlying evidence in their probe of whether Trump obstructed justice. Democrats are preparing to hold Attorney General William P. Barr in contempt of Congress for refusing to honor their subpoena.

 

3. McGahn testimony

 

The White House has told former White House counsel Donald McGahn to ignore a House Judiciary Committee subpoena for documents pertaining to the Mueller investigation. McGahn was a central witness in several of 10 instances of potential obstruction identified by Mueller. He also could face being held in contempt of Congress if he refuses to appear to testify later this month.

 

4. Mazars

 

Trump’s personal and Trump Organization attorneys are suing the House Oversight Committee and his accounting firm, Mazars, to quash a subpoena for his financial information. The lawsuit cites an 1880s precedent that has been overturned and dormant for nearly 100 years. A judge recently agreed to fast-track the proceedings and could make a ruling as early as Tuesday.

 

5. Deutsche Bank and Capital One

 

Trump’s personal attorneys and Trump Organization lawyers are suing to block his former lender and bank from handing over similar financial documents related to a congressional investigation into Russia money laundering as well as political interference in the 2016 election.

 

6. Trump-Putin meetings

 

The Trump administration declined to comply with requests for documents and communications related to Trump and President Vladimir Putin’s private discussions. The Washington Post reported that Trump tried to conceal the contents of one discussion by taking possession of his own interpreter’s notes and instructing a linguist present not to discuss what had transpired.

 

7. Emoluments

 

Trump is defending himself in two lawsuits that say his company violates the Constitution by doing business with foreign governments. Justice Department lawyers representing the president have succeeded in temporarily blocking subpoenas by the attorneys general of D.C. and Maryland for financial records and other documents related to Trump’s Washington D.C. hotel. A second lawsuit was filed by 200 congressional Democrats.

 

8. Trump International Hotel

 

The Trump administration has been slow to turn over information regarding the lease for Trump International Hotel in Washington, which rents the historic federally owned Old Post Office Pavilion. Democrats say they have only received what they called a “partial” response for documents as part of the investigation being conducted by the Transportation and Infrastructure and Oversight committees.

 

9. FBI building

 

Five House panels have demanded records involving a decision to stop the relocation of the FBI headquarters to the suburbs of Washington. Democrats believe Trump was involved in the decision to prevent the building - located across the street from the Trump International Hotel - from being replaced by a hotel that could compete for business. There has been no response from any of the agencies from which they have asked for information.

 

10. Hush-money payments

 

The House Oversight Committee sent letters in January and February demanding more information about payments made by the president’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, to an adult-film actress who said she had an affair with Trump. The White House allowed the committee to review some documents in person, but Democrats are continuing to demand the full records.

 

11. Security clearances

 

The White House has refused to answer most of the House Oversight Committee’s questions and document demands related to its security clearance process. Trump leaned on then-Chief of Staff John F. Kelly to grant his son-in-law Jared Kushner a security clearance despite concerns from intelligence officials. Kushner was among more than 20 people whose security clearances were approved despite objections raised by national security officials, according to staffer Tricia Newbold.

 

12. Family separation policy

 

The administration has not fully responded to document requests or testimony from multiple committees on a policy that separated migrant children from their parents. The Health and Human Services Department has partially responded to House Energy and Commerce Committee demands for documents and communications related to the policy. Other committees, including Judiciary, Homeland and Oversight panels, say they are still awaiting answers.

 

13. Other immigration issues

 

The administration has not answered inquiries about a proposal to bus migrant children to sanctuary cities and the reasons for a leadership shake-up at the Department of Homeland Security. On the latter, the House Homeland Security Committee expects a response before it holds a DHS budget hearing on May 22. The House Oversight Committee is also investigating the issue.

 

14. National emergency declaration

 

The White House has ignored Judiciary Committee inquiries into the legal basis of Trump’s emergency declaration aimed at building a wall or fencing on the southern border. Trump declared the state of emergency on the border after a 35-day shutdown failed to result in a deal giving him billions for his proposed wall, which he had repeatedly promised would be paid for by Mexico.

 

15. Obamacare repeal

 

The Trump administration has refused to discuss the process by which it decided to challenge the Affordable Care Act in court, sending the committees demanding the information only a confirmation that it had received their letters.

 

16. Puerto Rico

 

The House Oversight Committee on Monday revived an investigation into the federal government’s response to Hurricane Maria by sending letters to the White House, Health and Human Services and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The committee is asking for all documents by May 20. In the fall of 2017, the committee had made a ipartisan request for those records to DHS and FEMA. Democrats say they did not receive answers.

 

17. Census

 

Barr has blocked Justice Department official John Gore from appearing for subpoenaed testimony on the addition of a citizenship question on the 2020 Census, an idea that reportedly began in the White House. Democrats have called the question unlawful and say it is aimed at depressing the number of undocumented immigrants tallied in the census.

 

18. Saudi nuclear transfer

 

The White House has refused to answer Oversight Committee questions or document requests on a proposal to transfer highly sensitive U.S. nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia.

 

19. White House use of private email

 

The Oversight panel has sought more information surrounding allegations that White House officials have conducted work on private email, including Trump’s daughter and adviser, Ivanka Trump. The White House has said it feels it has addressed the matter, but Democrats are pressing for more documents.

 

20. Kushner Saudi trip

 

The House Foreign Affairs Committee has asked for documents and information related to a February trip taken by Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, to Saudi Arabia, where he reportedly met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. According to the committee, which has asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to brief the panel on the purpose of the trip, U.S. Embassy diplomats were left out of the meetings.

 



 





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  # 2235669 12-May-2019 22:39
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Trump is a war criminal-loving scumbag

 

Trump's pardoning of a war criminal endangers deployed soldiers

 

Courtesy of Washington Post...

 

 


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  # 2235730 13-May-2019 07:53
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Trump's cronies will do a lot of damage before he's gone.

Even a public service like weather forecasts are under attack

Huricane Harvey and Irma did 125 billion in damage.




https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/01/opinion/the-senate-should-reject-trumps-noaa-nominee.html

The Senate Should Reject Trump’s "National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration" Nominee
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Barry Lee Myers is the wrong person to lead the nation’s premier weather and ocean science agency, NOAA.

By Jane Lubchenco

Dr. Lubchenco is a former administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The safety and economic well-being of Americans will be put at risk if the Senate confirms Barry Lee Myers as the next administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

As a nonscientist, Mr. Myers lacks the professional credentials to lead a science-centric agency responsible for daily weather forecasts, severe storm warnings, climate monitoring, fisheries management, coastal restoration and support for marine commerce.

As the former chief executive of the private weather-forecasting company AccuWeather, which relies on data from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration" , NOAA’s, National Weather Service, he spent years trying to privatize NOAA’s public weather information so his company could profit from it. His family continues to run the family-owned company, raising concerns that they could benefit from decisions he might make as NOAA’s administrator.

And under his leadership, AccuWeather suffered pervasive and severe sexual harassment and retaliation, according to a federal workplace investigation.

Seafood lovers, saltwater anglers, commercial fishermen and a host of industries rely on NOAA to ensure that the nation’s fisheries are healthy, sustainable and profitable. Government leaders, communities and resource managers depend on NOAA’s ocean, climate and weather research and data to prepare for and address environmental changes. NOAA is also responsible for protecting and restoring the health of the oceans, coastlines and the Great Lakes.

Because this diverse mission is so vital, NOAA has mostly been untouched by the partisan politics that have often visited other federal agencies. Time and again, members of Congress have worked across the aisle to support the agency. And past administrators — nominated by both Republican and Democratic presidents — have strongly supported one another across administrations because they share a common devotion to NOAA’s mission.

Until now. President Trump’s nomination of Mr. Myers breaks this tradition. I’m not the only former NOAA administrator to voice concerns about his nomination. Two others have as well, citing his potential conflicts with AccuWeather. Those potential conflicts and his history of attempting to undermine NOAA’s ability to deliver free, lifesaving and commerce-enabling weather services to the public should block Mr. Myers’s confirmation.

AccuWeather, the company he co-owned and helped lead for decades (as executive vice president and general counsel and for the last 12 years as C.E.O.), relies directly on NOAA for the data and information it uses to produce and sell its products. Mr. Myers sought to prevent NOAA from providing its forecasts to the public, arguing that the private sector should do so instead, with the government’s role relegated to gathering the data, then turning it over to companies like his to sell.

Imagine emergency managers dealing with natural disasters like tornadoes, floods and hurricanes without freely available, accurate, timely weather information. Or consider farmers and others being forced to cough up money to pay for weather data as they plan how to best deal with conditions like droughts and floods, and annual and seasonal conditions.

As NOAA’s administrator, Mr. Myers would have the authority to make decisions to undercut the agency’s mission to benefit AccuWeather. Even though Mr. Myers and his wife recently resigned from the company and he sold his stock, that has done nothing to resolve the potential conflict. The family continues to be positioned to gain from decisions by Mr. Myers. He has not disclosed who purchased his stock or whether he may reclaim it in the future. He has declined to disclose even basic information about the company, like who serves on its board of directors. As several ethics groups have already noted, it is difficult to imagine how these glaring financial conflicts might be overcome if Mr. Myers is confirmed.

Any of these issues, standing alone, should disqualify him from consideration for the job. Taken together, they demand a clear-cut “no” vote.

NOAA plays a central role in almost every aspect of the lives and livelihoods of Americans, a fact I came to understand during my four years as the agency’s administrator. Businesses, communities, farmers and members of the public depend on the government-funded, world-class weather information provided free by the National Weather Service to run their personal lives, make smart business and investment decisions, and keep themselves and their families safe from disaster.
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Why doesn’t Trump want to release the rest of his taxes? Don Jr. knows.

 

By Ann Telnaes

Washington Post Editorial cartoonist

 

May 10

 

Now that Trump has been exposed after 10 years of tax information was revealed, why is he against releasing the rest?

 

Maybe follow the money Junior mentioned at a conference in 2008. ...

 





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  # 2236024 13-May-2019 14:51
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Conservative republican donor funded student group Turning Point drops a local president after video of him yelling white power and n word emerges.

https://www.rgj.com/story/news/2019/05/11/unlv-turning-point-usa-las-vegas-white-power-sign/1167562001/

This comes after the group removed a national communications director and a couple of replacements for the position for similar orientations posted to social media.

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The Washington Post - Trump is staking reelection on one of his biggest lies

 

By Greg Sargent, Opinion writer

 

May 13 at 10:16 AM

 


President Trump has spent the past 24 hours tweeting manically about trade, repeating the absurd falsehood that China is paying us billions in tariffs.

 

We keep hearing that this shows Trump “doesn’t understand” how tariffs work.

 

But this is better seen as a straight-up, deliberate lie - a lie upon which Trump is staking his reelection.

 

A long-term trade war with China now looks plausible. Trump hiked tariffs to 25 percent on $200 billion of Chinese goods on Friday. Monday morning, China announced it will retaliate with new tariffs on $60 billion of U.S. goods.

 

If this does continue, Trump’s lie about China paying us billions in tariffs will become ever more imperative for him.

 

That’s why it’s such a big deal that Fox News’s Chris Wallace debunked this falsehood by getting economic adviser Larry Kudlow to admit that China is not paying the tariffs.

 

In fact, they amount to a tax on U.S. consumers ...

 



 

 





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