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  # 2258350 14-Jun-2019 17:24
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DarthKermit:

 

I think Hitler had a Minister for Propaganda. Damned little difference between that job and White house press secretary.

 

 

Paul Joseph Goebbels 1897-1945

 

Chancellor of Nazi Germany, Reich Plenipotentiary for Total War, Reichsminister of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda

 

Donald would have found him useful.

 





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  # 2258383 14-Jun-2019 18:22
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Note that attorney general William Barr (lickspittle #1) has not commented on Trump's unrepentance on accepting foreign influence of the last election, and willingness to do it again.

On a personal note, Ellen Weintraub, chairwoman of the FEC advice is also relevant to us. (cough, cough, China and America)

https://www.politico.com/story/2019/06/13/fec-election-foreign-trump-1364598

‘Let me make something 100% clear’: US "Federal Election Commission" chair lays down the law on foreign help
Politico
By Matthew Choi

The head of the Federal Election Commission released a statement on Thursday evening reiterating, emphatically, that foreign assistance is illegal in U.S. elections.

Ellen Weintraub, chairwoman of the FEC wrote on Twitter:

Let me make something 100% clear to the American public and anyone running for public office: It is illegal for any person to solicit, accept, or receive anything of value from a foreign national in connection with a U.S. election.

This is not a novel concept.

Electoral intervention from foreign governments has been considered unacceptable since the beginnings of our nation.

Our founding fathers sounded the alarm about "foreign interference, intrigue and influence."

They knew that when foreign governments seek to influence American politics, it is always to advance their own interests, not America's.

Anyone who solicits or accepts foreign assistance risks being on the wrong end of a federal investigation,

Any political campaign that receives an offer of a prohibited donation from a foreign source should report that offer to the Federal Bureau of Investigation

Weintraub‘s statement comes after President Donald Trump told ABC News that he would probably hear out opposition information offered by a foreign national if given the chance in 2020. He also said he might not tell the FBI about it, even though bureau Director Christopher Wray said such assistance would need to be reported.

Weintraub‘s statement comes after President Donald Trump told ABC News that he would probably hear out opposition information offered by a foreign national if given the chance in 2020. He also said he might not tell the FBI about it, even though bureau Director Christopher Wray said such assistance would need to be reported.

Trump‘s comments garnered fierce backlash from Republicans, Democrats and former law enforcement officials, who disputed the president's assertion that accepting opposition research from foreign sources is a common practice among members of Congress. Trump made the comments while responding to attention over his son Donald Trump Jr., who met in Trump Tower with Russian nationals offering dirt on then-Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in the lead-up to the 2016 election.
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Trump told ABC News‘ George Stephanopoulos that hearing out foreign election information was not election interference, but rather “oppo research.“

Weintraub was clear in rebutting that characterization.

 
 
 
 


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  # 2258389 14-Jun-2019 18:32
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Trump Signals Interest In 2020 Election Interference

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

If there's something strange in your presidential campaign. Who ya gonna call? "Trump voice" NOT the FBI.


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  # 2258393 14-Jun-2019 18:50
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adjective: amoral

 

lacking a moral sense; unconcerned with the rightness or wrongness of something.

 

 

Trump has always been totally amoral.

 

He genuinely doesn't understand or care about fragile concepts such as "moral" or "immoral".

 

This gives him total freedom to indulge his narcissism, without any inconvenient regrets.

 

He will not, and cannot, restrain his ego. Why should he?

 

He will not stop until he dies, or dementia disables him.

 

Or until Congress stops him. ...

 

He will not stop.

 





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The Washington Post - Sarah Sanders was the disdainful Queen of Gaslighting (extracts)

 

This op-ed is the plain man's guide to gaslighting ...

 

June 14 at 9:37 AM

 


When Sarah Sanders said Thursday that she hopes to be remembered for her transparency and honesty, the first impulse was to laugh. ...

 


Her quintessential moment came in the May 11, 2017, White House press briefing in which she was skeptically questioned by Michael Shear of the New York Times about her statements that she’d heard from “countless” FBI employees about how grateful they were that Trump had fired the agency’s director, James B. Comey.

 

“Really?” asked Shear.

 

She replied without a shred of doubt, and as if Shear were the dumbest guy she’d ever seen.

 

“Between, like, email, text messages, absolutely. Yes,” Sanders said. “We’re not going to get into a numbers game. I mean, I have heard from a large number of individuals that work at the FBI that said that they’re very happy with the president’s decision.”

 

Eventually, she was forced, under oath, to admit that this was made-up nonsense. ...

 


Utterly unfounded, but insisted on as if it were carved on tablets, and don’t you dare doubt it.

 

That is a pretty good description of gaslighting.

 

And gaslighting was a Sanders specialty, day in and day out.

 

(After a while, of course, that became week in and week out, then month in and month out, and finally, not at all, as the once-daily briefings were phased out. The last one was more than 90 days ago.) ...

 





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  # 2258796 15-Jun-2019 17:18
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Trump Says He’d Take Foreign Dirt on a 2020 Opponent: A Closer Look

Late Night with Seth Meyers

Seth takes a closer look at the president saying in an interview that if he had the chance to collude with a foreign government in 2020, he would.


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On a personal note, I never thought I'd see George Will as a guest on "Real Time with Bill Maher". He's a conservative, who many disagree with. Unlike many conservatives, he is clever. Few, anywhere on the politcal spectrum, want a one-on-one debate with George Will.

George Will does hate Trump, and written many withering editorials about him.

Monologue: A Stain in the Oval Office

Real Time with Bill Maher

Bill recaps the top stories of the week, including increased tensions with Iran and a shocking admission from President Trump.


 
 
 
 


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  # 2259061 16-Jun-2019 11:40
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Real Time with Bill Maher - Bill recaps the top stories of the week, including increased tensions with Iran and a shocking admission from President Trump.

 

A good monologue but ...

 

... what is truly shocking is that Trump's shocking admission is no longer shocking - it is par for the course.

 

Shock fatigue helps to protect Trump from his own stupidity and malice.  😑

 





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  # 2259075 16-Jun-2019 13:38
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The Washington Post - GOP in disarray as budget impasse threatens shutdown, deep cuts - and default

 

June 15 at 3:45 PM

 


Senate Republicans and the Trump administration are struggling to reach an agreement on a path forward on critical budget and spending issues, threatening not only another government shutdown and deep spending cuts but a federal default that could hit the economy hard. ...

 

Trump and Congress face a trio of difficult budget issues:

 

  • Congress must pass, and Trump must sign, funding legislation by Oct. 1 to avoid a new shutdown.

  • They need to raise the federal debt limit around the same time, according to the latest estimates.

  • And by year’s end, they also need to agree on how to lift austere budget caps that will otherwise snap into place and slash $125 billion from domestic and military programs. ...


Fitch Ratings warned earlier this year that a shutdown coupled with a battle over the debt limit might damage the country’s Triple-A credit rating. ...

 

And it all comes against the backdrop of an intensely partisan debate over impeachment and a looming presidential campaign, which compound the difficulty of reaching agreement.

 

The result is a messy stew of issues that has longtime lawmakers questioning whether Congress and the Trump White House are up to the job of steering the nation away from fiscal calamity. ...

 






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  # 2259130 16-Jun-2019 15:23
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Sideface:

 

Unusually, Trump got got VERY strong pushback from Republicans, including Mitch McConnell - because they HATE tariffs, which are bad for business.

 

I suspect that Donald chickened out because of Republican pressure.

 

EDIT - a defeat for Trump, not a victory - although as usual Donald will say it is a win!

 

 

freitasm:

 

Well, wait for Mexico to announce they have no idea what deal Donald is talking about.

 

 

Fake news!

 

Mexico has released the contents of "secret deal" that provides further proof of Trump's status as a stable genius. What an awe-inspiring agreement he has managed to negotiate! 


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  # 2259137 16-Jun-2019 16:05
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Oh yes... Something they had negotiated months ago but Donald built a fake crisis with a promise of tariffs just so he could then say he was a hero.

Fake hero, as usual.





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  # 2259144 16-Jun-2019 16:22
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freitasm: Oh yes... Something they had negotiated months ago but Donald built a fake crisis with a promise of tariffs just so he could then say he was s hero.

Fake hero, as usual.

 

 





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wsnz: Fake news! Mexico has released the contents of "secret deal" that provides further proof of Trump's status as a stable genius. What an awe-inspiring agreement he has managed to negotiate!


I'm guessing your "stable genius" comment means you're being sarcastic regarding "fake news" also.

But just in case you were serious, as freitasm mentions, you don't get international agreements in the span of weeks.

A quick signed agreement between nations takes months. Most agreements takes years. Of course Trump takes credit for any agreement he likes, no matter who was involved, or his actual role in the negotiations.

For any White House action he dislikes, it was either the fault of his staff, or just a joke. But never, ever his fault.

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The New York Times - Trump Campaign to Purge Pollsters After Leak of Dismal Results

 

June 16, 2019

 


WASHINGTON — President Trump’s campaign has decided to purge some of its pollsters after a leak of dismal internal polls for the president that he denied existed.

 

Just two days before the president is set to kick off his bid for re-election, a top adviser said on Sunday that the campaign was cutting ties with three of its five pollsters to prevent further disclosure of survey data. ...

 

In recent weeks, Mr. Trump has angrily denied receiving polls showing him losing or instructing aides to deny them.

 

Those polls don’t exist,” Mr. Trump told ABC News in an interview broadcast on Thursday. “I just had a meeting with somebody that’s a pollster and I’m winning everywhere, so I don’t know what you’re talking about.

 

But on Friday, ABC reported specific information from that supposedly fake polling.

 

The data obtained by ABC [dated late March 2019] showed Mr. Biden leading Mr. Trump 55 percent to 39 percent in Pennsylvania, 51 percent to 41 percent in Wisconsin and by 7 points in Florida.

 

The president was leading in Texas, a bulwark for Republican presidential candidates for four decades, by just two points. ...

 



 

The Donald is in denial again! (remember London?)

 

 

 





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SCIENTISTS SAY EARTH ENDANGERED BY NEW STRAIN OF FACT-RESISTANT HUMANS

 

 

MINNEAPOLIS (The Borowitz Report)—Scientists have discovered a powerful new strain of fact-resistant humans who are threatening the ability of Earth to sustain life, a sobering new study reports.

 

The research, conducted by the University of Minnesota, identifies a virulent strain of humans who are virtually immune to any form of verifiable knowledge, leaving scientists at a loss as to how to combat them.

 

“These humans appear to have all the faculties necessary to receive and process information,” Davis Logsdon, one of the scientists who contributed to the study, said. “And yet, somehow, they have developed defenses that, for all intents and purposes, have rendered those faculties totally inactive.”

 

More worryingly, Logsdon said, “As facts have multiplied, their defenses against those facts have only grown more powerful.”

 

While scientists have no clear understanding of the mechanisms that prevent the fact-resistant humans from absorbing data, they theorize that the strain may have developed the ability to intercept and discard information en route from the visual and auditory receptors to the brain. “The normal functions of human consciousness have been completely nullified,” Logsdon said.

 

While reaffirming the gloomy assessments of the study, Logsdon held out hope that the threat of fact-resistant humans could be mitigated in the future. “Our research is very preliminary, but it’s possible that they will become more receptive to facts once they are in an environment without food, water, or oxygen,” he said.





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