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  # 2321915 21-Sep-2019 12:40
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kingdragonfly: "Toute nation a le gouvernement qu'elle mérite."
Joseph de Maistre

"Every nation gets the government it deserves."

 

 

 

A variation on this theme ...

 





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  # 2321917 21-Sep-2019 12:42
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Rikkitic:

 

... Americans elected an ass as their leader and they are paying the price.

 



In this case, it's not just Americans who are paying the price ...   😕





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  # 2321923 21-Sep-2019 13:02
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Trump Whines To Reporters About Obama's Netflix And Book Deals

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

THE PRESIDENT: One thing we haven’t mentioned is technology. They’re wired so that we will know if somebody is trying to break through. And you may want to discuss that a little bit, General.

GENERAL: Sir, there could be some merit in not discussing that.


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  # 2321928 21-Sep-2019 13:21
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$20 Bill Almost Escapes From Donald Trump's Back Pocket

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Sweet glorious freedom was almost at hand for a rogue $20 bill that tried to escape from the President's suit pants


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Trump Lawyers Argue He Cannot Be Criminally Investigated

The president’s legal team is trying to block a subpoena seeking his tax returns, claiming that any criminal investigation of Mr. Trump is unconstitutional.

New York Times, By Michael Gold

Lawyers for President Trump argued in a lawsuit filed on Thursday that he could not be criminally investigated while in office, as they sought to block a subpoena from state prosecutors in Manhattan demanding eight years of his tax returns.

Taking a broad position that the lawyers acknowledged had not been tested, the president’s legal team argued in the complaint that the Constitution effectively makes sitting presidents immune from all criminal inquiries until they leave the White House.

Presidents, they asserted, have such enormous responsibility and play a unique role in government that they cannot be subject to the burden of investigations, especially from local prosecutors who may use the criminal process for political gain.

Several constitutional law scholars interviewed by The New York Times said that if the lawyers’ position were accepted by the court, it would set a sweeping new precedent.

But they also said it was far from certain that the theory, which was not based on established case law, would succeed. While an onslaught of investigations would most assuredly disrupt a presidency, the Constitution does not explicitly say that presidents are shielded from criminal inquiries.

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https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/19/nyregion/trump-tax-returns-lawsuit.html

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Senate Republicans indicate willingness to pass a gun bill, but will Trump sign it?

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After a series of shooting massacres over the summer and renewed calls for stricter gun regulation, Senate Republicans have indicated some willingness to consider new legislation. But according to Sen. Mitch McConnell, President Trump has not yet weighed in on what type of proposal he would support, leaving the congressional GOP feeling pressure without a plan.


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  # 2321973 21-Sep-2019 13:57
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Rikkitic:

The thing about Trump is that he is inherently corrupt and dishonest, but he is also unintelligent and willfully ignorant. I think because he is unintelligent and ignorant, he often genuinely doesn't realise when he crosses a line and is genuinely surprised when he gets called out for it. That in no way excuses his behaviour. It is just an observation. Americans elected an ass as their leader and they are paying the price.


 



This kind of Americans?





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The orange f.wit is talking up going into Iran as an easy decision/thing to do. What a surprise. Being a Republican, he'd better follow tradition and start a war while he's still in office.


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Iraq 2.0




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  # 2322497 22-Sep-2019 10:44
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DarthKermit:

 

The orange f.wit is talking up going into Iran as an easy decision/thing to do. What a surprise. Being a Republican, he'd better follow tradition and start a war while he's still in office.

 

 

Maybe all the servicemen will come down with Bone Spurs.


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  # 2322501 22-Sep-2019 10:47
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And what about his call to Ukraine, subtly indicating that Ukraine could benefit (economically and politically) from investigating US presidential-candidates?

 

There's no shame in American Republican lines.





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  # 2322674 22-Sep-2019 14:49
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The propaganda organ Newsmax seems to have replaced Fox as Trump's favoured media mouthpiece. I have not looked into it and don't really want to, but I'm curious if anyone else has and what they think of it. Is this a serious player or just another rage and rant site?

 

 





I don't think there is ever a bad time to talk about how absurd war is, how old men make decisions and young people die. - George Clooney
 


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  # 2322701 22-Sep-2019 15:33
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I haven't come across NewsMax, but I'm not in the US and I'm not conservative.

Politifact rates them as "Slightly overheated but basically correct". It doesn't have much about them otherwise.

Christopher Ruddy is the Newsmax CEO and friend of the president.

Here's what he has to say about Trump's impeachment. He's right about Trump using lawyers as shields for his misdoings.

The president’s style is hands-on, and I doubt he would delegate this impeachment fight to aides and lawyers.

This is a man who in 2016 eschewed pollsters, campaigns staffs and advisers, running the campaign basically himself.

He won, so that’s his playbook.

The CEO is mentioned in the Muller report when Trump consulted with multiple people about firing Mueller before his August remarks.

On Monday, June 12, 2017, Christopher Ruddy, the chief executive of Newsmax Media and a longtime friend of the President's, met at the White House with (Reince) Priebus and Bannon. Ruddy recalled that they told him the President was strongly considering firing the Special Counsel and that he would do so precipitously, without vetting the decision through Administration officials. Ruddy asked Priebus if Ruddy could talk publicly about the discussion they had about the Special Counsel, and Priebus said he could."

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The Washington Post - Trump’s Ukraine call reveals a president convinced of his own invincibility

 

September 21

 

Short extracts from a long article ...

 


When the July 24 congressional testimony of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III deflated the impeachment hopes of Democrats, President Trump crowed “no collusion” and claimed vindication from accusations that he had conspired with Russia in the 2016 election.

 

Then, the very next day, Trump allegedly sought to collude with another foreign country in the coming election - pressing Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to dig up what he believed would be damaging information about one of his leading Democratic challengers, former vice president Joe Biden ...

 

Trump’s sense of himself as above the law has been reinforced throughout his time in office. 

 

As detailed in the Mueller report, he received help from a foreign adversary in 2016 without legal consequence. 

 

He sought to thwart the Russia investigation and possibly obstruct justice without consequence. 

 

Through the government, he has earned profits for his businesses without consequence. 

 

He has blocked Congress’s ability to conduct oversight without consequence. ...

 

Legal experts said it is extraordinary that Trump allegedly sought political assistance from a foreign government after a tortured, nearly three-year national conversation about the illegality of doing so. 

 

Asked what the president had learned from the Mueller investigation, former Watergate prosecutor Nick Akerman said, “Nothing. Zero.”

 

“I think he thinks it’s perfectly okay,” Akerman said. “This guy has got no scruples whatsoever. I don’t think he would stop for a second.” ...

 



 





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Remember when Trump used to go after Hillary Clinton about campaign donors buying influence through expensive New York fundraisers?

By the way, investors who sell short are parasites who get rich, yet produce nothing. They are the worst kind of scum.


Billionaire John Paulson to host NYC fundraiser for Trump

FoxNews Business

When President Trump returns to New York City to speak at the United Nations next week, he will be having a fundraiser at the luxurious Upper East Side townhouse of legendary hedge fund billionaire John Paulson, who is also one of his main economic advisers and an early supporter.

Paulson was the first major Wall Street mover and shaker to publicly endorse Trump after he secured the Republican nomination for the presidency in 2016.

Paulson, who runs the investment management firm Paulson & Co., famously made his name by betting against the subprime mortgage market bubble that led to the Great Recession in 2008. Forbes puts his net worth at $4.2 billion.

...Tickets to the exclusive invitation-only fundraiser at Paulson's 28,500 square foot home, on Sept. 26, cost $2,800 a pop.

https://www.foxbusiness.com/business-leaders/billionaire-john-paulson-trump-fundraiser-nyc

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