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  #2344240 27-Oct-2019 20:27
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Rikkitic:

I just stumbled across the following statement on CNN, attributed to White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham: "I worked with John Kelly, and he was totally unequipped to handle the genius of our great President."



She is a lickspittle. You'll remember Trump not like liking a reporter's tough questions, Stephanie Grisham trying to grab the microphone out of his hand, he pulled away backwards, and she sat down and pouted.

For that Trump claimed he assaulted Stephanie, and revoked his press credentials.

Judge orders White House to restore press pass of reporter involved in confrontation

Washington Post, By Paul Farhi

A federal judge on Tuesday reversed the White House’s decision to suspend a reporter’s press credentials, granting a motion that will restore him to his beat.

The ruling was a victory for Brian Karem, a White House correspondent for Playboy magazine and a CNN political analyst, who had been suspended by officials for 30 days in mid-August because of his role in a verbal confrontation with a former White House aide at a White House event on July 11.

He was the second reporter suspended in the past nine months, a step that appears to be without recent precedent before President Trump’s administration. Trump banned more than a dozen news organizations, including The Washington Post, from his campaign events in 2015 and 2016 but said he wouldn’t do so if he became president.

Karem, who has been outspoken in his opposition to Trump, sued White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham and the president last month. He argued that the suspension, which began Aug. 16, was arbitrary and violated his constitutional rights of free speech and due process.
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  #2344307 28-Oct-2019 08:33
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The Washington Post - Pelosi says Trump notified Russians of Baghdadi’s apparent death before telling congressional leaders

 


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday called on the White House to brief lawmakers on the raid that targeted Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, noting that President Trump informed the Russians of the Islamic State leader’s apparent death before telling congressional leadership.

 

The statement from Pelosi (D-Calif.) came after Trump told reporters at a lengthy news conference that he did not inform the House speaker of the raid because he “wanted to make sure this kept secret.”

 

U.S. presidents typically follow the protocol of contacting congressional leaders, regardless of their political party, when a high-level military operation is conducted. ...

 


 


Trump said American forces were ferried by eight helicopters through airspace controlled by Russia with Moscow’s permission





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  #2344315 28-Oct-2019 09:09
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Trump's photo op of the raid situation room was taken more than 90 minutes after the actiin. It was staged because he was playing golf at the time.

He can't really cope with not being Obama.




 

 

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  #2344316 28-Oct-2019 09:12
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  #2344322 28-Oct-2019 09:42
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freitasm: 

He can't really cope with not being Obama.

 

 

And Trump's Russian friends seem to have some doubts...

 


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  #2344334 28-Oct-2019 09:57
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Sideface:Pelosi says Trump notified Russians of Baghdadi’s apparent death before telling congressional leaders



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  #2344348 28-Oct-2019 10:33
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freitasm: Building that wall...

 

 






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  #2344412 28-Oct-2019 14:01
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I'm glad to hear that camel fiddler from ISIS is no longer with us, but that won't be the end of ISIS unfortunately.


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  #2344419 28-Oct-2019 14:45
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These are poll numbers from right-leaning, slightly pro-Republican RealClearPolitics.

It looks bad for Trump, though other polls show he could still win by a landslide.

We live in interesting times.


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  #2344599 28-Oct-2019 21:39
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The New York Times - Trump’s Syria Troop Withdrawal Complicated Plans for al-Baghdadi Raid

 

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WASHINGTON — President Trump knew the Central Intelligence Agency and Special Operations commandos were zeroing in on the location for Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Islamic State leader, when he ordered American troops to withdraw from northern Syria earlier this month, intelligence, military and counterterrorism officials said on Sunday.

 

For months, intelligence officials had kept Mr. Trump apprised of what he had set as a top priority, the hunt for Mr. al-Baghdadi, the world’s most wanted terrorist.

 

But Mr. Trump’s abrupt withdrawal order three weeks ago disrupted the meticulous planning underway and forced Pentagon officials to speed up the plan for the risky night raid before their ability to control troops, spies and reconnaissance aircraft disappeared with the pullout, the officials said.

 

Mr. al-Baghdadi’s death in the raid on Saturday, they said, occurred largely in spite of, and not because of, Mr. Trump’s actions. ...

 



"The president cast the death of the ISIS leader as validation of his disengagement strategy. But it required intelligence agencies and allies he has spurned."





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  #2345685 29-Oct-2019 09:39
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The House of Representatives is going to hold a formal vote on impeachment on Thursday to counter White House arguments that the inquiry is not legitimate.

 

 





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  #2345703 29-Oct-2019 10:01
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The rules of impeachment haven't changed since Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky.

The investigation rules haven't changed since Obama and Benghazi.

It's funny how Republicans don't mind changing the rules when its in their favor.

However they complain when the Democrats use the same set of rules and procedures that the Republican modified.

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  #2345804 29-Oct-2019 12:56
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It’s Trump’s own fault that he was booed at a baseball game

Washington Post by Eugene Robinson

It is President Trump’s own fault that he got so lustily booed at the baseball Game Five of the World Series in Washington Sunday night. When you publicly refer to people as “human scum,” they are likely to return the favor.

Trump looked surprised when his appearance at Nationals Park (where the dastardly Houston Astros won yet another game) was greeted with catcalls and chants of “Lock him up!” After all, earlier in the day he had announced the killing of Islamic State monster Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a daring U.S. Special Operations raid. Surely, he must have felt, he deserved kudos for that.

And indeed he does. Here they are: Sincere congratulations for ridding the world of a sadistic butcher who richly deserved his fate.

The problem is, though, that one battlefield success did not erase 33 months of presidential behavior that many, if not most, Americans consider outrageous and worthy of impeachment. The smile and wave that Trump offered those baseball fans did not rescind the vicious, snarling rhetoric he spews on a daily basis, including his recent description of Republicans who oppose him as “human scum.” The flicker of vulnerability that played across Trump’s face when he heard all the booing probably softened few hearts, if any.

This is not a reality show like “The Apprentice,” in which all is forgotten between episodes and alliances are formed or abandoned in the blink of an eye. Trump may not recall the abuse he heaped on perceived adversaries last week, last month or last year. Those on the receiving end, however, definitely remember.
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  #2345822 29-Oct-2019 13:58
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TRUMP SAYS WORLD SERIES FANS WANT TO LOCK HIM INTO THE WHITE HOUSE FOR DOING EXCELLENT JOB

 

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Saying that he was “incredibly moved by their support,” Donald J. Trump said on Monday that fans at Game 5 of the World Series expressed their strong desire to see him locked up in the White House for doing such an excellent job as President.

 

“Out of nowhere, they just started chanting,” Trump told reporters at the White House. “They really want to see me locked up for another four years.”

 

Trump said that he was surprised by the passionate and urgent nature of the chanting directed toward him. “Despite all the things that the fake media has said about me, these people know what an amazing job I’ve done,” he said. “They really want to lock me up and never let me go.”

 

Noting that the Constitution allows a President to serve only two terms, Trump said, “That’s a real shame, because the way those people were chanting, I think they’d like to see me locked up for the rest of my life.”

 

He added that he hoped his archnemesis, former President Barack Obama, was watching the World Series on television to witness “the unbelievable support I got from that crowd.”

 

“Obama was President for eight years, and he never heard crowds chant ‘lock him up,’ ” Trump said. “What a loser.”





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  #2345837 29-Oct-2019 14:25
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Army Officer Who Heard Trump’s Ukraine Call Reported Concerns

The top Ukraine expert at the White House will tell impeachment investigators he twice reported concerns about President Trump’s pressure tactics on Ukraine, acting out of a “sense of duty.”

New York Times By Danny Hakim

A White House national security official who is a decorated Iraq war veteran plans to tell House impeachment investigators on Tuesday that he heard President Trump appeal to Ukraine’s president to investigate one of his leading political rivals, a request the aide considered so damaging to American interests that he reported it to a superior.

Lt. Col. Alexander S. Vindman of the Army, the top Ukraine expert on the National Security Council, twice registered internal objections about how Mr. Trump and his inner circle were treating Ukraine, out of what he called a “sense of duty,” he plans to tell the inquiry, according to a draft of his opening statement obtained by The New York Times.

He will be the first White House official to testify who listened in on the July 25 telephone call between Mr. Trump and President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine that is at the center of the impeachment inquiry, in which Mr. Trump asked Mr. Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.

“I did not think it was proper to demand that a foreign government investigate a U.S. citizen, and I was worried about the implications for the U.S. government’s support of Ukraine,” Colonel Vindman said in his statement.
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https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/28/us/politics/Alexander-Vindman-trump-impeachment.html

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