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Trump & Company (273) and expanding list of disappointments:

Trump & Company (273) and expanding list of disappointments:


Started an extensible list of trump & company "embarrassments" on goal of journaling trump temper tantrums, boldface lies, farcical claims & acts. Some assertions may be valid or fall into the 'little white lie' variety; however most stand arguable, incredulous, ripe with prevarication, rudeness, incivility & arrogance. Like Vince McMahon's World Wrestling Federation only more flash & smells worse.
I stand in awe as trump & pony show and friends oft say and do most anything & rarely if ever called out by main stream media.
When researching The trump phenomenon I encountered a article from the Dailywire listing “Lyin' Donald: 101 Of Trump's Greatest Lies”

This list begins with 101 more or less cut & paste entries. Full credit & thanks to the Daily Wire . As spirit is willing will append cut & paste trump embarrassments starting 102.

1. March 30: Trump claims MSNBC edited their released version of his interview with Chris Matthews in which Trump stumbled on abortion: “You really ought to hear the whole thing. I mean, this is a long convoluted question. This was a long discussion, and they just cut it out. And, frankly, it was extremely — it was really convoluted.” Nope; that was a lie.

2. March 29: Trump lies that Wisconsin’s effective unemployment rate is 20%, saying, ""What? Is it 20 percent? Effective or regular? I mean just -- effective unemployment rate, 20 percent. Hey, this is out of the big book." According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, The U-3 official unemployment rate in Wisconsin was 4.6 percent in 2015; Wisconsin’s U-6 rate for 2015 was 8.3 percent.

3. March 29: Told Sean Hannity, “You know, I look at what’s happening in Wisconsin with the numbers, the job numbers, the trade numbers, how it’s a stagnant economy, how they owe $2.2 billion in terms of their budget.” As reported, Wisconsin’s general fund is currently projected to have a positive balance when its current two-year budget cycle ends next year, according to an analysis by nonpartisan budget experts.

4. March 29: Trump alleged that when Michelle Fields "found out that there was a security camera, and that they had her on tape, all of a sudden that story changed." Absolutely untrue.
Trump: The 'Very Dangerous' Pen Reporter Michelle Fields Was Carrying Could Have Been a 'Little Bomb' or a knife.
5. March 29: Trump said the Secret Service was worried about Fields, alleging, "She went through the Secret Service, she had a pen in her hand, which Service Service is not liking because they don't know what it is, whether it's a little bomb…” As Katie Pavlich of Townhall noted, “All reporters at campaign events, like regular attendees, go through Secret Service security before being allowed into a venue. The security is thorough, with a back check, wanding and a metal detector walk through. Fields wasn't carrying a knife, she was carrying a pen and if the Secret Service thought it was dangerous, they would have taken it from her at the security checkpoint before entering the room.”
6. Trump’s false claim on Melania photo March 27: Trump claims Cruz bought the rights to the ad featuring a nude Melania Trump: Debunked. Trump miscasts impact on trade of Chinese taxes March 26: Trump lies, "There’s a tremendous tax that we pay when we (American businesses) go into China, whereas when China sells to us there’s no tax." China’s tariffs are higher than those imposed by the United States, but the Chinese exporters are taxed when they sell in the United States.

7. March 23: Trump accuses Cruz of coordinating with Super PAC in its ad featuring a nude Melania Trump. Tweeting, “Lyin' Ted Cruz denied that he had anything to do with the G.Q. model photo post of Melania. That's why we call him Lyin' Ted!” Debun
8. March 21: Trump lies, "Out of 67 counties (in Florida), I won 66, which is unprecedented. It's never happened before." Nope. In 2004, John Kerry won all 67 counties for the Democrats; in 2000, Al Gore won all 67 for the Democrats and. George W. Bush won all 67 for Republicans. In 1996, Bob Dole took 66 of 67 counties for the GOP primary and the 67th was a tie between Dole and Pat Buchanan in Washington County.
9. March 19: Trump said the 2016 federal omnibus spending bill "funds illegal immigrants coming in and through your border, right through Phoenix." Nope. The omnibus bill does not fund undocumented immigrants "coming in and through" the border; it funds the very agency tasked with keeping undocumented immigrants out, U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
10. March 1711. : Trump on Fox News denied that he ever accused President George W. Bush of lying about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. “I didn’t say lie. I said he may have lied.” That’s false. Trump said in a February that Bush “lied.”
11. March 13: Trump states that the man who rushed the stage in Dayton, Ohio, "had chatter about ISIS, or with ISIS" in his social media posts. Trump was fooled by a hoax video; the claim is ludicrous.
12. March 11: Lying about Cruz’s count of the states he had had won: “Wasn’t that funny last night when Cruz said, ‘I’m the only one that can beat Donald Trump. I have demonstrated that I can beat him. I won five states.’” Cruz correctly stated he won eight states, not five.
13. March 10: Trump, the expert economist: "GDP was zero essentially for the last two quarters." GDP grew at an annual rate of 1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2015, and 2 percent in the third quarter, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
14. March 10: Trump claims Michelle Fields made up the story about being grabbed by Corey Lewandowski, blustering, "This was, in my opinion, made up. Everybody said nothing happened. Perhaps she made the story up. I think that's what happened."
15. March 9: “Eight weeks ago, they signed a budget that is so bad. It funds ISIS.” As POLITICO noted, “The omnibus spending bill, passed in December, is not strictly a budget, and it’s not clear what part of it Trump thinks gives money to ISIS.”
16. March 8: Trump brags that the Trump winery is the “largest winery on the East Coast.” "That’s not correct," said Michael Kaiser, spokesman for the National Association of American Wineries. Wine industry analysts calculate a winery’s size by the volume of wine produced. Trump Winery is not even the largest in Virginia. The top producers in the state are the Williamsburg Winery and Chateau Morrisette in Floyd County. In terms of sheer size in acreage, both the Wagner Vineyards Estate Winery in the Finger Lakes region of New York and Pindar Vineyards on New York’s Long Island are larger.
17. March 8: On Trump-branded water and Mitt Romney: “He talked about the water company. Well, there’s the water company. I mean, we sell water.” Well …
18. March 8: “Upstate New York I poll higher than anybody ever.” Hillary Clinton would slaughter Trump 56 percent to 33 percent in upstate New York, according to a Siena College poll.
19. March 8: Trump: “Trump steaks, where are the steaks? Do we have the steaks? We have Trump steaks.” Once sold briefly by The Sharper Image, the company’s website reads, “Unfortunately, Trump Steaks are no longer available, but their legacy endures.
20. March 8: Lying about how much was spent in one week against him: “So many horrible, horrible things said about me in one week. $38 million worth of horrible lies.” According to The Tracking Firm, every Republican dollar spent by Trump’s opponents on TV and radio from March 1 through 7 amounted to $10.57 million, and not all of it was directed against Trump.
21. March 8: Trump held up a magazine, claiming it was Trump magazine: "This comes out and it's called The Jewel of Palm Beach and it all goes to all of my clubs. I have had it for many years. It's the magazine. It's great. Anybody want one?" Trump Magazine folded in 2009.
22. March 7: Lying about his popularity after the Paris attacks: “After Paris, all of a sudden it started changing. We started getting polls in. And everybody liked Trump from the standpoint of ISIS, from the standpoint of the military. Less than 42% of respondents in a Washington Post-ABC poll said Trump was the best candidate to best handle the threat of terrorism.
23. March 7: “You have Japan, where the cars come in by the hundreds of thousands, they pour off the boats. ... [W]e send them like nothing. We send them nothing, by comparison, nothing.” The United States exported $62 billion worth of goods to Japan last year.
24. March 7: “I’ve spent the least money and I’m by far number 1. So I’ve spent the least.” As of Jan. 31, Trump’s campaign had spent $23.9 million, more than John Kasich’s campaign, which has spent $7.2 million, or $19.5 million if you include outside groups supporting him.
25. March 7: Trump says you don’t see “Made in the USA” anymore. As POLITICO reported: “The U.S. Economics and Statistics Administra’ in 2014 that found that U.S. manufacturers sold $4.4 trillion of goods that classify as ‘Made in the U.S.A.’”
26. March 7: “I’m self-funding my campaign. I’m not taking money. ... I’m not taking. I spent a lot of money. I don’t take.” As of Jan. 31, his campaign had accepted $7.5 million from donors not named Donald J. Trump.
27. March 7: Boasting he had spent $30 million on his campaign: “I’m already in for $30 million cash.” According to POLITICO, “As of then he had only contributed $250,318, plus the loan of $17.5 million.
28. March 7: “I think I have $50 million of negative ads against me in Florida. $50 million. Somebody said $50 million.” As of March 11, outside groups had spent $15 million in Florida.
29. March 3: Trump claims the wives of the 9/11 hijackers "knew exactly what was happening" and returned to Saudi Arabia two days before the attacks to watch their husbands on television flying the planes. The 9/11 Commission report stated that none of the hijackers had a wife, girlfriend or family member in the United States during the days or months leading up to the hijackings.
30. February 28: Trump claims that the New York Times can write a false story without being sued, snapping, “I think it's very unfair when the New York Times can write a story that they know is false, that they virtually told me they know it's false, and I say, why don't you pull the story, and they say, we're not going to do that, because they can't basically be sued.” the unanimous 1964 U.S. Supreme Court decision in New York Times vs. Sullivan states that the First Amendment does not protect statements made with "actual malice.”
31. February 29, after his Nevada win: Trump brags that he is “number one with Hispanics.” Except 93 percent of the Latinos in Nevada did not support Trump. A Washington Post-Univision poll in February found that 80% of registered Hispanic voters viewed Trump unfavorably.
32. February 28: "We (Trump University) have an ‘A’ from the Better Business Bureau." In reality, BBB received multiple consumer complaints about Trump university, which sank to a D-minus in 2010. The reason Trump University rose to an A in July 2014 was that as the company looked to be closing after 2013, no new complaints were reported. Complaints over three years old automatically rolled off of the business review, according to BBB policy. Further, Trump University was never been a BBB-accredited business. When debate moderators were given a document by the Trump campaign, it could not have been an actual Better Business Bureau accreditation notice for Trump University.
33. February 28, with Chris Wallace: Trump claimed that “many of” the university’s instructors were “handpicked” by him. That’s not true. In a 2012 deposition, a top executive for Trump University said that “none of our instructors” was picked by Trump himself.
34. February 28, with Wallace: Trump said that “98 percent of the people that took the courses … thought they were terrific.” A class-action lawsuit against Trump alleges that the surveys were not anonymous and were filled out during or immediately after sessions when participants were still expecting to receive future benefits from the program.
35. February 28: “I don’t know anything about David Duke,” to Jake Tapper. Trump not only has mentioned Duke in the past but actually repudiated him during a Bloomberg interview in August 2015. Fifteen years ago, when Trump was considering running for president as a Reform Party candidate, he named Duke a cause for concern. “Well, you’ve got David Duke just joined — a big racist, a problem. I mean, this is not exactly the people you want in your party,” he said.
36. February 25, on Trump University: “I’ve won most of the lawsuits.” Not true, as The Washington Post has noted.
37. February 25 debate: Lying about his support for national health care. Cruz says, “Donald, true or false, you’ve said the government should pay for everyone’s health care.” Trump: “That’s false.” Cruz: “But you’ve never stood on this debate stage and says it works great in Canada and Scotland and we should do it here?” Trump’s response? “No, I did not. No I did not.” Trump told 60 Minutes’ Scott Pelley in September 2015 that he’d “take care of everybody” and that the government would pay for it. In the first Republican debate of the election season, Trump stated, “As far as single payer, it works in Canada. It works incredibly well in Scotland.”
38. February 25 debate: Trump accused Cruz of lying regarding his support for toppling Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, saying, “He said I was in favor in Libya. I never discussed that subject. I was in favor of Libya? We would be so much better off if Gaddafi would be in charge right now.” Buzzfeed published a 2011 video of Trump in which he called to get rid of Gaddafi.
39. February 23: Trump says he won the youth vote in Nevada. Not true.
40. February 21: Trump said a “recent poll” showed 25 percent of blacks support him in a hypothetical race against Hillary Clinton. That “recent poll” was from September., Fox News, Feb. 15-17: 10 percent. USA Today/Suffolk, Feb. 11-15: 7 percent. Quinnipiac University, Feb. 10-15: 12 percent; Morning Consult: Feb. 3-7: 11 percent. Public Policy Polling, Feb. 2-3: 4 percent. Quinnipiac University, Feb. 2-4: 4 percent to 12 percent.
41. February: Trump calls Cruz a liar for running an ad accusing Trump of letting the federal government stay in charge of the state lands they own and not return them to the states. Of course, Cruz was telling the truth, as you see here.
42. Trump claims he “lost hundreds of friends” on 9/11. That lie may have been the most cynical one; as The Daily Beast reported, “If he has hundreds of friends, he should be able to tell us about them,” said a Port Authority police officer who never talks about how many comrades he lost. “If he can tell us about the hundreds of friends he lost, who they were, what kind of person they were, I might have some respect for him.”
43. February 13; "I'm the only one on this stage that said, ‘Do not go into Iraq. Do not attack Iraq.’” There is no known public record of Trump taking a clear stance against the war before it began.
44. February 7: "If we competitively bid drugs in the United States, we can save as much as $300 billion a year.” As the Washington Post pointed out,“Total spending in Medicare Part D (prescription drugs) in 2014 was $78 billion. So Trump, in effect, is claiming to save $300 billion a year on a $78 billion program. That’s like turning water into wine."
45. February 5: Donald Trump claimed that the loan rates Ted Cruz received during his 2012 Senate run were “lower than you could get, lower than anybody could get.” Evidence shows the interest rates Cruz reported were attainable at the time.

46. February 2: Trump lies about the crowd size at an event in Arkansas, claiming, 'So we broke the record, and I asked the fire marshal, 'Please come up because nobody's going to believe me. Please come up'” He later tweeted, 'THANK YOU to everyone in Little Rock, Arkansas tonight! A record crowd of 12K.” But the Daily Mail reported: But the Barton Arena has just 7,150 seats, according to the fair's website, and room for another 3,045 in floor seating, for a total of 10,195. While Trump's fans were standing, not sitting, the floor was less than one-half full and some sections of seats remained mostly empty – suggesting the crowd was perhaps half of what was announced from the stage.”
47. January 31: Trump tweeted: “?@bobvanderplaats asked me to do an event. The people holding the event called me to say he wanted $100,000 for himself.Phony ?@foxandfriends.” The Des Moines Register's chief political reporter Jennifer Jacobs contacted the group to whom Trump spoke, who confirmed that Vander Plaats was correct in replying to Trump that Trump himself was paid $100,000 to speak at Iowa's Land Investment Expo, directly contradicting Trump’s claim.
48. January 28: On the morning of the Fox News/Google debate which Trump boycotted, he retweeted a bogus graphic showing Fox News host Megyn Kelly posing with Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal and his sister. The image is fake.
49. January 22: Trump releases ad saying Cruz is pro-amnesty Ironically, Cruz is not pro-amnesty, as Jeff Sessions has testified, but Trump has been:
50. Taped January 16: Trump denied saying that Americans detained by Iran would “never” be released during the Obama administration. In September, Trump said that “frankly they’re never going to come back with this group.”
51. Also taped January 16: Trump claimed “all of the latest polls have me No. 1 in Iowa.” The Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics Iowa Poll released Jan. 13 showed him behind Ted Cruz by three points.
52. January 15: "We’re losing now over $500 billion a year in terms of imbalance with China." The 2014 trade deficit totaled $343 billion.
53. January 15 GOP debate: Trump denied ever telling the New York Times he had called for a 45% tariff on Chinese goods. He lied.
54. January 15: Trump said the terrorist attacks in Paris last year happened despite the city having "the strictest no-gun policy of any city anywhere in the world." In France, private gun ownership, while heavily regulated, is permitted. France has the twelfth most guns per capita in the world.
55. December 18, on Morning Joe: “Our country is falling apart, frankly. Our infrastructure is a disaster. Our bridges are falling down. Sixty-one percent of our bridges are in danger.” As of 2014, according to the agency, about 61,000 of the country’s 611,000 bridges were rated as "structurally deficient," which works out to 10 percent.
56. December 2: Falsely Claimed he had predicted Osama bin Laden’s ascension in his book The America We Deserve, blustering, "I said in that book that we better be careful with this guy named Osama bin Laden. I mean I really study this stuff … And now people are seeing that, they’re saying, “You know, Trump predicted Osama bin Laden.” The America We Deserve makes one reference to bin Laden. It doesn’t write “we better be careful with this guy named Osama bin Laden,” or that the U.S. “better take him out.” All Trump wrote was this: “One day we’re told that a shadowy figure with no fixed address named Osama bin-Laden is public enemy number one, and U.S. jetfighters lay waste to his camp in Afghanistan. He escapes back under some rock, and a few news cycles later it’s on to a new enemy and new crisis.”
57. November 23: Trump claimed 81 percent of murdered white people are killed by black people. The truth? 84 percent of murdered white people are murdered by other white people. Trump cited the “Crime Statistics Bureau—San Francisco,” which doesn’t exist except in the mind of a white supremacist on Twitter.
58. November 21: Trump: “Hey, I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down. And I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down.” There is no evidence to support that claim.
59. November 14: Trump: "Our president wants to take in 250,000 from Syria." Nope, more like 10,000.
60. November 9, on Putin. This one was hilarious. Trump: “I got to know him very well because we were both on 60 Minutes … We were stablemates, and we did very well that night.” The two men were interviewed separately in different countries thousands of miles apart.
61. October 31: Trump claimed that John Oliver's program "Last Week Tonight" had invited him to appear on the show "four or five times." Oliver’s response? "Who's he trying to impress with that lie?"
62. October 26: The lie of omitting all the details of his financial rise, only stating, “My father gave me a small loan of $1 million.” Fred Trump — along with the Hyatt hotel chain — jointly guaranteed a $70 million construction loan from Manufacturers Hanover bank, “each assuming a 50 percent share of the obligation and each committing itself to complete the project should Donald be unable to finish it,” according to Trump: The Deals and the Downfall.
63. October 25, tweeted: “Word is that Ford Motor, because of my constant badgering at packed events, is going to cancel their deal to go to Mexico and stay in U.S.” One problem: Ford made that decision four years ago. The company stated, “We decided to move the F-650 and F-750 medium-duty trucks to Ohio Assembly in 2011, long before any candidates announced their intention to run for U.S. President.”
64. October 4: Trump: “You know that was a gun-free zone in Oregon where they had no guns allowed, no nothing. So the only one that had the gun was the bad guy, and everybody was sitting there and there was nothing they could do. Not a thing they could do.” Rebecca Redell, UCC’s vice president and chief financial officer: The student misconduct policy regarding firearms does not apply to students with a valid concealed weapons permit. There is a general prohibition against the possession of weapons on campus that would apply to College patrons, but this, similarly would not apply to those with valid concealed weapon permits pursuant to Oregon law
65. September 30: “The state of Florida had sanctuary cities while Jeb Bush was governor. Nobody said anything.” According to a report from the Congressional Research Service issued in August 2006, when Bush was governor, there were 32 cities and counties nationwide that had “sanctuary policies.” None of those on the list is in Florida.
66. September 29: Trump op-ed on his tax plan in WSJ: “With moderate growth, this plan will be revenue-neutral.”said his tax plan is revenue neutral. The pro-business Tax Foundation estimated the Trump plan would reduce revenues to the Treasury by more than $10 trillion over 10 years, even assuming his plan would create economic growth.
67. September 16: "Just the other day, 2 years old, 2½ years old, a child, a beautiful child went to have the vaccine, and came back, and a week later got a tremendous fever, got very, very sick, now is autistic." There is no evidence a link exists between recommended vaccines and autism
68. September 16: Trump said Mexico doesn’t have a birthright citizenship policy. It does.
69. September 16: Trump lies that he didn’t want casino gambling in Florida during the GOP debate. Jeb Bush: “The one guy that had some special interest that I know of — that tried to get me my views on something, that was generous and gave me money — was Donald Trump. He wanted casino gambling in Florida." Trump: "Totally false." In the late 1990s, Trump tried to build a multimillion-dollar casino with the Seminole Tribe of Florida, according to CNN.
70. August 25: Trump said at a press conference that under Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker the state is “borrowing to a point that nobody thought possible.” The rate of borrowing has slowed under Walker. It was 5.8 percent over his first four years in office compared with 31 percent over the previous four-year period.
71. August 6, GOP debate: Megyn Kelly: “You’ve called women you don’t like fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals. Your Twitter account …” Trump: “Only Rosie O’Donnell.” Not true.
72. July 19, on John McCain: “He's done nothing to help the vets. And I will tell you, they are living in hell." McCain has a long record of supporting veterans' issues in Congress. He was instrumental in a landmark law approved last year to overhaul the scandal-plagued Department of Veterans Affairs. McCain worked with the chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, independent Bernie Sanders of Vermont, as well as Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., chairman of the House veterans panel, to help win passage of the law, which aims to alleviate long delays veterans faced in getting medical care.
73. July 1: “I write a book called The Art of the Deal, the No. 1 selling business book of all time, at least I think, but I’m pretty sure it is.” Not even close. "Trump is full of B.S.," said Jeffrey Pfeffer, a professor of business management at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. "The best selling/most important business books would have to be In Search of Excellence by (Thomas) Peters and (Robert) Waterman that started the genre, Built to Last by Jim Collins, The One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey."
74. July 1: Trump described an audience of 15,000 people in Phoenix; the city fire department said capacity for the North Ballroom was 4,200 people. The doors were closed at 4,169 attendees, said Phoenix Fire Department spokeswoman Shelly Jamison.
75. Mid-July: Trump’s campaign says he’s worth $10 billion; Forbes, which has been tracking his finances for more than 30 years, estimates that his net worth is closer to $4.1 billion, less than half of Trump's figure.
76. June 15 announcement speech: "The last quarter, it was just announced, our gross domestic product … was below zero. Who ever heard of this? It's never below zero.” That is ridiculous, as shown clearly here.
77. June 15, on ISIS: “They've become rich. I'm in competition with them. They just built a hotel in Syria. Can you believe this? They built a hotel." Nope. ISIS took over a hotel.
78. June 15: Trump: “Even our nuclear arsenal doesn't work.” "Over and over, the nuclear weapons laboratories, the Air Force, the Navy, and the Secretary of Defense have certified that the nuclear arsenal does work," said Matthew Bunn, a nuclear specialist at the Harvard Kennedy School.
79. Trump boasted to Larry King that he got paid $1 million for a speech. King: “For the Learning Annex.” Trump: “Yes, that's true. It's actually more than that.” Nope. $400,000.
80. As The New York Times reported: Trump lied even about nursery rhyme-themed tiles in his daughter’s room being made by a young Walt Disney.
81. Numerous celebrities who have played with Trump assert that he cheats at golf.
82. Trump lies about his debt level; as National Review has pointed out: “Was Trump actually $9 billion in debt in the 1990s, as he said in two of his books? No. The New York Times reported that Trump later declared the claim a “mistake”: “I don’t know how it got there.”
83. Trump lied about how he avoided the draft for Vietnam, claiming he got a high draft number. Not only did he get four deferments in college, but draft numbers were not even used until December, 1969, a full year after he received his final deferment, a medical one in September 1968. Trump’s campaign later claimed he couldn’t go because of bone spurs.
84. Trump has consistently lied that he is beating Hillary Clinton in polls.
85. Trump has lied that he has won the debates in every poll.
86. Trump lied that Cruz stole the Iowa caucuses from him.
87. Trump lied about Cruz stealing delegates from him in Louisiana. As Aaron Bandler of The Daily Wire pointed out, “Trump is indirectly accusing Cruz of cheating here, but Cruz didn't cheat – he just knows the rules better than Trump. These rules that Trump has been complaining about have actually benefited him.”
88. Trump accused Cruz of coordinating with a Super-PAC for Cruz’s huge win in Wisconsin: Trump released a statement reading, "Not only was he propelled by the anti-Trump Super PAC’s spending countless millions of dollars on false advertising against Mr. Trump, but he was coordinating `with his own Super PAC’s (which is illegal) who totally control him.” As Bandler of The Daily Wire noted: “The Trump camp's supposed evidence of this is that Cruz appeared at campaign events that were put on by the Keep the Promise Super PAC. But this is not a violation of federal law, as the The Washington Post explains:
A close reading of FEC regulations reveals that campaigns can do more than just publicly signal their needs to independent groups, a practice that flourished in the 2014 midterms. Operatives on both sides can talk to one another directly, as long as they do not discuss candidate strategy. According to an FEC rule, an independent group also can confer with a campaign until this fall about “issue ads” featuring a candidate. Some election-law lawyers think that a super PAC could share its entire paid media plan, as long as the candidate’s team does not respond.
89. Claims he has given $102 million to charity. He has not released records to prove that assertion, but he has been reckoned the least charitable billionaire in the United States by a TSG review of his foundation’s Internal Revenue Service returns.
90. Trump lied that he could not get enough American workers to staff all the seasonal jobs his resort required during the busy season. When confronted with the fact that he had staffed a wrecking crew with undocumented Polish workers, Trump admitted he had lied.
91. After Marco Rubio brought up the size of Trump’s hands, Trump flailed that no one had ever mentioned the size of the hands before.
That was a lie, as ABC reported: Nearly 30 years ago, Graydon Carter, the editor of Vanity Fair magazine, described Trump in Spy magazine as a “short-fingered vulgarian.” In an editor’s letter in "Vanity Fair" last November, Carter said that he wrote the Sky magazine comment in 1988 "just to drive him a little bit crazy." And according to Carter, it still does.
"Like so many bullies, Trump has skin of gossamer," Carter wrote in November.
"To this day, I receive the occasional envelope from Trump. There is always a photo of him—generally a tear sheet from a magazine. On all of them he has circled his hand in gold Sharpie in a valiant effort to highlight the length of his fingers," Carter wrote. "I almost feel sorry for the poor fellow because, to me, the fingers still look abnormally stubby." "The most recent offering arrived earlier this year, before his decision to go after the Republican presidential nomination," Carter continued. "Like the other packages, this one included a circled hand and the words, also written in gold Sharpie: 'See, not so short!' I sent the picture back by return mail with a note attached, saying, 'Actually, quite short.'"
92. Trump repeated a lie his campaign made up about former Senator Tom Coburn, saying Coburn said of Cruz, “without a doubt, one of the most dishonest people in DC.” Coburn was furious, saying, “It’s an absolute fabrication. I’ve never said that, period.”
93. Trump bleated, “I'm the only one on this stage that said, ‘Do not go into Iraq. Do not attack Iraq.’... Nobody else on this stage said that. And I said it loud and strong. And I was in the private sector. I wasn't a politician, fortunately. But I said it, and I said it loud and clear, ‘You'll destabilize the Middle East.’” Absolutely false, as shown here.
94. Trump: “I will totally protect Israel.” But then again, “Let me be sort of a neutral guy. I don’t want to say whose fault it is. I don’t think it helps.”
95. Trump says that the Bible is his favorite book. But he can’t even quote a verse from it. When he was asked to name his favorite verse, he declined. Some favorite book.
96. Trump said: “I will endorse the 2016 Republican presidential nominee regardless of who it is. I further pledge that I will not seek to run as an independent or write-in candidate nor will I seek or accept the nomination for president of any other party.” But Trump told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos he would consider it months ago.
97. One of the great ones: Trump: “Nobody respects women more than I do.” Tell that to all the women he has insulted.
98. Trump brags about his relationship with God, but as Kevin Williamson of National Review cogently points out, Trump explicitly rejects the fundamentals of Christianity, i.e. man’s fallen state and his need for reconciliation with God. When asked about that, Trump made it clear that he doesn’t believe he needs to be forgiven for anything, that he just needs to — in his words — “drink my little wine and have my little cracker.” As Trump put it, “Why do I have to ask for forgiveness if you’re not making mistakes?”
99. Trump has boasted that he is a conservative, but then tweeted, “Remember, it was the Republican Party, with the help of conservatives, that made so many promises to their base, but didn’t keep them.” For a comprehensive list of why Trump is not a conservative, see here.
100. Trump: "I don't condone violence.” Trump: "I'd like to punch him in the face.”

That's not even a complete list. Trump's dishonesty is so awe-inspiringly pervasive that it would be nearly impossible to catalogue those lies in comprehensive fashion. But be assured: if Trump's talking, there's a solid shot he's not telling the truth.

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101. Trump agrees to $25 million settlement in Trump University fraud cases

Between the time trump votes were counted and inaugurated trump accepted a $25 million settlement to end the fraud cases pending against his defunct real estate seminar program, Trump University.

The settlement eliminates the possibility that Trump will be called to testify in court in the midst of his presidential transition. It ends three separate lawsuits that made claims against Trump University, including a California class action case that was scheduled to go to trial later this month, as well as a second suit in that state and an action filed by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

102. The mogul, in a 2007 deposition, had to face up to a series of falsehoods and exaggerations. And he did. Sort of. Washington Post article details how/when trump lies apparently without conscience.
Replete with examples of boldface lies, spin, back-pedaling, half-truth & blame others.

103. What a Top FBI Profiler Taught Me About Extreme Narcissists Like Donald Trump Flawed individuals will victimize you."
I recently spoke with former FBI agent Joe Navarro about Donald Trump. Navarro was one of the FBI’s top profilers, a founding member of their elite Behavioral Analysis Unit, and author of several books on human behavior, including Dangerous Personalities: An FBI Profiler Shows You How to Identify and Protect Yourself from Harmful People.

104. Donald Trump’s White House Counsel Is Proud “Architect” of America’s Corrupt Big Money Politics

DON MCGAHN, SOON to be Donald Trump’s White House counsel, bears as much responsibility as any single person for turning America’s campaign finance system into something akin to a gigantic, clogged septic tank.

From 2008 to 2013, McGahn was one of the six members of the Federal Election Commission, the government agency in charge of civil enforcement of campaign finance laws. While there, he led a GOP campaign that essentially ground enforcement of election laws to a halt.

“I’ve always thought of McGahn’s appointment as an FEC commissioner as analogous to appointing an anarchist to be chief of police,” said Paul S. Ryan, vice president at Common Cause. “He’s largely responsible for destroying the FEC as a functioning law enforcement agency, and seemingly takes great pride in this fact. McGahn has demonstrated a much stronger interest in expanding the money-in-politics swamp than draining it.”

105. During a campaign rally, Trump said the "Second Amendment people" could do something about Hillary Clinton, a comment some speculated meant to imply violence against the Democratic nominee.

106. Trump said in July that Sen. John McCain wasn't a war hero because he was taken prisoner of war in Vietnam.

107. As a part of his campaign in June, he proposed a ban on Muslims from entering the United States.

108. He repeatedly rejected requests to disclose his income tax returns and said not paying federal income tax "makes me smart."

109. He was seen as encouraging Russia to hack Hillary Clinton's emails and publish them.

110. Trump linked Sen. Ted Cruz's father to Lee Harvey Oswald and the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

111. He claimed a Supreme Court judge’s Mexican heritage made him unable to be partial in a case.

112. He used money from the Trump Foundation funds to pay his private legal fees that added up to $258,000. The expenses from Trump’s charity were among four newly documented expenditures in which Trump may have violated laws against "self-dealing," under which those running a nonprofit are prohibited from using charity money to benefit themselves or their businesses.

113. He refused to reject political support from former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.

114. Last year, Trump came under fire for mimicking a disabled reporter at a campaign rally. Trump performed an impression of Serge Kovaleski, who suffers from a congenital joint condition.

115. Trump used Twitter as a weapon, firing off insults and mockery towards "Crooked Hillary" and Republican rivals "Little Marco" Rubio, Jeb "Low Energy" Bush and "Lyin' Ted" Cruz.
116. Sexual-Assault Allegations Where and when: Various, 1970s-2005
The dirt: Even before the release of a 2005 video in which he boasted about sexually assaulting women—“Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything,” he said, as well as “I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything”—there’s a long line of allegations against Trump. Jill Harth says Trump assaulted her in the 1990s.
Former Miss Utah Temple Taggart said he kissed her on the lips inappropriately. But since the release, more women have come forward. Two told The New York Times that Trump had assaulted them, one saying he tried to put his hand up her skirt on a flight in the 1970s and another saying he forcibly kissed her. A Florida woman says Trump groped her. A former People reporter recounted an alleged assault at his Mar-a-Lago debate, and says he told her, “You know we’re going to have an affair, don’t you?” Several former teen pageant contestants said Trump walked in on them while they were naked or partially dressed.
The upshot: Trump denies all of the allegations. In the sexual-assault cases, Trump faces the difficulty that he in some cases bragged openly about just the behavior of which he has accused. Trump could also be forced to testify under oath in the rape case, which is set to begin in December.
117. “It only took five days for President-elect Trump to try to silence his critics with the threat of legal action. This should shock and concern all Americans. […]

118. Trump Calls the U.N. a Club Donald Trump is questioning the effectiveness of the United Nations, saying it's just a club for people to 'have a good time.'

119. House GOP Votes To Strip Independence From Congressional Ethics Office
Work continues Dec. 28 on the stand for the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump on the West Front of the Capitol in Washington. Congress returns Tuesday, and one of the first business items will be voting on proposed the rules for the session — including folding the House's independent ethics office into a Republican-led committee.
The House Republican Conference voted Monday night to approve a change to House rules to weaken the independence of the Office of Congressional Ethics and place it under the jurisdiction of the House Ethics Committee — a panel controlled by party leaders.
It will be part of a broader House Rules package voted on by the full body on Tuesday, after the 115th Congress officially convenes and the House elects a speaker.

It's a move that is already causing a backlash among Democrats, who say it's hypocritical given that President-elect Donald Trump was elected vowing to "drain the swamp" in Washington.
The Office of Congressional Ethics was established in 2008 under House Democrats, in response to the era of lobbying scandals made notable by Jack Abramoff, the former lobbyist who went to prison on corruption charges.

It is the first independent body to have an oversight role in House ethics. There is no Senate counterpart. The OCE independently reviews allegations of misconduct against House members and staff, and if deemed appropriate refers them to the House Ethics Committee for review. The OCE cannot independently punish lawmakers for any ethics violations.

As tyrants take control of democracies, they typically:

120. Exaggerate their mandate to govern – claiming, for example, that they won an election by a landslide even after losing the popular vote.

121. Repeatedly claim massive voter fraud in the absence of any evidence, in order to restrict voting in subsequent elections.

122. Call anyone who opposes them “enemies.”

123. Turn the public against journalists or media outlets that criticize them, calling them “deceitful” and “scum.”

124. Hold few if any press conferences, preferring to communicate with the public directly through mass rallies and unfiltered statements.

125. Tell the public big lies, causing them to doubt the truth and to believe fictions that support the tyrants’ goals.

126. Blame economic stresses on immigrants or racial or religious minorities, and foment public bias and even violence against them.
127. Attribute acts of domestic violence to “enemies within,” and use such events as excuses to beef up internal security and limit civil liberties.

128. Threaten mass deportations, registries of religious minorities, and the banning of refugees.

129. Seek to eliminate or reduce the influence of competing centers of power, such as labor unions and opposition parties.

130. Appoint family members to high positions of authority.

131. Surround themselves with their own personal security force rather than a security detail accountable to the public.

132. Put generals into top civilian posts.

133. Make personal alliances with foreign dictators.

134. Draw no distinction between personal property and public property, profiteering from their public office.
Consider yourself warned.

135. Welcome to Trump’s America: Felony riot charges against inauguration protesters signal alarming wave of repression

More than 200 people including acting journalists mass arrested in Washington, D.C. face up to 10 years in prison. Those picked up in the sweep — including legal observers and journalists — had their phones, cameras and other personal belongings confiscated as evidence, a lawyer confirmed to AlterNet.

136. Recidivism Watch: Trump’s claim that millions of people voted illegally

Trump told congressional leaders “that between 3 million and 5 million illegal votes caused him to lose the popular vote.”

—The Washington Post, Jan. 23, 2017

President Trump, in a meeting with congressional leaders, resurrected a false claim that has been repeatedly debunked.
Apparently obsessed with the fact that he lost the popular vote by more than 2.8 million votes — and only narrowly achieved an Electoral College win — Trump a few weeks after the election tweeted this:

Donald J. Trump
? @realDonaldTrump
In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally
3:30 PM - 27 Nov 2016

Trump’s fixation with this apparently started with a few tweets by Gregg Phillips, a self-described conservative voter fraud specialist, who started making claims even before data on voter history was actually available in most jurisdictions. (It had not even been determined which provisional ballots were valid and would be counted.) These claims were then picked up by such purveyors of false facts as, a conspiracy-minded website, even though Phillips declined to provide any evidence to back it up.
After Trump’s tweet, the Trump transition team then scrambled to come up with proof, but could only resurrect claims and data that had been previously rejected as irrelevant during the campaign. None of the information supported Trump’s claim of “millions” of illegal votes, just isolated instances of voting irregularities.
Both Trump’s claim and the Trump team’s effort to justify it earned Four Pinocchios.
Without evidence, Trump tells lawmakers 3 million to 5 million illegal ballots cost him the popular vote
There is no evidence of widespread illegal voting in the 2016 election.

137. Kellyanne Conway says Donald Trump’s team has ‘alternative facts.’ Which pretty much says it all.

If there is one video clip that describes the new reality for the political media — and for the truth — during the President Trump era, it is the one in URL above.

It's a discussion about White House press secretary Sean Spicer, on his first full day in that job, having taken to the podium and made easily disproved claims about the size of Trump's inauguration crowd.
“Why put him out there for the very first time, in front of that podium, to utter a provable falsehood?” Chuck Todd asked Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president. “It's a small thing, but the first time he confronts the public, it's a falsehood?”
After some tense back and forth, Conway offered this:
Don't be so overly dramatic about it, Chuck. You're saying it's a falsehood, and they're giving — our press secretary, Sean Spicer, gave alternative facts to that. But the point really is —
At this point, a visibly exasperated Todd cut in. “Wait a minute. Alternative facts? Alternative facts? Four of the five facts he uttered .?.?. were just not true. Alternative facts are not facts; they're falsehoods.”

138. Meetings of activists planning to disrupt inauguration were infiltrated by conservative group. Many of us from the 60-70's are aware and have dealt with infiltration of protest groups by 'government' plants, provocateur informants/agitators like James O'Keefe. James O'Keefe (O'Keefe, James)
In the weeks leading up to President Trump’s inauguration, a small group of activists threatening to disrupt the event was trying to keep the details secret. D.C. police detectives were working hard to learn the plans and head them off.

What neither authorities nor the activists apparently realized was that conservative activist James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas had already infiltrated key meetings of groups of suspected agitators.

A D.C. police spokesman has confirmed that a secret video recording made Dec. 18 by one of O’Keefe’s operatives led to the arrest of one man and foiled an alleged plot to spread acid at the DeploraBall for Trump supporters at the National Press Club. It was not clear whether the alleged plotters ever obtained the acid.

139. Trump's Right-Hand Man Steve Bannon Called for Christian Holy War: Now He's on the National Security Council.

In remarks to a 2014 conference at the Vatican, Bannon warned his Christian audience, "We're at the very beginning stages of a very brutal and bloody conflict."

"We are in an outright war against jihadists, Islam, Islamic fascism," Bannon continued. He likewise condemned "the immense secularization of the West" and the increasing secularism among millennials.

Trump's chief strategist, who will now play a crucial role in crafting U.S. foreign policy and sit in on meetings of the National Security Council Principals Committee, has been described even by hard-line conservatives as an extremist.

140. Bad Form - Steve Bannon trump adviser 'advised' the US news media to keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while."

“Sean Spicer is much too polite to the media,” Mr. Bannon added. “I’m the guy who wanted them out of the building.” (He was referring to a proposal, scrapped for now, to move the White House briefing room from its current West Wing home.)

141. Trump regime defends handcuffing Muslim toddlers, thinks they are 'a threat'

It’s so patently absurd to handcuff ANY of these Muslim travelers entering the country on valid visas, residency documents (green cards), and even U.S. passports. But to do so to children is so grossly beyond the pale that no one could defend it—could they?

Like the Nazis they emulate, these assholes in the Trump regime aren’t treating children like this by accident, but by design. They are being cheered on by the Stormfront crowd, loving the idea of cuffed (and even dead!) brown children.

At some point, those carrying out these unconscionable orders are going to have to decide what side of history they want to be part of. They can’t pretend that a 5-year-old presents any kind of threat. Saying “I was just following orders” will never be a valid defense.

142. Kellyanne Conway to Trump critics: Be careful what you say -

That didn't take long. Not even a week has passed, and the president elect's team is already warning Trump critics to be "careful" about the way they criticize Trump.

[Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid] on Friday had said that "the election of Donald Trump has emboldened the forces of hate and bigotry in America" and that "white nationalists, Vladimir Putin and ISIS are celebrating Donald Trump's victory, while innocent, law-abiding Americans are wracked with fear." [...]
Then, she added: "He should be very careful about characterizing somebody in a legal sense. He thinks -- he thinks he's just being some kind of political pundit there, but I would say be very careful about the way you characterize it."
Donald Trump's minions seem to be confused about this, so let's fill them in on something they're going to need to know going forward: The President of the United States has the least legal protection against criticism or libel of anyone in the country. As the ultimate public figure, courts are obliged to grant public citizens wide leeway. This is why, for example, elected public officials, private citizens, and the Fox News channel have been repeatedly able to peddle 100% false information about Barack Obama for a decade with absolutely no repercussions.

143. Kellyanne Conway Invents Fake Massacre

During an appearance on Chris Matthews’ “Hardball” on Thursday night, Kellyanne Conway, Donald Trump’s former campaign manager and now an adviser in his administration, appeared to make up a fictional “massacre” when justifying the President’s ban on refugees and immigrants from seven majority-Muslim countries.

“I bet it’s brand new information to people that President Obama had a six-month ban on the Iraqi refugee program after two Iraqis came here to this country, were radicalized and they were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green massacre,” Conway said during an exchange on the program. “Most people don’t know that because it didn’t get covered.”
The media didn’t cover the Bowling Green Massacre because no such event ever happened.

What Conway was likely referring to was an incident in 2011 in which two Iraqi nationals were indicted for allegedly having ties to IED (Improvised Explosive Device) attacks against U.S. troops in Iraq.

According to a 2013 release from the Department of Justice pertaining to their sentencing for terrorist activities, “Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, 25, a former resident of Iraq, was sentenced to life in federal prison, and Waad Ramadan Alwan, 31, a former resident of Iraq, was sentenced to 40 years in federal prison.” The two men lived in Bowling Green, Kentucky and according to the release “admitted using improvised explosive devices (IEDs) against U.S. soldiers in Iraq and who attempted to send weapons and money to Al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) for the purpose of killing U.S. soldiers.”
There is no information about the men having committed violent offenses in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Conway’s reference to a “ban” from Obama likely alludes to a review of vetting procedures for individuals coming from Iraq which did occur in 2011 as a result of the Bowling Green arrests. It was not a ban though.
The Daily Beast has reached out to Conway to determine what exactly she was referencing here, or whether it was another set of “alternative facts.” We will update as we hear more.
Gideon Resnick - The Daily Beast - Thursday, February 2, 2017

144. Seth Meyers Mocks Trump’s Black History Fail: You Think Frederick Douglass Is Still Alive?
The ‘Late Night’ host summed up President Trump’s second week in office, including his troubling comments to kick off Black History Month.

As President Donald Trump’s second week in office comes to a close, Seth Meyers told viewers Thursday night that it has been “as chaotic as his first.” And nothing was more bizarre than Trump’s introduction to Black History Month on Wednesday.
“Trump commemorated Black History Month by praising abolitionist Frederick Douglass,” the Late Night host said, “but from his comments, it seemed pretty clear that, not only did Trump not know who Frederick Douglass was, he also seemed to think that Douglass, who died in 1895, might still be alive.”

As Trump said, Douglass has been getting “more and more” recognition for the “amazing job” he’s been doing. “Keep your eye on that Fred Douglass kid, he’s going places,” Meyers said as Trump. Remarkably, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer “also thought Douglass might be still alive.”
“Who among us wouldn’t panic if asked to recite stuff we learned in high school,” Meyers said, “but how did you not have time between the president’s comments and your press briefing to Google Frederick Douglass? And not his whole biography, but simple stuff like, ‘Is Frederick Douglass alive?’”

145. Betsy DeVos Cites Grizzly Bears During Guns-in-Schools Debate -

President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for education secretary told lawmakers at her confirmation hearing that guns might have a place in schools due to the threat from grizzly bears.
Billionaire philanthropist Betsy DeVos faced tough questions during Tuesday's session, refused to rule out removing funding public schools if appointed and admitted her family may have made donations to the Republican Party totalling $200 million.
Democrat Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut, who has been vocal on gun control in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, asked DeVos if she thought firearms had any place in or around schools."I think that's best left to locales and states to decide," she replied.

Pressed on whether she could say "definitively" if guns shouldn't be in schools, she referred to an earlier remark by Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) who mentioned an elementary school in Wapiti, Wyoming, that had erected a fence to protect children from wildlife.
"I think probably there, I would imagine that there's probably a gun in the school to protect from potential grizzlies," DeVos said.

146. What Trump's Unhinged Phone Calls With Foreign Leaders Really Mean

While thoughtful people have been worried about Trump bumbling us into a foreign policy crisis or a war, few people could have foreseen that it might be with our friends, Mexico, Australia and Germany. "Partly this worry reflected Donald Trump’s addiction to bombast and swagger, which plays fine in Breitbart and on Fox News but doesn’t go down well with foreign governments," Krugman writes. "But it also reflected a cold view of the incentives the new administration would face: as working-class voters began to realize that candidate Trump’s promises about jobs and health care were insincere, foreign distractions would look increasingly attractive."

Krugman is beginning to suspect that the problem may be even more psychological than cynical calculation, at least on Trump's part. He could not even get through a call with Malcolm Turnbull, Australia’s prime minister, without boasting about the size of his election victory and inauguration crowd size. That done, he accused Turnbull of trying to send the U.S. the next Boston bombers, then ended the phone call a half hour early. Is this the behavior of a stable man? Krugman:

Well, at least Mr. Trump didn’t threaten to invade Australia. In his conversation with President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico, however, he did just that. According to The Associated Press, he told our neighbor’s democratically elected leader: “You have a bunch of bad hombres down there. You aren’t doing enough to stop them. I think your military is scared. Our military isn’t, so I just might send them down to take care of it.”

Trump’s Harsh Talk With Malcolm Turnbull of Australia Strains Another Alliance

147. Trump's Press Secretary Falsely Claims: 'Largest Audience Ever to Witness an Inauguration, Period'

In his first official White House briefing, Sean Spicer blasted journalists for “deliberately false reporting,” and made categorical claims about crowd-size at odds with the available evidence.
In his first appearance in the White House briefing room since President Trump’s inauguration, Press Secretary Sean Spicer delivered an indignant statement Saturday night condemning the media’s coverage of the inauguration crowd size, and accusing the press of “deliberately false reporting.”

Standing next to a video screen that showed the crowd from President Trump’s vantage point, Spicer insisted that media outlets had “intentionally framed” their photographs to minimize its size. After attacking journalists for sharing unofficial crowd-size estimates—“no one had numbers,” he said—he proceeded to offer a categorical claim of his own. “This was the largest audience ever to witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe,” he said, visibly outraged. “These attempts to lessen the enthusiasm of the inauguration are shameful and wrong.”

148. FACT CHECK: Trump Falsely Claims A 'Massive Landslide Victory'

President-elect Donald Trump doesn't seem to like suggestions that his victory over Hillary Clinton was anything but huge.

Trump made false claims that Clinton's lead in the popular vote was due to illegal voting.
He has chafed at recount efforts in states like Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania — even though such recounts pose no risk to Trump's victory, since he won those states by tens of thousands of votes.
And now, with a CIA assessment that Russian hacking during the campaign was part of an effort to swing the election Trump's way, he's hitting back hard at the intelligence agency — and renewing claims that his win was of historic proportions.
The Claim- "We had a massive landslide victory, as you know, in the Electoral College. I guess the final numbers are now at 306," Trump said in an interview on Fox News Sunday.
A statement from his transition team on Friday, in response to reports of the CIA assessment, said, "The election ended a long time ago in one of the biggest Electoral College victories in history."
Trump also said in his Fox interview, "I think the Democrats are putting it out because they suffered one of the greatest defeats in the history of politics in this country."
The Short Answer - Trump contends that the size of his victory was historic, which is not borne out by the results.
Trump won 306 electoral votes to Clinton's 232. That puts him comfortably above the required 270 electoral votes. But it's hard to argue this represents a landslide of historic proportions, given that out of 58 presidential elections, the winner has received more electoral votes in 37 contests.
The Long Answer - Trump's win is historic, but mainly because it was so unexpected. He was outpaced by Hillary Clinton on nearly every conventional metric applied to successful campaigns. Trump was counted out by nearly every political professional and most of the media. Even his own campaign allies were expecting a loss. So the voters delivered a truly historic upset on Election Day. By that measure, Trump's statement about "one of the greatest defeats" holds up.

149. Trump: I’m President, So No More Protest or Media Accountability

Donald Trump is not an autocrat yet, and he may never become one. But his administration continues to broadcast autocratic views on politics. It is worth highlighting some of these statements simply because a kind of discourse that once would have been considered shocking has quickly become routine.

This morning, Trump repeated one of his favorite authoritarian tropes by insisting that protesters against him have been secretly paid Professional anarchists, thugs and paid protesters, he ranted on Twitter. Kellyanne Conway, meanwhile, insists that protests are not democratic. There’s nothing peaceful and nothing democratic about folks who are out there just trying to re-litigate the election and protesting things they know nothing about, she tells Sean Hannity. The election result, in Conway’s view, settled all political questions, and any protest against Trump’s policies is therefore undemocratic.

150. Clinton's popular vote lead approaches 3 million - Trump Repeats Lie About Popular Vote in Meeting With Lawmakers
Donald Trump assembles his Cabinet -- votes in many states are still being counted. And the tally shows that Hillary Clinton's lead in the popular vote, with Michigan's 16 electoral votes still up for grab, continues to grow..
And so the question: How confident can Americans be in the results announced in the wee hours of Nov. 9, given the problems that continue to beset our election system? Here are some answers:
Q: Who won the popular vote?
A: Clinton's lead of more than 2 million votes, according to the Cook Political Report, continues to increase, largely due to an influx of absentee and provisional ballots still being counted in California. She has about 64.2 million votes to Trump's 62.2 million; her margin in California alone is more than 3.7 million.

Question: Who won the electoral vote?
Answer: As of today, Trump has 290 votes to Clinton's 232, with Michigan outstanding. Even if Clinton wins there – a possibility despite Trump's lead since election night – she still would trail, 290-248.
Among other states where the vote was close, only Florida could flip the election. But she trails there and in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin by too many votes to trigger an automatic recount.
Q: Where are votes still being counted?
A: Most states have yet to report officials results, meaning they are still counting absentee or mail ballots or, more likely, deciding whether to count provisional ballots. Those often are cast by voters whose names did not appear on registration lists, or who may have voted in the wrong place or lacked proper identification.

CNN)More Americans voted for Hillary Clinton than any other losing presidential candidate in US history.
The Democrat outpaced President-elect Donald Trump by almost 2.9 million votes, with 65,844,954 (48.2%) to his 62,979,879 (46.1%), according to revised and certified final election results from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Clinton's 2.1% margin ranks third among defeated candidates, according to statistics from US Elections Atlas. Andrew Jackson won by more than 10% in 1824 but was denied the presidency, which went to John Quincy Adams. In 1876, Samuel Tilden received 3% more votes than Rutherford B. Hayes, who eventually triumphed by one electoral vote.

151. Trump brings male CEOs to lead discussion on 'Women in the Workforce' -
Doug McMillon, chief executive for Wal-Maet Stores & Mark Weinberger, CEO of EY

152. Kellyanne Conway goes on bonkers rant, calls for Trump's media critics to be fired

153. Trump Fan Who Shot Anti-Fascist Protester Set Free While Journalists Face 10 Years in Prison for Doing Their Jobs

A Trump supporter who shot an unarmed anti-fascist protester was released by Seattle, Washington police without charge(unconfirmed).
Meanwhile, at least six journalists arrested by the Washington, D.C. Force face up to 10 years in prison and $25,000 fines on felony "riot" charges for covering protests at the presidential inauguration. Massive protests were held throughout the country on January 20, the day on which Donald Trump was officially sworn in as president. In Seattle, the date coincided with a public speech by far-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos, an editor of the racist website Breitbart.
Several minutes into Yiannopoulos' speech, a Trump supporter shot a protester in the stomach. The victim was later identified as a 34-year-old member of the socialist union Industrial Workers of the World. He asked not to be named.
The shooting briefly disrupted Yiannopoulos' speech. When he heard the news, Yiannopoulos falsely claimed that the victim had been a supporter of his. In reality, local media revealed it was a Yiannopoulos fan who had shot the left-wing activist.
The Seattle Times reported that the shooter had sent Yiannopoulos messages on Facebook before the event, asking for him to autograph a pro-Trump "Make America Great Again" hat. The newspaper also noted that the attacker had expressed support for Trump, Yiannopoulos and the National Rifle Association on his Facebook page.
After shooting the protester, the attacker, whom the Seattle Times did not name, turned himself in to police. He claimed he acted in self-defense and was questioned. Seattle police released him and did not charge him with any crime.

The activist who was shot in the stomach was hospitalized and remains in stable condition. His attorney told local media he was concerned about his name being made public "as the risk of harassment and threats is very real, and my client needs time to rest and recover from his injuries."

154. Totally detached from reality, White House spokesman says protesters are 'paid professionals'

Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner casually mentioned he believed the people turning up at his office and Colorado-area protests were "paid protesters." So did a Tennessee State Senator Paul Bailey , who provided evidence (top secret security reasons) that was easily debunked and became an internet joke.

White house spokesman Sean Spicer effortlessly picks up 'paid professional protester' lie and attempts to run with it.

Cloistered in the White House, trump & pony show now has little access to his fans and supporters — an important source of feedback and validation — and feels increasingly pinched by the pressures of the job and the constant presence of protests, one of the reasons he was forced to scrap a planned trip to Milwaukee last week. For a sense of what is happening outside, he watches cable, both at night and during the day — too much in the eyes of some aides — often offering a bitter play-by-play of critics like CNN’s Don Lemon.

Last but not least: it turns out that the tea parties don’t represent a spontaneous outpouring of public sentiment. They’re AstroTurf (fake grass roots) events, manufactured by the usual suspects. In particular, a key role is being played by FreedomWorks, an organization run by Richard Armey, the former House majority leader, and supported by the usual group of right-wing billionaires. And the parties are, of course, being promoted heavily by Fox News.

But that’s nothing new, and AstroTurf has worked well for Republicans in the past. The most notable example was the “spontaneous” riot back in 2000 — actually orchestrated by G.O.P. strategists — that shut down the presidential vote recount in Florida’s Miami-Dade County.

They are also getting to members of Congress and the U.S. Senate, who’ve been barraged with a record-breaking number of calls to the U.S. Capitol switchboard and are on the run from constituent meetings.

155. She Persisted Becomes New Battle Cry After Senate Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Silences Elizabeth Warren.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) unwittingly gave women a new rallying cry when he silenced Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Tuesday night.

“She was warned. She was given an explanation,” he said. “Nevertheless, she persisted.”

#ShePersisted almost immediately began trending on Twitter.

Warren had been attempting to read a letter written in 1986 by the late Coretta Scott King ? civil rights hero and widow of Martin Luther King Jr. ? that criticized Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), then a U.S. attorney who had been nominated for a federal judgeship.

McConnell invoked Rule XIX, which said: “No Senator in debate shall, directly or indirectly, by any form of words impute to another Senator or to other Senators any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a Senator.” King’s letter argued that, during Sessions’ time as a prosecutor in Alabama, he “used the awesome power of his office to chill the free exercise of the vote by black citizens.”
Warren is now forbidden from speaking on the Senate floor as the body considers Sessions’ nomination for U.S. attorney general. But social media has been anything but silent as #ShePersisted became the new call to arms.

156. Immunity through Profusion - Another take on cranky points
The technique has been called (by this columnist) “immunity through profusion.” By keeping the molten lava of falsehoods flowing, the volcano that is Donald Trump can inundate the public and overwhelm his auditors’ capacity to produce a comparable flow of corrections.

157. there is “no reason” to reform law enforcement’s civil forfeiture practices.
The above (Immunity through Profusion scam ) technique was on display the other day when the president met with some sheriffs.
He treated them to a whopper that is one of his hardy perennials, market-tested during the campaign: He said the U.S. murder rate is “the highest it’s been in 47 years.” (Not even close: The rate — killings per 100,000?residents — is far below the rates in the 1970s and 1980s.) This Trump Truth (Sen. Eugene McCarthy’s axiom: Anything said three times in Washington becomes a fact) distracted attention from his assertion to the sheriffs that there is “no reason” to reform law enforcement’s civil forfeiture practices.
They give law enforcement a financial interest in the outcome of cases.

Further questions arise trump is for it because he assumes “bad people” are behind the pressure for reform. And speaking of a Texas state legislator who favors reform, Trump said, “We’ll destroy his career.” Just another day on America’s steep ascending path back to greatness.

158. Rampant fascism - Stephen Miller made the rounds on the Sunday talk shows over the weekend, and his comments about voter fraud have earned him justifiably dim reviews. The Washington Post's Philip Bump and Fact Checker Glenn Kessler dealt with those claims in depth.
But amid all the baseless and false statements about electoral integrity, Miller did something even more controversial: He expanded upon his boss's views of whether judges are allowed to question President Trump's authority. And at one point, Miller even said Trump's national security decisions "will not be questioned."
"The end result of this, though, is that our opponents, the media and the whole world will soon see as we begin to take further actions, that the powers of the president to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned."

159. FBI refused WH request on Trump-Russia stories 03:51

Washington (CNN)The FBI rejected a recent White House request to publicly knock down media reports about communications between Donald Trump's associates and Russians known to US intelligence during the 2016 presidential campaign, multiple US officials briefed on the matter tell CNN. .FBI refused to cover up Russians/trump and 2016 election data.
But a White House official said late Thursday that the request was only made after the FBI indicated to the White House it did not believe the reporting to be accurate.
White House officials had sought the help of the bureau and other agencies investigating the Russia matter to say that the reports were wrong and that there had been no contacts, the officials said. The reports of the contacts were first published by The New York Times and CNN on February 14.

The direct communications between the White House and the FBI were unusual because of decade-old restrictions on such contacts. Such a request from the White House is a violation of procedures that limit communications with the FBI on pending investigations.
Late Thursday night, White House press secretary Sean Spicer objected to CNN's characterization of the White House request to the FBI.
"We didn't try to knock the story down. We asked them to tell the truth," Spicer said. The FBI declined to comment for this story.

160. Stop Donald Trump’s conflicts of interest - he must put his assets in a blind trust - President-elect Donald Trump must fix his conflicts of interest - putting his children in charge of his business isn't enough

Americans deserve elected officials that are beholden to voters, not outside influences or their own personal financial interests. That’s why we’re worried about the massive conflicts of interest looming over a Trump presidency.

President-elect Trump controls more than 500 businesses, with assets valued at over $1.5 billion. There are simply too many opportunities for Trump to use the powers of his office to increase his personal wealth. The only solution is to sell these assets off and set up a blind trust.
Just one example: The Trump Organization just opened a new hotel in the Old Post Office Pavilion in Washington DC. The property is leased from the federal government through the U.S. General Services Administration, the head of which will be appointed by President-elect Trump.

161. Steve Bannon--a white supremacist, anti-Semite, and domestic abuser--from reaching the White House.

Right now, some members of Congress are rightly protesting Bannon's appointment as Donald Trump's chief strategist, while the rest are under extreme pressure to join the protest.
Every member of Congress has the power and responsibility to keep rabid racists and misogynists out of the highest level of government.
Protests have already erupted across the country, and members of Congress have either joined or are keeping a watchful eye. If we speak out right now, we can make sure they do everything in their power to block this white supremacist from the White House. Can you call on your member of Congress to stop Bannon?

162. Trump Can't Come Clean on Russian-Flynn
"It is almost always the cover-up rather than the event that causes trouble." This week, following the resignation of national security adviser Michael Flynn, NBC News' Chuck Todd was one of many who quipped, "It's not the crime, it's the cover-up." And that was certainly a significant element of the Flynn imbroglio: Flynn had lied about his December conversation with the Russian ambassador, concealing the fact that they had discussed the sanctions President Barack Obama had just levied on Russia as punishment for its covert efforts to swing the 2016 election to Trump. But in this case the bigger scandal at hand is not a cover-up. It is the thing itself: the connections between the Trump camp and Moscow during the campaign, when Vladimir Putin was trying to subvert American democracy.
Certainly, the Trump campaign has strived mightily to smother this potentially explosive scandal. Here's a partial account.
* Days after the election, Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov said in an interview that "there were contacts" between the Trump team and the Kremlin. He noted, "Obviously, we know most of the people from his entourage." Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks immediately said the campaign had "no contact with Russian officials" before the election.
* At Trump's January 11 press conference, a reporter asked him, "Can you stand here today, once and for all, and say that no one connected to you or your campaign had any contact with Russia leading up to or during the presidential campaign?" Trump did not reply. But after the press conference ended and Trump was leaving, he did answer that query with a firm "no."
In late October, I reported that a former foreign counterintelligence officer had sent memos to the FBI indicating that the "Russian regime has been cultivating, supporting and assisting TRUMP for at least 5 years" and that Trump "and his inner circle have accepted a regular flow of intelligence from the Kremlin, including on his Democratic and other political rivals." The memos also claimed that Russian intelligence had "compromised" Trump during his visits to Moscow and could "blackmail him," and that Russian intelligence had compiled a dossier on Hillary Clinton based on "bugged conversations she had on various visits to Russia and intercepted phone calls."

But the cover-up here may not be worse than the actions being covered up.
At a minimum, it seems that Trump associates—at least Flynn—were secretly interacting with the Putin regime as it was plotting to subvert American democracy to help Trump win the White House. A key question is obvious: What did they discuss? The darkest possibility is that they talked about the Kremlin assault on the US election. Short of that, might Flynn or others have encouraged Putin's clandestine operation by signaling that Moscow would have an easier time with a Trump administration than with a Clinton administration? Were there any winks or nods? After all, in late July, Trump called on Russia to hack Clinton. Whatever was discussed, any Trump associate who spoke with Russian officials during the summer or fall of the campaign had reason to know that he or she was interacting with a member of a regime that was actively attempting to undermine the election in a manner beneficial to Trump.
163. Jeff Sessions Recuses Himself From Russia Inquiry

What was Jeff Sessions(looks like Mr. Mgoo) , the new attorney general, doing meeting with the Russian ambassador two months before Election Day?

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Jeff Sessions(Sessions, Jeff ), facing a storm of criticism over newly disclosed contacts with the Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak (Kislyak, Sergey )to the United States, recused himself on Thursday from any investigation into charges that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election.
Sergey Kislyak
His announcement, delivered at a terse news conference, came after a day of rapid-fire developments in a murky affair that has shadowed President Trump, jeopardized his closest aides and intensified pressure for a full inquiry into Moscow’s attempts to influence the election as well as the policies of the new administration.

During his confirmation hearings in January, Sessions, however, did not mention his conversations with diplomat Sergey Kislyak, top spy and spy recruiter.

164. Donald Trump claimed Obama had ordered a wiretap of Trump Tower during the presidential campaign. Wiretap Trump
The White House has yet to provide any evidence for the president's claim.

'Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my "wires tapped" in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!'

President Donald Trump reportedly accused his predecessor of illegally wiretapping him based on a Breitbart News report slipped to him by an aide.
The aide, who wasn’t named by the AP, placed a printout of the report into the president’s daily reading pile, and Trump then tweeted out the accusation Saturday without offering any proof.
The White House has not given a clear answer on the evidence Trump used to justify the accusation, and the president has asked Congress to find the proof for him.

The televisions stay on all day in the West Wing, the AP reported, and Trump watches news programs in the morning, at lunch and most of the evening.
He frequently tweets out information gathered from TV news programs as he watches them.

165. RIGHT WING - Trump Supporters Call For 'Liberal Genocide' and Deportation of Jews at Arizona Rally
Maricopa County burnished its reputation as the Trumpiest in America last weekend as hundreds of locals, including heavily armed militamen, white nationalists and even a few elected officials, gathered to support the 45th president. The ensuing "March for Trump" was as horrifying as it sounds.
"I heard 'lock her up, lock her up,' and we still need to pursue that," announced Arizona Congressman Anthony Kern; a nod to a prominent Trump campaign promise to imprison then-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
"If you don't like it here, go to Syria, go to someplace else," one attendee shouted.
"I don't want 'em, as a veteran I don't want 'em, let 'em go back home," another seconded. "If they've got a problem, let Saudi Arabia take care of 'em."
Some even dared to tell Dan Cohen of the The Real News Network how they'd make America great again now that Trump was in office. And Muslims weren't the only religious minority unwelcomed.
"If she's Jewish, she should go back to her country," a 13-year-old Trump supporter said of a protester.
"This is America, we don't want Sharia Law," one attendee explained. "Christian country," he added.
A separate man insisted that Senator John McCain was a "secret communist."
"I think there's a lot there," another said of Pizzagate, a deranged right-wing conspiracy theory that Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta ran a child prostitution ring out of a Washington, D.C. pizzeria. "Definitely enough to warrant an investigation."
The day's proceedings would grow uglier still.
"I just want to let them know that I can't wait for the liberal genocide to begin," an Oath Keeper shouted at a small group of protesters.
"That's the way to make America great again," he later told Cohen. "Liberals are destroying the country."

Trump to select Scott Gottlieb, a physician with deep drug-industry ties, to run the FDA fox guarding the hen house.
His selection is a victory for the mainstream pharmaceutical industry, which has little appetite for upending the FDA approval process.

166. Justice Department tells all remaining Obama administration U.S. attorneys to resign

The Justice Department announced Friday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has asked all 46 remaining Obama administration U.S. attorneys across the country to submit their resignations immediately.
“As was the case in prior transitions, many of the United States attorneys nominated by the previous administration already have left the Department of Justice,” Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said in a statement. “The Attorney General has now asked the remaining 46 presidentially appointed U.S. attorneys to tender their resignations in order to ensure a uniform transition.”

167. Whitehouse claims British electronic intelligence agency, had helped Obama wiretap Trump Wiretap Trump
Donald Trump defiantly refused to back down Friday from his explosive claim that Barack Obama wiretapped his phones, and sidestepped any blame for the White House decision to highlight an unverified report that Britain helped carry out the alleged surveillance.

168. Britain’s GCHQ Denies ‘Ridiculous’ Claim It Helped Wiretap Trump

LONDON — British spy agency GCHQ has issued a rare and angry denial of a "ridiculous" allegation, repeated by White House press secretary Sean Spicer, that it eavesdropped on President Donald Trump during the election campaign.
The signal intelligence agency went public after Spicer quoted a Fox New analyst to support Trump's so-far-unfounded claim that he was wiretapped by President Barack Obama.
A British government official went further, saying Friday that White House had promised not to repeat the claim — further undermining Trump's insistence that he is correct.
In a testy press briefing Thursday, Spicer cited former New Jersey judge Andrew Napolitano, who alleged on Fox News that Obama "went outside the chain of command" and used the British agency so that there were "no American fingerprints" on surveillance of Trump.

169. Trump's Missile Attack on Syria Justified With Fake Intelligence, Experts Say
Echoes of George W. Bush's disastrous invasion of Iraq. On April 7, President Trump committed his first “act of war,” attacking Syria with missiles in response to what he said was a poison gas attack by the Syrian government that killed dozens. But the White House’s subsequent intelligence report offering its proof of Syria’s role was “false” and “fraudulent,” suggesting a “coverup” by a president acting without any intelligence and intentionally lying to the public.
These are the characterizations of two longtime experts in war studies and missile systems, which—along with coordinated comments by Vice President Mike Pence in South Korea and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Russia that America’s “strategic patience” is ending—suggest Trump may be seeking a war of choice, even if it involves fabricated intelligence.

170. Trump Has Deep Links to Organized Crime: Federal Investigators Know It and the Public Is Catching Up
As Trump built his empire, he attracted a criminal element whose ties still bind. As President Trump discovers the prerogative of unilaterally making war, the media gaze has turned away from the ongoing FBI, House and Senate investigation of his Russia ties to the simpler dramas of cruise missiles, big bombs and tough but loose talk on North Korea.

Yet even the "mother of all bombs" cannot obliterate the accumulating body of evidence about Trump relationship with Russian organized crime figures and the not unrelated question about whether he and his entourage colluded with Russian officials in the 2016 presidential election. The story, notes Talking Points Memo's Josh Marshall, is “Hiding in plain sight."

The evidence of pre-election collusion between Trump and the Russians, while growing, is far from definitive. The evidence on Trump’s organized crime ties is stronger. Says Marshall:

"If we'd never heard about Russian intelligence hacking of the 2016 election or Carter Page ( Page, Carter) or Paul Manafort ( Manafort, Paul) or Sergei Kislyak ( Kislyak, Sergei ) this [Trump’s organized crime connections] would seem like an extraordinarily big deal. And indeed it is an extraordinarily big deal."
Chronologically speaking, Trump’s ties to organized crime figures came first. Mutually beneficial transactions dating back to the 1990s led to closer relations in the 2000s and culminated in the contacts during the 2016 campaign. It all began with Russians who wanted to get their money out of the country.

171. Trump's White House dinner guest called Hillary a 'worthless bitch,' Obama a 'subhuman mongrel'
In what has to be the most shameful and disrespectful act in the White House yet, Donald Trump invited Sarah Palin, Ted Nugent and Kid Rock to the White House. The gang of deplorables gleefully shared photos from the meeting, including one where they are mocking Hillary Clinton in front of her official White House portrait from her time as first lady.

Here is a list of just some of the vile, racist, misogynistic statements Nugent has made about Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. List compiled from Media Matters:

In January 2016, Nugent said Hillary Clinton should be hanged for treason.
In May 2016, Nugent promoted a video saying Hillary Clinton should be shot, adding "I got your gun control right here bitch!"
In 2014, he called President Obama a "subhuman mongrel" and said Hillary Clinton was a "toxic cunt."
During a live concert in 2007, he waved an assault rifle on stage, said Hillary Clinton should "ride one of these into the sunset, you worthless bitch" and said Obama should “suck on my machine gun.”
Shared vile racist memes on Nugent Facebook page and repeatedly praised the usage of the word “nigger.”
With all of that said, Donald Trump thought it would be appropriate to have that vile, hideous, racist, misogynist inside the White House.
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172. Watergate's Carl Bernstein on Trump-Russia: "Oh my god, there's a cover-up going on." FBI Agrees

Famed Watergate journalist Carl Bernstein says that the investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn could end up revealing a “cover-up” of alleged connections between President Donald Trump's team and Russia.

“There, he is central to what the FBI believes is a cover-up going on among people close to the president of the United States about what happened with the Trump campaign and Russia,” Mr Bernstein, who is now a CNN commentator, said. "The FBI, the congressional investigators are trying to learn what happened. And Flynn is almost like the ball of yarn that begins to unspool and is key to understanding it."
Mr Bernstein said that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, now that he is leading the Justice Department's probe into Russia's role alleged in the election, will eventually see that there is a cover-up as well.
"He is going to see, ‘Oh my god, there’s a cover-up going on,’" Bernstein said.…
Bernstein knows a thing or two about cover-ups. This will surely be that rare instance where the crime itself - treason - is even worse.
173. Trump says he's 'absolutely' considering proposals to dissolve court blocking his executive orders

Nutsy Squirrel department: Donald Trump's so-called "travel ban" barring Muslim visitors and refugees from entering the country has been blocked by several courts. Because Donald Trump is (1) incompetent, (2) an idiot, and (3) under the impression our nation should grant him dictatorial powers, Donald Trump has a solution to this: Simply dissolve the courts causing him trouble, thus making the law whatever he wants it to be.

Asked by the Washington Examiner if he had considered proposals to split the court, Trump replied: Absolutely, I have.
There are many people that want to break up the 9th Circuit. It’s outrageous, Trump told the website. Everybody immediately runs to the 9th Circuit. And we have a big country. We have lots of other locations. But they immediately run to the 9th Circuit. Because they know that’s like, semi-automatic.

174. The Department of Justice Is Prosecuting a Woman for Laughing at Jeff Sessions
A 61-year-old activist has been charged with attempting to "impede and disrupt" the proceedings.
During Jeff Sessions ( Sessions, Jeff ) confirmation hearings, Senator Richard Selby ( Selby, Richard ) claimed that the Alabama senator's history of "treating all Americans equally under the law is clear and well-documented." At that, activist and CodePink member Desiree Fairooz ( Fairooz, Desiree )laughed, since Sessions is actually best known for being deemed too racist for a federal judgeship in the 1980s.
A lawyer representing Fairooz at trial noted that other spectators laughed during Sessions' hearings, including when he joked about disagreements with his wife. According to the prosecutor, it was "appropriate for the audience to laugh when Sessions made a joke about his marriage but not when Shelby claimed Sessions had a long record of 'treating all Americans equally.'”

When asked by the prosecutor, Coronado maintained that the laugh was loud and disruptive, but Fairooz said it was simply an involuntary reaction to a ludicrous claim.

175. 2017-05-10 Trump fires FBI Director Comey The startling development comes as James B. Comey (Comey, James B.) was leading a counterintelligence investigation to determine whether associates of Trump may have coordinated with Russia to interfere with the U.S. presidential election last year. It wasn’t immediately clear how Comey’s ouster will affect the Russia probe, but Democrats said they were concerned that his ouster could derail the investigation.
Holy Archibald Cox Batman!

UPDATE 2017-05-11: It has been 36 hours since the White House announced that President Trump had fired James B. Comey (Comey, James B.) as FBI director. And its rationale and explanations for that move continue to fall apart. Reporters discovered Wednesday that Comey had, mere days before firing, requested more resources for his Russia investigation — something the Justice Department is disputing.

176. Trump will keep list of White House visitors Log secret

Since Trump took office in January, the page where the visitor logs had been publicly available went dark. Trump administration officials said Friday that they will no longer maintain it, saving taxpayers $70,000 by 2020.
After initial resistance, Obama's policy was crafted in 2009 in response to lawsuits by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, one of the groups now part of the lawsuit against Trump.

177. 2017-05-10 Reporter arrested while trying to question Cabinet member

Police in West Virginia's Capitol arrested a journalist who they said was trying "aggressively" to get past Secret Service agents and yelling questions at U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.
It happened as Price and senior White House aide Kellyanne Conway came to the state Capitol in Charleston on Tuesday to learn about efforts to fight opioid addiction in a state that has the nation's highest overdose death rate.
Capitol police said in a criminal complaint that Daniel Ralph Heyman ( Heyman, Daniel Ralph ) , 54, "was aggressively breaching the secret service agents to the point where the agents were forced to remove him a couple of times from the area" in a Capitol hallway. It also says he was "causing a disturbance by yelling questions at Ms. Conway and Secretary Price."
Price and Conway later took reporters' questions at a scheduled news conference.
Heyman, who is based in Charleston and works for the independent Public News Service, was charged with willful disruption of governmental processes, a misdemeanor, and later was released on $5,000 bond. No court hearing was immediately set. The charge carries a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $100 fine.
Heyman told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he believes he did nothing wrong.
He said he was arrested after he repeatedly asked Price about whether domestic violence is a pre-existing condition under the Republican health care proposals and got no response.

178. Trump says he invented an 84-year-old phrase “Priming the pump”. But, why?

TRUMP: Have you heard that expression used before? Because I haven’t heard it. I mean, I just I came up with it a couple of days ago and I thought it was good. It’s what you have to do.

179. Trump excludes US media from meeting with Russian ambassador, but Russian state news allowed in
One day after firing the man overseeing the FBI investigation into his presidential campaign’s ties to the Russian government, President Donald Trump spent Wednesday morning meeting with Russian government officials in the Oval Office.
On Wednesday morning as controversy swirled over the president abruptly firing his FBI chief amid an investigation of possible ties between Donald Trump's 2016 campaign and Russia, the president met in the Oval Office with none other than Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (Lavrov, Sergey) and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak (Kislyak, Sergey).
But the meeting was closed press, meaning the rotating pool of photographers, reporters and camera operators who follow the president weren't allowed in. Yet photos of the three laughing and smiling were soon published by the Russian state news agency TASS. The Russian foreign ministry also tweeted photos of the meeting.

Kislyak has been a central figure in the Trump administration’s ongoing scandal related to Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election. Lavrov of organized crime, drugs, funny-banking and dirty politics fame are uncomfortable warnings of intents and ideas.

Among other things, Attorney General Jeff Sessions had to recuse himself from taking part in investigations into Russia after it was revealed that he failed to disclose during his Senate confirmation hearing that he twice met with Kislyak during the 2016 presidential campaign, despite having denied meeting with any Russian government officials.

Washington Post did not have a reporter present on Friday, but they might not have been welcome anyway. The Post was first to report on conversations between Russian ambassador Sergey Kilyak and Michael Flynn, ultimately leading to Flynn’s departure.

Two people with knowledge of a multi-agency investigation into the Kremlin’s meddling have told McClatchy that Mikhail Kalugin (Kalugin, Mikhail ) was under scrutiny when he departed. He has been an important figure in the inquiry into how Russia bankrolled the email hacking of top Democrats and took other measures to defeat Hillary Clinton and help Donald Trump capture the White House, said the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the investigation.

180. Kushner family drops out of China presentation amid growing criticism that she had used her brother’s position to benefit the family’s real estate empire.
The sister of White House adviser Jared Kushner(Kushner, Jared)on Thursday pulled out of the family company’s scheduled weekend presentation to potential Chinese investors amid growing criticism that she had used her brother’s position to benefit the family’s real estate empire.
The announcement that Nicole Kushner Meyer ( Kushner, Nicole Meyer )would not appear at an investor presentation scheduled for Saturday in Shenzhen came amid new demands that the Trump administration correct abuses in the EB-5 visa program, which allows wealthy foreign investors to get U.S. visas. Kushner Cos. has been using the controversial program to try to raise $150 million for a luxury high-rise apartment building in New Jersey.
No one from Kushner Companies will be in China this weekend, Risa Heller, a company spokeswoman, wrote in a statement to The Washington Post on Thursday.

181. Report: Comey Thought His Firing Was a Prank and Laughed It Off
Ever the arrogant uncivil coward Orange Julius failed to tell James B. Comey (Comey, James B.) of firing in private. Instead Comey was informed publicly by a TV news flash. A world class low point even for trump.
According to the New York Times's Michael S. Schmidt, Comey was giving a speech to his FBI team in Los Angeles when he saw the news about his firing break on televisions in the room. He hadn't been informed yet, and at first thought he it was a joke:

In response, Mr. Comey laughed, saying he thought it was a fairly funny prank.

Then his staff started scurrying around in the background and told Mr. Comey that he should step into a nearby office.

Mr. Comey stopped addressing the group. He proceeded to shake hands with the employees he had been speaking to. Then he stepped into a side office, where he confirmed that he had been fired. At that point, he had not heard from the White House.

182. – Donald Trump's Big Mouth May Have Just Gotten Him Impeached

McConnell rejects calls for an independent prosecutor, but he can't stop the president from prosecuting himself.

Trump’s admission that he fired FBI director James B. Comey (Comey, James B.) because of the Russian investigation is a frank admission of intent to obstruct justice. Just as his 2016 campaign statements that he intended to ban Muslims are now defeating his travel ban, Trump’s candor about Comey today will have legal consequences tomorrow.

Donald Trump has said he was thinking of “this Russia thing” when he decided James Comey’s fate – contradicting the White House rationale that he fired the FBI director for mishandling the Clinton email investigation.

183. Donald Trump (Trump, Donald) asked the FBI to drop its probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynn and urged former FBI director James B. Comey (Comey, James B.)instead to pursue reporters in leak cases, according to associates of Comey who have seen private notes he wrote recounting the conversation.
According to the notes written by Comey following a February meeting with the president, Trump brought up the counterintelligence investigation into Flynn and urged Comey to drop the probe in the wake of the national security adviser’s resignation.
“I hope you can let this go,’’ Trump said, according to the Comey notes, which were described by the associates. Comey’s written account of the meeting is two pages long and highly detailed, the associates said.
The conversation described in the notes raises new questions about whether Trump may have crossed any legal lines into criminal behavior by pressuring the FBI to end an investigation.
“There’s definitely a case to be made for obstruction,” said Barak Cohen, a former federal prosecutor who now does white-collar-defense work at the Perkins Coie law firm in the District. “But, on the other hand, you have to realize that — as with any other sort of criminal law — intent is key, and intent here can be difficult to prove.”

184. More than 41,000 suspected undocumented immigrants have been arrested in the 100 days since Trump signed an executive order expanding the mandate of federal immigration authorities, reflecting a 38% increase compared to the same period last year.

185. Stock markets had their biggest fall since before the presidential election on Wednesday, as investors became uncertain over Trump's policy agenda — and perhaps even his future in the White House.
186. Trump's plan to blacklist Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood – and, by extension, target US Islamic groups – no longer seems imminentT, but civil rights groups are warning that it’s no time for celebration.

187. Months after he claimed, with zero evidence, that millions of people voted illegally in the 2016 election, Trump is setting up a commission to investigate voter fraud to be headed by Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach.

188. Trump has asked aide Stephen Miller, an outspoken NATO critic and anti-globalist, to write the speech he will deliver at the military alliance in Brussels next week.

189. Gay Russians are trying to flee a brutal crackdown in Chechnya, but they believe the State Department will deny them a safe haven.

190. Despite repeatedly threatening to do so, the Trump administration has decided not to tear up the Iran nuclear deal — for now.

191. Under Trump's tax proposal, the richest 0.1% of households would get a $638,000 cut each year, according to a new analysis.

192. Trump has praised Ford for its plans to expand factories in Michigan, but the automaker just announced it is axing 1,400 office jobs in the US and Asia as part of a cost-cutting effort.

193. Trump's administration released new anti-abortion rules that will apply to almost $9 billion in global health funding, including a massive HIV/AIDS prevention program, which critics say is motivated by ideology and not medical concerns.

194. The sister of Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner was criticized for promoting her family's business in China by playing up their ties to the president.

195. A controversial Milwaukee sheriff, who is facing investigations over deaths in his jails and who previously compared President Obama to Hitler, said he is joining Trump's Department of Homeland Security.

196. Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle says she's in talks with the Trump administration to replace press secretary Sean Spicer.

197. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered federal prosecutors pursue “the most serious, readily provable” offense against those suspected of crime — a move denounced by both Republicans and Democrats.

198. Another hour, another Trump scandal. I can't keep up. Here's the latest timeline on Mike Flynn.

199. August 9: Flynn is hired by the Turkey-U.S. Business Council for $600,000 to help repair Turkey's image in the US. However, Flynn chooses not to register as a foreign agent on the pretext that he's just lobbying for a business group that has nothing to do with the Turkish government.

200. November 18: Trump names Flynn as his National Security Advisor.

201. November 30: The Justice Department opens an investigation into Flynn's lobbying activities. Flynn keeps this news to himself for over a month.

202. December: Flynn has repeated contacts with various Russian officials but doesn't tell anybody.

203. January 4: Flynn tells the incoming White House counsel that he is under investigation. Nothing happens.

204. January 10: In a meeting with Susan Rice, Flynn puts the kibosh on an Obama plan to use Kurdish help to take the ISIS-occupied town of Raqqa—something that his erstwhile client Turkey is opposed to. McClatchy reports: "Members of Congress, musing about the tangle of legal difficulties Flynn faces, cite that exchange with Rice as perhaps the most serious: acting on behalf of a foreign nation — from which he had received considerable cash — when making a military decision. Some members of Congress, in private conversations, have even used the word “treason” to describe Flynn’s intervention, though experts doubt that his actions qualify." Still nothing happens.

205. January 26: Acting attorney general Sally Yates warns the White House that Flynn has lied about his contacts with Russian officials, which may have compromised him. Still nothing happens.

206. February 9: The Washington Post reveals Flynn's lies about his Russian contacts. Everything is now public.

207. February 13: Finally something happens. Trump fires Flynn.

208. February 14: Trump meets with FBI director James Comey and Trump asks Comey to kill the investigation into Flynn.

209. March-April: Comey continues the investigation.

210. May 9: Trump fires Comey.
The new news here is that Trump knew about the FBI investigation far earlier than anyone has reported before. By the time Sally Yates alerted the White House to Flynn's lying, they had already been warned off Flynn by President Obama and they'd known about the FBI investigation for three weeks. Nonetheless, they did nothing until it all became public.

UPDATE: If you want to brush up with a more detailed—but still brief—timeline of events in the Trump-Russia affair, the LA Times has one here. It's a nice, quick read.

211. Maddow: False denials from Pence continue to stack up
Rachel Maddow looks at the many times Mike Pence has denied something about the Donald Trump team only to be proven wrong by further reporting, leaving Pence with a lot of explaining to do.|

212. In Russiagate, Keep Your Eye on Pence

If Donald J. Trump ( Trump, Donald )loses his grip on the presidency, his logical replacement will be Vice President Mike Pence ( Pence, Mike ), the religious-right stalwart and favorite of the billionaire Koch brothers. Once in the White House, Pence may not be so easy to dislodge, given the propensity of the right-wing evangelical base of the Republican Party to turn out to the polls in large numbers.

Yet the notion that Pence had no place inside the Trump administration’s burgeoning Russia scandal is too readily accepted by reporters and lawmakers alike, starting with the explanation for Pence’s January 15 denial on CBS’s Face the Nation that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia during several December conversations with Sergey Kislyak, Russia’s ambassador to the United States. Because the conversations, during which Flynn is reported to have discussed with Kislyak a review of sanctions issued by the Obama administration in retaliation for Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and Russia’s annexation of Crimea, took place while Obama was still in office, Flynn’s actions represent a profound breach of protocol.
Pence served as head of the Trump transition team, which was charged with vetting the incoming administration’s picks for high-level positions. He also received national security briefings

213. Trump Asked the NSA and DNI to Repudiate the Russia Investigation

According to the Washington Post, James Comey ( Comey, James) FBI wasn't the only person that President Trump pressured regarding the FBI's Russia investigation:
Donald J. Trump ( Trump, Donald ) made separate appeals to the director of national intelligence, Daniel Coats ( Coats, Daniel ), and to Adm. Michael S. Rogers ( Rogers, Michael S. ), the director of the National Security Agency, urging them to publicly deny the existence of any evidence of collusion during the 2016 election.
Coats and Rogers refused to comply with the requests, which they both deemed to be inappropriate, according to two current and two former officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private communications with the president....Trump’s conversation with Rogers was documented contemporaneously in an internal memo written by a senior NSA official, according to the officials. It is unclear if a similar memo was prepared by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to document Trump’s conversation with Coats.
....In addition to the requests to Coats and Rogers, senior White House officials sounded out top intelligence officials about the possibility of intervening directly with Comey to encourage the FBI to drop its probe of Michael Flynn....“Can we ask him to shut down the investigation? Are you able to assist in this matter?” one official said of the line of questioning from the White House.

This. Is. Nuts. Trump is not only corrupt, he's an unbelievable moron. He personally asked the NSA director and the overall director of national intelligence to publicly weigh in on an ongoing investigation. Not only that, orange-Julius basically asked them to lie, since they weren't privy to what the FBI was doing. In what universe did Trump think that either of them would respond positively to such a blunt request? Or that this kind of thing wouldn't leak?

.. What is Trump afraid the investigation will find? Whatever it is, apparently Michael Flynn is afraid of it too.
.. When do the impeachment proceedings begin?

214. Michael Flynn Is Pleading the Fifth - Donald Trump's former national security advisor won't comply with a congressional subpoena.

Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn ( Flynn, Michael) will invoke the Constitution's Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination on Monday and refuse to comply with a congressional subpoena, according to the Associated Press. The Senate intelligence committee had asked Flynn for documents in his possession that might relate to the committee's investigation into Russia's interference with the 2016 election. Can we say Flynn seeking immunity from prosecution? NSA
It's not a surprising move Flynn was not expected to turn over the documents without immunity, "because he would be waiving some of his constitutional protections by doing so," according to the AP. Last week, Richard Burr ( Burr, Richard ) (R-N.C.), chairman of the intelligence committee, prematurely said Flynn would not cooperate.
It's unclear how Republicans will respond to Flynn's decision. The intelligence committee could ask Congress to vote on whether to hold Flynn in contempt an option that would force Flynn to face possible fines or jail time if he continued to withhold the documents. "I'm not going to go into what we might or might not do," Burr said last week when asked what the committee would do next if Flynn refused to cooperate with the investigation. "We've got a full basket of things that we're willing to test."
Meanwhile, Democrats on the House's oversight committee are increasing pressure on Chairman Jason Chaffetz (Chaffetz, Jason) (R-Utah) to subpoena the White House for documents on how the White House vetted Flynn, which the committee asked for two months ago. "The White House is obstructing our investigation on the Oversight Committee, covering up for General Flynn, and refusing to produce a single document that Chairman Chaffetz and I asked for in a bipartisan letter two months ago," Rep. Elijah Cummings (Cummings, Elijah)(R-Md.), ranking member of the committee, said in a statement over the weekend. "I have prepared a subpoena that the Chairman could sign today." Cummings says if Chaffetz doesn't want to issue the subpoena himself, he should allow committee members to take a vote on it.

Chaffetz isn't always so shy about using the power to subpoena he asked for the FBI's full investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails and just last week demanded that the FBI hand over the Comey memos, which detail Donald J. Trump ( Trump, Donald ) attempts to curb the federal investigation into Flynn, according to an explosive report last week from the New York Times.

Update, 3:32 p.m. ET: Former Trump campaign associates Paul Manafort (Manafort, Paul)and Roger Stone (Stone, Roger) turned in documents Monday for the Senate intelligence probe according to NBC News.

215. Former CIA Director Director John Brennan ( Brennan, John ) briefed congressional leadership Ryan, McConnell, chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees "full details" about 'Very Aggressive' Russian Election Meddling.
In his opening statement, Brennan also recounted how he had briefed congressional leaders in August of last year (2016), including House Speaker Paul Ryan ( Ryan, Paul) , R-Wisc., Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ( McConnell, Mitch ), R-Ky., and the chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees about the "full details" of what he knew of Russia's interference in the 2016 election. Brennan said he became convinced last summer that Russia was trying to interfere in the campaign, saying "they were very aggressive."
216. Brennan said he is "aware of information and intelligence that revealed contacts and interactions between Russian officials and U.S. persons involved in the Trump campaign." Brennan said that concerned him, "because of known Russian efforts to suborn such individuals," and that it raised questions about whether or not the Russians "were able to gain the cooperation of those individuals."
After orange-Julius big mouth Leaks, Manchester Police Won’t Share Intel With USA.

Guess who can’t keep a secret? British authorities warned their American counterparts against leaking intelligence after the identity of Manchester bomber Salman Abedi ( Abedi, Salman ) was revealed by U.S. media. But when classified photos from the bombing later appeared in The New York Times, Manchester police decided to stop giving the Americans information while they investigate Abedi’s potentially large terrorist network. Though the U.K. will continue sharing other intelligence, Prime Minister Theresa May plans to confront Donald Trump (Trump, Donald ) about the problem when they meet at today’s NATO summit in Brussels.
British Prime Minister Theresa May ( May , Theresa) said on Thursday she would tell Trump that intelligence shared between their two countries had to remain secure after leaks to U.S. media about the Manchester attack.

217. NSA Chief implies Donald Trump Colluded With Russia – proof is classified.

When will Admiral Rogers say publicly what he told his agency’s workforce?

Last week, when Coats appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee, declined to answer questions about the White House’s effort to undermine the FBI investigation of Team Trump, stating, “I don’t feel it’s appropriate to characterize discussions and conversations with the president” in open session. Presumably DNI Coats would be more forthcoming in a closed Congressional session, where classified information can be revealed.
Director Rogers, in contrast, has made no public statements about the president’s effort to enlist him in his anti-Comey campaign. This is typical of his famously tight-lipped agency—for decades, NSA was humorously said to stand for Never Say Anything—and why Trump approached Rogers is no mystery. As the nation’s signals intelligence force, NSA isn’t just the biggest source of intelligence on earth—it’s also the agency possessing the bulk of the classified information which establishes collusion between Trump and the Russians. Although whispers of such SIGINT have reached the media, the lion’s share remains hidden from public view, though it’s all known to the FBI.

218. Portland attack: $600,000 raised for 'heroes' killed defending Muslim teen

Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche and Ricky John Best were killed and Micah David-Cole Fletcher was severely injured in Portland, Oregon on Friday.

They all intervened after a man launched into a verbal tirade against the teens, one wearing a hijab.
The suspect, Jeremy Joseph Christian, was later arrested.
The 35-year-old is due to appear in court on Tuesday, charged with two counts of aggravated murder, attempted murder, intimidation and being a felon in possession of a restricted weapon.
The FBI said it was still unsure if Mr Christian - who allegedly said "all Muslims should die" during the attack - will face charges for hate crime.

Trump has drawn criticism since his days as a candidate for his strong anti-Muslim stance and feeble efforts to distance himself from white nationalist and white supremacist supporters ? actions Muslim and other minority group advocates say have fueled more Islamaphobic incidents.

A tweet by a reporter with the Oregonian newspaper, asking Mr Trump if he had any comment on the attack, has been 'liked' more than 4,000 times.

And veteran journalist Dan Rather wrote an open letter to Mr Trump, which has been shared more than 100,000 times on Facebook, imploring the president to speak out about their deaths.

Mr Rather said: "Two Americans have died leaving family and friends behind.
"They are mourned by millions more who are also deeply worried about what might come next. I hope you can find it worthy of your time to take notice."

US President Donald Trump has yet to mention the attack.

219. Trump's Behavior in Europe Has Made the World Cringe. Here's What's Really on the Line at the G7.

Update, May 27, 2017: The G7 broke with tradition to release an unusual statement where six nations reaffirmed the Paris climate agreement, without the US. “The United States of America is in the process of reviewing its policies on climate change and on the Paris Agreement and thus is not in a position to join the consensus on these topics,” the communiqué reads. "Understanding this process, the Heads of State and of Government of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom and the Presidents of the European Council and of the European Commission reaffirm their strong commitment to swiftly implement the Paris Agreement."

Trump has already appeared to push a NATO leader aside in Brussels and caused a diplomatic scuffle in Italy after accusing Germany of being "very bad" on trade. But his decision on Paris is far more significant, especially in terms of the response of the 195 signers of the 2015 agreement. The question is whether the rest of the world sinks to the low bar that Trump has set, and the G7 is the first key test

220. Long term ally Germany Even Angela Merkel’s political rivals are on her side against Trump

International support for Orange Julius falters..
As they campaign against each other ahead of national elections in September, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her chief political rival, Martin Schulz, find themselves united in opposition to President Trump.

Speaking at a beer hall rally in Munich on Sunday, Merkel suggested that the era when Europe could rely on the United States may be coming to an end and that the continent “really must take our fate into our own hands.”

The dramatic announcement came after contentious meetings with Trump, who had used his first official trip to Europe to criticize German trade, scold world leaders about their NATO spending and refuse to commit to the Paris agreement on combating climate change.
[Following Trump’s trip, Merkel says Europe can’t rely on ‘others.’ She means the U.S.]

221. While You Were Offline: Mr. Trump Goes to Europe to Spread Social Awkwardness

Pope & the Dope

Ivanka Trump, first lady Melania Trump, and President Donald Trump stand with Pope Francis during a meeting, Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at the Vatican. EVAN VUCCI/AP

A picture is worth a thousand spin words.

222. NSA contractor Reality Winner (Winner, Reality) accused of leaking file on Russia election hacking. There are still some good people in Texas..

Three days before Americans voted last November, Reality Winner joked with her sister online that Moscow’s efforts to influence the US presidential election could have an upside for her as a keen weightlifter.

When we become the United States of the Russian Federation, she said on Facebook, Olympic lifting will be the national sport.

Seven months later, Winner, 25, called home to Texas on Saturday to let her family know that the Russian hacking saga had ended up landing her in a far more serious situation.
She said that she had been arrested by the FBI and that she couldn’t really talk about it, her mother, Billie Winner-Davis, told the Guardian in a telephone interview. I am still in shock.

Prosecutors allege that last month, Winner, who was working for the defense contractor Pluribus International Corporation, printed an NSA document detailing how Russia had hacked a voting equipment vendor in Florida and was trying to breach local election systems right up until the days before November’s vote.

The Intercept reported on Monday that Russian military intelligence carried out a cyber-attack on at least one US voting software supplier and sent spear-phishing emails to more than a hundred local election officials days before the poll.
Hacking Russia US elections 2016 Reality Winner news

223. Eric Trump funneled cancer charity money to his businesses, associates: report
Eric Trump is slamming a Forbes report that alleges his charity, the Eric Trump ( Trump, Eric) Foundation, has been funneling donations -- from donors who believed the money was going to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital -- to the Trump Organization by paying high sums for use of Trump properties during fundraisers and re-donating some funds to charities friendly with Trump interests.
Forbes reported Tuesday that the Eric Trump Foundation paid the Trump family business hundreds of thousands of dollars over the last seven years for use of one of the organization’s golf courses, funds which he claimed were being donated nearly in full to the children’s cancer charity.
"We were able to come up with this concept of raising a lot of money with really no expense and it's because we were incurring the expenses at the assets we were taking on the expenses as Trump. We were using our own facilities," Eric told donors in a promotional video.
According to IRS filings, the Eric Trump Foundation in 2012 spent $59,085 on its annual Golf Invitational fundraiser held at the Trump National Golf Club in Westchester County, New York -- money that skimmed from donations to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. Those expenses ballooned to $230,080 in 2013 and to $242,294 in 2014, according to the filings. It is unclear from these tax forms how much of those payments went to the Trump Organization.

Eric Trump funneled cancer charity money to his businesses, associates: report
2012 - $59k
2013- $230k
2014 - $242k

224. Eric Trump suspends operations of his charitable foundation

Eric Trump (Trump, Eric ) is suspending the operations of his charitable foundation — ceasing all fundraising — after facing questions about whether the foundation donors might get special access to members of the first family.
“No new money will come into the ETF bank account,” Trump wrote in an email message on Thursday.
That decision appeared to go beyond a pledge Trumphad made a day earlier to the New York Times: In that interview, Trump said he would cease personally raising money for the foundation but left the broader fate of the foundation uncertain.
The Eric Trump Foundation, founded in 2007, raises more than $1.5 million a year through a golf tournament, online auctions and other events. One recent auction, for instance, offered a 10-week paid internship at the Trump Organization, which came with the chance to sit down for 15 minutes each with Eric Trump and his siblings Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump. In another auction, the foundation offered a chance to pitch a business idea to Eric Trump over lunch.

225. Today's Impeach-O-Meter: Trump Accused of Laundering Money Through Pediatric Cancer Charity

In the tradition of the Clintonometer and the Trump Apocalypse Watch, the Impeach-O-Meter is a wildly subjective and speculative daily estimate of the likelihood that Donald Trump leaves office before his term ends, whether by being impeached (and convicted) or by resigning under threat of same.
Building on the earlier work of the AP, Forbes published a piece today about money that the Eric Trump Foundation (which funds pediatric cancer research) paid to the Trump Organization (in which Eric Trump and his father have a personal financial stake, obviously) for use of golf facilities during fundraisers. By my reading, there are three particularly noteworthy revelations in the Forbes piece

 Donald Trump, it says, personally demanded that his Trump National Westchester golf course begin charging his son's foundation for use of facilities that it had previously been allowed to use for free during its annual one-day golf/dinner fundraiser.
"In the early years, they weren't being billed [for the club]—the bills would just disappear," says Ian Gillule, who served as membership and marketing director at Trump National Westchester during two stints from 2006 to 2015 and witnessed how Donald Trump reacted to the tournament's economics. "Mr. Trump had a cow. He flipped. He was like, 'We're donating all of this stuff, and there's no paper trail? No credit?' And he went nuts. He said, 'I don't care if it's my son or not—everybody gets billed.'"

The amounts that the Trump Organization billed the Eric Trump Foundation for one-day use of its course and club—in 2015, Eric Trump's charity paid his father's business $322,000 for the event—appear to be much higher than what a typical one-day tournament/fundraiser at a fancy golf course would cost. Forbes:
It's hard to find an explanation for this cost spike ... Even if the Eric Trump Foundation had to pay the full rate for literally everything, Forbes couldn't come up with a plausible path to $322,000 given the parameters of the annual event (a golf outing for about 200 and dinner for perhaps 400 more). Neither could golf tournament experts or the former head golf professional at Trump National Westchester. "If you gave me that much money to run a tournament, I couldn't imagine what we could do," says Patrick Langan, who worked at the club from 2006 to 2015. "It certainly wasn't done that way."

Meanwhile, the Donald J. Trump Foundation—which also raised money from people who ostensibly thought they were donating to charity—appears to have given $100,000 to the Eric Trump Foundation which was then paid to the private, for-profit Trump Organization.
The Donald J. Trump Foundation donated $100,000 to the Eric Trump Foundation—a gift explicitly made, according to Gillule, to offset the increased budget [of the annual fundraiser] ... That $100,000 in outside donations to the Donald J. Trump Foundation (remember: Trump himself didn't give to his own foundation at this time) passed through the Eric Trump Foundation—and wound up in the coffers of Donald Trump's private businesses.

226. Trump accuses Comey of lying, says he’d ‘100 percent’ agree to testify in Russia probe

Donald Trump (Trump, Donald) called former FBI director James B. Comey ( Comey, James B. ) a “leaker,” and claimed that the June 8 Senate Intelligence Committee showed that there was no evidence he colluded with Russian officials or obstructed justice, at a news conference on June 9 at the White House. (Reuters)

A defiant President Trump on Friday accused former FBI director James B. Comey of committing perjury in his blockbuster Senate testimony and said he was willing to share his version of events under oath with the special counsel overseeing the expanding Russia investigation.

Trump emphatically declared his innocence yet refused to solve a mystery of his own making by stating whether he has tapes of his one-on-one conversations with Comey. Any such recordings could prove which man’s account is accurate, but the president played coy, saying he would wait “a fairly short period of time” to tell the public whether tapes exist, as he first suggested they might in May.

“Oh, you’re going to be very disappointed when you hear the answer,” he told reporters. “Don’t worry.”

Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee painted a damning portrait of Trump’s character, and the president waited until Friday morning to break his silence — first in a 6:10 a.m. tweet declaring “total and complete vindication” and then in more detail at the afternoon news conference.

Comey — who testified that he had taken contemporaneous notes on all his conversations with Trump — said he believed that the president had fired him because of the Russia probe, told “lies” about Comey’s record at the bureau and sought to redirect the probe away from former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Trump and his aides and allies followed a two-pronged rebuttal strategy: They hung onto snippets of Comey’s testimony as categorical evidence of Trump’s innocence while using other elements to try to impugn the former FBI director’s credibility.

227. Robert Reich Pens Brutal List of 11 Trump Facts You Need to Show Hard Headed Trump Supporters

Anyone who still supports Trump is simply in denial. Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich decided to make a list of things Trump has done to help remind any remaining Trump supporters why the man is a crook.

Throughout Trump’s young presidency, Reich has been a vocal critic of Trump, and this may be his best work yet. The list was designed specifically to show hard headed Trump supporters the truth.

Reich posted the list generated by his Facebook follower, Rosa Figueroa, to his personal Facebook page.

Read the full list below:

Anyone who still supports Trump is simply in denial. Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich decided to make a list of things Trump has done to help remind any remaining Trump supporters why the man is a crook.

Throughout Trump’s young presidency, Reich has been a vocal critic of Trump, and this may be his best work yet. The list was designed specifically to show hard headed Trump supporters the truth.

Reich posted the list generated by his Facebook follower, Rosa Figueroa, to his personal Facebook page.

Read the full list below:


1. He called Hillary Clinton a crook. You bought it. Then he paid $25 million to settle a fraud lawsuit.

2. He said he’d release his tax returns, eventually. You bought it. He hasn’t, and says he never will.

3. He said he’d divest himself from his financial empire, to avoid any conflicts of interest. You bought it. He is still heavily involved in his businesses, manipulates the stock market on a daily basis, and has more conflicts of interest than can even be counted.

4. He said Clinton was in the pockets of Goldman Sachs, and would do whatever they said. You bought it. He then proceeded to put half a dozen Goldman Sachs executives in positions of power in his administration.

5. He said he’d surround himself with all the best and smartest people. You bought it. He nominated theocratic loon Mike Pence for Vice President. A white supremacist named Steve Bannon is his most trusted confidant. Dr. Ben Carson, the world’s greatest idiot savant brain surgeon, is in charge of HUD. Russian quisling Rex Tillerson is Secretary of State.”

6. He said he’d be his own man, beholden to no one. You bought it. He then appointed Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education, whose only “qualifications” were the massive amounts of cash she donated to his campaign.

7. He said he would “drain the swamp” of Washington insiders. You bought it. He then admitted that was just a corny slogan he said to fire up the rubes during the rallies, and that he didn’t mean it.

8. He said he knew more about strategy and terrorism than the Generals did. You bought it. He promptly gave the green light to a disastrous raid in Yemen- even though all his Generals said it would be a terrible idea. This raid resulted in the deaths of a Navy SEAL, an 8-year old American girl, and numerous civilians. The actual target of the raid escaped, and no useful intel was gained.

9. He said Hillary Clinton couldn’t be counted on in times of crisis. You bought it. He didn’t even bother overseeing that raid in Yemen; and instead spent the time hate-tweeting the New York Times, and sleeping.

10. He called CNN, the Washington Post and the New York Times “fake news” and said they were his enemy. You bought it. He now gets all his information from Breitbart, Gateway Pundit, and InfoWars.

11. He called Barack Obama “the vacationer-in-Chief” and accused him of playing more rounds of golf than Tiger Woods. He promised to never be the kind of president who took cushy vacations on the taxpayer’s dime, not when there was so much important work to be done. You bought it. He took his first vacation after 11 days in office. On the taxpayer’s dime. And went golfing.”

There’s no denying Reich’s points. The liar-in-chief made empty promises throughout his campaign all the way into the Oval Office. After winning the election, Trump’s true colors were put on display.

Do you agree with Reich?

228. WASHINGTON — Russian hackers discussed during the 2016 presidential campaign whether they could obtain emails pilfered from Hillary Clinton and ultimately get them to an adviser to then-candidate Donald Trump, according to a report published Thursday by The Wall Street Journal.
The Journal said investigators probing Russian meddling in the election have examined intelligence agency reports about how hackers wanted to get emails from Clinton’s server to an intermediary and then to Mike Flynn ( Flynn, Mike ), a retired lieutenant general and senior adviser to Trump who went on to serve briefly as his national security adviser. The newspaper also references a Republican operative who was convinced emails missing from Clinton’s server were in the hands of Russian hackers, and who implied in conversations that he was working with Flynn.
The newspaper said it was not clear whether Flynn played any role in the quest of the operative, Peter W. Smith (Smith, Peter W.), who died shortly after speaking with the newspaper. The Journal said Flynn did not respond to requests, the White House declined comment, and the campaign said Smith never worked for it and that any such action undertaken by Flynn, if true, was not on its behalf.
Congressional committees and special counsel Robert Mueller ( Mueller , Robert)are investigating Russian influence in the election and potential coordination with the Trump campaign. Russia has been blamed for pilfering emails of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta and of the DNC.

229. Federal ethics chief who clashed with White House announces he will step down

The director of the independent Office of Government Ethics, who has been the federal government’s most persistent critic of the Trump administration’s approach to ethics, announced Thursday that he is resigning nearly six months before his term is scheduled to end.

Walter M. Shaub Jr. repeatedly challenged the Trump administration, publicly urging President Trump to fully divest from his business empire and chastising a senior Trump adviser for violating ethics rules. His outspokenness drew the ire of administration officials and earned him near-cult status among Trump’s opponents. Fans started a Facebook page in his honor, and his name has occasionally appeared on posters at anti-Trump protests.

Shaub made no reference to those clashes in a resignation letter he posted Thursday indicating he will step down July 19. Instead, he praised the work of federal ethics officials, pointedly noting their commitment to “protecting the principle that public service is a public trust, requiring employees to place loyalty to the Constitution, the laws, and ethical principles above private gain.”

Shaub is set to take a new job as senior director of ethics at the Campaign Legal Center, a nonprofit legal advocacy group founded by Trevor Potter, who served as a Republican appointee to the Federal Election Commission. Shaub said he hopes to find bipartisan solutions to strengthening government ethics programs at the federal and state levels.Trumps ethics chief announces he will step down
“In working with the current administration, it has become clear that we need to strengthen the ethics program,” he said.

230. Open and Shut - The obstruction of justice case against Trump is already a slam dunk.

In the weeks since the New York Times reported that President Trump allegedly asked James Comey to drop a pending criminal investigation of Michael Flynn, there has been much debate about whether the president committed obstruction of justice. Looking at the entire affair from the standpoint of strict legal analysis, there’s just one conclusion: All available evidence says he did.

Under such a plain legal analysis, of the sort my students and I conduct in the law school classroom, it is highly likely that special counsel Robert Mueller will find that there is a provable case that the president committed a federal felony offense.

The Justice Department, as well as many scholars, have opined that a sitting president cannot be indicted and tried for a crime. So the ultimate issue, whatever Mueller’s findings, will come down to the political question of impeachment. But Mueller’s determination will be critical because the crime of obstruction would be the most legally potent charge in any impeachment debate, as it was in the articles of impeachment against both Presidents Nixon and Clinton.

It’s worth looking at the already strong publicly available evidence, as well as the supposed flaws in that case. Even taking into account possible shortcomings, the current case for an obstruction of justice charge is crystal clear.

Looking at it from the perspective of a prosecutor or a law school class, the three basic legal elements of obstruction of justice are satisfied in this case. First, Trump’s alleged directive to his former FBI director would qualify as an effort to interfere with an investigation. Federal courts have said that virtually any act can create such liability for obstruction and that the act need not, by itself, be unlawful or even nefarious.
Second, Trump’s act allegedly was taken with a specific “official proceeding”—the potential prosecution of his former national security adviser—in mind as the object of the effort to obstruct. It’s important to note that the relevant criminal statute prohibits obstruction of legal proceedings that might not yet be underway at the time of the offense but that could come to fruition—an investigation of Flynn was ongoing at that point, but there may not yet have been a grand jury. As long as the suspect has a specific potential proceeding in mind—any possible prosecution of Flynn would do here—this requirement is satisfied.

Third, Trump’s alleged actions clearly indicate a “corrupt” intent, which federal court rulings have said is a state of mind meaning “with an improper purpose to obstruct justice.” There have been many federal cases in which efforts to derail or even slow a criminal investigation in order to protect associates were proven in court to meet this requirement. That is what apparently happened here.

There are other issues at play, of course. Some have argued that, elements of the crime aside, the president simply cannot be prosecuted for exercising his power to direct federal law enforcement priorities no matter how malevolent his intentions. This argument disturbingly equates the power to do something with the legality of exercising that power.

The Supreme Court has already acknowledged the inescapable logic that the president’s authority over federal law enforcement does not include the freedom to prevent investigation and prosecution of himself and his close aides, as presidential powers expert Richard Pildes has explained. The opposing line of argument would excuse a parade of horribles including, hypothetically, a president who ordered his FBI director to mire an election opponent in a costly and distracting investigation for political reasons, or a president who ordered the halt to a murder investigation that might implicate a staff member.

231. Jeff Sessions addresses 'anti-LGBT hate group,' but DOJ won't release his remarks

Attorney General Jeff Sessions ( Sessions, Jeff ) bigot delivered a speech to an alleged hate group at an event closed to reporters on Tuesday night, but the Department of Justice is refusing to reveal what he said.

Sessions addressed members of the Alliance Defending Freedom, which was designated an “anti-LGBT hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center in 2016, at the Summit on Religious Liberty at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, in Dana Point, California.

The event promised to “bring together prominent legal advocates, scholars, cultural commentators, business executives and church leaders to examine the current state of religious freedom” and “develop legal and cultural strategies to allow freedom to flourish in the United States and around the world.”

Sen. Tammy Baldwin, a Democrat from Wisconsin and the first openly gay person to be elected to the U.S. Senate, told ABC News that she was concerned by the speech.

“This sends a very troubling message that our Attorney General, America’s top law enforcement official, is not committed to standing up to anti-LGBT hate," Baldwin said.

A spokesperson for the Department of Justice confirmed that Sessions addressed the Alliance Defending Freedom on Tuesday but did not respond to multiple requests to release his remarks. The Department of Justice released a transcript of remarks he delivered in Dallas earlier on Tuesday and a transcript of remarks he delivered in Las Vegas on Wednesday, but a transcript of his address to the Alliance Defending Freedom has yet to be released.

A spokesperson for the Alliance Defending Freedom said that the group was “working through channels” to release his remarks but declined to comment on the nature of Sessions’ relationship with the group.

232. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Alliance Defending Freedom is a legal advocacy group founded in Scottsdale, Arizona, in 1994 that “specializes in supporting the recriminalization of homosexuality abroad, ending same-sex marriage and generally making life as difficult as possible for LGBT communities in the U.S. and internationally.”

Trump and Putin Held Undisclosed Meeting at G-20
It was off the record. The White House has now confirmed that President Donald Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in a previously undisclosed second conversation at the G-20 summit earlier this month, holding a private discussion out of earshot of other leaders during a dinner event. Details of the hour-long talk are unknown: There’s no official government record and only Putin’s translator was included. Trump tweeted that press coverage of the meeting was “sick,” as questions about Russian connections continue to plague his administration.\

233. Senate GOP's Obamacare Repeal Plan Swiftly Chokes

Winning was easy, but governing’s harder. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell not only saw his Trumpcare efforts collapse this week despite Republicans controlling both Congress and the White House, but his Plan B — simply repealing the Affordable Care Act and coming up with a replacement later — was also scuppered by insurgent GOP senators. President Trump responded that they should “let Obamacare fail” and wait for Democrats to ask for help. Now some senators say they’ll hold bipartisan hearings on stabilizing health markets as insurance companies worry about uncertain government subsidies.

234. Boy Scout leader apologizes for Trump speech’s ‘political rhetoric’

Trump spoke before the National Scout Jamboree on July 24. It is an 80-year tradition for the sitting president to address the Boy Scouts. (The Washington Post)

A leader of the Boy Scouts of America apologized Thursday for a speech that President Trump gave to thousands of teenage Scouts earlier this week in which Trump broke with the Scouts’ earnest traditions by criticizing his political opponents, recounting his election victory and talking about parties on yachts.

I want to extend my sincere apologies to those in our Scouting family who were offended by the political rhetoric that was inserted into the jamboree. That was never our intent,” Michael Surbaugh (Surbaugh, Michael), whose title is chief Scout executive, wrote in a message posted online.

That was a break from the Boy Scouts’ earlier statements about Trump’s speech, issued the day afterward. Those merely noted that the Scouts were “respectful of the wide variety of viewpoints in this country” but made no mention of what Trump actually said.

On Thursday, Surbaugh wrote, “We sincerely regret that politics were inserted into the Scouting program.

Trump Donald(Donald, Trump), Glen Jean WV, ~2017-07-24

Boy Scouts BSA Apologize Over President Trump’s Remarks at Jamboree

Facing an angry backlash from parents and former members, the chief executive of the Boy Scouts of America BSA apologized on Thursday for political remarks made by President Trump at the organization’s National Jamboree this week.

In the speech, Mr. Trump crowed over his election victory, attacked the news media and criticized Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama.

Michael Surbaugh, the organization’s chief, said in a statement on Thursday that it was “never our intent” for the National Jamboree to become a venue for partisan political attacks.

“I want to extend my sincere apologies to those in our Scouting family who were offended by the political rhetoric that was inserted into the jamboree,” he wrote. He added, “We sincerely regret that politics were inserted into the Scouting program.”



235. Trump Donald(Donald, Trump), Brentwood NY, 2017-07-28

Police Chief Association blasts Trump for encouraging Police brutality

Donald John Trump is an ignorant thug. Let’s just be clear on that because that’s what the situation is. It’s been clear every since he personally spent his own money to put out an full page New York Times ad against a set of innocent black teenagers who were accused of raping a white woman and personally called for the death penalty to be used against them — which in international terms would be considered a crime against humanity.

And it doesn’t even matter to him that after they’d wrongfully spent years in prison those teens were completely and fully exonerated due to DNA evidence and the full confession of the man whose DNA actually matched. Even with all the he still said the $41 Million settlement paid to them by the city of New York was the “greatest scam ever.”

So it should come as little surprise that today while standing in front of thousand of Police in order to honor and inspiring their anti-gang initiatives Trump said something bone head stupid about how to handle suspects.

“When you see these towns and when you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon, you just see them thrown in, rough, I said, please don’t be too nice,” Trump said during a speech at Suffolk County Community College. “Like when you guys put somebody in the car and you’re protecting their head, you know, the way you put their hand over, like, don’t hit their head and they’ve just killed somebody — don’t hit their head. I said, you can take the hand away, okay?

According to the latest estimates from the Bureau of Justice Statistics

approximately 1,900 people suffer from “Arrest Related Deaths” each year in America. That’s an average of 5 per day!

This is an attitude betrays he believes that the law doesn’t matter, that the constitutional provisions for a “due process” doesn’t matter, the evidences, facts, truth and pursuit of justice simply. don’t. matter.

Just treat people like shit. Just because you have a badge. Just because you think they may have done something. Just because you don’t like they way the look, or wear their hair, or they said something rude, or just because you feel like it.


236. Donald Trump (Trump, Donald ), DC, 2017-08-02

Trump Urged Fox News to Broadcast Bogus Conspiracy Theory About Slain DNC Aide
Fox producer also reportedly planned to ‘extort’ investigative reporter Seymour Hersh to 'save' the discredited story.

In mid-May, Trump encouraged Fox News to publish a false story about slain Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich(Rich, Seth ) in order to distract attention from the ongoing investigation of ties between his campaign and Russia, according to a lawsuit filed in New York federal court on Monday.

The 33-page lawsuit provides a glimpse into the extraordinary duplicity that fueled Fox News’ reporting on the Seth Rich story. Rich, a voter data analyst in DNC, was murdered on a Washington street last April in what D.C. police believe was a botched robbery.

The allegations in the lawsuit may have legal consequences for Trump and Fox News.

The lawsuit was filed by Rod Wheeler(Wheeler, Rod), a former police detective and longtime paid Fox News commentator hired by Rich’s family to investigate the crime. Wheeler claims Fox News commentator Ed Butowsky(Butowsky, Ed) and correspondent Malia Zimmerman(Zimmerman, Malia ) collaborated with the White House to spread the story that Rich, not the Russians, had provided DNC emails to WikiLeaks.


Trump was personally involved, says Wheeler. Butowsky, he alleges, sent him a text May 14, two days before the story ran, saying, "Not to add any more pressure but the president just read the article. He wants the article out immediately. It’s now all up to you. But don’t feel the pressure."

Butowsky told Wheeler he hoped the story would rebut allegations of Russian support for Trump during the 2016 campaign, according to Wheeler.

“Everyone, there’s so many people throughout Trump’s four years and maybe eight years are always going to fall back on the idea that he is not legitimate and the Russians got him elected," Butowsky said, according to the lawsuit. “This [information about Seth Rich providing emails to WikiLeaks] changes all of that.”

On May 16, the day the story ran, Butowsky told Wheeler in a voice mail:

“A couple minutes ago I got a note that we have the full, uh, attention of the White House, on this. And, tomorrow, let’s close this deal, whatever we’ve got to do. But you can feel free to say that the White House is onto this now.”

The suit also alleges that Butowsky maintained “regular contact with Trump administration officials,” including Sean Spicer, Steve Bannon and Sarah Flores, the public affairs director at the Department of Justice, regarding “his efforts relating to Seth Rich.”


237. O'Keefe Caught Trying to Bribe Protesters to Riot at Inauguration

Right wing fake newsman and agent provocateur James O’Keefe has been caught attempting to bribe protesters to riot at Trump’s inauguration. This time the sting was on him:

The counter-sting, carried out by The Undercurrent and Americans Take Action, a project of a previous target of provocateur James O’Keefe, managed to surreptitiously record elements of O’Keefe’s network offering huge sums of money to progressive activists if they would disrupt the ceremony and “put a stop to the inauguration” and the related proceedings to such a degree that donors to the clandestine effort would “turn on a TV and maybe not even see Trump.” To have riots blot out coverage of Trump, the donor offered “unlimited resources,” including to shut down bridges into D.C.

238. Justice Department: No evidence Trump Tower was wiretapped another of Trumps lies exposed.

(CNN)The Justice Department said in a court filing Friday evening that it has no evidence to support President Donald Trump's assertion in March that his predecessor, Barack Obama, wiretapped the phones in Trump Tower before last year's election.

"Both FBI and NSD confirm that they have no records related to wiretaps as described by the March 4, 2017 tweets," the department's motion reads. NSD refers to the department's national security division.
The motion came in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by a group pushing for government transparency, American Oversight.
On March 4, Trump tweeted: "Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my 'wires tapped' in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism!"
"How low has President Obama gone to tap my phones during the very sacred election process," Trump also tweeted. "This is Nixon/Watergate."
Then-FBI Director James Comey told Congress in March there was no evidence to support the contention that Trump Tower had been wiretapped. "We have no information to support those tweets," he said at a House intelligence committee hearing.
American Oversight said in a statement following the Justice Department's motion: "The FBI and Department of Justice have now sided with former Director Comey and confirmed in writing that President Trump lied when he tweeted the former President Obama 'wiretapped' him at Trump Tower."

239. Jared Kushner wanted secret communications channel with Russia, new report alleges

Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and one of the senior advisers in the Trump administration, was seeking a private communications channel with the Kremlin, according to a new report in The Washington Post.

Kushner and Sergei Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to Washington, spoke of the possibility of coordinating a secret and secure communications channel between the Trump transition team and the Kremlin, U.S. officials briefed on intelligence reports told The Post.

At the same time, a new Reuters report stated that Kushner had at least three previously undisclosed contacts with Kislyak during and after the 2016 presidential campaign. Those contacts included two phone calls between April and November 2016. Seven current and former U.S. officials confirmed the information with Reuters.

Jamie Gorelick, Kushner’s attorney, told Reuters that her client couldn’t recall any phone conversations with Kislyak between April and November of last year.

"Mr Kushner participated in thousands of calls in this time period. He has no recollection of the calls as described. We have asked (Reuters) for the dates of such alleged calls so we may look into it and respond, but we have not received such information," Gorelick said.

The Post said Kushner suggested the use of Russian diplomatic facilities as a way to shield pre-inauguration discussions with Kislyak from monitoring. Kislyak allegedly then relayed the suggestion to his superiors in Moscow. The idea was supposedly broached during a meeting between Kushner and Kislyak during an early December meeting at Trump Tower.
The meeting was initially disclosed in March by the White House. But the FBI now considers the meeting, in addition to another one Kushner had with a Russian banker, to be of investigative interest, people familiar with the matter told the Post.

240. Acting DEA administrator says Trump ‘condoned police misconduct’ in comments about how cops handle suspects

The head of the Drug Enforcement Administration said in an email to staff members over the weekend that President Trump had “condoned police misconduct” in remarking to officers in Long Island that they need not protect suspects’ heads when loading them into police vehicles.

Acting DEA Administrator Chuck Rosenberg wrote that he felt obligated to respond to the president’s comments “because we have an obligation to speak out when something is wrong.” He cited the agency’s core values — among them integrity, accountability and respect and compassion.
“This is how we conduct ourselves. This is how we treat those whom we encounter in our work: victims, witnesses, subjects, and defendants. This is who we are,” Rosenberg wrote.

241. Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. took part in a scam involving Trump SoHo real estate. Then got bailed out with campaign contributions.
Both Trump children, real estate agents & Trump origination were complicit over inflated numbers & false information given to prospective buyers. . “They knew it was wrong.”

From the outset, the particulars of the project were sketchy. The building wasn’t actually in SoHo, just nearby. Zoning laws wouldn’t allow for the building to be a residential tower, so the Trumps sold the project as a “condo-hotel” where buyers essentially purchased a hotel room, which, by law, they were not able to occupy for more than 120 nights a year. The Trump kids partnered on the project with two Soviet-born businessmen, one of whom was Felix Sater, who previously pleaded guilty to racketeering and had spent time in prison for a bar fight where he attacked a man with the stem of a margarita glass.

In 2010, when the Major Economic Crimes Bureau of the D.A.’s office opened an investigation of the siblings, the Trump Organization had hired several top New York criminal-defense lawyers to represent Donald, Jr., and Ivanka. In a meeting with the defense team, Donald Trump, Sr., expressed frustration that the investigation had not been closed. Soon after, his longtime personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, entered the case.

Kasowitz, who by then had been the elder Donald Trump’s attorney for a decade, But, in 2012, Kasowitz donated twenty-five thousand dollars to the reëlection campaign of the Manhattan District Attorney, Cyrus Vance, Jr., making Kasowitz one of Vance’s largest donors. Kasowitz decided to bypass the lower-level prosecutors and went directly to Vance to ask that the investigation be dropped.

Ultimately, Vance overruled his own prosecutors. Three months after the meeting, he told them to drop the case. Kasowitz subsequently boasted to colleagues about representing the Trump children, according to two people. He said that the case was “really dangerous,” one person said, and that it was “amazing I got them off.” (Kasowitz denied making such a statement.)

Just before the 2012 meeting, Vance’s campaign had returned Kasowitz’s twenty-five-thousand-dollar contribution, in keeping with what Vance describes as standard practice when a donor has a case before his office. Kasowitz “had no influence, and his contributions had no influence whatsoever on my decision-making in the case,” Vance said.

But, less than six months after the D.A.’s office dropped the case, Kasowitz made an even larger donation to Vance’s campaign, and helped raise more from others—eventually, a total of more than fifty thousand dollars. After being asked about these donations as part of the reporting for this article—more than four years after the fact—Vance said he now plans to give back Kasowitz’s second contribution, too. “I don’t want the money to be a millstone around anybody’s neck, including the office’s,” he said.

242. Trump voter fraud commission researcher arrested on child pornography charges

A Maryland man arrested this week after authorities said they found child pornography on his cellphone worked for President Trump’s voter fraud commission, according to a senior administration official.
Ronald Williams II, 37, of Suitland, was a researcher for the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, said the official, who requested anonymity to discuss a personnel matter.

243. Trump's Drug Czar Is Protecting Big Pharma's Opioid Epidemic

Trump's nominee to head the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP, the drug czar's office) Tom Marino appears more concerned with helping Big Pharma sell tons of opioid pain pills than helping the DEA battle the crisis that saw more than 60,000 Americans die of drug overdoses last year.

Tom Marino has since withdrawn from consideration for drug czar following the Washington Post/60 Minutes report.

Tom Marino wants to jail pot smokers, yet has a soft spot for the nation's biggest drug pushers.

244. Trump Campaign Staff Publicly Circulated Russian Propaganda on Twitter Before the Election

Top officials tweeted state-backed foreign propaganda disguised as domestic content.

According to the Daily Beast:

“The Twitter account @Ten_GOP, which called itself the 'Unofficial Twitter account of Tennessee Republicans,' was operated from the Kremlin-backed ‘Russian troll farm,’ or Internet Research Agency, a source familiar with the account confirmed.”

The Russian-backed organization responsible for the tweets engaged in a widespread influence campaign that included popular social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

According to former FBI counterterrorism agent Clint Watts, the propaganda content was “designed to look organic” to dupe Americans into promoting the content themselves in the hope of swaying the election.

This is the first tangible evidence presented to the public that members of the Trump campaign team promoted Russian propaganda materials in the course of the election. Some of these campaign members, including Conway and the president's son, are influential within the Trump administration. Conway is now a top White House staffer, serving as counselor to the president.

245. Trump & Vietnam - temporary bone spur deferment......

Sen. John McCain’s criticism of President Trump’s efforts to avoid service in Vietnam wasn’t subtle.

“One aspect of the conflict, by the way, that I will never ever countenance is that we drafted the lowest-income level of America, and the highest-income level found a doctor that would say that they had a bone spur,” McCain (R-Ariz.) said in an interview with C-SPAN that aired Sunday.

The reference was obvious. Trump managed not to have to serve in the military during the war in Vietnam by first seeking deferment because he was in college and, after he graduated, because his doctor reported that he had temporary bone spurs on his heel.
Trump talked to the New York Times about it last summer. The spurs, he said, had been temporary, but a doctor had given him “a very strong letter on the heels.” In a news conference in 2015, Trump couldn’t remember which heel had been affected, and eventually the campaign said it was both.

246. Jeff Sessions Is in Charge of a Bribery Prosecution Involving Two of His Top Donors

Talk about a conflict of interest.

In recent months, a political bribery scandal has gripped Alabama involving the state’s largest coal company and the powerful, politically connected law firm it retained to fend off a federal effort to clean up a badly polluted North Birmingham neighborhood—an undertaking that could result in major financial liability for the company. The controversy has already ensnared one state lawmaker, and it has cast attention on the actions of other Alabama politicians, including the one ultimately responsible for overseeing the bribery case and potential environmental litigation: Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
During his 20 years as a US senator, Sessions pocketed hundreds of thousands of campaign dollars from both Drummond Company, the corporation at the heart of this scandal, and its Birmingham-based law firm, Balch & Bingham. But his ties to Drummond and Balch extend beyond the usual political contributions. Last year, according to documents obtained by Mother Jones and the nonprofit Project on Government Oversight, Sessions intervened to oppose the Environmental Protection Agency action at issue in the bribery case, and he did so just weeks after conferring with Balch lawyers.
Sessions could potentially be a witness for the prosecution in the case his agency has been overseeing. And that would pose a serious conflict of interest. Yet Sessions, who filled a key Justice Department position with a Balch lawyer and who was prepped for his confirmation hearing by an attorney at the firm, has so far taken no steps to recuse himself.

247. Trump campaign analytics company contacted WikiLeaks about Clinton emails

(CNN)The head of a data analytics company linked to the Trump campaign contacted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in 2016 regarding thousands of Hillary Clinton's emails kept on a private server while she was secretary of state, according to four sources familiar with the outreach.

Alexander Nix, the chief executive of Cambridge Analytica, sent an email to several people including top Donald Trump donor Rebekah Mercer, relaying that he had emailed Assange seeking access to emails from Clinton's private server to turn them into a searchable database for the campaign or a pro-Trump political action committee, two of the sources said.

248. Congress to Investigate Deal That Awarded $300M Contract to Trump Donor

The Trump White House has demonstrated an astounding disregard for wasting public funds.
Few things generate bipartisan agreement in Congress these days, but the idea that a two-man firm in Montana with absolutely no experience was hired to rebuild Puerto Rico’s electrical grid at a cost of $300 million, is enough to spur some communication across the aisles.
WASHINGTON — Members of Congress from both parties on Tuesday called for an investigation into a $300 million contract awarded to a small company based in Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s hometown of Whitefish, Montana.

The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority awarded the contract to Whitefish Energy Holdings to help crews restore transmission and distribution lines damaged or destroyed during Hurricane Maria. The two-year-old company had just two full-time employees when the storm hit last month, but says it is contracting with hundreds of workers for the Puerto Rico project.

Pep. Raul Grijalva of Arizona, senior Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee, said Congress “needs to understand why the Whitefish contract was awarded and whether other, more cost-effective options were available.”

A spokesman for Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop, R-Utah, agreed that congressional review was needed. The resources panel oversees Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory.

The size and unknown details of this contract raise numerous questions. This is one of many things the committee is taking a close look at as it continues to work with the resident commissioner, governor’s office and oversight board to ensure Puerto Rico’s recovery is robust, effective and sustained,” said Parish Braden, a spokesman for Bishop.

249. The Interior Department denied that Zinke, a former Montana congressman, played any role in the contract award. Zinke’s son had a summer job at a Whitefish construction site.

Steven Bradbury(Bradbury, Steven), The White House, 2017-06-05

Steven Bradbury, a former George W. Bush administration official who authored legal memos authorizing "enhanced interrogation techniques" that have been regarded as torture, has been Trump nominated to be General Counsel of Transportation.

Bradbury, who is a litigation partner at Dechert LLP in Washington, D.C., was spotted at the White House in March.

In May 2005, Bradbury wrote three memos, including one that authorized the use of 13 different techniques to use against high value detainees, which included dietary manipulation, facial slap or insult slap, cramped confinement, water dousing and waterboarding. The memos later became known as the "torture memos."

He was nominated for assistant attorney general but was blocked in the Senate because of the 2005 memo. The nomination became the crux of a 2008 battle between Senate Democrats and the Bush administration: "In December, Reid offered to confirm 84 stalled administration nominees in exchange for the withdrawal of Bradbury's nomination, but the White House declined, according to Reid."

Bradbury was one of three principal authors (along with John Yoo( Yoo, John) and Jay Bybee(Bybee, Jay )) of different memos defending the use of those interrogation techniques, a legal question that arose after Sept. 11 and continued during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The Trump administration announcement about Bradbury described his time in the Bush administration: "From 2005 to 2009, Mr. Bradbury headed the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he advised the executive branch on a wide range of constitutional and statutory questions, and where he received the Edmund J. Randolph Award and the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service, among other awards."

Abuse of authority corruption
incompetence maleficence mission creep

250. The Trump Family Made Millions from Drug Cartels and the Russian Mafia in Panama City: Report

Maybe we should start calling the president's Florida estate "Mar-a-Narco."

By Liz Posner / AlterNet November 17, 2017, 9:04 AM GMT

Robert Mueller has some new material to work with as he continues his investigation of the Trump administration's ties to Russia. A new report shows that for 10 years, a Trump property in Panama City collected millions of dollars from the Russian mafia and Colombian drug cartels. An investigation from Global Witness, an international NGO that probes corruption and money laundering, reveals how the Trump Ocean Club International Hotel and Tower turned a blind eye to crime lords looking for a safe haven to stash their blood money.
The property, which the lead broker Alexandre Ventura Nogueira describes as “Ivanka Trump’s baby,” listed units for three times the going rate in Panama City, thanks to the Trump name. Nogueira worked closely with the Trump family; he claims he attended at least 10 meetings with Ivanka Trump, who challenged him to sell 100 units in the building. “The agreement was, I had a week to sell 100 units,” Nogueira told Reuters. “I said, ‘I’m going to do better, I’m going to sell without telling (the buyers) the price.'”
Nogueira later fled Panama after he was arrested for unrelated charges of real estate fraud. From his European asylum, he told NBC that at least half of his Trump Ocean Club customers were Russians, including some with “questionable backgrounds." Only later did he learn of their ties to Russian organized crime circles.
NBC reports that Mauricio Ceballos, a former prosecutor in Panama who investigated Trump’s business associates for financial crimes, called the Trump Ocean Club “a vehicle for money laundering.”
Among the shady buyers are:
David Murcia Guzmán, founder of a large Colombian marketing company, who purchased 10 units in the Trump Ocean Club. Guzmán is now in U.S. custody, convicted of laundering money on behalf of drug cartels, and will be extradited to Colombia. Guzmán also has financial ties to the terrorist organization FARC.
Louis Pargiolas, who pleaded guilty in 2009 in Miami to conspiracy to import cocaine.
Stanislav Kavalenka, a Russian national charged in Canada for compelling women into prostitution.
Arkady Vodovozov, convicted in Israel of kidnapping, according to Reuters.

By 2010, Donald Trump had made approximately $74.2 million through his association with the hotel. From 2014-2017, he was paid as much as $13.9 million.

As Global Witness explains:

“The warning signs were there from the outset. The Trump Ocean Club, one of Trump’s most lucrative licensing deals to date, was announced in 2006 and launched in 2011, a period when Panama was known as one of the best places in the world to launder money. Whole neighborhoods in Panama City were taken over by organized crime groups, and luxury developments were built with the purpose of serving as money laundering vehicles.
“Moreover, investing in luxury properties is a tried and trusted way for criminals to move tainted cash into the legitimate financial system, where they can spend it freely. Once scrubbed clean in this way, vast profits from criminal activities like trafficking people and drugs, organized crime, and terrorism can find their way into the U.S. and elsewhere.”
The Trump Organization has shrugged off responsibility in a statement following the news, but legal experts say it should have done its due diligence into the backgrounds of buyers. Arthur Middlemiss, a former Manhattan assistant district attorney and a former head of the global anti-corruption program at JPMorgan, blames the Trumps directly:
“Those who do business there should perform due diligence on others involved in their ventures. If they fail to do so, they risk being liable under U.S. law of turning a blind eye to wrongdoing.”
Watch Ivanka Trump promote the Trump Ocean Club below:

251. A woman approached The Post with dramatic — and false — tale about Roy Moore. She appears to be part of undercover sting operation.

Jaime T. Phillips(Phillips, Jaime T.) said that she got pregnant, that Moore talked her into an abortion, and that he drove her to Mississippi to get it.
In the interview, she told Post reporter Stephanie McCrummen that she was so upset she couldn’t finish her salad.

Phillips claimed to The Washington Post that Roy Moore(Moore, Roy), the Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Alabama, impregnated her as a teenager appears to work with an organization that uses deceptive tactics to secretly record conversations in an effort to embarrass its targets.

In a series of interviews over two weeks, the woman shared a dramatic story about an alleged sexual relationship with Moore in 1992 that led to an abortion when she was 15. During the interviews, she repeatedly pressed Post reporters to give their opinions on the effects that her claims could have on Moore’s candidacy if she went public.

The Post did not publish an article based on her unsubstantiated account. When Post reporters confronted her with inconsistencies in her story and an Internet posting that raised doubts about her motivations, she insisted that she was not working with any organization that targets journalists.

But on Monday morning, Post reporters saw Phillips walking into the New York offices of Project Veritas, an organization that targets the mainstream news media and left-leaning groups. The organization sets up undercover “stings” that involve using false cover stories and covert video recordings meant to expose what the group says is media bias.

The woman who approached Post reporters, Jaime T. Phillips, did not respond to calls to her cellphone Monday morning. Her car remained in the Project Veritas parking lot for more than an hour.

After Phillips was observed entering the Project Veritas office, The Post made the unusual decision to report her previous off-the-record comments.James O’Keefe(O’Keefe, James) , the founder of Project Veritas who was convicted of a misdemeanor in 2010 for using a fake identity to enter a federal building during a previous sting, declined to answer questions about the woman outside the Project Veritas office, a storefront in Mamaroneck, N.Y., on Monday morning shortly after the woman walked inside.
On Nov. 14, a pastor in Alabama said he received a voice mail from a man falsely claiming to be a Post reporter and seeking women “willing to make damaging remarks” about Moore for money. No one associated with The Post made any such call.

252. US plays hardball at UN over Jerusalem vote and loses. Trump & administration reduced to laughing stock.

U.N. Vote Rebukes U.S. for Jerusalem Move LOL...

What a difference a year, and a new administration, makes. When the US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, made her debut at the UN headquarters in New York, she warned: "For those who don't have our backs, we're taking names."

The new Trump administration came in openly hostile toward the international body for being, it claimed, biased against Israel.

It condemned a resolution that President Barack Obama let pass in the Security Council that labelled Israeli settlements a flagrant violation of international law, and Mrs Haley made clear that things were going to be different.

Trump threatens to cut aid to U.N. members over Jerusalem vote

Nearly a year later, the 193 members of the UN learned exactly what Mrs Haley meant that first day.

Ahead of the UN General Assembly vote criticising the Trump administration's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move the American embassy there, Nikki Haley sent a terse letter to dozens of countries.

In it she said that "the president and the United States take this vote personally" and that she had been requested by Mr Trump to "report back on those countries who voted against us".

Trump via Niki Haley threatened to cut off financial aid to countries that vote in favor of a draft United Nations resolution against his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

128 countries just landed on Trump's naughty list

Republicans reach compromise tax plan, expanding tax cuts for the wealthy

House and Senate Republican leaders have reached an agreement in principle that would lower the corporate tax rate to 21 percent beginning in 2018, several people briefed on the plan said, a central component of the $1.5 trillion tax plan they hope to vote into law by next week.

The agreement would also lower the top tax rate for families and individuals from 39.6 percent to at least 37 percent, a change that would deliver a major tax cut for upper-income households.

Trump Just Signed a $1.5 Trillion Tax Cut for the Rich. Here’s How We Could Have Spent That Money.

Wipe out student debt. Fix all of America’s roads and bridges. Fight global warming. All would be cheaper than this bill.

Trump signed the sweeping Republican $1.5 trillion tax bill on Friday morning, ballooning the country’s deficit in order to cut taxes for corporations and America’s wealthiest households, including the president’s. Here are a few other things that sum—or far less—could have funded:

Free college: $600 billion over 10 years
Erase student debt: $1.4 trillion
Universal preschool: $406 billion over 10 years
Repair American infrastructure: $1.1 trillion for roads and bridges, $962 billion for everything else
Universal housing vouchers: $410 billion over 10 years
107 years of children’s health insurance funding: $1.5 trillion
Fight global warming and natural disasters (and bail out Puerto Rico): $1.5 trillion
Build new space stations: $100 billion apiece

253. Republicans reach compromise tax plan, expanding tax cuts for the wealthy

House and Senate Republican leaders have reached an agreement in principle that would lower the corporate tax rate to 21 percent beginning in 2018, several people briefed on the plan said, a central component of the $1.5 trillion tax plan they hope to vote into law by next week.

The agreement would also lower the top tax rate for families and individuals from 39.6 percent to at least 37 percent, a change that would deliver a major tax cut for upper-income households.

Trump Just Signed a $1.5 Trillion Tax Cut for the Rich. Here’s How We Could Have Spent That Money.

Wipe out student debt. Fix all of America’s roads and bridges. Fight global warming. All would be cheaper than this bill.

Trump signed the sweeping Republican $1.5 trillion tax bill on Friday morning, ballooning the country’s deficit in order to cut taxes for corporations and America’s wealthiest households, including the president’s. Here are a few other things that sum—or far less—could have funded:

Free college: $600 billion over 10 years
Erase student debt: $1.4 trillion
Universal preschool: $406 billion over 10 years
Repair American infrastructure: $1.1 trillion for roads and bridges, $962 billion for everything else
Universal housing vouchers: $410 billion over 10 years
107 years of children’s health insurance funding: $1.5 trillion
Fight global warming and natural disasters (and bail out Puerto Rico): $1.5 trillion
Build new space stations: $100 billion apiece

254. Extradition of Ukrainian oligarch with links to Trump campaign inches closer

DOJ: Ex-Manafort Associate Firtash Is Top-Tier Comrade of Russian Mobsters

The Department of Justice has identified a former business associate of ex-Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort as an "upper-echelon [associate] of Russian organized crime."

The declaration came in a 115-page filing as part of the government's case against Dmytro Firtash, a Ukrainian oligarch who was once involved in a failed multimillion-dollar deal to buy New York's Drake Hotel with Manafort, and an important player in the Ukrainian political party for which Manafort worked.

Firtash is being prosecuted for what federal prosecutors in Chicago say was his role in bribing Indian officials in order to get a lucrative mining deal to sell titanium to Boeing.
he likelihood that Ukrainian billionaire oligarch Dmitry Firtash will be forced to answer racketeering charges in a Chicago courtroom increased this week when the Austrian courts rejected an alternate bid to extradite him to Spain.

But Firtash — who has ties to President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort — continues to hope he can stay out of the United States.

Late Wednesday his lawyers acknowledged in court papers that, the Spanish request having been rejected, "Firtash has no right to any further court proceedings in Austria." Still, they hope U.S. District Court Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer will render his extradition moot by dismissing the case before he can be put on a plane by the Austrian government.

Firtash, who is free on bail in Austria after posting a $174 million bond, has been fighting extradition since his 2014 arrest in Vienna on charges he orchestrated an international titanium mining racket involving Chicago-based Boeing. His case had been in legal limbo while the Austrian courts considered the rival bid to extradite him to Spain.

255. Banking exec who got a lifetime ban from ever working in banking again was hired for a top EPA job
In May, the FDIC fined Oklahoma banker Albert Kelly $125,000. According to a consent order, FDIC had “reason to believe that [Kelly] violated a law or regulation, by entering into an agreement pertaining to a loan by the Bank without FDIC approval.”
Two weeks later, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt appointed Kelly to lead an effort to streamline the Superfund program. In July, the FDIC went further, banning Kelly from banking for life. The “order of prohibition from further participation” explained that the FDIC had determined Kelly’s “unfitness to serve as a director, officer, person participating in the conduct of the affairs or as an institution-affiliated party of the Bank, any other insured depository institution.”
But Pruitt, who had received loans from Kelly’s bank, apparently didn’t find Kelly’s unfitness to serve in the financial industry as disqualifying his longtime friend from serving as a top official at the EPA. Since May, Kelly, or Kell as he was known in Oklahoma, has led the effort to streamline the Superfund program — which oversees remediation of some of the country’s most toxic sites.|

256. Lawyer paid $130k to silence adult-film star over sexual encounter with Trump: report

A lawyer for Trump reportedly arranged a six-figure payment to a former adult-film star to keep her from discussing a sexual encounter with Trump, according to a new report Friday.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Michael Cohen, an attorney for the Trump Organization at the time and now Trump’s personal lawyer, arranged for Stephanie Clifford (Clifford, Stephanie ) , known in the industry as Stormy Daniels(Daniels, Stormy), to receive $130,000 as part of a nondisclosure agreement one month before the 2016 presidential election.

Clifford has privately told sources interviewed by the Journal that she and Trump had a consensual sexual encounter in 2006, the year after he and Melania Trump were married. Clifford was 27 years old at the time of the alleged encounter in Lake Tahoe.

A White House official declined to comment to the Journal about the payment, but said that the allegations of the interaction between Trump and Clifford were “old, recycled reports, which were published and strongly denied prior to the election.”
Cohen told the Journal in a statement that Trump “once again vehemently denies” the encounter, but did not comment on the alleged $130,00 payment.

257. Neo-Nazis celebrate Trump ‘shithole’ comment: He’s ‘on the same page as us’

Neo-Nazis and other white supremacists are celebrating President Trump's reported comments referring to Haiti, El Salvador and several African nations as "shithole countries," according to statements collected by The New York Times on Friday

White supremacist Richard Spencer(Spencer, Richard ), an organizer of the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Va., last year, lambasted conservatives defending the president on Fox News for pretending the remark was not racial in nature.
“It’s obviously all about race, and to their credit, liberals point out the obvious,” he told The Times.

The Daily Stormer, the largest neo-Nazi website online, welcomed Trump's reported remark, saying it was evidence he was "more or less on the same page with us."
“This is encouraging and refreshing, as it indicates Trump is more or less on the same page as us with regards to race and immigration,” the site said.

The Washington Post first reported — and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) later confirmed — that during a Thursday meeting on immigration reform, Trump told lawmakers in the Oval Office that the U.S. should take in fewer immigrants from "shithole countries" and more from places like Norway.

The White House did not initially deny Trump made the remarks, but the president tweeted early Friday that the story was false.

"Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Never said 'take them out.' Made up by Dems," Trump tweeted.


258. Did the Kremlin Funnel Money to the NRA to Help Trump? It’s Bizarre, but Conceivable
By December of 2015 it was obvious that presidential candidate Donald Trump, whom most people still considered just an entertaining gadfly, had a very friendly attitude toward Russian president Vladimir Putin. Trump complimented Putin for his strength and his leadership, which he often contrasted with Barack Obama's. He denied reports that Putin had critical journalists killed, defending his admiration for the man by simply saying “I think that my words represent toughness and strength."
I wrote about it for Salon at the time, pointing out that while Trump seemed out of step with what most of us thought was the standard GOP position on the Russian leader, Putin-philia was a phenomenon among a certain sub-set of right-wingers. Marie Cogan of the National Journal had chronicled the "Secret American Subculture of Putin-Worshippers" back in 2013, profiling conservatives who saw the Russian president much as Trump did: a manly contrast to the feminine, weak (and black) American president. When the shirtless Putin was pictured allegedly catching a 46-pound pike, posters on Free Republic swooned with envy:
“I wonder what photoup [sic] of his vacation will the Usurp­er show us? Maybe clip­ping his fin­ger­nails I sup­pose or maybe hanging some cur­tains. Yep manly.”
As it turns out it wasn't just those who hated Obama for being a "metrosexual." Other factions of the conservative movement had taken a liking to the Russian government and its right-wing policies. Ed Kilgore at New York magazine noted back in 2016 that some Christian conservatives liked Putin, naming Franklin Graham, National Organization for Marriage leader Brian Brown, and American Family Association spokesperson Bryan Fischer among the leaders who appreciate Putin's Islamophobia and hostility to gay rights.
White supremacists have been connecting with like-minded white nationalists in Russia for some time. All the top American neo-Nazis from Matthew Heimbach to Richard Spencer have spent time in Russia and extol the virtues of its white homogeneity. None other than former KKK Imperial Wizard David Duke has spent considerable time there. Duke has said that Russia is the “key to white survival."
Since so much of the hardcore right that supports Donald Trump is also very friendly toward Putin it should come as no surprise that gun rights zealots are equally enamored of the macho, white nationalist Russian leader. He is their kind of guy. And they are Russia's kind of guys too.
The Washington Post reported last spring about the remarkable outreach to American right-wing activists by a man named Alexander Torshin, a Russian banker and purportedly close Putin ally who is suspected of international money laundering by the Spanish government. One of the Americans with whom he connected was a Nashville lawyer named G. Kline Preston IV, who had longtime business interests in Russia.
Preston introduced Torshin to David Keane, former head of the NRA and president of the American Conservative Union. With a partner named Maria Butina, they began a Russian gun owners organization which sponsored events and competitions, to which prominent American gun activists were invited.

259. Spin-masters get caught in their own lies. The FBI notified lawmakers late last week that it was unable to preserve text messages exchanged between users.

Lost texts between FBI agent Peter Strzok and lawyer Lisa Page makes conservative heads explode created field day our ALT-RIGHT propagandists. Spin doctors & noise-machine quickly hyped the error into ALT-FACTS 'liberal take down of Trump' by "Secret FBI/DOJ Society".

“We learned today about information that in the immediate aftermath of [Trump’s] election, that there may have been a secret society of folks within the Department of Justice and the FBI -- to include Page and Strzok -- that would be working against him,”Rep.John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, said Monday on Fox News.

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., and other Republicans suggested that a months-old text message between the two FBI officials revealed that "secret society,” and Johnson said a “whistleblower” had corroborated the allegation.
But Johnson refused to publicly release the full text message, sent the day after Trump was elected in November 2016, or to characterize the “whistleblower” in any way.

Noise-machine replete with articles on the 5'th column, deep state mixed with an Democratic/liberal/Obama/Clinton evil agenda.

Several Republicans have used Strzok to suggest Mueller’s investigation is biased against the president.

Trump has frequently clashed with the FBI while in office, attacking specific bureau leaders and saying its reputation is in “tatters.”
Dishonorable actions by Dishonorable people.

Trump and ALT-RIGHT stepped into a pile of their own propaganda when texts were recovered 2017-01-25. Could not have happened to a nicer bunch of guys.

Tweet: Donald J. Trump
Where are the 50,000 important text messages between FBI lovers Lisa Page and Peter Strzok? Blaming Samsung!

10:54 PM - Jan 23, 2018
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260. " Trump ordered the firing last June of Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel overseeing the Russia investigation, according to four people told of the matter, but ultimately backed down after the White House counsel threatened to resign rather than carry out the directive.

The West Wing confrontation marks the first time Mr. Trump is known to have tried to fire the special counsel. Mr. Mueller learned about the episode in recent months as his investigators interviewed current and former senior White House officials in his inquiry into whether the president obstructed justice."

261. Russian Activist Alleges New Link Between the Kremlin and Paul Manafort

This may be hype, but bears recording.

He’s pointing to an escort’s recording of a meeting between a Kremlin official and an oligarch linked to Trump’s indicted campaign chairman.

A story involving a Norwegian yacht, an escort, and her Instagram posts featuring a prominent oligarch are capturing Russia’s attention—and may represent a new and bizarre twist in the story behind Moscow’s links to the Trump campaign.
In a 25-minute video published on YouTube Thursday morning, Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny accused Deputy Prime Minister Sergey Prikhodko—a top foreign policy official—of having been a conduit between the Kremlin and an oligarch linked to the Trump campaign.
With a mix of news clips, Navalny presented the case that during the 2016 election Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska, a past business associate of Paul Manafort, the indicted former Trump campaign chairman, passed to the Kremlin inside information about the Trump campaign he obtained from Manafort. Navalny also cites social media posts from Nastya Rybka, a Russian model and escort who has claimed to have been Deripaska’s mistress and who has written a memoir about their supposed affair titled A Diary of Seducing a Billionaire.
Navalny’s video, produced in the style of a late-night news show, features a recording made by Rybka when she was with Deripaska on his yacht sailing off the coast of Norway. Her video includes photos of Deripaska sitting next to a man who looks very much like Prikhodko, and it includes audio of Deripaska saying the following to Rybka: “We’ve got bad relations with America. Why? Because the friend of Sergey Eduardovich, Nuland is her name, is responsible for them. When she was young, she spent a month on a Russian whaling boat, and after this, she hates the country.”
“Sergey Eduardovich” is a term of respect for Prikhodko, made from his first name and patronym. “Nuland” refers to Victoria Nuland, Obama’s Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs.
Navalny, drawing on flight logs, yacht-docking records, photos from Rybka’s Instagram account, and excerpts from her memoir describing time on a boat with a pseudonymous billionaire lover, suggests that Prikhodko spent several days on a Norwegian fishing trip with Deripaska and Rybka in August 2016.
Navalny also points to news reports that revealed that in July 2016 Manafort, when he was chairing the Trump campaign, emailed an intermediary to offer Deripaska private briefings on the presidential campaign. Manafort and Deripaska had already done about $60 million worth of business, including at least $26 million of loans Deripaska made to a Manafort-linked company. The offer of briefings—there is no evidence Deripaska ever accepted—raised suspicions that Manafort may have been attempting to partially pay off huge debts to Deripaska by offering the Russian mogul access as he led the Trump campaign.

262. A Stormy (Daniels) situation: A porn star scandal Trump can't shake

Stormy Daniels(Daniels, Stormy ), the porn star whom Donald Trump's attorney acknowledges paying $130,000 just before Election Day, believes she is now free to discuss an alleged sexual encounter with the man who is now president.

Michael Cohen, Donald Trump's personal lawyer and all-around fixer, set up a private company that made a $130,000 (£94,000) payment - out of Mr Cohen's personal funds - to adult film actress Stormy Daniels on 17 October, 2016 - just weeks before Mr Trump's shocking general election victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

To place that in the timeline of major presidential election events, that was just 10 days after the infamous Access Hollywood tape in which Mr Trump boasted of making unwanted sexual advances on women made headlines, and 11 days before James Comey's equally infamous letter re-opening the investigation into Mrs Clinton's email server.

According to the Wall Street Journal, which broke the story last month, the payment was made to Ms Daniels in exchange for her agreement not to discuss a year-long extramarital affair she had with Mr Trump that began in 2006.

Cohen has said the president "vehemently denies" any romantic involvement with the adult film star, while the White House called the WSJ story "old, recycled reports, which were published and strongly denied prior to the election".

Would a Trump porn-star sex scandal have made a difference in the election?

Counter-factuals about the 2016 election are a fool's game. What's of more immediate interest is why the Wall Street Journal report hasn't made a bigger splash in the US media and among the public at large. And it's not just a stodgy financial newspaper's reporting, either.

If a good sex scandal needs salacious details, this one has the abundance, due to an extensive 2011 interview Daniels (her real name is Stephanie Clifford) gave to In Touch magazine, which was published in full on Friday.

According to the report, Daniels discusses in detail how she allegedly met Mr Trump (at a golf tournament), their various dalliances (a first date in his hotel room, where he met her in his pajamas), his television-watching habits and his obsession with and overwhelming fear of sharks (he allegedly said he wished the species would die).

Back in 2016, multiple news outlets were apparently pursuing the story. Slate editor Jacob Weisberg has recounted his communications with Daniels, who he said had alleged the romantic involvement with Mr Trump.
"Daniels said she had some corroborating evidence, including the phone numbers of Trump's long-time personal assistant Rhona Graff and his bodyguard Keith Schiller, with whom she said she would arrange rendezvous," Weisberg writes. "While she did not share those numbers with me, I did speak to three of Daniels' friends, all of whom said they knew about the affair at the time, and all of whom confirmed the outlines of her story."

263. New Yorker: Ex-Playmate alleges Trump system for covering up affairs

Washington (CNN)A former Playboy model who claims she had an affair with Donald Trump beginning in 2006 is going public with a description of Trump's alleged system for concealing affairs.

In an eight-page, handwritten document that The New Yorker obtained, Karen McDougal(McDougal, Karen) detailed her alleged affair with Trump for nine months from June 2006 to April 2007, when Trump was two years into his marriage with Melania Trump, the future first lady. The document was provided to The New Yorker by McDougal's friend, but she confirmed to the magazine that the handwriting in the document is hers.
The magazine's story was published on Friday.

The document describes how Trump allegedly carried out his affair with McDougal -- paying for dinner in a private bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel, offering her money after the first time they had sex and reimbursing her for travel.

"No paper trails for him," McDougal wrote, according to The New Yorker

The story, published Friday, alleges that American Media, Inc., the publisher of the National Enquirer, took extensive measures to ensure that it had legal control over McDougal's story, especially in the run-up to the 2016 presidential elections. (David Pecker, the CEO and chairman of A.M.I., once described Trump as a "personal friend").

According to the New Yorker piece, McDougal and Trump first met in June 2006, when the real estate mogul taped an episode of The Apprentice at the Playboy Mansion. After coming onto McDougal and asking for her phone number, Trump allegedly began a nine-month affair with the former Playmate of the Year while married to Melania (their son Barron was just a few months old at the time).

A spokesperson for the White House issued a statement denying the affair in response to the story, saying, "This is an old story that is just more fake news. The President says he never had a relationship with McDougal." A.M.I. issued its own statement, noting that though it had initially expressed interest in McDougal's story, the company ultimately did not run the story "because it did not find it credible."

A White House spokesperson said in a statement to CBS News that Mr. Trump denies having had an affair with McDougal.

"This is an old story that is just more fake news," the spokesperson said. |

The story comes the same week after Stormy Daniels, the porn star whom Mr. Trump's attorney acknowledges paying $130,000 just before Election Day, believes she is now free to discuss an alleged sexual encounter with the man who is now president.
264. At the same time, developments in the bizarre case fueled questions about whether such a payment could violate federal campaign finance laws.

Trump Throws His Weight Behind Pro-Confederate Flag Candidate with Ties to the Alt-Right

Stewart calls Confederate statues "part of our identity." He was born and raised in Minnesota.

Trump has just endorsed a white supremacist running for the U.S. Senate. Republican Corey Stewart(Stewart, Corey) Tuesday night won the primary in Virginia. He will face Democratic U.S. Senator Tim Kaine(Kaine , Tim).
Congratulations to Corey Stewart for his great victory for Senator from Virginia. Now he runs against a total stiff, Tim Kaine, who is weak on crime and borders, and wants to raise your taxes through the roof. Don’t underestimate Corey, a major chance of winning!

"During his 2017 run for governor, Stewart made several joint appearances with white supremacist Jason Kessler(Kessler, Jason) , the organizer of the deadly Charlottesville rally," Huff Post notes. "After that rally, Stewart chastised his fellow Republicans for criticizing the white nationalists, saying violent people on the left were also to blame for the violence." KKK NAZI

265. CNN Segment Goes Off the Rails After GOP Strategist Rick Wilson Calls Trump 'A Serial, Constant, Helpless Liar'

A CNN debate about whether the Republican Party has become the cult of President Donald Trump went completely off the rails Wednesday as conservative commentators Rick Wilson and Ben Ferguson clashed.
Wilson started by defending remarks from Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), who said Wednesday that Republicans are behaving like they're in a cult around Trump. Wilson argued that "cult" was probably not even a strong enough word, as party members feel obliged not to actually challenge the president on anything, even when he is blatantly lying.
But then Ben Ferguson, a Trump supporter, took over, and things went completely downhill. He unleashed a torrent of banal pro-Trump talking points about how Trump "draining the swamp" and taking on the establishment. Ferguson pointed out — correctly — that Corker isn't running again in 2018 because he knows he has no chance of winning, but he failed to explain how that had anything to do with the Republican Party's embarrassing obedience to Trump.

266. The best description I've heard for the Trump Presidency so far.

"The Trump Presidency is a bust out joint."

On one of the early afternoon shows yesterday on MSNBC, the host had two lawyers on, discussing the Trump Foundation civil charges. One of them was a long time New York attorney, and in just eight words, he described the Trump Presidency absolutely perfectly. He said, "The Trump Presidency is a bust out joint."
Being born in, and living most of my life in Chicago, I understood him perfectly. For those of you unfamiliar with mob terminology, I'll briefly explain, and you'll see what I mean.
A bust out joint is a legitimate business. One way or another, usually through either extortion, or unpaid loan shark money, the mob moves in and takes over operation of the business. Let's just say it's a bar. They go on a spending spree, using the bar's lines of credit. The buy as much booze as the liquor distributor will give them on credit. They buy glasses, new cash registers, bar stools, anything they can buy on credit, until the place is maxed out. And when the bills come due, they empty the register, back up a truck, load everything into it and disappear. They sell everything as pure profit, and the bar goes belly up.
The Trump Presidency truly is a classic bust out operation. Since day one, Trump has leveraged the Presidency for everything he can lay his hands on. Pimping his schlock condos, spending weekends and holding summits at Mar-A-Lago or Trump National, and billing the government for his secret service protection rooms and food. Violating the emoluments clause of the constitution, taking payments from foreign dignitaries and businessmen staying at The Trump DC hotel. Jacking up membership fees at Trump golf resorts. And don't forget about Ivanka getting Chinese patents up the wazoo.

267. Trump Confidant Roger Stone Admits He Met with A Russian Offering Dirt on Hillary Clinton During the 2016 Campaign
The meeting marks yet another effort by members of the Trump campaign to obtain information from a foreign entity.Roger Stone(Stone, Roger), Donald Trump’s longtime adviser and self-described “dirty trickster” met with a Russian national offering damaging information on Hillary Clinton in May 2016, the Washington Post reports.
At the meeting in Sunny Isles, FL, Stone said Henry Greenberg(Greenberg, Henry), a Russian restaurateur, asked Stone for $2 million in exchange for dirt on Clinton. Stone told the Post he shot down Greenberg’s request.
“You don’t understand Donald Trump,” Stone said he told Greenberg. “He doesn’t pay for anything.”

Greenberg denies asking Stone for money.

Stone also communicated about the meeting with Michael Caputo, a former Trump communications aide who once worked to rehab Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Trump makes misleading claims about Crimea, FBI, North Korea

268. Trump makes misleading claims about FBI

Trump: "Manafort has nothing to do with campaign...Worked for me for a very short period of time -- worked for many other Republicans -- he worked for me for 49 days or something."

The facts: Paul Manafort, a longtime Republican strategist and lobbyist, joined the Trump campaign in March 2016 and was put in charge of persuading GOP convention delegates to back Mr. Trump. This was seen as a crucial task at the time, because while Mr. Trump was on his way to winning the nomination through the primaries, many in the GOP at the time were discussing ways to block him at the convention and give the nod to someone else.
"Paul is a great asset and an important addition as we consolidate the tremendous support we have received in the primaries," Mr. Trump said in a statement as Manafort came aboard.

269. Obama and Crimea

Trump: "President Obama lost Crimea, just so you understand...President Obama lost Crimea. Because Putin didn't respect President Obama, Obama lost Crimea. President Obama, not Trump."

The facts: Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was removed from office amid widespread protests in February 2014. In response, Russia annexed the strategically important Crimean peninsula in the Black Sea, which is home to major Russian naval assets.
Short of all-out war, there was little the Obama administration could have done to prevent Russia from overrunning Crimea. However, the U.S. did respond with strict sanctions in league with its European allies. Russia's invasion and absorption of Crimea was also widely condemned by the broader international community, which further isolated Moscow.
270. The DOJ inspector general report

Trump: "I think the report yesterday, maybe more importantly than anything, totally exonerates me. There was no collusion. There was no obstruction."

The facts: The Justice Department inspector general report does not address the questions of obstruction or collusion on Mr. Trump or anyone associated with him. Rather, the report examines the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server, offering a stern rebuke for the behavior of some Bureau officials, including then-director James Comey and agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. However, it also found that while some agents may have been biased against Mr. Trump, the decision not to prosecute Clinton was the correct one.
The report suggests Strzok, who led both the Clinton and Russia investigations, may have acted improperly. During its investigation, the inspector general uncovered text messages Strzok exchanged with top FBI lawyer Lisa Page.
In August 2016, Page texted Strzok asking: "[Trump] is not ever going to become president, right? Right?!"
Strzok replied, "No. No he won't. We'll stop it."
Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz concluded that in the thousands of texts, Strzok and Page were critical of both candidates and "brought discredit to themselves and sowed doubt about the FBI " in its handling of the Clinton and then the Russia investigations. But the inspector general did not find political considerations affected the outcome of either agent's work.
So while the report is at times a damning indictment of the behavior of some FBI officials, it in no way "exonerates" Mr. Trump from any of the allegations Mueller is investigating.

271. Trump Garbles Canadian Trade Stats

The official U.S. statistics on trade with Canada show that the United States has a trade surplus with our neighbor to the north. The U.S. surplus was $2.8 billion in 2017, according to the Census Bureau. Yet, Trump has claimed that the U.S. has “close to $100 billion a year loss with Canada” or $17 billion “minimum.”
Both figures refer to trade in goods only, not services. And the $100 billion figure factors in re-exports, which are products that come from a third country to the U.S. but travel through Canada.
The U.S. isn’t “losing” $100 billion on trade.
Trump used his figures in a tweet on June 10, a day after he criticized Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and said the U.S. wouldn’t sign a joint statement issued by the other G-7 nations after the leaders met in Canada.


272. With Misleading Claims, Trump Dismisses 1994 North Korea Nuclear Deal

Following his summit meeting with Kim Jong-un, Trump claimed that North Korea “took billions of dollars” during the Clinton administration for “nothing.” Neither is true.

“In one case, they took billions of dollars — during the Clinton regime — took billions of dollars and nothing happened.”
— Mr. Trump, speaking to reporters in Singapore on Tuesday.

This is misleading.

The highly anticipated meeting in Singapore ended with a joint statement in which Mr. Kim committed to “complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.” Later, at a news conference, Mr. Trump recounted how Mr. Kim had contrasted the continuing negotiations with a 1994 nuclear deal that was struck with North Korea during the administration of President Bill Clinton.
Under the 1994 deal, North Korea was to be provided with $4 billion in energy aid for heavy oil shipments and two light-water nuclear reactors. In exchange, North Korea agreed to freeze and dismantle its nuclear weapons program.
By the time the deal broke down years later, during the presidency of George W. Bush, the aid the United States had provided amounted to hundreds of millions of dollars — not “billions of dollars.”
From 1994 to 2003, the United States contributed over $400 million in financial support to the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization, or K.E.D.O., the international consortium tasked with overseeing the project. Most of that money went toward fuel shipments.

273. Trump was sustained through 2008 real estate crash by all-cash transactions from Russian oligarchs

McClatchy documents a flurry of all-cash sales that Donald Trump made directly to oligarchs, mobsters, and Putin-allies in Russian and former Soviet states while the real estate market was in freefall. That includes deals for people who were heavily involved in the Russian-invaded territory of Crimea. These cash-up-front transactions aren’t a sideline for Trump. They are the core of his business.

Buyers connected to Russia or former Soviet republics made 86 all-cash sales—totaling nearly $109 million—at 10 Trump-branded properties in South Florida and New York City, according to a new analysis shared with McClatchy. Many of them made purchases using shell companies designed to obscure their identities.

Where previous reports have demonstrated that Russian oligarchs dragged Trump back from bankruptcy after his failures in Atlantic City, McClatchy’s list of cash-only transactions from Russia and former Soviet territories show how Trump was kept solvent and expanding even as the real estate market was crashing in 2008. While other companies were dependent on legitimate businesses working through mortgage companies that had suddenly tightened their belts, Trump was not.

Alphabetical Index
A Russian Offering Dirt on Hillary Clinton 113
Abedi, Salman 58
Abuse of authority 91
advised' the US news media to keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while. 22
Albert Kelly 101
bigot 72
blasts Trump for encouraging Police brutality 77
Bowling Green Massacre 24
Boy Scouts of America 75
Bradbury, Steven 90
Brennan, John 57
bribery 88
BSA Apologize Over President Trump’s Remarks at Jamboree 75
Burr, Richard 57
Bush 91
Bybee, Jay 91
Carter Page 42
Chaffetz, Jason 57
Charlottesville 103
child pornography charges 85
CIA 57
Cites Grizzly Bears During Guns-in-Schools Debate 26
Clifford, Stephanie 102
Clinton's popular vote lead approaches 3 million 29
Coats, Daniel 56
Comey, James 55
Comey, James B. 45p., 49p., 65
Conway, meanwhile, insists that protests are not democratic. 29
Corey Stewart 111
corruption 91
coverup 42
cyber-attack on at least one US voting software supplier 62
Daniel Coats 56
Daniel Ralph Heyman 47
Daniels, Stormy 102, 108
Deportation of Jews 39
Desiree Fairooz 45
detailed her alleged affair with Trump 110
DNI 55
domestic violence 47
Donald J. Trump 55pp.
Donald Trump 58, 65, 89
Donald, Trump 75p.
Elijah Cummings 57
enhanced interrogation techniques 91
Eric Trump 62p.
Eric Trump funneled cancer charity money to his businesses 62
Eric Trump funneled cancer charity money to his businesses, 62
Eric Trump suspends operations of his charitable foundation 63
excludes US media from meeting 47
Fairooz, Desiree 45
Fake Intelligence 41
False denials from Pence continue to stack up 55
FBI 35, 37, 42, 44p., 47, 49p., 54pp., 65
FBI refused to cover up Russians/trump and 2016 election data. 35
Flynn seeking immunity from prosecution 56
Flynn, Michael 56
Flynn, Mike 68
fox guarding the hen house 40
fraudulent 42
GOP's Obamacare Repeal Plan Swiftly Chokes 74
Greenberg, Henry 113
handcuffing Muslim toddlers 23
Henry Greenberg 113
Heyman, Daniel Ralph 47
Hillary Clinton 89
Hillary Clinton should be hanged for treason. 43
Hillary Clinton should be shot, 43
Hillary Clinton was a 43
Impeach-O-Meter 63
impeachment 56
incompetence 91
intent to obstruct justice. 50
intentionally lying to the public 42
Jaime T. Phillips 94
James B. Comey 45p., 49p., 65
James Comey 55
James O'Keefe 21
James O’Keefe 95
Jared Kushner 49
Jason Chaffetz 57
Jason Kessler 111
Jay Bybee 91
Jeff Sessions 38, 45, 48, 72
John Brennan 57
John Yoo 91
Julian Assange 89
Just another day on America’s steep ascending path back to greatness. 34
Justice Department opens an investigation into Flynn's lobbying activities 53
Kaine , Tim 111
Kalugin, Mikhail 48
Karen McDougal 110
Kellyanne Conway to Trump critics
Be careful what you say 23
Kessler, Jason 111
Kislyak 48
Kislyak, Sergei 42
Kislyak, Sergey 38, 48
KKK 111
Kremlin Funnel Money to the NRA to Help Trump 103
Kushner, Jared 49
Kushner, Nicole Meyer 49
Lavrov, Sergey 48
Liberal Genocide 39
lies 65
Link Between the Kremlin and Paul Manafort 107
maleficence 91
Manafort, Paul 42, 57
May , Theresa 58
McConnell, Mitch 57
McDougal, Karen 110
Michael Flynn 48, 56
Michael S. Rogers 56
Michael Surbaugh 75
Mike Flynn 68
Mike Pence 55
Mikhail Kalugin 48
mission creep 91
Mitch McConnell 57
Moore, Roy 94
More Americans voted for Hillary Clinton 30
Mueller , Robert 68
NAZI 111
neo-Nazi 103
Nicole Kushner Meyer 49
noise-machine 105
Noise-machine 105
NSA 55p.
NSA Chief implies Donald Trump Colluded With Russia 58
Nugent Facebook page and repeatedly praised the usage of the word “nigger. 43
O'Keefe, James 21
O’Keefe, James 95
Obama a 43
Obama administration U.S. attorneys to resign 40
obstructed justice 106
Page, Carter 42
Paul Manafort 42, 57
Paul Ryan 57
Pence, Mike 55
perjury 65
Peter W. Smith 68
Phillips, Jaime T. 94
pilfering emails of Clinton campaign 68
Playmate alleges Trump system for covering up affairs 109
Post reveals Flynn's lies about his Russian contacts. Everything is now public. 54
private server 89
Project Veritas 95
protesters against him have been secretly paid Professional anarchists, 29
Putin 103
Reality Winner 61
Repudiate the Russia Investigation 55
Richard Burr 57
Richard Selby 45
Richard Spencer 103
Roger Stone 57, 113
Rogers, Michael S. 56
Roy Moore 94
Russia probe 65
Russian influence in the election and potential coordination with the Trump campaign 68
Russian Offering Dirt on Hillary Clinton 113
Ryan, Paul 57
Sally Yates warns the White House that Flynn has lied 54
Salman Abedi 58
Scott Pruitt 101
secret communications channel with Russia 82
Secret FBI/DOJ Society 105
secret society 105
Selby, Richard 45
Sen. Ron Johnson 105
Sergei Kislyak 42
Sergey Kilyak 48
Sergey Kislyak 48
Sergey Kislyak 38
Sergey Lavrov 48
Sessions, Jeff 38, 45, 72
shithole 102p.
skimmed from donations to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital 62
Smith, Peter W. 68
Spencer, Richard 103
Stephanie Clifford 102
Stephanie McCrummen 94
Steven Bradbury 92
Stewart, Corey 111
Stone, Roger 57, 113
Stormy Daniels 102, 108
subhuman mongrel 43
Surbaugh, Michael 75
Theresa May 58
Tim Kaine 111
torture 91
treason 54
Trump 87, 102
Trump Accused of Laundering Money Through Pediatric Cancer Charity 63
Trump administration correct abuses in the EB-5 visa program 49
Trump and Putin Held Undisclosed Meeting at G-20 73
Trump asks Comey to kill the investigation into Flynn. 54
Trump Donald 75p.
Trump Fan Who Shot Anti-Fascist Protester Set Free While Journalists Face 10 Years in Prison for Doing Their Jobs 31
Trump fires Comey. 54
Trump fires FBI Director Comey 45
Trump fires Flynn 54
Trump miscasts impact on trade of Chinese taxes 2
Trump Presidency is a bust out joint 112
Trump relationship with Russian organized crime 42
Trump Repeats Lie About Popular Vote 29
Trump will keep list of White House visitors Log secret 46
Trump, Donald 55pp., 65
Trump, Eric 62p.
Trump's national security decisions 35
Trumps ethics chief announces he will step down 69
Unhinged Phone Calls With Foreign Leaders 26
Veritas 95
Vladimir Putin 103
white supremacist 111
Whitehouse claims British electronic intelligence agency, had helped Obama wiretap Trump 41
WikiLeaks 89
Winner, Reality 61
Wiretap Trump 38, 41
worthless bitch 43
Yoo, John 91
Flynn is hired by the Turkey-U.S. Business Council for $600,000 53


Trump trash listing.


This list begins with 101 more or less cut & paste entries. Full credit & thanks to the Daily Wire . As spirit is willing will append cut & paste trump embarrassments starting 102.

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Trump & Company (249) and expanding list of disappointments:

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My list of Trump & Company ( 229 ) & ever growing list of disappointments:

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My list of Trump & Company ( 229 ) & ever growing list of disappointments:

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