Monthly Archives: March 2017

Misadventures of a minority-elect President 48

NYT claims Trump is just as much of an ass in private as he is in public, Trump had absolutely no idea what was in the fraudulent TrumpCare bill he backed, Trump’s growing list of empty lies and idle boasts – as well as the growing list of Trump scandals being muted by his other scandals, Nunes and the White House colluding to halt Trump’s Russia scandal – which is treason, Trump’s fraudulent tax plan – the rich pay less and you make up the difference, Trump’s idiocy still on full display via Twitter, Trump’s online trolls are screwed if he guts online privacy, issues over the White House spying on the FBI to support Trump’s fabricated claims of Obama wiretapping, it’s time for Devin Nunes to be held accountable for his illegal actions, Trump’s own standards put the White House in deep legal trouble, once again Trump’s words come back to bite him in the ass, another broken promise reveals that Trump is nothing but a serial liar, Trump’s White House referred to as a runaway train, the Conspiracy Theories of Trumpland, reflections on Trump’s construction of his own Watergate and more.

In Private, It Turns Out That Trump Is Pretty Much the Same article from Mother Jones. –

Chris Hayes: Trump ‘Knew Literally – And I Mean Literally – Nothing About’ His Health-Care Bill article from the Nation. –

Trump scandals risk inuring Americans to government corruption video from Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. –

Trail of Broken Promises: Donald Trump’s Lengthening List of Empty Lies and Idle Boasts article from AlterNet. –

“He was going to investigate voter fraud, end crime in Chicago and crush ISIS. Oh yeah—there was also health care.

The pattern Donald Trump follows in making promises has been clear since he first rode that gilded escalator in Trump Tower to his presidential campaign announcement nearly two years ago. It goes something like this:

1. Assert something untrue based on a canard oozing from the right-wing fever swamps that you heard repeated on some Fox News show or other. (For example: “Obamacare is collapsing.” Or “Afghanistan is safer than our inner cities.”)

2. Spit out a half-formed solution that you seem not to have thought about or have given no thought to until just that moment.

3. Try to implement policy based on this idea, only to see it get slapped down by courts, legislators and objective reality…”

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Misadventures of a minority-elect President 47

Trump finding it hard for a President with a 36 percent approval rating to threaten those he loathes and make deals, calls for new standards for presidential candidates amid growing concerns over Trump’s mental health, Trump’s delusions aren’t making America safe at all, making a mistake after telling everyone ‘we don’t make mistakes,’ Trump is costing America billions of dollars because people don’t want to come to his America, one key allegation in Trump’s Russia dossier confirmed, majority of Americans disagree with minority-elect President Trump’s hard line stances on climate change, Trump’s deranged cable news obsession, what must be done in the time of Trump – who must be held accountable, Trump’s outlook going from bad to worse, Trump has GOP gerrymandering to blame for his issues with the “Freedom Caucus,” Trump can still make a comeback – though it’s highly improbable, Trump’s White House happens to ‘find’ material supporting Trump’s fraudulent wiretap claims, beware of Trump’s phony ‘terror’ list designed to gin up fear of Muslims in support of his unconstitutional Muslim ban, claims that Russia aided Trump in the 2016 GOP Primary too, Trump’s former National Security Adviser seeking immunity to tell his story in Trump’s Russia scandal, killing civilians at an alarming rate by ramping up America’s illegal wars in the Middle East and more.

Trump fails at the art of the political deal article from Yahoo! News. –

Expert calls for new standards for presidential candidates mid growing concerns over Trump’s mental health article from AOL News. –

Poll shows Americans trust some media outlets more than Trump article from AOL. –

Tomgram: Rajan Menon, Making America Insecure Again article from Tom Dispatch. –

“Terror attacks like the recent one in London send a shudder through Americans. Since 9/11, they have been the definition of what TomDispatch regular Rajan Menon calls “national (in)security.” They’ve also been the lifeblood of a media machine that loves to focus 24/7 on immediate and obvious horrors (especially against folks like “us”). In the age of Donald Trump, preventing such attacks has, if anything, become even more the essence of what American security is all about.

And yet, in the context of the insecurity to come in this world, they are essentially nothing. It is, of course, a terrible thing when some disturbed fanatic or set of fanatics gun down or run down innocent civilians in London, Berlin, Paris, or San Bernardino (as it should be, but in our American world isn’t, when a U.S. plane or drone kills innocent civilians in distant lands). But if, for a moment, you stop to think in either nuclear terms (as in the pairing of North Korea’s unnerving leader Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump) or in climate change terms, then those attacks are the smallest of potatoes when it comes to national insecurity. If you really want to think about acts of “terror,” consider what Donald Trump and his climate-denying crew at the Environmental Protection Agency and elsewhere in his administration would like to do to the environmental policies of the world’s second-largest emitter of greenhouse gases.

Trump’s urge is clearly to negate every positive act of the Obama administration when it comes to reining in the use of fossil fuels — from the Paris climate agreement to the Clean Power Plan aimed at shutting down coal-fired power plants. In the end, if a Trump presidency takes this country out of the climate change sweepstakes entirely, if it opens the flood (and fracking) gates yet wider on the development of fossil fuels of every sort while tamping down the development of alternative energy sources, you’re talking about an act of terror on a scale that would once have been inconceivable. What the Trump administration is already trying to do should lead to constant headlines of a sort that would put the recent London ones to shame. However, because the full impact of Trump’s climate terror won’t strike home until the era of our grandchildren or even great-grandchildren, because his version of terror will be enacted on a time scale that plays havoc with our usual sense of history and of our own lives, he’ll undoubtedly get only the most modest of attention for it — while Khalid Masood, the London killer, and his successors will remain the eternal headliners du jour…”

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Misadventures of a minority-elect President 46

Reince Priebus plays a starring role in taking the blame for Trump’s ineptitude, answers as to why Trump panics about the probe into his Russia scandal – part of which involving his son-in-law is unraveling, Trump may have screwed himself on getting support from Democrats in Congress, Trump’s EPA could end up greenlighting chemicals that damage humans – especially children, why Trump may not be able to defund sanctuary cities resisting his pernicious Muslim Ban, Trump’s stealth war of retaliation against sanctuary cities, incessant insecurity and infighting in Trump’s White House continues growing, flip-flopping – in typical fraudulent Trump fashion – on getting Obamacare replaced, Trump and the U.S. budget are unable to keep up with his promises, destroying President Obama’s climate plan and the environment might not be as easy as Trump thinks, Trump’s approval rating sinks to new low twice in one week, the pernicious egregiousness of Trump’s executive order on destroying the environment and climate, the existential threat posed by Trump’s treasonous White House, GOP still covering up Trump’s crimes and Russia scandal, GOP still hiding Trump’s tax returns – for the third time, getting more organized to resist and deal with the trauma that Trump is, Trump’s ignorance extends to foreign affairs – which is a big problem and more.

In Trump’s White House drama, Priebus is favorite target article from the AP on Yahoo! News. –

White House’s explanation for Kushner’s secret meeting with a Russian banker unravels article from Think Progress. –

Now we know why Trump panicked about Russia probe article from the Chicago Tribune. –

“You know things are looking grim for President Donald Trump when he starts tweeting about Hillary Clinton again. Monday evening he sounded trapped and wounded: “Why isn’t the House Intelligence Committee looking into the Bill & Hillary deal that allowed big Uranium to go to Russia, Russian speech.”

Well, perhaps it is because she is not president, did not hold back her tax returns, did not constantly cheer for Vladimir Putin, did not hire a host of pro-Putin flunkies and did not have aides who lied about contact with Russian officials.

Trump’s tweet certainly appears to be an attempt to deflect attention and to shift discussion away from the newest revelation about the Trump Russia scandal. The Post reports:

“The Trump administration sought to block former acting attorney general Sally Yates from testifying to Congress in the House investigation of links between Russian officials and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, The Washington Post has learned, a position that is likely to further anger Democrats who have accused Republicans of trying to damage the inquiry…”

Trump realizes he shouldn’t have written Democrats off – but he’s already screwed himself article from the Business Insider on Yahoo! News. –

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Misadventures of a minority-elect President 45

Today’s misadventures of a minority-elect President begin with Trump’s latest rant taking aim at Hillary Clinton’s ties to Russia to deflect attention away from his growing scandals and ineptitude, government ethics watchdog to review Trump’s profits fraudulently made at U.S. taxpayer expense, Trump exposed as an unrepentant scam artist over TrumpCare failure, the delusional dipshittery that is the Trump family name continues creating massive conflicts of interest and law violations, timeline of events that unfolded during election makes Trump-Russia ties look bad, Trump spreads more fake news on Hillary’s uranium deal, Trump issues decree destroying climate and the environment, popularity for our illegitimate president hits a new low, Trump’s growing ethical issues bordering on criminal, bribing Democrats in an effort to garner support for his upcoming fraudulent tax reform con, still trying to do everything he can – aided by the GOP-led U.S. Congress – to deflect attention away from his out-of-control Russia scandal, doubling down on the America’s illegal Middle Eastern wars he pretended to criticize and much more.

Trump calls for investigation into Hillary Clinton, Russia connection article from AOL News. –

In one of his latest rants Trump takes aim at Hillary Clinton’s ties to Russia to deflect attention away from his growing scandal.

The Republican Party Is Catastrophically Broken article from the Nation. –

“The humiliating failure to repeal Obamacare reveals the GOP is not a national governing party–and Trump is a failure as president…”


U.S. government watchdog to review Mar-a-Lago trips, Trump hotel profits article from Yahoo! News. –

Holding U.S. taxpayers accountable for the cost of vacations that include massive profits at personal properties is questionable, and knowing Trump, most likely fraudulent too.

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Misadventures of a minority-elect President 44

Today’s misadventures begins with the reason Republicans are constantly defending Trump’s most ridiculous lies – which will eventually come back to hurt them, Trump’s popularity continues staying in the basement, a timeline of the long, twisted history of the Trump-Russia scandal, the fraud that is Donald Trump is about to implode, questioning whether or not our minority-elect President is delusional enough to try and carry out a false flag terrorist attack, Jeb Bush realizes that Trump is a distraction in and of himself, relearning Democracy in the tenacious Trump era, Fox faux News send out alert about Trump working at the White House, demanding credit for Obama’s successes, reforming surveillance in the age of Donald Trump, further entrenching corruption in the Trump family tree, health care battle could hurt Trump’s tax overhaul plan, ruling by decree in the land of delusion to try and destroy every good thing your popular predecessor did, letter to the loser and more.

Why Republicans dutifully defend Trump’s most ridiculous lies article from the Week. –

“In the past, presidents have told big lies mostly for one of two reasons. In the midst of scandal or failure, they told lies to protect themselves and deny that they had done wrong: I am not a crook, we did not trade arms for hostages, I did not have sexual relations with that woman. Or they lied to convince the public to go along with a policy initiative, whether a war or a tax cut or a new program, when the truth was insufficiently persuasive.

Unlike his predecessors, President Trump lies for any reason at all.

I imagine the sinking feeling his aides get when he blurts out another whopper. “Now I’m going to have to go out and defend this,” they say with a sigh, then huddle together to arrive at the least laughable spin they can come up with, so they can rationalize the lie — which Trump will of course be unwilling to retreat from.

White House staff have little choice but to reinforce, justify, and repeat their boss’ lies, though I suppose they could retain some shred of dignity and integrity by quitting. But what about Trump’s fellow Republicans, particularly the ones in Congress? They’re in an uncomfortable position, knowing that he’s still popular with the GOP base and so not having his back could have electoral costs. Being a “maverick” might sound appealing, but not when it’s going to cost you lots of votes or hinder your ability to work with the rest of the party on your legislative priorities…”

Poll: Trump’s approval rating drops after his ‘worst week’ as president article from AOL News. –

Dollar, Equities Drop on Doubts Trump Can Deliver: Markets Wrap article from Bloomberg Markets. –

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Democrats introduce bill to force Trump to disclose names of anyone who visits the White House or ‘any other location at which the President or Vice-President conducts business,’ Trump praises supporters after fight breaks out at pro-Trump rally, protecting our minority-elect President’s daughter is irksome, Trump’s ever-changing blame game for bigly losing on TrumpCare while trying to throw Paul Ryan under the bus on Fox ‘News,’ a bold prediction on Trump’s resignation – unless by some miracle he’s finally held accountable for his felonious actions, secretly adding more ground troops to the illegal war – attempted coup – in Syria, more Trump supporters realizing they’ve been conned, with Trump’s GOP brown shirts – and his corrupt ‘Justice Department’ – protecting his corrupt actions, there is a new front emerging to contain our Liar-in-Chief’s presidency, the week when Trump’s Obama wiretap fantasy died and more.

Democrats introduce ‘MAR-A-LAGO’ Act to force Trump to provide visitor logs article from NBC on AOL News. –

Fights erupt at pro-Trump rally on California beach article from Yahoo! News. –

Security, Parking, Garbage Irk Ivanka Trump’s D.C. Neighbors article from the AP on Yahoo! News. –

“WASHINGTON (AP) — Residents of a posh Washington neighborhood say Ivanka Trump and her family don’t make for very good neighbors, taking up much of the parking on an already crowded street and leaving trash bags at the curb for days. A big part of the complaint: a huge security presence, with even a trip to the playground requiring three vans.

Neighbors of Trump, her husband Jared Kushner and their three children have groused that sidewalks have been closed, public parking overrun and that the family and their staff haven’t learned the trash pickup schedule outside their $5.5-million home.

“It has been a three-ring circus from the day that they’ve moved in,” Marietta Robinson, who lives across the street, told the Associated Press.

The house in the Kalorama neighborhood was bought in December by a company with ties to a Chilean billionaire. The company is renting it to Kushner and Trump, who moved in just after the inauguration of her father, President Donald Trump. Both work in the White House as advisers to the president…”

Trump: ‘Democrats are smiling’ after freedom caucus ‘saved’ Planned Parenthood and Obamacare article from AOL News. –

Trump’s ever-changing blame game tries to deflect his huge loss on his healthcare con known as TrumpCare.

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Misadventures of a minority-elect President 42

Internet catching on to the fact the ‘so much winning’ Trump is a loser, Trump played by the swamp he promised to drain – which of course was nothing but a con job from the beginning, another Trump lie catching up to him, Trump driven by his constant need for attention and approval, Trump’s credibility no longer exists, why Trump’s dubious blame game won’t work this time, rising chorus of voices calling for Medicare for all, in typical fashion of his idiocracy, Trump lied about not promising to repeal and replace Obamacare as soon as he took office, Trump supporters continue being taken by the conman they voted for, never-ending scandals in Trump’s ongoing turmoil, Twitter-verse goes crazy over Trump/Ryan healthcare implosion and more.

After Presidet ‘So Much Winning!’ Trump Takes a Dive on Health Care Vote, Internet Calls Him a ‘Loser’ article from People on Yahoo! News. –

How Paul Ryan played Donald Trump article from Vox. –

“Sometimes the swamp drains you.

Donald Trump promised to be a different kind of president. He was a populist fighting on behalf of the “forgotten man,” taking on the GOP establishment, draining the Washington swamp, protecting Medicaid from cuts, vowing to cover everyone with health care and make the government pay for it. He was a pragmatic businessman who was going to make Washington work for you, the little guy, not the ideologues and special interests.

Instead, Trump has become a pitchman for Paul Ryan and his agenda. He’s spent the past week fighting for a health care bill he didn’t campaign on, didn’t draft, doesn’t understand, doesn’t like to talk about, and can’t defend. Rather than forcing the Republican establishment to come around to his principles, he’s come around to theirs — with disastrous results…”

Trump faces backlash over comment: ‘I never said’ repeal Obamacare within ’64 days’ article from AOL News. –

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Voters remorse for yet another Trump supporter whose husband is being deported, Trump gives GOP ultimatum om voting for his fraudulent healthcare con, more evidence alleging Trump team gave Russians a hand in releasing Hillary Clinton smears, FBI uncovering evidence of treason in Trump’s White House, questioning who’s running America while its joke of a presidential twit tweets, there appears to be no end in sight in Trump’s land of delusions, in what is becoming more typical in Trumpland, the White House violated another law trying to pass its fraudulent healthcare con law, 7 years to replace Obamacare and the GOP – led by Trump – can’t even do that, Trump’s conflicts of interests could – and should – be the end of his illegitimate presidency, Trump’s issues with never apologizing or admitting he made a mistake, more on Trump still living in the land of delusion, ignorantly approving Keystone XL could come back to haunt Trump, still blaming everyone else for his own miserable failures, poll finds majority of voters horrified by Trump budget – which is ironic since a majority of voters were horrified by him too, staying engaged is the best way to resist Trump, a loser president – Dan rather hits Trump where it hurts and more.

Trump supporter: My husband is being deported Friday article from Yahoo! News. –

Trump ultimatum: Vote on health care Friday or Obamacare stays article from AOL News. –

CNN: Trump Team Gave Russians ‘Thumbs Up’ to Release Hillary Smears article from Mother Jones. –

“CNN has some breaking news:

The FBI has information that indicates associates of President Donald Trump communicated with suspected Russian operatives to possibly coordinate the release of information damaging to Hillary Clinton’s campaign, US officials told CNN….The FBI is now reviewing that information, which includes human intelligence, travel, business and phone records and accounts of in-person meetings.

….One law enforcement official said the information in hand suggests “people connected to the campaign were in contact and it appeared they were giving the thumbs up to release information when it was ready.” But other U.S. officials who spoke to CNN say it’s premature to draw that inference from the information gathered so far since it’s largely circumstantial.

Apparently this is all “raising suspicions” among counterintelligence officers about ties between Russia and the Trump campaign…”

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Misadventures of a minority-elect President 40

Minority-elect President Trump could face some real issues if his fraudulent health care con known as TrumpCare doesn’t pass, GOP inquiry into Trump’s Russia ties highlights need for independent investigation, how to engage, inform, speak truth to lies and fight back in the Trump era, Trump sells out his administration to the Military-Industrial Complex as his popularity continues to plummet, new revelations that Trump’s collusion with Russia to steal the election from Hillary Clinton coming to light, Trump’s delusions over fraudulent wiretap claims growing, bankrupting U.S. taxpayers to protect the first family, Trump’s ignorance on display after being pressed on his slew of evidence-free false claims, Trump’s corruption and ethics violations continue growing by leaps and bounds, healthcare con vote delayed for obvious reasons, growing delusions in Trumpland, turning the resistance into a movement, newest version of TrumpCare – being ramrodded through our corrupt U.S. House of Representatives to be forced down our collective throats – worse than the original and much more.

Trump faces off against Washington Republicans used to saying no article from Yahoo! News. –

Lincoln was a Republican, slavery is bad – and more discoveries by President Obvious article from the Washington Post. ––and-more-discoveries-by-president-obvious/2017/03/22/3360c622-0f2c-11e7-9b0d-d27c98455440_story.html

Trump-Russia inquiry in ‘grave doubt’ after GOP chair briefs White House article from the Guardian. –

“Democratic representative Adam Schiff calls for independent investigation after Devin Nunes shared information with Trump administration before committee

The top Democrat on one of the congressional committees investigating ties between Donald Trump and Russia has raised “grave doubt” over the viability of the inquiry after its Republican chairman shared information with the White House and not their committee colleagues.

In the latest wild development surrounding the Russia inquiry that has created an air of scandal around Trump, Democrat Adam Schiff effectively called his GOP counterpart, Devin Nunes, a proxy for the White House, questioning his conduct.

“These actions raise enormous doubt about whether the committee can do its work,” Schiff said late Wednesday afternoon after speaking with Nunes, his fellow Californian, before telling MSNBC that evidence tying Trump to Russia now appeared “more than circumstantial”…”

10 Ways to Speak Truth to Lies in the Trump Era article from AlterNet. –

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Trump’s former campaign chairman secretly worked to advance the interests of Russia’s President a decade ago contradicting assertions by the Trump administration that it never happened, majority prefer Obamacare over Trumpcare, the price we pay for Trump’s lies, on the immoral, unethical White House that has no rules, despite Trump’s dubious claims of ‘America first,’ his businesses keep hiring foreign workers, betting on whether Trump will resign or be impeached before his first term is up, the life cycle of a Trump conspiracy theory, Trumpcare bill betrays key Trump campaign promise, Trump still breaking ethics – and probably the law – with his business dealings, when a president lies too much, most failed Presidency start ever, another unsatisfied Trump voter pivots against him, Wall Street Journal turns on Trump and more.

AP Exclusive: Manafort had plan to benefit Putin government article from Yahoo! News. ––politics.html

Less than 25 percent of Americans think Trump is respected by world leaders article from AOL News. –

Wonder how many think Trump is actually respected by anyone…

Poll: Majority prefer Obamacare to Trumpcare article from AOL News. –

The Insidious Effect on the Psyche of Trump’s Torrent of Lies article from AlterNet. –

“Research shows that repeating a lie, even to refute it, imprints it on our brain.

There’s a problem with the media’s repetitive refutation of Donald Trump’s lies: It makes them more credible. Research finds that repeating a lie, even to refute it, imprints it on our brains, and they become more memorable than the refutations.

Most presidents lie. Nixon said he was not a crook. Reagan said he wasn’t aware of the Iran-Contra deal. Clinton said he did not have sex with that woman.

But Trump’s lies are different. They are more frequent and glaringly contradict the facts: Obama wiretapped the phones at Trump Tower; there was record turnout at Trump’s inauguration; Trump knows no one who has anything to do with Russia; he knows more about ISIS than our generals…”

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