Misadventures of a minority-elect President 27

New report claims Trump won the election thanks to FBI Director James Comey, more conflicts of interest on their way, despair over Trump is not an option, Trump’s right-wing Obamacare scandal is imploding, Trump’s New Sycophants, hundreds of Trump’s cronies installed in the U.S. Government, for someone who hates the media so much Trump sure does watch a lot of it, making sense of Trump’s conspiracy theories, Trump’s plan to try and blame Democrats if Trumpcare fails, Trump is no friend of liberty, dystopian fiction selling like hotcakes under the Trump administration, the GOP continues destroying America while Trump distracts, questions abound as to why Trump put a foreign agent in a key security post, growing disillusion among Trump voters, pondering what to do with a mentally ill President, cheering February’s strong job report when he probably shouldn’t, Trumpcare will be a political disaster for Trump, who decided to cancel open press events and go into hiding, more on the growing resistance, CIA backlash over Trump’s unfounded claims Obama wiretapped him growing and more.

Say It With Me Again: James Comey Elected Donald Trump President article from Mother Jones. –
http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2017/03/say-it-me-again-james-comey-elected-donald-trump-president

Meet the Hundreds of Crony Officials Trump Has Quietly Installed Across the Government article from ProPublica. –
https://www.propublica.org/article/meet-hundreds-of-officials-trump-has-quietly-installed-across-government

“A Trump campaign aide who argues that Democrats committed “ethnic cleansing” in a plot to “liquidate” the white working class. A former reality show contestant whose study of societal collapse inspired him to invent a bow-and-arrow-cum-survivalist multi-tool. A pair of healthcare industry lobbyists. A lobbyist for defense contractors. An “evangelist” and lobbyist for Palantir, the Silicon Valley company with close ties to intelligence agencies. And a New Hampshire Trump supporter who has only recently graduated from high school.

These are some of the people the Trump administration has hired for positions across the federal government, according to documents received by ProPublica through public-records requests.

While President Trump has not moved to fill many jobs that require Senate confirmation, he has quietly installed hundreds of officials to serve as his eyes and ears at every major federal agency, from the Pentagon to the Department of Interior.

Unlike appointees exposed to the scrutiny of the Senate, members of these so-called “beachhead teams” have operated largely in the shadows, with the White House declining to publicly reveal their identities…”

The Right’s Latest Obama ‘Scandal’ Is Collapsing in Record Time article from AlterNet. –
http://www.alternet.org/right-wing/gop-scandals-past

Dystopian fiction is selling like there’s no tomorrow article from the AP on Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/trump-era-begins-readers-flock-dystopian-fiction-143150817.html

Bernie Sanders on Trump and the resistance: ‘Despair is not an option’ article from the Guardian. –
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/mar/10/bernie-sanders-interview-trump-democratic-party-resistance

“When Donald Trump delivered his first address to Congress 10 days ago, sticking dutifully, for once, to the teleprompter, the media praised him for sounding statesmanlike and presidential. But one person, sitting in a front row seat just a few feet away, thought differently.

Bernie Sanders was growing more aghast with every sentence. Then, when Trump began to talk about the environment, the 75-year-old independent senator from Vermont nearly laughed out loud. Earlier that day, the president signed an executive order that gutted federal controls against the pollution of rivers and waterways. Now he was standing before US legislators pledging to “promote clean air and clear water”.

“The hypocrisy was beyond belief!” says Sanders, still scarcely able to contain himself. “To talk about protecting clean air and water on the same day that you issue an order that will increase pollution of air and water!…”

(It helps to remember that sometimes you need to take on sociopaths directly. Keep reminding Trump that minority-elect President’s don’t have mandates).

Trump’s disputes with local governments could create fresh conflict of interest article by Reuters from Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/news/trumps-disputes-local-governments-could-create-fresh-conflicts-060648186.html

Samantha Bee Lays Waste to Trump’s New Sycophants in the Press: ‘What the F*ck Is Wrong with You? article from AlterNet. –
http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/samantha-bee-lays-waste-trumps-new-sycophants-press-what-fck-wrong-you

“President Trump’s first speech to Congress last Tuesday was largely praised by pundits. Samantha Bee couldn’t believe her ears.

“What the f*ck is wrong with you?” she exclaimed, after playing a showreel that included the likes of Van Jones and Martha Raddatz.

By that Friday, the president was besieged by yet another scandal—this one resulting in Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recusal from an ongoing White House investigation.

“With a nervous nation starting to wonder whether Tiffany [Trump] is the only person of Trump’s acquaintance not talking to the Kremlin, the president did what any strong leader would—hightailed it to Florida faster than a Jewish grandmother in November,” Bee quipped…”

Media the enemy? Trump sure is an insatiable consumer article from the AP on Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/news/media-enemy-trump-sure-insatiable-085319723.html

How psychology makes sense of Trump’s conspiracy theories article from STAT News on Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/news/psychology-makes-sense-trump-conspiracy-093046141.html

The blame game: Should Democrats worry about Trump letting Obamacare fail? article from Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/news/the-blame-game-should-democrats-worry-about-trump-letting-obamacare-fail-181017687.html

“WASHINGTON — President Trump reportedly has a backup plan if congressional Republicans are unable to pass repeal-and-replace legislation for Obamacare: blame Democrats.

In a closed-door meeting earlier this week with conservative lawmakers and groups who have raised objections to the controversial replace plan, Trump said that Democrats would take the blame if the GOP cannot reach an agreement on it and the bill fails, according to CNN.

Trump has made a similar claim several times in the past.

“From a purely political standpoint, the single best thing we can do is nothing,” he told supporters at CPAC last month. “Let it implode completely — it’s already imploding. You see the carriers are all leaving. I mean, it’s a disaster…”

Trump tests dealmaker image to sell health care bill article from AOL News. –
https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/03/10/trump-tests-dealmaker-image-to-sell-health-care-bill/21879436/

Acting charming – which I’m sure is hard for Trump to do – won’t help forcefully push a pile of crap TrumpCare bill.

Opinion: Trump is no friend of liberty article from Market Watch. –
http://www.marketwatch.com/story/trump-is-no-friend-of-liberty-2017-03-08

Trump Distracts, Republicans Continue to Destroy America video from Free Speech TV. –
https://www.freespeech.org/video/trump-distracts-republicans-continue-destroy-america

Trumpcare is the ultimate distractions, but don’t forget Donald Trump is already drowning in scandals article from the Daily Kos. –
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/3/9/1641772/-Trumpcare-is-the-ultimate-distraction-but-don-t-forget-Donald-Trump-is-already-drowning-in-scandals

Why did Trump put a former foreign agent in a key security post? article from Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. –
http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/why-did-trump-put-former-foreign-agent-key-security-post

First-time voter who voted for Trump is double sad that her insurance looks like a nightmare now article from the Daily Kos. –
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/3/9/1641835/-First-time-voter-who-voted-for-Trump-is-double-sad-that-her-insurance-looks-like-a-nightmare-now

“While Trump and other Republicans try to play the game of musical chairs with the blame surrounding the disaster that is Trumpcare, there are millions of people anxiously waiting to see what will actually happen to their health insurance. First time voter 55-year-old Martha Brawley was interviewed by the New York Times and ABC News recently.

Brawley, a resident of Monroe, North Carolina, said she fears the new Republican health insurance bill will significantly raise her premiums.

“I’m 55. This is the first time in my life I voted, and I voted for Trump hoping that he would change the insurance so I could get good health care,” she told ABC News. “I might as well have not voted.”

Not to be callous, but “might as well have not voted” is another bad decision on Ms. Brawley’s part. She should have voted for Hillary Clinton if not for anything else but health insurance issues. In Ms. Brawley’s defense, the Republican Party has done a great job of freaking people out about Obamacare, while somehow pretending that the Affordable Care Act was a different thing altogether…”

Jim Hightower: What Should We Do About a Mentally Ill President? article from AlterNet. –
http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/mentally-ill-president-trump

Why Donald Trump Shouldn’t Be Tweet Cheering February’s Good Jobs Report article from Fortune on Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/why-donald-trump-shouldn-t-170839691.html

Donald Trump suddenly thinks the jobs numbers are real now that he’s president article and video from Fusion. –
http://fusion.net/story/391356/sean-spicer-jobs-report-trump-phony/

Trumpcare Is a Political Disaster—for Trump article from the Nation. –
https://www.thenation.com/article/trumpcare-is-a-political-disaster-for-trump/

“Failure to pass a bill reveals the White House’s weakness. But passing the bill will ravage Trump’s base article from Common Dreams.

Donald Trump has slapped his name on all kinds of things over the years, but he’s met an edifice he’s hesitating to brand, and that’s the House GOP’s Obamacare replacement. The president has sent mixed messages over the last few days about how hard he’s going to publicly sell the disastrous House bill. So far, only the Democrats are calling it “Trumpcare.”

But this is shaping up to become Trumpcare, and the neophyte president’s behind-closed-doors wheeling and dealing with the bill’s conservative critics are making sure that it either can’t pass—or if it does, that it will wallop the white working-class voters who are his base.

The image-conscious White House has vacillated on how involved the president should appear to be with the House bill. Trump hailed it with an enthusiastic tweet on Tuesday as “our wonderful new Healthcare Bill.” Several follow-up tweets defended the bill from its Republican critics, while reassuring them that all will be well. On Wednesday night, administration officials were telling reporters that Trump would “barnstorm” to win over recalcitrant Republicans—or rally their constituents against them. The Huffington Post reported he was going to ride Air Force One straight to Kentucky—home of Senator Rand Paul, the only senator who has said flat-out that he opposes the bill…”

White House cancels open press events by Trump article from CNN. –
http://money.cnn.com/2017/03/09/media/trump-cancels-press-events/index.html

Do I see another pernicious man-baby tweetstorm brewing?

‘We Exist, We Resist, We Rise’: Thousands March for Native Nations article from Common Dreams. –
http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/03/10/we-exist-we-resist-we-rise-thousands-march-native-nations

Indivisible: A Social Action Startup for Democracy article from Common Dreams. –
http://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/03/10/indivisible-social-action-startup-democracy

The CIA’s Newest Attack on Trump Is Just Brutal article from AlterNet. –
http://www.alternet.org/cias-newest-attack-trump-just-brutal

Trump Tweeted Obama Wiretap Claims After Aide Slipped a Breitbart Article into His Reading Pile: Report article from AlterNet. –
http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/trump-tweeted-obama-wiretap-claims-after-aide-slipped-breitbart-article-his

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