Misadventures of a minority-elect President 38

Trump’s trials and tribulations in the land of delusion, more Trump supporters are waking up to the fact that they voted for a con artist, Trump’s presidency shaped by Fox News, FBI fuels fires of looming Trump-Russia scandal as reality catches up, Spicer still lying faithfully for his ignorant boss, Trump threatens House Republicans with loss of seats if they don’t vote for his fraudulent Obamacare replacement – despite the fact that many of them will lose their seats if they do vote for TrumpCare, obviously our idiot-in-chief is not a mastermind, Spicer’s feeble attempt at justifying Trump’s golfing habits after Trump smeared President Obama’s golfing habits, unsurprisingly, Trump’s Supreme Court nominee is a liar, opposition to Trump is reshaping the political landscape, former Nixon counsel says White House is in full cover up mode, Trump still touting fraudulent wiretap claims despite no evidence, multiple reasons to be mad in Trump’s Washington, new questions about ethics and corruption over Trump’s new hotels, Trump’s failing lies are beginning to frustrate him, it appears our minority-elect President might be jealous of President Obama, Trump’s threats over passing his health care con failed, idiocracy in action as evidenced by Trump’s electronic device ban affecting 10 Middle Eastern (Muslim) countries – effectively turning ‘evaluated intelligence’ into an oxymoron and much more.

Trump dismisses a poll that doesn’t exist from coming from an inaccurate pollster that wasn’t article from the Washington Post. –
https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/politics/wp/2017/03/20/trump-dismisses-a-poll-that-doesnt-exist-for-coming-from-an-inaccurate-pollster-that-wasnt/

Trump Supporters in Rural Georgia Are Waking Up to the Cruelty of His Attack on Obamacare article from AlterNet. –
http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/trump-supporters-rural-georgia-are-waking-cruelty-his-attack-obamacare

“The way they talked, it was supposed to be better,” one disgruntled Trump voter said.

Times are tough for rural America. School consolidation forces their children to travel outside their city to attend classes. Drought is killing crops and with it a season’s income or more. Now they must contend with the Republican Congress and President Donald Trump, who have crafted a health care plan that will hurt rural America.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution profiled many rural Georgians who stand to lose if the president signs Trumpcare…”

FINALLY: CNN Calls Out Trump for ‘A Presidenty Shaped By Fox News’ article from the Daily Kos. –
http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/3/19/1645212/-FINALLY-CNN-Calls-Out-Trump-For-A-Presidency-Shaped-By-Fox-News

Russia Scandal Looms Big: White House Is Badly Compromised After Comey’s Testimony article from AlterNet. –
http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/white-house-compromised-comey-and-russia

Analysis: Reality catching up with Trump on Russia article from the AP on Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/analysis-reality-catching-trump-russia-223956530.html

Sean Spicer’s laughable effort to distance President Trump from Paul Manafort article from the Washington Post. –
https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/the-fix/wp/2017/03/20/sean-spicers-laughable-effort-to-distance-president-trump-from-paul-manafort/

TRUMP THREATENS HOUSE REPUBLICANS: If you vote against the healthcare bill, ‘many of you will lose your seats in 2018’ article from Business Insider on Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-threatens-house-gop-vote-142515267.html

“President Donald Trump on Tuesday threatened political fallout if House Republicans did not pass the GOP leadership’s bill to overhaul the US healthcare system.

During a meeting with Republican lawmakers in the House, Trump said that if the American Health Care Act did not pass, some of them would lose in the next election.

“I honestly think many of you will lose your seats in 2018 if you don’t get this done,” Trump told the representatives, according to Politico’s John Bresnahan and CNN’s Phil Mattingly.

Recent polls have shown that more Americans oppose the AHCA’s proposed changes, however…”

Spicer tries to distance Trump from top members of his campaign team article from Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. –
http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/spicer-tries-distance-trump-top-members-his-campaign-team/

Donald Trump is not a mastermind article from the Business Insider on Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/donald-trump-not-mastermind-003648143.html

President Trump’s golfing as president is different than Obama’s golfing as president, because … article from CNBC. –
http://www.cnbc.com/2017/03/20/president-trump-uses-golf-as-chance-to-do-presidential-business.html

Trump’s Supreme Court nominee opens his testimony with a massive falsehood article from Think Progress. –
https://thinkprogress.org/trumps-supreme-court-nominee-opens-his-testimony-with-a-massive-falsehood-e4c9f4781af#.q7vz0i263

“If judges aren’t political, why isn’t Merrick Garland a justice?

Judges, if you believe Trump Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, are politically interchangeable parts. “There’s no such thing as a Republican judge or a Democratic judge,” Gorsuch said very early in the second day of his confirmation hearing on Tuesday. And he returned to this theme repeatedly in his testimony, denying that he is even permitted to opine on matters of politics?—?most notably to insist that he could not comment on whether President Obama’s nominee for the vacant Supreme Court seat was treated fairly.

It’s a very pleasant idea, this notion that judges put on a black robe and magically become nonpolitical actors. And, in fairness, it is a falsehood that Democratic and Republican nominees both like to repeat at their confirmation hearings. Gorsuch is hardly the first nominee to make a similar claim.

But his claim that judges are not political is transparently false. If it wasn’t false, Senate Republicans would have simply confirmed Chief Judge Merrick Garland?—?Obama’s nominee to fill the seat Gorsuch now hopes to fill. After all, why should senators care which president appoints our judges if a Democratic judge is interchangeable with a Republican judge?…”

Russia scandal leaves a ‘big, gray cloud’ over Trump, Republicans from Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. –
http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/russia-scandal-leaves-big-gray-cloud-over-trump-republicans

Popular Insurgencies: Reshaping the Political Landscape article from Counter Punch. –
http://www.counterpunch.org/2017/03/21/popular-insurgencies-reshaping-the-political-landscape/

John Dean: White House is ‘in a cover up mode’ article from the Daily Kos. –
http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/3/20/1645584/-John-Dean-White-House-is-in-a-cover-up-mode

White House won’t say whether Trump will present proof of wiretapping article from Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/news/white-house-wont-say-if-trump-will-present-proof-of-wiretapping-194427580.html

Doubtful, primarily because he doesn’t have any to present…

Not Even the FBI Can Get Trump to Drop His Wiretap Claims article from Wired. –
https://www.wired.com/2017/03/not-even-fbi-can-get-trump-drop-wiretap-claims/

“THE WHITE HOUSE refuses to give up on its unfounded claims that President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during the 2016 election, even as the country’s leading law enforcement and intelligence officials flatly stated that they have no evidence of such spying.

Today, FBI director James Comey and NSA director Mike Rogers told the House Intelligence Committee that they’ve seen nothing to confirm the allegation President Trump made in a tweet March 4. Yet the White House stands by a story various Trump surrogates have repeated in the weeks since.

“There’s a lot more questions that need to be asked about what was being done in terms of surveillance,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said at a press briefing today. “Who was being surveilled? Why were they being surveilled? What were the techniques? I get that you guys want to know the end of the book right now, but we’re in the first chapter of this process.”

No, actually. The story has moved on. Hours before Spicer addressed the press, Comey definitively rejected the president’s baseless tirade. “The department has no information that supports those tweets,” Comey said as Representative Adam Schiff, a Democrat from California, repeatedly grilled him on Trump’s accusations…”

ROBERT REICH: 10 REASONS TO BE ANGRY IN TRUMP’S WASHINGTON article from Newsweek. –
http://www.newsweek.com/robert-reich-ten-reasons-be-angry-trump-washington-571537

New Trump hotels face political fights, ethics questions article from the AP on Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/trump-hotels-face-political-fights-173752231.html

Trump Fails To Close Deal On Health Care Repeal article from the Huffington Post. –
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-health-care-bill-republicans_us_58d13dc3e4b0be71dcf81a63

Experts Rip Trump Ban on Electronic Devices from 10 Middle Eastern Airports article from AlterNet. –
http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/experts-rip-trump-ban-electronic-devices-10-middle-eastern-airports

Turning ‘evaluated intelligence’ into an oxymoron:

“Technologists say new order is illogical and at odds with basic computer science.

The US government’s unexpected ban on laptops, iPads and other electronics “larger than a cellphone” on certain flights has sparked criticisms from technology experts, who say the new rules appear to be at odds with basic computer science.

Following the distribution of a “confidential” edict from the US transportation safety administration (TSA), authorities confirmed that the US will now require flights from specific Middle Eastern airports to prohibit passengers from carrying certain electronics.

Senior Trump administration officials cited “evaluated intelligence” that terrorists favored “smuggling explosive devices in various consumer items” in a hastily convened press briefing on Monday night, hours after news broke of the planned prohibition on in-cabin devices…”

Trump’s lies are failing him, and it is making him deeply frustrated article from the Washington Post. –
https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/03/21/trumps-lies-are-failing-him-and-it-is-making-him-deeply-frustrated/

Trump lashes out at Democrats for Russia investigation ahead of House hearing article from CNBC on Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/news/m/0e380996-81eb-3d2c-9c49-afd0fc744fd8/trump-lashes-out-at-democrats.html

Why has Trump targeted Obama? Maybe it’s the ex-president’s adoring crowds article from McClatchy News. –
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/white-house/article139845893.html

“WASHINGTON – It was only a few weeks ago that President Donald Trump was praising his predecessor and vowing to follow in his footsteps on a series of policies. But after Barack Obama returned home from an island vacation to adoring crowds and standing ovations, everything changed.

Trump began to criticize him – and he hasn’t stopped. He blamed him for the angry protests at Republican lawmakers’ town hall meetings. He accused him of releasing inmates from Guantanamo Bay only to see them to return to the battlefield. He blasted Obama and his supporters as responsible for many of the leaks crippling his administration.

And, of course, Trump famously accused Obama tapping his phones at Trump Tower in the days leading to the inauguration. After FBI Director James Comey said Monday that he had no evidence to support that stunning allegation – leading in part to some pundits declaring it the worst day of Trump’s presidency – Trump just moved on to another attack. He claimed that Obama may have known the agency was listening in on ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s calls with the Russian ambassador…”

Proof Comey’s Testimony Is a Turning Point in Trump’s Presidency article from AlterNet. –
http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/proof-comeys-testimony-was-turning-point-trumps-presidency

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