Misadventures of a minority-elect President 51

Trump’s desperation to deflect attention from his Russia scandal is growing, Trump’s White House staffed with multimillionaires, our Presidential twit is still delusional about Twitter and how he uses it, trying to stifle dissent any way he can – illegally or not, law firm fired for enabling Trump kleptocracy, ten weeks of Trump fail, LA Times expose delves into the many reasons Trump lies, chipping away at President Obama’s accomplishments, trying to impede the Congressional investigation into his Russia ties, prophylactic tweeting about Hillary Clinton as his presidency implodes around him, Trump’s brazen corruptness never ceases to amaze, reorganizing the White House after disastrous beginning of his illegitimate presidency, right-wing media tries propping up Trump’s wiretapping fairy tale and more.

Trump’s Protests Over Russia Investigation Hit a Crescendo article from the Fiscal Times on Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/trump-protests-over-russia-investigation-134900278.html

Trump’s White House stuffed with multimillionaires article from the World Socialist Web Site. –
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/04/03/trum-a03.html

TRUMP: ‘If you issue hundreds of tweets and every once in a while you have a clinker, that’s no so bad’ article from Business Insider on Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/trump-issue-hundreds-tweets-every-201237428.html

Americans’ Right to Protest is in Grave Danger Under Trump, United Nations Warns article from Information Clearing House. –
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/46787.htm

“The right to protest is fundamental to American democracy. The country was born, after all, out of decades of civil disobedience by people angry about taxation without representation. (In Washington, FWIW, we are still angry.)

But according to United Nations human rights investigators, this very basic principle is under attack. Over the past few months, on the heels of a fresh wave of organizing by liberals, at least 19 states have introduced measures that would criminalize peaceful protest. In places such as Minnesota, Michigan and Iowa, Republican lawmakers have proposed laws that would stiffen penalties for demonstrators who block traffic. In North Dakota, GOP leaders are pushing a bill that would allow motorists to run over and kill agitators, as long as the crash was accidental. In Indiana, conservatives want to instruct police to use “any means necessary” to remove activists from a roadway. Opponents worry this could lead to more brutal police response.

Colorado lawmakers are considering a big increase in penalties for environmental protesters. Activists who tamper with oil or gas equipment could be, under the measure, face felony charges and be punished with up to 18 months behind bars and a fine of up to $100,000. A bill pending in the Virginia state legislature would dramatically increase punishment for people who “unlawfully” assemble after “having been lawfully warned to disperse.” Those who do so could face a year in jail and a $2,500 fine…”

America’s TV Media Crisis Goes Far Beyond Covering Trump: We Simply Aren’t Hearing About the Most Pressing Issues of Our Time article from AlterNet. –
http://www.alternet.org/media/press-not-covering-climate-change

Remember the sequester? Trump’s defense buildup runs up against budget politics article from Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/news/remember-the-sequester-trumps-defense-buildup-runs-up-against-budget-politics-163216379.html

In epic letter, investment fund fires law firm for enabling the Trump kleptocracy article from Think Progress. –
https://thinkprogress.org/investment-fund-fires-lawyers-trump-kleptocracy-a20e5312c989

Here’s Every Action Trump Took In His Tenth Unpresidented Week As POTUS article from Rantt. –
https://rantt.com/heres-every-action-trump-took-in-his-tenth-unpresidented-week-as-potus-85eea23e7f6a

“Ten weeks. We are now in the double digits of what has felt like the most tumultuous first weeks of a new presidency.

Ten weeks of lies. Ten weeks of failed policy attempts. Ten weeks of Trump.

President Trump went into this week still trying to shake off the disaster that was week nine. Obamacare replacement attempt, failed. Trump-Russia investigation, confirmed. Republican party, fractured. How was President Trump going to handle this?

Did Trump clean up his act and try to repair the division within his party?

Did Trump prove he has nothing to hide and cooperate in the investigation into his campaign’s potential collusion with Russia?

Of course not. In typical Trump fashion, he learned nothing from his mistakes. He doubled down…”

Trump haunted by his record during Sexual Assault Prevention Month article from Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. –
http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/trump-haunted-his-record-during-sexual-assault-prevention-month

Anxiety About Trump’s Proposed Budget Cuts Is Sweeping Red-State America article from AlterNet. –
http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/anxiety-about-trumps-proposed-budget-cuts-sweeping-red-state-america

Why Trump Lies article from the Los Angeles Times. –
http://www.latimes.com/projects/la-ed-why-trump-lies/

“Donald Trump did not invent the lie and is not even its master. Lies have oozed out of the White House for more than two centuries and out of politicians’ mouths — out of all people’s mouths — likely as long as there has been human speech.

But amid all those lies, told to ourselves and to one another in order to amass power, woo lovers, hurt enemies and shield ourselves against the often glaring discomfort of reality, humanity has always had an abiding respect for truth.

In the United States, born and periodically reborn out of the repeated recognition and rejection of the age-old lie that some people are meant to take dominion over others, truth is as vital a part of the civic, social and intellectual culture as justice and liberty. Our civilization is premised on the conviction that such a thing as truth exists, that it is knowable, that it is verifiable, that it exists independently of authority or popularity and that at some point — and preferably sooner rather than later — it will prevail.

Even American leaders who lie generally know the difference between their statements and the truth. Richard Nixon said “I am not a crook” but by that point must have seen that he was. Bill Clinton said “I did not have sexual relations with that woman” but knew that he did…”

Trump plugs away at his central goal: undoing Obama’s work article from the AP on Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/bit-bit-trump-methodically-undoing-obama-policies-081151650–politics.html

As Clock Ticks for Internet Privacy, Calls for Trump to Show ‘Whose Side He’s On’ article from Common Dreams. –
http://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/04/03/clock-ticks-internet-privacy-calls-trump-show-whose-side-hes

Trump Trying to Discredit Congressional Investigations, Schiff Says article from Reuters on Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-trying-discredit-congressional-investigations-190436611.html

Donald Trump: Prophylactic Tweeting About Hillary Clinton article from Deadline. –
http://deadline.com/2017/04/donald-trump-tweet-hillary-clinton-1202059096/

Anatomy of a fake scandal, ginned up by right-wing media and Trump article from the Washington Post. –
https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/04/03/anatomy-of-a-fake-scandal-ginned-up-by-right-wing-media-and-trump/

Still trying to claim his delusional wiretapping fairy tale as being true:

“President Trump started off this morning as he often does, by settling in to watch the festival of nincompoopery that is “Fox & Friends.” On the show, he saw something that he believes vindicates the bizarre and false charge he made that Barack Obama was tapping his phones during the presidential campaign.

I’ll try to sort through the substance of all this. But I also want to make a broader argument about how Trump’s support system — inside his government but especially in the conservative media and on Fox, which is where he apparently gets most of his intelligence information — is playing to his worst instincts, harming him politically, and making his presidency even more dangerous.

Today’s antics all started with a report on “Fox & Friends” in which correspondent Adam Housley reported that a high-ranking Obama administration official had requested the “unmasking” of the names of Trump officials who were caught up in surveillance of foreign targets. Ordinarily, when a U.S. person shows up in such surveillance — say, talking to a Russian ambassador whose communications are being monitored — that person’s identity is blacked out in reports on the surveillance. While Housley did not identify the Obama administration official, he did say that Trump associates were being picked up by this surveillance for a year before Trump took office…”

Trump’s dangerous expansion of executive war powers article from Politico. –
http://www.politico.com/agenda/story/2017/04/trumps-dangerous-expansion-of-executive-war-powers-000387

Blackwater Founder Repped Trump at Secret Meeting Overseas: Sources article from NBC News. –
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/blackwater-founder-repped-trump-secret-meeting-overseas-sources-n742266

Trump Can Pull Money From His Businesses Whenever He Wants – Without Ever Telling Us article from Pro Publica. –
https://www.propublica.org/article/trump-pull-money-his-businesses-whenever-he-wants-without-telling-us

The brazen corruptness of our minority-elect President never ceases to amaze.

White House ponders reorganization after health care debacle article from Politico. –
http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/white-house-reshuffle-health-care-236772

“After months of chaos, advisers huddle over what comes next.

Less than three months into Donald Trump’s White House, top advisers are exploring organizational changes to stabilize an administration consumed by crisis and chaos.

Following the failure to advance health-care legislation, senior officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, chief of staff Reince Priebus, senior adviser Jared Kushner, chief strategist Steve Bannon, and chief economic adviser Gary Cohn gathered this week to hold post-mortems about what went wrong…”

Chaos worked for Trump as a candidate. As President? Not so much article from CNN. –
http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/03/politics/trump-chaos-cillizza/

All of Trump’s chaotic bull shit won’t help save his failing presidency.

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