Misadventures of a minority-elect President 83

Chronicling the misadventures of our minority-elect President’s alternate reality, alternative facts and the miscreants that comprise his administration so you don’t have to:

What a semester of history lessons would be like under our minority-elect President, even Trump’s home doesn’t want him there, the GOP’s piece of shit Obamacare replacement bill is worse than previously thought, it’s appearing more and more like Bannon is the President – not our illegitimate Liar-in-Chief, Trump praises Australia’s single payer healthcare after passage of dubious Trumpcare, Trump’s first hundred days of incompetent lawyering and attempts to delegitimate dissent, Trump orders FDA to switch TV from CNN to Fox faux News, more on the draconian Obamacare replacement bill ramrodded through the House, so many promises broken by Trump, Trump would get sued into oblivion over his fake news and propaganda if he loosened libel laws, Trump’s silent but not forgotten Russia scandal is about to rear its ugly head again, how Trump is a master of deception, study shows 1 thing Trump wins at: being mocked on late night TV, Democratic groups raising millions courtesy of GOP’s latest chicanery, the Presidential edition of Donald Trump scandals, the list of networks refusing to air Trumps fake news and propaganda about his failed first 100 days getting bigger and much more.

A Trump History Lesson article from US News. –
https://www.usnews.com/opinion/thomas-jefferson-street/articles/2017-05-02/a-donald-trump-history-course-syllabus-to-follow-civil-war-jackson-remarks

Imagining what a semester of a history course taught by our Ignoramus-in-Chief would be like

‘He’s an embarrassment’: hostile welcome for Trump on return to New York article from The Guardian. –
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/may/05/hes-an-embarrassment-hostile-welcome-for-trump-on-return-to-new-york

The GOP’s Latest Health Care Replacement Bill Is Even More Heartless Than First Thought article from AlterNet. –
http://www.alternet.org/economy/gops-latest-health-care-replacement-bill-even-more-heartless-first-thought

The GOP’s Obamacare replacement IS worse than previously thought.

Yes, It Really Is ‘President Bannon.’ article from The Daily Kos. –
http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/5/3/1658431/-Yes-It-Really-Is-President-Bannon

“If there was any doubt that this country is now being effectively run by a white supremacist rather than the Reality TV con-man voted into office last November, a photograph taken yesterday inadvertently revealing White House Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor Stephen Bannon’s odious “blueprint” for the country should put that doubt to rest.

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, a rightwing orthodox Jew and hardline supporter of Israeli policies (who has become Trump’s primary go-to mouthpiece on all things Jewish) visited the White House yesterday for an “Israel Independence Day” celebration. The Twitter-friendly Boteach sought photographs of himself in tandem with every White House personage he could find, including, curiously, the anti-Semitic, white “nationalist” champion Bannon. While the pair made a curious combination for that reason alone, it was the scribbled-on whiteboard in the background of the photograph that was far more interesting:

As the Washington Post notes, this “whiteboard” lists Bannon’s personal policy goals, with an outsize focus on rabidly xenophobic, anti-immigrant policies. “Repeal and Replace Obamacare” is at the top left (another goal Bannon lists is lowering the corporate tax rate to a specific 15%, which Trump actually proposed just last week). The fact that Bannon has the Board so publicly displayed is also indicative of how proud he is to display his goals to the rest of us.

Behind Boteach and Bannon (and, in one photo, Boteach’s wife Debbie) is a handwritten whiteboard list that apparently shows the goals that Bannon is working toward at the White House. Broken out into categories, many are obscured by the people in the foreground. Some have check marks next to them, apparently meant to indicate completion. What’s more, it’s my understanding that this is a subset of the goals publicly presented in Bannon’s office, so we’re looking only at a subset of what Bannon hopes to achieve…”

The Destructive Ignorance of Donald Trump’s Supporters Appears to Know No Limits article from AlterNet. –
http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/destructive-ignorance-donald-trumps-supporters-appears-know-no-limits-0

It seems Trump supporters are completely unaware that he wants to completely destroy their healthcare.

Trump praises Australia’s universal healthcare after Obamacare repeal article from CNN. –
http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/04/politics/trump-us-australia-health-care/index.html

Ignorance truly is bliss for our moronic illegitimate President.

Congress just blocked Jeff Sessions from messing with medical marijuana article from Ars Technica. –
https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/05/congress-just-blocked-jeff-sessions-from-messing-with-medical-marijuana/

Trump Fondly Remembers the Fake Civil War Battle That Took Place on His Golf Course article from Esquire. –
http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/news/a54842/trump-civil-war-river-of-blood/

“What do you mean you’ve never heard of the “River of Blood”?

President Trump’s American history credentials have rarely been questioned, except by anyone who knows even a modicum of history. So it was surprising on Monday when the president flubbed his take on the Civil War: the whole thing could have been avoided; President Andrew Jackson was upset by the war even though he died 16 years before it began; and why didn’t anyone stop it, anyway? The incident prompted The New York Times to re-examine the president’s past issues with history, including when he thought Frederick Douglass was still alive, and the time he bought a “fixer-upper” golf course that was once home to a Civil War battle site. Sort of.

The Times article links to the paper’s 2015 report on the incident, which recounted how Trump bought the course in Virginia—now renamed the Trump National Golf Club—back in 2009, and got to work getting it up to The Trump Standard. That included building a flagpole along the river complete with a plaque commemorating the “River of Blood,” a dramatic name for a harrowing event that never happened. But the plaque begged to differ:…”

A Hundred-Plus Days of Incompetent Lawyering and Attempts to Delegitimate Dissent article from Verdict Justia. –
https://verdict.justia.com/2017/05/03/hundred-plus-days-incompetent-lawyering-attempts-delegitimate-dissent

A division within the FDA has reportedly been told to switch its TVs from CNN to FOX News article from AOL News. –
https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/05/05/fda-division-told-switch-tvs-cnn-fox-news/22071660/

White House ordered the FDA to switch their TV’s from CNN to Fox faux News.

THE HOUSE G.O.P.’S SHAMEFUL HEALTH-CARE VICTORY article from The New Yorker. –
http://www.newyorker.com/news/john-cassidy/the-house-g-o-p-s-shameful-health-care-victory

More on the draconian Obamacare replacement bill ramrodded through Congress by our dubious GOP-led House of Representatives.

6 things in Trumpcare that Trump promised he would never do article from Think Progress. –
https://thinkprogress.org/6-things-in-trumpcare-that-trump-promised-he-would-never-do-6c96939dd70a

“The GOP’s health care bill breaks all of their promises to Americans.

After repeatedly vowing to replace Obamacare with something “great,” President Donald Trump’s health care bill is finally set for a vote in the House of Representatives.

Thursday’s vote marks the third attempt to get Trumpcare through the House; previous efforts failed because Republicans couldn’t marshal enough votes between moderates, concerned about projections that the bill would cause their constituents to lose coverage, and hard-right conservatives, who objected that the bill didn’t go far enough.

This time, however, projections show the bill having enough votes to pass the House (after lawmakers capitulated to the right, such as in removing protections for those with pre-existing conditions.)

Yet for a bill that supposedly fulfills Trump’s campaign pledges on health care, it still breaks almost every one of his promises to voters?—?from how many people it will cover, to how much it will cost, to how it will treat vulnerable populations like women and the elderly…”

If Trump Loosened Up Libel Laws, He Would Get Sued Into Oblivion article from The Daily Beast. –
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/05/04/if-trump-loosened-up-libel-laws-he-would-get-sued-into-oblivion

Trump’s Lawyers and the Rule of Law: Part I article from Bill Moyers. –
http://billmoyers.com/story/trumps-lawyers-rule-law/

Trump’s Russia Problems Under Scrutiny Next Week article from AlterNet. –
http://www.alternet.org/trumps-russia-problems-will-return-next-week

Trump’s silent but not forgotten Russia scandal is about to rear its ugly head again.

The Sham Presidency article from Bill Moyers. –
http://billmoyers.com/story/the-sham-presidency/

Our illegitimate, fraudulent master of deception:

“Donald Trump is master of perception, altering reality to distract the public from his lack of character.

Presidencies are often defined by images: FDR delivering his reassuring fireside chats; Harry Truman speaking from the back of his campaign train, whistle stopping in 1948 and giving ‘em hell; JFK and Jackie, elegant in Paris, defying Henry James’ stereotype of Americans as bumpkins; Reagan at the Berlin Wall; and George W. Bush in his flight suit against the banner reading “Mission Accomplished.”

And then there is Donald Trump. To me, the defining image of Trump’s presidency so far may not be his Mussolini-like pose of narrowed eyes, wrinkled brow and jutting jaw that is supposed to strike fear in our hearts, but his brandishing of his executive orders, holding them up like a 3-year-old showing off a finger painting. See what I’ve done! I’m so proud of myself!

This image is defining not because of the nauseating display of ego in a 70-year-old man, though there is that, but because of the emptiness of the gesture. Make no mistake. Some of these executive orders have done real damage, especially those affecting the environment and workers’ rights…”

The Pentagon just pulled the top secret clearance of a Trump White House aide article from Business Insider. –
http://www.businessinsider.com/pentagon-pulls-top-secret-clearance-of-a-trump-white-house-aide-2017-5

So much winning: Trump No. 1 most-mocked president on late shows, study finds article from Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/news/much-winning-trump-no-1-mocked-president-late-shows-study-finds-201703395.html

Democratic groups raised millions for 2018 after House Republicans passed their healthcare overhaul article from AOL News. –
https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/05/05/democratic-groups-raised-millions-for-2018-after-house-republica/22071867/

There are a lot of pissed off people courtesy of the GOP’s latest Trumpcare chicanery.

The Scandals of Donald Trump: Presidential Edition article from The Atlantic on Yahoo! News. –
https://www.yahoo.com/news/scandals-donald-trump-presidential-edition-100000071.html

Donny has quite a collection of scandals and they keep growing.

“Senators want to see the communications of several former aides to Donald Trump with Russians.

The Senate Intelligence Committee, which is one of several bodies investigating Russian interference in the election, sent letters to Carter Page, Paul Manafort, Roger Stone, and Michael Flynn, among others, requesting their emails and records of other communications with Russians in government and the private sector, The New York Times reports. The committee could, and reportedly will, issue subpoenas if the recipients do not comply.

Page, who was briefly a foreign-policy adviser to the Trump campaign, has extensive business contacts in Russia. In 2013, Page passed documents to a Russian spy, and the U.S. government believed that Russia was attempting to recruit him as a spy, BuzzFeed previously reported. In 2016, the FBI sought and obtained a secret warrant to surveil Page, The Washington Post reported.

Although the Trump White House has tried to claim that Manafort “played a very limited role for a very limited amount of time,” he was the Trump campaign’s chairman for a tumultuous span over the summer of 2016. Previously, he worked for a Kremlin client who was president of Ukraine; allegedly received millions in off-the-books payment from that leader’s party; and signed a $10 million per annum contract to boost Vladimir Putin’s reputation globally. Manafort, who has worked for a series of unsavory leaders, also received millions in mysterious payments. In April, he belatedly filed as a foreign lobbyist for past work. He says he did nothing wrong…”

All Major networks now refuse to air Trump’s ‘fake news’ advertisement article from AOL News. –
https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/05/05/all-major-networks-now-refuse-to-air-trumps-fake-news-adverti/22071956/

The list of networks refusing to air Trump’s fake news and propagadanda ad about his first 100 days is growing.

History Will Remember These 217 House Republicans for Their Inhumanity article from The Nation. –
https://www.thenation.com/article/history-will-remember-these-217-house-republicans-for-their-inhumanity/

It’s Not Too Late To Save Net Neutrality From a Captured FCC article from Common Dreams. –
https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/05/05/its-not-too-late-save-net-neutrality-captured-fcc

We can still stop the miscreant Trump appointed as FCC Chairman from totally destroying Net Neutrality.

Republicans betray those who believed their health care promises article from Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. –
http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/republicans-betray-those-who-believed-their-health-care-promises

“While most Republican rhetoric about health acre has been vague and unhelpful, at various points in recent months leading GOP officials have made a variety of specific promises. Today, with the passage of their regressive and unpopular American Health Care Act, those promises have been blithely cast aside.

1. Donald Trump vowed, “We’re going to have insurance for everybody…. Everybody’s going to be taken care of.” The Congressional Budget Office, scrutinizing an earlier version of the GOP legislation, projected that the ranks of the uninsured would grow by 14 million by next year, and that number would expand to 24 million by 2026. There’s no new CBO score, but by most estimates, the new total is expected to be even higher.

2. Trump promised, “I’m not going to cut Medicare or Medicaid.” The Republican slashes Medicaid by hundreds of billions of dollars.

3. Trump insisted the Republican plan would cover consumers with “much lower deductibles.” While the CBO report points to a range of cost changes, based largely on age, it also found millions of Americans would pay higher deductibles…”

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