Liberty In Peril


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'President' Trump 15                            7-6-18 And Continuing  ©2018 All Rights Reserved


Highly reminiscent of our outrageously bought and paid for judiciary, Llano County prosecutors, Sheriff Bill Blackburn and his criminal SS jackbooted bastards in black who continue to egregiously disgrace themselves and the badge, do as they please regardless of the law and Constitution, carefully consider the following.  It's appalling.  Runs against the grain of everything our formerly great country once stood for.  No longer.

Think ICE doesn't have a serious problem?  CBS News reports:

"A former special agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting two women and using his position to make sure they didn't report the crimes. John Olivas of Riverside was arrested Wednesday and pleaded not guilty to federal civil rights charges of deprivation of rights under color of law, according to authorities."  Prosecutors said Olivas tried to rape a woman and twice raped another woman in 2012 while he was a special agent for ICE homeland security investigations.

"In both cases, prosecutors said Olivas told the women that police wouldn't respond to any crime reports they made because Olivas was a federal law enforcement officer.  Olivas could face a potential life sentence if convicted. He's free on $50,000 bond."

What about the rapes?  Wasn't he charged by state prosecutors?

Cowardly fail to financially and/or materially support those fighting for all civil and constitutional rights and liberties at great personal cost and risk?  Get what you truly deserve.


Highly reminiscent of our outrageously bought and paid for judiciary, Llano County prosecutors, Sheriff Bill Blackburn and his criminal SS jackbooted bastards in black who continue to egregiously disgrace themselves and the badge, do as they please regardless of the law and Constitution, carefully consider the following.  It's appalling.  Runs against the grain of everything our formerly great country once stood for.  No longer.

More of the same.  The nazi SS jackbooted bastards in ICE continue to strikingly, determinedly, concertedly emulate their mentors, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini.  NPR reports:

"A man who was driving his pregnant wife to the hospital on Wednesday was detained because of an outstanding warrant for his arrest in Mexico related to a homicide case, according to immigration officials."

Think so? Things are not always what they seem to be.

"Joel Arrona-Lara and his wife, María del Carmen Venegas, had scheduled a cesarean section and were headed to the hospital when they stopped for gas in San Bernardino, Calif.  After pulling into the gas station, surveillance footage shows two other vehicles pulling in and surrounding the couple's van on either side.  Venegas told CBS Los Angeles that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials got out of the other vehicles and asked for identification from the couple. While Venegas had hers and gave it to them, her husband had left his at home.  When Arrona-Lara could not provide his ID, Venegas says the agents asked him to step out of the vehicle and took him into custody.  Seen visibly upset on the surveillance footage, Venegas was left alone at the station and forced to drive herself to the hospital to give birth to her fifth child, Damian."

Nazi motherf--kers.  Couldn't even transport her to the hospital.  Proud to be an American?

"ICE spokeswoman Lori Haley said Arrona-Lara "was brought to ICE's attention due to an outstanding warrant issued for his arrest in Mexico on homicide charges," in a statement on Saturday."

Think so?

"In an interview with The Associated Press, Venegas says she and Arrona-Lara arrived in the United States 12 years ago from Mexico. She said they do not have legal authorization to live in the U.S., but that all five of the couple's children were born here and are U.S. citizens."

Doesn't matter to the Trump nazi and his henchmen.  Republicans?  Party of the family?  Think so?

"I feel terrible," Venegas told the AP from the hospital after giving birth, adding that Arrona-Lara is a hard worker and the family's only provider. "We need him now more than ever."

Doesn't matter to these goddamned nazis who falsely proclaim to be Christians.  They're not.  They're nazis.  National socialists.  Fascists.  Forget?  Both Hitler and Mussolini claimed to be Christians.  Think they were?

"According to a statement from ICE, the agency's Fugitive Operations Team detained Arrona-Lara and he is in custody with pending removal proceedings.  "ICE continues to focus its enforcement resources on individuals who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security. ICE conducts targeted immigration enforcement in compliance with federal law and agency policy. However, ICE will no longer exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement. All of those in violation of the immigration laws may be subject to immigration arrest, detention and, if found removable by final order, removal from the United States."

No due process.  No justice.  Forget?  Immigration 'courts' are not part of the Judicial Branch.  They're run and owned by the racist AG Sessions nazi and his 'Justice' Department.  A ruse.

Here's the kicker:

"Emilio Amaya Garcia, director of the San Bernardino Community Service Center and an attorney representing Arrona-Lara, told CBS Los Angeles he had contacted the Mexican consulate and that officials there were not able to confirm the homicide charges ICE cited."

Imagine that.  Couldn't be, could it?

"Garcia told the AP that his nonprofit plans to file a motion in court on Monday to request a bail hearing for Arrona-Lara and ask that the removal proceedings be canceled."

Good luck.

CBS News reports:

"On Saturday, ICE said Arrona-Lara had, in fact, been targeted because he is wanted on an outstanding homicide warrant in Mexico, a detail that was not included in the original statement.  His attorney told CBS Los Angeles he is not aware of any such warrant and has been unable to confirm it from the Mexican consulate.  "So far, we haven't been able to verify anything," Emilio Amaya Garcia told CBS News Sunday. He added that as far he knows, Arrona-Lara is being held for removal, not on an extradition order. He said he hopes to get some clarification Monday once the consulate opens.  Garcia and Venegas believe that authorities might have mistaken Arrona-Lara for his brother, who she says has done jail time in Mexico. She admitted she and her husband are in the United States without green cards, and that he has been in the country for 12 years. The couple have five children.  Whether the warrant turns out to be real or not, Garcia told CBS the way Venegas was left alone was wrong.  "For us, the issue is not so much the arrest, but the fact that ICE acted in total disregard for health and the well-being of the mother," said Garcia.  Garcia said he is hoping a judge will grant his client bail."

Jackbooted nazi storm troopers.

Insult to injury?  Galling Aryan arrogance perversely taken to the extreme?  Get this. The Washington Post reports:

"President Trump on Monday will offer public praise of federal immigration officers and tout them as “heroes” at a White House event aimed at drawing a sharp contrast with Democrats over the enforcement of border control laws."

They're nazi SS jackbooted criminal bastards reminiscent of Hitler's SS.

"An estimated 150 officers and agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection are expected to participate in the “Salute to the Heroes” program, which will feature a panel discussion among lawmakers and state representatives with hard-line immigration views. Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.), Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) and the attorney general of Alabama, Steve Marshall, are among them."

Republican national socialists, fascists, nazis.  Disgrace to themselves and our formerly great country.  An embarrassment.

"In a letter to state and local officials, Trump hailed the officers and agents as “courageous public servants” and said they have been “subjected to a nationwide campaign of smears, insults, and attacks by politicians shamelessly catering to the extreme elements in our society that desire lawlessness and anarchy.”

Abject bullshit.  No truth to it.  Quite the opposite.  Law enforcement that does its job non-abusively, non-murderously, constitutionally is desperately needed and appreciated.  Remains the problem, however, most of them are out of control criminal jackbooted bastards.  ... Right, Sheriff?

"The event is the latest sign that the president is eager to elevate ICE as a campaign issue ahead of the midterm elections. Trump has sought to use calls from a small number of high-profile Democrats to abolish the agency to paint his political rivals as weak on enforcement, which the White House believes will be a potent political message in the fall.  Trump has also blamed Democrats for opposing funding for his border wall and proposals to enact deep cuts in legal immigration levels.  “Obviously, the president views immigration as a wedge issue that plays to his advantage,” said John Sandweg, who served as acting ICE director in the Obama administration."

What treasonous, treacherous, traitorous nazi wouldn't?

"Sandweg acknowledged that Trump’s event could help boost spirits at ICE, which traditionally has reported low morale among rank-and-file agents. But he cautioned that thrusting an agency with 20,000 employees into the political spotlight could make it harder for ICE to be effective, noting that a growing number of cities have limited cooperation with federal immigration operations."

Needs to continue and spread more widely.  These criminal jackbooted bastards present an exigent threat to life, liberty, all civil and constitutional rights and liberties.  ... Right, Sheriff?

“There are lots of folks at ICE and CBP that deserve praise, but this is all designed to be political,” Sandweg said. “In the long run, it hurts because it further politicizes the issue and the agency itself.”  ICE, and to a lesser extent CBP, have been the targets of fierce criticism for years from immigrant rights groups, accused of acting recklessly, cruelly and, in some cases, unlawfully to round up and deport undocumented immigrants."

The criticism is more than justified.  ... Right, Sheriff?

"At the White House panel discussion Monday, ahead of Trump’s remarks, Perdue denounced those who have suggested abolishing ICE.  “I just think it’s unconscionable, frankly, I think it’s downright unpatriotic and treasonous,” he said."

What is certainly unpatriotic and treasonous is a national socialist, fascist, nazi fuhrer in the Oval Office.

“We’re protecting American workers, supporting American law enforcement — including ICE,” Trump said at a rally in Lewis Center, Ohio, this month. “We love ICE.”

What national socialist wouldn't love criminal jackbooted nazi SS storm troopers?

NPR reports:

"President Trump praised federal agents protecting the nation's borders and enforcing immigration laws, calling them "great patriots" and telling them, "We love you, we support you, we will always have your back."

They're jackbooted nazi storm troopers.  Reminiscent of Hitler's SS.

"Speaking before agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement as well as Customs and Border Protection officers, Trump lashed out at opponents of ICE and CBP (which Trump repeatedly referred to as CBC) who have blocked access to ICE offices and called for abolition of the agency over the administration's policy of separating migrant children from their parents and strict enforcement of immigration laws."

Clearly, our lunatic nazi fuhrer has no clue.  CBC?  Give me a break.  Wake up.  Pretend you're not an idiot, Mr. 'President.'  Isn't the GOP the party of the family?  Clearly, not.  Manifest Destiny is no more than Aryan arrogant horse shit.  Readers are reminded our UNDOCUMENTED forebears arrived in this continent centuries ago, STOLE it from its native inhabitants, KILLED as many of them as they could, then BROKE every goddamned treaty signed.

"The vast majority, they're all with you," Trump said, calling opponents a small group that gets a lot of publicity."

More horse shit.  More wishful thinking by this out of control, lunatic, nazi fuhrer.

"They have no courage, they have no guts, just big loudmouths. We don't want to put up with that. ... I just want you to know that you're loved, you're loved, and you're respected."

Jesus Christ.  This achingly clueless, hopelessly disingenuous, congenital lying nazi is clearly describing himself.  The criminal jackbooted bastards in ICE and CBP are not loved.  They're despised.  Not respected, scorned.  For damned good reason.  They're unpatriotic, un-American, jackbooted traitors.

"A recent Pew poll found that ICE has become one of the most polarizing federal agencies, with nearly three-quarters of Republicans viewing ICE favorably while the same number of Democrats view it unfavorably."

For damned good reason.  They're criminal, jackbooted, nazi SS storm troopers.

"Trump seemed to confirm that split, telling the audience, "The Republicans, we're with you all the way" and that people "respect law and order," hinting he intends to make that an issue in the upcoming midterm elections."

Law and order?  How is it law and order when the criminal jackbooted bastards in blue are killing innocent unarmed civilians all over our formerly great country?  How so?  Trump remains no more than a delusional national socialist despot.  Has disgraced himself and this country.  No longer a democratic republic.  In name only.

"He said what he called a "phony blue wave" of Democratic wins would mean "crime and open borders, not good."

Another lie by a hopelessly delusional despot, out of control dictator suffering delusions of grandeur.  A congenital liar.  Neither party is worth a shit.  For totally different reasons.

Carefully, consider the following.  Think it isn't indicative of the Trump nazi's profound racism?

"Trump singled out several ICE and Border Patrol agents during his remarks, including Border Patrol agent Adrian Anzaldua, who was responsible for discovering a tractor-trailer containing nearly 80 immigrants in Laredo, Texas.  Trump asked Anzaldua to come up to the stage to recount his actions, saying, "He speaks perfect English."

Jesus Christ.  Wake up.  Along the same lines, consider the following.  NPR reports:

"Trump's Sunday morning Twitter storm also included another, stranger historical reference. It urged Americans to "study Joseph McCarthy," suggesting that Mueller's probe was so unfair and out-of-bounds that it made the notorious 1950s Red-hunter "look like a baby."

No comparison.  Trump is talking out his achingly delusional, hopelessly ignorant ass.

"McCarthy's first years in office attracted little attention outside his home state of Wisconsin. But in February 1950 he gave a speech in Wheeling, W.Va., alleging that he had a list of actual communists working in the U.S. State Department.

"Sen. Joseph McCarthy listens to his attorney, Roy Cohn, during the televised Army-McCarthy hearings in 1954. The series of hearings badly damaged the senator's image and led to a vote of censure by the Senate.
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"Trump was only 10 when McCarthy died. But he has a personal connection to him through Roy Cohn, who returned to New York City and became a legendary paladin for powerful politicians, mob bosses, sports figures and entertainers.  Trump and Cohn met at a Manhattan nightclub in 1973, when Trump and his father, Fred, were being sued by the federal government for racial discrimination in their rental units. Cohn advised the Trumps to defy the government, and defended them in court. The case eventually settled with no admission of guilt. Trump would later describe Cohn not only as his attorney but as a mentor."

Get this:

"One of Cohn's proteges, Roger Stone, would become a confidant and sometime aide to Trump. Stone had worked for the Nixon re-election effort back in 1972 as an opposition researcher and operative — sometimes described as a "dirty trickster," although he was not among those prosecuted in the Watergate era. He later set up a lobbying firm in Washington with Paul Manafort, who would be Trump's campaign chairman for several months in 2016.  Cohn's ultra-aggressive lawyering eventually led to his disbarment in 1986 for unethical conduct. He died later that year of complications of AIDS (insisting in public that he was suffering from liver cancer).  But 30 years later, experiencing frustrations as he moved into the White House, Trump was still missing his mouthpiece and mentor, and reportedly asking his inner circle: "Where's my Roy Cohn?"  Trump has since relied on a succession of personal lawyers — among them John Dowd, Ty Cobb, and now Rudy Giuliani — who are not likely to make him forget Roy Cohn. And any thought that his White House Counsel, McGahn, was filling that role would now seem ill-conceived."

What webs we weave.  Trump is a racist.  If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, guess what?  It's a duck.

Cowardly fail to financially and/or materially support those fighting for all civil and constitutional rights and liberties at great personal cost and risk?  Get what you truly deserve.


Trump is stifling dissent, free speech, apparently in a desperate attempt to obstruct justice. The Washington Post reports:

"Former CIA director John Brennan struck back at President Trump on Thursday, writing in a blistering op-ed that Trump’s claims of no collusion with Russia in the 2016 presidential election are “hogwash.”  The piece, posted on the New York Times website, came a day after Trump announced he was stripping the security clearance of Brennan, who led the CIA during most of President Barack Obama’s second term and has emerged as one of Trump’s fiercest critics."

For damned good reason.

"In his op-ed, Brennan characterized Trump’s action as “politically motivated” and said it was “an attempt to scare into silence others who might dare to challenge him.”  Brennan wrote that it is “critically important” that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III be permitted to complete his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether Trump’s campaign coordinated with Russia."

Absolutely critical Mueller be allowed to get to the bottom of what happened.

"While Trump has repeatedly insisted there was “no collusion,” Brennan wrote that the “only questions that remain are whether the collusion that took place constituted criminally liable conspiracy, whether obstruction of justice occurred to cover up any collusion or conspiracy, and how many members of ‘Trump Incorporated’ attempted to defraud the government by laundering and concealing the movement of money into their pockets.”

Quite serious charges alleged by Brennan.  Precisely, what Mueller is investigating.  If Trump and his henchmen are indeed innocent of any wrongdoing, why not allow Mueller to complete the  investigation?  What are you so afraid of Donny boy?  Truth coming out?  Shit hitting the fan?

"The former CIA director took aim at Trump for his public call as a candidate in July 2016 for Russia to help find missing emails of his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, who was being scrutinized for having used a private email server while secretary of state.  “By issuing such a statement, Mr. Trump was not only encouraging a foreign nation to collect intelligence against a United States citizen, but also openly authorizing his followers to work with our primary global adversary against his political opponent,” Brennan wrote."

That's a problem.  Called treason.  Yet, his sick sycophants voted for him anyway.

“Such a public clarion call certainly makes one wonder what Mr. Trump privately encouraged his advisers to do — and what they actually did — to win the election,” Brennan said. “While I had deep insight into Russian activities during the 2016 election, I now am aware — thanks to the reporting of an open and free press — of many more of the highly suspicious dalliances of some American citizens with people affiliated with the Russian intelligence services. Mr. Trump’s claims of no collusion are, in a word, hogwash.”

Fascinating, isn't it?  Precisely, why the Trump nazi keeps referring to the media as the enemy of the people.  ... As did Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Mao, etc..

"Trump said Wednesday that he is also reviewing the security clearances of nine other former officials, including former FBI director James B. Comey, all of whom have criticized the president or been targeted by congressional Republicans seeking to discredit the Russia probe.  Trump appeared to make a direct link in an interview with the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday. “I call it the rigged witch hunt,” Trump said of the Russia probe. “And these people led it. So I think it’s something that had to be done.”

Called obstruction.

CBS News reports:

"While Brennan has long been a vocal critic of the president, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters on Wednesday that Brennan "has a history that calls into question his objectivity and credibility." Sanders added that the administration is considering revoking the clearances of other current and former intelligence officials."

Called the truth, Ms. Sanders.  Why do you continue to defend the indefensible, madam?  Lie like hell day after day to protect your nazi fuhrer?  Have you no honor?  No principles?

"In the op-ed, Brennan describes the efforts by the intelligence community under the Obama administration to counter Russian meddling in the U.S. election process. He writes that before, during and after the 2016 election,  Russia "practiced the art of shaping political events abroad through its well-honed active measures program."  "Having worked closely with the F.B.I. over many years on counterintelligence investigations, I was well aware of Russia's ability to work surreptitiously within the United States, cultivating relationships with individuals who wield actual or potential power," Brennan wrote.  He added, "They troll political, business and cultural waters in search of gullible or unprincipled individuals who become pliant in the hands of their Russian puppet masters. Too often, those puppets are found."

Why are national socialist Republicans continuing to support and defend this lunatic, traitorous nazi in the Oval Office?  Nixon was threatened with impeachment, forced to leave office for far, far less than this sick, sad piece of human excrement.

"He added: "Now more than ever, it is critically important that the special counsel, Robert Mueller, and his team of investigators be allowed to complete their work without interference — from Mr. Trump or anyone else — so that all Americans can get the answers they so rightly deserve."

That's right.  Readers are reminded during the Nixon debacle our formerly great country was still indeed a democratic republic.  No longer.  In name only.

CBS News reports:

"After revoking former CIA Director John Brennan's security clearance on Wednesday, President Trump told the Wall Street Journal he held Brennan as one of the people responsible for the special counsel's Russia investigation. According to CBS News senior national security analyst Fran Townsend, who was homeland security and counterterrorism adviser to President George W. Bush, the decision appears to be "unprecedented."

Called obstruction.

"Normally, clearances, if they're revoked or lapsed, go through a very formal bureaucratic process. The fact that the president did this himself leaves him open to the criticism that it looks politically motivated," Townsend said Thursday on "CBS This Morning."

Called covering your ass.

"Many of us, former senior officials, maintain our security clearance because we volunteer our time back to the government," Townsend added. "I sit on a government advisory board. I couldn't do it without my clearance. This is not a professional courtesy as the White House has suggested. We do this out of a sense of continuing public service, and so the notion that you're going pull somebody's clearance because you don't like what they did in government service or you don't like what they say is deeply disturbing and very offensive, frankly."

Worse?  This nazi dictator is doing all he can to stifle dissent.  Cover his ass.

"Townsend said Mr. Trump carried out his decision based on what is called the "Article II powers" as commander in chief.  "Let's be honest. If the president is relying on his Article II powers to remove a clearance, it's the same power he'd rely on if he wanted, for example, to fire [special counsel Robert] Mueller. So we ought to understand that the president's very expansive view of his powers, his constitutional powers, he seems to have an unlimited view of how expansive they are," Townsend said."

Mark of a dictator.  Republicans will not be able to ignore this cancer indefinitely.  Want to be returned to office.

NPR reports:

"About a dozen top former intelligence officials are speaking out after the White House revoked the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan, a vocal critic of President Trump.  In the statement, the officials call the move "unprecedented" and caution against using security clearances as a political tool. They describe Brennan as "an enormously talented, capable, and patriotic individual." The writers say they don't all agree with everything he's said, but, "Regardless, we all agree that the president's action regarding John Brennan and the threats of similar action against other former officials has nothing to do with who should and should not hold security clearances — and everything to do with an attempt to stifle free speech."

Remain silent?  Get what you deserve.

"The statement criticizing the White House's move is signed by top former officials who served under both Republican and Democratic administrations. Among them are former CIA Director William Webster, who was appointed to that post by President Ronald Reagan; Gen. David Petraeus, another former CIA director whom Trump had considered for a position in his own cabinet; and Gen. Michael Hayden, a former director of the CIA and NSA."

Interestingly, list of signers was indeed bipartisan.  Tell you anything?  Anything at all?

"In an interview with NPR's All Things Considered, Hayden said the decision was purely political, and that the White House had revoked Brennan's clearance "as a punitive measure because the president did not like what John was saying about him."  Hayden warned the action will have a "chilling effect" on the entire intelligence community, "that if you disagree with the president, if you say things with which the president disagrees or he does not like, he is willing to take punitive action against you. And that has nothing to do with politics. That has everything to do with the freedom of American intelligence to be candid with the commander in chief."

True national security issue.

Gratifying to see there are indeed people left in our formerly great country who remain profoundly principled, retain great honor.  In a Washington Post editorial, retired Navy Admiral William H. McRaven, who oversaw the bin Laden raid, wrote:

"Dear Mr. President:

"Former CIA director John Brennan, whose security clearance you revoked on Wednesday, is one of the finest public servants I have ever known. Few Americans have done more to protect this country than John. He is a man of unparalleled integrity, whose honesty and character have never been in question, except by those who don’t know him.

"Therefore, I would consider it an honor if you would revoke my security clearance as well, so I can add my name to the list of men and women who have spoken up against your presidency."

Uncommon valor.

"Like most Americans, I had hoped that when you became president, you would rise to the occasion and become the leader this great nation needs.  A good leader tries to embody the best qualities of his or her organization. A good leader sets the example for others to follow. A good leader always puts the welfare of others before himself or herself."

How it is supposed to be.  With Trump, however, direct opposite remains the case.

"Your leadership, however, has shown little of these qualities. Through your actions, you have embarrassed us in the eyes of our children, humiliated us on the world stage and, worst of all, divided us as a nation."

Achingly, true.  Trump remains unfit for office.

"If you think for a moment that your McCarthy-era tactics will suppress the voices of criticism, you are sadly mistaken. The criticism will continue until you become the leader we prayed you would be."

The Washington Post reports:

"President Trump has told advisers that he is eager to strip more security clearances as part of an escalating attack against people who have criticized him or played a role in the investigation of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign, two White House officials said.  Over the past 19 months, Trump has fired or threatened to take action against nearly a dozen current and former officials associated with the inquiry, which he has labeled a “rigged witch hunt,” including former FBI director James B. Comey, former deputy attorney general Sally Yates and former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe. All three were dismissed."

Called obstruction.

"To critics, Trump’s moves echo President Richard Nixon’s decision to force the abrupt firing of Watergate special counsel Archibald Cox.  “If you did all this in one day, it would have a ‘Saturday night massacre’ odor to it,” said Benjamin Wittes, a Brookings Institution fellow who oversees the Lawfare Blog on national security issues, referring to the 1973 move by Nixon that prompted resignations by the Justice Department’s top two officials. “But you spread it out and get people used to the first one, then you do the second one — over a long period of time, it becomes the new normal.”

Not sustainable.  Shit will eventually hit the fan.

Think the following isn't obstruction? The Washington Post reports:

"President Trump said Friday that he plans “very quickly” to strip the security clearance of Bruce Ohr, a Justice Department official he said is “a disgrace” who is “working for Mueller.”  Trump has repeatedly targeted Ohr as a source for special counsel Robert S. Mueller III and his investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election. Ohr’s connection to the matter was as an early contact in 2016 for Christopher Steele, the former British intelligence agent who investigated Trump’s ties to Russia.  “I think that Bruce Ohr is a disgrace, with his wife, Nellie,” Trump told reporters outside the White House. “For him to be in the Justice Department, and to be doing what he did, that is a disgrace. That is disqualifying for Mueller. And Mr. Mueller has a lot of conflicts, also.”

You've again disgraced yourself, Mr. 'President.'  Abrogated your oath of office to uphold the Constitution and rule of law.

"Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, while not specifying Ohr’s current job, has said that he has no involvement in Mueller’s investigation, begun last year. Rosenstein appointed the special counsel and oversees his work.  Trump’s comments, made to reporters as he boarded Marine One en route to a Republican campaign event in New York, came amid rising criticism of the president for using security clearances as a political tool."

Think Trump's not delusional?  Consider the following:

"In his Friday comments, Trump said he had gotten “tremendous response” for his action against Brennan. “If anything, I’m giving him a bigger voice,” he said. “Many people don’t even know who he is ... I’ve never respected him.”

Other than your sick sycophants, think anyone respects you, sir?

"Trump has told advisers that he is eager to strip more security clearances as part of an escalating attack on people who have criticized him or played a role in the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign."

Obstruction.  Blatant.  Determined.  Concerted.  Intentional.

"Besides Gates, those signing the letter included former CIA directors William H. Webster, George J. Tenet, Porter Goss, Michael V. Hayden, Leon E. Panetta and David H. Petraeus; former director of national intelligence James R. Clapper Jr.; and former deputy CIA directors John McLaughlin, Stephen Kappes, Avril Haines, David Cohen and Michael Morell."


"In his statement Tuesday, Trump said he also was considering revoking security clearances for other critics, including Clapper and Hayden, former national security adviser Susan E. Rice, former FBI director James B. Comey, former FBI officials Andrew McCabe, Lisa Page and Peter Strzok, former deputy attorney general Sally Yates and current Justice Department official Bruce Ohr. Several of them have said they no longer have clearances."

Trump doesn't know that?  LOL.

NBC reports:

"In a statement read by press secretary Sarah Sanders on Wednesday, Trump said he took away the courtesy of allowing a former administration official to retain security clearance because it has been "outweighed by the risk posed by his erratic conduct and behavior."  Trump claimed Brennan had "recently leveraged his status... to make a series of unfounded and outrageous allegations, wild outbursts on the internet and on television, about this administration" in the statement.  However, in an interview with The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, Trump said that it was not because of national security, but because Brennan and others are being targeted for their role in the Russia probe.  “I call it the rigged witch hunt, [it] is a sham,” Trump said in the interview. “And these people led it!”  He added: “So I think it’s something that had to be done.”

Obstruction.  ... Ferociously pointedly, isn't the lunatic truly talking about himself?  LOL.

The Washington Post reports:

"The White House has drafted documents revoking the security clearances of current and former officials whom President Trump has demanded be punished for criticizing him or playing a role in the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to senior administration officials.  Trump wants to sign “most if not all” of them, said one senior White House official, who indicated that communications aides, including press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Bill Shine, the newly named deputy chief of staff, have discussed the optimum times to release them as a distraction during unfavorable news cycles."


"Some presidential aides echoed concerns raised by outside critics that the threatened revocations smack of a Nixonian enemies list, with little or no substantive national security justification. Particular worry has been expressed inside the White House about Trump’s statement Friday that he intends “very quickly” to strip the clearance of current Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, according to officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations."

CBS News reports:

"A day after 12 former senior intelligence officials signed a letter condemning President Trump for revoking the security clearance of former CIA director John Brennan, 60 lower-ranking former CIA officers signed an open letter on Friday also in opposition to Mr. Trump's decision.  "All of us believe it is critical to protect classified information from unauthorized disclosure. But we believe equally strongly that former government officials have the right to express their unclassified views on what they see as critical national security issues without fear of being punished for doing so," the new letter says.   The letter supports Brennan's right to express his opinions, without necessarily approving of his perspective.  "Our signatures below do not necessarily mean that we concur with the opinions expressed by former Director Brennan or the way in which he expressed them," it says. "What they do represent, however, is our firm belief that the country will be weakened if there is a political litmus test applied before seasoned experts are allowed to share their views."

CNN reports:

"Former CIA Director John Brennan criticized President Donald Trump on Friday for revoking his security clearance and said the President is "drunk on power."  "The fact that he's using a security clearance of a former CIA director as a pawn in his public relations strategy I think is just so reflective of somebody who, quite frankly, I don't want to use this term maybe, but he's drunk on power. He really is, and I think he's abusing the powers of that office," Brennan told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow during an interview."

A nazi fuhrer.

"Trump announced on Wednesday that he was stripping Brennan, who has been an outspoken critic of the President, of his security clearance and accused the former CIA director of "lying" and giving "increasingly frenzied commentary" on television.  Brennan was reacting to a report in The Washington Post on Friday that said the decision to revoke his security clearance had been finalized in order to switch the news cycle's focus from former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman's new book.

"Brennan said on Friday that he believes the country "is in a crisis in terms of what Mr. Trump has done and is liable to do."  He went on to say, "Are the Republicans on the Hill who have given him a pass -- are they going to wait for a disaster to happen before they actually find their backbones and spines to speak up against somebody who clearly, clearly, is not carrying out his responsibilities with any sense of purpose and common sense from the standpoint of national security?"

CBS News reports:

"Brennan made the remark as more than 70 former intelligence officials spoke out against the president's decision to revoke Brennan's clearance, CBS News correspondent Errol Barnett reported. Brennan said the move was retaliation for criticism of the president's policies and character, like a tweet from July, when Brennan called Mr. Trump's performance at a press conference with Russian leader Vladimir Putin "nothing short of treasonous."  "I think this is just another example of Mr. Trump trying to frighten and intimidate others, but I can tell you … these are not the type of people who are going to be bullied or intimidated by someone of the likes of Mr. Trump," Brennan said.  Early on Saturday, Mr. Trump fired back at Brennan in a tweet, saying "he has become nothing less than a loudmouth, partisan, political hack who cannot be trusted with the secrets to our country!"

    "Has anyone looked at the mistakes that John Brennan made while serving as CIA Director? He will go down as easily the WORST in history & since getting out, he has become nothing less than a loudmouth, partisan, political hack who cannot be trusted with the secrets to our country!
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 18, 2018"

Aren't you perfectly describing yourself, Mr. 'President?'  Readers are reminded, to date, there is no evidence Brennan has compromised national security.  None at all.  If our nazi fuhrer claims otherwise, he should promptly release proof of the allegation.

The Washington Post reports:

"President Trump said Monday that he would welcome a threatened lawsuit from former CIA director John Brennan, saying it would expose Brennan to the release of documents that would prove him to be “the worst CIA Director in our country’s history.”  Trump’s comments on Twitter came a day after Brennan said he is willing to take the president to court to prevent other current and former officials from having their security clearances revoked.

    "I hope John Brennan, the worst CIA Director in our country’s history, brings a lawsuit. It will then be very easy to get all of his records, texts, emails and documents to show not only the poor job he did, but how he was involved with the Mueller Rigged Witch Hunt. He won’t sue!
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 20, 2018"

Backlash growing, bipartisan:

"Trump’s Monday tweet came as a bipartisan outcry over his revocation of Brennan’s security clearance continued to grow, with the release of a statement of opposition signed by more than 175 alumni of national security jobs.  Brennan, who has been an outspoken critic of Trump, said Sunday that a number of lawyers have contacted him to offer advice on pursuing an injunction to prevent Trump from taking similar actions in the future.

“I am going to do whatever I can personally to try to prevent these abuses in the future, and if it means going to court, I will do that,” Brennan said in an appearance on NBC News’s “Meet the Press.”  “If my clearances — and my reputation, as I’m being pulled through the mud now — if that’s the price we’re going to pay to prevent Donald Trump from doing this against other people, to me, it’s a small price to pay,” Brennan said."

Time for far more to courageously stand up against this tyranny, exigent threat to the Constitution, rule of law.

"The statement of support for Brennan released Monday was the third since the White House announced last week that it was taking action against him for making irresponsible claims during television appearances and on social media.

“Our signatures below do not necessarily mean that we concur with the opinions expressed by former CIA Director Brennan or the way in which he expressed them,” the latest statement says. “What they do represent, however, is our firm belief that the country will be weakened if there is a political litmus test applied before seasoned experts are allowed to share their views.”

"The latest statement is signed by career national security officials as well as political appointees from both parties.  The career officials include Nicholas J. Rasmussen, former director of the National Counterterrorism Center; William J. Burns, former deputy secretary of state; and Douglas H. Wise, a former deputy director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.  Other former national security officials who signed include Anthony Lake, former national security adviser under President Bill Clinton, and Sean O’Keefe, former secretary of the Navy under President George H.W. Bush.  The statement is also signed by more than 10 former U.S. ambassadors and more than 20 former U.S. attorneys."

The Trump nazi is clearly abusing power.  Remains an exigent threat to life, liberty, all civil and constitutional rights and liberties.

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Think the following should have even been necessary?  NPR reports:

"More than 300 news publications across the country are joining together to defend the role of a free press and denounce President Trump's ongoing attacks on the news media in coordinated editorials publishing Thursday, according to a tally by The Boston Globe.  The project was spearheaded by staff members of the editorial page at the Globe, who write: "This relentless assault on the free press has dangerous consequences. We asked editorial boards from around the country – liberal and conservative, large and small — to join us today to address this fundamental threat in their own words."  Self-governance demands that our citizens need to be well-informed and that's what we're here to do. ... Some think we're rude to question and challenge. We know it's our obligation."

No matter the personal cost and/or risk.

"Marjorie Pritchard, the Globe's deputy managing editor of the editorial page who led the effort, told NPR's Morning Edition, "This editorial project is not against the Trump administration's agenda. It's a response to put us into the public discourse and defend the First Amendment."Beyond the damage done at home, Trump's verbal attacks on reporters — blasting them as 'disgusting' and 'sick' and 'among the most dishonest human beings on earth' — put journalists around the world at greater risk.  She said the reason to publish the editorials now was "because the press needs to have a voice on this. ... We've done individual editorials, but I think it's, there is some strength in numbers of just defending a constitutionally enshrined pillar of democracy."

Criticism of media is the mark of a dictator.  Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Mao, etc., were masters at this.  The Trump nazi is certainly following in their footsteps.

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Saga continues.  ABC News reports:

"Omarosa Manigault Newman, former reality television villain and White House official, released her latest secret recording –- this time, a conversation with Lara Trump about joining the Trump campaign.  In the conversation, which Manigault Newman said was made in the days after she was fired from the White House, the president’s campaign aide and daughter-in-law offered Manigault Newman $15,000 per month to have a public role in the campaign. The tape aligns with what Manigault Newman wrote about in her new tell-all memoir, “Unhinged.”  In the book she writes that the Trump campaign contract would have required her to sign a non-disclosure agreement, but she refused.  In an interview with MSNBC, Manigault Newman said she saw the offer as hush money.

Not the first time this has happened.  LOL.

"On the recording, which has not been independently verified by ABC News, the younger Trump appears to suggest campaign concerns about Manigault Newman disparaging her former employers.  "It sounds a little like, obviously, that there are some things you've got in the back pocket to pull out. Clearly, if you come on board the campaign, like, we can't have, we got to," she continues.  Manigault Newman interrupts her to respond, "Oh, God no."  “Everything, everybody positive, right?” Trump added."

You think?  LOL.

Gets worse:

"Trump goes on, on the recording, to say that the money offered to Manigault Newman is public.  “All the money that we raise and that pays salaries is directly from donors, small-dollar donors for the most part," Trump said on the tape.  "So, I know you, you were making 179 at the White House," she said, referring to Manigault Newman's $179,000 annual salary. "And I think we can work something out where we keep you right along those lines."  "Specifically, let me see, I haven't even added up the numbers," Trump continued. "But we were talking about, like, 15K a month. Let me see what that adds up to. Times 12. Yeah. So that’s $180,000. Does that sound like, uh, a fair deal for you?”

Sounds like a chip off the old block, doesn't she?  LOL.  Couldn't be something she 'inherited,' some way, somehow, could it?  LOL.

"Lara Trump responded in a statement calling the latest "bombshell tape" a "fraud."

Did she ever.  LOL.  Who the hell is lying?  LOL.  Get this:

“From the beginning of my father-in-law’s campaign, Omarosa was welcomed into our family as a trusted friend and confidant. On the Women for Trump tour, including Omarosa, we formed a sisterhood bond that is unlike any I have experienced in my life. We toured together, laughed together, and worked really hard towards a common goal. We never would have imagined that one of our own was secretly recording all of our private conversations," Trump said."

Jesus Christ.  Should we break out the violins?  LOL.

"When Omarosa was fired by the White House Chief of Staff in December of 2017, my entire family was concerned for her because we had no idea about the basis of her dismissal. We still wanted her on our team because we cared so much about her personally. That’s why I reached out to offer her a position with the 2020 Trump Campaign before we knew anything about the gross violations of ethics and integrity during her White House tenure. Another one of Omarosa’s ‘bombshell’ tapes is a fraud. The discussions about a position with the campaign took place in numerous phone calls over the course of several weeks. Woman to woman, I shared a connection with Omarosa as a friend and a campaign sister, and I am absolutely shocked and saddened by her betrayal and violation on a deeply personal level."  "I hope it’s all worth it for you, Omarosa, because some things you just can’t put a price on,” Trump added."

Jesus Christ.  Give me a break.  Think they don't all deserve each other?  LOL.  Problem is the public is ultimately paying the price.

NBC reports:

"In an interview with MSNBC's Craig Melvin after the excerpts were aired, Manigault Newman said the recording was proof of "an attempt" by the Trump team "to buy my silence, to censor me, and to pay me off."  Asked if she saw it as "hush money," Manigault Newman responded, "Absolutely."  Manigault Newman shared four excerpts from the recording of the longer conversation for broadcast; NBC News has heard the full tape of the conversation and the clips are in context.

"When asked by Melvin why she did not share the full tape for NBC to play, Manigault Newman responded that she wanted to "undergird everything" in her book.  She reiterated that she had witnessed "corruption" during her time in the White House, but when asked for the specifics of what she saw, she replied that "there are things I'm going to save to share when the time is right."  Manigault Newman wouldn’t comment on whether she'd spoken with special counsel Robert Mueller's team — which is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election — since she began releasing her tapes (she told MSNBC on Tuesday that she’d been interviewed by Mueller), but said she would stand by her previous statement."

Fascinating, isn't it?

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Tariff saga continues.  NBC reports:

"Turkey announced Wednesday that it is increasing tariffs on imports of certain U.S. products, escalating a feud with the United States that has helped trigger a currency crisis.  In a decision announced in the Official Gazette, Ankara said it will impose extra tariffs on imports of products including rice, vehicles, alcohol, coal and cosmetics. Tariffs on American cars were doubled to 120 percent while tariff on alcoholic drinks to 140 percent. Turkey's Vice President Fuat Oktay said on Twitter that the tariffs on certain products were increased "within the framework of the principle of reciprocity in retaliation for the deliberate economic attacks by the United States."

CBS News reports:

"Turkey and the United States exchanged new threats of sanctions Friday, keeping alive a diplomatic and financial crisis that is threatening the economic stability of the NATO country as a Turkish court rejected the appeal of an American pastor caught in the middle of the row. Turkey's lira fell once again after the trade minister, Ruhsar Pekcan, said Friday that her government would respond to any new trade duties, which U.S. President Donald Trump threatened in an overnight tweet."

Aside from the current ongoing debacle and despite Turkey's strategic importance to NATO, why hasn't Turkey been expelled from the alliance?  The country is run by an out of control despot.

Instead of concerning himself with the above, the Trump nazi is more concerned with domestic political ramifications that may arise from the following:

"Mr. Trump is taking issue with the continued detention in Turkey of Andrew Brunson, an American evangelical pastor who faces 35 years in prison on charges of espionage and terrorism. On Friday, Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency said a high court in Izmir had upheld a lower court's decision earlier this week to keep Brunson under house arrest. It also rejected an appeal for his travel ban to be lifted, Anadolu reported."

Think the following indicative of a president with all his marbles?

"Mr. Trump wrote in a tweet late Thursday: "We will pay nothing for the release of an innocent man, but we are cutting back on Turkey!"

    "Turkey has taken advantage of the United States for many years. They are now holding our wonderful Christian Pastor, who I must now ask to represent our Country as a great patriot hostage. We will pay nothing for the release of an innocent man, but we are cutting back on Turkey!
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 16, 2018"

Holding him for cash ransom, Mr. 'President?'

NPR reports:

"The U.S. is threatening further sanctions against Turkey if it does not quickly release American pastor Andrew Brunson, who has been detained by the Turkish government for nearly two years. The diplomatic spat is also taking a toll on Turkey's currency, the lira.  Turkey says Brunson has ties to political groups responsible for the 2016 attempted coup of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Brunson runs an evangelical church in the Turkish city of Izmir. The U.S. says the pastor is "a victim of unfair and unjust detention."  Turkey has accused Brunson of espionage and having ties to the Kurdistan Workers Party and the movement led by cleric Fethullah Gulen. Brunson has denied those charges. If found guilty, he faces up to 35 years in prison.  On Thursday evening, President Trump described Brunson as "our wonderful Christian pastor, who I must now ask to represent our Country as a great patriot hostage":

    "Turkey has taken advantage of the United States for many years. They are now holding our wonderful Christian Pastor, who I must now ask to represent our Country as a great patriot hostage. We will pay nothing for the release of an innocent man, but we are cutting back on Turkey!
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 16, 2018"

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Why are the taxpayers looted to pay for Trump, Jr.'s security when he's overseas on Trump, Inc. business?  Why isn't the company paying for it?  The Washington Post reports:

"Government records show that taxpayers spent more than $32,000 on hotel rooms for the security detail that accompanied Donald Trump Jr. to India earlier this year to promote his family’s luxury real estate projects — with many bills still unaccounted for.  A review of General Services Administration purchase orders shows that the government paid $15,166 for rooms for “Don Jr Visit to Mumbai” and another bill for $3,501, as well as $13,468 for hotels in the western Indian city of Pune, for a total of $32,135.  A third purchase order for the city of Kolkata for the same time frame lists an additional $9,880 for a “VIP visit.” Officials at the U.S. Consulate in Kolkata declined to identify the VIP in question. The costs of the hotel rooms for the entourage’s stay in the capital — likely a hefty portion of the tab — as well as the airfare and transportation expenses remain unclear."

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'Stupid is as stupid does.'  No truer words when it comes to the lunatic in the Oval Office.  The following is appalling.  The Washington Post reports:

"President Trump on Friday blamed local officials for his decision to postpone a grand military parade in Washington this fall, alleging without evidence that they had unreasonably inflated the price."

Called lying.

    “The local politicians who run Washington, D.C. (poorly) know a windfall when they see it. When asked to give us a price for holding a great celebratory military parade, they wanted a number so ridiculously high that I cancelled it. Never let someone hold you up! I will instead...
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2018

    "....attend the big parade already scheduled at Andrews Air Force Base on a different date, & go to the Paris parade, celebrating the end of the War, on November 11th. Maybe we will do something next year in D.C. when the cost comes WAY DOWN. Now we can buy some more jet fighters!
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2018"

D.C. Mayor would have none of it:

"About an hour after the president’s tweet, D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) delivered her own caustic response on Twitter, indicating the desired parade would have cost $21.6 million to organize in the nation’s capital. The federal government typically reimburses the District for a large share of the security and logistical costs for such events.

    "Yup, I’m Muriel Bowser, mayor of Washington DC, the local politician who finally got thru to the reality star in the White House with the realities ($21.6M) of parades/events/demonstrations in Trump America (sad).
    — MurielBowser (@MurielBowser) August 17, 2018

"A city official said the planning process for the parade had been difficult to coordinate with White House officials, who had been slow to communicate details of the event, including plans for a specific date.  Although the president has long discussed a potential military parade, the White House Office of Management and Budget only approached D.C. city officials on Tuesday to discuss logistical costs, a Bowser administration official said.  The White House had scant details about the event, said the official, who requested anonymity to discuss the negotiations with the president’s team."

Think the 'president's' not an idiot?

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Lack of transparency, -- growing.  The Washington Post reports:

"President Trump on Friday called on financial regulators to consider allowing public companies to share information with the public less often, a potentially major shake-up of corporate America."

Certainly, would give the corporate management suite greater opportunity to do as they please, easier to cover up malfeasance, determinedly, intentionally, concertedly f--k labor and shareholders.  Do so with impunity.

“That would allow greater flexibility & save money,” Trump said in a tweet."

Anything to further line the pockets of the corporate management suite, right, Mr. 'President?'

"Publicly traded companies must file quarterly reports disclosing extensive details about their operations, including profit and revenue. But some chief executives have complained that these type of requirements lead them to focus on short-term profits rather than the long-term health of their companies."

Hopelessly greedy, short-sighted national socialist, nazi bastards, right, Mr. 'President?'  ... Just like you, sir.

"In his tweet, Trump said that the Securities and Exchange Commission should study moving the reporting requirement to every six months instead of every three. The proposal follows conversations with the “world’s top business leaders” about how to “make business (jobs) even better in the U.S.," Trump said.

    "In speaking with some of the world’s top business leaders I asked what it is that would make business (jobs) even better in the U.S. “Stop quarterly reporting & go to a six month system,” said one. That would allow greater flexibility & save money. I have asked the SEC to study!
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2018"

Goddamned crock of shit promulgated by this hopelessly greedy, national socialist nazi bastard.  This piece of crap couldn't care less about jobs, labor compensation, etc..  Only about lining his pockets and those of the corporate management suite and others at the top of the food chain.  No more than more of the same old shit.  That is, laissez-faire uncontrolled or pooly-controlled capitalism.

"The proposal is likely to be lambasted by shareholder advocates, who in recent years have called on corporations to share more information with the public, not less.  It also comes as Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has proposed forcing companies with more than $1 billion in annual revenue to weigh the interests of all stakeholders — including workers and local communities, in addition to shareholders — in its decision-making. Under the proposal, workers would elect 40 percent of the directors, and three-fourths of directors and shareholders would need to sign off on political expenditures."

Can't have that, can we?  Why would a CEO wish to make less than several hundred times that of his lowest-paid indentured servant?'  Called a concerted, determined, intention royal f--king of labor.  ... Right, Mr. 'President?'

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Think the following indicative, highly demonstrative of good judgment?  The Washington Post reports:

"President Trump defended his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort on Friday, saying “it’s very sad what they’ve done” to him, as jurors began their second day of deliberating whether Manafort is guilty of tax and bank fraud crimes."

What's that, Mr. 'President?'  What have they done to him?  Documentary evidence clearly, at the very least, suggests he's lined his pockets, not reported and paid his taxes, committed bank fraud, etc..  No problems with that, sir?  Not only that, the judge is clearly in his pocket, not impartial.  Imagine that.  Couldn't be doing your bidding, could he?

"Trump, speaking with reporters on the White House lawn, was asked about a possible pardon for the 69-year-old Manafort.  Trump declined to answer that question, but defended Manafort.  “I think the whole Manafort trial is very sad. When you look at what’s going on, I think it’s a very sad day for our country,” Trump said, adding that Manafort “happens to be a very good person, I think it’s very sad what they’ve done to Paul Manafort.”

Again, what's that, Mr. 'President?'  What have they done to him, sir?  In good faith, attempt to bring him to justice?  If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, guess what?  It's a duck.

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Seemingly, no end to white-collar corruption.  The Washington Post reports:

"The Justice Department is investigating whether longtime Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy sought to sell his influence with the Trump administration by offering to deliver U.S. government actions for foreign officials in exchange for tens of millions of dollars, according to three people familiar with the probe.  As part of the investigation, prosecutors are scrutinizing a plan that Broidy allegedly developed to try to persuade the Trump government to extradite a Chinese dissident back to his home country, a move sought by Chinese President Xi Jinping, according to two of the people.  They also are investigating claims that Broidy sought $75 million from a Malaysian business official if the Justice Department ended its investigation of a development fund run by the Malaysian government. The Malaysian probe has examined the role of the former prime minister in the embezzlement of billions of dollars from the fund."

This shit will not end until those convicted of such crimes, are not only imprisoned in non-country club prisons, but forfeit all personal assets.

"A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment. Christopher Clark, an attorney for Broidy, said in a statement: “Elliott Broidy has never agreed to work for, been retained by nor been compensated by any foreign government for any interaction with the United States Government, ever. Any implication to the contrary is a lie.”

Think so?

"Broidy’s alleged activities were detailed in news reports earlier this year that cited hacked emails. The Los Angeles-based venture capitalist, who served as top fundraiser for the Republican Party and President Trump, has said that allegations against him are an effort by his enemies to smear him.  Rudolph W. Giuliani, an attorney for Trump, said he had no knowledge of any request for records related to Broidy. The White House referred a request for comment to the Republican National Committee, which declined to comment."

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Anything to line the pockets of the war-profiteering corporate management suite.  NBC reports:

"President Donald Trump is increasingly venting frustration to his national security team about the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan and showing renewed interest in a proposal by Blackwater founder Erik Prince to privatize the war, current and former senior administration officials said.  Prince's idea, which first surfaced last year during the president's Afghanistan strategy review, envisions replacing troops with private military contractors who would work for a special U.S. envoy for the war who would report directly to the president.  It has raised ethical and security concerns among senior military officials, key lawmakers and members of Trump's national security team. A year after Trump's strategy announcement, his advisers are worried his impatience with the Afghanistan conflict will cause him to seriously consider proposals like Prince's or abruptly order a complete U.S. withdrawal, officials said."

Time to end the insanity, declare victory, withdraw.  Take care of our own.  If we weren't continually imposing ourselves across the globe, there'd be far less terrorism.

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Gutless GOP.  CBS News reports:

"The forgotten Republicans — people like former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford and Ohio Gov. John Kasich — have been unwilling to sit quietly as Mr. Trump steers the GOP away from free trade, fiscal responsibility, consistent foreign policy and civility.  Isolation and political exile have been their rewards.  Their diminished roles leave fewer Republican leaders willing to challenge Mr. Trump under any circumstances, even in his darkest moments.  Fact checkers have recorded an extraordinary level of false and misleading statements flowing out of the White House. And beyond dishonesty, some of the forgotten have decried a disturbing pattern of racially charged rhetoric on issues like immigration, NFL anthem protests and Confederate monuments.  "White nationalism isn't something I'm ever going to be comfortable with. But it is embraced by, or simply doesn't bother, a lot of Republicans," said former Ohio Republican Party chairman Matt Borges, once a Trump confidant who was forced from his leadership post after criticizing Trump in the weeks leading up to the 2016 election."

If Republicans fail to stand up to the Trump nazi, Democrats will be returned to power.

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U. S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has repeatedly abrogated his oath of office to uphold the United States Constitution.  NBC reports:

"President Donald Trump may think Jeff Sessions is not a “real attorney general,” but the former Alabama senator is quietly molding the Justice Department into an agency that uses the law as a weapon against minorities, immigrants and fair elections.  For all his tough talk on Twitter, Trump will never shame Jefferson Beauregard Sessions into resigning because while the president distracts the nation and the media with his outrage-a-day tweet strategy, Sessions, flying under the radar, is doing exactly what he came to Washington to do."

Traitorously impose his racist, national socialist ideology and religious views.

"Since taking office, Sessions has installed a punitive agenda based on the “Massive Resistance” strategy followed by attorneys general throughout the Deep South during the segregation era to use the law to thwart justice. The aim then was to hobble the civil rights movement, limit the number of black elected officials and impose sentencing guidelines that fell most harshly on black lawbreakers and white citizens guilty of so-called lifestyle “crimes” like recreational drug use and “deviant” sexual behavior. This, of course, is the same legal agenda now being pursued ferociously by Sessions. Far from being “missing in action” as Trump claims, the much-ridiculed Sessions is bent on a root-and-branch revision of federal law enforcement."

Raw, jackbooted nazism, highly reminiscent of Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini.

"In only 18 months, according to Wines, Sessions has completely reversed the voter-protection policies of President Barack Obama’s Justice Department — some of which have been in place since 1965. Its attorneys now side with the same Republican state officials whose voter suppression schemes they once opposed in court. “Under Attorney General Jeff Sessions,” Wines wrote, “the department has filed legal briefs in support of states that are resisting court orders to rein in voter ID requirements, stop aggressive purges of voter rolls and redraw political boundaries that have unfairly diluted minority voting power — all practices that were opposed under President Obama’s attorneys general.”

Raw nazism imposed by a racist, Republican traitor.

"Almost as an aside, Sessions also has sought to prosecute providers of medical marijuana and defended the separation of Central American families seeking to enter the U.S. illegally — with a Bible verse, no less. Speaking before conservative audiences, he has happily joked about a policy that essentially put babies in cages and echoed conservative high schoolers chants about jailing Hillary Clinton. By national standards, Sessions may look like the laughable elf depicted on Saturday Night Live, but he is, in fact, a dangerous advocate for an outdated political culture that looks to the law as a means of controlling people who look and think differently."

Racist nazi.  An exigent threat to life, liberty, all civil and constitutional rights and liberties.

Goes on and on, but you do get the point, don't you?

Above quotes courtesy of a most gifted insightful writer, Howell Raines.

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Truth's a moving target in Trump's Fourth Reich.  Think the 'president' wasn't  caught figuratively with his pants down by The New York Times recently?  Think that may be why he's been particularly off the wall more than usual last few days?  LOL.  Consider the following.  CNN reports:

"White House counsel Don McGahn's attorney did not give President Donald Trump's lawyers a full accounting of McGahn's interviews with the special counsel's team, a person familiar with the matter tells CNN.  Trump's attorneys did not ask for a complete debriefing, the person said."

Why not?  Think that didn't rattle the cage of the lunatic in the Oval Office?

"During his three interviews with special counsel Robert Mueller's team, McGahn did not provide information that would be incriminating to the President, a source told CNN."

Apparently, that failed to placate the lunatic.

"The New York Times first reported Sunday that Trump's legal team does not know the extent to which McGahn has been cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller. The news follows a Saturday report by the Times that McGahn had been cooperating with Mueller extensively. The President's lawyers told the Times on Sunday that they believed that McGahn's nearly 30 hours of interviews with the special counsel had not included any testimony harmful to the President."

Think so?  No matter what, Trump was clearly not satisfied.

"The President's advisers are now concerned McGahn's statements to the special counsel could be key to filling in some blanks of Mueller's report, two people familiar with the discussion told the Times.  According to the Times' Saturday report, McGahn's decision to cooperate was partly due to the fact that the President's initial legal team had decided to fully cooperate with Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, believing their client had nothing to hide and that they could bring a quick end to the probe."

Sound credible?  If so, and more importantly, if the 'president' truly had nothing to hide, why didn't the Trump nazi simply remain silent on the entire matter and let the investigation take its course unimpeded?

"McGahn and his attorney, William Burck, became concerned that the President planned to set him up to be held responsible for any potential illegal incidents of obstruction, the Times reported, so the White House counsel and his attorney came up with a strategy to cooperate as extensively as possible with the special counsel in order to prove that there was no wrongdoing by McGahn, the newspaper reported."

Remember?  Dean was thrown under the bus by the Nixon nazi all those decades ago.  What's so incredibly ironic about the Nixon fiasco is it demonstrably doesn't hold a candle to the Trump nazi and his henchmen.

While truth indeed remains a moving target in our formerly great country for decades, the following appears more than plausible:

"People familiar with Trump's thinking told the Times that his realization that he was unaware of what McGahn shared with Mueller's team shook the President, who is said to be obsessed with the informant role that John W. Dean, then the White House counsel to President Richard Nixon and now a CNN contributor, played during Watergate.  On Sunday morning, Trump referenced Dean in a Twitter post lashing out at the Times' report a day earlier, calling it "a Fake piece" that implied "because White House Counsel Don McGahn was giving hours of testimony to the Special Councel, he must be a John Dean type 'RAT. But I allowed him and all others to testify - I didn't have to."

If you hadn't, Mr. 'President,' you would have spawned a constitutional crisis you would have likely ultimately lost.  Dean didn't take any of this lying down:

"Dean fired back, "@realDonaldTrump (I still have trouble using the title Mr. President for someone installed by Putin), I doubt you have ANY IDEA what McGahn has told Mueller. Also, Nixon knew I was meeting with prosecutors, b/c I told him. However, he didn't think I would tell them the truth!"

More interesting?  Get this:

"Politico reported Sunday that Dean has met several times over the past few months with Lanny Davis, the attorney representing former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, who is under criminal investigation in New York because of his business dealings.  "I reached out to my old friend John Dean because of what he went through with Watergate, and I saw some parallels to what Michael Cohen is experiencing," Davis told Politico. "I wanted to gain from John's wisdom."  Davis added that he had asked Dean for a retelling of his experiences during the Nixon investigation, not for legal counsel on Cohen's case."

NPR reports:

"In a series of tweets over the weekend, President Trump responded to a story published in The New York Times that detailed extensive cooperation between White House counsel Donald McGahn, and the inquiry by special counsel Robert Mueller into obstruction of justice and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia."

Consider the following:

    "I allowed White House Counsel Don McGahn, and all other requested members of the White House Staff, to fully cooperate with the Special Counsel. In addition we readily gave over one million pages of documents. Most transparent in history. No Collusion, No Obstruction. Witch Hunt!
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 18, 2018

    "The failing @nytimes wrote a Fake piece today implying that because White House Councel Don McGahn was giving hours of testimony to the Special Councel, he must be a John Dean type “RAT.” But I allowed him and all others to testify - I didn’t have to. I have nothing to hide......
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 19, 2018

    "The Failing New York Times wrote a story that made it seem like the White House Councel had TURNED on the President, when in fact it is just the opposite - & the two Fake reporters knew this. This is why the Fake News Media has become the Enemy of the People. So bad for America!
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 19, 2018"

The enemy of the people is not a free press.  Remains a nazi fuhrer who has abrogated his oath of office to protect and defend the United States Constitution.

"The New York Times reported that McGahn spoke with Mueller's team about Trump's firing of the FBI director James Comey and his push for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to claim oversight of the inquiry, and Trump's attempts to fire Mueller. His interviews with Mueller's team of investigators totaled 30 hours."

Think that didn't send a chill up the spine of our fearless fuhrer?

The Washington Post reports:

"President Trump on Monday referred to lawyers working for special counsel Robert S. Mueller III as “thugs” and accused them of trying to affect this year’s elections, further ramping up his rhetoric against prosecutors probing Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.  In morning tweets, Trump called Mueller “disgraced and discredited” and said his team of prosecutors is “a National Disgrace!”

How so, Donny boy?  Ferociously pointedly, aren't you, in fact, perfectly describing yourself, sir?

    "Disgraced and discredited Bob Mueller and his whole group of Angry Democrat Thugs spent over 30 hours with the White House Councel, only with my approval, for purposes of transparency. Anybody needing that much time when they know there is no Russian Collusion is just someone....
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 20, 2018

    "....looking for trouble. They are enjoying ruining people’s lives and REFUSE to look at the real corruption on the Democrat side - the lies, the firings, the deleted Emails and soooo much more! Mueller’s Angry Dems are looking to impact the election. They are a National Disgrace!
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 20, 2018

    "Where’s the Collusion? They made up a phony crime called Collusion, and when there was no Collusion they say there was Obstruction (of a phony crime that never existed). If you FIGHT BACK or say anything bad about the Rigged Witch Hunt, they scream Obstruction!
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 20, 2018"

The 'president' is certainly behaving like he's guilty as hell.  An out of control lunatic.

"Trump’s accusation that the probe could have an impact on the fall elections comes as his lawyers and Mueller’s team continue a lengthy back-and-forth over whether Trump will sit down for an interview with the special counsel’s team. The president’s legal team has sought to take certain topics, such as possible obstruction of justice, off the table."

Why?  Because you and your fuhrer know he's guilty as hell?

"Trump lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani recently told the Wall Street Journal that Trump would not sit for an interview after Sept. 1 because it might interfere with the midterm elections in November."

Jesus Christ.  What a crock of shit.  Any excuse at all.  Obfuscation by a nazi and his henchmen who appear guiltier by the day.  LOL.

"Trump also re-asserted in his Monday tweets that “there was no collusion” between his campaign and the Russians and said efforts to build a case of obstruction were the result of prosecutors being frustrated because they found no coordination.  “If you FIGHT BACK or say anything bad about the Rigged Witch Hunt, they scream Obstruction!” the president wrote."

Jesus Christ.  Our clueless nazi fuhrer continues to talk out his ass.  Mueller and his team have remained closed mouth.  Exceptionally, so.  The investigation is not over.  The nazi despot has no clue what they have or don't have.

"In tweets over the weekend, Trump compared Mueller’s investigation to the tactics employed by the late senator Joseph McCarthy, who alleged that communist agents and Soviet spies had infiltrated the U.S. government, accusing some of treason without evidence."

That's nuts.  Hasn't happened.  Mueller and his team made no such irresponsible claims of any kind, nor engaged in jackbooted tactics.  Demonstrates increasing unbridled fear rising in the Trump nazi.

"Some of Trump’s critics have suggested the president, who last week stripped the security clearance of former CIA director John Brennan and has vowed to pursue similar actions against a list of other critics, is the one who is acting like McCarthy."

Goddamned right.  The nazi is clearly shitting as Mueller zeroes in.  With all his continued tweeting, how does he have time to run the country?

NPR reports:

"Trump's Sunday morning Twitter storm also included another, stranger historical reference. It urged Americans to "study Joseph McCarthy," suggesting that Mueller's probe was so unfair and out-of-bounds that it made the notorious 1950s Red-hunter "look like a baby."

Not a strange statement coming from the Trump nazi considering his connection to McCarthy's lawyer.  ... Patience.  Read on.

"Anyone familiar with McCarthy's history would have to smile at that image. Although the youngest member of the U.S. Senate when he first took the oath in 1947 at age 38, his receding hairline and perpetual five-o'clock shadow made him look much older.  McCarthy's first years in office attracted little attention outside his home state of Wisconsin. But in February 1950 he gave a speech in Wheeling, W.Va., alleging that he had a list of actual communists working in the U.S. State Department."

Had nothing.  A charlatan just like the Trump nazi.

"Sen. Joseph McCarthy listens to his attorney, Roy Cohn, during the televised Army-McCarthy hearings in 1954. The series of hearings badly damaged the senator's image and led to a vote of censure by the Senate.
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"The charge created a sensation in the atmosphere of the time, when war was breaking out in Korea and powerful Communist regimes ruled China and the Soviet Union. McCarthy tapped into the fear and confusion of the Cold War era and greatly contributed to both. Supporters even wanted Dwight Eisenhower to put McCarthy on the national ticket in 1952 (Eisenhower instead chose Nixon, then a senator from California)."

Think Trump's not doing the same with his sick sycophant base?  Master manipulator.

"While denied a shot at the vice-presidency, McCarthy used his investigative powers as a subcommittee chairman to haul a procession of witnesses before the cameras on Capitol Hill. There they were grilled relentlessly by McCarthy or his principal counsel, Roy Cohn. Their abusive style eventually proved their undoing when they took on the U.S. Army over the promotion of a major they found suspicious.  The televised Army-McCarthy hearings in 1954 badly damaged the senator's image and led to a vote of censure by the U.S. Senate. Humiliated, he gradually withdrew from the Senate and entered a hospital in Washington, where he died in 1957 at the age of 48."

Damage done by this national socialist nazi was horrendous:

"Years later, when the full records of McCarthy's committee were released, Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Carl Levin (D-Mich.) wrote this in the preface: "Senator McCarthy's zeal to uncover subversion and espionage led to disturbing excesses. His browbeating tactics destroyed careers of people who were not involved in the infiltration of our government. ... These hearings are a part of our national past that we can neither afford to forget nor permit to reoccur."

Too late.  Already happening.  Perpetrated anew by the Trump nazi and his equally fascist henchmen.  Fascism, nazism, national socialism defined as the pernicious blend of government, business, and religion. 'Justified' by perversion and bastardization of the latter.

"Trump was only 10 when McCarthy died. But he has a personal connection to him through Roy Cohn, who returned to New York City and became a legendary paladin for powerful politicians, mob bosses, sports figures and entertainers.  Trump and Cohn met at a Manhattan nightclub in 1973, when Trump and his father, Fred, were being sued by the federal government for racial discrimination in their rental units. Cohn advised the Trumps to defy the government, and defended them in court. The case eventually settled with no admission of guilt. Trump would later describe Cohn not only as his attorney but as a mentor."

Here's the connection to the present:

"One of Cohn's proteges, Roger Stone, would become a confidant[e] and sometime aide to Trump. Stone had worked for the Nixon re-election effort back in 1972 as an opposition researcher and operative — sometimes described as a "dirty trickster," although he was not among those prosecuted in the Watergate era. He later set up a lobbying firm in Washington with Paul Manafort, who would be Trump's campaign chairman for several months in 2016."

Who'd 'a 'thunk' it, no?

"Cohn's ultra-aggressive lawyering eventually led to his disbarment in 1986 for unethical conduct. He died later that year of complications of AIDS (insisting in public that he was suffering from liver cancer)."

The following is chilling and highly indicative none of this is sustainable or will end well:

"But 30 years later, experiencing frustrations as he moved into the White House, Trump was still missing his mouthpiece and mentor, and reportedly asking his inner circle: "Where's my Roy Cohn?"  Trump has since relied on a succession of personal lawyers — among them John Dowd, Ty Cobb, and now Rudy Giuliani — who are not likely to make him forget Roy Cohn. And any thought that his White House Counsel, McGahn, was filling that role would now seem ill-conceived."

Quotes above are courtesy of a most gifted, insightful writer, Ron Elving.

Think Trump's not insane?  NBC reports:

"President Donald Trump says that he has chosen to stay out of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation — but he claimed that he is "totally allowed" to be involved in the probe and could even "run it."

Think so?  Fox guarding the chicken coop.

"I've decided to stay out," Trump said in an interview with Reuters published Monday. "Now, I don't have to stay out. I can go in and I could do whatever. I could run it if I want."

Think so?  Mark of a dictator.  Despotic delusion of the hopelessly ill.

"I’m totally allowed to be involved if I wanted to be. So far, I haven’t chosen to be involved. I’ll stay out," Trump said."

Sound like a sane man?  Guy with all his marbles?

"Trump has repeatedly blasted Mueller's probe of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible obstruction of justice, railing against what he derides as a "Rigged Witch Hunt."

Think Trump's not obstructing justice?

"In his interview with Reuters, Trump said he was worried that any statements he provides to Mueller under oath could be used to bring perjury charges against him — echoing the concerns of his top lawyer in the investigation, Rudy Giuliani, who has said any meeting with the special counsel could be a so-called perjury trap."

No question, considering the fact he seems to be a congenital liar.  Mueller would have a field day.

"It is unclear if the president could "run" the Mueller investigation, but experts have said that Trump can likely fire Mueller — a move that could trigger a Constitutional crisis."

Be the end of his presidency.  Start of something far worse, however.  Pence.  Forget?  Unlike Trump, Pence is not insane.

"Trump has made several moves that could be seen as attempts to curtail the probe, including the dismissal of Comey, calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to end the inquiry, and reportedly seeking to fire Mueller in the past."

Called obstruction.

Not clear yet where this is all going.  Certainly, nowhere good.

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Time for you to stand tall, Madam First Lady.  Boldly do far more to rhetorically challenge the national socialist, fascist ideology of your husband.  Fled tyranny yourself, madam.  Became a naturalized citizen.  Time to act like an American, stand up for the Constitution and rule of law your husband has clearly repeatedly abrogated.

Indirect, 'soft' challenge of an out of control tyrant exemplified in the following example is no longer sufficient.  NPR reports:

"As her husband lashed out at his political opponents online, calling them names like "thug" and "hack," Melania Trump was calling for more civility and kindness online Monday morning.  The first lady addressed an annual cyberbullying prevention summit hosted by the federal Health Resources and Services Administration in Rockville, Md.  "Let's face it: most children are more aware of the benefits and pitfalls of social media than some adults," she said, "but we still need to do all we can to provide them with information and tools for successful and safe online habits."

Consider the above in raw juxtaposition to the following:

"Not far away, President Trump was himself online, sending a series of angry tweets in which he called one of his most vocal critics, former CIA Director John Brennan, a "political 'hack'."

    "Everybody wants to keep their Security Clearance, it’s worth great prestige and big dollars, even board seats, and that is why certain people are coming forward to protect Brennan. It certainly isn’t because of the good job he did! He is a political “hack.”
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 20, 2018"

When you became a U.S. citizen, Madam First Lady, you swore to uphold the Constitution and rule of law.  Time for you to honor that oath and forcefully speak out against what your husband is doing.  No one is in a better position to do so.  Not even Ivanka.  Time for you both to courageously stand up to this growing insanity and threat to liberty.

"The antibullying event included a panel discussion with representatives from Google, Facebook, Twitter and the Family Online Safety Institute. As the first lady listened, the group discussed strategies to work with parents, teachers, government and the private sector to prevent online bullying. The roster of speakers also included a member of Trump's Cabinet, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar."

Where was the Trump nazi?  Too gutless to attend?  Too incompetent to defend his continuing incompetence, growing insanity, gutless bullying?

"In her prepared remarks, Melania Trump told the audience that social media "can be used in many positive ways, but can also be destructive and harmful when used incorrectly."

Truer words never spoken.  Your husband, no better example of the latter.

"Earlier in the day, the president attacked special counsel Robert Mueller's team, which is investigating possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.

"Asked about criticism the first lady has received for highlighting the issue of online bullying even as her husband routinely resorts to name-calling on social media, her communications director, Stephanie Grisham, said via text, "She's said before that she is aware of the criticism, but it won't deter her from doing what she thinks is right."

Empty rhetoric.  Not good enough.  Nowhere near.  Her husband remains an exigent threat to life, liberty, all civil and constitutional rights and liberties.  Becoming an extremely erratic tyrant, an example of the despotism she fled.

"Grisham also tweeted, "Rather than dissecting her remarks, let's focus on the countless children who struggle w bullying & online safety each day."

    "Rather than dissecting her remarks, let’s focus on the countless children who struggle w bullying & online safety each day.
    — Stephanie Grisham (@StephGrisham45) August 20, 2018"

Can't dazzle 'em with brilliance, baffle 'em with bullshit, Ms. Grisham?  Not good enough, madam.  While cyberbullying of kids is indeed a problem, the Trump nazi presents a far greater exigent threat to life, liberty, all civil and constitutional rights and liberties.  ... You don't know that, Ms. Grisham?  Or, is it, you simply don't care?

The following should be of great concern to the First Lady.  NPR reports:

"The Trump administration is considering penalizing legal immigrants for using government benefits such as Medicaid and food stamps and recently signaled in a public notice that it plans to propose new regulations.  Many of the details haven't been finalized. But the idea has already sparked warnings about the consequences for immigrant families, and the nation's health care system.  "Those families are now at a crossroads," said Uwemedimo, a pediatrician at the Cohen Children's Medical Center in Lake Success, N.Y. She sees a large number of immigrant families from Nassau and Suffolk counties and nearby Queens.  Uwemedimo and her staff make a point of asking patients up front if they qualify for benefits — including food stamps, or subsidized health insurance. But now Uwemedimo is finding that many of her patients are wary about signing up, because they've heard that doing so could hurt their chances of getting a visa for a family member to visit, or hurt their own chances of getting a green card.  "They're saying we want our family to stay together," said Uwemedimo. "A lot of families have decided that they don't want to engage [out of] fear."  Earlier this year, the State Department updated instructions to consular officials, telling them to consider denying applicants a visa if they're expected to use a wider range of public benefits once they get to the U.S."

Nothing quite like Christian charity, is there?  Certainly, be far less for Trump and the rest of the top of the food chain to steal.  Forget?  The system is laissez-faire, winner-take-all, zero-sum.  Precisely, why the middle class is quickly facing extinction.  Haves and have-nots.

"Meanwhile, the Department of Homeland Security has been working on the new rules for immigrants already in the country. These rules, which are still being finalized, could prevent them from getting a green card if they sign up for benefits.  "It would penalize people for using programs that they're entitled to under the law, like health insurance for their children, or making sure that there's food on the table," said Claudia Calhoon, a health policy expert at the New York Immigration Coalition."

'Let 'em eat cake,' right, Donny boy?  What a piece of shit.

"She says the proposal is setting up brutally difficult choices for immigrant families. "People might have to decide between doing those things and adjusting their status and having a green card," Calhoon said."

Forget?  The American Way.  Nazi America.

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A step backwards.  NPR reports:

"The Food and Drug Administration took a big tent approach earlier this month when it approved two new forms of birth control that seek to prevent pregnancy in very different ways.  Women's health advocates applauded the availability of a new vaginal ring that could be used for up to a year. But some questioned the OK of a mobile phone app that helps women avoid pregnancy by tracking their body temperature and menstrual cycle, a type of contraception called "fertility awareness."

Back in the day, called Catholic Roulette.

"Critics pointed to reports that three dozen women in Sweden got pregnant despite monitoring their cycle with the app. They also fear that the FDA approval of the app may encourage patients to think that fertility awareness methods, which include a range of practices to track ovulation, and avoid unprotected sex during that time, are just as good at preventing pregnancy as some highly effective types of birth control, like the intrauterine device, or IUD. While "natural" methods can be successful, they generally require close daily attention."

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Another step backwards.  NPR reports:

"The Trump administration has moved to formally replace the Clean Power Plan, an environmental regulation that former President Barack Obama once lauded as the single-most important step America has ever taken to fight climate change.  The long-anticipated proposal, called the Affordable Clean Energy Rule, would give individual states more authority to make their own plans for regulating greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants."

Trump nazi ignorantly denies climate change, pollution created by burning of coal.

"That's a marked difference from Obama's plan, which aimed to curb climate change by moving the power sector away from coal and towards renewable energy sources, cutting carbon emissions from the nation's power plants by about one-third by 2030.  "Were ending the intrusive EPA regulations that kill jobs," Trump said in a White House statement. He also said that Obama's regulation would have raised the price of energy."

That's horse shit.  Simply untrue.  Another lie, ruse perpetrated by the Trump nazi.  Methane is much cheaper than coal, far less polluting.  Sustainable sources such as wind and solar even better.  The nazi is determinedly taking us back to the cave.  Aren't we lucky?

"Critics argue that it's Trump's latest attempt to play to his base and prop up an ailing coal industry.  The proposal would "give the states the option to do just a little or absolutely nothing to reduce carbon pollution," says Gina McCarthy, who headed under EPA under Obama.  "This is all about coal at all costs," she added.  The Clean Power Plan that McCarthy advocated for never went into effect."

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August 21, 2018, momentous day in U.S. history.  Two Trump associates declared convicted felons.  CBS News reports:

"Former longtime Trump attorney Michael Cohen pleaded guilty in federal court in Manhattan Tuesday to eight counts — five counts of tax evasion, one count of making false statements to a financial institution, one count of willfully causing an unlawful corporation contribution, and one count of making an excessive campaign contribution at the request of a candidate.  Cohen's sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 12, with bail set at $500,000. The news comes the same hour Mr. Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, was also found guilty on eight counts — five counts of tax fraud, one count of failing to disclose a foreign bank account, and two counts of bank fraud.   Cohen surrendered himself to the FBI in New York and is now in the custody of federal authorities. He entered federal court in Manhattan for a 4 p.m. proceeding."

Clearly, good day for justice in a country desperately needing it.

NBC reports:

"A federal jury in Virginia convicted Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, on eight counts on Tuesday, but the judge declared a mistrial on the 10 other charges he faced.  Manafort was convicted on five counts of tax fraud, one count of failing to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts and two counts of bank fraud. A mistrial was declared in three counts of failing to file reports of foreign bank and financial accounts, and seven counts of bank fraud and bank fraud conspiracy."

NBC reports:

"Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, pleaded guilty Tuesday afternoon to eight counts of tax evasion, bank fraud and campaign finance violations, including two counts related to hush money payments made to women — and said he made the payments "at the direction of the candidate," meaning Trump.  President Trump's name didn't come up in the federal courtroom in Manhattan, but Cohen said he had paid off porn actress Stormy Daniels and Playboy Model Karen McDougal "at the direction" of an unnamed candidate in 2016, and that the payments were for the "principal purpose for the principal purpose of influencing" the 2016 presidential election. Both Daniels and McDougal have said they had past relationships with Trump.  Asked if he knew that what he did was illegal, he told the court yes."

Stunning, isn't it?  Gets worse:

"Cohen told the court that he and an executive from a media company, at the direction of a federal candidate, arranged to keep one of the alleged affairs from the public with a payment of $150,000. McDougal and her lawyers have said that the National Enquirer, run by Trump associate David Pecker, paid her $150,000 in August 2016 as part of a "catch-and-kill" strategy to keep the story from circulating publicly.  Cohen said in March that he had used money from a home equity loan to pay $130,000 to porn star Stormy Daniels, who has said she had an affair with Trump more than a decade ago.  He told the court Tuesday that after using the money from the loan for the payment, he was reimbursed by the unnamed candidate."

The Washington Post reports:

"Cohen — long the self-professed “fixer” for Trump — agreed to the deal after prosecutors claimed he risked more than a dozen years in prison, according to a person familiar with the matter.  His guilty plea follow[s] a months-long grand-jury investigation into Cohen’s activities, including his taxi business, as well as a hush-money payment that Cohen arranged to an adult-film actress, Stormy Daniels, who claimed to have had a tryst with Trump years ago.  Cohen has said he used a home-equity line of credit to finance a $130,000 payment to Daniels in October 2016, a month before the 2016 election.  Cohen is the fifth Trump associate to have pleaded guilty or be charged with criminal wrongdoing since Trump took office, including his former national security adviser, his deputy campaign chairman and a former campaign policy adviser."

The Washington Post reports:

"Lanny Davis, a lawyer for President Trump’s former attorney and fixer, Michael Cohen, said Wednesday that Trump’s alleged direction of hush payments to two women amounts to impeachable offenses and that Cohen has no interest in being “dirtied” by a presidential pardon of his crimes."

The Washington Post reports:

"The assertion by President Trump’s former lawyer that he broke campaign finance laws at the direction of then-candidate Trump could spark calls for impeachment hearings — but probably will not have any legal consequences for the president while he is in office, according to legal analysts.  Michael Cohen, who spent a decade as a lawyer for Trump, told a judge Tuesday that he was directed by Trump to coordinate payments to two women designed to prevent them from disclosing alleged affairs with the real estate mogul before the presidential election, in violation of campaign finance law.  Such an explosive assertion against anyone but the president would suggest that a criminal case could be in the offing, but under long-standing legal interpretations by the Justice Department, the president cannot be charged with a crime."

Let the games begin.

NBC reports:

"There hasn't been a darker moment for a president — or for the presidency — since Richard Nixon resigned on the verge of impeachment in 1974.  On Tuesday, Michael Cohen, the president's longtime fixer and former personal lawyer, pleaded guilty to felony crimes that included illegally paying women hush money to help Donald Trump win the presidency in 2016. Most important, he said he did so at Trump's direction.  In other words, Trump cheated to win the White House, according to one of his closest former associates."

Think Trump's sick sycophants won't be confused by the truth?

"Cohen's admissions were so damaging for the president, both legally and politically, that his lawyer Rudy Giuliani could point only to the lack of an indictment directly against Trump as the good news. "There is no allegation of any wrongdoing against the president in the government’s charges against Mr. Cohen," Giuliani said.  Cohen's plea was just one of several punishing blows delivered Tuesday to Trump's narrative that he and his allies came to Washington to "drain the swamp" of corruption. The others: Paul Manafort, the president's onetime campaign chairman, was convicted on eight counts of bank and tax fraud, and Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., an early endorser of Trump for president, was indicted on federal charges that he violated campaign finance law."

They're filling the swamp, not draining it.

"The president is clearly guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors," New York Times columnist Bret Stephens, a conservative, wrote on Twitter after the Cohen plea. "He should resign his office or be impeached and removed from office." Stephens has been a frequent critic of Trump but had not previously called for his removal."

Sadly, Trump makes Nixon look like Michael the Archangel.

"The allegation that the president not only knew about but directed criminal activity takes the country back to the Nixon days, when the central questions were what the president knew and when he knew it about the cover-up of the Watergate break-in. And the comparisons are sure to fill airwaves across the country in the coming days and weeks."

If Republicans wish to be returned to office, need to do something about this scourge in the Oval Office.  Smarten up.

"And when they [voters] look at the Trump operation, they will see that the president surrounded himself not with "only the best," as he has long claimed, but with several convicted criminals.  In addition to Cohen and Manafort, Trump's national security adviser, Michael Flynn, deputy campaign manager Rick Gates, and campaign adviser George Papadopoulos have all pleaded guilty to felonies. Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., a political ally, has been indicted on charges related to insider trading."

Above quotes courtesy of a most gifted, insightful writer, Jonathan Allen.

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Think the Governor and Texas Attorney General aren't severely ethically challenged?  The Statesman reports:

"State Attorney General Ken Paxton refuses to defend the Texas Ethics Commission in court as one of his largest political donors sues to dismantle the agency.  A newly revived lawsuit threatens to strip the Ethics Commission's power to enforce state laws that shine a light on where politicians get their money.  The lawsuit is the latest in a years-long attack from Empower Texans, a tea party group that promotes small government and low taxes and aggressively campaigns against establishment Republicans.  In a budget request to state lawmakers last month, the commission said it will need $600,000 to pay a private lawyer to defend it in court because the attorney general will not."

Consider the following:

"Paxton has received a total of $782,000 from Empower Texans and Dunn.  Empower Texans also has donated $100,000 to Paxton's wife Angela, who is running for the state Senate.  Paxton is currently under indictment, accused of securities fraud and failing to register as an investment adviser.  The Ethics Commission has no current role in the case, but in 2016 it issued an opinion that Paxton could not raise money for his legal defense outside of Texas. Dunn also gave $60,000 to Abbott, who was the attorney general in 2014 when the office first declined to represent the commission.

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Think older workers aren't discriminated against by employers?  NPR reports:

"After working at a call center for two decades, Linda Bradley's job came to an end about a year and a half ago. Since her layoff, she has combed online job sites every day looking for work — without much luck.  Bradley, who is 45 and lives near Columbus, Ohio, began suspecting age discrimination after someone at her union mentioned how recruiters often target online ads at younger candidates. "I thought to myself, 'Oh, that's why I wasn't seeing some of the ads that my daughter has seen on her Facebook,' " she says."

Imagine that.  Couldn't be, could it?

"Her daughter, who is 26, found something right away. Bradley eventually took the only job she could land — making far less than she had in her previous job. Her job hunt continues, but she says feels she is being excluded from even finding out about opportunities.  "It's a struggle taking care of four children [and] not being able to have the same opportunities as everybody else," Bradley says, crying."

A classic example of laissez-faire capitalism where employers are effectively free to do as they please with rare exception.  Either no regulation, or extremely poor regulation.  Republican national socialists argue let the 'free' market decide.  Problem with this is the fact there is no such thing as a free market.

The market is owned, manipulated, controlled by those with the wealth.  No more complicated than that.  Claims to the contrary by the GOP national socialist, fascist element in our formerly great country are no more than a ruse to maintain an unworkable, unsustainable status quo.  -- Not-so-cleverly designed to line the pockets of those at the top of the food chain who in turn line theirs.

"When an employer sets out to recruit young people for a certain job, is it discriminating against older job seekers in a way that breaks the law? That question is at the center of several pending lawsuits that could help improve job opportunities for older Americans.  Bradley is a plaintiff in one such case brought in December against T-Mobile, Facebook and a host of other companies. The lawsuit, filed by the Communications Workers of America on behalf of Bradley and other workers in the same situation, alleges the companies discriminate by excluding older workers from seeing their ads."

Forget?  The American Way.  Precisely, why unions are so desperately needed.  To empower the work force.

"Workplace civil rights law prohibits discrimination against workers 40 and older. Yet worker advocates say recruiters sometimes exclude older workers by narrowing how and where they look for candidates. In addition to Bradley's suit, another recent case has challenged whether an employer can recruit exclusively on college campuses. Another is challenging whether it's legal to cap the number of years of experience an applicant can have.  "We see that this is one of the factors that keeps older workers out of the job market after a job loss," says Jody Calemine, chief of staff with the Communications Workers of America."

The problem with unions even in their heyday was the fact ALL unions should have united in common cause, brought the collective corporate management suite to its knees.  Consider the power of the workforce if it had indeed united across the nation, walked off the job until compensation was fair and just.

The hopelessly greedy bastards in management could not have done all the work themselves.  Their bottomless greed and that of shareholders would have been reined in.  Instead, today we have a middle class that is rapidly becoming extinct.  Two extremes.  Haves and have-nots.  Top and bottom.  Not sustainable.  Hear the rumble?  An unwanted dreaded second American revolution catastrophically looming.

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Homophobic bigotry is indeed alive and well in Nazi America.  NPR reports:

"The Colorado baker who won a Supreme Court case over his refusal to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple is suing state officials, alleging religious discrimination over his refusal to make a cake celebrating a gender transition.  Attorneys for Jack Phillips, who owns Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colo., said Wednesday that the state is "continuing to single out Jack for punishment and to exhibit hostility toward his religious beliefs."  The case involves an incident from June 2017, when lawyer Autumn Scardina said she asked for a cake with a pink interior and blue exterior to celebrate the anniversary of transitioning from male to female. "The woman on the phone told me they do not make cakes celebrating gender changes," Scardina wrote in a complaint to Colorado's Division of Civil Rights.  "That's a cake I can't create for anybody," Phillips told Colorado Public Radio."

Unsure of your gender identity, and/or sexuality, Mr. Phillips?

"Phillips prevailed in the Supreme Court earlier this year in a case that began in 2012 when a same-sex couple asked him to create a cake for their wedding."

Forget?  A national socialist Supreme Court intent on imposing its achingly perverse ideological and religious views on all.

"But the 7-to-2 decision was on the narrowest of grounds," NPR's Nina Totenberg reported, "and left unresolved whether business owners have a free speech right to refuse to sell goods and services to same-sex couples."  Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, who is named as a defendant in the new lawsuit, said he expects the issue to return to the Supreme Court, according to The Denver Post."

The following is the principle fought for:

"Daniel Ramos of the LGBTQ advocacy group One Colorado responded to the news in a statement: "All people – including LGBTQ people – deserve to be served equally in public spaces, & no religious belief gives anyone the right to pick & choose whom they serve & what laws they want to follow."

That's right.  Blatant discrimination by a nazi desperate to impose his perverse religious views on all.  Not a matter of freedom of religion, but freedom from religion.  If discrimination against the LGBTQ community is not stood up against, who's next?

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Highly reminiscent of our outrageously bought and paid for judiciary, Llano County prosecutors, Sheriff Bill Blackburn and his criminal SS jackbooted bastards in black who continue to egregiously disgrace themselves and the badge, do as they please regardless of the law and Constitution, carefully consider the following.  It's appalling.  Runs against the grain of everything our formerly great country once stood for.  No longer.

Same old shit.  CBS News reports:

"Peter Strzok — the FBI special agent who was heavily criticized by President Trump, the president's allies and a blistering Justice Department Inspector General report — has officially been fired from the FBI, according to his lawyer.  Strzok became the face of everything Mr. Trump and his allies viewed as problematic with the FBI, after the revelation that he and onetime fellow FBI agent Lisa Page exchanged anti-Trump text messages. Strzok worked on the Hillary Clinton email investigation, and then special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian election meddling and any ties to Trump associates.  He was removed from the Mueller probe after the messages were discovered, and moved to a different office still within the FBI. Strzok was escorted from FBI headquarters in June, after a DOJ watchdog report was critical of his actions."

Above quote is the background, here is the problem:

"Late Friday afternoon, the Deputy Director of the FBI overruled the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) and departed from established precedent by firing 21-year FBI veteran Peter Strzok," Aitan Goelman, attorney for Strzok, said. "In doing so he reversed the decision of the career FBI official responsible for employee discipline who concluded, through an independent review process, that a 60-day suspension and demotion from supervisory duties was the appropriate punishment."  "The decision to fire Special Agent Strzok is not only a departure from typical Bureau practice, but also contradicts Director Wray's testimony to Congress and his assurances that the FBI intended to follow its regular process in this and all personnel matters," Goelman continued."

Think the FBI didn't succumb to intense pressure from the Trump nazi?

"Mr. Trump has repeatedly blasted Strzok in tweets, pointing to Strzok as a reason to mistrust Mueller's "rigged witch hunt" investigation.  "President Obama thought that Crooked Hillary was going to win the election, so when he was informed by the FBI about Russian Meddling, he said it couldn't happen, was no big deal, & did NOTHING about it," the president tweeted in July. "When I won it became a big deal and the Rigged Witch Hunt headed by Strzok!"

Believe ole lunatic Donny Boy isn't doing all he can to obstruct?  ... Can't dazzle 'em with brilliance, baffle 'em with bullshit, Mr. 'President?'

The Washington Post reports:

"Aitan Goelman, Strzok’s lawyer, said FBI Deputy Director David L. Bowdich ordered the firing on Friday — even though the director of the FBI office that normally handles employee discipline had decided Strzok should face only a demotion and 60-day suspension. Goelman said the move undercuts the FBI’s repeated assurances that Strzok would be afforded the normal disciplinary process.  “This isn’t the normal process in any way more than name,” Goelman said.  The FBI declined to comment."

Imagine that.  Who'd 'a 'thunk' it?  ... Ordered by your fuhrer to remain silent?

"Strzok’s position in the bureau had been precarious since last summer, when Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz told Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III that the lead agent on his team had been exchanging anti-Trump messages with an FBI lawyer. The next day, Mueller expelled Strzok from the group.  The lawyer, Lisa Page, had also been a part of Mueller’s team, though she left a few weeks earlier and no longer works for the FBI. She and Strzok were having an affair.  President Trump has derided the pair as “FBI lovers,” and he and his conservative allies have pointed to their conduct in an attempt to discredit the Mueller probe."

Jesus Christ.  You should talk, Mr. 'President.'  Kettle calling the pot black, aren't you, sir?

"As recently as Saturday, Trump tweeted an attack on Strzok, Page and former FBI director James B. Comey and deputy director Andrew McCabe.  “Will the FBI ever recover it’s once stellar reputation, so badly damaged by Comey, McCabe, Peter S and his lover, the lovely Lisa Page, and other top officials now dismissed or fired?” Trump wrote. “So many of the great men and women of the FBI have been hurt by these clowns and losers!”

How so, Donny boy?  For doing what?  Investigating and reporting the truth about an incompetent national socialist, fascist boob enthroned in the Oval Office?  Quickly transitioning the de facto fascist police-state we've lived in quite some time to the Trump nazi's Fourth Reich.

"Strzok, who was a deputy assistant director for counterintelligence at the bureau, has apologized for sending the messages and said they reflected personal views that did not affect his work. His lawyer has said that had Strzok wanted to prevent Trump’s election, he could have leaked that Trump’s campaign was under investigation for possibly coordinating with Russia — a revelation that might have upended his bid to become president.  At a Congressional hearing earlier this month, Strzok sparred with Republican lawmakers who raised questions about his character and even his marriage. He asserted there was “no evidence of bias in my professional actions” and that his having to testify was “just another victory notch in [Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s belt and another milestone in our enemies’ campaign to tear America apart.”

NPR reports:

"The FBI made no immediate comment about the news on Monday morning.  But President Trump tweeted Monday saying Strzok "finally" had been let go. "The list of bad players in the FBI & DOJ gets longer & longer," the president also wrote. "Based on the fact that Strzok was in charge of the Witch Hunt, will it be dropped? It is a total Hoax. No Collusion, No Obstruction - I just fight back!"

    "Agent Peter Strzok was just fired from the FBI - finally. The list of bad players in the FBI & DOJ gets longer & longer. Based on the fact that Strzok was in charge of the Witch Hunt, will it be dropped? It is a total Hoax. No Collusion, No Obstruction - I just fight back!
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2018"

Keep dreaming, Mr. 'President.'

Trump is clearly shitting.  ABC News reports:

"President Donald Trump on Tuesday lashed out at Peter Strzok, the FBI agent who came under scrutiny for anti-Trump texts he sent from a work phone during the 2016 presidential campaign and was recently fired.

    "Fired FBI Agent Peter Strzok is a fraud, as is the rigged investigation he started. There was no Collusion or Obstruction with Russia, and everybody, including the Democrats, know it. The only Collusion and Obstruction was by Crooked Hillary, the Democrats and the DNC!
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 14, 2018"

The following is striking.  A son comes out in criticism of his father:

"During his testimony to the House panel last month, Strzok told chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Virginia: "I can assure, Mr. Chairman, at no time, in any of these texts, did those personal beliefs ever enter into the realm of any action I took."

"This isn't just me sitting here telling you – you don't have to take my word for it," Strzok continued. "At every step, at every investigative decision, there were multiple layers of people above me -- assistant director, executive assistant director, deputy director, and the director – and multiple layers of people below me ... all of whom were involved in all of these decisions. They would not tolerate any improper behavior in me any more than I would tolerate it in them. That is who we are as the FBI. And the suggestion that I in some dark chamber somewhere in the FBI would somehow cast aside all of these procedures, all of these safeguards, and somehow be able to do this, is astounding to me. It simply couldn't happen. And the proposition that that is going on, that it might occur in the FBI, deeply corrodes what the FBI is in American society, the effectiveness of their mission, and it is deeply destructive."

"After news of Strzok's firing on Monday, Goodlatte's son took to Twitter to praise Strzok as a "patriot" and condemn his father's behavior.  "I’m deeply embarrassed that Peter Strzok’s career was ruined by my father’s political grandstanding," Bobby Goodlatte wrote. "That committee hearing was a low point for Congress."

Indeed.  It was.  Raw partisanship at its very worst.

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Highly reminiscent of our outrageously bought and paid for judiciary, Llano County prosecutors, Sheriff Bill Blackburn and his criminal SS jackbooted bastards in black who continue to egregiously disgrace themselves and the badge, do as they please regardless of the law and Constitution, carefully consider the following.  It's appalling.  Runs against the grain of everything our formerly great country once stood for.  No longer.

Trump's  Fourth Reich.  CBS News reports:

"Federal immigration agencies have launched a coordinated campaign to arrest and deport immigrants seeking to become legal U.S. residents through marriage, according to documents released this week in a class-action lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union. The documents, which include depositions and correspondence from federal officials, show the extent to which officials for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services have been coordinating with their counterparts at Immigration and Customs Enforcement to facilitate arrests at citizenship offices in New England."

Called entrapment:

"The ACLU, in its arguments, criticizes the efforts as a deportation "trap" that violates the constitutional rights of immigrants otherwise following the rules to become legal residents.  "The government created this path for them to seek a green card," Matthew Segal, legal director for the ACLU of Massachusetts, said in an interview Tuesday. "The government can't create that path and then arrest folks for following that path."

"Can't?"  Forget?  Our nazi government does as it pleases:

"ICE spokesman John Mohan responded that allegations of "inappropriate coordination" between the two agencies are "unfounded" and that coordination between the two Department of Homeland Security agencies is "lawful and legitimate." He declined to elaborate, citing the pending litigation."

No foreign power, no terrorist organization, not even the criminal element presents a greater threat to life, liberty, all civil and constitutional rights and liberties than all levels and branches of government.  In reality, we are no longer a democratic republic.  In name only.  We remain a de facto fascist police-state, quickly transitioning to the Trump nazi's Fourth Reich. Fascism, nazism, national socialism defined as the pernicious blend of government, business, and religion. 'Justified' by perversion and bastardization of the latter.

"The ACLU lawsuit argues that Homeland Security regulations created under former President Barack Obama allow immigrants with U.S.-citizen spouses to stay in the country while they seek a green card -- even if they're already subject to deportation.  "That regulation is still the law of the land," Segal said Tuesday. "So arresting these folks is not about law and order. These are people with a path to legalization and the government is trying to block that."

Trump and his henchmen remain a determined law unto themselves.  Present an exigent threat to life, liberty, all civil and constitutional rights and liberties.  Traitors.

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Amazing how much good a rightfully pissed off judge can truly accomplish, -- and how incredibly quickly.  LOL.  NPR reports:

"Immigration officials have returned a mother and daughter to the United States after they were deported, which had angered a federal judge who was hearing their lawsuit."

Think the judge wasn't rightfully outraged?  Get this:

"The mother, known in court documents by the pseudonym Carmen to protect her identity, and her daughter were challenging Trump administration rules that largely bar the use of domestic and gang violence as the basis for asylum applications. District Judge Emmet Sullivan had been assured the pair would not be deported to El Salvador before midnight Thursday."

Was lied to:

"A transcript of a hearing on Thursday shows Sullivan being informed that even while a government attorney was making that assurance, the asylum-seekers were on a plane out of the country, having been deported."

Incredible, isn't it?

"Angered, Sullivan ordered the government to bring them back. He also threatened to hold Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen in contempt of court if they didn't obey the order.  "This is pretty outrageous," Sullivan said. "Somebody in pursuit of justice in a United States court is just — is spirited away while her attorneys are arguing for justice for her?"

Nazi America.  Par for the course in Trump's Fourth Reich.

"This is pretty outrageous," Sullivan said. "Somebody in pursuit of justice in a United States court is just — is spirited away while her attorneys are arguing for justice for her?"  In addition to ordering the government to get the mother and daughter back, Sullivan blocked the Trump administration from deporting eight other immigrants — currently held in detention — who are part of the same lawsuit against the government for allegedly wrongfully rejecting their claims for asylum.  The order issued Thursday stated that the defendants, including Sessions, Nielsen, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service Director Lee Francis Cissna and Executive Office of Immigration Review Director James McHenry, "shall return 'Carmen' and her daughter to the United States FORTHWITH."

About time the judiciary vigorously stood up to the Trump nazi and his henchmen.  What took so long?

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Pressure had to have been intense.  Rightfully, so.  CBS News reports:

"The U.S. Army has stopped discharging immigrant recruits who enlisted seeking a path to citizenship — at least temporarily. A memo shared with The Associated Press on Wednesday and dated July 20 spells out orders to high-ranking Army officials to stop processing discharges of men and women who enlisted in the special immigrant program, effective immediately.  It was not clear how many recruits were impacted by the action, and the Pentagon did not immediately respond to requests for comment about the memo.  "Effective immediately, you will suspend processing of all involuntary separation actions," read the memo signed by Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs Marshall Williams."

Terrible injustice.  No better than bait and switch.  Unbecoming for the Trump nazi and his henchmen to have done this in the first place.  Reminiscent of Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini.

"The disclosure comes one month after the AP reported that dozens of immigrant enlistees were being discharged or had their contracts cancelled. Some said they were given no reason for their discharge. Others said the Army informed them they'd been labeled as security risks because they have relatives abroad or because the Defense Department had not completed background checks on them."

Outrageous bullshit.

"Early last month, the Pentagon said there had been no specific policy change and that background checks were ongoing. And in mid-July the Army reversed one discharge, for Brazilian reservist Lucas Calixto, 28, who had sued. Nonetheless, discharges of other immigrant enlistees continued. Attorneys sought to bring a class action lawsuit last week to offer protections to a broader group of reservists and recruits in the program, demanding that prior discharges be revoked and that further separations be halted.  A judge's order references the July 20 memo, and asks the Army to clarify how it impacts the discharge status of Calixto and other plaintiffs. As part of the memo, Williams also instructed Army officials to recommend whether the military should issue further guidance related to the program."

This issue still has not been resolved.

"Margaret Stock, an Alaska-based immigration attorney and a retired Army Reserve lieutenant colonel who helped create the immigrant recruitment program, said Wednesday the memo proves there was a policy.  "It's an admission by the Army that they've improperly discharged hundreds of soldiers," she said. "The next step should be go back and rescind the people who were improperly discharged."  Discharged recruits and reservists reached Wednesday said their discharges were still in place as far as they knew."

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Obstruction.  Of justice.  The Washington Post reports:

"Republican Rep. Devin Nunes of California, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, appears to have moved from criticizing the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election to strategizing about how to blunt its impact should it imperil President Trump.  The most promising instrument in this effort, he suggested in unfiltered remarks last month, is retaining a GOP-controlled Congress.

“If Sessions won’t unrecuse and Mueller won’t clear the president, we’re the only ones, which is really the danger,” Nunes said at an event for Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington, referring to Jeff Sessions, the attorney general, and Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel. Sessions said last year that he would keep his distance from inquiries related to the 2016 election, owing to his role in Trump’s campaign — a move that has frustrated the president, leading him to blame his own attorney general  for the “Russian Witch Hunt Hoax.”  “I mean, we have to keep all these seats,” Nunes added. “We have to keep the majority. If we do not keep the majority, all of this goes away.”

Traitorous.  Obstruction of justice.  Nazi America.

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Complementing the above.  Get this.  NBC reports:

"Hard-line conservative Republicans in the House recently hit a roadblock in their effort to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein when Speaker Paul Ryan opposed the move. But one of those conservatives, Rep. Devin Nunes of California, gave a different explanation to donors recently when asked why the impeachment effort had stalled.  He said it's because an impeachment would delay the Senate's confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.  Nunes, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, made the statement in an audio recording surreptitiously made by a member of a progressive group who attended a Republican fundraiser on July 30 in Spokane, Washington. The recording was obtained by "The Rachel Maddow Show" and was played on MSNBC on Wednesday night."

Think this hopelessly partisan nazi bastard has any honor?

"Asked about the the impeachment plans, Nunes told a questioner that "it's a bit complicated" because "we only have so many months left."  "So if we actually vote to impeach, OK, what that does is that triggers the Senate then has to take it up," he said on the recording. "Well, and you have to decide what you want right now because the Senate only has so much time.”  He continued: "Do you want them to drop everything and not confirm the Supreme Court justice, the new Supreme Court justice?"

"The audio of the Spokane fundraiser was obtained by the Maddow show from a member of the "Fuse Washington" progressive group who paid the $250 fee to attend the dinner. The event was a fundraiser for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash. A spokesperson for her campaign had no comment on the recording and Nunes' office didn't return calls for comment."

Imagine that.  Surprised?

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Double standard.  What's good for the goose is not good for the gander.  ... So to speak.  ABC News reports:

"First lady Melania Trump's parents, Viktor and Amalija Knavs, were sworn in as U.S. citizens Thursday at a federal immigration court in New York City.   "Citizenship was just awarded," the Slovenian couple's immigration lawyer Michael Wildes said after accompanying them to the courthouse.  When ABC News asked whether Melania Trump sponsored her parents, Wildes deflected the question and responded that "they applied on their own."

"Everything was through a normal process. Like everybody else here you're allowed to apply after five years of having your green card and so forth. It was all done lawfully," Wilde told reporters.  Wildes' response does not clarify whether the Knavses obtained citizenship through what their son-in-law President Trump has derisively called "chain migration" or whether the first lady did indeed sponsor them."

Nothing quite like hypocrisy, is there?

"Immigration experts told ABC News in February that the most likely way the Knavses could have become permanent residents is through their daughter’s citizenship.  "The most obvious way that they would have become green card holders is by being the parents of a U.S. citizen – i.e. Melania Trump," said Stephen Yale-Loehr, an immigration professor at Cornell Law School.  This is a process that President Donald Trump has consistently referred to as "chain migration." The legal status of the president's in-laws has come under scrutiny after the Trump administration’s proposed crackdown on the process."

Hypocrisy of the nazi fuhrer, stunning:

"As part of his administration’s proposed overhaul of the current immigration system, Trump made clear that ending chain migration is one of his key priorities — touting it as the fourth pillar of his reform plan in his first State of the Union address. "Under the current broken system, a single immigrant can bring in virtually unlimited numbers of distant relatives," he said in January."

Not an issue when it's one of his own, however.  How about that?  -- Don't do as I do, do as I say.

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Manafort judge shows his true colors.  Fox News reports:

"Prosecutors in the federal court case against ex-Trump campaign Paul Manafort filed a motion in court on Thursday complaining that the judge in the case, U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III, inappropriately admonished them in front of the jury this week.  After days of being dressed down by the judge overseeing the Paul Manafort case, federal prosecutors sought Thursday to put their foot down -- filing a motion complaining that Judge T.S. Ellis III had unfairly admonished them in front of the jury.   Ellis has memorably and repeatedly criticized Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team during the trial for the former Trump  campaign chairman. On Wednesday, Ellis ripped into prosecutors for letting a witness, IRS Agent Michael Welsh, sit in the courtroom before his testimony.  But in a five-page motion filed Thursday, Mueller deputy Andrew Weissmann and other attorneys on the team claimed Ellis had actually granted permission earlier in the trial for the witness to remain in the room during proceedings."

Nothing quite like showing favoritism, is there?  Impartiality?  What's that?

“The court’s reprimand of government counsel suggested to the jury—incorrectly—that the government had acted improperly and in contravention of court rules,” the prosecutors wrote. “This prejudice should be cured.”  Ellis responded by expressing regret in court Thursday.  “This robe doesn’t make me anything other than human,” Ellis said.  Referencing his earlier reprimand, Ellis said Thursday: “Any criticism of counsel should be put aside.”

Think this sufficient?  Damage had already been done.

"The truce between the judge and prosecutors, though, did not last long.  Hours later, when prosecutors tried to introduce an exhibit that was dozens of pages long, Ellis interjected: "There might be some kind soul on the jury who thinks they need to leaf through all this stuff -- and it isn't true."  The Mueller team relented and only entered 11 pages into evidence.  Ellis has a reputation for making colorful comments – and being tough on the prosecution."

When it suits his fancy.

"On Wednesday, Ellis explained that he would not ask the defense to reveal as much information as he has demanded from the prosecution because “it’s sort of like poker -- you don’t have to show your hand until you’re called.”  “Something like that, I’m not a poker player,” Ellis said."

Goes on and on.  ... Nothing quite like judicial 'impartiality,' is there?  ... Or, gross incompetence.  Both?

The Washington Post reports:

"A bank CEO who helped President Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort obtain $16 million in loans hoped for a Cabinet-level position in the administration, a bank employee testified in federal court Friday.  The bank employee, Dennis Raico, was called as a witness after a confusing morning at Manafort’s trial in Alexandria, Va., during which U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III huddled privately with prosecutors and defense attorneys, delaying the start of testimony until midafternoon. A transcript of those discussions was sealed.  No reason was offered for the delay, but when Raico finally took the stand, he described how the CEO, Steve Calk, was willing to depart from bank policies to approve loans for a friendly and well-connected political operative.  Raico, a former vice president at Federal Savings Bank, testified with immunity from prosecution for any statements he made as a witness. Prosecutors say Manafort lied to that bank and others to secure millions of dollars in loans in 2016 when his political consulting business had run out of clients willing to pay for his services."

Consider the following.  Apparently, Trump and his henchmen may not have known precisely how much financial distress Manafort was in when the decision was made to have him manage the presidential campaign.  The Washington Post reports:

"Paul Manafort, a valued customer of the Trump Organization who had spent $3.7 million to buy Apartment 43G in Trump Tower, appeared to be just what Donald Trump wanted in March 2016: A consummate Washington insider, deeply experienced in the byzantine art of wrangling convention delegates, yet also someone who could claim to be an outsider, a successful entrepreneur with overseas clients.  Manafort’s offer to take on the planning for the Republican convention in Cleveland that summer was almost too good to be true: The legendary Washington political consultant and lobbyist, a man who visibly enjoyed the fruits of his labor, was curiously volunteering to work for free.  The candidate liked what he saw. Manafort was in.  What no one in Trump’s inner circle knew was that just as they were bringing Manafort aboard, the man who would manage the campaign through the vital transition from the primaries to the convention and beyond was scrambling to save his own business.  Manafort managed to get through his six months at the pinnacle of the Trump campaign without letting on that his consulting business was tanking and that he was making moves that would lead inexorably to the federal trial now underway in Alexandria, Va. — an ordeal that could end with Manafort spending the rest of his life in prison."

Fascinating, isn't it?  What webs we weave:

"But as Manafort’s trial on tax and bank fraud charges enters its home stretch, emails and other documents submitted as evidence show that the man who had taken on the enormous task of turning around a troubled presidential campaign was at the same time carrying out what prosecutors portray as a global fraud scheme."

NPR reports:

"Paul Manafort's defense team rested on Tuesday without calling any witnesses to testify in the bank and tax fraud trial, including Manafort himself."

Fascinating, isn't it?

"Defense attorney Kevin Downing told Judge T.S. Ellis III about his team's decision before the court broke for lunch Tuesday and repeated it again in the afternoon to make it official in front of the jury.  When asked by the judge if he wanted to testify in the trial, Manafort replied: "No sir," in a low tone."

Would have been a mistake. Prosecutors would have torn him apart on the stand.

"His defense team filed a motion this week to drop the charges — a motion the judge denied on Tuesday morning.  Ellis said the defense's dispute with the criminal charges is a "jury issue" to be decided by the six men and six women who have been hearing evidence in the case."

Certainly, appeared to be more than enough testimony and documentary evidence to warrant having a jury decide.

"Prosecutors spent more than 10 days in court, over three weeks, making their case to the jury. They concluded their arguments on Monday.  The government's attorneys alleged that Manafort used overseas bank accounts to hide millions of dollars from the IRS that he made from political consulting work in Ukraine.  After that income dried up, prosecutors say, Manafort turned to loans for which he qualified by lying to banks. Jurors have heard testimony that Manafort was advocating on behalf of one of his bankers with Trump's transition team, trying to help the man get a nomination to a post in the Pentagon.  Ultimately the banker did not receive a nomination or another government job."

A conviction would certainly exponentially increase pressure on Manafort to 'flip' on the Trump nazi.

Here's why:

"After both sides make their closing arguments Wednesday, Ellis is expected to give the jury instructions before jurors retire to deliberate.  If convicted of all charges, Manafort could spend the rest of his life in prison."

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In follow up to the last edition, consider the irony.  CBS News reports:

"A group of LeBron James fans would rather see the NBA legend go to Washington, D.C., than become a Los Angeles Laker. Thousands of people have signed a petition calling for James to replace Betsy DeVos as secretary, after the Akron-native recently opened a school in Ohio.  Such a shift doesn't seem likely, though, especially given the testy relationship between President Trump and James, who will soon produce a Showtime documentary series.  "Unfortunately, Trump and his cronies chose Betsy DeVos for us and we are stuck with an uncaring Education Chief who has fought against teachers and has even expressed disdain for the very department she heads ... at least until now," the petition reads."

Who'd 'a 'thunk' it, no?  LOL.

"LeBron James is an inspiration to kids all over the country," the petition continues. "He's shown he cares about America's youth and understands the power of public education in helping children meet their true potential."  As of Thursday afternoon, more than 12,000 people had signed the appeal, which was started by a Care2 user identified only as "Rebecca G." The petition will apparently be sent to Mr. Trump after collecting its target number of signatures, which has increased to 13,000 as more people sign."

Think that'll please our nazi fuhrer?  LOL.

"James opened his I Promise School late last month in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. The LeBron James Family Foundation partnered with Akron Public Schools to design the school for students in the area who come from difficult circumstances. It will initially open its doors to 240 third- and fourth-grade students, and will add first- and second-grade classes in 2019.   "The most important thing we can give them is structure. They just want to feel like we care," James said at the opening of the school. "They have the dreams, they have the aspirations. They just want to know someone cares."

Readers will recall the First Lady, through her spokeswoman, has indicated she's willing to visit the school.  Think that didn't enrage Trump?

Readers will also recall:

"President Trump made headlines last week for slamming the NBA star on Twitter, writing that CNN's Don Lemon "made LeBron look smart, which isn't easy to do."  In an interview that aired on CNN before Mr. Trump made the remarks, James repeated a point he has made before -- that he believes Mr. Trump is using sports to divide Americans."

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Corruption never ends.  As American as mom and apple pie.  NBC reports:

"The Trump International Hotel, five blocks from the White House, is a welcoming place for Trump administration officials and their supporters — and an ongoing legal headache for the president."

The bastard is lining his pockets.  Forget?  -- Emoluments Clause?  What's that?

"The Trump Organization spent $200 million transforming the Old Post Office into a five-star hotel that harkens back to the Gilded Age. It opened right before President Donald Trump's upset victory in the 2016 election, and soon became a magnet for Trump backers, and for other customers whose patronage was more problematic.  Eighteen months into the Trump presidency, an NBC News analysis of public filings and social media indicates substantial spending at the hotel by federal agencies, Trump's political allies and foreign governments.  Trump supporters enjoy coming to the bar and cavernous lobby to see and be seen, and for them it's not a bad thing if a member of the administration or the Trump family happens to be there to notice they are patronizing the hotel."

Gets worse, far worse:

"It's another group of people who may want to be noticed by Team Trump, however, who are at the heart of the hotel's current legal worries.  Soon after Trump took office, the governments of Azerbaijan, Bahrain and Kuwait held official events at the hotel. And three days after his inauguration, the president was hit with his first lawsuit over that kind of lucrative booking.  The plaintiffs say the hotel is not just a conflict of interest, but a violation of the Constitution, which includes emoluments clauses designed to keep officials from profiting from their positions or being influenced by gifts or benefits from foreign powers."

Consider precisely how lucrative this is for the Trump nazi and his family:

"According to Trump's financial disclosure forms, he took in more than $40 million in revenues from the hotel in 2017. Ivanka Trump's financial disclosure forms show she took in $3.9 million in revenues from the hotel. The Trump Organization is a private company so the hotel's vacancy rates and details on who spent what there are not available.  An NBC News analysis of everything from Federal Election Commission filings to Twitter, however, indicates that foreign governments, Republican Party organizations and federal government agencies have all spent significant sums at the hotel since the president took office."

Goes on and on.  When will the nazi in the Oval Office be held accountable?

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The insanity never ends.  CBS News reports:

"Vice President Mike Pence laid out preliminary plans for President Trump's proposed new "space force" during remarks at the Pentagon on Thursday. Mr. Trump officially directed the Defense Department to establish this sixth branch of the U.S. military in space in June, saying the space force would ensure American dominance in the final frontier.  "To be clear, the Space Force will not be built from scratch, because the men and women who run and protect our nation's space programs today are already the best in the world," he said."

Jesus Christ.  What planet do these lunatics live on?

"Pence announced that the Defense Department will be releasing a report outlining the first stages to "implement the president's guidance and turn his vision into a reality." He talked about four actions the Defense Department would take on this front, including these new elements:

    "Space Command: A new unified combat and command structure for space led by a four-star flag officer to "establish unified command and control for space force operations, integration across the military and develop space war fighting doctrine";

    "Space Operations Force: An elite group of joint war fighters specializing in the domain of space to "form the backbone" of the new service;

    "Space Development Agency: A new joint organization to help the Space Force tasked with developing new capabilities and "break[ing] free" from bureaucratic structures; and

    "A new assistant secretary of defense for space: A position that will help transition eventually to a "fully independent Secretary of the Space Force in the years ahead" who will report to Secretary of Defense Mattis."

Can we stand it?  LOL.

These lunatics, however, cannot do this on their own.  Must have congressional approval.  They don't.  Not at the moment.

"While Pence says the the administration aims to have the sixth branch formulated by 2020, the establishment of a new military branch to oversee war fighting in space would require congressional approval. Mr. Trump, however fully endorsed Pence's speech, tweeting a resounding "Space Force all the way!" after the vice president's remarks.

    "Space Force all the way!
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 9, 2018"

... Hey, Donny?  Why not be their first space cadet, sir?  You're already a lunatic.  LOL.

Gets worse.  Get this:

"And while space fans will have to wait a bit longer until congressional approval, the Trump campaign has already sent a call out to supporters asking for their help in selecting the space force's official logo for merchandise on the Donald J. Trump for President reelection campaign site."

We've lost ourselves.  To say nothing of our formerly great country.  We have hungry people, the homeless, those not getting healthcare, a minimum wage that is not a livable wage, an endangered middle class that has become little more than indentured servants.  List can go on and on.  Yet, the Trump nazi and his henchmen wish to further line the pockets of the war profiteering corporate management suite.  Amazing, isn't it?  When will it ever be enough?

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'President' remains an idiot, a hopelessly ignorant lunatic.  CBS News reports:

"President Trump renewed his attacks on NFL players who kneel during the national anthem, claiming they don't know what they're protesting.  Mr. Trump took to Twitter Friday to say from his New Jersey golf course that "most of them are unable to define" what they're demonstrating against. Instead, the president tweeted players should "Be happy, be cool!"

They're protesting the criminal jackbooted bastards in blue who are murdering innocent unarmed civilians on the job with impunity.  ... Are you anything more than an ignorant lunatic, Mr. 'President?'

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Figurative noose tightens. The Washington Post reports:

"A federal judge has found a witness in contempt for refusing to testify before the grand jury hearing evidence in special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.  U.S. District Chief Judge Beryl Howell made the ruling Friday after a sealed hearing to discuss Andrew Miller’s refusal to appear before the grand jury. Miller is a former aide to longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone.  Miller’s lawyer Paul Kamenar said after the hearing that Miller was “held in contempt, which we asked him to be in order for us to appeal the judge’s decision to the court of appeals.”  Howell stayed her order while Miller’s legal team appeals the judge’s decision."

Likely be ultimately decided by the Supreme Court.

The Washington Times reports:

"A federal judge ruled Monday that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election is not illegal.  The decision rejected a challenge by one of the Russian-linked companies Mr. Mueller’s team has pursued for financing the social media campaign Russian operatives used to sow chaos during the campaign.  Concord Management & Consulting LLC had argued Mr. Mueller’s appointment was illegal and the structure of the special counsel’s office, with certain freedom and powers normal prosecutors don’t have, violated the Constitution.  Judge Dabney L. Friedrich rejected those claims, and also brushed aside claims Mr. Mueller, in charging people not directly employed by the Russian government, has gone beyond his charge.  “The special counsel may investigate the Russian government’s interference ‘efforts,’ which involved non-governmental third parties,” Judge Friedrich wrote. “Concord’s alleged actions are therefore within the scope of the special counsel’s investigation. Because the investigation of Concord was authorized, so was the prosecution.”

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Insanity escalates.  NPR reports:

"President Trump ordered a doubling of U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Turkey Friday, escalating a diplomatic spat with a key NATO ally.  In a tweet, Trump cited the decline in Turkish currency as justification for increasing tariffs to 50 percent on Turkish steel and 20 percent on Turkish aluminum.  "Our relations with Turkey are not good at this time!" Trump tweeted."

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Think Trump's the master negotiator he claims to be?  NBC reports:

"President Donald Trump took a gamble meeting face-to-face with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore in June. In justifying his decision, Trump argued that past attempts to dispatch experts to negotiate nuclear disarmament agreements with North Korea had failed, but that he would achieve better results by meeting directly with the decision-maker. Mounting evidence suggests that despite his self-professed dealmaking skills, Trump did not leave the historic summit with the decision he sought."

Think so?  ... Or, could it be he simply didn't know what he was doing, way out of his league?

"In Singapore, the two leaders agreed on a vague four-point declaration that was sequenced to prioritize improving bilateral relations first, and then “working toward the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.” The lack of specifics on denuclearization immediately raised red flags for veterans of past negotiations and experts on North Korea, who questioned whether Trump had squandered the leverage of a leader-level meeting and let Kim Jong Un off the hook by failing to nail down tangible benchmarks toward disarmament."

Surprised?  Why? Had absolutely no prior diplomatic experience.  Refused to take advice from those who did.  Knows it all.

"But the problem has not been solved and in fact the threat has only grown since Singapore. In the intervening weeks, North Korea reportedly has been upgrading nuclear and missile facilities, increasing production of fuel for nuclear bombs at secret sites, building new long-range missiles, and exploring ways to hide the extent of its nuclear weapons program from the United States."

Above quotes are courtesy of a most gifted, insightful writer, Ryan Hass.

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Think Trump's not a racist? The Washington Post reports:

"President Trump on Saturday condemned “all types of racism and acts of violence” on the first anniversary of the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, calling for the nation to “come together” after a week in which he stoked racial divisions with attacks on black athletes and other minorities."

Nothing quite like glaring hypocrisy, blatant double talk, is there?

"Taking to Twitter ahead of a controversial “Unite the Right 2” white supremacist rally Sunday in Washington, Trump decried the “senseless death and division” spawned by what he called the “riots in Charlottesville.” A counterprotester was killed when a man who police say identified himself as a Nazi drove a car into a crowd.   “I condemn all types of racism and acts of violence,” Trump wrote. “Peace to ALL Americans!”

Believe him?  Think he has any credibility?  Retains any semblance of sanity?

"The remarks stood in stark contrast to Trump’s reaction a year ago — when he declared that “both sides” were to blame for the violence in Charlottesville — and followed a week of racially incendiary statements by the president and allies. Trump insulted the intelligence of NBA star LeBron James and CNN anchor Don Lemon, both of whom are black, reignited his crusade against black football players protesting police brutality and told a group of business leaders that Chinese students studying in the United States were spies."

Not exactly consistent, is he?  LOL.

"One of the few African Americans to have worked in the White House, former special assistant Omarosa Manigault Newman, also accuses Trump of being a racist in a book to be released Tuesday. During a “Bikers for Trump” event here in Bedminster on Saturday, the president told reporters that Manigault Newman was a “lowlife.”

Forgotten?  Worked for you in the White House.  If indeed a 'lowlife,' why did you hire her, Donny boy?

Republicans know they have a problem:

"Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential nominee in 2012, now running for the U.S. Senate from Utah, said in an essay published Friday that he disagreed with Trump’s declaration that many “good people” had taken part on the white nationalist side of the Charlottesville event. “People who knowingly march under the Nazi banner have disqualified themselves as ‘good people,’ ” Romney wrote."

You think?

NBC reports:

"Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman said Sunday that she has personally heard a tape of President Donald Trump using the N-word during filming for NBC's "The Apprentice," a revelation she says "confirmed that he is truly a racist."  Newman made the charge during an exclusive interview with NBC's "Meet the Press," days before the release on Tuesday of her new book, "Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House." In the book, Newman describes hearing about the tape but not hearing it herself. She said Sunday that she personally listened to it after her book had gone to press.  She said she had "heard for two years that it existed, and once I heard it for myself, it was confirmed, what I feared the most: That Donald Trump is a con and has been masquerading as someone who is actually open to engaging with diverse communities."  She added: "But when he talks that way, the way he did on this tape, it confirmed that he is truly a racist."

So what else is new?  ... If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, guess what?  It's a duck.

"Newman didn't specify when exactly the tape was from, but said that it was from Trump's time hosting the show and spinoffs through early 2015.  Newman described herself as being "complicit" in the White House's deception of the American people and her about its interest in advocating for the black community."

Fascinating, isn't it?

"It is hindsight. But I will say this to you, I was complicit with this White House deceiving this nation," she said.  "They continue to deceive this nation by how mentally declined he is," she said, "how difficult it is for him to process complex information. How he is not engaged in some of the most important decisions that impacts our country. I was complicit, and for that I regret."

Better late than never.

"Newman also provided "Meet the Press" with an audio recording she said was made in 2017 when White House chief of staff John Kelly fired her. In it, Kelly argued that there have been "significant integrity issues" that prompted him to fire her. She claimed the recording was made when Kelly took her into the Situation Room, a specially secure room where the president and his top aides address major national security crises, and where personal cell phones are not allowed. Newman also said it was the only meeting she had with Kelly during her time at the White House.  In the video, the voice Newman claims belongs to Kelly accused her of "some pretty serious integrity violations," and he said he hopes she can make "this a friendly departure."  In her interview Sunday, Newman said she shared the audio of the meeting to "protect" herself from disparaging reports about her departure that she said were untrue."

Be interesting to see the response from the White House.  How could a cell phone or any other electronic device not be detected in the Situation Room?  Emit electromagnetic radiation that can be easily detected.

"NBC News and other outlets reported at the time that Newman had been escorted out of the White House after she tried to enter the presidential residence in response to hearing she'd been fired.  She framed the newly released audio as proof of her story and that Kelly put her in an uncomfortable situation after "trying to find a reason to let me go."  "They take me into the Situation Room, the doors are locked, they tell me I can't leave and they start to threaten me, put fear in me, to put me under duress," she said.  "I protected myself because this is a White House where everybody lies; the president lies to the American people, [press secretary] Sarah Huckabee stands in front of the country and lies every single day. You have to have your own back or else you'll look back and you'll have 17 knives in your back."  "I protected myself because this is a White House where everybody lies."

With all the lies and deception, hard to know what the truth is.  Somebody's lying.  Think Newman any more credible than the Trump nazi and his henchmen?

"Newman pushed back further against the framing of her dismissal by calling on the White House to release her personnel file to clear up what exactly happened. She compared the narrative surrounding her departure to that of former White House staff secretary Rob Porter, who left after accusations of domestic abuse.  "Rob Porter is accused of allegedly abusing his wives," she said. "And you know what John Kelly said about Rob Porter? He said he was a man of great integrity. And he's accusing me of integrity violations?"

Truth's indeed a moving target in Nazi America.

"Newman said she would love for the White House to release her personnel files. "I'm saying it right now: Release it so that the American people can see that I worked my butt off to make a difference in this country and they were working for ways to frame me."  She has also claimed the Trump campaign offered her a job in exchange for signing a restrictive non-disclosure agreement to keep her from speaking critically about her time with the campaign and the White House. Newman provided what she said were copies of those agreements to "Meet the Press."  The White House and Trump allies have blasted Newman's account as false in numerous statements.  "Instead of telling the truth about all the good President Trump and his administration are doing to make America safe and prosperous, this book is riddled with lies and false accusations," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement Friday.  "It’s sad that a disgruntled former White House employee is trying to profit off these false attacks, and even worse that the media would now give her a platform, after not taking her seriously when she had only positive things to say about the President during her time in the administration.”

"But Newman pushed back against her critics by arguing that she can substantiate her claims in the book.  "I have documentation, a whole treasure-trove of documentation for everything you see in this book," she said."

We'll see.

Plot thickens.  NBC reports:

"Omarosa Manigault Newman, the former "Apprentice" contestant who became a White House aide, has provided an audio recording that she says is from 2017 and on which President Donald Trump expresses surprise that she’d been fired from his administration.  The tape, which was played exclusively Monday on "Today" and sparked a harsh attack from Trump on Manigault Newman just hours later, appears to show the president having no idea that she had been dismissed by his chief of staff, John Kelly.  “Omarosa? Omarosa what’s going on? I just saw on the news that you’re thinking about leaving? What happened?” Trump is heard saying on the tape, which Manigault Newman said was made one day after her termination in December 2017 when Trump called her."

Fascinating, isn't it?

"She responds, "General Kelly came to me and said that you guys wanted me to leave.”

“Nobody even told me about it,” Trump replies.

"Manigault Newman then says, “Wow,” before Trump reiterates his shock.

“You know they run a big operation, but I didn’t know it,” Trump is heard saying on the tape. "I didn’t know that. Goddamn it. I don’t love you leaving at all.”

What is going on here?  Trump has no clue?  LOL.

"NBC News does not know what was said before or after that exchange."

The tape needs to be professionally analyzed.

"Manigault Newman, in an interview later Monday on MSNBC's "Velshi & Ruhle," said she "absolutely" had more tapes in her possession but hadn't decided yet whether she would release them publicly.  Trump, for his part, responded to Manigault Newman's latest claims in a trio of tweets Monday morning after the "Today" show, ripping her as "wacky" and "vicious but not smart" and saying "people in the White House hated her."  He called her "nasty," claimed she "constantly" missed work and said Kelly had told him she was a "loser" and "nothing but problems."  "She never made it, never will," he said."

Then why was she one of your highest paid staffers, Mr. 'President?'

The following is appalling.  Truly indicative of Trump's desperation, unfitness for office:

"Trump also said, "While I know it’s 'not presidential' to take on a lowlife like Omarosa, and while I would rather not be doing so, this is a modern day form of communication."

Is it, Mr. 'President?'  Delusionally believe so?  None of your predecessors has ever done this:

    "Wacky Omarosa, who got fired 3 times on the Apprentice, now got fired for the last time. She never made it, never will. She begged me for a job, tears in her eyes, I said Ok. People in the White House hated her. She was vicious, but not smart. I would rarely see her but heard....
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2018

    "...really bad things. Nasty to people & would constantly miss meetings & work. When Gen. Kelly came on board he told me she was a loser & nothing but problems. I told him to try working it out, if possible, because she only said GREAT things about me - until she got fired!
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2018

    "While I know it’s “not presidential” to take on a lowlife like Omarosa, and while I would rather not be doing so, this is a modern day form of communication and I know the Fake News Media will be working overtime to make even Wacky Omarosa look legitimate as possible. Sorry!
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 13, 2018"

Jesus Christ.  Above tweets speak for themselves.  Delusionally believe this man fit to figuratively have his finger on the nuclear button?

"Earlier on Monday, in a contentious interview on "Today," after the audio recording was played, Manigault Newman accused Trump of lying to the American people and said he "doesn’t even know what’s happening in his White House."  "General Kelly, John Kelly is running this White House and Donald Trump has no clue what's going on," she said. "He's being puppeted, and that's very dangerous for this nation."

The tape, if indeed authentic, is certainly indicative of this.

"Manigault Newman also provided "Meet the Press" with an audio recording she said was made in 2017 when Kelly fired her. In it, Kelly argued that there have been "significant integrity issues" that prompted him to fire her. She claimed the recording was made when Kelly took her into the Situation Room, a specially secure room where the president and his top aides address major national security crises, and where personal cellphones are not allowed.  When asked Monday on "Today," how she managed to tape Kelly inside such a secure area, Manigault Newman replied, "I’ll just leave that to your imagination."

If the tape is indeed authentic, she needs to be forthcoming with how this was done.  The Situation Room is supposed to be secure.  If conversations can be recorded, this could be a national security issue during an international crisis.

CBS News reports:

"The president also said he realize it's "'not presidential'" to slam her on Twitter, but said Twitter is a modern form of communication, and he knows the media will do everything possible to make her look legitimate. Mr. Trump is the one who brought her on to the West Wing, where she earned $179,700 a year, according to White House records."

Stunning, isn't it?  My-oh-my, have times changed.  LOL.  Get this:

"In the past, Mr. Trump has praised the former reality TV star on Twitter in the past, even with a sense of seeming admiration for her flair for drama.

"@OMAROSA is smart and strategic. People should cut her some slack and respect the way she works on @ApprenticeNBC," Mr. Trump tweeted in 2013 when she was a contestant on the "Apprentice."

    . @OMAROSA is smart and strategic. People should cut her some slack and respect the way she works on @ApprenticeNBC.
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 20, 2013

"I am very proud of my friend @OMAROSA. Despite her recent loss,she gracefully performs in the upcoming All-Star @ApprenticeNBC," Mr. Trump tweeted also in 2013.

    I am very proud of my friend @OMAROSA. Despite her recent loss,she gracefully performs in the upcoming All-Star @ApprenticeNBC
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 4, 2013"

The Washington Post reports:

"President Trump’s bitter fight with a former top White House aide has highlighted his aggressive and unconventional use of nondisclosure agreements to prevent current and former government employees from revealing secrets or disparaging him or his family.  The latest uproar centers on claims in a book by former senior adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman that the Trump campaign offered her a $15,000-a-month job in exchange for signing a broadly worded NDA that would have barred her from disclosing details of her time at the White House."

She was a public employee working for the American people, not for Trump, Inc.

"Trump shot back in a tweet on Monday that “Wacky Omarosa already has a fully signed Non-Disclosure Agreement” — the first apparent acknowledgment by Trump that he has used such documents as president."

How are these agreements legally binding for public employees?  How can any U.S. president legally silence a government employee from making derogatory statements about the president or any other official?

"Dozens of White House aides have signed NDAs in exchange for working for Trump, who has long relied on such agreements in his business career, according to current and former administration employees. But NDAs have not been widely used by past administrations outside the transition time between presidents, in part because most legal experts believe such agreements are not legally enforceable for public employees."

What's good for the goose is certainly not good for the gander.  Forget?  Trump nazi himself has felt free to make disparaging statements regarding anyone he sees fit to criticize.  No matter who.  Goddamned double standard.

Consider the hypocrisy:

"Copies of Trump NDAs obtained by The Washington Post or described by current and former aides lay out breathtakingly broad prohibitions on behavior and appear to be drawn heavily from similar contracts used in the past by the Trump Organization, the president’s family firm.  Under one agreement from the 2016 campaign, signers promised not to “demean or disparage publicly” Trump, his company or any member of his family — and also not to assist any other politician exploring a federal or state office.  Former White House senior adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman, right, said she refused to sign a nondisclosure agreement that included a $15,000-a-month job with President Trump’s campaign after she was fired. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

"An agreement circulated in the White House last year barred signers from sharing any information they had learned in the building, according to several aides who signed the document.  And the agreement proposed to Manigault Newman after her firing from the White House would have forbidden her from releasing derogatory information not only about Trump and his family, but about Vice President Pence and his family as well."

Required to protect both nazis and their families from hurt feelings?  LOL.

"The rampant use of such nondisclosure agreements underscores a culture — fostered by Trump himself — of paranoia, leaks, audio recordings and infighting that has pervaded his dealings for decades and continues into his presidency, according to current and former aides."

This lunatic son of a bitch is behaving like a dictator, not the president of the United States.

"Manigault Newman, who is in the midst of a publicity tour for a tell-all book slated to be released Tuesday, said she refused to sign an NDA in exchange for the campaign job and has begun releasing recordings of her West Wing conversations, including one in the Situation Room, where she was fired by Chief of Staff John F. Kelly.  Manigault Newman told “PBS NewsHour” she signed previous NDAs for the Trump Organization and for the 2016 campaign but never signed one in the White House. A representative said she was unavailable for comment.  The NDA that she declined to sign prohibited sharing information “including but not limited to the assets, investments, revenue, expenses, taxes, financial statements, actual or prospective business ventures, contracts, alliances, affiliations, relationships, affiliated entities, bids, letters of intent, term sheets, decisions, strategies, techniques, methods, projections, forecasts, customers, clients, contacts, customer lists, contact lists, schedules, appointments, meetings, conversations, notes and other communications” of “Trump, Pence, any Trump or Pence Family member, any Trump or Pence company, or any Trump or Pence Family Member Company.”  The proposed agreement also said her nondisclosure promise would last forever, even if the agreement and payments did not."

For you sick Trump sycophants, still think he's not a piece of human excrement?  Delusionally believe he's not a congenital liar?

"Trump on Monday tweeted that Manigault Newman was a “lowlife” whom he kept on as a top White House employee because she flattered him publicly, even as others told him she was a problematic, truant “loser.”

Think precisely the same doesn't apply to him?

"A number of White House aides were urged to sign NDAs in early 2017 by White House Counsel Donald McGahn, according to current and former aides, who requested anonymity to discuss internal West Wing deliberations. Trump was obsessed with leaks to the news media and repeatedly demanded that McGahn draft the agreement, the aides said.  Initially, McGahn told Trump he would not draft or give aides the NDAs because they were not enforceable, White House officials said. But in the end, McGahn created a document that said aides would not divulge any confidential or nonpublic information to any person outside the building at any time, according to three people who signed it.  The process, like much in the West Wing, was haphazard. Dozens of senior aides signed the documents, but some were assuaged before signing by McGahn, who said they were unenforceable. Others, however, said they were never given documents to sign.  Aides no longer are asked to sign when joining the administration, according to current and former officials. McGahn did not respond to a phone message and email seeking comment."

When will his fellow Republicans finally wake up?  None of this is sustainable.  Great damage is being done to our formerly great country.  Sadly, tragically, we remain a democratic republic in name only.

"Trump was pleased with the agreements, which he saw as a continuation of his business practices. In an April 2016 interview with The Post, Trump said he supported making federal employees sign NDAs.  “I think they should,” Trump said. “... When people are chosen by a man to go into government at high levels and then they leave government and they write a book about a man and say a lot of things that were really guarded and personal, I don’t like that.”

Tough shit.  You're supposed to be President of the United States, not the CEO of Trump, Inc.  ... You don't know that?

“The NDAs of which the president is fond cannot help control the backbiting, turmoil and mistrust that roils this White House,” said Bob Bauer, a professor at New York University Law School, who served as White House counsel under President Barack Obama. “In fact, his futile resort to these documents is a symptom of the very problem he is trying to solve — and that he is responsible for creating.”  Fleischer said Bush aides weren’t asked to sign such agreements unless they saw highly classified, sensitive information."

That's an entirely different ball game.  There are already laws on the books covering that.  Ferociously pointedly, far too much information is classified that has no business being classified.  That is classified for one reason and one reason only, -- to protect the sorry asses of those responsible for f--kups and other egregious failures.  Not national security.

Consider the following:

"Aides to House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said they had never been asked to sign a nondisclosure agreement. Numerous GOP staffers elsewhere on Capitol Hill said the same.  “I have never heard of anyone being asked to sign one,” said Dan Pfeiffer, a former spokesman for Obama.  “It would be unthinkable,” said David Axelrod, Obama’s former counselor.  Mark Zaid, a longtime national security lawyer in Washington, said he had never taken a client who had been asked to sign a document not to share information that was unclassified.  “Never even heard about it being whispered in the hallways,” Zaid said. “As far as a public employee goes, it would be unconstitutional to prevent a federal employee from discussing unclassified information post-employment.”

Think Trump's not a gutless dictator?  People are effectively being paid hush money to ensure their silence:

"The use of NDAs was de rigueur during the Trump campaign, officials said. “Everyone signed one,” said one former campaign aide.  Trump and his allies have kept a number of current and former White House aides — including ousted deputy chief of staff Katie Walsh, personal bodyguard Keith Schiller and former spokesman Sean Spicer — on the payroll of affiliated groups, from the 2020 reelection campaign to a super PAC. Johnny McEntee, the personal aide who spent more than a year by Trump’s side before being fired for online gambling, is now a campaign employee. Continuing to pay employees often discourages them from sharing negative information about the employer.  Schiller left the White House in September, before landing a contract with the Republican National Committee for $15,000 a month. As of June 30, Schiller’s security company, KS Global Group, had received a total of $150,000, according to Federal Election Commission filings.  Schiller signed a nondisclosure agreement as part of his work with the RNC, according to one person familiar with the agreement. But Ryan Mahoney, the communications director for the RNC, said such agreements are routine and a long-standing practice."

Laws need to be changed to prevent this ongoing bullshit.  Remains an egregious abuse of power.  Un-American.

"Manigault Newman said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that she viewed the recordings she made as a personal insurance policy in “a White House where everybody lies.”  “The president lies to the American people,” she said. “You have to have your own back because otherwise, you’ll look back and you'll see 17 knives in your back.”  At one point in the Situation Room firing, Manigault Newman asked whether she was being “taped,” according to two people with knowledge of the encounter, who requested anonymity to describe the confidential meeting.  “I don’t consent to being taped,” she said, even as she clandestinely taped the meeting herself, the people said."

Have to appreciate the irony.  LOL.  Gets worse, get this:

"They said that Stefan Passantino, a White House lawyer who was present, responded by telling Manigault Newman that she was not being taped — and adding that he did not want to be taped either.  A representative for Manigault Newman did not respond to a request for comment."

As long as Omarosa is telling the truth, not distorting reality, she is providing a desperately-needed public service.  Exposing the Trump nazi for precisely whom and what he is.

The quotes above are courtesy of two exceptionally gifted, insightful writers, Josh Dawsey and Ashley Parker.

NBC reports:

"On "Hardball" Monday night, Manigault Newman told NBC's Chris Matthews that the firing took place in the "president's conference'' room" — the JFK Conference Room — where she had previously attended a meeting on hurricane relief, and that Kelly had brought her down there specifically to fire her. Asked if Kelly took her to the basement to keep her from appealing personally to Trump to intercede, she said, "He did it on purpose. He wanted me isolated. He wanted me in fear."  She said she was locked in the room and couldn't leave."

Fascinating, isn't it?

Consider the following:

"Pfeiffer said everyone who enters the Situation Room complex is well aware of the required security measures. In addition to signs at the entrance that tells guests they cannot bring electronic devices of any kind into the complex, every visitor is verbally reminded.  "They are immediately met by reception, who gently tells them, put your phone, electronic devices in a box," said Pfeiffer. The list of prohibited devices is long and includes iPhones, iPads, Kindles, recording devices, even FitBits.  Pfeiffer confirmed that there is equipment in the SITROOM that can detect electronic devices, but would not describe it. Two other former SITROOM officials said there are indeed detection sensors in the ceilings of the conference room and offices. If a device is detected prior to the start of a meeting, Pfeiffer said, a SITROOM officer will quietly remind the individual of the rules and take the electronic device.  "If a meeting had started, we would pass a note to whoever was running the meeting and in every case, they sternly reprimanded the individual and in some cases, dismissed them from the meeting," said Pfeiffer. "Security was taken very seriously."  In fact, Pfeiffer noted that anytime any foreign official was given a tour –"no matter how friendly"—the entire complex was "swept" for recording devices.  Pfeiffer said he is unaware whether the sensors could detect all types of personal recording devices.  Asked by Matthews how she had gotten a recording device past the sensors, Manigault Newman declined to comment."

If Omarosa was indeed able to make the recording in the Situation Room, there is a national security issue.

Omarosa certainly came out all guns figuratively blazing in her new  book.  NBC reports:

"Manigault Newman described the administration's response to Puerto Rico — after the hurricane took out its electrical grid, left residents without food, water or housing and killed many — as lethargic and contrasted it with the White House's aid to Florida and Texas when those states were hit by hurricanes Irma and Harvey."

Certainly, true.  Sadly, so.

"In a meeting, Kelly blamed the crisis on Puerto Rico's "already screwed-up" infrastructure, she wrote in "Unhinged: An Insider's Account of the Trump White House," which was released Tuesday. Kelly suggested that Puerto Rico's government, near bankruptcy, "was trying to exploit the hurricane to focus on the United States to foot the bill to rebuild their electrical grid," she continued.  "And God bless (Trump's former homeland security adviser) Tom Bossert, who tried to get the resources, tried to fight," Manigault Newman wrote. "He and I were fighting arm in arm, hand in hand, to try to advocate for Puerto Rico to get what they needed, and John Kelly shut it down."

Trump and his henchmen clearly seem to have forgotten Puerto Ricans are indeed American citizens.  ... Or, simply don't care.

"Manigault Newman mocked Trump as she recalled a moment that led to much criticism of the president — when he blithely tossed rolls of paper towels to hurricane victims during his visit to the island. She needled his "cavalier behavior in the face of human tragedy."  "Just like Charlottesville, it was all about him. The devastated people loved him! He was unfairly persecuted by the media … His total lack of empathy is bad enough, but I believe many of the problems and delays with getting aid to Puerto Rico were partly political," Manigault Newman wrote."

Certainly has a point.

"Images of pallets of water and shipping containers of supplies sitting at the San Juan airport set off an explosion of anger led by San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz who pleaded for help and described the federal government's response as "something close to genocide."  Manigault Newman wrote in her book: "I would not put it past Trump to punish the people of Puerto Rico to teach that woman of color a lesson."

No question, massive failure of Trump and his henchmen.  Egregious dereliction of duty.  Consider the following:

"The island still does not know exactly how many people died, but the early toll of 16 deaths was dismissed long ago. Last week, Puerto Rico's government said the death toll could be more than 1,400, but a Harvard study has said the toll is closer to 4,645.  Many of those deaths were not caused when the hurricane hit but because of the interruption of health care, electricity and utility services."

NPR reports:

"The government does not impose nondisclosure agreements on former federal employees with respect to any unclassified information, no matter how 'confidential,' sensitive or embarrassing," said Bradley Moss, a Washington, D.C., attorney who practices federal employment and national security clearance law, in an interview with NPR's Morning Edition."

Would be an abrogation of free speech.  To say nothing of whistleblower laws.

"Past White House staffers disputed Sanders' claim that nondisclosure agreements were common in other administrations. Ari Fleischer, a press secretary for President George W. Bush, wrote on Twitter, "On the NDA issue, it's simple: WH aides with access to classified info sign a form in which they commit not to disclose classified information to unauthorized people. Beyond that, there were no NDAs while I was press secretary."

Consider the following:

"Tellingly, it is Trump's campaign committee and not the federal government that is taking legal action against Manigault Newman by putting her into private arbitration, the specified remedy for allegedly breaking her nondisclosure agreement from the 2016 campaign. On Tuesday, Manigault Newman released recordings of conversations she alleges were with fellow campaign staffers in 2016."

Equally to the point:

"Even if an arbitrator ruled for Trump and hit Manigault Newman with a big fine, Oswald said, there would still be a long road for the president and his lawyers. Enforcement is up to courts, he said, and an injunction against Manigault Newman would be unlikely, "so as a practical matter most likely she's going to be able to continue with what she's doing."

No matter what, truth must and will come out.

"Manigault Newman's unsigned nondisclosure agreement, like others, contains a no-disparagement clause — a pledge to never, ever disparage the campaign, Trump, Vice President Pence, their families, their families' companies, and so forth.  Oswald said the open-ended ban would be vulnerable to a legal challenge, since it would restrict speech about a sitting president. And such clause in a nondisclosure agreement issued by the White House would be unenforceable, said Louis Clark, CEO of the Government Accountability Project, which works with and defends whistleblowers.  In fact, he said, government employees — including White House staff — simply can't be gagged like that. Congress has repeatedly passed whistleblower laws safeguarding government workers' communications with Congress and inspectors general."

Trump is desperate to intimidate, silence critics:

"But Clark suggested that enforcing the NDAs might not be the administration's goal. "Clearly their purpose is to chill speech," he said in an email. "That they might do."  Moss, the federal employment lawyer, agreed. "Even if the campaign loses this fight, this is about intimidation. This is about trying to put a warning shot out to anybody else who used to be part of the Trump inner circle and worked in the White House — 'Don't you dare step out of line; you better keep your mouth shut.' "

Silence is not golden.  No better disinfectant than sunlight, glaring exposure to the brilliant light of day.

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Google tracks your movements no matter what.  CBS News reports:

"Google wants to know where you go so badly that it records your movements even when you explicitly tell it not to.  An Associated Press investigation found that many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store your location data even if you've used privacy settings that say they will prevent it from doing so.  Computer-science researchers at Princeton confirmed these findings at the AP's request.

"Storing your minute-by-minute travels carries privacy risks and has been used by police to determine the location of suspects - such as a warrant that police in Raleigh, North Carolina, served on Google last year to find devices near a murder scene. So the company will let you "pause" a setting called Location History.  Google says that will prevent the company from remembering where you've been. Google's support page on the subject states: "You can turn off Location History at any time. With Location History off, the places you go are no longer stored."  That isn't true. Even with Location History paused, some Google apps automatically store time-stamped location data without asking."

Report goes on and on, but you get the message, don't you?  ... You don't?

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Think Trump truly gives a shit about the grunts doing the fighting and dying?  Despite all the lip service that remains nothing more than unadulterated bullshit? Wake up.  He's as phony as a $3 bill.  NPR reports:

"The Trump administration is taking aim at a law designed to protect military service members from getting cheated by shady lending practices.  NPR has obtained documents that show the White House is proposing changes that critics say would leave service members vulnerable to getting ripped off when they buy cars. Separately, the administration is taking broader steps to roll back enforcement of the Military Lending Act.  The MLA is supposed to protect service members from predatory loans and financial products. But the White House appears willing to change the rules in a way that critics say would take away some of those protections.  "If the White House does this, it will be manipulating the Military Lending Act regulations at the behest of auto dealers and banks to try and make it easier to sell overpriced rip-off products to military service members," says Christopher Peterson, a law professor at the University of Utah, who reviewed the documents."

Here's the problem:

"The product Peterson is referring to is called gap insurance. Here's how it works: Cars lose some of their value the moment they are driven off the lot. Dealers often tell customers that if their car gets wrecked in a crash they could be financially harmed because regular insurance may not pay out the entire amount owed on the loan. Peterson says some car dealers push this insurance product really hard. "They convince people they've got to have this gap insurance," he says.  That kind of insurance can actually be inexpensive. Peterson, who helped write the regulations for the Defense Department, says it often costs as little as $20 to $30 a year and is available from a car buyer's regular insurance company.  "But if you buy it from your car dealer, they may mark it up. ... I've seen gap insurance policies being sold for $1,500" over the course of the loan, he says.  The rules to protect service members effectively block auto dealers from tacking on an extra product — such as overpriced gap insurance — and rolling it into their car loans."

The hopelessly greedy bastards in the corporate management suite never get enough:

"The industry has been lobbying to change that, and the White House appears to be sympathetic. The administration just sent the latest version of a proposal to the Defense Department, and documents show that it would give car dealers what they want. Peterson says the revised rules could also allow dealers to roll in all kinds of other add-on products."

Traitors.  Goddamned traitors.

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Think the following, if implemented by Walmart, won't be an egregious invasion of privacy?  CBS News reports:

"Like it or not, employers have always been able to monitor workers. Company email isn't private, and phone calls often come with a familiar voice saying, "This call may be monitored or recorded for quality assurance." But today, the emergence of new technologies that lets businesses track, listen to and even watch employees while on company time is raising concern about "Big Brother" levels of surveillance.  Life on the job, privacy advocates fear, is rapidly turning into life under a managerial microscope.  Take Walmart, which recently patented a system that could take employee monitoring to a new level by letting the retail giant listen in on workers and customers. The patent filing, for a system Walmart calls "Listening to the Frontend," calls for the use of "sound sensors" to zero in on customers' shopping and check-out experience. It would also monitor specific noises, like the beeps of item scanners and rustling of bags, and even the conversations of workers and shoppers."

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Too late for in-depth inclusion in this edition, Trump stripped the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan, -- for personally excoriating the 'president.'  Considering doing the same to others highly critical of Der Fuhrer.  ... Think Adolf and Benito aren't 'high-fiving' on their fiery perches?

CBS News reports:

"President Trump abruptly revoked the security clearance of ex-CIA Director John Brennan, an unprecedented act of retribution against a heavily critical former top U.S. official. Later, in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Trump drew a direct connection between his decision and the Russia investigation, citing Brennan as among those he held responsible for the probe.   "I call it the rigged witch hunt, (it) is a sham," Mr. Mr. Trump told the Journal, which posted its story on its website Wednesday night. "And these people led it!"  He added: "So I think it's something that had to be done."  That connection was not in a statement issued earlier Wednesday in which Mr. Trump denounced Brennan's criticism of him and spoke anxiously of "the risks posed by his erratic conduct and behavior." The president said he was fulfilling his "constitutional responsibility to protect the nation's classified information."

There was no breach of classified information by Mr. Brennan.  None.

"Mr. Trump also threatened to yank the clearances of a handful of individuals, including former top intelligence and law enforcement officials, as well as a current member of the Justice Department. All are critics of the president or are people he appears to believe are against him.  Mr. Trump's action against Brennan, critics and nonpartisan experts said, marked an unprecedented politicization of the federal government's security clearance process. It also was a clear escalation in Mr. Trump's battle with members of the U.S. intelligence community as the investigation into Russia election meddling and possible collusion and obstruction of justice continues."

Trump appears to be desperately obstructing justice to cover his sorry ass.

"Brennan, in a phone interview with MSNBC, called the move an "abuse of power by Mr. Trump."  "I do believe that Mr. Trump decided to take this action, as he's done with others, to try to intimidate and suppress any criticism of him or his administration," he said, adding that he would not be deterred from speaking out.  Brennan also took to Twitter, tweeting he would "not relent":

    "This action is part of a broader effort by Mr. Trump to suppress freedom of speech & punish critics. It should gravely worry all Americans, including intelligence professionals, about the cost of speaking out. My principles are worth far more than clearances. I will not relent.
    — John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) August 15, 2018"

Stand tall, Mr. Brennan, stand tall.  No matter the personal cost.

"Brennan has indeed been deeply critical of Mr. Trump's conduct, calling his performance at a news conference last month with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Finland "nothing short of treasonous."

    "Donald Trump’s press conference performance in Helsinki rises to & exceeds the threshold of “high crimes & misdemeanors.” It was nothing short of treasonous. Not only were Trump’s comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin. Republican Patriots: Where are you???
    — John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) July 16, 2018"

Uncommon valor, Mr. Brennan.

"Brennan continued that criticism on Wednesday. "I've seen this type of behavior and actions on the part of foreign tyrants and despots and autocrats for many, many years during my CIA and national security career. I never, ever thought that I would see it here in the United States," he said."

Goddamned right.  We've lived in a de facto fascist police-state quite some time, quickly transitioning to the Trump nazi's Fourth Reich.  Remain a democratic republic in name only.

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Consider the Aryan arrogance of the Trump nazi and his henchmen.  NBC reports:

"The Trump administration wants advocacy groups to take the lead in helping to reunify migrant parents separated from their children at the U.S.-Mexico border, shifting the burden away from the federal government."

Trump nazi and his henchmen create the problem.  Then, expect others to fix it.  Amazing, isn't it?

"In response to the American Civil Liberties Union, which is representing migrant families, the Justice Department argued in a federal court filing Thursday that the nonprofit group can use its "considerable resources" and its network of law firms, volunteers and nongovernmental organizations to help in the process."  That includes making sure every migrant parent gets access to an attorney and to determine the best way for reunification to occur, according to the filing in U.S. District Court in San Diego."

Why should it?  You and your nazi fuhrer created this problem, now fix it.  Your sorry asses should have long since been jailed for contempt.

"But while ACLU lawyers responded that the group wants to be involved, it disagreed with the premise of the Trump administration's request because it was "the government's unconstitutional separation practice that led to this crisis" and federal officials are the ones with "far more resources."

Wouldn't want to confuse Trump and his fellow nazis with the truth, would we?

"Of about 2,550 children ages 5 to 17 who were removed from their parents after crossing the U.S.'s southern border; as of Thursday more than 570 are still in the custody of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and in government shelters."


"The filing also mentioned how many children remain separated from their parents, most of whom have been fleeing violence and crime in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.  Of about 2,550 children ages 5 to 17 who were removed from their parents after crossing the U.S. southern border, more than 570 are still in the custody of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and in government shelters."


"But of those cases, about 410 children have parents already outside of the United States, meaning they were likely deported without their child and are not able to be reunited with their children in the United States. Nearly 70 other children have parents who are still in America, but no contact has yet been made."

Trump nazi and his henchmen are responsible for this.  Don't Republicans claim to be the party of the family?

"U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw has ordered that all the migrant children still separated from their parents be reunited. A conference call was scheduled Friday with the ACLU and the Trump administration to discuss how to move forward.  “The administration is sitting on information that will allow the parties to find these parents,” said ACLU's Gelerent."

Quickest way to resolve this issue is jail the bastards for contempt.

NPR reports:

"U.S. District Judge Dana M. Sabraw said that he will order the government to appoint a single point person to oversee the reunification process. He indicated that his order will come no later than Monday.  Sabraw's comments came in a status conference between lawyers from the Justice Department and the American Civil Liberties Union, the group that successfully sued the government to stop it from separating families.  In uncharacteristically blunt language, the judge said that it is "just unacceptable" that only 12 or 13 parents out of close to 500 parents who have been deported from the U.S. have been located thus far.  "The reality is that for every parent who is not located there will be a permanently orphaned child and that is 100 percent the responsibility of the administration," Sabraw said."

The judge has been far too patient as this atrocity continues.  Time to hold the government bastards responsible.  Jail them for contempt.  What are you waiting for, Judge?

"On Thursday, lawyers for the government and the ACLU submitted a joint status report to the court about the progress of the reunification process. The judge made it clear that he wasn't impressed.  "I have to say that it was disappointing in the respect that there was not a plan proposed," he said.  In its report, the government said the ACLU should bear the lion's share of the work in trying to reunite the families by using its "considerable resources," which include a network of attorneys and nongovernmental organizations on the ground in Central America.  During the status conference, the deputy director of the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project, Lee Gelernt, said his group is prepared to do more to help reunify the families but that it still needs more information about them currently in government files.  Gelernt also said that 95 percent of the parents who were deported without their children are from Guatemala and Honduras. Many come from very remote places and it is difficult to locate them, he added."

The Trump nazi and his fellow bastards are responsible for this fiasco.  Time to hold them accountable.  So far they've effectively received a free ride.

"Throughout the hearing, Sabraw returned to his idea of having the government appoint a person to lead the reunification process.  "This is going to be a significant undertaking, and it's clear that there has to be one person in charge," said the judge.  He also said that he is waiting for a ruling from a federal judge in Washington, D.C., in a related case that seeks a temporary end to the deportations of parents. He indicated that that case could be transferred to his jurisdiction in San Diego."

What he needs to do is start jailing government officials responsible for contempt.  Hold their feet to the fire.  Otherwise, this shit will end no time soon.

DACA is another ongoing problem.  An atrocity.  NPR reports:

"A Washington, D.C.-based federal judge ruled on Friday that the Trump administration must fully restore the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, saying the government's rationale for dropping it is inadequate.  The order by U.S. District Judge John Bates barring the administration from ending DACA is the third such mandate by a district court, and the latest blow to the administration's efforts to eliminate DACA."

Why isn't the judge jailing these bastards for contempt?

"President Trump announced plans to shutter the program, which protects young immigrants who came to the U.S. as children from deportation, in September 2017. Since then the Department of Homeland Security has stopped accepting new applications and processing renewals."

Time to jail the bastards for contempt.  Why does this crap continue to be tolerated?

"In the 25-page opinion, Bates also denied a motion by the Department of Homeland Security to vacate a previous decision in which he determined the administration's explanations for phasing out the Obama-era program were "arbitrary and capricious."

Jesus Christ.  Time to get a move on, Judge.  These kids are unnecessarily suffering at the hands of the Trump nazi and his henchmen.

"California and New York district court judges have also ruled against the Trump administration, finding that the manner in which it concluded DACA was unlawful and violated the Administrative Procedures Act. DHS is appealing those judgments."

Why aren't the appeals accelerated?  Why all the foot-dragging?  People are suffering at the hands of the Trump nazi and his henchmen.  Needlessly.

"Bates did grant Homeland Security's request for time to consider an appeal. The government has 20 days to submit its petition. If that effort is unsuccessful, DACA will have to be fully implemented on Aug. 23.  In closing, Bates wrote that Friday's ruling does not imply that the government cannot revoke DACA but that it simply has not provided a sound legal justification for doing so.  "A conclusory assertion that a prior policy is illegal, accompanied by a hodgepodge of illogical or post hoc policy assertions, simply will not do," Bates wrote."

Judiciary moves at a snail's pace with very rare exception.  This needs to change.  Now.  An unwanted dreaded second American revolution catastrophically looms.  ... Hear the rumble?

NPR reports:

"Immigration lawyers are challenging the Trump administration's crackdown on asylum-seekers in court.  Under a sweeping new policy announced in June by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the administration says domestic abuse and gang violence should "generally" not be considered grounds for asylum claims.  Now a lawsuit filed Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Gender & Refugee Studies says that policy violates U.S. law by depriving asylum-seekers of the right to seek humanitarian protections."

What took so long?

"The new legal challenge was brought on behalf of a dozen plaintiffs who fled their home countries after suffering "horrific persecution," according to the complaint, including rape, beating, death threats and the murder of family members. The suit alleges their claims were all rejected at the earliest stage of the asylum process, known as the credible fear interview, without presenting a full case to an immigration judge.  The lead plaintiff in the case is identified only as Grace. According to the lawsuit, she fled Guatemala to escape an abusive husband who beat and sexually assaulted her for more than 20 years.  "Grace is just an example of someone who should have passed the credible fear standard, and would have under the old standards," said Jennifer Chang Newell, managing attorney for the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project. "But now she's at risk of deportation to Guatemala where she fears for her life and her physical safety."

Courtesy of the Trump nazi and his henchmen.

"As NPR has reported, immigration lawyers say they have seen a jump in the number of asylum-seekers who are rejected at the credible fear screening. The attorney general's June decision came in a closely watched case known as "Matter of A-B-," named for a Salvadoran woman who is seeking asylum in the U.S. That was followed last month by new guidelines for asylum officers who work for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services."

Trump's Fourth Reich.

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Delusionally believe the GOP the party of the family?  NBC reports:

"The wife of a former Marine and Iraq War veteran whose family publicly pleaded for President Donald Trump to stop her deportation was put on a plane to her native Mexico, her lawyer said Friday morning."

Our 'president' and his henchmen are traitors.

"Alejandra Juarez, who has lived in the U.S. for more than 20 years and resided in Davenport, Florida, with her naturalized husband and their two American daughters, had an emotional goodbye with her family, according to attorney Chelsea Nowel.  "She is alone today as she has no home yet," Nowel told NBC News in a text message. "Once she finds a place to live the youngest daughter will meet her in Mexico."  Juarez's husband, Cuauhtemoc “Temo” Juarez, who describes himself as a conservative who voted for Trump, wrote the president a letter that was delivered through his congressman asking for a reprieve, reported Stars and Stripes."

First, once a Marine always a Marine.  No such thing as a former Marine.  Thank you for your service, Mr. Juarez.  Second, you voted for the nazi son of a bitch.  What did you expect?  The handwriting was clearly on the wall well before the election of this nazi lunatic.

"Alejandra Juarez, 39, had entered the U.S. illegally from Mexico when she was 18, escaping violence in her home country. Three years later she met and married Temo in Florida.  “I came here illegally. I’m ashamed of it. I know I did something wrong,” Alejandra Juarez told NBC News in an interview before she was deported. “I seriously thought that was the only exit out of a situation I was living in. I think that saved my life.”

Can't have that in the Trump nazi's Fourth Reich.

"Temo served in the U.S. Marine Corps and later joined the Army National Guard in Florida. He came to the U.S. from Mexico as a child and was naturalized days before he was deployed to Iraq. The couple has two daughters, ages 9 and 16, both born in the United States."

This is how the Trump nazi repaid this United States Marine and his children for his service in the military.  Deported his wife and mother of his children.  The fuhrer is reminded our UNDOCUMENTED forebears came to this continent centuries ago.  STOLE this land from its native inhabitants.  Then, BROKE every goddamned treaty ever signed, Mr. 'President.'

You're an embarrassment to yourself, your office, and our formerly great country, sir.  You're caustically reminded the Head Honcho of your professed religion was an undocumented refugee.  You're also caustically advised  your national socialist mentors, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini both professed to be Christians.  They weren't.  Neither are you, sir.  No national socialist, fascist, nazi can be.  Forget?  An oxymoron.

"Soto sent bipartisan letters on Wednesday addressed to Trump, the Defense Department and the Department of Homeland Security requesting a stay of removal.  There is an immigration policy for members of the military and their families called “parole in place” to “recognize the important sacrifices made by U.S. Armed forces members, veterans, enlistees, and their families." The Citizen and Immigration Services website says they provide “discretionary options such as parole in place or deferred action on a case-by-case basis.”  The Juarezes received a call Tuesday from their attorney saying ICE agreed to review her most recent “parole in place” application. But they have rejected her previous three applications, according to Stars and Stripes.  “I love this country. This country has given me great things because we have worked hard. But the America we are living in now is getting full of hate,” Alejandra Juarez said."

What it is is no more than a de facto fascist police-state, quickly transitioning to the Trump nazi's Fourth Reich.  We are no longer a democratic republic.  In name only.

"She checked in regularly with immigration authorities during former President Barack Obama’s administration, and says she was always told she is not a criminal and has nothing to worry about."

Not in Trump's Fourth Reich.

"Now, with Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy, few exceptions are made for unauthorized immigrants — even in cases when a crime has not been committed."

Trump's Nazi America.  A raucous, boot clicking, goose stepping, treasonous, treacherous, traitorous Seig Heil!, Mr. 'President?'

“Before you enlist in the military, think it twice. Before you marry an immigrant, think it twice. Think if it’s really worth it for you to serve this country, because look how they treated me,” Alejandra Juarez previously told NBC News, through tears."

Nazi America.  Worst yet to come.

"She had said that if she were deported Friday, she would take daughter Estela, 9, with her to Mexico while her her other daughter, Pamela, 16, stays with her father in Florida.  “It makes me sad, mainly because I tell my mom everything. And she always supports me … And now that I’m getting older I’m going to have more problems and issues that I’m going to need help with and I want my mom to be there with me," Pamela said.  The parents decided to take the younger daughter to Mexico because Temo travels for work and she is too young to take care of herself.  "I don’t really want to go to Mexico but I know I need to because I’m too young and also I want to go for my mom … because I don’t want her to be lonely,” Estela said.  She went on to say what she would tell Trump if gotten the chance: “I know my mom made a mistake and it was wrong, but he said he was going to deport criminals. My mom is not a criminal," the girl said. "She is a military spouse and a mom of two kids.”

Doesn't matter to our nazi fuhrer in the Oval Office and his henchmen.  Where is the outrage of Republicans?  Don't you national socialists claim to be the party of the family?  Horse shit.  Clearly, you're not.

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Manafort trial accelerates.  Think the following isn't damaging?  The Washington Post reports:

"One of Paul Manafort’s accountants testified Friday that she went along with falsifying his tax records because she was afraid to confront a longtime client.  Cindy Laporta said that in 2015, Manafort’s right-hand man, Rick Gates, told her his boss couldn’t afford to pay his taxes. To ease that burden, she said, Gates instructed her to misrepresent $900,000 in income as a business loan.  “I had a couple of choices at that point,” Laporta said. “I could have refused to file the tax return,” which she said could lead to litigation with Manafort’s firm.  “I could have called Mr. Manafort and Mr. Gates liars,” she said. “But Mr. Manafort was a longtime client of the firm and I did not want to do that, either.”

Imagine that.  So instead of standing tall, doing the right thing, she went along to get along.

"Laporta, who testified after she was granted immunity, said “I very much regret” the decision to go along with a plan that she estimated saved Manafort at least $400,000 in taxes.  It was the fourth day of trial in a packed federal courtroom in Alexandria in which Manafort, President Trump’s onetime campaign chairman, is fighting bank and tax fraud charges. Prosecutors allege he failed to pay taxes on millions of dollars he made from his work for a Russia-friendly Ukrainian political party, then lied about his income to get loans when the cash stopped coming in."

Forget?  Law only applies to the peasants, -- not people at the top of the food chain.  ... According to those at the top.

"Laporta, the accountant, described a conference call with Gates in which he said Manafort could not afford to pay his taxes and discussed the possibility of reducing them by reporting a loan from an entity in Cyprus called Telmar Investments that prosecutors contend Manafort controlled. Laporta testified she did not believe such a loan actually existed.  Laporta said she asked Gates for a record of the loan and he provided a two-page document that bore what she said was Manafort’s signature.  She testified that she also helped Manafort obtain millions of dollars in loans fraudulently, including by representing rental property as a second home, sending a bank a loan-forgiveness letter she believed to be forged, and telling another bank that Manafort expected a $2.4 million payment when she had “no idea” if that was true."

NPR reports:

"Paul Manafort's former business partner Rick Gates took the witness stand on Monday for the most highly anticipated — and likely crucial — testimony in Manafort's trial on bank and tax fraud charges.  Gates worked as Manafort's right-hand man over the past decade, and prosecutors say he helped Manafort evade taxes and lie to banks to qualify for loans.  Gates pleaded guilty earlier this year as part of an agreement to cooperate with federal prosecutors.  "Did you commit crimes with Mr. Manafort?" prosecutor Greg Andres asked soon after Gates took the stand and described his relationship with Manafort.  "Yes," Gates said."

Went on and on.

The Washington Post reports:

"The courtroom showdown between Paul Manafort and his former right hand man Rick Gates grew painfully personal Tuesday as a defense lawyer forced Gates, the prosecution’s star witness, to admit he embezzled money years ago to fund a transatlantic extramarital affair.  In his second day on the witness stand in Alexandria, Va., federal court, Gates described in detail the lies, phony documents, and fake profits he said he cooked up at Manafort’s direction. Manafort, seated at the defense table, stared intently at Gates, who has assiduously avoided his gaze.  Gates’ testimony is a central part of the prosecutors’ case as they try to prove Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, committed bank fraud and tax crimes.  He testified that most of his crimes were committed on behalf of his former boss, while others he did for himself. Gates pleaded guilty in February as part of a deal with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III."

Cross examination was ferocious:

"The most jarring testimony Tuesday came when Manafort’s lawyer Kevin Downing got his turn to question Gates.  “There was another Richard Gates, isn’t that right? A secret Richard Gates?” Downing asked.  Gates, who seemed to immediately understand the lawyer’s hint, began speaking in a quiet, strained voice, saying that about 10 years ago, he had “another relationship” — an extramarital affair.  Asked if that affair had taken place in London, Gates said it had occurred there and other places. For around two months, Gates said, he had kept a separate apartment in London. Under questioning, he admitted he had also flown first class and stayed in luxury hotels as part of that relationship.  Gates also testified that he had used money embezzled from Manafort to help fund his relationship. When Downing asked if he had spent as much as $3 million on his affair, Gates replied that he thought the figure was lower, but agreed that he had taken money from Manafort without his permission.  Earlier in his testimony, Gates said he embezzled several hundreds of thousands of dollars while working for Manafort."

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Another lawsuit against the Trump nazi.  NPR reports:

"President Trump has consistently declared that the Affordable Care Act — commonly referred to as Obamacare — is a broken mess, and after several unsuccessful attempts to repeal the national health care law, he has eagerly anticipated that it will "fail" and "implode."

-- Hasn't, despite Trump's best efforts.

"On Thursday, four cities wielded the president's remarks against him, in a lawsuit accusing Trump of deliberately undermining his executive obligation to "faithfully execute" the law in violation of the Constitution.  It alleges that Trump and his administration "are waging a relentless campaign to sabotage and, ultimately, to nullify the law." It points to the president's own statements and actions taken by the Health and Human Services Department to discourage citizens from enrolling in health insurance exchanges."

... If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.  LOL.

"The cities of Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, contend the government has schemed to destroy the ACA by slashing outreach funding, promoting insurance that does not have to comply with the law and can refuse people who have preexisting conditions, has narrowed the enrollment window, imposed onerous documentation requirements and "misused federal funds for advertising campaigns aimed at smearing the ACA and its exchanges, and spinning false narratives about the efficacy and success of the Act."

So what else is new?  Due to bottomless greed of the insurance cartel, single-payer will be the only solution to this ongoing problem.  Has worked in Canada.  Certainly, working in Europe and elsewhere.

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Tariff fiasco escalates.  NPR reports:

"China has announced a plan to impose new tariffs on $60 billion of American goods, in retaliation for the latest tariff threats from the Trump administration.  Earlier this week, the White House said it was considering boosting tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods, raising those tariffs to 25 percent from 10 percent. That particular set of tariffs has not yet taken effect.  China promptly promised it would take countermeasures of its own. On Friday, the Ministry of Commerce described its planned response: four different types of tariffs on $60 billion of U.S. goods.  The Chinese government did not specify what types of American products would be affected or when those tariffs would take effect.  "China thinks that negotiations based on mutual respect and mutual benefit are the efficient way to solve trade conflicts," the ministry said in a statement. "Any unilateral threat or blackmail is only going to escalate the conflict and hurt everybody's interests."

Insanity continues. The Washington Post reports:

"China will impose tariffs on an additional $16 billion worth of U.S. products, officials announced Wednesday, marking the latest parry in an escalating trade war between the two countries.  The 25 percent tariffs will go into effect Aug. 23, targeting cars, crude oil, natural gas and coal.  In a statement, the Chinese Commerce Ministry charged that the United States “once again put domestic law above international law by imposing ‘very unreasonable’ new tariffs on Chinese goods.”  China’s announcement is a direct response to new duties on Chinese goods imported into the United States, announced Tuesday in Washington. Those new tariffs, totaling $16 billion, will be levied against 279 products, including motorcycles, steam turbines and railway cars."

Enjoy.  Place the blame precisely where it belongs.  On the insane Trump nazi.

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Deficit skyrockets.  Surprised?  Why?  NPR reports:

"Corporate tax receipts are down for the year, while government spending is up. Even with a fast-growing economy, the Treasury Department expects to borrow more than $750 billion to pay its bills during the last six months of this year.  "The federal budget deficit is ballooning, skyrocketing, soaring, whichever way you want to describe it," said longtime fiscal watchdog Stan Collender, who blogs about federal finances as "The Budget Guy."  "You've got a kind of perfect storm here," Collender said. "You've got more spending. You've got less revenue. And the deficit is just getting bigger and bigger, to the point where it will be at least a trillion dollars every year during the Trump administration and beyond."

Recent tax breaks, mainly for top of the food chain, certainly contributing.

"Even the White House's own rosy forecast acknowledges that the deficit will exceed 5 percent of the overall economy next year — a level it's previously reached only after deep recessions, when unemployment topped 10 percent. Today, the economy is near full employment. But the government is still acting like a spendthrift family, piling up credit card bills even though times are good."

Surprised?  Why?  Think anything ever truly changes no matter who's in power?

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Trump continues to deny reality.  Undercuts national security.  NBC reports:

"Just hours after the nation’s top intelligence officials warned about Moscow’s efforts to disrupt a second consecutive American election, Trump said at a campaign rally here Thursday night that his diplomatic efforts with President Vladimir Putin “are being hindered by the Russian hoax.”  The two events created a split-screen effect: America's intelligence experts warning voters that Russia is trying to undermine democracy while Trump tells them it's all political chicanery.  Several of Trump’s top lieutenants — National Security Adviser John Bolton, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen, FBI Director Christopher Wray and National Security Agency chief Gen. Paul Nakasone — described the threat in the White House briefing room."

Think Trump not insane?  Losing ground?

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Once again, the Trump nazi has concertedly, needlessly, stupidly made a jackass of himself.  Remarkably, the First Lady isn't going along to get along.  LOL.  ESPN reports:

"President Donald Trump took a shot at Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James in a tweet Friday night.

    "Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon. He made Lebron look smart, which isn't easy to do. I like Mike!
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 4, 2018"

The Trump nazi can certainly think exactly as he pleases.  We all do.  Expressing those thoughts, however, is another matter, especially for the president of the United States.

"James was interviewed by CNN's Don Lemon on Monday, after his LeBron James Family Foundation and the Akron (Ohio) Public Schools launched a new elementary school for at-risk children in his hometown."

... Certainly to be commended, isn't he?  -- No matter his personal views of the Trump nazi.

"In the interview, James discussed the impact of sports and how it brings people together. He said he felt Trump was "using sports to kinda divide us."

Not only sports.  Across the board.

"Sports has never been something that divides people," James told Lemon. "It's always been something that brings someone together."

Always, -- until now.

"Trump's tweet came four days after the CNN interview originally aired. In the tweet, Trump also appeared to take sides in the LeBron James vs. Michael Jordan debate, saying, "I like Mike!"  James has publicly criticized Trump before. In September 2017, he called Trump a "bum" for rescinding his invitation to the Golden State Warriors to celebrate their championship with a visit to the White House.  "Going to the White House was a great honor until you showed up!" James tweeted then."

Certainly, pissed the living shit out of the hopelessly narcissistic Trump nazi.  LOL.

"Also that month, after Trump suggested that NFL players should be "fired" for "disrespecting the flag" when they take a knee or otherwise choose not to participate in the national anthem, James said Trump's conduct was unbecoming of someone in his position."

Certainly, an incredibly accurate, most insightful statement.  Had Trump truly been as smart as he claims, would have wisely ignored all public criticism.

In terms of wisdom, think James doesn't run circles around the Trump nazi?  Consider the following:

"He doesn't understand the power that he has for being the leader of this beautiful country," James said then. "He doesn't understand how many kids, no matter the race, look up to the president of the United States for guidance, for leadership, for words of encouragement. He doesn't understand that, and that's what makes me more sick than anything, that we have someone that's ... this is the most, this is the No. 1 position in the world."

Stunning, isn't it?  A dictator doesn't have this insight.  Hitler certainly didn't.  Neither did Mussolini.  Similarly, Stalin had his head securely lodged up his ass.  So did Mao.

"James has continued to be critical of the president and his policies, and in June, while still a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, James said neither his team nor the rival Warriors would accept an invitation to the White House after winning the NBA championship. Trump subsequently said neither team would be invited."

Tit for tat.  Think that presidential?  ... Or, the mark of a juvenile.  A man in his eighth decade of life who never grew up.

"James made similar remarks regarding Trump and sports on Monday in an interview with ESPN's Rachel Nichols, adding that he has no regrets about criticizing the president."

Has the constitutional right to protest.  Trump, moreover has no ability to withstand criticism.  Remains unfit for a position that now represents nearly unlimited power.  Think the Founders aren't spinning in their graves?

"For someone to try to divide us by using our platform of sport?" he told Nichols. "Sport has given me everything I could ever ask for. I couldn't let that happen."

True leaders, leaders who are in control of themselves, let criticism slide, -- like water off the back of a duck.  Not so, the Trump nazi.

Clearly, the First Lady takes no shit from her husband.  CBS News reports:

"Melania Trump broke sharply with her husband on Saturday, after the president maligned NBA star LeBron James' intelligence on Twitter late Friday night. The first lady praised James for his work with children, even saying she is open to visiting the school for underprivileged children he founded in his hometown of Akron, Ohio."

Imagine the 'pillow talk.'  LOL.

"The first lady's platform, "Be Best," is all about encouraging children to conduct themselves in an honorable manner, and she has made promoting children's welfare a key piece of her time in the White House."

Think that jives with Trump and his henchmen separating children from their parents seeking asylum?  Or, the GOP's false claim to be the party of the family?

"It looks like LeBron James is working to do good things on behalf of our next generation and just as she always has, the first lady encourages everyone to have an open dialogue about issues facing children today," the first lady's spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, said in a statement. "As you know, Mrs. Trump has traveled the country and world talking to children about their well-being, healthy living, and the importance of responsible online behavior with her Be Best initiative. Her platform centers around visiting organizations, hospitals and schools, and she would be open to visiting the I Promise School in Akron."

Hard to believe that didn't piss the living shit out of the president.  LOL.

"Saturday's statement would not be the first time the first lady illustrated her independence from her husband."

Has happened repeatedly.

"Last month, when The New York Times published a story claiming Mr. Trump became frustrated when the first lady's TV was turned to CNN instead of Fox News, Grisham issued a statement to CNN saying the first lady can watch "any channel she wants."

Jesus Christ.  Got to love it.  LOL.  Wake up, Donny boy.  How goddamned trite can you be, sir?  LOL.  Worse?  Insecure.  To say nothing of hopelessly, aggressively stupid.

"Melania Trump has often traveled solo as well, including on two trips to visit the southern border, where Trump administration policies resulted in the separation of parents from their children. It was the first lady and Trump daughter and top aide Ivanka Trump who urged the president to reverse course on family separations, the president said."

Think so?  Or, is it ferocious opposition coming from both major political parties that was a far greater factor?  Growing outrage across the country, -- other than from his sick sycophants.

In another article, CBS News insightfully reports:

"A deliberately crafted statement. A conspicuous fashion choice. A sudden silence or withdrawal from the public eye. First lady Melania Trump's move to distance herself from President Donald Trump's criticism of NBA superstar LeBron James was the latest instance of her quiet but seemingly concerted effort to subtly create space between herself and her husband, careful not to criticize him directly while making clear she does not agree with him."

As careful as she's been, think Trump isn't insanely irritated?  LOL.

"If not full-fledged acts of defiance, the first lady's moves to chart her own course have drawn attention and made her, to some on the left, an unlikely and hidden symbol of the "Resistance." But to others, they translate as empty acts and do nothing to absolve her from her deep association with the president and his unpopular policies."

Needs to be far more forceful in her rhetoric.  Far more direct.  Then again, consider whom and what she's married to.  LOL.

"The fate of children was also at the heart of Mrs. Trump's previous break from the president. In June, the ever-responsive Grisham told reporters that the first lady "hates to see children separated from their families," a statement issued during the throes of the firestorm created by the Trump administration's enforcement of a policy that was tearing migrants' families apart at the southern border.  Mrs. Trump, who urged a legislative solution but said the country needed to be one that "governs with heart," then visited kids at the border twice. The first trip was somewhat overshadowed by a curious fashion choice, as the former model sported a jacket that read "I REALLY DON'T CARE, DO U?" And then, as the controversy grew, she wore it again on the way home."

Certainly, sent a powerful message to the nazi bastard she's married to.  LOL.  -- Interestingly, the president has been uncharacteristically silent about all this.  Apparently, knows he can't afford break up of his third marriage.  Especially, with Mueller in hot pursuit.

The First Lady isn't the only family member standing up to Trump.  NPR reports:

"President Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump is again speaking out against the separation of children and parents accused of illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.  At an Axios News Shapers event in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Trump was asked for her thoughts on the separations that occurred as a result of her father's immigration policies.  The interviewer noted that some White House officials saw that as a "low point" in the Trump administration.  "That was a low point for me as well," she said. "I feel very strongly about that. And I am very vehemently against family separation and the separation of parents and children."

Then you should have had the guts to strongly speak out publicly when daddy dearest and his henchmen put this goddamned nazi policy into effect.

"Trump also called illegal immigration an "incredibly complex" topic, and said that her mother, Ivana Trump, was an immigrant who came to the United States legally from a communist country. She added that "we have to be careful about incentivizing behavior that puts children at risk," by encouraging dangerous journeys across the border.  "These are not easy issues; these are incredibly difficult issues," she said. "And like the rest of the country, I experience them in a very emotional way."

Horse shit.  You talk out both sides your bottom.  Had your mother not been allowed into this country, you wouldn't be here.  Had the First Lady not been naturalized, neither would she.  You seem to be conveniently blind to the truth.  Wake up.  Forget?  People coming in south of the border at border crossings are seeking asylum.

Have that right.  By law.  Are concertedly denied that right.  Your father and his henchmen have deliberately violated their oaths of office to uphold the Constitution and rule of law.  Have become a 'law' unto themselves.  Mark of a nazi dictator.  The Fourth Reich.  Your heretofore cowardly silence and continued double talk ring hollow.

"In a tweet in June, Trump thanked her father for signing an executive order aimed at ending the separations brought about by his "zero tolerance" policy on illegal crossings on the southern U.S. border.

    "Thank you @POTUS for taking critical action ending family separation at our border. Congress must now act + find a lasting solution that is consistent with our shared values;the same values that so many come here seeking as they endeavor to create a better life for their families
    — Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) June 20, 2018"

Wake up, Ms. Trump.  You remain achingly clueless.  Unlike your mother and the First Lady, the undocumented immigrants your father and his henchmen are deliberately f--king are seeking legal asylum.  Fleeing murderous regimes, gangs, etc..  Not just trying to gain entrance to the land of milk and honey.

NBC reports:

“I think immigration is incredibly complex as a topic," she added. "Illegal immigration is incredibly complicated. I am the daughter of an immigrant. My mother [Ivana Trump] grew up in Communist Czech Republic, but we are a country of law. So, she came to this country legally."

Wake up, Ms. Trump. So are those seeking asylum at border crossings.  Your Aryan arrogance mirrors that of your father and his henchmen.

"She also said that she did not see the press as “the enemy of the people,” an oft-repeated phrase employed by the president to attack members of the media, usually because of negative coverage of his administration."

Called the truth.  A dictator has no tolerance of the truth.

“I’ve certainly received my fair share of reporting on me personally that I know not to be fully accurate, so I’ve had some sensitivity around why people have concerns and gripe, especially when they’re sort of, feel targeted,” she said. “But no, I do not feel that the media is the 'enemy of the people.'”

Despite the double talk, a free press is critical to survival of a democratic republic.  Sadly, we are no longer a democratic republic.  In name only.  Quite some time.  We live in a de facto fascist police-state, quickly transitioning to your father's Fourth ReichFascism, nazism, national socialism defined as the pernicious blend of government, business, and religion. 'Justified' by perversion and bastardization of the latter.

The Washington Post reports:

"Her comments at a public event underscored the difficult balance Trump has sought as she provides private counsel to a president and father with whom she does not always see eye to eye, while enduring criticism for not being more outspoken about their differences."

Poor little rich girl.  Doesn't your heart bleed?  Your father presents an exigent threat to life, liberty, rule of law, all civil and constitutional rights and liberties.  No foreign power, no terrorist organization, not even the criminal element presents a greater threat to liberty than all levels and branches of government.  Founders?  Spinning in their graves.

The nazi in the Oval Office delusionally claims the media is the enemy of the people.  Hitler did the same.  So did Stalin.  So did Mao.  Wake up.  Mark of a dictator.  Think Ivanka has a clue?  Trump's spokeswoman certainly doesn't have one.  Consider the following:

"President Trump has used the term on multiple occasions, and his animus for the media was on display again this week as he promoted a video on Twitter showing his supporters chanting “CNN sucks” as a reporter from the network did a live shot from the site of a campaign rally hosted by the president in Tampa.  The video was tweeted by Trump’s son Eric and then shared by the president with his 53 million followers.  During a testy briefing with reporters later Thursday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders declined multiple invitations to say that she did not consider the media to be “the enemy of the people.”  “I’m here to speak on behalf of the president,” Sanders said, ticking off several grievances against reporters.  “The president is rightfully frustrated,” Sanders said. “Ninety percent of the coverage on him is negative.”

Called the truth, Ms. Sanders.  ... Isn't your estimate a bit low, madam?  With exception of Fox, isn't it closer to 100%?  For damned good reason.

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Think Trump's not shitting?  NBC reports:

"First, it was just about adoptions. Then it was a promise of dirt on Clinton, but it came to nothing. Then President Donald Trump didn’t draft his son’s initial statement. Then he did. Then it was “irrelevant.” And now Trump admits the meeting was “to get information on an opponent.”  If there’s one thing that’s been consistent about the White House’s explanation of the June 9, 2016 meeting at Trump Tower, it’s inconsistency."

Think Mueller isn't salivating?

The Washington Post reports:

"President Trump has yet again tweeted about his personal legal issues in a way he perhaps shouldn't have."

Surprised?  Why?

"Two issues.  The first is that Trump appears to have broken some new ground here when it comes to admitting the true purpose of the Trump Tower meeting with a Kremlin-aligned lawyer — and even further contradicted the initial statement he helped draft about it."

Collusion isn't the issue.  Obstruction is:

"If you're Robert Mueller and you're looking at whether Trump obstructed justice, you've now got even more evidence of a clear attempt to mislead the public and obscure the truth."

Obfuscation is the hallmark of the Trump nazi.  Stupid tactic since it never ever deters a prosecutor.  Quite the opposite.  Increases motivation.  Determination.

"The second issue here are the final words of the tweet. “I did not know about it!” This is something Trump has said regularly about the Trump Tower meeting and something he has re-upped now that Michael Cohen is reportedly telling people that Trump did know about it."

Clearly, somebody's lying.  Guess who?

"But here's the thing: This is a tweet about how the Trump Tower meeting was totally fine — nothing illegal to see here. If you've got no real concern about legal exposure from the meeting, why distance yourself from it? Trump seems to be arguing against his own point by assuring us that he had nothing to do with this meeting, which — oh, by the way — was totally on the up-and-up. Trump might as well have just confirmed The Post's report that he is worried about what the meeting portends for his son.

"Is this tweet, in and of itself, damning? Probably not. But obstruction-of-justice cases are about proving that someone had “corrupt intent” when they took the actions they did. And for the second time in less than a week, Trump tweeted something that suggested his intent wasn't terribly wholesome. He also suggested that he isn't as convinced as he'd like us to believe that there's nothing to see here."

Remarkably insightful, isn't it?  On target, as well.

Above quotes courtesy of a most gifted insightful writer, Aaron Blake.

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Hey, Amanda?  Can your corporate masters do anything right?  ... Other than steal, defraud, engage in deceptive trade practices, etc.?  CBS News reports:

"Wells Fargo says a company mistake contributed to hundreds of foreclosures because it miscalculated customers' eligibility for mortgage modifications."

'Mistake?'  Think so?  Don't your corporate masters shrewdly, determinedly, deliberately pre-plan and carry out their concerted f--king of people doing business with the bank, Amanda?

"The bank said in a filing Friday the error caused about 625 customers to be denied, or not offered, loan modifications they otherwise qualified for. Foreclosures were completed in about 400 of the cases."

No one fired?  No one prosecuted, Amanda?  All skated, just like you and your predecessor?  LOL.

"The customers had been using federal programs that helped families at risk of losing homes. Spokesman Tom Goyda says there's no breakdown of where the foreclosures occurred."

Convenient, isn't it?  Is that why no one was prosecuted for this deliberate concerted ass f--king?  That is, Wells Fargo pay off its bought and paid for government lackeys, Amanda?  -- You'll never tell, girl?  ... That's right, madam.  Almost forgot.  Your predecessor told me "the bank is the government."  How about that?  LOL.

"The error in the bank's underwriting tool lasted from 2010 until it was fixed in late 2015, an internal review found. It's the latest problem for the troubled bank, which almost two years ago disclosed it might have created 2.1 million accounts without customers' consent. It's also been fined for allegedly charging inflated fees to student loan borrowers and earlier this month agreed to pay $2.1 billion over its role in selling subprime mortgages in the lead-up to the financial crisis."

The problem is remarkably simple.  Banks are protected and coddled.  No one's prosecuted.  No one goes to prison.  ... Right, Amanda?  Not in Nazi America.

"The bank said it set aside $8 million this year to help the affected customers."

Piss hole in the snow.  Until these corrupt, abusive, criminal pieces of shit are prosecuted and imprisoned, this crap will never end.  You and your colleagues counting on it, Amanda?

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Government continues to fail to do its job to protect elections from Russian interference.  This coming from a Republican.  NPR reports:

"Senate intelligence committee Chairman Richard Burr summed up how lawmakers and Trump administration officials have failed to acknowledge the dangerous problem of foreign influence operations in America on Wednesday, with a description of an Internet meme.

"Some feel that we as a society are sitting in a burning room, calmly drinking a cup of coffee, telling ourselves, 'This is fine.' That's not fine," Burr said. "We should no longer be talking about if the Russians attempted to interfere with American society. They've been doing it since the days of the Soviet Union, and they're still doing it today."

Fascinating, isn't it?

"These past few weeks have yielded facts that press home the point that Russia continues to interfere with the American democratic process — and that key actors, from lawmakers to administration officials to President Trump himself, have taken few steps to significantly address that threat."

Dereliction of duty.  Egregious abrogation of oath of office to uphold the Constitution and rule of law.

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Trump couldn't care less about public health and safety.  Lining his pockets and those at the top of the food chain remains Job 1.  The Washington Post reports:

"The Trump administration claimed Thursday that in addition to lowering the price of vehicles, it can save 12,700 lives by weakening Obama-era emissions standards for cars and trucks. But that estimate relies on assumptions that have been questioned by experts in and out of the federal government.  The proposal would freeze tailpipe pollution standards at an average of 37 miles per gallon in 2020, instead of raising them to more than 50 miles per gallon by 2025 as set under President Obama.  Half of the deaths the Trump plan says it would prevent are based on the idea that making new cars more efficient would make them cheaper to drive, because people wouldn’t have to spend as much on gas. That would lead people to spend more time on the road and increase the potential for fatalities."

To say nothing of increase of number of deaths from pollution and cost of healthcare.  Then again, to the Trump nazi and his henchmen, day is night, night is day, and shit smells perversely sweet.  All ass backwards.

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Trump's voter fraud panel a total fraud.  The Washington Post reports:

"Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, one of the 11 members of the commission formed by President Trump to investigate supposed voter fraud, issued a scathing rebuke of the disbanded panel on Friday, accusing Vice Chair Kris Kobach and the White House of making false statements and saying that he had concluded that the panel had been set up to try to validate the president’s baseless claims about fraudulent votes in the 2016 election.  Dunlap, one of four Democrats on the panel, made the statements in a report he sent to the commission’s two leaders — Vice President Pence and Kobach, who is Kansas’s secretary of state — after reviewing more than 8,000 documents from the group’s work, which he acquired only after a legal fight despite his participation on the panel."

Can't dazzle 'em with brilliance, baffle 'em with bullshit.  ... Right, Mr. 'President?'

"Before it was disbanded by Trump in January, the panel had never presented any findings or evidence of widespread voter fraud. But the White House claimed at the time that it had shut down the commission despite “substantial evidence of voter fraud,” due to the mounting legal challenges it faced from states. Kobach, too, spoke around that time about how “some people on the left were getting uncomfortable about how much we were finding out.”

Like his fuhrer, Kobach is a liar.

"Dunlap said that the commission’s documents that were turned over to him underscore the hollowness of those claims: “they do not contain evidence of widespread voter fraud,” he said in his report, adding that some of the documentation seemed to indicate that the commission was predicting it would find evidence of fraud, evincing “a troubling bias.”

So what else is new?  To be expected in the Fourth Reich.

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Think the white supremacist doesn't delusionally believe he's been royally f--ked over, treated unfairly?  Trump certainly thinks so.  Consider the following carefully.  NPR reports:

"A week after firing FBI Director James Comey in May of last year, President Trump got out of Washington to deliver the commencement address at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. He decided to give the graduating cadets some advice.  "Over the course of your life, you will find that things are not always fair," Trump said. "You will find that things happen to you that you do not deserve and that are not always warranted. But you have to put your head down and fight, fight, fight. Never, ever, ever give up. Things will work out just fine."  Pretty standard stuff to tell young adults. But then, he added this: "No politician in history — and I say this with great surety — has been treated worse or more unfairly. You can't let them get you down. You can't let the critics and the naysayers get in the way of your dreams. I guess that's why I ... I guess that's why we won."

Day is night, night is day, and shit smells perversely sweet in the world of nazism.

"Trump has certainly not been treated more unfairly than any politician in history. Some have been assassinated, faced violent and discriminatory prejudice and one twice-popularly elected president even had his American birth questioned.  But the fact that Trump believes it is instructive. His sense of fairness, or unfairness, really, has driven him, his rise in politics — and his priorities for the country. He has capitalized on grievance, especially that of white Americans chafing at the culture of a demographically changing country, and has expressed his view of what's unfair — everything from trade and immigration to the court system, Obamacare's individual coverage mandate, the IRS, the plight of political allies and, of course, the news media."

Article goes on and on, but you get the point.  Sense of entitlement remains stunning.  Especially, from a nazi who indeed has it all.

Quotes above are courtesy of a most gifted insightful writer, Domenico Montanaro.

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Think our Texas Governor isn't as deluded as the Trump nazi?  As achingly ignorant?  Wake upThe Statesman reports:

"Gov. Greg Abbott shared early Tuesday morning former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s thoughts “on the leftwing.”  “The fascists of the future will call themselves anti-fascists,” according to a meme the governor shared on his personal Twitter account. “Some insights are timeless,” he added. The meme is credited to  Churchill never made the comment, though.  Soren Geiger, who directs research for a Hillsdale College project publishing Churchill’s papers, told fact-checker PolitiFact Texas Tuesday that based on a review of the project’s comprehensive collection of Churchill’s writings, speeches and his official biography, he’s confident Churchill didn’t make the statement noted in Abbott’s tweet.  “If anything sounds witty or edgy,” Geiger said by phone, “people can quickly believe that Churchill said it.”

This fake quote has been running in neo-nazi circles quite some time now.  The Governor should have known better.

"Tim Riley, the National Churchill Museum’s chief curator at Westminster College, also said there’s no evidence Churchill made the comment.  “In the over 15 million words written by Winston Churchill—in his speeches, articles, books and other writings — there is no evidence to suggest Churchill wrote them,” he told PolitiFact Texas. “Whether he uttered the words in conversation is unknowable, but I am not aware of any of Churchill’s contemporaries who record or recall the statement.”  An Abbott spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the post."

What could he say?  The Governor is either a liar, and/or hopelessly ignorant.  Both?

The Washington Post reports:

"At a news conference in Waco, the governor responded to a question about the tweet, according to the Texas Tribune.  “Listen, what I tweeted was a sentiment that I have, and that is antifa is dangerous to society and antifa is the antithesis of safety and security, and they are antagonists to law enforcement as well as to other people,” he said.  “It was irrelevant to me who may or may not have said that in the past,” Abbott added, according to the Tribune. “I didn’t want to be accused of plagiarism for saying it. If no one else said it, attribute the quote to me because it’s what I believe in.”

Yes, Governor.  You do.  Worse? You've again proven you're a clueless idiot.  Missed the point.  Antifa is, sadly, a portend of far, far worse to come.  Our country is tearing apart at the seams.  We've lived in a de facto fascist police-state quite some time, quickly transitioning to your fuhrer's Fourth Reich.  This continues as is, Trump and his henchmen will spark the unthinkable, an unwanted dreaded second American revolution.

Already catastrophically looming.  The criminal jackbooted bastards in blue murder innocent unarmed civilians with impunity.  Shake down, abuse, violently assault the innocent to get their cookies off abusing power.  Week after week, month after month, year after year in this publication and elsewhere this abuse is chronicled.  In great detail.

No foreign power, no terrorist organization, not even the criminal element presents a far greater threat to life, liberty, all civil and constitutional rights and liberties than all levels and branches of our hopelessly corrupt, abusive government.  This fails to change, sadly, needlessly, there'll be an unwanted dreaded second American revolution.  Nobody wants this, Governor, but it is coming.  The handwriting is on the wall.  Quite some time.

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... A word to the wise.  NPR reports:

"Taking a genetic test in your 20s or 30s could, indeed, affect your ability to get long-term-care insurance later — or at least the price you'll pay. And people who are considering enrolling in Medicare after age 65 would do well to read the fine print of the sign-up rules.

"In general, long-term-care insurers can indeed use genetic test results when they decide whether to offer you coverage. The federal Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act does prohibit insurers from asking for or using your genetic information to make decisions about whether to sell you health insurance or how much to charge you. But those privacy protections don't apply to long-term-care policies, life insurance or disability insurance.

"If the insurer asks you whether you've undergone genetic testing, you generally must disclose it, even if the testing was performed through a direct-to-consumer site like 23andMe, says Catherine Theroux, a spokeswoman for LIMRA, an insurance industry trade group.  "You need to release any medically relevant information," she says."

Incredible, isn't it?  Privacy?  Means shit squat in Nazi America.  Forget? Wake up.  Corporate management suite and rest of the top of the food chain always come first.  Always.

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LGBTQ issues again in the news.  CBS News reports:

"Former Vice President Joe Biden is launching an awareness campaign to promote the importance of family acceptance of LGBTQ youth. The vice president's Biden Foundation kicked off the "As You Are" initiative on Tuesday with a video campaign, featuring Biden, pop singer Cyndi Lauper, former NFL player Wade Davis and numerous LGBTQ advocates and activists.   "We'll use our resources to highlight the harms of family rejection and lift up research, best practices and personal stories to show the importance of family acceptance," said Biden in the video campaign.  The foundation notes that while the progress for LGBTQ equality has made leaps and bounds in the past decade, many members of the community, particularly individuals under the age of 25, continue to face rejection at home and throughout their daily lives."

Biden's views have certainly changed:

"In the early days of the Obama administration, Biden one of the most prominent political figures to share that his views on marriage equality had evolved. In 2012, Biden, who had previously supported civil unions but stopped short of explicitly endorsing same-sex marriage, said [in] an interview that he was "absolutely comfortable with" the idea of same-sex unions, a message he made before President Barack Obama. Celebrating the Supreme Court's final ruling on same-sex marriage in 2015, Biden said that the federal government would continue to fight for the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. He called the equal right to marry as "consequential as Brown vs. the Board."

Has gone even further:

"Since leaving office, Biden has become a key political advocate for LGBTQ issues. He's lent his support to the transgender community as they continue to face rollbacks in equal rights under the Trump administration, most notably openly transgender soldiers right to serve in the U.S. military. Biden also wrote the forward to transgender advocate and Human Rights campaign national press secretary Sarah McBride's memoir, calling transgender equality "the civil rights issue of our time."

If anyone is denied equality, civil and constitutional rights and liberties, who's next?

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Not all judges are national socialists.  Not even in the Trump nazi's Fourth Reich.  NPR reports:

"A widely used loophole for funneling secret "dark money" into political ads closed quietly last weekend, as a federal judge concluded it thwarted Congress' intent to have broad disclosure of political money.  Chief Judge Beryl Howell, of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, threw out a regulation adopted by the Federal Election Commission in 1980. The rule said that "non-political" groups, such as 501(c) nonprofit organizations, could ignore a disclosure law if donors' contributions were not earmarked for specific advertisements — an exception that wasn't in the law passed by Congress.  Howell's decision was issued Friday evening.  She listed ways in which the regulation undercut the transparency principles of campaign finance law: "including informing the electorate, deterring corruption, and enforcing bans on foreign contributions being used to buy access and influence to American political officials."

Hat's off, Judge.  You're one of the increasingly few to honor your oath of office to uphold the United States Constitution and rule of law.

NPR reports:

"As a federal appellate judge for the past dozen years, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has played a central role in building the nation's system of campaign finance laws. It's a system that voters hold in low esteem in recent polls.  Kavanaugh has been on the U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Columbia, a frequent destination for cases involving the Federal Election Commission. His decisions have effectively pulled the campaign finance system rightward, letting in more money with less regulation. He's been roughly in sync with Anthony Kennedy, the justice he once clerked for and now might succeed.  That record has drawn relatively little attention in the fight over confirming Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court. It's a mistake on the part of liberals, said Chiraag Bains, director of legal strategies for the progressive advocacy group Demos.  "I think his record on money and politics should be right up there alongside the likelihood that he'll overturn Roe or strike down the ACA," Bains said, referring to the Affordable Care Act, the Obama health-care law that President Trump and congressional Republicans have tried to repeal."

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Can we stand it?  A second example of the above, that is, a judge standing tall.  The Washington Post reports:

"In the months before the Charlottesville “Unite the Right” rally last August, a chat app called Discord was abuzz with alt-right agitators.  Discord, which was started in 2015 as a secure chat app for videogamers, also happened to be conducive for white supremacists, white nationalists, neo-Nazis and other members of the alt-right movement who sought to keep their identities secret.  It allowed the organizers and participants of the deadly Aug. 12 rally to convene in private, invite-only threads shrouded in anonymity, with usernames such as “kristall.night” and “WhiteTrash,” according to a federal lawsuit. On a Discord server called “Charlottesville 2.0,” they planned everything from car pools, dress code and lodging in Charlottesville to how one might improvise weapons in case of a fight. Some suggested using flag poles as a makeshift spear or club."

Here's why this is so important, critical to justice:

"The Discord messages have been cited in a federal lawsuit filed against the Unite the Right’s alleged organizers by counterprotesters who were injured during the rally, including two people hit by a car that rammed into a crowd, leaving one person dead. Attorneys for the counterprotesters have argued that these Discord messages and hundreds of others are central to proving that Unite the Right organizers “conspired to commit acts of violence, intimidation and harassment” against people in Charlottesville that weekend. The attorneys filed a subpoena for Discord, seeking to obtain the messages and account information of more than 30 anonymous users who appear to have participated in the Unite the Right rally."

Can't hide behind the First Amendment to escape justice for committing violence up to and including murder:

"But one anonymous woman, the one called “kristall.night,” filed suit seeking to quash the subpoena that could unmask her and dozens of other users. She claimed the counterprotesters were intentionally seeking to “out” her as a member of the alt-right movement, putting her in fear of her own safety. Revealing her identity, her attorney argued, would infringe on her First Amendment rights to engage in “anonymous speech” and to associate with a politically unpopular group.  On Monday, however, a magistrate in California disagreed."

Rightfully, so.  Here's why:

"U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero declined to fully quash the Discord subpoena, finding that the plaintiffs’ interest in discovering her identity as a possible witness or co-conspirator behind the Unite the Right rally outweighed her right to speak anonymously on the Internet.  Any identifying information discovered within her Discord account will be classified as “highly confidential,” the judge said, restricting it to a select amount of people.  “While even limited disclosure of this information may create some chilling effect,” Spero wrote, “the protections available through a designation of ‘highly confidential’ mitigate that harm, and Plaintiffs’ interest in this information, which is relevant to testing their claims of an alleged violent conspiracy based on racial and religious animus, outweighs the potential harm to [Jane Doe’s] right to association.”  Spero agreed to quash the portion of the subpoena seeking the contents of the messages, saying it violates the Stored Communications Act.  In his 28-page ruling, Spero appeared to acknowledge why Discord might have been so appealing to members of the so-called alt-right in the first place: “It is clear that many members of the ‘alt-right’ feel free to speak online in part because of their ability to hide behind an anonymous username,” he wrote."

The judge, seemingly, has gotten it exactly right.  Quite a balancing act.  Be interesting to see what impact it has on the case, -- if his ruling indeed stands.  May be appealed:

"Kristall.night’s attorney, Marc Randazza, argued in legal filings that the subpoena for Discord is a “fishing expedition with the ultimate goal of destroying the lives of people Plaintiffs do not like, even though these people have done nothing to harm Plaintiffs.”  He told The Washington Post that “outing” members of the alt-right movement who believed their messages were private could lead to violence against them. He said he does not trust that his client’s information will remain “highly confidential,” as the judge said.  “I can’t believe people believe this ….” he said, referring to his client’s political beliefs, “but they get to do that. That’s what the [expletive] enlightenment is about. That’s what the [expletive] First Amendment is about. That’s what this [expletive] country is about. But people don’t get to do that anymore. You have to be hounded out of your apartment, out of your job, out of whatever it is you have, if you have the audacity to have an unpopular political belief.”  Randazza said he is still considering whether to appeal the magistrate’s decision."

What's so fascinating about Randazza's argument is that he's ironically making it for a group which committed violence up to and including murder at the rally.

Above quotes are courtesy of a most gifted, insightful writer, Meagan Flynn.

Know what the username "kristall.night" stands for?  What it means?  Represents?  What it refers to in Hitler's Nazi Germany? reports:

"On November 9 to November 10, 1938, in an incident known as “Kristallnacht”, Nazis in Germany torched synagogues, vandalized Jewish homes, schools and businesses and killed close to 100 Jews. In the aftermath of Kristallnacht, also called the “Night of Broken Glass,” some 30,000 Jewish men were arrested and sent to Nazi concentration camps. German Jews had been subjected to repressive policies since 1933, when Nazi Party leader Adolf Hitler (1889-1945) became chancellor of Germany. However, prior to Kristallnacht, these Nazi policies had been primarily nonviolent. After Kristallnacht, conditions for German Jews grew increasingly worse. During World War II (1939-45), Hitler and the Nazis implemented their so-called “Final Solution” to the what they referred to as the “Jewish problem,” and carried out the systematic murder of some 6 million European Jews in what came to be known as the Holocaust."

Wake up.

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Voters stood tall in Missouri.  NPR reports:

"Voters in Missouri have overwhelmingly rejected a right-to-work law passed by the state's Republican-controlled legislature that would have banned compulsory union fees — a resounding victory for organized labor that spent millions of dollars to defeat the measure.  With about 98 percent of the precincts reporting, the "no" vote on Missouri's Proposition A, which supported the law, was running about 67 percent, with nearly 33 percent voting "yes."  In 2017, the right-to-work law passed Missouri's Republican legislature and was signed by then-Gov. Eric Greitens. However, union organizers gathered enough signatures to keep it from going into effect pending the results of a statewide referendum. The rejection of Proposition A effectively kills the law.  "It's a truly historic moment," said Mike Louis, president of the Missouri AFL-CIO. "Tonight we celebrate, but tomorrow we're getting back to work. We're going to take this energy and momentum and build more power for working people across Missouri."

Non-union members financially benefit from collective bargaining efforts of unions.  Why shouldn't they pay their fair share?

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Corruption has no end. The Washington Post reports:

"Federal prosecutors charged Rep. Chris Collins (N.Y.), one of President Trump’s earliest congressional supporters, with insider trading on Wednesday.  Collins’s son, Cameron Collins, and Stephen Zarsky, the father of Cameron Collins’s fiancee, were also charged.  The indictment is related to Innate Immunotherapeutics, an Australian biotech company, on whose board the congressman served. Collins illegally shared nonpublic information about the company with Cameron Collins, who traded on the information, according to federal prosecutors. Cameron Collins then passed that information along to Zarsky. The trades allowed Collins, his son, and Zarsky to avoid $768,000 in losses, according to the indictment."

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Think Cohen isn't a problem for Trump?  The Washington Post reports:

"By releasing audio of his covertly recorded conversation with Trump about purchasing the rights to a Playboy centerfold’s story of an extramarital affair, Cohen made a decisive break from his longtime client. The move punctuates the steady deterioration of a relationship between Cohen and Trump and raises concerns in the White House that the former could spill secrets about the latter to the FBI."

To cover his ass, think Cohen wouldn't do so?

"In the nearly four months since FBI agents raided his office, home and hotel room, Cohen has felt wounded and abandoned by Trump, waiting for calls or even a signal of support that never came. Cohen got frustrated when Trump started talking about him in the past tense, panicked last month when he thought the president no longer cared about his plight, and became furious when Trump lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani contradicted some of his accounts, according to his associates."

No honor among thieves?  LOL.

"In Cohen’s gravest hour, as one associate described it, Trump was “leaving him out in the wilderness.”

Come as a surprise?  Why?  Trump's out for Number 1.

"The result is open warfare between attorney and former client. Cohen has chosen to morph from Trump’s pugnacious defender to a truth-teller without regard for any possible political or legal ramifications for the president, according to Lanny Davis, one of Cohen’s attorneys."

If indeed true, a good thing.  Not a bad one.  Will certainly aid Mueller and staff to get to the bottom of the Trump fiasco.  May not, however, be in the best interest of Cohen.  Here's why:

"Cohen’s actions appear to be driven more by his outrage over the president’s indifference and feelings of betrayal — coupled with the personal and financial weight of the criminal case being assembled by federal prosecutors — than by a legal strategy to help his case.  Tuesday’s public release of the Trump-Cohen audio came as a surprise to prosecutors handling the Cohen case in the Southern District of New York, according to people familiar with the matter. Current and former law enforcement officials questioned why Cohen — someone seen as angling for a plea deal — would choose to make potential evidence public. That kind of maneuver generally angers investigators and can make it harder to cut a deal, these officials said."

Although certainly a factor, hard to believe both Mueller and Cohen's prosecutors aren't, in fact,  cooperating, working in tandem.  After all, it was Mueller and team who passed on information vis a vis Cohen to his New York prosecutors.

Consider the following:

"As part of their inquiry into campaign finance issues involving Cohen, federal investigators have recently expressed interest in what Cohen’s interactions with the Trump campaign were, including his role in handling the accusations of sexual impropriety from various women. They also are trying to discern if anyone other than Cohen had prior knowledge about two such women, Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, before they were named in news inquiries and reports.  In their search warrant, federal investigators asked Cohen to turn over any communications the two men or campaign aides had about a 2005 “Access Hollywood” tape that captured Trump boasting about grabbing women’s body parts, according to a person familiar with the investigation."

Seems to be ongoing cooperation, team effort.  Everyone holding their cards close to the vest.  No leaks.  Impressive, isn't it?

More interesting?  Get this:

"Inside the White House, Trump raged about the release of his and Cohen’s September 2016 conversation about financing the deal with McDougal, a former Playboy model, to sell the rights to her story of an alleged 10-month affair with Trump to American Media Inc., the owner of the National Enquirer, which never published her account.  The president is angry that his personal attorney was recording him without his knowledge, though he had known before this week that the audio file existed, according to people familiar with his thinking.  “What kind of lawyer would tape a client?” Trump tweeted Wednesday morning. “So sad!”

Fascinating, isn't it?  Cohen was clearly covering his ass.  Apparently, didn't trust Trump.  ... Currently, doesn't everyone assume they're being recorded?

"The government has seized more than 100 recordings that Cohen made of his conversations with people discussing matters that could relate to Trump and his businesses and with Trump himself talking, according to two people familiar with the recordings. Cohen appeared to make some recordings with an iPhone — without telling anyone he was taping them.  A significant portion of the recordings is Cohen surreptitiously recording reporters who met with or questioned Cohen about Trump during the campaign and after Trump’s election, the people said."

Clearly, Cohen was certainly looking out for himself.

"Trump’s voice is on several of the recordings, but only in snippets — typically when he is returning a call from Cohen or asking Cohen on a voice-mail message to call him back, the people said. The only recording in which Trump and Cohen have a substantive conversation is the one that Davis released Tuesday, according to these people.  “Michael Cohen had the habit of using his phone to record conversations instead of taking notes,” Davis said. “He never intended to make use of the recordings and certainly didn’t intend to be deceptive.”  Trump’s advisers are privately debating whether they need to seek a ruling from the court overseeing these recordings on Cohen’s indiscriminate release of material or whether they should release tapes that they describe as unflattering to Cohen, according to two Trump allies."

What webs we weave.  This appears to be two men impressed with power, themselves, imbued with profound, bottomless Aryan arrogance.  Not clear yet where this is all going, but certainly likely nowhere good.

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With the Trump nazi in the White House and the racist AG Sessions nazi at the Department of 'Justice,' think we haven't moved backwards?  The Washington Post reports:

"Two years before President Harry S. Truman signed an executive order to desegregate the armed forces, a black World War II veteran in uniform was pulled from a bus in Batesburg, S.C., and severely beaten by a police chief violently swinging a nightstick.  Isaac Woodard, who was accused of talking back to the bus driver, lost consciousness in the assault and was permanently blinded.  “Negro veterans that fought in this war ... don’t realize that the real battle has just begun in America,” Woodard, who was attacked Feb. 12, 1946, hours after he had been honorably discharged, told the Chicago Defender newspaper."

Think things have truly changed?  That why innocent unarmed blacks continue to be murdered by the criminal jackbooted bastards in blue?

"Months later, two black veterans and their wives were forced out of a car near Monroe, Ga., tied to trees and executed by a white mob. Their skulls were cracked, and their bodies were riddled with more than 60 bullets.  At the White House, Truman was disturbed by news of the increasing attacks on black veterans across the country. Near the end of World War II, hundreds of black veterans returning home from war were assaulted and lynched — some simply for wearing uniforms."

These men fought heroically, bravely, determinedly for their country in segregated units.  Only to return home to be murdered by their fellow countrymen.  Ironically, in Nazi America.

“My very stomach turned over when I learned that Negro soldiers, just back from overseas, were being dumped out of Army trucks in Mississippi and beaten,” Truman said, according to papers at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum.  Truman ordered the FBI to investigate the lynchings and appointed the President’s Committee on Civil Rights, which would issue a revolutionary report in October 1947. It condemned segregation, proposed anti-lynching laws and urged action “to end immediately all discrimination and segregation based on race, color, creed or national origin in all branches of the Armed Services.”

The President stood tall.  Not just when he ordered the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but after the war, combating racism.

"On July 26, 1948, Truman signed Executive Order 9981, declaring that the policy “shall be put into effect as rapidly as possible, having due regard to the time required to effectuate any necessary changes­ without impairing efficiency or morale.”  The order was met with immediate resistance. Full integration of the armed forces would not happen until the Korean War, when the need for troops on the ground trumped discrimination based on color.  Seventy years after Truman’s executive order, black veterans say the memories of racism and discrimination in the armed forces still sting. The transition to the military’s full integration would prove as difficult as integration in the rest of society."

Must not be forgotten blacks have fought with valor in every war since the Revolution.

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Farmers are losing patience with the Trump nazi.  ABC News reports:

"America’s heartland farmers, in states largely supportive of President Donald Trump, say they are starting to feel real financial pain from a tit-for-tat trade war Trump once promised will be “easy to win.”  “We have loss of confidence in our products and we have loss of price,” said hog farmer Gregg Hora of Fort Dodge, Iowa. “Pig farmers are currently losing about $25-30 per pig.”   After Trump slapped steep new tariffs on imports of foreign steel and aluminum earlier this year, China, Mexico, and the European Union imposed retaliatory tariffs on billions of dollars US goods – from bourbon, Harley Davidson motorbikes and orange juice to dairy products, soybeans and pork."

Think this isn't catastrophic?

“Patience is wearing thin on U.S. pork producers because the next six months of market prices – there’s a lot of red ink,” Hora said. “We need the administration to come to these deals quickly.”  While Wall Street expressed relief Wednesday with word from the White House that a trade fight with Europe would not escalate, many farmers remain anxious. Existing tariffs still remain in place and the announcement did not resolve Chinese sanctions on American pork and soy which have had the biggest bite."

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Trump and his henchmen have figuratively shot themselves in the ass.  The Washington Times reports:

"Asking about citizenship on the 2020 census is legal — but the Trump administration may still have broken the law in how it went about adding the question to the list, a federal judge ruled Thursday.  Judge Jesse M. Furman ruled that a legal challenge to the citizenship question can proceed, giving the challengers a chance to try to prove that President Trump’s team acted with “animus” toward racial or ethnic minorities in making the decision.  Judge Furman said he already sees “indications” of such animus, based on the way the government cut corners to put the citizenship question on the list for 2020."

Fascinating, isn't it?  Good to see the Judiciary standing up to the Executive.

"The judge said he was particularly troubled by the Trump campaign’s move to take credit for the decision to ask the question, crediting the president with “officially” mandating its inclusion.  “Courts have a critical role to play in reviewing the conduct of the political branches to ensure that the census is conducted in a manner consistent with the Constitution and applicable law,” the judge wrote.  The citizenship question was asked on the decennial census up through 1950, and still appears in more limited Census Bureau surveys.  But when the Trump administration moved earlier this year to reinstate it to the full census that goes to every household, immigrant-rights, voting-rights and Democratic activists objected."

For damned good reason:

"They predicted immigrants and racial or ethnic minorities may refuse to participate in the census, fearing what might happen to their information. That would lead to a skewed count, which would deny some areas money and voting power they should rightly have if everyone was properly counted, the administration’s opponents said."

Precisely, what will happen.  Count on it.

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The Trump nazi certainly doesn't appreciate pointed questioning.  Tough, isn't it?  CNN reports:

"As an Oval Office photo-op was ending on Wednesday afternoon, CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins fired off a series of questions for President Trump.  "Did Michael Cohen betray you, Mr. President?"  "Mr. President, are you worried about what Michael Cohen is about to say to the prosecutors?"  "Are you worried about what is on the other tapes, Mr. President?"  "Why is Vladimir Putin not accepting your invitation, Mr. President?"

Think the public doesn't want answers?

"At the time, Collins was representing five television networks as the pool reporter for the White House press corps. The scene was captured by several cameras and more than a dozen journalists with pencils, cameras and microphones poised, awaiting the president's response.  But he ignored all four of Collins' question from across the room, fixing his gaze away from her general direction."

Clearly, the nazi had no answers.  LOL.

"Shortly afterward, Collins, who formerly worked for the conservative website The Daily Caller, said she was called into the office of Bill Shine, the former Fox News executive who was recently hired as the administration's deputy chief of staff for communications."

Surprise, surprise, surprise.  LOL.

"Together with press secretary Sarah Sanders, Shine told Collins she was not invited to attend an open press event in the Rose Garden in the afternoon, "because they thought the questions I had posed to the president were inappropriate and inappropriate for that venue," the reporter said in a CNN interview about the incident."

Jesus Christ.  How about that?  Our nazi fuhrer stumped.  Who'd 'a 'thunk' it, no?  LOL.

"I told them that is often our only chance to ask the president questions," Collins told CNN host Wolf Blitzer. "Those questions were questions any reporter would have asked and I was there to represent all of the networks and therefore asked about the questions of the day."

No kidding.  Given the boot for doing her job.  LOL.  Can't have that, can we?

"The White House has confirmed that Collins was disinvited from the Rose Garden press event but contends the decision was based on the reporter's loudness and her refusal to exit the president's office.  In a statement issued Wednesday evening, Sanders wrote that "at the conclusion of a press event in the Oval Office a reporter shouted questions and refused to leave despite repeatedly being asked to do so."  "Subsequently, our staff informed her she was not welcome to participate in the next event, but made clear that any other journalist from her network could attend. She said it didn't matter to her because she hadn't planned to be there anyway. To be clear, we support a free press and ask that everyone be respectful of the presidency and guests at the White House," Sanders wrote."

Unadulterated horse shit.  It is the nazi fuhrer who got his nose bent out of joint by a reporter aggressively doing her job.

"Several journalists have excoriated the White House for barring Collins after she did her professional duty as they see it."

Goddamned right:

    "If the White House banned a fellow reporter from an open-press event because of her shouted questions, let's be clear: it is inexcusable, unacceptable, and sets an extremely dangerous precedent.

    "We shout questions at the president regularly. It's called: doing our job.
    — Hallie Jackson (@HallieJackson) July 25, 2018"

Jesus Christ.  To shamelessly steal a quote from the King And I, "the King has no clothes!"

    "Outrageous of the White House to bar @CNN reporter @kaitlancollins from an open press event because it did not like her questions. A strong leader does not fear questions. A strong democracy does not shield its leader from those who question authority.
    — Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) July 25, 2018"

Goddamned right.  Equally pointedly, a true leader doesn't gutlessly shirk answering a reporter's question.  Only a gutless coward does.

"The White House Correspondents' Association President Olivier Knox condemned the Trump administration for its decision to ban Collins.  "This type of retaliation is wholly inappropriate, wrong-headed, and weak. It cannot stand," he wrote in a statement. "Reporters asking questions of powerful government officials, up to and including the President, helps hold those people accountable."

The function of the press.

"Blitzer reported CNN's network bureau chiefs in Washington, D.C., "are filing formal complaints with Shine and others at the White House."

Not surprising, is it?  The following, however, certainly is:

"Fox News also weighed in on the controversy. "We stand in strong solidarity with CNN for the right to full access for our journalists as part of a free and unfettered press," Fox News President Jay Wallace said in a statement late Wednesday."

-- The above coming from a network that is no more than an infomercial for the Trump nazi and the Republican Party.  LOL.  Can we stand it?  LOL.

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Voodoo economics revisited?  NPR reports:

"President Trump is eager to tout a fast-growing economy, boosted by the tax cuts he pushed through Congress. That makes Friday morning's report on gross domestic product a highly anticipated news event.  Did GDP growth top 4 percent in the second quarter — more than double the first-quarter pace — as many economists project?  Forecasts are all over the board, with estimates even among Federal Reserve economists diverging widely."

One thing for sure.  The top of the food chain is doing fantastically well.  Unbridled laissez-faire capitalism.  Zero-sum.  Winner-take-all.  Precisely, why the middle class has been eviscerated.  Two extremes.  Bottom and top.

"The events of 10 years ago show why these forecasts are so important.  In the summer of 2008, economists at the New York Federal Reserve Bank saw something disturbing. The statistical model they used to predict where the economy was heading, called the Nowcast, was giving off warning signs.  "All the data turned negative quite quickly and quite abruptly," says New York Fed economist Andrea Tambalotti. "And the Nowcast picked that up. And when you see the Nowcast sort of plunging, you know that something is wrong."  What was happening, of course, was the Great Recession. And the Nowcast gave Fed officials a little extra time to prepare for it. The Nowcast was once only released internally, but a couple years ago Fed officials began publishing it online."

Think history is repeating itself?

"As of this week, the Nowcast is predicting that the U.S. economy grew by a middling 2.7 percent during the second quarter. And then there's the Atlanta Fed's GDPNow. Like the others, it's compiled by crunching a lot of economic data, Atlanta Fed economist Pat Higgins says.  "So it'll be things like retail sales, international trade, manufacturing shipments," he says.  And right now the Atlanta Fed's number — a blockbuster GDP growth pace of 4.5 percent in the April-June quarter — is strikingly different than the New York Fed's. The 4.5 percent figure would be the fastest growth in nearly 4 years.  If you like President Trump's policies, that's the estimate you quote right now. Donald Trump Jr. bragged about the Atlanta Fed numbers on Twitter."

Yet, the bottom continues to languish.  Do without.  Go without.  Suffer.  Reality, -- Trump and his henchmen ignore.

"Major banks and private firms put out their own numbers. The private Conference Board, best known for measuring leading economic indicators and consumer confidence, estimates GDP grew at a 4.2 percent rate in the second quarter.  Obviously all of these numbers can't be accurate. But Tambalotti says these estimates shouldn't be looked at as competing. Instead, he says, they complement each other.

Think so?

"Tambalotti says the economy is enormous and ultimately unmeasurable.  All these forecasts should be seen as an imperfect baseline. Even the official GDP number released by the Commerce Department is intelligent speculation. And it will be updated as new data comes in, Higgins says."

All a crap shoot.  Want to know what's truly going on?  Check out the soup kitchens.  Food banks.  Social services, etc..

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Trump continues to shamelessly distort reality.  Lie like hell.  CBS News reports:

"President Trump on Friday touted the U.S. economy's 4.1 percent growth in the second quarter as "an economic turnaround of historic proportions." He also predicted the spurt will be sustained and even accelerate."

Voodoo economics.  Delusional bullshit.

"Yet few economists outside the administration agree with that bullish forecast. Here's a look at Mr. Trump claims, and the facts: "We've accomplished an economic turnaround of historic proportions," Mr. Trump remarked Friday at the White House shortly after the Commerce Department released its GDP report.  In fact, Mr. Trump didn't inherit a fixer-upper economy."

This nazi son of a bitch is claiming credit for something he didn't engineer:

"The U.S. economy just entered its 10th year of growth, a recovery that began under President Barack Obama, who inherited the Great Recession. The data show that the falling unemployment rate and gains in home values reflect the duration of the recovery, rather than any major changes made since 2017 by the Trump administration."

Why lie, Donny?  Delusionally believe the public doesn't know the truth?  -- Even your sick sycophants are beginning to smarten up.

"While Mr. Trump praised the 4.1 percent annual growth rate in the second quarter, the economy exceeded that level four times during the Obama presidency: in 2009, 2011 and twice in 2014.  In purely numerical terms, a larger shift took place in the second quarter of 2014, when the economy went from contracting by 1 percent to growing at a rate of 5.1 percent."

Wouldn't want to confuse the public with the truth, would we?

"But quarterly figures are volatile, and strength in one quarter can be reversed in the next. President Obama never achieved the 3 percent annual growth that President Trump hopes to see, though he came close. The economy grew 2.9 percent in 2015.  The current economic expansion, which began in June 2009, is now the second-longest on record -- but it is also the weakest. The GDP revisions the Commerce Department announced Friday didn't change that narrative. Annual growth has averaged just 2.2 percent since mid-2009 through the end of last year, the same as previously reported."

Consider the following:

"One of the biggest wins in the report, and it is, indeed a big one, is that the trade deficit — very dear to my heart because we've been ripped off by the world — has dropped," Mr. Trump said Friday.  Mr. Trump is correct that a lower trade deficit spurred growth in the April-June quarter, but the reason for that isn't necessarily positive.  The president has been floating plans to slap import taxes on hundreds of billions of dollars of foreign goods, which has led to retaliatory tariffs by foreign governments on U.S. goods.  This threat of an escalating trade war has led many foreign companies to stockpile U.S. goods before any tariffs hit. That caused a temporary boost in U.S. exports, helping to fuel economic growth."

Not all are on board:

"But Richard Moody, chief economist at Regions Financial, said the gains from rising U.S. exports in the second quarter will not be repeated.  "These numbers are very, very sustainable. It's not a one-time shot," Mr. Trump said Friday.  It's impossible to predict the future, but economists warn that the figures seen this quarter will not be easy to replicate, or even come near."

Trump lives in la-la land.

"The economy faces two significant structural drags that could keep growth closer to 2 percent than 3 percent: An aging population, which means fewer people are working and more are retired, and weak productivity growth, which means that those who are working aren't increasing their output as quickly as in the past.  Both of those factors are largely beyond Mr. Trump's control."

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Think an unwanted dreaded second American revolution isn't in the offing?  NPR reports:

"Less than a year into a lifetime appointment, a 45-year-old federal appeals court judge named James Ho may embody President Trump's most enduring legacy."

Indeed.  Called nazism, national socialism, fascism.

"Ho has shaken up the staid world of appellate law by deploying aggressive rhetoric in cases involving guns, abortion rights and campaign finance regulations."

He's doing what every nazi 'jurist' does.  Legislates his outrageously perverse ideological and religious views from the bench.

"Today's government "would be unrecognizable to our Founders," he has written. He condemned what he called "the moral tragedy of abortion." And he's bemoaned that the Second Amendment appears to be considered a "second class right."

All distortion of reality.  By a nazi bound and determined to legislate his personal beliefs from the bench.

"Critics say Ho is writing op-ed columns, not legal opinions. Friends and former colleagues said he's an intellectual engaging with ideas. And that he's just getting started."

The latter is precisely what's so frightening.  Just the beginning.  A nazi is not, cannot be an intellectual.  The two remain juxtaposed.  A nazi is incapable of creativity, has no clue what an idea is.  Remains too rigid to have, engage, or indulge in creative thought.

"What's clear to all is how much the young judge — and many others like him confirmed by the Senate under Trump — is making a mark on the federal judiciary and how much that will continue for decades to come."

May not in fact be as long as many think.  Sadly, the winds of an unwanted dreaded revolution have been in the air quite some time.  Now, coming to fruition with the nazi in the Oval Office and his equally fascist henchmen.

"Ho said he couldn't comment for this story because he was traveling."

Believe it?  Wake up.  He couldn't respond because a fascist has no substance.  No intellect.  No ability to think, reason.  Perceives all in terms of black or white.  No shades of gray.  No brilliant hues of color.  Too hopelessly myopic.  Rigid.

"Ho's legal credentials are unmistakable: He attended Stanford and the University of Chicago, served in the civil rights division at the Justice Department early in the Bush administration, and went onto work as chief counsel to Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn and a clerk for Justice Clarence Thomas on the Supreme Court."

Think his credentials truly sterling?  Wake up.  He's worked with and for nazis. Fascism, nazism, national socialism defined as the pernicious blend of government, business, and religion. 'Justified' by perversion and bastardization of the latter.

"Then, Ho replaced now-Sen. Ted Cruz as Texas solicitor general from 2008 to 2010, leading an aggressive legal attack against the federal government during the administration of President Barack Obama.  In December, the Senate confirmed Ho for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit by a vote of 53 to 43. That followed a confirmation hearing in which Don Willett, a colorful Texas Supreme Court justice nicknamed "the Tweeter Laureate of #Texas," drew most of the flak.  But in the months since they took their oaths of office, Ho has been the one attracting national attention."

What nazi wouldn't in the age of Trump and his embrace of national socialism?

"Ho's first opinion, in April, was a dissent in a case involving limits on campaign contributions in Austin, Texas. Candidates for municipal elections — people like mayors and city council representatives who represent fewer than 100,000 people — are barred from accepting donations of more than $350.  A three-judge panel on the appeals court upheld the ordinance, and a majority of the judges on the court voted to keep it that way."

For damned good reason.  They wisely did not want the corporate management suite and rest of the top of the food chain buying, financing, and installing their candidates into office.

"Ho took a different approach, penning a 13-page dissent arguing the full court should hear the dispute. Ho said the contribution limit violated the First Amendment. Then, he went farther, decrying the size of the federal government:

"When the government grows larger, when regulators pick more and more economic winners and losers, participation in the political process ceases to be merely a citizen's prerogative — it becomes a human necessity. This is the inevitable result of a government that would be unrecognizable to our Founders."

First, he bastardized the First Amendment.  Essentially accorded the corporate management suite constitutional rights superior to those enjoyed by the citizenry.  Effectively granted them financial carte blanche to buy and install any candidate they thought suitable for office.  Think carefully about that.

Corporations, no more than a legal entity, now effectively enjoy personhood status.  This is a problem because an exceptionally small number of people running and owning them control an enormous amount of wealth.  Giving them, in effect, far greater power than that afforded by one person, one vote.

Clearly, this nazi cannot or will not see or understand the above.  Second, here's how he's not-so-cleverly, perversely distorted reality:

"Then, Ho cited the Supreme Court ruling in NFIB v Sebelius — the case in which a divided court majority upheld the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

"Wrote Ho: "If we're going to ask taxpayers to devote a substantial portion of their hard-earned income to fund the innumerable activities of federal, state and local government, we should at the very least allow citizens to spend a fraction of that amount to speak out about how the government should spend their money."

There is no moral equivalency.  This bastard perverted the intention of the Founders by ensuring the corporation has more power than the citizenry.  This nazi and those who think like him are granting personhood to a legal entity, the corporation.  The Founders would not recognize the country they spawned at great personal cost.

"Ho's opinion put him closely in tune with the Trump administration, which has made a priority of destroying the "administrative state."

What the nazi element is not so cleverly doing is turning our formerly great country from a democratic republic into a national socialistic, that is, fascist police-state run and owned by the corporate management suite.  Un-American.  Nazi.  Founders?  Spinning in their graves.

"Richard Hasen, a voting rights expert and law professor at the University of California, Irvine, is also among those taking note of Ho, in part because of his unusually aggressive approach for someone new to the bench."

Worse than that, far worse than that, this nazi jurist is legislating his perverse ideological and religious views from the bench.

"Rather than doing what lower federal courts are supposed to do — apply binding Supreme Court precedent — Judge Ho went out of his way to express his agreement with Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas's views of how campaign finance cases should be resolved," Hasen said."

He's emulating one of his mentors, the Thomas nazi, who fraudulently attained his seat by lying like hell during confirmation hearings decades ago.

"Ho also is setting himself apart from a more conventional appellate judge in the way he directs his attention toward big, strategic criticism about the size of government as opposed to one focused more on the laws at issue in the case, Hasen said."

Translation?  He's legislating his ideological views from the bench.  Not impartially adjudicating issues.

"Judge Ho moved fully from a legal role to a policy one when he told readers of his opinion that if they did not like big money in politics, the solution was not campaign finance reform but shrinking the size of government," he said.  "This struck me as wholly apart from his judicial role, and while I believe it would be perfectly fine for Judge Ho to give a speech or write an article on such a question, the view should not have been included in a formal legal opinion."

Again, this goes directly to nazi judges legislating their outrageously perverse religious and ideological views from the bench, while falsely claiming to be impartial.  Crock of shit.  Third, if you shrink the size of government in a corporate state, you empower the oligarchs who run and own the system.  Precisely, what this goddamned nazi wants and expects.  So does the Trump nazi and his henchmen.

"Orin Kerr, a law professor at the University of Southern California, seemed to agree. Kerr tweeted that Ho's law clerks "should have urged" he remove a passage "that reads like a politician's op-ed."

    "Jim Ho's law clerks should have urged that he take this passage out. It reads like a politician's op-ed, not a legal opinion; judges should stick to law.
    — Orin Kerr (@OrinKerr) April 19, 2018"

Forget?  A national socialist, fascist, nazi judge is a politician.  Not a jurist.

"Ho's old friend, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, has been impressed enough to suggest Ho would be a good fit for the Supreme Court, noting the high court has never had an Asian-American justice."

Jesus Christ.  "Screws Loose" Cruz has his head figuratively securely lodged up his nazi ass.  A clueless nazi who legislates his outrageously perverse ideological and religious views on the bench would make a derelict jurist.  Doesn't make a damn bit difference what a judge's ethnicity happens to be.  What truly matters is impartiality.  This nazi sorely lacks it.  Consider the following:

"Earlier this month, Ho weighed in on a case that challenged a Texas law that requires cremation or burial of "fetal remains." Texas maintained there was no real cost to patients or clinics because the state's Conference of Catholic Bishops said it would do the burials for free or for a modest fee."

Beside the point.  Who the hell are the bishops to force their outrageously perverse religious views on anyone?  Worse, and ferociously pointedly, who the hell is a judge to placate these bastards?

"The dispute made its way back to court, where a district judge sided with the plaintiffs and against the Conference of Catholic Bishops. Ho voted, successfully, to block the lower court's order.  "It's hard to imagine a better example of how far we have strayed from the text and original understanding of the Constitution than this case," Ho wrote in a concurring opinion." The First Amendment expressly guarantees the free exercise of religion--including the right of the bishops to express their profound objection to the moral tragedy of abortion."

This clueless, hopelessly ignorant jackass missed the point.  The bishops have every right to express an opinion.  What these bastards don't have the right to do is force that opinion on the rest of us.  This nazi judge, in his ruling did precisely that.  He's unfit to sit on the bench.  Not qualified.

Even when the Nazi Right opines on the right side of a constitutional issue, they get it right for partisan reasons, not the rule of law and supremacy of the Constitution.  Get this:

"More recently, in a case involving the ban on interstate handgun sales, Ho complained "the Second Amendment continues to be rated as a 'second class' right," borrowing language from his mentor, Clarence Thomas, and new Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.  "Law-abiding Americans should not be conflated with dangerous criminals," Ho added. "Constitutional rights must not give way to hoplophobia."  The Urban Dictionary defines that term as an "irrational, morbid fear of guns."

The same can be said of Nazi Republicans.  The Second Amendment is abundantly clear.  The right to bear arms is not to be abridged law-abiding citizens.  Yet, it is.  All the time.  No open carry in all fifty states.  No concealed carry without a license.  That's goddamned bullshit.  Why should a law-abiding citizen with no criminal history have to jump through hoops to be armed in public?

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Trump remains achingly delusional.  Full of himself.  Worse?  Full of shit.  Get this.  ABC News reports:

"President Donald Trump in Iowa Thursday assured farmers feeling the fallout from his trade war that he has achieved major gains in bringing countries to the negotiating table with threats of tariffs and doubled down on some of his tough rhetoric targeting China."

Simply, not true.  A lie.  Wishful thinking.  Doesn't jive with reality.

Gets worse:

"China is doing a little number, they want to attack the farm belt because they know the farmers love me," Trump said. "And I said they're not going to win, just so you understand. We have all the cards, we're going to win."

Insanity.  Trump is delusional.  His proposed financial bailout of farmers and ranchers is only a drop in the bucket.  Worse?  Courtesy of looted taxpayers who foot the bill for the insane actions of the Trump nazi.

"Speaking with ABC News Wednesday, farmers across the state said that Chinese retaliatory tariffs have already caused major losses for their operations."

Trump can't, won't be confused with the truth.

"One hog farmer said he estimates tariffs are costing him about $25-30 per pig, while corn and soybean farmers have faced a 15-20 percent drop in the price of their harvests as well."

Trump is too clueless to understand reality.

"Speaking on a workforce development roundtable at the Northeast Iowa Community college, President Trump was confident in his defense of his trade battles, slamming past "worst-ever made" past trade deals reached between the U.S. and other countries."

Not the way to go about solving the problem.  Farmers, ranchers, taxpayers, and consumers are the victims of this achingly clueless nazi.

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Rosenstein impeachment goes nowhere.  NPR reports:

"The effort of some House conservatives to impeach the deputy attorney general sputtered within Congress on Thursday, but the political story will likely rage on.  House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and other GOP leaders made clear that the House would not schedule a vote to impeach Rod Rosenstein as a small group of his opponents had formally proposed on Wednesday.  "I don't think we should be cavalier with this process or with this term," Ryan told reporters.  Attorney General Jeff Sessions and others hailed Rosenstein, and he appeared to remain safe in his job.  The Justice Department has made no official comment about the showdown."

What could they say?

"Rosenstein's antagonists, however, led by Republicans Mark Meadows of North Carolina and Jim Jordan of Ohio, have vowed that they will continue to pursue the effort and keep up their campaign against Rosenstein and the Justice Department, which they argue are stonewalling requests for information about the 2016 elections investigations."

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Why is Turkey still a member of NATO?  Consider the following.  NPR reports:

"Two years after a military uprising failed to topple Turkey's leader, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has a tighter grip on power than ever. A three-month state of emergency imposed after the military's July 2016, coup attempt was extended multiple times, but was allowed to expire last week. Even so, the government's crackdown on suspected opponents, known in Turkey as "the purge," continues.

Erdogan is no more than a tin horn dictator.  Despite the strategic value of Turkey to NATO, an extremely brutal dictator in NATO is far more than an inconvenience to this alliance.  Ball and chain.

"On July 15, Erdogan marked the second anniversary of the failed coup with multiple events. At one, he stood on a bridge crossing the Bosporus Strait and reminded a large crowd of the civilians who had confronted tanks and bullets on that bridge two years earlier. Some 250 people were killed, a lesson Erdogan said Turkey would never forget.  "July 15th showed us once again who are friends of Turkey, even at difficult times," he said. "We as a nation have a very strong memory."

What exceptionally brutal dictator doesn't?

"That memory also extends to those considered enemies. So far, the purge has seen more than 130,000 people sacked from their jobs in the military, police, civil service and academia. Tens of thousands more face charges."

This son of a bitch is highly reminiscent of Vladimir Putin, -- the Trump nazi's good buddy.

"Many are charged with having ties to the exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen, a former Erdogan ally who lives in the United States. Turkey blames Gulen for the coup attempt. The government has dubbed Gulen's movement "FETO," short for "Fethullah Terrorist Organization." Gulen denies any involvement in the failed coup.  Ankara has asked Washington to extradite Gulen back to Turkey to face charges, but thus far, the U.S. has not acted on the extradition request. It's one of several sore points that have strained U.S.-Turkish relations."

Think the Trump nazi won't eventually honor the extradition request?  Forget?  The nazi son of a bitch in the Oval Office recently 'fistbumped' the Turkish dictator, congratulating him at a NATO conference on his brutal tactics.

"Critics of the purge say it has swept up not only coup supporters but also Erdogan's political opponents. Some of those charged with crimes — punished for what they say is legitimate criticism of the government's policies — say the state of emergency may be over, but the purge shows no sign of finishing."

Think the same won't be soon underway here in Trump's Fourth Reich?

"So the state of emergency may be ending, but the mentality will continue," says Akin Atalay, chief executive of the Cumhuriyet newspaper, a publication that has been around almost as long as the Turkish Republic.  More than 170 media outlets have been closed since the coup attempt, but Cumhuriyet's secular, nationalist editorial line continues to survive. It has not, however, escaped the government's crackdown."

Think Trump and his fellow nazis aren't attempting the same here?

"Atalay and more than a dozen others at the paper — journalists, editors, cartoonists, lawyers — have been convicted on terrorism-related charges. They continue working while they press their appeals. Even considering Turkey's long history of military coups and repression of dissent, Atalay says what's happening now is unprecedented.  "It's the most anti-democratic I've seen it," he says in an interview at the newspaper's Istanbul offices. "Critics are thrown in jail, all dissent is under oppression all the time."

Delusionally believe remarkably similar tactics aren't developing right here in Trump's Fourth Reich?

"He says in today's Turkey, there are "thoughts they allow you to think, and other thoughts you are not allowed to think. And if you dare to think it and voice it, you're going to be punished."

Why do you think Trump's concertedly, deliberately, determinedly shitting on the press right here in the Fourth Reich?

"Erdogan was re-elected in late June, winning another five years in office and gaining new powers in the process. Following a referendum last year, the Turkish presidency is stronger than ever, wielding broad executive authority formerly held by the prime minister, a position now abolished.  The new system, critics say, provides very few checks on presidential power."

Think the very same isn't happening right here in Nazi America?  Truly believe the Legislative and Judicial Branches are effectively acting as check and balance on the Trump nazi?

"Parliament — led by a coalition between Erdogan's AK Party and the nationalist MHP — is cooperative, and the judiciary, Atalay says, has been "crushed." When the sentences were handed down against the Cumhuriyet journalists in April, Human Rights Watch said the courts were acting as "willing handmaidens for state repression."

Delusionally believe the same isn't happening right here in Trump's Fourth Reich?

"The only apparent restraint on presidential power appears to be the fear of economic fallout."

Trump nazi's Achilles Heel as well.

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Think women are safe giving birth in the United States?  CBS News reports:

"A USA Today investigation finds the United States is the "most dangerous place to give birth in the developed world." Every year in the U.S., more than 50,000 mothers are severely injured during or after childbirth and 700 die. USA Today's investigation, "Deadly Deliveries," claims women are dying and suffering life-altering injuries during childbirth because hospitals are not following long-known safety measures."

Why not?

"Maternal death in the United States has been steadily rising. The U.S. now has the highest rate in the developed world. USA Today conducted a four-year investigation into the nation's hospital maternity wards and spoke to several families who lost loved ones and to women who were permanently harmed during their deliveries."

At a time when healthcare costs remain at record highs.

"In one example, Ali Lowry had internal bleeding after having a baby by C-section. It took medical staff hours to act on the warning signs, and in that time she nearly bled to death. Ali needed a hysterectomy to stop the bleeding. She and her husband, Shaun, sued Knox Community Hospital in Ohio and settled out of court. The doctor and hospital denied wrongdoing, and Knox Community told CBS News it could not comment on the case due to patient privacy laws."

Convenient excuse, isn't it?

"Experts say that about 50 percent of the deaths of women from childbirth-related causes could be prevented if they were given better medical care and that's a really surprising thing given that we're one of the wealthiest countries in the world and we spend so much on medical care. We're not just talking about the women who die, we're talking about 50,000 U.S. women who are suffering life-altering harms," USA Today investigative reporter Alison Young told "CBS This Morning" on Thursday."

Unbridled greed coupled with a 'don't give a shit attitude.'

"Young said the two leading causes of childbirths deaths and injuries are hemorrhage and severe hypertension –  which requires hospitals to pay close attention to a patient's blood pressure and blood loss levels. USA Today's investigation found that medical professionals are often "eye-balling" how much blood a woman loses during childbirth instead of measuring it for warning signs that something's not right. The answer? More training."

Think so?  ... Or, is the problem a desperate need for better vetting of healthcare personnel?  Get this:

"These things have been known for many years as things that need to be done but it needs to be made a priority at hospitals," Young said. "One of the things that is being advocated for by groups like the AIM group (Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health Programs) is having checklists."

Jesus Christ.  A Band Aid on an arterial wound.

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Trump is certainly receiving quite a bit of pressure vis a vis the Putin fiasco.  NPR reports:

"Russian President Vladimir Putin won't visit the United States this year after all, the White House said Wednesday, following an earlier invitation by President Trump after their recent summit in Helsinki."


"The president believes that the next bilateral meeting with President Putin should take place after the Russia witch hunt is over, so we've agreed that it will be after the first of the year," national security adviser John Bolton said in a statement released by the administration."

That so?  Believe it?  LOL.

"The White House said last week that Trump had invited Putin to the United States, but the Kremlin had been quiet on the offer. Russian officials had said they might be open to Trump and Putin meeting on the sidelines of an international summit such as the Group of 20, but they had not committed to a trip to Washington, D.C."

Here's why:

"It wasn't immediately clear whether the Kremlin had formally turned down the White House behind the scenes or whether the U.S. decided to foreclose its offer before getting an official answer from Moscow.  It also wasn't clear upon what basis Bolton believes that Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller, whose investigation Trump calls the "witch hunt" to which Bolton alluded, might be finished by Dec. 31.  The special counsel's office does not comment on its work or its schedules.   One unanswered question on Wednesday was whether Bolton's statement effectively amounted to a policy that means Putin cannot come to the United States so long as Mueller's work continues."

Who truly gives a shit?  Time for Mueller to get a move on.

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Bigotry remains alive and well in Nazi America.  The following is appalling.  NPR reports:

"A pair of New Jersey radio hosts have apologized after they were suspended for referring to the state's Sikh attorney general as "turban man" during their Wednesday program."

How does this crap continue to happen?  Unabated.  Unbridled aggressive stupidity.

"WKXW-FM hosts Dennis Malloy and Judi Franco issued a written apology to Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal, who was appointed in January and is the first Sikh in the nation to hold such a post.  On the Wednesday edition of The Dennis & Judi Show, the co-hosts were discussing Grewal's directive to suspend marijuana prosecutions. Malloy said he was unable to remember the attorney general's name, so would refer to him as "the guy with the turban."  "Turban man!" Franco replied."

Jesus Christ.  Gets worse.  Get this:

"If that offends you, then don't wear the turban," Malloy said, "And, maybe I'll remember your name."

How does this shit continue unabated in the current political atmosphere where our formerly great country continues to tear apart at the seams?

"Grewal, who is a first-generation U.S. citizen who grew up in Essex, N.J., responded in a tweet Thursday, "My name, for the record, is Gurbir Grewal. I'm the 61st Attorney General of NJ. I'm a Sikh American. I have 3 daughters. And yesterday, I told them to turn off the radio."  In a subsequent tweet, Grewal wrote, "This is not the first indignity I've faced and it probably won't be the last. Sometimes, I endure it alone. Yesterday, all of New Jersey heard it. It's time to end small-minded intolerance."

Indeed.  Not sustainable.  This country is being torn apart.

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Someone's lying.  Guess who?  The Washington Post reports:

"President Trump on Friday issued a fresh rebuttal against his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, maintaining that he did not know in advance about a June 2016 meeting in which Russians had promised to provide dirt on Hillary Clinton.  The statement, made by Trump in morning tweets, escalates the public feud between the president and his longtime fixer. It comes on the heels of a report by CNN Thursday evening that Cohen has said he is willing to testify that then-candidate Trump knew in advance about the 2016 meeting in Trump Tower.  “I did NOT know of the meeting with my son, Don jr,” Trump declared on Twitter Friday morning."

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Some healthcare professionals fail to understand practice of their profession is not a right, but a privilege.  NBC reports:

"Susanne Koestner was 32 years old, just out of graduate school, and about to start a new job when an unexpected turn of events at her local pharmacy transformed her from a customer into a patient advocate.  Koestner wanted to refill a birth control prescription in her hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico. She had been on birth control since her late teens, and didn't expect to encounter any problems.  But the Walgreens pharmacist refused to fill her prescription — due to his religious beliefs."

F--k his religious beliefs.  They're irrelevant.  If you can't in good conscience fill a prescription, quit your job.  Give up your pharmacy license.  You're not qualified to practice your profession.

"I was shocked and emotional, because it's quite frightening to think that someone has the power to take your legally prescribed medication and not give it you," Koestner said. "It's really frightening that someone who has no knowledge of the situation can just decide, 'I don't want to do this,' and they're making a judgment based on no information."

Not qualified to be a pharmacist.  He's free to embrace whatever religious tenets he chooses, but not force them on anyone else.  Not an issue of freedom of religion, but freedom from it.

"The incident happened in June 2012, when Koestner had been married to her high school sweetheart for five years. The couple were waiting to have kids, especially given that Koestner had just completed her degree in mental health counseling and was just about to begin her career as an adviser and social worker at a nearby community college.  Koestner ended up getting the prescription from another Walgreens about five miles away, but was determined to do whatever she could to help other women from feeling as judged as she did. She filed a complaint through the American Civil Liberties Union alleging sex discrimination, and Walgreens ultimately agreed to a company-wide policy so customers would get prescriptions in a timely matter, even if pharmacists had personal objections to the medication."

Not good enough.  Hasn't solved the problem.  Nor has it resolved the issue.  Not at all.

"But the case highlighted a gray area that many patients have no idea even exists when they go to pick up a prescription.  And in the past month, two similar instances have come to light, both out of Arizona. In the first, a woman who was having a miscarriage was denied a pregnancy-terminating drug at a Walgreens in Peoria; in the second, a transgender woman was denied hormones her doctor had prescribed for her by a CVS in Fountain Hills."

Bastards need to be fired.  Replacements more carefully vetted.  The racist AG Sessions nazi needs to be fighting this shit, not enabling it.

"After Nicole Arteaga, the Peoria woman, was denied her prescription, Walgreens said in a statement that it has a policy that allows pharmacists to step away from filling a prescription for which they have a moral objection.  But it added: "It's important to note in that situation, the pharmacist also is required to refer the prescription to another pharmacist or manager on duty to meet the patient's needs in a timely manner."

That's not happening.  Needs to change.  First Amendment Establishment Clause, church-state separation, that is, freedom from religion is callously ignored.  Any and/or all healthcare professionals enjoy freedom of religion.  No one dictates to them what they must or must not believe, where they can or cannot attend services.  Freedom of religion, however, is not forcing their outrageously perverse views on others by refusing to provide professional services.  Do the right thing.  Walk away from the profession.  You're not qualified.

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Pope finally takes desperately needed action.  About time.  The Washington Post reports:

"Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington and longtime globe-trotting diplomat of the Catholic Church, has resigned his position as a cardinal, the Vatican announced Saturday.  McCarrick, 88, was found by the church in June to be credibly accused of sexually abusing a teenager nearly 50 years ago. Since then, additional reports of sexual abuse and harassment by the cardinal, over a span of decades, have been reported. The victims include one then-minor and three adults, who were young priests or seminarians when McCarrick allegedly abused them.  Pope Francis ordered McCarrick to remain in seclusion, and in prayer, until a church trial considers further sanctions.  McCarrick is the highest ranked U.S. Catholic clergy member to ever be removed from ministry due to sexual abuse allegations, and the first cardinal to fully resign his position since 1927."

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More of the same.  NBC reports:

"Democratic congressional lawmakers on Friday asked the Department of Justice to weigh whether criminal charges should be filed in the death of a Florida father who was gunned down last week in a case of "stand your ground."  Florida Sen. Bill Nelson tweeted that he sent a signed letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore, of the DOJ's civil rights division, for an investigation to be opened. Florida congressmen Charlie Crist and Alcee Hastings, as well as California Sen. Kamala Harris and New Jersey Sen. Corey Booker also signed their support.  "The Justice Department must actively investigate violent crimes with potential racial undertones to determine if charges should be filed," Hastings said in a statement. "Florida's Stand Your Ground law has created a culture of impunity where communities of color are disproportionately affected."  The DOJ declined to comment about the letter."

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No First Amendment Freedom of the Press in the Trump nazi's White House.  The Washington Post reports:

"President Trump has sought repeatedly to punish journalists for the way they ask him questions, directing White House staff to ban those reporters from covering official events or to revoke their press credentials, according to several current and former administration officials.  At various moments throughout his presidency, Trump has vented angrily to aides about what he considers disrespectful behavior and impertinent questions from reporters in the Oval Office and in other venues. He has also asked that retaliatory action be taken against them."

Mark of a nazi dictator.

“These people shouting questions are the worst,” Trump has said, according to a current official. “Why do we have them in here?”

Because that's what reporters do.  Their job.  To inform the public.  Expose fascist, national socialist tyrants like you, Mr. 'President.'

"Until this week, the officials said, Trump’s senior aides have resisted carrying out his directives. They convinced him that moves to restrict media access could backfire and further strain the White House’s fraught relationship with the press corps, whose members the president routinely derides as “fake news” and “dishonest people.”  On Wednesday, however, newly installed Deputy Chief of Staff Bill Shine and press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders took action against CNN correspondent Kaitlan Collins, telling her she could not attend Trump’s open-media event in the Rose Garden because they objected to her questioning of the president earlier in the day."

Mark of a nazi dictator.  Despot.  Resents being questioned.  Challenged.  Tough shit.  Gutless coward.  National socialist.

"The move revealed a fresh willingness inside the West Wing to execute the president’s wishes to punish reporters. It immediately drew a chorus of protest throughout the media, including from Fox News Channel, Trump’s favorite network and Shine’s former employer."

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Think anything's truly changed at Wells Fargo?  The Washington Post reports:

"What Barbara Carroll says was meant to be a quick trip turned into a nearly three-hour ordeal after a Wells Fargo branch accused the 78-year-old black woman of forgery.  Carroll, who holds a doctorate in criminal justice and worked as an assistant bank manager for 17 years, last week filed suit against the country’s third-largest commercial bank, alleging racial discrimination. A Wells Fargo spokeswoman, Michelle Palomino, told The Washington Post that the bank is investigating Carroll’s claim. “Wells Fargo opposes discrimination of any kind,” Palomino said in an email. “We take Dr. Carroll’s allegations very seriously.”

They don't.  If they did, this woman would not have had to sue them.  They would have resolved the issue.  Have not yet resolved my issue with them going on six years now.  LOL.

"In November 2017, Carroll says, she went to a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., branch of the bank to cash a $140 check. Carroll was asked by a teller to present two forms of identification, a standard company policy for non-customers, Palomino said. After she endorsed the check with a signature and a fingerprint, Carroll told The Post, the teller, who was white, turned her back and flipped over the passport and driver’s license to look at them. After waiting 30 minutes on a couch in the back of the building, Carroll said, she knew something was awry.  Carroll told The Post she went to the counter to inquire about the delay. Frustrated with the wait, Carroll asked the teller to return her identification and check. She refused and fetched the manager, Carroll said. The manager also refused to return her items, according to Carroll, and informed her that they had called the police, refusing to explain why they had done so.  After waiting another 30 minutes, Carroll told the teller to keep the check and give back her passport and ID, according to the legal complaint filed by Carroll. The teller refused once more and would not say when the police would arrive, Carroll said."

Got to admit the treatment this woman received was far, far worse than that received by this writer as detailed throughout this publication on a continuing basis.

"While standing in front of the teller, Carroll called 911, and officers came within minutes, according to the complaint.  After she provided the police with six additional forms of identification, Carroll said, the officers told the manager they had found no irregularities. The manager, who Carroll said had previously verified the validity of the check with its writer, placed $140 in cash alongside her identifications on the counter and left.  “That was really insulting to me,” Carroll said. “She did not apologize.”

What did you expect?  Not the way the nazis in Wells Fargo operate.  Precisely, why this publication does all it can to expose these pieces of shit precisely for whom and what they are.  ... Right, Amanda?  LOL.  Not only in this publication, but in emails to a different business each week notifying them of how this bank does business.  Up to Salvo 217, -- and counting.  LOL.

"Carroll told The Post she was disturbed by the experience. As a former banker, she said, she thought the manager’s behavior was irregular and inappropriate."

Not at Wells Fargo.  ... Right, Amanda?  LOL.  -- Don't lie, girl.  LOL.

"In the ensuing days, Carroll lodged a formal complaint with the bank’s corporate office. Carroll told The Post that a representative told her in a phone conversation that the bank branch, which is located in an affluent white area, was notorious for treating black customers poorly. Carroll told The Post that Wells Fargo apologized and placed the two workers in “sensitivity” training. Wells Fargo declined to confirm whether the two were enrolled in training."

In Kingsland, doesn't matter what your ethnicity happens to be.  ... Right, Amanda?  An equal opportunity f--king to be expected.  LOL.

“I was humiliated,” said Carroll, who said she thinks this happened because she is black. “I’m a human being, and I wasn’t treated as I should have been.”  “We always want to make sure we’re doing right by our customers, guarding against fraud and taking extra precautions to protect them,” said Palomino, the spokeswoman."

Crock of shit.  ... Right, Amanda.  Goddamned lie.  Then again, what else is new?  LOL.

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Shoot to kill or maim a Palestinian in occupied territory if you're an Israeli soldier, guess what?  You're considered a hero.  Slap and kick an Israeli soldier if you're a 17-year-old Palestinian girl, guess what?  Do eight months in an Israeli prison gulag.  Anything wrong with this picture?  Anything at all?

NPR reports:

"Seventeen-year-old Palestinian activist Ahed Tamimi has been released from Israeli prison after serving an eight-month sentence for slapping Israeli soldiers during a confrontation that went viral on the Internet. The teen has become a symbol of resistance for many Palestinians; for many Israelis, she's seen as a provocateur."

Since when is it a crime to fight for liberation of territory held by the Israeli aggressor the last seventy years?  ... After Israelite ancestors of that very same aggressor lost it for generations due to their excesses.  -- Only for survivors of the Nazi Holocaust to be conveniently bequeathed it by the United States, the United Nations, and Europe in 1948. Ironically, Nazi justice.  Immediately after Hitler and his bastards had just been defeated.

"Tamini was greeted by jubilant crowds in her village of Nabi Saleh, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, as she smiled and embraced family members.  "Power to the people," she said. "The people can decide their way of resistance." Tamimi called for continued resistance to Israeli occupation.  Last year, her mother posted a video on social media that showed her kicking and slapping Israeli soldiers outside her family home. It went viral and led to her arrest in December. Her trial opened in February at an Israeli military court and in March she agreed to plead guilty to charges including assault."

Big mistake.  Should have told the Israeli aggressor to go to hell.  Chosen to rot in the Israeli gulag for however long it took to get the message across.  Insult to injury, her mother did the same amount of time in an Israeli gulag for posting the video.  Jesus Christ.  Touchy, aren't they?  LOL.

"As part of her agreement, Tamimi pleaded guilty to four counts of assault, including the videotaped slapping of an Israeli soldier," according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz. "In addition to the eight month jail sentence, she was to pay a fine of 5,000 shekels ($1,437)." Her mother Nariman was also released on Sunday."

Always a mistake to cave in, acquiesce to an aggressor.  Reinforces jackbooted nazi behavior.  ... Right, Sheriff?

"Asked if she'd do it again — slap the soldiers the way she did — Tamimi said she couldn't say much for fear of re-arrest. "I hope that the occupation will be gone so I won't even think about doing these things again," she added."

That's not going to happen any time soon.  Until the government of the United States finally wakes up, stops supporting the Israeli aggressor, nothing will change.  Sadly, there will be more unwanted dreaded carnage.  ... Think Texans themselves wouldn't fight like hell if Mexico attempted to retake our state?  Think armed Texans would wait for the U.S. military to arrive?

"Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met with Tamimi and her family after her release. According to a statement released by the official Wafa news agency, Abbas "praised Ahed and described her as a model of the Palestinian struggle for freedom, independence and statehood."

That's right.  We're on the wrong side of history.  Perpetrating an unspeakable injustice on the Palestinians.  Fueling ongoing conflict in the region.  When will we smarten up?  This could have been handled far differently in 1948.  Should have been fully negotiated by all parties including the Palestinians.  Should have been able to find a way to live side by side in the region.  Instead, Israel will ultimately lose at some point in the future.

"Tamimi's protest gained international attention and many human rights groups were critical of her detention. Amnesty International called her release "welcome news" but stressed that other Palestinian minors are facing difficult circumstances in Israeli prisons."

Their gulags are no better than ours in Nazi America.  ... Right, Sheriff?

"Ahed Tamimi's release must not obscure the familiar and continuing story of the Israeli military using discriminatory policies to lock up Palestinian children," said Saleh Higazi, the head of Amnesty's Jerusalem office. "Her unjust imprisonment is a reminder of how the Israeli occupation uses the arbitrary military courts to punish those who challenge the occupation and illegal settlements expansion policies, without any regard to age."

Same happens right here in Nazi America.  ... Right, Sheriff?  No justice.

The Israeli aggressor remains hopelessly clueless:

"Israeli Cabinet minister Uri Ariel told The Associated Press that he thinks Israel should respond more strictly.  "I think Israel acts too mercifully with these types of terrorists. Israel should treat harshly those who hit its soldiers," he told the wire service. "We can't have a situation where there is no deterrence. Lack of deterrence leads to the reality we see now ... we must change that."

No,  Mr. Ariel. Wake up.  It's blatant theft of Palestinian land 70 years ago, land your ancestors rightfully lost generations ago, that is the problem.  Prime mover in this ongoing struggle.  Precisely, why the State of Israel will likely, needlessly, sadly be destroyed at some point in the future when the United States finally wakes up.  Withdraws all financial and military support.  Your nuclear stockpile won't be enough to ensure your survival.  Will only take everyone in the region down with you.

"Ahed's father Bassem Tamimi, who is also a well-known activist, has told NPR that her altercation with soldiers happened shortly after her cousin was shot in the head with rubber bullet as he was climbing the wall of a complex that Israeli soldiers had taken control of.  He said her protest was an understandable response to growing up watching her relatives be killed and wounded."

The Israeli aggressor is not just using rubber bullets.  Wake up.  We're on the wrong side of history.  That entire region is a powder keg.  No good will come of any of this.  Just more misery and death.  More injustice.  No peace.

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No end to insanity emanating from the Trump nazi.  NPR reports:

"President Trump on Sunday intensified his assaults on media organizations that cover him and his administration, dismissing them as unpatriotic and irresponsible."

For reporting the truth?  Exposing the nazi for precisely whom and what he is?

"The attacks followed a tweet from the president in which he revealed that he had met the publisher of The New York Times, A.G. Sulzberger, and outlined some details of their conversation.  Trump tweeted that the two discussed "the vast amounts of Fake News being put out by the media & how that Fake News has morphed into phrase, "Enemy of the People." Sad!"

Unlike the Trump nazi, the Founders understood the value of a free press.  -- How essential free media is to the survival of a democratic republic.  Precisely, why they enshrined it in the First Amendment.

Here's Trump's tweet:

    "Had a very good and interesting meeting at the White House with A.G. Sulzberger, Publisher of the New York Times. Spent much time talking about the vast amounts of Fake News being put out by the media & how that Fake News has morphed into phrase, “Enemy of the People.” Sad!
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2018"

"That drew a sharp response from Sulzberger rebutting the president. According to a statement from the Times, the July 20 meeting was off the record at the request of White House aides. But when the president disclosed the meeting via Twitter, Sulzberger said the off-the-record deal was no longer in effect.  "I told the president directly that I thought that his language was not just divisive but increasingly dangerous," Sulzberger said in the statement, which also revealed that the meeting was also attended by James Bennet, the editorial page editor for the Times.  "I told him that although the phrase 'fake news' is untrue and harmful, I am far more concerned about his labeling journalists 'the enemy of the people,'" Sulzberger said. "I warned that this inflammatory language is contributing to a rise in threats against journalists and will lead to violence."  Sulzberger said throughout their conversation he made clear that if the president had qualms with the coverage of his administration, he was "free to tell the world." But Sulzberger said he implored Trump to reconsider his attacks on journalism, which Sulzberger called "dangerous and harmful to our country."

What it is remains raw nazism by an out of control tyrant who presents an exigent threat to life, liberty, all civil and constitutional rights and liberties.

"While the president's first tweet seemed to imply the meeting was positive — he called it "good and interesting" — by Sunday afternoon, he was off on a Twitter tirade, seemingly in response to Sulzberger's statement. "I will not allow our great country to be sold out by anti-Trump haters in the dying newspaper industry," he wrote at one point."

Trump gives himself far too much credit.  What those of us who strongly oppose him hate is not Trump himself, but the national socialism, fascism, nazism the tyrant embraces.

Here's the true insanity:

"When the media - driven insane by their Trump Derangement Syndrome - reveals internal deliberations of our government, it truly puts the lives of many, not just journalists, at risk!" Trump tweeted. "Very unpatriotic! Freedom of the press also comes with a responsibility to report the news ... accurately."

This man is nuts.  A lunatic.  Ludicrously, he's got it completely ass backwards.  LOL.  Engages in insane rhetoric that does not match reality.  Lies like hell.  Repeatedly contradicts himself.  Wake up.  That's not conjecture.  It's fact.  Published throughout all media, including in this publication week after week.  Bottom line?  Trump has no credibility.  None at all.  Lies like hell.  Worse?  Far worse?  Lacks mental stability.

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Continuing with the insanity, get this.  It's laughable.  The Washington Post reports:

"President Trump on Tuesday lashed out at the “Koch brothers,” saying the conservative political funding and policy network has “become a total joke in real Republican circles” and is “highly overrated.”

Delusionally, believe Trump's fellow Republicans agree?  LOL.

"The president’s assessment, made in a flurry of morning tweets, followed a weekend gathering at which top officials affiliated with billionaire industrialist Charles Koch sought to distance the network from Trump and his base in the Republican Party, citing tariff and immigration policies and “divisive” rhetoric out of Washington."

Clearly, Koch sees the handwriting on the wall.  ... The insanity as well.

"On Monday, the network also announced that it does not currently plan to support Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer in his effort to unseat Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, one of the most vulnerable Democrats up for reelection this November. That decision was at odds with Trump, who campaigned for Cramer at a rally in Fargo last month.  “The globalist Koch Brothers, who have become a total joke in real Republican circles, are against Strong Borders and Powerful Trade,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “I never sought their support because I don’t need their money or bad ideas.”

Good to see there's, indeed, growing dissent within Republican ranks.  Maybe we'll finally see some desperately needed change.  Wouldn't hold my breath, however.  LOL.

"Trump asserted that the Kochs “love” some of his policies, including tax cuts and conservative picks for federal courts. But he said the Kochs were being driven by a desire to “protect their companies outside the U.S. from being taxed.”  “I’m for America First & the American Worker — a puppet for no one,” Trump said. “Two nice guys with bad ideas. Make America Great Again!”

Trump couldn't care less about making anything great other than himself.  To say nothing of lining his bottomless pockets.  LOL.

    "The globalist Koch Brothers, who have become a total joke in real Republican circles, are against Strong Borders and Powerful Trade. I never sought their support because I don’t need their money or bad ideas. They love my Tax & Regulation Cuts, Judicial picks & more. I made.....
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 31, 2018

    ....them richer. Their network is highly overrated, I have beaten them at every turn. They want to protect their companies outside the U.S. from being taxed, I’m for America First & the American Worker - a puppet for no one. Two nice guys with bad ideas. Make America Great Again!
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 31, 2018"

Full of shit, -- to say nothing of himself.  This, the best the Republicans have to offer?

"Trump’s comments mark the first aggressive attack on the Koch network since the 2016 presidential campaign, when he criticized Koch-backed politicians as “puppets” and when the network pointedly declined to endorse him as the GOP presidential candidate.  The tension between Trump and the most powerful network of donors for the political right highlights the tortured relationship between the Republican president and the powerful network that has worked for years to help elect like-minded conservatives."

They're not 'conservatives.'  They're national socialists, fascists, nazis.  Make Ronald Reagan look like a liberal.  LOL.

Get this.  Carefully, consider it:

"During a television interview Tuesday, Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel also took shots at the Koch network, saying it was “very disappointing to see yesterday that they are not going to support Kevin Cramer in this all too-important North Dakota Senate race.”  “They’re ideologues,” McDaniel said of the network. “They’re not just supporting Republicans. They’re also supporting Democrats.”

Fascinating take, isn't it?  Partisanship at its very worst.  LOL.  Good to see dissension in GOP ranks, however.  Too bad Democrats remain incapable of smartening up.  LOL.

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More Trump insanity.  Of Twilight Zone calibre.  LOL.  The Washington Post reports:

"The Treasury Department is considering a tax cut for the wealthiest Americans through a change that would not need approval from Congress, officials said, a move that would follow a package of tax cuts last year that also benefited the super-rich."

Think Trump's a populist?

"The agency is studying whether to allow investment income, known as capital gains, to be adjusted for inflation in a way that shields more of it from taxation. Most capital gains are paid by wealthier Americans, who disproportionately hold large portfolios of investments.  But the use of executive power on such a significant change to the tax law would be highly unusual and could be vulnerable to a legal challenge. Senior administration officials have discussed whether to proceed but have not concluded they have legal authority to do so. The move was rejected during the George H.W. Bush administration because it was seen as outside the scope of Treasury’s authority and only attainable via an act of Congress."

Not to the Trump nazi and his henchmen.  Forget?  Tyrants rock in Nazi America.  LOL.

"The idea has long been advocated by White House National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow, but tax changes this drastic are typically made by Congress, not the Treasury and Internal Revenue Service. Still, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told the New York Times in an interview that he was reviewing whether to move ahead if Congress doesn’t act on its own.  “If it can’t get done through a legislation process, we will look at what tools at Treasury we have to do it on our own and we’ll consider that,” Mnuchin told the New York Times. “We are studying that internally, and we are also studying the economic costs and the impact on growth.”

Raw nazism.  Renegade tyrant.

"Republicans passed a massive package of tax cuts last year that lowered the tax rate for all income groups, with big benefits going to wealthy Americans and businesses. Despite mounting worries from lawmakers about the growing federal deficit, Trump said earlier this year that Congress was going to try to pass another package of tax cuts this year that would be largely targeted at helping the middle class. Senate Republicans have not signaled how they plan to proceed.

“Once again, Republicans have exposed the true priorities of their tax scam: billions in tax breaks for the wealthiest at the expense of everyone else,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said in a statement. “American families are drowning under the weight of stagnant wages, higher health costs and soaring prescription drug costs, but the GOP continues to pick their pockets to give more handouts to the wealthiest 1 percent.”

While Pelosi is out to lunch on much of what she stands for, she's right on this.  When Trump's sick sycophants finally realize their fuhrer is no more than a clueless charlatan, much will change.  Deficit and national debt are indeed skyrocketing with Trump's last tax package.  To say nothing of what the cost to consumers will be if the nazi doesn't back off on the tariff fiasco.  There'll come a time when his supporters will finally understand he's no more than a sad, sick sham.  Smoke and mirrors.  Certainly, no populist.

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Think our government and its laws aren't totally f--ked up?  Carefully, consider the following.  NPR reports:

"With less than two years before the start of the 2020 census, the U.S. government is back on the market for a new contractor to print forms and letters for the upcoming national head count.  Last week Justice Department attorneys ended a $61 million contract the U.S. Government Publishing Office had awarded to the now-bankrupt printing company Cenveo, as part of a settlement agreement approved by a federal bankruptcy judge in New York. Citing the constitutional requirement to count every person living in the U.S. once a decade, DOJ attorneys concluded that "it is in the public interest" to terminate the contract.  The Census Bureau is paying Cenveo $5.5 million "to resolve all disputes" related to the ending of the contract, according to an order by Judge Robert Drain of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York."

Not clear why the taxpayers should be on the hook to pay anything at all.  After all, it was Cenveo that went bankrupt.  Couldn't deliver on the contract it signed.  Congress needs to take a careful look at bankruptcy statutes.

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Let the games begin.  -- To say nothing of the insanity.  ... Unlike Trump's insanity, however, indeed method to this madness.  LOL.  NPR reports:

"Most tax and bank fraud cases are built on stacks of bland business documents and Internal Revenue Service paperwork — hardly the stuff of international intrigue.  But the trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, which began Tuesday in a suburban Washington, D.C., courthouse, promises to upend those low expectations.  Lawyers working for special counsel Robert Mueller plan to call witnesses they say demonstrate where Manafort spent his allegedly ill-gotten gains: custom-made suits; Persian rugs; landscaping fees; Land Rovers and Mercedes-Benz vehicles; and season tickets to the New York Yankees, among other items."

While ill-gotten gains should be prosecuted, think they're the true target of Mueller and his team?

"It's what may not come up much during the trial in Alexandria, Va., that will draw attention from all over the world: Manafort's work for candidate Donald Trump for a critical period in 2016 when Trump clinched the Republican nomination for president.  In pretrial arguments, prosecutor Greg Andres told the court the government would only bring up Manafort's campaign work in the context of a witness from a bank who gave him a loan, with the expectation that the banker would win consideration for a post in the Trump administration.  "I don't anticipate that a government witness will utter the word 'Russia,' " Andres said.  Manafort's defense team has argued any mention of Trump could be seized on by jurors who have an unfavorable view of the president.  "Evidence or argument relating to Mr. Manafort's work for then-candidate Trump's campaign in 2016 or the Special Counsel's investigation of the campaign's alleged collusion with the Russian government is wholly irrelevant to whether Mr. Manafort's personal income tax returns were false, whether he willfully failed to file reports of foreign accounts, and whether he conspired to commit, or committed, bank fraud," defense lawyers wrote."

Hard to believe the true objective of Mueller entails simply the above.  Likely, little more than a means to an end.  Get Manafort to flip on the Trump Russian fiasco.  Methodically, use a conviction on the above irrelevant charges to pressure Manafort on giving up his fuhrer, the Trump nazi on the Putin disaster.  Think that'll happen?  Hasn't to date, but we'll see.  No matter what, should be an interesting trial.

Clearly, Trump is now obstructing justice.  Has effectively asked the Justice Department to end the Mueller investigation.  The Washington Post reports:

"President Trump on Wednesday said Attorney General Jeff Sessions should terminate the investigation into Russian election interference “right now” and called the prosecution of his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort “a hoax.”  In several inflammatory tweets, Trump escalated his attacks on the investigation, led by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, that includes examining whether Trump’s campaign coordinated with Russia and whether Trump has obstructed the probe.  The tweets come at a particularly sensitive time in the investigation, as a federal jury in Virginia is hearing evidence in Manafort’s trial on tax evasion and fraud charges.

    "..This is a terrible situation and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further. Bob Mueller is totally conflicted, and his 17 Angry Democrats that are doing his dirty work are a disgrace to USA!
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 1, 2018

    "Paul Manafort worked for Ronald Reagan, Bob Dole and many other highly prominent and respected political leaders. He worked for me for a very short time. Why didn’t government tell me that he was under investigation. These old charges have nothing to do with Collusion - a Hoax!
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 1, 2018"

His shysters are already deceptively massaging the truth, brilliantly downplaying Trump's tweets and their intent.  ... Getting precisely what you paid for, aren't you, Mr. 'President?'  LOL.

"But in an interview Wednesday, two of Trump’s lawyers said Trump was not ordering Sessions to take any specific action.  “The president has issued no order or direction to the Department of Justice on this,” Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow said, adding that the president is allowed to express his opinion on Twitter.  “I think it’s very well-established the president uses tweets to express his opinion,” added Trump lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani. “He very carefully used the word ‘should.’”

Expect anything less from a slick shyster bastard?  LOL.

"A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment about Trump’s call for Sessions to end the investigation."


"Though Trump has previously called for an end to Mueller’s probe, Wednesday’s tweets were the most direct aimed at Sessions — and they drew sharp criticism, including from some members of Trump’s own party."

You think?  Called obstruction.

"Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said it “was entirely inappropriate and intemperate” for Trump to make such a request of Sessions."


"Mueller was appointed special counsel by Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein after Sessions recused himself from the probe, citing his work on Trump’s 2016 campaign.  To end the investigation, Sessions would either have to violate his recusal or announce that he is ending it.  “The only person who could fire Mueller is Rod Rosenstein, who is bound by Justice Department guidances that specify that he would have to have good cause, and it would have to be reported to Congress,” Collins said."

So far, Rosenstein has stood tall.  Hopefully, that will continue.

"Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), a former prosecutor, said Trump’s tweets on Wednesday could help build a case of obstruction of justice against Trump.  “It seems even more vivid and serious evidence of criminal intent to obstruct justice — whether it is obstruction itself or not, it certainly indicated intent,” Blumenthal said.   “There is now highly credibly evidence that the president of the United States is committing obstruction of justice in real time, right before our eyes.”  “I have no doubt that the United States Department of Justice is going to do its job, and the special counsel is going to persevere with undiminished dedication,” he added."

Need a good laugh?  Get this:

"He later raised the question of whether Manafort was being treated worse than Alphonse “Al” Capone, misspelling the American gangster’s name in a tweet.  “Looking back on history, who was treated worse, Alfonse Capone, legendary mob boss, killer and ‘Public Enemy Number One,’ or Paul Manafort, political operative & Reagan/Dole darling, now serving solitary confinement - although convicted of nothing? Where is the Russian Collusion?” Trump wrote."

Day is night, night is day, and shit smells perversely sweet in the world of the Trump nazi.

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Think government in a democratic republic should be free to medicate incarcerated refugee children without parental consent or court order?  NPR reports:

"A federal judge in Los Angeles has ordered the Trump administration to seek consent before administering psychotropic drugs to immigrant children held in a facility in Texas.  U.S. District Judge Dolly M. Gee ruled that the government was in violation of a court decree dating to the mid-1980's known as the Flores settlement which governs the treatment of detained immigrant children. There are more than 10,000 minors in federal custody. The vast majority of them arrived at the southern border unaccompanied from Central America long before the current controversy over separated families created by the Trump administration's zero-tolerance immigration policy. The settlement required the government to hold youths in the least restrictive setting possible."

Should go without saying in a democratic republic.  Not how things work in Trump's Fourth Reich, however.

"Lawyers argued that the children at the Shiloh Residential Treatment Center in Manvel, Texas, were administered powerful psychotropic drugs without any explanation to them. Such drugs are used to treat a range of conditions from schizophrenia to depression. In some cases, children allegedly were told that if they didn't take the drugs their detention periods would be prolonged."

Trump and his henchmen are certainly emulating their national socialist mentors, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini.

"Judge Gee says the government must get parental consent or a court order before giving children psychotropic drugs, unless it is an emergency. The judge also ordered the government to explain to the children in writing why they are being detained. She also ruled that the government cannot detain a minor only for "reported gang involvement."  In addition, Gee ordered that all youths covered under the Flores ruling be removed from the Shiloh Residential Treatment Center unless a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist determines that a minor poses a risk to himself or others."

Don't Republicans claim to be the party of the family?  Think so?

"The judge's ruling follows another decision issued Friday in which she said she would appoint an independent monitor to oversee the facilities where immigrant children are detained."

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Think government capable of doing much of anything right any longer?  LOL.  NPR reports:

"Hospice services can play a big role, relieving pain and providing spiritual and emotional support. But a federal report published Tuesday synthesized patient and Medicare payment data going back to 2005 and found that, while patients generally can count on hospice to relieve their suffering, some hospice providers are bilking Medicare and neglecting patients.  The report calls for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which is a key player in the funding of hospice services, to increase its level of scrutiny to improve the detection of these problems."

Isn't that, in fact, one of the legitimate functions of government?  To police providers?  Could it be someone was being paid off?  Bribed?

"While patients can generally count on hospice to relieve their suffering, the report shows that sometimes patient needs have been ignored.  "We found that hospices provide fewer services on the weekends than during the week," Harrison says. "Far fewer, actually. And patients would have pain on weekends just as well as they have it on weekdays."

Fascinating, isn't it?  Must not be forgotten these people are dying.  Should not be treated or cared for at the convenience of providers.

"There were other forms of neglect noted in the report. For example, one hospice billed Medicare for more than two weeks of high-level care without ever visiting the patient. They'd just call his family and ask how he was doing."

Jesus Christ.  Where are Medicare inspectors, investigators, etc.?

"The federal reviewers also discovered that some hospice providers would seek out patients who live in nursing homes or assisted living. Those settings allowed them to bill Medicare for a level of service that some patients didn't need, but that cost the government almost 4 times as much as basic, in-home care."

Isn't that fraud?

"As a result, in 2012 alone, Medicare paid $268 million for expensive, inpatient hospice care for patients who didn't need it."

How is it government is extremely proficient in looting traffic 'offenders' for offenses they did not commit to line government coffers, yet can't catch providers who defraud Medicare?  ... Right, Sheriff?

"The report also highlights how some hospice companies make money by outright fraud. Derrick Jackson, a longtime HHS investigator, recalls a 2014 case where a Mississippi hospice owner signed up clients who were not terminally ill and therefore didn't qualify for hospice. The owner was sentenced to nearly six years in prison and had to pay back almost $8 million."

Not good enough.  Should have forfeited all personal assets in addition to having his or her license permanently revoked.

"Jackson says the patients in this case didn't even know they had enrolled in hospice. "Often these hospice owners will market themselves as 'we will clean your house for free' — in other words, a housecleaning service. Other times, he says, the new clients were elderly, isolated people who just wanted "someone to come over and sit down and talk with them."

With sufficient investigators and follow up, this shit should not be an issue.

Worse?  Get this:

"The consequences of enrolling in hospice when you don't need it are serious, says Harrison.  "When a patient does elect hospice care, they are waiving their right for Medicare payment for curative treatment," she says. "So, in effect, they're giving up curative care. And if they don't know they're doing that, they could be making not the best choice for their future."

Must not be forgotten these folks are seriously ill, some dying.  Desperately need proper care.

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Think racism isn't alive and well in Nazi America?  CBS News reports:

"Four Florida paramedics, accused of refusing to care for a patient and racially profiling her, will face a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday. The Hillsborough County fire responders allegedly failed to check Crystle Galloway's vital signs.  "They never took blood pressure. They never took her temperature. They never checked any of her vitals," said Nicole Black, Galloway's mother.  Black said she called 911 on the morning of July 4 after finding her 30-year-old daughter slumped over the bathtub, drooling through swollen lips, reports CBS News correspondent Jericka Duncan. Galloway had given birth via cesarean section just days earlier.  "Exactly what happened now?" the 911 dispatcher could be heard asking over the call.  "She just had a baby three days ago. And she had a big C-section, so she's passed out in there and I don't know what's going on," Black responded."

Gets worse.  Far worse:

"Medics arrived at Galloway's third floor condo and carried her downstairs.  "They kept asking her over and over, 'Do you want to go to the hospital? Do you want to go to the hospital?' She kept begging and telling them yes," Black said. But instead of the ambulance, Black said they placed her daughter in her car.  "They were too busy or too caught up in convincing us that she couldn't afford it… There was reference to, 'Didn't you just have a newborn baby? Do you really want to spend $600 to go three blocks?'" Black recounted. "'Oh, have you been drinking? Were you guys celebrating Fourth of July? Is that why your head hurts?'"  Her mother drove Galloway to the hospital herself. Later that day, Galloway slipped into a coma. Five days later she died."

Jesus Christ.  How does this happen in 2018?

"According to Hillsborough County, the responders failed to take Galloway's vitals at the scene, did not get a signature required to refuse ambulance service, and falsified their patient care report.  "My guys did a lot of things wrong here and we take responsibility," Hillsborough County administrator Mike Merrill said in a press conference.  "If the fire medics had taken the vitals… they would have concluded, as our medical director has, that this woman needed to be transported by EMS to the hospital," Merrill added.  Merrill is looking into lapses in the fire medic's behavior, including claims of racism.  "If it's a culture of racism… that's something that needs to be fixed or for the sake of good care for our community," Merrill said."

You think?

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More raw nazism.  NBC reports:

"Civil rights groups and LGBTQ advocates on Tuesday tore into the Department of Justice's newly formed "Religious Liberty Task Force," slamming the move as a discriminatory affront to civil liberties masquerading as protections for people of faith.  "This task force's agenda isn’t consistent with religious freedom. Religious freedom protects our right to our beliefs, not a right to discriminate or harm others," American Civil Liberties Union Deputy Legal Director Louise Melling told NBC News in a statement. "Jeff Sessions' Department of Justice is again turning that understanding of religious freedom on its head."

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Think Trump's thinking clearly?  NPR reports:

"Congressional Republicans keep trying to downplay the possibility of a government shutdown this fall, just weeks ahead of midterm elections, even as President Trump returns again and again to that very scenario.

    "I don’t care what the political ramifications are, our immigration laws and border security have been a complete and total disaster for decades, and there is no way that the Democrats will allow it to be fixed without a Government Shutdown...
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 31, 2018"

Rational thought?

"Trump has repeatedly said this week he would force the government to shut down if Democrats do not agree to significant increases in border spending, including money to build a wall along the southern border with Mexico, along with changes to the legal immigration system.  Capitol Hill Republicans fear a government shutdown weeks before Election Day could cost them dearly with voters in what's already expected to be a rough midterm for the governing party, a view the White House rejects."

Republicans know full well they'll be blamed should there be a shutdown.  Even without a shutdown, think the GOP won't take it hard up the rump courtesy of the Trump?  Without the Vaseline or K-Y.

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There are non-profits that cannot be bought.  Remain untouchable.  NPR reports:

"A Texas nonprofit that works with families separated at the border has turned down a $250,000 contribution from Salesforce, a company under pressure for its work creating software for the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.  Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff is known for his support of progressive policies and liberal views on many social issues. But his company has been under pressure to dump the contract by tech workers who are critical of the Trump administration's policies on immigration.  The head of RAICES, which stands for the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, said the group won't take contributions from Salesforce. The group does not want to be a part of a maneuver that aims to calm critics of Salesforce's contract with CPB."

Uncommon valor.  Principle before money.  Couldn't be, could it?  In Nazi America, must not be forgotten not everyone is bought and paid for.  There are a few left who stand on principle.

"We stand for justice and justice is not for sale," said RAICES Executive Director Jonathan Ryan. He said Salesforce is making millions from its government contact. "Our fundamental mission is to protect immigrants and refugees and to promote their rights — not be part of some kind of hand-washing operation for a corporation," he said."

Somewhere along the way most of us have lost ourselves, -- but not all.

"Salesforce has been facing mounting pressure over its contract with the CPB.  Some 650 Salesforce employees sent a petition last month to Benioff asking him to end the company's contract with the agency."

Guess he can't fire all 650 of them, can he?  Who'd do the work?  LOL.

"(Salesforce is an NPR financial supporter.)"

Think NPR would be well-advised to better vet companies it's willing to accept funding from?

"Last week, community groups joined with the advocacy group Tech Workers Coalition and protested outside the Salesforce Tower in downtown San Francisco. The coalition is made up of tech employees who say they are concerned about the misuse of the technology they create. Stephanie Parker, who is with the coalition, said members of the group were excited to learn about RAICES turning down Salesforce's contribution.  "It's a great feeling to have an organization that's doing such amazing work directly on the issue of family separation and border detention" to join the protest against Salesforce, she said."

Indeed.  Anything that slows the jackbooted bastards down a bit is certainly a good thing.  Need a whole lot more.  More willingness to stand on principle.  Resist.

"Benioff has said he considers the separation of families at the border wrong."

Non-sequitur.  If so, why is your corporation lining its pockets working with the Border Patrol?  Can't have it both ways.

"When asked about RAICES' refusal of the money, a Salesforce spokesperson pointed to the same tweets Benioff sent out in response to the workers' petition. It was in those tweets that the CEO announced that the company was donating $1 million to organizations that help families at the border.  The $250,000 that RAICES turned down was part of that $1 million. Benioff also said the company would match employee donations to increase the charitable giving. Benioff also defends the company by saying Salesforce doesn't work "with CBP regarding separation of families."

End result, ultimate effect is precisely the same.  If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, guess what?  It's a duck.

"But Ryan, the RAICES director, said Benioff is overlooking the bigger picture.  "Salesforce software provides the operational backbone for the agency," Ryan said. "Thus, it does directly support CBP in implementing its inhumane and immoral policies with the software they provide."

Precisely.  Benioff is deluding himself.

"Ryan says his group would accept Salesforce's contribution if the company dropped the CBP contract."

Hard to believe that will happen.  Greed rules.  Consider the following:

"Tech companies have been facing increasing criticism about the use of powerful products. Google ended a contract with the Pentagon to make software to improve drone performance after employees protested. Amazon is facing growing criticism from its workers over its sale of facial recognition technology to law enforcement. Employees fear it can be easily be misused to abuse individual civil rights."

Happens all the time.  Give a tyrant an inch, bastard takes a light-year.

"Hundreds of Microsoft workers signed a petition calling on the company to stop working with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. This week, a group of tech leaders pledged they would never work on artificial intelligence for autonomous weapons."

If employees fail to stand up, guess who's targeted next?  Wake up.  Not rocket science.

"Ryan said it's difficult to turn down money. "With $250,000, we could hire several attorneys for a year or more to continue our work," he said."

Would amount to blood money.

"But RAICES may have a little extra cushion this year. It was also the beneficiary of a lot support from two tech workers who set up a fundraising campaign on Facebook. Initially, the goal was $1,500. In the end, they raised more than $20 million."

Why be beholden when there are indeed other ways to raise funds?

"The timing for this fundraising is key. A lot of immigrant rights groups, including RAICES, rely on financial backing from the federal government. Ryan said he fears that the Trump administration's zero tolerance policy toward immigrants, that source of funding may soon dry up."

Precisely, why it is a mistake to rely on government.  Government has become the problem, not the solution.  Remains a direct threat to life, liberty, all civil and constitutional rights and liberties.  Exacerbated by increasing instability, growing narcissism of the Trump nazi.

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GOP nazification of the judiciary just hit a significant snag.  Doesn't your heart bleed? The Washington Post reports:

"The GOP’s bid to transform the federal bench with conservative judges hit its first significant snag Thursday, after Senate Republicans were forced to withdraw the nomination of Ryan Bounds, Trump’s pick to serve on the powerful 9th Circuit appeals court."

Breaks your heart, doesn't it?

"Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced he would withdraw Bounds’s nomination after the vote to confirm him was delayed for nearly an hour, prompting speculation that the GOP did not have support it needed to carry Bounds’ nomination.  Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) told reporters Thursday that the decision was made with the White House, following concerns Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) raised about the nomination.  “Senator Scott raised some concerns yesterday about the nomination and I think it became apparent the nominee was not going to prevail,” Cornyn told reporters after Bounds’ vote was withdrawn. “The White House decided under the circumstances to withdraw the nomination and so that’s where we are.”

Proof positive the GOP is not monolithic.  Encouraging, isn't it?

"A spokesman for Scott confirmed that Scott had concerns about some of Bounds’s writings, while another Republican aide concurred that Scott had expressed problems with Bounds’s nomination.  Democrats opposed Bounds’s controversial nomination, bringing up articles he had written in the Stanford Review while in law school that criticized and ridiculed multiculturalism and groups concerned with racial issues."

How about that?  At least a few of the nazis in the Republican Party are aware they have a problem.  An unsustainable problem.

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Once again, the jackass in the Oval Office has contradicted himself.  The Washington Post reports:

"The White House says President Trump opposes a proposal floated by Russian President Vladimir Putin that would allow Russia to interview American officials in exchange for making Russian authorities indicted in special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s probe available for questioning."

What could Trump possibly been thinking?

"The White House announced Trump’s opposition Thursday moments before the Senate voted 98 to zero to approve a resolution telling the president not to honor Putin’s request, which would have exposed former U.S. ambassador Michael McFaul, among others, to Russian questioning."

To think this jackass originally entertained the thought of doing so.

“It is a proposal that was made in sincerity by President Putin, but President Trump disagrees with it,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. “Hopefully President Putin will have the 12 identified Russians come to the United States to prove their innocence or guilt.”

Wake up, Ms. Sanders.  The president was caught flatfooted.  Aggressively stupid, losing ground.

"The 12 Russians is a reference to those indicted last week by Mueller for their role in interfering in the 2016 U.S. election.  Putin first proposed swapping officials for questioning at a Monday summit with Trump in Helsinki, offering to make Russian authorities indicted in Mueller’s probe available for questioning — but only if the United States also granted Russian officials similar access to current and former American officials.  Trump called it “an incredible offer.”

The president remains an incredible jackass.

"The Senate resolution — which expresses the sense of Congress that no current or former diplomat, civil servant, law enforcement official, member of the Armed Forces or political appointee should be made available to Putin’s government for an interrogation — is not binding on the president. The White House said earlier this week that it is considering the Kremlin’s request, prompting a backlash from both Republicans and Democrats, and even members of the Trump administration."

Clearly, sadly, Trump's not all there.

"In a news conference this week, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert called the idea of allowing the Russian government to interview American officials “absolutely absurd,” adding that allowing such a precedent “would be a grave concern to our former colleagues here.”

You think?  Trump's serious consideration of this prior to strong congressional reaction is indicative of his gross unfitness for office.

Republicans have a long, long, long way to go.  Consider the following:

"Before McConnell announced Thursday’s vote on the Schumer-Menendez-Schatz resolution, Senate Republicans blocked two efforts to bring up resolutions affirming lawmakers’ support for the intelligence community’s assessment, the special counsel’s probe into alleged ties between Trump and the Kremlin, and urge the president to take a harder stand against Russia."

Republicans are increasingly on the wrong side of history.  Will pay quite a price when the electorate finally wakes up.

"Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who has spent the week mounting a fierce defense of Trump’s outreach to Putin, objected to a proposal from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), charging it was an affront to diplomatic efforts and a sign that “Trump derangement syndrome has official come to the Senate.” Sanders shot back that his resolution had nothing to do with diplomacy and didn’t even call for sanctions — but failed to secure a vote on the measure to affirm the intelligence community’s determinations about Russian interference."

No question, insanity is alive and well in the United States Senate.  LOL.

"Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.), the Majority Whip, also shot down a bipartisan proposal from Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Christopher A. Coons (D-Del.) to insist the president fully implement sanctions against Russia that Congress passed almost a year ago, arguing that it would be better to consider sanctions than an unnecessarily “symbolic” resolution."

Cornyn's head remains securely lodged up his ass.  Think that'll ever change?  Think it can?  LOL.

“Symbolism is important, our agencies of government need to know that we stand behind them,” Flake retorted on the floor, promising to raise the resolution again and predicting that “ultimately it will pass.”

Bet it will.  Likely, when too late.

"Neither resolution would have been binding."

So what?  Would have had the benefit of putting the Senate on the record.

NPR reports:

"Trump, appearing with President Vladimir Putin in Finland, at first said he didn't believe Russia had interfered in the 2016 election — but then said he does. Trump said he didn't believe Russian intelligence is continuing to target the United States today — but then the White House said he does.  Then on Thursday, press secretary Sarah Sanders said in an announcement that Trump now "disagrees" with Putin's proposal from their summit that the two governments exchange people of interest to each other's investigators.  "It is a proposal that was made in sincerity by President Putin, but President Trump disagrees with it," Sanders said. "Hopefully, President Putin will have the 12 identified Russians come to the United States to prove their innocence or guilt."

Suffering whiplash?  Think this guy truly knows what he's doing?

"The Senate voted 98 to 0 on a resolution condemning the earlier idea that the White House had held open — that Russians might get to interrogate Americans if American investigators were able to talk with the Russian suspects — and individual lawmakers and others also had spoken out."

Indeed, they did.  Collective wisdom a nazi dictator clearly does not have.

"A former U.S. Ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, says Putin is obsessed with an imaginary scheme to undermine the Russian government that McFaul supposedly conducted from the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. McFaul worried about Trump permitting that story to take flight.  Granting any credibility to the scheme means the White House is "playing into Russia's hands," Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., told reporters on Thursday."

That's right.  What could Trump possibly been thinking?

"Corker said that although the president has wide discretion to conduct foreign affairs, he might have gone too far in Helsinki, adding that he wants to question Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about the summit at a hearing next week.  "The president does have the ability to meet with anybody he wishes," Corker said. "I think this one, especially the presentation that was made at the end, was disconcerting to most Americans and certainly was to me."


"We're going to have Pompeo come in next week, and I think we'll be much better informed when that is over, as to what the intentions are, where they're trying to take this relationship, was there anything that was agreed to privately in those meetings."

That's the problem.  What did Trump give away?  Why were no aides present?

"The prospect that the United States might grant access to McFaul or others, in exchange for American investigators talking with Russians linked to cyberattacks, had been viewed as unlikely.  But Trump had called it an "incredible offer" on Monday in his press conference with Putin in Helsinki, and Sanders had seemed to suggest Wednesday that the administration was evaluating it."

Trump's lack of experience, naïveté, and narcissism are the problem.

"Critics said it was a mistake for the White House even to appear that it had been evaluating the idea of an interrogation exchange.  Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., wrote on Twitter earlier Thursday that he thought the White House must "publicly and unequivocally rule it out."

Trump has once again proven he's a jackass.  Unfit for office.

CBS News reports:

"President Trump said he'll be Russian President Vladimir Putin's "worst nightmare" if things don't go well with Russia. Mr. Trump made the comments on CNBC's "Squawk Box" in an interview that aired Friday.  Mr. Trump, still facing fallout over his widely criticized Monday meeting with Putin in Helsinki, Finland, has expressed his intent to invite Putin to Washington in fall, even as his own intelligence agency leaders warn Russia will continue attempts to meddle in the November election cycle.  Mr. Trump, after calling former President Obama a "patsy" for Russia in the CNBC interview, reiterated what he has said many times before — "Getting along with President Putin, getting along with Russia, is a positive, not a negative."  But Mr. Trump added, "Now, with that being said, if that doesn't work out, I'll be the worst enemy he's ever had. The worst he's ever had."  Then, as CNBC anchor Joe Kernan tried to draw the interview to its conclusion, Mr. Trump said, "But I think he knows that -- I'll be his worst nightmare. But I don't think it'll be that way. I actually think we'll have a good relationship."

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Insanity reigns and reins. The Washington Post reports:

"The White House announced Thursday that Vladimir Putin has been invited to Washington this fall, even as leaders in Washington tried to fully understand what happened when President Trump and the Russian leader met earlier this week in Helsinki."

The question is why?  Especially, in light of the fact we don't know what transpired during their alone time during the summit.  What did Trump give away?

"White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced the planned visit in a tweet, saying that national security adviser John Bolton extended the invitation and that “discussions are already underway.”

Why?  What does Putin have on Trump?

"As the late afternoon tweet landed, Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats was on stage at the Aspen Security Forum in the middle of an interview with NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, who broke the news to him. Coats, clearly surprised, took a deep breath.  “Say that again,” he said. “Did I hear you?”  She repeated the news.  “Okaaaay,” Coats said. “That’s going to be special.”

Indeed.  LOL.

"Coats said he would have advised against Trump and Putin’s private meeting in Helsinki, which worried U.S. security officials because no notes were taken and only two interpreters were present, but that he had not been consulted. Underscoring how little is known about the meeting, Coats acknowledged that he has not been told what happened in the room. Asked whether it was possible Putin had secretly recorded the more-than two-hour meeting, Coats answered, “That risk is always there.”

Trump's head remains securely lodged up his ass.  ... Or, worse, Putin's got something on him.

"Thursday’s announcement was the latest unexpected turn in a week in which Trump has faced a torrent of bipartisan criticism over his cozy approach to Putin and his vacillating utterances about Moscow’s election interference, all while brushing aside warnings that the Russian leader should be viewed as an adversary."

Again, Trump has either lost his mind or Putin has something on him.

“The Summit with Russia was a great success, except with the real enemy of the people, the Fake News Media,” Trump wrote in a morning tweet. “I look forward to our second meeting so that we can start implementing some of the many things discussed.”

Once again, Trump has showed his true colors.  The 'Fake News' is what comes out his mouth.  Congenital liar.  A free press is insurance against a delusional, narcissistic, nazi dictator.

"Inside the White House, Trump’s advisers were in an uproar over Coats’s interview in Aspen, Colo. They said the optics were especially damaging, noting that at moments Coats appeared to be laughing at the president, playing to his audience of the intellectual elite in a manner that was sure to infuriate Trump."

Not the only one laughing at Trump.  Sad, isn't it?  Worse?  Trump only has himself to blame.

“Coats has gone rogue,” said one senior White House official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to provide a candid assessment."

The hell he has.  His reaction is the same as that of an increasing number of people presented with this growing abomination.

"After Coats indirectly rebuked Trump’s Helsinki performance on Monday, senior administration officials were concerned that the intelligence director could perhaps resign and so implored Trump to reassure Coats and calm the waters. Trump tried to do just that on Wednesday in an interview with CBS Evening News anchor Jeff Glor, singling out Coats by name for praise. A transcript of the president’s interview was sent to Coats to ensure the director of national intelligence saw the comments, the senior official said."

Pathetic, isn't it?  Think the president's fit for office?

"White House aides are worried that Trump will interpret the comments by Coats as a personal betrayal, since they came so soon after the president praised him. Explaining that Trump does not take kindly to slights and that he nurses grudges, one official predicted that Coats’s Aspen interview could bother the president more than the many ethical blunders of Scott Pruitt, who was ousted as Environmental Protection Agency administrator."

Trump needs to grow up. Can't stay a 15-year-old your entire life.

"A senior U.S. intelligence official said that Coats has a good relationship with the president and speaks with him frequently. He disputed the suggestion that the director was somehow undermining the president and said Coats was doing his job to describe what the Russians did."

Coats is doing his job.  Trump is not.

“For someone in the White House to criticize Dan Coats for speaking truth to power is unfair,” the intelligence official said."

Precisely, what Washington needs far more of.  People willing to courageously speak up.  Before too late.

The Washington Post reports:

"President Trump plans to revoke the security clearances of a handful of former officials who have been critical of his rhetoric and actions toward Russia, the White House announced Monday, in a move that immediately prompted claims of political retaliation."

That's all it is.  No First Amendment.  No freedom of speech.  The Trump nazi intends to control all thought.  Enforce his will.  Tolerate no dissent.  A nazi fuhrer.

"White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the officials being examined are former CIA director John Brennan; former FBI director James B. Comey; former CIA director Michael V. Hayden; former national security adviser Susan E. Rice; former director of national intelligence James R. Clapper Jr.; and former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe.  “The president is exploring these mechanisms to remove security clearances because they’ve politicized and, in some cases, actually monetized their public service and their security clearances in making baseless accusations of improper contact with Russia or being influenced by Russia,” Sanders told reporters at a regular press briefing."

Horse shit.  No more than that.  A narcissistic nazi fuhrer is incapable of tolerating any dissent.  Surrounds himself with only yes men and women.

"She added: “The fact that people with security clearances are making these baseless charges provides inappropriate legitimacy to accusations with zero evidence.”

Jesus Christ.  Isn't that precisely what your nazi fuhrer is doing, Ms. Sanders?

"The move came shortly after Trump met with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who said earlier Monday that he planned to ask the president to revoke Brennan’s clearance. The former Obama administration CIA director last week used the word “treasonous” to describe Trump’s performance at his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, saying it showed he was “wholly in the pocket of Putin.”

Brennan wouldn't want to confuse anyone with the truth, would he?

"Democrats immediately criticized the move as an attempt to punish former officials for leveling criticism at Trump.  “This is what totalitarianism looks like,” Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) said in a tweet.  A member of the Senate Republican leadership voiced skepticism of the White House’s actions as well.  “I don’t know whether they’ve been abusing their security clearance at all,” said Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (Texas), the No. 2 Republican in the chamber. “That’s a very serious allegation. I want to see what the results are.”

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Noose figuratively tightens.  ABC News reports:

"Investigators discovered recordings made by Michael Cohen that include then-candidate Donald Trump talking about making a payment to a former Playboy model, sources familiar with the matter confirmed to ABC News.  The recordings were found as part of the raid on Michael Cohen’s home office and hotel carried out earlier this year in New York, the sources told ABC News.  The New York Times first reported the news of the recordings.  The Playboy model in question is reportedly Karen McDougal, who has previously claimed that she had an affair with Trump. The White House previously denied McDougal's claims."

How much longer can you go on denying the truth, Mr. 'President?"

"McDougal, who was Playmate of the Month in December 1997 and Playmate of the Year in 1998, alleges that she had a 10-month romantic affair with Trump in 2006. After being silent for more than a decade, McDougal started speaking about it earlier this year, first opening up in an interview with The New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow in February.   McDougal told CNN's Anderson Cooper in March that her first intimate encounter with Trump came in June 2006, soon after she met the New York real-estate tycoon at the Playboy mansion during a taping there of his reality series, "The Apprentice." At the time, Trump had recently married the now-first lady Melania Trump, and the couple had an infant son.  "I was attracted to him," McDougal said. "He's a nice looking man. I liked his charisma."

Later on in this edition, there is another article vis a vis Cohen's release of a tape he recorded unbeknownst to Trump on this matter.

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Think Putin's the only problem?  Get this.  NBC reports:

"Iranian hackers have laid the groundwork to carry out extensive cyberattacks on U.S. and European infrastructure and on private companies, and the U.S. is warning allies, hardening its defenses and weighing a counterattack, say multiple senior U.S. officials.  Despite Iran having positioned cyber weapons to carry out attacks, there is no suggestion an offensive operation is imminent, according to the officials, who requested anonymity in order to speak.  Cyber threats have been a major theme of the 2018 Aspen Security Forum, with administration officials from Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, FBI Director Chris Wray, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein all warning of the pervasive danger from Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea.  In Aspen Thursday, Coats said that Russia was a more active cyber foe than Iran or China — "by far" the most aggressive, he said.  While Russia may be the most aggressive, the U.S. officials said Iran is making preparations that would enable denial-of-service attacks against thousands of electric grids, water plants, and health care and technology companies in the U.S., Germany, the U.K. and other countries in Europe and the Middle East."

We're too damned connected.  Why does a refrigerator need an Internet connection?

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Think politicians aren't greedily lining their pockets?  ABC News reports:

"House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., used funds from New PAC, his leadership political action committee, to purchase steak dinners, limo rides, and nearly $15,000 in Boston Celtics basketball games tickets, Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings show.  The expenditures were first reported by the Fresno Bee and do not appear to break any federal laws."

Is he reporting it as income?

"A leadership PAC like Nunes' New PAC is a separate pot of money from a lawmaker's own campaign fund, intended to help politicians strategically finance other candidates' campaigns. In recent years, however, leadership PACs have increasingly been used to pay for lavish trips, meals and hotel stays, rather than to support political allies."

Zero-sum game.  Winner-take-all.

"Nunes’ New PAC expenditures have been particularly conspicuous. FEC filings show that New PAC spent a total of $14,638 at TD Garden, the home of the Boston Celtics, on three occasions between February and May 2017.  New PAC dropped an additional $3,593 at the 4-star Omni Parker House hotel on May 8, the same day that the fund purchased tickets for the Celtics' playoffs against the Washington Wizards.  2018 quarterly filings for New PAC show a number of more recent luxury expenditures. On March 9, bills at seven different restaurants in Las Vegas totaled over $7,000.  Among them: $2,365 at The Dorsey, a cocktail bar offering to serve Dom Perignon and other fine liquors directly from a disco ball as part of its "Disco Punch Bowl Pairings" special.  Exactly a month ago, on June 19, the PAC charged $5,075 to Gold Coast Limousine service and $4,408 at the Sea Venture hotel in Pismo Beach, Calif.  Several restaurants and luxury hotels show up repeatedly on the congressman’s filings. New PAC has spent over $10,000 since July of last year in frequent visits to The Prime Rib D.C., an upscale steakhouse. The restaurant boasts tuxedoed waitstaff intended to “evoke the elegant supper clubs of 1940’s Manhattan.”  The PAC is funded by typical GOP donors such as Koch Industries."

They're all bought and paid for.  Both major political parties.  Shameless hucksters.

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The president and his henchmen are ignoring asylum law.  NPR reports:

"In May, Lourdes walked across the bridge from Mexico to El Paso, Texas, and requested asylum. The first step is an interview with an asylum officer.  "I told him that I have the evidence on me," Lourdes said, through an interpreter. She told the asylum officer about the scar on her arm, and the four missing fingers on her left hand — all evidence, she says, of a brutal attack by a gang in her native Honduras.  But the asylum officer rejected her claim.  "I don't know what happened," Lourdes said. "I don't know how I failed."

She didn't.  The officer ignored the law.  Trump and his henchmen believe they are the law.  A nazi dictator and his henchmen.

"Across the southwest border, immigration lawyers say they're seeing an alarming jump in the number of asylum-seekers turned away at the earliest stage of the process — what's known as the credible fear interview.  "That was shocking to have received a negative credible fear result," said Linda Rivas, the executive director of the Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center in El Paso, which is representing Lourdes and other asylum-seekers."

Our nazi president and his henchmen are not only ignoring but violating the oaths of office they took to uphold the United States Constitution and rule of law.

"For now, Lourdes is being detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at its facility in El Paso. We're not using her full name because she's afraid the gang might find her again.  Back in 2012, Lourdes says, she owned a small clothing store in Honduras. A local gang tried to extort money from her — money she didn't have.  "Four people came into my store, with their faces covered," Lourdes said. They beat her, and burned her arm with acid, she said, and damaged her left hand so severely that four fingers had to be amputated.  Lourdes says she reported the incident to the police in Honduras, but they never followed up. She went into hiding for five years, she says. But when she went home to visit her mother the gang found her and threatened to kill her. That's when she decided to flee to the U.S.  In the past, immigration lawyers say, Lourdes and others fleeing gang or domestic violence would likely have passed this first interview — and gone on to present their cases, eventually, to an immigration judge. But those odds have changed.  "Even people with pretty severe issues having happened to them in their home country are still coming up with negative 'credible fear' results," Rivas said."

Clearly, the 'president' and his henchmen have disgraced themselves.  Follow in the footsteps of their mentors, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini.  Cannot be trusted to enforce the law.  To say nothing of the United States Constitution.

"Immigration lawyers say they've noted a shift starting last month, when Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a sweeping decision that reshapes who can qualify for asylum. That decision was reinforced last week with concrete guidance to asylum officers, directing them to reject more claims based on "private crime"-- in particular, domestic abuse or gang violence."

Raw nazism.  The 'president,' his racist AG Sessions nazi, and all their henchmen are traitors.

"Immigrants' rights advocates say credible fear interviews can be a matter of life and death.  "The consequences are dire for people who are turned around," says Eleanor Acer, senior director for refugee protection at Human Rights First. "These people will be returned to persecution without even having the chance to have their claims for asylum assessed in U.S. immigration courts."

Raw nazism.

"Immigrant rights' advocates argue that the Trump administration's tougher guidelines means legitimate asylum-seekers are being rejected as well."

Certainly, the intention of the Trump nazi and his henchmen.

"They're also concerned that the new guidelines explicitly instruct asylum officers to consider whether an immigrant crossed the border illegally before making their asylum claim. That's likely to be challenged in court, said Eleanor Acer with Human Rights First."

Needs to be.  Nazi government needs to be challenged every step of the way.

"But for people who are summarily deported," Acer said, "their fates will be sealed already."

That's right.  Legacy of the Trump nazi and his henchmen.

"That may include many of the parents that the Trump administration separated from their children. A federal judge in California has ordered the government to reunite those families by July 26th. But immigration lawyers fear many of those families will be quickly deported back to their home countries. In its latest update to the court, the government said that 863 parents awaiting reunification already have a final order of removal."

Time to ask the French to remove their gift from New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty.  No longer means anything in Nazi America.

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The following sound like a president in his right mind?  The Washington Times reports:

“Inconceivable that the government would break into a lawyer’s office (early in the morning) — almost unheard of,” Mr. Trump tweeted. “Even more inconceivable that a lawyer would tape a client — totally unheard of & perhaps illegal. The good news is that your favorite President did nothing wrong!”

Had a warrant.  Forget?

"The New York Times reported Friday that federal investigators have an audio tape of Mr. Trump and Mr. Cohen two months before the 2016 election discussing a payment to former Playboy bunny Karen McDougal, who alleges an affair with Mr. Trump in 2006. No payment was made."

That right?

"Trump lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani confirmed Friday that Mr. Trump had discussed payments to Ms. McDougal with Mr. Cohen on the recording. He told The Times that the recording was less than two minutes long and that Mr. Trump did not know he was being recorded, asserting the president had done nothing wrong."

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Elizabeth Warren continues to rattle the cage of the Nazi Right.  The Washington Times reports:

"Sen. Elizabeth Warren told Americans this week that she is a staunch supporter of free markets — provided “rules” are crafted to control “the rich and powerful.”

If not, they run and own it all.  Zero-sum game.  Winner-take-all.  Problem is this system is basically laissez-faire.  That is, corporate world is free to do as it pleases.  Usually, with impunity.  Wells Fargo, proof positive.

"The Massachusetts Democrat told MSNBC that low unemployment and high consumer confidence should not fool voters into thinking the economy is strong because the nation’s “lived experience” has plateaued or worsened under President Trump."

It has.  Will get worse as Trump's trade war continues.

“I believe in markets right down to my toes,” she said when asked why democratic socialists are stars within the party. “But I also believe markets have to have rules. Otherwise rich and powerful just keep sucking up all the value and everybody else ends up eating dirt. … I think that big parts of this economy are not working for the American people.”

Truer words, never spoken.  LOL.

"The senator then said that corporations “don’t share” with employees when they are doing well."

Certainly, haven't to date.  Quite the opposite.  At a time of record profits, corporate cash reserves.  Unsustainable.

“The way I see this, is the lived experiences of most hard-working Americans across this country are not improving under the Trump administration,” she told anchor Stephanie Ruhle on Thursday. “What’s happening to them is they’re still stuck with flat incomes and rising core expenses. And the Trump administration is helping drive up those expenses.”

That's right.  Zero-sum game.  Winner-take-all.  As intended by Trump and his fellow nazis.

"Mrs. Warren then blasted the Trump administration for enabling “for-profit colleges that cheat our young people.”

Trump certainly lined his pockets off his own failed shell of a 'university.'  Cost him some $25 million, forget?

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More of the same old shit.  NPR reports:

"Trump administration lawyers are defending their new rules on how campuses should handle cases of sexual assault. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos issued the new guidance last fall after scrapping Obama-era rules that she said were forcing schools to violate the due process rights of the accused. Survivors' advocates filed a federal lawsuit shortly after, arguing DeVos' replacement guidelines discriminate against accusers and discourage them from reporting assaults."

Precisely, the intention of DeVos and her henchmen.

"The message that is sent is that the administration believes that women who report sexual harassment and violence are liars," says Jennifer Reisch, legal director of Equal Rights Advocates, one of three groups that brought the lawsuit. She spoke to reporters Thursday after a hearing on the lawsuit at the U.S. District Court in San Francisco."

Certainly the message sent.

"DeVos' interim guidelines allow schools to demand a higher standard of evidence that would make it tougher to prove an assault, permit schools to hear appeals only from the accused, and let investigations go on for an indefinite amount of time."

Nazi justice.

"None of that was allowed in the Obama era."

For damned good reason.

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More of the same old shit.  The 'president' doesn't seem to understand the right to protest is embedded in the First Amendment.  The Washington Times reports:

"President Trump blasted the NFL and high-paid Commissioner Roger Goodell Friday night for halting implementation of its policy that requires players to stand for the national anthem.  “The NFL National Anthem Debate is alive and well again - can’t believe it!” Mr. Trump tweeted. “Isn’t it in contract that players must stand at attention, hand on heart? The $40,000,000 Commissioner must now make a stand. First time kneeling, out for game. Second time kneeling, out for season/no pay!”

Tough shit.

"The president was responding to the NFL’s announcement Thursday that it would freeze its new policy requiring players to remain standing during the playing of the Star-Spangled Banner, if they’re on the field.  The NFL Players Association challenged the policy last week, filing a grievance against the league."

As well they should have.

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More insanity.  NPR reports:

"President Trump threatened to impose tariffs on every product imported from China, dialing up the pressure in the growing trade dispute between the world's two economic superpowers.  In an interview with CNBC broadcast this morning, Trump said, "We're down a tremendous amount," referring to the trade imbalance between the U.S. and China. "I'm ready to go to 500."

Trump has lost his mind.

"The U.S. imported $505 billion worth of goods from China in 2017, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The U.S. exported $130 billion worth of goods to China.  In the interview, which was recorded Thursday, Trump also indicated his willingness to endure stock market volatility as he pursues an aggressive trade agenda with China. Asked about the potential of a market downturn over his trade policies, he said: "If it does, it does. Look, I'm not doing this for politics."

Lost your mind, Donny.

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Once again, Trump demonstrated egregious unfitness for office.  CBS News reports:

"President Trump warned Iranian President Hassan Rouhani early Monday that he will face dire consequences for threatening the United States. Mr. Trump tweeted in all capital letters about the dangers to Iran of making hostile threats after Rouhani said Sunday, "America must understand well that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace and war with Iran is the mother of all wars."

    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 23, 2018"

This man is not fit for office.  Presents an exigent threat to life, liberty, all civil and constitutional rights and liberties.

"Within hours, Iranian state-owned news agency IRNA dismissed Mr. Trump's tweet, describing it as a "passive reaction" to Rouhani's remarks.  The agency, a government mouthpiece, also said Monday that Mr. Trump's comment was only mimicking and copying Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who had in the past warned the West to "never threaten an Iranian."

What makes this particularly dangerous is the fact there is now a lunatic running both Iran and the United States.  Before Trump, the president of the United States could be relied on not to match the insanity of the Iranian regime.  No longer.

"Mr. Trump earlier this year pulled the United States out of the international deal meant to prevent Tehran from developing a nuclear weapon and ordered increased American sanctions."

Big mistake.  Proof positive Trump's inexperience would be an enormous problem vis a vis international relations.

"Rouhani had warned Mr. Trump Sunday to stop "playing with the lion's tail" and threatening Iran, "or else you will regret it."  Mr. Trump has suggested Iranian leaders are "going to call me and say 'let's make a deal'" but Iran has rejected talks."

Further proof of Trump's naiveté, aching inexperience.

"Rouhani has previously lashed out against Mr. Trump for threatening to re-impose the sanctions, as well as for moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem and banning travel to the U.S. from certain Muslim-majority countries.  Mr. Trump's early Monday tweet suggested he has little patience with the trading of hostile messages with Iran.  Mr. Trump has a history of firing off heated tweets that seem to quickly escalate long-standing disputes with leaders of nations at odds with the U.S.  In the case of North Korea, the public war of words cooled quickly and gradually led to the high profile summit and denuclearization talks."

To date, turns out to be no more than symbolism over substance.  Empty rhetoric.

"Of the tweet by Mr. Trump, the Reuters news service says, "The escalation in rhetoric came as the Trump administration has launched an offensive of speeches and online communications meant to foment unrest and help pressure Iran to end its nuclear program and its support of militant groups, according to U.S. officials familiar with the matter."

Not going to happen.  Certainly, hasn't since the Shah was overthrown four decades ago.  Conditions likely to worsen now that the Trump nazi and his henchmen have granted the Israeli aggressor carte blanche.

The Washington Post reports:

"Iranian officials accused the White House of waging “psychological warfare” and vowed Monday to resist any U.S. efforts to destabilize their government, after stark warnings by President Trump's against perceived Iranian threats.  The rapid backlash from Tehran marked some of the harshest exchanges between Iran’s leadership and Washington since the Trump administration exited the 2015 Iran nuclear deal in May and moved to reimpose sanctions on Iran.  It also showed the widening gulf between the United States and other world powers that were part of the nuclear accord, which eased international economic pressures on Iran in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program.  European nations and others are now struggling to keep the nuclear accord alive and maintain economic ties with Iran."

Think Putin isn't gloating?

"The United States is also set to reimpose harsh sanctions after withdrawing from the nuclear deal with Iran and world powers earlier this year. That agreement, which was negotiated by the Obama administration, curbed elements of Iran's atomic energy program that raised proliferation concerns in exchange for an end to restrictions on Iran's oil exports and banking system.  But Trump has slammed the accord, calling it “the worst deal ever.”

Was the best Obama could get.  Trump won't even get that.  LOL.

"Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman, Bahram Qassemi, said Monday that Pompeo's speech, in which he likened Iran's rulers to the Mafia, “was hypocritical and absurd.”  “These remarks are a clear example of [U.S.] interference in Iran's internal affairs,” Tasnim quoted Qassemi as saying."

Certainly, and grudgingly, has a point, doesn't he?

"But the harshest words came from Iran's hard-liners, including Revolutionary Guard commanders.  “We will never abandon our revolutionary beliefs. We will resist pressure from enemies,” the head of Iran's paramilitary Basij force, Brig. Gen. Gholam Hossein Gheibparvar, said Monday, the Reuters news agency reported. The comments were carried by the Iranian Students’ News Agency.  “Trump cannot do a damn thing against Iran,” he said. He dismissed Trump’s salvos as “psychological warfare.”

The above is certainly not the worst of it.  The following is far more ominous:

"Another warning came from Mohsen Rezaei, chairman of Iran's Expediency Council, an advisory body to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.  He said Trump is the one who should be cautious, warning that thousands of U.S. troops in the region are “under Iran’s blade” — an apparent reference to Iranian proxy forces in places such as Iraq and Syria. The pro-Iranian groups also include Lebanon’s Hezbollah, which has waged battles with Israel in the past.  Military experts have long warned that Iran could use such militias to attack U.S. troops in places such as Iraq and Syria. Skirmishes this year between Israel and the Revolutionary Guard and its proxies have already raised the specter of war."

Trump and his henchmen are not carefully thinking this through.

"Another military commander, Kiomars Heidari, reiterated late Sunday Iran's threat to block the Strait of Hormuz, a critical waterway for about 30 percent of the world’s oil tanker traffic, according to the Brussels-based International Crisis Group.  The strait “should either be safe for everybody or unsafe for everybody,” Tasnim quoted Heidari as saying."

We're already f--ked by Big Oil.  Gouged.  At a time of record profits, cash reserves.  Now, this.  A lunatic in the Oval Office.

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Deception runs rampant in the Trump regime.  NPR reports:

"For five years, Beck Dorey-Stein was Barack Obama's "professional stalker," she says. "His creeper."  As a former White House stenographer — a job she found on Craigslist of all places — Dorey-Stein was part of a team responsible for going anywhere the president went, recording his every public utterance and then transcribing it for posterity.  "Especially whenever he spoke with press, he made sure, just like the previous presidents did, that there was a stenographer in the room so that there was no miscommunication or confusion about what exactly was said," says Dorey-Stein. She writes about the experience in her new memoir, From the Corner of the Oval."

Truth is unimportant to Trump.  Makes up his own as he goes.

"In an interview with Noel King for NPR's Morning Edition, Dorey-Stein says "everything changed" with the inauguration of President Trump, whose team "didn't know that stenographers existed." She recounts how during the transition, it took her boss multiple tries before she was even able to get past a young press wrangler to introduce herself to the incoming West Wing staff.  Things didn't improve much from there. In a New York Times op-ed published last week, Dorey-Stein writes about how Stephanie Grisham, now the communications director for the first lady, told a colleague that White House stenographers would not be needed often, because "there would be video."

Think that good enough?

"This seems like a fair point," says Dorey-Stein, "unless you really know audio." The audio that's taken from media video might change or get trimmed during the editing process, she says. "We see that with music videos, so the idea of it just being like, 'Oh, of course, we can just have this on video,' it's not the same."  "We type up our transcripts from our audio, so it hasn't been tampered with and it not only goes to the press office, the press, but also the presidential archive," she says. "That's really important to have an accurate recording at all times, especially when the press is involved, just to make sure that we are recording the truth and that no one has complicated that."

Certainly, not how the Trump nazi sees things.  Makes his own truth up as he goes along.

"The importance of that type of record has been underscored in recent days by a string of controversies involving comments made by Trump. On his visit earlier this month to the United Kingdom, for example, the president denied making disparaging comments about British Prime Minister Theresa May in an interview with the tabloid The Sun, even though the The Sun released a recording of the remarks.  Then, last Wednesday, the White House was forced to clarify an exchange between the president and a reporter at the start of a Cabinet meeting. Asked whether he believes Russia is no longer targeting U.S. elections, the president shook his head and said "no." Later, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters that his "no" meant that the president was not taking questions from reporters."

'Can't dazzle 'em with brilliance, baffle 'em with bullshit,' right, Mr. 'President?'

"Dorey-Stein says that under Trump, White House stenographers have less access to the president."

Think it's not by design?

"In her recent op-ed, she writes about how she watched "with disbelief" as Bill O'Reilly was summoned to the Oval Office for a private conversation with the president ahead of an interview by the former Fox News host in the opening weeks of the administration.  "In my five years with President Barack Obama, off-the-record discussions with reporters happened after work hours — not for an hour in the middle of the workday, and certainly not before an interview," she writes in the op-ed. "When a president spoke on the record with a reporter, his staff made sure to have a stenographer present so there could be an official White House transcript, just in case the reporter came out with an inaccurate quotation."

Prior to Trump, historical record was extremely important to all incumbents.  No longer.  Trump lies as he goes.  Invents his own truth.  Why would a congenital liar want a stenographer to figuratively hold his feet to the fire?

"In her conversation with NPR, Dorey-Stein says that Trump "doesn't like microphones near his face, which makes it very difficult to record him."  "He's doing the American people a disservice," she says. "It's quite possible President Trump is actually doing it intentionally, because if there was a record of what happened, it would be hard for him to muddle the truth."

Think she isn't on to something?  LOL.

"The president has had the latitude "to walk his words back," she says, "because he doesn't have a recording ... It's much easier to muddle the truth when you don't have a transcript."


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Another non sequitur by the Trump nazi.  The Washington Post reports:

"President Trump on Monday made a fresh call to end the investigation of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, citing the release over the weekend of a previously classified application to wiretap former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, who was under suspicion by the FBI of being a Russian agent.  In a series of tweets, Trump falsely claimed that Mueller’s investigation was prompted by the surveillance.

"The counterintelligence investigation by the FBI into Russian election interference began months before the Obama administration sought the court surveillance order on Page in October 2016. Mueller was appointed special counsel in May 2017, after Trump fired James B. Comey as FBI director."

CBS News reports:

"Sen. Marco Rubio is refuting President Trump's latest claims that his campaign was being "illegally" spied on following the FBI's release of heavily redacted documents detailing the surveillance of former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.   The Florida Republican, speaking with "Face the Nation" on Sunday, said that "anything and everything" he's seen while serving on the Senate Intelligence Committee indicates the FBI "did not spy on the campaign."

"You have an individual here who has openly bragged about his ties to Russia and Russians and he's never -- I don't think Carter Page has ever said he's a spy, but he has certainly talked about it," Rubio said. When asked if the information collected from Page using a FISA court order was justified, Rubio told "Face the Nation" moderator Margaret Brennan that the FBI had "reason to believe" Page was a person of interest given his openness about his contacts with Russians."

Think Rubio isn't on Trump's shit list?  Consider the following:

"I think that's different from spying on a campaign, in fact, that the Trump campaign has said on numerous occasions that Carter Page was not a major player in their campaign," Rubio said. "So, you know, based on that statement alone you would conclude that yes, they were looking into this one individual but an individual the campaign themselves said was not a big part of their efforts. Therefore I wouldn't consider that spying on a campaign."

Think Rubio hasn't rattled Trump's cage?

"Rubio's comments come in contrast with the president's tweets Sunday morning, in which he claimed that Page was surveilled "for the political gain of Crooked Hillary Clinton and the DNC." He claimed that the documents "with little doubt that the Department of Justice and FBI misled the courts."

    "Looking more & more like the Trump Campaign for President was illegally being spied upon (surveillance) for the political gain of Crooked Hillary Clinton and the DNC. Ask her how that worked out - she did better with Crazy Bernie. Republicans must get tough now. An illegal Scam!
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 22, 2018"

Good to see Republicans are beginning to challenge the Trump nazi.

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All a sham.  The Washington Post reports:

"In a quest to shrink national monuments last year, senior Interior Department officials dismissed evidence these public lands boosted tourism and spurred archaeological discoveries, according to documents the department released this month and retracted a day later."

The public was hoodwinked by Trump and his henchmen.

"The thousands of pages of email correspondence chart how Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and his aides instead tailored their survey of protected sites to emphasize the value of logging, ranching and energy development that would be unlocked if they were not designated as national monuments."

Line their pockets?  Accept bribes?  Needs to be a criminal investigation.  Think there will be with the fox guarding the hen house?

"Comments the department’s Freedom of Information Act officers made in the documents show they sought to keep some of the references out of public view because they were “revealing [the] strategy” behind the review."

Deception.  Outright.

"These redactions came to light because Interior’s FOIA office sent out a batch of documents to journalists and advocacy groups on July 16 it later removed online.  “It appears that we inadvertently posted an incorrect version of the files for the most recent National Monuments production,” officials wrote July 17. “We are requesting that if you downloaded the files already to please delete those versions.”

Caught in a lie.  Don't you love it?

"Aaron Weiss, a spokesman for the advocacy group Center for Western Priorities, said in an email the “botched document dump reveals what we’ve suspected all along: Secretary Zinke ignored clear warnings from his own staff that shrinking national monuments would put sacred archaeological and cultural sites at risk.”  “Trying to hide those warnings from the public months later is disgraceful and possibly illegal,” Weiss added."

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The Washington Post reports:

"Let it never be said that the Trump administration lacks ambition or creativity. Fresh off announcing its intention to gut the Endangered Species Act, it now wants to move aggressively to make the air Americans breathe not so annoyingly clean, no matter what it takes. Bloomberg News reports:

"The Trump administration will seek to revoke California’s authority to regulate automobile greenhouse gas emissions — including its mandate for electric car sales — in a proposed revision of Obama-era standards, according to three people familiar with the plan.  The proposal, expected to be released this week, amounts to a frontal assault on one of former President Barack Obama’s signature regulatory programs to curb greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. It also sets up a high-stakes battle over California’s unique ability to combat air pollution and, if finalized, is sure to set off a protracted courtroom battle."

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Congress is beginning to wake up.  The Washington Times reports:

"Congressional defense lawmakers officially barred deliveries of the fifth-generation F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to Turkish forces, inserting the ban into the final version of the Pentagon’s budget blueprint for the upcoming fiscal year."

About time.  What took so long?  Despite its strategic location, why is Turkey still a member of NATO?

"House and Senate conferees adopted the legislation, which prohibits shipments of the advanced, multi-role jet fighter to Ankara’s forces until the Pentagon delivers “an assessment of a significant change in Turkish participation in the F-35 program, including the potential elimination of such participation,” defense lawmakers wrote.  Defense lawmakers also demanded the immediate release of U.S. Pastor Andrew Brunson, as well as any other “U.S. citizens wrongfully or unlawfully detained in Turkey,” in legislative language included in the defense spending bill, now headed to the White House for President Trump’s signature."

Be interesting to see how the Trump nazi and his henchmen react.

"Brunson was charged with espionage and having links to terror groups. According to Turkish prosecutors, Mr. Brunson allegedly worked with U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen to overthrow Mr. Erdogan in 2016, and also assisted the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK."

Erdogan is a dictator.  Why are we supporting this son of a bitch?

"The F-35 has been used as a geopolitical pawn between Washington and Ankara, with congressional lawmakers looking to pressure Turkey over its increased military ties to Russia. Last week, a top U.S. diplomat warned Turkey of the “serious downside” to its proposed deal to buy Russian-made anti-missile weapons, saying sanctions levied by Congress over the deal would only be the beginning if Ankara presses forward."

Fascinating, isn't it?

“We want to make sure the systems acquired by our allies remain supportive of our [other] allies,” said Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Tina Kaidanow. “We want them to understand the real, serious downsides of making this acquisition from the Russians,” she said during a briefing with reporters from the Farnborough air show in the United Kingdom."

Yet, the Trump nazi supports Erdogan and his dictatorial tactics.  In fact, fist-pumped the bastard recently, congratulating him on his dictatorial tactics.

"The State Department has yet to take action against Turkey, a NATO ally, over its plan to field the Russian-made S-400 missile defense system. Opponents of the S-400 inside and outside the Pentagon deal say Ankara’s decision to field the Russian-made anti-aircraft missile system will draw Turkey deeper into Moscow’s growing sphere of influence in the Middle East."

That's right.  Precisely, one of the reasons why Turkey needs to get the boot out of NATO.

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Our formerly great country is but a small shell of what it used to be.  CBS News reports:

"In exhibits filed in federal court this month, more than 200 migrants detained at the Mexican border this year describe "hieleras" and "perreras" — spanish for "ice boxes" and "dog pounds" -- nicknames for the facilities where they were initially taken after being apprehended by federal authorities.  Their testimonies speak of food "not fit for consumption," overcrowding and abuse."

Proud to be an American in Nazi America?  Trump's Fourth Reich.

"The statements, which were given to attorneys who interviewed detained migrants and inspected detention sites in June and July, are the latest salvo in the decades-old Flores v Reno case, which in 1997 led to national standards for facilities holding migrant children. Attorneys at the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law say the federal government is currently violating those standards."

Why aren't federal officials charged, prosecuted?

"The 223 statements describe Customs and Border Protection facilities in Texas, Arizona, and California. They show families being separated and held in overcrowded, cold cages, where moments of sleep are hard to come by. Many said even after being apprehended in wet clothes, they were not given a chance to change before being placed in "ice boxes" or the "dog pounds" that some said were even colder."

Trump's Fourth Reich.

"Lidia S. is one immigrant who gave testimony. The 21-year-old, detained in Texas last month, said she came to the U.S. from El Salvador with her four year old son after witnessing a decapitation, and later learning that the perpetrators had been asking about her.   "I was scared for my life and the life of my little boy," Lidia told lawyers in the United States.  Soon after crossing the border in Texas on or around June 13, she and her son were apprehended and taken to one of the nearby holding facilities.  Their first American night was "so cold that my son and I shivered the entire time." She says they were given sandwiches that were frozen, foul-smelling and inedible."

Gulags.  Think our prisons and jails any better?

"She and her son were kept in separate cages, "so overcrowded that we could not walk around or sleep," she said.  "The female guards were yelling at the mothers separated from their children not to look at their children in separate cages. The female guards told the mothers and children that they would be punished for looking at each other," she said.  In statement after statement, migrants recounted similar details about the "ice boxes" and "dog pounds."

Delusionally believe the Trump nazi and his henchmen?  Think there's no humanitarian crisis in Trump's migrant gulags?  None in our jails and prisons all across our formerly great country?

"Ana V, a 26-year-old woman from El Salvador, said she was escaping threats from people who promised to kill her for being gay when she came to the United States with her six-year-old daughter. She said those same people had already beaten her transgender friend to death.  She was apprehended soon after crossing the Mexican border with the United States on or around May 4 this year. Soon, she and her daughter were taken to a "dog pound."  "The guards called me and my daughter lazy and kicked me with their boots in order to keep me awake so that my daughter and I could not sleep. If the children did fall asleep the guards would wake them up," she told lawyers."

Think this shit does not go on in the United States?  Could not go on in the United States?  Truly believe it?

"Keylin, M, a 16-year-old girl from Honduras, was one of many who recalled rotten food.  "We were given food, but the food was frozen and not fit for consumption. It smelled so bad that we went hungry instead of eating it," she said.   Keylin described being held for four days after being separated from her mother.  "I was scared for the guards and scared I would be deported without my mother," she said. "I did not know where she was. I am still depressed. I also have nightmares and a lot of anxiety because of the separation."  She said guards made her and other girls strip naked in front of them "and leered at us" before they could shower."

Couldn't be, could it?  Wouldn't happen here in the United States, would it?

"In a report filed in the Flores case last month, CBP juvenile coordinator Henry Moak Jr. said that the department makes extensive efforts "to ensure all minors in CBP custody are treated with dignity, respect, and special concern for their particular vulnerability as minors."

Think so?

"But Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law attorney Peter Schey said in a July 16 filing that the testimonies paint "a picture not just of forcibly separating thousands of children from their parents, but on a much broader level of a program of forced hunger, forced thirst, forced sleep deprivation, coupled with routine insults, threats, and physical assault, that leave [children] crying, trembling, hungry, thirsty, sleepless, sick, and terrified."


"A spokesman for CBP declined to comment on the allegations.  "As a matter of policy, U.S. Customs and Border Protection does not comment on pending litigation. However, lack of comment should not be construed as agreement or stipulation with any of the allegations.  CBP takes all allegations seriously, and investigates all formal complaints," the spokesman said in an email to CBS News."

Think so?

"However, in a June 1 court filing, Moak wrote that he conducted more than three dozen interviews with minors in custody during recent site visits and concluded that the agency was complying with the Flores agreement.  "During the interviews, minors and/or their parents confirmed that, in general, minors received meals and snacks; had access to drinking water, functioning toilets, and functioning sinks; and were held in rooms that were maintained at an appropriate temperature," Moak wrote."

Somebody's lying.  Guess who?

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Even a jackass gets it right once in awhile.  LOL.  CBS News reports:

"Attorney General Jeff Sessions made light of some therapy practices on college campuses across the country, and accused some liberal universities of creating a generation of "snowflakes."

No question, some truth to that.  Those schools desperately need excoriation.  So do the bastions of Right Wing nazism such as Falwell's 'Liberty' University.  LOL.

"While delivering remarks to Turning Point USA's High School Leadership summit, a right-wing non-profit organization, Sessions said that "far too many schools are complicit" in cracking down on students' First Amendment rights, preventing "genuine debate" to play out on the college campus.   "Whether you realize it or not, freedom of thought and speech on the American campus are under attack," Sessions warned."

Certainly are at 'Liberty' University, aren't they, Mr. Attorney General?  Matters such as abortion, birth control, free sex, LGBTQ community issues, etc., right, Mr. AG?

Sessions cited "safe spaces," art therapy (a platform issue recently taken up by Vice President Mike Pence's wife Karen Pence) optional exams and therapy animals on campuses as "coddling" young people and preventing them from "scrutinizing the validity of their beliefs on the issue of the day."

Jesus Christ.  How can you possibly expect the young to question their beliefs when an old racist nazi like you won't question your long-held national socialist views highly reminiscent of your mentors, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini?

"With such practices, Sessions said, schools are doing "everything they can to create a generation of sanctimonious, sensitive, supercilious snowflakes." He called it a "disservice" to the students and nation alike.'

So is raw racist nazism practiced by you and your lunatic fuhrer, the Trump nazi.

"Sessions' comments drew frequent applause and laughter from the student crowd, and even chants of "lock her up" at one point, a common refrain made during Trump rallies throughout the 2016 campaign. Sessions repeated "lock her up" once and laughed, recalling that he had heard the chant a lot during the presidential campaign. Sessions is recused from any matters related to Hillary Clinton's emails."

Lock her up for what, Mr. AG?  What crime has she committed?  If you indeed had anything on her, why didn't you prosecute?  You're all talk, Mr. Sessions.  That's not to say either Hillary or the nazi fuhrer now in the White House are fit for office.  They're not.  For totally different reasons.

"Well, I can tell this group isn't going to have to have Play-Doh when you get attacked in college and you get involved in a debate, you got to stand up, defend yourselves and the values that you believe in," Sessions said. "I like this bunch, I got to tell you -- you're not going to be backing down, go get 'em!" He explained to the crowd he had heard the chant "a long time over the last campaign."

They're clueless racist nazis just like you, Mr. Attorney General.  Ludicrously, march in goose step with an old nazi like you, Mr. Sessions.

"Critics of Sessions have previously slammed his remarks on free speech at college campuses as hypocritical, since the administration and President Trump favor punishing others -- like NFL players -- for exercising their right to free speech."

Wouldn't want to confuse a racist nazi with the truth, would we?

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Taxpayers are about to get royally f--ked by the Trump nazi.  Think not?  Wake up.  You're about to be fleeced to finance his trade war.  The Washington Post reports:

"The U.S. Agriculture Department on Tuesday plans to announce a $12 billion package of emergency aid for farmers caught in the midst of President Trump’s escalating trade war, two people briefed on the plan said, the latest sign that growing tensions between the United States and other countries will not end soon."

Why are taxpayers forced to finance Trump's insanity?

"Trump ordered Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to prepare a range of options several months ago, amid complaints from farmers that their products faced retaliatory tariffs from China and other countries. The new package of government assistance funds will be announced Tuesday and is expected to go into effect by Labor Day.  The aid package is expected to target soybean farmers, dairy farmers, and pork producers, among others. White House officials hope it will quiet some of the unease from farm groups, but the new plan could revive debates about taxpayer-funded bailouts and the degree to which Trump’s trade strategy is leading to unforeseen costs."

'Unforeseen costs?'  Horse shit.  Plain as day right from the moment the Trump nazi proposed them.

"Farm groups have complained that moves by China and other countries in response to Trump’s protectionist trade stance could cost them billions of dollars, spooking Republicans who fear a political and economic blowback to Trump’s approach."

Then, why didn't these gutless bastards confront the Trump nazi?  Stop him from imposing this insanity?  Why didn't they immediately reassert their constitutional authority over tariffs?

"The White House has searched for months for a way to provide emergency assistance to farmers without backing down on Trump’s trade agenda, and the new program will extend roughly $12 billion through three mechanisms run by the Department of Agriculture.  The funds will come through direct assistance, a food purchase and distribution program, and a trade promotion program."

All courtesy of looted taxpayers.  Think Republicans won't pay the political price?

NPR reports:

"The Trump administration is coming to the aid of farmers hurt by its own hard-line trade policies, announcing Tuesday it will make an estimated $12 billion in government assistance available, including direct payments to growers."

Corporate welfare courtesy of looted taxpayers.  The Trump nazi is directly responsible for this f--king:

"The money comes after farmers, especially soybean growers, have felt the brunt of retaliatory tariffs placed on agriculture by China and other nations that the Trump administration has penalized with tariffs on imports."

Trump caused the problem.  You get looted to pay for the f--king.  Anything wrong with this picture?  Anything at all?

"Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, pictured in April, told reporters Tuesday that new aid programs "are a firm statement that other nations cannot bully our agricultural producers to force the United States to cave in."

Crock of shit.  Forget?  Trump caused the problem.  You, the taxpayers, are looted to pay for it.  No more complicated than that.  Wake up.

"Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the aid in a call to reporters, saying the programs "are a firm statement that other nations cannot bully our agricultural producers to force the United States to cave in."

What it is is no more than an egregious f--king of the taxpayers by the lunatic Trump nazi.  Unfit for office.

"China, the European Union, Canada and Mexico have all been hit by U.S. levies on some of their imports, including steel and aluminum, and have retaliated by placing their own tariffs on U.S. agricultural exports, targeting farm states that are politically important to the president."

What did Trump expect?  His targets to roll over?

"During a speech to the VFW in Kansas City, Mo., President Trump said his tariffs are already working, bringing nations to the bargaining table. Trump said farmers "will be the biggest beneficiary" and he urged them to "just be a little patient."

This man is delusional.  Direct opposite of what he's claiming is happening.  Otherwise, he wouldn't be looting taxpayers to pay for this outrageous fiasco.

"Perdue and other USDA officials say the aid will be available in three forms; direct payment to producers of soybeans, sorghum, wheat, cotton, dairy and hogs; government purchases of fruit, nuts, legumes, and some meats for distribution to food banks; and development of new export markets."

The nazi is bamboozling you.  Hang your head between your legs and kiss your sorry ass good bye.

The Washington Post reports:

"Some of the largest companies in America are reporting this week that they are suffering the sting of the Trump administration’s trade war, sounding alarm in an otherwise prosperous economy."

So what else is new?  Republicans know better.  Yet, continue to stand behind their delusional 'president.'

"General Motors said Wednesday that it has lowered its outlook for 2018 earnings in part because of significant increases in the costs of raw material. GM’s stock fell more than 6 percent during early morning trading. Trump imposed tariffs on aluminum and steel — major components of cars — earlier this year."

Just the beginning.

"Harley-Davidson said Tuesday that it is expects its operating margin as a percent of revenue to hit 9 to 10 percent because of the impact of the tariffs, down slightly from last year. And Whirlpool, which was supposed to benefit from Trump-imposed tariffs on foreign-made washing machines earlier this year, reported Tuesday that it did not make its second-quarter earnings estimates as steel prices rose 50 percent.  On a company earnings call, Whirlpool chief executive Marc Bitzer said steel costs worldwide have “risen substantially. ”  “And in particular in the U.S., they have reached unexplainable levels,” Bitzer said."

To be expected.

"The tariffs Trump imposed in January on foreign washing machines were celebrated at the time by Whirlpool, which had been losing market share to its Korean competitors LG and Samsung.  But that was six months ago. Since March, Trump has levied billions of tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from China, Canada, Mexico, the European Union, Japan and other nations. He is also threatening to impose tariffs on cars and uranium.  Trump argues that the tariffs will right years of unfair trade policies."

Think so?  Clearly, the fascist bastard has lost his mind.

"Many of the affected countries have imposed retaliatory tariffs of their own. For example, China announced it will impose tariffs on imports of American soybeans and buy more from Brazilian markets."

American consumers will pay the price.  Foot the bill for the Trump nazi's insanity.

Going to get worse.  Far worse.  Consider the following.  The Washington Post reports:

"Several of President Trump’s senior economic advisers believe he plans to push forward with 25 percent tariffs on close to $200 billion in foreign-made automobiles later this year, three people briefed on internal discussions said.  Trump wants to move forward despite numerous warnings from GOP leaders and business executives who have argued that such a move could damage the economy and lead to political mutiny."

Hopefully, the 'political mutiny' will come sooner rather than later.

"But Trump has become increasingly defiant in his trade strategy, following his own instincts and intuition and eschewing advice from his inner circle. He has told advisers and Republicans to simply trust his business acumen, a point he tried to reinforce Wednesday morning in a Twitter post."

Aryan arrogance displayed by an achingly clueless nazi.

“Every time I see a weak politician asking to stop Trade talks or the use of Tariffs to counter unfair Tariffs, I wonder, what can they be thinking?” Trump said Wednesday. “Are we just going to continue and let our farmers and country get ripped off?”

But more than willing to let the taxpayers take it hard in the ass without the Vaseline to bail them out, Mr. 'President?'

"Trump’s trade strategy, and his potential auto tariffs, hit a key juncture Wednesday, when the U.S. president is scheduled to meet with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. Trump said Tuesday that Juncker has come to negotiate with him over trade matters, suggesting that his hard-line stance had forced other leaders to offer concessions."

Delusional horse shit.

"But so far there is little evidence that this trade approach is working, despite Trump’s pleas for patience and unity. The disunity within the White House and Trump’s insistence on pushing ahead on auto tariffs was described by three people briefed on the status of negotiations who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to reveal internal deliberations.

"Trump has said imposing tariffs on foreign cars could push Americans to buy more U.S. automobiles, helping U.S. workers. But critics think tariffs would drive up the cost of all cars and pass those inflated prices on to consumers."

So what else is new?  Precisely, why laissez-faire capitalism has turned into a zero-sum, winner-take-all craftily-engineered ass f--king.  Evisceration of the middle class.

"While Trump is meeting with Juncker, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) plans to introduce a bill that would make it much harder for Trump to impose tariffs on foreign automotive imports, showing more cracks in the Republican Party as they fear political consequences in the midterm elections."

Certainly, time for Congress to reclaim its constitutional authority over tariffs.

"Before Trump could impose tariffs on auto imports, the Commerce Department must issue a finding that they pose a national security threat to the United States. Several Republican lawmakers have said such a finding would be laughable, but the Commerce Department has flexibility to make a determination on its own.  A Commerce Department official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss the process so far, said the review had not been completed and no final decisions had been made.  But even with a final decision at least one month away, many of Trump’s fellow Republicans are getting nervous."

As well they should.

“There are some in the economic community who view this as the bright line,” said Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a Republican and former director of the Congressional Budget Office. If Trump does this, Holtz-Eakin said, many Republicans have told him they will no longer “support the president any more. They are done.”  There are growing signs, though, that Trump is cognizant of the GOP trade criticism and taking steps to try to quell a mutiny. His administration on Tuesday announced up to $12 billion in emergency aid to farmers who are facing retaliatory tariffs from Mexico and China, among other countries.  Farmers have called on Trump to back down from his tariff strategy, but Trump made clear Tuesday and Wednesday that he had no plans to, believing it gives him the upper hand in negotiations."

The shit is about to hit the fan.

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Trump's not happy with Cohen.  Doesn't your heart bleed?  The Washington Post reports:

"President Trump lashed out at his former personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen on Wednesday for releasing a recorded conversation between the two, asking on Twitter “what kind of lawyer would tape a client?”

-- One who's wisely covering his ass against a congenital liar, Mr. 'President.'

"Trump’s comments came the morning after Lanny Davis, a lawyer for Cohen, released a recording of a September 2016 phone call between Trump and Cohen that makes it appear Trump was familiar with a deal that Playboy model Karen McDougal made to sell the rights to her story of an alleged affair with him."

Chagrined you were again caught in a lie, Mr. 'President?'

“So sad! Is this a first, never heard of it before?” Trump wrote, adding: “I hear there are other clients and many reporters that are taped - can this be so? Too bad!”

Jesus Christ.  'Stupid is as stupid does.'

"Trump also expressed concern that the recording had been terminated “while I was presumably saying positive things.” He did not elaborate."

Why not elaborate, Mr. 'President?'  Especially, if you did indeed have something positive to say.

"New York is a “one-party consent” state, meaning that in general, it is legal to record a conversation as long as at least one party agrees, even if that person is the one doing the recording. In addition, Trump’s attorneys have not claimed the recording is a privileged attorney-client conversation."

Latter, fascinating, isn't it?  Raises the question what indeed are you bitching about, Mr. 'President?'

"A transcript, provided by President Trump’s legal team, shows that the then-GOP presidential nominee does not register confusion or surprise when Cohen refers to a plan to purchase the rights to McDougal’s story from American Media Inc., the parent company of the National Enquirer."

Why would he be surprised?

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Major Second Amendment win.  The Washington Times reports:

"Americans have a constitutional right to openly carry firearms, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday, delivering a major victory to gun rights supporters.  While courts previously have recognized the right to own firearms to protect the home, the decision by the three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit extends that into the public sphere, calling it a “core Second Amendment right.”  In a 2-1 ruling, the panel said Hawaii’s law severely restricting guns outside homes or businesses tramples on that right."

Last best defense against outrageously corrupt, abusive, murderous government.

"Judge Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain, who wrote the majority opinion, scoured history from Geoffrey Chaucer’s England to the American antebellum period to trace the history of gun rights. He ruled that there is little doubt the authors of the Second Amendment were comfortable with Americans openly carrying weapons for self-defense, and until the Constitution is changed, that remains the standard.  “For better or for worse, the Second Amendment does protect a right to carry a firearm in public for self-defense,” the judge wrote."

Indeed.  Breath of fresh air in exceptionally turbulent times.  Likely be appealed to the full court, then on to the Supreme Court:

"The case could be appealed to the full 9th Circuit, frequently cited as the most liberal appeals court in the country, where the decision could be overturned.  But it eventually would end up before the U.S. Supreme Court, the judges in the case predicted, adding yet another high-profile issue to the battle over President Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to fill the looming vacancy on the high court."

The fight over Kavanaugh ought to be quite an interesting one.

"The Supreme Court, in a series of rulings over the past decade, has held that the Second Amendment guarantees a personal right to bear arms, rejecting arguments of some constitutional scholars that the amendment applied only to state militias.  The court has said some restrictions on gun ownership are allowed but has yet to set those limits."

Gun control advocates are not happy campers.  Doesn't your heart bleed?

“In light of the already existing circuit split, I assume that the Supreme Court will find it appropriate at some point to revisit the reach of the Second Amendment and to speak more precisely to the limits on the authority of state and local governments to impose restrictions on carrying guns in public,” Judge Clifton said.  Gun control advocates were dismayed by Tuesday’s ruling.  Hawaii Attorney General Russell Suzuki said it “would undermine Hawaii’s strong gun control law and our commitment to protect the public.”

Why aren't you protecting the public from the murderous jackbooted bastards in blue who continue to murder innocent unarmed civilians?

"He said he will consult with Hawaii County to figure out the next steps.  Hannah Shearer, litigation director at the Giffords Law Center, said guns in public are dangerous to both gun owners and non-owners.  “The open carry of firearms is particularly dangerous: It diverts law enforcement resources to investigating gun carriers and chills the exercise of First Amendment and other constitutional rights,” Ms. Shearer said."

Think so?  Or, is the opposite the case?  Or, is the truth in fact somewhere in between?

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ICE and the Border Patrol have their heads securely lodged up their ass.  NPR reports:

"The Trump administration has told a federal judge that it has reunited more than 1,000 parents with their children after the families were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border, but it has lost track of hundreds more parents."

Imagine that.  Couldn't be, could it?

"The data, submitted in a court hearing on Tuesday, suggests that, by the government's accounting, it will largely meet a second deadline imposed by the judge to bring eligible immigrant families back together."

Hold the bastards in contempt.

"U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw set a deadline of this Thursday late last month, giving the government 30 days to reunite more than 2,500 children, ages 5 to 17, with their parents. He set an earlier deadline of July 10 for children under 5.  In the older group, the administration confirmed that 1,012 adults have been reunited with their children so far, and another 600 are set to meet over the next two days, pending transportation and weather-related delays."

How is it government can separate parents from children, yet have no means of tracking?

"But lawyers for the government also revealed that as many as 463 parents may have been deported or have voluntarily left the U.S. without their children. Justice Department attorneys were unable to offer any details about the circumstances under which they were removed, where they might reside and why their children may have been left behind."

Epitome of ineptness or done intentionally by the Trump nazi and his henchmen to discourage asylum requests.

"The government is still trying to determine whether reunification is required or even possible for another 260 children. They may have been released to other family members or are in the care of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, according to Sarah Fabian, an attorney for the Department of Justice."

Don't Republicans claim to be the party of the family?

NBC reports:

"Federal immigration agents have used more aggressive tactics since a January 2017 executive order by President Donald Trump that broadened their authority, a New York immigrant advocacy group alleges."

Surprised?  Why?  Forget?  Our formerly great country is transitioning from the de facto fascist police-state we've lived in for years to the Trump nazi's Fourth Reich.

"In a report dubbed "ICEwatch" released Monday that details more than 650 arrests or operations by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in New York state, the Immigrant Defense Project says ICE agents have increasingly made arrests in courthouses, used ruses such as posing as police officers, and used excessive force while enforcing immigration law."

Jackbooted traitorous nazi motherf--kers.

"ICE relies on fearmongering, secrecy, deceit, manipulation, and force to enact its devastating deportation mandate to deport as many people as possible," said Genia Blaser, IDP senior staff attorney. "By making the reports of their dehumanizing tactics widely available through ICEwatch, we aim to inform the public and community members around the escalation of 'unshackled' ICE policing."

Nazi storm troopers.

"IDP and the Center for Constitutional Rights, another legal advocacy group, compiled the report and created an interactive map by collecting data from local organizations, regional immigrant assistance centers, the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project and calls to the IDP hotline. IDP says it confirms the accounts by speaking with those arrested, their attorneys, witnesses and others with "direct knowledge."

Indeed, a desperately needed public service as the United States continues to deteriorate from the bastion of liberty it once was.

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In follow up to an earlier edition, NPR reports:

"A federal judge has ordered the release of an Ecuadorean immigrant detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials last month and held for deportation after he delivered a pizza to a U.S. Army installation in Brooklyn.  U.S. District Judge Paul Crotty ordered the release of Pablo Villavicencio, 35, from the Hudson County Correctional Facility in New Jersey. Villavicencio, who is married to a U.S. citizen, applied for a green card in February and is scheduled for an immigration interview next month.  Crotty granted a stay of deportation while Villavicencio awaits permanent residence.  "Although he stayed in the United States unlawfully and is currently subject to a final order of removal, he has otherwise been a model citizen," Crotty wrote in his order.  "He has no criminal history," the judge wrote. "He has paid his taxes. And he has worked diligently to provide for his family."  Villavicencio, who is originally from Ecuador, was arrested on June 1 while delivering a pizza to the Fort Hamilton Army base. He says a guard on duty at the base asked to see his identification and Villavicencio produced a municipal identification card, but the guard refused to accept it. The officer then ran a background check on Villavicencio and discovered a pending deportation order from 2010. He was then turned over to ICE officials.  In 2013, Villavicencio married Sandra Chica, a naturalized citizen. The couple have two small children.  Gregory Copeland, a lawyer representing Villavicencio from the Legal Aid Society of New York, called the judge's order "absolutely sensational."

Here's the clincher:

"As The New York Times notes, "The order came after a morning hearing in which ... Crotty , an appointee of President George W. Bush and the former corporation counsel for Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, pointedly questioned the government about why it had detained Mr. Villavicencio and planned to deport him. "Is there any concept of justice here?" Judge Crotty asked the government's lawyer."

Certainly, not in Nazi America.

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Consider the following poll results.  NPR reports:

"Americans don't think President Trump has been tough enough on Russia, according to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll conducted after Trump's summit in Helsinki last week with Russian President Vladimir Putin.  Nearly two-thirds said so, and it wasn't just Democrats. Almost half of Republicans surveyed (47 percent) also said Trump hasn't been tough enough on Russia, with just 20 percent saying he has taken about the right approach."

Fascinating, isn't it?

"As to whether Trump should view Putin as a friend or foe, Americans are nearly evenly split, with 45 percent saying he should be seen as an enemy and 44 percent saying he is an ally. That might be a surprise to those who grew up in the Cold War era, but partisanship might have something to do with it. Among GOP voters, 58 percent view the Russian leader as an ally."

Especially striking coming from Republicans who were rabidly anti-Russian for decades.

"A majority of adults overall (59 percent) do think it's better for the U.S. to build relationships with Russia, while less than a third say the country should be treated as a threat. Still, half of Democrats think Russia should be treated as a threat, while more than three-quarters of Republicans say the U.S. should build relationships with the country. That happens to be Trump's position."

Come as any surprise?  Especially, still not clear precisely what the Russian dictator may or may not have on the Trump nazi.  LOL.

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The following series of articles were written days before Trump's traitorous news conference with Putin.  Kindly, keep that in mind as you review the following material.  The news conference is indeed covered later in this edition. Patience:

Fireworks in the House.  NBC reports:

"Deepening tension between congressional Republicans and the Justice Department erupted in full public view Thursday, as a senior FBI agent sparred with lawmakers who suggested his bias against President Trump tainted the department’s Russia investigation."

Can't remember the last time an FBI agent so ferociously unloaded on House inquisitors.  LOL.  Took no shit.

"Peter Strzok, the senior FBI official who oversaw the Hillary Clinton email investigation and helped lead the initial probe of ties between Russia and the Trump campaign strongly rejected claims that personal political views he shared with a colleague affected his official actions, while accusing Republicans of furthering Vladimir Putin’s goal of sowing discord in the U.S."

With the lunatic Trump nazi in power, Republicans are, indeed, between a rock and a hard place.  -- Had it been a Democratic president making nice with the Putin dictator as the Trump nazi has done, think they wouldn't be screaming bloody murder?  LOL.

“I have the utmost respect for Congress’s oversight role, but I truly believe that today’s hearing is just another victory notch in Putin’s belt and another milestone in our enemies’ campaign to tear America apart,” he said at a joint hearing of the House Oversight and Judiciary Committees, who have been jointly probing the Justice Department’s handling of both probes Strzok helped lead."

Has a point, doesn't he?  Yet, gutless Republicans, along partisan lines, continue to defend this abomination.

"But Republicans relentlessly questioned Strzok over some of the thousands of text messages he exchanged with Lisa Page, counsel to then-FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, in which the two were critical of then-candidate Trump."

So what?  Delusionally believe both major political parties don't do precisely the same?  Insane to think there is anyone in any position who is not biased.  Including, on the bench.  Everyone has a perspective.  Viewpoint.  Forget?  Everyone has both an opinion, -- and an asshole.  Difference?  Latter serves an eminently useful purpose.  Former?  Worthless.

Used to be partisans in Congress, as well as in the judiciary, could set aside partisanship and personal bias.  For the most part, no longer.  Certainly, not in Congress.  Or, the Supreme Court.  Must change.  If not, hear the rumble?  An unwanted dreaded second American revolution catastrophically looming.

"Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., noted that in August of 2016, within one week of the Justice Department’s decision to open the Russia probe, Page and Strzok exchanged messages that included “F Trump,” and Strzok saying: “I can protect our country at so many levels.”

Republicans didn't do the same to Obama, then Hillary?  Give me a break.  Your hypocrisy, --stunning, unbecoming.  You bastards are doing the same, then criticizing the other side for doing precisely what you've perfected into an art and science.  LOL.

“We're not even a week into an investigation that you originated, approved, were the contact for, you hadn't interviewed a single solitary soul until August the 11th, and you're already promising to protect the country from that menace Donald Trump,” Gowdy said."

What are you complaining about, Congressman?  Your nazi fuhrer is enthroned in the Oval Office.  Remains an exigent threat to life, liberty, all civil and constitutional rights and liberties, yet you gutless bastards remain cowardly silent.  In 1974, you stood tall against one of your own, the criminal Nixon nazi.  Trump presents a far, far greater threat to our democratic republic.

Yet, you traitorously protect and coddle the nazi bastard.  Applaud his diabolical effort to fully load the Supreme Court with a 5-nazi Republican majority on a far from non-partisan bench.  Fail to hear the rumble.  Pending national calamity.  An unwanted dreaded second American revolution catastrophically looming.

"In his opening statement Strzok acknowledged making “blunt” comments about Trump and other political figures, and expressed regret. Responding to Gowdy, Strzok said messages such as that one were “written late at night, off-the-cuff,” and reflecting his immediate views about news of the day.  “To suggest somehow we can parse down the words of short hand textual conversations like they're some contract for a car is simply not consistent with my or most people's use of text messaging,” he said. “The suggestion that I in some dark chamber somewhere in the FBI would somehow cast aside all of these procedures, all of these safe guards, and somehow be able to do this is astounding me. It simply couldn’t happen. And the proposition that it is going on, that it might occur anyway in the FBI, deeply corrodes what the FBI is in American society.”

The above is unquestionably a vision of what the FBI supposedly stood for.  J. Edgar Hoover certainly put the lie to the ruse, however.  Abused power to go after Martin Luther King, Jr., dissidents, and all those who opposed government policy.  Engaged in 'dirty tricks.'  Disgraced himself and his agency repeatedly over the decades.  List can go on and on.

Yet, there is some small semblance of honor:

"Strzok noted that he was one of a very small number of people with knowledge of the fact that the FBI had launched a counterintelligence investigation involving the Trump campaign.  “This information had the potential to derail, and quite possibly, defeat Mr. Trump. But the thought of exposing that information never crossed my mind,” he said."

Democrats remain determinedly ineffective:

"Democrats largely used the hearing to attack Republicans for what they described as a coordinated effort with the White House to delegitimize the Russia probe now led by special counsel Robert Mueller.  "Accountability is coming one way or another, and they are scared and are trying to undermine the investigation,” said Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee."

Why haven't you walked off the floor when Republicans determinedly passed measures designed to transform the de facto fascist police-state we currently live in to the Trump nazi's Fourth Reich?  Goddamned gutless.  Ineffective.  Fools.

"At one point the hearing devolved into a shouting match between Republicans and Democrats over procedural issues, after Strzok said he had been instructed by Justice Department not to answer a question about the Russia investigation, because it is ongoing. Republicans threatened to hold him in contempt of Congress, which Democrats contested. Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif. called it a “circus,” while Gerry Connolly, D-Va., called it a “political show trial.”

Certainly, a good time to have walked off the floor in protest.  Instead of wasting effort engaging in hollow, empty, meaningless rhetoric.

Epitome of Republican hypocrisy:

"Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, at one point called Strzok “disgraceful,” accusing him of lying to the committee under oath and even raising his extramarital affair.  "I can’t help but wonder when I see you looking there with a little smirk, how many times did you look so innocent into your wife’s eye and lie to her,” Gohmert said, prompting howls from Democrats at what they called an “outrageous” comment."

Jesus Christ.  Where has this bastard been vis a vis the Trump nazi and all his affairs?  Live in a glass house?  Not smart to throw stones.

“I have always told the truth,” Strzok replied "The fact that you would accuse me otherwise, the fact that you would question whether or not that was the sort of look I would engage with with a family member who I have acknowledged hurting goes more to a discussion of your character."

F--king right.  Let it rip, Mr. Strzok.  F--k the hypocritical GOP nazi.

"Strzok had already appeared before the same committees in June for a closed, 11-hour interview with the same congressional committees. Democrats tried unsuccessfully to force Republicans to release the transcript of that interview, which they said included many of the same questions being asked publicly Thursday."

Why wasn't that done?  What are you bastards hiding?  No more than partisan goddamned horse shit.  Anything to divert attention from the Mueller investigation.  Derail it to protect the Trump nazi.

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In follow up to the above, consider the following.  The Washington Post reports:

"A dozen Russian intelligence officers have been charged with conspiring to hack Democrats during the 2016 presidential campaign, according to a new indictment in the probe led by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III."

Couldn't be, could it?

"The 12 were members of Russian military intelligence, known as the GRU, and are accused of engaging in a sustained effort to hack the computer networks of Democratic organizations and the Hillary Clinton campaign."

Why are Trump and his henchmen continuing to deny the fact the Russians interfered in the last presidential election.  Makes the nazi look guilty, desperate to hide something.

"Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein detailed the new charges at a mid-day press conference. Mueller, as has been his practice, was not expected to attend the announcement. Court records show a grand jury Mueller has been using returned an indictment Friday morning."

How about that?

"Mueller and a team of prosecutors have been working since May 2017 to determine if any Trump associates conspired with Russia to interfere in the election. His work had already led to charges against 20 people on crimes ranging from money laundering to lying to the FBI. Fourteen of those charged earlier are Russians who are unlikely to ever be put on trial in the United States."

Had it been a Democratic president doing what Trump is doing vis a vis the Russian fiasco, think they wouldn't have already impeached and convicted the sorry son of a bitch?

"Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, is in jail in Alexandria, Va., awaiting trial later this month on financial fraud charges stemming from activities that pre-dated the Trump campaign."

There are developments on the above which will be addressed in this edition, shortly.

"Mueller’s probe has come under sustained attack from Trump and his supporters in Congress, who call it a witch hunt and a politically-motivated attempt to hurt the president."

Anything to divert attention from the truth, block the investigation.  Protect Trump and those closest to him.

"On Thursday, GOP lawmakers skewered FBI agent Peter Strzok at a congressional hearing over his work as the former lead agent in the Russia probe and an earlier investigation of Clinton’s use of a private email server when she was secretary of state. Over the course of a ten-hour hearing, Strzok fought back defending the FBI while also expressing regret for his personal statements expressing disdain for then-candidate Donald Trump."

Republicans are clearly running scared.  Know Mueller is closing in.  Interestingly, a fellow Republican no less.  LOL.  His investigation is only a little over a year old.  Has already produced a number of indictments.  Hillary, while egregiously unfit to be president, was investigated for something over three years.  Yet, nothing came of it.  Fascinating, isn't it?

Why is it the high and mighty aren't afforded the same treatment in jail and prison the rest of the population is accorded?  NPR reports:

"The team prosecuting President Trump's former campaign chairman has a message for Paul Manafort: no more excuses."


"Lawyers working for Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller objected Wednesday to Manafort's bid to delay the trial scheduled for July 25 in Alexandria, Va. To make their case, they cited recorded jail calls and prison logs suggesting Manafort has been getting better treatment than most detainees, not worse."

You think?  Consider the following:

"Among the unique privileges Manafort enjoys at the jail are a private, self-contained living unit, which is larger than other inmates' units, his own bathroom and shower facility, his own personal telephone, and his own workspace to prepare for trial," the prosecutors wrote.  In monitored phone calls at the Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw, Va., Manafort has told others he is being treated like a "VIP," the government team added.  Manafort has been held there since June 15, when a judge in Washington, D.C., ordered him detained, partly because of new charges that he had attempted to tamper with witnesses."

Doesn't your heart bleed?  Have to give Mueller great credit for figuratively holding this bastard's feet to the fire.  Most unusual in Nazi America where the top of the food chain usually skate.

"The back-and-forth matters because Manafort has cited restrictive conditions of his pretrial detention as a reason to postpone his case on bank and tax fraud charges until at least the autumn. Manafort's lawyers said he had "very limited access to his attorneys and the records."

Unadulterated horse shit:

"But the special counsel's team reported on Wednesday that Manafort told an unnamed person by phone that "I've gone through all the discovery now," only days before his lawyers filed a motion to continue the case. Prosecutors also told Judge T.S. Ellis III that Manafort has had multiple visits with his legal team each week.  Government lawyers reported Manafort had over 100 phone calls with his attorneys in the past three weeks. They made clear they were not monitoring what was discussed in his calls with lawyers but rather relying on a prison telephone log to note the calls that were taking place.  The special counsel's lawyers reported that the jail in Warsaw doesn't allow prisoners to send emails but that Manafort "appears to have developed a workaround" by reading and drafting messages on a second laptop that's brought in and out of the jail by his legal team.  "When the team takes the laptop from the jail, it reconnects to the Internet and Manafort's emails are transmitted," they wrote."

Think a poor bastard in jail on a drug charge can finagle the same?  LOL.

"The government team also suggested Manafort may have other reasons for seeking to delay his case in Virginia. They said they gained access to another prison call on June 20 in which Manafort spoke with someone skeptical about delaying the Virginia case and bringing forward a separate trial in Washington, D.C.  Manafort told his listener to "think about how it'll play elsewhere. ... There is a strategy to it, even in failure, but there's a hope to it."

Bet there is.  Especially, when you have the very best legal team money can buy.  ... While the unwashed get at best a public defender who is overworked, underpaid, certainly not privy to the same resources the high and mighty have.

"The context for Manafort's comment wasn't clear, but he is facing charges related to his work on behalf of clients overseas, including the onetime government of Ukraine and a powerful Russian oligarch."

Precisely, why Trump continues to whine about the investigation.  Bet the bastard isn't shitting?

Here's precisely the advantage of having the very best legal counsel money can buy:

"Manafort lawyer Jay Nanavati responded with his own court filing late Wednesday.  Nanavati said the government's arguments were largely "self serving and inaccurate." He said Manafort is not doing any kind of "email workaround" of the sort the prosecutors described. Rather, he said, Manafort is providing information to his attorneys, who then act on the information after they leave the jail.  As for listening in on Manafort's phone calls, Nanavati wrote: "Armed with personal conversations between Mr. Manafort and his family, the special counsel selects snippets to support its version of events. The special counsel does not pause to consider the reasons a detained defendant might have to make his situation sound better when speaking with concerned friends and family."

Consider the following:

"Ellis, the judge in the Virginia case, has directed lawyers for both sides to appear on July 17, to argue about whether the case should be delayed or moved.  Earlier this week, the judge had ordered that Manafort be moved from the Northern Neck jail, more than 100 miles away from his lawyers, to the Alexandria Detention Center near the courthouse. Ellis said he made that decision in response to Manafort's complaints about the difficulty in getting ready for the trial.  But soon after the judge issued his order, Manafort's lawyers essentially told the judge "never mind" and urged the court to keep Manafort in his current jail in Warsaw."

Get this:

"The judge made a different call. In a document dated July 10 but made public on Wednesday, Ellis wrote: "It is surprising and confusing when counsel identifies a problem and then opposes the most logical solution to that problem. The dissonance between defendant's motion to continue and motion opposing transfer ... cannot be easily explained or resolved."  Ellis concluded that Manafort's ability to prepare for trial "trumps his personal comfort." He instructed the U.S. Marshals Service to move Manafort to Alexandria, as he initially planned."

CBS News reports:

"Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been moved to an Alexandria jail pending trial, though he had decided he wanted to remain detained in Northern Neck Virginia, a couple of hours away. Manafort had initially complained about his detention in Northern Neck because, he said, it was too far for his lawyers to travel, and this was impeding his ability to prepare his defense in the two trials he faces, one later this month for bank fraud and failure to file income taxes and one in September in Washington, D.C., for violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act."

Poor baby.  Doesn't your heart bleed?

"Then, once Judge T.S. Ellis ruled that he should be moved to the Alexandria facility earlier this week, Manafort filed another response effectively rescinding his request, citing "concerns about his safety" and "challenges he will face in adjusting to a new place of confinement and the changing circumstances of detention two weeks before trial. In other words, he had decided he wanted to stay in Northern Neck, where, the special counsel pointed out, Manafort had said he was being treated like a "VIP."

Jesus Christ.  How about that?  LOL.

"The judge was unmoved by Manafort's arguments. The Alexandria Detention Center, he pointed out is "very familiar with housing high-profile defendants including foreign and domestic terrorists, spies and traitors."


"All of those defendants were housed safely in Alexandria pending their respective trials," Ellis continued, "and defendant's experience at the Alexandria Detention Center will presumably be no different."


"It is hereby ORDERED that defendant's motion opposing his transfer to the Alexandria Detention Center is DENIED," he concluded in his ruling Wednesday. Ellis has ordered that Manafort also will be permitted to meet and confer with his attorneys at least 8 hours per day for the next two weeks before trial."

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The Russian effort to interfere with the last presidential election was certainly concerted.  NPR reports:

"Russia's information attack against the United States during the 2016 election cycle sought to take advantage of the greater trust that Americans tend to place in local news.  The information operatives who worked out of the Internet Research Agency in St. Petersburg did not stop at posing as American social media users or spreading false information from purported news sources, according to new details.  They also created a number of Twitter accounts that posed as sources for Americans' hometown headlines.  NPR has reviewed information connected with the investigation and found 48 such accounts. They have names such as @ElPasoTopNews, @MilwaukeeVoice, @CamdenCityNews and @Seattle_Post.

The idea was to sow discord.  The effort continues.

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Trump's reaction to the Mueller indictments of the Russians?  The Washington Post reports:

"Before he embarked on a week of transatlantic diplomacy, President Trump sat down with Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, who previewed for the boss an explosive development: The Justice Department would soon indict 12 Russian intelligence officers for hacking Democratic emails to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election.  For the first time, the United States would be charging Russian government agents with planning and executing a sustained cyberattack to disrupt America’s democratic process. Yet Trump gave no sign in his commentary in Europe this week that he appreciated the magnitude of what he had been told was coming."

Trump is either delusional, -- or beholden to Putin.  For whatever the reason.  Precisely, why it remains essential the Mueller investigation continue unimpeded.

Think the following appropriate coming from an American president?

"Instead, he repeated his frequent attacks on the integrity of the wide-ranging Russia probe led by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III — while offering kind words for Russian President Vladimir Putin, who he is slated to meet here in Helsinki on Monday.  Trump said Putin should not be considered his enemy but rather his competitor — and after spending some time together here in this vibrant seaside Nordic capital, Trump said he hoped they might quickly become friends."

Worse?  Get this:

"Trump pledged to ask Putin in their tete-a-tete whether Russia interfered in the election — “your favorite question about meddling,” he said mockingly to a Washington Post reporter. But he said he expected Putin, again, to deny it, and that they then would move on to other subjects.  “There won’t be a Perry Mason moment here, I don’t think,” Trump joked, referring to a witness dramatically reversing his or her testimony to confess a crime."

Jesus Christ.  Trump has either lost his mind, -- or is beholden to Putin.  Think the Russian dictator may not have something on him?  Had it been a Democratic president, think Republicans wouldn't be screaming bloody murder?

"On Friday, just hours before Rosenstein announced the indictments from Justice Department headquarters in Washington, Trump stood on foreign soil — at a news conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May at her Chequers estate in the English countryside — and denounced the investigation that produced them."

Think that isn't treason?  ... A 'president' with something to hide?

“I would call it the rigged witch hunt,” Trump said of the Mueller probe, which so far has yielded charges or guilty pleas against 32 Russians and Americans, including former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who is in jail."

Wouldn't want to confuse the nazi with the truth, would we?

"In the hours after the Justice Department’s indictments were filed, lawmakers from both parties urgently called on Trump to confront Putin, force Russia to change course and guard against another intrusion in future elections."

Time for Republicans to do far more.

“These revelations add to a body of evidence confirming an extensive plot by Vladimir Putin’s government to attack the 2016 election, sow chaos and dissension among the American electorate, and undermine faith in our democracy,” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said in a statement. “If President Trump is not prepared to hold Putin accountable, the summit in Helsinki should not move forward.”

Time for the House to consider impeachment proceedings.  For Republicans to finally stand up to this abomination.

"Some Democrats, including Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (N.Y.), said Trump should immediately cancel his Helsinki summit with Putin.  “Glad-handing with Vladimir Putin on the heels of these indictments would be an insult to our democracy,” Schumer said in a statement."

It is treason.

"Democrats on the House Foreign Affairs Committee signed a letter to Trump that said, “Unfortunately, due to your constant expressions of sympathy for Vladimir Putin, your conflicts of interest, and your attacks on our closest allies, we do not have confidence that you can faithfully negotiate with the Russian leader, and we urge you to cancel the meeting.”

Not going to happen.

"But as night fell Friday in the United Kingdom, where Trump is staying through the weekend, neither the president nor his White House spokesmen condemned Russia for the allegations detailed in the indictments. The meeting in Helsinki was still on."

This is a 'president' who has either lost his mind, -- or, complicit.

"When he was asked Thursday by a reporter what he would do if Putin denies Russia’s involvement, Trump said, “He may deny it. I mean, it’s one of those things. So all I can do is say, ‘Did you?’ and ‘Don’t do it again.’”

Sounds like an 8th grader, doesn't he?

"There was no indication late Friday that Trump was preparing to say anything else in their meeting to hold Putin accountable."

Think this in the best interests of the United States?

"Joyce Vance, who served as a U.S. attorney in Alabama during the Obama administration, said Trump’s apparent indifference to the election attack is “shocking.”

Worse than that?  Treasonous.  Especially, in light of the fact the hacks occurred the very same day in 2016 Trump urged the Russians to find Hillary's missing emails.

“Cyberspace is the new front of warfare and our country was attacked, but instead of treating this like the real Pearl Harbor moment that it is, the president just wants to have business as usual,” Vance said."

Why aren't Republicans standing up to this bastard?

"Announcing the indictments, Rosenstein bemoaned the extent to which the Russia probe has divided Americans along partisan lines.  “When we confront foreign interference in American elections, it is important for us to avoid thinking politically as Republicans or Democrats and instead to think patriotically as Americans,” Rosenstein said. “The blame for election interference belongs to the criminals who committed election interference. We need to work together to hold the perpetrators accountable.”

Exactly, right.  We've lost ourselves.

"U.S. intelligence agencies concluded in October 2016 that Russia orchestrated the hacking of Democratic emails — as well as other tactics, including a campaign to infiltrate social media with fake news — and that the Russian operation was designed explicitly to help Trump defeat Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton."

Yet, Republicans have no problem with this.  Amazing, isn't it?  Delusionally believe it could not be them some point in the future?

"The emails, some salacious and damaging to Clinton, were illegally released through WikiLeaks. Trump often discussed their contents in his campaign rally speeches. “I love WikiLeaks,” he told one crowd in Pennsylvania. A couple days later in Florida, he said, “It tells you the inner heart. You gotta read it.”  For many months, Trump refused to believe that Russia was behind the hacked emails.  “The new joke in town is that Russia leaked the disastrous DNC e-mails, which should never have been written (stupid), because Putin likes me,” Trump tweeted in July 2016.  At a fall 2016 debate with Clinton, Trump sought to sow doubt that the Russians were behind the hacking by suggesting that it could have been done by the Chinese or by “somebody sitting on their bed that weighs 400 pounds.”

Pathetic, isn't it?  Think this man fit to be president?

"It was only after he won the election, at a news conference shortly before his inauguration, that Trump stated publicly that Russia committed the hacking, though he has waffled in his public statements since then.  Trump’s advisers have said he resists acknowledging the election interference because he does not want to attribute his election win to any force other than his skills as a candidate."

Think Trump places the best interests of the United States first, -- or profound narcissism?

"Trump and his legal team, led by former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, have aggressively attacked the Mueller investigation in recent months, part of a more combative approach designed in part to turn Trump’s loyal supporters against it and sow doubt in its eventual findings."

Called treason.  Unbecoming a U.S. president.

"Trump regularly tweets the phrase “witch hunt” — sometimes spelled in all-capital letters — to vent about the Mueller operation or to stir up people against it. But Democrats say he is not taking the investigation seriously enough."

What Trump is doing is behaving like a grammar school kid.

"John D. Podesta, the former Clinton campaign chairman whose personal email account was among those hacked, told ABC News, “Donald Trump likes to describe this as a ‘witch hunt.’ Well, we just found some witches, and they were indicted.”

Means nothing to Republicans who traitorously support the Trump nazi no matter what he does or doesn't do.

CBS News reports:

"President Trump on Saturday blamed the Obama administration for not responding aggressively enough to Russian hacking of Democratic targets in the 2016 U.S. election — cyberattacks underpinning the indictment announced Friday of 12 Russian military intelligence officers.  Mr. Trump's first personal response to special counsel Robert Mueller's initial charges against Russian government officials for interfering in American politics came in tweets the president posted while at his golf resort in Scotland, two days before a high-stakes summit in Finland with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Mr. Trump said he will bring up election meddling with the foreign president.  On Saturday morning, Mr. Trump referred to the detailed, 29-page indictment of Russian intelligence officials from his own government as "stories."  "The stories you heard about the 12 Russians yesterday took place during the Obama Administration, not the Trump Administration," Trump tweeted. "Why didn't they do something about it, especially when it was reported that President Obama was informed by the FBI in September, before the Election?"

Trump, disingenuously, already knew the reason why Obama did nothing.  Did not wish to appear to be using his office to actively support Clinton's run for the presidency.  Think Trump and his fellow Republicans wouldn't have immediately accused him of doing such?

"When he has seemed to suggest acknowledgment of Russian meddling in the past, Mr. Trump has also blamed Obama for failing to do enough. The Saturday tweet follows a statement from the White House Friday that honed in on the fact that the indictment charges no Americans and does not claim the vote count was changed by the alleged meddling, while failing to condemn the Russians or hacking itself."

Fascinating, isn't it?  First, the investigation is not yet over.  Not clear yet whether or not there will be any further indictments.  Second, we'll likely never know whether or not the hacking affected the outcome of the election.

"The indictment identifies the defendants as officers with Russia's Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff, also known as GRU. If that link is established, it would shatter the Kremlin denials of the Russian state's involvement in the U.S. elections, given that the GRU is part of the state machine."

Think any other American president, Democrat or Republican, would not be extremely concerned with the above?

"The Russian defendants are not in custody, and it is not clear they will ever appear in an American court. The U.S. does not have an extradition treaty with Russia."

Think Mueller just wasted his time and effort?  Or, using it as ground work for further indictments of Americans involved in the fiasco?  We'll see, won't we?  The investigation is not yet over.  Despite desperate attempts by Trump, his henchmen, and other Republicans to end it.

"The indictment accuses the Russian hackers, starting in March 2016, of covertly monitoring the computers of dozens of Democratic officials and volunteers, implanting malicious computer code known as malware to explore the networks and steal data, and sending phishing emails to gain access to accounts."

No problems with any of the above?  You GOP nazis wouldn't have screamed bloody murder had it happened to your operatives?

"One attempt at interference came hours after Trump, in a July 27, 2016, speech, suggested Russians look for emails that Clinton said she had deleted from her tenure as secretary of state.  "Russia, if you're listening," Trump said, "I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing."

Think that isn't treason?  You GOP nazis wouldn't have accused Clinton of the same had it been her instead of the Trump nazi?

"That evening, the indictment says, the Russians attempted to break into email accounts used by Clinton's personal office, along with 76 Clinton campaign email addresses."

Think Mueller and his team are not looking into all this?  Precisely, why Trump, his henchmen, and fellow Republicans are shitting.  Desperate for the investigation to end.

"By June 2016, the defendants, relying on fictional personas such as DCLeaks and Guccifer 2.0, began planning the release of tens of thousands of stolen emails, the indictment alleges.  The Podesta emails published by WikiLeaks displayed the campaign's private communications, including deliberations about messaging that played into attacks that Clinton was calculating and a political flip-flopper. Private speeches she gave to financial industry firms were particularly damaging within the left wing of the Democratic party and among independents frustrated with the influence of Wall Street in politics."

You Republican nazis have no problem with the above?  Wouldn't have screamed bloody murder had it happened to the Trump nazi?  Give me a break.  Your hypocrisy?  Stunning.  Treasonous.  We're supposed to be Americans.  Not goddamned partisans.

"The charges come as Mueller continues to investigate potential coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign. Before Friday, 20 people and three companies had been charged in the investigation."

Wouldn't want to confuse nazi Republicans with the truth, would we?

"Defendants include four former Trump campaign and White House aides, three of whom have pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate, and 13 Russians accused in a powerful social media campaign to sway U.S. public opinion in 2016.  Mr. Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said on Twitter that it was time to end the investigation since "no Americans are involved" in Friday's indictment. But with Mueller still investigating, it's not known whether further indictments are taking shape or will."

Precisely, why Republicans are so desperate for the investigation to end.

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Trump treasonously betrayed his country at the Putin summit.  NBC reports:

"At a press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin on foreign soil, President Donald Trump attacked fellow Americans — Democrats, special counsel Robert Mueller and members of the news media — for damaging U.S.-Russia relations by pursuing questions about Moscow's efforts to help him win the presidency in 2016.  "There was no collusion at all," Trump said here following a one-day summit. "It’s ridiculous what’s going on with the probe."  "The probe is a disaster for our country. It’s kept us separated," he added.  The broadsides against his countrymen were just one of the bizarre aspects of a press conference in which the Russian and American presidents glossed over the differences between the interests of their respective nations, preferring to shower each other with praise than to delve into complex issues of global significance, and Trump gave voice to a series of conspiracy theories about domestic politics."

When will his fellow Republicans finally wake up?

"But the sustained bashing of American institutions and individuals was extraordinary for a U.S. president in any setting, much less here in the shadow of Moscow.  Former CIA Director John Brennan, a Democrat and frequent Trump critic, wrote afterward on Twitter that Trump showed himself to be "wholly in the pocket of Putin" and that his action here "rises to and exceeds the threshold of 'high crimes and misdemeanors'" — the Constitution's phrase for impeachable offenses."

Treason.  Clearly, the Trump nazi is beholden to Putin.

"Trump didn't just insult his domestic critics — he also suggested that Putin is more credible than his own director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, who has accused Russia of undertaking an "unprecedented influence campaign" in 2016 and said that "warning lights are blinking red again" on Russian cyberattacks against the U.S.  "I have great confidence in my intelligence people," Trump said when asked about Coats's conclusions, "but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today."  "[Putin] just said it’s not Russia," Trump also said. "I will say this: I don’t see any reason why it would be."

How has the Russian dictator managed to compromise you, Mr. 'President?'  Forget?  Your own Justice Department days ago indicted twelve Russian intelligence officers.  The prosecutor is a well-respected Republican.

"Asked whether he had wanted Trump to win the election and whether he had directed any officials to help make that happen, Putin responded in the affirmative. "Yes I did. Yes I did," said the Russian leader, in an apparent answer to the first question. "Because he talked about bringing the Russian relationship back to normal."

No problems with the above?  None at all?

"At the press conference, Trump also touted several conspiracy theories related to the election, including asking about the 33,000 Hillary Clinton emails he has long claimed are missing — the very emails he publicly asked Russia to hack before what Mueller says was an "after hours" Russian attack on accounts connected to Clinton's personal office."

No problems with the above, either?

"He threw in references to the whereabouts of a computer server at the Democratic National Committee and the activities of a former House Democratic staffer who some conspiracy theorists have alleged penetrated lawmakers’ computers.  Trump blamed the U.S. in part for the deterioration of the relationship between the two countries in recent years.  "I hold both countries responsible," he said "I think that the United States has been foolish."

Think Trump's not a traitor?

"The fireworks over the Russia probe overshadowed the two presidents' report on what actually happened at their summit, which amounted to no public announcement of any concrete progress on the major issues confronting them.  Trump met with Putin one-on-one for more than two hours and in a session with aides present.  "I think it's a good start," Trump told reporters earlier after the private meeting ended, just ahead of a larger session that would include aides to both leaders. "A very good start for everybody."

Think so?  Other than nothing, what was accomplished?  Why are taxpayers looted to finance this traitorous nonsense?

"The items up for discussion, the president had said as he sat next to Putin in matching chairs at Finland's presidential palace before the first meeting, included trade, military issues, the presidents' relationships with their "mutual friend" Chinese President Xi Jinping and nuclear nonproliferation.

"Getting along with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing," Trump said. "I think the world wants to see us get along, we are the two great nuclear powers, we have 90 percent of the nuclear … that is a negative force."  But he said nothing of the two issues that have most concerned European leaders and members of Congress: Putin's incursions into Ukraine and his meddling with elections in democratic nations, including the 2016 U.S. election that made Trump president."

Think this highly delusional, narcissistic fascist is looking out for the best interests of the United States?  ... Or, covering his sorry ass?

Reaction by both major political parties has not been supportive.  Surprised?  CBS News reports:

"Republicans and Democrats alike are dismayed by President Trump's comments at his joint press conference with Russian leader Vladimir Putin on Monday. Mr. Trump stunned onlookers by repeatedly defending Putin during the press conference from allegations that Russia interfered in the 2016 election and casting doubt on conclusions to that effect made by U.S. intelligence agencies."


"Ari Fleischer, a Republican and prominent Trump defender who served as former President George W. Bush's press secretary, said that while he still does not believe Mr. Trump colluded with Russia in the 2016 elections, he understands now why people think he's being blackmailed.   "I continue to believe there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. But when Trump so easily and naively accepts Putin's line about not being involved, I can understand why [Democrats] think Putin must have the goods on him," Fleischer tweeted."

Not the only Republican to speak out:

"In a series of tweets after the press conference, South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, an ally of Mr. Trump, called the meeting with Putin a "missed opportunity" that would be perceived by "weakness" by Russia. Graham also said that, if it were up to him, the soccer ball Putin gave Mr. Trump would be checked for "listening devices" and never be taken into the White House.

"Retiring Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, one of Mr. Trump's most outspoken critics in the GOP, called the press conference "shameful."

    "I never thought I would see the day when our American President would stand on the stage with the Russian President and place blame on the United States for Russian aggression. This is shameful.
    — Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) July 16, 2018"

Think not?

"Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, called the media event "one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory."

"President Trump proved not only unable, but unwilling to stand up to Putin," McCain said in a statement. "He and Putin seemed to be speaking from the same script as the president made a conscious choice to defend a tyrant against the fair questions of a free press, and to grant Putin an uncontested platform to spew propaganda and lies to the world."

"Nebraska Republican Sen. Ben Sasse, a sometime critic of Mr. Trump, took issue with the president's claim that the U.S. is in part to blame for the state of Russo-American relations. Following up on a tweet he posted early Monday morning, Mr. Trump said at the press conference that he holds "both countries responsible" for tensions between the nuclear powers.

"This is bizarre and flat-out wrong," Sasse said in a statement. "The United States is not to blame. America wants a good relationship with the Russian people but Vladimir Putin and his thugs are responsible for Soviet-style aggression. When the President plays these moral equivalence games, he gives Putin a propaganda win he desperately needs."

That's right.  When will Republicans finally wake up en masse?

"Democrats also criticized Mr. Trump's performance. John O. Brennan, who ran the CIA under President Obama, called Mr. Trump's comments at the press conference "nothing short of treasonous."

"Donald Trump's press conference performance in Helsinki rises to & exceeds the threshold of 'high crimes & misdemeanors.' It was nothing short of treasonous," Brennan tweeted. "Not only were Trump's comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin. Republican Patriots: Where are you???"

This lunatic fascist bastard is, and remains, unfit for office.

Is now being held accountable by members of both major political parties.  Under enormous pressure.  NPR reports:

"A day after his much-criticized news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Trump attempted some damage control Tuesday, saying "I accept" the findings of the U.S. intelligence community that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential campaign."

Think so?

"But he again repeated his claim that there was no collusion between his Presidential campaign and Russia, and suggested that others may also have interfered in the election."

This man is not fit for office.

"During his news conference along side Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki Monday, Trump stated he didn't see "any reason" why Russia was responsible for hacking the 2016 election, as U.S. intelligence agencies have found.  The president also said Monday that Putin's denials of interference were "extremely strong and powerful."

What does Putin have on this guy?

"Before a meeting with GOP lawmakers Tuesday, Trump told reporters he misspoke in Helsinki, and that when he said he saw no reason why it "would" be Russia that interfered, he meant to say "wouldn't."  Trump added that he has "full faith and support for America's great intelligence agencies."

Clearly, doesn't:

"I accept our intelligence community's conclusion that Russia's meddling in the 2016 election took place," Trump said, but then, calling into question the extent of his acceptance, he added that it "could be other people also, there are a lot of people out there."

Talks out both sides his ass.

"House Speaker Paul Ryan talks with reporters Tuesday. He said Russia "did meddle with our elections" and that he would consider further sanctions against Moscow.  Trump walked back his comments after top Republican Congressional leaders implicitly criticized Trump's initial remarks in Finland Tuesday."

NPR reports:

"Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., had the strongest GOP statement, bashing Trump in the immediate aftermath of the news conference. McCain called it "one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory. The damage inflicted by President Trump's naiveté, egotism, false equivalence and sympathy for autocrats is difficult to calculate. But it is clear that the summit in Helsinki was a tragic mistake."  "No prior president has ever abased himself more abjectly before a tyrant," McCain continued. The Republicans' 2008 presidential nominee has been absent from the Senate as he undergoes treatment for brain cancer."

Trump has again contradicted himself claiming the Russians are not targeting this country.  CBS News reports:

"President Trump has denied that Russia is currently targeting the U.S., despite the intelligence community's findings. Mr. Trump made the assertion Wednesday at his first Cabinet meeting since spending a week overseas, where he cast doubt on existing international alliances and neglected to rebuke Russian President Vladimir Putin for Russia's interference in the 2016 U.S. election.  After spending a majority of the meeting highlighting the country's economic successes, Mr. Trump told reporters that there's "never been a president as tough on Russia as I have been."

Once again, president lied.

"President Putin knows that better than anybody, he understands it and he's not happy about it," he added.  When pressed on if Russia was still targeting the U.S. and its election system, Mr. Trump replied, "Thank you very much, no."

Jesus Christ.  Congenital liar.

"His latest comment comes in direct contrast to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats' statement released shortly after the president's summit in Helsinki, which said the intelligence community has "been clear in our assessments of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and their ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy." It's the second time Mr. Trump has contradicted Coats, previously telling CBS Evening News anchor Jeff Glor that he doesn't know if he necessarily agrees with Coats' warning about the "critical" threat of potentially devastating cyberattacks targeting U.S. systems."

The above did not go over well with his fellow Republicans.

"The president's latest flip on his top intel chief's statement is already drawing reaction from Capitol Hill. Trump ally Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, told reporters that "everything I've seen from the intelligence community suggests Russia is interfering with the 2018 election."  Graham added, "I'd be curious to find why the President doesn't believe that" latest suggesting that Mr. Trump "needs to explain to the American people why he rejects the intelligence assessment about their ongoing activity against our democracy."

Trump is both a liar and an idiot.  His earlier statement contradicts not only itself, but the latest:

"On Tuesday in an effort to dispel concerns that the president still had doubts over his own intelligence communities reports, Mr. Trump claimed he accepts the findings of the U.S. intelligence community that Russians interfered in the 2016 election. He also said he misspoke when he suggested otherwise in a widely criticized press conference with Putin on Monday.

"I have full faith and support for America's great intelligence agencies, I always have," Mr. Trump said. "And I have felt very strongly that, while Russia's actions had no impact at all on the outcome of the election, let me be totally clear in saying that, and I have said this many times, I accept our intelligence community's conclusion that Russia's meddling in the 2016 election took place. It could be other people, also. There are lots of people out there."

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Trump disgraced and made a fool of himself at the NATO summit.  CBS News reports:

"We really accomplished a lot with respect to NATO. For years, presidents have been coming to these meetings and talked about the tremendous expense for the U.S. And tremendous progress has been made – everyone has agreed to substantially up their commitment. They're going to up it at levels that they've never thought of before," Mr. Trump said.  "Everybody in that room got along, and they agreed to pay more, and they agreed to pay it more quickly," the president said, adding that when he came to Brussels at the beginning of the week, the "United States was not being treated fairly, but now we are."  Mr. Trump took a lion's share of the credit for making a "much stronger NATO than it was yesterday," adding that his fellow heads of state were "grateful" to him for drawing more money into the transatlantic alliances' coffers."

All bullshit.  'President' lied.  Exposed himself for the pompous, deluded, lying jackass he certainly is.

"French President Emmanuel Macron, however, told reporters in Brussels after Mr. Trump's remarks that NATO member states had made no commitments at this week's summit to increase defense spending beyond the 2 percent of GDP goal which has been in place for almost four years.   "There is a communique that was published yesterday. It's very detailed," said Macron. "It confirms the goal of 2 percent by 2024. That's all."

"Less than an hour before Mr. Trump addressed reporters in the hastily called news conference, NATO leaders reportedly declared an emergency session over the U.S. leader's hammering of America's allies over their defense spending. In a series of tweets from the Belgian capital before Thursday's meetings, Mr. Trump complained the United States "pays tens of Billions of Dollars too much to subsidize Europe" and demanded that members of the military alliance meet their pledge to spend 2 percent of GDP on defense, which "must ultimately go to 4%!"

Trump has lost his mind.  How much is enough?  The United States reportedly spends on defense more than the next seven countries combined.

In another article, CBS News reports:

"In the days before his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki Monday, President Donald Trump upset relations with America's allies during a visit to the United Kingdom and a contentious meeting with NATO leaders in Brussels.  In addition to calling the European Union a "foe" of the U.S. and criticizing British Prime Minister Theresa May for her handling of Brexit, Mr. Trump slammed fellow NATO countries for not contributing more towards defense spending.  On "CBS This Morning" Monday, Ian Bremmer, president of the Eurasia Group and a CBS News senior global affairs contributor, said that backstage at the NATO meeting there were elements that were even more eyebrow-raising than reports have suggested."

Appalling.  An embarrassment to the United States.  Get this:

"One is that emergency session where they asked the Georgian and Ukrainian presidents to leave in the middle of their presentation.  Apparently Trump said, 'OK, we're done with you now,'" Bremmer said.  "Trump was very frustrated; he wasn't getting commitments from other leaders to spend more. Many of them said, 'Well, we have to ask our parliaments. We have a process; we can't just tell you we're going to spend more, we have a legal process.' Trump turns around to the Turkish president, Recep Erdogan, and says, 'Except for Erdogan over here. He does things the right way,' and then actually fist-bumps the Turkish president."  It was a startling gesture of support for the increasingly authoritarian Turkish leader, who recently won another term and is widely expected to continue consolidating his power."

This, what Americans want in the Oval Office?

"If you want to talk about to what extent the allies are comfortable with Trump as a person, a strongman leader, what we saw at the G-20. at that second meeting, what we see now with NATO and the Putin meeting, this is a very visible suggestion," Bremmer said.  "Which would make a fist bump unattractive and disturbing to people – it's a universal sign of 'Way to go, good job,'" said co-host Gayle King.  Bremmer agreed that heralding a strongman leader like Erdogan, who has initiated purges internally against critics and who has no effective domestic opposition, would make other European leaders nervous. "Turkey is hardly a liberal democracy at this point," he said.

Why is it still a member of NATO?  Despite its militarily strategic location.

"Bremmer also spoke to Mr. Trump's announcement at the end of the NATO talks when he took credit for an increase in allies' defense spending despite no announcement of increase.  "Apparently the Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte, was the last person to intervene at the summit," said Bremmer. "Before Trump had his press conference he said [to the president], 'Look, you're really frustrated. Why don't you just take a victory lap? Say that the allies have been spending $32 billion more since you became president. Take credit for it.' That's the last thing Trump heard before he left the meeting."

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Think Trump was welcomed to England with open arms after the fiasco at NATO?  Especially, after the following.  LOL.  NPR reports:

"President Trump, in a wide-ranging interview with The Sun, said British Prime Minister Theresa May ignored his advice on Brexit, a move he said threatens to scuttle a trade deal with the U.S."

Trump doesn't understand the president of the United States is not a dictator.  Does not rule the world.  Presides over what is supposed to be a democratic republic.

"In the interview, which took place at the U.S. Embassy in Brussels, the president also lashed out at the mayor of London, saying he had done "a terrible job." Trump also said that immigrants were destroying European culture and that he planned to maintain good relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin despite nerve agent attacks on U.K. soil that have been blamed on the Kremlin."

Trump continues to emulate his national socialist mentors, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, circa 1933.

"Concerning Brexit, Trump said, "I would have done it much differently. I actually told Theresa May how to do it, but she didn't agree; she didn't listen to me." Instead, he said, May went "the opposite way" and the results have been "very unfortunate."

The president of the United States does not get to dictate his whims to the government of another country.

"Trump also said the deal that May's government has proposed would "probably kill" any trade agreement with the U.S. because Washington "would be dealing with the European Union" instead of with the U.K."

Jesus Christ.  Petulant nazi, isn't he?

"However, just before their meeting at May's country home, Chequers, both leaders emphasized to reporters the "special relationship" between the U.S. and U.K."

She should have told him to get his sorry ass the hell out of her country.  Our closest, most trusted European ally.

"Britain's exit from the European Union, which was approved in a 2016 referendum, has been a complicated divorce, and the U.K. has opted for a "soft Brexit" that includes maintaining some ties to the EU. However, that has angered hard-liners in May's Cabinet and prompted high-level resignations in the past week, including the departure of Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, whom Trump called "a very talented guy."  The president told The Sun that while he is in the U.K., he would like to see Johnson, who, "obviously likes me and says very good things about me."

Jesus Christ.  Certainly, likes to have his ego stroked, doesn't he?

"I was very saddened to see he was leaving government and I hope he goes back in at some point. I think he is a great representative for your country," Trump told the newspaper."

Foreign leaders don't involve themselves in the domestic affairs of allies.  Not so, the Trump nazi.

"On immigration, Trump said, "Allowing the immigration to take place in Europe is a shame."  "I think it changed the fabric of Europe, and unless you act very quickly, it's never going to be what it was and I don't mean that in a positive way," the president said.  "So I think allowing millions and millions of people to come into Europe is very, very sad," he said. "I think you are losing your culture. Look around. You go through certain areas that didn't exist 10 or 15 years ago."

Exact same rhetoric employed by his national socialist mentors, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini some eight decades ago.  Pitiful.  Pathetic. Chilling.  Nazi.

Here's a prime example of Trump's anti-Moslem bigotry:

"The president slammed Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, a city that has been the target of several terrorist attacks in recent years: "I look at cities in Europe, and I can be specific if you'd like. You have a mayor who has done a terrible job in London."  "Take a look at the terrorism that is taking place. Look at what is going on in London. I think he has done a very bad job on terrorism," he said. "I think he has done a bad job on crime, if you look, all of the horrible things going on there, with all of the crime that is being brought in."

Trump talks out his ass.  Ignores the facts.  Lies like hell.  Distorts reality:

"According to statistics from earlier this year, London's homicide rate now rivals New York's. In one month, February 2018, there were 15 homicides in London compared with 14 in New York, according to data gathered by London's Metropolitan Police Service and the New York Police Department, respectively, as reported by The Times of London.  However, as the BBC noted, the previous month showed eight homicides in London compared with 18 in New York. Further, for all of 2017, the homicide rate per 100,000 population was 1.2 for London, compared with 3.4 for New York."

Who the hell is the Trump nazi to cast aspersions when crime remains a problem right here in Nazi America?  To say nothing of growing unrest indicative of the unthinkable.  An unwanted dreaded second American revolution catastrophically looming.  ... Hear the rumble?

"The idea that you can blame this on immigration from Africa is, I think, preposterous, and we should call him out when he does so," Khan told BBC radio on Friday."

Trump perniciously emulates his national socialist mentors, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, circa 1933.  Must be rhetorically challenged every step of the way.

"The president suggested that his dispute with Khan might be partly personal, with the mayor having shown disrespect to him by allowing a 20-foot "Trump Baby" balloon — an orange likeness of Trump wearing a diaper — to fly over London protests during the president's visit."

How can anyone respect a national socialist, fascist, nazi?  How?

"I used to love London as a city," Trump said.  "I haven't been there in a long time. But when they make you feel unwelcome, why would I stay there?" he said. "I guess when they put out blimps to make me feel unwelcome, no reason for me to go to London."

How is a fascist, racist, Aryan arrogant nazi dictator welcome in a democracy?

Trump remains achingly unstable.  Gives an interview, then calls it 'fake news.'  NPR reports:

"President Trump denied criticizing British Prime Minister Theresa May on her home soil Friday, despite being quoted in an interview with a British tabloid saying she had gone "the opposite way" and ignoring advice he gave her regarding Britain's withdrawal from the European Union.  "Trump declared as "fake news" his criticism of May in an interview in The Sun, although the tabloid itself released a recording of the session."

The 'president' remains a congenital liar.

"In the interview, Trump said he would have done Brexit "much differently. I actually told Theresa May how to do it, but she didn't agree, she didn't listen to me." Instead, he said, May went "the opposite way" and the results have been "very unfortunate."  The president also told The Sun that that Boris Johnson, an opponent of May's "soft Brexit" policy who quit as U.K. foreign minister this week, would make a great prime minister.  Standing beside her on Friday, Trump seemed to go out of his way to lavish praise on the British leader, saying "this incredible woman right here is doing a fantastic job."  "She's a total professional," Trump said of May. "I told her, 'I want to apologize, because I said such good things about you.' " Trump said May told him, "don't worry, it's just the press."

Trump shamelessly lies.  Think he's not doing great damage?

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Immigration fiasco continues.  NBC reports:

"The Trump administration has reunited 57 migrant children under age 5 with their parents as of Thursday morning, one day after the court-ordered deadline, but 12 parents who have been deported remain separated from their young children.  Asked if deported parents would see their kids again, officials from the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Health and Human Services told reporters they are under "no obligation to bring people who have no lawful status in this country back into this country for reunification."

Jesus Christ.  Proud to be an American?  Don't Republicans claim to be the party of the family?  How is it the fascist bastards in the Trump regime can separate parents from their children, deport the parents without their children?  How does that happen in a democratic republic?

"The administration's reluctance could be a point of contention on Friday when a federal judge overseeing the reunification of nearly 3,000 migrant families meets with government and ACLU attorneys."

The judiciary needs to stand up to this goddamned nazism.

NPR reports:

"On Thursday, two days after its original deadline, the Trump administration announced that it has complied with the first part of a court order to return the nearly 3,000 migrant children separated from their parents in recent months.  Administration officials had been under a mandate to reunify the youngest minors, or migrants under the age of 5, with their families by Tuesday — and by Thursday morning, they say they have reunited 57 of the 103 children who fit that criteria. Officials determined that the rest, which constitute nearly half the group, are ineligible for reunification due to a variety of reasons, ranging from their parents' criminal records to the fact that some self-proclaimed parents were not their parents at all."

Consider the following:

"It remains to be seen whether the court will agree that the administration has properly complied with its order, however. Justice Department attorneys have been under a 6 p.m. ET Thursday deadline to explain to Dana Sabraw, the U.S. district judge behind the court order, how they returned the eligible children — and why, exactly, the rest are ineligible for return under the court's guidelines.  The group that brought the lawsuit, the American Civil Liberties Union, expressed its own deep skepticism of the administration announcement.  "If in fact 57 children have been reunited because of the lawsuit, we could not be more happy for those families," Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project, said in a statement Thursday. "But make no mistake about it: the government missed the deadline even for these 57 children. Accordingly, by the end of the day we will decide what remedies to recommend to the court for the non-compliance."

Government appears to be dragging its feet.

"The dueling statements come amid continued uncertainty over the number of young children who were separated and placed in federal custody during the implementation of Trump's "zero-tolerance" immigration policy. That total stood at 101 on Friday, according to officials, but crept upward in the following days, even as the ACLU suggested that there could be still more eligible names that officials are missing.  But the principal point of contention is likely to be the matter of eligibility: How did federal officials decide that more than three dozen children cannot be safely returned to their parents at this time — and was that decision in line with the court's criteria?"

Government is doing all it can to obfuscate.

The judiciary, however, is proverbially holding the Trump regime's feet to the fire vis a vis the immigration fiasco.  CNN reports:

"A federal judge has blasted a declaration from a senior official at the Department of Health and Human Services who claimed that using a streamlined approach for reuniting children with their parents separated at the border could place the kids in danger.  "Unfortunately, HHS appears to be operating in a vacuum, entirely divorced from the undisputed circumstances of the case," San Diego-based Judge Dana Sabraw wrote in an order after the HHS declaration was filed late Friday.  In a radical departure from his typical tone to date, the judge -- a George W. Bush appointee -- went on to suggest the department's filing was an attempt to "provide cover to Defendants for their own conduct in the practice of family separation, and the lack of foresight and infrastructure necessary to remedy the harms caused by that practice.

"At the hearing, Sabraw said: "HHS is off in the Hinterlands and is either unwilling or unaware of what's going on in this case with this court's orders."

Jail them for contempt, Judge.

NPR reports:

"A federal judge in California has temporarily halted the deportation of immigrant families that have been reunited after being separated by the Trump administration.  The order was issued Monday by Judge Dana Sabraw, the same judge who previously ordered the government to reunite the families.  It comes as the Trump administration is scrambling to reunite roughly 2,550 immigrant children with their parents by the court-imposed deadline of July 26. What will happen to those families after reunification isn't clear.  Lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union, which brought the lawsuit, say they're concerned about rumors of "mass deportations" of families that have just been reunited — potentially leaving parents with just hours to make the "momentous decision" about whether to leave their children behind in the United States.  In court papers filed Monday, the ACLU urged the the judge to prohibit the government from removing parents until at least 7 days after reunification."

Judge took action:

"In response, Judge Sabraw ordered a temporary halt to deportations for one week. Lawyers for the Trump administration have until Monday, July 23 to reply to the ACLU's motion.  "The judge once again made clear that the government unconstitutionally took these children away and now must do everything in its power to reunite them safely and by the deadline." said Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project, who has been arguing the case."

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Asylum ruling.  NPR reports:

"A federal judge in California has ordered the Trump administration to reconsider the asylum requests of nearly 90 Iranian refugees — overruling the blanket denial the government had issued to all of them. Instead, the Department of Homeland Security must disclose individual reasons for the denials, which allows the claimants to file an appeal."

Called due process.

"The mass denial, issued Feb. 18, left the group marooned in Vienna with an uncertain future after they had abandoned homes and jobs to reunite with close relatives in the U.S.  The Iranians had traveled to Vienna from Tehran at the invitation of the U.S. government to complete their refugee applications as part of a unique refugee program with rules set by Congress in 2004. Most of them have been stranded for about a year."

Outrageous, isn't it?  Un-American.

"The court ordered the government to reissue the notices within 14 days," says Mariko Hirose, who is director of litigation for the International Refugee Assistance Project in New York and who argued for the plaintiffs in court.  The refugees then have 90 days to file an appeal — something that had been almost impossible after the February blanket denials because the government gave them no reason for the rejection, and hence no grounds to bring a case.  If any of the refugees appeal, their cases would be reopened. And if the government issues another denial, Hirose says, it has to "follow their own regulations" and provide a reason.  In her order, U.S. District Judge Beth Labson Freeman wrote that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security "retains an enormous amount of authority and discretion to adjudicate refugee applications, but they do not have the discretion to violate the law."

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Think Trump hasn't been snookered by the North Koreans?  The Washington Post reports:

"North Korean officials did not turn up to a Thursday meeting with the U.S. military about repatriating the remains of the war dead, according to a U.S. official with knowledge of the situation.  The two sides had been expected to meet at the Korean Peninsula’s demilitarized zone and discuss the return of U.S. troop remains from the 1950-1953 war — an arrangement that the State Department had announced after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to Pyongyang last Friday and Saturday."

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Things do change occasionally.  NPR reports:

"Evangelical minister Rob Schenck was once a militant leader of the anti-abortion movement, blockading access to clinics to prevent doctors and patients from entering.  But after more than 20 years in the movement, Schenck experienced a change of heart. Though firm in his evangelicalism, he has disavowed his militant anti-abortion stance.  "I live with regret," he says of some of his former tactics. "I remember women — some of them quite young — being very distraught, very frightened, some very angry. Over time, I became very callous to that."  Schenck now sees abortion as a moral and ethical issue that should be resolved by "an individual and his or her conscience" — rather than by legislation."

Precisely, what the pro-choice side has been saying for decades.

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Republican frustration with Trump's tariffs grows.  NPR reports:

"Congressional Republicans are growing increasingly worried that President Trump is on the verge of a trade war with China. But they're also realizing there is almost nothing they can do to stop him.  House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., put it bluntly during an event at The Economic Club of Washington on Thursday.  "You would have to pass a law to say don't raise those tariffs and the president would have to sign that law," Ryan said. "That's not going to happen."

Wouldn't matter if enough Republicans were willing to get on board.  Democrats would certainly go along.  Over riding a veto would be possible if Republicans were finally willing to stand up to their nazi fuhrer.

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Delusionally believe Trump and his henchmen aren't 'filling the swamp?'  The Washington Post reports:

"Former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price repeatedly failed to follow federal requirements during his travels, wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars in government funds, according to the internal watchdog of the department he once led."

Par for the course, isn't it?

"The inspector general’s report, released Friday morning, comes 10 months after Price, an orthopedic surgeon and former congressman from Georgia, resigned under pressure amid criticism for his extensive use of private jets while traveling on government business.  “Our rigorous review of former HHS Secretary Price’s use of chartered, military, and commercial aircraft found that 20 out of 21 trips did not comply with applicable federal regulations and HHS policies and procedures, resulting in waste of at least $341,000 in federal funds,” Tesia Williams, a spokeswoman for the inspector general’s office, said in a statement. “We recommend the Office of the Secretary review the lack of compliance with federal requirements and determine appropriate actions to recoup the travel costs.”

Fascinating, isn't it?  Firmly planted on the taxpayer tit, wasn't he?

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Republicans remain desperate to force their outrageously perverse religious and ideological views on all.  The following is a quote from Congressman Mike Conaway from the Conaway Chronicle:

"There is no life more vulnerable than the life of an unborn child. Unfortunately, many individuals disagree with this belief, and babies are suffering as abortions run rampant in this country.   I feel very strongly that no federal dollars should go to any organization that performs abortions, and we're fortunate to have an Administration led by President Trump who agrees. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently proposed a new rule that would prevent Title X funding from going to any organization that performs abortions, including Planned Parenthood. The rule is currently open for public comment, where any citizen can share their thoughts with HHS and President Trump about the proposed rule before it is officially issued. If you'd like to weigh in on this important issue, you can do so here."

Ladies?  The Congressman clearly believes you have no right to do with YOUR uterus as you damn well please.  Readers are reminded no tax dollars go to Planned Parenthood or any other organization for abortions.  Remains against federal law.

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The workforce is beginning to step up, rise to the occasion.  NPR reports:

"Tech workers from Salesforce, Microsoft, Amazon and Google have been putting pressure on their CEOs to cut ties and end contracts with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, known as ICE, and other government agencies.  It's a rare occurrence for employees to tell their bosses to turn away business. But there is a growing concern among tech workers that the cutting-edge tools they create can be used in immoral ways."

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Sen. Ted "Screws Loose" Cruz continues to defend the indefensible.  In the 7-15-18 edition of Cruz News, the Senator opines:

"Unfortunately, in recent weeks, Americans have been rightly discouraged to see Democrats calling to abolish U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). ICE plays an instrumental role in protecting American citizens and immigrants from violent criminals, drug cartels, and human traffickers. These agents risk their lives every day to protect us, which is why Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) and I, along with several other senators, introduced a resolution denouncing the radical push for the dissolution of ICE. Calls to abolish ICE not only disregard our immigration laws and give implicit license to those who want to enter our country illegally, but also insult the heroic sacrifices of ICE agents and put Americans at risk, especially in border states like Texas. I will continue to support the brave men and women who serve as ICE agents, and urge my colleagues to stand by ICE and honor the key role it plays in keeping our country safe."

Wake up, Senator.  ICE goons are highly reminiscent of Hitler's jackbooted SS.  No more than a scourge and direct threat to life, liberty, all civil and constitutional rights and liberties.  Only a shameless nazi like you, sir, would fail to understand this.  These jackbooted bastards are denying those seeking asylum at border checkpoints entrance into the country in direct violation of federal law.

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The following is appalling.  True threat to privacy.  NPR reports:

"To an outsider, the fancy booths at a June health insurance industry gathering in San Diego, Calif., aren't very compelling: a handful of companies pitching "lifestyle" data and salespeople touting jargony phrases like "social determinants of health."  But dig deeper and the implications of what they're selling might give many patients pause: a future in which everything you do — the things you buy, the food you eat, the time you spend watching TV — may help determine how much you pay for health insurance.  With little public scrutiny, the health insurance industry has joined forces with data brokers to vacuum up personal details about hundreds of millions of Americans, including, odds are, many readers of this story.  The companies are tracking your race, education level, TV habits, marital status, net worth. They're collecting what you post on social media, whether you're behind on your bills, what you order online. Then they feed this information into complicated computer algorithms that spit out predictions about how much your health care could cost them."

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Gets worse.  Immigration fiasco exponentially grows.  CBS News reports:

"A loophole in federal policy allows the "Tent City" at the Tornillo Port of Entry in Texas and a massive shelter in Homestead, Florida to escape the rigorous, often unannounced child welfare inspections that nearly all other similar shelters are subjected to."

Your federal government at work.  If there are no surprise inspections, there is no incentive to maintain standards.

"The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) operates more than 100 shelters for unaccompanied migrant children across 17 states. All but two  — Tornillo and Homestead, housing more than 1,350 children combined — must comply with state regulations that govern nearly every aspect of a child's stay.  Tornillo and Homestead are located on federal land, where state officials have no authority."

Texas apparently rigorously inspects state facilities:

"Paul Zimmerman, a spokesperson for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, describes the state inspections as rigorous. "There are thousands of minimum standards and regulations, but when an inspector goes out to a facility they'll look at record keeping, whether it's secure, child-to-caregiver ratio," said Zimmerman, whose agency was responsible for inspections at all child care facilities in Texas until September 2017 when Texas legislation shifted its responsibilities.  The Texas agency now in charge of state inspections, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, confirmed that it does not oversee the Tornillo facility."

Who provides oversight?

"The Tornillo facility is managed by the nonprofit BCFS. A representative of the nonprofit acknowledged it isn't subject to frequent state child welfare inspections, but said the organization is required to follow guidelines mandated by the "Flores settlement," stemming from the Supreme Court case Flores v. Reno.  That settlement set rules for the treatment of immigrant minors in federal custody —  including mandating that shelters meet state standards, but there is currently no mechanism to enforce those standards."

With no enforcement, there is no oversight.  Remain free to do as they please.

"New child care facilities on state land in both Texas and Florida are subject to multiple, often unannounced child welfare inspections per year, according to state guidelines. But the Tornillo and Homestead facilities can expect just one such examination, "every two years," according to the manual.  The only frequent review mandated by ORR policy is done by third-party contractors, which are not focused on child welfare.  These contractors are instead focused on providing support services for case workers, and not recommendations related to safety and healthcare, according to a spokesperson for General Dynamics Information Technology, which employs many of the contractors.  Texas inspection records indicate the more frequent surprise reviews conducted by state officials can catch major safety and health breaches, even at facilities with otherwise successful child welfare records."

Apparently, not so at federal facilities.

"In the days after public outcry about family separation brought attention to a new facility in a former Walmart, where as many as 1,500 boys were being housed, Southwest Key, the organization that operates the facility, proudly touted its inspection record. The organization said its facilities had been evaluated for compliance on more than 70,000 standards in the past three years, and only been found deficient in fewer than 1 percent.  But inspectors visiting Southwest Key facilities in the past two years caught dozens of violations, including an employee who worked four months without being fingerprinted, failures in medical recordkeeping, an instance in which a child who tested positive for a sexually transmitted disease wasn't given treatment for 18 days, and neglecting to lock up medicines and cleaning supplies."

Think there isn't a problem?

NPR reports:

"Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar says that the government will meet deadlines imposed by a federal judge to reunite migrant families that have been separated by the U.S. government."

Think so?

"At the same time, he criticized the deadlines as "artificial" and said that they could prevent the government "from completing our standard — or even a truncated — vetting process."

-- Disingenuous bullshit promulgated by a hopelessly ignorant, bureaucratic turkey and his equally clueless fuhrer, the Trump nazi.  Obama and his administration had no problems vetting immigrants without separating children from parents and locking them up for years.  This out of control nazi asshole and his henchmen engineered, then manufactured, the problem they now have to resolve. An issue they stupidly created.

"The Trump administration's separation policy has been met with widespread outcry, marches and legal action."

For damned good reason.  Remains no more than a pernicious repeat of history.  Nazi Germany, circa 1933.  The public will not remain gutlessly silent as it did some eight decades ago.

"We will comply with the artificial deadlines created by the court, deadlines that were not informed by the process needed to vet parents, including confirming parentage, as well as confirming the suitability of placement with that parent," said Azar."

Jesus Christ.  This dolt is a liar.  If Obama could do it during his regime, these fascist pieces of crap can certainly do it during theirs.  'Artificial deadlines?'  Horse shit.  These kids should never have been separated from their parents in the first place.  Should have been kept together.  Ankle-monitored until their day in court.  These nazi assholes stupidly elicited, now bemoan a crisis of their very own making.

"Azar told reporters on Thursday that there are "under 3,000 children in total" who "may have been separated from their purported parents who were taken into DHS custody." Approximately 100 of those children are under the age of five, he added."

'Purported parents?'  This guy has lost his mind.  ... Can't dazzle 'em with brilliance, baffle 'em with bullshit?  Any excuse at all to craftily design and engineer a crisis that did not exist to promulgate their national socialist principles and agenda.

"The federal judge's order on June 26 said that families must be reunited within 30 days, and children younger than five must be reunited with their parents within 14 days. Azar says that the first such deadline is next Tuesday evening.  The government's pace in reuniting families has drawn criticism from immigration advocates. As NPR's Joel Rose reported, "immigrant advocates say the government is in no hurry to release parents from immigration detention or help those who are released regain custody of their children."

Why would they?  Remains no more than a prelude of far worse to come if the public remains gutlessly silent.  Allows this shit to continue unopposed, unchallenged.

"Azar stressed that HHS employees are working "overtime to connect minors with verified parents," including by conducting DNA tests to confirm parentage. The DNA tests are part of the "more expedited" process that Azar described."

Why is this necessary?  So the government can hold on to genetic data?  Other than a national socialist agenda, why is ubiquitous testing required?  What probable cause do you bastards have these children do not belong to their parents?  Nothing more than a goddamned ruse.

"The Trump administration's attempt to shift the blame to the court is incomprehensible given how much time the court gave the government to fix its own mess," Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project, said after Azar's comments."

No more than a crisis of their own making to promulgate their national socialist agenda.  Get their cookies off abusing power.  Accustom the public to far, far worse to come as the de facto fascist police-state we already live in transforms to the Trump nazi's Fourth Reich.

"Azar also stated that the current situation is "partially born out of years of congressional failures to fix our immigration system." He said that any confusion about the process is "due to a broken immigration system and court orders," not because of HHS policies."

More disingenuous horse shit.  The reason for most of this mass immigration is directly due to Latin American policies put into effect by Reagan and his henchmen back in the 80s to combat Marxist regimes at the time.  Now, we're suffering the consequences.  As these countries grow increasingly unstable, gangs, other corruption, abuse, violence expand.  Sooner or later, you always pay the piper.  Always.  Karma, indeed, a bitch.

ABC News reports:

"Azar said his department has more than 230 people working on just trying to match children with their parents.  DNA testing is being used as a backup to speed up matches if problems arise with paper documentation, said Jonathan White of the HHS Administration for Children and Families. It's done by swabbing the inside of the cheek of parent and child and sending the results to a lab for comparison.  Although White said DNA will only be used for reuniting families and genetic fingerprints will remain confidential, advocates for migrant families were concerned about intrusiveness.  "This is potentially extremely harmful in aggregating a database of DNA that people are somehow directed to provide in order to simply see their children," said Jonathan Ryan, executive director of the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, a Texas nonprofit."

Called raw nazism.  Trump's Fourth Reich.

Not surprisingly, the goddamned government lied.  Continues to drag its feet.  The Washington Post reports:

"The Trump administration will not fully meet a federal judge’s deadline to reunite all migrant families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border, and instead is seeking more time in instances where officials are struggling to match children to parents, according to court records filed late Thursday."

Imagine that.  Can't dazzle 'em with brilliance, baffle 'em with bullshit.  Trump nazi and henchmen are deliberately dragging their feet.  What the hell is the problem?  You stripped these kids from their parents.  Supposedly, properly tracked where and to whom they went.  Time to cut the shit.  Return them to their parents.

"The government’s request, hours before a scheduled hearing on the issue Friday, followed comments from President Trump’s secretary for Health and Human Services Secretary, Alex Azar, whose agency operates the shelters caring for separated children. Azar on Thursday had emphasized that the Trump administration “will comply” with the court’s deadlines, though he also criticized the judge’s timetable as “extreme” and said the administration would seek more time if necessary “to protect the children in our care.”

Goddamned bullshit.  This piece of shit talks out both sides his lying ass.  Return them to the parents you took them from.  Don't know what the f--k you're doing?  Wake up.  What trafficking?  If your goons had suspicions at the time they stripped them from their parents, why didn't they act on it at that time?  Using it as an excuse, now, to drag your feet?  Delay return of these kids?  Crock of shit.  A ruse.

"In their court filing, Justice Department officials said they would propose “an alternative timeline” for reuniting all families, but they did not specify what that would be."

Convenient, isn't it?  Blatant ruse.  The judge should hold your sorry asses in contempt if the deadline is not honored.

"A Justice Department spokesman declined to address questions seeking clarity on the administration’s desired timeline to reunite families. In a statement, an administration official said its priority was “to ensure the safety of the children in its custody.”

There is no credible safety issue, -- other than the one you clueless dolts callously engineered when you stripped these kids from their parents.  To emulate Adolf Hitler, Nazi Germany, circa 1933.

"Officials have signaled the administration is working frantically to reunite families while complying with federal laws designed to shield children from traffickers. But the court filing unveiled Friday reveals a patchwork of efforts spanning multiple agencies and an underlying uncertainty over how long it will take the government to release the children to their parents."

What credible trafficking issue?  Where?  What probable cause?  How many cases?  Talking out your ass to drag your feet?  Your jackbooted bastards no more than Keystone Kops?

CBS News reports:

"A judge on Friday refused to grant the Trump administration a blanket extension of the deadline to reunite children separated from their parents at the border, instead acknowledging that more time may be justified only in specific cases. The administration said it needed more time to reunite 101 children under 5 years old to ensure the children's safety and to confirm their parental relationships. "There's always going to be tension between a fast release and a safe release," said Sarah Fabian, a Justice Department attorney.  U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw ordered the administration to share a list of the 101 children with the American Civil Liberties Union, which successfully sued to force the reunions, by Saturday afternoon. The two sides will try to determine over the weekend which cases merit a delay in an effort to present a unified front in court on Monday morning.  "The government must reunite them," the judge said. "It must comply with the time frame unless there is an articulable reason."  The administration has matched 86 parents to 83 children and 16 are not yet matched, Fabian said.  The deadline is July 10 for parents with children under 5 and July 26 for everyone else."

NBC reports:

"A federal judge has agreed to extend Tuesday's deadline for the government to reunite 102 migrant children under the age of 5 who were separated from their parents under President Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" policy.  Judge Dana Sabraw asked government attorneys to provide an update by Tuesday morning on which children will be reunited, who will require more time, and to deliver a proposed timeline for reuniting the remaining children with their parents.  During the conference in federal court in San Diego, Sabraw said he recognized that some cases "will necessitate additional time."  Sarah Fabian, at attorney for the Justice Department, said she expects 54 out of 102 children will be reunited with their parents tomorrow."

The competence of the Trump nazi and his henchmen is appalling:

"The government requested a deadline extension on Friday, telling Sabraw it would be able to reunite only about half of the children by the court's first deadline of Tuesday because it could not locate many of the parents.  On Monday, Fabian said nine of the parents have been deported and nine have been released, making them more difficult to track down. Other parents have criminal records that will keep them from being reunited, Fabian said."

Why?  Depends on the crime, doesn't it?  -- If, in fact, this goddamned government isn't lying like hell about supposed criminal records.  Worse, and ferociously pointedly?  This goddamned achingly incompetent government under the Trump nazi is directly responsible for this totally unnecessary fiasco:

"The government's difficulty in reuniting migrant children with their parents has caused outrage among immigration and child welfare advocates who warned against separation."

NPR reports:

"On Monday, U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee rejected the request for "limited relief" from the settlement, often known as the Flores agreement, that served as the basis for a 2015 court order preventing the federal detention of migrant children for more than 20 days."

Excellent.  Rein in the nazi and his henchmen.

"But Gee made clear that she was not impressed."

Did the right thing.  Trump caused this problem.  Time for him and his henchmen to resolve the issue.

"In blunt terms, Gee variously described the Justice Department's argument as "dubious and unconvincing," "tortured," and "procedurally improper and wholly without merit."

A ruse.

"It is apparent that Defendants' Application is a cynical attempt ... to shift responsibility to the Judiciary for over 20 years of Congressional inaction and ill-considered Executive action that have led to the current stalemate," she wrote."

Need to jail the bastards for contempt.

"The Justice Department did not immediately announce whether it intends to pursue an appeal, but it did voice displeasure with Gee's conclusions."

Bet it did.  Forget?  Trump and his henchmen want and expect the judiciary to grant them carte blanche to do as they please.  Not how things are done in a democratic republic based on the Constitution where there are three equal but separate branches, each a check and balance on the other.  A nazi dictator does not understand this.  Has no clue.

"We disagree with the court's ruling declining to amend the Flores Agreement to recognize the current crisis of families making the dangerous and unlawful journey across our southern border," department spokesman Devin O'Malley said in a statement to the media.  The ruling marked the second courtroom setback Monday for federal attorneys, who had acknowledged earlier in the day that authorities would fail to meet a deadline established by a separate court order. That deadline, set for Tuesday, had mandated that authorities return all of the youngest migrant children in federal custody to their parents. But attorneys told a San Diego courtroom Monday that officials would be able to reunite only about half of the 102 detained children who are under 5 years old."

Jail the bastards for contempt.

"Regardless, what is certain is that the children who are the beneficiaries of the Flores Agreement's protections and who are now in Defendants' custody are blameless," she added. "They are subject to the decisions made by adults over whom they have no control. In implementing the Agreement, their best interests should be paramount."

Not to a nazi dictator determined to emulate his mentors, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, circa 1933.  Worst, yet to come.

Here's how bad it's gotten:

ABC News reports:

"The 1-year-old boy in a green button-up shirt drank milk from a bottle, played with a small purple ball that lit up when it hit the ground and occasionally asked for "agua."  Then it was the child's turn for his court appearance before a Phoenix immigration judge, who could hardly contain his unease with the situation during the portion of the hearing where he asks immigrant defendants whether they understand the proceedings.  "I'm embarrassed to ask it, because I don't know who you would explain it to, unless you think that a 1-year-old could learn immigration law," Judge John W. Richardson told the lawyer representing the 1-year-old boy."

Proud to be an American?  Why?  Think hard.  Gets worse.  Far worse:

"The boy is one of hundreds of children who need to be reunited with their parents after being separated at the border, many of them split from mothers and fathers as a result of the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance policy." The separations have become an embarrassment to the administration as stories of crying children separated from mothers and kept apart for weeks on end dominated the news in recent weeks.  Critics have also seized on the nation's immigration court system that requires children — some still in diapers — to have appearances before judges and go through deportation proceedings while separated from their parents. Such children don't have a right to a court-appointed attorney, and 90 percent of kids without a lawyer are returned to their home countries, according to Kids in Need of Defense, a group that provides legal representation."

Wake up.  Coup de grace?  Get this:

"In Phoenix on Friday, the Honduran boy named Johan waited over an hour to see the judge. His attorney told Richardson that the boy's father had brought him to the U.S. but that they had been separated, although it's unclear when. He said the father, who was now in Honduras, was removed from the country under false pretenses that he would be able to leave with his son."

Nazi America.  Proud to be an American?  Proud of the Trump nazi and his henchmen?

"In the end, Johan was granted a voluntary departure order that would allow the government to fly him to Honduras so that he could be reunited with his family. An attorney with the Florence Project, an Arizona-based nonprofit that provides free legal help to immigrants, said both his mother and father were in Honduras."

Still proud to be an American?

ABC News reports:

"A U.S. judge on Thursday rejected a request by the Trump administration to block two California laws that protect immigrants in the country illegally, but put key parts of a third sanctuary law on hold.  Judge John Mendez refused to block a law requiring the state to review detention facilities where immigrants are held and another that prevents local law enforcement from providing release dates and personal information on jail inmates.  But he said California could not enforce a third law that prohibits employers from allowing immigration officials on their premises unless the officials have a warrant.  Mendez said the federal government's efforts to enjoin the laws presented "unique and novel constitutional issues."

Precisely, due to the fact Trump and his henchmen continue to transform the de facto fascist police-state we already live in to the Trump nazi's Fourth Reich.

"Deciding these critical issues requires this court to determine the proper balance between the twin powers of California and the United States," he wrote."

Not that complicated, Judge.  Especially, since Trump and his henchmen are lying about the purported criminal activity of immigrants, undocumented or otherwise.  Their rate of criminal activity is below that of the citizenry, likely predominantly due to the fact they don't want to be deported.

"California says its policies promote trust between immigrant communities and law enforcement. The administration says the state is allowing dangerous criminals to stay on the streets."

Trump is a congenital liar.  So are his henchmen.

"The right of states to determine how to provide public safety and general welfare to their people continues to stand strong," the California attorney general's office said in a statement after the ruling."

Indeed.  Tyranny must be courageously stood up to.  No matter the personal cost.

"The state asked Mendez to dismiss the Trump administration's lawsuit, which Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown has described as akin to "going to war." But the judge did not immediately rule on that request."

Certainly, should have.  -- Give a nazi an inch, the fascist bastard takes a light-year.

Here's the kicker:

"Mendez, who was nominated to the bench by Republican President George W. Bush, said during a hearing in June that he wasn't convinced California intended to interfere with federal immigration enforcement.  The laws instead appeared to be a message that the state didn't want to participate in U.S. immigration policies, Mendez said.  "We're not going along anymore, we're not participating," he said about how he read the state's motives."

That's right.  Especially impressive, coming from a Republican judge.  ... Most of the time, -- rule jackbooted nazi in direct violation of their oaths of office.  Not this time, however.

"California said in court documents that the administration was trying to assume powers that have long been understood to belong to states and could not show that California's policies were causing harm."

Usually and ironically, it's the Nazi Right that embraces, claims states rights.  Not this time.  Founders certainly wisely intended all branches and levels of government be a rigorous check and balance on the other.

"The three laws, two of which went into effect in January, follow President Donald Trump's promises to ramp up deportations. The administration has tried to restrict funding to sanctuary jurisdictions if they refuse to help federal agents detain and deport immigrants.  California, which is a "sanctuary state" along with Washington, has resisted that move. It has filed more than 50 lawsuits against the Trump administration, mostly over immigration and environmental decisions, and notched some significant court victories."

When the fifth Republican nazi to the U.S. Supreme Court likely gets confirmed by the nazi Republican Senate, all this will change.  Not for the good, however.  An unwanted dreaded second American revolution catastrophically looms.  At a time life, liberty, all civil and constitutional rights and liberties remain in dire jeopardy as our formerly great country continues to nazify.  ... Hear the rumble?

NPR reports:

"The Trump administration's practice of separating children from their parents at the border is not just heartbreaking to other immigrants but also terrifying. Even immigrants who are in the country legally are beginning to worry that their families could be broken apart, too.  The anti-immigrant threats and actions have many Hispanic Americans in particular living on edge."

Trump's Fourth Reich.

"It appears such worries are on the minds of many immigrants these days. It's reflected in the first question many of Hannah Bonifacius' students ask before she starts classes teaching adult immigrants English as a second language.

"Many of the immigrants in her classes at World Relief Chicago, a refugee and immigrant resettlement nonprofit, have fled violence and are already stressed out about finding and keeping jobs, housing and schools for their kids. So facing new uncertainties about their legal status here, or discrimination and demeaning rhetoric, can be traumatizing.  "Our current climate is affecting their mental health, for sure," Bonifacius says, adding that while she and other ESL instructors can facilitate discussions about the current uncertainties around immigration, they have not had training to handle their students' critical mental health needs.  "We have people walking in, in crisis, emotionally and mentally. We have people calling," says Mia Fioritto Rubin, director of immigration legal services at World Relief Chicago. "We have people just desperate for an answer, and they tell us, 'I just can't be at peace until I know that my family member is coming. I can't be at peace until I know that I'm allowed to stay.'"

Nazi America.  Trump's Fourth Reich.  Repeat of history.

"And Rubin says the organization's clients who are worried are not just those here illegally or waiting to gain legal status.

"We have had a wave of elderly people coming to us, who have had green cards for decades, who are all of a sudden very concerned that that green card will be taken away from them, and [they] are hoping to apply for citizenship," she says.  "We have people who have already naturalized and have been citizens for years who have come back to us and asked, 'Could this be taken away from me?' " she adds. "The fear is there for every single person who was not born on American soil, and even some people who were born here, but to immigrant families, there is the concern that somehow, some way, they're going to be forced to leave."

Terror.  Intended, imposed by the Trump nazi and his henchmen.  Reminiscent of Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, circa 1933.  Worst yet to come.

"The biggest fear, says Rubin, is the uncertainty of not knowing what's coming next. That, she says, is making it difficult for immigrants and their families to build their lives and is impacting their ability to feel settled.  With new policies and procedures being implemented in what she calls a "capricious way," she says that fear can lead to panic, which can have significant health impacts.  "We are absolutely seeing a significant increase in anxiety, depression, all the physical manifestations of that," Rubin says. "Clients reporting to us that they're having severe headaches [and] an increase in blood pressure."

Worse?  Far worse?

"And under attack is exactly how many Latinos say they feel these days.  "Oh, yes, absolutely. We feel they are after us," says Amelia Chaidez, who is 53 and has been a U.S. citizen for decades after immigrating as a child.  In recent months, she says, she has felt more eyes following her around a store as she shops. And she points to viral videos of white Americans screaming at Latinos to go back to their country, even though the targets of such vitriol were often born here.  "I'm beginning to worry. I wasn't worried before. I was angry. But right now, I'm beginning to worry," Chaidez says. "When I see that families are being separated? I think they're after us, I really do."  What gives Chaidez and others in the Latino community hope is the strength they find in their faith, their family, their friends and neighbors. And they pray that the anti-immigrant mood in the country will soon lift."

Terror.  Imposed by the Trump nazi and his henchmen.  Nazi America.  The Fourth Reich.

Think the following isn't a problem?  Egregious treasonous betrayal of our best and brightest?  CBS News reports:

"Some immigrant U.S. Army reservists and recruits who enlisted in the military with a promised path to citizenship are being abruptly discharged, the Associated Press has learned. The AP was unable to quantify how many men and women who enlisted through the special recruitment program have been booted from the Army, but immigration attorneys say they know of more than 40 who have been discharged or whose status has become questionable, jeopardizing their futures."

Betrayal of trust by the Trump nazi and his henchmen.

"It was my dream to serve in the military," said reservist Lucas Calixto, a Brazilian immigrant who filed a lawsuit against the Army last week. "Since this country has been so good to me, I thought it was the least I could do to give back to my adopted country and serve in the United States military."

What did he get in return?  F--ked by the Trump nazi and his henchmen.

"Some of the service members say they were not told why they were being discharged. Others who pressed for answers said the Army informed them they'd been labeled as security risks because they have relatives abroad or because the Defense Department had not completed background checks on them.

"Eligible recruits are required to have legal status in the U.S., such as a student visa, before enlisting. More than 5,000 immigrants were recruited into the program in 2016, and an estimated 10,000 are currently serving. Most go the Army, but some also go to the other military branches.  To become citizens, the service members need an honorable service designation, which can come after even just a few days at boot camp. But the recently discharged service members have had their basic training delayed, so they can't be naturalized.  Margaret Stock, an Alaska-based immigration attorney and a retired Army Reserve lieutenant colonel who helped create the immigrant recruitment program, said she's been inundated over the past several days by recruits who have been abruptly discharged."

Why?  For what?  At psychotic whim of our nazi 'commander-in-chief?'

Consider the following:

"All had signed enlistment contracts and taken an Army oath, Stock said. Many were reservists who had been attending unit drills, receiving pay and undergoing training, while others had been in a "delayed entry" program, she said.  "Immigrants have been serving in the Army since 1775," Stock said. "We wouldn't have won the revolution without immigrants. And we're not going to win the global war on terrorism today without immigrants."

Get this:

"The AP interviewed Calixto and recruits from Pakistan and Iran, all of whom said they were devastated by their unexpected discharges.  "Now the great feeling I had when I enlisted is going down the drain," said Calixto, 28. "I don't understand why this is happening."  In hopes of undoing the discharge, he filed a lawsuit in Washington, D.C., last week alleging the Defense Department hadn't given him a chance to defend himself or appeal. He said he was given no specific grounds other than "personnel security."  Calixto, who lives in Massachusetts and came to the U.S. when he was 12, said in an email interview arranged through his attorney that he joined the Army out of patriotism.  In the suit, Calixto said he learned he was being kicked out soon after he was promoted to private second [first?] class."

Gets worse:

"The Pakistani service member who spoke to the AP said he learned in a phone call a few weeks ago that his military career was over.  "There were so many tears in my eyes that my hands couldn't move fast enough to wipe them away," he said. "I was devastated, because I love the U.S. and was so honored to be able to serve this great country."  He asked that his name be withheld because he fears he might be forced to return to Pakistan, where he could face danger as a former U.S. Army enlistee.  Portions of the 22-year-old's military file reviewed by the AP said he was so deeply loyal to the U.S. that his relationships with his family and fiancee in Pakistan would not make him a security threat. Nonetheless, the documents show the Army cited those foreign ties as a concern."

Clearly, our formerly great country is no longer what it used to be.  We've lost ourselves.

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Pruitt is out.  The Washington Post reports:

"Scott Pruitt, the former Oklahoma attorney general who relentlessly pursued President Trump’s promises of deregulation at the Environmental Protection Agency, resigned Thursday after a cascade of controversies over his lavish spending, ethical lapses and controversial management decisions finally eroded the president’s confidence in one of his most ardent Cabinet members."

Pressure had been intense on the Trump nazi.  Pruitt shamelessly lined his pockets off the trappings of office.

"Pruitt’s reputation as a dogged deregulator and outspoken booster of the president allowed him to weather a litany of ethics scandals in recent months, including questions about taxpayer-funded first-class travel, a discounted condo rental from a D.C. lobbyist and the installation of a $43,000 soundproof phone booth in his office.   But revelations about his behavior continued to mount, including reports that he repeatedly enlisted subordinates to help him search for housing, book personal travel and even help search for a six-figure job for his wife. That quest included setting up a call with Chick-fil-A executives, in which he discussed her becoming a franchisee, as well as outreach to a conservative judicial group that eventually hired Marlyn Pruitt."

Barely scratches the surface.

"In recent weeks, an exodus of trusted staffers left Pruitt increasingly isolated, and some once-loyal Republican lawmakers wearied of defending him. Investigators on Capitol Hill had summoned current and former EPA aides for interviews, as part of the more than dozen federal inquiries into Pruitt’s spending and management of the agency."

Going on quite some time.  Yet, no indictments.  Amazing how the high and mighty receive near carte blanche.

“I have accepted the resignation of Scott Pruitt as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency,” President Trump tweeted. “Within the Agency Scott has done an outstanding job, and I will always be thankful to him for this. The Senate confirmed Deputy at EPA, Andrew Wheeler, will on Monday assume duties as the acting Administrator of the EPA. I have no doubt that Andy will continue on with our great and lasting EPA agenda. We have made tremendous progress and the future of the EPA is very bright!”

Not so the future of the environment.  As the Trump nazi and his henchmen continue to line the pockets of their corporate masters at expense of both the environment and public health.

"Wheeler, a former Senate staffer and EPA employee who spent the past decade representing coal, mining and other energy companies, will take the helm of the agency on Monday, Trump tweeted."

Fox guarding the hen house.  Clearly, the f--king continues unabated.

NBC reports:

"Then, earlier Thursday afternoon, yet another story broke about Pruitt, when The New York Times reported that a senior scheduler for Pruitt had been fired after she questioned why people in Pruitt’s office were retroactively deleting meetings from the calendar.  As the head of the EPA, Pruitt was Trump’s point man for the administration’s plan to roll back environmental regulations, many of which were put in place by the Obama administration.  In the year he has served as the Trump administration's top environmental official, Pruitt moved to quash or replace numerous environmental regulations opposed by industry lobbyists while boosting the continued burning of fossil fuels, which scientists have concluded is the primary cause of climate change.  However, his tenure was quickly overshadowed by a number of controversies, which grew to include frequent first class travel and expensive trips at taxpayer expense, a sweetheart deal to rent a condo from the wife of an energy lobbyist who had business linked to the EPA, reports of big pay raises for top aides, reports that he sidelined staff who questioned him, and his use of EPA aides for personal tasks."

Taxpayers paid for this.  Don't mind being f--ked over by the Trump nazi and his henchmen?  Think Pruitt's replacement any better?  Get this:

"Pruitt, however, was not the only EPA bigwig to face ethics questions. The agency's No. 2, deputy administrator Wheeler, who Trump said Thursday will assume the role of acting administrator, was among 30 federal employees who were allegedly working in violation of Trump's own executive order to keep the government free of former lobbyists."

Imagine that.  Couldn't be, could it?  Trump and his henchmen wouldn't lie, would they?

"Government watchdog group Public Citizen filed an ethics complaint against Wheeler — who worked as a lobbyist for the coal industry as recently as May 2017, according to Bloomberg News — explaining that his employment violated Trump's Executive Order No. 13770, which effectively barred former lobbyists from being appointed, without a waiver, to governmental positions in which they would manage issues they'd lobbied on within the past two years.  Wheeler never received such a waiver, Public Citizen said."

You're being egregiously ass f--ked by these bastards.  Without the Vaseline, K-Y.  They're lining their pockets.  You're footing the bill.

NPR reports:

"Pruitt cited security threats as one reason for the first-class travel, and he spent tens of thousands of dollars on a publicly-funded, 24-hour security detail, which his office said was necessary to protect him from threats. Pruitt's security detail reportedly accompanied him on personal trips, including a family vacation to Disneyland. In August 2017, the EPA's Office of the Inspector General began investigating Pruitt's travel and security expenses and has widened the investigation multiple times.  Pruitt aides also sought to protect their boss from questions, and help his wife pursue business deals, according to New York Times and Washington Post analyses of thousands of internal emails released to the Sierra Club under the Freedom of Information Act.  According to CNN, Pruitt broke with a tradition set by past EPA administrators and kept a secret, non-public calendar to hide meetings with industry representatives and controversial figures. At public appearances, EPA staff often told reporters and citizens that the administrator would only answer pre-planned questions, the Times reported."

A goddamned tyrant securely planted on the taxpayer tit.

"In April, the Office of Government Ethics published a letter in which acting director and general counsel David Apol wrote some of Pruitt's actions, including the use of his subordinates' time, "do raise concerns about whether the Administrator is using public office for personal gain in violation of ethics rules" and "raise concerns about whether the Administrator misused his position."  As administrator, Pruitt also maintained close relationships with energy industry lobbyists and executives. He rented a room in a Washington, D.C., condominium owned by the wife of a prominent lobbyist, J. Steven Hart, who personally represented, among others, a liquefied natural gas company that stands to profit from Pruitt's push to increase American gas exports, The Daily Beast reported. Hart also represented other companies with business before the EPA."

Bought and paid for.  Lining his pockets off the trappings of office.

"In an interview on Fox News, Pruitt incorrectly stated, "Mr. Hart has no clients that have business before this agency."  Under the rental agreement, Pruitt paid $50 for each night he spent at the condo, which Pruitt described as "like an Airbnb situation." In an initial statement, an EPA lawyer defended the lease agreement, saying it was "consistent with federal ethics regulations regarding gifts" but noted later in a memo obtained by CNN that he had not reviewed whether Pruitt was adhering to the lease's terms after an ABC News report that his daughter may have stayed in another room at the condo."

All in the family, no?  LOL.

"Pruitt also came under fire for enriching political appointees at the agency. The Atlantic reported that in March, Pruitt circumvented the normal bureaucratic process to approve substantial pay increases for two EPA staffers after the White House refused to sign off on the raises. Both aides later resigned. One later told House investigators that she was routinely asked to do personal tasks for Pruitt, including one instance in which she called the Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C. to ask about purchasing a used mattress."

Pruitt's own fiefdom off the taxpayer dime.

"Pruitt said he did not know about the salary increases until after they were granted, although in later congressional testimony he said he knew they were happening but not the amounts. He used the same provision to hire Nancy Beck, a longtime executive at the largest U.S. chemical industry lobbying group, to oversee toxic chemical regulation for the EPA. Earlier this year, the EPA inspector general announced it was auditing Pruitt's use of so-called administratively determined positions."

Why hasn't this corrupt, abusive, son of a bitch not already been prosecuted?  Trump and his henchmen are filling the swamp, not draining it.

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Trump's trade war has begun.  The Washington Post reports:

"The United States imposed the first duties on $34 billion in Chinese goods early Friday, officially launching a trade war between the world’s two largest economies.  Moments later, the Chinese side fired back, accusing the United States of violating WTO rules setting off “the largest trade war in economic history to date.”  “In order to defend the core interests of the country and the interests of the people, we are forced to retaliate,” said the Chinese Commerce Ministry in a statement."

Why wouldn't they?  Others will certainly follow suit.

"Although the Chinese statement did not outline targets, Beijing has promised to slap levies on an equal amount of American goods, including heartland staples like soybeans, corn, pork and poultry — a move President Trump said would compel the U.S. to hit China with levies on up to $500 billion in products."

Guess who ultimately pays? Wake up.  Consumers.  Workers laid off.  Unemployment.

"In the short term, analysts said, the moves may disrupt markets and hinder trade in both countries."

Likely, gross understatement.

“For industries that are directly impacted by the tariffs, the impact will be immediate and big,” said Yanmei Xie, a China policy analyst at Gavekal Dragonomics, an economic research firm in Beijing."

Disastrous for all.  Likely, have a profound effect on the entire world economy.

"Meanwhile, Russia said it was imposing tariffs on U.S. products in response to the tariffs on steel and aluminum that Trump imposed in March. Import taxes of 25 percent to 40 percent will be applied to various American industrial goods, including those used in the construction and energy sectors, according to Economy Ministry Maxim Oreshkin."

Certainly, not unexpected.

"Still, Russia is not a top commercial partner for the U.S. The total two-way goods trade between the two countries last year was about $24 billion, roughly the U.S. and China exchange every two weeks.  The risk of escalation — specifically Trump’s $500 billion dollar threat against China — that has analysts worried. “The countdown is on as to what Trump will do next.”

What makes this extremely dangerous is the fact Trump is insanely unpredictable.  Reverses course on a dime, -- so to speak.

"Chinese analysts said the first round would be tough but manageable, but were bracing for more to come.  “The first round’s impact is not that big, but the key is whether there will be more — a second round of revenge and retaliation and a third round,” said Shi Yinhong, a professor of international relations at Renmin University in Beijing."

Insanity.  -- The bottom and middle class will certainly pay the price.  ... Hear the rumble?

"Despite frustration with Chinese trade practices, U.S. businesses have warned for months that Trump’s trade threats may do more harm than good.   “There are no winners in a trade war,” William Zarit, chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in China, said in a statement published just moments before the 12:01 deadline.   “While our 900 member companies continue to suffer from not having a level playing field in China, they are still extremely clear: Increased tensions in the U.S.-China economic relationship will negatively impact their operations in China,” he said."

The lack of a level playing field is directly due to the failure of Congress years ago to pass legislation into law that would have ensured one.  So too, the failure of Congress to enact legislation that would have criminalized transfer of American intellectual property to the Chinese and others.  Both failures, direct result of a Congress bought and paid for by the corporate management suite.  Ironic, isn't it?

"Trump has vowed for years to tackle Chinese trade practices, accusing Beijing of stealing U.S. intellectual property and slammed the $375 billion U.S. trade deficit with the country."

Equally and eminently ironic, isn't it?  All a result of the bottomless greed of the corporate management suite who legally bribed, bought and paid for its lackeys in Congress.  Chickens finally coming home to roost.

"The Chinese side sees Trump’s threats as an attempt to hold back its economic growth — and has vowed to match them move for move.  “Whether it’s through trade war or other means, the end goal is to make China subservient to the United States,” said He Weiwen, vice president of the Center for China and Globalization, in Beijing. “That's impossible. China won’t accept that,” he said, adding “what happens next depends on the United States. China will be prepared to follow suit.”

What's incredibly amusing about the above quote is the fact the Chinese got it ass backwards.  It's the United States that's been subservient for decades due to our bought and paid for legislators.  ... Legislators who have, and were, and continue to be successfully bribed by their corporate masters.  -- Who are now screaming bloody murder, whining like hell throughout the corporate community.  Irony?  Blatant hypocrisy?  Spectacular.  Unparalleled.

NPR reports:

"A federal judge has ordered China's largest wind-turbine firm, Sinovel, to pay $59 million for stealing trade secrets from a Massachusetts-based technology company.  Last January, Sinovel was found guilty of stealing trade secrets in federal criminal court in Madison, Wis. The company paid an Austria-based employee of American Superconductor Corp. to steal its source code for software that powered wind turbines.  This kind of intellectual property theft has been highlighted by the Trump administration as a reason for levying 25 percent tariffs on $34 billion of Chinese goods entering the U.S., which began on Friday. China retaliated with tariffs on $34 billion worth of U.S. goods."

To think all this could have been averted:

"Sinovel was the largest customer of American Superconductor Corp. And then the Chinese company suddenly began rejecting shipments of American Superconductor's electronic components in 2011.  The Massachusetts tech company learned that Sinovel was using a pirated version of the software it made in the wind turbines it installed.  The ordeal left American Superconductor in perilous financial shape, and Wall Street analysts wrote it off as dead. The U.S. Department of Justice said that the company lost more than $1 billion in shareholder equity and 700 jobs.  Earlier this week, American Superconductor announced it had agreed to settle the lawsuit against the Chinese company for $57.5 million in restitution. U.S. District Judge James Peterson said Sinovel has a year to pay the restitution and it must also pay a fine of $1.5 million."

NPR reports:

"Several months into the Trump administration's aggressive rollout of tariffs on imported products, the results are piling up across the American business landscape. And not all of them are negative.  In Hillsboro, Ore., a solar plant got a second chance at life after tariffs on imported solar panels went into effect in January.  In Clyde, Ohio, Whirlpool says it's adding 200 jobs because of tariffs on imported washing machines that started in January.

"But already the tariffs are being felt across America, and it hasn't been good for all communities.  In Owosso, Mich., with a population of about 15,000, Tom Campbell expects to take a $30,000 hit on his family-owned business because of tariffs. His business? The local daily newspaper, the Owosso Argus-Press.  The price of paper has skyrocketed since the Trump administration launched a 22 percent tariff on imported newsprint from Canada.  "Along about October, November, December, things started going crazy," Campbell says. "And they still are."  In Florida, the much larger Tampa Bay Times announced its costs are up about $3 million because of tariffs. And layoffs have already started.

"But the biggest impacts from tariffs so far this year come from the back and forth over aluminum and steel. The Trump administration imposed its tariffs in June. Canada, Mexico and the EU have all responded. Some American companies are getting hit twice — companies like Correct Craft, a Florida-based boat-maker.  CEO Bill Yeargin says, one, he's facing higher aluminum prices. Even though Correct Craft buys American-made aluminum, prices are up across the board because of tariffs. And, two, the retaliatory tariffs from Mexico, Canada and the EU target boats. Yeargin says he's already lost orders from dealers in those countries."

Unless this fiasco gets resolved quickly, far worse is yet to come.

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Think the North Koreans aren't playing the Trump nazi and his henchmen?  The Washington Post reports:

"Just hours after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo departed North Korea after two days of nuclear negotiations, North Korea sharply criticized the U.S. team's attitude as “regrettable,” and accused the U.S. of making unilateral demands of denuclearization.  The remarks from North Korea’s foreign ministry directly contradicted statements made by Pompeo that the visit made “progress on almost all of the central issues” and involved “good-faith negotiations.”  The Foreign Ministry statement, issued by an unnamed spokesman, said the U.S. violated the spirit of the June 12 Singapore summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un.  The mixed messages followed a visit in which Pompeo did not meet with the North Korean leader while in the country and did not secure a breakthrough in forging a shared understanding of denuclearization."

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More long-lasting injustice.  Never ends.  NPR reports:

"Federal prosecutors said Friday they will drop all of the remaining cases stemming from the Inauguration Day demonstrations in Washington, D.C. last year."

Why weren't the arrests expunged at the very same time?  Goddamned government had nothing.  Shit squat.

"But prosecutors struggled to convict defendants in the cases that were brought to trial. The statement goes on to say that, in light of the results at trial, "the U.S. Attorney's Office has now moved to dismiss charges against the 38 remaining defendants in this matter."  "I think they finally realized that they had made a big mistake," says Scott Michelman, senior staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of the District of Columbia.  "The charges from the beginning were overly broad, and filed against far too many people," Michelman says. More than 200 people were arrested and charged with felony rioting, though many of those cases were dropped before going to trial."

Insult to injury?

"While looking for evidence in some of those cases, the Justice Department issued a warrant demanding that the web hosting company DreamHost hand over all files related to a website used to plan protests called"

Goddamned fishing expedition:

"As NPR's Laurel Wamsley reported, a Washington, D.C. judge found that warrant to be overly broad, writing that "while the government has the right to exercise its Warrant, it does not have the right to rummage through the information contained on DreamHost's website and discover the identity of, or access communications by, individuals not participating in alleged criminal activity, particularly those persons who were engaging in protected First Amendment activities."

You think?

Coup de grace?  Get this:

"The ACLU had filed an amicus brief in support of the defendants, and has filed civil suit against the District of Columbia and its police department for officers' actions during the protests. The ACLU said police used "excessive force" and "made unconstitutional arrests" of protesters exercising their First Amendment rights."

Nazi America.

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The Trump nazi plans to make his nomination of the fifth Republican national socialist, that is, fascist, to the U.S. Supreme Court a prime time media extravaganza.  Imagine that.  Can't wait, can we?  Not only will a woman's right to do with HER uterus as she damn well pleases be in jeopardy, so will all civil and constitutional rights and liberties.

The Washington Post reports:

"by Nancy Northup July 8 at 2:08 PM

"The writer is president and chief executive of the Center for Reproductive Rights.

"On Monday, President Trump is expected to announce his nominee to replace Justice Anthony M. Kennedy on the Supreme Court. Given the president’s promise to appoint justices who would overturn Roe v. Wade, it’s widely understood that his nominee will pose a clear danger to women’s reproductive rights. What most don’t realize is that everyone’s personal-liberty rights are on the line.

"The constitutional framework of Roe is about far more than abortion. It’s about rearing our children without unwarranted government interference. It’s about choosing whom we want to marry. It’s about deciding with whom we want to create a home. It’s about the right to use contraception. It’s about what the Supreme Court in Planned Parenthood v. Casey explained is the “promise of the Constitution that there is a realm of personal liberty which the government may not enter.”

The presumptive Nazi 5 on the Court intend a frontal assault on all civil and constitutional rights and liberties.  These pieces of crap are not 'conservatives.'  They're fascists.  Fascism, nazism, national socialism defined as the pernicious blend of government, business, and religion. 'Justified' by perversion and bastardization of the latter.

"In deciding Roe, the court looked to cases in the 1920s on the right of parents to educate their children according to their values and ideas, and the justices drew a line to landmark decisions affirming the right to use contraception and, in 1967’s Loving v. Virginia, the right to marry someone of a different race."

Precedent is, and remains, key to jurisprudence.

"That line led to the conclusion, enshrined in Roe and elaborated on in Casey, that liberty cannot exist if we are not free to make decisions about our lives, bodies and health free from government interference."

Cornerstone of liberty.  Not so to Republican nazis, however.  To them, liberty is having the freedom to do what you're told.  ... What they tell you to do.

"Just as Roe rested on past liberty decisions, it became the basis for future ones — including outside the area of women’s reproductive rights. The court cited Roe and Casey’s reasoning in a broad range of subsequent cases. Those include landmark decisions protecting liberty rights, as in Lawrence v. Texas (2003), which held that the government cannot criminalize intimate sexual conduct between same-sex partners, and Obergefell v. Hodges (2015), guaranteeing same-sex couples the right to marry.  This line of precedent protects us all, and a post-Kennedy Supreme Court could not sever it without threatening to destroy our “realm of personal liberty.”  Overturn Roe, and that protected realm vanishes."

Precisely, the intention of Republican nazis who remain hell bent on imposing their outrageously perverse religious and ideological views on all.

"The short-term impact would bring a drastic reduction in access to reproductive health care for millions of women. If Roe fell tomorrow, as many as 23 states could immediately ban abortion. As in the days before Roe, the harm would fall hardest on young and low-income women, women of color and anyone unable to travel out of state to seek access to abortion care that was once available closer to home.  The long-term harm would not be limited to women who need abortion care. Invite the government to exert control over a woman’s body, and invite tyranny over our most intimate and personal life decisions."

Trump's Fourth Reich.  As an unwanted dreaded second American revolution catastrophically looms.  ... Hear the rumble?

"That’s why it’s time to stop talking about Roe as a stand-alone case. The Supreme Court can’t just negate a woman’s right to abortion without unraveling protections for all. You can have either the president’s promise about overturning Roe or the Constitution’s promise of a realm of personal liberty. You can’t have both."

As expected, Trump has nominated a bona fide national socialist who will certainly legislate his outrageously perverse ideological and religious views from the bench.   Sadly, nominated to the seat vacated by the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy.  NPR reports:

"President Trump has chosen Brett Kavanaugh to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. If confirmed, Trump's choice would solidify the high court's conservative majority and continue the president's push to shift the federal bench to the right."

These nazis on the Court are not 'conservatives.'  They're fascists.  Fascism, nazism, national socialism defined as the pernicious blend of government, business, and religion. 'Justified' by perversion and bastardization of the latter.

Kavanaugh is well to the right of Kennedy, who in the last year has joined the four other Republican nazis on the Court in nearly all their decisions.  Certainly, was no swing vote in the last session.

"At 53, Kavanaugh is relatively young. The president has said he wants a nominee who could serve on the high court for decades. He is a connected Washington insider with roots in politics and has written more than 300 opinions in the 12 years he has been on the D.C. Circuit."

His political connections will certainly enable the Trump nazi and other Republicans to make sure this fascist son of a bitch continues to march in goose step with Trump's transition from the de facto fascist police-state we now live in to the Fourth Reich.

Not surprisingly, Kavanaugh accepted the nomination lying like hell:

"My judicial philosophy is straightforward," he said. "A judge must be independent and must interpret the law, not make the law. A judge must interpret statutes as written and a judge must interpret the Constitution as written, informed by history and tradition and precedent."

Precisely, what no Republican nazi currently on the Court to date has done.  Not one of them.  None of them are independent.  Determinedly legislate their perverse ideological and religious views from the bench.  Ignore, bastardize, distort history, tradition, precedent in a concerted effort to eviscerate liberty, all civil and constitutional rights and liberties.

Ignore the fact, the Founders intended the Constitution to be a living, breathing template for our democratic republic.  Precisely, why they gave the judiciary discretion to interpret this template, created all branches and levels of government as a check and balance on one another.  The Founders did this knowing they could not anticipate how circumstances would change long after they were gone.

Instead, the Republican nazis on the Court choose to narrowly interpret this template in as restrictive fashion as possible to impose their perverse ideological and religious views on all.  To eviscerate liberty.  March in goose step as our formerly great country has progressively embraced fascism with the rise of McCarthyism in the 50s, demise of the Warren Court in the 60s, progressive nazification of the Court under Nixon, up through Ford, then Reagan, both Bush presidents, and now this nazi son of a bitch currently occupying the Oval Office.  While Democrats were effectively out to lunch.

During the last six decades, all civil and constitutional rights and liberties have been under vicious attack.  Women have had their right to do with their uterus as they damn well please progressively infringed on by the nazi element in our formerly great country.  'Right to work' laws eviscerated organized labor.  Consequently, the middle class remains nearly extinct.  Winner-take-all.  Zero-sum game.

Under a solid 5-nazi Republican majority on the Court, expect the right to abortion further eviscerated.  Gay rights and the LGBTQ community will certainly suffer a loss in gains made.  Ability to get into court to sue will be further abrogated, eviscerated as the cost of legal counsel continues to be further and further out of reach for most of us.

Expect the criminal jackbooted bastards in blue to continue shaking down, abusing, murdering innocent unarmed civilians with impunity.  There's little redress now in the system.  Expect even less as the Court continues to nazify with five solid Republican national socialists, fascists on the bench.

Think Trump didn't choose this bastard for a highly personal reason?  Wake up.  NPR reports:

"The Starr Report to Congress "outlined information that potentially constituted grounds for the impeachment of President Clinton," as the Almanac of the Federal Judiciary notes. And yet, Kavanaugh wrote this in 2009 in the Minnesota Law Review about presidential investigations, which is sure to please President Trump:

"Even the lesser burdens of a criminal investigation — including preparing for questioning by criminal investigators — are time-consuming and distracting. Like civil suits, criminal investigations take the President's focus away from his or her responsibilities to the people. And a President who is concerned about an ongoing criminal investigation is almost inevitably going to do a worse job as President."

Far, far more to come as this pending catastrophe progresses.

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Increasingly, the public is not a happy camper vis a vis the current body politic.  Certainly, letting the Trump nazi and his henchmen know.  The Washington Post reports:

“Better be better!” a stranger shouted at Stephen Miller, a senior Trump adviser and the architect of his zero-tolerance immigration policy, as he walked through Dupont Circle a few months ago. Miller’s visage subsequently appeared on “Wanted” posters someone placed on lampposts ringing his City Center apartment building."

Imagine the fascist bastard's chagrin.  Certainly, not used to being rhetorically challenged.  Gets worse:

"One night, after Miller ordered $80 of takeout sushi from a restaurant near his apartment, a bartender followed him into the street and shouted, “Stephen!” When Miller turned around, the bartender raised both middle fingers and cursed at him, according to an account Miller has shared with White House colleagues.  Outraged, Miller threw the sushi away, he later told his colleagues."

Imagine that.  Threw away the better part of a hundred dollar meal.  This clueless nazi piece of trash is apparently unaware some families don't spend that much on groceries for an entire week.

"On Saturday, as Stephen K. Bannon, Trump’s former strategist, browsed at an antiquarian bookstore in Richmond, a woman in the shop called him a “piece of trash.” The woman left after Nick Cooke, owner of Black Swan Books, told her he would call the police.  “We are a bookshop. Bookshops are all about ideas and tolerating different opinions and not about verbally assaulting somebody, which is what was happening,” Cooke told the Richmond Times-Dispatch, which first reported the incident."

Jesus Christ.  This clueless, achingly ignorant piece of crap doesn't understand the First Amendment protects peaceful, non-violent protest.  Fascists like Miller and Bannon must be challenged rhetorically.  These nazis present an exigent threat to life, liberty, all civil and constitutional rights and liberties.  Silence is not golden.  Serves only to reinforce the nazi element.

“Steve Bannon was simply standing, looking at books, minding his own business,” Cooke told the paper."

Disingenuous bullshit.  Remains part of the problem.  With liberty at stake, that is, all civil and constitutional rights and liberties, why shouldn't the nazi element be rhetorically challenged?  The nazi element remains hopelessly gutless.  Think not?  Get this:

"While he was a part of the president’s team, Bannon dealt with life in Washington, a city he freely described as enemy territory, by hiring security and rarely venturing out in public. When Bannon traveled, it was usually aboard a private plane.  For a time, a sign on the front steps of his Capitol Hill address read, “STOP.”

Cowardice.  Raw nazism.  Bottom line remains achingly simple.  The public will not remain silent as the de facto fascist police-state we already live in perniciously transitions to the Trump nazi's Fourth Reich.

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Unable to repeal Obamacare legislatively due to failure of Republicans to agree, Trump and his henchmen are doing all they can to eviscerate it.  NPR reports:

"The Trump administration said Saturday that it is temporarily halting billions of dollars of payments designed to help insurers meet the Affordable Care Act requirement that they provide coverage regardless of whether a person is healthy or sick."

Convenient, isn't it?

"The administration said it was withholding $10.4 billion in the so-called "risk adjustment" payments, citing a district court ruling from earlier this year in New Mexico. While the administration says it is required to stop payments because of the court decision, insurers say the move could result in higher premiums for millions of individuals and small businesses."

Certainly, will.  Precisely, what Trump and his henchmen want and expect.

"The risk adjustment program plays an important role in the ACA by pooling risk for insurers, transferring funds from insurers who enroll healthier members for relatively less, to those that take on higher costs in order to enroll sicker members. The idea is to insulate insurance companies from the cost of enrolling people with pre-existing conditions, and remove the incentive for insurance companies to cherry pick healthy people."

Clearly, Obamacare was, and is, way too complicated.  Made so due to Republican intransigence, total opposition to a single-payer system.  Falsely labeled it socialized medicine.  Now, we're dealing with the consequences of GOP stonewalling.

"The New Mexico ruling found fault with the formula used by the government to calculate the payments, saying it was "arbitrary and capricious." But another district court in Massachusetts upheld the formula."

Imagine that.  Apparently, the Trump nazi and his henchmen conveniently ignored the Massachusetts court, embraced the New Mexico ruling.  How about that.

"The announcement came as insurers were awaiting an annual report that usually comes at the end of June, informing them of whether they owe money into the risk adjustment program or will be paid out for the previous year. Insurers say the sudden halting of those payments creates uncertainty at a critical time, as they are currently developing their premiums for 2019."

Precisely, the intention of Trump and his henchmen.

"Insurance companies responded quickly on Saturday with their disapproval. In a statement America's Health Insurance Plans, the trade association for health insurance companies, said they are "very discouraged by the new market disruption brought about by the decision to freeze risk adjustment payments."

What ever it takes to eviscerate Obamacare with no alternative in place, right, Mr. 'President?'

All a ruse:

"Insurers hate uncertainty, and when faced with it tend to raise premiums to hedge their bets," says Larry Levitt, Senior Vice President at the Kaiser Family Foundation. He says halting the risk adjustment program will disrupt the individual markets, and might even cause insurers not to participate next year.  "When the rules of the game change after the fact – insurers don't necessarily see the federal government as a particularly reliable partner right now," Levitt says. "This is one of several steps the Trump administration has taken to undermine the ACA."  Levitt says the administration's announcement was "a little perplexing," given that the legal fight over the conflicting rulings in New Mexico and Massachusetts is still ongoing.  "Normally you would expect an administration to look for ways to minimize the uncertainty and minimize the effect as these cases play out," he says. "So it seems like an extreme step to halt this program nationally based on a decision by one district court judge."

Not at all.  It's all a ruse:

"But to Rodney Whitlock, Vice President of Health Policy at ML Strategies and former Republican congressional aide, it's not perplexing at all.  "What you have to keep in mind is ultimately the intent of the administration," Whitlock says. "The executive order the president signed, not long after he got to the White House after the [Inaugural] Parade was effectively, 'We're declaring war on the Affordable Care Act.'" Whitlock says, the goal has been to make the marketplace as inhospitable as possible for participating plans, and this is just one more step in that direction."

It is.  With no replacement in place.  At a time of record gouging throughout all healthcare.

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Delusionally believe taxpayers haven't been looted in the ongoing abortion court fight by indicted Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton?  Texas Standard reports:

"The State of Texas is currently facing lawsuits over some of its abortion laws. Those that have been challenged include House Bill 2, which restricts access to abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, and requires abortion clinics to maintain the same medical facilities as hospitals. The state is also being sued over the Fetal Burial Law, which requires clinics to bury remains from abortions and miscarriages."

Think there won't be more?

"To defend these laws, the Texas attorney general has paid anti-abortion advocates $500,000 to serve as expert witnesses in federal court. But the state has gotten very little bang for those taxpayer bucks, according to an analysis by The Houston Chronicle’s Alejandra Matos."

They're not experts.

"Matos says it isn’t abnormal for both sides of the abortion debate to use expert witnesses. But Paxton’s picks show up consistently in abortion cases, and they are usually marked by vehement anti-abortion views."

Imagine that.  Paid to aid Paxton in imposing his perverse ideological and religious views.

“They often aren’t medical doctors,” Matos says. “They’re ethicists, or lawyers, and they’re people who have very strong personal views and have voiced them in the public.”

Couldn't be, could it?

"While Matos notes that bias is likely to arise from testimony on both sides, what sets the attorney general’s experts apart is the testimony they give. Matos says that the anti-abortion experts are offering mostly giving their opinion as testimony, rather than scientific expertise."

What are these bastards doing on the stand?  Why are taxpayers looted to pay for this shit?

“On seven of the experts we know for sure that they completely disregarded or gave extremely little weight to their testimony,”  Matos says. “There was one expert, a philosopher, who was talking about the benefits of burying fetal remains, and Judge [Sam] Sparks stopped him in the middle and said, ‘look, this is a philosopher, this isn’t going to fly in my court.’”

Sparks is indeed the very same judge who found that a rape had indeed occurred in the Llano County Jail about 21 years ago, but awarded no cash damages due to sovereign immunity statutes.  Consequently, the former Sheriff, Jailers, and the taxpayers were off the hook.  No justice in Nazi Llano County.

"This approach has not helped the attorney general, as he defends the state in court. Usually, much of this testimony is not taken into consideration when the case is decided. Matos reached out to the attorney general’s office and found that his staff is confident in its choices, saying that their experts are highly qualified and that abortion-rights-supporting experts are biased."

Question to be asked is when is the indicted Attorney General finally going to trial?

Above quotes are courtesy of a most gifted, insightful writer, Kevin Wheeler.

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Think the following may not affect November's elections?  NPR reports:

"A federal judge set out a timeline on Tuesday that could mean Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, might be sentenced by late October.  Judge Emmet Sullivan called prosecutors and Flynn, a retired lieutenant general, into a hearing to meet with him about next steps in the case.  A different judge took Flynn's guilty plea for lying to the FBI last December. Sullivan said he had some "discomfort" at the thought of preparing a sentencing hearing for someone he had never met before.

"The judge directed Flynn and lawyers for special counsel Robert Mueller to give him an update on August 24th. If nothing changes by then, Flynn could face sentencing in late October, not long before the midterm elections for Congress."

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Sen. Ted "Screws Loose" Cruz opined in the 7-9-18 edition of Cruz News:

"Last week, Americans reflected on the precious gift of independence our Founding Fathers fought for 242 years ago. The signing of the Declaration of Independence demonstrated to the world that our God-given rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness would never again be infringed. We must never take these rights for granted, and we must never forget the sacrifices men and women have made for this country to make it a beacon for freedom, and a shining city upon a hill for the rest of the world to follow. May we always give thanks to those who protect us every single day."

At the same time, Cruz and his fellow Republican nazis continue to deny women the right to do with THEIR uterus as they damn well please.  To say nothing of all civil and constitutional rights and liberties under severe attack by the Trump nazi, his henchmen, and others in the GOP who continue to goose step in lock step.

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Have no problem with Trump pardoning anti-government arsonists?  NPR reports:

"President Trump signed full pardons on Tuesday for Oregon cattle ranchers Dwight Hammond Jr. and son Steven Hammond, whose long-running dispute with the federal government ended with prison sentences for arson — and later inspired the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation.

"The Hammonds are devoted family men, respected contributors to their local community, and have widespread support from their neighbors, local law enforcement, and farmers and ranchers across the West," the White House said in a statement announcing the pardons."

These guys are anti-government arsonists.

"The Hammonds were convicted in 2012 of setting fires that spread to government-managed land near their ranch. The elder Hammond was sentenced to three months in prison, while his son was ordered to a year and one day behind bars. But those sentences fell short of five-year minimums for arson committed against federal property. Prosecutors appealed, and the Hammonds were ordered to serve the full five-year terms.  In its statement Tuesday, the White House called the appeal "overzealous" and the resulting sentence "unjust."

Why?  Because these guys and their defenders are Trump supporters?

"Protesters who rallied to support the Hammonds included Ammon Bundy, who was part of the self-styled militia that broke into the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in 2016, beginning a 41-day standoff with the U.S. government over how it handles rangelands throughout the Western states."

Amazing, isn't it?

"Here's how the Justice Department described Steven Hammond's actions after he was resentenced: "Witnesses at trial, including a relative of the Hammonds, testified the arson occurred shortly after Steven Hammond and his hunting party illegally slaughtered several deer on BLM property. Jurors were told that Steven Hammond handed out 'Strike Anywhere' matches with instructions that they be lit and dropped on the ground because they were going to 'light up the whole country on fire.' One witness testified that he barely escaped the eight to ten foot high flames caused by the arson."

As reported earlier in this edition and elsewhere, remaining charges were dropped against protesters at Trump's inauguration.  No evidence against them.  Yet, their arrests were not expunged.  Will remain on their records.  Any problems with this?  Any at all?  One thing for sure.  There is no justice.  All, ass backwards.

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Once again, the Trump nazi has disgraced himself and the office he holds.  NPR reports:

"In a stunning public dressing-down of NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, President Trump fired off criticisms of the alliance, reiterating his complaint that it is not paying enough for defense and singling out a German oil-and-gas pipeline deal with Russia.  In what was supposed to be a brief photo op ahead of a bilateral breakfast meeting, Trump appeared to catch the secretary-general off guard, launching into the broadside as cameras clicked away and Stoltenberg struggled to get a word in.

The 'President' has once again shown his true colors.  Demonstrated he's no more than an out of control jackass.  Simply forgotten our NATO allies have managed to keep the peace in Europe since 1945.  Died alongside our soldiers in Afghanistan after 9/11.

"Well, I have to say I think it's very sad when Germany makes a massive oil and gas deal with Russia when you're supposed to be guarding against Russia," Trump said, flanked by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, White House chief of staff John Kelly and Kay Bailey Hutchison, the U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO.  "So, we're protecting Germany, we're protecting France, we're protecting all of these countries," the president said. "And then numerous of the countries go out and make a pipeline deal with Russia where they're paying billions of dollars into the coffers of Russia. So, we are supposed to protect you against Russia."  "You tell me if that is appropriate?" Trump said as he unloaded on Stoltenberg. "Germany is totally controlled by Russia."

Aren't you in Putin's pocket, Mr. 'President?'  Isn't that why you refuse to acknowledge the Russians indeed interfered in the last U.S presidential election?  Despite this very same assessment by the intelligence community.

"Merkel, who arrived at the summit after Trump spoke, responded by saying that Germany makes independent decisions.  "I've experienced myself a part of Germany controlled by the Soviet Union and I'm very happy today that we are united in freedom as the Federal Republic of Germany and can thus say that we can determine our own policies and make our own decisions and that's very good," she was quoted as saying by The Associated Press."

She was much too polite.  Should have figuratively unloaded on the Trump nazi.

Congressional reaction was swift and pointed.  NBC reports:

"Republican and Democratic lawmakers criticized President Donald Trump on Wednesday after he blasted European allies and called Germany "a captive of Russia" at the NATO summit in Brussels.  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said the president's remarks were "an embarrassment."  "President Trump's brazen insults and denigration of one of America's most steadfast allies, Germany, is an embarrassment," Pelosi and Schumer said in a joint statement. "His behavior this morning is another profoundly disturbing signal that the president is more loyal to President Putin than to our NATO allies."

Certainly, appears to be the case.

"House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said Wednesday that the 29-member international alliance was "indispensable" and pledged to bring a resolution to the floor of the House to reiterate congressional support of NATO.  "I subscribe to the view that we should not be criticizing our president while he is overseas," Ryan said, "but let me say a couple of things — NATO is indispensable, it's as important today as it ever has been."  Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Trump's comments were not in America's national interest and could weaken the alliance. He also raised concerns about the signal it could send before Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin next week in Helsinki.  "I’m very concerned that we have a rough meeting with NATO and then some kind of conciliatory meeting with Putin and it works against our country's national interest," he said.  Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said he disagreed with the president's assertion and urged him to stop being so critical of foreign allies. "I don't agree with that, Germany doesn't agree with that, they are strong people,” he said. "I think you can be too critical of our counterparts."

There are a few GOP idiots that went along to get along:

"Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., defended Trump for being critical of NATO, saying that American taxpayers have been carrying France and Germany "on their backs" for years.  Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., also stood by Trump's comments.  "I think it’s about time that somebody in the U.S. stood up to NATO," he said. "Also, the Europeans can be sort of arrogant at times, so it's good to knock them back."

Aren't you talking about yourself, Congressman?  To say nothing of the Trump nazi.  Called Aryan arrogance.

One Democrat put his criticism of the achingly ignorant Trump nazi best:

"Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, insisted that the president's comments hurt NATO's mission and helps adversaries like Russia.  "It's so upsetting to see that Putin, whose No. 1 goal is to divide the West, and particularly in NATO, has an American president doing his work for him," Menendez said. "Putin made a great investment in the 2016 presidential elections, and it's paying off for him in Brussels today."

Exactly, right.  -- Amazing to see the Democrats get something right once in awhile.  LOL.  Forget?  Been out to lunch since November 22, 1963, the Kennedy assassination.

Trump's cronies at the remarks were not happy campers.  The Washington Post reports:

“We’re supposed to protect Germany but they’re getting their energy from Russia,” Trump told Stoltenberg, as aides on both the U.S. and NATO side of a long table shifted in their seats and sat stonefaced. Chief of Staff John F. Kelly jerked his head away as U.S. Ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison looked up at the ceiling. “So explain that,” Trump said. “And it can’t be explained, and you know that.”

Trump again was talking out his ass.  Hypocritically, excoriating Germany while in bed, at least beholden himself to Putin.  Unwilling to hold the Russian dictator accountable for his interference in the last U.S  presidential election.

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Highly reminiscent of our outrageously bought and paid for judiciary, Llano County prosecutors, Sheriff Bill Blackburn and his criminal SS jackbooted bastards in black who continue to egregiously disgrace themselves and the badge, do as they please regardless of the law and Constitution, carefully consider the following.  It's appalling.  Runs against the grain of everything our formerly great country once stood for.  No longer.

Nazism and racial profiling remain alive and well in Nazi Texas.  Think not?  Wake up. The Statesman reports:

"At 7:23 p.m. Saturday night, 27-year-old Jacqueline Benitez-Quintana was driving in western Bastrop County when she was pulled over by a sheriff’s corporal for failing to use her blinker while changing lanes. When the officer, Brandon Stark, learned she was driving without a license, he arrested her.  Nine minutes later, Eugenio Orozco, 42, was pulled over in the same area by a sheriff’s deputy for having an obscured license plate. When the deputy asked Orozco for his driver’s license, Orozco instead handed over a Mexican ID card.  Driving without a license is a misdemeanor that can land a motorist in jail. But the officer then learned that Orozco did in fact have a valid driver’s license. He arrested Orozco anyway for a different misdemeanor: failure to display a license upon the request of a peace officer."

No profiling involved?  Think not?  Wake up:

"They were among 24 people arrested Saturday night in a heavily Hispanic part of Bastrop County during a “zero tolerance” traffic enforcement operation ordered by Bastrop County Sheriff Maurice Cook.  All but one of those arrested had Hispanic surnames. Thirteen, including Benitez-Quintana and Orozco, were picked up from the county jail by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for deportation proceedings. At least seven had already been deported by Tuesday, according to Mexico’s consul for Austin."

Raw nazism by the jackbooted bastards in blue.  In cahoots with federal jackbooted nazi storm troopers.  Goes well beyond routine policing.

"For Carlos González Gutiérrez, the Mexican consul, the operation was an alarming escalation in the coordination between local and federal policing on immigration.  “There was clearly a special operation on the border between Bastrop and Travis, and there was clearly a decision not to cite and release the offenders of these traffic violations in case the officer suspected that they were undocumented,” González said. “We are very concerned that this takes to a new level the collaboration between police and immigration authorities.”

What this is amounts to transition from the goddamned fascist police-state we already live in to the Trump nazi's Fourth Reich.  Dangerous portend of far, far worse to come.

In follow up, The Statesman reports:

"Sheriff Maurice Cook said that last weekend’s “zero tolerance” traffic enforcement operation in heavily Hispanic western Bastrop County — which led to 24 people being arrested and 13 seized for deportation proceedings — was prompted by a meeting he had with civic leaders who had asked for increased police presence in the area."

The Sheriff is a liar:

"Cook said Wednesday that he could not remember the names of the leaders he met with or their group. But members of the group, Bastrop Interfaith, remembered their meeting with Cook and told the American-Statesman on Thursday that they intended to send a different message: “the importance of building trust between the community and law enforcement, including immigrant communities.”  “We are outraged that after our conversation with Sheriff Cook about these matters, his department blatantly targeted immigrants and Hispanics,” the group said in a statement. “Sheriff Cook, by his actions has severely damaged the relationship between law enforcement and the community.”

Sadly, comes at a time when, to say the least, faith and trust in law enforcement remains in severe jeopardy.

"The operation also drew criticism from state Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, D-Austin, who said Thursday that he is “deeply disturbed.”  “This operation may well be exactly the kind of law enforcement activity that I feared would occur under SB 4. The limited facts available suggest a clear-cut case of racial profiling and organized immigration enforcement in cooperation with federal authorities,” Rodriguez, who is policy chair for the Mexican American Legislative Caucus, said in a statement. “The BCSO may have caused long-term damage to its relationship with the community and seriously threatened public safety in a single evening.”

No foreign power, no terrorist organization, not even the criminal element presents a greater threat to life, liberty, all civil and constitutional rights and liberties than the jackbooted bastards in blue.  ... Hear the rumble?  An unwanted dreaded second American revolution catastrophically looming.

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Highly reminiscent of our outrageously bought and paid for judiciary, Llano County prosecutors, Sheriff Bill Blackburn and his criminal SS jackbooted bastards in black who continue to egregiously disgrace themselves and the badge, do as they please regardless of the law and Constitution, carefully consider the following.  It's appalling.  Runs against the grain of everything our formerly great country once stood for.  No longer.

Think our nazi government doesn't intimidate and attempt to silence whistle blowers?  The Washington Post reports:

"Our interview with former Immigration And Customs Enforcement (ICE) spokesperson James Schwab was interrupted by a surprise visit from government agents.Our report (via CBS This Morning)  Posted by CBS News on Thursday, June 28, 2018"

Intolerably chilling in what is supposed to be a democratic republic under the United States Constitution.

"James Schwab was sitting in front of a camera inside his San Francisco Bay-area home, explaining to a reporter why he abruptly quit his job as a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman three months ago.  He could not “fathom” continuing to work for an agency that lies to the public, he told CBS News reporter Jamie Yuccas on Wednesday.  He acknowledged spinning public statements; it is what people in those positions do. But knowingly spreading lies — that he could not stomach, he told Yuccas. So he quit, citing “false” and “misleading” statements made by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and ICE acting director Thomas D. Homan."

Uncommon valor under horrendous conditions as our formerly great country continues to nazify under Trump.

"His resignation in March made headlines. And then Schwab essentially went quiet before finally sitting down with CBS."

Why wait?  Why not let it rip?  Immediately sit down with the press and inform the public.  One of the last best defenses against rabid tyranny in a democratic republic.  Protected by the First Amendment.  Right of the people to know what their government is and isn't doing.

"About 15 minutes into the interview Wednesday in San Jose, Schwab and the others heard knocks that quickly grew louder. Schwab’s husband went downstairs to check who it was. Minutes later, a CBS crew member overheard that the visitors were from the Department of Homeland Security, the agency that oversees ICE.  Schwab went down to talk to them, according to Yuccas.  “We hear Mr. Schwab ask three times, ‘What is this about?’ … They will not answer his questions. They just keep saying, ‘We’d like to talk to you,’ ” Yuccas told The Washington Post on Thursday."

Why would anyone talk to these bastards when they won't answer his questions?  Why would he talk to any federal agent with or without legal counsel?  Forget?  Law enforcement has a penchant for taking whatever they're told in good faith, twisting it into something it's not, then charging their target with lying to them.

"Yuccas said officials identified themselves as agents from the DHS Office of Inspector General — an oversight division that investigates possible wrongdoing within the agency. From upstairs, Yuccas heard that the officials wanted to talk to Schwab about leaks involving Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf."

No more than blatant intimidation.  To silence him.  Prevent him talking to CBS.

"Months earlier, when Schwab was still working as spokesman for ICE’s San Francisco office, Schaaf warned Bay Area residents about an upcoming ICE raid, triggering an angry response from President Trump, Sessions and Homan."

Remember?  Caused quite a firestorm as reported here and elsewhere.

"After hearing Schaaf’s name, Yuccas went to the door with a photographer, introducing herself as a CBS reporter. Their camera was rolling."

Precise function of media.  Expose this shit to the light of day.  Rattle the cages of the nazi storm troopers.

Have to admire the courage and moxie of Yuccas.  Certainly, stood tall:

"Standing outside Schwab’s door were two unidentified men in black suits. CBS captured the brief exchange between Yuccas and one of the men, who was carrying a folder, as the other government official and Schwab stood quietly.

“We can’t speak with you,” the agent said.

“Why are you guys here?” Yuccas asked.

“I can’t speak with you about that,” he replied.

The agent then asked Schwab to call him later. Yuccas tried to squeeze in another question, asking: “Is this about the incident … ”

“Please don’t interrupt,” the agent said, again asking Schwab to call him.

“We’re in his home,” Yuccas said.

"The agent responded: “I’m talking to him. This is confidential, okay?”

Nazi government storm troopers need to be rhetorically challenged by media every step of the way.  Especially, when these jackbooted bastards appear to be attempting to interfere with a news interview.  There was nothing so urgent they could not have returned later.  Had it been in fact, that urgent, think they wouldn't have immediately taken him into 'protective' custody or under guise of some other ruse?

"Yuccas said Schwab told the officials before they left that he would talk to them at a later date but would consult with his attorney first."

Exactly right thing to do.  Get counsel.  Law enforcement cannot be trusted.  Lie like hell with impunity.  Even on the stand.

"The surprise visit, Yuccas said, left Schwab suspecting that he could be under investigation for possibly leaking information to Schaaf who, on Feb. 24, announced that she learned “from multiple credible sources” that ICE was preparing to conduct raids throughout the Bay Area. The raids happened the following day.  Homan, the acting ICE director, called Schaaf’s actions “irresponsible” and said in a Feb. 27 statement that 864 “criminal aliens and public safety threats remain at large.” He said that he believed “some of them” had managed to avoid arrest after being tipped off by Schaaf."

Think so?  ... Or, is it Homan who is the liar?  Consider the following:

"Schwab, who helped craft that statement, said he felt uncomfortable with the agency’s claim that more than 800 “criminal aliens” escaped capture. He told CBS that the statement was a “flat-out lie” and had told media outlets that ICE arrested 232 suspected undocumented immigrants — a higher number than what federal authorities had expected.  Schwab resigned less than two weeks after the Feb. 25 raid, telling the San Francisco Chronicle at the time he quit because he “didn’t want to perpetuate misleading facts.”

Uncommon valor.  An official who stood tall.  Risked all.

"ICE officials said in March that Schwab’s statements to media outlets about ICE arrests in California were inaccurate.  Three months later, and after the visit to his home, on camera, by DHS agents, Schwab told CBS that he was “completely shocked” the agents had showed up at his doorstep unannounced.  He said he believed the visit was an intimidation tactic."

Had to have been.  Timing alone.

“Why, three months later, are we doing this?” he told CBS News. He added: “And this is why people won’t come out and speak against the government.”

Not all of us.  Some will stand up no matter the personal cost.  If you don't stand up, this democratic republic will be no more.  No more complicated than that, -- especially under current conditions.

"The DHS Office of Inspector General did not respond to questions about why the officials showed up at Schwab’s home or whether he was being investigated for leaking."

Why not?  Especially, considering just the appearance of intimidation alone.

"The Washington Post was unable to reach Schwab."

Apparently, the jackbooted goons succeeded in intimidating him.

"Schwab told CBS that he had never met Schaaf, let alone talked to her, and that he would never leak anything.  “But they were very serious … very stern with me,” he said. “It was concerning.”

Why?  Grow a pair.  If you don't stand up, this evil will continue unabated.

"Yuccas said the unexpected visit clearly rattled the former ICE spokesman.  “I can tell you that Mr. Schwab seemed very confused as to why they were at his house,” Yuccas said. Recalling conversations with Schwab, she said that “in the three months since he left, no one has come to his home. … No one has called him indicating anything about a leak through the mayor’s office.”

What he should have done was defiantly invite the goons to sit in on the interview.  F--k 'em.

"Yuccas said she does not know for certain if the agents showed up knowing that journalists were at Schwab’s home — the crew’s TV van was parked and clearly visible outside — or if the visit was simply a coincidence."

No coincidence.  The TV van is unmistakable.

“When they saw the camera, I can’t tell if it was that they didn’t know or if they were just agitated that the camera was there,” Yuccas said."

Matters not.  All that matters is you stood tall.  Aggressively went after the story.  Public has a right to know.

Above quotes courtesy of a most courageous, gifted, insightful writer, Kristine Phillips. Hat's off, Madam.

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Rosenstein stands tall. The Washington Post reports:

"Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein squared off Thursday with Republican lawmakers who accused him of misconduct and stonewalling — claims he angrily denied — in an ongoing feud over the FBI’s investigations into Hillary Clinton and President Trump.  The tense exchanges at a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee were interrupted by a House vote on a resolution meant to publicly rebuke Rosenstein over what lawmakers characterize as his failure to turn over investigative documents related to both cases. The measure, which passed 226 to 183, calls on the Justice Department to “comply with requests including subpoenas” by July 6."

Republicans are increasingly desperate.  Backlash continues to increase.

"Thursday’s hearing featuring Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher A. Wray was billed as an examination of an inspector general’s report that found serious failings in how federal law enforcement handled a high-profile investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state. But it mostly centered on Rosenstein — and Republican accusations that he has withheld key details about the politically sensitive investigations."

Been nothing to this for years.  Yet, GOP nazis remain incapable of letting it go.

"Rosenstein insisted to the committee that the department has “hundreds of people working around the clock trying to satisfy this request” and that the vote demanding the papers be produced quicker would not affect that work.  Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), authors of the House resolution, have suggested that if Rosenstein does not comply with their demands by their stated deadline, they will pursue contempt charges against him — even though GOP leaders have not indicated a willingness to take such punitive steps at a time when the Justice Department is trying to produce the records."

Let them do so.  Would certainly show desperation to deflect attention from the Trump nazi and his henchmen.

"At the hearing, Jordan peppered Rosenstein with accusations, asking, “Why are you keeping information from Congress?”  Rosenstein denied doing so.  “I don’t agree with you, congressman,” he said. “That is not accurate, sir.”  Jordan also accused the deputy attorney general of redacting documents to hide information embarrassing to the FBI.  “Mr. Jordan, I am the deputy attorney general of the United States,” Rosenstein answered. “I’m not the person doing the redacting.”  As Jordan interrupted Rosenstein to level more accusations, Rosenstein snapped back: “Your use of this to attack me personally is deeply wrong. ... I’m not trying to hide anything.”

Stand up to the bastards.  Continue doing so.  No more than partisan political bullshit from a GOP that grows increasingly desperate vis a vis the Trump nazi and his henchmen.

"Jordan responded, “It’s not personal,” as the two continued to argue and Democrats on the panel attempted to interject in Rosenstein’s defense."

It is personal.  These bastards are intentionally blowing smoke.  To divert attention from their biggest problem, -- the Trump nazi.

"Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) delivered a lengthy monologue on anti-Trump text messages exchanged by some FBI officials, then pleaded with Rosenstein to conclude the Russia investigation quickly."

Why are these Republican nazis so desperate to interfere with an ongoing criminal investigation? Why?

“We’ve seen the bias — we need to see the evidence,” Gowdy said. “If you have evidence of wrongdoing by any member of the Trump campaign, present it to the damn grand jury. If you have evidence that this president acted inappropriately, present it to the American people. There’s an old saying that justice delayed is justice denied. I think right now all of us are being denied. Whatever you got, finish it the hell up, because this country is being torn apart.”

It's being torn apart by your goddamned nazi fuhrer, the Trump nazi, and his henchmen.  Wake up, Congressman.  What bias?  You've seen, nor presented, any.  All smoke.  No substance.  Clear indication how desperate you bastards are becoming.  You're doing your best to interfere with a criminal investigation.  Obstruction.

"Rosenstein responded that he shared Gowdy’s concerns but added: “With regard to the investigation, I’ve heard suggestions that we should just close the investigation. I think the best thing we can do is finish it appropriately and reach a conclusion.”

Hasn't been going on that long.  Certainly, only a fraction of what Clinton endured.

"Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) pressed Rosenstein to explain why he had not recused himself from overseeing special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, given that Rosenstein authored a memo justifying the firing of James B. Comey as FBI director last year — events that are now being investigated by Mueller.   “I can assure you that were it appropriate for me to recuse, I’d be more than happy to do so and let somebody else handle this,” Rosenstein said, grinning."

Certainly, not intimidated by these increasingly desperate partisan bastards.

"Republicans pressed Rosenstein to explain his role in parts of the Russia investigation, but the deputy attorney general said he could not talk about classified information. Because Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from investigations related to the 2016 campaign, Rosenstein serves as the acting attorney general of the Russia probe."

Wouldn't want to confuse any of them with the truth, would we?  LOL.

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Think Trump isn't married to Fox News?  ABC News reports:

"Bill Shine, a former Fox News co-president, has accepted a role in the White House as deputy chief of staff for communications, multiple sources tell ABC News."

You're being egregiously f--ked by this dolt.  Too stupid to see?

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Canadians aren't happy campers.  NPR reports:

"Across Canada, people are increasingly shocked and angry about the way the country is being treated by the Trump administration. They've watched as the U.S. has slapped steep tariffs on Canadian products, listened to President Trump harangue Trudeau and discovered the U.S. now considers their country a national security threat."

NBC reports:

"Canada announced billions of dollars in retaliatory tariffs against the U.S. on Friday in a tit-for-tat response to the Trump administration's duties on Canadian steel and aluminum.  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government released the final list of items that will be targeted beginning July 1. Some items will be subject to taxes of 10 or 25 percent.  Trudeau and President Donald Trump spoke late Friday, in what may have been their first direct conversation since Trump tweeted that Trudeau was "weak" and "dishonest" after leaving the G-7 meetings in Quebec earlier this month.  "As he has said in past conversations and in public, the Prime Minister conveyed that Canada has had no choice but to announce reciprocal countermeasures to the steel and aluminum tariffs that the United States imposed on June 1, 2018," Trudeau's office said in a statement.  "The two leaders agreed to stay in close touch on a way forward."

The idiot in the Oval Office has not carefully thought this out.  Shoots from the hip.  Guess who ultimately pays for his aggressive stupidity?  Wake up.  Consumers.

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Think ICE doesn't have severe credibility issues?  NPR reports:

"Raphael A. Sanchez, who was chief counsel at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Seattle when he opened credit cards and took out loans using the personal information of vulnerable immigrants, faces sentencing in federal court today.  He is expected to serve four years in prison as part of a plea deal with the Justice Department. A judge must formally sign off on the deal."

Nowhere near enough.

"Sanchez — whose responsibilities included overseeing immigration removal cases in several states — stole and exploited the identities of people who prosecutors say were "particularly vulnerable given their status as deported or otherwise excludable."  He also misreported his earnings in his IRS filings. And, the Justice Department said, Sanchez "claimed three aliens as relative dependents on his tax returns for 2014 through 2016."  Sanchez, 44, pleaded guilty in February to one count of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft. As part of his plea, he also signed a statement of fact acknowledging his actions."

Never ends, does it?

Gets worse.  Get this.  The Washington Post reports:

"The political backlash against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has turned so intense that leaders of the agency’s criminal investigative division sent a letter last week to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen urging an organizational split.  The letter, signed by the majority of special agents in charge of ICE’s Homeland Security Investigative Division (HSI), offered a window into growing internal tension at the agency as an “Abolish ICE” protest movement has targeted its offices and won support from left-wing Democrats."

Trouble in nazi 'paradise.'  LOL.

"The letter signed by 19 special agents in charge urges Nielsen to split HSI from ICE, because anger at ERO immigration practices is harming the entire agency’s reputation and undermining other law enforcement agencies’ willingness to cooperate, the agents told Nielsen."

Doesn't your heart break?

NBC reports:

"Immigration activists have long protested Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which enforces immigration law away from the border, arguing the agency lacks oversight and that its mission breaks up families by targeting otherwise law-abiding migrants."

Succinctly, extremely well put.  Precisely, the problem.

"Those complaints have spread under Trump through broader liberal circles, with a growing number of candidates and elected officials adopting "Abolish ICE" positions. They include House candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who visited the border to draw attention to the message shortly before she upset Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley in Tuesday's primary election.  Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., came out for replacing ICE with a new agency Thursday, saying it had become a "deportation force." "We should abolish ICE," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday."

To say nothing of political independents who have been calling for ICE abolishment quite some time.  Should not be forgotten independents are, generally speaking, liberal/progressive on social issues, conservative on fiscal ones.

"For the moment, "abolish ICE" is still largely a rallying cry without a policy behind it. It could mean anything from spreading ICE's functions across government to ending its mission entirely, depending on who you ask.  That's changing fast. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wisc., announced this week he would put out a bill to "abolish ICE and crack down on the agency's blanket directive to target and round up individuals and families." Other Democrats, including Ocasio-Cortez if she wins in November, are planning to pursue legislation, as well."

Hard to believe any Marxist socialist like Ocasio-Cortez could win a general election in what has become Nazi America ruled by Republican national socialists.  In the era of GOP fascism, does not seem a possibility.  Currently, fascism rules domestically in our formerly great country ala Republicans.

ABC News reports:

"President Donald Trump took to Twitter Saturday morning to attack Democrats over increased calls among the left ranks of the party for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency to be eliminated.  "The Democrats are making a strong push to abolish ICE, one of the smartest, toughest and most spirited law enforcement groups of men and women that I have ever seen," Trump tweeted from his private golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. "I have watched ICE liberate towns from the grasp of MS-13 & clean out the toughest of situations. They are great!"

What they are are criminal jackbooted bastards in the mold of Hitler's SS storm troopers.  Stand against everything our formerly great country used to stand for.  That is, all civil and constitutional rights and liberties.  Among other egregious abuses of power, break federal law by not allowing those seeking asylum at border checkpoints immediately into this country as required by law to ascertain whether or not their claims are true.  Trump did not indicate what towns these jackbooted bastards supposedly liberated from MS-13.  Can you tell us, Mr. 'President?'

    "To the great and brave men and women of ICE, do not worry or lose your spirit. You are doing a fantastic job of keeping us safe by eradicating the worst criminal elements. So brave! The radical left Dems want you out. Next it will be all police. Zero chance, It will never happen!
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 30, 2018"

Trump is a liar.  ICE has done nothing of the kind.  The 'president' talks out his ass.  Worse, Trump again lies about Democrats and/or Independents calling for abolishment of law enforcement.  Lies about this issue and many, many others on a daily basis.  Those critical of the inept, criminal, abusive, murderous jackbooted bastards in blue seek only to have these thugs removed from policing.  Not all cops.

Then again, Trump has proven he remains no more than a congenital liar.  Incapable of distinguishing truth from fiction, fantasy from reality.  Right from wrong.  Good government from bad.  Precisely, why the greatest threat to life, liberty, all civil and constitutional rights and liberties is no foreign power, no terrorist organization, not even the criminal element.  It is now all levels and branches of out of control government.

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Think treatment of immigrant children detained by the Trump nazi and his henchmen hasn't been appalling?  CBS News reports:

"Five immigrant children filed a federal complaint in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles Friday alleging that the government is "causing grave harm to children" by detaining them for long periods of time in overly restrictive conditions and forcing them to take psychotropic medication, in violation of the law.  The lawsuit seeks class action status, and asks the court to block the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) from placing children in detention. The five children say they have endured physical and emotional abuse while detained.  The children are represented by the National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) and the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law, the organizations that worked on Flores v Reno, the 1997 Supreme Court case which created national standards for holding immigrant children in custody."

Clearly, a long-term problem:

"The children named in the lawsuit have been in federal custody for up to a year and a half, been administered psychotropic medications without consent, and been denied release to family members for manufactured reasons or without any reason provided at all, and with no opportunity to even review, much less appeal, the government's decisions," read a statement by the NCYL."

Gets worse:

"Among the children who are plaintiffs is a 16-year-old girl from Honduras who has been detained for 11 months. The Office of Refugee Resettlement allegedly refuses to release her to her sister unless she can pay $500 a month for the girl's medication and move to a home with a separate room for the girl. Another plaintiff is a 12-year-old boy who has also allegedly been forced to take psychotropic drugs and and has no legal counsel to assist him with regard to the drugs or his detention. Like the girl, the boy also has a sister in the U.S. who can care for him.  A 17-year-old plaintiff who has been detained for more than a year claims he has been repeatedly assaulted by ORR staff.   "One time he had to wash pepper spray out of his eyes with toilet water," National Center for Youth Law spokesperson Lewis Cohen said on a conference call with reporters Friday.  Another 17-year-old says she has been placed on numerous psychotropic medications for which ORR has not received the consent of her grandfather, who is her closest U.S. relative. A 13-year-old plaintiff says he has suffered physical abuse at the hands of older youths in the facility where he's held."

Amazing how such abuse occurs not only throughout our penal gulags all across this country, but even in facilities created to separate immigrant kids from their parents in an effort to discourage asylum seekers.

"The statement continues: "The complaint charges the government with inappropriately detaining children in unnecessarily restrictive detention centers without fair process, unlawfully medicating children without parental or other appropriate authorization, and failing to promptly release children to family members in the United States.  It also alleges that the government is violating the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution by obstructing detained children from accessing lawyers and failing to provide due process."

Come as a surprise?  Why?  We've been living in a goddamned de facto fascist police-state quite some time, now transitioning to the Trump nazi's Fourth Reich.

CBS News reports:

"It had been nearly two months since Buena Ventura Martin Godinez has seen her 7-year-old daughter after the frightened young mother was separated from her family trying to cross from Mexico into the U.S. They've spoken tearfully by phone, but seeing her at a Miami airport Sunday for the first time, she grabbed the child in a tight embrace, tears running down her cheeks during a reunion she feared may never happen.  "I feel very happy, now and to complete my joy I would like to have my husband released," Martin said in Spanish as her daughter Janne clutched a stuffed dog and blue balloons and played with her younger brother at baggage claim.  Martin carried her infant son from Mexico into the U.S in May, fleeing what she said were threats from violent local gangsters demanding money in their hometown in northwestern Guatemala. Her husband followed two weeks later with the young girl. But the family was caught by the Border Patrol and scattered about under President Trump's zero-tolerance immigration policy forcing families to be separated when crossing the border."

History repeating itself.  Circa 1933, Nazi Germany, beginning of Hitler's Third Reich.  -- Trump's Fourth.

"The family is one of thousands who have tried to find refuge in the U.S. in recent weeks only to be caught up in the harsh reality of an immigration system that has never been as welcoming as many desperate migrants hoped and has grown harsher under Mr. Trump, with the separation of parents from children being used as a means of discouraging illegal immigration."

To say nothing of asylum seekers in direct violation of federal law.

"As Martin clutched her daughter at Sunday's emotional reunion, she had a warning for other families.  "I would advise people to find another country to seek refuge ... because here the law is very tough. People don't have a heart," she said with tears streaming down her cheeks. "Your child is a treasure and to have them separated is very painful."

Jackbooted nazis.  Worst, yet to come.

"Martin and her husband could easily have been apprehended under the previous administration, too, and would have faced a tough battle for asylum. But the father wouldn't have been prosecuted for a first-time crossing; he would likely have been briefly detained with his daughter and then released with a monitoring device while they battled their future out in court. Their daughter also would not have been shipped alone across the country, leaving them desperately trying to get her back."

How many kids have yet to be returned despite a judge's recent order?  How many may never be once their parents are quickly deported?

NBC reports:

"The backlog of pending applications for immigrants legally in the country attempting to become U.S. citizens has “skyrocketed” under President Donald Trump, according to a new report from an immigrant rights organization.  There were nearly 730,000 pending naturalization applications as of the end of last year, a more than 87 percent increase since 2015 under President Barack Obama, according to the new report from the National Partnership for New Americans.  “The Trump admin has built a second wall that prevents legal immigrants in the U.S. from becoming voting U.S. citizens,” Joshua Hoyt, executive director of the National Partnership for New Americans, told NBC News.  He said the backlog at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services means current processing rates have reached as high as 20 months. Last year, over 925,000 people applied for U.S. citizenship, according to the report."

Trump nazi and his henchmen only have room for highly-skilled immigrants who will generously line the pockets of their corporate masters.  Others need not apply.

“They may be waiting for as much of 20 months after submitting a 21-page application, paid the $730 fee, submitted their fingerprints for a security a check and then sat and waited to take an exam,” he said.  As of Dec. 31, 2015, under Obama, the backlog was 388,832, according to the report.  “This is either absolute gross incompetence affecting close to a million legal immigrants who want to become U.S. citizens or it is an intentional second wall that is designed to slow the pace at which lawfully present immigrants can become voters,” he said.  The report also found that certain states saw “enormous spikes” in denials of citizenship applications in the last quarter, noting changes in Alabama, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and Utah.  From Oct. 1 2017 to the end of December, the backlog increased in at least 19 states and territories, including Alabama, Colorado, Washington D.C., Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin, according to the report.  The states with the largest increase in pending applications over the last fiscal year included Utah with an increase of more than 53 percent, Texas with an increase of over 50 percent and Washington with over 46 percent, according to the report."

Raw nazism imposed by Trump and his henchmen:

"The backlog was denying potential citizens their right to vote, and also left some at risk for potential deportation under Trump's policies while their applications are pending, said Gutiérrez.  "The rules have changed, legal permanent residency does not protect you from deportation under Donald Trump," he said. "People want to participate in the democratic process, they also want to protect themselves," he said.  Angelica Salas, executive director of immigrant advocacy group the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA), echoed the sentiment.  "More and more every day you have a situation in which legal permanent residents, even for minor violations decades old, are being visited by ICE," she said."

These goddamned hypocritical nazis are ferociously, caustically reminded our forebears came to this continent centuries ago, stole it from its native inhabitants, killed them en masse, then broke every goddamned treaty signed.

Delusionally believe this concerted, determined foot dragging is unintentional on the part of the Trump nazi and his henchmen?

"Hoyt said the move was poor use of resources with the current backlog.  “They’re not paying attention to their core responsibility of processing people in a timely manner, instead they’re on a witch hunt to try to denaturalize citizens who have been here for over 20 years,” said Hoyt.  Salas said denaturlaizations were very uncommon in the past."

No longer.  Raw nazism.

NPR reports:

"In a legal setback for the Trump administration's immigration policies, a federal judge in Washington, D.C., has ruled that the government may not arbitrarily detain people seeking asylum."

About time.  The nazi in the Oval Office and his henchmen need to be reined in.

"The ruling comes in a case challenging the administration's policy of detaining people even after they have passed a credible fear interview and await a hearing on their asylum claim."

Raw nazism.

Get this:

"The lead plaintiff in the case is a teacher from Haiti, Ansly Damus, who has been confined in Ohio for more than a year-and-a-half. He fled his homeland fearing violence and political persecution and asked for asylum in the United States. An immigration judge granted him asylum not just once, but twice. But Damus remains locked up indefinitely as the government appeals those decisions."

Egregious abuse of power, determined ignorance of the law and Constitution by the Trump nazi and his henchmen.

"U.S. District Judge James Boasberg, in his 38-page opinion, said that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement violated its own procedures by not granting Damus release under what's known as humanitarian parole.  "This Opinion does no more than hold the Government accountable to its own policy, which recently has been honored more in the breach than the observance. Having extended the safeguards of the Parole Directive to asylum seekers, ICE must now ensure that such protections are realized," Judge Boasberg wrote."

What took so long?

"The judge's decision came in response to a lawsuit filed in March by the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups.  "The ruling in the Damus case stands for the principle that the government cannot apply a blanket policy of detaining asylum seekers for the purpose of deterring people from coming into the United States to seek asylum," said ACLU deputy legal director Cecillia Wang.  Typically, asylum-seekers must pass a "credible fear" interview to convince authorities that they face a threat of persecution at home. If they pass, they are usually eligible for release pending a hearing, unless they are considered a flight risk or a danger to the public. At least, that is how it worked during the Obama administration."

No longer:

"But according to the ACLU lawsuit, everything changed under the Trump administration. Asylum-seekers in five ICE field offices in Detroit, El Paso, Los Angeles, Newark and Philadelphia are being detained with no hope of being released.  "We had a clear record, as the court noted, showing that in these five ICE field offices there really was a very clear pattern in what previously resulted in release of asylum seekers at a rate of ninety percent based on individualized consideration really dwindled down to near zero," Wang said."

Raw nazism.

"As a result, Judge Boasberg ordered the government to conduct case-by-case reviews of more than a thousand other asylum-seekers who have been denied release by those five ICE field offices."

Think Trump and his fellow nazis won't continue to drag their feet?

"To be clear, in finding that injunctive relief is warranted in this case, this Court is simply ordering that Defendants do what they already admit is required– follow the ICE Directive when adjudicating asylum-seekers' detention. The Directive provides a framework of minimum protections for those claiming refugee status, and, as Defendants acknowledge, it is binding on the Government. To mandate that ICE provide these baseline procedures to those entering our country – individuals who have often fled violence and persecution to seek safety on our shores – is no great judicial leap," Judge Boasberg concluded."

Indeed.  Think Trump won't continue to do as he pleases?

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Cohen may flip.  Think Trump isn't shitting?  George Stephanopoulos of ABC News reports:

"He was the fix-it guy, the pit bull so fiercely protective of his boss that he’d once described himself as "the guy who would take a bullet" for the president.  But in his first in-depth interview since the FBI raided his office and homes in April, Cohen strongly signaled his willingness to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller and federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York -- even if that puts President Trump in jeopardy.  “My wife, my daughter and my son have my first loyalty and always will,” Cohen told me. “I put family and country first.”  We spoke for 45 minutes Saturday evening at a Manhattan hotel, where Cohen has been staying for the past several months. And during that time, the question of whether Cohen might flip on the president has been the subject of intense speculation."

Indeed, has been quite some time.

"Even the president weighed in, tweeting in April that “most people will flip if the government lets them out of trouble, even if it means lying or making up stories. Sorry, I don’t see Michael doing that.”  He described Cohen as a “fine person with a wonderful family.”  But Cohen did not praise the president during our conversation -- and pointedly disagreed with Trump’s criticism of the federal investigations."

Stunning, isn't it?  Then again, if you're up to your ears in questionable activity currently investigated by Mueller and others, would it come as any surprise?  Enlightened self-interest.

"When I asked Cohen directly what he would do if prosecutors forced him to choose between protecting the president and protecting his family, he said his family is “my first priority.”

Comes equally as no surprise, does it?  Hard to believe it's his family that comes first, however.  Think it's not his sorry ass?  LOL.

"Cohen added: “Once I understand what charges might be filed against me, if any at all, I will defer to my new counsel, Guy Petrillo, for guidance.”  But when I pointed out to Cohen that he wasn’t repeating past vows to “take a bullet” and “do anything” to protect the president, the longtime Trump loyalist left little doubt about where he stands now, saying simply: “To be crystal clear, my wife, my daughter and my son, and this country have my first loyalty.”

Think so?  ... Or, again, is it his sorry ass?  Either way, makes no significant difference since Mueller's ultimate target is unquestionably the Trump nazi.

"Cohen recently retained Petrillo, a highly regarded former federal prosecutor who once led the criminal division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan -- the very same office currently conducting the criminal investigation of Cohen."

Most convenient, isn't it?  Shrewd, as well.  Think Mueller and the Manhattan U.S. Attorney aren't working in conjunction?

"Petrillo is expected to take over as Cohen’s lead counsel in the coming days. And Cohen makes clear that his decision about whether to cooperate will be based not on any previous loyalty to Trump -- but on Petrillo’s legal advice.  Once Petrillo fully assumes his role, a joint defense agreement Cohen shared with the president, which allowed their lawyers to share information and documents with each other, will come to an end, ABC News has learned.  At that point, the legal interests of the president of the United States and his longtime personal attorney could quickly become adversarial."

Precisely, why frightened Republicans are so increasingly, desperately anxious for Mueller and others to wind up their investigations.

"When I asked Cohen how he might respond if the president or his legal team come after him -- to try and discredit him and the work he did for Mr. Trump over the last decade -- he sat up straight. His voice gained strength.  “I will not be a punching bag as part of anyone’s defense strategy,” he said emphatically. “I am not a villain of this story, and I will not allow others to try to depict me that way.”  Prosecutors in New York’s Southern District are investigating Cohen for alleged violations of election law and possible financial crimes associated with his personal business dealings.  He has not been charged with any crime. But on the advice of his attorney, Cohen declined to address specific questions about matters currently under investigation."

Mueller and other investigators have been so tight with information, free of leaks, hard to know for sure precisely what they think, what they have, what they intend to ultimately do with whatever it is they have.

“I respect the prosecutors. I respect the process,” Cohen said. “I would not do or say anything that might be perceived as interfering with their professional review of the evidence and the facts.”

Clearly, doesn't want to be charged with obstruction.  LOL.

"One subject the prosecutors are surely exploring: that $130,000 payment Cohen made to adult-film star Stephanie Clifford, aka Stormy Daniels, less than two weeks before the 2016 election, in exchange for her silence –- a possible violation of campaign finance law.  I asked Cohen if the president directed him to make that payment or promised to reimburse him. In the past, Cohen has said that he acted on his own initiative.  Not this time.  “I want to answer. One day I will answer,” he said. “But for now, I can’t comment further on advice of my counsel.”

Fascinating, isn't?  Still think Trump and his closest henchmen aren't shitting?

"On issue after issue, Cohen did, however, separate himself from President Trump -– starting with the president’s criticism of how the government has conducted its investigation.  "After federal agents searched Cohen’s New York properties, Trump described the raid as a break-in, an “attack on our country, in a true sense. It’s an attack on what we all stand for.”  “I don’t agree with those who demonize or vilify the FBI. I respect the FBI as an institution, as well as their agents,” Cohen told me. “When they searched my hotel room and my home, it was obviously upsetting to me and my family. Nonetheless, the agents were respectful, courteous and professional. I thanked them for their service and as they left, we shook hands.”

The fact that Cohen chose to be interviewed by George Stephanopoulos is remarkably interesting.  Line of questioning, more so.

Think the following isn't equally riveting?

"Cohen also refused to criticize the Mueller investigation.  "I don’t like the term witch hunt,” he said, adding that he condemned Russia for interfering in the 2016 election.  “As an American, I repudiate Russia’s or any other foreign government’s attempt to interfere or meddle in our democratic process, and I would call on all Americans to do the same,” he said.  And in a direct rebuttal to President Trump, who sent out a tweet last week repeating Vladimir Putin’s claim that Russia did not interfere in our election, Cohen added this: “Simply accepting the denial of Mr. Putin is unsustainable.”

The Washington Post reports:

"Cohen is under intensifying scrutiny from federal prosecutors in Manhattan who are examining his business practices, as well as special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, who is continuing to investigate episodes involving Cohen as part of his probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election.  In New York, federal investigators are scrutinizing Cohen for possible bank fraud, wire fraud and campaign finance violations as they examine his efforts to squelch damaging information about Trump in the run-up to the 2016 election, including allegations of an affair by adult-film actress Stormy Daniels.  In Washington, Mueller has been examining Cohen’s role in at least two episodes involving Russian interests.  Stephanopoulos said that Cohen, who has not been charged in connection with either probe, came across “as his own man” during the interview and said he will “not be a punching bag” if Trump’s team tries to discredit him as part of a legal strategy."

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The following is appalling. The New York Times reports:

"Eric Greitens was a decorated Navy SEAL who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, the founder of a veterans’ charity in Missouri and a Rhodes scholar. Chiseled and charismatic, he was elected governor of Missouri and seen by his fellow Republicans as a potential superstar in the party, someone with the brains and political instincts to perhaps rise all the way to the White House.  But on Tuesday, Mr. Greitens abruptly resigned, more than four months into a scandal involving a sexual relationship with his former hairdresser and claims that he had taken an explicit photograph of her without her permission. He was also accused by prosecutors of misusing his charity’s donor list for political purposes."

Did this to himself.  Only himself to blame:

"Defiant but somber, Mr. Greitens, who was voted into office in 2016, insisted that he had committed no crimes or “any offense worthy of this treatment.” He described “legal harassment of colleagues, friends and campaign workers” and said “it’s clear that for the forces that oppose us that there is no end in sight.”  “This ordeal has been designed to cause an incredible amount of strain on my family,” Mr. Greitens said. He added: “I cannot allow those forces to continue to cause pain and difficulty to the people that I love.”

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Believe the following isn't special treatment accorded one of its corporate masters?  NPR reports:

"The U.S. Forest Service has offered Nestlé a three-year permit to continue drawing millions of gallons of water from the San Bernardino National Forest.  Under the offer, Nestlé Waters North America — the largest bottled-water company in the country — will be allowed to keep taking water from the Strawberry Creek watershed. That watershed is currently rated as "impaired" and the extraction is to be allowed "when there is water available consistent with the forest's Land Management Plan," according to The Associated Press, citing the offer.  Nestlé, which bottles the water under its Arrowhead brand, has 60 days to decide whether to accept the terms of the offer, the AP says."

Here's the issue:

"As NPR's Bill Chappell reported in December, Nestlé, a division of the Swiss food company, says it took an average of 62.6 million gallons of water from the San Bernardino spring each year from 1947 to 2015, but a two-year investigation by California's State Water Board found that it lacked legal permits for much of that water."

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Corporate welfare remains alive and well in Nazi America.  CBS News reports:

"Speaking at a ceremonial groundbreaker for a new Foxconn plant in Wisconsin, President Trump called the new facility "the 8th wonder of the world," despite the fact that Foxconn has cost the state at least $3.5 billion in tax breaks and grants, according to calculations from Wisconsin's nonpartisan legislative fiscal bureau.   At that rate it would take the state 25 years to break even on its investment, the bureau calculated. In other words, each job Foxconn has promised to create costs the taxpayers $263,000. The company has said at least 13,000 direct jobs would be created, paying an average of $53,000 a year."

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About time.  NBC reports:

"California enacted the nation’s strongest data privacy law on Thursday that could presage national changes to how big tech companies, including Facebook, Google and Amazon, collect and use personal data.  The law, passed by the state legislature on Tuesday and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, requires companies to disclose the types of data they collect about consumers and with whom they share that information. Companies will be forced to let consumers opt-out of having their data sold. The law will also prohibit companies from charging a consumer or treating them differently because they opted out of having their data sold.  Companies will also be required to secure customer data or risk being fined by California’s attorney general, according to the legislation.  The Assembly just passed the most robust set of Internet privacy protections in the nation.  A constitutional right to privacy is unique to California and has served as the basis for many groundbreaking privacy laws enacted over the years.  The protections won’t take effect until 2020, meaning the fight between lawmakers, advocates and tech companies to further shape the regulations, or water them down, is still far from over."

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More of the same.  NBC reports:

"The government was separating migrant parents from their kids for months prior to the official introduction of zero tolerance, running what a U.S. official called a "pilot program" for widespread prosecutions in Texas, but apparently did not create a clear system for parents to track or reunite with their kids.  Officials have said that at least 2,342 children were separated from their parents after being apprehended crossing the border unlawfully since May 5, when the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy towards migrants went into effect.  But numbers provided to NBC News by the Department of Homeland Security show that another 1,768 were separated from their parents between October 2016 and February 2018, bringing the total number of separated kids to more than 4,100."

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Think Trump's not hoodwinked by the North Korean dictator?  NPR reports:

"North Korea is reportedly expanding a facility to build solid-fuel ballistic missiles — a further sign that despite last month's summit between President Trump and Kim Jong Un, Pyongyang is pressing ahead with its nuclear programs.  The Wall Street Journal, citing satellite imagery, reports that the bulk of the new construction at the facility in the North Korean city of Hamhung took place in April and June, around the time Kim was meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, and later with Trump.  "New building didn't appear to begin in earnest until April this year, around the time Mr. Kim shook hands with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in a landmark summit meeting at the inter-Korean border, according to a series of satellite images. The bulk of construction took place in May and June," according to the Journal."

Who's playing whom?  LOL.

"The satellite photos from San Francisco-based Planet Labs Inc. were analyzed by researchers at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, WSJ reports.  Unlike liquid-fuel rockets, which must be painstakingly fueled prior to launch, solid-fuel missiles can be deployed almost at a moment's notice – making them less vulnerable to a preemptive strike and therefore far more destabilizing."

Think that isn't the intention of the North Korean dictator?  Truly believe Kim hasn't played the Trump nazi?

Wake up:

"At last month's summit with Trump in Singapore, Kim agreed to "work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula," but offered little in the way of specifics. Even so, the president quickly hailed the meeting as a major breakthrough, going so far as to tweet that North Korea "is no longer a Nuclear Threat."

    "Just landed - a long trip, but everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office. There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea. Meeting with Kim Jong Un was an interesting and very positive experience. North Korea has great potential for the future!
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 13, 2018"

Think Trump's not a delusional fool?

"At a rally in Duluth, Minn., days after the summit days later, the president touted his accomplishments in Singapore, telling supporters that North Korea had "stopped all nuclear testing, they stopped nuclear research, they stopped rocketry."  Instead, there are indications that instead of stopping its nuclear and missile programs, Pyongyang is continuing to bulk them up."

Trump can't, won't be confused with the truth.

"The Washington Post, citing intelligence sources who did not wish to be named, reported on Saturday that U.S. intelligence officials have concluded that the Pyongyang regime has no intention of fully surrendering its nuclear stockpile, but was planning "to conceal the number of weapons it has and secret production facilities."  In addition, the North Korean monitoring site reported last week that North Korea's main Yongbyon nuclear research facility was also undergoing improvements.  "Modifications to the 5 MWe plutonium production reactor's cooling system appear complete," analysts Frank V. Pabian, Joseph S. Bermudez and Jack Liu wrote at 38North, adding that "Construction continues on support facilities throughout other operational areas of Yongbyon, especially at the Experimental Light Water Reactor (ELWR), where the new engineering office building appears externally complete and a small building similar to the one observed at the Radiochemical Laboratory has been erected."

Truly believe the Trump nazi hasn't already been informed by the Pentagon of all the above and far more?

"Mere weeks before the Singapore summit, North Korea made a show of destroying its Punggye-ri test site, where it conducted nuclear testing, inviting some journalists to witness the decomissioning."

Symbolism over substance.

"However, as NPR's Elise Hu reported at the time, "longtime watchers of North Korea's nuclear program say the closing of the site will have little impact on the nation's capabilities."

You think?

Believe the following isn't quite telling?  Get this:

"Speaking on CBS's Face the Nation on Sunday, White House national security advisor John Bolton – who has taken a hardline on North Korea in the past — said Pyongyang's arsenal could be dismantled in a year."

Think so?

"If they have the strategic decision already made to do that and they are cooperative, we can move very quickly. And it is to North Korea's advantage to dismantle very quickly. Then the elimination of sanctions, aid by South Korea and Japan and others can all begin to flower," Bolton said."

No more than pathetic wishful thinking:

"In a subsequent appearance on Fox News Sunday, Bolton refused to comment on the Washington Post report.  "I am not going to comment on any reports, true, untrue, or partially true, about intelligence," he said. "I will just say this ... we are using the full range of our capabilities to understand what North Korea is doing."

Sadly, just like the Trump nazi, you continue to stupidly, ignorantly, Aryan arrogantly talk out your sorry ass, John.

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At least one Democrat has finally courageously stood up and called it like it is.  Can we stand it?  LOL.  CBS News reports:

"Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon, thinks Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement "creates an opportunity for those who don't believe in our Constitution to lock in an anti-American majority for a long time to come."

Worse, raw nazism.

"He joined CBS News Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett for dinner Wednesday night at Trusty's restaurant in DC for the latest episode of "The Takeout," and said he fears what another Trump Supreme Court appointee could mean for the next generation.  It's "absolutely damaging," Merkley told Garrett."

Far worse than that.  Would be rubber stamp for the Trump nazi's Fourth Reich.

"Kennedy, who announced he would retire as an associate justice on the high court at the end of July, has served for more than three decades after his appointment by President Ronald Reagan in 1987.  He has sometimes, though not always, been a moderate voice on the bench, and one that has frequently been the tie-breaker on many decisions."

Not so, this last year.  Nearly all his rulings have been in goose step with the four other current Republican nazis on the Court.

"Now, Merkley, and other Democrats feel a younger justice, who aligns ideologically with the stricter conservative principles of Antonin Scalia, who died in 2015, and his replacement, Trump appointee Neil Gorsuch, could open up a significant rift in American politics and policy."

Scalia was no conservative.  A bona fide fascist.  -- Fascism defined as the pernicious blend of government, business, and religion.  'Justified' by perversion and bastardization of the latter.

"This sends shock waves through the communities of every citizen who believes in the vision of 'We the People' government because already we have a 5-4 court that…consistently favor[s] the privileged and powerful over ordinary people. And it's really kind of standing the vision of our Constitution on its head."

Worse than that.  Far worse than that.  Direct threat to the very basis of our democratic republic.

"He pointed to a number of times when a single voice on the court has made significant impacts on policy.  "There are so many issues that have been 5-4 -- related to gerrymandering, related to voter suppression and voting rights in general, related to money - billionaires' money contaminating our political system, women's rights and workers' rights and consumer rights impacted by this 5-4 court," he said, "and having a younger justice replace Kennedy means that we're looking at an impact that could last a generation."

Certainly, determined intention of the Trump nazi and his henchmen.  Direct, intentional abrogation of his falsely sworn oath to uphold the United States Constitution.  A fascist dictator following in the footsteps of his mentors, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini.  Time for Democrats to find themselves.  Out to lunch far too long.  Since November 22, 1963, Kennedy assassination.

Gutless groveling bastards won't even walk off the House and Senate floors in protest of this determined nazification of our formerly great country by the GOP.  Neither party, no longer worth a shit.  As the revolution doomsday clock strikes ever closer to midnight.  Hear the rumble?  An unwanted dreaded second American revolution catastrophically looming.

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Think Trump and the First Lady aren't financially benefiting from the trappings of the Oval Office?  NBC reports:

"Since her husband took office Melania Trump has earned six figures from an unusual deal with a photo agency in which major media organizations have indirectly paid the Trump family despite a requirement that the photos be used only in positive coverage."

How about that?

"President Donald Trump's most recent financial disclosure reveals that in 2017 the first lady earned at least $100,000 from Getty Images for the use of any of a series of 187 photos of the first family shot between 2010 and 2016 by Belgian photographer Regine Mahaux.  It's not unheard of for celebrities to earn royalties from photos of themselves, but it's very unusual for the wife of a currently serving elected official. More problematic for the many news organizations that have published or broadcast the images, however, is that Getty's licensing agreement stipulates the pictures can be used in "positive stories only."

Control of narrative.  Get paid and control the story all at the same time.

Gets worse:

"According to the revenue statement in President Trump's May financial disclosure, Melania Trump earned between $100,000 and $1,000,000 in photo royalties in 2017 from the Getty deal.  Federal officials are only required to give an income range in their filings, and both Getty and the White House declined requests to provide more precise figures or list the places the images had appeared.  But NBC News found at least a dozen organizations that had paid to use Mahaux's restricted images of the Trumps in 2017, resulting in indirect payment to the first family.  Yahoo News, NBC News, Marie Claire, the Daily Mail, My San Antonio, Houston Chronicle, House Beautiful, and SF Gate, the website for The San Francisco Chronicle, are among those that have featured Mahaux's highly stylized family portraits since Trump took office."

Created quite a firestorm when NBC forced the issue:

"An NBC News spokesperson said NBC News did not agree or sign a statement that the image would be used for positive coverage, and was never informed that a portion of the royalties would go to the Trump family.  Several news organizations removed the images from their websites after inquiries by NBC News.  Yahoo took them down and said in a statement: "We were not aware of this specific arrangement with Getty nor was our editorial influenced by it. We have removed the image from Yahoo Lifestyle."  The San Francisco Chronicle deleted the images from its website as well, and said it was looking into how they came to be used.  The photographs were also pulled from the websites for The Houston Chronicle and The San Antonio Express-News following inquiries by NBC News. Hearst Communications Inc. owns the three newspapers and their websites. The images remained on other Hearst websites like those for the magazines House Beautiful and Marie Claire. Representatives for those publications did not return repeated calls and emails."

Get this:

"The White House declined to comment on whether the Trumps have steered any of the proceeds from the Getty deal, which was consummated before Melania Trump became first lady, to a charity. Absent a public announcement, their annual tax returns might provide a hint — but unlike all other modern first families, the Trumps have not released them.  However, some of the proceeds from at least one of Mahaux's pictures of the first lady seem to have made their way to charity through another means. The White House gift shop, which sold the 2017 White House calendar, donates part of its earnings to help rural police departments."

How about helping the victims of law enforcement, Mr. 'President?'  All those they've abused, shaken down, beaten up, murdered.  With impunity.

The Washington Post reports:

"There was the exclusive dinner at the Georgetown home of a tobacco heir and the soiree at the McLean residence of the developer of the Watergate complex. More recently, men in suits and women in cocktail dresses sipped drinks in the luxurious ballroom of Washington’s Trump International Hotel.  At each gathering, the guest of honor was President Trump. And the people there to celebrate him were some of his wealthiest supporters, who in the case of the hotel fete wrote six-figure checks to hear him crack jokes and discuss his agenda in a rarefied setting.  Even as Trump holds court in large arenas filled with thousands of cheering supporters, he also has been giving rich financiers and business executives up-close access, helping cultivate the kind of big-money outfit he once derided. The effort is intended to boost his favored candidates in this year’s midterms — and to bolster his own reelection prospects."

Here's how the fascist bastard is doing it:

"The money is flowing to America First, an independent operation stocked with former Trump aides that aims to scoop up $100 million through two entities, with the bulk of the funds so far flowing to a nonprofit arm that is not required to disclose the names of its donors.  The chase for wealthy backers is exactly what Trump denounced on the campaign trail in 2016, saying it made candidates “psychologically” beholden to donors and declaring it was “not going to happen with me.”  “Somebody gives them money — not anything wrong — just psychologically when they go to that person, they’re going to do it,” he said in a January 2016 CNN interview. “They owe them.”

They do, Mr. 'President.'  Just like they own you, sir.  ... Or, is it you own them?  ... Or, is it one hand indeed washes the other?

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Think teachers aren't taking it hard in the ass courtesy of Trump and his henchmen?  NPR reports:

"The U.S. Department of Education is in the midst of a top-to-bottom review of a troubled federal grant program for public school teachers. The effort follows reporting by NPR that found many teachers had their grants unfairly converted to loans, leaving some with more than $20,000 in debt. In recent weeks, 19 U.S. senators signed a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, citing NPR's reporting and saying "it is urgent that these mistakes are fixed."  Now, new documents obtained by NPR reveal that a previously unreported plan to fix the program was problematic from the start and did nothing for the vast majority of people involved."

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At least one Republican Senator is standing up.  CNN reports:

"Republican Sen. Susan Collins, a key vote in the coming Supreme Court confirmation fight, said Sunday she would not support a nominee hostile to the landmark abortion ruling in Roe v. Wade.  "I would not support a nominee who demonstrated hostility to Roe v. Wade because that would mean to me that their judicial philosophy did not include a respect for established decisions, established law," Collins said on CNN's "State of the Union."  The Maine senator said when she met with President Donald Trump to discuss the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, she encouraged Trump "to broaden his list beyond" his standing list of 25 potential choices.  Collins said she is not comfortable with everyone on Trump's list of conservative names and stressed her preferences in their meeting.  "The President really was soliciting my views on the type of nominee that I was looking for," Collins said. "I emphasized that I wanted a nominee who would respect precedent, a fundamental tenet of our judicial system."

The New York Times reports:

"Senator Susan Collins, a moderate Maine Republican whose vote could prove decisive in filling the Supreme Court’s vacant seat, said on Sunday that she would not vote for a nominee who showed “hostility” toward Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision establishing a constitutional right to abortion.  “A candidate for this important position who would overturn Roe v. Wade would not be acceptable to me, because that would indicate an activist agenda that I don’t want to see a judge have,” Ms. Collins said on ABC’s “This Week.”  In another interview on Sunday, on CNN’s “State of the Union,” the senator said such a decision “would mean to me their judicial philosophy did not include a respect for established decisions, established law.”  “And I believe that that is the very important fundamental tenet of our judicial system, which, as Chief Justice Roberts says, helps to promote stability and evenhandedness,” she added, referring to John G. Roberts Jr., the court’s chief justice.  The remarks appeared to edge beyond the position that Ms. Collins staked out in conversations with reporters last week, when she made clear that she saw Roe v. Wade as a precedent that should not be overturned. She had not said explicitly that the view could sway her vote.  Still, liberals dismissed her position as “flimsy.” A longtime target for conservatives, abortion rights and the court’s liberal decision in Roe v. Wade have emerged as one of the major flash points in the fight over filling the seat left by Justice Anthony M. Kennedy when he retires this summer.  Ms. Collins, among the few remaining voices of centrism in the Republican Party, is one of two Republican senators who have supported abortion rights and, in the past, have shown themselves willing to break with their party. The other is Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. Because Republicans have only the narrowest of majorities in the Senate, their votes could sink or elevate whomever President Trump nominates to fill the seat.  Ms. Murkowski has said that she will consider a nominee’s view on the abortion rights case, but that it alone would not be a litmus test for her choice."

Hear the rumble?

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Trump is again talking out his sorry, national socialist ass.  ABC News:

"President Donald Trump weighed in on recent instances of members of his administration getting confronted by critics of his policies, saying he hopes "the other side realizes that they better just take it easy."   The president in an interview on Fox Business that aired Sunday was asked by host Maria Bartiromo about recent incidents of White House and Cabinet officials being publicly challenged over the administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy.  "I hope the other side realizes that they better just take it easy," the president said. "They better just take it easy because some of the languages, some of the words you – even some of the radical ideas, I really think they’re very bad for the country."

Nazism is bad for the country, Mr. 'President.'  You're following in the foot steps of your 1930s national socialist mentors, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini.  You've traitorously abrogated your falsely sworn oath of office to uphold the United States Constitution.  You and your henchmen, Mr. Trump, remain an exigent threat to life, liberty, all civil and constitutional rights and liberties.  You disgrace yourself and the office you remain grossly unfit for.

"Trump told Bartiromo, "Some of the things said are terrible. And, you know, it's our people are so incredible."

Called the truth, Mr. 'President.'  Your henchmen remain disgraced traitorous fascists just like you, sir.

"He also praised his supporters. "You know, there's probably never been a base in the history of politics in this country like my base."

Highly reminiscent of Hitler's base in Nazi Germany, Mussolini's in Fascist Italy.

"The debate over whether Trump critics should confront administration members spilled over into a highly publicized exchange between the president and Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters of California after she said people should continue to call out officials to protest immigration policy.  Waters' comments were criticized by some leaders in her own party, and the president slammed her on Twitter, calling her a person of "extraordinarily low IQ" who engages in "crazy rants."  Waters shot back in comments during a House committee meeting. “If you want to talk about civility, you start with the president," she said. "I think every reasonable person has concluded that the president ... has advocated violence, he has been divisive, and he has been the one that has caused what we see happening today, where people are trying to push back on his policies.”

They're courageously standing up to this fascist and his henchmen.  Resisting a deluded, narcissistic nazi.

Resistance grows to the Trump nazi and his henchmen.  The Washington Post reports:

"To members of the resistance, though, the mistakes of the past are what they’re trying not to repeat. A moral urgency is compelling a sharpening of activism tactics, to satisfy the political dictum “never again.”

The very same dictum rightfully articulated by survivors of Hitler's concentration camps at the end of the Second World War.

"Inspired by the MXDC confrontation, Jesse Rabinowitz helped organize a small demonstration last week outside the D.C. condo building of Stephen Miller, the Trump adviser behind the hard-line immigration policies. They knew that Miller was in South Carolina with the president. Didn’t matter. Rabinowitz wanted to remind Miller’s neighbors that they’re living next to “a dangerous man,” that they have a “moral obligation” to confront him."

... As long as it's peaceful, non-violent.  To do otherwise is disastrous, counterproductive, plays right into the hands of the nazi element in our formerly great country.  Resistance must be ferocious, but non-violent.

"In D.C., “we don’t have political representation but we do have proximity to people in power,” Rabinowitz said. We’re in “a moment of moral clarity where this is what you have to do.”

Americans can and must stand up to great evil.  The time is now.

"Arriving home from the grocery store, Valerie Ploumpis was delighted to encounter anger on her stoop. For two years she had been hoping to run into her neighbor so that she could confront him.  “I’m 56 and, you know, I’m a polite person, I’m a D.C. person, I have very strong political views and I’m a very strong progressive Democrat — but I’ve never been confrontational until this time,” says Ploumpis, national policy director for Equality California, an LGBT rights organization. “I just think this administration is literally dismantling our democratic institutions in real time, in our name, on our watch. And I just don’t think it’s appropriate, for those of us who are watching and seeing this happen, to be silent.”

That's right.  The rise of nazism in this country remains a direct threat to life, liberty, all civil and constitutional rights and liberties.  To say nothing of a democratic republic based on the United States Constitution.  Trump and his henchmen remain a direct threat to all the Founders stood for, fought and died for.  To say nothing of all who fought and died on all the battlefields in all the wars since this country was founded.

"Ploumpis took some of the activists’ fliers, including a “WANTED” poster that featured a photo of Miller above the words “white nationalist,” and taped them up in her building’s elevators. When they were removed, she taped up more. Then she got a letter from management about condo rules.  Her action “was even more egregious,” the letter said, because it was directed at a fellow resident. Ploumpis dismissed the scolding.  “This,” she says, “is not a normal time.”

We no longer own property in this country.  Have not for generations.  Government does.  Don't pay the 'rent,' that is, the taxes, the government takes that property and sells it to another sucker.  Government dictates what you can and cannot do on property you do not ultimately own.  Condos?  Even more restrictive.  We're no longer free in this country.  Free to do what we're told.  Wake up.

“Rightfully so, a lot of people’s attention was on the border, on the tents, on the migrant camps,” Hess said. “But the people in control of that agenda, making those decisions, are in Washington, and it was important that they be held accountable where they work and live.”

That's right.  Policies the Border Patrol and ICE execute originate in our nation's capital.  At behest of the nazis in the White House, Congress, and the Judiciary.

"Three days later, a Georgetown University student named Roberto was returning to campus from his internship when he got a text from a friend. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was in Copley Hall for a private event. Friends decided on a group text to stake him out, in a mini-protest that came together in less than an hour. They wanted to ask him a question to his face.  “Why are you separating families?” one of them repeated as McConnell slipped into a black SUV."

These savages suffer great pique, resent their nazi policies and agenda pointedly questioned:

“Why don’t you leave my husband alone?” snapped McConnell’s wife, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, displaying uncharacteristic anger mere inches from the group."

They challenge this goddamned nazi bastard and you because you are national socialists, fascists desperate to impose your perverse ideological and religious views on the rest of us.  Remain an exigent threat to life, liberty, all civil and constitutional rights and liberties, Ms. Chao.

“How does he sleep at night?” another protester yelled, as a security agent shoved them back."

Forget?  A nazi has no conscience.  No sense of right and wrong.  Why wouldn't he sleep well?

CBS News reports:

"A congregation in Indiana has placed Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus statues inside a cage on a church's front lawn. Christ Church Cathedral says the Holy Family has been placed in "ICE detention," a poignant statement on immigration that has  gained widespread attention."

Think the fascist son of a bitch in the Oval Office and his henchmen wouldn't have done the same 2,000 years ago?

"The caged Holy Family is part of  the church's "Every Family is Holy" campaign. The church, located in Indianapolis, says just like immigrants crossing the border, Mary, Joseph and Jesus were once homeless and fled danger to seek asylum. The church's dean and rector, Steve Carlsen, says the "Holy Scripture is clear about how we are to treat people trying to find safety for their families -- we are to show mercy and welcome them."

You think?  Yet, Trump's sick sycophants delusionally believe otherwise.  Still falsely claim to be Christians.

"The campaign aims to "bring awareness to the humanitarian atrocities from our nation's 'zero tolerance' immigration policies," the church says in a statement. Carlsen told CBS News the idea to put Mary, Joseph and Jesus in a cage came from an associate clergy member at the church, Cannon Lee Curtis. He had an idea to use the same images displayed at Christmas time -- Mary, Joseph and Jesus -- but to put them in a "detention center," Carlsen says.   "[Some] forget that this is a homeless family with nowhere to go," Carlsen says. The story of the Holy Family teaches that "the heart of God is with those who are most vulnerable, most at risk," like immigrants and refugees, Carlsen says."

What is so remarkable about all this is the Head Honcho derisively labeled these pieces of shit Pharisees some two thousand years ago.  What the f--k has truly changed in all these centuries?

"Carlsen knew the church lawn, which "faces the most public space in Indiana,"  was a huge platform for their campaign. "We put it up last night and we finished around 10 p.m. We wanted people to see it as we were coming to work."

Uncommon valor.  Hat's off.

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Once again, Trump shamelessly lies out the ass.  CBS News reports:

"A senior Iranian cleric says that the U.S. granted citizenship to 2,500 Iranians during negotiations for the Iranian nuclear deal, according to Fox News.  Hojjat al-Islam Mojtaba Zolnour, a high-ranking member of parliament and chairman of Iran's parliamentary nuclear committee, made the claim to Iranian state media, which was then picked up by Fox News. On Tuesday morning, President Trump jumped on the story, tweeting it out to his over 50 million followers.

    "Just out that the Obama Administration granted citizenship, during the terrible Iran Deal negotiation, to 2,500 Iranians - including to government officials. How big (and bad) is that?
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 3, 2018"

No truth to it.  None at all.

"Fox News noted in its story that there's no evidence to support Zolnour's claim. Zolnour is a hard-liner, and was using the claim as a cudgel against his more moderate foes in Tehran. His point was that allies of the comparatively moderate Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, were benefiting from a secret deal with the U.S. that runs counter to Iranian interests."

Yet, the Trump nazi chose to distort reality, lie like hell to his sick sycophants.

"But former Obama staffers are saying that there is zero truth to Zolnour's claim. "The allegation is absurd and entirely false. It shouldn't be lost on anyone that this is a case of Donald Trump parroting Fox News, which is peddling the claims of an Iranian hardliner," Jeff Prescott, the former senior director on President Obama's National Security Council, told CBS News."

Raw nazism, ala Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini.  Yet, his sick sycophants buy the bullshit.

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Think it's time for answers?  NBC reports:

"Rep. Jim Jordan, the powerful Republican congressman from Ohio, is being accused by former wrestlers he coached more than two decades ago at Ohio State University of failing to stop the team doctor from molesting them and other students.  The university announced in April that it was investigating accusations that Dr. Richard Strauss, who died in 2005, abused team members when he was the team doctor from the mid-1970s to late 1990s.  Jordan, who was assistant wrestling coach at the university from 1986 to 1994, has repeatedly said he knew nothing of the abuse until former students began speaking out this spring. His denials, however, have been met with skepticism and anger from some former members of the wrestling team."

Gets worse:

"Three former wrestlers told NBC News that it was common knowledge that Strauss showered regularly with the students and inappropriately touched them during appointments, and said it would have been impossible for Jordan to be unaware; one wrestler said he told Jordan directly about the abuse.  Former head coach Russ Hellickson, Jordan's mentor, said in a recent video — made by Mike DiSabato, a former wrestler — that Hellickson had told Strauss that he was being too "hands on” with students.  DiSabato, whose allegations against Strauss prompted Ohio State to open its investigation, called Jordan a “liar.”“I considered Jim Jordan a friend,” DiSabato said. “But at the end of the day, he is absolutely lying if he says he doesn’t know what was going on.”

Article goes on and on.  Far more graphically.

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More problems for one of Trump's worst henchmen.  The Washington Post reports:

"Two of Scott Pruitt’s top aides provided fresh details to congressional investigators in recent days about some of his most controversial spending and management decisions, including his push to find a six-figure job for his wife at a politically connected group, enlist staffers in performing personal tasks and seek high-end travel despite aides’ objections."

How does this shit go on and GOP nazis continue to defend him?

"The Trump administration appointees described an administrator who sought a salary that topped $200,000 for his wife and accepted help from a subordinate in the job search, requested aid from senior EPA officials in a dispute with a Washington landlord and disregarded concerns about his first-class travel."

This piece of shit, just like his fuhrer, the Trump nazi, continues to line his pockets off the trappings of office.

"The interviews conducted by staffers for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee late last week shed new light on the EPA administrator’s willingness to leverage his position for his personal benefit and to ignore warnings even from allies about potential ethical issues, according to three individuals familiar with the sessions, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the ongoing investigation."

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Coup de grace?  Height of Aryan arrogance?  Mark of a nazi dictator?  CBS News reports:

"President Trump lowered the American flags at the White House Tuesday morning in honor of the four journalists and one staffer killed by a gunman at The Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland last week.  The Baltimore Sun reported Monday that Mr. Trump denied the request made over the weekend by Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley, who is a Democrat, to honor the slain journalists by setting the White House flags at half-mast."

Fascinating, isn't it?

"Our Nation shares the sorrow of those affected by the shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland," Mr. Trump said in the proclamation released Tuesday morning. "Americans across the country are united in calling upon God to be with the victims and to bring aid and comfort to their families and friends."

Goddamned lying hypocrite.

"Tuesday morning, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that as soon as Mr. Trump heard about the request from Buckley, he asked his staff to reach out and verify that the mayor made the request. She says that once its validity was determined, Mr. Trump asked that the flag be lowered "immediately."   "I spoke with the mayor last night and again this morning to let him know the president's decision," Sanders said."

Political pressure must have been enormous.  Withering.

"Just after the shooting, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan ordered the state flags to be set at half-staff from Friday until Monday's sunset. Buckley hoped the president would comply with his request to do the same at the White House, aiming to keep attention on the tragic shooting.  "Obviously, I'm disappointed, you know? … Is there a cutoff for tragedy?" Buckley told The Baltimore Sun. "This was an attack on the press. It was an attack on freedom of speech. It's just as important as any other tragedy."

Not to the Trump nazi and his henchmen.

"When asked Tuesday morning if the president is committed to stop calling journalists the "enemy of the people," Sanders said that Mr. Trump has a "great deal of respect for the press," but also called on the media to be responsible with their reporting."

Jesus Christ.  This lying woman continues to emulate her fuhrer, the Trump nazi.  Trump's comments vis a vis the press the last several years scream otherwise.  Mainstream media report the truth.  Correct the record when they get it wrong.  Unlike the Trump nazi.  Any questions?

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Racism remains alive and well in the Trump regime.  NPR reports:

"The White House is withdrawing Obama-era guidance documents that encouraged schools and colleges to promote diversity through their admissions process."

Determined step backwards.  -- To the not-so-good-old-days of the 50s and 60s.

"The departments of Justice and Education announced on Tuesday that they have retracted several letters and memos that advised schools on how they could legally consider race in admissions and other decisions.  Education and diversity advocacy groups have reacted with alarm.  "By encouraging schools to not consider race during the admissions process or potentially in any other circumstance, President Trump is undermining the benefits of diversity in schools and accelerating the socio-economic divide," NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson said in a statement."

Precisely, the intention of the racist nazi in the Oval Office.

"Educators know that all students, and not just our students of color, benefit from diverse and inclusive classrooms," Lily Eskelsen García, the National Education Association president, said in a statement.  In 2016, a divided Supreme Court upheld the use of race-based admissions in colleges, deciding that such policies do not necessarily violate the Constitution's Equal Protection Clause.  Justice Anthony Kennedy, the court's crucial swing vote, wrote the majority opinion in that case. Kennedy announced his resignation last week, and Trump is interviewing possible replacements. Analysts say the choice of justice could influence the future of affirmative action, among many other issues."

Raw nazism cheered on by Trump's sick sycophants.

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Tim Chorney, Publisher
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