The Smoking Gun: Trump, The Least Charitable Billionaire

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  1. Oliver Wasow's exhibition of these people's portraits is raw and unflinching in its ability to capture the essence of the people linked to Trump and the man himself.
    A fine example is is that of Steve Bannon whose skin is as filthy as his conscience.

    Futher exploration of the link requires an email address which I got around by signing up with a false one. Naturally.

    Furthermore it provides access to every interesting article on the site, and there are several.
  2. The Wrong Guy Member

    Russian-American lobbyist says he was in Trump son's meeting | Associated Press

    A Russian-American lobbyist says he attended a June 2016 meeting with President Donald Trump’s son, marking another shift in the account of a discussion that was billed as part of a Russian government effort to help the Republican’s White House campaign.

    Rinat Akhmetshin confirmed his participation to The Associated Press on Friday. Akhmetshin has been reported to have ties to Russian intelligence agencies, though he denies those links.


    Former Soviet Counterintelligence Officer at Meeting With Donald Trump Jr. and Russian Lawyer | NBC News

    The Russian lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr. and others on the Trump team after a promise of compromising material on Hillary Clinton was accompanied by a Russian-American lobbyist — a former Soviet counterintelligence officer who is suspected by some U.S. officials of having ongoing ties to Russian intelligence, NBC News has learned.

    The lobbyist, who denies any current ties to Russian spy agencies, accompanied the lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, to the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower attended by Donald Trump Jr.; Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law; and Paul Manafort, former chairman of the Trump campaign.

    The Russian-born American lobbyist served in the Soviet military and emigrated to the U.S., where he holds dual citizenship.

    The Associated Press identified the lobbyist as Rinat Akhmetshin, and said he acknowledged attending the meeting, though he said it was not substantive. “I never thought this would be such a big deal, to be honest,” he told the AP.


    Rinat Akhmetshin: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know | Heavy

    1. He’s Been Labeled a Former Soviet Intelligence Officer

    2. Akhmetshin Was Called a ‘Russian Gun For Hire’ & Also Met With Dana Rohrabacher

    3. Akhmetshin Was Accused of Being Involved in an Illegal Hacking Effort

    4. Akhmetshin Admits Being at the Trump Jr. Meeting

    5. Akhmetshin Was Involved in Efforts to Defeat the Magnitsky Act That Also Involved Fusion GPS & Veselnitskaya

  3. The Wrong Guy Member

    Trump’s legal team faces tensions — and a client who often takes his own counsel

    By Philip Rucker, Ashley Parker and Devlin Barrett, The Washington Post


    The challenge for President Trump’s attorneys has become, at its core, managing the unmanageable — their client.

    He won’t follow instructions. After one meeting in which they urged Trump to steer clear of a certain topic, he sent a tweet about that very theme before they arrived back at their office.

    He won’t compartmentalize. With aides, advisers and friends breezing in and out of the Oval Office, it is not uncommon for the president to suddenly turn the conversation to Russia — a subject that perpetually gnaws at him — in a meeting about something else entirely.

    And he won’t discipline himself. Trump’s legal team, led by Marc E. Kasowitz of New York, is laboring to underscore the potential risk to the president if he engages without a lawyer in discussions with other people under scrutiny in widening Russia inquiries, including Jared Kushner, his son-in-law and senior adviser.

    Nearly two months after Trump retained outside counsel to represent him in the investigations of alleged Russian meddling in last year’s election, his and Kushner’s attorneys are struggling to enforce traditional legal boundaries to protect their clients, according to half a dozen people with knowledge of the internal dynamics and ongoing interactions, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the matter candidly.

    Compounding the challenges have been tensions between Trump’s and Kushner’s legal teams in a frenzied, siege-like environment. Senior White House officials are increasingly reluctant to discuss the issue internally or publicly and worry about overhearing sensitive conversations, for fear of legal exposure.

    “Stuff is moving fast and furious,” said one person familiar with the work of the legal teams. “The tensions are just the tensions that would normally exist between two groups of lawyers starting to work together and struggling with facts that we don’t all know yet.”

    A third faction could complicate the dynamic further. Trump’s eldest child, Donald Trump Jr., hired his own criminal defense attorney this week amid disclosures that he met with a Russian lawyer with ties to the Kremlin who he thought could provide incriminating information about Democrat Hillary Clinton during the campaign. Trump Jr. also is considering hiring his own outside public relations team.

    In remarks to reporters on Air Force One before his arrival in Paris on Thursday, Trump defended his son as “a good boy” who had done nothing wrong and suggested he would support Trump Jr. testifying about the case “if he wants to.”

    As in Trump’s West Wing, lawyers on the outside teams have been deeply distrustful of one another and suspicious of motivations. They also are engaged in a circular firing squad of private speculation about who may have disclosed information about Trump Jr.’s meeting with the Russian lawyer to the New York Times, said people familiar with the situation.


    Those retained by the parties involved include Kasowitz, Bowe and Jay Sekulow for Trump; Jamie S. Gorelick and Abbe Lowell for Kushner; and Alan Futerfas for Trump Jr.

    The president has been irritated with Kasowitz, which the Times first reported this week. The two men have known each other for decades, and both are hard-charging, prideful and brash.

    But people briefed on the evolving relationship said Trump has made Kasowitz absorb his fury about the Russia inquiries — in keeping with how the president treats his White House staff, quick to blame aides when things go awry.

    The lawyers are now faced with the challenge of trying to force change on Trump, 71, who throughout his life has often thrived amid freewheeling chaos. He made his name as a flamboyant Manhattan developer, trafficking in hyperbole and mistruth — or “puffery,” as one former aide put it — while exhibiting little discretion in his daily conversations. For Trump, this was a formula for success.

    “There’s no question that Donald Trump has lied flagrantly and almost pathologically his entire life,” said Timothy L. O’Brien, author of the Trump biography “TrumpNation” and a Bloomberg View columnist. “For good parts of his life, he’s been insulated from the consequences of doing that.”

    Trump is now the highest elected official in the nation, and with that outsize perch comes potentially outsize consequences. His legal team is trying to impress upon him and those in his orbit that there could be severe ramifications for lying to federal investigators or congressional committees.

    O’Brien said, “He is now in a completely different world, and it’s a world unlike any he’s ever existed in before — both in terms of the sophistication and honesty that’s required of him to do his job well, and most especially the titanic legal and reputational consequences of Donald Trump continuing to be the same old Donald Trump.”

    The president, however, believes he has done nothing wrong and is the target of what he repeatedly has called “a witch hunt.” His instinct, those close to him have said, is to trust his gut and punch back.

    Barry Bennett, who was a Trump campaign adviser, said that Trump isn’t used to losing and that “he never stops fighting. That’s what life has taught him. In Washington, politics is a full-contact sport, and it’s certainly tougher than having it out with a magazine. It’s a new arena for him and he’s treating it like every arena he’s ever been in. He may be right, but it’s messy.”

    During last year’s campaign, Bennett recalled, “do you know how many times people came to him and said, ‘That was lethal, you’re never going to survive it’? Every time, he survived. When somebody tells him he can’t do something, he’s at a minimum circumspect.”

    When it comes to Twitter, however, the president is hardly circumspect. His political advisers have long urged him to restrain his first impulses on social media and to think twice before tweeting — and now, his lawyers are asking the same.

    Still, the president persists.

    “It’s my voice,’’ Trump said in a recent interview with the New York Times Magazine. ‘‘They want to take away my voice. They’re not going to take away my social media.’’

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    'Pence Can Eat My Asshole': America's Letters to Trump's Election Fraud Panel


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    Trump Hires New Lawyer Amid Russia Investigation | NBC News

    Veteran Washington lawyer Ty Cobb is the latest to join the president's legal team, a White House official said. Cobb will spearhead responses to media inquiries related to the ongoing Russia probes and he will work closely with attorney Marc Kasowitz, who is leading the Trump team.

    Cobb is a partner at Hogan Lovells, the same firm headed into a Supreme Court battle against the Trump administration on the president's controversial travel ban. (He is a relative of the hall-of-fame baseball player with the same name.)
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    Fox News anchor attacks Trump administration's 'lies' | Daily Mail Online

    'The deception is mind-boggling': Fox News anchor Shepard Smith unleashes blistering attack against Trump administration's 'lies' in Russia scandal
    • Fox News Channel anchor Shepard Smith on Friday assailed the 'mind-boggling deception' by Trump administration in explaining Russia probe revelations
    • In a 90-second commentary, Smith took the administration to task for failing to be more forthcoming
    • It was learned Friday that Donald Trump Jr did not disclose the fact that a Russian lobbyist and former spy attended a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower
    • Smith's comments are noteworthy because Fox News Channel is considered the cable news outlet that is most sympathetic to Trump
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    Damn I think France just paid its NATO bill. Not sure if our Daft president noticed.
  10. The Wrong Guy Member

    Trump regrets 'bizarre mistake' of Paris climate pullout, Branson claims
    • Virgin chief tells audience in Brooklyn Trump’s decision is ‘very, very strange’
    • ‘I get the feeling the president is regretting what he did’
    By Oliver Milman, The Guardian


    Donald Trump regrets the “bizarre mistake” of withdrawing the US from the Paris climate agreement, Sir Richard Branson has said. The British billionaire also urged the president to help phase out the ailing US coal industry.

    Speaking in Brooklyn on Friday, the Virgin Group founder said businesses and cities were firmly behind a transition to low-carbon energy, which made Trump’s decision to exit the Paris deal “very, very strange”.

    “With climate change, it’s America first and our beautiful globe last, and that seems incredibly said,” said Branson. “I’ve got a feeling that the president is regretting what he did. Maybe his children and son in law [adviser Jared Kushner] are saying, ‘Look, I told you so.’ Hopefully there is a positive change of mind.”

    The US is set to become one of only three sovereign nations in the world not to be part of the Paris accord, which aims to stem dangerous global warming. Of the other two, Nicaragua feels the agreement does not go far enough, and Syria is mired in a disastrous civil war.

    Branson said his companies would join the “We are still in” campaign – a coalition of hundreds of businesses, cities and universities committed to keeping to the US’s emissions reduction goals. Companies from Apple and Facebook to oil giants Exxon and BP urged Trump to stick with the Paris agreement, only for the president to fulfill his election pledge to jettison the pact.

    “Trump had hundreds of the most influential business leaders in the world speaking to him and he ignored them, so there’s no guarantee that he’ll change his mind,” Branson said.

    “Who knows what goes in there,” he added, pointing to his head. “The Paris decision was a bizarre mistake.

    “You have people in America who believe the world was made 5,000 years ago. There are some strange people out there who have got into heady positions in the American government. You have the strange position of a cabal of people with very influential positions in America making these decisions.”

    Branson admitted that he was unlikely to sway Trump, given his previous criticism of the president. In October, the British entrepreneur recalled a one-on-one lunch several years ago during which the future president explained how he was going to destroy five people who were unwilling to help him after one of his bankruptcies.

    Branson said the lunch was “bizarre” and showed Trump’s “vindictive streak”. However, he said he would advise Trump to drop his pro-fossil fuels stance and help transition coal miners into new work.

    “Coal mining is not the nicest of jobs,” Branson said, adding that in Britain miners have largely moved into jobs “far more pleasant, far less dangerous and far better for their health.

    “I’d suggest that the government should help coal miners move into alternative jobs, such as clean energy. Clean energy needs hundreds of thousands of people. That would be good for the coal miners, good for America and good for the world.

    “Now is the time to get massive investments into alternative energies. The vast majority of governments in the world are all still going in the right direction and companies in America are stepping into the breach.”

    Branson was joined in a panel discussion by Andrew Liveris, chief executive of Dow Chemical and part of a group that advises the White House on manufacturing. Liveris said chemicals companies have moved on from “full frontal denial” of climate change and that businesses now grasp the seriousness of global warming.

    “We are leaving governments behind, it’s completely inverted,” he said. “I believe we will find a way back into Paris. That’s not coming from any deep knowledge, but because of the engagement on the issue.”

    Branson was in New York to promote DS Virgin Racing, which competes in the Formula E electric racing series. Another of his companies, Virgin Atlantic, is part of an airline industry responsible for around 5% of global carbon dioxide emissions. He said cleaner fuel and more efficient plane designs were getting “closer step by step”.

    “I was told 10 years ago it wasn’t possible to get across the Atlantic with a plane carrying a battery powered by clean energy before 2050, because of the weight of it and so on,” he said.

    “But the way things are moving, it’s quite possible that a battery driven plane could carry a plane full of passengers across the Atlantic by 2030. The airline industry could tick that box [on reducing emissions] before some other industries.”


  11. Semion Mogilevich, the Russian mob’s “boss of bosses,” also declined to respond to questions from the New Republic. “My ideas are not important to anybody,” Mogilevich said in a statement provided by his attorney. “Whatever I know, I am a private person.” Mogilevich, the attorney added, “has nothing to do with President Trump. He doesn’t believe that anybody associated with him lives in Trump Tower. He has no ties to America or American citizens.”

    Back in 1999, the year before Trump staged his first run for president, Mogilevich gave a rare interview to the BBC. Living up to his reputation for cleverness, the mafia boss mostly joked and double-spoke his way around his criminal activities. (Q: “Why did you set up companies in the Channel Islands?” A: “The problem was that I didn’t know any other islands. When they taught us geography at school, I was sick that day.”) But when the exasperated interviewer asked, “Do you believe there is any Russian organized crime?” the “brainy don” turned half-serious.

    “How can you say that there is a Russian mafia in America?” he demanded. “The word mafia, as far as I understand the word, means a criminal group that is connected with the political organs, the police and the administration. I don’t know of a single Russian in the U.S. Senate, a single Russian in the U.S. Congress, a single Russian in the U.S. government. Where are the connections with the Russians? How can there be a Russian mafia in America? Where are their connections?”

    Two decades later, we finally have an answer to Mogilevich’s question.

  12. The Wrong Guy Member

    Trump campaign paid $50,000 to Trump Jr.'s attorney | POLITICO


    President Donald Trump appears to have used more than half a million dollars in campaign funds to pay legal fees over the last three months, new campaign filings show.

    The spending included $50,000 in legal expenses to lawyer Alan Futerfas, who is now representing Donald Trump Jr., on June 27th.

    Trump disclosed $677,826 million in payments described in filings as “legal consulting” between April and June of 2017 – a significant chunk of the $4.37 million his campaign spent overall – as the number and velocity of investigations into potential Russian interference in the 2016 election increased.

    The campaign spent significantly more in this area during the late spring and summer than during the first three months of the year, when it reported paying $249,344 on legal expenses. Trump has spent more than $4.5 million of campaign funds on legal costs since the beginning of his campaign.

    Trump’s campaign reported paying $538,265 in the last three months to Jones Day, the campaign’s law firm, up from $190,306 in the first quarter of 2017.

    Trump’s campaign and two affiliated joint fundraising committees disclosed raising $13.9 million on Saturday.

    So long as Trump is only paying expenses incurred from the parts of the investigation related to his campaign, it’s legal for the president to use his campaign donations to pay legal expenses or the legal expenses for Trump Jr., said Larry Noble, senior director at the Campaign Legal Center.

    “They’re obviously increasing the number of lawyers they have working for them,” Noble said. “And [Trump] seems to be, to a certain extent, churning through lawyers – so this could get expensive.”

    The White House did not respond to a request for comment.

    The Trump campaign made the payment to Futerfas two weeks before The New York Times reported an exchange between Trump Jr. and a Russian official about arranging a meeting to discuss damaging research on the Clinton campaign. Futerfas’ involvement was first reported by Reuters on July 10th.

    The new filings say payments were made for “legal consulting,” a vague term that could encompass a variety of expenses — including, possibly, settlement payments for cases brought against the Trump campaign.

    Since the payments were made within days of the end of the filing period, they may represent only a small portion of the amount that is now being billed to Trump’s campaign by Futerfas and the Trump Corporation.

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    Donahue on Whether He Saw Trump as a Potential President 30 Years Ago: ‘Are You Serious?!’

    By Justin Baragona, Mediaite


    Phil Donahue appeared on MSNC’s AM Joy this morning to discuss President Donald Trump and his interactions with the then-real estate mogul back when he hosted his eponymous talk show. And he was asked by host Joy Reid what his thoughts of Trump were back in the ’80s.

    With it being pointed out that Donahue had interviewed Trump three times on his show, a 1987 interview was brought up that occurred around the release of Art of the Deal. As Reid noted that Trump was seemingly styling himself even then as a “potential future president,” she wanted to know if Donahue thought he saw Trump that way back then.

    “Are you serious? Oh, not even in a million years,” he exclaimed.

    Donahue explained that he just thought of his as a “hot dog” who worked really hard at collecting celebrities and getting “his name on a lot of buildings.”

    The two went on to discuss some of the similarities between the Trump of the ’80s and the man now occupying the White House. A clip was played of 1987 Trump slamming countries like Japan and Saudi Arabia, claiming then that they were “ripping off this country.”

    He further stated that we are now in the “darkest political moment in American history” as we now have a “crotch-grabber for president,” referencing the infamous Access Hollywood tape. This echoed comments he made in a recent appearance on CNN’s Reliable Sources.

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    Poll finds Trump standing weakened since springtime | The Washington Post


    President Trump’s standing with the American people has deteriorated since the spring, buffeted by perceptions of a decline in U.S. leadership abroad, a stalled presidential agenda at home and an unpopular Republican health-care bill, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

    Approaching six months in office, Trump’s overall approval rating has dropped to 36 percent from 42 percent in April. His disapproval rating has risen five points to 58 percent. Overall, 48 percent say they “disapprove strongly” of Trump’s performance in office, a level never reached by former presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama and reached only in the second term of George W. Bush in Post-ABC polling.

    Almost half of all Americans (48 percent) see the country’s leadership in the world as weaker since Trump was inaugurated, compared with 27 percent who say it is stronger. Despite the fact that Trump campaigned as someone skilled at making deals that would be good for the country, majorities also say they do not trust him in negotiations with foreign leaders and in particular Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    Just over one-third of all Americans say they trust the president either “a great deal” or “a good amount” in any such foreign negotiations. Asked specifically about Trump-Putin negotiations, almost 2 in 3 say they do not trust the president much, including 48 percent who say they do not trust the president “at all.”

    Perceptions about the role of Russia in the 2016 election and possible collusion or cooperation with Trump campaign associates continue to be a drag on the president, though like many other questions, results show a clear partisan divide.

    The Post-ABC poll finds 60 percent of Americans think Russia tried to influence the election outcome, up slightly from 56 percent in April. Some 44 percent suspect Russian interference and think Trump benefited from their efforts. Roughly 4 in 10 believe members of Trump’s campaign intentionally aided Russian efforts to influence the election, though suspicions have changed little since the spring.

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  16. wow Long but very interesting article about Trump and the Russian mafia:

    Semion Mogilevich, the Russian mob’s “boss of bosses,” also declined to respond to questions from the New Republic. “My ideas are not important to anybody,” Mogilevich said in a statement provided by his attorney. “Whatever I know, I am a private person.” Mogilevich, the attorney added, “has nothing to do with President Trump. He doesn’t believe that anybody associated with him lives in Trump Tower. He has no ties to America or American citizens.”

    Back in 1999, the year before Trump staged his first run for president, Mogilevich gave a rare interview to the BBC. Living up to his reputation for cleverness, the mafia boss mostly joked and double-spoke his way around his criminal activities. (Q: “Why did you set up companies in the Channel Islands?” A: “The problem was that I didn’t know any other islands. When they taught us geography at school, I was sick that day.”) But when the exasperated interviewer asked, “Do you believe there is any Russian organized crime?” the “brainy don” turned half-serious.

    “How can you say that there is a Russian mafia in America?” he demanded. “The word mafia, as far as I understand the word, means a criminal group that is connected with the political organs, the police and the administration. I don’t know of a single Russian in the U.S. Senate, a single Russian in the U.S. Congress, a single Russian in the U.S. government. Where are the connections with the Russians? How can there be a Russian mafia in America? Where are their connections?”

    Two decades later, we finally have an answer to Mogilevich’s question.

  17. The important point is that the lawyers were paid in the weeks BEFORE the Donald Jr/ Russian spy meeting was made public. It was in preparation for the exposure, the journalists were closing in on the meeting. Trump sr has done an admirable job of deniability. Hopefully now that everyone has lawyered up there will be cracks. Thus far the lawyers hired are Trump loyalists, I'm sure they are having sessions about how to save The Donald while
    ( maybe) protecting their clients. I'm hoping for a Bannon/ Jerod split.
  18. The Wrong Guy Member

    Donald Trump refuses to make state visit to UK until Theresa May ‘fixes warm UK welcome' | The Independent

    'When I know I’m going to get a better reception, I’ll come and not before'

    'I haven't had great coverage out there, Theresa': Donald Trump tells PM he wants a 'better reception' when he visits Britain | London Evening Standard

    Donald Trump has reportedly told the Prime Minister he will only come to Britain when he is sure of getting a “better reception”.

    Donald Trump Asked Theresa May To 'Fix' Better UK Reception For Him | HuffPost UK

    Good luck with that mate.
  19. The Wrong Guy Member

    Donald Trump approval rating at 70-year low as Russia scandal swirls | The Guardian

    Trump just reached a mark no president has in 70 years |

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 46 minutes ago
    The ABC/Washington Post Poll, even though almost 40% is not bad at this time, was just about the most inaccurate poll around election time!
  20. The Wrong Guy Member

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 4 hours ago
    HillaryClinton can illegally get the questions to the Debate & delete 33,000 emails but my son Don is being scorned by the Fake News Media?

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 4 hours ago
    Thank you to former campaign adviser Michael Caputo for saying so powerfully that there was no Russian collusion in our winning campaign.

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 4 hours ago
    With all of its phony unnamed sources & highly slanted & even fraudulent reporting, #Fake News is DISTORTING DEMOCRACY in our country!
    Did Donald Trump’s lawyer accidentally make a huge confession about the meeting with the Russian lawyer?

    Donald jr's lawyer says that the Secret Service vetted the meeting with the Russians however

    "Trump’s adult children were only provided with protection when “physically near the candidate,” according to a contemporaneous ABC News report. Separate protection for Eric Trump and Donald Jr. came sometime after that."

    So the Secret Service would only know about it if Trump knew about it.

    "Unless the Secret Service thought that the senior Trump or Vladimir Putin himself was going to be at or very near the meeting, Sekulow’s claim that the Secret Service “allowed” the Russians in is what raises the real questions."

    Since Trump gets a loyalty oath from everyone he works with, I'm sure that all of Trump's people at the meeting agreed to shield Trump
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    U.S. Secret Service rejects suggestion it vetted Trump son's meeting | Reuters


    The U.S. Secret Service on Sunday denied a suggestion from President Donald Trump's personal lawyer that it had vetted a meeting between the president's son and Russian nationals during the 2016 campaign.

    Donald Trump Jr. has acknowledged that he met in New York with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya after he was told she might have damaging information about his father's rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton.

    "Well, I wonder why the Secret Service, if this was nefarious, why the Secret Service allowed these people in. The president had Secret Service protection at that point, and that raised a question with me," Jay Sekulow, a member of the president's legal team, said on Sunday on the ABC news program "This Week."

    In an emailed response to questions about Sekulow's comments, Secret Service spokesman Mason Brayman said the younger Trump was not under Secret Service protection at the time of the meeting, which included Trump's son and two senior campaign officials.

    "Donald Trump, Jr. was not a protectee of the USSS in June, 2016. Thus we would not have screened anyone he was meeting with at that time," the statement said.

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    Olbermann, Eric Trump argue over charity fundraising | TheHill


    Political commentator Keith Olbermann and Eric Trump engaged in a heated debate on Sunday about charity donations.


    Olbermann’s criticism stems from a June report that said the Eric Trump Foundation potentially funneled money to the Donald J. Trump Foundation. According to the report, money from an annual golf tournament hosted by Eric Trump had been funneled through his own foundation and back to Trump golf courses for tournament expenses. Donors had been told the money would all go to charity.

    The office of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D) told Forbes, which published the original report, that it is looking into Eric Trump’s foundation.

    After noticing Sunday that he was blocked by Eric Trump on the social media platform, Olbermann launched into a series of tweets about charity giving.

    More at
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    Edward Snowden
    "Mr. President" sounds increasingly like a slur.
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    Trump's tax proposal would push US below Greece on inequality index

    By Amanda Holpuch, The Guardian


    Donald Trump’s tax reform plans would, if enacted, increase the gap between rich and poor Americans and see the US slip below Greece on a new global index of inequality.

    According to the Commitment to Reducing Inequality (CRI) index, developed by researchers at Oxfam and Development Finance International, the US already distinguishes itself among wealthy countries by doing “very badly” at addressing inequality.

    But it would fall a further six places from its ranking of 23rd overall if Trump’s tax reform effort is successful, with the US’s specific rating on tax policies plummeting 33 places from 26th to 59th – just below Peru, Chile and Sri Lanka.

    “When you already have countries like Portugal and Slovenia ranking higher than the United States on the overall index, we think that’s a concern considering the wealth of the US,” Paul O’Brien, Oxfam America’s vice-president for policy and campaigns, told the Guardian.

    If the White House passes its budget, which would slash social service spending and could leave millions of Americans without health insurance, the US would fall behind Greece, which is crippled by a debt crisis; Spain, which for 10 months in 2016 did not have a government; and Argentina, which has been plagued by high inflation, according to the report.

    O’Brien said global understanding of inequality has grown significantly in the past decade, but this awareness has not led to the creation of pervasive government policies. Compilers of the index spent a year looking at policies around taxation, social service spending and labor in 152 countries.

    “The reason we did this comparative index,” O’Brien said, “is in large part to challenge policymakers like President Trump to look to other economies and other societies, to give people smarter ways to give everyone an opportunity to lift themselves from poverty.”

    The US performance on the index is strikingly bad compared to other wealthy countries, including the 35 members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). These countries account for 63% of the world GDP. The US is ranked 21st among them in the inequality index, despite being the wealthiest country in the history of the world.

    Threaded through the new report are stark facts that explain some of the ways the US has earned its low ranking. In 2012, 43.3% of corporations in the US paid no federal income tax. US employers are required to provide zero days of paid maternity leave, while Sweden offers 480 days. The US federal minimum wage of $7.25 is well below the $10.60 an hour needed for a family of four to stay above the federal poverty line.

    The report makes clear that inequality in the US could get worse if efforts to reform tax and repeal the Affordable Care Act are successful. If, instead, Trump decided to attack inequality in the US, O’Brien said he would need to create a more progressive tax system that lessens the burden on the poorest people, improve labor laws, and “ensure that investments in healthcare, education and social protection gave all Americans an equal shot at the American dream”.

    The index does not assess laws that prevent inequality, rather focusing on policies that help redistribute wealth. The report identifies successful efforts to turn around inequality in countries including Namibia, where secondary education is free to all.

    The index also emphasizes that the top performing countries, including Sweden, Belgium and Denmark, have room for improvement and that the success they have had could be reversed through legislative attempts to weaken laws that protect the poorest members of society.

    “For most rich countries,” the report says, “the main body of policies measured by the index was introduced in a different period of history, when significant action in these areas was broadly accepted as the right thing to do and paid dividends in terms of social and economic progress.

    “Today, in many countries, political support for these measures has eroded.”

    Follow the Guardian’s Inequality Project on Twitter here.

    " Trump is killing the Republican Party"

    He's killing the Republicans and they deserve it for supporting this needy little boy king. What was that cabinet meeting anyway?
  27. A strange break-in in a GOP senators office, with a threatening note.
    He's one of the senators who hasn't agreed to the Repeal bill. He's up for election next year, the other Senator is McCain. The Repeal bill will end health care coverage for large swathes of Arizona.

    A break-in of a candidates office.....Watergate, eh?

    "The incident at Heller’s office follows similar incidents involving other GOP senators in recent weeks. Over the July Fourth recess, a protester was arrested outside the Tucson office of Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) after asking a staffer, “You know how liberals are going to solve the Republican problem? They are going to get better aim.” And an Omaha man was arrested this month after walking into an Iowa motorcycle shop and saying that he “could kill” Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), who was scheduled to visit the shop the next day."
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    Idiot Trump Lawyer Incredibly Good At Stepping On Own Dick Repeatedly | Wonkette

    ...Jay Sekulow got to to on the TV! He did ALL FIVE SUNDAY SHOWS! If you’ll remember, Sekulow is the weirdo wingnut fundamentalist Christian lawyer who’s on Trump’s legal team because we guess he’s the best Trump can afford. Sekulow’s main points on the Sunday shows were that Donald Trump didn’t know about Junior’s Russian meeting (which was totally legal and above-board!), it was the Secret Service’s fault, and also James Comey and Hillary Clinton colluded with Benghazi to steal the election for Ukraine. Or something.
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    Trump's 'Made in America' week: the president's hypocrisy on display | The Guardian

    The White House celebrates US-manufactured products this week, even though Trump’s vodka, menswear and even board games have been made overseas.

    On 'Made in America week,' White House defends imported Trump products | ABC News

    Trump’s ‘Made in America’ week is a hypocritical joke | The Washington Post
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    EXCLUSIVE: Trump the foul-mouthed germophobe fired Chris Christie because New Jersey governor arranged for Obama to call his phone NOT The Donald's on election night
    • A new book reveals how Trump fell out with his then transition boss Chris Christie over whose cellphone to use on election night
    • Christie had arranged for Obama to call his number if Trump won - but germophobe Trump didn't want to use the New Jersey governor's cell
    • Jared Kushner removed Christie from his role running the Trump transition in the wake of the row
    • Devil's Bargain also reveals how Trump fell out with Paul Manafort, his now under investigation campaign chair, over a new story about Trump advisers
    • Trump accused Manafort of treating him 'like a baby' when it was claimed campaign officials did TV interviews to get their boss's attention
    • Book reveals Trump did not think of and was 'indifferent' to signature policy to build a wall until he unveiled it in Iowa in January 2015 and crowd 'went nuts'
    By Daniel Bates For


    Donald Trump fell out with Chris Christie, a new book reveals, by screaming at him: 'You know my number, just give it to the President, I don't want your fucking phone'.

    Trump became furious on election night when the New Jersey governor offered to use his own mobile phone to take a congratulatory call from Barack Obama.

    As a germophobe he was also horrified at the idea of having Christie's phone next to his face.

    According to a new book Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort was forced out under circumstances that were just as bruising.

    The President shouted at him: 'Am I a fucking baby, Paul?' over a news report which said Trump's advisers did TV interviews to get his attention because he watches so much cable.

    Soon after Manafort was dispatched by Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, one of the President's advisers, who said he was announcing his resignation in a press release - that he was sending out in 30 seconds.

    The insight into the cutthroat Trump campaign is in 'Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump and the Storming of the Presidency', which is out tomorrow (Tues) on Penguin Press.

    The book is an account of the rise of Bannon, from his blue collar upbringing in Virginia through to founder of Breitbart, the right wing media company, and now the President's chief strategist.

    According to 'Devil's Bargain', Bannon helped shape Trump's nationalist and anti-immigrant worldview which has crystallized into the phrase: 'America First'.

    But some of its most revealing passages detail the tension in Trump's camp and how major players were kicked out.

    Author Joshua Green, a senior national correspondent for Bloomberg Businessweek, writes that Christie had run against Trump for the Republican Presidential candidacy but quit in February last year after the New Hampshire primary.

    The next month he shocked the Republican establishment by endorsing Trump and began leading his White House transition team.

    According to 'Devil's Bargain', Trump was in his War Room on election night when it started to look like he would pull of his shock victory.

    The book says that 'although he was surrounded by friends, aides and family members, there seemed to be a force field around him that discouraged a direct approach'.

    Friends started congratulating Mike Pence instead and saluting him as 'Mr Vice President'.

    Trump sat down to 'absorb the gravity of what was happening' and a moment later Christie 'burst through the force field and sat next to him'.

    Christie said: 'Hey Donald. The President talked to me earlier' - the two had gotten to know each other after Superstorm Sandy. Christie said: 'If you win he's going to call my phone, and I'll pass it over to you'.

    Trump 'flashed a look of annoyance, clearly resenting the intrusion' and was repulsed by the idea of having somebody else's phone next to his face.

    Trump told Christie: 'Hey Chris, you know my fucking phone number. Just give it to the President. I don't want your fucking phone'.

    Aides said that Christie's move was the 'ultimate mistake' and one from which he 'wouldn't recover'.

    It was Bannon who broke the news that Trump had won and told him: 'Hey, look, we're gonna win this thing'.
    Trump nodded and said: 'Let's go get this done', referring to his victory speech - because he did not have one.

    Previous theories about Christie's fall from grace had included the governor pushing his way into photos of Trump on election night.

    There were also concerns about his role in the Bridgegate scandal, in which his advisers got revenge on a Democratic mayor of Fort Lee, New Jersey, by causing traffic chaos there.

    After election night Christie was removed from his role in charge of the Presidential transition by Kushner, who has a grudge against him because he prosecuted his father in 2005 when he was New Jersey Attorney General.

    Recently Christie has been enveloped in 'Beachgate', where reporters took pictures of him lounging on a New Jersey beach that he had closed due to a state government shutdown.

    Manafort was hired by Trump as a campaign adviser last March but five months later, by which time he was the campaign manager, he was already out of favor.

    The final straw was when the New York Times published a scathing article titled: 'Inside the Failing Mission to Tame Donald Trump's Tongue' which claimed aides were using TV interviews to give him their message rather than face to face meetings.

    Rebekah Mercer, part of the family which had spent $3.4 million on Trump's campaign, told him that 'this thing is over if you don't make a change fast'.

    Trump admitted: 'It's bad' but Mercer told him: 'No, it's not bad - it's over, unless you make a change'.

    She told him to bring in Bannon and Kellyanne Conway, a pollster and PR executive, and Trump agreed.

    The following day at the National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, Trump assembled his staff: Christie, former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Fox News chief executive Roger Ailes, Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates.

    Kushner and Trump's daughter Ivanka were away on a yachting trip in Croatia.

    Trump shouted at Manafort: 'How can anybody allow an article that says your campaign is all fucked up?

    'You think you've gotta go on TV to talk to me? You treat me like a baby!

    'Am I like a baby to you? I sit there like a little baby and watch TV and you talk to me? Am I a fucking baby, Paul?'

    The room 'fell silent', 'Devil's Bargain' says.

    Manafort's dismissal was hastened by a New York Times article that ran the next day saying that he had been paid $12.7 million from a pro Russian party from Ukraine.

    Manafort had not only kept this secret from Trump but he had not even told his wife who 'leaped up from the couch in fury' when she she found out, the book claims.

    Aides said that the story was the 'kill shot' for Manafort and that later that week when Kushner returned from vacation he told him:: 'We've really got a problem here. You're going to have to step down'.

    Manafort objected because it would 'look like I'm guilty', the book says.

    Kushner pressed him and said it 'would be helpful if you stepped down'.

    Manafort resisted and said: 'Yes, but I can't do that'.

    The book says: 'At this Kushner's demeanour hardened and he glanced at his watch. 'We're putting out a press release at 9am that says you've resigned. That's in 30 seconds'.

    Manafort is now one of several Trump aides who are being investigated by Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller over their dealings with Russia, as is Kushner and Trump's son Donald Jr.

    Continued at
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    Trump Panel Prompts Thousands of Voters to Unregister | NBC News
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    Trump’s poll numbers are bad. Here’s when the bottom will drop out.

    By Dana Milbank, The Washington Post


    The problem for Trump is many of his populist promises are starting to look fraudulent. Remember that Carrier plant in Indiana that Trump claimed to have saved? It’s reportedly beginning to lay off 600 people. The Boeing plant in South Carolina that Trump visited in February to showcase his fight for manufacturing jobs? Layoffs there, too. Trump denounced plans by Ford to move production of the Focus from Michigan to Mexico. Now Ford is moving the work to China instead.

    As The Post’s Tory Newmyer reported, manufacturing employment hit a record low last month of 8.47 percent of overall employment. It has long been trending that way and is forecast to continue. Manufacturing wages rose less than the overall private sector.

    This isn’t primarily because taxes are forcing production overseas. It’s productivity: Manufacturers can produce twice as much in the United States as they did a few decades ago with a third fewer workers. Likewise, coal mining jobs aren’t leaving the country because of regulations, as Trump tells his supporters; the jobs have been lost to market forces in the form of cheap oil and gas.

    The Congressional Budget Office, led by a Republican appointee, forecast last week that the economy would grow at just a 1.9 percent clip under Trump’s proposed budget, far less than the 3 percent the White House claims and the higher levels Trump alleges. The CBO also said the Trump budget would leave a $720 billion deficit in a decade, contrary to Trump claims.

    So what happens if — and when — Trump’s core backers discover that they’ve been had: They’re losing health-care coverage and other benefits, while manufacturing jobs aren’t coming back and a Trump-ignited trade war is hurting U.S. exports?

    More at
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