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The Smoking Gun: Trump, The Least Charitable Billionaire

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    Secret Service vacates Trump Tower command post in lease dispute with president’s company

    By Carol D. Leonnig, David A. Fahrenthold, Jonathan O'Connell, The Washington Post

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    The Secret Service has vacated its command post inside Trump Tower in Manhattan following a dispute between the government and President Trump’s company over the terms of a lease for the space, according to two people familiar with the discussions.

    Previously, the Secret Service had stationed its command post — which houses supervisors and backup agents on standby in case of an emergency — in a Trump Tower unit one floor below the president’s apartment.

    But in early July, the post was relocated to a trailer on the sidewalk, more than 50 floors below, a distance that some security experts worry could hamper the agency that protects the president’s home and family.

    The command post appears unlikely to move anytime soon back inside Trump Tower, where the president and his family have rarely gone since moving to the White House.

    On Thursday, a spokeswoman for the Trump Organization said the government should seek space in another location.

    “After much consideration, it was mutually determined that it would be more cost effective and logistically practical for the Secret Service to lease space elsewhere,” spokeswoman Amanda Miller wrote in an email to The Washington Post.

    The details of the dispute between the Trump Organization and the Secret Service were not clear Thursday. Two people familiar with the discussions said the sticking points included the price and other conditions of the lease.

    On Thursday, there appeared to be a difference of opinion over whether negotiations for a Trump Tower space were still going on.

    Despite the Trump Organization’s statement to The Post on Thursday saying the agency should look elsewhere, Secret Service officials said the agency is still hoping for space in Trump Tower.

    The agency is working “to obtain permanent work space in an appropriate location,” said Catherine Milhoan, a Secret Service spokeswoman.

    Continued at https://www.washingtonpost.com/amph...38de16-785d-11e7-8f39-eeb7d3a2d304_story.html
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    Trump Says Mueller Just Called Him and Said He’s the Most Innocent Person Ever

    By Andy Borowitz, The New Yorker

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    The special counsel, Robert Mueller, just called Donald Trump to tell the President that he was “the most innocent person ever,” Trump told reporters on Thursday.

    “It was the middle of the afternoon, and he just picked up the phone to say how innocent I was,” Trump said. “He said I was the most innocent person he’d ever come across, and maybe in history.”

    “He said he had been over all of the evidence and that he and his staff would spend hours just looking at each other in amazement at about how unbelievably innocent I was,” he said.

    Trump said that he asked Mueller why, in his opinion, the media had reported so many stories about his campaign colluding with Russians. “Bob said to me, ‘Are you talking about the failing New York Times and CNN?’ ” Trump reported. “ ‘They have been very unfair to you. They are bad (or sick) people. Sad!’ That’s what Bob said to me.”

    The conversation wound down with a series of “pleasantries,” Trump said, with Mueller complimenting him on the size of his 2016 victory, including his enormous win in New Hampshire.

    Source: http://www.newyorker.com/humor/boro...im-and-said-hes-the-most-innocent-person-ever
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    I think the Republican party finally decided to throw Trump under the bus. Things should start to move quickly now.

    Lots of interesting August 3rd articles at www.palmerreport.com.
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    Now if only the Republicans would throw the Koch donor network under the bus. I don't want to live in a country where everything is owned by oligarchs.
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    Info on the "fascist coup":
    http://www.thedailybeast.com/border-patrol-ordered-to-block-congressmen-during-travel-ban

    Trump’s DHS Ordered Agents to Block Congressmen During Travel Ban

    In the first hours of the travel ban, Trump administration officials stiff-armed Congress, treated lawyer calls like ‘protests,’ and shared photos among themselves of protesters.

    BETSY WOODRUFF
    08.02.17 9:00 PM ET

    On the chaotic day the Trump administration’s travel ban went into effect, high-level Homeland Security officials directed their staff at airports around the country to stiff-arm members of Congress and treat lawyers with deep suspicion.

    Members of Congress say they’re shocked by the orders, uncovered in documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request from The Daily Beast and The James Madison Project, both of which were represented by the law office of Mark S. Zaid.“I’m extremely troubled that CBP [Customs and Border Protection] employees would be instructed by superiors to ignore Congressional representatives trying to do their job, especially under such circumstances,” said Sen. Cory Booker, a New Jersey Democrat. “We suspected as much at the time, but it’s jarring to see it in black and white. I’ll be seeking more information from CBP on this matter.”

    A CBP official wrote in an email on Jan. 28 that the agency’s employees were forbidden from speaking to members of Congress.

    “As stated on the call earlier today, you and your staff are NOT to engage with the media or Congressional representatives at this time,” emailed Todd Owen, the executive assistant commissioner of CBP’s Office of Field Operations, at 7:49 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28. “Please make sure your subordinate Port Directors are following this direction. Please report any such requests to acting AC[REDACTED] from Congressional Affairs. Thank you.”

    Owen sent that email about twenty hours after the travel ban went into effect. The ban—which blocked people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S.—had already thrown airports around the country into chaos. Protesters flooded into airports by the thousands, waving signs and singing patriotic songs. Lawyers hauled laptops and printers into international baggage claim areas, trying to keep detained travelers from being deported or from accidentally signing away their green cards. And members of Congress held impromptu press conferences and demanded CBP officials tell them how many people were detained.

    CBP wouldn’t tell them.
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    http://www.palmerreport.com/opinion...-conspiring-with-russia-to-rig-election/4164/

    Michael Flynn admits consulting for data firm suspected of conspiring with Russia to rig election for Donald Trump
    By Bill Palmer
    Updated: 6:52 pm EDT Thu Aug 3, 2017

    On a day when the Trump-Russia scandal is already exploding with word of grand juries and subpoenas in relation to Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with Russia, a whole different avenue in the scandal is also suddenly coming full circle. Michael Flynn is now admitting he worked for a data analytics run by Steve Bannon and funded by major Trump donors Robert and Rebekah Mercer, which is suspected of having conspired with the Russian government to rig the election in Donald Trump’s favor.

    Amid his ongoing troubles with the Foreign Agent Registration Act in relation to secret payouts he took from intermediaries for the governments of Russia and Turkey, Michael Flynn has updated his financial disclosure to reveal that he was hired as a consultant by Cambridge Analytica during the election, according to a new Associated Press report (link). Flynn claims he ultimately didn’t take any money from the company. But it now connects the dots between two major aspects of alleged Trump-Russia collusion which had up to now been seen as separate scandals.

    It’s long been suspected, though never proven, that Cambridge Analytica was using voter data during the election that had been stolen by Russian government hackers. Part of the reason this has long been a dead-end is that it was never clear how the Cambridge Analytica players, Bannon and the Mercers, would have been communicating and conspiring with Russia to obtain this stolen voter data.

    But now Michael Flynn is admitting that Cambridge Analytica hired him during the election. There is no realistic above-board reason for them to have done so. And of course Flynn’s connections to Russia and the Kremlin, ranging from payouts to phone calls to ideological alliances, have long been documented. It makes logical sense that CA would have hired Flynn to be its go-between with Russia. Moreover, Flynn’s sudden willingness to admit this link strongly suggests that he’s giving the Feds whatever information they want, as he tries to keep himself out of prison.
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    Holy shit!
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    HOLY SHITTTTTTT!
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    Trump in Crisis - Grand Jury, Leaked Phone Calls and Low Poll Numbers | Late Night with Seth Meyers



    Seth takes a closer look at the grand jury special counsel has empaneled in the Russia investigation and Trump’s embarrassing leaked phone calls with the leaders of Mexico and Australia.
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    THE SYCOPHANT ITALIANO - Randy Rainbow Song Parody | Randy Rainbow



    Farewell Address - Back to Complete Chaos - The President Show | Comedy Central



    The president bids a tearful farewell to his former White House communications director.
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    Trump’s itchy Twitter finger just triggered speculation about an indictment

    By Callum Borchers, The Washington Post

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    With a tap of the thumb, President Trump on Friday invited speculation that he or a family member could be indicted by a federal grand jury whose existence was reported a day earlier by the Wall Street Journal.

    The president retweeted a video clip from the “Fox & Friends” morning show, his favorite, in which the hosts and guest Jeanine Pirro — “Judge Jeanine” on Fox and a longtime Trump friend — cast an investigation of possible coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign, led by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, as a politically motivated witch hunt.

    That the president would endorse such a view is unsurprising, but it seemed odd that he would call the attention of his 35 million followers to what came next — a discussion of indictments.

    “This is an agenda,” Pirro said, “and my concern is if they end up with an indictment against a family member just to, you know, just to get at Donald Trump when they couldn't get at him, there's going to be real uproar, a real uprising in this country.”

    “Who says they can't get at him?” replied host Brian Kilmeade.

    “Look, I was a prosecutor for 32 years,” Pirro answered. “You can indict a ham sandwich.”

    @JudgeJeanine: There will be an uproar in this country if they end up with an indictment against a Trump family member just to get at POTUS pic.twitter.com/tm10kRA2Ws
    — FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) August 4, 2017

    The clear implication was that indictments against Trump or a family member would be unjustified. Yet “Fox & Friends” presented them as real possibilities.

    Why would the president voluntarily lend credence to that notion?

    It is too early to gauge the likelihood that a grand jury impaneled in Washington several weeks ago as part of Mueller's investigation will indict anyone. “Fox & Friends” was just doing what cable news shows do — looking ahead to one possible outcome and filling airtime by chatting about it. In this case, the Trump-friendly program's goal was to preemptively delegitimize any indictment that might be handed down.

    That makes sense for TV talkers, but for Trump to entertain the prospect of an indictment is an unforced error that plants questions about whether he has any reason to think an indictment might be coming. A more prudent strategy would be to project confidence that he has nothing to worry about because he did nothing wrong.

    Trump's retweet also is striking in the context of reports that his new chief of staff, John F. Kelly, is trying to help him steer clear of trouble by restricting the information that reaches the president. A front-page story in Friday's New York Times put it like this:

    Mr. Kelly, 67, has told his new employees that he was hired to manage the staff, not the president. He will not try to change Mr. Trump’s Twitter or TV-watching habits. But he has also said he wants to closely monitor the information the president consumes, quickly counter dubious news stories with verified facts, and limit the posse of people urging Mr. Trump to tweet something they feel passionately about.

    It appears that Kelly has a sober grasp of his limitations — which were on full display hours after the Times published its report, as Trump tweeted something he saw on TV.

    The question is whether Kelly's managerial discipline can make up for the things (or the thumbs) he can't control.

    Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news...st-triggered-speculation-about-an-indictment/
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    EXCLUSIVE: Kesha slams Dr Luke saying he hired the Church of Scientology's go-to 'spin doctor' which launched a smear campaign against her before their legal battle
    • Dr Luke hired the PR guru used by the Church of Scientology before his defamation legal battle with Kesha
    • The pop star now alleges the LA-based crisis firm Sitrick and Company leaked and planed negative stories about the singer to ruin her publicly
    • She claims it is refusing to answer questions or hand over documents and communications with Dr Luke
    • Kesha said the documents reveal Dr Luke's 'engaged in a coordinated media campaign regarding [her] alleged statements that continues to this day'
    • Dr Luke is suing Kesha for defamation, claiming she has been trying to blacklist him from the industry with her allegations that he drugged and raped her
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    Dr Luke hired the 'spin doctor' used by the Church of Scientology as his celebrity PR crisis guru at the start of his legal battle with Kesha - and newly filed court documents allege he used them in an attempt to smear the pop star's name.

    Los Angeles based crisis manager Michael Sitrick and his firm, hired by record producer Dr. Luke, is accused of leaking and planting negative stories about the singer to ruin her publicly, according to legal documents obtained by DailyMail.com.

    Kesha, 30, has filed a 'motion to compel' against the PR firm demanding they turn over any documents or emails and be grilled during a deposition.

    Company founder Sitrick is known as a bull-dog in the industry and has worked with a string of big celebrity names, and has notably helped the Church of Scientology with its 'public relations.'

    Continued at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...Luke-hired-Scientology-PR-firm-smear-her.html
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    http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/04/politics/election-day-cyber-threat-fbi-monitoring/index.html
    "On this day, there was also a group of FBI cyber and counterintelligence analysts and investigators watching social media.
    FBI analysts had identified social media user accounts behind stories, some based overseas, and the suspicion was that at least some were part of a Russian disinformation campaign, according to two sources familiar with the investigation.
    The FBI declined to comment for this story."

    ............
    A couple of things- the FBI was monitoring our communications..what? They admit it. Next-This is what Russia is doing right now to McMasters. What do we do? Usually any American campaign specifically stops any foreign intervention including "help", Trump has used it and asked for more.
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    Diplomats now laughing at Trump over leaked Mexico transcript | McClatchy Washington Bureau

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    When Jorge Guajardo, one of Mexico’s most senior and seasoned foreign policy hands, got out of bed Thursday morning, a couple of interesting messages were waiting on his cell phone.

    One was a link shared by a U.S. diplomat to the leaked transcript of a phone conversation between U.S. President Donald Trump and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto. In the second, a former Mexican official offered the quick analysis.

    “He’s the opposite of Teddy Roosevelt,” that official quipped to Guajardo about Trump. “He speaks loudly and carries a small stick.”

    Seven months into the Trump administration, the world’s diplomatic community has gone from throwing its hands in the air to now leaning back in their chairs and laughing, albeit morosely, at Trump’s cringe-worthy display of diplomacy during the infancy of his presidency.

    A transcript of Trump’s conversation with Mexico’s leader was one of two phone calls uncovered by the Washington Post that provide yet another glimpse into the raw conversations that have opened Trump up to charges of hypocrisy and belittling his base.

    Continued at http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/politics-government/white-house/article165303667.html
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  19. The likelihood of Trump actually doing anything of note is slim to nothing now let's get this fucker impeached and be done with him.
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    Hyway sign hacked. Yay UC Davis
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    Defcon was in Vegas, this is on the way to or fro from LA. Go team!
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    IMHO his base will gradually slouch away and it won't be Russia, it will be his chaos and inability to get anything done. Since all other Republican leaders will be assassinated because they fawned over the dangerous man-baby there will be a power vacuum. McCane who still has integrity will die. Both Republicans and Democrats will be leaderless and it's a good time for 3rd parties.PLEASE. We can end the 2 party system that the 1% purchased years ago.
    Please Bernie don't die.
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    The two party system is inevitable due to the "winner take all" apportionment of electoral votes in nearly all states. Therefore third parties are nothing more than a method to sabotage the party more likely to win by popular vote.

    I'd like states to apportion electors by percent of the popular vote each candidate wins. Third party electors individually could then haggle their support for either side. Third parties are not likely to have the kind of top-down control the two main parties have.

    That top-down control has gone too far on the Republican side. Fifty-ish Senators voting for obviously stupid healthcare bills is good evidence of this. And leaks from the Koch donor network meetings where billionaires dictate to congress critters how to vote is a smoking gun. But I don't see a way to fix this situation rapidly. I think raising public awareness of the problem is key. People tend to think donors dictating votes is normal. But it is not normal.
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    Sources: House GOP staffers fly to London to find Christopher Steele, invite to testify expected | CNN

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    A pair of Republican staffers on the House intelligence committee flew to London recently to try to find a way to bring the author of a dossier containing explosive allegations about President Donald Trump and top members of his campaign before the panel, sources familiar with the trip have told CNN.

    A congressional source familiar with the trip said House investigators are expected to send a letter to the author of the file, Christopher Steele, inviting him to testify before the House intelligence committee -- but it will have to be approved by the leaders of the panel's investigation first.

    Steele, a former British intelligence official, has been a highly sought-after witness ever since it was revealed he wrote the dossier, which contained unverified claims that Russian operatives had compromising personal and financial information about Trump.

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    Last month, the Senate Judiciary Committee issued a subpoena for Glenn Simpson, the co-founder of Fusion GPS, the political firm that contracted Steele in compiling the dossier of unverified information for Trump's political opponents, prompting Simpson to agree to testify in private before the panel.

    More at http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/05/politics/house-intelligence-steele-testimony/
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    Vicente Fox Quesada @VicenteFoxQue Aug 4
    Vicente Fox Quesada Retweeted CNN
    See that, @realDonaldTrump, you've achieved nothing. You brag the results of others.
    Obama handed Trump an economy that was close to what economists consider full employment
    http://money.cnn.com/2017/08/04/news/economy/jobs-trump-vs-obama/

    Vicente Fox Quesada @VicenteFoxQue Aug 4
    .@realDonaldTrump leaving on vacation, huh? What for? If you're not happy with your job, just leave. After all, it was never for you.

    Former Mexican president Vicente Fox chides Trump for vacation | USA TODAY
    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news...-vicente-fox-chides-trump-vacation/542702001/
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    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 1 minute ago
    After many years of LEAKS going on in Washington, it is great to see the A.G. taking action! For National Security, the tougher the better!

    God‏ @TheGoodGodAbove 1 minute ago
    Replying to @realDonaldTrump
    Stop interrupting dinner you dick

    When Is Trump Gone?‏ @DaysLeft4Trump 2 minutes ago
    Replying to @realDonaldTrump
    3 Years, 5 Months, 14 Days, 18 Hours, 1 Minute, and 42 Seconds

    Jail Donald Trump‏ @DTrumpExposed 55 seconds ago
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    You don't take action by punishing Journalists!

    Leia, the Rebel‏ @OldLeia 1 minute ago
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    Russian stooge.

    Tommy Campbell @MrTommyCampbell 2 minutes ago
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    Every time you say LEAKS we all just think of the piss tape.

    Chad Matthews‏ @chadsrevenge 2 minutes ago
    Replying to @realDonaldTrump
    COVFEFE

    Donald Emoji Trump‏ @emojiDonalTrump 3 minutes ago
    Replying to @realDonaldTrump
    You gruff stack of despicable ape excrement

    Dani Bostick‏ @danibostick 1 minute ago
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    For National Security, the less collusion with Russia the better!

    Dani Bostick‏ @danibostick 53 seconds ago
    Most of these leaks have revealed that you have no moral compass and have continuously lied to the American people.

    Akshay Anand‏ @aksnayanand 2 minutes ago
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    Impeach Trump 2017

    Tony Posnanski‏ @tonyposnanski 3 minutes ago
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    Yes. Let's not worry about the people robbing the bank. Let's worry about the people calling 911 to report it.
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    Donald Trump masqueraded as publicist to brag about himself

    In a 1991 recording obtained by The Washington Post's Marc Fisher, a man who claims to be a spokesman for Donald Trump named John Miller tells a "People" magazine reporter about Trump's first divorce, his romance with France's future first lady and his messy breakup with Marla Maples.

    By Marc Fisher and Will Hobson, The Washington Post, May 13, 2016

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    The voice is instantly familiar; the tone, confident, even cocky; the cadence, distinctly Trumpian. The man on the phone vigorously defending Donald Trump says he’s a media spokesman named John Miller, but then he says, “I’m sort of new here,” and “I’m somebody that he knows and I think somebody that he trusts and likes” and even “I’m going to do this a little, part time, and then, yeah, go on with my life.”

    A recording obtained by The Washington Post captures what New York reporters and editors who covered Trump’s early career experienced in the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s: calls from Trump’s Manhattan office that resulted in conversations with “John Miller” or “John Barron” — public-relations men who sound precisely like Trump himself — who indeed are Trump, masquerading as an unusually helpful and boastful advocate for himself, according to the journalists and several of Trump’s top aides.

    In 1991, Sue Carswell, a reporter at People magazine, called Trump’s office seeking an interview with the developer. She had just been assigned to cover the soap opera surrounding the end of Trump’s 12-year marriage to Ivana, his budding relationship with the model Marla Maples and his rumored affairs with any number of celebrities who regularly appeared on the gossip pages of the New York newspapers.

    Within five minutes, Carswell got a return call from Trump’s publicist, a man named John Miller, who immediately jumped into a startlingly frank and detailed explanation of why Trump dumped Maples for the Italian model Carla Bruni. “He really didn’t want to make a commitment,” Miller said. “He’s coming out of a marriage, and he’s starting to do tremendously well financially.”

    Miller turned out to be a remarkably forthcoming source — a spokesman with rare insight into the private thoughts and feelings of his client. “Have you met him?” Miller asked the reporter. “He’s a good guy, and he’s not going to hurt anybody. . . . He treated his wife well and . . . he will treat Marla well.”

    Some reporters found the calls from Miller or Barron disturbing or even creepy; others thought they were just examples of Trump being playful. Today, as the presumptive Republican nominee for president faces questions about his attitudes toward women, what stands out to some who received those calls is Trump’s characterization of women whom he portrayed as drawn to him sexually.

    “Actresses,” Miller said in the call to Carswell, “just call to see if they can go out with him and things.” Madonna “wanted to go out with him.” And Trump’s alter ego boasted that in addition to living with Maples, Trump had “three other girlfriends.”

    Miller was consistent about referring to Trump as “he,” but at one point, when asked how important Bruni was in Trump’s busy love life, the spokesman said, “I think it’s somebody that — you know, she’s beautiful. I saw her once, quickly, and beautiful . . . ” and then he quickly pivoted back into talking about Trump — then a 44-year-old father of three — in the third person.

    In 1990, Trump testified in a court case that “I believe on occasion I used that name.”

    In a phone call to NBC’s “Today” program Friday morning after this article appeared online, Trump denied that he was John Miller. “No, I don’t think it — I don’t know anything about it. You’re telling me about it for the first time and it doesn’t sound like my voice at all,” he said. “I have many, many people that are trying to imitate my voice and then you can imagine that, and this sounds like one of the scams, one of the many scams — doesn’t sound like me.” Later, he was more definitive: “It was not me on the phone. And it doesn’t sound like me on the phone, I will tell you that, and it was not me on the phone. And when was this? Twenty-five years ago?”

    Then, Friday afternoon, Washington Post reporters who were 44 minutes into a phone interview with Trump about his finances asked him a question about Miller: “Did you ever employ someone named John Miller as a spokesperson?”

    The phone went silent, then dead. When the reporters called back and reached Trump’s secretary, she said, “I heard you got disconnected. He can’t take the call now. I don’t know what happened.”

    Continued at https://www.washingtonpost.com/poli...ac99ec-16fe-11e6-aa55-670cabef46e0_story.html
  27. Brilliant prediction!
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    New Report Reveals McConnell And Ryan Took Millions From Russian Oligarch Tied To Putin

    By Grant Stern, The Washington Journal

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    A series of top Republican elected officials have just been exposed for accepting outsized donations from one of the world’s richest men, Leonid “Len” Blavatnik. Blavatnik is a Ukrainian-born businessman whose fortune comes from owning a company purchased by Putin’s Rosneft, the state-run Russian oil company cited in the infamous Russian “pee tape” dossier.

    Americans have asked why Congressional Republicans continued to defend President Trump’s secret relationship with Putin and their collision in last year’s elections, and these massive Super PAC donations could help explain why.

    The Dallas News just issued a stunning report based on public records recently uncovered by the Democratic Coalition, that the Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Senate Majority leader McConnell have taken a Putin-connected billionaire Blavatnik’s cash:

    Donald Trump and the political action committees for Mitch McConnell, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker, Lindsey Graham, John Kasich and John McCain accepted $7.35 million in contributions from a Ukrainian-born oligarch who is the business partner of two of Russian president Vladimir Putin’s favorite oligarchs and a Russian government bank.

    During the 2015-2016 election season, Ukrainian-born billionaire Leonid “Len” Blavatnik contributed $6.35 million to leading Republican candidates and incumbent senators. Mitch McConnell was the top recipient of Blavatnik’s donations, collecting $2.5 million for his GOP Senate Leadership Fund under the names of two of Blavatnik’s holding companies, Access Industries and AI Altep Holdings, according to Federal Election Commission documents and OpenSecrets.org.

    Len Blavatnik now owns Warner Group Music and has become a pillar of the Republican Party’s donor class, but many of his billions come from windfall profits on a Russian oil deal personally orchestrated by Vladimir Putin.
    These days, Blavatnik is so close to the Trump administration that he recently announced a partnership deal with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin to finance Hollywood films!

    Republicans have reaped a major benefit from Russian oil money for twenty years, since the dark days of Jack Abramoff, whose lobbying scandal led to multiple felony corruption convictions and the GOP losing the House of Representatives.

    In the last election, Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Richard Burr (R-NC) received over $8 million dollars from McConnell’s Super PAC in last year’s election. He later became part of Trump’s transition team and is now heading the Senate’s investigation into Russian election interference.

    Who can forget that Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan’s Super PAC also benefitted from targeted opposition research hacked by Russians from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee?

    Republican mega donor Len Blavatnik moved to America for a time in the mid-1970s to obtain American citizenship and education before expatriating to become a Russian oil billionaire.

    Blavatnik’s appropriately named Access Industries Inc. scored a $7 billion dollar windfall a few years ago in partnership with Alfa Bank, the Kremlin-linked bank caught communicating with Trump’s campaign using a secretive email server, and Putin’s best friend, an ex-KGB agent who happens to be Russia’s richest man.

    His Access Industries partnered to win a privatization auction of a state-run oil company in 2003 with Alfa Bank’s Mikhail Fridman and Victor Vekselberg, who is coincidentally the largest shareholder in Bank of Cyprus which Trump Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross built into a rogue’s gallery.

    The three men formed AAR partners, got an insider’s deal based on their access to Putin to buy an oil company called TNK and partner with BP.

    Privatization deals in Russia like these are considered a form of public corruption since they deliver great state-owned wealth to a connected few, and sometimes only take small loans back in exchange for gushers of money from oil companies.

    Continued at http://washingtonjournal.com/2017/0...an-took-millions-russian-oligarch-tied-putin/
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    Federal employees step up defiance of Trump | TheHill

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    Government employees are growing increasingly willing to criticize or defy the White House and President Trump’s top appointees.

    A handful of current and former career staffers in the Interior Department and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have openly shredded their superiors within the last several weeks, continuing a trend that has developed throughout the government over the course of Trump’s tenure in the Oval Office.

    The growing opposition in the executive branch comes as the White House’s legislative agenda has stalled in Congress and Trump turns to his Cabinet agencies to change course in several policy areas. It also is emanating from career staffers or political holdovers whose resistance to Trump has, at times, been rooted in deep opposition to the president’s agenda.

    “From our point of view, it’s kind of obvious,” said Jeff Ruch, the executive director of the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) group, when asked about staffers’ growing pushback.

    “You have Donald Trump, who ran and said he would drain the swamp, meaning them.”

    Trump’s allies have often cast the president as the victim of the “deep state,” an entrenched, liberal bureaucracy bent on damaging his agenda through leaks and resistance.

    They argue the deep state extends from agencies such as the EPA, where employees could be angered with Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate deal, to career service intelligence agency staff who leak damaging information about the president.

    Former Speaker Newt Gingrich on Friday even accused special counsel Robert Mueller, the former FBI director now investigating Russia’s involvement in last year’s election, as representing the “deep state at its worse.”

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    Critics of Trump say government employees speaking out should be commended, not punished.

    “I think career staff don’t typically speak out publicly unless they feel like there are serious issues and problems going on within the agency,” said Liz Purchia, a former Obama administration EPA spokeswoman.

    “It takes a lot of guts for someone to make the decision to end their government service and to put themselves out there for public scrutiny and comment. … You wouldn’t see that if they didn’t feel like there was a considerable threat to the agency and its missions.”

    PEER on Tuesday released an open letter from Elizabeth Southerland, a former top water official at the EPA who said she was retiring because of proposed deep budget cuts to the agency and Administrator Scott Pruitt’s deregulatory agenda. She wrote that, “the environmental field is suffering from the temporary triumph of myth over truth.”

    Her broadside came less than a week after David Schnare, a former 34-year EPA veteran and Trump transition official, hit a Pruitt climate science debate plan as “silly,” and said he resigned from his post because of Pruitt’s leadership.

    The EPA called Schnare’s climate “false and “wildly untrue,” and a spokesman questioned whether Southerland was retiring “because of a budget proposal, and not because she’s eligible for her six-figure government pension.”

    Several former staffers have launched a group called “Save EPA” to defend the agency. And Ruch said EPA unions and employees invited his group to do “free-speech brown bag presentations” about how to legally fight back against the administration.

    In the Interior Department, the former director of the Office of Policy Analysis, Joel Clement, has filed a whistleblower complaint against Trump administration political appointees like Secretary Ryan Zinke, saying he was reassigned to the agency’s revenue office because of his former research and advocacy over climate change.

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    Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft said this week that the service “will not break faith” with its transgender members, despite President Trump’s promise to roll back policies allowing transgender servicemembers.

    The acting director of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) also broke with the president, saying Trump “condoned police misconduct” in a speech to law enforcement on Long Island last week.

    Walter Shaub, the former head of the Office of Government Ethics, resigned in July after publicly clashing with Trump on ethical issues. And the president was forced to fire Sally Yates, his acting attorney general, in January, 11 days into her term, when she refused to defend an immigration order.

    More at http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/345404-federal-employees-step-up-defiance-of-trump
  30. Newsweek has come down on Trump like a box of hot rocks. Or a giant Slushee. Or a tidal wave of hot cheese. I'm hungry.
    Whatever
    Newsweek doesn't like Trump. After the LazyBoy cover there's this

    http://www.newsweek.com/trump-twitter-general-john-kelly-646960
    DONALD TRUMP: A 71-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO NEEDS A MILITARY GENERAL TO MANAGE HIS TWITTER USE
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    Russian oligarch's plane flies into New Jersey on same day Donald Trump arrives for golf vacation | Palmer Report

    Excerpt:

    On the same day that Donald Trump traveled to Bedminster, New Jersey to begin his vacation, a private plane belonging to Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich arrived at nearby Newark International Airport. Abramovich isn’t just any Russian oligarch; he’s very close to Vladimir Putin, and his wife attended Donald Trump’s inauguration in January (source: link). This flight pattern was uncovered by Juha Keskinen, who has been tracking the relevant flight information for some time (source: Juha Keskinen). Flight plans of private planes can be publicly tracked online, meaning the owners of these planes have less privacy in their travels than they sometimes think they have.

    There are a number of caveats here. Just because Mr. Abramovich’s plane arrived in Newark today, it doesn’t mean that he or his wife were necessarily on it. It’s possible they could have lent the plane to someone else, for a trip that has nothing to do with Trump. And while Newark is the airport that one would fly into when traveling to Bedminster, it should be pointed out that Newark also serves as a de facto third airport for New York City, after JFK and Laguardia. So whoever was on the Abramovich plane could have been ultimately heading to New York, and not to New Jersey.

    But if this is a mere coincidence, it’s a remarkable one. And it’s not the first time a Russian oligarch has flown into a particular location while Donald Trump was there. It’s happened with Dmitry Rybolovlev at least twice, though he insists those were in fact coincidences, and that he never met with Trump. And now we have the plane of another Russian billionaire arriving in New Jersey on the same day that Trump has arrived in New Jersey. Now it’s a matter of determining if Mr. or Mrs. Abramovich were actually on their private plane, and if so, whether they did indeed travel on to Bedminster after landing in Newark.

    http://www.palmerreport.com/politics/russian-oligarch-new-jersey-donald-trump-vacation/4182/

    Donald Trump puts Secret Service at a distance, as Russian oligarch's plane flies into New Jersey during golf vacation | Palmer Report

    Quote:

    Earlier this week it was revealed that Donald Trump appears to be increasingly pushing the Secret Service away. He’s kicked them out of their command post at Trump Tower entirely. And during his golf vacation in New Jersey, they’ll be using drones to do their jobs remotely. Now that a Russian oligarch’s private plane has just arrived in New Jersey on the same day Trump arrived in the state, it’s led to the question of whether Trump is pushing away the Secret Service because he doesn’t want witnesses.

    First there was the Washington Post story this week about Donald Trump forcing the Secret Service command post out of Trump Tower and into a trailer outside, and now apparently into an entirely different building (link). Trump spends no time at Trump Tower, so this initially felt like a rent dispute. But then came a more pertinent BBC story about the Secret Service using drones during Trump’s upcoming golf vacation to protect him remotely (link). So why is he now pushing the Secret Service away in general, and during his golf vacation in particular?

    Then came the discovery today that the private plane belonging to Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich, who has close ties to Vladimir Putin, and whose wife attended Trump’s inauguration in January, just happened to land in New Jersey today. Abramovich’s plane arrived at Newark Airport within a few hours of Trump’s own arrival at that same New Jersey airport for his golf vacation – which we reported here. That leads to the necessary question of whether Donald Trump is pushing away the Secret Service because he doesn’t want agents to witness his interactions with anyone who might happen to show up at his golf resort over the next seventeen days. And that takes us back to another recent incident involving Trump and the Secret Service.

    Last month Donald Trump’s attorney insisted that nothing nefarious could have happened during Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with the Russian government because the Secret Service would have intervened. It was a silly rationale, quickly debunked. But it did lead Watergate veteran John Dean to point out that if Secret Service agents did ever witness such a crime, they’d have to testify about it (link). Since that revelation, Trump seems to have begun pushing the Secret Service as far away as possible. Wait until he figures out that his own personal bodyguards would also have to testify about anything they witness.

    Source: http://www.palmerreport.com/opinion/trump-secret-service-russian-oligarch-new-jersey-vacation/4185/
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    resident Trump took time out of his busy schedule to crash a wedding party at his New Jersey golf club on the first day of his 17-day vacation, much to the amusement of the guests.
    Trump hopped out of his golf cart to say hello and schmooze attendees of a wedding that was hosted at his National Golf Club in Bedminster on Saturday.
    The president sported his iconic Make America Great Again cap as he ambled over to the group and asked some of the women where the bride was.


    Plus more shit about the fat bastard but ................
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    Stephen Miller Talks Statue of Liberty Facts (with Pauly Shore) | Funny Or Die



    Stephen Miller (Pauly Shore) responds to CNN’s Jim Acosta on the relevance of the Statue of Liberty to Donald Trump’s new immigration policy.
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