The Smoking Gun: Trump, The Least Charitable Billionaire

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  1. The Wrong Guy Member


    As Portland Police Stand By, Alt-Right and Antifa Protesters Beat Each Other Bloody

    Today's brawling in Tom McCall Waterfront Park left several men bleeding and soaked in pepper spray.

    By Katie Shepherd, Willamette Week


    The latest far-right march in Portland quickly staked a claim as the most violent. The gathering of alt-right and white nationalist groups in Tom McCall Waterfront Park today immediately descended into brawling with antifascist counter-protesters that left several men bleeding and soaked in pepper spray.

    The crowd at today's "Patriot Prayer" event was small — no more than 100 people on each side. It was a shadow of the events of June 4, when thousands of counter-protesters surrounded an alt-right "free speech" rally held in the wake of a double slaying by a white supremacist on a Portland MAX train. Since then, "Patriot Prayer" marches have had diminished attendance.

    But these rallies, with their barely cloaked threats of racist violence, still have the power to disquiet the city and intimidate its citizens — especially when they kick off with a brawl.

    Joey Gibson, the Vancouver, Wash. video blogger who has led the far-right movement's forays into Portland, told his crew that the antifa attention showed how serious and powerful his movement remains.

    "You have the right of free speech, the right of assembly," Gibson said in a speech. "When they show up beating their drums and yelling, do you know what that means? It means we're winning."

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    This is one of the reporters tweeting about it:
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    Claude Taylor‏ @TrueFactsStated 3 hours ago
    Schneiderman source. Several witnesses in the human trafficking case against Trump Model Management are former models. They were underage.

    Claude Taylor‏ @TrueFactsStated 28 minutes ago
    1. Source: Jeffrey Epstein was a client of Trump Model Management - which supplied girls to Epstein's famous parties - parties which Trump...

    Claude Taylor‏ @TrueFactsStated 25 minutes ago
    2. ...attended. It was at these parties where Trump was alleged to have been videotaped along with other prominent individuals.

    Trump’s Human Sex Trafficking Investigation: Trump Told Bill Clinton Many Underage Models Were Brought To U.S.
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    Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump 4 hours ago
    The failing @nytimes, which has made every wrong prediction about me including my big election win (apologized), is totally inept!

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 4 hours ago
    The Trump base is far bigger & stronger than ever before (despite some phony Fake News polling). Look at rallies in Penn, Iowa, Ohio.......

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 4 hours ago
    ...and West Virginia. The fact is the Fake News Russian collusion story, record Stock Market, border security, military strength, jobs.....

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 4 hours ago
    ... Supreme Court pick, economic enthusiasm, deregulation & so much more have driven the Trump base even closer together. Will never change!

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 4 hours ago
    Hard to believe that with 24/7 #Fake News on CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, NYTIMES & WAPO, the Trump base is getting stronger!

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 3 hours ago
    Working hard from New Jersey while White House goes through long planned renovation. Going to New York next week for more meetings.

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 3 hours ago
    Interesting to watch Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut talking about hoax Russian collusion when he was a phony Vietnam con artist!

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 3 hours ago
    Never in U.S.history has anyone lied or defrauded voters like Senator Richard Blumenthal. He told stories about his Vietnam battles and....

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 3 hours ago
    ...conquests, how brave he was, and it was all a lie. He cried like a baby and begged for forgiveness like a child. Now he judges collusion?

    Richard Blumenthal‏ @SenBlumenthal 1 hour ago
    Mr. President: Your bullying hasn't worked before and it won't work now. No one is above the law.

    Richard Blumenthal @SenBlumenthal 1 hour ago
    This issue isn't about me - it's about the Special Counsel's independence and integrity.

    President Trump, who dodged Vietnam War service, blasts Sen. Richard Blumenthal as ‘phony Vietnam con artist’ in Twitter rant


    Vacation doesn’t seem to be doing much good for President Trump.

    The out-of-town Trump started his Monday morning with a Twitter rant highlighted by a hypocritical rant against Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), a regular Trump target.

    Trump — who dodged Vietnam War service but wages a perpetual battle against objective facts — called the Connecticut lawmaker a “phony Vietnam con artist” and a liar of historic proportions.

    Richard Blumenthal responds to Trump's tweets about Russian collusion and Vietnam | CBS News


    The president's comments hit Twitter soon after the Connecticut senator had appeared on CNN Monday morning.

    "The impanelment of the grand jury shows that Bob Mueller is pursuing this potential wrongdoing by the Russians, the attack on our democracy, seriously and diligently," Blumenthal said in the interview. He also said of the Russin meddling that "it was purposeful and relentless, and it involved propaganda and hacking into our voting machines — or at least an attempt to do it — and potential collusion by the Trump campaign, and then obstruction of justice. That investigation must be pursued."

    Live Updates: Trump Says He's Working On His Vacation But He's Really Watching Cable News

    This is the first full week of President Trump's August vacation. Here's how it's going in DC and at his golf course in New Jersey.

    Blumenthal introduces bill to stop Trump from firing special counsel | The Associated Press


    Senator Richard Blumenthal introduced a new bill to stop President Donald J. Trump from firing special counsel Robert Mueller. Mueller recently issued grand jury subpoenas in the Trump/Russia probe.

    This comes in after Trump directly mentioned Blumenthal several times in a series of tweets. Blumenthal seem to not be distracted by the President’s statements, saying the bill is the important issue.

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    Peter Thiel Has Been Hedging His Bet On Donald Trump

    Peter Thiel has said publicly that Trump’s administration is “off to a terrific start.” Privately, he’s told friends that there is a 50% chance the current presidency “ends in disaster.”

    By Ryan Mac, BuzzFeed News


    Donald Trump’s most prominent Silicon Valley supporter has distanced himself from the president in multiple private conversations, describing at different points this year an “incompetent” administration, and one that may well end in “disaster.”

    Peter Thiel’s unguarded remarks have surprised associates, some of whom are still reeling from his full-throated endorsement of Trump at the Republican National Convention. And while the investor stands by the president in public — “I support President Trump in his ongoing fight," he said in a statement to BuzzFeed News — his private doubts underscore the fragility of the president's backing from even his most public allies. Thiel’s comments may sting in particular in the White House as they they come amid a series of hasty and embarrassed departures from the Trump train, as conservative voices from the Wall Street Journal’s editorial page to the floor of the US Senate have begun to distance themselves from the administration.

    Thiel’s views remain private — but various disparaging comments were recounted to BuzzFeed News by three separate sources, and others who subsequently confirmed those accounts. These people requested anonymity for fear of damaging personal relationships and possible retribution.

    While Thiel told Trump that he is off to a “terrific start” at a White House event in June, his previous statements to friends and associates did not reflect that sentiment. In half a dozen private conversations with friends that were described to BuzzFeed News dating from spring 2016 to as recently as May, Thiel, who served on the Presidential Transition Team Executive Committee, has criticized Trump and his administration and developed increasingly pessimistic feelings about the president.

    The sources who talked with BuzzFeed News spent time with Thiel in private group settings before and after the election at his homes in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Hawaii, engaging in candid discussions on the PayPal cofounder’s politics and his backing of Trump. At one event with friends in January 2017, Thiel said of Trump’s presidency that “there is a 50% chance this whole thing ends in disaster,” according to two people who were in attendance. In other conversations, he questioned the president’s ability to be reelected.

    Thiel, through a spokesperson, did not deny any of the quotes attributed to him by his friends and associates when approached by BuzzFeed News.

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  5. DeathHamster Member

    Stories on Peter Thiel always mention Paypal, but rarely say anything about Palantir.
    The great British Brexit robbery: how our democracy was hijacked May 7, 2017, Carole Cadwalladr, The Guardian

    "This article is the subject of legal complaints on behalf of Cambridge Analytica LLC and SCL Elections Limited." Heh.

    I wonder how Robert and Rebekah Mercer feel about Trump now?

    Edit: Ah, they did mention Palantir and creepy stuff.
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    REPORT: Bill Clinton To Provide Testimony On Trump Human Trafficking Case

    By Arthur Jones,, August 7, 2017


    At this point in history, it seems almost impossible that former President Bill Clinton would have been acquaintances with Donald Trump, but if you go back over a decade, this is actually the case. The Clintons were once friendly with the President, well prior to Trump’s decision to jump into the 2016 presidential race. In fact, both Hillary and Bill attended the wedding of Donald and Melania Trump on January 22, 2005.

    While throughout the years it had been reported that Trump confided in Bill Clinton on a number of issues, most events in which the two men were in attendance together had been off limits to the press. With that said, both men have been accused and rumored to have been quite promiscuous over the years, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone had the two of them conversed about their past sexual escapades.
    If you recall a couple of weeks ago, we covered a report from former Bill Clinton staffer and veteran of 3 presidential campaigns, Claude Taylor, which indicated that New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman was investigating a company called Trump Model Management. According to Taylor’s sources close to the investigation, Schneiderman was focused on possible human trafficking crimes committed by Donald Trump as a part of a possible ‘enterprise corruption’ charge. This weekend, Taylor got more information from his sources, which he passed along to his Twitter followers.

    “Schneiderman source: as previously reported-a very prominent Democrat is preparing to offer testimony against Trump in human trafficking investigation. Trump confided to Bill Clinton that many of the young women being brought to US for Trump Model Management were underage.

    I worked for Bill Clinton for 5 years. Proud of my small role. I am not accusing him of anything. I’m just saying my Schneiderman source says that Trump told Clinton many models brought into US were underage and Clinton may be prepared to testify that’s what Trump said,” Taylor tweeted yesterday afternoon.

    While we were hesitant to publish this information, Taylor’s sources have been accurate in the past and given that he was once employed by Clinton, such claims may hold even more water. While testimony by Clinton could provide crucial details on Trump’s knowledge and intent of any illegal behavior, it’s very likely that those on the right would easily be able to deflate any information which comes about by his testimony. After all, Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in a heated, attack-filled campaign just last year.

    In the end, if Bill Clinton does in fact provide testimony on Trump and Trump Model Management, it may be behind closed doors and the public may never actually get to hear what is said. Despite this, all indications point to a major investigation currently ongoing in the state of New York involving the President, his family and their businesses, and further leaks will likely surface in the weeks and months ahead.


    Claude Taylor‏ @TrueFactsStated 3 seconds ago
    NYAG source says 4 indictments likely by Friday in Trump Organization case - one of them in Trump's inner circle. I will work to verify this. popcorn&tbm=isch
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    Border Patrol: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) | LastWeekTonight

    Donald Trump's plan to hire more Border Patrol agents could lead to more corruption and misconduct. If only their recruitment ads were designed to attract the most suitable applicants.
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    Trump TV: ‘You Really Have to Want to be Fooled’ | Inside Politics

    On MSNBC News, Morning Joe with Joe Scarborough 8/7/17 opened up Monday with a discussion about some new competition they all may be facing on the information superhighway — Trump TV.

    Former CNN Personality Kayleigh McEnany Pushing Pro-Trump 'Real News' on Trump TV | Esquire

    Now, the production value on this is a little crude. The editing is a bit bumpy and the graphics are sitting on top of her shoulder. But there's no mistake: This is meant to be a newscast, except it only reports news with positive implications for the president and his agenda, calling it "Real News." The implication, then, is that the other news you hear—where the president's legislative agenda is in a perpetual state of ignominious collapse, he's holding train-wreck phone calls with the leaders of some of our closest allies, and a Justice Department investigation into his campaign's ties to Russia seems to ramp up by the day—that's all fake. Instead, let's just hear about the jobs numbers. All is well!

    Trump TV Will Follow Kayleigh McEnany For the Rest of Her Life | Mediaite

    ...what we got was a grotesque display at attempted state television. While we can take comfort in the ineptitude of the broadcast, the intention behind its inception should send a shiver down our spines. Not content to treat with the facts reported in the mainstream media, the Trump Campaign has created a protean rival news source to churn out campaign propaganda.

    Back to the Future of Trump TV | The Stranger

    Trump TV premiered Sunday on the President's Facebook page. The first broadcast featured the soulless Kayleigh McEnany, who was a pro-Trump pundit on CNN until Saturday. The new channel, which is apparently broadcast direct from Trump Tower, claims to be not fake news.

    Trump TV's first bit of real news? Trump has created 1 million jobs. All by himself. Everyone who lives in the real world, however, knows that the jobs generated during Trump's first three months in office were undoubtedly a part of Obama's economy, which had eight years of depth. And, in the last six months of Obama's presidency, the economy generated more jobs than the first six months of Trump's presidency. In fact, job growth is slowing down. But facts are for fake news and the real world it reports on. Real news is transmitted from dystopian films of the 1980s.
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    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 1 hour ago
    The Fake News Media will not talk about the importance of the United Nations Security Council's 15-0 vote in favor of sanctions on N. Korea!

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 41 minutes ago
    How much longer will the failing nytimes, with its big losses and massive unfunded liability (and non-existent sources), remain in business?

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 33 minutes ago
    I think Senator Blumenthal should take a nice long vacation in Vietnam, where he lied about his service, so he can at least say he was there

    John Schindler‏Verified account @20committee 3 hours ago
    John Schindler Retweeted Donald J. Trump
    Better: take Sen Blumenthal on a tour of NYC. Show him the old Studio 54 -- where dodging STDs was "your Vietnam."
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    Trump Finds Reason for the U.S. to Remain in Afghanistan: Minerals | The New York Times


    President Trump, searching for a reason to keep the United States in Afghanistan after 16 years of war, has latched on to a prospect that tantalized previous administrations: Afghanistan’s vast mineral wealth, which his advisers and Afghan officials have told him could be profitably extracted by Western companies.

    Mr. Trump has discussed the country’s mineral deposits with President Ashraf Ghani, who promoted mining as an economic opportunity in one of their first conversations. Mr. Trump, who is deeply skeptical about sending more American troops to Afghanistan, has suggested that this could be one justification for the United States to stay engaged in the country.

    To explore the possibilities, the White House is considering sending an envoy to Afghanistan to meet with mining officials. Last week, as the White House fell into an increasingly fractious debate over Afghanistan policy, three of Mr. Trump’s senior aides met with a chemical executive, Michael N. Silver, to discuss the potential for extracting rare-earth minerals. Mr. Silver’s firm, American Elements, specializes in these minerals, which are used in a range of high-tech products.

    Stephen A. Feinberg, a billionaire financier who is informally advising Mr. Trump on Afghanistan, is also looking into ways to exploit the country’s minerals, according to a person who has briefed him. Mr. Feinberg owns a large military contracting firm, DynCorp International, which could play a role in guarding mines — a major concern, given that some of Afghanistan’s richest deposits are in areas controlled by the Taliban.

    In 2010, American officials estimated that Afghanistan had untapped mineral deposits worth nearly $1 trillion, an estimate that was widely disputed at the time and has certainly fallen since, given the eroding price of commodities. But the $1 trillion figure is circulating again inside the White House, according to officials, who said it had caught the attention of Mr. Trump.

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    Donald Trump finally returning to Trump Tower for first time in six months, just after evicting Secret Service | Palmer Report that Donald Trump has finally gotten the Secret Service command post out of Trump Tower and off his property altogether, he’s suddenly willing to set foot in Trump Tower for the first time in more than six months. It suggests that Trump, in his increasingly paranoid state, has thought all along that the Secret Service was spying on him. It also raises the question of what he’s trying to hide.

    Report: indictment forthcoming against member of Donald Trump's inner circle | Palmer Report

    Report: subpoenas being served to Trump Tower | Palmer Report

    Last week Reuters reported that a Trump-Russia grand jury had begun issuing subpoenas. And now a separate inside report claims that subpoenas are being served directly to Trump Tower.
  12. I was wondering about why Trump Tower forced them out. Trump better hope his private security detail is that good. "Will they take a bullet for me?" Because the Secret Service will but St doubtful Blackwater will.
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  14. This smells. He wants them out because he think they spying. It cant be just a high rent. He's afraid they will "tap his wires"and will pay attention to who he meets with.
  15. White Tara Global Moderator

    Shit yeah it smells, but this is teflon Don, anything it seems is acceptable:rolleyes:
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    Trump tweets Fox News story with anonymous sources after criticizing practice | The Guardian

    President shares segment about North Korea that cited ‘US officials’ who ‘requested anonymity’ less than a day after calling out the New York Times

    Trump Tweets Fox News Story Citing Unnamed Source, Despite His Crackdown On Leaks | HuffPost

    The president’s United Nations ambassador would not comment on the story and called its publication “a shame.”

    Trump uses Twitter to promote leaked intelligence on North Korea | MSNBC

    The question for the White House is simple: why is the president using his social-media accounts to confirm reports based on leaks of sensitive intelligence?
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    Putin Trump Soho | PRO

    Video: Protesters Beam Message From Vladimir Putin Onto Trump SoHo Hotel | Gothamist

    The outer walls of Trump SoHo Hotel got a temporary redesign as local activists beamed images of Russian President Vladimir Putin onto the building during a projection protest Monday night. Bright images of Putin, along with messages including "FOLLOW THE MONEY" and "HAPPY TO HELP, BRO" (in both English and Russian) were projected onto the Spring Street hotel, while a group of protesters dressed in military uniforms waved the Russian flag from the sidewalk at roughly 10 pm.
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  19. The Internet Member

    I wish we didn't have retarded people in the White House right now. Because diplomacy is the way to go with North Korea and that requires well-educated and careful people.

    North Korea has no problem putting the lives of its citizens in jeopardy. They have a brutal system of slave labor camps over there. They will demonstrate their love of death over life if pushed because, like the Palestinians, that's an advantage they have over their wealthy enemies.

    The suicide power-play works; that's why it's used. The willingness to cause mutual destruction renders our fancy trillion dollar military might useless. It levels the playing field, so to speak. If we appear to doubt their willingness to nuke something they will nuke something and dare us to provoke them further.

    Somehow we have to get that dumbass tweeter fool out of power ASAP. Also, we need to smack some sense into Trump's base. Going to rallies where you pretend to be better than other people for a few hours with your extra special Dear Leader is all fun and games until somebody looses an eye. Or part of Alaska.

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  20. He's just threatened North Korea with fury sayeth the BBC.

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  22. Quentinanon Member

    It's unusual to consider that the president of the U.S. is a significant threat to their national security.
  23. Weird, eh? Domestic lies are put down to his unusual TV personality but international leaders are less forgiving.
    He asked president Nieto to stop saying that Mexico won't pay for the wall, and told Australia
    North Korea is laughing at him right now.
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    New York Times: Government report warns of severe climate change | CNN

    The New York Times obtained a draft report created by government scientists, which cites the drastic impact of climate change in the US.

    Scientists fear Trump will bury climate report | CNN

    A not-yet-released federal report on climate change finds that humans are already witnessing the effects of a warming globe -- and the report's authors are fearing that the White House will intervene before it's published. CNN's Rene Marsh reports.
  25. The Internet Member

    Now we gotta deal with nuke preparedness costs.

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    Trump Campaign Turns Over Thousands of Documents in Russia Probe | Bloomberg
    • Donald Trump Jr., Manafort also send data to Judiciary panel
    • Committee may hold public hearings on Russia in late September

    Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, his son Donald Trump Jr. and former campaign manager Paul Manafort have started turning over documents to the Senate Judiciary Committee as part of the panel’s expanded investigation of Russian election-meddling.

    The Trump campaign turned over about 20,000 pages of documents on Aug. 2, committee spokesman George Hartmann said Tuesday. Manafort provided about 400 pages on Aug. 2, including his foreign-advocacy filing, while Trump Jr. gave about 250 pages on Aug. 4, Hartmann said. The committee had asked them last month to start producing the documents by Aug. 2.

    A company the Judiciary panel says has been linked to a salacious "dossier" on Trump, Fusion GPS, and its chief executive officer, Glenn Simpson, have yet to turn over any requested documents, Hartmann said.

    The committee asked for all records regarding any attempts or interest in obtaining information about Hillary Clinton from Russian government or affiliated sources, including the June 2016 meeting of Trump Jr., Manafort, Trump senior adviser Jared Kushner and a group of Russians including lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.

    The committee asked for documents related to any attempt to coordinate or use information related to Russia’s attempts to influence the election. It sought Manafort’s registration filings and contacts with the Justice Department under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

    The committee also wants to investigate Fusion GPS’s role in the creation of the dossier on Trump. Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican, told reporters last week he wants to know if Russians paid for the dossier.

    The Judiciary Committee’s top Democrat, Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, said last week that public hearings may be held in late September with Trump Jr. and Manafort.

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    North Korea considers missile strike on Guam after Trump's 'fire and fury' warning

    By Christine Kim and James Oliphant, Reuters


    North Korea said on Wednesday it is considering plans for a missile strike on the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, just hours after President Donald Trump told the North that any threat to the United States would be met with "fire and fury".

    The sharp increase in tensions rattled financial markets and prompted warnings from U.S. officials and analysts not to engage in rhetorical slanging matches with North Korea.

    Pyongyang said it was "carefully examining" a plan to strike Guam, home to a U.S. military base that includes a submarine squadron, an airbase and a Coast Guard group.

    A Korean People's Army spokesman said in a statement carried by state-run KCNA news agency the plan would be put into practice at any moment once leader Kim Jong Un makes a decision.

    North Korea also accused the United States of devising a "preventive war" and said in another statement, citing a different military spokesman, any plans to execute this would be met with an "all-out war wiping out all the strongholds of enemies, including the U.S. mainland".

    Washington has warned it is ready to use force if needed to stop North Korea's ballistic missile and nuclear programs but that it prefers global diplomatic action, including sanctions. The U.N. Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on North Korea on Saturday.

    Trump issued his strongest warning yet for North Korea in comments to reporters in New Jersey on Tuesday.

    "North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen," Trump said.

    North Korea has made no secret of its plans to develop a nuclear-tipped missile able to strike the United States and has ignored international calls to halt its nuclear and missile programs.

    Pyongyang says its intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) are a legitimate means of defense against perceived U.S. hostility. It has long accused the United States and South Korea of escalating tensions by conducting military drills.

  29. Trump is running through the forest wearing pork chop underwear. Hes directing Noth Korea to hit the US because he is such a mouthy fool.
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    Trump Gets a Folder Full of Positive News About Himself Twice a Day

    The "propaganda document" is filled with admiring tweets, praise-filled news stories, and sometimes just pictures of Trump on TV looking powerful.

    By Alex Thompson, VICE


    Twice a day since the beginning of the Trump administration, a special folder is prepared for the president. The first document is prepared around 9:30 AM and the follow-up around 4:30 PM. Former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and former Press Secretary Sean Spicer both wanted the privilege of delivering the 20- to 25-page packet to President Trump personally, White House sources say.

    These sensitive papers, described to VICE News by three current and former White House officials, are not top-secret intelligence or updates on legislative initiatives. Instead, the folders are filled with screenshots of positive cable news chyrons (those lower-third headlines and crawls), admiring tweets, transcripts of fawning TV interviews, praise-filled news stories, and sometimes just pictures of Trump on TV looking powerful.

    One White House official said the only feedback the White House communications shop, which prepares the folder, has ever gotten in all these months is: “It needs to be more fucking positive.” That’s why some in the White House ruefully refer to the packet as “the propaganda document.”

    The process of assembling the folder begins at the Republican National Committee’s “war room,” which has expanded from 4 to 10 people since the GOP won the White House. A war room — both parties have one regardless of who’s in the White House — is often tasked with monitoring local and national news, cable television, social media, digital media, and print media to see how the party, its candidates or their opponents are being perceived.

    Beginning at 6 a.m. every weekday — the early start is a longtime war room tradition — three staffers arrive at the RNC to begin monitoring the morning shows on CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News as they scour the internet and newspapers. Every 30 minutes or so, the staffers send the White House Communications Office an email with chyron screenshots, tweets, news stories, and interview transcripts.

    White House staffers then cull the information, send out clips to other officials, and push favorable headlines to a list of journalists. But they also pick out the most positive bits to give to the president. On days when there aren’t enough positive chyrons, communications staffers will ask the RNC staffers for flattering photos of the president.

    “Maybe it’s good for the country that the president is in a good mood in the morning,” one former RNC official said.

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    This morning Trump retweeted five tweets from his favorite news source, FOX & Friends. Then he tweeted these:

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 3 hours ago
    My first order as President was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal. It is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before....

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 2 hours ago
    ...Hopefully we will never have to use this power, but there will never be a time that we are not the most powerful nation in the world!
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    FBI conducted predawn raid of former Trump campaign chairman Manafort’s home | The Washington Post


    FBI agents raided the Alexandria home of President Trump’s former campaign chairman late last month, using a search warrant to seize documents and other materials, according to people familiar with the special counsel investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

    Federal agents appeared at Paul Manafort’s home without advance warning in the predawn hours of July 26, the day after he met voluntarily with the staff for the Senate Intelligence Committee.

    The search warrant was wide-ranging and FBI agents working with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III departed the home with various records.

    The raid came as Manafort has been voluntarily producing documents to congressional committees investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. The search warrant indicates investigators may have argued to a federal judge they had reason to believe Manafort could not be trusted to turn over all records in response to a grand jury subpoena.

    It could also have been intended to send a message to President Trump’s former campaign chairman that he should not expect gentle treatment or legal courtesies from Mueller’s team.

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    Fox News | Focus on Faith | First Baptist Dallas

    Dr. Robert Jeffress discusses the Christian perspective in dealing with North Korea on the Special Report with Brett Baier on FOX News.

    Robert Jeffress says God approves Trump “taking out” Kim Jong-un

    By Ruth Graham, Slate


    What’s the only thing more frightening than an unstable man with the nuclear codes? A unstable man who is being told that God himself has given his blessing to push the big red button.

    On Tuesday, President Trump said North Korea would “be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen” if it continued to threaten the United States. Soon afterward, an evangelical adviser to the president released a statement saying that God has given Trump authority to “take out” North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. “When it comes to how we should deal with evil doers, the Bible, in the book of Romans, is very clear,” Robert Jeffress, pastor of a Southern Baptist megachurch in Dallas, said in a statement given to the Christian Broadcasting Network. “God has endowed rulers full power to use whatever means necessary—including war—to stop evil. In the case of North Korea, God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong-Un.”

    Jeffress, who was one of Trump’s earliest and loudest evangelical supporters during the 2016 campaign, later tweeted praise for the president’s reliability and predictability:

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    He's making the rounds on conservative talk shows.
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    Trump's threat a 'load of nonsense,' North Korea's military says | ABC News

    In a statement released today through the Korean Central News Agency, a state-run media outlet, Gen. Kim Rak Gyom, commander of the Strategic Force of the Korean People's Army, said Trump's comments fail to grasp the ongoing situation, calling the U.S. president a "guy bereft of reason" and saying he is "extremely getting on the nerves" of the country's army.

    "Only absolute force can work on him," the statement reads.

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