The Smoking Gun: Trump, The Least Charitable Billionaire

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    He's been on a diet drug for 2 years. Before that he was treated by "Dr. Feelgood"Dr. Joseph Greenberg.
    "Paul Ernsberger, a neuroscientist and associate professor of nutrition at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, once noted that people call phentermine “the stupid pill. They go around in a fog.” Readers can determine for themselves if that description reminds them of anyone."
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    Gawker doesn't have to worry about being sued anymore.
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    FBI and Police Are Knocking on Activists’ Doors Ahead of Republican National Convention


    Law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, have been knocking on the doors of activists and community organizers in Cleveland, Ohio, asking about their plans for the Republican National Convention in July.

    As the city gears up to welcome an estimated 50,000 visitors, and an unknown number of protesters, some of the preparations and restrictions put in place by officials have angered civil rights activists. But the latest string of unannounced home visits by local and federal police marks a significant escalation in officials’ efforts to stifle protest, they say.

    “The purpose of these door knocks is simple: to intimidate the target and others in efforts to discourage people from engaging in lawful First Amendment activities,” Jocelyn Rosnick, a coordinator with the Ohio chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, wrote in a statement denouncing the home visits.

    More than a dozen people in the Cleveland area have reported being visited this week by local police, the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, and Secret Service.

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  4. This is the Plain Dealer, the local paper

    In a June 8 public hearing, Deputy Police Chief Ed Tomba told members of City Council's public safety committee that Cleveland police have a "very robust pre-convention intelligence team."
    "We have a real, real good idea of who we think is coming here and what their objectives are," Tomba said in the June 8 hearing. "And if we can deter those objectives, that's what we're going to do."

    At the 2012 RNC in Tampa, Fla., police have acknowledged infiltrating protest groups to the extent that they were able to install officers into leadership positions. In part due to a forecasted hurricane, protest activity was relatively subdued and only a handful of arrests took place.
  5. Who Cares That Ivanka Trump Is Jewish?
    Some of history’s biggest anti-Semites had Jews that they loved.
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    The Star of David over lots of money in the background is a Interesting artistic choice.
  6. Bad Trolling is Bad
  7. This news cycle could have been about Bill Clinton/ Lynch or Hillary and the FBI but instead Trump tweeted a Star of David and erased all that bad press. He has more staffers to fire.
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    Yes interesting timing on Trumps part if you ask me. JS
    /tinfoil :D
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    Is Donald Trump’s Hair a $60,000 Weave? A Gawker Investigation [Updated]

    By Ashley Feinberg, Gawker, May 24, 2016


    Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump has generated an unceasing torrent of press attention that some estimate to be worth roughly $2 billion. Yet the central mystery at the very core of his persona — his inscrutable hairdo — has somehow, impossibly, remained unsolved. Until, perhaps, now.

    A tipster who claimed knowledge of Trump’s hair recently came to Gawker with a potential solution to the enigma: Trump’s hair is not his own, costs tens of thousands of dollars for installation and upkeep, and comes from a man as mysterious as Trump is bombastic.

    This solution that Trump, our tipster says, sought for his hair woes is a little-known, patented hair restoration treatment called a “microcylinder intervention.” It’s only performed by one clinic that we know of — Ivari International — where our source once sought treatment, and where he says he learned of Trump’s apparentpatronage. What’s more, Ivari’s New York location was inside Trump Tower — on a floor that’s now private and reserved for Donald Trump’s children’s offices.*

    Gawker was unable to independently confirm Trump’s connection to Ivari; both Trump and Ivari did not respond to multiple and persistent requests for comment. [Update: 31 days after this post was published, Ivari’s attorney represented to Gawker that “Mr. Trump has never been a client of Ivari. Ivari has not treated his hair in any way, at any time,” adding that “Ivari was in practice for over 30 years in the United States, and remains in practice today in Paris, and has one of the finest reputations in the industry. [Although] a very small number of its thousands of clients have voiced a complaint...the vast majority of Ivari’s clients have been loyal for decades and are extremely satisfied by its services.”] But after extensive research into Ivari’s history, Ivari’s treatments, and the photographic record of Donald Trump’s hair, this is a potential answer — perhaps the first plausible one — to the riddle of Donald Trump’s hair.

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    Now Peter Thiel’s Lawyer Wants to Silence Reporting on Trump’s Hair [Updated]

    By J.K. Trotter, Gawker, June 14, 2016


    One day after the Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel revealed his clandestine legal attack on Gawker Media to the New York Times, Gawker reporter Ashley Feinberg published a lengthy investigation that sought to solve the enduring mystery of Donald Trump’s infamous mane, which she described as a “cotton candy hairspray labyrinth.”

    Thiel has portrayed Gawker as a force for evil, but Feinberg’s article — which drew potential connections between Trump and the work of a $60,000-a-pop hair-extension company called Ivari International — still went over rather well, drawing praise from staffers at the Times, the Wall Street Journal, and The Atlantic; and at least three winners of the Pulitzer Prize.

    Even David Simon, the award-winning reporter-turned-screenwriter and frequent critic of Gawker, offered his accolades, arguing that if the U.S. press had investigated the Bush Administration’s claims about Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction with the same energy, the Iraq War might have been avoided.

    But if you were under the impression that praise-worthy journalism is somehow inoculated against campaigns like Thiel’s, you’d be mistaken. Last week, Thiel’s lawyer-for-hire, Charles J. Harder, sent Gawker a letter on behalf of Ivari International’s owner and namesake, Edward Ivari, in which Harder claims that Feinberg’s story was “false and defamatory,” invaded Ivari’s privacy, intentionally inflicted emotional distress, and committed “tortious interference” with Ivari’s business relations. Harder enumerates 19 different purportedly defamatory statements — almost all of which were drawn from several publicly available lawsuits filed against Ivari.

    Harder’s demands included the immediate removal of the story from Gawker, a public apology, the preservation of “all physical and electronic documents, materials and data in your possession” related to the story, and, notably, that we reveal our sources.

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    We Got Another Threatening Letter From Peter Thiel’s Lawyer About Donald Trump’s Hair

    By J.K. Trotter, Gawker, July 1, 2016


    Edward Ivari, the high-end hair-restoration guru whose circumstantial connections to restored-hair-haver Donald Trump were explored in a Gawker investigation last month, is now denying ever laying a hand on the presumptive Republican nominee’s mane. The denial — his first comment on the matter after repeated attempts by Gawker reporter Ashley Feinberg to ask him, and after an exchange of contentious legal letters in June — comes in a recent missive to Gawker from the office of Charles J. Harder, the proxy attorney of Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel, who has acknowledged funding a covert legal campaign to destroy Gawker Media. The company is currently in bankruptcy.

    The letter, received last week, states plainly that “Mr. Trump has never been a client of Ivari. Ivari has not treated his hair in any way, at any time.” In an apparent attempt at a conciliatory tone, Harder writes that Ivari — who, through Harder, has threatened to sue Gawker over the story — “has no issue with Gawker itself,” and pledges not to pursue litigation if Gawker accedes to his demands. Harder also claims that, unlike his other client Hulk Hogan, Ivari’s threats are not related in any way to Thiel.

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    BREAKING: High Ranking Republican Abruptly Resigns Over Donald Trump, Has Strong Words For Fellow Republicans

    By Caleb R. Newton, Bipartisan Report, July 4, 2016


    Mark Winslow, a member of the Tennessee state Republican Party Executive Committee, resigned from his post on Friday and left blasting criticism for the state party on his way out.

    Winslow called out the obscene reach of corruption, which he said he has seen for a “long time.” He wrote in his resignation letter that his state party’s “soul rotted away some time ago.”

    He went on:

    ‘As it’s currently constituted, the [Tennessee GOP] is really nothing more than a small corrupt core group who view our party as their private club and personal piggy bank. Money is passed around, doled out to friends, handed to favored consultants and staffers who ignore bylaws or common sense.’

    Winslow posted a copy of his resignation letter to Twitter.


    Winslow, identified by reports as a Trump supporter, has been at odds with the state party in the past, according to The Tennessean. He accused the state party of choosing convention delegates pledged to Trump who did not actually support the now presumptive nominee and who would, therefore, likely change their vote at the convention.

    State party officials claim that delegate selection was done in cooperation with the Trump campaign.
    In addition to this recent debacle, a report from 2013 tells of a lawsuit that Winslow brought against the state party in a contract dispute.

    Reports do not indicate that Winslow will be leaving the Republican Party. However, his anti-establishment corruption sentiments are shared across grassroots America, in both major parties.

    Some frustrated voters have chosen to jump ship entirely, abandoning their party, be it Republican or Democrat. On the Democratic side, a dramatic number of supporters of US Senator Bernie Sanders refuse to say they will vote for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in November.

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    Why The New Child Rape Case Filed Against Donald Trump Should Not Be Ignored

    By Lisa Bloom, The Huffington Post


    An anonymous “Jane Doe” filed a federal lawsuit against GOP presumptive nominee Donald Trump last week, accusing him of raping her in 1994 when she was thirteen years old. The mainstream media ignored the filing.

    If the Bill Cosby case has taught us anything, it is to not disregard rape cases against famous men. Serious journalists have publicly apologized for turning a blind eye to the Cosby accusers for over a decade, notwithstanding the large number of women who had come forward with credible claims. And now history is repeating itself.

    In covering a story, a media outlet is not finding guilt. It is simply reporting the news that a lawsuit has been filed against Mr. Trump, and ideally putting the complaint in context. Unproven allegations are just that - unproven, and should be identified that way. (Mr. Trump’s lawyer says the charges are “categorically untrue, completely fabricated and politically motivated.”) Proof comes later, at trial. But the November election will come well before any trial. And while Mr. Trump is presumed innocent, we are permitted - no, we are obligated — to analyze the case’s viability now.

    No outsider can say whether Mr. Trump is innocent or guilty of these new rape charges. But we can look at his record, analyze the court filings here, and make a determination as to credibility - whether the allegations are believable enough for us to take them seriously and investigate them, keeping in mind his denial and reporting new facts as they develop.

    I have done that. And the answer is a clear “yes.” These allegations are credible. They ought not be ignored. Mainstream media, I’m looking at you.


    A third woman accused Mr. Trump of rape very recently. According to the Daily Mail, a woman filed an April 2016 lawsuit claiming that when she was thirteen years old she was held as a sex slave to Mr. Trump and his friend Jeffrey Epstein. The woman claimed to have a witness, “Tiffany Doe,” to the incidents. She filed the case in pro per, that is, without the assistance of a lawyer.

    The case was dismissed by the court for technical filing errors. She then obtained a lawyer and the case was modified and refiled in New York federal court, against Mr. Trump and Mr. Epstein.

    I’ve carefully reviewed this federal complaint. It is now much stronger than the one she filed on her own, which makes sense because she now has an experienced litigator representing her. Jane Doe says that as a thirteen year old, she was enticed to attend parties at the home of Jeffrey Epstein with the promise of money modeling jobs. Mr. Epstein is a notorious “billionaire pedophile” who is now a Level 3 registered sex offender - the most dangerous kind, “a threat to public safety” — after being convicted of misconduct with another underage girl.

    Jane Doe says that Mr. Trump “initiated sexual contact” with her on four occasions in 1994. Since she was thirteen at the time, consent is not an issue. If Mr. Trump had any type sexual contact with her in 1994, it was a crime.

    On the fourth incident, she says Mr. Trump tied her to a bed and forcibly raped her, in a “savage sexual attack,” while she pleaded with him to stop. She says Mr. Trump violently struck her in the face. She says that afterward, if she ever revealed what he had done, Mr. Trump threatened that she and her family would be “physically harmed if not killed.” She says she has been in fear of him ever since.

    New York’s five year statute of limitations on this claim - the legal deadline for filing — has long since run. However, Jane Doe’s attorney, Thomas Meagher, argues in his court filing that because she was threatened by Mr. Trump, she has been under duress all this time, and therefore she should be permitted additional time to come forward. Legally, this is calling “tolling” - stopping the clock, allowing more time to file the case. As a result, the complaint alleges, Jane Doe did not have “freedom of will to institute suit earlier in time.” He cites two New York cases which I have read and which do support tolling.

    Two unusual documents are attached to Jane Doe’s complaints - sworn declarations attesting to the facts. The first is from Jane Doe herself, telling her horrific story, including the allegation that Jeffrey Epstein also raped her and threatened her into silence, and this stunner:

    Defendant Epstein then attempted to strike me about the head with his closed fists while he angrily screamed at me that he, Defendant Epstein, should have been the one who took my virginity, not Defendant Trump . . .

    And this one:

    Defendant Trump stated that I shouldn’t ever say anything if I didn’t want to disappear like Maria, a 12-year-old female that was forced to be involved in the third incident with Defendant Trump and that I had not seen since that third incident, and that he was capable of having my whole family killed.

    The second declaration is even more astonishing, because it is signed by “Tiffany Doe”, Mr. Epstein’s “party planner” from 1991-2000. Tiffany Doe says that her duties were “to get attractive adolescent women to attend these parties.” (Adolescents are, legally, children.

    Tiffany Doe says that she recruited Jane Doe at the Port Authority in New York, persuaded her to attend Mr. Epstein’s parties, and actually witnessed the sexual assaults on Jane Doe:

    I personally witnessed the Plaintiff being forced to perform various sexual acts with Donald J. Trump and Mr. Epstein. Both Mr. Trump and Mr. Epstein were advised that she was 13 years old.

    It is exceedingly rare for a sexual assault victim to have a witness. But Tiffany Doe says:

    I personally witnessed four sexual encounters that the Plaintiff was forced to have with Mr. Trump during this period, including the fourth of these encounters where Mr. Trump forcibly raped her despite her pleas to stop.

    Tiffany Doe corroborates, based on her own personal observations, just about everything in Jane Doe’s complaint: that twelve year old Maria was involved in a sex act with Mr. Trump, that Mr. Trump threatened the life of Jane Doe if she ever revealed what happened, and that she would “disappear” like Maria if she did.

    Tiffany Doe herself says that she is in mortal fear of Mr. Trump to this day:

    I am coming forward to swear to the truthfulness of the physical and sexual abuse that I personally witnessed of minor females at the hands of Mr. Trump and Mr. Epstein . . . I swear to these facts under the penalty for perjury even though I fully understand that the life of myself and my family is now in grave danger.

    Given all this, and based on the record thus far, Jane Doe’s claims appear credible. Mr. Epstein’s own sexual crimes and parties with underage girls are well documented, as is Mr. Trump’s relationship with him two decades ago in New York City. Mr. Trump told a reporter a few years ago: “I’ve known Jeff for 15 years. Terrific guy. He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it, Jeffrey enjoys his social life.”

    Powerfully, Jane Doe appears to have an eyewitness to all aspects of her claim, a witness who appears to have put herself in substantial danger by coming forward, because at a minimum Mr. Epstein knows her true identity.

    Jane Doe has not granted any interviews, and we don’t know anything about her background, or Tiffany Doe’s, or the details of their stories. Much information needs to be revealed to fully assess this case. Perhaps they will be discredited on cross-examination. Perhaps they will recant. But if we’re going to speculate in that direction, we should speculate in the other direction as well. Perhaps Jane Doe and her lawyer will have more evidence and witnesses to corroborate her claim. Perhaps witnesses from Mr. Epstein’s notorious parties will come forward. We just can’t know any of that at this point.

    But based on what we do know now, Jane Doe’s claims fall squarely into the long, ugly context of Mr. Trump’s life of misogyny, are consistent with prior sexual misconduct claims, are backed up by an eyewitness, and thus should be taken seriously. Her claims merit sober consideration and investigation.

    We live in a world where wealthy, powerful men often use and abuse women and girls. While these allegations may shock some, as a lawyer who represents women in sexual abuse cases every day, I can tell you that sadly, they are common, as is an accuser’s desire to remain anonymous, and her terror in coming forward.

    What do you call a nation that refuses to even look at sexual assault claims against a man seeking to lead the free world?

    Rape culture.

    We ignore the voices of women at our peril.

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  14. David Duke, Klu Klux Klan leader, loved Trump's Star of David tweet about Hillary. He's happy the "hidden hand" was exposed.

  15. Joyfulness.
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    Donald Trump praises Saddam Hussein: 'You know what he did well? He killed terrorists.'


    At a rally in North Carolina on Thursday, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump offered words of praise for late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein:

    Saddam Hussein was a bad guy, right? He was a bad guy — really bad guy. But you know what he did well? He killed terrorists. He did that so good. They didn't read 'em the rights. They didn't talk. They were a terrorist — it was over. Today, Iraq is Harvard for terrorism. You want to be a terrorist? You go to Iraq. It's like Harvard. Okay?

    The U.S. designated Iraq a state sponsor of terrorism following its invasion of Kuwait in 1990, a classification that was only removed after Saddam’s ouster in 2003. While he ruled Iraq, Saddam paid millions to the families of suicide bombers who launched attacks against Israeli citizens.

    Trump has said the exact same thing in the past, but this time, several conservative journalists have reacted to Trump’s latest remarks with extreme disgust. One, John Podhoretz, called Trump “fucking insane.”

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    Donald Trump’s Insane Praise of Saddam Hussein

    Donald Trump offers praise for Saddam Hussein at North Carolina rally
  17. And Hitler built great roads

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    I can't believe this has happened to us. How can he be a major politician here, in line for the presidency? He was better at running a campaign than anyone but he's impossible as President.
    "Asked Tuesday night on Fox News about the comments, House Speaker Paul Ryan appeared taken aback by Trump's words.
    "He was one of the 20th century's most evil people," Ryan said of the former Iraqi strongman."
    The Republicans support this guy, they are rotten to the core.
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    And Democrats who support Hillary are supporting someone who is either rotten to the core (my opinion) or is 'extremely careless' with the secrets of the nation, the words of the FBI director. HRC has been caught in far too many lies for any reasonable person to believe a word she says.

    Great options we get, huh? Stupid, or evil, and it's really hard to tell which is the stupid, which the evil.
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  22. IMHO it's a choice between crazy and corrupt and competent, unfortunately that leaves us with corrupt , in the pocket of big banks, big money, big corporations, further loss of our freedoms. That is better than crazy people in power. His picks for various offices are his buddies who are as rich and corrupt as you can possibly be. He'd sell the USA off to his buddies, his superman court choices are the most conservative. The Supreme Court appointments will have a huge impact on our country.
    Corrupt but competent or crazy and greedy.
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    Florida's AG Is Tied Up In The Trump University Scandal. And Things Just Got Worse. | ThinkProgress


    Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is in a bit of hot water. The trouble started in June, when the Associated Press reported that Bondi “personally solicited a political contribution from Donald Trump” in 2013 — right around the time she was deciding whether or not to investigate alleged fraud at Trump University. Trump University, of course, is the controversial for-profit school owned by presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

    It was only four days after Bondi announced she might join an investigation into Trump University when a Trump family foundation gave $25,000 to a political group supporting Bondi’s re-election. After that money came in, Bondi said she would not pursue a lawsuit against Trump University. Two years later — one day before Florida’s crucial primary election — Bondi endorsed Trump for president.

    Bondi has so far denied impropriety, calling the AP’s story “false and misleading.” But the situation is not going away, and calls to investigate Bondi over the donation are piling up.

    On Wednesday, the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed two complaints against Bondi — one with the Florida Inspector General’s office and another with the Florida Commission on Ethics. Both complaints request investigations into Bondi, saying more information is needed to see whether Bondi violated Florida ethics law for public officials.


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    Forget it Jake, it's Florida.

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    Insert Trump's self serving comment on the Dallas Police shootings
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    "Saddam Hussein had ways to try to shut that whole thing down."
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  29. Trump asked to speak to the NYC police but the police chief said no. ' No photo ops'

  30. Boom boom.
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    Trump barred from speaking to NYPD officers; Bratton says Dallas tragedy not a photo op

    The Donald got nixed.

    On Friday morning a rep from Donald Trump's Manhattan organization asked the city's top cop to let the candidate speak to a 3 p.m. roll call at the NYPD Midtown North Precinct. The request came in the wake of the murders of five Dallas police officers Thursday during a protest over police shooting.

    But Police Commissioner Bill Bratton strongly rejected the idea, which a police source said came from Trump's head of security Keith Schiller.

    Schiller is a former NYPD detective who has come under criticism for getting physical with Trump's foes.

    "Our interest is staying out of the politics of the moment, and not to provide photo ops," he told reporters. "If Mr. Trump wants to speak to me, I would be happy to brief him on what we’re doing. If Sen. Clinton wants to speak to me, I would very happy to brief her on what we’re doing. But we are not in the business of providing photo ops for our candidates.”

    Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks sent the Daily News an email statement claiming "Mr. Trump and the campaign did not reach out with a request to address roll call."

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    Trump Apocalypse Watch
    The Trump Apocalypse Watch is a subjective daily estimate, using a scale of one to four horsemen, of how likely it is that Donald Trump will be elected president, thus triggering an apocalypse in which we all die.
    "literally minutes from publishing a post commending whoever in the Trump camp put out an unusually restrained early response to Thursday night's murders in Dallas when the Donald seems to have wrestled his phone out of his advisers' hands and said what he was really thinking"
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