The Smoking Gun: Trump, The Least Charitable Billionaire

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  1. Wasn't never a prez with less feck ever, not nohow. I seen the future, and had a vision of Trump as an Associate Bucket O Soup salesman with the Jim Bakker organisation.
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    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 54 minutes ago
    Fake @NBCNews made up a story that I wanted a "tenfold" increase in our U.S. nuclear arsenal. Pure fiction, made up to demean. NBC = CNN!

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 43 minutes ago
    With all of the Fake News coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License? Bad for country!

    Trump Wanted Tenfold Increase in Nuclear Arsenal, Surprising Military | NBC News


    President Donald Trump said he wanted what amounted to a nearly tenfold increase in the U.S. nuclear arsenal during a gathering this past summer of the nation’s highest-ranking national security leaders, according to three officials who were in the room.

    Trump’s comments, the officials said, came in response to a briefing slide he was shown that charted the steady reduction of U.S. nuclear weapons since the late 1960s. Trump indicated he wanted a bigger stockpile, not the bottom position on that downward-sloping curve.

    According to the officials present, Trump’s advisers, among them the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, were surprised. Officials briefly explained the legal and practical impediments to a nuclear buildup and how the current military posture is stronger than it was at the height of the buildup. In interviews, they told NBC News that no such expansion is planned.

    The July 20 meeting was described as a lengthy and sometimes tense review of worldwide U.S. forces and operations. It was soon after the meeting broke up that officials who remained behind heard Tillerson say that Trump is a “moron.”

    Revelations of Trump’s comments that day come as the U.S. is locked in a high-stakes standoff with North Korea over its nuclear ambitions and is poised to set off a fresh confrontation with Iran by not certifying to Congress that Tehran is in compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal.

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    Backlash swift after Trump tweet on NBC | TheHill


    President Trump’s suggestion that NBC should potentially have its broadcast license challenged has prompted a wave of condemnation from both sides of the aisle, with many saying that such a move would violate the First Amendment.

    Trump lashed out at NBC News Wednesday after the outlet reported that Trump had suggested increasing the nation’s nuclear arms stockpile during a meeting with top Cabinet officials.

    “With all of the Fake News coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License? Bad for country!” Trump tweeted.

    While the idea was roundly criticized as a threat to the free press, many don’t believe that the president would be able to follow through.

    The Federal Communications Commission is in charge of licensing television stations, but it only grants licenses to local stations and not their national network affiliates. And even though NBC’s local stations do rely on FCC licenses, it would be highly unusual for the agency to revoke a license based on a broadcaster’s content.

    “Not how it works,” Democratic FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel tweeted in response to the president.

    Still, congressional Democrats have seized on the president’s statement. Many are demanding that Ajit Pai, the Republican FCC chairman, condemn the idea.

    “The president’s threat against NBC and other media outlets is far from empty,” Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), said in a statement, referencing a similar proposal from President Nixon, who wanted to crack down on the Washington Post.

    “In confirmation hearings for Ajit Pai, we raised this possibility,” Schatz said. “Now, the FCC must show that it is loyal to the law, not the president, and make clear that it rejects this kind of interference.”

    Trump’s tweet came the same day as a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee markup on legislation reauthorizing the FCC, and Democrats used the brief meeting to hammer the president.

    “This threat alone could intimidate the press and lead to skewed and unfair reporting,” Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.), the top Commerce Democrat, said during the markup.

    “I therefore call on FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to immediately condemn this unwarranted attack. I also call on the Chair to announce publicly that he will not follow through on his orders from the President. Chairman Pai should not act in any way to undermine free speech on our airwaves.”

    And Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) sent a letter to Pai on Wednesday asking him to publicly refuse to act on Trump’s request.

    Democrats were not alone in criticizing Trump. Conservatives and industry advocates who often side with Pai also raised concerns about the president’s message.

    “The founders of our nation set as a cornerstone of our democracy the First Amendment, forever enshrining and protecting freedom of the press,” said Gordon Smith, the CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters and a former Republican senator from Oregon.

    “It is contrary to this fundamental right for any government official to threaten the revocation of an FCC license simply because of a disagreement with the reporting of a journalist.”

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    Trump: 'Disgusting' press able to write whatever it wants | TheHill
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  9. This will really make Trump mad, like the article in the NYT that described Trump wandering in his bathrobe and throwing a tv thru the window. Not while wearing the bathrobe tho.
    This article is worth a read.
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    Drug Overdose Deaths Rise Drastically in Places Trump Calls Home | NBC News


    President Donald Trump rocked the Granite State when he trashed New Hampshire as a "drug-infested den," but federal figures released Thursday reveal that the places he calls home have had some of the most drastic increases in deadly drug overdoses — Washington, New York and Florida.

    In the 12 months that ended in March, overdose deaths in the District of Columbia jumped by a staggering 114.3 percent, from 161 to 345, according to provisional figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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    Trump lashes out at Puerto Rico as House passes $36.5 billion aid package | The Associated Press


    President Donald Trump lashed out at hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico on Thursday, insisting in tweets that the federal government can't keep sending help "forever" and suggesting the U.S. territory was to blame for its financial struggles.

    His broadsides triggered an outcry from Democrats in Washington and officials on the island, which has been reeling since Hurricane Maria struck three weeks ago, leaving death and destruction in an unparalleled humanitarian crisis.

    San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, with whom Trump has had a running war of words, tweeted that the president's comments were "unbecoming" to a commander in chief and "seem more to come from a 'Hater in Chief.'"

    "Mr. President, you seem to want to disregard the moral imperative that your administration has been unable to fulfill," the mayor said in a statement.

    The debate played out as the House passed, on a sweeping 353-69 vote, a $36.5 billion disaster aid package that includes assistance for Puerto Rico's financially-strapped government. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said the government needs to ensure that Puerto Rico can "begin to stand on its own two feet" and said the U.S. has "got to do more to help Puerto Rico rebuild its own economy."

    Forty-five deaths in Puerto Rico have been blamed on Maria, about 85 percent of Puerto Rico residents still lack electricity and the government says it hopes to have electricity restored completely by March.

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    John Kelly’s defense of Trump’s threatening Puerto Rico tweets doesn’t make sense | The Washington Post


    White House chief of staff John F. Kelly is the steady hand currently attempting to guide President Trump. And he was a pretty steady hand Thursday during his guest turn leading the White House press briefing.

    But his explanation of Trump's tweets just doesn't hold up.

    Kelly was made to try to explain Trump's apparent threat Thursday to cut off funding to Puerto Rico's hurricane recovery effort. And Kelly explained that the tweets were strictly accurate.

    Which is true . . . but it's also beside the point.

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    Trump will scrap critical Obamacare subsidy | POLITICO


    President Donald Trump plans to cut off critical subsidy payments to insurers selling Obamacare coverage, according to two people familiar with the matter.

    The decision to end the payments, worth an estimated $7 billion this year, marks Trump's most aggressive move yet to dismantle Obamacare after months of failed GOP repeal efforts on Capitol Hill. The move is likely to draw lawsuits and may put pressure on Congress to appropriate funding for the subsidies, which help insurers reduce out-of-pocket costs for low-income Obamacare customers.

    The decision follows Trump's signing of an executive order earlier today that directs federal agencies to rewrite regulations to encourage the rise of a raft of cheap, loosely regulated health insurance plans that don't have to comply with certain Obamacare consumer protections and benefit rules. Trump touted the move as a step toward unwinding Obamacare.

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    Roger Stone faces subpoena threat over Assange contact | CNN


    The leaders of the House intelligence committee are warning that President Donald Trump associate Roger Stone will be slapped with a subpoena Friday if he does not reveal the name of his intermediary with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

    "We'll give it until tomorrow," Rep. Mike Conaway, the Texas Republican who is running the House panel's Russia investigation, told CNN Thursday.

    Asked if the panel would subpoena Stone if he did not disclose the name by Friday, Conaway said: "Yes. We'll take the next steps. Hope we don't have to."

    California Rep. Adam Schiff, the committee's top Democrat told CNN: "We have agreed to subpoena him if he doesn't provide the information. ... We'll see whether he's willing to comply or whether we'll have to use a compulsory process."

    Grant Smith, a Stone attorney, said: "We are working to comply by the deadline set by the committee. Everything has been collegial and professional. There has been no threat of a subpoena."

    Stone, who has known Trump for 40 years, testified before the House intelligence committee in a closed session last month.Investigators asked questions about his contacts with the Russian hacker Guccifer 2.0 during the election season, something that described as an innocuous and meaningless exchange over Twitter. US intelligence community said the name Guccifer 2.0 was used by Russian intelligence to disseminate stolen emails. And he insisted he did not collude or coordinate with Russians as part of an effort to meddle in the campaign.

    But after the hearing, Stone told reporters that he answered all of the committee's questions but one: his "intermediary" to Assange. Stone said his conversation with the intermediary was off-the-record and with a journalist, and he would honor the agreement to protect the journalist's identity. But he added that he planned to go back to the intermediary and ask to release him from the off-the-record agreement."I'm not going to burn somebody I spoke to off the record," Stone said. "If he releases me, if he allows me to release it, I would be happy to give it to the committee. I'm actually going to try to do that."

    Conaway said Thursday that the name "will help eliminate any questions people might have, and it just helps support the story." "If we've got that name, then we can just evaluate what he said as a result of what he said, I think that will be helpful to the investigation," Conaway said.

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    CNN anchor dubs Trump 'hypocrite-in-chief' for signing 50 executive orders | TheHill


    CNN anchor Erin Burnett labeled President Trump the "hypocrite-in-chief" on Thursday after the president signed his 50th executive order in office.

    "Hypocrite-in-chief – President Trump doing something today he harshly criticized President Obama for doing. Trump signed his 50th executive order today," Burnett said on her show "Out Front."

    Trump earlier Thursday signed an executive order directing government agencies to begin to roll back parts of ObamaCare, after Republicans in Congress failed to pass legislation to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's signature health-care law.

    Burnett noted that on the campaign trail Trump frequently took to criticizing Obama for signing executive orders when he was in office.

    "We have a president that can't get anything done so he just keeps signing executive orders all over the place," Trump said in January 2016, according to The Washington Post.

    “Nobody wants to listen to [Obama], including the Democrats, so he just goes around signing executive orders," he said in November 2015.

    However, his criticism of Obama's executive orders goes back further than the campaign trail.

    "Why is @BarackObama constantly issuing executive orders that are major power grabs of authority? This is the latest," Trump tweeted in 2012.

    Why is @BarackObama constantly issuing executive orders that are major power grabs of authority? This is the latest
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 10, 2012

    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who was also critical of Obama's past executive action, defended Trump's health-care order on Thursday, saying Trump was not creating a new law with the measure.

    "We've read the original law and we believe what the president did today is basically an interpretation of the original law, and doesn't create new territory," Paul said on CNN.

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    Nikita Khrushchev's granddaughter: Trump uses 'fake news' like Stalin used 'enemies of the people'

    By Steven Nelson, Washington Examiner


    The granddaughter of former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev warned Wednesday that President Trump's remark about TV stations losing their licenses is authoritarian and compared his use of the term "fake news" to the dictator Joseph Stalin.

    "Here, President Trump defined 'fake news' the way Joseph Stalin defined 'enemies of the people': if they offer a slightest objection to his rule they must be wrong. And they must be silenced," New School international affairs professor Nina Khrushcheva told the Washington Examiner.

    In a Wednesday tweet, Trump said: "With all of the Fake News coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License? Bad for country!"

    Trump was responding to an NBC report that he told military leaders he wanted a 10-fold increase in the U.S. nuclear arsenal. He previously tweeted the report was "[p]ure fiction, made up to demean. NBC = CNN!"

    Khrushcheva, the biological great-granddaughter but adoptive granddaughter of Stalin's successor, said in an email that "maybe because he is so used to reality TV, real news seem fake to him" and that she believes his use of the term is "very Orwellian — war is peace, ignorance is strength and so on."

    The term "fake news" came into popular use as supporters of Hillary Clinton pointed out that during the 2016 election there were foreign-generated fictions passed off as news and shared on social media. Trump repurposed the term to describe mainstream media outlets he says report false news.

    "Somewhere on the way to his real estate/reality TV career he forgot his lessons in civics and American democracy from high school," Khrushcheva said. "Or maybe he always had an ‘F' in those subjects; being rich, he didn't and still doesn't think they apply to him."

    "For that we are all paying dearly," she continued. "And the longer he stays in, offering more and more somewhat Stalinesque amendments to American democracy, the more autocratic erosion to this once wonderful system we will experience."

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    Not that I trust anything Julian Assange says these days, but he did say that his leak source wasn't the Russians.

    What if it was Russians -> Trump camp -> Assange?
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    lol, and yet how astute, Palin signified the beginning of a descent into idiocy from which the US may or may not recover. :D
  21. "Even the quality of our Nazis has gone down"
  22. "Gateway idiot"
    This really is much lol

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    The Holy Bible, according to Trump

    By Dana Milbank, The Washington Post


    Seems Roy Moore, the Ten Commandments Judge and very likely the next U.S. senator from the state of Alabama, has been playing a bit fast and loose with the whole thou-shalt-not-bear-false-witness thing.

    My Post colleagues Shawn Boburg and Robert O’Harrow Jr. reported this week that Moore, who claimed he did not take a “regular salary” from the Christian-values charity he founded, in fact received $180,000 a year — more than $1 million from 2007 to 2012 — in compensation, much of which the charity did not disclose.

    Still, Moore is in better shape, in terms of biblical injunctions, than Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.), who is giving up his seat in Congress after admitting to an adulterous affair with a woman half his age. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that the married congressman, a member of the House Pro-Life Caucus, appeared to have asked his mistress to have an abortion.

    Then there’s Steve Scalise, the House majority whip, coming up a bit short in the love-thy-neighbor category. After his shooting at a congressional baseball practice stunned the nation, he graciously praised Capitol Police special agent Crystal Griner — a lesbian who is married to a woman — and the other officer who saved his life as “heroes” and “part of our family.” But on Friday, Scalise was scheduled to speak at the Family Research Council, which proudly proclaims that “homosexual conduct is harmful to the persons who engage in it and to society at large, and can never be affirmed.”

    And, on the topic of double standards, let us not forget the president. During the Harvey Weinstein fallout, Donald Trump Jr. and Kellyanne Conway have gleefully attacked private-citizen Hillary Clinton for failing to denounce Weinstein more quickly than she did — even though they vigorously defended the elder Trump when he was found to have boasted of sexual assault.

    Such behavior seems uncharitable, if not downright hypocritical. But maybe I am using the wrong standard. The Bible is, after all, foreign law; none of it was written in America. It would, therefore, be in order for President Trump to revise biblical law by executive order — much as he used one this week to dismantle Obamacare without an act of Congress. He could place a copy of the order, etched in a 2 ½ -ton stone monument, in the White House Entrance Hall.

    Some proposed revisions:

    In Luke 6:31, strike “as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise,” and substitute: “Do ye unto men as ye would like.”

    In Mark 12:31, after the phrase “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself” insert: “Thou shalt not interpret anything in Section 12:31 as applying to residents of Puerto Rico.”

    In Matthew 5:5, after the phrase “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth,” insert the phrase: “The meek shalt not necessarily inherit health insurance.”

    In Matthew 6:24, after the phrase “Ye cannot serve God and mammon,” insert: “But ye can hire private air charters and military aircraft at thine own discretion.”

    In Exodus 20: 1-17, popularly known as “The Ten Commandments,” the following deletions, revisions and additions are to be made:

    After the phrase, in 20:4, “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image,” insert the language: “Exempt from the term ‘graven image’ will be: (a) Time magazine covers, actual or simulated; and, (b) life-size portraits of the president purchased at auction with charitable funds.”

    The phrase, in Exodus 20:8-11, is hereby revised to state the following: “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Acceptable remembrances of the sabbath include (a) any golf played in Bedminster, N.J., (hereafter referred to as The Land of Milk and Honey); (b) any golf played at Mar-a-Lago, Palm Beach, Fla. (hereafter referred to as the Garden of Eden).”

    In Exodus 20:12, in the phrase “Honor thy father and thy mother,” insert: “Inasmuch as they hath given thee a very, very small loan of $14 million.”

    In Exodus 20:13, after the phrase “Thou shalt not kill,” insert the following: “Thou mayest, however, totally destroy North Korea, which thou shalt accomplish by expanding thy nuclear arsenal tenfold.”

    In Exodus 20:14, following the phrase “Thou shalt not commit adultery,” insert: “What thou has done with thine previous wives is thine own business.”

    In Exodus 20:15, after the phrase “Thou shalt not steal,” insert: “Exempt from section 20:15 shall be ‘emoluments’ as defined in the U.S. Constitution.”

    In Exodus 20:16, the phrase “Thou shalt not bear false witness” is to be amended with the following: “No Pinocchios, nor Pants-on-Fire, nor any other description of false witness by the Fake News Media shall be judged as evidence thou violated clause 20:16.”

    In Exodus 20:17, after the phrase “Thou shalt not covet,” insert: “but thou canst grabbest whomsoever by whatsoever part, if thou art a star.”

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    Yes precisely what I was thinking as I watched the vid. fav movie ever XD
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    Trump says he met with the 'president of the Virgin Islands' | USA TODAY


    President Trump, who once referred to a nonexistent African country named Nambia, said he spoke to the "president of the Virgin Islands" in a speech Friday.

    Of course, because the Virgin Islands is a U.S. territory, Trump is its president.

    "I will tell you I left Texas and I left Florida and I left Louisiana and I went to Puerto Rico and I met with the president of the Virgin Islands," Trump said while talking about the recovery efforts in those areas following Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

    The latest "covfefe" moment occurred during Trump's speech at the Values Voter Summit in Washington. Trump was apparently referring Virgin Islands Gov. Kenneth Mapp. In the White House transcript, a parenthetical correction of "governor" has been added.

    Snarky Twitter remarks quickly followed the gaffe.

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    Trump Says I.Q. “Even Higher” Now That He Knows Virgin Islands Are Part of U.S.

    By Andy Borowitz, The New Yorker


    Donald Trump said on Friday that his I.Q. is “even higher” now that he knows that the United States Virgin Islands are part of the United States.

    “Quite frankly, a few weeks ago, when I learned that Puerto Rico was a part of the U.S., I thought that that boosted my I.Q. to a whole new level,” Trump said. “Now that I also know about the Virgin Islands, my number must be off the charts.”

    He said that he was eager to retake his I.Q. test because of “all the amazing things I learned this week.”

    “For example, I just learned that the stock market can’t reduce the national debt,” he said. “If there was a question about that on an I.Q. test, I would nail that question.”

    Trump said that his one concern was that an I.Q. test does not exist that can accurately measure his ballooning intelligence.

    “I always knew that I was scary smart, but now I think my brain is terrifying,” he said.

  28. Psychologists march through NY to call for Trump's removal
    Go Gett Um

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