The Smoking Gun: Trump, The Least Charitable Billionaire

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  1. Trump's twitter account is the gift that keeps on giving.
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    This ten-minute interview, which aired yesterday, is worth watching.

    Lawrence Summers on Trump’s “Nonsense” Tax Numbers | MSNBC

    Former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers joins Lawrence O'Donnell to dissect the Trump-Republican tax plan and explain why there is “nothing” to support the promises and predictions from the White House about the tax cuts’ effect on the national debt and Americans paychecks.

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    Exclusive: Manafort flight records show deeper Kremlin ties than previously known

    By Peter Stone and Greg Gordon, McClatchy Washington Bureau


    Political guru Paul Manafort took at least 18 trips to Moscow and was in frequent contact with Vladimir Putin's allies for nearly a decade as a consultant in Russia and Ukraine for oligarchs and pro-Kremlin parties.

    Even after the February 2014 fall of Ukraine's pro-Moscow President Viktor Yanukovych, who won office with the help of a Manafort-engineered image makeover, the American consultant flew to Kiev another 19 times over the next 20 months while working for the smaller, pro-Russian Opposition Bloc party. Manafort went so far as to suggest the party take an anti-NATO stance, an Oppo Bloc architect has said. A key ally of that party leader, oligarch Viktor Medvedchuk, was identified by an earlier Ukrainian president as a former Russian intelligence agent, "100 percent."

    It was this background that Manafort brought to Donald Trump's presidential campaign, which he joined in early 2016 and soon led. His web of connections to Russia-loyal potentates is now a focus of federal investigators.

    Manafort's flight records in and out of Ukraine, which McClatchy obtained from a government source in Kiev, and interviews with more than a dozen people familiar with his activities, including current and former government officials, suggest the links between Trump's former campaign manager and Russia sympathizers run deeper than previously thought.

    What's now known leads some Russia experts to suspect that the Kremlin's emissaries at times turned Manafort into an asset acting on Russia's behalf. "You can make a case that all along he ... was either working principally for Moscow, or he was trying to play both sides against each other just to maximize his profits," said Daniel Fried, a former assistant secretary of state who communicated with Manafort during Yanukovych's reign in President George W. Bush's second term.

    "He's at best got a conflict of interest and at worst is really doing Putin's bidding," said Fried, now a fellow with the Atlantic Council.

    A central question for Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller and several congressional committees is whether Manafort, in trying to boost Trump's underdog campaign, in any way collaborated with Russia's cyber meddling aimed at improving Trump's electoral prospects.

    His lucrative consulting relationships have already led a grand jury convened by Mueller to charge him and an associate with conspiracy, money laundering and other felonies - charges that legal experts say are likely meant to pressure them to cooperate with the wider probe into possible collusion.

    Government investigators are examining information they've received regarding "talks between Russians about using Manafort as part of their broad influence operations during the elections," a source familiar with the inquiry told McClatchy.

    Suspicions about Manafort have been fueled by a former British spy's opposition research on Trump. In a now-famous dossier, former MI6 officer Christopher Steele quoted an ethnic Russian close to Trump as saying that Manafort had managed "a well-developed conspiracy of cooperation" between the campaign and the Kremlin.

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    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 9 minutes ago
    .@FoxNews is MUCH more important in the United States than CNN, but outside of the U.S., CNN International is still a major source of (Fake) news, and they represent our Nation to the WORLD very poorly. The outside world does not see the truth from them!
  5. Mx it up a little why don't you Donald and talk about fake news once in a while you've never tweeted about that before.
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    CNN Communications‏ @CNNPR 2 hours ago
    Replying to @realDonaldTrump
    It's not CNN's job to represent the U.S to the world. That's yours. Our job is to report the news.
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    Jim Sciutto‏ @jimsciutto 5 hours ago
    .@realDonaldTrump My @CNNi & @CNN colleagues regularly risk their lives in #Syria #Iraq #Afghanistan #Niger and beyond, following US Troops into war-zones, chronicling natural disasters, holding dictators to account & profiling everyday heroes. #FactsFirst

    David Frum‏ @davidfrum 5 hours ago
    Inside the US, CNN’s reporting is protected by the First Amendment and the courts. Outside the US, US-affiliated journalists do ultimately depend on the protection of the US government. Trump’s words are a direct attack on those international journalists' freedom & even safety.

    Mark Hertling‏ @MarkHertling 1 hour ago
    There are so many issues in this POTUS tweet - false premise, 1st Amendment violations, hazarding the safety of US journalists overseas, promoting Fox - but anyone having lived overseas knows CNN and BBC are the two most accurate and respected news programs in the world.

    Jim Sciutto @jimsciutto 53 minutes ago
    “The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.” Orwell, 1984.

    CNN employees respond to Trump after latest attack on network | TheHill

    Former Bush speechwriter: Trump's tweets are a 'direct attack' on the safety of journalists | TheHill

    Obama ethics chief warns Trump: Tweet on CNN could be evidence in AT&T case | TheHill
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    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 3 hours ago
    The last thing we need in Alabama and the U.S. Senate is a Schumer/Pelosi puppet who is WEAK on Crime, WEAK on the Border, Bad for our Military and our great Vets, Bad for our 2nd Amendment, AND WANTS TO RAISES TAXES TO THE SKY. Jones would be a disaster!

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 2 hours ago
    I endorsed Luther Strange in the Alabama Primary. He shot way up in the polls but it wasn’t enough. Can’t let Schumer/Pelosi win this race. Liberal Jones would be BAD!

    President Trump Spent the Lord's Day Endorsing Roy Moore, Again | Esquire

    Trump reaffirms support for 'accused child molester' Roy Moore | The Guardian

    Trump continues to implicitly endorse Roy Moore | New York Post

    Trump continues to boost Roy Moore’s Senate bid as other Republicans keep distance | The Washington Post
  12. *gasp* oh there you are ID thief
  13. You need to give it up, versions of Our Glorious Name are infinite

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    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 4 hours ago
    Since the first day I took office, all you hear is the phony Democrat excuse for losing the election, Russia, Russia,Russia. Despite this I have the economy booming and have possibly done more than any 10 month President. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!

    Schiff mocks Trump for lauding himself by listing ex-staffers under scrutiny in Mueller probe | TheHill


    Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) mocked President Trump for lauding himself by noting Trump staffers who have been forced to leave the administration or are facing legal troubles.

    “Your campaign manger indicted, foreign policy advisor ('excellent guy') pled guilty, and national security advisor fired for lying. More than any other 10-month President, true!” Schiff tweeted Sunday.

    Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, was referring to Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort being indicted last month in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian election interference.

    The congressman was also referring to former Trump staffer George Papadopoulos, who pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about his contacts with Russian officials, as well as former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who was forced to resign in February after it was revealed that he misled other Trump officials about his conversations with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

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    Donald Trump thinks the Pee Pee Tape is about to surface

    By Bill Palmer, Palmer Report


    Maybe during their two recent conversations, Russian President Vladimir Putin told Donald Trump that it was coming if he couldn’t get sanctions lifted. Maybe someone else has tipped Trump off that it’s coming. Or maybe, as Michael Flynn prepares to take down the entire house of cards, Trump has been overcome by his own paranoia. Whatever the reason, Trump sure seems to think that the infamous Pee Pee Tape is about to surface.

    How do we know this? Donald Trump is suddenly bringing up the Access Hollywood “grab em by the…” tape just so he can discredit it. Nevermind that more than a year ago, Trump publicly admitted that it was really him on that tape. Now Trump is telling his advisers that he no longer believes it’s really him on that tape, and he’s presumably told them to leak that assertion to the media, which is how we all ended up reading about it in the New York Times this week. But why is he suddenly pushing this?

    The most logical reason for suddenly disputing the most infamous tape of you to ever surface, even long after a lot of people have forgotten about it? You think another highly damaging tape of you is about to surface, and you’re trying to preemptively lay the groundwork for disputing its authenticity. While there are various rumored tapes out there of Trump saying and doing inappropriate things, there’s only one that’s consistently gotten under his skin: the Pee Pee Tape.

    That logic may be too sophisticated for Donald Trump and his increasingly addled mind to work out on his own. Keep in mind that he does have advisers surrounding him who, while completely inept at governing, do seem to be skilled at helping him come up with distractions and schemes aimed at minimizing the impact of his scandals. Trump thinks the Pee Pee Tape is about to surface, and he’s suddenly telling his base that the Access Hollywood tape was fake, so they’ll have an excuse to pretend that this next tape is also fake. Unfortunately for Trump, his base alone isn’t large enough to prop him up, and no one else believes him anymore.

  17. Hey there you!
  18. Big surprise- Trump is corrupting the military and politicizing it.
    "Retired Adm. Michael Mullen said on ABC’s “This Week” that he was particularly disappointed Kelly backed Trump after the president’s ugly confrontation over his controversial condolence call to the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, one of four soldiers killed in Niger. "

    "That doesn’t mean generals and admirals can’t serve” in the White House, Mullen said. “They certainly have in the past. But it’s particularly difficult right now because of the politics of the town. And there’s nothing that seemingly is not able to be politicized in the current environment.”
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    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 2 hours ago
    We should have a contest as to which of the Networks, plus CNN and not including Fox, is the most dishonest, corrupt and/or distorted in its political coverage of your favorite President (me). They are all bad. Winner to receive the FAKE NEWS TROPHY!

    Dan Scavino Jr.‏ @DanScavino 13 hours ago
    Fake News: Morning Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) Caught Pretending Pre-Taped Day After Thanksgiving Show Was Live

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 1 hour ago
    Donald J. Trump Retweeted Dan Scavino Jr.
    The good news is that their ratings are terrible, nobody cares!

    Jake Tapper‏ @jaketapper 54 minutes ago
    Jake Tapper Retweeted Donald J. Trump
    Trump approval ratings: historic lows
    Trump honesty: 1,628 false or misleading claims over 298 days

    Trump resumes battle with CNN, MSNBC after returning from Mar-a-Lago | Fox News
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  20. Neener neener neener
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    Analysis: In questioning tape's authenticity, President Trump seeks to define own reality | ABC News

    What Evidence of Sexual Assault Would Trump Accept? | The Atlantic

    Trump's latest conspiracy? The 'Access Hollywood' tape was a fake! | CNN

    Media Reacts To Donald Trump Alt-Reality Update: ‘Access Hollywood’ Tape A Fake | Deadline

    Trump is reportedly saying the ‘Access Hollywood’ tape was fake news. He should talk to 2016 Trump. | The Washington Post
  22. Trump flash news: in front of Navajo code talker vets, Trump called Nancy Pelosi "Pocahontas".

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    Trump calls Elizabeth Warren "Pocahontas" at event with Navajo Code Talkers | Axios

    Trump drops 'Pocahontas' gibe to Native American veterans | BBC News

    Trump Calls Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas” In A Room Full Of Native American Veterans | Bustle

    Trump Just Referred To Elizabeth Warren As "Pocahontas" While Honoring Native American War Veterans | BuzzFeed

    Trump repeats Elizabeth Warren 'Pocahontas' jab at Native American event | CNBC

    Trump makes 'Pocahontas' crack at event honoring Navajo code talkers | CNN

    Trump Calls Warren ‘Pocahontas’ at Event Honoring Native American Vets | The Daily Beast

    Trump calls Elizabeth Warren ‘Pocahontas’ in front of Navajo code talkers | Death and Taxes

    Trump calls Warren 'Pocahontas' at event honoring Native American veterans | TheHill

    Trump Brings Back 'Pocahontas' Slur Of Elizabeth Warren At Ceremony For Native American Veterans | HuffPost

    Donald Trump uses 'Pocahontas' slur in address to Native American veterans | The Independent

    Trump makes 'Pocahontas' jab about Elizabeth Warren during ceremony to honor Native Americans | Los Angeles Times

    Trump Mentions ‘Pocahontas’ Warren at Event Honoring Native American Code Talkers | Mediaite

    Trump calls Elizabeth Warren 'Pocahontas' during code talkers event | USA TODAY

    Trump makes fun of Elizabeth Warren during Native American event | Washington Examiner

    5 things you need to know now - Trump calls Elizabeth Warren 'Pocahontas' at event honoring Native Americans | The Week

    Trump’s ‘Pocahontas’ jab at Elizabeth Warren draws the ire of Native Americans | The Washington Post
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    The Kochs just got their hands on Time. Who’s next?

    By Matt Gertz, Media Matters


    Charles and David Koch, the billionaire brothers who are major funders of Republican candidates and conservative organizations, now own a stake in Time Inc. On Sunday night, the Meredith Corporation announced that it is purchasing the company with the help of $650 million from a Koch equity fund. A Koch spokesman suggested this is purely a business decision, and Meredith has claimed the right-wing billionaires will not have a seat on its board or influence over the editorial decisions of the newly acquired magazines, which include Time and Fortune. But journalists are rightfully skeptical that the Kochs would enter the embattled magazine publishing business if they didn’t view the investment as a way to advance their conservative principles.

    If the Kochs do begin to play a role in the workings of Time, they will join a handful of major conservative donors who have decided in recent years to purchase, fund, or launch media outlets as a way to expand their political influence. The new owners often bring in new leaders who push the newsroom to support their boss’ political interests. With print, digital, and broadcast journalism business models all faltering, right-wing billionaires will have more opportunities to pull off these sorts of takeovers in the future.

    Rupert Murdoch, head of the media goliaths 21st Century Fox and News Corp., has been doing this for decades, growing the small Australian newspaper business he inherited from his father into a string of major news outlets in that country, the U.K., and the U.S. Murdoch uses those media assets to shape the public debate and maximize his political impact.

    Any Time Inc. staffers breathing sighs of relief over reports that the Kochs will play no direct editorial role should read up on Murdoch’s takeover of The Wall Street Journal in 2007. Early signs that Murdoch would be hands-off with the Journal were dashed the next year when the paper’s top editor was pushed out. The resulting rightward shift in editorial content led to an exodus of reporters. The paper is now helmed by Gerard Baker, once a conservative columnist at The Times, a daily newspaper Murdoch owns in the U.K. While the paper’s journalists still do some great reporting, many have left the paper in part over concerns about its treatment of President Donald Trump, now a Murdoch favorite.

    The same phenomenon came to Nevada, albeit on a smaller scale, when Republican megadonor and billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson purchased the Las Vegas Review-Journal in late 2015. As with the Kochs’ purchase of a stake in Time Inc., critics pointed out that there would be little reason for Adelson’s involvement if he did not plan to use the paper for his own benefit. Adelson installed new newsroom leaders and cracked down on negative reporting about his business dealings. Many reporters and editors left the newspaper in the following months, citing a reduction of editorial freedom. In October 2016, after Adelson had spent tens of millions of dollars in support of Trump’s presidential campaign, the Review-Journal became the first major newspaper to endorse him.

    In the realm of digital media, two leading Republican donors who made billions in the finance industry have backed different factions of the conservative movement -- along with ideologically sympathetic conservative websites. The Trump-supporting Mercers bought a stake in the extremist garbage factory, while Paul Singer, who backed Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) in the 2016 primary, is reportedly the main funder of the more moderate Washington Free Beacon.

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    Beth Reinhard‏ @bethreinhard 3 hours ago
    Woman with anti-"liberal media" group reached out to me -- posing as Roy Moore accuser. Instead of publishing fake story, @WashingtonPost busted her.

    Beth Reinhard‏ @bethreinhard 3 hours ago
    She said Moore impregnated her when she was 15 and drove her to MS for abortion. @WashingtonPost found her walking into James O'Keefe's Project_Veritas of the deceptive ACORN and Planned Parenthood videos.

    Ben Wieder‏ @benbwieder 3 hours ago
    Project Veritas appears to have targeted @washingtonpost with fake Roy Moore accuser. It didn't work.

    Ben Wieder‏ @benbwieder 3 hours ago
    Can't say this with 100% certainty, but the woman in this video strongly resembles a woman who attended DC meetup of investigative reporters in September.

    David Jordan‏ @davpjor 3 hours ago
    She introduced herself to me as a former mortgage broker named Jaime and that voice was pretty distinct.

    David Jordan‏ @davpjor 1 hour ago
    If this is the same woman, she also asked if there were any Washington Post reporters at the meet up.

    A woman approached The Post with dramatic — and false — tale about Roy Moore. She appears to be part of undercover sting operation.

    By Shawn Boburg, Aaron C. Davis and Alice Crites, The Washington Post


    A woman who falsely claimed to The Washington Post that Roy Moore, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Alabama, impregnated her as a teenager appears to work with an organization that uses deceptive tactics to secretly record conversations in an effort to embarrass its targets.

    In a series of interviews over two weeks, the woman shared a dramatic story about an alleged sexual relationship with Moore in 1992 that led to an abortion when she was 15. During the interviews, she repeatedly pressed Post reporters to give their opinions on the effects that her claims could have on Moore’s candidacy if she went public.

    The Post did not publish an article based on her unsubstantiated account. When Post reporters confronted her with inconsistencies in her story and an Internet posting that raised doubts about her motivations, she insisted that she was not working with any organization that targets journalists.

    But on Monday morning, Post reporters saw her walking into the New York offices of Project Veritas, an organization that targets the mainstream news media and left-leaning groups. The organization sets up undercover “stings” that involve using false cover stories and covert video recordings meant to expose what the group says is media bias.

    James O’Keefe, the founder of Project Veritas who was convicted of a misdemeanor in 2010 for using a fake identity to enter a federal building during a previous sting, declined to answer questions about the woman outside the Project Veritas office, a storefront in Mamaroneck, N.Y., on Monday morning shortly after the woman walked inside.

    “I am not doing an interview right now, so I’m not going to say a word,” O’Keefe said.

    In a follow-up interview, O’Keefe declined to answer repeated questions about whether the woman was employed at Project Veritas. He also did not respond when asked if he was working with Moore, former White House adviser and Moore supporter Stephen K. Bannon, or Republican strategists.

    The group’s efforts illustrate the lengths to which activists have gone to try to discredit media outlets for reporting on allegations from multiple women that Moore pursued them when they were teenagers and he was in his early 30s. Moore has denied that he did anything improper.

    A spokesman for Moore’s campaign did not immediately respond to a message for comment.

    The woman who approached Post reporters, Jaime T. Phillips, did not respond to calls to her cellphone Monday morning. Her car remained in the Project Veritas parking lot for more than an hour.

    After Phillips was observed entering the Project Veritas office, The Post made the unusual decision to report her previous off-the-record comments.

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    Trump Donated to Project Veritas Before Organization Tried to Trick Washington Post With Outrageous Roy Moore Claim

    By Christal Hayes, Newsweek


    President Donald Trump donated to an agency with a history of trying to take down liberal organizations, an agency that is now accused of trying to dupe The Washington Post with a fake Roy Moore claim in an undercover operation.

    The newspaper found out that a woman was lying after contacting reporters with a false claim that she'd become pregnant after having sex with Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore when she was a teenage girl. She claimed he then took her to get an abortion. In her interviews, she appeared to try and get reporters to make promises the story would eliminate Moore's chances of being elected, the Post reported.

    Reporters and researchers for the Post traced the woman back to Project Veritas, a controversial group known for its undercover "sting" operations that often target liberal ideals or groups. The organization has been behind controversial and edited videos that have targeted CNN and Planned Parenthood.

    The controversial group also has ties to the commander in chief. About a month before Trump announced his candidacy for president, his charity, the Trump Foundation, gave $10,000 to Project Veritas.

    The March 2015 donation likely helped fund filmmaker and conservative activist James O'Keefe in creating a video claiming to show Hillary Clinton supporters were paid $1,500 to cause violence during Trump's rallies, which were often interrupted by protestors and fights. The video was released in October 2016.

    Trump mentioned the videos and its claims while debating Clinton, but never mentioned that he donated to the organization that made them. "They hired people. They paid them $1,500, and they're on tape saying be violent, cause fights, do bad things," Trump said, citing the video by O'Keefe.

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    Ivanka Trump's ignorance of the meaning of "complicit" made it the Word Of The Year


    Donald Trump may not be Time’s person of the year (yet), but Ivanka Trump indirectly just won a big award of her own. As reported by USA Today, her ignorance of what “complicit” means has helped make it’s Word Of The Year, with her multiple misuses of the word in 2017 coinciding with major spikes in complicit-based traffic on the site. Also, it’s probably just an important word for everybody to know these days, what with all of the people in the government happily going along with whatever horrible shit Donald Trump and Paul Ryan try to get away with.

    Complicit, for those who are Ivanka Trump, means “choosing to be involved in an illegal or questionable act,” particularly one that involves other people. Basically, it means that you went along with someone as they did something bad. Here it is in a sentence: Everybody who stands with Donald Trump is complicit in every racist, sexist, and generally evil policy he endorses.

    As we previously reported, Ivanka Trump has a tenuous relationship with words, once saying she was “complicit” in Trump’s agenda as if it was a good thing, and the first spike in people looking up the word’s definition came alongside a Saturday Night Live sketch in which Scarlett Johansson played Ivanka Trump in a commercial for a new perfume called “Complicit” — tag line: “For the woman who could stop all this, but won’t.” The next spike came after Ivanka Trump went on CBS This Morning and admitted that she didn’t know what the word meant, a surprising thing to learn about someone who definitely didn’t get where she is because of her last name.

    You can find more information on complicit — and other big words of 2017 — at this link.


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    I don't know how you find this stuff but thanks
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