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The Smoking Gun: Trump, The Least Charitable Billionaire

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    Trump’s tweets

    I have asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo not to go to North Korea, at this time, because I feel we are not making sufficient progress with respect to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula...
    Additionally, because of our much tougher Trading stance with China, I do not believe they are helping with the process of denuclearization as they once were (despite the UN Sanctions which are in place)...
    Secretary Pompeo looks forward to going to North Korea in the near future, most likely after our Trading relationship with China is resolved. In the meantime I would like to send my warmest regards and respect to Chairman Kim. I look forward to seeing him soon!

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    So you basically created a problem (tariffs) and now that problem is making even more problems (North Korea). Which means you are not a "stable genius", but just plain dumb.
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    This whole article is worth reading.

    Weisselberg’s cooperation with the feds gives us a better sense of how Cohen broke election laws

    By Philip Bump, The Washington Post, August 24, 2018

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    When former Trump Organization employee Michael Cohen stood up in court Tuesday to plead guilty to eight felony criminal counts, he and the government prosecutors with whom he had reached a deal were vague about what had happened. Cohen, until last year a personal attorney for President Trump, told the court that he had worked with a media company to pay off a woman who alleged she’d had an affair with Trump a decade ago, but he didn’t say what that company was.

    We knew the company was American Media Inc., because of Wall Street Journal reporting about that arrangement, but all parties in the courtroom were vague. So was the government’s “information” document, outlining what charges Cohen faced and how they understood his crimes to have unfolded. Anyone not named Michael Cohen had their identities obscured in that document to the point of ridiculousness. For example: Can you identify the unnamed person below?
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    (It is Trump.)

    As the week has passed, we’ve learned more about the unnamed individuals and entities in that document, particularly as pertains to the campaign finance charges that themselves directly implicate the president. On Friday morning, The Washington Post added another name to that list: Employee-1 for the Company (the Trump Organization) was chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg, whose decision to cooperate with investigators is of great import.

    With the news about Weisselberg and reports from The Post and other outlets about other aspects of the story, we can identify all of the previously masked organizations and people in this section of the document save one, a person identified as “Employee-2” at the Trump Organization.

    Here’s how the government’s description of the illegal activity reads once we fill in those names. (The substitutions are indicated visually.) This description, we’ll note, was confirmed as accurate by Cohen himself Tuesday.

    From the government allegations

    The United States Attorney further charges:

    24. The Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, as amended, Title 52, United States Code, Section 30101, et seq., (the “Election Act”), regulates the influence of money on politics. At all times relevant to [this document], the Election Act set forth the following limitations, prohibitions, and reporting requirements, which were applicable to MICHAEL COHEN, the defendant, Donald Trump, and his campaign:

    a. Individual contributions to any presidential candidate, including expenditures coordinated with a candidate or his political committee, were limited to $2,700 per election, and presidential candidates and their committees were prohibited from accepting contributions from individuals in excess of this limit.

    b. Corporations were prohibited from making contributions directly to presidential candidates, including expenditures coordinated with candidates or their committees, and candidates were prohibited from accepting corporate contributions.

    25. On or about June 16, 2015, Donald Trump began his presidential campaign. While MICHAEL COHEN, the defendant, continued to work at the Trump Organization and did not have a formal title with the campaign, he had a campaign email address and, at various times, advised the campaign, including on matters of interest to the press, and made televised and media appearances on behalf of the campaign.

    26. At all times relevant to this Information, American Media, Inc. was a media company that owns, among other things, a popular tabloid magazine (“National Enquirer“).

    27. In or about August 2015, the Chairman and Chief Executive of American Media, Inc. (David Pecker) [how we know this], in coordination with MICHAEL COHEN, the defendant, and one or more members of the campaign, offered to help deal with negative stories about Trump‘s relationships with women by, among other things, assisting the campaign in identifying such stories so they could be purchased and their publication avoided. Pecker agreed to keep COHEN apprised of any such negative stories.

    28. Consistent with the agreement described above, AMI advised MICHAEL COHEN, the defendant, of negative stories during the course of the campaign, and COHEN, with the assistance of AMI, was able to arrange for the purchase of two stories so as to suppress them and prevent them from influencing the election.

    29. First, in or about June 2016, a model and actress (“Karen McDougal“) began attempting to sell her story of her alleged extramarital affair with Trump that had taken place in 2006 and 2007, knowing the story would be of considerable value because of the election. McDougal retained an attorney (“Keith Davidson“), who in turn contacted the editor-in-chief of the Enquirer (“Dylan Howard“) [how we know this], and offered to sell McDougal‘s story to the Enquirer. Pecker and Howard informed MICHAEL COHEN, the defendant, of the story. At COHEN’S urging and subject to COHEN’S promise that AMI would be reimbursed, Howard ultimately began negotiating for the purchase of the story.

    30. On or about August 5, 2016, AMI entered into an agreement with McDougal to acquire her “limited life rights” to the story of her relationship with “any then-married man,” in exchange for $150,000 and a commitment to feature her on two magazine covers and publish over one hundred magazine articles authored by her. Despite the cover and article features to the agreement, its principal purpose, as understood by those involved, including MICHAEL COHEN, the defendant, was to suppress McDougal‘s story so as to prevent it from influencing the election.

    31. Between in or about late August 2016 and September 2016, MICHAEL COHEN, the defendant, agreed with Pecker to assign the rights to the non-disclosure portion of AMI‘s agreement with McDougal to COHEN for $125,000. COHEN incorporated a shell entity called “Resolution Consultants LLC” for use in the transaction. Both Pecker and COHEN ultimately signed the agreement, and a consultant for AMI, using his own shell entity, provided COHEN with an invoice for the payment of $125,000. However, in or about early October 2016, after the assignment agreement was signed but before COHEN had paid the $125,000, Pecker contacted COHEN and told him, in substance, that the deal was off and that COHEN should tear up the assignment agreement. COHEN did not tear up the agreement, which was later found during a judicially authorized search of his office.

    32. Second, on or about October 8, 2016, an agent for an adult film actress (“Stormy Daniels“) – informed Howard that Daniels was willing to make public statements and confirm on the record her alleged past affair with Trump. Pecker and Howard then contacted MICHAEL COHEN, the defendant, and put him in touch with Davidson, who was also representing Daniels. Over the course of the next few days, COHEN negotiated a $130,000 agreement with Davidson to himself purchase Daniels‘s silence, and received a signed confidential settlement agreement and a separate side letter agreement from Davidson.

    33. MICHAEL COHEN, the defendant, did not immediately execute the agreement, nor did he pay Daniels. On the evening of October 25, 2016, with no deal with Daniels finalized, Davidson told Howard that Daniels was close to completing a deal with another outlet to make her story public. Howard, in turn, texted MICHAEL COHEN, the defendant, that “[w]e have to coordinate something on the matter [Davidson is] calling you about or it could look awfully bad for everyone.” Pecker and Howard then called COHEN through an encrypted telephone application. COHEN agreed to make the payment, and then called Davidson to finalize the deal.

    34. The next day, on October 26, 2016, MICHAEL COHEN, the defendant, emailed an incorporating service to obtain the corporate formation documents for another shell corporation, Essential Consultants LLC, which COHEN had incorporated a few days prior. Later that afternoon, COHEN drew down $131,000 from the fraudulently obtained [home equity line of credit] … and requested that it be deposited into a bank account COHEN had just opened in the name of Essential Consultants. The next morning, on October 27, 2016, COHEN went to First Republic Bank [how we know this] and wired approximately $130,000 from Essential Consultants to Davidson. On the bank form to complete the wire, COHEN falsely indicated that the “purpose of wire being sent” was “retainer.” On or about November 1, 2016, COHEN received from Davidson copies of the final, signed confidential settlement agreement and side letter agreement.

    35. MICHAEL COHEN, the defendant, caused and made the payments described herein in order to influence the 2016 presidential election. In so doing, he coordinated with one or more members of the campaign, including through meetings and phone calls, about the fact, nature, and timing of the payments.

    36. As a result of the payments solicited and made by MICHAEL COHEN, the defendant, neither McDougal nor Daniels spoke to the press prior to the election.

    37. In or about January 2017, MICHAEL COHEN, the defendant, in seeking reimbursement for election-related expenses, presented executives of the Trump Organization with a copy of a bank statement from the Essential Consultants bank account, which reflected the $130,000 payment COHEN had made to the bank account of Davidson in order to keep Daniels silent in advance of the election, plus a $35 wire fee, adding, in handwriting, an additional “$50,000.” The $50,000 represented a claimed payment for “tech services,” which in fact related to work COHEN had solicited from a technology company during and in connection with the campaign. COHEN added these amounts to a sum of $180,035. After receiving this document, executives of the Trump Organization “grossed up” for tax purposes COHEN’s requested reimbursement of $180,000 to $360,000, and then added a bonus of $60,000 so that COHEN would be paid $420,000 in total. Executives of the Trump Organization also determined that the $420,000 would be paid to COHEN in monthly amounts of $35,000 over the course of twelve months, and that COHEN should send invoices for these payments.

    38. On or about February 14, 2017, MICHAEL COHEN, the defendant, sent an executive of the Trump Organization (“Allen Weisselberg“) the first of his monthly invoices, requesting “[p]ursuant to [a] retainer agreement, payment for services rendered for the months of January and February, 2017.” The invoice listed $35,000 for each of those two months. Weisselberg forwarded the invoice to another executive of the Trump Organization (“Executive-2”) the same day by email, and it was approved. Weisselberg forwarded that email to another employee at the Trump Organization, stating: “Please pay from the Trust. Post to legal expenses. Put ‘retainer for the months of January and February 2017’ in the description.”

    39. Throughout 2017, MICHAEL COHEN, the defendant, sent to one or more representatives of the Trump Organization monthly invoices, which stated, “Pursuant to the retainer agreement, kindly remit payment for services rendered for” the relevant month in 2017, and sought $35,000 per month. The Trump Organization accounted for these payments as legal expenses. In truth and in fact, there was no such retainer agreement, and the monthly invoices COHEN submitted were not in connection with any legal services he had provided in 2017.

    40. During 2017, pursuant to the invoices described above, MICHAEL COHEN, the defendant, received monthly $35,000 reimbursement checks, totaling $420,000.

    Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news...etter-sense-of-how-cohen-broke-election-laws/
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    Robert de Niro's 'Fuck Trump' speech at Tony awards



    Uploaded by The Guardian on June 11, 2018

    "The actor and long-time critic of Donald Trump receives a standing ovation at Sunday night’s Tony awards in New York after attacking the US president on stage at Radio City Music Hall."
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    Second Fox News reporter leaves amid objections to network | POLITICO

    In the Trump era, hard reporting is being crowded out by opinionated panels, current and former staffers say.

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    Another on-air reporter is leaving Fox News over frustrations with the direction and tone of the network, the second in the last three weeks to defect for those reasons.

    Adam Housley, a Los Angeles-based reporter who joined Fox in 2001, felt there was diminished opportunity at the network for reporters and disapproved of tenor of its on-air discussion, according to two former Fox News employees with knowledge of his situation.

    Housley believed that as the network’s focus on Trump has grown — and the number of talking-head panels during news shows proliferated — it had become difficult to get hard reporting on air, according to one of those former employees.

    “He’s not doing the type of journalism he wants to be doing,” the former employee said. “And he is unhappy with the tone of the conversation of the channel.”

    Housley’s objections to the Trump-era Fox News are widely shared within the network’s reporting corps, according to current and former employees of the network. Conor Powell, the former Fox News Jerusalem bureau reporter, left the network earlier this month for similar reasons, according to a person close to him.

    “People are losing their minds,” one current Fox News personality said, adding that reporters have relayed in conversation that the climate for them is worse than ever before.

    Continued at https://www.politico.com/story/2018/08/23/fox-news-reporters-opinion-network-adam-housley-795278
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    Trump's rivals have long thought National Enquirer supported him | USA TODAY

    Prosecutors have reportedly granted David Pecker Immunity. He owns the company that published National Enquirer. Veuer's Sam Berman has the full story.

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news...y-national-enquirer-supported-him/1087658002/

    Does Nat’l Enquirer Have Dangerous President Donald Trump Secrets? | The Last Word | MSNBC



    "Donald Trump and the National Enquirer have a long relationship that helped Businessman Donald Trump for a long time, but all those secrets could come back to haunt President Trump. Two people who worked at the National Enquirer and know Enquirer head David Pecker join Lawrence."

    National Enquirer insider: They have safe full of Trump stories | CNN



    "Jerry George, who worked at the National Enquirer for 28 years, tells CNN's Erica Hill there were safes in the Los Angeles and New York offices of the National Enquirer."
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    Exclusive: Ex-Trump World Tower doorman releases 'catch-and-kill' contract about alleged Trump affair

    By Sonia Moghe, CNN

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    A former Trump World Tower doorman who says he has knowledge of an alleged affair President Donald Trump had with an ex-housekeeper, which resulted in a child, is now able to talk about a contract he entered with American Media Inc. that had prohibited him from discussing the matter with anyone, according to his attorney.

    On Friday, Marc Held -- the attorney for Dino Sajudin, the former doorman -- said his client had been released from his contract with AMI, the parent company of the National Enquirer, "recently" after back-and-forth discussions with AMI.

    CNN has exclusively obtained a copy of the "source agreement" between Sajudin and AMI, which is owned by David Pecker.

    The contract appears to have been signed on Nov. 15, 2015, and states that AMI has exclusive rights to Sajudin's story but does not mention the details of the story itself beyond saying, "Source shall provide AMI with information regarding Donald Trump's illegitimate child..."

    The contract states that "AMI will not owe Source any compensation if AMI does not publish the Exclusive..." and the top of the agreement shows that Sajudin could receive a sum of $30,000 "payable upon publication as set forth below."

    But the third page of the agreement shows that about a month later, the parties signed an amendment that states that Sajudin would be paid $30,000 within five days of receiving the amendment. It says the "exclusivity period" laid out in the agreement "is extended in perpetuity and shall not expire."

    The amendment also establishes a $1 million payment that Sajudin would be responsible for making to AMI "in the event Source breaches this provision."

    "Mr. Sajudin has been unable to discuss the circumstances regarding his deal with American Media Inc. and the story that he sold to them, due to a significant financial penalty," Held told CNN. "Just recently, AMI released Mr. Sajudin from the terms of his agreement and he is now able to speak about his personal experience with them, as well as his story, which is now known to be one of the 'catch and kill' pieces. Mr. Sajudin hopes the truth will come out in the very near future."

    In April, Sajudin told CNN he claims to have knowledge of a relationship Trump had with his former housekeeper that resulted in a child.

    At the time, AMI called Sajudin's story "not credible" and denied any connection between the story and Trump and his then-personal attorney Michael Cohen.

    The White House did not respond to CNN's requests for comments in April.

    CNN has contacted AMI to clarify whether Sajudin has now been released from the contract to be able to speak on terms of the agreement and to seek reaction on this latest development, but has yet to receive a response.

    Sajudin's allegation that Trump fathered a child out of wedlock has not been independently confirmed by any of the outlets that have investigated the story.

    Held said he cannot give the exact date the agreement was terminated, per another agreement the attorney made with AMI in order to get his client out of the contract.

    Held said that now that Sajudin has been released from the agreement with AMI, hewould no longer be liable for a payment for speaking out.

    "He's a blue-collar worker and a million dollars would have ruined him for life," Held told CNN.

    What the doorman claims to know

    When the story surfaced in April, Sajudin told CNN about the alleged relationship in a statement:

    "Today I awoke to learn that a confidential agreement that I had with AMI (The National Enquirer) with regard to a story about President Trump was leaked to the press. I can confirm that while working at Trump World Tower I was instructed not to criticize President Trump's former housekeeper due to a prior relationship she had with President Trump, which produced a child."

    Continued at https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/24/politics/trump-tower-doorman-contract-ami/
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    Trump’s Money Man FLIPS; Even A Majority Of Republicans Want Medicare For All

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    Trump Meets QAnon Kook Who Believes Democrats Run Pedophile Cult

    Lionel Lebron said he got a personal invite to the White House — and took advantage to post photos and Q clues on social media.

    By Asawin Suebsaeng and Will Sommer, The Daily Beast

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    On Thursday, President Donald Trump posed for an Oval Office photo with one of the leading promoters of the QAnon conspiracy theory, which claims that top Democrats are part of a global pedophile cult.

    YouTube conspiracy theorist Lionel Lebron was in the White House for an event on Thursday, according to a video Lebron posted online. During the visit, Lebron and his wife posed for a smiling picture with Trump in the Oval Office.

    [ Photo: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bm3ylhPloWn/ ]

    Lebron is one of the internet’s leading promoters of QAnon, the pro-Trump conspiracy theory based on a series of anonymous clues posted to internet forums. QAnon believers have interpreted the clues, which they claim without evidence are coming from a highly placed source in the Trump administration, to mean that Trump and the military are engaged in a high-stakes shadow war against a supposed globalist pedophile cult. The conspiracy theory has caught on with Trump supporters, who have held up QAnon-related signs and wear QAnon shirts to the president’s rallies.

    Lebron claimed to have received a “special guided tour of the White House” before posing for pictures with Trump. In a video posted Friday, Lebron said he didn’t use the brief encounter with the president to ask Trump about QAnon or its slogan, “Where we go one, we go all.”

    “I think we all know he knows about it,” Lebron said in the video, sipping from a coffee mug he claimed to have received as a gift at the White House.



    Lebron didn’t respond to a request for comment as of press time. Neither did White House spokespeople.

    All four White House officials the Beast did speak with about how Trump, the leader of the free world, ended up in a smiling photo op at the Resolute Desk with a prominent QAnon conspiracy theorist, pleaded ignorance about when this occurred, and why. Two of these West Wing officials audibly could not contain their laughter.

    Source: https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump...theory-that-says-democrats-run-pedophile-cult

    No One Knows Why This QAnon Conspiracy Theorist Was in the Oval Office with Trump | GQ

    https://www.gq.com/story/qanon-conspiracy-theorist-oval-office-trump
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    What a piece of shit our President is. This is as bad as the “white farmers are murdered in South Africa”.
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    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...candidate-fought-aggressive-brain-cancer.html


    John McCain's body is given a police escort as it's taken to Phoenix from his Arizona ranch following the death of the maverick senator aged 81 after a year-long battle with brain cancer



    John Sidney McCain III, died at home in Hidden Valley, in Sedona, Arizona, surrounded by his wife Cindy and his family at 4:28pm on Saturday
    Known as a 'maverick' senator drew respect from all sides due to commitment to his principles
    Tributes were paid by wife Cindy, daughter Meghan, and opponents

    ***Donald Trump did post a tribute but did NOT mention senator's achievements - it is understood he has not been invited to McCain's funeral***


    McCain hailed from a decorated military family; both his father and grandfather were four-star admirals in the United States Navy

    He followed their example and attended the United States Naval Academy before training as a naval pilot and volunteering for Vietnam combat missions

    McCain was shot down in 1967 and spent more than five years as a prisoner of war, refusing release until all POWs captured before him had been freed

    He was released in 1973 following the Paris Peace Accords, which ended direct US military involvement in Vietnam, and returned home with extensive injuries

    More.........http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...candidate-fought-aggressive-brain-cancer.html



    McCain was and will always be remembered as a true hero, he also recognized the value of serving his country in the most honorable way possible.

    Unlike Trump.






    McCain served in Congress for more than 30 years and made two unsuccessful bids for the US presidency as a Republican candidate
    McCain is survived by his wife, Cindy, seven children and several grandchildren
  14. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news...or-and-ex-presidential-candidate-dies-aged-81

    John McCain, influential US senator and presidential candidate, dies aged 81
    McCain, who had brain cancer, was known for his heroism in Vietnam, his independent-mindedness and recently his rebukes of Trump

    John McCain, prisoner of war, presidential candidate and one of the most influential American politicians of his generation, has died after suffering from brain cancer.
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    'American original': John McCain praised by political friends and foes


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    The six-term senator from Arizona, who was 81, had been absent from Washington since last December but remained outspoken to the end, railing against Donald Trump and urging defence of of the post-war liberal democratic order.
    A statement from his office said: “Senator John Sidney McCain III died at 4.28pm on 25 August 2018. With the senator when he passed were his wife Cindy and their family. At his death, he had served the United States of America faithfully for 60 years.”
    Amidst an outpouring of tributes, Barack Obama, who defeated McCain for the presidency in 2008, said he and his rival had shared “a fidelity to … the ideals for which generations of Americans and immigrants alike have fought, marched, and sacrificed”.
    Obama added: “Few of us have been tested the way John once was, or required to show the kind of courage that he did. But all of us can aspire to the courage to put the greater good above our own. At John’s best, he showed us what that means. And for that, we are all in his debt.”
    McCain’s death will leave a void in a Republican party increasingly turning away from bipartisanship at home and engagement overseas in favour of the president’s brand of divisiveness and isolationism.


    prisoner of war, presidential candidate and one of the most influential American politicians of his generation, has died after suffering from brain cancer.
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    'American original': John McCain praised by political friends and foes


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    The six-term senator from Arizona, who was 81, had been absent from Washington since last December but remained outspoken to the end, railing against Donald Trump and urging defence of of the post-war liberal democratic order.
    A statement from his office said: “Senator John Sidney McCain III died at 4.28pm on 25 August 2018. With the senator when he passed were his wife Cindy and their family. At his death, he had served the United States of America faithfully for 60 years.”
    Amidst an outpouring of tributes, Barack Obama, who defeated McCain for the presidency in 2008, said he and his rival had shared “a fidelity to … the ideals for which generations of Americans and immigrants alike have fought, marched, and sacrificed”.
    Obama added: “Few of us have been tested the way John once was, or required to show the kind of courage that he did. But all of us can aspire to the courage to put the greater good above our own. At John’s best, he showed us what that means. And for that, we are all in his debt.”
    McCain’s death will leave a void in a Republican party increasingly turning away from bipartisanship at home and engagement overseas in favour of the president’s brand of divisiveness and isolationism.
    Trump, who clashed bitterly with McCain and in recent weeks had refused to mention him by name, tweeted a brief statement on Saturday. He did not praise the man. “My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain,” the president wrote. “Our hearts and prayers are with you!”
    McCain’s legacy will be keenly debated. No stranger to controversy, he was a staunch supporter of President George W Bush’s invasion of Iraq in 2003 and his choice of Sarah Palin as running mate in his unsuccessful bid for the White House in 2008 is now seen as a harbinger of the tide of rightwing populism he came to resist.
    McCain’s first brush with death came in July 1967 when, as a navy pilot in the Vietnam war, a missile exploded near his fuel tanks, causing a ship fire that killed 134 troops. Three months later he was shot down over Vietnam, breaking both arms and a leg, and was captured by the North Vietnamese.
    McCain was offered early release because his father was a four-star admiral but rejected it until his fellow PoWs were also freed. During five years in captivity, including more than two in solitary confinement, he suffered beatings and torture almost daily.
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    John McCain: 10 moments that will shape the senator's legacy


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    That McCain displayed rare fortitude in the “Hanoi Hilton” was common cause - until Trump mocked him during the 2016 election campaign, telling a conference in Iowa: “He’s not a war hero.” The future president, who avoided the draft five times, added: “He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured.”
    McCain retired as a captain in 1981 after earning a number of decorations and ran for Congress in Arizona the following year. He switched from the House to the Senate in 1987 and forged a reputation as a military hawk - he was one of the Iraq war’s biggest champions - and maverick willing to defy the right and work across the aisle on issues such as campaign finance and immigration reform.
    In 2000 he finished second to George W Bush in the Republican presidential primary after an ugly campaign. Eight years later, he beat Mitt Romney to the nomination, only to come up against a political force of nature: Obama.

    McCain’s military pedigree and independent streak won respect but his choice of the unqualified Palin as running mate – apparently designed to appeal to Christian evangelicals who deserted him in 2000 – damaged his credibility. He was swept away by a wave of optimism that carried Obama into the Oval Office but delivered a memorably gracious concession speech.
    He declined to support the 2016 Republican nominee after the release of an Access Hollywood tape in which Trump boasted about groping women’s genitals. “When Mr Trump attacks women and demeans the women in our nation and in our society, that is a point where I just have to part company,” McCain said.
    What might have been a gentle drift into retirement became instead a final, furious last stand as the elder statesman saw his beloved party shifting from under him. As others fell into line, McCain became one of Trump’s chief Republican critics, jabbing at what he perceived as the president’s weak response Russian aggression and self-defeating hostility to Muslims.
    In February last year he travelled to Munich to reassure anxious allies: “Make no mistake, my friends: These are dangerous times, but you should not count America out, and we should not count each other out.”
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    John McCain obituary


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    In October, receiving the Liberty Medal in Philadelphia, he issued what many saw as a repudiation of Trump’s “America first” ethos: “To fear the world we have organized and led for three-quarters of a century, to abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership and our duty to remain ‘the last best hope of earth’ for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans consigned to the ash heap of history.”
    By then McCain had undergone surgery to remove a blood clot from near his left eye and was found to have an aggressive form of brain tumour known as glioblastoma. When the diagnosis was announced, Obama commented: “Cancer doesn’t know what it’s up against

    McCain was no liberal but he opposed both Trump’s first attempt at a travel ban for six majority-Muslim nations, calling it potentially “a self-inflicted wound in the fight against terrorism”, and the confirmation of Gina Haspel as director of the CIA because of her refusal to fully disown torture.
    The Restless Wave review: John McCain on Trump, duty and Putin's 'evil'


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    And on the grounds that the legislation was being rushed through Congress, he was also central to the failure of two attempts to repeal Obama’s signature healthcare legislation. In response, Trump continued to use the bully pulpit berate the senator, though not by name.
    McCain spent his final months with his second wife, Cindy, at their ranch in Sedona, Arizona. He continued to issue statements and tweets, published a valedictory book and took part in an HBO documentary that some likened to starring in his own obituary.
    “I’ve been tested on a number of occasions,” he told the film makers. “I haven’t always done the right thing. The important thing is not to look back and figure out all the things I should have done, and there’s lots of those, but to look back with gratitude.”

    Trump hasn't the common decency to recognize this man for what he was, a national hero, a true good American.





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  16. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-45313697
    John McCain: Tributes as Vietnam veteran and six-term senator dies at 81https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-40705362
    Obituary: John McCainhttps://edition.cnn.com/2018/08/25/politics/john-mccain-obituary/index.html
    John McCain, senator and former presidential candidate, dies at 81https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-45313697
    John McCain: Tributes as Vietnam veteran and six-term senator dies ...


    Warm tributes from everyone except Trump.
    How ungracious .
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    Republicans brace for Democrats' investigation spree after the midterm elections | Axios

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    Congressional Republicans are getting ready for hell. Axios has obtained a spreadsheet that's circulated through Republican circles on and off Capitol Hill — including at least one leadership office — that meticulously previews the investigations Democrats will likely launch if they flip the House.

    Why this matters: Publicly, House Republicans are putting on a brave face about the midterms. But privately, they are scrambling to prepare for the worst. This document, which catalogs requests Democrats have already made, is part of that effort.

    It has churned Republican stomachs. Here are some of the probes it predicts:
    • President Trump’s tax returns
    • Trump family businesses — and whether they comply with the Constitution's emoluments clause, including the Chinese trademark grant to the Trump Organization
    • Trump's dealings with Russia, including the president's preparation for his meeting with Vladimir Putin
    • The payment to Stephanie Clifford — a.k.a. Stormy Daniels
    • James Comey's firing
    • Trump's firing of U.S. attorneys
    • Trump's proposed transgender ban for the military
    • Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's business dealings
    • White House staff's personal email use
    • Cabinet secretary travel, office expenses, and other misused perks
    • Discussion of classified information at Mar-a-Lago
    • Jared Kushner's ethics law compliance
    • Dismissal of members of the EPA board of scientific counselors
    • The travel ban
    • Family separation policy
    • Hurricane response in Puerto Rico
    • Election security and hacking attempts
    • White House security clearances
    The spreadsheet — which I'm told originated in a senior House Republican office — catalogs more than 100 formal requests from House Democrats this Congress, spanning nearly every committee.
    • The spreadsheet includes requests for administration officials to be grilled by committee staff, requests for hearings to obtain sworn testimony, efforts to seize communications about controversial policies and personnel decisions, and subpoena threats.
    • These demands would turn the Trump White House into a 24/7 legal defense operation.
    The bottom line: Thanks to their control of Congress, Republicans have blocked most of the Democrats’ investigative requests. But if the House flips, the GOP loses its power to stymie. Lawyers close to the White House tell me the Trump administration is nowhere near prepared for the investigatory onslaught that awaits them, and they consider it among the greatest threats to his presidency.

    Source: https://www.axios.com/2018-midterm-...ons-180abf7b-0de8-4670-ae8a-2e6da123c584.html
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  19. John McCain is honored everywhere in the USA. Trump will not be able to restrain himself. Hopefully it’s one more troll McCain gets.
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    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump Aug 25
    My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!

    Mia Farrow‏ @MiaFarrow 13 hours ago
    Replying to @realDonaldTrump
    While he was ill, you mocked him cruely. Just as you fail to see what makes America great, you will never understand why John McCain was a great man.

    Trump rejected plans for a White House statement praising McCain | The Washington Post

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    President Trump nixed issuing a statement that praised the heroism and life of Sen. John McCain, telling senior aides he preferred to issue a tweet before posting one Saturday night that did not include any kind words for the late Arizona Republican.

    Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Chief of Staff John F. Kelly and other White House aides advocated for an official statement that gave the decorated Vietnam War POW plaudits for his military and Senate service and called him a “hero,” according to current and former White House aides, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive internal deliberations. The original statement was drafted before McCain died Saturday, and Sanders and others edited a final version this weekend that was ready for the president, the aides said.

    But Trump told aides he wanted to post a brief tweet instead, and the statement praising McCain’s life was not released.

    “My deepest sympathies and respect go out to the family of Senator John McCain. Our hearts and prayers are with you!” Trump posted Saturday evening shortly after McCain’s death was announced.

    Sanders declined to comment Sunday afternoon.

    “It’s atrocious,” Mark Corallo, a former spokesman for Trump’s legal team and a longtime Republican strategist, said of Trump’s reaction to McCain’s death. “At a time like this, you would expect more of an American president when you’re talking about the passing of a true American hero.”

    The break with precedent of previous presidents — who have typically released effusive official statements for noteworthy Americans upon their death — underscored the bitter relationship between the two men, Trump’s continued anger toward McCain, and the substantive and stylistic differences between them, people close to both men said.

    White House aides instead posted statements from officials other than the president praising McCain. By Sunday afternoon, the vice president, secretary of state, homeland security secretary, defense secretary, national security adviser, White House press secretary, counselor to the president, education secretary, interior secretary and others had posted statements lauding the 2008 Republican presidential nominee. Former presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush issued glowing eulogies as well.

    Other world leaders, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron, released similar statements.

    “John McCain was a true American hero. He devoted his entire life to his country. His voice will be missed. Our respectful thoughts go to his beloved ones,” Macron posted on Twitter.

    As tributes poured in, the president who said McCain was “not a war hero” spent much of Sunday at his golf course in Virginia and did not utter a word publicly. In the afternoon, he returned to the White House, where the flags were lowered to half-staff in honor of McCain.

    Trump’s Twitter account was silent Sundayother than reprising screeds against the investigation into Russian election interference and boasting about a buoyant economy. “Fantastic numbers on consumer spending released on Friday!” Trump posted en route to the Virginia course Sunday morning. “Stock Market hits all time high!” Later Sunday, he accused the news media of giving Obama credit for his accomplishments, posting an excerpt of a weeks-old piece from the Washington Times.

    McCain requested that Bush and Obama deliver eulogies at his funeral, while not inviting Trump. White House aides said it is unclear whether Trump will go to Capitol Hill, where McCain is to lie in state on Friday.

    In abruptly seizing control of the Republican Party in 2016, Trump frequently denigrated McCain, who stood as an embodiment of the GOP for decades. Trump had repeatedly declined to say anything nice about McCain, leaving him out of a speech this month commemorating the signing of a defense-spending bill with the senator’s name on it.

    Current and former White House aides said Trump continually said McCain was “not a friend” and was out to undermine the administration’s agenda, quarreling with other aides who were more supportive. He continued to believe that McCain was not a war hero, officials said, mirroring his controversial 2015 comment in Iowa when he attacked the Arizona senator for being captured and living in torturous conditions in Vietnam for almost six years.

    “I like people that weren’t captured,” Trump said.

    Continued at https://www.washingtonpost.com/poli...0478e4-a967-11e8-8f4b-aee063e14538_story.html

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 1 hour ago
    Over 90% approval rating for your all time favorite (I hope) President within the Republican Party and 52% overall. This despite all of the made up stories by the Fake News Media trying endlessly to make me look as bad and evil as possible. Look at the real villains please!

    Trump tweets about incorrect approval ratings, ignores Jacksonville mass shooting | New York Daily News

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    Trump took time out of his busy schedule Sunday for golf and self-praise, but failed to publicly mention a mass shooting at a Jacksonville video game tournament that left three dead, including the gunman.

    Trump tweeted twice after news of the shooting broke around 2 p.m., once quoting a Washington Times aggregation from Aug. 14 and once citing incorrect approval ratings.

    “Over 90% approval rating for your all time favorite (I hope) President within the Republican Party and 52% overall,” he tweeted at 8:39 p.m. “This despite all of the made up stories by the Fake News Media trying endlessly to make me look as bad and evil as possible. Look at the real villains please!”

    The latest NBC/WSJ poll has Trump at a 52% disapproval.

    Continued at http://www.nydailynews.com/news/pol...eet-jacksonville-shooting-20180826-story.html
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    Ivanka tweets about the shooting in Florida
    https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/iva...e-mass-shooting-people-calling-214717294.html
    “As we await further details, our hearts are with Jacksonville and all those affected by today’s tragic mass shooting. ♥️”
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    “Your heart might be with the victims and their families in #Jacksonville ... but apparently your conscience and your wallet are both somewhere else. ”
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  22. Trump Is Super Sad That No One Cared About His Rally This Week



    Teachers Can’t Afford Supplies, But Betsy DeVos Will Pay For Their Guns



    Oil Companies BEG The Government To Save Them From Climate Change

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  24. This is Trump trying hard to divert attention away from the fact he has been extremely disrespectful to the passing of John McCain in that he couldn't find a decent word to say in his memory by paying tribute to the great man he was not to mention the fact he's ordered the flags to be raised from half mast already.
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    He’s diverting from the imminent indictment of Trump Foundation, with testimony from its accountant and a business that took payments for hush money- National Inquirer
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    Imma steal this
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  27. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-45323772

    Senator McCain's final message to the American people is moving and so timely.

    Fascists and Trump are not what define the American spirit - 325 million raucous and argumentative voices do.

    God Bless America.
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    “Trump Is Nuts. This Time Really Feels Different”: Trump Rejects “War Council” Intervention, Goes It Alone

    With his closest allies defecting, the president increasingly trusts only his instincts. He “got joy” from stripping former C.I.A. director John Brennan’s security clearance. And after betrayals by Allen Weisselberg and David Pecker, a former White House official says, Trump “spent the weekend calling people and screaming.”

    By Gabriel Sherman, Vanity Fair

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    After Michael Cohen’s plea deal last week, Donald Trump spiraled out of control, firing wildly in all directions. He railed against “flippers” in a rambling Fox & Friends interview, and lashed out on Twitter at Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the Justice Department, and Robert Mueller. In the wake of his outbursts, White House officials have discussed whether Trump would listen to his closest New York City friends in an effort to rein him in. Two sources briefed on the matter told me that senior officials talked about inviting Rudy Giuliani and a group of Trump’s New York real-estate friends including Tom Barrack, Richard LeFrak, and Howard Lorber to the White House to stage an “intervention” last week. “It was supposed to be a war council,” one source explained. But Trump refused to take the meeting, sources said. “You know Trump—he hates being lectured to,” the source added. (Spokespeople for LeFrak and Lorber say they have no knowledge of a meeting. A spokesperson for Barrack didn’t comment.)

    More than ever, Trump is acting by feeling and instinct. “Trump is nuts,” said one former West Wing official. “This time really feels different.” Deputy Chief of Staff Bill Shine has privately expressed concern, a source said, telling a friend that Trump’s emotional state is “very tender.” Even Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump are unsettled that Trump is so gleefully acting on his most self-destructive impulses as his legal peril grows. According to a source, Jared and Ivanka told Trump that stripping security clearances from former intelligence officials would backfire, but Trump ignored them. Kushner later told a friend Trump “got joy” out of taking away John Brennan’s clearance. His reaction to the death of John McCain—quashing a White House statement in praise of the senator, and restoring White House flags to full staff—falls into the same self-indulgent category.

    The news of Cohen’s plea and Paul Manafort’s conviction, which were followed by revelations that Trump Organization C.F.O. Allen Weisselberg and National Enquirer publisher David Pecker are cooperating with federal prosecutors, have rattled Trump like few other turns in the investigation have, sources said. Flying on Air Force One to his West Virginia rally last week, Trump seemed “bummed” and “down and out,” a person briefed on his mood told me. “He was acting like, ‘I know the news is bad, but I don’t know what to do about it,’” the source said. At the rally, an uncharacteristically subdued Trump barely mentioned Cohen or Manafort.

    By the weekend, though, his anger had returned. “He spent the weekend calling people and screaming,” one former White House official said. According to sources, the president feels cornered with no clear way out. His months-long campaign to get Sessions to resign—so that Trump could appoint a new A.G. who would shut down the Russia probe—not only failed to get Sessions to step down, but it’s caused him to dig in, as evidenced by Sessions’s rare statement asserting the independence of the Justice Department. “Trump knows at least through the midterms he won’t get another A.G.,” a former White House official said.

    After Cohen effectively named Trump an unindicted co-conspirator in campaign-finance crimes with the payments to Stormy Daniels and Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal, Trump’s public posture was that the payments weren’t crimes. Privately, according to two sources, Trump attorneys suggested that a strategy for dealing with the issue could be for Trump to admit to having affairs with women and paying hush money to them for years. That way, he could assert that the payments to Daniels and McDougal were normal business—not campaign donations meant to influence the 2016 election. Trump, according to the sources, rejected this advice. “It was because of Melania,” one source said.

    Inside the West Wing, a sense of numbness and dread has set in among senior advisers as they gird for what Trump will do next. “It’s a return to the abyss,” said one former official who’s in frequent contact with the White House. “This is back to being a one-man show, and everyone is on the outside looking in.”

    Two sources told me that Trump continues to raise the possibility of a pardon for Manafort, his former campaign chairman. Trump has been clashing with White House counsel Don McGahn, who, sources said, is strongly against granting Manafort a pardon. (A lawyer for McGahn did not respond to a request for comment.) Trump has told people he’s considering bringing in a new lawyer to draft a Manafort pardon, if McGahn won’t do it. “He really at this point does not care,” a former official said. “He would rather fight the battle. He doesn’t want to do anything that would cede executive authority.”

    The White House did not respond to a request for comment.

    Source: https://www.vanityfair.com/news/201...ejects-war-council-intervention-goes-it-alone
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  30. Standing by and letting Trump have at it in his own special way at this particular place in time might bring about his downfall by his own hand unwittingly.
    He's acting out because he knows the net is closing in on him and the nation is utterly aghast at his indecent response to the death of John McCain.

    We watch and wait.
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    Looks Like Paul Manafort Blew His Chance at a Plea Deal

    By Colin Kalmbacher, Law & Crime

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    Convicted felon Paul Manafort attempted to cut a plea deal with federal prosecutors over his upcoming trial in Washington, D.C. on charges of failing to register as a foreign lobbyist, money laundering, witness tampering and making false statements, but special counsel Robert Mueller was no longer interested.

    The Wall Street Journal reports that Manafort’s defense team reached out to Mueller’s army of attorneys in order to “resolve” the second set of charges pending against their client. These discussions are said to have occurred before Manafort was convicted on eight counts of fraud last week in Alexandria, Virginia.

    A plea deal, however, was apparently not in the cards and both sides are moving forward with the second trial scheduled to begin on September 17 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The WSJ report notes:

    The plea talks on the second set of charges stalled over issues raised by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, one of the people said. It isn’t clear what those issues were, and the proposed terms of the plea deal couldn’t immediately be determined.

    Former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti speculated as to why the two sides may have been unable to come to an agreement. In a tweet, Mariotti noted:

    To be clear, a plea deal does *not* mean that Manafort would cooperate with Mueller. It would only mean that he would plead guilty to avoid a second trial.
    — Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) August 27, 2018

    In other words, Mariotti’s suggestion here assumes that Manafort simply wanted to avoid a second trial on the charges against him without cooperating. If that is indeed the case, Mueller would essentially have no incentive to expedite Manafort’s proceedings without receiving something in return.

    As all indications are that Manafort’s next trial is going to be an exacting and excruciatingly detailed dive into Manafort’s overseas work, the special counsel’s office would seemingly want quite a bit in return from the defendant in exchange for simply avoiding the bad publicity.

    And at this point in Mueller’s wide-ranging investigation into Russian electoral interference during the 2016 election, a guilty plea from Manafort without massive media attention focused on his Ukrainian exploits wouldn’t make much sense at all.

    Source: https://lawandcrime.com/high-profile/looks-like-paul-manafort-blew-his-chance-at-a-plea-deal/
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    Charles Kushner and Michael Cohen Accused of Falsifying Building Permits to Push Out Tenants

    By Charles V. Bagli, The New York Times

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    Charles Kushner, the developer whose son Jared Kushner is a senior adviser to President Donald Trump, and Michael Cohen, the president’s former personal lawyer, face scrutiny in New York for claims that they falsified construction permits in an attempt to remove rent-regulated tenants from buildings scattered across the city.

    On Monday, the city’s Department of Buildings fined Kushner Cos. $210,000 for 42 instances in which it says the company falsified construction permits at 17 residential buildings, where many of the tenants were protected by rent regulations from steep rent increases and eviction.

    Tenant activists also issued a report Monday based on city and state records that suggested that an investment group led by Cohen had also falsified construction permits by claiming that three buildings in Manhattan were vacant or without rent-regulated tenants, when they were occupied and many tenants had rental protections.

    Landlords are required in New York City to disclose whether tenants in their buildings are rent regulated to obtain a construction permit. This requirement is designed to safeguard rent-regulated tenants from harassment. Unscrupulous landlords sometimes push out rent-protected tenants so they can sharply increase rents on those units.

    Critics, however, complain that numerous violations slip through the cracks between the separate data systems used by city and state agencies.

    At 172 Rivington St., for example, the Cohen group indicated that there were no rent-regulated tenants in the 20-unit building, after the company purchased it in October 2011 for $2.1 million. But records indicated that there were 19 protected tenants there, but only 11 remained after the Cohen group sold the building three years later for $10 million.

    Tenants living in Cohen’s buildings repeatedly filed complaints about noise and dust related to construction work, according to the report.

    The Cohen group held the buildings for only a few years and then sold them for a combined $17 million profit. Few of the rent-regulated tenants remained by the time of the sale, according to the report by Housing Rights Initiative, a nonprofit tenant advocacy group.

    Neither the Kushner Cos. or Cohen responded to a request for comment.

    The group issued a similar report about the Kushners in the spring after sifting through public records from the Department of Buildings, the Finance Department and the state’s Homes and Community Renewal agency, which oversees rent-regulated tenants. Up until 2015, when the city and state agencies formed a Tenant Harassment Task Force, there had been little coordination among them.

    This year, current and former tenants at 184 Kent Ave., in Brooklyn, a Kushner-owned residential building at the edge of the East River, sued Kushner Cos. in state Supreme Court claiming they had been forced out by “loud and obnoxious drilling” and a “constant cloud of toxic smoke and dust.”

    The number of rent-regulated tenants in the building plummeted to 71 in June from 316 in May 2015; the Kushner Cos. are now selling condominium apartments in the building.

    Continued at https://www.wral.com/charles-kushne...uilding-permits-to-push-out-tenants/17799716/

    The Gentrification Administration: Trump's Homies Love Making Poor People Homeless

    By Michael Harriot, The Root

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    In addition to his formal titles of Secret Conversation Sound Technician and Side Chick Check Deliverer, Michael Cohen can feel free to add “eviction specialist” to the skills section of his resume after a tenants rights group has accused the former presidential paramour wrangler of falsifying building permits to push out tenants occupying buildings owned by Cohen.

    Continued at https://www.theroot.com/the-gentrification-administration-trumps-homies-love-m-1828640246
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    Petty Trump Still Holding A Grudge



    LEAKED: Trump Love Child?

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  35. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-45323772



    John McCain death: Trump lowers White House flag after criticism
    US President Donald Trump has announced that the White House flag will be returned to half-staff, after critics attacked his response to the death of Republican senator John McCain.
    Flags at some federal buildings were fully raised on Monday, far earlier than would normally be expected after such an event.
    Mr Trump tweeted his condolences to the McCain family, but has not offered a tribute to the veteran's life.


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    Lanny Davis Says He Was A Source For CNN’s Trump Tower Story

    Davis, Cohen’s lawyer and spokesperson, said he also regrets lying about his involvement in the story on CNN's air last week.

    By Steven Perlberg, BuzzFeed News

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    Attorney Lanny Davis says he was an anonymous source in a July CNN story that reported his client, Michael Cohen, had privately claimed that President Trump had advance knowledge of the infamous Trump Tower meeting between his son and Russians — contradicting Davis's own words on CNN's air last week.

    In the story, Cohen was reported to claim he had personally witnessed Donald Trump Jr. informing then-candidate Trump about the June 2016 meeting. Such a claim from Cohen would directly contradict Trump’s statements about his knowledge of the meeting, where Russians were set to offer dirt on Hillary Clinton.

    CNN’s July 26 story has come under fresh scrutiny in recent days after Davis acknowledged he had served as an anonymous source for multiple news outlets who were seeking to confirm the CNN article in the hours after it published. Davis has backed away from the story in recent days, telling the Washington Post that he is not certain if the claim is accurate, and that he could not independently corroborate it.

    Last week, Davis told Anderson Cooper, “I think the reporting of the story got mixed up in the course of a criminal investigation. We were not the source of the story.”

    On Monday evening, Davis told BuzzFeed News that he regrets both his role as an anonymous source and his subsequent denial of his own involvement.

    Davis told BuzzFeed News that he did, in fact, speak anonymously to CNN for its story, which cited “sources with knowledge” — meaning more than one person.

    “I made a mistake,” Davis said. Regarding his comments about a month later to Cooper, he added, “I did not mean to be cute.”

    After Davis publicly backtracked from the claims, the New York Post and the Washington Post outed him as their confirming source and published apologies from Davis, a lawyer and communications expert who became well known for his work for Bill Clinton. The original CNN story — broadcast during Chris Cuomo’s prime-time show and written by Jim Sciutto, Marshall Cohen, and Watergate reporting legend Carl Bernstein — said that Davis had “declined to comment.” His involvement in the story, on so-called “background,” has not been previously reported.

    After publication of this story, Davis added to BuzzFeed News that he did not lie to Cooper, but that he "unintentionally misspoke."

    "We stand by our story, and are confident in our reporting of it,” a CNN spokesperson told BuzzFeed News.

    The unfolding saga around CNN’s July report highlights an uncomfortable reality for reporters in the Trump era — about the pitfalls of anonymous sourcing, the dangers of the reliance on capricious narrators, and what it means for news outlets when the backstory can matter as much as the story.

    As Trump-Russia bombshells often do, the story sparked a dash from media competitors to confirm the news. One by one — from NBC News to CBS News to the Washington Post — they did. When another outlet breaks a story, reporters tend to call up the requisite spokesperson to ask for comment. In this case, that spokesperson was Davis. BuzzFeed News wrote an article about CNN’s story, citing reporting from CNN and NBC News. (Neither Cohen nor his lawyers responded for comment for that BuzzFeed News story.)

    Even for the uninitiated Trump-Russia reader, CNN’s article appeared a clear message from the beleaguered Cohen team to the special counsel’s office. The story went a step further than just Cohen’s personal knowledge: Cohen, CNN’s sources said, was willing to make his claim to special counsel Robert Mueller. The article came amid the storm of legal troubles for the embattled Cohen, who weeks later pleaded guilty to eight federal crimes stemming from a separate investigation led by the US attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York.

    CNN’s story was made all the more convincing thanks to the series of mainstream media rivals “matching” elements of the account, thanks in large part to Davis, who had requested and received anonymity to confirm that CNN’s reporting was accurate. Trump, for his part, tweeted that he did not have prior knowledge about the meeting. His lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, sought to knock down the report, as did Trump Jr.

    About a month later, Cohen pleaded guilty to criminal charges, including campaign finance violations. Freed from self-imposed media silence, Davis began making the TV rounds to defend his client. He appeared across cable news and said that Cohen had information that would be of interest to Mueller, including what Trump knew of Russian hacking. But Davis’s complicated role in the Trump Tower story was about to become apparent after he appeared on CNN with Cooper.

    The host pressed Davis on a statement issued by Sens. Richard Burr and Mark Warner of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. The statement said that Cohen had told the committee in a sworn testimony that he learned of the Trump Tower meeting when it was reported in July of last year. Cooper asked how Cohen’s statement to the committee could be true if he also had prior knowledge of Trump’s awareness of the meeting.

    Davis responded that Cohen did not have any knowledge that Trump knew about the meeting. Davis has since told multiple outlets, including BuzzFeed News, that the Cohen camp could not seek to correct the CNN story at the time because it was in the midst of a criminal investigation.

    But Davis’s media tour set in motion his outing as a confirming source for other outlets following the Trump Tower story. Davis said he should have been much more clear to reporters that he did not personally know the information was accurate. “I’m glad to take ownership of the mistake. Now I’m taking the heat, and it’s justified,” Davis told BuzzFeed News.

    CNN’s decision to stand by the story has irked some staffers inside the network, which has taken strong action on errors in the past, forcing out three employees last summer over a bungled Trump-Russia article.

    The network, in effect, doesn’t appear to believe it made a mistake — the story was, some inside CNN argue, carefully worded to hedge against those in the Cohen camp changing their tune. In other words, the story reports claims that Cohen had said he was willing to make, not the underlying truth of those claims.

    The decision from CNN to continue to stand by the story suggests that it believes the strength of its other sources outweighs any waffling from Davis — or that the network believes Davis was telling the truth then, and not now. But Davis’s new statement that he was a source for a story he now refutes raises questions about what action, if any, the network might take.

    “We should address Lanny Davis’s comments in our reporting and be more transparent with our readers about our reporting,” one CNN staffer told BuzzFeed News.

    Continued at https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/stevenperlberg/lanny-davis-cnn-trump-tower-story
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    Paul Manafort Looked To Cut A Deal With Mueller In Second Trial: WSJ | Rachel Maddow, MSNBC



    "Rachel Maddow relays breaking news from the Wall Street Journal that Donald Trump's ex-campaign chairman Paul Manafort sought a deal with Robert Mueller's prosecutors on charges in his second federal trial."

    'It's your funeral': MSNBC's Rachel Maddow uncovers a bizarre twist in Paul Manafort's trials

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    While digging through newly-unsealed documents from the beginning of Paul Manafort‘s trial, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow found a bizarre interaction that may lead to further charges for the former Trump campaign chairman.

    On February 14, 2018, the judge in Manafort’s Washington, D.C. trial questioned defense attorneys after they were offered to drop one of the two trials. The case is the second trial of the two, the first being in Virginia.

    Instead of choosing one venue over the other, the defense said Manafort wants to sit both trials.

    “I understand you’re hamstrung,” the judge told the defense. “Is there any change in Mr. Manafort’s point of view about the Eastern District [of Virginia] versus the District [of Columbia]?”

    “I think the only thing I can imagine that’s more unusual than the government offering that you that choice — is the choice you’re making,” the judge continued. “But is there any further discussion about that?”

    Manafort’s defense attorney replied that no, there was no more discussion, and the judge accepted it — but the interaction showed that even the judge was confused, Maddow noted.

    Are you sure you want your client to go on trial twice?” the host said, mimicking the judge’s point of view. “You want two federal felony trials?”

    The government gave the defense “the option to just go on trial once,” but they chose not to take them up, Maddow continued.

    “The judge is like, ‘OK, it’s your funeral,'” she joked.

    More at https://www.rawstory.com/2018/08/fu...uncovers-bizarre-twist-paul-manaforts-trials/
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  38. Oh man if it wasn't for Randy Rainbow throwing his own spectacular brand of humour at this fucking debacle it would all be so much more depressing.

    Nice one DeathHamster!

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