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    Trump volunteer who blocked journalist's camera taken off the road | CBS News

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    A volunteer member of the advance team for President Trump blocked a photojournalist's camera as he tried to take a photo of a protester during a campaign rally in Indiana Thursday night. The volunteer has since been taken off the road, the Trump campaign told the White House Correspondents Association.

    A photo taken by Associated Press photographer Evan Vucci in Evansville shows the volunteer stretching out his hand over the lens of a news photographer's camera after a protester disrupted Mr. Trump's campaign event.

    Olivier Knox, the WHCA president, says Mr. Trump's campaign told him the actions were those of an "inexperienced volunteer, who understands that he acted in error." Knox says the campaign "promises that this will not happen again."

    Continued at https://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-volunteer-blocks-photojournalists-camera-during-rally/

    The Inside Story of a Trump Volunteer Blocking a Photographer at a Rally | TIME

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    The image of a Trump campaign volunteer blocking the lens of a news photographer’s camera at a rally Thursday went viral overnight.

    Even by the standards of a rally by President Donald Trump – who frequently points out journalists covering his events and calls them “enemy of the people” and “fake news” – this was out of the ordinary, says the photographer who captured the moment in Evansville, Indiana.

    “We’re all just trying to do our job, which is to be fair and accurately document the President. When someone impedes you from doing your job, that’s something to be upset about,” Associated Press photographer Evan Vucci tells TIME.

    Vucci says he made the picture as a fellow photojournalist Kevin Lamarque of Reuters tried to photograph Trump supporters pointing out a protestor in the crowd. In a flash, a campaign volunteer put his hand in front of Lamarque’s lens to stop him. Lamarque managed to get a shot anyway – plus a photo of the hand blocking his lens.

    Lamarque tells TIME that the volunteer was Nick Barbknecht, who was assigned to help journalists covering the event.

    Barbknecht, who did not respond to requests for comment, is well known in Indiana Republican circles, says Indiana attorney and political commentator Joshua Claybourne. Claybourne tells TIME that Barbknecht is a seasoned political operator in the state who is married to a staffer for Vice President Mike Pence.

    A biography for political consultant Majority Strategies says Barbknecht joined the firm from “the blocking and tackling of Republican politics in Indiana where he served on the Indiana Republican State Committee and as a County Chairman.”

    Lamarque says Barbknecht apologized after being called out for blocking his camera.

    “I told him, ‘That thing you did in the buffer? You can’t do that, it’s a big no-no.’ And he said, ‘I know, I’m sorry,’” Lamarque says.

    Continued at http://time.com/5384111/trump-volunteer-blocks-camera-photo/
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    Papadopoulos says Sessions supported Putin campaign meeting, asks for most lenient sentence

    By Katelyn Polantz, CNN

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    Convicted former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos has publicly contradicted Attorney General Jeff Sessions' sworn testimony to Congress, saying both Sessions and Donald Trump apparently supported his proposal that Trump meet with Vladimir Putin during the 2016 campaign, according to a court filing late Friday night.

    "While some in the room rebuffed George's offer, Mr. Trump nodded with approval and deferred to Mr. Sessions who appeared to like the idea and stated that the campaign should look into it. George's giddiness over Mr. Trump's recognition was prominent during the days that followed," Papadopoulos' lawyers wrote in a court filing Friday. Papadopoulos' legal team said that he has shared with special counsel Robert Mueller his recollections of the March 31, 2016, meeting.

    Sessions, when asked about that meeting under oath, said that he "pushed back" on the idea of the Putin summit. CNN previously reported that Trump "heard him out," according to another adviser in the room, when Papadopoulos proposed the idea and offered to help execute it.

    The new description came in a criminal sentencing request Papadopoulos' legal team filed to a federal judge late Friday night -- the same day a lobbyist for Ukrainians admitted in court to criminal obstruction when he lied to Congress, and amid the President's intensifying public feud with Sessions.

    Papadopoulos "was the first domino, and many have fallen in behind," his attorneys write Friday. "Despite the gravity of his offense, it is important to remember what Special Counsel said at George's plea of guilty: he was just a small part of a large-scale investigation."

    Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to one count of lying to investigators last October. He asked the judge to sentence him to only probation that he has already served during the year since his plea, effectively allowing him to go free after his sentencing next week.

    In a long narrative about his experiences, Papadopoulos' attorneys attempt in the sentencing memo to portray Papadopoulos as a young and eager Trump campaign staffer who found himself unaware of the broad investigation into Russian interference in the election when he lied to the FBI last year.

    "Mr. Papadopoulos is ashamed and remorseful," Papadopoulos' attorneys wrote Friday. "His motives for lying to the FBI were wrongheaded indeed but far from the sinister spin the government suggests."

    The Trump-Putin idea

    Papadopoulos goes into specifics for the first time about how he floated the idea of a meeting between Trump and Putin at a campaign roundtable at the Trump International Hotel in March 2016. Donald Trump, then-Sen. Jeff Sessions and others attended the meeting.

    About a month later, Papadopoulos learned that the Russians had "dirt" on Trump's opposition, Hillary Clinton, in "thousands of emails."

    A Trump-Putin get-together never happened during the campaign.

    Continued at https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/01/politics/papadopoulos-sessions-putin-campaign-meeting/
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    Obama: 'Honor McCain by recognizing that there are some things bigger than party or power' | CNN



    Former President Barack Obama spoke of the present moment, where "so much of our politics, our public life, our public discourse can seem small and mean and petty. Trafficking in bombast and insult. Phony controversies and manufactured outrage. It's a politics that pretends to be brave and tough, but in fact is born of fear."

    Meghan McCain knocks 'cheap rhetoric' in eulogy for her father | CNN



    Meghan McCain, speaking at her father's memorial ceremony in Washington, D.C.'s National Cathedral, gave a forceful rebuke to the rhetoric coming out of the White House just a few miles away, defining the America of John McCain as one that is generous and welcoming, modest yet strong -- and already great.

    Meghan McCain contrasts father's legacy with Trump's 'cheap rhetoric' | CNN

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    "We gather here to mourn the passing of American greatness, the real thing, not cheap rhetoric from men who will never come near the sacrifice he gave so willingly, nor the opportunistic appropriation of those who live lives of comfort and privilege while he suffered and served," McCain told the crowd of mourners at Washington National Cathedral, which included family, friends, former presidents, military officials and foreign leaders.

    "The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again, because America was always great," she said, a not-so-veiled reference to Trump's 2016 campaign slogan. The line was received with loud and sustained applause in the cathedral.

    She later added, "We live in an era where we knock down old American heroes for all their imperfections when no leader wants to admit to fault or failure. You were an exception and gave us an ideal to strive for."

    Often fighting through tears, McCain called her father a "great warrior" but said she admired him most as a "great father."

    McCain drew a comparison between her father's literary hero -- Robert Jordan, the protagonist in Ernest Hemingway's novel "For Whom the Bell Tolls" -- and the late senator.

    "My father had every reason to think the world was an awful place. My father had every reason to think the world was not worth fighting for. My father had every reason to think the world was worth leaving. He did not think any of those things. Like the hero of his favorite book, John McCain took the opposite view," she said.

    She added, "As a girl, I didn't appreciate what I most fully appreciate now -- how he suffered and how he bore it with a stoic silence that was once the mark of an American man."

    More at https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/01/politics/meghan-mccain-john-mccain-funeral/
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    Donald Trump’s Funeral Problem

    By Gwenda Blair, POLITICO Magazine

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    When Barbara Bush was laid to rest in April, word went out that he was persona non grata. And now, as Senator John McCain lies in state in the Capitol rotunda before Saturday’s services at Washington’s National Cathedral, Trump has also been asked to stay home. On Friday, streams of mourners passed by the late senator’s casket. At the same moment, the president headed to North Carolina to raise money for two Republicans in tight races.

    These disinvites are hardly surprising. Who can forget Trump’s taunting Jeb Bush during the primaries as Low-Energy Jeb, or his declaration that McCain, who endured more than five years of torture as a POW, was not a real hero because he was captured. There aren’t too many ways of snubbing a sitting president, but this is one of them and McCain, who planned every minute of his multi-day memorial, wasn’t going to miss the chance.

    To judge from Trump’s performance at the funeral of his own father, Fred, in June 1999, McCain made the right call.

    More than 650 people, including Joan Rivers, Donald Trump’s ex-wife Ivana, and scores of politicians and other real estate figures, attended the service, held at Marble Collegiate Church in Manhattan. The long-time head pastor, Norman Vincent Peale, author of The Power of Positive Thinking, had died, but Fred Trump and his son Donald had remained firm adherents of Peale’s admonition to keep laser-focused on success. Early in the proceedings, then-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani offered a brief thank you to the man who had built homes for thousands of New Yorkers. Then Donald’s three siblings offered loving tributes to their father, and his nephew Fred Trump III, spoke of his grandfather’s ongoing connection to ordinary people.

    At an earlier wake for his father, Trump had recalled his father as “wonderful,” “the best,” “a fine man” who “gave us all a good start,” according to the New York Post. But when it came time to eulogize his father at the funeral, the focus shifted noticeably. He began by saying it was the toughest day of his own life. It was ironic, he said, that he’d learned of his father’s death right after reading a front-page story in the New York Times about the success of one of his own developments, Trump Place. He then enumerated all his other projects and said his father supported each one, and he finished by noting that on everything he’d ever done, Fred had known he would be able to pull it off.

    Decades earlier, Alice Longworth Roosevelt, the sharp-tongued daughter of Teddy, famously and fondly said of her father that he “wanted to be the corpse at every funeral, the bride at every wedding and the baby at every christening.” Presumably, she was overstating the behavior of our 26th president for effect. But as Donald Trump’s performance at his own father’s service proved, her words provide a remarkably apt description of our 45th commander in chief.

    The funeral of Fred Trump wasn’t about Fred Trump; it was an opportunity to do some brand burnishing by Donald, for Donald. Throughout his remarks, the first-person singular pronouns—I and me and mine—far outnumbered he and his. Even at his own father’s funeral, Donald Trump couldn’t cede the limelight.

    This wasn’t Trump’s only awkward funeral moment.

    In 1986, after Roy Cohn, Trump’s longtime mentor and legal hitman, died of AIDs, Trump dutifully attended his memorial service. But he wasn’t a featured guest, according to Wayne Barrett’s biography of Trump. He “stood in the back of the room silently, not asked to be one of several designated speakers, precisely because those closest to Cohn felt he had abandoned the man who had molded him.”

    The service was packed with every important New York pol and Page Six celebrity in the city, but Trump, who certainly was no stranger to the tabloids, kept a conspicuously low profile because he had broken ties with Cohn as Cohn became progressively sicker, transferring his legal business to other attorneys. Cohn, wounded, told friends shortly before he died that “Donald pisses ice water.”

    More at https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/09/01/mccain-funeral-trump-shunned-219628
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    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entr...made-lake-its-not_us_5b8ac6b4e4b0511db3d92d33
    President Donald Trump told an audience during an event in North Carolina on Friday that his golf course in Charlotte sat along the “largest man-made lake in the world by far.”

    The president is referring to Lake Norman, which is, in fact ― get ready for a shocker ― not the world’s largest man-made lake. President Trump ... has lied.
  8. Trump lied?
    Nooo way. And I'm pretty certain he made that man made lake too , he probably dug it out with his small hands all by himself.
  9. The Wrong Guy Member

    Poll: Trump disapproval rating up to 60 percent | POLITICO

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    Sixty percent of those polled in a new survey disapprove of President Donald Trump's job performance, a new high for the president in polling conducted by The Washington Post and ABC News.

    The poll, released Friday and conducted just days after special counsel Robert Mueller delivered a one-two punch to the Trump administration in federal court, found a little more than one-third of Americans approve of Trump's job performance. The poll was conducted last week, when former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was found guilty on tax and bank fraud charges and Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to eight counts, including campaign-finance violations, in a Manhattan courtroom.

    Trump's approval rating, according to the poll, was 36 percent. In the previous Washington Post-ABC News poll, conducted in April, Trump's approval rating was 40 percent and his disapproval rating was 56 percent.

    Continued at https://www.politico.com/story/2018/08/31/trump-approval-rating-poll-washington-post-abc-805563
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    Agents Tried to Flip Russian Oligarchs. The Fallout Spread to Trump.

    By Kenneth P. Vogel and Matthew Rosenberg, The New York Times

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    In the estimation of American officials, Oleg V. Deripaska, a Russian oligarch with close ties to the Kremlin, has faced credible accusations of extortion, bribery and even murder.

    They also thought he might make a good source.

    Between 2014 and 2016, the F.B.I. and the Justice Department unsuccessfully tried to turn Mr. Deripaska into an informant. They signaled that they might provide help with his trouble in getting visas for the United States or even explore other steps to address his legal problems. In exchange, they were hoping for information on Russian organized crime and, later, on possible Russian aid to President Trump’s 2016 campaign, according to current and former officials and associates of Mr. Deripaska.

    In one dramatic encounter, F.B.I. agents appeared unannounced and uninvited at a home Mr. Deripaska maintains in New York and pressed him on whether Paul Manafort, a former business partner of his who went on to become chairman of Mr. Trump’s campaign, had served as a link between the campaign and the Kremlin.

    The attempt to flip Mr. Deripaska was part of a broader, clandestine American effort to gauge the possibility of gaining cooperation from roughly a half-dozen of Russia’s richest men, nearly all of whom, like Mr. Deripaska, depend on President Vladimir V. Putin to maintain their wealth, the officials said.

    Two of the players in the effort were Bruce G. Ohr, the Justice Department official who has recently become a target of attacks by Mr. Trump, and Christopher Steele, the former British spy who compiled a dossier of purported links between the Trump campaign and Russia.

    The systematic effort to win the cooperation of the oligarchs, which has not previously been revealed, does not appear to have scored any successes. And in Mr. Deripaska’s case, he told the American investigators that he disagreed with their theories about Russian organized crime and Kremlin collusion in the campaign, a person familiar with the exchanges said. The person added that Mr. Deripaska even notified the Kremlin about the American efforts to cultivate him.

    Continued at https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/01/us/politics/deripaska-ohr-steele-fbi.html
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  11. Donnie and the Evangelical leaders. Republicans eat thier own.



    A Patriot and a Queen remembered. A disgraced president holds a rally.



    Quote: 'Donnie the Dick is the Enemy of the People'

    Beto O'Rourke Town Hall in Alice Texas

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    https://www.newyorker.com/news/lett...uneral-was-the-biggest-resistance-meeting-yet
    “John McCain’s Funeral Was the Biggest Resistance Meeting Yet”
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    President Trump Got Dragged Quite A Bit At Aretha Franklin’s Funeral

    “You lugubrious leech, you dopey doppelgänger of deceit and deviance, you lethal liar, you dim-witted dictator, you foolish fascist,” was just one of the lines.

    At Aretha Franklin’s homegoing service Friday, several speakers used their allotted speech time to throw in some digs at President Trump, whom the Queen of Soul was not a fan of and who disrespected the legend by describing her as someone who worked for him.

    https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/marcusjones/president-trump-got-dragged-aretha-franklin-funeral
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    The GoFundMe generation has reached Trump's D.C. swamp

    Former Trumpworld figures turn to GoFundMe to meet mounting legal costs

    By Haley Britzky, Axios

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    A GoFundMe set up for President Trump's former fixer Michael Cohen by his lawyer Lanny Davis called the "Michael Cohen Truth Fund" has raised more than $165,000.

    The big picture: Cohen isn't the first former Trump-related figure to have a fund set up in his name in order to help defer mounting legal costs. As other government and law enforcement officials have come under fire for alleged misdoings, raising support — in the form of cold, hard cash — has become a frequent next step.
    • Davis writes on Cohen's fundraiser page: "On July 2, 2018, Michael Cohen declared his independence from Donald Trump and his commitment to tell the truth. On August 21, Michael Cohen made the decision to take legal responsibility and to continue his commitment to tell the truth. Michael decided to put his family and his country first. Now Michael needs your financial help -- to pay his legal fees."
    Michael Flynn had the "Michael T. Flynn Legal Defense Fund" set up by his family.
    • His family writes: "The costs of legal representation associated with responding to the multiple investigations that have arisen in the wake of the 2016 election place a great burden on Mike and his family. They are deeply grateful for considering a donation to help pay expenses relating to his legal representation."
    Andrew McCabe, former deputy director of the FBI and a frequent political target for Trump,raised over $400,000 in 20 hours. It was shut down after raising more than half a million dollars.
    • McCabe said, per the Washington Post: "Hopefully our efforts, fueled by this incredible support, will encourage others to stand up for themselves, and the truth, as well. It is not lost on me that each contribution reflects not just someone’s well wishes, but also their acknowledgment that something in this situation is not fair or just.”
    Peter Strzok, the FBI agent fired over his anti-Trump texts, raked in just under $442,000 in eight days.
    • It says on the fundraiser page: "Peter Strzok, a man who has spent his entire life working to help keep us and our nation safe, has been fired. ... We are asking you to support a man who has dedicated his life to defending America; to stand up for the freedoms on which this country was built and a government that truly serves the people by protecting all Americans."
    Source: https://www.axios.com/gofundme-lega...ump-cdfd8077-fee7-4692-beb1-dcfae4896060.html
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    TrumpFriend.jpg

    But I thought Trump liked to buy friends?

    I guess he just can't afford to pay Canada the hush money afterwards.
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    Avenatti to hold 'resistance rally' in Texas the same night as Trump's campaign rally for Cruz | TheHill

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    Michael Avenatti announced Sunday that he plans to hold an event countering President Trump’s campaign rally for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in Texas next month.

    Avenatti, the lawyer representing adult-film star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against Trump, called on his supporters to “fight fire with fire.”

    “I am excited to announce that I will be leading a large resistance rally in Texas at the exact same time of Trump’s (details tba),” he tweeted. “All groups are welcome to join. We must fight fire with fire and we must send a message that we will fight to make America America again.”

    Trump said Friday that he will hold a “major rally” for Cruz ahead of midterms, and that he is “picking the biggest stadium in Texas we can find.”

    Cruz is facing a surprisingly tough challenge for his Senate seat from Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), a rising Democratic star who has pulled within single digits of Cruz in recent polls.

    Though Cruz and Trump have had a tense relationship, the president has endorsed the senator and vowed to campaign for him.

    Avenatti, who has quickly risen as a leftwing media darling in recent months, has said that he is considering a run for president, and has touted himself as a “street fighter” who has the ability to defeat Trump in a potential 2020 match-up.

    “When they go low, I say, we hit harder," he said at a Democratic fundraiser in Iowa last month.

    Source: http://thehill.com/homenews/campaig...tance-rally-in-texas-the-same-night-as-trumps
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    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-investigations_us_5b85861de4b0511db3d229d7
    It’s Not Just Robert Mueller. President Donald Trump Faces Six Separate Investigations And Lawsuits.
    “There are currently five separate investigations into Trump and his associates from four different investigative bodies. An additional lawsuit brought by two state attorneys general challenges whether Trump is in violation of the U.S. Constitution. There are further reports about probes into the financial dealings of the president’s eldest daughter, Ivanka Trump, and his second eldest son, Eric Trump.”
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    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to help families sue Trump over Hurricane Maria response | CBS News

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    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo told a congregation Sunday that he would help families sue President Trump and his administration for failing to provide adequate assistance to those affected by Hurricane Maria. Cuomo said the Trump administration violated Puerto Ricans' Constitutional rights of equal protection under the law.

    He said that New York stands committed to helping victims of Puerto Rico rebuild after the deadly storm walloped the island in September 2017.

    "President Trump never tried to help Puerto Rico. Florida got attention, Texas got attention, and Puerto Rico got the short end of the stick. That is not just wrong and unethical and despicable, it is also illegal," Cuomo said Sunday at the Heavenly Vision Christian Center in the Bronx, New York.

    Cuomo's press statement laid out five disparities between the federal government's response to and treatment of citizens in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, which primarily struck Texas, and Hurricane Maria -- which devastated the Puerto Rican island:
    1. A three week wait
    2. Lack of funding
    3. Lack of food and water
    4. Sparse resources
    5. Unacceptable relief
    "We're going to hold 'King' Trump to the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution said equal protection under the law. Puerto Rico did not receive equal protection under the law," Cuomo said. "New York is standing with Puerto Rico the way we said we would. We are going to fight back and we're going to show this president that the law is the law."

    Continued at https://www.cbsnews.com/news/new-yo...mp-hurricane-maria-response-today-2018-09-02/
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  20. Donnie the Dick want in on the action obstruction



    Trump tweets new attacks on Sessions

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    New York Times: US tried to 'flip' Russian billionaire | CNN



    "Justice Department officials tried to turn the oligarch Oleg Deripaska into an informant as they sought information on Russian organized crime and, later, on possible Russian aid to President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign, according to the New York Times."
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    Anderson Cooper: Trump’s tweet is an admission | CNN



    "President Trump blasted his Attorney General Jeff Sessions and lamented the indictments of two GOP lawmakers who were his earliest supporters in Congress during the 2016 election, suggesting they should not have been charged because they are Republicans."
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    It's worth taking the time to read this entire article:

    Bob Woodward’s new book reveals a ‘nervous breakdown’ of Trump’s presidency

    By Philip Rucker and Robert Costa, The Washington Post

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    John Dowd was convinced that President Trump would commit perjury if he talked to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III. So, on Jan. 27, the president’s then-personal attorney staged a practice session to try to make his point.

    In the White House residence, Dowd peppered Trump with questions about the Russia investigation, provoking stumbles, contradictions and lies until the president eventually lost his cool.

    “This thing’s a goddamn hoax,” Trump erupted at the start of a 30-minute rant that finished with him saying, “I don’t really want to testify.”

    The dramatic and previously untold scene is recounted in “Fear,” a forthcoming book by Bob Woodward that paints a harrowing portrait of the Trump presidency, based on in-depth interviews with administration officials and other principals.

    Woodward writes that his book is drawn from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand participants and witnesses that were conducted on “deep background,” meaning the information could be used but he would not reveal who provided it. His account is also drawn from meeting notes, personal diaries and government documents.

    Woodward depicts Trump’s anger and paranoia about the Russia inquiry as unrelenting, at times paralyzing the West Wing for entire days. Learning of the appointment of Mueller in May 2017, Trump groused, “Everybody’s trying to get me”— part of a venting period that shellshocked aides compared to Richard Nixon’s final days as president.

    The 448-page book was obtained by The Washington Post. Woodward, an associate editor at The Post, sought an interview with Trump through several intermediaries to no avail. The president called Woodward in early August, after the manuscript had been completed, to say he wanted to participate. The president complained that it would be a “bad book,” according to an audio recording of the conversation. Woodward replied that his work would be “tough,” but factual and based on his reporting.

    A central theme of the book is the stealthy machinations used by those in Trump’s inner sanctum to try to control his impulses and prevent disasters, both for the president personally and for the nation he was elected to lead.

    Woodward describes “an administrative coup d’etat” and a “nervous breakdown” of the executive branch, with senior aides conspiring to pluck official papers from the president’s desk so he couldn’t see or sign them.

    Again and again, Woodward recounts at length how Trump’s national security team was shaken by his lack of curiosity and knowledge about world affairs and his contempt for the mainstream perspectives of military and intelligence leaders.

    At a National Security Council meeting on Jan. 19, Trump disregarded the significance of the massive U.S. military presence on the Korean Peninsula, including a special intelligence operation that allows the United States to detect a North Korean missile launch in seven seconds vs. 15 minutes from Alaska, according to Woodward. Trump questioned why the government was spending resources in the region at all.

    “We’re doing this in order to prevent World War III,” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told him.
    After Trump left the meeting, Woodward recounts, “Mattis was particularly exasperated and alarmed, telling close associates that the president acted like — and had the understanding of — ‘a fifth- or sixth-grader.’ ”

    In Woodward’s telling, many top advisers were repeatedly unnerved by Trump’s actions and expressed dim views of him. “Secretaries of defense don’t always get to choose the president they work for,” Mattis told friends at one point, prompting laughter as he explained Trump’s tendency to go off on tangents about subjects such as immigration and the news media.

    Inside the White House, Woodward portrays an unsteady executive detached from the conventions of governing and prone to snapping at high-ranking staff members, whom he unsettled and belittled on a daily basis.

    Continued at https://www.washingtonpost.com/poli...7a389e-ac60-11e8-a8d7-0f63ab8b1370_story.html

    Transcript: Phone call between President Trump and journalist Bob Woodward | The Washington Post

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    Bob Woodward, an associate editor at The Washington Post, sought an interview with President Trump as he was writing “Fear,” a book about Trump's presidency. Trump called Woodward in early August, after the manuscript had been completed, to say he wanted to participate.

    Over the course of 11-plus minutes, Trump repeatedly claimed his White House staff hadn't informed him of Woodward's interview request -- despite also admitting Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) had told him Woodward wanted to talk. He also started the phone call by saying Woodward had "always been fair" to him, but by the end said the book would be "inaccurate."

    This is a transcript of that call, with key sections highlighted and annotated.

    Continued at https://www.washingtonpost.com/poli...ween-president-trump-journalist-bob-woodward/

    Trump, White House attack new book from Bob Woodward | The Washington Post

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    The White House on Tuesday aggressively challenged aspects of Bob Woodward’s explosive new book on President Trump’s administration, which paints a devastating portrait of a presidency careening toward a “nervous breakdown.”

    Hours after The Washington Post first reported several key incidents from Woodward’s book, “Fear,” the administration mounted a vigorous string of public denials, with statements from top advisers — White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders — as well as from Trump’s former personal attorney John Dowd.

    Mattis called the book “fiction,” and Sanders denounced the tome in a statement as “nothing more than fabricated stories, many by former disgruntled employees” without disputing any of the specifics that have been reported in excerpts.

    Trump tweeted the statements Tuesday evening and then, without providing evidence, suggested the book’s release was timed to affect the midterm elections in November.

    “The Woodward book has already been refuted and discredited by General (Secretary of Defense) James Mattis and General (Chief of Staff) John Kelly,” he wrote on Twitter. “Their quotes were made up frauds, a con on the public. Likewise other stories and quotes. Woodward is a Dem operative? Notice timing?”

    In a statement to The Post, Woodward said, “I stand by my reporting.”

    Continued at https://www.washingtonpost.com/poli...f9bcf8-b075-11e8-aed9-001309990777_story.html

    Bob Woodward's peek behind the Trump curtain is 100% as terrifying as we feared | CNN

    https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/04/politics/woodward-trump-book/
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    Democrats slam Trump's Sessions tweet as 'unprecedented in American history' | CNN

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    Democratic members of Congress are warning that the Justice Department is being targeted by President Donald Trump's tweet politicizing two investigations into GOP House members by the Justice Department, where Attorney General Jeff Sessions remains at the helm.

    "Our justice system is under attack," said Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat, on Tuesday.

    Sen. Dick Durbin, the second ranking Democrat in the Senate, called Trump's actions, including firing former FBI Director James Comey and his tweets that criticized Sessions, "unprecedented in American history."

    "This President, by his tweets, has virtually no respect for the rule of law," Durbin said.

    Last month, Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter of California, and New York Republican Rep. Chris Collins were indicted in a matter of just two weeks -- both politicians were two of Trump's earliest supporters in Congress. Both lawmakers have pleaded not guilty.

    On Monday, Trump tweeted that two Republican congressmen were "brought to a well publicized charge, just ahead of the Mid-Terms, by the Jeff Sessions Justice Department."

    "Two easy wins now in doubt because there is not enough time. Good Job Jeff," his tweet continued.

    Sen. Mazie Hirono said she didn't think Trump understood the separation of powers.

    "He thinks the attorney general works for him," the Democratic senator from Hawaii said. "He thinks the entire federal government works for him at his beck and call."

    Continued at https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/04/politics/democrats-senators-donald-trump-jeff-sessions-tweet/

    Donald Trump's Jeff Sessions tweet shows how far we've fallen

    Analysis by Chris Cillizza, CNN

    Quote:

    On Monday afternoon, President Donald Trump tweeted this:

    "Two long running, Obama era, investigations of two very popular Republican Congressmen were brought to a well publicized charge, just ahead of the Mid-Terms, by the Jeff Sessions Justice Department. Two easy wins now in doubt because there is not enough time. Good job Jeff......"

    Trump is referring to the indictments of New York Rep. Chris Collins and California Rep. Duncan Hunter by the Justice Department on charges of insider trading and misuse of campaign funds, respectively.

    Let's count all the ways this is wrong.

    1. The Collins indictment deals with advice he allegedly gave to his son to sell off a stock in June 2017, and the Collins indictment came down in August 2018. That is not the in the "Obama era." (The investigation into Hunter began in April 2016 -- at the tail end of the "Obama era"; but the actual indictment came in August 2018.)

    2. Trump is alleging the Justice Department -- which is run by his handpicked Attorney General Jeff Sessions -- purposely brought these indictments in the middle of the midterm elections to jeopardize the GOP's chances. (Reminder: The Justice Department is run by Republican appointees.)

    3. Trump takes issue with criminal charges because they take "two easy wins" in two GOP-leaning districts and turn them into potentially competitive seats. (Collins retired amid the hubbub over his charges; Hunter has vowed to continue running.)

    4. The President of the United States snarkily attacks his own attorney general for doing a "good job."

    It's hard -- amid all of the norm-busting that Trump has done since he announced for president in June 2015 -- to register any real shock over anything he says or tweets these days. He's adjusted expectations downward so drastically that everything he says or does produces a sigh and a shrug from most of the public.

    But just by way of context, let me take you back to the summer of 2009, when, following the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis "Skip" Gates at his home in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a new-on-the-job President Barack Obama said that the Cambridge police had "acted stupidly" in arresting a man who had clear evidence he was trying to enter his own home.

    Obama was castigated by Republicans for turning the episode into a racial one (Gates is black) and for questioning the police for simply doing their job. Within 48 hours, Obama was apologizing -- saying he wished he had "calibrated" his words differently. Within days after that, Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Gates and the arresting officer (who was white) were sitting at the White House -- the so-called "Beer Summit."

    All of that happened because the President of the United States said a local police force had "acted stupidly" in arresting a guy trying to get into his own house.

    Now, fast-forward to the present. What we have here -- regardless of your party affiliation -- is this: The President of the United States is openly questioning the indictments of two sitting Republican members of Congress by a Republican-led Justice Department. He is doing so potentially because those two members of Congress were the first two members of Congress to support Trump's presidential bid but definitely because the indictments jeopardize his party's chances in the fall election.

    That -- THAT -- is how far we have come in the space of less than a decade. And what is even more remarkable is that while a handful of congressional Republicans voiced their disapproval with Trump's views -- the usual suspects like Sens. Ben Sasse (R-Nebraska) and Jeff Flake (R-Arizona) -- most tried to ignore the tweet, which CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said Tuesday "may be an impeachable offense."

    Whether or not Republicans acknowledge what is right in front of their faces, this much is plain: The current President of the United States sees the Justice Department as an appendage of his own political operation. His public statements suggest he believes the job of the attorney general is twofold: 1) punish the President's political enemies and b) go easy on the President's friends. The Monday tweet makes this reality inarguable. (As do the legion of tweets Trump has directed at Sessions, insisting that the special counsel probe into Russia interference is "illegal" -- it's not -- and demanding the Justice Department look into alleged crimes committed by Hillary Clinton.)

    "Will DJT never learn that an attorney general's job is not to play goalie for a president or his party, or any party for that matter?" tweeted conservative commentator Brit Hume, hitting the nail on the head.

    The answer to that question is, of course, a resounding "no."

    Which means that in the space of a decade, we have gone from Republicans castigating a Democratic president for suggesting the local police had acted wrongly in arresting a man trying to enter his home to Republicans largely sitting in silence while a Republican President bashes his own Justice Department for charging GOP congressmen for allegedly breaking the law because doing so is politically inconvenient. And possibly because the two members of Congress facing indictments have been long and loyal supporters of his.

    That's a hell of a long way to travel.

    Source: https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/04/politics/donald-trump-jeff-sessions/
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    Mueller reportedly will accept written answers from Trump on key collusion questions | Washington Times

    Quote:

    Special Counsel Robert Mueller has reportedly agreed to take written answers from President Trump on key questions about Russia collusion.

    According to a report Tuesday in the New York Times, Mr. Mueller has shifted his position on whether he wants Mr. Trump to answer questions under oath in a personal interview.

    The Times cited “two people briefed on” a letter Mr. Mueller’s office sent to Mr. Trump’s lawyers.

    The note, which the Times reported was sent Friday, also didn’t ask for written responses on another aspect of the probe — whether Mr. Trump tried to obstruct the investigation — because of issues related to executive privilege.

    “The tone of the letter and the fact that the special counsel did not ask for written responses on obstruction prompted some Trump allies to conclude that if an interview takes place, its scope will be more limited than Mr. Trump’s legal team initially believed,” the Times wrote.

    Continued at https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/sep/4/robert-mueller-will-accept-written-answers-donald-/

    What deadline? Mueller faces no midterms-related time limit, despite Trump claims | Washington Times

    Excerpt:

    He can continue the probe - and issue new indictments - right up to Nov. 6 and beyond.

    More at https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/sep/4/robert-mueller-probe-faces-no-deadline-related-mid/

    Robert Mueller Ignores Rudy Giuliani's Threats to End Trump-Russia Investigation Before Midterms Deadline | Newsweek

    https://www.newsweek.com/robert-mue...hreats-end-trump-russia-investigation-1105134
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    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 21 minutes ago
    Sleepy Eyes Chuck Todd of Fake NBC News said it’s time for the Press to stop complaining and to start fighting back. Actually Chuck, they’ve been doing that from the day I announced for President. They’ve gone all out, and I WON, and now they’re going CRAZY!

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 11 minutes ago
    The already discredited Woodward book, so many lies and phony sources, has me calling Jeff Sessions “mentally retarded” and “a dumb southerner.” I said NEITHER, never used those terms on anyone, including Jeff, and being a southerner is a GREAT thing. He made this up to divide!

    Matt Ford @fordm 6 minutes ago
    Matt Ford Retweeted Donald J. Trump

    “Dad, what was the Emergency like?”

    “Well, the president once denied that he called the attorney general ‘mentally retarded’ and it wasn’t even the fifth biggest story that day.”
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    Woodward book describes "crazytown" Trump White House | CNN



    Carl Bernstein: Trump presidency a national emergency | CNN



    Carl Bernstein calls Bob Woodward's Trump book 'indisputable'

    By Brian Stelter, CNN

    Quote:

    The noise machine is really cranking up to challenge Bob Woodward's book "Fear." But the book is about something fundamental, something that's hard for the pro-Trump media to fully counter. It's about whether Trump is fit for office. The book is full of reasons to doubt his fitness. And it details a White House that isn't just dysfunctional, but is downright broken. Here's the very latest...

    -- "Fear" was #12 on Amazon BEFORE WaPo and CNN published excerpts around 11:15am Tuesday. By 5pm, the book was firmly #1, and it's not going to budge for days...

    -- The publication date is still 9/11... Simon & Schuster is enjoying the pre-order spike...

    -- So far there's been no known threat of legal action from Trumpworld, but I'm on the lookout because that's what happened with "Fire and Fury" and "Unhinged..."

    -- All three books "tell basically the same story, it's just that Woodward has by far the most credibility of those three," Chris Hayes said on MSNBC. "It's basically an 'even worse than you thought' sort of theme..."

    -- For the time being, Trump is trying a "fake news" defense, claiming (without a shred of evidence) that Woodward might have made up the stories in the book...

    -- Will "he made it up!" really work against one of the most-respected, well-known reporters in the country? Maybe...

    -- WaPo's Josh Dawsey tweeted: "Of 13 current and former White House officials I spoke to today, seven said they spoke to Bob Woodward for his book..."

    "Furious" and "paranoid"

    >> WaPo's Wednesday story says Trump is "furious" and "particularly paranoid" right now. And as CNN's Kaitlan Collins reported earlier, he's irritated that his aides turned down Woodward's requests to interview him.

    If you haven't listened to Woodward's recording of his 8/14 phone call with Trump, listen to/read it here. And think about this: Trump evidently thought he could single-handedly turn "Fear" into a positive, "accurate" book by talking to Woodward.

    From the call, a Trump quote for the ages: "Accurate is that nobody's ever done a better job than I'm doing as President. That I can tell you. So that's -- And that's the way a lot of people feel that know what's going on, and you'll see that over the years. But a lot of people feel that, Bob."

    Bernstein calls the book "indisputable"

    There was something special about listening to Carl Bernstein analyze Woodward's bombshells on CNN on Tuesday.

    Bernstein's main point to Anderson Cooper: "Yes, there's been reporting on this, a good deal of it. But now we have a coherent, indisputable narrative that is absolutely chilling in the following way: The people closest to the president of the United States, in his W.H. and in his administration, are saying that they see their job as protecting the United States FROM the president of the United States. That he is a danger to the republic. That is the text of this book. Every meeting that Bob writes about, that is the subtext. And it's not just a sentence here or somebody calling somebody an idiot there, it is detail piled upon detail..."

    >> Bernstein also vouched for Woodward's reporting talent as only Bernstein could do. "This is an irrefutable picture, because of Bob Woodward's methodology," he told Brooke Baldwin earlier in the day...

    Continued at https://money.cnn.com/2018/09/05/media/reliable-sources-09-04-18/
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    Bob Woodward: Insiders Call The White House 'Crazytown' | The Late Show with Stephen Colbert



    Bob Woodward's book 'Fear' paints the White House as a dysfunctional, off the rails disaster that Trump's own aides refer to as 'Crazytown.'

    Bob Woodward’s book on the Trump administration is an absolute gift to late-night hosts | The Washington Post

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news...tion-is-an-absolute-gift-to-late-night-hosts/
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    Conspiracy theorist with links to Roger Stone subpoenaed in Mueller probe: report | TheHill

    Quote:

    Jerome Corsi, a conspiracy theorist with connections to former Roger Stone, has been subpoenaed in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, Corsi's lawyer told The New York Times on Wednesday.

    Corsi will testify Friday in front of the grand jury in the investigation, according to the Times. His lawyer, David Gray, told the newspaper that he anticipates federal investigators will ask about his client's connections to Stone, who has long been subject to public scrutiny because of his connections to WikiLeaks and Guccifer 2.0, the hacking persona that Mueller’s team says was a front for Russian intelligence officers.

    Stone is a longtime ally of President Trump.

    Gray also told the Times that Corsi will cooperate with investigators.

    “He fully intends to comply with the subpoena,” Gray said.

    Corsi is expected to testify the same day that Randy Credico, a political satirist and radio host, is scheduled to appear before the grand jury. Stone has said Credico was the intermediary who helped him communicate with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in 2016.

    Corsi has worked for Infowars, the conspiracy site run by Alex Jones. Corsi has promoted conspiracy theories, including one that claimed former President Obama was born outside the United States.

    Before he was a candidate for president, Trump regularly claimed that Obama's Hawaii birth certificate may not be legitimate. According to the Times, Corsi was one of the people contacted by Trump for information about Obama’s birth certificate.

    Corsi has dealt with Stone “on and off for years,” the Times reported. The newspaper noted that during testimony in front of the House Intelligence Committee last year, Stone said he based a tweet he wrote off research provided by Corsi.

    Corsi is the latest individual connected to Stone who has been asked by Mueller to testify.

    Kristin Davis, the former head of an upscale prostitution ring who is also known as the “Manhattan Madam," testified last month before the grand jury. Davis has a longstanding relationship with Stone.

    Stone predicted last month that he would soon be indicted by Mueller.

    Continued at http://thehill.com/policy/national-...th-links-to-roger-stone-subpoenaed-in-mueller
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    Opinion | I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration | The New York Times

    I work for the president but like-minded colleagues and I have vowed to thwart parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.

    Quote:

    The Times today is taking the rare step of publishing an anonymous Op-Ed essay. We have done so at the request of the author, a senior official in the Trump administration whose identity is known to us and whose job would be jeopardized by its disclosure. We believe publishing this essay anonymously is the only way to deliver an important perspective to our readers. We invite you to submit a question about the essay or our vetting process here.

    President Trump is facing a test to his presidency unlike any faced by a modern American leader.

    It’s not just that the special counsel looms large. Or that the country is bitterly divided over Mr. Trump’s leadership. Or even that his party might well lose the House to an opposition hellbent on his downfall.

    The dilemma — which he does not fully grasp — is that many of the senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations.

    I would know. I am one of them.

    To be clear, ours is not the popular “resistance” of the left. We want the administration to succeed and think that many of its policies have already made America safer and more prosperous.

    But we believe our first duty is to this country, and the president continues to act in a manner that is detrimental to the health of our republic.

    That is why many Trump appointees have vowed to do what we can to preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr. Trump’s more misguided impulses until he is out of office.

    The root of the problem is the president’s amorality. Anyone who works with him knows he is not moored to any discernible first principles that guide his decision making.

    Although he was elected as a Republican, the president shows little affinity for ideals long espoused by conservatives: free minds, free markets and free people. At best, he has invoked these ideals in scripted settings. At worst, he has attacked them outright.

    In addition to his mass-marketing of the notion that the press is the “enemy of the people,” President Trump’s impulses are generally anti-trade and anti-democratic.

    Don’t get me wrong. There are bright spots that the near-ceaseless negative coverage of the administration fails to capture: effective deregulation, historic tax reform, a more robust military and more.

    But these successes have come despite — not because of — the president’s leadership style, which is impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective.

    From the White House to executive branch departments and agencies, senior officials will privately admit their daily disbelief at the commander in chief’s comments and actions. Most are working to insulate their operations from his whims.

    Meetings with him veer off topic and off the rails, he engages in repetitive rants, and his impulsiveness results in half-baked, ill-informed and occasionally reckless decisions that have to be walked back.

    “There is literally no telling whether he might change his mind from one minute to the next,” a top official complained to me recently, exasperated by an Oval Office meeting at which the president flip-flopped on a major policy decision he’d made only a week earlier.

    The erratic behavior would be more concerning if it weren’t for unsung heroes in and around the White House. Some of his aides have been cast as villains by the media. But in private, they have gone to great lengths to keep bad decisions contained to the West Wing, though they are clearly not always successful.

    It may be cold comfort in this chaotic era, but Americans should know that there are adults in the room. We fully recognize what is happening. And we are trying to do what’s right even when Donald Trump won’t.

    The result is a two-track presidency.

    Take foreign policy: In public and in private, President Trump shows a preference for autocrats and dictators, such as President Vladimir Putin of Russia and North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, and displays little genuine appreciation for the ties that bind us to allied, like-minded nations.

    Astute observers have noted, though, that the rest of the administration is operating on another track, one where countries like Russia are called out for meddling and punished accordingly, and where allies around the world are engaged as peers rather than ridiculed as rivals.

    On Russia, for instance, the president was reluctant to expel so many of Mr. Putin’s spies as punishment for the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain. He complained for weeks about senior staff members letting him get boxed into further confrontation with Russia, and he expressed frustration that the United States continued to impose sanctions on the country for its malign behavior. But his national security team knew better — such actions had to be taken, to hold Moscow accountable.

    This isn’t the work of the so-called deep state. It’s the work of the steady state.

    Given the instability many witnessed, there were early whispers within the cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment, which would start a complex process for removing the president. But no one wanted to precipitate a constitutional crisis. So we will do what we can to steer the administration in the right direction until — one way or another — it’s over.

    The bigger concern is not what Mr. Trump has done to the presidency but rather what we as a nation have allowed him to do to us. We have sunk low with him and allowed our discourse to be stripped of civility.

    Senator John McCain put it best in his farewell letter. All Americans should heed his words and break free of the tribalism trap, with the high aim of uniting through our shared values and love of this great nation.

    We may no longer have Senator McCain. But we will always have his example — a lodestar for restoring honor to public life and our national dialogue. Mr. Trump may fear such honorable men, but we should revere them.

    There is a quiet resistance within the administration of people choosing to put country first. But the real difference will be made by everyday citizens rising above politics, reaching across the aisle and resolving to shed the labels in favor of a single one: Americans.

    The writer is a senior official in the Trump administration.

    Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/05/opinion/trump-white-house-anonymous-resistance.html

    Senior administration official blasts Trump in op-ed | CNN



    Quote:

    An anonymous senior administration official claimed to be part of a resistance inside President Donald Trump's White House, thwarting part of the President's agenda, in a New York Times op-ed.

    President Donald Trump Calls NYT Op-Ed 'Gutless Editorial' | MSNBC



    Quote:

    The president speaks at an event for law enforcement officials and calls the NYT op-ed written by a senior administration official a "gutless editorial" and calls the New York Times, "failing."

    Panel: Who Could Have Written The Anonymous NYT Op-Ed? | MSNBC



    Quote:

    The MTP Daily panel, Hugh Hewitt, Ruth Marcus and Shane Harris discuss the Trump administration member who could have written the anonymous NYT Op-Ed.
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    I bet it’s Pence. He gets to be Prez then.
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    It was Jared
    In the Tower
    With the Server

    It was Pence
    With the Pipe
    In the Cellar
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    But not a real one.

    He only gets to be Acting President.
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    Trump tweets TREASON?
    Twitter answers

    Did you think Twitter was google?

    Are you spitt balling baby boy names?
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    NY Times op-ed editor describes process behind publishing anonymous Trump official's op-ed | TheHill

    Quote:

    The New York Times op-ed page editor Jim Dao on Wednesday described the process behind publishing a bombshell op-ed from an anonymous senior administration official, telling CNN that the official contacted him “through an intermediary.”

    Dao said the Times also spoke directly with the individual but there are only a "very small number of people within the Times who know this person's identity.”

    Continued at http://thehill.com/homenews/media/4...bes-process-behind-publishing-anonymous-trump

    One Word Has People Convinced Mike Pence Wrote Anonymous New York Times Op-Ed | HuffPost

    The unidentified member of the in-house “resistance” uses “lodestar,” an unusual word the vice president likes to say.

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entr...us-new-york-times_us_5b905dd5e4b0511db3dec1e1

    https://www.google.com/search?q=lodestar and https://twitter.com/search?q=lodestar

    ‘It’s open season on the president’: Anonymous op-ed unleashes fresh West Wing meltdown | POLITICO

    The New York Times op-ed came as the president was already struggling with fallout from Bob Woodward's forthcoming book.

    https://www.politico.com/story/2018...the-president-in-anonymous-times-op-ed-808714

    Whodunit? Social media users search for anonymous Trump official who penned scathing NYT essay | USA TODAY

    Online sleuths are pointing to phrases and particular words in the essay, hoping to narrow down who the author could be, while some former Trump officials are offering clues.

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news...ymous-new-york-times-essay-author/1206665002/
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    Pence is 2:3

    The other 17 named potential moles, listed by MyBookie, are: Education Secretary Betsy Devos (2-to-1), Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (4-to-1), Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (4-to-1), chief of staff John F. Kelly (4-to-1), Defense Secretary Jim Mattis (5-to-1), Attorney General Jeff Sessions (5-to-1), Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke (6-to-1), Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue (6-to-1), Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross (7-to-1) Labor Secretary Alex Acosta (7-to-1), HHS Secretary Alex Azar (8-to-1), HUD Secretary Ben Carson (8-to-1), VA Secretary Robert Wilkie (8-to-1), Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen (10-to-1), Ivanka Trump (12-to-1) and Jared Kushner (12-to-1).
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    13 people who might be the author of The New York Times op-ed

    Analysis by Chris Cillizza, CNN

    Excerpt:

    What we know: The guessing game of who wrote the op-ed will dominate official Washington circles for the foreseeable future. And everyone who fits the description of a "senior Trump administration official" will have to answer as to whether it was them.

    Another thing we know: Trump is pissed. "TREASON?" he tweeted on Wednesday night.

    Below, 13 people who might be the author of the op-ed, based on what we know about the various factions, likes, dislikes, motivations and ambitions within the Trump administration. These are in no particular order.

    More at https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/05/politics/donald-trump-mystery-op-ed/

    Angry WH Staffer‏ @AngrierWHStaff 2 hours ago
    Angry WH Staffer Retweeted Donald J. Trump

    1. The person indeed exists.
    2. They’re far less of a national security risk than you are.
    3. There are more. Buckle up, buttercup.
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    Anonymous Trump White House Official Pens New York Times Op-Ed Claiming to Resist Him

    Just Shut Up and Quit

    By Charles P. Pierce, Esquire

    Last paragraph:

    Enough of this stuff. Stand up in the light of day and tell your stories. All of them, right from the beginning. Admit that what you're confronting now is the end result of 40 years of conservative politics and all the government-is-the-problem malfeasance you've been imbibing since you were wingnuts in swaddling. The fire's licking at your ankles at last. Come out of the cupboards, you boys and girls. None of you are heroes.

    More: https://www.esquire.com/news-politi...ymous-trump-white-house-op-ed-new-york-times/
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    A Damning Op-Ed Distracts Trump From A Damning Book | The Late Show with Stephen Colbert



    "Trump is fuming Bob Woodward's new book, an anonymous op-ed in the New York Times, and probably other things that we'll learn later in future books and anonymous op-eds."

    The New York Times Drops Shocking Anonymous Op-Ed | The Daily Show with Trevor Noah



    "The New York Times publishes a bombshell op-ed from an anonymous high-level White House official detailing a secret plan to curb Trump’s agenda and limit his chaotic behavior."

    Jimmy Kimmel Knows Who Wrote NY Times Op-Ed on Trump | Jimmy Kimmel Live



    "The New York Times published an anonymous op-ed written by a current member of Trump’s senior administration. There is a lot of speculation about who wrote this scorching editorial but Jimmy points out the most interesting theory with evidence to back it up."

    Late Night White House Press Briefing: Where Does Trump See Himself in Five Years? | Late Night with Seth Meyers



    "Sarah Huckabee Sanders holds an impromptu press briefing to answer burning questions, like "Do you believe in hell?""
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  50. So who is it thinks they can do a better job than Trump and is trying to topple him, Pence maybe?
  51. While it's not difficult to do a better job of it than Trump who would deploy this method and sees himself above scrutiny too. Pence aka Lodestar.
  52. Or Colonel Mustard in the library with a candlestick.
  53. All your base are belong to us

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    Roy Moore is suing Sacha Baron Cohen over his 'Who is America?' prank | CNN

    Quote:

    Failed Republican US Senate candidate Roy Moore has filed a multimillion dollar lawsuit against comedian Sacha Baron Cohen after he fell for a prank on the actor's TV show months after his campaign ended.

    The Alabama politician appeared on July 29 on the actor's controversial Showtime series, "Who is America?"

    On the satirical program, Cohen spins off a concept he originated with "Da Ali G Show" by appearing as characters in interview segments and skits with subjects who are not in on the joke.

    Moore was interviewed by Cohen, who pretended to be an Israeli anti-terrorism expert who had a "pedophile detector." During the episode, the device -- which looks like a hand-held metal detector -- was shown beeping near Moore, implying that he was a pedophile.

    The former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court had faced a firestorm of child molestation and sexual assault allegations during his Senate campaign last year. He has denied any sexual misconduct.

    Moore and his wife, Kayla, are suing Cohen, Showtime and its corporate owner, CBS, for defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress and fraud in connection with the episode, according to a federal complaint filed Wednesday in the District of Columbia. They are seeking more than $95 million in damages.

    The Moores claim that the defendants falsely portrayed Roy Moore as a "a pedophile and sex offender" on national television and worldwide.

    Neither Cohen's nor CBS' representatives have responded to CNN's request for comment.

    Showtime does not comment on pending litigation, a company spokesperson told CNN on Thursday, adding that Showtime had not been served with the complaint.

    Moore expected to get an award, suit states

    The interview took place in February, two months after Moore's Senate campaign ended, under the guise that purported producers of a fake Israeli television station called "Yerushalayim TV" had invited Moore to Washington, the lawsuit states.

    Moore believed he would receive an award for "his strong support of Israel" during the interview, according to the lawsuit.

    In a statement, Moore's attorney said his client was defrauded and defamed by Cohen, adding the actor "falsely and fraudulently mocked and cast Judge Moore as a pedophile."

    "Sasha Baron Cohen, who is not only low class but also a fraudster, will now, along with Showtime and CBS, be held accountable for his outrageous and false, fraudulent and defamatory conduct which callously did great emotional and other damage to (this) great man and his wife and family," attorney Larry Klayman said in the statement.

    Other pols have been tricked on the show

    Other politicians have also appeared in Cohen's satirical show.

    Jason Spencer, a Georgia state lawmaker, was pranked into believing Cohen was an Israeli anti-terrorism expert. Cohen, in character, then managed to convince the legislator that a series of racist acts would protect him against terrorists.

    Spencer, a Republican, engaged in a series of exercises, including dropping his trousers and repeatedly using a racial slur. He resigned from the Georgia House shortly after the episode aired.

    Former GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin has claimed Cohen tricked her into an interview that she thought was for a legitimate historical documentary.

    "I join a long list of American public personalities who have fallen victim to the evil, exploitive, sick 'humor' of the British 'comedian' Sacha Baron Cohen," Palin, a former Alaska governor, wrote in a Facebook post.

    The show's season ended last month without airing a Palin appearance.

    Continued at https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/06/entertainment/roy-moore-sacha-baron-cohen-lawsuit/
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    Live rally. There are empty seats behind the giant flag. They just committed sacrelige but playing “Time is on my side” by The Rolling Stones
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    Giuliani to Associated Press: Trump will not answer obstruction questions | The Associated Press

    Quote:

    President Donald Trump will not answer federal investigators’ questions, in writing or in person, about whether he tried to block the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election, one of the president’s attorneys told The Associated Press on Thursday.

    Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani said questions about obstruction of justice were a “no-go.”

    Giuliani’s statement was the most definitive rejection yet of special counsel Robert Mueller’s efforts to interview the president about any efforts to obstruct the investigation into possible coordination between his campaign and Russians. It signals the Trump’s lawyers are committed to protecting the president from answering questions about actions the president took in office.

    Continued at https://apnews.com/d5d182b22ebf4f02...:-Trump-will-not-answer-obstruction-questions
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    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 4 hours ago
    Are the investigative “journalists” of the New York Times going to investigate themselves - who is the anonymous letter writer?

    Holly Figueroa O'Reilly‏ @AynRandPaulRyan 4 hours ago
    Replying to @realDonaldTrump
    Holly Figueroa O'Reilly Retweeted Donald J. Trump
    Here's how you know that Trump doesn't really understand how journalism works: he thinks the New York Times doesn't know the ID of the author of the anonymous op-ed.

    Hey Sunil‏ @heysunil 4 hours ago
    Traitor Trump has spent his entire life in private industry with mobs while conning people, settling out of court, and making them sign NDAs but transparency isn’t a trait that he has ever practiced. No wonder he likes Putin and Kim Jong-un and hasn’t issues with all allies.

    Christopher Zullo‏ @ChrisJZullo 4 hours ago
    Replying to @realDonaldTrump
    The Resistance is real. It stretches from coast to coast even within the administration. There are adults in the room. Protect sources. #NYTimesOpEd piece is just another scathing report from inside this administration. Where there is smoke, there’s fire. Vote them all out.

    Kiwi Johno - Truth Always Wins ‏ @JohnOSullivan36 1 hour ago
    Replying to @realDonaldTrump
    Ate you going to let #MuellerInvestigation proceed? Are you going to answer questions about any involvement with #Putin + Electoral Fraud/Treason? Are you going to release your #taxreturns ? admit your culpability for deaths in #PuertoRico ? And #WhereAreTheChildren ? #TrumpLies

    KRoe3‏ @KRoe3 1 hour ago
    Replying to @realDonaldTrump
    Could be ANYBODY. look over you shoulder. Is it him? Out your door...did she write it? Maybe it was pence. Maybe Kellyanne. You may never know. But they are sill there. Watching you. Removing stuff from your desk. Playing with your pens! And You don’t know who it is!

    Cherry Robinson‏ @cherry10k 1 hour ago
    Replying to @realDonaldTrump
    Why is it driving you so crazy? I'm sorry. Crazier.

    keith hall‏ @kfhall0852 1 hour ago
    Replying to @realDonaldTrump
    Epic buffonery from lard assed President!! NY Times knows who wrote the letter, moron!

    ᴿealfarmacist‏ @real_farmacist 4h
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    More at https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1037840881531801600
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    Trump’s Montana rally in 3 minutes | The Washington Post



    Trump on New York Times op-ed: 'You could call it treason'

    By Allie Malloy, CNN

    Quote:

    President Donald Trump said Thursday that The New York Times' decision to publish an op-ed from a senior administration official describing an internal resistance to the President could be called "treason."

    In an interview that is slated to be aired Friday morning on Fox News but was piped into the sound system at the rally and could be heard by reporters, Trump said the Times never should have run the piece.

    "Well, number one, the Times never should have done that, because really what they've done is virtually, you know, you could call it treason, you could call it a lot of things, but to think you have somebody in all of the Cabinets -- so many people, as you know," Trump said. "They came forward, they're writing editorials, they're all saying, you know, it's got to be at a fairly low level."

    <snipped>

    Trump said the op-ed is "a very unfair thing" because the writer of the piece is anonymous, adding that the administration can't discredit the account without knowing the person's identity.

    Trump also called the White House "a well-oiled machine" and said there is "a lot of love in the administration."

    "So they take one person out of thousands, but what's unfair -- I don't mind when they write a book and they make lies, 'cause it gets discredited. We just discredited the last one. We discredit all of them because it's lies," Trump said.

    "But I'll tell you, when somebody writes and you can't discredit, because you have no idea who they are, usually you'll find out it's a background that was bad. It might not be a Republican, it may not be a conservative. It may be a deep state person that's been there a long time."

    In the interview, Trump also said he would be willing to shut the government down if he doesn't get enough funding for border security but wouldn't do so before the midterm elections.

    More at https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/06/politics/trump-new-york-times-op-ed/

    Trump tells supporters it'll be 'your fault' if he gets impeached

    By Kate Sullivan, CNN

    Quote:

    President Donald Trump told supporters Thursday that if he is impeached "it's your fault 'cause you didn't go out to vote."

    "You didn't go out to vote -- that's the only way it could happen," Trump said during a rally in Billings, Montana.

    "I'll be the only President in history they'll say: 'What a job he's done! By the way, we're impeaching him,' " Trump said.

    "This election, you aren't just voting for a candidate, you are voting for which party controls Congress," the President said. "Very important thing. Very important thing."

    <snipped>

    "They like to use the 'impeach' word," Trump said. " 'Impeach Trump.' Maxine Waters: 'We will impeach him.' 'But he didn't do anything wrong.' 'It doesn't matter. We will impeach him. We will impeach.' "

    "But I say, how do you impeach somebody that's doing a great job, that hasn't done anything wrong?" Trump said. "Our economy is good. How do you do it? How do you do it? How do you do it?"

    " 'We will impeach him!' " Trump shouted, " 'But he's doing a great job!' 'Doesn't matter.' Remember that line, 'He's doing a great job.' 'That doesn't matter. We'll impeach him.'"

    Trump later warned the United States would turn into a "Third World country" because of the precedent his hypothetical impeachment would set.

    "But let's say a Democrat gets elected, and let's say we have a Republican House. We will impeach that Democrat, right? And then a Republican. We won by a lot. We won by a hell of a margin," Trump said.

    "If the opposite party becomes president, every time before it even starts, before you've even found out whether or not he or she is going to do a great job, they'll say, 'We want to impeach him' and you'll impeach him," Trump said. "It's so ridiculous."

    More at https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/06/politics/trump-impeach-your-fault/

    Donald Trump gives deranged speech about anonymous op-ed, slurs his words while insisting he's not insane

    By Bill Palmer, Palmer Report

    Quote:

    Amid reports that yesterday’s anonymous New York Times op-ed has driven Donald Trump to a whole new level of deranged behavior, Trump gave a pre-scheduled rally speech in Montana tonight. Trump used his speech as an opportunity to prove those reports correct, as he spent the speech not only incoherently rambling about the op-ed, but also slurring and mispronouncing his words – raising questions about whether he’s suffering a psychotic break or he’s simply high on drugs.

    Donald Trump has periodically appeared to be high on cocaine when he’s made public appearances during his most stressful moments. But tonight he came off as being on the opposite kind of drug. Trump slurred his way through the speech, while coming off as unusually lethargic, and comically unable to say some of the words he was trying to say.

    At one point, Donald Trump tried to attack the anonymous author of the op-ed, but he couldn’t get the word “anonymous” out of his mouth. It went something like this: “anomous, really, anonymous, gutless, coward, [unintelligible] level.” Apparently he intended that stretch of words to be an actual sentence. He then decided that the op-ed author must be a woman because the New York Times referred to the author as a man, before changing his mind again. At another point Donald Trump began insisting that he’s not insane, ranting that “I stand up here giving speeches for an hour and a half, and then they say ‘he’s lost it’.”

    So is Donald Trump high on some kind of downer drug tonight, or has he merely fallen into some kind of trance as the pressure mounts? We don’t know. We haven’t seen him slurring like this since his infamous “United Shesh” debacle, and his words tonight were arguably more incoherent than we’ve ever heard from him.

    Whatever is going on here, Trump is now at his most cartoonish level of Trumpiness to date – and it’ll likely only get worse as the week goes on.

    Source: http://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/slurs-insane-speech-trump/12530/

    Donald Trump asks Robert Mueller to hurry up and finish him off

    By Bill Palmer, Palmer Report

    Quote:

    At this point could anything more be going wrong for Donald Trump? His criminal investigations are closing in on him, his historic unpopularity has made him ripe for the ousting, and yesterday we learned that his own people have been trying to sabotage him from within. Now Trump has made an announcement which – whether he fully realizes it or not – is a de factor request that Special Counsel Robert Mueller finish him off as quickly as possible.

    After months of hemming and hawing, tonight Donald Trump abruptly announced that he will not give Robert Mueller any sort of interview about his obstruction of justice. Trump won’t answer questions about obstruction in person, nor in writing, not even via tweet. Trump is finally acknowledging what many observers have long expected: he’s too afraid to give Mueller the opportunity to either trip him up in to confessing, or catch him in a lie. So why does this accelerate things?

    Prosecutors don’t ask the kingpin for an interview until the investigation is otherwise more or less complete. Let’s say that Trump did decide to sit for an interview with Mueller. It would be scheduled for X number of weeks from now. Then after the interview, X number of weeks would go by as Mueller’s team investigated every one of Trump’s interview answers. This lengthy process would only serve to drag out Mueller’s endgame. But now that Trump is flat out saying he won’t do an interview about obstruction, it means the obstruction investigation is over.

    Exactly when and how is Robert Mueller going to go about making his big move against Donald Trump on obstruction of justice? We don’t know yet, and neither does Trump. But whatever Mueller’s timetable is, it’s been significantly sped up by Trump’s acknowledgement tonight that he’s not sitting for an obstruction interview. Does Trump realize that he’s asking Mueller to hurry up and finish him off, or is Trump just raging at this point without any thoughts about consequences?

    Source: http://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/mueller-finish-off-trump-hurry/12524/
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    The GOP’s Corrupt Bargain with "Reckless" and "Erratic" Trump: A Closer Look | Late Night with Seth Meyers



    "Seth takes a closer look at Republicans moving forward with Trump's Supreme Court pick despite anonymous warnings about his fitness for office."

    The Strange Case of the Explosive Anonymous Op-Ed | The Late Show with Stephen Colbert



    "The fallout from the anonymous NYT op-ed continues to wreak havoc in the White House. Well, more havoc than normal."

    Jimmy Kimmel REALLY Knows Who Wrote the NY Times Op-Ed on Trump | Jimmy Kimmel Live



    "The New York Times published an op-ed yesterday from a current member of the Trump Administration who claimed to be part of the “resistance” against him. The White House is reported to be in “total meltdown” mode as a result of that and Trump is demanding that the Times release that person’s name and turn him or her over to the government. Many people on Team Trump are denying that they wrote the op-ed, but none of it matters because Jimmy is very confident about who did it."
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    I won Crazy Town by ten points!' Jimmy Fallon adopts Trump persona and addresses his 'fellow TV-watching Americans' about bombshell Woodward book

    • Jimmy Fallon donned a wig and fake tan to play President Donald Trump
    • Skit saw Fallon, as Trump, address claims in the new book on White House
    • Bombshell book says White House staff questioned president's mental faculties
    • Fallon joked that book is 'fake news' apart from insults about Rudy Giuliani




    Highlights: The most searing quotes in Bob Woodward's book

    WHAT THEY SAID ABOUT TRUMP:
    JOHN KELLY, CHIEF OF STAFF: 'He's an idiot. It's pointless to try to convince him of anything. He's gone off the rails. We're in Crazytown. I don't even know why any of us are here. This is the worst job I've ever had.'
    JAMES MATTIS, DEFENSE SECRETARY: 'Fifth- or sixth-grader'
    REX TILLERSON, FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE: 'He's a f***ing moron.'
    JOHN DOWN, FORMER PERSONAL ATTORNEY: 'F***ing liar.'
    JOHN DOWD ON HOW TRANSCRIPT OF A MUELLER INTERVIEW WOULD BE DESCRIBED BY FOREIGN LEADERS: 'I told you he was an idiot. I told you he was a goddamn dumbbell. What are we dealing with this idiot for?'
    GARY COHN, FORMER CHIEF ECONOMIC ADVISER: 'A professional liar'
    ROB PORTER, FORMER STAFF SECRETARY WHO QUIT WHEN BOTH EX-WIVES ACCUSED HIM OF ABUSE: 'A third of my job was trying to react to some of the really dangerous ideas that he had and try to give him reasons to believe that maybe they weren't such good ideas.'
    WHAT THEY SAID TO EACH OTHER:
    STEVE BANNON TO IVANKA TRUMP: 'You're nothing but a f***ing staffer! You walk around this place and act like you're on charge, and you're not. You're on staff!'
    IVANKA TRUMP TO STEVE BANNON: 'I'm not a staffer! I'll never be a staffer. I'm the first daughter and I'm never going to be a staffer!'
    JOHN KELLY TO GARY COHN: 'If that was me, I would have taken that resignation letter and shoved it up his a** six different times.'
    DOWD TO ROBERT MUELLER: 'He just made something up. That's his nature.'
    WHAT TRUMP SAID ABOUT THEM:
    BARACK OBAMA: 'Weak d**k'
    RUDY GIULIANI, PERSONAL ATTORNEY: 'Rudy, you're a baby. I've never seen a worse defense of me in my life. They took your diaper off right there. You're like a little baby that needed to be changed. When are you going to be a man?'
    WILBUR ROSS, COMMERCE SECRETARY: 'I don't trust you. I don't want you doing any more negotiations. You're past your prime.'
    H.R McMASTER, FORMER NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER: 'Dresses like a beer salesman.'
    REINCE PRIEBUS, FORMER CHIEF OF STAFF: 'Like a little rat. He just scurries around.'
    AFTER EGYPTIAN PRESIDENT FATAH AL-SISSI ASKED IF HE WAS GOING TO BE AROUND: 'Like a kick in the nuts.'
    BASHAR AL-ASSAD, SYRIAN DICTATOR: 'Let's f***ing kill him! Let's go in. Let's kill the f***ing lot of them.'

    Jimmy Fallon has parodied Donald Trump, joking about the President's fury in response to a new bombshell book about his administration,
    The comedian donned a bouffant blonde wig and an orange fake tan in order to impersonate Trump during a skit on The Tonight Show.

    Fallon, as Trump, slammed the book as 'fake news' saying it is all lies - except for his insults aimed at his lawyer Rudy Giuliani.


    Addressing his 'fellow TV-watching Americans', Fallon's Trump calls the book by legendary journalist Bob Woodward 'fake news'.
    He refuted claims that the President, who is known to insult his adversaries on his Twitter account, called people 'mean names'. He then went on to call Woodward 'Bob Four-Eyed No-Talent Soup-Breath'.

    Fallon's President also denied the claim in the book that his former chief-of-staff John Kelly castigated him as 'an idiot'.
    The White House chief of staff allegedly said, 'We're in Crazytown. I don't even know why any of us are here. This is the worst job I've ever had.'
    To this, Fallon's Trump said: 'Let me be clear: I am not an idiot. And I won Crazy Town by 10 points in the election.'


    'He also said I called Rudy Giuliani a terrible lawyer and that he's a baby that needs his diaper changed,' Fallon said. 'That part is true.'
    Fallon concluded the skit by admitting that although the book is 'totally biased, full of lies and an absolute disgrace', he had not read it because 'like all books I'm just waiting for the movie.'

    In real life, Trump has been on the warpath since extracts from Woodward's book Fear, which is released next week, were published in the Washington Post.
    He has slammed the book itself as a 'fraud' and labeled Woodward a 'Dem operative'.
    The famed Watergate journalist writes that John Kelly called the president 'an idiot' and James Mattis compared him to a 'fifth grader'.

    More...

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    Trump inauguration crowd photos were edited after he intervened | The Guardian

    Exclusive: documents released to Guardian reveal government photographer cropped space ‘where crowd ended’

    Quote:

    A government photographer edited official pictures of Donald Trump’s inauguration to make the crowd appear bigger following a personal intervention from the president, according to newly released documents.

    The photographer cropped out empty space “where the crowd ended” for a new set of pictures requested by Trump on the first morning of his presidency, after he was angered by images showing his audience was smaller than Barack Obama’s in 2009.

    The detail was revealed in investigative reports released to the Guardian under the Freedom of Information Act by the inspector general of the US interior department. They shed new light on the first self-inflicted crisis of Trump’s presidency, when his White House falsely claimed he had attracted the biggest ever inauguration audience.

    The records detail a scramble within the National Park Service (NPS) on 21 January 2017 after an early-morning phone call between Trump and the acting NPS director, Michael Reynolds. They also state that Sean Spicer, then White House press secretary, called NPS officials repeatedly that day in pursuit of the more flattering photographs.

    Continued at https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/sep/06/donald-trump-inauguration-crowd-size-photos-edited
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    Read the stolen letter from Trump's desk reported in Bob Woodward's book | CNN

    Quote:

    In an attempt to discredit Bob Woodward's new book, President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he "read another phony thing in the book about a trade deal that certain people didn't want me to look at." But CNN has obtained a copy of the book, and here is the letter.

    The document is reproduced in Woodward's book and is an example of how top White House aides would steal and hide documents from Trump that they believed to be a danger to national security. In this case, former White House chief economic adviser Gary Cohn swiped the draft letter off the Oval Office desk to prevent Trump from signing it, terminating a critical trade agreement with South Korea.

    Woodward reports Cohn was "appalled" that Trump might sign the letter.

    "I stole it off his desk," Cohn told an associate. "I wouldn't let him see it. He's never going to see that document. Got to protect the country."

    The document, from September 2017, would have informed the South Korean government that the United States "wishes to terminate" the free trade agreement between the two countries that has been in place for six years. Woodward reports that White House aides feared that if Trump sent the letter, it could jeopardize a top-secret US program that can detect North Korean missile launches within seven seconds.

    The draft letter is just one document reproduced in Woodward's latest work, "Fear: Trump in the White House," which available in bookstores September 11.

    Woodward reiterated to CNN on Thursday that he stands by all his reporting in the book.

    Here is a copy of the letter.

    Continued at https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/06/politics/trump-woodward-book-trade/
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    Trump tries to say “anonymous “
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    Obama Makes Fun Of Trump For Claiming Obama's Economic Success



    "During his return to politics speech at the University of Illinois, President Barack Obama hammered Donald Trump and the GOP for taking credit for the current success of the economy when the our current growth depends significantly on the decisions made over the last 10 years."

    Trump says he fell asleep watching Obama's speech



    "President Donald Trump says he fell asleep watching former President Barack Obama's speech about the current political climate."

    Obama rebukes politics of Trump in speech ahead of midterm elections



    Here is Obama's entire speech today. He is introduced five minutes after the video begins.

    "Former U.S. president Barack Obama said Friday his successor, Donald Trump, is a "symptom, not the cause" of division and polarization in the U.S. His speech served as his first steps into the political fray ahead of the fall midterm election campaign. Obama spoke at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was accepting an award on ethics in government."
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    George Papadopoulos Sentenced To 14 Days In Mueller Investigation

    The former Trump aide had pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about when he was told the Russians had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton.

    By Ryan J. Reilly, HuffPost

    Quote:

    The first Trump campaign adviser arrested in Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election was sentenced to 14 days in prison on Friday afternoon.

    Former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, 31, had pleaded guilty in October 2017 to lying to the FBI about his dealings with a professor who told him during the 2016 campaign that the Russians had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton. He appeared in federal court in D.C. before U.S. District Judge Randolph D. Moss, who also sentenced Papadopoulos to 200 hours of community service and 12 months of supervised release.

    Papadopoulos met with FBI agents investigating Russian interference in the election in late January 2017, nearly two months before then-FBI Director James Comey formally acknowledged the existence of the FBI probe. He lied to investigators about when he was told about Russian “dirt” on Clinton, telling them he learned of it before he joined the campaign in what happened to be a “very strange coincidence.”

    Papadopoulos was arrested at Dulles International Airport on July 27, 2017, but Mueller kept his arrest and later plea deal under wraps until it was unsealed last October.

    On Friday, Judge Moss said that Papadopoulos put his own self-interest ahead of the interests of his country, and that his choice to lie to the FBI “does not reflect good character.” He said Papadopoulos was “riding very high” at the time he lied to the FBI, and that the defendant “had a lot of advantages in life.” While noting that Papadopoulos already faced “collateral consequences” that were “close to unbearable,” the judge said it was important to send a message to the public that lying to the FBI was a serious crime, especially in a case “of great significance.”

    Papadopoulos spoke ahead of his sentencing, telling the court that he “made a terrible mistake” and that he considered himself a patriotic American and was deeply embarrassed by his conduct. His “entire life has been turned upside down” since his name became public, Papadopoulos said. “I hope to have a second chance.”

    Papadopoulos didn’t have any comment after the sentencing, but had an orange “team Putin” shirt thrown at him when leaving the courthouse.

    Continued at https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entr...ced-trump-mueller_us_5b91979fe4b0511db3e09e0a
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    Trump Combines Two of His Favorite Empty Threats in Response to NYT Op-Ed

    By Matthew Zeitlin, Slate

    Quote:

    Donald Trump wants Jeff Sessions to launch an investigation of a political enemy … again.

    Trump wants to maybe take some kind of action against the New York Times … again.

    While talking to reporters on Air Force One, Trump—in response to a question about whether the Justice Department should investigate the author of the anonymous op-ed—said, “Jeff should be investigating who the author of that piece was because I really believe it’s national security.”

    In response to reporters asking if he had thought about taking “action” against the New York Times for publishing the op-ed and hiding the author’s identity, Trump said—as he frequently does—”I’m looking at that right now.”

    It would be easy to hyperventilate about this: Trump is siccing his Justice Department on his political opponents and the media! He wants to muzzle the free press! This is worse than Nixon!

    But for much of his professional life, and especially as a politician, Trump and his staff have periodically leaked and issued completely empty threats against news organizations— especially the Times—that see little or no follow-through. He also regularly directs the Justice Department to go after his political opponents, especially Hillary Clinton, and then, taking a complementary tack, lamented that the DOJ charged two Republican allies with crimes before their November elections.

    While Trump fails to understand the tradition of Justice Department independence, there is no indication that Sessions takes these complaints particularly seriously or acts on them.

    And for all Trump’s fulminating against leakers, the two prosecutions the DOJ has managed to scare up are an indictment of a Senate Intelligence Committee staffer for allegedly lying to investigators and the conviction of former National Security Agency contractor Reality Winner for sending documents about election interference to the Intercept.

    While there are legitimate questions around the wisdom or harshness of these cases, neither of them address Trump’s core complaint of people in the government leaking embarrassing or damaging information about him personally.

    When outside organizations and individuals publicize things about him he doesn’t like, Trump can’t unleash the DOJ, so instead his lawyers say they’re going to file lawsuits that never appear.

    After the Times published a story about two women who accused Trump of touching them inappropriately, Trump’s lawyers wrote a letter to the paper, and it was reported that they were “drafting” a lawsuit, which of course never came to fruition. That wasn’t the first time during the campaign that Trump’s lawyers issued an empty threat against the Times: After the paper published a portion of Trump’s tax return, Corey Lewandowski, his former campaign manager, said, “The New York Times should be held accountable and I hope that he sues them into oblivion for doing this,” while a Trump lawyer threatened “prompt initiation of appropriate legal action.” There was none.

    Trump’s crusade against news organizations that make him mad has been even broader than his and his lawyers’ specific, empty threats: There’s his campaign to “open” or “take a strong look” at libel laws (which are done at the state level, not federal). And his pledge to do … something … to Amazon because he’s mad at Jeff Bezos for also owning the Washington Post.

    But never fear. Even if Trump did want more followthrough on these spur-of-the-moment ideas, his staff would likely ignore or distract him until he moved on to ranting about something else. After all, there’s an op-ed and a whole book saying this happens all the time.

    Source: https://slate.com/news-and-politics...department-investigation-nyt-oped-writer.html

    Trump Wants to Polygraph His Own Staff. That’s Nuts. | POLITICO Magazine

    Let’s make one thing absolutely clear: The polygraph is not a lie-detector test.

    https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/09/07/polygraph-tests-trump-administration-219740
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  69. "Handmaid" Demonstrator KICKED OUT Of Trump Rally
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    'Like sitting on an electric chair': Mueller grand jury grills Roger Stone associate Credico | POLITICO

    Excerpt:

    Credico's attorney Martin Stolar said the Mueller team — which is investigating potential links between the Trump campaign and Russia — seemed firmly focused on Stone, a longtime informal Trump confidant.

    "The subject matter of the questions was primarily his relationship with Roger Stone," Stolar said. "The majority of the questioning had to do with Roger Stone."

    Mueller's team is interested in Stone because of his outreach to WikiLeaks and its founder, Julian Assange, whose organization released emails during the 2016 presidential campaign that U.S. intelligence officials say Russian hackers stole from the personal account of Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.

    Credico is a devoted advocate for Assange, and Stone's contacts with Credico have led to speculation that Credico served as an intermediary of sorts between Assange and Stone.

    Asked how much of the questioning Friday was about Assange, Credico said: "Very little."

    More at https://www.politico.com/story/2018/09/07/mueller-grand-jury-questions-credico-811127
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    Fox News Hosts Shepard Smith and Chris Wallace Pile On Trump at End of ‘Embarrassing’ Week

    ‘If Donald Trump thinks he’s under fire, it’s because he is,’ Chris Wallace said on Friday.

    By Matt Wilstein, Daily Beast

    Quote:

    Shepard Smith and Chris Wallace have never been President Donald Trump’s biggest fans at Fox News, but rarely have this seemed as fed up as they did Friday.

    “I have to say, it’s kind of been a 1-2-3 punch for Donald Trump this week,” Wallace said on on the network Friday afternoon. “First you had the Bob Woodward book, and as if that weren’t bad enough you had the anonymous op-ed piece in The New York Times. And now you have Barack Obama getting off the political sidelines and back into the arena, taking some powerful shots, unusually powerful shots for a former president against the current president.”

    Continued at https://www.thedailybeast.com/fox-n...ace-pile-on-trump-at-end-of-embarrassing-week
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    Newly Released Emails Show Brett Kavanaugh May Have Perjured Himself at Least Four Times

    Formerly confidential emails have been released that show the Supreme Court nominee contradicting statements he made under oath to the Senate.

    By Jay Michaelson, Daily Beast

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    You can forgive Democratic senators for saying “I told you so.”

    For over a month, Democrats (and this writer) have complained that the confirmation process of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is fatally flawed because the records of Kavanaugh’s White House tenure were being redacted by his former deputy, then redacted again by the Trump White House, then redacted a third time by Judiciary Committee chair Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).

    As a result, only 7 percent of Kavanaugh’s White House records have been released to the public—compared to 99 percent of Justice Elena Kagan’s, a nominee of President Obama.

    Well, so what, Republicans said. You’ve got over 400,000 pages to look at—a few more isn’t going to make a difference.

    On Thursday, with the release of a half dozen emails by Grassley and several more by Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), the Democrats have been proven right. Brett Kavanaugh has misled the Senate at least four times, and the censored emails have been withheld not because of national security or executive privilege, but, at least in part, because they make Kavanaugh look bad.

    Continued at https://www.thedailybeast.com/newly...may-have-perjured-himself-at-least-four-times
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    'Plaid shirt guy' removed from Trump rally for facial expressions | CNN



    "A high school student was asked to leave a Trump rally in Montana after making animated facial expressions during the President's speech."

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    Michael Avenatti: Trump is more interested in personal vendettas | CNN



    "Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for Stormy Daniels, says that President Donald Trump is afraid to answer any questions under oath."
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    Democrats Try To Make Case For Brett Kavanaugh Perjury With Past Emails | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC



    "Rachel Maddow shows how e-mail evidence released by Democrats senators on the Judiciary Committee contradict sworn testimony Brett Kavanaugh in this week's confirmation hearing, as well as his past confirmation hearings, raising the suggestion that Kavanaugh could face impeachment as well as confirmation."

    Opinion | Confirmed: Brett Kavanaugh Can’t Be Trusted

    A perfect nominee for a president with no clear relation to the truth.

    By The New York Times Editorial Board

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    In a more virtuous world, Judge Brett Kavanaugh would be deeply embarrassed by the manner in which he has arrived at the doorstep of a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court.

    He was nominated by a president who undermines daily the nation’s democratic order and mocks the constitutional values that Judge Kavanaugh purports to hold dear.

    Now he’s being rammed through his confirmation process with an unprecedented degree of secrecy and partisan maneuvering by Republican senators who, despite their overflowing praise for his legal acumen and sterling credentials, appear terrified for the American people to find out much of anything about him beyond his penchant for coaching girls’ basketball.

    Perhaps most concerning, Judge Kavanaugh seems to have trouble remembering certain important facts about his years of service to Republican administrations. More than once this week, he testified in a way that appeared to directly contradict evidence in the record.

    For example, he testified that Roe v. Wade is “settled as a precedent of the Supreme Court.” But he said essentially the opposite in a 2003 email leaked to The Times. “I am not sure that all legal scholars refer to Roe as the settled law of the land at the Supreme Court level since Court can always overrule its precedent, and three current Justices on the Court would do so,” he wrote then.

    Judge Kavanaugh’s backers in the Senate brushed this off by pointing out that his 2003 statement was factually correct. They’re right, which means that his testimony this week was both disingenuous and meaningless.

    As we’ve learned with each new trickle of previously withheld documents, Judge Kavanaugh didn’t start misleading senators just this week.

    <snipped>

    Republicans defend their steamrollering by saying that most Democrats have already made up their minds to oppose Judge Kavanaugh. That’s rich: In the months before the 2016 election, multiple high-ranking Republican senators openly vowed to block any and all Supreme Court picks by Hillary Clinton, period. It’s also irrelevant. The people deserve to know everything possible about nominees to a lifetime seat on the highest court in the land, and they depend on their senators to seek out that information and share it.

    The Constitution calls this process advice and consent. Until the last few years, Republicans claimed to take that responsibility seriously. Now they are making a mockery of what is meant to be a careful and deliberative process by playing three-card monte with the American people. They did the same with last year’s tax bill, rushing it through in the dead of night with virtually no debate or review.

    The Republicans engage in this sort of subterfuge for an obvious reason: While they hold unified power in Washington, most of their agenda is hugely unpopular. So they hide as much of it as possible out of a fear that if more of it came to light, they will pay at the polls. Come November, voters can make that fear come true.

    More at https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/07/opinion/editorials/brett-kavanaugh-confirmation-hearings.html
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Sheriffs who cheered Trump's attack on press have their own media run-ins | The Guardian

    A group of sheriffs gave the president a troubling ovation after he called journalists ‘very, very dishonest’. Here is a taste of local media scrutiny of 10 of them.

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    Donald Trump whipped up another rowdy ovation from a friendly crowd this week with an attack on the media, accusing journalists of being “very, very dishonest” and refusing to give him credit for his purported achievements.

    But rather than the usual sports stadium packed with partisans in red baseball caps, this tirade against the press was applauded by dozens of senior law enforcement officials in the splendour of the East Room of the White House.

    The episode unfolded on Wednesday afternoon, after the New York Times published an article by an unidentified senior Trump administration official who claimed to be one of many working to thwart Trump’s “worst inclinations” and frustrate his agenda.

    Some figures in law enforcement were dismayed by the sheriffs’ response to Trump’s remarks.

    “They are supposed to be leaders, not puppets who cheer attacks on the media,” said Michael Bromwich, a former federal prosecutor. “A shameful scene.”

    A review of coverage produced by regional media outlets over recent years found that many of the sheriffs who cheered the president have come under sharp scrutiny from the press for their own actions – or for those of the officers in their departments.

    They have been held accountable by local journalists for incidents including the leaving of a service pistol in a casino bathroom, alleged mistreatment in jails, the wearing of blackface by an officer, and various other actions.

    Here, the Guardian has compiled some of the notable reporting on the sheriffs who appeared with Trump:

    Continued at https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/sep/08/sheriffs-donald-trump-media-scrutiny
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    Trump seeks to move past Stormy Daniels lawsuit, says 2016 deal was never valid

    By MJ Lee, Sara Sidner and Eli Watkins, CNN

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    Donald Trump on Saturday sought to move past a lawsuit from adult film star Stormy Daniels that has created legal headaches for the President for much of this year, stating in a court filing that he would not seek to enforce the infamous 2016 settlement agreement between Daniels and Trump's former attorney, Michael Cohen.

    The so-called hush agreement, forged between Daniels and Cohen on behalf of his shell company Essential Consultants in the weeks leading up to the 2016 election, included a $130,000 payment to the actress in exchange for her silence about an alleged affair with Trump. Earlier this year, Daniels sued Trump, saying the secret agreement should be void since Trump himself never signed it. Trump on Saturday made clear that Daniels was right -- he was never party to the deal.

    Trump's attorney, Charles Harder, said in Saturday's court filing that Trump would not contest Daniels' "assertion that the Settlement Agreement was never formed, or in the alternative, should be rescinded."

    Harder ended his letter by calling for Daniels to "immediately dismiss" Trump from her lawsuit, and he requested a meeting with her attorney Michael Avenatti if she would not agree to dismiss Trump voluntarily.

    Trump's move followed a separate filing from Cohen on Friday. In it, Cohen agreed to tear up the original 2016 agreement with Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford. Trump has denied the alleged affair.

    "These shenanigans by Cohen and Trump are going nowhere," Avenatti told CNN. "They are desperate."

    He continued his attack on Trump in a Saturday afternoon tweet.

    "I have been practicing law for nearly 20 yrs. Never before have I seen a defendant so frightened to be deposed as Donald Trump, especially for a guy that talks so tough," he said.

    Cohen, in his filing on Friday, sought to erase the agreement and requested that Daniels return the $130,000 payment he has said he facilitated.

    Avenatti told CNN on Friday after Cohen's filing that Cohen was "playing a game in an attempt to avoid his deposition and that of Mr. Trump."

    Trump's legal maneuver on Saturday marked a significant development in the lengthy legal saga involving Daniels.

    Federal authorities raided Cohen's belongings in April, and since then, his relationship with Trump has devolved publicly. Cohen pleaded guilty to eight charges last month, including two campaign finance violations. He also previously said he would put his family and country before Trump.

    Trump has lashed out at Cohen on Twitter, including after CNN aired audio of a recording Cohen made of the two discussing how they would buy the rights to former Playboy model Karen McDougal's story about an alleged affair she had with Trump years earlier, which Trump also denied.

    Source: https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/08/politics/donald-trump-michael-cohen-stormy-daniels/
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    Trump to provide written answers under oath in Summer Zervos defamation lawsuit | The Washington Post

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    President Trump will provide written answers under oath in the defamation lawsuit brought by former “Apprentice” contestant Summer Zervos, who claims Trump sexually assaulted her in 2007, a new court filing stated.

    Lawyers for Trump and Zervos agreed this week to exchange “written answers and objections” to formal written questions by Sept. 28, according to a document filed Friday with the New York State Supreme Court. Rules in New York state require interrogatories to be sworn or verified, according to a source familiar with the system, meaning that false answers could open Trump to charges of perjury.

    The stipulation agreement represents a step forward in the case, which lawyers for Trump have tried to block multiple times this year without success. Zervos sued Trump for defamation in early 2017 after he called her a liar for claiming he had groped and forcibly kissed her 10 years prior. Trump denies wrongdoing in the case.

    Zervos lawyer Mariann Wang declined to comment on the agreement when reached by email. Marc Kasowitz, a lawyer for Trump, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    The two sides have been in conflict over discovery for much of the summer.

    In an Aug. 29 letter to Judge Jennifer G. Schecter released Friday, Wang wrote that lawyers for Trump and the Trump Organization were stonewalling her document requests.

    “There can be no question here that Defendant has the practical ability — and indeed, the obligation — to have directed the preservation and collection of responsive documents at the Trump Organization,” Wang wrote.

    Zervos’s case against Trump is one of several pending from women with ties to the president.

    Adult film-star Stormy Daniels, also known as Stephanie Clifford, is engaged in a highly publicized legal battle to invalidate a 2016 nondisclosure agreement that binds her from speaking about a sexual relationship she claims she had with Trump in 2006. That case has been delayed amid a federal investigation into Michael Cohen, Trump’s former attorney.

    Trump denies allegations of an affair.

    Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/poli...5ac71c-b3dc-11e8-9a6a-565d92a3585d_story.html
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    “North Korea has just staged their parade, celebrating 70th anniversary of founding, without the customary display of nuclear missiles. Theme was peace and economic development. “Experts believe that North Korea cut out the nuclear missiles to show President Trump......”
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    Decency,
    Fairness and Sanity:



    The greatest US president in living memory invites you to #TakeItBack
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    Bob Woodward on "Fear" in the Trump White House | CBS Sunday Morning



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    Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward has covered nine White Houses going back to President Richard Nixon and Watergate. His latest book, "Fear: Trump in the White House," is revelatory in its look at chaos and discord within the current administration as witnessed by those inside the West Wing. In his first TV interview for his new book, Woodward talks with CBS News national security correspondent David Martin about the behavior of President Donald Trump and his staff that, his book suggests, may jeopardize America's national or financial security.

    Trump's authority crisis deepens | CNN

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    Donald Trump's presidency is slipping deeper into a crisis of authority at a critical moment.

    Midterm elections are looming, he's facing new questions about his fitness for office, and he's hunting a hidden rebel within his own camp.

    Typifying the sense that what would once seem absurd now counts for normality in this White House, Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday offered to take a lie detector test to prove he was not the author of an op-ed by an anonymous senior official in The New York Times that assailed Trump for "half baked, ill-informed and occasionally reckless" leadership.

    Pence and the President's counselor, Kellyanne Conway, tried to put the spotlight on the motives of the anonymous official, warning that there could be "criminal" dimensions to the op-ed, boosting Trump's calls for a Justice Department investigation.

    But the controversy is unlikely to ease in the week ahead. Bob Woodward's new book -- which, combined with the op-ed, sent the White House reeling -- is due to be published on Tuesday, and the veteran journalist is promoting his damning account of the President's leadership.

    "People better wake up to what's going on," Woodward said on CBS's "Sunday Morning" while touting "Fear: Trump in the White House" as a detailed inside account that mirrors the op-ed's claims that a group of senior officials is working to save the nation and the world from Trump's rash decisions.

    If the version of events revealed by Woodward and the anonymous official is true, America is facing a deeply dysfunctional presidency and crisis of governance with no parallel in modern history, apart, perhaps, from the paranoid final days of the Nixon administration.

    According to these accounts, the President of the United States would appear to be deeply unsuited to his responsibilities, uninterested in the details of policy, lacking knowledge, and in the words of the anonymous senior official, "impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective."

    Such a state of affairs would leave the country with a leadership void in the Oval Office and compromise the effectiveness of government. It would also tarnish America's image in the world and could offer openings to adversaries if the White House is constantly distracted.

    But the idea that there is a core of "adults in the room," as described by the op-ed writer, subverting the President's authority and wielding for themselves the power granted to the commander-in-chief during an election season should also be a troubling one, since it raises questions about the integrity of America's democratic system itself.

    Continued at https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/10/politics/trump-white-house-fear-op-ed/
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  86. Republicans Prepare Another Tax Cut For The Wealthy To Help Midterm Fundraising

  87. Look at the comments

    Ted Cruz campaigns in Dallas for his race against Democrat Beto O'Rourke

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    Trump Supporter Defends Slavery (Full Context)

  89. So You Think You Can Judge - Kamala Harris Brings the Heat at Kavanaugh Hearing


  90. Kamala Harris GRILLS Brett Kavanaugh on Robert Mueller At Confirmation Hearing 9/5/18

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    Trump Tweets About Hurricane Florence After Acting A Fool All Day & Regrets It In Seconds | Bipartisan Report

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    Monday morning, President Donald Trump got right to how he spends his time nearly every morning — tweeting. He rambled about how the accomplishments he’s wrought are supposedly the best in the country’s entire history, and, similarly, he asserted that the criticism he’s endured is the worst of any president ever. Hours later, he posted Twitter messages with the implicit assumption that significant portions of the people in the path of some serious storms churning in the Atlantic Ocean are going to be reassured by anything he has to say.

    Speaking specifically “to” those in the path of the monstrous Hurricane Florence, he said, in part:

    ‘[T]he storm looks very bad! Please take all necessary precautions. We have already began mobilizing our assets to respond accordingly, and we are here for you!’

    The Storms in the Atlantic are very dangerous. We encourage anyone in the path of these storms to prepare themselves and to heed the warnings of State and Local officials. The Federal Government is closely monitoring and ready to assist. We are with you!

    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 10, 2018

    To the incredible citizens of North Carolina, South Carolina and the entire East Coast – the storm looks very bad! Please take all necessary precautions. We have already began mobilizing our assets to respond accordingly, and we are here for you! pic.twitter.com/g74cyD6b6K

    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 10, 2018

    Wow, thanks Trump — we’d have never known the storm is looking very bad without you.

    His efforts to reassure those facing Florence are undercut by the fact that the U.S. bungled the response to last year’s Hurricane Maria so bad that nearly 3,000 people died in Puerto Rico thanks to the storm and its effects.

    <snipped>

    Check out Twitter’s response below.

    More at http://bipartisanreport.com/2018/09...-acting-a-fool-all-day-regrets-it-in-seconds/

    Bombs Away: Trump Has the I.Q. of an Inbred Tanning Bed, Says a Liberated Gary Cohn | Vanity Fair

    The former White House adviser was “astounded” by the depths of the president’s stupidity, according to Bob Woodward’s new book.

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    In his 58 years on earth, Gary Cohn has likely run into an idiot here or there. Whether it was a classmate in his Ohio hometown, a wise guy on the floor of the New York Mercantile Exchange, or a Goldman Sachs employee with whom he would cross paths again later in life, it’s unlikely Cohn would have been able to fully inoculate himself from people of lesser intelligence, or to refrain from letting them know exactly what he thought of their shit for brains. But apparently, whatever run-ins with not-so-bright individuals he had suffered prior to November 2016, they were nothing compared to the stone-cold, mind-blowing, we’ve-never-seen-an-I.Q.-in-the-single-digits-before levels of stupidity he experienced upon accepting a job with the Trump administration.

    Continued at https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2018/09/trump-has-the-iq-of-an-inbred-tanning-bed-says-gary-cohn
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    Omarosa Just Proved Trump's Mental Decline With New White House Tape | PoliticusUSA



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    Omarosa released a new tape of Trump wandering into a White House meeting and babbling a conspiracy theory about Hillary Clinton colluding with Russia.

    Continued at https://www.politicususa.com/2018/09/10/omarosa-trump-mental-decline.html

    Michael Avenatti Drops A Bomb: There Are More Hush Money Crimes In The Trump Organization | PoliticusUSA



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    The lawyer for Stormy Daniels, Michael Avenatti, revealed that Trump backed down on the Daniels NDA because he is trying to cover up more hush money crimes in the Trump Organization.

    Continued at https://www.politicususa.com/2018/09/10/michael-avenatti-crimes-trump-organization.html

    Trump Blows A Gasket After Getting Destroyed By Bob Woodward On Live Television | PoliticusUSA



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    Bob Woodward took apart Trump and called the president at war with the truth and detached from what is going on. Trump responded with an epic gasket blowing tantrum.

    Continued at https://www.politicususa.com/2018/09/10/bob-woodward-trump.html
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    Bob Woodward: Never Lie To Protect A Source | The Late Show with Stephen Colbert



    "The legendary reporter and author of new book 'Fear' discusses his reluctance to use anonymous sources and off-the-record conversations in his reporting on the White House."

    Bob Woodward Responds To Denials From Mattis, Kelly | The Late Show with Stephen Colbert



    "Woodward stands by his reporting in 'Fear,' including explosive quotes attributed to Trump administration figures like Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Chief of Staff John Kelly."

    Colbert To Bob Woodward: What Do You Fear Most? | The Late Show with Stephen Colbert



    "When Stephen asks the 'Fear' author of what scares him most about life under President Trump, Woodward replies: "for me it's not knowing what's going on.""
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    Donald Trump Will Never Forget (To Say Dumb Shit About 9/11)

    By Laura Wagner, Deadspin, September 11, 2018

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    President Donald Trump, a person who is afraid of stairs, has long spewed mush-brain lies and bizarre boasts about everything, and that includes 9/11. Remember when he claimed he cleared rubble from Ground Zero, or the time he lied about seeing Muslims celebrating the Twin Towers falling, or when he said “hundreds” of his friends died in the the Twin Towers but wouldn’t name any of them, or the time he bragged about how his Manhattan building was the tallest since the World Trade Centers were destroyed? All of his insane ramblings are hard to keep track of so don’t feel bad if you don’t recall the specifics; let’s take a moment to remember Trump remembering 9/11.

    Sept. 11, 2001

    The day the Twin Towers fell, Trump went on the radio and said that the destruction of the towers meant his Manhattan building was the tallest.

    “40 Wall Street actually was the second-tallest building in downtown Manhattan, and it was actually, before the World Trade Center, was the tallest — and then, when they built the World Trade Center, it became known as the second tallest,” Trump said in the WWOR interview. “And now it’s the tallest.”

    A 2006 New York Daily News investigation revealed that Trump claimed $150,000 for his 40 Wall Street building from a government grant aimed to help small business recover after the attacks.

    Sept. 11, 2013

    "I would like to extend my best wishes to all, even the haters and losers, on this special date, September 11th."
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 12, 2013

    November 2015

    At a campaign rally, Trump lied about seeing “thousands and thousands of people” cheering the fall of the Twin Towers.

    “Hey, I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down. And I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down. Thousands of people were cheering.”

    The he lied more, saying he had actually seen it on TV.

    “I heard Paterson. Excuse me. I’ve heard Jersey City. I’ve heard Paterson,” he said. “It was 14 years ago. But I saw it on television.”

    On ABC News, he persisted with this lie, saying the cheering people were “Arab.”

    “There were people that were cheering on the other side of New Jersey, where you have large Arab populations,” Trump insisted. “They were cheering as the World Trade Center came down. I know it might be not politically correct for you to talk about it, but there were people cheering as that building came down — as those buildings came down. And that tells you something. It was well covered at the time, George. Now, I know they don’t like to talk about it, but it was well covered at the time. There were people over in New Jersey that were watching it, a heavy Arab population, that were cheering as the buildings came down. Not good.”

    2001-2016

    In the weeks, after the Sept. 11 attacks, Trump, on Howard Stern’s radio show, allowed that he had donated $10,000 to the Twin Towers charity fund. In October 2016, ABC reported that he had not donated the promised money.

    “My office has reviewed the donations made in the nearly 12 months following the attacks – and we didn’t find evidence that he contributed a single cent to the victims, our first responders, and to our city through the Twin Towers Fund,” New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, a Democrat, said in a statement to ABC News today. “In the wake of 9/11, New Yorkers came together, healed, and rebuilt. If Donald Trump claimed to donate and didn’t, if he claimed to support New Yorkers in a time of crisis and refused, then that would be just plain wrong.”

    In 2015, the Smoking Gun reported that Trump made a single $1,000 donation in 2006 to a scammy-sounding Scientology program designed to help first responders:

    Since 2001, the Trump foundation’s tax returns contain a single donation that is identifiable with a 9/11 charity. In 2006, Trump gave $1000 to a controversial Scientology program that administered treatment to firemen who inhaled toxins while working on the World Trade Center pile. The New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Fund, co-founded by actor Tom Cruise, relied on a “Purification Rundown” invented by L. Ron Hubbard, the crackpot founder of Scientology.

    Feb. 13, 2016

    During a Republican Party debate, Trump said he lost “hundreds of friends” on 9/11, but then steadfastly refused to name anyone in the ensuing days. The Daily Beast reported:

    Two days after Donald Trump claimed that he “lost hundreds of friends” at the World Trade Center as a result of the 9/11 attack, his campaign continued to ignore a Daily Beast request that he name even one.

    With silence comes the possibility that Trump told the most reprehensible lie of the campaign, just a few breaths from when he called both Sen. Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush liars.

    By his math, Trump is trying to tell us that at least one in 10 of the 2,983 who died on 9/11 were his friends.

    April 2016

    Trump said he helped clear rubble from Ground Zero.

    “Everyone who helped clear the rubble — and I was there, and I watched, and I helped a little bit — but I want to tell you: Those people were amazing,” Trump said. “Clearing the rubble. Trying to find additional lives. You didn’t know what was going to come down on all of us — and they handled it.”

    Here’s video of @realDonaldTrump claiming he helped look for survivors & clear rubble on 9/11. He didn't. He was lying. #NeverForget pic.twitter.com/gvc3MsbaJZ
    — Scott Dworkin (@funder) September 11, 2018

    April 23, 2017

    During an interview with the Associated Press, Trump bragged that his presidency was good for TV ratings, saying they were the highest they had been since “Since the World Trade Center came down.”

    It had 9.2 million people. It’s the highest they’ve ever had. On any, on air, (CBS “Face the Nation” host John) Dickerson had 5.2 million people. It’s the highest for “Face the Nation” or as I call it, “Deface the Nation.” It’s the highest for “Deface the Nation” since the World Trade Center. Since the World Trade Center came down. It’s a tremendous advantage.

    Today

    17 years since September 11th!
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 11, 2018

    A truly touching tribute.

    Source: https://theconcourse.deadspin.com/donald-trump-will-never-forget-to-say-dumb-shit-about-1828967193
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    Trump Jr. on Mueller probe: I'm not worried about jail



    Beto O'Rourke speaks before tearing down Jone Plaza!!

  99. Trump: "Puerto Rico was an incredible, unsung success"



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    MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Reveals Stunning Records Showing the Trump Administration Shifted Money from FEMA to ICE Ahead of Hurricane Season

    The document shows that $10 million was taken from the department dedicated to responding to natural disasters.

    By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

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    MSNBC's Rachel Maddow reported Tuesday night that President Donald Trump's administration took nearly $10 million funds from FEMA's budget and transferred to ICE ahead of the hurricane season this summer, according to documents provided by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR).

    The news, breaking just as Hurricane Florence threatens to wreak havoc on the East Coast, is stunning given the extreme devastation brought by last year's hurricane season. A recent report found that Hurricane Maria in 2017 killed nearly 3,000 people in Puerto Rico after a federal response that faced heavy criticism.

    Earlier in the day, Trump called the response in Puerto Rico an "unsung success" of his administration.

    According to Maddow, the Department of Homeland Security, which contains both ICE and FEMA, confirmed the validity of the documents, though it said the funds taken from FEMA did not come from disaster relief budgets. However, Merkley disputed this claim, citing lines in the documents that appear to directly cite emergency response funds.

    Source: https://www.alternet.org/news-amp-p...ning-records-showing-trump-admn-shifted-money

    FEMA's Chief Warns “The Power Is Going To Be Off For Weeks” After Hurricane Florence Slams Into The Carolinas

    https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/hazelshearing/hurricane-florence-evacautions
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    Trump doesn’t drink booze. D.C. weighs whether to let him serve it. | POLITICO

    A group of residents complained that the owner of the Trump International Hotel fails the “good character” test required of anyone who wants to sell wine, beer or spirits in the city.

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    Donald Trump is president, but is he fit to run a bar?

    A Washington, D.C., liquor board will consider that question Wednesday after a group of city residents complained that the owner of the Trump International Hotel fails the “good character” test required of anyone who wants to sell wine, beer or spirits in the city.

    In their grievance to the city’s Alcohol Beverage Control Board, the group presented a litany of what they say are Trump’s moral failures, calling him a liar, a fraudster and a racist who associates with criminals.

    The hotel, just blocks from the White House, opened in 2016 and has become a hangout for administration aides and Trump loyalists. The president himself, who does not drink, has appeared at major fundraisers there, and his campaign has spent thousands of dollars on events. Foreign governments, including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, are frequent patrons, too. In 2017 and 2018, Kuwait’s ambassador to the U.S. booked the hotel for galas to celebrate the anniversary of the country’s independence from British rule.

    Yanking the hotel’s liquor license would put a serious dent in its events business, including weddings and fundraisers. The hotel's steakhouse, BLT Prime, and the lobby’s popular Benjamin Bar and Lounge — mocked by locals for serving wine by the spoonful — operate under a separate license that isn’t targeted by the current complaint. But both could be hit if the case goes forward, because they, like the hotel, have liquor licenses held by Trump Old Post Office LLC, which in turn is owned by the president.

    It’s too soon to say whether local leaders — all of them appointed by the city’s Democratic mayor — will revoke the license; the alcohol control board on Wednesday will decide whether to start that process by recommending a review. But the challenge is just the latest attempt at resistance in a city in which Trump won only about 4 percent of the vote.

    “The merits of the complaint are strong,” said Joshua Levy, a partner with law firm Cunningham Levy Muse, who represents the residents. “The evidence of Mr. Trump’s bad character is strong.”

    Trump Organization lawyer Alan Garten and BLT spokeswoman Rachel Wormser did not respond to requests for comment.

    The control board has cited character flaws to deny liquor licenses in the past, including to applicants who have lied to investigators, misrepresented their finances or had run-ins with the law. But while it has sought to revoke licenses for violations such as serving underage customers, running the taps after hours and shoddy record-keeping, it’s unusual for the board to investigate an existing license on the basis of character.

    The seven complainants against Trump include a federal judge, a former chair of the White House Council on Faith and Neighborhood Partnerships, and several religious leaders. Their effort is being funded by Jerry Hirsch, an Arizona Republican and chairman of the nonprofit Make Integrity Great Again.

    "Character and the rule of law comprise the foundation of our society, and yet both are under assault,” Hirsch said in a written statement. “This complaint is important because it is a test of both, at a critical time in American history."

    Hirsch has commissioned polling from a strategy group led by former Barack Obama political operatives Julianna Smoot and Paul Tewes and hired public relations firm Ein Communications.

    The initial complaint, filed in June, cited as evidence of his character flaws Trump’s alleged misstatements of his net worth, his involvement in payments to adult film actress Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about an alleged sexual encounter, complaints about his Trump University real estate program, and reports that he frequently failed to pay contractors.

    The complainants acknowledged that the alcohol board usually does such “good character” investigations only when an application is filed or a license is being renewed. But they said that due to “egregious conduct,” the board “owes it to the public to investigate the owner’s lack of good character now.”

    In a supplemental filing last week, the group cited as additional evidence of Trump’s wrongdoing a guilty plea entered by his former lawyer Michael Cohen admitting to criminal charges including campaign finance violations and a New York Times op-ed piece written by an unnamed official who said members of the administration are actively working to curb what they see as the president’s worst impulses.

    “Mr. Trump adds to the evidence of his lack of ‘good character’ daily,” the complainants wrote last week. “A senior member of the current administration made a stunning admission about Mr. Trump that stands at the heart of the complaint submitted to the board: ‘the root of the problem is his amorality.’”

    Continued at https://www.politico.com/story/2018/09/11/trump-international-washington-liquor-815560
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    Manafort in talks with prosecutors about possible plea, according to people familiar with the discussions

    By Tom Hamburger, Devlin Barrett and Spencer S. Hsu, The Washington Post, September 11, 2018

    Quote:

    Days before in-person jury selection is set to begin in his second trial, President Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort is in talks with the special counsel’s office about a possible plea deal, according to two people with knowledge of the discussions.

    The people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the conversations, cautioned that the negotiations may not result in a deal with special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, who is prosecuting Manafort for alleged money laundering and lobbying violations.

    But the discussions indicate a possible shift in strategy for Manafort, who earlier this year chose to go to trial in Virginia, only to be convicted last month in Alexandria federal court on eight counts of bank and tax fraud. He had derided his former business partner, Rick Gates, for striking a deal with prosecutors that provided him leniency in exchange for testimony against Manafort.

    <snipped>

    The specifics of Manafort’s current negotiations with prosecutors were unclear, including whether he would provide any information about the president.

    <snipped>

    ...Manafort’s current willingness to engage in talks could rattle Trump, who in the past has praised his former campaign chairman for his unwillingness to cooperate with the special counsel.

    Prosecutors “applied tremendous pressure on him and . . . he refused to ‘break’ - make up stories in order to get a ‘deal,’ ” the president tweeted last month. “Such respect for a brave man!”

    <snipped>

    Jury selection for Manafort’s second trial is set to begin Monday, with opening statements scheduled for Sept. 24.

    More at https://www.washingtonpost.com/poli...98b64c-b60e-11e8-a7b5-adaaa5b2a57f_story.html
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    Dated just before the election, and he still got in. *sigh*
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    Joseph Mifsud Was Just Fined $57,000. He Missed His Whole Trial Because Police Couldn't Find Him.

    The Maltese professor at the center of the Trump-Russia probe, described by lawyers as a "ghost," was convicted by an Italian court after not turning up for a single day of his own trial.

    https://www.buzzfeednews.com/articl...-was-fined-57000-in-absence-after-missing-his
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    Needs one with a pair of dicks.
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    Stormy Daniels, Michael Avenatti talk Michael Cohen's guilty plea, her arrest in Ohio | The View



    "Daniels and Avenatti discuss the latest developments in Michael Cohen's case, Daniels' Ohio arrest and more on "The View.""

    Stormy Daniels announces new book 'Full Disclosure' | The View



    "Daniels details her new book and explains why she decided to publish it now on "The View.""

    Stormy Daniels, Attorney Michael Avenatti On Rudy Giuliani's Comments | The View



    October surprise: Stormy Daniels to release tell-all book on Trump | POLITICO

    Quote:

    Stormy Daniels, the adult film actress who claims she had an affair with President Donald Trump, revealed on Wednesday that she has penned a tell-all book that will be released on Oct. 2.

    Daniels made the announcement on The View, telling the hosts that the book will be called "Full Disclosure" and that she will share more details about her interactions with Trump.

    “Yes. It's full disclosure. That's why I named it that,” Daniels said, when asked by co-host Joy Behar whether the memoir will dish about the night she allegedly spend with Trump in a hotel room in 2006.

    Daniels has emerged as a major political figure after going public with her alleged affair and suing the president for defamation. The controversy escalated when Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani revealed that the president had repaid Michael Cohen, his longtime personal lawyer and fixer, for the hush money deal that Cohen struck with Daniels in the lead-up to the 2016 election.

    On Wednesday, Daniels said she's been working on the memoir for the past decade and that while it will detail interactions with Trump, it will also be about her career as a porn star as well as her personal life.

    Continued at https://www.politico.com/story/2018/09/12/stormy-daniels-book-deal-815841
  109. https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/...non-Great-Awakening-Subreddits-493096041.html
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    No Last Call at Trump Hotel: D.C. Board Rejects Liquor License Challenge | The New York Times

    Excerpt:

    In the end, the board unanimously declined to pursue the complaint, punting a decision to review the case until next spring. The group also said it would review a claim that the hotel had served alcohol to a minor.

    More at https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/12/us/politics/trump-hotel-liquor-license.html
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    Manafort seeking plea deal with special counsel that would avoid cooperation ahead of second trial: Sources | ABC News

    Excerpt:

    Sources tell ABC News that Mueller’s office is seeking cooperation from Manafort for information related to President Donald Trump and the 2016 campaign. Manafort, however, is resisting and his team is pushing prosecutors for a plea agreement that does not include cooperation, at least as related to the president, sources said.

    More at https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/man...l-counsel-avoid-cooperation/story?id=57777687
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    Bob Woodward's Fear sells more than 750,000 in first day | The Guardian

    The veteran Washington reporter’s unflattering portrait of Trump White House gets ninth printing to meet extraordinary demand from US and beyond

    Excerpt:

    Simon & Schuster said yesterday that it sold a combined total of more than 750,000 copies of the book on its first day on sale in the US. The publisher has now ordered a ninth printing, bringing the total number of hardbacks in print in America to more than 1.15m.

    “Bob Woodward’s Fear is selling with the force of a cultural phenomenon, in extraordinary numbers across the board, in hardcover, ebook, and audio editions,” said S&S president Jonathan Karp. “Based on immense pre-publication and ongoing interest, the reading public clearly has an enormous appetite for what we believe, as Woodward says, is ‘a pivot point in history’.”

    More at https://www.theguardian.com/books/2...re-than-750000-in-first-day-trump-white-house

    Amazon Confuses Bob Woodward For L. Ron Hubbard, Sending Reviews For Fear Tumbling | Gizmodo Australia

    Quote:

    A mysterious (hilarious?) bug appeared to temporarily drag down the Amazon customer rating for Bob Woodward’s new book about the Trump administration’s first year in office.

    On Wednesday, reviews on Amazon for the just-released Woodward book Fear became intermingled, somehow, with reviews for an L. Ron Hubbard novella by the same name. A significant number of the negative reviews attached to Woodward’s book — orders for which have outpaced Amazon’s supply — referenced the Church of Scientology founder’s psychological thriller, as seen in the screenshot below:

    Continued at https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2018/09/...on-hubbard-sending-reviews-for-fear-tumbling/
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  113. ^A sinister turn of events at Amazon, indeed.

    Too early to say if the Special Counsel needs to become involved, but if some government spokeshole appears and blames it on some 'third-rate Russian hackers' we'll know what's afoot.

    What's scientology doing in the Trump thread, and how seriously do we need to take this?

    We must be told.
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    What The Fuck Is That Guy's Problem?!
    TrumpWTF.jpg
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  115. The Wrong Guy Member

    ^
    Trump claims without evidence that 3,000 people did not die in Puerto Rico hurricanes, blames Democrats for inflating toll
    • President Donald Trump on Thursday disputed the most recent official death toll from hurricanes that struck Puerto Rico last fall.
    • Trump suggested Democrats tried to "make me look bad" by highlighting the number of people who died in the wake of the storms "when I was successfully raising Billions of dollars to help rebuild Puerto Rico."
    • In August, the Puerto Rican government raised the official death count dramatically to 2,975, after maintaining for months that only 64 people had died.
    Excerpt:

    San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz fired back at Trump in a tweet of her own.

    "Success? Federal response according to Trump in Puerto Rico a success? If he thinks the death of 3,000 people os a success God help us all."
    https://twitter.com/CarmenYulinCruz/status/1039609845744377859

    More at https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/13/trump-says-3000-people-did-not-die-in-puerto-rico-hurricanes.html
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    Trump Plans To Pay Millions To Mexico So It'll Deport Undocumented Immigrants | HuffPost

    The money will reportedly help Mexico pay transportation for thousands of Central Americans trying to reach the U.S.

    Quote:

    Remember President Donald Trump’s insistence that Mexico would pay for his border wall? Well, it seems it’s the U.S. that’ll be shelling out millions to its southern neighbor in exchange for helping Trump in his crusade against immigration.

    The Trump administration recently sent a notice to Congress saying it plans to divert $20 million allocated for foreign assistance to help Mexico deport up to 17,000 undocumented immigrants from the country, according to a New York Times report published late Wednesday.

    The money would reportedly help Mexico pay for the plane and bus fares of deportees. Central Americans attempting to flee to the U.S. via Mexico will be the main target of the initiative.

    A Department of Homeland Security spokeswoman confirmed the plan to the Times, saying the administration was “working closely with our Mexican counterparts to confront rising border apprehension numbers.”

    Continued at https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-mexico-deportation-20-million_us_5b9a06a4e4b041978dbfd00e
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    Cooper to Woodward: This part of book was terrifying | CNN



    "CNN's Anderson Cooper talks to veteran journalist Bob Woodward about his new book, "Fear.""

    Woodward says he has ‘boxes of recordings’ to back claims in Trump book | TheHill

    Quote:

    Veteran journalist Bob Woodward claims he has “boxes of recordings and documents” to back up the accounts made his explosive book, “Fear: Trump in the White House.”

    In an interview with CNN host Anderson Cooper on Wednesday night, Woodward said he recorded “almost all” of the interviews he conducted with current and former Trump administration officials for his new book, which President Trump and the White House have repeatedly sought to discredit.

    “The deal was I would interview somebody, they would be a confidential source,” Woodward told Cooper. “I know who they are, they're describing specific events.”

    “Often there are diaries or notes or documents supporting it,” the journalist added.

    Woodward, the reporter who rose to fame for uncovering the Watergate scandal, said that several times during interviews with current and former officials that the subject would request to go off the record, which Woodward said he refused to allow.

    "A couple of times people would say 'I wanna go off the record,' " Woodward said. "And I said 'no.' "

    "In every case, maybe except one, said 'ok, I'll tell you anyway on deep background,’ ” Woodward said.

    "When somebody looks at this in 20, or 30, or 40 years, boxes of recordings and documents, they will see that this was very carefully done," Woodward continued. "I can argue with a straight face that an ardent Trump supporter would read this and have to pause. Because whether you like Trump or don't like Trump, it's a management issue."

    Continued at http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-brief...-he-has-boxes-of-recordings-to-back-claims-in
  118. Fear Book gets confused on Amazon with L,Ron Hubbard's book Fear.
  119. This shit you couldn't make up.



    Heeelayreeeuss
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    Dianne Feinstein Withholding Brett Kavanaugh Document From Fellow Judiciary Committee Democrats

    By Ryan Grim, The Intercept, September 12, 2018

    Quote:

    Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee have privately requested to view a Brett Kavanaugh-related document in possession of the panel’s top Democrat, Dianne Feinstein, but the senior California senator has so far refused, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation.

    The specific content of the document, which is a letter from a California constituent, is unclear, but Feinstein’s refusal to share the letter has created tension on the committee, particularly after Feinstein largely took a back seat to her more junior colleagues last week, as they took over Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings with protests around access to documents.

    The letter took a circuitous route to Feinstein, the top-ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee. It purportedly describes an incident that was relayed to someone affiliated with Stanford University, who authored the letter and sent it to Rep. Anna Eshoo, a Democrat who represents the area.

    Different sources provided different accounts of the contents of the letter, and some of the sources said they themselves had heard different versions, but the one consistent theme was that it describes an incident involving Kavanaugh and a woman while they were in high school. Kept hidden, the letter is beginning to take on a life of its own.

    Eshoo passed the letter to her fellow Californian, Feinstein. Word began leaking out on the Hill about it, and Feinstein was approached by Democrats on the committee, but she rebuffed them, Democratic sources said. Feinstein’s fellow senators want their own opportunity to gauge whether or not the letter should be made public, rather than leaving it to Feinstein to make that call unilaterally. The sources were not authorized to speak on the record, and said that no senators on the committee, other than Feinstein, have so far been able to view the letter.

    The woman who is the subject of the letter is now being represented by Debra Katz, a whistleblower attorney who works with #MeToo survivors. Joseph Abboud, an attorney at Katz’s firm, said that the firm was declining to comment. Emma Crisci, a spokesperson for Eshoo, declined to comment on the letter her office sent to Feinstein, saying that the office has a confidentiality policy when it comes to constituent casework. A spokesperson for Feinstein did not respond to requests for comment.

    Update: September 13, 2018

    Feinstein has released a statement Thursday afternoon acknowledging the existence of the letter. “I have received information from an individual concerning the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. That individual strongly requested confidentiality, declined to come forward or press the matter further, and I have honored that decision. I have, however, referred the matter to federal investigative authorities,” she said.

    Source: https://theintercept.com/2018/09/12/brett-kavanaugh-confirmation-dianne-feinstein/

    Senate Democrats Have Referred A Secret Letter About Brett Kavanaugh To The FBI

    By Lissandra Villa and Paul McLeod, BuzzFeed News, September 13, 2018

    Quote:

    Senate Democrats on the Judiciary Committee have referred a letter concerning Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to the FBI.

    The contents of the letter have been closely guarded by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, as well as California Rep. Anna Eshoo, who originally received the letter and shared it with Feinstein, according to sources familiar with the matter. But whispers of what it contains have made the rounds across Capitol Hill over the past week.

    Continued at https://www.buzzfeednews.com/articl...mocrats-have-sent-a-secret-letter-about-brett
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    Donald Trump's absolutely mind-boggling assault on facts is actually picking up steam

    Donald Trump has said more than 8 things that aren't true every day of his presidency

    Analysis by Chris Cillizza, CNN Editor-at-large

    Quote:

    On his 601st day in office, President Donald Trump broke what many people might have assumed was an unbreakable barrier: He said his 5,000th thing that was either totally false or partially untrue.

    That's according to the count being kept by the invaluable folks at The Washington Post's Fact Checker blog. And, what's even more amazing than a President who is averaging -- repeat: averaging -- more than eight untruths a day is this: Trump's penchant for saying false things is exponentially increasing as his presidency wears on.

    In Trump's first 100 days, he averaged 4.2 falsehoods a day. That number has almost doubled in the intervening 500 days -- propelled by Trump's increasing willingness to be completely untethered from facts for longer and longer periods of time.

    This anecdote from the Post writeup is absolutely staggering:

    "On Sept. 7, President Trump woke up in Billings, Mont., flew to Fargo, N.D., visited Sioux Falls, S.D., and eventually returned to Washington. He spoke to reporters on Air Force One, held a pair of fundraisers and was interviewed by three local reporters.

    In that single day, he publicly made 125 false or misleading statements — in a period of time that totaled only about 120 minutes. It was a new single-day high."

    From Sept. 4 to Sept. 13, Trump averaged 32 false of misleading claims a day. 32 a day!

    Stop for a minute and think about that. If you tried, I'm sure you could find a way to say 32 things a day that weren't totally true. But you'd almost certainly have to work at it. You'd have to be consciously focused on it.

    And yet, that's the average number of things that the President of the United States said that weren't true over a 10-day period this month.

    There's a tendency -- even among Trump's staunchest opponents -- to greet that fact with a shrug. After all, anyone paying even the least bit of attention to politics knows that Trump says lots and lots of things that aren't true. And it's also inarguable that Trump's supporters do not care about his casual relationship with the truth; Trump decries any sort of fact-checking as the byproduct of a "fake news" media, and his backers believe it.

    But taking for granted the fact that the President of the United States is engaged in a historic assault on the idea of facts, truth and neutral arbiters isn't something any healthy democracy should do.

    And I think that's even more true when you realize that Trump's factlessness isn't slowing or staying steady. it is accelerating. Rapidly.

    Consider what that acceleration tells us: That Trump is retreating more and more into a reality of his own making, a reality that bears little resemblance to what we would all agree are established facts and figures.

    It's not clear -- at least to me -- whether he is doing this because he can and wants to test the limits of how far people will unquestioningly follow him ("I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose voters.") or because he truly believes that what he is saying are the real facts.

    Both options are concerning. But to my mind, the latter -- Trump is unaware of how far into his own alternate reality he is and continues to clip -- is more worrisome. A President wholly disconnected from reality poses all sorts of troubling and scary questions about how Trump deals not only with domestic problems but, more concerningly, international issues like those related to Russia, North Korea or Syria.

    For me, the words of Bob Woodward, who spent more than a year reporting on the state of the White House for his new book, are both deeply relevant and deeply haunting on this subject.

    "I've never seen an instance when the President is so detached from the reality of what's going on," Woodward said earlier this week. "This has not been treated seriously enough. Some of the things Trump did and does jeopardize the real national security."

    Source: https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/13/politics/donald-trump-truth-facts-lies/
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  122. SHOCKING New Evidence In Trump Tower Meeting Investigation

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    Tentative deal reached between Manafort and special counsel: Sources | ABC News

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    Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has tentatively agreed to a plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller that will head off his upcoming trial, sources familiar with the negotiations tell ABC News.

    The deal is expected to be announced in court Friday, but it remains unclear whether Manafort has agreed to cooperate with prosecutors or is simply conceding to a guilty plea, which would allow him to avoid the stress and expense of trial, according to three sources with knowledge of the discussions.

    Manafort and his most senior defense attorneys spent more than four hours Thursday in discussions with a team of special prosecutors who are involved in the ongoing investigation into whether there was collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

    ABC News spotted the team arriving in a dark SUV Thursday morning, pulling into a secret entrance out of public view at the building where Special Counsel Robert Mueller is based.

    Continued at https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/ten...ort-special-counsel-sources/story?id=57809113
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  124. "ANSWER THE QUESTION!!" Sheldon Whitehouse CONFRONTS Brett Kavanaugh on Trump & Corporate Corruption

  125. MANAFORT AGREES TO PLEA DEAL

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    McRaven resigned from Pentagon board days after criticizing Trump | CNN

    Quote:

    Retired Adm. William "Bill" McRaven resigned from the Pentagon's Defense Innovation Board last month, just days after issuing a stunning rebuke of President Donald Trump's decision to revoke the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan, the Pentagon confirmed Thursday.

    "I can confirm that Admiral (ret) William H. McRaven resigned from the Defense Innovation Board, effective August 20, 2018," Pentagon spokesperson Heather Babb told CNN in a statement. "The Department appreciates his service and contribution on the board."

    The Defense Innovation Board serves as an independent advisory committee to the Pentagon specializing in issues related to technology and innovation. McRaven's picture has been removed from the board's website.

    While his departure was first reported by Defense News on Thursday, the Pentagon confirmed that McRaven, the former head of Special Operations Command, officially resigned last month, just four days after he authored a blistering op-ed in The Washington Post slamming Trump's decision to revoke Brennan's clearance.

    "Through your actions, you have embarrassed us in the eyes of our children, humiliated us on the world stage and, worst of all, divided us as a nation," McRaven said of Trump's unprecedented use of a presidential authority over the classification system to strike back at one of his prominent critics.

    "If you think for a moment that your McCarthy-era tactics will suppress the voices of criticism, you are sadly mistaken. The criticism will continue until you become the leader we prayed you would be," he added, also volunteering to have his own clearance revoked in an act of solidarity.

    McRaven also defended Brennan as "one of the finest public servants I have ever known."

    "Few Americans have done more to protect this country than John. He is a man of unparalleled integrity, whose honesty and character have never been in question, except by those who don't know him," McRaven wrote.

    "Therefore, I would consider it an honor if you would revoke my security clearance as well, so I can add my name to the list of men and women who have spoken up against your presidency," he added.

    McRaven, who resigned as chancellor of the University of Texas at Austin earlier this year, is widely respected among the tens of thousands of active and retired special operators.

    Source: https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/13/politics/mcraven-pentagon-advisory-board-trump/
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    In plea deal, Paul Manafort pleads guilty to reduced charges and agrees to cooperate with special counsel probe

    By Del Quentin Wilber, Los Angeles Times

    Quote:

    Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, has agreed to plead guilty to reduced charges and to cooperate with special counsel Robert S. Muller III in his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential race, prosecutors said Friday, marking a dramatic about-face for the former Trump deputy.

    The plea deal, announced Friday in federal court in Washington, will allow Manafort, 69, to avoid a second trial on charges stemming from his lucrative work for pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine before he joined the Trump campaign.

    Andrew Weissman, one of the prosecutors, told U.S. District Judge Amy Jackson that Manafort would plead guilty to conspiring against the United States and conspiring to obstruct justice. He said Manafort had agreed cooperate with the special counsel investigation as part of his plea.

    Weissman said the remaining five charges against Manafort would be dropped at sentencing or upon completion of his successful cooperation.

    The plea deal is mixed news for the White House. It could provide Mueller with new evidence or leads to chase in a politically sensitive probe that President Trump has relentlessly denounced as a “witch hunt” but that already has led to more than two dozen indictments.

    But it also avoids a federal trial, scheduled to start on Sept. 24, that would keep Manafort’s criminal charges in the headlines before the November midterm elections.

    Manafort is the fourth Trump campaign aide or administration official to plead guilty as a result of the Mueller investigation.

    The longtime Republican political strategist was scheduled to stand trial in Washington on charges of conspiracy to commit money laundering, acting as an unregistered agent of a foreign principal, making false statements and obstruction of justice.

    He was convicted last month in Alexandria, Va., on eight charges of bank and tax fraud, also related to his work in Ukraine and could face up to 80 years in prison. The jury could not reach a verdict on 10 other counts.

    Continued at http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-manafort-plea-20180914-story.html

    Paul Manafort agrees to cooperate with Robert Mueller's prosecutors – live updates | The Guardian

    Quote:

    Federal prosecutor Andrew Weissmann told the court that Manafort has agreed to cooperate apparently in exchange for the government dropping the remaining charges against him.

    White House press secretary Sarah Sanders has released a brief statement on Manafort’s deal, per a pool report:

    “This had absolutely nothing to do with the President or his victorious 2016 Presidential campaign. It is totally unrelated.”

    More at https://www.theguardian.com/us-news...nald-trump-robert-mueller-latest-live-updates

    Del Quentin Wilber‏ @DelWilber 11 minutes ago
    As part of plea, Manafort is going to forfeit several properties and a bunch of bank accounts to the U.S. govt.

    Del Quentin Wilber‏ @DelWilber 7 minutes ago
    As part of plea, Manafort agrees to cooperate. That entails: sitting down with special counsel, not always with his lawyer, and answering all questions. He will have to provide requested documents. And he has agreed to testify in court if needed. He must be truthful.

    Del Quentin Wilber‏ @DelWilber 2 minutes ago
    "I plead guilty," Manfaort says. Paul Manafort has just pleaded guilty to conspiring against the U.S. and conspiring to obstruct justice. He is the fourth Trump campaign aide or admin official to plead guilty in Mueller’s probe.

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump Aug 22
    I feel very badly for Paul Manafort and his wonderful family. “Justice” took a 12 year old tax case, among other things, applied tremendous pressure on him and, unlike Michael Cohen, he refused to “break” - make up stories in order to get a “deal.” Such respect for a brave man!

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump Aug 22
    A large number of counts, ten, could not even be decided in the Paul Manafort case. Witch Hunt!
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    Manafort is cooperating with Mueller. 8 legal experts explain what that means for Trump.

    Spoiler alert: it’s not good.

    By Sean Illing, Vox

    Quote:

    Paul Manafort has finally flipped.

    The president’s former campaign manager pleaded guilty in court on Friday to two felonies: conspiracy against the United States and conspiracy to obstruct justice. Part of Manafort’s plea deal includes an agreement to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe — including offering interviews and briefings to the special counsel’s office, handing over documents, and testifying in other court proceedings.

    It’s not clear why Manafort agreed to flip after a year of refusing to do so. Nor do we know the extent of Manafort’s cooperation, or what he actually knows about Trump and any possible collusion with Russia. But Manafort’s cooperation is still a big deal, since he was one of the first people Mueller targeted.

    So how worried should Trump be? And how does Manafort’s cooperation impact the Mueller probe? To find out, I reached out to eight legal experts.

    Their full responses, edited for clarity and style, are below.

    Continued at https://www.vox.com/2018/9/14/17860648/paul-manafort-plea-deal-cooperating-mueller-trump
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    Trump’s Calls to Manafort Going Straight to Voice Mail

    By Andy Borowitz, The New Yorker

    Quote:

    Donald J. Trump placed “a large number” of phone calls to his former campaign manager Paul Manafort on Friday morning, and all of them went straight to voice mail, White House sources have confirmed.

    The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the number of voice-mail messages that Trump left for Manafort was somewhere in the range of twelve to three hundred.

    Trump reportedly continued to leave messages for Manafort until his mailbox was full, after which Trump hurled his phone across the room, narrowly missing Mike Pence’s head.

    Speaking to reporters, the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, downplayed the significance of Manafort’s failure to pick up after Trump called him several hundred times.

    “Phones can be tricky sometimes,” she said. “You saw what happened when he tried to call the President of Mexico.”

    While other Administration officials were mum on Manafort’s deal to coöperate with Robert Mueller’s investigation, Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani, said that it was “actually fantastic news,” because “it means I’ll get to be on TV a lot.”

    Source: https://www.newyorker.com/humor/bor...alls-to-manafort-going-straight-to-voice-mail
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    Michael Cohen Is the Latest Former Trump Ally to Talk to Mueller

    In the wake of Manafort’s plea deal, sources confirm that it is now common knowledge among Cohen’s inner circle that Trump’s former lawyer has been in contact with the special counsel’s office.

    By Emily Jane Fox, Vanity Fair

    Quote:

    Attorneys for Donald Trump were dealt another major blow on Friday as Paul Manafort, the president’s former campaign chairman, agreed to cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller as part of a deal that involved pleading guilty to two conspiracy charges. Andrew Weissmann, a prosecutor from Mueller’s office, explained to the judge that as part of the deal, all other charges against Manafort will be dropped at sentencing or “at the agreement of successful cooperation.” Under the agreement, Manafort agreed to forfeit four properties and multiple bank accounts, along with cooperating with investigators by participating in interviews, providing documents and testifying in court.

    Manafort is one of a number of members of Trump’s inner circle who have cut deals with the special counsel’s office, including former national security adviser Michael Flynn and Manafort deputy Rick Gates. In recent weeks, it has also become common knowledge among close friends of Michael Cohen, Trump’s former personal attorney, that Cohen is talking to the Mueller team, according to people familiar with the situation. (Cohen did not respond to request for comment, nor did his attorney, Guy Petrillo. A spokesman for the special counsel’s office declined to comment.)

    The extent and purpose of those talks is not entirely clear. Last month, Cohen pleaded guilty to eight counts of tax evasion, lying to a bank, and campaign-finance violations. During his allocution in front of a packed courtroom, Cohen read carefully chosen words stating that Trump had directed him to make payments to two women who had alleged affairs with the then-candidate, implicating the president as his co-conspirator. Trump subsequently criticized Cohen, contrasting his disloyalty with the contemporaneous actions of Manafort, who he tweeted had “refused to break” by making up stories in order to get a deal. “Such respect for a brave man!” he added. (Trump has denied sexual relationships with both women, and has maintained that he did nothing wrong.)

    For months, Cohen has appeared to signal his willingness to cooperate with the government, both with the Southern District of New York and the special counsel’s office. While prosecutors for the Southern District did not initially approach Cohen about a cooperating agreement before he pleaded guilty, many speculated that he could still cut a deal in the months between the plea and his sentencing in December. Those familiar with Cohen’s thinking were unsure about what he might have to offer prosecutors, but because he had worked so closely with Trump and his family for more than a decade, it was assumed that he could potentially be a useful corroborating witness.

    It is a remarkable reversal from a year ago, when Cohen told me he would take a bullet for the president. But Cohen has now been squeezed financially, emotionally, and legally in a way he could not have imagined. Since last month, his primary concern has been his family—what a prison sentence could mean for them, and what his financial situation will look like, given his mounting legal bills and lack of income. He had expressed to friends that he was willing to share what he knows, both because he wants to be on the right side of history, and to spare them. As one longtime friend of Cohen’s put it to me, “He doesn’t feel he needs to go out of his way to protect Trump anymore, particularly because Trump has gone out of his way to hurt Michael.” Earlier this week, Cohen and his attorney sat down with New York state tax-department officials, who subpoenaed him last month as part of their inquiry into the Trump Foundation.

    According to people close to him, Cohen closely watched the White House’s reaction to his allocution in court last month. He listened as Trump railed against anyone who makes a plea deal, telling Fox News that cooperating with the government “almost ought to be outlawed.” And he has bristled at the feeling that he has taken the fall for a man who has refused to take any responsibility or face any consequence himself. In conversations with Mueller’s team, he is making good on what he told ABC earlier this summer: that his loyalty to Trump is no longer his lodestar.

    Source: https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2018/09/michael-cohen-mueller
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    READ: Rudy Giuliani Revises Statement on Paul Manafort's Plea Deal to Remove 'Paul Manafort Will Tell the Truth'

    Quote:

    As the news broke Friday that Paul Manafort, former chairman of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, had entered into a cooperation agreement with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Trump’s TV lawyer Rudy Giuliani insisted that it had nothing to do with Trump.

    Trump lawyer Giuliani asserts in statement after Manafort plea deal that the plea has "nothing to do with President Trump or the Trump campaign" and says that "the President did nothing wrong."
    — NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) September 14, 2018

    “Once again, an investigation has concluded with a plea having nothing to do with President Trump or the Trump campaign,” Giuliani said in a statement. “The reason: the President did nothing wrong and Paul Manafort will tell the truth.”

    Not long after his initial statement, however, the former New York City mayor had changed his tune.

    “The president did nothing wrong,” Giuliani reiterated, omitting his previous assertion that Manafort would tell the truth.

    Giuliani in first statement after Manafort plea deal:
    "the President did nothing wrong and Paul Manafort will tell the truth.”
    Giuliani in revised statement after Manafort plea deal:
    "the President did nothing wrong."
    — NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) September 14, 2018

    Giuliani said earlier this week that Trump and Manafort had a joint defense agreement in place, but that a potential cooperation agreement between Manafort and Mueller wasn’t of concern because Trump, allegedly, did nothing wrong.

    Twitter’s reaction to Giuliani: ‘really, like, really?’

    Flipping isn't flipping.
    — Steven Paley (@stevenpaley1) September 14, 2018

    More at https://secondnexus.com/news/rudy-giuliani-paul-manafort-plea-deal/
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  132. The Wrong Guy Member

    A Sexual-Misconduct Allegation Against the Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Stirs Tension Among Democrats in Congress

    By Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer, The New Yorker

    Quote:

    On Thursday, Senate Democrats disclosed that they had referred a complaint regarding President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, to the F.B.I. for investigation. The complaint came from a woman who accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct when they were both in high school, more than thirty years ago.

    The woman, who has asked not to be identified, first approached Democratic lawmakers in July, shortly after Trump nominated Kavanaugh. The allegation dates back to the early nineteen-eighties, when Kavanaugh was a high-school student at Georgetown Preparatory School, in Bethesda, Maryland, and the woman attended a nearby high school. In the letter, the woman alleged that, during an encounter at a party, Kavanaugh held her down, and that he attempted to force himself on her. She claimed in the letter that Kavanaugh and a classmate of his, both of whom had been drinking, turned up music that was playing in the room to conceal the sound of her protests, and that Kavanaugh covered her mouth with his hand. She was able to free herself. Although the alleged incident took place decades ago and the three individuals involved were minors, the woman said that the memory had been a source of ongoing distress for her, and that she had sought psychological treatment as a result.

    In a statement, Kavanaugh said, “I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I did not do this back in high school or at any time.”

    Kavanaugh’s classmate said of the woman’s allegation, “I have no recollection of that.”

    The woman declined a request for an interview.

    In recent months, the woman had told friends that Kavanaugh’s nomination had revived the pain of the memory, and that she was grappling with whether to go public with her story. She contacted her congresswoman, Anna Eshoo, a Democrat, sending her a letter describing her allegation. (When reached for comment, a spokesperson for Eshoo’s office cited a confidentiality policy regarding constituent services and declined to comment further on the matter.)

    The letter was also sent to the office of Senator Dianne Feinstein. As the ranking minority member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Feinstein was preparing to lead Democratic questioning of Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearing weeks later. The woman contacted Feinstein’s office directly, according to multiple sources.

    After the interactions with Eshoo’s and Feinstein’s offices, the woman decided not to speak about the matter publicly. She had repeatedly reported the allegation to members of Congress and, watching Kavanaugh move toward what looked like an increasingly assured confirmation, she decided to end her effort to come forward, a source close to the woman said.

    Continued at https://www.newyorker.com/news/news...ugh-stirs-tension-among-democrats-in-congress
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    Trump’s twitter storm on Puerto Rico was amazing and distracted from Manafort turning on him
    https://abcnews.go.com/Health/takeaways-puerto-ricos-death-toll-trumps-tweet-storm/story?id=57823604
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    EVERY FREAKIN’ DAY!

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    George Takei‏ @GeorgeTakei Sep 14
    It bears noting that Manafort picked Pence as VP. Pence picked the transition team, including Flynn, and publicly and vigorously denied Russian infiltration of the Trump campaign while the guy who picked him was actually a Russian asset. I wonder what Manafort knows about Pence?

    Dalai Lama‏ @DalaiLama Sep 14
    In the present circumstances, no one can afford to assume that someone else will solve their problems. Each one of us has a responsibility to help guide our global family in the right direction. Good wishes are not sufficient; we must become actively engaged.
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  137. Amen
  138. The Wrong Guy Member

    California professor Christine Blasey Ford, writer of confidential Brett Kavanaugh letter, speaks out about sexual assault allegation

    By Emma Brown, The Washington Post

    Quote:

    Earlier this summer, Christine Blasey Ford wrote a confidential letter to a senior Democratic lawmaker alleging that Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her more than three decades ago, when they were high school students in suburban Maryland. Since Wednesday, she has watched as that bare-bones version of her story became public without her name or her consent, drawing a blanket denial from Kavanaugh and roiling a nomination that just days ago seemed all but certain to succeed.

    Now, Ford has decided that if her story is going to be told, she wants to be the one to tell it.

    Speaking publicly for the first time, Ford said that one summer in the early 1980s, Kavanaugh and a friend — both “stumbling drunk,” Ford alleges — corralled her into a bedroom during a gathering of teenagers at a house in Montgomery County.

    While his friend watched, she said, Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed on her back and groped her over her clothes, grinding his body against hers and clumsily attempting to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothing she wore over it. When she tried to scream, she said, he put his hand over her mouth.

    “I thought he might inadvertently kill me,” said Ford, now a 51-year-old research psychologist in northern California. “He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing.”

    Ford said she was able to escape when Kavanaugh’s friend and classmate at Georgetown Preparatory School, Mark Judge, jumped on top of them, sending all three tumbling. She said she ran from the room, briefly locked herself in a bathroom and then fled the house.

    Ford said she told no one of the incident in any detail until 2012, when she was in couples therapy with her husband. The therapist’s notes, portions of which were provided by Ford and reviewed by The Washington Post, do not mention Kavanaugh’s name but say she reported that she was attacked by students “from an elitist boys’ school” who went on to become “highly respected and high-ranking members of society in Washington.” The notes say four boys were involved, a discrepancy Ford says was an error on the therapist’s part. Ford said there were four boys at the party but only two in the room.

    Notes from an individual therapy session the following year, when she was being treated for what she says have been long-term effects of the incident, show Ford described a “rape attempt” in her late teens.

    In an interview, her husband, Russell Ford, said that in the 2012 sessions, she recounted being trapped in a room with two drunken boys, one of whom pinned her to a bed, molested her and prevented her from screaming. He said he recalled that his wife used Kavanaugh’s last name and voiced concern that Kavanaugh — then a federal judge — might one day be nominated to the Supreme Court.

    On Sunday, the White House sent The Post a statement Kavanaugh issued last week, when the outlines of Ford’s account first became public: “I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I did not do this back in high school or at any time.”

    Through a White House spokesman, Kavanaugh declined to comment further on Ford’s allegation and did not respond to questions about whether he knew her during high school. The White House had no additional comment.

    Continued at https://www.washingtonpost.com/inve...982194-b846-11e8-94eb-3bd52dfe917b_story.html

    Search: https://www.google.com/search?q=Christine Blasey Ford

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/search?q=Christine Blasey Ford

    Amanda Carpenter @amandacarpenter 10 hours ago
    The problem isn’t necessarily what Kavanaugh did as a 17-year old. It’s that he “categorically and unequivocally” denied any incident took place and now his accuser has a name and a polygraph behind her account.
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  140. +**+87777777

    In the interests of free speech, I am allowing the above comment made by my feline brother to stand as typed/scratched.

    It is as responsive as
    Brett Kavanaugh's
    to the questions put to him by senators at his confirmation hearings for selection for the SCOTUS.

    It is worth noting that my feline brother has not had the many benefits afforded Mr Kavanaugh throughout his life, through the system of privilege and patronage that has facilitated Mr Kavanaugh's rapid rise to his current position.

    It is also worth stating here, my feline brother can prove, due to the circumstances of an incident which occurred when he was a very young minor, that he is unequivocally incapable of any form of sexual harassment.
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    Most young men don’t hold young women down with a hand over her mouth and grind with other young men laughing watching. It sounds like young high spirits but it’s not normal. It’s alcohol fueled and pack mentality but it’s not normal.
    Also college-age is not “a very young minor” and saying that means it happened but he gets a “Mulligan” like sexual assault gets a “Mulligan” with this ruling elite.
    Frownie face
  142. The Wrong Guy Member

    Lawyer: Kavanaugh accuser willing to testify before Congress | CNN



    "Attorney Debra Katz, who represents Christine Blasey Ford, says her client is willing to testify before Congress on sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh."

    Kavanaugh accuser willing to testify, her attorney says; White House’s Kellyanne Conway says, ‘She should be heard’ | The Washington Post

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/poli...db2860-ba6c-11e8-9812-a389be6690af_story.html
  143. Dis, if you were referencing my earlier post, it appears you have interpreted my post precisely opposite to its intended meaning - it is meant as satirical, a means to vent my anger at the shoddy, evasive and unresponsive answers given by Brett Kavanaugh at the confirmation hearings, as well as the evidence of clear Republican or corporate bias in Supreme Court decisions as given by senator Whitehouse in his statement.

    I assure you, I don't think it normal or acceptable what is alleged to have been done to the young girl in question, and I have grown extremely tired of hearing powerful men deny all knowledge of their own acts until they have no other option. I have no way of knowing for certain what actually occurred, but there are far too many assaults by entitled, privileged young men for me to disbelieve Prof. Ford's allegations, despite Kavanaughs blanket denial.

    At one point, Kavanaugh assured the Committee that he was a 'team player'. For one thing, I'm very sure I could be a team player when our team controls everything. Secondly, it seems to be opposed to the Constitutional intention of the SCOTUS anyway. These are meant to be unbiased, personal decisions, where the majority prevails, not a team effort.

    I am mocking Kavanaugh's non-answers by comparing them to my cat's. Apologies if my meaning was a little obscure.
  144. Disambiguation Global Moderator

    Oooh you kept talking to your feline friend and I thought you meant me. Sorry.
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  145. The Wrong Guy Member

    Trump defends Kavanaugh, but says he's open to a delay | CNN

    Quote:

    Trump, speaking at a workforce event, took questions about his Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, who has been accused of sexual assault.

    Trump defended Kavanaugh as "one of the finest people I have ever known."

    "Never had even a little blemish," Trump said. "He is somebody very special."

    The President suggested that a delay in the vote to confirm Kavanaugh might be OK.

    "If it takes a little delay, it will take a little delay," Trump said. "It shouldn't, certainly, be very much."

    More at https://www.cnn.com/politics/live-news/kavanaugh-sexual-assault-allegation-dle/
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  146. The Wrong Guy Member

    Brett Kavanaugh, Christine Blasey Ford to testify on assault allegations in public Monday | CNN

    Quote:

    The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a public hearing on the allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh for next Monday, a congressional source tells CNN.

    Kavanaugh and the woman accusing him of physical and sexual assault, Christine Blasey Ford, will testify, a source with knowledge of the schedule tells CNN.

    Both have indicated they are willing to testify about the allegations.

    Continued at https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/17/politics/brett-kavanaugh-testimony/
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  148. I'm relieved to be able to clear up the misunderstanding, Dis.

    The gobbledygook at the start of the post in question was the result of my cat trying to get my attention as I started to type what was to have been a very non-satirical, serious post in reaction to the confirmation hearings, and I was just amused enough by his 'intervention' to change tack.

    (For further clarification, the 'incident' I was referring to was when my cat was neutered as a kitten, before I got him from the cat shelter). My hope is that you will also find it amusing on re-reading, when you see who my real target was.

    It is most certainly my beloved cat who is my 'feline brother'. You are simply my respected friend and ally on WWP, who I can't imagine ever wishing to attack.
  149. The Wrong Guy Member

    Stormy Daniels' tell-all book on Trump: salacious detail and claims of cheating | The Guardian

    Exclusive: pornographic actor says Trump ‘didn’t want to be president’ in her book Full Disclosure

    Quote:

    In a tell-all memoir, the pornographic actor Stormy Daniels details salacious descriptions of her time with Donald Trump, wonders if he is fit to be president and claims he offered to cheat for her in his reality TV show.

    A copy of the book, Full Disclosure, was obtained by the Guardian. In it, Daniels describes her mounting disbelief as Trump began to win primary contests in 2016 for the Republican presidential nomination. Former castmates whom she had not heard from in years, but who had heard her story about sleeping with Trump in 2006, would call her up to marvel at the news.

    “It will never happen, I would say,” Daniels writes. “He doesn’t even want to be president.”

    But as Trump kept winning, Daniels writes, she began to think she might be in danger. The story she had to tell about Trump seemed more sensitive the more he won. And she had already been threatened once, years earlier, and warned never to tell the story about Trump, she has claimed.

    Those moments of fear and doubt – and Daniels’ decision on the eve of the election to sign a $130,000 hush agreement – hang around a detailed description of Daniels’ alleged tryst with Trump at a celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, California. In the book, Daniels writes in sometimes excruciating detail about the president’s genitals and describes her disgust with herself for letting the scene play out.

    She continued to answer Trump’s many phone calls over the next year in hopes that he would make good on his promise to put her on his reality television show, The Apprentice, Daniels writes. Trump even suggested that a cheat could be arranged to allow her to survive through more episodes of the show, she writes.

    “We’ll figure out a way to get you the challenges beforehand,” she quotes him as saying. “And we can devise your technique.”

    “He was going to have me cheat, and it was 100 percent his idea.”

    Whenever she saw Trump on television for years afterwards, Daniels writes, an internal monologue would play out: “‘I had sex with that’, I’d say to myself. Eech.”

    Trump has denied any affair with Daniels, although he admitted to personally reimbursing his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, for the money Daniels received in the hush agreement.

    With its intensely intimate portrait of a clownish and insecure Trump, the book lands after weeks in which the White House has struggled to debunk a portrait of an outmatched and incompetent president in a separate book, Bob Woodward’s Fear, and to debunk an editorial by anonymous administration official claiming that subordinates routinely ignore and subvert the president’s orders.

    <snipped>

    Trump’s bodyguard invites Daniels to dinner, which turns out to be an invitation to Trump’s penthouse, she writes, in a description of alleged events that Daniels has disclosed previously but which in the book are rendered with new and lurid detail. She describes Trump’s penis as “smaller than average” but “not freakishly small.”

    “He knows he has an unusual penis,” Daniels writes. “It has a huge mushroom head. Like a toadstool…

    “I lay there, annoyed that I was getting fucked by a guy with Yeti pubes and a dick like the mushroom character in Mario Kart...

    “It may have been the least impressive sex I’d ever had, but clearly, he didn’t share that opinion.”

    More at https://www.theguardian.com/us-news...trump-salacious-detail-and-claims-of-cheating

    Stormy Daniels Compared Trump’s Penis To Toad From Mario Kart, An Image Literally No One Asked For | BET

    "Well, looks like we can add Mario Kart to the list of things that Donald Trump has ruined."

    https://www.bet.com/news/national/2...trumps-penis-to-toad-from-mario-kart--an.html

    Mario Kart Memes Are Everywhere & The Reason Why Has To Do With Stormy Daniels | Bustle

    "The memes are flying around the Internet with "Mario Kart" trending on Tuesday morning. Many are users warning others to steer clear, not click, and preserve their innocence about Toad. "Whatever you do, DO NOT click on the 'Mario Kart' tag," writer and lawyer Amee Vanderpool wrote."

    https://www.bustle.com/p/mario-kart...on-why-has-to-do-with-stormy-daniels-11951134

    Stormy Daniels Said Trump's Dick Looks Like Toad From Mario Kart And People Gouged Their Eyes Out With Their Own Hands | BuzzFeed News

    "The president is absolutely going to tweet about his Toad-shaped dick."

    https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/juliareinstein/trump-stormy-daniels-toad-mario-kart-book

    Stormy Daniels says Trump has Yeti pubes | Creative Loafing

    "Yeti pubes. Damn. Call your local bookstore to see if it is going to carry Full Disclosure."

    https://www.cltampa.com/news-views/...2911/stormy-daniels-says-trump-has-yeti-pubes

    Stormy Daniels calls sex with Trump 'the least impressive I've ever had' | Daily Mail

    "Whenever she would see him on TV, she would say to herself: 'I had sex with that.' Then she would say to herself: 'Eech.'"

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/ar...niels-calls-sex-Trump-impressive-Ive-had.html

    Stormy Daniels Is Trying to Ruin Your Day With Her Description of Trump's Anatomy | Elle

    "The bright side, I guess, is that Stormy Daniels certainly has a way with words and a gift for simile. The dark side, and it's so dark, is that now we all have to pluck out our eyes and take a vow of silence."

    https://www.elle.com/culture/career-politics/a23300854/stormy-daniels-toad-trump-mario-kart/

    Stormy Daniels' Detailed Description of Donald Trump's Penis Explains a Lot | Esquire

    Including the current state of U.S. politics, in my opinion.

    "Imagine waking up every morning, heaving your big, dumb body to your chilly bathroom, whipping your salume out of your sleeping trousers, and being faced with what you've been faced with every day for the past 70 years: your pink portobello dick, resting plaintively in a nest of golden Yeti hair. Would you vow to become president and, through your administration, seek wretched revenge on everyone who even looked at you a little like you might have such a downstairs situation? Maybe so."

    https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a23301515/stormy-daniels-donald-trump-penis-mushroom/

    I Wish Stormy Daniels Would Have Left Toad Out of It | Esquire

    "The Mushroom Kingdom's longtime protector deserves better than the Trump/Penis narrative."

    https://www.esquire.com/lifestyle/a23304802/toad-defense-trump-penis-comparison/

    Guardian exclusive on Stormy Daniels book Full Disclosure suggests Donald Trump has a dong like a toadstool | Georgia Straight

    "In a preview of Stormy Daniels’ upcoming book Full Disclosure, the Guardian helps answer a question that no one wants to know, namely what Donald Trump’s johnson looks like."

    https://www.straight.com/life/11379...ull-disclosure-suggests-donald-trump-has-dong

    Thanks, Stormy Daniels, Now We Know What Trump's Penis Looks Like | GQ

    "Honestly, it seemed like we were gonna get out of the whole mess unscathed, which in retrospect was foolish. In the Trump Era, the worst-case scenario always comes true."

    https://www.gq.com/story/thanks-stormy-daniels-trumps-penis

    You Don't Want To Know The Trump-Themed Reason Why 'Mario Kart' Is Trending | HuffPost

    “I was *very* excited to see Mario Kart trending on Twitter until I found out why.”

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entr...iels-donald-trump_us_5ba0f3dfe4b013b0977f39d8

    Thanks to Donald Trump & Stormy Daniels, Funny Memes & Jokes on Mario Kart, Toadstool and Mushroom Takes Over the Internet | LatestLY

    "Sorry mushroom character for letting you become the bag guy for a crime you did not commit."

    https://www.latestly.com/social-vir...-mushroom-takes-over-the-internet-389681.html

    Is Donald Trump’s Dick Like a Mushroom? Pornstar Stormy Daniels Describes It Like Toadstool From Mario Kart | LatestLY

    https://www.latestly.com/social-vir...it-like-toadstool-from-mario-kart-389450.html

    Stormy Daniels describes Trump’s ‘smaller than average’ penis in her book | LGBTQ Nation

    "Trump, who infamously boasted about his penis size during presidential primary debates, will not be happy that Daniels says he’s a liar in that regard as well."

    https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2018/09/stormy-daniels-describes-trumps-smaller-average-penis-book/

    Stormy Daniel's description of Trump's penis ruins Mario games forever | Mashable

    "The reaction across the web this morning has been a casual mix of disgust, horror, fascination, and, occasionally, correction."

    https://mashable.com/article/trumps-penis-toad-super-mario-stormy-daniels/

    Twitter Revolts After Stormy Daniels Compares Trump’s Penis to ‘Mushroom Character in Mario Kart’ | Mediaite

    "The Twitterverse is having a collective meltdown over the fact that Mario Kart became a trending topic today for all the wrong reasons."

    https://www.mediaite.com/online/twi...ps-penis-to-mushroom-character-in-mario-kart/

    Stormy Daniels: Donald Trump Has "A Dick like the Mushroom Character from Mario Kart" | Paste

    "What a dispiriting turn of of events for Toad, the most loyal and unassumingly heroic character in videogame history, reduced to a nameless mushroom and compared to the sad, diseased nub of our leaking garbage bag of a president."

    https://www.pastemagazine.com/artic...iels-donald-trump-has-a-dick-like-the-mu.html

    Stormy Daniels' New Book Claims Donald Trump's Penis Looks Like WHICH Mario Kart Character?! | Perez Hilton

    "Oh, you know, just another normal day in Donald Trump‘s presidency!!!!"

    https://perezhilton.com/2018-09-18-...k-penis-mario-kart-toad-yeti-pubes-sex-story/

    We Really Didn't Need To Know This Info About Trump From Stormy Daniels' Memoir | Refinery29

    "It brings us absolutely zero joy to report that Stormy Daniels' tell-all memoir, a copy of which was obtained by the Guardian, features a vomit-inducing description of Donald Trump's genitalia. To quote one Twitter user: "Haven’t the American people suffered enough?""

    https://www.refinery29.com/en-gb/20...els-book-full-trump-toadstool-full-disclosure

    Trump Toad penis response forthcoming, history indicates. | Slate

    "So, yes—the president of America will likely make written or verbal remarks, at some point in the near future, defending the visual appeal of his penis and pubic hair."

    https://slate.com/news-and-politics...ormy-daniels-response-likely-forthcoming.html

    Stormy Daniels says sex with Trump was the ‘least impressive’ she’s ever had, and likens his genitals to a Mario Kart character | South China Morning Post

    https://www.scmp.com/news/world/uni...y-daniels-says-sex-trump-was-least-impressive

    ‘LEAST IMPRESSIVE SEX EVER’ Stormy Daniels says Donald Trump’s manhood looks like a ‘mushroom character from Mario Kart’ and claims ‘he knows it’s unusual’ | The Sun

    "In an explosive book, the porn star reveals intimate descriptions of the US President’s 'unusual' member"

    https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/72889...p-manhood-like-mario-kart-mushroom-character/

    Stormy Daniels Goes There: Did We Really Need These Trumpian Details? | Talking Points Memo

    “He knows he has an unusual penis,” Daniels wrote in the book, the Guardian reported, separately describing “getting fucked by a guy with Yeti pubes and a dick like the mushroom character in Mario Kart.”

    https://talkingpointsmemo.com/livew...ere-did-we-really-need-these-trumpian-details

    Stormy Daniels' Description of Trump's Penis Is Making 'Mario Kart' Fans Sick | TooFab

    "If you're eating breakfast, you may want to avoid Twitter and this article. "

    http://toofab.com/2018/09/18/stormy-daniels-donald-trump-penis-mario-kart-toad/

    People Are Horrified To Learn Why Mario Kart Is Trending (Hint: It Involves Stormy Daniels And Trump’s Junk) | Uproxx

    "Get your barf bags ready!"

    https://uproxx.com/viral/mario-kart-stormy-daniels-trump-penis/

    Stormy Daniels' new book makes for Nintendo Toad's 'worst day' | Washington Times

    Today is the worst day for #Toad since that fateful day when someone took a photo of him without his hat on! pic.twitter.com/kt7ON2qJto
    Nintendo Life (@nintendolife) September 18, 2018

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    Trending on Twitter:
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    https://twitter.com/search?q=Toad
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    Trump-proof aspects of Manafort deal rankle lawyers | POLITICO

    Robert Mueller seems to have built in safeguards to discourage the president from pardoning Manafort.

    Quote:

    Special counsel Robert Mueller’s plea agreement with Paul Manafort on Friday took unusual and possibly unprecedented steps to undercut President Donald Trump’s ability to pardon his former campaign chairman.

    The plea deal Mueller struck with Manafort contains several provisions that appear intended to discourage the former Trump aide from seeking a pardon and to rein in the impact of any pardon Trump might grant.

    <snipped>

    The 17-page deal doesn’t explicitly prohibit Manafort from seeking a pardon, but some lawyers said it appears to extract a promise from Manafort not to seek another form of executive clemency that could relieve him of the obligation to turn over property worth tens of millions of dollars to the government as part of the plea bargain. The agreement also says prosecutors can come after the five identified homes or apartments, three bank accounts and a life insurance policy now or at any point in the future "without regard to the status of his criminal conviction."

    Another part of the deal says that if Manafort’s guilty pleas or convictions are wiped out for any reason, prosecutors immediately have the right to charge him with any other crimes he may have committed previously or confessed to during recent plea negotiations.

    More at https://www.politico.com/story/2018/09/18/manafort-deal-pardon-mueller-trump-827898
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    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-...-before-she-will-testify-lawyer-idUSKCN1LZ048
    Turns out the Senate didn’t ask her if she wanted to testify. They just announced that she would.
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    Late-Night Hosts on Stormy Daniels Memoir: Comedians Devote Considerable Time to Trump's Private Parts | Hollywood Reporter

    Excerpts from Stormy Daniels' new book comparing the president's anatomy to the character of Toad from Mario video games made for much fodder for the comedians.

    Excerpts:

    ...Conan O'Brien quipped, "In her new memoir, Stormy Daniels described President Trump's penis as being like the mushroom character in Super Mario Brothers. In other words, Stormy Daniels is every man's fantasy: a porn star who plays video games."

    ...Jimmy Kimmel threw in a joke while recounting the passage in question in the book: "She describes Trump’s penis as 'smaller than average,' but admitted that she was impressed that it had his name embossed in gold on it."

    More at https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/l...onsiderable-time-trumps-private-parts-1145219

    Late-Night Comedians Are So Sorry They Have to Talk About Trump's Penis 'Ruining' Video Games | TooFab

    http://toofab.com/2018/09/19/late-night-stormy-daniels-memoir-trump-penis-toad-mushroom-mario-kart/
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    Lawyers Say Brett Kavanaugh Accuser Christine Blasey Ford's Family Moved Out of Their Home Due to Death Threats

    By Hannah Gold, The Slot

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    On Sunday, clinical psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford publicly accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of attempted rape at a party when he was 17 and she was 15 (a charge Kavanaugh denies) in a Washington Post interview. Three days later, she and her family are reportedly already facing drastic, punishing consequences.

    The New York Times reported on Tuesday evening that Ford’s lawyers delivered a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), which states that the professor has been left with no choice but to leave her home due violent threats made against her and her family. The letter also says Ford’s email was hacked. According to the lawyers’ letter:

    “In the 36 hours since her name became public, Dr. Ford has received a stunning amount of support from her community and from fellow citizens across our country. At the same time, however, her worst fears have materialized. She has been the target of vicious harassment and even death threats. As a result of these kinds of threats, her family was forced to relocate out of their home. Her email has been hacked, and she has been impersonated online.”

    In the letter, Ford’s lawyers also wrote that their client will not testify before Monday’s scheduled Senate Judiciary Committee hearing unless the FBI first investigates the allegations she has brought against Kavanaugh.

    <snipped>

    NBC News reported Tuesday night that Grassley responded to Ford’s lawyers, insisting that a law enforcement investigation would not be necessary. “Dr. Ford’s testimony would reflect her personal knowledge and memory of events,” said Grassley. “Nothing the FBI or any other investigator does would have any bearing on what Dr. Ford tells the committee, so there is no reason for any further delay.”

    More at https://theslot.jezebel.com/lawyers-say-brett-kavanaugh-accuser-christine-blasey-fo-1829158324
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    EXCLUSIVE: Trump says exposing ‘corrupt’ FBI probe could be ‘crowning achievement’ of presidency | The Hill



    Hill.TV INTERVIEW EXCLUSIVE: Trump eviscerates Sessions: ‘I don’t have an attorney general’ | The Hill

    Quote:

    President Trump in an Oval Office interview with Hill.TV launched one of his most ferocious broadsides to date against Jeff Sessions, suggesting the attorney general was essentially AWOL and performing badly on a variety of issues.

    “I don’t have an attorney general. It’s very sad,” Trump told Hill.TV in an extensive and freewheeling interview Tuesday from the Oval Office.

    The president has long excoriated Sessions for his March 2017 decision to recuse himself from the Russia collusion investigation. But on Tuesday he suggested he is frustrated by Sessions's performance on far more than that.

    “I’m not happy at the border, I’m not happy with numerous things, not just this,” he said.

    Trump suggested he had a personal blind spot when it came to nominating Sessions as the nation’s top law enforcement officer.

    “I’m so sad over Jeff Sessions because he came to me. He was the first senator that endorsed me. And he wanted to be attorney general, and I didn’t see it,” he said.

    “And then he went through the nominating process and he did very poorly. I mean, he was mixed up and confused, and people that worked with him for, you know, a long time in the Senate were not nice to him, but he was giving very confusing answers. Answers that should have been easily answered. And that was a rough time for him.”

    Sessions recused himself under pressure from congressional Democrats and after some Republicans said he should not take part in overseeing the Russian investigation at Justice. During his confirmation hearings, he failed to mention two meetings with Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak.

    Continued at https://thehill.com/hilltv/rising/4...trump-eviscerates-sessions-i-have-no-attorney

    Trump took time out of his day to stab Jeff Sessions in the back again | VICE News

    https://news.vice.com/en_us/article...s-day-to-stab-jeff-sessions-in-the-back-again

    Trump Is Angry at Jeff Sessions for the Wrong Reasons | Reason

    Excerpt:

    From a policy standpoint, it is hard to defend Sessions' record. But it's not because he's "weak," as Trump tweeted last July. Rather, as Reason's C.J. Ciaramella reported in August, Sessions is "taking law enforcement back to the 1980s" with his policies on the drug war, police oversight, sentencing, and civil asset forfeiture. He's also an immigration hardliner and an opponent of cannabis research.

    Regarding his recusal from the Russia investigation, though, Sessions actually made the right call. As former Reason editor Ed Krayewski explained in May 2017, Sessions was involved in the Trump campaign, so overseeing a probe into alleged wrongdoing by that same campaign could have presented a conflict of interest.

    Trump may eventually fire Sessions because he's not sufficiently loyal. But the attorney general is not supposed to blindly do the president's bidding when it comes to political matters.

    More at https://reason.com/blog/2018/09/19/trump-is-angry-at-jeff-sessions-for-the
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  158. Trump's attorney claims, without evidence, the President's 2017 interview on Comey firing was edited
    Would/wouldn’t

    After berating reporters for not understanding he had meant the exact opposite of what he had said, Trump clarified his position on Russian meddling in the election on his return to Washington.

    Trump now claims he was 'very strong' with Putin on election meddling

    “I thought it would be obvious, but I would like to clarify just in case it wasn’t. In a key sentence in my remarks, I said the word ‘would’ instead of ‘wouldn’t’,” Trump said in a statement that seemed destined to be turned in to a meme.
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    Conan On CNN’s Short Trump Penis Segment | Team Coco



    "Conan jokes about Stormy Daniels, Hurricane Florence, and Gary Busey."

    Team Trump? Eat Here! | Jimmy Kimmel Live



    "Donald Trump Jr. was supposed to host a rally at a restaurant in Montana in support of a Republican candidate for Senator there, but the restaurant said no. This is not the first time a member of Team Trump has been rejected by a restaurant, Sarah Huckabee Sanders was famously refused service at a restaurant in Virginia and Homeland Security head Kirsten Nielsen and Senior Advisor Stephen Miller were heckled at a Mexican restaurant. Not everyone shares their disdain though, in fact there's a new restaurant that offers a menu specifically catered to diners of the Trumpian persuasion."

    Trump Visits North Carolina, Batman's Penis | Late Night with Seth Meyers



    "Seth Meyers' monologue from Wednesday, September 19."

    Trump's Less Than Magic Mushroom | The Late Show with Stephen Colbert



    "Stormy Daniels' tell-all book contains some descriptive details about Donald Trump that you wouldn't have come across in Bob Woodward's best-seller."
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    Michael Cohen spoke to Mueller team for hours; asked about Russia, possible collusion, pardon: Sources | ABC News

    Quote:

    President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, has participated over the last month in multiple interview sessions lasting for hours with investigators from the office of special counsel, Robert Mueller, sources tell ABC News.

    The special counsel’s questioning of Cohen, one of the president’s closest associates over the past decade, has focused primarily on all aspects of Trump's dealings with Russia -- including financial and business dealings and the investigation into alleged collusion with Russia by the Trump campaign and its surrogates to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, sources familiar with the matter tell ABC News.

    Investigators were also interested in knowing, the sources say, whether Trump or any of his associates discussed the possibility of a pardon with Cohen.

    Over the 16 months that Mueller has been investigating, the president has repeatedly bashed the investigation as a partisan witch hunt, insisting there has been no collusion and no obstruction of justice.

    The interviews with Cohen took place in Washington, D.C., and New York City. They were also attended in part by prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York.

    Cohen’s participation in the meetings has been voluntary -- without any guarantee of leniency from prosecutors, according to several people familiar with the situation.

    ABC News has also learned that Cohen is also cooperating with a separate probe by New York state authorities into the inner workings of the Trump family charity and the Trump Organization, where Cohen served as an executive vice president and special counsel to Trump for 10 years.

    The news of Cohen’s dealings with federal and state investigators comes close on the heels of another potentially perilous legal development for the president: the guilty pleas last week from Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, who struck a deal with Mueller’s prosecutors in exchange for his cooperation.

    As the Manafort deal was taking shape -- Mueller’s team had already been talking to Cohen.

    And given Cohen’s prolonged time spent in proximity to Trump, his family and the inner-workings of the Trump Organization, some insiders consider his cooperation with authorities to be one of most serious potential legal threats to confront the president.

    “Both of these guys want to be loved and they both want loyalty,” says a person close to both President Trump and Cohen, who asked not to be named in order to speak freely. “Cohen’s disavowal of Trump has triggered a series of events that turned once very good friends into permanent enemies. The consequences for both will be ugly.”

    Continued at https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/mic...ler-team-hours-asked-russia/story?id=57959664
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    Trump Has Wall Advice for European Mexico | The Late Late Show with James Corden



    "James Corden looks at the news of the day, including a report that President Trump suggested to Spain they build a wall in the Sahara Desert as an answer to refugees and Trump's confusion about his belief in the Deep State."

    Stephen Simulates Next Week's Kavanaugh/Ford Hearing | The Late Show with Stephen Colbert



    "Stephen has a prediction about the tactics Republicans will use if Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testifies next week."

    The "Law and Order” President on Collusion and Kavanaugh: A Closer Look | Late Night with Seth Meyers



    "Seth takes a closer look at President Trump defending himself against accusations of Russian collusion and defending his Supreme Court nominee against accusations of sexual assault."
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  164. Ted Cruz and Beto O'Rourke face off in first debate



    creep
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    Ben Carson publicly breaks with reality
    https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/21/hud...h-allegation-is-part-of-a-socialist-plot.html
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    Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 11/9 Extended Trailer



    Michael Moore: Fahrenheit 11/9 | Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)



    "Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore joins Bill to discuss his latest documentary, "Fahrenheit 11/9," and the importance of engaging in democracy."

    Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 11/9” Aims Not at Trump But at Those Who Created the Conditions That Led to His Rise

    By Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept

    Quote:

    “Fahrenheit 11/9,” the title of Michael Moore’s new film that opens today in theaters, is an obvious play on the title of his wildly profitable Bush-era “Fahrenheit 9/11,” but also a reference to the date of Donald J. Trump’s 2016 election victory. Despite that, Trump himself is a secondary figure in Moore’s film, which is far more focused on the far more relevant and interesting questions of what – and, critically, who – created the climate in which someone like Trump could occupy the Oval Office.

    For that reason alone, Moore’s film is highly worthwhile regardless of where one falls on the political spectrum. The single most significant defect in U.S. political discourse is the monomaniacal focus on Trump himself, as though he is the cause – rather than the by-product and symptom – of decades-old systemic American pathologies.

    Personalizing and isolating Trump as the principal, even singular, source of political evil is obfuscating and thus deceitful. By effect, if not design, it distracts the population’s attention away from the actual architects of their plight.

    This now-dominant framework misleads people into the nationalistic myth – at once both frightening and comforting – that prior to 2016’s “Fahrenheit 11/9,” the U.S., though quite imperfect and saddled with “flaws,” was nonetheless a fundamentally kind, benevolent, equitable and healthy democracy, one which, by aspiration if not always in action, welcomed immigrants, embraced diversity, strove for greater economic equality, sought to defend human rights against assaults by the world’s tyrants, was governed by the sturdy rule of law rather than the arbitrary whims of rulers, elected fundamentally decent even if ideologically misguided men to the White House, and gradually expanded rather than sadistically abolished opportunity for the world’s neediest.

    But suddenly, teaches this fairy tale as ominous music plays in the background, a villain unlike any we had previously known invaded our idyllic land, vandalized our sacred public spaces, degraded our admired halls of power, threatened our collective values. It was only upon Trump’s assumption of power that the nation’s noble aspirations were repudiated in favor of a far darker and more sinister vision, one wholly alien to “Who We Are”: a profoundly “un-American” tapestry of plutocracy, kleptocracy, autocracy, xenophobia, racism, elite lawlessness, indifference and even aggressive cruelty toward the most vulnerable and marginalized.

    This myth is not just false but self-evidently so. Yet it persists, and thrives, because it serves so many powerful interests at once. Most importantly, it exonerates, empowers, and elevates the pre-Trump ruling class, now recast as heroic leaders of the #Resistance and nostalgic symbols of America’s pre-11/9 Goodness.

    The lie-fueled destruction of Vietnam and Iraq, the worldwide torture regime, the 2008 financial collapse and subsequent bailout and protection of those responsible for it, the foreign kidnapping and domestic rounding up of Muslims, the record-setting Obama-era deportations and whistleblower prosecutions, the obliteration of Yemen and Libya, the embrace of Mubarak, Sisi, and Saudi despots, the years of bipartisan subservience to Wall Street at everyone else’s expense, the full-scale immunity vested on all the elites responsible for all those crimes – it’s all blissfully washed away as we unite to commemorate the core decency of America as George Bush gently hands a piece of candy to Michelle Obama at the funeral of the American War Hero and Trump-opponent-in-words John S. McCain, or as hundreds of thousands of us re-tweet the latest bromide of Americana from the leaders of America’s most insidious security state, spy and police agencies.

    Beyond nationalistic myth-building, there are substantial commercial, political and reputational benefits to this Trump-centered mythology. An obsessive fixation on Trump has single-handedly saved an entire partisan cable news network from extinction, converting its once ratings-starved, close-to-being-fired prime-time hosts into major celebrities with contracts so obscenely lucrative as to produce envy among most professional athletes or Hollywood stars.

    Resistance grifters exploit fears of Trump to build massive social media followings that are easily converted into profit from well-meaning, manipulated dupes. One rickety, unhinged, rant-filled, speculation-driven Trump book after the next dominates the best-seller lists, enriching charlatans and publishing companies alike: the more conspiratorial, the better. Anti-Trump mania is big business, and – as the record-shattering first-week sales of Bob Woodward’s new Trump book demonstrates – there is no end in sight to this profiteering.

    All of this is historical revisionism in its crudest and most malevolent form. It’s intended to heap most if not all blame for systemic, enduring, entrenched suffering across the country onto a single personality who wielded no political power until 18 months ago. In doing so, it averts everyone’s eyes away from the real culprits: the governors, both titled and untitled, of the establishment ruling class, who for decades have exercised largely unchecked power – immune even from election outcomes – and, in many senses, still do.

    Continued at https://theintercept.com/2018/09/21...-created-the-conditions-that-led-to-his-rise/
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  167. Stormy Daniels you gotta love this woman!
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    That guy's corn flakes perpetually smell of piss.
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    HE WAS NEUTERED! YOU HUMANS ARE TERRIBLE
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    Court Doc Alleges Jason Miller Dosed Woman With Abortion Drug

    By Katherine Krueger, Splinter

    Quote:

    The ongoing custody battle between former Trump campaign operatives Jason Miller and A.J. Delgado has taken another nasty turn: In an explosive new court filing, Delgado’s legal team alleges that Miller—prior to their own high-profile extramarital romance—carried out an affair with a woman he met at an Orlando strip club. Additionally, the court documents claim, when the woman found out she was pregnant, Miller surreptitiously dosed her with an abortion pill without her knowledge, leading, the woman claims, to the pregnancy’s termination and nearly her death.

    With these allegations entered into the court record, Delgado is asking the court to order Miller—whom the filing says has “unsupervised time” with their child—to undergo a psychological evaluation. The filing says that she fears for her and the child’s safety.

    According to the court documents—which were filed in Miami-Dade Circuit Court on Sept. 14 and obtained by Splinter—the alleged relationship started in 2012, when Miller was working for prominent Republican ad firm Jamestown Associates. The filing alleges that Miller, whose Twitter bio states that he now works as managing director at Teneo Strategy and as a political commentator on CNN, brought clients to Rachel’s Gentleman’s Club in Orlando, where he met a dancer identified only as Jane Doe.

    Miller allegedly entered a sexual relationship with Doe, who Delgado says in the filing became pregnant. As the filing claims (emphasis theirs):

    Shortly thereafter, according to Joe Doe, Mr. Miller visited her at her apartment with a Smoothie beverage.

    Unbeknownst to Jane Doe, the Smoothie contained an abortion bill. [sic]

    The pill induced an abortion, and Jane Doe wound up in a hospital emergency room, bleeding heavily and nearly went into a coma.

    The unborn child died.

    Jane Doe herself was hospitalized for two days, the abortion pill possibly reacting with potential street drugs in her system at the time she drank the Smoothie.

    Upon leaving the hospital, a rightly enraged Jane Doe contacted the staffers of local politicians with whom Mr. Miller had been in attendance at Rachel’s the night they met.

    Mr. Miller then, in a panic, attempted to have Jane Doe sign a non-disclosure agreement (“NDA”), presumably in exchange for a sum of money.

    Delgado confirmed the document’s authenticity to Splinter but declined to comment further. “I’m concerned for my safety (more importantly, my son’s) with Miller and afraid of his reaction if I add comment,” she said.

    Continued at https://splinternews.com/court-docs-allege-ex-trump-staffer-drugged-woman-he-got-1829233105
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    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/21/...tion=click&module=Top Stories&pgtype=Homepage

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    #BeBest.
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    The "Evil Twin" defense didn't work so well.
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    Trump's baby blimp arrives in Florida for Mar-a-Lago protest | TheHill

    Quote:

    One of six blimps depicting President Trump as a baby arrived in West Palm Beach, Fla., Saturday, where it was flown at a rally in support of increased federal aid for Puerto Rico storm victims.

    The blimp, one of six styled in the "Trump Baby" style flown during the president's visit to London, was shown on video being inflated outside a rally attended by hundreds of protesters.

    Continued at https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-brie...imp-arrives-in-florida-for-mar-a-lago-protest
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    https://variety.com/2018/tv/news/jason-miller-cnn-donald-trump-1202953710/ View attachment 269049
    I’ve always thought his facial hair looks like pussy. 36B16A73-D202-4A2D-9F45-26F7DA47374E.jpeg
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    Jason Miller Steps Away from Role at CNN Following 'False and Defamatory Accusations' | Mediaite

    https://www.mediaite.com/tv/jason-miller-steps-away-from-role-at-cnn/
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    Brett Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford will testify in open hearing on Thursday | CNN

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    Lawyers for Christine Blasey Ford said in a statement on Sunday that she has committed to testifying in an open hearing on Thursday about her allegation of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

    The statement from attorneys Debra Katz, Lisa Banks and Michael Bromwich came after a call Sunday with staff for the Senate Judiciary Committee. Kavanaugh has denied the allegations and said he wants to testify before the committee.

    "Despite actual threats to her safety and her life, Dr. Ford believes it is important for Senators to hear directly from her about the sexual assault committed against her," the statement read.

    The statement noted that she would still testify even though "important procedural and logistical issues remain unresolved" and expressed dissatisfaction that the committee does not plan to subpoena Mark Judge, who Ford said was in the room when Kavanaugh allegedly groped her and tried to remove her clothes during a party in their high school years.

    Judge has denied having any memory of such an incident and said he did not want to testify.

    "They have also refused to invite other witnesses who are essential for a fair hearing that arrives at the truth about the sexual assault," the statement from Ford's attorneys said.

    The statement said the other unresolved matters included whether the GOP senators on the committee would ask questions of Ford themselves.

    CNN previously reported that Ford's attorneys told the committee on a Saturday call that she had accepted a request to speak at the panel with further details to be ironed out in Sunday's call.

    Source: https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/23/politics/christine-blasey-ford-senate/
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  178. ICE Leader Proves That He's Literally Satan During Senate Hearing

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    https://www.yahoo.com/news/second-woman-accuses-trump-court-pick-sexual-misconduct-005839669.html
    Utterly predictable

    “Senate Democrats are investigating the bombshell claim by Deborah Ramirez, 53, who says Kavanaugh exposed himself to her during a college party at Yale University in the 1980s, thrust his genitals in her face and caused her to touch them without her consent while pushing them away.”

    Senate Republicans learned about it last week and are pushing for a early vote.
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    Senate Democrats Investigate a New Allegation of Sexual Misconduct, from the Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s College Years, by His Yale Classmate Deborah Ramirez

    By Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer, The New Yorker

    Deborah Ramirez, a Yale classmate of Brett Kavanaugh’s, has described a dormitory party gone awry and a drunken incident that she wants the F.B.I. to investigate.

    Quote:

    As Senate Republicans press for a swift vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Senate Democrats are investigating a new allegation of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh. The claim dates to the 1983-84 academic school year, when Kavanaugh was a freshman at Yale University. The offices of at least four Democratic senators have received information about the allegation, and at least two have begun investigating it. Senior Republican staffers also learned of the allegation last week and, in conversations with The New Yorker, expressed concern about its potential impact on Kavanaugh’s nomination. Soon after, Senate Republicans issued renewed calls to accelerate the timing of a committee vote. The Democratic Senate offices reviewing the allegations believe that they merit further investigation. “This is another serious, credible, and disturbing allegation against Brett Kavanaugh. It should be fully investigated,” Senator Mazie Hirono, of Hawaii, said. An aide in one of the other Senate offices added, “These allegations seem credible, and we’re taking them very seriously. If established, they’re clearly disqualifying.”

    Continued at https://www.newyorker.com/news/news...rett-kavanaughs-college-years-deborah-ramirez

    Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination just got even more complicated | CNN

    Quote:

    Democrats are demanding an immediate halt to Brett Kavanaugh's nomination process after his increasingly troubled hopes of reaching the Supreme Court were hit by a new allegation of sexual misconduct as a young man.

    Continued at https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/24/politics/kavanaugh-new-allegation-supreme-court-future/

    White House and Brett Kavanaugh deny allegation made by second woman | CNN

    Excerpt:

    Kavanaugh said in a statement, "This alleged event from 35 years ago did not happen. The people who knew me then know that this did not happen, and have said so. This is a smear, plain and simple. I look forward to testifying on Thursday about the truth, and defending my good name -- and the reputation for character and integrity I have spent a lifetime building -- against these last-minute allegations."

    More at https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/23/politics/kavanaugh-allegation-second-woman/

    John Oliver Hits 'Shithead' Trump For Attacks On Kavanaugh Accuser | HuffPost

    "The “Last Week Tonight” host also went after Fox News and GOP apologists for the Supreme Court nominee."

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/john-oliver-trump-brett-kananaugh_us_5ba88e71e4b0181540de6e0e
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    KAVANAUGH! - Randy Rainbow Song Parody | Randy Rainbow



    "Because when they go low, we go Lerner and Loewe."
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    “Because when they go low, we kick ‘em in the nuts”
    Michell Obama’s plan is still “When they go low, we go high.”

    https://www.politico.com/story/2018/09/23/democrats-michelle-obama-trump-837499

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    Trump Wants To Build A Wall... In The Sahara Desert | The Late Show with Stephen Colbert



    "Donald Trump advised Spain's leader to build a wall across the Sahara. Maybe Mexico will pay for it?"
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    Rob Goldstone wishes he'd never set up that Trump Tower meeting with the Russians | NBC News

    Quote:

    The British-born music publicist who helped arrange that infamous meeting between senior Trump campaign officials and a Russian lawyer promising dirt on Democrats now believes the meeting could have been a set-up by Russian intelligence, he told NBC News in an exclusive television interview.

    "I'm willing to believe that I don't know who wanted this meeting," Rob Goldstone told NBC's Cynthia McFadden in a wide-ranging interview, in which he also discussed Trump's behavior in Moscow during the 2013 Miss Universe pageant.

    Asked if he had conveyed a "dirty offer" to the Trump team in brokering the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting, Goldstone said, "Yes. That is true."

    "That [dirt] didn't materialize," said Goldstone, but he believes the apparent willingness of campaign officials to accept dirt is what drew the scrutiny of congressional investigators and special counsel Robert Mueller.

    Goldstone's account of the meeting, which he says he relayed in detail to Mueller's grand jury in March, is largely consistent with how it's been described by other participants. He says Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya talked in a meandering fashion about U.S. sanctions against Russians — and the financier who lobbied for those sanctions, Bill Browder — but didn't offer any information about Trump's foe in the 2016 presidential race, Hillary Clinton. He considered the Russian's presentation "complete and utter nonsense," he said.

    Nonetheless, he acknowledged that the candidate's son, Donald Trump Jr., came into the room anticipating — and very happy to accept — "opposition research" he believed was coming from the Russian government.

    Goldstone himself had promised as much, in an email to Trump Jr. saying the Russian had information that "would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father," and that it was "part of Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump."

    Goldstone says he was asked to set up the meeting — and relay the offer of incriminating information about Clinton — by Emin Agalarov, on behalf of his father Aras Agalarov, one of Russia's wealthiest developers. At the time, Goldstone was working as a publicist for the younger Agalarov, who had launched a career as a Russian pop star.

    The email, Goldstone said, "was written in about three minutes on my cell phone with scant information, with my own, I suppose, way of interpreting what I believe my client was trying to get across, and puffing it. That's what I do. I'm a publicist."

    Goldstone now says he had no direct knowledge that the Russian government was trying to help Trump, but assumed such because he had observed the favorable treatment then-candidate Trump received from Russian press at the time, and saw first-hand how Russians treated Trump with great affection and enthusiasm during his visit to Moscow for the 2013 Miss Universe pageant.

    But he did believe, he said, that Veselnitskaya had Kremlin connections, something that has proven to be true. In an April interview with NBC News, she acknowledged she had worked closely with and provided information to the Russian prosecutor general, a high-ranking Kremlin official.

    Goldstone believes it wasn't his email that secured the meeting, but a series of calls afterward between Trump Jr. and Emin Agalarov. Goldstone was not on the line.

    Phone records obtained by the Senate Judiciary Committee indicate Agalarov and Trump Jr. had three calls, each two to three minutes long, on June 6 and 7, 2016. In his Senate testimony, Trump Jr. said he did not recall speaking with Agalarov.

    "I don't know what was discussed," Goldstone said. "What I do believe is that it is almost [incredible] to think that this conversation or these conversations could have taken place without discussion of funding, Russian funding, illegal funding, Democrats, Hillary, and it being of use to the campaign. I — I just can't understand how — how it wouldn't have been touched upon."

    Goldstone noted that it wasn't until after the final call that Trump Jr. sent an email setting a date for a meeting, and saying his brother-in-law Jared Kushner and Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort would be joining. Goldstone said he found it "odd" that those senior campaign officials would be included if they did not expect the conversation to be substantive.

    Continued at https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/na...es-he-d-never-set-trump-tower-meeting-n911851
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    Trump: No statehood for Puerto Rico with critics in office | The Associated Press

    Quote:

    President Donald Trump on Monday declared himself an “absolute no” on statehood for Puerto Rico as long as critics such as San Juan’s mayor remain in office, the latest broadside in his feud with members of the U.S. territory’s leadership.

    Trump lobbed fresh broadsides at San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, a critic of his administration’s response to hurricanes on the island last year, during a radio interview with Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera that aired Monday.

    “With the mayor of San Juan as bad as she is and as incompetent as she is, Puerto Rico shouldn’t be talking about statehood until they get some people that really know what they’re doing,” Trump said in an interview with Rivera’s show on Cleveland’s WTAM radio.

    Trump said that when “you have good leadership,” statehood for Puerto Rico could be “something they talk about. With people like that involved in Puerto Rico, I would be an absolute no.”

    Gov. Ricardo Rossello, an advocate of statehood for the island, said Trump’s remarks had trivialized the statehood process because of political differences.

    “The president said he is not in favor of statehood for the people of Puerto Rico based on a personal feud with a local mayor. This is an insensitive, disrespectful comment to over 3 million Americans who live in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico,” Rossello said.

    Continued at https://apnews.com/6e16c132957e484e...tehood-for-Puerto-Rico-with-critics-in-office
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    https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/24/poli...anaugh-renate-high-school-yearbook/index.html
    One of the 65 alumas that wrote a letter supporting Kavanaugh has learned that she was defamed all over Kavanaugh/friends yearbook. They referred to themselves as ”Renate Alumni” and now say they it meant they had gone to a dance with her.
    No one likes the BMOCs cuz they were abusive dicks to most people at some point.
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  187. The Wrong Guy Member

    Renate Schroeder Dolphin: Why Was She Mentioned in Brett Kavanaugh’s Yearbook?

    https://heavy.com/news/2018/09/renate-schroeder-dolphin/

    Brett Kavanaugh and Friends Boasted About Their Alleged Conquests in Georgetown Prep Yearbook

    https://splinternews.com/brett-kavanaugh-and-friends-boasted-about-their-alleged-1829285898

    There Is Somehow Still Even More Terrible Shit in Brett Kavanaugh's Yearbook

    https://theslot.jezebel.com/there-is-somehow-still-even-more-terrible-shit-in-brett-1829286691

    Michael Avenatti Claims to Represent Multiple Kavanaugh Clients, Says One Will Come Forward Within 48 Hours

    https://www.mediaite.com/online/mic...s-says-one-will-come-forward-within-48-hours/
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  188. The Wrong Guy Member

    Kavanaugh: I was a virgin during high school | CNN



    "CNN's Chris Cuomo speaks to attorney Michael Avenatti about Judge Brett Kavanaugh's interview with Fox News where he claimed that he was a virgin through "high school and many years after.""

    Michael Avenatti: Brett Kavanaugh Accuser Client May Pursue Criminal Case | Rachel Maddow, MSNBC



    "Michael Avenatti, attorney for a person he describes as a "witness and victim" of Brett Kavanaugh, talks with Rachel Maddow about his client presenting her allegations to the public in the next 48 hours and the need for an FBI investigation of Kavanaugh accusations."

    Dr. Ford Is No Longer Kavanaugh's Only Accuser | The Late Show with Stephen Colbert



    "Many have argued in defense of Brett Kavanaugh that one sexual assault allegation didn't show a pattern of behavior. Well, so much for that."

    Kavanaugh Defends Himself Against Sexual Assault Allegations With His 1982 Calendar | The Daily Show with Trevor Noah



    "Brett Kavanaugh produces his calendar from 1982 to dispute accusations of sexual assault and a second woman comes forward with allegations against the SCOTUS nominee."
  189. Yes he really said that.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/po...l-true-gop-senate-candidate-questions-n912901
  190. Emma Thatcher, a high school student in Florida, tweeted: “I would just like to say that the emergence of this whole ‘teenage boys should get a pass because they’re not mature enough to understand consent’ narrative is probably one of the most unsettling things I have ever witnessed.”

    Ford’s lawyer said McConnell "dismissed Dr. Ford's experience as a 'smear campaign,' claiming mistakenly that the witnesses' statements to the Committee constitute 'a complete lack of evidence,' implying that
    there has been a thorough investigation."
  191. The Wrong Guy Member

    Trump tweeted in 2014 'we need a president who isn't a laughing stock.' Four years later the UN laughed in his face

    Quote:

    US president, Donald Trump today addressed the UN General Assembly and something happened to him that probably doesn't happen too often.

    Trump boldly claimed in his speech:

    In less than two years, my administration has accomplished almost more than any other administration in the history of our country.

    Quite, what those accomplishments are is up for debate (Putting kids in cages? Calling countries shitholes? Overlooking North Korean human rights violations?)

    Anyway, Trump's huge claim was met with, get this, laughter. Actual flat-out laughter. From the United Nations. Right in his face.

    The obviously startled Trump tried to compose himself and replied to the hysterics by saying:

    Didn't expect that reaction but that's OK.

    Wow! This could be the first time that we've seen Trump truly taken aback in public but he's likely to be even more upset when people begin sharing an old tweet from August 2014.

    When during one of his many criticisms of Barack Obama, Trump claimed the United States deserved a president that wasn't a laughing stock.

    We need a President who isn't a laughing stock to the entire World. We need a truly great leader, a genius at strategy and winning. Respect!
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 9, 2014

    We can't recall anyone laughing at Obama, except when he made a good joke, but there is now footage of the UN, perhaps one of the most prestigious bodies of people on the planet, laughing at a quite frankly ridiculous statement that the US president had made.

    This is how Twitter is reacting to the existence of this tweet following Trump's earlier embarrassment:

    Continued at https://www.indy100.com/article/don...ns-general-assembly-laughing-stock-un-8554586
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  192. https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/09/trump-unga-laughter/571267/

    “In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any other administration in the history of our country. So true,” Trump told the UNGA Tuesday morning. It’s a standard Trump line, which usually he delivers in front of two primary audiences: Supporters who believe it, and reporters who just scoff and shake their heads, knowing it’s not true.”
    “The delegates at the UN were neither so supportive nor so jaded, and they openly laughed at him. Trump rolled with it. “Didn't expect that reaction, but that's OK”
  193. The Wrong Guy Member

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    Murkowski, key vote in Kavanaugh confirmation, signals support for accuser, FBI probe

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/201...on-signals-support-for-accuser-fbi-probe.html
    YES! FOX NEWS!

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  195. The Wrong Guy Member

    Trump Got a Big Laugh at the United Nations | The Late Late Show with James Corden



    "James Corden looks at the news of the day, including President Donald Trump getting an unexpected laugh during his United Nations General Assembly address, Brett Kavanaugh's virginity claims and Ben & Jerry's getting political with their flavors."

    Brett Kavanaugh: Couple Things | Late Night with Seth Meyers



    "Seth has a couple of things to say to Brett Kavanaugh after he sat down for an interview with Fox News to deny the sexual assault allegations against him."

    The World Unites In Laughing At Trump | The Late Show with Stephen Colbert



    "The opening line of Trump's speech at the United Nations got a big laugh. Problem is, it wasn't intended to."

    Kavanaugh Touts His Virginity to Refute Allegations of Sexual Assault | The Daily Show with Trevor Noah



    "SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s high school yearbook provides a not-so-flattering paper trail in the midst of allegations of sexual assault against him, and Dulcé Sloan drops by to explain why Kavanaugh’s claims of remaining a virgin well into adulthood might not really be a virtue."
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  196. The Wrong Guy Member

    Donald Trump's speech to the UN General Assembly is no laughing matter | Australian Broadcasting Corporation

    Excerpt:

    The world is perhaps becoming used to Mr Trump's habit of neck-snapping turnarounds, from greatest enemy to greatest friend.

    The trouble with that of course is that his words become meaningless, as do his boasts about his achievements, be they in the electoral college or the stock market. Hence the disbelieving chuckles at the UN.

    What has Mr Trump's administration really achieved in key areas like North Korea?

    The difference between US-North Korea relations between 2017 and 2018 is essentially that a war of words has been replaced with hollow words of praise. The carrot instead of the stick.

    But we are yet to see anything tangible beyond a suspension of nuclear and missile testing. The threat remains. North Korea's nuclear capacity is intact.

    We've been here many times before since the early 1990s, and as always, the details of denuclearisation and what North Korea will want in return are still a major stumbling block.

    Just as there were dangers in overhyping the threat, there are potentially more in brushing it aside prematurely after a handshake and a photo.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-26/donald-trump-un-speech-is-no-laughing-matter/10307258

    France′s Emmanuel Macron uses UN speech to rebuke Trump-style nationalism | Deutsche Welle

    Excerpt:

    President Macron urged leaders to reject "the law of the most powerful," in what was seen as a veiled rebuke of the US. He also stressed the need for dialogue with Iran, which Trump accused of having a "blood agenda."

    https://www.dw.com/en/frances-emman...-to-rebuke-trump-style-nationalism/a-45640775

    Donald Trump is unlikely to forgive the laughter of the UN | The Guardian

    Excerpt:

    Donald Trump is accustomed to addressing diehard supporters at rallies. His press conferences are rare and tightly controlled. So the open derision of his fellow leaders at the UN general assembly clearly came as a surprise.

    He insisted he was “OK” with the mirthful reaction to his claims of historic achievements, but he was clearly not OK. Trump is said never to forgive or forget those who laugh at him, so this second outing at the UN podium is unlikely to end well for his administration’s already ambivalent relations with the global body.

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/sep/25/donald-trump-united-nation-speech-globalism-analysis

    'People actually laughed at a President': At UN speech, Trump suffers the fate he always feared | NZ Herald

    Excerpt:

    "He has always been obsessed people are laughing at the President. From the mid-'80s, he's said: 'The world is laughing at us. They think we're fools,' " said Thomas Wright, a Europe analyst at the Brookings Institution. "It's never been true, but he's said it about every President. It's the first time I'm aware of that people actually laughed at a President. I think it is going to drive him absolutely crazy. It will play to every insecurity he has."

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=12132340

    Iran Fires Back at Trump in U.N. Speech: ‘Xenophobic Tendencies Resembling a Nazi Disposition’ | Newsweek

    Excerpt:

    President Hassan Rouhani used his time in front of the General Assembly to retaliate, criticizing Trump’s decision to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal that now looks in danger of collapse.

    https://www.newsweek.com/iran-fires...xenophobic-tendencies-resembling-nazi-1138732

    At UN speech Trump suffers fate he always feared: public humiliation | The Sydney Morning Herald

    Excerpt:

    "There was a moment I thought to myself: 'This is good that the President is being exposed to how the rest of the world sees him.' "

    https://www.smh.com.au/world/north-...eared-public-humiliation-20180926-p5063k.html
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  197. DeathHamster Member

    If the "virgins can't rape" defense fails, they have a backup plan!

    a8e.jpg
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  198. The Wrong Guy Member

    Julie Swetnick: New Kavanaugh accuser revealed by Michael Avenatti today; says he was present when she was "gang raped" during high school | CBS News

    "Attorney Michael Avenatti revealed the identity of the third woman to accuse Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, Julie Swetnick, whom he referred to as "courageous, brave and honest." While Swetnick does not accuse Kavanaugh of assaulting her, she does allege that he and his friend Mark Judge were present at a party when she was gang raped by a series of boys after her drink was spiked."

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/kavana...atti-reveals-julie-swetnick-today-2018-09-26/

    Brett Kavanaugh: third woman accuses supreme court nominee of sexual misconduct | The Guardian

    "I witnessed efforts by Mark Judge, Brett Kavanaugh and others to cause girls to become inebriated and disoriented so they could then be ‘gang raped’ in a side room or bedroom by a ‘train’ of numerous boys…"

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news...e-swetnick-sexual-misconduct-michael-avenatti

    Avenatti Explains Timing Of Third Brett Kavanaugh Accuser Coming Forward | Craig Melvin, MSNBC



    "Attorney Michael Avenatti phones into MSNBC to discuss Julie Swetnick’s allegation against Judge Brett Kavanaugh and her demand for an investigation."
  199. The Wrong Guy Member

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 1 hour ago
    Avenatti is a third rate lawyer who is good at making false accusations, like he did on me and like he is now doing on Judge Brett Kavanaugh. He is just looking for attention and doesn’t want people to look at his past record and relationships - a total low-life!

    Michael Avenatti‏ @MichaelAvenatti 6 minutes ago
    Trump pretends he is a tough guy. He is nothing of the kind. He grew up spoiled with a silver spoon in his mouth and a gold toilet under his butt. He was handed everything. That is why the majority of America & the UN laughs at him and calls him a con. But at least Putin is a fan.

    Michael Avenatti‏ @MichaelAvenatti 2 hours ago
    Trump doesn’t even know anything about my background. Knows nothing about my history of over $1 Billion in verdicts and settlements. I have represented Republicans and Democrats. I have represented hard working people throughout this nation.

    Michael Avenatti‏ @MichaelAvenatti 43 minutes ago
    .@realDonaldTrump @ChuckGrassley @LindseyGrahamSC
    Are you three privileged, white men calling my client Julie a liar? How dare you attack a sexual assault victim. She has risked her life to do the right thing. You should be ashamed of yourselves. Your actions are disgraceful.

    Michael Avenatti‏ @MichaelAvenatti 31 minutes ago
    Trump is a moron. He knows nothing about me or my client. He is trying to divert attention away from Julie as a smokescreen. I challenge him to debate me regarding Kavanaugh and his accusers and our respective backgrounds. He will never agree because he is a coward and weak.

    Michael Avenatti‏ @MichaelAvenatti 30 minutes ago
    And I am thoroughly enjoying living rent free in his head.
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  200. The Wrong Guy Member

    Nikki Haley to Fox News: World leaders laughed at Trump at the UN out of 'respect' | Haaretz

    Quote:

    U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley claimed on Fox News that U.S. President Donald Trump’s speech at the United Nations General Assembly only drew laughs because the world leaders in the crowd “loved his honesty” and “respect” him.

    “They loved how honest he is,” Haley said in all seriousness while discussing the laughter Trump drew in reaction to him boasting his administration has done more than almost any in history. “It’s not diplomatic and they find it funny. ... When he goes and he is very truthful, they kind of were taken back by it.”

    “All day yesterday, they were falling over themselves to get a picture with him, to talk about how great his speech was," she continued. “They love that he’s honest with them and they’ve never seen anything like it, so there’s respect there. I saw that the media was trying to make it something disrespectful. That’s not what it was ― they love to be with him.”

    Trump also tried to spin the reaction yesterday, telling reporters that his boastful comment was meant to draw laughter.

    “Oh, it was great,” he said. “Well, that was meant to get some laughter, but it was great.”

    Continued at https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/nik...ers-laughed-at-trump-out-of-respect-1.6511189
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  201. The Wrong Guy Member

    Christine Blasey Ford's polygraph test on Kavanaugh shows no deception

    Quote:

    An examination taken by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford was released Wednesday, showing she passed a polygraph test over the sexual assault allegations she's lodged against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

    The August 7 examination, held in a Maryland Hilton Hotel, consisted of a one-page, handwritten statement by Ford, an interview and two questions: Is any part of your statement false? And, Did you make up any part of your statement?

    She answered both with a no. The Virginia-based examiner, Jeremiah Hanafin, noted both answers were deemed "not indicative of deception," according to the report obtained by USA TODAY.

    Continued at https://www.usatoday.com/story/news...anaugh-sexual-assault-allegations/1434270002/

    Brett Kavanaugh Was ‘Laughing A Lot’ During Attempted Rape, Christine Blasey Ford Told Polygraph Examiner

    "Attorneys for Christine Blasey Ford, who accuses Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, released polygraph results Wednesday that show she passed easily."

    https://www.inquisitr.com/5090302/brett-kavanaugh-christine-blasey-ford-polygraph/
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  202. https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/26/politics/macron-trump-trade-rant/index.html
  203. The committee released a transcript of the interview Wednesday night. On Sept. 22, the office of Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) received a letter from a woman who wrote that in 1998, her daughter was with Kavanaugh and other friends at a bar in Washington, D.C., and after a night of drinking, Kavanaugh shoved a woman "up against the wall very aggressively and sexually." The letter writer, who did not give her name, said the alleged victim was traumatized by the incident, and wants to remain anonymous.