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    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/07/us/politics/john-kelly-trump-kushner.html
    “The former White House chief of staff, John F. Kelly, on Wednesday declined to answer questions about the existence of a memo he wrote saying that President Trump had ordered officials to give his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, a security clearance in May 2018.

    Mr. Kelly also broke with Mr. Trump on key aspects of his approach to immigration and the NATO alliance, and said that his top concern about decisions made by the president was whether they were objectively right for the country when divorced from political concerns.”
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    Sorry, John Kelly, nice try

    By Robert Harrington, Palmer Report, March 7, 2019

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    “The least enjoyable job I’ve ever had,” is how former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly described his time working for Donald Trump. The now ousted Marine General has used his first public comments since his inglorious dismissal January 2nd to distance himself from Trump’s positions on immigration and the border wall, and claims he would also have worked for Hillary Clinton, if asked.

    John Kelly, in short, has been born again, a la Michael Cohen. The prodigal son has seen the error of his ways and returned to the embrace of the human family for redemption and forgiveness.

    Not so fast, General. We have the right to remember certain things. For example, we have the right to recall your disgraceful treatment of Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, who was present in the car when your idiot, hamfisted boss phoned the grieving widow of a slain US soldier and made hideously inappropriate remarks of misfired “condolences.”

    We have the right to recall the lie you invented about a perfectly innocent speech made by the Congresswoman – an African American woman whom you characterized as “the empty barrel that makes the most noise” – in which you lied and said she inappropriately claimed credit for securing federal funding for an FBI building in her district, a lie that is directly and immediately contradicted by a video of that event.

    We have the right to remember when you said the American Civil War was caused by “the lack of ability to compromise,” and when you described Robert E Lee as an “honorable man.” We have the right to remember when you disparaged potential DACA signatories, some of whom were too frightened to sign up, as “too lazy to get off their asses.”

    We have the right to remember when you promoted serial wife abuser Rob Porter despite knowing full well Porter had a protection orders from both ex-wives for domestic abuse. We have the right to remember when you illegally used the Situation Room to fire White House staffer Omarosa Manigault, and that you threatened her with reprisals both legal and reputational should she make trouble.

    As to the idea that you could have worked for Hillary Clinton? What makes you think you qualify, you arrogant son of a bitch? No, General John Kelly, you chose to work for Donald Trump, and you permitted him to corrupt your soul. It’s time to accept the consequences – like a Marine.

    Source: https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/sorry-john-kelly-nice-try/16527/
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    Cohen Sues the Trump Organization, Saying He Was Denied $1.9 Million in Legal Fees After Cooperating With Prosecutors

    By Michael Gold, The New York Times, March 7, 2019

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    Michael D. Cohen, the former personal lawyer and fixer for President Trump, sued the Trump Organization on Thursday, accusing the company of breaking a contract by refusing to pay about $1.9 million in legal costs after Mr. Cohen began cooperating with federal prosecutors.

    The lawsuit, filed in State Supreme Court in Manhattan, said that the Trump Organization had failed to live up to an agreement to pay for Mr. Cohen’s legal fees or related costs connected to his work with the Trump Organization.

    Mr. Cohen is also seeking reimbursement for an additional $1.9 million he was ordered to pay in fines, forfeiture and restitution after he pleaded guilty to breaking campaign finance laws, evading taxes and lying to Congress, the lawsuit said.

    Continued at https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/07/nyregion/michael-cohen-trump-lawsuit.html

    Michael Cohen just stuck another dagger in Donald Trump

    By Bill Palmer, Palmer Report, March 7, 2019

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    Michael Cohen just filed a lawsuit against Donald Trump in New York court. Cohen is alleging that he and Trump had an agreement in which Trump would pay the entirety of Cohen’s legal fees, but that Trump stopped paying the minute he heard Cohen might flip. Cohen appears to be taking the position that Trump was legally required to continue paying Cohen’s legal fees right up until the moment when Cohen severed their joint defense agreement and cut a deal. This could be a bigger deal for all involved than one might think.

    Sure, on the surface, it’s a cash grab on Cohen’s part. The legal fees in question probably add up to a few million dollars, and since Trump does appear to be legally liable, Cohen figures he might as well lay his claim to it. But this lawsuit will go through a discovery process that could force even more incriminating evidence against Trump to come to the surface. In fact this is roughly the same strategy that Stormy Daniels used against Cohen, and her lawsuit indirectly led to Cohen going to prison.

    If Donald Trump were smart, he’d just pay Michael Cohen to go away, before this saga can do any more legal damage to him. But as we keep seeing, Trump isn’t dealing with any of this in a smart way. He’ll likely try to fight Cohen to the bitter end, even if the civil litigation ends up putting Trump in increased criminal jeopardy.

    More at https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/another-dagger-michael-cohen-trump-donald/16528/
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    The Manafort Sentence | Talking Points Memo

    "No one should go to jail for being a sleazy huckster. But saying Paul Manafort had lived a “blameless life” is an almost comical verdict for a man who is widely recognized as one of the creators of the modern influence peddling trade and who worked for some of the shadiest dictators in the world."

    https://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/the-manafort-sentence

    Paul Manafort's judge T.S. Ellis doesn't just like white collar criminals, he likes white criminals | Palmer Report

    "It’s not that Judge T.S. Ellis has a soft spot for white collar criminals. It’s that he has a soft spot for white people. We can prove it."

    https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/racist-paul-manafort-judge-ellis/16536/
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    Lawrence's Last Word: The Company You Keep | The Last Word | MSNBC



    "Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein aimed his last speech at Donald Trump."
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    Paul Manafort Gets 47 Months In Prison | The Late Show with Stephen Colbert



    "The special counsel recommended 19.5 to 24 years in prison for Paul Manafort. He got less than four."
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    Chase Donald Trump's Russia scandal way back to a beauty pageant and it starts to make real sense

    Part One: Back in 2013 the only person who saw Donald Trump as a serious threat to America was Vladimir Putin

    By Lucian K. Truscott IV, Salon, March 7, 2019

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    Do you remember where you were and what you were doing on June 15, 2013? Neither do I. But you can bet your last dollar that Donald Trump does, because he was in Las Vegas at his Miss USA pageant meeting with Aras Agalarov and his Russian pop-star son Emin about bringing Trump’s Miss Universe Pageant to Moscow later that year. Aras Agalarov, sometimes called the “Trump of Russia,” is a billionaire oligarch close to Vladimir Putin who runs a vast real estate empire, including the Crocus City development in Moscow.

    Agalarov agreed to pay Trump more than $10 million for the right to put on the pageant in Crocus City later that year, but his is a name we wouldn’t learn of for another four years, until July of 2017, when it would be revealed that the Agalarov family was part of the connective tissue behind the infamous meeting in Trump Tower in June of 2016 which put together the top managers of Trump’s presidential campaign — Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, and Jared Kushner — with six Russians connected to the Russian government who had told Trump’s son that they had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton they wanted to share with the Trump campaign.

    Donald Trump didn’t want us to know in June of 2016, and later in July of 2017 that his son, son-in-law, and campaign chairman were meeting with Russian nationals, which is why Trump and officials of the Trump campaign lied all the way through the campaign in 2016 that they had any contacts at all with Russians, and it’s why Trump himself lied after the Trump Tower meeting was revealed in 2017 when he personally dictated a statement released to the press describing the meeting as an inconsequential discussion about “adoption” rather than the discussion about Russian involvement in the Trump campaign that it was.

    So let’s go back to that day in 2013 when Donald Trump first met with the man who would provide a conduit between the Russian government and Trump’s campaign. Let’s have a look at what Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin were up to before the 2016 presidential campaign was underway, long before Trump himself showed up on anyone’s radar as one of the Republicans who were beginning to think of running for president.

    Trump quickly got busy stroking Agalarov’s friend, the president of Russia. A few days later, Trump tweeted, “Do you think Putin will be going to the Miss Universe Pageant in November in Moscow — if so, will he become my new best friend?”

    The very next month, while Trump was making his plans to visit Moscow, something called the Internet Research Agency was incorporated in Russia with the Russian government. We had no way of knowing that this took place, of course. Nor did we know that in 2018, the Internet Research Agency and 12 of its employees would be indicted for infiltrating agents into the United States and setting up the internet infrastructure necessary to carry out what the indictment called “information warfare” in an attempt to interfere with the election of 2016 and defraud the United States government.

    So while the Internet Research Agency was staffing up in its offices in St. Petersburg, Donald Trump was talking about the president of Russia. Twice during the month of October, Trump flattered Putin. He told CNN host Larry King, that Putin “has done a really good job of outsmarting our country,” and during an appearance on the David Letterman show, Trump called Putin “a tough guy . . . I met him once.”

    The next month, Trump was in Moscow with the Miss Universe pageant. Trump had invited the Russian president to be his guest at the pageant, but the fact Putin passed didn’t slow down Trump, however. He gave an interview to MSNBC, and when asked if Putin would be attending, Trump said, “I do have a relationship (with Putin) and I can tell you that he’s very interested in what we’re doing here today . . . I do have a relationship with him . . . He’s done a very brilliant job in terms of what he represents and who he’s represented.”

    Trump also received a phone call from Dmitry Peskov, Putin’s top aide and press spokesman. Mr. Peskov would next be heard from in December of 2018, when he responded to a question about Michael Cohen’s conviction for lying about Trump’s Moscow Tower project by admitting that there had been emails and phone calls between the Russian government and Trump’s representatives about Trump’s Moscow tower project, but denied that they had gone anywhere.

    The project was still alive in 2013, however. Trump had multiple meetings about his plans for a Trump Tower while in Moscow. He met with Vladimir Kozhin, an intimate of Vladimir Putin and the head of “property management” for the Kremlin, responsible for all major development projects in Russia. He had dinner with Agalarov and Herman Gref, the chief executive of Sberbank PJSC, Russia’s biggest state-controlled bank. Trump met with one Alex Sapir, who was involved in the company that helped to develop the Trump Soho Hotel, along with Felix Sater, a convicted felon and FBI informant who will be testifying before the House Intelligence Committee next week. Before leaving Moscow, Trump tweeted his thanks to Aras Agalarov, telling him excitedly, “TRUMP-TOWER MOSCOW is next.”

    Continued at https://www.salon.com/2019/03/06/ch...uty-pageant-and-it-starts-to-make-real-sense/
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    Trump inauguration took money from shell companies tied to foreigners

    Creators of firms that donated revealed by Guardian as Indian financier, lobbyist with links to Taiwan and Israeli real estate developer

    By Jon Swaine, The Guardian, March 8, 2019

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    Donald Trump’s inauguration received tens of thousands of dollars from shell companies that masked the involvement of a foreign contributor or others with foreign ties.

    The Guardian has identified the creators of three obscure firms that contributed money to Trump’s inaugural committee, which collected a record $107m as he entered the White House in 2017.

    The three companies each gave $25,000 to Trump’s inaugural fund. At least one of the contributions was made for a foreign national who appears ineligible to make political donations in the US.

    A spokesman for Thomas Barrack, the chairman of Trump’s inauguration committee, declined to comment. The contributors denied wrongdoing.

    Federal prosecutors in New York and the attorney generals of New Jersey and Washington DC have in recent weeks issued subpoenas to the committee, demanding records and information on its contributors and spending.

    US election law prohibits non-resident foreigners from contributing to political campaigns, including inaugurations. Donors or campaigns who “knowingly and willfully” breach this rule may be fined or prosecuted.

    One of the $25,000 donations to Trump’s inauguration was made through a Delaware shell company for a wealthy Indian financier based in London, who appears to not hold US citizenship or residency.

    Another was made by a company formed in Georgia by a lobbyist with connections to the Taiwanese government. His wife said the firm was funded by Chinese investors. One of their daughters was later given an internship in Trump’s White House, which they said was unrelated to the donation.

    A third $25,000 contribution was made through a company formed anonymously in New York by an Israeli real estate developer who has helped other foreign developers with legal issues in the US. The Israeli developer said he held US residency, commonly known as a “green card”, which permitted him to contribute legally.

    Ann Ravel, a former commissioner at the federal election commission (FEC), said the use of anonymous companies was the biggest problem for authorities trying to ensure transparency and legality in political donations.

    “We need stronger regulation,” said Ravel. “But our campaign finance system is structured to not let us find out who is behind these contributions.”

    Authorities including Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 US election, are looking into issues around foreign money in American politics and possible attempts to buy influence with Trump’s administration.

    A Washington-based lobbyist, Sam Patten, admitted last year that he illegally funnelled $50,000 to Trump’s inauguration from a Ukrainian oligarch. Patten, a former colleague of the convicted ex-Trump aide Paul Manafort, pleaded guilty to lying to Congress and failing to register as a foreign agent.

    Continued at https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/08/trump-inauguration-money-shell-companies-revealed
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    White House communications director resigns | CNN



    "White House deputy chief of staff and de facto communications director Bill Shine has stepped down to join the Trump campaign, press secretary Sarah Sanders announced in a statement."

    Bill Shine out as Trump’s message man | POLITICO

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    President Donald Trump has accepted the resignation of his communications director, Bill Shine, a former Fox News executive who had spent just nine months on the job.

    Shine will join the president’s re-election campaign as a “senior adviser” — a role that will allow him to spend “more time with my family,” he said in a statement Friday, seeming to suggest something less than a senior leadership role in the campaign. It was not immediately clear if the president urged Shine to resign, nor the extent to which he will be directly involved if Trump’s 2020 operation, which had already added several senior communications officials in the last month.

    Shine is the sixth White House communications director to come and go in just over two years of Trump’s presidency. As has been the case with each of Trump’s communications directors, he faced the challenge of overseeing messaging for a president who considers himself a media savant and his own best spokesman.

    Shine also departs during a particularly rough patch for a president who is battling multiple scandals, investigating Democrats and rebellious Republicans. The president has also privately complained that he hoped for more dramatic results in his public image than Shine has been able to deliver.

    Publicly, Trump and his aides — who are personally fond of Shine — had only positive things to say on Friday.

    Continued at https://www.politico.com/story/2019/03/08/bill-shine-resigns-will-join-trump-campaign-1213083

    Everyone is fleeing Donald Trump's sinking White House at once | Palmer Report

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    Donald Trump’s White House Communications Director Bill Shine abruptly resigned today. He’s taking a new job with Trump’s phantom “2020 reelection campaign” which only really exists as a fundraising embezzlement front; the bottom line is that Shine is out. The timing speaks volumes – and he’s not the only key Trump person to jump ship today.

    Donald Trump’s FEMA Director Brock Long is exiting the building today, after resigning amid scandal. We’re expecting another shoe to drop on this front, because Long’s one known scandal merely involves misuse of a government car, and pales in comparison to some of the corruption scandals that Trump’s other people haven’t resigned for. There is also another big exit today.

    Donald Trump’s Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson, who was leading the charge on Trump’s imaginary Space Force, is also abruptly resigning.

    Continued at https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/everyone-fleeing-donald-trumps-sinking-white-house/16547/
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    Obama Demands to See Trump’s Elementary-School Diploma

    By Andy Borowitz, The New Yorker

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    Former President Barack Obama ignited a firestorm of controversy on Wednesday by demanding to see President Donald Trump’s elementary-school diploma.

    Speaking to reporters in Washington, Obama called on Trump to prove “once and for all” that he had completed a K-through-five program.

    “While the U.S. Constitution does not require the President to have graduated from fifth grade, it would still be nice to know that he had done so,” Obama said.

    By insisting on the release of Trump’s diploma, Obama joined a growing movement of so-called schoolers, who contend that Trump never attended school.

    Schoolers’ demands to see documentation of Trump’s elementary-school attendance have yet to sway the White House, which has released only a short version of Trump’s second-grade report card, with the grades completely redacted.

    Obama revealed that he had hired forensic detectives to study Trump’s utterances and tweets to determine the extent of his verifiable schooling, but, so far, they had found “no proof” of a fifth-grade education.

    “Donald Trump claims that he attended elementary school,” Obama said. “All I’m asking is, where’s the evidence?”

    Source: https://www.newyorker.com/humor/bor...mands-to-see-trumps-elementary-school-diploma
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    Trump and Cohen in a Twitter tussle over pardon claims | POLITICO

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    President Donald Trump claimed Friday his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen asked him directly for a pardon and lied about it, contradicting Cohen’s dramatic testimony before the House Oversight Committee last month.

    Cohen quickly shot back, calling the president a liar.

    “Bad lawyer and fraudster Michael Cohen said under sworn testimony that he never asked for a Pardon. His lawyers totally contradicted him. He lied! Additionally, he directly asked me for a pardon. I said NO. He lied again! He also badly wanted to work at the White House. He lied!” Trump wrote Friday on Twitter.

    The tweet comes after Cohen, who was sentenced in December to three years in prison for a number of lying and tax fraud charges, turned against his former employer, publicly accusing Trump of several criminal acts, lies and character deficiencies. During the testimony, Cohen stated he “have never asked for, nor would I accept, a pardon from Mr. Trump.”

    But his current lawyer, Lanny Davis, claimed Thursday that Cohen had indeed directed his prior attorney to explore a potential pardon with Trump’s team.

    “Prior to Michael Cohen’s decision to leave the ‘Joint Defense Group’ and tell the truth on July 2, 2018, Michael was open to the ongoing ‘dangling’ of a possible pardon by Trump representatives privately and in the media,” Davis said in a statement. “During that time period, he directed his attorney to explore possibilities of a pardon at one point with Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani as well as other lawyers advising President Trump.”

    On Friday, Cohen almost immediately refuted Trump’s accusation. “Just another set of lies by @POTUS @realdonaldtrump. Mr. President...let me remind you that today is #InternationalWomensDay. You may want use today to apologize for your own #lies and #DirtyDeeds to women like Karen McDougal and Stephanie Clifford.”

    Rep. Elijah Cummings, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, appeared unimpressed with Trump’s public sparring with Cohen.

    “He can pick up the phone and call me,” Cummings told reporters of Trump.

    Continued at https://www.politico.com/story/2019/03/08/trump-cohen-pardon-1213081
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    Robert Kraft Prostitution Sting: Cops Have Graphic Video From Inside Spa | TMZ

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    Investigators say they have videos of the men who paid for sex at the Asian massage parlor that Robert Kraft allegedly used, and the footage is graphic.

    According to police documents obtained by TMZ Sports, officials were able to get a covert surveillance camera inside the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Florida to record illicit activity.

    Cops list a variety of sex acts performed on 26 men who entered the business, one of whom cops say is Robert Kraft.

    The police documents describe the surveillance video in graphic detail, noting a pattern of behavior from the alleged Johns.

    The men would enter the spa and pay up front (some used cash, others used credit cards) before being escorted back into a private massage room.

    In almost every case, an Asian woman would tend to the client -- sometimes two women -- and perform sex acts using their hands and mouths.

    Continued at https://www.tmz.com/2019/02/22/robert-kraft-named-in-prostitution-sting/

    https://www.google.com/search?q="Robert Kraft"

    Trump cheered Patriots to Super Bowl victory with founder of spa where Kraft was busted | Miami Herald

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    Seated at a round table littered with party favors and the paper-cutout footballs that have become tradition at his annual Super Bowl Watch Party, President Donald Trump cheered the New England Patriots and his longtime friend, team owner Robert Kraft, to victory over the Los Angeles Rams on Feb. 3.

    Sometime during the party at Trump’s West Palm Beach country club, the president turned in his chair to look over his right shoulder, smiling for a photo with two women at a table behind him.

    The woman who snapped the blurry Super Bowl selfie with the president was Li Yang, 45, a self-made entrepreneur from China who started a chain of Asian day spas in South Florida. Over the years, these establishments — many of which operate under the name Tokyo Day Spas — have gained a reputation for offering sexual services.

    Nineteen days after Trump and Yang posed together while rooting for the Patriots, authorities would charge Kraft with soliciting prostitution at a spa in Jupiter that Yang had founded more than a decade earlier.

    Yang says she had long since sold Orchids of Asia Day Spa, the massage parlor where authorities say they caught Kraft on camera paying for oral sex the morning of the Jan. 20 AFC Championship game — his second visit in 24 hours. (Kraft has denied breaking the law.) Yang, who goes by Cindy, was not charged in the multi-agency anti-human trafficking operation last month that shut down 10 Asian day spas in Florida, none of which are registered to her or her family.

    The Kraft bust brought global attention to the proliferation of Asian day spas across the country, some of which are thinly disguised houses of prostitution — and experts say could be engaged in human trafficking to fill demand.

    Continued at https://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/article227186429.html

    Palmer Report‏ @PalmerReport 5 hours ago

    Donald Trump’s day so far:

    - Trump apparently watched the Super Bowl with the owner of the massage parlor where Robert Kraft was busted

    - No wonder Trump had a ten tweet meltdown this morning

    - This just keeps getting weirder

    - Trump is going to prison

    - It’s still only 10:30 am
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    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 8 hours ago
    The Wall is being built and is well under construction. Big impact will be made. Many additional contracts are close to being signed. Far ahead of schedule despite all of the Democrat Obstruction and Fake News!

    Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump 8 hours ago
    Thank you @foxandfriends. Great show!

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 8 hours ago
    I cannot believe the level of dishonesty in the media. It is totally out of control, but we are winning!

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 8 hours ago
    PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT!

    https://www.google.com/search?&q="Presidential harassment"
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    Zoe Tillman‏ @ZoeTillman 8 hours ago
    Here's @gtconway3d at an event at Georgetown Law this a.m. On why he helped found a group of conservative and libertarian lawyers concerned about the rule of law: "We thought there was a little too much silence on the subject on the right side of the political spectrum"

    George Conway blasts Trump in rare public appearance | CNN



    "George Conway, the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, said that the degradation of the rule of law under President Donald Trump -- including attacks on the freedom of the press -- risked turning the US into a "banana republic.""

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/gtconway3d
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    From September 10, 2018:
    From September 11, 2018:
    From September 21, 2018:

    Stephen Made Trump's Hurricane Response Into A Children's Book | The Late Show with Stephen Colbert



    "Introducing the next great children's book, 'Whose Boat is This Boat?: Comments That Don't Help in the Aftermath of a Hurricane' by Stephen T. Colbert."

    From September 29, 2018:

    Stephen Publishes REAL BOOK 'Whose Boat Is This Boat?' | The Late Show with Stephen Colbert



    "The President's comments during a visit to North Carolina following Hurricane Florence weren't helpful. That is, until the Late Show turned them into a children's book with all proceeds going to hurricane relief organizations. Get your copy at colbertlateshow.com/book "

    From December 7, 2018:

    'Whose Boat Is This Boat?' Hits A Milestone | The Late Show with Stephen Colbert



    "The Late Show's 'Whose Boat is This Boat?' has reached a seven-figure milestone in its mission to raise funds for hurricane relief."

    From November 10, 2018:

    Whose Boat Is This Boat?: An Animated Holiday Classic | The Late Show with Stephen Colbert



    "The Late Show's best-selling book raising money for hurricane relief becomes an animated holiday classic in the Late Show's Hurricane Spectacular. 'Whose Boat Is This Boat?' is available for purchase now in exclusively in the iTunes store. All Late Show proceeds to go hurricane relief!"

    From today, March 8, 2019:

    Trump Surveys Tornado Damage in Alabama, and Signs Some Bibles, Too | The New York Times

    "Trump’s willingness to autograph Bibles was not out of step with his appeal to evangelical voters, whom he has wooed and won over the years. Many see him as the champion of their spiritual and political values."

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/08/us/trump-alabama.html

    Trump Is Autographing Bibles Now So That's a Wrap on Humanity, Right? | Elle

    "To quote Judas in the song "Heaven on Their Minds," "Listen. Jesus. I don't like what I see.""

    https://www.elle.com/culture/career-politics/a26767569/trump-autograph-bible/

    Trump Blasted for Signing Bibles Like They Were Concert Merch | Complex

    "Naturally, Twitter users had a lot to say about Trump's decision to scribble his name on the Bible. Some praised the move, while most found it bizarre, distasteful, and offensive. You can check out some of the reactions below."

    https://www.complex.com/life/2019/03/donald-trump-signs-bibles-for-alabama-tornadoe-survivors/

    More: https://www.google.com/search?q=Trump Bibles
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    Erik Prince acknowledges attending 2016 Trump Tower meeting 'to talk about Iran policy'

    By Brooke Seipel, The Hill, March 8, 2019

    https://thehill.com/policy/national...es-attending-2016-trump-tower-meeting-to-talk

    Did Blackwater's Erik Prince Lie to Congress? I Asked Him.

    By Mehdi Hasan, The Intercept, March 8, 2019

    https://theintercept.com/2019/03/08/erik-prince-trump-mehdi-hasan/
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    Scoop: White House leak to House Dems on Jared and Ivanka's clearances | Axios

    "From a White House source, the House Oversight Committee has obtained documents related to Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump's security clearances that the Trump administration refused to provide, according to a senior Democratic aide involved in handling the documents."

    https://www.axios.com/jared-kushner...eak-0a312b92-4a2d-4a70-a7fa-7fb7980d5305.html
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    Trump Thinks He Invented The Fourth Of July | The Late Show with Stephen Colbert



    "To distract from his ongoing struggles on immigration, trade, and budget deficits, the President has invented a new holiday called 'the Fourth of July.'"

    Policy Proposals From Mar-A-Lago Members | The Late Show with Stephen Colbert



    "Access to the President is a privilege reserved for members of Congress, top advisors, and members of Mar-a-Lago."

    Sen. Cory Booker Wants A Revival Of Civic Grace | The Late Show with Stephen Colbert



    "Presidential candidate Senator Cory Booker hopes to restore civic grace to politics, and says that 'tolerating' each other isn't a high enough bar."

    Sen. Cory Booker Reacts To Manafort's Sentencing | The Late Show with Stephen Colbert



    "Senator Cory Booker says he's not surprised by Paul Manafort's 47-month sentence, considering our criminal justice system comes down hardest on 'poor folks, mentally ill folks, addicted folks and, overwhelmingly, black and brown folks.'"
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    A Florida Massage Parlor Owner Has Been Selling Chinese Execs Access to Trump at Mar-a-Lago | Mother Jones

    The strange, swampy saga of Trump donor Li Yang.

    Excerpt:

    The overall message conveyed by the GY US Investments website seems clear: hire Yang’s company and she can get you close to Trump and his government—at Mar-a-Lago and in Washington. If the posted photos are authentic, she has been able to get Chinese clients at least into the Trump circle for a quick pic. They are a sign that this Chinese immigrant and Trump donor has used her contacts to go from massaging clients to massaging influence.

    More at https://www.motherjones.com/politic...-chinese-execs-access-to-trump-at-mar-a-lago/

    The Mar-a-Lago Connection to the Cindy Yang Affair Raises Huge Security Risks | Daily Beast

    From hand jobs to grip and grins with Donald Trump, the scandal is fraught with potential for blackmail.

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    If the president of the United States is letting a Chinese madam sell access at Mar-a-Lago to Chinese business people while his friends are getting serviced at businesses she started, he is making himself and the country vulnerable to massive blackmail risk. It is a textbook story of how foreign actors gain leverage over senior officials.

    Continued at https://www.thedailybeast.com/cindy...-not-obscure-the-huge-national-security-risks

    Massage parlor magnate helped steer Chinese to Trump NYC fundraiser, attendee says | Miami Herald

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    A Chinese-American massage-parlor entrepreneur arranged for a group of Chinese business executives to attend a paid fundraiser for President Donald Trump in New York City at the end of 2017, according to a source who was present at the event.

    Cindy Yang, whose family owns a chain of South Florida day spas where prostitution is said to have taken place, also runs a Florida-based consulting business called GY US Investments that promises to introduce Chinese investors into the president’s orbit.

    Yang was present at the Dec. 2, 2017, fundraiser, held at Cipriani restaurant in Manhattan, according to a photograph that circulated in Chinese-language media at the time. The source, who asked for anonymity to discuss the private fundraiser, said Yang identified herself as an official at the National Committee of Asian American Republicans, a Washington, D.C.-based political action committee founded in the summer of 2016.

    In the 11 days before the event, Yang gave $5,400 to Trump’s campaign and $23,500 to the Trump Victory political action committee, according to a Miami Herald analysis of federal political contributions. The 45 year old, a naturalized American citizen, also claimed to have arranged the presence of a large group of business people from mainland China.

    “They’re all my guests,” she told the source.

    Foreign visitors may attend fundraisers as long as they don’t pay their own entry. But only citizens and permanent residents are allowed to donate to U.S. political campaigns. It would be illegal for foreign nationals to reimburse a U.S. citizen for paying their way into a fundraiser. Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation has been examining whether money from abroad influenced the 2016 election. There is no evidence that Yang or her businesses are part of that investigation.

    Continued at https://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/article227358809.html
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    Former Fox News writer who was allegedly shut down when reporting on Trump's payments to Stormy Daniels calls on Rupert Murdoch to lift NDA

    By Benjamin Goggin, Business Insider, March 9, 2019

    Quote:
    • Diana Falzone, the former Fox News reporter who was allegedly shut down when she tried to report on Donald Trump's payments to adult actress Stormy Daniels, is calling for the network to lift the non-disclosure agreement it has with her.
    • In a statement Saturday, Falzone said, "the public has the right to know the truth," and accused a former Fox News editor and a current Fox News reporter of defamation.
    • Former FoxNews.com editor Ken LaCort argued in a Friday piece that he killed Falzone's story because it lacked evidence.
    Former Fox News journalist Diana Falzone, who was reportedly shut down by the network when she attempted to report on Donald Trump's alleged hush money payments to adult actress Stormy Daniels, is asking that her NDA with Fox News be lifted "because the public has the right to know the truth."

    In a statement distributed to journalists, Falzone's attorney said that her client was calling on Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch to lift the non-disclosure agreement between her and company as it "pertains to the topic of her reporting in October of 2016 regarding Donald Trump paying hush money to Stormy Daniels."

    In an investigation by The New Yorker's Jane Mayer published earlier in the week, it was reported that Falzone had confirmed before Trump's election that he had arranged payments to Daniels to keep her silent about an affair he had with her. The story that has now been reported by numerous outlets (first by the Murdoch-owned Wall Street Journal) and supported by former Trump attorney Michael Cohen, but at the time went unreported.

    She was reportedly told by former Fox News editor Ken LaCort "Good reporting, kiddo. But Rupert wants Donald Trump to win. So just let it go." LaCort, who has since left the network, has denied saying this.

    In January 2017, she was reportedly demoted and went on to sue Fox News for gender and disability discrimination relating to a piece she published about her struggles with endometriosis, a condition that can cause pain and menstrual irregularities for women. Fox News settled with Falzone out of court, and the agreement included an NDA that would bar her from speaking about her work with the company.

    But in light of recent comments from LaCorte and Fox News host Howard Kurtz that Falzone's attorney called "false and defamatory," Falzone would apparently now like to tell her side of the story.

    Continued at https://www.businessinsider.com/dia...ing-on-trump-stormy-daniels-new-yorker-2019-3
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    Adam Schiff: 'Mistake' To Not Have President Trump Testify Under Oath | Meet The Press | NBC News



    "Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) joins Meet the Press for an exclusive interview to talk about the House Intelligence Committee's investigation into Russian election interference."

    Adam Schiff just laid the groundwork for hauling in Donald Trump | Palmer Report

    https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/adam-schiff-hauling-trump/16602/
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    President Trump Calls Apple CEO Tim Cook "Tim Apple" In Meeting | TIME



    "Apple CEO Tim Cook showed off his sense of humor on Thursday after President Donald Trump referred to him as “Tim Apple,” as opposed to Tim Cook, the previous day."

    Tim Cook acknowledged Trump's flub and changed his last name to an Apple logo on Twitter | CNBC
    • President Trump called Apple CEO Tim Cook "Tim Apple" at the White House on Wednesday.
    • Now Cook is making a lighthearted reference to the nickname by changing his last name to an Apple logo on Twitter.
    • Earlier Thursday Trump's daughter Ivanka acknowledged the "Tim Apple" incident on Twitter.
    https://www.cnbc.com/2019/03/07/tim-cook-changes-twitter-name-to-tim-apple-after-trump-flub.html

    Scoop: Trump lied to RNC donors about "Tim Apple" video | Axios

    Quote:

    Republican donors in attendance called it one of Trump's weirdest lies ever. On Friday night, under a tent erected over the pool at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida, President Trump claimed the media were spreading "fake news" when they said he called the CEO of Apple "Tim Apple."

    Trump told the donors that he actually said "Tim Cook Apple" really fast, and the "Cook" part of the sentence was soft. But all you heard from the "fake news," he said, was "Tim Apple."

    Two donors who were there told me they couldn't understand why the president would make such a claim given the whole thing is captured on video. Nobody cared, they said, and Tim Cook took it in good humor by changing his Twitter profile to Tim Apple.

    "I just thought, why would you lie about that," one of the donors told me. "It doesn't even matter!"

    Continued at https://www.axios.com/trump-rnc-donors-apple-tim-cook-lie-2fd8b004-6fc3-4f81-9eb0-3b92f3264ef1.html

    After the article was published and shared, Trump tweeted this:

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 1 hour ago
    At a recent round table meeting of business executives, & long after formally introducing Tim Cook of Apple, I quickly referred to Tim + Apple as Tim/Apple as an easy way to save time & words. The Fake News was disparagingly all over this, & it became yet another bad Trump story!

    Donald Trump has berserk "Tim Apple" meltdown, sounds like Kevin from The Office | Palmer Report

    "The problem here isn’t merely that Donald Trump increasingly sounds mentally vacant when he speaks. It’s not that he thinks the CEO of Lockheed is named “Marilyn Lockheed” or that the CEO of Apple is named “Tim Apple.” It’s that Trump can’t admit his brain is failing him. When he once referred to CJ Martinez as “DJ” in a speech, he then quickly made up a story about how Martinez goes by both CJ and DJ. This is beyond alarming. It’s what happens when malignant narcissism meets some kind of worsening early onset dementia – and it isn’t pretty."

    https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/tim-apple-meltdown-trump-berserk/16612/

    More: https://www.google.com/search?&q="Tim Apple"
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    With North Korea, 'leverage is on our side right now': John Bolton | ABC News



    John Bolton goes off the rails as Donald Trump circles the drain

    By Shirley Kennedy, Palmer Report, March 10, 2019

    Quote:

    Is John Bolton blind, daft, or what? Just like his boss Donald Trump, he refuses to see what’s right in front of his face. Bolton recently appeared on This Week with Martha Raddatz, who asked him about North Korea rebuilding its long-range rocket launching capabilities. This information has been in the news all week, yet Bolton refused to acknowledge that evidence exists. Seriously, is he just dumb? We best believe something else is afoot, like Bolton trying to play down Trump’s failure in North Korea and being in cahoots with Russian benefactors.

    Bolton disregarded Raddatz’s questions regarding North Korea by saying, “The United States government… expends a lot of resources and effort so we don’t have to rely on commercial satellite imagery.” Well, this is not just “commercial satellite imagery.” The imagery comes from an outfit called Beyond Parallel.

    Beyond Parallel was initiated by the Center for Strategic & International Studies. Its sole purpose is the study of actions in Korea. Beyond Parallel was created to provide “clarity and understanding to policymakers, strategists, and opinion leaders about Korean unification.” Putting it simply, all they do is study Korea, and they are, therefore, very well-versed on activities in both North and South Korea. Just this past Tuesday, Beyond Parallel published photos indicating that the Sohae facility is rapidly being rebuilt. Given that this organization’s very existence is based on observing Korea, wouldn’t you assume that they know what they’re talking about? Apparently, not if you’re John Bolton.

    Bolton wouldn’t even comment directly on photographs he was presented, responding instead, “We’ve seen a lot in North Korea. We watch it constantly. There’s a lot of activity all the time in North Korea, but I’m not going to speculate on what that particular commercial satellite picture shows.” Photos and satellite are what they are; they’re showing what they “see.” If a leader refuses to see what’s before his eyes, I’m hard pressed to figure out why unless some ulterior motivation is at play.

    John Bolton unquestionably has ties to Russia. Elijah Cummings and Stephen Lynch requested records regarding Bolton in August 2018 about Bolton’s connections to the group The Right to Bear Arms, a Russian pro-gun outfit. Because of that connection, Cummings and Lynch voiced concern over Bolton’s security clearance and the Trump administration’s vetting process (or lack thereof). Considering all of the security clearance problems in the Trump administration to date, Cummings and Lynch were right to be concerned. This is before getting to Bolton’s connections to Cambridge Analytica and Russian spy Maria Butina.

    Now that the House Democrats are in power, we should see more activity surrounding John Bolton in the coming months. Considering Bolton’s denials of what has been captured in (non-commercial) satellite photographs and his continued attempts to cover for Trump, that may well happen sooner rather than later. Organizations like Beyond Parallel and our intelligence community have kept our nation safe for many years. Only this Administration questions them. This is the most corrupt administration in U.S. history – and we don’t yet know how far that corruption runs.

    Source: https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/john-bolton-rains-drain-trump/16611/
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    Mueller vs Barr, and the battle to indict Trump | Spectator USA

    Cockburn hears that Mueller wants to indict the President but Barr doesn’t – while the two men agree that Trump’s children should be charged

    Excerpt:

    Several sources tell Cockburn that the Special Counsel has indeed completed his report. It is said to recommend indicting three of President Trump’s children – Don junior, Ivanka and Eric – as well as his son-in-law, Jared Kushner. The Attorney General, William Barr, is said to have ‘silently assented’ to this. It’s also claimed that Mueller wants President Trump himself to be indicted. Barr is said to oppose this. The two men met on Friday but apparently could not agree and this was the reason for the delay in any announcement from the DoJ. At least this is what the sources say.

    <snipped>

    None of Cockburn’s sources was ‘in the room’ – as they say in Washington – for the (alleged) discussions between Mueller and Barr and their two staffs. And none of the sources was briefed by the people ‘in the room’. But they did talk to the people briefed by the people in the room and – twice removed from the original conversations – they all give the same account. It is that the older Trump children and Jared will be indicted for financial crimes while Mueller wants to charge Trump with obstruction of justice. The charges, Cockburn is told now, will not be about ‘Russia collusion’.

    More at https://spectator.us/mueller-barr-battle-indict-trump/

    American Spectator | Media Bias/Fact Check

    Excerpt:

    The American Spectator, is a conservative U.S. monthly magazine covering news and politics, edited by R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. and published by the non-profit American Spectator Foundation. Primarily focuses on economics with a right wing bias. Although the American Spectator is biased and uses loaded language especially in headlines, we could not find any failed fact checks from credible sources.

    More at https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/american-spectator/

    Report: Robert Mueller pursuing indictments of several Donald Trump family members | Palmer Report

    https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/indictments-family-trump-target-mueller/16623/
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    Former Fox News Reporter Asks Congress: Subpoena Me To Override NDA | The Beat With Ari Melber | MSNBC



    "In an exclusive, news-making interview, the lawyer for a former Fox reporter, Nancy Erika Smith, tells Ari Melber that Congress can lawfully override a Non-Disclosure Agreement preventing her client from speaking about reports that Fox News killed the Stormy Daniels story before the 2016 election, because Rupert Murdoch wanted Trump to win. Former House Watergate lawyer, David Dorsen, former House Watergate lawyer, agreed that this could be a valid way for Democrats to override the Fox News NDA."
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    Anderson Cooper: Here's where Sanders left the factual world | CNN



    "CNN's Anderson Cooper discusses President Trump reportedly saying "Democrats hate Jewish people" and White House press secretary Sarah Sanders' response when pressed on those reported comments during the White House press briefing."

    Sanders Delivers Monday Assholery & Lies - Gets Humiliated Instantly | Bipartisan Report

    Quote:

    It’s been over 40 days since the White House last held a press briefing. Today the static, fuzzy white noise of silence was broken as Sarah Huckabee Sanders crawled out of Trump’s hole to deliver 30+ minutes of stonewalling, and Presidential protection in the form of Sander’s go-to method: lies.

    Continued at https://bipartisanreport.com/2019/0...day-assholery-lies-gets-humiliated-instantly/

    Sarah Huckabee Sanders finally does a press briefing, and it goes completely off the rails | Palmer Report

    https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/sarah-huckabee-sanders-finally-rails/16625/

    'Paid liar' Sarah Sanders brutally annihilated by CNN panel after 'dodging' reporters' questions | Raw Story

    Excerpt:

    “It gives the impression of a press secretary who is forced to go up and basically issue absurd denials because she can’t even trust the president’s own word,” CNN political analyst John Avlon said. “Basically, the White House Secretary job is to be a paid liar. She is only as good as the information she gets, and it’s bad.”

    More at https://www.rawstory.com/2019/03/pa...-cnn-panel-after-dodging-reporters-questions/

    Vitriol and deflection: The return of the White House press briefing | CNN

    Sarah Sanders' theatrics reflect the administration's unwillingness to address scandals, any one of which might have proved fatal to previous presidencies

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/12/politics/donald-trump-press-briefing-sarah-sanders/
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    New York Attorney General Opens Investigation of Trump Projects | The New York Times

    Quote:

    The New York attorney general’s office late on Monday issued subpoenas to Deutsche Bank and Investors Bank for records relating to the financing of four major Trump Organization projects and a failed effort to buy the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League in 2014, according to a person briefed on the subpoenas.

    The inquiry opens a new front in the scrutiny of Deutsche Bank, one of the few lenders willing to do business with Donald J. Trump in recent years. The bank is already the subject of two congressional investigations and was examined last year by New York banking regulators, who took no action.

    The new inquiry, by the office of the attorney general, Letitia James, was prompted by the congressional testimony last month of Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s former lawyer and fixer, the person briefed on the subpoenas said. Mr. Cohen testified under oath that Mr. Trump had inflated his assets in financial statements, and Mr. Cohen provided copies of statements he said had been submitted to Deutsche Bank.

    The inquiry by Ms. James’s office is a civil investigation, not a criminal one, although its focus and scope were unclear. The attorney general has broad authority under state law to investigate fraud and can fine — or in extreme cases, go to court to try to dissolve — a business that is found to have engaged in repeated illegality.

    The request to Deutsche Bank sought loan applications, mortgages, lines of credit and other financing transactions in connection with the Trump International Hotel in Washington; the Trump National Doral outside Miami; and the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago, the person said.

    Investigators also requested records connected to an unsuccessful effort to buy the Bills, the person said. Mr. Trump gave Deutsche Bank bare-bones personal financial statements in 2014 when he planned to make a bid for the team, The New York Times has reported. The deal fell through when the team was sold to a rival bidder for $1.4 billion.

    Continued at https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/11/nyregion/deutsche-bank-trump.html
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    Trump Proposes a Record $4.75 Trillion Budget | The New York Times

    Quote:

    President Trump sent Congress on Monday a record $4.75 trillion budget plan that calls for increased military spending and sharp cuts to domestic programs like education and environmental protection for the 2020 fiscal year.

    Mr. Trump’s budget, the largest in federal history, includes a nearly 5 percent increase in military spending — which is more than the Pentagon had asked for — and an additional $8.6 billion for construction of a wall along the border with Mexico. It also contains what White House officials called a total of $1.9 trillion in cost savings from mandatory safety-net programs, like Medicaid and Medicare, the federal health care programs for the elderly and the poor.

    Continued at https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/11/us/politics/trump-budget.html

    Trump's Plan To Destroy NASA Science Laid Bare In FY2020 Budget | Forbes

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/starts...troy-nasa-science-laid-bare-in-fy2020-budget/

    Trump’s Budget Contains Twenty Million Dollars for Bail | The New Yorker

    By Andy Borowitz

    Quote:

    Donald J. Trump’s $4.7-trillion budget raised eyebrows on Monday when government-watchdog groups discovered that it contained twenty million dollars for bail.

    The line item for a “bail fund” was buried in the fine print of the published budget, along with a footnote specifying that the money could be used only to bail out Trump and members of his immediate family.

    The footnote listed the members of his family who would be eligible to use the funds, including his daughter Ivanka and his sons Donald, Jr., and Eric, but not his son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined a chorus of congressional Democrats who cried foul at the notion of American taxpayers posting bail for Trump and his family.

    “At the end of the day, this is going to cost way more than twenty mil,” she said.

    Source: https://www.newyorker.com/humor/bor...dget-contains-twenty-million-dollars-for-bail
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    Fake Melania, Tim Apple & Trump’s Six Degrees of Corruption | The Daily Show with Trevor Noah



    "Trump defends calling Apple CEO Tim Cook “Tim Apple,” suspicions of a fake Melania resurface, and connections are made between the president and the massage parlor owner at the center of Robert Kraft’s prostitution ring scandal."

    White House Press Briefing, Joe Biden's Presidential Run | Late Night with Seth Meyers



    "Seth Meyers' monologue from Monday, March 11."

    New Trump Nicknames For 2020 Democrats | The Late Show with Stephen Colbert



    "'Crazy Bernie' is retired. The President has a new and equally dumb nickname for the senator from Vermont."

    Stephen Isn't Above Doing Massage Parlor Jokes | The Late Show with Stephen Colbert



    "The question isn't whether or not Stephen has jokes about the salacious Florida spa owner who posed for photos with the Trumps. The only question is, how many?"
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    Judiciary chairman says Whitaker did not deny talking with Trump about Cohen's case | CNN

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/13/politics/matt-whitaker-jerry-nadler/

    Nadler: Matt Whitaker 'Did Not Deny' Trump Called Him to Discuss Michael Cohen Case | Mediaite

    https://www.mediaite.com/tv/nadler-...ump-called-him-to-discuss-michael-cohen-case/

    Matt Whitaker just flipped on Donald Trump | Palmer Report

    Excerpt:

    What stands out about Matt Whitaker’s new story is that Donald Trump committed felonies by asking him to obstruct justice, and that in each instance, Whitaker refused to go along with it. This would mean that he didn’t commit any obstruction crimes; only Trump did. If Whitaker’s story holds up and he continues to cooperate, we don’t imagine Nadler will still refer him for perjury charges. After all, Whitaker is a peon, and Trump is the big fish.

    Make no mistake here: whether he has some kind of formal plea deal that hasn’t been revealed, or whether he simply has an informal agreement with the House Judiciary Committee, Matt Whitaker just flipped on Donald Trump, directly incriminating Trump on several felonies. Whitaker is now a cooperating witness against Trump for the prosecution.

    More at https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/matt-whitaker-flipped-trump-just/16695/
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    Manafort’s Judge Ripped Him to Shreds Before His Sentencing | Intelligencer – New York Magazine

    Quote:

    U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson sentenced Paul Manafort to 43 months in prison Wednesday, six months after he pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges. Add that to the 47 months he received last week for bank and tax fraud, and the former Trump campaign chairman is looking at seven and a half years in prison.

    Prior to Jackson handing down the sentence, Manafort attempted to apologize and win sympathy from the judge. She was having none of it. In a pre-sentencing statement, Jackson lit into Manafort for stealing from taxpayers to buy gaudy suits, failing to show genuine contrition, and being a complete liar.

    She began her remarks by challenging the notion, pushed by Manafort, that he is a victim. His sob story — “I will be 70 years old in a few weeks. My wife is 66. She needs me. I need her,” he said — did not work on Jackson.

    <snipped>

    Jackson seemed particularly annoyed at Manafort’s defense and at what she called the “‘no collusion’ refrain” in its sentencing memo. His lawyers suggested that Manafort only faced conspiracy charges because Mueller couldn’t charge him with anything related to collusion. That’s stupid, Jackson said, and it shows that Manafort is not remorseful.

    More at http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019...pped-him-to-shreds-before-his-sentencing.html

    Manafort sentenced to 7 years, faces fresh N.Y. charges | Associated Press

    http://www.startribune.com/ex-trump-campaign-head-faces-2nd-sentencing-in-as-many-weeks/507074992/

    Manafort hit with mortgage fraud charges in New York | POLITICO

    https://www.politico.com/story/2019/03/13/paul-manafort-charged-new-york-fraud-1220399

    It's official: Paul Manafort's life is over, and Donald Trump is next | Palmer Report

    https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/paul-manafort-life-over-official/16684/

    Moments after his sentencing, Paul Manafort gets hit with sixteen more felony charges | Palmer Report

    https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/sixteen-more-paul-manafort-felony/16687/
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  37. Care about a job

    Yes that is the foremost elitist line. Do you care about getting a job
  38. Trump by definition love underpaid jobs
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    House Democrats Target Ivanka Trump (but Through a Side Door) | The New York Times

    Quote:

    Rhona Graff, President Trump’s longtime executive assistant, was asked for documents related to foreign governments providing gifts or money to Ivanka Trump or her businesses.

    Anatoli Samochornov, the Russian translator who sat in on a meeting between Trump campaign officials and Russian lobbyists, was asked to hand over handwritten notes showing any capital investment from Russian entities to Ms. Trump or her businesses.

    And Jeff Sessions, the former attorney general, was asked for any documents related to loans or capital investments from Russians directed to Ms. Trump.

    The president’s eldest daughter and top White House adviser was notably absent from a blitz of document requests that the House Judiciary Committee sent earlier this month to 81 individuals and organizations linked to the president. House Democrats have been cautious about targeting Ms. Trump and the other Trump children as they investigate the president, worried about triggering a backlash.

    But a close read of the document requests suggests they aren’t exactly tiptoeing around the first daughter, either.

    Of the 81 document requests sent, 52 individuals and organizations were asked to turn over documents related to Ms. Trump or her business interests.

    White House officials are viewing the document requests as an attempt by the House Judiciary Committee to set the stage for potentially impeaching the president. But the inquiries related to Ms. Trump follow a side track: They ask for documents related to any financial benefit that Ms. Trump or her businesses reaped from foreign and domestic governments after the 2016 election. And they provide a hint of how Representative Jerrold Nadler of New York, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, may be planning to look into potential financial conflicts of interest from Ms. Trump.

    “She’d be in violation of the Constitution if she was getting any business deals from foreign governments,” said Richard W. Painter, who served as chief ethics lawyer under President George W. Bush. Mr. Painter was referring to the emoluments clause of the Constitution, which prohibits government officials from accepting payments or gifts from foreign governments.

    “They’re also going after other payments that aren’t emoluments clause violations that we ought to know about that could be creating financial conflicts of interest for her,” Mr. Painter said. “The idea here is to get an awful lot of information we would have had if there had been more detailed disclosures about the entities the Trump family controls.”

    A spokesman for the House Judiciary Committee declined to comment on the committee’s interest in Ms. Trump. But Mr. Nadler has said that the 81 requests were only the first tranche and that requests to others, including Ms. Trump, could “quite conceivably” follow.

    The characters working behind the scenes on the document requests also provide a hint of what the Judiciary Committee is looking for. In February, House Democrats retained Norman L. Eisen, a litigator and prominent Trump critic, to begin its inquiries into the president. Mr. Eisen, who played a large role in overseeing the document requests, has also been vocal about potential emoluments clause violations from the president and his family. In December 2016, for instance, he was an author of a report for the Brookings Institution, “The Emoluments Clause: Its text, meaning, and application to Donald J. Trump.”

    Continued at https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/13/us/politics/ivanka-trump-emoluments-businesses.html

    Looks like Ivanka Trump is a primary target of the investigation after all | Palmer Report

    https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/primary-ivanka-trump-target-house-jud/16701/
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    Fox News Hasn’t Asked Dershowitz About His Pedophile Client Jeffrey Epstein

    The attorney has appeared on Fox News 27 times since major news broke about the illegal plea deal Epstein’s lawyers negotiated. Fox has not asked Dershowitz about it even once.

    By Maxwell Tani and Andrew Kirell, The Daily Beast, March 12, 2019

    Quote:

    Famed attorney Alan Dershowitz is a frequent Fox News guest, but for some reason the network never seems to ask him about his involvement in a high-profile case that continues to make news.

    On Nov. 28, 2018, when the Miami Herald revealed that, in 2008, convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s lawyers, a group that included Dershowitz, had pressured then-U.S. attorney Alexander Acosta — now serving as Donald Trump's labor secretary — into negotiating a sweetheart plea deal for the billionaire financier, who was accused of molesting more than 100 underage girls.

    Since that news broke, Dershowitz has appeared on Fox News a total of 27 times. Not once has anyone on the network asked him about his client or his connection to the secret plea deal a judge has since declared illegal.

    Over the past year, Dershowitz has emerged as a go-to legal analyst for Fox News. His long, highly public legal career, combined with him being a lifelong Democrat who is often critical of Robert Mueller, has made him an attractive guest for Fox shows that incessantly rail against the special counsel’s probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

    As such, the Harvard professor only ever seems to discuss one thing with Fox News — and it’s not his high-profile client.

    Continued at https://www.thedailybeast.com/fox-n...tz-about-his-pedophile-client-jeffrey-epstein
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