The Smoking Gun: Trump, The Least Charitable Billionaire

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  1. The Wrong Guy Member

    Jake Tapper On Interviewing Kellyanne Conway - Conan on TBS | Team Coco

    Jake challenged Kellyanne Conway on Trump’s empirical lies and eventually got her to concede — kind of.
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  2. The Wrong Guy Member

    So Much Russian Influence, So Little Time | The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

    Stephen thought his monologue would be about the day's one major news story. Then another one happened. Then a third.
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  4. The Wrong Guy Member

    The GOP Weasels Out of Questions About Michael Flynn | The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

    GOP Congressman Jason Chaffetz and White House counselor Kellyanne Conway downplay the scandalous resignation of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
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  5. The Wrong Guy Member

    Trump's War With the Intelligence Community Is His Biggest Yet | NBC News


    Trump's fight with the intel community

    Less than a month in office, President Trump has engaged in plenty of fights already — with the courts, Mexico, the media, and even Nordstrom. But his emerging fight with the U.S. intelligence community (over Russia and leaks) might be his biggest fight yet.

    On the one hand, you have the New York Times reporting that Trump is planning to appoint an ally who has little experience in intelligence matters "to lead a broad review" of the intelligence agencies. "The possible role for Stephen A. Feinberg, a co-founder of Cerberus Capital Management, has met fierce resistance among intelligence officials already on edge because of the criticism the intelligence community has received from Mr. Trump during the campaign and since he became president," the Times says.

    And on the other hand, you have the Wall Street Journal writing that U.S. intelligence officials "have withheld sensitive intelligence from President Donald Trump because they are concerned it could be leaked or compromised." (The White House and Director of National Intelligence have both disputed this account.)

    And it sets up a remarkable showdown

    Of course, we knew this fight was coming — given Trump's complaints against the intel community during the transition, and after recently departed Michael Flynn fed Trump the line that the intel community was politicized.

    Still, it's a remarkable development. Think about it: The day after the New York Times reports that Trump's presidential campaign had repeated contacts with Russian intelligence officials, the same paper writes that Trump is putting an ally — with little experience in intelligence matters — to lead a review of the U.S. intelligence community.

    We get that Trump is trying to crack down on leaks; Barack Obama was frustrated by them, too. But what is the bigger story here — that Russians had contacts with Trump's campaign, or the leaks about these contacts? Or that Russians interfered in the 2016 election, or that this interference was leaked to the press? It sure seems like Trump and his team are less bothered by the news than who's leaking the news.

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    Donald Trump Just Launched A War On Whistleblowers | The Huffington Post

    The president is suggesting a major purge is in the offing.
  6. The Wrong Guy Member

    Evelyn Farkas was the Pentagon’s top Russia expert. Now she wants Trump independently investigated. | Vox

    “The fundamental question is: Are you susceptible to blackmail from a foreign entity or individual?”

    Deutsche Bank examined Trump's account for Russia links | The Guardian

    Bank looked for evidence of whether loans to president were underpinned by guarantees from Moscow, Guardian learns

    Donald Trump May Have Just Committed an Impeachable Offense | Vanity Fair

    China’s decision to gift the president a valuable trademark this week could violate the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution.
  7. Disambiguation Global Moderator

    Greed is his biggest motivator and will be his undoing.
  8. Disambiguation Global Moderator

    The cover on Time magazine. Not kidding.
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  9. DeathHamster Member

    You have no idea what posters here do elsewhere.

    Thank you for playing.
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  10. I didn't vote for Clinton because I'm fucking complacent.

    Pizzagate was and is a conspiracy to drum up sales for the major pizza delivery chains. Dominos, Papa Johns, etc. are the big players. Follow the money.

    Clinton would have put us all into FEMA Camps, and closed Gitmo. Trump is abolishing FEMA, and Saving Gitmo.

    Post with your account, and I'll send you a like. :3

    Why do you hate the Kitteh Thread? :(

    Sorry, girls don't have balls.

    Not singlehandedly tho.
    We're all helping.

    NOTE: some (or all) of these things may not be true
  11. I have no idea what you're talking about.
  12. The Internet Member

    Shmoo's mastery of American English and its idioms is pretty good.
  13. Cuntsparkle Member

    At school they didn't teach us schmoo. :(
  14. I'll hit 2 birds with one stone

  15. Poll: Trump's approval rating at 39 percent
  16. Cuntsparkle Member

    That high?
  17. Schmoo Member

    WTF just happened in that Trump press conference?
  18. The Wrong Guy Member


    Time Magazine Cover Shows Storm Brewing For Donald Trump | The Huffington Post

    Time magazine is marking President Donald Trump’s first month in office with a cover story about the mounting chaos in the White House.

    This week’s cover shows Trump sitting in the Oval Office, with dark clouds gathering overhead and winds blowing his hair and signature long tie askew.

    This Time Cover Says Everything You Need to Know About Trump's First Month | Mother Jones

    This Time cover totally nails the chaos in Trump's White House right now | Mashable
  19. The Wrong Guy Member

    Donald Trump's anti-press conference would be funny – if it weren't so scary | The Guardian

    If Donald Trump is qualified for any job – and that’s a rather big if, based on this press conference – it’s clear that he wants to be a media critic on Fox News.

    Fact-checking Donald Trump's Feb. 16 press conference | PolitiFact

    "It's all fake news," President Donald Trump declared about media coverage of the first few weeks of his presidency, facing reporters in a sprawling news conference Feb. 16.

    Well, PolitiFact’s here to tell you what’s real and what’s not.

    ‘They friends of yours?’: Trump asks black reporter to set up meeting with Black Caucus | The Washington Post

    Over the course of the lengthy and bizarre news conference that President Trump held Thursday, few moments crystallized the unusual nature of his presidency as effectively as an exchange he had at the end with April Ryan of American Urban Radio Networks.

    The lowest moment of Donald Trump’s press conference | Vox

    When he questioned April Ryan, it showed how he really thinks about people of color.

    Trump's most extraordinary news conference | BBC News

    The media that he professes to hate and despise he seems to spend an awful lot of time watching.

    You wonder, when does he find time to govern?

    Trump dismisses Russia controversy as 'scam' by hostile media | Reuters

    President Donald Trump dismissed a growing controversy about ties between his aides and Russia on Thursday as a "ruse" and "scam" perpetrated by a hostile news media, and denied that any of his associates had contacts with Moscow before last year's election.

    "The leaks are absolutely real. The news is fake," Trump told a news conference, referring to media reports that his presidential campaign team had contacts with Russian intelligence officials.

    Trump's choice for national security adviser has turned down offer: sources | Reuters
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  20. The Wrong Guy Member

    Fox host Shepard Smith slams president, Trump supporters call for his head | USA TODAY


    Fox News anchor Shepard Smith is under fire for criticizing President's Trump's treatment of CNN reporter Jim Acosta and his refusal to answer questions about his campaign's ties to Russia.

    "It's crazy what we're watching every day," Smith said after Trump's press conference on Thursday. "It's absolutely crazy. He keeps repeating ridiculous, throwaway lines that are not true at all and sort of avoiding this issue of Russia as if we're some kind of fools for asking the question. Really? Your opposition was hacked and the Russians were responsible for it and your people were on the phone with Russia on the same day it was happening and we're fools for asking the questions? No sir."

    "We have a right to know," Smith added. "You call us fake news and put us down like children for asking questions on behalf of the American people."

    Like Megyn Kelly, Smith got a taste of the social media fury of Trump supporters who believe a Fox News host has scorned the president:

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  21. The Wrong Guy Member

    “Donald Trump Rants and Raves at the Press,” Donald Trump Says, Accurately

    By Robert Mackey, The Intercept


    Donald Trump launched a surprise attack on the news media on Thursday at a press conference in which he mocked and harried the White House press corps for more than an hour.

    Having carefully avoided questions from all but a handful of friendly reporters in recent days, as evidence of his stumbling performance as president mounted, Trump devoted less than 60 seconds to introducing his new secretary of labor nominee Alexander Acosta. Then he launched into what amounted to a 20-minute campaign speech blaming reporters in the room for portraying an administration in chaos when it was, he said, “running like a fine-tuned machine.”

    “I’m making this presentation directly to the American people, with the media present,” Trump said, “because many of our nation’s reporters and folks will not tell you the truth.”

    “Unfortunately, much of the media in Washington, D.C., along with New York, Los Angeles in particular, speaks not for the people, but for the special interests and for those profiting off a very, very obviously broken system,” Trump added, in a riff taken directly from the closing argument of his campaign against Hillary Clinton.

    When he opened the floor to questions, Trump responded to them in a sarcastic, rambling, not entirely coherent manner, frequently adopting the tone of an insult comic, roasting reporters as if at the annual correspondents’ dinner. He raged at the profusion of leaks that have been coming out of his administration — and at what he called the “fake news” that was based on those leaks.

    The performance, which prompted an outpouring of disbelief from viewers around the world, was the clearest example yet of Trump treating reporters who fail to flatter him as “the opposition party,” as his chief White House strategist, Steve Bannon, explained to The New York Times last month.

    There were so many jaw-dropping moments that it is hard to compile a highlight reel, but here, for the convenience of readers who might lack the strength or stamina to take in the whole spectacle, are six of the most remarkable moments.

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    Trump Official Obsessed Over Nuclear Apocalypse, Men’s Style, Fine Wines in 40,000 Posts on Fashion Site

    By Peter Maass, The Intercept


    A senior official on President Trump’s embattled National Security Council warned in previously unreported comments that it is “inevitable” an Islamic terrorist group will carry out a successful nuclear attack against the United States, and that in its aftermath, the world “will regress hundreds of years politically.” The official, Michael Anton, laid out a dire scenario of multiple nuclear detonations on American soil, saying that terrorists “will, I think, wait until they can hit us with several blows at once, followed by a number of follow-on blows.”

    Anton, appointed as the Trump administration’s senior director of strategic communications on the NSC, wrote in 2009 that he was “surprised it hasn’t happened yet” and predicted that once the attacks occur, “economies will collapse … the world will revert to a kind of localsim [sic] and warlordism.” He added, “If Chicago wakes up one morning and NY is simply not there any more, and some dude on Al Jazeera is saying, ‘Chicago you are next!’ I don’t see order lasting long.”

    New York, he added, seems to be the most likely first target.

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    Trump’s Cybersecurity Plan is a Big No-Show at Key Event

    By Jenna McLaughlin, The Intercept


    Tens of thousands of cyber professionals, academics, and a handful of public servants have swarmed downtown San Francisco for the annual RSA Conference — one of the largest digital and cyber security events of its kind.

    But trying to find a representative from the 3-week-old White House in the convention halls is like playing a game of Where’s Waldo. None appeared to attend, and panels discussing cybersecurity policy worked off of leaked drafts of an executive order abandoned by President Donald Trump’s administration.

    The White House did not respond to a request for comment on whether it had sent a representative to San Francisco for the week, and previous requests for comment on plans for the cybersecurity executive order went unanswered.

    Rudy Giuliani serves as White House cyber security adviser, though he has said little publicly on the topic since being appointed.

    The leaked draft of the executive order on cybersecurity has had a lukewarm response from the community of cyber professionals, largely because there’s not much in it beyond the same general credos established by the Obama administration, and a request that agencies report back to the White House within 60 to 100 days.

    Michael Bahar, staff director on the House Intelligence Committee for Rep Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said during a panel here that the U.S. government can’t even begin to assess cybersecurity priorities until it gets to the bottom of what happened with Russian hacking during the elections. “We have to address it, because it’s not stopping,” he said.

    The committee is currently conducting an investigation into the hacking, but when asked following the panel, Bahar said he didn’t have a sense of a timeline for its completion, other than it would be done “quickly.”
    In the meantime, the White House’s plans to improve U.S. cybersecurity for the government and the private sector — or to establish any sort of cyber norms around nation-state behavior in the digital realm — are unclear.

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  22. Schmoo Member

    Trump made me order meatloaf, Christie says

    This actually a news story
  24. Her head is where it should be. Her brand is more important that the Presidency
  25. The Wrong Guy Member

    Trump’s Public Humiliation

    By rejecting the national security adviser job, Robert Harward gave cover to every professional who wants to turn the president down.

    By Fred Kaplan, Slate


    Donald Trump isn’t accustomed to hearing prospective underlings say “No.” So it came as a shock when retired Vice Adm. Robert Harward — his first choice to replace Michael Flynn as national security adviser — told the president he’d have to think about the offer. It must have been a double shock when, a few days later, Harward turned him down flat.

    The rejection is stunning in several ways that go well beyond the scope of Trump’s personal sensitivities. First, it is very unusual — almost unheard of — for a senior military officer, retired or otherwise, to turn down a request from the commander-in-chief.

    Second, and largely for that reason, by rejecting the offer Harward has provided cover to other officers, and to civilian national-security analysts with a similar sense of patriotic duty, to turn down this president, too. Service, in this case, is not its own reward and by no stretch worth the sacrifice.

    Third, the Financial Times, Washington Post, CNN, and other news outlets are reporting that Harward turned down the offer in part because Trump wouldn’t let him fire several officials that Flynn had hired for his staff and install his own team instead. This suggests that Trump is adamant on keeping certain people loyal to him — including Deputy National Security Adviser K.T. McFarland, a former Fox News commentator who Trump admired. The news reports don’t mention whether Harward made demands about Steve Bannon, Trump’s chief political strategist, who wrote the executive order that placed himself on the NSC Principals Committee and has created a parallel NSC structure called the Strategic Initiatives Group, comprised of a few extreme right-wing associates. But any serious person would insist on the dismantling of this weird group as another condition for taking the job.

    The national security adviser plays several roles. He or she chairs the Principals Committee, the interagency group of Cabinet secretaries and top military and intelligence officers who help make decisions on high matters of policy; coordinates the NSC staff, which includes a few dozen political appointees and a couple hundred professional analysts; and advises the president, to the extent the president wants to be advised. In other words, to make the job worthwhile, the adviser must have close access to the president and clear lines of authority over the national-security bureaucracy.

    Trump would not guarantee Harward this sort of authority, so Harward turned the job down. The Post reported that Harward was also reluctant to accept the offer for financial reasons, worried that leaving his job as a senior executive at Lockheed Martin would hurt his family. Yet few military officers — especially retired generals and admirals — let such factors get in the way of serving the president. CNN quoted one of Harward’s friends saying that, in mulling over the decision, he was persuaded most of all by the sheer dysfunction of Trump’s presidency, describing the job he was offered as “a shit sandwich.”

    Harward would have come to the job with the experience of a warrior, a commander, an analyst, and a staff officer. In his 38 years as a Navy officer, he had been a SEAL, the deputy commander of U.S. Central Command, the representative of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the National Counterterrorism Center, and the director of strategy and policy on the National Security Council staff.

    In other words, Trump was given a choice: cater to the loyalty and ambitions of his political operatives, who have no competence whatsoever in national security affairs — or install a professional who can build and maintain a functioning national-security apparatus. He chose the former.

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    We don't blame you Robert.
  28. The Wrong Guy Member

    Trump scrambles to find top national security aide | Reuters


    President Donald Trump, scrambling to find a new top security aide after firing his first one and being spurned by another candidate, said on Friday he has four people under consideration for the job, including acting national security adviser Keith Kellogg.


    "General Keith Kellogg, who I have known for a long time, is very much in play for NSA - as are three others," he said without naming the other candidates.

    Kellogg, a retired lieutenant general who currently is chief of staff of the White House National Security Council, stepped into the national security adviser role on an acting basis after Flynn's firing.

    Retired General David Petraeus, who held key command posts in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and served as CIA director under former President Barack Obama, also had been mentioned by a White House official as a replacement for Flynn earlier.

    Petraeus quit as CIA chief in 2012 and pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of mishandling classified materials relating to documents he had given his biographer, with whom he had an affair.

    NBC News reported two other retired military officers were also under consideration: General James Jones, former supreme allied commander in Europe who served as national security adviser to Obama from 2009 to 2010; and General Keith Alexander, former U.S. National Security Agency chief.

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  30. The Wrong Guy Member

    Pruitt OK'd as EPA chief over environmentalists' objections | The Associated Press


    Over the strong objections of environmental groups, the Senate confirmed Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday, giving President Donald Trump an eager partner to fulfill his campaign pledge to increase the use of planet-warming fossil fuels.

    In six years as Oklahoma's attorney general, Pruitt filed 14 lawsuits challenging EPA regulations that included limits on carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. He also sued over the EPA's recent expansion of water bodies regulated under the Clean Water Act, a federal measure opposed by industries that would be forced to clean up polluted wastewater.

    Pruitt's supporters cheered his confirmation, hailing the 48-year-old Republican lawyer as the ideal pick to roll back environmental regulations they say are a drag on the nation's economy.

    "EPA has made life hard for families all across America," said Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. "The agency has issued punishing regulations that caused many hardworking Americans to lose their jobs. Mr. Pruitt will bring much needed change."

    The vote was 52-46 as Republican leaders used their party's narrow Senate majority to push Pruitt's confirmation despite calls from top Democrats to delay the vote until requested emails are released next week.

    Sen. Susan Collins of Maine was the lone Republican vote against Pruitt. Two Democrats from states with economies heavily dependent on fossil fuels crossed party lines to support Trump's pick, Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota.

    During his Senate confirmation hearing last month, Pruitt said he disagreed with Trump's past statements that global warming is a hoax. However, Pruitt has previously expressed doubt about scientific evidence showing that the planet is heating up and that humans are to blame.

    Pruitt's nomination was vigorously opposed by environmental groups and hundreds of current and former EPA employees, who fear he will preside over massive budget and staff cuts.

    "The biologists, scientists, lab technicians, engineers and other civil servants who work at the EPA must be able to do their jobs without political interference or fear of retribution," said J. David Cox Sr., president of the American Federation of Government Employees, a labor union representing more than 9,000 EPA employees.

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  31. The Wrong Guy Member

    Trump Team Denies Report On National Guard, Then Admits It Was Based On A Real Document | The Huffington Post

    The leak was real, but the reporting on it was “false,” according to the administration.


    President Donald Trump’s administration labeled The Associated Press’s reporting on a leak “100 percent false” on Friday morning, only to acknowledge less than an hour later that the story was based on a real document.

    The administration’s response mimicked Trump’s remark a day earlier that even if leaks coming out of the government are “real,” the news is “fake.” And it also fit into what appears to be a pattern of ignoring reporters’ requests for comment, only to push back quickly after stories are published.

    At 10:12 a.m., The AP tweeted that the administration was considering using as many as 100,000 National Guard troops “to round up” undocumented immigrants. The news organization soon published a full story, attributing the details of the possible plan to a 11-page draft memo it had obtained.

    The White House and Department of Homeland Security failed to respond to the AP’s requests for comment prior to publication, the news organization noted. But immediately after the AP published its explosive story, the White House and DHS denied it.

    “Not true,” Michael Short, a senior assistant to White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, tweeted at 10:26 a.m. A DHS spokeswoman said it was “not true” 10 minutes later.

    White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters aboard Air Force One that the AP report was “100 percent not true,” according to a pool report distributed to reporters at 10:40 a.m.

    “I wish you guys had asked before you tweeted,” Spicer told reporters.

    An AP reporter responded that the news organization had sought comment “multiple times before publication,” according to the pool report.

    At 10:43 a.m., Spicer himself tweeted that the AP story was “not true” and that “DHS confirms it is 100% false.” He responded similarly to another reporter asking about it two minutes later.

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  32. Schmoo Member ( say it fast)

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