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    Trump Signs Executive Order Unwinding Obama Climate Policies | The New York Times

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    President Trump signed on Tuesday a much-anticipated executive order intended to roll back most of President Barack Obama’s climate-change legacy, celebrating the move as a way to promote energy independence and to restore thousands of lost coal industry jobs.

    Flanked by coal miners at a ceremony at the Environmental Protection Agency, Mr. Trump signed a short document titled the “Energy Independence” executive order, directing the agency to start the legal process of withdrawing and rewriting the Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of Mr. Obama’s policies to fight global warming.

    The order also takes aim at a suite of narrower but significant Obama-era climate and environmental policies, including lifting a short-term ban on new coal mining on public lands.

    The executive order does not address the United States’ participation in the 2015 Paris Agreement, the landmark accord that committed nearly every country to take steps to reduce climate-altering pollution. But experts note that if the Trump program is enacted, it will all but ensure that the United States cannot meet its clean air commitments under the accord.

    Mr. Trump advertised the moves as a way to decrease the nation’s dependence on imported fuels and revive the flagging coal industry.

    But energy economists say the order falls short of both of those goals — in part because the United States already largely relies on domestic sources for the coal and natural gas that fires most of the nation’s power plants.

    “We don’t import coal,” said Robert N. Stavins, an energy economist at Harvard University. “So in terms of the Clean Power Plan, this has nothing to do with so-called energy independence whatsoever.”

    Scott Pruitt, the E.P.A. administrator, said in an interview on ABC News on Sunday that the order will help the United States “be both pro-jobs and pro-environment.”

    But coal miners should not assume their jobs will return if Trump’s regulations take effect.

    The new order would mean that older coal plants that had been marked for closing would probably stay open for a few years longer, extending the demand for coal, said Robert W. Godby, an energy economist at the University of Wyoming.

    But even so, “the mines that are staying open are using more mechanization,” he said.

    “They’re not hiring people,” he continued. “So even if we saw an increase in coal production, we could see a decrease in coal jobs,” he added.

    Legal experts say it could take years for the Trump administration to unwind the Clean Power Plan, which has not yet been carried out because it has been temporarily frozen by a Supreme Court order. Those regulations sought to cut planet-warming carbon dioxide pollution from coal-fired power plants. If enacted, they would have shut down hundreds of those plants, frozen construction of future plants and replaced them with wind and solar farms and other renewable energy sources.

    Continued at https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/28/climate/trump-executive-order-climate-change.html
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    Trump lawyers: president is immune from Apprentice contestant's lawsuit | The Guardian

    Lawyers say defamation suit brought by former contestant Summer Zervos should be barred as it may distract the president from performing his duties

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    Donald Trump’s lawyers are claiming he is immune while president from defamation claims brought by a former contestant on The Apprentice who accused him of sexual harassment.

    The president’s private attorneys made the case in a legal filing in New York this week intended to halt the litigation against Trump by by Summer Zervos, who sued Trump days before his 20 January inauguration. Zervos was one of more than a dozen women who came forward before the November election to accuse Trump of sexual misconduct following the release of a decade-old Access Hollywood recording in which Trump bragged about groping and kissing women without their consent.

    In her lawsuit, Zervos said Trump had defamed her while denying the allegations during his campaign. Trump tweeted at the time that Zervos’ charges were “100% fabricated and made-up” and “nonsense”, and also dubbed her and other women who made similar claims “liars”.

    Trump’s lawyers cited a 1997 supreme court ruling to say the lawsuit should be barred as it held the potential to distract the president from performing his public duties. The ruling in question, Clinton v Jones, pertained to sexual harassment litigation against then-president Bill Clinton by former Arkansas state employee Paula Jones.

    The supreme court ultimately ruled in that case that presidents are not immune from civil litigation while in office. But the justices advised that immunity questions “should be decided at the earliest possible stage of the litigation”, due to the importance of and burdens imposed by presidential duties.

    There were as many as 75 private lawsuits against Trump when he assumed the office of the presidency, according to an investigation in USA Today. A decision in Trump’s favor would thus have far-reaching consequences.

    Zervos, who filed her lawsuit in New York, said Trump aggressively kissed and groped her against her will in his Beverly Hills hotel room in 2007. Her attorney, Gloria Allred, said in a statement Tuesday that Trump is not immune from the defamation lawsuit.

    “The United States supreme court address this legal immunity issue in Clinton v Jones and determined unanimously that no man is above the law and that includes the president of United States,” Allred said. “We look forward to arguing this issue in court.”

    Source: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news...it-summer-zervos-apprentice-sexual-harassment
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    Trump's business network reached alleged Russian mobsters | USA TODAY

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    To expand his real estate developments over the years, Donald Trump, his company and partners repeatedly turned to wealthy Russians and oligarchs from former Soviet republics — several allegedly connected to organized crime, according to a USA TODAY review of court cases, government and legal documents and an interview with a former federal prosecutor.

    The president and his companies have been linked to at least 10 wealthy former Soviet businessmen with alleged ties to criminal organizations or money laundering.

    Among them:

    • A partner in the firm that developed the Trump SoHo Hotel in New York is a twice-convicted felon who spent a year in prison for stabbing a man and later scouted for Trump investments in Russia.

    • An investor in the SoHo project was accused by Belgian authorities in 2011 in a $55 million money-laundering scheme.

    • Three owners of Trump condos in Florida and Manhattan were accused in federal indictments of belonging to a Russian-American organized crime group and working for a major international crime boss based in Russia.

    • A former mayor from Kazakhstan was accused in a federal lawsuit filed in Los Angeles in 2014 of hiding millions of dollars looted from his city, some of which was spent on three Trump SoHo units.

    • A Ukrainian owner of two Trump condos in Florida was indicted in a money-laundering scheme involving a former prime minister of Ukraine.

    Trump's Russian connections are of heightened interest because of an FBI investigation into possible collusion between Trump's presidential campaign and Russian operatives to interfere in last fall's election. What’s more, Trump and his companies have had business dealings with Russians that go back decades, raising questions about whether his policies would be influenced by business considerations.

    Trump told reporters in February: "I have no dealings with Russia. I have no deals that could happen in Russia, because we’ve stayed away. And I have no loans with Russia. I have no loans with Russia at all."

    Yet in 2013, after Trump addressed potential investors in Moscow, he bragged to Real Estate Weekly about his access to Russia's rich and powerful. “I have a great relationship with many Russians, and almost all of the oligarchs were in the room,” Trump said, referring to Russians who made fortunes when former Soviet state enterprises were sold to private investors.

    Five years earlier, Trump's son Donald Trump Jr. told Russian media while in Moscow that “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross section of a lot of our assets" in places like Dubai and Trump SoHo and elsewhere in New York.

    New York City real estate broker Dolly Lenz told USA TODAY she sold about 65 condos in Trump World at 845 U.N. Plaza in Manhattan to Russian investors, many of whom sought personal meetings with Trump for his business expertise.

    “I had contacts in Moscow looking to invest in the United States,” Lenz said. “They all wanted to meet Donald. They became very friendly.” Many of those meetings happened in Trump's office at Trump Tower or at sales events, Lenz said.

    Dealings with Russian oligarchs concern law enforcement because many of those super-wealthy people are generally suspected of corrupt practices as a result of interconnected relationships among Russia's business elite, government security services and criminal gangs, according to former U.S. prosecutor Ken McCallion, as well as Steven Hall, a former CIA chief of Russian operations.

    “Anybody who is an oligarch or is in any position of power in Russia got it because (President) Vladimir Putin or somebody in power saw some reason to give that person that job,” Hall said in an interview. “All the organized crime figures I’ve ever heard of (in Russia) all have deep connections and are tied in with people in government.”

    FBI Director James Comey acknowledged at a congressional hearing into Russian interference in the U.S. election March 20 that many wealthy Russians may have close ties to the Kremlin and may be acting on its behalf.

    Trump has not been accused of any wrongdoing in connection to any of the individuals mentioned in this article.
    However, the deals, and the large number of Russians who have bought condos in Trump buildings, raise questions about the secrecy he has maintained around his real estate empire. Trump is the first president in 40 years to refuse to turn over his tax returns, which could shed light on his business dealings.

    The White House declined to comment about this article, referring questions to the Trump Organization in New York. Amanda Miller, a spokeswoman for the Trump Organization, denied any transactions with people named in this article.

    “The allegations ... are entirely without merit," Miller said in an email. "The Trump Organization never entered into a single transaction with any of these individuals and the condominium units were all owned and sold by third parties — not Trump.”

    Trump's privately held company works through a network of subsidiaries and partnerships that make direct connections hard to trace, particularly since he has refused to release his tax filings. In addition, some of the Trump Organization's investors and buyers operate through shell companies and limited liability corporations that hide the identities of individual owners.

    Continued at http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/...es-russian-mobsters-organized-crime/98321252/
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    Ex-Trump Aide Manafort Bought New York Homes With Cash | NBC News

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    Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, made millions through his work over the years for Ukrainian and Russian oligarchs.

    Manafort also bought New York City real estate, some of it in what appeared to be all-cash deals. And in a series of complex transactions involving various companies, Manafort took out more than $13 million in loans on several of those properties - including $6.5 million borrowed this year from a bank run by an economic advisor to the Trump campaign.

    Now, with Manafort figuring in an FBI investigation into allegations that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia, his dealings in New York City are coming under renewed scrutiny. They fit a pattern that experts say raises questions about how Manafort was moving money.

    "The first thing is, where did the person get the money to pay cash for multi-million-dollar properties?" said Ross Delston, a Washington, D.C.-based independent attorney and anti-money laundering expert. Delston said he was speaking in general, not about Manafort in particular.

    "That is something you typically see with ultra-high-net-worth individuals — people worth more than $50 million. And not only that, you have to be liquid."

    Manafort, a political consultant and lobbyist, bought four properties in New York City between 2006 and 2013 using LLCs, real estate records show. Details of these transactions were previously reported by the blog Pardonmeforasking, the Intercept, a website named for Manafort's property in Brooklyn, 377union.com, and WNYC.

    The records indicate no initial mortgage, suggesting that the full cash price was paid.

    In three of four cases, Manafort transferred the properties into his own name and borrowed about $12 million against them between 2012 and 2017.

    Continued at http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/trump-aide-manafort-bought-new-york-homes-cash-n739796
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    Asked by a Fox News reporter whether he would inform the other committee members about who gave him the reports he viewed on the White House grounds last week, Nunes said: "We will never reveal those sources and methods."

    What does Nunes mean by "we"? Has he got tapeworms?

    In other Trump news, Meal Team Six FTW!

  8. Throughout the Flynn saga, journalists have referred to his questionable activities with representatives of foreign governments as raising "red flags." I hope the irony was not lost.

    Trump raises red flags with his Flynn pick | Washington Post, November 18, 2016

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/blog...flags-with-flynn-pick/?utm_term=.bc23190c3627

    Spicer Pressed on Why Flynn Was Appointed by Trump Despite 'Red Flags' | Fox News, March 10, 2017

    http://insider.foxnews.com/2017/03/...efing-michael-flynn-registering-foreign-agent

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    Oops, my mistake. That's a USSR flag, not the Russian flag. It's nice and red, though, like the flags that Michael Flynn raised.

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    There. That's better.
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    Timothy Snyder On Tyranny | Real Time with Bill Maher



    Yale professor and historian Timothy Snyder joins Bill to discuss his latest book, “On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century.”

    Original air date: March 24, 2017.
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    What George W. Bush Really Thought of Trump’s Inauguration

    By Yashar Ali, New York Magazine

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    The inauguration of Donald Trump was a surreal experience for pretty much everyone who witnessed it, whether or not they were at the event and regardless of who they supported in the election. On the dais, the stoic presence of Hillary Clinton — whom candidate Trump had said he would send to prison if he took office — underlined the strangeness of the moment. George W. Bush, also savaged by Trump during the campaign, was there too. He gave the same reason for attending that Bill and Hillary Clinton did: to honor the peaceful transfer of power.

    Bush’s endearing struggle with his poncho at the event quickly became a meme, prompting many Democrats on social media to admit that they already pined for the relative normalcy of his administration. Following Trump’s short and dire speech, Bush departed the scene and never offered public comment on the ceremony.

    But, according to three people who were present, Bush gave a brief assessment of Trump’s inaugural after leaving the dais: “That was some weird shit.” All three heard him say it.

    A spokesman for Bush declined to comment.

    Source: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligence...sh-really-thought-of-trumps-inauguration.html

  12. There are so many red flags. Sigh.
    We'll keep the Red Flag flying here ok
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    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2017/03/29/jeb-bush-trump-interview/99800408/
    It's a very politic way to say "Stop lying" and "Stop being an idiot"

    http://nymag.com/daily/intelligence...sh-really-thought-of-trumps-inauguration.html
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  16. " If Comey was told he wasn’t allowed to reveal explosive info about a foreign government helping one of the two major presidential candidates get elected, then why did he think it was acceptable to blow smoke about Clinton’s emails so close to voting day?"

    " Comey could have also, you know, just approached a podium and given a statement to the public. He had no trouble doing that when it came to Hillary Clinton."
    "http://www.politicususa.com/2017/03...eal-trump-russia-scandal-election-denied.html
    Comey tanked Clinton's campaign by announcing at the last minute her emails were investigated again. He cleared her but it was too close to the election to matter.
    He's no fool. The FBI says it doesn't talk about investigations that are on going so WTF. He's saying he knew the Russians were helping Trump but couldn't talk about it...shenanigans. He could have done the same as he did with Clinton. The eventual investigation will be fascinating, in the meanwhile Trump is looting and raping the USA ( and 13 year olds)
  17. Trump announces a suicide mission to destroy Democrats AND the Republican Freedom Caucus- 32 legislators who get re elected easily so fighting them is pointless. He's fighting a majority of the Senate and House.
    Dumb!
    This was tweeted at 6 am so he should have been awake. His most idiotic tweets are at 3am.
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    Trump administration drops human rights in Bahrain F-16 deal | Associated Press

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    The Trump administration has told Congress it plans to approve a multibillion-dollar sale of F-16 fighter jets to Bahrain without the human rights conditions imposed by the State Department under President Barack Obama.

    If finalized, the approval would allow the Gulf island to purchase 19 of the jets from Maryland-based Lockheed Martin Corp., plus improvements to other jets in Bahrain's fleet. Though Congress has opportunities to block the sale, it is unlikely it will act to do so, given the Republican majority's strong support for the sale.

    The decision is the latest signal that the Trump administration is prioritizing support for Sunni-led countries seen as critical to opposing Iran's influence in the Mideast over human rights issues that Obama had elevated.

    Continued at http://abcnews.go.com/International...n-drops-human-rights-bahrain-16-deal-46460897

    Donald Trump chases arms sales – whatever the human cost | The Guardian

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    The Trump administration’s decision to press ahead with a multibillion-dollar arms sale to Bahrain will dismay Shia opposition groups and international human rights campaigners critical of the Sunni-led state’s authoritarian regime.

    However, the sale of 19 advanced Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter jets fits an emerging pattern since Donald Trump took office in January, indicating a new US willingness to pump hi-tech weaponry into global trouble spots and fuel lucrative but destabilising regional arms races.

    Barack Obama declined to approve the Bahrain deal last year amid concern over the latest crackdown on opposition leaders since the Shia uprising in 2011. Obama said Bahrain had failed to fulfil promises to improve its record, a verdict confirmed in Human Rights Watch’s latest report.

    Trump’s decision reflects his priority of strengthening ties with the Sunni monarchies of the Gulf in the fight against Islamic State, and in their ongoing confrontation with Iran’s Shia theocracy.

    Bahrain, which claims it faces Iranian-inspired subversion, is the home port of the US fifth fleet. Britain is building a naval base there, and has maintained arms export sales worth £45m since 2011.

    In another move overriding human rights concerns, Trump is also expected to give the go-ahead soon for an expanded new arms package for Saudi Arabia. The sale, of $300m (£240m) of precision-guided munitions, was also blocked by Obama over fears the weapons would be used in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition is fighting Iranian-backed Houthi rebels.

    Saudi forces, backed by expanding US drone operations, have been repeatedly accused of conducting airstrikes responsible for hundreds of Yemeni civilian deaths and injuries. Some of the attacks “may amount to war crimes”, according to a UN report published in January.

    Continued at https://www.theguardian.com/us-news...ump-chases-arms-sales-whatever-the-human-cost
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    Here Are The Jobs NASA Can't Fill Because of Trump's Stupid Hiring Freeze | Gizmodo

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    One of President Trump’s first actions after taking office was to institute a federal hiring freeze, leaving thousands of jobs vacant across the US government. Many of these jobs are in agencies that Trump supposedly values, like NASA. But when you look at the job vacancies that NASA is forbidden from filling, we see Trump’s “values” are a crock of shit.

    According to data obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request (FOIA), Gizmodo has learned that there are currently dozens of jobs that NASA is unable to fill as a direct result of Trump’s hiring freeze. The vacant positions include everything from aerospace engineer jobs at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama to accounting positions at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to computer engineer jobs at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland.

    President Trump has spoken highly of NASA and the role of space exploration in advancing America’s technological interests. And despite the fact that Trump’s proposed budget currently recommends cuts to NASA, the president has even said that he’d like to see Americans travel to Mars. But it’s pretty hard to travel to Mars without aerospace engineers.

    The longer this hiring freeze is in place, the more these lists will grow. And the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), under the direction of President Trump, is currently drawing up plans to make these kinds of cuts permanent.

    There’s a certain segment of the population that will always see government employees as having cushy jobs, and those same people will generally believe that any cuts to federal spending are good. But these cuts have a direct impact on the number of positions available in the fields of science and technology, something that America could fall dangerously behind in during the Trump era.

    Below we have the most recent list of vacant jobs that won’t be filled because of President Trump’s hiring freeze. While NASA isn’t being hit as hard as many agencies in terms of volume (Gizmodo has filed similar requests with virtually every federal agency and will be releasing more info as our FOIA requests are fulfilled), it becomes apparent when you look at the list that these good, American jobs are exactly the kind of positions that we need if the United States wants to have a future in space.

    Continued at http://gizmodo.com/here-are-the-jobs-nasa-cant-fill-because-of-trumps-stup-1793789120
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    Major American companies say thanks but no thanks to Trump's environmental regulation rollbacks

    By Jeva Lange, The Week

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    President Trump signed an executive order Tuesday aimed at unraveling former President Barack Obama's climate change policies: "My action today is the latest in steps to grow American jobs," Trump said. But some of America's biggest companies are saying thanks but no thanks — and vowing to stick to environmental pledges made to Obama, Bloomberg Politics reports.

    Walmart, for example, has already vowed to get half of its power from renewable energy sources by 2025. "This work is embedded in our business," said Walmart spokesman Kevin Gardner. "[It's] good for the business, our shareholders, and customers; if ultimately we are able to positively impact the environment in the process, that's a win too."

    The world's biggest beer company, Anheuser-Busch InBev, pledged Tuesday to get 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2025, and Mars Inc. wants to eliminate its emissions altogether by 2040, with vice president of corporate affairs Andy Pharoah saying the company is "disappointed the [Trump] administration has decided to roll back climate regulations."

    Procter & Gamble, Nestle, Ikea, Levi Strauss & Co., and Best Buy also said they would stick to climate change promises made to the Obama administration. And in a joint statement responding to Trump's executive order, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, and Google's parent company, Alphabet, wrote: "We believe that strong clean energy and climate policies, like the Clean Power Plan, can make renewable energy supplies more robust and address the serious threat of climate change while also supporting American competitiveness, innovation, and job growth."

    "Most big companies in the U.S. recognize that climate change is real," Columbia Business School professor Geoffrey M. Heal explained to Bloomberg Politics. "They need to move ahead on the climate change front no matter what Trump's government does."

    Source: http://theweek.com/speedreads/68927...nks-trumps-environmental-regulation-rollbacks
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    Mike Pence Breaks Senate Tie To Allow States To Defund Planned Parenthood

    ...the day after attending a “women’s empowerment” event.

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    Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking vote in the Senate on Thursday to overturn an Obama administration rule and allow states to withhold Title X family planning money from Planned Parenthood.

    The House passed a resolution last month disapproving of the Health and Human Services rule, which in December 2016 barred states from defunding Planned Parenthood or other Title X recipients for any reason other than the provider’s “ability to deliver services to program beneficiaries in an effective manner.” The Senate could have advanced the resolution with a 52-member majority, but moderate Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) voted with the Democrats to uphold the rule, leaving a tie. Pence, who has led the fight against reproductive rights for more than half a decade, voted with Republicans to move forward with the resolution.

    “Mike Pence went from yesterday’s forum on empowering women to today leading a group of male politicians in a vote to take away access to birth control and cancer screenings,” Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood, said in a statement. “There’s a reason they could barely get enough votes to get this bill through a procedural step: People are sick and tired of politicians making it even harder for them to access health care, and they will not stand for it.”

    The Title X federal grant program, enacted by President Richard Nixon in 1970, subsidizes preventive health care and family planning services for 4 million low-income Americans, roughly half of whom are uninsured. Planned Parenthood serves about a third of Title X patients, using the $70 million a year it receives in family planning grants to provide birth control and sexually transmitted infection screenings for people who can’t afford them. Title X money cannot be used to pay for abortions, but Republicans still oppose giving grants to organizations that offer abortion services.

    Continued at www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mike-pence-breaks-senate-tie-to-allow-states-to-defund-planned-parenthood_us_58dd1fd3e4b05eae031da631

    Mike Pence gleefully breaks tie for Republicans, takes away women's health care

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/...or-Republicans-takes-away-women-s-health-care
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  23. Oh god Trump is incompetent, and verbally incontinent with it.
    The harder he tries the worse he appears.
    This is comedy gold him thinking he can change the libel laws .
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    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-flynn-idUSKBN1713AG
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    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/30/us/politics/devin-nunes-intelligence-reports.html
    Nunes' source for "Obama tapped my wires !" was the White House

    Nunes as Jason Bourne
    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/29/opinion/devin-nunes-is-dangerous.html
    No one can burn like the NYT
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    https://www.rawstory.com/2017/03/go...in-nunes-defense-he-answers-to-the-president/
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    Trump says former adviser Flynn should seek immunity | Reuters

    "Mike Flynn should ask for immunity in that this is a witch hunt (excuse for big election loss), by media & Dems, of historic proportion!" Trump wrote in a tweet.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-russia-flynn-idUSKBN1721FW

    Michael Flynn's Immunity Request Rejected By Senate Intelligence Committee | NBC News

    The Senate Intelligence Committee turned down the request by former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's lawyer for a grant of immunity in exchange for his testimony, two congressional sources told NBC News.

    A senior congressional official with direct knowledge said Flynn's lawyer was told it was "wildly preliminary" and that immunity was "not on the table" at the moment. A second source said the committee communicated that it is "not receptive" to Flynn's request "at this time."

    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...mittee-rejects-immunity-michael-flynn-n741061
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    GOP Lawmakers Now Admit Years of Obamacare Repeal Votes Were a Sham

    By Lee Fang, The Intercept

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    It is hard to overestimate the role of the Affordable Care Act in the Republican resurgence.

    Over the last seven years, the GOP has won successive elections by highlighting problems with Obamacare, airing more than $235 million in negative ads slamming the law, and staging more than 50 high-profile repeal votes. In 2016 every major Republican presidential candidate, including Donald Trump, campaigned on a pledge to quickly get rid of it.

    Now in total control of Congress and the White House, some GOP legislators are saying that the political assault on Obamacare was an exercise in cynical politics, and that an outright repeal was never on the table.

    “We have Republicans who do not want to repeal Obamacare,” said Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., on Sirius XM Patriot on Wednesday.

    “They may have campaigned that way, they may have voted that way a couple of years ago when it didn’t make any difference,” Brooks continued. “But now that it makes a difference, there seems to not be the majority support that we need to pass legislation that we passed 50 or 60 times over five or six years.”

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    Likewise, Rep. Pat Meehan, R-Pa., one of the lawmakers who came into power by riding the anti-ACA Tea Party wave in 2010, and who once elected pledged to “repeal, defund, delay, and dismantle Obamacare,” recently conceded in a candid interview with the Delaware County Daily Times that previous repeal efforts were a sham.

    Asked if the years of votes against the ACA were simply “ceremonial,” since Republicans knew that any serious repeal bill would be vetoed by President Barack Obama, Meehan responded “yes.”

    “I don’t think anyone would quarrel with the idea that they were largely position votes,” Meehan continued. “They were as political as they were anything else because there was a recognition that those were unlikely to be moved.”

    Republicans expected Hillary Clinton to win the election last year, and had not planned for being in a position to actually pass a repeal effort this year, said Meehan. But after Trump’s victory, the GOP leadership thought something had to be done on their campaign promises, and that’s why they attempted to move forward with the American Health Care Act.

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    Even House Speaker Paul Ryan, shortly after his legislation to overhaul the health care system was pulled from a vote, said that Republicans weren’t ready to meet promises on repealing and replacing Obamacare — an implicit concession that previous repeal votes were merely symbolic.

    “We were a 10-year opposition party, where being against things was easy to do,” Ryan said, adding that his party wasn’t prepared to be the “governing party.”

    “We will get there,” Ryan added, “but we weren’t there today.”

    After the defeat of Ryan’s legislation last week, the speaker called Obamacare the “law of the land” that will remain “for the foreseeable future.”

    Following the embarrassing admission, conservative donors and some White House officials have mounted a campaign to revive a repeal effort, though there are few details about the type of repeal effort would muster support among the hard-right conservatives and moderates who sank the last attempt.

    More at https://theintercept.com/2017/03/31/repeal-votes-obamacare/
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    Judge Approves $25 Million Settlement Of Trump University Lawsuit | NPR

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    A federal judge has approved a $25 million settlement deal between President Trump and students who paid for Trump University real estate seminars, bringing lengthy litigation to a close.

    The deal, which calls for Trump to reimburse the students who say they were defrauded, was struck in November but needed approval from U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel. He signed off on the settlement Friday in San Diego.

    Trump doesn't admit any wrongdoing under the terms of the settlement.

    The settlement applies to three separate lawsuits — two class-actions and a fraud case. The $25 million deal includes payouts to more than 6,000 Trump U students who paid thousands of dollars for courses they describe as worthless.

    Continued at http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-...illion-settlement-of-trump-university-lawsuit
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    http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/31/politics/donald-trump-executive-order-signing-walk-out/index.html
    The video is hysterical. Trump is unhappy with the questions about Flynn. The questions didn't stop. I wonder how that reporter got in, Trump was unprepared. Then Pence tries to get him back to sign the orders, then he picks up the orders and follows Trump into the other room. Trump unhappy! Sad! Reporter gets in! Press is bad! Bad!
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    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/31/opinion/and-now-the-dreaded-trump-curse.html?_r=0
    it goes on to totally trash Nunes, Flynn, Christie,Priebus, Paul Ryan, and Coal Miners
  36. Edit: Copyright claim go figure

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