The Smoking Gun: Trump, The Least Charitable Billionaire

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    Trump on North Korea: “After listening for 10 minutes, I realized it’s not so easy” | Vox


    President Donald Trump recounted an absolutely astounding detail about one of his conversations with Chinese President Xi Jinping in comments published by the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday afternoon. Apparently, Trump came into his first meeting with the Chinese leader, in early April, convinced that China could simply eliminate the threat posed by North Korea’s nuclear program. Xi then patiently explained Chinese-Korean history to Trump — who then promptly changed his mind.

    “After listening for 10 minutes, I realized it’s not so easy,” the president told the Journal. “I felt pretty strongly that they had a tremendous power [over] North Korea. ... But it’s not what you would think.”

    Four quick observations about this:
    1. Trump thought China could fix North Korea until the Chinese president politely informed him that North Korea is in fact complicated.
    2. Trump seems to have required the leader of China to explain basic facts to him that he could have Googled, or at least asked one of the many US government North Korea experts about.
    3. Trump came to a profound realization about one of the most dangerous conflicts on earth after a 10-minute conversation.
    4. Trump is getting his information about East Asian affairs from the leader of America’s largest rival in the region.
    Around the same time the Journal piece was published, North Korea informed reporters to prepare for a “big and important event.” Initial reports suggest that Pyongyang is planning to test a nuclear device for just the sixth time in the country’s history. There’s no word yet on how the Trump administration plans to respond.

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    In a world of master chess players, we elect a president barely competent at checkers.

    We gonna get taken to the cleaners.
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    Portland to sue Trump administration | The Oregonian


    Portland plans to take a stand against President Donald Trump's executive order that says the administration will withhold federal grants from sanctuary cities that, like Portland, refuse to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement.

    At the urging of Mayor Ted Wheeler, the City Council voted unanimously on Wednesday to join Seattle in suing over Trump's order, which the Seattle lawsuit asserts is unconstitutional.

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    Donald Trump's border wall faces first lawsuit | The Arizona Republic


    The Trump administration has not yet released concrete details to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, but it already faces the first of what could be a litany of lawsuits against the president's signature proposal.

    The Center for Biological Diversity, a Tucson-based conservation group, and U.S. Congressman Raul Grijalva, who represents a broad swath of the Arizona border, filed the suit on Wednesday in a Tucson federal court targeting the environmental and fiscal impact of building a nearly 2,000-mile border wall.

    It lists U.S. Department of Homeland Secretary John Kelly and Customs and Border Protection Acting Commissioner Kevin McAleenan as defendants.

    The 42-page document alleges the federal government's border security enforcement plan fails to comply with the National Environment Policy Act, and asks the agencies to conduct an environmental impact study that is already a decade overdue, just as the bidding process to choose designs for border wall prototypes is underway.

    A 2001 preliminary study was conducted, and DHS was to conduct a more comprehensive study five years later, but it hasn't been done.

    "Border security policy has evolved and changed dramatically since 2001, the last time an analysis was done," said Randy Serraglio, Southwest conservation advocate for the Center for Biological Diversity. "Things are dramatically different now. Border Patrol doubled in size, hundreds of miles of fencing are constructed already, and lots of damage has already been done."

    The lawsuit details the effects of enforcement policies over those past 16 years, such as the destruction of wildlife habitat on public lands near the border, and the construction of roads and access points for federal agents. Given these changes, coupled with Trump's plans for a wall, Serraglio said the lawsuit aims to hold the administration accountable.

    "People in the United States have a right to know what the damage is going to be, what it's going to cost, and how effective it's going to be," he said.

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    Trump the most 'psychologically ill-equipped' US president ever, says Gareth Evans | The Guardian

    Former minister urges more independent foreign policy and says it is foolish to expect president to ‘change his spots’


    Donald Trump is “the most ill-informed, under-prepared, ethically challenged and psychologically ill-equipped president in US history”, the former Australian foreign affairs minister Gareth Evans has said.

    Evans suggested it was foolish to expect Trump would “change his spots” but hoped that, in the long term, cooler heads would prevail, with the United States renewing global cooperation after the end of his administration.

    He made the remarks at the National Press Club on Thursday, while launching a major academic work on Australia’s foreign policy by Allen Gyngell.

    Evans joins the former prime minister Paul Keating in urging a more independent Australian foreign policy, both on its merits and as a reaction to the election of Trump.

    He set out a vision for Australia’s foreign policy that he summarised as “less United States, more Asia and more self-reliance”.


    “He has led an administration acting so far on the basis of postures rather than policies,” he said.

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    British spies were first to spot Trump team's links with Russia | The Guardian

    Exclusive: GCHQ is said to have alerted US agencies after becoming aware of contacts in 2015

    Border Security Expo: excitement and urgency in anticipation of Trump's wall | The Guardian

    Annual gathering in Texas had a sense of urgency and giddiness this year and was a sobering reminder that immigration policy is on the verge of transforming
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    US drops 'largest non-nuclear bomb' for first time in Afghanistan area populated by Isis members
    Trump is going to do a lot of damage to the world and to the US before he gets impeached.
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    Undercooled meat. Dangerous fish. Health inspectors ding Trump’s Mar-a-Lago kitchen | Miami Herald


    Just days before the state visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to Mar-a-Lago, President Donald Trump’s Palm Beach private club, Florida restaurant inspectors found potentially dangerous raw fish and cited the club for storing food in two broken down coolers.

    Inspectors found 13 violations at the fancy club’s kitchen, according to recently published reports — a record for an institution that charges $200,000 in initiation fees.

    Three of the violations were deemed “high priority,” meaning that they could allow the presence of illness-causing bacteria on plates served in the dining room.

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    What restaurant inspectors found wrong in Trump’s Mar-a-Lago kitchen | The Washington Post
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    Inb4ExecutiveOrder rolling back food safety regulations.

    Retards are spending insane amounts of money to be at Mar-a-Lago, Mr. Trump. So wtf, upgrade your broken down refrigerators already.
  21. Wouldn't it be something if Trump suffered a nasty bout of gastrointestinal trouble at his own resort?
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    Word is he likes his noms cooked to death. So he is probably safe.
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    U.S. May Launch Strike If North Korea Reaches For Nuclear Trigger | NBC News


    The U.S. is prepared to launch a preemptive strike with conventional weapons against North Korea should officials become convinced that North Korea is about to follow through with a nuclear weapons test, multiple senior U.S. intelligence officials told NBC News.

    North Korea has warned that a "big event" is near, and U.S. officials say signs point to a nuclear test that could come as early as this weekend.

    The intelligence officials told NBC News that the U.S. has positioned two destroyers capable of shooting Tomahawk cruise missiles in the region, one just 300 miles from the North Korean nuclear test site.

    American heavy bombers are also positioned in Guam to attack North Korea should it be necessary, and earlier this week, the Pentagon announced that the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier strike group was being diverted to the area.

    The U.S. strike could include missiles and bombs, cyber and special operations on the ground.

    The danger of such an attack by the U.S. is that it could provoke the volatile and unpredictable North Korean regime to launch its own blistering attack on its southern neighbor.

    "The leadership in North Korea has shown absolutely no sign or interest in diplomacy or dialogue with any of the countries involved in this issue," Victor Cha, the Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies told NBC News Thursday.

    On Wednesday, North Korea said it would "hit the U.S. first" with a nuclear weapon should there be any signs of U.S. strikes.

    On Thursday, North Korea warned of a "merciless retaliatory strike" should the U.S. take any action.

    "By relentlessly bringing in a number of strategic nuclear assets to the Korean peninsula, the U.S. is gravely threatening the peace and safety and driving the situation to the brink of a nuclear war," said North Korea's statement.

    North Korea is not believed to have a deliverable long-range nuclear weapon, according to U.S. experts, nor does it yet possess an intercontinental missile.

    South Korea's top diplomat said today that the U.S. would consult with Seoul before taking any serious measures. "U.S. officials, mindful of such concerns here, repeatedly reaffirmed that (the U.S.) will closely discuss with South Korea its North Korea-related measures," Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se told a special parliamentary meeting. "In fact, the U.S. is working to reassure us that it will not, just in case that we might hold such concerns."

    U.S. Officials Are Aware of the Risk

    "Two things are coming together this weekend," said retired Adm. James Stavridis, former commander of NATO and an NBC analyst. "One is the distinct possibility of a sixth North Korean nuclear weapons detonation and the other is an American carrier strike group, a great deal of firepower headed right at the Korean Peninsula."

    The U.S. is aware that simply preparing an attack, even if it will only be launched if there is an "imminent" North Korean action, increases the danger of provoking a large conflict, multiple sources told NBC News.

    "It's high stakes," a senior intelligence official directly involved in the planning told NBC News. "We are trying to communicate our level of concern and the existence of many military options to dissuade the North first."

    "It's a feat that we've never achieved before but there is a new sense of resolve here," the official said, referring to the White House.

    The threat of a preemptive strike comes on the same day the U.S. announced the use of its MOAB — or Mother of All Bombs — in Afghanistan, attacking underground facilities, and on the heels of U.S. missile strikes on a Syrian airbase last week, a strike that took place while President Trump was meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Mar-a-Lago.

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  24. "So much of Veep is often just sitting around thinking: “What’s the dumbest thing that could happen?” They’re doing stuff that we couldn’t invent if we tried. The only thing we did have to change — it sounds like a bad joke, but it’s true — was a “golden shower” joke in one of the episodes where someone is yelling at Jonah [Timothy Simons] about a golden shower. We hadn’t filmed it yet, and we realized, “Oh, we need to change that” [because of the Trump-Russia dossier]. Who knew we would literally have to change a Veep golden showers joke because of the real president of the United States of America? It doesn’t get any weirder than that."
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    Robert Reich : The Resistance Report, Thursday, April 13th | ResistancE is FertilE
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    Wait.... they are going to bomb North Korea if they test a nuclear weapon? Just for the test??
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    The Non-Transformation of Donald J. Trump

    What’s most worrisome about President Trump is what has been worrisome all along: that he doesn’t think through the consequences of what he says and does.

    By Jeffrey Frank, The New Yorker


    It’s astonishing, isn’t it, how suddenly Donald J. Trump is being viewed, in certain precincts, as — what’s the word? — yes, “Presidential,” and all it took was for him to issue an order to launch fifty-nine cruise missiles against a Syrian airbase. It’s as if a national-amnesia button got pushed, one able to wipe out memories of the actual President: the former reality-show star, real-estate brander, double-talker, and serial distorter of reality. Although some Trump supporters seemed confused by this new tack (the talk-show host Laura Ingraham tweeted, “Missiles flying. Rubio’s happy. McCain ecstatic. Hillary’s on board. A complete policy change in 48 hrs.”), there was wide approval from the foreign-policy establishment. The former Secretary of State John Kerry was said to be “absolutely supportive” and “gratified to see that it happened quickly,” and there’s been non-stop gushing within the Trumpian orbit. Kellyanne Conway, gusher-in-chief and Presidential counsellor, spoke about “our very tough, very resolute, very decisive President.” She added, “What the world saw last night was the United States Commander-in-Chief, and also a father and grandfather,” as if her boss had not launched his first act of war but had simply administered a resolute spanking of the Syrian President, Bashar al-Assad, with a warning not to misbehave again.

    Those whose memories are intact remember another resolute Trump, the one who, a few days before the November election, spoke at a rally in Miami, Florida, and said, “Hillary” — the former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — “brought disaster to Iraq and Syria and Libya. . . . Now she wants to start a shooting war in Syria in conflict with nuclear-armed Russia. Frankly, it could lead to World War III, and she has no sense.” He expressed such thoughts many times. Trump’s reality-warping version, meanwhile, had reappeared just before the Syria strike. In a rambling conversation with Timesreporters, he suddenly brought up Susan Rice, the national-security adviser to President Barack Obama, and accused her, with no evidence, of a potential crime: that she had asked to “unmask” Trump campaign personnel who had been named in classified intelligence reports. “I think the Susan Rice thing is a massive story. I think it’s a massive, massive story,” Trump said. “I think that it’s going to be the biggest story.” When asked why that was so, he referred to something that he had apparently seen on television: “Take a look at what’s happening,” he said. “I mean, first of all, her” — Rice’s — “performance was horrible yesterday on television, even though she was interviewed by Hillary Clinton’s P.R. person, Andrea Mitchell. . . . So you know, we’ll see what happens, but it looks like it’s breaking into a massive story.”

    For a television performer, television appearances matter a lot. A recent Washington Post story recounted how, when Trump started getting intelligence briefings, his briefers were advised that he was “a visual and auditory learner” — in other words, that he should deal with as few words as possible and, instead, get “more graphics and pictures.” There’s no reason to doubt that, before approving the missile strike, Trump was affected by television images of wounded and dying children in the aftermath of a chemical-weapons attack, although that spark of empathy had been well hidden for months in his seeming indifference to the many images available of the catastrophic suffering in the region.

    But a preference for pictures over words explains, as Trump might phrase it, so much, so very, very much. It might make some sense of, for instance, his problem with attempts to extirpate Obamacare. All those proposed changes, revisions, the baffling notions contributed by the House Speaker, Paul Ryan, require many words — sentences, paragraphs, pages of briefing papers — when what the nation’s newest President really wants are images, preferably those on television. Who could be expected to pay attention to so many details? It’s easy to imagine the look of boredom and alarm on Trump’s face if he’d happened to hear the Freedom Caucus chairman, Mark Meadows, of North Carolina, talking about some of the latest repeal proposals, including one that would allow states to opt out of requiring coverage for preëxisting conditions: so many budget numbers and regulatory phrases keep getting in the way of his harsh eagerness to separate millions of Americans from health benefits that they’ve come to rely on under the Affordable Care Act. “It was a very good exchange of ideas, with concerns that represent the very broad spectrum of our conference,” Meadows said earlier this week, on television. In the dialogue between today’s Congress and the White House, the phrase “exchange of ideas” always sounds a little threatening.

    The Syrian engagement is not yet a massive story for most Americans, but Trump watchers know that, before you could say “Hillary Rodham Trump,” it might become so. This will be particularly true if someone like the Defense Secretary, General James Mattis, isn’t able offer firm guidance, and the military aspects slip out of control. Mattis, who is not averse to words, is no doubt familiar with the career of General J. Lawton (Lightning Joe) Collins, the celebrated Army Chief of Staff during the Korean War. In his book “War in Peacetime,” published in 1969, Collins discussed Korea, and its lessons, writing, “We rushed into Korea with no advance planning, and we stumbled into the ground war in Vietnam with uncertain footing. In neither case did we have any fully thought-out ideas concerning our objectives or the means we would be willing to expend to attain them. As each situation arose we extemporized, unsure what the next step would be, until we were far more committed than we had expected to be.” Our best soldiers never forget that sort of lesson.

    What’s most worrisome about Trump is what’s been worrisome all along: that he doesn’t think through the consequences of what he says and does, and that he acts without a glimmer of consistency, or guiding principle; he’s a man of constant surprise. In that way, Trump is not unlike another erratic world figure, the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, who also seems capable of acting in extremes, without warning, at any time, and at any level of incitement. That’s another way to view Trump’s Syrian strike: the risk of miscalculation, even nuclear miscalculation, just rose by many multiples.

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    North Korea blames Donald Trump's 'aggression' amid nuclear test crisis | The Guardian

    Vice foreign minister says Pyongyang will conduct nuclear test when it sees fit as China appeals to US to avoid pre-emptive strike


    North Korea has accused Donald Trump of raising tensions in the region and warned that the regime would conduct a nuclear test when it sees fit, as China issued a plea to Washington not to use pre-emptive military action.

    In an interview with the Associated Press in Pyongyang, North Korea’s vice foreign minister, Han Song-ryol said Trump’s “aggressive” tweets aimed at the regime were “causing trouble”, adding that the mounting crisis on the peninsula was now locked in a “vicious cycle”.

    Han warned that North Korea would not “keep its arms crossed” in the event of a US pre-emptive strike.

    China issued a plea against military action in North Korea before an anticipated sixth nuclear test on Saturday to mark the birth of the country’s founder, Kim Il-sung.

    Speaking in Beijing, China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, said a return to the negotiating table was the only way to avert a crisis. “Military force cannot resolve the issue,” he said, according to Reuters. “Whoever provokes the situation, whoever continues to make trouble in this place, they will have to assume historical responsibility.”

    Lu Kang, a spokesperson for the foreign ministry, said the region was now facing a “complex and sensitive” moment and urged North Korea and the US to “avoid provoking each other or adding fuel to the fire”.

    Experts believe Pyongyang is preparing to defy Donald Trump by carrying out a missile launch or nuclear test to coincide with the so-called Day of the Sun on 15 April. Scores of foreign reporters have been allowed into Pyongyang to cover celebrations marking the105th anniversary of Kim’s birth, but they have not been granted access to military-related sites.

    Writing in the Global Times, a Communist party-controlled tabloid, one Chinese scholar urged Trump against carrying out a Syria-style bombing campaign against North Korea. “North Korea is not Syria. It may have the ability to strike South Korea and Japan with nuclear weapons,” Li Jiacheng, a fellow at Liaoning University in north-eastern China, said.

    “If the US makes a pre-emptive strike on North Korea, Pyongyang will attack South Korea, Japan and the US forces stationed in the two countries,” Li warned. “What’s more, the war will not be a blitz but a protracted one, which will require a lot of energy from the countries involved.”

    “In the current situation, [the] possibility is still low that the US will initiate a war on the peninsula,” Li added. “However, because of Trump’s unpredictability, it is difficult to predict his policy toward the region.”

    On Thursday Trump, who has previously accused Beijing of failing to rein in its North Korean ally, said he believed China was now prepared to act. “I have great confidence that China will properly deal with North Korea. If they are unable to do so, the US, with its allies, will!” he wrote on Twitter.

    However, despite signs of warming ties between the US and China, experts doubt the relationship is sufficiently sturdy for definitive collaboration on North Korea.

    Steven Weber, an international relations specialist from the University of California, Berkeley, said: “If you want regime change in North Korea then you have got to have a plan for how to manage that on the other side of the collapse – and that requires a long-term collaborative relationship between the Americans and the Chinese to make sure that whatever happens, and however that reconstruction emerges, is acceptable to both sides.”

    “I don’t think we are anywhere near a place right now where either side trusts the other to a depth that you believe that you could sustain and maintain that kind of relationship for that long a period of time.”

    The rise in tensions came ahead of the arrival in South Korea on Sunday of the US vice president, Mike Pence, who will also visit Japan, Washington’s other key ally in the region, early next week.

    Previewing Pence’s trip, a White House foreign policy adviser said: “We’re going to consult with the Republic of Korea on North Korea’s efforts to advance its ballistic missile and its nuclear program.”

    Seoul and Tokyo are considered at greatest risk of a North Korean counterattack in the even of a pre-emptive strike by the US. On Thursday, Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, warned that North Korea may be capable of attacking the country with a missile loaded with sarin nerve gas – the same substance used in a deadly attack on the Tokyo subway by a Japanese doomsday cult in 1995.

    North Korea appears to have resumed the use of cold war scare tactics with the radio broadcast of indecipherable code that could be used to communicate with its spies in the South. Radio broadcasts containing a combination of mysterious random numbers were picked up in South Korea on Friday, according to Yonhap news agency.

    Some experts in South Korea said the use of radio broadcasts – a common means of issuing orders to agents during the cold war – was outmoded and could instead be intended to raise tensions. The state-run Pyongyang Radio began broadcasting the messages early on Friday, with an announcer reading out a series of numbers and page numbers.

    The radio announcer referred to the numbers as “review works in elementary information technology lessons of the remote education university for No. 27 expedition agents”, according to Yonhap.

    North Korea ended broadcasts of encrypted numbers after tensions with South Korea eased following a historic inter-Korea summit in 2000. Their resumption last June is seen as a reflection of how far relations between have deteriorated.

    Yonhap said Pyongyang Radio had made 32 such broadcasts since June last year, most recently last weekend. With agents based the South now able to communicate with their handlers via the internet, the use of numbers, which they would then decipher using a reference book, appears outdated.

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    The people posting in this thread are some of the most hateful people anywhere. Sad!
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    Donald Trump Says &quot;China&quot; | HuffPost Entertainment

    Chinese Media Can't Stop Making Fun Of Donald Trump | The Huffington Post

    “Trump slaps self in face, again.”


    President Donald Trump’s recent flip-flops aren’t just making headlines in the United States ― they’ve also been noticed in China.

    One of Trump’s reversals came on the issue of Chinese monetary policy. While he had previously accused Beijing of being “world champions” of currency manipulation, he reversed that position after a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

    Wall Street Journal reporter Te-Ping Chen, who is based in Beijing, showed how the press there was covering the sudden change of heart:

    How the news Trump won’t label China a currency manipulator plays here:
    “Eating his words!”
    “Trump slaps self in face, again”
    — Te-Ping Chen (@tepingchen) April 13, 2017

    Those headlines come just days after Chinese media criticized Trump’s air strikes in Syria, and after a long series of anti-Trump stories and headlines in the state-run media.

    Chinese media has referred to Trump’s election a “democracy malfunction,” compared him to Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler, called him “as ignorant as a child” and mocked his spelling problems. During the presidential campaign, media in the country called Trump “big-mouthed” and “abusively forthright,” and even compared him to a clown.

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    San Francisco Seeks Ban on Trump 'Sanctuary Cities' Order | NBC News

    San Francisco asked a federal judge Friday to block enforcement of a Trump executive order that would cut off federal money to sanctuary cities — local governments that limit police cooperation with federal immigration authorities.

    Joined by nearby Santa Clara county, the city argued that the president has no power to withhold federal funds without approval from Congress. And complying with the executive order, San Francisco said, would violate the constitutional rights of prisoners.

    The Tax March is About More Than Trump's Tax Returns. Here's Why. | Talk Poverty


    This Saturday, tens of thousands of Americans, in more than 120 communities, are planning to take to the streets again. The Tax Marches, planned for the traditional date that taxes are due, are designed to hold Trump accountable for his own lack of financial transparency and to call for a more equitable tax system. That boils down to two specific demands: That Donald Trump immediately release his tax returns, and that he drop his dangerous plan to slash taxes for billionaires and corporations.

    For years, Trump has been moving the mark on when he’ll release his tax returns. First, he was going to release them if he ran for office. Then, he promised we’d see them once the IRS finished its audit. Finally, in January, Kellyanne Conway dropped the pretense and said he’ll never release them, arguing that his win in November means Americans must not care about them.

    The trouble is, Conway has it exactly backwards: It is precisely because Trump won in November that people care about his tax returns.

    The president’s tax returns will give us definitive answers about his ties to Russia. Trump has a long and troubling record of defending the Kremlin, praising Vladimir Putin, and doing business with Russian oligarchs. Earlier this month, a Reuters investigation found that “at least 63 individuals with Russian passports or addresses have bought at least $98.4 million worth of property in seven Trump-branded luxury towers in southern Florida.” Donald Trump Jr. has even admitted that Trump Organization businesses “see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.” Only by revealing Trump’s full tax returns will we know if Trump is bought and paid for by Russia — and compromising our national security from the Oval Office.

    The potential conflicts of interest go beyond just Russia. With Congress preparing to rewrite the tax code, President Trump could use tax reform as a vehicle to slash taxes for himself and the Trump Organization while cutting critical investments in our schools and neighborhoods. If he is going to propose reforms to the tax system, he needs to release his own taxes first. That is the only way Americans can know if he is pushing policies — including tax cuts — that will benefit himself, his Goldman Sachs cabinet, and super rich friends.

    For decades, corporations, Wall Street, and CEOs like Trump have exploited loophole after loophole to cut down on their tax bill. Now, Trump, Paul Ryan, and Mitch McConnell are going even further by proposing dramatic tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest Americans, at the expense of critical programs like Meals on Wheels, food stamps, and FEMA.

    Instead of slashing taxes for billionaires, a serious tax reform plan will fix the gross injustices in the tax code and build a fairer, more equitable system that closes loopholes, invests in communities, and puts more money in the hands of working Americans.

    That’s why Americans are marching tomorrow. They’re standing against a president who has flirted with corruption, and sending a message to our representatives in Washington: It is time to start defending our country’s long tradition of open and ethical government.

    Trump needs to come clean with the American people and release his tax returns. In our American democracy, We the People are Trump’s boss. He works for us. And we will not tolerate his dangerous attack on our country’s democratic principles of transparency and accountability.

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    Roy Cohn was a closeted homosexual who destroyed the lives and careers of gay men in the government as part of his anti-communist McCarthy buddy's fascist triumph.
    J Edgar Hoover was gay too, so that doesn't count.
    Roy Cohn was part of the trial of Julius and Ethyl Rosenberg. He cross examined Ethyl Rosenburgs brother, who accused her of stealing the Manhattan Project papers. The brother later recanted, saying he lied to save himself and his wife. The US government executed Ethyl Rosenberg before her husband in an attempt to get Julius to confess. That extra bit of sadism didn't work Julius and Ethyl maintained their innocence until their deaths.
    He and Roger Stone worked together on dirty tricks during Ronald Regan's campaign.
    It makes perfect sense that Donald believes he was wire tapped.
    Is my outrage coming through?

    Roy Cohn was The Donald's friend and advisor.
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    Alt-Right Ringleader Mike Cernovich Threatens to Drop ‘Motherlode’ If Steve Bannon Is Ousted

    The Pizzagate conspiracy theorist claims to have a cache of dirty secrets that he’s willing to deploy.

    By Ben Collins, The Daily Beast


    A week after President Donald Trump began to publicly distance himself from White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, alt-right ringleader Mike Cernovich threatened to release a “motherlode” of stories that could “destroy marriages” if Bannon is formally let go from the administration.

    Cernovich made the claims that he’d release a series of “scoops” if Bannon is officially pushed out of the White House on an eleven-minute, self-recorded Periscope Thursday night.

    “If they get rid of Bannon, you know what’s gonna happen? The motherlode. If Bannon is removed, there are gonna be divorces, because I know about the mistresses, the sugar babies, the drugs, the pill popping, the orgies. I know everything,” said Cernovich.

    “If they go after Bannon, the mother of all stories is gonna drop, and we’re just gonna destroy marriages, relationships — it’s gonna get personal.”

    The Daily Beast reached out to Cernovich, asking who he meant by “they” and if he had documentation for the claims. He was on InfoWars’ radio show and livestream most of Friday afternoon, and did not respond at press time.

    Alt-right leaders have spent the week pushing a #KeepBannon hashtag on Twitter, less than a week after a #FireKushner hashtag prominently amplified by Cernovich became the No. 1 trend in the United States on Twitter.

    The hashtags refer to the falling out between Bannon and Jared Kushner that played out through planted quotes in websites like Breitbart, where Bannon previously worked as its CEO, after Trump’s son-in-law began to take over more responsibilities inside the Trump White House.

    The proxy quote war led Trump to tell the New York Post on Tuesday that, “Steve is a good guy, but I told them to straighten it out or I will.”

    The president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., tweeted just last week that Cernovich deserved a Pulitzer for his recent coverage of Susan Rice’s efforts to better identify Trump campaign officials in intelligence reports.

    “Congrats to @Cernovich for breaking the #SusanRice story,” Trump Jr. tweeted. “In a long gone time of unbiased journalism he’d win the Pulitzer, but not today!”

    Cernovich cited the Rice story and another piece about Trump National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, which were both scoops later picked up by Bloomberg’s Eli Lake, as proof of his sourcing inside the White House.

    “I have more stories that I haven’t released. I haven’t released every scoop that I have. I release my scoops strategically. I’m sitting on way more stories,” he said on his Periscope.

    Cernovich and many other alt-right leaders famously split from the Trump administration’s party line last week when Trump signed off on a 59-missile strike on a Syrian airbase. Alt-right and conspiracy websites like InfoWars echoed both Russian public officials and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s claim that the attack was a “false flag.” On Thursday, Assad floated to state media that the attack was entirely staged.

    “I will go TMZ on the globalists. I will go Gossip Girl on the globalists. I will go Gawker on the globalists. So you mother-effers going after Bannon, just know I broke two of the biggest stories before anybody else,” Cernovich said on his Periscope. “If you think I don’t know the pills people are popping, the mistresses, the sugar babies — I know all of it. So you better be smart. Because the mother of all stories will be dropped because I don’t care.”

    Cernovich has a long history of floating conspiracy theories about alt-right opponents and people he deems to be “globalists”. He was one of the leading peddlers of the Pizzagate conspiracy theory, which claimed Hillary Clinton and John Podesta were central figures in a fictitious child sex ring run out of the basement of a pizza shop. He also repeatedly claimed throughout the campaign that Clinton was dying of a litany of diseases, from syphilis to Parkinson’s.

    Fox News ran an article on Friday commending Cernovich's recent stories, however, saying his "two recent scoops have been anything but fake."

    “Hire public relations firms. Pay off (Trump supporting radio host) Bill Mitchell to call me names. Fabricate things about me. I don’t care,” said Cernovich. “You can’t kill what is already dead. What is dead cannot die.”


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