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 +The Republican Party is the Party for ALL Americans. We are the Party of the American Worker, the American Family & the American Dream. This is the proud banner the Republican Party will carry into the Republican National Convention next summer in the great city of Charlotte, NC! Make America White Again! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1151668590359265280 July 18, 2019
Omar responds to 'send her back' chant with Maya Angelou quote. “You may shoot me with your words,/You may cut me with your eyes,/You may kill me with your hatefulness,/But still, like air, I’ll rise,” Omar tweeted Wednesday. https://thehill.com/homenews/house/453646-omar-responds-to-send-her-back-chant-with-maya-angelou-quote Omar responds to 'send her back' chant with Maya Angelou quote. “You may shoot me with your words,/You may cut me with your eyes,/You may kill me with your hatefulness,/But still, like air, I’ll rise,” Omar tweeted Wednesday. https://thehill.com/homenews/house/453646-omar-responds-to-send-her-back-chant-with-maya-angelou-quote

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Contents

U.S. Constitution

U.S. Constitution Annotated. This edition of the Congressional Research Service's U.S. Constitution Annotated is a hypertext interpretation of the CRS text, updated to the currently published version. It links to Supreme Court opinions, the U.S. Code, and the Code of Federal Regulations, as well as enhancing navigation through search, breadcrumbs, linked footnotes and tables of contents. https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution-conan

2020 Elections

Polls

Trump: Republicans like Paul Ryan are 'weak, ineffective & stupid'. Trump followed up his latest attack on Ryan by touting his current approval rating among Republicans. "94% Approval Rating in the Republican Party, an all time high. Ronald Reagan was 87%. Thank you!" Trump wrote in a follow up tweet. Trump is polling at 90 percent with Republicans according to the latest Gallup poll. According to the latest POLITICO/Morning Consult poll, Trump has an 85 percent approval rating among potential GOP primary voters. https://politi.co/2Lktw3M

Trump Campaign to Fire Pollsters After Poor Polling Numbers Leaked. The president, predictably, denied the poor numbers, calling them “fake polls” https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/trump-campaign-to-fire-pollstrse-848802/ via @RollingStone

Fox News poll shows Trump trailing Democrats in hypothetical matchups. https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/06/fox-news-poll-trump-trailing-democrats.html via @slate

Biden leads Trump by 'landslide proportions' in new national poll. In a national head-to-head matchup, the poll found Biden taking 53 percent against 40 percent for Trump, with the poll's assistant director describing it as a "landslide" margin. Five other Democratic contenders also lead the president: Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) hold healthy leads over Trump, with Sanders up by 9 points, Harris ahead by 8 and Warren leading by 7. South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) lead Trump by 5 points, with each posting a 47 to 42 split. https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/447972-biden-leads-trump-by-landslide-proportions-in-new-national-poll

Trump lashes out at polls that show 2020 re-election bid in trouble https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jun/12/trump-2020-presidential-election-polling-results

Polls flash 2020 warning for Trump https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/447163-polls-flash-2020-warning-for-trump

Some Obama-Trump voters abandon president https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/442811-cracks-appear-in-trumps-coalition

Populist economic frustration threatens Trump’s strongest reelection issue, Post-ABC poll finds. This sentiment runs the deepest among Democratic and independent registered voters, but also exists among a significant slice of Republicans. About 8 in 10 Democrats and more than 6 in 10 independents say the country’s economic system gives an advantage to those already in power, while nearly a third of Republicans share that view. https://wapo.st/2V07XKQ

Poll: 55 percent say they won't vote for Trump in 2020 https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/441103-poll-55-say-they-wouldnt-vote-for-trump-in-2020

We asked more than 1,800 young people what they think is the biggest issue facing America, and the most popular answer was Trump https://www.businessinsider.com/teens-worry-about-president-donald-trump-2019-3

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‘On Paper, the Election Is the Democrats’ to Lose’. The Rise of ‘No Religion’ Percentage of Americans by religious affiliation, or lack of one. https://nyti.ms/2UYM62u

Four-in-10 voters say they would vote to re-elect Trump next year. https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/03/four-in-10-voters-vote-trump-2020.html via @slate

Most voters won't support Trump in 2020: PBS/NPR poll https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/425782-poll-most-voters-wont-support-trump-in-2020

Trump

The Republican Party is the Party for ALL Americans. We are the Party of the American Worker, the American Family & the American Dream. This is the proud banner the Republican Party will carry into the Republican National Convention next summer in the great city of Charlotte, NC! Make America White Again! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1151668590359265280 July 18, 2019

Omar responds to 'send her back' chant with Maya Angelou quote. “You may shoot me with your words,/You may cut me with your eyes,/You may kill me with your hatefulness,/But still, like air, I’ll rise,” Omar tweeted Wednesday. https://thehill.com/homenews/house/453646-omar-responds-to-send-her-back-chant-with-maya-angelou-quote

‘Send her back’: Trump batters Dem congresswomen on campaign trail. Trump's racist tweets distill into a 2020 campaign rallying cry. https://politi.co/2LWWKoQ

Walter Shaub, the former head of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, has described Donald Trump’s takeover of the Fourth of July celebrations in Washington as “a taxpayer-funded campaign ad.” Walter Shaub complained that taxpayer dollars had been co-opted “for the benefit of a man whose idea of public service is the public serving him.” https://www.huffpost.com/entry/ex-ethics-chief-donald-trump-july-4-party_n_5d2097a4e4b01b834737691f features Whitehouse video

Trump predicted to lose reelection in model that forecasted Democratic takeover of House https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/451218-trump-predicted-to-lose-reelection-in-model-that-forecast-dem-takeover-of

Jimmy Carter: Investigation would show Trump lost 2016 election https://news.yahoo.com/jimmy-carter-donald-trump-illegitimate-president-russia-154336913.html

How Trump could have terrible economic timing. Signs of a slowdown are mounting with weaker job growth, reduced manufacturing activity and a nervous Federal Reserve hinting at slashing interest rates — suggesting that Trump could suffer from terrible economic timing. https://politi.co/31QRCb7

Trump says “probably not” prepared to lose in 2020, doesn’t believe he lost popular vote. President Donald Trump said he isn’t prepared to lose the 2020 presidential election. In the interview with NBC’s Meet the Press that aired Sunday, Trump also said he does not believe the official vote count of the 2016 election, illustrating how losing the popular vote is still a sore subject for the president. “No. Probably not,” Trump said when asked whether he was “prepared to lose” in 2020. “It would be much better if I said, ‘Yeah.’ It would be much easier for me to say, ‘Oh yes.’ No I’m probably not too prepared to lose. I don’t like losing. I haven’t lost very much in my life.” https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/06/trump-not-prepared-lose-reelection-lost-popular-vote.html via @slate

Trump Delivers a 'Bizarro World' Re-Election Speech https://politi.co/2WSfFrj

Please Stop Thinking This Will Be a Fair Election. President Trump declared his willingness to betray the country, and Republicans are ready to help https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/trump-abc-interview-foreign-interference-849062/ via @RollingStone

Trump Said He Would Accept Dirt On 2020 Election Opponents From A Foreign Government. While the president suggested he hadn't called the FBI in his "whole life," Trump has in fact reached out to the federal law enforcement agency. Most notably in 1981, he contacted the FBI before opening a casino in Atlantic City over concerns about organized crime in the city, and offered to "cooperate" with FBI agents. https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/salvadorhernandez/trump-says-he-would-accept-dirt-on-2020-election-opponents via @salhernandez

Chris Coons: Going forward, if a foreign adversary offers a presidential candidate dirt on a competitor, should they immediately turn it over to the FBI?
Bill Barr: [long pause before answering] — Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) https://twitter.com/keithboykin/status/1123644534053851136 May 1, 2019

Trump says he would accept dirt on political rivals from foreign governments. President Donald Trump says he would listen if a foreign government approached him with damaging information about a political rival -- and wouldn't necessarily report the contact to the FBI. "I think you might want to listen, there isn't anything wrong with listening," Trump said in an interview with ABC News that aired on Wednesday. "I think I'd want to hear it," Trump went on, downplaying the idea such a move by another country would amount to election interference. Asked Wednesday whether he would take opposition research being peddled by another government, Trump said he likely would. "It's not an interference, they have information -- I think I'd take it," Trump said. "If I thought there was something wrong, I'd go maybe to the FBI -- if I thought there was something wrong." "I'll tell you what, I've seen a lot of things over my life. I don't think in my whole life I've ever called the FBI. In my whole life. You don't call the FBI," he said. "You throw somebody out of your office, you do whatever you do." "Life doesn't work that way," Trump said. @CNNPolitics https://cnn.it/2WFxLNi

Poll: 60 percent say Trump should not be reelected https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/444972-poll-60-percent-say-trump-should-not-be-reelected

Trump hits Fox News for 'wasting airtime' with coverage of Buttigieg https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/444483-trump-hits-fox-for-wasting-airtime-on-coverage-of-pete-buttigieg

‘It’s entirely inappropriate’: Trump shot a political video on Air Force One. Seated behind a desk on Air Force One, the presidential seal over his left shoulder, President Trump shot a short video Thursday, blasting New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s entry into the 2020 race. “If you like high taxes and if you like crime, you can vote for him — but most people aren’t into that,” the president said to the camera. Trump’s use of taxpayer-funded transportation to post a political message raises some legal and ethics questions. But possibly the greatest crime, some experts say, is the breakdown of norms. “It’s entirely inappropriate, and it is against historical norms for a president to be campaigning from Air Force One,” said Paul S. Ryan, vice president of policy and litigation at Common Cause, a nonpartisan watchdog group. “Most presidents have had enough respect for the office to try to separate campaigning from formal duties. Donald Trump is not such a president.” https://wapo.st/2QdgGUr

Trump mocks rivals at official event. Speaking at a liquified natural gas facility near Lake Charles, La., Trump singled out former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). “Boy, you got some beauties there. Three hundred fifty million people and that’s the best we can do. I don’t think so,” he quipped. Past presidents generally refrained from injecting partisan politics into official White House events paid for with public funds, but Trump has frequently broken that norm during his time in office. The president joked about the dynamic last August when he noted how many reporters traveled with him to Charlotte, N.C., for a bill signing during the lead-up to the midterm elections, saying “it's like a political event and you don't even have to pay for it.” https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/443689-trump-mocks-rivals-at-official-event

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Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump: Looks to me like it’s going to be SleepyCreepy Joe over Crazy Bernie. Everyone else is fading fast!

Analysis | Nancy Pelosi is worried Trump won’t give up power if he loses in 2020. He just underscored why. Trump tweeted Sunday that his first two years were “stolen” (actually, he originally said they were “stollen” before he fixed his tweet) by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation. And he reposted an inaccuracy-filled message from one of his supporters, conservative leader Jerry Falwell Jr., saying two years should be added to Trump’s term because Trump and his orbit had been investigated by the special counsel for his first two. “Reparations” is what Falwell called it, an idea Trump appeared to endorse by sharing it with his 60 million Twitter followers and then expounding on why he felt he deserved more time in office than the Constitution allows. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/05/06/nancy-pelosi-is-worried-trump-wont-give-up-power-he-just-underscored-why/

Trump crackdown on ‘3 stooges of socialism’ has 2020 thrust. On the 58th anniversary of the Bay of Pigs invasion, President Trump’s national security adviser John Bolton addressed a group of Cuban American veterans of the failed effort to topple Fidel Castro's regime and announced a series of crackdowns on Cuba and its allies.It was part of a call to arms to fight socialism abroad, but it was also a message for domestic consumption — particularly in Florida, the nation’s largest swing state and home to large Cuban American and Central and South American communities. In all, Bolton announced seven crackdowns and sanctions targeting the governments in Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua, which he referred to as the “troika of tyranny.” Bolton nicknamed Cuba’s Miguel Díaz-Canel, Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro and Nicaragua's Daniel Ortega “the three stooges of socialism.” But he also mentioned former U.S. President Barack Obama, whose Cuba rapprochement policies Trump has been rolling back, more than anyone else. https://politi.co/2PhV7Bv

Trump campaign punishes Don McGahn's law firm. But close Trump advisers say the decision also stems from disappointment with the White House’s former top attorney and current Jones Day partner, Don McGahn, whose behavior has irked the president and some of his family members. Taking business away from Jones Day is payback, these advisers say, for McGahn’s soured relationship with the Trump family and a handful articles in high-profile newspapers that the family blames, unfairly or not, on the former White House counsel. https://politi.co/2GpvSte via @politico

Trump predicts 'Crazy Bernie Sanders,' 'Sleepy Joe Biden' will be 2 Dem 'finalists' in 2020 race. I believe it will be Crazy Bernie Sanders vs. Sleepy Joe Biden as the two finalists to run against maybe the best Economy in the history of our Country (and MANY other great things)! I look forward to facing whoever it may be. May God Rest Their Soul! https://fxn.ws/2Xg9klt #FoxNews

Trump claims supporters were kept out of Fox News's Bernie Sanders town hall https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/439235-trump-claims-supporters-were-kept-out-of-fox-newss-bernie-sanders

Right-wing evangelicals are using Pete Buttigieg to attack progressive Christians http://mm4a.org/4bd

Warner Bros files copyright claim after Trump shares video with music from 'Dark Knight' https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/438163-warner-bros-files-copyright-claim-after-trump-tweets-out-2020-video

Advisers urge Trump to defer 2020 rallies. https://politi.co/2NPFhNK

Democratic Primary

Kamala Harris Shuts Down Meghan McCain for Siding With Joe Biden. Meghan McCain tried to pull a “gotcha” moment on “The View,” and Kamala Harris wasn’t having any of it. “Well, you know what?” Harris continued. “We’re on a debate stage, and if you have not prepared and you’re not ready for somebody to point out a difference of opinion about the history of segregation in our country and what was necessary to deal with that, which at that time was busing, then you’re probably not ready.” https://www.thedailybeast.com/kamala-harris-shuts-down-the-views-meghan-mccain-for-siding-with-joe-biden

Kamala Harris Lays Out Trump’s ‘Rap Sheet’ in Fiery Speech. “We have in this White House a president who says he wants to make America great again. Well, what does that mean? Does that mean he wants to take us back to before schools were integrated? Does that mean he wants to take us back to before the Voting Rights Act was enacted? Does that mean he wants to take us back before the Civil Rights Act was enacted? Does he mean he wants to take us back before Roe v. Wade was enacted? Because we’re not going back. We’re not going back,” Harris said forcefully. https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/kamala-harris-trumps-rap-sheet-851501/ via @RollingStone

California's Democratic Party Is in Chaos. The California Democratic Party has been united on at least one thing since the 2016 election: defeating Trump in 2020. But they’re in a state of chaos over their own party’s priorities, and that made this year’s party chair election particularly loaded — and heated. Since Republicans are few and far between in the state legislature, the state's Democrats keep busy battling amongst themselves, particularly on issues like single-payer healthcare and the merits of impeachment. Activist candidate Kimberly Ellis wanted to push the party further to the left — which is likely why she lost to labor leader Rusty Hicks on Saturday for the coveted position. Before the election Ellis had harsh words about the party infighting, calling it a “toxic culture” rife with abuse, bullying, harassment, and retaliation. https://news.vice.com/en_us/article/zmpwqj/californias-democratic-party-is-in-chaos

“Democrats who have moved to the left are in tune with Democratic Party," the longtime GOP pollster says. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/frank-luntz-bernie-sanders-prediction_n_5cd8d5dfe4b0705e47de69db

Sanders town hall audience cheers after Fox News host asks if they'd support 'Medicare for All' https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/439027-sanders-townhall-audience-cheers-after-fox-news-host-asks-if-theyd-support

Sanders takes on Fox — and emerges triumphant https://politi.co/2Pbcq7m via @politico

Karen Pence responds to Buttigieg: 'You shouldn't be attacked' for your religious beliefs https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/438132-karen-pence-responds-to-buttigieg-you-shouldnt-be-attacked-for

Senate

Poll: McConnell is most unpopular senator. The results show McConnell leading the list of the country’s 10 most unpopular senators with a 50 percent job disapproval rating. https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/453802-poll-mcconnell-is-most-unpopular-senator

Trump gives nod to vulnerable GOP Sen. McSally with bill signing. The Arizona Republican is running next year to serve the remaining two years of the late Sen. John McCain’s (R) term. McSally was appointed to the Senate in December after McCain’s death in August, with former Sen. Jon Kyl (R) serving in the interim months. However, she was defeated by Democrat Kyrsten Sinema in the 2018 race to replace retiring Sen. Jeff Flake (R). Sinema’s victory made the Grand Canyon State a top priority for Democrats, who have successfully recruited a top-tier challenger in Kelly. Kelly announced earlier this month he raised a staggering $4 million in the first quarter of 2019, with the average online contribution amounting to $25. The Arizona Democrat also has high name recognition as a former astronaut and husband to former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), who narrowly survived a shooting in 2011. The two have since become high-profile advocates for gun control reform. McSally hauled in about $2 million in the first quarter of 2019, according to a Federal Election Commission filing. Republicans hope to defend their 53-47 Senate majority next year as a handful of GOP incumbents face tough Democratic challengers in states like Colorado, Maine, North Carolina, Iowa and Arizona. https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/439217-trump-gives-nod-to-vulnerable-gop-sen-mcsally-with-bill-signing

Democrats could dodge messy Arizona primary after Gallego passes on Senate. Arizona Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego will not run for Senate next year, choosing not to enter a contentious primary that could have hurt Democrats' chances to flip the Republican-held seat. Gallego’s decision likely clears the way for Mark Kelly to become the party’s nominee to challenge Republican Sen. Martha McSally, who was appointed after losing the race for Arizona’s other Senate seat in 2018. Kelly — a former astronaut and Navy veteran who is considered Democrats' best Senate recruit so far this cycle — is the husband of former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.), who was shot in 2011 when she was in office. bid https://politi.co/2Os9mn1

Dirty Tricks

Meet the GOP operatives who aim to smear the 2020 Democrats — but keep bungling it. It matters little whether Jack Burkman and Jacob Wohl's claims are proved — they hardly ever are. But in an era when notions about truth and fiction have been upended, it's now a more dangerous game. https://wapo.st/2IgbkUS

Gerrymandering

Republicans are freaking out over a deceased gerrymandering expert's potentially damning files. North Carolina Republican lawmakers, seeking to suppress potentially damaging files from a former GOP redistricting guru, accused the expert’s daughter Monday of committing larceny when she obtained them. The accusation came in a blistering filing in state court over the information on the hard drives, which may contain explosive information about how the operative, Thomas Hofeller, gerrymandered on behalf of Republicans in North Carolina and across the country. Those files have the potential to shake up multiple contentious legal battles, including a case over whether the Trump administration can add a question about citizenship to the Census, and whether North Carolina Republican lawmakers lied to federal judges about gerrymandering based on racial data. Now, Republicans are trying to keep the files private. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/north-carolina-thomas-hofeller-files_n_5d093423e4b06ad4d257460c

116th Congress, 2019-2020

116th Congress, 2019-2020

News, voting records

Hate Goes to Washington. Meet the members of Congress who traffic in hate and extremism. - Southern Poverty Law Center https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/intelligence-report/2019/hate-goes-washington

https://projects.propublica.org/represent/members/H001048-duncan-d-hunter

Leadership

Republican
  1. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)
  2. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) senior United States Senator from Iowa, first elected in 1980, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuck_Grassley
  3. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee rumored gay https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lindsey_Graham
  4. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) Assumed office January 3, 2013 chair of the Freedom Caucus. Member of the House Oversight Committee
  5. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) Assumed office January 3, 2007 Ranking Member of the House Oversight Committee
Democratic
  1. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) Maryland's 7th district elected April 16, 1996 Chair of the House Oversight Committee
  2. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) California's 43rd elected 1990, Chair of the House Financial Services Committee
  3. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) California's 28th congressional district elected 2000 House Intelligence Committee Chairman

House

Crowd chanting 'welcome home Ilhan' greets Omar at airport https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/453822-crowd-chanting-welcome-home-ilhan-greets-omar-at-airport

The Squad: progressive Democrats reveal how they got their name. Congress member Ayanna Pressley told CBS This Morning on Wednesday. “It’s not just about dismantling – we’re also intentional about building and fostering,” the Massachusetts congresswoman explained. ‘Anyone who is interested in building a more equitable and just world is a part of the Squad,’ Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley said. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jul/17/the-squad-name-origins-aoc-ilhan-omar-ayanna-pressley-rashida-tlaib

Trump looks to squash Justin Amash https://politi.co/2IDL5Yu via @politico

Rep. John Rose (R-Tenn.) objected to passing the bill by voice vote. Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), who derailed the same measure earlier this week, was by Rose's side. https://politi.co/2HMZz9A via @politico

Why Pelosi is so good at infuriating Trump. Trump handed Pelosi a huge gift, a priceless moment that helped unify the Democratic Caucus behind her at a crucial time. “She’s smarter than him, and she’s tougher than him, and I think that bothers him,” said Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.), a Pelosi ally. “It's hard to get inside that head of his and figure out what drives him, other than an oversized ego and an undersized sense of ethics.” https://politi.co/2QjgyTC via @politico

Retired military colonel slams Liz Cheney's treason accusations, says her father committed a "war crime" https://www.newsweek.com/liz-cheney-treason-father-war-crime-1436732

Conservative blocks House passage of disaster relief bill. Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas), a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, blocked a disaster relief bill in the House on Friday by objecting to a unanimous consent vote. The Texas Republican who previously worked for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), argued the House should not have recessed before debating the legislation and holding a vote. “I'm here today primarily because if I do not object, Congress will have passed into law a bill that spends $19 billion of taxpayer money without members of Congress being present in our nation's capital to vote on it,” he said on the floor. “Secondly, it's a bill that includes nothing to address the clear national emergency and humanitarian crisis we have at our southern border.” https://thehill.com/homenews/house/445407-conservative-blocks-house-passage-of-disaster-relief-bill

Fox and Trump claim Democrats have no legislative accomplishments. The House has passed over 150 bills. http://mm4a.org/4KT

Answer to What do you think of Adam Schiff's statement that he believes there is direct evidence of collusion? by Steven Papier https://www.quora.com/What-do-you-think-of-Adam-Schiffs-statement-that-he-believes-there-is-direct-evidence-of-collusion/answer/Steven-Papier

Here is the full video of Chairman Schiff laying in to Republicans, presenting all of the indisputable evidence that the Trump campaign did in fact collude with Russia. This is inspiring and patriotic. Bravo, Chairman Schiff. Well done. 🇺🇸 https://t.co/EmfnTo6jk1

GOP congressman quotes Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ to slam Trump’s adversaries as liars. Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) took to the House floor on Monday to portray President Trump’s detractors as Nazis but ended up slurring them using an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory drawn verbatim from Adolf Hitler’s writings. Brooks, a five-term Republican, accused Democrats and members of the media of propagating a “big lie” about collusion. The expression was coined by Hitler to describe how Jews used their “unqualified capacity for falsehood” to blame a top German military commander for the country’s losses in World War I. A lie could be so big, Hitler claimed, that it perversely defied disbelief. https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/03/26/gop-congressman-quotes-hitlers-mein-kampf-slam-trumps-adversaries-liars/

Poster linking Rep. Ilhan Omar to 9/11 sparks outrage, injuries in W.Va. state capitol https://www.stripes.com/news/us/poster-linking-rep-ilhan-omar-to-9-11-sparks-outrage-injuries-in-w-va-state-capitol-1.571055

Clip of Meadows saying send Obama back to 'Kenya or wherever' resurfaces after clash with Tlaib. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) https://thehill.com/homenews/house/431953-clip-of-meadows-saying-send-obama-back-to-kenya-or-wherever-resurfaced-after

Mark Meadows: “We’ll send (Obama) back home to Kenya or wherever it is.” https://t.co/VjDWwmuigf

The Suffocation of Democracy. If the US has someone whom historians will look back on as the gravedigger of American democracy, it is Mitch McConnell. He stoked the hyperpolarization of American politics to make the Obama presidency as dysfunctional and paralyzed as he possibly could. As with parliamentary gridlock in Weimar, congressional gridlock in the US has diminished respect for democratic norms, allowing McConnell to trample them even more. Nowhere is this vicious circle clearer than in the obliteration of traditional precedents concerning judicial appointments. Systematic obstruction of nominations in Obama’s first term provoked Democrats to scrap the filibuster for all but Supreme Court nominations. Then McConnell’s unprecedented blocking of the Merrick Garland nomination required him in turn to scrap the filibuster for Supreme Court nominations in order to complete the “steal” of Antonin Scalia’s seat and confirm Neil Gorsuch. The extreme politicization of the judicial nomination process is once again on display in the current Kavanaugh hearings. https://www.nybooks.com/articles/2018/10/25/suffocation-of-democracy/

Ocasio-Cortez knocks 'faux-outrage' over Dem's profane call to impeach Trump https://thehill.com/homenews/house/424007-ocasio-cortez-defends-tlaibs-motherf-er-comment-trump-admitting-to-sexual

House Democrats already have their list of Trump scandals to investigate. Here it is. https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2018/11/democrats-trump-investigations/

Senate

Poll: McConnell is most unpopular senator. The results show McConnell leading the list of the country’s 10 most unpopular senators with a 50 percent job disapproval rating. https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/453802-poll-mcconnell-is-most-unpopular-senator

McConnell shrugs off questions about preferential treatment by Chao. “I was complaining to her just last night, 169 projects and Kentucky got only five,” he deadpanned. “I hope we’ll do a lot better next year.” The agency has provided at last $78 million in grants for the state’s projects, according to the POLITICO report, which fueled a wave of criticism from ethics officials. https://politi.co/2IvIArm

Mitch McConnell has been described as "opaque," "drab," and even "dull." He is one of the least popular - and most polarizing - politicians in the country. So how did he win eight consecutive elections? And what does it tell us about how he operates? https://n.pr/2KqYwOh

McConnell pledges to be 'Grim Reaper' for progressive policies. "If I'm still the majority leader in the Senate think of me as the Grim Reaper. None of that stuff is going to pass," McConnell said while speaking to community leaders in Owensboro, Ky. "I guarantee you that if I'm the last man standing and I'm still the majority leader, it ain't happening. I can promise you," McConnell added. https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/440041-mcconnell-pledges-to-be-grim-reaper-for-progressive-policies

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) blasts Romney: 'Makes me sick' that you could have been president https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/439809-mike-huckabee-blasts-mitt-romney-it-makes-me-sick-that-you-could-have-been

Romney 'sickened' by Trump's behavior in Mueller report. "I am sickened at the extent and pervasiveness of dishonesty and misdirection by individuals in the highest office of the land, including the President," Romney said in a statement posted to Twitter."Reading the report is a sobering revelation of how far we have strayed from the aspirations and principles of the founders," Romney said Friday. https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/439765-romney-sickened-by-trumps-behavior-in-mueller-report

Mitch McConnell is a step closer to blowing up Senate rules to confirm even more of Donald Trump's lifetime federal judges. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/senate-rules-trump-judges-mitch-mcconnell_n_5ca3a71be4b0c32979614485

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Kyrsten Sinema swears in to Congress using copy of Constitution instead of religious book https://thehill.com/homenews/house/423813-kyrsten-sinema-swears-in-to-congress-using-law-book-instead-of-bible

States

UNSEEN AMERICA. FOUR STORIES FROM THE MISUNDERSTOOD MIDDLE OF OUR NATION. https://psmag.com/social-justice/unseen-america

Wisconsin Dem governor removes 82 Scott Walker appointees added during lame-duck session https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/435390-wisconsin-dem-governor-removes-82-scott-walker-appointees-added-during

Corruption, Duncan Hunter

Marines order Duncan Hunter to stop using Corps emblem in campaign. The California Republican used the Marine Corps emblem in a campaign mailer that tied his Democratic opponent and two Democratic congresswomen to terror. https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/duncan-hunter-ordered-stop-using-marine-corps-emblem-campaign-n1030826 via @nbcnews

Duncan Hunter sends more Islamophobic campaign mailers in California. The incumbent Republican is set to stand trial for misusing campaign funds this fall.“Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ammar Campa-Najjar ... these three radical Democrats want you to forget their anti-semitism or family-terrorist ties!” a note from Hunter states on the back side of the mailer. “But as a Marine I’ll never forget the 1983 Beirut bombings and the 1972 Olympic murders!” Hunter’s campaign confirmed that it is distributing the mailer, which solicits contributions from donors. “It is a piece put out by Congressman Hunter’s campaign,” said Hunter spokesman Michael Harrison. “It’s a hard-hitting piece because these are significant issues that our opponent refuses to acknowledge. This is just yet another example of a full-time candidate doing anything to get some attention because after three straight years of campaigning, Ammar has failed to gain any traction on substantive issues that affect our district.” https://politi.co/2JFKhmI

‘White Power’ or ‘OK’ Sign? Duncan Hunter Raked for Man in July 4 Photo. the man in a “Trump 2020” T-shirt is Kristopher “Kris” Wyrick, recognizable for his goatee. https://timesofsandiego.com/politics/2019/07/07/white-power-or-ok-sign-duncan-hunter-raked-for-man-in-july-4-photo/

Judge: Rep. Duncan Hunter's trial can detail alleged affairs https://apnews.com/1bf1ec89371547398ba41b21f762d187

An intimate look at everything Duncan Hunter allegedly bought with campaign money https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/06/an-intimate-look-at-everything-duncan-hunter-allegedly-bought-with-campaign-money/ via @MotherJones

A Republican Now Says He Spent Money During Booty Calls For A Legit “Political Purpose”. California Rep. Duncan Hunter told a court Friday he was actually working when he spent campaign money on weekend getaways, date nights, golf outings, bar tabs, and Uber rides during the affairs. “Mr. Hunter’s relationships with [the women] often served an overtly political purpose that would not have existed irrespective of his occupation,” Hunter’s lawyers argued in a Friday court filing, contending his relationship with these women “includes a professional aspect.” https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/dominicholden/duncan-hunter-affairs-charges-mixing-business-pleasure via @dominicholden

GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter Used Campaign Funds to Cheat on His Wife: Feds. Prosecutors alleged the Republican congressman used campaign funds to woo three lobbyists and one aide to a member of the GOP leadership team. In Jan. 2010, Hunter flew to Lake Tahoe under the guise of attending an annual convention for a non-profit but with the alleged intention of a planned “ski vacation as one of [the pair’s] first solo getaways.” “Hunter’s flight landed at 2:10 p.m., and he rented a car from the airport Alamo, using $350 in campaign funds,” the DOJ’s motion said. “By 11:39 p.m. he had checked into their room at the Hyatt and visited the hotel’s Cutthroat’s Saloon for a Sam Adams (which he paid for with $7 in campaign funds).” By the time the two checked out three days later, Hunter had spent $1,008 “skiing, ordering room service, and enjoying the amenities of the full-service resort” using campaign funds. Three months later, Hunter allegedly took another unidentified lobbyist to Virginia Beach for “double date road trip” with another congressman. Prosecutors alleged that Hunter used hundreds in campaign funds to pay for a hotel bar tab and room. https://www.thedailybeast.com/gop-rep-duncan-hunter-used-campaign-funds-to-pursue-intimate-extramarital-affairs-feds

Prosecutors: Rep. Duncan Hunter used campaign funds to pursue affairs. this latest DoJ file reveals that Duncan Hunter had an affair with at least three different lobbyists, one of his own staff members, and an aide to a member of the GOP leadership team. https://politi.co/31VmTKj

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Rep. Duncan Hunter Scores 100 Percent on FRC Action's New Scorecard: http://www.frcaction.org/get.cfm?i=PR18B16 @FRCAction

Hunter wants federal case dismissed because prosecutors attended Clinton event. Should a judge reject his plea to have the case thrown out, Hunter's attorneys are asking to have the local U.S. Attorney's office recused from the case. http://www.cbs8.com/article/news/local/hunter-wants-federal-case-dismissed-because-prosecutors-attended-clinton-event/509-742bd75c-6e7b-44cc-9dac-89c60d64cf4b via @CBS8

Legal fight tougher for Marine vet Rep. Duncan Hunter as wife pleads guilty. But that argument got tougher Thursday for the former Marine and close ally of President Donald Trump after his wife, who worked as his campaign manager, pleaded guilty to a single corruption count and acknowledged being a co-conspirator with her husband in spending more than $200,000 in campaign funds on personal expenses. Margaret Hunter accepted a plea deal that calls for 59 charges to be dismissed in exchange for her testimony, full cooperation with prosecutors and other concessions. The conspiracy charge to which she pleaded includes all the allegations contained in the 60-count indictment. https://www.stripes.com/news/us/legal-fight-tougher-for-marine-vet-rep-duncan-hunter-as-wife-pleads-guilty-1.585923

Hunter, who worked as her husband’s campaign manager, appeared in U.S. court and changed a previous not guilty plea. “I am deeply remorseful and I apologize,” she said. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/margaret-duncan-hunter-corruption-guilty_n_5d0292a7e4b0dc17ef063fe4

Rep. Duncan Hunter's wife to change plea in campaign spending fraud case http://via.kswbtv.com/wDhOW via @fox5sandiego

Rep. Duncan D. Hunter told a Ramona audience Saturday that he’s guilty of the same behavior that led to Navy SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher being charged with war crimes — posing with a dead combatant. https://timesofsandiego.com/military/2019/05/25/rep-hunter-on-war-crimes-suspect-gallagher-im-guilty-of-same-bad-thing/

California congressman defends war crimes suspect. “Eddie did one bad thing that I’m guilty of too: Taking a picture of the body and saying something stupid,” the California Republican said at a border-issues forum in Ramona, Calif., according to the Times of San Diego. https://politi.co/2wkVPFs

Congressman Hunter attends meeting on Border security. Representative Duncan Hunter -R (CA-50) kicked off his Memorial Day weekend in Ramona, at a town hall-style meeting. He and his father, former Congressman Duncan Hunter Sr. - R were guest speakers at "The Border: Then and Now!" event, hosted by a conservative group, American Liberty Forum- Ramona. https://www.10news.com/news/local-news/congressman-duncan-hunter-attends-townhall-meeting-on-border-security-with-father

Rep. Duncan Hunter and father to talk immigration https://www.kusi.com/rep-duncan-hunter-and-father-to-talk-immigration/

Congressman vows to seek Trump pardon for accused Navy SEAL. Rep. Duncan Hunter says he will ask President Donald Trump to pardon a Navy SEAL if he is found guilty of murder in the stabbing of an Iraqi war prisoner. Hunter, R-Calif., screened combat footage collected from a helmet camera to a group of lawmakers Wednesday, saying the footage exonerates Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher of one of the charges against him. "I wanted to give them an opportunity firsthand to see there is no case," Hunter told a small group of reporters after the screening. He said he believes Gallagher is innocent and a war hero and admonished the military justice system, calling it "absolutely broken" and "rigged." "I don't trust the Navy to give him a fair trial, but I think with all of the focus on this case that he stands more of a chance of getting a fair trial now," Hunter said. https://www.stripes.com/news/us/congressman-vows-to-seek-trump-pardon-for-accused-navy-seal-1.580228

Rep. Duncan Hunter Faked a Border Wall Crossing on Facebook https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/duncan-hunter-fake-border-crossing-825094/ via @RollingStone

Rep. Hunter Hops Border Barrier — But Not Into Mexico as Video Suggests https://timesofsandiego.com/politics/2019/04/18/rep-hunter-hops-border-barrier-but-not-into-mexico-as-video-suggests/

Rep. Duncan Hunter posts video climbing over border fence https://www.10news.com/news/local-news/rep-duncan-hunter-posts-video-climbing-border-fence-did-he-go-to-mexico

Rep. Hunter pretends to cross the Mexico border and gets called out for violating ‘parole’ https://www.rollcall.com/news/congress/rep-hunter-campa-najjar-bicker-over-congressmans-faux-border-crossing-video via @RollCall

Duncan Hunter visits border in Yuma after mayor declares emergency http://via.kswbtv.com/dwG6s via @fox5sandiego

Congressman Duncan Hunter Revives Hate Campaign for 2020 https://wordsanddeedsblog.com/congressman-duncan-hunter-revives-hate-campaign-for-2020/ via @dougporter506

Las Vegas City Councilwoman Michele Fiore campaign, PAC spend 6 figures on ‘constituent outreach’ https://lvrj.com/post/1619778 via @reviewjournal

One of the craziest House races of 2018 is already headed for a rematch https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/02/ammar-campa-najjar-is-ready-for-a-rematch-against-indicted-rep-duncan-hunter/ via @MotherJones

Campaign for Rep. Duncan Hunter spends at theme park, disputes drone charges https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/watchdog/sd-me-hunter-drones-20190206-story.html

'They basically have nothing to do’: Trio of Republicans face life in exile https://politi.co/2SxR9Jq

Congressman Duncan Hunter turns up pressure on Navy in SEAL war crimes case https://timesofsandiego.com/military/2019/01/30/navy-seals-war-crimes-trial-may-be-delayed-till-november-hunter-letter-says/

Twenty House Republicans Donated to Duncan Hunter's Islamophobic Campaign https://readsludge.com/2019/01/17/20-house-republicans-donated-to-duncan-hunters-islamophobic-campaign/ via @readsludge

Trump should stop court-martial of Navy SEAL accused of murdering ISIS prisoner, Hunter says. "South American criminal illegal aliens are provided with better access to legal representation than our nation’s elite warriors because bureaucratic lawyers in the Navy justice system see this situation as an opportunity to make their name and advance their career." The charge sheet said that Gallagher "did ... with premeditation, murder a wounded male person" under his care by "stabbing him in the neck and body with a knife" while battling ISIS in Mosul in May 2017. http://via.kswbtv.com/aNP7v via @fox5sandiego

Terrorism, persistent ISIS threat

California police release on bail man suspected of threatening to shoot a synagogue. California police arrested a man suspected of making online threats to shoot up a Jewish temple, saying he had a fascination with Adolf Hitler and planned to emulate mass shootings at synagogues in Pittsburgh and San Diego. Ross Farca, a 23-year-old from Concord, California, was charged with making criminal threats, possessing an illegal assault rifle and manufacturing an assault rifle, all felonies. Then, over the weekend, police said, Farca was freed on a $125,000 bond. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jun/18/california-police-release-man-suspected-of-threatening-to-shoot-a-synagogue

FBI Dives Into the 8chan Swamp the Poway Shooter Crawled Out of https://wordsanddeedsblog.com/fbi-dives-into-the-8chan-swamp-the-poway-shooter-crawled-out-of/ via @dougporter506

This hearing was wild.
First the FBI witness tried to say I was wrong. I tried to be generous + give benefit of doubt, but then we checked. I wasn’t.
Violence by Muslims is routinely treated as “terrorism,” White Supremacist violence isn’t.
Neo-Nazis are getting off the hook. https://t.co/RCjp4687by — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) https://twitter.com/AOC/status/1136329869783117824 June 5, 2019

FBI has seen significant rise in white supremacist domestic terrorism in recent months @CNNPolitics https://cnn.it/2Qlf6zM

Federal response to white supremacist terror threat under scrutiny in wake of Poway attack. Data compiled by the Anti-Defamation League indicates of the 50 deaths in the U.S. last year attributed to extremists, 78 percent were attached to white supremacy or white nationalist ideology. Similarly, over a 10-year period, 313 people were killed by right-wing extremists from 2009 and 2018. Of those, 76 percent were affiliated with white supremacy, the research shows. "The data is overwhelming," Erroll Southers, a former San Diego FBI agent and counterterrorism official, told the Union-Tribune. "The last 10 years suggest our policies and our focus and our resources are all pointed in the wrong direction." But Life After Hate continues to find partners in federal government, particularly DHS and FBI. Agents can refer non-criminal cases to the nonprofit for possible intervention, and the nonprofit has developed a cultural competency training on the violent alt-right for law enforcement and mental health professionals. "There are people still helping us get things done," Rangel said, "even though they can't give us money." https://www.mcall.com/federal-response-to-white-supremacist-terror-under-scrutiny-in-wake-of-poway-attack-story.html

FBI uncovers homegrown terror training camp in Alabama. But this plot of land in Macon County, Alabama is described in an FBI search warrant as a "makeshift military-style obstacle course" belonging to a small group of terrorists led by Siraj Wahhaj who owned the property up a long dirt road but just a few miles from downtown Tuskegee. The property, similar to another compound in New Mexico the group is now linked to where federal prosecutors say Wahhaj and four other suspects were training children to carry out deadly terror attacks on American soil. FBI Assistant Director for the Counterterrorism Division Michael McGarrity told lawmakers on Capitol Hill there are 850 open domestic terrorism investigations, with 40% racially motivated violent extremism. In the Alabama case the group may not have carried out an attack, but the remains of a child believed to belong to Wahhaj, who is being charged with kidnapping were also found on the property in New Mexico. https://weartv.com/news/nation-world/fbi-uncovers-homegrown-terror-training-camp-in-alabama Terror in Alabama and the family connection to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing https://mynbc15.com/news/local/terror-in-alabama-and-the-family-connection-to-the-1993-world-trade-center-bombing Terror in Alabama: Why fringe groups shouldn't be discounted https://mynbc15.com/news/local/terror-in-alabama-why-fringe-groups-shouldnt-be-discounted

Democrats accuse Trump administration of trying to ‘obfuscate the white supremacist threat’ with new categories for domestic terrorism. A group of Democratic senators, including three 2020 presidential candidates, on Thursday called for the FBI to rescind a recent change to the way it classifies domestic terrorist incidents, arguing that the move plays down the threat of white supremacy. In the letter, the senators said the FBI has created a new category — “racially-motivated violent extremism” — that “inappropriately” combines white-supremacist incidents with those involving “Black identity extremists.” By doing so, the FBI has “shifted its approach to tracking domestic terrorism incidents to obfuscate the white supremacist threat,” the senators said. “Given the large number of white supremacist attacks, we are deeply concerned that this reclassification downplays the significance of the white supremacist threat,” they said. “If we do not understand the scope of the problem, we cannot effectively address it.” https://wapo.st/2vACpMw

This is an official press release from an elected senator in Australia. far-right independent Queensland Senator Fraser Anning said, “may have been the victims today, usually they are the perpetrators.” Today. https://t.co/CwqHjmAmqp Susan Carland (@SusanCarland) Right-wing Australian senator blames ‘immigration’ for New Zealand mosque attacks https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2019/03/15/right-wing-australian-senator-blames-immigration-new-zealand-mosque-attacks/

Report: ISIS in Syria could resurge within 6 to 12 months after US withdrawal https://www.stripes.com/news/report-isis-in-syria-could-resurge-within-6-to-12-months-after-us-withdrawal-1.567328

Experts warn of persistent ISIS threat after suicide bombing https://thehill.com/policy/defense/426117-experts-warn-of-persistent-isis-threat-after-suicide-bombing

Flawed Terrorism Report Shows Administration’s Skewed Priorities. While over-hyping terrorism committed by immigrants, DOJ is overlooking a bigger threat: terrorist violence from the far right. @brennancenter https://www.brennancenter.org/blog/flawed-terrorism-report-shows-administrations-skewed-priorities

Protest, Punch a Nazi, Free Speech

This is CNN? Network apparently recently glorified ICE detention center attacker. The heavily promoted CNN show featured Bell explaining the “Redneck Revolt,” which he identified as gun-toting liberals who defend the Second Amendment and seek to battle the “alt-right” and neo-Nazis. Bell called them “good guys,” going to a gun range with members and even questioning why “more white people” don’t share their viewpoints. One of the men featured on the CNN special appears to be Van Spronsen -- who was armed with a rifle and incendiary devices when he launched his assault on the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma around 4 a.m. Saturday, according to the Tacoma Police Department. https://fxn.ws/32ue3n5 #FoxNews

Seven Questions With Patriot Prayer's Lawyer. Joey Gibson, the leader of local alt-right contingent Patriot Prayer, has asked the head of the Multnomah County Republican Party to defend him in a $1 million lawsuit. Portland pub Cider Riot sued Gibson in early May, after members of Patriot Prayer appeared at the SE Couch establishment looking to confront people associated with anti-fascist (antifa) groups on May 1. Video captured from the May Day incident shows Patriot Prayer members using insults and mace to harass Cider Riot patrons sitting outside. The visit escalated into a violent street fight, sending at least one person to the hospital. Gibson will be represented by Multnomah County Republican Party Chair James Buchal, a lawyer who specializes in civil litigation. Buchal is also representing a coalition of parents suing Portland Public Schools for allegedly using taxpayer dollars to support anti-gun protests. In the past decade, Buchal's unsuccessfully run for Oregon Attorney General and US Representative. He's opined on alt-right protests in the past. After a white nationalist—who participated in Patriot Prayer rallies—killed two men on the MAX who were trying to prevent his racist attack, Buchal said he feared for the GOP's safety. https://www.portlandmercury.com/blogtown/2019/07/05/26758038/seven-questions-with-joey-gibsons-lawyer

Tensions flared at dueling rallies in Washington on Saturday, but police kept Proud Boys and counterprotesters apart. In one effective nonviolent confrontation, members of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence marching with hundreds of counterprotesters drowned out an interview by an unidentified right-wing reporter by surrounding her and loudly clacking their hand fans. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/proud-boys-all-out-dc-protests_n_5d215ec8e4b04c4814154714

The neo-fascist proud boys organized a "free speech" rally in DC today. It flopped. Gavin McInnes, founder of the neo-fascist group the Proud Boys, was struggling to break apart toy handcuffs he had brought onstage. He planned to use them as a metaphor for breaking the chains of what he considers to be the rampant stifling of free speech. “Okay, these are a lot stretchier than I thought they would be,” he confessed to the audience at Saturday’s Washington, DC, rally organized by the Proud Boys and the alt-right. He kept spreading the elastic handcuffs, but they wouldn’t break. McInnes’s botched metaphor took place during a free-speech rally that neo-fascists and members of the alt-right had gathered for at Freedom Plaza, just blocks away from the White House. But maybe his failed handcuff display did turn out to be a metaphor, albeit an unintentional one, for the rest of the generally lackluster event. Organizers had talked a big game before the rally, but it all lost momentum even before the official events began. Big names in the far-right internet community including Pizzagaters Jack Posobiec, Mike Cernovich, and the failed grifter and energetic troll Jacob Wohl, were all scheduled to speak but dropped out. https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/07/the-neo-fascist-proud-boys-organized-a-free-speech-rally-in-dc-today-it-flopped/ via @MotherJones

Antifa counter-protest aims to drown out Proud Boys rally in Washington amid heavy police presence. Activists began rallying at Freedom Plaza in downtown Washington on Saturday morning, where they were met with a heavy police presence as they protested being blocked on social media because of their political views. About two dozens members of the Proud Boys, a self-proclaimed western-chauvinist fraternal group that believes in ending welfare and closing the borders, marched into the park shortly after 10 a.m. Police had shut many roads around the plaza and adjacent Pershing Park, where counter demonstrators gathered under the banner "All Out D.C." They are holding a dance and go-go party to drown out what they decry as "the face of white nationalism and supremacy." The area around Freedom Plaza was heavily barricaded but there was free access to Pershing Park. Among those expected to participate in the counter-rally: the Antifa, black-clad anti-fascists who police blame for violence and destruction in a swath of downtown during President Donald Trump's inauguration on Jan. 20, 2017. https://www.stripes.com/news/us/antifa-counter-protest-aims-to-drown-out-proud-boys-rally-in-washington-amid-heavy-police-presence-1.589222

White nationalist Planer sentenced in violent 2016 Capitol riot that left 10 hurt. Berkeley teacher-activist Yvonne Felarca; Brown Beret member Michael Williams, who provided security for the counterprotesters; and Porfirio Paz, remain free on bail awaiting Sacramento Superior Court hearings ahead of the September date. Attorneys for Felarca, Paz and Williams, known to their supporters as the “Sacramento 3,” have maintained the three were defending themselves from attack by the hate groups. “It should never be a felony to defend yourself against fascists,” Williams’ attorney Mark Reichel said in January. https://www.sacbee.com/news/local/crime/article232270347.html

Witness says bloody attacks in Portland broke out after one man came to his aid https://www.oregonlive.com/crime/2019/07/witness-says-bloody-attacks-in-portland-broke-out-after-one-man-came-to-his-aid.html

Ted Cruz Thinks the Portland Mayor Let Antifa Take Over His City. Here's What Really Happened. Antifa often damage property during protests and sometimes get into violent confrontations with police or the far-right — but to date they haven’t been linked to any killings. Rose City Antifa, Portland’s local antifascist chapter, organized a counterprotest Saturday in response to a planned rally by the Proud Boys, a far-right street-fighting gang. The Proud Boys’ rally was dubbed “The Battle of Portland Part Two”, and was planned almost exactly a year since a similar violent rally, which led to four arrests and four people transported to hospital with injuries. https://news.vice.com/en_us/article/43jm7q/ted-cruz-thinks-the-portland-mayor-let-antifa-take-over-his-city-heres-what-really-happened

Proud Boys and Allies to Rally in D.C. to Capitalize on ‘Trumpstravaganza’. ‘We are expecting a lot of Trump supporters, and especially battle-ready Trump supporters,’ All Out D.C. organizer Jesse Sparks said. The event’s website lists a number of right-wing internet provocateurs, including conservative smear-pusher Jacob Wohl, anti-Muslim activist Laura Loomer, British far-right activist Milo Yiannopoulos, and former Pizzagate promoter Jack Posobiec. The bill also names a host of lesser-known social-media figures, including YouTube prankster-turned-congressional candidate Joey Salads and “Copper Cab,” the YouTuber who became famous in 2010 for the viral “gingers have souls” video. The rally, which will be held just blocks from the White House, is ostensibly about social-media companies banning right-wing figures like Loomer and Wohl. According to Proud Boy leader and event organizer Luke Rohfling, though, the event is also aimed at left-wing antifascist activists after Quillette writer Andy Ngo was attacked last weekend in Portland. While the Proud Boy event’s organizer says the event isn’t officially a Proud Boys rally, Proud Boys Chairman Enrique Tarrio is listed on the event’s permit as a supervisor. Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes is on the speakers’ list, as is Proud Boy and former Trump adviser Roger Stone. The rally organizers’ application for the Freedom Plaza space has been approved, according to a Park Police spokesperson. Just across the street from Freedom Plaza, antifascists and other counterprotesters organized in a coalition calling itself “All Out D.C.” plan to rally against the Proud Boys. “We are expecting a lot of Trump supporters, and especially battle-ready Trump supporters,” All Out D.C. organizer Jesse Sparks said. https://www.thedailybeast.com/proud-boys-and-allies-to-rally-in-dc-to-capitalize-on-trumpstravaganza

Todd Starnes: Portland’s mayor has turned his city over to Antifa thugs. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is blaming Mayor Wheeler for giving Antifa a free pass to terrorize the citizens of Portland. “To federal law enforcement: investigate & bring legal action against a Mayor who has, for political reasons, ordered his police officers to let citizens be attacked by domestic terrorists,” Cruz tweeted. https://fxn.ws/2NAq32G #FoxNews

Antifa attack blogger Andy Ngo amid violence at Portland Proud Boys protest https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/antifa-attack-portland-andy-ngo-portland-proud-boys-alt-right-a8981331.html

Violence erupts in Portland as Antifa clashes with Proud Boys. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/portland-clashes-antifa-proud-boys_n_5d183556e4b082e5536a7725

'White supremacy': popular knitting website Ravelry bans support for Trump https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/jun/24/white-supremacy-popular-knitting-website-ravelry-bans-support-for-trump

Right-wing publications launder an anti-journalist smear campaign. On May 15, Eoin Lenihan, a far-right social media user presented what he said were excerpts from a data set that proved prominent reporters who cover extremist movements were “closely associated” with antifascist activists. He identified himself as an online extremism researcher, despite having no association with any previously known organization that researches extremism. In reality, Lenihan was already an established right-wing troll, now blanket banned for “violating rules against managing multiple Twitter accounts for abusive purposes.” Lenihan’s Twitter thread was met with enthusiasm on the right. His claims—among them that one writer is an “eco-extremist,” that a website that posts court documents is a “doxing site,” and that antifa is “often more violent” than right-wing fascist groups—were taken at face value by outlets including Breitbart, PJ Media, RedState, and Human Events, and RT. https://www.cjr.org/analysis/quillette-antifa-journalist-smear-campaign.php via @cjr

KKK group heavily outnumbered by counterprotesters at their own rally in Dayton https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/445560-kkk-group-heavily-outnumbered-by-counter-protesters-at-their

What campus free speech? Arizona case shows how far the right will go to stifle dissent https://www.salon.com/2019/04/07/what-campus-free-speech-arizona-case-shows-how-far-the-right-will-go-to-stifle-dissent/

War criminal and snowflake Erik Prince cancels Beloit College talk after student protests, threatens lawsuit https://boingboing.net/2019/03/29/oh-diddums-2.html

DA charges Oakland man with 3 felonies after attack on conservative activist at UC Berkeley http://www.ktvu.com/news/da-charges-oakland-man-with-3-felonies-after-attack-on-conservative-activist-at-uc-berkeley

Therese Patricia Okoumou Climbs Southwest Key Headquarters to Protest Child Detention. As with her famous Statue of Liberty ascension on the Fourth of July, her civil disobedience targeted abuse of immigrants by private and government interests in the United States (over the summer she hung a banner that read “Abolish ICE”). https://jezebel.com/therese-patricia-okoumou-climbs-southwest-key-headquart-1832792684

‘Pro-white’ rally in Georgia canceled, counter-protesters still plan to show up in force https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/427954-pro-white-rally-in-georgia-canceled-counter-protesters-still

Local group and counter protestors clash on migrant solidarity http://www.cbs8.com/story/39779957/local-group-and-counter-protestors-clash-on-migrant-solidarity

Police Riots and Violence and harassment, ICE raids, CBP, surveillance

@AOC</a> Do you think child separation contributed to a dehumanizing culture within CBP?
Acting DHS Sec: We don't have a dehumanizing culture at CBP.
AOC: So you don’t think having 10K officers in a violent racist group sharing rape memes of MOCs points to a dehumanized culture?
— Public Citizen (@Public_Citizen) https://twitter.com/Public_Citizen/status/1151929926108557313 July 18, 2019

A Border Patrol Agent Reveals What It’s Really Like to Guard Migrant Children. With the agency under fire for holding children in deplorable conditions and over racist and misogynistic Facebook posts, one agent speaks about what it’s like to do his job. “Somewhere down the line people just accepted what’s going on as normal.” he turned away to return to his duties, the agent recalled feeling sorry for the lawyer. “I wanted to tell her the rest of us have given up.” https://www.propublica.org/article/a-border-patrol-agent-reveals-what-its-really-like-to-guard-migrant-children

62 border employees under internal investigation amid posts https://www.yahoo.com/news/62-border-employees-under-internal-190415512.html

Teens are filling Tiktok with memes deploring #Life360, a parenting app that tracks teens. Meanwhile, Life360 makes a lot of its money by selling your kids' private data to advertisers. And, ironically, Tiktok is also a surveillance-heavy app with ties to the Chinese state and military. https://boingboing.net/2019/07/12/power-relationships.html

Border Patrol Agents Are Passing Around A Commemorative Coin Mocking Care for Migrant Kids. The coin declares “KEEP THE CARAVANS COMING” under an image of a parade of migrants crossing the border. https://www.propublica.org/article/border-patrol-agents-are-passing-around-a-commemorative-coin-mocking-care-for-migrant-kids

Border Patrol chief Carla Provost was a member of secret Facebook group. Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, sent a letter to the DHS Inspector General’s office last week specifically requesting that investigators examine whether Provost and acting DHS secretary Kevin McAleenan knew about or had previously addressed the problem of government personnel posting “violent, racist, misogynistic comments and pictures” in the “I’m 10-15” group. “This is why I have requested a full investigation into this matter,” Thompson said in a statement to The Intercept, after being informed of Provost’s participation in the group. “We need to know who in CBP leadership knew about these deplorable groups, when did they find out, and what action they took, if anything.” https://interc.pt/2G8AxAs by @rdevro

The Border Patrol Is the American SS https://jacobinmag.com/2019/07/border-patrol-concentration-camps-alexandria-ocasio-cortez/

At least one other social media group with an apparent nexus to Customs and Border Protection has been discovered to contain vulgar and sexually explicit posts, according to screenshots shared with two sources familiar with the Facebook pages. The secret Facebook group, "The Real CBP Nation," which has around 1,000 members, is host to an image that mocks separating migrant families, multiple demeaning memes of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat, and other derisive images of Asians and African Americans. https://t.co/vcnZQT7blP

Border agency knew about secret Facebook group for years. Border Patrol leadership knew about photos posted to the group as far back as 2016, when agents reported them, according to a DHS official. https://politi.co/2NsPOCb

In her own words: AOC describes the "intentional cruelty" she saw inside a migrant detention center. https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/07/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-border-migrant-centers-exclusive-mother-jones-podcast/ via @MotherJones

Members of a secret Facebook group for current and former Border Patrol agents joked about the deaths of migrants and discussed throwing burritos at Latino members of Congress visiting a detention facility in Texas on Monday. The three-year-old group shared derogatory comments about Latina lawmakers who plan to visit a controversial Texas detention facility on Monday, calling them “scum buckets” and “hoes.” https://www.huffpost.com/entry/inside-the-secret-border-patrol-facebook-group-where-agents-joke-about-migrant-deaths-and-post-sexist-memes_n_5d1a424ee4b082e5536da6bf

Inside a Texas Building Where the Government Is Holding Immigrant Children. Hundreds of immigrant children who have been separated from their parents or family members are being held in dirty, neglectful, and dangerous conditions at Border Patrol facilities in Texas. This week, a team of lawyers interviewed more than fifty children at one of those facilities, in Clint, Texas, in order to monitor government compliance with the Flores settlement, which mandates that children must be held in safe and sanitary conditions and moved out of Border Patrol custody without unnecessary delays. The conditions the lawyers found were shocking: flu and lice outbreaks were going untreated, and children were filthy, sleeping on cold floors, and taking care of each other because of the lack of attention from guards. Some of them had been in the facility for weeks. https://www.newyorker.com/news/q-and-a/inside-a-texas-building-where-the-government-is-holding-immigrant-children

I’m a journalist but I didn’t fully realize the terrible power of U.S. border officials until they violated my rights and privacy https://interc.pt/2WXXoUG by Seth Harp

Trump defends and delays ICE raids as some major cities vow to resist http://s.oregonlive.com/sYRvBFD

ICE set to begin immigration raids in 10 cities on Sunday. Last year, the Executive Office for Immigration Review, which oversees the nation's immigration courts, announced that it had begun tracking family cases filed by the Department of Homeland Security in 10 immigration court locations: Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York and San Francisco. @CNNPolitics https://cnn.it/31Py4Uw

Detroit police chief faces backlash over neo-Nazi protest at Pride event. James Craig was criticized after officers escorted National Socialist Movement members who carried weapons at Motor City Pride. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jun/14/detroit-pride-festival-neo-nazi-police-protection-backlash

The road to Ferguson: This 1980 bank robbery changed how American police are armed https://www.salon.com/2019/06/09/the-road-to-ferguson-this-1980-bank-robbery-changed-how-american-police-are-armed/

Trump administration seeks criminal crackdown on pipeline protests https://politi.co/2HSZxwH

China's defence minister says Tiananmen Square massacre was justified https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/china-tiananmen-square-anniversary-protests-wei-fenghe-speech-singapore-a8940591.html

Faced with an officer’s gun, a black man chose his best option: Show his hands and hit record https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/05/30/faced-with-cops-gun-black-man-did-only-thing-he-could-showed-his-hands-hit-record/

Number Of Families Trying To Cross U.S. Border Alarms ICE Agent Jack Staton, ICE special agent in charge of investigations for the El Paso sector, about a spike in apprehensions as families seeking asylum strain capacity to process cases. https://n.pr/2CJVwrB

Intelligence report appeared to endorse view leftwing protesters were 'terrorists'. Michael German, a former FBI agent who infiltrated far right groups in the 1990s, and a fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice, said the report’s framing was wrong. “Somehow they have this set up almost like antifa is the antagonist, and anti-antifa has developed to resist it,” he said “What it seems to do is completely whitewash the history of white supremacist violence in this country.” German said that framing it this way belies the way in which “far-right groups use these public spectacles as the method to incite violence. And they come knowing that it will attract protest groups from the community.” Such groups “intentionally go to places to provoke protesters to come out, and they go armed for a real street fight”, German said. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/01/intelligence-law-enforcement-report-leftwing-terrorists-charlottesville

President Donald Trump this week issued a thinly veiled threat of violence against his opponents. The president regularly encourages his base to commit violence against protesters and his political enemies. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/trump-encourages-violence-from-his-supporters-theyre-listening_n_5c8bb977e4b0db7da9f29e07

On Fox News, Dinesh D’Souza calls on Trump to use “force” and send the National Guard to college campuses to crack down on liberal protesters http://mm4a.org/4XQ

What We Know About a Portland Cop's Friendly Texts with a Far-Right Leader https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/kzd39y/what-we-know-about-a-portland-cops-friendly-texts-with-a-far-right-leader

Texts Between Portland Police and Patriot Prayer Ringleader Joey Gibson Show Warm Exchange http://www.wweek.com/news/courts/2019/02/14/texts-between-portland-police-and-patriot-prayer-ringleader-joey-gibson-show-warm-exchange/ https://twitter.com/katemshepherd/status/1096220092109443073

Activists making ‘water drops’ for migrants near border say government intimidation is rising https://wapo.st/2FXxCMw

Revealed: FBI investigated civil rights group as 'terrorism' threat and viewed KKK as victims https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/feb/01/sacramento-rally-fbi-kkk-domestic-terrorism-california

How a California officer protected neo-Nazis and targeted their victims https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jan/25/california-police-neo-nazis-antifa-protest

Gun Control, School Shootings, NRA

The Fallout from Parkland Isn't Over Yet for Florida Law Enforcement. The Broward County Sheriff’s Office got its accreditation yanked last week over mishaps surrounding the 2018 Parkland school shooting, according to the Sun Sentinel. Florida’s state panel chose not to renew accreditation for Broward, one of the largest law enforcement groups in the state, over it mishandling of the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and another shooting that killed five people at the Fort Lauderdale airport in 2017. The sheriff’s department has yet to make a statement, but the accreditation process is totally voluntary — it’s just something police departments do to show they’re following the best practices and guidelines. https://news.vice.com/en_us/article/8xz3d3/the-fallout-from-parkland-isnt-over-yet-for-florida-law-enforcement

Ex-colleagues: Army vet who opened fire at Dallas courthouse came from military family https://www.stripes.com/news/us/ex-colleagues-army-vet-who-opened-fire-at-dallas-courthouse-came-from-military-family-1.586494

Dallas courthouse shooter’s disturbing Facebook posts paint troubling picture as search for motive continues. 22-year-old Dallas shooter Brian Isaack Clyde. Prior to his time in school there, he served as an infantryman in the U.S. Army from August 2015 to February 2017. But individuals who say they served with him in the 101st Airborne at Fort Campbell in Kentucky told WFAA that Clyde was discharged because he couldn’t pass physical training tests. https://fxn.ws/2WOY8M6 #FoxNews

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Active Shooter Killed in Dallas in Exchange of Gunfire With Federal Officers. The suspected gunman was identified by the FBI as 22-year-old white male Brian Isaack Clyde. https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Shooting-Reported-Downtown-Dallas-511399661.html via @nbcdfw

Parkland survivor says Harvard revoked his admission over racist remarks. Kyle Kashuv, who became a pro-gun conservative activist, tweeted that decision was made over texts he made before the massacre. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jun/17/parkland-shooting-survivor-harvard-revokes-admission-kyle-kashuv

Leaked Documents Reveal ‘Mindboggling’ Spending at the National Rifle Association. National Rifle Association executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre is under fire for excessive "wardrobe" expenses after allegedly running up charges of $270,000 at a Beverly Hills boutique. Posted anonymously online, the documents have surfaced amid an increasingly public feud among NRA leadership, the gun group’s PR firm, Ackerman McQueen, and the NRA’s outside legal firm, run by William Brewer, III. https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/mindboggling-spending-at-the-national-rifle-association-836980/ via @RollingStone

'I was gonna go down fighting,' says sixth-grader who grabbed a bat during school shooting. 6th grader Nate Holley survived the shooting at his school in CO. STEM School Highlands Ranch @CNN https://cnn.it/2VWtUtU

Secrecy, Self-Dealing, and Greed at the N.R.A. According to interviews and to documents that I obtained—federal tax forms, charity records, contracts, corporate filings, and internal communications—a small group of N.R.A. executives, contractors, and venders has extracted hundreds of millions of dollars from the nonprofit’s budget, through gratuitous payments, sweetheart deals, and opaque financial arrangements. Memos created by a senior N.R.A. employee describe a workplace distinguished by secrecy, self-dealing, and greed, whose leaders have encouraged disastrous business ventures and questionable partnerships, and have marginalized those who object. Wayne LaPierre, the N.R.A.’s top executive NRATV, popular host Grant Stinchfield Dana Loesch, a former Breitbart News editor A lawyer and activist called Colion Noir, whose real name is Collins Idehen, Jr.Chris Cox, the organization’s top lobbyist. they are paid by Ackerman McQueen, a public-relations firm based in Oklahoma. Oliver North, the former Iran-Contra operative, who now serves as the N.R.A.’s president, is paid roughly a million dollars a year through Ackerman, https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/secrecy-self-dealing-and-greed-at-the-nra

NRA Fundraising Letter: We Could Shutter ‘Very Soon’. “[R]ight now we’re facing an attack that’s unprecedented not just in the history of the NRA, but in the entire history of our country,” the letter began. “And if this attack succeeds, NRA will be forced to shut down forever.” https://www.thedailybeast.com/national-rifle-association-fundraising-letter-we-could-shutter-very-soon

How to sell a massacre: NRA's playbook revealed. The best method to handle media inquiries in the wake of a massacre was to “say nothing,” according to Catherine Mortensen, an NRA media liaison officer, on the video. But if the media inquiries about gun control persist, another NRA comms official, Lars Dalseide, said to “shame them to the whole idea,” adding: “If your policy, isn’t good enough to stand on itself, how dare you use their deaths to push that forward? How dare you stand on the graves of those children to put forward your political agenda?” @AJENews https://aje.io/eynp3

A year after Parkland, Republicans still don't want to fund gun violence research https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/03/a-year-after-parkland-republicans-still-dont-want-to-fund-gun-violence-research/ via @MotherJones

Climate change, Environment

Trump Is Desperately Trying to Spin His Abysmal Record on the Environment. The president tapped a bait-and-tackle shop owner and an array of administration officials to help him argue that slashing emissions regulations is actually good for the planet. https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/trump-is-desperately-trying-to-spin-his-abysmal-record-on-the-environment-856318/ via @RollingStone

Trump touts environmental policies, but says nothing of climate change. “The Trump speech was a classic in Soviet-style up-is-down disinformation because the president's words are belied by the relentlessness with which his administration has gone about the task of rolling back scores of the rules that have been the engine driving the environmental progress America enjoyed before Trump took office,” said Joe Goffman, a former top official at EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation under Obama. “It is as if the Trump policy is to promote, rather than prevent, air and water pollution, toxic chemical exposure and the despoiling of America's natural resources.” Betsy Southerland, a former director in EPA’s Office of Water under Obama, argued Trump has done nothing to maintain any environmental protections that may have occurred under previous administrations. She also cast his environmental policies as changing at the whim of his political backers. A number of Trump’s biggest campaign donors were heads of fossil fuel industries. “His environmental policy is not based on ideology or based on the economic impacts of rules, it’s really just based on whatever his political donors ask him to do,” said Southerland. https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/452077-trump-touts-environmental-policies-but-says-nothing-of-climate

If Climate Change Makes You Feel Hopeless, Maybe Religion Can Help. People suffering from climate despair are turning to spiritual leaders. This is the advice they get. https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/j5w9yb/if-climate-change-makes-you-feel-hopeless-maybe-religion-can-help

USDA Scientists Are Quitting in Droves. That’s Really Bad News for Climate Research. “This is the ears and eyes of [presidential] administrations — on domestic policy, environmental policy, risk assessment, and technology adoption,” said David Zilberman, Chair of the University of California-Berkeley’s Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. But USDA employees fear all the agency’s work could be erased completely if the Trump administration follows through with plans to uproot the division — and all its scientists — and move them to Kansas City. The researchers’ union anticipates, after an unofficial count, that as many as 80 percent of the employees are planning to quit rather than move, and that will disrupt entire fields of study, ranging from honeybee pollination patterns to how crop prices fluctuate with changes in consumer demand. Their positions will take years to fill, if USDA staff recruits new hires at all. https://news.vice.com/en_us/article/evy9ew/usda-scientists-are-quitting-in-droves-thats-really-bad-news-for-climate-research

US air quality is slipping after years of improvement https://apnews.com/d3515b79af1246d08f7978f026c9092b

"Freedom gas": The Trump administration's ridiculous new plan to rebrand fossil fuels. The Trump administration has rebranded natural gas with a new, patriotic-sounding name: “freedom gas.” In a Department of Energy press release on Tuesday, Under Secretary of Energy Mark W. Menezes talked about exporting US natural gas as “spreading freedom gas throughout the world.” you’ll find another official calling natural gas “molecules of US freedom.” https://www.motherjones.com/environment/2019/05/freedom-gas-the-trump-administrations-ridiculous-new-plan-to-rebrand-fossil-fuels/ via @MotherJones

The EPA's Lies About Air Pollution Are Killing Americans. In its latest move to protect industry, the government has ensured that we'll see more deaths from asthma, heart problems and cognitive degeneration. the Environmental Protection Agency under President Donald Trump has decided to pose an arbitrary threshold by which to define unhealthy air in order to protect fossil fuel companies and their unchecked emissions. Given that science has confirmed that no level of polluted air can be healthy, this will not only threaten us now, but for generations to come. https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/kzm39e/the-epas-lies-about-air-pollution-are-killing-americans

A major coal company went bust. Its bankruptcy filing shows that it was funding climate change denialism. https://interc.pt/2Ehm6ZY by @lhfang

Watch: Why is an MIT alum in Congress pretending he doesn’t know climate change is real? “Are you serious?” former Secretary of State John Kerry asked Rep. Thomas Massie during a congressional hearing on Wednesday in which the Kentucky Republican seemingly tried to catch Kerry in a sort of “gotcha” moment about scientific credentials and climate change. Whether or not Massie, who holds two engineering degrees from MIT, was serious is actually a good question. https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/4/12/18307727/thomas-massie-john-kerry-video-political-science

Several agencies refusing to take part in Trump's committee to reassess climate science: report https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/437967-several-agencies-refusing-to-take-part-in-trumps-committee-to

As White House questions climate change, US military is planning for it https://www.stripes.com/news/us/as-white-house-questions-climate-change-us-military-is-planning-for-it-1.576257

Congress sends Trump lands bill that would protect more than 2 million acres https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/02/26/lands-bill-passes-congress-protects-2-million-acres/2994457002/ via @usatoday

One climate scientist called the group a “a veritable dream team of climate change deniers, contrarians, and downplayers.” https://www.huffpost.com/entry/trump-climate-change-panel_n_5c7470c6e4b0bf16620250d4

HealthCare

Women Tell Us Why They Had Abortions in the Second Trimester https://news.vice.com/en_us/article/vb9a4j/women-tell-us-why-they-had-abortions-in-their-second-trimester-i-will-choose-it-every-day

I was never planning a vote prior to the 2020 Election on the wonderful HealthCare package that some very talented people are now developing for me & the Republican Party. It will be on full display during the Election as a much better & less expensive alternative to ObamaCare... Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1113432687757484032

...This will be a great campaign issue. I never asked Mitch McConnell for a vote before the Election as has been incorrectly reported (as usual) in the @nytimes, but only after the Election when we take back the House etc. Republicans will always support pre-existing conditions! Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1113435291472277509

Media, Propaganda

The hosts of the president's favorite morning cable news show found his racist attack against Democratic congresswomen quite funny. The three Fox News personalities shared a good laugh about the president’s vitriolic remarks. “Comedian in chief,” Todd Piro said. Piro and Bila chuckled as Jenkins read the president’s vitriolic comments aloud. “Comedian in chief,” Piro said. “Someone’s feeling very comedic today,” Bila added. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/fox-and-friends-trump-tweets_n_5d2b4378e4b02a5a5d5c88f4

Fox & Friends praises Trump's bigoted tweet telling Democratic congresswomen to leave the United States. Fox & Friends cohost Jedediah Bila says that Trump is "making an important point". While many commentators noted the open racism of Trump's remarks, Fox & Friends praised Trump for "making an important point," even laughing along as they read what he wrote. http://mm4a.org/4yi

This is from 2015 but still shocking treatment of Univision journalist Jorge Ramos #trump— Matty Edwards (@MattyEdwards23) https://twitter.com/MattyEdwards23/status/826989850515611648 February 2, 2017

Trump backs Gorka in fiery Rose Garden dust-up with Playboy reporter https://fxn.ws/2O7euAH #FoxNews

Arnold Schwarzenegger Terminates Trump Over 'He Died' Rant. “Arnold Schwarzenegger. You know what? He died. I was there,” Trump told a White House Social Media Summit, according to Yahoo News correspondent Hunter Walker. https://news.yahoo.com/arnold-schwarzenegger-donald-trump-dead-104353475.html

Sebastian Gorka at the center of Rose Garden ruckus following Trump event https://news.yahoo.com/sebastian-gorka-at-the-center-of-rose-garden-fracas-following-trump-event-002635804.html

Trump’s Social Media Summit Mortifies White House, Enrages Far-Right Allies. No one who is invited to the summit has actually been banned from social platforms. Notably, the group so far doesn’t appear to include anyone who has actually been banned from major social platforms, even though those bans have played a significant role in driving accusations on the right that the social giants are biased. Pro-Trump figures like anti-Muslim activist Laura Loomer, InfoWars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, and Proud Boys men’s group founder Gavin McInnes, for example, don’t appear to have been invited. “What benefit would it be to anyone if Laura Loomer were in the same room with the president?” a senior Trump administration official familiar with the planning told The Daily Beast. “Why on earth would we do that? We aren’t that stupid. Come on.” “It’s just absolutely disgusting how poorly this summit was planned and how blatant the act was to keep banned individuals out,” Loomer wrote in a Telegram post. “I cannot believe that every single banned person was out of the summit.” But one would-be invitee has already proved too controversial even for Trump’s White House. Organizers initially invited pro-Trump cartoonist Ben Garrison, a prolific illustrator whose cartoons, which invariably depict a muscular Trump defeating his foes, frequently go viral on the right-wing internet. But after Garrison posted his invite on Twitter, critics pointed out that Garrison once created an anti-Semitic cartoon that featured a billionaire Democratic financier and the Rothschild family controlling American political figures. In a classic Trump move, Garrison blames the controversy on “fake news.” Even if he can’t visit the White House on Thursday, though, Garrison might get one thing out of it. Garrison tells The Daily Beast he’s considering making a cartoon about his thwarted White House visit. https://www.thedailybeast.com/trumps-social-media-summit-mortifies-white-house-enrages-far-right-allies

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Trump social media summit attendees clash with reporters in Rose Garden. As reporters and other social media summit guests looked on, Gorka called Karem a "punk" and accused the journalist of threatening him as the two exchanged words. Fellow conservative personalities broke into a chant of "Gorka!" as they filmed the encounter. https://thehill.com/homenews/media/452731-trump-social-media-summit-attendees-clash-with-reporters-in-rose-garden

From his spelling skills to his ‘real’ hair: Trump goes on a riff at social media summit https://politi.co/2LgAwyw

Trump pushes government action against 'terrible bias' at social media summit https://politi.co/2JBNZO1

The White House's social media summit is just another stunt to game the refs
Human Events publisher Will Chamberlain
Tim Pool, youtube
Turning Point USA’s Charlie Kirk
pro-Trump meme creator known as Carpe Donktum
Media Research Center founder Brent Bozell
Students for Trump co-founder Ryan Fournier
Ali Alexander (formerly known as Ali Akbar) is another right-wing media personality
James O’Keefe of Project Veritas
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Trump Invites Fringe Social Media Company Popular With Nazis to the White House. Minds.com was invited to a social media summit (featuring several far-right figures), but not Facebook and Twitter. https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/qv7q87/trump-invites-fringe-social-media-company-popular-with-nazis-to-the-white-house

Tucker Carlson: "Ilhan Omar is living proof that the way we practice immigration has become dangerous to this country". Carlson: "Maybe we are importing people from places whose values are simply antithetical to ours. ... ​No country can import large numbers of people who hate it and expect to survive. Ilhan Omar has an awful lot to be grateful for, but she isn't grateful, not at all. After everything America has done for Omar and for her family, she hates this country more than ever." http://mm4a.org/4CY

Fox News breaks July 4 records with ratings for Trump's 'Salute to America'. Fox News had 4.8 million viewers for its coverage of President Trump's Fourth of July "Salute to America" speech, according to Nielsen Media Research, marking the highest ratings the network has registered on July 4 in its nearly 23-year history. The viewership topped NBC's prime-time coverage of the Fourth of July fireworks show from New York City, which averaged 3.8 million total viewers. CNN also carried Trump's speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington live and averaged 1.5 million viewers. In the 25- to 54-year-old demographic sought by advertisers, Fox News averaged 793,000 viewers during the president's remarks, while CNN averaged 353,000 in the category. The Fox coverage was anchored by chief congressional correspondent Mike Emanuel. https://thehill.com/homenews/media/452180-fox-news-breaks-july-4-records-with-ratings-for-trumps-salute-to-america

Fox News Execs Couldn’t Figure Out Source of Retracted Seth Rich Story: Report. A Yahoo News investigation also found that, despite White House denials, one senior staffer—Steve Bannon—actively pushed the conspiracy theory at the time. https://www.thedailybeast.com/fox-news-execs-couldnt-figure-out-source-of-retracted-seth-rich-murder-story-report

Russian intel planted Seth Rich conspiracy theory: report. Conspiracy theories that former Democratic National Committee (DNC) staffer Seth Rich was murdered on the orders of 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton originated with the Russian foreign intelligence service, according to a Yahoo News investigation. The SVR circulated a fake “bulletin” it passed off as a genuine intelligence report about Rich, who was killed in Washington, D.C., in July 2016 in what the D.C. Police Department have said was a botched robbery, Yahoo news reported on Tuesday. The document outlined the initial conspiracy theory, that Rich was killed on Clinton’s orders on his way to alert the FBI to corruption within the Clinton campaign. The same day, the details were reproduced on the website whatdoesitmean.com, which attributed them to “Russian intelligence.” https://thehill.com/homenews/media/452157-russias-foreign-intelligence-service-secretly-planted-fake-report-that-seth

Meghan McCain, Feeling Like an ‘Exhausted, Defeated .. Caged Animal,’ May Exit ‘The View’. Sources close to McCain tell The Daily Beast she feels like ‘a caged animal’ on the ABC talk show. ‘It’s getting to the point where it’s not worth the emotional toll every week.’ https://www.thedailybeast.com/meghan-mccain-feeling-like-an-exhausted-defeated-caged-animal-may-exit-the-view

Sebastian Gorka: Rep. Ocasio-Cortez was "screaming like a harridan, like a witch at those CBP officers". Gorka: "You may not agree with everything Jack Posobiec does, but his sources are often very good ... she went in there to intimidate" http://mm4a.org/496

Political Cartooning Was Murdered. Here’s the Autopsy. http://rall.com/2019/07/01/death-of-editorial-political-cartooning-murdered

After losing NRA spokesperson job, Dana Loesch goes on Fox to falsely claim only 1% of Americans want stronger gun laws. Radio host and former National Rifle Association spokesperson Dana Loesch went on Fox to falsely claim more Americans believe “9/11 was an inside job” and “the moon landing was faked” than support enacting gun stronger gun laws. http://mm4a.org/49Z

Tucker Carlson defends Trump for being "sincere" in liking Kim Jong Un and "realistic" about North Korean atrocities. there's no defending the North Korean regime, which is a monstrous regime, it's the last really Stalinist regime in the world. It's a disgusting place, obviously. So there's no defending it. On the other hand, you know, you got to be honest about what it means to lead a country, it means killing people. http://mm4a.org/49G

Rush Limbaugh rants for 7 minutes about how the Democrats are "the country’s biggest hate group" They are the biggest threat to civil liberties, they are the biggest threat to freedom of speech, they are the biggest threat to the second amendment, they are the biggest threat to the innocence of unborn life, they are the biggest threat to anybody who is not one of them. They are the biggest threat to prosperity. They represent the biggest threat to private property. They represent the biggest threat to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness that exists in this country today. The Democrat Party is that. That is what they have become. They all hate us and they all want to relegate us to a status of nonexistence and irrelevancy, and their hatred for us is propelling them. They believe that there is more hatred for us than there is support for us. http://mm4a.org/49p

Thread: As Trump holds a re-election rally tonight in Orlando.. a look back at some of his most eye opening events in 2018. Something I write about in “The Enemy of the People.” Trump proudly retweeted a video of the hostile behavior we witnessed in Tampa. — Jim Acosta (@Acosta) https://twitter.com/Acosta/status/1140943294865825792 June 18, 2019

Sandy Hook lawyers say FBI notified after receiving child porn from Alex Jones https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/448960-sandy-hook-lawyers-say-fbi-notified-after-receiving-child-porn

@seanhannity's outrage over Nancy Pelosi's comments about putting President Trump in jail has some people calling the Fox News host a hypocrite. We look back at Hannity's past statements about putting Hillary Clinton behind bars. https://twitter.com/PolitiFact/status/1139634324804907008 June 14, 2019

InfoWars Agrees to Pay Pepe the Frog Creator $15,000 in Copyright Settlement https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/vb9x73/infowars-agrees-to-pay-pepe-the-frog-creator-dollar15000-in-copyright-settlement

‘The president's insane’: book by CNN's Jim Acosta charts Trump war on press https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/may/25/jim-acosta-cnn-white-house-trump-book-enemy-of-the-people

CNN's Jim Acosta claims Trump was just engaging in an 'act' when he called him 'fake news' https://fxn.ws/2Exia7f #FoxNews

Out-of-Control Sean Hannity Thumbs His Nose at Fox News Bosses. Despite reportedly being told to stop referring to dubious pundits as ‘investigative reporters,’ the prime-time star has continued to do so. Does anyone at Fox control Hannity? A blaring example of that is Hannity’s treatment of claims from guests whose dubious “reporting” would never pass muster on Fox’s hard news shows. The most commonly cited example of this is Trump-boosting Fox News contributor Sara Carter, whose news credibility is so questionable that, as Mediaite reported in March, Fox News executives allegedly told Hannity to stop calling her an “investigative reporter” on his show. https://www.thedailybeast.com/out-of-control-sean-hannity-thumbs-his-nose-at-fox-news-bosses

Nothing but the truth: the legacy of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/may/19/legacy-george-orwell-nineteen-eighty-four

The Trump administration made a web survey. We have questions https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/may/15/trump-web-survey-tech-bias

Trump ramps up war against 'political bias' with new social media reporting tool. The form urges users to post screenshots to back up claims of political bias and it also asks for the respondent's first and last name, zip code, phone number and their citizenship of residency status. - ABC News - https://abcn.ws/2JHb6s9

Fox News contributor: "The Democrats scare me. ... I mean, in like a Bill of Rights-shredding kind of way. They genuinely scare me." http://mm4a.org/4De

These are Fox News' leading advertisers http://mm4a.org/4p7

Drone-dropped swastika leaflets calling press ‘the enemy’ target Sacramento State, Ariana Grande concert https://www.sacbee.com/news/local/article230019699.html

Trump warns he’ll 'monitor the censorship’ on social media after Facebook banned some far-right leaders https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/05/03/trump-jr-accuses-facebook-silencing-conservatives-day-after-it-bans-some-far-right-users/

Donald Trump Jr. really wishes that racist far-right extremists still had all the social media platforms to spew their hate. The purposeful & calculated silencing of conservatives by @facebook & the rest of the Big Tech monopoly men should terrify everyone. It appears they’re taking their censorship campaign to the next level. Ask yourself, how long before they come to purge you? We must fight back. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/donald-trump-jr-far-right-extremists-facebook_n_5ccc65a8e4b0548b73597556

Facebook finally took action against extremist accounts. It didn't go great. The social network accused Alex Jones, host of right-wing conspiracy website InfoWars, its UK editor Paul Joseph Watson and ex-Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopoulos of hate speech. Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam leader who has expressed anti-Semitic views, will also be excluded. The banned group also includes Paul Nehlen, a white supremacist, and Laura Loomer, an anti-Islamic activist with a large social media presence. https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/05/facebook-bans-milo-laura-loomer-alex-jones/ via @MotherJones https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-48142098

Facebook bans Milo Yiannopoulos, Alex Jones, other 'dangerous' figures https://thehill.com/policy/technology/441854-facebook-bans-dangerous-figures-including-milo-yiannopoulos-and-alex-jones

Major rappers are calling for Fox News to fire host Laura Ingraham following her insensitive coverage of Nipsey Hussle's death. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/rappers-demand-fox-news-fire-laura-ingraham_n_5cb4d1c7e4b0ffefe3b4f5be

'Fox News brain': meet the families torn apart by toxic cable news https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/apr/12/fox-news-brain-meet-the-families-torn-apart-by-toxic-cable-news

Twitter locked me out of my account for reporting on extremists - Southern Poverty Law Center https://www.splcenter.org/news/2019/04/05/twitter-locked-me-out-my-account-reporting-extremists#.XK35elLyr-M.twitter

What I’ve Learned From Collecting Stories of People Whose Loved Ones Were Transformed by Fox News. By Luke O'Neil http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/04/i-gathered-stories-of-people-transformed-by-fox-news.html

The Incredible Shrinking Fox News https://politi.co/2OYL3gN via @politicomag

The white nationalist influencers of Instagram http://mm4a.org/4LA

The press is doing everything within their power to fight the magnificence of the phrase, MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! They can’t stand the fact that this Administration has done more than virtually any other Administration in its first 2yrs. They are truly the ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE! Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1114221533461790721

Analysis | Fox News contributor mocked for wearing ‘totally ridiculous’ body armor at the border https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2019/04/04/fox-news-contributor-wore-protective-vest-border-among-safest-spots-us/ wall

Inside the spectacular fall of the granddaddy of right-wing conspiracy sites. The site’s founder, Joseph Farah — a former newspaperman with a dense, jet-black mustache and a cloak-and-dagger mystique — boasted in 2010 that he was well on the way to generating $10 million a year in revenue. His Northern Virginia-headquartered news site, known by the acronym WND, was having its moment by stoking rumors about Obama. His daughter, Alyssa Farah — Vice President Pence’s press secretary — wrote for WND briefly in 2013 and 2014. https://wapo.st/2UeNa67

'Fox & Friends' apologizes for headline about '3 Mexican Countries' https://thehill.com/homenews/media/436612-fox-friends-displays-headline-about-3-mexican-countries

Son of Stormfront Founder Reveals His Family Watches Tucker Carlson for Tips on 'White Nationalist Talking Points' https://www.mediaite.com/tv/son-of-stormfront-founder-reveals-his-family-watches-tucker-carlson-for-tips-on-white-nationalist-talking-points/ via @mediaite

Snared by a cybercult queen. Hello, Dear Friends and White Knights. Blessings and love, Dove of Oneness. Shaini Goodwin's acolytes stood by theater doors, handing out sheets of paper headed with a mysterious acronym - NESARA. It stands for the secret law, the one Dove claims Congress passed four years ago. The one that abolishes income taxes, forgives mortgages, zeroes out credit cards and declares peace. https://www.thenewstribune.com/news/special-reports/article25855081.html

Lou Dobbs to Trump: Fire DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen or ‘Millions of Americans’ Will Die https://www.thedailybeast.com/lou-dobbs-to-trump-fire-dhs-secretary-kirstjen-nielsen-or-millions-of-americans-will-die

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Tonight in my monologue I will tell you why you should be angry after Mueller probe found no collusion between Trump and the Russians. We’ll expose how exactly the media and the Dems pushed their false narrative, and what should happen next. You won’t want to miss this. Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) href="https://twitter.com/seanhannity/status/1110346942289190913

Trump campaign urges networks to challenge top Trump detractors. President Donald Trump’s campaign on Monday urged major news networks to not allow on their shows several people, including Democratic lawmakers, who have been critical of the president, adding that the networks should report the conclusions of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report as a “complete vindication” of Trump.Murtaugh called on the networks to refuse six commentators who claimed there was Russian collusion: Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) and Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez and former CIA Director John Brennan. https://politi.co/2TYjVnJ via @politico

Kellyanne Conway Says ‘Shut Up And Pray’ After New Zealand Massacre. The presidential counselor’s message was addressed to the media. Kellyanne Conway slammed the press during a Saturday interview, telling reporters to pipe down in their coverage of the New Zealand mosque massacres. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/kellyanne-conway-new-zealand-shooting_n_5c8e59eae4b0d7f6b0f49e31

Tucker Carlson says he’s the victim of a powerful bully. Meet the 24-year-old who found the tapes. https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2019/03/14/tucker-carlson-says-hes-victim-powerful-bully-meet-year-old-who-found-tapes/

She exposed Russian trolling. Her award for her work was rescinded after she criticized Trump. For her journalism, Ms. Jessikka Aro was informed in January by the State Department that she was to be one of the winners of this year’s International Women of Courage Award, presented Thursday by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and first lady Melania Trump. The award has been given since 2007 to women around the world who have “demonstrated exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for peace, justice, human rights, gender equality, and women’s empowerment, often at great personal risk and sacrifice.” Ms. Aro got a formal invitation from the State Department on Feb. 12, and a tour around the United States was envisioned. However, according to Foreign Policy magazine, which broke the story, the State Department then wrote to Ms. Aro to rescind the award, saying there had been a “regrettable error.” In fact, Foreign Policy reported, the award was rescinded because Ms. Aro had criticized President Trump on social media. It wasn’t clear who made the decision. But it is in keeping with a president who has set the tone of prizing loyalty and personal sycophancy over wisdom and vision. Ms. Aro deserved the award. She should hold her head high for courage, unlike those who denied her the honor. https://wapo.st/2TGin0M

Leaked chat messages show members of white supremacist group Identity Evropa are obsessed with Tucker Carlson http://mm4a.org/4Xs

The Making of the Fox News White House. The Making of the Fox News White House. Fox News has always been partisan. But has it become propaganda? By Jane Mayer https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2019/03/11/the-making-of-the-fox-news-white-house

Trump threatens to block networks from hosting debates after Dems reject Fox https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/432961-trump-threatens-to-block-networks-from-hosting-debates-after-dems

Dems won't let Fox News host primary debate https://thehill.com/homenews/media/432879-dems-wont-let-fox-news-host-primary-debate

How Has Fox News Changed In The Trump Era? https://53eig.ht/2IU4aJp

Highlights from Freedom House’s annual report on political rights and civil liberties https://freedomhouse.org/sites/default/files/Feb2019_FH_FITW_2019_Report_ForWeb-compressed.pdf

Opinion | Sarah Sanders says reporters are ‘angry’ in the briefing room. Here are 34 possible explanations. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/01/31/sarah-sanders-says-reporters-are-angry-briefing-room-here-are-possible-explanations/

68 Media Mistakes in the Trump Era: The Definitive List https://sharylattkisson.com

Judiciary

New account of Kavanaugh confirmation reveals clashes behind scenes of historic hearing https://fxn.ws/2L7SaV9 #FoxNews

This moment was a foregone conclusion. And the rationalizations are going to be patently absurd. McConnell Says He’d Confirm an Election-Year Trump Supreme Court Nominee Because He’s a Republican and Obama Wasn’t https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/05/mcconnell-says-hed-confirm-a-trump-supreme-court-nominee-during-election-because-hes-a-republican-and-obama-wasnt.html via @slate

Clarence Thomas Shows How the Supreme Court Would End Roe v. Wade. Justice Thomas’ theory of stare decisis is like a roadmap for how to overrule decisions one disagrees with. First, frame the disagreement as one over “quality” rather than principle. Second, trivialize the ways in which people rely on the law as it stands. And third, with the stroke of a pen, wipe out constitutional rights that people like me mistakenly think we possess. https://www.thedailybeast.com/clarence-thomas-shows-how-supreme-court-would-overturn-roe-v-wade

Justice Clarence Thomas' moment may finally have arrived. Thomas is now the longest-serving member of a court that has recently gotten more conservative, putting him in a unique and potentially powerful position, and he's said he doesn't plan on retiring anytime soon. With President Donald Trump's nominees Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh now on the court, conservatives are firmly in control as the justices take on divisive issues such as abortion, gun control and LGBT rights. https://www.stripes.com/news/us/justice-clarence-thomas-moment-may-finally-have-arrived-1.579757

Impeachment, House investigation of Trump

Here are the 95 Democrats who voted to support impeachment https://thehill.com/homenews/house/453638-here-are-the-95-democrats-who-voted-to-support-impeachment

Are Calls For Impeachment Being Replaced With ‘Lock Him Up?’ Cicilline pushed it further, comparing the Speaker’s alleged comments to Trump’s constant refrain of “Lock her up” when speaking about Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign saying, “It’s kind of rich to have the president complain about this when he began a campaign with ‘lock her up’ as his bumper sticker.” Also on Sunday, Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke was asked on ABC’s This Week if he agreed with Pelosi’s remarks and if he thinks the president committed crimes that could be prosecuted. O’Rourke said, “He did” commit crimes and went on to say, “I think that’s clear from what we have learned from the Mueller report. But I think those crimes might extend beyond what we’ve seen in the Mueller report.” https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/are-calls-for-impeachment-lock-him-up-846132/ via @RollingStone

The Supreme Court could intervene in attempt to remove Trump from office, Dershowitz says word salad gobbly gook. https://fxn.ws/2MiWVfQ #FoxNews

Amash battles MAGA supporter over impeachment during town hall https://fxn.ws/2I4JjQ8 #FoxNews

Amash gets standing ovation at first town hall after calling for Trump's impeachment https://thehill.com/homenews/house/445862-amash-gets-standing-ovation-at-first-town-hall-after-calling-for-trumps

Robert Mueller's remarks 'explosive,' sets up impeachment talk 'for foreseeable future,' says Andy McCarthy. “If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so,” Mueller said about the obstruction of justice inquiry into President Trump. https://fxn.ws/2I8nUVY #FoxNews

Constituents at town hall praise Justin Amash for courage in taking on Donald Trump https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2019/05/28/justin-amash-donald-trump-impeachment-town-hall/1260471001/ via @freep

Trump rips Democrats' demands, impeachment talk: 'Witch Hunt continues!' https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/444945-trump-rips-dems-demands-impeachment-talk-witch-hunt-continues

Confidential draft IRS memo says tax returns must be given to Congress unless president invokes executive privilege. A confidential Internal Revenue Service legal memo says tax returns must be given to Congress unless the president takes the rare step of asserting executive privilege, according to a copy of the memo obtained by The Washington Post. The memo contradicts the Trump administration’s justification for denying lawmakers’ request for President Trump’s tax returns, exposing fissures in the executive branch. Trump has refused to turn over his tax returns but has not invoked executive privilege. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has instead denied the returns by arguing there is no legislative purpose for demanding them. https://wapo.st/2QhCkHm

Michael Cohen implicated at least 4 people in Trump's orbit during marathon House testimony. Cohen implicated at least four people close to the president in potential wrongdoing in his House testimony: Trump's defense lawyer, Jay Sekulow; Trump's lead defense attorney, Rudy Giuliani; Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr.; and an unnamed intermediary Cohen said is well connected to the White House. https://www.businessinsider.com/michael-cohen-house-intelligence-committee-testimony-takeaways-2019-5

House progressive: Pelosi 'has it right' on impeachment. Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), a leading House progressive, voiced support Tuesday for Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) handling of calls to impeach President Trump, with the Democratic leader opting to have committees conduct oversight investigations into the administration. “I think that she has it right. We have to build a case, we need to have witnesses come before Congress and most importantly we have to show the American people that we’re doing things to improve their lives and trying to find some common ground to get things done,” Khanna said on Fox News. “What she is saying is Congress needs to do its oversight functions, we need to have the committees investigate where there has been misconduct,” he continued. “She’s talking about rigorous government oversight, not making it about an impeachment of this president.” https://thehill.com/homenews/house/444907-house-progressive-pelosi-has-it-right-on-impeachment

Judge rules against Trump in fight over president’s financial records. Trump called the 41-page ruling from U.S. District Judge Amit P. Mehta of the District of Columbia “crazy” and said he would appeal, adding: “We think it’s totally the wrong decision by, obviously, an Obama-appointed judge.” https://wapo.st/2QcvR0h

Rep. Justin Amash: President Trump engaged in 'impeachable conduct'. In a series of tweets from his verified Twitter account, U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, who is also an attorney and represents Michigan's third congressional district, said the report, which was released in April, revealed that various actions under the president "meet the threshold for impeachment." In addition, Amash said U.S. Attorney General William Barr deliberately misrepresented Mueller's report. https://www.freep.com/story/news/politics/2019/05/18/justin-amash-trump-mueller-report-impeachable-conduct/3724743002/ via @freep

GOP lawmaker says Trump’s conduct meets ‘threshold for impeachment’. Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), a critic of President Trump who has entertained a run against him in 2020, became the first Republican congressman to say the president “engaged in impeachable conduct” based on the Mueller report. The Michigan lawmaker, often the lone Trump dissenter on his side of the House aisle, shared his conclusions in a lengthy Twitter thread Saturday after reviewing the full report by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III. https://wapo.st/2QdeSKZ

This Courtroom Battle Could Reveal Trump's Finances and Open the Floodgates to His Other Secrets https://news.vice.com/en_us/article/vb97m8/this-courtroom-battle-could-reveal-trumps-finances-and-open-the-floodgates-to-his-other-secrets

Dems feel growing pressure on impeachment https://thehill.com/homenews/house/432288-dems-feel-growing-pressure-on-impeachment

Special Counsel, FBI, Congress hearings, Russia, Trump Jr e-mails, Manafort

UK ambassador vouched for 'legit' dossier author, said Trump killed Iran deal to spite Obama, leaks show. Darroch also reportedly told a U.S. official that Christopher Steele, the author of the discredited anti-Trump dossier that the FBI used to justify secretly monitoring members of the Trump team, was "absolutely legit." https://fxn.ws/2NV3cz5 #FoxNews

‘This wasn’t just a briefing’: Pompeo grilled CIA analysts on Russia findings. The DOJ is now reviewing those same findings after Mike Pompeo found no wrongdoing in how the agency concluded Russia wanted to help Trump in 2016. Just after Pompeo took over as CIA director in 2017, he conducted a personal review of the CIA’s findings, grilling analysts on their conclusions in a challenging and at times combative interview, these people said. He ultimately found no evidence of any wrongdoing, or that the analysts had been under political pressure to produce their findings. https://politi.co/2LjBASj

Here Are 11 Questions We’d Ask Robert Mueller https://politi.co/2LhzgLB via @politicomag

The special counsel will testify before Congress next week. He needs to answer for historic legal and factual errors. Jed Shugerman. Robert Mueller made a significant legal error and, based on the facts he found, he should have identified Trump campaign felonies. Mueller’s errors meant that, first, he failed to conclude that the Trump campaign criminally coordinated with Russia; second, he failed to indict campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates for felony campaign coordination (see in a concise timeline below); third, the 10 acts of felony obstruction in Volume II fell flat among the general public because it lacked compelling context of these underlying crimes between the campaign and Russia. On top of these errors, the former special counsel said he deliberately wrote the report to be unclear because it would be unfair to make clear criminal accusations against a president. https://www.thedailybeast.com/robert-mueller-missed-the-crime-trumps-campaign-coordinated-with-russia

Trump dossier author Steele gets 16-hour DOJ grilling. The interview was contentious at first, according to two people familiar with the matter, but investigators ultimately found his testimony credible and even surprising. The extensive interview with Steele, and the investigators’ sense that he offered new and important information, may dampen expectations among the president’s allies who’ve claimed that Steele’s sensational dossier was used improperly by the bureau to “spy” on the campaign. https://politi.co/2NY5sWD

New study: Russian propaganda may really have helped Trump in 2016. The study does not prove Russian interference swung the election to Trump. But it did find Trump's poll numbers improved when Russian trolls were active. https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/new-study-shows-russian-propaganda-may-really-have-helped-trump-n1025306 via @nbcnews

'We R All on the Same Team': Paul Manafort and Sean Hannity's Private Messages Have Been Unsealed. Manafort also blamed the media for his troubles, saying, “The media is trying to split me with [Donald Trump] and family by lies and untruths.” He later said his “new lawyers” were “junk yard dogs and will undo a lot of this injustice.” “But I won’t give up. And I won’t sell out,” he told Hannity. https://lawandcrime.com/high-profile/paul-manafort-and-sean-hannitys-private-messages-have-been-unsealed-read/ via @lawcrimenews

Flynn ordered to appear in court with new Trump-approved lawyer. Michael Flynn appears to be sticking with his cooperation deal, despite speculation that his new attorney signaled an intent to cancel a previous guilty plea. https://politi.co/2MYteRQ

It’s time to certify Trump’s exoneration as a fraud. Barr Is Lying About Mueller’s Evidence. The attorney general’s falsehoods make his verdict in the Russia investigation worthless. https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/06/barr-lying-mueller-report.html via @slate

This Seb Gorka video is not a parody. Really.
Seriously. Charlie Sykes (@SykesCharlie) https://twitter.com/SykesCharlie/status/1131962850828857344

Liz Cheney: Statements by agents investigating Trump 'could well be treason'. She specifically went after texts exchanged by former FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page that were critical of Trump and have sparked a Republican effort to investigate potential bias within the Department of Justice against Trump, adding that officials needed to ascertain former FBI Director James Comey’s and Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s roles in the investigation as well. https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/445588-liz-cheney-statements-by-agents-investigating-trump-could-well-be

Trump: Why wasn't I told Flynn was under investigation? Then-President Barack Obama urged Trump not to hire Flynn in a meeting two days after the election, claiming he was problematic and prone to having crazy ideas, according to officials from both administrations. Sally Yates, Trump’s acting attorney general until he fired her days after taking office, testified to senators in 2017 that she had warned Trump that Flynn could be “compromised” by his ties to the Russians. https://politi.co/2JOnBSH via @politico

Roger Stone is relying on a debunked conspiracy theory to fight his criminal case. In a motion filed on Friday, Stone’s lawyers argued that evidence in his case should be thrown out because the government gathered it using search warrants that stated the FBI was investigating Stone for crimes, including conspiracy and wire fraud, that were based on “the assumption that the Russian state is responsible for hacking” the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, John Podesta. That is, Stone is suggesting Moscow was not behind the hack-and-dump operation against Democrats in 2016. And, in doing so, he is continuing to fuel a discredited conspiracy theory that exploited the tragic murder of 27-year old Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich to boost his legal case. https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/05/roger-stone-is-relying-on-a-debunked-conspiracy-theory-to-fight-his-criminal-case/ via @MotherJones

Prosecutors: Person 'connected to' Congress tried to influence Flynn's cooperation with Mueller https://politi.co/2JmNFoJ

Steve Bannon sought alliance with FBI in 2017 White House meeting. Steve Bannon urged two senior FBI officials to put their differences with the White House “behind them” at a meeting in 2017, on the day after Donald Trump asked James Comey, the then head of the FBI, to pledge his loyalty to the president. The exchange, which occurred on 28 January 2017 and has never been publicly disclosed, offers new insights into the ways in which senior White House officials, including Bannon, Trump’s closest adviser at the time, sought to ensure the FBI saw itself as an ally of the White House. It also raises questions about why the incident was not included in the report by special counsel Robert Mueller into Russian influence during the 2016 election, which contained detailed allegations of the ways in which Trump sought to obstruct the FBI’s investigation into the president and his campaign. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/may/14/steve-bannon-white-house-fbi-trump-meeting

Full Text of the Mueller Report's Executive Summaries http://www.lawfareblog.com/full-text-mueller-reports-executive-summaries

Steele's stunning pre-FISA confession: Informant needed to air Trump dirt before election. Kavalec’s notes do not appear to have been provided to the House Intelligence Committee during its Russia probe, according to former Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.). "They tried to hide a lot of documents from us during our investigation, and it usually turns out there’s a reason for it," Nunes told me. Senate and House Judiciary investigators told me they did not know about them, even though they investigated Steele’s behavior in 2017-18. David Bossie, head of Citizens United and an informal Trump adviser, said the documents suggest there was an illegal effort to “frame” the future president with bogus Russia collusion allegations. “This new information proves why the attorney general must conduct a thorough investigation of the investigators,” he said.

Sources tell me there also are handwritten notes from the meeting, with information about Steele’s political ties, that have not been given to Congress. “There’s a connection to Hillary Clinton in the notes,” said one source who has seen them. https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/442592-steeles-stunning-pre-fisa-confession-informant-needed-to-air-trump-dirt

McConnell tried to shut the door on the Mueller report. Warren called to impeach Trump instead. In a blistering speech that included direct readings from the Mueller report, Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday called to initiate impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump, arguing that the events described in the special counsel’s findings amounted to a crime. “There is no political inconvenience exception to the United States Constitution,” Warren said from the Senate floor. “If any other human being in this country had done what’s documented in the Mueller report, they’d be arrested and put in jail.” “We took an oath not to try and protect Donald Trump, we took an oath to protect and serve the Constitution of the United States of America, and the way we do that is we begin impeachment proceedings now against this president,” she continued. https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/05/elizabeth-warren-impeach-trump/ via @MotherJones

Trump move raises pressure on Barr. President Trump’s decision to publicly object to special counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony has raised pressure on Attorney General William Barr while stoking a deepening feud with Capitol Hill over presidential power. Barr has maintained that he is willing to allow Mueller to testify, a position that now appears to put him at odds with the president. Until this weekend, Trump had expressed ambivalence over Mueller’s testimony, leaving the decision up to Barr. https://thehill.com/policy/national-security/442376-trump-move-raises-pressure-on-barr

READ: Mueller's Letter Expressing Concern About Barr's Summary Of His Report. In a letter dated March 27, Mueller told Barr that the Justice Department's summary "did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance of this Office's work and conclusions." He urged the Justice Department to release selected materials immediately in an attempt to address "public confusion." https://n.pr/2vuCcub https://apps.npr.org/documents/document.html?id=5984399-Mueller-Letter-to-Barr

What's missing? The clues to Barr's 1,000 Mueller report redactions https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/apr/19/mueller-report-redactions-whats-missing-clues

Hello to Our Unblinking, Unmoving Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein https://theslot.jezebel.com/hello-to-our-unblinking-unmoving-deputy-attorney-gener-1834145098

Mueller report sparks new DC war over Russia probe: Subpoenas, payback and more. The public release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on Thursday marked the dramatic final note of a lengthy and contentious investigation, but also sparked a tinderbox of new calls for subpoenas, congressional testimony, resignations, and even impeachment proceedings -- all despite the probe's central finding that no evidence showed that President Trump's team "coordinated or conspired" with Russia. The whirlwind moments kept coming, even hours after the report's release, as more and more revelations from the 448-page document trickled out. The White House, for its part, claimed total victory and vindication for the president who, according to the report, once fretted that the special counsel's appointment marked the "end" of his presidency and that he was "f---ed" beyond the possibility of redemption. https://fxn.ws/2GuWBpo #FoxNews

Comparing Barr's summary of Mueller report to the redacted publicly released report https://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2019/apr/18/context-comparing-bill-barrs-summary-mueller-repor/ via @PolitiFact

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Here’s video of Roger Stone saying his friend in London recently met with Assange. Says "mother-load" is coming from Wikileaks & has "reason to believe that it is devastating.” Says “Assange has all of the emails." Dug up by >@TheDemCoalition. From 10/3/16. Scott Dworkin (@funder) https://twitter.com/funder/status/1116371443128918017 April 11, 2019

The single-sentence Russia bombshell that Attorney General Barr delivered to Congress https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/438136-the-single-sentence-russia-bombshell-that-attorney-general-barr-delivered

Rep. Adam Schiff on Russian Collusion & Resignation Calls House Intelligence Committee investigation. https://youtu.be/1OXKKtrP__I

McConnell blocks resolution calling for Mueller report to be released publicly https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/435703-mcconnell-blocks-resolution-calling-for-mueller-report-to-be-released

Republican Party Official Reacts To Mueller Conclusions. NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Harmeet Dhillon, committeewoman for California's Republican National Committee, to get her reaction to the principal conclusions of Robert Mueller's investigation.DHILLON: Excuse me, don't interrupt me, please... MARTIN: Were they asked to conduct this investigation... DHILLON: I'm a guest on your show. MARTIN: I understand that. DHILLON: I'm a guest. Let me finish. Let me finish my comment. MARTIN: OK, OK. https://n.pr/2TtkqkS

Graham encouraged McCain to turn Trump-Russia dossier over to FBI @CNNPolitics https://cnn.it/2FAF7HW

Pelosi, Schumer: Barr's Mueller summary 'raises as many questions as it answers' https://thehill.com/homenews/house/435539-pelosi-schumer-barrs-mueller-summary-raises-as-many-questions-as-it-answers

We already know there was collusion https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/03/we-already-know-there-was-collusion/ via @MotherJones

A mysterious payment to Paul Manafort's lawyer reveals a hidden chapter of Trump's 2016 presidential campaign https://cnb.cx/2ToPAOW

Trump Jr. and Other Aides Met With Gulf Emissary Offering Help to Win Election. Erik Prince, the private security contractor and the former head of Blackwater, arranged the meeting, which took place on Aug. 3, 2016. The emissary, George Nader, told Donald Trump Jr. that the princes who led Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were eager to help his father win election as president. The social media specialist, Joel Zamel, extolled his company’s ability to give an edge to a political campaign; by that time, the firm had already drawn up a multimillion-dollar proposal for a social media manipulation effort to help elect Mr. Trump. https://nyti.ms/2IV6EpU

Blackwater founder Erik Prince admits to Trump Tower meeting in disastrous interview https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/erik-prince-trump-tower-meeting-blackwater-interview-mehdi-hasan-a8815446.html

Legal experts are losing their minds on Twitter over the Manafort sentencing https://www.businessinsider.com/paul-manafort-sentencing-analysis-what-legal-experts-are-saying-2019-3

The ‘Otherwise Blameless Life’ of Paul Manafort. Trump’s former campaign chair has always acted with impunity, as if the laws never applied to him. https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/03/paul-manaforts-otherwise-blamess-life-crime/584419/

Opinion | New revelations implicate Donald Trump Jr. in his father’s nefarious schemes https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/03/06/new-revelations-implicate-trump-jr-daddys-nefarious-schemes/

House panel seeks Trump documents from 81 individuals and organizations https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/mar/04/house-judiciary-committee-trump-documents-request

Week 93: Cohen Reveals Russia Scandal Gems Amid the Mudslinging https://politi.co/2NDjFEz

In context: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez questions Michael Cohen during the House Oversight Committee https://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2019/feb/28/context-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-questions-michael/ via @PolitiFact

House Democrats target Trump’s personal finances. House Democrats are planning to cross one of President Donald Trump’s red lines: investigating his personal finances. With special counsel Robert Mueller expected to wind up his probe soon, Democrats are launching an investigation to discover why Deutsche Bank was willing to lend The Trump Organization money when other banks weren't’t and whether Russia was involved. The German bank, which has been under scrutiny for its role in Russian money laundering, lent Trump hundreds of millions of dollars over the years for his property development ventures. The House Financial Services and Intelligence committees have been staffing up for their probes into the bank and Trump's alleged Russia ties. Democrats on the panels have said they are willing to pursue a key area with Deutsche Bank that Mueller might have avoided — by crossing what Trump sees as a red line into his personal finances. https://politi.co/2IxNI1r

Trump faces a legal reckoning – but are his worst troubles yet to come? https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/feb/24/trump-faces-a-legal-reckoning-this-week-but-are-his-worst-troubles-yet-to-come

A who’s-who of the many, many people in the Russia investigation’s orbit https://wapo.st/DrawingToAClose

Court records reveal a Mueller report right in plain view https://apnews.com/2b8513d4a4224a559d7048edb396cdfd

Mueller: Manafort deserves 19.5 to 24.5 years in prison for Virginia convictions https://politi.co/2NfUEz7 via @politico

Review | Andrew McCabe’s disturbing account of working for Sessions and Trump https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/andrew-mccabes-disturbing-account-of-working-for-sessions-and-trump/2019/02/14/91eba5a4-3081-11e9-813a-0ab2f17e305b_story.html

This Florida Man Destroying Roger Stone on Infowars Is So Satisfying https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/mbz788/man-calls-infowars-destroys-roger-stone-michael-from-florida-video-twitter-vgtrn

Newly unearthed footage shows Donald Trump ‘meeting with Russians in Moscow in 1995’ https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-russia-video-meeting-moscow-tower-mall-underground-1995-report-footage-archive-a8764921.html

Opinion | How did Roger Stone survive Watergate? https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/01/27/how-did-roger-stone-survive-watergate/

Trump and His Associates Had More Than 100 Contacts With Russians Before the Inauguration https://nyti.ms/2HzbQ34

How CNN captured video of the Roger Stone raid @CNNPolitics https://cnn.it/2FP6eQM Kaitlan Collins @kaitlancollins That would be @davidgshortell. He said on air that he got to Stone's house early this morning after they noticed some unusual grand jury activity in Washington yesterday. https://twitter.com/kaitlancollins/status/1088780257954549761

Roger Stone says he's not guilty and won't testify against Trump https://thehill.com/policy/national-security/426984-roger-stone-i-will-plead-not-guilty-to-charges-in-mueller-probe

Mueller investigation could have classified communications intercepts proving Trump worked with Russia http://www.newsweek.com/mueller-investigation-could-have-classified-communications-intercepts-proving-1289142

What if the Obstruction Was the Collusion? On the New York Times’s Latest Bombshell http://www.lawfareblog.com/what-if-obstruction-was-collusion-new-york-timess-latest-bombshell

Economy, Jobs, Budget, Taxes, Trade

KEY INSIGHTS:

  • Fundamental economic underpinnings do not support substantially higher equity moves.
  • Global economic conditions remain fragile despite ongoing central bank interventions.
  • Bond market pessimism may be more predictive than equity market enthusiasm.
  • Asset prices are untethered from economic fundamentals and are driven by central bank rhetoric and presidential tweets.
  • Risk asset rally may be a signal to rebalance portfolios to strategic allocations.
  • Continuing trade tensions create multiple economic and geopolitical risks.

https://www.unionbank.com/campaigns/perspectives/q3-market-commentary-0719.jsp

The world's super wealthy just collectively lost $US2 trillion – and Trump's trade war is to blame (via @BIAUS) https://www.businessinsider.com.au/super-rich-wealth-decline-2019-7

U.S. government posts $8 billion deficit in June https://reut.rs/30v4QJm

Minnesota trucking company abruptly closes, hundreds of employees left without work. "They said, 'come back' and I said 'why' and they said 'can't tell you, just come back," he said. "Then they said, 'we're done, get your stuff and go home.'" Habeck noted he was supposed to get paid on Friday but wasn't. He says he is owed about $2,400 still from the company in total. "I have a new truck I just bought. Don't know how I'm going to pay that," Habeck said. "I have car insurance, a family to feed and no health insurance now. I'd like to know what happened and give me my money I am owed. I worked for it-- it's stealing from me, basically." https://kstp.com/business/minnesota-trucking-company-lme-inc-abruptly-closes-hundreds-of-employees-without-jobs/5421344/

Bank of America just slashed its forecast for global economic growth — and it's blaming Trump's trade war - http://markets.businessinsider.com/news/1028349662

Deutsche Bank Highlights a Society at Risk. Yves here. This article broaches a very large issue, and it pains me to be able to offer only a few additional thoughts. I don’t think risk aversion is quite the right frame for why destructive conduct has become so pervasive. For instance, as we’ve documented, casual lying is pervasive at CalPERS even though nearly everyone below the CEO is a civil service employee. Generally speaking, that means they are hard to fire. At CalPERS, the motivation seems to be that a lot of people find lying to be much easier than doing things well. https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2019/07/deutsche-bank-highlights-a-society-at-risk.html

Wall Street banks bailing on troubled U.S. farm sector https://reut.rs/30uyRck

Employment among ‘prime age’ men declining, triggering 'alarm' https://fxn.ws/2NVtqlk #FoxBusiness

Trump vs. Obama on jobs. job growth has actually slowed under Trump. This isn’t necessarily a problem. The economy has created jobs consistently since 2010, with the peak coming in 2014, when companies created 3 million jobs, or 251,000 per month. During the last 12 months, employers created 2.3 million jobs, or 192,000 per month. During the first six months of 2019, the pace has slowed further to 172,000 new jobs per month. https://finance.yahoo.com/news/trump-versus-obama-on-jobs-181449608.html

Hopes dim for passage of Trump trade deal https://thehill.com/homenews/house/451645-hopes-dim-for-passage-of-trump-trade-deal

Is it time to freak out? Yeah, maybe a little. The Single Most Reliable Recession Indicator of the Past 50 Years Has Officially Started Blaring. https://slate.com/business/2019/07/yield-curve-bond-market-recession.html via @slate

Trump didn't fix the economy that Obama didn't break https://theweek.com/articles/850636/trump-didnt-fix-economy-that-obama-didnt-break

Two Wyoming coal mines close, send 700 workers home after bankruptcy filing https://trib.com/business/energy/two-wyoming-coal-mines-close-send-workers-home-after-bankruptcy/article_773100d1-b5b4-57d8-af49-842518b9e219.html

US manufacturing growth slows in June for 3rd straight month https://apnews.com/819d8268e62546f38bcc98c6b001af65

Bosses pocket Trump tax windfall as workers see job promises vanish. AT&T, General Motors and Wells Fargo vowed to use tax cuts to create jobs. In fact, they did the opposite https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/jun/15/job-losses-trump-tax-cut-at-t-general-motors-wells-fargo

Trump warns of a 'market crash the likes of which has not been seen before' if he loses 2020 election — but economists are worried he's causing a recession on his own https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-warns-market-crash-if-not-re-elected-2020-trade-war-wages-on-2019-6

Car Sales Are Slipping Into Recession-Level Decline https://jalopnik.com/car-sales-are-slipping-into-recession-level-decline-1835480712

Adding to Planetary Alarm Bells, Top US Finance Official Warns Climate Crisis a Recipe for Global Economic Collapse. Demanding action from industries and government, a top federal regulator warned this week that the human-caused climate emergency poses a threat to the economy which rivals the subprime mortgage meltdown that led to the 2008 financial crisis. “As most of the world’s markets and market regulators are taking steps towards assessing and mitigating the current and potential threats of climate change, we in the U.S. must also demand action from all segments of the public and private sectors, including this agency.” —Rostin Behnam, CFTC https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2019/06/adding-to-planetary-alarm-bells-top-us-finance-official-warns-climate-crisis-a-recipe-for-global-economic-collapse.html

Global semiconductor sales dropped 14.6% in April from April last year, to $32.1 billion, on a three-month moving average basis, the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS) organization reported Tuesday afternoon. The three-month moving average in April has plunged 24% from the peak last October, thus continuing the deepest plunge in semiconductor sales since the Financial Crisis: https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2019/06/wolf-richter-global-semiconductor-sales-plunge-24-from-peak-deepest-plunge-since-financial-crisis-deepest-plunge-ever-heres-why.html

Hiring by US businesses hits a record high. The total number of workers hired rose to a new high in April, according to Labor Department data released Monday. But despite this, the amount of available jobs still vastly outnumbers unemployed workers. https://cnb.cx/2X0N3vm

Forget lower jobs growth, the number of people who've stopped looking for work is much more worrisome http://theconversation.com/forget-lower-jobs-growth-the-number-of-people-whove-stopped-looking-for-work-is-much-more-worrisome-118445

AP FACT CHECK: No sign of Trump-Mexico deal on farm goods https://apnews.com/45dba98a51974c16a3f5eac74a8d0eed

Treasury pushes back at report critical of Trump tax law's effects https://thehill.com/policy/finance/447513-treasury-pushes-back-at-report-critical-of-trump-tax-laws-effects

West Wing Reports @WestWingReport
Growing impact on U.S. of tariff war:
1) manufacturing growth has ground to halt in recent months
2) net job losses in trade, transportation, utilities past 3 mths
3) and that’s just because of tariff war w/China
4) Damage re: Mexico (now #1 trade partner) could be worse
(WSJ) 5:50 AM - 2 Jun 2019

Dow futures plummet after Trump announces new Mexico tariffs https://thehill.com/policy/finance/446272-dow-plummets-after-trump-announces-new-mexico-tariffs

The US is no longer the world's most competitive economy. For the first time in nine years, Singapore replaced the U.S. as the world’s most competitive economy. The U.S. dropped down to third on the list, thanks to higher fuel prices, weaker high-tech exports, fluctuations in the value of the dollar and the fading impact of President Trump’s Opens a New Window. massive tax overhaul. Hong Kong, meanwhile, remained in second place. China was ranked fourteenth. https://fxn.ws/2EIbEe8 #FoxBusiness

Trump tax cuts did little to boost economic growth in 2018, study says. The U.S. economy’s strong 2018 performance happened without much health from the massive tax cut President Donald Trump ushered through the previous year, according to a study released this week. An in-depth look by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service indicated that not only did the rollbacks in business and personal rates have little macro impact, but they also delivered the most benefits to corporations and the rich, with little boost to wages. https://cnb.cx/2W96ORX

China is not the source of our economic problems -- corporate greed is @CNN https://cnn.it/2HEDMAH

Republican Sen. Ernst: Trump calling our farmers patriots 'doesn't pay the bills' https://fxn.ws/2HYPR2M #FoxNews

Farmers ride the gravy train as Trump boosts welfare to the Heartland. Between this year and last, U.S. farmers will receive about $27 billion in so-called aid because of the president’s damaging policies https://on.mktw.net/2YJyh9q

No longer a simple tit-for-tat: Beijing ready to endure — and inflict — real pain on the U.S. “There’s a great deal of pain yet to be inflicted. We’re talking about a couple of trillion dollars of economic activity and a couple of million U.S. jobs,” said one China expert. https://www.nbcnews.com/business/economy/no-longer-simple-tit-tat-china-ready-endure-inflict-real-n1009891 via @nbcnews

Automakers Cut 38,000 Jobs in the Last Six Months and More Are on the Way: Report https://jalopnik.com/automakers-cut-38-000-jobs-in-the-last-six-months-and-m-1834973409

Where Obama beats Trump on the economy.Anybody looking for a clear winner won’t find one. Monthly job growth during Obama’s second term was higher than it has been under Trump, and the stock market performed better in both of Obama’s terms. But earnings, GDP growth and manufacturing employment have been better under Trump. Is it a draw? Maybe. But what the data really show is the economy recovering from a sharp downturn regardless of presidential policies. Job growth went from negative to slightly positive during Obama’s first term, as widespread layoffs abated and companies started hiring again. Since 2011, the pace of job growth has been consistently upward, with little change in the transition from Obama to Trump. https://finance.yahoo.com/news/where-obama-beat-trump-on-the-economy-152137162.html?

The U.S. beer industry blames Trump's tariffs for the decline in jobs. A report by two trade groups showed U.S. beer-industry jobs dropped 40,000 since 2016 as metal tariffs boosted aluminum-can costs, leading to a drop in investment. The biennial study by the Beer Institute and National Beer Wholesalers Association said direct, indirect and induced jobs fell to 2.19 million in 2018 from 2.23 million in 2016. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-05-23/u-s-beer-industry-blames-trump-tariffs-for-u-s-jobs-decline via @business

Dark clouds hang over Trump’s trade war. The president is heading into a reelection battle with his promise of challenging China unfulfilled. https://politi.co/2JQzCal

Southern California builders, swamped with unsold homes, cut construction to 3-year low. The volume of unsold, finished homes is up 22% in a year as construction is slashed by 18%. https://www.dailynews.com/2019/05/20/southern-california-builders-swamped-with-unsold-homes-cut-construction-to-3-year-low/ via @ladailynews

The Trump economy is hurting most Americans. Statistics won't fool voters | Robert Reich https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/may/19/trump-economy-americans-voters-unemployment

AT&T promised 7,000 new jobs to get tax break—it cut 23,000 jobs instead https://arstechnica.com/?post_type=post&p=1505027

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U.S. Steel stock prices: 📉
• May 18, 2018: $36.46
• May 14, 2019: $15.13
Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) https://twitter.com/FrankLuntz/status/1128342394947002368

A decade after the recession, 40% of U.S. families still struggling https://www.cbsnews.com/news/a-decade-after-the-recession-40-of-us-families-still-struggling/ via @cbsmoneywatch

Stocks plummet as Trump's trade war with China escalates https://thehill.com/policy/finance/443484-stocks-plunge-as-china-trade-war-escalates

Trump aide Kudlow acknowledges U.S. consumers pay for tariffs, not China https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/trump-aide-kudlow-acknowledges-u-s-consumers-pay-tariffs-not-n1004756 via @nbcnews

Trump's trade agenda on the verge of imploding. President Donald Trump is heading toward his 2020 reelection campaign with virtually nothing to show for his big trade promises — except for angry farmers and a jittery stock market. A long-sought deal with China appears to be falling apart this week, exposing businesses on both sides of the Pacific to more tariffs and steep losses for farmers. His new pact with Canada and Mexico is facing significant opposition in Congress even from Republicans, who are demanding that he lift steel and aluminum tariffs before they’ll vote on it. Deals with the European Union, Japan and Great Britain are also stalled by politics here and abroad. https://politi.co/2Q04Ixl

China will not flinch in the face of U.S. pressure, top negotiator says after talks  https://wapo.st/2Q0cBCO

President Trump likes to claim credit for the American job boom. @ProPublica tracked down 35 specific White House claims, and it turns out most of the promised jobs haven’t materialized. https://projects.propublica.org/graphics/trump-job-promises

How to fix capitalism: nine expert solutions for America's broken system https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/may/08/how-to-fix-capitalism-eight-experts-solutions

Trump’s steel tariffs cost U.S. consumers $900,000 for every job created, experts say https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2019/05/07/trumps-steel-tariffs-cost-us-consumers-every-job-created-experts-say/

Economists quit Trump admin after their studies showed tariffs hurt US farmers: report https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/442452-economists-quit-trump-admin-after-their-studies-showed-tariffs-hurt

Trump pulls out rug from GOP on trade Senate Republicans feel that President Trump has once again pulled the rug out from under them on trade, leaving GOP lawmakers frustrated over their inability to influence the White House’s policy on an issue that could have major economic and electoral ramifications. Days after a group of Republican senators relayed to Trump at a White House meeting their concerns about trade tensions with Canada, Mexico, Europe and China, Trump over the weekend threatened new tariffs on China, escalating a fight with Beijing and rattling markets. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said after the stock markets closed Monday that higher tariffs on China will take effect Friday, shortly after negotiations with a trade delegation from China are due to resume later this week. Lighthizer’s remarks are likely to rattle markets after they recovered most of their losses Monday afternoon as Wall Street strategists cautioned that Trump’s tough talk is a negotiating tactic and a deal with China is still possible. The controversy over trade has come amid economic data released recently that demonstrates the U.S. economy is booming, which Republicans will lean into in the 2020 election. But some Republicans are worried that Trump’s actions on trade could boomerang and harm the economy. https://thehill.com/policy/finance/442387-trump-pulls-out-rug-from-gop-on-trade

With two tweets, Trump shatters historic calm in global markets. After weeks of warnings from many on Wall Street that price swings across global markets were too subdued, the American president’s threat to boost tariffs on China sent volatility soaring Monday. The VIX Index jumped as much as 46 percent, the most since the February 2018 volatility meltdown. S&P 500 Index futures slid 1.5 percent and the Shanghai Composite fell 5.6 percent, the most since February 2016. European shares also dropped. Whether they were a negotiating tactic or a sign of something more ominous, Trump’s tweets jolted markets that had been lulled in recent weeks by signs of progress in trade talks, a dovish turn by the Federal Reserve and better-than-expected corporate earnings. Investors who had grown accustomed to cross-asset volatility at or near historically low levels were once again forced to consider that all might not be smooth sailing. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-05-06/with-two-tweets-trump-shatters-historic-calm-in-global-markets via @markets

Deregulation is boosting productivity, which boosts wages. Deregulation is boosting productivity, which boosts wages. But what if a regulatory agency were added to this island economy? Suppose that this new agency, call it the Coconut Farming Protection Bureau (CFPB), was formed with the goal of making coconut markets work for consumers, responsible providers and the economy as a whole. Suppose the bureau then issued two new regulations for the coconut industry aimed at protecting the sustainability of the island’s coconut grove and the other at protecting the endangered Macaroon Loon that builds its nests in the coconut palms. The first rule requires Crusoe to measure and document the size of each coconut before it is harvested and the second requires documentation that any tree that is being harvested does not have a Macaroon Loon nesting in it. Without debating the virtue of the CFPB goals to protect the coconut industry and the Macaroon Loon, what impact would such regulation have on the output of the island economy and the productivity of Crusoe? https://thehill.com/opinion/finance/442200-deregulation-is-boosting-productivity-which-boosts-wages

Is this economy too good to be true? https://wapo.st/2vyy9NJ

Hedge Funds Resurrect CDO Trade. This Time They Say It Will Work. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-05-02/hedge-funds-resurrect-cdo-trade-this-time-they-say-it-will-work

Trump's 'Record Economy' Is Making Americans Miserable Of the 801 American adults surveyed, just 12 percent believed they’ve “benefited a great deal from recent growth in the US economy.” And while 31 percent indicated “they have received some benefit from the economic upturn,” 27 percent said that they haven’t been helped “much,” and another 27 percent said that they haven’t been helped “at all.” Just 18 percent of respondents said that Trump’s policies helped middle-class families a lot, and high earners were more likely to say the rising economy gave them a bump: 58 percent of people who make $100,000-plus a year said they’ve benefitted, while just 34 percent of people earning less than $50,000 per year and 42 percent earning $50,000 to $100,000 said they did. https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/597gdx/trumps-record-economy-is-making-americans-miserable

Trade war and sagging prices push U.S. family farmers to leave. Shuffling across his frozen fields, farmer Jim Taphorn hunched his shoulders against the wind and squinted at the auctioneer standing next to his tractors.After a fifth harvest with low grain prices, made worse last fall by the U.S.-China trade war, the 68-year-old and his family were calling it quits. Farming also was taking a physical toll on him, he said; he’d suffered a heart attack 15 months before.“We went through the bad times in the ‘70s and ‘80s,” said Jim, 68, broad-shouldered and stocky. “In some ways, this is worse.” Across the Midwest, growing numbers of grain farmers are choosing to shed their machinery and find renters for their land, all to stem the financial strain on their families, a dozen leading farm-equipment auction houses told Reuters. As these older grain farmers are retiring, fewer younger people are lining up to replace them. https://reut.rs/2PBMF0m

How are those tax cuts going in terms of business investment? @mrkwhths has some doubts https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-04-29/trump-s-tax-cuts-aren-t-leading-to-more-business-investment via @bopinion

Trump on collision course with McConnell on spending. President Trump is on a collision course with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) over whether to work with Democrats on a spending bill. Trump has given the GOP leader some time to work with Democrats but doesn’t want the talks to drag on all year and lead to an agreement that would increase spending — and the budget deficit. McConnell, a longtime member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, has said he wants to try to pass regular spending bills before defaulting to a continuing resolution (CR). To Trump, the advantages of a yearlong stopgap are obvious. Any negotiation with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Democrats is likely to increase spending, and that’s the last thing Trump wants ahead of his reelection effort in 2020. Trump doesn't want to risk being put in a position of having to sign a bill that further blows up the deficit, say sources familiar with the White House’s position. But McConnell, an ex-appropriator and dealmaker who faces a reelection race himself next year, wants to avoid a continuing resolution. He wants to strike a deal to raise defense and non-defense spending, along the lines of what congressional leaders agreed to in the late winter of 2018. https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/441066-trump-on-collision-course-with-mcconnell-on-spending

Populist economic frustration threatens Trump’s strongest reelection issue, Post-ABC poll finds. This sentiment runs the deepest among Democratic and independent registered voters, but also exists among a significant slice of Republicans. About 8 in 10 Democrats and more than 6 in 10 independents say the country’s economic system gives an advantage to those already in power, while nearly a third of Republicans share that view. https://wapo.st/2V07XKQ

Chick-fil-A faces bans, protests across U.S., citing LGBTQ issues https://www.freep.com/story/money/business/michigan/2019/04/12/chick-fil-faces-bans-protests-across-u-s-citing-lgbtq-issues/3447396002/ via @freep

Foxconn is confusing the hell out of Wisconsin https://www.theverge.com/2019/4/10/18296793/foxconn-wisconsin-location-factory-innovation-centers-technology-hub-no-news

Booming jobs market is leaving the retail industry behind https://cnb.cx/2YWHmg3

BBC News - Germany's economy: Should we be worried? https://www.bbc.com/news/business-47802235

BBC News - Berlin protests: Thousands gather for march against rising rent prices https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-47839821

How regulators, Republicans and big banks fought for a big increase in lucrative but risky corporate loans https://wapo.st/2UlvMfV

The economy is an unsustainable pyramid scheme, warns Nobel Prize winner http://s.oregonlive.com/iJ6nNgB

Job layoffs surge 35% to highest level to start a year in a decade https://cnb.cx/2K4Hs1M

Caterpillar shares fall after Deutsche Bank downgrade: 'Synchronized global growth has collapsed, the China Land Cycle is rolling over, ... Europe is slowing more than expected and the US is oversaturated with construction equipment,” Chad Dillard says.' https://cnb.cx/2K2Nf8h

Stampede of the unicorns: will a new breed of tech giants burst the bubble? https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/mar/30/lyft-ipo-stock-market-unicorns-uber-airbnb-slack

Pro-trade group: Cost of Trump tariffs hits $20B https://thehill.com/policy/finance/434563-pro-trade-group-cost-of-trump-tariffs-hits-20b

The real college crisis: Student debt drags down economy https://www.nbcnews.com/meet-the-press/video/the-real-college-crisis-student-debt-drags-down-economy-1459706435777 via @nbcnews

The Global Economy Is a Time Bomb Waiting to Explode https://www.truthdig.com/articles/the-global-economy-is-a-time-bomb-waiting-to-explode/

Trump failed by his own trade metric. Pursue it further, and we’re doomed. If nothing else, the latest U.S. trade deficit — $621 billion in 2018 for goods and services — should give President Trump a lesson in the economics of trade. Trump has insisted that a successful policy requires a trade surplus (good) and the absence of a deficit (bad). That’s wrong, as many economists have argued. The economists are right. https://wapo.st/2TJTTne

WH official: ‘Much’ work to be done for China deal; no in-person meetings set https://politi.co/2THjfCe

U.S. stocks sink following surprisingly weak employment report https://www.dailynews.com/2019/03/08/us-stocks-sink-following-surprisingly-weak-jobs-report/ via @ladailynews

Lou Dobbs: Trump White House has 'lost its way' https://thehill.com/homenews/media/432993-lou-dobbs-trump-white-house-has-lost-its-way

By just about any measure you pick, Trump’s trade policy appears to have been an absolute flop. https://slate.com/business/2019/03/trumps-trade-policy-is-an-utter-failure.html via @slate

Trump promised to shrink the trade deficit. Instead, it exploded. https://wapo.st/2TxEBSE

Anxiety grows in first tax season under Trump law https://thehill.com/policy/finance/domestic-taxes/432284-tax-season-anxiety-grows-in-first-year-under-trump-law

Deregulating Banks Fueled Speculation, Not Productive Investment Posted on March 1, 2019 by Yves Smith https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2019/03/deregulating-banks-fueled-speculation-not-productive-investment.html

U.S. farm debt soars to levels seen during 1980s farm crisis:... https://reut.rs/2EADtp6

Fox Business host suggests the president doesn't need to understand what the Federal Reserve does http://mm4a.org/47e

Former Fed Chair Janet Yellen says Trump doesn't understand the Federal Reserve or economic policy https://www.businessinsider.com/former-fed-chair-janet-yellen-said-trump-doesnt-understand-fed-economy-2019-2

Debt among 19 to 29-year-old Americans exceeded $1 trillion at the end of 2018 https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-02-25/millennials-face-1-trillion-debt-as-student-loans-pile-up via @markets

Trump to delay China tariff hike due to ‘substantial progress’. "I will be delaying the U.S. increase in tariffs now scheduled for March 1," Trump said in the second of two tweets on the talks. "Assuming both sides make additional progress, we will be planning a Summit for President Xi and myself, at Mar-a-Lago, to conclude an agreement. A very good weekend for U.S. & China!" https://politi.co/2IAFB42

Warren Buffett takes swipe at Trump in shareholder letter https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/feb/23/warren-buffett-kraft-heinz-berkshire-hathaway-elephant-sized-acquisition

Warren Buffett seeks 'elephant-sized acquisition' after large quarterly loss https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/feb/23/warren-buffett-kraft-heinz-berkshire-hathaway-elephant-sized-acquisition

An exasperated Robert Lighthizer, the U.S. trade representative, tried to gently educate his boss, President Trump, on the meaning of an MOU in the Oval Office, leading to a lecture in front of TV cameras and a top Chinese official. 1) President says America has never been more respected 2) top Chinese official, listening to him discuss trade, laughs out loud - in the Oval Office https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-02-22/trump-s-trade-chief-lectures-his-boss-and-gets-earful-in-return via @bpolitics

Retail layoffs are piling up. Here's the whole story @CNN https://cnn.it/2V6JuPC

Signs that China's real-estate bubble will burst and take the economy with it. Payless. Charlotte Russe. Toys "R" Us. The chain store liquidations just keep coming, putting tens of thousands of workers out of their jobs. Is the retail industry about to collapse? Probably not, despite the rash of stories over the past two years heralding the death of physical stores. But the brick-and-mortar part of the sector sure isn't creating as many jobs as it used to. Much of this has to do with the rise of online shopping, which stood at 9.8% of all retail sales in the third quarter of last year, up from 3.6% a decade earlier. The truck drivers and package-pickers who deliver your brown boxes mostly fall into the transportation and warehousing sector. Although smaller overall, that industry has grown by more than 30% since the end of the last recession, compared to only about 9% for regular retail. https://boingboing.net/2019/02/16/systemic-risk-2.html

Are Investors Finally Waking up to North America’s Fracked Gas Crisis? https://www.desmogblog.com/2019/02/07/north-america-natural-gas-fracking-financial-crisis-investors

Trump will score another win if Big Media fetishizes his soap opera while the working class suffers. In the midst of the never-ending Trump border wall sandstorm it was easy to miss the alarming report that we just set a new record for the number of Americans who have fallen at least three months behind in their car payments. https://www.salon.com/2019/02/17/trump-will-score-another-win-if-big-media-fetishizes-his-soap-opera-while-the-working-class-suffers/

The Subtle Signal That the Bull Market Could Soon End. it's the unemployment rate trend that's the great predictor of a recession and not the unemployment rate itself. The unemployment rate is a lagging indicator of a recession. In other words, the rate goes up significantly only after a recession is in effect. https://finance.yahoo.com/news/subtle-signal-bull-market-could-140000986.html

US retail sales suffer steepest drop in nine years https://thehill.com/policy/finance/430013-us-retail-sales-suffer-steepest-drop-in-nine-years

Why record job growth in America hides a troubling reality https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/feb/02/america-record-job-growth-economics-wage-stagnation

The hypocrisy of Trump’s jobs claims, in one chart. Trump used to say jobs numbers were fake. Now he says the news is. https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/1/30/18203611/trump-jobs-numbers-obama-economy

Foxconn may not build $10B Wisconsin plant Trump touted https://www.nbcnews.com/business/business-news/foxconn-may-not-build-10b-wisconsin-plant-trump-touted-n964411 via @nbcnews

Wall Street freaks out about 2020 https://politi.co/2G2OXD0 via @politico

The tax cut investment 'boom' is already over. Some say it never really started @CNN https://cnn.it/2RbkvbP

The shutdown has exposed Trumponomics for what it is: a disaster | Robert Reich https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jan/20/government-shutdown-trump-tax-cuts-trumponomics

This is Trump's economy, two years in @CNNPolitics https://cnn.it/2FMG4gt

Trade war’s wounded: Companies improvise to dodge cost hikes https://www.stripes.com/news/us/trade-war-s-wounded-companies-improvise-to-dodge-cost-hikes-1.564288

Trump's Risking Financial Disaster for America https://politi.co/2FqCqd0

The Economics of Soaking the Rich. What does Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez know about tax policy? A lot. https://nyti.ms/2GUnmWB

MAGA Hat youths, Proud Boys, Charlottesville, Berkeley, Confederate statues

Retaking Everything: The Story of Identity Dixie - Southern Poverty Law Center https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/07/17/retaking-everything-story-identity-dixie

Toledo man sentenced to 2nd life term in Charlottesville car attack. An avowed white supremacist was sentenced to life plus 419 years on federal hate crime charges Monday for deliberately driving his car into anti-racism protesters during a white nationalist rally in Virginia. James Alex Fields, Jr., 22, received the sentence for killing one person and injuring dozens during the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville on Aug. 12, 2017. Last month, Fields received a life sentence on 29 federal hate crime charges. https://www.toledoblade.com/news/nation/2019/07/15/toledo-james-alex-fields-jr-faces-second-sentence-in-charlottesville-car-attack/stories/20190715113/ via @toledonews

Today Tennessee celebrates the first grand wizard of the KKK. The state’s governor is not considering changing a law creating holidays for three confederate leaders. Tennessee is honoring Nathan Bedford Forrest, a slave trader, confederate general, and Ku Klux Klan leader today, according to a state law that Republican Gov. Bill Lee and his predecessors have kept in place. https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/07/today-tennessee-celebrates-the-first-grand-wizard-of-the-kkk/ via @MotherJones

Proud Boys Rally Rocked by Sex, Cocaine Allegations. On one side of the fight: Navarro, a perennial challenger to Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) whose losing campaigns against the liberal stalwart have become a cause celebre on the right. On the other: the Proud Boys, the all-male group of self-described “Western chauvinists,” and DeAnna Lorraine, a self-styled MAGA relationship expert and Navarro’s ex-girlfriend. https://www.thedailybeast.com/proud-boys-rally-rocked-by-sex-cocaine-allegations

ANDY NGO ATTACKED! (IN CONTEXT)
Proud Boys-friendly provocateur Andy Ngo went to a Proud Boys rally in Portland to film/harass people protesting the hate group. After repeatedly being told to back off & stop sticking a camera in their faces, things escalated and Ngo capitalized. — Pastor Vic Berger IV (@VicBergerIV) https://twitter.com/VicBergerIV/status/1147259553098022912 July 5, 2019

Tonight DC's #Antifa @DCDefend held a community gathering to speak about their plans for this coming week.
Following Trump's event on the 4th, a "Free Speech Rally" on the 6th is expected to attract many of his high-profile supporters.
Antifa intends to show up. — Ford Fischer (@FordFischer) https://twitter.com/FordFischer/status/1146252516029542400 July 3, 2019 DC Antifa Hold "Community Gathering" To Discuss July 6 Plans https://youtu.be/iGIHgbZFqrk

Man convicted in Charlottesville attack asks for "mercy". The Adolf Hitler admirer who plowed his car through a crowd of people protesting a white nationalist rally in Virginia two years ago, killing one person and injuring dozens, has asked a judge to show mercy and sentence him to a prison term shorter than a life sentence. Lawyers for James Alex Fields Jr., 22, said in a sentencing memo submitted in court documents Friday that he should not spend his entire life in prison because of his age, a traumatic childhood and a history of mental illness. “No amount of punishment imposed on James can repair the damage he caused to dozens of innocent people. But this Court should find that retribution has limits,” his attorneys wrote. https://apnews.com/edbefa173dd7480fb64697aae9a78dc4

Portland police Lt. Jeff Niiya shared doubts about Joey Gibson’s promises to be peaceful at protests, emails show. The Portland police lieutenant under investigation for his friendly text and email exchanges with right-wing protest leader Joey Gibson at one point told his supervisors that he had started to doubt Gibson’s promises to remain peaceful. Lt. Jeff Niiya shared his concerns as the Police Bureau was preparing for competing rallies planned for Dec. 23, 2017 -- Gibson’s March for Jesus event and Direct Action Alliance’s community feed and clothing drive. http://s.oregonlive.com/KZido2Q

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Hate makes a comeback in the Pacific Northwest. In 2018, at least nine hate groups operated in the region of Spokane and northern Idaho, including Identity Evropa, Proud Boys, ACT for America and America's Promise Ministries. In late April, a self-described "American Nationalist" named Brittany Pettibone appeared at a meeting of Kootenai County, Idaho, Republicans to ask for help to bring her boyfriend, Martin Sellner, to the country from Austria. Pettibone, 26, said Sellner wants to marry her and live in Post Falls, Idaho. The Guardian published internet chats from 2017 in which a Washington state legislator and three other men discussed confronting "leftists" with a variety of tactics, including violence, surveillance and intimidation. James "Russell" Bolton, 51, faces at least six charges of extortion and attempted theft after he was arrested recently in West Virginia. Bolton has led a militia group called the Stevens County Assembly.The messages prompted Washington House Democrats to demand that the Republican lawmaker, Rep. Matt Shea of Spokane Valley, be reprimanded for a history of far-right speech and activities. While Shea did not propose violence, he did not speak up when violence was proposed, Democrats said. Hoover, the Gonzaga professor, said it is a mistake to consider all of the above as separate incidents. "These are movements," Hoover said, noting participants are not doing this alone. "They have interconnectedness over the internet." https://news.yahoo.com/hate-makes-comeback-pacific-northwest-144002397.html

NEW: Tennessee Police Protect White Nationalist Think Tank Meeting In State Park https://unicornriot.ninja/2019/tennessee-police-protect-white-nationalist-think-tank-meeting-in-state-park/ … Our latest article reports from Montgomery Bell State Park Resort, which rolled out the welcome mat for the white nationalist American Renaissance conference last weekend.

The Proud Boys street gang likes to argue it's a "drinking club" that provides security against its anti-fascist opponents. In reality, members plan violence for months before they attack, according to leaked chat logs obtained by HuffPost. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/proud-boys-chat-logs-premeditate-rally-violence-in-leaked-chats_n_5ce1e231e4b00e035b928683

The Proud Boys. A Republican Party Street Gang. by Emily Gorcenski http://feature.politicalresearch.org/the-proud-boys

Once Defiant, All Four White Supremacists Charged in Charlottesville Violence Plead Guilty. Guilty pleas last week by two prominent members of the Rise Above Movement came after pledges to fight federal charges and claims that those jailed were political prisoners punished for their controversial views. The men proclaimed their innocence, and their backers described them in social media posts as “patriots” and “political prisoners.” The gang, known as the Rise Above Movement and based in Southern California, set up an anonymous tip line for people to share evidence that might exonerate the imprisoned members, and it established a legal defense fund, with donations taken via PayPal and bitcoin. But in the following months, the men, one after the other, have pleaded guilty. Last Friday saw the final two guilty pleas, including one from Ben Daley, 26, one of the group’s leaders. He was joined by Michael Miselis, 30, a former Northrop Grumman aerospace engineer. The men pleaded guilty to conspiracy to riot. https://www.propublica.org/article/all-four-white-supremacists-charged-in-charlottesville-violence-plead-guilty

Two Members of Rise Above Movement Plead Guilty in Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' Rioting Case - Southern Poverty Law Center https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/05/03/two-members-rise-above-movement-plead-guilty-charlottesville-unite-right-rioting-case

2 more Rise Above Movement members, from the South Bay, plead guilty to federal riot charges. Two prominent members of the Rise Above Movement – a white-supremacist group based in Southern California – pleaded guilty Friday to one count each of conspiracy to riot in connection with the August 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Benjamin Drake Daley, 26, of Redondo Beach and Michael Paul Miselis, 30, of Lawndale entered their guilty pleas in U.S. District Court in Charlottesville. Each now faces up to five years in federal prison when sentenced in July, officials said. Two other members, arrested with Daley and Miselis in October, had already pleaded guilty: Thomas Walter Gillen of Redondo Beach and Cole Evan White of Clayton, California. https://www.dailybreeze.com/2019/05/03/remaining-2-rise-above-movement-members-plead-guilty-to-federal-riot-charges/

California man pleads guilty to riot conspiracy in 'Unite the Right' rally. Thomas Walter Gillen, 25, a member of the Rise Above Movement, a white supremacist group, entered the guilty plea on Monday in U.S. District Court, where he admitted traveling to rallies in California and Virginia with the purpose of committing acts of violence. Four members of the group were charged last October. In addition to Gillen, the other three were Benjamin Drake Daley, Michael Paul Miselis, and Cole Evan White. In November, White pleaded guilty. Miselis and Daley, who prosecutors say both traveled to Europe after the Charlottesville rally to meet with neo-Nazi and fascist groups and attended a festival in Germany celebrating Adolf Hitler's birthday, are being held without bond. https://www.whsv.com/content/news/California-man-pleads-guilty-to-riot-conspiracy-in-Unite-the-Right-rally-509213341.html

So this bullshit just went down today at Politics & Prose. White nationalists disrupting @JonathanMetzl talk on his book Dying of Whiteness. Point made. @PM_Learn Catherine Wigginton (@cewigginton) https://twitter.com/cewigginton/status/1122255631757524992

AIM https://unicornriot.ninja/2019/americans-of-european-heritage-exclusively-identity-evropa-front-group-meetings-leaked/

Rep. Matt Gaetz hires ex-White House aide ousted for white nationalist ties. “Very proud to have the talented Dr. Darren Beattie helping our team as a Special Advisor for Speechwriting. Welcome on board!” Gaetz tweeted Friday. Beattie was fired from the White House in August 2018 after reports that he had delivered remarks at a 2016 conference, dubbed an “active hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center, alongside a well-known white nationalist, Richard Spencer. Organizers of the event, the H.L. Mencken Club, described it as a gathering for the “independent-minded intellectuals and academics of the Right.” But the SPLC has described its attendees as “a band of white nationalists, pseudoacademic and academic racists.” https://politi.co/2vfviZC via @politico

What we know about the man who allegedly burned three black churches in Louisiana https://news.vice.com/en_us/article/597mnq/what-we-know-about-the-man-who-allegedly-burned-three-black-churches-in-louisiana

Trump Supporters Now Claim He Didn’t Call Neo-Nazis ‘Very Fine People’. Trump supporters have seized on the idea that it’s unfair for the media to say Trump said there were ‘very fine people on both sides’ when referring to white supremacists. “What are your thoughts about President Trump’s remarks regarding the Charlottesville demonstration, where he’s quoted as saying ‘you also had some very fine people on both sides?’” Gohmert said. “The media has completely distorted the truth of that episode,” Klein replied. This is a surprising move, given that there are videos and transcripts of Trump original remarks. But Trump supporters, led by Dilbert creator Scott Adams, have seized on the idea that it’s unfair for the media to say Trump said there were “very fine people on both sides” when referring to the white supremacists. https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-surprising-push-to-rebrand-trumps-very-fine-people-remarks

Man wearing Maga hat who 'slashed man with sword' charged with attempted murder https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/maga-hat-sword-attack-san-francisco-leor-bergland-gabriel-gaucin-a8858746.html

Suspect wearing 'MAGA' hat charged with attempted murder in alleged sword attack https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/437681-suspect-wearing-maga-hat-who-allegedly-attacked-man-with-sword

New video from the Alt-Right playbook explainer series: "Always a Bigger Fish" https://boingboing.net/2019/03/22/new-video-from-the-alt-right-p.html

US hate groups have seen ideas enter mainstream in Trump era, report finds https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/20/trump-hate-groups-ideas-spread-report-southern-poverty-law-center

Coast Guard lieutenant is a 'domestic terrorist' who compiled hit list, investigators say https://www.stripes.com/news/us/coast-guard-lieutenant-is-a-domestic-terrorist-who-compiled-hit-list-investigators-say-1.569494

A White Boy Called My Daughter A “Nigger” https://davidmartin.education/blog/2019/2/1/a-white-boy-called-my-daughter-a-nigger

Hardcore White Supremacists Elevate Dylann Roof to Cult Hero Status. https://www.adl.org/blog/hardcore-white-supremacists-elevate-dylann-roof-to-cult-hero-status

Founder of Proud Boys sues over being labeled hate group. Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes sued the U.S. Southern Poverty Law Center on Monday for defamation after it labeled his organization a hate group, alleging the designation was aimed at getting him kicked off social media platforms. https://reut.rs/2Gu2BPR

His side of the story: Nathan Phillips wants to talk about Covington https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/feb/04/nathan-phillips-his-story-hate-division-covington

The Dangers of a Press Over-Correction http://www.wnycstudios.org/story/dangers-press-over-correction/ via @onthemedia

Covington bishop apologizes to teen in face-off with Native American. In a letter to parents, the Most Rev. Roger Foys said the diocese was too quick to condemn the actions of the Covington Catholic High School students, particularly those of Nicholas Sandmann, the boy who was seen on video facing off with Native American elder Nathan Phillips as he performed the song "American Indian Movement" near the Lincoln Memorial. "We should not have allowed ourselves to be bullied and pressured into making a statement prematurely, and we take full responsibility for it," Foys wrote. "I especially apologize to Nicholas Sandmann and his family, as well as to all CovCath families who have felt abandoned during this ordeal." https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/bishop-apologizes-teen-who-faced-native-american-n963056 via @nbcnews

Kentucky bishop argues wearing MAGA hats not 'pro-life'. A Kentucky Catholic bishop argued that the Covington Catholic high school students at the center of a recent viral controversy after their confrontation with a Native American activist sparked outrage cannot be “pro-life” while supporting a president “who denigrates the lives of immigrants.” Lexington Bishop John Stowe wrote in an op-ed this week that as the leader of the Catholic Church in the 50 counties of Central and Eastern Kentucky he joins “the Diocese of Covington and other Catholic leaders in apologizing” for the actions of the group of Catholic students over the viral confrontation following their involvement with the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. “I am ashamed that the actions of Kentucky Catholic high school students have become a contradiction of the very reverence for human life that the march is supposed to manifest,” he continued. “As such, I believe that U.S. Catholics must take a look at how our support of the fundamental right to life has become separated from the even more basic truth of the dignity of each human person.” https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/427117-kentucky-bishop-argues-wearing-maga-hats-not-pro-life

Chants, cheers and the question of insensitivity: The culture of CovCath https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2019/01/25/accounts-past-covington-catholic-sporting-events-raise-questions/2636601002/ via @freep

Controversy over students mocking Native American strikes national chord. On the contrary, wrote Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo, watching every available video “doesn’t greatly change the substance of what you see on the video, which is a middle aged Native American activist/elder beating a ceremonial drum in the face of what appears to be a bemused and cocky teenager while his classmates surrounding them, mostly wearing Maga caps, jeer and taunt the man with chopping motions.” https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jan/23/controversy-students-mock-native-american-strikes-national-chord

The Credibility of 'Our Boys'. Much like similarly sympathetic—and credulous—coverage of Kavanaugh, the segment granted Sandmann and his peers a wealth of credibility that their whiteness and class status secures them. It’s a necessary practice, the argument goes, because the alternative is unacceptable: “ruining” the life of one of our boys. As David French put it in the National Review, when he sees “activists” trying to “destroy” Covington boys, he thinks: “That could be my son.” He argues that it’s the same feeling conservatives get when they saw Kavanaugh and thought: “That could be me.” https://theslot.jezebel.com/the-credibility-of-our-boys-1831983535

Skip TODAY Show, Watch This Interview With Nathan Phillips Instead. While mainstream media rushes to center the MAGA teens who taunted the Omaha elder, watch the Indigenous leader describe what really happened after the Indigenous Peoples March. http://www.colorlines.com/articles/skip-today-show-watch-interview-nathan-phillips-instead via @colorlines

Here's where we're at with the MAGA hat–wearing Covington boys https://news.vice.com/en_us/article/3kgz7b/heres-where-were-at-with-the-maga-hat-wearing-convington-boys

Louisville public relations firm RunSwitch PR played a key role in Covington Catholic controversy. RunSwitch partners Steve Bryant and Gary Gerdemann said that Sandmann family asked people they knew over the weekend about getting help with handling the media. https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/2019/01/21/covington-catholic-runswitch-pr-helped-student-in-controversial-video/2638400002/ via @courierjournal

The Covington Catholic boys harrassed my friends and I before the incident with Nathan Phillips even happened. I'm tired of reading things saying they were provoked by anyone else other than their own egos and ignorance 🤦🏼‍♀️ https://t.co/utdPFii92D @roflinds January 21, 2019

The whole story: Before and after video of Nathan Phillips, #MAGAyouth and more https://newsmaven.io/indiancountrytoday/news/the-whole-story-before-and-after-video-of-nathan-phillips-magayouth-and-more-_O6lTVo8M0muOgi6Foug-w/ via @IndianCountry

Viral standoff between a tribal elder and a high schooler is more complicated than it first seemed https://wapo.st/2FNbEe4

Watch “1 of 4 - Indigenous Peoples March #MAGAyouth, Nathan Phillips and others” on #Vimeo https://vimeo.com/312330750#t=1m19s

Watch “2 of 4 - Indigenous Peoples March incident Nathan Phillips and #MAGAyouth” on #Vimeo https://vimeo.com/312332730

Watch “3 of 4 - Nathan Phillips and #MAGAyouth, a chaperone and more...” on #Vimeo https://vimeo.com/312411257#t=1m25s

Watch “4 of 4 - Indigenous Peoples Day incident Nathan Phillips says "Relatives"” on #Vimeo https://vimeo.com/312374574

Maga hat boy's mother blames 'black Muslims' for son's confrontation with Native American man https://news.yahoo.com/maga-hat-boy-apos-mother-132527127.html

Video footage strongly contradicts Native American veteran Nathan Phillips' claim that Covington Catholic High School boys harassed him. The media got this one completely wrong, writes @robbysoave https://reason.com/blog/2019/01/20/covington-catholic-nathan-phillips-video

‘It was getting ugly’: Native American drummer speaks on the MAGA-hat wearing teens who surrounded him. Nathan Phillips, a veteran in the indigenous rights movement, was that man in the middle. In an interview Saturday, Phillips, 64, said he felt threatened by the teens and that they suddenly swarmed around him as and other activists were wrapping up the march and preparing to leave. Phillips, who was singing the American Indian Movement song of unity that serves as a ceremony to send the spirits home, said he noticed tensions beginning to escalate when the teens and other apparent participants from the nearby March for Life rally began taunting the dispersing indigenous crowd. A few people in the March for Life crowd began to chant “Build that wall, build that wall,” he said. https://wapo.st/2FAx1jD

Mob of young MAGA hat wearers surrounds Native American elder and mock him https://boingboing.net/2019/01/19/mob-of-young-maga-hat-wearers.html

Haaland condemns students' behavior toward Native elder at Indigenous Peoples March https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/426160-haaland-condemns-students-behavior-toward-native-elder-at

Republican Rep. Steve King embraced white supremacy, and the media had no idea how to cover it http://mm4a.org/4d7

4 arrested after throwing paint-filled water balloons at protesters outside White House. Activist Jovi Val held a rally in support of James Alex Fields, the man who drove his car into a crowd in Charlottesville, Virginia, in the summer of 2017, killing Heather Heyer and injuring a number of other people. Val and his group were holding the rally to support “oppressed conservatives” across the U.S. | WTOP https://shar.es/aaFvhN via @WTOP

Trump violence, Right-wing hate groups, Evangelicals, Nazis, "Free Speech"

Andy Ngo Has The Newest New Media Career. It's Made Him A Victim And A Star. https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/josephbernstein/andy-ngo-portland-antifa via @bernstein

Gov. Bill Lee proclaimed that Saturday is Nathan Bedford Forrest Day, in honor of a man who was the KKK's first grand wizard, a Confederate war criminal and a slave owner. The day of observation calls on Tennesseans to honor Nathan Bedford Forrest, a slave-owning war criminal and Klan grand wizard. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/tennessee-gov-bill-lee-honors-kkk-grand-wizard-proclamation_n_5d28dd44e4b0060b11ec14fb

To Whom It May Concern, I got your hate letter. I'd love to clarify many of your comments, which incidentally are ignorant and hateful. Unfortunately, your cowardly anonymity does not allow me to directly engage with you. Immigrants are makers, not takers #HereToStay #ThisIsHome — Omar Carrera - CEO (@canalalliance) https://twitter.com/canalalliance/status/1145824779569528833 July 1, 2019

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Anti-LGBT Conference Showcases Breadth of a Church Movement's Hate - Southern Poverty Law Center https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/anti-lgbt-conference-showcases-breadth-church-movement-hate

Accusations in a Mirror: How the Radical Right Blames Rising Political Violence on the Left - Southern Poverty Law Center https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/06/11/accusations-mirror-how-radical-right-blames-rising-political-violence-left

Detroit police chief faces backlash over neo-Nazi protest at Pride event. James Craig was criticized after officers escorted National Socialist Movement members who carried weapons at Motor City Pride. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jun/14/detroit-pride-festival-neo-nazi-police-protection-backlash

OFFICIALS SAY: Accused pro-nazi Cadet admits to running Twitter account. An ROTC cadet accused of operating a pro-Nazi and white supremacist Twitter account while at a North Carolina college has admitted the account was hers after enrolling in ROTC at a second school in the state, U.S. Army Cadet Command officials said this week. During an investigation into “online behavior that is not consistent with Army values,” Cadet Marth Gerdes of the University of North Carolina-Charlotte admitted to posting anti-Semitic, racist and anti-gay statements on Twitter, Maj. Dean Carter, a command spokesman, said Monday in an emailed statement. https://www.stripes.com/news/us/officials-say-accused-pro-nazi-cadet-admits-to-running-twitter-account-1.585628

Accusations in a Mirror: How the Radical Right Blames Rising Political Violence on the Left - Southern Poverty Law Center. Candace Owens, then communications director for the right-wing student group Turning Point USA, wrote off white nationalism as a fearmongering “election strategy” on the part of Democrats. “If they were really concerned about white nationalism, they’d hold hearings on antifa,” she told the committee. If you listened only to Owens’s testimony, you might never learn that the vast majority of extremist murders committed in 2018 were carried out by members of the far right who were steeped in white supremacist ideology. Or that the number of those murders is increasing. Or that many of the tech companies that control the online spaces where violent white supremacists become radicalized are failing to moderate hate content effectively, creating a fertile space for frustrated white men to become socialized into the world of hate. https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/06/11/accusations-mirror-how-radical-right-blames-rising-political-violence-left

Armed neo-Nazis at Detroit pride parade ‘wanted Charlottesville No. 2,’ chief says. Detroit Police Chief James Craig said neo-Nazis who interrupted the Motor City Pride Festival over the weekend intended on creating “Charlottesville No. 2.” The department has been under fire from some after video on social media emerged that seemingly showed police marching with members of the National Socialist Party. However, Craig on Monday applauded his department’s conduct, noting that its No. 1 goal was keeping the peace. http://s.mlive.com/0mioCJl

Why Detroit police 'escorted' Nazis at Motor City Pride https://www.freep.com/story/opinion/columnists/nancy-kaffer/2019/06/10/detroit-police-nazis-pride/1412498001/ via @freep

Detroit chief: Nazis wanted 'Charlottesville 2.0' at Detroit gay pride event https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2019/06/10/detroit-chief-nazis-wanted-charlottesville-no-2-detroit-gay-pride-event/1410945001/ via @detroitnews

Armed neo-Nazis get a police escort to disrupt Detroit Pride. https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/06/armed-neo-nazis-police-escort-detroit-pride.html via @slate

Armed neo-Nazis march with police protection during Detroit Pride parade https://www.newsweek.com/armed-neo-nazis-marched-police-protection-during-detroit-pride-parade-1443013

Why a Judge Just Let 3 White Supremacist Fight Club Members Go Free. In his opinion, U.S. District Judge Cormac Carney called the Anti-Riot statute “unconstitutionally overbroad” because it “criminalizes protected speech.” https://news.vice.com/en_us/article/neaq7m/why-a-judge-just-let-3-white-supremacist-fight-club-members-go-free

Judge Tosses All Charges in White Nationalist Rioting Plot. Members of the white supremacist group Rise Above Movement (RAM) were arrested on charges of plotting riots and inciting violence across the Golden State in 2017. One member of the group, Tyler Laube, pleaded guilty to the charge while the other three, Robert Rundo, Robert Boman and Aaron Eason were ordered released on Monday. https://www.courthousenews.com/judge-tosses-all-charges-in-white-nationalist-rioting-plot/

Indiana man sentenced to federal prison for vandalism at Carmel synagogue https://www.indystar.com/story/news/crime/2019/05/21/carmel-synagogue-vandalism-indiana-man-nolan-brewer-sentenced-federal-prison/3758040002/ via @indystar https://twitter.com/EmilyGorcenski/status/1132210962889678848

Trump ramps up war against 'political bias' with new social media reporting tool. The form urges users to post screenshots to back up claims of political bias and it also asks for the respondent's first and last name, zip code, phone number and their citizenship of residency status. - ABC News - https://abcn.ws/2JHb6s9

American Nazis protested a Holocaust remembrance event. A university's scholarship is part of the reason why. For the past five years, Joyce Griffis and Congregation Chaim B'Derech have held a Holocaust March for Remembrance in Russellville, Arkansas. It's always been solemn and peaceful. CNN sent protest organizer Billy Roper a number of questions in the days after the protest, but he has not responded. On his blog, he says he organized his group to protest what he called an "anti-Christian Holocaust Remembrance March." Controversy over the new scholarship at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville named for a now-deceased professor, Michael Link, has grown into a groundswell of opposition from the Anti-Defamation League and Jewish leaders. Link purportedly taught that Holocaust denial is a valid historical viewpoint. @CNN https://cnn.it/2E3iVF0

Andrew Neil: questions to Ben Shapiro were legitimate. The interview, which aired on Friday, became acrimonious as Neil robustly interrogated Shapiro about previous remarks such as “Israelis like to build, Arabs like to bomb crap”. Shapiro accused Neil of being a “lefty” and ended the interview prematurely. Shapiro later apologised for misinterpreting Neil’s “antagonism as political leftism” and conceded that he had been “destroyed” in the debate, adding he had not properly prepared for the interview. Josh Hammer, the editor-at-large of the Daily Wire channel, which broadcasts The Ben Shapiro Show, described the interview as a “hostile dredging up of nine-year-old (repudiated!) tweets” and questioned why Neil had not focused on Shapiro’s new book. https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/may/12/andrew-neil-questions-to-ben-shapiro-were-legitimate

A short history of Turning Point USA's racism. Turning Point USA is often associated with the time its members wore diapers in an attempt at “triggering” liberals, but this should not be the only public failure the group is remembered for. The conservative organization, which focuses on increasing right-wing political influence on college campuses, has a long history of involvement in racist incidents that are now permanently linked to its name. http://mm4a.org/4DQ

Can someone just clip the bit where Ben Shapiro calls Andrew Neil on “the left” and Neil laughs at him and says “Mr Shapiro if you only know how ridiculous” you sound, that would be great. Mark Di Stefano 🤙🏻 (@MarkDiStef) https://twitter.com/MarkDiStef/status/1126827610242207745 https://twitter.com/MarkDiStef/status/1126827992854990848 https://www.nationalreview.com/author/ben-shapiro/

BBC News - US politics: Andrew Neil and Ben Shapiro on abortion, Obama and Middle East. “I am not inclined to continue an interview with someone as badly motivated as you” US conservative political commentator Ben Shapiro ends spiky interview with @afneil https://www.bbc.com/news/av/uk-politics-48230588/us-politics-andrew-neil-and-ben-shapiro-on-abortion-obama-and-middle-east

The alleged synagogue shooter was a churchgoer who talked Christian theology, raising tough questions for evangelical pastors. Before he allegedly walked into a synagogue in Poway, Calif., and opened fire, John Earnest appears to have written a seven-page letter spelling out his core beliefs: that Jewish people, guilty in his view of faults ranging from killing Jesus to controlling the media, deserved to die. That his intention to kill Jews would glorify God. Days later, the Rev. Mika Edmondson read those words and was stunned. “It certainly calls for a good amount of soul-searching,” said Edmondson, a pastor in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, a small evangelical denomination founded to counter liberalism in mainline Presbyterianism. Earnest, 19, was a member of an OPC congregation. His father was an elder. He attended regularly. And in the manifesto, the writer spewed not only invective against Jews and racial minorities but also cogent Christian theology he heard in the pews. https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/2019/05/01/alleged-synagogue-shooter-was-churchgoer-who-articulated-christian-theology-prompting-tough-questions-evangelical-pastors/

A Former Alt-Right Member’s Message: Get Out While You Still Can. If you remember Katie McHugh, it’s probably because of the tweets. A short selection: “British settlers built the USA. ‘Slaves’ built the country much as cows ‘built’ McDonald’s. Amateur…” “The only way to strike a balance between vigilance, discrimination, (& terror) is to end Muslim immigration.” "Funny how Europeans assimilated, unlike Third Worlders demanding welfare while raping, killing Americans." There are many more examples, but this is the big one, the one that ultimately triggered her firing from her job as a writer and editor at Breitbart News in 2017: “There would be no deadly terror attacks in the U.K. if Muslims didn't live there." https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/rosiegray/katie-mchugh

COMMENTARY: Radical Democrats hate the United States. Like I said, “Joe McCarthy wasn’t wrong, he was just early.” Joe McCarthy would have a field day with today’s Democrat politicians. He’d be a hero for defending America from evil, radical Marxist politicians posing as “Democrats.” We’d be giving him ticker-tape parades. The House Un-American Activities Committee served as a model for McCarthy in the Senate. Let me ask you bluntly: How much more un-American can you get than the ideas espoused just in the past few days by Democrats? Contact Wayne Allyn Root https://lvrj.com/post/1649064 via @reviewjournal

Afghanistan war vet plotted to bomb Long Beach white nationalist rally, feds say https://fxn.ws/2LcFBZz

White nationalist rally doesn’t materialize as counter-protestors fill Bluff Park https://lbpo.st/2Pz24OR via @LongBeachPost

Rabbi Says Poway Shooting Victim's Funeral Will Be Most Difficult Of His Career. Oscar Stewart, 51, had been inside in the synagogue with his wife and stepdaughter. A veteran of both the Navy and the Army, Stewart confronted the gunman. “I was standing in the back and I heard the gunshot and into the lobby. I saw him and he fired two more rounds," Stewart said. "And I charged him at that point. He saw me and he dropped his weapon and he turned and ran." Normally, he said he sits in the front, which is why he said it was "God's will" he was in the back Saturday. Eventually, a member of the congregation, who is a border patrol agent in the El Centro Sector, ran out of the temple and began firing at the suspect. https://www.kpbs.org/news/2019/apr/29/rabbi-says-poway-shooting-victims-funeral-will-be-/ via @KPBSnews

Attorney: Coast Guard officer isn't facing terrorism charges. Christopher Hasson, 49, has remained in custody since his Feb. 15 arrest and subsequent indictment in Maryland on firearms and drug charges. Hasson's attorney, Liz Oyer, wrote in a court filing Monday that prosecutors recently disclosed that they don't expect to seek any additional charges. https://www.stripes.com/news/coast-guard/attorney-coast-guard-officer-isn-t-facing-terrorism-charges-1.577154

The plot against America: Inside the Christian right plan to "remodel" the nation https://www.salon.com/2019/04/13/the-plot-against-america-inside-the-christian-right-plan-to-remodel-the-nation/

Evangelical Taylor U community in uproar over Pence speech: "Deeply at odds with following Christ" https://www.salon.com/2019/04/12/evangelical-taylor-u-community-in-uproar-over-pence-speech-deeply-at-odds-with-following-christ/

Understanding the Alt-Right's Growing Fascination with 'Eco-Fascism' One name frequently cited by the #Ecofash is that of Ted Kaczynski; or as they affectionately name him, “Uncle Ted.” Otherwise known as The Unabomber, Kaczynski was a math-teacher-turned-terrorist who went on an 18-year bombing spree around the US between 1978 and 1996, killing three people and injuring 23 others. Kaczynski was radicalized after the land around his woodland cabin was bought by property developers. He saw himself as a Neo-luddite, fighting against the corporate world in favor of a more primitive lifestyle. Another key thinker on eco-fascism is the 86-year-old Finnish polemicist Pentti Linkola. A fisherman by trade, he believes that democracy doesn’t function and that the only way to prevent ecological collapse is to impose dictatorships that could force humans to be green. This would involve killing people en masse so as to avoid overpopulation—which he labels as the main cause behind the degradation of the planet. His ideology is summed up pretty well by the following quote: "What to do, when a ship carrying a hundred passengers suddenly capsizes and there is only one lifeboat? When the lifeboat is full, those who hate life will try to load it with more people and sink the lot. Those who love and respect life will take the ship's axe and sever the extra hands that cling to the sides." https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/vbw55j/understanding-the-alt-rights-growing-fascination-with-eco-fascism

Ocasio-Cortez links Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro to death threat against Ilhan Omar. https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/04/ocasio-cortez-fox-news-jeanine-pirro-threat-ilhan-omar.html via @slate

Trump under fire over Islamophobia after man threatens to kill Ilhan Omar https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/apr/07/trump-islamophobia-ilhan-omar-alexandria-ocasio-cortez

Trump Homeland Security Official Suggested Antifascists Were ‘The Actual Threats’ Here’s what Katie Gorka has been up to at work. Emails obtained through the Freedom of Information Act show Homeland Security officials working to find reasons to cancel funding for a Muslim civil rights group and a nonprofit that deradicalizes white supremacists. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/dhs-violent-extremism-katie-gorka-life-after-hate-mpac-antifa_n_5ca787d7e4b0a00f6d3f2e73

Vandals Spray Graffiti On and Inside Several Cars in El Cajon. It happened in El Cajon in the early hours of April Fool's day along and near Cordial Road off the Lake Jennings Park Road exit. The next morning Denise Ruis saw her friend’s car, who is staying with them, covered with black and blue spray paint. All four tires were slashed. They even wrote President Trump’s name on the hood and wrote numbers in black paint on their fence. They have lived there for two years and have always felt safe until now. She said another neighbor a couple of houses down had the name “Trump” written in spray paint on his vehicle. https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Vandals-Spray-Graffiti-On-and-Inside-Several-Cars-in-El-Cajon-508151661.html via @nbcsandiego

New Zealand killer scrawled 'inspiration' for shooting spree on guns https://mol.im/a/6812729 via @MailOnline

Trump supporter drives ‘build the wall’ float past New Zealand mourners at Cleveland City Hall. http://www.cleveland19.com/2019/03/15/trump-supporters-drive-build-wall-float-past-mourners-new-zealand-massacre-cleveland-city-hall/

Trump is cornered, with violence on his mind. We must be on red alert | Robert Reich https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/commentisfree/2019/mar/16/donald-trump-breitbart-interview-white-supremacy

U.S. sees steady rise in violence by white supremacists https://www.cbsnews.com/news/new-zealand-shooting-highlights-rise-violence-linked-to-white-supremacy-2019-03-15/

Militias, MAGA activists and one border town’s complicated resistance, Arivaca, Arizona. Arizona Border Recon Founder Tim Foley. Shawna Forde, the leader of Minuteman American Defense, a militia that patrolled the Borderlands for migrants. they murdered Raul “Junior” Flores and his 9-year-old daughter, Brisenia. a tall redheaded conspiracy theorist named Michael Lewis Arthur Meyer, who often goes by Lewis Arthur. Bryan Melchior of Sandy, Utah who ran a group called the Utah Gun Exchange. Ben Bergquam, a California talk radio host with over 100,000 Facebook followers. ARIZONA BORDER RECON is a three-person organization composed of Foley, his girlfriend, Jan Fields, and a man named Lorenzo Murillo, who also lives in Arivaca. Montanan Ryan Payne and a California man named Gary Hunt recruited him to help establish an organization called Operation Mutual Defense, or OMD. Lewis Arthur’s Tucson-based group, Veterans on Patrol, Jim and Sue Chilton had nothing to do with Shawna Forde, but they are vocal about their support for Foley and Arizona Border Recon. - https://www.hcn.org/articles/us-mexican-border-militias-maga-activists-and-one-border-towns-complicated-resistance @highcountrynews

On Fox News, Dinesh D’Souza calls on Trump to use “force” and send the National Guard to college campuses to crack down on liberal protesters http://mm4a.org/4XQ

The neo-Nazi plot against America is much bigger than we realize https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/mar/02/christopher-hasson-coast-guard-neo-nazi-far-right

Mark Krikorian Among Nativist, Anti-Muslim Figures Who Conferred With Trump During White House Meeting - Southern Poverty Law Center https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/01/31/mark-krikorian-among-nativist-anti-muslim-figures-who-conferred-trump-during-white-house

Religious Liberty, Abortion protests

Christian Student Group Claims Anti-Religious Discrimination at Wayne State University. The 75-year-old chapter had its student organization status revoked in 2017 and has since embarked on a legal crusade to protect the rights of Christians on campus. “Wayne State rightly allows fraternities to have only male leaders, female athletic clubs to have only female leaders, and African-American clubs to have only African-American leaders. But Wayne State cannot then say it is wrong for a Christian club to have only Christian leaders,” the lawsuit states. “Wayne State’s attempt to tell InterVarsity how to define its faith and select its leaders is anti-religious discrimination that violates clearly established federal and state law.” Within days of the lawsuit, Wayne State had reinstated the student group. But InterVarsity wasn’t finished—and has pushed ahead with the lawsuit anyway. Filed in U.S District Court in the Eastern District of Michigan, the case seeks a permanent injunction prohibiting “enforcement of Wayne State’s non-discrimination policy against InterVarsity based on InterVarsity’s practice of selecting religious leaders who share its faith” and unspecified damages for the group’s “loss of rights.” https://www.thedailybeast.com/intervarsity-christian-fellowship-claims-discrimination-at-wayne-state-university

Mike Pompeo human rights commission thing is in my (very small) wheelhouse. — Samuel Moyn (@samuelmoyn) Mary Ann Glendon. Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). “Christian Human Rights” “natural rights” counter revolution https://twitter.com/samuelmoyn/status/1148580364824301568 July 9, 2019

Under Trump, Christian nationalists are playing to win — and liberals are finally fighting back https://www.salon.com/2019/07/07/under-trump-christian-nationalists-are-playing-to-win-and-liberals-are-finally-fighting-back/

Poll: Support for abortion rights increases as restrictive laws spread. https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/05/poll-support-abortion-rights-increases.html via @slate

Christian rightwing figures warn abortion fight could lead to civil war. Earlier this month, the Guardian revealed that the Washington state republican legislator Matt Shea had also speculated about civil war, and the “Balkanization” of America, predicting that Christians would retreat to “zones of freedom” such as the inland Pacific north-west, where Shea is campaigning for a new state to break away from Washington. Asked on a podcast if the two halves of the country could remain together, Shea said: “I don’t think we can, again, because you have half that want to follow the Lord and righteousness and half that don’t, and I don’t know how that can stand.” Shea has introduced a bill – unlikely to pass – which would criminalize abortion in the state. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/26/abortion-ban-rightwing-christian-figures-civil-war-predictions

A new report shows harassment and hate mail at abortion clinics rose in 2018. One clinic discovered nails sprinkled in its parking lot, according to a new report on violence against abortion providers. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/abortion-clinics-see-surge-in-harassment-and-hate_n_5ce81832e4b0cce67c8a6890

Thousands rally across US against abortion bans – in pictures https://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2019/may/21/abortion-rights-activists-rally-across-us

An Amazon series and a Lionsgate comedy are the first major productions to confirm they are pulling out of Georgia over the heartbeat bill http://bit.ly/2VTTl0b

Abortion in America, explained in 10 facts https://www.vox.com/2019/5/16/18628002/abortion-ohio-alabama-georgia-law-bill-details

Pence Whines to Liberty Grads About How Oppressed Christians Are https://splinternews.com/pence-whines-to-liberty-grads-about-how-oppressed-chris-1834703265

How Kellyanne Conway influenced a new Trump rule cheered by religious conservatives. Polling done a decade ago by the senior White House adviser finds its way into a new federal rule cheered by religious activists. Late last week, the Health and Human Services Department unveiled a regulation that empowers doctors and other health workers to decline care that violates their beliefs. The 440-page rule cites Conway’s years-old polling, including another she conducted in 2011, a dozen times. No other surveys are cited more frequently — and no other data is more central to the Trump administration’s arguments. https://politi.co/2vL6IQN

Trump strengthens protections for religious health workers. The Trump administration Thursday finalized new rules making it easier for health care workers to refuse to provide care that violates their religious or moral beliefs, advancing a policy favored by anti-abortion groups and Christian conservatives closely allied with the Trump administration. The rules will protect "physicians, pharmacists, nurses, teachers, students and faith-based charities," President Donald Trump said during Rose Garden remarks noting the National Day of Prayer. "Together, we are building a culture that cherishes the dignity and worth of human life." https://politi.co/2PIhj8r

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Pence’s Detention Center Visit Exposes Depths of Trump Administration’s Cruelty. “I was not surprised by what I saw,” the vice president said. “I knew we’d see a system that was overwhelmed”. Connelly and Ocasio-Cortez are right. Trump and Pence have made a significant departure from Obama Administration policy regarding the detention of migrants, keeping migrants detained beyond legal limits and systematically separating families. It’s a crisis of their own making and their proposed solution is to build more facilities instead of changing the policies that are keeping people detained in inhumane conditions. https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/pence-detention-center-visit-858668/ via @RollingStone

Perspective | Migrant children drew disturbing pictures of cages and bars. They also drew these bright scenes. https://wapo.st/32gg7yO

How a private wall rose on the border using millions in donations — and deception and threats https://news.yahoo.com/how-a-private-wall-rose-on-the-border-using-millions-in-donations-and-deception-and-threats-100000942.html

UN rights chief ‘appalled’ by conditions in US for migrants https://lvrj.com/post/1706341

Holocaust Survivor: Yes, the Border Detention Centers Are Like Concentration Camps. Republicans think comparing the cramped border detention centers to concentration camps is offensive to Holocaust survivors. Ruth Bloch, 93, begs to differ. https://www.thedailybeast.com/holocaust-survivor-yes-the-border-detention-centers-are-like-concentration-camps

There’s no way to discuss modern atrocities without the context of the Holocaust. Why Holocaust Comparisons Matter. The Nazi genocide gives us a frame of reference to understand modern atrocities. https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/07/holocaust-museum-concentration-camps-border.html via @slate

Acting homeland security secretary defends border conditions. Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan on Sunday defended conditions at U.S. Border Patrol stations following reports of crowded and unsanitary conditions that have heightened debate about President Donald Trump’s immigration policy, a trademark issue for his re-election campaign. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he is stunned when administration officials say that reports on the conditions are unsubstantiated. “I’m just like, ‘What world are they living in?’” Merkley said, citing government and news reports. “From every direction you see that the children are being treated in a horrific manner. And there’s an underlying philosophy that it’s OK to treat refugees in this fashion. And that’s really the rot at the core of the administration’s policy.” https://lvrj.com/post/1705574 via @reviewjournal

President Trump on border facilities: "When people come in illegally and then it's crowded. And I've seen some of those places and they are run beautifully. They're clean. They are good. They do a great job." — The Hill (@thehill) "https://twitter.com/thehill/status/1147675347594428419 July 7, 2019

Nurses Say Border Patrol Is Delaying Treatment To Sick Immigrant Kids, With Dire Consequences. In the wake of at least five children dying in US government custody in the last nine months, two nurses told BuzzFeed News immigration agents have delayed taking sick children in increasingly dire condition to a hospital near the border for treatment, putting the kids at risk of potentially severe health issues. The two registered nurses, who have treated immigrant children at a hospital in the Rio Grande Valley, said young patients arriving in recent months are often in such poor health that they're "on the borderline" of medical staff needing to call a specialized rapid response team of doctors to prevent them from going into respiratory or cardiac arrest. https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/adolfoflores/nurses-sick-immigrant-kids-border-patrol via @aflores

A few days ago, Alexandria and the team visited a series of detention camps run by the United States government, and what we saw was unconscionable.
As we walked from camp to camp, virulent racists protested our visit — screaming violent words, xenophobic insults, and racist defenses of their concentration camps. Officers with Customs and Border Patrol treated her, a Congresswoman, as if she were the enemy.
But that beginning was nothing compared to what we saw inside, even after the CBP had days to hide the worst of their injustices. Women had been left outside in the 100 degree heat for weeks, with no access to basic hygiene or adequate sleeping conditions.

In her own words: AOC describes the "intentional cruelty" she saw inside a migrant detention center. https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/07/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-border-migrant-centers-exclusive-mother-jones-podcast/ via @MotherJones

A Congressional Tour of Border Patrol Stations Just “Went Off the Rails”. Customs and Border Protection officers told the delegation that they couldn’t take photos of the facility — though Kennedy said one guard tried to take a selfie with New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez — or speak to detainees. The politicians managed to speak to a few migrants anyway, Kennedy said, and the conditions they described were horrific. “One cell had 13 women from Cuba that had been moved into the facility that morning. They were on sleeping bags — no pillows, no air mattresses,” Kennedy said of the Border Patrol station in El Paso. “The cell next door had about 10 people in it, including a 6-year-old boy and a pregnant woman from Cuba. They told stories of a lack of access to medication, a lack of information about what was going on.” On Twitter, Ocasio-Cortez said detainees were told to drink out of toilets — some facilities have combination toilet and sinks. Ocasio-Cortez said she spoke with several women at the El Paso facility, one of whom described the treatment there as “psychological warfare.” https://news.vice.com/en_us/article/vb98pa/a-congressional-tour-of-border-patrol-stations-just-went-off-the-rails

36 Jewish protesters arrested at ICE detention center in New Jersey - Jewish Telegraphic Agency https://www.jta.org/quick-reads/36-jews-arrested-protesting-at-ice-detention-center

Judge blocks Trump from using billions in military funds for border wall https://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/450987-judge-permanently-blocks-trump-from-using-billions-in-military-funds

After concentration camp comparison, photographer shares photos of Ocasio-Cortez at border https://thehill.com/homenews/house/450315-photographer-shares-photos-of-ocasio-cortez-at-border-after-concentration-camp

Auschwitz Memorial criticizes congressman for filming selfie video in a gas chamber. Rep. Clay Higgins, a Republican from Louisiana, is being criticized for making comments about the United States’ military and terrorism while inside the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum in Poland. https://www.dailydot.com/layer8/clay-higgins-auschwitz-gas-chamber-video/

Rep. King met with far-right Austrians on trip funded by Holocaust memorial group https://wapo.st/2CHvWEx

Trump official: detained children do not need soap and blankets – video https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/video/2019/jun/23/us-government-lawyer-detained-children-do-not-need-soap-blankets-video

What Trump supporters think of family separations at the border. "To be perfectly honest, I'm angry at the parents," she said. "I feel very honestly that it's their fault that the children have been separated, because they're bringing them in illegally. And the other thing is, the law that has been put on the books was not put on recently. It was put on back many years ago, and I think very seriously that they need very firmly to say enough is enough." She faulted the media for using children to play on people's emotions. @CNN https://cnn.it/2llQQz9

What Has The U.S. Gained From Tariff Talks With Mexico? NPR's Steve Inskeep talks to White House trade adviser Peter Navarro about the negotiated tariff settlement between the U.S. and Mexico. NPR's Scott Horsley comments on the discussion. https://n.pr/31u7PTs Navarro ran unsuccessfully for office in San Diego, California five times. In 1992 he ran for mayor, finishing first (38.2%) in the primary, but lost with 48% to Susan Golding in the runoff. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Navarro

Acting DHS chief testifies about situation at border. Acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kevin McAleenan testified before Congress Tuesday about new migration figures from the U.S. border with Mexico. “In the last 40 days, 60,000 children have entered into DHS custody, both unaccompanied and as part of family units," McAleenan told the Senate Judiciary Committee. “Last month ... we encountered a modern record of 144,000 border crossers, a record day of over 5,800 border crossings in a single 24-hour period and the largest single group ever apprehended at our border, 1,036 individuals.” https://thehill.com/latino/447913-acting-dhs-chief-testifies-about-situation-at-border

The GoFundMe Border Wall Blocked Access To A Monument. It's Been Ordered To Keep A Gate Open Indefinitely. "They think they can build now and ask questions later, and that's not how it works," a water agency spokesperson said. https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/salvadorhernandez/gofundme-border-wall-gate-access-monument-water via @salhernandez

Private border wall expands onto federal land, blocking access to historic site. On Monday, IBWC, accompanied by sheriff deputies, opened the gate and, according to Kuczmanski, told We Build the Wall that any tampering with the gate would be “considered trespassing and further action will be taken.” We Build the Wall reacted with outrage. The group called for the firing of Commissioner Harkins and mobilized supporters. Kolfage fulminated on his Twitter feed that the opening of the gate was due to the IBWC’s being “half owned by Mexico,” and Benvie live-streamed on Facebook that if the IBWC and the ACLU “want a war, they’ll get war.” https://interc.pt/2IwRxAE by @DebbieNathan2, @JordynRR

CBP says photos of U.S. travelers, license plate images were stolen in data breach https://thehill.com/policy/technology/447778-cbp-says-photos-of-us-travelers-license-plate-images-were-stolen-in-data

Footage shows migrants walking around border wall to enter US https://fxn.ws/2X15H6m #FoxNews

Southwest Border Migration FY 2019 https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/stats/sw-border-migration

The GoFundMe Border Wall Is Finished. It’s Not Stopping Migrants From Coming In. https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/salvadorhernandez/border-wall-gofundme-sunland-park-residents-migrants via @salhernandez

Troops to paint section of US-Mexico border wall. The government made that determination after Customs and Border Protection earlier painted sections of barrier in Arizona. Some sections there were painted bright white. https://www.stripes.com/news/us/troops-to-paint-section-of-us-mexico-border-wall-1.584995

How a MAGA Stunt Became a Very Real Border Wall https://politi.co/2MjU8mQ via @politicomag

Mexican president on Trump immigration tariffs: 'America First is a fallacy'. Trump in a tweet on Thursday announced he was imposing a 5 percent tariff beginning June 10 on all Mexican imports “until such time as illegal migrants coming through Mexico, and into our Country, STOP.” The White House released a statement saying the tariff would increase by 5 percent each month until it reaches 25 percent. It’s unclear how the administration will measure Mexican progress on stemming migration. https://thehill.com/latino/446282-mexican-president-on-trump-immigration-tariffs-america-first-is-a-fallacy

Trump says U.S. to impose 5 percent tariff on all Mexican imports beginning June 10 in dramatic escalation of border clash https://wapo.st/2HNtgY8

Private border wall construction halts after New Mexico town protests https://reut.rs/2WqBNZ2

https://goo.gl/maps/VYBBu7qQqzVkFCnc8 Private group says it's building its own border wall using millions donated in GoFundMe campaign. Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who chairs We Build the Wall's advisory board, told CNN on Monday that the stretch of private wall connects two 21-mile sections of existing fencing. Jeff Allen told CNN he owns the property where We Build the Wall's team is working, and he's excited to see it. "They are doing an incredible job," he said. "I have fought illegals on this property for six years. I love my country and this is a step in protecting my country." Daniel Garcia Salinas, the director of a nearby museum on the Mexican side of the border, told CNN the new wall went up rapidly over the weekend, changing the horizon behind the Museo Casa de Adobe. Garcia said that when he had left the museum Friday afternoon there was no fencing there. By Saturday morning, he said, portions of new wall had been constructed. "They moved very quickly," he said. @CNNPolitics https://cnn.it/2HDO3NA

Privately funded organization 'We Build the Wall' starts construction of border barrier in El Paso area. Former Kansas Secretary of State, Kris Kobach, said on "Fox & Friends" Monday that the project was undertaken because there is a "ridiculously large gap" near Mount Cristo Rey that drug and human smugglers are taking advantage of. The barrier will be built on private land. Authorities in the El Paso Sector - which provides support for the counties of El Paso and Hudspeth in the state of Texas and the entire state of New Mexico - apprehends 930 people per day, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. https://fxn.ws/2HXc4Or #FoxNews

Trump administration will hire Cuccinelli for senior DHS border role. The Trump administration will hire conservative firebrand and former Virginia attorney general Ken Cuccinelli II to coordinate immigration policy at the Department of Homeland Security, three administration officials said Tuesday. Cuccinelli will work at DHS in a senior role and will report to acting DHS secretary Kevin ­McAleenan, while also providing regular briefings to President Trump at the White House, according two officials briefed on the appointment. https://wapo.st/2QeCiQp

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All people that are illegally coming into the United States now will be removed from our Country at a later date as we build up our removal forces and as the laws are changed. Please do not make yourselves too comfortable, you will be leaving soon! Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1129338665216430080

Trump sending ‘500 migrants a month’ to Florida Democratic strongholds https://politi.co/2Q4hTgT

Pentagon will pull money from ballistic missile and surveillance plane programs to fund border wall https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2019/05/12/pentagon-will-pull-money-ballistic-missile-surveillance-plane-programs-fund-border-wall/

An Arizona border sheriff confronts the wall - https://www.hcn.org/issues/51.6/immigration-an-arizona-border-sheriff-confronts-the-wall @highcountrynews

What It's Like To Live In The Shadow Of The Wall https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/katebubacz/us-mexico-southern-border-american-backyard via @BuzzFeedNews

Since its creation in 1989, journalists, members of Congress, government agencies and researchers have seen Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) as a vital tool for watchdogging the federal government. The website compiles government data, received through systematic Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, and provides it free to the public and the press. But in early April, the organization hit a wall: Its requests for information about asylum and immigration cases weren’t getting through. High Country News spoke to TRAC’s co-founder, Susan Long. They said they are concerned about protecting individuals’ privacy within the data. And during the review, these concerns had come up. But this is anonymous data; there is no way to identify anyone. This is just statistical-type data, so you can’t identify an individual through the records. https://www.hcn.org/articles/immigration-watchdogs-hit-a-wall-in-accessing-once-available-immigration-data

The FBI Has Arrested The Leader Of An Armed Militia Detaining Migrants At The Border. Larry Mitchell Hopkins, 69, was arrested on a federal complaint charging him with being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, the FBI said. He was arrested near the New Mexico border with the assistance of the Sunland Park Police Department. The arrest of Hopkins, who is referred to as "the commander" of the United Constitutional Patriots and goes by the alias Johnny Horton Jr., was hailed by New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas. “This is a dangerous felon who should not have weapons around children and families,” Balderas said in a statement. “Today's arrest by the FBI indicates clearly that the rule of law should be in the hands of trained law enforcement officials, not armed vigilantes.” The Flora Vista, New Mexico resident was previously arrested in 2006 in Klamath County, Oregon, facing charges for impersonating a peace officer and two charges of a felon in possession of a firearm, according to court records. He ended up pleading no contest to a charge of impersonating a peace officer and guilty to felony possession of a firearm. https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/adolfoflores/militia-border-fbi-arrest-larry-hopkins-united via @aflores

The FBI arrested Larry Mitchell Hopkins, 69, for alleged unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition , days after his group posted videos that appeared to show armed men stopping migrants at the border in New Mexico, ordering them to sit on the ground and coordinating with US border patrol agents to have them taken into custody. Hopkins’ role in the group was unclear, and it was also not clear if he was facing any charges directly related to the videos of the men stopping migrants. The New Mexico attorney general’s office described Hopkins as a “dangerous felon who should not have weapons around children and families” and labeled him an “armed individual detaining migrants at the border”. https://gu.com/p/ba4fk/stw

Armed militia patrolling border near Sunland Park: 'Border Patrol asked us to come here' - KVIA https://www.kvia.com/news/border/armed-militia-patrolling-border-near-sunland-park-border-patrol-asked-us-to-come-here-/1061390952 https://twitter.com/rockyhorrorrr/status/1118704839192719360 https://twitter.com/leftkist/status/1118611477991026688

White House proposed releasing immigrant detainees in sanctuary cities, targeting political foes. The White House believed it could punish Democrats — including Pelosi — by busing ICE detainees into their districts before their release, according to two DHS whistleblowers who independently reported the busing plan to Congress. One of the whistleblowers spoke with The Washington Post, and several DHS officials confirmed the accounts. They spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. Senior Trump adviser Stephen Miller discussed the proposal with ICE, according to two DHS officials. Matthew Albence, who is ICE’s acting deputy director, immediately questioned the proposal in November. “It was basically an idea that Miller wanted that nobody else wanted to carry out,” said one congressional investigator who has spoken to one of the whistleblowers. “What happened here is that Stephen Miller called people at ICE, said if they’re going to cut funding, you’ve got to make sure you’re releasing people in Pelosi’s district and other congressional districts.” The investigator spoke on the condition of anonymity to protect the whistleblower. https://wapo.st/2Ga7ziB

Visiting border, Trump says he could close it in 'a day' “They system is full, can’t take you any more,” Trump said, adding that whether it is “illegal immigration” or “asylum” seekers, the answer is “I’m sorry, we’re full.” https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/437644-visiting-border-trump-says-he-could-close-it-in-a-day

Trump bewilders GOP allies on immigration ahead of border visit. Trump will travel to Calexico, Calif., to tour the border on Friday on a West Coast swing that also includes 2020 campaign fundraising. The White House has not disclosed details of the trip. https://politi.co/2FOVkIq via @politico

FAIR Board Member, Immigration Hardliner Sheriffs Appear With President Trump As He Vetoes Resolution To Block National Emergency - Southern Poverty Law Center https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/03/19/fair-board-member-immigration-hardliner-sheriffs-appear-president-trump-he-vetoes

Why Trump didn’t stop a GOP revolt on his border emergency. The president’s haphazard persuasion efforts led to an embarrassing rebuff on the Senate floor. It was also a reminder that White House aides have long acknowledged the futility of speaking for or negotiating on the president’s behalf, a position they are now openly conveying to lawmakers: passing along his tweets rather than attempting to twist arms or hash out a compromise themselves. https://politi.co/2TOHYVk via @politico

@CBPSanDiego fielding questions about the border wall prototypes demolition and secondary wall project replacing them while another section falls https://twitter.com/10NewsTravis/status/1100835863502581760 @10News

Analysis | Stephen Miller’s claim that ‘thousands of Americans die year after year’ from illegal immigration. But there is no evidence these claims are true. In fact, the available evidence suggests these claims are false. This is a good example about how a paucity of data allows political advocates to jump to conclusions. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/02/21/stephen-millers-claim-that-thousand-americans-die-year-after-year-illegal-immigration/

Demonstrators protest opening of new migrant shelter. Demonstrators gathered at the old San Diego County Family Court Building on 6th Street in Downtown, to protest the opening of a new temporary migrant shelter. "Americans First!" They said it's a reminder of priorities-- Americans or those just passing through. "It's like standing in the line at the grocery store, and somebody pushes you to the back of the line and goes in front. That's what these illegal immigrants are doing," Melinda Oporto of Make California Great Again, said. Oporto told 10News her son was in the military. But when he came back stateside, he became homeless. She expressed her anger as to why special services were being provided to migrants, and not to those who served the Country. https://www.10news.com/news/local-news/demonstrators-protest-opening-of-new-migrant-shelter-in-downtown

‘I Didn’t Need to Do This’ Sums Up the Entire Trump Presidency. Trump’s national emergency declaration to build a southern border wall will be met with fierce Democratic opposition, both legally and in Congress https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/trump-national-emergency-details-795290/ via @RollingStone

Republicans in Bloomfield Hills rally to 'Build the Wall' https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/oakland/2019/01/26/republicans-bloomfield-hills-rally-build-wall/2689514002/ via @freep

Senate rejects dueling GOP, Democratic bills to end partial government shutdown. The vote was 52-44 on the Democratic bill, with all Democrats voting yes and several Republicans crossing over, including Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, Maine Sen. Susan Collins, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner, Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson, and Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander. Not voting on the bill were Sens. Richard Burr, Rand Paul, James Risch, and Jacky Rosen. https://fxn.ws/2G1CqzL #FoxNews

Fact-checking @realDonaldTrump’s false and misleading immigration claims https://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2019/jan/24/fact-checking-donald-trumps-false-and-misleading-c/ via @PolitiFact

What is the humanitarian crisis at border? Trump calls wall only solution to ‘growing humanitarian crisis’ at border. Trump painted a harrowing picture of danger and death along the U.S.-Mexico border, describing undocumented immigrants as murderers, rapists and drug smugglers and arguing that a steel barrier — for which he is demanding that Congress appropriate $5.7 billion — is the only solution. https://wapo.st/2FgrnD5

TRUMP: "I don't think we have ever seen unity like this in the Republican Party. The media, which I call the opposition party, in coordination with the Democrats, they are not talking about the Democrats folding... I don't think there will be any break away [among Republicans]." https://t.co/x8thr8VsEl Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 10, 2019

To understand Trump’s speech, look at the US-Mexico border as it exists today https://qz.com/1517907/ via @qz

Video of Trump sniffing. Trump doesn't declare a nat'l emergency & concludes by passing the buck: "To Congress, pass a bill that ends this crisis...This is a choice between right & wrong. Justice and injustice. This is about whether we fulfill our sacred duty to protect the American citizens we serve." https://t.co/DJHTkSXVrT @atrupar January 9, 2019

Analysis | Your fact-checking cheat sheet for Trump’s immigration address https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/01/08/your-fact-checking-cheat-sheet-trumps-immigration-address/

All living former presidents refute Trump's claim they privately voiced support for border wall with Mexico https://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-pol-presidents-refute-trump-wall-20190107-story.html

Analysis | Sarah Sanders: Valuing life is ‘what sets America apart from every other country’ https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/01/06/sarah-sanders-valuing-life-is-what-sets-america-apart-every-other-country/

Border lawmakers press Trump to beef up existing security https://thehill.com/latino/423974-border-lawmakers-press-trump-to-beef-up-existing-security

Undocumented Workers

Undocumented workers fired from Donald Trump's golf clubs are now asking to meet with the president, hoping to gain legal status. “You know we are hard workers and that we are not criminals or seeking a free ride in America,” nearly two dozen people wrote in a letter to the president. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/workers-fired-trump-golf-clubs-letter-white-house-meeting_n_5d20b462e4b01b83473789c9

Trump breaks his silence about undocumented immigrants working at his properties. “I don’t know because I don’t run it,” he replied. “But I would say this,” he added. “Probably every club in the United States has that because it seems to be, from what I understand, a way that people did business.” https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/07/trump-breaks-his-silence-about-undocumented-immigrants-working-at-his-properties/ via @MotherJones

ICE has held former Trump family driver in detention for 8 months: Zoltan Tamas, 38, of Romania previously worked as a driver for the Trump family and the president’s campaign staff during the 2016 election, according to The New York Times. At the time, Tamas had reportedly been a green card holder since legally immigrating to the country from Romania in 2011. However, Tamas was arrested by immigration authorities after he applied for U.S. citizenship in 2016 and was discovered to have had been convicted in absentia of committing insurance fraud in Romania following a background check, according to the Times. https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/436511-a-former-driver-for-the-trump-family-has-been-in-ice-detention

Did you hear that? It sounded like a twig snapping behind us. The Washington Post published an important, moving story on Wednesday about an undocumented immigrant named Juan Quintero who was employed by the Trump family for years—working particularly closely with Eric Trump at an upstate New York hunting property he co-owns with his brother, Don Jr.—but has now been laid off, seemingly for the sake of political optics, and left unable to support his family. It’s the latest in a series of reports that make clear that the Trumps were happy until very recently to systematically exploit the low cost of undocumented labor when it suited them, even as they complained publicly that illegal immigration is an infestation that is ruining America. https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/03/trump-sons-hunting-preserve-run-now-before-its-too-late.html via @slate

Second undocumented worker says he worked directly for Eric Trump: report https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/432897-second-undocumented-worker-says-he-worked-directly-for-eric

Worker fired from Trump golf course says Trump must have known undocumented people were employed https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/427196-worker-fired-from-trump-golf-course-says-trump-knew-undocumented

Run-up to War

Navy ship shoots down Iranian drone over Strait of Hormuz. U.S. Marines from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard the USS Boxer used “counter-drone jamming equipment” to take down the drone, according to a CNN report citing a U.S. official. https://www.stripes.com/news/middle-east/navy-ship-shoots-down-iranian-drone-over-strait-of-hormuz-1.590959

Mike Pence says West Point grads should expect to see combat. Vice President Mike Pence told the most diverse graduating class in the history of the U.S. Military Academy on Saturday that the world is "a dangerous place" and they should expect to see combat. "Some of you will join the fight against radical Islamic terrorists in Afghanistan and Iraq," he said. Pence congratulated the West Point graduates on behalf of President Donald Trump, and told them, "As you accept the mantle of leadership I promise you, your commander in chief will always have your back. President Donald Trump is the best friend the men and women of our armed forces will ever have." https://www.stripes.com/news/army/mike-pence-says-west-point-grads-should-expect-to-see-combat-1.583002

Satellite Images Raise Questions About Iran Threat, Experts Say. More than a thousand American troops are headed to the region, but questions about the threat persist. https://www.thedailybeast.com/satellite-images-raise-questions-about-iran-threat-experts-say

Trump officials brief a divided Congress on escalating tensions with Iran. Lawmakers were sharply divided Tuesday over whether Iran poses an imminent threat to U.S. interests or the Trump administration is exaggerating intelligence to lay the groundwork for war. Top administration officials briefed the House and Senate in two closed-door sessions for all members, presenting evidence that Iran may be poised to attack U.S. military and diplomatic personnel in the Middle East. But some Democrats said that none of the information showed Iran was appreciably more of a threat now than in the past, and they accused the administration of being ready to attack at the slightest provocation. https://wapo.st/2QbZe2E

Iran hits back at Trump for tweeting 'genocidal taunts'. “Goaded by #B_Team,” Zarif wrote on Twitter, in an apparent reference to Trump advisers such as John Bolton, “@realdonaldTrump hopes to achieve what Alexander, Genghis & other aggressors failed to do. Iranians have stood tall for millennia while aggressors all gone. #EconomicTerrorism & genocidal taunts won’t ‘end Iran’.” He added: “#NeverThreatenAnIranian. Try respect – it works!” https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/20/iran-trump-tweet-genocidal-taunts

It Sure Looks Like the Trump Administration Is Preparing for War With Iran https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/trump-administration-preparing-for-war-with-iran-835116/ via @RollingStone

Coalition officer says no rise in Iran threat in Iraq, Syria; CENTCOM disputes claim https://www.stripes.com/news/middle-east/coalition-officer-says-no-rise-in-iran-threat-in-iraq-syria-centcom-disputes-claim-1.580964

Saudi Arabia says its oil pipeline was attacked by drones https://apnews.com/63d729241e0645539dad32f57de7bc95

Military

America is woefully unprepared for cyber warfare, experts say https://www.stripes.com/news/us/america-is-woefully-unprepared-for-cyber-warfare-experts-say-1.590354

Trump Keeps Talking About the Last Military Standoff With Iran — Here’s What Really Happened https://www.propublica.org/article/trump-keeps-talking-about-last-military-standoff-iran-what-really-happened-farsi-island-navy

Pentagon spent $1.2 million to support 'Salute to America' event on July Fourth https://www.stripes.com/news/us/pentagon-spent-1-2-million-to-support-salute-to-america-event-on-july-fourth-1.589627

Pentagon Keeps Trump in the Dark About its Cyber Attacks on Russia. “Two administration officials said they believed Mr. Trump had not been briefed in any detail about the steps to place ‘implants’ — software code that can be used for surveillance or attack — inside the Russian grid. “Pentagon and intelligence officials described broad hesitation to go into detail with Mr. Trump about operations against Russia for concern over his reaction — and the possibility that he might countermand it or discuss it with foreign officials, as he did in 2017 when he mentioned a sensitive operation in Syria to the Russian foreign minister.” New laws, enacted by Congress last year, allow such “clandestine military activity” in cyberspace to go ahead without the president’s approval. So, in this case, those new laws are protecting American interests… by keeping the sitting president out of the loop. What a (scary) time to be alive. https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/pentagon-trump-cyber-attacks-on-russia-848695/ via @RollingStone

Trump says transgender people banned from military over drug use. The military doesn't prohibit service members from taking prescription medicines, including drugs prescribed for conditions such as depression and anxiety. The Navy, in fact, changed its policy late last year to allow pilots and other aircrew on such drugs to continue flying.Medical services specific to transgender people cost the military about $8 million between 2016 and February of this year, according to the Defense Department. About 1,525 troops had been diagnosed with gender dysphoria since July 1, 2016, when Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama, lifted a military ban on transgender people openly serving and allowed them to seek medical treatment. Total military spending for health care was estimated to be about $44 billion in fiscal 2018, according to the Pentagon's comptroller. https://www.stripes.com/news/europe/trump-says-transgender-people-banned-from-military-over-drug-use-1.584661

Trump on Vietnam: Despite deferments, he’d have been ‘honored’ to serve https://wapo.st/2Inj4V5

The Pentagon has told the White House that the U.S. military will not be politicized, a U.S. official said on Sunday, in response to a controversy after officials directed the United States Navy to keep the USS John S. McCain out of sight during a recent speech by President Donald Trump in Japan. https://reut.rs/2QGm96E

McCain warship incident raises questions about a changing military culture under Trump https://wapo.st/2MfFUTH

Navy looking into 'Make Aircrew Great Again' patches sailors wore during Trump visit https://www.stripes.com/navy-looking-into-make-aircrew-great-again-patches-sailors-wore-during-trump-visit-1.583498

California congressman defends war crimes suspect. “Eddie did one bad thing that I’m guilty of too: Taking a picture of the body and saying something stupid,” the California Republican said at a border-issues forum in Ramona, Calif., according to the Times of San Diego. https://politi.co/2wkVPFs

The Army asked how serving the country impacted military members. They received devastating stories in return. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/us-army-memorial-day-tweet-replies-from-vets_n_5ce9db97e4b0512156f28f38

These potential Trump pardons represent a potential existential threat to the military justice system. In order to better understand how to think about this controversial decision, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, the country’s leading veterans empowerment organization representing the post-9/11 generation of veterans, decided to ask its members about the pardons. A Marine veteran myself, I serve as IAVA’s director of communications and legal strategy. In a flash poll conducted this week, over 1,600 member veterans and military service members responded, from all different occupational specialties and across various services. Eleven percent of respondents are currently serving on active duty or in the National Guard or Reserves. While the majority of respondents disagreed with the president’s pardons (52 percent), a significant portion (40 percent) agree with the president’s pardons to service members who have already been convicted of war crimes. For those awaiting trial, the numbers are similar: 54 percent disagreed with the president’s pardons, and 37 percent agreed with them. https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/05/trump-war-crimes-pardon-memorial-day-veteran-response.html via @slate

Retired admiral who led raid that killed bin Laden cautions Trump on pardoning servicemen https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/444687-retired-admiral-who-led-raid-that-killed-bin-laden-cautions-trump-on

Trump may pardon US soldiers accused or convicted of war crimes – report https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/may/18/trump-pardon-us-soldiers-war-crimes-new-york-times

Trump may pardon US soldiers accused or convicted of war crimes – report https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/may/18/trump-pardon-us-soldiers-war-crimes-new-york-times

Cruz warns 'Space Force' needed to prevent space pirates. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said this week that it was important to fund President Trump's proposed "Space Force" in order to prevent possible space pirates. “Since the ancient Greeks first put to sea, nations have recognized the necessity of naval forces and maintaining a superior capability to protect waterborne travel and commerce from bad actors,” Cruz, the chairman of the subcommittee on aviation and space, said at a hearing Tuesday. “Pirates threaten the open seas, and the same is possible in space. In this same way, I believe we too must now recognize the necessity of a Space Force to defend the nation and to protect space commerce and civil space exploration,” Cruz said. https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/443923-ted-cruz-says-space-force-is-necessary-to-prevent-space-pirates

Trump pardons former US soldier who killed Iraqi prisoner. Trump signed an executive grant of clemency, a full pardon, for former Army 1st Lt. Michael Behenna, of Oklahoma, press secretary Sarah Sanders said. Behenna was convicted of unpremeditated murder in a combat zone after killing a suspected al-Qaida terrorist in Iraq. He was paroled in 2014 and had been scheduled to remain on parole until 2024. https://www.stripes.com/news/us/trump-pardons-former-us-soldier-who-killed-iraqi-prisoner-1.579943

How Erik Prince used the rise of Trump to make an improbable comeback. An examination of Prince’s time working with the UAE in particular reveals suspicious financial transactions at a moment when his personal finances were under stress and his mercenary ventures were failing. The picture that emerges is one of a man desperately trying to avoid U.S. tax and weapons trafficking laws even as he offers military services, without a license, in no fewer than 15 countries around the world. https://interc.pt/2Jd7L3Q by @matthewacole

When it comes to counting dead civilians, the Pentagon has its own math. The Pentagon acknowledged killing 120 civilians last year in four countries, according to a report submitted to Congress on Thursday. The figure falls far short of estimates determined by nongovernmental organizations and advocacy groups, and suggests the US military is not close to accurately accounting for the toll of its military ventures abroad. “These numbers simply are not credible,” Hina Shamsi, director of the ACLUs National Security Project, said in a statement. “As the Trump administration doubles down on the secrecy of its killing of civilians abroad, Congress needs to continue exercising its oversight power.” https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/05/when-it-comes-to-counting-dead-civilians-the-pentagon-has-its-own-math/ via @MotherJones

Trump wants Germany, Japan and others to pay full cost plus a premium for US troops, report says https://www.stripes.com/news/trump-wants-germany-japan-and-others-to-pay-full-cost-plus-a-premium-for-us-troops-report-says-1.571839

Immigrant recruits face more scrutiny than white supremacists when they enlist https://www.stripes.com/news/us/immigrant-recruits-face-more-scrutiny-than-white-supremacists-when-they-enlist-1.569696

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The British ambassador to the U.S. reportedly describes an "inept" Donald Trump in leaked memos. Sir Kim Darroch reportedly described Trump as “inept” and at risk of ending his presidency in “disgrace.” https://www.huffpost.com/entry/british-ambassador-leaked-memo-inept-trump_n_5d212ed0e4b01b834737dbfe

New White House press secretary roughed up in scuffle with North Korean guards: report https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/451048-new-white-house-press-secretary-roughed-up-in-scuffle-with-north

North Korea 'executes envoy to US' after Trump summit failures – report https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/31/north-korea-executes-envoy-to-us-after-trump-summit-failures

Would we have survived the Cuban missile crisis if Donald Trump had been president in 1962? https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2019/05/16/donald-trump-intelligence-community-disdain-national-crisis-decision-dictators-column/3678884002/ via @usatoday

US ambassador to Ukraine is recalled after becoming a political target. According to an internal State Department management notice, U.S. Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch will leave her post permanently on May 20, with no replacement in place and no nominations to fill that position. "We expect the Department to appoint a long-term Chargé d'Affaires to lead the mission until a new Chief of Mission is nominated and confirmed," said the notice, which was sent to all mission personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Kiev. Incoming Deputy Chief of Mission Kristina Kvien plans to arrive in Kiev on May 28, and Joseph Pennington will continue to serve as chargé d'affaires and acting deputy chief through the transition period, the notice said. The House Democratic leadership thinks that Yovanovitch's early departure under pressure is a clear sign that the White House is responding to calls from Trump allies, Trump family members and conservative media sites that have accused Yovanovitch of being part of a conspiracy that involves anti-corruption probes in Ukraine and efforts by the Trump team to investigate ties between Ukrainian officials and the Hillary Clinton campaign. "Ambassador Yovanovitch is a dedicated public servant and a diplomat of the highest caliber who has represented the United States under both Republican and Democratic administrations. The White House's outrageous decision to recall her is a political hit job and the latest in this Administration's campaign against career State Department personnel," said a statement released Tuesday morning by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, D-N.Y. "It's clear that this decision was politically motivated, as allies of President Trump had joined foreign actors in lobbying for the Ambassador's dismissal." https://www.stripes.com/news/europe/us-ambassador-to-ukraine-is-recalled-after-becoming-a-political-target-1.580654

Accused spy Paul Whelan to lawyers: I used work visa to get into Russia https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2019/05/10/paul-whelan-russia-spy-borgwarner-visa/1118448001/ via @freep

Trump says John Kerry ‘should be prosecuted’ for meetings with Iranian officials. The president raised the issue during a freewheeling exchange with reporters after an event on health care at the White House, accusing Kerry of telling Iranian officials not to speak with members of the Trump administration. “I’d like to see — with Iran, I’d like to see them call me,” Trump said. “You know, John Kerry speaks to them a lot. John Kerry tells them not to call. That’s a violation of the Logan Act. And frankly, he should be prosecuted on that. But my people don’t want to do anything that’s — only the Democrats do that kind of stuff, you know? If it were the opposite way, they’d prosecute him under the Logan Act.” https://wapo.st/2vXfYS9

John Bolton and Mike Pompeo have gotten a lot of things wrong about Venezuela. Since Juan Guaidó, the opposition leader recognized by the United States and more than 50 other countries as Venezuela’s interim president, launched an unsuccessful military uprising last week to seize power from embattled dictator Nicolas Maduro, top Trump administration officials were quick to announce a decisive end to the conflict. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton are among Guaidó’s most outspoken international backers, but their depiction of fractures in Maduro’s inner circle and among the military have consistently been contradicted by what has unfolded in Caracas. Despite four months of relentless American pressure, Maduro, not Guaidó, occupies the Miraflores Palace, while ongoing clashes between protesters and Maduro’s allies have left four people dead and hundreds injured. Millions of Venezuelans are starving amid a severe economic crisis that was amplified in January by new US sanctions on the state-owned energy giant. The move did not precipitate Maduro’s swift ouster, as many high-ranking military leaders have remained loyal to him. “If someone tells you the military no longer wants Maduro, that’s really hard to maintain,” Andrei Serbin Pont, a Venezuela expert at an Argentine research group, tells Mother Jones. “The post-Maduro scenario doesn’t look good for them. They’ll be persecuted for human rights abuses.” https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/05/john-bolton-and-mike-pompeo-have-gotten-a-lot-of-things-wrong-about-venezuela/ via @MotherJones

EXCLUSIVE: Trump Admin Inflated Iran Intel, U.S. Officials Say. John Bolton and other Team Trump hawks are trumpeting intelligence that Tehran is readying attacks on U.S. forces. They’re exaggerating the threat, officials tell The Daily Beast. “It’s not that the administration is mischaracterizing the intelligence, so much as overreacting to it,” said one U.S. government official briefed on it. Another source familiar with the situation agreed that the Trump administration’s response was an “overreaction” but didn’t dispute that a threat exists. Gen. Qasem Soleimani—the head of the Quds Force, Iran’s covert action arm—has told proxy forces in Iraq that a conflict with the U.S. will come soon, this source noted. “I would characterize the current situation as shaping operations on both sides to tilt the field in preparation for a possible coming conflict,” continued the second source, who is also a U.S. government official. “The risk is a low-level proxy unit miscalculating and escalating things. We’re sending a message with this reaction to the intelligence, even though the threat might not be as imminent as portrayed.” https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-administration-inflated-iran-intelligence-us-officials-say

President Donald Trump initiated a lengthy call with his Russian counterpart on Friday, in which Vladimir Putin urged sanctions relief for North Korea and warned against interference in Venezuela, the Russian embassy in Washington said. The leaders’ call lasted for 1.5 hours, according to a post on the embassy’s Facebook page, and the pair discussed a “shared commitment to step up dialogue in various areas, including on issues of strategic stability.” White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Friday the leaders spoke for more than an hour. Very good call yesterday with President Putin of Russia. Tremendous potential for a good/great relationship with Russia, despite what you read and see in the Fake News Media. Look how they have misled you on “Russia Collusion.” The World can be a better and safer place. Nice! https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-05-04/russia-says-trump-initiated-friday-s-1-5-hour-call-with-putin

'Whimsical, uninformed': French ambassador's parting verdict on Trump. “When they say ‘America first’, it’s America alone,” Araud said in an interview with the Guardian. “Basically, this president and this administration don’t have allies, don’t have friends. It’s really [about] bilateral relationships on the basis of the balance of power and the defence of narrow American interest.” At 2am on the night Trump was elected, the ambassador tweeted: “It is the end of an era, the era of neoliberalism. We don’t yet know what will succeed it … After Brexit and this election, anything is possible. A world is collapsing before our eyes. Vertigo.” At 2am on the night Trump was elected, the ambassador tweeted: “It is the end of an era, the era of neoliberalism. We don’t yet know what will succeed it … After Brexit and this election, anything is possible. A world is collapsing before our eyes. Vertigo.” “My world, our world of certainties, really was collapsing and we were facing a real, substantial, dangerous crisis, which could basically really overwhelm my own country,” Araud said. “I believe we are entering a new era. I just don’t know what this era will be.” https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/apr/19/whimsical-uninformed-french-ambassadors-parting-verdict-on-trump

North Korea issues mild criticism of Bolton over media interview https://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/north-korea-issues-mild-criticism-of-bolton-over-media-interview-1.577701

Pentagon confirms North Korean weapons test as Pyongyang demands Pompeo's removal from nuclear talks https://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/pentagon-confirms-north-korean-weapons-test-as-pyongyang-demands-pompeo-s-removal-from-nuclear-talks-1.577374

Trump wrote off novichok attack of defector as 'spy games' – report. Donald Trump was reluctant to expel suspected Russian spies after the novichok chemical weapons attack in Salisbury, viewing the poisoning of a defector as “part of legitimate spy games”, according to a new report. According to the New York Times, Trump reacted sceptically to a British request in March 2018 for a strong punitive response to the use of the nerve agent against the former spy, Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia. A local resident, Dawn Sturgess, was killed three months later when she came in contact with the chemical. It marked the first chemical weapon attack on European soil since the first world war. Trump is reported to have written off the attack as business as usual among spies – “distasteful but within the bounds of espionage”. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/apr/16/trump-novichok-attack-skripal-poisoning-spy-game

Egypt’s defection from Trump’s anti-Iran coalition shows how little faith U.S. allies have in the president’s strategy. The big failing in Trump’s policy in the region is that he doesn’t know what he wants, except to help Israel (which he isn’t doing, in the long run, by giving Netanyahu and his partners everything they want) and to crush Iran (which is harder than he imagines and which would likely lead to something worse). He has no strategy, only bluster, and Egypt’s breakaway makes that clearer than ever. https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/04/trump-middle-east-israel-egypt-iran-strategy.html via @slate

State Department blocks reporters from Pompeo briefing with faith-based media: report https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/434664-state-department-blocks-reporters-from-pompeo-briefing-with-faith

Pompeo slaps visa restrictions on international court probing US military https://thehill.com/policy/national-security/434231-trump-admin-announces-visa-restrictions-on-icc-staff-investigating

Kim lets Trump know their 'mysteriously wonderful' chemistry isn't enough. North Korea's vice foreign minister, Choe Son-hui blamed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and White House National Security Adviser John Bolton for fostering an "atmosphere of hostility and mistrust" in Hanoi, Vietnam, adding they were too fixed in their demands and "were too busy with pursuing their own political interests and had no sincere intention to achieve a result." https://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/kim-lets-trump-know-their-mysteriously-wonderful-chemistry-isn-t-enough-1.572976

Report: Trump wants Germany, Japan and others to pay full cost plus a premium for US troops https://www.stripes.com/news/report-trump-wants-germany-japan-and-others-to-pay-full-cost-plus-a-premium-for-us-troops-1.571839

John Bolton puts his singular stamp on Trump’s National Security Council https://wapo.st/2TpFsVz

'Washington Has Become Much Rougher': Germany Is Still Recalibrating With Trump. Two years after President Trump took office, the U.S.-German relationship is at a new low. https://n.pr/2SpT5Q3

Trump says he’ll sign executive order for free speech on college campuses. announced Saturday March 02, 2019 he intends to sign an executive order mandating colleges and universities take steps to guarantee free speech to attain federal research grants. https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/432328-trump-says-hell-sign-executive-order-for-free-speech-on-college

Inside the Chaotic Early Days of Trump’s Foreign Policy https://politi.co/2Ny8ywk via @politicomag

No deal: Trump, Kim end high-stakes summit without nuclear agreement https://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/no-deal-trump-kim-end-high-stakes-summit-without-nuclear-agreement-1.570701

Trump: I 'fully' understand why North Korea wouldn't denuclearize https://politi.co/2TgGVNO via @politico

What to know about Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz on his Trump visit - ABC News - https://abcnews.go.com/International/austrian-chancellor-sebastian-kurz-trump-visit/story

Pence hails 'remarkable, extraordinary' Trump tenure in attack on US allies. Describing the results of Donald Trump’s presidency as “remarkable” and “extraordinary“, the vice-president told senior European and Asian officials the European Union should follow the US in quitting the Iran nuclear deal and recognising the head of Venezuela’s congress, Juan Guaido, as president. “America is stronger than ever before and America is leading on the world stage once again,” Pence told officials at the Munich Security Conference, listing what he described as US foreign policy successes from Afghanistan to North Korea. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/feb/16/trump-presidency-mike-pence-allies

I will gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today

15 July, 2019. Immigrant families across the country waited in fear on Sunday as President Donald Trump's planned mass deportation raids failed to manifest in major U.S. cities. The president confirmed that his administration would launch raids in at least 10 cities this weekend. But on Sunday, there were no mass roundups in sight. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/immigrants-no-sign-ice-raids_n_5d2bee91e4b0060b11eeb222

10:01 AM - 6 Jul 2019 President Trump on cancelled VP Pence NH trip: "You'll know in about two weeks. It's a very interesting problem that they had in New Hampshire that I can't tell you about." https://twitter.com/thehill/status/1147369834663075841?s=19

July 01, 2019: Trump: I may tackle homelessness because leaders 'can't be looking at that'. Donald Trump said he might “intercede” to “clean up” homelessness in San Francisco and Los Angeles, noting that world leaders “can’t be looking at that”. In a conversation with the Fox News host Tucker Carlson broadcast Monday evening, Trump called the situation “disgraceful” and implied that it was making police officers sick. “I’m looking at it very seriously,” Trump said of homelessness, according to a Fox News summary of the Carlson interview. “They can’t be looking at scenes like you see in Los Angeles and San Francisco,” Trump said, referring to world leaders. “We’re looking at it very seriously. We may intercede,” he added. The first two and a half years of the Trump administration have yielded few traces of action on the social policy front, apart from a criminal justice reform bill. Trump has repeatedly attacked society’s most vulnerable, including immigrants and refugees. Yet in his interview with Carlson, Trump appeared enthused about his plan to address homelessness. “When we have leaders of the world coming in to see the president of the United States and they’re riding down a highway, they can’t be looking at that,” Trump said of homelessness. “I really believe that it hurts our country.” https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jul/01/donald-trump-

Trump announces two-week delay to planned ICE deportations. President Trump announced Saturday that a planned mass apprehension of illegal immigrants by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is being delayed for two weeks, in the hope that a bipartisan solution to the border crisis can be reached. “At the request of Democrats, I have delayed the Illegal Immigration Removal Process (Deportation) for two weeks to see if the Democrats and Republicans can get together and work out a solution to the Asylum and Loophole problems at the Southern Border,” he tweeted. https://fxn.ws/2KE87Cn #FoxNews 11:56 AM - Jun 22, 2019

Trump tweets ICE will begin removing 'millions' of undocumented migrants. President Trump on Monday night tweeted that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will begin deporting "millions" of undocumented immigrants next week. "Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States. They will be removed as fast as they come in," Trump tweeted. 06/17/19 10:12 PM EDT https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/449003-trump-says-ice-will-begin-removing-millions-of-undocumented-migrants

Trump says he will roll out new health care plan in next couple of months. 06/16/19 08:41 PM EDT https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/448829-trump-says-he-will-roll-out-new-health-care-plan-in-next-couple-of

Mexico releases copy of letter touted by Trump. Trump on Tuesday had held up a single folded sheet of paper in front of cameras before leaving on a trip to Iowa, saying the paper represented an agreement between the U.S. and Mexico. The president declined to share any details about the letter. He has sought to sell the deal reached between his administration and Mexico amid reports it included actions Mexico had already agreed to take. "That’s the agreement that everybody says I don’t have," Trump told reporters at the White House on Tuesday while pulling the document from the pocket of his jacket. "This is one page of a very long and very good agreement for both Mexico and the United States," he added. https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/448689-mexico-releases-copy-of-letter-touted-by-trump

Trump appears to walk back pledge not to use CIA informants against Kim Jong Un. Trump pointed to the letter he said he received yesterday, which he first revealed on Tuesday, as a sign for optimism but declined to discuss its contents. “He just wrote me a very nice letter, unexpected. Someday you'll see what's in that letter. One day you'll be reading about it. Maybe in 100 years from now, maybe in two weeks,” he said. https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/448209-trump-appears-to-walk-back-pledge-not-to-use-cia-informants-against

Trump says he didn't expect cameras to capture contents of secret Mexico deal. Jabin Botsford, a photographer for The Washington Post, tweeted photos that captured some of the document's wording, including that the Mexican government "will take all necessary steps under domestic law to bring the agreement into force with a view to ensuring that the agreement will enter into force within 45 days." The document was signed and dated June 7, 2019. https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/448216-trump-says-he-didnt-expect-cameras-to-capture-contents-of-secret

Photographer snapped image of Trump’s alleged Mexico deal. Here’s what it says. http://s.oregonlive.com/qt48Azf

Trump taunts journalists with supposed one-page Mexico deal. President Trump teased a group of reporters on the South Lawn Tuesday by waving around what he said was a one-page deal with Mexico. “This is one page,” Trump said, taking a folded piece of paper out of his blazer pocket and holding it up for cameras to see. “This is one page of a very long and very good agreement for both Mexico and the United States. Without the tariffs, we would have had nothing." But Mexican officials have pushed back against some of Trump's claims, and news reports have questioned whether there was much new at all in the deal. Trump, however, has said the full deal has not been publicly announced, tweeting earlier Tuesday, "Biggest part of deal with Mexico has not yet been revealed!" When journalists pressed for more details on the piece of paper in Trump's pocket, he stated that the document “goes into effect when I want it to.” https://politi.co/2I9412w via @politico

Rep. Dan Kildee: "Many of us didn't think the president would ever really pull the trigger on these tariffs. He didn't define what success would look like, which is usually a signal that it was a false threat." — The Hill (@thehill) https://twitter.com/thehill/status/1137845576895217664

Trump drops tariff threat on Mexico after migration deal reached. 5:31 PM - Jun 7, 2019 https://politi.co/2IonbAg

Trump erupts over immigration, threatening Mexico with tariffs. Trump said in a White House statement that the first round of tariffs would begin on June 10 at 5% "on all goods imported from Mexico." @CNNPolitics https://cnn.it/2HLPBVS

Trump has made clear repeatedly that he believes the U.S. should violate the Geneva Conventions. The New York Times reported this weekend that Donald Trump is considering granting pardons to a number of convicted and accused war criminals who are serving or have served in the U.S. military. One would involve the ongoing case of Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher, who is set to stand trial shortly on war crimes charges that include murdering a prisoner of war with a knife and shooting a young woman and an elderly man (both seemingly unarmed civilians) with a sniper rifle. https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/05/trump-war-crime-pardons-campaign-promises.html via @slate

Rudy Giuliani says his controversial pro-Trump Ukraine visit is off. Sat 11 May 2019 08.17 EDT https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/may/11/rudy-giuliani-trump-ukraine

President Trump’s trade war with China is approaching the one-year mark, with no end in sight. The two countries appeared close to a deal just a week ago after months of negotiations and reciprocal tariffs. But Trump ordered a steep increase in tariffs on Chinese goods after top Beijing officials reportedly backtracked on previous agreements with the White House. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Friday that a U.S. delegation concluded trade talks with top Chinese officials, but no deal was announced. The U.S. economy and Trump’s reelection campaign could face serious consequences if Washington and Beijing can’t resolve their trade spat. But the president said Friday there is “no need to rush” a trade deal with China. Five things to know about Trump's trade war with China https://thehill.com/policy/finance/trade/443160-five-things-to-know-about-trumps-trade-war-with-china

After the Mueller Report, we were supposed to get the Rudy Report. Rudy Giuliani, Trump's attorney, promised that he would release a document rebutting the results of Mueller's investigation. The Wall Street Journal talked to Giuliani about it on April 14: Just read this by @JuddLegum https://popular.info/p/the-rudy-report

President Trump: Our trade deal with China is moving along. And it's moving along nicely. And we're asking for a lot of things and I have a feeling we'll be successful. The Hill (@thehill) 6:31 PM - 17 Apr 2019 https://twitter.com/thehill/status/1118688345540816896

PUNTED: Trump Walks Back Threat To Close U.S. Border, Giving Mexico A '1-Year Warning' https://n.pr/2TW4IyI

Thursday, March 28, 2019: Trump threatens to close the southern border next week, voicing heightened frustration with Mexico https://wapo.st/2U1dVuu

Trump Today: President signals openness to postponing tariff hike on China as talks continue. Trump told reporters at the White House he’d either strike a large trade deal with Beijing “or it’s going to be a deal that we’ll just postpone for a little while.” Negotiators met in Washington Wednesday and Thursday in an attempt to strike an agreement ahead of a planned increased in tariffs on Chinese imports on March 1. https://on.mktw.net/2RqznDf

Trump says GOP will be 'party of health care' after DOJ escalates ObamaCare fight. “Let me just tell you exactly what my message is: The Republican Party will soon be known as the party of health care. You watch," Trump told reporters as he visited the Capitol to meet with GOP senators. https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/435863-trump-says-gop-will-be-party-of-health-care-after-doj-escalates-fight

16 times Trump said ISIS was defeated, or soon would be https://thehill.com/policy/defense/435402-16-times-trump-declared-or-predicted-the-demise-of-isis

PAID! Trump signs executive order on free speech on college campuses https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2019/03/21/trump-expected-sign-executive-order-free-speech/ Trump says he’ll sign executive order for free speech on college campuses https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/432328-trump-says-hell-sign-executive-order-for-free-speech-on-college

‘HOLD THE DATE!’: Trump announces Independence Day celebration https://wapo.st/2TfKkfQ

President Donald Trump vowed Friday that the total wipeout of the Islamic State caliphate would be announced within 24 hours. It has now been two days and no official proclamation has been made. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/trump-isis-24-hours_n_5c693902e4b05c889d2007e7

Trump builds anticipation around State of the Union https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/428259-trump-builds-anticipation-around-reveals-at-state-of-the-union

Trump teases 'major announcement' about shutdown on Saturday https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/426112-trump-teases-major-announcement-about-shutdown-on-saturday

Nepotism, Cronyism, Trump administration dysfunction, Draft Dodgers, sex criminals

Tiffany Trump Just Got Snubbed by Her Dad in a Big Way https://news.yahoo.com/tiffany-trump-just-got-snubbed-014500888.html

Eric Trump: ‘95 percent’ of Americans agree with my father https://news.yahoo.com/eric-trump-95-percent-americans-125003882.html

A comprehensive list of former Fox employees who have joined the Trump administration http://mm4a.org/4bM

Pompeo layers over top State Dept. negotiator ahead of talks with Russia. The official, Andrea Thompson, stands accused of failing to disclose ties to a GOP operative caught up in the Maria Butina affair. https://politi.co/2ki2spE

Trump's Cabinet exodus is an emergency: Unconfirmed acting secretaries are running the government. Alex Acosta the 13th Cabinet member to depart the Trump administration — and his replacement may be much worse. https://www.salon.com/2019/07/15/trumps-cabinet-exodus-is-an-emergency-unconfirmed-acting-secretaries-are-running-the-government/

The White House refused to let Kellyanne Conway appear the first time, so it wasn’t a surprise she didn't show up to a second congressional hearing, even with a subpoena. The White House said President Trump’s counselor “cannot be compelled to testify.” White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway did not show up to testify at a hearing on Monday about Hatch Act violations for a second time, despite being issued a subpoena by the House Oversight and Reform Committee following her absence at the first hearing last month. “In defiance of that subpoena, Ms. Conway is, again, refusing to appear,” Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said during opening statements. Cummings said he hoped Conway would reconsider her decision not to testify, but if not, the committee will have a meeting to hold her in contempt on July 25. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/kellyanne-conway-defies-subpoena_n_5d2ce22ae4b0bca60363fc8e

Alexander Acosta stepping down as Labor secretary. Acosta, a 50-year-old Harvard-educated lawyer, came newly under fire for the lenient 2008 plea deal after Epstein was re-arrested July 6 in New York City and charged with sex trafficking. Under the earlier plea agreement, Epstein served only 13 months of an 18-month term and was permitted daily furloughs to go to the office. Epstein also was required to register as a sex offender and to pay restitution to his underage victims. https://politi.co/2JJpdvB

Who Is British Socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein’s Longtime Partner? The daughter of a British media mogul, Maxwell is alleged to have served as a “madam” for her billionaire partner https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/ghislaine-maxwell-jeffrey-epstein-arrest-856874/ via @RollingStone

A Running List of Jeffrey Epstein’s Rich, Powerful, and Presidential Friends. From A(costa) to Z(uckerman), everyone’s bad. To be updated, we have a feeling. https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/07/jeffrey-epstein-bill-clinton-donald-trump-alan-dershowitz.html via @slate

Mike Pompeo unveils panel to examine 'unalienable rights'. The panel will be headed up by Mary Ann Glendon, a Harvard law professor and former ambassador to the Vatican under George W. Bush. Glendon is also a social conservative who has been a prominent anti-abortion voice, which could lend credence to the concerns among human rights activists that the commission is a ploy to undercut LGBTQ and women’s rights under the guise of religious liberty. https://politi.co/2NGeCXA

‘The next 72 hours are critical for Acosta’. Trump aides so far are not bothered by Acosta's role in the controversial Epstein plea deal, but are aware of the headline risk. https://politi.co/2NGOCLG

Jeffrey Epstein prosecutors aided by ‘excellent investigative journalism’. Berman’s comments at the news conference — which came in response to a question about whether prosecutors had obtained new information about Epstein, who pleaded not guilty — prompted a round of celebrations from journalists. But they also renewed questions about why the allegations against the financier, who has counted presidents Donald Trump and Bill Clinton as friends, were not deeply investigated much earlier. https://politi.co/2NEBBlG via @politico

Jeffrey Epstein arrested in New York, charged with sex trafficking. Epstein, 66, is expected to be arraigned in federal court in New York on Monday on charges that he molested dozens of underage girls in New York and in Florida, the sources said. His arrest, first reported by the Daily Beast, comes nearly two weeks after the Justice Department announced that it would not throw out his 2008 non-prosecution agreement, even though a federal judge ruled it was illegal. Read more here: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/state/florida/article232374872.html“

I've known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy. He's a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them on the younger side. Jeffrey enjoys his social life.” – Donald J. Trump in 2002

Trump nepotism attacked after 'out-of-her-depth' Ivanka given key summit role https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jul/01/donald-trump-ivanka-g20-north-korea-nepotism

Trump nepotism attacked after 'out-of-her-depth' Ivanka given key summit role. Donald Trump has been accused of taking nepotism to alarming new depths after giving his daughter, Ivanka, a prominent role in meetings with the G20 and Kim Jong-un.Such brazenly dynastic displays caused concern among foreign policy experts who, noting Ivanka’s complete lack of diplomatic experience or training, warned of lasting damage to America’s credibility. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jul/01/donald-trump-ivanka-g20-north-korea-nepotism

Hope Hicks implicates Jared Kushner in lying about Trump-Russia contacts https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/06/hope-hicks-implicates-jared-kushner-in-lying-about-trump-russia-contacts-1/ via @MotherJones

'Painful to watch': The French government released a video of Ivanka Trump having an awkward chat with world leaders https://www.businessinsider.com/ivanka-trump-g20-macron-may-trudeau-lagarde-snubbed-video-2019-6

White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham Brawls With North Korean Guards https://deadline.com/2019/06/stephanie-grisham-north-korean-guards-fight-1202640086/ via @Deadline

Ocasio-Cortez: Ivanka Trump is not a 'qualified diplomat' Ocasio-Cortez was reacting to the viral video, posted by BBC journalist Parham Ghobadi, which he described as Ivanka Trump, a senior adviser to President Trump, trying to “get involved” in a conversation with several world leaders: French President Emmanuel Macron, United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and International Monetary Fund Chairwoman Christine Lagarde. The encounter drew widespread mockery online. https://news.yahoo.com/ocasio-cortez-ivanka-trump-152932324.html

Analysis: Sarah Huckabee Sanders Leaves White House After Contentious Encounters, Credibility Issues. Sanders’ relationship with the press had so deteriorated by the end of her two-year tenure that once frequent press briefings had become nonexistent. https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/politics/Huckabee-Sanders-to-Leave-White-House-Press-Secretary-Post-504174791.html via @nbcwashington

Former White House lawyer: 'I’m not aware of any situation like' Elaine Chao's reported conflicts of interest. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao’s personal connections are raising concerns on Capitol Hill and beyond amid recent reports of various conflicts of interest. Recent reports found that the Trump cabinet member created a “special path” for projects favored by Senate Majority Leader and husband Mitch McConnell for his home state of Kentucky; she retained shares in a construction-materials company for more than a year after promising to relinquish them; and she has “extraordinary proximity to power in China” given her family’s American shipping company is largely based in China. https://finance.yahoo.com/news/elaine-chao-conflicts-interest-reports-133505604.html

Exclusive: Leaked Trump vetting docs. The massive trove, and the story behind it, sheds light on the slap-dash way President Trump filled his cabinet and administration, and foreshadowed future scandals that beset his government. https://www.axios.com/leaked-donald-trump-vetting-docs-hbo-6ce3cd26-1eb9-4da8-b15e-47b56020aef7.html

7 of the most outrageous moments from Sarah Sanders' time in the White House. Her legacy may best be remembered for destroying the daily White House press briefing. https://www.salon.com/2019/06/14/7-of-the-most-outrageous-moments-from-sarah-sanders-time-in-the-white-house_partner/

Five memorable moments from Sarah Sanders at the White House. During the May 2017 briefing, she claimed that “countless” FBI agents had reached out to voice their support for Trump’s decision to fire James Comey as the bureau’s director. New York Times reporter Michael Shear skeptically questioned that statement, and Sanders doubled down. “Between, like, email, text messages, absolutely. Yes,” she said. “We’re not going to get into a numbers game. I mean, I have heard from a large number of individuals that work at the FBI that said that they’re very happy with the president’s decision.” Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report into Russian interference in the 2016 election revealed two years after the incident that Sanders admitted she had misled reporters with the claim. https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/448630-five-memorable-moments-from-sarah-sanders-at-the-white-house

Can you tell Scaramucci from Spicer? Which Ex–Trump Official Said It? A quiz in honor of Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ departure from the White House.

  1. “If the president puts Russian salad dressing on his salad tonight, somehow that’s a Russia connection.” Sean Spicer
  2. “I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own c—.” Anthony Scaramucci
  3. “I don’t even know why any of us are here. This is the worst job I’ve ever had.” John Kelly
  4. “Darkness is good. Dick Cheney. Darth Vader. Satan. That’s power. It only helps us when they (the media) get it wrong. When they’re blind to who we are and what we’re doing.” Steve Bannon
  5. ”It is very biblical to enforce the law.” Sarah Huckabee Sanders
  6. “When you put a snake and a rat and a falcon and a rabbit and a shark and a seal in a zoo without walls, things start getting nasty and bloody.” Reince Priebus
  7. ”Every critic, every detractor, will have to bow down to President Trump.” Omarosa Manigault Newman
  8. “Good people don’t smoke marijuana.” Jeff Sessions
  9. ”I would ask for wall. We need wall.” Kirstjen Nielson
  10. “I don’t do well in plaid.” Hope Hicks

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/06/sarah-huckabee-sanders-quiz-quote-trump-staffers.html via @slate

With Sarah Sanders leaving the White House, Trump now lies alone. During her time as press secretary, Sanders has lied repeatedly on behalf of the president. Now, she's leaving him to lie for himself. https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2019/06/14/sarah-huckabee-sanders-quit-white-house-trump-liar-column/1457224001/ via @usatoday

Nepotism, Cronyism, Trump administration dysfunction, Draft Dodgers, archived June 2019

Andrew McCabe celebrates Sarah Sanders' exit from White House: 'I have to say I will not miss her'. MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace asked McCabe to weigh in on Sanders' exit, specifically the revelation in the Mueller report where she admitted that she was not being truthful about what she suggested was the lack of the bureau support for then-FBI Director James Comey following his firing. “You know, I knew at the time it was completely false,” McCabe responded. “It was also obvious that it was very important to the president and to his staff that we all adopt that false narrative that the FBI was happy about the fact that Jim Comey was fired, and that gleeful agents and employees were calling over to the White House to express that. Never happened, completely false from the beginning, so to see that admission in the Mueller report was enormously satisfying. I have to say I will not miss her after she departs the White House.” https://fxn.ws/2XenneR #FoxNews

House Oversight to hold hearing on Conway's Hatch Act violations. Under the Hatch Act, federal employees are prohibited from engaging in elections in their official capacity. The Office of Special Counsel sent a 17-page report to Trump on Thursday accusing Conway of breaking the law on numerous occasions “by disparaging Democratic presidential candidates while speaking in her official capacity during television interviews and on social media” and calling on the president to oust her "immediately." https://thehill.com/homenews/house/448435-house-oversight-to-hold-hearing-on-conways-hatch-act-violations

With classified filing, feds eye national security case against Mar-a-Lago intruder https://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/article231465918.html

The Nepotism Might Finally Be Too Much to Ignore. From Jared Kushner to Elaine Chao and Amy Chua, the game has gotten a bit too obvious. https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/06/trump-nepotism-too-obvious-to-ignore-elitism.html via @slate

Who has gained access to President Trump and Mar-a-Lago through Cindy Yang? https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/article228882284.html

Top Trump Official Made $40,000 From a Stock She Promised to Sell. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao is the latest in a long line of Trump officials with apparent conflicts of interest. https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/05/trump-official-elaine-chao-made-40000-from-stock-she-promised-to-sell

Papadopoulos on AG's new powers: 'Trump is now on the offense' "Most people who work for Donald Trump, if not all of them, either got bankrupt, their life thrown in a whirlwind, or found themselves in short or long jail sentences. My short answer to you is if the feds want to get you, they’re going to get you," he argued. https://thehill.com/homenews/sunday-talk-shows/445551-papadopoulos-on-ags-new-powers-trump-is-now-on-the-offense

George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying in Russiagate. Now he has a sexy new life in Hollywood. https://wapo.st/papadopoulos

Ocasio-Cortez hits NYT over story on Hope Hicks: It's framed 'as some Lifetime drama'. "What gets me is news breaks that this woman is weighing committing a crime before Congress &it’s getting framed by the NYT as some Lifetime drama called 'Hope’s Choice'" Ocasio-Cortez wrote in one tweet. "In the immediate aftermath of shootings, media routinely post menacing photos of people-of-color victims + dredge up any questionable thing they’d ever done," she wrote in another tweet. "But when Hope Hicks considers not complying w a subpoena, it’s glamour shot time." https://thehill.com/homenews/media/445614-ocasio-cortez-hits-nyt-over-story-on-hope-hicks-its-framed-as-some-lifetime

Melania Trump’s parents would have struggled to come to the U.S. under Trump’s immigration plan. David Leopold, past president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, dismissed Trump’s plan as a campaign ploy. But he said it was no surprise that Trump is seeking to devastate family reunifications. “That is the consistent theme of this administration,” he said, “Yet, Melania has benefited from the immigration system; his in-laws are here because of the immigration system. He demonizes immigrants when he is benefiting and profiting from undocumented workers at his golf club.” “For them to talk about the immigration system is an absolute joke and it’s shameful,” Leopold said. https://wapo.st/2vZKavR

Trump’s pick for ICE director: I can tell which migrant children will become gang members by looking into their eyes. Mark Morgan, the White House choice to lead Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said during a Fox News interview earlier this year that he can judge the likelihood that an unaccompanied minor will become a gang member by looking into that child's eyes. “I’ve been to detention facilities where I’ve walked up to these individuals that are so-called minors, 17 or under,” Morgan said on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” in January. “I’ve looked at them and I’ve looked at their eyes, Tucker — and I’ve said that is a soon-to-be MS-13 gang member. It’s unequivocal.” https://politi.co/2JpsO41

‘Get Scavino in here’: Trump’s Twitter guru is the ultimate insider. “Get Dan Scavino in here,” Trump called out in the middle of the meeting earlier this year. In walked a man in his early 40s with close-cropped brown hair. Scavino met Trump as a 16-year-old golf caddie and has spent much of his adult life by his side. Today, he sits just feet from the Oval Office and is present at most meetings, tapping away on his laptop in the background. He has joined Trump on trips to Saudi Arabia, Argentina and other far-flung destinations. And officials say he talks to the president more than just about anybody else aside from Trump’s own family members, ping-ponging in and out of the Oval, sometimes more than a half-dozen times a day. Aides wanting a read on Trump’s mood often check in with Scavino, who can be counted on to know. https://politi.co/2JJC2aE via @politico

Rudy, Inc. Rudy Giuliani has had many identities in his time on the public stage. A crusading federal prosecutor who struck terror in mobsters and Wall Street titans alike. A sometimes cantankerous New York City mayor who became a national hero for his stirring leadership after the 9/11 attacks. And, currently, President Donald Trump’s unpaid attorney in the Russia collusion investigation being led by Robert Mueller. In this week’s episode of Trump, Inc., we’re digging into a part of Giuliani's work that has occurred largely outside of the spotlight: He has often traveled to Russia or other former Soviet states as guests of powerful players there. And since Trump was elected, he appears to have stepped up the frequency of those trips. Just last week, for example, Giuliani appeared in the former Soviet republic of Armenia, which has close trade ties with Russia. He was invited, according to local press accounts, by Ara Abramyan, an Armenian businessman who lives in Russia. Abramyan once helped reconstruct the Kremlin and also received a medal for “merit to the fatherland” from President Vladimir Putin of Russia. Giuliani said he was in Armenia as a private citizen, but on a local TV news show, Abramyan implied that he expected Giuliani to carry a message for him to Trump. (The conversation was in Armenian, so it’s not clear whether Giuliani understood what Abramyan was saying.) http://www.wnycstudios.org/story/trump-inc-rudy-inc/ via @wnycstudios

Ivanka Trump tweets, then deletes, photo with “National Security Strategy” document https://www.newsweek.com/ivanka-trump-tweets-then-deletes-photo-national-security-strategy-document-1422335

Michael Cohen fixed Jerry Falwell Jr.'s problem. Then the evangelical leader went to bat for Trump. https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/05/michael-cohen-fixed-jerry-falwell-jr-s-problem-then-the-evangelical-leader-went-to-bat-for-trump/ via @MotherJones

Is Melania Trump's Be Best campaign doomed by her husband’s presidency? https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/may/07/melania-trump-be-best-campaign-donald-trump

Another Chinese American Trump donor tried to sell Mar-a-Lago access to overseas clients. Businessman Daniel Lou raised money for Trump—and the GOP won’t let him talk about it. https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/05/another-chinese-american-trump-donor-tried-to-sell-mar-a-lago-access-to-overseas-clients/ via @MotherJones

Trump Furious With Ally David Bossie Over His Reported Self-Dealing. The president even instructed top officials on his campaign to retaliate against his former deputy campaign manager. On Tuesday, they finally did. On Monday morning, Donald Trump was incensed over a report that one of his highest-profile supporters, David Bossie, had been engaged in apparent financial self-dealing under the guise of re-electing the president. And as he stewed, Trump began telling those close to him that Bossie’s alleged scheme was brazen and egregious enough to warrant a swift, public response. https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-furious-with-ally-david-bossie-over-his-reported-self-dealing

Why a Former Met Gala Planner is Fighting With Melania Trump and Her Spokeswoman. Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, the longtime Met Gala planner turned lead organizer for Donald Trump’s inaugural celebration and former senior adviser to Melania Trump, was unceremoniously fired by the First Lady last February—and she is very upset at her (possibly former) friends, the Trumps. More specifically, she is upset at White House officials who characterized her departure as stemming from the revelation that her firm, which was called WIS Media Partners, had received a whopping $26 million to help plan the inauguration. “Was I fired? No,” Winston Wolkoff said in a statement she sent to the New York Times. “Did I personally receive $26 million or $1.6 million? No. Was I thrown under the bus? Yes.” How pissed do you have to be to mark the 14-month anniversary of getting fired by unloading on your former friend-turned-former-boss? Let us unwrap this beef, shall we? https://theslot.jezebel.com/unwrapping-the-beef-why-a-former-met-gala-planner-is-f-1834579259

Economists quit Trump admin after their studies showed tariffs hurt US farmers: report. Trump administration economists are quitting their jobs, saying they've faced retaliation for publishing reports highlighting how President Trump's tariffs and other trade policies have hurt farmers, Politico reports. Six economists in the Agriculture Department's (USDA) research branch quit the Trump administration in a single day late last month and more are reportedly planning to leave. The exodus comes after the Economic Research Service (ERS) published findings that painted the new Republican tax law, Trump's trade disputes and other policy decisions as hurting American farmers financially. https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/442452-economists-quit-trump-admin-after-their-studies-showed-tariffs-hurt

Stephen Moore: Trump's Federal Reserve pick withdraws nomination. In a letter to Trump released after the president’s tweet, Moore said: “The unrelenting attacks on my character have become untenable for me and my family and three more months of this would be too hard on us.” Earlier on Thursday, the Guardian revealed that Moore had continued underpaying alimony to his ex-wife for years after he was reprimanded by a judge for failing to pay his debts to her. Moore was, in 2012, found in contempt of court for failing to pay $300,000 in alimony and money owed in his divorce settlement. He was separately pursued by the Internal Revenue Service for $75,000 in unpaid taxes. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/may/02/stephen-moore-trump-federal-reserve-nominee-withdraws-latest

Mattis ignored orders from Trump, White House on North Korea, Iran: report. "There are a lot of people in the administration who want to limit the president’s options because they don’t want the president to get anything done," a former senior administration official said. https://thehill.com/policy/defense/441240-mattis-ignored-orders-from-trump-white-house-on-north-korea-iran-report

Sarah Huckabee Sanders stands by 'sentiment' of misleading comments revealed in Mueller report https://politi.co/2Pi57e8 via @politico

What Was the Chinese Woman Arrested at Mar-a-Lago Really Up To? A Former Spy Helps Us Figure It Out. For now, it is impossible to say if Zhang was a confused tourist, who just wanted a glimpse of the president, or a bumbling Chinese intelligence officer whose cover story cracked. But one thing is for sure: Mar-a-Lago is target-rich environment for any real spy. https://politi.co/2PjAmFG

7 times the Mueller report caught Sean Spicer and Sarah Sanders lying to press https://www.vox.com/2019/4/18/18485512/mueller-report-trump-lies-sarah-sanders

White House press secretary responds to report - GMA - Pressed repeatedly on her comments on FBI agents, Sarah Sanders tells @GStephanopoulos, "It was the heat of the moment, meaning that it wasn't a scripted talking point. I'm sorry that I wasn't a robot like the Democratic Party" was about Mueller probe. https://twitter.com/ABC/status/1119197778482057216 https://gma.abc/2Pr3ew1 via @GMA

‘Not my Jesus’: Christian students protest Pence, alarming conservatives https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/04/18/who-has-bewitched-you-conservatives-alarmed-christian-students-protest-pence-speech/

Sarah Sanders made false statements to press on Comey firing, Mueller says https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/439554-sarah-sanders-made-false-statements-to-press-on-comey-firing-mueller

Sarah Sanders told Mueller’s team she had no basis for her statements about Comey. Watch her make those 2017 claims. Sarah Sanders told Mueller's team she lied to reporters. Here's the video of the lie. https://politi.co/2vbWCZ6 via @politico

Hypocrisy without borders: the pomposity of Ivanka Trump’s trip to Africa | Arwa Mahdawi. We don’t deserve Saint Ivanka, we really don’t. Nobody asked Donald Trump’s favourite child to devote her life to empowering women, she just knew it had to be done. Nobody elected her to serve in the US government, but she took a senior role in her father’s administration anyway. And not content with simply empowering the women of the US, the patron saint of nepotists, hypocrites and grifters has altruistically taken her talents on tour. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/apr/16/hypocrisy-without-borders-ivanka-trump-trip-africa-ethiopia-ivory-coast

Mike Pence is reportedly as big a Trump suck-up in private as in public https://theweek.com/speedreads/835179/mike-pence-reportedly-big-trump-suckup-private-public via @TheWeek

'Smart Enough' Twitter Critics Smack Down Sarah Huckabee Sanders' Insult Over Trump's Taxes. “I don’t think Congress, particularly not this group of congressmen and women, are smart enough to look through the thousands of pages that I would assume President Trump’s taxes will be,” Sanders told “Fox News Sunday.” She added: “My guess is most of them don’t do their own taxes, and I certainly don’t trust them to look through the decades of success that the president has and determine anything.” https://www.yahoo.com/news/sarah-huckabee-sanders-twitter-not-smart-enough-taxes-024645737.html

Little Stevie Miller is No Wonder. Speaking of white nationalists (how’s that for a segue?), that brings me to Santa Monica’s own, Stephen Miller who, at 33, has ascended to Trump’s “immigration czar.” Miller, who bears a striking resemblance to the infamous Roy Cohn, Joseph McCarthy’s hatchet man during the “red scare” of the 1950’s. After being disbarred and disgraced, Cohn became Trump’s mentor. Figures. Meanwhile, Miller even dresses like Cohn with his retro “skinny suits” and soulless facial expressions. https://www.smdp.com/little-stevie-miller-is-no-wonder/174240 via @Santa Monica Daily Press

Ivanka Trump spent years rigorously cultivating her image. But she wasn’t prepared for scrutiny, @elainaplott writes: As part of her research, Plott looked for concrete examples of ways that Ivanka had stopped her father from enacting an extreme policy that she believed went too far — and she came up empty. “I remember thinking, ‘Okay, we see Ivanka and her husband Jared as moderating influences on this president,'” she said. “I was trying to dig up where the first time was that she might have said she was pro-choice, for example, or that she was a huge activist when it came to climate change. And it just didn’t exist. It’s just nowhere.” https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2019/04/ivanka-trump-job-white-house/586972/

Trump’s sister quietly retired in February, and it’s actually a really big deal. The retirement of a federal appeals court judge is normally not a huge national news story, and while the fact that Maryanne Trump Barry is the sister of the president of the United States makes her decision a bit more noteworthy, on its face, you can still see why it’s been treated as relatively minor news. But peer a little bit deeper and the reason Barry is stepping down makes it clear that the story is a very big deal indeed. The key is that last fall, the New York Times published a bombshell investigation of Donald and Maryanne Trump’s father Fred Trump’s finances that appeared to reveal, among other things, that he illegally evaded taxes in transferring much of his wealth to his children — including both Donald and Maryanne. https://www.vox.com/2019/4/11/18306167/maryanne-trump-barry-tax-returns-trump

Inside the (semi-)secret society for young Trump staffers. For members of 'the Team,' the 45 Club offers refuge in a hostile capital. https://politi.co/2UvSK3Z via @politico

‘I would have preferred not to have been ejected like an Austin Powers villain’ “He’s always thinking optics. Everything, whether it’s policy or a staff move, he’s always thinking about it in terms of PR,” said former White House staffer Cliff Sims, who wrote a tell-all book about the administration, drawing Trump’s ire. “And one of his favorite talking points is, ‘We’re going to hire the best and the brightest, everybody wants to work for me,’ and so any implication or public perception that someone abandoned him, someone left him, I think in his mind, undercuts that premise.” Most of the time, however, the endings are not happy. And Trump often blindsides his own aides, announcing major departures on his own timeline. Last December, before leaving the White House for the Army-Navy football game, Trump made a point to pause in front of reporters and announce the upcoming ouster of then-White House chief of staff John Kelly. That upended his aides’ plans for a formal rollout of news about Kelly two days later. https://politi.co/2FWXZ2C via @politico

Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen has resigned https://www.stripes.com/news/us/homeland-security-secretary-nielsen-has-resigned-1.576136

Kirstjen Nielsen resigns as Trump homeland security secretary. Seventeen senior administration figures have departed so far and the key roles of secretary of defense, secretary of the interior, homeland security secretary, White House chief of staff and ambassador to the United Nations are currently filled in an acting capacity. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/apr/07/kirstjen-nielsen-resigns-trump-homeland-security-secretary

A government watchdog group wants information on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's conference call that was limited to "faith-base" media. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/crew-mike-pompeo-faith-based-media-briefing_n_5c97233be4b01ebeef105458

Robert Kraft speaks out for first time since prostitution bust: 'I am truly sorry' https://nypost.com/2019/03/23/robert-kraft-speaks-out-for-first-time-since-prostitution-bust-i-am-truly-sorry/

Opinion | Charles Kushner: Here’s the truth about my family and our business. But then came the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008. Amid the global recession that followed, the New York real estate market soured. The projected office rents for 666 Fifth Ave. were cut in half. That was a setback, but we had structured our debt in a way that enabled us to sell off half of the building’s Fifth Avenue retail component to pay down debt; the 2008 sale brought in $525 million. We kept a 51 percent stake in the retail, which was sold for a total of $1.03 billion in two pieces, in 2011 and 2012, allowing us to recoup most of our initial investment. To restructure the debt on the office component, we brought in Vornado Realty Trust in 2011 as a 49.5 percent partner in improving the building and reducing vacancies. Last year, we completed a $1.3 billion, 99-year land lease to Brookfield Asset Management, with significant financial upside for our company. https://wapo.st/2HIsE6l

Inside Ben Carson's light work schedule: Not much work on Fridays https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/ben-carson-s-schedule-shows-friday-trips-florida-lunch-my-n983526 via @nbcnews

The Miami Herald is reporting that the founder of the chain of massage parlors, Li Yang, including a location where Patriot's owner Bob Kraft was arrested for soliciting prositution, has previously visited President Trump at the White House and has been a guest at Mar-A-Lago. Travis Akers (@travisakers) The story doesn't end with President Trump, Bob Kraft, and a chain of massage parlors conducting human trafficking. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Florida Senator Rick Scott, Eric Trump, and Donald Trump Jr. also have associations with the founder of the massage parlor chain. https://twitter.com/travisakers/status/1104032936905580544

Blackwater Founder Erik Prince finally admits he attended a controversial Trump Tower meeting https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/03/blackwater-founder-erik-prince-finally-admits-he-attended-a-controversial-trump-tower-meeting/ via @MotherJones

From a White House source, the House Oversight Committee has obtained documents related to Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump's security clearances that the Trump administration refused to provide, according to a senior Democratic aide involved in handling the documents. https://www.axios.com/jared-kushner-ivanka-trump-security-clearance-leak-0a312b92-4a2d-4a70-a7fa-7fb7980d5305.html

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson says she will resign. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, one of the first officials to join the Trump administration in the Pentagon, said Friday she has informed President Trump she will resign, as the University of Texas System announced she has been named the sole finalist to become president of its campus in El Paso. Wilson said in a tweet that she submitted a resignation letter and released a statement Friday morning in which she said it was a privilege to serve alongside U.S. airmen over the two previous years and that she is “proud of the progress that we have made restoring our nation’s defense.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2019/03/08/air-force-secretary-heather-wilson-expected-resign/

Bill Shine abruptly resigns as White House communications chief. Bill Shine, the former Fox News executive who joined the White House eight months ago as President Trump’s top communications adviser, has resigned abruptly, the White House announced Friday. Shine, who served as assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff for communications, offered his resignation to Trump on Thursday evening, and the president accepted it, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced Friday. Shine plans to continue in the Trump orbit as a senior adviser to the president’s 2020 reelection campaign. https://wapo.st/2J13lyN?

Policy-making in the Trump administration: Mar-a-Lago member pens note to "King" Trump, he passes it on to the head of the VA. https://t.co/yoBFhwwSM3 https://t.co/CwYKr7oNWI Mark Elliott (@markmobility) March 7, 2019

Melania Trump visited Oklahoma school linked to exiled Turkish cleric — but why? https://interc.pt/2NL3zbY by @RobertMackey

Omarosa says there's one insider who can bring down the president. “One name: Rhona Graff,” Manigault Newman replied without hesitation, referring to Trump’s longtime personal secretary. “She knows everyone. She knows the role they play. She knows who said what and when. She set up the meetings,” Manigault Newman said. “If she is called to testify, that will be the end of Donald Trump.” https://www.huffpost.com/entry/omarosa-names-trump-fears_n_5c7f36dfe4b0e62f69e792c5

Fox News Quietly Ditched Trump-Loving Sheriff David Clarke https://www.thedailybeast.com/fox-news-quietly-ditched-trump-loving-sheriff-david-clarke

Whitaker out at Justice Department. A Justice Department spokesman told The Hill that Whitaker’s last day was Saturday but did not expand on the circumstances surrounding his departure or his plans after leaving. It is unclear where Whitaker might go, including whether he might seek another role in the Trump administration. https://thehill.com/policy/national-security/432477-whitaker-out-at-justice-department

Gorka, Fox part ways. Sebastian Gorka has parted ways with Fox News and has joined Sinclair Broadcasting. https://thehill.com/homenews/media/432450-gorka-fox-part-ways

Melania Trump Spokeswoman: Trump Tweets Don't 'Have Anything To Do' With 'Be Best' https://news.yahoo.com/melania-trump-spokeswoman-trump-tweets-182846663.html

Trump ordered Kelly to grant Kushner security clearance: NY Times https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/432119-trump-ordered-john-kelly-to-grant-kushner-security-clearance-ny-times

Trump's inner circle sustains collateral damage in Cohen hearing https://politi.co/2Nx3b0t via @politico

White House to set up panel to counter climate change consensus, officials say. The White House plans to create an ad hoc group of select federal scientists to reassess the government’s analysis of climate science and counter conclusions that the continued burning of fossil fuels is harming the planet, according to three administration officials. The National Security Council initiative would include scientists who question the severity of climate impacts and the extent to which humans contribute to the problem, according to these individuals, who asked for anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. The group would not be subject to the same level of public disclosure as a formal advisory committee. The move would represent the Trump administration’s most forceful effort to date to challenge the scientific consensus that greenhouse gas emissions are helping drive global warming and that the world could face dire consequences unless countries curb their carbon output over the next few decades. https://wapo.st/2TfwlXo

Robert Kraft: New England Patriots owner charged with soliciting prostitution. Kraft, a public ally of Donald Trump and regular visitor to Mar-a-Lago who donated $1m to the president’s inaugural celebrations, was one of several major US sports team owners whose names appeared in the Paradise Papers leak through involvement in firms in tax havens. Trump addressed the charges from the Oval Office on Friday, describing Kraft’s involvement as “sad” while adding the owner “denies it”. “It’s very sad,” the president said. “I was very surprised to see it. He’s proclaimed his innocence totally. I’m very surprised to see it.” https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2019/feb/22/robert-kraft-arrest-prostitution-new-england-patriots-owner-latest-news

Interior officials accused of violating ethics pledge. A government ethics group is accusing six political officials at the Interior Department of violating the Trump administration’s ethics pledge.The targets of the Wednesday letter are assistant secretary for insular and international affairs Doug Domenech, senior deputy director of intergovernmental and external affairs Benjamin Cassidy, former energy adviser Vincent DeVito, deputy director of intergovernmental and external affairs Timothy Williams, White House liaison Lori Mashburn and director of intergovernmental and external affairs Todd Wynn. https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/430841-interior-officials-accused-of-violating-ethics-pledge

Review | Andrew McCabe’s disturbing account of working for Sessions and Trump. He didn’t read intelligence reports and mixed up classified material with what he had seen in newspaper clips. He seemed confused about the structure and purpose of organizations and became overwhelmed when meetings covered multiple subjects. He blamed immigrants for nearly every societal problem and uttered racist sentiments with shocking callousness. This isn’t how President Trump is depicted in a new book by former deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe. Instead, it’s McCabe’s account of what it was like to work for then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions. https://wapo.st/2N8ccwP

BTW it seems like Spicer had some drinks during before his appeareance on BlazeTV lol cristina lópez @crislopezg https://twitter.com/crislopezg/status/1092999859857223680 February 6, 2019

Dems call for revoking Kushner's security clearance https://thehill.com/homenews/house/427931-dems-call-for-revoking-kushners-security-clearance

'Whistleblower' in White House security clearance office is suspended. A White House security specialist has been suspended without pay for defying her supervisor Carl Kline, less than a week after NBC News reported Kline approved Jared Kushner for top secret clearance over the objections of career staff. The specialist, Tricia Newbold, had filed a discrimination complaint against Kline three months ago. https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/national-security/whistleblower-white-house-security-clearance-office-gets-suspended-n964826 via @nbcnews

The Fallen Heroes Who Went to Vietnam in John Bolton’s Place https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-fallen-heroes-who-went-to-vietnam-in-john-boltons-place

Trump met with group led by Ginni Thomas at White House: report. Other members of the delegation reportedly included Rosemary Jenks of the anti-immigration NumbersUSA think tank, and Frank Gaffney, the founder of the Center for Security Policy known for anti-Muslim rhetoric and conspiracy theories. The chief of staff for Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas.) Connie Hair also attended the meeting, though she was introduced as a "conservative columnist," according to the Times. https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/427108-trump-met-with-group-led-by-ginni-thomas-at-white-house-report

‘Master negotiator’ or ‘nonentity’? Kushner thrusts himself into middle of shutdown talks. https://wapo.st/2G0ubE7

So called President Trump, Racist, rapist

‘Send Her Back’ Is Trump’s Most Honest Campaign Slogan. It’s what “Make America Great Again” was always really about https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/trump-white-nationalism-rally-was-ilhan-omar-860480/ via @RollingStone

Trump regularly talked to Cohen during hush-money negotiations. Newly released court documents show Michael Cohen kept his boss in the know as he hammered out a deal with Stormy Daniels during the 2016 campaign. From start to finish, Trump was in regular contact with his lawyer at the time, Michael Cohen, who arranged the payment. In October, Trump was brought in on a conference call with his longtime communications adviser, Hope Hicks, to discuss efforts to purchase and kill Daniels’ story. Over the coming weeks, Trump had numerous phone calls with Cohen as he went back and forth with Daniels’ attorney. And days before the November election, after The Wall Street Journal published a story detailing a similar hush-payment Cohen also made during the campaign to Playboy model Karen McDougal, Cohen texted “he’s pissed,” an apparent reference to Trump. https://politi.co/2LYf6Wp

Behind the scenes the night Trump partied at Mar-a-Lago with Jeffrey Epstein and NFL cheerleaders. Tom McMillen, a former NBA player who served as a Democratic member of Congress from Maryland from 1987 to 1993 and attended the gathering, said the cheerleaders were present because the party was “NFL-themed,” but he added that it was a large and diverse crowd. In the footage of the party, McMillen can be seen entering the gathering just behind Epstein. https://wapo.st/2LWAFXj

Jeffrey Epstein’s pilot deletes Instagram after Kellyanne Conway pic surfaces https://www.dailydot.com/layer8/jeffrey-epstein-pilot-kellyanne-conway/

Opinion: I used to work in US intelligence. This is the biggest threat to America today. Donald Trump and his coterie of criminals have done more in two years to weaken the United States than the Soviet Union was able to achieve in decades. https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/trump-gop-climate-change-fbi-russia-racism-us-intelligence-a9009441.html

Did Donald Trump's racist tweets violate federal laws against workplace discrimination? Ethnic slurs and other verbal or physical conduct because of nationality are illegal if they are severe or pervasive and create an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment, interfere with work performance, or negatively affect job opportunities. Examples of potentially unlawful conduct include insults, taunting, or ethnic epithets, such as making fun of a person's foreign accent or comments like, "Go back to where you came from, " whether made by supervisors or by co-workers. https://boingboing.net/2019/07/16/trump-tweets-and-eeoc.html

READ: Here's The Resolution Condemning Trump's Racist Comments About Congresswomen https://n.pr/2lh7u6d

Trump ambushes Republicans with attacks on minority congresswomen. After a day of silence, many GOP lawmakers harshly criticized the president. The ambush plunged Trump back into a political crisis with his own party, with no coherent GOP response and little apparent coordination between the White House and Republicans on Capitol Hill over how to grapple with Trump’s comments that the liberal lawmakers, all women of color, “go back” to where they came from. https://politi.co/2JKKQvg via @politico

AOC 'squad' refers to Trump as 'occupant' of White House, condemns 'racist' remarks, as Trump fires back. In spirited remarks tinged with open animosity, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., standing side-by-side with Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib, declared at a news conference on Capitol Hill Monday that "it is time for us to impeach this president" for "openly violating" his constitutional oath. "The eyes of history are watching us" in this "pivotal moment," Omar said. Pressley, in her remarks, repeatedly referred to Trump as "the occupant of the White House" seeking to "marginalize and silence" the women, but quickly turned her focus to various issues, from gun violence to immigration. https://fxn.ws/32uAf03 #FoxNews

Trump demands apology from Democratic congresswomen he attacked in racist diatribe. Meanwhile, Theresa May condemned the president’s “go back” home tweets as “completely unacceptable.” "When will the Radical Left Congresswomen apologize to our Country, the people of Israel and even to the Office of the President, for the foul language they have used, and the terrible things they have said. So many people are angry at them & their horrible & disgusting actions!" https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/07/trump-demands-apology-from-democratic-congresswomen-he-attacked-in-racist-diatribe/ via @MotherJones

We will never be a Socialist or Communist Country. IF YOU ARE NOT HAPPY HERE, YOU CAN LEAVE! It is your choice, and your choice alone. This is about love for America. Certain people HATE our Country. ....They are anti-Israel, pro Al-Qaeda, and comment on the 9/11 attack, “some people did something.” Radical Left Democrats want Open Borders, which means drugs, crime, human trafficking, and much more.... ...Detention facilities are not Concentration Camps! America has never been stronger than it is now – rebuilt Military, highest Stock Market EVER, lowest unemployment and more people working than ever before. Keep America Great! .— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1150874781744607232 July 15, 2019

So called President Trump, archived July 15, 2019

TRUMP: "I mean I look at the one, I look at Omar -- I don't know, I never met her -- I hear the way she talks about Al Qaeda. Al Qaeda has killed many Americans ... these are people that in my opinion hate our country ... they can leave ... they have to love our country." — Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1150812791072276480 July 15, 2019

Trump Said His Racist Tweets Are Fine Because "Many People" Agree With Him. He also claimed the tweets weren't racist. President Trump on Monday claimed his racist tweets attacking progressive congresswomen weren't racist, and he added that he's not concerned about backlash because "many people" hold his same views. The president also said the person guilty of making a racist statement was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who defended the congresswomen in a tweet. "When @realDonaldTrump tells four American Congresswomen to go back to their countries, he reaffirms his plan to 'Make America Great Again' has always been about making America white again," Pelosi tweeted. "'Make America white again,' that's a very racist statement," Trump said on Monday. "I'm surprised she'd say that." He added that he believed voters would be on his side and warned Democrats against taking a stand in support of the congresswomen. "If they want to gear their wagons around these four people, I think it'll be a tough election," he said. https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/claudiakoerner/trump-racist-tweets-many-people-agree via @claudiakoerner

Trump defends tweets as 'not at all' racist. “Not at all,” Trump told reporters at the White House when asked if his tweets about the lawmakers were racist. “If somebody has a problem with our country, if somebody doesn’t want to be in our country, they should leave.” https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/453092-trump-defends-tweets-as-not-at-all-racist

Liz Crokin: Trump Appointed Alex Acosta to Force the Media to Cover Jeffrey Epstein’s Arrest | Right Wing Watch http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/liz-crokin-trump-appointed-alex-acosta-to-force-the-media-to-cover-jeffrey-epsteins-arrest/ https://twitter.com/i/status/1150785540654018561

Donald Trump’s long history of racism, from the 1970s to 2019. Trump has repeatedly claimed he’s “the least racist person.” His history suggests otherwise. https://www.vox.com/2016/7/25/12270880/donald-trump-racist-racism-history

Trump digs in amid censure of racist tweets about lawmakers. “I don’t think that the president’s intent any way is racist,” said Short, repeatedly pointing to Trump’s decision to choose Elaine Chao, who was born outside the country, as his transportation secretary. “The administration is welcoming of all nationalities into the United States,” he said. Even as Short spoke, Trump, who has a long history of making racist remarks, continued to fan the flames, tweeting, “If Democrats want to unite around the foul language & racist hatred spewed from the mouths and actions of these very unpopular & unrepresentative Congresswomen, it will be interesting to see how it plays out.” https://www.stripes.com/news/us/trump-digs-in-amid-censure-of-racist-tweets-about-lawmakers-1.590390

Party of relentless bad faith: How Republican lies and hypocrisy hit an all-time high. Republican bad faith has come in many varieties over many decades. Has it corroded democracy beyond repair? https://www.salon.com/2019/07/14/party-of-relentless-bad-faith-how-republican-lies-and-hypocrisy-hit-an-all-time-high/

Trump doubles down after telling Democratic congresswomen to 'go back' to their countries. "So sad to see the Democrats sticking up for people who speak so badly of our Country and who, in addition, hate Israel with a true and unbridled passion. Whenever confronted, they call their adversaries, including Nancy Pelosi, 'RACIST,'" Trump said in a pair of tweets. "Their disgusting language and the many terrible things they say about the United States must not be allowed to go unchallenged. If the Democrat Party wants to continue to condone such disgraceful behavior, then we look even more forward to seeing you at the ballot box in 2020!" he continued. https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/453021-trump-doubles-down-after-telling-democratic-congresswomen-to-go-back

‘I accused Donald Trump of sexual assault. Now I sleep with a loaded gun’ https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jul/13/i-accused-donald-trump-of-sexual-assault-e-jean-carroll-ed-pilkington

Shepard Smith Fact-Checks Trump On Mueller Report Exoneration: 'Not True.' As for collusion, “as analyzed by a group at the NYU law school ... and detailed in the Mueller report itself, the redacted Mueller report documents 14 separate activities that show strong evidence of collusion,” Smith stated. Instances in the report demonstrate that Trump campaign associates “encouraged or gave support to the Russia-WikiLeaks election interference activities.” As for obstruction, Mueller said he “did not set out to indict the president because of his belief that doing so would go against” Department of Justice guidelines, Smith reported. “But he did document 10 instances of President Trump possibly obstructing justice and listed them in detail in his report. Any action on those instances could be taken up by the Congress while the president is still in office — or by the courts after his term is complete.” https://news.yahoo.com/shepard-smith-fox-news-fact-checks-trump-mueller-exoneration-032110539.html

Trump just found a way to unite AOC and Nancy Pelosi. Tlaib also chimed in, calling Trump “lawless” and a “complete failure as a president.” https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/07/aoc-and-pelosi-unite-in-response-to-racist-trump-tweets/ via @MotherJones

Daily Mail: Ex-British ambassador said Trump left Iran deal to spite Obama. "The Administration is set upon an act of diplomatic vandalism, seemingly for ideological and personality reasons – it was Obama’s deal," Darroch wrote, according to The Daily Mail. "Moreover, they can’t articulate any 'day-after' strategy; and contacts with State Department this morning suggest no sort of plan for reaching out to partners and allies, whether in Europe or the region." https://thehill.com/policy/international/europe/452960-daily-mail-ex-british-ambassador-said-trump-left-iran-deal-to

So interesting to see “Progressive” Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly.....and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how.....it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1150381394234941448 July 14, 2019

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez -- Born New York City
Rep. Veronica Escobar -- Born El Paso, Texas
Rep. Rashida Tlaib -- Born Detroit, Michigan
Rep. Ayanna Pressley -- Born Chicago, Illinois
Rep. Ilhan Omar -- Born Mogadishu, Somalia, emigrated with family at age 10, U.S. citizen — Michael Biesecker (@mbieseck) https://twitter.com/mbieseck/status/1150422813636997124 July 14, 2019

Trump: Republicans like Paul Ryan are 'weak, ineffective & stupid'. Trump followed up his latest attack on Ryan by touting his current approval rating among Republicans. "94% Approval Rating in the Republican Party, an all time high. Ronald Reagan was 87%. Thank you!" Trump wrote in a follow up tweet. Trump is polling at 90 percent with Republicans according to the latest Gallup poll. According to the latest POLITICO/Morning Consult poll, Trump has an 85 percent approval rating among potential GOP primary voters. https://politi.co/2Lktw3M

‘It’s time to move forward’: Maryland lawmakers react to Trump backing down from census citizenship question. “The President has just admitted what his Administration has been denying for two years — that he wants citizenship data in order to gerrymander legislative districts in partisan and discriminatory ways,” Cummings said in a statement. https://www.capitalgazette.com/bs-md-pol-trump-census-citizenship-20190712-3zvcz5ars5fm3gsr4tb75cvmq4-story.html

Why the Sexual Predator in the White House Needed Acosta to Go. Of course the cable-news-watcher in chief didn’t want Alexander Acosta hanging around. The longer he stayed, the more the story would turn to Trump himself. https://www.thedailybeast.com/why-the-sexual-predator-in-the-white-house-needed-acosta-to-go

Things Donald Trump Said Today, Verbatim. We’ve transcribed some of the more astounding portions of Trump’s hour-long, rambling diatribe. Sorry. Some insights on tech from a man with a perfectly liquified brain. https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/07/trump-social-media-summit.html via @slate

Trump riffs on Twitter typos: 'The fingers aren't as good as the brain'. "Any kind of a punctuation mistake they put it on," he added. "So I’m very, very careful. Really I’m actually a good speller, but everyone said the fingers aren’t as good as the brain." Trump offered praise for many of the attendees, remarking on the videos and images they create in support of the president. "Some of you are extraordinary. Can’t say everybody. No, but some of you are extraordinary," Trump said. "The crap you think of is unbelievable." https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/452686-trump-riffs-on-twitter-typos-the-fingers-arent-as-good-as-the-brain

Laura Loomer is Very Upset She Wasn't Invited to Trump's Truly Dumb Social Media Summit https://theslot.jezebel.com/laura-loomer-is-very-upset-she-wasnt-invited-to-trumps-1836286989

Trump sent more than 20 tweets over six hours, bouncing between seemingly random subjects like the Pledge of Allegiance and his ability to secure loans from “prestigious banks” (if he wanted to). https://www.huffpost.com/entry/trump-latest-twitter-rant-even-worse_n_5d275f04e4b0bd7d1e18feca

Trump's labor secretary just defended his handling of the Jeffrey Epstein case. Asked if he had a message for the victims, he responded, “The message to the victims is that you need to come forward.” https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/07/acosta-defends-his-handling-of-the-jeffrey-epstein-case/ via @MotherJones

Trump just backed down on the census citizenship question. Trump ordered the Census Bureau to gather existing data on citizenship from administrative records, and ordered other federal agencies to turn over their citizenship data to the Commerce Department, which oversees the bureau. The administration could then use this information to draw districts based on citizenship rather than total population during the next redistricting cycle in 2021—something some Republicans have been advocating. https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/07/trump-backs-down-on-the-census-citizenship-question/ via @MotherJones

Trump's 'Salute to America' cost more than $5M: report https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/452552-trumps-salute-to-america-cost-more-than-5m-report

...or a very nervous and skinny version of Pocahontas (1000/24th), as your President, rather than what you have now, so great looking and smart, a true Stable Genius! Sorry to say that even Social Media would be driven out of business along with, and finally, the Fake News Media! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1149279679045672961 July 11, 2019

Trump organization cancels golf event with stripper caddies - ABC News - https://abcn.ws/2XDBawt

The mayor says Trump's July 4 bash, plus his unpaid 2017 inauguration expenses, will leave the fund with a big deficit. Mayor Muriel Bowser said Trump’s “Salute to America” expenses will further deplete a fund that was never repaid for costs of the president’s inauguration. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/dc-mayor-trump-july-4-salute-to-america_n_5d26090fe4b0583e482aa659

Fox News Cuts Into Trump Speech To Deliver A Brutal Real-Time Fact Check. Trump on Monday attempted to tout his administration’s environmental record, but Fox News host Shepard Smith interrupted to say those policies have been “widely criticized by environmentalists and academics.” The Fox News host cited a New York Times report that found that more than 80 environmental rules and regulations have been repealed and/or rolled back, including multiple regulations regarding drilling, air pollution and wildlife. Then Smith listed some of them: https://news.yahoo.com/donald-trump-fox-news-fact-check-041215307.html

British ambassador, now target of Trump’s ire, has D.C. wired. Kim Darroch is known as a garrulous and popular figure who rarely lets his diplomatic mask slip in public at his famously lavish parties. https://politi.co/32kxD4T

Trump's most memorable insults and nicknames of 2018 https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/421948-18-nicknames-trump-invented-in-2018

Trump says he will 'no longer deal with' UK's ambassador to US. Darroch wrote in secret cables to top officials in London that Trump is viewed as “insecure” and “incompetent.” He said there are doubts in Washington about whether the White House “is going to become substantially more normal; less dysfunctional; less unpredictable; less faction riven; less diplomatically clumsy and inept.” Trump stirred controversy in 2016 by saying he would like to see pro-Brexit politician Nigel Farage become the British ambassador to the U.S., tweeting that “he would do a great job!” The president also raised eyebrows by meeting with Farage in June during his U.K. state visit. https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/452024-trump-says-he-will-no-longer-deal-with-the-uks-ambassador-to-the-us

Bill Clinton 'knows nothing' about financier Jeffrey Epstein's 'terrible crimes,' former president's spokesman says. Trump told a reporter, "I've known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy. He's a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side." https://fxn.ws/2NI5b9X #FoxNews

Former admissions officer at Wharton said nothing about Trump suggested "a super genius.” Former Wharton Admissions Officer Says Trump Benefited From Family Connections. James Nolan told the Washington Post that Fred Trump Jr. asked him to help get his brother, Donald Trump, into the prestigious Wharton School of Business. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/donald-trump-wharton-school-family-help_n_5d239166e4b01000e1b6c573

Watch crowd chant “F**k Trump” during Fox News live shot after U.S. wins World Cup. https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/07/watch-crowd-chant-trump-during-fox-news-world-cup.html via @slate

Russian state-run media mocked Trump’s July 4 celebration. talking heads on Russian news channel Rossiya 24 and the program 60 Minutes mocked the military equipment that was on display as laughably out of date and the parade itself as “low energy” and “weak,” according to journalist Julia Davis. The state-run media claimed the machinery was held together with “adhesive tape” and covered with “peeling paint,” according to the Washington Post. A co-host of the show said that the tanks on display were “used during World War II and withdrawn from service in 1957.” https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/07/russia-state-media-mocks-trump-july-4-parade.html via @slate

The Purell presidency: Trump aides learn the president’s real red line. A self-described germaphobe, the 45th president is strictly enforcing proper hygiene inside the White House — and wherever else he goes. https://politi.co/32cTICz

What Kim Darroch is reported to have said about Trump – and what it means. “For a man who has risen to the highest office on the planet, President Trump radiates insecurity … There is no filter [that prevents Trump making offensive comments] … We could also be at the beginning of a downward spiral, rather than just a rollercoaster; something could emerge that leads to disgrace and downfall” – Summer 2017 https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/jul/07/what-kim-darroch-is-reported-to-have-said-about-trump

Donald Trump is rejecting Joe Biden's characterization of him as a "bully," claiming he just doesn't "like being taken advantage of." Trump dismissed the former vice president’s characterization that the president is “the bully that I knew my whole life.” https://www.huffpost.com/entry/joe-biden-donald-trump-bully_n_5d1f9e97e4b0f3125683b814

Rustic sculpture of Melania Trump unveiled near Slovenian hometown https://www.yahoo.com/news/rustic-sculpture-melania-trump-unveiled-232430876.html

Trump's 'Salute to America' July 4th celebration not without controversy https://www.yahoo.com/gma/trumps-salute-america-july-4th-celebration-not-without-082316435--abc-news-topstories.html

Fox News learns the hard way not to ask a question if you're not prepared for the answer. Twitter Users School Fox News On Why Only 45% Of Americans Are ‘Extremely Proud’ Of U.S. “Fox & Friends First” was seriously mocked after asking why Americans are feeling less patriotic than ever. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/fox-and-friends-first-gallup-poll-twitter_n_5d1cc3ece4b0f312567d7c57

Chaos, Fireworks, Political VIPs On Tap For Trump’s Last-Minute July 4 Bash https://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/trump-july-4-event-tanks-salute-america-planning via @TPM

Trump Says He's 'Never Had a Glass of Alcohol.' These People Say Otherwise. "I served him. And he drank at the bar," one bartender recalled. https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/zmp7qe/does-donald-trump-drink-alcohol

Pentagon Warns That America Is Enabling Putin’s Plan for Global Dominance. Meanwhile, Trump thinks “Western-style liberalism” is a reference to California https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/pentagon-warns-america-enabling-putin-plan-global-dominance-854009/ via @RollingStone

Susan Rice tears into Trump's claim that the Obama administration was "begging" for a meeting with Kim Jong Un. ‘Horses**t’: Susan Rice Throws Down On Trump’s Claim About Obama And North Korea. The former national security adviser said Trump’s lying ... again. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/susan-rice-donald-trump-north-korea_n_5d1964f2e4b082e5536b70d0

Trump's G20 trip was much more bizarre and embarrassing than you thought. Here are seven lowlights. Praise for autocrats. Putin pandering. North Korean jostling. Ignorance of “liberal democracy”. Insults allies. “If Japan is attacked, we will fight World War III,” Trump said on Fox Business News, adding: “But if we’re attacked, Japan doesn’t have to help us at all. They can watch it on a Sony television.” Attacks Democrats from abroad. Awkward nepotism. https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/06/trump-g20-weird-wild-moments-huh/ via @MotherJones

Donald Trump Stumped By Terms ‘Busing’ And Western ‘Liberalism’ At Press Conference. Trump calls 'busing' the primary way to transport school kids in bizarre comments at press conference. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/trump-busing-liberalism-g20-press-conference_n_5d17df7de4b082e5536a499d

Jimmy Carter: Investigation would show Trump lost 2016 election https://news.yahoo.com/jimmy-carter-donald-trump-illegitimate-president-russia-154336913.html

Trump dismisses Carter's attacks on his legitimacy. Carter made his comments during a discussion on human rights at a resort in Leesburg, Virginia, on Friday. Carter had said there was "no doubt that the Russians did interfere" in 2016. The 39th president alleged that that interference, "though not yet quantified, if fully investigated would show that Trump didn't actually win the election in 2016. He lost the election and he was put into office because the Russians interfered on his behalf." https://www.stripes.com/news/us/trump-dismisses-carter-s-attacks-on-his-legitimacy-1.588191

Evan Rachel Wood, Tom Arnold slam Trump's 'atrocious' denial of sexual assault claims: 'She's not my type'. Carroll, who is the 16th woman to accuse Trump of sexual misconduct, responded to his comments, telling CNN’s Anderson Cooper, “I love that I’m not his type.” https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/donald-trump-ejean-carroll-shes-not-my-type-evan-rachel-wood-084715469.html

Sebastian Gorka argued that Trump made comments about groping women when he was a Democrat. "So, let’s not forget that. How do you know he did that?” Talking over her, Gorka sternly said: “Jane, stop talking ... How do you know he actually did that? Remember he said that when he was a Democrat. So, let’s not forget that. How do you know he did that?” “Oh, wow, Mr. Gorka,” exclaimed Jane in the background, frustrated at what she said was Gorka’s use of “semantics.” https://www.huffpost.com/entry/sebastian-gorka-trump-access-hollywood-groping-democrat_n_5d08f69fe4b0f7b74427206a

So what happens when Donald Trump refuses to leave office? The nightmare scenario could happen https://www.salon.com/2019/06/17/so-what-happens-when-donald-trump-refuses-to-leave-office-the-nightmare-scenario-could-happen/

Trump: ‘I run the country’ https://politi.co/2WHThAW via @politico

Trump rips 'horrible' New York Times, Washington Post, wonders if people will 'demand' he stay in White House https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/448783-trump-rips-horrible-new-york-times-washington-post-wonders-if-people

Trump says Queen Elizabeth had more fun with him than 'in 25 years'. "I have such a great relationship, and we were laughing and having fun. And her people said she hasn't had so much fun in 25 years. Then I got criticized for it because they said we were having too much fun," Trump said in an interview with "Fox & Friends." https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/448600-trump-says-queen-elizabeth-had-more-fun-with-him-than-in-25-years

Trump accuses Pelosi of making a 'fascist statement' The president has repeatedly raged against the Speaker over the possibility the House could impeach him over his conduct in the Russia investigation. The Speaker has, in turn, accused Trump of projecting in his criticism of her. “What he does is he projects. Like when he says Nancy's a mess, that means he's a mess. When he says Nancy's nervous, that means he's nervous,” Pelosi said Thursday during a speech at the Council on Foreign Relations. “He's always talking about himself no matter who the subject of the sentence is.” https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/448534-trump-accuses-pelosi-of-making-a-fascist-statement

Trump: Some say I gave 'the best speech ever made by a president in Europe' "I just had an incredible time. That speech was special from the standpoint of the people of Poland, and I know it was considered a very important speech. You people even gave me very high marks on that speech," he said of the press in the room. "I could say it, but I don’t want to say it, but some people said it was the best speech ever made by a president in Europe," he continued, declining to specify who had offered such praise. "But I did not say that. I’m just quoting other people. "But it was a great day. The two folks, you treated us so great, I’ll never forget it. We won’t forget our trip to Poland. Very, very tremendous, special people." https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/448189-trump-some-say-i-gave-the-best-speech-ever-made-by-a-president-in#.XQFH0PJ_obI.twitter

Trump on NASCAR: ‘The Whole League Endorsed Me’. Monday saw Simon Pagenaud become the first Indy 500 winner to visit the White House since 2006, which, hm. Pagenaud did his assigned job of standing there and being relatively boring, but the real weirdness began when President Trump decided to just start riffing on NASCAR instead. https://jalopnik.com/trump-on-nascar-the-whole-league-endorsed-me-1835416751

Mexico crisis shows the limits of Trump's brinksmanship. The president's negotiating style has settled into a familiar — and increasingly ineffective — pattern. https://politi.co/2IrzFXN via @politico

House Democrats plan event to scrutinize Trump's mental health. House Budget Committee Chairman John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) said he and Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) will host Dr. Bandy Lee, a Yale School of Medicine psychiatrist who edited the best-selling book “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President.” “We are planning to do something where she can make a presentation to other members, so that they'll be aware of what she's been working on,” Yarmuth told The Hill in a brief interview. https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/447176-house-democrats-plan-event-to-scrutinize-trumps-mental-health

Memo of misunderstanding: Trump clashes with trade adviser over China talks. Tensions between Donald Trump and one of his top trade negotiators have been brought into the open as the two disagreed publicly about the definition of a memorandum of understanding. In a White House meeting between US officials and China’s top negotiator, which was televised and attended by journalists, Robert Lighthizer, the US trade representative, contradicted the president’s claim that memoranda of understanding (MOU) are non-binding. “I don’t like MOUs because they don’t mean anything. To me they don’t mean anything. I think you’re better off just going into a document,” said Trump during Friday’s exchange. The two went back and forth, with Lighthizer saying they would no longer use the term “memorandum of understanding”, but would instead call it a “trade agreement”. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/feb/25/memo-of-misunderstanding-trump-clashes-with-trade-adviser-over-china-talks

READ: US-Mexico joint declaration on migration @CNNPolitics https://cnn.it/2I1OH7D

Michael Wolff’s ‘Siege’ Is Like His Last Book — But Worse. The wannabe-Woodward of the Trump era goes for another quick buck https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/michael-wolff-siege-book-taibbi-review-844398/ via @RollingStone

Dems fume over Trump plans to address public from Lincoln Memorial on July 4. “President Trump’s efforts to insert politics into a celebration of our nation’s history is extremely alarming,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said in a statement on Thursday. “Forcing taxpayers to foot the bill for what amounts to a political rally is irresponsible and a misuse of funds. I strongly urge the president to reconsider his proposed event.” https://fxn.ws/2MxbzAm #FoxNews

Trump likens Irish border to wall between US and Mexico https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jun/05/ireland-visit-donald-trump-arrives-leo-varadkar-discussions

So called President Trump, archived June 2019

Trump on Vietnam: Despite deferments, he’d have been ‘honored’ to serve https://wapo.st/2Inj4V5

NBC Reporter: Trump's London Fanfare Claim Is 'Delusional,' 'Deeply Disturbing' https://www.yahoo.com/news/richard-engel-nbc-trump-protests-london-213450815.html

Dressed to distress – fashion statements of the Trumps on tour. The Trumps have dressed for this trip with all the nuance and subtlety that is their trademark. After Melania flew to London dressed as Big Ben, Tiffany appears to have typed “Jane Austen World Book Day costume” into the Amazon search bar and came up with an evening gown in a shade of claret that gave her the vibe of a midwestern bridesmaid who is, like, really into Downton Abbey. https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/shortcuts/2019/jun/04/dressed-to-distress-fashion-statements-of-the-trumps-on-tour

Analysis | What to do about Trump’s tailoring? We asked a tailor. That was the case Monday evening, when the president and first lady joined Queen Elizabeth II and her family for a formal dinner at Buckingham Palace. Photos show a sullen-looking Trump standing next to the queen, hands at his side, a frown on his face. He looks uncomfortable, and one would be forgiven for assuming that he was. Photos of that meeting also made the rounds on social media for another reason: Trump’s formalwear didn’t quite appear to fit as one might expect. Charles, Prince of Wales, was similarly attired, in a jacket that appeared to be proportional. Trump’s, on the other hand, appeared to have some sort of apron, a splash of white fabric that didn’t quite seem to work. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/06/04/what-do-about-trumps-tailoring-we-asked-tailor/

Amid London protests, Trump appears in denial over his standing abroad. The president’s claims in London were just as easily proved false. After the news conference, CNN aired footage of the demonstrators, including a giant Trump robot sitting on a toilet and repeating two of his catchphrases: “Fake news” and “witch hunt.” On social media, photos circulated of protesters holding signs reading “Trump climate disaster,” “Don’t attack Iran” and “Trump, you are a mind-bending [expletive] human being.” Organizers estimated that 75,000 people turned out for the demonstrations. https://wapo.st/2IhZn16

You All Were So Horrified by Trump's Hair That You Never Noticed the Rest. What is happening with his pants? The fit of Trump's pants has been getting more and more bizarre over the past year or so, like the man is shrinking in some inexplicable way, but these are truly next level. How are they somehow so long that the hems are dragging on the ground, but also so tight in the crotch that he definitely has a wedgie? And then, of course, there are the golf cleats. Yes, the President of the United States showed up to a memorial for the Virginia Beach mass shooting wearing his golfing clothes, like he was so focused on his tee time that he couldn't be bothered to change into some decent shoes before swinging by the church. That seems almost incomprehensibly disrespectful, but this was the guy who double fist pumped on September 11, so what else should we expect? https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/3k37zy/you-all-were-so-horrified-by-trumps-hair-that-you-never-noticed-the-rest

Pastor apologizes to congregation over Trump prayer https://politi.co/2HUZGA0

@realDonaldTrump: I never called Meghan Markle “nasty.” Made up by the Fake News Media, and they got caught cold! Will @CNN, @nytimes and others apologize? Doubt it! Sir: Here's a tape of you saying the Duchess is "nasty." Perhaps you should apologize for lying? President Trump reacted to Meghan Markle's criticism of him during his 2016 campaign https://youtu.be/7pGXGZiWJRY?t=62 via @YouTube

The former head of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics urged the American public to pay careful attention to everything that’s going on with President Donald Trump’s administration. The former head of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics urged the American public on Friday to pay careful attention to everything that’s going on with President Donald Trump’s administration. “Heed the signs and don’t underestimate the threat to our republic from within,” tweeted Walter Shaub, who served in the high-ranking role under former President Barack Obama and then for six months under Trump until his resignation in July 2017. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/walter-shaub-donald-trump-threat-republic-signs_n_5cf24b85e4b0e346ce7eb5f0

A Republican Consultant Died. His Progressive Daughter Then Found Documents That Might Affect The Census Citizenship Question. With the Supreme Court set to rule on whether the Trump administration can add a citizenship question to the census, newly discovered documents suggest the plan was designed to help Republicans. https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/amberjamieson/citizenship-question-2020-census via @ambiej

Trump finally admits Russia was "helping me get elected", then denies it https://boingboing.net/2019/05/30/trump-finally-admits-russia.html

Trump: 'I was not informed about' reported request to move USS John McCain. The Wall Street Journal earlier Wednesday shared a May 15 email it obtained, which included instructions on what to do with the ship. “USS John McCain needs to be out of sight,” the email reportedly read. “Please confirm #3 will be satisfied." Officials were aware of the concern about the USS John McCain and approved measures so it would be hidden during Trump's state visit, an official told the Journal. https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/446082-trump-i-was-not-informed-about-uss-john-mccain-request

A look at the cartoons, memes and paintings that praise the president. Ben Garrison Jon McNaughton https://www.huffpost.com/entry/donald-trump-art-garrison-Mcnaughto_n_5c5b44cbe4b00187b557cb56

Democratic senator says McCain listed off names of dictators during Trump inaugural. “I sat on that stage between Bernie and John McCain, and John McCain kept reciting to me names of dictators during that speech because he knew more than any of us what we were facing as a nation,” she said. “He understood it. He knew because he knew this man more than any of us did.” The new story from Klobuchar adds to a list of extensive criticism from McCain, who was one of few Republican senators to regularly oppose the president. https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/445574-democratic-senator-says-mccain-listed-off-names-of-dictators-during-trump-inaugural

Trump's misspelling of Biden's name trends on Twitter. “North Korea fired off some small weapons, which disturbed some of my people, and others, but not me,” Trump said in a tweet earlier on Saturday. “I have confidence that Chairman Kim will keep his promise to me, & also smiled when he called Swampman Joe Bidan a low IQ individual, & worse. Perhaps that’s sending me a signal?” he continued. But after the error, Trump deleted the tweet and reposted another containing the same words minus the misspelling of Biden. https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/445569-trumps-misspelling-of-bidens-name-trends-on-twitter

President Trump Wants a Promotion. One of Snyder’s most poignant and subtle recommendations, arriving in chapter 17, is to listen for dangerous words. “Be angry about the treacherous use of patriotic vocabulary,” he writes, rather lyrically. That resonated as I listened Thursday to President Trump, after a reporter reminded him that the treason of which he’d been accusing his many adversaries is an actual crime punishable by death, and he merely nodded. When asked who might suffer that penalty, he named the former head of the FBI, his ex-deputy, and “people probably higher than that.” There aren’t too many people higher than that. Hours later, that dystopian rhetoric began transforming into authoritarian reality. Trump signed a directive allowing attorney general William Barr broad, unprecedented powers to conduct a review of the intelligence community’s investigation into the 2016 Trump campaign, ordering the CIA and the other 15 federal intelligence agencies to essentially to give Barr everything he needs. Whatever Barr wants declassified, he’ll declassify — which we can anticipate, given our experience with the Mueller report, to be a nightmare of misinformation tailored to the president’s narrative. https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/president-trump-wants-a-promotion-840224/ via @RollingStone

And now, the race to be the first to claim that Trump is better than Lincoln begins. People of the Republican party: I know you will agree with me when I say our president has our utmost respect and our love. This job is not easy, for he’s battling the left and their absurd words of destruction. I’ve said this once and I’ll say this again, that our nation has been built on the solid ground of our forefathers. And there is a moral code of duty that has been passed on from President Lincoln. I’m here today to acknowledge the truth. And I’m here today to tell you, my fellow Americans, that our country …country is stronger, safer, and with more jobs because our president has made his every move correct. Don’t be fooled by the political left, because we are the people of this nation that is witnessing triumph. So let us stand with our president. Let us stand up for this truth: that President Trump is the greatest president since Abraham Lincoln. God bless America. And may God continue to guide this nation. Much love. https://slate.com/culture/2019/05/jon-voight-donald-trump-abraham-lincoln-twitter-video.html via @slate

Trump's nastiest break-ups: A look at the president's most fiery feuds https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/445315-trumps-nastiest-breakups-a-look-at-the-presidents-fiery-feuds

Trump has reportedly raged at aides over headlines calling him quick-tempered and angry. Few recurring characterizations bother President Trump more than the (largely accurate) narrative that he has a hair-trigger temper behind the scenes, and that he can easily and frequently be sent into vulgar, sometimes volcanic hissy fits when he doesn't get his way. In the middle of last year, Trump once sat in the White House and angrily listed various words in headlines and cable-news chyrons he'd seen recently that described his mood — "fuming," "raged," "furious," and so forth — decrying them as inaccurate reporting, according to a source who was present for this. The president sounded increasingly irate as he rattled off headline after headline, the source said, noting the irony. https://theweek.com/speedreads/843355/trump-reportedly-raged-aides-over-headlines-calling-quicktempered-angry via @TheWeek

TRUMP: "I always got a lot of publicity. Even as a private builder or whatever I was doing at the time, I would get a lot of publicity. Without a lot of trying... I haven't changed very much. Been very consistent. I'm an extremely stable genius." Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1131670318458777612

'Extremely stable genius': Trump defends his mental fitness as he tears into Pelosi. But the greatest praise for the commander in chief came from Trump himself, who told the assembled members of the media during one non-sequitur: “I'm an extremely stable genius. OK?” https://politi.co/2wcEjn0

Trump on Pelosi's prayers: Thanks, 'I know you truly mean it' So sad that Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer will never be able to see or understand the great promise of our Country. They can continue the Witch Hunt which has already cost $40M and been a tremendous waste of time and energy for everyone in America, or get back to work.... ....But they really want a do-over! You can’t investigate and legislate simultaneously - it just doesn’t work that way. You can’t go down two tracks at the same time. Let Chuck, Nancy, Jerry, Adam and all of the rest finish playing their games.... ...Democrat leadership is tearing the United States apart, but I will continue to set records for the American People – and Nancy, thank you so much for your prayers, I know you truly mean it! https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/445041-trump-on-pelosis-prayers-thanks-i-know-you-truly-mean-it

Trump: Not possible for Democrats to 'investigate and legislate at the same time'. "The Democrats are getting nothing done in Congress. All of their effort is about a Re-Do of the Mueller Report, which didn’t turn out the way they wanted," Trump wrote on Twitter. "It is not possible for them to investigate and legislate at the same time." The president went on to accuse Democrats of being focused on "trying to find anything which will be bad for me." "Their heart is not into Infrastructure, lower...drug prices, pre-existing conditions and our great Vets. All they are geared up to do, six committees, is squander time, day after day, trying to find anything which will be bad for me," he tweeted. "A pure fishing expedition like this never happened before, & it should never happen again!" https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/445176-trump-not-possible-for-democrats-to-investigate-and-legislate-at-the

Trump blows up White House meeting over nasty feud with Pelosi. The president called off bipartisan negotiations on infrastructure after Pelosi accused him of a 'cover-up.' President Donald Trump and Speaker Nancy Pelosi engaged in a public and bitter feud on Wednesday, with the president breaking off bipartisan negotiations over Pelosi’s accusations of a cover-up and Pelosi bluntly responding: “I pray for the president of the United States.” https://politi.co/2QfA82V

Jeff Daniels: 'Democracy is at stake' if Trump is reelected https://www.freep.com/story/news/nation/2019/05/21/jeff-daniels-msnbc-president-trump/3750919002/ via @freep

The biggest takeaway from Donald Trump's financial disclosure. Trump Already Owed More Money Than Any President in History—and Borrowed Millions More in 2018. A $11 million loan financed his sons’ purchase of an oceanfront, Mar-a-Lago mansion. The most significant change to Trump’s finances may be the addition of the new debt. According to the disclosure, Trump borrowed between $5 million and $25 million in May 2018 from Professional Bank, a small Florida outfit that specializes in construction and real estate loans. He borrowed the money at 4.5 percent interest through a limited liability company called 1125 South Ocean LLC. The loan was used to finance the purchase of 1125 South Ocean Avenue, a mansion located next door to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club and owned by the president’s sister, Maryanne Trump Barry, a former federal judge. (Barry formally retired in February, ending a judicial ethics investigation into the family’s finances.) The president and chief executive officer of Professional Bank, Abel Iglesias, was appointed to the board of directors of the Miami branch of the Atlanta Federal Reserve in January. Jean Tate, a spokeswoman for the Atlanta Fed said it was the regional bank’s board of directors that had appointed Iglesias. Asked if the administration had any involvement with the appointment or if it had attempted to influence the decision, Tate would only say: “We are independent.” https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/05/trump-2018-financial-disclosure/ via @MotherJones

Trump lashes out after report bank found suspicious transactions. The president appeared to be responding to a Times report that anti-money laundering experts at the German bank noticed suspicious activity in accounts belonging to Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, in 2016 and 2017. According to the Times, bank executives blocked employees from reporting the suspect transactions to the U.S. Treasury, and one former employee says she was fired for raising concerns about the bank’s scrutiny of certain clients. https://politi.co/2JXlVqp

This Evangelical Prayer-Coin Grift Is What the Age of Trump Is All About. For just $45, you can pray for the president with this coin that's sold by a guy who says God told him you need the coin. https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a27478606/jim-bakker-pray-coin-president-donald-trump-45/

Bank staff highlighted 'suspicious activity' in Trump-, Kushner-controlled accounts: report. Deutsche Bank anti-money laundering personnel reportedly recommended turning over information about transactions by entities owned by President Trump and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to a government watchdog in 2016 and 2017, but the bank's executives apparently declined to do so. The transactions, including some connected to the now-dissolved Trump Foundation, were flagged by the bank's computer system, which was set up to find unlawful activity, five current and former employees told The New York Times. After this, staffers reportedly put together suspicious activity reports they thought should be sent to the Treasury Department for investigation. The reports, however, were not filed with the department, according to the newspaper. The Times reports that it was not clear what the transactions were, but some of them involved money going between the entities and foreign companies or individuals. https://thehill.com/policy/finance/444462-bank-staff-highlighted-suspicious-activity-in-trump-kushner-controlled

Atlantic City knew Trump was a grifter. His tax figures are proof | Editorial http://s.nj.com/IkY2TbK

Dozens of graduates walk out in protest of Pence address https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/444396-graduates-walk-out-in-protest-of-pence-commencement-address

Trump tears into California for high-speed rails, wildfires. The high-speed rail project is one of Trump’s favorite lamentations, the subject of a number of his tweets since Newsom announced earlier this year that the full route — which would have connected San Francisco to Los Angeles — would not be constructed due to climbing costs and logistical challenges. On Friday, Trump reiterated his criticism of the revised project, which the president said links one “tiny little town to another tiny little town for billions of dollars.” Trump boasted that if he had had a say in the project, he would have introduced an even faster “bullet train” to the state. “And we also would have had it built on time,” the president said. “And we also would have had it built on budget.” Trump also claimed improper “forest management” was the reason the blazes broke out in California in the fall — not, he added, because of climate change like Newsom has said. “He blames it on global warming,” Trump said of the governor, who he described as “nice” and “young.” “I say, ‘Look, try cleaning the floor of the forest a little bit. So you don’t have four feet of leaves and broken trees that have sat there for 25 years.’” https://politi.co/2JNd8Y0

President Trump’s 2018 income from his D.C. hotel was almost $41 million. President Trump reported $40,842,294 in income from the Trump Hotel D.C. in 2018 in his financial disclosures, which the Office of Government Ethics released yesterday. Just read this from 1100 Pennsylvania https://zacheverson.substack.com/p/40842294

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A photo from the defunct website for Charles Lee’s United Nations Chinese Friendship Association
showing what it said was Lee with US President Donald Trump.
Chinese firm offering to sell Trump access in focus after Mar-a-Lago arrest https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3004574/chinese-firm-offering-sell-access-donald-trump-comes-spotlight via @scmpnews
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Cindy Yang helped Chinese tech stars get $50K photos with Trump. Who paid? https://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/article227941749.html
FBI opens foreign money probe into Trump donor Cindy Yang https://www.scmp.com/news/world/united-states-canada/article/3009644/fbi-opens-foreign-money-investigation-chinese via @scmpnews

Trump has reported earning an estimated $2.3 billion since announcing presidential run. As Trump’s reported income dropped, his total assets increased to $1.72 billion, up from $1.66 billion last year. When adding in an estimated $408 million in debts, much of which is held in Deutsche Bank, his net worth grew to an estimated $1.31 billion from $1.26 billion. https://www.opensecrets.org/news/2019/05/trump-reported-2-3-billion-in-income/ via @OpenSecretsDC

Analysis | The very political pattern of Trump’s pardons. President Trump’s pardons were self-serving before, and they became even more so Wednesday night, after he pardoned two prominent conservatives who had already completed their sentences. Trump pardoned billionaire Conrad Black, who a year ago published a book called “Donald J. Trump: A president like no other.” The book is more hagiography than biography. It defends Trump against charges that he is a racist, stating flatly that he is not. It hails his “very successful” foreign policy ventures. It credits his “unquenchable energy,” “sheer entertainment talent” and “raw toughness.” It misleadingly hails his 2016 election win by saying he won “more votes than any previous Republican candidate for president,” without noting that this was mostly a function of population growth and that Trump lost the popular vote. He called Trump’s win a “stunning rebuff” of the media. The second pardon went to Patrick J. Nolan, the former Republican leader of the California state assembly. This one is less obviously self-serving, but it is. Nolan has been a prominent conservative voice for criminal justice reform since finishing his sentence and has served in prison ministry. But he, like Black, is close to the Trump family. Appearing at a White House ceremony celebrating the passage of criminal justice reform legislation, Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner called Nolan “my friend,” and Nolan called Kushner “just a superstar. I’m impressed with him so much.” And last year Nolan criticized special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation. He said it was symptomatic of how law enforcement personnel “decide who they’re going to prosecute and then hunt for a crime." https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/05/16/very-political-pattern-trumps-pardons/

Trump's wealth in the spotlight with new disclosure forms. There are also signs that Trump's controversial presidency could be eating into his bottom line. On Wednesday, The Washington Post reported that Trump's Doral golf resort in Florida was in steep decline. His Trump Tower landmark in Manhattan also seems to be a fading asset. Earlier this year, it became clear that new development deals have slowed badly at the Trump Organization since the President was elected. The company has also shelved plans for two hotel licensing concepts. Trump's son Eric blamed politics for the sluggish business prospects. Trump's refusal to fully divest himself of his business in office has prompted unwelcome questions about potential conflicts of interests involving foreign investors. The documents to be released on Thursday are unlikely to fully light up Trump's labyrinthine financial affairs. @CNNPolitics https://cnn.it/2WKWPhN

Trump’s prized Doral resort is in steep decline, according to company documents, showing his business problems are mounting https://wapo.st/2w0L7DW

Complaints grow that Trump staffers are campaigning for their boss https://politi.co/2vZY69a via @politico

Ignoring Trump’s Orders, Hoping He’ll Forget. Slow-walking or flat-out disobeying Trump’s fleeting obsessions has become common practice across various sectors of government. https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2019/05/trump-aides-ignore-president/589489/

Trump Tower occupancy rate drops: report https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/443529-trump-tower-occupancy-rate-drops

Dow takes massive plunge as Trump's trade war with China escalates http://hill.cm/MZaitdw

What's behind Donald Trump's bewildering avalanche of lies? Nothing good. Part 1 of 2 https://www.salon.com/2019/05/12/whats-behind-donald-trumps-bewildering-avalanche-of-lies-nothing-good-part-1-of-2/

Behind Donald Trump's bewildering avalanche of lies: Maybe the death of democracy. Part 2 of 2 https://www.salon.com/2019/05/13/behind-donald-trumps-bewildering-avalanche-of-lies-maybe-the-death-of-democracy-part-2-of-2/

The president has been fixated on the idea of a large, patriotic, and military-style celebration for two years, according to the Washington Post. https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/05/trump-july-4-celebration-national-mall.html via @slate

A Big Mac at the White House: Trump’s telling sports celebrations. Two trends in particular are notable. One is that many athletes of colour have boycotted a president who declares himself a nationalist, condemns the NFL player Colin Kaepernick for taking a knee in protest against racial injustice and insists there were “very fine people on both sides” of a neo-Nazi protest in Charlottesville, Virginia.Second, Trump’s reverence for sporting success stands in vivid contrast to his attitude to arts and culture. Unlike during the John F Kennedy or Barack Obama eras, few actors, dancers, film makers, musicians, painters or poets now visit the White House. Instead, Trump rails against Hollywood liberals and reportedly eschews books and theatre.Furthermore, when the New England Patriots stopped by in 2017, far fewer players attended than when they won a Super Bowl under Obama. After several players on the Philadelphia Eagles and Golden State Warriors publicly declared that they would skip White House ceremonies, Trump disinvited the teams. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/may/09/a-big-mac-at-the-white-house-trumps-telling-sports-celebrations

Trump takes over Fourth of July celebration, changing its location and inserting himself into the program https://wapo.st/2PZX5af

Trump ‘declared himself winner of golf tournament after cheating against 10-year-old boy’ President claims he has won as many as 20 championship titles, which experts say is not true https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-golf-cheating-10-year-old-boy-mar-a-lago-a8909011.html

History will judge sycophantic Republicans harshly https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/443076-history-will-judge-sycophantic-republicans-harshly

Howard Stern: Donald Trump ‘Did Not Want to be President’ https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/howard-stern-donald-trump-president-interview-833343/ via @RollingStone

Trump hosts Red Sox for celebratory visit amid high-profile absences. But manager Alex Cora and a handful of other players were absent. Cora, a native of Puerto Rico, said he did not feel comfortable visiting given the Trump administration's response to Hurricane Maria, which devastated the island in 2017. Reigning American League MVP Mookie Betts, pitcher David Price, third baseman Rafael Devers and center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. were among the players who did not make the trip. Price noted on Twitter ahead of the visit that those absent were mostly players of color. The pitcher on Tuesday shared a tweet from a columnist who quipped that "basically it's the white Sox who'll be going." https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/443023-trump-hosts-red-sox-for-celebratory-visit-despite-high-profile

Exclusive: Trump, the billion-dollar loser — I was his ghostwriter and saw it happen. It was true that the carpets and drapes at his properties needed to be refreshed frequently, and the seats on the renamed Trump Shuttle required occasional reupholstering. But the main thing about fabric swatches was that they were within his comfort zone — whereas, for example, the management of hotels and airlines clearly wasn’t. One of his aides once told me that every room at the Plaza could be filled at the “rack rate” (list price) every night, and the revenue still wouldn’t cover the monthly payment of the loan he’d taken out to buy the place. In other words, he’d made a ridiculous deal. Neither he nor the banks had done the math beforehand. Or perhaps Trump knew it because someone had told him, but didn’t want to think about it. https://news.yahoo.com/trump-the-billiondollar-loser-his-ghostwriter-recalls-the-king-midas-years-090000640.html

A Yale psychiatrist explains how Donald Trump’s mental incapacity was exposed by Robert Mueller. A Yale psychiatrist explains how Donald Trump’s mental incapacity was exposed by Robert Mueller. Bandy X. Lee discusses what prompted her to speak out about the president’s psychological problems. https://www.salon.com/2019/05/07/a-yale-psychiatrist-explains-how-donald-trumps-mental-incapacity-was-exposed-by-robert-mueller_partner/

NYT: Tax papers suggest Trump had $1 billion in business losses over a decade businesses lost nearly $1.2 billion between 1985 and 1994, according to The New York Times, citing IRS transcripts. In 1990 and 1991 alone, according to the Times, Trump’s business losses exceeded $250 million each year, more than twice those of the nearest taxpayer in the IRS information for the two years. The documents indicates he lost so much money during that decade that he avoided paying income tax for eight of the 10 years, according to the Times, although it was unclear whether the IRS asked him to make changes after audits. https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/442614-irs-docs-show-trump-ran-up-over-1-billion-in-business-losses-over-a

The president railed against “the censorship of AMERICAN CITIZENS” on Twitter on Friday and Saturday. Here Are the Alt-Right Figures Trump Thinks Are the Innocent Victims of Censorship. https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/05/trump-rant-conservatives-facebook-ban.html via @slate

Trump goes on tear, sharing tweets about Putin, North Korea's Kim and far-right YouTube star https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/442125-trump-goes-on-tear-sharing-tweets-about-putin-kim-and-far-right

Trump tweets support for far-right figures banned by Facebook https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/may/04/trump-facebook-far-right-bans-support-twitter

I see that the president is having a very calm and normal Saturday morning. Also, one of the accounts he retweeted is one of the bigger Q conspiracy pages on here... bragging about how many times they’ve been retweeted by him.White Nationalists, Trump's most valued constituency. Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) https://twitter.com/ParkerMolloy/status/1124658352267714560

So called President Trump, archived May 2019

'Bigger than WATERGATE': Trump hails NYT report on FBI meeting with Papadopoulos https://politi.co/2PGMXCY

Working with Trump destroys your reputation, but who cares? https://boingboing.net/2019/05/03/working-with-trump-destroys-yo.html

Trump says he leaned on God to survive Mueller probe. President Donald Trump said Thursday he leaned on one thing to get through special counsel Robert Mueller's probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election: his faith. “People say, ‘How do you get through that whole stuff? How do you go through those witch hunts and everything else?’” Trump said at the White House during a National Day of Prayer service. He looked over to Vice President Mike Pence and shrugged. “We just do it, right?” the president continued. “And we think about God.” https://politi.co/2Jb6YjZ

LOL -- @MariaBartiromo desperately tried to wrap up her phone interview with Trump, but Trump refused to stop talking about "cleaning the swamp" and how Clapper is "a dumb guy." Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1122876480919359494

Trump sends support to NFL draft pick who called Kaepernick a 'clown'. The rookie defensive end had been a fervent Trump supporter on social media before he started scrubbing his posts. But he perhaps drew the most scrutiny for describing former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick as a “clown” and “Crappernick”. https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2019/apr/27/trump-nick-bosa-49ers-colin-kaepernick

If anyone wonders why Trump chose to congratulate the NUMBER TWO draft pick, let me break it down for you:
The #2 pick was Nick Bosa. He's a "big Trump fan" who followed white supremacists on Twitter and liked racist & homophobic posts.
The #1 pick was Kyler Murray. He's black.
Translate Trump (@TranslateRealDT) https://twitter.com/TranslateRealDT/status/1122116496669519872
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Pseudonyms of Donald Trump: "John Barron" (1980s) "John Miller" (1991) "Carolin Gallego" (1992) "David Dennison" (2016) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pseudonyms_of_Donald_Trump

Poll: Mueller Report Sinks Trump’s Approval Rating To New 2019 Low. Fifty percent of the adults polled said they believe that President Trump tried to stop the Mueller investigation. And fifty percent said they think Trump or someone from his campaign worked with Russia to influence the 2016 election. https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/poll-mueller-report-sinks-trumps-approval-rating-825079/ via @RollingStone

Here's what Mueller found: The videos the CIA, BBC, and this writer said existed *did exist*; Trump *knew* they existed; Trump's "blackmail fixer"—Cohen—negotiated with a Kremlin agent their suppression in October 2016, when they could have ended Trump's candidacy. Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) https://twitter.com/SethAbramson/status/1119654018794577922

Trump lashes out at Romney “If @MittRomney spent the same energy fighting Barack Obama as he does fighting Donald Trump, he could have won the race (maybe)!” Trump tweeted. https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1119724814258843648 https://politi.co/2veRB1O

Two of Donald Trump's tweets in particular set Twitter alight. Donald Trump’s Masturbation-Themed Retweet Sets Twitter Abuzz. “Next time the religious right talks about morals in politics, please remind them of Trump’s behavior on Good Friday 2019.” https://www.huffpost.com/entry/donald-trump-mueller-report-tweets_n_5cbac302e4b06605e3eed15c

Trump's 'total and complete exoneration' turns out to be fake news https://news.yahoo.com/trumps-total-and-complete-exoneration-turns-out-to-be-fake-news-193957445.html

Trump approval drops to 2019 low after Mueller report's release: poll. President Trump’s approval rating dropped three percentage points following the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, marking the lowest level of 2019, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released Friday.

About 37 percent of adults surveyed said they approved of Trump’s performance in office, down from 40 percent in a similar poll conducted on April 15, before the Mueller report's release. https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/439832-trump-approval-drops-to-2019-low-after-mueller-reports-release-poll

29 Things Trump Couldn’t Recall While Answering Mueller’s Questions https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/mueller-trump-29-questions-824126/ via @RollingStone

Trump attacks 'total bulls***' in 'the Crazy Mueller Report' Trump went golfing with conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh and “a couple friends,” and he did not finish his thought until more than eight hours later. https://news.yahoo.com/trump-attacks-total-bull-in-the-crazy-mueller-report-134949958.html

Another Warning Sign. As Mueller’s report demonstrates, the willingness of his subordinates to be insubordinate has generally served Trump well, because his own judgement is often so shockingly bad that almost anyone else’s judgment (including that of some very shady characters) would be better. That willingness to ignore or contradict the president seems to have averted some criminal acts that might have endangered his presidency. And it has likely saved us from other dark fates. The peculiar willingness of Trump’s people to ignore or disobey him is a blessing and a curse. But more than anything it is a warning sign that ought to be taken seriously by anyone in Congress or in the executive branch who is in any way in a position to help prepare our government to handle serious emergencies. https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/another-warning-sign-2/

HBO requests Trump stop using Game of Thrones memes 'for political purposes' President Trump tweeted another Game of Thrones meme following the release of the Mueller report. https://www.cnet.com/news/hbo-requests-trump-stop-using-game-of-thrones-memes-for-political-purposes/?utm_source=reddit.com

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Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1118876219381026818 April 18, 2019

Trump legal team hails Mueller report: 'A total victory' https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/439556-trump-legal-team-says-mueller-report-completely-vindicates-trump-a

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"There is substantial evidence to show that the President was frustrated and angered by a sincere belief that the investigation was undermining his presidency, propelled by his political opponents and fueled by illegal leaks" AG Barr said. https://twitter.com/nprpolitics/status/1118874158975324161 April 18, 2019

Michele Bachmann claimed that Donald Trump is 'highly biblical.' So ... One of the most unique -- and hard to grasp -- phenomena of Donald Trump's presidential candidacy (and his time in the White House) is the solid and unwavering support he has enjoyed from evangelical Christians. Witness former presidential candidate -- and former House member -- Michele Bachmann, R-Minnesota, in an interview over the weekend with a Christian conservative radio show called "Understanding These Times": "[Trump] is highly biblical, and I would say to your listeners, we will in all likelihood never see a more godly, biblical president again in our lifetime. So we need to be not only praying for him, we need to support him, in my opinion, in every possible way that we can." (The Bachmann interview, which runs in two parts, is explained this way on the "Understanding These Times" website: "Just what is the 'deep state' and how are they promoting end-time lawlessness? How does President Trump fulfill prophecy? A multi-billionaire cabal is pushing for global government and Michele explains who they are and why.") @CNNPolitics https://cnn.it/2DbauHl

Trump vetoes resolution to end U.S. participation in Yemen’s civil war. “This resolution is an unnecessary, dangerous attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities, endangering the lives of American citizens and brave service members, both today and in the future,” Trump said in a statement. The measure had passed the House on a 247-to-175 vote earlier this month and was approved by the Senate last month with the support of seven Republicans. https://wapo.st/2UHAYek

Pelosi: 'There's nobody in the country who knows better' than Trump 'that he should not be president' https://thehill.com/homenews/house/438955-pelosi-theres-nobody-in-the-country-who-knows-better-than-trump-that-he-should

Trump bulldozes across the presidency’s red lines https://politi.co/2G9Fqbx via @politico

BBC News - What Trump has said about Wikileaks https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-us-canada-47902968/what-trump-has-said-about-wikileaks

Trump’s ‘truly bizarre’ visit to Mt. Vernon. https://politi.co/2uXY1C8

New Book Chronicles How Trump Cheats at Golf. “To say ‘Donald Trump cheats’ is like saying ‘Michael Phelps swims,'” Reilly wrote. “He cheats at the highest level. He cheats when people are watching and he cheats when they aren’t. He cheats whether you like it or not. He cheats because that’s how he plays golf … if you’re playing golf with him, he’s going to cheat.” Trump’s cheating begins with his handicap—a number that is generated based on a player’s average score, ostensibly to allow players of different abilities to compete against one another. And, theoretically, the lower a player’s handicap, the better the player they are. For example, the Post points out, golfing legend Jack Nicklaus had a handicap of 3.4, higher (and therefore worse) than the 2.8 handicap Trump claims. “If Trump is a 2.8, Queen Elizabeth is a pole vaulter,” Reilly wrote. https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/donald-trump-cheats-at-golf-815819/ via @RollingStone

Mulvaney vows Democrats will “never” see Trump’s tax returns. https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/04/mulvaney-democrats-never-trump-tax-returns.html via @slate

George Conway Offers Fishy Explanation For Donald Trump's Lies. George Conway isn’t buying former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci’s claim that President Donald Trump lies “because he thinks it’s fun.” “Think of fish,” Conway wrote. “Fish don’t swim because they think it’s fun; they swim because they’re fish.” https://news.yahoo.com/george-conway-offers-fishy-explanation-100409713.html

I moved on her like a bitch. I did try and fuck her. She was married. I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything. https://t.co/4DaUV2wwNt https://twitter.com/bob_smith_42/status/1113870373106274304

Transcript: Donald Trump’s Taped Comments About Women https://nyti.ms/2dM7q94

A Cartoon History of Trumps, 1869–2018. If Donald Trump is confused about where his father was born , he should consult this handy Trump Family history from @stevebrodner. https://www.villagevoice.com/2018/06/14/a-cartoon-history-of-trumps-1869-2018/

Formal and casual White House photos show distance between Trump and increasingly diverse nation https://wapo.st/white-house-photos

Opinion | Trump is unraveling before our eyes. He isn’t fit for reelection. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/04/03/we-should-be-asking-if-trump-is-too-old-stand-re-election/

Sarah Palin: 'I was kind of surprised to be publicly disinvited' to McCain's funeral. Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin said Monday that she was “surprised” that she wasn’t invited to former running mate John McCain’s 2018 funeral, describing the snub as “kind of a gut punch.” “I was kind of surprised to be publicly disinvited to the funeral. I think that was an unnecessary step,” the former vice presidential hopeful said on Good Morning Britain in a clip spotted by Mediaite. “They didn’t have to embarrass me and embarrass others.” After the pair lost to Barack Obama and Joe Biden, McCain said that he regretted choosing Palin as a running mate. In August 2018, McCain died at 81 after a lengthy battle with cancer—and in the days after his death, People cited multiple sources claiming that both Palin and Trump had not been invited to his funeral (although Palin said in the interview that “there were good people in our campaign back in 2008 who were very, very loyal to Senator McCain” who had been snubbed, too). Trump has also railed against the late veteran and senator over the rejection, complaining in March that he didn’t “get [a] thank you” for approving his funeral. https://thehill.com/homenews/media/436751-sarah-palin-i-was-kind-of-surprised-to-be-publicly-disinvited-to-mccains

Donald Trump and racist violence: Research points to a clear connection https://www.salon.com/2019/03/30/donald-trump-and-racist-violence-research-points-to-a-clear-connection/

Hate crimes increased 226% in places Trump held a campaign rally in 2016, study claims. https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-campaign-rally-hate-crimes-study-maga-2019-3

Analysis | Trump said America is more united than ever. A majority of Americans disagree. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/03/22/trump-said-hes-bringing-america-together-majority-americans-disagree/

National Cathedral says Trump didn't need to give 'approval' for McCain funeral https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/435152-national-cathedral-says-trump-didnt-need-to-give-approval-for

Trump visits tank factory and renews attack on war hero McCain. At a speech at an Ohio tank factory, President Trump complained that he wasn’t thanked for giving John McCain “the kind of funeral he wanted.” “I gave him the kind of funeral he wanted which as president I had to approve. I don’t care about this, I didn’t get thank you, that’s OK,” Trump said, to a crowd of workers at the Lima Army Tank Plant in Lima, Ohio. The audience, which had applauded and cheered through much of the speech, sat virtually silent during the attack on the late senator and decorated war hero. https://news.yahoo.com/trump-attacks-on-mc-cain-bomb-at-tank-factory-203505733.html

Donald Trump doesn’t think white nationalism is on the rise. Data shows otherwise https://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2019/mar/20/donald-trump-doesnt-think-white-nationalism-rise-d/ via @PolitiFact

Trump's ever-expanding list of grievances. Trump's scattershot comments in recent days paint a picture of a president who constantly feels underappreciated and under siege as he obsesses over his reelection bid. https://politi.co/2WaV4cZ

Trump denounces Kellyanne Conway’s 'loser' husband -- and he immediately fires back with the perfect response. narcissistic personality disorder and malignant narcissism. https://www.rawstory.com/2019/03/trump-denounces-kellyanne-conways-loser-husband-immediately-fires-back-perfect-response/

For all the heat it’s taken, Twitter seems to have a better radar for identifying abusive racist accounts than the president. https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/03/trump-white-nationalist-accounts-suspended-retweets.html via @slate

Analysis | In Sunday tweetstorm, Trump elevates a series of conspiracy theories — and theorists https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/03/18/sunday-tweetstorm-trump-elevates-series-conspiracy-theories-theorists/

Violent white nationalists think Trump is a white nationalist. Just read this by @JuddLegum https://popular.info/p/the-rise-of-white-nationalism

Bring back @JudgeJeanine Pirro. The Radical Left Democrats, working closely with their beloved partner, the Fake News Media, is using every trick in the book to SILENCE a majority of our Country. They have all out campaigns against @FoxNews hosts who are doing too well. Fox ..... must stay strong and fight back with vigor. Stop working soooo hard on being politically correct, which will only bring you down, and continue to fight for our Country. The losers all want what you have, don’t give it to them. Be strong & prosper, be weak & die! Stay true.... to the people that got you there. Keep fighting for Tucker, and fight hard for @JudgeJeanine. Your competitors are jealous - they all want what you’ve got - NUMBER ONE. Don’t hand it to them on a silver platter. They can’t beat you, you can only beat yourselves! https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1107276504415854592

1. Wow. This could be a coincidence but one of Trump's tweets this morning appears to contain a coded message of support to white nationalists. In defense of Jeanine Pirro, who said wearing a hijab was "antithetical" to the Constitution, Trump tweeted "be strong & prosper" https://t.co/GHQf0Yx3g5 Judd Legum (@JuddLegum)

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Chris Cuomo clashes again with Kellyanne Conway in heated interview. “I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of Bikers for Trump. I have the tough people, but they don’t play it tough until they go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very bad.” https://www.huffpost.com/entry/chris-cuomo-kellyanne-conway-violence_n_5c8b1327e4b0db7da9f16761

President Donald Trump this week issued a thinly veiled threat of violence against his opponents. The president regularly encourages his base to commit violence against protesters and his political enemies. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/trump-encourages-violence-from-his-supporters-theyre-listening_n_5c8bb977e4b0db7da9f29e07

Analysis | Everyone involved in the 2016 hush-money payments says they were campaign-related — except Trump https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/03/11/everyone-involved-hush-money-payments-says-they-were-campaign-related-except-trump/

Cohen should fear for his life: Psychiatrist explains how Trump gaslights America, embraces cruelty and 'attacks thought itself' https://www.rawstory.com/2019/03/cohen-fear-life-psychiatrist-explains-trump-gaslights-america-embraces-cruelty-attacks-thought/

The massage parlor owner peddling access to Trump has ties to Chinese government-linked groups https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/03/the-massage-parlor-owner-peddling-access-to-trump-has-ties-to-chinese-government-linked-groups-cindy-yang/ via @MotherJones

Chase Donald Trump's Russia scandal way back to a beauty pageant and it starts to make real sense https://www.salon.com/2019/03/06/chase-donald-trumps-russia-scandal-way-back-to-a-beauty-pageant-and-it-starts-to-make-real-sense/

The 10 personas of Donald Trump in a single speech http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/national/wp/2019/03/09/feature/the-10-personas-of-donald-trump-in-a-single-speech/

The Sleaze of the Cindy Yang Affair, From Hand Jobs to Grip-and-Grins With Donald Trump, Should Not Obscure the Huge Security Risks https://www.thedailybeast.com/cindy-yang-affair-from-hand-jobs-to-grip-and-grins-with-donald-trump-should-not-obscure-the-huge-national-security-risks

A Florida massage parlor owner has been selling Chinese execs access to Trump at Mar-a-Lago https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/03/a-florida-massage-parlor-owner-has-been-selling-chinese-execs-access-to-trump-at-mar-a-lago/ via @MotherJones

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Trump signs Bibles during disaster tour of Alabama https://politi.co/2J3u11I

Trump took a selfie with the founder of the day spa where Robert Kraft allegedly bought sex services https://news.vice.com/en_us/article/vbwjm9/trump-took-a-selfie-with-the-founder-of-the-day-spa-where-robert-kraft-allegedly-bought-sex-services

‘Grab that record’: How Trump’s high school transcript was hidden https://wapo.st/2IULTM2

The most bizarre moments from Donald Trump’s CPAC speech – video https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/video/2019/mar/03/donald-trump-mocks-green-new-deal-and-russia-investigation-at-cpac-video

Trump: "All of a sudden they're trying to take you out with bullshit." In a rambling two-hour speech, President Trump slams his foes, sings his own praises, and prepares for 2020. MARCH 2, 2019 https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/03/trump-bizarro-speech-cpac/ via @MotherJones

Trump's 10 wildest CPAC quotes https://politi.co/2TrxIlI

A short history of threats received by Donald Trump’s opponents https://www.propublica.org/article/a-short-history-of-threats-received-by-donald-trumps-opponents

Today seems like a good day to remember all the women who have accused Trump of sexual assault. Just because he became president doesn't make their stories any less important Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) https://twitter.com/JuddLegum/status/1100053959652319233

Perspective | The 6 essential cons that define Trump’s success. Although Trump has threatened to sue reporters many times, the only time he followed through with a libel suit was in 2006, after O’Brien, in “TrumpNation,” reported that three experts close to Trump believed his true net worth to be between $150 million and $250 million — far from the $6 billion he claimed he was worth at the time. Trump lost the suit, appealed the ruling, then lost the appeal in 2011. https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2019/02/22/essential-cons-that-define-trumps-success/

‘I think it’s a shame’: Trump comments on Coast Guard officer accused of plotting attacks. Asked by a reporter Friday whether he bears any personal responsibility from his own rhetoric, Trump said he did not. “I think my language is very nice,” the president replied. https://wapo.st/2TcjMvY

Sarah Sanders's Latest Lie Is Somehow Her Worst. When a US Coast Guard lieutenant and former Marine was arrested and charged with gun and drug crimes, it quickly became clear that the officer, Christopher Hasson, was allegedly plotting the mass murder of Democrats and journalists and subscribed to white nationalism. Trump has not weighed in on the case, though he had time to tweet about actor Jussie Smollett allegedly faking a hate crime. When his press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, was asked about it Friday, her response was brazen even by the standards of the administration:Here's Sarah Sanders saying Trump hasn't "at any point" done anything "but condemn violence, against journalists or anyone else." Obviously, Sanders is lying here—this is not a case where she might have incomplete information or have been deceived by her superiors. This is a conscious falsehood being uttered by a key voice atop the United States government. Anyone who knows anything about Trump knows that he has routinely praised violence, especially against the media. https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/mbzpxq/sarah-sanderss-latest-lie-is-somehow-her-worst

“I don’t know which report you’re talking about,” Trump said, when asked about news his administration was planning a campaign to end the criminalization of homosexuality worldwide. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/trump-homosexuality-decriminalization-plan_n_5c6eaaa7e4b0e37a1ed577a7

Being Raised by Two Narcissists Taught Me How to Deal with Trump https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/3kga4j/being-raised-by-two-narcissists-taught-me-how-to-deal-with-trump

9 of the most bizarre moments from Trump's rambling border wall press conference https://news.vice.com/en_us/article/bjq7aa/9-of-the-most-bizarre-moments-from-trumps-rambling-border-wall-press-conference

Analysis | Fact-checking Trump’s announcement of a national emergency https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/02/15/fact-checking-trumps-announcement-national-emergency/

Analysis | Trump referred to ‘gun violence’ in his Parkland remembrance. Hours later, he changed it to ‘school violence.’ https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/02/14/trumps-lengthy-parkland-shooting-remembrance-doesnt-meaningfully-mention-guns/

The End of Trump’s State of the Union Was Just Really, Hilariously Poorly Written. “We have not yet begun to dream”? https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/02/trump-state-of-the-union-badly-written.html via @slate

Pelosi gives Trump a standing ovation and nod of approval for his call to end "revenge politics." https://t.co/9X5pDtuhsn Daniel Lewis (@Daniel_Lewis3)

White House announces Trump guests for State of the Union https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/428456-white-house-announces-trump-guests-for-state-of-the-union

What it’s like to golf with the president. Trump is speedy too, often finishing 18 holes in three hours by playing through other groups and driving on the edge of the green — a no-no, except perhaps when one owns the course. He is surrounded by a Secret Service detail, which expedites his movement. (A round takes between four and five hours for most golfers.) The Washington Post reported in 2015 that playing partners said Trump often cheats. “When it comes to cheating, he’s an 11 on a scale of one to 10,” sportswriter Rick Reilly said in that story. https://wapo.st/2GhRmtE

Here's a handy video compilation of President Trump's birther comments https://t.co/JyN75aodXE David Frum (@davidfrum)

Opinion | In remarkable exchange, Trump offers startling view of role of free press https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/02/01/remarkable-exchange-trump-offers-startling-view-role-free-press/

Trump suggests FBI didn't find motive for Las Vegas mass shooting because they were busy with "Russian hoax" http://www.newsweek.com/trump-suggests-russia-hoax-hindered-las-vegas-shooting-investigation-1312959

Steve Bannon Takes Credit for Trump’s Presidential Win https://www.thedailybeast.com/steve-bannon-takes-credit-for-trumps-presidential-victory-in-new-sundance-documentary

The 15 Things You Need to Know About Chris Christie’s Book https://thebulwark.com/the-15-things-you-need-to-know-about-chris-christies-book/ via @BulwarkOnline

By many accounts, Donald Trump is a lapsed Christian. That doesn’t stop him from touting conservative Christian causes. A Former Pastor Of Trump’s Church Says He Never Saw Him There. “He was not an active and visible member of the church, no,” Pastor David Lewicki recalled. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/former-marble-collegiate-pastor-says-he-never-saw-trump-at-church_us_5c51f51ee4b04f8645c728a8

Report: Majority of Clemson’s black players skipped White House visit https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/427533-majority-of-clemsons-black-players-skipped-white-house-visit

Robert Reich: 3 Signs Trump Is Becoming a Dictator https://www.truthdig.com/articles/robert-reich-3-signs-trump-is-becoming-a-dictator/

These Trump Memes Will End Up in History Books https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/nexvw7/the-20-biggest-memes-of-the-trump-era-so-far

President Trump Posts Altered Photos to Facebook and Instagram That Make Him Look Thinner https://gizmodo.com/president-trump-posts-altered-photos-to-facebook-and-in-1831909849

The 'exhausting' work of factcheckers who track Trump's barrage of lies https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jan/21/donald-trump-lies-factcheckers

Donald Trump began his Sunday morning with a bizarre tirade riddled with lies https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2019/01/trump-twitter-blast-pelosi-climate/ via @MotherJones

Scott Dworkin @funder Can you do me a favor? Can you retweet this? It’s video I found of Trump saying he: 1. Plans to build Trump Tower Moscow. 2. Is looking for deals not just in Moscow. 3. Says he met with a group of Russians in Moscow and talked about making deals https://twitter.com/funder/status/1086112223548919808

Cardi B's Viral Government Shutdown Rant Was Set To "Bodak Yellow" And It's Basically A New Bop https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/marcusjones/cardi-b-government-shutdown-video-song via @MarcusJonesNY

ESPN's Stephen A. Smith: Trump serving fast food to Clemson team was 'disgraceful' and 'classless' https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/425737-espns-stephen-a-smith-trump-serving-fast-food-to-clemson-team

It’s Already Collusion https://politi.co/2FuXzSv

Opinion | Here are 18 reasons Trump could be a Russian asset https://wapo.st/2FpqV5u

October 19th, 2016 "you encouraged espionage against our people ... you continue to get help from him because he has a very clear favorite in this race." https://twitter.com/joshtpm/status/1084126128757985280

CNN's Navarro files nails during immigration debate with Trump ally https://thehill.com/homenews/media/424675-cnns-navarro-files-nails-during-immigration-debate-with-trump-ally

Here Is Donald Trump Struggling to Breathe for 36 Long, Agonizing Seconds https://splinternews.com/here-is-donald-trump-struggling-to-breathe-for-36-long-1831607446

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@Scavino45 After this evenings Presidential Address, we joined our great POTUS for a photo. We are all on the right side of history! #FACT

Analysis | Ocasio-Cortez called Trump a racist. The White House response may have proved her point. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/01/08/ocasio-cortez-called-trump-racist-white-house-response-may-have-proven-her-point/

Trump claims support from past presidents for the wall: Clinton, Bush and Obama beg to differ https://politi.co/2F99YeE via @politico

President Trump Is An Expert On A Lot Of Things... According To Trump | ... https://youtu.be/07xU4JYPNKI via @YouTube

Trump, in profanity-laced meeting with lawmakers, said he preferred 'strike' to refer to government shutdown: reports https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/423990-trump-in-profanity-laced-meeting-with-lawmakers-said-he-preferred-the

All Of The Made-Up, Nonsensical, Hypocritical Highlights From Trump’s Cabinet Meeting. 2019 is already off to an interesting start. The president described generals "better looking than Tom Cruise," made up numbers about immigration and complained that his job is hard. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-cabinet-meeting_us_5c2d2363e4b08aaf7a958218

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@BarackObama In 2018 people stepped up and showed up like never before. Keep it up in 2019. We’ve got a lot of work to do, and I’ll be right there with you. Happy New Year, everybody! 8:19 AM - 1 Jan 2019

Predictions: Trump goes, unexpected candidate emerges in 2019 https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/423132-predictions-trump-goes-unexpected-candidate-emerges-in-2019

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HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE, INCLUDING THE HATERS AND THE FAKE NEWS MEDIA! 2019 WILL BE A FANTASTIC YEAR FOR THOSE NOT SUFFERING FROM TRUMP DERANGEMENT SYNDROME. JUST CALM DOWN AND ENJOY THE RIDE, GREAT THINGS ARE HAPPENING FOR OUR COUNTRY! 5:08 AM - 1 Jan 2019

2018 Elections

A Cox victory is the final indignity for California GOP. Republican leaders were hoping a candidate named Cox might create some buzz in the November election. He did. Unfortunately for the GOP, it was the wrong Cox. Democrats had already achieved a blowout in California congressional races by the time T. J. Cox secured a come-from-behind victory last week in the Central Valley 21st district, defeating Republican incumbent David Valadao. Republicans will now hold just seven of California’s 53 House seats. That sounds bad on its face, but historical context shows just how bleak things are for the state GOP delegation. https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/columnists/michael-smolens/sd-me-smolens-california-election-20181202-story.html

Sen. Joel Anderson's political trajectory screeches to a halt https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/columnists/michael-smolens/sd-me-smolens-joel-anderson-20181123-story.html

Dems won popular vote in House races by margin not seen since Watergate https://thehill.com/homenews/house/417953-dems-won-popular-vote-in-house-races-by-margin-not-seen-since-watergate

The Midterms Sent an Unmistakable Message to Republicans. So long as the GOP stays loyal to President Trump, its prospects on the electoral map will be sharply restricted. https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/11/trumps-cost-gop-midterms/575884/

https://www.kpbs.org/news/election/election-results/

Jacky Rosen wins Nevada Senate race https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2018/11/democrat-jacky-rosen-just-won-dean-hellers-nevada-senate-seat-results/

Racists, demagogues, and other wildly divisive politicians who lost last night https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2018/11/racists-demagogues-divisive-politicians-who-lost-walker-kobach-davis/

Will Ryan Bundy help elect a Democrat as Nevada governor? https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2018/11/will-ryan-bundy-elect-democrat-nevada-governor-steve-sisolak-adam-laxalt/

Ex-CIA Agent's Congressional Campaign Says James O'Keefe's Project Veritas Infiltrated It https://thebea.st/2yE9rxl

Despite it all, Rep. Hunter's hanging in there as Election Day approaches http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/columnists/michael-smolens/sd-me-smolens-hunter-20181031-story.html

John Cox and the Sad State of California’s GOP https://politi.co/2q2VOTu

Dennis Hof, Brothel Owner and ‘Cathouse’ Star, Dies at 72. Hof died in his sleep after a celebration with porn star Ron Jeremy, ex-Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio and Americans for Tax Reform founder Grover Norquist. https://thebea.st/2J2qEof

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A Look At Competitive US House Races In California https://www.kpbs.org/news/2018/oct/08/look-competitive-us-house-races-california/

115th Congress 2017-2018

Leadership

The current leaders are Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York.

Speaker of the House Rep. Paul D. Ryan Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi

Senate Judiciary Committee: head Chuck Grassley (R-IA), ranking Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) member Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina)

House

Why does every famous person accused of racism say, Paul Ryan says, “I don’t have a racist bone in my body”? By @jbouie https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2014/03/paul-ryans-inner-city-males-comment-the-republican-congressman-says-he-doesnt-have-a-racist-bone-in-his-body.html

Rep. Duncan Hunter says he's running for reelection http://fw.to/WXkRupi

Exclusive: Issa mulls running in neighboring district http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/368513-exclusive-issa-mulls-running-in-neighboring-district

Grand jury subpoena issued in Rep. Duncan Hunter criminal investigation http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/watchdog/sd-me-hunter-subpoenas-20180110-story.html

Issa meltdown could pose strategic dilemma for Democrats http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/politics/sd-me-jenkins-issa-20180111-story.html

FBI seized computers and documents in investigation of Rep. Duncan Hunter's campaign spending http://fw.to/iDJSzsG

In heavily Republican district, CA-50, little-known Democrat outraises GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter. Ammar Campa-Najjar raised $165,330 from April through June, besting Hunter, who raised $155,625.Another Democrat, Josh Butner, raised $141,117 and had $114,847 left in his treasury. http://fw.to/mLCKwQZ

Rep. Duncan D. Hunter discusses health care and international relations http://www.kusi.com/Clip/13473147/rep-duncan-d-hunter-discusses-health-care-and-international-relations

Kevin McCarthy, Trump’s man in Congress? http://clsndy.co/trump-kevin-mccarthy

List of Republicans Who Are Opposing the Obamacare Repeal Bill http://via.whotv.com/XIUqw via @whohd

The GOP has no Obamacare bill. It does have a new buzzword: LuntzCare http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2017/02/the_gop_s_new_obamacare_buzzword_repair.html

Senate

Duncan Hunter’s win in California’s 50th district should be chilling to Muslims—and all Americans: https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/11/ammar-campa-najjar-duncan-hunter-loss-muslims-hate-islamophobia.html?wpsrc=sh_all_dt_tw_ru

John McCain is far more consistently bad than you've been led to believe; here are his greatest hits https://interc.pt/2tGsRNi by @mehdirhasan

This Is the World Mitch McConnell Gave Us. Mr. McConnell’s other form of aid for Mr. Trump was more hidden. As The Washington Post reported a month after the 2016 election, Mr. Obama had been prepared that September to go public with a C.I.A. assessment laying bare the extent of Russian intervention in the election. But he was largely dissuaded by a threat from Mr. McConnell. During a secret briefing for congressional leaders, The Post reported, Mr. McConnell “raised doubts about the underlying intelligence and made clear to the administration that he would consider any effort by the White House to challenge the Russians publicly an act of partisan politics.” The Obama administration kept mum, and voters had to wait until after Mr. Trump’s election to learn the depth of Russian involvement. https://nyti.ms/2IzAz2G

Life in wartime: Roy Moore fights battles — and often goes looking for them http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/politics/southunionstreet/2017/09/21/life-wartime-roy-moore-fights-battles-and-often-goes-looking-them/678577001/ via @mgmadvertiser

Secret CIA assessment says Russia was trying to help Trump win White House http://wapo.st/2gl1tC9

SCOTUS

The end of this saga makes perfectly clear that America has no system for holding the very powerful accountable. https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/12/brett-kavanaugh-ethics-complaints-dismissed.html

Chief Justice of California Supreme Court leaves GOP over Kavanaugh confirmation https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/421346-chief-justice-of-california-supreme-court-leaves-gop-over-kavanaugh

Dining club emails reveal Kavanaugh's close ties to Trump's solicitor general. Emails obtained by the Guardian show that Kavanaugh, who was narrowly confirmed to the supreme court earlier this month, participated in monthly evening cocktails and dinners from 2001 to 2003 with a group of men that included Noel Francisco, who now serves as the Trump administration’s solicitor general. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/oct/25/brett-kavanaugh-eureka-club-noel-francisco-emails

Wife of Supreme Court justice spreads fake news about the migrant caravan https://on.mktw.net/2JecLmW

We attended the hexing of Brett Kavanaugh - this is what it was like https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/brett-kavanaugh-hexing-witches-new-york-catland-books-brooklyn-trump-a8595016.html

GovTrack. 🇺🇸 @govtrack In yesterday’s vote to confirm Justice Kavanaugh, the 50 senators voting yes represent states covering just 44% of the U.S. population or 143 million Americans. That’s less than a majority, less than the 181 million Americans represented by the senators voting no. https://twitter.com/govtrack/status/1049011370400915463

Justice Scalia 98-0
Justice Kennedy 97-0
Justice Souter 90-9
Pervert Thomas 52-48
Justice Ginsburg 96-3
Justice Breyer 87-9
Justice Roberts 78-22
Justice Alito 58-42
Justice Sotomayor 68-31
Justice Kagan 63-37
Stolen seat Gorsuch 54-45
Pervert Kavanaugh 50-48

Charlotte Clymer 🏳️‍🌈 @cmclymer Protesting right outside the front doors of the Supreme Court while Kavanaugh is being sworn-in. He can hear us, and I hope our voices today haunt his legacy. https://twitter.com/cmclymer/status/1048694076281905152

Brett Kavanaugh’s high school yearbook, the Cupola, from 1983 https://archive.org/details/cupola-1983/page/n0

HOW WE KNOW KAVANAUGH IS LYING. This man should not serve another day as any kind of judge… by NATHAN J. ROBINSON https://www.currentaffairs.org/2018/09/how-we-know-kavanaugh-is-lying

Kavanaugh's impartiality questioned after partisan attacks https://politi.co/2DM1Qls

‘I am innocent’: Inside the room for Kavanaugh’s testimony on sexual assault allegations https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2018/national/amp-stories/inside-the-room-for-kavanaugh-s-testimony/

The One Question I’d Ask Kavanaugh and Ford… Mary Matalin is a conservative political consultant and was campaign director for President George H.W. Bush in 1992. For Judge Kavanaugh: How can the venerable statesmen of the Senate apologize to your sweet wife and precious young girls for involuntarily casting them in this remake of Idiocracy? For Dr. Blasey Ford: Can you meet privately with Judge Kavanaugh’s family and repeat the charges you’ve brought against their father to their innocent little faces? Are you really a professor in a healing profession? At a prestigious university? https://politi.co/2R1Gymb via @politicomag

Avenatti: New Kavanaugh accuser '100 percent' prepared to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/408517-avenatti-new-kavanaugh-accuser-100-percent-prepared-to-testify

Kavanaugh Was 'Aggressive And Belligerent' When Drunk, His Yale Roommate Says https://www.yahoo.com/news/kavanaugh-apos-aggressive-belligerent-apos-120031237.html

The Fox News interview with Brett Kavanaugh was a sham. Here are seven reasons why. http://mm4a.org/4UR

Kavanaugh’s Yearbook Page Is ‘Horrible, Hurtful’ to a Woman It Named https://nyti.ms/2xwCsKP

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New at https://ift.tt/2NgFY1T  : Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh: His Jurisprudence and Potential Impact on the Supreme Court

Corruption, Rep. Duncan Hunter

Former Green Beret major faces murder charge for 2010 Afghanistan incident. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-California, himself a Marine veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan, stepped in on Golsteyn’s behalf, writing a letter to the Army secretary and making scathing public comments about the case, calling the Army’s investigation “retaliatory and vindictive.” The congressman called on Army leadership to “fix this stupidity,” describing Golsteyn as “a distinguished and well regarded Green Beret.” Unrelated to the Golsteyn case, Hunter was indicted earlier this year by federal prosecutors who are alleging conspiracy, wire fraud, falsification of records and prohibited use of campaign contributions. https://www.armytimes.com/news/your-army/2018/12/13/former-green-beret-major-faces-murder-charge-for-2010-afghanistan-incident/

In One of Southern California’s Reddest Districts, It’s a Race Between a Millennial Democrat and a Republican Incumbent Under Criminal Indictment https://www.newyorker.com/news/dispatch/in-one-of-southern-californias-reddest-districts-its-a-race-between-a-millennial-democrat-and-a-republican-incumbent-under-criminal-indictment

Duncan Hunter Is That Bro https://obrag.org/2018/10/duncan-hunter-is-that-bro/

Evangelical Christian group holds rally to support Ammar Campa-Najjar http://via.kswbtv.com/TQzAZ

What happens if Duncan Hunter wins reelection and is convicted? It could depend on who's in charge http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/us-politics/la-pol-ca-duncan-hunter-midterms-20181025-story.html

The Cruel Congressional Campaign of Duncan Hunter Comes From a Familiar Playbook https://www.theringer.com/2018/10/22/18008496/duncan-hunter-congress-donald-trump-campaign-scandal-ammar-campa-najjar

Campa-Najjar defends contributions from CAIR board members amid attacks by Rep. Duncan Hunter http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/politics/sd-me-najjar-donors-20181018-story.html

Defense Lobbyists Hope to Scare Voters Into Voting for Indicted Congressman https://thebea.st/2OxE95i

Former Rep. Duncan Hunter goes to bat for his indicted son in bitter congressional re-election bid http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/politics/sd-me-hunter-father-20181016-story.html

GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter, Under Indictment, Launches False Attacks On Opponent https://n.pr/2RJJLXS

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e-mail security alert from three Generals

  1. Terry Paul Brigadier General USMC ret
    1. EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT https://cassidy.com/terry-paul/
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  2. Major Gen. Randall L. West, Ret, USMC (Ret)
    1. President at Robison International https://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/people/person.asp?personId=48709106&privcapId=60807371
    2. Robison International lobbying https://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/firmsum.php?id=D000022224&year=2007
    3. https://www.amazon.com/Prayer-Victory-Gods-Desert-Storm/dp/0983556520#customerReviews
  3. Major General Tony Corwin, USMC (Ret.)
    1. Blank Rome http://blankromegr.com/index.cfm?contentID=10&bioID=3096
    2. https://www.opensecrets.org/lobby/firmsum.php?id=D000023385&year=2018
  4. Capt. Joseph John, USNR/FBI (Ret) https://combatveteransforcongress.org/leader/59
    1. Capt. Joseph John: Muslim Brotherhood ‘Fifth Column’ Has Infiltrated U.S. Government | Breitbart http://bit.ly/2MwgPD5

California Dem hits Trump Jr. over claims of links to extremist groups https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/411061-california-dem-hits-trump-jr-over-claims-of-links-to-extremist-groups

Duncan Hunter’s Political Promise Foiled by Hard Partying and a Corruption Scandal https://nyti.ms/2MQ29ih

Given Duncan Hunter's indictment, is the House race even a contest? For folks in Ramona, the answer is nuanced http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/columnists/la-me-abcarian-hunter-ramona-20181009-story.html

Note to Rep. Duncan Hunter: Racism lives and breathes in California too. It always has http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-hunter-white-supremacists-charlottesville-20181004-story.html

Duncan Hunter's 'Red Scare' http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/columnists/michael-smolens/sd-me-smolens-hunter-20181001-story.html

Partisanship Often Trumps Scandal https://53eig.ht/2DNzfMp

Trump shell company pass through fraud. Trump Engaged in Suspect Tax Schemes as He Reaped Riches From His Father https://nyti.ms/2P90UZD

Rep. Duncan Hunter's campaign denies he implied campaign rival is a radical Muslim http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/us-politics/la-pol-na-duncan-hunter-islam-20180926-story.html

State Sen. Joel Anderson reprimanded for 'completely unacceptable' behavior toward female lobbyist http://www.latimes.com/politics/essential/la-pol-ca-essential-politics-may-2018-state-sen-joel-anderson-reprimanded-for-1537918800-htmlstory.html

Rep. Duncan Hunter praises Trump, goes off on DOJ 'corruption' and 'Islamist' opponent https://www.10news.com/news/rep-duncan-hunter-praises-trump-goes-off-on-doj-corruption-and-islamist-opponent

I'm sharing an article from Times of San Diego https://timesofsandiego.com/politics/2018/09/24/duncan-hunter-rages-in-ramona-fire-sessions-beware-islamist-rival-rosenstein-coup/

Bunny Suit, Hazmat Inflatable Join Hunter Protest Outside Hearing for Rep Hunter, Wife https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/US-Rep-Duncan-Hunter-Margaret-Hunter-Expected-in-Court-for-Status-Hearing-494144851.html via @nbcsandiego

  1. Politico also reported that investigators have asked about a young woman, a former intern, that Hunter hired onto his staff, who had a spotty attendance record, was unfriendly with other staffers and people complained about inappropriate work attire. Politico, citing anonymous sources, also said she would frequently text the congressman and go to a restaurant with him.
  2. a female lobbyist with whom many people close to the congressman believe he had a romantic relationship, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the investigation. female lobbyists they’d frequently dine with at night
  3. Individual 14 in Tahoe: January 25, 2010, in Incline Village, Nevada, DUNCAN HUNTER spent $1,008.72 in Campaign?funds at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino for food, drinks, and three nights lodging during a personal ski trip with Individual 14. On this day, the HUNTER family bank account had a negative balance and incurred six separate insuf?cient funds fees (totaling $198). Also on this same day, DUNCAN HUNTER withdrew $20 from his personal bank account, leaving a balance of $15.02.
  4. Individual 16 dinner: June 2015, in Washington, DC, DUNCAN HUNTER spent $202.70 in Campaign funds at Street Country Club for a personal dinner with Individual 16, Individuals 2A and 2B, and Congressman and his date.
  5. June 12, 2015, in Washington, DC, DUNCAN HUNTER spent $352.60 in Campaign funds at Matchbox for, in his words, a nice family evening with his nephew, Individual 16, and Individuals 2A and 2B.
  6. August 4, 2016, in Palm Springs, California, DUNCAN HUNTER spent $592.63 in Campaign funds at Prime Steakhouse for dinner during a personal gol?ng weekend with Individual 1A, Individual 11, and Individual 12.
  7. September 15, 2016, at 7:40 am, in Washington, DC, DUNCAN HUNTER spent $32.27 in Campaign funds for an Uber ride from Individual 18's home to DUNCAN offce.
  8. Individual 11 lived in the San Diego area and was friends with DUNCAN HUNTER. Among other things, they played golf together on occasion.
  9. Individual 12? lived in the San Diego area and was friends with DUNCAN HUNTER. They played golf occasionally with mutual friends, including Individual 1A. Later, Individual 12 began working with DUNCAN HUNTER.
  10. Individual 14, Individual 15, Individual 16, Individual 17, and Individual 18 lived in the Washington, DC. area and had personal relationships with DUNCAN HUNTER. In addition, Individual 16 worked with DUNCAN HUNTER.

"Hunter's gotta go!" U.S. Rep. Duncan D. Hunter arrives at San Diego federal court for a motion setting hearing on charges that he and his wife misused more than $250,000 in campaign funds for personal expenses, amid chants from protesters: http://on.nbc7.com/pjDQC4U https://twitter.com/nbcsandiego/status/1037008170647003136

Hunter indictment sheds light on 'personal relationships' for congressman http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/watchdog/sd-me-hunter-liaisons-20180830-story.html

Protesters gathered under the #ElCajon sign, demanding representative #DuncanHunter resign. Yesterday Hunter and wife Margaret pled not guilty to misappropriation of campaign funds. Protesters urge the community to vote in November. @10News https://twitter.com/10NewsAndi/status/1033170862260674560

Calif. Congressman Duncan Hunter 'excited' to go to trial https://www.stripes.com/news/us/calif-congressman-duncan-hunter-excited-to-go-to-trial-1.543833

Meet @ACampaNajjar, the progressive running to take on indicted Congressman Duncan Hunter https://interc.pt/2Lgosst by @ryangrim @ZaidJilani

California congressman Duncan Hunter and wife charged with corruption https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/aug/21/california-congressman-duncan-hunter-and-wife-charged-with-corruption https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/4779655/Indictment.pdf

Actual question to Rep. Duncan Hunter during a constituent telephone town hall via “Dave” from El Cajon: “When are you gunna start draining the swamp?” https://twitter.com/kellylynndavis/status/1025197753209479169

Rep. Duncan Hunter's summer of discontent http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/columnists/michael-smolens/sd-me-smolens-hunter-20180727-story.html

Several Nevada candidates have criminal records https://lvrj.com/post/1403755

Duncan Hunter's New Take: Nothing Happened, No Mistake, Nothing https://www.voiceofsandiego.org/topics/politics/duncan-hunters-new-take-nothing-happened-no-mistake-nothing/

Rep. Hunter Wants To Serve The Nation By Continuing To Represent 50th Congressional District http://www.kpbs.org/news/2018/may/03/rep-hunter-still-wants-serve-his-nation-continuing/

Bill Maher Embarrasses Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter Over John McCain Insults. "No. So… to be honest, we make fun… because we’re in the military, it’s hard to ask someone who’s been in the military and has made every crass joke known to man—worse than you’ve made, I mean really bad jokes,” offered a bumbling Rep. Hunter. “I’ve made the same John McCain joke with my friends, who are other Marines.” https://thebea.st/2KVbXUr

Rep. Duncan Hunter sets up legal fund amid criminal investigation http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/watchdog/sd-me-hunter-fund-20180424-story.html

High Tabs for Rep. Hunter in Campaign Expense Filings https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/High-Tabs-for-Rep-Hunter-in-Campaign-Expense-Filings-477975553.html

Rep. Duncan Hunter talks gun control, re-election plans on 10News https://youtu.be/tkGWx5q6oK0

Yes, Duncan Hunter was there for some of the improper charges he has repaid to his campaign http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/watchdog/sd-me-hunter-present-20180222-story.html

From Fallujah to FBI investigation: The undoing of Duncan Hunter http://politi.co/2E9QTpq

Grand jury subpoena issued in Rep. Duncan Hunter criminal investigation “There’s no oversight, and they can ruin your life and take you down if they feel like it,” congressman says. http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/watchdog/sd-me-hunter-subpoenas-20180110-story.html

Man says he didn't make reported contributions to Duncan Hunter, Darrell Issa http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/watchdog/sd-me-hunter-donation-20180207-story.html

Trial nears for head of veterans charity co-founded by the elder Duncan Hunter http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/watchdog/sd-me-watchdog-charity-20170202-story.html

Only One Voter in Rep. Duncan Hunter’s District Contributed to His Campaign https://sandiegofreepress.org/2018/02/only-one-voter-in-rep-duncan-hunters-district-contributed-to-his-campaign/

Duncan Hunter is about to meet his match http://escondidograpevine.com/2017/11/27/duncan-hunter-is-about-to-meet-his-match/

Election forecasters say that Issa and Hunter are in less-than-safe seats http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/politics/sd-me-house-predictions-20171020-story.html

Which Democrats Did Harvey Weinstein Donate To? They're Giving His Money Away To Charities "During three-decades worth of sexual harassment allegations, Harvey Weinstein lined the pockets of Democrats to the tune of three quarters of a million dollars," RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement, according to Variety. "If Democrats and the DNC truly stand up for women like they say they do, then returning this dirty money should be a no brainer." https://www.bustle.com/p/which-democrats-did-harvey-weinstein-donate-to-theyre-giving-his-money-away-to-charities-2802698

Rep. Hunter asks Trump to pardon border patrol agents who covered up their shooting of drug smuggler http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/politics/sd-me-hunter-pardon-20170927-story.html

My Father is an American War Hero Rep. Duncan Hunter Wanted to Deport and Ban https://sandiegofreepress.org/2017/09/my-father-is-an-american-war-hero-rep-duncan-hunter-wanted-to-deport-and-ban/

Rep. Hunter calls for preemptive strike against North Korea http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/politics/sd-me-hunter-attack-20170921-story.html

Issa and Hunter's Staffing Merry-Go-Round https://sandiegofreepress.org/2017/09/issa-and-hunters-staffing-merry-go-round/

"I know Hunter and I have fought hard over the years — and I’m leaving knowing together we’ve had an impact." http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/politics/sd-me-hunter-chief-20170907-story.html

Hunter's campaign paid for Costco memberships http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/watchdog/sd-me-costco-hunter-20170905-story.html

Rep. Hunter's older expenses also incurred at Vons and in Hawaii http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/watchdog/sd-me-hunter-expenses-20170905-story.html

Congressman Duncan Hunter’s Take on Trump: “He’s Our Asshole” https://sandiegofreepress.org/2017/08/congressman-duncan-hunters-take-on-trump-hes-our-asshole/

Despite the scandal, Hunter's support runs deep in conservative district http://fw.to/0I7JbwV

The most recent reports show charges of $1,481 for “food/beverages” at Sage at Aria, on the Las Vegas Strip. http://fw.to/AuxBn2W

With FBI investigation looming, Rep. Duncan Hunter has spent $336,664 on lawyers http://fw.to/6JCYsRB

Arnold Schwarzenegger sexual harassment and groping

Arnold Schwarzenegger wants to make a comeback. It's time to talk about his long reported history of sexual harassment and groping. http://mm4a.org/ZBS

Economy

This is why some Trump supporters think investing in Iraq's worthless currency will make them millionaires https://www.rawstory.com/2018/11/trump-supporters-think-investing-iraqs-worthless-currency-will-make-millionaires/

Slowing economy looms as 2020 challenge for GOP https://thehill.com/policy/finance/417531-slowing-economy-looms-as-2020-challenge-for-gop

Analysis | Is Trump country really better off under Trump? No. It’s falling further behind. https://wapo.st/2QM3sNV

Econometer: Will a divided Congress affect the economy? https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/business/economy/sd-fi-divided-congress-20181116-htmlstory.html

Trump wants voters to think the US economy is booming – is it? https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/nov/04/trump-economy-performance-reality-midterm-election-vote-2018

U.S. deficits and the debt in 5 charts: A 2018 midterm report https://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2018/nov/02/five-charts-about-debt/

A Better Way To Think About This Month’s Jobs Numbers https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/jobs-report-growth-unemployment/

Watch out: 3 warning signs U.S. economy could be close to recession. Business investment is laggardly. Rather than using their $1.2 trillion tax cut on capital spending, companies are on track for the biggest-ever year of stock buybacks, possibly reaching $1 trillion. https://www.axios.com/jobs-report-questions-about-recession-65284103-bf55-4557-8eaa-2fedc6f9a857.html

https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2018/10/estimating-impact-climate-change-cost-growth.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

How these penny-pinchers retired in their 30s https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/how-these-penny-pinchers-retired-in-their-30s

Video: An intro to MMT, as presented at September’s International MMT Conference in NYC http://dlvr.it/QplbLn

Ron Paul warns economy under Trump is 'not sound’ https://thehill.com/hilltv/rising/412025-ron-paul-warns-economy-under-trump-is-not-sound

McConnell calls deficit ‘very disturbing,’ blames federal spending, dismisses criticism of tax cut https://wapo.st/2pXZJBb

Taibbi: Chatting With Bernie Sanders About a Looming Financial Crisis https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/taibbi-bernie-sanders-banks-732633/ via @RollingStone

Kaine is right: Record jobs growth streak precedes Trump https://www.politifact.com/virginia/statements/2018/sep/25/tim-kaine/ne-right-record-jobs-growth-streak-precedes-trump/ via @PolitiFactVA

Michael Hudson: 10 Years Since Lehman Brothers Bankruptcy – Did the Economy Really Recover? Posted on September 20, 2018 by Yves Smith. In this Real News Network segment, Michael Hudson revisits some of the issues he discussed in a post earlier this week on the implications of the crisis. https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2018/09/michael-hudson-10-years-since-lehman-brothers-bankruptcy-did-the-economy-really-recover.html

The financial crisis was a crisis of democracy that taught middle-class families a grim lesson about who really mattered in American society ― and who didn’t count. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/financial-crisis-10-years-later-ben-bernanke-hank-paulson-timothy-geithner_us_5b9d7dc8e4b04d32ebf92396

Ten Years After the Crash, We’ve Learned Nothing https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/financial-crisis-ten-year-anniversary-723798/

10 Years After The Financial Crisis: Early Warning Signs. On the 10th anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers, NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Sheila Bair, the former FDIC chair who sounded an early warning about the financial crisis. https://n.pr/2MAOlnA

Ten Years After the Crash, We’ve Learned Nothing https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/financial-crisis-ten-year-anniversary-723798/ via @RollingStone

The Economy Under Trump: Business Optimism Combined with Inequality http://dlvr.it/Qk2VZ0

Media Sit in Silence as WH Economist Demolishes Obama’s Claim About Trump Economy - https://rightwingfolks.com/media-sit-in-silence-as-wh-economist-demolishes-obamas-claim-about-trump-economy/

California

Violence from white supremacist groups should be treated as terrorist acts, committee says. Sen. Joel Anderson (R-Alpine), who asked to be added as a co-author, said his staff had suggestions for additional groups that should considered “given what was happening on college campuses.” “The whole point is hate is hate,” he said. “It doesn’t matter where it originates, it is all wrong.” http://fw.to/8OEgXeK

California Republicans sweat Trump effect http://politi.co/2tD8KR1

Sacramento Report: A Social Media Star Is Born in the Assembly Republican Assemblyman Randy Voepel is getting noticed. Part of that is thanks to his tie collection (a story for another day), but mostly it’s because of his social media presence. http://www.voiceofsandiego.org/topics/government/sacramento-report-a-social-media-star-is-born-in-the-assembly/

Protest, Punch a Nazi

Don't Be a Sucker - 1947. How a 1947 US government anti-Nazi film went viral after Charlottesville. Don’t Be a Sucker, a 17-minute film made in 1947 by the US war department to warn against fascism. https://youtu.be/23X14HS4gLk

49ers cheerleader takes a knee during anthem before Raiders game https://sports.yahoo.com/49ers-cheerleader-takes-knee-anthem-raiders-game-005956945.html

Paid protesters? They're real — and a Beverly Hills firm that hires them stands accused of extortion in a... http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/business/la-fi-crowds-extortion-20181021-story.html

NYPD Looks to Charge 9 Proud Boys With Assault for Manhattan Fight https://thebea.st/2Ou1HrG

Pussy Riot's New Book Is Disruption 101 https://thebea.st/2On4vqr

Portland police declare Patriot Prayer, antifa protest a civil disturbance http://s.oregonlive.com/azf0zuB

Here's riot cops in Portland rushing and hitting me, @DonovanFarley, and others on the sidewalk. I don't know why they did this. #AllOutPDX #DefendPDX Thank god these brave boys in blue are here to *checks news* attack Portland citizens so outside Nazis can come in and do a Kristallnacht cosplay Followed for that tweet. KKKosplay indeed https://twitter.com/dougbrown8/status/1025870333671223296

Trump Inauguration Day rioting charges against 200+ people abruptly dropped by U.S. https://boingboing.net/2018/07/06/trump-inauguration-riot-charge.html

Portland Police Saw Right-Wing Protesters as “Much More Mainstream” Than Leftist Ones Deleted scenes from a protest review may bolster activist suspicions. http://www.wweek.com//news/courts/2018/06/27/portland-police-saw-right-wing-protesters-as-much-more-mainstream-than-leftist-ones/

Eagles Player Sends A Powerful Message About Racism Without Saying A Word https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/malcolm-jenkins-silence-speaks-volumes_us_5b198316e4b09a09c004aeb9

Unidentified man takes knee during anthem at Trump's 'Celebration of America' event http://a.msn.com/01/en-us/AAygmTt

ANTIFA BTFO At Trump Rally | Border Wall California https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZ0E9C4-tX4 Violence 12/9 near #Borderwall demos, same people associated w/protests at July #impeachment rally & @chicanopark_mus rally & arrested in #Berkeley in August https://twitter.com/LoriSaldanaSD/status/939687997347217409

1 arrested after fights break out at Patriot Prayer rally, counter-protest http://s.oregonlive.com/2nQuYwD

Black students sing "I love being black.I love the color of my skin. I love the texture of my hair.It's the skin that I'm in" #FREESPEECHWEEK https://twitter.com/JackAustinDC/status/913144582958751744

7 detained as rival rallies face off over Confederate statue in Richmond (PHOTOS, VIDEO) https://www.rt.com/usa/403585-richmond-confederate-rallies-detained/

Suspected neo-Nazi arraigned on felony assault charges in state Capitol melee http://sacb.ee/aUdI

Counter-protesters at Kid Rock show fooled by false rumors of Antifa in Detroit => http://motorcitymuckraker.com/2017/09/13/alt-right-kid-rock-fans-fooled-unfounded-rumors-antifa-detroit/

'Patriot Prayer' Rally Again Heavily Outnumbered, Again Ends With Violence, Close Call - Southern Poverty Law Center https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2017/09/12/patriot-prayer-rally-again-heavily-outnumbered-again-ends-violence-close-call

Photos & Video: Clashes in Portland and Vancouver During Sunday's "Patriot Prayer" Rallies http://www.portlandmercury.com/blogtown/2017/09/11/19308138/photos-and-video-clashes-in-portland-and-vancouver-during-sundays-patriot-prayer-rallies

Counter-protesters threaten violence at anti-Kid Rock rally tonight => http://motorcitymuckraker.com/2017/09/12/counter-protesters-threaten-violence-anti-kid-rock-rally-tonight/

Demonstrators clash in Portland, Vancouver rallies; multiple arrests made http://s.oregonlive.com/8EJ1JCN

Portland braces for white nationalist protests Sunday http://koin.com/2017/09/08/portland-braces-for-white-nationalist-protests-sunday/

A Powerful and Peaceful Chicano Park Solidarity Rally - Photo Gallery https://sandiegofreepress.org/2017/09/a-powerful-and-peaceful-chicano-park-solidarity-rally-photo-gallery/

Hundreds rally in Chicano Park to 'defend' murals http://via.kswbtv.com/gVmN6

Brief but explosive shouting match erupts at Chicano Park demonstration http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/public-safety/sd-me-chicano-park-20170903-story.html

Boston Free Speech rally - The Christian Science Monitor https://www.csmonitor.com/Photo-Galleries/In-Pictures/Boston-Free-Speech-rally

Pussy Riot's Mariya Alyokhina: 'Politics is not something that exists in one or another White House. It is our lives' https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/01/pussy-riot-mariya-alyokhina-russian-activist-jailed-white-house

What the media got wrong about last weekend's protests in Berkeley http://www.motherjones.com/media/2017/08/what-the-media-got-wrong-about-last-weekends-protests-in-berkeley/

Fascism spread in 1930s America. It could spread again today. http://fw.to/mXYArBR

Reveal host Al Letson shields man from beating at anti-hate rally https://www.revealnews.org/blog/reveal-host-al-letson-shields-man-from-beating-at-anti-hate-rally/

Black-clad anarchists storm Berkeley rally, assaulting 5 http://wapo.st/2ggHWTW

San Diego March Against Hate Says It Loud and Proud - Photo Gallery https://sandiegofreepress.org/2017/08/san-diego-march-against-hate-says-it-loud-and-proud-photo-gallery/

Turmoil Erupts at Berkeley Rally After Civil Start https://www.truthdig.com/articles/protesters-keep-peace-berkeley-rally/

Perspective | I was detained for protesting Trump. Here's what the Secret Service asked me. http://wapo.st/2xq3fpJ

Dr. @CornelWest says anti-fascist and anarchist protesters protected clergy from white nationalists Friday night: "They saved our lives" https://twitter.com/democracynow/status/897161123706933248

Cornel West & Rev. Traci Blackmon: Clergy in Charlottesville Were Trapped by Torch-Wielding Nazis https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/14/cornel_west_rev_toni_blackmon_clergy

Proud Boys & Alt-Knights Try To Invade San Diego’s Impeachment March https://itsgoingdown.org/proud-boys-alt-knights-try-invade-san-diegos-impeachment-march/ via @IGD_NEWS

SD Sheriffs Stand By as Alt-Reich ‘Proud Boys’ Disrupt Impeachment Rally https://sandiegofreepress.org/2017/07/sd-sheriffs-stand-by-as-alt-reich-proud-boys-disrupt-impeachment-rally/ via @SDFreePressorg

Pussy Riot has a wake up call for America's youth in the Trump era http://read.bi/2uOGzh6

Pro-, anti-Trump forces face off at Hollywood Boulevard star; 1 man arrested http://www.dailynews.com/article/LA/20170715/NEWS/170719630 via @ladailynews

Violence Erupts At Nationalist Protest. The counterdemonstrators, some covering their faces with masks or bandanas, marched from the corner of Elm and College Streets to the lower Green. “Run Nazi run!” they chanted. “Welcome to hell,” read a banner. http://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/archives/entry/proud_boys/

KKK Overwhelmed by Counterdemonstrators at Virginia Rally - Southern Poverty Law Center https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2017/07/10/kkk-overwhelmed-counterdemonstrators-virginia-rally

SD Sheriffs Stand By as Alt-Reich ‘Proud Boys’ Disrupt Impeachment Rally: https://sandiegofreepress.org/2017/07/sd-sheriffs-stand-by-as-alt-reich-proud-boys-disrupt-impeachment-rally/

Restaurateur shuts down Milo Yiannopoulos' book party http://pge.sx/2tCiR8e

Anti-Muslim hate marches across u.s. draw violence, arrests http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/anti-muslim-hate-marches-across-us-draw-violence-arrests_us_593c5971e4b0c5a35ca01d01

Arrest Erdogans Bodyguards who left #Kurds bloody-faced for daring to protest their President Erdogan in Washington DC @AnonymousVideo https://twitter.com/channeldraw/status/864839687852240896

Torch-Wielding Mob Led by White Nationalist Protests Confederate Statue Removal: https://sputniknews.com/us/201705151053612601-torch-bearing-protest-confederate/

This Reporter Couldn't Be More Wrong About Anti-Trump Activism http://mm4a.org/2q8m1Ci

In 1937, a judge quietly asked Meyer Lansky to form a squad of Nazi-punching gangsters to raid Bund meetings http://boingboing.net/2017/02/26/nazi-punching.html

Ferguson Painting Removal is ‘Closed Matter’ The painting by student David Pulphus was inspired by the police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri. It was part of the annual Capitol high school art competition. Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-Mo https://shar.es/191pPp via @RollCall

MARCH FOR SCIENCE: knitted Brain Hat http://www.studioknitsf.com/2017/01/how-to-knit-a-brain-hat-for-halloween/

The Left, Antifa

"Sailor Socialism" Dasha Nekrasova Explains Her Viral "Infowars" Interview. "I just want people to have free healthcare, honey." https://www.teenvogue.com/story/sailor-socialism-dasha-nekrasova-viral-infowars-interview

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Nazis march in Tennessee today. Last time that happened, i ended up with antifa in a high-speed car chase https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/nazis-are-marching-in-tennessee-today-last-time-that-happened-i-ended-up-in-a-high-speed-car-chase-with-antifa_us_5a64103be4b0022830036bd5

"Nazi punks fuck off!": 'Antifa' drowns out Nazi rally at the White House today http://www.newsweek.com/nazis-take-anger-over-kate-steinle-verdict-white-house-where-they-are-729722

THE TALE OF TJENTISTE: Antifascism, Artistic Brutalism, and the Death of a United Modernist Future https://twitter.com/RespectableLaw/status/909113477012303873

Antifa: Guardians against fascism or lawless thrill-seekers? http://wapo.st/2eZwqc3

Antifa Still Doesn't Care What the Media Thinks https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/gyyz4w/antifa-still-doesnt-care-what-the-media-thinks

The ‘paradox of tolerance’ meets a bedrock American value https://www.csmonitor.com/Daily/2017/20170830/The-paradox-of-tolerance-meets-a-bedrock-American-value

My "Nonviolent" Stance Was Met With Heavily Armed Men https://radicaldiscipleship.net/2017/08/23/my-nonviolent-stance-was-met-with-heavily-armed-men/

What Is Antifa? An Activist and Scholar Of the Movement Explains https://ww2.kqed.org/lowdown/2017/08/26/what-is-antifa-an-activist-and-scholar-of-the-movement-explains/

Antifa and Leftists Organize Mutual Aid and Rescue Networks in Houston http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/41803-antifa-and-leftists-organize-mutual-aid-and-rescue-networks-in-houston

http://reverepress.com/news/antifa-ground-texas-helping-relief-efforts/

Inside the Elizabeth Warren merchandising empire http://politi.co/2vtHKWD

Full David Brock confidential memo on fighting Donald Trump obtained by the Washington Free Beacon at the Jan. 19-21, 2017, 'Democracy Matters' Florida donor retreat at Turnberry Isle Resort in Aventura, Fla. https://www.scribd.com/document/337535680/Full-David-Brock-Confidential-Memo-On-Fighting-Trump

Leftwing Breitbart? Chapo Trap House is strong new voice in resistance to Trump https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/23/chapo-trap-house-leftwing-breitbart

Soros' Ideology Exposed: A Post-Modern, Post-Family, Post-Border New World Order: https://sputniknews.com/politics/201702201050878788-soros-ideology-explained/ via @SputnikInt

Special Counsel, FBI, Congress hearings, Russia, Trump Jr e-mails

Legal Bombshell: Mueller Flipped Trump’s Confidant’s Lawyer’s Friend’s Associate Gorpman (Who Could Testify Against Bleemer!) And It’s Not Even Lunchtime. First thing in the morning, it’s the end of the road for the Trump administration, because Robert Mueller is using Gorpman to use Bleemer to lead the president into an inescapable legal trap. Either Trump can try to disavow Feldermeyer’s parents’ actions, betraying Brenchler, or take credit for Feldermeyer’s parents’ actions, infuriating Feldermeyer, who would then have no reason to protect Thranghorst. Donald Trump may be stupid, but he’s not stupid enough to make an enemy out of Thranghorst, not considering what Thranghorst’s brother’s wife’s brother knows about Trump’s collaborator’s ally’s colleague’s crimes. However, Trump’s other option, taking on Brenchler on Brenchler’s own turf, is no more appealing for the president. https://www.clickhole.com/legal-bombshell-mueller-flipped-trump-s-confidant-s-la-1830939751

New report on Russian disinformation, prepared for the Senate, shows the operation’s scale and sweep. A report prepared for the Senate that provides the most sweeping analysis yet of Russia’s disinformation campaign around the 2016 election found the operation used every major social media platform to deliver words, images and videos tailored to voters’ interests to help elect President Trump — and worked even harder to support him while in office. https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2018/12/16/new-report-russian-disinformation-prepared-senate-shows-operations-scale-sweep/

Butina Boss Alexander Torshin: The Kremlin's No-Longer-Secret Weapon https://www.thedailybeast.com/butina-boss-alexander-torshin-the-kremlins-no-longer-secret-weapon

The Russia Investigations: An Unfinished Case Looks Weaker Than Ever https://n.pr/2Qwu9Kr

Maria Butina pleads guilty to participating in a Russian conspiracy against the United States https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2018/12/maria-butina-pleads-guilty-to-conspiracy-russia/ via @MotherJones

Fox News Judge Patiently Bats Down ‘Fox & Friends’ on Cohen https://www.thedailybeast.com/fox-news-judge-napolitano-patiently-bats-down-fox-and-friends-talking-points-on-michael-cohen

Maria Butina pleads GUILTY. Russian spy “knowingly engaged in conspiracy against the United States” https://boingboing.net/2018/12/13/butina-flipped.html

Attorney Robert Driscoll Defends Client Maria Butina https://n.pr/2LxQEbh

Russians interacted with at least 14 Trump associates during the campaign and transition https://wapo.st/2rrBAUn

The two filings against Michael Cohen tell us a great deal about the special counsel’s intentions. 3. The special counsel ties Trump directly to possible Russia collusion. https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/12/michael-cohen-mueller-sdny-sentencing-trump-russia-takeaways.html

Roger Stone Continues to Deny Ever Doing Anything Wrong https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/roger-stone-assange-this-week-762324/ via @RollingStone

CBS interview Manafort about DNC hack: https://twitter.com/briantylercohen/status/1068302761991663616

Mueller might soon bring charges that even Trump die-hards can’t trivialize https://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-litman-mueller-probe-blockbuster-developments-20181120-story.html

Russian-US tycoon boasted of ‘active’ involvement in Trump election campaign https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/sep/28/russian-us-tycoon-boasted-of-active-involvement-in-trump-election-campaign-simon-kukes

Speed Read: ‘Obama Jews’ and Other Shocking Highlights From New Manafort Docs https://thebea.st/2NHN1E5

Russian election interference: an on-the-record timeline https://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2018/jul/16/russia-investigation-donald-trump-timeline-updated/

Why We’re Sharing 3 Million Russian Troll Tweets https://53eig.ht/2mRI6Bo

FACT CHECK: Why Didn't Obama Stop Russia's Election Interference In 2016? https://n.pr/2GusKdZ

WATCH Raskin remind everyone that insults toward Donald Trump do not mean deep state conspiracy as he points out overwhelming Republican hypocrisy. These greatest hits insults are delicious. https://twitter.com/girlsreallyrule/status/1017543754910224385

FBI Agent Peter Strzok Scorches GOP in Testimony Fit for Aaron Sorkin Script http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/07/peter-strzok-transcript-hearing-watch-fbi-agents-searing-testimony.html

Senate Intel backs assessment of Russian election meddling https://politi.co/2KNxtNP

The Untold Story of Robert Mueller's Time in Combat “Second Lieutenant Mueller’s courage, aggressive initiative and unwavering devotion to duty at great personal risk were instrumental in the defeat of the enemy force and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.” https://www.wired.com/story/robert-mueller-vietnam/

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Bob Mueller’s Investigation Is Larger—and Further Along—Than You Think https://www.wired.com/story/bob-muellers-investigation-is-largerand-further-alongthan-you-think/

Scoop: FBI director threatened to resign amid Trump, Sessions pressure https://www.axios.com/scoop-1516661397-877adb3e-5f8d-44a1-8a2f-d4f0894ca6a7.html

Inside the room: What Steve Bannon told Congress yesterday https://www.axios.com/steve-bannon-congress-testimony-inside-room-e30bd797-3720-44f0-bf32-5760cb6882e9.html

There's a new report about the US activities of the Russian troll farm that has me scratching my head. 1/ http://www.rbc.ru/technology_and_media/17/10/2017/59e0c17d9a79470e05a9e6c1?from=center_1 https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&js=y&prev=_t&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.rbc.ru%2Ftechnology_and_media%2F17%2F10%2F2017%2F59e0c17d9a79470e05a9e6c1%3Ffrom%3Dcenter_1&edit-text=&act=url https://twitter.com/jjmacnab/status/920342674821079041

Russophobia: RT rates the top 10 Kremlin critics & their hilarious hate campaigns https://www.rt.com/uk/404930-russophobia-kremlin-critics-paranoia/

The Trump Russia investigation is closing in http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-russia-investigation-dossier-christopher-steele-us-robert-mueller-us-election-senate-a7970821.html

Mueller just obtained a new warrant that could change the entire nature of the Russia probe http://read.bi/2x4mLeL

Russian Memes https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipMVSmRR2HxJbTwm4eytdv5VxDUqKheSiWseoIVuUC0h4qhJPLvh0gjthwYq1vRqjg?key=SnVYb1JNSEltTWtVWVNtaXROM3puelNlUWtPSnJn

Trump dictated son’s misleading statement on meeting with Russian lawyer http://wapo.st/2vh7dmA

Two Notorious 'Alt-Right' Figures May Play Key Roles in Russia Investigation - Southern Poverty Law Center https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2017/07/26/two-notorious-alt-right-figures-may-play-key-roles-russia-investigation

Justice spokeswoman questions report of Sessions' exchange with Russian officials http://politi.co/2toaGfk

Jeff Sessions discussed Trump campaign with Russian ambassador – report https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/21/jeff-sessions-meeting-russian-ambassador-trump-campaign

Exclusive: Moscow lawyer who met Trump Jr. had Russian spy agency as client http://reut.rs/2uGkBAO

Russian lawyer Veselnitskaya says Magnitsky Act lobbyist Browder behind Trump Jr. scandal https://www.rt.com/news/396728-russian-lawyer-scandal-america/

Eighth person in Trump Tower meeting is identified http://wapo.st/2uw9Ukm

Co-founder of firm behind Trump-Russia dossier will not testify before Senate next week. Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson. hired the British spy Christopher Steele http://politi.co/2tk6oVF

Peter W. Smith, GOP operative who sought Clinton's emails from Russian hackers, committed suicide, records... http://fw.to/8e8jaIj

Exclusive: DOJ let Russian lawyer into US before she met with Trump team http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/341788-exclusive-doj-let-russian-lawyer-into-us-before-she-met-with-trump

These Reports Allege Trump Has Deep Ties To Russia https://www.buzzfeed.com/kenbensinger/these-reports-allege-trump-has-deep-ties-to-russia https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3259984-Trump-Intelligence-Allegations.html

Russian oligarch who plotted to aid Trump was named in private intelligence dossier https://interc.pt/2sO0Cfe

BREAKING: Exclusive video shows Donald Trump with associates tied to email controversy http://cnn.it/2tfyPUq

Dems: Why did DOJ dismiss fraud case connected to Russian lawyer? http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/341695-democrats-want-to-know-why-doj-dismissed-money-laundering-case

Analysis | Donald Trump Jr.’s emails about meeting a ‘Russian government attorney,’ annotated http://wapo.st/2v8P3QH

What does Robert Mueller's team tell us about the Russia investigation? https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/15/robert-mueller-trump-russia-investigation-team-members

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The Racism of American Monuments Goes Well Beyond Confederate Statues @atlasobscura https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/confederate-monument-map-2018 https://www.splcenter.org/data-projects/whose-heritage

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A New 2016 Election Voting Map Promotes … Subtlety http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/03/a-new-2016-election-voting-map-promotes-subtlety.html

Media, Propaganda, VOICE, Sarah Huckabee Sanders

MSNBC ratings top Fox News for first time in 18 years https://politi.co/2ESBWff via @politico

Anderson Cooper had to pause for thought while talking about Sarah Huckabee Sanders' wish to be remembered as "transparent and honest." https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/anderson-cooper-sarah-huckabee-sanders_us_5c1210e9e4b0449012f69f04

Layoffs hit the NRA’s media operation NRATV. The launch of NRATV in 2016 presaged a sharp change in tone for the NRA’s media operation. Going beyond misinformation about the debate over gun laws, new programming on the network struck such a hateful, bigoted, and conspiratorial tone that Media Matters termed the operation a “hybrid of Breitbart and Infowars.” NRATV has also essentially served as state TV for the Trump administration, in its early days attacking the press for reporting on then-candidate Donald Trump’s admission on tape that he has sexually assaulted women. The pro-Trump propaganda has continued since then, with one recent example being NRATV host Grant Stinchfield’s declaration that Trump was the real winner of the 2018 midterm elections, where Democrats won the House of Representatives by historic margins. http://mm4a.org/4Y4

Sheriffs who cheered Trump's attack on press have their own media run-ins https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/sep/08/sheriffs-donald-trump-media-scrutiny

Paxton said Texas has "had over 600,000 crimes committed by illegals since 2011. Over 1,200 homicides." Both of these numbers--which we’ve twice debunked in detail since 2010--exceed what the state estimates by more than 400 percent. DPS-posted figures lately suggest that since mid-2011, Texas-jailed individuals believed to be living in the U.S. without legal permission account for 229 homicide convictions among more than 114,000 convictions across a range of mostly minor offenses. Ken Paxton makes a PANTS ON FIRE claim about 'illegals' committing 600,000 Texas crimes since June 2011. https://www.politifact.com/texas/statements/2018/sep/07/ken-paxton/ken-paxton-draws-debunked-figures-says-illegals-co/ via @PolitiFactTexas

Alex Jones, Rubio trade insults, threats: 'You are literally like a little gangster thug' http://thehill.com/policy/technology/405150-sen-rubio-and-alex-jones-spat-outside-senate-intelligence-hearing

Trump Mollie Tibbetts video suggests separating families at the border prevents American families from being “permanently separated” from their children: https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/08/trump-mollie-tibbetts-video-suggests-separating-families-at-the-border-prevents-american-families-from-being-permanently-separated-from-their-children.html

Pentagon punishes reporters over tough coverage https://politi.co/2Mpl2bJ

Fact-checking the victimhood of Sarah Huckabee Sanders (spoiler: she lied) https://www.dailykos.com/story/2018/8/3/1785571/-Fact-checking-the-victimhood-of-Sarah-Huckabee-Sanders-spoiler-she-lied

Fact vs. fiction on Fox News: Shep Smith regularly debunks Sean Hannity's lies and propaganda http://mm4a.org/ZFK

Trump blasts back after Times publisher decries 'enemy of the people' attacks https://www.theguardian.com/media/2018/jul/29/new-york-times-washington-post-trump-attacks-press-warning

BBC News - New York Times tells Trump: Don't call reporters enemies of the people https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-44999364

Trump Created An Office To Highlight Immigrant Crime. A Year Later, The Results Are Underwhelming. https://www.buzzfeed.com/verabergengruen/trump-immigrant-crime-calls-voice-john-kelly

Abby Hunstman, host of the Fox News morning show Fox & Friends, said a few minutes ago that the summit between NK leader Kim Jong-un and Trump is a meeting between “two dictators.” She is the daughter of US Russian Ambassador Jon Huntsman. https://twitter.com/riotwomennn/status/1005810019596734464

New Illinois news site designed to counter Breitbart, IPI https://www.politico.com/story/2018/04/30/one-illinois-news-site-559765

Baby Breitbarts to pop up across the country? https://politi.co/2w2kWQg

The New Conservative Media Establishment https://politi.co/2r6rRCb

The sinister pro-Trump propaganda of Lou Dobbs http://mm4a.org/ZWU

James O'Keefe Project Veritas says he never 'intended to plant a fake story' in The Washington Post http://wapo.st/2Dwn568

Donald Trump faces backlash as he reveals 'Fake News Awards' winners https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jan/17/trump-fake-news-awards-winners

Donald Trump hands out fake news awards to the press. We fact-checked them http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2018/jan/18/fact-checking-donald-trumps-fake-news-awards/

  1. Most liberal: Buzzfeed, Salon, Slate, New Yorker
  2. Very liberal: CNN, MSNBC, NYTimes, Politico, LA Times, The Guardian, SF Chronicle
  3. Liberal: NBC, Bloomberg, Washington Post
  4. Left-Leaning: USA Today, BBC, Irish Times, The Hill
  5. Right-Leaning: The Economist
  6. Moderately Conservative: The Wall Street Journal, The Times & Sunday Times (U.K.)
  7. Very Conservative: Fox News, The Drudge Report, Washington Examiner, Daily Wire, National Review
  8. Far Right: Breitbart, Infowars

Huge Blunder: Breitbart Accidentally Published Its Prewritten Article Template For Smearing Any Woman Who Accuses A Conservative Of Sexual Assault http://clckhl.co/JCicSQ2

Fox anchor on Miller: 'Don't put that guy in front of cameras again' http://thehill.com/homenews/media/345066-foxs-bolling-dont-put-that-guy-in-front-of-cameras-again

Conservatives call for end to on-camera White House briefings after explosive exchanges http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/345062-conservatives-call-for-end-to-on-camera-briefings-after-explosive-day

White House aide battles reporters over Trump immigration plan http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/345037-white-house-aide-battles-reporters-over-trump-immigration-plan

White House aide blasts CNN reporter for 'cosmopolitan bias' in bizarre exchange http://politi.co/2u1Dv1o

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Scaramucci's fed-up wife filed for divorce while nine months pregnant http://pge.sx/2uMccJT via @pagesix

Hate groups from across extremist ideologies are joining forces to discredit their hate group designation https://www.mediamatters.org/blog/2017/07/24/hate-groups-across-spectrum-are-joining-forces-discredit-their-hate-group-designation/217358

Atlanta group protests CNN coverage of Trump http://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta-group-protests-cnn-coverage-trump/k94ylzDMiRHkAtNqaSKn8M/ Americans Protest 'Very Fake News' CNN Outside of Atlanta Headquarters - Breitbart http://bit.ly/2uTRgDn

Breitbart Editor: The Goal Is The ‘Full Destruction And Elimination Of The Entire Mainstream Media’ | Right Wing Watch http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/breitbart-editor-the-goal-is-the-full-destruction-and-elimination-of-the-entire-mainstream-media/

Breitbart is hemorrhaging advertisers http://www.avclub.com/article/breitbart-hemorrhaging-advertisers-256615

Top military journals:

  • Joint Forces Quarterly
  • AirSpace Power Journal
  • NWC Review
  • Parameters
  • Military Review
  • PRISM
  • Strategic Studies Quarterly

The Far Right’s Most Common Memes Explained For Normal People https://www.buzzfeed.com/katienotopoulos/a-normal-persons-guide-to-how-far-right-trolls-talk-to-each?utm_term=.mcko76pPp via @katienotopoulos

Robert Mercer: the big data billionaire waging war on mainstream media https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/feb/26/robert-mercer-breitbart-war-on-media-steve-bannon-donald-trump-nigel-farage

“On the Milo Bus With the Lost Boys of America’s New Right” by @PennyRed https://psmag.com/on-the-milo-bus-with-the-lost-boys-of-americas-new-right-629a77e87986

The implosion of Milo Yiannopoulos only took four days http://www.theverge.com/2017/2/22/14690718/milo-yiannopoulos-pedophilia-cpac-book-deal-resignation-timeline

Ranking the media from liberal to conservative, based on their audiences http://wapo.st/1sLzBnI

Media Chart https://www.reddit.com/r/coolguides/comments/5q52tt/fight_fake_news_updated_and_larger_guide_to/

Free Speech Has a Milo Problem. Ben Shapiro to explain: Jews run the media; earlier this month he characterized a Jewish BuzzFeed writer as a “a typical example of a sort of thick-as-pig shit media Jew”; he justifies anti-Semitic memes as playful trollery and pats racist sites like American Renaissance on the head; he describes himself as a “chronicler of, and occasional fellow traveler with the alt-right” while simultaneously recognizing that their “dangerously bright” intellectuals believe that “culture is inseparable from race”; back in his days going under the name Milo Wagner, he reportedly posed with his hand atop a Hitler biography, posted a Hitler meme about killing 6 million Jews, and wore an Iron Cross; last week he berated a Muslim woman in the audience of one of his speeches for wearing a hijab in the United States; his alt-right followers routinely spammed my Twitter account with anti-Semitic propaganda he tut-tutted before his banning (the amount of anti-Semitism in my feed dropped by at least 70 percent after his ban, which I opposed); he personally Tweeted a picture of a black baby at me on the day of my son’s birth, because according to the alt-right I’m a “cuck” who wants to see the races mixed; he sees the Constitution as a hackneyed remnant of the past, to be replaced by a new right he leads. http://bit.ly/2l0IomP

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UPDATED: Milo Yiannopoulos loses book deal, speaking gig over pedophilia “jokes” http://www.avclub.com/r/250668tsd via @TheAVClub

“4chan: The Skeleton Key to the Rise of Trump” by @DaleBeran https://medium.com/@DaleBeran/4chan-the-skeleton-key-to-the-rise-of-trump-624e7cb798cb#.6a0ehmxub

How a right-wing Ferndale fringe group is building a multimedia empire http://on.freep.com/2lvlhEa via @freep

Proud Boys, Charlottesville, Berkeley, Confederate statues

New video shows far-right 'Proud Boys' starting New York street brawl https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/422684-new-video-shows-far-right-proud-boys-starting-new-york-street

A White Supremacist Has Been Found Guilty Of Murder For Killing A Unite The Right Counterprotester https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/blakemontgomery/white-supremacist-guilty-murder-charlottesville

Two additional members of the far-right Proud Boys group were arrested and charged Thursday for their alleged roles in a vicious October attack on the streets of Manhattan. Authorities confirmed to The Daily Beast that Jake Freijo, 25, and David Kuriakose, 35, both face riot and assault charges stemming from an October 12 incident that occurred around 8:40 p.m. in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. After leaving a speech by group founder Gavin McInnes, a group of more than a dozen Proud Boys got into a fight with a passerby on the street. The Proud Boys can be seen kicking and stomping on the victim in video of the encounter, and one man can be heard yelling “faggot” before the fight was broken up. Three men were arrested and charged the night of the incident, and three more were arrested and charged 10 days later. https://www.thedailybeast.com/two-more-proud-boys-arrested-charged-in-nyc-attack-nypd

Last month, a Manhattan GOP club invited Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes to give a speech. New documents show the FBI considers the Proud Boys to be an "extremist" group. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/fbi-proud-boys-extremist-group_us_5bf317bee4b0376c9e67be53

Alleged member of white supremacist fight club signs plea agreement. Tyler Laube, 22, signed a plea agreement Tuesday in which he agreed to plead guilty to a count of conspiracy, according to court documents. He is expected to formally enter his plea in Los Angeles federal court court next week. He faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison, according to court documents. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-rise-above-guilty-plea-20181115-story.html

Gavin McInnes Whines His Fellow Rich Neighbors Don’t Like Him. Online, Gavin McInnes is the gung-ho, ex-punk leader of a hate group who rails against liberal decadence. At home in his wealthy New York suburb, he’s upset that liberals won’t accept him. “I blame [George] Soros for all of this,” McInnes said during a September broadcast of Infowars, on which he bemoaned what he claimed was his supposedly degraded social status. “Soros is terrorizing me and trying to shut down my fraternal club, the Proud Boys. And he’s paying people to mess with my life, and spread these lies about me, spread fake news.” https://thebea.st/2T8erTx

The 'Oregonian' Faces Heavy Criticism After Publishing a Piece Sympathizing With a Far-Right Group https://psmag.com/social-justice/the-oregonian-faces-heavy-criticism-after-publishing-a-piece-sympathizing-with-a-far-right-group

Three members of Rise Above Movement arrested in California, fourth sought as fugitive turns himself in. Robert Rundo, a 28-year-old Huntington Beach, California, resident, 29-year-old Michael Paul Miselis, of Lawndale, California, and 25-year-old Benjamin Drake Daley of Redondo Beach went to Germany, Italy and Ukraine in spring 2018 not only to celebrate, but also to meet with European white supremacist groups, prosecutors said in a criminal complaint against Rundo unsealed this week. 38-year-old Aaron Eason of Anza, California, surrendered to the FBI over the weekend. - Southern Poverty Law Center https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2018/10/29/three-members-rise-above-movement-arrested-california-fourth-sought-fugitive-turns-himself

4th Southern California-based white-supremacist group member charged in attacks surrenders to FBI in Westwood. Aaron Eason, 38, turned himself in at the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s local headquarters in Westwood about 2 p.m. https://www.dailynews.com/2018/10/28/4th-southern-california-based-white-supremacist-group-member-charged-in-attacks-surrenders-to-fbi-in-westwood/ via @ladailynews

Alleged Proud Boys member from Jackson Heights turns himself in following vicious Upper East Side attack: NYPD. Irvin Antillon, 41, was arrested and charged with riot and assault for his role in the Oct. 12 beat down that took place just blocks away from the Metropolitan Republican Club following a speech by Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes. https://www.timesledger.com/stories/2018/43/proudboys_2018_10_26_q.html

F.B.I. Arrests White Nationalist Leader Who Fled the Country for Central America.Robert Rundo, 28, of Huntington Beach, Calif., is being held at the federal jail in downtown Los Angeles. He and three other Californians associated with the group — Robert Boman, 25, Tyler Laube, 22, and Aaron Eason, 38 — were charged with inciting riots, according to court documents. Mr. Boman and Mr. Laube were arrested on Tuesday morning in Southern California. The F.B.I. said it was still searching for Mr. Eason. Earlier this month, another four members of the Rise Above Movement — Benjamin Daley, Michael Miselis, Thomas Gillen and Cole White — were indicted on conspiracy to riot charges for attacking counterprotesters during last year’s Unite The Right rally in Charlottesville, Va. https://nyti.ms/2JgEbZh

Four Local Members of White Supremacy Group Face Federal Charges in Attacks at Political Rallies across California https://www.justice.gov/usao-cdca/pr/four-local-members-white-supremacy-group-face-federal-charges-attacks-political-rallies

Skinhead 'Irv' among five charged in Proud Boys' New York City assault - Southern Poverty Law Center https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2018/10/22/skinhead-irv-among-five-charged-proud-boys-new-york-city-assault

Pelosi heckled by Miami Republicans, Proud Boys at campaign event https://thehill.com/homenews/house/412405-pelosi-heckled-by-miami-republicans-proud-boys-at-campaign-event

Not just a ‘provocateur’: Gavin McInnes should not be allowed into Australia | Jason Wilson https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/oct/19/not-just-a-provocateur-gavin-mcinnes-should-not-be-allowed-into-australia

Pelosi heckled by Miami Republicans, Proud Boys at campaign event https://thehill.com/homenews/house/412405-pelosi-heckled-by-miami-republicans-proud-boys-at-campaign-event

The Poisonous Allure of Right-Wing Violence By RICH LOWRY https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/10/gavin-mcinnes-proud-boys-poisonous-violence/

De Blasio: No evidence NYPD is sympathetic to Proud Boys http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-pol-deblasio-nypd-proud-boys-20181019-story.html

Skinhead 'Irv' among five charged in Proud Boys' New York City assault - Southern Poverty Law Center https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2018/10/22/skinhead-irv-among-five-charged-proud-boys-new-york-city-assault

Skinheads? Check. Connections to white nationalist groups? Yep. Violence in the streets? Yes. These are the Proud Boys. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/proud-boys-arrests-fascist-groups_us_5bce15bbe4b0d38b587afe5f

NYPD Arrests Three More Proud Boys for Manhattan Brawl With Antifa. The newly arrested Proud Boys include Irvin Antillon, Douglas Lennan, and Maxwell Hare, the NYPD said. Antillon, of Queens, and Lennan, of Northport, New York, were both arrested on charges of riot and assault. Hare, of Harrisburg, Penn., faces charges of assault and riot, as well as gang assault and criminal possession of a weapon, according to the NYPD. https://thebea.st/2NZSySJ

In this disturbing interview from 10/16, Proud Boy Tiny Toese and the host discuss committing violence w/ guns, encourage people to murder antifa, call for the mayor of Portland to be tried by military tribunal and for Democrats to be electrocuted and smashed. https://twitter.com/leftkist/status/1053786004014809088

The Proud Boys’ acceptance at a fancy Republican club looks a lot like the courtship between conservatives and fascists before WWI: https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/10/proud-boys-republican-club-wwii-fascists.html

Weekend Read: Violence and hate, that's The Proud Boys in a nutshell - Southern Poverty Law Center https://www.splcenter.org/news/2018/10/18/weekend-read-violence-and-hate-thats-proud-boys-nutshell

Police Have Made Their Second Arrest Of Members Of The Far-Right Men's Group That Beat Up Protesters In New York. Geoffrey Young, 38, of New City, New York, was arrested at his home Thursday night on charges of riot and attempted assault. John Kinsman was arrested Friday. https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/juliareinstein/police-have-arrested-their-first-member-of-the-far-right via @juliareinstein

Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes has been using the same anti-gay slur hurled in the NYC attack for at least 15 years - Southern Poverty Law Center https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2018/10/19/proud-boys-founder-gavin-mcinnes-has-been-using-same-anti-gay-slur-hurled-nyc-attack-least

NYPD Arrests First Proud Boy for Manhattan Fight With Antifa. Geoffrey Young was charged with riot and attempted assault for his role in the brawl between the right-wing group led by Gavin McInnes and protesters. https://thebea.st/2J54VMh

Why are the Proud Boys so violent? Ask Gavin McInnes - Southern Poverty Law Center https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2018/10/18/why-are-proud-boys-so-violent-ask-gavin-mcinnes

Mob of white nationalist 'Proud Boys' brutally beat several men: 'Are you brave now faggot?!' https://thinkprogress.org/proud-boys-violent-mob-after-gavin-mcinnes-lecture-899d32404a75/ via @thinkprogress

Four members of Rise Above Movement indicted in Charlottesville, one went to Europe to meet with white supremacist groups before 'Unite the Right' - Southern Poverty Law Center https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2018/10/11/four-members-rise-above-movement-indicted-charlottesville-one-went-europe-meet-white#.W8FaYazpsbk.twitter

Charlottesville rioting defendant linked to earlier violence in California - Southern Poverty Law Center https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2018/10/03/charlottesville-rioting-defendant-linked-earlier-violence-california

Four members of racist, antisemitic 'Rise Above Movement' charged with rioting at 'Unite the Right' tiki-torch march - Southern Poverty Law Center https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2018/10/02/four-members-racist-antisemitic-rise-above-movement-charged-rioting-unite-right-tiki-torch

Unite the Right 2 was a failure — but American fascism is not dead https://www.salon.com/2018/08/13/unite-the-right-2-was-a-failure-but-american-fascism-is-not-dead/ In a 1944 op-ed for the New York Times, Vice President Henry A. Wallace described an “American Fascist” as a person “whose lust for money or power is combined with such an intensity of intolerance toward those of other races, parties, classes, religions, cultures, regions, or nations as to make him ruthless in his use of deceit or violence to attain his ends.” Umberto Eco, an Italian writer who grew up in the 1930s, saw fascism as an inherently adaptable system: “Fascism had no quintessence. Fascism was a fuzzy totalitarianism, a collage of different philosophical and political ideas, a beehive of contradictions.” And to quote George Orwell: “Almost any English person would accept ‘bully’ as a synonym for ‘Fascist.’ That is about as near to a definition as this much-abused word has come.”

The Alt-Right is Taking Over Renaissance Fairs https://thebea.st/2JXPkgd?source=twitter&via=desktop via @thedailybeast

Activists Disappointed By Pitifully Low Turnout Numbers at Pro-Gun Marches https://jezebel.com/activists-disappointed-by-pitifully-low-turnout-numbers-1827436273

Major defense contractor fires employee who allegedly attended violent Charlottesville rally. Northrop Grumman confirmed on Friday that Michael Miselis, a PhD student who had a government security clearance as part of his work as a systems engineer at the company, would no longer be working for the company. http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/395895-major-defense-contractor-fires-outed-white-supremacist

Which Confederate statues were removed? A running list https://fxn.ws/2t552Rh

Inside the Chaos and Hate at Charlottesville https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/kzz8we/inside-the-chaos-and-hate-at-charlottesville

Chicano Park Murals Targeted as Revenge for Confederate Statue Removals https://sandiegofreepress.org/2017/08/chicano-park-murals-targeted-as-revenge-for-confederate-statue-removals/

Why are there still Nazis? These eight questions can help explain. https://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2017/0814/Why-are-there-still-Nazis-These-eight-questions-can-help-explain

There is No Valid Counterpart to Right-Wing Violence https://www.truthdig.com/articles/no-valid-counterpart-right-wing-violence/

Help "Topple" the Monument to Communism in California https://patriot-fire.net/2017/08/19/topple-the-monument-to-commmunism/

Why the Media Refuses to Understand Antifa https://psmag.com/social-justice/understanding-antifa

Opinion | Yes, antifa is the moral equivalent of neo-Nazis. Marc Thiessen writes a weekly column for The Post on foreign and domestic policy and contributes to the PostPartisan blog. He is a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and the former chief speechwriter for President George W. Bush. Follow @marcthiessen http://wapo.st/2iHaeYS

What the media got wrong about last weekend's protests in Berkeley http://www.motherjones.com/media/2017/08/what-the-media-got-wrong-about-last-weekends-protests-in-berkeley/

Virginia received DHS warning before Charlottesville rally http://politi.co/2x2Cn1S

Leaked Chats Show White Nationalists Planned Use Of Brutal Force In C’Ville http://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/unite-the-right-participants-premeditated-use-violence-leaked-chats-unicorn

Three men charged in Charlottesville attacks on counterprotesters http://wapo.st/2iBkFgl

As White Nationalist in Charlottesville Fired, Police ‘Never Moved’ https://nyti.ms/2w5BCo5

Lots Of Americans Aren't Sure If We Should Take Down Confederate Statues http://53eig.ht/2wgVUfm

Analysis | The whole point of Confederate monuments is to celebrate white supremacy http://wapo.st/2uOXelp

Confederate Statues Were Built To Further A 'White Supremacist Future' https://n.pr/2vMPh1h

In Their Own Words: What Some of the Charlottesville Rally Participants Stand For https://nyti.ms/2vaQ8XO

Whose Heritage? Public Symbols of the Confederacy - Southern Poverty Law Center https://www.splcenter.org/20160421/whose-heritage-public-symbols-confederacy

Trump is wrong: There's no equivalence between antifa and white supremacists, writes @PeterBeinart: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/08/what-trump-gets-wrong-about-antifa/537048/

Disturbing Pictures From The History Of America's Nazis https://www.buzzfeed.com/gabrielsanchez/american-hate

Anti-Semitism on Full Display in Charlottesville https://www.adl.org/blog/anti-semitism-on-full-display-in-charlottesville

Militia, Police Riots and Violence, ICE family separation, Khashoggi murder

Trump ICE director nominee called administration 'heartless' for forcing him out: report. In January 2017 emails acquired by Axios, then-U.S. Border Patrol Chief Mark Morgan told then-acting Customs and Border Patrol Commissioner Kevin McAleenan, who is now acting Homeland Security secretary, that the administration’s push for him to leave immediately was “heartless and void of any decency and compassion." In other emails, Morgan wrote to McAleenan "I am being removed in the name of politics — and politics at its worst. … I will not have them believe I willingly left under these circumstances” and "This is wrong on many levels. I have several questions but I need to process through a bit more." https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/444485-trump-ice-director-nominee-called-administration-heartless-for

Khashoggi’s body parts found in garden of Saudi consul general’s home – sources — RT World News https://www.rt.com/news/442023-khashoggis-body-parts-found/

Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes: "I have a lot of support in the NYPD and I very much appreciate that" http://mm4a.org/4SV

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Jasper police officers suspended for 'white power' hand symbol in post-arrest photo http://s.al.com/MqMYERM

Scenes From an American Tragedy: The Texas Border Crisis https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-features/immigration-border-crisis-molly-crabapple-713991/ via @RollingStone

'It's definitely intimidation': police accused over raids on activist's family https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/aug/26/memphis-police-raids-activists-family-black-lives-matter

Anti-fascists say police post mugshots on Twitter to 'intimidate and silence' https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/aug/16/anti-fascist-protesters-antifa-police-doxing-twitter-mugshots

Charlottesville survivors call on Americans to 'fight the everyday white supremacy' Those hurt in the Charlottesville attack a year ago want white people to go beyond merely marking the anniversary – ‘join anti-racist organizations, self-educate and support people of color’ “We saw from last year, they will always protect white supremacists and not counterprotesters,” Schectman said. “The police do not protect us. They will always harm black and brown communities and anti-racist activists.” https://gu.com/p/96nxz/stw

Police violence, cliques, and secret tattoos: fears rise over LA sheriff 'gangs' https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/aug/05/police-violence-cliques-and-secret-tattoos-fears-rise-over-la-sheriff-gangs

Trump says white supremacist terror is fake news. These chilling cases prove otherwise. https://www.motherjones.com/crime-justice/2018/07/donald-trump-white-supremacists-terrorism/ via @MotherJones

Police worked with violent pro-Trump activist to prosecute leftwing group https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jun/15/police-pro-trump-berkeley-leftwing-activists-court-case

Stabbed at a neo-Nazi rally, called a criminal: how police targeted a black activist https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/25/neo-nazi-rally-california-stabbing-police-target-black-activist

Fatal encounters: 97 deaths point to pattern of border agent violence across America https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/may/02/fatal-encounters-97-deaths-point-to-pattern-of-border-agent-violence-across-america

Militarized cops at a neo-Nazi rally in Georgia arrested counterprotesters for wearing masks. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/georgia-neo-nazi-rally-police-militarized-arrests_us_5adbf0f6e4b075b631e65f49

Neo-Nazi counterprotesters met by aggressive military police force in Georgia. https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/04/neo-nazi-counterprotesters-met-by-aggressive-military-police-force-in-newnan-georgia.html

Newnan police violence https://twitter.com/xshularx/status/987762130773475328

A Leaked Message Board Shows What White Supremacists Think of the Police https://rewirenews.link/2p0g9YQ

Did police help neo-Nazis? Protesters say yes http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/article199384044.html

California police worked with neo-Nazis to pursue 'anti-racist' activists, documents show https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/09/california-police-white-supremacists-counter-protest

After Church Shooting, Stewart Rhodes Tells Oath Keepers To ‘Go Armed At All Times, In All Places’ To Prepare For ‘Full Blown Civil War’ | Right Wing Watch http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/after-church-shooting-stewart-rhodes-tells-oath-keepers-to-go-armed-at-all-times-in-all-places-to-prepare-for-full-blown-civil-war/

The Hate Report: Another white man accused of randomly killing black men https://www.revealnews.org/blog/hate-report-another-white-man-accused-of-randomly-killing-black-men/

Militia extremists are being agitated to take up arms against Antifa. https://twitter.com/jjmacnab/status/911652673002266624

Democratic Candidate Violently Arrested @Trump Rally: After another violent Donald Trump rally, San Diego police arrested over 30 people, including a man they could soon be working with quite closely. Bryan Pease, a 1st amendment and animal rights attorney, is on the ballot Tuesday's California primary for San Diego City Attorney. Pease attended the Trump rally to protect the free speech rights of fellow Californians and ended up getting swept up in a massive show of force by militarized law enforcement. https://youtu.be/hVhmENlR_3s

Pence, Sessions, Kelly, Bolton, Sheriff Clarke, Alt-Right Nazis, Birthers

John Kelly Confirms He Was Lying All Along: The White House Is in Chaos https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/kelly-exit-interview-773739/ via @RollingStone

Neo-Nazis Are Organizing Secretive Paramilitary Training Across America https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/a3mexp/neo-nazis-are-organizing-secretive-paramilitary-training-across-america

Ted Nugent upset that Michigan is turning 'into a California s***hole' after Election Day https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/ted-nugent-upset-michigan-turning-california-shole-election-day-184242032.html

Are White Men America's Biggest Terror Threat? We Checked https://www.theroot.com/are-white-men-americas-biggest-terror-threat-we-checke-1830175112

“We Are at a Turning Point”: Counterterrorism Experts Say Trump Is Inspiring a New Era of Right-Wing Violence. “These are all extremist messages that I saw on Stormfront and other white-supremacist message boards 10 or 15 years ago,” says one former Homeland Security analyst. “Now they are being endorsed as policy by the president.” https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2018/11/trump-administration-tree-of-life-shooting-domestic-terrorism

Richard Spencer's Wife Says He Physically Abused Her, Including While She Was Pregnant https://jezebel.com/richard-spencers-wife-says-he-physically-abused-her-in-1829945399

On the 45 year anniversary of being awarded his Nobel Peace Prize, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger was interrupted four times and told to “rot in hell” by protestors on Tuesday evening during a talk at NYU’s Stern School of Business. https://twitter.com/vivafalastin/status/1052332178879721473 https://nyunews.com/2018/10/16/10-17-news-kissinger/

Is that an OK sign? A white power symbol? Or just a right-wing troll? - Southern Poverty Law Center https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2018/09/18/ok-sign-white-power-symbol-or-just-right-wing-troll

A Coast Guard officer on hurricane duty made a hand signal on TV. Some saw a white-power sign. https://www.stripes.com/news/us/a-coast-guard-officer-on-hurricane-duty-made-a-hand-signal-on-tv-some-saw-a-white-power-sign-1.547629

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Zina Bash giving 'White Power' Republican gang signal

John Bolton threatens war crimes court with sanctions in virulent attack https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/sep/10/john-bolton-castigate-icc-washington-speech

MOAR 2018 https://www.flickr.com/photos/isisdc/albums/72157697917652082

As ethics questions swirl, Zinke knows how to work a crowd - https://www.hcn.org/articles/politics-as-ethics-questions-swirl-zinke-knows-how-to-work-a-crowd @highcountrynews

A Study Says That 24 Million Americans Have Alt-Right Beliefs. What Does that Number Mean? Respondents were asked how important their race was to their identity on a five-point scale ranging from “not at all important” to “extremely important.” They were also asked a question measuring their feelings of white solidarity: “How important is it that whites work together to change laws that are unfair to whites?” This followed the same five-point scale. Finally, we can assess survey respondents’ feelings of white victimization from their answers to the question of how much discrimination whites face in the U.S., also on a five-point scale, ranging from “none at all” to a “great deal.” http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/08/study-24-million-white-americans-have-alt-right-beliefs.html

More of Mike Pence's Old Writing Unearthed to Prove He's a Complete Fucking Hypocrite Who Also Sucks  https://theslot.jezebel.com/more-of-mike-pences-old-writing-unearthed-to-prove-hes-1828157503

Disturbing images reveal inside America’s White Nationalist Movement where members boast about their racism, anti-semitism and love of the KKK https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/6907181/white-nationalist-movement-kkk-us-anti-semitism/

John Bolton's Curious Appearance In A Russian Gun Rights Video https://n.pr/2FZhXbS

Pence family's failed gas stations cost taxpayers $20M https://apnews.com/07f9256ae1984362ba3eff192b4d6dd0

Oregon ranchers pardoned by Trump fly home on Pence donor's private jet http://thehill.com/homenews/396688-oregon-ranchers-pardoned-by-trump-fly-home-on-pence-donors-private-jet

The Hate Report: The hate behind the immigration crackdown. White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller has been one of the driving forces behind the Trump administration’s policy of separating immigrant children from their families. Quiz: Who said it: The president of the United States or a commenter on the neo-Nazi site Stormfront? https://us1.campaign-archive.com/?e=ce336956f5&u=cb5ac439b0222506e9eb7736c

Melania Trump Asks To See Barack Obama's Birth Certificate - Supported B... https://youtu.be/sSTx1ZODEcQ

Sessions cites Bible in defense of breaking up families, blames migrant parents. "Persons who violate the law of our nation are subject to prosecution. I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13 to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the purpose of order," Sessions said. "Orderly and lawful processes are good in themselves and protect the weak and lawful." He called on religious leaders to "speak up strongly to urge anyone who would come here to apply lawfully, to wait their turn and not violate the law." Later Thursday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders doubled down on Sessions' comments, saying it is "very biblical to enforce the law." https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/immigration/sessions-cites-bible-defense-breaking-families-blames-migrant-parents-n883296 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended.

Another Former Marine veteran Erik Sailors heads the Texas chapter of Patriot Front Is Using His Military Training to Help White Supremacists  http://theslot.jezebel.com/another-former-marine-is-using-his-military-training-to-1826729485 Marine Veteran Trains White Supremacists in Military Tactics https://thebea.st/2sV5WPn

JUN 07 2018 U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) delivered remarks today at the Faith & Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority Conference. Offering his vision for a “civic nationalism based on shared American citizenship,” Rubio spoke about how fully restoring American prosperity and leadership in the world can only be brought about by replenishing the strength of the classic American institutions of work, family, community, and country. https://www.rubio.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=Press-Releases&id=47FAA9F1-0B4B-46AD-97C3-DAC336EA6CA2

Marines Open Investigation into Active Duty White Supremacist https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/article/marines-open-investigation-into-active-duty-white-supremacist/

Ranks of notorious hate group include active-duty military https://www.propublica.org/article/atomwaffen-division-hate-group-active-duty-military

Seeing Through the Rhetoric of the Alt-Right | West Virginia News | US News https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/west-virginia/articles/2018-04-29/seeing-through-the-rhetoric-of-the-alt-right

Emails Show That Cops Focused on Counterprotesters at Tennessee Rally but Were Totally Cool With Nazis http://www.theroot.com/emails-show-cops-focused-on-counterprotesters-at-tenn-1825662357

Want to know about the new White Power symbols? https://www.dailykos.com/story/2018/4/23/1759298/-Want-to-know-about-the-new-White-Power-symbols

YouTube temporarily hid a video of Richard Spencer declaring ‘Hail, Trump,’ as his supporters threw Nazi salutes, @yayitsrob reports https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/03/youtube-removes-the-atlantics-hail-trump-video-from-search/555941/

John Bolton’s Cambridge Analytica connection: https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/03/john-boltons-cambridge-analytica-connection.html

The alt-right is fractured, more violent headed into Trump's second year | Analysis http://www.newsweek.com/alt-right-fractured-violent-headed-trump-second-year-785552

Racist, Violent, Unpunished: A White Hate Group’s Campaign of Menace. They train to fight. They post their beatings online. And so far, they have little reason to fear the authorities. https://www.propublica.org/article/white-hate-group-campaign-of-menace-rise-above-movement

Alt-America: the time for talking about white terrorism is now https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/26/alt-america-terrorism-rightwing-hate-crimes

Armed resistance, lone wolves, and media messaging: meet the godfather of the ‘alt-right’ https://timeline.com/amp/p/20d028315d

‘White Lives Matter’ organizers cancel second rally after taunts from counterprotesters https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/white-lives-matter-organizers-cancel-second-rally-after-being-taunted-by-counterprotesters/2017/10/28/a6fee0d2-bc1f-11e7-be94-fabb0f1e9ffb_story.html

One in four troops sees white nationalism in the ranks https://goo.gl/Q6rXz1

It didn't just start now: John Kelly has always been a hard-right bully https://interc.pt/2yFiluP by @tinyrevolution

Homeland Security’s John Kelly is unhinged https://goo.gl/XB0aI2

When white nationalists chant their weird slogans, what do they mean? Explaining ‘You Will Not Replace Us,’ ‘Blood and Soil,’ ‘Russia is Our Friend,’ and other catchphrases from torch-bearing marchers in Charlottesville. - Southern Poverty Law Center https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2017/10/10/when-white-nationalists-chant-their-weird-slogans-what-do-they-mean

Our search for a secret white supremacist meeting in a Tennessee forest https://goo.gl/QwWBLd

Reveal host Al Letson @al_letson shields man from beating at anti-hate rally. The man Letson protected identifies himself as Trump supporter and video blogger Keith Campbell. Later, the man Letson protected reached out to him on social media. His name is Keith Campbell, 54, a President Donald Trump supporter and video blogger who was live streaming the rally on Sunday. He says antifa members know him from his conservative youtube channel Patriot Warrior Media – where he’s known as @KPikklefield – and targeted him specifically. https://www.revealnews.org/blog/reveal-host-al-letson-shields-man-from-beating-at-anti-hate-rally/

Full speaker list released for ‘Free Speech Week’ at UC Berkeley https://goo.gl/JpJknM

Sept. 24: “Feminism Awareness Day”
Miss Elaine
Lucian Wintrich
Lisa DePasquale
Chadwick Moore
Milo Yiannopoulos
Sept. 25: “Zuck 2020”
Heather Mac Donald
Monica Crowley
SABO
Professor Jordan Peterson
James Damore
Sept. 26: “Islamic Peace and Tolerance Day”
Michael Malice
Raheem Kassam
Katie Hopkins
Erik Prince
Pamela Geller
David Horowitz
Milo Yiannopoulos
Sept. 27: “Mario Savio is Dead”
Mike Cernovich
Charles Murray
Ariana Rowlands
Stelion Onufrei
Alex Marlow
Milo Yiannopoulos
Steve Bannon
Ann Coulter

Marine Booted From Corps For Flying White Nationalist Banner Amid Crackdown On Extremism via @TaskandPurpose https://goo.gl/6mZ32u

‘White nationalist’ arrested after LGBT attack in Asbury Park, group says https://goo.gl/JL1bgK

Milo Yiannapolous Scheduled to Speak at Cal State Fullerton—And Students Ain't Having It https://goo.gl/CFcr4p

Televangelist Jim Bakker: Christians will start a civil war if Trump is impeached https://goo.gl/BGU4LB

An exclusive look at the controversial memo that cost an NSC staffer his job. @RosieGray reports: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/08/a-national-security-council-staffer-is-forced-out-over-a-controversial-memo/535725/ https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/3922874/Political-Warfare.pdf

OPINION | The real threat to our republic is the Orwellian Antifa. Ned Ryun is a former presidential adviser for George W. Bush and the founder and CEO of American Majority. http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/the-administration/348137-the-real-threat-to-our-republic-is-the-orwellian-antifa

Did Sebastian Gorka Bolt From the White House—Or Was He Pushed? http://thebea.st/2ixyH2v

Flags and Other Symbols Used By Far-Right Groups in Anti-Semitism on Full Display in Charlottesville https://www.adl.org/blog/anti-semitism-on-full-display-in-charlottesville - Southern Poverty Law Center https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2017/08/12/flags-and-other-symbols-used-far-right-groups-charlottesville

FBI and DHS Warned of Growing Threat From White Supremacists Months Ago http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/08/14/fbi-and-dhs-warned-of-growing-threat-from-white-supremacists-months-ago/

Californian Who Helped Lead Charlottesville Protests Used Berkeley as a Test Run https://ww2.kqed.org/news/2017/08/14/californian-who-helped-organize-charlottesville-protests-used-berkeley-as-a-test-run/

Reno student marching in Virginia rally denounces violence. Reno television station KTVN on Saturday identified 20-year-old Peter Cvjetanovic among the marchers at Friday night’s “Unite the Right” rally, staged to protest the mandated removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. A photo of an open-mouthed, tiki-torch-toting Cvjetanovic at the rally went viral on social media Saturday. https://lvrj.com/post/1151094

Fear of 'violent left' preceded events in Charlottesville http://wapo.st/2uDOMFD

Sebastian Gorka, the West Wing's Phony Foreign-Policy Guru http://rol.st/2vFU476

Extremists' "Unite the Right" Rally: A Possible Historic Alt-Right Showcase? - Southern Poverty Law Center https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2017/08/07/extremists-unite-right-rally-possible-historic-alt-right-showcase

Fox guest Dinesh D’Souza: Hitler took three "very destructive, genocidal ideas from the Democratic Party" https://www.mediamatters.org/video/2017/08/01/fox-guest-dinesh-d-souza-hitler-took-three-very-destructive-genocidal-ideas-democratic-party/217465

Tennessee White Supremacist Group Confederate Blood and Honour Returns - Southern Poverty Law Center https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2017/08/02/tennessee-white-supremacist-group-confederate-blood-and-honour-returns

Neo-Nazi Misfits Join Unite the Right - Southern Poverty Law Center. The National Socialist Movement (NSM) published a YouTube video and flier announcing that NSM members and their leader, Jeff Schoep, will attend the Unite the Right rally on August 12. Michael Hill, leader of the neo-confederate group League of the South, and Traditionalist Worker Party chairman Matthew Heimbach, are among 10 scheduled speakers. https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2017/07/26/neo-nazi-misfits-join-unite-right

“Why did everyone stop asking Sebastian Gorka about Nazis?” by Addy Baird https://thinkprogress.org/why-did-everyone-stop-asking-sebastian-gorka-about-nazis-91236f795dc4

Farewell, Sean Spicer, we hardly knew what the hell ye were doing http://www.avclub.com/article/farewell-sean-spicer-we-hardly-knew-what-hell-ye-w-258408 via @TheAVClub

‘Pizzagate’ Promoter Responds To ADL’s Alt-Right List With Video From Auschwitz http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/jack-posobiec-responds-to-adl-alt-right-list-auschwitz

Pro-Trump internet personalities throw tantrums after ADL identifies their hateful rhetoric https://www.mediamatters.org/blog/2017/07/19/Pro-Trump-internet-personalities-throw-tantrums-after-ADL-identifies-their-hateful-rhetori/217316

From Alt Right to Alt Lite: Naming the Hate https://www.adl.org/education/resources/backgrounders/from-alt-right-to-alt-lite-naming-the-hate

BBC News - Invite-only as Trump voter fraud commission meets http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40663759

Bannon’s 2016: ‘Rootless White Males,’ ‘Pure Evil’ And A ‘F*cking Hammerhead’ http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/joshua-green-steve-bannon-trump-campaign

A Conservative Media Site Just Published Jeff Sessions’ No-Press-Allowed Religious Freedom Speech https://www.buzzfeed.com/dominicholden/jeff-sessions-speech-relgious-freedom

Attorney General Jeff Sessions to Address Anti-LGBT Hate Group in Closed-Door Event - Southern Poverty Law Center https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2017/07/11/attorney-general-jeff-sessions-address-anti-lgbt-hate-group-closed-door-event

The state of hate in America https://usat.ly/2u7pqDj

Guns and KKK members at Gettysburg Confederate rally, but no foes to fight http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/gettysburg-confederate-rally-kkk-antifa_us_59592bd8e4b05c37bb7f0ca4

Dueling Alt-Right Rallies, Separated by Anti-Semitism, Face Off in DC Despite Calls to "Unite the Right"; - Southern Poverty Law Center https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2017/06/26/dueling-alt-right-rallies-separated-anti-semitism-face-dc-despite-calls-unite-right

The Far-Right Alliance Is Over. Across from the White House in shady Lafayette Park, a who’s who of right wing Twitterati whom the vast majority Americans still have never heard of—Mike Cernovich, Laura Loomer, Jack Posobiec, Cassandra Fairbanks, Lucian Wintrich, Kyle Prescott—were posing for selfies with fans and taking turns at a makeshift podium. But despite over 600,000 Twitter followers combined and direct access to mid-level conservative outlets like The Rebel, Big League Politics, and Gateway Pundit, the Rally Against Political Violence managed to draw 150 people at most to the nation’s capitol. Gathering to cheerlead the president was the typical cadre of young, white, meme-fluent men, but families and veterans as well. Many on the outskirts claimed to be tourists, and Lafayette Park’s crowd was outnumbered by the anti-abortion gaggle in front of the White House gates. The event’s keynote speaker, former Trump advisor Roger Stone, was a no-show. Richard Spencer http://gizmodo.com/the-far-right-alliance-is-over-1796418882

Hatewatch‏ @Hatewatch At the "Rally Against Political Violence" in DC, this speaker just said "It's time to put George Soros in a gas chamber!" https://twitter.com/Hatewatch/status/879008791228035072

FBI Fired Sebastian Gorka for Anti-Muslim Diatribes http://thebea.st/2sXeeZ8

Mike Pence’s private emails are costing Indiana $100,000 in records requests http://www.newsweek.com/mike-pences-private-email-account-costing-indiana-100000-627000

Syrian archives add new details to Henry Kissinger’s disastrous record in the Middle East https://interc.pt/2sotWcO by @CharlesMGlass

Pence retains outside counsel as Russia probes deepen http://politi.co/2s6qkxH

Club for Hollywood Republicans locked in dispute – caused in part by Trump https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/13/hollywood-republicans-friends-of-abe-club-trump

http://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/russian-ambassador-to-the-us-sergey-kislyak-leaves-after-a-news-photo/650712408?#russian-ambassador-to-the-us-sergey-kislyak-leaves-after-a-foreign-picture-id650712408

Protests erupt over university inviting Palestinian-American activist to speak at graduation http://www.10news.com/news/national/protests-erupt-over-university-inviting-palestinian-american-activist-to-speak-at-graduation

Bice: Sheriff Clarke directed staff to hassle plane passenger after brief exchange http://jsonl.in/2rkIjBB via @journalsentinel

Army vet goes in on Sheriff Clarke's 'toy uniform' with its 'novelty pins' http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/5/18/1663660/-Army-vet-goes-in-on-Sheriff-Clarke-s-toy-uniform-with-its-novelty-pins

A Nazi-linked group was "proud" after Trump aide Sebastian Gorka wore its medal http://nbcnews.to/2oPtMfw

It’s Not Just Milo: Five Of The Wildest CPAC Speakers Steve Bannon Frank Gaffney Clare Lopez David Clarke Trevor Loudon | Right Wing Watch http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/its-not-just-milo-five-of-the-wildest-cpac-speakers/

CPAC Got Rid Of Milo, But Not The Rest Of Their Bigoted Lineup http://mm4a.org/2kJM68h

Dick Cheney will intro Pence at Republican Jewish Coalition event http://politi.co/2lkTNRg

Pence visits former Nazi concentration camp @CNNPolitics Jews in first sentence total 5 times http://cnn.it/2lyX7ZJ

US VICE PRESIDENT VISITS FORMER NAZI CONCENTRATION CAMP Jews in 5th paragraph total 2 times http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_EUROPE_PENCE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

I will gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today

Trump Pushes New Tax Cuts Before Election Day https://shar.es/a1Nm7F https://twitter.com/RiegerReport/status/1053760188250050560 Two weeks ago, Trump said he was “studying very deeply" a “major tax cut … around the 1st of November, maybe a little before that." On Wednesday, the White House acknowledged there would be no tax cut this year. https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/joint-statement-house-ways-means-committee-republicans-regarding-taxes/

August 04, 2018: Trump on GDP: It's going a lot higher http://thehill.com/policy/finance/400425-trump-on-41-percent-gdp-its-going-a-lot-higher

Trump made the remarks during a signing ceremony for a right-to-try drug bill while touting the work his administration is doing to combat the rising cost of prescription drugs. “We’re going to have some of the big drug companies in in two weeks and they’re going to announce — because of what we did — they’re going to announce voluntary massive drops in prices, so that’s great,” Trump said. He added, “For the first time ever in this country, there will be a major drop in the cost of prescription drugs.” https://politi.co/2ssfWzh

Trump touts renewed 'spirit' at State Dept. under Pompeo. “You'll be doing things that you don't even know about,” Trump said. “Right now, they're not even a glimmer in your eye.” "you'll see why over the coming years, probably over the coming months,” the president said. https://politi.co/2IaDoLs

Trump: I know things about Tester that would cause him to lose an election http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/385363-trump-i-know-things-about-tester-that-would-cause-him-to-lose-an

Trump says U.S. will leave Syria ‘very soon’ — despite promises not to telegraph military moves. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2018/03/29/trump-says-u-s-will-leave-syria-very-soon-despite-promises-not-to-telegraph-military-moves/

Trump moves back 'Fake News Awards,' citing high interest http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/367834-trump-moves-back-fake-news-awards

White House says it will provide list of eyewitness reports refuting Trump's accusers http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/364318-white-house-says-it-will-provide-list-of-eyewitnesses-refuting-trumps

Trump pledges to declare opioid emergency 'next week' — again http://politi.co/2izQvdQ

Trump at gathering of military leaders: 'Maybe this is the calm before the storm'. "You'll be hearing about Iran very shortly,” Trump said when asked by reporters. http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/354173-trump-at-gathering-of-military-leaders-maybe-this-is-the-calm-before

Las Vegas shooter recalled as intelligent gambler well-versed on gun rights. On Tuesday, asked about the prospect of gun control measures in response to the murders, the president said “we’ll be talking about gun laws as time goes by”. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/oct/04/las-vegas-shooter-stephen-paddock-intelligent-gambler-gun-rights

Trump: 'I have decided' what to do with the Iran deal. What's that? He won't say http://fw.to/sklgq5a

Trump said he'd declare an opioid state of emergency. Guess what hasn't happened… http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/08/trump-said-hed-declare-an-opioid-state-of-emergency-guess-what-hasnt-happened/

The Trump administration is refusing to meet the deadlines it sets for itself https://interc.pt/2v5AwK5

Trump signals Arpaio pardon coming 08/22/2017 11:02 PM EDT http://politi.co/2xbd3UX

Trump promises press conference on Melania's immigration story http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/290935-trump-on-wifes-immigration-story-she-came-in-totally

Executive order tracker: @realDonaldTrump is creating deadlines for himself and blowing them left and right https://projects.theintercept.com/eo-tracker/

Who will Trump fire next? His July 4 White House shake-up deadline has passed http://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-white-house-shakeup-youre-fired-reince-priebus-who-next-632284

Trump previewed a 'major Clinton speech' after Trump Jr set up meeting http://dailym.ai/2vbW1o9

Trump Promised to Find the ‘Other’ Election Hackers. He Still Hasn’t. The president said he would have his own election hacking report in 90 days. That was seven months ago. http://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-promised-to-find-the-other-election-hackers-he-still-hasnt

Trump teases 'big surprise' on Senate Obamacare repeal effort http://politi.co/2smQnxp

Trump misses his own deadline for ISIS news conference. http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/26/politics/donald-trump-isis-press-conference-deadline/index.html

Analysis | Trump's bluff on White House tapes wasn't just dishonest — it was also a failure http://wapo.st/2rZl63m

Spicer may disclose if there are Comey tapes later this week http://nydn.us/2rx2bh1

House, Senate investigators seek Trump tapes, Comey memos. The House requested Comey and the White House provide the records, including tapes if they exist, by June 23. http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/09/politics/comey-tape-request-congress/index.html

Trump refuses to commit to Paris climate agreement, vows decision “next week.” http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2017/05/27/trump_refuses_to_commit_to_paris_climate_agreement_vows_decision_next_week.html

APRIL 23, 2017 Trump and his aides take hard line on border wall, as threat of government shutdown looms. In a pair of tweets, Trump attacked Democrats for opposing the wall and insisted that Mexico would pay for it “at a later date,” despite his repeated campaign promises not including that qualifier. http://wapo.st/2oi6a3K

April 21, 2017 Trump says 'massive tax cut' plan coming as soon as Wednesday http://thehill.com/policy/finance/329939-trump-to-unveil-tax-plan-next-week#.WPrWb81FPAc.twitter

MARCH 15, 2017 President Trump Tells Fox News Tucker Carlson “Some Very Interesting Items Will Come To Light In The Next Two Weeks.” - http://investmentwatchblog.com/president-trump-tells-fox-news-tucker-carlson-some-very-interesting-items-will-come-to-light-in-the-next-two-weeks/

January 02, 2017 Trump: I know things about this supposed Russian hacking that others don’t, and you’ll find out Tuesday or Wednesay - Hot Air http://hotair.com/archives/2017/01/02/trump-i-know-things-about-this-supposed-russian-hacking-that-others-dont-and-youll-find-out-tuesday-or-wednesay/

DOJ, Bill Barr, Jeff Sessions, Religious Liberty, SCOTUS

MSNBC host: Barr 'the most dangerous person' who works for Trump https://thehill.com/homenews/media/444385-msnbc-host-barr-the-most-dangerous-person-that-works-for-trump

Trump touts new faith-based protections for health-care workers at National Day of Prayer ceremony. “Religious liberty is a fundamental right, but it doesn’t include the right to discriminate or harm others,” said Louise Melling, deputy legal director at the American Civil Liberties Union. “This rule threatens to prevent people from accessing critical medical care and may endanger people’s lives. … Medical standards, not religious belief, should guide medical care.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/2019/05/02/trump-touts-new-faith-based-protections-health-care-workers-national-day-prayer-ceremony/

Read the memo from Brett Kavanaugh to Judge Starr https://www.washingtonpost.com/apps/g/page/politics/read-the-memo-from-brett-kavanaugh-to-judge-starr/2322

Project Blitz: the legislative assault by Christian nationalists to reshape America https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/jun/04/project-blitz-the-legislative-assault-by-christian-nationalists-to-reshape-america Playbook https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwfCh32HsC3UYmV0NUp5cXZjT28/view

Jeff Sessions' 'religious liberty task force' part of a dangerous Christian nationalist campaign of discrimination. https://www.nbcnews.com/think/amp/ncna895941

Jeff Sessions has announced the creation of a “Religious Liberty Task Force” for the DOJ: https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/07/jeff-sessions-announces-religious-liberty-task-force-at-doj-summit.html

Principles of Religious Liberty https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/1001891/download

GUIDELINES ON RELIGIOUS EXERCISE AND RELIGIOUS EXPRESSION IN THE FEDERAL WORKPLACE August 14, 1997 https://clintonwhitehouse2.archives.gov/WH/New/html/19970819-3275.html

FBI Director James B. Comey's termination: Letters from the White House, Attorney General. https://apps.washingtonpost.com/g/documents/politics/fbi-director-james-b-comeys-termination-letters-from-the-white-house-attorney-general/2430/

Trump Terrorists: MAGA bomber, Pittsburgh synagogue, Kentucky supermarket killings

Pittsburgh rabbi told Trump that hate speech led to synagogue massacre @CNN https://cnn.it/2RDQTV9

Feds Label Cesar Sayoc 'Domestic Terrorist,' Reveal Alleged Online Search History Involving Targets https://lawandcrime.com/high-profile/feds-label-cesar-sayoc-domestic-terrorist-reveal-alleged-online-search-history-involving-targets/

Great Twitter Thread on The Trump Protest in Pittsburgh Yesterday. https://www.dailykos.com/story/2018/10/31/1808706/-Great-Twitter-Thread-on-The-Trump-Protest-in-Pittsburgh-Yesterday

Pittsburgh shooting: thousands march to remember victims and denounce Trump's visit https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/oct/30/thousand-march-remember-pittsburgh-shooting-victims-oppose-trump

Thousands Gather In Squirrel Hill For Protest, Turn Backs On President Trump’s Motorcade https://cbsloc.al/2DdP8KS

A high school dropout and trucker, Robert Bowers left few footprints — except online http://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2018/10/29/Robert-Bowers-suspect-gunman-Pittsburgh-Tree-of-Life-synagogue-massacre-attack-federal-court/stories/201810290090 via @PittsburghPG

Timeline of terror: A moment-by-moment account of Squirrel Hill mass shooting http://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2018/10/28/TIMELINE-20-minutes-of-terror-gripped-Squirrel-Hill-during-Saturday-synagogue-attack/stories/201810280197 via @PittsburghPG

Kentucky supermarket shooting investigated as hate crime. Gregory Bush, 51, a white man, has been charged with shooting Maurice Stallard, 69, in front of his grandson as they shopped in a Kroger Inc grocery store in Jeffersontown, some 15 miles (24 km) from downtown Louisville. According to an arrest citation, he then went to the parking lot and shot Vickie Jones, 67. https://reut.rs/2JjvTA2

Analyzing a terrorist's social media manifesto: the Pittsburgh synagogue shooter's posts on Gab. Late Saturday night, federal prosecutors filed 29 counts of crimes of violence and firearms offenses against Robert D. Bowers, 46, for killing 11 and wounding six — including several police officers. Bowers stormed a Pittsburgh area synagogue with semi-automatic weapons shouting “All Jews must die.” It was the single deadliest antisemitic attack in American history. - Southern Poverty Law Center https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2018/10/28/analyzing-terrorists-social-media-manifesto-pittsburgh-synagogue-shooters-posts-gab

Annotated: the Trump memes stuck to Cesar Sayoc's van https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/oct/26/annotated-trump-memes-cesar-sayoc-van-pipe-bombs

Analysis | The mail-bomb suspect’s van, annotated https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2018/10/26/mail-bomb-suspects-van-annotated/

Man in Florida arrested, charged in connection with mail bombs sent to public figures https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2018/10/26/suspected-explosive-devices-addressed-cory-booker-james-clapper-probe-expands-packages/

Who is Cesar Sayoc? What we know about the suspected mail bomber arrested in Florida. https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2018/10/26/who-is-cesar-altieri-sayoc-what-we-know-about-suspected-mail-bomber-arrested-florida/

Cesar Sayoc has been named as the person suspected of sending explosive devices to leading liberal public figures.https://heavy.com/news/2018/10/cesar-sayoc/

Cesar Sayoc Jr., Alleged Mail Bomber, Threatened Democrats on Twitter https://thebea.st/2OVdXlm

Promises, Promises Broken

Trump is failing to bring back American jobs http://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/404629-trump-is-failing-to-bring-back-american-jobs

Coal jobs have dropped in Eastern Kentucky. Income has followed, new report shows https://www.kentucky.com/news/state/article216946520.html

So-called First Lady Ivanka/Melania Trump

Melania Trump: Some comedians, journalists use Trump name to ‘advance themselves’ https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/421167-melania-trump-labels-some-comedians-journalists-as-opportunists

When will liberals give Melania Trump the credit she deserves? https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/419501-when-will-liberals-give-melania-trump-the-credit-she-deserves

What languages does Melania speak fluently? Melania Trump (born Melanija Knavs-1970), claims she speaks Slovenian, French, Serbo-Crotian, German, Italian and English. In reality, she most likely only speaks three languages with any fluency. Slovene and Serbo-Croatian. English. She claims she speaks French and Italian. Video shows she does not really speak it. She claims she speaks German. She has no recorded use of this language. https://www.quora.com/What-languages-does-Melania-speak-fluently https://www.quora.com/Is-there-any-proof-that-Melania-Trump-is-fluent-in-five-languages

Ivanka Trump used a personal email account to send hundreds of emails about government business last year https://wapo.st/2qWuTcu

So-called President Trump

Trump rails at CNN over military MAGA hat signings https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/423064-trump-rails-at-cnn-over-military-maga-hat-signings

Watergate reporter pens op-ed on 'inevitability' of Trump's impeachment https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/423074-watergate-reporter-pens-op-ed-on-inevitability-of-trumps

AF says nothing was improper about airmen displaying pro-Trump merchandise at Ramstein https://www.stripes.com/news/europe/af-says-nothing-was-improper-about-airmen-displaying-pro-trump-merchandise-at-ramstein-1.562274

Trump 'accidentally reveals location and identities of US Navy Seals in Iraq' https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/dec/27/trump-iraq-location-tweet-troops-visit-revealed

Trump hails foreign policy shift on surprise visit to US troops in Iraq https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/dec/26/trump-iraq-visit-us-troops-shutdown

18 Numbers That Explain Trump’s 2018 https://politi.co/2ENBMFb via @politicomag

Trump in Christmas remarks says shutdown won't end until he gets money for wall. “It's a disgrace what's happening in our country. But other than that, I wish everybody a very Merry Christmas,” he concluded. https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/422821-trump-digs-in-as-shutdown-enters-fourth-day

Did a Queens Podiatrist Help Donald Trump Avoid Vietnam? In the fall of 1968, Donald J. Trump received a timely diagnosis of bone spurs in his heels that led to his medical exemption from the military during Vietnam. Now a possible explanation has emerged about the documentation. It involves a foot doctor in Queens who rented his office from Mr. Trump’s father, Fred C. Trump, and a suggestion that the diagnosis was granted as a courtesy to the elder Mr. Trump. The podiatrist, Dr. Larry Braunstein, died in 2007. But his daughters say their father often told the story of coming to the aid of a young Mr. Trump during the Vietnam War as a favor to his father. Elysa Braunstein said the implication from her father was that Mr. Trump did not have a disqualifying foot ailment. “But did he examine him? I don’t know,” she said. https://nyti.ms/2RodHvD

‘We don’t have to yell’: Wolf Blitzer tells Stephen Miller to ‘calm down’ during border-wall interview https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2018/12/21/we-dont-have-yell-wolf-blitzer-tells-stephen-miller-calm-down-during-border-wall-interview/

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis Announces Resignation in Brutal Letter to Trump https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-defense-secretary-jim-mattis-retiring-in-february

I’m not the Tariff Man is Bigfoot, but I’ve never seen the Tariff Man and Bigfoot in the same room together. https://twitter.com/coolcam101/status/1070041682320621568

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Nearly everything related to Donald Trump seems to be under investigation. CNN put them all on screen in an alarming graphic. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/alarming-cnn-graphic-shows-just-how-many-investigations-relate-to-president-trump_us_5c156fa3e4b009b8aea7cd38

Rolling Thunder to end annual Memorial Day ride in DC after 2019 https://www.stripes.com/news/rolling-thunder-to-end-annual-memorial-day-ride-in-dc-after-2019-1.560494

Slain Charlottesville activist's mom rips Trump for hosting neo-Nazi bikers on anniversary of her daughter’s death. When asked to assess how the president handled her daughter’s death, Bro again talked about the “erratic” calls she got from the White House. “I turned my phone off on the way to the funeral because I was trying to concentrate and I already had one politician call me. I just turned my phone off,” she said. “By the time I turned my phone on… I saw that there had been three phone calls from the White House during the funeral itself. They each sounded a bit increasingly frantic, which I thought was odd… The only thing I particularly had to say to him is ‘Please, think before you speak.'” https://www.rawstory.com/2018/12/slain-charlottesville-activists-mom-rips-trump-hosting-neo-nazi-bikers-anniversary-daughters-death/

Senate votes to condemn Saudi crown prince for Khashoggi killing, end support for Yemen war. The unanimous vote to hold Mohammed responsible for Khashoggi’s killing reflects the extent to which senators in both parties have grown tired of Trump’s continued defense of Mohammed’s denials. It also puts significant pressure on leaders in the House — where the president’s Saudi policy is far more divisive — to allow for a similar vote to condemn the crown prince before the end of the year. Senators voted 56 to 41 on Thursday to support the Yemen resolution, put forward by Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah), after seven Republicans joined all Senate Democrats to back the measure. https://wapo.st/2rBEV2Z

Noel Casler 12 1 18 Gotham Vet Show https://youtu.be/T9afSmPEQDo?t=207 via @YouTube

Catholic nun on tweeting a daily prayer to Trump: 'The hardest spiritual practice I’ve ever committed to' https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/420465-catholic-nun-on-tweeting-a-daily-prayer-to-trump-the-hardest

Bigfoot https://twitter.com/i/status/1071606582633410560

Inspiring reminder: In America anyone can grow up and become Individual-1 Preet Bharara (@PreetBharara) https://twitter.com/PreetBharara/status/1071250363418857472 December 8, 2018

‏Joshua McKerrow: Today I did the annual story on holiday decorations at the Governor's residence. I've done it every year, for years. A very light but very fun story. Every year my reporting partner was Wendi Winters. This year, it was Selene. Wendi was murdered in June. https://twitter.com/joshuamckerrow/status/1070898889757212672

Push Trump Off A Cliff Again https://www.pushtrumpoffacliffagain.com/

Tucker Carlson: Trump has not kept his promises. "I don't think he's capable of sustained focus," Carlson said. "I don't think he understands the system. I don't think the Congress is on his side. I don't think his own agencies support him." https://thehill.com/homenews/media/420137-tucker-carlson-trump-has-not-kept-his-promises

Why was Trump uncomfortable at H.W.’s funeral? Was Trump offended by Mulroney’s words that historians would say Bush was “more courageous, more principled, and more honorable” than any other president, including Trump? Did it cross Trump’s mind about what would be said at his funeral and whether it would match up to the praises heaped on Bush? https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/420084-why-was-trump-uncomfortable-at-hws-funeral

Trump handles Bush's death with abnormal normality. Trump is not repeating past mistakes. The White House wasted no time issuing a formal statement on Saturday, even citing the late president’s famous slogan about volunteerism — “a thousand points of light” — that Trump mocked as recently as this summer at a campaign rally in Montana. “Thousand points of light, what the hell is that?" Trump asked a crowd in July. "Has anyone ever figured that one out? ... A thousand points of light, I never really got that one." https://politi.co/2BQTZjv

Trump is building a new liberal world order, says Pompeo https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/dec/04/us-president-donald-trump-is-building-a-new-liberal-world-order-says-mike-pompeo

Trump Jr. shares Christmas tree meme calling father ‘an angel’ and ‘a star’ https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/419582-trump-jr-shares-christmas-tree-meme-calling-his-father-an-angel

Trump first: U.S. foreign policy is now in the service of one man. By GARRY KASPAROV Trump’s team has a far higher crime rate than any of the immigrant or refugee groups he demonizes. https://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/ny-oped-trump-first-20181130-story.html

Cliven Bundy rebukes Trump over attack on migrants: 'We should have a heart' https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/nov/28/cliven-ammon-bundy-criticizes-trump-immigration-border-wall

“I’m doing deals and I’m not being accommodated by the Fed,” Trump said in an interview with The Washington Post. “They’re making a mistake because I have a gut, and my gut tells me more sometimes than anybody else’s brain can ever tell me.” https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/418562-trump-blasts-fed-chair-over-stock-market-slide-gm-layoffs

Trump on climate change: ‘People like myself, we have very high levels of intelligence but we’re not necessarily such believers.’ https://wapo.st/2rayP9S

Fact-checking Donald Trump's statement on Saudi Arabia, Khashoggi murder. "After my heavily negotiated trip to Saudi Arabia last year, the Kingdom agreed to spend and invest $450 billion in the United States." The $450 billion Trump repeatedly mentions comes without evidence. We have asked the White House to show us what lies behind the $450 billion and have yet to get an answer. Hossein Askari, a business professor at George Washington University, analyzes international trade in the Middle East. He knows of no tally of contracts to back up Trump’s assertion. "There is absolutely no such number that could support the $450 billion," Askari said. https://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2018/nov/27/fact-checking-donald-trumps-statement-saudi-arabia/

All the ways Trump’s closest confidants insult his intelligence. https://qz.com/1267508/all-the-people-close-to-donald-trump-who-called-him-an-idiot/

White House discusses possible Trump visit to troops in Iraq or Afghanistan https://wapo.st/2qTWF9J

Analysis | President Trump’s crowd-size estimates: Increasingly unbelievable https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2018/11/19/president-trumps-crowd-size-estimates-increasingly-unbelievable/

Is Donald Trump an authoritarian? Experts examine telltale signs https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/nov/18/is-donald-trump-an-authoritarian-experts-examine-telltale-signs

During wildfire tour, Trump suggests doing more raking like Finland could prevent California wildfires: https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/11/during-wildfire-tour-trump-suggests-doing-more-raking-like-finland-could-prevent-california-wildfires.html

The 13 Most Bizarre Things Donald Trump Apparently Believes https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/gy7q8q/the-13-most-bizarre-things-donald-trump-apparently-believes

So Just What Was That Melania Power Play About? https://thebea.st/2Tf0G5j

Support for Trump is fading among active-duty troops, new poll shows https://www.militarytimes.com/news/pentagon-congress/2018/10/15/support-for-trump-is-fading-among-active-duty-troops-new-poll-shows/

Global leaders snub Trump and his nationalistic vision https://politi.co/2FidWTS

The walls have crumbled for Trump https://boingboing.net/2018/11/10/the-walls-have-crumbled-for-tr.html

Trump’s rain decision casts dark clouds over his Paris trip. “President@realDonaldTrump a no-show because of raindrops? Those veterans the president didn’t bother to honor fought in the rain, in the mud, in the snow — & many died in trenches for the cause of freedom. Rain didn’t stop them & it shouldn’t have stopped an American president,” wrote former Secretary of State John Kerry, a veteran of the Vietnam War. https://politi.co/2JVdV71

Expert: Acosta video distributed by White House was doctored. A video distributed by the Trump administration to support its argument for banning CNN reporter Jim Acosta from the White House appears to have been doctored to make Acosta look more aggressive than he was during an exchange with a White House intern, an independent expert said Thursday. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted the video, which shows Acosta asking President Donald Trump a question on Wednesday as the intern tries to take his microphone away. But a frame-by-frame comparison with an Associated Press video of the same incident shows that the one tweeted by Sanders appears to have been altered to speed up Acosta's arm movement as he touches the intern's arm, according to Abba Shapiro, an independent video producer who examined the footage at AP's request. https://www.sacbee.com/latest-news/article221383220.html

Analysis | Michael Cohen alleges 4 racist things Trump said. Here’s why it’s increasingly believable he said them. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2018/11/02/michael-cohen-says-trump-said-racist-things-heres-why-thats-increasingly-believable/

Trump surprise rattles GOP in final stretch. President Trump’s plan to end birthright citizenship has tossed a grenade into the final stretch of the midterm elections, roiling centrist Republicans and further endangering a House majority already at risk of slipping away. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was silent about the issue Tuesday. https://thehill.com/homenews/house/413980-trump-surprise-rattles-gop-in-final-stretch

Trump: When I can, I try to tell the truth https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/414229-trump-when-i-can-i-try-to-tell-the-truth

Trump blames violence on hate speech—just not when the perpetrators are white: https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/10/trump-rhetoric-extremist-violence-response.html

Daily Dem Panic Meter: Trump shares deranged video blaming Democrats for undocumented murderer, showing there is nothing he won’t do or say: https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/10/daily-dem-panic-meter-trump-twitter-video-bracamontes-blaming-democrats-undocumented-cop-murderer.html

Trump praises Pennsylvania congressman for 'inspiring' level of compassion after synagogue shooting. "Yesterday in Pittsburgh I was really impressed with Congressman Keith Rothfus (far more so than any other local political figure). His sincere level of compassion, grief and sorrow for the events that took place was, in its own way, very inspiring. Vote for Keith!" Trump wrote. https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/414148-trump-praises-pennsylvania-congressman-for-inspiring-level-of

Trump, at Florida rally, raises synagogue shooting to slam media. “After this day of unity and togetherness, I came home and, sadly, turned on the news and watched as the far-left media once again used tragedy to sow anger and division,” Trump said. “Sadly, they took a small group of protesters [who were] far away from where we were. We could not have been treated better, the first lady and myself.” “But we’re representing the presidency, and [the media] did everything in their power to try to play it up and push people apart,” he added. “That’s what’s happening. They’re pushing people apart.” https://politi.co/2EXmJKR

Analysis | Here’s the ‘small protest’ Trump says he didn’t see in Pittsburgh https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2018/10/31/heres-small-protest-trump-says-he-didnt-see-pittsburgh/

Pittsburgh didn't want Trump to visit. The president came anyway, appearing in a city reeling from white nationalist terror just hours after he again spoke about his support for ending birthright citizenship, a stunningly white nationalist proposal. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-pittsburgh-protest-mourning_us_5bd92a8de4b019a7ab5841c5

Paul Ryan just discovered what happens when you disagree with Trump https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2018/10/paul-ryan-just-discovered-what-happens-when-you-disagree-with-trump/

Shooting victim’s family shuns President Trump in Pittsburgh as top officials decline to join him https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2018/10/30/despite-calls-stay-away-trump-heads-pittsburgh-after-synagogue-massacre/

‘Nazis are here again’: He hid in a storeroom during Tree of Life shooting. Now, he feels unsafe in home https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/10/29/pittsburgh-shooting-survivor-barry-werber-nazis-here-again/1814726002/

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Lawsuit accuses President Trump and his family of misleading investors https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/lawsuit-accuses-president-trump-his-family-misleading-investors-n925851

the complaint concerns Trump's relationship with ACN, a multi-level marketing scheme. Trump was paid millions to promote the company, which tries to get people to sell business and communications products to their friends. https://twitter.com/JuddLegum/status/1057259005217779712

President Trump, you are not welcome in Pittsburgh until you commit yourself to compassionate, democratic policies that recognize the dignity of all of us. For the past three years your words and your policies have emboldened a growing white nationalist movement. You yourself called the murderer evil, but yesterday’s violence is the direct culmination of your influence. President Trump, you are not welcome in Pittsburgh until you fully denounce white nationalism. Our Jewish community is not the only group you have targeted. You have also deliberately undermined the safety of people of color, Muslims, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities. Yesterday’s massacre is not the first act of terror you incited against a minority group in our country. https://www.bendthearc.us/open_letter_to_president_trump

Ronald Reagan’s message to bigots and antisemites: https://twitter.com/ReaganBattalion/status/1056558062063026177

'Our faith compels us': Christian resistance to Trump gathers steam. Progressive churchgoers are becoming increasingly vocal about “toxic Christianity” and the “gospel of Trump” while promoting biblical commands to protect the poor. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/oct/26/trump-christian-vote-midterms-resistance-protest-tax-cuts-policies

Trump’s comfort zone this year: Smaller venues and rapturous fans in places where he remains popular https://wapo.st/2R2x0qn

Trump Engaged in Suspect Tax Schemes as He Reaped Riches From His Father https://nyti.ms/2P90UZD

How Fascism Works review: a vital read for a nation under Trump https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/oct/15/how-fascism-works-jason-stanley-review-trump

If You’re Not Scared About Fascism in the U.S., You Should Be https://www.nytimes.com/video/opinion/100000006154922/fascism-leaders-america-trump.html

USA Today published a Trump Oped filled with fake news and lies https://twitter.com/GlennKesslerWP/status/1049988374780628992

Republicans Will Pay for This https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/wj94vb/the-great-economy-cant-save-republicans-from-trump?utm_campaign=sharebutton via @vice

‘Presidential Alert’: 3 reasons to be concerned https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/409826-presidential-alert-3-reasons-to-be-concerned#.W7doyF1URc4.twitter

The 63 most outrageous lines from Donald Trump's New York press conference @CNNPolitics https://cnn.it/2R1fJP7

Opinion | Trump is the laughingstock of the world https://wapo.st/2NHF1DW

World Leaders Laughed At Trump's Claim That Things Are Going Great Since He Took Over https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/hayesbrown/trump-laugh-un-general-assembly-speech via @hayesbrown

Aaron Rupar Trump is about to speak at the UN. Follow me for a video thread. https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1044597320984276992

WATCH: UN audience laughs when Trump boasts of achievements http://hill.cm/zL0ZdkP

‘The Apprentice’ book excerpt: At CIA’s ‘Russia House,’ growing alarm about 2016 election interference https://wapo.st/2QJOfgX

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Trump throws paper towels into crowd in Puerto Rico https://youtu.be/kEe7_zgZbuI

Facing a Midterm Wipeout, Trump’s Alternate Reality Comes Crashing Down https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2018/09/facing-2018-midterm-wipeout-trump-alternate-reality-comes-crashing-down

Donald Trump used a noticeably out-of-date photo to commemorate 9/11. Ugh. https://www.yahoo.com/news/donald-trump-used-noticeably-date-175947805.html

Trump supporter demanded to see a list of impeachable offenses; someone happily obliged https://boingboing.net/2018/09/12/trump-support-demanded-to-see.html

In Monana Trump support wipe nose with American flag https://twitter.com/HoarseWisperer/status/1038240051552047104

We Found the ‘Plaid Shirt Guy’ Who Trolled Trump’s Rally With Hilarious Faces https://thebea.st/2QejYXc

Ron Howard @RealRonHoward Ron Howard Retweeted Morning Joe I know a lot of people who know Trump well. they say he will bankrupt us like he has so many of his companies..but get richer himself. this 3rd World demagogue’s propaganda is insulting. He thinks voters will accept this total attempt at brainwashing in place of real leadership? https://twitter.com/RealRonHoward/status/1035512140663123968

A Member Of Trump's Advance Team Blocked A Photographer From Taking A Picture Of A Protester https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/jimdalrympleii/a-member-of-trumps-advance-team-blocked-a-photographer-from via @dalrymple

Paula White Gives Trump Bible Signed by Evangelical Leaders During White House Dinner. "First Lady and President, you are in our prayers always. Thank you for your courageous and bold stand for religious liberty, and for your timeless service to all Americans. We appreciate the price that you have paid to walk in the high calling. History will record the greatness that you have brought for generations." https://www.christianpost.com/news/paula-white-gives-trump-bible-signed-by-evangelical-leaders-during-white-house-dinner-227062/

It’s Official: Hurricane Maria Led to as Many Deaths as 9/11 https://thebea.st/2Nv3hVP

Axios has obtained a spreadsheet that's circulated through Republican circles on and off Capitol Hill — including at least one leadership office — that meticulously previews the investigations Democrats will likely launch if they flip the House. https://www.axios.com/newsletters/axios-sneak-peek-e5749da8-cdc3-4c8c-8a4c-623a0dabe5f9.html?chunk=0#story0

Trump meets with promoter of 'QAnon' conspiracy theory in Oval Office http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/403549-trump-meets-with-promoter-of-qanon-conspiracy-theory-in-oval

The 487 People, Places and Things Donald Trump Has Insulted on Twitter: A Complete List UPDATED July 10, 2018 https://nyti.ms/2jS6zDv via @UpshotNYT

When Trump says he's "playing with the bank's money" he means your money. You're the bank. And if past is prologue, that means you're going to get screwed.. Trump says stock market gains since election give him opportunity to wage a trade war: 'We’re playing with the bank's money' https://cnb.cx/2NuOauQ

"It was like a predator in action." Tonight's programme is about @realDonaldTrump's alleged behaviour towards women in the 80s and 90s. Watch Trump: Is the President a Sex Pest? On @BBCOne at 8:30pm. https://twitter.com/BBCPanorama/status/1016351270750294017

Trump tells wild lies about Brexit, NATO and Obama, in 57-false-claim week https://www.thestar.com/news/world/analysis/2018/07/18/trump-tells-wild-lies-about-brexit-nato-and-obama-in-57-false-claim-week.html via @torontostar

London's Trump protesters – in portraits https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/gallery/2018/jul/13/london-trump-protesters-in-portraits

The scene as thousands take to London’s streets to protest https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the-scene-as-thousands-take-to-london-streets-to-protest-trump/2018/07/13/fc801e42-86b1-11e8-8f6c-46cb43e3f306_gallery.html?utm_term=.f16cd35e8842

Do Trump Tweets Spur Hate Crimes? Study makes strong case that president’s Twitter activity encourages anti-Muslim crimes https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/do-trump-tweets-spur-hate-crimes1/

Read Scott Pruitt’s totally unapologetic resignation letter https://www.vox.com/2018/7/5/17538086/scott-pruitt-resignation-why-letter

Kimberly Guilfoyle poses for photo with Pizzagate conspiracy theorist https://dailym.ai/2KyEpih

President Washington lived by 110 rules of civility. President Trump does not. https://wapo.st/2tOsy4D

CNN plays montage of Trump attacking media after he praised reporters. Berman’s comments were followed by a montage of Trump attacking the press in past speeches and rallies, including calling media “fake news,” “absolute scum,” “disgusting” and “very dishonest.” Much of Trump’s criticism of the press has been directed at CNN, which he has repeatedly labeled “Fake News.” http://thehill.com/homenews/media/394955-cnn-plays-montage-of-trump-attacking-media-after-he-praised-reporters

Dave Eggers: A Cultural Vacuum in Trump’s White House. When we are without art, we are a diminished people — myopic, unlearned and cruel. https://nyti.ms/2lK3esX

Trump claims North Korea has returned the remains of 200 service members. The actual number is zero. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-korean-war-vets_us_5b352c42e4b007aa2f7e5080

We examine the language by both political figures that their critics have said was incendiary http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2018/jun/26/have-us-rep-maxine-waters-and-president-donald-tru/

Maxine Waters reads list of times Trump has called for violence http://thehill.com/homenews/house/394087-maxine-waters-reads-list-of-times-trump-has-called-for-violence

"When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross." https://twitter.com/NBCNews/status/1009135868202889218

Emmanuel Macron shook Trump’s hand so intensely he left his thumb imprint. https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/06/emmanuel-macron-shook-trumps-hand-so-intensely-he-left-his-thumb-imprint.html

Emmanuel Macron leaves his mark on Donald Trump with white-knuckle handshake at G7 https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/06/09/emmanuel-macron-leaves-mark-donald-trump-white-knuckle-handshake/

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WTF? Donald Trump is wooing black voters and killing the Democratic party https://on.freep.com/2M9I5Er via @freep

Of Course Trump Doesn't Know the Words to ‘God Bless America’ https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/pavqqg/of-course-trump-doesnt-know-the-words-to-god-bless-america-vgtrn

Unidentified man takes knee during anthem at Trump's 'Celebration of America' event http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/390841-man-takes-a-knee-during-anthem-at-trumps-celebration-of-america

Analysis | Another careless admission by Trump: He came within seconds of wasting nearly $1 billion https://wapo.st/2HSKBjb

Trumpology: A Master Class https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/04/donald-trump-2016-campaign-biography-psychology-history-barrett-hurt-dantiono-blair-obrien-213835

12 Photos Of Trump Boarding Air Force One On A Very Windy Day https://www.buzzfeed.com/davidmack/trump-hair-wind-air-force-one

Trump tweet attacks woman who accused him of forcibly kissing her on the mouth. https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2018/02/trump-tweet-attacks-woman-who-accused-him-of-unwanted-sexual-advances/

Finally, a Clip That Unlocks the Mysteries of Trump's Hair Helmet https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/wj454y/trumps-bald-spot-clip-vgtrn

Alleged payment to porn star was illegal donation to Trump campaign, watchdog says http://politi.co/2DvzZW1

Stormy Daniels, star of the latest Trump sideshow, took her act to a strip club. It was a scene. http://wapo.st/2n05mNs

WH releases photos of Trump working through shutdown http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/369962-wh-releases-photos-of-trump-working-through-shutdown

Excerpts From Trump’s Interview With The Times https://nyti.ms/2E8f0Fn White House surprised, frustrated by Trump's New York Times interview: report http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/366841-white-house-surprised-frustrated-by-trump-nyt-interview-report

Trump greeted by thousands of Utah protesters, some who blocked downtown Salt Lake City streets and faced off with cops in riot gear, via @sltrib http://www.sltrib.com/news/politics/2017/12/04/thousands-of-protesters-in-utah-decry-hatch-trump-and-the-revision-of-national-monuments

Brian Krassenstein What I've seen this week pretty much puts a nail in Trump's coffin. I'm holding a lot back because i'm still verifying a few things but I am now 99.9% certain that within 6 months America will be amazed shocked & distraught over just how horrible a person he is. Mark this tweet https://twitter.com/krassenstein/status/933819826115678208

Analysis | President Trump and accusations of sexual misconduct: The complete list http://wapo.st/2zqBena

A cyclist flipped off Trump’s motorcade and entered the annals of presidential protests http://wapo.st/2gKWZCD

'Trump is messing with the wrong woman' Of President Trump’s many opponents in Congress, none looks or sounds remotely like Rep. Frederica Wilson, the Miami Democrat known for her bedazzled, sequined-blinged hats, her vibrant matching outfits and her reputation in Florida for never backing down from a fight. http://politi.co/2gybmhg

Donald Trump May Have Done a Lot More Than Just Take a Photo With the President of Azerbaijan http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/09/donald-trump-may-have-done-a-lot-more-than-just-take-a-photo-with-the-president-of-azerbaijan/

Donald Trump Is the First White President - The Atlantic https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/10/the-first-white-president-ta-nehisi-coates/537909/

Tom Arnold on the 'Apprentice' tapes: 'Trump’s been trying to get the footage' https://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/featured/tom-arnold-on-the-apprentice-tapes-trumps-been-trying-to-get-the-footage-too/

Analysis | Trump's inflammatory Air Force One gaggle, annotated http://wapo.st/2floHW6

Congress just told Trump to go after a rising terror threat—from white supremacists http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/09/congress-trump-white-supremacists-terrorism-threat/

John le Carré on Trump: ‘Something seriously bad is happening’ “Something truly, seriously bad is happening and from my point of view we have to be awake to that,” he told an audience at the Royal Festival Hall in London. “These stages that Trump is going through in the United States and the stirring of racial hatred … a kind of burning of the books as he attacks, as he declares real news as fake news, the law becomes fake news, everything becomes fake news. “I think of all things that were happening across Europe in the 1930s, in Spain, in Japan, obviously in Germany. To me, these are absolutely comparable signs of the rise of fascism and it’s contagious, it’s infectious. Fascism is up and running in Poland and Hungary. There’s an encouragement about.” Even today, Le Carré said, Ang Sang Suu Kyi is speaking of “fake news” in Burma. “These are infectious forms of demagogic behaviour and they are toxic.” https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/sep/07/john-le-carre-on-trump-something-truly-seriously-bad-is-happening

Social media mocks Trump over disaster relief photo op http://sacb.ee/aPBv loading pickup truck "That's good exercise"

WATCH: President Trump meets religious leaders on National Day of Prayer https://youtu.be/QKlk443i7ag

Trump signs proclamation for day of prayer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7Y0qTemRko

Blowing the whistle on Trump's mistreatment of civil servants http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/the-administration/348604-blowing-the-whistle-on-trumps-mistreatment-of-civil

Analysis | Trump claimed he witnessed Harvey's devastation 'first hand.' The White House basically admits he didn't. http://wapo.st/2xPdZ14

Trump unusually silent after aides challenge him. Some close to the president, who has seen his approval ratings plummet, say he needs Tillerson and Cohn more than they need him. http://politi.co/2xsWxQi

Trump's Jewish aide: I faced 'enormous pressure' to resign. Gary Cohn, top White House economic official, says he was pressured to resign over Charlottesville but feels a duty to the American people. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/234534

Jim Mattis tells US troops America has 'problems', urges them to 'hold the line' https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/27/jim-mattis-us-america-military-donald-trump

Tillerson Says Trump 'Speaks for Himself'. Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace 8/27/17 - Fox News Sunday August 27, ... https://youtu.be/Ol4kF10lzSs?t=28m10s

Chris Wallace One-on-One Interview with Rex Tillerson (8/27/17) https://youtu.be/EWfLW6pmQp4

Tillerson vows to boost people of color at State — and at Exxon, he did http://providencejournal.com/news/20170825/tillerson-vows-to-boost-people-of-color-at-state---and-at-exxon-he-did

Full text: Trump’s comments on white supremacists, ‘alt-left’ in Charlottesville. The following is a transcript of President Donald Trump’s remarks at a news conference on infrastructure at Trump Tower on Aug. 15, 2017, and the Q&A with the media that followed. http://politi.co/2wbV6YD

GOP strategist Navarro: Trump is ‘unfit to be a human’ http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/346516-gop-strategist-trump-is-unfit-to-be-a-human

After Charlottesville, Trump retweets — then deletes — image of train running over CNN reporter http://wapo.st/2uKEhAc

Trump retweets Twitter user calling him a fascist http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/346571-trump-retweets-twitter-user-calling-him-a-fascist

Trump calls for violence video https://twitter.com/PuestoLoco/status/897173041406513152

Full text: Trump’s statement on white supremacists in Charlottesville. As I said on Saturday, we condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence – it has no place in America. And as I have said many times before, no matter the color of our skin, we all live under the same laws. We all salute the same great flag, and we are all made by the same almighty God. We must love each other, show affection for each other and unite together in condemnation of hatred, bigotry and violence. We must rediscover the bonds of love and loyalty that bring us together as Americans. Racism is evil, and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans. We are a nation founded on the truth that all of us are created equal. We are equal in the eyes of our creator, we are equal under the law and we are equal under our constitution. Those who spread violence in the name of bigotry, strike at the very core of America. We will spare no resource in fighting so that every American child can grow up free from violence and fear. We will defend and protect the sacred rights of all Americans and we will work together so that every citizen in this blessed land is free to follow their dreams in their hearts and to express the love and joy in their souls. Thank you, God bless you, and God bless America. Thank you very much. http://politi.co/2w6QzGz

Stephen Miller: "President #Trump's the most gifted politician of our time, and he's the best orator to hold that office in generations." https://twitter.com/FoxNews/status/895081686681124864

‘This deal will make me look terrible’: Full transcripts of Trump’s calls with Mexico and Australia https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/politics/australia-mexico-transcripts/

White House admits Trump now just lying about the pettiest little shit http://www.avclub.com/article/white-house-admits-trump-now-just-lying-about-pett-258958

Boy Scouts and Mexico both deny claims of calling Trump to offer praise https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/02/boy-scouts-and-mexico-both-deny-claims-of-calling-trump-to-offer-praise

Trump says Boy Scouts head called to praise his speech, but group ‘unaware’ of ‘such call’ https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2017/08/02/trump-says-boy-scouts-head-called-to-praise-his-speech-but-group-unaware-of-such-call.html

What happened in Ohio proves that Trump is only going to get worse http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/07/what-happened-in-ohio-proves-that-trump-is-only-going-to-get-worse/

Read Anthony Scaramucci's old tweets. You'll understand why he deleted them. http://wapo.st/2uM4qSd

Trump Made Several Misleading Claims in Times Interview https://nyti.ms/2tjoLLa

Interior Dept. ordered Glacier park chief, other climate expert pulled from Zuckerberg tour http://wapo.st/2tjXdFp

Trump Jr shares tweet showing ‘Top Gun’ president shooting down ‘CNN fighter jet’ https://www.rt.com/viral/395856-trump-cnn-meme-top-gun/

Trump 'has no desire and no capacity to lead the world' Donald Trump managed to isolate his nation, to confuse and alienate his allies and to diminish America says ABC political editor Chris Uhlmann when speaking with Insiders host Barrie Cassidy. https://twitter.com/BuzzFeedNews/status/883888246152765445

President’s son met with Russian lawyer during presidential campaign after being promised information helpful to father’s effort http://wapo.st/2t2GeGO

‘Uneasy, lonely, awkward’: Australian reporter says Trump has no capacity to lead world – video https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/video/2017/jul/09/uneasy-lonely-awkward-australian-journalist-says-trump-has-no-capacity-to-lead-world-video

Trump's Secret Plan To Defeat ISIS Is The Exact Same Plan Obama Had http://foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com/trumps-secret-plan-to-defeat-isis-is-the-exact-same-pla-1796657918

Has Donald Trump never 'promoted or encouraged violence,' as Sarah Huckabee Sanders said? http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2017/jul/05/sarah-huckabee-sanders/has-donald-trump-never-promoted-or-encouraged-viol/

Trump Uses Fake Wrestling Clip to Incite Real Violence [UPDATED] http://www.peacock-panache.com/2017/07/trump-cnn-incitement-violence-31673.html

'It has to be something, but it could be infinity': Trump ponders space in strange ceremony http://wapo.st/2uvt7iv

Why ‘Morning Joe’ hosts think Trump keeps attacking them: blackmail http://sacb.ee/aekM

How Nixon Would Have Tweeted Watergate http://politi.co/2sBwXs2

President Trump’s Lies, the Definitive List https://nyti.ms/2sZqacl

Trump says pretending to have Comey tapes “wasn’t very stupid” http://www.avclub.com/article/trump-says-pretending-have-comey-tapes-wasnt-very--257239 via @TheAVClub

Analysis | Trump once figured he'd be the first person to make money running for president. He didn't. http://wapo.st/2sBYBnm

Analysis | The big problem with what Trump just said about religion in schools http://wapo.st/2s2GJSh

Help wanted: Why Republicans won’t work for the Trump administration http://wapo.st/2sdV0xb

Trump adds Washington lawyer John Dowd to his legal team http://reut.rs/2sCpquo

In accusing Comey of perjury, Trump may have finally uttered a lie he can’t escape: http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2017/06/trump_s_claims_that_comey_lied_under_oath_put_him_in_a_pickle.html

http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/hbo/2017/jun/12/cutline-contest-61217/

My lawyers got Trump to admit to 30 lies under oath. New column by @TimOBrien https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-06-12/trump-s-history-of-lies-according-to-biographer-timothy-o-brien

In accusing Comey of perjury, Trump may have finally uttered a lie he can’t escape: http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2017/06/trump_s_claims_that_comey_lied_under_oath_put_him_in_a_pickle.html

How Trump and His Allies Have Run With Russian Propaganda. http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/06/russian-active-measures-trump-propaganda-conspiracy-theories

The DNC wasn’t hacked, the NYT is lying, and other thoughts from Putin’s American defender: http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/interrogation/2017/05/stephen_f_cohen_just_wants_trump_and_putin_to_get_along.html

Hope Hicks' ode in praise of Donald Trump reads like a hostage statement: http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2017/05/29/a_nutso_white_house_statement_lauds_donald_trump_s_magnetic_personality.html

Arrest Erdogans Bodyguards who left #Kurds bloody-faced for daring to protest their President Erdogan in Washington DC @AnonymousVideo https://twitter.com/channeldraw/status/864839687852240896

The Republican’s Guide to Presidential Behavior https://nyti.ms/2qdUgYq

What is the first word that comes to mind when you think of Donald Trump? idiot 39 QU Poll Release Detail https://poll.qu.edu/national/release-detail

Donald Trump's ignorance is becoming more evident with each passing day | David Cay Johnston https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/may/08/donald-trumps-ignorance-evident-by-the-day

Trump rally altercations could add to legal woes http://politi.co/2p3FVtY

Donald Trump in his own words Financial Times February 2, 2017 https://www.ft.com/content/9ae777ea-17ac-11e7-a53d-df09f373be87

Melania adds $100,000 to Trump's growing travel tab with Fla. trip http://dailym.ai/2oH8Cj2 via @MailOnline

The note was signed only "Americans for a Better Way" and appeared to be written by someone who claims to support President Trump. The note made Holocaust references, saying Trump is "going to do to you Muslims what Hitler did to the Jews." It warned Muslims to "pack your bags and get out of Dodge." http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/03/20/anti-islam-note-des-moines/99401366/

MARCH 15, 2017 President Trump Tells Fox News Tucker Carlson “Some Very Interesting Items Will Come To Light In The Next Two Weeks.” - http://investmentwatchblog.com/president-trump-tells-fox-news-tucker-carlson-some-very-interesting-items-will-come-to-light-in-the-next-two-weeks/

National Park Service Releases Photos That Confirm No One Came to Trump's Party http://theslot.jezebel.com/national-park-service-releases-photos-that-confirm-no-o-1793019708

Slain SEAL’s dad wants answers: ‘Don’t hide behind my son’s death’ “I’m sorry, I don’t want to see him,’’ Owens recalled telling the chaplain who informed him that Trump was on his way from Washington. “I told them I don’t want to meet the President.” http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/article135064074.html

“Trump broke 64 promises in his first month in office” by @koronet https://thinkprogress.org/trump-broke-64-promises-in-his-first-month-in-office-5470f2c337e1

A Spell to Bind Donald Trump and All Those Who Abet Him: February 24th Mass Ritual https://extranewsfeed.com/a-spell-to-bind-donald-trump-and-all-those-who-abet-him-february-24th-mass-ritual-51f3d94f62f4

'Demonic activity was palpable' at Trump rally, says Florida pastor http://boingboing.net/2017/02/22/not-today-satan.html

Thanks, Liberals, For Being INSANE AND MEAN About Melania Doing The Lord’s Prayer http://wonkette.com/613177/thanks-liberals-for-being-insane-and-mean-about-melania-doing-the-lords-prayer via @Wonkette

Ivana Trump told her lawyer Michael Kennedy that from time to time her husband reads a book of Hitler's collected speeches, My New Order, which he keeps in a cabinet by his bed. https://www.quora.com/Does-Donald-Trump-read-books

The husband-and-wife team driving Trump's national security policy. Before they became a Trump administration power couple, Sebastian and Katharine Gorka were prolific collaborators on research about the threat of Islamist terrorism. http://www.politico.com/story/2017/02/trump-national-security-gorka-234950

Justice Department warned White House that Flynn could be vulnerable to Russian blackmail, officials say. James R. Clapper Jr., who was the director of national intelligence, and John Brennan, the CIA director at the time, shared Yates’s concerns and concurred with her recommendation to inform the Trump White House. They feared that “Flynn had put himself in a compromising position” and thought that Pence had a right to know that he had been misled, according to one of the officials, who, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence matters. https://wpo.st/dHNb2

Why is Trump adviser Sebastian Gorka wearing a medal honoring notorious Nazi collaborators? http://lobelog.com/why-is-trump-adviser-wearing-medal-of-nazi-collaborators/ via @lobelog

Via @NPR: FACT CHECK: Trump's Yemen Raid — 'Winning Mission' Or 'Failure'? It's Not So Simple https://n.pr/2lwmnNq

One Type Of Terrorism Really Is Underreported -- Right-Wing Terrorism http://mm4a.org/2jZwbm3

What was Mitch McConnell thinking? http://politi.co/2k3WaUs

Ordinary Americans carried out inhumane acts for Trump. http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-airport-inhumanity-20170206-story,amp.html

The Trump team's list of 78 'underreported' terrorist attacks is a mess http://wpo.st/ugw_2

ISIS goes global: 143 attacks in 29 countries have killed 2,043 http://www.cnn.com/2015/12/17/world/mapping-isis-attacks-around-the-world/

President Trump used his first speech to military service members Monday to accuse the news media of refusing to report on terrorist attacks. Speaking at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., Trump rattled off a series of strikes carried out by “radical Islamic terrorists,” including Sept. 11 and the more recent violence in Orlando, Fla.; San Bernardino, Calif.; Paris; and Nice, France. “It’s gotten to a point where it’s not even being reported,” he told a group of senior commanders. “And in many cases, the very, very dishonest press doesn’t want to report it.” The president implied that media organizations have an ulterior motive to bury coverage of such attacks. “They have their reasons, and you understand that,” he said. Trump provided no evidence to back up his comments. Terror attacks both at home and abroad often spark blanket coverage on cable news networks, in newspapers and among online outlets. Two of the earliest American victims of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria were James Foley and Steven Sotloff, journalists who were covering the war in Syria. http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/318100-trump-dishonest-press-wont-report-terrorist-attacks

Monday Night Massacre acting Attorney General Sally Yates Watergate Veterans: Just Like Nixon, Donald Trump Appears to Think He is Above the Law https://www.democracynow.org/2017/1/31/watergate_veterans_just_like_nixon_donald

Trump Promise Tracker https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/politics/trump-promise-tracker/

Trump and the auto industry: An inaugural reality check http://on.freep.com/2jLSs5H via @freep

Overhead shots show massive Women's March crowds in cities across the country: http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2017/01/21/overhead_shots_show_massive_women_s_march_crowds_across_america.html?wpsrc=sh_all_dt_tw_ru via @slate

“Trump said he wrote his bleak inaugural speech. It was actually co-authored by a white nationalist.” by @atrupar https://thinkprogress.org/trump-did-not-write-inaugural-address-despite-saying-he-did-3d2e50b55709#.niuhvagib

Weird Video: Donald Trump, Melania Trump Thank Supporters at Luncheon http://abcnews.go.com/US/video/donald-trump-melania-trump-supporters-luncheon-44893037

2016 Election Results

Perspective | Five myths about the 2016 election https://wapo.st/2PeUPuo

  1. Angry voters drove the results.
  2. Trump can say or do anything without losing support.
  3. Hillary Clinton's inept campaign cost her the election.
  4. Trump's victory was due to economic anxiety.
  5. Democratic voters are ideologically divided.


Mitch McConnell, Kentucky 806,787 votes 2014
Kamala Harris, California, 7,542,753 votes 2016 thats over 9 times the votes that McConnell got

Senate popular votes:

Republicans: 40,402,790 42.4%
Democrats and Independent: 51,496,682+562,935=52,059,617, 54.3%

The popular vote in the Senate was 52 million Dems and Independents to 40.4 million Republicans. That's 54.3% to 42.4%. When Mitch McConnell talks about the American people he is only talking about way less than half of the American people.

Donald Trump 62,984,828 45.93% 304
Hillary Clinton 65,853,514 48.02% 227

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/upshot/election-2016-voting-precinct-maps.html/#12.07/32.8054/-116.9193/97834

Popular vote ranking

  1. 69,498,516 Barak Obama 2008
  2. 65,915,795 Barak Obama 2012
  3. 65,853,514 Hillary Clinton 2016
  4. 62,984,828 Donald Trump 2016
  5. 62,040,610 George W Bush 2004
  6. 60,933,504 Mitt Romney 2012
  7. 59,948,323 John McCain 2008
  8. 59,028,444 John Kerry 2004
  9. 50,999,897 Al Gore 2000
  10. 50,456,002 George W Bush 2000

2016 Post Elections

http://www.latimes.com/projects/la-pol-ca-california-neighborhood-election-results/

Trump: I know things about this supposed Russian hacking that others don’t, and you’ll find out Tuesday or Wednesay - Hot Air http://hotair.com/archives/2017/01/02/trump-i-know-things-about-this-supposed-russian-hacking-that-others-dont-and-youll-find-out-tuesday-or-wednesay/

Trump: I 'know things that other people don't know' about hacking http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/312335-trump-i-know-things-about-hacking-that-other-people-dont

Trump's approach might seem new, but Arnold Schwarzenegger tried it first. It was a disaster. Gingrich predicted that the new administration won’t change course when challenged, suggesting Schwarzenegger did. “They’ll say, ‘OK, we’ve got to double, or triple or quadruple our energy level, and break through,’” Gingrich said. That is spectacularly bad advice, according to former Schwarzenegger aides. “That kind of attitude is what almost put Arnold Schwarzenegger off the rails,” said Susan Kennedy, who successfully rebooted Schwarzenegger’s administration after being hired as chief of staff during one of its lowest points. “If that strategy worked, they would have built a statue to Newt Gingrich when he shut down government instead of running him out of town,” said Kennedy, who had to clean up the mess after Schwarzenegger tried to outmaneuver obstinate lawmakers with a slate of incendiary austerity and anti-union ballot measures. Voters rejected every one of them. http://fw.to/oCDvR3c

A Firestorm of Protests Will Take Aim at Donald Trump's Inauguration. It's a lot more than the one march. http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/01/trump-inauguration-protest-rally

Golden showers Via @NPR: Trump Denies Allegations Of Secret Ties, Collusion Between Campaign And Russia https://n.pr/2ieadG5

Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda https://www.indybay.org/uploads/2016/12/16/indivisible-resisting-trump-agenda.pdf

California: How did your neighborhood vote? http://fw.to/soZxkmU

Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger will give President-elect Donald Trump important support in his struggle against a Washington consensus hostile to Russia, Jim Jatras, a former foreign policy adviser to US Senate Republican leaders, told Sputnik. Although he is now 93 years old, Kissinger retains a clear understanding of the value of good relations between Washington and Moscow and has not succumbed to the anti-Russian sentiments held by many in the Washington establishment, Jatras pointed out. "Even at his advanced age, Kissinger is capable of articulating a soberness too often lacking in our needless and gratuitous antagonism toward Russia and [Russian President] Vladimir Putin personally," he noted. Read more: https://sputniknews.com/politics/201612291049089544-kissinger-trump-adviser-usa-russia-ties/

Americans - especially but not exclusively Trump voters - believe crazy, wrong things http://wpo.st/9PsO2

Donald Trump supporter appears to shout 'kill Obama' during his victory speech http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-elections/donald-trump-kill-obama-supporter-shouts-what-did-he-say-victory-speech-video-watch-a7407776.html

Inside the hate-filled echo chamber of racism and conspiracy theories https://www.theguardian.com/media/2016/dec/18/gab-the-social-network-for-the-alt-right

Congressman responds to coverage of his personal spending of campaign funds http://fw.to/kiMW0pP

Hunter strikes back https://www.facebook.com/DuncanHunter/posts/10154429632974039

http://boingboing.net/2016/12/17/thats-trump-a-pete-seegeres.html

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/12/09/1609029/-Yale-History-Prof-Timothy-Snyder-s-20-Pts-for-Defending-Democracy-under-a-Trump-presidency

Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election, experts say http://wpo.st/Q2cJ2 On Russian Propaganda Network Mapping https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Byj_1ybuSGp_NmYtRF95VTJTeUk/view http://www.propornot.com/p/the-list.html

What I Learned Binge-Watching Steve Bannon’s Documentaries .He has the next president’s ear. Here’s what 13 hours and 11 minutes of fever-dream conservative viewing says about his dark worldview. http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/12/steve-bannon-films-movies-documentaries-trump-hollywood-214495

A Short, Terrifying Introduction to the Insurrectionist, Anti-Government Sheriff Trump May Put in His Cabinet http://theslot.jezebel.com/a-short-terrifying-introduction-to-the-insurrectionist-1789501266

Issa: 'Liberals trying to steal the election' http://fw.to/keYDiSm

How to Resist President Donald Trump http://www.vice.com/read/what-is-to-be-done via @vice

Obama Is Warning America About Trump’s Presidency. Are You Listening? https://newrepublic.com/article/138757/obama-warning-america-trumps-presidency-listening

NavyJack – Treasonous Conspiracies Against the Government of the United States of America (Updated 11/15/2016) https://www.oathkeepers.org/navyjack-globalist-elite-plan/

A Very Long List of Dumb and Awful Things Newt Gingrich Has Said and Done. Still, he may have a prominent role in the Trump campaign. http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/11/very-long-list-dumb-and-awful-things-newt-gingrich-has-said-and-done

Trump Backer Pushes for New CIA ‘Enhanced Interrogation’ http://thebea.st/2fRQ8rX via @thedailybeast

Autocracy: Rules for Survival http://www2.nybooks.com/daily/s3/nov/10/trump-election-autocracy-rules-for-survival.html

Election Results in San Diego's November 8, 2016 General Election. http://data.inewsource.org/elections/san-diego-2016-election-results

CLINTON= 60,274,974, 48% TRUMP= 59,937,338 47% Clinton over Trump by 337,636

Meet Trump's Cabinet-in-waiting http://politi.co/2fBIfXO

2016 Elections

Report: Duncan Hunter Staunch in Support of Donald Trump. Rep. Duncan Hunter compares Trump's remarks to conversations among Marines serving in the U.S. military. http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Report-Rep-Duncan-Hunter-Staunch-in-Support-of-Donald-Trump-396939521.html

A Look Into The Pro-Trump, Alt-Right Twitterverse. Analysis conducted by the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Hatewatch staff has found that when it comes to hate speech on Twitter, many of the most prominent and prolific associated hashtags stem from a small number of users on the far right whose content is retweeted by other users, massively amplifying what are otherwise niche views on the radical fringe. https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2016/11/07/look-pro-trump-alt-right-twitterverse

A Catholic priest put an aborted fetus on the altar in an appeal for Donald Trump http://wpo.st/nA_C2

Paramedia: How Alt-Right Fake News and Hoax Sites Trick America http://anewdomain.net/2016/11/05/paramedia-how-rumor-mongers-and-pretend-journalists-are-tricking-america/ via @anewdomain

Paramedia: How 9 Fake News Stories Scammed Trump Fans for Clicks, Cash http://anewdomain.net/2016/11/06/paramedia-these-13-fake-news-posts-scammed-trump-fans-for-cash-clicks/ via @anewdomain

Language: A Key Mechanism of Control. Newt Gingrich's 1996 GOPAC memo Frank Luntz http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4443.htm

Donald Trump: The unauthorized database of false things. The Star’s Washington Bureau Chief, Daniel Dale, has been following Donald Trump’s campaign for months. He has fact checked thousands of statements and found hundreds of falsehoods. https://www.thestar.com/news/world/uselection/2016/11/04/donald-trump-the-unauthorized-database-of-false-things.html

.#SavePepe: cartoon frog's creator tries to take meme back from alt-right https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/nov/04/save-pepe-cartoon-frog-meme-matt-furie-trump

JJ MacNab ‏@jjmacnab. The Oath Keepers org has identified which groups are most likely to go violent before, during, and after the upcoming election. https://twitter.com/jjmacnab/status/794349924573794305

Melania Trump leaves the media scratching its head — again http://wpo.st/E_VB2

Trump in private has joked that he knows the pool camera that he shouts about can't move, says @KatyTurNBC Really amazing reflection by @KatyTurNBC about what it was like to be taunted by Trump today in FL. Worth a watch, from @11thHour tonight https://twitter.com/maggieNYT/status/794030431620493313

David A. Clarke, Jr. ‏@SheriffClarke 4h4 hours ago Guard against over confidence. Keep your boot on the neck of the Clinton campaign. She's a snake. To kill a snake you cut off its head. https://twitter.com/MJMcKean/status/793656066387083264

Political Road Map: The California Republican brand has become radioactive. http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-roadmap-column-20161030-snap-story.html

Fox News fans pessimistic about the country, and Clinton. http://money.cnn.com/2016/10/28/media/fox-news-conservative-media-poll/index.html

Why Donald Trump doesn't deserve even one vote. http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/presidential-campaign/303366-why-donald-trump-doesnt-deserve-even-one-vote

The most challenging job of the 2016 race: Editing the candidates’ Wikipedia pages http://wapo.st/2eyIyBJ

‘You are fascinated with sex’: That Megyn Kelly-Newt Gingrich showdown was one for the ages http://wpo.st/3Qk82

The 282 People, Places and Things Donald Trump Has Insulted on Twitter: A Complete List. http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/01/28/upshot/donald-trump-twitter-insults.html

CPJ chairman says Trump is threat to press freedom. New York, October 13, 2016--In an unprecedented step, the Committee to Protect Journalists today released a statement recognizing that a Donald Trump presidency would represent a threat to press freedom. In response to Trump's threats and vilification of the media during his campaign, the chairman of CPJ's board, Sandra Mims Rowe, issued the following statement on behalf of the organization: https://cpj.org/2016/10/cpj-chairman-says-trump-is-threat-to-press-freedom.php

Law & Order https://twitter.com/AdamParkhomenko/status/786472154661527552

People Are Disrupting Clinton Rallies With 'Bill Clinton Is a Rapist' Shirts So They Can Win Money  http://theslot.jezebel.com/people-are-disrupting-clinton-rallies-with-bill-clinton-1787711958

These days, being a Republican and supporting your presidential nominee can be a lonely place. A new USA Today survey finds that more than a quarter of top elected GOP officials won't endorse or have rescinded their endorsement of Donald Trump. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) thinks pulling away from Trump this close to an election is "ludicrous." He was one of the first GOP members of Congress to endorse Trump, back in February, and he's still very much on board. The Fix caught up with Hunter to hear what it's like to be on an increasingly shrinking island of Trump backers. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/10/12/what-its-like-to-be-on-the-shrinking-island-of-donald-trump-political-backers/

Notorious Troll Chuck C. Johnson: I Sent a Clinton Accuser to the Debate http://thebea.st/2d8cNLu via @thedailybeast

Trump wanted to put Bill Clinton’s accusers in his family box. Debate officials said no. “We were going to put the four women in the VIP box,” said former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, who represents Trump in debate negotiations. “We had it all set. We wanted to have them shake hands with Bill, to see if Bill would shake hands with them.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/10/10/trumps-debate-plan-to-seat-bill-clintons-accusers-in-family-box-was-thwarted/

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/10/09/trump-holds-pre-debate-press-conference-with-bill-clinton-accusers.html

Donald Trump appears with Bill Clinton accusers before presidential debate. Trump refused to answer questions from reporters about the video during his meeting in a hotel conference room with Paula Jones, Kathy Shelton, Juanita Broaddrick and Kathleen Willey. Some of the women seated alongside him, however, were graphic in their accusations against the Clintons. “Mr. Trump may have said some bad words, but Bill Clinton raped me and Hillary Clinton threatened me,” Broaddrick said. “I don’t think there’s any comparison.” http://www.reviewjournal.com/politics/election-2016/donald-trump-appears-bill-clinton-accusers-presidential-debate

Here's a guide to the sex allegations that Donald Trump may raise in the presidential debate http://wpo.st/6Q942

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‏@MonicaCrowley At the Berlin Wall last week. Walls work. https://twitter.com/MonicaCrowley/status/651043858541879296

Trump's rise draws white supremacists into political mainstream: 'I am winning,' says David Duke. http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-trump-david-duke-20160928-snap-story.html

Pence refuses to answer questions on political 'puppetry' and big donations. Trump VP struggles with questions about Clinton ‘pay to play’ claims. Indiana governor counts Koch brothers among key donors. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/sep/25/mike-pence-donald-trump-political-donations-koch-brothers

Trump's debate preparation survey: refer to 'crooked Hillary on stage' or not?