“I want to know who’s the person, who’s the person who gave the whistleblower the information? Because that’s close to a spy. You know what we used to do in the old days when we were smart? Right? The spies and treason, we used to handle it a little differently than we do now.“
The “people” that gave the Whistleblower the information wasn’t a person but people yes people all part of Trump’s Administration and now even his envoy to the Ukraine has “quit” (ODT
via It Blows | Mock Paper Scissors
The tears Trump causes Americans abroad.
Trump politicises the lives of less than 1% of people some Americans among them which he turns into a demand of 100% support to be able to group stereotype and justify is using them as domestic punching bags. When it’s that 1% of America that is now treating it as their own personal feifdom or colony and remaining silent. Real abuse consistently punches down. Punching up isn’t what Trump makes it out to be it’s “justified criticism” in a Real Democracy. Is America a Real Democracy or a dying one? Before or after Trump America needs sure as hell needs CPR. (ODT)
I leave the U.S. often, ironically, and I have been fortunate to live and study and work abroad in countries from Mexico and Argentina to Spain and the U.K.—experiences that have thrown the good and the bad the U.S. has to offer into high relief. On the days when I read the news, I can’t imagine how I can love the country I still, sometimes reluctantly, call home, but I try to remember what the great James Baldwin said in an interview with the Paris Review:
I think that it is a spiritual disaster to pretend that one doesn’t love one’s country. You may disapprove of it, you may be forced to leave it, you may live your whole life as a battle, yet I don’t think you can escape it. There isn’t any other place to go—you don’t pull up your roots and put them down someplace else. At least not in a single lifetime, or, if you do, you’ll be aware of precisely what it means, knowing that your real roots are always elsewhere. If you try to pretend you don’t see the immediate reality that formed you I think you’ll go blind.
I’m trying not to go blind, even though the tears that come more and more often these days make it harder than ever to see the nation for which my parents gave up so much to call their own.
via I Know What It’s Like to Be Told to ‘Go Back’ to My Own Country | The Smirking Chimp
Just Lie like I do says Trump
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders over President Trump 51 – 42 percent;
California Sen. Kamala Harris ahead of Trump 49 – 41 percent;
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren tops Trump 49 – 42 percent;
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg edges Trump 47 – 42 percent;
New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker by a nose over Trump 47 – 42 percent.
Trump Instructs Staff To Lie About Poll Numbers, Really! | Crooks and Liars
“For the over 355,000 immigrants whose cases have been administratively closed, this is frightening.”
via The Trump Administration Is Seeking To Restart Thousands Of Closed Deportation Cases
Donald Trump has lashed out against hundreds of US newspapers that published editorials on Thursday defending press freedom and denouncing his constant attacks on the media.
Tweeting in all capitals, the president wrote: “THE FAKE NEWS MEDIA IS THE OPPOSITION PARTY. It is very bad for our Great Country.” He added: “BUT WE ARE WINNING!”
More than 350 newspapers across America, large and small, responded to Trump’s relentless attacks on much of the mainstream media as “fake news” and the “enemy of the people”.
The US Senate unanimously adopted a resolution on Thursday affirming support for a free press and declaring that “the press is not the enemy of the people”.
The non-binding resolution approved by voice vote was a rebuke to Trump who for more than 18 months has frequently called reporters “the enemy of the people”.
via Trump lashes out against US news outlets defending press freedom | US news | The Guardian
Donald Trump calls former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman a ‘dog’
US President Donald Trump has escalated his messy clash with former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman, referring to his longtime colleague, who had been the top African-American in his White House, as “that dog!”
Trump calls Manigault Newman “crazed, crying lowlife”
Former aide says she has more recordings
Trump presidential campaign files arbitration action against Manigault Newman
The pressure on Ms Manigault Newman increased, as the Trump presidential campaign filed arbitration action against her, alleging a breach of a confidentiality agreement.
Donald Trump calls former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman a ‘dog’ – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
President Donald Trump’s lawyers have reportedly sent Special Counsel Robert Mueller a “counter-offer” regarding the scope of a possible sit-down interview as part of the ongoing Russia probe, and they apparently made one key demand: Absolutely no questions about whether Trump has obstructed justice.
via Trump Lawyers Say President Willing to Talk to Mueller…So Long as He Doesn’t Ask About Obstruction of Justice
Bridgewater, New Jersey: US President Donald Trump has acknowledged for the first time that a 2016 Trump Tower meeting between a Kremlin-connected lawyer and his son was to collect information about his political opponent.
But 13 months ago, Trump gave a far different explanation for the meeting.
A July 2017 statement – dictated by the President and released on behalf of Donald Trump jnr – read: “We primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children that was active and popular with American families years ago.”
via Trump Tower meeting in 2016 was to collect information about Clinton, says US President
The first lady contradicted president Trump’s comments on Lebron James: is she trolling him, or on a damage limitation exercise for the White House?
via Is Melania trolling Trump (again) with her defence of LeBron? | US news | The Guardian
The billion-dollar question is: How much of that filthy lucre has circulated through Donald Trump’s business empire?
Is Trump a Launderer?
Before he became president, Donald Trump was basically an unsuccessful businessman who managed, time and again, to fail upward. He filed for bankruptcy six times — five times for his casinos and once for the Plaza Hotel.
He’s been involved in several high-profile and very expensive investments that ultimately didn’t go forward: the West Side Yards in New York City, the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Dubai, Trump Towers Rio, Trump Ocean Resort in Baja, Mexico, and several shady real-estate deals in Florida.
An astounding number of his other business ventures have gone belly up too, including Trump Airlines, Trump University, and Trump Magazine.
Trump’s business failures over the years and his unorthodox financial behavior pushed him to the margins of the financial world. Only one institution, Deutsche Bank, continued to supply him with credit. Otherwise, Trump began to rely on some questionable characters and networks. He created baroque financial arrangements involving shell companies. He used pseudonyms on contracts. He became squirrely about his tax returns.
via Trump & Dirty, Rotten Russian Money: Will it be his Downfall?
Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, claims that then-candidate Trump knew in advance about the June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower in which Russians were expected to offer his campaign dirt on Hillary Clinton, sources with knowledge tell CNN. Cohen is willing to make that assertion to special counsel Robert Mueller, the sources said.
Cohen’s claim would contradict repeated denials by Trump, Donald Trump Jr., their lawyers and other administration officials who have said that the President knew nothing about the Trump Tower meeting until he was approached about it by The New York Times in July 2017.
via Bombshell Report: Michael Cohen Claims Trump Knew About Infamous Trump Tower Meeting – Mother Jones
Words from a demented bully who currently has had active Special Ops action in 133 countries and who has had some involvement in 144. Given these numbers terrorist activity has had greater support from the USA than anyone else in the world and currently Venazuela and Nicaragua are very much back in the frame. (ODT)
Washington: US President Donald Trump has reacted furiously to a warning from Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani against attacking the theocratic state.
Trump tweeted: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH.
Trump blasts Iran over threat of war
She sold her story for $150,000 in August 2016 but it was never published by the National Enquirer, a practice known as “catch and kill” to prevent a potentially damaging story from becoming public. David Pecker, the chairman of parent company American Media Inc (AMI), is Trump’s friend.
Giuliani said the discussion of payment did not mean McDougal’s claim of an affair was true and characterised it as an attempt to resolve false allegations that were “personally damaging” to Trump.
via Trump says Cohen taping him ‘totally unheard of and perhaps illegal’
“Today is a good day for Putin and the oligarchs in Russia. It is a bad day for people in the United States and all over the world who believe in democracy and who are trying to understand what world our idiot president lives in.”
via As White House Declares Summit a Success, Sanders Rips Trump-Putin Presser as ‘Embarrassing Spectacle’
Donald Trump’s personal driver for more than 25 years says the billionaire real estate developer didn’t pay him overtime and raised his salary only twice in 15 years, clawing back the second raise by cutting off his health benefits.
Noel Cintron, who is listed in public records as a registered Republican, sued the Trump Organization for about 3,300 hours of overtime that he says he worked in the past six years. He’s not allowed to sue for overtime prior to that due to the statute of limitations.
via Donald Trump’s personal driver for 25 years sues for unpaid overtime
Dancing with Dictators
“Support” often takes the form of selling arms, as in the cases of Turkey despite widespread repression, Saudi Arabia in its bombing campaign in Yemen, and the Philippines despite its unrestrained drug war.
Israel should be added to this list, since the far-right Netanyahu government receives about $1.5 billion annually in arms that give it license to violently suppress Palestinian protests. Not surprisingly, the equally far-right US ambassador to Israel has said Israel should be exempt from US law that requires a State Department report on whether or not US-supplied weapons are being used to repress human rights. “Israel is a democracy,” Amb. David Friedman said, “whose army does not engage in gross violations of human rights.”
via At Home and Abroad, Trump Abandons Human Rights
Interfering in the internal politics of countries NEVER. Why does the US have a Military Presance in 153 sovereign states and sanctions those where it doesn’t?
While the US slapped Iran with sanctions and is now urging countries to stop buying its oil, the White House insists they are not involved in regime change.This is not the first time Giuliani has committed a diplomatic faux pas while speaking as a private citizen.
Trump’s old ally Rudy seems not to follow the agenda. In May, he was slapped down by State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert after telling a meeting of the Iran Freedom Convention for Democracy and Human Rights in Washington that Trump is “committed” to regime change.
“[Giuliani] speaks for himself and not on behalf of the administration on foreign policy,” Nauert told AP at the time.
via Blunderful Giuliani says US wants to change regime in Iran — RT US News
Easy come, easy poll: on Monday, Gallup had Trump back down at 41%, as Americans learned more about his policy of separating migrant families at the US border. In fact, Trump’s approval rating during his first term has been “incredibly stable” within a band from about 36% to 43%, polling analyst Harry Enten and others have pointed out.
Under normal circumstances, an overall approval rating much under 50% would spell doom for an incumbent president, ruling out re-election. And 90% in-party support is not unusual in recent presidential cycles.
via Is Trump really winning? The truth about the president’s popularity | US news | The Guardian
So what better way to shift attention away from the true victims than to become a “victim” yourself?
Add them up and what do you get?-the old diversionary tactic of criminals portraying themselves as victims to divert attention from their crimes. This is reinforced by the fact that Huckabee Sanders did not simply state she was asked to leave a restaurant: She made a special point of both naming the restaurant and giving its location, and, in doing so, may have, according to a former director of the Office of Government Ethics, violated ethics laws by using her official White House account to disseminate this information.
via The Sarah Huckabee Sanders scam
Suit brought by Barbara Underwood says Trump Foundation is ‘little more than an empty shell’ and seeks $2.8m in restitution
via Trump and family sued by New York attorney general over alleged charity violations | US news | The Guardian
Donald Trump’s chaotic behavior is taking a toll on his Chief of Staff and everybody else that comes into contact with him at the White House.
Trump’s one governing principle is to attack and criticize every country, leader, political rival, investigator, cabinet member and media outlet he comes in contact with who does not continually kiss his ring. And he revels in the wake he leaves behind him.
NY Times reports:
via John Kelly: White House ‘A Miserable Place To Work’ | Crooks and Liars
Mr Trump left the summit earlier than planned on Saturday to fly to Singapore to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, which he described as a “mission of peace”.
His early departure means he will miss a working session among the leaders on climate change and clean energy, as well as talks among the G7 and poorer countries focused on the health of oceans.
The early exit also means he will be gone before allies begin closing news conferences likely to be laden with criticism of the US stance on trade and Mr Trump’s abrupt suggestion on Friday that Russia be re-admitted to the elite grouping.
via G7 summit: Donald Trump demands end to ‘unfair’ trade after meeting – Donald Trump’s America – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
In response Steve Schmidt, the Republican strategist who ran John McCain’s presidential campaign, shot back: “It does if you consider the unthinkable. If he behaves like a Russian asset maybe it’s because he is one.”
The suggestion that Trump might be acting in the interests of Russia rather than the United States has become one of the weirder marks of this very weird presidency. It is a notion that keeps arising not only because of the ongoing investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, but because it is one of the only ways to make consistent sense of what passes for Trump’s foreign policy.
Since taking office Trump has taken every opportunity to undermine the international mechanisms that the United States forged in the wake of World War II. These are Russian foreign policy objectives, but not ones put forward by either Democratic or Republican parties.
“Worst day for US foreign policy since the invasion of Iraq? For sure,” tweeted the prominent foreign policy observer David Rothkopf. “Worst for the Western alliance since middle of WWII? Probably.”
via Trump baffles as he divides – but Russia inclination offers a clue
The White House is talking up Trump’s accomplishments – but as ever, many of the president’s claims are misleading
via Trump brags of ‘500 days of greatness’ – but how do his boasts stack up? | US news | The Guardian
AP estimates that we have paid $63 million for Trump’s jaunts to Mar-A-Lago since he’s taken office. And that doesn’t include the estimated $75 million it cost for Melania and Barron to stay in New York.
via Trump’s Trips To Mar-a-Lago Have Cost Us More Than Mueller’s Investigation | Crooks and Liars
An American Protectrate Under Trump
A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine finds that that likely range for deaths caused by Hurricane Maria was between 1,506 and 9,889, with 5,740 as the most likely number.
Puerto Rico suffered with electricity outages for months, with millions of Americans living in the dark, in a way that would have been unacceptable anywhere on the mainland (need I specify, the White mainland?) People died from lack of access to health care, from lack of rescue services. Some 80% of the agricultural crop was wiped out. Trump never offered debt relief, and called off the US military aid effort way early. Puerto Ricans are not, let us say, his base.
Was the Roseanne Story really more Important than Puerto Rico’s 5,740 Death Toll?
With a White House riven by policy feuds, Trump has been tearing up agreements and treaties right and left, as well as threating military action and sanctions. This has left its allies wondering if the US is, in fact, an ally.
On the same day that China and the US announced a temporary “moratorium” on trade sanctions by both countries on each other’s exports, China Daily, the English-language official newspaper of the Chinese government, ran a full-page article about how the US was losing the confidence of friends and allies around the globe as the Trump administration tears up one longstanding international or bilateral agreement after another.
via Trump ‘flips off’ the rest of the world, losing friends and allies — RT Op-ed
A few months ago, I was leaving a supermarket when I saw someone wearing a shirt with ‘Hillary’ emblazoned on it. I was about to remark I wished she had won when I saw the rest… ‘lock her up’. The supermarket was not in Brooklyn or Arlington — it was in Melbourne, 10,000 miles from the Oval Office. More Australians are watching late night U.S. comedians and political shows than ever before. He is challenging the order in all of us, even here in the antipodes. He is creating disorder out of order.
via The international butterfly effect of a chaotic U.S. President
It was comments from relatively new national security adviser John Bolton that gave the North Koreans an excuse to pull out.
A mis-timed reference to the ‘Libya model’ of denuclearisation in 2003 was interpreted as a US threat to topple Mr Kim, Gaddafi style.
Mr Trump then doubled down, suggesting total decimation would befall North Korea if a deal was not made, and Vice-President Mike Pence weighed in saying North Korea “may end like Libya”.
It was a return to “fire and fury”.
Top aide to Mr Kim, Choe Son-hui described the Vice-President’s remarks as “ignorant and stupid”.
via Donald Trump cancelling meeting with North Korea an unsurprising return to the norm – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
The letter was released publicly within hours of Western journalists confirming they had witnessed the demolition of North Korea’s remote nuclear test site at Punggye-Ri.
That act was supposed to signal North Korea’s willingness to negotiate with the US over denuclearisation at the June 12 meeting.
CNN’s Will Ripley, among the journalists to witness the demolition of the nuclear site, said there was “a real sense of shock among the people I was sitting with, the North Korean officials” when he
received the phone call and was told the summit was off. The reporters had to inform the North Korean officials of the news.
via Donald Trump cancels summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un
Stormy Daniels at Erotica Los Angeles 2009. (James Chang / Wikimedia)
Suddenly, the emphasis in the term sex workers has shifted to sex workers.
It has happened in a matter of months.
My friends on the left, and some in academia, will say, oh no, it’s been going on for a long time. It has, in certain segments. But not in the mainstream. Not in the general public. Until now.
Much of the credit has to go to Stormy Daniels
A porn actress is in a dispute with the president of the United States, and the sex worker has more credibility than Trump.
When she appears on television, she is more composed, more coherent and more contained than the petulant, pugnacious president.
His tales are ever-changing. According to him—directly, and through various spokespersons, including Hope Hicks, Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Michael Cohen—he never had sex with that woman. Nonetheless, she was paid $130,000. The money came through Michael Cohen, with one of Trump’s pseudonyms on the contract.
via Sex Workers Go Mainstream
It is unfortunately worth pointing out that although the Jews were on the receiving end of discourse about dangerous subhumans in the Germany of the 1940s, today in Israel it is all to common to hear politicians refer to Palestinians as “animals.” That discourse is how you get rules of engagement to the point where it is all right to shoot down unarmed, peaceful protesters in Gaza.
There are no undermen. All human beings have the same rights.
via Calling Latinos ‘Animals’ Echoes the Nazis
Turmp applauds Neo-Nazis
Here’s what one of those “very smart thinkers” had to say about the Nazis. In the video above, obtained by Mediaite from a Snapchat video, Andrade is in mid-rant about Nazis. He shouts at anyone within earshot, unapologetically.
This stands out: “The only thing the Nazis didn’t get right is they didn’t keep f*cking going!”
Trump Dark Money Group Advisor Is Angry Nazis ‘Didn’t Keep ‘F*cking Going’ | Crooks and Liars
President says he will impose ‘highest level of economic sanctions’ on Iran as Tehran vows: ‘We won’t allow Trump to win’
via Iran deal: Trump breaks with European allies over ‘horrible, one-sided’ nuclear agreement | World news | The Guardian
I have visited that weird Fox bubble on occasion, walked the halls of what feels more like an Orwellian Ministry of Truth than a newsroom. Reality is cast to the side.
Now these two bubbles are as one. Fox and 1600 Pennsylvania have merged, now virtually indistinguishable from each other, and inside that newly created, gigantic toxic bubble sits a manchild oozing irrational exuberance as sycophants tell him he’s the greatest thing since Genghis Khan strode the Earth.
via Rudy G and Bubble Boy Trump: Call It Implausible Deniability | The Smirking Chimp
Avenatti smiled that cocky little smile and said there were “extensive communications” between Michael Cohen and Keith Davidson in 2016 “relating to the timing of this payment and the need for the payment to be made prior to the election. Extensive communications relating to the need for the payment to be made when it was made, and as it related to potential influence on the election.”
And he has those extensive communications. I’ll bet Mueller does, too.
So here’s what the Stormy Daniels payoff did not have anything to do with: A caring husband trying to protect his wife’s feelings. Stay tuned!.
via Michael Avenatti Drops Another Little Bomb About Daniels Payments | Crooks and Liars
US President Donald Trump’s new lawyer Rudy Giuliani says the President repaid his personal lawyer Michael Cohen for a $US130,000 ($179,000) payment to porn star Stormy Daniels.
Trump reimbursed the money paid to porn star Stormy Daniels, according to Giuliani
Trump had told reporters that he was not aware of the payment and that he didn’t know where Cohen had gotten the money.
Giuliani made the revelation during an appearance on Fox News’ Hannity.
via Donald Trump reimbursed Cohen for $130k payment to porn star: Giuliani