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#1512256 --- 01/09/18 04:53 PM Re: Trump "Fritzing Out" [Re: kyle585]
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I am waiting for gassy to come back and say they got nothing. grin

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Now that Feinstein has forced this into the open, it makes it:

1. Very clear why her Republican colleagues were suppressing it.

2. Very shameful that her Republican colleagues were suppressing it. They knew the dossier story taking over Fox was a lie.

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#1512257 --- 01/09/18 04:54 PM Re: Trump "Fritzing Out" [Re: kyle585]
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https://www.vox.com/2018/1/9/16870106/simpson-testimony-transcript

The FBI was already investigating potential links between Donald Trump’s campaign and the Russian government before they heard anything about Christopher Steele’s famous dossier on the matter. That’s the key takeaway from Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson’s extensive testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, released Tuesday by ranking member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) over the objections of her Republican colleagues.

Simpson’s hearing lasted for hours, and the transcript is extremely long and mostly fairly tedious. But Simpson does clearly state that when Steele spoke to the FBI about his findings, the bureau “believed Chris’s information might be credible because they had other intelligence that indicated the same thing, and one of those pieces of intelligence was a human source from inside the Trump organization.”

That sounds like Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos, who, according to a recent report in the New York Times, accidentally kicked off the Trump-Russia investigation by telling Australian diplomat Alexander Downer that Russia had political dirt on Trump’s Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, after a night of heavy drinking in May 2016.

Conservatives have recently been pushing a theory that the basis for the FBI investigation was an opposition research document compiled at the behest of Clinton’s campaign. Simpson’s testimony seems to confirm the Times account and thereby debunk a conservative counternarrative that places the dossier itself at the center of the story.

Glenn Simpson is one of the co-founders of Fusion GPS, a “strategic intelligence” firm that was hired first by the Washington Free Beacon, a conservative news publication, and later by Hillary Clinton’s campaign to conduct opposition research on Donald Trump. Fusion, in turn, contracted with former MI-6 Russia specialist Christopher Steele to look specifically at Trump and Russia.

Steele’s investigation ended with a number of allegations, including that Trump is possibly being blackmailed by Russian security services with a recording of him paying prostitutes to pee on a bed at a luxury hotel at Moscow, and also that Trump’s campaign was the beneficiary of a multifaceted Kremlin plot to interfere in the 2016 US election.

BuzzFeed published Steele’s dossier in January 2017, setting off a firestorm of controversy and intriguing many liberals. But in recent months, the dossier has taken on new life as the centerpiece of a conservative counter-conspiracy theory, which holds that the whole Trump-Russia investigation was cooked up by the president’s political enemies. Simpson’s testimony is significant in the present context primarily for debunking that narrative.

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#1512258 --- 01/09/18 04:58 PM Re: Trump "Fritzing Out" [Re: kyle585]
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Originally Posted By: kyle585
Steele’s investigation ended with a number of allegations, including that Trump is possibly being blackmailed by Russian security services with a recording of him paying prostitutes to pee on a bed at a luxury hotel at Moscow, and also that Trump’s campaign was the beneficiary of a multifaceted Kremlin plot to interfere in the 2016 US election.
Trump discovered that Barack and Michelle Obama had slept in this bed. That was Trumps motive to having this done.

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#1512300 --- 01/10/18 04:45 PM Re: Trump "Fritzing Out" [Re: kyle585]
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https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/...216266?lo=ap_e1

We’re Psychiatrists. It’s Our Duty to Question the President’s Mental State.

By BANDY X. LEE and LEONARD L. GLASS January 10, 2018

Eight months ago, moved by what we were witnessing in the American president, we joined 25 other psychiatrists and mental health experts in putting our concerns into a book, The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump. We believed Trump’s mental state presented a danger to the public and felt we had a duty to warn them. We intended the book, which became a best-seller, as a service, putting the royalties into a fund for public good.

In early 20th-century Germany, the sociologist Max Weber argued that intellectuals should not utter any political opinions or say anything that could remotely be regarded as partisan—a Goldwater rule of sorts for the era. Under Nazism, not only psychiatrists but most German clergymen, professors, lawyers, doctors and other leading thinkers became passive enablers of some of the worst atrocities under a dangerous political leader who led their country into the worst disaster in its history. It was precisely in response to Nazism that the World Medical Association issued its Geneva Declaration. Seventy years later, we must not forget the declaration’s commitment to the common good, and cannot stay silent.

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#1512302 --- 01/11/18 01:51 AM Re: Trump "Fritzing Out" [Re: kyle585]
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https://www.politico.com/story/2018/01/10/house-republican-retirements-issa-royce-333851

Rash of retirements dim GOP hopes of keeping the House

Democratic momentum is building as Reps. Darrell Issa and Ed Royce become the latest Republicans to hang it up.

By ELENA SCHNEIDER and JOHN BRESNAHAN 01/10/2018 06:40 PM EST

A flurry of Republican retirements in recent weeks has further weakened the party’s hold on the House heading into the midterms — and the exodus probably isn’t over.

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#1512317 --- 01/11/18 03:06 PM Re: Trump "Fritzing Out" [Re: kyle585]
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FROM FOX NEWS!

https://secondnexus.com/news/watch-shepa...eebdb9e6f05e46a

WATCH: Shepard Smith Lists Names of Trump Officials Indicted in Russia Probe on Fox News

And on Trump's favorite channel no less.

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#1512318 --- 01/11/18 03:21 PM Re: Trump "Fritzing Out" [Re: kyle585]
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Trump is so confused that stupid and confused and mentally unstable are these are the nicest terms that come to my mind.

http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/11/politics/president-donald-trump-fisa/index.html

Trump's FISA tweets throw Washington into chaos

By Kevin Liptak, Jamie Gangel and Deirdre Walsh, CNN

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump's sunrise tweet casting aspersions on the domestic surveillance program his own intelligence officials have called essential set off a thunderclap of concern in Washington -- and underscored the pitfalls of the President's morning television tweet-alongs.
Phones at the White House began ringing almost immediately after Trump wrote at 7:33 a.m. ET that the FISA program up for reauthorization in the House on Thursday may have been used to "badly surveil" his campaign.

On the blinking lines: Republican lawmakers and top intelligence officials perplexed that Trump had appeared to contradict more than a week of public statements from the administration in support of the reauthorization, which allows the government to conduct warrantless spying on US soil.

Ultimately, the measure passed handily. But not until after a 101-minute long scramble to clean up the President's position ahead of the midday vote, which Republican leaders had been eying with optimism after spending weeks rounding up votes and batting down demands from the conservative and libertarian elements of their conference.

"(Chief of staff John) Kelly's phone was ringing off the hook," said one senior Republican official close to intelligence matters on Capitol Hill.

"No one could believe it," another Republican supportive of the FISA reauthorization said.

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#1512320 --- 01/11/18 06:18 PM Re: Trump "Fritzing Out" [Re: kyle585]
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https://www.politico.com/story/2018/01/11/trump-special-election-pennsylvania-pittsburg-336502

Trump races to head off another special election debacle

Trump will travel to southwestern Pennsylvania next week in an effort to avoid a second electoral embarrassment in two months
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By ALEX ISENSTADT 01/11/2018 06:37 PM EST

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#1512321 --- 01/12/18 01:27 AM Re: Trump "Fritzing Out" [Re: kyle585]
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https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-approval-rating-rapidly-declining-190148150.html

Trump Approval Rating is Rapidly Declining Among His Key Base in Latest Warning Sign for President

Newsweek Summer Meza,Newsweek 12 hours ago

President Donald Trump’s approval rating has slipped significantly among white voters, including blue-collar whites who make up much of his base, according to newly published data.

Trump is losing his formerly strong grasp on white voters without a four-year college degree, a group that he won with 66 percent in the 2016 presidential election. But in 2017, his average among the same group had dropped to 56 percent, according to more than 600,000 interviews conducted by the polling company Survey Monkey, reported by The Atlantic Thursday.

The survey also found that Trump’s approval rating across all groups was 42 percent, with 56 percent disapproving.

Trump has battled record low approval ratings throughout his first year in office. A Gallup poll released this week indicated that he was the least popular president ever entering his second year in the White House.

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#1512324 --- 01/12/18 04:11 AM Re: Trump "Fritzing Out" [Re: kyle585]
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https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/anderson-cooper-fighting-back-tears-041655418.html

Anderson Cooper addressed President Donald Trump’s remarks today, in which the president referred to nations like El Salvador and Haiti as “s–thole countries,” becoming emotional as he described his experiences with Haiti and its people.

“I want to take a moment to talk about Haiti, one of the places the president of the United States called a ‘s–thole country,'” he began on “Anderson Cooper 360.”

Cooper described his experience being taught math in high school by a Haitian immigrant who, after returning to his native country, was assassinated while running for president, and explained that he had spent months in Haiti over the course of his career, first visiting the country in the 1990s and reporting on the ground after the earthquake struck in 2010.

“Like all countries, Haiti is a collection of people: it’s rich and poor, well-educated and not, good and bad,” he said. “But I’ve never met a Haitian who isn’t strong.”

“But let me be clear tonight,” he continued. “The people of Haiti have been through more. They’ve been through more, they’ve withstood more. They’ve fought back against more injustice than our president ever has.”

Cooper detailed some of the statistics born of the earthquake, including the fact that it killed between 220,000 and 300,000 people, and described the effort the people of Haiti undertook to save “complete strangers, guided only by the cries of the wounded and the dying,” with little help from the government or police.

“I was there when a young girl, who’d been trapped in rubble in nearly a day was rescued by people who had no heavy equipment. They only had their God-given strength and their determination and their courage,” he said.

“I was there” — Cooper broke off and swallowed, holding back tears — “when a 5-year-old boy was rescued after being buried for more than seven days. Do you know what strength it takes to survive on rainwater, buried under concrete? A 5-year-old boy, buried for seven days.”

“Haitians slap your hand hard when they shake it, they don’t blink. They stand tall and they have dignity. It’s a dignity many in this White House could learn from,” he finished. “It’s a dignity the president, with all his money and all his power, could learn from as well.”

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#1512334 --- 01/12/18 10:46 AM Re: Trump "Fritzing Out" [Re: kyle585]
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http://money.cnn.com/2018/01/11/investing/trump-twitter-stocks/index.html

Want to buy a stock that's a sure winner? One money manager jokingly suggests looking for companies that President Trump has bashed on Twitter.

Barry Ritholtz, chairman and chief investment officer of Ritholtz Wealth Management, set up just such a portfolio before the inauguration a year ago. He wrote on Bloomberg this week that it's up 42%.


He called it the Drain the Swamp Index. The biggest winner? Boeing (BA), which Trump criticized for the cost of Air Force One, has doubled.

Amazon (AMZN) is up nearly 60%. Trump has made several erroneous claims about the company. He tweeted that it's unprofitable (it's not) and has claimed that CEO Jeff Bezos is using The Washington Post as a "big tax shelter" for Amazon even though the paper is owned personally by Bezos, not Amazon.

And then there's the supposedly "failing" New York Times (NYT). Its stock is up more than 40% in the past year thanks to booming digital subscriptions. Time Warner (TWX), the parent company of CNN, is also in Ritholtz's collection of Trump targets.

The Drain the Swamp Index has outperformed both the broader market and a separate index of Trump-friendly companies that Ritholtz named the Oligarch Index. They were each up about 20% in the past year.


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#1512349 --- 01/12/18 02:32 PM Re: Trump "Fritzing Out" [Re: kyle585]
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https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2018/01/republican-congress-exodus-2018

The Republican Exodus Is Becoming a Deluge

And the White House is struggling to respond.


by Tina Nguyen January 12, 2018 12:16 pm

But in one way or another, all face the political reality of belonging to a wildly unpopular party, led by the most unpopular president in the modern era. Worse, they face an energized grassroots Democrat electorate, which has so far turned races for even surefire Republican seats into contests that are uncomfortably close. Meanwhile, talk of a Democratic resurgence has reached a fever pitch: “You can't really look at tonight’s results and conclude that Democrats are anything other than the current favorites to pick up the U.S. House in 2018,” tweeted Dave Wasserman, the House editor for the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, after Northam’s win.

For the G.O.P., it remains maddeningly unclear how the White House, and the Republican party at large, will respond to the exodus. The administration’s political office, which is overseen by Bill Stepien, recently underwent a shake-up to address last year’s legislative and political failures. But insiders have suggested that the organization is still hopelessly directionless, and that “nobody knows what the f--- [Stepien has] done or is doing to advance the president’s agenda politically.” (Politico implied that the Trump White House only understood the grave importance of the Pennsylvania race after House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy made a presentation about it during a party huddle at Camp David last week.) As such, Republicans may be right to pour undue resources into a House race they’d normally take for granted—should they lose the election, they may be helpless to stop the ensuing tide of fleeing congressmen.

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#1512371 --- 01/12/18 05:13 PM Re: Trump "Fritzing Out" [Re: kyle585]
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http://thehill.com/homenews/administrati...r-to-stay-quiet

Lawyer paid $130k to silence adult-film star over sexual encounter with Trump: report

By Avery Anapol - 01/12/18 03:20 PM EST

A lawyer for President Trump reportedly arranged a six-figure payment to a former adult-film star to keep her from discussing a sexual encounter with Trump, according to a new report Friday.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Michael Cohen, an attorney for the Trump Organization at the time and now Trump’s personal lawyer, arranged for Stephanie Clifford, known in the industry as Stormy Daniels, to receive $130,000 as part of a nondisclosure agreement one month before the 2016 presidential election.

Clifford has privately told sources interviewed by the Journal that she and Trump had a consensual sexual encounter in 2006, the year after he and Melania Trump were married. Clifford was 27 years old at the time of the alleged encounter in Lake Tahoe.

A White House official declined to comment to the Journal about the payment, but said that the allegations of the interaction between Trump and Clifford were “old, recycled reports, which were published and strongly denied prior to the election.”

Cohen told the Journal in a statement that Trump “once again vehemently denies” the encounter, but did not comment on the alleged $130,00 payment.

“This is now the second time that you are raising outlandish allegations against my client,” Cohen said in the statement. “You have attempted to perpetuate this false narrative for over a year; a narrative that has been consistently denied by all parties since at least 2011.”

Cohen's reference to previous allegations may include the Journal's report in the days before the election that Clifford intended to appear on "Good Morning America" to discuss the alleged affair. She reportedly chose not to appear on the show at that time without explanation.

Cohen sent the paper a statement signed by “Stormy Daniels” denying the sexual encounter with Trump and saying that hush money rumors are “completely false.”

Clifford did not comment directly to the Journal, and Clifford’s lawyer declined to comment on the matter.

Clifford reportedly received the payment through her lawyer’s client-trust account. A spokeswoman for the bank where the account is held declined to comment.

The payment was allegedly made around the time that the “Access Hollywood” tape surfaced, in which Trump made a comment about grabbing women “by the p----.”

Sexual harassment and assault allegations against Trump from more than a dozen women surfaced during the campaign, and again during the rise of the "Me Too" movement. Trump has repeatedly denied the allegations, and the official White House position is that the women are lying.

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#1512378 --- 01/13/18 02:51 AM Re: Trump "Fritzing Out" [Re: kyle585]
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Trump supporters have so much to be proud about.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/report-trump-...--politics.html

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's personal lawyer brokered a $130,000 payment to a porn actress to prevent her from publicly discussing an alleged sexual encounter with Trump, according to a report Friday in The Wall Street Journal.

Trump met Stephanie Clifford, whose goes by the name Stormy Daniels in films, at a golf event in 2006 — a year after Trump's marriage to his wife, Melania. According to the Journal's report, Clifford began talking with ABC News in the fall of 2016 for a story involving an alleged relationship with Trump, but reached a $130,000 deal a month before the election, which prevented her from going public.

Trump's longtime attorney Michael Cohen arranged for the payment through Clifford's lawyer, Keith Davidson, the Journal reported.

Clifford had also been in discussions with the online magazine Slate, The New York Times reported Friday. Jacob Weisberg, editor-in-chief of the Slate Group, told the Times that Clifford had told him she had an affair with Trump.

In a statement to the Journal, Cohen did not address his role in negotiating the supposed payment but said Trump denies any such relationship with Clifford. Clifford has previously denied an alleged relationship with Trump. Cohen also sent the Journal a statement — signed by "Stormy Daniels" — in which the actress denied receiving "hush money" from Trump.

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#1512405 --- 01/13/18 02:22 PM Re: Trump "Fritzing Out" [Re: kyle585]
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https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/arc...tm_source=atltw

“Have you no sense of decency?” It’s the question that the members of the Republican majority in the Congress—51 senators, 239 representatives—might bear in mind, in the “shithole” era.

If only two of those senators would stand up against Donald Trump, with their votes rather than just their tweets or concerned statements, they would constitute an effective majority.

With the 49 Democratic and independent senators, these two would make 51 votes, which in turn would be enough to authorize real investigations. They could pass a formal resolution of censure. They could call for tax returns and financial disclosure. They could begin hearings, on the model of the nationally televised Watergate hearings of 45 years ago.

They could behave as if they took seriously their duties to hold the executive branch accountable. They could make a choice they know will be to their credit when this era enters history — as did the Republicans who finally turned against their own party’s President Nixon during the Watergate drama, as did the Democrats who finally turned against their own party’s President Johnson over the Vietnam war, as did the Republicans who finally turned against their own poisonous Senator McCarthy in the episode that gave rise to “Have you no sense of decency?” more than 60 years ago. They could spare themselves the shame that history attaches to people who did the wrong thing, or nothing, or kept looking the other way during those decisive periods.

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#1512408 --- 01/13/18 02:54 PM Re: Trump "Fritzing Out" [Re: kyle585]
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#1512409 --- 01/13/18 03:05 PM Re: Trump "Fritzing Out" [Re: cwjga]
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I love it when all a Trump supporter can muster up is a cartoon in response to a racist president which results in the most vile and hated man in recent history. Maybe an observation to today's news around the world will note that American media is actually reporting an accurate and true assessment of the situation and the only thing fake is.......well......your cartoon. laugh



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#1512410 --- 01/13/18 03:16 PM Re: Trump "Fritzing Out" [Re: Formermac]
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#1512435 --- 01/14/18 01:37 PM Re: Trump "Fritzing Out" [Re: Formermac]
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https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/gop-rep-mia-love-trump-s-vulgar-remarks-i-can-n837616

Republican Rep. Mia Love said Sunday that “she can't defend the indefensible” when it comes to the president’s vulgar remarks referring to immigration from African nations and comments on whether the U.S. needed more Haitian immigrants.

"I can't defend the indefensible. You have to understand that there are countries that struggle out there but ... their people are good people and they're part of us,” Love, the daughter of Haitian immigrants, said on CNN’s "State of the Union" Sunday.

When asked if she thought President Donald Trump’s reported description of African nations as "shithole countries" during a meeting on immigration with lawmakers was racist, the Utah lawmaker replied that they were.

"I think they were, yes. I think they were unfortunate,” she said. "I wasn't in the room. I know the comments were made. I don't know in which context they were made."

“I'm looking forward to finding out what happened, but more importantly, I'm looking forward to fixing the problem,” she said. “We have to hold ourselves to a higher standard.”

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#1512443 --- 01/14/18 06:19 PM Re: Trump "Fritzing Out" [Re: kyle585]
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If early defense systems in Hawaii can get it so wrong, we ought to assume North Korea could make a similar mistake—and fire its missiles in what it believes is self-defense. Wars can begin because of miscalculation or error. We need to walk back from the brink.

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