1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): Donald Trump: Twitter Users Serve Up Scathing Visions Of Trump’s Planned July Fourth Bash

The president’s call for a “Salute To America” bash evoked memories of the wild “Honor America” Independence Day arranged by Richard Nixon supporters.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): Palmer Report: The real reason Robert Mueller hasn’t made his big move against Donald Trump (yet)

Palmer Report reader John Nesbit asked the question so many of us have on our minds: “If the evidence and proof of Trump’s crimes is so large and vast (and I’m sure that it is), why is he still allowed to get away with placing our country and the lives of so many innocent people in such grave peril? Isn’t there anything that has been perpetrated or committed (so far), to warrant his immediate removal from such a position of destructive power? How long does the process of protecting the country from this monstrosity take?”

This is the same question I’ve asked a dozen times. After all, we know proof exists of Kushner, Flynn and Trump considering plans to help Saudi Arabia obtain nuclear energy, which would benefit the same entity that bailed out the Kushner family. We know Trump committed campaign finance violations, lied about them, and did this specifically to alter the outcome of the election. We strongly suspect Trump was directly involved in conspiring with Russia to help him win the 2016 election, and we suspect he would not have won without Russia’s help. We know he fired Jim Comey in order to ease the pressure he felt about the Trump/Russia investigation, then he invited Russians into the White House and bragged about the firing, and assured the Russians that the pressure was off. So, back to the question: why is he still in office? Can’t anyone get this guy out?

The pessimistic, and perhaps realistic answer is that it is really hard to remove a sitting President. The bar is high and the options only include impeachment, and Article 25. Impeachment is the only realistic option and in order for that effort to be successful in the current political environment, the evidence has to be so overwhelming, even portions of Trump’s base begin to give up on him, causing Republican Senators to turn on him. Even with all his known crimes, we are sadly not there yet.

But, there is another side of the story. It is still based on evidence, but it involves connecting the known dots into a story. The story is that Donald Trump is not the legitimate President. He would not have won the election without the coordinated help of a Russian machine investing hundreds of millions of dollars worth of illegal Russian manpower, and help. Furthermore, as Palmer has been documenting since late 2016, county-level election results in key swing states strongly appear to have been altered. In this evidence-based scenario, Trump and Kushner were in deep financial trouble before Trump announced his Presidential bid, and they both immediately looked for ways to use the Presidency to enrich themselves.


We have some signs that Robert Mueller is in possession of evidence that would confirm all of the above about Trump. Mueller gave full immunity to Trump’s CFO. He would not have done that unless he got actionable information in exchange. Similarly, Mueller gave immunity to convicted felon George Nader. Again he must have received actionable information in exchange. The list of similar evidentiary morsels we know about is long – the raid of Deutsche Bank, the server that sent signals between Trump Tower, the DeVos connected company, and Russia. We know Mueller is sitting on a mountain of information.




There is one piece of information though that I think is very important for our ability to connect the dots. Remember that Michael Flynn began cooperating many, many months before anyone knew he was cooperating? Do you also remember that his cooperation agreement specifically included his agreement to wear a wire? At the time it was made public it seemed crazy to include that, as now that he was cooperating, presumably no target would reveal important information to him. However, once we realized he had already been cooperating before his deal, it made sense to conclude that he had already been wearing a wire, and the cooperation agreement simply documented what had already taken place.




It is information like that, as well as learning more about FBI investigative methods, that gives me reason to engage in optimistic speculation. If Flynn wore a wire and continued to have conversations with Trump and his associates, if Mueller does have acess to the kind of communications and information from our international allies that we think he does, if Trump and Kushner had meetings and conversations with officials from the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, North Korea and Russia, and if Mueller can access the content of most of those communications – then, just imagine the intelligence the FBI has been gathering over the last two years.



The FBI could be learning about Saudi Arabia nuclear plans, and American government officials who are sympathetic to or compromised by Russia. Donald Trump has managed to infiltrate the inner circle of strongmen and despots like no other person could. At my most optimistic I think maybe, just maybe the FBI has it all under control and they will step in if truly necessary, but until then they will work diligently to finish their investigation while they monitor and learn a treasure trove of new intelligence.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): Palmer Report: The number of Donald Trump cabinet members headed to prison just increased by at least one, and maybe two

How many of Donald Trump’s current and former cabinet members are headed to prison? That depends on a few factors, such as whether Jeff Sessions has cut an immunity deal against Trump, and whether Betsy DeVos is as closely tied to Trump-Russia as circumstantial evidence suggests she is. But we do know that the number of cabinet members headed to prison just increased by at least one, and maybe two.


This week a judge ruled that Donald Trump’s current Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta broke the law back when he was a federal prosecutor by giving a suspiciously lenient plea deal to serial child rapist Jeffrey Epstein, and preventing the victims from finding out about it. The judge hasn’t yet handed out any specific remedies, and we don’t know what will happen to Epstein, but it is clear that Acosta is in serious trouble.




The question of course is why Acosta did this. In the process he violated federal law, he also violated God’s laws by letting this sick SOB off the hook, and put his own career and freedom at stake in the process. Trump and Epstein have been friends for many years. Trump seemingly rewarded Acosta for getting Epstein off the hook, by giving him the cabinet position. We don’t know where this is headed, but there’s enough momentum now that the ugly truth will come out.




Will proof be uncovered that Alexander Acosta took some kind of bribe in exchange for letting Epstein off the hook, or that Donald Trump was somehow involved? We have no idea. Acosta will go to Hell for what he did, but the reality is that he’ll probably only go to prison if it can be proved that he had malicious intent (such as a bribe) when he cut the plea deal. However, we learned this week that another Trump cabinet member is all but definitely headed to prison.



As we speak, a grand jury is hearing evidence that Donald Trump’s recently resigned Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke lied to federal investigators about one of his scandals. Grand juries always indict on this kind of thing, and trial juries nearly always convict on this kind of thing. Zinke is going to prison. One can only hope that Alexander Acosta and Jeffrey Epstein are going with him.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): Palmer Report: Jared Kushner and Donald Trump Jr have a whole new problem

Former U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade appeared on MSNBC yesterday to provide her thoughts on the Special Counsel’s report. McQuade does not believe Robert Mueller’s report is “imminent” and that it may instead be released “in the coming months” due to one important holdup: Donald Trump Junior and Jared Kushner are being investigated further.

Barbara McQuade’s statements and beliefs are based on the redactions in Mueller’s latest filing. She specifically points to redactions relating to Michael Cohen. Because Michael Cohen has been cooperating, it’s not hard to guess that some of that cooperation involves the Trump Tower Moscow negotiations, as well as the meeting held at Trump Tower, both of which include Junior and Kushner.

Based on the apparent timeline of the tower negotiations, McQuade thinks that those negotiations explain Trump’s “positive declarations” about Vladimir Putin, which makes sense when you think about. She further points out that if those negotiations were ongoing, as we believe they are, it “could also raise questions about what else might have been on the negotiating table for the project, particularly if he won the presidency.” Given Trump’s actions on various issues, it does appear that he made some type of promises to Putin, against the best interests of the United States.


McQuade also clarified (for those who haven’t been listening) that “collusion” is not a crime but that the Special Counsel is rightfully investigating “conspiracy,” which is a crime. She makes the further point that if Trump and his “amen corner” spokespeople SSarah Huckabee Sanders and Kellyanne Conway are so confident in Trump’s innocence, why does Trump go out of his way to attack law enforcement and Mueller?




Most of Trump’s actions have us all scratching our heads, but this question is very telling. Most innocent people will do anything to prove their innocence, including cooperating with an investigation. If Trump is so innocent, why does he repeatedly call the Special Counsel’s investigation a “witch hunt” and continue to scream “no collusion,” which as McQuade points out, isn’t even a crime? Even if the continued probe does in fact target Junior and Kushner, what does that have to do with Trump? Everything.




It’s safe to say that neither Kushner nor Junior would make any moves on behalf of Trump’s businesses without his input. Junior’s lies to the Senate Judiciary Committee that he knew “very little” about Trump Tower Moscow and that the project “died of deal fatigue” will likely become the center of Mueller’s probe. Michael Cohen has told Mueller the entire truth, and even Rudy Giuliani told The New York Times that Trump Sr. told him that negotiations were ongoing throughout the presidential campaign (though he claimed to later “have no recollection” of the timeline.



Pardon the cliché, but in the words of Shakespeare, methinks they doth protest too much. They are lying, and they know it. We know it, for that matter. I for one will be ecstatic when this is proven. I suspect many of you will be as well.



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Roger Stone Has a Bunch of Proud Boys Volunteering For Him  Splinter

As we wait to find out how many crimes Roger Stone did in *service* of Donald Trump, the sex pervert, conspiracy theorist, and former Trump advisor has …

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In an interview broadcast Sunday, former federal prosecutor Trey Gowdy accused House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff of seeing “things that …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): Palmer Report: Donald Trump’s friendship from hell with Jeffrey Epstein

“I’ve known Jeff for 15 years. Terrific guy,” Donald Trump said of Jeffrey Epstein in 2002 to New York Magazine. “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.”

Six years later, Epstein was busted for trafficking in underaged girls, but was hit with much lesser prostitution-related charges by Trump’s current Labor Secretary, Alexander Acosta. Acosta ensured that Epstein would only serve thirteen months in county jail and could come and go from the facility as he pleased, per the plea agreement Acosta devised. Acosta also ensured that the victims of Epstein’s sexual violence wouldn’t be able to contest the plea agreement, because it was intentionally kept hidden. Epstein lives in the U.S. Virgin Islands now, his freedom and riches intact. Acosta referred to the Epstein plea deal as “a point of pride” during his confirmation hearings in 2017.


Of all the candidates surely qualified to run Trump’s Labor Department, why would he ever choose child prostitution enabler Alexander Acosta? It would certainly seem as if Trump’s publicly stated admiration of Epstein should lead to a few questions about that decision. Maybe Alan Dershowitz, famed Harvard law professor and Trump’s most reliable and vociferous legal expert-cum-defender can give him a few pointers. After all, he and Clinton inquisitor Kenneth Starr both helped Epstein secure his slap on the wrist when they were key players on his team of lawyers. In fact, Dershowitz says he still advises Epstein to this day. Epstein must have been a really good money manager.




Evangelical supporters of Trump remain strangely silent on all of this. Perhaps they’ve traded every fiber of their moral being for stricter abortion laws and conservative judges? After all, it would seem that child prostitution would at least lead to something like a March For Life by way of response. But since evangelicals who ever supported the notorious lecher Donald Trump are hypocrites, they’ll never hold Trump, his putrid cronies, and fellow power brokers accountable. Even great “Patriot” and Trump’s good buddy Robert Kraft is going down in flames because of his alleged participation in human trafficking. Does Donald Trump know anyone who isn’t a hypocritical asshole?




It makes a person wonder what all of these rich and powerful guys are really up to behind closed doors, and why all these God-fearing Christians seem to effortlessly turn the other cheek. Strange bedfellows. After all, forgiveness requires repentance, but there has been none from Trump. He avoids all conviction. For now.



Protecting children from sexual predators should be a priority for Democrats moving forward, since the president, the GOP, and their evangelical supporters have proven unwilling and uncaring. And Donald Trump should be asked a question about Alexander Acosta every hour until Acosta is fired.



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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): “Donald Trump” – Google News: Is Trump especially vulnerable to primary challenge? – Washington Examiner

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It’s become a common talking point for “Never Trump” Republicans seeking to defeat President Trump in the 2020 GOP primaries: Polls have found that a …

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. In his book, “Let Me Finish,” Chris Christie answers a question about Donald Trump that has long perplexed me: Why are his ties …

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‘I don’t like any of the candidates’ is no way to run a country | Opinion  Tallahassee.com

The two-party system denies voters the choices they want to make.

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The US president says he will hold a summit with Xi Jinping to conclude an agreement to end the year-long standoff

Donald Trump has said he will delay an increase in tariffs on Chinese goods that had been scheduled for Friday, citing “substantial progress” in trade talks with China over the weekend.

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….productive talks, I will be delaying the U.S. increase in tariffs now scheduled for March 1. 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!

Related: How Xi Jinping became a networked authoritarian thanks to his little red app | John Naughton

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): Palmer Report: All eyes on William Barr

As various major news outlets continue to speculate about the conclusion of Robert Mueller’s investigation, the spotlight will inevitably begin to shine on William Barr. Before being confirmed as Attorney General, Barr penned a memo to Rod Rosenstein and Steven Engel stating that Trump’s firing of Comey did not rise to the level of legal obstruction because as president, he has the right to hire and fire staff as he sees fit.

Barr did, however, say in his memo that a president can be charged with obstruction if he destroys evidence, suborns perjury, or interferes with a witness with the intent of changing his or her testimony. Trump has been accused of doing most, if not all, of these things. Barr did disagree with Trump that Mueller’s investigation was a “witch hunt” though this public declaration reveals little of what Barr is thinking.


So, what’s it going to be for Barr? Is he going to allow Mueller’s report and everything contained therein to proceed, even if those findings support obstruction by the president? The Democrats are now demanding that Mueller’s report be made public or, at the very least, turned over to Congress. Barr is the only person who can make that ultimate decision.




Most believe that Trump nominated Barr because of the June 8 memo, erroneously thinking that his writing meant he was willing to protect Trump from criminal charges. Keep in mind that when Barr wrote his memo, it was from the standpoint of an outsider, giving his “two cents.” Barr acknowledged that he was not privy to any evidence or information held by the Justice Department. The bulk of Barr’s memo centered on the legal definition of “obstruction,” a category which he does not believe the firing of James Comey fits. He was clear that obstruction is “evidence of interference in finding the truth or otherwise compromising the integrity of such an investigation.” In that case, if it is proven that Trump tampered with witnesses (and we know he has), will Barr do the right thing and allow the report – good or bad – to be public?




Barr has stated that he will “summarize” Mueller’s report, but do his plans include leaving out pertinent parts that point to Trump’s guilt? If he follows the very law he quotes, he cannot. Barr could base much of his decision on whether or not people mentioned in the report will be indicted. Congress is pushing back, however, by reminding Barr that information that should have been confidential about Hillary Clinton was publicly released, though she was never indicted. Is one investigation more important than the other? No.



Where this ends up is anyone’s guess, but rest assured that if they are not given the opportunity to read Mueller’s full report, Congress will demand access. One way or the other, Mueller will find a way to make his findings public. We’re just getting started with this, so stay tuned. We won’t know anything until the report is released. Then, we will be able to see just how this plays out.



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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Hurting California Republicans chose a party insider Sunday to lead them forward after their party suffered stinging defeats in …

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The New Abwehr Hypothesis of The Operation Trump 


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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices: Trial Judge Declares Male-Only Selective Service System Unconstitutional

On Feb. 22, a federal judge in the Southern District of Texas ruled that it is unconstitutional for the government to require only men to register for the draft. Judge Gray Miller found that the male-only Selective Service System (SSS) violates Fifth Amendment Equal Protection principles and granted summary judgment in favor of the National Coalition for Men (NCFM) and two individual plaintiffs who brought suit challenging the constitutionality of registering only men and not women for the military draft system.

Currently, the Military Selective Service Act (MSSA), most recently amended in 1971, requires all male citizens and residents of the United States ages 18 to 25 to register with the SSS, which would run the military draft if it were ever reinstated. Women are not required to register, nor can they register voluntarily. Transgender women must register and transgender men cannot register, as the “Selective Service bases the registration requirement on gender at birth and not on gender identity or on whether they’ve had a sex change”—though the Trump administration’s ban on transgender individuals serving in the military makes this a bit of a moot point at the moment.  For those assigned male at birth, failure to register with the SSS or update the system with address and exemption or deferment status changes can result in denial of federal student loans, fines up to $10,000 and five years of imprisonment.

NCFM, a men’s rights organization, and one of the plaintiffs, James Lesmeister, first filed suit in 2013 in the Central District of California. They claimed that the male-only draft system is unconstitutional because men are required to register but women are not, in violation of the guarantee of equal protection of the laws implicit in the Fifth Amendment Due Process Clause. The first trial judge dismissed the case as not ripe for review, but on appeal the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed and remanded, holding that the plaintiffs’ claims were sufficiently concrete and ripe. On remand, the judge granted the defendants’ motion to dismiss on the ground that NCFM lacked associational standing to represent the interests of its members, and determined that the proper venue for the case was the Southern District of Texas, where Lesmeister resides.

NCFM, Lesmeister, and a new plaintiff, Anthony Davis, filed an amended complaint in the Southern District of Texas in August 2017. Early on, Judge Miller denied the defendants’ motion to dismiss, finding that all three parties had standing and a plausible claim for relief, and allowing the case to proceed. In August 2018, the plaintiffs moved for summary judgment, asking Judge Miller to find in their favor as a matter of law. Judge Miller did so in his ruling on Feb. 22, and denied a defense motion to stay proceedings pending the results of congressional study into whether women should be added to the draft, currently being undertaken by the congressionally-established National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service.

The primary precedent with which the court grappled is Rostker v. Goldberg, a 1981 case in which the Supreme Court held that the male-only Selective Service System did not violate the Fifth Amendment and that Congress was within its authority to authority to decide to statutorily exclude women from the draft. At the heart of the Supreme Court’s analysis was the principle that it should defer to the relative institutional competence of Congress in setting military personnel policy. Because Congress had recently engaged in extensive debate about whether to include women in the draft and decided against it, the court was loath to second guess that judgment. The key factor distinguishing Rostker from the NCFM case, in Judge Miller’s opinion, was the fact that at the time of Rostker, women were formally excluded from combat roles. The purpose of the draft, the government argued in Rostker, was to enlist combat soldiers. Women could not fill that role so there was no reason to enlist them, and doing so would cause great administrative inconvenience. In the Rostker Court’s view, for purposes of Fifth Amendment Due Process analysis, men and women were not similarly situated such that excluding women would have denied them equal protection of the laws.

In reaching an outcome contrary to Rostker, Judge Miller emphasized that the facts on the ground have changed such that deference to Congress’s views from the 1980s is no longer warranted. Specifically, the Department of Defense lifted all gender-based restrictions on military service in 2015, and women, who have long served unofficially in combat roles, may now formally join combat units. The justification on which the Supreme Court’s decision in Rostker depended—that there was no reason to have women register for a combat draft system if they couldn’t serve in combat, –no longer holds. Interestingly, in a footnote, Judge Miller also remarks that “[t]he average woman could conceivably be better suited physically for some of today’s combat positions than the average man, depending on which skills the position required. Combat roles no longer uniformly require sheer size or muscle.” (Emphasis in original). The persistence of a male-only draft cannot therefore be said to serve Congress’s legitimate objective of raising and supporting armed forces.

In also rejecting the defense’s arguments for a stay of proceedings while the commission develops recommendations for Congress, Miller noted that “the Commission is not set to release its final report until 2020,” and “[t]here is no guarantee that the Commission will recommend amending or abolishing the MSSA—and, even if it does, Congress is not required to act on those recommendations.” Because there is no guarantee that Congress will act, regardless of what the commission recommends, it is proper for the judiciary to step in the resolve the constitutional infringement. “Even constitutionally mandated deference does not justify a complete and indefinite stay when parties allege that the federal government is presently violating their constitutional rights.”

Judge Miller’s order was for declaratory, rather than injunctive, relief, meaning that he provided a legal conclusion but did not direct the defendants or any other government body to do anything in response. The government will likely appeal the ruling to the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Stay tuned for future updates!

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): “trump and russia” – Google News: Opinion: The Fate of the Trump, Russia Collusion Investigation – The Mercury

Opinion: The Fate of the Trump, Russia Collusion Investigation  The Mercury

As the Mueller probe nears completion, Paul Gigot interviews former Justice Department Prosecutor James Trusty about issues including the Andrew McCabe …

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“social media in trump campaign” – Google News: Court records reveal a Mueller report right in plain view – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Court records reveal a Mueller report right in plain view  The San Diego Union-Tribune

In court filings, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has tracked an elaborate Russian operation that injected chaos into a U.S. presidential election and tried to help …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): Palmer Report: Donald Trump loses another building

We Americans like to name buildings for our presidents. It is a way of honoring our leaders’ contributions while displaying pride for our democracy. Naming buildings after presidents, and also enjoying these buildings, is usually not a big source of controversy. For example, President Bill Clinton, a Democrat, signed the legislation renaming the Old Executive Office Building as the Dwight D. Eisenhower Executive Office Building, in honor of the former Republican president. A mile away, audience members attend performances at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts regardless of their political affiliations.


This is how things normally work in America. But with Donald Trump, we are witnessing something unheard of. In the short time since Trump was elected president, he has inspired name changes in the opposite direction. More and more people are taking action to remove his name from buildings.




Before Trump took office, his name was already on many buildings for commercial reasons. An ego-driven real estate mogul, Trump lent his name to add more value while promoting his brand. But as it becomes clear that separating children from their parents and comforting white supremacists rank among this president’s favorite pastimes, that value has evaporated for many people.




When Trump was elected in 2016, all six buildings at New York’s Trump Place had his name on the facade. Now, that number will be going down to zero. Residents of the last two Trump Place buildings just joined their neighbors in deciding to remove his name from their home, as first reported by The Washington Post. Trump has also seen his name removed from hotels in Toronto, New York, and Panama since taking office.



Even President Nixon managed to get two elementary schools to adopt his name before Watergate claimed his presidency and shattered his legacy. But at the rate Donald Trump is going, he is on track to becoming the first president to leave office with a net negative when it comes to naming buildings for him.



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Trump digital operations from Michael_Novakhov (2 sites): “social media in trump campaign” – Google News: Court records reveal a Mueller report right in plain view – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Court records reveal a Mueller report right in plain view  The San Diego Union-Tribune

In court filings, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has tracked an elaborate Russian operation that injected chaos into a U.S. presidential election and tried to help …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): “Trump FBI file” – Google News: Sen. Cory Booker holds a town hall in Las Vegas – newschannel20.com

Sen. Cory Booker holds a town hall in Las Vegas  newschannel20.com

FILE – In this Oct. 28, 2018, file photo, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., looks up as he takes a selfie with an attendee after speaking attends at a get out the vote event …

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Trump News TV from Michael_Novakhov (3 sites): MidweekPolitics’s YouTube Videos: Caller Defends Lunatic Preacher from 2011


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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): Palmer Report: Marco Rubio tweets violent bloody photo, appears to call for a guy to be beaten to death

Republican Senator Marco Rubio has some explaining to do. For days he’s been tweeting an increasingly aggressive and hostile narrative toward Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, which was his prerogative, until he posted a bloody and violent threat today that has caused an uproar.

Marco Rubio posted a tweet this afternoon with two photos of former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. The first photo shows Gaddafi sitting on a gold chair and smiling. The second photo shows Gaddafi being beaten to death by his own people, his face and clothes covered in blood.


Rubio didn’t include any words with the photos. But his previous tweet two hours earlier was a rant about Venezuela’s Maduro, so there’s no question that the Gaddafi photo is intended as a message to Maduro. Rubio may be intending to warn Maduro that his people will end up killing him if he refuses to give up power. But there’s another interpretation here: one could argue that Rubio is calling for Maduro to be beaten to death. And because Rubio is a U.S. Senator, he’s making that call on behalf of the United States.




Whatever you think of Maduro or Gaddafi, this is nonetheless a stunning tweet by Marco Rubio. We think Maduro is awful, and we’re glad a brutal dictator like Gaddafi is no longer walking the planet. But if we tweeted a violent image of Gaddafi being beaten to death, in clear reference to the possibility of Maduro also getting beaten to death, we’re pretty sure we’d get suspended from Twitter or worse.




Marco Rubio’s problem isn’t just that he’s a lightweight and a weakling and a dummy. It’s that when he occasionally tries to beat his chest and prove how strong he is, he ends up going completely off the rails. When Rubio was losing the 2016 presidential election, he resorted to making dick jokes about his opponent. It was like watching a clueless child flailing around on an adult stage.



Now Rubio is trying to take a Trump-like stance toward Maduro, and he’s done it in grotesquely inappropriate (and violently dangerous) fashion. Rubio has shown consistently poor judgment, and this is the last straw; he should resign. We’re not going to post the violent image in question, but you can find it here, unless Rubio has deleted it by now.



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“Russia investigations” – Google News: Rep. Adam Schiff: Democrats will sue if Robert Mueller’s Russia report isn’t made public – USA TODAY

Rep. Adam Schiff: Democrats will sue if Robert Mueller’s Russia report isn’t made public  USA TODAY

As speculation continues to mount over when special counsel Robert Mueller will finish his investigation, Democrats are planning to subpoena and sue.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): Palmer Report: Donald Trump’s real state of emergency

There is a national emergency occurring as we speak – a crisis that involves the southern border and the entire planet. As with his manufactured crisis, the demand for a racist wall, Donald Trump is yet again going against the advice of the experts on it. It’s bad enough that Trump has called climate change a Chinese hoax. Now he’s trying to change reality, by adding a known climate change denier to a White House panel on climate science.


So far William Happer is the only revealed name on the 12-person committee, who parrots the common (and also commonly debunked) denialist talking point that CO2 is not a pollutant. This news coincides with the Trump administration’s plans to rollback regulations on vehicle and power plant exhaust. Happer’s nomination should be protested by anyone even remotely familiar with the science, and seen for what it is: further evidence that Republicans don’t give a damn about national security.




The Defense Department has long been concerned with the rising sea levels that result from climate change. The Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Site in the South Pacific could be uninhabitable by 2035 – with many other military bases to follow, making our country less safe.




Catastrophic flooding, rising temperatures, and forest fires will inevitably result in crop failures and food shortages. Events like these put not only the United States at risk – but much of the world. Mass migrations that Trump’s racist base dreads will only increase as lands become uninhabitable. The civil war in Syria is one such example, where a 2006 drought drove immigrants to Damascus in large numbers, inflaming political tensions.



In the national emergency Donald Trump decided to declare, the administration is trying to seize funds earmarked for California’s forest fires and other disaster relief. One can even draw a direct line to their recklessness with disasters, as the administration reversed flooding regulations via executive order just days before Hurricane Harvey flooded Houston in 2017. It’s past time to recognize this dangerous game for what it is – by discussing practical solutions with clean energy jobs and tossing deregulation upon the trash heap of bad ideas where it belongs.



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