Palmer Report: This is how Donald Trump’s presidency ends

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New York Magazine canvassed a hundred New Yorkers asking each the question, “How Will the Trump Presidency End?” Remember, this question was asked in New York, so you can expect a New York bias. Nevertheless, a thin majority (51%) responded he will run again and lose in 2020 – and a further 8% thinks he will lose and have to be deposed, with 23% believing he will win reelection. The remaining replies ranged from “don’t know” all the way to impeachment to “he will become dictator for life.”


What struck me about all this is, based on the opinions of people in a distinctly anti-Trump city, how easy it is to believe that Donald Trump has a Vegas chance to survive this current crisis. Most particularly, in a post-Fairness Doctrine, Post-Truth era, the “man on the street” thinks that a proven arch criminal, traitor, sexual predator and liar has a decent shot at a second term.



Welcome to a world where it is possible to believe that the Apollo mission to the moon was a hoax, where global warming is a business dirty trick of Chinese export, where the 911 attacks were engineered by the Bush administration and UFOs travel trillions of kilometers for the sole purpose of making lovely designs in our crops. Welcome to the world of “anything goes.” This is the State of the Union of “thought” as it exists in America today. And it is nothing short of unbelievably, staggeringly stupid.




I do not know who will be taking the oath of office on Wednesday, January 20th, 2021, but I do know who it won’t be, and I’ll stake my reputation on it: it won’t be Donald John Trump. To support this extraordinary claim I turn to no less a person than Sir Isaac Newton, who said in his Third Law of Motion: “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.”


If anything has been a constant in American national politics, it has been the routine left to right and back again swing of the pendulum of the political spectrum. Never before in history has that pendulum swung so severely to the right, and never before has there been so powerful a groundswell risen up of equal and opposite reaction, fueled by an outrage seldom seen before, and one about to be augmented by a Generation Z explosion – coming of age and desperate to vote Donald Trump into oblivion. And you may quote me.

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“trump anxiety” – Google News: Prince George’s County nurse who has lived in U.S. for nearly 30 years facing deportation – FOX 5 DC

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Prince George’s County nurse who has lived in U.S. for nearly 30 years facing deportation  FOX 5 DC

A Prince George’s County nurse who’s lived in the U.S. for nearly three decades is facing deportation in just two weeks.

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“Trump Investigations” – Google News: Unsealed docs: Mueller starting investigating Trump fixer Cohen in July 2017 – MSNBC

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Unsealed docs: Mueller starting investigating Trump fixer Cohen in July 2017  MSNBC

Hundreds of newly-released pages of court documents concerning Michael Cohen answer some – but not all – questions about the Mueller investigation. Jeremy …

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Montgomery re-elects Brescia as mayor  Times Herald-Record

Montgomery voters decided Tuesday they wanted Steve Brescia to serve another four years as mayor.Brescia, who’s been mayor for 28 years, fought off a …

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Palmer Report: Donald Trump just sold off a real estate asset in mysterious fashion, and the timing is really interesting

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Last week the New York Attorney General announced that she was hitting Donald Trump with millions of dollars in fines over his abuse of the Trump Foundation nonprofit charity. This included $2.8 million in restitution and another $5.6 million in penalties. At the time, Palmer Report pointed out that because Trump runs a debt-based cash-poor business model, he might have to sell off assets just to pay the fines – particularly if they kept piling up. It turns out we may or may not have been onto something.


Today it’s being reported that Donald Trump sold one of his New York City condos back on March 8th. Forbes is hitting on two key suspicious points. First, the buyer appears to have used a series of shell corporations to try to hide his or her real identity. Second, the buyer appears to have paid Trump far more than market value. These are both matters of concern. But what caught our eye is the specific dollar amount: $2.9 million. Sound familiar?



That’s right. Just one week before it was announced that Donald Trump was getting hit with a $2.8 million fine, he sold off a property for $2.9 million, which was conveniently just enough to cover the cost of the fine. Is this merely an interesting coincidence, or is Trump indeed selling off assets in order to get enough cash to pay his fines?




Trump was also hit with the separate $5.6 million fine, in addition to the $2.8 million fine. But he sold the property before the fines were publicly announced. It’s possible he knew the $2.8 million restitution charge was coming, and he wanted to generate enough cash to cover it, but he didn’t know the extra $5.6 million charge was coming.


Of course Donald Trump will likely try to fight these fines in court. But if the courts rule against him, and he doesn’t have the cash on hand to pay the fines, New York State could decide to seize some of his assets in order to make up for it. So yeah, Trump could be trying to get out ahead of this. Or it could simply be a coincidence that he found some shady buyer to pay him an overinflated $2.9 million, just as he was finding himself on the hook for $2.8 million.

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Smoking strong pot daily raises psychosis risk, study finds  FoxReno.com

LONDON (AP) — Scientists say smoking high-potency marijuana every day could increase the chances of developing psychosis by about five times. The new …

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“trump, russia and the mob” – Google News: Smoking strong pot daily raises psychosis risk, study finds – FoxReno.com

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Smoking strong pot daily raises psychosis risk, study finds  FoxReno.com

LONDON (AP) — Scientists say smoking high-potency marijuana every day could increase the chances of developing psychosis by about five times. The new …

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House Oversight chair says White House hasn’t turned over ‘a single piece of paper’ related to investigations  The Week Magazine

The White House is refusing to give the House Oversight Committee any documents or produce any witnesses for its investigations, Chair Elijah Cummings …

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Gutfeld on millennials’ stresses  Fox News

A new study of 2000 millennials finds that a third believe their lives are more stressful than the average person’s. And 60 percent feel life is more stressful than …

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Palmer Report: New signs emerge that William Barr isn’t playing for Donald Trump’s team

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Preet Bharara is the former US Attorney for the Southern District of New York. He was abruptly fired by Donald Trump, after he refused to take a personal call from the President he felt was inappropriate, considering his office was investigating Trump. Bharara appeared on Morning Joe this morning, and he discussed Geoffrey Berman, his replacement as the US Attorney for the SDNY. Berman was hand-picked by Donald Trump to lead the SDNY. Berman was a law partner of Rudy Giuliani, who is famously part of Donald Trump’s legal defense team.

Bharara discussed how aggressively the SDNY has pursued investigations against Donald Trump, despite Trump having fired Bharara and hand-picked his replacement. Bharara described the pressure his replacement is under to do the right thing, and he later likened Berman’s situation to that of Attorney General William Barr.

Bharara stated that the SDNY, like the Department of Justice, is filled with dedicated, professional prosecutors, totally committed to the rule of law. If Berman interfered with any rightful attempt to investigate and prosecute crimes, the law enforcement community and the public would know about it within days, and Berman’s professional reputation would suffer irreparable harm. While a lawyer such as Berman might initially come into the SDNY with the intent of interfering in an ongoing investigation, once inside the organization, Berman would be hit with the realization that dozens of lawyers and reporters are actively watching him, and looking for any sign of interference. Berman, quickly and wisely, recused himself on all matters related to Donald Trump.


The pressure that Berman faces in the SDNY is less than the pressure on Donald Trump’s hand-picked Attorney General, William Barr. His decisions and actions will be recorded in history books and he surely knows it. While he declined to recuse himself, which probably would have gotten him fired on the spot, there are clearly signs that Barr, like Berman, is not willing to be seen as a puppet for Donald Trump.



The latest sign is today’s announcement of the continued employment of Rod Rosenstein as the Deputy Attorney General. Barr declared under oath during his confirmation hearings, that he spoke with Rosenstein and expected him to depart DOJ after a transition period, which was expected to be mid-March. Today, it was announced that Rosenstein would stay on “longer.” This will not make Donald Trump happy at all.




Rosenstein retained control of the day-to-day management of the Mueller investigation throughout Jeff Sessions’ tenure as Attorney General, throughout Matt Whittaker’s tenure as Acting AG, and now through William Barr’s tenure as Attorney General. It would be highly unusual, and would attract attention, for the Attorney General to interfere and be involved in the day-to-day management of the Mueller investigation. Instead, the normal way for Barr to impact the day-to-day management of the Mueller investigation would be for him to replace Rod Rosenstein with his own hand-picked Deputy Attorney General.


Allowing Rod Rosenstein to continue in his position, and continue to oversee the management of the Mueller investigation for an undetermined amount of time, is a big deal. It is another indication that William Barr is unwilling to directly interfere with the Mueller investigation.

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Ronald Reagan’s Daughter: Trump GOP ‘Bears No Resemblance’ To My Father’s  HuffPost

Patti Davis said her dad would be “horrified” and “heartbroken” by the state of the U.S. and the Republican Party under Trump.

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“trump as danger to National Security” – Google News: Takeaways from the Michael Cohen search warrants – WQAD.com

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Takeaways from the Michael Cohen search warrants  WQAD.com

When Democratic investigators like House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler and House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff say they want to obtain Mueller’s …

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Socialist Equality Party organizes to support whistleblowers, raise awareness  MU The Parthenon

As of Wednesday, March 20, Chelsea Manning, a former intelligence analyst for the United States Army, has been imprisoned for 12 days because of her refusal …

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“trump investigated by the fbi” – Google News: In court filing, Robert Mueller’s team says it’s very busy this week – CNN

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In court filing, Robert Mueller’s team says it’s very busy this week  CNN

Washington (CNN) Robert Mueller’s prosecutors dropped yet another head-scratching signal in their latest court filing Tuesday that the special counsel …

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“US elections and russia” – Google News: To Understand China, Look to America’s History – The Wall Street Journal

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To Understand China, Look to America’s History  The Wall Street Journal

In challenging Britain’s hegemony a century ago, U.S. tactics look similar to Beijing’s today.

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Palmer Report: What the startling new numbers from Kamala Harris and Beto O’Rourke really tell us

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Earlier this week, Palmer Report explained that it’s far too early to size up the 2020 Democratic presidential primary field simply by looking at any one factor. Polls are still more about leftover name recognition from past elections than about current preferences. Fundraising numbers are also only one factor. Now we’re seeing startling new numbers from Kamala Harris and Beto O’Rourke, each of a different kind, and it’s important to put them in context.


Two new major polls have been released this week. The new Morning Consult poll shows little to no movement for any candidate, in comparison to the last time it was conducted a week ago. But the new CNN poll tells a different story. It has Joe Biden in first place at 28% and Bernie Sanders in second place at 20%, which as we’ve explained, is mostly a function of the time they’ve spent on the national political stage prior to this race. The real story here is that Kamala Harris has spiked to third place with 12%, while Beto O’Rourke is in fourth place with 11%.



O’Rourke’s recent Texas Senate race garnered consistent nationwide coverage, so he has more built-in national name recognition than Harris does. So the fact that she’s climbed ahead of him in the CNN poll is a big deal. In fact, when you consider that Biden and Bernie both have fairly low polling numbers for already being such household names, Kamala’s numbers make a strong argument that she’s the de facto frontrunner. That said, because Beto just now entered the race, we’ll want to see if he gets a bump in the polls next week from his launch.




The other startling news is that Beto O’Rourke managed to raise slightly more money in the first 24 hours of his campaign than Bernie Sanders raised in his first 24 hours. Again, Bernie is the more established name, so it’s a really big deal that Beto managed to out-fundraise him.


The poll numbers are telling us that Kamala Harris has the momentum, while the fundraising numbers tell us that Beto O’Rourke has the momentum. This early in the race, particularly in a field this large, positive news about a candidate tends to snowball in terms of positive coverage and attention. So we consider momentum to be the biggest overall factor in ranking the field. Kamala and Beto had a good week. We’ll see what happens next week in this crowded race.

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The brutal leader of Chechnya goes after another monitor of his torture and abuse  The Washington Post

The autocrat Ramzan Kadyrov continues to remove anyone who speaks out against his regime.

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“Elections 2016 Investigation” – Google News: Republican Devin Nunes sues Twitter, users over attacks – CNN

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Republican Devin Nunes sues Twitter, users over attacks  CNN

California Republican Rep. Devin Nunes is suing Twitter and three individual Twitter users, accusing them of defaming him in order to derail his re-election …

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“trump electorate” – Google News: Why Would Donald Trump Settle for a Bad China Trade Deal? His 2020 Reelection – Newsweek

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Why Would Donald Trump Settle for a Bad China Trade Deal? His 2020 Reelection  Newsweek

The White House trade representative says Trump can get a better agreement with Beijing. But politics are pulling the president to the table.

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“analysis of trump electorate” – Google News: Why Would Donald Trump Settle for a Bad China Trade Deal? His 2020 Reelection – Newsweek

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Why Would Donald Trump Settle for a Bad China Trade Deal? His 2020 Reelection  Newsweek

The White House trade representative says Trump can get a better agreement with Beijing. But politics are pulling the president to the table.

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Trump names new FAA boss with Boeing grounding as backdrop  CNN

President Donald Trump on Tuesday nominated a former Delta Airlines executive to become the new administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration as the …

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