Thursday, March 02, 2017

Trump's team skipped ethics course that teaches about laws, judicial appointments, and executive orders. Seriously, anybody surprised?

"Ah, we don't need it. Besides no one knows more about ethical behavior than I do. Believe me, no one."
Courtesy of Politico: 

President Donald Trump’s team rejected a course for senior White House staff, Cabinet nominees and other political appointees that would have provided training on leadership, ethics and management, according to documents obtained by POLITICO. 

The documents suggest the program could have better prepared officials for working within existing laws and executive orders, and provided guidance on how to navigate Senate confirmation for nominees and political appointees, how to deal with congressional and media scrutiny, and how to work with Congress and collaborate with agencies — some of the same issues that have become major stumbling blocks in the early days of the administration.

But the contract was never awarded because after the election the transition team shifted its priorities, according to a letter the General Services Administration sent to bidders such as the Partnership for Public Service. The program was expected to cost $1 million, the documents show. The contract-based training program was authorized in 2000, and the Obama and Bush transitions both received the training. 

“It has been determined that the requirements as defined in the RFQ do not accurately reflect the current needs of the Presidential Transition Team,” the GSA contracting officer, Matthew Gormley, wrote in the Jan. 10 letter.

Well this explains a lot.

I wonder if the course included direction to NOT select cabinet members compromised by a foreign intelligence agency?

Cause that might have been useful.

But to be fair WHY would the Trump transition team care to take a training on ethics when they had no intention of being ethical?

I mean that's just silly.

68 comments:

  1. Anonymous4:20 PM

    The orange shitgibbon would not get 'better' by taking an ethics course. He is fundamentally amoral. This includes many who orbit in his circle.

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    1. Nor does he think anyone can teach him anything about leadership or management.

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  2. Anonymous4:29 PM

    Ethic's? We don't need no stinkin ethics!

    What is ethics anyways?

    Signed the

    GOP (the morons)

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  3. Anonymous4:49 PM

    Are we at all surprised by their choice? They are all idiots! Every damn one of them in his cabinet!

    Trump, 'their' idiotic leader truly needs to be impeached!

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  4. Anonymous4:49 PM

    Oh, this is pure gold!
    Yeah, if we don't attend to ethic's training, we can act dumb and say well we never had ethics training! Hehehehehehe
    Yeah we are dumb , just like zinke riding a horse. What a moron!!!!!
    Look at me to he retard!!!!

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    1. But ignorance is no excuse.

      I'm sure Trump will say that million dollars would be better spend by directing it to our already obscenely bloated defense budget.

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  5. Anonymous5:06 PM

    Paying off debts, ha ha, didn’t he brag he was paying for everything himself.

    Besides when does trump pay his debts, bankruptcy is his motto?
    ===============================

    Team Trump Took Illegal Cash, Watchdogs Say

    Trump raised more than $10 million right after the election. He says he’s paying off debts. Two groups say it’s an illegal fundraising scheme.

    ... The campaign began fundraising almost immediately after Trump’s Nov. 8 victory, archived versions of its website show. It raised about $10.5 million from Nov. 9 through the end of the year, according to FEC filings.

    By earmarking those donations for debt reduction, the campaign classified them as 2016 receipts, meaning those contributions will not count towards the donors’ 2020 contribution limits.

    “By falsely reporting post-election contributions as being for 2016 debt retirement, Trump may be trying to illegally double what a contributor can give for the 2020 primaries,” Campaign Legal Center general counsel Larry Noble said in a statement on the complaint.

    .... Federal deems anyone who has raised $5,000 for an election a “candidate,” and requires that they establish an accompanying campaign committee within 15 days.

    If the funds raised by the campaign after the election did not go towards debt reduction, they were technically funds raised on behalf of the reelection campaign, which did not officially register with the FEC until inauguration day.

    “In the rush to cash in on an unexpected election victory, the Trump campaign began raising and misreporting millions of dollars in campaign contributions more than two months before Trump was even sworn into office,” Common Cause vice president Paul Ryan said in a statement on the complaint.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/03/02/team-trump-took-illegal-cash-watchdogs-say.html?via=desktop&source=facebook

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  6. The Old Redneck is taking a break!!!!

    Rachel Maddow's connect the dots about Trump, Bank of Cyprus, Deutsche Bank, Russian mob money!!

    Contacts with Russia by Sessions, and Trump's sons and son-in-law!!

    DHS study says nation from which immigrants come has nothing to do with terrorism!!!

    European intelligence agencies intercept communications about Trump contacts with Russia!!!

    My head is spinning!!! Gotta take a break!!!

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    1. Anonymous6:07 PM

      You go guy! My husband and I took a break about 2 months ago and decided that we're not really being part of these shenanigans.

      It's time to tune out, check out, and just live life, especially if you are over 40.

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    2. Anonymous11:03 PM

      It's called a mental health break and we've all taken them, mostly unannounced. Needing a mental health break is a good indication that you still have your sanity.

      That said, you might need to rest up a little before tackling the next four years. I'm sure Gryphen's not going anywhere.

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  7. Anonymous6:04 PM

    Guess Who Used Personal Email For State Business And Got Hacked? Mike Pence.

    Remember all the trouble Hillary Clinton got in for using a personal email server while serving as Secretary of State? The NY Times covered it. The Washington Times covered it. BBC, CNN, Time, Politico, Fox News....they all covered emailgate. But really, what did it mean? Colin Powell told Hillary Clinton that he used a personal email server. And hey, the head of the Office of Congressional Oversight, Jason Chaffetz, uses a gmail email address on his official business cards!

    But Hillary Clinton? No, she can't. The DNC (not her private server) got hacked, Wikileaks released tens of thousands of pages of emails. It tanked her campaign. No GOP would ever do that, right?

    Uh oh. Guess who was just discovered to have used a private email as well? Our current Vice President! Oh, and he got hacked too.

    Indy Star is reporting that our holier than thou, woman hating, forced gay conversion loving, Hillary-hating VP cast stones while in a glass house. Tsk tsk, Mikey.

    Indy Star made a public record request which showed that Pence used a personal AOL acct (what is it, 1996?) to communicate with top advisors regarding issues such as "security gates at the governor’s residence to the state’s response to terror attacks across the globe. In one email, Pence’s top state homeland security adviser relayed an update from the FBI regarding the arrests of several men on federal terror-related charges."

    Uh oh. This is awful sensitive information to be using on a personal, unsecure email account, right?

    When contacted for a statement, Pence's office in Washington said:

    http://crooksandliars.com/2017/03/guess-who-used-personal-email-state

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  8. Anonymous6:07 PM

    Dreamer Arrested After Speaking To Media Will Be Deported Without Hearing, Attorney Says

    “ICE’s assertion that her detention is ‘routine’ is absurd and seems anything but,” one lawmaker said.

    A 22-year-old undocumented immigrant arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Jackson, Mississippi, on Wednesday after speaking to the media about her family’s detention is set to be deported without a court hearing, her attorney said on Thursday.

    Daniela Vargas, who came to the U.S. from Argentina when she was 7 years old, previously had a work permit and deportation reprieve under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. Her DACA status expired last November, and because she was saving money for the renewal — which costs $495 — her new application wasn’t received until Feb. 10.

    On Wednesday, a spokesman for ICE said Vargas would go through court proceedings to determine whether she is eligible for some type of relief, adding that the agency would take no further action until those proceedings were completed.

    But Abby Peterson, Vargas’ attorney, said ICE agents told her on Thursday that they would instead pursue immediate deportation without a court hearing or bond...

    ...“She was 7 years old at the time [she came to the U.S.],” Peterson said. “She didn’t waive those rights, her parents waived those rights. And now she’s an adult trying to assert her own rights.”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/dreamer-deportation-daniela-vargas_us_58b8920fe4b0d2821b4cc632?oakr09x07hu5mnp14i&

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  9. Anonymous6:12 PM

    Dang, this crap will continue forever. That tape about dumpy talking about his ability to just grab any woman's pussy is what he is, a disrespectful, ugly, disgusting liar.
    This will continue to be the wh.ugly office now. Ugly disgusting ugly wh office. The gold pee is all over the wh. White trash in da house.
    Impeach now. Rid the wh of this white trash, i.e. pussy grabber.

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  10. Anonymous6:22 PM

    Donald Trump changed DOJ order of succession weeks ago, knowing Jeff Sessions wouldn’t last

    Back on February 9th of this year, Jeff Sessions officially became the Attorney General of the United States. On that same day, Donald Trump signed an executive order changing the line of succession at the Department of Justice that would kick in if Sessions had to resign or recuse himself. In so doing, Trump elevated someone loyal to himself to the number two spot, ensuring that person would be prosecuting the Russia investigation if Sessions stepped aside.

    Now that Jeff Sessions has been exposed as having repeatedly colluded with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and discussed Ukraine policy with him, while he was acting as a Donald Trump campaign adviser, the reason for Trump’s executive order seems clear. Sessions was complicit in the Trump-Russia conspiracy, and he was sloppy about it, and then he lied under oath about it during his confirmation hearings. If Trump knew that Sessions had been meeting with Russia, then he knew that Sessions had perjured himself – and thus he knew that Sessions wouldn’t last long on the job one way or the other.

    Donald Trump’s executive order elevated Dana Boente into position to take over the Trump-Russia investigation if Jeff Sessions were out of the picture. Boente is the same person whom Trump appointed as acting Attorney General a month ago, after he fired Sally Yates from the role. Trump presumably put Boente in that position because he knew Boente would be loyal to him in the investigation.

    Perhaps the most remarkable aspect of this storyline is that, as reported by Raw Story today, President Barack Obama had himself altered the DOJ line of succession shortly before leaving office, specifically to keep Dana Boente out of it. Obama seemingly suspected that Boente was some kind of Trump patsy, and was trying to prevent Boente from being in position to take over the Trump-Russia investigation.

    https://www.palmerreport.com/opinion/donald-trump-changed-doj-order-succession-weeks-ago-knowing-jeff-sessions-wouldnt-last/1742/

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  11. Anonymous6:25 PM

    Three Donald Trump advisers met with Russia at Republican Convention; Ukraine platform changed

    Three of Donald Trump’s campaign advisers, including current Attorney General Jeff Sessions, met with the Russian Ambassador in Cleveland during the 2016 Republican National Convention. The Trump-led Republican Party then went on to fundamentally alter its party platform during the convention, reversing its stance on the conflict between Russia and the Ukraine.

    The three Trump advisers who met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak at the Republican National Convention are Jeff Sessions, Carter Page, and J.D. Gordon. Sessions is now admitting the meeting took place, while USA Today is reporting that the other two advisers participated. This is key, because questions have been simmering for months as to the specific circumstances which caused the Republican Party to officially change its stance on the Ukraine at the convention. Was it merely Trump’s personal position? Had Russia pressured him to do it under threat of blackmail?

    And now we know that three key members of the Trump campaign met with the Russian Ambassador in the same precise timeframe and location in which the Ukraine party platform change was made. Sessions is now also admitting that he subsequently met with the Russian Ambassador on September 8th, and that the Ukraine was discussed in that conversation. This is a reversal from his denial last night, when he claimed that his conversations with the Russian Ambassador did not have anything to do with campaign matters.

    This also further cements the fact that Sessions ...

    https://www.palmerreport.com/politics/three-donald-trump-russia-republican-convention-ukraine/1740/

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  12. Anonymous6:27 PM

    Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions met Russian Ambassador in Washington DC in April 2016

    Now that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has turned out to be the dam that broke in Donald Trump’s Russia scandal, new details are arising by the hour. Sessions now admits he met with with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the Republican National Convention and again on September 8th. But now turns out both Trump and Sessions met the Russian Ambassador at Trump’s first ever foreign policy speech back in April of 2016 – because they invited him there.

    Russian Ambassador Kislyak was an invited special guest at Donald Trump’s initial foreign policy speech nearly eleven months ago. During that speech, Trump made a point of spelling out his foreign policy of going soft on Russia for no particular reason. Before the speech, Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions are known to have met with Kislyak backstage for a reception, though it’s not known what might have been discussed between them. This establishes two key new aspects of the Trump-Russia scandal.

    The first new revelation is that Sergey Kislyak went well beyond merely meeting and colluding with Donald Trump’s campaign advisers during the course of the election; he appears to have attended the speech where Trump first carved out his give-Russia-eeverything position in order to make sure Trump went through with it. The second new revelation is that this alters the known timeline, as it means Trump and his campaign began meeting with Kislyak well before the Republican National Convention. But it gets stranger...

    https://www.palmerreport.com/opinion/donald-trump-and-jeff-sessions-met-russian-ambassador-in-washington-dc-in-april-2016/1745/

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  13. Anonymous6:28 PM

    White House throws Jeff Sessions under Russia bus, as Donald Trump skips town again

    ...And today the White House put out a statement insisting that no one in the Trump campaign or administration knew Sessions had been in contact with the Russians. In other words, Trump is hanging Sessions out to dry. Worse, Trump skipped town.

    Donald Trump bailed from the White House on Marine One today in order to make a stuntlike appearance on the USS Gerald R Ford in Newport News, Virginia. He’ll claim the event was already pre-planned. But skeptics will posit that it was put together today as an attempt at distracting from the Jeff Sessions-Russia news currently dominating the headlines, as well as an attempt at physically getting himself away from an imploding White House.

    https://www.palmerreport.com/opinion/white-house-jeff-sessions-marine-one-russia-trump/1736/

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  14. Anonymous6:33 PM


    Trump’s Already Small Circle Of Trusted Advisers Suffers Another Big Blow
    Attorney General Jeff Sessions can no longer protect the president from investigations involving Russia.

    ...Trump has found himself at least one step behind the storyline ― his only response issuing angry tweets about the intelligence community and their leaks.

    So it was again Thursday. Less than two hours before his attorney general announced he was recusing himself, Trump was visiting an aircraft carrier in Newport News, Virginia. He told reporters he didn’t think Sessions needed to recuse himself, and expressed “total” confidence in him.

    That response was similar to Trump’s initial defense of his first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, after it became known that he, too, had spoken to Kislyak. Those conversations took place immediately after former President Barack Obama expelled 35 suspected Russian spies from the country in retaliation for Russia’s election meddling. Trump did nothing for three weeks after learning details about Flynn’s conversations with Kislyak, but then asked for Flynn’s resignation after those details were leaked to the press.

    For the tight-knit group of early Trump supporters now atop the federal government, it was a major setback, one that seemed to go against a common mythology of how Trump operates.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-white-house-sessions-russia_us_58b8a681e4b05cf0f3ff38b1?pr6ldswrvfgca0pb9&

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  15. Anonymous6:35 PM

    Trump’s ‘bromance’ with Russia’s Putin appears to be cooling

    With his administration on the defensive over investigations into alleged Russian meddling in last year’s election, U.S. President Donald Trump is no longer tweeting praise for his Kremlin counterpart.

    Less than five weeks after he took office, the chances of a spring thaw in relations between Washington and Moscow – once buoyed by an apparent “bromance” between Trump and President Vladimir Putin during the U.S. political campaign – are looking much dimmer, U.S. officials say.

    http://www.rawstory.com/2017/03/trumps-bromance-with-russias-putin-appears-to-be-cooling/

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  16. Anonymous6:46 PM

    Homeland Security report likens anti-Trump protests to ‘domestic terrorist violence’

    ...The report’s use of language like “domestic terrorism” in these cases is all the more alarming as anti-protest bills make waves in states across the country. The president himself has referred to acts of dissent as enacted by “paid protesters” and “professional anarchists.”

    “For a fusion center to amplify disorderly conduct, vandalism, or civil disobedience into terrorism is inappropriate, factually wrong, and potentially misleading to law enforcement,” German said.

    http://www.rawstory.com/2017/03/homeland-security-report-likens-anti-trump-protests-to-domestic-terrorist-violence/

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    1. Anonymous3:57 AM

      People have a protected right to protest. It's how our country was born. Take away freedom of religion (which this administration intends to do), take away freedom of the press (which this administration is already working on), take away our freedom to assemble peaceably and protest wrongful acts (which this administration clearly wants to do) and what is left? We'll be getting closer to being just like modern Russia, complete with ever more wealthy oligarchs and blatant environmental damage wherever the eye can see.
      Not a place to call home.
      Beaglemom

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    2. Anonymous6:54 AM

      No, no, Beagle mom. You described USA and I don't see it as we're getting closer..."...ever more wealthy oligarchs and blatant environmental damage wherever the eye can see."
      Russia has national park land under fire just like us, and breathtaking landscapes where humans haven't completely ruined it, like here.
      Google "russian national parks" and learn how Lenin (yes, THAT freaky one) set aside so much land to be protected as national land. It became the 'in' thing to do, to steamboat the Volga.
      Totally agree with the rest of your comment.

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  17. Anonymous6:52 PM


    Al Franken Just Hammered Jeff Sessions With An Amazing Letter Demanding Answers

    Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) is pulling no punches as he just dropped an amazing letter demanding answers on Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

    Franken’s letter, which you should read in full at the link above, posed vital questions to the Attorney General.

    Among the questions that Sen. Franken asked was, “In the seven weeks following your confirmation hearing, why did you fail to clarify that you had indeed communicated on more than one occasion with the Russian Ambassador during the 2016 presidential campaign until the Washington Post exposed those interactions?”

    The Senator from Minnesota also requested that Sessions provide a detailed account of meetings and communications between himself, his staff, and the Russians.

    Franken wants Sessions to recuse himself immediately, and he added that if it is determined that the Attorney General lied under oath, he must resign.

    http://www.politicususa.com/2017/03/02/al-franken-hammered-jeff-sessions-amazing-letter-demanding-answers.html

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  18. Anonymous6:54 PM

    ‘I think the Muslim ban is dead’: Maddow obtains damning new Intel report on anti-Muslim travel ban

    http://www.rawstory.com/2017/03/i-think-the-muslim-ban-is-dead-maddow-obtains-damning-new-intel-report-on-anti-muslim-travel-ban/

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  19. Anonymous6:57 PM

    Rand Paul Says It’s Time To Move Past Russia Scandal, Focus On Taking People’s Healthcare

    As the Trump administration continues to drown in the new developments surrounding Donald Trump’s ties to Russia, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul says it’s time to move on from the scandal and instead focus on taking people’s health insurance coverage.

    In an interview on Fox News – of course – Paul said that Jeff Sessions’ announcement that he will recuse himself from any Russia-related investigations is good enough, and it’s time to “hone in on” dismantling the Affordable Care Act.

    Video:

    http://www.politicususa.com/2017/03/02/rand-paul-time-move-russia-scandal-focus-peoples-healthcare.html

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    1. Anonymous6:45 AM

      What's Rand got in this? What I mean is, what is his Motive---- either you're obstructing because your owner/donor told you to go on record as such, or you're directly involved and have a personal need to participate in the cover-up.

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  20. Anonymous7:00 PM

    Instead Of Being President, Trump Is Spending Hours A Day Watching Fox News

    ...This is the most important job in the world, and Donald Trump is spending his time watching Fox News. It’s really is like America has elected it’s cranky, racist retired uncle to run the country.

    It is amazing how much free time that a president has when he doesn’t bother reading intelligence briefings, studying, or holding important meetings. The Trump presidency can be summed up as the president wakes up, watches Fox News, holds a few PR gatherings disguised as listening sessions, meets with a few people, calls it a day usually around 5 PM, eats dinner, watches more Fox News, and angry tweets about what he saw on television either late at night or early in the morning.

    http://www.politicususa.com/2017/03/02/president-trump-spending-hours-day-watching-fox-news.html

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    1. I'm sure it's exactly what he did before he was president. He probably figured he'd do what he always does; delegate the shitwork to underlings and then claim their work, spend the day watching TV, make appearances and speeches about crap, going to balls and parties.

      He thinks he's CEO of the U.S. and doesn't have to do anything but sign stuff.

      And that's probably true. President Bannon will take care of those pesky policies and laws.

      He's Emperor Trump, the figurehead. Let some flunky drudge through the boring every day work.

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    2. Anonymous3:50 AM

      Sarah Palin must really miss her Fox News job now. It would have been one way to get into the White House.
      Beaglemom

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    3. Anonymous6:42 AM

      Beaglemom, $he couldn't even get in as a cleaning lady now!

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  21. Anonymous7:07 PM

    Now, About That Role as Commander in Chief ...

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/01/opinion/now-about-that-role-as-commander-in-chief.html

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  22. Anonymous7:10 PM

    Trump’s Dead-End War on the Media

    Baby Donald has banged his spoon at the press so much that we’re tuning out his tiny tantrums.

    Killing the messenger has been a maximum-leader thing since the days of the Roman Republic, when Tigranes the Great ordered the beheading of a courier carrying bad news from the battlefront. Baby Donald hasn’t beheaded any journalists—yet—but his war of words against the press couldn’t get any more bellicose and threatening.

    ...Trump’s verbal hand grenades worked well enough in provincial New York, where intermittent celebrity vendettas fill the aural space like car horns and are ultimately tuned out. But as an international politician, everything Trump says and tweets is recorded, cross-referenced, studied, taken to heart and remembered. He’s lost the ability to escalate his crusade against the press.

    Or has he? You might think that he could start using the Espionage Act against journalists who publish leaks. Or get the Federal Communications Commission to rescind offending TV licenses. Or instruct the Federal Trade Commission to nix the AT&T-Time Warner merger. Or make good on his campaign promise to “open up” the libel laws. Or stop press briefings altogether.

    Fortunately, Baby Donald possesses none of these powers except to encourage his press secretary to treat some briefings as if they were casting exercises for White House theatrical productions, as Sean Spicer did last Friday when he excluded CNN, the New York Times, Politico, BuzzFeed and others. Unless somebody crowns him emperor, he can’t crack down. He can only broadcast reruns. At this point, he’s not a paper lion. He’s a tissue lion. A damp tissue lion.

    http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/03/trumps-dead-end-war-on-the-media-214849

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  23. Meanwhile another unethical, illegal, stupid politician. Our new VP.

    https://www.yahoo.com/gma/vp-mike-pence-used-private-email-state-business-025412750--abc-news-topstories.html

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  24. Another disappointment for Trump.

    Obama award the Kennedy Library Profiles in Courage award.

    Yeah, Trump will never get one of those. Aside from the fact Trump is a coward.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/obama-profiles-in-courage-award_us_58b84425e4b01fc1bde67bf1?section=us_politics

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    1. Anonymous10:30 PM

      George Bush the First was also a recipient.

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    2. But G. W. wasn't.

      And Trump will NEVER even be considered.

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  25. Anonymous7:34 PM

    Why the FBI and a Special Prosecutor Must Immediately Investigate Attorney General Jeff Sessions

    ‘I didn’t have communications with the Russians,’ Sessions said under oath. We now know that he did, and it's time for a full investigation.

    ...The normal procedure is for Congress to request an FBI investigation. Heretofore, House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) has declined to investigate a host of alarming allegations regarding Russian contacts with the Trump administration—but this may be different.

    Interestingly, when Chaffetz was investigating Hillary Clinton’s email server—how quaint those misdeeds seem now—he scolded FBI Director James Comey for not launching an investigation on his own instead of waiting for a request from Congress. In other words, the FBI need not wait.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/03/02/why-the-fbi-and-a-special-prosecutor-must-immediately-investigate-attorney-general-jeff-sessions.html

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    1. Anonymous10:58 PM

      Comey is not cooperating with the Intelligence Committee's investigation. Comey must have orders from Sessions- that's he following. Sessions must have something that Loretta Lynch did not...

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  26. Trump's budget makes clear his priorities.

    And the safety of the American people is not one of them.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trumps-proposed-epa-budget-cuts-target-climate-clean-air-clean-water-programs_us_58b895bbe4b05cf0f3ff2c41?

    Air, water, climate change. All under attack.

    Flint, MI? Soon we will all be Flint.

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  27. Anonymous8:16 PM

    Team Trump Took Illegal Cash, Watchdogs Say
    Trump raised more than $10 million right after the election. He says he’s paying off debts. Two groups say it’s an illegal fundraising scheme.

    ...“By falsely reporting post-election contributions as being for 2016 debt retirement, Trump may be trying to illegally double what a contributor can give for the 2020 primaries,” Campaign Legal Center general counsel Larry Noble said in a statement on the complaint.

    ...They “have reason to believe” that the campaign “violated [the Federal Election Campaign Act] and its implementing regulations by knowingly and willfully filing reports with the Commission that falsely attributed contributions for the 2020 primary election to the Committee’s debt retirement for the 2016 election,” the complaint alleges.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/03/02/team-trump-took-illegal-cash-watchdogs-say.html

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    1. Anonymous3:48 AM

      But Trump doesn't have to pay "debts." He can file for bankruptcy, can't he? What a schmuck. Obviously the Trump people did not go through the ethics program because they wouldn't know an "ethics" if they met one and they don't care either. I'm sure Trump and his minions think that ethical people are all "losers" anyway.
      Beaglemom

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  28. Here's one of those "bad Homberesses" that Trump claims are committing crimes and need to be deported immediately.

    Watch Keith Olbermann's latest. It's all about how Trump is at war with Muslims and Hispanics.

    Sure they *say* they respect DACA, but it's all bullshit. If they can't use anything else they'll simply say you're a criminal because you are in the country illegally. Under those provisions no one is safe even if they have DACA.

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    1. Anonymous8:50 PM

      ...“She was 7 years old at the time [she came to the U.S.],” Peterson said. “She didn’t waive those rights, her parents waived those rights. And now she’s an adult trying to assert her own rights.”

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/dreamer-deportation-daniela-vargas_us_58b8920fe4b0d2821b4cc632?oakr09x07hu5mnp14i&

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    2. Anonymous9:32 PM

      "they'll simply say you're a criminal because you are in the country illegally."

      If one is in a country illegally, doesn't that make one a criminal? Do laws mean nothing to Democrats anymore? Pick and choose which ones you like?

      BTW, Daniela Vargas LIED to ICE agents about her DACA status. You try lying to Federal agents and see how well that goes. Then add to that, lie to them as an illegal, and then flaunt your disregard for the laws of a country you are not even legally a resident of, and show disregard for all the legal citizens, by thumbing your nose at it by thru a public address.

      Danieala Vargas is pretty fucking boldly stupid. Good riddance.

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    3. Daniela Vargas had DACA. It took her longer to raise the almost $500 renewal fee so it expired. She had already re-applied for the renewal.

      These people aren't "criminals" in that they aren't rapists, thieves and murderers. They are more lawa biding that the average American. They have to be in order to be "invisible".

      They're claiming DACA are criminals so they can't get around the law and deport them anyway.

      The point here is that she is being deported without even a hearing, EXPEDITED, because she spoke to the press. Like, how DARE she make Trump and his stormtroopers look like the thugs they are.

      It wasn't her decision to enter this country illegally. She was 7 years old.

      Get a grip you xénos misitís.

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    4. Anonymous3:45 AM

      Anon at 9:32 pm. The milk of human kindness does not flow through your veins today, does it?
      Beaglemom

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    5. "If one is in a country illegally, doesn't that make one a criminal?"
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      Not if you are a minor and had no control over the criminal activity, you stupid damn fool. A child in the back seat of the getaway car used by their parents after robbing a convenience store isn't arrested as an accessory.

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    6. Anonymous5:14 AM

      She is 22, hardly a child that is flaunting her illegal status for publicity and attention.

      What is the job of immigration officers again? Are they NOT supposed to do their job? Does a robber flaunt his stolen goods to the news and expect not to get busted?

      Illegal is illegal folks. Get that thru your thick heads. Try overstaying your visa in almost any other country in this world and get caught. Guess what, you're out! She wants to be here, do it fucking legally.

      Again, good FUCKING riddance. This is a nation of laws.

      By the way, she is from Argentina, a pretty damn nice country. Maybe she just wanted a free trip.

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    7. Anonymous5:21 AM

      Hey Nefer, quite a story. Here is one maybe more on point. How about that same minor, years later and now 22 years old, still has the stash of ill gotten cash from her parents convenience store robbery, and decides screw it- is hers to spend?

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    8. Anonymous6:41 AM

      Is this like the old saw about Donnie's German g grandfather, the pimp, who just showed up in America one day with his german wife and his Yukon hooker money and, ohhhh, just LIVED here and nothin happened to his rich white German Nationalist ass ever?
      And then Donnie and Freddie's way of "allowing immigrants in", marrying a few stupid and kinda pretty WHITE foreign born women and getting them to calve for you?
      Is that how it should be, you Nation of Laws Troll?
      Did you know it was against the law in Nazi Germany to aid, abet(HIDE) a Jew, or anyone else the Reich deemed a criminal?
      Yeah, I bet you knew that, you hoodwearing piece of shit.

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    9. Anonymous7:26 AM

      Oh, are we going the Nazi Germany Hitler route again 6:41? Really?

      You lose all credibility. All of it. And you are still wondering why Trump won.

      Guess what, these persons are ILLEGALLY here. They are NOT citizens, and certainly if they are caught there is a chance of getting deported back to their home country, much the same as they were during the OBAMA administration. Does that really sound like Nazi Germany to you? Deportation back to your hoe country? Yes we are a nation of laws, and yes you are a fucking moron.

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  29. Anonymous8:45 PM

    OT?"Through bankruptcy proceedings, various courts have decreed that those now defunct businesses owe their former workers nothing."The true solution is to not have given the various coal mining operations such sweetheart deals in bankruptcy court, and to have forced them to set aside the funds necessary to fulfill their obligations to their workers."

    http://occupydemocrats.com/2017/03/02/republicans-congress-just-screwed-22600-retired-coal-miners/

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    1. Those Republicans also took away the healthcare of those coal miners.

      And the stupid fuckers still voted for Mitch McConnell.

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    2. Anonymous3:43 AM

      The GOP members of Congress, like their counterparts in the current administration, could care less about the plight of coal miners. Trump just used them for his campaign. Good grief, Democrats fought Republicans in Congress for years and years to get coal miners' compensation for black lung disease. Does any sane person think that Republicans cared enough to assure that coal miners would have retirement benefits? Trump, especially, as Bankruptcy King, knows that bankruptcy solves everything for those who know how to manipulate it.
      Beaglemom

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  30. Anonymous9:32 PM

    'This morning Jax and I were discussing his wild hair. I told him that he needed a haircut this weekend. He said that he wanted his head shaved really short so he could look like his friend Reddy. He said he couldn't wait to go to school on Monday with his hair like Reddy's --so that his teacher wouldn't be able to tell them apart--. He thought it would be so hilarious to confuse his teacher with the same haircut.
    Here's a picture of Jax and Reddy from their Christmas program. I'm sure you all see the resemblance.

    If this isn't proof that hate and prejudice is something that is taught I don't know what is. The only difference Jax sees in the two of them is their hair.'

    http://fox6now.com/2017/03/01/boy-asks-mom-for-haircut-to-look-like-his-friend/

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  31. Anonymous9:38 PM

    After working with POTUS I can tell you there's no way he didn't know about Page, Sessions, Kushner and Flynn all speaking to Russia.

    https://twitter.com/AngryWHStaffer

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    1. Anonymous12:16 AM

      Everyone knows it except those refusing reality. This group of addicts are in denial. So out of it they don't know they have been under surveillance for many years. The alternative reality cult are very ignorant and deranged.

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  32. Anonymous10:38 PM

    Trump-Russia conspirator J.D. Gordon begins ratting out Donald Trump

    J.D. Gordon may be the John Dean of the Trump-Russia conspiracy

    ...J.D. Gordon insists Donald Trump himself led the charge in pushing for the platform change, and that Trump had been doing so since March of that year – four months before the convention. You can watch Jim Acosta’s CNN report here. In so doing, J.D. Gordon has begun ratting Trump out. He’s making clear that he was acting on Trump’s orders when he altered the party platform in Russia’ favor. How much more blabbing will Gordon now do about Trump’s complicity in order to protect himself?

    https://www.palmerreport.com/opinion/trump-russia-conspirator-j-d-gordon-begins-ratting-donald-trump/1747/

    Jeff Sessions caught using campaign funds for trip to meet with Russian Ambassador

    It turns out Jeff Sessions used his own campaign funds to pay for his trip to the Republican National Convention, where he met with the Russian Ambassador. This nullifies Sessions’ current claim that he was attending the convention in his role as a sitting Senator, and not as a Donald Trump campaign adviser — but it would have been improper for him to have used campaign funds under those circumstances. And as a multi-decade Senator, he knows the rules.

    Sessions also spoke on Trump’s behalf at an event during the convention, further cementing that he attended the 2016 convention as a Trump adviser, and not as a Senator. This revelation from the Wall Street Journal means that his latest semi-denial is now out the window. It leaves him to now try to come up with an even flimsier semi-denial in which he admits he met with the Ambassador as a Trump adviser but tries to claim he didn’t conspire with him. But he’s near the end of the excuse train.

    https://www.palmerreport.com/opinion/jeff-sessions-improperly-used-campaign-funds-trip-meet-russian-ambassador/1748/

    https://www.palmerreport.com/category/politics/

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    1. Anonymous6:26 AM

      I'm paying more attention to the Palmer Report. Still verifying info independently, but the PR's been spot-on here lately.

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  33. Anonymous10:47 PM

    Gryphen, you were 100% correct. Stephen Bannon has never had any use for ethics, to him they're not even a challenge, merely pointless. And given his boss's lack of ethics AND knowledge it wouldn't be hard to convince Trump that ethics is just a bunch of Democrats trying to get in the way.

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  34. Anonymous10:55 PM

    Trump is running in circles and is clearly panicked. He’s trying to say there’s nothing wrong with any of this and it’s all everyone else’s fault (never his), meanwhile, he’s making himself look pretty damn guilty.

    http://addictinginfo.org/2017/03/02/trump-just-accidentally-confirmed-russian-contact-with-sessions-in-latest-twitter-fit/

    http://addictinginfo.org/2017/03/02/trump-explodes-after-jeff-sessions-gets-caught-lying-about-russia-claims-its-a-total-witch-hunt/

    Through an incredibly detailed spread sheet, CAP was able to identify every false statement and correct it for the record. It’s pretty damning to see how often and easily the President of the United States can lie to the American people.

    Among President Trump’s most egregious lies were:

    He was responsible for General Motors, Spirit, Lockheed, Walmart and others investing billions in the United States economy and bringing jobs back
    That the “vast majority” of terrorist attacks that happen on American soil are because of foreign born terrorists
    Ninety-four million Americans are out of the workforce
    America has the highest corporate tax rates in the world
    Obamacare is collapsing
    He wants to invest in women’s health
    That he’s been working with members of both parties
    That higher immigration leads to higher unemployment
    That President Obama put on more debt than all other presidents combined
    That he “drained the swamp.”

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/16zlkL2a3-iHpyMqCADYbI_D4pM-C49EOpmb5x60HS9o/edit#gid=0

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  35. Anonymous11:00 PM

    Did Trump reverse an Obama order last month because he knew there would be a Sessions-Russia investigation?

    On Feb. 9, the same day current Attorney General Jeff Sessions was sworn into office, Donald Trump quietly signed an executive order that effectively changed the line of succession within the Department of Justice, laying out who will succeed Sessions in the event he dies, resigns or otherwise becomes incapacitated.

    Trump’s order was a reversal of one signed a month prior by then-president Barack Obama. A week before leaving office, Obama authorized Executive Order 13762, “Providing an Order of Succession Within the Department of Justice.” That order inexplicably removed Obama appointee Dana Boente, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, from the DOJ line of succession. As USA Today reports, at the time Obama offered no justification for why he removed an attorney he appointed from the order of succession within the DOJ.

    Fast-forward to Jan. 30, less than two weeks after Trump took office, when the president dramatically fired Obama holdover Sally Yates as Acting Attorney General after she refused to defend Trump’s controversial (and ultimately futile) immigration ban. As Sessions had yet to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Trump was able to elevate whomever he pleased to take Yates’ place.

    If Boente’s name sounds familiar, that’s not surprising. In the wake of Yates’ ouster, Trump asked Boente to serve as Acting AG. The Virginia attorney was officially named Acting Attorney General on Feb. 9, the same day Sessions was sworn into office—and the same day Trump signed the executive order reversing Obama’s line of succession.

    On Thursday, Sessions announced he would recuse himself from any investigation into Russia’s involvement with the 2016 presidential election, after the Washington Post reported that he failed to disclose multiple meetings with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak during his confirmation hearing. As Politico’s Eric Geller reports, Boente will now take over “any election-related investigations.”

    News of Boente’s elevated role in the investigation comes after a New York Times report published Wednesday revealed that in the waning days of the Obama administration, the White House scrambled to disseminate information about Russia’s efforts to undermine the election, as well as potential ties between Trump associates and Russian officials. According to the Times, the Obama administration’s goal was two-fold: to make sure Russia never interfered in that capacity again, and to present a clear trail of evidence for investigators.

    http://www.rawstory.com/2017/03/did-trump-reverse-an-obama-order-last-month-because-he-knew-there-would-be-a-sessions-russia-investigation/

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    1. Anonymous6:23 AM

      You don't know what a sigh of relief this is.
      I am ashamed to admit it, but I had wondered a couple of times if the Obama Administration was somehow complicit (or blackmailed) with these criminals.
      It would seem to be a case of allowing juuuust enough slack on that noose rope.....well played, PBO! Well Played!!
      Bracing for impact!

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  36. Anonymous11:02 PM

    ‘The hypocrisy is staggering: Paul Begala slams Mike Pence for using an AOL email while criticizing Clinton

    Former Bill Clinton advisor Paul Begala found it “staggering” that then-Gov. Mike Pence (R-IN) was using a private AOL email for official communication while simultaneously criticizing Hillary Clinton for using her personal email.

    “I’m trying to choke down the vomit,” Begala began. “I’m sickened. It’s too spectacular. Irony has not only died, it drank a gallon of antifreeze and threw itself off the Washington Monument. There is no more irony in America.”

    http://www.rawstory.com/2017/03/the-hypocrisy-is-staggering-paul-begala-slams-mike-pence-for-using-an-aol-email-while-criticizing-clinton/

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  37. Or LEADERSHIP.

    Or MANAGEMENT.

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  38. Anonymous11:13 PM

    http://images.dailykos.com/images/372900/story_image/Donald_J._Trump.jpg?1488489426

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  39. Anonymous12:11 AM

    I find it hard to believe that our honorable military and law enforcement would stand next to don john trump. The guy is who these taxpayer paid agencies seek out to arrest and convict. They are divided too I suppose and there must be a few bad hombres within. Nasty dirty liars lurk in many areas of society.

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  40. Anonymous12:25 AM

    What a great photo of mr and mrs meyer. It says it is a girl!! Dahkota looks kinda like, well, stuck but ok with it. I wish them health happiness and hope for a bright future.
    I read they finally acknowledge sailor and trigg as their children but not tripp or Tristan. The family is growing like a tree.

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