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  • Trump’s Early Ties To Moscow Become More Clear

    Donald Trump smug smile
    From the New York Times:

    A business associate of President Trump promised in 2015 to engineer a real estate deal with the aid of the president of RussiaVladimir V. Putin, that he said would help Mr. Trump win the presidency.

    The associate, Felix Sater, wrote a series of emails to Mr. Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, in which he boasted about his ties to Mr. Putin and predicted that building a Trump Tower in Moscow would highlight Mr. Trump’s savvy negotiating skills and be a political boon to his candidacy.

    “Our boy can become president of the USA and we can engineer it,” Mr. Sater wrote in an email. “I will get all of Putins [sic] team to buy in on this, I will manage this process.”

    “Our boy?” Is Donald Trump really some group’s “boy?” And what do they want from him in return?

    What does Vladimir Putin want in return?


  • Rolling Stone Ranks Anthony Scaramucci’s 10 Days in the White House

    Anthony Scaramucci
    Anthony Scaramucci

    Yes, it happened.

    Turning Left readers are always very well informed, so this is not a breaking story.

    Anthony Scaramucci was fired by President Donald Trump.

    Rolling Stone ranks his 10 days in the White House, from “biblical murder analogies to denials of auto-fellatio, the Mooch’s brief tenure will be, at the very least, memorable.”

    There was a false report today that Scaramucci’s wife was leaving him, filed for divorce, because he posted nude photos of her and loved politics more than she.

    But that was satire.

    What’s real?

    Anthony Scaramucci lasted 10 days in the White House.

    Here are notable firings and resignations from the Trump Administration, from our friends at LATimes.com:

    • Anthony Scaramucci, Director of communications (fired), 10 days
    • Reince Priebus, White House chief of staff (resigned), 189 days
    • Derek Harvey, National Security Council Middle East advisor (fired), 186 days
    • Michael Short, Assistant press secretary (resigned), 186 days
    • Sean Spicer, White House press secretary, White House director of communications (resigned), 182 days
    • Walter Shaub, Director of the Office of Government Ethics (resigned), 180 days
    • Robert Iger, Advisory council (resigned), 133 days
    • Elon Musk, Advisory council (resigned), 132 days
    • Mike Dubke, Director of communications (resigned), 85 days
    • K.T. McFarland, Deputy national security advisor (reassigned), 177 days
    • James B. Comey Jr., FBI director (fired), 109 days
    • Angella Reid, White House chief usher (fired), 105 days (and the only Person of Color on the list)
    • Katie Walsh, Deputy White House chief of staff (resigned), 69 days
    • Craig Deare, National Security Council senior director for Western Hemisphere affairs (fired), 26 days
    • Mike Flynn, National security advisor (resigned), 22 days
    • Sally Yates, Acting attorney general (fired), 10 days

    That’s a list to rival, well, any previous administration.

    More details here.

    Candidate Donald Trump, The Don, Donnie “Make-America-Great-Again” T., boasted that he knew the best people. He would hire only the best people.

    But he’s treating the West Wing like an episode of that little-watched The Apprentice, even calling the Cabinet Room as the “boardroom.”

    Donald Trump, the most insecure man in America, governing, if you can call it that, out of spite for President Obama.

    Who is next to go?

    Bingo, anyone?

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    Who will be next to go in the Trump Administration.


  • Sarah Huckabee Sanders: The Eyes Have It

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    Sarah Huckabee Sanders has eyes for you.

    A friend suggested this to me, and it creeped me out royally.

    Try this.

    Above, a picture of Sarah Huckabee Sanders not answering questons. Sarah is the principal deputy press secretary in the Trump White House.

    Whatever that is.

    The Trump White House, I mean.

    What a mess.

    But, seriously, try this.

    Cover one of Sarah’s eyes in the photo above. Start with the right eye — as you are looking at the photo.

    Weird, right?

    Now, cover the left eye.

    <waiting…>

    Did you jump in your seat at what you saw?

    As my friend says, “One of her eyes looks like she wants to murder you, and the other eye looks like she can’t believe she has to deal with this bullshit every day.”

    Had me rolling with laughter.

    And then I stopped.

    And covered the left eye again.

    And quivered where I sat.


  • Eight Years Ago? Fox News Attacked Pres. Obama For Using Dijon Mustard

    Barack Obama eating hamburger
    Barack Obama eating a hamburger.

    Here’s some perspective for you.

    At this point in his presidency, Fox News was attacking Barack Obama for using — gasp! — Dijon mustard on a hamburger.

    Think about that.

    And then think about the Comey hearings, Lyin’ Donnie T., and all that noise coming from The Big Oval these days.

    Did the Predator In Chief invite you to dinner recently. After you arrived, did you suddenly feel uneasy because you were the only two in the room?

    Creepy. Creepy. Creepy.

    From Newsweek via Yahoo! News:

    In news from eight years ago that appears to be from some alternate reality, Obama left the White House and went out for a local bite to eat with vice president and BFF Joe Biden in May. The two politicians ordered hamburgers, MSNBC journalist Andrea Mitchell reported at the time, with the sitting president requesting mustard on his red meat.

    The story was featured on Sean Hannity’s show, Hannity’s America, as a screen showed a photoshopped image of Obama surrounded by bottles of mustard with the words “PRESIDENT POUPON” plastered on a red and white banner.

    Let that soak in for a minute. Trump tweeted his support for Fox News Friday, commending them for the network’s morning show Fox And Friends’ “great reporting” job on ex-FBI Director James Comey’s Thursday testimony. The network’s rejection of Obama’s taste palette compared to its incredible support of the embattled Trump White House was seen by Twitter users as shocking at best, and propagandistic at worst.

    That was “news” eight years ago.

    And, now, Trump.


  • Is Donald Trump Talking To Portraits Of Past Presidents Yet?

    Crazy Donald TrumpAh, Donald.

    The Donald.

    The Don.

    Donnie.

    Donnie T.

    Crazy Donald.

    Are you talking to portraits of past presidents yet?

    You know, Richard Nixon did that.

    You say you like Andrew Jackson, that the two of you are BFFs.

    But you really should get to know Tricky Dicky, the original Richard “I am not a crook” Nixon.

    Are you a liar, Donnie T?

    As you laze about The Big Oval, or wander the Residence at night in your bathrobe, are you taking time to smell the paintings? Are you spending time talking to Andrew Jackson, or do you just admire him from afar?

    James Comey testified today. For how long will your crew insulate you? For how long will the GOP spew out parseltongue, protecting you from yourself?

    Were you really that ill prepared, as Speaker Paul Ryan suggests? Are you just too new at all of this? Are we to believe that James Comey is really to blame because he did not tell you that it was inappropriate for you to meet with him alone? Was it really up to Comey to correct you, sir, when you asked AG Jeff Sessions and Jared to leave The Big Oval so you could spend quality time with Mr. Comey?

    Is there anything at all for which you will take responsibility?

    How long until a new David Frost interviews you, after you’re, you know, out of office?

    Is there a contemporary Dan Aykroyd in your future, sir Trump? Will Alec Baldwin be the ultimate closer for you on SNL?

    The sooner the better.

    Some day, some day soon, this….


  • Trump Campaign Chair in Kentucky County Arrested On Child Sex Trafficking Charges

    Donald Trump, Tim Nolan
    Donald Trump and Tim Nolan.

    Well, here’s the ugly:

    Tim Nolan, a local Republican political figure and the former chair of the Trump campaign for Campbell County, Kentucky, has been arrested and charged with “felony human trafficking of a minor, felony inducing a minor to engage in sex, and a third count of giving alcohol to a minor,” according to an indictment filed in Boone County, KY earlier this week.

    According to the The River City News, who obtained the indictment on Friday, Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear has charged Nolan with “human trafficking (a class B felony), first degree unlawful transaction with a minor (a class C felony), and third degree unlawful transaction with a minor (a class A misdemeanor).”  All of the alleged felonies were committed in 2016, while he was chair of the Campbell County arm of the Trump campaign.

    Nolan is also a former judge.

    More ugly:

    According to the indictment, obtained by The River City News, Nolan is accused of subjecting a minor under the age of 18 to “commercial sexual activity”. He is also accused of inducing a minor to engage in sexual activity. Nolan is also accused of providing alcohol to a minor.

    More here.


  • Tell Secretary Kelly: Bring DACA-recipient Juan Back from Mexico!

    Juan Manuel Montes
    Juan Manuel Montes

    Return Juan Manuel Montes to his home and family immediately.

    On February 17, Juan Manuel Montes was walking to a taxi stand in his hometown in California when he was approached by border officials and asked for his papers. Though Juan was legally authorized to live and work in America through the DACA program, he was deported to Mexico just hours later.

    This is a direct consequence to Donald Trump’s mass deportation agenda and the acts of an unaccountable agency. Juan Manuel must be reunited with his family in California as soon as possible. Join us in demanding Secretary Kelly take immediate action.


  • Lawmaker Names Bill Banning Conversion Therapy After Mike Pence

    Mike Pence conversion therapy
    Mike Pence.

    A well-deserved jab at dangerous Mike Pence recently from a New York Erie County lawmaker:

    The Prevention of Emotional Neglect and Childhood Endangerment — or PENCE — would block the harmful practice of trying to “change” the sexual orientation or gender identity of LGBT minors in New York’s Erie County.

    More from our friends at The Advocate:

    Erie County Legislator Patrick Burke is trolling the president-elect by introducing a law banning conversion therapy under his name. Known as the Prevention of Emotional Neglect and Childhood Endangerment — or PENCE for short — the legislation, if passed, would make the New York county just one of a few municipalities to block the practice. Currently, five states and D.C. prohibit the use of conversion therapy outright.

    The name is a direct jab at Mike Pence’s 2000 campaign website, which openly supported the harmful practice of attempting to “change” the sexual orientation or gender identity of LGBT minors.

    Well done.


  • Report: Trump To Offer Crazy Rudy Giuliani Secretary of State

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    Crazy Rudy Giuliani is reportedly Trump’s choice for Secretary of State.

    And down the rabbit hole we continue to fall.

    From the Chicago Sun-Times:

    Rudy Giuliani is the favorite to be secretary of state in Donald Trump’s administration, according to a senior Trump official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the source isn’t authorized to speak on the record.

    And then this:

    The official said there’s no real competition for the job, and it’s the former New York mayor’s if he wants to take it. (emphasis added)

    There’s no competition for Secretary of State? Does anyone in the President-Elect’s team actually want to work? Do any of them have a clue what it takes to run a country?

    Those questions are rhetorical.


  • Hillary Clinton v. Donald Trump: Live Blogging

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    Hillary Clinton v. Donald Trump. (Screenshot)

    10:39 p.m.

    And, it’s over. Handshakes.

    10:37 p.m.

    Trump goes after Rosie O’Donnell.

    Rosie O’Donnell.

    Says he was going to say something terrible about Hillary and her family, but decided not to.

    10:34 p.m.

    Trump said Clinton does not have a presidential look, Holt said. She’s the first female nominee of a major party.

    “I don’t believe Hillary has the stamina. I said ‘the stamina.'”

    As soon as he visits 128 countries or spends 11 hours testifying before a congressional committee, “then he can talk about stamina.

    10:33 p.m.

    Trump wanders again. “We are losing billions and billions of dollars.”

    10:30 p.m.

    “Words matter when you run for president and they really matter when you are president,” Clinton says. She acknowledges that this campaign has troubled many world leaders.

    “Our word is good,” she reassures.

    Says Trump never said what his alternative would be to deal with Iran.

    10:28 p.m.

    Holt: Do you support the current U.S. policy on first use [of nuclear weapons].

    Trump says China should “go into” North Korea, Iran has power over North Korea.

    10:27 p.m.

    Trump: Saudi Arabia and others should be paying us money.

    10:24 p.m.

    Clinton speaks of Iran. Sanctions were not enough.

    President Obama, John Kerry, she helped, shut down Iran’s nuclear program.

    Speaks of Trump’s “cavalier attitude” about nuclear weapons.

    “A man who can be provoked by a Tweet should not have his hand anywhere near the nuclear codes.”

    10:22 p.m.

    Trump keeps naming Sean Hannity as his source.

    Trump says that he has much better judgment than Hillary Clinton.

    “I think my strongest asset, maybe by far, is my temperament.”

    10:19 p.m.

    Trump: ISIS formed because of a vacuum formed  by Barack Obama and Secretary Clinton.

    10:18 p.m.

    Trump: “NATO could be obsolete.” Says NATO does not focus on terror.

    10:17 p.m.

    Hillary speaks of cooperating with Muslims in America, not alienate Muslims and push them away like Trump has done.

    10:16 p.m.

    Clinton: George W. Bush made the agreement to leave Iraq. The only way we could have stayed would have been to have an agreement with the then-Iraqi government to protect American troops. That did not happen.

    10:14 p.m.

    Trump: “Had we taken the oil,” there would be no ISIS.

    10:13 p.m.

    Holt: “How will you prevent home-grown terrorism?”

    Trump: Speaks of ISIS.

    10:12 p.m.

    Clinton: “I have put forth a plan to defeat ISIS.” It does entail going after them online. We must also intensify air attacks against ISIS. Take out their “claim of being a caliphate.”

    “We’re hoping to push [ISIS] out of Iraq in a year.”

    This would be awesome.

    10:10 p.m.

    Trump talks about his endorsements.

    Now talking about ISIS.

    10:08 p.m.

    Clinton: We are not going to sit idly by and let state actors go after public and private information.

    “I was so shocked when Donald invited Putin to hack into Americans.”

    10:07 p.m.

    Hillary Clinton speaks on cyber security. There are independent hackers. There also cyber attacks coming from states. “The most recent and troubling of them has been Russia.”

    10:05 p.m.

    Trump says Clinton treated Obama horribly.

    “As far as the lawsuit,” admits he was sued, “we settled with no admission of guilt.”

    That just means cash flowed and the other side was silenced.

    10:03 p.m.

    Clinton: [Trump] has started his race for president on this racist, birther lie.

    Clinton: Trump was sued in 1973 because he would not rent to African Americans. “He actually was sued twice by the justice department.”

    10:01 p.m.

    Talking about a birth certificate. President Obama’s. “I was the one who got him to produce the birth certificate.”

    Lester Holt: “The birth certificate was produced in 2009. You continued to speak about it in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and January 2016.”

    10:00 p.m.

    “I think Donald just criticized me for preparing for this debate. I did. You know what else I did? I’m preparing to be president.”

    [APPLAUSE]

    9:59 p.m.

    Again, Lester Holt has lost control. Trump rambles on.

    9:56 p.m.

    Trump: “In New York City, we had 2,200 murders, and stop and frisk brought it down to 500.”

    Hillary: Crime has continued to drop under the current mayor. We have to work with faith communities

    9:54 p.m.

    Clinton speaking of “implicit bias,” which is a problem for all of us, she says. Police now are having to handle a great deal of mental health problems on the street.

    9:52 p.m.

    “We’ve got to address the systemic racism in our justice system. We can’t just say ‘law and order.'”

    Clinton is glad the federal government is ending private prisons. “I want to end them in the state systems.”

    9:51 p.m.

    Hillary Clinton bemoans the negative picture Trump paints of the Black community.

    “Stop and frisk was found to be unconstitutional,” Hillary says.

    9:50 p.m.

    Trump bemoans Chicago, “I have property there.”

    9:48 p.m.

    Holt: “Stop and frisk has been ruled unconstitutional.”

    Trump: “No, you’re wrong.” Blames the judge and current mayor.

    9:47 p.m.

    Trump, “African Americans live in Hell.” Calls for bringing back “stop and frisk.”

    9:46 p.m.

    Trump: “We need law and order. When I look at Charlotte, NC, a city where I have investments.”

    9:44 p.m.

    Holt turns to the question of race. “Everyone should be respected by the law,” Clinton says. “And everyone should respect the law.”

    Clinton speaks of “brave police officers” who also want reform.

    Clinton: “We have to tackle the plague of gun violence.”

    9:43 p.m.

    No focus. Clinton and Trump go back and forth. Lester Holt again tries to take the reigns.

    9:42 p.m.

    Trump, “Look, it’s all words. It’s all sound bytes.”

    Regarding people who did not get paid, “I took advantage of the laws of the country.”

    9:40 p.m.

    Hillary speaks of people she’s met who were “stiffed” by Donald Trump.

    Trump does not deny the accusation from Clinton, “Maybe he didn’t do a good job and didn’t deserve to be paid.”

    9:38 p.m.

    Again, Trump speaks. Lester Holt has lost control.

    9:37 p.m.

    “As far as my tax returns, you don’t learn much from tax returns. You learn from financial disclosures,” Trump said.

    9:35 p.m.

    Hillary Clinton: Trump’s paid zero in federal taxes. What’s he hiding? “There’s something he’s hiding.”

    “Were he ever to get near the White House, what would the conflicts be?”

    9:34 p.m.

    Clinton, “For 40 years, or 39, everyone running for president has released their tax returns.”

    9:31 p.m.

    Lester Holt to Trump: “You have not released your tax returns.”

    “I’m under a routine audit and I will release them” as soon as the audit is over.

    Dancing away from the question, now talking about a trade deficit.

    Holt presses Trump on his taxes. Trump says he gets audited often by the IRS.

    9:30 p.m.

    Trump goes after Clinton again. “We are in a big, fat, ugly bubble.”

    9:28 p.m.

    Lester Holt has lost control of the debate. Clinton speaks of the “Trump loophole,” “Trumped up trickle down” economics.

    “I don’t think top-down works in America,” Clinton says.

    9:19 p.m.

    Hillary speaking of her record. Donald Trump keeps squinting.

    The moderator, Lester Holt has already lost control of the debate.

    9:18 p.m.

    Hillary is keeping her cool. Donald Trump is speaking to Hillary.

     

    9:15 p.m.

    The debate is on. Donald Trump is wandering, drinking water already. Hillary’s best take-away so far? “Trump Dump Trickle Down Economics.