Trump's Presidency: Is this the next domino to fall?

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America's renewable energy set to surpass coal for the first month ever

 

But... but... the wind doesn't always blow and the sun doesn't always shine :o

 

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New York (CNN Business)America's clean energy revolution is on the verge of a tipping point.

 
The renewable energy sector is projected to generate more electricity than coal during the month of April, according to a recent report published by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. That's never happened before.
 
Coal, long the king of the power sector, has already been dethroned by natural gas, a much cleaner burning fossil fuel. Now, coal is facing intensifying pressure from wind and solar power.
 
"Five years ago this never would have been close to happening," Dennis Wamstead, research analyst at IEEFA, said in an interview. "The transition that's going on in the electric sector in the United States has been phenomenal."

 

 

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For the record, Trump is only fourteen months older than Biden.

 

EDA: See my embarrassed correction below.

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Oh dear...

 

 

As soon as he started talking about the Clinton server, MSNBC barged in to say he was lying and talked across it. Boomerang time.

 

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2 hours ago, katheliz said:

For the record, Trump is only fourteen months older than Biden.

 

I'm afraid I missed this part of the joke. Isn't Trump 72?

 

I'm afraid that something has flown over my head once again.

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8 minutes ago, fraufruit said:

 

I'm afraid I missed this part of the joke. Isn't Trump 72?

 

I'm afraid that something has flown over my head once again.

 

I think Trump is 72 and Biden is 76. Biden became a senator in 1973 so I suppose plenty of ppl were in diapers then or not even born although I fail to see how that matters.  I'd be more worried about the age though.  Most ppl that age are already retired and few still have the energy for a full time job.

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Now, pay attention everyone:

Bernie Sanders September 8, 1941 (age 77 years)
Joe Biden November 20, 1942 (age 76 years),
Donald Trump June 14, 1946 (age 72 years)
Elizabeth Warren June 22, 1949 (age 69 years)
Amy Klobuchar May 25, 1960 (age 58 years)

Kamala Harris October 20, 1964 (age 54 years),
Kirsten Gillibrand December 9, 1966 (age 52 years)
Pete Buttigieg January 19, 1982 (age 37 years)

 

And I confess, I wasn't paying attention myself.  Biden is four years older than Trump, but he graciously acts his age.

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10 hours ago, katheliz said:

 

And I confess, I wasn't paying attention myself.  Biden is four years older than Trump, but he graciously acts his age.

 

Biden also is fitter physically and mentally than Trump (note that Biden requires only one hand to drink bottled water).

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Increasingly presidential Trump calls Fox News for another chat -

 

 

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Hours after Senate Democrats grilled Attorney General William Barr on his handling of the Mueller Report following the revelation that Special Counsel Robert Mueller accused Barr of creating “public confusion” with his initial summary, President Trump described the 2020 presidential candidates on the panel as “lunatics.”

Calling into Fox Business Network’s Trish Regan Primetime for a friendly Wednesday night chat, the president applauded Barr for doing a “fantastic job” while parroting his oft-repeated mantra that the Mueller Report showed “no collusion, no obstruction.”

Eventually, following Trump predictably calling on the “other side” to be investigated, an incredulous Trish Regan asked him about the growing call from Democrats for Barr to resign.

“I have not even heard that. It is so ridiculous, he is an outstanding man with an outstanding mind,” the president replied. “I heard he performed incredibly well today.”

The Fox Business host then mentioned Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), who pressed Barr hard on whether the White House had asked him to investigate anyone, causing the attorney general to become flustered.

“She was probably very nasty,” Trump responded, drawing flashbacks to the 2016 presidential campaign and his “nasty woman” diss aimed at Hillary Clinton.

Trump then took aim at all three Senate Judiciary Democrats who are currently running for president—Harris, Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN).

“How about these three people?” Trump huffed. “Three of them are running, three not doing very well, but three are running for a particular office. I think, maybe you’re talking to the person right now. You have three of them running against me and they are up there ranting and raving. Like lunatics, frankly!”

The president went on to claim the three senators were heaping “abuse” on Barr for “political points” because they’re running for office, saying the public “sees through it easily.”

“I think they do!” Regan excitedly responded before boasting about Trump’s economic numbers.

 

 

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It seems that 4 hours on the hot seat was enough for Barr -

 

 

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Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday canceled plans to testify before the House of Representatives about his handling of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, further inflaming tensions between U.S. President Donald Trump and Democrats in Congress.

Barr was due to face the Democratic-controlled House Judiciary Committee on Thursday, but pulled out after the two sides were unable to agree on the format for the hearing.

"It's simply part of the administration's complete stonewalling of Congress," Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler told reporters.

Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said Nadler's proposal to have committee lawyers question Barr was "unprecedented and unnecessary," saying questions should come from lawmakers.

The move came shortly after Barr spent more than four hours before the Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee where he fended off Democratic criticism of his decision to clear Trump of criminal obstruction of justice and faulted Special Counsel Robert Mueller for not reaching a conclusion of his own on the issue.

In his first congressional testimony since releasing a redacted version of Mueller's report on April 18, Barr also dismissed Mueller's complaints that he initially disclosed the special counsel's conclusions on March 24 in an incomplete way that caused public confusion.

Illustrating tensions between the two men, Barr described as "a bit snitty" a March 27 letter from Mueller in which the special counsel urged him to release broader summaries of his findings - a step Barr rejected. Trump seized on Barr's March 24 letter to declare that he had been fully exonerated.

Several Democrats on the Senate committee called for Barr's resignation.

Democrats have accused Barr of trying to protect the Republican president, who is seeking re-election next year. They pressed Barr on why he decided two days after receiving the 448-page document from Mueller in March to conclude that Trump had not unlawfully sought to obstruct the 22-month investigation.

"I don't think the government had a prosecutable case," Barr said.

 

 

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3 hours ago, AlexTr said:

 

Biden also is fitter physically and mentally than Trump (note that Biden requires only one hand to drink bottled water).

 

So you lot didn't get the slightest clue about the water symbolism? Oh dear....

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If Trump falls in the forest,  does he blame Clinton's emails?

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In a remarkable scene inside the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., blasted Attorney General William Barr for failing to appear before the committee on Thursday.

For those viewing on cable television, Barr’s empty seat and placard were seen on a split-screen as Nadler spoke.

“The attorney general of the United States is sworn to uphold the Constitution as our nation’s chief law enforcement officer,” Nadler said. “Sadly the attorney general has failed in that responsibility. He has failed to check the president’s worst instincts. He has not only misrepresented the findings of the special counsel, he has failed to protect the special counsel’s investigation from unfair political attacks. He has himself unfairly attacked the special counsel’s investigation.

“He has failed the men and women of the Department of Justice by placing the needs of the president over the fair administration of justice,” Nadler continued. “He has even failed to show up today.”

 

 

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Regardless of whether Attorney General William Barr was ever a “respectable” political figure, plenty of powerful people seem to have held him in such regard.

If Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) was one of those people, she’s not anymore. On Wednesday, she lamented the degree to which the attorney general has allowed himself to be co-opted by President Trump. “The American people know that you are no different from Rudy Giuliani or Kellyanne Conway or any of the other people who sacrificed their once decent reputation for the grifter and liar who sits in the Oval Office,” she told Barr during his appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Hirono spent most of her allotted time reviewing the extent of Barr’s “deep involvement” in covering for the president, from misrepresenting Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s findings to lying to Congress about Mueller’s objections to the “principal conclusions” of the investigation Barr released last month. Hirono’s monologue lasted more than five minutes. There was a lot of ground to cover. She attempted to close with a few questions for Barr, but committee chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) interrupted her, accusing her of slandering Barr. “I do not think that I’m slandering anyone,” Hirono replied. “Mr. Chairman, I am done. Thank you very much.”

Barr is of course not the only political figure to have prostrated himself before Trump. Pretty much everyone to have served in his administration — as well as most Senate Republicans, none more so than Graham — have tarnished their legacies by catering to the increasingly demented whims of a serial liar and conman who at the very least has trampled over his constitutional duties as president, and at the most is guilty of a host of federal crimes.

The question that has perplexed Americans for the past two years regarding these figures is…why. Why have they decided to hitch their careers and their dignity to a man doing all he can to destroy the institutions they ostensibly entered public service to protect?

Just as Barr was in the middle of his testimony on Wednesday, the New York Timespublished an op-ed by former FBI Director James Comey, who offers an interesting explanation. “How could Mr. Barr, a bright and accomplished lawyer, start channeling the president in using words like ‘no collusion’ and F.B.I. ‘spying’?” asks Comey, who was fired by Trump in May 2017, thus triggering the special counsel investigation. “And downplaying acts of obstruction of justice as products of the president’s being ‘frustrated and angry,’ something he would never say to justify the thousands of crimes prosecuted every day that are the product of frustration and anger?”

Drawing from his experience working closely with Trump, Comey provides something of a step-by-step timeline of how this could happen. “Accomplished people lacking inner strength can’t resist the compromises necessary to survive Mr. Trump and that adds up to something they will never recover from,” he explains.

First, he writes, they are silent when Trump lies, which in effect makes them complicit in the lying. “I must have agreed that he had the largest inauguration crowd in history because I didn’t challenge that,” Comey says. “Everyone must agree that he has been treated very unfairly. The web building never stops.”

Second, they display “personal fealty” in public, such as during Cabinet meetings. Why? Because everyone else is doing it, and because Trump demands it. “You praise, while the world watches, and the web gets tighter,” says Comey.

Third, they stand by idly as Trump attacks the “institutions and values you hold dear.” Maybe they want to say something, maybe they are bothered, but they rationalize doing nothing because he’s the president. They tell themselves they must stay in place and weather the storm in order to protect the institutions under attack. This line of thinking was also detailed, famously, in the op-ed an anonymous senior administration official wrote for the Times last year. “We believe our first duty is to this country, and the president continues to act in a manner that is detrimental to the health of our republic,” the author wrote. “That is why many Trump appointees have vowed to do what we can to preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr. Trump’s more misguided impulses until he is out of office.”

 

But, as Comey notes, to take this position requires them to be a part of Trump’s team, which requires more compromises, which pile up far faster than whatever marginal work they think they’re doing to “save the republic.” Before they know it, they’re perjuring themselves on his behalf, or worse, as Barr now seems to have done in the wake of Mueller’s investigation.

“And then you are lost,” Comey concludes. “He has eaten your soul.”

 

 

 

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Almost half of Trump's followers appear to be fake.

 

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Anyone can amass an exorbitant number of Twitter followers. You don't even have to be famous. All you have to do is pay for them. The comedian Joe Mande currently has a healthy 1.01 million followers, but his bio contains a caveat: "twitter is trash, facebook's the devil, i bought a million followers for like $400 none of this shit matters antarctica is melting."

Mande even explained the stunt last November in The New Yorker. "The simplest way to tell who’s winning the Twitter game is by counting followers," he wrote. "The biggest celebrity accounts—Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga—seem to have millions of followers. But in 2012 I learned that only a portion of those are real humans; some are 'bots,' artificially created to boost an account’s popularity. Immediately, I knew that I had found my calling."

 

Because Donald Trump is the president of the United States and the most famous person on the planet, one wouldn't think he would need to employ a bot to boost his Twitter following. It appears, however, he might have done just that. As screenwriter John Niven pointed out Tuesday morning, Trump's Twitter account saw an unusual spike in followers over the weekend, many of which appear to have been created artificially.

Trump currently has 31 million followers and, sure enough, if you browse through them you will find an unusual number of tweet-less, picture-less accounts that joined the service in May 2017. If you're still curious,  you can enter Trump's handle, @realDonaldTrump, into Twitter Audit, a service that assesses the authenticity of one's followers, and find that only 51 percent of Trump's are real.



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1 hour ago, AlexTr said:

If you're still curious,  you can enter Trump's handle, @realDonaldTrump, into Twitter Audit, a service that assesses the authenticity of one's followers, and find that only 51 percent of Trump's are real.

 

https://www.twitteraudit.com/RealDonaldTrump

 

87%

 

Seems about average if you compare Obama or Hillary.  

 

Have a nice evening.  

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On 4/27/2019, 11:09:37, fraufruit said:

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They do not defend distribution or production.

 

I already know the ACLU defends the right to possess child pornography(as if that weren't bad enough). I have a 45min  VHS video of a debate where the head of state ACLU chapter admits and defends the ACLU's support of the distribution of child pornography also.

 

The ACLU is a despicable organization. Anyone who supports them is either a pervert or a moron.

 

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@Fromm yeah, right. Sure you do. If you're going to take that long to answer, I expect better than the grandpa defense. VHS-that is some high key corn.

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