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

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So, McConnell says Trump signed off on once again not getting funding for his wall. Let's see if this holds up.

 

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Senators reached a bipartisan deal Thursday that would provide more than $19 billion in disaster aid funding to parts of the United States hit by hurricanes, flooding, earthquakes and wildfires, following months of negotiation.

 

Leaving a closed-door Senate Republican lunch, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala., told reporters that an agreement had been reached.

 

The two said that they had spoken to President Donald Trump on Thursday afternoon about the parameters of the deal, which excludes the $4.5 billion in border funding that the White House and the Republicans kept demanding. Trump signed off, according to Shelby.

 

The Senate is expected to vote on the measure Thursday afternoon before leaving Washington for a weeklong Memorial Day recess. This comes after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., warned earlier in the day that the upper chamber would remain in session this week until they passed a disaster aid bill.

 

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Team Trump, Including a Fox Host, Go All-In on Pushing Doctored Pelosi Videos. As you do when your side is losing.

 

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Just hours after having multiple senior aides vouch for his calm state of mind after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused him of a temper tantrum, President Trump took to Twitter late Thursday to push an edited video of the top Democrat supposedly “stammering” through a news conference, jumping on a conspiracy-theory bandwagon that had been raging on social media throughout the day.

 

The video, which was first aired by the Fox Business Network and appeared to have been cleverly edited to make Pelosi's speech seem impaired, came after several doctored videos purporting to show a “drunk” Pelosi slurring her words spread like wildfire on social media, all while Trump tried to convince the public that Pelosi was not to be taken seriously because she is “crazy” and “a mess.”

 

Even Fox News reported that the videos were doctored, but that didn't stop Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani from tweeting out a link to one of the already debunked videos late Thursday.

 

“What is wrong with Nancy Pelosi?” Giuliani wrote. “Her speech pattern is bizarre.” He later deleted the tweet, but the flames of the “Pelosi-can-barely-string-a-sentence-together, she-must-be-senile-or-drunk” hoax that apparently originated among Trump supporters had already been fanned, and Fox, predictably, was to thank for keeping the whole thing going.

 

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Another GOP heavy hitter gets on board.

 

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Former Rep. Tom Coleman (R-Mo.) has penned an op-ed calling for President Trump to be impeached.

Coleman's Thursday op-ed in the Kansas City Star comes as calls for impeachment heat up from both Democratic lawmakers and at least one Republican, with Coleman amplifying Rep. Justin Amash's (R-Mich) comments from over the weekend.

Coleman’s reasoning echoes Amash’s, arguing that special counsel Robert Mueller’s report showed Trump and members of his campaign “on multiple occasions welcomed Russian interference on his behalf during the 2016 presidential campaign.”

The 75-year-old former lawmaker, who left the House in 1993 after more than 15 years in Congress, noted that there are “political reasons” against pushing for impeachment, but wrote that “politics should not rule the day.”

“Partisan politics is what got us to this dangerous place — so dangerous, I believe, that the survival of our democracy is at risk,” he wrote.

 

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Friends, Toytowners, countrymen, lend me your ears...

 

DECLAS is here:

 

https://bigleaguepolitics.com/president-trump-gives-barr-authority-to-de-classify-spying-docs/

 

Oh dear...

 

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Deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein gave a redacted document to Rep. Devin Nunes, showing two major redactions about the creation of the Trump “Dossier” and the launch of FISA warrants and Robert Mueller’s investigation during the 2016 campaign. The redactions were: “the name of a country and the name of a foreign agent who supplied information.”

Now we know: the country is Germany and the foreign agent was either Angela Merkel or someone who worked for Angela Merkel in foreign intelligence.

 

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As it turns out, Mueller does want to testify, just not on camera. He's a class act.

 

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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said special counsel Robert Mueller wants to testify privately about his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Nadler, appearing on “The Rachel Maddow Show” on MSNBC Thursday night, said he doesn’t know why Mueller wants to testify privately as opposed to publicly.

“He is willing to make an opening statement but he wants to testify in private,” Nadler said. “We’re saying we think it's important for the American people to hear from him and to hear his answers to questions about the report.”

Nadler noted that a private Mueller testimony would still come with a transcript that would be publicly made available.

“We’d see a transcript,” he told Maddow.

 

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Judges fast-track court fight over Trump financial records. Yeah, I guess that running the clock out plan isn't going to work.

 

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Under the order approved Thursday, Trump’s first round of legal briefs spelling out its arguments are due June 10, followed by a response from lawyers for the House committee and Mazars by July 1. A final reply brief from the Trump attorneys is due July 9.

 

Democrats have said they will suspend the deadlines in their subpoena for production of the Trump financial documents while the president’s appeal works its way through the courts. Mazars, meantime, has said it will still keep working to collect and prepare the documents but won’t turn over any until the judges’ render an opinion.

 

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How's that winning going?
 

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A federal judge on Friday temporarily blocked the Trump administration's plan to spend billions to construct a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border with Defense Department funds.

U.S. District Court Judge Haywood Gilliam’s ruling halts the administration from using the reallocated funds for projects in specific areas in Texas and Arizona. Trump declared a national emergency in February to redirect funding from the Department of Defense to begin construction of his long-promised border wall.

“In short, the position that when Congress declines the Executive’s request to appropriate funds, the Executive nonetheless may simply find a way to spend those funds “without Congress” does not square with fundamental separation of powers principles dating back to the earliest days of our Republic,” wrote Gilliam, who was appointed to the bench by former President Barack Obama.

 

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Trump likes to contract, rather than expand, civil rights.

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The Trump administration formally proposed on Friday to roll back Obama-era civil rights safeguards that had banned discrimination against transgender medical patients and health insurance customers.

 

The Department of Health and Human Services’s proposed regulation would replace a 2016 rule from the Obama administration that defined discrimination “on the basis of sex” to include gender identity. The Trump administration rule would no longer recognize gender identity as an avenue for sex discrimination.

 

Without the Obama-era language, health care workers would be free to object to performing procedures like gender reassignment surgery, and insurers would not be bound to cover all services for transgender customers. The new rule would fit into a broader agenda pushed by religious activists and is consistent with administration actions to limit civil rights protections for gay and transgender Americans in a variety of domains, including education, employment and housing.

 

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Friends, Toytowners, countrymen, countrywomen, lend me your rears...

I guess while all the media is looking at Trump ramping up the threat over Iran and his trip to visit the troublesome royals in the Britain, Europe,

this bit of scandal slipped under the radar.  Nothing to see here, move along ... ... ...

https://www.philly.com/politics/nation/kushner-companies-gets-eight-hundred-million-dollar-federally-backed-apartment-loan-20190523.html

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Cry me a river lefties!  People care more about the economy than gender neutral bathrooms.

 

Americans feel good about economy and give Trump credit — CBS News poll

 

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Most Americans remain confident about the U.S. economy and in their own financial situation, and more now give President Trump's policies credit for a strong economy than did so last year.

Seven in 10 Americans say the economy is in good shape, including a quarter who say it is very good. Nearly all Republicans and most Democrats and independents share this view. 

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Americans increasingly give the president credit for the economy. Forty-one percent of those who say the economy is good say Mr. Trump's policies are mostly responsible, up from 32% at the beginning of 2018. Republicans give the president relatively more credit for the economy than Democrats do. 

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Forty-one percent of Americans approve of how Mr. Trump is handling his job as president. That is closer to where his rating was last summer than it was in this poll more recently, in January. Approval ratings have remained within a fairly narrow range throughout his presidency so far.

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Across particular measures, the economy is the president's strongest: 50% of Americans approve of how he's handling the economy. In contrast, more Americans disapprove of his handling of immigration, foreign policy, and trade with other countries.

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Amid congressional Democrats' attempts to investigate the president's finances, 40% of Americans think Mr. Trump has financially profited from his time in the presidency, more so than the 24% who think he has made financial sacrifices in order to serve as president. Another 33% don't think his finances have changed much either way from his being president. But partisans see this differently. Republicans are more apt to feel he has made sacrifices and Democrats more prone to think he has gained financially.

 

Looking ahead, Americans are more positive about the market than they were a few months ago, despite recent fluctuations. Fifty-six percent now say they are optimistic about the stock market over the next twelve months, up from 49% in January.  

There is partisan division about where the economy goes from here. Thirty-seven percent of Americans think the economy is getting better, including 71% of Republicans, but just 11% of Democrats agree.

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Looking at their own pocketbooks, most Americans are very or somewhat confident in their own financial situation, but their confidence is related to income. Those earning more express a lot more confidence than those earning less.

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Despite the optimism, Americans are wary of a possible trade war with China and its potential impact on the economy. Few think the U.S. will emerge the clear cut winner in any such conflict. 

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Few think the tariffs on Chinese imports will be good for the U.S. economy in the short term. More think they will make it worse. Republicans are more optimistic than Democrats.

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Another GOPer comes out for impeachment.

 

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A former longtime Republican congressman called Friday for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, who he said is an "illegitimate president."

 

"I'm calling for impeachment now because the Mueller report is out, and in it (special counsel Robert Mueller) describes 10 obstruction of justice charges that he could not bring because of a Department of Justice rule and regulation that says you can't indict a sitting president -- that's (reason) number one," former Rep. Tom Coleman, who represented Missouri for nearly two decades, told CNN's Erin Burnett on "OutFront."
 

Number two, I believe this is an illegitimate President because he welcomed help and influence from the Russians in his campaign," he said. "For example, his (campaign) chairman Paul Manafort met with a Russian intelligence asset in New York and shared with him their polling information and a strategy on how to win the Midwestern states."

 

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On 5/23/2019, 7:11:59, A.N.Other said:

 

When you don‘t have a coherent argument, cry discrimination. That’s probably why that suddenly became one of the elusive goalposts. 

 

Oh! Lesbian. Can‘t look like I‘m picking on her. 

 

OK Got it!

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