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Michael Cohen and the End Stage of the Trump Presidency
Everyone who has spent time looking into Trump’s business dealings know that he was an opportunistic schemer, not a business genius, willing to sell his name to lend legitimacy to sketchy projects whenever the opportunity to make a quick buck presented itself. Soon, this will be clear to everyone.
9 days ago by irace
The truth about the Trump economy, explained
The Trump economy is just a continuation of the Obama economy.

- Pace of growth hasn’t really changed
- Pace of unemployment hasn’t really changed
- Stock markets are doing well, but
- They’re doing well globally
- The top 10% of the population reaps 80% of the benefits

That said, it’s easier for a Republican to boast about these gains because their constituents are the primary beneficiaries. It’s harder for Democrats to take a victory lap when their voters care about America’s abysmal record relative to other developed nations when it comes to: health insurance, greenhouse gas emissions, parental leave, etc.
trump-presidency  economics 
11 weeks ago by irace
First Take: The 'Nunes Memo' Is Even Weaker Than Expected
An analysis of what the Nunes Memo is trying to accomplish, and the various ways at which it needs to deceit in order to even have a *chance* of accomplishing its goal. It fails, however, because:

- It only discusses Page and makes no reference to the rest of the investigation
- It acknowledges that Papadapolous was already being looked at prior to Page
- It gives no indication that the dossier was the only source used to justify the Page warrant (although even if it was, it’s be hard to convincingly argue that it was truly biased)
trump-presidency  russia-investigation  nunes-memo 
11 weeks ago by irace
5 Points On How The Nunes Memo Is Basically One Big Self-Own – Talking Points Memo
The Nunes Memo is meant to discredit top DOJ and FBI officials, in an attempt to discredit the Mueller investigation, but in fact it points out a number of different ways in which the Russian investigation is even more legitimately than many might have previously realized.
11 weeks ago by irace
Perspective | Trump’s first year: A damage assessment
Tom Nichols – a conservative – with a crushingly depressing analysis of the lasting damage that Trump is doing, one year in.
11 weeks ago by irace
Trump’s State of the Union: No solutions for the country’s problems - Vox
Trump didn’t actually lay out any plans for how to fix the issues ailing the U.S. in his state of the union. Instead, he took credit for a good economy that he isn’t really responsible for, and fearmongered over immigration (which leads to hire wages for native-born Americans).
state-of-the-union  trump-presidency 
11 weeks ago by irace
Donald Trump and the Russian Dog That Didn't Bark | Crooked Media
Let’s not kid ourselves: even though “collusion” can come off as abstract and tricky to define, we have it here.
russia  trump-presidency 
november 2017 by irace
Exclusive: What Trump Really Told Kislyak After Comey Was Canned
Trump blurting covert information to the Russians doesn’t mean he’s necessarily compromised. It could just mean that he’s an idiot. Either way, our intelligence apparatus can’t be as effective without the trust and cooperation of our allies.
november 2017 by irace
Grappling with a Legitimacy Crisis | Crooked Media
It’s hard for American institutions to accept that Trump may not be president if it weren’t for Russian interference, since doing so would acknowledge a susceptibility that would be incredibly uncomfortable to admit. But a failure to do so only leaves us falsely confident and vulnerable to this happening over and over again.
november 2017 by irace
U.S. Image Suffers as Publics Around World Question Trump's Leadership
A sobering breakdown of how much less basically every country in the world thinks of Trump compared to Obama.
november 2017 by irace
Jeff Flake, Bob Corker, and John McCain need to start acting like senators, not pundits - Vox
Anti-Trump Republican senators need to use their leverage to accomplish what it is that they want him to do (or not do). Speaking out against him isn’t as impactful in preventing him from legislative accomplishments, which they could easily do in exchange for whatever it is they actually want.
jeff-flake  john-mccain  trump-presidency  bob-corker 
october 2017 by irace
Trump 200 days impact on markets and economy - Business Insider
The economy is doing well under Trump, but that's because it's following the same trends it has been since 2008.
trump-presidency  economics 
september 2017 by irace
For the third time, Donald Trump, U.S. is not 'highest taxed nation in the world'
Despite what Trump says, the U.S. is not one of the highest taxed nations (even when looking at businesses specifically).
taxes  trump-presidency 
september 2017 by irace
Exiles on Pennsylvania Avenue: How Jared and Ivanka Were Repelled by Washington’s Elite
A deep-dive on Ivanka and Jared – how they ended up what they are, what their roles seemingly are, how ineffective they've been, and why they don't deserve your pity.
trump-presidency  jared-kushner  ivanka-trump  nepotism 
august 2017 by irace
PhoenixNewTimes on Twitter
We've been covering Joe Arpaio for more than 20 years. Here's a couple of things you should know about him...
arizona  crime  abuse  politics  u.s.a.  trump-presidency  twitter 
august 2017 by iamfantastikate
The Ex-Sheriff Trump Wants to Pardon Ignored 400 Sex Crime Cases
The AP reported in 2011 that Arpaio's department failed to properly investigate over 400 sex crime cases, including attacks on children, from 2005 to 2007, when the department had a $2.7 million contract to run police services for the city of El Mirage.

According to the report, many of the victims were children of undocumented immigrants. "Officials discovered at least 32 reported child molestations—with victims as young as 2 years old—where the sheriff's office failed to follow through, even though suspects were known in all but six cases," AP revealed.
abuse  children  arizona  u.s.a.  trump-presidency  crime  politics 
august 2017 by iamfantastikate
Howard Stern was 100% right about Donald Trump - Apr. 28, 2017
Stern, the radio shock jock and Trump's longtime friend, publicly predicted this moment. During the Feb. 1 broadcast of his show, Stern said he'd told Trump early on that the presidency wouldn't be good for him.
"I really was sincere, I said, 'Why would you want to be the president of the United States? You're not going to be beloved, it's going to be a f*cking nightmare in your life," Stern recalled telling Trump in audio first flagged by CNN's KFile.
"He stepped into a situation that's really not a win for him," he added. "He's a 70 year-old guy, he's got a great life, gorgeous wife, great kids, he's got helicopters, airplanes, all the accoutrements of the great life... so now to step into this f*cking mess, and for what? There are people who are better suited for this kind of thing.
"He didn't need this in his life."
april 2017 by lwhlihu

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