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Donald Trump appears to have donated $100,000 to the Clinton Foundation - Business Insider
The Clinton Foundation's website shows "Donald J. Trump" under a list of individuals and organizations that donated between $100,000 and $250,000 to the foundation.

The foundation recently came under fire after Trump accused his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, of running a "pay-to-play scheme" during her time as secretary of state that allegedly awarded donors with special treatment.

Despite Hillary Clinton going on the record and denouncing any accusations of misconduct, Trump has called for an independent investigation into the matter in addition to demanding that the foundation be shut down entirely.
Trump  donate  Clinton  foundation 
7 weeks ago by Quercki
Watch Barbra Streisand Mock Trump With ‘Send in the Clowns’ Cover – Rolling Stone
Her new rendition of “Send in the Clowns,” which Streisand originally covered for her The Broadway Album in 1985,” opens with the line, “He says he’s rich/ Maybe he’s poor/ ‘Til he reveals his returns/ Who can be sure?/ Who is this clown?” Her version continues: “Something’s amiss/ I don’t approve/ Now that’s he’s running the free world where can we move?/ Maybe a town/ Just who is this clown?” She also calls him a fraudulent twit” in another verse.

Streisand continued to make her point after the song, when a photo of the White House covered in a circus tent appeared on the stage’s screen. The image than shifted to one of Trump on his Time magazine 2016 Person of the Year cover with a red nose under the words “Clown of the Year.” “That’s for real,” Streisand noted, gesturing at the screen.
Trump  parody  song  video 
10 weeks ago by Quercki
It's time for the press to suspend normal relations with the Trump presidency - PressThink
Journalists charged with covering him should suspend normal relations with the presidency of Donald Trump, which is the most significant threat to an informed public in the United States today.

That is my recommendation.
Trump  truth  journalism 
12 weeks ago by Quercki
Pazit Zohar - Eyewitness sworn statement describing Trump conduct...
Eyewitness sworn statement describing Trump conduct with 12 and 13 year old girls at four Epstein parties. Paragraphs 8-14 most related to Trump. Posting this for people who would rather know though horrifying to read. Comment re witness credibility below, as well as more detailed and horrifying sworn statement of the victim.
Trump  Epstein  child  rape  pedophile 
12 weeks ago by Quercki
(10) Angie Buchanan - Wow. Here’s your back up for the arguments about...
Michelle Martin, PhD Cal State Fullerton summed up the most important FACTS:

There is so much misinformation out there about the Trump administration's new "zero tolerance" policy that requires criminal prosecution, which then warrants the separating of parents and children at the border. Before responding to a post defending this policy, please do your research...As a professor at a local Cal State, I research and write about these issues, so here, I'll make it easier for you:

Myth: This is not a new policy and was practiced under Obama and Clinton - FALSE. The policy to separate parents and children is new and was instituted on 4/6/2018. It was the brainchild of John Kelly and Stephen Miller to serve as a deterrent for undocumented immigration, approved by Trump, and adopted by Sessions. Prior administrations detained migrant families, but didn’t have a practice of forcibly separating parents from their children unless the adults were deemed unfit.…/press-rele…/file/1049751/download…
children  refugees  separate  ICE  Trump  2019  facts 
july 2019 by Quercki
I Understand Why Democrats Don't Want to Impeach Trump
After a failed impeachment trial, Trump, being the person he is, would claim that he was exonerated, a claim that would be buttressed by his propagandists at Fox News (as if Trump would ever admit he was wrong). So, instead of fulfilling their constitutional duties, Pelosi and her cabal of soothsaying moderates have chosen to sidestep justice in favor of politics.

This is the kind of justice that black people have become accustomed to. Democrats won’t pursue justice because they assume the all-white, Republican jurors won’t convict him. This is the same reason why the killers of Alton Sterling, Emantic Bradford Jr., Korryn Gaines and Eric Garner never faced a jury in a criminal trial.

This is the definition of injustice.
Let the ongoing investigations continue

Almost five years after the whole world witnessed Eric Garner dying with a police officer’s arm around his throat, the NYPD is still investigating whether or not it was a chokehold. Footage of Sandra Bland’s 2015 arrest wasn’t released until a few weeks ago, because of an “ongoing investigation.” Emmett Till’s murder is still being investigated, over a half-century later.

Even when something is readily apparent, they will trot out the “ongoing investigations” excuse as the first line of defense. Robert Mueller wrote an entire report that more than 1,000 prosecutors say shows obstruction of justice, yet Nancy Pelosi wants to “investigate.”

White people really trust investigations.
impeach  Trump  racism  African-American  justice 
june 2019 by Quercki
Trump and Republicans Appeal to Men with Fragile Masculinity, Researchers Find
resident Donald Trump appeals to men with fragile masculinity, two researchers from New York University wrote in analysis published in The Washington Post. They also said Republican candidates facing a Democrat drew more support in areas with higher levels of fragile masculinity in 2018 House races.

The president has touted his masculinity since declaring he would run for office. After Marco Rubio insinuated the president had a small penis in 2016, Trump raised his hands and said "he referred to my hands -- 'if they're small, something else must be small.' I guarantee you there's no problem. I guarantee."

He frequently calls other political figures weak and has promoted his bravery, saying after the Parkland school shooting that "I really believe I’d run in there even if I didn’t have a weapon." He espouses visions of toughness, like cheering hard football hits, and promotes shows of strength, like his proposed military parade.
Trump  fragile  masculinity 
march 2019 by Quercki
'The Case Is Finally Over': Charges Dropped Against All Remaining J20 Defendants
Charges against the remaining J20 protesters with no plea deals who were awaiting trial were dropped Friday with prejudice—meaning proscecutors can't try them again for the 2017 protest.

Hundreds of anti-Trump protesters were arrested on Jan. 20, 2017, for protesting the inauguration of President Donald Trump. The prosecution of the group—using felony charges against protesters and journalists—has been criticized by rights groups and failed miserably in court. Friday's ruling by D.C. Superior Court Chief Judge Robert Morin, which ordered the charges dropped with prejudice, shuts the door completely on the case.
protest  arrest  trial  judge  dismissed  dropped  charges  Trump  president  inauguration 
march 2019 by Quercki
The News Surrounding Rep. Omar Has Left Jews Tired – The Forward
I am absolutely, unambiguously furious about what this attention reveals. There is a sniff test that a lot of Jews do regarding criticism of Israel. We ask if that criticism is proportional. If not, we ask why Israel is receiving such undue attention while other things in other places go unnoticed.

Arguably, it’s a sort of whataboutism, but one rooted in self-preservation, because so often someone who is utterly, frothingly obsessed with Israel often proves to have issues with Jews in general.

Not always. Maybe not even most of the time. But often enough.

What is so special about Omar that she merits this amount of hand-wringing when, after all, she didn’t prompt the Tree of Life – Or L’Simcha Congregation massacre, nobody on the left did.

The prompt came from the President of the United States. It came from him wielding exactly the same sort of tropes Omar is accused of, but to an audience that is armed and actively white nationalist. That seems, proportionally speaking, like a vastly bigger deal.
jews  anti-semitism  Ilhan_Omar  Trump 
march 2019 by Quercki
GOP and Democrats on Ilhan Omar Isn't About Anti-Semitism
So let me get this straight: The president of the United States has called neo-Nazis “very fine people”; retweeted neo-Nazis; told an audience of Jewish-Americans that Israel is “your country”; and indulged in viciously anti-Semitic conspiracy theories. While running for office, he tweeted an image of Hillary Clinton inside a Star of David, next to a pile of cash; told an audience of Jewish donors, “You want to control your politicians, that’s fine”; and put out a campaign ad that attacked three rich and powerful Jewish figures. While a private citizen, he insisted only “short guys that wear yarmulkes” should count his money and kept a book of Adolf Hitler’s speeches on his bedside table.

He has never apologized for any of this. Nor has he been censured by Congress.
anti-semitism  Jews  Trump  Ilhan_Omar 
march 2019 by Quercki
How Nancy Pelosi Defeated Donald Trump - The Atlantic
From her very first shutdown scrap with Trump in the Oval Office in mid-December, shortly before the federal drama officially began, the speaker was clearly not going to be politely deferential to the whims and wisecracks of the president. Within moments of being offered the chance to speak with the press during a televised gaggle, Pelosi had edged Trump off his footing:
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“We should not have a Trump shutdown …” Pelosi said.

“A what? Did you say ‘Trump’?” he replied.

Indeed, she had said “Trump shutdown,” and by the conclusion of their unfortunately televised conclave, Trump had been fully lured into the bear trap: “I’ll tell you what, I am proud to shut down the government for border security … I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down. I’m not going to blame you for it. The last time you shut it down, it didn’t work. I will take the mantle of shutting down, and I’m going to shut it down for border security.”

Trump, and his advisers, have known ever since that it would be impossible to blame Democrats for the shutdown, and the American public has not forgotten, either. (A majority blame Trump and Republicans.) Trump would never really recover from it.
Pelosi  Trump  shutdown 
january 2019 by Quercki
20190121 Despite stated principles, McConnell readies vote on Trump's shutdown plan | MSNBC
whatever happened to Mitch McConnell’s principle of denying a vote on any measure that lacks bipartisan backing?

When the Democratic-led House approved several measures to end the shutdown – the same measures that Senate Republicans supported as recently as a month ago – McConnell refused to even consider them. The Senate GOP leader’s explanation was simple: there was no reason to bother with any legislation that didn’t enjoy congressional and White House support.

“We agreed we wouldn’t waste the Senate’s time on show votes related to government funding until a global agreement was reached that could pass the House, pass the Senate, and which the president would sign,” McConnell declared on Jan. 10. He added, “That’s how you make a law.”

I had plenty of concerns with this posture, but it was at least a principle that had a certain internal logic: there’s no reason to vote on any plan that wouldn’t have the support necessary to become law. If only one chamber, or even one branch of government, backed a proposal, that wouldn’t be enough.

Except, nine days later, Trump and his partisan allies put together a one-sided blueprint, following one-party talks, at which point McConnell evidently forgot the principles he seemed so fond of on Jan. 10. He knows Democratic leaders in the House and Senate oppose the White House’s latest gambit, but the Kentucky Republican has decided not to care.

The president wants a vote on his plan, and McConnell wants to give Trump what he asked for.

It’s almost as if the Senate leader’s talk about the importance of “a global agreement” was just a hollow delaying tactic, used as an excuse to deny senators a vote on a bipartisan House bill that could’ve ended the shutdown quite a while ago.

This process is already drenched in cynicism. Mitch McConnell is making matters worse.
McConnell  government  shutdown  Trump 
january 2019 by Quercki
Writing on the Wall: Report Suggests Border Project Is Off-Track and Over Budget >
According to the GAO, the results of the test were less than satisfactory. All four concrete prototypes would present “extensive” construction challenges, two of the others would present “substantial” challenges, and the last two would present only “moderate” challenges. Six of the prototypes would need “substantial” or “extensive” design changes to accommodate surface drainage, and the same number would require “substantial” or “extensive” changes to accommodate Border Patrol’s gates.

Only four of the prototypes could be built on 45-degree slopes, while three of them would not be constructible on any slope over 15 percent. One of the prototypes could not be constructed on any slope without a redesign. This is a particular challenge on the U.S. southern border, where much of the terrain is difficult or mountainous. While the original GAO report included data on the susceptibility of the walls to scaling and breaching, CBP asked that the GAO not make that information public out of security concerns.
Trump  wall  engineering  fail  GAO  report  politics  immigration 
january 2019 by Quercki
(64) Amy Patrick - Howdy. To recap: I’m a licensed structural and...
Am I a wall expert? I am. I am literally a court-accepted expert on walls.

Structurally and civil engineering-wise, the border wall is not a feasible project. Trump did not hire engineers to design the thing. He solicited bids from contractors, not engineers. This means it’s not been designed by professionals. It’s a disaster of numerous types waiting to happen.

What disasters?

Off the top of my head...
1) It will mess with our ability to drain land in flash flooding. Anything impeding the ability of water to get where it needs to go (doesn’t matter if there are holes in the wall or whatever) is going to dramatically increase the risk of flooding.
Trump  wall  immigration  structural  civil  engineering  facts  facebook 
january 2019 by Quercki
(6) Amy Patrick - Howdy. To recap: I’m a licensed structural and...
Am I a wall expert? I am. I am literally a court-accepted expert on walls.

Structurally and civil engineering-wise, the border wall is not a feasible project. Trump did not hire engineers to design the thing. He solicited bids from contractors, not engineers. This means it’s not been designed by professionals. It’s a disaster of numerous types waiting to happen.

What disasters?

Off the top of my head...
1) It will mess with our ability to drain land in flash flooding. Anything impeding the ability of water to get where it needs to go (doesn’t matter if there are holes in the wall or whatever) is going to dramatically increase the risk of flooding.
2) Messes with all kind of stuff ecologically. For all other projects, we have to do an Environmental Site Assessment, which is arduous. They’re either planning to circumvent all this, or they haven’t accounted for it yet, because that’s part of the design process, and this thing hasn’t been designed.
3) The prototypes they came up with are nearly impossible to build or don’t actually do the job.
Trump  wall  engineer  engineering  fail  facebook 
january 2019 by Quercki
We can’t let Trump close California’s gateway with Mexico - Los Angeles Times
he brewing crisis at the San Ysidro Port of Entry on the U.S.-Mexico border is yet another deliberate insult to California by President Trump.

Let’s recap (so far). First he deployed a show of force better suited to “Call of Duty” than the busiest border crossing in the Western Hemisphere. Customs and Border Protection shut down San Ysidro for hours at a time in recent weeks, wreaking havoc on the estimated 175,000-plus people who cross daily and the multibillion-dollar San Diego-Tijuana economy. Military helicopters have buzzed along the border to try to terrify the thousands of Central Americans amassed in Tijuana while waiting to seek asylum here. Then on Sunday la migra fired tear gas canisters over the border to push back these refugees, including women and children.

Even the California Highway Patrol took part in this sad charade, blocking off the northbound 5 and 805 freeways Sunday.

For millions of Latinos, the Tijuana-San Diego checkpoint is a western Ellis Island.
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Government authorities have treated the migrant caravan like a war game, a traffic accident or an invasion — but not like what it really is: an urgent, but completely manageable, flow of refugees.
immigration  California  Trump  wall  asylum  refugees 
november 2018 by Quercki
Proposed ‘public charge’ rule change stirs confusion over green card eligibility | Public Radio International
Hundreds of thousands of immigrant parents in California may disenroll their children from health insurance, food stamps and other federally subsidized programs because they fear that receiving these benefits will make it impossible for them to become permanent residents in the United States.

Their fears have been triggered by new regulations proposed by the Trump administration that expand the number of benefits that immigration officers can take into account in deciding whether to deny an immigrant permanent residence in the United States. Federal law allows immigration officials to deny green cards to immigrants if authorities decide they are likely to become a “public charge” — someone who relies excessively on government benefits to survive.

The draft regulations are currently open for public comments until Dec. 10th.
immigration  WIC  food_stamps  health  insurance  Trump 
november 2018 by Quercki
In the United States, right-wing violence is on the rise - The Washington Post
Over the past decade, attackers motivated by right-wing political ideologies have committed dozens of shootings, bombings and other acts of violence, far more than any other category of domestic extremist, according to a Washington Post analysis of data on global terrorism. While the data show a decades-long drop-off in violence by left-wing groups, violence by white supremacists and other far-right attackers has been on the rise since Barack Obama’s presidency — and has surged since President Trump took office.

This year has been especially deadly.Just last month, 13 people died in two incidents: A Kentucky gunman attempted to enter a historically black church, police say, then shot and killed two black patrons in a nearby grocery store. And an anti-Semitic loner who had expressed anger about a caravan of Central American refugees that Trump termed an “invasion” has been charged with gunning down 11 people in a Pittsburgh synagogue, the deadliest act of anti-Semitic violence in U.S. history.
violence  massacre  GOP  right-wing  Trump 
november 2018 by Quercki
#grabyourwallet | Boycott These Companies
For info on companies currently profiting from the Trump administration's immigration policies, click the "Action Alert" link above.

If you are contacting a company about Trump products / affiliations, here's a sample of what you can say:
"Hi. I’m a customer of [CompanyName]. Unfortunately I can no longer do business with your company because it does business with the Trump family. If your company were to no longer do this, I would enthusiastically return as a customer. Please communicate my feedback to management.

If you are contacting a company about its ties to the gun industry and/or NRA, here's a sample of what you can say:
"Hi. I’m a customer of [CompanyName]. Unfortunately I can no longer do business with your company due to its ties to the gun industry. If your company were to sever these ties, I would enthusiastically return as a customer. Please communicate my feedback to management.
politics  activism  shopping  boycott  Trump  NRA 
november 2018 by Quercki
Pro-Trump group raised $22 million from anonymous donors
The filing Thursday showed America First Policies raised money from 33 donors in 2017, who each donated between $5,000 and $5 million. Two anonymous donors who gave contributions of $4.5 million and $5 million each gave close to half of America First Policies’ funding. The group does not have to disclose the names of its contributors, who could be individuals, corporations or unions.

The groups exist to promote Trump’s agenda from outside the White House. America First Policies aired ads urging lawmakers to support the tax bill in 2017 and Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court this year, while the super PAC, America First Action, aired ads in House and Senate races during the midterm elections. The groups’ donors dined with Trump on multiple occasions and attended a summer fete at the Trump International Hotel in Washington.
Trump  donor  Citizens_United 
november 2018 by Quercki
Wells Fargo cuts 26,500 jobs, shutters branches, declares "excess capital" and drops $40.6 billion on stock buybacks / Boing Boing
Wells Fargo is America's most scandal-haunted bank, which is quite an accomplishment in a heavily competitive field; now the bank has started closing its branches and cutting jobs (after pressuring employees to commit mass fraud on pain of being fired and blacklisted from the industry).

The company has also declared itself to have an "excess of capital" and has committed to spending $40.6 billion on stock buybacks -- a form of financial engineering that drives up stock prices without improving the company's underlying financials or business. Some of Wells Fargo's largest individual shareholders are its executives, who've effectively just voted to give themselves massive, multi-million-dollar raises.

It is notable that Wells Fargo’s CEO describes the company as having an “excess of capital,” despite the fact that it is laying off workers, outsourcing jobs, and continuing to pay its employees nearly poverty-level wages. A fair wage for front-line bank workers is a critical part of the improved working conditions required to create an accountable financial institution that Wells Fargo has committed to being. Fair pay for workers helps companies attract and retain a qualified, committed workforce. It also provides economic security and autonomy, preventing workers from living paycheck to paycheck and being forced into a dependent work relationship that keeps them from speaking out when executives, like those at Wells Fargo, push them to commit fraud.
Wells_Fargo  evil  Trump  bank 
november 2018 by Quercki
Steve Mnuchin stole Cesar Sayoc's house / Boing Boing
Before Steve Mnuchin was in charge of the nation's economy, he was a foreclosure kingpin who left Goldman Sachs to found OneWest Bank (with money from George Soros!) in 2008; after the crisis, OneWest Bank acquired busted mortgage lender IndyMac, and became a notorious foreclosure mill, using robo-signed, back-dated, fraudulent documents to steal peoples' houses.

One of Mnuchin's customers was Cesar Sayoc, the man accused of sending bombs to a collection of people vilified by Donald Trump (including George Soros!).

IndyMac foreclosed on Sayoc in 2009, having converted his mortgage to a MERS ("a shell company that housed an electronic spreadsheet where mortgages could be quickly traded between buyers") using the Law Offices of David J. Stern, notorious for sleazy, fraudulent tactics.

Sayoc's foreclosure was typically fraudulent: backdated documents, never served, fraudulently executed, used to steal a home, signed by a woman who eventually admitted to forging signatures on documents used in foreclosure frauds.
bank  mortgage  fraud  Steve_Mnuchin  Cesar_Sayoc  bomb  terrorism  Trump 
october 2018 by Quercki
A quick review of 40 years of investigations into Donald Trump and his businesses - The Washington Post
1991: Trump's father is caught buying casino chips in lieu of giving Trump a loan. At the height of Trump's financial troubles, his father Fred Trump purchased $3.5 million in gaming chips from one of Trump's casinos, Trump Castle, infusing the business with cash. New Jersey regulators deemed the purchase illegal financial assistance, and the casino eventually accepted a $65,000 fine and admitted to violating the law.
Trump  fraud  taxes  lies 
october 2018 by Quercki
New York Times: Trump engaged in 'outright fraud' to avoid taxes - Business Insider
Soon after graduating from college, Trump was receiving the equivalent in today's dollars of $1 million annually from his father, Fred Trump.
That increased to more than $5 million annually when Donald Trump was in his 40s and 50s.
Fred Trump gave millions to his kids in a way that was structured to sidestep taxes on gifts and inheritances. Experts told The Times the methods were suspect, possibly even illegal.
When Donald Trump and his siblings gained ownership of their father's real-estate empire in 1997, they dodged hundreds of millions in taxes by undervaluing the properties at just north of $41 million.
The properties were later sold for 16 times that amount.
The Trump family in 1992 formed what The Times described as "the most overt fraud," a company called All County Building Supply & Maintenance.
Its purpose was to be a purchasing agent for Fred Trump's buildings, but it did not function in that manner, The Times said.
The company instead was used to siphon millions from Fred Trump's empire by marking up purchases that were already made.
Trump  fraud  money  taxes 
october 2018 by Quercki
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republican  walk-away  Trump 
july 2018 by Quercki
Was the 2016 election legitimate? It's now definitely worth asking the question
A nation devoted to majority rule has a minority president. Who squeaked into office on an electoral college technicality. Against most data projections. Using dark money. Using voter suppression. Using Russian disinformation.

As more and more facts about Trump’s incongruous victory emerges, the doubts gnaw harder — and grow harder to ignore.
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And, most chilling of all, with a massive assist from the Russian military, which not only hacked the Democrats, but also hacked voting software and a voting-system manufacturer.

Some people were motivated to vote for Trump because they believed Russian lies about Hillary Clinton’s health or email. But at least they got to cast their votes, and have them counted.

Others, many who planned to vote against Trump, were kept from the ballot entirely. In Wisconsin, as Mother Jones has reported, discriminatory ID laws prevented 45,000 eligible voters from participating in the election, including 23,000 in two heavily Democratic counties. Trump won Wisconsin by 22,000 votes.

The attorney general of Wisconsin, Brad Schimel, even boasted recently that Trump won Wisconsin chiefly because tens of thousands of eligible voters were turned away.
Trump  election  false  Russia 
july 2018 by Quercki
The Queen's Brooches for Donald Trump's visit
itch. STILL my superhero name.
‏ @SamuraiKnitter
Jul 15

All right. You need ninety-two years of background. The Queen (hereafter QE) has always loved brooches and so everyone gives them to her as gifts. Everyone. A horse-racing org gave her a gift for lifetime achievements a while back - the 'trophy' was a brooch. You get it.
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Bitch. STILL my superhero name.
‏ @SamuraiKnitter
Jul 15

QE also does hundreds and hundreds of appearances, and maybe 95% or higher, she wears a brooch. And the brooch is ALWAYS significant. Badges of military regiments - she inspects some troops, she wears the badge of them to do it.
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Bitch. STILL my superhero name.
‏ @SamuraiKnitter
Jul 15

A head of state gives her a brooch? If they visit, she'll wear it or something else she'd been given by them as a gift. (This goes for other kinds of jewelry too.) To her it's almost like royal orders.
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Bitch. STILL my superhero name.
‏ @SamuraiKnitter
Jul 15

That said, she wore three brooches while she and tRUmp were both in town. The day he arrived, the day of the banquet, and the day she actually met him for tea. (BTW, he let her wait 12min for him to show up for tea. He showed up late to tea WITH THE QUEEN OF FUCKING ENGLAND.)
Queen  England  Elizabeth  Trump  jewelry 
july 2018 by Quercki
(11) Rebecca Solnit - If every man who explained to me that Wikileaks...
CLINTON: Well, that's because he'd rather have a puppet as president of the United States.

TRUMP: No puppet. No puppet.

CLINTON: And it's pretty clear...

TRUMP: You're the puppet!

CLINTON: It's pretty clear you won't admit...

TRUMP: No, you're the puppet.

CLINTON: ... that the Russians have engaged in cyberattacks against the United States of America, that you encouraged espionage against our people, that you are willing to spout the Putin line, sign up for his wish list, break up NATO, do whatever he wants to do, and that you continue to get help from him, because he has a very clear favorite in this race.

So I think that this is such an unprecedented situation. We've never had a foreign government trying to interfere in our election. We have 17 -- 17 intelligence agencies, civilian and military, who have all concluded that these espionage attacks, these cyberattacks, come from the highest levels of the Kremlin and they are designed to influence our election. I find that deeply disturbing.

WALLACE: Secretary Clinton...

CLINTON: And I think it's time you take a stand..
Trump  Hillary  puppet  debate  transcript 
july 2018 by Quercki
Trump LOSES IT After Clinton Calls Him Putin's Puppet - YouTube
Donald Trump couldn't remain composed (if he ever was) during the third presidential debate after Hillary Clinton called him out for being Vladimir Putin's "puppet."
video  Trump  Hillary  Putin  puppet 
june 2018 by Quercki
One Magnificent Photo Sums Up Donald Trump's G-7 Visit | HuffPost
One Magnificent Photo Sums Up Donald Trump’s G-7 Visit
German Chancellor Angela Merkel shares a picture that says a thousand words.

By Sara Boboltz
Perhaps no other photo is in more need of a thorough caption than the one released Saturday by the office of German Chancellor Angela Merkel from the Group of Seven’s annual meeting in Quebec. 

Tense and confrontational, it appears to sum up President Donald Trump’s entire trip, which highlighted divisions among the global powers. 

The image dramatically depicts the German leader in an assertive pose, planting both hands firmly on a crisp tablecloth as she addresses President Donald Trump, who is seated before her with his arms crossed wearing a dispassionate expression.
Trump  Merkel  G7  foreign  relations  politics 
june 2018 by Quercki
Trump Organization Deals In Asia (are the basis for ie,) Fuel Debate On Emoluments Lawsuit : NPR
Brianne Gorod, chief counsel of the Constitution Accountability Center, representing the Democratic lawmakers.

The lawsuit seeks an injunction compelling Trump to comply with the Foreign Emoluments Clause, which requires federal officials to get congressional consent before they accept gifts or rewards — emoluments — from foreign governments or officials. Trump has never sought that consent; he and his lawyers maintain the clause doesn't apply to his business holdings.

Without court-ordered enforcement, Gorod said, Washington "would essentially write the Foreign Emoluments Clause out of existence."

Gorod and Brett Shumate, a Justice Department lawyer representing Trump, made their arguments to Federal District Judge Emmett Sullivan over whether the Democratic lawmakers have legal standing to sue.

This is the third emoluments case against Trump to reach the courtroom, but its magnitude may be the greatest.
Trump  emoluments  lawsuit 
june 2018 by Quercki
Blumenthal, et al. v. Trump | Constitutional Accountability Center
The Foreign Emoluments Clause of the Constitution requires all federal officeholders, including the President, before accepting any benefits from foreign states, to first seek and obtain the consent of Congress. Our nation’s Founders concluded that such a requirement was the only way to prevent foreign influence on U.S. officials, and to ensure that those officials, including the President, act in the national interest, not their own financial self-interest. Because President Trump has failed to seek and obtain the consent of Congress before accepting benefits from foreign states, Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and 200 other Members of Congress are asking the United States District Court for the District of Columbia to compel the President to comply with the Constitution.
Trump  emoluments  lawsuit 
june 2018 by Quercki
'We’ll See You in Court': Dem Sen. Blumenthal suing Trump over Emoluments Clause - Being Liberal
Richard Blumenthal, a Democratic Senator from Connecticut, has brought a case against Trump for his failure to comply with the Foreign Emoluments Clause in the Constitution, and that case is one week out from hearing oral arguments.

Blumenthal tweeted about the progress of the case, saying “President Trump has repeatedly & flagrantly violated the Constitution’s Foreign Emoluments Clause. He has thumbed his nose at its plain text, and in doing so, thumbed his nose at the American people as well.”


The Clause requires that people holding federal office, including the President, must seek the consent of Congress before they can accept benefits from a foreign state. The Founding Fathers included the requirement in the Constitution to prevent U.S. officials from choosing self-interest over the interests of the American people.
Trump  emoluments  lawsuit 
june 2018 by Quercki
Status threat, not economic hardship, explains the 2016 presidential vote | PNAS
When the people have spoken, the postelection narrative decides what it is they have said. Based on these results, it would be a mistake for people to understand the 2016 election as resulting from the frustration of those left behind economically. Instead, both experimental evidence and panel survey evidence document significant political consequences from a rising sense of status threat among dominant groups in the United States.

Lack of a college education was persistently noted as the strongest predictor of Trump support. This pattern led journalists with limited data toward economic explanations. However, education is also the strongest predictor of support for international trade, a relationship that is not tied to income or occupation so much as ethnocentrism (52). Negative attitudes toward racial and ethnic diversity are also correlated with low levels of education. In this election, education represented group status threat rather than being left behind economically. Those who felt that the hierarchy was being upended—with whites discriminated against more than blacks, Christians discriminated against more than Muslims, and men discriminated against more than women—were most likely to support Trump.
economics  upset  kyriarchy  White  supremacy  Trump 
april 2018 by Quercki
Trump lied to me about his wealth to get onto the Forbes 400. Here are the tapes. - The Washington Post
Trump wasn’t just poorer than he said he was. Over time, I have learned that he should not have been on the first three Forbes 400 lists at all. In our first-ever list, in 1982, we included him at $100 million, but Trump was actually worth roughly $5 million — a paltry sum by the standards of his super-monied peers — as a spate of government reports and books showed only much later.
Trump  business  wealth  taxes  lies 
april 2018 by Quercki
Libby Schaaf's Moment | East Bay Express
Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin tweeted, "Thank you @LibbySchaaf for your strong leadership for justice and sanctuary for Oakland and East Bay residents." State Sen. Scott Wiener D-San Francisco, added, "If @LibbySchaaf is prosecuted for protecting her constituents against Trump's extreme immigration agenda, she will be the first political prisoner of the Trump era. And not the last. Get ready to fight."

But Schaaf's decision to warn about the ICE raids — along with her earlier declaration that she's willing to be jailed to protect immigrants' rights — was more than just politically shrewd. It was the right thing to do. Trump's immigration crackdown and his racist rhetoric have been deplorable — and dangerous.

Oakland, Berkeley, and other liberal cities have long had sanctuary policies primarily because of health and public safety concerns. Local political leaders have understood for years that we want undocumented immigrants who have been victims or witnesses of crime to come forward without fear of being deported. We want undocumented people who are sick — especially those with a communicable illness — to go to health clinics or hospitals. We want undocumented parents to send their children to school and not live their lives on the street. That's what it means to be a sanctuary city. And Schaaf sent undocumented immigrants living in Oakland an unambiguous message that she's got their backs.
Libby_Schaaf  immigration  ICE  Trump 
march 2018 by Quercki
Indictment: Russia also helped Bernie Sanders, Jill Stein in election
WASHINGTON – It turns out Donald Trump wasn’t the only candidate the Russians allegedly tried to help during the 2016 presidential campaign.

A 37-page indictment resulting from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation shows that Russian nationals and businesses also worked to boost the campaigns of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Green party nominee Jill Stein in an effort to damage Democrat Hillary Clinton.

The Russians “engaged in operations primarily intended to communicate derogatory information about Hillary Clinton, to denigrate other candidates such as Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, and to support Bernie Sanders and then-candidate Donald Trump,” according to the indictment, which was issued Friday.

More: McMaster: Russian meddling in U.S. elections is beyond dispute
Hillary  Trump  Bernie_Sanders  election  Russia  hacking 
march 2018 by Quercki
“The Mafia White House”: My no-holds-barred interview on The Rick Smith Show | Sarah Kendzior
the news, especially surrounding Kushner: here’s a guy who now evidently has almost no security clearance, but he was ‘top secret’ clearance, and we have no idea what he did with classified information.  And I pose this to some of my conservative acquaintances—they were just losing their mind over Hillary Clinton and the damn emails—and I go ‘Well what about this administration, with all of these people having access to classified information that haven’t gone through the background checks, that can’t pass a background check.
Because what you have is a bunch of former Trump employees who are just roaming free, loaded with classified information that they shouldn’t have had access to to begin with. They don’t have loyalty to country, they need to make money, and there is a rich marketplace out there for selling state secrets. And I don’t know why they wouldn’t do it. These are exactly the kind of people who would do it, because they’re the kind of people who are willing to work for Donald Trump while aware that he’s compromised by the Kremlin. So we’re in a very dangerous situation, because even if people leave the White House, that kind of information and that kind of jeopardization of national security is going to have effects for years, if not decades.
Trump  Kushner  secret  security  politics  corruption 
march 2018 by Quercki
USA TODAY exclusive: Hundreds allege Donald Trump doesn’t pay his bills
"During the Atlantic City casino boom in the 1980s, Philadelphia cabinet-builder Edward Friel Jr. landed a $400,000 contract to build the bases for slot machines, registration desks, bars and other cabinets at Harrah's at Trump Plaza.
"The family cabinetry business, founded in the 1940s by Edward’s father, finished its work in 1984 and submitted its final bill to the general contractor for the Trump Organization, the resort’s builder.
"Edward’s son, Paul, who was the firm’s accountant, still remembers the amount of that bill more than 30 years later: $83,600. The reason: the money never came. “That began the demise of the Edward J. Friel Company… which has been around since my grandfather,” he said.
"Donald Trump often portrays himself as a savior of the working class who will "protect your job." But a USA TODAY NETWORK analysis found he has been involved in more than 3,500 lawsuits over the past three decades — and a large number of those involve ordinary Americans, like the Friels, who say Trump or his companies have refused to pay them.
"At least 60 lawsuits, along with hundreds of liens, judgments, and other government filings reviewed by the USA TODAY NETWORK, document people who have accused Trump and his businesses of failing to pay them for their work. Among them: a dishwasher in Florida. A glass company in New Jersey. A carpet company. A plumber. Painters. Forty-eight waiters. Dozens of bartenders and other hourly workers at his resorts and clubs, coast to coast. Real estate brokers who sold his properties. And, ironically, several law firms that once represented him in these suits and others."
Trump  bills  labor  working_class  steal  pay 
march 2018 by Quercki
Shakesville: Trump Comes for Documented Immigrants
As you may have noticed, I have spent the better part of a year warning that the Trump administration was signalling their intent to come after documented immigrants.

Naturally, I've been accused of alarmism, hyperbole, paranoia, and the usual chorus of insults, and once again I am left wishing that everyone who spent a second telling me to STFU had instead used that energy to resist this administration and its ugly nativist agenda.

Because here is where we are now: Tina Vasquez at Rewire reports on "Operation Janus," a joint operation by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which may revoke the citizenship of thousands of people, many of whom have been naturalized U.S. citizens for decades.
Trump  immigration  citizens 
february 2018 by Quercki
(1) Robert Reich - Home
I don't know who put this list going around the internet under my name (I certainly didn't write it), but there's some good advice here for the new year.

What do you think?
Robert_Reich  George_Lakoff  advice  Trump  meme  facts 
january 2018 by Quercki
Great Advice from George Lakoff (updated Feb 10) – Beautiful Voyager – Medium
Don’t use his name.
Remember this is a regime and he’s not acting alone.
Do not argue with those who support him — it doesn’t work.
Focus on his policies, not his orange-ness and mental state.
Keep your message positive; they want the country to be angry and fearful because this is the soil from which their darkest policies will grow.
No more helpless/hopeless talk
Support artists and the arts.
Be careful not to spread fake news. Check it.
Take care of yourselves; and
Robert_Reich  George_Lakoff  advice  Trump  meme  facts 
january 2018 by Quercki
Increasingly a Necessity: A 15-Point Guide to Surviving Authoritarianism –
Here is Mycielski’s 15-point guide to surviving authoritarianism.


1. They will come to power with a campaign based on fear, scaremongering and distorting the truth. Nevertheless, their victory will be achieved through a democratic electoral process. But beware, as this will be their argument every time you question the legitimacy of their actions. They will claim a mandate from the People to change the system.

Remember — gaining power through a democratic system does not give them permission to cross legal boundaries and undermine said democracy.

2. They will divide and rule. Their strength lies in unity, in one voice and one ideology, and so should yours. They will call their supporters patriots, the only “true Americans.” You will be labelled as traitors, enemies of the state, unpatriotic, the corrupt elite, the old regime trying to regain power. Their supporters will be the “people,” the “sovereign” who chose their leaders.

Don’t let them divide you — remember you’re one people, one nation, with one common good.
Fascism  authoritarianism  Nazi  Trump  solution 
december 2017 by Quercki
Meet the Oakland 14-Year-Old Cartooning the Resistance | KQED Arts
Fourteen-year-old Oakland 8th-grader Quinn Nelson was one of over 1,000 artists who submitted work — and the youngest to have her drawing printed in the collection. Not bad for her second political cartoon ever. But then her first, a heart-wrenching drawing of two girls — one born in the U.S., the other in Syria — won The New York Times’ 2016 editorial cartoon contest.
resist  art  Oakland  child  artists  Trump 
december 2017 by Quercki
Blackwater founder held secret Seychelles meeting to establish Trump-Putin back channel - The Washington Post
Prince and his family were major GOP donors in 2016. The Center for Responsive Politics reported that the family gave more than $10 million to GOP candidates and super PACs, including about $2.7 million from his sister, DeVos, and her husband.

Prince’s father, Edgar Prince, built his fortune through an auto-parts company. Betsy married Richard DeVos Jr., heir to the Amway fortune.

Erik Prince has had lucrative contracts with the UAE government, which at one point paid his firm a reported $529 million to help bring in foreign fighters to help assemble an internal paramilitary force capable of carrying out secret operations and protecting Emirati installations from terrorist attacks.

Focus on Iran
The Trump administration and the UAE appear to share a similar preoccupation with Iran. Current and former officials said that Trump advisers were focused throughout the transition period on exploring ways to get Moscow to break ranks with Tehran.

“Separating Russia from Iran was a common theme,” said a former intelligence official in the Obama administration who met with Trump transition officials. “It didn’t seem very well thought out. It seemed a little premature. They clearly had a very specific policy position, which I found odd given that they hadn’t even taken the reins and explored with experts in the U.S. government the pros and cons of that approach.”
Erik_Prince  Blackwater  Iran  Russia  Trump  Iraq  abuse 
december 2017 by Quercki
Maureen Dowd: Jimmy Carter lusts for Trump posting
I wondered how the starchy Carter, who put out a White House edict that nobody could fly first class, felt about the louche Trump White House, where conflict of interest has been replaced by confluence of interest.

“I think the media have been harder on Trump than any other president certainly that I’ve known about,” Carter replied. “I think they feel free to claim that Trump is mentally deranged and everything else without hesitation.”

Since Rosalynn’s focus as first lady was mental health, I asked her if we should break the last taboo and let presidents have a White House shrink.

“I think it might help them,” she said with a smile.

She told me that she was left out of a first ladies lunch held by Michelle Obama on the issue of mental health, making it clear that she was still hurt.

On the issue of tearing down Confederate statues, the former president mused: “That’s a hard one for me. My great-grandfather was at Gettysburg on the Southern side and his two brothers were with him in the Sumter artillery. One of them was wounded but none of them were killed. I never have looked on the carvings on Stone Mountain or the statues as being racist in their intent. But I can understand African-Americans’ aversion to them, and I sympathize with them. But I don’t have any objection to them being labeled with explanatory labels or that sort of thing.”
Jimmy_Carter  Maureen_Dowd  Trump  confederate  NFL 
december 2017 by Quercki
“The Navajo Code Talkers are not pawns to advance a personal grudge, or promote false narratives. Such pandering dishonors the sacrifice of our national heroes. Let me be clear, such antics do not change the fact of history. Indigenous peoples' disparate socioeconomic issues are a direct result of this false narrative, and we cannot sit idly by as the citizens of the United States and our Indigenous children are gas-lighted from this terrible truth.

“We honor and respect the Navajo Code Talkers, and we are proud of their sacrifice. Let us not allow this display of immaturity and short-sightedness distract us from the important issues we advocate for collectively as sovereign nations on this continent, but continue to advance the cause and secure the future of Indigenous people in America.”
Navajo  Code  Talkers  Native_American  Indigenous  Trump 
november 2017 by Quercki
(1) Amber Kanazbah Crotty - Posts
“The Navajo Code Talkers are not pawns to advance a personal grudge, or promote false narratives. Such pandering dishonors the sacrifice of our national heroes. Let me be clear, such antics do not change the fact of history. Indigenous peoples' disparate socioeconomic issues are a direct result of this false narrative, and we cannot sit idly by as the citizens of the United States and our Indigenous children are gas-lighted from this terrible truth.

“We honor and respect the Navajo Code Talkers, and we are proud of their sacrifice. Let us not allow this display of immaturity and short-sightedness distract us from the important issues we advocate for collectively as sovereign nations on this continent, but continue to advance the cause and secure the future of Indigenous people in America.”
Navajo  Code  Talkers  Indigenous  Native_American  Trump 
november 2017 by Quercki
The death of Christianity in the U.S. – Baptist News Global
Christianity has died in the hands of Evangelicals. Evangelicalism ceased being a religious faith tradition following Jesus’ teachings concerning justice for the betterment of humanity when it made a Faustian bargain for the sake of political influence. The beauty of the gospel message — of love, of peace and of fraternity — has been murdered by the ambitions of Trumpish flimflammers who have sold their souls for expediency. No greater proof is needed of the death of Christianity than the rush to defend a child molester in order to maintain a majority in the U.S. Senate.

Evangelicals have constructed an exclusive interpretation which fuses and confuses white supremacy with salvation.
Christian  evangelical  Baptist  Jesus  Trump  *** 
november 2017 by Quercki
As the 2020 census catastrophe draws closer, it isn't getting any better / Boing Boing
So it was alarming when, last May, we learned that the Trump administration was bungling the census (perhaps deliberately, as a way of preserving the illegitimate advantage the Republican party has attained through gerrymandering).

The 2020 census represents a huge shift in the way that Americans are counted: it will be the first "internet census," using a bunch of untested and potentially insecure and underperforming tools, none of which have been adequately reviewed and tested.

In testimony to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Vanita Gupta, president & CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights lays out the kinds of people who won't be counted if the census is bungled -- poor people, rural people, brown people, indigenous people. As funding for the census is slashed, these people will be systematically undercounted -- and thus underrepresented. A nation that doesn't understand its own makeup is a nation hamstrung by its own ignorance, and this fact is so obvious and true that the framers put it in the country's founding document.
census  false  Trump  republican 
october 2017 by Quercki
Taibbi: Latest Fake News Panic Appears to Be Fake News - Rolling Stone
The Post cited Oklahoma Senator James Lankford, a toothy, humorless, young Republican who looks like an escapee from a teen zombie movie. Lankford shocked the world this week by revealing that "Russian Internet trolls" were stoking the NFL kneeling debate.

Lankford made the revelation, the paper wrote, in a "hearing with the heads of the FBI, Department of Homeland Security and the National Counterterrorism Center."

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This was the rare sort of story that garnered enthusiastic coverage from both houses of our increasingly bicameral system of media.

Conservative outlets like Breitbart and Newsmax and Fox played up the "Russians stoked the kneeling controversy" angle because it was in their interest to suggest that domestic support for kneeling protests is less than what it appears.

Meanwhile, outlets like the Post, CBS, Salon, and TPM bit on the story among other things because it furthered a longstanding narrative about Russian interference.

They all liked the story so much, it seemed, that nobody bothered to check it.
troll  Russia  NFL  Trump  false 
october 2017 by Quercki
Russian internet trolls pushing #TakeAKnee, #BoycottNFL to sow discord in US: Senator - ABC News
Russian internet trolls are trying to stoke the controversy in the U.S. over NFL players kneeling during the national anthem by using opposing hashtags such as #TakeAKnee and #BoycottNFL, a Senate Homeland Security Committee member said today.

"We watched even this weekend, the Russians and their troll farms, and their internet folks, start hash-tagging out 'take a knee' and also hash-tagging out 'Boycott NFL,'" Sen. James Lankford of (R-Oklahoma) said at a hearing where FBI Director Christopher Wray testified about some of his agency's work. “They're trying to push divisiveness in the country. We've continued to be able to see that, we will see that again in our election time."
Russia  troll  bots  Trump 
october 2017 by Quercki
The Forgotten Hillary Clinton Voter: A Profile Of The Not-So-Silent Majority
A Trump Presidency Threatens Not Just The Future Of Democracy, But The People They Care About
Over and over again, Clinton voters used one word to describe living in Trump’s America: Frightened. And it’s not just the threat to democracy the authoritarian approach this administration has taken poses. It’s the legitimate risks friends and family face from racial profiling, loss of healthcare, and the increasingly violent, hateful rhetoric once confined to the fringes that has elbowed its way into the White House.
Some on the left feel Bernie Sanders is the future of the party but Clinton voters vehemently disagree. The only “Bern” Clinton voters have felt is the one that comes from being harassed online by an army of Bernie bros they say are infected with rabid conspiracy theories.
“Bernie helped start the narrative of “corrupt” Hillary that Trump seized on, and didn’t do nearly enough to unite the Democrats. That he gets to keep talking but she has to go away is insane.” — Chad M., New York
As the dust of the election settled, Hillary commanded 48.5% of the popular vote over Trump’s 46.4% but was criticized as an unpopular candidate. Every movement of her campaign was dissected and criticized, found wanting and pronounced a failure.
Hillary  women  Trump  Bernie_Sanders  media  first_person 
october 2017 by Quercki
Senator says Russian internet trolls stoked NFL debate | Article [AMP] | Reuters
(Reuters) - A U.S. senator on Wednesday said Russian internet trolls, seeking to polarize Americans, helped fuel a debate ignited by President Donald Trump over whether NFL players should have the right to kneel during the national anthem.

The assertion, made by Republican James Lankford, comes as congressional investigators probing Moscow's alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election are focusing on how Russian agents used social media to spread divisive political content.

"We watched, even this weekend, the Russians and their troll farms, their internet folks, start hashtagging out #TakeAKnee and also hashtagging out #BoycottNFL,” Lankford, who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said during a hearing on threats faced by the United States.

"They were taking both sides of the argument this weekend ... to try to raise the noise level of America and make a big issue seem like an even bigger issue as they are trying to push divisiveness in this country," Lankford said.
troll  Russian  propaganda  Colin_Kaepernick  Trump  polarize  bots 
october 2017 by Quercki
The Data That Turned the World Upside Down - Motherboard
Pretty much every message that Trump put out was data-driven," Alexander Nix remembers. On the day of the third presidential debate between Trump and Clinton, Trump's team tested 175,000 different ad variations for his arguments, in order to find the right versions above all via Facebook. The messages differed for the most part only in microscopic details, in order to target the recipients in the optimal psychological way: different headings, colors, captions, with a photo or video. This fine-tuning reaches all the way down to the smallest groups, Nix explained in an interview with us. "We can address villages or apartment blocks in a targeted way. Even individuals."

In the Miami district of Little Haiti, for instance, Trump's campaign provided inhabitants with news about the failure of the Clinton Foundation following the earthquake in Haiti, in order to keep them from voting for Hillary Clinton. This was one of the goals: to keep potential Clinton voters (which include wavering left-wingers, African-Americans, and young women) away from the ballot box, to "suppress" their vote, as one senior campaign official told Bloomberg in the weeks before the election. These "dark posts"—sponsored news-feed-style ads in Facebook timelines that can only be seen by users with specific profiles—included videos aimed at African-Americans in which Hillary Clinton refers to black men as predators, for example.

Nix finishes his lecture at the Concordia Summit by stating that traditional blanket advertising is dead
politics  psychology  facebook  Trump  Clinton  Brexit 
september 2017 by Quercki
Using Personal Email Accounts Is Apparently Common at the White House
The Trump administration’s habitual hypocrisy reached a new level on Monday evening when The New York Times reported that at least six White House officials have used personal email accounts to conduct official government business. Jared Kushner’s use of a private email as a senior adviser to Trump was first reported by Politico on Sunday, after which a cascade of reports revealed that Ivanka Trump and other White House staffers also used private emails to communicate.

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus both reportedly sent and received emails on personal accounts while working for the Trump administration. The Times also reported that current advisers Gary D. Cohn and Stephen Miller have communicated via personal email accounts, though it’s unclear how often.

White House officials “acknowledged” that all six occasionally used a personal account. While Cohn, Bannon, Priebus, and Miller apparently used Gmail accounts, Kushner set up a private domain,, through to host his family’s server.
email  Trump  Kushner  Ivanka  Bannon  Cohn  Miller  Priebus 
september 2017 by Quercki
Trump supporters' 'Mother of All Rallies' was a massive failure | Metro News
A pro-Donald Trump protest dubbed the ‘Mother of All Rallies’ (MOAR) hasn’t exactly lived up to its name.

Organisers had hoped to attract a million people to Washington DC for a massive demonstration showing their support for the US president.

Donald Trump shares mock-up of himself hitting Hillary Clinton with a golf ball
But it didn’t go to plan – with the crowd size estimated to be about 1,000 by journalists in the US capital.

Hilariously, Trump supporters were outnumbered by fans of a hip hop group holding their own protest in front of the Lincoln Memorial nearby.

Calling themselves ‘Juggalos’, more than 1,000 fans of the band Insane Clown Posse were protesting against the FBI classifying them as a gang.
Trump  demonstration  fail 
september 2017 by Quercki
The time Mar-a-Lago got $17M for nonexistent hurricane damage | MSNBC
The time Mar-a-Lago got $17M for nonexistent hurricane damage
Thing 1/Thing 2: When Hurricane Wilma hit Florida in 2005, Donald Trump claimed a $17 million insurance payday on his property - the only problem is, there's no evidence any serious damage ever occurred. Duration: 2:05
Trump  hurricane  fraud 
september 2017 by Quercki
Donald Trump Is the First White President - The Atlantic
It is often said that Trump has no real ideology, which is not true—his ideology is white supremacy, in all its truculent and sanctimonious power. Trump inaugurated his campaign by casting himself as the defender of white maidenhood against Mexican “rapists,” only to be later alleged by multiple accusers, and by his own proud words, to be a sexual violator himself. White supremacy has always had a perverse sexual tint. Trump’s rise was shepherded by Steve Bannon, a man who mocks his white male critics as “cucks.” The word, derived from cuckold, is specifically meant to debase by fear and fantasy—the target is so weak that he would submit to the humiliation of having his white wife lie with black men.
race  politics  White  president  Trump 
september 2017 by Quercki
Why did Don Jr.'s emails surface? Because Robert Mueller is already changing Washington's lying ways - LA Times
Perhaps no quality has more stunned and frustrated the president’s critics than his brazen willingness to lie. Trump frequently appears to have no independent regard for truth, to see veracity in purely expedient terms: What he can get away with in public debate. More dumbfounding, he and others in the White House do seem to get away with it, ridiculing plainly objective accounts as “fake news.”
lies  Trump  legal 
july 2017 by Quercki
Amy Siskind's Weekly List Of Changes - Aaron Dietz | Tableau Public
Searchable list of Trump's slide toward authoriariaismNow, in Week 32, every item has a source link, and rather than just a few items, there are dozens. (Her weekly audience usually hits hundreds of thousands, she said, on platforms including Medium, Facebook and Twitter.)

The idea, she said, came from her post-election reading about how authoritarian governments take hold — often with incremental changes that seem shocking at first but quickly become normalized. Each post begins with: “Experts in authoritarianism advise to keep a list of things subtly changing around you, so you’ll remember.”
database  list  authoritarianism  Fascism  Trump 
july 2017 by Quercki
Rebecca Solnit: The Loneliness of Donald Trump | Literary Hub
I have often run across men (and rarely, but not never, women) who have become so powerful in their lives that there is no one to tell them when they are cruel, wrong, foolish, absurd, repugnant. In the end there is no one else in their world, because when you are not willing to hear how others feel, what others need, when you do not care, you are not willing to acknowledge others’ existence. That’s how it’s lonely at the top. It is as if these petty tyrants live in a world without honest mirrors, without others, without gravity, and they are buffered from the consequences of their failures.
But the opposite of people who drag you down isn’t people who build you up and butter you up. It’s equals who are generous but keep you accountable, true mirrors who reflect back who you are and what you are doing.
Trump  rich  power 
june 2017 by Quercki
The Growing Alliance Between Neo-Nazis, Right Wing Paramilitaries and Trumpist Republicans | Colorlines
“Independent Trumpism.” It unites neo-Nazis, members of the alt-right, Patriot movement paramilitaries and Trumpist Republicans.

Two things set Independent Trumpism apart from usual right-wing politics. First, the group’s rallies are in support of the president, but are organized outside of the Republican Party structure. Second, mainstream Republicans are appearing alongside open White supremacists, especially at events billed as “Free Speech” marches.

Independent Trumpists will hit the streets tomorrow (June 10) for a national March Against Sharia, organized by the large anti-Islam group ACT America. Saturday’s events are expected to draw thousands of people in 28 cities, in 20 states. Here is a six-month chronology of major Independent Trumpist moments that led to this one:
Trump  hate  speech  rallies  demonstration 
june 2017 by Quercki
Comey says Pence was aware of Flynn problems as early as the transition, which means Pence lied
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) just pulled Vice President Mike Pence into the heart of the Russia investigation, asking former FBI Director James Comey whether Pence was aware of the concerns about Mike Flynn's Russia connections both prior to and during his brief tenure in the administration—that is during the transition. Which Mike Pence directed.

Comey: "My understanding is that he was."

That undermines Pence's claim that he was totally ignorant of Pence's Russia ties and that Flynn had lied to him about it. That supposed lie, remember, was the justification Trump gave for firing Flynn.
lies  liar  Pence  Wyden  Flynn  Trump  Comey 
june 2017 by Quercki
Hey Intercept, Something is Very Wrong with Reality Winner and the NSA Leak | Hooper's War - Peter Van Buren
— The Intercept looks like it contributed to burning a source. Which potential leaker is going to them in the future? If potential leakers are made to think twice, another win for the IC.

— The FBI made an arrest right away, nearly simultaneous to the publication, with the formal charges coming barely an hour after The Intercept published. The bust is sure thing according to the very publicly released information. No Ed Snowden hiding out in Russia this time. IC looks good here.

— More evidence is now in the public domain that the Russians are after our election process. Seems as if the IC has been right all along.

What Happened is… Curious and Curiouser…
Trump  Russia  hacking  leak  NSA 
june 2017 by Quercki
Worshipers Give Donald Trump, Mike Pence Standing Ovation at NJ Presbyterian Church
There were many controversies surrounding Trump's reported Christian faith during the election. While Trump claims to be a believer, he also said he has never repented or asked for forgiveness for his sins. He says he is a Presbyterian and a member of Marble Collegiate Church, but Marble Collegiate Church is not Presbyterian and has no record of Trump ever being a member. He claimed the Bible was his favorite book, but when asked to name a favorite verse, declined to do so. When he later named a verse, he mentioned a passage that is not in the Bible. At one worship service he put his offering in the communion plate. And in a speech at Liberty University, he said "two Corinthians" instead of "second Corinthians" then blamed Family Research Council President Tony Perkins for the mistake because Perkins wrote it down for him as "2 Corinthians." 

Trump drew 81 percent of self-described white evangelical voters in his victory over Hillary Clinton on Nov. 8 after promising last summer that he would "be the greatest representative of the Christians that they've had in a long time."
Trump  false  Christian 
june 2017 by Quercki
God and the Don - Trump doesn't know whether his denomination is Christian.
It was clear that Trump was still preoccupied with his November victory, and pleased with his performance with one constituency in particular.
"I did very, very well with evangelicals in the polls," Trump interjected in the middle of the conversation -- previously unreported comments that were described to me by both pastors.
They gently reminded Trump that neither of them was an evangelical.
"Well, what are you then?" Trump asked.
They explained they were mainline Protestants, the same Christian tradition in which Trump, a self-described Presbyterian, was raised and claims membership. Like many mainline pastors, they told the President-elect, they lead diverse congregations.
Trump nodded along, then posed another question to the two men: "But you're all Christians?"
"Yes, we're all Christians."
Trump  false  Christian 
june 2017 by Quercki
What Donald Trump's Russia Investigation Really Means for America
When Trump returned to New York in the '80s, he began taking out newspaper ads condemning U.S. foreign policy. He reportedly asked the Reagan administration for a post in the Soviet Union, but was unsuccessful. After filing for multiple bankruptcies in the 1990s and 2000s, Trump and his companies reportedly turned to a number of Russian oligarchs and businessmen for backing, some of them allegedly tied to the Russian mafia.

Though Trump has shifted position on nearly everything, he's never wavered in his devotion to Russia or his praise of Putin, whom he admires as a strongman. Trump praised Putin on American TV in the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election, and Russian state media similarly praised Trump, befuddling U.S.-Russia experts who wondered why the Kremlin seemed so interested in buttering up the host of The Apprentice.
Trump  Russia 
june 2017 by Quercki
Greg Gianforte and the Lesser Part of Valor - The Atlantic
It is not 1856, but these are the politics of a false valor forged by fear. It is the undercurrent of a politics that defends grown men who stalk black teenagers in the night and then gun them down when they raise their hands in their own defense; it is the politics that rationalizes Ohio police shooting a 12-year-old boy with a toy gun without so much as a chance to surrender; it is the politics of mass deportation and Muslim bans and Blue Lives Matter bills. It is the political logic of frightened people who need to tell themselves they are brave. This is not valor; it is the celebration of violence against those who cannot respond in kind.
violence  snowflake  first_amendment  Trump  journalism 
may 2017 by Quercki
(23) Robert Reich - Posts - 20170524
Latest developments in Trump-Russia connection:
1. Former CIA director John Brennan – who headed the agency last year when Russia was found to be interfering in the U.S. election -- today told the House Intelligence Committee that he became aware last summer of “contacts and interactions between Russian officials and U.S. persons involved in the Trump campaign that I was concerned about because of known Russian efforts to suborn such individuals.” The interactions “raised questions in my mind about whether Russia was able to gain the cooperation of those individuals,” he said. This information “served as the basis for the FBI investigation” of such connections that began in July.
2. Brennan became so concerned last summer about signs of Russian election meddling that he held urgent, classified briefings for eight senior members of Congress,
Russia  election  Trump 
may 2017 by Quercki
Video shows Hillary Clinton practicing avoiding Trump’s hugs - The Washington Post
On Friday, Philippe Reines, a Democratic strategist who worked with Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign, posted a short video on Twitter. Filmed Sept. 24, just two days before the first presidential debate, the video shows Clinton practicing for her meeting with then-candidate Donald Trump, facing off against a staffer standing in for her opponent.
“Comey said that as he was walking across the room he was determined that there wasn’t going to be a hug,” Mr. Wittes said. “It was bad enough there was going to be a handshake. And Comey has long arms so Comey said he pre-emptively reached out for a handshake and grabbed the president’s hand. But Trump pulled him into an embrace and Comey didn’t reciprocate. If you look at the video, it’s one person shaking hands and another hugging.”
Hillary  Comey  Trump  hug  handshake  greeting 
may 2017 by Quercki
By sabotaging the 2020 census, Republicans make it harder to fight gerrymandering / Boing Boing
The best way to fight gerrymandering is to prove to courts that electoral districts have been unfairly formed, a tactic that's been used successfully in places like North Carolina; but for this to work, you need good demographic data to show that the district is unfair, and for that, you need an accurate census.

The next census is planned for 2020, and Republicans have turned it into a "train wreck" by gutting its budget and fearmongering about risks to immigrants who give data to government officials.

Cathy O'Neil (previously) draws the line clearly between the ongoing sabotage of the census and the ongoing disenfranchisement project.
census  Trump  no  budget 
may 2017 by Quercki
FPRI's Clint Watts: Senate Testimony (March 30) and Post-Testimony Media Appearances - Foreign Policy Research Institute
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On Thursday, March 30, FPRI Fox Fellow Clint Watts testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Russian information operations.

Since testifying, Watts has appeared on several prominent news shows: 

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (April 5, 2017)
NPR’s All Things Considered (April 3, 2017)
Vice News (April 3, 2017)
Meet the Press (April 2, 2017)
Out Front with Erin Burnett (March 31, 2017)
Morning Joe (March 31, 2017)
The Rachel Maddow Show (March 31, 2017)
Hardball with Chris Matthews (March 30, 2017)
Watts also has been profiled and quoted in a number of publications:

The Philadelphia Inquirer: Trump abets Russian disinformation schemes (April 5, 2017)
The Washington Post: The Russia scandal gets weirder and weirder (April 4, 2017)
Trump  Russia  propaganda  Senate  investigation 
may 2017 by Quercki
Sen. Kamala Harris: 'There's nothing about any of this that is normal' -
"There's nothing about any of this that is normal," the freshman Democrat said on CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
Harris said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's memo did not provide a real case for President Donald Trump firing FBI Director James Comey.
"If someone gave me that memo as a basis for firing the chief investigator of a case, I would say send it back and start again," Harris said.
Rod Rosenstein: Trump's unlikely hatchet man
She said an effective memo would have to have more substance as well as cite case law and Department of Justice regulations.
As for Rosenstein's boss, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Harris repeated her call that he should step down.
Kamala_Harris  Trump  Russia  Jeff_Sessions  healthcare  video 
may 2017 by Quercki
Shakesville: We Resist: Day 110
Today in What the Everloving Fuck is the New York Times Even Doing:


In this trash fire of an op-ed @nytimes fails to disclose author owns anti-abortion fake "crisis pregnancy centers"

NYT asks people to send them news about Trump that is "nice."
NYT  abortion  Trump  bad  media 
may 2017 by Quercki
The Nightmare Scenario: Trump Fires Comey, the One Man Who Would Stand Up to Him - Lawfare
Make no mistake: The firing of James Comey as FBI director is a stunning event. It is a profoundly dangerous thing—a move that puts the Trump-Russia investigation in immediate jeopardy and removes from the investigative hierarchy the one senior official whom President Trump did not appoint and one who is known to stand up to power. One of the biggest dangers of Comey’s firing is that Trump might actually get away with it, ironically, because of Comey’s unpopularity among Democrats and on the political left.

We warned about this danger immediately after the election.

On November 10, we wrote that that Trump’s firing of Comey would be a “a clear bellwether to both the national security and civil libertarian communities that things are going terribly wrong.”
Trump  Comey  FBI  dictatorship  NOTnormal 
may 2017 by Quercki
Will the Media Ever Stop Admonishing Hillary Clinton? | Dame Magazine
When there were five times as many Clinton email stories as Trump conflicts of interest pieces across three major outlets, when only 10 percent of coverage was dedicated to policy, and when the candidates were framed on falsely equivalent terms, something has broken. It is incredibly ironic that journalists who cast all kinds of critical stones on those in power feel as though they are above reproach.  

And that is why it is so incredibly important to keep pushing back on the narrow-minded postmortems around the forces that culminated in November. We will never learn the most incisive lessons from this election if an overwhelmingly white and male news media is setting these stories. To put a finer point on it: A press that is not representative of the country it reports on will always be limited in scope and out of touch with the population at-large. We are seeing that so clearly in the Trump era.

A friend of mine recently described this neverending need to object to overarching media narratives as if we were “salmon fighting against the patriarchal current.”

And so we keep swimming.
media  Hillary  loss  blame  conflict_of_interest  Trump 
may 2017 by Quercki
For some immigrants, fear is now their daily companion | The Sacramento Bee
We had no idea why he was taken or to where. We did not see him for more than a week. When my father finally returned home his upper body was bruised, black and blue, from the torture he’d endured. It was the start of an era that changed millions of lives forever – looking over our shoulders, keeping our heads down, sheltering each other and living with constant fear.

Now, please do not assume I am equating the consummate evil of the Nazi regime with America under our current administration. I know this nation has checks and balances, elected officials with courage, citizens who are unafraid of speaking out and a democracy that works. I know there are not American gas chambers and gallows awaiting those taken abruptly from our streets. But here is what we have in common: We have fear.

Because Jewish people, Romani families, the disabled and others were the targets of hate speech and despicable actions under Nazi dominance, we all lived in fear. With every knock on the door, my mother rushed to hide my little brother, Avram, who, as a fragile and small boy was a target for the Secret Police. Neighbors huddled inside, afraid to go to work or shop for food. School for me, a place I loved, was deemed too dangerous, and my childhood was stolen.
immigration  fear  Dov  WWII  Trump 
may 2017 by Quercki
Russian elite invested nearly $100 million in Trump buildings
A Reuters review found that at least 63 individuals with Russian passports or addresses have bought at least $98.4 million worth of property in seven Trump-branded luxury towers in southern Florida.

MIAMI/MOSCOW – During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald J. Trump downplayed his business ties with Russia.
Trump  Russia  money  politics 
may 2017 by Quercki
A Trump Supporter Allegedly Attacked Students At A Kentucky University With A Machete
A former student of Kentucky's Transylvania University was arrested Friday after he allegedly stormed a campus café with a machete and a bag of knives, quizzed students on their political affiliations, and injured two women.
Two women suffered non-life-threatening injuries. One was taken to a hospital, while the other was treated and released at the scene.

Mitchell W. Adkins
Mitchell W. Adkins
Witnesses told local media the suspect shouted "The day of reckoning is here!" as he began his attack.

"He asked the first girl if she was a Democrat or a Republican. She said Republican. He said okay, then asked some other girl," Michael Soder told Lex 18. "By that time, some of my friends were running out and yelling for us to leave, and I tried to stay behind to see if — I mean I didn't know what to do, I wanted to help, but I knew I should get out of there."

"He asked somebody what their political affiliation was, they said ‘Republican,’ and the guy said, 'You are safe,'" campus newspaper editor-in-chief Tristan Reynolds told the Lexington Herald-Leader. "And then I realized what was going on and started getting people out.”
Trump  terrorism 
may 2017 by Quercki
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