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After Macron's call and Trump's threats, Angela Merkel calls for a European Union military
STRASBOURG (REUTERS) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Tuesday (Nov 13) for an integrated European Union military, echoing language used by French President Emmanuel Macron last week which irritated US President Donald Trump.. Read more at
globalGameOfThrones  globalUnrest  trumpIncompetence 
2 days ago by joeybaker
Trump, stung by midterms and nervous about Mueller, retreats from traditional presidential duties
President Trump, brooding over midterm losses and the Mueller probe, has cancelled a number of events that presidents normally attend, including a visit to Arlington National Cemetery. Behind the scenes, he has lashed out at aides, from low level press assistants to senior officials.
trumpIncompetence  trumpAuthoritarianism 
2 days ago by joeybaker
Report: Trump Clocks in About Three Hours of Work on a Good Day
The rest of his day is devoted to “executive time,” i.e. TV-watching and Twitter.
17 days ago by joeybaker
Al Gore calls Trump’s deregulation proposals ‘literally insane’
Former vice president and climate change activist Al Gore warns that climate change could be an “existential threat” and calls President Trump’s response an “outlier reaction.” In a wide-ranging interview, Judy Woodruff speaks with Gore about Hurricane Michael, President Trump, the UN Climate Change report out this week, and why he thinks Democrats will fare well in the midterm elections.
climateChange  trumpIncompetence 
4 weeks ago by joeybaker
Trump’s Not Gonna Let a Little Murder Get in the Way of His $110 Billion Arms Deal
The president sees no reason to stop doing business with Mohammed bin Salman, despite a credible allegation that Saudi Arabia killed and dismembered a journalist last week.
trumpAuthoritarianism  trumpIncompetence  globalGameOfThrones  mesopotamia 
5 weeks ago by joeybaker
New EPA chief liked racist Obama memes, retweeted conspiracy theorist
The head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a history of social media engagement that includes liking a racist meme of the Obamas and retweeting a renowned conspiracy theorist.
trumpAristocracy  trumpIncompetence  cultureWars 
5 weeks ago by joeybaker
U.S. not invited to Canada’s upcoming trade meeting — only ‘like minded’ nations allowed
Canada has not included the United States in an upcoming meeting aimed at saving the international trading system because it doesn’t share the views of the 13 invited countries, says the new Canadian trade minister.
endOfTheUSEmpire  globalGameOfThrones  trumpIncompetence 
6 weeks ago by joeybaker
Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens says Kavanaugh's performance during hearings was disqualifying
While once supportive of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, John Paul Stevens is no longer a fan.
The retired Supreme Court justice said on Thursday that he thought Kavanaugh “had the qualifications,” but has changed his mind, The Palm Beach Post reported. Stevens, speaking at a small event in Florida, said that Kavanaugh’s conduct during his Senate Judiciary Committee hearings was disqualifying.
Stevens was a Supreme Court justice between 1975 and 2010, the third-longest time on the bench in history. Despite being a lifelong Republican, Stevens has sometimes agreed with more liberal-minded justices. Shortly after the February shooting in Parkland, Florida, Stevens penned an op-ed arguing for the repeal of the Second Amendment.
Stevens on Thursday noted that his change of heart wasn’t based on political preference; Palm Beach Post reporter Lulu Ramadan says he even praised Kavanaugh’s judicial record in a book he once wrote. But “his performance in the hearings changed my mind,” he said. Kavanaugh told th
trumpIncompetence  trumpAristocracy  governmentIncompetence 
6 weeks ago by joeybaker
Opinion | The Senate Should Not Confirm Kavanaugh. Signed, 650+ Law Professors.
We have differing views about Kavanaugh’s qualifications. But we are united in believing he does not have the right judicial temperament.
popularUnrest  trumpIncompetence  trumpAristocracy 
6 weeks ago by joeybaker
The World Just Laughed at Donald Trump
The president has often warned that the United States has become the butt of global jokes, and with a silly boast on Tuesday, he demonstrated it.
trumpIncompetence  globalGameOfThrones 
7 weeks ago by joeybaker
Poll: Midwest Abandons Trump, Fueling Democratic Advantage For Control Of Congress
An NPR/Marist poll finds that as the president has waged a trade war, Midwestern voters have moved in big numbers toward Democrats less than two months before November’s elections.
popularUnrest  trumpIncompetence 
9 weeks ago by joeybaker
Trump admin took millions from FEMA for ICE detentions
Senator Jeff Merkley talks with Rachel Maddow about a document showing that the Trump administration took nearly ten million dollars from FEMA’s budget ahead of the 2018 hurricane season and gave it to ICE to pay for detentions.
trumpIncompetence  governmentMalfeasance  immigration 
9 weeks ago by joeybaker
Mulvaney: Trump regularly asks why Roy Moore lost
President Trump remains dissatisfied with the performance of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore (R) in the state’s special election last year and regularly questions why Moore lost, according to a top aide.
trumpIncompetence  trumpAristocracy 
9 weeks ago by joeybaker
US President Trump tops terrorism as Germans' greatest fear, survey says
The greatest source of German angst are the policies of U.S. President Donald Trump, according to an insurance company’s survey of the deepest fears...
globalUnrest  trumpIncompetence 
10 weeks ago by joeybaker
Trump is losing the trade war with China: the US trade deficit increased 9.6% from the previous month
The US trade deficit widened in July and the deficits with China and the European Union both hit record highs. The increases came despite President Donald Trump’s tariffs on those countries and trade war fight.
globalGameOfThrones  trumpIncompetence 
10 weeks ago by joeybaker
Trump to name climate change skeptic as adviser on emerging technologies
William Happer, a Princeton atomic physicist and prominent skeptic questioning whether humans are causing rapid climate change, is joining the National Security Council as senior director for emerging technologies, according to NSC officials.
trumpAristocracy  trumpIncompetence 
10 weeks ago by joeybaker
Well, I Guess the President Is Openly Pro-Corruption Now
Trump reached a new low when he denounced the indictments of two GOP congressmen accused of financial crimes.
corruption  trumpAristocracy  trumpIncompetence  trumpCorruption  trumpPropaganda 
10 weeks ago by joeybaker
'Absolutely Repulsive': After $1.5 Trillion Tax Giveaway to the Rich, Trump Cancels Modest Pay Raise for Federal Workers
“President Trump pushed through a tax scam that gave unprecedented handouts to billionaires and corporations—but believes it’s too expensive to pay hardworking federal workers a reasonable wage.”
trumpAuthoritarianism  trumpIncompetence  kleptocracy 
10 weeks ago by joeybaker
Trump Has Spent 150 Days, Or 25 Percent, of His Presidency at Trump golf clubs
Trump has spent 193 days at Trump-owned properties, which equates to 33 percent of his presidency.
trumpIncompetence  trumpCorruption 
11 weeks ago by joeybaker
Donald Trump's Military Parade Could Feed Every Homeless Veteran for Almost 9 Months, Based on Reported New Cost
The total price tag is $80 million more than the original $12 million the Pentagon estimated, according to a new report.
trumpIncompetence  governmentMalfeasance  militaryMalfeasence 
august 2018 by joeybaker
Treasury Department deletes Trump retweet touting 'Red Wave' that experts say was a violation of the Hatch Act
Government ethics experts immediately sounded the alarm, suggesting it may have been a violation of the Hatch Act, which prohibits federal employees from engaging in political activity while on the job.
trumpIncompetence  trumpAristocracy  trumpCorruption  informationWar 
august 2018 by joeybaker
Omarosa: Trump is a racist who uses N-word – and there's tape to prove it
Former Apprentice contestant and ex-White House adviser writes in new memoir that she witnessed ‘truly appalling things’
racism  trumpIncompetence 
august 2018 by joeybaker
Outrage erupts over Trump-Putin ‘conversation’ about letting Russia interrogate ex-U.S. diplomat Michael McFaul
The willingness of the White House to even consider turning over former U.S. ambassador Michael McFaul for interrogation by the Kremlin drew ire and astonishment from current and former U.S. officials.
trumpIncompetence  governmentImpotence  globalGameOfThrones 
july 2018 by joeybaker
President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he does not believe Russia is still targeting the United States, contradicting U.S. intelligence assessments that Moscow was continuing to meddle in American elections.
President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he does not believe Russia is still targeting the United States, contradicting U.S. intelligence assessments that Moscow was continuing its attempts to meddle in American elections.
trumpIncompetence  trumpPropaganda  trumpCorruption 
july 2018 by joeybaker
Trump denies Russia is targeting U.S. at Cabinet meeting
Trump told reporters Wednesday that there’s “never been a president as tough on Russia as I have been”
trumpStupidity  trumpLies  trumpPropaganda  trumpAristocracy  trumpIncompetence 
july 2018 by joeybaker
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