Trump White House

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“The hypocrisy of Ms. Trump." On Monday, it was revealed that Ivanka Trump had conducted government business over her personal email. It’s not yet clear if Democrats in Congress will investigate and what, if any, repercussions she might face. But political observers were quick to note how bad the optics are, given her father’s call to lock up Hillary Clinton over her use of her family’s private server.A CNN panel Tuesday discussed what the revelations might mean for Ivanka going forward and what she could possibly have been thinking, having lived through the 2016 campaign. Veteran Democratic strategist Paul Begala expressed shock that she would be so careless.“The hypocrisy of Ms. Trump,” Begala said. “She’s either criminally stupid or criminally arrogant, maybe both, I don’t know,” he continued. “If anybody was on notice not to use private e-mail, it was someone in the Trump White House, particularly someone named Trump. Good lord. I mean, how stupid c...
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19 hours ago
Ivanka Trump's emails are merely the latest example of a do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do philosophy in the Trump white House.
19 hours ago
The Trump White House and the Saudi crown prince have been struggling with damage control after the Khashoggi murder.
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"I think the Acosta incident is... a symbol of an attempt to discredit not only CNN but the entire press corps." Speaking from his years of experience being pursued by the Obama Justice Department for simply practicing journalism and refusing to reveal his confidential sources, Intercept reporter James Risen told The Hill on Monday that President Donald Trump is building on his predecessor's war on the free press by "demagoguing" the media "in a way we haven't seen in modern American history.""Obama tried to put me in jail for seven years... A lot of conservatives try to point to me as an example of Obama on press freedom and I fully agree with the view that he had a terrible record on press freedom," Risen said. "The difference with Trump is that he is demagoguing the issue in a way we haven't seen in modern American history."Asked if, given his history, he believes the Trump White House is a greater threat to press freedom than the Obama White House was, Ris...
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1 day ago
Yes, things are back to normal now, to the extent anything is normal in the Trump White House. The lawsuit is over... So here's what happened...
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1 day ago
Yes, irony is dead. The Washington Post reports that Presidential Daddy Daughter Ivanka Trump used a personal email account to receive and send emails about her work for the government of the United States. The emails were sent using the domain 'ijkfamily.com,' which Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner had a tech assistant set up in 2016, reports the Post. Ethics officials learned last year that Ivanka sent hundreds of emails from a personal account. Some of President Trump's advisers feared his daughter’s practices were all too similar to the personal email use of Hillary Clinton. Sources inside the Trump White House say when Ivanka was confronted with the conflict inherent in her email practices, she replied that she was not familiar with all of the rules. Will the White House release Ivanka's emails to prove that nothing sensitive was contained therein? Don't hold your breath. Excerpt: Some aides were startled by the volume of Ivanka Trump’s personal emails — and taken aback by...
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"CIA doesn't just contradict the Saudis, but also the Trump WH." All the circumspection, laughter, and Trump administration statements that even at the time seemed bizarre and gullible, say critics, appear even more damning on Friday night after the Washington Post reported that the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency believes the evidence shows that Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, directly ordered the murder of  journalist Jamal Khashoggi.According to the Post's reporting:In reaching its conclusions, the CIA examined multiple sources of intelligence, including a phone call that the prince's brother Khalid bin Salman, the Saudi ambassador to the United States, had with Khashoggi, according to the people familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the intelligence.Khalid told Khashoggi, a contributing columnist to The Washington Post, that he should go to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to retrieve the docume...
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5 days ago
"Folks are preparing for the worst.” A consensus based on both speculation and some concrete evidence is emerging that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has a dramatic ace up his sleeve, and he is just about ready to play it.The media has been buzzing with theories about the next steps in the Russia investigation since the midterm elections, as a new report in Politico documents. The reasons for the upswell in this speculation are multifarious, and not the least of which is that the media is gravitating back to the story after election coverage swamped out everything else. This natural inertia, the fact that Mueller is now freed from any real or perceived desire to avoid the appearance of potentially affecting the elections, as well as President Donald Trump's morose demeanor, have combined to produce a near certainty that new indictments are about to appear.And it's not just talking heads in the media looking to drive traffic. Politico reports, and other outlets have publish...
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5 days ago
Despite mounting evidence to the contrary, Donald Trump's administration appears poised to accept the Saudi claim that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman did not have a hand in Jamal Khashoggi's murder. In Saudi Arabia, prosecutors have announced that they are seeking the death penalty for five men allegedly involved in the October 2 murder of Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi—who was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. But Turkish government officials are deeply suspicious of the prosecution, and the New York Times is reporting that an audio recording has surfaced that may link Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a.k.a. MBS, to the killing. President Donald Trump, meanwhile, has been reluctant to criticize the Saudi royal family.The Saudi Public Prosecutor’s Office is alleging that on October 2, a team of 15 Saudis traveled to the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul with the intention of forcing Khashoggi to return to Saudi Arabi...
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6 days ago
He's finally taking a stand. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) has often made a show of opposing President Donald Trump's greatest violations of norms and standards in American Democracy, only to inevitably back down and do nothing to stop the degradation. But on Wednesday, Flake finally looked ready to take a stand against the president and Republican Party leadership.Flake announced that he will be blocking 21 judicial nominees that have been sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee, where he holds a key swing vote. He also said he will vote against 32 judges set for confirmation votes on the Senate floor, but he will need another Republican to join him in opposition along with all the Democrats to be able to block those nominees. He'll stand against these appointments, not because he opposes them on substantive grounds, but as an exercise in leverage.His demand is simple: Protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller.Until Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) brings a bill designed...
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6 days ago
Viewers are "done with Fox" after the network's decision to support CNN. Fox News fans are not happy that their favorite network is filing an amicus brief on behalf of CNN’s Jim Acosta, who had his White House press pass revoked by the Trump administration last week.“Fox News supports CNN in its legal effort to regain its White House reporter’s press credential,” Fox News President Jay Wallace said on Tuesday. “Secret Service passes for White House journalists should never be weaponized.”After Fox News media critic Howard Kurtz tweeted out Wallace’s announcement that his network would be supporting Acosta’s challenge to his press pass getting revoked, he was met with heavy criticism from several of his followers, who saw Fox’s decision to show solidarity with CNN as a clear betrayal of President Donald Trump.Check out some of the reactions below.First Tell me where the first amd guarantees you access to anyone and anywhere?If I was @realDonaldTru...
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6 days ago
Fox News has announced that it supports rival network CNN’s lawsuit against the White House over the revocation of reporter Jim Acosta’s press credentials following a contentious exchange with the president last week. Read Full Article at RT.com
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6 days ago
Thanks to the IMF, the pockets of the forgotten from Argentina to Mexico will suffer so that finance is left intact. On December 1, Mexico will have a new president—Andrés Manuel López Obrador. He will take over the presidency from the lackluster Enrique Peña Nieto, whose administration is marinated in corruption. Peña Nieto’s legal office has already asked the Supreme Court to shield his officials from prosecution for corruption. The elite will protect itself. López Obrador will not be able to properly exorcize the corrupt from the Mexican state, let alone from Mexican society. Corrupt weeds grow on the soil of capitalism, the loam of profit and greed as well as of rents from government contracts.López Obrador comes to the presidency as a man of the left, but the space for maneuvering that he has for a left agenda is minimal. Mexico’s economy, through geography and trade agreements, is fused with that of the United States. More than 80 percent of Mexico’s exports g...
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6 days ago
"One way is simply undermining the president legislatively and in other ways." A former CIA staffer who delivered daily intelligence briefings to former attorney general John Ashcroft — and then-FBI chief Robert Mueller — explained that House Democrats don’t need Senate Republicans to impeach President Donald Trump.David Priess, who served during the Bill Clinton and George W. Bush administrations, appeared Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” to discuss his new book, “How to Get Rid of a President: History’s Guide to Removing Unpopular, Unable, Or Unfit Chief Executives.”“Let’s be clear — an impeachment vote can still happen,” Priess said. “The House can still impeach and not get a conviction.”“Since the Bill Clinton case that has been seen as a political failure, if you impeach and don’t convict it seems like the president wins,” Priess added. “That’s not the way the founders meant it. Impeachment was meant itself to be a rebuke,...
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6 days ago
John Kelly hasn't been able to control anything in the Trump White House First Lady Melania Trump has been throwing her weight around more when it comes to personnel decisions at the Trump White House, as she has now publicly called for the firing of top national security official Mira Ricardel after the two reportedly fought over plane seating last month.The Daily Beast reports that Melania's decision to weigh in on whether to fire officials is a direct reflection of the vacuum left by chief of staff John Kelly, who has largely lost whatever control he once had over the chaotic White House."She can be a knife fighter," one source described as "close" to Melania tells the Daily Beast.The publication reports that Melania's big power grab comes at a time when "infighting among White House staff nearing Civil War-like levels," thus reducing Kelly to being a mere "bystander" instead of a manager.A former Trump administration official, however, tells the Daily Beast that it woul...
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1 week ago
She also believes his relationship with his supporters echoes a form of brainwashing. Yale psychiatry professor Bandy X. Lee does not diagnose lightly. In fact, she emphasizes that her theory about the mental state of President Donald Trump does not reflect the professional opinion of any of the institutions that she is affiliated with, including the Yale School of Medicine.Nevertheless, she tells Raw Story that it’s her opinion that rather than acting strategically, Trump’s pattern of behavior shows signs of severe psychological distress and that both Trump and his supporters are self-destructively spiraling in a way that spells dire trouble for the nation and the world.Conversation edited for clarity below:Tana Ganeva: Can you explain your theory about Donald Trump’s mental state, that the behavior is pathological rather than strategic?Professor Bandy X. Lee: What mental health professionals look at are patterns. Patterns of his behavior. Oftentimes Trump’s asserti...
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1 week ago
There's little doubt remaining about how the killing went down. White House officials continue to publicly doubt the growing amount of evidence strongly indicating that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, a close ally of President Donald Trump, directly ordered the killing of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.To former CIA operative and CNN intelligence analyst Bob Baer, what's going on is clear: The White House is covering up for bin Salman, who it sees as an irreplaceable Middle East ally. Speaking with CNN's Jake Tapper on Tuesday, Baer argued that the newest report from the New York Times about audio of the killing itself — including a recording of one of the killers supposedly saying to someone on the phone, "Tell your boss" — only bolsters the already persuasive case that the crown prince himself ordered the hit."The way Saudi Arabia's run today is Mohammad bin Salman is an autocrat," Baer said. "Security services, the rest of the country — he's in c...
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1 week ago
The White House on Tuesday issued a carefully worded defense of its decision
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1 week ago
US President Donald Trump is again preparing to shake up his administration, eyeing removal of the Homeland Security secretary and the Chief of Staff, US media reports, citing anonymous sources within the White House. Read Full Article at RT.com
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1 week ago
“It is not just President Trump. It’s John Kelly, Sarah Sanders, Bill Shine, the head of the Secret Service and the officer who actually took away the hard pass last week. “ CNN’s Brian Stelter on Tuesday explained why the network is suing the White House for stripping press credentials from reporter Jim Acosta, and named specific White House staff accused of violating Acosta’s First Amendment rights.“This is a historic moment for press freedom in the United States, a lawsuit by CNN and Jim Acosta against President Trump and several other top aides,” said Stelter, saying the suit “demands” that Acosta’s credentials be returned immediately. “CNN is asking for a hearing today or tomorrow, some time this week to get a temporary order to get Acosta’s press pass back right away, then CNN will also seek permanent relief so this doesn’t happen again in the future.”“There is no case like this that we have found,” he added, saying that the White House’s m...
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1 week ago
Democrats are eyeing 85 subjects related to the Trump White House for investigations and subpoenas now that they will have control of the House, according to ...
1 week ago
NPR's Michel Martin speaks with former Trump White House official Marc Short about how the administration plans to work with a Democratic House of Representatives.
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1 week ago
> REPORTER’S WHITE HOUSE CREDENTIALS SUSPENDED: Just when you thought the
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The cities and suburbs won the House, small towns won the Senate, and it might not be enough for 2020 Remember the swing of the pendulum? It’s always been the go-to explanation of American politics. The pendulum swung for Jimmy Carter, away from the crimes and Vietnam war of Richard Nixon. It swung for Bill Clinton, away from the sunny conservatism of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. It swung for Barack Obama, away from the lies and rich-guy cuddling of George W. Bush. It would be tempting to say the pendulum swung again, away from Donald Trump and toward women and people of color. But the pendulum is stuck. It’s stuck because Donald Trump came along and gave about 40 percent of the electorate permission to come out of the closet where they had been sitting with their racism, misogyny, and nativism. And they delivered. They’re out there now, the so-called Trump “base.” In fact, they’ve taken over one of our two political parties. The party of Lincoln, the party of...
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1 week ago
The White House has suspended the press credentials of CNN's Jim Acosta after President Trump clashed with the reporter during today's batshit crazy press conference. In a statement from Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Acosta is accused of putting his hands on the intern who tried to take away his mic. Video clearly shows that did not happen. Read the rest
1 week ago
With US attorney general Jeff Sessions announcing he is standing down at the request of Donald Trump, we take a look at some of the other high-ranking officials who have departed from the White House - either voluntarily or by being sacked by the president.
1 week ago
With US attorney general Jeff Sessions announcing he is standing down at the request of Donald Trump, we take a look at some of the other high-ranking officials who have departed from the White House – either voluntarily or by being sacked by the president.
1 week ago
Some six weeks after President Donald Trump accused China of trying to interfere in the midterm elections to hurt Republicans, little public evidence has emerged to support that claim. There are clearly potential political benefits for the Trump administration in raising the specter of Chinese meddling, particularly after an election that didn’t go the White House’s way.
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2 weeks ago
A look at the age of Trump from November 2016 to November 2018 -- and beyond Who could forget that moment?  The blue [red] wave -- long promised but also doubted -- had, however modestly [however massively], hit Washington and [the Democrats had just retaken Congress] [the Republicans had held Congress] [the Democrats had taken the House].  The media, Fox News and the usual right-wing websites aside, hailed the moment. [Fox News and the usual right-wing websites cheered the president on.] Donald Trump’s grip on America had finally been broken [reinforced].  Celebrations were widespread.  Congressional investigations, possibly even impeachment, were only months and a new Congress away [were now a faint memory], and it was then, of course, that the unexpected struck.  It was then that President Trump, citing national security concerns and a crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border, began the process whose end point we, of course, already know...Okay, consider that the dystopian me s...
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2 weeks ago
The line between the Trump White House and Fox has always been a little blurry, but in one moment at least, the fusion of president and network seemed complete.
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2 weeks ago
International outcry over the grisly murder of a dissident journalist is not likely to alter US backing of domineering Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, officials familiar with the matter tell CNN.
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2 weeks ago
The confrontational remarks from John Bolton come same day as United Nations calls on US to lift Cuban embargo
2 weeks ago
Donald Trump‘s White House has announced an aggressive new policy to confront the governments of Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua, labelling the three nations the “troika of tyranny”. “Many of you in the audience today have personally suffered unspeakable horrors at the hands of the regimes in Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua, only to survive, fight back, conquer, and overcome,” John Bolton, Mr Trump’s national security advisor said during a speech in Miami, Florida. “The troika of tyranny in this hemisphere – Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua – has finally met its match,” he said.
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2 weeks ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump White House calls Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua ‘troika of tyranny’; announces new sanctions, vows tough approach.
2 weeks ago
They must smell trouble ahead. Every White House and presidential administration is forced to grapple with frequent staff turnover due to the nature of the job, but under President Donald Trump, the country has seen a historic amount of resignations and dismissals.And after the 2018 midterm elections, the problem is almost certain to get worse, as multiple reports indicate.A recent report from Politico found that five Cabinet officials (Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Defense Secretary James Mattis, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen) were likely to leave the administration after the November election.And on Tuesday, the Washington Post reported that one of the investigations of Zinke has been referred to the Department of Justice as a potential criminal probe, raising the likelihood that he'll depart. The Post also confirmed that he is only "one of multiple Cabinet members who may leave after the midte...
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2 weeks ago
Trump cannot take responsibility for his own actions. Former White House Counsel Don McGahn left the administration earlier this month in a pre-announced but still abrupt departure, with news of his last day only being revealed after he had already officially left the job. A new report from CNN, citing anonymous sources, provides new behind-the-scenes details about McGahn's exit and shows the continuing animosity Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation has wrought.According to the report, President Donald Trump "blamed" McGahn specifically for Mueller's appointment, an event which has hung over most of his young presidency. Previous reports have found that Trump had directed McGahn to have Mueller fired, but McGahn threatened to resign in response. Fearing the fallout, the president caved.McGahn also reportedly left the job this month before his replacement, Pat Cipollone, had passed a background check. This unusually sudden way to depart came about because, a source to...
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3 weeks ago
Former Trump White House communications staffer Michael Anton talks with NPR's Steve Inskeep about President Trump's claim that he wants to end birthright citizenship.
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3 weeks ago
Former Trump White House communications staffer Michael Anton talks with NPR's Steve Inskeep about President Trump's claim that he wants to end birthright citizenship.
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3 weeks ago
Former Vice President Joe Biden said he is “sick and tired” of the Trump administration during a fiery speech Tuesday stumping for Democratic Party candidates in Wisconsin one week ahead of the midterm elections.
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Former Trump White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon will campaign this weekend in Virginia for Rep. Dave Brat (R), who faces a tough reelection bid against Democratic challenger Abigail Spanberger.Bannon on Tu...
3 weeks ago
Those high ranking officials will be joining others who have either already left for greener pastures or were pushed out Following the midterm elections on Nov. 6, where Democrats are expected to make major gains in the House, it appears that the White House is bracing for major personnel changes as multiple cabinet members and senior officials seem to be headed out the door.According to Politico, as many as six cabinet members are expected to be gone, either by resigning or being fired by President Donald Trump.Among those expected to leave are Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Defense Secretary James Mattis, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, a close ally to Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly, according to White House insiders.Questions remain whether Kelly stay on.Those high ranking officials will be joining others who have either already left for greener pastures or were pushed out, including former Secret...
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3 weeks ago
Former Trump White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon said November's midterm elections are a referendum on President Trump and said he thinks predictions of a blue wave are overblown."This contest for the midterm...
3 weeks ago
The biggest war we wage is in Washington, DC In June, Austin “Scott” Miller, the special-ops general chosen to be the 17th U.S. commander in Afghanistan, appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Like so many of the generals who had preceded him, he suggested that he saw evidence of “progress” in the Afghan war, even if he refused to “guarantee you a timeline or an end date.” Smart move, general!As it happens, just over a week ago, he got a dose, up close and personal, of what the Afghan version of “progress” really means. He was visiting key American allies in the southern province of Kandahar when the “insider” attack of all insider attacks occurred. In the sort of event that’s been going on since at least 2010, an ostensible ally, in this case a local member of the Afghan security forces who had evidently joined the Taliban, turned his gun on Kandahar’s chief of police (a crucial powerbroker in the region), the local intelligence chief, and t...
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3 weeks ago
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred doesn't seem to think there will be any issues with the World Series champs visiting Trump's White House after the season ... despite all sorts of evidence to the contrary.  Here's what Manfred told the media before Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday. "
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4 weeks ago
Economists in the Trump White House see socialism creeping back into American public discourse, and so they've issued a 70-page report in an attempt to put a stop to it.
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4 weeks ago
'This is interpretive dance, also known as 'Mooch moves,' the ex-White House communications director says
4 weeks ago
Trump's son-in-law represents one side of a debate underway in the Trump White House over how to respond to the dissident journalist's violent death.
October 21st, 2018
Guantanamo set the stage for the Kavanaugh hearings. Amid the emotional hubbub over the predictable confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, there has been a largely overlooked casualty: the American judiciary. It’s not the end result alone — his addition to the highest bench in the land where he will sit for life — that promises to damage the country, but the unprofessional, procedurally irresponsible way his circus-like hearings were held that dealt a blow to the possibilities for justice in America, a blow from which it may prove hard to recover.Senator Susan Collins acknowledged the damage the hearings wrought, even if she misunderstood the cause. Delivering her massively disappointing decision to vote yes on Kavanaugh, Collins reflected on what she saw as the passion that overrode the presumption of innocence and expressed “worry” that such behavior would lead to “a lack of public faith in the judiciary.” Though wrong in blaming the Democrats for those passions, her...
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October 21st, 2018
Former Trump White House Staffer Sebastian Gorka echoed conservative conspiratorial criticisms of the late journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul earlier this month.Khashoggi...
October 20th, 2018
As Tom Friedman of the New York Times (and others) furiously backtrack on the Saudi prince, an ugly truth emerges No one thinks Thomas L. Friedman, the lead foreign affairs columnist for the New York Times, has an easy job. I wouldn’t want it. Like his closely allied counterpart at the Washington Post, David Ignatius, Friedman stands astride the interlocked pinnacles of two powerful American institutions: the mainstream media and the national security establishment. He has unparalleled access to the innermost thoughts of the latter, and serves as the moralizing voice of the former. All of that comes at a price, perhaps best exemplified in Friedman’s use of a mysterious, pseudo-royal first-person plural.Consider Friedman’s tormented column this week about how the United States should respond to the apparent murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by forces close to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, now known around the world as MBS. This is the same prince, of course, wh...
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October 19th, 2018
The Trump White House may have too much at stake to make Saudi Arabia pay a proportionate price for the apparent murder of Jamal Khashoggi.
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October 17th, 2018
McGahn has reportedly cooperated extensively as a witness for Robert Mueller. President Donald Trump's White House Counsel Don McGahn had his final day at his post Wednesday, according to a New York Times report citing two anonymous sources.McGahn's departure had been prefigured back in August when Trump tweeted that the top White House lawyer would be leaving the administration in the fall. No official date had been announced for his last day. Trump has said he will be replaced by lawyer Pat Cipollone.Trump announced that McGahn would be leaving less than two weeks after the Times reported that he had given around 30 hours of interviews to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. According to the Times, Trump's announcement came as a surprise to McGahn.  Related StoriesRod Rosenstein Delivers a Forceful Rebuttal to Trump and Other Critics of the Russia Probe in New Interview'I Don't Give a Damn Who You Work For': Jared Kushner's Secret Service D...
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October 17th, 2018
Trump's Cabinet has already seen stunning levels of corruption. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is plagued by scandals — facing about a dozen different investigations of his conduct — but he may have found a solution to his oversight woes: replacing the person investigating him with a political stooge.The Hill reported first Wednesday morning that the Interior Department Acting Inspector General Mary Kendall will be replaced by Suzanne Israel Tufts, who has been serving in the Department of Housing and Urban Development. As an assistant HUD secretary, Tufts has already been confirmed by the Senate — meaning she can be installed in Kendall's place without another vote. The report notes that President Barack Obama had tried to confirm Kendall officially as the department IG in 2015 — which would have removed "acting" from her title. But at that time, GOP Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was leading an intransigent opposition to Obama appointments, and she was blo...
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October 17th, 2018
Is anyone still surprised when he shames us? The apparent murder and dismemberment of Jamal Khashoggi, aWashington Postcontributing columnist and U.S. resident, should force Americans to confront unpleasant truths about the Saudi regime -- and its enablers in the White House.Let's understand first that there is nothing truly unusual about the Khashoggi crime, except for its location in a consulate on foreign soil. Putting dissidents to death is what they do in Saudi Arabia, where the favored means of execution is beheading by sword (in much the same style as ISIS, not coincidentally).The regime has executed dozens in a single day, such as the execution of Shiite cleric Nimr al-Nimr and more than 40 peaceful protesters on a January afternoon in 2016. At this moment, several activists are in prison, awaiting trial on capital charges for seeking to advance women's or minority Shiite rights.Until last week, such daily abuses of human rights scarcely discouraged anyone from seeking ac...
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October 16th, 2018
What even is a conservative these days? Ex-Republican Max Boot has come out strongly against his former party as it has capitulated to every character flaw and authoritarian impulse of President Donald Trump. But now he's facing pushback from some of his former allies who insist that he isn't — and never was — a conservative.And with Trump having taken over the party that was once supposedly defined by the ideology of conservativism, Boot admits that there's a reasonable question about whether he should still be seen as a conservative."It’s hard to know for sure, because it’s hard to know what 'conservative' means anymore other than 'Trump toady,'" wrote Boot in a new Washington Post column. "Ergo, if you’re a #NeverTrumper, you must not be a real conservative — even though President Trump is antithetical to the kind of conservativism I spent most of my life espousing."Boot argue that those who challenge his past as a conservative are standing on shaky ground:I became...
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October 15th, 2018
Certain segments of the GOP can no longer recognized their party. As President Donald Trump took over the Republican Party, he's left many of its members disaffected in his wake.One of those members, former congressman David Jolly from Florida, has now officially left the party — largely because of what the president has done to the GOP.Jolly spoke to the Tampa Bay Times about his and wife's decision to leave the Republican Party. The decision, he said, was "spurred in large part by the pending birth of a daughter for whom they wanted to set an example and not be part of of the Trump party." [sic]"It's also just a personal rejection of partisanship," said Jolly, who had been a life-long Republican. "It's a very comfortable place for us to be."He and his wife are now registered with no party affiliation.Jolly has become a prominent critic of Trump and the GOP. In August, he said on MSNBC of the upcoming midterm elections, "I hope the GOP loses in November. Because I think we ne...
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October 15th, 2018
Republicans screamed about the deficit for years — but they never really cared. Under President Donald Trump, the federal deficit is spiking 17 percent in 2018, according to new government data.The biggest culprit in the rise? The Republicans' tax cuts, which funneled the large majority of the benefits to wealthy people and corporations.At $666 billion in 2017, the deficit will now climb to $779 billion in the 2018 fiscal year. Though Republicans consistently decried the rise in deficits under President Barack Obama, they've now let the government's shortfall shoot up to the highest level since 2012, when the country was still struggling to climb out of the ditch created by the 2008 financial crisis.The GOP had promised that their tax bill — which was projected to cause a shortfall of at least $1 trillion over ten years — would actually, contrary to all evidence and history, decrease the deficit by unleashing growth. That, of course, hasn't happened."I repeat: Tax cuts for...
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October 15th, 2018
Trump history on this subject is well-documented. After years of Donald Trump taunting Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., with the racist nickname "Pocahontas" and suggesting, falsely, that she used her family's claim to have Native American ancestry for a leg up in her law career, the truth is now out: Warren, as her family has long believed, is partly of Native ancestry. A DNA test, analyzed by a Stanford scientist prominent in the field, confirms not just this fact but the Warren family's timeline, which traced their Native ancestor back to the 1700s.Now this largely irrelevant question — once again, Warren never used her claim to Native ancestry to influence her career trajectory — should be settled. Maybe the mainstream media can turn its attention to the more important and more interesting story, which is why Trump is so obsessed with this question of Warren's ancestry in the first place. An overwhelming amount of public information suggests that Trump has an unhealt...
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