Misadventures of a minority-elect President 15

Congress needs to review Trump’s tax returns to see who owns him, conjecture that Hitler’s offspring’s ‘Justice’ department, aided by Trump’s brown shirts in the GOP-led US Congress will bury all inquiries into Trump’s ties to Russia, declining the White House correspondents dinner, unpopular minority-elect President to address nation, Conservatives drinking Trump kool-aid, town halls lead Trump resistance, more fake FOX ‘News’ to push Trump’s Muslim ban, more on a fraudulent filmsters attempts to fuel Trump’s media war charades, the art of the Trumpaclysm, watching FOX ‘News’ can help you predict Trump’s next ignorant Tweet, Spicer’s potential violation of the Federal Records Act, Trump’s presidency is rotting Americans’ brains and more.

Trump to address nation sandbagged by record low approval rating: NBC/WSJ poll article from CNBC. –

“President Donald Trump will address the nation on Tuesday night saddled with the lowest approval ratings of any new chief executive in modern American history, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll shows.

Just 44 percent of Americans approve of Mr. Trump’s performance as president, while 48 percent disapprove, according to the survey. Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush all had significantly positive net approval ratings at the outset of their terms.

A 52 percent majority calls early challenges the Trump White House has faced unique to his administration and an indication of real problems. Some 43 percent call them typical growing pains for new presidents.

These results signal difficulty for the president in his attempt to use his address to a joint session of Congress to broaden support for his policy agenda. Republicans hold enough seats in the House and Senate to answer his call for repealing and replacing Obamacare and overhauling the tax system without help from Democrats. But they have no consensus on either subject so far and little margin for error…”

Who owns Trump? Congress has the power to review Donald Trump’s tax returns, they should use it article from the Daily Kos. –

CPAC conservatives drink the Trump Kool-Aid, but who will pick up the tab? article from the Guardian. –

“The writing is on the wall. “God bless Trump”, “America first”, “Peace through strength!!!”, “Capitalism is beautiful”, “Drain the swamp”, “One nation under God”, “Make America gay again!”, “Adorable deplorable” and “Trump is star!” are among the messages scrawled in the exhibition hall at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) near Washington.

Look close and there is a thread of defiance too: “CPAC abandoned principles to support a big government strongman.”

This week America held its biggest gathering of conservative activists since Donald Trump’s stunning election as president. The festival of political incorrectness was a moment of giddy vindication after eight years in the wilderness.

“This is suddenly a wonderful, wonderful glorious morning in America, isn’t it?” Lou Dobbs, a host on the Fox Business Network, asked the crowd. But at what price? Observers said it also marked the death of the conservative movement of former president Ronald Reagan and a rush to embrace a new authoritarianism…”

No ‘Nerd Prom’ for Him: Trump Says He Will Not Attend the White House Correspondents Dinner article from Yahoo! News. –

The tipping point: Will Trump, Congress, Sessions, Comey all cooperate to bury Russia connections? article from the Daily Kos. –

“In a week where we have news of Donald Trump’s personal attorney working with pro-Russian forces to craft a deal that hands over Crimea while lifting U.S. sanctions, Trump’s campaign chair being blackmailed over millions funneled to him from Moscow, and Russian officials continuing to brag about their inside connection to the Trump campaign, is it really possible that this could all go away?

On Feb. 14, the New York Times ran a story on connections between the Trump campaign and Russian intelligence officials.

Phone records and intercepted calls show that members of Donald J. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election, according to four current and former American officials.

The story indicated that the connection between Trump and Russia was part of an ongoing FBI investigation. The first part of the story, that such a connection exists, seems dead certain, with confirmation going back to November. The second part, that there’s an investigation … that’s much less clear. Because while Donald Trump is upset that the FBI refused to provide cover on demand, that doesn’t mean the FBI is actually investigating anything. At least, that’s not what they’re apparently telling Reince Priebus…”

James O’Keefe’s October Surprise Shows He’s Still A Hack, Not A Journalist article from Media Matters. –

More on fraudulent filmster O’Keefe’s attempts to act as Ministry of Propaganda in Trump’s media war charades.

How the humble town hall became a battle arena for the Trump resistance article from the Guardian. –

Bill O’Reilly Hosted A Fake Swedish Defense ‘Advisor’ To Fearmonger About Refugees article from Media Matters. –

“Fox News has been accused, yet again, of using deceptive tactics to fearmonger about refugees in Sweden.

On the February 23 edition of Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor, host Bill O’Reilly brought on a guest named Nils Bildt, who was introduced as “a Swedish defense and national security advisor,” to discuss Sweden’s refugee policies. During the segment, Bildt argued that Swedish authorities “are unable … to socially integrate” refugees, and claimed that, as a result, “There is a problem with socially deviant activity, there is a problem with crime, [and] there is a problem with areas or hotspots of crime” in Sweden. Bildt alleged that these “problems” are“not being openly and honestly discussed … because if you don’t agree with the liberal, shall we say, common agenda, then you are viewed as an outsider or not even taken seriously…”

Hmm, maybe this is why Trump doesn’t want to attend the White House Correspondents’ Dinner article from Yahoo! News. –

Tomgram: Engelhardt, A Trumpian Snapshot of America article from Tom Dispatch. –

The Art of the Trumpaclysm
How the U.S. Invaded, Occupied, and Remade Itself
By Tom Engelhardt

It’s been epic! A cast of thousands! (Hundreds? Tens?) A spectacular production that, five weeks after opening on every screen of any sort in America (and possibly the world), shows no sign of ending. What a hit it’s been! It’s driving people back to newspapers (online, if not in print) and ensuring that our everyday companions, the 24/7 cable news shows, never lack for “breaking news” or audiences. It’s a smash in both the Hollywood and car accident sense of the term, a phenomenon the likes of which we’ve simply never experienced. Think of Nero fiddling while Rome burned and the cameras rolled. It’s proved, in every way, to be a giant leak. A faucet. A spigot. An absolute flood of non-news, quarter-news, half-news, crazed news, fake news, and over-the-top actual news.

And you know exactly what — and whom — I’m talking about. No need to explain. I mean, you tell me: What doesn’t it have? Its lead actor is the closest we’ve come in our nation’s capital to an action figure. Think of him as the Mar-a-Lego version of Batman and the Joker rolled into one, a president who, as he told us at a news conference recently, is “the least anti-Semitic person that you’ve ever seen in your entire life” and the “least racist person” as well. As report after report indicates, he attacks, lashes out, mocks, tweets, pummels, charges, and complains, showering calumny on others even as he praises his achievements without surcease. Think of him as the towering inferno of twenty-first-century American politics or a modern Godzilla eternally emerging from New York harbor…”

How to predict the president’s next bogus tweet: Just watch Fox News article from Mashable. –

“Donald Trump’s obsession with live-tweeting his morning cable news binges has made his erratic timeline…incredibly, disconcertingly, comically predictable.

One Boston journalist proved it on Saturday morning, with his own impressively prophetic tweet.

David Bernstein was watching Fox and Friends when he saw guest Hermain Cain (Remember him? The Hermainator?) regurgitate a bogus stat—one clearly too tantalizing for our Twitter-egg-in-chief to resist amplifying.

Cain claimed, somewhat misleadingly, that the national debt decreased $12 billion during Trump’s first month in office, compared to a $200 billion jump in the same time on Barack Obama’s watch. The talking point can be traced back to a sketchy right-wing blog known for peddling conspiracies…”

Father of Navy SEAL killed in Yemen slams Trump, wants investigation article from AOL. –

“Soon after taking office, President Donald Trump made his first military command and ordered a raid in Yemen that resulted in the deaths of civilians, including an 8-year-old girl and Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens.

“Almost everything that could go wrong did,” the New York Times said about the raid, which was reportedly ordered without sufficient intelligence or preparation. But White House press secretary Sean Spicer stood by the operation’s success, saying anyone who criticized it “does disservice to the life of Chief Ryan Owens…”

How ‘New Cold Warriors’ Cornered Trump article from Consortium News. –

White House reportedly implements random phone searches amid leaks article from AOL. –

5 Distinct Ways the Trump Presidency is Rotting Americans’ Brains article from AlterNet. –

“Democracy isn’t the only thing at risk from this administration.

Thirty years ago one of the most famous public service announcement ad campaigns was launched. “This Is Your Brain on Drugs” featured a man asking the audience if they understood the dangers of drug use. He then held up an egg, saying, “This is your brain.” He motioned to a frying pan, “This is drugs.” He then cracked the egg into the pan and as the egg fried said, “This is your brain on drugs.”

Now just a bit more than a month into President Donald Trump’s administration, I’ve found myself returning to the imagery of that ad because it seems to so perfectly encapsulate the cognitive damage that we risk as a result of the Trump presidency.

While there is little question that the Trump team is set to unravel our democracy, our foreign relations and every stitch of political progress our nation has ever made; that isn’t all that is at stake here. A healthy democracy depends on an active and engaged citizenry. It demands a citizenry attentive to issues and able to productively debate and dialogue. But, most important, it requires a nation that can think…”

Priebus Contacting Intel Officials About Russia Investigation Is the First Stage of ‘a Cover-Up’: Analyst article from AlterNet. –

If Trump were innocent, the White House wouldn’t try to sweep an investigation under the rug.

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