Trump’s budget destroys America while building up the Military-Industrial Complex, more false fabrications from Trump on the disastrous Yemen raid, more Trump falsehoods about immigrants and terrorist attacks in the U.S., Trump’s political reality convoluted by his dystopian fantasy, how Trump lies about his lies, don’t believe the new Trump, ethics course nixed for White House staff, Trump leak crackdown could backfire, more on Trump’s brown shirts in Congress protecting him, Trump’s campaign took illegal cash, undocumented communities organized and ready to fight Trump’s mass expulsion orders, Trump-Russia scandal growing, crime isn’t nearly as bad as the White House wants you to think it is and more.
Forget Trump’s speech. Look at his budget article from Yahoo! News. –
New Trump claims about deadly Yemen raid appear to be untrue article from Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. –
“Following up on a story we’ve been following, Donald Trump continues to face important questions about the first military raid he ordered as president, which tragically turned deadly. The fact that the Republican president is avoiding responsibility for what happened – and doesn’t appear to be telling the truth about the mission itself – makes the questions all the more serious.
As we’ve discussed, the plan was to acquire intelligence and equipment at an al Qaeda camp in Yemen, but the mission quickly went sideways: Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens, a member of SEAL Team 6, was killed; several other Americans were injured; and by the end of the operation, multiple civilians, including children, were dead.
It’s been described as a mission in which “almost everything went wrong,” a dynamic made more complicated by U.S. military officials suggesting to Reuters that Trump approved the mission “without sufficient intelligence, ground support or adequate backup preparations…”
3 Hard Political Truths That Trump Is Facing article from AlterNet. –
Trump lied. Right-wing extremists?—?not foreigners?—?commit more terror attacks in the U.S. article from Think Progress.
“During his first speech to Congress on Tuesday, President Trump falsely claimed that foreigners have committed the “vast majority” of terrorism-related offenses in the United States since the terror attacks on September 11, 2001. He used that claim to defend his support for stricter border controls.
In his speech, Trump vowed to protect the United States by demolishing the militant group ISIS. The president pointed to both domestic and international attacks as reasons for having a stringent vetting process for people entering the United States. He did not explicitly mention a “Muslim ban” on travel, but he signaled that his administration would “take new steps to keep our nation safe.”
“According to data provided by the Department of Justice, the vast majority of individuals convicted for terrorism-related offenses since 9/11 came here from outside of our country,” Trump claimed in his speech. “We have seen the attacks at home -– from Boston to San Bernardino to the Pentagon and yes, even the World Trade Center…”
Trump and His Obscene War Machine article from AlterNet. –
Robert Reich: How Trump Lies About His Many Lies article from Newsweek. –
Robert Reich highlights Trump’s 10 point plan for trying to turn his lies into truths.
Don’t Believe the New Trump article from Foreign Policy. –
“He’s still the same old, uninformed, easily manipulated, egomaniac — surrounded by second-raters, lickspittles, and extremists.
Donald Trump’s address to Congress on Tuesday night was the first truly presidential speech he has ever given and therefore the best — far superior to his egomaniacal “I alone can fix it” Republican National Convention acceptance speech or his dark and divisive “American carnage” inaugural address. His tribute to fallen Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens, delivered while his widow sobbed in the balcony, was a genuinely moving moment, even if earlier in the day he refused to accept any personal responsibility for ordering the raid in which Owens died. For once he did not vilify the media or his opponents.
But remember that even during last year’s campaign, Trump had a few moments of normalcy. None of them lasted long. Will this moment be any different? Put another way: Will this speech be an inflection point in the nearly 6-week-old presidency, representing Trump’s pivot to become a more mainstream, effective, and uplifting president? Or will this speech quickly be forgotten as the president returns to his same old routine of making outrageous, offensive statements, fostering chaos and confusion, and engaging in the very “petty fights” that he denounced?…”
Trump’s team nixed ethics course for White House staff article from Politico.
Gee, what a shock….
Expert Warns White House Leak Crackdown Could Backfire article from the International Business Times on Yahoo! News. –
“Instead of trying to stop the leaks that have been plaguing his administration, President Donald Trump might be better off determining why the leaks are occurring in the first place, an expert said Wednesday.
Matthew Bunn, who co-edited the book “Insider Threat,” told the Hill the White House effort to crack down on leakers by monitoring their phones could wind up producing more leaks as unhappy staffers become more disgruntled.
Stories have surfaced in recent weeks about chaos in the White House as various factions vie for power. During last week’s Conservative Public Action Conference, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and chief White House political strategist Stephen Bannon tried to knock down reports they were at odds, saying they work well together and share a suite of offices…”
House Republicans help shield Trump from scrutiny article from Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. –
More on Trump’s brown shirts in the U.S. Congress protecting his treasonous actions.
Trump in Historical Perspective: From Nixon to Breitbart article from Counter Punch. –
‘The Fuse Is Lit’: Dan Rather Says Trump-Russia Scandal Is About to Go off Like a Bomb article from AlterNet. –
Team Trump Took Illegal Cash, Watchdogs Say article from the Daily Beast. –
“Donald Trump’s presidential campaign accepted illegal contributions in the weeks after election day and falsely recorded them as paying down the campaign’s debt, according to a complaint filed by two watchdog groups on Thursday.
The Campaign Legal Center and left-leaning non-profit Common Cause allege that the campaign violated federal election laws designed to prevent campaigns from circumventing contribution limits. The groups are accusing Team Trump of attributing donations for his 2020 campaign—yes, he’s already a declared candidate—to his previous, 2016 run, freeing up donors to give more down the line.
The campaign began fundraising almost immediately after Trump’s Nov. 8 victory, archived versions of its website show. It raised about $10.5 million from Nov. 9 through the end of the year, according to FEC filings…”
Activism: Undocumented Communities Organized and Ready to Fight Trump’s Mass Expulsion Orders article from AlterNet. –
RESIST DAY #42: What You Can Do Today article from Common Dreams. –
Crime Isn’t Out of Control. But the White House Wants You to Think It Is article from the Brennan Center for Justice. –
“The president once more painted a bleak picture of a country besieged by crime and terror. His unexpectedly cheery tone shouldn’t obscure the falsehoods at the heart of his rhetoric.
Drugs “pour in at a now unprecedented rate” across our borders, the president said, and “criminal cartels have spread across our nation.” Trump pledged to stop the country’s “terrible drug epidemic,” return order to our “neglected inner cities” and address “an environment of lawless chaos.”
Despite Trump’s bluster, though, crime in the United States actually remains at or near historic lows. The president continues to dish out alternative facts on crime to justify a reactionary agenda. From a wall along the border with Mexico, to a revised “travel ban” on Muslims, to a likely crackdown on drug users, Trump needs to distort the truth to feed these policies to the American people…”
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