Misadventures of a minority-elect President 31

Trump’s new plan for the salary he lied about not taking, Congress had to tell Trump not delete his tweets – future evidence, citing phony terrorism to justify his Muslim ban, White House still trying to defend Trump’s lies about wiretapping, TrumpCare is turning into a bigger disaster than previously expected, Trump’s non-existent credibility, another fraudulent unsubstantiated claim from Trump against President Obama – this time over jobs, Trump opponents fueling rise of Rachel Maddow popularity, Trump spends 15 percent of his time at properties that he owns or that bear his name, Conway takes dipshittery to new depths defending Trump’s wiretapping conspiracy theory, Trump’s dangerous war on memory and critical thought, Trump is proud of his healthcare bill – even though ‘it’s not his,’ Trump’s childcare plan mainly benefits the rich, White House still confident Trump’s bogus wiretap claims will be proved, another top Trump cabal aide busted for breaking criminal conflict of interest Law and more.

Trump plans to donate salary, despite pledge not to take one article from GMA on Yahoo! News. –

Congress Had to Tell Donald Trump to Stop Deleting His Tweets article from Harper’s Bazaar on Yahoo! News. –

“Donald Trump might be done tweeting and deleting-at least if he listens to Congress. This weeks, two members of Congress sent the White House a letter warning them that Trump and his staff might be violating federal law when they delete tweets from the president’s official accounts, according to Teen Vogue.

The letter (which is available to read in full here) warns that tweets from both the @realDonaldTrump and the official @POTUS accounts “are likely to be presidential records and therefore must be preserved.” If those deleted tweets aren’t archived, then Trump and his staff could be violating the Presidential Records Act.

Trump infamously deleted a tweet less than 24 hours after taking office, when he misspelled “honored” and has tweeted and deleted after similar errors since…”

Trump Cites Fake FBI Terror Plots to Justify Muslim Ban article from AlterNet. –

Each case of ‘terrorism’ Trump cited was concocted by the FBI and were part of sting operations.

Sean Spicer defends Trump’s tweets: ‘Wire-tapping’ is different from wire-tapping article from the International Business Times on Yahoo! News. –

White House analysis finds Trumpcare is even worse than the CBO estimated article from Think Progress. –

“Trump has a lot of explaining to do

An internal White House analysis concluded that House Republicans’ Obamacare replacement bill, called the American Health Care Act, will cause up to 26 million people to lose their insurance coverage over the next decade, according to a copy of the analysis obtained by Politico.

That’s even more dire than the estimate the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released on Monday afternoon. The CBO projected that up to 24 million people could lose their insurance over the next decade.

Health and Human Services Department Secretary Tom Price told reporters on Monday that the Trump administration “strenuously disagrees” with the CBO’s estimate, adding, “It’s just not believable…”

Sean Spicer gets into heated exchange with reporter about Trump’s credibility: ‘When he says something, can we trust that it’s real?’ article from the Business Insider on Yahoo! News. –

The White House Takes Its Attacks On Jobs Data To A New (And Dangerous) Level article from Five Thirty Eight. –

Another unsubstantiated claim from minority-elect President Trump against President Obama.

Stop Winging It, Mr. President article from Politico. –

Fueled by Trump opponents, Maddow’s popularity rises article from ABC News. –

White House’s Conway: ‘I’m not in the job of having evidence’ article from Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. –

“After two months on the job in the White House, Kellyanne Conway has already come up with some memorable phrases – some of which she likely regrets – including “alternative facts” and “Bowling Green Massacre.” Today, she added to her greatest-hits collection with another unfortunate gem.

The trouble started for Conway over weekend. A week after Donald Trump claimed without evidence that Barack Obama illegally tapped his phone, the Bergen Record asked Conway to substantiate the president’s provocative claims. The White House counselor responded by arguing that “there are many ways to surveil,” including monitoring people “through their television sets” and “microwaves that turn into cameras.”

This didn’t exactly help Team Trump’s case. If the question was about Trump’s allegations against Obama, and Conway’s answer pointed to microwaves and TVs, the response doesn’t inspire confidence in the White House that’s already been accused of having some nutty ideas.

This morning, Conway tried to walk this back, saying she may have been asked about the campaign, but her comments about microwaves and TVs related to surveillance possibilities in general. (Why she’d answer specific questions this way is unclear.)…”

Trump has spent 15 percent of his presidency at Trump-owned or -branded properties article from the Washington Post. –

Trump tweets snowstorm warning from the agency whose budget he’s trying to slash article from Think Progress. –

Trump’s War on Dangerous Memory and Critical Thought article from Counter Punch. –

“The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the dedicated communist, but people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction, true and false, no longer exists.

– Hannah Arendt

People living in the United States have entered into one of the most dangerous periods of the 21st century. President Donald Trump is not only a twisted caricature of every variation of economic, political, educational, and social fundamentalism, he is the apogee of an increasingly intolerant and authoritarian culture committed to destroying free speech, civil rights, women’s reproductive freedoms, and all vestiges of economic justice and democracy.

Trump is the fascist shadow that has been lurking in the dark since Nixon’s Southern Strategy. Authoritarianism has now become viral in America, pursuing new avenues to spread its toxic ideology of bigotry, cruelty, and greed into every facet of society. Its legions of “alt-right” racists, misogynists, and xenophobic hate-mongers now expose themselves publicly, without apology, knowing full well that they no longer have to use code for their hatred of all those who do not fit into their white-supremacist and ultra-nationalist script…”

Trump’s Childcare Plan Will Only Help the Rich article from Common Dreams. –

White House insists President Trump is ‘proud of’ the health care bill even though ‘it’s not his’ article from Yahoo! News. –

Preparing for the Long Haul Under the Trump Administration article from Common Dreams. –

White House Continues To Insist It Can Prove Trump’s Wiretap Claim article from the Huffington Post. –

Top Trump Aide Accused of Breaking Criminal Conflict of Interest Law article from Common Dreams. –

“This marks the latest in an already too-long list- of potential violations, says ethics watchdog

Another member of President Donald Trump’s inner circle may have blurred ethical lines, this time by breaking criminal conflict of interest laws.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a complaint Tuesday with White House counsel Don McGhan, accusing assistant to the president and director of strategic initiatives Christopher Liddell of improperly participating in meetings that took place between Trump and companies in which Liddell held millions of dollars in stock.

According to CREW:

Criminal law prohibits a federal employee like Liddell from participating personally and substantially in any particular matter to which, to his knowledge, he has a financial interest. On January 23rd, Liddell participated with Trump in a meeting with business leaders from 12 companies, including 10 in which Liddell appears to have held stock worth approximately $2.1 million: Arconic, Corning, Dell Technologies, Dow Chemical, Ford Motor Co., International Paper, Johnson & Johnson, Lockheed Martin, Tesla Motors, and Whirlpool.

The next day, he and Trump held a meeting with General Motors, Ford Motors and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to discuss new factories. Liddell and his wife apparently held $72,000 of stock in Ford and GM. On February 3rd, Liddell again participated in a meeting with business leaders representing companies in which he apparently owned $2.3 million of stock: BlackRock, GM, IHS Markit LTD, IMB, JP Morgan Chase, Pepsi, Tesla, and Walmart…”

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