Misadventures of a minority-elect President 33

Trump’s bluster about Muslim’s comes back to bite him in Judge’s decision to block Muslim travel ban, Trump’s health care chaos, speculation of a coup against our minority-elect President, still trying to deflect his pernicious claims of being wiretapped, Trump berates ‘fake news’ after confirming the authenticity of his released tax return, more apparent Trump ties to Russia revealed, Trump’s paranoid White House, once again our presidential twit tweeted before thinking, Trump admits his health care plan screws over the people that voted for him while enriching his friends, in his typical fashion of speaking without thinking, Trump may have blurted out classified information, Trump’s deep state conundrums, resources for resisting Trump, reverting back to campaign mode after another embarrassing defeat, opposition to the Trump’s health care con making the GOP extremely nervous and more.

Loose talk came back to haunt Trump in judge’s travel ban ruling article from the Guardian. –

Here’s how Trump’s hateful campaign rhetoric doomed his ‘Muslim Ban 2.0’ article from Raw Story. –

Is Donald Trump Intentionally Sowing Health Care Chaos? article from AlterNet. –

“With the GOP’s health care bill on the critical list, Trump’s cynical fallback plan looks like his only option.

Predictably, the promised Obamacare “repeal and replace” legislation has thrown all of Washington into a tizzy. The reason it was predictable is that if the Republicans had been able to put together a serious alternative to Obamacare’s market-friendly, hybrid health care program, they would have done it long ago and run on it. The fact that they didn’t should have been a hint that whatever they did was going to be politically unpopular. Instead, they demagogued the program for years, turning it into an easy symbol of Obama hatred to motivate their base. Now they are like dogs who finally caught the car they’ve been chasing and have no idea what to do with it.

Since Paul Ryan and company dropped their plan and the House speaker took to the airwaves with his sleeves rolled up to give the country a riveting PowerPoint presentation, it’s been obvious that their plan is in big trouble. When the Congressional Budget Office released its analysis on Monday showing that 24 million people stood to lose their insurance and costs would rise insanely high for older people, all to give the wealthy yet another tax cut, the bottom fell out. Headlines like this one, from the Augusta Chronicle in Georgia, were seen all over the country on Tuesday morning:…”

A Soft Coup, or Preserving Our Democracy? article from the American Conservative. –

President Trump says news reports were origin of unsubstantiated wiretap claim article from GMA on Yahoo! News. –

Behind Trump’s Russia Romance, There’s a Tower Full of Oligarchs article from Bloomberg News. –

“Down on his luck, the mogul found help from emigres from the old Soviet empire.

On the 78th floor: a Russian who once was accused of mob ties and extortion by an oligarch. On the 79th, an Uzbek jeweler investigated for money laundering who was eventually executed on the street in Manhattan. And four floors higher, a pro-Moscow Ukrainian politician whose party hired a Donald Trump adviser.

When Trump World Tower at 845 United Nations Plaza began construction two decades ago as the tallest residential building in the country (90 stories), its most expensive floors attracted wealthy people getting their money out of what had been the Soviet Union. Trump needed the big spenders. He was renegotiating $1.8 billion in junk bonds for his Atlantic City resorts, and the tower was built on a mountain of debt owed to German banks. As Trump wrote in The Art of the Comeback, “It crushed my ego, my pride, to go hat in hand to the bankers.”

Trump’s soft spot for Russia is an ongoing mystery, and the large number of condominium sales he made to people with ties to former Soviet republics may offer clues. “We had big buyers from Russia and Ukraine and Kazakhstan,” says Debra Stotts, a sales agent who filled up the tower. The very top floors went unsold for years, but a third of units sold on floors 76 through 83 by 2004 involved people or limited liability companies connected to Russia and neighboring states, a Bloomberg investigation shows. The reporting involved more than two dozen interviews and a review of hundreds of public records filed in New York…”

Donald Trump Mocks Rachel Maddow’s Tax Reveal ‘Fake News’ After White House Confirms Authenticity article from Deadline on Yahoo! News. –

‘People are scared’: Paranoia seizes Trump’s White House article from Politico. –

Donald Trump’s itchy Twitter finger just alienated one of his most important allies article from the Washington Post. –

Trump’s wiretapping fantasy meets reality article from CNN. –

Trump is running out of friends to back his evidence-free wiretap allegations article from Think Progress. –

Trump admits his health care plan would benefit rich investors, screw over people who voted for him article from Think Progress. –

“He didn’t even pretend otherwise.

President Trump sat down Wednesday for an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, and Carlson asked him to respond to criticisms that the Republican health care plan favors the healthy and hurts most of the voters who supported his election. Trump didn’t hesitate to agree that that is exactly what it does.

Here’s the full exchange, which speaks for itself:

CARLSON: This bill has as one of its centerpieces a tax-cut for investors that would primarily benefit people making over $250,000 a year. They’ve already done pretty well in the past ten years, as you know.

TRUMP: Yeah.

CARLSON: A Bloomberg analysis showed that counties that voted for you?—?middle-class and working-class counties?—?would do far less well under this bill —

TRUMP: Yeah. Oh, I know.

CARLSON:?—?than the counties that voted for Hillary, the more affluent counties.

TRUMP: I know. It’s very preliminary.

CARLSON: It seems like maybe this isn’t consistent with the last election.

TRUMP: No. A lot of things aren’t consistent. But this is going to be negotiated…”

Trump may have blurted out classified information article from Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. –

Trump Versus the Deep State article from Counter Punch. –

“The Trump presidency is fraught with contradictions. Among the most notable is the degree to which the Steve Bannon war on the “deep administrative state” is at odds with a presidency aimed at making America great again. To achieve that goal–whatever it means–it requires the Trump administration to take control of the political machinery of the state to secure policy goals, not seek to destroy it as Bannon and many Republicans aspire.

There is an old adage that the skills need to become president are different from those to be president. Presidential campaigns depend on media skills, crafting narratives and messages, and on fund raising among other things. While some of these skills might also apply to being president, campaigning is different from governing. Governance is more than words and rhetoric; it is formulating public policies and setting agendas. It requires the coordination of multiple agencies and officials, working with Congress, proper use of discretion, implementation, and the oversight of programs.

Campaigning is easy, but governing is hard. Fortunately there are careerists and a civil service in Washington that transcends presidents to maintain institutional knowledge about how to run things. There are the 3,000 or so members of the Senior Executive Service–the most senior careerists who run the major government agencies and programs. There is the foreign policy establishment that generally directs the US national security and diplomatic functions of the country. All of this is what makes the federal government work and gets things done. It assures stability, consistency, competence. This is the real deep state–not the deep state of those conspiracists who think the CIA is secretly running everything or who believe in a second shooter in Dallas in 1963. Trump needs the real deep state–the administrative state– but he is at war with it…”

Members of Congress demand cooperation from administration on Trump-Russia probe article from the Washington Post. –

Trump’s defense of his wiretapping claim is an incredible word salad article from Vox. –


Home District ‘Stakeouts’ Begin as TrumpCare Advances in Congress article from Common Dreams. –

“‘Because of strong opposition from constituents recently, including at intense and packed town hall meetings, GOP leaders are in a bind’

The GOP’s healthcare plan narrowly passed out of the House Budget Committee on Thursday, while “stakeouts” began in Congressional home districts aimed at pressuring lawmakers to vote against the widely unpopular legislation.

Three right-wing Republicans on the committee, Reps. Dave Brat (Va.), Mark Sanford (S.C.), and Gary Palmer (Ala.), voted against advancing the American Healthcare Act (AHCA)—but their opposition was not enough to stymie the plan. Now, the bill heads to the House Rules Committee, “where leadership might make amendments to appease conservatives and moderates unhappy with the current legislation,” The Hill reported. A full House vote could come as early as next week.

And so the resistance must act fast, hence this week’s “Congressional Stakeouts to Save Healthcare,” organized by MoveOn.org and taking place outside the district offices of nine Republican senators and more than two dozen Republican representatives who “hold the decisive votes” on AHCA…”

Trusted Resources for the Resistance Against Trump article from AlterNet. –

The Art of the Anti-Trump App article from AlterNet. –

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