Misadventures of a minority-elect President 39

Trump’s former campaign chairman secretly worked to advance the interests of Russia’s President a decade ago contradicting assertions by the Trump administration that it never happened, majority prefer Obamacare over Trumpcare, the price we pay for Trump’s lies, on the immoral, unethical White House that has no rules, despite Trump’s dubious claims of ‘America first,’ his businesses keep hiring foreign workers, betting on whether Trump will resign or be impeached before his first term is up, the life cycle of a Trump conspiracy theory, Trumpcare bill betrays key Trump campaign promise, Trump still breaking ethics – and probably the law – with his business dealings, when a president lies too much, most failed Presidency start ever, another unsatisfied Trump voter pivots against him, Wall Street Journal turns on Trump and more.

AP Exclusive: Manafort had plan to benefit Putin government article from Yahoo! News. –

Less than 25 percent of Americans think Trump is respected by world leaders article from AOL News. –

Wonder how many think Trump is actually respected by anyone…

Poll: Majority prefer Obamacare to Trumpcare article from AOL News. –

The Insidious Effect on the Psyche of Trump’s Torrent of Lies article from AlterNet. –

“Research shows that repeating a lie, even to refute it, imprints it on our brain.

There’s a problem with the media’s repetitive refutation of Donald Trump’s lies: It makes them more credible. Research finds that repeating a lie, even to refute it, imprints it on our brains, and they become more memorable than the refutations.

Most presidents lie. Nixon said he was not a crook. Reagan said he wasn’t aware of the Iran-Contra deal. Clinton said he did not have sex with that woman.

But Trump’s lies are different. They are more frequent and glaringly contradict the facts: Obama wiretapped the phones at Trump Tower; there was record turnout at Trump’s inauguration; Trump knows no one who has anything to do with Russia; he knows more about ISIS than our generals…”

The Trump GOP Prescription For America: Don’t Get Sick article from Information Clearing House. –

A White House Without Rules article from AlterNet. –

America First? Trump Businesses Keep Hiring Foreign Workers article from Newsweek on Yahoo! News. –

Will Trump Be Impeached Or Resign? Betting Odds Indicate POTUS Will Likely Be Removed In First Term article from the International Business Times. –

“President Donald Trump’s first months in office have been mired in controversy, following an ongoing F.B.I. investigation into his campaign’s ties to Russia, several controversial executive orders and the repealing of dozens of financial and federal regulations former President Barack Obama signed during his tenure in the Oval Office.

Now, it appears the new president’s days leading the country might just be numbered, according to those betting on his potential impeachment at Ladbrokes, a U.K. betting house. The odds of Trump’s impeachment have increased from nearly half to a 10/11 chance of happening Monday.

Those betting on the president’s political longevity have taken an unprecedented interest in putting their money where their mouths are. People have continued to flood the betting house to place odds on Trump’s removal from elected office, Jessica Bridge, a spokesperson for Ladbrokes, told news outlet Inverse on Monday…”

The Life Cycle Of A Trump Conspiracy Theory article from the Huffington Post. –

Ruminations that Trump could easily go down as the first Conspiracy-Theorist-In-Chief in American history.

GOP Obamacare repeal bill betrays key Trump campaign promise article from Yahoo! News. –

Trump’s Vegas Partner Says Business Is Not Dividing Profits From Foreign Governments As Promised article from Forbes. –

“Two months ago Donald Trump’s lawyer Sheri Dillon stood in Trump Tower and announced that the president would donate all profits from foreign governments at his hotels to the U.S. Treasury—part of an effort to resolve concerns that the he would be in violation of a little-known clause in the U.S. Constitution the day he took office. Now Phil Ruffin, who owns the Trump International Hotel Las Vegas in a 50-50 joint venture with the president, says that’s not happening.

“I don’t know anything about that,” said Ruffin, sitting in his office inside the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino, which he owns separately from the president. Is there a plan in place to hand over the profits at Trump’s Las Vegas property eventually? “They have to pay like everybody else,” Ruffin said. But if he did chop away the profits from foreign dignitaries, would that affect the value of the hotel? “They’re not going to do that,” Ruffin said, before repeating: “They’re not going to do that.”

When subsequently questioned, the president’s son Eric Trump, who now serves as co-chief of his father’s business, directly contradicted Ruffin. “It’s something that our internal controlling teams take seriously,” said Eric Trump, in his glass office in Trump Tower. “At the end of the year, that money will go to the Treasury. Again, we didn’t need to do it. It’s probably the right thing to do. We didn’t need to do it. But it’s something we are doing and will do. We’ll watch it closely.”

So will ethics experts. The president is facing a lawsuit by a bipartisan group of government watchdogs and legal scholars who, even before questions about whether Trump was following through on his plan to hand over profits, claimed that he was violating a previously obscure section of the Constitution called the Emoluments Clause. The barely litigated clause prohibits federal officials from receiving “any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state.” Some foreign dignitaries have already told reporters they will stay at Trump hotels to try to ingratiate themselves with the president. Legal experts are divided over whether that sort of payment would violate the Constitution…”

Trump Presidency Has Had ‘Most Failed’ Start Ever, Says Historian article from Common Dreams. –

Ex-Trump Supporter Who Attended 45 Rallies Says Attempt to Destroy Obamacare Made Him Turn on the President article from AlterNet. –

Russiagate and the Democratic Party are for Chumps article from Counter Punch. –

President Trump and the Crisis of Governance article from Common Dreams. –

“America is in a crisis of governance. There is no adult in charge.

Instead, we have as president an unhinged narcissistic child who tweets absurd lies and holds rallies to prop up his fragile ego, whose conflicts of financial interest are ubiquitous, and whose presidency is under a “gray cloud” of suspicion (according to the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee) for colluding with Russian agents to obtain office in the 2016 election.

He’s advised by his daughter, his son-in-law, and an oddball who once ran a white supremacist fake-news outlet.

His cabinet is an assortment of billionaires, CEOs, veterans of Wall Street, and ideologues, none of whom has any idea about how to govern and most of whom don’t believe in the laws their departments are in charge of implementing anyway.

He has downgraded or eviscerated groups responsible for giving presidents professional advice on foreign policy, foreign intelligence, economics, science, and domestic policy. He gets most of what he learns from television…”

Wall Street Journal Issues Scathing Condemnation of Trump article from AlterNet. –

When a president simply lies too much article from Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. –

There should be accountability for Trump’s dishonesty.

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