Misadventures of a minority-elect President 48

NYT claims Trump is just as much of an ass in private as he is in public, Trump had absolutely no idea what was in the fraudulent TrumpCare bill he backed, Trump’s growing list of empty lies and idle boasts – as well as the growing list of Trump scandals being muted by his other scandals, Nunes and the White House colluding to halt Trump’s Russia scandal – which is treason, Trump’s fraudulent tax plan – the rich pay less and you make up the difference, Trump’s idiocy still on full display via Twitter, Trump’s online trolls are screwed if he guts online privacy, issues over the White House spying on the FBI to support Trump’s fabricated claims of Obama wiretapping, it’s time for Devin Nunes to be held accountable for his illegal actions, Trump’s own standards put the White House in deep legal trouble, once again Trump’s words come back to bite him in the ass, another broken promise reveals that Trump is nothing but a serial liar, Trump’s White House referred to as a runaway train, the Conspiracy Theories of Trumpland, reflections on Trump’s construction of his own Watergate and more.

In Private, It Turns Out That Trump Is Pretty Much the Same article from Mother Jones. –

Chris Hayes: Trump ‘Knew Literally – And I Mean Literally – Nothing About’ His Health-Care Bill article from the Nation. –

Trump scandals risk inuring Americans to government corruption video from Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. –

Trail of Broken Promises: Donald Trump’s Lengthening List of Empty Lies and Idle Boasts article from AlterNet. –

“He was going to investigate voter fraud, end crime in Chicago and crush ISIS. Oh yeah—there was also health care.

The pattern Donald Trump follows in making promises has been clear since he first rode that gilded escalator in Trump Tower to his presidential campaign announcement nearly two years ago. It goes something like this:

1. Assert something untrue based on a canard oozing from the right-wing fever swamps that you heard repeated on some Fox News show or other. (For example: “Obamacare is collapsing.” Or “Afghanistan is safer than our inner cities.”)

2. Spit out a half-formed solution that you seem not to have thought about or have given no thought to until just that moment.

3. Try to implement policy based on this idea, only to see it get slapped down by courts, legislators and objective reality…”

Trump tax proposal would mostly benefit New York’s wealthy: report article from Reuters on Yahoo! News. –

Donald Trump’s Tax Plan – The Rich Pay Less, and You Make Up the Difference article from the Daily Beast. –

Trump targets individual Freedom Caucus members in Obamacare tweetstorm article from CNBC on Yahoo! News. –

Once again Trump’s idiocy is on full display via Twitter.

Trump is poised to gut online privacy, and his most devoted trolls are very unhappy article from Think Progress. –

“Anonymous internet trolls are worried.

Of all the constituencies that supported Donald Trump last November—working class white voters; anti-establishmentarians; the Ku Klux Klan—perhaps none displayed more unwavering, unyielding loyalty than his army of online trolls.

You know the ones: the Pepe-loving, hashtag-tweeting deplorables. They weaponized memes the way political operatives typically weaponize phone banks, and their effectiveness was rewarded by the loving embrace of Donald Trump himself, who bent over backwards to engage with the internet’s most vile users.

Even as some voters began expressing remorse for entrusting a misogynistic failed businessman with improving their health care and saving jobs, Trump’s army of trolls—on 4chan, on gab.ai, and, most notably, on the r/The_Donald subreddit—remained steadfast.

At least, until this week…”

Trump’s poll numbers are low. But the people who put him in office say it’s not time to judge him – yet article from the Los Angeles Times. –

Actually, yes it is.

Devin Nunes has some explaining to do article from Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. –

Nunes and White House schemed to halt the House investigation, and it’s working article from the Daily Kos. –

If the White House spied on the FBI, there’s a problem article from Rachel Maddow on MSNBC. –

“The latest available information sheds quite a bit of light on who leaked sensitive information to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), as part of his effort to bolster one of Donald Trump’s conspiracy theories. Yesterday we learned the names of three of the Republican congressman’s sources, each of whom are senior White House officials, including the National Security Council’s top lawyer.

One of the questions hanging over this is why, exactly, these White House officials were reviewing these intelligence materials in the first place.

Keep in mind, according to Nunes’ vague descriptions of the information leaked to him, he was presented with intercepted surveillance that related in some way to Trump transition officials. (According to the New York Times’ reporting, the communications “consisted primarily of ambassadors and other foreign officials talking about how they were trying to develop contacts within Mr. Trump’s family and inner circle in advance of his inauguration.”)…”

The Trump White House is in deep legal trouble, according to Trump’s own standards article from the Washington Post. –

1 in 3 voters give President Trump a grade F article from McClatchy News. –

Flynn and Nunes Fallout Over Russia Probe Grows Ominous for Trump White House article from NBC News. –

Trump in September: ‘If you’re not guilty of a crime, what do you need immunity for?’ article from the Business Insider. –

Yet again Trump’s words come back to bite him in the ass.

What Trump’s intriguing NAFTA changes say about his other promises article from Yahoo! News. –

Yet more proof that Trump is a serial liar who has no intention of keeping his promises:

“President Donald Trump took a hard anti-Nafta line during his campaign, calling it a “disaster,” a “catastrophe,” and “the worst trade deal.” However, a recent draft of proposed changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement obtained by Yahoo Finance suggests that Trump’s stance has moderated, and that he would like much of the trade agreement between Mexico, Canada, and the US to remain in place.

As first reported by the Wall Street Journal, the draft proposal keeps some of the controversial parts of Nafta, like measures that allow for arbitration instead of local courts. While the Journal refers to the changes as softening, the CBC in Canada noted that the changes are more than the “minor tweaks” discussed during the last visit by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

An “America First” presence in the administration’s current thinking manifests in myriad ways. The draft discusses seeking “a safeguard mechanism to allow a temporary revocation of tariff preferences, if increased imports from Nafta countries are a substantial cause of serious injury or threat of serious injury to the domestic industry.” The draft also seeks to allow for the US “to vigorously enforce and promote its trade remedy laws,” and includes language that seems to call for the refund of value-added taxes for products destined for the US.

Though the draft is one of renegotiation and contains advocates for “safeguard mechanisms” and “trade remedy laws” that could certainly be aggressive, it’s devoid of typical Trump rhetoric of even discussing leaving the Nafta agreement, directly referencing big border tariffs, or railing against Mexico taking advantage…”

Trump Builds a Watergate All His Own article from Common Dreams. –

Ex-CIA Chief of Staff Jeremy Bash says White House is ‘runaway train’ article from AOL News. –

The Conspiracy Theories of Trumpland: A Compleat and Comprehensive Bestiary article from Fusion. –

“Donald Trump is not the kind of man who is willing to go along with accepted facts. From his subjective valuation of his business portfolio, through his bird-dogging of Barack Obama’s birth certificate to his tantrums about the deceptive sparseness of his inaugural crowds, Trump has pursued his own rages and fixations about the real truths—the best truths, the most powerful and shocking truths, the truths the haters and losers don’t want you to know—all the way to the highest office in the land.

Along the way, naturally enough, the Trump movement has become a magnet for a population of true believers. What they believe matters less than that they believe it fiercely and defiantly, without regard for mainstream consensus or factual reality.

Paranoia is the natural complement to narcissism: If you’re the most important person in the world, of course you would be the target of conspiracies. Thus Alex Jones, a man who claimed that the Pulse nightclub shooting was orchestrated by the government and that the Sandy Hook massacre was all a hoax, acts as an unofficial advisor to the President. The White House Chief Strategist made a name for himself hawking right-wing propaganda films before making a bigger name for himself running our very own American Pravda. And the president’s other appointments include an army of conspiracy theorists and nutjob-adjacents, so that our highly persuadable and often hysterical chief executive will never want for imagined enemies to rage against.

To help you navigate the vast assortment of conspiracy theories to which Trump’s staffers subscribe, we’ve compiled a bestiary of crackpot beliefs, pseudo-scientific ideas, and anything otherwise insane that’s come out of the mouths of his cronies and hangers-on who have boldly stood up for what they believe in. And what they believe in is truly something to behold…”

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