Saturday, June 16, 2018

Trump Refuses To Sign A Republican Immigration Bill Because It Would Stop Him From Separating Families At The Border

Donald Trump said on Friday that he would refuse to sign the new moderate Republican immigration bill from the Congress that would stop him from implementing his much maligned policy of separating children from their parents at the border.

In an early morning interview with his all time favorite show "Fox & Friends," Trump said...

"looking at both" immigration proposals put forth by GOP members of the House... the compromise bill, as well as a more conservative measure. I certainly wouldn't sign the more moderate one,"

Trump made the comment even though the bill would give him an additional $25 billion in funding for his wall along the southern U.S. border.

The bill even ties the legal status of DACA recipients to uninterrupted border security funding which would solve a myriad of problems Trump is presently facing.

So in addition to getting his "big beautiful wall" the bill would also solve his DACA problem and get the Republicans, Democrats and Christian conservatives off his back for the forced separation of families at the border.

But no.

Apparently Trump just loves tearing the babies out of their Mother's arms... Or at least he knows it really turns his base on.

Regardless the Congress is scheduled to vote on the legislation next week, in addition to a more conservative bill.

Amid his growing problems Trump has resorted to blaming the Democrats again for all of his woes claiming in the same interview that...

The Democrats forced that law upon our nation. I hate to see separation of parents and children. I hate the children being taken away. The Democrats have to change their law. That’s their law. That’s the Democrats’ law,"

This despite the fact that this was a deliberate policy shift implemented by Trump  who has the power to unilaterally reverse it if he chose to do so.

And lets not forget that the Republicans are the majority in the Congress, the Senate.

Trump's Former Campaign Manager Paul Manafort Ordered To Prison After New Mueller Indictment

Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, was ordered to prison by a federal judge on Friday after being arraigned on a new charge of witness tampering.

The ruling came after Manafort's attorneys argued that the judge could take other steps aside from jailing their client to cease the improper contact, such as issuing an order specifically barring Manafort from contacting potential witnesses.

This proposal caused Judge Amy Berman Jackson to comical exclaim...

This isn’t middle school, I can’t take (his) phone,

Manafort, who has been under house arrest in Virginia since October, was taken into custody where he will remain until his trial expected in early September.

The indictment was obtained earlier this month when Special Counsel Robert Mueller caught Manafort attempting to reach witnesses with an encrypted messaging program while he was awaiting trial in an attempt to “suborn perjury,.

Manafort was also caught useing a tactic called “foldering” to secretly communicate with people. 

If you were wondering “foldering” involves writing an email, saving it as a draft, giving a colluder your password so they can open the draft, read it, delete it and then deliver the message via another method.

Donald Trump tweeted a response to Manafort’s jailing, whom he earlier in the day claimed "had nothing to do with his campaign", to defend his former campaign manager...

Trump obviously has only a tenuous grasp of the proceedings as Manafort had not been "sentenced" but only had his bail revoked.

Manafort, who faces up to 80 years in prison, was charged last October with twelve offenses including conspiracy against the United States and money laundering as part of Mueller’s investigation into whether Trump’s campaign actively colluded with Russian officials to sway the 2016 presidential campaign.

WATCH: Trump Says He Wants Americans To Obey Him Like North Koreans Obey Kim Jong Un

Donald Trump On Friday, during a Fox News interview, exclaimed that he wants "his people" to listen to him the way North Koreans do to dictator Kim Jong Un.

In the "impromptu" interview with his favorite show, "Fox & Friends", Trump spoke to co-host Steve Doocy about his relationship with Kim after the history making summit between the two that achieved nothing.

During the talk Trump suddenly swerved out his lane and decided to tell the truth for once...

"Hey, he's the head of a country, and he's the strong head... he speaks and his people sit up at attention. I want my people to do the same,"

Watch that here...

It is common knowledge that Kim Jong Un is a totalitarian dictator who kills his own family members, starves his people to death by the millions and imprisons or executes them merely for criticizing him.

After the remark received not so rave reviews Trump later claimed he was "kidding" and questioned whether reporters understood sarcasm.

Trump's remark follows a week in which he has referred to Kim Jon Un as "tough" "talented" and "smart," following their summit.

2,000 Children Have Been Taken From Their Parents Since Trump Ordered New “Zero Tolerance” Border Policy 42 Days Ago

A 2 year-old girl cries as her mother is searched and detained near the U.S.-Mexico border (John Moore/Getty Images)

In just 42 days Donald Trump's Department of Homeland Security has separated nearly 2,000 children from their families at the U.S./Mexico border.

The DHS's numbers chronicling the breakup of migrant families since Trump's barbaric policy was implemented just six-weeks ago were obtained by the Associated Press.

The final breakdown shows that 1,995 minors were separated from 1,940 adults from April 19 through May 31.

The DHS did not keep track of the ages of the children they detained and separated.

Trump's “zero tolerance” policy announced by his Attorney General Jeff Sessions on April 6th makes it mandatory that all DHS officials refer all cases of illegal entry for criminal prosecution.

This kicks into action the U.S. protocol prohibiting the detention of children with their parents because the children are not charged with a crime and the parents are.

Previously families that were apprehended at the border were not prosecuted thus avoiding the cruel practice of breaking up the family.

Since the new policy has gone into effect there have even been reports of women separated from their infants so young they were literally nursing them at the time.

The release of the figures comes on the heels of Sessions attempt on Thursday to excuse the draconian actions by quoting Bible passages...

I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the purpose of order,

Sessions then went on to ague that recent criticisms of Trump's policy were not...

fair or logical and some are contrary to law.

Humanitarian groups have argued that the policy of separating children from their parents under any circumstances was cruel and that it destroys America’s...

"strong foundation of humanitarian sensibility and family values,

Medical groups have come out en masse to denounce the policy saying that besides being traumatic and unnecessary, the stress can damage brain development and can cause lifelong trauma, as well as an increased risk of other mental illnesses.

An additional 38 minors separated at ports of entry in May through June 6. There were more than 55 in April and a high of 64 in March, according to the figures.

Friday, June 15, 2018

New York Attorney General Sues Trump For Using His Foundation For "Persistent Illegal Conduct"

The New York State attorney general’s office filed a lawsuit on Thursday against the Donald J. Trump Foundation accusing the so called charity and the Trump family of violations of campaign finance laws, self-dealing and illegal coordination with the Trump presidential campaign.

The suit essentially claims Donald Trump used the funds donated to his charity as a slush fund.

The lawsuit seeks to dissolve the foundation and bar Trump and his three adult children, whom ostensibly served on the foundation board from 2006 to 2017, from ever serving on nonprofit organizations again.

The attorney general also sent referral letters to the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Election Commission for possible further action.

The lawsuit, filed in State Supreme Court in Manhattan is the culmination of a nearly two-year investigation into Trump’s charity, which became a subject of scrutiny during and after the 2016 presidential campaign.

While Trump's foundation was supposed to be devoted to charitable activities, the petition asserts that it was often improperly used to pay off his legal bills, promote Trump hotels and purchase personal items.

The transactions include...

• Purchasing a $10,000 portrait of Mr. Trump that was hung at one of his golf clubs 
• Settling a 2007 dispute between the City of Palm Beach and Mr. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in which the foundation paid $100,000 to the Fisher House Foundation, another charity ... Trump actually kept a receipt!...

• In 2012, a man named Martin B. Greenberg sued the Trump National Golf Club after he made a hole in one at a fund-raising golf tournament that had promised to pay $1 million to golfers who aced the 13th hole. After refusing to pay the foundation shelled out $158,000 to a foundation run by Mr. Greenberg to settle the dispute.
• The foundation paid $5,000 to one organization for promotional space featuring Trump International Hotels. 
• A sum of $32,000 was paid out to satisfy a pledge made by a privately held entity controlled by Mr. Trump to a charitable land trust.

These expenditures violate tax regulations that prohibit Trump from using his nonprofit charity for private interests.

But the suits most incriminating claim found that the foundation used it's donations to curry political favor during the 2016 race and became a virtual arm of Mr. Trump’s campaign.

The lawsuit produced emails from then-campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, directing its expenditures, after Trump had held a publicly televised charity event for U.S. veterans.

Lewandowski wrote in a January 2016 email obtained by the attorney general...

Is there any way we can make some disbursements this week while in Iowa? Specifically on Saturday,

The email’s subject line was, “RE: Veterans Charities.

The petition additionally notes that Mr. Trump himself signed annual I.R.S. filings, under penalty of perjury, in which he attested that the foundation did not engage in political activity.

Barbara D. Underwood, New York’s attorney general said of the case...

As our investigation reveals, the Trump Foundation was little more than a checkbook for payments from Mr. Trump or his businesses to nonprofits, regardless of their purpose or legality. This is not how private foundations should function and my office intends to hold the foundation accountable for its misuse of charitable assets.

The attorney general’s office is seeking the Trump Foundation to pay $2.8 million in restitution, the amount raised for the foundation at a 2016 Iowa political fund-raiser when Trump skipped a Republican debate and set up his own event to raise money for veterans.

It was never ascertained how much, if any, of the money collected that day went to veteran related charities.

You can read the New York’s attorney general's full lawsuit HERE.

The same office that filed today's action also filed a lawsuit against Trump University in 2016 in which Trump eventually paid out a $25 million settlement.

DEEP STATE DUD! DOJ Watchdog Report Shows FBI Helped Trump And Hurt The Clinton Campaign...TWICE!

An new report released on Thursday reveals that the cries from Donald Trump of a "deep state" ensconced in the FBI that tried to scuttle his presidential run is actually a steaming pile of fake news.

The investigation conducted by the Justice Department’s internal watchdog, which took 17 months complete, found that the actions taken by James Comey and the FBI during the 2016 presidential campaign in fact hurt Clinton's campaign and helped Trump's.

There are two glaring examples of those in the report.

In the first instance the inspector general criticizes then-FBI Director James Comey for his unusual July 2016 news conference in which he lambasted Clinton as “extremely careless” for her handling of classified information in her emails. This despite ending the presser by stating that no reasonable prosecutor would pursue charges.

It is completely against FBI policy to pass judgement on a person, let alone a presidential candidate, when they had already determined that there was no wrongdoing involved and no charges were forthcoming.

The second instance in the report questioned Comey’s decision to send two letters to Congress in the final 11 days of the 2016 campaign alerting them that the FBI had perhaps found confidential emails on Clinton aid Huma Abedin's husband's computer. The move instigated a non-stop feeding frenzy, stoked by Trump and his campaign (and a Russian misinformation campaign), that Clinton could be indicted.

The move, widely seen as the catalyst that turned the election in Trump's favor, turned up no classified intel in the end.

What's more is that both the FBI and Comey had known about the emails for over a month before the letters were sent to Congress.

But the damage was done.

In a final slap in the face the report revealed that Comey, who personally oversaw the probes into Clinton’s use of private email for government business, in fact used private email for government business himself!

And lest there be some Trumper who is still clinging to the slim chance that there was any evidence of political bias in the FBI’s actions torwards either candidate the inspector general stated there wasn't any.

The report concluded with a rebuke of ex-FBI director Comey's handling of the Clinton email case stating that he was "extraordinary and insubordinate," and it did not agree with any of his reasons for deviating from "well-established Department policies."

Those on the off the rails Trump train must now ask themselves if the “deep state” really wanted to stop Trump from being elected president why didn't they release the information that his campaign was under investigation for colluding with Russia to sway the 2016 elections at the same time Clinton's email investigation was underway? An investigation that has to date produced at least 20 guilty pleas or indictments.

If you were wondering about the guilty pleas or indictments in Hillary Clinton's email "scandal" there aren't any... and never will be.

But if your crazy Fox News watching uncle still has any doubts tell him he can read the entire 568 page report right here...

Thursday, June 14, 2018

After Trump Disinvites NBA Champions To The White House So Democrats Invite The Golden State Warriors To The Capitol

Late last week, when asked by a reporter, Donald Trump said that he wasn't going to invite either the Cleveland Cavaliers or the Golden State Warriors to the White House this year regardless of who won the NBA Championships...

"I didn't invite them. No, I didn't invite Lebron James, and I didn't invite Steph Curry.We're not going to invite either team, but we have other teams that are coming. If they want to be here — it's the greatest place on Earth — I'm here. If they don't want to be here, I don't want them.

But the NBA champs have received another invitation to celebrate their victory in the nation's capital as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee, both California representatives, extended an invite to the players and their families to celebrate at the nation's Capitol.

Here is the letter addressed to the team on Tuesday the two congresswomen tweeted out...

For many sports champions that have a large African-American presence on their roster this might be the only invites coming their way for the next few years as Trump seems intent on dividing this country along racial lines.

Trump did the same thing to the Championship Warriors last year when the teams franchise player Steph Curry stated he would not be attending the Trump White House celebration...

And more recently Trump canceled the visit of the NFL Championship Eagles citing their choice to kneel during the National Anthem despite the fact not a single player on the teem knelt throughout the entire season.

It was later revealed that fewer than 5 players had planned to attend the ceremony.

Trump's Efforts To Kill Obamacare Is Going To Jack Up Your Insurance Premiums By Double Digits

You're welcome!

Donald Trump has made sure your healthcare premiums will spike by double digits again in the coming year due to his obsession with destroying Obamacare.

Insurers in several states have already requested crippling rate hikes for 2019 and are pointing directly at steps taken by Donald Trump as the reason why.

New York insurers want to hike rates by 24%, on average.

Washington are looking for a 19% average premium increase.

In Maryland, CareFirst is asking for an average 18.5% rate bump for its HMO plans and a 91% spike for its PPO policies.

Kaiser Permanente wants to boost premiums by more than 37%, on average.

Insurers have cited two of Trump's moves as the key drivers of the increases.

One was Trump's killing of the penalty for the individual mandate which required Americans to have coverage or pay a small penalty.

Doing away with the fine is expected to cause premiums to rise by about 15%, the industry group said, citing reports by the Congressional Budget Office and independent actuaries.

The reason is that younger and healthier people will be more likely to forgo insurance since they will no longer have to pay the penalty. This will leave insurers with sicker, older policy holders prompting them to request higher rates to cover the anticipated increase in claims.

The second is Trump's decision to expand two types of health plans that don't have to adhere to Obamacare's regulations.

Trump's executive order, issued last year, directs federal agencies to make it easier to buy the two alternatives to the Affordable Care Act plans allowing small businesses to band together to buy coverage through association health plans.

The other would let Americans buy short-term coverage that would last less than a year, rather than the current 90-day limit.

Both of these types of policies are expected to have lower premiums but would cover fewer benefits making them more attractive to healthier Americans who don't need comprehensive coverage.

This would once again leave insurers with sicker and older policyholders causing them to increase rates on the most vulnerable in our society.

And there is also Trump's decision to slash support for the advertising and awareness programs for the Affordable Care Act causing many to miss out on signing up for health care once again hurting insurance companies bottom line requiring them to raise premiums for shortfalls in revenue.

So don't hold your breath for the "beautiful" health care Trump promised you because it's not coming... Ever.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

READ IT: Here's The Full Text Of The U.S.-North Korea Agreement Signed By Donald Trump And Kim Jong Un

Below is the full text of the U.S.-North Korea agreement signed by Donald Trump And Kim Jong Un.

But apparently this one sheet of paper, in addition to Trump lavishing the psychotic despot with endless compliments and a torrential gush of platitudes, was all that was needed to score the photo-op.

Hope it was worth it.

President Donald J Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) held first historic summit in Singapore on June 12, 2018. 
President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un conducted a comprehensive in-depth and sincere exchange of opinions on the issues related to the establishment of new US-DPRK relations and the building of a lasting and robust peace regime on the Korean Peninsula. President Trump committed to provide security guarantees to the DPRK, and Chairman Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. 
Convinced that the establishment of new US-DPRK relations will contribute to the peace and prosperity of the Korean peninsula and of the world, and recognizing that mutual confidence building can promote the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un state the following:

  1. The United States and the DPRK commit to establish new US-DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity
  1. The United States and the DPRK will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula
  1. Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula
  1. The United States and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.

Having acknowledged that the US-DPRK summit — the first in history — was an epochal event of great significance in overcoming decades of tensions and hostilities between the two countries and for the opening up of a new future, President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un commit to implement the stipulation in this joint statement fully and expeditiously. The United States and the DPRK commit to hold follow-on negotiations, led by the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, and a relevant high-level DPRK official, at the earliest possible date, to implement the outcomes of the US-DPRK summit. 
President Donald J Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea have committed to cooperate for the development of new US-DPRK relations and for the promotion of peace, prosperity, and security of the Korean Peninsula and of the world.

As you can see there is nothing in the agreement that would allow us to verify North Korea's promise to get rid of it's nuclear weapons but not to worry because Trump has stated that he really "trusts" Kim Jong Un.

So there's that. 

Monday, June 11, 2018

Celebrity Apprentice: Nuclear Edition!


History was made and nothing was accomplished.

Don't get me wrong.

If this meeting between Fat Man and Little Boy even inches us closer to peace I'm all for it.

And make no mistake I realize that no one but Trump could have pulled this glorified photo-op as his party would have stroked out if the picture had looked anything like this...

The very right wing media that is exalting Trump for this summit would have crucified President Obama.

But it was their servile mentality coupled with an inability to criticize anything their Dear Leader does allowed this vanity summit to occur.

Now granted while nothing was achieved and North Korea got every single thing they have wanted for decades without making a single concession the fact that the people of the Korean peninsula might be sleeping a little easier tonight is not nothing.

But remember we have been here with North Korea before and they have pulled the rug out from underneath us single every time.

Add to that the fact that North Korea and Kim Jong Un have gotten what they've always wanted.

Parity with the United States and it's leader. The image of their Supreme leader shaking hands with Trump on an even playing field while flanked by the two countries flags interlocked behind them.

And Trump gave it to him for nothing.

The problem was, as bad as Kim wanted to be seen as an equal to the world's most powerful leaders, Trump wanted the photo-op even more.

Pyongyang will play this summit on a loop and rightfully so. They won.

Now we have to figure out what to do with the menace that is Canada and their murderous despotic Prime Minister Justin Trudeau!!!!