Sunday, December 31, 2017


PolitiFact's 'Lie Of The Year' Goes to Donald Trump... FOR THE THIRD YEAR IN A ROW! (2017 Edition)

Once again Donald Trump has the inglorious honor of being awarded Politifact's "Lie Of The Year"!

This makes it a three-peat for Donny as he takes the title for the third year running.

After much research and a multitude of lies from Trump and associates the esteemed fact checking site has decided that the dubious distinction goes to Trump's claim that:

"The Russian election interference is a 'made-up story"

The Pulitzer Prize-winning site bestowed that ignominious prize to Trump in 2017 because of his repeated claim that Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election is a "made-up story,".

Not only that but it is a claim that Trump has continued to push till this very day.

Here is a tweet from December 12th for example...

PolitiFact wrote of the decision...

"When the nation’s commander-in-chief refuses to acknowledge a threat to U.S. democracy, it makes it all the more difficult to address the problem. For this reason, we name Trump’s claim that the Russia interference is a hoax as our Lie of the Year for 2017."

Trump's assertions must have garnered extra points for flying in the face of reason given the fact that there are presently three investigations into the possibility of wrongdoing between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 presidential election.

In fact the Special Council Robert Mueller has already indicted two of Trump's inner circle, Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, and gotten guilty pleas from two others, George Papadopoulos and Trump's former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, for lying to the FBI when being questioned about collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia!

As for Trump's "Lie of the Year" winner in 2016 the site went with his clarion call of "Fake News".

Last year PolitiFact reported of Trump's ignominious win...

"Fake news is made-up stuff, masterfully manipulated to look like credible journalistic reports that are easily spread online to large audiences willing to believe the fictions and spread the word,"

And earning him the prize thrice we must go all the way back to Trump's "victory" for PolitiFact's Lie of the Year in 2015 when the site determined that he had told so many lies that it was impossible to pick a single entry and decided that all of his campaign misstatements deserved to be "honored" as Lie of the Year...

"PolitiFact has been documenting Trump’s statements on our Truth-O-Meter, where we’ve rated 76 percent of them Mostly False, False or Pants on Fire, out of 77 statements checked. No other politician has as many statements rated so far down on the dial,"

PolitiFact's 2017 Lie of the Year Readers’ Poll also came to the same result choosing Trump's "Russia is a made-up story" as the year's most significant falsehood by an overwhelming margin of 56.36%.

Here is a complete listing of the readers choices for the prize and how they stacked up against the "winner":

• "This Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story. It's an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should've won." — Donald Trump - Pants on Fire 56.36% 
• "Nobody dies because they don’t have access to health care."— Raul Labrador - Pants on Fire 14.47% 
• "That was the largest audience to witness an inauguration, period."— Sean Spicer - Pants on Fire 14.25% 
• "Every single year that there's an increase (in temperature) it's within the margin of error -- meaning it isn't increasing."— Greg Gutfeld - Pants on Fire 3.70% 
• Other (please specify) 3.52% 
• White nationalist protesters in Charlottesville "had a permit. The other group didn’t have a permit."— Donald Trump - Pants on Fire 2.50% 
• "The United States ended slavery around the world, and maybe we should get some credit for that, too."— Tucker Carlson - Pants on Fire 2.46% 
• "I have not called for impeachment" of President Donald Trump.— Maxine Waters - Pants on Fire 1.30% 
• "We’ve got dozens of counties around America that have zero insurers left."— Paul Ryan - Pants on Fire 0.83% 
• Says Barack Obama "didn’t do executive orders in the beginning." — Whoopi Goldberg - Pants on Fire 0.57% 
• Says Rex Tillerson "won't divest from Exxon."— Charles Schumer - Pants on Fire 0.04%

Trump Eliminates Offshore Drilling Safety Rules Put In Place After The Deepwater Horizon Disaster

Late last week Donald Trump took actions to eliminate key offshore safety regulations adopted by President Obama in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the biggest and deadliest in the nation’s history.

The changes involve loosened rules for safety and pollution prevention equipment, undersea safety devices and device testing and dropping a key requirement that safety and pollution prevention equipment be inspected by certified independent auditors.

The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) released a statement in which it claimed they needed to cut the safety regulations was to...

 “reduce certain unnecessary regulatory burdens,

The BSEE estimated that the gutted regulations would save oil companies around $288 million spread over 10 years. I'm sure that will be much appreciated on top of the astounding corporate tax cut they received via Trump and company just before the holidays.

President Obama put the regulations in place following an analysis of what went wrong in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in which 11 workers lost their lives, leaked 200 million gallons of oil, killed countless marine animals and exposed Gulf Coast residents to toxins.

Trump began the process of rolling back the safety measures when he ordered Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review the safety rules back in April.

The move comes a week after the Interior Department and BSEE pulled the plug on a safety study of offshore drilling by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine and greenlighted exploratory drilling operations in Arctic waters.

REPORT: Over Half Million Puerto Ricans Are Still Without Electricity And Thousands Still Have No Drinkable Water

The government of Puerto Rico reported on Friday that months after Hurricane Maria devastated the island only 55 percent of Puerto Rico’s roughly 1.5 million customers have power.

That’s is a measly 5 percent increase from the 50 percent reported in November and a far cry from the October promise to have restored power for 95 percent of the island.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has estimated the island will not have full restoration until May.

The US-territories power company has blamed the snail's pace progress is in part due to a lack of equipment and supplies in their efforts.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports that restoration is further complicated by rough terrain and an aging infrastructure.

The lack of power has also delayed a proper accounting of the islands mortality rates which, according to The New York Times report estimating that, could be as high as 1,052.

Trump's Department of Public Safety’s still has the "official" count at 64, and of course his early-October brag that the island "can be very proud" that they have only had 16 deaths.

Adding to the woes caused by a lack of power the Washington Post cited a Refugees International report claiming that thousands of people still lack sustainable access to potable water and dry, safe places to sleep.

Trump, who famously said the disaster was not a “real catastrophe like Katrina, might have to re-access the grade of A+ that he gave himself for his response to the damage wrought by hurricane Maria and start thinking about how to address the devastation the storm left in it's path.

Trump Offers Voters An "Approval Poll" That Doesn't Include A Negative Response Option ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

So tell me what you really think.

The "Trump Make America Great Again Committee" and the RNC have jointly released a three-question "Inaugural Year Approval Poll" that offers Americans a place to sound off on how they felt about how the last year has gone with Donald Trump in office.

The problem with the poll is that they offer no option to give a negative assessment of Trump's first year in office.

The only options for the question "how would you rate President Trump's first year in office" are "great," "good," "okay" and "other."

Hilariously the poll does offer visitors the opportunity to answer the same question of President Barack Obama's first year in office this time providing "poor" as an additional response option.

And of course the third and last question on the survey asks, "Do you believe the Fake News Media will fairly cover President Trump's first year approval rating?" with the options of "yes," "no" and "other."

Here's a screenshot of the "survey"

In the real world we call this a "Fake Poll".

Adding insult to stupidity, at the bottom of the page, after the survey has retrieved all of he users contact information, the small unreadable print at the bottom of the page claims the user has agreed to receive calls and texts from Trump-associated committees...

So enjoy that.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

(*3 UPDATES) After Trump Tweeted He Was Going "Back To Work In Order To Make America Great Again” He Spent The Next *FIVE* Days Golfing At His Private Resort

Originally posted 12/28/17

On Christmas day, from his private estate at Mar-A-Lago, Donald Trump tweeted that he would be going “back to work in order to Make America Great Again”...

Yet according to pool reports, Trump arrived at his West Palm Beach, Florida, golf course on Tuesday and Wednesday just after 9 a.m. on both days.

His Wednesday trip to the nearby golf course marks the 86th day he spent at one of his golf properties, according to NBC News...

It’s also his 112th day at a Trump-owned property since he took office.

By the time he leaves Florida and returns to Washington, D.C., after New Year’s Eve, Trump will have spent parts of roughly one-third of his time in office visiting one of his properties.

For comparison sake check out this graphic put together by ABC News and The Washington Post showing the disparity in time spent by the last several presidents on "vacations"...

*UPDATED 12/28/17

Reporters on the Trump beat have disclosed that for the third day in a row, since posting his 'back to work" tweet, Trump has hit the links making the outing his 87th day golfing since inauguration day.

*UPDATED 12/29/17

According to the press on Friday morning Trump hit the links again at his nearby club for the sixth day a golfing streak only interrupted by taking Christmas Day off. Today's outing marks the 88th day Trump has spent on one of his courses at the taxpayers expense.

*UPDATED 12/30/17

The press pool reported today that trump enjoyed a fifth straight day on his Florida golf club additionally citing that he "has no other public events scheduled,". Saturday's excursion toto his personal golf course represents the 89th day on the links at the taxpayers expense.

Here are the updated stats on Trump's visits to his properties and golf courses since his inauguration...

Trump Rolls Back Protections That Prevent The Abuse Of The Elderly In Nursing Homes

On December 24th, Christmas eve, Donald Trump reversed an Obama era regulation that issued fines against nursing homes that harm residents or place them in grave risk of injury and abuse.

According to a report by The New York Times Trump rolled back the protocol at the request of the nursing home lobby that had complained that under President Barack Obama federal inspectors focused too excessively on catching their wrongdoing.

But they needn't fear any longer as now they can mistreat old people in their nursing homes without fear of any repercussions!

Toby Edelman, senior attorney for the Center for Medicare Advocacy, said of Trump's reversal...

They’ve pretty much emasculated enforcement, which was already weak,

A Kaiser Health News analysis of four years of federal inspection records shows 74% of nursing homes have been cited for lapses in infection control which is more than for any other type of health violation.

In fact four in every ten nursing homes have been cited at least once since 2013 for a serious violations.

So a very Merry Christmas to those that commit the crime of elder abuse from your pal Donny!

So for the 65 and up crowd that pulled the lever for Trump in 2016 you've received your wake-up call for 2020.

Trump Fires Entire HIV/AIDS Council, Gives No Reason For The Dismissal

Donald Trump has fired every last member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS or PACHA.

PACHA is a federal advisory committee, created in 1995 by President Bill Clinton, charged with providing the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services  information, advice, and recommendations to regarding programs, policies, and research to promote effective treatment, prevention, and cure of HIV disease and AIDS.

The move was confirmed by the council’s executive director, Kay Hayes on Friday.

The Washington Blade reported that the council, which still had 16 members remaining on it, was dismissed by way of a letter delivered by FedEx on Wednesday.

The council's dismissal comes despite the fact that Donald Trump signed an executive order renewing PACHA for an additional year as of September.

This move by Trump comes after six members of the council had earlier resigned in June due to, what they referred to as, “a president who simply does not care,” according to one member in a Newsweek op-ed entitled “Trump doesn’t care about HIV. We’re outta here.

Trump has not appointed a director of the Office of National AIDS Policy, a major reason contributing to the June resignation of the six members of PACHA.

Additionally, Trump has proposed an $800 million cut to HIV/AIDS efforts as well as slashing the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief by 17 percent and gut global health programs by $2 billion that experts predicts could result in millions of new HIV infections and hundreds of thousands of deaths.

Given that Trump began the month by erasing LGBTQ people from his World AIDS Day statement, and ended by dispatching all the members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, it would appear that the title of the Newsweek op-ed was deadly accurate.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Trump Lies About Breaking The Record For Passing Most Legislation... In Fact He's Passed The Fewest (CHART)

Earlier this week, while speaking to first responders at a firehouse in West Palm Beach Florida, Trump once again dropped one of his favorite lies when he bragged that he had signed more laws than Harry Truman...

You know, one of the things that people don’t understand... we have signed more legislation than anybody. We broke the record of Harry Truman,

Here is the video of Trump telling the falsehood...

Now, while Trump did sign more bills in his first three months in office than than anyone since Truman the latter two thirds of Trump’s first year in office has seen him slack off significantly.

So much so that Trump has not held the title of signing the most new legislation since his 101st day and has been in the bottom half for most of his time in office.

According to the GovTrack report Trump has signed fewer pieces of legislation in his first year than any president in the last 65 years.

The report states that...

"As of today, Trump has signed the fewest bills into law by this point in any president’s first year at least as far back as President Eisenhower."

Here is a chart detailing the number of bills signed into law by the last ten presidents...

The report pointed out that counting the sheer number of bills is not a measurement of legislative productivity as not all bills are equally important taking for instance the numerous bills Trump has signed this year that merely name post offices, create memorials or name citizens to certain boards.

The article agreed that a more accurate a measure would be the size of the legislation signed rather than the number of pieces of legislation.

For comparison President Obama had signed more than 15 times as much legislation than Trump had in his first 100 days.

Trump's Latest Idiotic Tweet About Climate Change Sparks Ridicule *(UPDATED)

As a deep freeze hits the northeast Donald Trump though he'd do a little troll tweeting from his private estate in Palm beach, Florida on Thursday.

With temperatures mired in the single digits Trump tweeted out...

Given that 97 percent of scientists and the majority of America understands that climate change science is much more complicated than that it is obvious from Trump's tweet that citing cold weather is still a favorite line of climate deniers.

To understand climate change Trump would have to be able to differentiate between “weather” and “climate.” Climate Change describes long term impact while weather pertains only to what temperature and conditions are on any given day.

But apparently the troll-in-chief wanted to give his science adverse base a little holiday chuckle and there is no easier way than poking the eggheads.

For his troubles Trump was taken to task by the internetizens.

Here is a taste...

* The Weather Channel threw some major shade at Trump with this mini-course on climate change...

Trump has long held the belief that climate change was a hoax created by the Chinese for monetary gain stating in a 2012 tweet that...

And of course there was Trump's June 1st proclamation announcing the the U.S. would be withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord in which he did not mention climate change once.

For those who were wondering, the weather phenomena the northeast is experiencing is called the "polar vortex" in which pressure systems displace the frigid air from the poles towards the equator.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

After Trump Tweeted He Was Going "Back To Work In Order To Make America Great Again” He Spent The Next Two Days Golfing At His Private Resort (*3rd UPDATE)

On Christmas day, from his private estate at Mar-A-Lago, Donald Trump tweeted that he would be going “back to work in order to Make America Great Again”...

Yet according to pool reports, Trump arrived at his West Palm Beach, Florida, golf course on Tuesday and Wednesday just after 9 a.m. on both days.

His Wednesday trip to the nearby golf course marks the 86th day he spent at one of his golf properties, according to NBC News...

It’s also his 112th day at a Trump-owned property since he took office.

By the time he leaves Florida and returns to Washington, D.C., after New Year’s Eve, Trump will have spent parts of roughly one-third of his time in office visiting one of his properties.

For comparison sake check out this graphic put together by ABC News and The Washington Post showing the disparity in time spent by the last several presidents on "vacations"...

*UPDATED 12/28/17

Reporters on the Trump beat have disclosed that for the third day in a row, since posting his 'back to work" tweet, Trump has hit the links making the outing his 87th day golfing since inauguration day.

*UPDATED 12/29/17

According to the press on Friday morning Trump hit the links again at his nearby club for the sixth day a golfing streak only interrupted by taking Christmas Day off. Today's outing marks the 88th day Trump has spent on one of his courses at the taxpayers expense.

*UPDATED 12/30/17

The press pool reported today that trump enjoyed a fifth straight day on his Florida golf club additionally citing that he "has no other public events scheduled,". Saturday's excursion to his personal golf course represents the 89th day on the links at the taxpayers expense.

President Obama Beats Donald Trump Again For The Most Admired Man Title (POLL)

According to Gallup polling released Wednesday morning President Barack Obama once again edged out Donald Trump as the man living anywhere in the world Americans admire most.

Obama bests Donald Trump with his 17 percent to Donald's 14 percent giving him the title 10 consecutive times in the last 10 years.

Here is the full chart from Gallup...

Obama has now been named the most admired man 10 times, trailing only Dwight Eisenhower, who earned the distinction 12 times.

I'm sure Trump  isn't paying attention to this at all.

Hillary Clinton also retained her title of woman living anywhere in the world they admire most, as they have for the past 10 years as well.

Clinton just topped former first lady Michelle Obama, 9 percent to 7 percent

Clinton has held the title more than any other person with 22 wins.

Gallup has asked the most admired man question 71 times since 1946 and Donald Trump is the only first term resident of the White House ever to lose it's "Most Admired Man" poll... EVER!

Monday, December 25, 2017

TRUMP VS OBAMA: Who Is The Lying King?

Many people believe that all members of government lie.

They are correct.

Many people believe that all members of government lie all the time and at the same rate.

They would be incorrect in this assumption.

As a result of this belief the New York Times decided to do an exhaustive study of the lie quotient between Donald Trump and President Obama as a great many supporters of the Donald believe that the two men lied with the same frequency.

The Times decided to take out half truths and exaggerations and drilled down to just plain bald faced lies in the undertaking of this study.

Here are their findings...

Yes you are reading that correctly. Trump has lied a total of 103 times! as of December 15th as opposed to 18 lies for President Obama over the entirety of his presidency.

The Times study also found that the type of lying the two men engaged in was vastly different as well.

When Trump lies he will try to discredit those that have called him out whether it be the media, the C.I.A., The F.B.I., other politicians damaging all involved thus rendering the truth irrelevant and a casualty in his assault on the truth.

Obama's lies on the other hand were mostly to make a policy of his look better or to make a problem he was trying to fix look worse off that it actually was.

To get the complete breakdown of the mode, means and application of the Times study as well as a lit of all the lies click HERE.

Trump Has Visited His Properties More Than 100 Times Since Taking Office Less Than A Year Ago

Trump, once again, hard at work at his private Mar-A-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida

Donald Trump, fresh off of signing his signature tax legislation, arrived in Florida on Friday for a prolonged visit to his private Mar-A-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida marking the 109th day he has resided at a Trump branded property during his tenure in the White House.

According to the pool reports Trump immediately went to his Trump International Golf Club minutes from his estate just after 9 a.m. marking the 84th day at one of his Trump branded golf properties

FACT CHECK: Trump's visits to his Trump branded golf courses has cost of at least $42,458,645 to the American taxpayer since he took office.

Don't forget that when Trump goes traveling he comes with an expensive cadre' of White House aides, an plethora of Secret Service agents and the nauseating knowledge that Trump is linings pockets every time he stays at one of his private businesses.

Not only does this behavior help the boost the bottom line at The Trump Organization, which he has not fully divested from, but it costs taxpayers hundreds of million dollars as well.

To date, Trump has spent 34 days at Mar-A-Lago, including seven weekends in January, February and March, according records.

According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) it is estimated that each visit to Mar-A-Lago costs over $3.6 million.

Local government's coffers, whose officers are often tasked with protecting the President during his visits, also bear the brunt of Trump's frequent visits as well.

According to estimates the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office incur costs around $60,000 in overtime alone for every day Trump spends in Florida.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) helped Palm Beach County when it awarded $3.3 million to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office for Trump's protection.

While Mar-A-Lago serves as the so called "Winter White House" during the summer Trump ventures north to his private resort and golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey where he has spent a total of 40 days at the club.

Included in these visits are a number of what was referred to a "work days" when he supposedly held meetings with cabinet officials and called world leaders.

When Trump decided to remain close to the White House he visited Trump National Golf Club in Northern Virginia a total of 23 times and the Trump International Hotel just blocks down Pennsylvania Avenue five times so far during his 300 plus days in office.

Trump also spent several days at Trump Tower in New York this summer and also stopped by the Trump International Hotel Waikiki during a brief stop in Hawaii on his way to Asia in November.

And lest we forget that before Trump took office he repeatedly slammed President Obama for playing golf too much and daring to visit his hometown in Hawaii over the Christmas holidays.

That's rich.

Trump Brags To Friends At Mar-A-Lago: "You All Just Got A Lot Richer" Hours After Signing GOP Tax Cuts For The Wealthy

It's the holidays and the orange Santa is giving out gifts to his friends... But only if you're pulling down a seven figure salary!

As it turns out Donald Trump regaled his friends at his private Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida, by telling them “you all just got a lot richer” after he and the Republican congress passed tax cuts for multi-million dollar coorperations and the richest 1 percent.

According to CBS News Trump reportedly made the remark during dinner on Friday at the exclusive resort, where initiation fees cost $200,000 (not including annual fees of $15,000), mere hours after he signed the bill into law.

The boastful remarks seem contradictory to a promise Trump made several months ago after pitching his tax proposal to Congress at a Sept. 12 meeting with lawmakers at the White House when he claimed...

The rich will not be gaining at all with this plan. We are looking for the middle class, and we are looking for jobs, jobs being the economy. So, we’re looking at middle class, and we’re looking at jobs,

The dues paying millionaire members of Mar-A Lago aren't the only ones whom will reap the benefits of this tax cut as Trump himself is set to save big bucks including but not limited to an $11 million a year windfall from a single rule change in the bill, according to Forbes.

When asked for comment the White House on Saturday still maintained that the legislation would benefit the middle class.

While households at every income level will see a tax cut next year, wealthy taxpayers would benefit the most from the bill, according to independent analysts.

The real kicker is that the massive corporate tax cut from the top rate from 35 percent to 21 percent will remain permanent while tax cuts for the middle and lower earners expire over the eight year life of the bill and eventually become a tax increase relative to current law.

As an added bonus the tax cut will add as much as 2.2 TRILLION (before interest) to the national debt.

Ho Ho Ho!... It's PARTY TIME at Mar-A Lago!

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Trump Destroys Presidential Coin With A Tacky, Gold, Ego Driven Remake... He Even Put His Name On It 3 Times!

Donald Trump broke with decades-long tradition when he unveiled his yuge “challenge coin” making the object all about himself

The Presidential “challenge coin” is a tradition that goes back twenty years with each administration’s coin differing only slightly in design from the last.

The coins are given, usually to members of the military to celebrate accomplishments or recognize a particular act of service, through a discrete handshake.

According to a Washington Post article it was reported that Trump played a major role in the coins design.

That much is obvious as evidenced by the makeover.

An eagle emblazoned with Trump’s signature replaces the Presidential seal on one side

Trump name is squeezed onto the coin no less than three times.

Gone is the national motto, "E Pluribus Unum" (Out of many, one) replaced with his own campaign slogan “Make America Great Again”.

The usual muted copper and silver colors have been replaced with a loud gold tone.

The coin is also, of course, much larger and thicker than any of it's predecessors.

PS - Psychology 101 called and said only one word: Compensation.

Trump took a coin that has everything to do with the recipient of it and instead made it, like every single thing in his orbit, about him. He stripped it of it's dignity and left it a crass homage to himself with all of the class of the giant gold painted letters that emblazon his hotels, bottled water and steaks.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

REPORT: A Racist Trump Claims Haitian Immigrants "All Have AIDS" And Nigerians Wont "Go Back To Their Huts"

The New York Times has reported that during a cabinet meeting in June Donald Trump remarked that people coming from Haiti "all have AIDS," that recent Nigerian immigrants would never "go back to their huts" in Africa and added for good measure that Afghanistan is a terrorist haven, according to two unnamed officials.

The report said the racist comments were made by Trump during an Oval Office meeting during the summer in the presence of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, then-Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and senior other officials.

The Times said it was Trump adviser Stephen Miller who set off Trump's tirade when he provided him with a list of how many immigrants received visas to enter the United States in 2017.

The White House immediately went into damage control denying the report's assertions with press secretary Sarah Sanders issuing a statement blasting the paper and denying that Trump had made the comments...

"General Kelly, General McMaster, Secretary Tillerson, Secretary Nielsen, and all other senior staff actually in the meeting deny these outrageous claims and it's both sad and telling the New York Times would print the lies of their anonymous 'sources' anyway,"

The report claims that Kelly and Tillerson tried to respond by saying many of the visas were for short-term travelers, but that as Trump undeterred.

Kelly and Miller then "turned their ire" against Tillerson, who supposedly threw his arms up and retorted that perhaps he should stop issuing visas altogether.

The explosive and disparaging remarks about immigrants attributed to Trump, product of more than three dozen interviews, was sourced to a pair of unnamed officials, one who the Times said was present in the meeting, and another who was briefed about the comments by a second attendee.

Trump Signs New Tax Scam Bill Into Law

Donald Trump signed the massive Republican tax give away to multimillion dollar corporations and the richest 1 percent into law before leaving Washington to go to his private Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida.

This will be the third time Trump has arranged a photo op for the first and only legislative achievement of his time in office that is presently polling at 24 percent among Americans.

First there was the embarrassing boardroom style slobberfest held in the White House which was then followed by a tin-pot dictator style stroke-a-thon in the rose garden.

Trump maintains that this third photo op, in the form of a signing ceremony in front of the cameras and a full press contingent, was necessary because he wanted to make the law official before Christmas thus keeping his promise.

Trump said to the gathered reporters and cameras...

I didn’t want you folks to say I wasn’t keeping my promise. I’m keeping my promise,

The tax package permanently slashes the corporate rate from 35 percent to 21 percent and reduces the tax burden for most individuals for a limited lime.

Additionally the bill will add $1.5 - $2.2 trillion to the already bloated $20 trillion national debt during the next decade.

While reveling in his big win Trump also took the opportunity to approved a short-term spending bill that averts a complete government shutdown until January 22nd.

Not much was said about that.

Nearly 9 Million People Enrolled In Obamacare Despite Trump’s Attempts To Sabotage The Program

It was announced that during Obamacare's latest open enrollment period almost 9 million people signed up for insurance on the federal health care exchange.

Additionally 2.4 million of those that signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act were new to the exchanges.

These positive enrollment numbers appear to be a direct rebuke to Donald Trump and the Republicans effort to sabotage President Obama's signature achievement.

In fact more than 4 in 5 of those signed up for coverage, 7.3 million of the 8.8 million, come from states Trump won in the 2016 presidential election!

The enrollment number topped expectations despite Trump having cut the enrollment period in half, gutting the advertising for the enrollment by 90 percent as well as the repeated efforts by the Republicans either to cut off cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers or repeal the law outright.

In fact Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price spent taxpayer money intended to promote Obamacare's enrollment on a PR campaigns to undermine the law.

The final tally is not in yet as the latest numbers included only sign-ups through, and not enrollments through state exchanges, some of which are still open.

In addition the numbers may also go up even more because some customers were delayed in enrolling by the deadline due to high volume and because some areas affected by hurricanes were granted an extended enrollment period.

The higher-than-expected sign-up numbers ran directly counter to Trump's pronouncements that the law was "dead," "finished" and "gone," as well as his explicitly stated plan to "let Obamacare fail" in order to force Democrats to back its repeal.

Trump even called the law "essentially repealed" after the House and Senate passed a tax bill that will cause 13 millions people to lose their health insurance and cause premiums to skyrocket.

It appears he was wrong on all accounts.

In fact it's even possible that Trump's decision to end cost-sharing reduction payments actually boosted enrollment as insurers and state officials reorganized plans in ways that often boosted subsidies for customers through the law. For millions of Americans, the result was cheaper coverage, higher-deductible plans and reduced prices for low-deductible plans.

Thanks Donny!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Trump Has Jeff Sessions Revive Probe Of Hillary Clinton And The Uranium One Deal... Again ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Jeff Sessions has decided for some reason or another (*cough - Russia probe - *cough) to have his Justice Department revive an inquiry into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the government’s approval of the Uranium One deal on Thursday.

The once dormant FBI investigation into whether Clinton had ties to the deal had failed to find evidence of any wrongdoing on Clinton's behalf yet multiple law enforcement officials have reported that the Attorney General Jeff Sessions has in recent weeks directed prosecutors to ask FBI agents to re-examine evidence uncovered in the probe.

The Uranium One "scandal" centers around the sale of a Canadian mining company with major U.S. holdings, was sold in 2010 to a Russian firm.

Trump has long maintained that Hillary Clinton had criminally approved the sale and shipment of 20 percent of America's uranium to Russia in return for hundreds of million dollars in bribes.

The conspiracy theory fails apart when one realizes that the sale needed approval from nine U.S. agencies, other than the State Department that never actually had the power to approve or reject the deal and that Clinton was not directly involved in the approval process.

Nevertheless it looks as though following pressure from Donald Trump Sessions has opened an investigation into Clinton and Uranium One despite pledging at his confirmation hearing last year that he would recuse himself from any possible investigations involving Clinton.

Last month Sessions pledged to appoint a new special counsel to look the deal after Trump pressured him to do so to take the spotlight off of his formerNational Security Adviser Michael Flynn's guilty plea in Robert Muell's probe into the Trump-Russia scandal.

I guess things must be heating up again if they are once again flogging this thoroughly debunked dead horse.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

GRIFTER$: Trump Jacks Up The Prices For His Mar-A-Lago New Year's Eve Tickets

A grifter is gonna grift.

Immediately after Trump took office in January he doubled the price for the membership to his private Mar-A Lago resort from 100,000 dollars to 200,000. The annual dues also increased from  $1,000, to $15,000!

But being that his inauguration occurred after the December party season Trump realized that he had missed out on a golden opportunity to grift a few extra dollars out of his private club's members by not being able to hike the ticket prices for his annual Dec. 31 he holds at the club in South Florida annually.

That definitely wont happen this year!

Trump has divined that his guests must shell out $600 for dues-paying members and $750 for their guests for the privilege of spending the new year's festivities with the Dear Leader.

Last year’s tickets went for a paltry $525 for members and $575 for guests.

After all, it's is a small price for a party that includes a multi-course meal, a cover band and the glorious honor of being in Trump's presence.

Hey, look who's gonna be there.... IT'S FABIO!

Officials at the White House and the Trump Organization have not respond to requests for comment about the 2018 New Year’s Eve shin-dig.

Trump And The Republicans Rushed Through Tax Cuts For The Richest 1 Percent But Refused To Fund Health Insurance For 9 Million Children

On Wednesday the Congress and the Senate passed a major tax cut benefiting multi-billion dollar corporations and the wealthy one percenters yet chose to delay action on their promise to include funding for children of low-income families in the short-term government funding bill.

It’s been 81 days since Congress missed the original deadline to refinance the program.

Wednesday's inaction exacerbates the already dire situation for the millions of children who rely on the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) that provides low-cost health insurance to a total of about nine million children nationwide and, in 20 states, pregnant women also qualify for coverage.

The program, jointly financed by state and federal government, has always been a bipartisan effort but is for some reason being dismantled by Republican inaction this year.

As many as 9 million children could be affected by the Republican's intractability on the program's financing.

The Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families published a report Wednesday that said if Congress fails to approve long-term funding, 1.9 million children who depend on CHIP could lose coverage in the month of January alone.

Children most at risk of losing coverage live in states where officials created a separate CHIP program, as opposed to one that is an expansion of its Medicaid program. States that fall into this category are permitted to shut down CHIP coverage if federal funding runs out.

Many believe the freeze is to stop the flow of incoming children to the program.

Congress has 10 days to ensure people who rely on CHIP and centers continue to get served next year.

It looks like the Republicans have made clear their priorities.