Friday, July 21, 2017

Nixon’s Justice Department warned that the president can’t pardon himself

https://thinkprogress.org/nixons-justice-department-warned-that-the-president-can-t-pardon-himself-f70228c8b9ef
"This decades-old memo is likely to take on new significance, as another president caught up in a criminal investigation reportedly is considering a self-pardon. The Washington Post reported Thursday evening that Donald Trump “has asked his advisers about his power to pardon aides, family members and even himself in connection” with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s Russian connections."

Former Trump associate Felix Sater helped fugitive Kazakhs in visa scheme

Former Trump associate Felix Sater helped fugitive Kazakhs in visa scheme

"Felix Sater, an ex-con and onetime senior adviser in the Trump Organization, helped the Trump family scout deals in Russia. He led an effort that began in 2012 to assist the stepchildren of Viktor Khrapunov, who that year had been placed on an international detention request list by the global police agency Interpol."

Trump Is Trying To Figure Out How To Pardon Himself And His Family

Trump could place himself in even more legal jeopardy if he pardons his inner circle

https://thinkprogress.org/trump-could-place-himself-in-even-more-legal-jeopardy-if-he-pardons-his-inner-circle-687e6d0348c9
"Thursday night, the Washington Post reported that President Donald Trump “has asked his advisers about his power to pardon aides, family members and even himself in connection” with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s connections to Russia. If he does so, he is playing with fire. No one actually knows if Trump can pardon himself, as previous presidents typically avoided criminal activity — and those that did break the law did not use their official powers in such a transparently self-serving way. Though the president’s power to pardon other people is nearly limitless, many legal scholars believe that a president cannot issue a self-pardon for much the same reason that a judge cannot sit on their own case. But there’s also a very real danger to Trump if he starts doling out pardons to his inner circle. As Keith Harper, an attorney and former Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Council under President Obama, first pointed out on Twitter, a pardon would protect Trump’s confidants from prosecution for past acts— but it could also strip them of their Fifth Amendment right to refuse to give self-incriminating testimony."

Trump declares war on rule of law, attacks every top law enforcement official in America

https://thinkprogress.org/trump-declares-war-on-rule-of-law-attacks-every-top-law-enforcement-official-in-america-74199037dcec
"Trump dismissed the entire notion of FBI independence, saying that the FBI Director only reports to the Justice Department “out of courtesy,” blaming the practice on Richard Nixon. Taken together, Trump’s comments amount to a full scale assault on the rule of law from an increasingly paranoid president."

Trump Gives A Truly Insane Interview: Slanders Comey And Sessions And Threatens Mueller | Crooks and Liars

Trump Gives A Truly Insane Interview: Slanders Comey And Sessions And Threatens Mueller | Crooks and Liars

"So we are still going with the "adoption" story? He continued (lying) and said “I actually talked about Russian adoption with him. Which is interesting because it was a part of the conversation that Don had in that meeting.” This is a lie. Sessions and Comey had no comment. No one else cared to respond. Putin is probably laughing somewhere. Sessions may be in the fetal position crying. Comey is writing his memoirs. Mueller is adding this to the insane stack of evidence he has. When a defendant starts talking, what does a good detective do? Nothing. Let them go. Keep talking, Donnie. Keep on talking."

WaPo: Donald Trump Seeks Advice On Pardoning Himself, Family Members

Manafort owed $17 million to 'pro-Russia interests' before joining Trump campaign for free

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/7/19/1682183/-Manafort-owed-17-million-to-pro-Russia-interests-before-joining-Trump-campaign-for-free
"So to recap: Real estate and political consulting entrepreneur Paul Manafort, who had previously worked on behalf of pro-Russian interests in Ukraine, owed "pro-Russian interests" roughly $17 million dollars as of December of 2015. In March he went to work for the Donald Trump campaign—but requested no salary, despite being apparently deeply in debt, instead working for free, thus landing him in, for example, meetings involving government-connected Russians offering up intelligence on his opponent. Then, after Donald Trump is elected, Paul Manafort is curiously given roughly $16 million-ish in loans from a Chicago bank that would seemingly be only barely capable of loaning him such money."

CBO: Mitch McConnell’s Latest Health Care Bill Would Leave 32 Million More Uninsured

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/07/cbo-mitch-mcconnells-latest-health-care-bill-would-leave-32-million-more-uninsured/
"Whether they do repeal-and-replace or straight repeal, the results would be devastating."

Here’s what Mitch McConnell wants to do to the U.S. health care system

https://thinkprogress.org/heres-what-mitch-mcconnell-wants-to-do-to-the-u-s-health-care-system-956364e3ad63
"Whether they do repeal-and-replace or straight repeal, the results would be devastating."

Resignation Watch: Donald Trump Lashes Jeff Sessions, Justice Officials

Trump levels another threat at insurers, Obamacare

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/7/19/1682125/-Trump-levels-another-threat-at-insurers-Obamacare
"Trump has every intention of destroying Obamacare, and he and his fellow Republicans are going to be the ones who take the blame for that."

Why Not Call It Treason? @alternet

Why Not Call It Treason? @alternet:

"The claim that the Trump campaign had no contact with the Russians and that the charge of collusion was “disgusting” has morphed into the claim that collusion with a foreign power is just “politics,” and doesn’t meet the legal definition of treason. The goal of this strategy is to exculpate Team Trump from criminal charges as new facts emerge. There’s no reason why Trump’s critics need to play along. The commonsense definition of treason is “betrayal of country,” the standard that Team Trump has interpreted broadly for its own purposes."

AG Jeff Sessions Will Be A Witness Against President Donald Trump

Eighth Participant In Meeting With Trump Jr. Once Linked to Russian Money Laundering

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/07/eighth-participant-in-meeting-with-trump-jr-once-linked-to-russian-money-laundering/
"A Russian-American lawyer who attended the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with key members of Donald Trump’s inner circle, including Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner, was once at the center of a US government investigation into Russian money laundering."

Seriously? New GOP Budget Would Defund Election Security Agency

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2017/07/18/seriously-new-gop-budget-would-defund-election-security-agency
"Despite an ongoing investigation into the hacking of voting systems in more than a dozen states during the 2016 presidential election, the new budget blueprint from House Republicans includes a provision to defund the Election Assistance Commission (EAC), which the Wall Street Journal notes is "the sole federal agency that exclusively works to ensure the voting process is secure." Since it was established in 2002, the EAC has been under almost constant attack by the Republican Party. Earlier this year, the House Administration Committee voted 6-3 along party lines to eliminate the agency entirely. As The Atlantic's Russell Berman noted in February, "GOP attempts to eliminate the Election Assistance Commission have passed out of committee but not made it to the House floor for a vote in the last four years." Because they have failed repeatedly to eliminate the agency, Republicans now appear content to strip it of the funds it needs to operate effectively."

The Ultimate Hypocrisy? Trump Plan to Renegotiate NAFTA Resembles TPP Deal He Withdrew From

How Trump the Populist Became Trump the Corporate Shill

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/07/18/how-trump-populist-became-trump-corporate-shill
"After a meeting with Big Pharma executives in February, he backed down on his tough talk. This summer, this shameful retreat accelerated as evidenced by leaked White House documents detailing potential regulatory rollbacks sought by the industry but omitting any steps to lower drug prices. Why the turnaround? White House aide Joe Grogan, a former lobbyist for pharmaceutical giant Gilead, played a key role in this move, according to Kaiser Health News, which reported that the documents contained text "cribbed directly from policy papers" published by the main pharmaceutical industry lobbying group. Over at the Environmental Protection Agency, EPA administrator Scott Pruitt met with Dow Chemical's CEO just before deciding not to ban a Dow pesticide from being sprayed on food. Nancy Beck, a new official who formerly worked at a chemical industry lobbying group, played a key role in watering down the implementation of a crucial toxic chemicals rule, clashing with career experts in the process. And a coal industry lawyer appears likely to take the No. 2 job at EPA, beating out a coal industry lobbyist also considered for the job. These examples are representative rather than exceptional. Corporate America has captured the Trump administration. Public Citizen's research has found that more than 70% of Trump's picks for top sub-Cabinet jobs have clear corporate ties. In Trump's Washington, the populism of the campaign has been overtaken by conventional corporate cronyism on a grand scale. After his famous pledge to "drain the swamp," Trump issued a weak executive order allowing former lobbyists to immediately join the administration and then granted waivers to top White House staffers that render the ethics rules largely meaningless. For example, the White House concluded that it is "in the public interest" for Andrew Olmem, a White House aide who formerly lobbied MetLife, American Express and a major insurance trade group, to work on banking and insurance issues."

Trump’s National Anti-Labor Relations Board

Trump’s National Anti-Labor Relations Board:

"The president’s NLRB nominees portend a bleak future for American workers."

"Trump and the Russian Money Trail": Trump's Ties to Oligarchs Go Back Decades

GOP Eager to Repeal Rule that Allows Consumers to Sue Conniving Banks

GOP Eager to Repeal Rule that Allows Consumers to Sue Conniving Banks:

"Since its inception, Republicans have cast the CFPB as a liberal, job-killing, over-regulating, big-government boogeyman—a “rogue” agency with too much power and too little accountability. Meanwhile, the agency’s enforcement initiatives have returned almost $12 billion to some 27 million consumers who were defrauded in the marketplace."

Mitch McConnell Announces Plan To Harm Even More People With Obamacare Repeal Only Bill

http://www.politicususa.com/2017/07/18/mitch-mcconnell-announces-plan-harm-people-obamacare-repeal-bill.html
"A stand alone repeal bill would take health care away from 32 million Americans. It is even worse than repeal and replace. If Republicans couldn’t get 50 votes for their bill that took coverage away from 22 million people, they aren’t going to get 50 votes for a bill that takes coverage away from 32 million people."

Married to the Mob: Investigative Journalist Craig Unger on What Trump Owes the Russian Mafia

Stephen Colbert kicks off “Russia Week” from the Red Square by joking about Donald Trump Jr.

http://www.salon.com/2017/07/18/stephen-colbert-kicks-off-russia-week-from-the-red-square/
"Stephen Colbert will debut not one, not two, but five field pieces this week that were taped in Russia, as “The Late Show” celebrates “Russia Week” in honor of the possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Eastern European power."

Trump’s Lawyer Embarrassed After Absurd Defense for Russia Meeting is Soundly Debunked

https://forwardprogressives.com/trumps-lawyer-embarrassed-absurd-defense-russia-meeting-soundly-debunked/"Donald Trump, his family, and the people he surrounds himself with have no ethics, standards, class, or morals. They will say and do anything to save their own backsides. Why anybody would trust anyone with the last name “Trump” is mind-boggling."

Trump Administration Using Obamacare Money To Run Ads Attacking Obamacare

Trump admin moves to close cyber office: ‘It’s a step back from everything done over the last ten years’

Trump admin moves to close cyber office: ‘It’s a step back from everything done over the last ten years’

"According to Healey, closing the cyber office “would mean the United States would be the only major country without a lead diplomat to discuss cyber norms and trying to reduce the ever-escalating cyberattacks we see around the world"."

Ali Velshi Deconstructs Trump's 'Made In America' Week | Crooks and Liars

Ali Velshi Deconstructs Trump's 'Made In America' Week | Crooks and Liars

"The White House kicked off a "Made In America" week to try to distract from the Russia scandal. Nice try? Whitehouse.gov writes, "Today, President Donald J. Trump will host companies from across the country at the White House for the Made in America Product Showcase. The White House is highlighting and celebrating each state’s effort and commitment to American made products by bringing in and showing off products from all 50 states that are made and produced in the United States." For any other administration this would be fine, but when it comes to hypocrisy and a man using the Oval Office to enrich his own businesses, it's infuriating."

Donald Trump’s 6 Month Report Card: 991 Tweets, 836 Lies, 0 Legislative Accomplishments

Trump lawyer: Secret Service let the Russia meeting happen. Secret Service: Nope.

https://www.vox.com/world/2017/7/17/15982144/jay-sekulow-secret-service-russia-meeting-donald-trump-jr-this-week-abc
"The Secret Service wasn’t going to take that sitting down. In a rare rebuke, it answered Sekulow’s question — and implicitly said he was wrongly trying to use the agency as a political weapon."

Condoms don't work, smoking doesn't kill, GOP is saving Medicaid—the world class lies of Mike Pence

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/7/17/1681393/-Condoms-don-t-work-smoking-doesn-t-kill-GOP-is-saving-Medicaid-the-world-class-lies-of-Mike-Pence
"His current boss aside, you’d be hard-pressed to name another politician who so openly and freely spews one lie after another."

Trump Polling Worse Than Any US President EVER

How Paul Ryan’s Hypocritical Fiscal Hysteria Threatens Working Families

https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/economy/reports/2017/07/17/435874/paul-ryans-hypocritical-fiscal-hysteria-threatens-working-families/
"Speaker Ryan is a master at co-opting anti-deficit rhetoric to advance his agenda without being held accountable for the fiscal reality of the policies he supports. When George W. Bush was president, Rep. Ryan voted for tax cuts in 2001 and 2003, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and a Medicare prescription drug benefit.32 Lawmakers did not pay for any of these policies. During the Bush administration, large budget surpluses turned into deficits.33 Despite this history, the conventional wisdom has been that Speaker Ryan is a “budget hawk,” and that was how the Ryan budget was marketed to the American people."

Trump grudgingly admits Obama’s Iran nuclear deal is working

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/trump-grudgingly-admits-obamas-iran-nuclear-deal-working
"The New York Times reports that Donald Trump had an hour-long meeting with his top national security advisers last week, including the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Defense, the White House National Security Advisor, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. They all told the president the same thing: he needs to preserve the international nuclear agreement with Iran. Trump, however, reportedly spent 55 minutes of the 60-minute meeting “telling them he did not want to"."

Unable To Kill Obamacare, Republicans Plot To Kill Medicare

Kansas, Sam Brownback, and the Trickle-Down Implosion

Kansas, Sam Brownback, and the Trickle-Down Implosion:

"The lessons of Sam Brownback’s disastrous experiment have become all the more important nationally as President Trump, whose economic doctrine is cut from the same cloth napkin on which Arthur Laffer first sketched his supply-side curve more than 40 years ago, tries to advance a similarly radical series of tax cuts in Washington. (Indeed, Brownback flew Laffer out to Kansas in 2012, where he was paid $75,000 to advise the legislature on the wisdom of slashing taxes, promising astounding dividends of economic growth in exchange.) Trump’s proposed budget echoes the Kansas experiment, slashing income tax rates for the wealthiest few and calling for a drastic rate cut for pass-through entities—a move that would inflict Brownback’s LLC debacle on the nation. Brownback’s should be a cautionary tale, of course, for the Republicans in Congress and the White House. Should they slash the provision of affordable health coverage to cut taxes for the rich, should they decimate government services while eliminating taxes on the wealthiest Americans, all their invocations of trickle-down economics—that the rich will invest their tax savings in job-creating enterprises, a theory disproved again, again, and again—ultimately won’t win them popular support. The fate of Sam Brownback—scorned by his state, overridden by his legislature, rejected by his party—should make that crystal clear."

Who Is Wilbur Ross?

Who Is Wilbur Ross?:

"Ross represents a class of people who put their own individual interests first, above all else. Their gains come at the expense of others—not only workers, suppliers, or creditors, but their own investors as well. While Ross was profiteering from bankruptcy proceedings at the expense of creditors and taking health and pension benefits from workers, he was mistreating his own investors as well."

Trump Thinks Healthcare Costs ONE DOLLAR Per Month

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Mysterious 8th person at Trump Jr. meeting allegedly ran massive Russian money-laundering scheme

https://thinkprogress.org/trump-jr-meeting-ikakly-kaveladze-russian-money-laundering-scheme-9986f528982a
"Kaveladze is represented by Scott Balber, who has previously represented Donald Trump."

It Was Always About the Money

http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/news/a56395/trump-russia-money/
"It was always about the money. The reason we never saw the tax returns was because of what they would show about the money. The reason we can't get a straight answer about the family's dealings with the Russians is the money. Preet Bharara got fired because of the money and how the money had been allegedly laundered. James Comey got fired because of the money. Without the money, specifically the money from Russia, the Trump empire likely would have collapsed under a hail of writs and the paterfamilias would have been rendered invisible, even in the mirrors of Mar-a-Lago. It always was about the money. The meeting on June 6, 2016 ultimately was about the money, as we learned today from CNN. The network reported that it had identified the eighth participant in that now-famous Trump Tower confab. Contrary to the previous load of hooey dispensed by Junior and the first family, this dude was not a translator. Ike Kaveladze's identity was confirmed by his attorney, Scott Balber. Kaveladze is a senior vice president at Crocus Group, the real estate development company run by Azerbaijani-Russian oligarch Aras Agalarov, according to Kaveladze's LinkedIn. His personal website says he "holds responsibility for multiple elements of the company's Russian development project"."

Trump and Putin had a second, undisclosed meeting during the G-20 summit

https://thinkprogress.org/trump-putin-second-undisclosed-meeting-be81ab9b0ece
"If Trump did say something “out of school,” it wouldn’t be the first time he had done so while meeting privately with a top Russian official. In May, while speaking to the Russian foreign minister and another Russian diplomat in the Oval Office, he disclosed classified Israeli intelligence and bragged that he had successfully squashed an FBI investigation into his campaign’s alleged links with the Kremlin. The investigation is, in fact, still ongoing. People close to the Trump administration seem to have a habit of conducting undisclosed conversations with representatives of the Russian government — including not only the president himself, but his former national security adviser, his attorney general, and his own son."

Donald Trump, Putin Had Second, Undisclosed, Hour-Long Encounter At G20

How Circa, a Sinclair Broadcast Group subsidiary, rebuilt itself as a pro-Trump outlet

http://www.salon.com/2017/07/16/the-daily-beast-details-how-circa-a-sinclair-broadcast-group-subsidiary-rebuilt-itself-as-a-pro-trump-outlet_partner/
"In 2015, Sinclair bought Circa, which The Wall Street Journal described at the time as a “defunct mobile news site.” Sinclair has a history of pushing right-wing commentary that has been compared to “propaganda” and of selectively omitting stories that don’t fit its agenda. White House senior adviser Jared Kushner reportedly“struck a deal” with Sinclair during the campaign to “secure better media coverage” for then-candidate Donald Trump in exchange for “more access to Trump and the campaign.” Additionally, Sinclair has also made a series of conservative hires, including discredited former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson and former Trump White House aide Boris Epshteyn. Just this week, Sinclair announced it would be tripling the number of segments featuring Epshteyn that are sent to stations as “must-run” packages — a typical practice for the company."

The wrong president to tout ‘Made in America’ week

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/the-wrong-president-tout-made-america-week
"What this week’s events will likely exclude is an exploration of Trump’s business practices, which have relied on product manufacturing in “a global network of factories in a dozen countries – including Bangladesh, China and Mexico.” Trump administration officials hosted a background briefing with reporters yesterday to highlight this week’s events. Asked whether the White House intends to comment about the Trump Organization’s outsourcing, a spokesperson said, “We’ll get back to you on that.” If there’s any follow-through, I’ll be curious to see what Team Trump comes up with. After all, the president, his populist-sounding rhetoric notwithstanding, has “sold foreign-made products under his name for years” and has relied extensively on foreign-made products for his hotels and properties. Trump clearly sees “Made in America” as a political winner and, as was the case during the campaign, assumes most of the public won’t look too closely at his own record on the subject."

NY Subpoenas Records On Huge Manafort Loans From Small Bank: WSJ

Why Republicans Want the 2020 Census to Fail

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/why-republicans-want-the-2020-census-to-fail-w492666
"Under cover of the non-stop Trump circus, they are quietly working behind the scenes to ensure that the 2020 census fails – and fails to their advantage."

Trump’s lawyer makes a curious argument about the Secret Service

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/trumps-lawyer-makes-curious-argument-about-the-secret-service
"In a statement released yesterday, a spokesperson for the Secret Service said Donald Trump Jr., who helped organize the meeting in order to receive campaign information from the Russian government, did not have a protective detail at the time. “Donald Trump, Jr. was not a protectee of the USSS in June, 2016,” the statement said. “Thus we would not have screened anyone he was meeting with at that time.” It’s worth noting for context that the Secret Service rarely weighs in on political debates, but with the president’s lawyer giving misleading information about the agency’s work to a national television audience, the Secret Service apparently felt the need to clarify matters yesterday."

A Timeline of Treason | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann | GQ

On infamous Russia meeting, Trump’s story keeps evolving

http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/infamous-russia-meeting-trumps-story-keeps-evolving
"We’ve gone from denials of contacts to denials of collusion to a bogus narrative about adoption policy to an argument that colluding with foreign nationals to win an election is just “politics.” When politicians argue, more than once, that we should disregard their previous claims and only focus on their new claims, there’s a problem."

Fox News moves from slanted reporting, to active involvement in cover-up of collusion

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/7/17/1681442/-Fox-News-appears-to-move-from-slated-reporting-to-active-involvement-in-cover-up-of-collusion
"Who told Fox News to move from the position that there was no collusion, to the idea that collusion wasn’t wrong?"

Trump's Been Trying To Lift Russia Sanctions Since Day One

Around Half of Trump Voters Don't Believe Don Junior Met with Russians Despite Repeated Confessions

https://thedailybanter.com/2017/07/half-of-trump-voters-dont-believe-don-junior/
"Yeah, so it appears as if a majority of Trump voters don't believe that Junior met with Russian government operatives even though Junior, as well as the president himself, confessed that the meeting took place. He not only confessed, but he did so in writing.  Further verifying the meeting, Trump tweeted about it today, making it seem as if the obvious collusion was politics-as-usual. While we're here, it's more than a little hilarious to see the president and his fanboys on Fox News defending this meeting as if it was no big deal -- as if there aren't countless other reports illustrating the broader extent of the Trump-Russia conspiracy to hijack the 2016 election. Even if Junior's meeting was nothing (it's not nothing -- it's treason), there are so many other fronts in this story, many of which are being actively pursued by congressional committees and, naturally, the special counsel and his team of "untouchables." Don't be shocked if you overhear Trumpers denying the roundness of the Earth, or that humans can't breathe under water. When a majority of Republican Trump voters are this detached from objective reality, especially knowing that reality, or a version of reality, has been confirmed by their own guys, including Trump, they're willing to believe or disbelieve anything. Are they unaware of the confession? Maybe. It's unclear whether Fox News is spending much time on the story, given how the confession is what it is -- concrete verification of a criminal conspiracy to meddle with the election and beyond. But if they're aware of the confession and yet refuse to accept it, it proves that around half of Trump's voters are completely delusional and disconnected from reality. It also indicates that it'll be nearly impossible for any of them to be redeemed and returned to sanity."

Trump's Lawyer Tries OBVIOUS Lie To Protect Don Jr.

White House announces 'Made in America' week, refuses to say if Trump family will, you know, do that

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/7/17/1681389/-White-House-announces-Made-in-America-week-refuses-to-say-if-Trump-family-will-you-know-do-that
"In fact, Made in America week seems to have been crafted for the singular purpose of giving all of America's media outlets a fresh chance to mock the Trump family's notorious inability to make their products in America. We know the White House brain trust has been preoccupied as of late, but it still seems like they perhaps ought to have better thought this one through."

This is how the Kochs’ anti-renewable agenda becomes White House policy

https://thinkprogress.org/obscure-think-tank-gains-influence-1644feb0b813
"President-elect Donald Trump raised eyebrows late last year when he named the head of an obscure right-wing think tank, with close ties to petrochemical billionaires Charles and David Koch, to lead his energy transition team. Since then, officials from the Institute for Energy Research (IER) have been appointed to high-level positions at the Department of Energy where they are playing major roles in implementing pro-fossil fuel, anti-renewable energy policies."

Sean Spicer Says It Is “Inappropriate” To Ask If Trump Will Make His Goods In The U.S.

More people support Trump impeachment now than Nixon at the start of Watergate

https://thinkprogress.org/more-people-support-trump-impeachment-now-than-nixon-at-the-start-of-watergate-2a8f8a672ba0
"This comes at a time when Trump’s approval ratings are at an all-time low, just 6 months after taking office. A Washington Post/ABC poll released Sunday put Trump’s approval rating at 36%, down 6 points from April. A Bloomberg poll from Monday, meanwhile, puts him at 40%. These results also mirror Nixon’s own ratings at the same point in his presidency — 39% approval, 49% disapproval. 1973 was a critical year for Watergate. It is the year Senate hearings were televised, a special prosecutor was appointed (and later fired in the “Saturday Night Massacre” which additionally led to resignations of the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General), and Nixon declared that he was “not a crook.” All the while, his approval ratings did not reach the level of Trump’s current ratings until after the “Watergate Seven” were indicted, 4 months before Nixon resigned on August 9, 1974. Trump has one advantage that Nixon did not: a shield of Republican lawmakers in Congress."

Tom Price Says Insurers Should ‘Dust Off How They Did Business Before Obamacare’

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/tom-price-insurers-obamacare_us_596b76fae4b01741862825c6?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009
"Prior to Obamacare, 79 million — more than one in four Americans — either lacked health insurance or were underinsured."

Trump's 'Made In America Week' Backfires BIGLY

Joy Reid Humiliates Trump Defender, Fact-Checks His Conspiracy Theory Live (Video)

https://forwardprogressives.com/joy-reid-humiliates-trump-defender-fact-checks-conspiracy-theory/
"We need more people to do what Joy Reid did on Sunday by fact-checking the lies and conspiracies conservatives are out there trying to con people into believing live, on-air, directly to their faces."

Trump Announces 'Made In America Week', But Family Merchandise Still Made in Asian Sweat Shops

https://thedailybanter.com/2017/07/trump-proclaims-made-in-america-week/
"Trump is holding a "Made In America Showcase" on Monday afternoon, but he'll be about the only thing there named Trump that was produced in this country. On Wednesday he is supposed to sign a "Made In America Week" proclamation."

Donald Trump, Jr. Meeting With Russian Lawyer Alleged ‘Treasonous’

You Won't Believe How Much Time Trump Has Actually Spent Playing Golf Since He Took Office @alternet

You Won't Believe How Much Time Trump Has Actually Spent Playing Golf Since He Took Office @alternet: He's visited courses three time more frequently than his past three predecessors combined. When he wasn't questioning Obama's place of birth, Donald Trump spent much of the latter's presidency criticizing him for playing too much golf. But new research finds that Trump has hit the links nearly a quarter of his days in office—22 percent, or 37 of his first 170 days.

Office of Government Ethics head: America is 'pretty close to a laughingstock at this point'

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/7/17/1681429/-Office-of-Government-Ethics-head-America-is-pretty-close-to-a-laughingstock-at-this-point
"Outgoing Office of Government Ethics head Walter Shaub has made it loud and clear that he's resigning due to the agency's inability to enforce much of anything in the face of the ethics-averse Donald Trump."

Republican "Fiscal Conservatives" ALWAYS Balloon Debt To Justify Cuts

You need to watch this senator go after Trump budget on official who won't answer simple questio

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/7/14/1680841/-You-need-to-watch-Senator-go-after-Trump-budget-on-official-who-won-t-answer-simple-budget-question
"Montana Democratic Senator Jon Tester has been very vocal about how bogus the Trump administration’s positions on virtually everything under the sun are, and his exchange with Weahkee typifies how through the looking glass things are and how infuriating the abnormality of an oligarchical hostile takeover is."

REVEALED: Trump 2020 campaign paid $50,000 to Trump Jr’s lawyer two weeks before emails came out

REVEALED: Trump 2020 campaign paid $50,000 to Trump Jr’s lawyer two weeks before emails came out

"President Trump’s re-election campaign paying his namesake son’s criminal defense attorney was not the only bombshell in the Federal Election Commission reports, which were released Saturday. The Trump re-election campaign also payed $89,561 to the Trump Corporation for legal services, just three days after the payment to Futerfas."

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Donald Trump Jr Russian Meeting Story Unpacking Like A Nesting Doll

Donald Trump’s deep connections to dirty Russian money: The trail leads back more than 30 years

http://www.salon.com/2017/07/14/donald-trumps-deep-connections-to-dirty-russian-money-its-a-trail-that-leads-back-more-than-30-years/
"criminals and oligarchs lived in and ran illegal activities out of Trump properties, including Trump Tower in Manhattan, for more than 30 years. They provided Trump with some of his most lucrative branding deals, the ones in which he was not required to make any personal investment. The unending flow of Russian money, Unger writes, that “provided Trump with a crucial infusion of financing that helped rescue his empire from ruin, burnish his image, and launch his career in television and politics"."

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