US Politics in Trump era Public date: 14.11.2019 12:15:01

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17 Oct 2019

Trump Lashes Out on Syria as Republicans Rebuke Him in House Vote

President Trump seemed to wash his hands of the conflict between Turkey and America’s Kurdish allies in Syria on Wednesday, generating withering criticism from Republican allies, who rebuked him in a House vote. The day ended with a heated confrontation between Mr. Trump and Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the Oval Office.
President Trump seemed to wash his hands of the conflict between Turkey and America’s Kurdish allies in Syria on...

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27 Sep 2019

Trump Attacks Whistle-Blower’s Sources and Alludes to Punishment for Spies

President Trump told a crowd of staff from the United States Mission to the United Nations on Thursday morning that he wants to know who provided information to a whistle-blower about his phone call with the president of Ukraine, saying that whoever did so was “close to a spy” and that “in the old days,” spies were dealt with differently.
President Trump told a crowd of staff from the United States Mission to the United Nations on Thursday morning that he...
25 Sep 2019

As a foreign reporter visiting the US I was stunned by Trump’s press conference

As a political reporter for most of the last 30 years I have also endured many long and rambling political press conferences with Australian prime ministers and world leaders. But watching a full presidential Trump press conference while visiting the US this week I realised how much the reporting of Trump necessarily edits and parses his words, to force it into sequential paragraphs or impose meaning where it is difficult to detect.
As a political reporter for most of the last 30 years I have also endured many long and rambling political press...

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8 Aug 2019

Trump Visits the Grieving, and Stokes Divisions

President Trump began a day set aside for healing in Dayton and El Paso by lashing out against his political rivals and the news media, employing the kind of divisive language that prompted protests in both cities even before he arrived. He mocked Beto O’Rourke, a Democratic candidate for president who once represented El Paso in Congress, for having a “phony name to indicate Hispanic heritage” and he linked the Dayton shooter to liberal politicians.
President Trump began a day set aside for healing in Dayton and El Paso by lashing out against his political rivals and...
16 Jul 2019

Trump rejects criticism that his weekend tweet about four minority lawmakers was racist, says they ‘hate our country’

President Trump said Monday that he is not concerned by criticism that his tweets suggesting four minority congresswomen return to their home countries were racist, asserting that they hate the United States and are free to leave. His comments at a White House event came as Democratic leaders in the House prepared a resolution condemning tweets over the weekend in which Trump said the liberal lawmakers critical of him should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”
President Trump said Monday that he is not concerned by criticism that his tweets suggesting four minority congresswomen...

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9 Jul 2019

Jared Kushner was my Boss

you want to understand Jared Kushner, I recommend starting with the dimples. When Jared smiles, his dimples do the work, cleaving his supple cheeks in an unconvincing approximation of contentment. The giveaway isn’t merely that his lips don’t seem to lift properly at the corners but that his eyes dissent. You can learn to force a smile, but getting your eyes to play along is a trickier thing.
you want to understand Jared Kushner, I recommend starting with the dimples. When Jared smiles, his dimples do the work,...
17 Jun 2019

How Donald Trump silenced the people who could expose his business failures

How did Donald Trump, a self-serving promoter who lost billions of dollars for his investors, convince the world that he is a financial genius? It wasn’t just by fabricating tales of his success. It was also by bullying and silencing people who could have stopped those deceits — particularly reporters and Wall Street analysts — forcing all but a very few into a conspiracy of silence.
How did Donald Trump, a self-serving promoter who lost billions of dollars for his investors, convince the world that he...
27 Mar 2019

‘Vindictive Behavior’: Trump Complains Puerto Rico Getting ‘Too Much’ Disaster Aid as Over a Million Face Food Crisis

With over a million U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico facing devastating food stamp cuts as Congress fails to provide necessary hurricane relief funding, President Donald Trump reportedly complained to Republican senators on Tuesday that the island is receiving "too much" aid—a position that was decried as both false and cruel.
With over a million U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico facing devastating food stamp cuts as Congress fails to provide...
25 Jan 2019

Bluster, bombast, backing down: What happens when someone says no to Trump?

As president and during four decades in business, Donald Trump has built his brand by promoting himself as someone who never backed down. When he was hit, he often said, he’d hit back a hundred times harder. But at pivotal moments throughout his career, when confronted by people wielding equal or greater power, Trump has proved to be someone who does back down.
As president and during four decades in business, Donald Trump has built his brand by promoting himself as someone who...

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24 Jan 2019

Trump Tells Pelosi He Will Deliver State of the Union. Pelosi Responds, No You Won’t.

The tit-for-tat between President Trump and Speaker Nancy Pelosi over the State of the Union address escalated sharply on Wednesday, with Mr. Trump telling Ms. Pelosi he would deliver the speech in the Capitol on Tuesday as originally scheduled, and Ms. Pelosi firing back that he was not welcome unless the government was fully open.
The tit-for-tat between President Trump and Speaker Nancy Pelosi over the State of the Union address escalated sharply...
24 Dec 2018

Trump forces Mattis out two months early, names Shanahan acting defense secretary

President Trump, who aides said has been seething about news coverage of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’s pointed resignation letter, abruptly announced Sunday that he was removing Mattis two months before his planned departure and installing Patrick Shanahan as acting defense secretary.
President Trump, who aides said has been seething about news coverage of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’s pointed...
22 Nov 2018

This Thanksgiving, I’m grateful for Donald Trump’s Honesty

There’s no question that Donald Trump is the most flagrantly, compulsively, and voluminously dishonest president in American history — which is saying something, given the competition. He’s probably told 27 more lies during the time it took you to read this one sentence. But as preposterous as it sounds, there’s a case to be made that he’s simultaneously America’s most honest president.
There’s no question that Donald Trump is the most flagrantly, compulsively, and voluminously dishonest president in...

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26 Oct 2018

Trump Abandons Calls for Unity and Resumes Attacks on the Media

In moments of national crisis, presidents typically reach for unifying themes, as Bill Clinton did after the Oklahoma City bombing and George W. Bush did with the bullhorn on the wrecked fire truck after 9/11. President Trump on Thursday chose confrontation rather than conciliation.
In moments of national crisis, presidents typically reach for unifying themes, as Bill Clinton did after the Oklahoma...
13 Oct 2018

Donald Trump To Speak At Hate Group’s Annual Event, A First For A President

President Donald Trump will be the first sitting president to address the Family Research Council’s Values Voter Summit, which the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) described as a “rogues' gallery of the radical right.” Trump will be the keynote speaker at Friday's event, which will also be attended by his former strategist, Steve Bannon. Other speakers include the founder of anti-Islam group ACT for America and former Trump strategist, Sebastian Gorka.
President Donald Trump will be the first sitting president to address the Family Research Council’s Values...
6 Oct 2018

Why Doesn’t Grassley Get More Grief for Lying Like This?

For everything that’s happened in this process, in many ways what stuns me most is what Sen. Grassley is doing right now. He is again going back to this claim that the Democrats held the sexual misconduct accusations against Kavanaugh “in reserve” for the last moment to spring on the helpless judge.
For everything that’s happened in this process, in many ways what stuns me most is what Sen. Grassley is doing right...

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3 Oct 2018

Trump Engaged in Suspect Tax Schemes as He Reaped Riches From His Father

President Trump participated in dubious tax schemes during the 1990s, including instances of outright fraud, that greatly increased the fortune he received from his parents, an investigation by The New York Times has found. Mr. Trump won the presidency proclaiming himself a self-made billionaire, and he has long insisted that his father, the legendary New York City builder Fred C. Trump, provided almost no financial help.
President Trump participated in dubious tax schemes during the 1990s, including instances of outright fraud, that...
26 Sep 2018

Trump attacks second Kavanaugh accuser, saying she ‘has nothing’ and was ‘totally inebriated’

President Trump on Tuesday attacked the second woman who has accused Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, dismissing her account because she was “totally inebriated and all messed up,” and accused Democrats of playing a “con game” in an attempt to derail his Supreme Court nominee.
President Trump on Tuesday attacked the second woman who has accused Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct,...
6 Sep 2018

Trump suggests that protesting should be illegal

President Trump has long derided the mainstream media as the “enemy of the people” and lashed out at NFL players for kneeling during the national anthem. On Tuesday, he took his attacks on free speech one step further, suggesting in an interview with a conservative news site that the act of protesting should be illegal. Trump made the remarks in an Oval Office interview with the Daily Caller hours after his Supreme Court nominee, Brett M. Kavanaugh, was greeted by protests on the first day of his confirmation hearings on Capitol Hill.
President Trump has long derided the mainstream media as the “enemy of the people” and lashed out at NFL players for...

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30 Aug 2018

National Enquirer Had Decades of Trump Dirt. He Wanted to Buy It All.

Federal investigators have provided ample evidence that President Trump was involved in deals to pay two women to keep them from speaking publicly before the 2016 election about affairs that they said they had with him. But it turns out that Mr. Trump wanted to go even further.
Federal investigators have provided ample evidence that President Trump was involved in deals to pay two women to keep...

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8 Aug 2018

New Details About Wilbur Ross’ Business Point To Pattern Of Grifting

A multimillion-dollar lawsuit has been quietly making its way through the New York State court system over the last three years, pitting a private equity manager named David Storper against his former boss: Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. The pair worked side by side for more than a decade, eventually at the firm, WL Ross & Co.—where, Storper later alleged, Ross stole his interests in a private equity fund, transferred them to himself, then tried to cover it up with bogus paperwork.
A multimillion-dollar lawsuit has been quietly making its way through the New York State court system over the last...

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11 Jul 2018

Trump was like a “predator” toward teens at parties in ‘80s and ‘90s, says BBC report

A few days before President Trump heads to the U.K. to meet the queen and the prime minister, a BBC investigative program has revealed fresh allegations of sexually inappropriate actions by Trump during the 1980s and 1990s, comparing him to a “predator” at parties with girls as young as 14.
A few days before President Trump heads to the U.K. to meet the queen and the prime minister, a BBC...
27 Jun 2018

Trial runs for fascism are in full flow

To grasp what is going on in the world right now, we need to reflect on two things. One is that we are in a phase of trial runs. The other is that what is being trialled is fascism – a word that should be used carefully but not shirked when it is so clearly on the horizon. Forget “post-fascist” – what we are living with is pre-fascism.
To grasp what is going on in the world right now, we need to reflect on two things. One is that we are in a phase of...
29 May 2018

Trump is blaming Democrats for separating migrant families at the border. Here’s why this isn’t a surprise.

President Trump’s attempt to blame Democrats for separating migrant families at the border is renewing a political uproar over immigration, an issue that has challenged Trump throughout his presidency and threatens to grow more heated as he imposes more restrictions to stem the flow of illegal immigration.
President Trump’s attempt to blame Democrats for separating migrant families at the border is renewing a...

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26 May 2018

Trump Ignores Court Ruling That He Can’t Block Twitter Critics: ‘President Thinks He’s Above the Law’

President Donald Trump defied a federal court judge who ruled Wednesday that it was unconstitutional for the president to block people on Twitter over their dissenting political views.
President Donald Trump defied a federal court judge who ruled Wednesday that it was unconstitutional for the...

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21 Apr 2018

Michael Cohen Has Said He Would Take a Bullet for Trump. Maybe Not Anymore.

For years Mr. Trump treated Mr. Cohen poorly, with gratuitous insults, dismissive statements and, at least twice, threats of being fired, according to interviews with a half-dozen people familiar with their relationship.“Donald goes out of his way to treat him like garbage,” said Roger J. Stone Jr.
For years Mr. Trump treated Mr. Cohen poorly, with gratuitous insults, dismissive statements and, at least twice,...

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14 Apr 2018

R.N.C. Official Who Agreed to Pay Playboy Model $1.6 Million Resigns

A  major donor with close ties to the White House resigned on Friday as deputy finance chairman of the Republican National Committee after the revelation that he had agreed to pay $1.6 million to a former Playboy  model who became pregnant during an affair. The deal was arranged by President Trump’s personal lawyer and fixer, Michael D. Cohen.
A  major donor with close ties to the White House resigned on Friday as deputy finance chairman of...

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23 Mar 2018

McMaster to Resign as National Security Adviser, and Will Be Replaced by John Bolton

Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, the battle-tested Army officer tapped as President Trump’s national security adviser last year to stabilize a turbulent foreign policy operation, will resign and be replaced by John R. Bolton, a hard-line former United States ambassador to the United Nations, White House officials said  Thursday.
Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, the battle-tested Army officer tapped as President Trump’s national security...
19 Mar 2018

Jared Kushner’s company routinely filed false New York City paperwork

When the Kushner Companies bought three apartment buildings in Queens  in 2015, most tenants were protected by rules that prevent developers  from pushing them out, raising rents and turning a profit. But that was exactly what the company then run by Jared Kushner did, with remarkable speed. Two years later, it sold the buildings for $60m, nearly 50% more than it paid.
When the Kushner Companies bought three apartment buildings in Queens  in 2015, most tenants were...

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17 Mar 2018

Trump gives McMaster the Tillerson treatment

President Donald Trump’s national security adviser H.R. McMaster isn’t getting fired, he’s getting Tillersoned – kept in a state of perpetual limbo about his future in the administration, aware that his unpredictable boss could keep him around indefinitely or terminate him  at a moment’s notice.
President Donald Trump’s national security adviser H.R. McMaster isn’t getting fired, he’s getting...

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5 Feb 2018

Trump Mocks ‘Little Adam Schiff’ as House Democrats Push to Release a Rival Memo

President Trump accused a top Democratic lawmaker on Monday of being “one of the biggest liars and leakers in Washington,” calling Representative Adam Schiff of California “Little Adam Schiff” and  accusing him of illegally leaking confidential information from the House Intelligence Committee.
President Trump accused a top Democratic lawmaker on Monday of being “one of the biggest liars and...
3 Feb 2018

Husband of former Trump household aide scores government job

A home improvement contractor married to one of Donald and Melania  Trump’s former household staffers is now working as an official at the  Environmental Protection Agency, the latest example of someone with a personal connection to the Trump family finding work in the administration.
A home improvement contractor married to one of Donald and Melania  Trump’s former household staffers is...

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25 Jan 2018

Trump says he’s ‘looking forward’ to meeting Mueller’s team in Russia probe

President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he was “looking forward” to speaking to federal prosecutors as part of special counsel Robert  Mueller’s investigation into ties between his 2016 campaign and Russia, adding that he would be willing to testify under oath.
President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he was “looking forward” to speaking to federal...

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3 Jan 2018

Donald Trump Didn’t Want to Be President

Even though the numbers in a few key states had appeared to be changing  to Trump’s advantage, neither Conway nor Trump himself nor his  son-in-law, Jared Kushner  — the effective head of the campaign — ­wavered in their certainty: Their unexpected adventure would soon be over. Not only would Trump not be  president, almost everyone in the campaign agreed, he should probably not be. Conveniently, the former conviction meant nobody had to deal with the latter issue.
Even though the numbers in a few key states had appeared to be changing  to...
29 Nov 2017

President Trump Hired Undocumented Immigrants for $4 An Hour for Demolition Project: Court Docs

President Donald Trump hired hundreds of undocumented Polish immigrants to demolish a New York City building in 1980 and paid them as  little as $4 an hour without providing proper safety equipment to do the job, court documents show. The workers and their contractor, William Kaszycki of Kaszycki & Sons, sued Trump for unfair labor practices in 1983. After litigation dragged on for 15 years, Trump  ultimately paid $1.375 million to settle the case.
President Donald Trump hired hundreds of undocumented Polish immigrants to demolish a New York City...

Woman says Roy Moore initiated sexual encounter when she was 14, he was 32

Alabama resident Leigh Corfman said that in 1979, when Moore was an assistant district attorney, he brought her to his home and touched her sexually. Three other women said that Moore – now a candidate for U.S. Senate -- pursued them when they were teenagers and he was in his early 30s.
Alabama resident Leigh Corfman said that in 1979, when Moore was an assistant district attorney, he brought her to his...

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21 Oct 2017

After Video Refutes Kelly’s Charges, Congresswoman Raises Issue of Race

Mr. Kelly, escalating a feud between Mr. Trump and Ms. Wilson, had cast the congresswoman on Thursday as a publicity-seeking opportunist. However, the video, released by The Sun Sentinel, a newspaper in South Florida, showed that during her nine-minute speech, Ms. Wilson never took credit for getting the money for the building, only for helping pass legislation naming the building after two fallen federal agents.
Mr. Kelly, escalating a feud between Mr. Trump and Ms. Wilson, had cast the congresswoman on Thursday as...
17 Oct 2017

Inside the ‘adult day-care center’: How aides try to control and coerce Trump

During the campaign, when President Trump’s advisers wanted him to stop talking about a certain issue — such as when he attacked a Gold Star military family — they sometimes presented him with polls demonstrating how the controversy was harming his candidacy.  During the transition, when aides needed Trump to decide on a looming issue or appointment, they often limited him to a shortlist of two or three options and urged him to choose one.
During the campaign, when President Trump’s advisers wanted him to stop talking about a certain issue —...

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16 Oct 2017

Trump receives subpoena for all documents realting to secual assaults

After a fairly quiet post-election period in this regard, President Trump is again facing a legal fight over claims that he sexually assaulted women in his prior life as a private citizen and business figure. According to Buzzfeed, the subpoena was issued in March, but was only entered into the court file last month. The White House has been reached out to for comment, which will be included here when and if available.
After a fairly quiet post-election period in this regard, President Trump is again facing a legal fight over claims that...
13 Oct 2017

Trump threatens to abandon Puerto Rico recovery effort

President Trump served notice Thursday that he may pull back federal relief workers from Puerto Rico, effectively threatening to abandon the U.S. territory amid a staggering humanitarian crisis in the aftermath of  Hurricane Maria. Declaring the U.S. territory's electrical grid  and infrastructure to have been a “disaster before hurricanes,” Trump wrote Thursday that it will be up to Congress how much federal money to appropriate to the island for its recovery efforts and that recovery workers will not stay “forever.”
President Trump served notice Thursday that he may pull back federal relief workers from Puerto Rico,...
27 Sep 2017

The ugliest line in Trump’s NFL attack.

Donald Trump’s frothing critique of Colin Kaepernick and the players, coaches, and teammates who have come to his side has garnered many revelatory reactions. Some of these responses tell us more about ourselves as Americans than do Trump’s initial description of any athlete who chooses to protest systemic  racism and police brutality as being a “son of a bitch.”
Donald Trump’s frothing critique of Colin Kaepernick and the players, coaches, and teammates who...

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13 Sep 2017

Harvard psychiatrist Lance Dodes: Donald Trump is a “sociopath” and “a very sick individual”

In the age of television and now the internet, there are hundreds of thousands of hours of video and audio footage of every president widely  available. There are also rumors and leaks from within the White House  and other branches of government that can help paint a picture of a given president's moods, desires, thoughts and other behavior. What is to be done if this evidence collectively suggests that the president of the United States is mentally ill?
In the age of television and now the internet, there are hundreds of thousands of hours of video and...
17 Aug 2017

False moral equivalency is not a bug of Trumpism. It’s a feature.

Showing that the remarks he delivered from a White House teleprompter  Monday were hollow and insincere, Trump yesterday revived his initial claim that “both sides” are to blame for the horrific violence at a white supremacist rally over the weekend in Charlottesville.
Showing that the remarks he delivered from a White House teleprompter  Monday were hollow and insincere, Trump...

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17 Aug 2017

Queasy Aussies Killed Trump’s Casino Bid Over “Mafia Connections”

Australian authorities simply couldn’t stomach Donald Trump’s alleged mob ties, according to government documents published by Rupert Murdoch’s newspaper, The Australian, on Tuesday. The paper’s investigation reveals that Trump’s dream of building a casino in Sydney in the late 1980s was killed off by queasy officials who considered his operations in New Jersey “dangerous.”
Australian authorities simply couldn’t stomach Donald Trump’s alleged mob ties, according to government...

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17 Aug 2017

Trump Comments on Race Open Breach With C.E.O.s, Military and G.O.P.

President  Trump found himself increasingly isolated in a racial crisis of his own making on Wednesday, abandoned by the nation’s top business executives,  contradicted by military leaders and shunned by Republicans outraged by  his defense of white nationalist protesters in Charlottesville, Va.
President  Trump found himself increasingly isolated in a racial crisis of his own making on Wednesday, abandoned...
14 Aug 2017

In his speech on Charlottesville, Donald Trump told the nation exactly what he stands for.

On Saturday afternoon, neo-Nazis; white  nationalists; and open-carrying, camo-wearing militia members combined  forces at a Charlottesville, Virginia, rally to “Unite the Right.” This congregation of white people who love the president of the United States and hate racial, ethnic, and religious minorities chanted “blood and soil” and extended their arms in stiff salutes. The rally culminated in the death of at least one person when the driver of a gray Dodge Challenger plowed through a crowd of counter-protesters, seemingly with the intent to maim and injure.
On Saturday afternoon, neo-Nazis; white  nationalists; and open-carrying, camo-wearing militia members combined...

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3 Aug 2017

Newsweek Just Roasted “Lazy” Trump With This Devastating Cover

Six months into his first term as President, Donald Trump has achieved almost nothing that he promised he’d do. His biggest accomplishments are choosing a Supreme Court justice, watching the dishonorable goons in the Senate rewrite the rules to ram through confirmation of a seat that should have been filled by President Obama, and getting strong-armed  into signing a bill leveling sanctions against his patrons in Moscow.
Six months into his first term as President, Donald Trump has achieved almost nothing that he promised...
21 Jul 2017

Trump shows disdain for rule of law with new attacks on Sessions, Rosenstein, Mueller

President Trump laced into the attorney general, deputy attorney general, acting FBI director, former FBI director and the special counsel in an interview yesterday with the New York Times that, even by Trump standards, is remarkable.
President Trump laced into the attorney general, deputy attorney general, acting FBI director, former FBI director and...
14 Jul 2017

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

As Craig Unger's new investigative report makes clear, Russian mob money financed Trump's business for years. Unger makes clear that he can find no evidence that Trump was ever involved in criminal activity, or knew exactly where the money pouring into his buildings was coming from. He didn’t need to know or want to; if nothing else Trump has finely honed survival instincts. But Unger also documents that criminals and oligarchs lived in and ran illegal activities out of Trump properties, including Trump Tower in Manhattan, for more than 30 years.
As Craig Unger's new investigative report makes clear, Russian mob money financed Trump's business for years. Unger...
30 Jun 2017

Trump targets Morning Joe co-hosts in latest Twitter tirade against media

Donald Trump attacked the hosts of MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Thursday, making an especially crude reference to anchor Mika Brzezinski “bleeding badly” from a facelift. The president fired off at Brzezinski and co-host Joe Scarborough in a series of tweets posted just before their morning show was drawing to a close.
Donald Trump attacked the hosts of MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Thursday, making an especially crude reference to...

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26 Jun 2017

Ivanka Trump Ordered Deposed In Suit Accusing Her Of Ripping Off Shoe Designs

A Manhattan judge has ordered Ivanka Trump to give a deposition in a lawsuit by an Italian designer accusing her of trademark infringement and ripping off a shoe design. The ruling was in response to her lawyers’ arguments that Trump should be allowed to skip the deposition in part because of her “extraordinary circumstances” as a “high-ranking  government employee.”
A Manhattan judge has ordered Ivanka Trump to give a deposition in a lawsuit by an Italian designer accusing her of...

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23 Jun 2017

Trump Indicates Tweet on Tapes Was Meant to Affect Comey Testimony

President Trump appeared to acknowledge on Friday in an interview that his tweet hinting of taped conversations with James B. Comey was intended to influence the fired F.B.I. director’s  testimony before Congress, and he emphasized that he committed “no obstruction” of the inquiries into whether his campaign colluded with Russia.
President Trump appeared to acknowledge on Friday in an interview that his tweet hinting...
13 Jun 2017

Praise for the chief: Trump’s Cabinet tells him it’s an ‘honor’ and ‘blessing’ to serve

At Monday’s Cabinet meeting — the first President Trump had held with everyone on board — White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus spoke up to thank Trump “for the opportunity and blessing that you’ve given us to serve your agenda and the American people.” Priebus said he was offering words on behalf of everyone in the room. But one by one, pretty much everyone else seated around the table took the opportunity to lavish their leader with praise, too, as the media looked on.
At Monday’s Cabinet meeting — the first President Trump had held with everyone on board — White House Chief...

James Comey testifies: Former FBI director says he could not trust Trump to tell the truth

Former FBI director James B. Comey said in dramatic testimony Thursday he could not trust President Trump to tell the truth, leading him to take extraordinary steps to document their private conversations, and to make public the details to spur the appointment of a special counsel to probe the a1dministration over possible links to Russia.
Former FBI director James B. Comey said in dramatic testimony Thursday he could not trust President Trump...
31 May 2017

Jared Kushner ‘admitted Donald Trump lies to his base because he thinks they’re stupid’

Donald Trump lied to his Republican base and thought they were so stupid they would believe it, according to Jared Kushner. Mr Kushner, a property developer who is both President Trump’s senior advisor and son-in-law, reportedly made the remarks after he was  challenged about Mr Trump’s prolonged interrogation over whether Barack  Obama was born in the US.
Donald Trump lied to his Republican base and thought they were so stupid they would believe it, according to Jared...

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25 May 2017

The Republican Hypocrisy Hall of Fame

Quotes from a number of Republican senators, congressman, and GOP officials regarding the conduct of Bill and Hillary Clinton when the shoe was on the other foot. Thank God for our truth-seeking patriots in the G.O.P.!
Quotes from a number of Republican senators, congressman, and GOP officials regarding the conduct of Bill and Hillary...

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13 May 2017

A Top Intelligence Official Tells Trump to Shut Up—Sort Of

Donald Trump won't stop claiming that the Russia story is fake news and a hoax cooked up by Democratic sore losers. And to back up his claim he (and his White House crew) keep citing former Director of National  Intelligence James Clapper. Yet on Friday, Clapper essentially said that the president has been brazenly misrepresenting his words and that he was no defense witness for Trump.
Donald Trump won't stop claiming that the Russia story is fake news and a hoax cooked up by Democratic sore losers. And...

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13 May 2017

Explosive Dutch documentary says Trump has deep ties to Russia’s mafia underworld

A Dutch TV documentary alleges that President Donald Trump has extensive connections to Russia’s ruling oligarchs and a history of illegal racketeering.“Donald Trump’s business partners have included Russian oligarchs and convicted mobsters, which could make the president guilty of criminal racketeering charges,” wrote Steven Rosenfeld at AlterNet on Friday.
A Dutch TV documentary alleges that President Donald Trump has extensive connections to Russia’s ruling oligarchs and...

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9 May 2017

Sally Yates Tells Senators She Warned Trump About Michael Flynn

Ms. Yates, the former acting attorney general, gave a dramatic account of an unfolding crisis in the early days of President Trump’s White House. Less than a week into the Trump administration, Sally Q. Yates, the acting attorney general, hurried to the White House with an urgent concern. The president’s national security adviser, she said, had lied to the vice president about his Russian contacts and was vulnerable to blackmail by Moscow.
Ms. Yates, the former acting attorney general, gave a dramatic account of an unfolding crisis in the early days of...
9 May 2017

The tale of the dictator’s daughter and her prince

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are often viewed as a "moderating influence" on her father. But as their power in the White House grows and Donald Trump tightens his inner circle, this is looking more and more like a ruling dynasty. And this dynasty is no fairy tale.
Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are often viewed as a "moderating influence" on her father. But as their power in the...

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4 May 2017

The most clueless man in Washington

President Trump's most vociferous critics warn that we shouldn't  allow the president's bug-eyed tweets and other erratic statements to  distract from what's really important — namely, the administration's graft, grifting, Russian intrigue, racism, and efforts to advance the interests of big business. This implies that there's a core of consistent and coherent intent to the man who occupies the Oval Office,  and that many of his public statements are deliberate attempts to divert attention from this intent. But what if this is wrong?
President Trump's most vociferous critics warn that we shouldn't  allow the president's bug-eyed tweets and...
2 May 2017

A Hundred Days of Trump

On April 29th, Donald Trump will have occupied the Oval Office for a hundred days. For most people, the luxury of living in a relatively stable democracy is the luxury of not following politics with a nerve-racked constancy. Trump does not afford this. His Presidency has become the demoralizing daily obsession of anyone concerned with global security, the vitality of the natural world, the national health, constitutionalism, civil rights, criminal justice, a free press, science, public education, and the distinction between fact and its opposite.
On April 29th, Donald Trump will have occupied the Oval Office for a hundred days. For most people, the luxury of living...
29 Apr 2017

Trump now agrees with the majority of Americans: He wasn’t ready to be president

To a reporter from Reuters this week, Trump had a slightly different assessment of the presidency. “I love my previous life. I had so many things going. This is more work than in my previous life,” Trump said. “I thought it would be easier. I thought it was more of a ... I’m a details-oriented person. I think you’d say that, but I do miss my old life. I like to work so that’s not a problem, but this is actually more work.”
To a reporter from Reuters this week, Trump had a slightly different assessment of the presidency. “I love my...
25 Apr 2017

7 Baffling Moments From Donald Trump’s AP Interview

President Donald Trump lied about his policy accomplishments, interrupted himself, and went off on a series of incoherent rants during a recent interview with The Associated Press’ Julie Pace.
President Donald Trump lied about his policy accomplishments, interrupted himself, and went off on a series of...
13 Apr 2017

How to Jam the Trump Brand

Here's a quick-and-easy guide for doing battle with President Trump in the only language he understands — his own brand. Naomi Klein explains 3 methods for fighting Donald Trump, simply imply he is a puppet, and make him less rich by attacking his brands.
Here's a quick-and-easy guide for doing battle with President Trump in the only language he understands — his own...
8 Apr 2017

The cost of Betsy DeVos’s security detail — nearly $8 million over nearly 8 months

Federal marshals are protecting Education Secretary Betsy DeVos at a cost to her agency of nearly $8 million over nearly eight months, according to the U.S. Marshals Service. The Education Department has agreed to reimburse the marshals $7.78 million for their services from mid-February to the end of September, said a marshals spokeswoman — an average of about $1 million per month.
Federal marshals are protecting Education Secretary Betsy DeVos at a cost to her agency of nearly $8 million over nearly...
27 Mar 2017

Trump blames everyone but himself for failure of GOP healthcare legislation

President’s targets include conservatives, Democrats and a possible veiled jab at Paul Ryan as Republican hand-wringing over repeal-and-replace failure continues. On Twitter on Sunday morning, Trump wrote: “Democrats are smiling in DC that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club for Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & O[bama]care.”
President’s targets include conservatives, Democrats and a possible veiled jab at Paul Ryan as Republican...
17 Mar 2017

Follow The Money, Donald Trump Edition

There's a very good story out today from Bloomberg chronicling the flow of money from the former Soviet Union into real estate ventures built by or licensed with the name of Donald Trump. As we've discussed before, at some point in the earliest years of the  new century Trump properties became a go-to place for people from the former Soviet Union to buy real estate. Some were citizens of those  countries, others were American immigrants. We've already noted how Trump lawyer Michael Cohen first came to Trump's attention because he and his extended family from Ukraine was buying up a lot of units in Trump properties in New York and Florida. What this article makes clear is that there were a lot of Michael Cohen type families  buying Trump properties in bulk. At least for this part of the tale, Cohen's is a microcosm of this larger story.
There's a very good story out today from Bloomberg chronicling the flow of money from the former Soviet Union into real...
8 Mar 2017

What should we do if the president is a liar?

What should a United States senator, or any citizen, do if the president is a liar? Does ignoring this reality benefit the American people? Do we make a bad situation worse by disrespecting the president of the United States? Or do we have an obligation to say that he is a liar to protect America’s standing in the world and people’s trust in our institutions?
What should a United States senator, or any citizen, do if the president is a liar? Does ignoring this reality benefit...

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23 Feb 2017

Donald Trump is dangerous when he’s losing

Klain served as chief of staff to both Vice President Al Gore and Vice President Joe Biden. He led Hillary Clinton’s debate prep — which is to say, he was deeply involved in their effort to understand Trump’s psychology — and he was widely rumored to be the frontrunner for chief of staff in Clinton’s White House. He understands how government works, and I’ve always found him unusually sober in his view of it. Klain had a theory that combined Trump’s authoritarian impulses and troubled White House management in a way I found hard to dismiss. In Klain’s view, it’s Trump’s dysfunctional relationship with the government that catalyzes his illiberal tendencies — the more he is frustrated by the system, the more he will turn on the system. 
Klain served as chief of staff to both Vice President Al Gore and Vice President Joe Biden. He led Hillary Clinton’s...
9 Feb 2017

Trump suggests only politics could lead court to rule against his immigration order

President Trump denounced arguments against his immigration order as “disgraceful” on Wednesday, a day after three federal appellate judges lobbed critical inquiries at those challenging and defending the plan, and suggested a ruling against his administration would be based on politics and not a fair reading of the law. Trump insisted the order was within his executive powers and “a bad high school student would understand this.”
President Trump denounced arguments against his immigration order as “disgraceful” on Wednesday,...

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2 Feb 2017

U.S.-Australia Rift Is Possible After Trump Ends Call With Prime Minister

A phone call between President Trump and the Australian prime minister is threatening to develop into a diplomatic rift between two stalwart allies after the two men exchanged harsh words over refugee policy, and Mr. Trump abruptly ended the call. The call turned contentious after the Australian leader pressed Mr. Trump to accept 1,250 refugees.
A phone call between President Trump and the Australian prime minister is threatening to develop into a diplomatic rift...

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1 Feb 2017

In Case It Wasn’t Clear Yet, Steve Bannon Is Our President

If Donald Trump has shown anything during his first eleven days in office, it's that he's a coward with no ideas of his own, who is more than happy to be a puppet for the true president of the United States: Steve Bannon. Sure, Trump acts like he's in charge, but that's because he's too dumb to realize that Bannon is so obviously pulling the strings that he's become a joke.
If Donald Trump has shown anything during his first eleven days in office, it's that he's a coward with no ideas of his...
28 Jan 2017

The leaks coming out of the Trump White House cast the president as a clueless child

All White Houses leak. Sometimes the leaks are big, sometimes small. But there are always people willing to talk to reporters about the  “real” story or about why the chief executive made a mistake in regard to some decision he made. That said, I've never seen so much leaking so quickly — and with such disdain for the president — as I have in the first six days of Donald Trump's presidency.
All White Houses leak. Sometimes the leaks are big, sometimes small. But there are always people willing to...

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20 Jan 2017

Donald Trump Is Sworn In as President, Capping His Swift Ascent

Donald J. Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States after one of the most divisive election campaigns in modern times. This is a record of his inauguration address. He declared that the state of the country is afflicted by gangs and drugs and the US congress and Washington DC have ignored the people for too long. He says US has been enriching foreign industries to the detriment of the US industry.
Donald J. Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States after one of the most divisive election...
30 Dec 2016

Trump Claims Credit For Bringing Back Sprint Jobs That Were Already Announced

The thousands of telecommunications jobs President-elect Donald Trump claimed Wednesday that he was bringing back to the United States were part of a previously announced investment deal between Sprint and its main funder, SoftBank. "5,000 jobs announced today are part of the 50,000 jobs that [SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son] previously announced. It will be a combination of newly created jobs and bringing some existing jobs back to the U.S," a Sprint spokeswoman said in a statement to Politico, after Trump made his announcement to the press.
The thousands of telecommunications jobs President-elect Donald Trump claimed Wednesday that he was bringing back to the...
16 Dec 2016

Trump Lets the Truth Come Out Post-Election

In his "Thank You" tour Donald Trump openly admits that many promises like "Lock her up", and "Drain the Swamp" which he claims he hated before he understood that it resonated with his voters where just talking points and not actually a plan for his administration.
In his "Thank You" tour Donald Trump openly admits that many promises like "Lock her up", and "Drain the Swamp" which he...

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28 Nov 2016

Trump Claims, With No Evidence, That ‘Millions of People’ Voted Illegally

President-elect Donald J. Trump said on Sunday that he had fallen short in the popular vote in the general election only because millions of people had voted illegally, leveling the baseless claim as part of a daylong storm of Twitter posts voicing anger about a three-state recount push.
President-elect Donald J. Trump said on Sunday that he had fallen short in the popular vote in the general election only...

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25 Nov 2016

America has elected its own Berlusconi. Now it’s about to repeat Italy’s biggest mistake

In George Lakoff’s book on the 2004 US election,Don’t Think of an Elephant!, he explains how letting your opponents dominate the conversation usually ensures their victory. In other words, if liberals spend the  next four years reacting to Trump instead of being proactive and focusing on what they want, they will lose in 2020.
In George Lakoff’s book on the 2004 US election,Don’t Think of an Elephant!, he explains...

Clinton leads by five points nationally as Trump personality concerns persist

Clinton has clear advantages on personal attributes and an advantage in positive support. After running even with Donald Trump early last week, Hillary Clinton now holds a five-point lead in the latest Post-ABC Tracking Poll overall, as well as clear advantages on several personal attributes.
Clinton has clear advantages on personal attributes and an advantage in positive support. After running even with Donald...

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7 Nov 2016

Inside Donald Trump’s Last Stand: An Anxious Nominee Seeks Assurance

Behind the show of confidence orchestrated by Mr. Trump’s staff are the neediness and vulnerability of a once-boastful candidate uncertain of victory. He requires constant assurance that his candidacy is on track. “Look at that crowd!” he exclaimed a few days ago as he flew across Florida, turning to his young press secretary as a TV tuned to Fox News showed images of what he claimed were thousands of people waiting for him on the ground below.
Behind the show of confidence orchestrated by Mr. Trump’s staff are the neediness and vulnerability of a once-boastful...

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3 Nov 2016

Trump teen rape accuser abruptly calls off news conference

In the most recent suit, Trump's accuser asserts that while she was exploring a modeling career in 1994, she attended a series of parties at  the Manhattan home of prominent investor Jeffrey Epstein. She alleges that during those parties the real estate mogul raped her on several  occasions, including one instance in which she says Trump tied her to bed.
In the most recent suit, Trump's accuser asserts that while she was exploring a modeling career in 1994, she...

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1 Nov 2016

Analysis: The Vengeful World of Donald Trump, and Why It Matters

Summarizing Donald Trump's worldview isn't easy, but this may come close: The world is a violent place, and it demands a violent response. His campaign might seem like a storm emitting strikes of lightning: He's made news by giving out a Republican rival's phone number, tweeting about a "sex tape" and even accusing his opponent, Hillary Clinton, of possibly taking drugs.
Summarizing Donald Trump's worldview isn't easy, but this may come close: The world is a violent place, and it demands a...

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1 Nov 2016

Reminder: Donald Trump due in court after Election Day on child rape and racketeering charges

Author Salman Rushdie reminded voters that Trump will stand trial later this month in a racketeering lawsuit and then again next month as part of a lawsuit filed by a woman who claims the Republican presidential nominee raped her when she was 13 years old.
Author Salman Rushdie reminded voters that Trump will stand trial later this month in a racketeering lawsuit and then...
25 Oct 2016

NY Times Publishes Old Trump Interviews: ‘Most People Aren’t Worthy Of Respect’

A series of interviews conducted in 2014 reveal Donald Trump’s unrelenting focus on fame, and his belief that “most people aren’t worthy of respect.” The interviews which the New York Times reported spanned more than five hours and constitute the last extensive biographical interviews Trump gave before his presidential bid, were conducted by Michael D’Antonio, a Trump biographer and Pulitzer Prize winner.
A series of interviews conducted in 2014 reveal Donald Trump’s unrelenting focus on fame, and his belief that “most...

Publisher: The Economist

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22 Oct 2016

Hating Hillary

Among those who know Mrs Clinton, even critics praise her integrity. She is a politician, therefore self-interested and cynical at times - yet driven, they say, by an overarching desire to improve America.
Among those who know Mrs Clinton, even critics praise her integrity. She is a politician, therefore self-interested and...
13 Oct 2016

More questionable footage of Trump’s comments on women

In 1992 footage from "Entertainment Tonight" Donald Trump greets a young girl and then brags to camera: "I'm going to be dating her in 10 years!" This is far from the first time Trump has made reference to his interest in dating much younger women.
In 1992 footage from "Entertainment Tonight" Donald Trump greets a young girl and then brags to camera: "I'm going to be...
13 Oct 2016

Trump Assaulted Me During Interview About His Happy Marriage To Melania

This is the worst accusation yet - and perhaps the most credible. A fifth woman has come forward to tell her traumatic story of assault at Donald Trump’s hands tonight – and it is extremely disturbing, and paints Donald Trump not just as a serial philander but a man for whom attempted rape is an extremely easy crime for him to commit.
This is the worst accusation yet - and perhaps the most credible. A fifth woman has come forward to tell her traumatic...
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