US Politics in Trump era Public date: 03.10.2019 13:07:34

3 Oct 2019

Watchdog reveals mysterious attempt to smear ex-U.S. ambassador to Ukraine

The State Department’s inspector general briefed congressional aides Wednesday about an apparent attempt to smear the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, who is seen by House Democrats as a key witness in their impeachment inquiry.
The State Department’s inspector general briefed congressional aides Wednesday about an apparent attempt to smear the...

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17 Aug 2019

House Republican Mass Shooting Strategy Revealed In Leaked Memo: Blame the Left, Minimize White Supremacy Role

A recently leaked memo from House Republicans shows that the GOP is urging its politicians to blame recent mass shootings on the left, while downplaying the role of white supremacy.According to the Tampa Bay Times, who obtained the memo, the document offers talking points in response to common questions Republican representatives may face after the recent mass shootings.
A recently leaked memo from House Republicans shows that the GOP is urging its politicians to blame recent mass...

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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...
29 Jul 2019

Kushner owns lots of Baltimore-area apartments. Some are infested with mice.

In a now-viral tweetstorm on Saturday, President Trump characterized Rep. Elijah E. Cummings’s Baltimore-based congressional district as a “rodent infested mess” where “no human” would want to live. His criticism rang with a particular irony in Baltimore County, where presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner owns more than a dozen apartment complexes that have been cited for hundreds of code violations and, critics say, provide substandard housing to lower-income tenants.
In a now-viral tweetstorm on Saturday, President Trump characterized Rep. Elijah E. Cummings’s Baltimore-based...

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28 Jul 2019

Trump Assails Elijah Cummings, Calling His Congressional District a Rat-Infested ‘Mess’

President Trump lashed out at a leading African-American congressman on Saturday, calling him “a brutal bully” who represents a Baltimore-based district that has become a “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess” where “no human being would want to live.”
President Trump lashed out at a leading African-American congressman on Saturday, calling him “a brutal bully” who...

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25 May 2019

Distorted Videos of Nancy Pelosi Spread on Facebook and Twitter, Helped by Trump

Manipulated videos of Speaker Nancy Pelosi that made it seem as if she were stumbling over and slurring her words continued to spread across social media on Friday, fueled by President Trump’s feud with the Democratic leader.
Manipulated videos of Speaker Nancy Pelosi that made it seem as if she were stumbling over and slurring her words...
18 May 2019

Democrats are finally getting wise to Republicans’ antisemitism smears

At first, it looked to be more of the same: another week, another rash of false accusations of antisemitism launched by Republicans against one of the two new Muslim-American congresswomen. This time it was Rashida Tlaib who found herself under attack for comments she made on a Yahoo News podcast.
At first, it looked to be more of the same: another week, another rash of false accusations of antisemitism launched by...

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12 Mar 2019

Trump tells RNC donors he doesn’t understand how any Jewish person could vote for a Democrat

“The Democrats hate Jewish people,” President Donald Trump reportedly told Republican National Committee donors on Friday night at Mar-a-Lago. Phones were sealed away in magnetic bags at the closed-door event, but Axios reported on what members of the audience heard.
“The Democrats hate Jewish people,” President Donald Trump reportedly told Republican National Committee donors on...
30 Nov 2018

Trump attacks Mueller probe for fourth straight morning, asks if it will ‘go on forever’

President Trump took to Twitter for a fourth straight morning on Thursday to attack special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation into Russian election interference, questioning whether it will “just go on forever” and calling it a waste of money. “Did you ever see an investigation more in search of a crime?” Trump wrote in a tweet. He also asserted that the probe “has proven only one thing-there was NO collusion with Russia.”
President Trump took to Twitter for a fourth straight morning on Thursday to attack special counsel Robert S. Mueller...

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22 Nov 2018

Chief Justice Defends Judicial Independence After Trump Attacks ‘Obama Judge’

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. defended the independence and integrity of the federal judiciary on Wednesday, issuing a statement rebuking President Trump’s criticism of a judge who had ruled against the administration’s asylum policy. The chief justice seemed particularly offended by Mr. Trump’s assertion that Judge Jon S. Tigar, of the United States District Court in San Francisco, was “an Obama judge.”
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. defended the independence and integrity of the federal judiciary on Wednesday, issuing...

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10 Nov 2018

Matthew Whitaker advised Donald Trump on investigating Hillary Clinton

Matthew Whitaker, whom President Donald Trump named as his acting attorney general on Wednesday, privately provided advice to the president last year on how the White House might be able to pressure the Justice Department to investigate the president’s political adversaries, Vox has learned.
Matthew Whitaker, whom President Donald Trump named as his acting attorney general on Wednesday, privately provided...
31 Oct 2018

Robert Mueller asks FBI to investigate ‘women offered money to make false sexual harassment claims against him’

Robert Mueller has asked the FBI to probe allegations that a woman was offered up to $20,000 to make false accusations of sexual harassment against him. In a rare public statement from the office of the man investigating Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign, said it had been notified of the accusations last week, apparently by journalists.
Robert Mueller has asked the FBI to probe allegations that a woman was offered up to $20,000 to make false accusations...
19 Oct 2018

Conservatives mount a whisper campaign smearing Khashoggi in defense of Trump

Hard-line Republicans and conservative commentators are mounting a dark whisper campaign against Jamal Khashoggi that is designed to protect President Trump from criticism of his handling of the dissident journalist’s alleged murder by Saudi Arabian operatives — and support Trump’s continued aversion to a forceful response to the oil-rich desert kingdom.
Hard-line Republicans and conservative commentators are mounting a dark whisper campaign against Jamal Khashoggi that is...
6 Oct 2018

How rightwing conspiracy theorists attacked Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony

Conservatives did not stand idle while the FBI completed its limited investigation on Brett Kavanaugh. While this unfolded, Dr Christine Blasey Ford has been subjected to a full-frontal personal attack, which has been taken up by all segments of rightwing media. But while most ostensibly respectable outlets contented themselves with attacks on her credibility, others have leapt headlong into conspiracy theory.
Conservatives did not stand idle while the FBI completed its limited investigation on Brett Kavanaugh. While this...

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22 Sep 2018

Brett Kavanaugh: Trump nominee facing new scandal after Ed Whelan tweets

On Thursday night, conservative legal operative Ed Whelan sent a series of tweets suggesting that the sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh were likely a case of mistaken identity. His evidence was that a high school classmate of Kavanaugh’s kind of looked like him, and lived in a childhood home that sounded similar to the home where Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, described the assault taking place.
On Thursday night, conservative legal operative Ed Whelan sent a series of tweets suggesting that the sexual assault...

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28 Aug 2018

Bruce Ohr Fought Russian Organized Crime. Now He’s a Target of Trump.

In nearly three decades at the Justice Department, Mr. Ohr has made a career of supporting and facilitating important cases that targeted Russian organized crime. Now he is a target of President Trump, who has put his security clearance under review and attacked him publicly, and allies.
In nearly three decades at the Justice Department, Mr. Ohr has made a career of supporting and facilitating important...

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26 Feb 2018

The Democrats’ rebuttal to the Nunes FISA memo is utterly devastating

Having now read both memos, I can say with confidence: Schiff makes his case. Schiff quotes key FBI documents that explicitly contradict the Nunes memo’s core arguments. Any fair-minded observer who reads these two documents side-by-side can only conclude one thing: Nunes is either deeply misinformed or straight-up lying.
Having now read both memos, I can say with confidence: Schiff makes his case. Schiff quotes key FBI documents...

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2 Feb 2018

House Republicans Release Secret Memo Accusing Russia Investigators of Bias

House Republicans released a disputed memo on Friday compiled by congressional aides that accused the F.B.I. and  Justice Department of abusing their surveillance powers to spy on a former Trump campaign adviser, Carter Page. The memo, which has prompted a political firestorm, also criticizes information used by law enforcement officials in their application for a warrant to wiretap Mr. Page, and names the senior F.B.I. and Justice Department officials who approved the highly classified warrant.
House Republicans released a disputed memo on Friday compiled by congressional aides that accused the F.B.I....
20 Jan 2018

Republicans are accusing the Obama Administraion of Abuse of Power. They have a duty to show evidence.

Social media last night and today have been flooded with inflammatory and quite dramatic claims now being made by congressional Republicans about a four-page memo alleging  abuses of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act spying processes during the 2016 election. This memo, which remains secret, was reportedly written under the direction of the chair of the House Permanent Select  Committee on Intelligence, GOP Rep. Devin Nunes.
Social media last night and today have been flooded with inflammatory and quite dramatic claims now...
26 Dec 2017

No longer a ‘lonely battle’: How the campaign against the Mueller probe has taken hold

For months, efforts to discredit special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign flickered at the fringes of political debate. Now, the allegation that FBI and Justice Department officials are part of a broad conspiracy against President Trump is suddenly center stage, amplified by conservative  activists, GOP lawmakers, right-leaning media and the president himself.
For months, efforts to discredit special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation into Russian meddling in...
31 Oct 2017

As Russia case unfolds, Trump and Republicans go to battle with Clinton and Democrats

Trump issued four tweets over 24 minutes, attacking the Mueller probe  as unfair and citing various Clinton controversies that he said  warranted investigation. “Instead they look at phony Trump/Russia, ‘collusion,’ which doesn’t exist,” the president said. “The Dems are using this terrible (and bad for our country) Witch Hunt for evil politics, but the R’s are now fighting back like never before. There is so much GUILT by Democrats/Clinton, and now the facts are pouring out. DO SOMETHING!”
Trump issued four tweets over 24 minutes, attacking the Mueller probe  as unfair and citing various...
25 Oct 2017

Russia’s Favored Outlet Is an Online News Giant. YouTube Helped.

As the presidential election heated up in the spring of 2016, RT consistently featured negative stories about Mrs. Clinton, according to United States intelligence officials. That included claims of corruption at her family foundation and ties to Islamic extremism, frequent coverage of emails stolen by Russian operatives from Mrs. Clinton’s campaign chairman, and accusations that she was in poor physical and mental health.
As the presidential election heated up in the spring of 2016, RT consistently featured negative stories about Mrs....
23 Oct 2017

It Didn’t Just Start Now: John Kelly Has Always Been a Hard-Right Bully

Any examination of Kelly’s past public remarks makes clear he is not a sober professional, calculating that he must degrade himself in public so he can remain in place to rein in Trump’s worst instincts behind the scenes. Rather, Kelly honestly shares those instincts: He’s proudly  ignorant, he’s a liar, and he’s a shameless bully and demagogue.
Any examination of Kelly’s past public remarks makes clear he is not a sober professional, calculating that he must...
7 Oct 2017

These are the Facebook posts Russia used to undermine Hillary Clinton’s campaign

By meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Moscow appears to have initially aimed to plant Donald Trump in the White House. But as signs toward the end of the campaign pointed to Trump’s defeat, actors in Russia were primarily trying to hamstring Hillary Clinton’s perceived ascension to the presidency.
By meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Moscow appears to have initially aimed to plant Donald Trump in the...

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3 Oct 2017

Facebook’s Russia-Linked Ads Came in Many Disguises

The Russians who posed as Americans on Facebook last year tried on quite an array of disguises. There was “Defend the 2nd,” a Facebook page for gun-rights supporters, festooned with firearms and tough rhetoric. There was a rainbow-hued page for gay rights activists, “LGBT United.” There was even a Facebook group for animal lovers with memes of adorable puppies that spread across the site with the help of paid ads.
The Russians who posed as Americans on Facebook last year tried on quite an array of disguises. There was “Defend...
29 Sep 2017

Yet Another Major Russia Story Falls Apart. Is Skepticism Permissible Yet?

Last Friday, most major media outlets touted a major story about Russian attempts to hack into U.S. voting systems, based exclusively on claims made by the Department of Homeland Security. “Russians attempted  to hack elections systems in 21 states in the run-up to last year’s presidential election, officials said Friday,” began the USA Today story, similar to how most other outlets presented this extraordinary claim.
Last Friday, most major media outlets touted a major story about Russian attempts to hack into U.S....

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8 Sep 2017

The Fake Americans Russia Created to Influence the Election

The Russian information attack on the election did not stop with the hacking and leaking of Democratic emails or the fire hose of stories, true, false and in between, that battered Mrs. Clinton on Russian outlets like RT and Sputnik. Far less splashy, and far more difficult to trace, was Russia’s experimentation on Facebook and Twitter, the American companies that essentially invented the tools of social media and, in this case, did not stop them from being turned into engines of deception and propaganda.
The Russian information attack on the election did not stop with the hacking and leaking of Democratic...

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29 Aug 2017

Lurid Trump allegations made by Louise Mensch and co-writer came from hoaxer

Explosive allegations about Donald Trump made by online writers with large followings among Trump critics were based on bogus information from a hoaxer who falsely claimed to work in law enforcement. Claude Taylor tweeted fake details of criminal inquiries into Trump that were invented by a source whose claim to work for the New York attorney general was not checked, according to emails seen by the Guardian. The allegations were endorsed as authentic and retweeted by his co-writer Louise Mensch.
Explosive allegations about Donald Trump made by online writers with large followings among Trump critics were...

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19 Feb 2017

No, Hillary Clinton did not “give Russia 20 percent of the uranium” in the US

During his chaotic 77-minute press conference on Thursday, President Donald Trump was on the defensive about his relationship with Russia. One key point he made, attempting to prove that that he wasn’t soft on Moscow, was to paint the previous administration as weak in handling the Kremlin — by claiming again that Hillary Clinton gave Russia “20 percent of our uranium” as secretary of state.
During his chaotic 77-minute press conference on Thursday, President Donald Trump was on the defensive about...
10 Dec 2016

A Clinton Fan Manufactured Fake News That MSNBC Personalities Spread to Discredit WikiLeaks Docs

Fake news is not one sided. To say Clinton lost because of fake news is disingenuous. This report gives an example of how media and Hillary Clinton camp spread fake news to discredit wikileaks stories.
Fake news is not one sided. To say Clinton lost because of fake news is disingenuous. This report gives an example of...

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27 Nov 2016

Some Fake News Publishers Just Happen to Be Donald Trump’s Cronies

The extraordinary phenomenon of fake news spread by Facebook and other social media during the 2016 presidential election has been largely portrayed as a lucky break for Donald Trump.. But a closer look reveals that some of the biggest fake news providers  were run by experienced political operators well within the orbit of Donald Trump’s political advisers and consultants.
The extraordinary phenomenon of fake news spread by Facebook and other social media during the 2016 presidential...

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1 Nov 2016

US Election: The truth about a Twitter conspiracy theory

The hashtag "Go Hillary" strangely shot to the top of Twitter's US trends list on Sunday. Strangely, because it happened in the immediate wake of potentially very damaging revelations about the Democratic candidate's emails.Donald Trump supporters accused the social network of artificially boosting a trend - but what's the real story?
The hashtag "Go Hillary" strangely shot to the top of Twitter's US trends list on Sunday. Strangely, because it happened...
31 Oct 2016

Trump claims Google and Facebook are suppressing Clinton email news

 Donald Trump added another group of actors to the growing list of interests that he claims are "rigging" the election against him. In a tweet on Sunday, the Republican presidential nominee baselessly asserted that technology companies were attempting to tamp down new revelations that the FBI is continuing to investigate Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while serving as secretary of state. 
 Donald Trump added another group of actors to the growing list of interests that he claims are "rigging" the...
21 Oct 2016

Trump didn’t invent the ‘rigged election’ myth. Republicans did.

Trump’s argument on rigged elections didn’t spring from nowhere. It’s just one more symptom of a long-running effort by Republicans to delegitimize Democratic voters, appointees and leaders. For years, this disease has infected our politics. It cannot be cured until Republican leaders rethink their  approach to modern politics.
Trump’s argument on rigged elections didn’t spring from nowhere. It’s just one more symptom of a long-running...
16 Oct 2016

Trump suggests Clinton was on drugs during debates, says they should get tested next time.

So it’s come to this. Now Donald Trump seems to have come up with a new excuse as to why Hillary Clinton won the last debate: she had an unfair advantage. The Republican presidential candidate pretty much accused his opponent on Saturday of having taken drugs before the last debate and said it was only fair for the two of them to do drug tests prior to the third presidential debate. “I think she’s actually getting pumped up, she’s getting pumped up, you understand, she’s getting pumped up for Wednesday night,” Trump said.
So it’s come to this. Now Donald Trump seems to have come up with a new excuse as to why Hillary Clinton won the last...

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10 Oct 2016

Trump is wrong: Hillary Clinton did not laugh about the rape of a 12-year-old

It is totally false to say that Hillary Clinton laughed about the rape of a 12-year-old. And it has been thoroughly debunked. In the 1980s, Arkansas journalist Roy Reed interviewed Hillary Clinton about the case, recording their conversation on tapes for a magazine story than never ultimately was published. In the recordings, there are spots where Clinton chuckles — but never about the central thrust of the case. At one point, recounting that her client passed a polygraph test, she chuckles while saying that it “forever destroyed my faith in polygraphs.”
It is totally false to say that Hillary Clinton laughed about the rape of a 12-year-old. And it has been thoroughly...
8 Oct 2016

Harvey Weinstein Urged Clinton Campaign to Silence Sanders’s Black Lives Matter Message

Hacked emails reveal that Harvey Weinstein a top Clinton fund raiser suggested to counter Bernei Sanders Black Lives Matter message with “the Sandy Hook issue” - a reference to Sanders’s opposition to lawsuits against gun manufacturers. Clinton used this message in her final debate with Sanders as well as in her ads.
Hacked emails reveal that Harvey Weinstein a top Clinton fund raiser suggested to counter Bernei Sanders Black Lives...
10 Sep 2016

Donald Trump Says Hillary Clinton Wouldn’t Be Prosecuted Even if She Shot Someone

Donald J. Trump, in escalating attacks against Hillary Clinton,  suggested on Friday that his opponent was so immune to prosecution that  she could shoot someone in front of thousands of witnesses and not be prosecuted. Mr. Trump’s comments followed an extended, and at times vicious and unscripted, criticism of Mrs. Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate, whom he called “an unstable person.”
Donald J. Trump, in escalating attacks against Hillary Clinton,  suggested on Friday that his opponent was so...
15 Aug 2016

Wikileaks Ties Hillary To Pedophile Sex Trafficker

The link here is between an attorney Roy Black, who represented Jeffery Epstein, accused of trafficking under aged girls for sex with himself and powerful friends including Bill Clinton. They fail to mention that he is also a friend of Donald Trump.
The link here is between an attorney Roy Black, who represented Jeffery Epstein, accused of trafficking under aged girls...

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5 Aug 2016

The US did not pay a $400 million “ransom” to Iran. Here’s what actually happened.

WSJ and right wing media are miss-characterizing the payments to Iran insinuating that the money was in exchange for hostages, were in fact the money was owed to Iran based on a military purchase in 1979 that was never delivered.
WSJ and right wing media are miss-characterizing the payments to Iran insinuating that the money was in exchange for...

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2 Aug 2016

‘I Was Just Joking’: Media Apoplectic as Khizr Khan Attack on Donald Trump Goes Down in Flames

This is a great example of how the right wing media uses innuendo to smear opponents. The only claim they have is that Mr. Khan worked for a law firm that did Hillary's taxes and does immigration work for the Saudi's who contribute to the Clinton foundation.
This is a great example of how the right wing media uses innuendo to smear opponents. The only claim they have is that...

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18 May 2015

Obama’s amnesty by edict

As if President Obama hasn’t made enough wrong moves, now, he’s going to finish his presidency casting a wide net of amnesty and carting illegals into every American community with virtually no regard for safety in doing so. But he does have one thing in mind for certain: creating new voters in every state to ensure a 2016 win for the Democratic Party presidential nominee.
As if President Obama hasn’t made enough wrong moves, now, he’s going to finish his presidency casting a wide net of...
9 Mar 2014

Fact Check: Was Hillary Clinton fired from Watergate investigation?

An email says that Hillary Clinton - then Hillary Rodham - was fired for lying and being unethical when she was a 27-year-old working on the Watergate investigation. Is this true? The report verifies that Zeifman in his book did make these allegations but there is nothing out-and-out to confirm Zeifman's rendition.
An email says that Hillary Clinton - then Hillary Rodham - was fired for lying and being unethical when she was a...

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