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With his numbers sinking like a rock, how long before they start planting fake stories praising Trump to keep him from starting a war?


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A change.org petition: The legal removal of The President & Vice President, et al., for Misprision of Treason.

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But hey: presently over 72,000 signatures. Suck it, Lakin!


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http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/02/ ... hite-house

The BEST description written to date!!!!!

We aren’t even a third of the way through the administration’s 100-day honeymoon period and let’s face it: we’re plumb exhausted. We’re exhausted from the flurry of rash executive orders. Exhausted from the human carnage in the wake of the president’s ban on travelers from majority-Muslim countries. Exhausted from the battles with neighbors, allies, and strategic adversaries on the world stage. Exhausted from the lies, the alternative facts, the boasts, the conflicts, and the scandals from this “fine-tuned machine.” Exhausted from our president’s cavalier habit of belittling our judiciary and intelligence services. Exhausted from having craven boneheads chosen to lead departments governing the environment, the Treasury, education, and the interior. Exhausted from an administration that turns a blind eye to Russian intrusions into Crimea, our election, and the imminent elections in Europe. Exhausted from the West Wing circus of misfits, clowns, and ghouls—politics’ answer to the Kardashians. Exhausted from the preening arrogance of the members of the First Family. Exhausted from waking up and not knowing what fresh hell this new president and his birdcage of a mind have cooked up overnight.
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Trump Rescinds Rules on Bathrooms for Transgender Students
By JEREMY W. PETERS, JO BECKER and JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVISFEB. 22, 2017

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Wednesday rescinded protections for transgender students that had allowed them to use bathrooms corresponding with their gender identity, overruling his own education secretary and placing his administration firmly in the middle of the culture wars that many Republicans have tried to leave behind.

In a joint letter, the top civil rights officials from the Justice Department and the Education Department rejected the Obama administration’s position that nondiscrimination laws require schools to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms of their choice.

That directive, they said, was improperly and arbitrarily devised, “without due regard for the primary role of the states and local school districts in establishing educational policy.”

The question of how to address the “bathroom debate,” as it has become known, opened a rift inside the Trump administration, pitting Education Secretary Betsy DeVos against Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Mr. Sessions, who had been expected to move quickly to roll back the civil rights expansions put in place under his Democratic predecessors, wanted to act decisively because of two pending court cases that could have upheld the protections and pushed the government into further litigation.
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/22/us/p ... ights.html

More about Session vs DeVos controversy in the article


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Trump: Budget proposal will focus on spending cuts

By Kevin Liptak, CNN White House Producer
Updated 0140 GMT (0940 HKT) February 23, 2017

It's one of three major upcoming legislative proposals
Trump is aiming to release his budget blueprint by mid-March


Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump previewed a budget plan Wednesday he said would be focused intently on slashing spending in a bid to reduce the national debt.

It's one of three major legislative proposals the White House is preparing ahead of Trump's address to lawmakers next week, his first speech to a joint session of Congress as President.

Trump said Wednesday that plans were nearly final for a health care measure that would replace the Affordable Care Act, and for the tax reform package that he promised on the campaign trail.

The White House said Trump was aiming to release his budget blueprint by mid-March, though officials acknowledged the document would amount to only a framework, and not a full plan, since key members of the White House team have just begun work. Mick Mulvaney, Trump's budget director, was confirmed last week.

Speaking ahead of his meeting Wednesday, Trump promised a plan that would allocate taxpayer dollars carefully, with an eye toward reducing wasteful spending.


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Remember the debt ceiling? Here it comes again

John W. Schoen | @johnwschoen
Friday, 17 Feb 2017 | 5:11 PM ET
CNBC.com

U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.
After a 15-month hiatus, Congress is once again warming up for another round of self-inflicted budget "crises" that have become all but standard operating procedure when the Treasury needs to raise the limit of its borrowing authority.

That's right: The "debt ceiling" is back.

The budgetary bottleneck arrives again next month, when the latest suspension of the limit expires on March 15. Back in October 2015, Congress decided to punt on the issue by suspending the debt ceiling — with a hard end date.

Some budget watchers are already warning that another bitter budget battle could be looming.
http://www.cnbc.com/2017/02/17/remember ... again.html


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http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing- ... -the-enemy

Will McRaven, a retired U.S. Navy admiral and University of Texas system chancellor, is pushing back on President Trump’s description of the media as “the enemy of the American people.”

Speaking to a communications college at UT-Austin on Tuesday, McRaven praised the work of the press as necessary to hold others accountable, according to reports.

“We must challenge this statement and this sentiment that the news media is the enemy of the American people,” McRaven said. “This sentiment may be the greatest threat to democracy in my lifetime.”
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I agree!


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Washington Post Feb, 22 2017 Amnesty blames Trump, others in global rollback of rights.
Amnesty International says “toxic” fear-mongering by anti-establishment politicians, among them President Donald Trump and the leaders of Turkey, Hungary and the Philippines, is contributing to a global pushback against human rights.

Releasing its 408-page annual report on rights abuses around the world Wednesday, the watchdog group described 2016 as “the year when the cynical use of ‘us vs. them’ narratives of blame, hate and fear took on a global prominence to a level not seen since the 1930s,” when Adolf Hitler rose to power in Germany.

Amnesty named Trump, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte among leaders it said are “wielding a toxic agenda that hounds, scapegoats and dehumanizes entire groups of people."
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“The limits of what is acceptable have shifted. Politicians are shamelessly and actively legitimizing all sorts of hateful rhetoric and policies based on people’s identity: misogyny, racism and homophobia. The first target has been refugees and, if this continues in 2017, others will be in the crosshairs.”


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TollandRCR wrote:Washington Post Feb, 22 2017 Amnesty blames Trump, others in global rollback of rights.
Amnesty International says “toxic” fear-mongering by anti-establishment politicians, among them President Donald Trump and the leaders of Turkey, Hungary and the Philippines, is contributing to a global pushback against human rights.

Releasing its 408-page annual report on rights abuses around the world Wednesday, the watchdog group described 2016 as “the year when the cynical use of ‘us vs. them’ narratives of blame, hate and fear took on a global prominence to a level not seen since the 1930s,” when Adolf Hitler rose to power in Germany.

Amnesty named Trump, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte among leaders it said are “wielding a toxic agenda that hounds, scapegoats and dehumanizes entire groups of people."
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“The limits of what is acceptable have shifted. Politicians are shamelessly and actively legitimizing all sorts of hateful rhetoric and policies based on people’s identity: misogyny, racism and homophobia. The first target has been refugees and, if this continues in 2017, others will be in the crosshairs.”
But, but Trump plays better golf than all those other dictators. :P


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Senior US officials get a frosty reception in fiery Mexico
Senior US officials get frosty reception in Mexico
Fresh row brewing over migration
Fiery reponse from Mexican officials
NAFTA talks expected to start soon




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White House: Feds will step up marijuana law enforcement

By Kevin Liptak, CNN White House Producer
Updated 2352 GMT (0752 HKT) February 23, 2017

"I do believe you will see greater enforcement of it," Spicer said
He was careful to distinguish between use of medical and recreational marijuana


Washington (CNN)The White House said Thursday it expects law enforcement agents to enforce federal marijuana laws when they come into conflict with states where recreational use of the drug is permitted.

"I do believe you will see greater enforcement of it," White House press secretary Sean Spicer said regarding federal drug laws, which still list marijuana as an illegal substance.

That's a reversal from the Obama administration's stance, which laid out in an official memo that the federal government wouldn't interfere in states where nonmedical use of marijuana is allowed.

That guidance was issued after two states -- Colorado and Washington -- voted to legalize recreational use of marijuana. Obama said in the immediate aftermath of those votes that the federal government had "bigger fish to fry" than cracking down on marijuana use in states where it's considered legal.
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/02/23/polit ... trump-pot/


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RTH10260 wrote:
White House: Feds will step up marijuana law enforcement
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That guidance was issued after two states -- Colorado and Washington -- voted to legalize recreational use of marijuana. Obama said in the immediate aftermath of those votes that the federal government had "bigger fish to fry" than cracking down on marijuana use in states where it's considered legal.
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/02/23/polit ... trump-pot/
I doubt this would happen if red states legalized it.


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http://www.kiro7.com/news/local/washing ... /496927669
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson is ready to defend the will of his state’s voters after White House press secretary Sean Spicer suggested Thursday that Donald Trump’s administration may crack down on states with legalized marijuana for recreational use.


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States' Rights only cover guns & abortion, eh?


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RoadScholar wrote:States' Rights only cover guns & abortion, eh?
No, silly, it also covers bathrooms!


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They gotta fill up all those private prisons, right?


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February 22, 2017 - Trump Slumps As American Voters Disapprove 55% - 38% Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Voters Trust Media, Courts More Than President

American voters today give President Donald Trump a negative 38 - 55 percent job approval rating, his worst net score since he took office, down from a negative 42 - 51 percent approval rating in a February 7 Quinnipiac University national poll.

President Trump's negative scores are 36 - 59 percent among women and 41 - 50 percent among men, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll finds. Republicans approve 83 - 10 percent, while negative approval ratings are 5 - 91 percent among Democrats and 38 - 55 percent among independent voters.

Trump gets a negative 39 - 55 percent favorability rating, also his worst net score since taking office. Vice President Mike Pence gets a split 41 - 40 percent favorability.
https://poll.qu.edu/national/release-de ... aseID=2431


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Donald Trump Casually Suggests the U.S. Should Lead the World Into a New Nuclear Arms Race

By Elliot Hannon

Donald Trump, after a lifetime of real-estate deals and reality TV show whatever, is now the president of the United States, and as the president, he now gets to have an opinion about things he knows little about, has never shown an interest in, and, unfortunately, affect us all. The latest example of this is Trump’s advocating—in an interview with Reuters Thursday—for the United States to bulk up its nuclear arsenal. Really. “It would be wonderful; a dream would be that no country would have nukes, but if countries are going to have nukes, we’re going to be at the top of the pack,” Trump said. Russia currently has roughly 400 more deployed nuclear warheads than the U.S., which has 1,367 deployed, according to the State Department.

That’s unsettlingly loose rhetoric after decades of careful negotiation to try to limit the supply of nuclear weapons and their potential for use. Trump went one step further during the interview, suggesting that he was dissatisfied with the New START strategic arms–limitation treaty between the U.S. and Russia, which requires both countries to limit their nuclear arsenals to equal levels over the next decade. “The treaty permits both countries to have no more than 800 deployed and non-deployed land-based intercontinental and submarine-launched ballistic missile launchers and heavy bombers equipped to carry nuclear weapons, and contains equal limits on other nuclear weapons,” according to Reuters.

Trump called the treaty “a one-sided deal” and “another bad deal.” Trump has made similar remarks in favor of nuclear proliferation in the past.
http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/ ... a_new.html


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Russian flags with Trump on them are being passed out at CPAC 2017.


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Kendra wrote:http://www.kiro7.com/news/local/washing ... /496927669
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson is ready to defend the will of his state’s voters after White House press secretary Sean Spicer suggested Thursday that Donald Trump’s administration may crack down on states with legalized marijuana for recreational use.
I can tell that my state is going to be quite the thorn in the side of Despotus.

Patty Murray, the original 'mom in soccer shoes', and Bob Ferguson.

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Bannon offers up Trump agenda in rare public speaking appearance

By Jeremy Diamond, CNN
Updated 0109 GMT (0909 HKT) February 24, 2017

Bannon highlighted Trump's executive orders on building a border wall and beefed up immigration enforcement policies
He also stressed the importance of Trump's moves to begin a "deconstruction of the administrative state"


National Harbor, Maryland (CNN)White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, in a rare public appearance, outlined President Donald Trump's agenda Thursday before an enthusiastic crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

"I think one of the most pivotal moments in modern American history was his immediate withdrawal from TPP. It got us out of a trade deal and let our sovereignty come back to ourselves," he said, referring to the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.

That decision, which he called just a first step in re-imagining US trade policies, was just one of three Bannon pointed to as the most important steps Trump has taken since becoming president just over a month ago.

On the national security front, Bannon highlighted Trump's executive orders on building a border wall and beefed up immigration enforcement policies. And thirdly, he stressed the importance of Trump's moves to begin a "deconstruction of the administrative state" by appointing individuals from the private sector to key economic Cabinet positions who will help strip down federal regulations.
http://edition.cnn.com/2017/02/23/polit ... pac-unity/


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Bannon offers up Trump agenda in rare public speaking appearance
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On the national security front, Bannon highlighted Trump's executive orders on building a border wall and beefed up immigration enforcement policies. And thirdly, he stressed the importance of Trump's moves to begin a "deconstruction of the administrative state" by appointing individuals from the private sector to key economic Cabinet positions who will help strip down federal regulations.
Happy America! Enjoy your capitalist future.

PS. The deconstruction of America has been noted elsewhere (worldwide) too...

PPS. and nobody is believeing that Trump is running the government but Rasputin Bannon ...


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Execs Return to White House to Give Trump Their U.S. Job Ideas
by BEN POPKEN

At the last meeting Trump had with manufacturing CEOs, everyone got a homework assignment: You've got 30 days to come up with a plan to create U.S jobs. In today's meeting with them, he'll check their work.

"We're going to find out how we bring more jobs back," Trump told the group before the meeting was shut off to the press. He cited that the U.S. closed 70,000 factories since China joined the World Trade Organization. The president said he wanted to create a "level" playing field for companies on the world stage, with a stronger dollar and trade surpluses with other countries.

The CEOs went around the room introducing themselves, offering praise, and inviting Trump to come ride in the industrial vehicles they manufacture or visit operations.

Trump alternately praised, bullied, and cajoled during the introduction. He asked the CEO of United Technologies, Carrier's parent company if they were going to bring any more jobs back and said that its air conditioning sales were up from "patriotic" buyers.

He also prodded the CEO of GE, Jeffrey Immelt, to relate an anecdote where while golfing Trump said "I'm the best golfer of all the rich people," and the proceeded to hit a hole-in-one on a par 3.
http://fortune.com/2017/01/18/trump-wil ... secretary/


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Execs Return to White House to Give Trump Their U.S. Job Ideas
by BEN POPKEN
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Trump alternately praised, bullied, and cajoled during the introduction. He asked the CEO of United Technologies, Carrier's parent company if they were going to bring any more jobs back and said that its air conditioning sales were up from "patriotic" buyers.
:snippity:
http://fortune.com/2017/01/18/trump-wil ... secretary/
This meeting was reviewed very critical in some commerce oriented press. What was noted especially that Trump in his speeches made statements that contradict the official trade policy, and that the press noted especially that Trump is making it difficult for his future of Secretary of Trade Willbur Ross to communicate the real intentions of the US administration, and that he gets to start with correcting all the false statements that Teh Donald puts out into the public sphere.

One snippet google-translated from German
In front of cameras running, however, Trump once again opened the session with a trade-polic tirade that was so full of falsehoods. Especially embarrassing is that the so-called economic capiton, which should actually know better, in the best case looked away, in the worst case nodding in agreement. No one at all contradicts, at least in front of the camera.


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Um, please tell me this is fake news.

https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2017 ... efing.html
WASHINGTON—Journalists from at least three U.S. news organizations were prohibited from attending a briefing by U.S. President Donald Trump’s press secretary on Friday, a highly unusual breach of relations between the White House and its press corps.

Reporters from The New York Times, CNN and Politico were not allowed to enter the West Wing office of the press secretary, Sean M. Spicer, for the scheduled briefing. Aides to Mr. Spicer allowed in reporters from only a hand-picked group of news organizations that, the White House said, had been previously confirmed to attend.

Organizations allowed in included Breitbart News, the One America News Network and The Washington Times, all with conservative leanings. Journalists from ABC, CBS, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and Fox News also attended.
I honestly don't know why President Trump even bothers with this when he could just establish the Ministry of Truth.


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