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The Trump/GOP Atrocities/Crimes Continue....

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      So for the 60th or is it the 70th time, the GOP has resurrected it's depraved attempt to destroy Obamacare, which will in turn destroy the healthcare systems in America!

      These shameless Republican parasites, who are supposed to represent the people, will dump 32 million people out of affordable health care, ruin most hospitals, and collapse Medicaid all so they can give their rich donors (particularly Trump and the Koch brothers) more tax cuts!!

      Then there's the Russia scandal, which grows uglier and more despicable daily, showing how the Trump campaign colluded with Putin's proxies to subvert our 2016 elections, and it includes the deranged and undemocratically elected Donald Trump, his AG, Jeff Sessions, his former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, his former top NSA Advisor, Michael Flynn, his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and his son, Donald Jr.

      Special Prosecutor Mueller is also pursuing Obstruction of Justice charges against Donald Trump for his firing of James Comey, and for his meeting with Russians at the WH, where he passed secrets to them, and bragged about the firing of Comey and that he had "shut down the Russia inquiry!"

      Then there's the GOP paying for Trump's lawyers to defend him from the above charges! They've spent $400,000 so far, and still counting. But isn't Trump a "billionaire," and if so, why isn't he paying his own legal bills?

      Then there's EPA head, Scott Pruitt, requiring round the clock security everywhere he goes, because his promotion of polluting corporations, at the expense of the health of the American people makes him a very unpopular huckster!

      Then there's, Tom Price, the head of Health and Human Services who commandeered a private jet to fly to Philadelphia from Washington, DC, five times in one week, even though it's only a short hop, and a train would have gotten him into downtown Philly faster!

      Meanwhile America's real problems go unattended or ignored by the GOP controlled Congress, and the deranged president in the WH.

      After 5 massive and record storms strike the USA (including the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico), there's still no activity or will to address Climate Change. The devastation in TX, FL, LA, and the Caribbean will cost tens of billions $$$ to clean up and fix, and what's to prevent 5 more record storms to come flying off the African coast next year and doing damage all over again???

      And yet, the GOP does nothing.

      America's infrastructure is also crumbling. This includes bridges, roads, dams, pipeline systems, and the national grid. What is the GOP doing about it? Nothing.

      What is the GOP's next priority after their current healthcare atrocity fails? To issue more tax cuts to the rich!

      You see while the GOP increased the already bloated Defense Budget, and will have to allocate another $20 to $30 billion for the storm damaged areas, they've decided that the best way to pay for all of this is ... wait for it .... more tax cuts!!!???!!!

      Which, if you know anything about math, will skyrocket the federal deficits above $1 trillion/year, and this is after Obama reduced those trillion $$$ deficits left to him by GW Bush (another Republican) by two thirds!!!

      I don't know how dumb the GOP thinks the American people are, but since we keep putting Republicans back into power in the Congress, they've got to think Americans are awfully stupid to keep falling for their lies, their incompetence, and their depraved indifference to the fate of the American people!

      The majority of the American people did not vote for the incompetent GW Bush for president, but the Republican appointees on the US Supreme Court appointed that fool to the WH (which should not have been allowed).

      And by an even larger measure, the American people did not vote for the fraud, incompetent, and crook, Donald Trump, but the antiquated and undemocratic Electoral College allowed the Orange Grifter to be installed in the WH with the votes of the uninformed/misinformed/white supremacist Fox "News" watchers, and Hate-Talk radio listeners.

      So now the destiny of America is in the hands of Robert Mueller and his team of investigators, but when he brings charges against the Donald Trump and the rest of the criminals that surround him, we will need a Democratic Congress to impeach the Putin-puppet-fraud or else the Republicans will do nothing (as usual), and the atrocities and crimes mentioned above will escalate in their horror and detriment to all the American people!

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          Everyone is saying that if Mueller finds that Trump fired Comey in order to impede the investigation into Russian collusion or conspiracy, that is a clear case of obstruction of justice, which is an impeachable offense.

          http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/richard-painter-donald-trump-obstruction_us_59c322ace4b0c90504fb6ce3?section=us_politics

          Richard Painter, a former ethics chief in the George W. Bush White House, said the Robert Mueller investigation might come down to just one question: Why did Donald Trump fire James Comey as FBI director?

          If it turns out it was to block the Russia investigation, that would be obstruction, Painter said on MSNBC on Wednesday. And that, he predicted, would be the end of this administration.

          Earlier Wednesday, The New York Times had reported that special counsel Mueller was seeking information and documents related to the decision to fire Comey in May, among other requests.

          “The president once again has the right to fire the FBI director,” Painter said on MSNBC. “But not the right the fire to FBI director in order to obstruct an ongoing investigation of the collaboration with the Russians.”

          He added:

          “And there’s obviously collaboration. They’ve got to stop denying that. The only question is whether it was illegal collaboration. But the obstruction of justice and the lying ultimately may be what puts an end to this White House. They are in serious trouble on this.”


          In his infamous interview with Lester Holt on NBC, Trump clearly says at about a minute into the interview that regardless of any recommendations from Sessions or Rosenstein, he had already decided to fire Comey because of the Russia investigation. So Director Mueller, here is your answer as to why Trump fired Comey.

          Trump did say he MIGHT allow the investigation to continue, but that Comey was the wrong person for that job. Basically what this says is Trump wanted the investigation to proceed the way he wanted it to go, rather than how Comey wanted it to go.

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          Trump Embarrasses At U.N. Lunch With African Leaders

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              Trump (Again) Embarrasses

              Himself And America,

              This Time With African Leaders

              Clueless & Insensitive About History

              "I have so many friends going to your countries trying to get rich."

              By Ray Cunneff

              September 20, 2017

              At a United Nations "working lunch" today with African leaders, Trump revealed once again that his ignorance never stops him from pontificating, lecturing and offending. This time, he decided to lavish false praise on health care in Africa – a topic he clearly knows nothing about.

              Trump said:

              “In Guinea and Nigeria you fought a horrifying Ebola outbreak.
              Nambia’s health system is increasingly self-sufficient.”

              There is no such country as 'Nambia'.

              David Mack @davidmackau

              Trump, at a lunch with African leaders,

              refers to the non-existent country of "Nambia."

              Maybe he meant Zambia, Gambia or Namibia, but it's not what he said and, reportedly, he only avoided outright ridicule in the room by seguing into a highly offensive praise of African exploitation:

              "Africa has tremendous business potential, I have so many friends going to your countries

              trying to get rich. I congratulate you, they're spending a lot of money. It has tremendous

              business potential, representing huge amounts of different markets. ...

              It's really become a place they have to go, that they want to go."

              What Trump is congratulating the African leaders for seems an echo of the 19th Century colonialism of the continent, the racist ideology of imperial enterprise, the exploitation by multiple western countries, including the United States, and the lingering stain of slavery and the slave trade.

              Trump's false praise and ignorance was anything but flattering to the assembled African leaders.


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              Graham/Cassidy HealthCare Bill Takes An Ax To What's Good In Obamacare

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                  ONE MORE TIME!!!! THE GOP PRESCRIBES ITS MEDICINE TO CURE WHAT AILS AMERICAN HEALTHCARE LEGISLATION........

                  What's in the Graham-Cassidy Obamacare Repeal/Replacement Bill?



                  SUMMARY

                  1) Ax the Affordable Care Act - end mandates, eliminate subsidies.

                  2) Drastically cut federal health spending in the states and block granting it with the deepest cuts happening in Blue States (but still very steep in the Red)

                  3) Cap Medicaid Spending

                  4) Allow states to waive the Essential Benefits Requirements and to Eliminate Community Effectiveness Ratings.



                  DETAIL

                  1) Repeal Obamacare individual & employer mandates: Obamacare levies penalties on most Americans who don't have health insurance and larger employers who don't provide affordable coverage for their workers. The bill would eliminate the penalty, retroactive to 2016.

                  2) Repeals Obamacare subsidies and ends Medicaid expansion funding: The legislation would eliminate Obamacare subsidies that lower premiums, deductibles and co-pays in 2020. It would also jettison federal funding for Medicaid expansion, which 31 states use to provide coverage for residents with incomes up to about $16,000.

                  The legislation would turn the federal funding for Medicaid expansion and the subsidies into a block grant program. States would be given a lump sum of money and would have a lot of leeway over how to spend it.

                  For instance, they could help enrollees pay their premiums and out-of-pocket costs or set up high-risk or reinsurance pools to help protect insurers from costly enrollees and entice them to stay in the individual market. States could use a portion of money to help those enrolled in Medicaid afford care.

                  Graham and Cassidy say that this provision would return power to the states and allow them to create programs that fit their residents' needs. Also, it would equalize Medicaid funding across the states. The bill's authors note that four states -- New York, California, Massachusetts and Maryland -- get 37% of Obamacare funding.

                  But Democrats and consumer advocates say that many states, particularly those that expanded Medicaid, would lose a lot of federal funding, making it harder for them to provide coverage or assistance to their residents. Also, they note, the block grant is only authorized through 2026, jeopardizing the continuation of funding after that.

                  3) Loosens Obamacare's regulations regarding pre-existing conditions: The bill would also waive several key Obamacare protections for those with pre-existing conditions. While it would still require insurers to provide coverage to everyone, it would allow carriers to charge enrollees more based on their medical history. So younger, healthier folks could see their premiums go down, but sicker Americans could find themselves priced out of policies.

                  4) The legislation also would eliminate Obamacare's essential health benefits provision. The benefits mandate insurers cover an array of services, including hospitalization, maternity care, prescription drugs, mental health and substance abuse services. This could lower premiums somewhat and give consumers a wider choice of plans. But it would also make it harder for people to buy comprehensive policies so those with pre-existing conditions may not be able to find coverage that meets their health care needs.

                  5) Revamps funding for Medicaid overall: The legislation would send the states a fixed amount of money per Medicaid enrollee, known as a per-capita cap, starting in 2020.

                  States could also opt to receive federal Medicaid funding as a block grant for the non-disabled adults and children in their program. Under a block grant, states would get a fixed amount of federal funding each year, regardless of how many participants are in the program.

                  States, however, cannot opt to receive block grant funding for elderly and disabled participants.

                  Graham-Cassidy would also shrink the program even more over time by pegging the annual growth rate of funding for children and non-disabled adults to standard inflation after 2024, rather than the more generous medical inflation.

                  Either per-capita caps or block grants would limit federal responsibility, shifting that burden to the states. However, since states don't have the money to make up the difference, they would likely either reduce eligibility, curtail benefits or cut provider payments. The block grant would be more restrictive since the funding level would not adjust for increases in enrollment, which often happens in bad economic times.

                  http://money.cnn.com/2017/09/18/news/economy/obama...

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                  Trump Is Not Paying His Own Legal Fees For The Russian Probe

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                      Well let's see now. First he as a charity that accepts money donations for the charity but never gives any of it to the charity . . . he accepts money for a fake University . . . and now it seems he uses money donated for campaigns to pay his legal fees in the Russian investigation.

                      Oh well, it's not as if we ever thought he was honest!

                      According Reuters and CNN, President Trump isn’t paying for his own legal team in the Russia investigation. Instead, he is using money donated to the Republican National Committee and his 2020 re-election campaign.

                      The RNC’s spending report, scheduled for release Wednesday, will show its legal defense fund paid Trump’s lead lawyer, John Dowd, $100,000 and Jay Sekulow’s law firm $131,250. Sekulow joined the Trump legal team in June. The RNC also has paid $200,000 of Donald Trump Jr.’s Russia investigation-related legal bills.

                      The Trump campaign disclosure isn’t due until October 15th, but CNN says it spent more than $677,826 on legal fees last quarter.

                      It is not illegal for a candidate to use private campaign funds to pay for legal matters stemming from being an elected official, but Trump would be the first in modern times to spend campaign donations on a criminal investigation.

                      https://investigaterussia.org/media/2017-09-19/rnc...

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                      Highlighting His Own Ignorance And Shortcomings To The World.

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                          People are surprised that 45 went before the leaders of the UNGA and went the full Tiki Tyrant?

                          Why......he's been busting his tiny nuts to do that forever. His unhinged rant of total and utter bollocks was everything that should have been expected. His speech to the General Assembly was the ignorance of that ignorant percentage of the US who simply do not have the first clue of this pale blue dot.

                          A slobbering and sobering moment of many moments ingrained in UN history 45 wasn't one to miss his opportunity to take his shitty stand up show presidency to a truly global audience and show that the 'power of stupid in great numbers' is indeed not to be underestimated. Like the editorial of Fox News for the past 20 years 45 was there to bring his routine of playing to a base who have probably never visited New York let alone have the first understanding of any of those nations whose flags flutter outside the building.

                          Of course he couldn't make a speech without wheeling out his latest line regarding that other epic arse Kim Jong Un by naming him 'Rocketman'......if the North Korean regime had any sense they'd just tweet him back....''Stop being so pissy.....then again you like that kind of thing''.....The ultimate burn and one that 45 would find hard to recover from.

                          Then of course it was that other sad tune he plays to his base of repugnant acolytes and that of the Nuclear agreement with Iran and every other major player who negotiated the Iranians to a point that they like having the money and having only to manage the warmongering of Benyamin Netanyahu along with his new bff 45. I am sure Bibi is willing to forgive the tresspasses of the white supremacist sympathizer 45.

                          His speech to the bottom feeders who believe his nonsense was light however on condemnation of Russia and it's actions in Ukraine.....funny that there was no mention of the current war ongoing in Eastern Ukraine nor the mention of the continued annexation of Crimea, nor the attacks on democratic elections in former eastern block nations or on western democracies.......of course we have already seen Russian influence on Syria


                          I mean if that crap happened to the US then I am sure that........oh wait.....nevermind.


                          He did mention his new buddies in the Gulf region....only in glowing terms with Saudi Arabia being given special praise. What he didn't do was mention the current crisis in Yemen thanks to US and British ordinance and hardware delivering a deathly blow to people being starved to death........thanks to those loving Saudi's who are the core of Wahhabism and Al Qaeda........and Daesh and all that violence that comes from that ideology.


                          No, there were no surprises with the speech of 45.


                          It only highlighted his own ignorances and his own shortcomings as a leader and confirmed to the world that on January 20th 2017.....


                          The US handed over its hard earned mantle as the leader of the free world.


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                          Trump Threatens North Korea During UN Speech. Is Mercer'S Pet Nuke Ready?

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                              Since Mercer maneuvered his pet Donnie into the Oval Office, he has been fighting to maintain control of the wild animal.

                              Bannon, Gorza and the other Alt-Right extremists have been isolated, forced out or removed - even Omarosa has been barred from meetings, and she was the token minority for the ethically challenged Breitbart sect occupying 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

                              Now Mercer has always believed that a good tactical nuclear device is a fine way to improve a nation's overall quality of life - just look at the Japanese - and has long been a fan of mass human pain and suffering. Besides, nothing distracts the IRS like an incoming missile. That 8 billion he owes the US government remains a great annoyance to the man who believes that individual members of the human race are measured soley by their financial well-being.

                              Trump's speech to the United Nations did not just throw down a gauntlet, it is the partial drawing of a sabre. One that I am sure came in order to impress the true owner of the White House, who has been waiting for a true sign of the utter destruction of the federal government since January 16th.

                              Kim is certainly going to be impressed.


                              https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2017/sep/19...

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                              Trump's UN Speech

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                                  Trump's UN Speech

                                  A Declaration of 19th Century Values

                                  "Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and his regime."

                                  "...we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea,"

                                  By Ray Cunneff

                                  September 19, 2017

                                  Trump's speech at the UN signals several seismic shifts at the White House. And all of them reflect a looking backwards, a longing for 19th Century isolationism, manifest destiny, racism, and the privilege of wealth.

                                  It also underscored an inherent contradiction in Trump administration foreign policy, between nationalism and isolationism, versus U.S. interventionism and a demand that the world community fall in line behind us, but only when it suits us.

                                  “I will always put America first, just as you should put your countries first,” he said.

                                  It was a virtual declaration of war against North Korea. It, along with recent remarks by ambassador Nikki Haley, have rejected further sanctions and diplomacy and left us with only the military option.

                                  He railed against Iran’s “pursuit of death and destruction,” and warning that major portions of the world are “going to hell.” As he did frequently on the campaign trail, Trump slammed the Iran nuclear deal as “one of the worst and most one-sided transactions” in the history of America, calling it “an embarrassment to the United States.”

                                  The speech also marks the triumph of the nationalists over the globalists (Jared Kushner suddenly not returning phone calls from our allies), a rejection of America's international role, a tearing up of treaties, raising serious doubts about America's reliability and leadership. It's "America First", except when he wants help vanquishing our perceived enemies.

                                  Trump stressed the likelihood that the U.S. will likely intervene in Venezuela, once again sending conflicting messages of isolationism versus interventionism, implying the possibility of military action against Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro, who held a disputed election to create a "constituent assembly" that limited the influence of the elected national assembly and has sent the once prosperous country into chaos and bankruptcy.

                                  And it's an attack on socialism, rather than communism, that caused a gasp in the room. Many countries, including the United States, engage in a hybrid form of socialism and capitalism and Trump's comments may telegraph a forthcoming attack on "socialist" programs like Medicare and Social Security.

                                  “The problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented, but that socialism has been faithfully implemented,” Trump declared. He clearly expected applause, instead he got gasps and a thunderous silence.

                                  This latest challenge to "socialist" Obamacare is a thinly disguised attempt to deny health coverage to millions who will not be able to afford it, treating health care not as a right but as a commodity.

                                  "If you can't afford it, you don't deserve it".


                                  https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpol...


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                                  Mueller Readies His Blade

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                                      This puts Manafort between hell and highwater, I would just love to try to see trump pre-emptively pardon him, rack up some more obstruction for himself.


                                      The noose tightens.


                                      Being explicitly told that there are plans to indict him, Manafort has few options left.

                                      WASHINGTON — Paul J. Manafort was in bed early one morning in July when federal agents bearing a search warrant picked the lock on his front door and raided his Virginia home. They took binders stuffed with documents and copied his computer files, looking for evidence that Mr. Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, set up secret offshore bank accounts. They even photographed the expensive suits in his closet.
                                      The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, then followed the house search with a warning: His prosecutors told Mr. Manafort they planned to indict him, said two people close to the investigation.
                                      The moves against Mr. Manafort are just a glimpse of the aggressive tactics used by Mr. Mueller and his team of prosecutors in the four months since taking over the Justice Department’s investigation into Russia’s attempts to disrupt last year’s election, according to lawyers, witnesses and American officials who have described the approach. Dispensing with the plodding pace typical of many white-collar investigations, Mr. Mueller’s team has used what some describe as shock-and-awe tactics to intimidate witnesses and potential targets of the inquiry.
                                      Mr. Mueller has obtained a flurry of subpoenas to compel witnesses to testify before a grand jury, lawyers and witnesses say, sometimes before his prosecutors have taken the customary first step of interviewing them. One witness was called before the grand jury less than a month after his name surfaced in news accounts. The special counsel even took the unusual step of obtaining a subpoena for one of Mr. Manafort’s former lawyers, claiming an exception to the rule that shields attorney-client discussions from scrutiny.
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                                      “They are setting a tone. It’s important early on to strike terror in the hearts of people in Washington, or else you will be rolled,” said Solomon L. Wisenberg, who was deputy independent counsel in the investigation that led to the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton in 1999. “You want people saying to themselves, ‘Man, I had better tell these guys the truth.’”

                                      https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/18/us/politics/mue...

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