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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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      Melania Trump Talks To The World About The "Golden Rule" And Bullying

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          Do the Trumps have any concept of what irony is? Does Melania not see the nerve that is displayed by attempting to lecture the world about the Golden Rule and bullying, all while she stands by the world's biggest bully, her despicable husband?

          What a complete and utter absurdity. I just can't today....

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          Mueller Goes To The Oval Office

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              http://www.rawstory.com/2017/09/bob-mueller-demand...

              Bob Mueller demands access to Trump White House docs about infamous Russia Oval Office meeting

              Special prosecutor Robert Mueller is zeroing in on the actions that Trump has taken as president — including the infamous Oval Office meeting with White House officials where he reportedly said that firing former FBI Director Comey relieved “pressure” he felt from the Russia investigation.

              According to the New York Times, Mueller and his team have “asked the White House for documents about some of President Trump’s most scrutinized actions since taking office, including the firing of his national security adviser and FBI director.”

              Of particular interest to Mueller’s team are records of the meeting Trump had with Russian government officials in the Oval Office on the day after he fired Comey. In that meeting, Trump is allegedly to have told Russian officials that he fired Comey to relieve the “great pressure” he was facing from the former FBI director.

              The Times reports that, in addition to requesting documents related to the Russian Oval Office meeting, Mueller is seeking documents related to the Trump administration’s decision to fire former National Security Advisers, as well as “documents about how the White House responded to questions from The Times about a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower,” which Donald Trump Jr. believed would give him damaging information delivered from Russian intelligence services about Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton/

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              Trump Judicial Nominee Anti-Gay, Anti-Trans

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                  TRUMP JUDICIAL NOMINEE:

                  TRANSGENDER CHILDREN ARE PART OF

                  ‘SATAN’S PLAN’ OF ‘DESTRUCTION’


                  We’re back to that time where debauchery rules.”

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                  If You Only NEWS

                  September 20, 2017

                  Donald Trump’s nominee for a federal judgeship in Texas sounds like Michele Bachmann in his defense of conversion therapy, a discredited and dangerous practice. That practice, which claims to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity or expression, has been rejected by every mainstream medical and mental health organization for decades. So naturally, Donald Trump’s judicial pick, Jeff Mateer, the current first assistant attorney general of Texas, thinks it’s a swell idea.

                  At the time Mateer was serving as general counsel of the First Liberty Institute (have you noticed the ‘liberty’ never means what they think it means?), he faced criticism from LGBT rights groups.

                  Flashback: As the GOP nominee, Donald Trump said, “As your president, I will do everything in my power to protect our LGBTQ citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology. Believe me.”

                  And then he chose a bigot as his vice-president and now a judicial nominee with his head up his a**.

                  If Mateer is confirmed by the US Senate, he will serve on the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

                  CNN reports:

                  In a May 2015 speech, titled “The Church and Homosexuality,” Mateer discussed a Colorado lawsuit in which the parents of a transgender girl sued her school for preventing her from using the bathroom of her choice.


                  “In Colorado, a public school has been sued because a first grader and I forget the sex, she’s a girl who thinks she’s a boy or a boy who thinks she’s a girl, it’s probably that, a boy who thinks she’s a girl,” Mateer said in a video posted on Vimeo in 2015

                  “And the school said, ‘Well, she’s not using the girl’s restroom.’ And so she has now sued to have a right to go in. Now, I submit to you, a parent of three children who are now young adults, a first grader really knows what their sexual identity?” he said. “I mean it just really shows you how Satan’s plan is working and the destruction that’s going on.”

                  Trump, however, said in April that people should “use the bathroom they feel is appropriate.” Apparently, that’s all changed now as he picks staunch and extreme conservatives to fill his administration and now, judicial posts.

                  In that same May 2015 speech, Mateer said that the Supreme Court decision allowing same-sex marriage could lead to what he called “disgusting” new forms of matrimony.


                  “I submit to you that there’ll be no line there,” he said. “Why couldn’t four 4 people wanna get married? Why not one man and three women? Or three women and one man?”

                  “I mean, it’s disgusting. I’ve learned words I didn’t know. I mean, other than…my assistants here, have you ever heard the word ‘throuple’?’ Throuple’ so that’s three people coming together of different sexes, maybe mixed sexes,” he continued as if he couldn’t stop himself. “Them coming together. There are people who marry themselves. Somebody wanted to marry a tree. People marrying their pets. It’s just like — you know, you read the New Testament and you read about all the things and you think, ‘Oh, that’s not going on in our community.’ Oh yes it is. We’re back to that time where debauchery rules.”

                  Later that year in November 2015, Mateer blasted states for banning gay conversion therapy at a conference hosted by controversial pastor Kevin Swanson, who preaches that the Biblical punishment for homosexuality is death. Swanson has called for executing gays and he did that at an event packed with GOP candidates.

                  “The issue is always, it’s same sex,” Mateer said, according to CNN. “And if you’re giving conversion therapy, that’s been outlawed in at least two states and then in some local areas. So they’re invading that area.”


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                  Rescission Of DACA Violates Clause On Self Incrimination.

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                      With all the destruction in the news recently, including hurricanes in the Caribbean, earthquakes in Mexico and a speech at the UN in New York, I might have missed a discussion on attempts to stop the rescission DACA. If so, I apologize for the repetition.

                      The ACLU, the NAACP and the State of California (joined by several other states) are suing the federal government on behalf of Dreamers, citing violations of the Fifth Amendment's Equal Protection Clause and Due Process Clause as reasons to stop Trump's rescission of DACA.

                      I question how effective that would be. There has been no action taken so far by Trump's Justice Department, so they can always say that each Dreamer will have his/her day in court when the time comes; Therefore, any lawsuit is premature.

                      What is not premature is the Fifth Amendment's clause dealing with self-incrimination. "No person...shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself..." By its concise definition, regardless of the circumstances, Dreamers are guilty of a crime by being in the United States illegally. DACA asked Dreamers to incriminate themselves by reporting volumes of information about themselves (what Trump calls "extreme vetting") in exchange for a grant of immunity. Donald Trump has rescinded this grant of immunity effective in six months. The net affect is that the Dreamers were coerced into incriminating themselves under the promise of immunity that did not exist.

                      ICE agents now have six months to compile their lists of names, addresses, places of work and prepare to pick up 800,000 dreamers at any time. We are not talking about criminals or other "bad hombres". We are talking about doctors, first responders, scientists, students and military personnel. It is only after the only lives that many have ever known, are turned upside down that "due process" would kick in.

                      I am no lawyer, but it would seem that using the self-incrimination clause would be a more effective measure to stop Trump's actions in their tracks.

                      What do you think?

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                      Hard To Believe New Poll - Trump's Approval Rate Has Gone Up. What?

                      I am completely flummoxed. Trump has shown himself to be a complete and ignorant bully, and yet his approval numbers have gone up.

                      Has our country been infected with some kind of stupid?

                      President Trump sees poll improvement after summer slumps President Trump’s approval ratings dipped to some historic lows over the summer, but, based on recent inquiries conducted by various opinion pollsters, his numbers show signs of improvement,...https://www.follownews.com/president-trump-sees-po...

                      Results from the most recent Politico/Morning Consult survey put the president at 43 percent approval, up from the 39 percent he earned following his handling of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

                      A Marist College poll last week has the president at 39 percent approval, compared to the 35 percent he previously earned.

                      Gallup’s weekly questionnaire returned similar results, with 38 percent responding favorably, resulting in a 3 percent increase since August.

                      The gains are, according to Politico, generally due to improved opinions among Republicans and Independents, as Democrats tended to express the same levels of approval they had in the past.

                      “There has been some rallying behind President Trump for his handling of hurricanes Harvey and Irma,“ Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, noted. "But, his improved standing is seen only among his core supporters. He is still unable to reach beyond his base."

                      https://www.aol.com/article/news/2017/09/20/presid...

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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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                          Cassidy-Graham Fails 'Kimmel Test'

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                              Cassidy-Graham Bill Fails 'Kimmel Test'

                              "He Lied Right To My Face"



                              Jimmy Kimmel Says Sen. Bill Cassidy Lied To His Face About Obamacare Repeal

                              “There’s a new Jimmy Kimmel test for you. It’s called the lie-detector test.”

                              HuffPost
                              September 20, 2017

                              Late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel rained criticism on Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) on Tuesday night over the Republican’s role in the revival of an Obamacare repeal bill currently making its way through the Senate.

                              Cassidy and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) are co-sponsors of a measure that would end the Affordable Care Act, putting in its place a new coverage scheme featuring fewer rules on how insurers act ― and less money to help people get coverage. Those changes, combined with additional cuts to the traditional Medicaid program, would leave millions of people without insurance either because they couldn’t afford it or because they had pre-existing medical conditions.

                              Kimmel, who appealed to Cassidy in June to oppose a previous measure to repeal the Affordable Care Act, said the current bill fails what has been called the “Jimmy Kimmel test,” the core tenet being: “No family should be denied medical care, emergency or otherwise, because they can’t afford it.”

                              “Not only did Bill Cassidy fail the Jimmy Kimmel test, he failed the Bill Cassidy test.”

                              Cassidy aroused ire because of what happened in May: Kimmel tearfully told his audience his son was born with a congenital heart disease and had undergone open heart surgery that may not have been covered by insurance before Obamacare was enacted.

                              “You were born with a pre-existing condition, and if your parents didn’t have medical insurance you might not live long enough to even get denied because of a pre-existing condition,” Kimmel said at the time. “If your baby is going to die and it doesn’t have to, it shouldn’t matter how much money you make.”

                              Shortly afterward, Cassidy said that principle ― access for all, regardless of income or medical condition ― should guide Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. He even appeared on Kimmel’s show.

                              But in July, when the Senate voted on a repeal bill that clearly violated those principles, Cassidy voted yes. And now he’s pushing a bill that would, once again, expose many more people to crippling medical bills.

                              “This guy, Bill Cassidy, just lied to my face,” the host said. “We can’t let him do this to our children and our senior citizens and our veterans or to any of us. I am politicizing my son’s health problems because I have to.”

                              During his program Tuesday, Kimmel pointed to the efforts of three Republican senators, John McCain of Arizona, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine, to help defeat the latest effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

                              “I hope they have the courage and good sense to do that again with this one because these other guys who claim they want Americans to have better health care ... they’re trying to sneak this scam of a bill they cooked up in,” Kimmel said of the bill that has only until Sept. 30 to pass to take advantage of parliamentary rules that allow a simple-majority vote. “They don’t even want you to see it.”

                              Kimmel ended the segment with a challenge.

                              “There’s a new Jimmy Kimmel test for you. It’s called the lie-detector test. You’re welcome to stop by the studio and take it anytime.”

                              Kimmel acknowledged that some viewers might object to the overtly political message of his monologue. But, he said, “I am politicizing my son’s health problems because I have to.”

                              Then, after listing all of the consumer, medical and health industry groups that have opposed the Graham-Cassidy bill, Kimmel posted the number for the Capitol Hill switchboard and urged his viewers to call and ask Congress to reject the legislation.


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                              Trump To World: I Know More Than You, So Sit Down And Shut Up!

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                                  This writer must have ESPN. He absolutely read my mind! I know it is "ESP", but my bother says "ESPN".

                                  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-to-world-i-know-more-than-you-so-sit-down-and_us_59c1b4b6e4b082fd4205bad2?section=us_politics

                                  Forget waterboarding, enduring 41 minutes of Donald Trump’s vision of the world, punctuated by incessant hand gestures, smug self-congratulatory approval of the fact that he can read off a teleprompter, and sophomoric depictions of foreign leaders, is pure unadulterated torture. It is also an embarrassing exercise that tests forbearance and begs forgiveness from our allies.

                                  To our allies, sorry, but this is our president, for now.

                                  If brevity is indeed the soul of wit, this speech was the hallmark of a nitwit. Mixed in among a healthy dose of bellicosity and bravado was the trademark Trump campaign fodder, i.e. a recitation of how well things are in America since he was elected. Wrong message, wrong audience, Don. But he simply cannot help himself.

                                  Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address is often referred to as a masterful speech, all 273 words, which given the standard metric of 3 words per second means it was probably delivered in less than 2 minutes. But timing aside, the lack of inspiration, vision, or anything resembling diplomatic appreciation leaves one with two impressions of the Trump speech: first, it contained a lot of words; second, it represents a dark and disturbing view of us versus them. There is no starker evidence of the isolationist character of Trump’s vision than the fact that in the body in which he spoke 192 nations are committed to addressing the global specter of climate change while one nation stands alone in its refusal, us the U.S.

                                  Trump will never be compared to Winston Churchill, Martin Luther King, Jr., John F. Kennedy or Barack Obama in terms of oratory skills, but one might just hope that he would strive for a level higher than Donald Duck. While Trump is seemingly quite satisfied and proud of his depiction of Kim Jong Un as “rocket man”, I am sure to the great consternation of Sir Elton John, he evokes comparison with another of John’s creations: namely, “madman across the waters.” In keeping with entertainment metaphors, although there was nothing entertaining about what can only be described as a fanciful rant, Trump once again showed how ill-prepared and simplistic he is as he reprised the role of Biff Tannen from Back to the Future. Trump is quite simply a bully.

                                  Today’s speech is emblematic of the dangerously unstable state of affairs that threatens both this nation and the world as Trump bullies his way through life. His quest for a legislative victory, any victory, regardless of content or consequence, is once again propelling a Republican Congress to entertain disastrous changes to a health care system that neither cares for nor provides health to millions of Americans. Once again, without any empirical data or cost assessments as to the effects such legislation would levy, Congress is seriously on the brink of enacting legislation that will be a death sentence to many Americans.

                                  Welcome to TrumpWorld. We are provoking North Korea with talk of “total destruction,” threatening to renege on our commitment to the Iran nuclear deal, deconstructing environmental regulations in an effort to promote obsolete industries like coal, promoting widespread discrimination against the transgender community, attempting to codify voter suppression of minority communities, toying with mass deportation of Dreamers, and giving solace to white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and the KKK by spewing false equivalency mantras with respect to the alt-right. And to compound matters Trump is committed to doing this on his own as his administration refuses to fill important government positions, prominently so in the diplomatic corps, to deal with critical issues of governance.

                                  This is the world that Trump envisions. Can the Special Prosecutor please speed up the timetable for criminal prosecution of Trump and his political allies. I fear we are running out of time before serious damage is done. We have forsaken our moral leadership in both the foreign and domestic arenas and the drumbeat for war is getting louder.


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