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Do you remember the news conference with stacks of folders indicating that Trump has transferred control of his companies? Turns out that it just bullshit as of now. Maybe he will get around for it for his next term.
At a news conference last week, now-President Donald Trump said he and his daughter, Ivanka, had signed paperwork relinquishing control of all Trump-branded companies. Next to him were stacks of papers in manila envelopes — documents he said transferred “complete and total control” of his businesses to his two sons and another longtime employee.
Posted by TomCADem | Mon Jan 23, 2017, 01:02 AM (1 replies)
Glad that Al Franken is taking it to Trump's cabinet picks.
Sen. Al Franken stole the spotlight at the confirmation hearings for President Trump’s Cabinet picks, giving a glimpse into how he plans to hold the new administration accountable.
Posted by TomCADem | Sun Jan 22, 2017, 12:15 PM (3 replies)
(Reuters) - The Kremlin may have spent years reviling America, but Russians hoping Donald Trump will usher in a new era of detente marked his inauguration on Friday with parties and trinkets from commemorative coins to "matryoshka" nesting dolls in his image.
Washington was turned into a virtual fortress with an estimated 900,000 people -- backers and protesters -- descending on the capital. In London, anti-Trump activists draped a banner reading "Build Bridges Not Walls" from Tower Bridge. Protests were planned across western Europe on Friday and Saturday.
But according to Gennady Gudkov, a Putin critic and former lawmaker, Russia is in the grip of "Trumpomania", with state media giving the President-elect blanket air time at the expense of more mundane and sometimes depressing domestic news stories.
That, he said, was in part because the U.S. election, unlike elections in Russia, had been unpredictable. The Kremlin is hoping Trump will ease sanctions imposed over the annexation of Crimea, team up with Russia against Islamic State, and cut back NATO military activity near Russian borders.
Read more: https://www.google.com/amp/mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUSKBN1541S6?client=safari
It is as if the Russians themselves won the Presidency.
Posted by TomCADem | Fri Jan 20, 2017, 12:24 PM (7 replies)
Interesting article by the author of "Hitlerland: American Eyewitnesses to the Nazi Rise to Power.”
In the very early 1920s, when Adolf Hitler was still only a local rabble rouser in Munich, two men from Munich’s American consulate made a point of observing his rallies: Robert Murphy, the young acting consul, and Paul Drey, a German employee who was a member of a distinguished Bavarian Jewish family. “Do you think these agitators will ever get far?” Murphy asked his colleague. “Of course not!” Drey replied. “The German people are much too intelligent to be taken in by such scamps.”
Posted by TomCADem | Fri Jan 20, 2017, 01:12 AM (19 replies)
What is it about powerful women that creates so much hate in Trump and his alt-right/Russian loving supporters?
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has become a target of websites spreading fake news, misleading stories and conspiracy theories ahead of her country’s election, according to an analysis compiled by BuzzFeed News.
Posted by TomCADem | Wed Jan 18, 2017, 08:16 PM (32 replies)
Why would so many working class voters support a man whose favored policies would hurt their interests? Martin Luther King answered this question over 40 years ago:
Now the other thing is, that it leads to tragic—and we've seen it happen so often—tragic race prejudice. Many who have written about this problem—Lillian Smith used to say it beautifully in some of her books. And she would say it to the point of getting men and women to see the source of the problem. Do you know that a lot of the race problem grows out of the drum major instinct? A need that some people have to feel superior. A need that some people have to feel that they are first, and to feel that their white skin ordained them to be first. (Make it plain, today, ‘cause I’m against it, so help me God) And they have said over and over again in ways that we see with our own eyes. In fact, not too long ago, a man down in Mississippi said that God was a charter member of the White Citizens Council. And so God being the charter member means that everybody who's in that has a kind of divinity, a kind of superiority. And think of what has happened in history as a result of this perverted use of the drum major instinct. It has led to the most tragic prejudice, the most tragic expressions of man's inhumanity to man.
Posted by TomCADem | Mon Jan 16, 2017, 09:09 PM (0 replies)
Too bad the media is caught up in Trump's latest tweet storm. They are missing how Trump is about to be in breach of his constitutional obligations from Day One. Put another way, Republicans were losing their mind with respect to whether Hillary Clinton would have any connection to a non-profit foundation. Trump is going to continue owning and profiting from his various businesses. Indeed, foreign governments have already made it a point to make sure to stay at Trump branded properties in order to curry favor with Donald Trump.
Here is a nice article written by two former White House Ethics lawyers.
How does the Trump plan fall short? The president-elect asserted that the conflicts laws don’t apply to him but ignored the most fundamental one of all: the constitutional rule that presidents may not accept cash and other benefits — “emoluments” — from foreign governments.
Posted by TomCADem | Mon Jan 16, 2017, 08:46 PM (7 replies)
While Trump will once again disclaim responsibility for his hateful rhetoric, and conservative trolls will dismiss as folks who have sour grapes about the election (while ignoring the fact that Trump's "victory" was marred by foreign and FBI influence and that Trump loss the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes), this is your chance to do more than just vent online, but to make a visible difference.
A man who bragged about sexually assaulting women, mocked a reporter with a disability and invited a foreign adversary to hack the U.S. government will be sworn in next Friday as the 45th president of the United States. And while it’s a fact that President-elect Donald Trump will be the next leader of the free world ― the first one to refuse to release his taxes since 1976, by the way ― you certainly don’t have to like it.
Posted by TomCADem | Mon Jan 16, 2017, 09:01 AM (0 replies)
Source: The Hill
Paul Ryan faced some tough questions from audience members at a CNN town hall Thursday night, starting with a cancer patient who said ObamaCare saved his life.
Jeff Jeans said he was a lifelong Republican and small business owner who had worked on the Reagan and Bush campaigns and was originally opposed to the Affordable Care Act.
But he said at 49 he was diagnosed with cancer and given six weeks to live.
"Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, I’m standing here today alive," he said. "I rely on the Affordable Care Act to be able to purchase my own insurance. Why would you repeal the Affordable Care Act without a replacement?"
Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/314125-ryan-confronted-by-cancer-patient-who-says-obamacare-saved-his-life
Posted by TomCADem | Thu Jan 12, 2017, 11:51 PM (70 replies)
A classic Trump technique of responding to critiques by insisting that the folks who are criticizing him are guilty of the same critiques in order to blue the meaning of what is fake news.
Some right-wing media figures and outlets are attempting to twist and confuse the term “fake news” -- a specific phenomenon in which information is clearly and demonstrably fabricated, then packaged and distributed to appear as a legitimate source of news -- to attack outlets they disagree with. By redefining fake news in their own terms and claiming that reporting by outlets such as The New York Times and CNN constitute fake news, right-wing media figures are bolstering President-elect Donald Trump’s continued efforts to delegitimize mainstream news sources and their reporting, and muddling real concerns about fake news used as a weapon of active disinformation.
Posted by TomCADem | Wed Jan 11, 2017, 10:20 PM (3 replies)