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There are strange things done 'neath the midnight sun By the men who moil for gold. The arctic trails have their secret tales That would make your blood run cold. The northern lights have seen queer sights, But the queerest they ever did see Was that night on the marge of Lake LeBarge I cremated Sam McGee.

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Trump Might Be the First President in 100 Years Not to Throw the First Pitch at an MLB Game

Source: Marie Clarie

With Americans bitterly divided on life-and-death issues like reproductive rights and immigration, it might not seem like throwing out a ceremonial first pitch at a major league baseball game is all that important. But consider this: Every single sitting U.S. president has done it since William Howard Taft opened the Washington D.C. season in 1910. And every president since Ronald Reagan has showed off his arm on a major league field at some point during his first year in office. (The popular Reagan perhaps would have thrown out a first pitch in 1981 had he not been shot on March 30 of that year, days before the season began.)

A trip to the mound for Donald J. Trump in the near future would be anything but ceremonial. It would mark the first time our president, who ran on the platform of American Toughness, showed his face in public since his inauguration. Over the last three months, Trump has been safely chauffeured from the White House to one of his hotels to his campaign rallies to his private club and back again, insulated by a gauzy cocoon of yes-men who tell him that any polls that show him to be unpopular are fake, and any people protesting against his agenda are paid. In the early days of his own presidency, Barack Obama participated in town halls, appeared on The Tonight Show, and sat courtside at an NBA game between the Wizards and the Bulls. Trump on the other hand was forced to cancel his only public appearance yet, a friendly trip to a Harley-Davidson factory in Milwaukee, out of fear that protesters would steal his headlines and undercut his populist narrative.


Potential booing aside, Trump would surely welcome a chance to show off his athletic prowess and Adonis-like physical form. After all, according to his personal physician, the soon-to-be-71-year-old is the "healthiest individual ever elected president"—George W. Bush's six-minute miles and Barack Obama's visible abdominal muscles be damned.



Read more: http://www.marieclaire.com/politics/features/a26231/trump-ceremonial-first-pitch/



Trump is afraid of the American people and that he might miss home plate by a mile.

O'Reilly mocks Dem Maxine Waters for wearing 'James Brown wig'

Source: The Hill

Fox News host Bill O'Reilly said Tuesday he "didn't hear a word" Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calf.) said during recent comments on the House floor because he was focused on "the James Brown wig."

"I love her. Maxine Waters should have her own sitcom," "The O'Reilly Factor" host joked on "Fox & Friends" when asked about the longtime congresswoman questioning the patriotism of President Trump's supporters in a speech on Monday

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"I didn't hear a word said. I was looking at the James Brown wig. If we have a picture of James, it's the same wig."

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"And he's not using it anymore," co-host Brian Kilmeade joked. "They just, they finally buried him."

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/media/326107-oreilly-mocks-maxine-waters-for-wearing-james-brown-wig



"They" just can't help themselves can't they?

Think Progress .... a must see .... Trump's links to Russia

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10028858901

Do you drink a red or a white wine or beer with a tornado warning?

I like to be safe.

LA Times: Some right-wing media sites under investigation for possible Russia ties


Here are today’s headlines:

FBI’s Russian-influence probe includes a look at Breitbart, InfoWars news sites (McClatchy)

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But this report focuses on the FBI looking into right-wing websites like Breitbart and InfoWars to see if they played any role last year in a Russian cyber operation that dramatically widened the reach of news stories that favored Trump’s presidential bid.

In recent months, intelligence officials have confirmed that Russia did seek to influence the 2016 election by, among other things, hacking into emails at the Democratic National Committee.

McClatchy, citing anonymous sources, reports “operatives for Russia appear to have strategically timed the computer commands, known as ‘bots,’ to blitz social media with links to the pro-Trump stories.”


http://www.latimes.com/politics/washington/la-na-essential-washington-updates-some-right-wing-sites-under-1490115530-htmlstory.html

Colorado Fed. Supermax Prison



Lock 'em up.

“What do I have to do with Russia?” he (Trump) replied to reporters’ questions at a press conference in Doral last summer. “You know the closest I came to Russia, I bought a house a number of years ago in Palm Beach … for $40 million, and I sold it to a Russian for $100 million.”

Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/article135243694.html#storylink=cpy

Chuck Berry, Roll Over Beethoven

Happy St. Pat's Day Poll: Is the Trump White House Still in Contact w/and or Working with Russia?

OH well what about HRC's email server?

Trump Budget Makes It Official: Youre Paying For The Wall, Not Mexico

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trump-budget-border-wall_us_58ca1d43e4b0ec9d29d8acab

One of the central themes of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign was to not only build a border wall, but to make Mexico pay for it. The claim didn’t just become an applause line for Trump on the campaign trail, it was a call-and-response rallying cry.

But the Trump budget proposals revealed late Wednesday include $4.1 billion for the wall. Reuters reported that Trump was asking for $1.5 billion for the current fiscal year and another $2.6 billion for the 2018 budget year, which begins Oct. 1.

The money will come from U.S. taxpayers and not Mexico, which has made it clear that it’s not paying for the wall.

Earlier this year, Trump backed off his campaign promise and admitted that Americans would end up footing the bill, but claimed Mexico would “reimburse us for the cost of the wall.”


Chinese firm invests $400 million in building owned by Jared Kushner's family

Chinese firm invests $400 million in building owned by Jared Kushner's family

A deal with Chinese company Anbang Insurance Group has brought in $400 million dollars for the family of President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, according to a report by Bloomberg.

The $4 billion deal for a New York City office building located at 666 Fifth Ave. includes the large cash payout to the Kushner's real estate company Kushner Companies.

Some real estate experts consider the terms of the deal's agreement unusually favorable for the Kushners, according to the Bloomberg report. The Manhattan tower has struggled financially and the family's company retains an equity stake in the partnership. A mortgage owed by the Kushners will also be reduced to a fifth of the current amount, according to documents obtained by Bloomberg.

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/03/13/chinese-firm-invests-400-million-in-building-owned-by-kushner-family.html
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