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Fox News mocked for 'alert' that Trump spent weekend working at White House

I was informed this was a dupe when I posted it in LBN. But included below is some extra related materia.

Fox News mocked for 'alert' that Trump spent weekend working at White House


By Paulina Firozi - 03/26/17 06:56 PM EDT

A Fox News tweet got a lot of attention Sunday afternoon, after the network declared that President Trump had spent the weekend working from the White House.


Many pointed out that Trump had traveled twice to the Trump National Golf Club in Virginia over the weekend. He was at the Virginia golf club on Saturday for meetings, and then again on Sunday for about an hour, during which he conducted three short meetings, according to pool reports.

Trump headed back to the White House after his Saturday meetings, and later had dinner at Trump International Hotel near the White House, according to pool reports.

Sunday's trip marked the president's 13th visit to a golf course since taking office, though pool reports do not indicate he played this weekend.



Erick Fernandez‏Verified account @ErickFernandez 2h2 hours ago

Man, @FoxNews, you guys are full of so much shit.

Erick Fernandez added,
Fox NewsVerified account @FoxNews
News Alert: @POTUS spending weekend working at the White House.
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Erick Fernandez‏Verified account @ErickFernandez 2h2 hours ago

Erick Fernandez Retweeted Bradd Jaffy

He golfed yesterday. @FoxNews

Bradd JaffyVerified account @BraddJaffy
Trump left his golf club after 4 ½ hours, about the amount of time it takes to play a round of golf. Pool was told “meetings,” no more info. https://twitter.com/braddjaffy/status/845654354308812801
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Erick Fernandez‏Verified account @ErickFernandez 2h2 hours ago



He was at his golf course earlier today. @FoxNews

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Erick Fernandez‏Verified account @ErickFernandez 2h2 hours ago

Have some damn respect for yourself, @FoxNews.

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Bigly Nasty‏ @GeeJustG 2h2 hours ago

@ErickFernandez @FoxNews the key to respecting yourself is to acknowledge past mistakes so... ¯_(ツ_/¯
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ㅤ‏ @alternateray 2h2 hours ago

@GeeJustG @ErickFernandez @FoxNews literal definition of FAKE NEWS! Stop sleeping with Trump!
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Sky Blue‏ @SkyBlue_SD 2h2 hours ago

@alternateray @GeeJustG @ErickFernandez @FoxNews Fox doesn't care anymore. They've gone full TRUMP PROPAGANDA MODE.
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Don Synowiec‏ @DonSynowiec 3h3 hours ago

@FoxNews @POTUS Perhaps the members of congress should follow the example set by POTUS. He works!!🇺🇸🇺🇸#MAGA #draintheswamp #TermLimits
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Dan Slott‏Verified account @DanSlott 3h3 hours ago

@DonSynowiec @FoxNews @POTUS Is that swamp near a golf course? Cause this weekend he was golfing for most of it. Stop watching fake FoxNews.


This Trump tweet was one of his most terrifying lies yet

I thought it was a well written article
I did not watch the past Comey hearing (last monday) LIVE, but was astounded to later find out the foolish Trump had tweeted during the hearing with outright LIES.

Robert Pohlman‏ @robert_pohlman 24m24 minutes ago

This Trump tweet was one of his most terrifying lies yet — via @slate http://read.bi/2nUHnBM via @bi_contributors


This Trump tweet was one of his most terrifying lies yet


Jamelle Bouie, Slate


It’s difficult to describe the feeling of seeing the president of the United States lie, in the moment, about ongoing events and testimony. To watch the White House declare that you should believe it over your lying eyes, even as you witness reality unfold in real time.

It’s not the usual spin or political dishonesty; it feels transgressive, like some critical line has been crossed, and a new world entered where Donald Trump and his allies contest the nature of truth itself, with the presidency as their platform for action.

That’s exactly what happened, on Monday, during a hearing of the House Intelligence Committee. Testifying on alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, FBI Director James Comey confirmed the existence of an investigation into that interference and the Trump campaign itself.

“I have been authorized by the Department of Justice,” Comey said, “to confirm that the FBI, as part of our counterintelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, and that includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia’s efforts.”

Comey also affirmed the view that Russia favored Trump with this interference. “I think that was a fairly easy judgment for the community,” he said. “Putin hated Secretary Clinton so much that the flip side of that coin was he had a clear preference for the person running against the person he hated so much.” ...........................

Intelligence committee members disagree on dust-up involving Devin Nunes

Nunes seems to be in hiding this weekend.

Intelligence committee members disagree on dust-up involving Devin Nunes


CBS News March 26, 2017, 1:31 PM
Intelligence committee members disagree on dust-up involving Devin Nunes

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WASHINGTON -- The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee believes that the chairman of the committee, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., is in danger of being perceived as a partisan surrogate of the Trump White House.

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.,, said on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” “I think the chairman has to make a decision, whether to act as a surrogate of the White House, as he did during the campaign and the transition, or to lead a independent and credible investigation. I hope he chooses the latter.”

Nunes and Schiff have been openly fighting since last week, after Nunes told reporters and the White House Wednesday that President Trump’s personal communications might have been picked up by the intelligence community through “incidental collection.” He made the remarks before he had briefed his colleagues on the committee, Republicans and Democrats alike.
Gowdy defends Nunes' briefing of Trump on communications collection
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Gowdy defends Nunes' briefing of Trump on communications collection

It’s still the case that none of the members of the committee have been briefed on what Nunes was talking about last week, Schiff said -- “we’re all quite in the dark on this,” he told “Face the Nation” host John Dickerson.

Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., who also sits on the Intelligence Committee, confirmed that he has also not been briefed on the information that Nunes has. He, however, holds a different view of the chairman’s information-sharing with the president.

“The chairman of House Intel briefed the commander-in-chief on something that has nothing to do with the Russia investigation,” Gowdy said on “Face the Nation.” “So if the commander-in-chief cannot be briefed by the chairperson of the House Intel Committee on a matter that has nothing to do with the F.B.I. investigation, then I don’t know what they can talk about, John.”

Trump has now departed the golf club after slightly less than 1 hour there.

Not a good day for golfing like yesterday was.


Steve Kopack‏Verified account @SteveKopack 7h7 hours ago

At 11:04a Trump arrived at Trump Natl Golf Club in VA.

At 11:37a pool is told Trump already had 3 meetings and is going back to WH.


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Steve Kopack‏Verified account @SteveKopack

Someone just posted this on Instagram from Trump's golf club. POTUS appears to be watching Golf Channel with 2 other people.


Steve Kopack‏Verified account @SteveKopack 6h6 hours ago

Trump has now departed the golf club after slightly less than 1 hour there. WH says he conducted 3 meetings while there.
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Not So Fast, Missy‏ @MissySkies 6h6 hours ago

@SteveKopack The two guys sitting next to him, that's two meeting. And yelling at the TV, that's the third meeting.
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Steve Liesman‏Verified account @steveliesman 7h7 hours ago

@SteveKopack well, that's a meeting, isn't it?

Jack Hutton 🇺🇸‏ @jackhutton 6h6 hours ago

From that same users instagram account, Trump watching TV Golf posted 20 min ago @SteveKopack Trump "in Meetings" @cspanwj


Kochs Bankroll Move to Rewrite the Constitution

A few short months ago, I would have flicked this thought off, Now---who knows what can happen!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

by Center for Media & Democracy

Kochs Bankroll Move to Rewrite the Constitution


by Alex Kotch

The original Constitutional Convention took place in Independence Hall, Philadelphia in 1787.

A constitutional convention, something thought impossible not long ago, is looking increasingly likely. Under Article V of the U.S. Constitution, if 34 state legislatures “issue a call” for a constitutional convention, Congress must convene one. By some counts, the right-wing only needs six more states. Once called, delegates can propose and vote on changes and new amendments to the U.S. Constitution, which, if approved, are currently required to be ratified by 38 states.

There are two major legislative pushes for a convention at the state level. One would attempt to engineer a convention for a balanced budget amendment only, and the other tries to secure an open convention for the purpose of limiting the power and jurisdiction of the federal government. But once a convention is underway, all bets are off. The convention can write its own rules, resulting in a wide-open or “runaway” convention that can make major changes to the constitution and even change the number of states required to ratify those changes.

If America gets saddled with a runaway convention, the Koch coterie of funders will be to blame. Most of the groups pushing the convention idea are being underwritten by one or more institutions tied to billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch.
Attempts to Limit Topic of the Convention Likely to Fail

On Feb. 24, Wyoming became the 29th state to pass a resolution requesting a convention specifically to add a single balanced budget amendment to the Constitution. Many of these legislative resolutions also attempt to set the rules for the convention and limit who can attend it to a select list of largely GOP state leaders.

Austerity advocates claim that they need only to convince five of seven targeted states—Arizona, Kentucky, Minnesota, Montana, South Carolina, Virginia, and Wisconsin—to get on board, and they will have enough states to convene a convention. As the Center for Media and Democracy has reported, three linked measures were just introduced in Wisconsin and were placed on a fast track to approval.................

The Clinton campaign warned you about Russia. But nobody listened to us. Democrats can still fight

The Clinton campaign warned you about Russia. But nobody listened to us.
Democrats can still fight back now. Here's how.


By Jennifer Palmieri March 24

...............We sought moments for Clinton and Tim Kaine, her running mate, to talk about Russia when we knew they would be on live television and couldn’t be edited. The debates offered the best opportunity, and Clinton took advantage, culminating with her famous line calling Trump Putin’s “puppet ” in the third one. It was tough deciding how much of her time to devote to the issue. We were in a Catch-22: We didn’t want her to talk too much about Russia because it wasn’t what voters were telling us they cared about — and, frankly, it sounded kind of wacky. At the same time, we understood the issue would never rise to the front of voters’ minds if we weren’t driving attention to it. It was already pretty clear they weren’t going to hear much about it in the press....................

.................................In another era, Americans would have been able to count on both Democrats and Republicans in Congress to stand up to this kind of threat. A lot of Democrats like to play the “If we were Republicans” game. I usually hate it; I don’t want to behave like the Republicans do. But it’s useful here. If Clinton had won with the help of the Russians, the Republicans would have impeachment proceedings underway for treason. No doubt. Instead, dealing with Russia falls nearly solely on Democrats’ shoulders.

But Democrats can break out of the Catch-22 of the campaign: If we make plain that what Russia has done is nothing less than an attack on our republic, the public will be with us. And the more we talk about it, the more they’ll be with us. Polls show that voters are now concerned about the Russia story and overwhelmingly support an independent, bipartisan commission to take over this investigation. Members of Congress should use every procedural tool available to force votes on such a commission. Don’t let business continue on Capitol Hill without insisting at every opportunity that our nation should resolve the Russia matter. Filibustering Neil Gorsuch is a good start. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer is right that it would be “unseemly” to move forward with a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court by a president whose campaign is under an active FBI investigation.

Democrats should push for this relentlessly and above all else. They should talk about it in every interview. They should invoke the “big gray cloud ” that Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the House Intelligence Committee chairman, said hangs over the Trump administration — so often that anchors sigh and roll their eyes when they say it. They should call out the Republicans in Congress who seek to distract from the substance of the Russia investigation by arguing that leaks are the real problem. Democrats should be blunt: These apologists are complicit in helping Russia undermine our democracy. So far, the GOP has seen defending Trump as being in their political interests. But now we’re at a tipping point. If those Republicans feel enough heat for helping Vladi­mir Putin attack the United States to assist Trump, they will abandon the White House and support
The possibility of collusion between Trump’s allies and Russian intelligence is much more serious than Watergate. It is a constitutional crisis. It represents a violation of our republic’s most sacred trust.

The worst part about our lackluster collective response to Russia’s interference is that it represents exactly what the Russians were hoping to produce: apathy. Their goal, in addition to installing a president sympathetic to their views, was to undermine Americans’ belief in our democracy. For Americans to think that none of this really matters, that it’s all a game. That’s how they truly erode U.S. moral authority and strength over the long term. It’s what they have sought to do to European adversaries for many years, and now they have brought this seed of destruction here.

firedupandreadytogo Retweeted
John Harwood‏Verified account @JohnJHarwood 3h3 hours ago

"our campaign manager Robby Mook was mocked for saying emails leak was indication of Russia trying to help Trump"


Michael Flynn met with Turkey at Donald Trumps hotel. Guess who else attended? Devin Nunes.

Michael Flynn met with Turkey at Donald Trump’s hotel. Guess who else attended? Devin Nunes.


By Bill Palmer | March 25, 2017

Earlier this week former Donald Trump campaign adviser James Woolsey publicly revealed that he had attended a meeting between Michael Flynn and the Turkish government which involved discussions so legally dubious that he reported it to the U.S. government. But guess who else tagged along for a meeting between Flynn and the Turkish government? House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, who this week inserted himself into the Trump-Russia scandal in bizarre fashion.

To be clear, these were two different meetings. Woolsey says the Flynn-Turkey meeting he attended, in which the kidnapping of Pennsylvania resident Fethullah Gülen was discussed, took place in the summer of 2016. But after Donald Trump was named the winner of the election, late in the transition team period, Flynn met with the Turkish government yet again. By this time James Woolsey had already resigned two weeks earlier. So instead, Flynn took another Trump transition team member with him, Devin Nunes.

It’s not publicly known what was discussed during the Flynn-Nunes-Turkey meeting on January 18th. But confirmation of the meeting has been hiding in plain sight all along. Earlier today respected political pundit T. R. Ramachandran posted a lengthy tweet storm (link) which included a reference to a previously overlooked article from Turkish news publication Daily Sabah (link). The article reports that “ Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu met with designated U.S. National Security adviser Rt. Gen. Mike Flynn on Wednesday at Trump Hotel in Washington” and goes on to add that “House Intelligence Committee Congressman Devin Nunes, a Republican heavyweight, also attended the breakfast.”

And perhaps most keenly, why did James Woolsey go running to the media this week to reveal his six-months-ago meeting with Flynn and Turkey? Does he now suspect, as I do, that Flynn has already cut a deal with the FBI against Donald Trump, and that these details are all going to come out soon anyway, and Woolsey wanted to make sure his side of the story was heard first? If so, what will Flynn reveal about the involvement of Devin Nunes with the Turkish government? And will it help us understand why Nunes is suddenly trying and failing to make Trump’s entire scandal go away? .............................



Ted Koppel patiently tries to warn Hannity about using his influence responsibly but Hannity won't

'let me finish the sentence please' says Koppel patiently to loud mouth Hannity!

Jordan Uhl‏Verified account @JordanUhl

Ted Koppel patiently tries to warn Hannity about using his influence responsibly but Hannity won't shut up
Media Matters


Andrew Millspaugh‏ @armillspaugh 1h1 hour ago

@JordanUhl It's one of Hannity's tactics: disrupt the flow of the speaker so that their argument seems incoherent.
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Rita Cary‏ @RitaCary 4m4 minutes ago

@armillspaugh @JordanUhl was nice to see the dignified gravitas of an old-school journalist who does fact-based reporting.
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Jose Ledesma‏ @HBICrunway 56m56 minutes ago

@JordanUhl KOPPEL: "You have attracted people who are determined that ideology is more important than facts." Straight up to his face 😃

Angry over U.S. healthcare fail, Trump voters spare him blame

Source: reuters

Demonstrators send off white doves from the beach as they protest in support of U.S. President Donald Trump during a rally in Huntington Beach, California, U.S., March 25, 2017. REUTERS/Patrick T. Fallon

By Letitia Stein | NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla.

The day after the flaming out of U.S. President Donald Trump's first major legislative initiative, his supporters across America were lashing out - at conservatives, at Democrats, at leaders of his Republican Party in Congress.

Only Trump himself was spared their wrath.

Many voters who elected him appeared largely willing to give him a pass on the collapse of his campaign promise to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system, stressing his short time in office.

"Being a businessman, he'll not take 'no' for an answer," said Tony Nappi, a 71-year-old from Trinity, Florida, one of the many disappointed Republicans on his weekend softball team. "He'll get the job done."

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-obamacare-trump-supporters-idUSKBN16X005

I am not surprised his hardcore fans do not blame him. not at all

Opposition leader Alexei Navalny detained amid protests across Russia

Source: The Guardian

Crowds gather in major cities to protest against corruption in largest anti-government demonstrations for five years, with over a hundred detained

Alexei Navalny is arrested at a rally in Moscow on Sunday. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

Crowds gather in major cities to protest against corruption in largest anti-government demonstrations for five years, with over a hundred detained

Last modified on Sunday 26 March 2017 10.53 EDT

Police detained over a hundred people in Moscow and dozens in other Russian cities, as some of the biggest protests against the Kremlin in several years were held across the country on Sunday.

Alexei Navalny, the Russian opposition leader and anti-corruption campaigner who had called for the protests, was detained in central Moscow.

He was bundled into a police bus, which was unable to drive away for several minutes as crowds set upon it and tried to free him. There were also isolated incidents of protesters clashing with riot police and shouting “Shame!” and “Russia will be free!”

The protests gathered crowds of hundreds or thousands in most big Russian cities, from the far east port of Vladivostok to the European heartland. Police in Moscow estimated that around 7,000 people attended though the real number may have been much higher. The crowds surged down the length of the capital’s main thoroughfare, Tverskaya. Around 500 people were reported to have been detained by police in Moscow alone.........................

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/26/opposition-leader-alexei-navalny-arrested-amid-protests-across-russia

Seems Putin has his own problems at home.


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Justin Hendrix‏Verified account @justinhendrix 4h4 hours ago

Justin Hendrix Retweeted Арсений Веснин

The crowed chants for Boris Nemtsov, the assassinated Russian statesman and politician opposed to the government of Vladimir Putin.




Protesters in Moscow. Photograph: Alexander Utkin/AFP/Getty Images
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