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Der Spiegel: A Danger to the World It's Time to Get Rid of Donald Trump


A Danger to the World
It's Time to Get Rid of Donald Trump
Donald Trump has transformed the United States into a laughing stock and he is a danger to the world. He must be removed from the White House before things get even worse.

© DER SPIEGEL A DER SPIEGEL Editorial by Klaus Brinkbäumer


Nothing is as it should be in this White House. Everyone working there has been compromised multiple times and now they all despise each other - and everyone except for Trump despises Trump. Because of all that, after just 120 days of the Trump administration, we are witness to an American tragedy for which there are five theoretical solutions.

The first is Trump's resignation, which won't happen. The second is that Republicans in the House and Senate support impeachment, which would be justified by the president's proven obstruction of justice, but won't happen because of the Republicans' thirst for power, which they won't willingly give up. The third possible solution is the invocation of the 25th Amendment, which would require the cabinet to declare Trump unfit to discharge the powers of the presidency. That isn't particularly likely either. Fourth: The Democrats get ready to fight and win back majorities in the House and Senate in midterm elections, which are 18 months away, before they then pursue option two, impeachment. Fifth: the international community wakes up and finds a way to circumvent the White House and free itself of its dependence on the U.S. Unlike the preceding four options, the fifth doesn't directly solve the Trump problem, but it is nevertheless necessary - and possible.

No Goals and No Strategy

Not quite two weeks ago, a number of experts and politicians focused on foreign policy met in Washington at the invitation of the Munich Security Conference. It wasn't difficult to sense the atmosphere of chaos and agony that has descended upon the city.


In "Game of Thrones," the Mad King was murdered (and the child that later took his place was no better). In real life, an immature boy sits on the throne of the most important country in the world. He could, at any time, issue a catastrophic order that would immediately be carried out. That is why the parents cannot afford to take their eyes off him even for a second. They cannot succumb to exhaustion because he is so taxing. They ultimately have to send him to his room - and return power to the grownups.


Priebus nervous about what may be in store for him if Comey reveals more details of his secret memos

Daily Beast: Priebus is nervous about what may be in store for him if Comey reveals more details of his secret memos


Macron blows off Trump, Trump responds by trying to rip his arm off? This is insane.


and of course from earlier today:

Tweetstorm from the former U.S. Ambassador NATO on Trump's visit to Brussels. Worth a read.


CNN to Rep Jeff Duncan: NO, We did not retract or backtrack our story on Sessions-These are FACTS.

No, @RepJeffDuncan. We did not retract or backtrack on our story. We stand by our reporting. Those are the facts.


That Republicans colluded with Russian hackers to subvert the 2016 election is now beyond dispute.

That Republicans colluded with Russian hackers to subvert the 2016 election is now beyond dispute.Probably because he knows he didn’t wittingly invite Russian intelligence operatives into his campaign headquarters to conduct a strategy session, President Donald Trump has tried to establish a ridiculous bar for wrongdoing: As long as he, personally, didn’t conspire with Russians to sabotage Democratic campaigns, then there is no scandal.

New reporting from the Wall Street Journal underscores how ludicrous this standard is. We know Republicans worked hand in glove with Russian hackers because they more or less did so out in the open, just as super PACs take instruction from the public comments of the politicians they support. Now we know there was a private collaboration as well.

A hacker also privately sent Democratic voter-turnout analyses to a Republican political operative in Florida named Aaron Nevins.

Learning that hacker “Guccifer 2.0” had tapped into a Democratic committee that helps House candidates, Mr. Nevins wrote to the hacker to say: “Feel free to send any Florida based information.”

Ten days later, Mr. Nevins received 2.5 gigabytes of Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee documents, some of which he posted on a blog called HelloFLA.com that he ran using a pseudonym.

Soon after, the hacker sent a link to the blog article to Roger Stone, a longtime informal adviser to then-candidate Donald Trump, along with Mr. Nevins’ analysis of the hacked data.

One step removed from the Trump campaign, a Republican operative requested and received stolen Democratic documents, and used them to advance domestic strategic ends. Whether Nevins knew Guccifer 2.0 was a Russian intelligence cutout or his solicitation of stolen goods rises to the level of a crime remains to be seen. But this story is like a blueprint of how “collusion” between the Trump campaign and Russia could have worked short of Trump campaign operatives telling Philip and Elizabeth from The Americans what to steal and how to deploy it. It’s a huge scandal. If “Guccifer 2.0” were a domestic super PAC, it would be a crime. The fact that this might skate the line of legality doesn’t suggest it should be without consequence, but that nobody until now imagined needing to outlaw behavior this cretinous.


Insurer makes crystal clear that market was stabilizing-BUT-GOP sabotage efforts driving rates up

Insurer makes crystal clear that market was stabilizing, but GOP sabotage efforts are driving rates up


Appeals court slaps down Trump's travel ban, again

Source: Huffington Post

Appeals Court Slaps Down Donald Trumps Travel Ban Yet Again
The president cant get a break on one of his key campaign pledges.
By Cristian Farias
In yet another setback for the Trump administration, a federal appeals court in Richmond, Virginia, refused to lift a nationwide injunction that halted a key provision of President Donald Trumps revised travel ban on six predominantly Muslim nations.

The ruling is the most bruising the White House has suffered in its attempts to defend the ban, as it was rendered by 13 judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit which deemed the case important enough to skip the usual three-judge process that the vast majority of cases go through.

The decision clears the way for Trump to appeal to the Supreme Court, a move he promised when the first version of the travel ban was shot down. The appeal never materialized the administration chose instead to start from scratch and reissue a tamer version of the executive order.

The watered-down version which removed Iraq from the list of barred countries and eliminated the ban on Syrian refugees no longer applied to permanent residents and had a delayed rollout, all in hopes of avoiding the detentions, chaos and protests unleashed by the first order.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/fourth-circuit-ruling-travel-ban_us_591370cee4b0bc71ddae8831?v7n





"The CBO score has upended this tidy little arrangement as brutally as Gianforte upended Jacobs"

"The CBO score has upended this tidy little arrangement as brutally as Gianforte allegedly upended Jacobs."

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