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Rep. Elijah Cummings says Trump's account of canceled meeting was a Complete Fabrication

February 16, 2017
Press Release
Washington, D.C. (Feb. 16, 2017)—Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, issued the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s press conference:

“I have no idea why President Trump would make up a story about me like he did today. Of course, Senator Schumer never told me to skip a meeting with the President.

“I was actually looking forward to meeting with the President about the skyrocketing price of prescription drugs. What I have been doing for the past several weeks is working closely with my partner on these efforts, Senator Bernie Sanders. My goal was to finalize our proposal to allow HHS to negotiate lower drug prices so I could present it to the President. The President has said many times that he supports this proposal, so I wanted to have our bill ready to get his support.

“I also sincerely have no idea why the President made this claim in response to an unrelated question about the Congressional Black Caucus. I am sure members of the CBC can answer these questions for themselves.




J.K. Rowling Strikes Again!


This actually happened. READ IT. Sociopathic-liar-in-chief.



Why Trump Makes Me Want to Throw Up

Today’s Press Conference Shows That Trump Has No Value for the Truth
by Martin Longman
February 16, 2017 3:26 PM

As I watched President Trump’s news conference today (transcript here), I discovered that I was becoming more and more sick to my stomach. At a certain point, I had to repress the impulse to actually go loiter around my toilet just in case I actually needed to vomit. And I started to think about why it is that the man makes me physically ill.

It really gets to a core value I have about truthfulness. That can seem trite, and it’s hard to explain. I certainly don’t have the expectation that politicians or anyone else will always tell me the truth. Perhaps I can get closer to the feeling Trump gives me by using an analogy.

If you’ve ever witnessed some one, say a child, make a bad mistake that you know will cause them difficulties and you’ve felt a pang of empathetic regret on their behalf, that’s the closest thing I can find to the nauseous feeling I get when listening to Trump lie.

The difference is that we normally get that feeling when we feel like the person has made an innocent error or that we sense that consequences will be far out of proportion to the actual sin. We may feel like wrapping that person in a protective blanket even if we recognize that they are largely responsible for making the bed they will now lie in.

And if we sense that we’re helpless to shield them from the consequences of their actions, we make get the sinking feeling in the pit of the stomach that I’m trying to describe.


Trump drops travel ban-tells 9th Circuit: He intends in near future to rescind Order & Replace it"

Trump drops travel ban, tells 9th Circuit: “the President intends in the near future to rescind the Order and replace it.”

President Donald Trump confirmed Thursday that he plans to revoke and replace his executive order suspending the U.S. refugee program and immigration from some Muslim majority countries as early as next week.

The refugee and travel bans, which unleashed widespread confusion at international airports when the order was signed last month, have been frozen since a federal judge issued a nationwide injunction Feb. 3. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco unanimously upheld the stay last week.

"The new order is going to be very much tailored to what I consider to be a very bad decision," Trump said at a lengthy and, at times, contentious press conference at the White House on Thursday. "But we can tailor the order to that decision and we can get just about everything, and in some ways more."

The president's remarks came shortly after the Justice Department filed a response to the 9th Circuit's ruling, stating that the administration would not seek an en banc review by a full panel of the court.

"Rather than continuing this litigation, the President intends in the near future to rescind the Order and replace it with a new, substantially revised Executive Order to eliminate what the panel erroneously thought were constitutional concerns," the Justice Department wrote in its filing.


No Class President


oh my god somebody modeled the trump handshake


Elijah Cummings slams Chaffetz: He appears to be taking marching orders directly from Trump's Tweets


the Jiu-Jitsu Times (!!) is covering POTUS: How To Defend Against Donald Trumps Arm Drag Handshake


Is there a way to defend against Trump’s handshake?

Yes, and it is actually quite easy, as this black belt from Relson Gracie Academia de Jiu-Jitsu demonstrates. All you have to do is go with the pull, wrap your arm around the puller’s arm, and bend his wrist into a “goose neck” wrist lock.

Now, we here at the Jiu-Jitsu Times are NOT suggesting that you physically assault the 45th President of the United States. However, you may be in a situation where someone who isn’t the “leader of the free world” tries to grab you by the hand or the wrist and pull you in. That is where this move comes in quite handy (pun intended)


Activate your snarkometers: An Eminent Psychiatrist Demurs on Trumps Mental State

An Eminent Psychiatrist Demurs on Trump’s Mental State

Fevered media speculation about Donald Trump’s psychological motivations and psychiatric diagnosis has recently encouraged mental health professionals to disregard the usual ethical constraints against diagnosing public figures at a distance. They have sponsored several petitions and a Feb. 14 letter to The New York Times suggesting that Mr. Trump is incapable, on psychiatric grounds, of serving as president.

Most amateur diagnosticians have mislabeled President Trump with the diagnosis of narcissistic personality disorder. I wrote the criteria that define this disorder, and Mr. Trump doesn’t meet them. He may be a world-class narcissist, but this doesn’t make him mentally ill, because he does not suffer from the distress and impairment required to diagnose mental disorder.

Mr. Trump causes severe distress rather than experiencing it and has been richly rewarded, rather than punished, for his grandiosity, self-absorption and lack of empathy. It is a stigmatizing insult to the mentally ill (who are mostly well behaved and well meaning) to be lumped with Mr. Trump (who is neither).

Bad behavior is rarely a sign of mental illness, and the mentally ill behave badly only rarely. Psychiatric name-calling is a misguided way of countering Mr. Trump’s attack on democracy. He can, and should, be appropriately denounced for his ignorance, incompetence, impulsivity and pursuit of dictatorial powers.

His psychological motivations are too obvious to be interesting, and analyzing them will not halt his headlong power grab. The antidote to a dystopic Trumpean dark age is political, not psychological.


Coronado, Calif.

The writer, professor emeritus of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke University Medical College, was chairman of the task force that wrote the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders IV (D.S.M.-IV).

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