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The pro-life party, ladies and gentlemen.

The body of a Michigan man, 41, deported to Iraq is on its way to Detroit for burial.

Jimmy Al-Daoud was an Iraqi national who came to the U.S. with his refugee family at 6 months old. He grew up American and spoke no Arabic.


He canceled the trip to Poland to deal with Dorian, so why would he be golfing?

According to the pool report, Trump has arrived at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, VA.

This is Trump's 226th day at a Trump golf club and 294th day at a Trump property as president.



Trump on his way to Florida?


Well, well, well...Trump's Fired Assistant Had No Non-Disclosure Agreement

New York Times: “Inside the faction-split White House, Trump loyalists cheered Ms. Westerhout’s departure as a move that was long overdue, and said they hoped it served as something of a wake-up call for Mr. Trump to bring in more loyalists into the West Wing. But current and former officials also expressed alarm about what information Ms. Westerhout could share down the road, not just about the president, but her colleagues.”

“Adding to the concern was the fact that, unlike most other officials, Ms Westerhout was not thought to have signed a nondisclosure agreement, a document that Mr. Trump has frequently used in effort to tamp down on leaks.”

“At least one publishing house on Friday had discussions about trying to approach Ms. Westerhout for a book.


RUDE PUNDIT: America Is Not Just for Americans

America Is Not Just for Americans

At my college, the semester just started. And in my classes, as usual, I have an array of students from other countries, including Syria and Lebanon.............


So it was disturbing as hell to read about Harvard freshman Ismail Ajjawi, who is a Palestinian from Lebanon, being denied entry to the United States because, as he explained it, a Customs and Border Protection agent searched his phone and laptop. "She said that she found people posting political points of view that oppose the U.S. on my friend list," Ajjawi said. Because of those friends' posts, his visa to study here was revoked. Ajjawi said he himself has never posted anything political on social media.

It makes me wonder where this examination of what's-on-your-laptop will end for some foreign students. It makes me wonder if some asshole CBP agent will look at the computer of one of my students one day and see the readings, like plays that are sympathetic to the Palestinians, and then perhaps that asshole CBP agent will dig a little deeper and see that the student's professor is a wild and woolly blogger/tweeter who has called President Trump all kinds of horrific shit and strongly suggested that Trump is a rapist who fucks his own daughter.

Because, see, if someone can be excluded from coming to the United States because his Facebook friends said the United States is, say, a racist country that mistreats immigrants and supports maniacal dictators, then what's to prevent the next person to have a visa revoked be an international student who went home to visit family over the summer and just so happens to have taken me or any politically-active professor who has a problem with the policies of this bullshit president and his bullshit party. What's to prevent any CBP agent from looking at the reading list for the student's classes and seeing The Communist Manifesto on there and freaking the fuck out?


This isn't just hateful, xenophobic, and racist. It's all actually un-American. While the United States has rarely lived up to the principles that it has propagated about itself, at the very least there was an understanding that America is not just for Americans, that the very idea of America is of people who made a journey to get here and that the only reason America exists is because people continued to make that journey (and kill the people who were here first and take their land). I mean, fuck, one way to see slavery is forced immigration. They weren't Americans but we sure as hell exploited, raped, and brutalized them for their labor in order to build the goddamn country.


Ultimately, incidents like what happened to Ajjawi or not giving flu vaccines to migrants in detention centers have nothing to do with protecting the lives of Americans. It's about fear, and not just fear of violence. It's about the constant fear that a new population will come to the United States and change it, make it less white, less homogeneous. But that shit never works.


The rest:

The analysis I want to see is whether we can tell from the shadow if it's trump taking the picture

The President just released a load of classified information for the purpose of dragging Iran. That’s it. That’s the whole purpose. Oh, and this.

I am seeing the usual “The President can declassify anything he wants.” That’s correct only in the sense that if he were brought up on the charge of endangering the national security, he could make a case based on the regulations that, since he is the ultimate authority on classification. However, since the purpose of classification has to do with national security, other presidents have conferred with national security personnel on the implications of releasing information before declassifying it. There’s also a paper trail to be filled out. Anyone want to bet that wasn’t done?

good pics here:


Puerto Rico - Mr. President: Your Numbers Are Fake



Simply Put - Shepard Smith: "Puerto Rico didn't receive $92 million and there's no new Wall".



Smith went on to declare that Trump also "repeated his false claims" about the $92 billion aid that Puerto Rico has received, citing a tweet the president posted yesterday.

"That is decidedly not true," Smith said in response. "We checked with sources including the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA. The latest numbers show that as of the end of June, the federal government has allocated $42.7 billion for Puerto Rico... About $21 billion is binding. In other words, Congress has to pay it. Of that, Puerto Rico has received less than $14 billion. So $14 billion or less. Not $92 billion."


..............Smith debunked the president's claims and clarified that "there's no new wall."

"Existing barriers have been replaced. Same span. The total of repaired barrier is about 60 miles along that 2,000 mile border," the host said. "The president also said in the tweet that the wall is going up rapidly. It is not. As we just reported, there's no new wall. Only replacement for walls which were in need of repair or upgrade. Those are the facts."

He added: "The president made border security a mainstay of his message dating back to the campaign with 'build that wall and Mexico will pay for it,' though that last promise is long gone."


Trump: "No bedbugs at Doral."

Reminder of this '17 report as Trump tweets about bedbugs: "Court records show [Trump's] attorneys in Miami have reached a tentative settlement with a business traveler who sued the resort after his back, face and arms were devoured by voracious bed bugs." http://www.miamiherald.com/entertainment/ent-columns-blogs/jose-lambiet/article129651494.html


Trump is "The Empty Chair"


The most striking photograph to emerge from the G7 summit meeting in Biarritz, France, is one of an empty chair.

It’s the seat that President Donald Trump was supposed to occupy during a meeting today where world leaders talked about climate trends that could render parts of the planet uninhabitable if left unchecked.

Trump skipped it.

The White House put out a statement that Trump was busy talking to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and couldn’t make it—though both of those leaders found time to show up for the session. No one waited for Trump; the leaders of the world’s most economically advanced democratic nations went ahead despite his absence.

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