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GOP senators to unveil new Dreamers bill

Source: Politico

By SEUNG MIN KIM 09/25/2017 12:00 PM EDT Updated 09/25/2017 12:33 PM EDT

A new Senate GOP proposal is being released Monday that creates a pathway to legalization for so-called Dreamers, but it won’t allow them to sponsor family members to the United States — one of several provisions that make the bill far more conservative than other relief measures for young undocumented immigrants.

The chief Republican writers of the bill — Sens. Thom Tillis of North Carolina and James Lankford of Oklahoma — have touted their plan as a more GOP-friendly vision for the fate of young undocumented immigrants in the United States, especially compared to the Dream Act led by Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). Tillis and Lankford hope their legislation, called the Succeed Act, can win support from conservatives as Congress scrambles for a fix following the White House’s decision to begin revoking work permits and deportation protections early next year for hundreds of thousands of Dreamers.

Details of the bill, which is also sponsored by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), were obtained by POLITICO in advance of its release.

Under current law, green card holders can petition for close relatives such as a spouse or children to obtain permanent residency. But President Donald Trump has repeatedly slammed the concept of “chain migration,” a term critics use to describe U.S. citizens or permanent residents sponsoring their foreign relatives to come to the United States.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/25/dreamers-republican-new-bill-243100

Trump says he groped Melania in public, Ivanka looks down on him, in newly released recordings

Source: Newsweek


September 25, 2017

Donald Trump thinks Ivanka “looks down on me,” concedes he groped Melania in public and knows his compulsive hand-washing “could be a psychological problem,” according to a new archive of all the conversations he had on air with the Howard Stern Show.

Those comments, along with various eyebrow-raising but predictable vulgarities, can be found in a new, online archive of Trump’s 15 hours of radio banter with the shock jock. In them, he discusses the relative hotness of his wives (and almost every other female celebrity of the moment) and his feelings about his daughter Ivanka, while chortling with Stern’s crew as they joked about who was more “gay,” and whether getting vomited on was more gross than eating food that had been on someone’s anus.

In one September 2004 call, he and Stern were bantering about how Ivana was dating a “blueblood” from Bedminster, New Jersey, and joking about how their kids were more blue blooded than they were. “I think my daughter looks down on me,” Trump admitted. “She said, 'oh my god—”

The two then turned to how much money Trump was going to leave his growing brood (Barron was not yet born). “I’m going to give them Trump Online University,” he said. “And charity gets a lot.”

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Stern refused to re-air any of his conversations with the Republican nominee. “I feel Donald Trump did the show in an effort to be entertaining and have fun with us and I feel like it would be a betrayal to any of our guests if I sat there and played them now where people are attacking him," Stern said on his Sirius XM show.

Newsweek exclusively obtained the full audio and transcripts of all 15 hours of Trump talking to Stern from 1993 to August 25, 2015. Taken together, the Stern interviews are a rich Freudian case study, a gold mine for anyone trying to understand the president of the United States. The real estate magnate usually called in when he had something to hawk- a book, a prizefight, his TV show - but almost always stayed around to banter with Stern, whose preoccupation with sex and unctuous questioning style led the real estate magnate to free-associate on everything from his parents, children, upbringing, money, enemies, politics, and, of course, breasts, enhanced or not.

The interviews are collated and searchable in a massive new archive of conversations that also show Trump and his third wife, now first lady Melania Trump, were more than willing to discuss intimate details of their sex lives, even as The Donald tested the water for a presidential run in 1999. An anonymous person earlier this month sent the audio files of 35 full and unique Trump-Stern interviews by dropbox to the website factba.se. The site developers had made a public request for Stern/Trump interview audio files on various Stern fan sites and on Reddit earlier this year. The site allowed Newsweek to search the files before making them available to the public for the first time on Monday.

Trump has talked more to Stern than to any other single journalist or media personality, including Joe Scarborough, Hannity, Bill O’Reilly, Chris Matthews, Larry King or Don Imus. The voluminous archive contains more than 104,357 words Trump uttered on the Stern Show, a number which is, by the site’s calculations, 21 percent longer than “The Art of the Deal,” Trump’s first best-seller, which weighed in at 86,575 words.

Most of the conversations happened after Trump started dating Melania, and Stern usually tee’d off by asking intimate questions about the former model. In a conversation on November 11, 1999, transcribed for the site, Trump called in to hawk an upcoming prize fight at the Taj Mahal casino, then talked about PDA with Melania and how their first night went.

Stern: Have you ever felt her up in public?

Trump: Yeah.

Stern: Yeah. As I know.

Trump: I'm very well-behaved actually and almost always I'm very down the middle.

Stern: How did you meet this supermodel?

Trump: I met her at a very big party in New York. And she was there along with other supermodels and I greeted all of them and I said, that's the one that's the most beautiful.

Stern: Wow.

Trump: And she is considered beautiful by the other girls, I mean they, she's really considered most beautiful, but she's-beyond beauty, she's a very nice person.

Stern: And you got stank on your hangover the first night?

Trump: I didn't do well with her the first time.

Stern: You didn't.

Trump: No, it was not working. The whole thing was not working the first night.

On May 24, 2002, Trump again referred to getting “the right price” for Melania on a billboard.

Stern: She must be great in the sack. She must have magic. … She must do something.

Trump: Well, I let her do advertising down there because I got her for the right price, Howard [referring to Melania on a New York City billboard ad].

Stern: She must be driving you crazy.

Trump: I really made a good deal. She did go on the billboards and I got it for the right price.

Stern: And she's not a -- she's not a pain in the ass like Ivana?

Trump: No, she's great.

Stern and Trump also discussed his various marital prenups. In May 1993, Trump notes that even though he gave Ivana $25 million, she violated the prenup, “spitting all over" him by writing a roman a clef. That provoked Stern to ask him about his germ phobia. Trump admitted he washes his hands “as many times as possible,” per day.

Stern: You realize that’s a psychological problem.

Trump: It could be a psychological problem.

Stern: There’s no way for you to get … You cannot overpower this problem you know that -- I mean theoretically you know, because that's obsessive-compulsive, right? Have you ever gone to a psychiatrist to eliminate that problem?

Trump: No. I like it. I like cleanliness. Cleanliness is a nice thing. Not only hands, body, everything.

Stern then asks if Trump makes the models he dates (many of whom they had rated together) take AIDS tests.

Trump: I own 25 percent of Goodyear Tire and Rubber.

Stern: You wear a rubber? There you go, there's something interesting you don't hear every day on TV.

After putting Melania on the phone with Stern once, Trump also explained that he likes women with accents, and Stern reminded him of Ivana’s Czech accent.

Trump: She’s got accent.

Stern: Well, you know what it is, the accent's cute now, but you better not get married. Because you know what happened, Ivana's accent was cute for a long time.

Trump: Yes, it was amazing and then one time I woke up that [sic] it was terrible I couldn't stand it.

On October 10, 2001, discussing ways to prevent another 9/11, Trump had a novel suggestion. "You have a red button in the plane and the pilot has a huge problem in the back he's got two or three terrorists, you know crazy," Trump said. "He presses a button and sleeping gas comes out the entire back of the plane goes to sleep."

Trump usually took the bait whenever Stern tried to get him talking about which celebrities he would “bang” or how often he and Melania had sex, but occasionally he deflected him: In May 8, 1993, he noted in the recordings, “I like Howard but I have to be crazy to be here.”

But Trump kept coming back for more.

The interview archive resembles livestream from the boys’ table in a 7th grade cafeteria. Trump eagerly rated women’s bodies, shared details of sex with his wife and roared at scatological jokes.

In a new book released this month called "The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump", 27 psychiatrists and mental health experts assess Trump from afar. Psychologists Rosemary Sword and Philip Lombardo write that Trump’s impulsivity and immaturity are signs of a person exhibiting “unbridled and extreme present hedonism,” a syndrome related to arrested emotional development due to childhood trauma.

“Without proper individual assessment we can only make a best guess about whether Trump suffers from arrested emotional development which may or may not be a factor in his extreme present hedonism,” they write. Yet, based on “his bullying behavior, his immature remarks about sex, and his childlike need for constant attention, we can speculate that the traumatizing event was when he was sent away to military school at the age of thirteen.”

Trump first expressed interest in running for president in 1988, he ran briefly in 1999 and then considered again in 2011. Trump’s last appearance on Stern was August 25, 2015, two months after Trump announced his candidacy. That day, Trump declined the deejay’s request to rate the hotness of Megyn Kelly. “Well, you know in the old days I would not have minded answering that question, but today I'll take a pass,” he said.

After the “grab ‘em by the pussy” Entertainment Tonight hot mic tape release in October last year, Melania Trump went on CNN and told Anderson Cooper she had warned her husband that Stern was bad for him. “He was pushed on and many times, I give him an advice and I didn’t agree to do all the tapes on Howard Stern, with Billy Bush,” she said. “Because I know those people. They hook him on, they — they try to get from him some — some inappropriate and dirty language.”

In April last year, candidate Trump explained that the Stern conversations were simply good fun. “I never anticipated running for office or being a politician, so I could have fun with Howard on the radio and everyone would love it. People do love it,” Trump said. “I could say whatever I wanted when I was an entrepreneur, a business guy.”

Read more: http://www.newsweek.com/trump-melania-ivanka-terrorists-howard-stern-670309

Full article posted with the permission of Newsweek -- Don

McCain May Have Saved House Republicans A World Of Pain Over Obamacare Repeal


A lot of House Republicans probably heaved a sigh of relief when they learned that a Friday defection by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) may have saved them from another round of Obamacare votes.

“If you’re in a congressional swing district, this was not a vote you were looking forward to taking,” said Ken Spain, a GOP strategist and former top staffer at the National Republican Congressional Committee. “McCain did Republicans a favor — this was going to be a very difficult vote that was going to have significant political consequences in 2018.”

That’s especially true for the House Republicans in states that expanded Medicaid, since the Senate bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act would be particularly devastating to those states, and since a number of those lawmakers are already facing brutal reelection fights.

Seventeen states face drastic cuts of 30 percent or more of their federal funding for premium subsidies and Medicaid, according to the Trump administration’s own numbers, with some of the hardest-hit states represented by vulnerable GOP incumbents who are already staring down tough reelection fights in 2018.

If McCain and other Senate Republicans had kicked the bill back to the House, that would have left members with a dire choice: Break with their party over a seven-year promise and be labeled — in President Trump’s words — “the Republican who saved Obamacare,” or vote for a bill that would be particularly harmful to their own constituents and their own electoral hopes. Due to that, a number of House Republicans are likely hoping the bill dies in the Senate before they have to take another career-damaging vote. Instead, McCain gets that dubious title — and Republicans can hope to move onto safer ground.


Lin-Manuel Miranda to Trump: There will be 'American deaths on your watch' if you wait on PR

Source: The Hill

Lin-Manuel Miranda to Trump: There will be 'American deaths on your watch' if you wait on Puerto Rico

BY JUDY KURTZ - 09/25/17 11:45 AM EDT


Lin-Manuel Miranda on Monday warned President Trump that there will be a lot of American deaths on your watch if disaster aid isnt sent to Puerto Rico soon.


Hurricanes Irma and Maria inflicted widespread damage and island-wide power outages in Puerto Rico, potentially threatening more than 3 million American citizens. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) said Monday that Congress is working with the Trump administration to ensure necessary resources get to the U.S. territory.

Miranda, whose parents were born in Puerto Rico, wrote on Twitter on Sunday that hes reaching out to every famous Puerto Rican singer I know and several I dont to raise money to help with hurricane relief efforts.

The 37-year-old Broadway veteran has been an outspoken critic of Trump. Earlier this month, he visited Capitol Hill to lobby lawmakers to preserve federal arts and humanities funding.


Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/in-the-know/in-the-know/352249-lin-manuel-miranda-to-trump-there-will-be-american-deaths-on

Trump pessimistic on ObamaCare repeal: 'That's the end of that'


President Trump sounded a pessimistic note Monday on the latest GOP effort to repeal ObamaCare, and blamed Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) for costing his party a victory.

Trump did not give up all hope on the bill, but suggested it would not get the 50 votes it needed to clear the Senate because of opposition from McCain, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and other Republicans.

“Looks like Susan Collins and some others who will vote against,” Trump said during an interview on the “Roy & Bubba” radio show. “We’re going to lose two or three votes and that’s the end of that.”

Trump also criticized McCain, whose thumbs down killed a slimmed-down ObamaCare repeal bill in July, and who announced his opposition to the latest measure on Friday. “What McCain has done is a tremendous slap in the face of the Republican party,” Trump said. “Without John McCain, we already have the health care.”


Travelers swamp Puerto Rico's main airport; dam on verge of collapse

Source: Reuters


Dave Graham, Robin Respaut

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Reuters) - Hundreds of stranded travelers filled the sweltering halls of San Juan International Airport on Monday anxious to know when they could leave and reconnect with families after Hurricane Maria devastated power and communications across the island.

Fearful of checking out of hotels in case they could not get on the few flights available, worried passengers waited in long lines at Puerto Rico’s main airport, struggling to get through to loved ones and airlines alike.

“Everything is hearsay at the moment because there is no communication,” said 31-year-old Rene Kessler, a medical student from Baltimore, Maryland, preparing to spend the night in the airport ahead of what he hoped would be a flight back to the United States.

Puerto Rican officials have confirmed at least 10 storm-related fatalities on the island, and the hurricane was blamed for at least 19 other deaths across the Caribbean, the bulk of them on the devastated island nation of Dominica.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-storm-maria/travelers-swamp-puerto-ricos-main-airport-dam-on-verge-of-collapse-idUSKCN1C01TJ

GOP lawmaker calls for stripping $400 million from New Orleans Saints to punish players for protests

Source: RawStory

25 SEP 2017 AT 11:10 ET

Louisiana state Rep. Kenny Havard (R) on Monday called for the state to end tax subsidies for the Saints NFL team because some players have refused to stand for the national anthem.

In a statement on Monday, Havard asserted that taxpayers should not have to “subsidize” the protests.

“The very reason they have the privilege and opportunity to play professional football while being paid millions is because someone in uniform died protecting their right to do so,” he opined. “It’s a disgrace to the men and women of this nation who have sacrificed so much.”

According to Havard, “Disrespecting our national anthem and flag in the name of social justice is the highest form of hypocrisy.”



Read more: https://www.rawstory.com/2017/09/gop-lawmaker-calls-for-stripping-400-million-from-new-orleans-saints-to-punish-players-for-protests/

North Korea's foreign minister: Trump's words are 'clearly a declaration of war'

Source: Politico

By LOUIS NELSON 09/25/2017 11:11 AM EDT

President Donald Trump’s warnings and threats directed towards North Korea constitute a “declaration of war,” the repressive communist state’s foreign minister said Monday.

“Last weekend, Trump claimed that our leadership wouldn’t be around much longer, and hence, at last, he declared war on our country,” North Korean foreign minister Ri Yong Ho said in New York Monday. “Given the fact that this comes from someone that is currently holding the seat of the united states presidency, this is clearly a declaration of war.”

Trump has met North Korea’s recent campaign of ballistic missile and nuclear device tests with harsh rhetoric, pledging never to allow the regime of Kim Jong Un to obtain a nuclear weapon capable of striking the continental U.S. and pointedly refusing to take military action off the table.

He devoted much of his speech at last week's United Nations General Assembly to warning North Korea that the U.S. would “totally destroy” the country if necessary.


Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/09/25/north-korea-foreign-minister-trump-declaration-of-war-243098?lo=ap_b1

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) opposes the revised version of the Cassidy-Graham health-care bill

By Sean Sullivan, Paige Winfield Cunningham and Juliet Eilperin September 25 at 10:19 AM

BREAKING NEWS, 11:16 a.m.:

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) opposes the revised version of the Cassidy-Graham health-care bill, his spokesman Sergio Gor said Monday morning. Paul was one of two GOP senators — including John McCain — who came out against the earlier form of the legislation, citing concerns about the block granting approach at the core of the bill.


Report: Steve Bannon Looked to Plant a Facebook Mole

Source: The Daily Beast

Steve Bannon attempted to infiltrate Facebook’s job application process with moles, BuzzFeed reported on Monday. According to emails between Bannon and former congressional staffer Chris Gacek, who now lobbies against abortion and LGBTQ rights at the Family Research Council, the two discussed a plan for Breitbart News to “flood” an open position for a Public Policy Manager in Facebook’s WhatsApp division with “candidates of all stripe who will report back to you/ [former Breitbart News Tech Editor] Milo [Yiannopoulos] with INTEL about the job application process over at FB.” Bannon forwarded the email to Yiannopoulos and asked him to “get on this,” though it is unclear whether the plan was ever executed.



Read more: http://www.thedailybeast.com/report-steve-bannon-looked-to-plant-a-facebook-mole
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