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Name: Miles Archer
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Hometown: Hamilton Massachusetts
Home country: USA
Current location: Nevada
Member since: Wed Oct 16, 2013, 07:49 PM
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Trump Plans to Cram His Entire Legislative Agenda Into Days 96-99

Trump Plans to Cram His Entire Legislative Agenda Into Days 96-99



http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2017/04/trump-plans-cram-his-entire-legislative-agenda-days-96-99

Let's see if I can do justice to our current legislative follies. For starters, it appears that we're going to get health care, tax reform, and infrastructure all in one week. Why? I guess so that President Trump can say he got going on all of them in his first hundred days. Which totally doesn't matter and Trump couldn't care less about it. But he released a truly comical list of all his accomplishments anyway. Not that he cares. But anyway. Let's move on.

Health care: The House Freedom Caucus has allegedly agreed to an amendment to the previous House bill—the one that crashed and burned last month thanks to the HFC's opposition—that now makes it acceptable. They haven't actually said so in public yet, but maybe tomorrow they will. Maybe. Basically, it allows states to opt out of the essential coverage requirements of Obamacare. Except for Capitol Hill, that is. Members of Congress will continue to get every last thing on the list. And there's no change to pre-existing conditions except for one teensy little thing: insurance companies can charge you more if you have a pre-existing condition. How much more? The sky's the limit, apparently. Does $10 million sound good? In practice, of course, this means that they don't have to offer coverage to anyone with a pre-existing condition.

Tax reform: It turns out the Treasury Department really was taken by surprise on this, so Wednesday's announcement will be little more than the same stuff Trump released on the campaign trail. Corporate taxes get cut by nearly two-thirds, to 15 percent. Ditto for "pass through" corporations like, oh, just to pull an example out of the air, The Trump Organization. There will be no offsetting spending cuts. There will be no border tax. There will be nothing much for the non-rich except a modest change to the standard deduction. There will, of course, be no details about which deductions and loopholes, if any, Trump plans to plug. It will be a gigantic deficit buster. And just for good measure, it's probably literally unpassable under the Senate's rules.

Infrastructure: In a laughable attempt to get Democratic support for his tax bill, Trump plans to add infrastructure spending and a child tax credit to it. The problem is that Trump's infrastructure plan is little more than a giveaway to big construction companies, and his child tax credit—designed by Ivanka!—is little more than a giveaway to the well off. In other words, instead of one thing Democrats hate, the bill now has three things Democrats hate. I'm just spitballing here, but I'm not sure this is how you make deals.

Scarborough has a tantrum after Mika asks if he's comparing Ivanka to Bobby Kennedy

Kellyanne Conway leaves one tiny detail out of her "Trump first 100 days" remark. TINY!

https://twitter.com/KeithOlbermann/status/857256074445021190

https://twitter.com/katiecouric/status/857250750266822657

Jonathan Demme, "Silence of the Lambs" and "Philadelphia" Director, Dead at 73

Jonathan Demme, 'Silence of the Lambs' and 'Philadelphia' Director, Dead at 73



http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/jonathan-demme-philadelphia-director-dead-at-73-w478940

Jonathan Demme, the Oscar-winning director of Philadelphia and The Silence of the Lambs and the filmmaker who revolutionized concert movies with his 1984 Talking Heads movie Stop Making Sense, died Wednesday morning from complications due to heart disease and esophageal cancer. He was 73.

Demme's family confirmed the filmmaker's death to Indiewire.

After breaking into the industry as a writer and director for exploitation-movie king Roger Corman in the early 1970s, Demme made a name for himself with the 1980 drama Melvin and Howard, which chronicled the story of gas-station attendant Melvin Dummar's encounter with reclusive millionaire Howard Hughes that left the Utah resident as the beneficiary of Hughes' fortune.

Though he specialized in whimsical, humanistic comedy-dramas and live-performance films like Stop Making Sense and his Spalding Gray monologue movie Swimming to Cambodia (1987), it was his adaptation of Thomas Harris' serial-killer novel The Silence of the Lambs in 1991 that won him a Best Director Oscar, introduced the character of Hannibal Lecter into the popular consciousness and established horror movies as the equivalent of prestige films.

Ivanka is starting her own foundation and is accepting checks from foreign governments

Ivanka is starting her own foundation — and is accepting checks from foreign governments

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/04/ivanka-is-starting-her-own-foundation-and-is-accepting-checks-from-foreign-governments-report/

Now it seems that First Daughter Ivanka Trump is starting her very own foundation that she will operate while working inside the White House — and she’s reportedly already securing money from foreign governments.

Axios’s Mike Allen reports that Ivanka Trump has started building a “massive fund” whose goal is to “benefit female entrepreneurs around the globe.” One source even tells Allen that “Canadians, Germans and a few Middle Eastern countries have already made quiet commitments” to the fund, as have “several corporations.”

Allen claims that President Donald Trump is a big supporter of Ivanka’s plan, and he says that Trump has already started talking with World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim about how to get the foundation off the ground “in a big way.”

President Trump last year routinely railed against the Clinton Foundation for accepting donations from foreign governments during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, although it appears that he is not applying the same ethical standards to his own daughter’s foundation.

Trump on Muslim ban & "sanctuary cities"..."ridiculous rulings. See you in the Supreme Court!"

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/857177434210304001

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/857180178736459776

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/857182179469774848

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/857185261029126144

A pissed-off Ivanka has "certainly heard the criticism from the media" about dad and women

https://twitter.com/DaniellaMicaela/status/856862953823498242

Jack Kingston( R-GA): State Department plugged Mar-A-Lago and it's all OBAMA'S FAULT

CNN panel goes off the rails as Trump booster blames State Department plug for Mar-a-Lago on Obama



http://www.rawstory.com/2017/04/cnn-panel-goes-off-the-rails-as-trump-booster-blames-state-department-plug-for-mar-a-lago-on-obama/

After CNN regular Ana Navarro criticized first daughter Ivanka Trump for selling “Trump shoes and Trump handbags,” the discussion pivotted to the State Department plugging Mar-a-Lago on a government website.

“The State Department website got a lot of attention for plugging the president’s Mar-a-Lago resort.,” CNN host Jake Tapper offered. “It was also on the website of the U.S. embassy in the U.K.”

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Asked to respond, Kingston attempted to blame government bureaucracy for the plug that benefited the president.

“I’m happy the White House reacted immediately and the thing came down.” Kingston began. “But I also want to point out, this is part of a $72 million click-bait campaign the State Department previously engaged in. It was not done under the Trump administration. “

Scott Baio rants about drugs following Erin Moran's death from cancer.

Scott Baio on ‘Happy Days’ Co-Star Erin Moran’s Death: ‘For Me, You Do Drugs or Drink, You’re Gonna Die’



http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/erin-moran-dead-scott-baio-god-happy-days-1202393831

“I’m OK, a little shocked but not completely shocked that this happened. My thing is, I feel bad because her whole life, she was troubled, could never find what made her happy and content. For me, you do drugs or drink, you’re gonna die. I’m sorry if that’s cold, but God gave you a brain, gave you the will to live and thrive and you gotta take care of yourself.”

During his interview with the WABC radio show, Baio added, “I’m saddened by what happened. I don’t know if it was drugs that killed her, I read one report said it might have been and I hope it… I don’t know what I hope. It’s what it is. What can you do?”

“I knew Erin well, over the last many years I have not spoken with her. She was just an insecure human being and fell into this world of drugs and alcohol. Again, I don’t know if that’s what killed her, I’m sure it was a culmination of years and years of doing it that might have had something to do with it. She just never found her way.”

“How do you help somebody that doesn’t want to help themselves? You try a couple of times and if they don’t want the help, I gotta go, sorry.”

Heres everything Melania Trump has done as first lady

Four paragraph rule. Complete list at URL below.

Here’s everything Melania Trump has done as first lady

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/04/heres-everything-melania-trump-has-done-as-first-lady/

February 1: Melania Trump hired Lindsay Reynolds as chief of staff to begin filling the vacant office of the first lady. Reynolds, who previously served in former President George W. Bush’s White House as the finance chair for his 2004 re-election campaign, marked the new first lady’s official first hire.

February 3: Longtime advisor, fashion consultant and friend of Melania Trump’s, Tham Kannalikham is hired to begin redecorating the Trump’s private living quarters in the first lady’s new presidential pad. Meanwhile, the Trumps remained silent on when, exactly, the rest of the first family would be moving to Washington, D.C.

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April 5: Joined by Queen Rania of Jordan, Melania Trump visited the all-girls public charter school, Excel Academy, in an impoverished area of Washington, D.C. The two partake in a listening session, inquiring as to how the school was building life skills for its young female students.

April 12: The Daily Mail paid $2.9 million to settle Melania Trump’s libel suit, apologizing to the first lady and issuing an official retraction on its website over a story that implied she once "provided services beyond simply modelling." This may not appear to be a typical accomplishment for a first lady, but it’s a feat Melania Trump vowed to continue regardless of whether her husband won the election, and after much hard work, she was eventually successful in doing so.

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