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Miles Archer

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Name: Miles Archer
Gender: Male
Hometown: Hamilton Massachusetts
Home country: USA
Current location: Nevada
Member since: Wed Oct 16, 2013, 07:49 PM
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STEP 1: Shove. STEP 2: Do the "My sh*t doesn't stink" face, raise head. Step 3: Straighten jacket.


Paul Ryan: If he wins, he's been chosen by the people of Montana


Stay Strong UPDATE: The Michael Flynn Scandal Descends on Trump's DC Hotel

The Michael Flynn Scandal Descends on Trump's DC Hotel


Ekim Alptekin, a well-connected Turkish businessman at the center of one of the many scandals swirling around President Donald Trump and his White House, stood before a crowd of several hundred people in downtown Washington and sought to clear up a few things. "There's been a lot of media attention on it," he later told a reporter, "so I just wanted to address the issue."

The "issue" in question was no small matter. Last year, Alptekin paid $530,000 to retired Lt. General Michael Flynn to lobby on behalf of Turkish interests. At the time, Flynn was a top adviser to Trump's presidential campaign, and after Trump's shock victory, the president-elect rewarded Flynn with the job of national security adviser. But it later emerged that Flynn had failed to register as a foreign lobbyist for this work, as required by law, and that he was under federal investigation for his secret lobbying for Alptekin. (Flynn was fired in February, after only 22 days on the job, amid reports that he had communicated with the Russian ambassador and lied about it.)

So it was a bit awkward when Alptekin appeared in Washington this week for the 36th Annual Conference on US-Turkey Relations. (He chairs one of the conference's two main organizers, the Turkey-US Business Council.) In a speech on Monday, Alptekin addressed the Flynn controversy directly. "As many of you have read in the media," he said, "I hired the Flynn Intel Group in 2016 before the election with a mandate to help me understand where the Turkish-American relationship is and where it's going and what the obstacles are to the relationship." His willingness to confront such a thorny issue—legally and politically—caught some in attendance by surprise. Yet there was also a surreal quality to Alptekin's remarks, if only for this reason: He delivered them at the Trump International Hotel, owned by the president himself.

International intrigue notwithstanding, the 36th Annual Conference on US-Turkey Relations was typical of the glitzy conventions and forums hosted in Washington. There were panels on e-commerce, NATO, and cybersecurity, all with the theme of encouraging greater cooperation between the governments and industries of the United States and Turkey. Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker and now a Zelig of Washington's paid-speaking and overseas-junket circuit, spoke at a luncheon sponsored by several major Turkish conglomerates, where he poked fun at the president and plugged his forthcoming book, Understanding Trump.

Trump scolds NATO allies over defense spending

Trump scolds NATO allies over defense spending


Brussels (CNN)President Donald Trump on Thursday chided NATO member countries directly for not meeting their financial commitments to the alliance and declined to reiterate US commitment to the alliance's mutual defense pledge.

"Members of the alliance must finally contribute their fair share and meet their financial obligations," Trump said. "Twenty-three of the 28 member nations are still not paying what they should be paying and what they are supposed to be paying for their defense. This is not fair to the people and taxpayers of the United States."

Speaking during the unveiling of a memorial dedicated to the victims of the 9/11 attacks and Article 5 of the NATO charter -- under which members pledge to jump to the aid of any member country that is attacked -- Trump declined to reiterate US commitment to the provision.

Trump first cast doubt on the provision during his presidential campaign, and NATO members had hoped the President would make clear the US was committed to Article 5 during his remarks on Thursday.

Trump greeted in Belgium with red MAGA-style "WE LOVE OUR HELLHOLE" baseball caps

Prominent Belgians have teamed up with a local newspaper to welcome Donald Trump to Brussels with a message: “We love our hellhole!”

The U.S. President, who said in a 2016 Fox News interview that Brussels residents were “living in a hellhole,” is in the city for meetings with EU, national and Nato leaders on Thursday.

The Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws gathered dozens of Belgian musicians, businesspeople and other figures for a special feature celebrating Brussels.

The participants wore “make America great again”-style red baseball caps reading “We love our hellhole.”


WATCH: Trump tries power handshake on French president and gets defeated by a white knuckle grip

WATCH: Trump tries power handshake on French president — and gets defeated by a white knuckle grip


French President Emmanuel Macron was ready on Thursday when President Donald Trump tried to use his power handshake move.

When meeting foreign leaders and even his own allies, Trump is known for pulling people close to him as his shakes their hand. A move designed to show dominance over the recipient.

But when the U.S. president tried the move on the French president on Thursday, it didn’t go as planned. Macron grabbed Trump’s hand and wouldn’t let go. The men’s knuckles could be seen turning white as Macron gripped Trump’s hand.


Fox's Jillian Mele ignores FOX report on Gianforte assault in favor of campaigns talking points

Via Media Matters, Fox’s Jillian Mele reported about the Gianforte assault without making it clear that his campaign’s talking points about the incident were completely contradicted by her own network’s reporting.

Fox reporter Alicia Acuna, who witnessed the assault first hand on Wednesday night, explained that “Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him.” Acuna also pointed out that “at no point did any of us who witnessed this assault see Jacobs show any form of physical aggression toward Gianforte.”

On Fox & Friends, however, Mele simply repeated the Gianforte campaign’s talking points by noting that “the candidate says that reporter tried to push a phone in his face before this happened” and that “Gianforte’s campaign says the men both fell.”

The network also ran a chyron that simply read, “Gianforte blames reporter for incident.”


ICYMI: Last night, Don Lemon tore Paris Dennard a new one over BodySlamGate.

HMMM..."misdemeanor assault" in the land where "celebrities" can "get away with" p*ssy grabbing?

Let's see how the good people of Montana handle THIS one.

So the Guardian reporter punched Gianforte's fist with his face?

Chris Hayes is playing the audio of the confrontation, and Gianforte's handlers are saying the Guardian reporter shoved a phone in his fave, grabbed his wrist, and they fell.
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