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Name: Miles Archer
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Trump family held invitation-only Easter Egg hunt at Mar-a-Lago

Trump family held invitation-only Easter Egg hunt at Mar-a-Lago



http://www.rawstory.com/2017/04/trump-family-held-private-easter-egg-hunt-at-mar-a-lago/

Trump attended services at the Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach along with first lady Melania Trump, daughter Tiffany, son Barron and Melania's parents, a White House spokeswoman said.

The family was to celebrate the rest of the Christian holiday with a brunch at Mar-a-Lago and Easter egg hunt with the families of two of Trump's other adult children, Eric and Donald Trump Junior, the spokeswoman told reporters.

Trump wished a "Happy Easter to everyone!" via his favourite medium, Twitter, and had earlier used his weekly address to mark Easter and the Jewish holiday of Passover.

The religious services were the first attended by Trump since his inaugural weekend in January.

R.I.P. guitar legend Allan Holdsworth @ 70.



http://ultimateclassicrock.com/guitar-pioneer-allan-holdsworth-dies/

Progressive rock and jazz fusion guitar pioneer Allan Holdsworth, who Eddie Van Halen called “the best, in my book,” has died of unknown causes at the age of 70.

Holdsworth’s daughter Louise confirmed the news on Facebook, saying “it is with heavy hearts that we notify everyone of the passing of our beloved father. We would appreciate privacy and time while we grieve the loss of our dad, grandad, friend and musical genius. We will update close friends and family when service arrangements have been made and will notify the public of an open memorial service, which all would be welcome. We are undeniably still in shock with his unexpected death and cannot begin to put into words the overwhelming sadness we are experiencing. He is missed tremendously.”

Holdsworth first appeared on a record in 1969 with the group ‘Igginbottom. After ’70s stints in groundbreaking progressive rock and jazz fusion acts such as Soft Machine, the New Tony Williams Lifetime, Pierre Moerlen’s Gong, Bruford and U.K., he released his first official solo album, I.O.U., in 1982. Later in the decade he became an early proponent of a synthesized guitar known as the SynthAxe, and his experimentation with the instrument would define much of his work over the next decade and a half.

“Holdsworth is so damned good that I can’t cop anything. I can’t understand what he’s doing,” Van Halen raved in 2008. “I’ve got to do this (does two-hand tapping), whereas he’ll do it with one hand.”

Looks like the W.H. Easter Egg Roll will neither be yuge nor beautiful.



White House sets out to lower egg-spectations for Trump’s last-minute, celebrity-free Easter Egg Roll

The White House is trying to re-calibrate expectations for this year’s White House Easter Egg Roll after the Obama family’s celebrity-heavy events — which last year featured appearances by Beyoncé, athletes from the NBA and NFL and “Frozen” theme song singer Idina Menzel.

When pressed about who will attend, the size of the crowd expected and whether or not First Lady Melania Trump will be on hand, Grisham said, “We would really like the event to speak for itself.”

Musical guests the Martin Family Circus — a Nashville-based family act — told Politico they only heard from the Trump administration a few weeks ago and are still currently unsure where they will be staying in Washington. They also still don’t know where they will park their family RV or how many sets of music they are expected to play.

“I get the impression that things will continue to change up to the day of,” said Paul Martin, father and leader of the group. “We’ll just be along for the ride.”

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/04/white-house-sets-out-to-lower-expectations-for-trumps-last-minute-celebrity-free-easter-egg-roll/

"I don't want people to get hurt...What I think should happen and will happen is..."



President Donald Trump is now threatening to wipe out health insurance for millions of people in order to make a political statement. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal Wednesday, Trump suggested that unless Democrats agree to his plans to dismantle Obamacare, he might use his executive authority to intentionally trigger a death spiral for the individual insurance markets.

Specifically, Trump threatened to stop making payments to insurance companies to reimburse them for subsidies that help offset the costs of deductibles and copayments for low-income people. Those subsidies are mandated by Obamacare; if the feds stopped reimbursing insurers for this expense, they would likely abandon the individual markets and leave millions without coverage.

The president seemed to acknowledge in the interview that halting the reimbursements would likely result in the health care markets collapsing, but he said he might go through with it in order to extract concessions from Democrats. "Obamacare is dead next month if it doesn't get that money," Trump told the paper. "I haven't made my viewpoint clear yet. I don't want people to get hurt…What I think should happen and will happen is the Democrats will start calling me and negotiating."

As Trump himself said, ending the program would be a disaster for Obamacare. It would cause insurance companies to flee the individual markets (which, in some parts of the country, already suffer from a lack of insurance options). And the remaining insurance offerings would jump in price. An analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that premiums for a baseline plan would jump 19 percent if cost sharing disappears.

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/04/donald-trump-obamacare-cost-sharing-reductions

Trump reelection campaign raised $13.2 million in first quarter. How are they spending it, you ask?



President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign is off to a quick start, pulling in $13.2 million through a trio of committees in the first three months of the year, while paying an unusually large staff of about 20 employees, according to records filed Friday evening with the Federal Election Commission.

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Others on the reelection campaign payroll include Vice President Mike Pence’s 27-year-old nephew John Pence, who is serving as deputy executive director for the campaign and was paid $40,000 in the first quarter. Michael Glassner, who was among the longest-serving officials on Trump’s 2016 campaign, was paid $77,000 in the first three months of this year to oversee the reelection operation, which is being run out of an office in Manhattan’s Trump Tower.

In all, the three Trump committees combined to spend a total of $458,000 at Trump’s various companies, including $274,000 in rent for the Trump Tower office space and $61,000 at Trump golf clubs.

Some Trump insiders or their companies continued to draw payments from Trump’s campaign committee even as they were at work inside the White House, according to the FEC filings. Bannon Strategic Advisers — a firm run by White House chief strategist Steve Bannon — received $28,000 on Jan. 25 for “administrative assistant/secretarial ser(vices),” while Scavino and Associates — associated with White House social media director Dan Scavino — was paid $14,500 on Feb. 13 for strategy consulting.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/trumps-reelection-campaign-raised-132-million-in-first-quarter-237250

"The guy who looks like a flea market made flesh or the one who seems poised to pose for G.Q.?"

‘Dead strategist walking’ Bannon was ‘doomed’ the moment Time magazine put him on its cover: NYT



“Trump’s allegiances are fickle. His attention flits,” Bruni wrote. “His compass is popularity, not any fixed philosophy, certainly not the divisive brand of populism and nationalism that Bannon was trying to enforce. Bannon insisted on an ideology when Trump cares more about applause, and what generates it at a campaign rally isn’t what sustains it when you’re actually governing.”

Bannon’s biggest mistake, Bruni said, was to pick a fight with one of Trump’s family members, son-in-law Jared Kushner. Breitbart went on an anti-Kushner tear, publishing a rapid-fire series of articles attacking him, only backing off when Kushner himself complained to the president.

“Consider Trump’s obsession with appearances, then tell me who has the advantage: the guy who looks like a flea market made flesh or the one who seems poised to pose for G.Q.?” Bruni said.

He concluded, “Bannon is still on the job, and Trump may keep him there, because while he has been disruptive inside the White House, he could be pure nitroglycerin outside. He commands acolytes on the alt-right. He has the mouthpiece of Breitbart News. He has means for revenge. He also has a history of it.”

http://www.rawstory.com/2017/04/dead-strategist-walking-bannon-was-doomed-the-moment-time-magazine-put-him-on-its-cover-nyt/

Trump's "Happy Easter" series of tweets CLEARLY show that he IS becoming PRESIDENTIAL. CLEARLY.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/853584968047636480

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/853583417916755968

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/853595628655587334

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/853597199619543041

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/853604334944354305

Save this video from Berkeley today so that you can explain Trump to your grandkids.

https://twitter.com/shane_bauer/status/853342517193986048

Donald Trump, Rick Scott AND Ted Cruz! Apr 27-30. It'll be just like Burning Man in Atlanta!



President Donald Trump has agreed to speak at the National Rifle Association’s upcoming annual convention in Atlanta, the organization has announced.

The NRA endorsed Trump for president last May and poured money into his campaign after he addressed the forum last year. Trump frequently spoke out in support of the right to carry guns and against “gun-free zones” on the campaign trail. At one point, he urged “Second Amendment people” to do something about Hillary Clinton — a call many viewed as urging violence against his rival, which he denied.

“If she gets to pick her judges ― nothing you can do, folks,” Trump said at a North Carolina rally last August, after suggesting Clinton would destroy gun rights. “Although, the Second Amendment people. Maybe there is. I don’t know.”

Trump’s secretary of the interior, Ryan Zinke, is also expected to speak at the forum, as are Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), according to the NRA website.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/trumps-speaking-at-nra_us_58f19278e4b0bb9638e433bb?ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009

"If you dont like whats happening in the workplace, go to human resources or leave," he said.

O’Reilly’s Behavior Said to Have Helped Drive Megyn Kelly Out at Fox

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/14/business/media/oreilly-behavior-megyn-kelly-fox.html

Last fall, in the weeks after 21st Century Fox struck settlements with two women who said that Bill O’Reilly had sexually harassed them, the Fox News host went on morning television and offered a harsh assessment of women who had come forward with complaints about the network.

“Look, it’s open season,” he said, visibly irritated, when asked about a recently published book by Megyn Kelly, his colleague at the time. In the book, Ms. Kelly provided an account of being sexually harassed by Roger Ailes, the network’s former chairman. Later Mr. O’Reilly added, “Let’s whack the Fox News Channel. I’ve had enough of it. It’s a good place to work. All right?”

The comments set off a media firestorm and frustrated Ms. Kelly, who sent an email to Fox News executives complaining about his behavior and the chilling effect it could have on women at the company and beyond, according to four people with knowledge of the email who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal matters.

Despite Ms. Kelly’s complaint, and a plea from a producer that Mr. O’Reilly not be allowed to make similar remarks on his prime-time show, Mr. O’Reilly delivered a second public scolding on the program that night.
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