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Donald Trump Was Bailed Out of Bankruptcy by Russia Crime Bosses

Donald Trump Was Bailed Out of Bankruptcy by Russia Crime Bosses

Among the powerful facts that DNI missed were a series of very deep studies published in the [Financial Times] that examined the structure and history of several major Trump real estate projects from the last decade—the period after his seventh bankruptcy and the cancellation of all his bank lines of credit. ...

The money to build these projects flowed almost entirely from Russian sources. In other words, after his business crashed, Trump was floated and made to appear to operate a successful business enterprise through the infusion of hundreds in millions of cash from dark Russian sources....

The Trump Organization was a hollow shell and Trump was bankrupt, but Donald Trump the public figure was a “successful businessman,” a screen behind which criminal activity could be carried out on a massive scale. Throwing his name at every scheme in existence wasn’t a strategy, it was a fire sale on Trump’s respectability. Steaks? Water? Vodka? Fake real estate school? You pony up the cash, and Trump will slap his name on it. Because by the early 2000s, Trump wasn’t just broke, he had nothing left to pawn. He wasn’t a successful businessman, but he still played one on TV. His image had more value than his real estate portfolio.

But the apartments and buildings where Trump held some degree of ownership could be turned into value again. All it took was partnering with foreign crime bosses looking for a place to stash their cash. To inflate the value of his portfolio, Trump had to do nothing other than look away as the dirty money poured in from one LLC to the next. Citizens in Russia, Kazakhstan, and other former Soviet states lost hundreds of millions, but Trump got a cut as looted funds flowed through offices and apartments in buildings that carried those critical gold letters.

Seth Meyers Confronts Kellyanne Conway Over Trump Russia Briefing Reports

Seth Meyers Confronts Kellyanne Conway Over Trump Russia Briefing Reports
I love this snippet:

Conway was asked why it had taken Trump so long to hold a press conference with reporters. His first since being elected is scheduled for 11 a.m. ET on Wednesday.

"The president-elect has been busy forming his government," she said.

"But every president who puts together a government is busy," Meyers said.

"They haven't had…" Conway began.

"They haven't had to meet with Kanye," Meyers interrupted.

What would you do if President Trump showed up at your front door?

What would you do if President Trump showed up at your front door?

1) Invite him in
2) Slam the door in his face
3) Berate him for his latest tweet
4) Refuse to open the door
5) Call Vlad and tell him his dog is loose

Seth Meyers: Trumps Unhinged Meryl Streep Tweets Are Meant to Distract You from Putin

Seth Meyers: Trump’s ‘Unhinged’ Meryl Streep Tweets Are Meant to Distract You from Putin

“Trump’s impulsive stream-of-consciousness tweets might seem embarrassing for an incoming president,” Meyers said, “but Trump is apparently proud of his Twitter presence,” even boasting that friends call him “the Ernest Hemingway of Twitter.”

“Though I would say you’re just the Ernest of Twitter,” Meyers said, referring to the Jim Varney movies of the early ’90s. “Seriously, if Ernest Hemingway heard you say that, he would kill himself again.”

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Meyers went on to mock Trump for his seeming incoherence on anything having to do with computers and suggesting hand-delivered messages were preferable to electronic communication.

“Great, or you could just go full Lannister and communicate by raven,” the host said, referencing Game of Thrones. “Oh wait, you can’t,” he added. “I just remembered: A Lannister always pays his debts.”


5 Deranged Right-Wing Moments This Week From Trump on Down

5 Deranged Right-Wing Moments This Week From Trump on Down

1. Trump displayed one of the sicker parts of his mentality.... “Gross negligence by the Democratic National Committee allowed hacking to take place,” he tweeted, “The Republican National Committee had strong defense!”

2. Kellyanne Conway has a bizarre misunderstanding of her own style.... In a contentious interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo this week, Kellyanne Conway did all the dodging, bobbing and weaving she could muster to avoid answering the direct question Cuomo had posed about hacking. The topic was Trump’s false assertion that no one brought up the hacking story until after the election.

3. Mitch McConnell turns out to have hilarious sense of humor.... Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell seems to have a case of amnesia that unfolds over a longer time frame than the nine minutes that passed between Trump’s contradictory tweets. McConnell’s response to Schumer’s laying down of the gauntlet was: “Apparently there’s yet a new standard now, which is to not confirm a Supreme Court candidate at all. I think that’s something the American people simply will not tolerate.”

5. Newt Gingrich crawls out from under a rock to say something stupid.... In a shocking development (not), Trump fanboy Newt Gingrich blamed President Obama for the fact that four black Chicagoans committed a horrific crime.






10 Trump Fails and Lies from Just This Week

10 Trump Fails and Lies from Just This Week

Every post-election week with Donald Trump feels like an eternity. The details change but the story stays the same: Trump whines, lies and pleads for attention, scrambling facts, fiction and conspiracy into a fatiguing, but now familiar blend. Last week followed the same formula, with Trump pretending not to know what he knows and to be an expert in everything he doesn’t know, all while waging petty wars using time that could be spent boning up on policy. He ended the week with an intelligence briefing (we’ve sunk so low, PEOTUS doing his job qualifies as news), but it did little to markedly shift the tone. And in that tone is the message, "We are so screwed."

So we don’t forget, here’s a look back at just 10 of Trump’s most recent lies and fails....

1. Calling for an investigation of NBC instead of the Russian hacks....
2. Making personal calls instead of doing his friggin’ job....
3. Accepting Julian Assange’s word over 17 intelligence agencies....
4. Admitting he duped his no-nothing voter base on the border wall, then lying again....
5. Lying about having a hand in every job-saving deal....
6. But refusing to take credit for job losses....
7. Calling Democratic senator Chuck Shumer a 'clown,' then saying we need to unite 9 minutes later...
8. Throwing Obama’s political ambassadors and their families out on short notice....
9. Scheduling a news conference to distract from his appointee hearings....
10. Still publicly smarting about being dissed by all the cool-kid pop stars for his little inauguration thing.


10 Trump Fails and Lies from Just This Week

Source: Alternet

Every post-election week with Donald Trump feels like an eternity. The details change but the story stays the same: Trump whines, lies and pleads for attention, scrambling facts, fiction and conspiracy into a fatiguing, but now familiar blend. Last week followed the same formula, with Trump pretending not to know what he knows and to be an expert in everything he doesn’t know, all while waging petty wars using time that could be spent boning up on policy. He ended the week with an intelligence briefing (we’ve sunk so low, PEOTUS doing his job qualifies as news), but it did little to markedly shift the tone. And in that tone is the message, "We are so screwed."

So we don’t forget, here’s a look back at just 10 of Trump’s most recent lies and fails....

1. Calling for an investigation of NBC instead of the Russian hacks....
2. Making personal calls instead of doing his friggin’ job....
3. Accepting Julian Assange’s word over 17 intelligence agencies....
4. Admitting he duped his no-nothing voter base on the border wall, then lying again....
5. Lying about having a hand in every job-saving deal....
6. But refusing to take credit for job losses....
7. Calling Democratic senator Chuck Shumer a 'clown,' then saying we need to unite 9 minutes later...
8. Throwing Obama’s political ambassadors and their families out on short notice....
9. Scheduling a news conference to distract from his appointee hearings....
10. Still publicly smarting about being dissed by all the cool-kid pop stars for his little inauguration thing.



Read more: http://www.alternet.org/election-2016/10-trump-fails-and-lies-just-week



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Trump Backtracks, Says Taxpayers, Not Mexico, Will Pay For His Wall

Source: Alternet

After more than a year of half-baked promises to stick the bill for his “big, beautiful, powerful” border wall with the Mexican government, members of Trump’s transition team have admitted that the centerpiece of the president-elect’s campaign was built on an obvious, impossible lie.

Citing a “senior House GOP source,” CNN reports that “Trump's transition team has signaled to congressional Republican leaders that his preference is to fund the border wall through the appropriations process as soon as April.” Experts have put the price tag for the wall anywhere from several to $14 billion, according to Politico, a figure that leaves out necessary costs from “maintenance to border patrol agents to purchasing private property from Texas landowners.” By tapping Congress for funds, Trump’s team has finally come clean about that fact that American tax dollars will be poured into a wasteful, unnecessary and inefficient project likely to worsen relations with our neighbors to the south.

According to CNN, House Republicans and members of Trump’s team plan to use a 2006 bill signed by President George W. Bush which granted permission for construction of a barrier along the border. Though that dormant legislation currently lacks necessary funding to fulfill Trump’s xenophobic vision, a cash infusion by Congress -- provided by tax-paying American workers -- would underwrite construction.

“There’s already in existing law the authorization for hundreds of miles of build out on the southern border...so, one important step in the right direction will be funding the existing law and beginning the building out of hundreds of miles of wall, or fence, on the southern border,“ Luke Messer, a House Republican from Indiana, told Politico. “If tied to the rest of government funding, it’s much harder for the Democrats to stop, and by the way, I think it’s much harder for Democrats to vote against it if what you’re doing is authorizing funding for an existing law.”

Read more: http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/trump-backtracks-says-taxpayers-not-mexico-will-pay-his-wall



Maybe Trump is thinking that the 30% tariff he's threatening to slap on American manufacturers for building their products in Mexico will be used to pay for The Wall.

If so, it's still not Mexico paying for it. It's American consumers.

What's the difference between Dylann Roof and Donald Trump?

Dylann passed a court ordered psychiatric exam.

Ford CEO: Main reason for canceling Mexico plant was market demand, not Trump

As usual, the attention hog tries to claim something he doesn't deserve...

Ford CEO: Main reason for canceling Mexico plant was market demand, not Trump

CEO Mark Fields told CNBC on Tuesday that President-elect Donald Trump wasn't the main factor when Ford decided to cancel its plans for a $1.6 billion plant in Mexico.

In an interview on CNBC's "Halftime Report," Fields said the decision not move forward with its San Luis Potosi, Mexico, plant was due to market demand.

"The bottom line is we're not seeing the volume and the demand that we expected for that plant. And, therefore, we're looking at our capacity and saying, 'You know what, we can build that in an existing facility and use capacity that we already have,'" he said.

"Over the last couple of years we've seen small cars markedly decline. Every year we're looking at our capacity. We're looking at our forecast for demand. It became very clear that we didn't need this plant."

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