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Was once a republican. long long ago, in a far, far away place. I apologize.

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Trump violates U.S. Constitution- hard evidence.

Federal Employees Used Government Charge Cards to Expense Rooms at Trump Hotels
| SEPTEMBER 18, 2017 5:25 PM ET



A handful of federal employees used their government charge cards to book rooms at several different hotels operated by the Trump Organization, according to documents obtained by a government watchdog group.

The White House’s National Security Council paid $1,092 in March for a two-night stay at the Trump-owned Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, according to the documents obtained through a public records request by Property of the People. Also in March, the State Department’s embassy in Panama paid $632 for a stay at Trump’s hotel in Panama City, while the Coast Guard in June paid $186 for a stay at Trump ‘s Las Vegas hotel. Coast Guard employees also charged to their government cards $62 worth of food or drink at the federally owned, Trump Organization-operated hotel in Washington, D.C.

The federal spending raises questions about possible violations of the “domestic emoluments clause” of the Constitution, according to Property of the People. Clause seven of article two of the Constitution prevents the president from receiving “any other emolument from the United States” aside from the salary determined by Congress. Leadership of the organization releasing the documents called on the Justice Department to investigate a potential constitutional violation, saying, “These transactions, charged to official government charge cards, reflect a clear violation of the Domestic Emoluments Clause and raise grave questions about the extent to which President Trump’s refusal to divest from his businesses has caused and is continuing to cause violations of the Constitution.”



More:
http://m.govexec.com/oversight/2017/09/federal-employees-used-government-charge-cards-expense-rooms-trump-hotels/141101/

Marquette County Republican Party official blasted for tweet, Facebook post

Source: WNMU Radio

MARQUETTE, MI-- Social media posts from the secretary of the Marquette County Republican Party about protests that turned violent in Berkeley, California are causing an uproar.

Dan Adamini-

On Thursday Dan Adamini tweeted, “Time for another Kent State, perhaps. One bullet stops a lot of thuggery.”

The Ohio National Guard shot and killed four students at Kent State in 1970 during a Vietnam War protest.

Jason Chapman is chair of the Marquette County Democratic Party. He says Adamini’s comments are inexcusable.

“I think it’s highly irresponsible for an officer of the Marquette County Republican Party to suggest that authorities kill anyone to suppress free speech and quell protests,” he says. “I find it disgusting.”

Read more: http://wnmufm.org/post/marquette-county-republican-party-official-blasted-tweet-facebook-post#stream/0



What a shameful thing to say.

180 federal employees sign up for 'civil disobedience' class

from: The Hill

A large group of federal employees have signed up to participate in a workshop on civil disobedience in the President Trump era.

According to a Washington Post report, 180 federal employees have signed up for a workshop featuring expert advice on workers’ rights and expressing civil disobedience.

Dozens of federal workers have reportedly attended a support group for civil servants that serves as a forum for discussing opposition to the Trump administration.

Some federal employees have already expressed defiance against the Trump administration following a gag order, which has since been lifted, that restricted the Environmental Protection Agency and departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services from contacting the press or posting about the administration on social media.

More:
http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/317300-180-federal-employees-sign-up-for-civil-disobedience-class

and details at:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/resistance-from-within-federal-workers-push-back-against-trump/2017/01/31/c65b110e-e7cb-11e6-b82f-687d6e6a3e7c_story.html?hpid=hp_rhp-banner-low_resistance-0909pm%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.ab585c6d9178

Trumps White House Cited a Nonexistent Reason for Freezing Federal Hiring

One of Donald Trump’s first actions as US president was to sign an executive order (pdf) to freeze non-military federal hiring. The move, White House press secretary Sean Spicer explained at a Jan. 23 press briefing, “counters the dramatic expansion of the federal workforce in recent years.”

In reality, no such dramatic expansion occurred.

The federal government employs nearly 2.2 million people, accounting for about 1.4% of all employment in the country. That makes it the nation’s largest employer (Wal-mart is second). It’s true that during US president Barack Obama’s eight years in office, the federal government added a little over 120,000 jobs, but that’s about 60,000 fewer than were added during former US president George W. Bush’s administration, and employment by the federal government as share of all US employment is relatively low compared to most of the last 70 years. (The spikes in the following chart represent workers brought on temporarily to conduct the US decennial census.)

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More:

http://www.govexec.com/pay-benefits/2017/01/trumps-white-house-cited-nonexistent-reason-freezing-federal-hiring/134814/?oref=river

GOP House approves huge fines for picketing (Michigan)

Michigan GOP at it again-


Lansing — Republicans in the Michigan House voted late Wednesday to make it easier for courts to shut down “mass picketing” demonstrations and fine protesters who block entrances to businesses, private residences or roadways.

Under the legislation, which Democrats decried as unconstitutional prior to the 57-50 vote, individuals who return to a disruptive demonstration already blocked by a court could face fines of up to $1,000 a day. Unions or other organizing groups could be fined up to $10,000 each day.

Michigan law already prohibits certain forms of mass picketing, but sponsoring Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, said a spate of recent incidents make it apparent that “the current penalties are not sufficient to deter already-illegal activity.”

He noted reports that 39 people were arrested last month outside a Detroit McDonald’s “for blocking the entrance and preventing them from being able to conduct their business” during a protest against low wages. Glenn also cited an environmental protest outside the Midland home of Attorney General Bill Schuette in July.

But the proposal is “unnecessary, over-reaching, outrageous, oppressive and un-American,” said state Rep. Leslie Love, D-Detroit, telling her colleagues she was “particularly disturbed” because her African-American elders did not earn equal rights “solely through civil protest.”

More:
http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2016/12/07/mass-picketing/95124708/

Did Donald Trump tank Boeings stock because he was mad about a news article?

Source: Washington Post

The Fix
Did Donald Trump tank Boeing’s stock because he was mad about a news article?

By Philip Bump December 6 at 1:50 PM


Shares of stock in aircraft manufacturer Boeing fell nearly $2 a share before markets opened on Tuesday.

https://img.washingtonpost.com/wp-apps/imrs.php?src=&w=1484

Were Boeing to lose a $4 billion contract, that would certainly cause people to be skeptical of future earnings. But this, as seems always to be the case with Donald Trump tweets, is not the full story.
(snip)

"Last year, we delivered 495 737s from our factory in Renton, Wash., to customers around the world," Muilenberg continued, noting that a third of the planes were sent to China. "This phenomenon would have been unimaginable when I started at the company in 1985."

Those are pointed comments. It was Trump, of course, who robustly criticized free trade during the general election. And it is Trump who, this week, seemed to threaten a trade war with China.

That story has a dateline of 7:30 Central time -- 8:30 Eastern. Trump's tweet came out a few minutes later.

We don't know that Trump was responding to the Tribune story. We do know that the last time he tweeted an out-of-the-blue opinion, about flag-burning, it was immediately after a Fox News segment showing students burning flags.
(snip)



Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/12/06/did-donald-trump-tank-boeings-stock-because-he-was-mad-about-a-news-article/?utm_term=.1991a9836f3a



So The Donald is ticked off about comments the Boeing CEO made about free trade, and so Donald decides to tank Boeing stock.



Jesus= this is going to be a LONG 4 years....

Spike in hate crimes prompts special NY police unit

Source: CNN

An "explosion" in hate crimes since Election Day has prompted the creation of a special police unit to fight the uptick in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday.

The announcement coincided with an address at Harlem's Abyssinian Baptist Church, where Cuomo called for an end to the divisiveness that has gripped the country.

"The ugly political discourse of the election did not end on Election Day. In many ways it has gotten worse, [turning] into a social crisis that now challenges our identity as a state and as a nation and our people," he said.

President-elect Donald Trump wasn't specifically mentioned in his church address, but Cuomo has in the past criticized Trump and vowed in a New York Daily News op-ed that he would "reject the hateful attitudes that pervaded throughout the 2016 campaign."

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/20/us/hate-crime-unit-new-york/



The Southern Poverty Law Center has counted more than 700 incidents of hateful harassment and intimidation since the election.

Trump just got caught peeking at Melania’s ballot–and Twitter is having a field day

Source: US UNCUT

Donald Trump has become the laughingstock of Twitter for peeking at the ballot his wife, Melania, was filling out.

Earlier this morning, the GOP nominee and his wife went to their polling location to cast their ballots as crowds gathering booed them. During the actual voting process, Donald and Melania Trump are seen at the voting booth, while his Secret Service detail surrounds them and media snaps photos. Then, very briefly, in front of the entire world, Trump noticeably looked at his wife’s ballot before walking out of the booth.

Read more: http://usuncut.com/politics/photo-day-trump-caught-peeking-melanias-ballot/



Hahahahaha!

Read the Twitter comments- it's GREAT!

Detroit Metro among airports DEA targets for cash grabs from travelers

Two years ago, Christelle Tillerson bought a one-way ticket to fly from Detroit Metro Airport to Los Angeles where she planned to purchase a semi-tractor truck using cash withdrawn from her boyfriend’s retirement savings.

When the Detroit woman arrived at the airport in Romulus on March 12, 2014, she was met by federal Drug Enforcement Administration agents who asked if they could search her bags. She explained she had “about $20,000” in her checked luggage and gave them permission to search it.

Tillerson didn’t know it, but she had targeted by the DEA after the agency “received information” that she was headed to Los Angeles on a one-way ticket.

Like hundreds of other travelers profiled and stopped by DEA agents at airports and train stations each year, Tillerson was about to have her money taken away from her by the government under the suspicion it was tied to drug trafficking.

Even though she was never criminally charged, Tillerson would have to sue the government if she wanted the $25,000 back that the agents found in her luggage.


more:
http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2016/08/12/detroit-metro-among-airports-dea-targets-cash-grabs-travelers/88560606/

Khizr Kahn- father of a fallen soldier

If there was one speech that shows the difference between the RNC and the DNC-
this is the one.
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