According to two knowledgeable Team Trump sources, the insurgent GOP campaign was scrambling to compile a legitimate list of foreign policy advisers to Trump in early 2016, when people in media and political circles kept pressuring the campaign to release one. Clovis, then a top Trump policy adviser, slapped together a roster that Trump could read in an attempt to “at least shut up” the critics, according to one Trump campaign veteran.
That list included Papadopoulos and Carter Page—two names that have come back to haunt the president. During the campaign, Clovis defended the roster he had compiled for Trump, telling The New York Times that “these are people who work for a living” who have “real world” experience, and that “if you’re looking for show ponies, you’re coming to the wrong stable.” But to this day, some senior staffers in the Trump White House blame Clovis for saddling Trump with the Russia crisis by putting Papadopoulos and Page on the radar.
Neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups descended on Shelbyville, Tennessee, US, on Saturday for an organised White Lives Matter rally.
The rally attracted hundreds of anti-racist protesters who easily outnumbered the white nationalists.
The couple, a 30-year-old white woman and a 37-year-old black man, were eating inside the Corner Pub in Brentwood – a town around 50 miles north of Shelbyville.
Nashville police said a group of around 20 to 30 white men and women came into the pub and sat behind them.
The woman later told police that one of the group members asked her to ‘guess’ and she responded ‘white lives matter’.
Another is believed to have said ‘that’s right’ before telling her to join their table and leave her boyfriend.
‘The argument inside apparently escalated even after the female victim had gone outside to de-escalate the situation,’ police said.
While she was arguing with another woman outside, a man punched her in the face ‘causing a cut above her eye’, the police statement added.
Annelise Werme was in the same pub when the violence broke out.
She posted a shocking video online of the couple attempting to push others away outside the restaurant.
Blood can be seen streaming down the woman’s face.
That’s what won Trump the election. Much more than any other factor: The GOP gained control of the Congress and State houses through hate. They spent 8 years of attacking Barack Obama. The Republican Party is nothing but a hate group:
Donald Trump’s 2016 electoral win was more accurately predicted by racist searches on Google than any other data set.
On a map, the US states with the highest searches for racist things such as jokes compared with a map of Trump’s biggest wins were remarkably similar.
Because Trump, like a child, can’t allow anyone to criticize him. We have a president who has never grown up:
President Donald Trump on Saturday slammed a vocal critic of his via Twitter, but admitted that his tweet was “not at all presidential.”
“While not at all presidential I must point out that the Sloppy Michael Moore Show on Broadway was a TOTAL BOMB and was forced to close. Sad!” Trump wrote.
Trump was apparently referring to the documentarian Michael Moore’s Broadway debut, a one-man show titled “The Terms of My Surrender.”
Moore’s show was a limited-run production that ran for 12 weeks as scheduled, and was not “forced to close.” Playbill, which tracks Broadway show ticket sales, said Moore’s show grossed $4.2 million.
Republicans can’t be thrilled that polls show increased support for Democrats. That is paving the way for Trump’s impeachment:
President Donald Trump’s job approval rating has declined to the lowest point of his presidency, and nearly half of voters want their vote in the 2018 midterms to be a message for more Democrats in Congress to check Trump and congressional Republicans, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
Thirty eight percent of Americans say they approve of Trump’s job performance — down five points since September — while 58 percent disapprove.
Trump’s previous low in approval in the national NBC/WSJ poll was 39 percent back in May.
The natural consequence of an evil two party system:
Amid a growing partisan gap between Democrats and Republicans, a new poll shows that 71% of Americans believe the country’s politics have reached a dangerous low point in the Trump era.
According to a Washington Post-University of Maryland poll released Saturday, only 29% said they believed this period in American politics is “similar to most periods of disagreement.” And the majority of participants who said politics have reached a dangerous low point said the climate is a “new normal,” not “temporary.”
Some 70% of those polled from September 27 through October 5 said divisions today are at least as big as they were during the Vietnam War era. For individuals polled who were adults during the Vietnam War, the percentage was higher than the average — 77%.
The one-minute commercial that advocates impeaching Trump was launched Friday across the cable and television news channels and shock and disdain have set in for one news channel in particular for airing the Tom Steyer impeachment ad. The impeach Trump ad was created, narrated and paid for by billionaire Tom Steyer. The commercial, which offers up Steyer’s ideas on why Trump should be impeached, has already gained a good deal of traction since it made its debut on national TV and cable networks.
Besides catching the eye of the masses, the commercial certainly grabbed Trump’s attention who sent out tweets calling Steyer “wacky and unhinged.” Perhaps those most stunned and infuriated about the airing of this ad are the Fox News viewers who have seen this commercial run on the Fox News channel. Seeing the ad air on Friday morning rattled their belief that Fox News is a pro-Trump venue. According to Adage, Steyer paid to run that Trump commercial during Friday morning’s Fox & Friends show. Adage claims that it was a safe bet for Steyer that Trump would see the ad because he is a Fox & Friends fan. This offered up one way for the billionaire to troll Trump.
Both parties are up to their necks with this scandal. Duffy would love to pin this totally on the Democrats:
Rep. Sean Duffy said Friday that President Donald Trump was “probably misinformed” when he said the infamous dossier on him was initially funded by Republicans.
The Wisconsin Republican’s claim is in contrast with widespread reporting on the matter.
“That’s not been confirmed,” Duffy told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Friday.
But CNN, citing multiple sources, reported months ago that the effort to gather opposition research that ultimately resulted in the dossier was first funded by groups and donors supporting Republican opponents of Trump during the GOP primaries.
An Alabama business owner is still waiting for police to return computers and other items seized from his store seven years ago — even though the charges against him were dismissed.
…The charge against Ranelli was dismissed after showing police he’d followed proper protocol when buying a laptop police believed was stolen — but he never got any of the seized property back.
The nation’s largest nurses union condemned the federal government’s emergency response in Puerto Rico on Thursday for “delaying necessary humanitarian aide to its own citizens and leaving them to die.”
The stinging criticism came from members of the nonprofit National Nurses United, speaking on Capitol Hill with Democratic members of Congress after a two-week humanitarian mission to Puerto Rico. About 50 volunteer nurses visited two dozen towns in urban and rural areas, and described the desperation of Puerto Ricans — even five weeks after Hurricane Maria hit the island — as worse than anything they had witnessed on other humanitarian missions, including the aftermath of Katrina in New Orleans and the earthquake in Haiti.
The official death toll from the storm so far is 51, though Vox’s own reporting suggests the actual number of deaths could be in the hundreds.
And this is a European country:
There’s outrage in Portugal after an appeals court there ruled that a man shouldn’t have to serve jail time in the savage beating of his ex-wife, because her infidelity brought “dishonor” to him.
Singer Justine Skye took a knee as she sang the national anthem before the Brooklyn Nets’ home opener against the Orlando Magic on Friday night.
The 22-year-old Brooklyn native dropped to one knee towards the end of her performance at the Barclays Center. She was greeted by a mixture of boos and cheers from the basketball fans, per CBS News.
Even Trump’s supporters are starting to turn on him:
Donald Trump’s approval ratings have been historically and consistently low since he took the oath of office in January, but now, his own voters are losing faith and tweeting words to him that include the phrases “man-child,” “dictator,” and “evil.” New polls analyzing the temperature of American voters on both sides of the aisle are providing even more grim results for Trump’s approval rating today. CNN reports on a new poll that shows Trump’s approval rating is holding steady, but low, at 37 percent.
However, it is the flip side of that approval rating that is a problem for Trump, as support from his own party is declining steadily. Fifty-seven percent of American voters polled disapprove of the president’s job performance. Those numbers are confirmed by other polls that show Republicans overall are declining in approval of Donald Trump.
|Trump: Puerto Rico was already in ‘very poor shape’
The official count from Hurricane Maria is now 48 deaths.
|Why Dana Rohrabacher’s name keeps coming up in the Russia …
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher has long believed that the United States needs to build a friendlier relationship with Russia, and he’s never tried to hide it.
|Drug Companies Make Eyedrops Too Big — And You Pay for the Waste — ProPublica
The makers of cancer drugs also make vials with too much medication for many patients. The excess drugs are tossed in the trash — another reason health care costs are so high.
It’s coming, Donald. Start packing:
The GOP now fears that the #impeachment of #DonaldTrump may be inevitable, with one Republican lawmaker now considering support for impeachment, and other “privately’ hoping for Trump’s removal — as Trump’s own allies warn that a Democratic win in 2018 would lead to Trump’s removal from office.
Only the progressive press is telling us the truth about the unjust economic system we are living under. The 99 percent are struggling to make ends meet while the wealthy have never been better off. Record corporate profits, CEO pay, and stock market have not even trickled down. It is pure economic tyranny:
The poverty threshold is still based on a formula from the 1960s, when food expenses were a much greater part of the family budget. It hasn’t kept up with other major expenses. Since 1980, food costs have gone up by 100%, housing 250%, health care 500%, and college tuition 1,000%.
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) says, “If the same basic methodology developed in the early 1960s was applied today, the poverty thresholds would be over three times higher than the current thresholds.” Three times higher!
The median household income in the U.S. in 2016 was $59,039. The Economic Policy Institute’s 2015 Family Budget Calculator determined that the median budget for a two-parent, two-child family is $63,741. As CRS concluded, that’s about three times higher than the current poverty threshold.
In 2014, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data, median household expenses were $36,800, against income of about $54,000. But that includes very little for wealth-building investments, such as short- and long-term savings, college education, and life insurance. After accounting for annual outlays for these essential and/or typical family expenses, the median household in the lower third was $2,300 in debt. For the middle third of households, which reaches well into the “middle class,” only $6,000 remained for wealth-building and other discretionary expenses. That $6,000 dissipates quickly. Says Pew Research: “Because income is measured before taxes, some families will have had even less slack in their budgets than this figure implies.”
Let’s not forget that it was Paula Jones’ lawsuit that led to Clinton’s impeachment:
A former contestant on “The Apprentice” who accuses President Donald Trump of past sexual misconduct has filed a subpoena for “all documents concerning any woman who asserted that Donald J. Trump touched her inappropriately,” it was revealed on Sunday.Buzzfeed News first reported the existence of the court document, which names Trump’s campaign organization and any applicable “directors, officers, partners, shareholders, managers, attorneys, employees, agents and representatives” as subjects.
That’s the least of the market’s problem. There is a very strong chance of a stock market collapse as well.
Goldman Sachs has circulated a fascinating but scary research note to clients suggesting that the probability of stocks entering a bear market in the next 24 months currently stands at about 88%, based on the history of previous bear markets.
The stock market market will crash because it is a ponzi scheme. And it will be horrific:
Several noted economists and distinguished investors are warning of a stock market crash.
Jim Rogers, who founded the Quantum Fund with George Soros, went apocalyptic when he said, “A $68 trillion ‘Biblical’ collapse is poised to wipe out millions of Americans.”
Mark Faber, Dr. Doom himself, recently told CNBC that “investors are on the Titanic” and stocks are about to “endure a gut-wrenching drop that would rival the greatest crashes in stock market history.”
And the prophetic economist Andrew Smithers warns, “U.S. stocks are now about 80% overvalued.”
This is why we must impeach this madman before he gets us into a world war:
“Something has to be said here. I think the president has lost almost all credibility with the international community. They’re going to wait him out. So I wouldn’t overstate the damage he’s doing,” Gen McCaffrey told NBC.
“The problem is we’ve got so many crises going on now, potentially, that he’s overloading the diplomatic effort, as well as the US armed forces’ ability to deal with it.
“I don’t want us to take our eye off North Korea. The current language out of the administration, that lack of a diplomatic and serious engagement strategy, in my view, has us sliding toward war by next summer,” the retired general said.
Though in public, Donald Trump has recently taken a low-key approach to the investigation into his Russia ties by Special Counsel Robert Mueller — with his legal team even floating the idea that Trump would voluntarily invite Mueller to interview him — behind the scenes Trump’s closest friends and longtime allies fear that the Mueller investigation could culminate in Trump’s impeachment, according to an Associated Press report this week.
In interviews with 15 longtime Trump allies and confidants, the AP found that those closest to Trump have become deeply worried that his legal team is “naive” regarding what they see as an “existential threat” posed by Mueller, and are pushing Trump to battle against the special counsel, and to attack the respected former FBI director “with abandon.”
A group of psychologists and mental health professionals on Saturday marched through New York calling for President Trump to be removed from office.
The group — which included more than 100 psychologists and mental health professionals — are pushing for Trump to be ousted from his post, according to The New York Post.
“We can sense the power of Trump’s underlying fear that he is worthless and weak by how intensely he resists and retaliated against any criticism,” said Harry Segal, a Cornell University psychologist.
“No matter how minor, he can’t let anything go.”
Michelle Golland, a clinical psychologist, told The New York Post the country is “suffering from his narcissistic personality.”
…The march was organized by The Duty to Warn PAC, a group of psychologists that believes Trump has a malignant narcissism, according to Newsweek.
A leading House Democrat has asked the Department of Homeland Security to investigate the water situation in Puerto Rico after a published report that people were drinking water taken from a federally designated hazardous-waste site.The request comes a day after a story from CNN’s John Sutter concerning workers from the Puerto Rican water utility Autoridad de Acueductos y Alcantarillados distributing water from a well at the Dorado Groundwater Contamination Site. The site was listed in 2016 as part of the federal Superfund program for hazardous water cleanup.
30,000 US citizens of Utuado, Puerto Rico have NO water. They are drinking contaminated water from the river. I am sitting next to them crying. – @KrapelsMarco
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) October 14, 2017
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) October 14, 2017
Authorities in Puerto Rico are reportedly pumping water from a well at a federally designated Superfund site, CNN said late Friday night, citing Superfund documents and interviews with federal and state officials.
It is the latest indication of the growing humanitarian crisis in the US territory, three weeks after Hurricane Maria devastated the island — leaving many people without food, electricity, or safe drinking water.
At least 35% of the residents in Puerto Rico have no access to clean water, according to Status PR, the Puerto Rican government’s website that keeps track of relief efforts there.
CNN reported that it witnessed workers for Autoridad de Acueductos y Alcantarillados, the island’s water utility, distributing water from a well at the Dorado Groundwater Contamination Site, which was included on a list of federal Superfund sites last year.
President Donald Trump’s abrupt move to cut off federal payments to insurers jolted America’s health care and political worlds alike on Friday, threatening to boost premiums for millions, disrupt insurance markets and shove Republicans into a renewed civil war over their efforts to shred “Obamacare.”
President Donald Trump’s refusal to certify the Iran nuclear deal has sparked a new war of words between the Islamic Republic and America, fueling growing mistrust and a sense of nationalism among Iranians.
…That is also likely to strengthen the hand of hard-liners within Iran, who long have insisted that United States remains the same “Great Satan” denounced in the 1979 Islamic Revolution. “Under the deal, it was supposed to be that we get concessions, not that we give more concessions,” the hard-line Kayhan newspaper raged.
Dr. Dodes also offered a very troubling conclusion about Donald Trump’s mental health and behavior.
The best diagnosis for Trump is that he is a malignant narcissist. It contains the narcissistic part, which is no big deal alone — lots of people are narcissistic — but the malignant part is the sociopathy dimension. These terms suggest that Trump is a very primitive man. He is also a man who has a fundamental, deep psychological defect.
Sen. Bob Corker calls out Trump again for trying to ‘publicly castrate’ Secretary of State Rex Tillerson
Sen. Bob Corker is not finished criticizing President Trump.
The Tennessee Republican admonished the commander-in-chief on Friday for attempting to “publicly castrate” his own secretary of state.
Corker, who publicly engaged in a war of words with the President earlier in the week, again said that Trump is undermining the work of Secretary of State Tillerson and endangering the U.S with his tweets and actions.
At least we have 1 patriot among Republican Senators in the Congress:
In an interview with Washington Post editorial page editor Jackson Diehl, the Tennessee lawmaker said Trump is creating a “binary” situation in which the U.S. would have a choice between war, or a nuclear-armed North Korea or Iran.
“You cannot publicly castrate your own secretary of state without giving yourself that binary choice,” Corker said, according to the Post.
Corker also stressed the importance of working with China to alleviate tension with North Korea, and said Tillerson has been important in forging that relationship, according to the Post. But he went on to say Trump’s undermining of Tillerson — for example, saying that Tillerson was “wasting his time” negotiating with North Korea — could cause China not to apply that pressure on the rogue nation.
It’s another reason why Sanders is wasting his time (and ours) by trying to win the Democratic Party nomination in 2020:
Women’s March organizers angered their supporters Thursday by announcing that Sen. Bernie Sanders will deliver an address on the opening night of its inaugural National Women’s Convention, leading to some saying they are boycotting the event and the group.
“This choice sends the wrong message. We’ve reached out to the @womensmarch organizers to share our disappointment and offer our help,” EMILY’s List president Stephanie Schriock, who heads the political action committee dedicated to increasing the number of women in elected office, wrote on Twitter.
An explosive report in Vanity Fair finds President Donald Trump fuming behind closed doors and succumbing to dark, unstable moods.
“I hate everyone in the White House! There are a few exceptions, but I hate them!” he reportedly said to his security chief Keith Schiller.
A former official suggested that Chief of Staff John Kelly and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis have discussed what to do in the event Trump tried to launch nuclear weapons. “Would they tackle him?” the individual said.
On Wednesday the Associated Press reported that Bannon, who dabbled in film production, partnered with Weinstein and his brother Bob on a now-defunct DVD distribution company in 2005. The Weinstein brothers owned 70% of Genius Products, as it was so humbly called, when they joined Bannon’s project.
Genius Products filed for bankruptcy in 2011 — but not before Bannon pocketed upwards of $700,000 as a consultant for the company; he also reportedly received more than $1 million in stock options when the company started.
And as it so surprisingly turns out, Bannon was quite thrilled by the company’s partnership with Bob and Harvey. Bannon’s enthusiasm for the Weinstein partnership was relayed to investors on several calls, transcripts of which the AP obtained