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Trump remains intent on pushing everyone's buttons and causing rampant fear in our communities. Yesterday he issued two new implementation orders on immigration to effectuate his prior executive orders, which are already under attack in the courts.
His orders lack teeth and he knows it. The first order, authorizing the hiring of 5,000 more Border agents and 500 Air & Marine Agents/Officers" states such hiring is "subject to the availability of resources." [More...]
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Former CIA analyst and NSC spokesman Edward Price has an op-ed in the Washington Post on why he left the CIA after Donald Trump took the oval office:
Trump’s actions in office have been even more disturbing. His visit to CIA headquarters on his first full day in office, an overture designed to repair relations, was undone by his ego and bluster. Standing in front of a memorial to the CIA’s fallen officers, he seemed to be addressing the cameras and reporters in the room, rather than the agency personnel in front of them, bragging about his inauguration crowd the previous day. Whether delusional or deceitful, these were not the remarks many of my former colleagues and I wanted to hear from our new commander in chief.
The final straw for him was: [More....]
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Donald Trump just keeps coming up with bad ideas. This one's a non-starter unless he wants violence in the streets.
The Trump administration is considering a proposal to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants, including millions living nowhere near the Mexico border, according to a draft memo obtained by The Associated Press.
The 11-page document calls for the unprecedented militarization of immigration enforcement as far north as Portland, Oregon, and as far east as New Orleans, Louisiana.
If this idea originated with his advisers, they are morons. But we knew that already.
I suspect Trump is trying to stay in the news and making sh*t up to draw big headlines. Otherwise, no one would care enough to write or read about him.
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The Trump administration is in turmoil, a rudderless ship facing constant upheavals. Trump is bad for the nation and bad for the world. He should just admit the job is over his head and resign, taking his unimportant, ill-equipped counselors with him.
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First, I don't believe the NBC News story that Russia intends to gift Edward Snowden to the U.S. The whole story seems to emanate from a suggestion former CIA deputy director Mike Morrell made last month:
What better way for President Putin to cement the personal tie than to give the President-Elect a high-profile gift -- Snowden. At the same time, what better way for President Putin to poke his finger in the eye of his adversary Barack Obama than to put Snowden on a plane at the very moment Mr. Obama is no longer president?
The New York Times reported on Morrell's suggestion and mentioned that Russia recently extended Snowden's residency for a few years. According to the New York Times, Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, addressed Morrell directly on Facebook:
“You spoke, Mr. Morrell, and now it’s clear to everybody that in your office, it’s normal to bring gifts in the form of people, and to hand over those who seek defense.”
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Typical Trumpicide -- quote a phrase successfully used against you by your opponents and get ridiculed. Donald Trump has responded to the 9th Circuit decision by tweeting "See You In Court."
What a moronic thing to say, considering that's where he has been and he's been losing. Does he even realize he's channeling the ACLU? The ACLU has been using this graphic for three months . When the ACLU first posted it along with a request for donations in November, it had its biggest fundraising day ever -- more than $15 million. (That's now been surpassed by $24 million in donations received just during the weekend he tried to enforce his Muslim ban.)
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The last terrorist attack in Atlanta was in 1996 -- it was committed by homegrown terrorist Eric Rudolph. But don't tell Sean Spicer, who mentioned Atlanta attacks three times in two press statements in two days. Now he says he obviously meant Orlando when he said Atlanta.
Loose lips sink ships. The Trump Administration is filled with dangerous neophytes, from the occupant of the Oval office on down, who don't know their as* from their elbow (as my grandmother used to say).
I'm purposely ignoring his counselor who got counseled yesterday because in my view, she is now officially the most unimportant person in America and I refuse to expend keystrokes on her.
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The Senate just confirmed Jeff Sessions as Attorney General. Vote talley here.
One Dem, Joe Manchin of W Va voted for him.
No Republican voted against him.
Two independents joined with Dems and voted no.
Final vote: 52 to 47. (Sessions didn't vote.)
The clapping sounded like a toilet flushing (I only have audio here.)
How demoralizing, to quote Neil Gorsuch, about Trump's comments on the 9th Circuit judges.
Tom Price, who reportedly wants to gut Medicare, is up for a Cloture vote now.
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Trump now wants to put any future ISIS detainees at Gitmo.
Here is the draft of his proposed executive order.
Sec. 2. Continuing State of Armed Conflict With Terrorist Groups. The United States remains engaged in an armed conflict with al Qaeda, the Taliban, and associated forces, including individuals and networks associated with the Islamic State.
Sec.3. Military Detention of Aliens at Naval Station Guøntanamo Bay. (a) Subject to further direction from the President and consistent with the requirements of law, the Secretary of Defense shall maintain and continue to use the detention facilities at the U.S. Naval Station Guantánamo Bay, for the detention of enemy combatants captured in the armed conflict described in section 2 of this order, including such individuals captured after the effective date of this order.
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Trump's first military raid in Yemen on January 29 killed a Navy seal and innocent civilians, including the 8 year old daughter of al Qaida cleric Al-Awlaki, but it missed its target, AQAP leader Qassim al-Rimi (also spelled Qāsim al-Raymī.) al-Rimi has issued a statement that military sources believe is legitimate. It says:
"The fool of the White House got slapped at the beginning of his road in your lands."
Trump's Alternative Fact Machine proclaimed the raid a victory. [More...]
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I'm not going to get sucked into reporting Trump's fake and alternative news. He is Pants on Fire 24/7 these days. And his team of incompetent aides can't even manage basic spell check. Who spells "attacker" "attaker" not once but five times in the same press release? Did he pluck these aides from kindergarten?
Of far greater importance, Amnesty International has released this list of Trump's first seven steps to sabotage human rights.
Everything about Trump feels grimey. And slimy. Who will be the first to patent a Trump Sh*t Scraper?
If you can't trust in the integrity of the Trump Administration, you can't trust in the integrity of its Orders. Simple as that. (His press statements are pure bubbe-meise.)
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Update: Trump loses first round in 9th Circuit Court of Appeals -- the court denied his request for an administrative emergency stay of the lower court order suspending Trump's executive order on visas. Both sides are directed to filebriefs before Monday for the court to consider. So --- Trump's minions wrote a 125 page brief and it was denied in one sentence.
Appellants’ request for an immediate ministrative stay pending full consideration of the emergency motion for a stay pending appeal is denied.No superbowl for them -- they have their next brief due by midnight Sunday. bq. Appellees’ opposition to the emergency motion is due Sunday, February 5, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. PST. Appellants’ reply in support of the emergency motion is due Monday, February 6, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. PST. [More...]
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Jeff Sessions will be a terrible Attorney General. (I've written about him many times, I'm not spending any more keyboard strokes than I have to on him.)
The Senate passed him through committee today.
These are the views of the man about to become Attorney General (from his grilling of Justice Sotomeyer during her nomination hearing.) His best quote (although the munchkin s too brainless to realize it applies to him):
I want to be clear:
I wil1 not vote for-and no senator should vote for-an individual nominated by any President who is not fully committed to fairness and impartia1ity towru·d every person who appears before them.[More...]
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Are Donald Trump and his team morons or just ignorant? (I give my personal view at the end.)
Trump's immigration order is being celebrated online by ISIS supporters -- it's just what they want the world to believe -- the U.S. is engaged in a war on Muslims. Way to Go, Donald.
First off, Trump couldn't even pick the right countries. The countries included in his order are Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen, and Somalia.
Since 9/11, not a single person in the U.S. has been killed by a terrorist who emigrated from these countries or whose family emigrated from these countries. Not one of the 9/11 attackers came from one of these seven countries. [More...]
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Typical Donald Trump. He didn't include Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, the UAE or Jordan in his Executive Order banning Muslims.
Why not? Maybe because Trump Org. has licensed its name to properties in those countries. Wealthy Muslims in those countries helped Donald make money.
In Dubai, Trump International has a golf course and a spa and is building luxury homes and a second golf course.
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