Super Bowl 2018: What’s the connection between the Patriots and Donald Trump

February 3, 2018 Admin3915 0

Donald Trump has a Super Bowl ring from the Patriots ’ championship win over the Falcons last year. It’s perhaps the most concrete example of Trump’s ties to Robert Kraft and the Patriots . Kraft and the Patriots presented Trump with the ring during the team’s April visit to the White House to honor them for the Super Bowl LI win, as a way to thank Trump for his hospitality. Trump reportedly said he was “honored” that the Patriots were the first championship team to join him at the White House after he took office. Things have gotten more complicated since then. Trump started a war with the entire NFL over players’ protests of racial inequality and oppression during the national anthem. His connections to READ MORE

Trump releasing the Nunes memo is Nixonian – but today’s GOP won’t resist

February 3, 2018 Admin3915 0

Analysis: The president’s decision follows a pattern of seeking to undermine institutions, and his views are no longer on the fringe Donald Trump is seeking to discredit and delegitimise those investigating him. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA The release of the “Nunes memo” confirms Donald Trump’s willingness to burn down America’s institutions to save his own skin. But unlike in the era of Richard Nixon , the Republican resistance to such tactics is all but dead. On Friday, the US president approved the release of a classified memo commissioned by the Republican chairman of the House intelligence panel, Devin Nunes, that alleges bias against Trump within the FBI and justice department. It is surely no coincidence that the extraordinary move – denounced as reckless by the justice READ MORE

Why Donald Trump Should Fear Norwegian Immigrants the Most of All

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Jane Barlow/PA Wire/Zuma Looking for news you can trust? Subscribe to our free newsletters. This story first appeared at TomDispatch.com . Over the past couple of weeks, thanks to the president’s racist comments  about Haiti and African countries he can’t even name—remember “Nambia ”?—as well as the stamp of approval he awarded future immigrants from Norway , we’ve seen a surprising amount of commentary about that fortunate country. Let me just say that those Norwegians he’s so eager to invite over are my ancestral people and, thanks to years I’ve spent in that country, my friends. Donald Trump should understand one thing: If he and his Republican backers really knew the truth about life in Norway, they would be clamoring to build a second “big, fat, beautiful ” READ MORE

Trump Honored an Adoptive Family. Why Did Some Feminists Object?

February 3, 2018 Admin3915 0

A merica’s two great political worlds — left and right, liberal and conservative — are truly big places, each filled with millions of people. Many of these people are sensible, some are malicious, and a few are truly nutty. So as a conservative, if you choose to write about “the Left,” you can always find something crazy or purely spiteful to hold up as exemplary. The reverse holds true, too, of course. That’s one reason why you see so many articles in progressive publications about obscure GOP state legislators who say batty things. The latter have no power and no influence in the larger conservative movement, but they’re irresistible clickbait, and if you can somehow make the argument that they’re revealing what polite conservatives really READ MORE

GOP pressures Trump on Taiwan as China issues threats

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TAIPEI — A year after a newly elected Donald Trump enraged China by taking a congratulatory phone call from the president of Taiwan, the pro-American island nation is pleading for Trump’s protection against Beijing’s bullying. At the same time, Republicans in Congress are pressuring Trump with pro-Taiwan legislation that could strain his delicate relationship with China. Story Continued Below China is already warning Trump to back off: One senior Chinese diplomat visiting Washington in December warned that his country would invade Taiwan if U.S. Navy ships dock in Taiwanese ports, an idea proposed in the annual defense spending bill Trump signed in December. In exclusive interviews here with POLITICO, Taiwanese officials urged Trump to stand firm, saying Beijing has stepped up a campaign of political READ MORE

Husband of former Trump household aide scores government job

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A home improvement contractor married to one of Donald and Melania Trump’s former household staffers is now working as an official at the Environmental Protection Agency, the latest example of someone with a personal connection to the Trump family finding work in the administration. New Jersey-based Steve Kopec joined EPA’s Region 2 office in New York as a special assistant on Dec. 18, according to a memo obtained by POLITICO. “Steve comes to us from private industry, where he fashioned his career around customer service and organizational efficiencies,” EPA Region 2 Administrator Pete Lopez wrote in the memo. “Steve is an experienced manager with skills in team building, management and organization.” Story Continued Below According to public records, Kopec previously ran a contracting business from READ MORE

Paul Ryan and Devin Nunes Are Betraying the Constitution in the Service of Donald Trump

February 3, 2018 Admin3915 0

Donald Trump speaks to Paul Ryan at the White House, May 2017. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci) Thank you for signing up. For more from The Nation , check out our latest issue . Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! Support Progressive Journalism The Nation is reader supported: Chip in $10 or more to help us continue to write about the issues that matter. Fight Back! Sign up for Take Action Now and we’ll send you three meaningful actions you can each week. Travel With The Nation Be the first to hear about Nation Travels destinations, and explore the world with kindred spirits. Sign up for our Wine Club today. Did you know you can support The Nation by drinking wine? Asked READ MORE

Nunes memo unveiling prompts question of what Trump will do next

February 3, 2018 Admin3915 0

The document produced by Republican staffers on the House Intelligence Committee alleges serious abuses by the FBI of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. But Democrats says it’s a hack job drawn up to shield Trump from special counsel Robert Mueller, whose probe is moving inexorably closer to the President. Trump’s critics believe the purpose of the memo and coordination between committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes and the White House, is partly designed to discredit Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing the Russia investigation. Democrats fear that Trump could use Rosenstein’s approval of an extended surveillance warrant for campaign foreign policy aide Carter Page, that is outlined in the report, as an excuse to fire him. “The President hasn’t needed much by way of READ MORE

Trump threatens to cut off aid to countries that allow drugs into US

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“I want to stop the aid. If they can’t stop drugs from coming in, ’cause they can stop them a lot easier than us. They say, ‘oh we can’t control it.’ Oh great, we’re supposed to control it,” the President said. “So we give them billions and billions of dollars, and they don’t do what they’re supposed to be doing, and they know that. But we’re going to take a very harsh action.” Trump specifically name-checked El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico in his criticism of countries whose citizens are coming into the United States illegally. “We want strong borders. We want to give you laws. We want to stop the catch and release nonsense that goes on. You catch somebody and you release them. READ MORE

Trump won’t say whether he’s planning to fire Rosenstein

February 3, 2018 Admin3915 0

“You figure that one out,” Trump said with a scowl when asked by reporters in the Oval Office if he was considering firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Reporters also asked if he retained confidence in Rosenstein; Trump was responding to both questions with his terse reply. Rosenstein assumed oversight of the Russia investigation after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from Russia-related matters last year. Trump has fumed about the ongoing probe, declaring it a “witch hunt” concocted by Democrats to damage him politically. Trump had hoped the controversial Republican memo, crafted by the staff of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, would help discredit top officials at the FBI and Justice Department, thereby undermining the Russia investigation. The memo states that Rosenstein — READ MORE