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Donald Trump associates 'will be indicted,' former NSA analyst says; John McCain calls for new probe – OregonLive.com

March 23, 2017 Admin3915 0

California Rep. Devin Nunes, the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, stepped into the spotlight on Wednesday. He declared at a press conference that he had come upon information that suggested U.S. intelligence agencies might have picked up communications by then-President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team last year. Nunes implied that this discovery gave credence to Trump’s now-infamous March 4 claim that former President Barack Obama had “wiretapped” Trump Tower, an allegation FBI Director James Comey debunked on Monday. But Nunes’ announcement proved a transitory diversion, as once again new developments popped up related to the investigation of alleged ties between Trump’s campaign and Russian officials seeking to sow chaos in the U.S. electoral process. Trump critics believe the president’s accusations against Obama READ MORE

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Can President Trump Handle the Truth? – TIME

March 23, 2017 Admin3915 0

Generations of American children have learned the apocryphal tale of young George Washington, bravely admitting to his father that he chopped down the cherry tree. The story sprang from a culture that wanted even its fables to serve the ideal of truth. By that standard, the House Intelligence Committee hearing on March 20 should have been a massive humiliation for the President, who followed Washington 228 years later. It is rare for such hearings to be unclassified–and thus televised–but FBI Director James Comey found the largest possible audience for his rebuke of the sitting President. He had given Donald Trump nearly three weeks to walk back his incendiary tweets accusing President Obama of “wire tapping” Trump Tower during the campaign. If such surveillance had been READ MORE

Donald Trump Budget Slashes Funds for EPA and State Department

March 23, 2017 Admin3915 0

The plan to be released at 7 a.m. tomorrow is a “skinny budget,” a pared-down first draft of the line-by-line appropriations request submitted by first-term administrations during their first few months. A broader budget will be released later in the spring that will include Mr. Trump’s proposals for taxation as well as the bulk of government spending — Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other entitlement programs. Mr. Trump’s version is likely to be even skinnier than usual, a result of the chaos, inexperience and staffing problems encountered by the Trump White House over the first two months. Issues with coordination plagued Wednesday’s briefing sessions: Republican communications staff members, who usually coordinate their messaging, complained that they had been given no White House guidance on its READ MORE

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The Wall Street Journal editorial board just went off on Donald Trump

March 22, 2017 Admin3915 0

In a speech to the National Republican Congressional Committee’s March fundraiser, March 21, President Trump pledged to cut taxes once the House GOP’s health-care bill is adopted. (Bastien Inzaurralde/The Washington Post) The Wall Street Journal, accused by some journalists of going soft on President Trump, printed a stinging editorial Wednesday that likened the falsehood-addicted commander in chief to an alcoholic. Trump doesn’t even drink. The Journal editorial board ripped the president for what it described as his “seemingly endless stream of exaggerations, evidence-free accusations, implausible denials and other falsehoods,” and reserved special criticism for his unsubstantiated charge that President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during the campaign. Even after FBI Director James B. Comey testified before Congress this week that his agency does not have “any READ MORE

The dangerous rage of Donald Trump

March 20, 2017 Admin3915 0

Here’s how The Washington Post described President Trump’s mood heading into this past weekend: “Trump was mad — steaming, raging mad.” Here’s Politico’s take: “Trump, who complained loudly to top aides during a tense Oval Office meeting on Friday over how things in his White House were going.…” And here’s ABC News: “President Donald Trump summoned some of his senior staff to the Oval Office and went ‘ballistic.’” The president, it seems fair to say, wasn’t happy then on Saturday morning when he sent a flurry of tweets alleging — with zero evidence — that Trump Tower had been wiretapped in the course of the 2016 campaign under orders from then-President Barack Obama. Anger — and a persistent sense that people were out to get READ MORE

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Kremlin-backed media turns on Trump –

March 19, 2017 Admin3915 0

Kremlin-controlled news outlets used to root for Donald Trump’s election. Now they’re reveling in the chaos and division of his early presidency. “Sessions Scandal: ‘U.S Headed to Constitutional Crisis,’” reads a March 3 headline on the website of the Kremlin-funded English language network RT. Story Continued Below “Immigrants See American Dream Fade in Wake of Surge Hate Crimes,” Sputnik News, another English language outlet bankrolled by the Kremlin, reported the same day. “America is in the grips of hatred,” the Russian television commentator Dmitry Kiselyov told viewers of the Rossiya 1 network on Sunday night. The popular host, appointed directly by Russian President Vladimir Putin, suggested the political discord could lead to violence in gun-friendly America — “a dangerous combination with free-flowing firearms,” he said. READ MORE

Donald Trump Meets the Surveillance State

March 18, 2017 Admin3915 0

President Trump aboard the U.S.S. Gerald R. Ford last week.CreditPHOTOGRAPH BY SAUL LOEB / AFP / GETTY On November 26, 2010, in Portland, Oregon, Mohamed Osman Mohamud, a nineteen-year-old Somali-born American citizen, stood near the city’s Pioneer Courthouse and punched numbers into a cell phone. He thought the phone would set off a bomb planted nearby, at a crowded Christmas-tree lighting ceremony. In fact, Mohamud had been duped by a months-long F.B.I. counterterrorism sting operation. Agents arrested him. In 2013, after a two-week trial, a jury convicted Mohamud of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. He was sentenced to thirty years in prison. It was only after his trial that the government notified the court that some of the evidence it had used READ MORE

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Donald Trump Is Trying to Play Black Americans –

March 16, 2017 Admin3915 0

Jamiel Shaw Sr. at Donald Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress on February 28, 2017. (Ap Photo / Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Last week, Donald Trump stood in front of a joint session of Congress and announced his guest, Jamiel Shaw Jr. As the camera zoomed in on him, Shaw smiled with humility, and those around him stood up and clapped in his honor. “Jamiel’s 17-year-old son was viciously murdered by an illegal immigrant gang member, who had just been released from prison,” Trump said. “Jamiel Shaw Jr. was an incredible young man, with unlimited potential, who was getting ready to go to college where he would have excelled as a great quarterback. But he never got the chance.” Ad Policy The joint session READ MORE

Donald Trump Met Russian Ambassador During The Campaign, Despite Repeated Denials – Huffington Post

March 15, 2017 Admin3915 0

President Donald Trump and his advisers have, on dozens of occasions, denied Trump’s campaign aides and other associates had any contact with Russian officials. Those denials were not true. At least five members of his team met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak before Trump officially took office. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders tried to mitigate the spiraling situation last week, telling reporters the main issue was that Trump himself had never met with any Russian government officials during the campaign. “The big point here is the president himself knows what his involvement was, and that’s zero,” Huckabee Sanders said on March 3. “And I think that he’s the primary person that should be held responsible, and he had no interaction, and I think that’s what READ MORE

Trump – Master of Low Expectation

March 6, 2017 Admin3915 0

First as a candidate, and now as president, Donald Trump has drawn fire for promising the moon and stars without giving the slightest hint of how he intended to obtain them. In fact, as Tuesday night’s speech to Congress demonstrated so clearly, the president is actually a master of the art of diminished expectations. On Tuesday night, we are told, he looked sober and presidential, when all he actually did was read a speech from a Teleprompter without veering off into one of his incoherent rants. It’s hard to believe that even the ill-disciplined and narcissistic Trump would have stood in the well of the House of Representatives and tried to lead a chant of “lock her up” or slapped journalists with the “enemy of READ MORE