Items tagged with: Trump

"This is abuse of power in plain sight."

Trump Calls For An 'Investigation' Into Joe Biden

#Trump #corruption
"It’s been going on all year."

"The revelation last night that a mysterious whistleblower complaint focused on a July 25 phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky shocked many, but also reveals a long-running story that has been playing out just beneath the surface of the news cycle over the past few months."

"In sum, the scandal is about allegations that Trump – in part via his attorney Rudy Giuliani – applied Tony Soprano-style pressure on the Ukrainian government to produce information that could damage Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden, and which could discredit the prosecution of Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort for Ukraine-related financial misdeeds."

#Trump #GOP #corruption
How Trump’s Attempt To Attack Biden Turned Into The Ukraine Scandal
The quickest way to turn me into a vegetarian...

Risking food safety, USDA plans to let slaughterhouses self-police

"Over a century ago, Upton Sinclair’s 'The Jungle' exposed unsafe and unsanitary conditions in our nation’s slaughterhouses. Sinclair singled out breakneck line speeds as a key source of misery, noting 'The main thing the men wanted was to put a stop to the habit of speeding up, they were trying their best to force a lessening of the pace, for there were some, they said, who could not keep up with it, whom it was killing'."

"Sinclair’s stomach-churning account led Congress to create a new agency in charge of food safety in slaughterhouses. Among the reforms implemented were rules to slow down line speeds, so that government inspectors could ensure that diseased or feces-covered meat and poultry did not end up on consumers’ plates. Now, if the Trump administration gets its way, pork slaughterhouses will be allowed to drastically increase their line speeds, with potentially disastrous results for workers and consumers."

#FoodSafety #USDA #Trump #GOP
"A war over the limits of Trump’s power is about to get real."


Trump Moves to Stop California From Fixing What He’s Breaking

"So much for states’ rights."

"On Wednesday, President Trump announced his administration’s intention to strip California of its ability to set its own automobile emissions standards, revoking an Obama-era Clean Air Act waiver that allowed the state impose stricter regulations than those mandated federally. The move is the latest in a string of attacks from the White House against the environment, the state of California, and the policies of Trump’s predecessor, and it is expected to result in a legal battle between the state and the federal government that could ultimately reach the Supreme Court."

#Trump #GOP #corruption #ClimateChange
Trump Moves to Stop California From Fixing What He’s Breaking
"Con Edison and eight other U.S. utilities mostly from Democratic-led states have filed a legal challenge to the Trump administration’s plan to cut carbon emissions from power plants, which replaces a much tougher Obama-era rule."

"The New York-based power company said in a statement on Monday that the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule undermines efforts already under way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by investing in renewable energy, electric vehicle infrastructure and energy efficiency and other clean technologies."

"The group of utilities, which calls itself the Power Companies Climate Coalition, have already invested heavily in adopting those technologies because their state governments passed laws requiring them to adopt large amounts of renewable energy such as wind and solar."

#Trump #GOP #ClimateChange #pollution #fossilfuels
"The norm of bureaucratic professionalism and fairness is a pillar of the political legitimacy and economic strength of the American system, the thing that separates countries like the U.S. from countries like Russia. The decay of that culture is difficult to quantify, but the signs are everywhere. Trump’s stench is slowly seeping into every corner of government."

#Trump #corruption
Gutting Social Security

#politics #Republicans #Trump
Gutting Social Security

#politics #Republicans #Trump
THIS is abuse of power. Yet again.

DOJ to probe automakers who rebuked Trump fuel efficiency rollback

"The Justice Department is opening an antitrust probe into a deal between four automakers and California on vehicle fuel economy standards, one of the companies confirmed today."

"Ford Motor Co., Honda, BMW and Volkswagen joined the July agreement with California in protest over the Trump administration's handling of fuel efficiency rules. The Trump administration has proposed flatlining efficiency increases and revoking California's ability to set its own, more stringent tailpipe standards."

#Trump #corruption #climatechange

Trump Fatigue?

Not sure what to make of Dan Rather v.2019, but in any event, he has an opinion too, about "Trump Fatigue", and for worse or more worse, Trump has definitely been in the news and in the comedy skits and horror stories and real-world disasters, 24/7. If it's good it's because he's the most stable genius since Einstein invented the wheel, believe him, terrific guy.... Anything bad? Hillary did it!

OK, so: I think Rather is right to talk about how the "fatigue" is sort of a blunt weapon which can be part of any "strategy", but Trump of course is incapable of anything like a "strategy" beyond "Feed Me... Love Me.... Tell me how smart I am... send me love letters."

But I don't think we should ever speak of the human being Trump - the shell of Hell. It's just so persistent! Meanwhile...
It is his handlers, sycophants and parasites who fuel his vitriol, enabling him, translating & justifying his sub-human tweets & infantile acts into "what he meant is.." Executive functioning (like dealing with facts or logic) is supported by staff while feeding his delusions via flattery and Fox (and mutual friends). It's all good theater after all, reality TV. How's it working? "Terrific. You wouldn't believe it..."

That said, here's Dan Rather. It's very short, only a few paragraphs, on Reader Supported News. There are only two comments now, but I think they fairly well cover the spectrum of opinion & reaction.

Besides, nobody has any ability to focus today, TMI constantly disrupts thinking and memory, and in the end, facts are fantasy.... Eh?

Why such a vulnerable populace? Ongoing PTSD in the U.S. since the last election and with every new day getting lower than the last prior record for evil, vindictive destructiveness, from deep in the bowels of swampy crime and corruption "like you've never seen"!

On a positive, hopeful note, I do agree with Rather that (as in Woodstock 50 yrs ago) "we need to feed each other". Resist. Or perish.

#danrather #trumpfatigue #PTSD #TMI #trump #makeamericasaneagain #political #socialpsychology #media #distraction

Tariffs hit Apple and other tech companies tomorrow | Engadget

Some of the tech you like is about to get more expensive -- at least for the companies that design them, if not you. True to earlier plans, the Trump administration has formally enacted a new round of tariffs against China-made products that will take effect September 1st
#technology #tariff #Trump
"Like all populists, the statue has two faces."

Donald Trump gets statue in wife's homeland of Slovenia

#Trump #Slovenia #NotTheOnion
Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort faces a potential threat from Hurricane Dorian, which is expected to make landfall in Florida this weekend (...) It’s unclear where exactly the storm will hit and how strong it will become, and Mar-a-Lago sits in the “cone of uncertainty” as Dorian takes shape in the coming days, according to the Times.
It would be like winning the lottery if Dorian obliterated Mar a Lago... Peaking shadenfreude. Can prayers help?;) Or multiplying pictures of Florida with crosshairs centered on Mar a Lago, to help the aim of whoever is in command?

Dorian courting Mar a Logo

#Trump #ClimateChange #Hurricane #Mar-a-Lago #Karma #PoeticJustice
"The Trump administration wants to expand its DNA testing program by enabling Customs and Border Protection officials to extract genetic material from undocumented immigrants in its custody, according to a draft policy obtained by BuzzFeed News."

"The move will likely inspire the anger of civil liberties and immigrant advocates, who argue that the government should not draw sensitive personal information from people without being tied to a specific crime."

"Administration officials estimate that CBP officials would spend more than 20,000 additional work hours on such a policy in its first year of implementation. Hundreds of thousands of individuals could be tested each year if the draft regulation, proposed by the Department of Justice, is fully implemented."

"While the regulation does not specifically say Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials would also test people in their custody, it also does not limit them from doing so."

#Trump #GOP #DNA #Immigration #HumanRights #Privacy
There will be a lot to 'undo' when we get Trump out of office... There is much damage done.

Trump EPA Moves to Gut Clean Air Act by Deregulating a Major Greenhouse Gas

"On Thursday, the Trump administration announced plans to roll back an Obama-era regulation to cut methane emissions from power plants and fossil fuel infrastructure."

"Anne Idsal, the acting assistant administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), told the Wall Street Journal which broke the news, that administration questions whether methane 'should have been regulated in the first place'. If the rollback goes through, it could have consequences well beyond methane."

"The administration has been trying to overturn regulations affecting the dangerous greenhouse gas since Donald Trump entered the White House. The president, first, delayed the Obama rule and changed some technical aspects of it. The administration also went to court over it. So far, these efforts have failed. But this is his administration’s first attempt to completely kill the rule through a formal proposal."

#Trump #GOP #EPA #FAIL #ClimateChange #FossilFuels #OilAndGas #environemnt
"The Trump administration on Wednesday made official its extra 5% tariff on $300 billion in Chinese imports and set collection dates of Sept. 1 and Dec. 15, prompting hundreds of U.S. retail, footwear, toy and technology companies to warn of price hikes."

"The U.S. Trade Representative’s office said in an official notice that collections of a 15% tariff will begin at 12:01 a.m. EDT (0401 GMT) Sunday on a portion of the list covering over $125 billion of targeted goods from China."

"This initial tranche includes smartwatches, Bluetooth headphones, flat panel televisions and many types of footwear."

"U.S. Customs and Border Protection will also start collecting a 15% tariff on Dec. 15 on the remainder of the $300 billion list, including cellphones, laptop computers, toys and clothing, USTR said in the Federal Register filing."

#Trump #GOP #TradeWar #FAIL

Trump officials say children of US service members overseas will not get automatic citizenship

"The Trump administration said Wednesday that children born to U.S. military members and government employees working overseas will no longer automatically be considered United States citizens."

"U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a policy on Wednesday rescinding previous guidance stating that kids born to U.S. service members and other government officials abroad are considered 'residing in the United States' and automatically given citizenship under a section of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA)."

#Trump #GOP #citizenship
Ya think?

William Barr’s $30k Trump hotel party illustrates how corruption is becoming more brazen and blatant

"News of Barr’s holiday party comes as the Trump White House makes a push to host next year’s G7 at another property the president still owns and profits from — the Trump National Doral golf resort in Florida."

"Trump’s explanation for why he thinks Doral is the best site for the G7 is just as implausible as Barr’s rationale for dropping $30,000 at the Trump International."

#Trump #GOP #corruption
"Despite a government shutdown, a national emergency declaration, and over four years of bluster from [...] Trump, construction has yet to begin on a wall along the southern border."

" [Trump]is not happy, especially with the 2020 election is looming. According to a new report from the Washington Post, Trump has essentially instructed his aides to use whatever means necessary to get up a few hundred miles of wall so he’ll have something concrete, perhaps literally, to offer supporters as proof that he’s made good on his signature 2016 campaign promise."

"If those means include breaking federal law, so be it. As the Post writes: ' [Trump]has also has told worried subordinates that he will pardon them of any potential wrongdoing should they have to break laws to get the barriers built quickly, those officials said'."

#Trump #GOP #corruption
Law and Order President Said He Will Pardon Underlings Who Break the Law for Him
" Undocumented immigrants with serious medical conditions who were receiving treatment in the U.S. now have to about a month to leave the country, as the Trump administration is drastically scaling back a program that had shielded these people from deportation."

"U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the federal agency that handles matters like naturalization and adjustment of status, has drastically cut its medical "deferred action" program, WBUR and the Associated Press reported Monday."

"The program, now limited to relatives of U.S. military service members, was essentially a form of short-term deportation relief for people with certain medical conditions including cancer, cystic fibrosis, and muscular dystrophy."

#Trump #GOP #immigration #cruelty
'Legal reasons' my ass. America should be ashamed.

Macron says U.S. did not join charter against online hate speech

"The United States did not sign up to a charter against online hate speech at the G7 summit for legal reasons, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday after the end of the meeting."

"'We formalized an agreement for the first time with several Anglo-Saxon and European platforms and with support from nearly all (G7) countries', Macron told reporters after the summit, which was held in southwestern France."

"'We had a very good discussion with the United States, which for legal reasons was not able to formalize the agreement on this point',” Macron said, adding he was hopeful it could be done in the coming weeks."

#Trump #GOP #G7 #hate #FAIL
Just in case you missed this on Friday...

Trump tells Republicans he may begin cutting social security and Medicare if he wins in 2020

"Republicans on Capitol Hill say Donald Trump may be willing to cut Social Security and Medicare if he wins in 2020, reportedly describing the potential move as a 'second-term project'."

"Several senators told the New York Times in a report published this week they spoke to the president about reducing the costs of the federal health care and retirement programs — a move that would likely stir controversy in a presidential election season."

"Republicans have said cutting both programs is crucial to reducing the nation’s deficit, which has ballooned under Mr Trump thanks, in part, to the GOP tax bill passed in 2017."

#Trump #GOP #SocialSecurity #Medicare
"Trump asserted on Saturday that he has the authority to make good on his threat to force all American businesses to leave China, citing a national security law that has been used mainly to target terrorists, drug traffickers and pariah states like Iran, Syria and North Korea."

"As he arrived in France for the annual meeting of the Group of 7 powers, Mr. Trump posted a message on Twitter citing the International Emergency Economic Powers Act of 1977, a law originally meant to enable a president to isolate criminal regimes not sever economic ties with a major trading partner over a tariff dispute."

#Trump #trade #foreignpolicy #FAIL

The New York Times: Trump Asserts He Can Force U.S. Companies to Leave China (By PETER BAKER and KEITH BRADSHER)

"The Trump administration took its hardest line yet to legalize anti-gay discrimination on Friday when it asked the Supreme Court to declare that federal law allows private companies to fire workers based only on their sexual orientation."

"An amicus brief filed by the Justice Department weighs in on two cases involving gay workers and what is meant by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bans discrimination 'because of sex'. The administration argues courts nationwide should stop reading the civil rights law to protect gay, lesbian, and bisexual workers from bias because it was not originally intended to do so."

"That view conflicts with some lower court rulings that found targeting someone for their sexual orientation is an illegal form of both sex discrimination and sex stereotyping under Title VII. Those courts have found, to illustrate the point, that a gay man wouldn't be targeted if he were instead a woman dating a man; thus he faced discrimination because of his sex."

"But the administration said in its brief Friday that Title VII’s ban on sex discrimination only prohibits unequal treatment between 'biological sexes', as it argued last week in a related brief against transgender rights, in which the Justice Department said companies should be able to fire people because they are transgender as well."

#Trump #SCOTUS #GOP #LGBTQ #discrimination
Worth a read.

If Trump Were an Airline Pilot

"If Donald Trump were in virtually any other position of responsibility, action would already be under way to remove him from that role. The board at a public company would have replaced him outright or arranged a discreet shift out of power. (Of course, he would never have gotten this far in a large public corporation.) The chain-of-command in the Navy or at an airline or in the hospital would at least call a time-out, and check his fitness, before putting him back on the bridge, or in the cockpit, or in the operating room. (Of course, he would never have gotten this far as a military officer, or a pilot, or a doctor.)"

#Trump #GOP #FAIL
Even the...

U.S. Chamber of Commerce rejects Trump call on business with China

"The U.S. Chamber of Commerce rebuffed President Donald Trump’s call Friday that U.S. businesses begin immediately looking for alternatives for operations in China after China said it was imposing new retaliatory tariffs."

#Trump #China #trade #FAIL
True story.

Trump Is Melting Down Because China Won’t Give In on Trade

"President Trump is in the midst of a public meltdown that is humiliating, scary, and banana republic–y even by Trumpy standards. The reason is that Trump started a trade war and China refuses to back down, having announced this morning that it is imposing retaliatory tariffs on $75 billion worth of U.S. goods."

"Trump has picked fights with lots of countries. Usually they either placate him or try to give him a face-saving way of de-escalating (e.g., Mexico, which is never going to pay for the wall but doesn’t talk about the fact that it’s never going to pay for the wall anymore). Sometimes they get Trump to fold by stroking his ego (the North Koreans have carried out the most over-the-top version of this tactic)."

"China is playing it differently. Trump is pressuring China with tariff threats, on the theory that China, which is more export-dependent than the U.S., has more to lose from a trade war. China, apparently, calculates that it is Trump who has more to lose from a trade war, since he is facing reelection next year and Chinese president Xi Jinping is facing reelection … never. What’s more, China has little incentive to cough up permanent concessions in its trade relations with the U.S., given that there’s a better-than-even chance Trump will lose and it can just wait for the next president."

"This has provoked one of Trump’s wilder public tantrums."

#Trump #China #trade #FAIL

#politics #Trump #taxes

#politics #Trump #taxes

The Justice Department Sent Immigration Judges A White Nationalist Blog Post With Anti-Semitic Attacks

"An email sent from the Justice Department to all immigration court employees this week included a link to an article posted on a white nationalist website that 'directly attacks sitting immigration judges with racial and ethnically tinged slurs', according to a letter sent by an immigration judges union and obtained by BuzzFeed News."

"According to the National Association of Immigration Judges, the Justice Department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) sent court employees a link to a blog post from VDare, a white nationalist website, in its morning news briefing earlier this week that included anti-Semitic attacks on judges."

"The briefings are sent to court employees every weekday and include links to various immigration news items. BuzzFeed News confirmed the link to a blog post was sent to immigration court employees Monday. The post detailed a recent move by the Justice Department to decertify the immigration judges union."

"A letter Thursday from union chief Ashley Tabaddor to James McHenry, the director of the Justice Department’s EOIR, said the link to the VDare post angered many judges."

#Trump #GOP #DoJ #WhiteSupremacy #racism #immigration

A Cat Replies...

...to the news of an ever-more delusional Trump pronouncing himself King of Israel and "The Chosen One"....

#delusionsofgrandeur #losingit #trump #makeamericasaneagain #lordofthelies
Long live the King of Israel, our revered leader, the Chosen One....

This is real (I see on the news stands today).
So... he's now not only a "genius" but God, King of Israel, and "The Chosen One".

I've worked in psych wards where I saw generally much better functioning - on and off meds - among the most dysfunctional.
So who is still in denial? This clearly is not someone with any semblance of non-disrupted mental, moral, or executive functioning.

What will it take? Drooling while playing with feces and nuclear buttons and calling leaders racist/misogynist names while making strange gestures and speaking in neologistic rants? (What, he's been doing most of this from Day 1? It's greatly accelerating?) OMG

Help us recover from this plague, if there is another deity out there! And pray for both those who stand and watch like this is normal, and for all the victims of his projecting hate, confusion, narcissism, and empowerment, around what's left of our global community.

#sanity #delusion #grandiosity #dementia #narcissism #malevolent #psychopathy #sociopath #psychology #psychiatry #trump
THIS is the most important thing you will read all week.

Toxic Nostalgia Breeds Derangement

"In 2014, Peter Pomerantsev, a British journalist born in the Soviet Union, published 'Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible', which drew on his years working in Russian television to describe a society in giddy, hysterical flight from enlightenment empiricism. He wrote of how state-controlled Russian broadcasting 'became ever more twisted, the need to incite panic and fear ever more urgent; rationality was tuned out, and Kremlin-friendly cults and hatemongers were put on prime time'."

"Since 2016, the book has enjoyed a new life among people struggling to make sense of the dual shocks of Brexit and Donald Trump’s victory. Both catastrophes demonstrated the triumph of xenophobic post-truth politics, and both were assisted by Russian information warfare. Pomerantsev’s book about Russia suddenly seemed prophetic about the rest of the world."

"Now, he’s written a penetrating follow-up, 'This Is Not Propaganda: Adventures in the War Against Reality', that is partly an effort to make sense of how the disorienting phenomena he observed in Russia went global. The child of exiled Soviet dissidents, Pomerantsev juxtaposes his family’s story — unfolding at a time when ideas, art and information seemed to challenge tyranny — with a present in which truth scarcely appears to matter."

"'During glasnost, it seemed that the truth would set everybody free', he writes. 'Facts seemed possessed of power; dictators seemed so afraid of facts that they suppressed them. But something has gone drastically wrong: We have access to more information and evidence than ever, but facts seem to have lost their power'."

#Trump #GOP #Russia #Truth #Propaganda #PysOps #InformationWarfare

The New York Times: Opinion | Toxic Nostalgia Breeds Derangement (By MICHELLE GOLDBERG)

"These are crimes against humanity. And the system designed to commit them is getting better at it by the day."

#Trump #GOP #immigration #humanrights #corruption
Quote of the day:

"At this particular moment, it is not sufficient to say that the free world is without a leader. He has actually defected to the other side."

Via: Trump Has Defected

#Trump #GOP #corruption #democracy
"'King of the Jews', 'King of Israel', 'The Second Coming of God', and now 'The Chosen One'. Donald Trump is having a helluva morning."

#Trump #delusional #FAIL
Again, the Orange Shitgibbon can't do this without a change to the U.S. Constitution, so it's all bluster.

Trump Says He Is Seriously Looking at Ending Birthright Citizenship

"U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that his administration was seriously looking at ending the right of citizenship for U.S.-born children of noncitizens and people who immigrated to the United States illegally."

"The Republican president had told Axios news website in October 2018 that he would end "birthright citizenship" through an executive order. Experts have said such a move would run afoul of the U.S. Constitution."

#Trump #GOP #citizenship #FAIL #immigration
"Ted Suhl was serving his third year of a seven-year sentence for bribery and Medicaid fraud when Trump commuted his sentence and sprung him, at the request of Mike Huckabee; the White House released a statement explaining Trump's reasoning for the commutation, and, as Propublica documents, it is full of 'half-truths and omissions' about Trump's new grifter pal. Propublica did the hard work of annotating the Trump statement to remove the bullshit and tell the true tale."

#Trump #GOP #corruption
Debullshitifying Trump's get-out-of-jail statement for Medicaid scammer Ted Suhl
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