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Scouts Honor: Trump Vows To Fire Price (During Boy Scout’s Speech) If Healthcare Bill Fails

(SL) – Trump threatened to fire his Health and Human Services secretary, Dr. Tom Price, during a speech to the Boy Scouts, which he promised wouldn’t be political and would be about finding personal success.

Trump pulled Price onstage, saying that he ‘lives the Scout oath’ by keeping ‘millions of Americans strong and healthy’ in his role, before bringing up an important Senate Obamacare repeal vote tomorrow, and suggesting it would be the cabinet member’s head that would roll if Congressional Republicans came up short.

‘By the way, are you going to get the votes?’ Trump asked Price. ‘He better get them,’ Trump told the crowd. ‘He better get them. Otherwise, I’ll say “Tom, you’re fired.”‘

Laughable: Donald Trump Tweets Plans To Create An Impenetrable Cyber Security Unit WITH Russia To Protect US Elections From Hacking

(SL) – Donald Trump is tweeting AGAIN and this time he is disclosing possible plans to create an impenetrable cyber security to protect the United States from hacking with the very same crew that’s believed to have hacked the US election…..RUSSIA.

Trump claims he checked Putin about the rumors saying, “I strongly pressed President Putin twice about Russian meddling in our election. He vehemently denied it. I’ve already given my opinion…..,”
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Donald Trump is keen on burying the hacking rumors for obvious reasons.  For one, there are way too many reports of his people including his son meeting with the Russians before and during the election.  And secondly, it’s no secret that Donald Trump has clear business ties with Russia. Why would he ever turn on Putin?

Fortune gave an unequivocal account of Trump’s ties with Russia.

Donald Trump said in a recent interview with NBC’s Lester Holt, “I have had dealings over the years where I sold a house to a very wealthy Russian many years ago. I had the Miss Universe pageant — which I owned for quite a while — I had it in Moscow a long time ago. But other than that, I have nothing to do with Russia.”

The reality, however, is that Trump couldn’t be more wrong. The President has deep Russian connections that far exceed what he admitted to Holt.

In a 2007 deposition that Trump gave as part of his unsuccessful defamation lawsuit against reporter Timothy O’Brien, he describes efforts to launch real estate ventures in Russia through Bayrock Associates, a shady Russian-connected outfit. Bayrock had partnered with Trump on at least four major but failed American projects: the Fort Lauderdale Trump Tower, the Trump Ocean Club in Fort Lauderdale, the SoHo condominium-hotel in New York, and a resort in Phoenix.

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Pay Attention: While Trump Is Attacking CNN, Threatening Action Against North Korea and Soft Words For Russia, The Dismantling Of Medicaid Could Be Happening Behind Closed Doors

(SL) –  Politico reports, Senate Republicans are highly unlikely to vote next week to repeal Obamacare and are tentatively preparing for a vote in approximately two weeks, according to senators and officials on Capitol Hill and in the White House.

The Congressional Budget Office is reviewing legislative language sent by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell; the Senate parliamentarian must weigh in on controversial proposals; and GOP leaders still have not forged a bill that can get 50 votes. Those factors are likely to push the pivotal roll call closer to the end of July than immediately after the July 4 recess.

“There’s a lot of moving pieces. My sense is the week of the 17th is when we start moving on it,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said in an interview Thursday morning.

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) said on Wednesday evening that such a vote is “several weeks away,” according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

A White House official said there would be no health care vote next week and that the White House and Senate Republicans would consider nominations on the floor until the health care vote is ready. Republican leaders in the House and Senate originally hoped for a repeal vote as early as January.

A spokesman for McConnell said no final decision has been made.

“We are discussing the legislation with members and the CBO, but we haven’t announced” a schedule yet, said Don Stewart, a McConnell spokesman.

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He Who Laughs Last….Trump May Have Walked Into Impeachment With Comey Dismissal And Subsequent Tweet About Taped Conversations

(SL) – I don’t know what else has to be done before Capitol Hill does what it needs to do. Whether it’s the continuance of business profits while holding office, setting off bombs without consulting Congress, Mike Flynn, Steve Bannon..the list goes on. The Rolling Stone says it best:

ct-oregon-man-dies-trump-impeached-20170418We have watched this unfold in the open: Trump has thumbed his nose at custom and the Constitution by refusing to resolve the conflicts of interest that will now shadow his presidency. He has used his Twitter account – a 21st-century bully pulpit – not to unify Americans behind his agenda, but to settle personal scores in a sustained assault on freedom of the press, freedom of assembly and freedom of speech.

Trump has installed an inner circle that aims to marginalize millions of our countrymen, even as it seeks to degrade the institutions of our government. Finally, Trump has clutched Russia in a perplexing bear hug. Whether he’s done this out of genuine admiration for its brutal regime, because he’s indebted to its oligarchs, or because Trump has somehow been compromised by former KGB colonel Vladimir Putin we have yet to resolve. For Americans, and for our NATO allies, none of these alternatives will be reassuring.

Republicans in Congress have stood by quietly, almost without objection. They’ve acted as enablers – even as Trump has inserted himself as the ur-chairman of publicly traded companies, blessing their manufacturing plans or tanking their stock prices with a single tweet. Republicans used to object to politicians “picking winners and losers.” Just last July, Speaker Paul Ryan called it “a recipe for a closed economy – for cronyism.”

History will judge this period harshly.

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Trump has not released his tax returns. The American public remains in the dark about the debts and deals that could bind the 45th president against the national interest or pervert the foreign policy of the United States.

The lack of transparency matters because Donald Trump has not divested from his businesses. His promises to set up a blind trust and to halt new business deals were both empty. As the director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, Walter Shaub, described it, Trump’s decision to hand daily management of the Trump Organization to his adult sons instead is “meaningless from a conflict of interest perspective.”

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Sounding more than a bit like Richard Nixon, Trump has proclaimed that “the president can’t have a conflict of interest.” By a lawyerly reading of 18 U.S.C. § 208, that may parse as true – but the claim is false from any moral perspective. The Supreme Court has written that when our leaders “engage in activities which arouse suspicions of corruption,” those office-holders endanger “the very fabric of a democratic society.” Trump, Shaub insisted in remarks delivered January 11th at the Brookings Institution, has failed to rise to the standards “that every president in the past four decades has met.”

In fact, during the transition period, Trump and his children appeared to trade on his status as president-elect: The Trumps have reportedly secured a stalled building permit for a tower in Argentina; Ivanka Trump joined her father in a meeting with the prime minister of Japan, where she has business with a state-backed enterprise; and the Trump Organization’s new leaders, Don Jr. and Eric Trump, took seats at the conference table for a once-in-a lifetime meeting with executives from Facebook, Google, Apple, Amazon, Oracle, Microsoft and others at the “tech summit” convened by their president-elect father at Trump Tower. Even Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has been pursuing lucrative business deals with foreign investors. Trump has now named Kushner a senior adviser, skirting anti-nepotism laws.

The president’s global business enterprise remains an invitation to corruption – from interests who may try to ingratiate themselves to Trump by leasing his properties, golfing at his resorts or lodging at his hotels, including the new Trump International, down the street from the White House.

donald-trump-impeachment-petitionTrump’s business conflicts raise not only ethical but constitutional concerns. Can profits earned from foreign governments paying exorbitant sums for luxury rentals, hotel rooms, golf retreats or $24 cocktails be construed as either bribes or “emoluments” (i.e., gifts)? Those would be impeachable offenses under the Constitution.

The Republican Congress could act to place limits on Trump’s ability to profit from his office. Congress could also force Trump to reveal his tax returns, which 74 percent of Americans want him to release. But the only move a Republican from the legislative branch has made on presidential ethics so far is to threaten the independent government watchdog who dared criticize Trump.

This has left our 45th president, in the words of Harvard legal scholar Laurence Tribe, “a walking, talking violation of the constitution from the moment he takes the oath.”

And then there’s Russia.

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The Trumpcare Debacle That We Knew Would Happen And How Steve Bannon Wants Trump To Keep Enemies List Behind It

(SL) – Trumpcare had no chance of being implemented because simply put, Healthcare isn’t like turning on a light switch. It’s difficult and not something that can be constructed overnight.

New York Magazine reports,  The American Health Care Act is a truly horrendous piece of legislation. But it did not become the vehicle for the Obamacare repeal effort because Trump, or Ryan, or anybody insisted on it over some other option. It became the repeal bill because nobody in the Republican Party had a better idea.

Screen-Shot-2017-03-24-at-1.57.31-PM-800x430Reforming the health-care system is an inherently daunting project. What makes health care so resistant to change is that, the worse the system gets, the harder it is to change. More waste means more profit centers with an interest in protecting their income. And more uninsured people means more anxiety for those who do have insurance about losing it, and hence more resistance to change. The political miracle of Obamacare was its ability to design a way to cover the uninsured and to pay for the coverage in a politically viable fashion. The law found a way to solve a political problem that had frustrated would-be reformers for decades.

And they accomplished it against the ruthless opposition of a united party that has used every demagogic method to undermine it — in Washington, in the states, and in the courts.obamacare-trumpcare915If Republicans had not launched a legal battle to allow states to deny Medicaid coverage to their citizens, and then cruelly taken up the opportunity to do so; sabotaged small but crucial risk-corridor payments to encourage insurer participation; and denied funds for outreach to exchange customers, it would be functioning better than it is. Still, it is functioning.

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Donald Trump Attempts To Distract America From Russia-Gate By Accusing President Obama Of Tapping His Phone

(SL)- Donald Trump’s administration continues to mislead people with yet a new lie, this time about President Obama. The latest twitter rant accused the former POTUS of tapping his phone which is utterly ridiculous and unsubstantiated.

Trump, as he normally does, is basing his concerns off of a Breitbart article circulating that claims President Obama tapped his phones at Trump Tower before the election in a Nixon/Watergate style scandal.

The Executive office can not do this on its own. His claim is baseless and if there was a wire on his phone FISA (The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance ) would have ordered it and there would be proof of it. Trump hasn’t provided any evidence but fired off these words early Saturday morning.

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A spokesman for Mr. Obama says any suggestion that the former president ordered such surveillance was “simply false.”

The New York Times reports, Mr. Trump’s aides declined to clarify whether the president’s explosive allegations were based on briefings from intelligence or law enforcement officials — which could mean that Mr. Trump was revealing previously unknown details about an investigation — or on something else, like a news report.

His decision to lend the power of his office to such a charged claim against his predecessor — without offering any initial proof — was remarkable, even for a leader who has repeatedly shown himself willing to make assertions that are false or based on dubious sources.

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It would have been difficult for federal agents, working within the law, to obtain a wiretap order to target Mr. Trump’s phone conversations. It would have meant that the Justice Department had gathered sufficient evidence to persuade a federal judge that there was probable cause to believe he had committed a serious crime or was an agent of a foreign power, depending on whether it was a criminal investigation or a foreign intelligence one.

Former officials pointed to longstanding laws and procedures intended to ensure that presidents cannot wiretap a rival for political purposes.

“A cardinal rule of the Obama administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice,” said Kevin Lewis, a spokesman for Mr. Obama. “As part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White House official ever ordered surveillance on any U.S. citizen.”

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Muhammad Ali, Jr. Detained For Hours By Customs In Fort Lauderdale Over Name

(SL) -Muhammad was returning from a Black History Month event in Jamaica with his mother when he was questioned by customs at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport over his name and whether or not he is muslim.

Ali Jr., 44, who confirmed his Muslim faith, was detained about two hours, despite telling officials that he’s Ali’s son and a native-born U.S. citizen, said Chris Mancini, a family friend and attorney.
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Him and his mother, Khalilah Camacho Ali were pulled aside and separated from each other on Feb. 7 at the immigration checkpoint. She was released after showing a picture of herself with ex husband, former boxing champ and Presidential Award if Freedom recipient Muhammad Ali. Muhammad Jr. didn’t have a photo so he was held longer.
It was the first time Ali Jr. and his mother have ever been asked if they’re Muslim when re-entering the United States.
 
Their attorney says, “From the way they were treated, from what was said to them, they can come up with no other rational explanation except they fell into a profiling program run by customs, which is designed to obtain information from anyone who says they’re a Muslim,” Mancini said in a phone interview. “It’s quite clear that what triggered his detention was his Arabic name and his religion.”

Former Labor Secretary Tom Perez Will Lead DNC, And Gives Donald Trump Some Top Tier Shade

(SL) – As reported by the Daily Mail, US Democrats have elected former Labor Secretary Tom Perez as chairman on Saturday, choosing a veteran of the Obama administration to lead the daunting task of rebuilding the party and heading the opposition to Republican President Donald Trump.

Members of the Democratic National Committee picked Perez on the second round of voting after one of the most crowded and competitive party leadership elections in decades.

Perez beat Rep Keith Ellison of Minnesota, who was backed by liberal leader US Senator Bernie Sanders on a 235-200 vote. After he was named chair, Perez picked the runner-up to be deputy chairman in a show of unity.

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In a statement Obama said: ‘Congratulations to my friend Tom Perez on his election to lead the Democratic Party, and on his choice of Keith Ellison to help him lead it. I’m proud of all the candidates who ran, and who make this great party what it is. What unites our party is a belief in opportunity – the idea that however you started out, whatever you look like, or whomever you love, America is the place where you can make it if you try.

‘Over the past eight years, our party continued its track record of delivering on that promise: growing the economy, creating new jobs, keeping our people safe with a tough, smart foreign policy, and expanding the rights of our founding to every American – including the right to quality, affordable health insurance.

‘That’s a legacy the Democratic Party will always carry forward. I know that Tom Perez will unite us under that banner of opportunity, and lay the groundwork for a new generation of Democratic leadership for this big, bold, inclusive, dynamic America we love so much.’

25217-tom-perez-dnc-chair-334p-rs_6d8a134e1daf03b09fe6745b4badb248-nbcnews-fp-1200-800Donald Trump attempted to send well wishes Perez’s way but he was shut down quick.

“Congratulations to Thomas Perez, who has just been named Chairman of the DNC. I could not be happier for him, or for the Republican Party!” Trump tweeted.

Perez responded shortly afterward:

“Call me Tom. And don’t get too happy.  @ keithellison  and I, and Democrats united across the country, will be your worst nightmare,” he tweeted.

Kellyanne Conway At Odds Again With The Truth After Spicer Says Trump Did In Fact Ask For Flynn’s Resignation

(SL) – Who isn’t clueing Kellyanne Conway in on the facts? Starting to wonder if she is ever briefed before she speaks or if she just wings it. And where the common goal seems to be  to make everything look like it’s great and on the up and up, it seems like the truth escapes her time and time again.

The latest drama comes on the heels of Mike Flynn’s resignation from the National Security Advisor position. Fears of blackmail from Russia amongst other issues caused

A report on Tuesday afternoon said that the FBI had put Flynn under scrutiny in the first days of Trump’s administration.

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If he did not tell investigators the truth, the New York Times said, he could be charged with a felony.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said  the situation reached ‘ critical mass’ last night after weeks of allegations against Flynn. Spicer said, “That is why the president decided to ask for his resignation, and he got it.’

Spicer cited Flynn’s misleading statements to Vice President Mike Pence about a call he had with the Russian ambassador to the United States – ‘and a series of other questionable instances’ that he did not describe that led to his resignation just 24 days after he started.

House Speaker Paul Ryan was the first to say that Trump had asked for his national security advisor’s resignation.

‘National security is perhaps the most important function or responsibility a president has. And I think the president made the right decision,’ Ryan said of Flynn’s departure on Tuesday morning.

At a House leadership press conference the Republican told reporters, ‘You cannot have a national security adviser misleading the vice president and others. So I think the president was right to ask for his resignation. And I believe it was the right thing to do.’

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A White House press release Monday night stated that Trump had accepted Flynn’s resignation and was appointing Lt. General Joseph Keith Kellogg, Jr. to the post. It did not say that Flynn had been dismissed.

But on Tuesday,  During the Today Show, Conway, who had claimed just hours before his resignation that the White House had “full confidence” in Flynn, repeatedly could not say why the administration waited to act.

On NBC’s “Today” show, the White House counselor claimed that “the situation had become unsustainable” after Flynn misled Pence. “But the fact is, General Flynn continued in that position and was in the presidential daily briefings, as part of the leader calls, as recently as yesterday,” Conway said.

Matt Lauer wasn’t buying it though. “Kellyanne, that makes no sense,” he said. “Last month, the Justice Department warned the White House that General Flynn had misled them and that, as a result, he was vulnerable to blackmail and at that moment he still had the complete trust of the president?”

Conway’s response, “It was misleading the vice president that made the situation unsustainable” and that Trump “accepted the resignation, and he is moving on.”

Fifty-One Percent Of Trump Supporters Believe Kellyanne Conway’s Fake News About Fictional Bowling Green Massacre

(SL) – The Trump Administration has once again put a foot in its mouth after Donald Trump’s go-to girl released more ‘Fake News’ to the masses as she tried to justify Trump’s attempt to keep Immigrants out of the country.  On at least 3 separate occasions, Conway  spoke of a massacre that NEVER happened and it wasn’t until she was memed to high heaven that she attempted to backtrack. The international Business Times has the story.

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When White House counselor Kellyanne Conway last week cited the “Bowling Green Massacre” as a reason why President Donald Trump’s executive order banning travel from seven majority-Muslim countries was necessary, the response was immediate. The criticism poured in and an internet meme was born as her fictional account of a non-existent terrorist attack was widely condemned and mocked.

But it appears not everyone got the message that the event never happened.

Indeed, a poll released Friday indicated that a majority of Trump’s supporters believe it took place. Asked by Public Policy Polling about Trump’s travel ban, which an appeals court refused to reinstate Thursday, 51 percent of Trump voters said “the Bowling Green Massacre shows why we need Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration.” Only 23 percent disagreed with the statement.

170203092312-kellyanne-conway-msnbc-bowling-green-massacre-exlarge-169For voters of the three other candidates in the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton, Gary Johnson and Jill Stein, the percentages of those who agreed with the statement were all in the single digits.

Speaking to MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, Conway brought up the fake atrocity as an example of attacks that Trump’s controversial policy would help prevent.

“I bet there was very little coverage — I bet — I bet it’s brand-new information to people that President Obama had a six-month ban on the Iraqi refugee program after two Iraqis came here to this country were radicalized and they were the masterminds behind the Bowling Green massacre,” she said.

White House Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway talks with reporters while walking back into the White House following an interview with FOX News, Feb. 9, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Image

The truth lay some way apart from the fiction. While there were Iraqi citizens living in Bowling Green, Kentucky, who were arrested for attempting to send weapons to al Qaeda in Iraq, there was never any attack.

Conway later attempted to explain her comments by stating she simply misspoke, intending to instead say “Bowling Green terrorists.”

On @hardball @NBCNews @MSNBC I meant to say “Bowling Green terrorists” as reported here:
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Several dozen suspected terrorist bombmakers, including some believed to have targeted American troops, may have mistakenly been allowed to move to the United States as war refugees, according to FBI…

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However, it later emerged that Conway had also previously referenced the nonexistent attack in separate interviews with Cosmopolitan and TMZ.

As Trump’s travel ban continues to be thwarted by the courts, the new poll indicated that only 45 percent of voters are in support of the executive order, while 66 percent said they believe the country is already safe.