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The Blight House Trump's Presidency Sinks Below Rock Bottom
More controversy than usual has been swirling around the White House since the beginning of 2018, with Donald Trump losing his temper over a book accusing him of being an ignorant, TV-addicted narcissist. The bad news, though, is that he's not going away anytime soon."Fire and Fury,": The tome presents the president as psychologically unstable, as dumb, senile and dangerously erratic.
Spiegel  Trump  books 
6 hours ago by thomas.kochi
Twitter
I'm 100% a .. 6'3" and 239lbs...rrrrrriiiiggghhttt. He's 6'1" and 300lbs of bullshit if I ever saw…
Trump  girther  from twitter_favs
7 hours ago by alan.calvert
To detractors, he's a buffoon; to dealmakers, he's a boon
“By a more than two-to-one margin, respondents to the 451 Research Tech Corporate Development Outlook Survey said the Trump White House will help spur M&A in 2018. Specifically, 59% said the current administration will 'stimulate' dealmaking this year, compared with just 23% saying it will 'inhibit' dealmaking.”
m&a  trump  surveys 
9 hours ago by cote
What Donald Trump Thinks It Takes to Be a Man - The New York Times - Jill Filipovic
Excellent summary of Trump's appeal to white men.

"Mr. Trump is his antithesis, an old-school chauvinist embracing a new code of adolescent anarchy. He is a paradigm of feckless male entitlement, embracing male power while abnegating the traditional masculine requirements of chivalry, courtesy and responsibility....Most American men are unable to actually achieve this level of authority minus accountability; as a result, admiration for men like Mr. Trump gets paired with an “if I can’t have it, no one can” nihilism. White male power remains a dominant force in America, but it is no longer the only force that matters. For many men, this is not a leveling of the playing field, but a plundering of what was rightly theirs.
sexism  racism  equality  wealth  masculinity  trump  politics 
11 hours ago by emmacarlson
Twitter
Hey Bit naughty that you introduced muted words... but if you mute it doesn’t work. Tested o…
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11 hours ago by aidan_walsh
RICO Charges and the Mueller Investigation - Sidebars
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation has produced guilty pleas from two individuals and the indictment of two more. It remains to be seen what additional charges, if any, will follow. Some have floated the idea that Mueller might consider charging violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO, 18 U.S.C. §§ 1961-1968. Although originally aimed at organized crime, RICO can be a powerful tool in complex white collar cases as well.
So could Mueller be mulling RICO charges? RICO could potentially apply – depending on what Mueller finds, of course. But in the end I think he’s unlikely to play the RICO card.
crime  DOJ  gov2.0  legal  mueller  politics  russia  special_counsel  trump 
12 hours ago by rgl7194
Trump Is a Manifestation of the Backlash Against MLK - The Atlantic
President Trump is the embodiment of over 50 years of resistance to the policies Martin Luther King Jr. fought to enact.
On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. In response, a week later President Lyndon B. Johnson scrambled to sign into law the Fair Housing Act, a final major civil-rights bill that had languished for years under the strain of white backlash to the civil-rights movement.
Five years later a New York developer and his son—then only a few years out of college—became two of the first targets of a massive Department of Justice probe for an alleged violation of that landmark act. After a protracted, bitter lawsuit, facing a mountain of allegations that the two had engaged in segregating units and denying applications of black and Puerto Rican applicants, in 1975 Trump Management settled with the federal government and accepted the terms of a consent decree prohibiting discrimination. So entered Donald Trump onto the American stage.
trump  gov2.0  politics  racism  KKK  MLK 
12 hours ago by rgl7194
Trump Discovers the Costs of Undermining Truth - The Atlantic
At the same time that the president sows doubt and confusion to undermine his adversaries, he finds those forces depriving him of credit he believes he deserves.
A long weekend with lots of executive time, simmering tensions with politicians of both parties, a looming government shutdown: It’s the most potent cocktail that Donald Trump, a teetotaler, could imbibe, and it produced a predictably jarring and erratic series of statements.
Over the course of several days, mostly in tweets, Trump tried to make three points. First, he sought to discredit the idea that he had referred to African nations as “shithole countries” and said, “Why do we need more Haitians? Take them out.” (Trump also declared to a reporter that he was “the least racist person you have ever interviewed.”) Second, he jockeyed for position in negotiations over funding the government, arguing Democrats were imperiling the military as he tried to preemptively shift blame to them. Finally, for good measure, he whined a little bit that he doesn’t get more credit for what he’s done:
Do you notice the Fake News Mainstream Media never likes covering the great and record setting economic news, but rather talks about anything negative or that can be turned into the negative. The Russian Collusion Hoax is dead, except as it pertains to the Dems. Public gets it!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 16, 2018
trump  truth  gov2.0  politics  twitter  fake_news  alt_facts 
12 hours ago by rgl7194
Trump's wealth comes from money laundering, and it's gotten worse since he entered the White House
In 2000, Donald Trump was broke. His casino projects were bankrupt, his credit was shot, his business pretty much out of business. He could still pretend to be Donald Trump, big time real estate guy, but the truth was there was nothing left of him but a name.
And then, just like that, Trump was back in the game, selling New York real estate at ridiculous prices and planting his gold-plated letters wherever he went. Trump likes to pretend that this was the tale of a brilliant comeback and realizing the value of his own name. In truth his licensing deals never amounted to more than peanuts and his involvements outside real estate cost far more than they made. The influx of money came from a simple change in tactics—Trump made it clear that he was willing to look the other way when money came in from shady, overseas deals. 
The laws regulating US real estate deals are scant, experts say. Provisions against terrorism financing in the Patriot Act, passed in the aftermath of the September 11 2001 attacks, obliged mortgage lenders to conduct “know your customer” research. But money launderers pay in cash. 
trump  money  taxes  politics  crime  gov2.0 
12 hours ago by rgl7194

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