The Washington Post: ‘They are laughing their asses off in Moscow’: Trump takes on the FBI, Russia probe and 2016 election
‘They are laughing their asses off in Moscow’: Trump takes on the FBI, Russia probe and 2016 election
Trump has long chafed at accusations that he had any Russian help in the 2016 election and has resisted calls to decry Russia's meddling.
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Top 5 Alternative Energy ETFs for 2018 | Investopedia 122917
The alternative energy space has not been as lucrative as environmentally-conscious investors would like. And with the Trump administration promoting legislation that would cut resources for alternative energy, the immediate future for the sector could be turbulent. However, those interested in gaining some exposure to this potentially profitable market can diversify across several companies by buying alternative energy exchange-traded funds. (See also: Alternative Energy ETFs Drop to Key Support.)
The potential for this sector is very large due to growing awareness about global warming and the depletion of oil reserves over time. In addition, with oil prices expected to keep rising, alternative energy is becoming more attractive to many consumers. This can boost the bottom lines of alternative energy companies.
We selected five alternative energy ETFs based on market cap, liquidity and year-to-date returns. All performance figures are current as of December 28, 2017.
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10 days ago
First Lady - SNL - YouTube
"First Lady": "Melania Trump (Cecily Strong) is visited by former first ladies Jackie Kennedy (Natalie Portman), Hillary Clinton (Kate McKinnon), Martha Washington (Aidy Bryant) and Michelle Obama (Leslie Jones)" -- Melania Trump: "How can I be good first lady when Donald make it so hard?" Kennedy: "All first ladies have a platform. Yours is bullying. Mine was little hats. Your approval rating is through the roof." Trump: "Yes, yes people like me because they're like 'that lady look how I feel.'" 4-min. video
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13 days ago
Fox & Friends Cold Open - SNL - YouTube
"Fox & Friends Cold Open": President Donald Trump (played by Alec Baldwin): "Right now, I'm getting my daily intelligence briefing." Steve Doocy (Alex Moffat): "Oh from who?" Trump: "From you guys. ... Your show is so great. Yuge ratings, of course not as big as the ratings from my State of the Union speech, which was watched by 10 billion people, including all of China. They say there's only 7 billion people so where did the other 3 billion come from? Illegals, I don't know." ...
Doocy: "I've heard [you're] better than Caesar." Trump: "I mean, I make buildings, that guy just made salads. No contest. But guys, this memo might be the greatest memo since the Declaration of Independence. I don't know. I haven't read either one of them. And Devin Nunes, I love that guy, my sweet little house elf, so close, so close to earning his freedom." k
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13 days ago
Trump Ordered Mueller Fired, but Backed Off When White House Counsel Threatened to Quit - The New York Times 012518
MIKE SCHMIDT and MAGGIE HABERMAN: “Trump Ordered Mueller Fired, but Backed Off When White House Counsel Threatened to Quit”: “President Trump ordered the firing last June of Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel overseeing the Russia investigation, according to four people told of the matter, but ultimately backed down after the White House counsel threatened to resign rather than carry out the directive. …
“Amid the first wave of news media reports that Mr. Mueller was examining a possible obstruction case, the president began to argue that Mr. Mueller had three conflicts of interest that disqualified him from overseeing the investigation, two of the people said.
“First, he claimed that a dispute years ago over fees at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va., had prompted Mr. Mueller, the F.B.I. director at the time, to resign his membership. The president also said Mr. Mueller could not be impartial because he had most recently worked for the law firm that previously represented the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner. Finally, the president said, Mr. Mueller had been interviewed to return as the F.B.I. director the day before he was appointed special counsel in May. ...
“[White House Counsel Don] McGahn disagreed with the president’s case and told senior White House officials that firing Mr. Mueller would have a catastrophic effect on Mr. Trump’s presidency. Mr. McGahn also told White House officials that Mr. Trump would not follow through on the dismissal on his own. The president then backed off.”
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24 days ago
The Trumps asked to borrow a Van Gogh but the Guggenheim offered a solid gold toilet instead. - The Washington Post 012618
DESSERT -- “The White House asked to borrow a van Gogh. The Guggenheim offered a gold toilet instead,” by WaPo’s Paul Schwartzman: “The emailed response from the Guggenheim’s chief curator to the White House was polite but firm: The museum could not accommodate a request to borrow a painting by Vincent van Gogh for President and Melania Trump’s private living quarters. Instead, wrote the curator, Nancy Spector, another piece was available, one that was nothing like ‘Landscape With Snow,’ the 1888 van Gogh rendering of a man in a black hat walking along a path in Arles, France, with his dog.
“The curator’s alternative: an 18-karat, fully functioning, solid gold toilet — an interactive work titled ‘America’ that critics have described as pointed satire aimed at the excess of wealth in this country. For a year, the Guggenheim had exhibited ‘America’ — the creation of contemporary artist Maurizio Cattelan — in a public restroom on the museum’s fifth floor for visitors to use.” http://wapo.st/2Bvrzrz
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24 days ago
An affair with Trump? Nikki Haley on ‘disgusting’ rumors and her rise to a top foreign policy role - POLITICO
ELIANA JOHNSON in New York: “An affair with Trump? Nikki Haley on ‘disgusting’ rumors and her rise to a top foreign policy role”: “Nikki Haley became a trusted member of Donald Trump’s inner circle over the past year, but she's recently re-familiarized herself with a downside of professional success: rumors of an affair, this time with the president of the United States. Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations calls the chatter ‘highly offensive’ and ‘disgusting,’ the result of what happens far too often to strong women.
“The online speculation was instigated by ‘Fire and Fury’ author Michael Wolff, who dropped hints on HBO’s ‘Real Time with Bill Maher’ last week when he said he was ‘absolutely sure’ Trump is having an affair -- just not sure enough to write about it in his book. Wolff went on to say that discriminating readers would be able to determine the president’s paramour by giving his book a close reading: ‘Now that I’ve told you, when you hit that paragraph, you’re gonna say, “Bingo.”’ …
“‘It is absolutely not true,’ Haley said, arguing that Wolff not only has his facts wrong, but that his insinuation is similar to other attacks that she and other successful women have faced when they’ve been forced to swat down suggestions they’ve slept their way to the top.
“‘I have literally been on Air Force One once and there were several people in the room when I was there,’ she said in an interview Thursday for POLITICO’s Women Rule podcast, referring to a flight from Washington to Long Island in late July. ‘He says that I’ve been talking a lot with the president in the Oval about my political future. I’ve never talked once to the president about my future and I am never alone with him.’
“‘So the idea that these things come out, that’s a problem,’ she said. ‘But it goes to a bigger issue that we need to always be conscious of: At every point in my life, I’ve noticed that if you speak your mind and you’re strong about it and you say what you believe, there is a small percentage of people that resent that and the way they deal with it is to try and throw arrows, lies or not.’ Wolff did not respond to a request for comment.”
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24 days ago
NYTimes: From ‘Fire and Fury’ to Political Firestorm
Michael Wolff has everyone talking about a possibly dysfunctional president.
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5 weeks ago
The Secret Correspondence Between Donald Trump Jr. and WikiLeaks - The Atlantic 111417
JULIA IOFFE in The Atlantic, "The Secret Correspondence Between Donald Trump Jr. and WikiLeaks": "Just before the stroke of midnight on September 20, 2016, at the height of last year's presidential election, the WikiLeaks Twitter account sent a private direct message to Donald Trump Jr., the Republican nominee's oldest son and campaign surrogate. 'A PAC run anti-Trump site putintrump.org is about to launch," WikiLeaks wrote. 'The PAC is a recycled pro-Iraq war PAC. We have guessed the password. It is 'putintrump.' See 'About' for who is behind it. Any comments?' (The site, which has since become a joint project with Mother Jones, was founded by Rob Glaser, a tech entrepreneur, and was funded by Progress for USA Political Action Committee.)
"The next morning, about 12 hours later , Trump Jr. responded to WikiLeaks. 'Off the record I don't know who that is, but I'll ask around,' he wrote on September 21, 2016. 'Thanks.' The messages, obtained by The Atlantic, were also turned over by Trump Jr.'s lawyers to congressional investigators. They are part of a long-and largely one-sided-correspondence between WikiLeaks and the president's son that continued until at least July 2017. ... 'Strongly suggest your dad tweets this link if he mentions us,' WikiLeaks [messaged Don Jr. on Oct. 12, 2016], pointing Trump Jr. to the link wlsearch.tk, which it said would help Trump's followers dig through the trove of stolen documents and find stories.
"'There's many great stories the press are missing and we're sure some of your follows [sic] will find it,' WikiLeaks went on. 'Btw we just released Podesta Emails Part 4.' Trump Jr. did not respond to this message. But just 15 minutes after it was sent, as The Wall Street Journal's Byron Tau pointed out, Donald Trump himself tweeted, 'Very little pick-up by the dishonest media of incredible information provided by WikiLeaks. So dishonest! Rigged system!' Two days later, on October 14, 2016, Trump Jr. tweeted out the link WikiLeaks had provided him. 'For those who have the time to read about all the corruption and hypocrisy all the @wikileaks emails are right here: http://wlsearch.tk/,' he wrote.
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